Week 1 Roundup: Thoughts on the Patriots and other NFL storylines
Week 1 Roundup: Thoughts on the Patriots and other NFL storylinesin Deutsch in Medien und Literatur 26.12.2018 09:45
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If you’re a Boston sports fan Shaq Mason Jersey , Sunday, Sept. 9 was a pretty good day. In fact, it was pretty much the picture-perfect sports day for anyone living in the Boston area. Does it get much better than a football-baseball double-header in mid-September? These are the days when you can just escape the copious amounts of stress that life heaps upon all of us and just dive headfirst into a day filled with nothing but sports. And a pair of victories.First those who took advantage of the double-header, first you ventured out to Foxboro to watch the Patriots kick off their 2018 season against the Houston Texans. You watched 41-year-old Tom Brady do his normal thing: throwing for nearly 300 yards and three touchdowns as the Pats opened the season by making a statement. Then, you came back to Boston for the nightcap at Fenway Park, in which the Red Sox walked off against the Astros in the bottom of the ninth to avoid a three-game sweep. Sunday couldn’t have turned out better. It’s days like these that we will look back on in about a month, when the Red Sox bullpen coughs up a three-run lead in the eighth inning in Game 7 of the ALCS because their bullpen is an utter nightmare. But even then, we’ll still have Sept. 9, 2018.Meanwhile, not only did the Patriots win their season opener, but Week 1 was pretty wild all around the NFL 鈥?especially the Packers-Bears game on Sunday Night Football. I’ll get more into that later, but Bears fans: please know that you have my sympathy. That was as brutal of a defeat as I have ever witnessed.Here are a few thoughts following the first NFL Sunday of 2018 鈥?#45;- I think the most encouraging thing I took away from Sunday’s Pats-Texans game was how well the New England defense stepped up. Obviously, you knew they wouldn’t be completely awful like they were in the Super Bowl because Dont’a Hightower was back, and also Matt Patricia was gone. But last year in Week 3, Deshaun Watson came into Gillette Stadium as a rookie and carved up the Pats for 33 points. On Sunday, they had Watson all out of sorts. He fumbled the ball on Houston’s very first snap of the game, for instance. At one point, he carelessly heaved the ball from midfield to the end zone and was intercepted by Stephon Gilmore. Watson’s overall confidence seemed a little shaken. He’ll get it together Cheap Stephen Gostkowski Jersey , but New England definitely succeeded in making him uncomfortable.Above all else, the Texans struggled mightily in the red zone, and didn’t manage to score a touchdown until the final two minutes of the third quarter. After that abysmal Super Bowl, I wasn’t sure what to expect from the Patriots’ defensively coming into 2018. Their performance on Sunday was good to see.-- If you’re a Bills fan, you’ve got to be slamming your head against a brick wall right now. Last year the Bills finally snapped their playoff drought, and now they are being forced to watch Nathan Peterman as their quarterback. I was wondering what the over/under would be for how many games it would take for Josh Allen to be forced into action because Peterman would just be so unbelievably bad.Turns out, Peterman didn’t even last a full game. At one point, it was 39-0 Ravens, and the camera just zoomed in on Peterman standing on the sideline with his helmet on and wearing a heavy jacket to try and keep warm from the rain, and he just looked completely dumbfounded. It was like he couldn’t even comprehend what was happening. The rookie Allen came in to play the fourth quarter and wound up with more completed passes and more passing yards than Peterman, who also had two interceptions. On the plus side for Buffalo fans, the Bills may very well have the first overall pick in the draft next year.-- After finishing in a 21-21 tie with the Browns, don’t be surprised if Steelers fans choose not to show their faces for the rest of year. That’s just straight up embarrassing.Alright, I’m running really short on time, so I need to wrap this column up quickly. I’m going to plow through these last few points faster than the speed of light.-- I have no idea what happened in New Orleans between the Saints and the Bucs (final score: Bucs 48, Saints 40). But I do have one question: is Tampa Bay going to be looking to trade Jameis Winston any time soon? Apparently they score more points without him.-- Just like I expected, the Kansas City Chiefs offense is the real deal. Tyreek Hill went off for 169 receiving yards and two touchdowns, while first-year starting QB Pat Mahomes threw four touchdown passes on 256 passing yards. Since Jon Gruden totally dismantled the Raiders Cheap Malcom Brown Jersey , I don’t see how the Chiefs don’t win the AFC West.(PS: Mahomes is the backup QB on my fantasy football team, but he might have just earned his way into my starting lineup for Week 2.)-- Speaking of fantasy football, I have both Saquon Barkley and the Jaguars defense on my team, and they played against each other in Week 1. But it turned out perfect though, because Barkley broke away for a 68-yard touchdown, and the Jags intercepted Eli Manning for a pick six. Both sides greatly contributed to my fantasy football needs. I appreciate the love and support, guys. Thank you.