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News Blitz 12/26: Marquis Flowers' big day
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The presents have all been opened and some ambitious folks are even exploring their return options when it comes to unwanted gifts. Meanwhile the Patriots are back at work in Foxborough and reviewing their latest victory, a 37-16 win over the Buffalo Bills.
ESPN.com writes about Bill Belichick’s decision to use Marquis Flowers at linebacker over David Harris, opting for speed over experience. The Worcester Telegram also gives Flowers his due as the latest “plug-and-play” player for the Patriots. Christmas came early for Flowers according to NBC Sports Boston.
The Boston Globe says the score indicated the Patriots blew out the Bills but wonders if that was really the case.
The Boston Herald looks at the impressive work turned in By Dion Lewis as of late. Despite the fact that the Patriots clinched a first-round bye, the Herald says the team can’t rest against the Jets because there is still plenty to play for. Three lingering questions coming off the win over the Bills.
The Patriot Ledger notes the significance of Sunday’s win and the number 12, which both have been special for the Patriots. The Eagle-Tribune says the post-Julian Edelman offense is still a work in progress.
MassLive.com offers five reasons to be optimistic about a trip to the Super Bowl and five reasons not to be.
With Jimmy Garoppolo continuing his strong play in San Francisco, ESPN.com wonders if the Patriots got enough for the quarterback in deadline trade. Tom Brady told WEEI that he is really happy for Garoppolo.