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Lots of talk about the Patriots schedule compared to other teams and also Brady's form and how many losses they are going to have. No doubts about their defense so far. Their injuries are mounting up.
Playing wise I believe Brady hasn't regressed anywhere close to what people are thinking. He's old and has to make it through the whole season. A lot is made of the interception he had but he was clearly expecting Edelman to go right based off the wind. You could see based off the flags on the goal posts the wind was blowing towards the right and he wanted to go with it. Otherwise he has shown he can go deep (with some misses but so does everyone). The Patriots ability is to wear your team out with long drives which I believe is why they always pull away in the fourth quarter (not just this year). Injuries are definitely mounting, especially all over on offense. He hasn't said it but you can see he is frustrated about it. If the offense can get a little healthy they can be a force to reckon with.

On a side note I wonder how much they will trust their kicker. They didn't use him at all really in the Giants game, most likely from the wind but he definitely isn't as consistent as Adam or Stephen.
 
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Agree with what you wrote on Brady. It's a long season, and he's not young anymore, saving a lot for December, January, February. A lot is made of their weak schedule, but I'm reminded of the 2009 NY Giants, coming off a 12-4 season in 2008 where they were upset in the playoffs (and 1 year removed from a SB win), they started the season 5-0, but they beat Washington, Dallas, Tampa, KC, and Oakland, only Dallas being good, before losing four straight, and 8 of their last 11 games. So, the season is young. Never the less, my gut tells me that the Pats defense really is superb, and it's only a matter of time before the offense gets into stride.

Thoughts on games coming up.
 
Or to a lesser extent Chiefs in 17 starting 5-0 and ending 10-6 or the Steelers collapse last year. Anything can happen, season isn't over until February 2.

Pats defense is far superior then last year and you can go back to the playoffs to see that and they only got better.
 
What I forgot about and saw on a video earlier Brady also went 15 straight on completions in the wind plus qb sneaked 4 or more times. I don't know about you, but I wouldn't willingly give myself a pummeling during a sneak if my form was off.

On track on their injuries I wish they would try to trade Detroit for Amendola. He already knows the system, has a repor with Brady, and potentially another 3rd down threat. They bring out Edelman, Amendola, Gordon, Burkhead, White/Michal on third down who are yoh going to cover.

Of the games I'm interested in I think Sea, Det, Hou, and NO will win. A real slugfest well go down in Miami, could go either way on high or low scoring game but I wouldn't past them to end in tie.
 
CAR@TB - Presuming Carolina wins again, does Kyle Allen keep the job once Cam is healthy? Curious what Arians can drum up to fluster him.
WAS@MIA - Battle of the unbeatens. Washington is better on paper, but more of a mess.
PHI@MIN - Cousins played fairly well last week, but there are many calls for his head.
HOU@KC - While I like Houston, KC returns to form here.
NO@JAX - Saints maybe the best team in the NFL. Missing star QB, tough schedule, still 4-1.
SEA@CLE - Browns come back, and Hawks fly a little low, after last week.
CIN@BAL - Ravens still probably best in that division.
SF@LAR - Rams show 'Niners who is still best in that division, in a low scoring affair.
ATL@ARI - If the Falcons lose here, their once promising season is over.
DAL@NYJ - Darnold's return helps, but only a little.
PIT@LAC - Steelers down to third string QB, go 1-5. Surprised this is the flex game instead of SF vs. Rams.

DET@GB - Detroit has shown some real grit, but Packers are a very sound team.
 
For anyone that didn't understand the ruling for the Hou v KC game on the Mahomes INT. It wasn't pass interference since he wasn't the intended target and it wasn't holding because they ruled the ball already in the air and you can hold while the ball is in the air. From what I saw they never showed a side by side of when the ball left Mahomes hands and the hold occurred.

On the game, Texans have the momentum and could be up from more if not for Fuller's first drop they would be firmer in control. I'll let the second one slide as they were able to take more time off the clock and got a touchdown anyaways.
 
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Back home from the Spurs ground after watching a pretty entertaining game between the Bucs and my Panthers. Panthers D were on fire for 2/3rds of the game then slackened off and made it much closer than it really should have been.

