Y Factors 2017: Patriots vs. Falcons

-by DNOMN8R314

The time for endless 28-3 jokes is over (ah, who are we kidding). The time for getting the defense on the right page… should have begun a while ago, but sure, “has begun.”

Juke box hero: The Falcons defense is built in the late 2010s style, thriving on speed in the secondary and linebacking corps. Perhaps as a direct countermeasure after Super Bowl LI, Bill Belichick added speed to the offense with the acquisitions of Brandin Cooks and Phillip Dorsett. However, more important to attacking Atlanta’s defense will be agility, as James White showed last February. Dion Lewis appears to be at full strength, and as New England’s most elusive running back and the current hot hand, he should receive quite a few touches. Furthermore, Rex Burkhead is healthy, and despite last week’s fumble, Mike Gillislee has begun breaking off some good runs, giving the Patriots a four-headed rushing attack. While speed at wide receiver may be a focal point, it is just as likely that the elusiveness at running back decides the game.

As of someone gently (w)rapping: Among the Patriots’ many issues on defense is their sudden inability to complete tackles, a problem against any team but particularly against the Falcons’ dual-RB attack of Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman, as good at breaking tackles for big gains as any backs in the league. The defense has not been as bad the last two weeks, limiting opponents to 31 total points in those games, but they are still giving up yards, especially on big plays. While the secondary has plenty of problems which are being written about and discussed ad nauseam, containing the running game is just as key to limiting an offense, particularly this potent Atlanta offense. That only means the Patriots have to stop Julio Jones….

Wash, rinse, repeat: This point is about playing better in the fourth quarter. Since the Patriots kept the (urgh) Jets alive, I am just going to copy and paste last week’s paragraph.
Through five weeks, Patriots opponents have scored nearly twice as many fourth-quarter points as New England has. This problem was particularly noticeable against Tampa Bay, as the Patriots’ pass defense suddenly began hemorrhaging yards, keeping the Buccaneers in the game until the final play. This, bluntly, is going to have to stop if New England wants to win. Pats fans are familiar with big leads disappearing in the fourth quarter (cough cough 28-3 cough), and no one following those in Foxboro – and definitely no one in Foxboro – wants to be on the other side of a game like that. I fully expect Bill Belichick and Matt Patricia, along with the defense’s leaders, to be aware of this problem and to emphasize playing a full 60-minute game. It may be a cliché – and I hate clichés as much as Hedley Lamarr – but it’s a cliché because it is true.

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Jonc77
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i guess the Texans want the NFL to lose even more fans.Report

NewEnglandBlight
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I definitely got a flyer put on my doorstep the other day suggesting we boycott the NFL because of the kneeling protests…Report

NewEnglandBlight
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….. but that was a flyer from the Tradionalist American Knights of the KKKReport

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man what kinda neighborhood do you live in? we dont have those types of groups around hereReport

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I will say, if the KKK is getting upset about people kneeling during anthems.. then I say we have the whole damn stadium kneel. F*** those guys.Report

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i tend to ignore groups like that. they are irrelevant. they like the attention good or badReport

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I wouldn’t ignore them.. they’re getting loud and strongReport

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A northern neighborhood.. and it wasnt actually MY doorstep.. it was my dad’s in maine.Report

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that sucks. the kkk wouldnt feel welcome in my townReport

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you’d be surprised.. they do it in the shadowsReport

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why?Report

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Pac 12 After Dark son.Report

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Are MAC’s posts doubled for everybody or just me? I swear I ain’t been drinking…Report

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MAC thinks he’s special.Report

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That happens now and then. The other day I would see Jon’s post double up. Sometimes refreshing will correct it.Report

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gang gang.Report

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What the heck does that mean???Report

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Someone give Loyko a ham sandwich- he’s having a breakdown——————->Report

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No no no……..mashed potatoes………Report

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Kung Pao chicken 🙂Report

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And yet you eat peanut butter.Report

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With jelly- never had it.Report

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It’s yummy- and spicy.Report

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With lots of butter and/or gravy…..Report

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Gravy works for me.Report

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Margarine????? BLECH!!!! That’s worse for you than butter..or lard…or bacon grease……Report

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What’s wrong with you????Report

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Absolutely nothing.Report

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Just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should. Yikes.Report

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No- but life’s too short not to enjoy it.Report

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If that’s what floats your boat- so be it.Report

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I like Miracle Whip.Report

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Well this explains a lot….Report

