The Patriots offense wasn’t quite as sharp without him creating mismatches, but Brady is still playing at a high level and did enough to get the road win.
Brady finished with 30-of-40 passing for 303 yards, one touchdown, and one interception, reaching the 300-yard mark for the fourth straight game. He got productive games out of Brandin Cooks, Hogan, and Danny Amendola, making do even without using any of his tight ends. The Pats defense has been getting all the attention, but the team as a whole will be just fine as long as Brady keeps doing his thing.
Winston and the Bucs finally woke up in the fourth quarter, but there were several times where they couldn’t close the deal in the red zone, which led to missed field goals from Nick Folk, killing their comeback attempt. Winston hit Cameron Brate for a late touchdown to give Tampa some hope in the final minutes, but it got snuffed out when the Patriots hit a field goal and held the Bucs out of the end zone as time expired.
He likely will be eligible the following week at Washington based on the court’s timeline for another hearing.
The 22-year-old Elliott was suspended in August by Commissioner Roger Goodell after the league concluded following a yearlong investigation that he had several physical confrontations in the summer of 2016 with Tiffany Thompson, his girlfriend at the time.
The NFL investigated after prosecutors in Columbus, Ohio, decided not to pursue the case in the city where Elliott starred for Ohio State, citing conflicting evidence. Elliott denied the allegations under oath during his NFL appeal.
Rodgers-Cromartie cleaned out part of his locker and stormed out of the Giants facility several days later. He admitted that was a mistake.
I’m dramatic man. I’m crazy. I can’t help that. I do stuff over the top, he said. I apologize. I handled it wrong. I’m good. I’m back. That is all that matters.
The defensive backs room was thrilled to see him return. Rodgers-Cromartie even gave cornerbacks coach Tim Walton a big hug on the practice field before shaking general manager Jerry Reese’s hand.
But the real reason that the trailer debuted on Monday Night Football is because Chicago Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky is the NFL’s BEST film critic.
At one point a few weeks ago, I said I was going to include my picks every week, but that was before I learned I could write a column with a word count to rival Peter King’s. So when my picks have been bad, they’ve been edited out (or never written at all). And they’ve been REALLY bad: I’m sitting at 12 points (out of a maximum 25) through five weeks. Woof.
UPDATE: 1-4 on the day! This section is hereby retired forever.
The birthday party ends at 12:30 p.m. ET, but it takes a while to clean up, pack up, walk home, and start putting the kids down for their naps. By the time I turn the TV, the Jets lead the Patriots, 7-0, and Aaron Rodgers has left the Packers game with an injury to his throwing shoulder. Yeesh, Friday the 13th is really making a full weekend of it, huh?
I’m counting on Lions-Saints to be a fantasy bonanza. I have what feels like every wide receiver from these teams in one league or another, and the conditions are ideal (bad defenses, Superdome) for a million points. Golden Tate’s opening touchdown HAS to be a harbinger of what’s to come.