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New England Patriots links 9/09/21 - DT Davon Godchaux: Plug the run, toughen up the defense

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DT Davon Godchaux
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  • Marcel Louis-Jacques (ESPN) Devin, Jason McCourty to face each other as captains of Patriots, Dolphins.
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Devin McCourty: We feel good about what we have without Stephon Gilmore.
  • Jason La Canfora (CBS Sports) NFL insider notes: Why the AFC-NFC gap is expanding, a surprising Cam Newton landing spot emerges and more. Listening to Bill Belichick talk about Cam makes you wonder ...
  • Cameron Filipe (FootballZebras) Week 1 referee assignments. Dolphins at Patriots: Clete Blakeman.
  • Hal Habib (Palm Beach Post) QB Tua Tagovailoa not among Miami Dolphins’ five captains.
  • Mark Schultz (Football Zebras) 5 officiating things I’m watching in 2021.
  • Ben Austro (Football Zebras) The NFL’s 3 changes under the hood of replay that could have mixed results.
  • MMQB Staff (SI) 2021 NFL Predictions: Super Bowl LVI, playoff picks, award winners and more.
  • Nate Davis (USA Today) NFL 2021: Super Bowl 56, playoffs, MVP and other awards predictions from USA Today’s sports experts.
  • Adam Schein ( Nine last-minute predictions for the 2021 NFL season: 1) Josh Allen wins MVP and Super Bowl LVI. 6) All five first-round quarterbacks dazzle, with Mac Jones nabbing OROY.
  • Mark Schofield, Doug Farrar & Laurie Fitzpatrick (TouchdownWire) 2021 NFL predictions. /No love for the Pats.
  • Marc Sessler ( 10 intriguing scenarios to track as we tumble toward Week 1: Ben Roethlisberger, Lions, Andy Dalton; More.
  • Henry Bushnell (Yahoo! Sports) 17-game seasons will upend NFL records. Here’s how to fix that.
  • Albert Breer (SI) Mailbag: Are the Dolphins being overlooked for 2021? Plus, Carson Wentz and Sam Darnold’s second chances, the growing trend of holdouts, Deshaun Watson and more.
  • Doug Farrar (TouchdownWire) Breaking down all five first-round rookie quarterbacks with Tony Romo.
  • Gregg Rosenthal ( QB Index, Week 1: Ranking all 32 starters entering 2021 NFL season. Mac Jones 22nd.
  • Patrik Walker (CBS Sports) NFL coach hot seat rankings: Mike McCarthy isn’t safe, Joe Judge standing on thin ice and more.
  • Michael Renner (PFF) Biggest NFL breakout candidates at every position based on 2021 NFL preseason performance. Running back: J.J. Taylor.
  • Nick Shook ( Jimmy Garoppolo confirms he’s 49ers’ starter, even if Kyle Shanahan won’t say it.
  • Doug Farrar (TouchdownWire) Tom Brady will be the oldest non-kicker ever to start a Week 1 NFL game.
  • Kevin Patra ( Cam Newton: ‘I have a lot of football still in me.’
  • Pete Prisco (CBS Sports) NFL Week 1 odds, picks: Mac Jones wins Patriots debut 23-17.
  • John Breech (CBS Sports) NFL Week 1 picks: Buccaneers roll over Cowboys in season opener. Patriots win 19-16.
  • You Pod to Win the Game: Charles Robinson’s season preview: Ravens a low-key mess, Packers have the eye of the tiger; More. (73 min.)