Patriots-Bills Takeaways, Metrics: John Simon Among Hidden Stars In Win

The New England Patriots’ offense struggled Sunday. It would be difficult to argue otherwise. But that doesn’t mean it’s time to start panicking about the 2019 Patriots.
The Patriots stayed undefeated by beating the now 3-1 Bills 16-10 in Buffalo. The Bills feature one of the NFL’s best defenses, and that unit mostly got the best of the Patriots’ offense. But the Patriots proved they could win despite a subpar offensive performance as their defense outpaced Buffalo’s with five sacks and four interceptions.
There are no perfect NFL teams, Patriots included. As long as New England’s defense remains dominant, the Patriots’ offense can afford some clunkers against tougher defenses.

Here are this week’s takeaways and advanced metrics. All stats via Pro Football Focus.
PASS PROTECTION
RT Marcus Cannon: four hurries
LT Marshall Newhouse: two hurries
C Ted Karras: two hurries
RG Shaq Mason: two hurries
QB Tom Brady: QB hit
LG Joe Thuney: hurry
— Among players with pass-blocking snaps but no pressures: tight end Ryan Izzo, running backs James White, Sony Michel and Rex Burkhead and fullback Jakob Johnson.
— Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was pressured on 30.8 percent of dropbacks. That was his second-highest pressure rate of the season, and he didn’t seem to trust his protection. It also didn’t help Bills defensive backs were blanketing Patriots receivers.
— Thuney has been the Patriots’ best pass protector this season, and he was again Sunday afternoon.
PASSING ACCURACY
— Brady’s accuracy rate was just 61.8 percent. He was 18-of-39 for 150 yards with an interception. Of his 21 incompletions, three were drops and five were thrown away.
— Brady was just 1-of-7 for 21 yards on passes over 20 yards.
— Brady was just 2-of-12 for 21 yards while under pressure.
— Brady was 0-of-6 while utilizing play-action.
— It was a rough day overall for the Patriots quarterback.
RECEIVING
— Julian Edelman, Phillip Dorsett and James White all had one drop apiece.
— Running back James White led the way with eight catches on 10 targets for 57 yards. All but two of White’s targets came within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage. Four of his catches actually came behind the line of scrimmage.
— Gordon now has the NFL’s second-highest drop rate this season.
— Brady really wasn’t on the same page as Dorsett, going 2-of-9 to the usually dependable receiver.
RUSHING ATTACK
Sony Michel: four forced missed tackles, 2.65 yards after contact per carry
James White: one forced missed tackle, 2 yards after contact per carry
Rex Burkhead: no forced missed tackles, no carries
Brandon Bolden: no forced missed tackles, 0 yards after contact per carry
— Forced missed tackles can come via reception or rush.
— Michel had his most elusive performance of the season with three forced missed tackles. He rushed 17 times for 63 yards. That was an improvement over his Week 3 showing when he had nine carries for 11 yards.
— Burkhead’s workload was clearly lessened as he was banged up with a foot injury
PASS RUSH
LB Kyle Van Noy: two sacks, two QB hits, hurry
DT Lawrence Guy: five hurries
LB John Simon: sack, three hurries
LB Jamie Collins: sack, three hurries
DT Adam Butler: two hurries
DE Michael Bennett: two hurries
LB Chase Winovich: sack
LB Shilique Calhoun: hurry
CB JC Jackson: hurry
— The Patriots proved they could generate considerable pressure without linebacker Dont’a Hightower, who was out with a shoulder injury.
— The Patriots blitzed on 40 percent of Bills dropbacks.
— This was one of Guy’s best pass-rushing performances of his Patriots career.
— Simon and Ja’Whaun Bentley took on bigger roles with Hightower out.
PASS COVERAGE
SS Patrick Chung: six catches on seven targets for 84 yards
CB Stephon Gilmore: 4-10, 72 yards
LB Ja’Whaun Bentley: 2-2, 37 yards
CB Jonathan Jones: 2-6, 26 yards
CB Jason McCourty: 3-6, 20 yards
LB Kyle Van Noy: 1-1, 19 yards
SS Terrence Brooks: 1-1, 11 yards
LB Jamie Collins: 1-2, 7 yards, INT
CB JC Jackson: 1-3, 3 yards, two INTs
FS Devin McCourty: 1-1, 1 yard, INT
— Chung let up more catches than typical while covering tight end Dawson Knox and slot receiver Cole Beasley.
— Gilmore didn’t have his best game. He allowed three catches on eight targets for 54 yards to speedy John Brown.
— The Patriots have yet to allow a passing touchdown this season.
— Jackson might be the most dangerous No. 4 cornerback in the NFL.
TACKLING
LB John Simon: four stops
CB Jonathan Jones: three stops
LB Kyle Van Noy: three stops, one missed tackle
LB Ja’Whaun Bentley: three stops, one missed tackle
DT Danny Shelton: two stops
DT Lawrence Guy: two stops, one missed tackle
DT Adam Butler: two stops, two missed tackles
LB Chase Winovich: stop
LB Jamie Collins: stop, missed tackle
FS Devin McCourty: stop, missed tackle
CB JC Jackson: stop, missed tackle
CB Stephon Gilmore: missed tackle
DE Deatrich Wise: missed tackle
HIDDEN STARS
Players like Van Noy, Jackson, Devin McCourty and Collins were traditional stars who showed up on the stat sheet. These guys fell a little more under the radar while still making a major impact:
Simon: The Patriots veteran edge defender was one of the team’s most productive pass rushers while also leading the team with four stops with no missed tackles.
Guy: Guy tied Van Noy for most total pressures with five. He didn’t show up on the traditional stat sheet with any sacks or QB hits, but he was providing pressure up the middle.
For more grades, advanced statistics and more at Pro Football Focus, go to ProFootballFocus.com.

