Y Factors 2019: Patriots at Texans

-by DNOMN8R314

As I’ve had a busy Thanksgiving weekend and have only a short window of time in which to write this, it’ll be a shorter article this week. Let’s get to it.

The siege of WinterFells: While DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller V remain the Texans’ top options at wide receiver, Houston has seen veteran tight end Darren Fells become a key target in the red zone. Though Jordan Thomas has returned to crown the depth chart after returning from injured reserve last week, Fells is still tied with Hopkins for the team lead with six receiving touchdowns. He’ll be a player to watch (and cover) in similar short-yardage situations across the field.

Omenihu stare at GOATs: I cannot comprehend how Charles Omenihu fell all the way to the fifth round of this year’s draft, as the Texas defensive lineman was considered a Day 2 prospect at the latest. Two picks after the Patriots selected defensive tackle Byron Cowart, Houston took Omenihu, who has played well as part of a rotation at defensive end with J.J. Watt on injured reserve. Playing in 33 percent of the Texans’ defensive snaps, Omenihu has recorded two sacks and two forced fumbles while showing some of the traits that made him a highly-touted prospect in the draft. New England tackles Isaiah Wynn and Marcus Cannon will need to do their best against Houston’s pass rush, and Omenihu will need to be a player kept away from Tom Brady.

Scharping the knife: On the other side of the line, Houston’s starting OL includes a pair of rookies, first-round tackle Tytus Howard and second-round guard Max Scharping, both of whom are currently graded below 60.0 by Pro Football Focus. Howard was placed on IR Saturday, and his expected replacement will be Roderick Johnson, who grades above 60, but not much. For the Patriots’ defensive front to contain and pressure Deshaun Watson, they might want to focus their attacks on these two players.

Bloody bloody J.C. Jackson: With Jason McCourty ruled out for the second straight week, J.C. Jackson will likely earn the start opposite Stephon Gilmore. Assuming Gilmore shadows Hopkins, Jackson’s assignment will probably be Fuller, a vertical speed threat whom the Patriots secondary will need to work hard to contain; Jackson should thus be a significant part of keeping Houston’s offense from becoming explosive.

Frankly, my dear, I don’t give Adam: Lawrence Guy is getting the attention among New England defensive tackles, but Adam Butler has been getting regular pressure and is playing well in his third season in the NFL. If Houston relies on the passing game, he’ll be a DT whom the Patriots rely on to contain and pressure Watson.

TUMS-O-METER Prediction:
Hopefully everyone has enjoyed a good Thanksgiving holiday, and with the last of the leftovers just around the corner, hopefully your TUMS supply is still intact. As of this writing, the Bills kept pace by defeating the Cowboys on Turkey Day and keeping a little pressure on the Pats for the division. And of course, the PoeBirds still lurk a game behind with the tiebreaker in hand heading into the weekend. Since the SF-BAL game is a surprising 1:00 pm game, the Pats will know where Baltimore stands prior to gametime Sunday night, when the Pats face another mobile QB (Watson) while facing the Texans. The injury/illness bug reared its ugly head even more this week with an emergency operation (Folk) and numerous players with the actual flu. Will the team be ready by game time? Will either or both Dorsett and Sanu be able to play? Can the defense solve the riddle of the mobile QB? (See “Jackson, Lamar” for previous results.) Last week, the defense stepped up while the offense struggled. This week the offense needs to pull its weight significantly more. On the plus side, the Texans have their own injury worries on the defensive side so hopefully TB and Co. can take advantage.
This week’s prediction: 1.5 cases with a BAL loss, 2.5 with a BAL win. (And add a bottle if you’re having Cousin Em’s leftover green bean casserole for the fifth time tonight.)

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At least the OL looked a little better. Hope Karras is ok, or that is going to be a huge problem.

