Y Factors 2017: Patriots vs. Texans

-by DNOMN8R314

Eventually, there will be a season where the Patriots do not play the Texans and we do not have to hear endless comments about “Patriots South” and Bill O’Brien.

Living on the edge: Every year, the Main(e) Matchup is that of star Houston defensive end J.J. Watt against whoever is starting for the Patriots at right tackle; while Marcus Cannon has performed very well against him, he has not practiced this week, meaning the Big Question Of The Week is how Tom Brady will be able to survive. (With Jadeveon Clowney emerging into a star, this has become an Extremely Big Question.) But the Texans aren’t the only ones with potential to feast on opposing offensive tackles. Missing starting tackle Duane Brown, Houston’s offensive line has been particularly poor to start the season (except center Nick Martin), meaning Trey Flowers and Deatrich Wise Jr. should have opportunities to bring down Deshaun Watson. Wise has been the league’s third-most productive edge rusher through two weeks according to Pro Football Focus, so while attention may be on Houston’s pass rushers, don’t ignore New England’s.

Scrambled eggs… how I love your legs: Houston’s offense has consisted mostly of DeAndre Hopkins, then DeAndre Hopkins, and as a third choice DeAndre Hopkins. Undoubtedly New England’s secondary will focus on stopping him, but there’s also the offensive possibility of Watson taking off on the ground. Watson’s 49-yard touchdown against the Bengals (which came on third and 15) was one of the most exciting plays of the first two weeks. While the Patriots should be able to win matchups against the offensive line, Watson is capable of nullifying those victories with his legs. New England will have to keep him contained.

Return to sender: Special teams played an enormous part in both Patriots victories over Houston last year. Dion Lewis’ kickoff return touchdown in the divisional round was the highlight, but in Week 3, New England forced two fumbles on Houston kick returns and Ryan Allen’s punting regularly swung field position. This year, the Patriots’ coverage units, missing Matthew Slater and Nate Ebner to open the year, have not been as strong, and Jordan Todman has replaced Tyler Ervin and Charles James II (no longer a Texan) as Houston’s primary return man. We all know how much Bill Belichick loves his special teams, so I am sure he will be putting emphasis on winning on the third unit. On Sunday, it will be up to the team to execute.

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Julius Peppers is back on the Panthers? Woah.. brings back memories

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Just saw the Danny Trevathan hit. Dude came in out of nowhere and lead with his helmet while Adams was already getting held up by a few other Bears plays. He must have learned that bush league stuff from Denver.

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http://www.providencejournal.com/sports/20170928/belichick-pays-tribute-to-carolinas-luke-kuechly

Although Luke is good . It is important that the Patriots get a good running game going against Carolina.

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That should be true against every team we play. With our OL woes, we can’t be too predictable on runs or drop back passes because Brady is going to continue to get beat up. As someone noted the other day, it’s too predictable that when Gillislee is in, the Pats are going to run. I hope we utilize Dion more this game.

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Right now I see no difference between Gillislee and Blount. Still predictable when either are in there. Except Blount would at least break big runs. Only 3 games in and hopefully things get better.
And you know I agree with getting Lewis more carries.

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It would be great if they could get a running game going. However, the defense isn’t at the point where the offense can go 3 and out multiple times (even though they SHOULD be able to handle the Panthers offense).
If they find success early with the running game, then by all means keep going. If not, don’t waste drives trying to establish a run game. Just make sure Solder has help (assuming Cannon is back this week) and let TB12 do his magic.

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That is true to a point but I don’t think BB would be so afraid of the of that that he wouldn’t try a fair amount. BB was always wanted a team the could be as balanced as possible.

TB12 “magic ” has come at a cost this year in that he has been hit, sacked and has fumbled because of it. That can’t be ignored. Balance will help.

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Getting Cannon back and giving Solder help will reduce the shots he is taking. What will really hurt TB12 is if they fall behind and teams can just pin their ears back and pass rush. Right now, they run just enough to keep defenses from doing that on every down. Being pig-headed so they can achieve balance isn’t smart. They either can run agasint a team or they can’t. They wouldn’t even play Blount vs. the Jets because they knew he wouldn’t have success. They didn’t just keep handing the ball to him (or anybody for that matter) against them… Read more »

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Also depends on how the defense is playing. If the defense is shutting down the Panthers offense, then they might be willing to stick with the run longer (if they aren’t having much success).

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Fair enough.