How Patriots Turned Clock Back To 2003 In Gritty Victory Over Bills

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — It’s been a long, long time since the New England Patriots had a win quite like this one.
The Patriots defeated the Buffalo Bills 16-10 on Sunday at New Era Field, prevailing in spite of its Tom Brady-led offense rather than because of it.
They couldn’t run the ball (3.2 yards per carry). They couldn’t pass the ball (Brady’s 45.9 passer rating was his worst ever in a win). They couldn’t move the chains (seven three-and-outs). They couldn’t score.
New England managed just nine offensive points against the stingy Bills: six on a Brandon Bolden jet-sweep touchdown in the first quarter and three on a 23-yard Stephen Gostkowski field goal late in the third.
It was the first time the Patriots had scored 10 or fewer offensive points in a victory since Week 14 of the 2003 season, when they knocked off the Miami Dolphins 12-0 in the Tedy Bruschi snow shower game.
They won Sunday, as they so often did back in those early dynasty days, with defense.

Against a Bills offense led by the still-developing Josh Allen — and, later, backup Matt Barkley after Allen was knocked out of the game with a head injury — the Patriots intercepted four passes, sacked Buffalo QBs five times and forced two fumbles. They allowed their hosts to convert just 2 of 13 third downs and mounted what proved to be a game-saving goal-line stand early in the fourth quarter — all while playing without injured starting linebacker Dont’a Hightower.

The deciding touchdown came on a special teams play made by a defensive player: cornerback J.C. Jackson blocking a Corey Bojorquez punt, resulting in a Matthew Slater scoop-and-score.
Was it a perfect performance by the NFL’s top-ranked D, which still features nearly every key player from the 2018 group that held the Los Angeles Rams to three points in Super Bowl LIII? No.
Patriots defenders committed eight total penalties — including an ugly unnecessary roughness, pass interference, unnecessary roughness sequence immediately before the aforementioned goal-line stop — and struggled at times to contain Frank Gore, who cruised to 109 yards on 17 carries. Buffalo’s lone touchdown drive also looked far too easy, with Allen completing six straight passes on the opening series of the second half after looking lost for the first 30 minutes.
But those proved to be no more than minor hiccups for a defense that’s allowed a grand total of 13 points through four games and is beginning to look like one of the most formidable units Bill Belichick has ever assembled.
Safety Devin McCourty, who’s played on several Patriots teams that won simply by outgunning opponents, is relishing this shift. He’s played a starring role thus far, pulling down an interception in each of the team’s first four games.
“It’s fun,” McCourty said. “Every time we went out there, especially at the end when it was 16-10, all we kept saying is, ‘We don’t give up any points, we win.’ And for me, being in my 10th year, I’ve been here when it’s the opposite — where it felt like every time we went out there, we gave up a touchdown or a field goal and then our offense went back and scored. I just think of Kansas City last year at home. The score was 43-40.
“So it’s all about having each other’s back. It’s not going to go well every time on both sides of the ball. You’re going to have dogfights like this, and you’ve just got to be ready to go.”
Given the talent the Patriots possess on offense, low-scoring slogs like this one should be rare. But even the most offensively gifted teams need to win ugly sometimes, and this defense continues to prove it’s up to the challenge.

