NFL Rumors: Texans Trade For Demaryius Thomas, Ending Patriots Speculation

If the New England Patriots do indeed add a “premium receiver” before Tuesday’s NFL trade deadline, it reportedly won’t be Demaryius Thomas.
The Houston Texans are trading for the Denver Broncos wideout, NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday, citing sources. The Broncos will be receiving a mid-round draft pick in exchange for the 30-year-old. The teams also will swap seventh rounders.
Thomas has 36 receptions for 402 yards and three touchdowns this season. The Georgia Tech product is a four-time Pro Bowl selection.

Terms: The #Texans are trading for #Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas in exchange for a 4th round pick and the teams are also swapping 7th rounders. Big move for Houston.

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— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 30, 2018

The Texans developed a need for a receiver after Will Fuller V tore his ACL last Thursday against the Miami Dolphins. Houston is 5-3 after beginning the season 0-3.
As for the Patriots, they still could be active ahead of Tuesday’s 4 p.m. deadline. The team reportedly had expressed interest in Thomas, but also has explored trades for Detroit Lions receiver Golden Tate and Cleveland Browns linebacker — and old friend — Jamie Collins.

Tom Brady Explains How Aaron Rodgers Inspires Him To Improve

Next Sunday’s primetime matchup at Gillette Stadium will feature a rare matchup between two of the best quarterbacks the NFL has to offer.
For the first time since 2014, Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers will square off as the New England Patriots host the Green Bay Packers on “Sunday Night Football.”
Brady, who guided the Patriots to a 25-6 road victory over the Buffalo Bills on Monday night, had incredibly high praise for Rodgers during a Tuesday morning interview with WEEI’s “Kirk & Callahan.
“What he’s done as a quarterback, I think it’s inspiring, even for me,” the 41-year-old QB said. “I watch his game, and it makes me want to get out there and practice and improve, because I think he’s so phenomenal with the way he manages himself in the pocket. And his ability to throw the football is unlike anyone probably in the history of the league.
“It’s pretty awesome to watch. He throws some of the best incompletions I have ever seen.”
Brady’s and Rodgers’ names both are mentioned in the contentious “best quarterback ever” debate. Brady, a longtime friend of Rodgers’, wants no part of that argument, calling it “a hypothetical question that is just truly impossible to answer.”

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“It’s hard to compare positions and eras,” Brady said on “K&C.” “It’s impossible to answer. I think Aaron is one of the best ever to play the game. He’s got every skill you need to be a great quarterback. I think there is a lot of other guys who are playing today that are phenomenal — Ben Roethlisberger, I think he is an incredible player; what Drew Brees has done.
“And I am just talking players who are playing. I mean, Peyton Manning — I don’t think there was anyone who commanded the position better than Peyton what he did from Indy to Denver. That was spectacular. I got a chance to play against Brett Favre, and I saw Steve Young (Monday) night, and Joe Montana is a guy I have always looked up to.”
Since they’ve played their entire NFL careers in separate conferences, Brady and Rodgers have started against each other just once — in a 26-21 Packers win at Lambeau Field four years ago. This will be Rodgers’ first regular-season visit to Foxboro, Mass., as he missed the teams’ 2010 meeting with an injury.
Rodgers, who also relieved an injured Favre during a 35-0 loss to the Patriots in 2006, completed 18 of 30 passes for 286 yards and one touchdown with no interceptions Sunday in a 29-27 road loss to the undefeated Los Angeles Rams.
“It is going to be a big challenge for our defense,” Brady said on “K&C.” “We’re going to try and make it hard on their defense and we’ll see how it shakes out. They have had a lot of close games this year. I am sure this will come down to the wire.”

Dodgers Fans Try, Miserably Fail At Trash Talking Red Sox, Bostonians

Los Angeles Dodgers fans are a cute bunch.
During the 2018 World Series, the folks at “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” went to Dodger stadium and asked fans to trash talk the Boston Red Sox, as well as Bostonians as a whole. And, well, the results weren’t pretty.
Check out this mess:

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Something tells us these fans weren’t entirely broken up over the Red Sox winning the World Series on L.A.’s home field. But hey, something also tells us that Bostonians wouldn’t mind enjoying that southern California sunshine right about now.
In any event, the Red Sox are champions, the Dodgers are whatever and the people of Boston soon will enjoy yet another victory parade.