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Pffffft…rum.Report

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That’s the all time comfort drink. But I like your thinking.Report

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he is getting worked up about games that mean absolutely nothing.
i wonder if he has ever talked to a girlReport

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Per Rotoworld: The Boston Herald reports the Patriots want to extend contract-year CB Malcolm Butler.
Butler was shopped this offseason, but there’s mutual interest on him returning. With Stephon Gilmore making top corner money, it’s going to be difficult for the Patriots to sign him. It’s possible Butler will be franchised if Jimmy Garoppolo isn’t tagged.Report

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we could sign bob sacamano as the pats back up QB for all i careReport

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Well on the plus side that’d increase posts and traffic on this blog…Report

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Hay Pauly. How goes it?Report

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Better than you. No weddings to pay for and no pets to help go. Sorry for your loss.Report

MasterAndCommander
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No Weddings……………….yet…..

And thanks. Seems like a few of us have lost pets lately. Dino already has found a new cat though.Report

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Retiring would require Bennett to refund $4.2M in bonus money. Also, is it a coincidence he’s saying this 3 days before the trade deadline?

OK, maybe he’s not retiring after all 🙂Report

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Marty Bennett is retiring at the end of the season———————————->Report

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Maybe he wanted to stay in NE.Report

Jonc77
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he was a nice one year guy to help them win. really isnt a patriot type of guy thoughReport

BoSoxJim
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He was having a crappy year with Rodgers.Report

BoSoxJim
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He was injured most of the year last year. He was healthy this year and was dropping passes at an alarming rate. Also committing penalties.Report

BoSoxJim
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I think he’s more interested in his off-the-field pursuits than he is in football now.Report

BoSoxJim
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Had a couple “brownies” 🙂

They don’t work on game days though.Report

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That’s pretty accurateReport

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This is getting weird. UMass has now won two games in a row!Report

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When they left the CAA I thought they were crazy, considering they were a bottom feeder in that conference. Maybe they actually had a legitimate longterm plan?Report

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Oh, and UMass was certainly not bottom feeders in the CAA! They won the conference many times.Report

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I think that is being generous! I think they were hoping to catch lightning in a bottle. To this point, the bottle is still empty.Report

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Did Victor Cruz have eligibility left??Report

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for the dance team, yes.Report

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Ugh, I hate Ohio State…then again, I hate Penn State. This was a no-win situation.Report

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ok dinner time. see you folks later.Report

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It’s only 3:15 🙂Report

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Hey- Freeny is available———————————————>Report

BoSoxJim
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Wrong Freeny 🙂Report

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Guess not.Report

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im available tooReport

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Suit up!!Report

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SO looking at various websites, TUMS can be bought in 4 packs of large bottles (@300 tablets/bottle). Thus, I will make this the equivalent of a case when making the BSJ TUMS-O-METER projection for the week.Report

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I thought he bought them by the barrel.Report

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I know, but I have to have a standard to start with. You can’t buy barrels. 🙂Report

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Smart thing to do at this point.Report

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Greetings…Report

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how goes it?Report

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Send it our way- it’s 95.Report

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Bills are so scared that Pats sign Boldin if they release himReport

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why would pats want him?Report

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I thought Boldin didn’t want to come to NE because he thinks that they’re racist.Report

Deadsmack #NoDaysOff
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We don’t even know if that story is true. But Bills always feel that their players are Pats targets and they will always do better than what they did there.Report

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As long as the 20 comes on a last minute garbage time TD, I might not have to have to have a triple organ (heart, liver, stomach) transplant Sunday nightReport

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http://www.rotoworld.com/headlines/nfl/366963/bills-trade-away-dt-marcell-dareus-to-jaguars?ls=roto:JAC:topheadlines

It is clear to me that the Buffalo Bills want a certain type of personality and player on their team and are willing to give up talent and value for the good up the mental makeup of the team.Report

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Adam Gase, take note.Report

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And so far this year it’s paid off, they’re young and fast and hungry.Report

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BB should sue for copyright infringement!Report

dp73
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Patriots 52
Chargers 51.Report

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What if the Nor’easter hits earlier than predicted?Report

dp73
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Then I’ll get wet.Report

BoSoxJim
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If the Nor-easter hits at kickoff, you’re not getting scores in the 50s 🙂Report

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Oh, and why are you still trying to kill me?Report

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Because the Patriots defense sucks 🙂

I was going to put 70-69 New England. lolReport

BoSoxJim
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dp, the defense did suck….historically. Even Duron Harmon agreed with that.
They’ve now played decent defense for 1.5 games now. We’ll see how it goes.Report

dp73
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That is your opinion. You post that already knowing i don’t agree.