Mitchell Trubisky Injury: Here’s Latest Update On Bears Quarterback

The Chicago Bears claimed a critical division win Sunday afternoon largely without the services of their franchise quarterback.
Mitchell Trubisky sustained a shoulder injury on the Bears’ first drive of their eventual 16-6 win over the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field. Trubisky awkwardly broke a fall with his left arm after he was chased down and hit. The third-year signal-caller rather quickly was ruled out for the remainder of the contest and sported a sling on the sideline.

So, how long will Chicago be without Trubisky? Head coach Matt Nagy after the game said he wouldn’t be able to offer any sort of timetable for return until further testing was completed, per ProFootballTalk. Nagy did, however, express belief that Trubisky’s injury is not season-ending.
Veteran QB Chase Daniel turned in a respectable performance in relief of Trubisky, completing 22 of 30 passes for 195 yards with a touchdown. Considering there isn’t a massive gap between Daniel and Trubisky, the Bears very well could err on the side of caution and take it slow with the 25-year-old, who was fortunate to sustain the ailment on his non-throwing shoulder.
Next on the docket for Chicago is a matchup with the Oakland Raiders across the pond in London. It seems like Trubisky, at a minimum, will miss this Week 5 clash, but a multi-game absence wouldn’t be all that surprising.

Jalen Ramsey Rumors: Jaguars Turned Down This Big Offer For Star CB

Maybe the Jaguars actually are intent on keeping Jalen Ramsey after all.
Ramsey has made his desire for a trade abundantly clear. The star cornerback reportedly made his initial request following Jacksonville’s Week 2 loss and apparently has not budged despite the Jags ripping off two consecutive wins, the latter of which Ramsey missed due to a back injury.

The Jaguars, obviously, have a massive trade chip in their hands with Ramsey, who can command quite the haul in return. In fact, Jacksonville reportedly already received a rather sizeable offer for the 24-year-old.
“The Jaguars could have had two first-round picks from one club, according to a league source, but believed those selections would end up too close to 32nd overall for their liking,” CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora writes.
If La Canfora’s report is accurate, the offer Jacksonville received came from a perceived Super Bowl contender. Perhaps it was the Kansas City Chiefs, who feature one of the NFL’s weaker defenses and have been viewed as a potential landing spot for Ramsey ever since news of his trade request leaked. It’s tough to blame the Jaguars for holding out for a return they deem appropriate, but it might come to a point where the franchise is forced to bite the bullet and go with the best offer on the table, whatever it may be.
“You have to trade him,” a high-ranking official told La Canfora “It will get worse and there will be something new with him every week. He doesn’t see a future there (in Jacksonville), and he’s already shown he’s willing to rock the boat to get out. At some point it becomes more trouble than it’s worth.”
Ramsey’s contract runs through the 2020 season. So not only will an interested team be forced to fork over high-end future assets in exchange for the two-time Pro Bowl selection, it also will need to be prepared to extend a very lucrative contract offer if it hopes to keep Ramsey around long term.

Polar Park Full Steam Ahead While McCoy Stays in Limbo

Full Steam Ahead at Polar Park but in Pawtucket the Future of McCoy Stadium Remains a Complete Unknown

On Saturday the Trifecta Sports team took a quick 40-minute road trip on 146 out to the City of Worcester. More specifically a parcel of land in the Canal District will be the home of Polar Park, the future home of the Triple-A Boston Red Sox affiliate.

