December 3rd, 2011
Brady named top player by his peers
There are roughly 1 Report- Patriots to place DE Brace on I.R._293,800 players in the NFL. On Sunday night, the players announced who they felt was the best of all of them.
On the NFL Network show "The Top 100: Players of 2011 Sale Alpinestars Motorcycle Jackets - Cheap Alpinestars Jackets Store," Patriots QB Tom Brady was named as the best player in the league heading into the 2011 season, based on a vote by active players. The three-time Super Bowl champion and reigning regular season Most Valuable Player was presented by two of his defensive nemeses': Ravens LB Ray Lewis and Jets CB Darrelle Revis.
Trailing Brady on the list were Colts QB Peyton Manning, Vikings RB Adrian Peterson, Lewis and Ravens FS Ed Reed. Steelers SS Troy Polamalu, Texans WR Andre Johnson, Revis, Saints QB Drew Brees and Bears DE Julius Peppers rounded out the top ten.
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Arguments could be made for a handful of players, but it's hard to go wrong with Brady. His play over the past ten years has earned the respect of all his opponents, shown by this announcement. Now he just has to regain his knack for winning in the playoffs after being knocked out the past two seasons by Three-and-out with Patriots radio color commentator Gino Cappelletti_321, of all people, the teams led by Lewis and then Revis.
Patriots-Jets matchup of the day: Wednesday
Here's a key matchup to watch in Sunday's divisional-round game between the Patriots and Jets:
Patriots QB Tom Brady vs. Rex Ryan's defense
Brady has gotten familiar with Ryan's attacking defense. This will be the fifth time he has faced the Jets with Ryan at the helm and he played Ryan's Ravens defense in 2004 and ’07, both times having poor completion percentages.
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Brady, who is known for his preparation, was ready come Week 13, completing 21-of-29 passes for 326 yards and four touchdowns in the 45-3 thrashing of Ryan's Jets on "Monday Night Football."
On Sunday, you can be certain that Ryan's defense will put up a better fight than it did in Week 13, but coming off a bye week, will Brady be just as ready?
In Week 13, Brady never threw it toward star CB Darrelle Revis, instead targeting Antonio Cromartie and the Jets' safeties. He motioned his wideouts and backs to put them in advantageous situations and found them for plenty of yards.
Ryan likely will scale back his blitzes after watching Brady pick them apart. Look for the Jets to try and throw coverages at Brady that he has never seen. Brady doesn't get sacked often Patriots fantasy focus_515, but he is prone to mistakes when under heat, it's a matter of getting to him before he releases the ball that is a concern.
If Brady has anywhere near the success on Sunday that he had back on Dec. 6, there is little shot the Jets can compete with the Pats in Foxborough. He's very familiar with Ryan's defense, so it will be interesting to see what kind of tricks the boisterous coach has up his sleeves.
Top 10 stories of 2010 season
There was rarely a dull moment during the 2010 NFL season, from exciting plays every week on the field to seemingly non-stop news off it.
Everything from the controversial (Calvin Johnson's TD reception that was ruled a non-catch in Week One) to the jaw-dropping (DeSean Jackson's walk-off punt-return TD in Week 15) took place in 2010. Tom Brady and Michael Vick re-emerged as dominant QBs, and star defenders Clay Matthews and Troy Polamalu led their teams to Super Bowl XLV.
Outside the white lines, the drama was even greater. A bitter labor fight is still being battled, along with a new discussion on player safety. Everything from a coach tripping a player to a stadium roof collapsing impacted the league this past season.
Based on votes from the PFW editorial staff, here are the 10 most important stories from the 2010 NFL season:
1. CBA stalemate leads to fear of lockout in 2011
Don't delete your favorite games and highlights from the 2010 season off your DVR; there might not be any new football to entertain you for a while. The league appears to be on the verge of a lockout, as the NFL Players Association and owners still have a lot of differences to work out in negotiating the next Collective Bargaining Agreement. The current CBA expires on March 3, and until a new deal is agreed upon, players will likely not be able to train at team facilities Sale Alpinestars Motorcycle Jackets - Cheap Alpinestars Jackets Store, work with coaches or sign new contracts. As always, the major sticking point is money. Issues such as a rookie salary cap and an expanded regular-season schedule need to be worked out between the two sides, but so far, there hasn't been much progress made, leading to the fear that the 2011 season may not kick off when it's scheduled to do so.
