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New England Patriots v Carolina Panthers
Hunter Henry and Kendrick Bourne celebrate a touchdown
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  • Albert Breer (SI) GamePlan: How and why the run game is making a comeback in the NFL; Previewing Week 14.
  • Nick Shook ( Top 10 NFL offseason signings of 2021: Patriots trio, Bengals defenders stand out.
  • Barry Werner (TouchdownWire) Report cards for all 32 teams after three-quarters of the 2021 NFL season. Patriots: Bill Belichick is a genius. Who was anyone to doubt that? Grade: A.
  • Sam Monson (PFF) 2021 Third-quarter All-Pro team. Not a single, solitary Patriots player included.
  • Doug Kyed (PFF) Week 14 Mailbag: Ja’Marr Chase’s recent decline, Indianapolis ColtsSuper Bowl chances and Denver Broncos QB conundrum
  • Dana Scott (Arizona Republic) Kliff Kingsbury: Bill Belichick should be NFL Coach of the Year every season until he retires.
  • Cody Benjamin (CBS Sports) An early look at 2022 NFL trade candidates: Kirk Cousins, Russell Wilson among 10 big names who could be dealt. No Pats.
  • Nora Princiotti (The Ringer) Lamar Jackson, Baker Mayfield, and the right path to a franchise QB.
  • Steven Ruiz (The Ringer) Breaking down the future of five NFL coaches on the hot seat.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk0 For NFL officiating, precedent has “gone out the window” in recent years. “The Harry play became problematic given the absence of clear and obvious evidence that the ball actually struck the facemask of N’Keal Harry. The ball moved, but without seeing it strike the facemask, there’s no clear and obvious evidence that it did so.”
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Micah Hyde on attitude after loss to Patriots: “Damn right I’m a sore loser.”
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Tom Brady: Rob Gronkowski is obviously the greatest tight end ever to play in the NFL.
  • John Breech (CBS Sports) Tom Brady might break the one NFL record Peyton Manning once said was unbreakable.
  • Diante Lee (PFF) A brief dialogue about RPOs in the NFL.
  • Gregg Rosenthal ( Week 14 NFL game picks: Cardinals sweep Rams; Buccaneers stay hot over Bills.
  • Will Brinson (CBS Sports) NFL Week 14 picks, odds: Rams best Cardinals in primetime, 49ers outlast Bengals in high-scoring affair.
  • You Pod to Win the Game (Yahoo! Sports) Charles Robinson and Al Toby talk about the Patriots odd MNF win, why there’s still some cause for Mac Jones hesitancy and if the Buffalo Bills and Baltimore Ravens have records inflated by shoddy wins. (66 min.)