It had been seven months since our last visit to the site and just a handful of months after the groundbreaking ceremony occurred.For a Saturday the site was bustling with a fleet of National Grid trucks working on the Ballpark side of the site. Overall the development at the site is impressive with it expected to ramp up even more in the coming weeks.

Kelley Square Improvement Still Far Out

One of the major travel problems in the Canal District is Kelley Square. Kelley Square which is a few hundred feet from the Polar Park site is statistically the most dangerous intersection in the state of Massachusetts. MassDots project to improve the intersection had an RFP put out on July 20th, 2019 for construction bids with no updates available yet.

Polar Park Site, September 2019

Per MassDOT here are some of the improvements planned at Kelley Square:

Marking two lanes of travel within the roundabout and on the Madison Street and Vernon Street approaches to the roundaboutChanging Millbury Street to one-way southbound and Harding Street south of the roundabout to northbound travelKeeping Harding Street north of the roundabout one-way southbound between Harrison Street and Kelley SquareProhibiting left turns at the I-290 westbound off-ramp and providing a signal at the intersectionThere will also be improved pedestrian and bicyclist sections to move about the intersection.

As of post, there is no official timetable for when this will be completed but construction is expected to begin in 2020.

McCoy Stadium Update Expected Soon

On Friday of last week City of Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grieben gave a non-update update. Grieben on Friday told WPRI that a decision could come within the next month as the decision continues to get punted further back. Two months ago the decision was expected by the end of September.

Rainy McCoy Stadium From April 2019

Also in his update to WPRI the mayor mentioned that a construction group was coming in to evaluate the cost in getting McCoy Stadium back up to code. Back in January of 2017 a firm was hired to access the condition of McCoy Stadium so one would imagine this time around they are looking to see what has gotten worse in two years of neglect. Essentially that 2017 report from a high level estimated the cost of renovating McCoy to be $68 million versus demolishing it and building a new stadium at the cost of $78 million.

That $68 million total included a lot of incremental additions to the stadium, they estimated $38 million would cover getting the stadium back to code and extend its lifespan. The decision coming from the City of Pawtucket and CommerceRI could have nothing to do with McCoy though as the RFP had multiple proposals for the redevelopment of Downtown Pawtucket, only a handful called for using McCoy.

Next Steps, Update on McCoy Stadium

Polar Parks’ development will continue to chug on with the goal of completing the project for Opening Day 2021. With that day racing towards us and one season remaining in Pawtucket the decision on the RFP’s is looming.

McCoy Stadium, September 2019

With the future of McCoy up in the air and the cost to get it back up to par being so high it will take an out of the box solution in keeping a professional sports team in Pawtucket.

For me it is fairly simple, a multi-purpose athletic complex in downtown with a center focus on a professional soccer team. A simple 5,000 seat venue that can also host lacrosse and football with artificial turf to maximize the amount of days it can be used. A similar project down outside of Washington D.C. cost $15 million to build, a bargain when looking at the cost at McCoy.
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Connelly’s Top Ten – Ugly But Take It and Run

Connelly’s Top Ten – Ugly But Take It and Run

1. PATRIOTS VS BILLS

STUFF

* I said Patriots would need a defensive TD – special teams got it for them

* Some defibrillator company should sign up Gostkowski as an endorser

* That meant of course that point was hanging over the team’s head the whole game 

* Jackson interception should have been cancelled using the David Patten knocked out precdent over a decade ago

BRADY

* Now 31-3 versus Bills

* He survived – that’s most important

* 150 yards closer to Brees 

* The fact that Brady won on the road and didn’t get sacked in that game was amazing

OFFENSE

* Hey McDaniel – how about the hurry up

* Finally get the running game going on the last drive and Josh has Brady throw twice instead of running clock under two minute warning

* If people didn’t know it after Giants Super Bowl wins – pressure up the middle is winning recipe against Brady

* Might be the worst offensive line play in the history of Dante

* Edelman another drop

* Was definitely a pic play on Lacosse they got away with

* Brandin Bolden thinks he is Gayle Sayers – scoring on the end around and then taking a kick out from the end zone

* Not a big fan of Michel stepping out of bounds with first down marker in sight on last drive aka Sam Cunningham Ben Dreith gam 

* Burkhead one touch and it was a stupid spin move instead of north to south

DEFENSE

* Winovich has a good motor and Fabio hair but he can’t beat anyone off the block

* Love Bill playing the piano for a defensive call

* Amazing how the Patriots turned Vrabel, Ninkovich and Van Noy into players

* I guess the Bills getting coordinator Brian Dabo didn’t work 

* Another first half of not giving up a touchdown 

BELICHICK GEAR / KRAFFT SIGHTINGS

* Bill with grey hoodie / cut sleeves / visor

* I didn’t see the Kraft contingent did i miss them?

