New England Patriots links 8/20/18 - Womens Marcus Cannon Jersey , Defense making strides TEAM TALKErik Scalavino shares some practice notes from Sunday: Kenny Britt is dealing with a frustrating hamstring injury; More.Patriots victory delivers highest local market rating of summer.LOCAL LINKSMike Reiss shares some quick-hit weekend thoughts: Adrian Clayborn’s tattoos serve up reminder of ‘314’ roots; More.Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Sunday Patriots news, AFC East notes: Pats offense revolves around #12 once again; More.Ryan Hannable’s Sunday 7: Despite tough start, Eric Decker should make the team.Mike Dussault (PatsPropaganda) Can we be excited about 2018 Patriots now?Ty Anderson explains why with this Tom Brady, the Patriots will be just fine.Kevin Duffy isn’t a fan of how the Patriots have drafted in the top rounds in recent years.Karen Guregian believes that despite Isaiah Wynn’s injury, the Patriots have the tackle spot covered.Doug Kyed reviews the preseason Week 2 film on Patriots-Eagles: Tom Brady already in vintage form.Andrew Callahan breaks down the film from Pats-Eagles and shares some takeaways. 2. Trent Brown, Shaq Mason took a step back.Thomas Domol (DirtyWaterMedia) The reluctant general: Tom Brady’s mystifying late career.Zack Cox notes fans were treated to a thrilling preview of The Cordarrelle Patterson Show on Thursday night.Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Why isn’t Cordarrelle Patterson returning kicks in preseason?Mark Daniels will be looking to see if Rob Gronkowski suits up for the third preseason game this Friday, and notes Gronk feels that playing in the preseason is beneficial.Phil Perry says the memories of Kenny Britt’s impressive spring are fading ‘ever so slightly’. Britt may test Belichick’s old adage, “Dependability is more important than ability”.Mike Dussault (PatsPropaganda) Patriots 53-man roster projection. Kenny Britt still on board.Ryan Hannable presents his 53-man roster projection: Cole Croston takes Isaiah Wynn’s spot.Doug Kyed thumbnails 11 players on the roster bubble still battling for roles.Ryan Hannable doesn’t see a punter competition anymore.Zack Cox wonders if the Patriots’ 14-year undrafted rookie streak ends this summer.Ross Gienieczko notes Bill Belichick still wants to see improvement from his players.Doug Kyed updates us on the Patriots injuries: Rex Burkhead returned to practice Sunday. Sony Michel, Harvey Langi Womens Devin McCourty Jersey , Marcus Cannon and Isaiah Wynn were absent.Kevin Duffy Patriots Notebook: Kenny Britt’s return from injury still uncertain; More.Karen Guregian NFL Notes: Rookie free agents have Patriot Place.Hayden Bird notes Bill Belichick’s explanation of how he scouts players in other systems.Ryan Hannable reports ‘NFL referees have been told to throw the flag if there’s any doubt during the preseason and then the crews can review plays during the weeks ahead and decide whether or not it was the right call. The hope is this will make things right come the regular season.’Michael Hurley finds that Jon Gruden is still ticked off about the Tuck Rule nearly two decades later.Matt McCarthy hasn’t gotten over the Super Bowl loss yet and rails at the defense, even while acknowledging positive signs of improvement this preseason.Steve Buckley calls the NFL preseason nothing more than a con game.Joshua Schrock watches Max Kellerman so we don’t have to. Kellerman re-ups his Tom Brady ‘cliff’ prediction. /Insert bored eye-roll emoji here.NATIONAL NEWSJosh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Kenny Britt knows he’s falling behind.Dave Archibald (InsideThePylon) The Sony Michel pick was on-brand Patriots.Albert Breer (SI) Monday Morning QB: Drew Brees, Sean Payton and the level of expectation for the Saints.Peter King (ProFootballTalk) Football Morning in America: With or without laces, Jon Gruden just wants to compete.Mike Tanier (Bleacher Report) Monday Morning Digest: Preseason stocks rising and falling. Stock rising: New England Patriots.Conor Orr (SI) Morning Huddle: Players current and former are blasting the NFL’s helmet rule, but will it lead to the league making a hasty change? Nate Davis (USA Today) 30 Things we learned from Week 2 of the 2018 NFL preseason. 5. Tom Brady played the first half Thursday night. After missing most of the Patriots’ offseason ... he looks perfectly ready for Week 1.Bucky Brooks (NFL.com) NFL’s true franchise quarterbacks.Danny Heifetz (The Ringer) The five most undervalued players in the NFL.Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Another possible fix for helmet rule: Expand replay review to cover it. /So it can go frame-by-frame and provide exactly what no one liked about the catch rule?Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Richard Sherman sounds off on new helmet rule.Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Terry McAulay sees big change in how replay reviews will be used.Surprise: an ex-Steelers defender thinks Pittsburgh will dethrone the Patriots as AFC champions The New England Patriots have been the NFL’s model franchise for the past 18 years. No team has had similar success since Bill Belichick and Tom Brady led the team to its first Super Bowl championship after the 2001 season. Since then, the Patriots have made it back to the game’s biggest stage seven more times – three of which during the last four seasons.Safe to say, the Patriots will again be heavily favored to represent their conference in the Super Bowl this season. According to former NFL safety Ryan Clark, however, 2018 might be the year one of New England’s long-time rivals will dethrone the two-time reigning AFC champions: the Pittsburgh Steelers http://www.authenticsnewenglandpatriots.com/cheap-david-andrews-jersey , the team which employed Clark for eight of his 13 years in the league.Last season, the Steelers came close to beating the Patriots in the regular season but never got the chance for a postseason rematch. Seeded as the number two team in the AFC, Pittsburgh imploded in the divisional playoff round and was defeated by the visiting Jacksonville Jaguars – a team that went on to face the Patriots in Foxboro and subsequently finish the year as the runner-ups in the conference.This year, Clark sees the Steelers get over the hump that is the Jaguars and more prominently the Patriots as he told Adam Schefter on his podcast:The Steelers certainly have a very good team that looks similar to the one that finished the 2017 season with a 13-3 record and top eight in both scoring offense and scoring defense. So naturally, Pittsburgh will be in contention for the AFC title yet again – and Clark’s prediction, despite his obvious connection with the club, is actually one that could turn out to be true after all.However, history is not on his side: with Tom Brady starting, the Patriots have played 13 games versus Pittsburgh. Only two of those games were won by the Steelers Youth Rob Gronkowski Jersey , and none of them over the last six years. All streaks must come to an end at one point, of course, but as long as Brady does not show signs of slowing down, he and his team should still be favored to emerge victoriously at any given time.But who knows, maybe the Steelers will never run into the Patriots in the first place – which is exactly what happened when the team won its lone two Super Bowls of the salary cap era: in both 2005 and 2008, Pittsburgh did not have to cross paths with New England to get to the title game. Maybe 2018 will be the same. The odds of that happening do not look too good, though, when judged by historic precedent.
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