Friday's New England Patriots Links: Aqib Talib Getting His 'Bounce' Back

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December 20, 2013 at 09:36am ET

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Here are this morning's top stories from around the internet:


These pieces are now falling into place - Dan Shaughnessy - Shaughnessy has a variety of thoughts in this article, and feels, "To beat the Patriots you need a coach who is not afraid of Bill Belichick and a quarterback who qualifies as at least borderline elite."

LeGarrette Blount is a physical menace - Michael Whitmer - Whitmer has a piece this morning on Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount, who he writes enjoys working for his yards by running over defenders.


Aqib Talib bounces back to lift Pats' spirit - Jeff Howe - Howe has an article on Talib, who he writes has gone from a limp to a healthy bounce, which is good news for his teammates.

Flacco’s struggles not clear to Patriots - Adam Kirkjian - Kirkjian looks at the play of Ravens QB Joe Flacco, who has thrown 18 touchdowns but has also been picked off 17 times this season.

Aaron Dobson close - Jeff Howe - Howe files his notebook this morning, which leads off with the potential return of the rookie receiver this weekend.

Ravens, NFL fans can thank Jacoby Jones for big plays - Matt Chatham - Chatham files his weekly report, and highlights the impact Jones has had for the Ravens this season.


Groupings: Fullback plays larger role - Mike Reiss - Reiss takes a look at the positional groupings used by New England's offense, and noted the spike in fullback usage in Miami last weekend.

Highlighting Pats-Ravens connections - Field Yates - Yates has his weekly feature looking at the Patriots personnel connections with opposing teams, and highlights James Ihedigbo and former defensive coordinator Dean Pees as two people in that category this week.

Reiss' P.A.T. with Marcus Cannon - Mike Reiss - Reiss has a video with news from the stadium, and an interview with Marcus Cannon.

A family affair for Chandler Jones - Field Yates - Yates has an article focusing on Jones and the connection as he gets set to take on his brother, Art, who's a 4-year player with Baltimore.


Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees excited for another Showdown With Old Friend Tom Brady - Christopher Price - Price has an article on the meeting between former Patriots defensive coordinator Dean Pees and Tom Brady this weekend.


Patriots' spotty pass defense could Flacco elixir - Jennifer Toland - Toland has an article this morning on Ravens' quarterback Joe Flacco, who is coming off a win over Detroit where they didn't score a touchdown, and will try and take advantage of the Patriots' secondary this weekend.

Recalling the birth of the Ravens rivalry in 2009 - Jennifer Toland - Toland files her notebook this morning which leads off with the recent history between these two teams, which has seen both teams split a pair of AFC Championship games.


PATRIOTS NOTEBOOK: Pats prepare to deal with Ravens' Jones - Glen Farley - Farley files his notebook this morning, which leads off with ssome thoughts on Baltimore Ravens' return man, Jacoby Jones.