NFL Announces Time Change For Patriots-Broncos Week 5 Matchup

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Next month’s New England Patriots-Denver Broncos matchup is moving to a more prominent time slot.

Kickoff for the Week 5 clash at Gillette Stadium has been changed from 1 p.m. ET to 4:25 p.m. ET on Sunday, Oct. 11, the NFL announced Monday.

The game will be broadcast on CBS.

Week 5 #NFL schedule change. Please make a note of it— Brian McCarthy (@NFLprguy) September 28, 2020

The shift illustrates the drawing power of Cam Newton, who has won two of his first three starts as the Patriots’ starting quarterback, including Sunday’s 36-20 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders.

The Broncos provide little in the way of national appeal, as they currently sit at 0-3 and will be without several of their biggest names (edge rusher Von Miller, wide receiver Courtland Sutton, potentially quarterback Drew Lock) when they visit New England.

The Patriots now are scheduled to play in the traditional 1 p.m. ET window just once in their next six games and not until Nov. 1, when they visit the Buffalo Bills. That game also has flex potential, as Buffalo currently sits atop the AFC East standings at 3-0.

New England will visit the Kansas City Chiefs this Sunday at 4:25 p.m. ET.

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Cam Newton’s Apparent Nickname For Bill Belichick Is His Corniest Yet

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Cam Newton’s nicknames for Patriots players and coaches are growing increasingly hit-or-miss.

Seemingly every week, the New England quarterback reveals additional members of the Patriots for whom he has nicknames. That trend continued Monday when Newton, appearing on WEEI’s “The Greg Hill Show,” revealed his nickname for Bill Belichick: “Dolla, Dolla Bill, Y’all.”

Obviously, the nickname is a reference to legendary Wu-Tang Clan track “C.R.E.A.M.”

[email protected] shared his nickname for Bill Belichick on @TheGregHillShow this morning, but said he doesn't use it in person.Listen to the full interview here:— WEEI (@WEEI) September 28, 2020

Yeah, that’s pretty corny. But how does it stack up to the rest of the nicknames?

Here’s a full list from ESPN’s Mike Reiss:

Cam’s nicknames, updated version:— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) September 28, 2020

At this point, the race for the corniest Cam Newton-prescribed Patriots nickname is between “Dolla Dolla Bill” and “Free Mason,” but we’re going with the former. As for the laziest, it’s tough to be much more boring than “Burkie” and “Hoyster.”

Anyway, Newton and the Patriots earned a 36-20 victory Sunday afternoon over the Las Vegas Raiders. They’ll return to the field next Sunday when they visit the Kansas City Chiefs.

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NFL Rumors: Patriots Re-Signing Familiar Cornerback To Practice Squad

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Michael Jackson is rejoining the New England Patriots.

Jackson, a cornerback New England traded for at the outset of training camp, is re-signing to the Patriots’ practice squad, according to a report Monday from NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport.

Jackson missed time with an injury — reportedly to his hamstring — during camp but showed potential on the practice field. He remained in the Foxboro, Mass., area after being released, per Rapoport’s report.

The #Patriots are re-signing CB Michael Jackson Sr to their practice squad, source said. He stuck around town to rehab a hamstring injury and now the former #Cowboys 5th rounder is healthy. … Imagine I tweeted a funny reference to a Michael Jackson song here.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 28, 2020

The Dallas Cowboys drafted Jackson in the fifth round in 2019. The Miami product split his rookie season between Dallas and the Detroit Lions, who signed him off the Cowboys practice squad last October. The Patriots acquired him in exchange for a conditional seventh-round draft pick Aug. 9, then released him Sept. 3 ahead of final roster cuts.

Jackson has appeared in one NFL game, logging two special teams snaps. He rejoins a deep Patriots cornerback group that features Stephon Gilmore, Jason McCourty, J.C. Jackson, Jonathan Jones, Myles Bryant and practice squadder D’Angelo Ross.

