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New England Patriots links 11/04/21 - Mac not looking back; Moving on to Carolina

Daily news and links for Thursday

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  • Phil Perry explains why he thinks Rhule vs. Belichick could be a TKO this week in Carolina.
  • Karen Guregian writes it’s on to operation rebound for Mac Jones, and this week we’ll learn if the rookie QB can overcome playing a terrible half of football.
  • Mike D’Abate (PatriotMaven) Curiosity for the Cats? Mac Jones faces a tough test against a stout Carolina Panthers’ defense in Week Nine.
  • Chad Finn thinks it’s time to acknowledge how right the Patriots got it by drafting Mac Jones.
  • Evan Lazar explains how the Bill Belichick stole a game-wrecker on the defensive line in rookie Christian Barmore.
  • Mike Reiss talks about how the Patriots are living dangerously at cornerback since the Stephon Gilmore trade.
  • Ryan Hannable relays N’Keal Harry responding to not being traded at the deadline.
  • Tom E. Curran suggests the Patriots’ inactivity at the trade deadline means Bill Belichick feels he has enough “in house” to compete for a playoff spot in the wide open AFC.
  • Khari Thompson tells us what to expect when the Patriots go against Stephon Gilmore on Sunday.
  • Mike Reiss reports Stephon Gilmore says handling of his injury and contract contributed to departure from New England.
  • Zack Cox offers six takeaways from Stephon Gilmore’s comments yesterday. 3. He didn’t expect to be traded.
  • Matt Vautour highlights Stephon Gilmore praising Bill Belichick, ‘He taught me a lot of football. How to be a better player.’
  • Andy Hart knows things have not come easy for Bill Belichick’s Patriots this season. But now the team’s postseason hopes are suddenly a realistic goal.
  • Robert Alvarez (PatsFans) Matthew Judon celebrates winning his Week One fine appeal.
  • Mike Kadlick looks at the latest Patriots odds across the board heading into Week 9.
  • Dakota Randall updates the Patriots Injury Report: 11 players limited; J.C. Jackson wasn’t at Wednesday’s practice due to an illness.
  • Logan Mullen notes that while it’s still unclear if Sam Darnold or P.J. Walker will be under center for the Panthers on Sunday, Bill Belichick doesn’t seem to care.
  • Jenna Ciccotelli highlights Mac Jones assessing the Panthers defense. He’ll be facing one of the top NFL defenses on Sunday.
  • Zack Cox notes Panthers WR Robby Anderson says the Patriots tried to sign him in free agency.
  • Nick Stevens explains why Odell Beckham Jr. might be a great fit with the Patriots.
  • Keith Pearson’s Week 9 Bet Box: ‘Back to .500 and will be favored in at least their next three games, everyone back on board the Pats to the Playoffs Bandwagon. Christian McCaffrey was designated to return from injured reserve, but will Sam Darnold clear concussion protocol or will it be P.J. Walker?’ Patriots, 23-17.
  • Matt Vautour gives us the NFL Week 9 picks, point spreads, betting lines: Who is picking the Patriots?
  • Robert Alvarez (PatsFans) Do Your Job: How an NFL coaching assistant prepares players for games.
  • Patriots Fourth and Two podcast: Patriots victory & Panthers preview. (58 min.)


  • Jason La Canfora (CBS Sports) NFL insider notes: Texans weren’t realistic about Deshaun Watson value, making sense of backup QB surge, Matt Judon looking like best offseason signing; more.
  • Joel Corry (CBS Sports) Agent’s Take: Three deals that should have been made before NFL trade deadline expired.
  • Albert Breer (SI) Mailbag: What’s next for Deshaun Watson and the Texans after the trade deadline?
  • Charean Williams (ProFootballTalk) Matthew Judon wins appeal of his $10,300 fine from season opener.
  • Gregg Rosenthal ( NFL QB Index, Week 9: Matthew Stafford hits top five! What should we expect from Jordan Love. Mac Jones 16th.
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Panthers list Sam Darnold as limited in practice.
  • Myles Simmons (ProFootballTalk) Panthers designate Christian McCaffrey to return from IR.
  • Adam Teicher (ESPN) Unfulfilled dyanasty? Why Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes could walk a path similar to Packers’ Aaron Rodgers. /Cry me a Rivers... It’s not just about the quarterback.
  • Conor Orr (SI) Aaron Rodgers could avoid vaccine scrutiny for only so long.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballtalk) NFL claims Aaron Rodgers didn’t violate COVID protocol during preseason games, others disagree. /Some QBs are more equal than others.
  • Andrew Gastellum (SI) Report: NFL ‘reviewing’ COVID-19 protocol situation in Green Bay.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Aaron Rodgers violated COVID protocol by doing maskless indoor press conferences.
  • Sarah Barshop (ESPN) Inside story of why the Texans didn’t trade quarterback Deshaun Watson, what’s next.
  • John Breech (CBS Sports) NFL Week 9 picks: 49ers upset Cardinals, Aaron Rodgers outduels Patrick Mahomes as Packers top Chiefs. Patriots win 27-17.
  • Vinnie Iyer (Sporting News) NFL picks, predictions against the spread Week 9: Packers clip Chiefs; Steelers slam Bears; Patriots roll 20-14.
  • Bill Bender (CBS Sports) NFL picks, predictions for Week 9. Patriots win 24-20.