Another Chapter for Tom Brady's Storybook

Fine Fifteen

1. Denver (6-0). Funny line, and apt, after Montee Ball dropped a pass in the 35-19 win over Jacksonville, from CBS color man Dan Fouts: “Do you think he eats with those hands? He’d starve to death.”

2. Kansas City (6-0). Now the match of 9-0 titans in five weeks looks real. The Chiefs have Houston at home, Cleveland at home and the Bills on the road (and a bye) before traveling to Denver Nov. 17. Denver does have to get through an emotional Sunday nighter at Indy next week.

3. New England (5-1). Where does that rank on the Tom Brady all-time list of great wins? I say it’s got to be in the top six or eight. Let’s see. Three Super Bowls, and two AFC title wins over the Colts, then … what else?

4. New Orleans (5-1). In a couple of days, the utter shock of Patriots 30, Saints 27, will wear off, and the team will go on its bye week, and New Orleans coach Sean Payton will appreciate where the team is. Think of the Saints on Oct. 14, 2012: 1-5, in the midst of a horsecrap bye week with no hope. Think of the Saints on Oct. 14, 2013: 5-1, and in 14 days, they beat the 3-0 Dolphins by 21 at home, beat the 3-1 Bears by eight at Soldier Field, and almost beat the 4-1 Patriots by a point in Foxboro. This team’s got a ticket to the NFC title game, minimum, barring a major injury streak.

5. Indianapolis (4-1). Comparing the first 21 games of the Indianapolis careers of Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck: Record—Luck 15-6, Manning 6-15. Passing yards—Luck 5,518, Manning 5,134. Touchdown-interception differential—Luck plus-10, Manning plus-2.

Talk Back

Have a question or comment for Peter? Email him at talkback@themmqb.com and it might be included in Tuesday's mailbag.

6. Seattle (5-1). Now for Arizona on Thursday night, on the road. Even without Calais Campbell (assuming the injured Bird doesn’t play), the Seattle line is in for a tough night.

7. San Francisco (4-2). So this is what the 49ers have been waiting for: an 18-play, 89-yard drive led by Colin Kaepernick, lasting over nine minutes, in the fourth quarter of a 22-20 game against Arizona. That made it 29-20, and was exactly what Kaepernick, who has struggled often in the first six weeks of the season, needed.

8. Cincinnati (4-2). Taking overtime to beat Buffalo is a worry. But Andy Dalton made enough plays when Cincinnati needed them.

9. Green Bay (3-2). Pack’s allowed 26 points in the last two games, showing signs of life on defense that have been missing for, oh, about a year.

10. Detroit (4-2). Waiting for the time when there’s a dance in Grand Rapids called “The Fauria.”

11. Chicago (4-2). Not saying Marc Trestman has completely overhauled Jay Cutler’s game, because he hasn’t. But I think Trestman is helping Cutler play smarter, and not taking some of the risky chances he’s taken in the past. He’s a 70 percent passer with no interceptions in the last two games, including the win over the Giants Thursday.

12. Dallas (3-3). The Cowboys are playing on offense (79 points in two games) the way Chip Kelly hoped his Eagles would be producing by now. Dallas at 3-3 Philly, Sunday at 1, for the NFC East lead. Looks like a Romo-Foles duel.

13. Miami (3-2). Out of the bye, Dolphins have the Bills at home, the Pats in Foxboro and the Bengals at home on a Thursday night.

14. Philadelphia (3-3). Finally, some impact plays from DeSean Jackson.

15. Baltimore (3-3). I don’t know what the stranger stat line is. Ray Rice rushing (71 carries, 197 yards, 2.8 per carry) or Ray Rice receiving (20 catches, 87 yards, 4.4 yards per catch).

The Award Section

Tom Brady and Kenbrell Thompkins (top left) finished a miracle win against the Saints, while Terence Newman's gaffe (top right) almost cost the Bengals against the Bills. Tamba Hali (bottom left) terrorized Terrelle Pryor, while the Rams' special teams play helped bury the Texans. ((Elsa/Getty Images :: Bill Wippert/AP :: Peter Aiken/Getty Images :: Eric Gay/AP)
Tom Brady and Kenbrell Thompkins (top left) finished a miracle win against the Saints, while Terence Newman’s gaffe (top right) almost cost the Bengals against the Bills. Tamba Hali (bottom left) terrorized Terrelle Pryor, while the Rams’ special teams play helped bury the Texans. ((Elsa/Getty Images :: Bill Wippert/AP :: Peter Aiken/Getty Images :: Eric Gay/AP)

Offensive Players of the Week

Tom Brady, QB, New England. A meh day on the stat sheet (25 of 43, 269 yards, one TD, one pick, six drops), but the 30-27 victory over New Orleans was one of the great ones of a great player’s career. Against one of the best defenses in the league, after two fruitless and frustrating late drives, Brady took the Patriots and their cast of newbies (Austin Collie, Aaron Dobson, Kenbrell Thompkins, etc.) 70 yards in eight plays to the winning touchdown with five seconds left. While a third of the crowd was already on its way out of the place on Route 1, headed home.

Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay. Down to two wide receivers after a spate of injuries in Baltimore, Rodgers was trying to add to a shaky 9-3 lead late in the third quarter. With Jordy Nelson split wide right against ace Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb, Nelson got a step on Webb, who was caught peeking into the backfield at play-action. Launching the ball from his 34, Rodgers threw a perfect pass 56 yards in the air. The ball landed in Nelson’s arms at the Ravens’ 11, and he sauntered in for the first touchdown of a defensive battle. Not Rodgers’ best stat day (17 of 32 for 315 yards with one TD and one pick), but the mark of a great quarterback is coping in adverse conditions on the road—against the defending Super Bowl champs, I might add.

Defensive Players of the Week

Tamba Hali, OLB, Kansas City. For 40 minutes, KC and Oakland were cuffing each other around in a 7-7 tie at Arrowhead. But the pressure D, led by Hali’s 3.5 sacks, finally made Terrelle Pryor crack. Pryor was sacked seven times in the last 29 minutes of the 24-7 Kansas City victory, three times by Hali.

Ryan Clark, FS, Pittsburgh. In a typically stingy game for the Steelers defense, Clark had the first Pittsburgh takeaway of the year—an interception of Geno Smith near the end zone, preventing a New York touchdown—and totaled eight tackles plus a pass defensed.

Special Teams Players of the Week

Ruining the Game?

Are rule changes making key special teams play obsolete? The outspoken special teams maestro Mike Westhoff thinks so, and he's not happy about it.

Garrison Sanborn, LS, Buffalo. Long-snappers don’t get noticed much. But on the last play of the third quarter in a tight game with Cincinnati, Sanborn snapped from the Buffalo 44-yard line to punter Brian Moorman and took off sprinting. Sanborn ran 51 yards to the Cincinanti 5-yard line, where Adam Jones was trying to find the handle on the punt. Just as he did, Sanborn wrapped up Pacman and downed him at the 5. Great example of hustle and what a big factor a special-teams play can be.

Rodney McLeod, S, St. Louis. With the Rams up 24-6 in the third quarter over an increasingly desperate team of Texans, Greg Zuerlein kicked off, and McLeod came flying in from the left, popping Keshawn Martin and forcing a fumble. Fellow undrafted rookie free agent Daren Bates picked it up and ran 10 yards for the touchdown. That finished off Houston—maybe for the season.

Mason Crosby, K, Green Bay. He might have been one of two big misses from losing his job at a couple points in the last 12 months, but Crosby repaid Mike McCarthy’s faith on Sunday in Baltimore. He hit on field goals in every quarter—from 45, 31, 50 and 31 yards—in a 19-17 Packers win.

Coach of the Week

Bob Sutton, defensive coordinator, Kansas City. Same cast, basically, as the 2012 defensive team that allowed 26.6 points a game. This year’s D is allowing 10.8, and the defenders swear by Sutton’s send-blitzers-from-anywhere scheme. Against the Raiders Sunday, it was typical 2013 Kansas City defense: 274 yards allowed, 10 sacks of Terrelle Pryor, three interceptions.

Goats of the Week

The Candlestick fans who did the Wave while Calais Campbell lay injured on the turf. Galling. Made worse because Campbell appeared to be seriously injured. As Niners CEO Jed York tweeted late Sunday night: “To say I’m disappointed some fans did the wave this afternoon while @Campbell93 was down is understatement. Hope you get well soon Calais.”

Terence Newman, CB, Cincinnati. I know, I know. The Bengals came back to win in overtime. Lucky for them after Newman’s fourth-quarter gaffe. How Newman, singled against rookie Marquise Goodwin with the Bengals nursing a seven-point lead, lets the kid get two steps on him to catch the tying touchdown pass and force overtime is beyond me. But he did, thus earning the goat horns.

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Dave Harrigan
Dave Harrigan

The Hoomanuwanui catch on the final drive was a catch, it bounced off his foot and up into his hands. When they went for it on fourth down if the Saints had scored a touchdown it still would've been a one possession game. Details Peter.

dbteamextreme
dbteamextreme

In regards to the diversity issue..