Hopefully the Patriots can play good defense on Sunday.Report

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OK, so Duron Harmon doesn’t know what he’s talking about either. OK. I’ll drop it.Report

dp73
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Thank you.Report

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NP. Just want to clarify that you are the one that brought it up.

Have a good one.Report

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Wow, this was very cordial!Report

dp73
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I am still rooting for the Astros but the Dodgers should all ware wigs of Gurriel’s extremely bad haircut. 🙂Report

dp73
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Haftime ?Report

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Late to the game, but I just noticed FSU got blown out. I don’t believe in Karma or such, but… GOOD.Report

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I’ll be once again watching the game from the skyboxReport

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This week’s TUMS-O-METER projected consumption by BSJ: 4 cases.Report

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Meh.. I’m trying to determine which Pats RB WONT get 100+ yards from LOSReport

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I had to add a case due to the new players out due to injuries.Report

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BIlls dumped the Marcell Dareus contract on the Jags basically. I kind of like it for them. He’s a talented player but a bit overrated to me.
As for Jacksonville….. they’re a pretty finished roster right now. Obviously a defense teeming with talent but who’s going to play quarterback?Report

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Ya know….. maybe that’s not such a bad idea.Report

hugowasmyhomeboy
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Think about it…. they’re a D first D second D third team right now. They want to run the ball like 30x a game with Fournette and Ivory anyway. They don’t pass pro well. Read option.Report

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All that to say…. Taking Dareus seems like a luxury to me for a team with those kinds of offensive question marks. It makes them better in the most immediate sense but I don’t think this is a good idea.Report

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not a fan of bortles?Report

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I wish!Report

hugowasmyhomeboy
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I mean, he’s no Russell Wilson. He’s no pre-retirement Peyton Manning. Even if your defense is like the Seahawks/Broncos/recent 49ers…. are you going to move the ball?Report

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Boney must not be watching the world series, else he’d have commented on Gurriel’s hair.Report

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Who are you rooting for?Report

hugowasmyhomeboy
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Houston if I had to choose. I like them both though.Report

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The Orange-Haired Presidential Wig Donor.Report

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Aha!!! That’s it!!!!! That’s why we haven’t seen him here. He’s busy being DT’s hairpiece!Report

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Aye, Cap’n!Report

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What’s up?Report

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Boney and I are having a serious debate about who is the best drop-kicking QB in CFL history. I maintain that it’s Flutie but Boney has other ideas. He’s nuts!Report

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Boston College 7-0 over FSU!! Matty Ice would be proud.Report

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Best drop-kicking QB in CFL history!!Report

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Bring back Katzenmoyer!!Report

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Tully Banta-Cain!Report

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My favoriteReport

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Wow Marcell Dareus to the Jags. That front 7 is nasty.Report

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He hasn’t done much this year. Injuries?Report

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Good lord LOLReport

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Big trade- good one for the Jags.Report

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NBC Sports Boston ✔ @NBCSBoston
Could The Larry-Fitzgerald-to-the-#Patriots pipe dream become reality? @TomECurran @PhilAPerry & @MikeGiardi ponder http://bit.ly/2yZDUqJReport

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No no no no.Report

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they need help elsewhereReport

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Hopefully they were just “resting” David Harris.Report

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When is the trade deadline?Report

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I accidentally reported thisReport

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Rotoworld: Free agent K Younghoe Koo worked out for the Chargers.
Koo was waived from Los Angeles earlier this month. The Chargers could be looking to replace Nick Novak, who missed a costly Week 6 field goal. Andrew Franks and Jason Myers also visited this week.

Oh, please have Koo kicking during the Pats game. Oh, please. Oh, please. Oh, please. Oh, please. Oh, please. Oh, please. Oh, please. Oh, please. Oh, please. Oh, please. Oh, please. Oh, please. Oh, please. Oh, please. Oh, please. Oh, please. Oh, please. Oh, please. Oh, please. Oh, please. Oh, please.Report

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Adam Schefter ✔ @AdamSchefter
Of the crazy Sundays in the NFL this season – having nothing to do with football – this has the potential to be the most explosive one yet.Report

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also self-defense like Suh? 🙂Report

Dingo
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It was a less than perfect Burfict verdict.Report

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NFL.com pegs Aaron Lynch (SF) as a trade NE should pursue. I don’t know much about him, other than he’s a big MFer, athletic, and has character issues.Report

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so, you know a lot about him 🙂Report

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He’s like the Aaron Lynch biographer!Report

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ESPN Sources: The reps of Jahlil Okafor and Sixers working collaboratively to find suitable trade.

