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New England Patriots links 5/13/21 - Seven ways ‘till Sunday: Dissecting, projecting the Pats’ 2021 season

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  • Mike Reiss talks about the Patriots 2021 schedule: Biggest takeaway, storyline to watch, bold prediction, More. “New England’s favorite son returns for what one of the hottest tickets and most memorable nights in Gillette Stadium history.”
  • Doug Kyed shares nine takeaways from the Patriots schedule: New England’s toughest stretch of games comes before and after that bye with the Titans, Bills, Colts and Bills.
  • Zack Cox offers some early thoughts on all 17 Patriots games. Week 1: “The Patriots open against Brian Flores and the AFC East rival Dolphins for the second consecutive year. It’s an early revenge game for Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy, who was stunned and disappointed when the Dolphins released him earlier this offseason. Per usual with these teams, there will plenty of familiar faces on both sides.”
  • Chris Mason posts 17 takeaways from New England’s first 17-game slate. 9. Early home cookin’: The Patriots start the season with five of their first seven games at home.
  • Ryan Hannable offers 10 thoughts on the Pats’ schedule, including toughest stretch, biggest games.
  • Alex Barth picks five Pats takeaways from the schedule release: Easier start, tougher finish.
  • CBS Boston points out the Patriots are the only team in the league that will be facing three teams coming off byes this season. This happened to the Pats in 2019 too.
  • Andy Hart predicts the results and record for the 2021 Patriots schedule. Week 1 begins with a win vs. the Phins.
  • Alex Barth gives us his game-by-game breakdown for the Pats’ season.
  • Nick Goss makes his Patriots game predictions for every week.
  • CBS Boston selects its most anticipated Patriots games of 2021. Week 13 and Week 16 vs. Bills: The Patriots will likely have to split with Buffalo if they want to end their one-year postseason drought.
  • Phil Perry ranks the Patriots’ games from most to least intriguing, with Bucs at Patriots at the top.
  • David Latham (LastWordOnSports) Patriots schedule breakdown: Ranking every game by difficulty.
  • Sean T. McGuire picks out 15 games worth highlighting this NFL season.
  • Sean T. McGuire gives us the projected win totals for each of New England’s 2021 opponents from the Bucs (11.5) to the Texans (4.5)
  • D.J. Bean predicts when Mac Jones may start based off the Pats’ schedule.
  • CBS Boston reports Tom Brady’s return to Gillette could draw record ticket prices: ‘Close to $1,000 just to get into the nosebleeds.’
  • Ian Glendon (FullPressCoverage) Tom Brady has opportunity to break passing record on a familiar field. Brady currently trails Drew Brees by 1,154 yards.
  • Zack Cox gives us his takeaways on rookie RB Rhamondre Stevenson and what the Patriots can expect: Stevenson boasts a rare blend of size, quickness and pass-catching ability.
  • Robert Alvarez (PatsFans) Harvey Langi celebrates his return to the Patriots after signing one-year free agent deal.
  • Adam London highlights Jeremy Fowler (ESPN+) on how the Jimmy Garoppolo-Patriots trade rumors were overblown. /I’m shocked, shocked!
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Mike D’Abate is joined by John Miller (Locked On Mizzou) to help Pats fans get to know new safety Joshuah Bledsoe. (34 min.)
  • A Clare Perspective podcast: Clare Cooper is joined by Matt Morel, also known as Marine Matt, producer of Patriots Unfiltered as they chat about the Patriots and more. (29 min.)