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New England Patriots links 10/28/21 - Pats can stiff-arm the doubters with a Week 8 win in L.A.

Daily news and links for Thursday

NFL: OCT 24 Jets at Patriots Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images



  • Mark Daniels suggests what the Patriots need to do to turn around their season: Now the hard part starts. 1. Keep the offensive line intact.
  • Dave D’Onofrio spotlights five facets of New England’s red zone offense that worked against the Jets, while acknowledging ‘The Jets stink.’ 1. A go-to short yardage run.
  • Thomas Baslios (PatsBuzz) Patriots vs. Chargers: 5 keys to victory. 1. Run the football. ‘Opposing teams are averaging 162.5 yards on the ground per game against the Chargers this season (that is the most rush yards allowed per game of any defense in the NFL).’
  • John Andersen explains how Mac Jones and Justin Herbert are more similar than you think.
  • Khari Thompson shares some thoughts on how the Patriots can fool Chargers QB Justin Herbert on Sunday: The Patriots gave Justin Herbert problems last season. They’ll look to do it again.
  • Karen Guregian points out how the Patriots secondary faces a litmus test against the Chargers. Bill Belichick and the defensive braintrust are going to have to find a way to slow Justin Herbert.
  • Andrew Callahan says Belichick is preparing for the NFL’s new defensive mastermind in Chargers’ Brandon Staley.
  • Dakota Randall relays Bill Belichick with six minutes, 800 words on why the Chargers are good.
  • Chris Mason notes New England’s offense has scored at least 25 points in three straight weeks and still working to find its identity.
  • Evan Lazar believes Damien Harris deserves more love among the NFL’s best running backs: Harris is third among all running backs in Pro Football Focus grade this season.
  • Ryan Hannable notes Jakobi Meyers’ dad really wants to see his son catch a touchdown pass.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Steve Belichick on Josh Uche: ‘There’s more we can put on his plate’.
  • Karen Guregian reports Devin McCourty says he’s fine, working toward playing Sunday.
  • Alex Barth finds 15 players listed as ‘limited’ on the first Patriots injury report of Week 8.
  • Zack Cox shares a positive update on rookie CB Shaun Wade, who practiced for the first time in three weeks.
  • Michael Hurley says Mac Jones is leading all rookie QBs in nearly every measurable way through seven weeks.
  • Zack Cox relays Mac Jones on how Brian Hoyer has been an ‘amazing’ mentor.
  • Ryan Hannable’s Patriots trade deadline primer: What positions could be targeted, who could be dealt.
  • Zack Cox takes a look at the top needs for New England ahead of the trade deadline.
  • Zack Cox discusses whether or not the Pats should pursue Brandin Cooks, ahead of the trade deadline.
  • Dakota Randall notes an angry tweet from Texans WR Brandin Cooks on Wednesday has some Pats fans begging for a reunion.
  • Zack Cox reports that after losing Jonathan Jones to a season-ending shoulder injury last week, the Patriots hosted three free agent CBs for workouts. Two are now members of the practice squad: Brian Poole and De’Vante Bausby.
  • Mike D’Abate (PatriotMaven) MidWeek Notebook: Ferentz promoted, Bausby joins Patriots practice squad and More.
  • Zack Cox Patriots Rumors: Pats sign familiar LB Calvin Munson off Miami’s practice squad: Munson spent most of the 2018 and 2019 seasons in Foxborough.
  • Jenna Ciccotelli NFL Rumors: Patriots sign veteran O-Lineman James Ferentz from the practice squad.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Bill Belichick had a comically stoic reaction to every Patriots TD in Week 7.
  • Michael Hurley does not like candy-corn debates at Halloween and makes his Week 8 picks. Despite last year’s 45-0 win, the Patriots won’t win this one. They will, however, run all over the Chargers, who have the worst run defense in the NFL. They may even take a late lead … at which point Justin Herbert will attack a vulnerable secondary and win the game. Should be fun though.
  • Matt Vautour rounds up the NFL Week 8 picks and point spreads. One of five pick Pats to win.
  • Patriots Fourth and Two podcast: Derek Havens and Russ Goldman talk Patriots victory, rookie quarterbacks & Chargers preview. (63 min.)