2. Packers bring Lombardi Trophy back home
Timing is everything in sports, an adage proven most recently by the 2010 Packers. The team struggled in the middle of the season with a lengthy list of injuries but got hot at the right time, helping it capture the No. 6 seed in the NFC playoffs. Once in the postseason, Aaron Rodgers was nearly flawless in leading Green Bay to the fourth Super Bowl title in franchise history. After edging out the Eagles, demolishing the top-seeded Falcons and surviving a battle with the archrival Bears, all on the road, the QB cemented his place among the NFL's elite on its grandest stage. Rodgers threw for nine TD passes in the team's four playoff games — including three vs. the Steelers in Super Bowl XLV — en route to winning Super Bowl MVP honors.
3. McNabb trade leads to Vick's return to dominance
It's no surprise that the April 5 trade of Donovan McNabb from the Eagles to the Redskins triggered one of the bigger stories of the year. The surprising part is which story it set off. Michael Vick, who was promoted from third string to the Eagles' No. 2 QB as a result of the deal, found himself on the field for Philly in Week One when starter Kevin Kolb went out with a concussion. Vick didn't waste the opportunity, as the former Falcon wound up throwing for more than 3,000 yards, rushing for 676 more and accounting for 30 total TDs in electrifying fans with his best pro season. McNabb's stint in Washington didn't prove to be as successful, as he was benched on multiple occasions after inconsistent play.
4. Roethlisberger returns and comes up just short
Ben Roethlisberger's season started on the sideline, thanks to a suspension stemming from an offseason off-field incident. It nearly ended on a podium as Super Bowl champion, as the Steelers' quarterback and his team were one touchdown drive away from capturing their third championship in six years. Roethlisberger was aided by the league's stingiest scoring defense, helping Pittsburgh emerge from the physical and tough AFC. Turnovers, however, cost the Steelers dearly in the Super Bowl. Big Ben threw two interceptions, one that was returned for a TD, and RB Rashard Mendenhall coughed up a fumble just as it appeared the Steelers had taken momentum from the Packers, all of which were costly mistakes the Steelers couldn't overcome.
5. Helmet hits, safety risks spark major debate
There were many memorable plays during the 2010 season, but the one play that might resonate with the league and its players the longest was an incomplete pass thrown in Week Six to Eagles WR DeSean Jackson. On the play Patriots fantasy focus_515, Jackson was crushed by Falcons CB Dunta Robinson Chung could be Patriots' other starting safety_782, who led with his helmet and wound up hitting Jackson in the head. Both players suffered concussions as a result, and that, along with a host of other helmet-to-helmet collisions that Sunday, sparked a crackdown on illegal hits. It also increased the volume of a debate on how to make the sport safer for those involved. Players were fined heavily and subject to suspension for the illegal helmet-to-helmet hits, and the discussion continues on how to eliminate the dangerous plays from the sport altogether. With more and more evidence emerging that football players have an increased chance of suffering brain damage and other lingering injuries as a result of the sport, player safety is becoming a major topic of discussion.
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The Vikings' bad luck in 2010 started on Jan. 24, when they lost in overtime of the NFC championship game. It got worse as the year progressed. Brett Favre was coaxed out of retirement once again, but the QB couldn't recapture his magic from '09 and struggled, as injuries (which ended his consecutive-games streak at 297) and an off-field scandal marred his season. Head coach Brad Childress tried to spark the team by acquiring WR Randy Moss in early October, but that didn't work, and by Thanksgiving, both Childress and Moss had been let go by the team. To make things worse, the Vikings were at the center of two weather storms, the first caving in the roof of the Metrodome and forcing two "home" games to be relocated to different sites, the second requiring the team to play a game vs. the Eagles in Philadelphia on a Tuesday night.
7. Constant scandal doesn't stop Jets from success
It began in training camp, when Jets head coach Rex Ryan's liberal use of the F-bomb on the show "Hard Knocks" caused an uproar, and the controversy surrounding Gang Green never slowed down. Darrelle Revis' holdout, Braylon Edwards' arrest and Antonio Cromartie's trash talk made headlines, but they weren't the only ones in the news. A female reporter claimed she was verbally harassed in the Jets' locker room. Strength coach Sal Alosi was suspended and fined for tripping a Dolphins player during the teams' Week 14 game. Ryan and his wife shared the spotlight when foot fetish videos of the couple were leaked online. The Jets didn't seem to be distracted by any of it, posting an 11-5 record and reaching the AFC championship game for a second consecutive season.