The Patriots, who defeated the Las Vegas Raiders 36-20 on Sunday, entered the week with one vacant practice squad spot after promoting center James Ferentz to the 53-man roster. They’ll look to improve to 3-1 on the season when they visit the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Connelly Top Ten – Outside Running / Celtics Not Championship Caliber / How Long to Cora?

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Like the all blue uni’sI’m in a love-hate relationship with Josh McDaniel – I hate him when he starts every game running Sony Michel up the middle twice to try to establish the running game / I love him for adjusting with outside pitchesBob Kraft in a graphic with 11:00 left in second quarter / Shown with 1:28 left in 3rd quarter


This was a game where you noticed the difference between Brady’s cerebral superiority – to check out of plays, not lock on one receiver, read defensesDidn’t take too many hits – great run and first downLike to see a radar gun on some of his passes(Qualifier Tom Brady is great) Found it interesting seeing Cam Newton hanging out on the bench laughing with his teammates like the coolest kid in school while Brady used to search for someone to high five


250 rushing yardsMichel drifts to the line in the first series with no intensity / JJ Taylor shows him how to run hard / Michel comes out and runs like he is fighting for his job (9 rushes / 117 yards)Offensive linemen whiffing on blocks out in front on screens and sweepsBurkhead’s best game as a Patriot – 3 TD


Interesting that the Raiders first pass after looking at film all week was right at GlimoreNice adjustment on the defensive line to control the trenches after getting pushed aroundGilmore another pass interferenceGotta like Jo Jo Williams and Duggar playing tight ends


Of course CBS went to the tuck rule in first quarter (they know that the right call was made?)The panoramic view of Charlestown and the monument was awesome (what a great city)Red seats were empty after halftime again – wine must have been good near fireplacesBack to back weeks Patriots get an opponent on short rest who have to travel from Monday game (Chiefs next week)Hunter Renfrow would be an All Star with Josh McDanielsAfter the defensive TD – the team was celebrating with Cam Newton slapping players with the towel when both McCourty brothers told them to calm down and get focusedThey are looking like a 10-6 team – which is plenty good enough for 2020 (over $100,000,000 salary cap room next year)


Stevens oucoached (not championship caliber)Danny Ainge performance not championship caliber – need to do something radical – trade Tatum for Ebid (both teams not championship caliber)47% of Celtics shots were three pointers (not championship caliber)65% shooting on 2 pointers / 33% on 3 pointersHayward in third quarter 0-4 with turnovers (not an ounce of intensity)Kemba was 0-5 in 4th quarter On 3 pointers with a chance to put Miami away (he hit one late when it didn’t matter) – not championship caliberCheapshot by Butler taking Jaylen Brown’s feet out from under himAlways scary when Marcus Smart makes an early 3 pointer (4 for 13 is absurd and falls on Stevens)Over 13 shots for Smart is usually a loss (8-22 absurd)Theis does get profiled by refereesJaylen Brown is like Tuukka Rask – talented but passiveTatum not scoring in the first quarter last three games is like Patriots not scoring in 1st quarter of Super Bowls (he shot 35% in the last two games – not championship caliber)Gordon Hayward has the handle of a CYO girls team point guard (is that sexist?) – turnover end of the first half – inexcusable (missed lay up – boys cadets)Toughest job in the bubble – bleeping the swears out

Red Sox Stuff

Chaim Bloom – great year: Got rid of David Price, picked up some arms, got something for Mookie Betts, Survived rebuildBobby Dalbec average when ball put in play 21-41 (.512)Red Sox winning ways dropped them from 2nd pick to 4th pick in draftIn 2018- Martinez and Benintendi hit a combined .310 / this year .190Now that Roenike is gone – how long before Cora is back

Around MLB

Another year that Mike Trout doesn’t win a playoff seriesRockies hit .280 at home / .235 on roadTeams I’m interested in- Padres, White Sox, Reds