OTHER STUFF

* Love Bills having 375 total yards to 224 for Pats and losing

* I think Josh Allen’s decision making showed the value of a University of Wyoming education – wrangling major didn’t help 

* Slater another good game – first career TD

* That Edmunds is a beast for the Bills

* Gore is great at getting extra yards 

* If Allen came back in that game – then the NFL concussion protocol would be dead

* Like the Super Bowl – the Patriots punter was best player on the field

* Jones big fine come up for hit to head

2. AROUND THE NFL

* Lions hand game to Chiefs with two giveaways in red zone

* Falcons never recovered since Art Blank smiled at the Super Bowl – 18-19 over their last 37 games

3. RED SOX 

* Perfect way to end the season with Matt Barnes blowing E Rod’s 20th win

* Brock Holt goes 4-30 to end the season and fall under .300

* Devers joins Rice and Vaughn with 200 hits, 30 HR’s, 100 runs scored, 100 RBI

* Devers three extra base hits of having the most extra base hits in a season – Foxx and Ortiz

4. BOSTON COLLEGE FOOTBALL

* BC is 3-2 – rankings of the teams they beat 57 / 120./ 216

* Running back AJ Dillon on pace for 325 touches this year

5. AROUND THE MAJOR LEAGUE

* I like anything bad Philly – Phillies lose game Sunday to finish 81-81 not over .500

* Things that make me go hmm – Tim Anderson of White Sox wins batting title hitting .335 – he hit .240 last year

* Yankees 20-17 over last 37 games

6. Red Sox have $150,000,000 spent already next year on Price, Sale, Martinez, Bogaerts, Pedroia, Rusney Castillo, Eovaldi

7. AMAZING STATS – Devin McCourty had his 25th interception of his career passing recently deceased Nick Buoniconti who had 24 in just 7 years with the Pats from linebacker position

8. OLD SCHOOL – Fred Lynn stolen bases – for his career with Red Sox he was 60 stolen bases and 54 caught stealing – except in 1980 when he had 12 stolen bases / zero caught

9. JUST A LITTLE BIT OUTSIDE – Looking forward to the Irishman making me think about best supporting characters of all time

* Robert Shaw – Jaws, Battle of the Bulge, Taking of Pelham 1-2-3, The Sting

* John Cazale – Godfather, Godfather I, Deer Hunter, Dog Day Afternoon, The Conversation

* Joe Pecci – Raging Bull, Good Fella’s, Home Alone

* Morgan Freeman – Shawshank Redemption, Glory, Seven

10. RANDOMOCITY

* Looking forward to a Jack Edwards yellow tie night

* Joe Castiglione finished his 36th year with team – can you believe it

* Its Apple Crisp time of the year – whip cream over vanilla ice cream

* Next year the Red Sox pay Pablo Sandoval and Manny Ramirez a combined $7mm

* Governor Baker & Marty Walsh – update on traffic?
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Connelly’s Top Ten – Ugly But Take It and Run

Connelly’s Top Ten – Ugly But Take It and Run

1. PATRIOTS VS BILLS

STUFF

* I said Patriots would need a defensive TD – special teams got it for them

* Some defibrillator company should sign up Gostkowski as an endorser

* That meant of course that point was hanging over the team’s head the whole game 

* Jackson interception should have been cancelled using the David Patten knocked out precdent over a decade ago

BRADY

* Now 31-3 versus Bills

* He survived – that’s most important

* 150 yards closer to Brees 

* The fact that Brady won on the road and didn’t get sacked in that game was amazing

OFFENSE

* Hey McDaniel – how about the hurry up

* Finally get the running game going on the last drive and Josh has Brady throw twice instead of running clock under two minute warning