8. Three preseason favorites out of it by midseason
In the past 10 seasons, 10 different teams have represented the NFC in the Super Bowl. Among the six that haven't won the George Halas Trophy are three storied franchises that have combined for 17 conference titles in the Super Bowl era. The Cowboys, Vikings and 49ers all entered the 2010 season thinking this was their year to return to glory, yet all three wound up firing their coaches before the season ended after having been colossal flops. Dallas canned Wade Phillips in early November after a 1-7 start; two weeks later, Brad Childress got the ax after his Vikings were blown out at home by the Packers, 31-3. In Week 16, Mike Singletary joined the group of pink-slipped coaches, as the 49ers let him go after the team was eliminated from the playoffs.
9. Brady, Patriots dominate regular season
In the 2010 offseason, the Jets acquired a group of Pro Bowl-caliber players, the Dolphins traded for WR Brandon Marshall and the Patriots signed no veterans of note. It appeared as if New England's run as AFC East kings was coming to an end. Instead, Tom Brady and Co. were as dominant as ever, finishing the regular season with a league-best 14-2 record, thanks in large part to a splendid season from the MVP quarterback. When Randy Moss was traded at midseason, the Pats' offense somehow improved, going on to score a league-best 518 points. A pair of rookie tight ends and a no-name RB duo charged the attack, but the leader was Brady, who went 355 pass attempts without tossing an interception. That streak, however, was snapped in the team's 28-21 loss to the Jets in the divisional round of the playoffs, a shocking end to a surprisingly magical season for New England.
10. Seahawks win when it matters most
The NFC West was historically bad in 2010, with all four teams finishing below .500. Seattle proved to be the best of the worst, winning the division with a 7-9 mark despite having the league's 28th-ranked offense and No. 27 defense. Once in the playoffs, however, the Seahawks proved themselves to be a legit team. A 10-point home underdog in the wild-card round vs. the Saints, Seattle shocked the defending Super Bowl champs with a 41-36 upset, capped off by a (literally) earth-shaking 67-yard TD run by RB Marshawn Lynch. Thus, the Seahawks became not only the first team to make the playoffs with a losing record, but the first such team to win a playoff game.
Patriots' 60-second rant: Pass rush must improve
It's fair to put a good share of blame on the Patriots' secondary for their defensive woes through three games this season. They are 25th in the league giving up 260.3 passing yards a game, and the youth is starting to show after giving up 30 points to the Bills.
But I'd like to shine the blame spotlight elsewhere — the pass rush.
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The Bills had been sacked seven times in their first two games and were ranked near the bottom of the league with a weak offensive line. The Pats were able to muster up one sack on Sunday on a Jerod Mayo blitz.
Neither D-lineman on the field in their sub package (Mike Wright and Myron Pryor) could create a pass rush against Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick. OLB Jermaine Cunningham, their pass rusher of the future, got into the backfield on one of Fitzpatrick's interceptions. He could be the answer as he continues to get more playing time after two consecutive starts. OLB Tully Banta-Cain has not been very productive this season and did not even start in Week Three.
Fitzpatrick showed how much success even the lowliest of offenses can have with a little time in the pocket. The Pats will have a tougher test in Week Four as the Dolphins and Chad Henne opened up the passing game for 363 yards against the Jets' defense.
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Patriots owner Kraft to miss league meetings
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The 32 NFL team owners are in the midst of a hard-fought labor battle with the NFL Players Association. Robert Kraft was absent at recent labor discussions because he was on a trade mission in Israel.
Kraft has owned the team since 1994 and the Patriots have won three Super Bowl titles on his watch.
Patriots rally to beat Ravens in overtime
By Howard Ulman, AP Sports Writer
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Deion Branch gave New England Patriots fans plenty of reasons to forget Randy Moss and the team's embarrassing playoff loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
Branch caught nine passes - the same number of receptions Moss had in four games this season - spearheading a 23-20 comeback win in overtime over the Ravens on Sunday. The Patriots reacquired Branch on Monday from Seattle five days after trading Moss to Minnesota.
Stephen Gostkowski's 35-yard field goal with 1:56 left in overtime gave the Patriots their eighth straight win after a bye week.
In the teams' last meeting, the Ravens won 33-14 in the first round of last season's playoffs, scoring on Ray Rice's 83-yard run on their first offensive play and leading 24-0 after one quarter.
