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New England Patriots links 11/02/21 - Pats defense in the zone

Daily news and links for Tuesday

New England Patriots Vs. Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium
Lawrence Guy and Matt Judon share a sack lunch on Sunday
Photo by Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images



  • Evan Lazar’s Film Review: Is the Patriots defense shifting to more zone coverage? Pats defense played zone coverage on 75% of their coverage snaps on Sunday.
  • Evan Lazar’s Advanced Stats Report: Matt Judon has monster performance against Chargers.
  • Zack Cox analyzes the Patriots Snap Counts: Fumble vs. Chargers lands Kendrick Bourne on bench.
  • Mike D’Abate (PatriotMaven) Patriots 2021 Week Eight Snap Counts: Interpretations and implications.
  • Mike Reiss talks about how after a frustrating start to the season, the Patriots have climbed back into the AFC’s playoff race by winning three of their past four games.
  • Tom E. Curran says it turns out the Patriots are who they said they were.
  • Mark Daniels says the Patriots breathed life into their 2021 season with the win over the Chargers.
  • Andy Hart says love ‘em or hate ‘em, it’s time to take the Patriots seriously.
  • Michael Hurley serves up some still-warm leftover thoughts: It’s about time the Patriots came out on the winning end of a game like this.
  • Jerry Thornton shares his knee-jerk reactions to Pats-Chargers. The key factor being that, despite Mac Jones having the worst struggles with accuracy he’s shown as a pro, when they needed him to put game away, he did exactly that.
  • Mike D’Abate (PatriotMaven) Lessons-learned from Week Eight victory over the Chargers. Lesson One: The Patriots defense is still capable of forcing the opposition to expect the ‘unexpected.’
  • Zack Cox offers his Pats-Chargers final thoughts: Matthew judon joins rare company, Gunner Olszewski’s impact, Mac Jones’ helpful push; More.
  • Mark Morse (PatsFans) 15 Observations from Week 8 – Patriots at Chargers. 1. This was Mac Jones’s worst game as a Pro. He was 18 of 35, 51.4% for 218 yards, 0 TDs, and 0 INT. His QB rating was 52.8. The important stat here is the zero interceptions!
  • Phil Perry’s Report Card: Pats defense shines against Herbert’s Chargers.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Week 8 Report Card: Pats have an opportunity to start stringing some wins together.
  • Zack Cox tells us why Mac Jones barks (yes, barks) before and after Patriots games.
  • Dakota Randall notes Matthew Judon and Adrian Phillips, both with huge games, were going nuts after the win.
  • Zack Cox finds Keenan Allen was not impressed with the Patriots’ defense, ‘I don’t think they did anything’. /ORLY?
  • Dakota Randall relays Bill Belichick’s insight on how the Patriots are approaching the trade deadline.
  • Alex Barth identifies six potential Patriots trade deadline targets.
  • Mark Daniels thumbnails five players the Patriots could target and five they could deal away at the trade deadline.
  • Mike D’Abate (PatriotMaven) Will they or won’t they? Patriots’ trade deadline activity will be based on supply and demand. New England’s chances of acquiring some assistance at Tuesday’s Trade Deadline may be decided by simple economics.
  • Dakota Randall reminds us the trade deadline is today at 4 p.m.; Updated list of 18 players reportedly available.
  • Justin Leger relays Stephon Gilmore, who says he has ‘a lot of extra’ motivation for upcoming game vs. Pats.
  • Dakota Randall notes Sam Darnold suffered a concussion Sunday, putting his status for next week’s game between the Patriots and Panthers into question.


  • Albert Breer (SI) Monday Afternoon QB: The Rams are all in at a few key positions; Derrick Henry, Jameis Winston Injuries; Plus, the Titans’ identity without their star, how the Saints might handle the QB spot and more.
  • Jenny Vrentas (SI) Week 8 Takeaways: Feisty divisional games, blowouts, a wide open AFC and the Mike White show on a Halloween NFL Sunday; Plus, Justin Fields’s magic, Jimmy Garoppolo’s homecoming, revenge against former teams, an unfortunately named kicker and much more.
  • Corey Seeley (TheDraftScout) Tuesday Morning Football: Heroic backup QBs, Taysom Hill should be the answer in New Orleans, Patriots are still in it, Rams are all in; Trade deadline predictions. “Patriots have primarily been a man-coverage team in 2021, as they largely have in the past. On Sunday, New England’s defensive gameplan entailed a heavy zone-coverage scheme that Herbert and the Chargers did not anticipate. Herbert said after the game. “A lot of disguise. We were expecting a lot of man (coverage) but did not get a whole lot of it today.” /Good stuff.
  • Jeffri Chadiha ( The First Read, Week 9: Impact of Von Miller trade on Rams; Cowboys pass another test.
  • Will Brinson (CBS Sports) Sorting the NFL Pile, Week 8: NFC playoff picture tiers, with a wild race for the final spot taking shape.
  • Kaelen Jones (The Ringer) Are the Patriots on the verge of a breakout?
  • Dan Parr & Chase Goodbread ( 2022 NFL Draft order: Eagles, Giants, Jets holding multiple picks inside top 11.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Dolphins deal for Deshaun Watson bogged down when Texans raised price.