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New England Patriots links 10/05/21 - Offense strangled by turnovers, penalties, poor pass protection

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers v New England Patriots
Damien Harris attempts a run
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  • Evan Lazar’s Film Review: Patriots are adjusting to Mac Jones’s strengths.
  • Evan Lazar’s Advanced Stat Report: Mac Jones out-plays Tom Brady; More.
  • Matt Dolloff’s Personnel Report: Progress in key areas vs Bucs.
  • Zack Cox pinpoints three big problems that are holding back the Patriots offense: The Patriots rank 27th in the NFL in scoring through four games.
  • Chris Mason addresses three lingering questions in the aftermath. 1. Where the heck is the running game?
  • Ian Logue (PatsFans) Tough loss against Brady presents Patriots with a difficult road.
  • Mike D’Abate (PatriotMaven) Patriots 2021 Week 4 snap counts: Interpretations and implications.
  • Mark Morse (PatsFans) 15 Observations from Game 4: Patriots vs Buccaneers. 1. The Offensive line is in shambles. I think we need to look to the coaches as part of this problem. ...
  • Michael Hurley serves up some still-warm leftover Pats-Bucs thoughts: It remains impossible to properly process the things that Tom Brady’s doing at his age.
  • Jerry Thornton gives us his knee-jerk reaction to Week 4 vs. the Bucs. I’ve said before and I’ll say again: We do not do moral victories here. These are the Patriots of the 21st century. We prefer immoral victories. ... More.
  • Ian Logue (PatsFans) Five thoughts following the Pats loss to the Bucs. 1) When it came to quarterback play on Sunday night, Mac Jones ended up stealing the spotlight from Tom Brady.
  • Mike D’Abate (PatriotMaven) Lessons-learned from Week Four: The Pats continue to struggle in certain areas, but show some promise in a tough loss to the the defending Super Bowl Champions. 1. Run game needs work.
  • Tom E. Curran says short of a win, Sunday night’s Armageddon at Gillette couldn’t have worked out much better for the Patriots. The quarterback of your future stood tall and everyone seemed to get along.
  • John Rooke (FullPressCoverage) Nitpicks and Nitwits: Patriots fall just short against Bucs.
  • Karen Guregian talks about Jakobi Meyers completing the longest pass of any QB on the field Sunday night, throwing a perfect bomb to Nelson Agholor in the fourth quarter, and the praise Mac Jones had for his receiver.
  • Karen Guregian highlights N’Keal Harry saying he hopes to help his team’s red zone woes.
  • Andrew Callahan puts the focus on the Pats defense flashing elite potential despite the loss.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots Week 4 Report Card: Defense, Jones shine in close loss.
  • Phil Perry issues his Week 4 Report Card: Pats’ defense rises to challenge vs. Brady.
  • Mike Cole explains how Mac Jones is like Tom Brady and what the rookie can learn from the legend.
  • Chris Mason highlights Mac Jones on taking a beating in his first month as an NFL starter: Getting hit is ‘kind of the fun part of it’
  • Mike Reiss notes Bill Belichick stands by his decision to try a 56-yard field goal, says going for it on fourth-and-3 wasn’t a consideration.
  • Michael Hurley relays Matthew Slater going deep on costly penalty call: ‘That rule, it’s left open for some interpretation.’
  • Ryan Hannable highlights Matthew Slater giving his take on his unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
  • Karen Guregian passes along a report that the Patriots lost DE Henry Anderson to an apparent torn pectoral.
  • Dakota Randall tells us what mic’d-up Tom Brady said as he ran onto the field at Gillette Stadium.
  • Darren Hartwell shares the best memes from Steve Belichick’s wild facial expressions from Sunday.
  • CBS Boston hears from Kathy “Schwartzie” Schwartz from Ashland who said she was surprised by her viral fame as Tom Brady returned to Gillette Stadium for his first time.
  • One Patriots Place podcast: Clare, Murph and Steve talk Pats/Bucs classic with Mark Schofield. (61 min.)
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Mike and Murph discuss the return of Tom Brady, the poise of Mac Jones and the good and the bad of takeaways from Week Four. (45 min.)


  • Albert Breer (SI) Monday Afternoon QB: Don’t count out Ezekiel Elliott just yet; The RB is poised to finish the 2021 season with career-best numbers. Plus, analysis on Harbaugh and Fangio’s connections and a special moment for Ron Rivera.
  • Jason La Canfora (CBS Sports) NFL insider notes: Dolphins in disarray after another lackluster loss; More.
  • Steven Ruiz (The Ringer) Bill Belichick threw the phone book at Tom Brady, and it still wasn’t enough. But when it mattered most, Brady took exactly what Belichick gave him—and showed why he’s still the GOAT.
  • Doug Farrar (TouchdownWire) Mac Jones shows composure, resolve in narrow loss to Tom Brady’s Buccaneers.
  • John Breech (CBS Sports) Winners and losers from NFL Week 4, plus Tom Brady’s return lives up to the hype.
  • Adam Schein ( NFL’s biggest wins in Week 4: Tom Brady 19, Bill Belichick 17.
  • Next Gen Stats Analytics Team ( Week 4’s biggest decisions: Bill Belichick hurt Patriots’ chances.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Should Bill Belichick have kicked a 56-yard field goal or rolled the dice on 4th and 3?
  • Jay Busbee (Yahoo! Sports) Tom Brady, Bill Belichick deliver historic ‘Sunday Night Football’ ratings.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Tom Brady likes beating the Giants the most, the Patriots the least.
  • Conor Orr (SI) Cardinals undefeated record proves beauty of NFL anomalies.
  • Conor Orr (SI) The beautiful senselessness of the Ravens-Broncos feud: An obscure record. A salty losing coach. A confused quarterback. It’s all incredibly dumb, and we need more of it.
  • Charles Robinson (Yahoo! Sports) Moral compass spinning, Urban Meyer’s job rests in hands of a leggy, long-haired blond. His name is Trevor Lawrence.
  • Ryan Young (Yahoo! Sports) Jets S Marcus Maye facing charges after Florida DUI arrest, car crash.
  • Jimmy Traina (SI) Evaluating this season’s new football broadcasters.