Branch sparked Sunday's rally from a 20-10 deficit starting with a 5-yard scoring pass from Tom Brady four minutes into the fourth quarter. The Patriots (4-1) then forced the Ravens (4-2) to punt and marched from their 14-yard line to a third down at the Baltimore 3 - with the help of four catches by Branch - and settled for Gostkowski's 24-yard tying field goal with 1:51 left in the fourth quarter.
On the last possession of overtime Patriots players of the week_314, Branch caught passes for 23 and 10 yards, setting up the winning kick.
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Branch finished with 98 yards receiving while Brady completed 27 of 44 passes for 292 yards and one touchdown. For the Ravens, Joe Flacco completed 27 of 35 passes for 285 yards and two touchdowns.
Baltimore scored on its opening drive, as it did in the playoff game, but needed 15 plays before Billy Cundiff kicked a 26-yard field goal. After the teams exchanged punts Sale Alpinestars Motorcycle Jackets - Cheap Alpinestars Jackets Store, Green-Ellis put New England ahead with a 2-yard touchdown run.
The Ravens took a 10-7 halftime lead after Flacco's 16-yard touchdown pass to Todd Heap then made it 17-7 when Flacco connected on a 5-yarder to Anquan Boldin on the left side of the end zone that was set up by Chris Carr's interception.
Field goals Gostkowski of 38 yards and Cundiff of 25 yards left Baltimore with a 20-10 lead with seven seconds gone in the fourth quarter.
Brady then hit Branch in the left back corner of the end zone as the Patriots cut the lead to 3.
Midway through the first half, Heap left the game after being hit on a helmet-to-helmet collision with safety Brandon Meriweather, who was penalized. Heap lay on the ground for several minutes, left the game but returned before intermission.
In the second half Patriots rookie report- Week 16_308, Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman left the game with a head injury.
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Patriots re-sign veteran RB Faulk
The Patriots re-signed veteran RB Kevin Faulk and signed free-agent DL Steve Williams on Saturday.
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Faulk is entering his 13th season with the Patriots and is the team's all-time leader in all-purpose yards. He tore his ACL last season in Week Two and missed the rest of 2010.
Williams spent the summer of '09 with the Patriots and played for the B.C. Lions of the CFL the last two seasons.
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Why Moss trade makes sense for Vikings
The Vikings and Patriots have pulled off a shocker of a trade involving WR Randy Moss.
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They were deep in talks with the Chargers for WR Vincent Jackson two weeks ago Patriots WR Edelman off injury report_682, showing how desperate they are to find receiving help for QB Brett Favre. Not landing Jackson felt like a failure for some team officials, as it was believed that few other receivers of his caliber would be available prior to the trade deadline.
All indications are that this will be Favre's final season in the NFL, and the team wants to give him — and the Vikings — every chance of winning it all.
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There is little doubt that Favre was 100 percent behind the trade for Moss, a player he admired from within the division for years when the Packers and Vikings played twice per year.
With Sidney Rice still on crutches and Percy Harvin a question mark with a hip injury and chronic migraines, landing Moss will be a big help. What made Favre successful with Rice last season was the ability to throw the deep jump ball to the taller receiver and have him go up and make a play. Moss isn't quite the same type of receiver, more of a deep-ball specialist than a physical battler Sale Alpinestars Motorcycle Jackets - Cheap Alpinestars Jackets Store, however.
But Moss will add a vertical threat to tilt the field — a necessary ingredient for the balanced offense that they have not had to date this season.
Any offense with Favre, Moss, Adrian Peterson and Harvin will have to be taken seriously. It might not click immediately, with Moss needing to pick up the Vikings' system and build a rapport with his new quarterback. But adding a weapon of his caliber almost certainly will change the way teams defend the Vikings.
The compensation — a third-round pick — is something the Vikings were more than willing to part with. Head coach Brad Childress has been desperate to land a front-line receiving threat while the Super Bowl window remains open. It might strike some as a slightly foolish risk, especially considering they now will have to pay three receivers (Moss is a free agent after the season with no extension with the Vikings close to being done) and because of Moss' colored history with the organization. But that was a different head coach and a different owner. Six years in NFL terms is a long time.
And anytime you have a chance to go for a title, wise NFL people will tell you that you take it and ask questions later. That appears to be exactly the Vikings' thinking: They are taking a dance with the devil and going for broke.
