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News Blitz 7/9: Patriots safest bet for playoffs

The Patriots haven’t missed the playoffs in nearly a decade.

New England hasn’t missed the postseason with Tom Brady under center since 2002.

So it’s not a surprise given that dominant history and the relative unknown potential of the other three teams in the AFC East that NBC Sports Boston passes along the odds that say New England is the most-likely team to make the NFL playoffs in 2018.

Elsewhere during this quiet time of the football calendar, the Boston Globe’s Sunday notes look at former Patriots first-round pick Benjamin Watson, calling the veteran tight end “much more than just a football player.” The Globe also recaps NFL Network’s list of the top 100 NFL players.

The Boston Herald announced that it has hired a new Patriots beat writer.

ESPN.com has an AFC East Q&A regarding the best newcomer in the division.

NBC Sports Boston takes an early look at the New England who’ll be free agents in the very near future. (Warning, the information comes in an annoying slide show!)

NFL.com says that even with Brady the AFC East is just the sixth-best QB division in the NFL right now.

Forbes.com breaks down James White’s role as one of the most productive pass-catchers in football.

The Houston Chronicle scouts the Patriots from afar, leading up to New England’s meeting with the Texans on opening day.

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