Whilst there may or may not have been racially motivated reasons for the hires (I am not in a position to say), perhaps the people hired were just the best people for the jobs.  

Why do we have to assume that race had anything to do with it?

BobLang
BobLang

Want a good pumpkin beer, Mr. King? Rogue Brewery's Pumpkin Patch. Go get it. Now. 

TigerFrankBurris
TigerFrankBurris

King and his love for Crybaby Brady is downright distributing

el-cid
el-cid

Come on.  Last 3:29, 6 of 13 (with one spike) 6 different receivers.  Final minute - 4/6 (with that spike) for 70 yards and a TD.  Three of those guys have less than a season of experience.  The Saints in comparison are loaded.  On the throw to Edelman, the Saints had seven, yes, seven guys in coverage and didn't stop it.  Second pass, it wasn't the Saints clock management (for you whiners) they went no huddle - they rushed three (hmmm...that's 8 guys looking to cover a pass) and another completion.  Dobson gets six and gets pushed out (bad move by the db).  Couple incompletes, another for Collie (yeah, he's been with them for five minutes) and then a perfect TD pass. That was a pretty good piece of work whether you hate Brady or not.  

dwc309
dwc309

Eli Manning's had a number of picks this year that boinked off  his receivers hands.  And like you said, he's being chased all over the field.  You need to look else where for a scape goat.

ESe
ESe


Well, it's starting early this year.  Brady is showing signs of really going downhill now.  Yes the receivers are dropping passes, but he's also thrown some really poor passes.  Case in point was Sunday.   Yes, he won the game, but did it have to take him three tries?   There were two passes that point out both past issues and possibly future issues.  Both passes were to Edelman.

One was near the goal line, with Edelman cutting over the middle.  He was open, with room to run.  Brady's pass forced him to slide to the ground to pull it in just off the grass.  He would have had it, but the safety nailed him in the back, forcing him to cough it up.  Had the ball been thrown properly, it would have been in on Edelman's hands, he would have had room to run, and the safety would not have been a factor.  What also concerns me is that Brady stepped into the throw, threw it on a line, and the pass faded, losing some juice at the end.  Could be his arm is fading even on the intermediate throws.

The second was the bomb down the middle into a secondary that had both safeties playing centerfield.  Obvious double coverage, to a receiver who doesn't have a lot of speed, and not even on target.    Another obvious Brady braincramp, just like the one to Matthew Slater in the 2012 AFC Championship vs. Baltimore.

Peter can shout about Brady all he wants, but it was the Pats defense that kept forcing 3 and outs until Brady finally got it right on the 3rd time.   Biggest sign that Patriot nation has lost confidence in Brady? - The stadium was half-empty at the end of the game, something that never ever happens.  Fans have seen too much of Brady's not being able to get things done.


Gronkowski.  All the whining leaking out from the Patriots.   The one thing every one knows, is that when he's on the field,  his motor goes into high gear and stays there;  that's just his mentality, he doesn't do half way.  After all of his operations, these are the facts:

1.  All of the operations.  They indicate there were serious issues.  That means the body has to take more time to heal.  Given the nature of his play, he doesn't need to be rushing his recovery.  This isn't like the low impact play of a lineman where everything's primarily strength on strength.  Gronkowski puts himself in situations where he is going to get hammered, and he has to be ready.

2.  Conditioning.  Because of the operations, Gronk lost the entire off-season for work-outs.  Yes, the healing of his injuries may have been done at the 6 week mark, but his conditioning would still lag behind his healing.

3.   Given the issues with Amendola, if Belichick is trying to stretch this out so Gronk can be at 100% full speed at the appropriate time,  it would be the smart thing to do.  Gronk at full speed would be a hell of a counterpoint to Thompkins.

Amendola - final verdict is in on the Welker issue.   Very sad.


mblack69
mblack69

I'm a huge fan of Peter King and this column, but have to say I'm disappointed to see no mention of the great special-teams performance of Dustin Harris in Sunday night's game against the Redskins.  

SeanHall
SeanHall

Dear Peter,

Great week of football and I always appreciate your column.  I was wondering if NE CB Aqib Talib entered your thinking for defensive player of the week?  He shut down Jimmy Graham and got injured in the process.  It was an amazing display of tough-nosed, old school coverage that was clearly a major factor in containing the explosive NO offense and Brees' production.  What are yoru thoughts?