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So the kryptonite for the defense is apparently mobile QBs. Ok, could be worse.
*checks the next 4 best teams in the AFC*

https://giphy.com/gifs/CWN0uW6ELn3pK

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Yes, the defense was dragging from the flu. Yes, the offense (passing game) is low on talent. But, again, the coaching and scheme is not helping. The same old treatment of rookie WR’s is not going to help you. Tom threw a risky pass, Harry was too deep, but to bench him for the game – when you’re desperate pass catching talent is stupid! They didn’t play uptempo once to try to change their extreme predictability. They barely played Sony after the 1st quarter – even though the first drive was the most consistent run game we’ve had all year.… Read more »

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WEEI: Thumbs down Tom Brady – It was yet another struggle for New England’s frustrated GOAT. He was upset at himself for overthrowing Phillip Dorsett in the back of the end zone on the opening drive. He then threw an interception – though N’Keal Harry did little to help his quarterback out on the slant route – to set up the Texans for a short scoring drive. Brady missed a number of open receivers, notably Edelman on the left sideline in the first half. Even while piling up some completions against the Texans “prevent” zone defense in the fourth quarter,… Read more »

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I don’t want to hear nothing about the defense.
They have basically carried this team and can’t win every game for us nor will special teams.
Good teams will put up points no matter what, offense have to step up.

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So for weeks there was no time for Brady to throw the ball. Now. in the Houston game they gave him time but there is no separation from the DB’s. Not a good situation.

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Yep he had time but guys couldn’t get open fast enough.
Edelman is getting abused trying to make plays.
Sanu was a no show.

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Bracket edelman; teams using DBs on James White; no body else gets consistent separation. Doesn’t seem like Harry will contribute this year and with Meyers its 1 step forwards 2 steps back. Sanu and Dorsett have to step up.

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Well White had his best game maybe they start using him more.

SamiG
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He did. A lot came as the Texans fell asleep though.

itsBradyBaby
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SO SAD A 42 YEAR OLD QB TRYING TO BUY TIME AND NO ONE IS STILL GETTING OPEN.
NOT TALKING ABOUT EDELMAN THEY BUILT A WALL AROUND HIM.

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Night

itsBradyBaby
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Slacker

itsBradyBaby
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THANK GOODNESS FOR THIS WEATHER.
I CAN JUST DRINK THIS BS OFF .

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cheers mate… looks like just you and me left for the night… what’re you drinkin?

itsBradyBaby
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Henny

itsBradyBaby
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With tea

rking88
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i broke out the rum…

itsBradyBaby
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Lol.
I had enough already but I’m faustrated with this offense so will just drink rest of this with tea till I sleep.

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yeah i feel ya man… i should’ve been in bed an hour ago but too frustrated to sleep so instead its a drink until i get tired kinda night

itsBradyBaby
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IMAGINE IF BRADY WASN’T OUR QB HOW THE OFFENSE WILL LOOK .
HE’S DOING ALL HE CAN AND NUMBERS WON’T SHOW IT.

rking88
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he cant escape the pass rush and separate from DB’s too!

itsBradyBaby
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OK GISELE

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im agreeing with you fwiw

itsBradyBaby
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I KNOW JUST FUNNY HOW YOU PHRASE IT.

rking88
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intentionally so

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at the end of the day… gotta make the plays to win the game… big game at home next week… gotta hope they can make the plays it takes to beat KC… no margin for error with KC and BUF coming up… but maybe BUF beats BALT and we beat KC… then it comes down to us beating BUF, CIN, and MIA for home field… this team will always have a chance until the last play of the season

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SANU WAS A HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT TONIGHT .
YOU WERE TRADED FOR, WITHOUT BIG PRODUCTION FROM HIM WE ARE DONE.

bring
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Every year we say 12-4, and get a bye

On target still – if we punch in the score on first drive tonight I think game might have played out differently – it’s the little things that matter sometimes

itsBradyBaby
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IF’S BUTS AND MAYBES ARE NEVER GOOD ENOUGH

rking88
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brady still not out for his press conference… so far just Bill and DMC… kinda surprised they wouldn’t have come out and get it over with as fast as possible

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he sounds sick too

SamiG
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Sounds awful

itsBradyBaby
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STILL THINK AFTER THE MORON LET US DOWN WE SHOULD HAD KEPT GORDON.

bring
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Not making a prediction – just how weird would it be if after next week we have the same record as the Bills?

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that would be a major yikes

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Love that the Ravens will get all the attention now

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They deserve it. Gutsy win today against the 49ers, who played well themselves this afternoon.

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Have a great week all!

