Monday's New England Patriots Links 12/23 - Mankins Happy To Stick it to 'So-Called Experts'

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December 23, 2013 at 11:51am ET

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Here today's top stories from around the internet:


Play of the game: Pats' goal-line stand - Mark Daniels - Daniels looks at the Patriots stop against the Ravens on Sunday in the 3rd quarter, which kept them out of the endzone.

Plenty of punch in Patriots - Ron Borges - Borges writes that while the Patriots may not be what they used to be, yesterday they proved they may not have to be.

Patriots' road to title travels past injuries - Jeff Howe - Howe writes that yesterday's performance should establish the Patriots as contenders, despite a year that has been plagued with injuries.

Patriots' defense comes out of hiding - Karen Guregian - Guregian looks at the performance of the defense, which made plays all afternoon against the Ravens Sunday.

Patriots notebook: Trauma drama goes on - Jeff Howe - Howe files his notebook for yesterday, which leads off with the additional injuries the Patriots sustained against the Ravens.

Logan Ryan picks right game to play big - Mark Daniels - Daniels looks the performance of Ryan yesterday, which included two big interceptions during Sunday's win.

Best & Worst from Patriots-Ravens game - Karen Guregian - Guregian has her 'best and worst' from yesterday, including the fact Chandler Jones outplayed his big brother.


Patriots get important road win, aided by inept Ravens offense - Ben Volin - Volin writes that two statements were made during the Patriots 41-7 win over the Ravens.  One was that New England can still bring the heat on the road, and that Baltimore's offense is mediocre right now.

The 2013 Patriots may or may not become a champion, but they sure do fight like one - Chad Finn - Finn has his reaction from yesterday's game, and feels that win or lose the highlight video is already set.

5 takeaways from the Patriots-Ravens game - Zuri Berry - Berry has five takeaways, including Tavon Wilson's performance after being a non factor for much of the season.

Patriots stock report: Stevan Ridley back in the mix in Patriots backfield - Erik Frenz - Frenz looks at the performances of several key players, including Stevan Ridley after the veteran running back carried 15 times for 54-yards.  Frenz points out that that's most production Ridley's had since week 9.

Patriots' defense forces four turnovers - Michael Whitmer - Whitmer looks at the four turnover performance by the defense, including Logan Ryan getting his first interception since December 1st in Houston.


Tom Brady on D&C: Win over Ravens 'great test of character for us as a team' - Jerry Spar - Spar has comments from Brady's interview with Dennis & Callahan on Monday, where Brady felt it was a very "satisfying" win over the Ravens Sunday.

Patriots stomp Ravens, prove who's really toughest - Mike Petraglia - Petraglia looks at yesterday's performance, which left Logan Mankins only able to smile and laugh when it was over.

What we learned: Complete game carries Patriots in rout of Ravens - Christopher Price - Price has his weekly "What we learned" and writes that the roar the media heard outside the Patriots locker room tells us all we need to know about this football team.

Mankins: 'Experts' don't have a clue - Mike Petraglia - Petraglia has comments from Logan Mankins, who enjoyed sticking it to the "so-called experts" yesterday.


Patriots remain as No. 2 seed  - Field Yates - Yates writes that after yesterday's win, the Patriots remain in second place in the AFC's playoff standings.

Upon Further Review: Patriots Week 16 - Mike Reiss - Reiss has notes following yesterday's game, and wonders if it's time to turn to Logan Ryan at cornerback with Alfonzo Dennard banged up.

Tom Brady praises Peyton Manning - Field Yates - Yates has comments from Tom Brady during his weekly appearance on WEEI, who had kind words for Peyton Manning after Manning broke his 50 touchdown record Sunday.

Snaps: CB Logan Ryan leads way - Mike Reiss -  Reiss has his defensive snap counts from yesterday, which saw Logan Ryan finish with the most yesterday.

Snaps: Blount hits a high with 27 - Mike Reiss - Reiss has the offensive numbers as well, with LeGarrette Blount getting a season high number of plays Sunday.

Tom Brady lauds Pats' mental toughness - Mike Reiss - Reiss has comments from Brady following Sunday's win, who was pleased with his team's mental toughness.


Curran's Patriots - Ravens preview review - Tom Curran - Curran goes back through his preview to see where he was right, and what he was wrong about.


Belichick's best year? Don't go there - Bill Burt - Burt has a snarky column this morning and feels that this year's job done by Belichick pales in comparison to past seasons for this football team.


Analysis: Patriots-Ravens - Erik Scalavino - Scalavino has his observations from yesterday's win and feels the Patriots played their best football of the season.

Patriots Postgame Quotes - 12/22/2013 - The team released some quotes from the locker room in this entry.