Almost feel for the Bucs who lost a home game and were treated like the away team by and vastly superior Panthers support that had travelled from the US, Europe and more locally in the UK to watch the Panthers in London for the first time.

Bucs strong run defence was again very good but we still got to see glimpses of CMC, including one superb play for a touchdown where 3 defenders were no match.

Allen continues to get the job done and goes 5-0, what happens if Cam is healthy after the bye week? I hope they keep the faith in Allen.

A final word on the ground, really impressed with the new stadium, acoustics were spot on and it just feels much better for NFL than Wembley.
 
Nice win for the 49ers based on some great defense. Goff couldn't get the offense going. Jets last, to beat the Cowboys. Both the Rams and Cowboys need a win. Redskins beat Miami in a close one and the Eagles were done over. Some interesting results. Panthers are doing well. Browns and their QB are shooting themselves in the foot. NO had a tougher game than I expected.
 
Yeah nice win for SF. Browns did kinda shoot themselves in the foot, especially back2back big penalties setting up SEA TD. SEA did fly low though on defense and on ST. ST really sucked. Defense sucked too but did get 4 TOs. To me, surprisingly, strong play was SEA's OL, which did pretty well with 2 starters out due to injury (starting LT Brown, & RG Fluker). Fant (LT) and Jamarco Jones (RG) filled in very well. In fact, last week it was Jones who filled in for Fluker in the first half vs the Rams, played the rest of the game, and pretty much shut down Aaron Donald. Other SEA offensive players played well today too, but it was the OL that surprised me. SEA had some really bad play calls.

For CLE, Mayfield made some nice plays, but some of his passes were off target just enough that the WRs could not make the catch even though they got their hand(s) on the ball. Some of those prolly shoulda not been dropped. Baker did play hurt the last half (looked like maybe a left hip contusion he got being tackled on one of his scramble runs), and that might have affected him some.
 
Yeah nice win for SF. Browns did kinda shoot themselves in the foot, especially back2back big penalties setting up SEA TD. SEA did fly low though on defense and on ST. ST really sucked. Defense sucked too but did get 4 TOs. To me, surprisingly, strong play was SEA's OL, which did pretty well with 2 starters out due to injury (starting LT Brown, & RG Fluker). Fant (LT) and Jamarco Jones (RG) filled in very well. In fact, last week it was Jones who filled in for Fluker in the first half vs the Rams, played the rest of the game, and pretty much shut down Aaron Donald. Other SEA offensive players played well today too, but it was the OL that surprised me. SEA had some really bad play calls.

For CLE, Mayfield made some nice plays, but some of his passes were off target just enough that the WRs could not make the catch even though they got their hand(s) on the ball. Some of those prolly shoulda not been dropped. Baker did play hurt the last half (looked like maybe a left hip contusion he got being tackled on one of his scramble runs), and that might have affected him some.
Painful that officials feel they need to run the game. What was it like in the Browns/SH final 3 minutes...8 penalty calls?
 
Same thing happened at the end of the Dallas-Jets game. Something like 6 flags in a row, some of them very nit picky.

Yes, the end of the Browns-Seattle game was a bit ugly. Mayfield is stressful to watch. At 2-4 though the Browns still look like they could take that division. Seattle an impressive 5-1 with Wilson looking like the MVP at this point.

Which team is more of a disappointment, or surprise at this point? Chargers, Falcons, Rams, Browns?

As great of a story Allen is in Carolina, there has to be other reasons they are on a win streak, Christian McCaffery for one. But the question does linger, when Cam is healthy...

After looking like they could take command of the NFC east, the Eagles really folded against the Vikings. Props to them for going 4-2, and two stellar games by Cousins.

49ers starting to look for real behind that defense. Especially the DL. They have real power in Buckner and Jones able to both stuff the run, and apply pressure up the middle. Add Bosa and Armstead coming off the ends, as well as Ford. This front four are so dominant it makes it a lot easier for the linebackers, especially in any kind of coverage scheme like a Tampa 2. It's been said many times games are won and lost in the trenches, and the Niners spending money, and drafting high for their DL is paying huge dividends. Keep in mind that on offense they are still missing Staley, as well as monster McGlinchey out for at least a month. Presuming they, as well as Juszczyk come back later in the season, the Niners could make a serious run, though their remaining schedule may be a real test after next week: @WAS, CAR, @ARI, SEA, ARI, GB, @BAL, @NO, ATL, LAR, @SEA
 
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Same thing happened at the end of the Dallas-Jets game. Something like 6 flags in a row, some of them very nit picky.