Sean Hall

AnthonyKlefas
AnthonyKlefas

Random thoughts:

1. Brady is something else. No-name receiving core and still keeps rolling.

2. Houston, the problem is solved, time to blow the whole thing up!

3. NY Giants, ditto with #2

4. Respect to the Jax, know go find your #1 QB in the draft!

5. Pryor says the Raiders still can make the playoffs. Crazy stuff. right? Not really, the AFC wildcard race is still wide open. He just needs to make sure his o-line is aware of the goal!


MikeBailey
MikeBailey

Too bad the Giants cut David Carr. He's used to dodging 300 bullets!

Primecupcake
Primecupcake

How can anyone have the Patriots in their top 5?

They are a fraud team.


treddd
treddd

With all dues respect, how is Dwyane (sp) Harris not a special teams player of the week. If a 90-yard kickoff return, an 86-yard punt return for a touchdown and a big punt return tackle in the 4th quarter doesn't get you there, I don't know what will.Travis from Ft.Lauderdale

utgjohn
utgjohn

King, it really surprises me that you can write effectively with both hands gripping Tom Brady's cock.

LittleOne4u
LittleOne4u

OPEN Letter Peter King and Website Designers. 

Dear Peter,

I have always respected your writting and insight into the sport arena.  Stories with a touch of experience and honesty in a world of 'more about me' is becoming a rare species on today's news headlines.

Having those thoughts in mind, I feel I am treated to the  Geriatric Ward when visiting the new website. I truelly am NOT, NOT draw to the big font and BIG pictures to each and EVERY article. DID i mention the BIG picture and CLICK on me PICTURE. 

If capital letters are screaming to shouting then  new design website must implies your readers are visually impaired and lack reading skills.

Yes, I understand WINDOW is your $$ backer. But please, must you sell the farm to write your stories? I hope we have not reach that point in journalism.

Thank you for reading this far down in the comments posted field. Most folks don't get past the first 10 responses. 

I hope refine the site to mirror more of your insight into sports and less of the marketing of windows software.

Cheers

P

Bostonctychamps1
Bostonctychamps1

The officiating was one sided, I would agree.  Allowing the Saints receiver to push off and get the last TD for the Saints was pretty egregious.  Without that deliberate non-call, the rest of the game would not have mattered.  Allowing the Saints to target the opponents head all night was pretty bad as well without the penalties.  Multiple times Thompkins and Dobson were being held outside the 5 yard line and while running routes.  So, of course the dimwit New Orleans fans will ignore those deliberate calls not being made.  Poor girls got their panties in a knot because they lost.

luvfoozball
luvfoozball

@TigerFrankBurris I am a Patriots hater. But I don't see how anyone can NOT appreciate a win like this if you are a true football fan.

RichardWeed
RichardWeed

@TigerFrankBurris I just breeze over the NE stuff (both football and baseball), the anti-gun rants, and the liberal propaganda. I guess that leave the tweets that he repeats. After watching what NBC lets Costa get away with this will be my last time watching or reading anything that NBC has. I wonder how many viewer they are losing instead of gaining with this kind of stuff

randomdeletion
randomdeletion

@ESe Brady is increasingly inaccurate each year.  Not many pat fans can acknowledge this reality.  His inaccuracy has a lot to do with the postseason failings of recent years.  Even when he had a "full arsenal of receivers" as some mindless fan said below about Brees.  

I am curious would you have happened to have realized right away what an unbelievably stupid mistake it was to let Welker go and replace him with the injury prone Amendola?  Probably not.  All that "in Bill we trust" ridiculous mindless bs that comes out of Boston.  Why pat fans believe in this guy is beyond any sensible person.  He has rode Brady's coattails and ruined the best years of Brady's career with his egomaniacal personnel decisions.  

See what Gronk is doing?  He doesn't trust BB and why should he?  

mblack69
mblack69

sorry about that - meant Dwayne Harris - Freudian slip for this Aggie.

SportPage
SportPage

@aidanfromworc Your post would be laughable other than that you clearly believe it. That makes it sad.

Reedster
Reedster

@SeanHall Of course he was thinking about Patriot players - it is ALL he thinks about, and writes about. And as a constant physical reminder for him, he has a 12" Patriot phallic device you know where.......

blynder
blynder

@AnthonyKlefas 

That AFC Wildcard race will be... well, wild.  There are, at this point, quite a few teams w/some skills and records.  I saw one projection that had the Bronco's (who are 6-0 right now) taking the first Wild Card spot, and there is a certain logic to it looking at the remaining schedule of the Chiefs and Bronco's - the Chiefs have to be a bit favored to take the AFC West.  The Bronco's may finish 12-4 and be a wild card.  The seeding looked like this (based on current standings and projections):

1.  Chiefs (AFC W)

2.  Patriots (AFC E)

3.  Bengals (AFC N)

4.  Colts (AFC S)

5.  Broncos (AFC W/Wild Card)

6.  Dolphins (AFC E/Wild Card)


You've still got, based on current standings, the Ravens, the Chargers, the Titans, the Browns to contend with before you get to the Raiders.  It is crazy stuff and there is some open-ness there; but there is a lot of competition for those two open spots.  The Raiders are in convention; but I'd be less surprised to see one of those other teams slide in there before them.