Rookie DE Deaderick gets into the mix for Pats
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Brady, Patriots rout Jets 45-3
Updated Dec. 7, 2010 @ 12:28 a.m. ET
By Barry Wilner, AP Football Writer
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady turned this anticipated classic into a classic rout.
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``We don't listen to the hype,'' Brady said. ``I don't think we ever have. We really take after our coach and he says 'When you win, say little. When you lose, say less.'''
It was a mismatch from the start. The Jets, who had won eight successive road games, five this season, came in with a vaunted defense and an offense that had come alive behind second-year quarterback Mark Sanchez and big-play receiver Santonio Holmes.
But Brady didn't have to sweat anything in his second straight game with four TD passes and no interceptions — and 12th such game of his career. He hasn't been picked off in seven consecutive games.
New York couldn't produce a pass rush and its blitzes were fruitless most of the night. With 4:40 remaining in the third quarter, the Patriots already were over their 30.4 points per game average that leads the league.
And when the star quarterback wasn't doing the damage, former Jets running back Danny Woodhead was. He turned a shovel pass into a 50-yard gain, had a 35-yard jaunt with another short pass and made Ryan even more regretful to have let him escape earlier this season.
``This is where I am. I'm a New England Patriot,'' Woodhead added. ``Was I over there? Yeah. But that's not something I dwell on because I'm a New England Patriot, and I'm going to do my best for this team.''
Brady moved into 13th place all-time with 252 TD passes; he has thrown for 27 TDs and been intercepted only four times as the three-time Super Bowl winner makes a strong case for his second league MVP award.
``He's Tom Brady. He's been able to do some pretty good things throughout his career,'' Woodhead said. ``I don't know if stuff like that surprises anybody.''
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New England's 32nd-ranked pass defense intercepted three of Sanchez's passes in snapping the Jets' four-game winning streak, all against teams with losing records. Indeed, every Jets victory this season except the one against New England in Week 2 is over a team currently with a .500 or worse record.
Conversely, the Patriots own wins over the Steelers, Ravens and Jets — by far the best teams in the conference thus far. And they are even with Atlanta, the NFC leader at 10-2.
New England moved swiftly downfield on the opening series before stalling on three straight incompletions — none close to hitting the target — from the Jets 23. It was the only time Brady struggled.
Shayne Graham's 41-yard field goal made it 3-0.
Then the gambling began, with New York going on fourth-and-1 from its 46 and converting on Shonn Greene's 2-yard run. But when Ryan took a chance on a 53-yard field goal, Folk came up well short.
The Patriots didn't come up short after taking over at their 43. Helped greatly by a 36-yard pass interference penalty on safety Eric Smith, who was replacing regular Jim Leonhard (broken shin), New England needed just six plays to take a 10-point lead on Green-Ellis' 1-yard plunge.
The expected classic was turning ugly early.
Weatherford didn't help New York's case, either, with his shank on the Jets' next possession. He angrily pushed a chain gang member on the sideline after the kick, perhaps sensing Brady wouldn't waste the opportunity from the New York 32.
He didn't, but it took another risk as the Patriots went for a fourth-and-3 from the Jets 25. In the face of a yet another blitz, Brady calmly threw to Deion Branch, who broke Antonio Cromartie's feeble tackle and sprinted into the end zone.
That brought a familiar sight for Brady and company: Gillette Stadium rocking while the Patriots are rolling past another opponent.
``It was a big-time atmosphere, division game, both teams 9-2,'' Woodhead said. ``We needed to win the game.''
Although the Jets got a 39-yard field goal from Folk, they were totally outclassed. Their defense managed three sacks in the first half, which meant little because Brady found the range when he needed to — again and again.
Woodhead's sprint with a short pass for a 35-yard gain spearheaded the next touchdown drive that Brady capped with a 4-yard throw to Brandon Tate. Although Tate's arm came down out of bounds with only one leg landing in the end zone, the Jets didn't challenge.
Actually, they never really challenged all night.
Notes: The Patriots honored former linebacker Tedy Bruschi at halftime. ... It was the Jets' worst loss since 45-3 to Miami on another Monday nighter, in 1986. New York was 10-1 then, but ravaged by injuries it lost its final five regular-season games. ... The Jets lost S James Ihedbigo with a right ankle injury. ... LaDainian Tomlinson passed Eric Dickerson for sixth in career yards rushing with 13,278. He had 47 yards Monday night.
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