Yes, the end of the Browns-Seattle game was a bit ugly. Mayfield is stressful to watch. At 2-4 though the Browns still look like they could take that division. Seattle an impressive 5-1 with Wilson looking like the MVP at this point.

Which team is more of a disappointment, or surprise at this point? Chargers, Falcons, Rams, Browns?

As great of a story Allen is in Carolina, there has to be other reasons they are on a win streak, Christian McCaffery for one. But the question does linger, when Cam is healthy...

After looking like they could take command of the NFC east, the Eagles really folded against the Vikings. Props to them for going 4-2, and two stellar games by Cousins.

49ers starting to look for real behind that defense. Especially the DL. They have real power in Buckner and Jones able to both stuff the run, and apply pressure up the middle. Add Bosa and Armstead coming off the ends, as well as Ford. This front four are so dominant it makes it a lot easier for the linebackers, especially in any kind of coverage scheme like a Tampa 2. It's been said many times games are won and lost in the trenches, and the Niners spending money, and drafting high for their DL is paying huge dividends. Keep in mind that on offense they are still missing Staley, as well as monster McGlinchey out for at least a month. Presuming they, as well as Juszczyk come back later in the season, the Niners could make a serious run, though their remaining schedule may be a real test after next week: @WAS, CAR, @ARI, SEA, ARI, GB, @BAL, @NO, ATL, LAR, @SEA
Yes the Niners are in a good place. They even have Solomon Thomas coming off the bench as a top draft pick as well even though he hasn't lived up to the college hype. What a shame Reuben Foster, also a top draft pick didn't also show up. Juice and Staley are due back in about 4-6weeks. Their running game is also strong with Breida, Mostert and Coleman, and Jeff Wilson in reserve. Oddly Robbie Gould's kicking has gone off suddenly. 49ers meet the Panthers in two weeks which should be an interesting game but the back end of the season is tough for the Niners. Their new red zone WR Jalen Hurd is injured which has cost them. The lack of a seasoned WR is apparent at the moment. Goodwin just doesn't get open enough even though he is a speedster and Jimmy has to stop turning the ball over at QB. Kittle as usual is a handful for any team.

The Browns, Rams and Cowboys are not doing themselves any favors at the moment. Kansas is also not looking that good. NO and NE keep rolling along.
 
The officials have been flag happy in all the games I've watched. It is coming to the point I'm expecting a flag every play.
So Detroit was playing a very opportunistic, lucky and dynamic game. Then the officials called two very consequential "hand to the face" penalties on Detroit's Foster that changed the game. This, after they called a personal foul on Detroit's DB when going for the same pass as GB's receiver. That call was an easy NO CALL and yet there was no conferring among officials. Detroit's game was effectively given to GB and still the Lions played to the end. One of the worst officiated games I've ever seen. Ever and that includes the "touchdown" that the Steelers won a Super Bowl over the Seahawks way back when.
Even Aaron Rodgers seemed a little embarrassed that he came away with the win.

There were several PI calls that were equally STOOPID. Bad MNF.
 
So Detroit was playing a very opportunistic, lucky and dynamic game. Then the officials called two very consequential "hand to the face" penalties on Detroit's Foster that changed the game. This, after they called a personal foul on Detroit's DB when going for the same pass as GB's receiver. That call was an easy NO CALL and yet there was no conferring among officials. Detroit's game was effectively given to GB and still the Lions played to the end. One of the worst officiated games I've ever seen. Ever and that includes the "touchdown" that the Steelers won a Super Bowl over the Seahawks way back when.
Even Aaron Rodgers seemed a little embarrassed that he came away with the win.

There were several PI calls that were equally STOOPID. Bad MNF.
Not to mention a packer TD that the receiver had his knee down while touched before passing the endzone line. Crazy year so far and will only get worse if not accounted for.

Edit: I stand corrected, the packers receiver didn't have control of the ball until in the endzone thus making it a touchdown. I had missed that part and was going off social media.
 
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