Tom Brady Already Hitting The Weights Ahead Of Patriots-Packers Showdown

A quick turnaround means there actually are no days off for the New England Patriots this week.
That doesn’t seem like it’s an issue for Tom Brady.
The morning after throwing for 324 yards in the Patriots’ 25-6 road win over the Buffalo Bills, Brady posted his now-customary Instagram victory video from a weight room, seemingly interrupting a workout to get fans hyped for a Week 9 showdown with the Green Bay Packers.
(Click here to watch Brady’s video on Instagram.)

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“Great win. 6-2. Always tough in Buffalo. Defense made some huge play,” Brady said in the video. “Green Bay next, Sunday night, Foxboro. We’re going to need you! Let’s go!!!”
Sticking with the hard-hitting theme, Brady included a clip of his admirable “block” on a Julian Edelman end-around, in which Bills linebacker Lorenzo Alexander steamrolled him but failed to make the tackle on the successful third-down conversion. Brady fittingly dubbed the video with P.O.D.’s “Boom.”
The Patriots QB clearly is fired up for Sunday night’s game against the Packers, and with good reason: It’s Green Bay’s first visit to Gillette Stadium since 2010, and New England has the chance to improve to 7-2 by knocking off Aaron Rodgers and Co.

NFL Rumors: Josh McDaniels Hasn’t Ruled Out Leaving Patriots (At Some Point)

Josh McDaniels’ status as a New England Patriots cornerstone isn’t concrete.
The Patriots offensive coordinator hasn’t ruled out leaving the franchise at some point in order to become a head coach elsewhere, Yahoo! Sports’ Charles Robinson reported Monday, citing sources close to McDaniels. The Patriots in February convinced McDaniels to turn down the Indianapolis Colts’ head coaching job, after he already had accepted it, to stay in New England. McDaniels welcomed the  idea of continuing to work with the likes of head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady and also signed a lucrative, long-term contract extension, but that doesn’t mean he’ll remain in place over the long term, according to Robinson.
“Whether McDaniels will be in the mix for coaching vacancies next offseason depends on who you speak to,” Robinson writes. “Those close to McDaniels say he hasn’t completely closed the door on leaving the Patriots at some point – even with the Colts fiasco still fresh, his re-worked contract and head coach Bill Belichick opening up the inner workings of the franchise to him.
McDaniels also has a “brand of ambition that keeps his mind open to new opportunities,” according to Robinson.

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McDaniels stressed to The Boston Globe’s Jim McBride in March there’s no “understanding” in place stating he’ll replace Belichick when he decides to retire.
Robinson’s reporting came in the aftermath of the Cleveland Browns decision to fire Hue Jackson on Monday after an historically bad tenure as head coach. Robinson considers McDaniels among the contenders to take charge of the Browns next season, but no firm links between the Patriots assistant and the Cleveland job exists at this point.
But as we’ve learned from the arc of McDaniels’ career, nothing is set in stone until the moment of truth arrives.

Bruins Place Defenseman Charlie McAvoy On IR With Undisclosed Injury

If you were looking for good news on Charlie McAvoy, today isn’t your day.
The Boston Bruins defenseman has been placed on injured reserve with an undisclosed injury, a team spokesperson told The Boston Globe’s Kevin Paul Dupont. McAvoy has missed the team’s last four game’s since suffering an injury Oct. 18 against the Edmonton Oilers.

Per @CapFriendly, Bruins have placed McAvoy on injured reserve.
— Kevin Paul Dupont (@GlobeKPD) October 30, 2018

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Bruins spokesperson confirms McAvoy on I.R., retroactive to date of his injury (Oct. 18).
— Kevin Paul Dupont (@GlobeKPD) October 30, 2018

The severity of McAvoy’s injury, as well as a possible timetable to return, both remain unclear. However, the fact he’s been placed on IR 12 days after suffering the injury — players must be out for at least seven days after getting injured to qualify for IR — suggests the Bruins expect him to miss extended time.
The third-year blueliner has one goal and five assists through seven games this season.