Around the NFL

Tom Brady better / he picked the right team – warm weather / easy scheduleFalcons 13-5 before Super Bowl with Patriots / 24-27 afterI love when Philly doesn’t win – Eagles without a win in three weeks / baseball team misses playoffsNew York teams 0-6Josh Jacobs – Rushing attempts last 15 games with Alabama – 120 / 16 games with Raiders – 310 rushesCould of been a great day if Buffalo, Pittsburgh and Titans didn’t come back

Who was the worst in the 90’s:

Steve Kasper…(95-97)…66-57-20Butch Hobson (92-94)….207-232Pete Carroll…..(97-99)…..27-21Rick Pitino…….(97-01)…102-146

Old School – Old School – Rookie Tanner Houck gave up one earned run for Red Sox in his first three starts – No Boo Ferriss though:

Boo Ferriss first career start in 1945 – shutout and he had three hitsFirst three games – 3-0 / 3 complete games / 2 earned runsFirst ten starts he was 9-1 with 9th victory in 14 inning complete gameFirst three games as a hitter: 6 for 9

Amazing Stat – Old School – On 12/22/85 – Patriots ran for 281 yards

Beat Bengals 32-23Craig James 142 yards / Tony Collins 57 yards / Robert Weathers 52 Yards / Tony Eason 21 Yards / Mosi 9 yards

Just a Little Bit Outside – At least we don’t have to see Tatum’s son Duece anymore mRandomocity

Beautiful Massachusetts site – Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne FallsMy favorite show is done on Monday – Quick Pitch each morning on MLB NetworkCheese popcorn over-rated
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Nick Wright Believes This Doomed Celtics’ Chances Of Reaching NBA Finals

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The Celtics saw their 2019-20 season come to an end Sunday night, and Nick Wright didn’t seem overly surprised.

For the third time in four seasons, Boston was eliminated from the NBA playoffs in the Eastern Conference finals. The latest ECF defeat came at the hands of the Miami Heat, who battled the C’s for six games before punching their ticket to the NBA Finals.

Wright, who never shies away from criticizing Boston, took to Twitter following the Celtics’ 125-113 Game 6 loss. The “First Things First” co-host voiced opinion that a recent misstep by the franchise went a long way in preventing the C’s from getting over the hump.

Folks think I’m too hard on Boston, but the fact of the matter is they could’ve actually, yanno, gone for it the last couple years and traded for Kawhi… or AD… or Jimmy Butler. Instead, they stood pat. And now they’re going home before the Finals… again.— nick wright (@getnickwright) September 28, 2020

Of course, Wright’s take is much easier made without context. Rumors have indicated Anthony Davis wasn’t high on the idea of a long-term deal with the Celtics and it feels as though Kawhi Leonard always was going to end up in Los Angeles. In turn, blockbuster deals for either of those superstars might have cost too much for too little.

Changes certainly need to be made if Boston wants to reach the championship stage, but the Green might not be as far away as Wright seems to believe.

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Julian Edelman Perfectly Trolls Bill Belichick With Post-Win Instagram

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Julian Edelman has beaten his “happily miserable” quote into the ground (it was lame upon its inception) but he did put a fun twist on it Sunday afternoon.

The Patriots receiver featured the quote, along with a now-infamous photo of Bill Belichick, in a post to his Instagram story after New England’s victory over the Las Vegas Raiders. The post at least was better than its corny, Vegas-themed companion.

Take a look:

LOL at Julian Edelman’s Instagram story:— Lauren Campbell (@lalalalaurrrren) September 27, 2020

Something tells us this won’t be the last time a Patriots player pokes fun at Belichick for that preposterously carefree look.

New England will return to the field next Sunday when it visits the Kansas City Chiefs.

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How Cam Newton Would Grade His ‘Subpar’ Game For Patriots Vs. Raiders

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Cam Newton knows he didn’t perform to his potential Sunday afternoon. He also knows every game won’t be perfect.

