A few quick links to get you through the afternoon. Be sure to check in tomorrow at Patriots Daily, for all your game day links and news…

Bill Simmons tells us why there is so much pointless laughter on NFL pre-game shows, and picks his winners for this weekend.

Boston Magazine’s blog, Boston Daily has a two part interview with Deadspin writer Will Leitch who has a new book with the succinct title of God Save the Fan: How Preening Sportscasters, Athletes Who Speak in the Third Person, and the Occasional Convicted Quarterback Have Taken the Fun Out of Sports (And How We Can Get It Back). Here is the interview: Part 1 and Part 2.

Michael Silver has The Gameface on for the weekend.

Len Pasquarelli has Kevin Faulk atop his list of overlooked contributors on the remaining playoff teams.

John Clayton is going for it in First and Goal for this weekend.

Aaron Schatz has an AFC Divisional Preview on Football Outsiders.

Dr Z takes feedback from his All-Pro picks and says that Romo’s romance could cost Cowboys.

Christopher Price examines the growing legend of Fred Taylor. He also looks at the Patriots getting some home cookin’ this weekend.

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