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WAKE UP!!!

Sox magic number down to 1.

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I’ll take it, but Sox need to wake up quick or else we’ll be getting swept soon enough.

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Just play Mitch Fox- you have nothing to lose at this point.

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Bears are horrible.

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The false starts early in the game really hurt them. Only thing they do well is pound it up the gut. They’d need 6 downs to get 15 yards.

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Ben Volin takes the Bears +7. That guy is a bigger moron than i thought. Dont understand how he has a job

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…. it’s been a particularly bad game

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horrible

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Yeah Mooch, Rodgers really does deserve the MVP award for beating this juggernaut Bears team tonight.

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Pretty sure the bears are beating themselves

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Everytime Romo sees a QB touched by a defensive players it gives him nightmarish flashbacks.

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Sorry, MAC.

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sick game

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Mike McCarthy and his endless stream of plays with triangles in the backfield

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I love over hearing potty mouth coaches…

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Sox still getting pummeled. But now the Yanks are losing.

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This game is going to go until 10PM PST.

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Well, that’s not a real time any way….so there’s that.

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It’s real if you’re living in it 🙂

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Packers-Bears game delayed due to weather

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No way they could over turn that call.

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Inconclusive.

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Oh lord.

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The dysfunction for the bears is so absurd.

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John Fox isn’t very good without Phillips.

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Rodgers buys so much time when he rolls out that way, easily another 4-5 seconds for WR’s to get open.

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Ah crap….. one of my FF opponents has Rodgers as QB

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Put Mitch in!!

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Good grief…………bad news a Bears.

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Awful.

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I love Pig Pen.

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I’m getting the feelin the Sox really don’t want to win the division. I said a few days ago they needed a 5 game lead going into the HOU series. They didn’t do it and now may pay the price.
BTW Sox losing 8-2 in the 4th, Yanks winning in the 5th.

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GB 14 CHI 0

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You have Jordan Howard and that’s what you choose to do?

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Game over.

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That’s called a worse game scenario.

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Can the Glennon answer?

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Nope.

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GB 7 CHI 0

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Adams doing the lunchlady as his TD dance.. that’s awesome! Wouldn’t give seconds to the fatman though.

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Butler would have picked that.

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I hope he’s in that form come Sunday. He looked better against the Texans.

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Where is the Bears D?

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On the same rollercoaster the rest of the NFL is weeks 1-4…

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Locker room.

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Pretty sure Bears fans have been asking that question for quite some time now

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That buffalo wild wings commercial made me crack up.

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The GB uni’s look nice.

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Kno one kneeled toknight.

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I bet Trump will still tweet something ignorant though.

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My hope is people will chill out, and cooler heads can prevail on this. That being said, from what I saw it was only black players kneeling. So, as a white person, to be grossly offended by peaceful black protest is kinda old-school racist.

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Agreed, and this vet has no problem with it. In a country where selected stumbling blocks are placed before the 1st amdt rights, I welcome it.

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C’mon Bears!!

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are they going after the picanic baskets?

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It finally occurred to me what you meant! I am a little slow on the uptake tonight, lol.

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LOL..Smarter than the average patriot!! 🙂

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Of This Earth Aug. 30, 2002 – Sept. 28, 2017: Mittens of the House Master and Commander, the First of Her Name, Born of the Rescued, Sister and Antagonist to her Brother Midnight of the House Master and Commander, Queen of the Wooden Throne of the Windowsill, Slayer of Insects, Chaser of the Red (Laser) Light, Worshiper of the Warm Sun and Burning Fireplace, Lady of the Obstructed Keyboard, Guardian of the Grey Comforter, Grand Purr Master of the House, Protector of the Realm From Outside Felines, Inquisitor of All Those Who Entered the House, Night Watch of the Bed… Read more »

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I just realized she has more titles than most Targaryens and Starks combined..

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I have no idea what that means.

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Try to keep up. Watch Game of Thrones. 🙂

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Never heard of it.

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Aw- so sorry Mac- we had a “Mittens” too- cat lived to be 18- used to fetch- I think she thought she was a dog.

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Thanks Cali. Actually both of ours would play “catch”. we would throw a small toy soccer ball on the stairs. They’d chase it. If it got stuck on a stair, they would bat it back down to me. If I threw passed the top stair, they would run after it, carry it back to the stairs, drop it, and bat it back down to me. Coulda made $$ on those home video shows.

