Found September 19, 2013 on Mr. Irrelevant:
Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Adrian Peterson had different injuries than Robert Griffin III, and they were on different timelines and in different situations, etc. They’re different players, and, like all people everywhere, each is a precious snowflake. Also, two games is a small sample size, I know, but that’s what we have to work with when analyzing post-devastation RGIII. And I’m willing to bet that no one in New England, Denver or Minnesota was calling for Brady, Manning or Peterson to be benched after two games, either. It’s a good thing, too, because each of them got way better after the first two games in their first seasons back from major injury. Again, that doesn’t necessarily mean anything for Griffin, but it is interesting. Tom Brady in 2009 Tore his ACL and MCL in the first game of the 2008 season. First two games of ‘09: 62.0% completion percentage, 297 yards/game, 5.9 yards/attempt, 2 TD, 2 INT, 76.8 rating. Team went 1-1, including a one-point win over B...

Tom Brady’s Low Completion Percentage Shows Effects of Struggling Rookies, Lack of Patriots Running Game

Dink and dunk it was not. Drift and drop may be more accurate. The Patriots exhibited the opposite of precision Thursday night against the Jets, making a game that would end underwater extremely sloppy before rain even fell. The final score was 13-10 New England, but it was surprising that even those points were scored. The teams totaled just 24 first downs (only nine for the Patriots...

Tom Brady addresses the offense's struggles

After only two games this season, it really is difficult to take statistics seriously because of the small portion of games played. Things change quickly in the NFL; teams start off hot then cool down while other teams start awful and then turn things around. So the legitimacy of stats early in the season (especially after only two weeks) is what you choose to make out of it. That...

Brady, Patriots prep for familiar foe in Revis

Darrelle Revis haunted and taunted Tom Brady and New England's offense at least twice a year for the past six seasons before the New York Jets traded him to Tampa Bay in April. Brady and the Patriots finally were free. Then the 2013 schedule was released, revealing a Week 3 matchup against who else? The Buccaneers. ''To go out of our division into the NFC, and of...

Tom Brady: I’ve Never Played Against Anyone As Good As Darrelle Revis

Tom Brady wasn’t really relieved when Darrelle Revis was traded out of the AFC East to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Brady, who has faced Revis on many occasions, will have to travel to Revis Island again this Sunday when the Patriots take on the Bucs. Brady is always complimentary of his opponent, and paid Revis the highest honor when he told the teams website that he’s “never...

Just a Little Patience

It will take time for the Patriots rookie receivers to develop, but will Tom Brady have enough patience to wait.

Houston Texans at Baltimore Ravens: 2013 Week 3 NFL Pick

Houston Texans (2-0) at Baltimore Ravens (1-1) The Ravens have been one of the premier home teams in the NFL over the past few seasons, going 24-3 at home since 2010. As a result, they’ve only been underdogs at home a grand total of twice in that time frame, losing once at home to Peyton Manning and the Broncos last season and then winning once at home as dogs last year against...

Tom Brady Says Patriots ‘Know How to Play Without’ Rob Gronkowski (Video)

Rob Gronkowski has spent much more time on the sideline over the last calendar year than the Patriots would prefer. The tight end missed seven games last season (including playoffs), and he has been a spectator for the first two contests of the 2013 campaign. His status for Sunday’s matchup against Tampa Bay remains unclear — Gronkowski repeatedly referred to himself as “day...

The Fab 5: NFL Power Rankings Week 2

Welcome to the second edition of the NFL “Fab Five,” our weekly look at some of the best teams in pro football. With two weeks of the regular season in the books, some of the better teams in the league have already begun to separate themselves from the rest of the pack, leaving those 

Fantasy Football 2013 Quarterback Rankings: Week 3

There's no mystery who tops Athlon Sports' Week 3 fantasy football quarterback rankings. Peyton Manning, who leads the NFL with nine...

Has the Patriots defense made the next step?

Years and years, Patriot fans heavily relied on their offense to produce not only the points, but the wins. The defense was always being worked on and even with the genius of Belichick, the defense simply could never be trusted. Its not only cost the Patriots regular season wins, but even playoff wins, and one could say a Super Bowl. Think of where Tom Brady would be standing right...

Winless Giants hope to fix porous pass rush

If the New York Giants are going to turn things around, they better find a pass rush. The defensive line played a huge role in their run to a Super Bowl title two years ago. It slipped a little last season as New York missed the playoffs and it's been almost non-existent in the 0-2 start this year. In losses to Dallas and Denver, the Giants recorded two sacks and just eight...

Mankins relates to rookie receivers

The Patriots are currently 2-0 but the record is somewhat misleading. The offense led by former MVP Tom Brady, isn't as dominant as it once was. The running game isn't as strong as most people would have thought it would be going into this season and there are many question marks in the aerial attack. With Brady's favorite targets Danny Amendola and Rob Gronkowski out...

New York Jets Secondary Grade Sheet – Week Two

After a mixed bunch of grades in the secondary from the New York Jets’ Week One performance versus the Buccaneers, there plenty to keep an eye out for when the Jets squared off with Tom Brady and the Patriots last Thursday. The Pats entered the game with an extremely depleted group of pass catchers due to injuries sidelining Danny Amendola, Rob Gronkowski, and Zach Sudfeld. ...

2013 Fantasy Football, Week 3 Start/Sit

Source: Ron Antonelli/Getty Images North America; Source: Patrick Smith/Getty Images North America Below are players that I have ranked much differently than the expert consensus ranking (ECR) over on I focus on players that are actually guys that you might be debating about whether to start or sit. For example, I have Randall Cobb ranked 14th at WR, which is quite...
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