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I can’t put the blame of this game on defense. They have been terrific all season and this week and if you look the starters dealing with flu, the defense was the most affected:

S Patrick Chung ; LB Jamie Collins, CB Stephon Gilmore, LB Dont’a Hightower, LB Kyle Van Noy

Offensive starters with flu: OT Isaiah Wynn, OT Marcus Cannon

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THE O SUCKS THERE’S NO OTHER EXCUSE.

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They sucked tonight.. doesn’t mean they won’t turn it around. Crazier things have happened.

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Teams have up weeks and down weeks. The offense has consistently not executed, no amount of specific “no calls” or the flu or whatever can explain away that.

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no.. I blame the flu

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They won’t admit it, but obviously a lot of guys weren’t 100%

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cannon had his worst game of the season i thought

NewEnglandBlight
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Breathe.. now.. say it with me.. We’re on to Kansas City….

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I predict a win next Sunday.

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Did Van Noy play the entire game?

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First 11 games 4 TD’s allowed, today 4 TD’s allowed, that makes a difference.

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THEY ARE TIRED OF THE F UP O.

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This was a game where they SHOULDN’T have done that zero blitz so much, but they kept doing it and kept getting burned. Way too slow to adjust from the defensive committee.

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Houston out coached NE. That’s what happened tonight, in every phase.

itsBradyBaby
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AND NE GOT LESS TALENT

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That’s what I’m saying. You’re playing a team with REAL speedsters at the receiver position. You need safety help.

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bill at the presser being like “nobody wants to ask a question… aight imma head out then”

lol at least post-defeat BB pressers are entertaining

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I can’t believe they lost to Houston. That’s like losing to Indy. Pats have been bullying those teams for decades.

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When I saw half the team with the flu mid week I knew it was going to be a rough week.

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Well they bullied us tonight, dont worry we may kick their ass in January

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That’s what happens when you expect your D to hold everyone to 10 points. Sooner or later the damn will break.

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Maybe the flu is a lot worse than we think?

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I wanna say we can look back in previous seasons, and see that the Pats record is CONSIDERABLY worse when influenza hits the locker room.

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if it was bad enough to fly half the team down on a separate flight… it was definitely bad

TS13
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One is probably configured as a medivac.

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The no-call holding on Van Noy that resulted in the TD was also huge too.

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I Thought so but wasnt sure

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yeah, I feel like the holding calls from the refs were unpredictable overall. I don’t think they did an awful job, though.

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I watched him get mugged and thought the yellow would fly,.

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anddddd we’re on to Kansas City

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Sanu is far from 100%. He is dealing with a high ankle sprain

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I can’t wait to find out what the hell happened to N’Keal Harry. It’s really inexcusable to not have a first round draft pick on the field in a critical game.

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Especially in the red zone

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he was on the field to start the game.. not sure what happened either

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I think people are gonna use this game to complain about brady again… but I feel like he’s doing all he can- guys aren’t getting open and the line still didn’t give him time or space to work with… if he weren’t the best in the league at manipulating the pocket and finding space… it would’ve been even worse

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It’s always a constellation of things. Brady being one of them.

rking88
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i saw maybe 2 or 3 plays where he made outright bad throws/decisions… but for the most part he had very little to work with

SamiG
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He has had more uncharacteristically bad throws this season though than I can remember. Just saying he can play a bit better too

rking88
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yeah i think he’s been off, but i guess i dont see it as a measurable decline in his skills… seems like he’s trying to force it, or unsure of what to do with the ball because he doesn’t have any trust in whats going on around him… definitely something we’re not used to seeing with him

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Brady puts in more time into a game than every receiver on this team. People that question Brady after 20 years are clueless hacks who couldn’t find their ass if they sat on it.

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YEAH THE PAT’S ARE THE ONLY STUPID TEAM THAT CAN SIGN A HALL OF FAME RECEIVER AND WON’T.
IM BEGINNING TO THINK SOME BLAMING KRAFT FOR NOT SIGNING AB ARE DUMB LIKE AB.