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Our Mittens liked those plastic spiders you get around Halloween- there’s probably some still under the couch.

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LOL. yep, we still find some of their toys no matter how many times we clean, move furniture, etc.

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We had a cat named Gizmo who did that as well 🙂 He also wasn’t afraid of water. Miss that little guy.

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Very sorry for your loss, Mac. It’s not fair that their lives are so short.

In the past few months I’ve lost Xena (almost 20 year-old cat) and Bella (15 year old dog) to cancer. Now my 14 year-old dog Leo has CHF. It sucks but it’s completely worth it.

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What is CHF??

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congestive heart failure.

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Oh man. That’s a lot to deal with. Sorry for your losses as well.
But I agree, as hard as it is, it is worth it. I don’t know what was harder: today, or the day I called to schedule today.
All I know is that while I was driving to the vet, I wanted to have more red than green traffic lights, just for a few more moments. We didn’t have her in a carrier. My wife cradled her, so the cat seemed to enjoy the scenery while we drove.

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Hmm. some duplication. edited it out.

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You just needed to refresh!

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Goodnight.

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Have a nice evening dp!!

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Honestly, I didn’t even know Hef was still alive. He did have an impact upon my youth, though. 🙂

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R I P Hef.

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Guy who bought the mansion is going to start ripping it down soon.

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Should be a HazMat site.

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And Tony Curtis might still be there!

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He’s preserved in the grotto.

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Goooo, Dabears!!!!!

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Darn- it’s hot again 🙁

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I am going to Calli Wednesday.
Can’t wait.

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Dress light- supposed to be in the 90’s all next week.

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Any Jeans?
I am going to Mission Viejo for 5 days.

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Just for the evenings- going to be in the 90’s there too.

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Flying into John Wayne?

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NO.
Long Beach.
My buddy flew out to Ma at Christmas and said it was much better then John Wayne.
More on time flights.

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Yup- Long Beach is usually pretty good. You’ll enjoy the traffic down to MV!!

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Bad?

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Hehehe- you’ll find out 🙂

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Have fun bro!

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His name is Ka’Imi… he’s a black belt in karate

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Working for the Texans
He has to discipline his body.

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Mooch isn’t biased. He just said if Aaron Rodgers can beat the Bears tonight, just give him the MVP.

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He should have drafted Brady- he may still have a coaching job.

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Oh.. another good fantasy name for Ka’imi Fairbarn– Ka’imi Battles The Pink Robots

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This league will get it.. I’m pretty sure, lots of musicians and 30-something aged people.

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Oh Ka’imi, they don’t believe me,
but you won’t let those Titans defeat me.

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He’s also from your favorite brunch town, Kailua!

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Yeah I saw that… way to be bruddah!

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Also, he really prefers if you refer to him by his full name: John Christian Ka’iminoeauloameka’ikeokekumupa’a Fairbairn
(yes, that’s his real name! You thought Hoomanuanui was hard to say!?)

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I saw that too! Was talking with LH earlier.. Get Tony Romo to say it in-game, and if he does it correctly give him an extension to stay in the booth!

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Brent Musburger does not approve of this

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http://www.providencejournal.com/sports/20170927/late-addition-pats-lb-marsh-finally-settling-in

Marsh alone my not help but the combination of him , Branch getting back to form and Hightower might.

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I don’t know why there is so much hate for Marsh. He’s done well the last couple weeks, considering he’s undersized to be a traditional DE (on this team), and the fact that he’s only been with the team for a few weeks.

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Cassius Marsh 6’4″ 269 lbs
Chandler Jones 6’5″ 265 lbs

not arguing…just sayin’ 🙂

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although I probably should have used a current Patriot….

Trey Flowers 6’4″ 265 lbs

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Oh, I thought I read somewhere today that he was only like 240lbs, which is why he was more of tweener.

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Now I have to recheck. I’ve now seen 3 different weights for this guy.
ESPN & NFL.com has him at 245 lbs
Pro Football Reference has him at 252 lbs
His wiki page has him at 269 lbs

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Keep in mind that ESPN and NFL.com had Wilfork listed at 325 for practically his entire career.

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Call him and ask him. Bribe him with Magic cards.

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OK, he was 252 lbs at the combine in 2014. Seems odd he would drop weight as a DE in a 4-3.

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If you are a 245 lb 4-3 DE, your name better be Robert Mathis 🙂

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What’s wrong with Magic cards?