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New England Patriots links 2/23/22 - Patriots-Bengals: Previews, matchups, keys to victory

Daily news and links for Friday.

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  • Murph (E2GSports) Monster Keys to Patriots victory over the Bengals. 1. Sling it.
  • Mark Daniels suggests 3 things the Patriots must do to beat the Bengals. 1. Bring the pain for Joe Burrow.
  • Phil Perry identifies 5 matchups to watch in Patriots vs. Bengals. 1. Rhamondre Stevenson vs. Bengals front seven.
  • Alex Barth’s Patriots vs. Bengals key matchups: The ultimate bounce-back game.
  • Matt Geagan looks at what to watch for: How will the Pats respond after last week’s disaster?
  • Dave D’Onofrio previews the Pats looking to give the Bengals a lump of coal on Christmas Eve.
  • Andrew Callahan tells us why the Patriots’ playoff hopes might hinge on Bill Belichick fooling Joe Burrow.
  • Nick O’Malley gives us his Pats-Bengals anti-analysis: QB Mac Jones and his dog have matching pajamas.
  • Mike Reiss reports long snapper Joe Cardona has a torn tendon in his foot, per a source, and won’t play again this season. /Hadn’t missed a game in eight seasons.
  • Khari Thompson says Jake Bailey might be back to rescue the Patriots’ kicking game
  • Phil Perry explains why Mac Jones has failed to develop a Joe Burrow-like trajectory.
  • Khari Thompson details how Rhamondre Stevenson has been helping Pierre Strong and Kevin Harris navigate their first seasons while learning lessons in his second year.
  • Phil Perry addresses his Patriots Mailbag: The most important Pats storyline for final three games.
  • Michael Hurley gets lost in the NFL playoff simulators to find a potential path to the playoffs: There’s a lot that can still shake out for the Patriots and their playoff chances.
  • Kevin Tame, Jr. (Patriots Country) Can the Patriots still sneak into the postseason?
  • Conor Roche (ClutchPoints) Matthew Judon’s stern message following sack-less game; Judon critiques his own play after sack-less game.
  • Mike D’Abate (Patriots Country) Patriots Pro Bowl snubs: 3 worthy selections.
  • Ethan Hurwitz (HurwitzSports) Ethan’s Ears: A recap of the last few weeks in the world of the New England Patriots, the rest of the NFL and more.
  • Pierce Downey (Stadium Rant) Opinion: Having Matt Patricia run the offense was Bill Belichick’s worst ever call.
  • Soor Vora (StadiumRant) Comparing the Patriots to last year at the Week 15 checkpoint: The improvements.
  • Tom E. Curran finds five reasons for cautious optimism about the Patriots heading into ‘23.
  • Khari Thompson spotlights 3 positions the Patriots badly need to upgrade in 2023.
  • Varun (Stadium Rant) Three problems the Patriots need to fix going forward. 1. Offensive coordinator.
  • Sara Marshall (MusketFire) Former Patriots executive Michael Lombardi rips Bill Belichick for failed season.
  • Michael Hurley says the Buccaneers stink and since Roger Goodell owes one to Tom Brady, he should let him pick a team for the playoffs; Week 16 picks. Cincy wins.
  • Kyle Yates (ProFootballNetwork) Bengals vs. Patriots prediction, odds, and picks for Week 16.


  • Albert Breer and Conor Orr (SI) NFL Week 16 Preview: Playoff-clinching scenarios, best games and predictions; The story lines we’ll be watching closely; More.
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) NFL Week 16 playoff picture: Jaguars closing in on AFC South lead, Jets fading in wild card race.
  • Myles Simmons (ProFootballTalk) Bengals clinch playoff berth with Jets loss.
  • Bucky Brooks ( Scouts Notebook: Ranking the top five rookie classes of the 2022 NFL season. No Pats.
  • Douglas Clawson, Chris Towers & R.J. White (CBS Sports) NFL Week 16 weather: A complete guide to how games will be impacted by winter storm.
  • Staff (SI) Most memorable moments at NFL snow games over the years.
  • Jeff Kerr (CBS Sports) Ranking five best NFL offseason moves. No Pats.
  • Charles Robinson (Yahoo! Sports) It’s time for Patriots team owner Robert Kraft to treat Bill Belichick the way Belichick treats his players. “In short: tell Belichick that Patricia must be stripped of offensive play-calling duties and the head coach must find a tested offensive coordinator to take control of the scheme and guide Mac Jones. Because what’s happening this season is going from unacceptable to malpractice.”
  • Conor Orr (SI) 2023 NFL offseason coaching carousel preview.
  • Tyler Greenawalt (Yahoo! Sports) Pro Bowl snub list headlined by Tua Tagovailoa despite his earning the most fan votes.
  • Frank Schwab (Yahoo! Sports) After Jets’ bad loss to the Jaguars, Zach Wilson starting to look like a lost cause.
  • Chris Trapasso (CBS Sports) NFL MVP race: Making the case for and against Patrick Mahomes, Jalen Hurts, Joe Burrow and Josh Allen
  • Cynthia Frelund ( Game Theory: Every team’s chance to make the playoffs at Week 16. (2.50 min. video)
  • Gregg Rosenthal ( Week 16 game picks: Cowboys edge out Eagles; Texas notch second win of the season! Bengals win 24-17.
  • Pete Prisco (CBS Sports) Week 16 NFL picks. Bengals win 30-17.
  • John Breech (CBS Sports) NFL Week 16 picks. Bengals win 27-20.
  • Sheil Kapadia (The Ringer) Week 16 NFL picks against the spread. Bengals win.