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News Blitz 1/24: Patriots peaking at the right time

Today’s News Blitz looks at a New England team playing its best football at the best possible time.


Few would argue that the 2018 regular season one of New England's best.

But after a dominant win over the Chargers and a back-and-forth overtime thriller to win on the road in Kansas City, the Patriots are not only playing their best football of the year but maybe as well as they have in any postseason under Bill Belichick.

Boston Globe columnist Chris Gasper writes that "in an imperfect season, Patriots timing has been impeccable." The Globe looks at center David Andrews looking forward to going home to Georgia for the Super Bowl. Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy declares that "Beat L-A" doesn't work for Patriots vs. Rams because it's only a Celtics-Lakers thing. The Globe notes that Patriots linebackers coach Brian Flores met with the Dolphins on Wednesday, a team he will reportedly become the head coach of when New England's season comes to a close. The Globe looks at what to expect from the Rams offense and how the Patriots should defend it. The Globe passes along Patriots owner Robert Kraft talking about NFL officiating, laser pointers and Tom Brady's character. The Globe also has some of what Julian Edelman had to say when he was mic'ed up against the Chiefs. offers up one unsung hero from every NFL team, and no one familiar with the Patriots should be surprised by the choice for New England. ranks the 61 quarterbacks who have played – or for Jared Goff, will play – in the Super Bowl.

The Ringer has 10 observations from the last Rams-Patriots Super Bowl, nearly two decades ago. has a Madden simulation predicting the Patriots to "sneak past the Rams in wild fashion" to win Super Bowl LIII.

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