The New England Patriots quarterback completed 17 of 28 passes for 162 yards with one touchdown and one interception and finished with a season-low 27 rushing yards as his team took down the Las Vegas Raiders 36-20 at Gillette Stadium.

On Monday, Newton was asked during an interview with WEEI’s “Greg Hill Show” to grade his performance.

“(Sunday) was kind of frustrating in itself,” he said. “I do understand, playing in this league long enough, that there will be games like that. And when there are games like that, you’ve just got to find ways to win.

“So that’s the optimistic answer. Me personally, with lackluster ball security, just the slow start offensively, this is subpar performance. I know I can play better, I know I can be better, and I know I will be better. … I’m going, like, midway C — 75. Just subpar.”

After the game, Newton said his interception, which came on a third-down scramble play late in the first quarter, was “inexcusable” and “completely my fault.” The QB tried to thread a pass to running back Rex Burkhead just beyond the first-down marker but found Raiders safety Johnathan Abram instead.

Ball don't [email protected]'s first career INT comes at a perfect time.#LVvsNE | CBS— Las Vegas Raiders (@Raiders) September 27, 2020

Newton also was fortunate that his two throws into triple coverage to Julian Edelman were not picked off.

“(I was) trying to do too much,” Newton admitted on WEEI. “Simple. I lost the defender, and when you’re scrambling, you just kind of assume certain people are going to certain people. (Abram) just peeled back, and I didn’t take account of him. It sucks. Things like that just can’t happen.”

How Cam Newton, Patriots Met Josh McDaniels’ Challenge On ‘Centerpiece Drive’

After Newton powered the Patriots’ offense in Weeks 1 and 2, New England’s running backs led the way Sunday.

Sony Michel finished with 117 rushing yards — including big plays of 38 and 48 yards — Burkhead led the team in receiving and scored three touchdowns, and undrafted rookie J.J. Taylor tallied 43 yards on 11 carries in his most active outing to date.

The Patriots totaled 250 rushing yards — their highest total since Week 16 of the 2018 season — and scored points on each of their final six possessions, excluding kneeldowns.

And though Newton played only a supporting role in that rushing effort, he did scramble for 21 yards to help set up the Patriots’ final offensive touchdown.

“Playing in this league, you’re not going to just steamroll every team,” Newton said on WEEI. “And at one point, I did look up at the total stat line of total offense, (and) we did surpass 400 yards. So let’s not be naive about the fact that when we did get it rolling, we got it rolling.

“With Sony running the way he’s running, Burky playing the way he’s playing, Small Fry (Taylor) — that position group, the running backs, just had the lights shining on them all day yesterday, and it showed by the production that they gave us.”

Patriots-Raiders Takeaways: Rookie Defender Flashing Elite Potential

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Patriots-Raiders Takeaways: Rookie Defender Flashing Elite Potential

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The difficulty level for an NFL rookie to see this field this season is at an all-time high, but the New England Patriots are still receiving key contributions from two of their draft picks.

While four of the Patriots’ top six draft picks were inactive Sunday and third-round tight end Devin Asiasi has yet to be targeted, second-round pick Kyle Dugger is seeing his role on defense increase and sixth-round offensive lineman Michael Onwenu filled in admirably in his first NFL start.

We’ll dive deeper into their contributions in the Patriots’ 36-20 Week 3 win over the Las Vegas Raiders and examine what might have been Sony Michel’s best game as a pro.

PASSING ATTACKCam Newton: two dropped passes, two passed batted at the line, 73.1 adjusted completion percentage

— Newton was 0-for-1 on deep passing attempts and 3-of-8 for 65 yards with an interception in the intermediate part of the field, per PFF.— He was 3-of-4 for 44 yards with an interception and two sacks while under pressure.— Week 3 was Newton’s weakest performance as a passer in a Patriots uniform, but New England still came away with the victory thanks to standout performances from their running backs.

