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New England Patriots links 10/08/21 - Patriots running on empty

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers v New England Patriots
Brandon Bolden carries the ball
Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images



  • Evan Lazar’s Patriots Game Plan: How will Pats game plan around banged up offensive line vs. Texans?
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots-Texans Week 5 key matchups; Who has the razor’s edge?
  • Alex Barth gives us his Patriots vs. Texans key matchups. ‘Houston’s success has been relatively one-dimensional. Both offensively and defensively, there’s seemingly one player making the gears turn. If the Patriots can limit the impact of those two players they should be able to pick up a relatively easy win – offensive line issues aside.’
  • Nick O’Malley’s Patriots-Texans anti-analysis: James Develin running Boston Marathon; Matt Judon making a name as ‘dude with the red sleeves.’
  • Khari Thompson thumbnails four Texans players to watch against the Patriots.
  • Andy Hart calls this a must-win game for New England or the season could be slipping away.
  • Eric Wilbur tells us what the NFL experts are predicting for Sunday’s Patriots-Texans game.
  • Mike D’Abate (PatriotMaven) From strength to suspect? — Patriots offensive line faces tough challenges heading into Week Five.
  • Ryan Hannable suggests Trent Brown had a setback with his calf injury after missing the last two days of practice
  • Buddy Andrade (E2GSports) Gilmore is gone to Carolina, how does that leave the CB position?
  • Karen Guregian notes J.C. Jackson is motivated to take over Stephon Gilmore’s role.
  • Andrew Callahan explains the Patriots must run the ball better soon, and why it might take longer than expected.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Mac Jones discusses how much input he has on Josh McDaniels’ game plan.
  • Zack Cox notes veteran RB Brandon Bolden has a simple message for the young backs after their fumbles. It’s been a rough opening month for Rhamondre Stevenson and J.J. Taylor.
  • Zack Cox updates the Injury Report: CB Shaun Wade misses practice with concussion; Four offensive linemen remained sidelined.
  • Ryan Hannable notes Kyle Van Noy was upgraded to limited Thursday.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Every NFL team’s MVP after the first 4 weeks of the season. Patriots: LB Matt Judon.
  • Andrew Callahan relays Matt Judon on the Pats’ slow start: ‘We’ve got 13 more games, and we can win all next 13’
  • Dakota Randall highlights Matt Judon offering amusing explanations for red sleeves, sack celebration, “Good skin, It get cut up on turf, so I was like, ‘skip this.’”
  • Zack Cox addresses this week’s Patriots Mailbag: What might patchwork O-line look like vs. Texans? Plus: Should the Patriots shake things up at running back?
  • Zack Cox mentions how Patriots’ running back group chats keep ex-teammates’ bonds alive. ‘You’re still a Patriots running back at the end of the day.’
  • Danny Jaillet (PatriotsWire) Ranking Bill Belichick’s 8 most ruthless personnel decisions.
  • Nick Stevens picks the five biggest head-scratching trades by Bill Belichick.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) 8 takeaways from the Patriots’ breakup with Stephon Gilmore. 1. Gilmore remains one of Belichick’s best free agency signings.
  • Dakota Randall relays how J.C. Jackson reacted to the Stephon Gilmore trade. ‘It just kinda shocked me that he’s not here anymore’.
  • Zack Cox notes that in his introductory Panthers news conference, Stephon Gilmore said he had no ill will toward New England for trading him. ‘It’s no hard feelings. It’s business.’
  • Ryan Hannable relays WEEI guest Ian Rapoport: NFL teams didn’t love the Stephon Gilmore tape from 2020.
  • Dakota Randall suggests Stephon Gilmore’s exit probably comes down to one of these two things. Gilmore either really wanted to leave New England, or the Patriots really wanted Jamie Collins and cap flexibility more than an elite cornerback. He’s not buying the idea that Belichick and Gilmore met, said, “It’s been real, love you, but let’s just move on.”
  • Keith Pearson’s The Bet Box: At 1-3 the Patriots have their backs up against the wall with a shell of an offensive line to help push them away from it. It’s a good thing they are playing hapless Houston this week. Patriots 24-10.
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Crossover edition - Mike D’Abate is joined by Coty Davis and John Hickman of Locked On Texans to preview Sunday’s matchup. (38 min.)


  • Kristie Rieken (AP) Texans’ Davis Mills faces Patriots team tough on rookie QBs: Bill Belichick is 22-6 against rookie quarterbacks in his tenure as the Patriots’ head coach.
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) J.C. Jackson: Goal is to be a No. 1 corner, don’t feel I’m there yet.
  • Myles Simmons (ProFootballTalk) Matt Judon: We’re not getting down on ourselves.
  • Cameron Filipe (FootballZebras) Week 5 referee assignments. Patriots at Texans: Scott Novak.
  • Joel Corry (CBS Sports) Agent’s Take: Carson Wentz tops NFL’s biggest individual dead money cap charges of 2021
  • Mike Jones (USA Today) NFL superlatives: Who’s distinguishing themselves, for better or worse, after four weeks?
  • Gil Brandt ( Ten players who will rebound after slow starts to the 2021 NFL season.
  • Charles Robinson (Yahoo! Sports) Mystery surrounding raid on Washington team facility deepens as union says an active NFL player has spoken to the DEA.
  • MMQB Staff (SI) Week 5 NFL picks. All five pick Pats over Texans.
  • Frank Schwab (Yahoo! Sports) NFL against the spread picks. Texans (+9.5) over the Patriots. But the Patriots like to play low-scoring games. There could be a little bit of a letdown after an emotional Brady Bowl last week. The Texans were competitive before last week when the Bills steamrolled them.
  • Nate Davis (USA Today) Week 5 NFL picks. All seven pick Pats over Texans.
  • Will Brinson (CBS Sports) NFL Week 5 picks. Pats-Texans: Bill Belichick destroys young quarterbacks in bad spots and Davis Mills qualifies. New England probably shouldn’t be nine-point road favorites, but it’s difficult to imagine them being locked up in a tight one with Houston given the Pats relative strengths.