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Although they are tied with the Texans and Chargers at 8-3, the Patriots hold the tiebreaker advantage over Houston by virtue of their 27-20 win in Foxboro in the teams' season opener back on September 9 and have the upper hand on LA due to the fact that it's in second place in the West. In fact, it was a weird continuation of a odd trend that feels like it shouldn't happen on a week-to-week basis. And only three points in the other 49:52.

As they head into Week 14, the Vikings are still searching for their first win over a team with a winning record.

It's not the first time this has happened.

"It's good", receiver Julian Edelman said after the Patriots improved to 9-3 and remained a game behind the Kansas City Chiefs in the race for the top seed in the AFC. Patriots wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson, who had roomed with Thielen back when he was a member of the Vikings for four seasons, wasn't surprised by the fiery spat. "They really locked in".

Patriots coach Bill Belichick, along with most everyone else with two functioning eyes, disagreed with the call and threw a challenge flag. Why can't they consistently find the same level of execution in-between? You know, just like the defense. The cumulative standing of their opponents in games they've won is 21-49-1 entering Philadelphia's game on Monday night. You say something and there is just an emotional reaction. "We all have these phones and everything else that tell you stuff even when you don't want to know what it is. So, that was something we always emphasize". The Patriots got the ball back and went up another score on their next drive. The sloppiness and lack of discipline reached baffling levels on a third-quarter drive that ended with a missed field goal for Stephen Gostkowski.

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This weekend has brought the 6-4-1 Vikings to Gillette Stadium for this afternoon's 4:25 kickoff. Sony Michel committed a false start on the first play, then Gronkowski and Joe Thuney pushed them back with separate holding penalties.

It's also helping position Develin as New England's X-factor with the playoffs approaching. With a lead, the Patriots were able to mix up the run and pass.

"They did a good job of mixing up their coverages", Patriots coach Bill Belichick said of the Vikings. I just thought the play was cheap, but like I said, I let the emotions get the best of me because it's a smart football play if you are in that situation. "There's still nearly a quarter left, and I think maybe instead of continuing to do what we've been doing to get us back in the ballgame, we might have tried to do too much, probably, in a lot of spaces".

Just like the balance and diversity the Patriots once again displayed on offense. That should be a relatively easy fix.

A special teams player and fullback used mostly as a blocker, he entered 2018 having not registered a carry in either of his previous two seasons. It felt like that kind of an ass-kicking, anyway. He avoided losing a yard when he kneeled down on the final play of the game. He had been doing that every time we gave him an opportunity to be out there.

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