* If people didn’t know it after Giants Super Bowl wins – pressure up the middle is winning recipe against Brady

* Might be the worst offensive line play in the history of Dante

* Edelman another drop

* Was definitely a pic play on Lacosse they got away with

* Brandin Bolden thinks he is Gayle Sayers – scoring on the end around and then taking a kick out from the end zone

* Not a big fan of Michel stepping out of bounds with first down marker in sight on last drive aka Sam Cunningham Ben Dreith gam 

* Burkhead one touch and it was a stupid spin move instead of north to south

DEFENSE

* Winovich has a good motor and Fabio hair but he can’t beat anyone off the block

* Love Bill playing the piano for a defensive call

* Amazing how the Patriots turned Vrabel, Ninkovich and Van Noy into players

* I guess the Bills getting coordinator Brian Dabo didn’t work 

* Another first half of not giving up a touchdown 

BELICHICK GEAR / KRAFFT SIGHTINGS

* Bill with grey hoodie / cut sleeves / visor

* I didn’t see the Kraft contingent did i miss them?

OTHER STUFF

* Love Bills having 375 total yards to 224 for Pats and losing

* I think Josh Allen’s decision making showed the value of a University of Wyoming education – wrangling major didn’t help 

* Slater another good game – first career TD

* That Edmunds is a beast for the Bills

* Gore is great at getting extra yards 

* If Allen came back in that game – then the NFL concussion protocol would be dead

* Like the Super Bowl – the Patriots punter was best player on the field

* Jones big fine come up for hit to head

2. AROUND THE NFL

* Lions hand game to Chiefs with two giveaways in red zone

* Falcons never recovered since Art Blank smiled at the Super Bowl – 18-19 over their last 37 games

3. RED SOX 

* Perfect way to end the season with Matt Barnes blowing E Rod’s 20th win

* Brock Holt goes 4-30 to end the season and fall under .300

* Devers joins Rice and Vaughn with 200 hits, 30 HR’s, 100 runs scored, 100 RBI

* Devers three extra base hits of having the most extra base hits in a season – Foxx and Ortiz

4. BOSTON COLLEGE FOOTBALL

* BC is 3-2 – rankings of the teams they beat 57 / 120./ 216

* Running back AJ Dillon on pace for 325 touches this year

5. AROUND THE MAJOR LEAGUE

* I like anything bad Philly – Phillies lose game Sunday to finish 81-81 not over .500

* Things that make me go hmm – Tim Anderson of White Sox wins batting title hitting .335 – he hit .240 last year

* Yankees 20-17 over last 37 games

6. Red Sox have $150,000,000 spent already next year on Price, Sale, Martinez, Bogaerts, Pedroia, Rusney Castillo, Eovaldi

7. AMAZING STATS – Devin McCourty had his 25th interception of his career passing recently deceased Nick Buoniconti who had 24 in just 7 years with the Pats from linebacker position

8. OLD SCHOOL – Fred Lynn stolen bases – for his career with Red Sox he was 60 stolen bases and 54 caught stealing – except in 1980 when he had 12 stolen bases / zero caught

9. JUST A LITTLE BIT OUTSIDE – Looking forward to the Irishman making me think about best supporting characters of all time

* Robert Shaw – Jaws, Battle of the Bulge, Taking of Pelham 1-2-3, The Sting

* John Cazale – Godfather, Godfather I, Deer Hunter, Dog Day Afternoon, The Conversation

* Joe Pecci – Raging Bull, Good Fella’s, Home Alone

* Morgan Freeman – Shawshank Redemption, Glory, Seven

10. RANDOMOCITY

* Looking forward to a Jack Edwards yellow tie night

* Joe Castiglione finished his 36th year with team – can you believe it

* Its Apple Crisp time of the year – whip cream over vanilla ice cream

* Next year the Red Sox pay Pablo Sandoval and Manny Ramirez a combined $7mm

* Governor Baker & Marty Walsh – update on traffic?
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Red Sox Tweet Out Support For Fans After Disappointing End To 2019 Season

The Boston Red Sox’s 2019 season ended much sooner than many would have liked after the way 2018 concluded.
Boston wrapped up its frustrating campaign with an exciting 5-4 win over the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park on Sunday. The team already had been eliminated from the playoffs, but it nonetheless was a thrilling way to end a year filled with inconsistencies.

