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New England Patriots links 12/13/22 - Gritty over pretty: Defense, rookies rock 27-13 win in Arizona

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New England Patriots v Arizona Cardinals
Daniel Ekuale sacks Colt McCoy
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  • Zack Cox gives us six takeaways from the depleted Patriots’ gritty win last night. 1. First quarter from hell. 2. Defense delivers.
  • Alex Barth has 9 takeaways from the Patriots surviving 27-13 in the desert. 1. Injuries piling up.
  • Mike Kadlick states the Patriots are a mess and shares five takeaways from the Patriots luck-filled win. 1. Bill Belichick is on the hot seat.
  • Nick Goss offers his Patriots-Cardinals takeaways: Pats jump into AFC playoff spot with 27-13 win
  • Khari Thompson talks up how Josh Uche and a resilient offense save the Patriots’ season.
  • Mark Daniels writes the 2022 Patriots have been frustrating. It hasn’t been easy. If Bill Belichick can fix this mess and make a run, he’ll look like a genius.
  • Karen Guregian spotlights rookie backs Pierre Strong and Kevin Harris who delivered in the clutch.
  • Kevin Tame, Jr. (Patriots Country) Rookie Rally: Young Patriots power crucial win over Cardinals.
  • Khari Thompson notes Dont’a Hightower can’t get enough of rookie Marcus Jones’ all-around game vs. Cardinals. /He’s such a blast to watch.
  • Matt Vautour says the Patriots aren’t a great football team, but they still might make playoffs.
  • Mike Reiss talks about the injuries that knocked Rhamondre Stevenson, DeVante Parker out of the game.
  • Dakota Randall notes Jack Jones provides an encouraging update on his injured knee.
  • Keagan Stiefel says there’s no excuse tor the concussion spotter to miss DeVante Parker’s head injury.
  • Nick O’Malley issues his Patriots report cards: A+ linebackers now have two pass rushers with 10-plus sacks.
  • Dakota Randall picks three studs, three duds from the Pats’ much needed win over the Cardinals.
  • Andy Hart’s Pats-Cards thumbs up, thumbs down: Rookie RBs score the win.
  • Dakota Randall notes Matt Patricia, Vance Joseph share post game embrace after drama-filled week. /Vance may have been proved right, but Pats still won the game.
  • Nick O’Malley shares a roundup of reaction from across the league to last night’s win. “The Patriots’ winning formula isn’t pretty. In fact, it’s downright ugly. But at least they’ve got a formula and a chance still at the playoffs.”
  • Alex Reimer (of all people) talks about why those reports from NFL insiders such as Greg Bedard, about Bill Belichick’s future with the Patriots being in jeopardy are nuts.