RUN GAMERB Sony Michel: 8 yards after contact per attempt, three avoided tacklesRB Rex Burkhead: 3 yards after contact per attempt, three avoided tacklesWR Isaiah Zuber: 2 yards after contact per attemptRB J.J. Taylor: 1.91 yards after contact per attempt, avoided tackleWR N’Keal Harry: 1 yard after contact per attempt, three avoided tacklesWR Julian Edelman: 1 yard after contact per attemptNewton: .88 yards after contact per attempt, avoided tackle

— Michel finished with a 73.5 breakaway percentage and 218.2 elusive rating, per PFF.

His previous best elusive rating — which is (Missed Tackles Forced) / (Designed Run Attempts + Receptions) * (Yards After Contact Per Attempt * 100) — came Week 12 in 2019 when he had an 127.5 elusive rating with 4.25 yards after contact per attempt and six avoided tackles.

His best breakaway percentage, which is percentage of yardage that came on runs of 15 yards or more, came Week 7 of the 2018 season with a 81.8 metric. He had just four carries for 22 yards in that game, but one of his rushes was an 18-yarder. This was probably Michel’s best performance as a pro as he ripped off 38- and 48-yard runs.

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PRESSURE ALLOWEDRT Jermaine Eluemunor: sack, hurryLT Isaiah Wynn: QB hit, hurryRG Shaq Mason: two hurriesQB Cam Newton: sackLG Michael Onwenu: hurryC Joe Thuney: cleanLT Justin Herron: clean

— Thuney started at center for the first time in his NFL career and didn’t allow a single pressure. Not bad.

— Wynn was sidelined for 10 snaps, making way for Herron. Wynn was dealing with a calf injury coming into the game. He also allowed his first two pressures of the season.

— Onwenu played extremely well in his first NFL start. The Patriots have found something in the sixth-round Michigan product who has now played left guard and right tackle as the Patriots’ top reserve in his young career.

PASS RUSHLB Chase Winovich: sack, QB hit, two hurries, forced fumbleDE Deatrich Wise: sack, QB hit, hurry, forced fumbleLB Shilique Calhoun: sack, two hurries, forced fumbleDT Adam Butler: two hurriesS Adrian Phillips: hurry

— Winovich’s team-leading 12 total pressures this season double-up his runner-up on the team, Wise, who has six.

— Wise has played a much bigger role this season after bulking into the 280-pound range. Wise played just 229 snaps in 14 games last season. He’s already up to 83 snaps through three weeks this year.

— Defensive tackles Lawrence Guy and Byron Cowart had the most pass-rush snaps without a pressure.

PASS COVERAGECB Jonathan Jones: six catches on nine targets, 81 yards, TD, two PBUsS Terrence Brooks: 3-3, 58 yardsCB JC Jackson: 5-6, 50 yards, PBUCB Stephon Gilmore: 2-3, 20 yards, PBULB Ja’Whaun Bentley: 1-2, 18 yards, PBUS Adrian Phillips: 2-2, 16 yardsCalhoun: 1-1, 6 yardsLB John Simon: 1-1, 5 yardsWinovich: 1-1, 4 yardsCB Jason McCourty: 1-1, 2 yardsLB Brandon Copeland: 1-1, 1 yard, TDS Devin McCourty: 0-1, two PBUs

— Two names that are notably absent from this list are 2019 second-round pick Joejuan Williams and 2020 second-round pick Kyle Dugger. Of Raiders tight end Darren Waller’s 36 routes run, Williams and Dugger covered him on 14 snaps and weren’t even targeted. The Patriots deployed a zone to defend Waller on seven snaps. Jason McCourty took on Waller for five snaps. No other player covered Waller more than three times.

— Williams played just nine snaps and eventually was pulled from the defensive rotation, giving way to Dugger, after getting flagged for holding a second time.