Tom Brady Is Hyped For Red Sox’s World Series Parade In ‘Best Sports Region’

Tom Brady knows how well Boston celebrates it sports championships, and he expects another grand party Wednesday in Titletown.
Fresh off a 25-6 win over the Buffalo Bills, the New England Patriots quarterback took time out of his weekly interview with WEEI’s “Kirk & Callahan” on Tuesday to congratulate the Boston Red Sox on winning the 2018 World Series.
“What an incredible year the team had,” Brady said. “I remember just following them early in the year and they won every series and they were playing so great. They just made such a commitment to winning. I think it really makes the whole region proud that it’s all-in for winning all the time.”
The Red Sox’s championship parade — their fourth since 2004 — is set for Wednesday morning in downtown Boston, and the building excitement prompted Brady to declare the Boston area the GOAT of sports regions.

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“The parade is going to be pretty amazing,” he said. “Had a lot of championships here. I know what it’s like to win a championship and I know what it means to the city, and to be able to go out there and celebrate with all the fans — we get incredible support, and this is the best sports region in America. It’s just a great, great thing to be a part of.
Brady knows what he’s talking about: He and the Patriots are responsible for five of the region’s 11 championships since 2001, and the 41-year-old QB has enjoyed himself on more than a few trips down Boylston Street. He’s also hoping the titles keep coming.
“Congrats to the Red Sox, and hopefully they inspire us other teams to keep grinding it out and see if we can put ourselves in a position to do something similar,” Brady added.

This Was Alex Cora’s Message In Red Sox Team Meeting After World Series Game 3 Loss

Alex Cora isn’t big on team meetings, but when the Boston Red Sox lost the longest game in World Series history in crushing fashion, the manager knew he had to do something.
Shortly after the Max Muncy’s walk-off home run landed beyond the left-field fence at Dodger Stadium, ending an 18-inning game that lasted more than seven hours, Cora called his team together in the clubhouse for a brief pow-wow.
In a cover story for Sports Illustrated this week, longtime baseball scribe Tom Verducci detailed that meeting, a summit that ultimately culminated with an outpouring of love for Nathan Eovaldi, who pitched six-plus innings of relief.
Verducci writes:
“Listen up!” he said. Players were still mostly in their soiled, heavy uniforms. Some peeled off sweatshirts or tape from their wrists. Some sat at their lockers.
“We just played one of the greatest games in World Series history. Red Sox … Dodgers … Dodger Stadium … World Series … And the way you competed is something all of us should be very proud of. This is a great team. This was a great game. And you guys proved it tonight. And Nathan …”
Cora then singled out Eovaldi, praising him for his effort and unselfishness. When Cora was done, the room burst into a standing ovation.

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“There were tears,” Holt says. Porcello was one of those crying.
And then one by one, every player, coach and staff member lined up to take turns hugging Eovaldi—and not one of those quick, “Good game, bro” hugs.
“I’m talking like a minute hug each,” Porcello says. “What Nathan did was the epitome of what our team is about. Every player does whatever he can to try to help the team win. This is what sports should be about. It’s about everybody pulling together.
“We just lost a World Series game in 18 innings. But after that [meeting], it didn’t feel like we lost. It felt like we won.”
(Seriously, if you’re a Red Sox fan and you haven’t yet read Verducci’s story, go read it now. You’ll thank us later.)
We all know what happened after that meeting. The Red Sox got (some) sleep and came back to work the next day and staged an epic comeback late in Game 4 to take a commanding 3-1 series lead. Then, on Sunday night, they finished the job, breezing to a 5-1 win over the Dodgers to capture their fourth World Series title in the last 14 years.
Click here to read the full Sports Illustrated article >>

NFL Trade Deadline Live: Latest News, Rumors, Deals As Cut-Off Approaches

Several NFL shops appear open for business, but they have mere hours to get their work done.
The 2018 NFL trade deadline is at 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Oct. 31, meaning this the final day for clubs to swing deals before the league’s home stretch.