-- Alright, to wrap this baby up real quick, I just want to say this: for Chicago fans, I’ve seen few losses in sports tougher than that Sunday night game. The Bears at one point led 20-0, and in the first half, Aaron Rodgers had been knocked out of the game in what everyone feared might be a season-ending knee injury.But Rodgers miraculously recovered and came back for the second half, and he lit up the Chicago defense in just about every way possible, including a ridiculous 75-yard touchdown pass to Randall Cobb to give Green Bay a 24-23 lead — and ultimately the win. There were just no words to be spoken.No words other than 鈥?sorry, Chicago. TEAM TALKPatriots deliver the highest rating of the 2018 season.Erik Scalavino reviews the Pats-Bears film, quarter-by-quarter and offers some thoughts: I found it mystifying the way Chicago elected to employ its best defender, OLB Khalil Mack, from the outset.Paul Perillo tells us who won their matchups: Special plays lead to gritty road win.John Rooke’s View from Above: There’s no such thing as a bad road win. /Could you say that a little louder for the folks in the back?.Press Conference Transcript: Bill Belichick.Locker Room Celebration from the win over the Bears. (1.22 min. video)LOCAL LINKSKaren Guregian reports the injury news on Rob Gronowski and Sony Michel is encouraging.Evan Lazar’s Advanced Stats Report: Patriots both win and lose the middle of the field.Doug Kyed’s Patriots-Bears Film Review: How New England created turnovers in key sequence.Matt Dolloff looks at the Pats-Bears film: The Patriots silenced Khalil Mack; Mitch Trubisky missed opportunities against a shaky Pats D.Michael Hurley serves up some still-warm leftover thoughts from Sunday’s win: What a weird football game.Jerry Thornton (Barstool Sports) Knee jerk reaction to Week 7: Patriots vs. Bears. “What a mess. What a fabulous disaster. That was less a football game than it was a piece of avant garde performance art.”Evan Lazar tells us ten things we learned from Sunday’s 38-31 win in Chicago: Offense survives without Rob Gronkowski.Mike Dussault (PatsPropaganda) Patriots win a weird one in Chicago: The Bears were better than the Patriots on third down. They were better in the red zone. They had fewer penalties. They had more yards. But what they didn’t have in the end were more points and that’s why the Patriots are now 5-2 as they approach the midway point of the season.Tanya Ray Fox (PatriotsWire) Tom Brady is defying the odds again in 2018.Mike Reiss talks about how James White’s value to the Patriots continues to grow.Zack Cox highlights James White putting together an historic season in the Pats’ backfield.Nick O’Malley cautions against overloading James White’s role on offense.Mike Reiss suggests the Patriots could be forced into a move at running back http://www.patriotscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-stephon-gilmore-jersey , with James White and Kenjon Barner the only healthy RBs on the roster.Andrew Callahan is not a fan of trading to cover Sony Michel’s role, unless he’s going to IR.Zack Cox reports Bill Belichick has made it clear, ahead of the trade deadline, the Patriots are willing to deal.Michael Hurley reminds us to add the Bears to the list of teams that Tom Brady completely owns.Nick O’Malley hears from Bill Belichick on how Mitchell Trubisky got loose against the Patriots: ‘Bad coaching, bad tackling, bad playing.’Evan Lazar details how the Patriots’ kickoff coverage is struggling with the new rules.Jerry Thornton (Barstool Sports) Belichick made his players learn everything about each other to build chemistry and they loved it. /Good read.Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Tenured Patriots can read Bill Belichick’s mind.Tanya Ray Fox (PatriotsWire) Patriots’ 2018 season through Week 7 bears striking resemblance to 2014.Nick O’Malley issues his Week 7 Report Card: Who got an F for letting Mitchell Trubisky run wild?Kevin Duffy pulls out his box of gold stars and his red sharpie for this week’s Patriots Report Card: Mixed reviews on wild win.Matt Dolloff looks at whose stock is up and whose is down after Sunday.Alex Reimer says that with their losing record, the Eagles look downright silly for their Patriots trash talk. /As long as Lane Johnson is having fun, right?Patrick McAvoy posts an adorable video of Jonathan Jones’ daughter cheering him on after his interception.Joy Manning (BostonSportsChick) McCourty twins spend their day off tackling Sickle Cell. NBC Boston hears from Brad Stevens and Bill Belichick on Red Sox World Series run.NATIONAL NEWSJosh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Report: No structural damage to Sony Michel’s knee.Cameron Wolfe (ESPN) Unheralded ballers who shined in Week 7. Dwayne Allen included.Michael Shapiro (SI) Report: Derek Anderson to start vs. Patriots as Josh Allen nurses injured elbow.Harry Lyles Jr. (SB Nation) The New England Patriots won another trade they weren’t even involved in.Rodger Sherman (The Ringer) The winners and losers From NFL Week 7: Mitchell Trubisky is an elite runner, but not so elite on Hail Mary attempts.Danny Kelly (The Ringer) The six plays that changed Week 7: The Patriots had no trouble without Sony Michel or Gronk.Mike Tanier (Bleacher Report) Monday Morning Digest: Cam Newton, guts and glory.Albert Breer (SI) Monday Afternoon QB: Scouts’ takes on Amari Cooper to the Cowboys, ideal teams for Patrick Peterson; More NFL news.Gregg Rosenthal (NFL.com) Debrief: Things we know (and things we don’t) after Week 7.Robert Mays (The Ringer) The Starting 11: The Saints are not-so-under-the-radar Super Bowl contenders.Colin J. Liotta (TouchdownWire) Mitch Trubisky’s 8-yard touchdown run covered more yards than you think.Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Week Seven sets another scoring record, with one game left to play.Staff (ESPN) The biggest injuries of NFL Week 7. Patriots: Sony Michel.Kevin Clark (The Ringer) Jon Gruden has ushered in a golden age of dumb NFL trades and we cannot thank him enough for it.Brad Gagnon (The Comeback) This weekend in NFL stupid: The Titans did dumb things.Bill Barnwell (ESPN) Fixing flaws for NFL’s best teams. Patriots: The anchor, Running backs.Joe Lucia (Awful Announcing) The crossflex brought CBS its best NFL ratings of the 2018 season, highlighting another strong week for the league.Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) 24 London games in 12 seasons, and still no matchups of two winning teams.
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