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New England Patriots links 10/26/21 - O-line key to opening up the offense

Daily news and links for Tuesday

NFL: OCT 24 Jets at Patriots
James Ferentz and David Andrews with the victory fist pump
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  • Evan Lazar’s Advanced Stats Report: Patriots QB Mac Jones is improving on deep throws.
  • Zack Cox breaks down the snap counts and play percentages from Sunday: These young defenders stepped up vs. the Jets. Plus: Some creative tackle usage from Josh McDaniels.
  • Mike D’Abate (PatriotMaven) Patriots 2021 Week 7 snap counts: Interpretations and implications.
  • Karen Guregian says if the offense clicks like it did in Sunday’s rout, that’s the ticket to many more victories down the road.
  • Tom E. Curran shares 10 things he learned from New England’s 54-13 demolition of the Jets. 1. Sunday was a watershed game for the Patriots in a couple of ways. First, the offensive line earned trust. Second, because of that trust, the Patriots were able to run a half-closing drive with Jones that went 11 plays and 72 yards in 1:32. Jones had to manage clock, take checkdowns and convert a fourth-down after a trick play went awry. Protection wasn’t a concern.
  • Chad Finn writes the Patriots didn’t just blow out the Jets, they sent a message: New England should not be disregarded for the season just because they started 2-4.
  • Michael Hurley serves up some still-warm leftover Patriots thoughts: You can look at the Jets any way you’d like. There are millions of angles. I choose this one: They stink.
  • Jerry Thornton shares his knee-jerk reactions to Pats-Jets: If you’re going to be one of those people who just dismisses a 54-13 win out of hand because “it’s only the Jets,” then you just make me angry. Not because I don’t care for your opinion. But because you’re clearly suffering from some kind of mental illness and someone is going to approach me for money to sponsor them in a Road Race for Awareness or a Bike-a-Thon for a Cure or some damned thing and I’m going to get guilted into ponying up.
  • Clare Cooper (PatsPropaganda) The Patriots with a Jet sweep and a 54 – 13 win at Gillette Stadium.
  • John Rooke (FullPressCoverage) Nitpicks & Nitwits: Patriots ground Jets. Sunday ‘qualifies as a whoa moment in this book.’
  • Ryan Hannable wonders what should we make of the Patriots through 7 games: A playoff team, or one who only beats weak opponents.
  • Mike D’Abate (PatriotMaven) Week 7, Patriots vs. Jets. Worth the Watch: Yay or Nay?
  • Phil Perry issues his Week 7 Report Card: High marks all around for Pats vs. Jets.
  • Dakota Randall points out the five Patriots players who earned the highest PFF grades on Sunday.
  • Kevin Tame Jr. (PatriotMaven) Patriots’ Bill Belichick: ‘We’re headed in the right direction.’
  • Ryan Hannable highlights WEEI guest Bill Belichick explaining how the 2021 Patriots have earned his respect.
  • Hayden Bird highlights Bill Belichick discussing beer, beating the Jets, and the Patriots’ 2021 direction in WEEI interview.
  • Evan Lazar writes “With each passing week, [Mac Jones] is breaking through the ‘ceiling’ many built for him and making those who think he’ll be a career JAG look like fools. Don’t be a fool.”
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Mac Jones’ performance against the Jets was slightly deceiving.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Here’s what Mac Jones does to celebrate a Patriots’ win.
  • Mike Reiss discusses Bill Belichick’s praise of Hunter Henry, for the things he contributes to the team in addition to having touchdown catches in his past four games. “It’s little things like that that Hunter does; they’re little things that become big things.”
  • Zack Cox relays Jonathan Jones confirming he underwent successful surgery on his injured shoulder, in an Instagram post Monday.
  • Alex Barth passes along a report that LB Harvey Langi could miss time after suffering a sprained MCL on Sunday.
  • Alex Reimer calls out CBS’ James Lofton who offered nothing but absurd hyperbole during Patriots-Jets. /Someone had to say it.
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Mike and Murph break down the Pats big win, the annihilation of the Jets and discuss the loss of CB Jonathan Jones to season-ending injured reserve. (46 min.)


  • Albert Breer (SI) Monday Afternoon QB: Is it time to worry about Kansas City? Plus, the risks in Arizona are paying off big, what makes Joe Burrow a good leader, the Texans QB decision that doesn’t revolve around Deshaun Watson and more.
  • Corey Seeley (TheDraftScout) Tuesday Morning Football: Joe Burrow was right about Ja’Marr Chase, Bengals are here to stay, has the league ‘figured out’ Mahomes and the Chiefs?
  • Jeffri Chadiha ( First Read, Week 8: Packers facing moment of truth vs. Cardinals; Daniel Jones steps up.
  • Adam Schein ( Chiefs, Bears and 49ers among NFL teams that should be panicking most after rough Week 7.
  • Ethan Sears (NY Post) Bill Belichick celebrated Patriots’ demolition of Jets with a cold beer.
  • Tyler Sullivan (CBS Sports) Joe Flacco trade grades: Jets get quality veteran post-Zach Wilson injury, Eagles gain more draft capital.