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We could see some fireworks, too: There are a host of talented wide receivers on the market and a handful of teams — including the New England Patriots — in the market for such an asset.
What will the day bring? Follow along in the live blog below for up-to-the-minute reports and trades from around the NFL.

NFL Week 9 Power Rankings: Saints Rise Ahead Of NFC Showdown Vs. Rams

The New Orleans Saints are going to be a problem for any team that crosses their path.
New Orleans racked up a statement win Sunday, beating the Minnesota Vikings 30-20 at U.S. Bank Stadium, and they did so with Drew Brees throwing for only 120 yards. Elsewhere in the NFL, the Seattle Seahawks continued to revive their season by rolling over the Detroit Lions and the Houston Texans won their fifth straight game to continue their crawl up the rankings.
On the flip side, the Baltimore Ravens’ season might be on life support if they can’t right the ship on a week’s time.
With eight weeks of action now in the books, here’s how we’re ranking every NFL team from No. 1 to No. 32. (For our Week 8 power rankings, click here.)
1. Los Angeles Rams (8-0; Last week’s rank: 1): The Rams were pushed to the limit by Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers in Week 8, but Jared Goff and Co. eeked out a 29-27 win to remain undefeated and set up a potential NFC Championship Game preview with the Saints.
2. Kansas City Chiefs (7-1; 3): Patrick Mahomes continued to build his MVP case with his third straight four-touchdown game in KC’s 30-23 win over the Denver Broncos. The Chiefs will face the Cleveland Browns and Arizona Cardinals in the next two weeks before facing the Rams in Mexico City in Week 11.
3. New Orleans Saints (6-1; 4): New Orleans got revenge on the Vikings for last season’s gut-wrenching loss in the NFC Divisional Round, beating the Norsemen 30-20 thanks to this P.J. Williams pick-six.

The New Orleans defense is SWARMING to the ball in this game. #NOvsMIN
— SNF on NBC (@SNFonNBC) October 29, 2018

4. New England Patriots (6-2; 2): The Patriots were predictably vanilla and uncharacteristically sloppy in their 25-6 win over the Bills. Will New England make a deal for a marquee wide receiver by Tuesday’s trade deadline?
5. Los Angeles Chargers (5-2; 5): Hopefully the Chargers used their bye week to get Melvin Gordon (hamstring) and Joey Bosa (core muscle surgery) healthy for the second half of the season.
6. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-3-1; 7): The Steelers put the city of Pittsburgh on their back Sunday, beating the Cleveland Browns 33-18 the day after the tragic shooting at Tree Of Life synagogue took place. James Conner ran for 146 yards and two scores in the win. Meanwhile, time is running out for Le’Veon Bell to return to the Black and Gold.
7. Carolina Panthers (5-2; 8): When does the Cam Newton for MVP hype train leave the station? The Panther star quarterback did it all in Carolina’s 36-21 win over the Ravens, throwing for two scores and rushing for another as the Panthers remain one game behind the Saints in the NFC South. Newton has thrown for 1,646 yards, 13 touchdowns and four interceptions while accumulating a 97.4 passer rating this season.

— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) October 28, 2018

8. Minnesota Vikings (3-3-1; 6): Minnesota made too many mistakes to beat the Saints in Week 8, something Kirk Cousins and the offense must clean up if they plan to contend for the NFC crown.
9. Chicago Bears (4-3; 10): Mitchell Trubisky still is as accurate as an ornery teenager egging a house on Halloween, but he was good enough to push the Bears past the New York Jets in Week 8 and place Chicago atop the NFC North.
10. Green Bay Packers (3-3-1; 12): Ty Montgomery’s inexplicable decision to take the kickoff out of the end zone and subsequent fumble cost Rodgers the chance to put together a game-winning drive against the Rams. The Pack might be one of the better teams in the NFL, but Green Bay needs a win against the Patriots in Week 9 to avoid falling below .500 with eight games to play.
11. Cincinnati Bengals (5-3; 11): The Bengals survived a late Ryan Fitzpatrick-led rally to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and snap a two-game slide. Cincy gave up 576 (!) yards in Week 8 and is on pace to give up the most yards in NFL history, which doesn’t bode well for with their matchup with Saints in Week 10 on deck.
12. Washington Redskins (5-2; 13): We really have no idea how the Redskins are 5-2. Well, actually, it probably has something to do with fact that they only have one win over a team with an above .500 record.

