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New England Patriots links 10/22/21 - Week 7 Patriots-Jets: Game plans, matchups, keys to victory

Daily news and links for Friday

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Kendrick Bourne in action vs. Jets in Week 2
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  • Evan Lazar’s Patriots Game Plan: How Mac Jones continues Momentum, Pats defense gets right vs. Jets.
  • Thomas Murphy (E2GSports) Monster keys to Patriots-Jets Part Deux: When you’re a Jet you’re a Jet all the way, from the first fumbled snap to the last bungled plaaaaaaay... When you’re a Jet , you’re a MESS!
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots-Jets Week 7 key matchups: Who has the Razor’s Edge? 1. Patriots RBs vs Jets front seven: Razor’s Edge New York.
  • Alex Barth’s Pats-Jets key matchups: Moving pieces put to the test.
  • Khari Thompson tells us 4 things to watch in the second Pats-Jets matchup. Will Mac Jones be let off the leash?
  • Karen Guregian says you can’t stick a fork in the Patriots just yet: Upcoming four-game stretch will tell the story.
  • Phil Perry spotlights five players who need to step up now for the Patriots.
  • Zack Cox notes the Patriots believe newly promoted DB Myles Bryant will help in ‘so many different ways.’
  • Zack Cox looks at which Patriots newcomers are meeting expectations this season. The team isn’t getting its money’s worth in some places.
  • Ryan Hannable notes the Patriots defense knows it isn’t pulling its fair share of weight.
  • Dakota Randall’s Practice Notes: Dont’a Hightower returns, Davon Godchaux and Jonathan Jones remain out. New England is banged up ahead of Week 7.
  • Andrew Callahan reports the Patriots will likely be down 3 defenders for Sunday’s game.
  • Andrew Lykins (FullPressCoverage) The Patriots brain drain: Here are some of the major departures since 2019. /This is a real concern.
  • Dakota Randall considers whether the Patriots should be buyers or sellers as the NFL trade deadline approaches, and how aggressive should they be.
  • Hayden Bird suggests what a potential trade involving N’Keal Harry might look like. “Let’s swap two disappointing first-round picks to places in which they might be able to thrive.”
  • DJ Bean’s Week 7 QB power rankings: Are the Pats facing the worst QB in football? 23rd, Mac Jones: The Patriots’ passing attack stinks. The 75-yarder to Kendrick Bourne following the pick-6 was a great play, but that one play provided nearly 30 percent of the Patriots’ passing yards.
  • John Andersen believes the matchup vs. the Jets should slingshot the Patriots into an easier stretch of games.
  • Andy Hart questions whether the Patriots are due to go on a winning streak or if Jonnu Smith is simply delusional.
  • Ryan Hannable finds the Patriots know things need to change, ‘or it can get ugly real fast.’
  • Dakota Randall highlights Matthew Judon giving his candid take on the Pats’ rough start, and showing his emerging leadership.
  • Dakota Randall notes Nelson Agholor was hard on himself after that pivotal OT drop against the Cowboys.
  • Chris Mason relays Nelson Agholor on Mac Jones, a ‘super tough kid’ who ‘truly loves the game of football.’
  • Andrew Callahan highlights Kendrick Bourne who feels very at home in New England. Throughout a trying 2-4 start, Bourne has been an oasis of positivity in the locker room. “Yeah, he brings that (energy) out to the practice field every day,” Belichick said last week, sporting a growing grin. “It’s fun to have that type of personality and energy interjected into the team.”
  • Andrew Callahan explains how Kyle Van Noy discovered Jets QB Zach Wilson before the NFL did.
  • Robert Alvarez (PatsFans) “Elite Eatz with Kyle Van Noy” featuring Kendrick Bourne.
  • Mike Dussault (PatsPropaganda) Patriots strong favorites over Jets.


  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Zach Wilson: It’s going to be a blast facing Patriots again.
  • Jonathan Jones (CBS Sports) NFL insider notebook: Giants mess not getting better, Deshaun Watson and OBJ trade scenarios, Week 7 picks.
  • Conor Orr (SI) How NFL coaches have changed the way they explain fourth-down conversion attempts.
  • Nick Shook ( Top 10 tight ends of the 2021 NFL season. No. 10 Hunter Henry.
  • Staff (ESPN) NFL Week 7 game picks, schedule guide, fantasy football tips, odds, injuries and more. Rich Cimini’s pick: Patriots 23, Jets 20; Mike Reiss’ pick: Patriots 27, Jets 17.
  • Gregg Rosenthal ( Week 7 NFL game picks. Pats-Jets: Both teams should look at this as a chance to show progress made since their Week 2 game. The Patriots’ offense has quietly improved the last few weeks, despite line injuries. Bill Belichick should lean into Mac Jones’ growth more while trusting his overly complex defense less. Zach Wilson has shown little ability to win from the pocket. If nothing else, this New England defense should be good at keeping him there. Pats win 24-16.