Good morning! The First Shot provides you with a healthy helping of links to the top Patriots-related stories around the internet to get your day started. Enjoy your breakfast, your coffee, and get ready for some NFL Sunday action with an early morning football fix. The links begin after the jump…
- Dane Fletcher has been ruled out of today’s Steelers games, as has Josh Barrett. In other personnel news, rookie CB Ras-I Dowling was placed on IR yesterday and the Pats activated Kevin Faulk and Brandon Deaderick.
- Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald checks on why the Pats placed Dowling on IR.
- Check out my 5 questions with Pittsburgh Steelers blogger Craig Gottschalk.
- Check out NFL Week 8 picks from Ryan Hannable and I.
- ESPN Boston has dueling “keys to the game” articles, which you can view HERE.
- WEEI’s Christopher Price provides 10 matchups to watch in today’s Patriots-Steelers game.
- Former Patriot Ty Law says that Devin McCourty’s on-field mistakes are “fixable.”