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13. Philadelphia Eagles (4-4; 14): The Eagles found a minor cure for their Super Bowl hangover in London and his name was Blake Bortles. Philly still has to be the favorite to win the NFC East despite the Redskins’ hot start.
14. Houston Texans (5-3; 15): Make it five wins in a row for the Texans who stomped the Miami Dolphins 42-23 in Week 8. Unfortuantely for Houston, they lost wide receiver Will Fuller V for the season with a torn ACL.
15. Seattle Seahawks (4-3; 19): Pete Carroll’s club has won four of its last five games and now has the second-best turnover margin in the NFL at plus-10. That’s the Seahawks’ best margin since 2014 when they went to their second straight Super Bowl.
16. Baltimore Ravens (4-4; 9): The Ravens got pasted by the Panthers in Week 8, and now face a crossroads sitting at 4-4 with games against the Steelers and Bengals looming in the next two weeks.
17. Tennessee Titans (3-4; 16): Tennessee has to beat the Dallas Cowboys in Week 9 if it wants any chance to salvage its season.
18. Atlanta Falcons (3-4; 17): Matt Ryan and Co. can get back to .500 with a win over the league’s worst 5-2 team in Week 9. If Atlanta can beat the Redskins, it’ll have put itself back in the playoff conversation after its 1-4 start.
19. Dallas Cowboys (3-4; 21): Jason Garrett spent part of his team’s bye week in Los Angeles at the World Series, which seems like a poor use of his time.
20. Detroit Lions (3-4; 18): The Lions returned to their old ways in a Week 8 loss to the Seahawks, as miscues and lack of focus doomed them to a 28-14 defeat.
21. Cleveland Browns (2-5-1; 24): Cleveland gets the post-firing of Hue Jackson bump. The Browns canned Jackson on Monday, which is good news just for the fact that Jackson no longer can snatch defeat from the jaws of victory each Sunday. The bad news, however, is that Gregg Williams of BountyGate fame is taking over.
22. Miami Dolphins (4-4; 20): What are the chances the Dolphins finish with seven wins? Can’t be high.
23. Denver Broncos (3-5; 22): Denver has lost two games to the Chiefs by a total of 11 points, which has to be worth something.
24. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-5; 23): Did anyone tell the Jags that Colin Kaepernick still is available?
25. Indianapolis Colts (3-5; 27): If you told us the Colts would end up winning the AFC South, we might almost believe you. That’s how bad the division is.
26. New York Jets (3-5; 25): The Jets were sloppy in a Week 8 loss to the Bears, but they have two winnable games coming up against the Dolphins and Buffaloe Bills. If they can get to 5-5, the playoffs hypothetically are on the table.
27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-4; 26): Jameis Winston lost his job yet again, and you know what that means — it’s FitzMagic time!
28. Arizona Cardinals (2-6; 30): Josh Rosen now is 2-0 in his career against the San Francisco 49ers. The offense looked a little more dangerous in the first week under new offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich.
29. San Francisco 49ers (1-7; 28): Draft position is all that’s left for the 49ers to play for.
30. New York Giants (1-7; 29): Should the Giants trade Odell Beckham Jr.?
31. Buffalo Bills (2-6; 32): The Bills battled the Patriots for the majority of Monday night’s contest, but in the end, Derek Anderson just couldn’t do enough on offense to make Bill Belichick sweat.
32. Oakland Raiders (1-6; 31): How many more Jon Gruden jokes can we make?