— Dugger played 25 snaps and wasn’t flagged nor targeted. The rookie played 17 snaps in a pseudo-linebacker role. He was in the slot five times, out wide at cornerback twice and on the defensive line once. It’s a tremendous sign that the Patriots would entrust him with such an important role in just his third NFL game. He’s not third on the team in snaps among safeties and seventh among defensive backs.

— Devin McCourty broke up two passes intended for Waller. He had a very strong game at free safety and isn’t slowing down at 33 years old.

— Jones struggled in his assignment covering Raiders slot receiver Hunter Renfrow.

RUN DEFENSE/TACKLINGBrooks: two run stopsSimon: run stopDT Lawrence Guy: run stop, missed tackleJackson: run stopWise: run stop, missed tackleJason McCourty: run stopWinovich: run stop, missed tackleCowart: run stopCalhoun: run stop, forced fumbleButler: run stopDevin McCourty: missed tackle

— While Winovich graded out excellent as a pass rusher, he received PFF’s second-lowest grade as a run defender. Bentley actually got the lowest mark.

— The Patriots allowed 5.7 yards per carry, including 4.4 yards per carry to starting running back Josh Jacobs.

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NFL Week 4 Odds: Betting Lines, Spreads For All 16 Games

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So long, September; we hardly knew ye.

It’s hard to believe, but the first month of the 2020 NFL season is just about over, as the calendar turns to October to open Week 4.

Here are the early lines and totals for each Week 4 game as the league approaches the quarter-pole.

THURSDAY, OCT. 1(-2.5) Denver Broncos at New York JetsTotal: 40

SUNDAY, OCT. 4(-4) Arizona Cardinals at Carolina PanthersTotal: 51

(-13.5) Baltimore Ravens at Washington Football TeamTotal: 45.5

Cleveland Browns at (-5.5) Dallas CowboysTotal: 56

(-3) Indianapolis Colts at Chicago BearsTotal: 44

Jacksonville Jaguars at (-3) Cincinnati BengalsTotal: 45.5

Los Angeles Chargers at (-7.5) Tampa Bay BuccaneersTotal: 45

Minneosta Vikings at (-4) Houston TexansTotal: 51.5

(-5.5) New Orleans Saints at Detroit LionsTotal: 50.5

Pittsburgh Steelers at (-1.5) Tennessee TitansTotal: 47.5

(-7) Seattle Seahawks at Miami DolphinsTotal: 54.5

New York Giants at (-12) Los Angeles RamsTotal: 48.5

(-2.5) Buffalo Bills at Las Vegas RaidersTotal: 49.5

New England Patriots at (-7) Kansas City ChiefsTotal: 47.5

Philadelphia Eagles at (-6) San Francisco 49ersTotal: 43

MONDAY, OCT. 5Atlanta Falcons at (-6) Green Bay PackersTotal: 57.5

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Cam Newton Reacts To Viral Clip With N’Keal Harry From Patriots-Raiders

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Cam Newton wasn’t great in Week 3, but he still managed to create a buzz on social media.

Newton was all over Twitter following the Patriots’ 36-20 win over the Raiders at Gillette Stadium. Cameras spotted New England’s quarterback having a sideline conversation with N’Keal Harry in the fourth quarter, and we’re not sure what the young wideout said, but it quite literally made Newton fall out of his seat.

The Patriots shared the clip to their official Instagram page not long after the victory over Las Vegas, and Newton made his way into the post’s comment section.

View this post on Instagram Had to do it A post shared by New England Patriots (@patriots) on Sep 27, 2020 at 3:03pm PDT

“ÏT ßĒ THĒ ØÑĒš čłøšëšt tø ÿøû-1ØVĒ,” Newton wrote in his patented font.

Newton will have a chance to notch back-to-back wins for the first time with the Patriots on Sunday, but it certainly won’t be easy. New England will be at Arrowhead Stadium in Week 4 for a tilt with the reigning Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs.

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