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BSJ Daily Briefing 11.18.19: Patriots post a beautiful ugly win on road vs. Eagles; Celtics’ streak snapped

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Good morning!

A few random thoughts while I wonder if Bill Belichick will send Lane Johnson a holiday card that wishes him fun this holiday season...

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But for one trick play, the Eagles’ defense played well in loss to Patriots
Valid excuses aside, Carson Wentz still came up short in Eagles’ loss to the Patriots | Jeff McLane
Eagles needed a playmaker against the Patriots, and they did not have one | David Murphy
Grading the Eagles’ performance in their Week 11 loss to the Patriots | Paul Domowitch
Eagles’ offensive line loses Lane Johnson, then battle in the trench to Patriots | Bob Ford
Eagles-Patriots: Carson Wentz was better than Tom Brady. Doesn’t mean he was very good, and four other takeaways | David Murphy
Tony Romo was great during Eagles-Patriots. Just don’t order him a cheesesteak.

Time to hit the links...


Bedard: Forget the offense, this Patriots team is about defense, and that side was lights out again
Pretty tricky, Josh: But how long can gadget plays cover for Patriots punchless passing game?
Podcast: Bedard on win over Eagles with Patriots Postgame Show 11.17.19
Video: Jason McCourty – ‘You get to the last drive in the fourth quarter, that’s what’s going to matter’
Video: Eagles TE Zach Ertz – ‘Going in I thought there were going to be a lot more double teams’
Video: Terrence Brooks – ‘I feel like it’s just a lot of smart players here who play for each other’
Video: Danny Shelton – ‘It was a good win; we definitely have a lot more difficult games coming up’
BSJ Game Report: Patriots 17, Eagles 10 – Defense (as usual) gets New England back in win column
NFL Notebook: Offensive onus will be on Tom Brady down the stretch, can he still bear that burden?


Missing ‘the controllables’: How the Celtics 10-game winning streak came to an end
BSJ Game Report: Kings 100, Celtics 99 — Winning streak ends at 10 as C’s fall short in crunch time
NBA Notebook: Carmelo Anthony gets one more chance, but will it matter for reeling Blazers?


MLB Notebook: Onus on Rob Manfred to get game in order; Cherington returns; Bloom readies alternate approach
Live Q & A: Chat Red Sox and MLB with Sean McAdam, Monday at 5 p.m.


Against Capitals’ rare blend of speed & size, Charlie McAvoy ‘took the challenge head on’ and shut down the Ovechkin Line
NHL Notebook: A cap-strapped & floundering Maple Leafs club has failed to follow Bruins’ blueprint for success



5 p.m.: BSJ Live Q&A — Sean McAdam on Red Sox/MLB
8 p.m.: NBA — Portland at Houston (NBATV)
8 p.m.: NBA — Boston at Phoenix (NBCSB)
8:15 p.m.: NFL — Kansas City at LA Chargers (ESPN)

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