But through the frustration and disappointment, there still were plenty of memorable moments. Some of those include watching Mike Yastrzesmki catch the ceremonial first pitch from his Red Sox legend-grandfather Carl Yastrzemski when the San Francisco Giants visited Boston, David Ortiz throwing out the first pitch against the New York Yankees and of course, the raising of the 2018 World Series championship flag.
There also were plenty of Jackie Bradley Jr. highlight-reel catches, Eduardo Rodriguez dominant starts and games when Rafael Devers and Xander Bogaerts were making history.
To help thank the fans for their unwavering support this year, the Red Sox’s official Twitter account tweeted out a video of some memorable moments. Take a look:

We hate that the season is ending this early, but we're forever grateful for the support of Red Sox Nation, the greatest fans in baseball. pic.twitter.com/LnsD4sIHzs
— Red Sox (@RedSox) September 30, 2019

Until next year.

Baker Mayfield Not Giving Credit To Rex Ryan For Browns’ Week 4 Win

The Baker Mayfield-Rex Ryan feud continued Sunday night.
The Cleveland Browns quarterback and ESPN analyst have been going back-and-forth with one another over the last week, with Ryan calling Mayfield “overrated as hell.” Mayfield responded by saying Ryan doesn’t matter because he doesn’t wear brown and orange, and Ryan naturally wore those colors on ESPN’s “Sunday NFL Countdown” broadcast.

Mayfield and Cleveland defeated the 3-0 Baltimore Ravens on Sunday 40-25 to improve to 2-2 on the season. Mayfield completed 20 of his 30 passes with a touchdown in the victory. And after the game, he was asked if Ryan had any impact on him heading into the matchup.
“Absolutely not,” the QB told reporters, per ESPN’s Jake Trotter. “Rex Ryan does not get any credit for this week’s win.”
We guess time only will tell how Ryan decides to respond, if he does at all.

Michael Chavis Shows Love For Red Sox Fans In Heartfelt Instagram Post

Michael Chavis quickly made a good impression in Boston, but much like the Red Sox’s 2019 season, it didn’t go the way he had hoped.
Chavis was making a case to be named the American League Rookie of the Year, but an AC joint injury he suffered while making a catch against the Kansas City Royals in August put a premature ending to his debut season.

The infielder batted .254 with 18 home runs and 54 RBIs in 95 games for the Red Sox. Between his hot start, his note-taking in the dugout after his at-bats, and his “11:11” tweets, he quickly became a fan-favorite.
And Chavis showed some love to the fans on Instagram after Boston’s 5-4 win against the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday at Fenway Park.
“I can’t begin to thank everyone enough for making this year so memorable and special. My entire life I dreamed of this, but I never expected to have been welcomed and supported to this extent and I am beyond thankful for that and for all of y’all,” he captioned the photos and video in the post. “I wouldn’t have a job if it weren’t for y’all coming out and cheering us on. Y’all are some of the best fans in all of sports, not just baseball and that shows every single day. Through the highs and lows y’all packed the seats and had our backs. In return I give my word to bust my ass everyday. Sucks ending the season the way we did but stay tuned and I absolutely can’t wait to get after it this off season and in 2020. Again thank you all for everything and God bless ”

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I can’t begin to thank everyone enough for making this year so memorable and special. My entire life I dreamed of this, but I never expected to have been welcomed and supported to this extent and I am beyond thankful for that and for all of y’all. I wouldn’t have a job if it weren’t for y’all coming out and cheering us on. Y’all are some of the best fans in all of sports, not just baseball and that shows every single day. Through the highs and lows y’all packed the seats and had our backs. In return I give my word to bust my ass everyday. Sucks ending the season the way we did but stay tuned and I absolutely can’t wait to get after it this off season and in 2020. Again thank you all for everything and God bless
A post shared by Michael Chavis (@michael_chavis11) on Sep 29, 2019 at 5:25pm PDT

We’re sure the fans can’t wait to see what Chavis brings to the table come March 2020.