DKINGG
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You need a chill pill bro like damn…. Stop insulting people here. Everyone is just Pats fans who love the team. relax

itsBradyBaby
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INSULTING?
READ BELOW AND I INSULTED NO ONE

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Everyone knows he’s not coming back. But the exact stuff you are complaining about the offense is why they brought him in the first place. No one else would be close to a difference maker as him.

itsBradyBaby
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A DIFFERENCE MAKER THAT CAN’T BE HAD IS FANTASY

Deadsmack #GreenShirtGuy
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Can BB finally give a chance to Gauthier as C ?

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That will surely solve everything

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Maybe, at least can help the pass protection from the middle

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That drop by Sanu on 4th down was massive.

DKINGG
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Maybe if he got more separation he would have got it lol

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He got popped right before the ball got to him.

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He needs to step up and fast

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Well, I’m not looking forward to next Sunday’s game. Brady’s stat line is gonna look a lot better than it actually was. This team on offense has more holes than Swiss Cheese.

SamiG
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Even with the padding he was at about 50%

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Watch them rout the Chiefs, it wouldn’t surprise me.

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OK, just let me know when it’s time to panic. I’m ready!

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There will be no panic!

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Brady’s INT was the difference.

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Should have been holding or DPI.

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no offense for most of the game was the difference

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It’s my optimistic analysis.

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I think it went way further than that. That was kinda the initial change of the tide.

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Oh well, until next week.

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Is there any other kicker available? 🙂

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RENEEE

DKINGG
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The Arena Football went out of business maybe they have some guys siting on the couch

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I appreciate the “fight” in the end, but I still feel the same. Bring in AB. To anyone that dislikes AB…I don’t care what you think.

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We all want him on the Pats. He’s unsigned for a reason.

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Right, that reason is Robert Kraft. Like I said earlier, he needs to get over his feelings.

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Yeah Robert Kraft is the reason why 32 teams are passing on a HOF receiver. Makes all the sense in the world.

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I don’t care about what the other 31 teams think or do. The reason why AB isn’t back has been known for awhile.

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You don’t care because it doesn’t support your conspiracy theory. The NFL is celebrating 100 years of doing whatever they can to get goons on the field to win football games. No one thinks they can get Antonio Brown on the field, or everyone wants to lose. If you think the latter is a plausible explanation and the former not? More power to you.

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This isn’t about a conspiracy theory.

AB insulted the owner of the team.

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Of course it’s a conspiracy theory. You’re telling us that 31 teams are passing on a new-age version of Jerry Rice because…. they don’t need him? They want to lose football games? Because he messed with another owner, who some percentage of the owners resent in the first place?

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Im with you bro

itsBradyBaby
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YEAH ONLY THE PATS NEED PLAYMAKERS AND REFUSE TO SIGN HIM FOR NO REASON…LMAO

JLStokes
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I don’t care what you think.

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AND I DON’T CARE ABOUT YOUR STUPID THOUGHTS

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Glad we have an understanding idiot.

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GOOD MORON

JLStokes
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Ass.

itsBradyBaby
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itsBradyBaby

Hole u are

JLStokes
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Seriously. Kick rocks. I’m done talking to you.

itsBradyBaby
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itsBradyBaby

You too ahole

JLStokes
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Bitch. I can do this all night.

itsBradyBaby
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F u bitch

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I raised two daughters as a feminist, that’s more important than football. I suspect the league blackballed him anyway.

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He’s not dating my daughters and frankly, he hasn’t been arrested or charged with anything.

This is strictly football.

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Ok.. bring him back, he’s not playing a down for anybody this season. Completely unrealistic.

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That’s an assumption.

NewEnglandBlight
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You think the NFL is going to let him play another snap this season? It’s not happening..

wakkeee upp

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We disagree.

itsBradyBaby
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WHY HASN’T ANYONE SIGN HIM?

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Bolden could have done better

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it was a legal touch too…damn

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Half yard short I think.

rking88
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the last replay showed him jumping and not actually batting until it was over the line at 10 yards

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nice execution by Bailey

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Touched it before 10 yards, he had it if he was patient.

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perfect kick, we coulda had that

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we had a chance

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damn… almost had that

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Ughhhh soooo close

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Texans are bad closers..

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Good to see they haven’t given up – shows something

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I’m glad they waited until a minute left to play like champs, it just pisses me off more.