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  1. For this week, is anyone else thinking they give Carson a rest after 26 carries Sunday afternoon and roll with Penny versus a defense he has had success against? Do heavily used backs continue to be heavily used on the extremely short week?
  2. Sony Michel is working with the starters, but he's fumbled twice in two days.
  3. What was strange about that game was the big-play TDs--two of them for the Chiefs. As bad as Pats defences have been, or as bad as people think they've been, that's one thing that never happens--70+ yard TDs. They will typically give you first down after first down and wait for you to screw up. Usually, to score TDs on the Pats you have to grind through the redzone, where they are solid. Those two big TDs are what won the Chiefs the game. Given that the Chiefs are not thought to be a big play team, I think Andy Reid had a few genius moments, taking advantage of a team that's known for relying on coaching and understanding opponent tendencies by playing against type. Chiefs kicked ###, props to them from a Pats fan.
  4. Agreed. Is Atlanta really any better than Pittsburgh (I mean the amazing, red hot, pre-Sunday Pittsburgh, not the useless loser post-Sunday Pittsburgh that obviously never had a chance in hell)? The Falcons thrive on those chunk plays, and NE doesn't give up chunk plays. On defence, the only chance Atlanta has is if that pass rush can get to Brady, Bronco-style. Otherwise, they can be run on and passed on. Tough teams--mentally tough teams in particular--give the Pats problems. I don't know if Atlanta has that mettle, to keep coming if things aren't going right.
  5. Getting hopped up on HGH for your best season ever > fractions of psi in a football
  6. The point is he was worth a 2nd rounder when he was drafted, and he's clearly gained value since then. Everyone wants to point to only six quarters... fine, but that's six quarters more than Goff or Wentz and each of those guys costed an arm and a leg. Has Bradford, even once in his career, had a half as impressive as JG's against Miami? Has JG ever looked like crap? Every "insider account" story on this (where they get anonymous NFL executive opinions--not just yahoo fans like all of us ) says JG goes for a first bare minimum, perhaps even multiple firsts. The only way this doesn't happen is if Belichick decides to keep him (and that has everything to do with how he feels about Brissett, a point that does not get mentioned enough).
  7. Funny thing is, as a Patriots fan, it's become typical to be disappointed in the returns Belichick gets in these trades. The biggest homers alive were still amazed that Collins went only for a conditional third. I remember basically this same debate when it was time to move Cassel: JG has physical gifts that everybody knew Cassel didn't, but still, a 2nd rounder for a starting QB AND a core defensive player (Vrabel)? Maybe Belichick can't make trades anymore unless he doesn't ask for anything. So many GMs fear for their jobs, they can't risk getting blatantly ripped off by the Emperor himself. For those reasons alone I bet JG goes for a 2nd rounder even though there's no question he's the top QB prospect/addition for the 2017 offseason and should easily command a 1st rounder and change.
  8. Last six games of 2014 (including their playoff loss to the Colts): 120/201 (60%), 1380 yards, 6 TDs, 6 INTs, 1 fumble lost. He fell off a cliff.
  9. Jarod Goff cost the Rams the #15, #43, #45, and #76 picks in the 2016 draft and their 1st and 3rd picks in the 2017 draft. Bradford went for a #1 and #4. I don't care to research what the Eagles paid for Wentz (or what the Redskins paid for RG3), but it was plenty more than that. JG (there's your abbreviation, btw), a 2nd round talent QB who spent a couple seasons being groomed by the best organization in football, is still young and is still cheap, and no other good options are available, isn't worth at least a 1st? Crazy.
  10. McDaniels got canned for the same reason any other coach gets canned, because he was losing. Denver cheated the salary cap for their late 90's SB's under Bowlen: they don't give a crap if someone bends the rules a little. Peyton Manning showed 0 signs of slipping in his second-to-last year? You obviously didn't have him in fantasy.
  11. If you're a believer in the NE offense, the one thing with Blount is he will be the redzone back, and they will give him a chance to punch it in before messing around with the pass. He's basically a hedge on the NE offense: if you have Brady and anyone else, having Blount allows you to monopolize their redzone production. Pittsburgh went mostly nickel and dime with their defenses today as an answer to Gronk/Bennett: not everyone will do this, but many will,and when they do blount will feast.
  12. Ryan Mathews is the definition of an RB you can't trust, in real life or in fantasy.
  13. The trouble is, Belichick can "stand on the shoulders of giants" in a way that Brady can't. Belichick is great largely because he's taken all the stuff that Marchibroda, and Bill Walsh,and Jimmy Johnson, etc. innovated and incorporated it into his performance, and has found ways to add to it here and there. Is Brady great because he benefits from QBing techniques developed by guys like Montana? Maybe, but I think the effect is far less for him. Brady versus Montana is a more legit comparison, in other words, than Belichick vs. Walsh, which is essentially like comparing Windows XP to Windows '97. (That being said.... the Patriots have succeeded without Brady, whereas Belichick disciple that's gone elsewhere has either floundered or been mediocre (much of the current Houston coaching staff is former Patriot guys). So there's that...)
  14. Preseason doesn't mean s***. Nobody knows anything about what Foster can do against a prepared, first-string defense.
  15. It's gonna be a big deal for the "Shanahan" offenses: Atlanta and Denver. I don't know, at this point I'm like "wake me up for the AFCCG" as far as cheering for this team goes. We can bicker over whether or not they need X or Y right now, but by far the bigger question is can they stay healthy this year, which is not something we can answer. They've gone to SBs with far less personnel-wise than they have right now. That being said, I hope they find a replacement for what Ridley brought to the offense: a two-down, 20+ carry back who can take pressure off of Brady. Blount is more of a match-up play. Lewis and White are 3rd-down backs. Brown? Maybe, SD's GM was pretty glowing about him. I hope for Foster, although somebody that could conceivably still be healthy come January would be even better.