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SI cover this week: Cream of the crop: Packers receiver Jordy Nelson

 

Well deserved,   but let's hope that SI cover jinx stays far, far, far away from Jordy!

 

Wake up, defense!

Who to root for between the booze, the turkey, the booze, the in-laws, the booze, and the pie?

Chi @ Det (painful to root for Chi here)
Phi @ Dal (Phi due to GB head to head) both teams 8-3
Sea @ SF (shoot me it's painful either way...both teams 7-4)
 

...because it's football.

 

....because it's football twice.

 

...because this gives Fedya twice the chance to be an annoying contrarian.

 

IR rest of year, has a mass in his chest, being tested for Lymphoma.  

 

That sucks.  Hope he does well, seems like a good kid.

 

I'll have the milk steak, boiled over hard, and your finest jelly beans... raw.

Peppers, man-to-man.

 

Your thoughts?

 

YA

NFL morning after: Brady and Belichick seeking their fourth ring

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The Patriots are the best team in the NFL, and Tom Brady and Bill Belichick are 10 weeks away from earning their fourth Super Bowl rings.

That’s what I was thinking as I watched the 34-9 beatdown the Patriots put up on a previously pretty good Lions team on Sunday. This New England team has the best offense in the NFL, an offense that, for the last seven games, hasn’t been far off from the insanely great offense of the 16-0 Patriots team in 2007.

Seven games. That’s how many the Patriots have played since that ugly meltdown against the Chiefs, the 41-14 loss in Kansas City that had people claiming Tom Brady was washed up and the New England dynasty was done. Here’s all the Patriots have done in the seven games since then:

 

– For starters, they’ve won seven straight games. That alone is remarkable in this NFL season, when it seems like every other week the team that we’re sure is on top of the league gets knocked off its perch. No other team is currently on a win streak of more than three games. Seven in a row in today’s NFL is extraordinarily hard to do.

 

– And they’re not just winning. They’re dominating. Six of the Patriots’ seven wins during their current streak are by margins of 15 points or more. The Patriots have outscored their opponents by a total score of 277-137. That’s an average score of 40-20. A three-touchdown victory is the norm.

 

– Tom Brady has multiple touchdown passes in each of the last seven games. He’s thrown 22 scores and only four interceptions during this winning streak.

 

Rob Gronkowski has gotten back to being Gronk, which means he’s emerged as a matchup nightmare, just like he always is when he’s actually healthy enough to play like himself. But perhaps more importantly, Brady has been spreading the ball around to a whole lot of different receivers. Those 22 touchdown passes in the last seven games include six to Gronk, six to Timothy Wright, four to Brandon LaFell, three to Shane Vereen, one to Danny Amendola, one to Brian Tyms and one to Julian Edelman.

 

– The Patriots can run the ball any way they want. LeGarrette Blount was signed last week, had a couple days of practice, and carried 12 times for 78 yards and two touchdowns against the Lions yesterday. That came a week after newcomer Jonas Gray ran for 201 yards and four touchdowns in a win over the Colts. When the Patriots started this streak, it was Stevan Ridley who had 113 rushing yards in a win over the Bengals. Shane Vereen has also taken a couple turns as the Patriots’ top rusher.

 

The Patriots’ defense isn’t great, but it’s good enough, and I wouldn’t bet against Belichick having his defense playing its best football in January. Belichick is just so good at what he does. If he wins his fourth Super Bowl ring, there will be a case that he’s the best coach in NFL history. And in turning this team around like he has over the last seven weeks, Belichick may be doing his best coaching job yet.

New England was the best team in the NFL on Sunday.

 

...because it's football.

 

...because we get football a lot this week.

 

...because watching Jerruh's frozen face never gets old, even though he does.

 

Would be nice to see SF, Seattle and Denver all lose.

 
 
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