Celtics?Report

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He’s just not very good. And I don’t think Boston is a “suitable trade” either from his perspective. Needs a situation where he’d get playing time and plenty of shots.Report

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To add to that, I bet he ends up on the Nets.Report

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Mallet did head butt him. I can’t feel too bad for Mallet, he played the role of the short guy in every bar fight I’ve seen. Sucker punch the big guy just as the bouncer is coming over to break up the fight.

Not that you should choke anyone, but Mallet bit off more than he could chew.Report

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He didn’t have a scantron for Ryan Mallet, he had a chokehold.Report

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Mallett is such a physical threat to Suh- not.Report

Neil X
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The Ring Envy is great. This one-liner is an all-time great:

“If you’re doing a shot for every 28-3 reference you’re either dead by now or %100 Irish.”

Apparently they were able to find a Falcons chat room for this one. If you remember, they couldn’t find one for the SB.Report

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My favorite part is the guy who wants the team to take an intentional false start every game to see how the defense lines up and adjust to it. Like a free time out!Report

Neil X
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If you’re that slow at reading defenses, you’d best get out of coaching……Report

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I don’t have a definitive opinion on the Kiko hit on Flacco. Initially, it looked pretty dirty to me, but the more I see it, the more I see Flacco taking forever to slide and Kiko already in full speed mode.Report

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It’s a tough call at full speed. Had Flacco not slid, it would have been a textbook tackle. Had Kiko not been charging at him, Flacco would have kept running and got a first down. At slow motion it certainly looks awful, maybe we’ll get a “sports science” video that discusses the relative reaction times.Report

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Everything was OK until Alonso dipped his shoulder and elbow to maximize contact with Flacco’s head. He had to make that decision AFTER it was obvious Flacco was sliding. Totally deliberate, IMO. But yes, Flacco slid too late. My take is that it wasn’t a late hit on a sliding player, it was illegal contact to the head.Report

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This is pretty much where my opinion sits. I think the collision was inevitable, but it doesn’t look like Kiko lets up once contact is made (like you said, the shoulder drop).Report

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Jeezus Smack, WTF is wrong with the Portuguese legal system??? Two levels of courts have made this decision? Shameful.

“Man who viciously beat his ex-wife is spared jail because judge says her infidelity ‘dishonored’ him”

http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/26/europe/portugal-honor-beating-trnd/index.htmlReport

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Oh, we have many fascists here that still miss those days, many like to be identified as conservativesReport

Neil X
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I know, right? Stunning.Report

Deadsmack #NoDaysOff
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The stupid judge even defended the right of husband to beat a wife based on some legal law of the 19th century.

Our president had to say that only judges can only follow the lastest portuguese constitution (1974).Report

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Judges make some stupid decisions everywhere, but this one really stands out as gobsmackingly horrific.Report

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and that was not the first time he did something like that.
It is good that people feel outrage of stuff like that. These people need to be expelledof jobs wwith real power.Report

Deadsmack #NoDaysOff
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Today, there were several of protests in many cities against that judge.
It is an heritage of a fascist regime we had until 43 years ago.Report

dp73
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No Malcom Brown on Sunday. That is not good . He is having a good season.Report

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Defending the run just got a lot harder.Report

zoocore
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No Brown, or HT… Be sure to start Melvin Gordon in your fantasy leagues.Report

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Wow, Adam Gase’s comments about his team are pretty harsh (but warranted). If he’s sick of players not putting the effort in, isn’t it on him to find new players?Report

Neil X
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Well, it’s his job to motivate the players, but the GM is they guy who buys the groceries.Report

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They got a blowout in London 🙂Report

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The GMReport

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I’m pretty sure he has a say in which players they bring in/keep/cut. It’s about changing the culture. Keep guys that work harder, even if they’re less talented and set the right tone for the franchise.Report

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In case those missed out last night, ring envy was posted.
http://www.nepatriotslife.com/2017/10/ring-envy-what-falcons-fans-said-1026.htmlReport

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“That’s not fog it’s the smoke from the Falcons season imploding.”Report

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That’s quite the questionable list———————————->Report

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