Reedster
Reedster

@treddd How you ask? because he does not play for the Homer of a slob Peter's beloved Patriots. The only other team, in the NFL, that Peter is slightly aware of, on any given week, is whoever the Patriots are playing that week.

mtoews
mtoews

@Bostonctychamps1 im a saints fan who because of family commitments did not get to watch the game yet.  Now what i DO know.. is 3 people sent me messages saying "what did you do to p**s off the refs", " Lucky you are not watching you would be p**sed off at the calls the refs are making", and " Holy S**t Brady must have bought off the refs".

Now.. me being a saints fan who did not see the game I think your little blinders may have been on when a Detroit fan, A Miami fan, and Atlanta fan.. all were saying how one sided the calls were AGAINST the saints.  

Now I did see a couple of plays early and 2 first down spots were , shall we say, VERY generous for the Pats.. So take your homerism and go watch the game as a fan of football and come back and say that you think the refs were on the Saints side.

randomdeletion
randomdeletion

@Bostonctychamps1 Yeah, how unfortunate for you that people that are NOT Saints fans saw the same thing they saw.  I am not a Saints fan.  I just called it as it was.  Did you see the critical jump offsides on the Pats defense that they called false start on the Saints?  Yeah that penalty was irrelevant wasn't it?  Such deep delusions.... they run deep.  

updatenav360
updatenav360

@SportPage @aidanfromworc Well, Manning continuously fails to deliver in clutch moments time after time. Brady is statistically better than Manning in all meaningful measurements other than straight yards and td's. 


-Winning %

-TD - INT ratio

-Post Season Victories

-Super bowl appearances and victories

-Super bowl MVP's

-Ability to win in the elements (Manning has never won a playoff game with the temperature below 50 degrees: 0-4)

-Spreading the ball. 


In the one year Brady did have super star talent at the WR and Slot receiver positions... He Broke Peyton's records. 


I love both those guys. 1a and 1b Qb's of the 21st century.  It's just that Brady beats Manning when you look at the data in all meaningful statistics. 

Dick
Dick

The Reedster here has made a grand total of 16 comments.  Fully half of these are whines about the Patriots.  Sounds like he's really, really bitter.  

Laces out, Reedster, laces out...

rjl8125
rjl8125

@Reedster @utgjohn It sounds like both of you are very familiar with the challenges of man on man loving. 

Jimmyjam
Jimmyjam

@mtoews @Bostonctychamps1 Your friends must be like you, and used to making excuses for their Patriots hate.  Success does breed that. I was the same way with the Boston Celtics of old.

Jimmyjam
Jimmyjam

@mtoews @Bostonctychamps1 It is really amazing how many cant deal with Patriots success.  Always trying to find excuses, cheating, the refs, etc.  Stop whining and watch a good organization school the others.

Jimmyjam
Jimmyjam

@randomdeletion @Bostonctychamps1 I also saw that play.  The player from the Pats made a move.  Before he got into the zone, the saints player moved.  His move over took precedence.  Like when you have a defensive and an offensive lane line violation.  The offensive violation is immediately taken.


Dick
Dick

@randomdeletion @Bostonctychamps1 

"I just called it as it was."  Let me help you out.  It should be "I just called it as I saw it".  It's called OPINION.  Your OPINION does not make it a FACT. They looked at it on replay and saw it for what it was, stemhead.  They're not blind.  He was out of the neutral zone when the ball was snapped.  

But hey, don't let the facts get in the way of your OPINION.

Bostonctychamps1
Bostonctychamps1

@randomdeletion @Bostonctychamps1 I guess the 7 point push off was incidental.  Poor thing, nothing better to do with your life than rant and rave on a keyboard?  Your a legend in your own mind.  Which is a small place to be.

randomdeletion
randomdeletion

@Dick You actually check other people's comments, do a count and come to a conclusion based on what you find?  Interesting.  Obviously you couldn't say the same about me after doing your "fact checking" so you didn't.  Once you checked mine you found I speak on many a topic.  Your defensiveness for your beloved team shows the depth of your insecurity.  The same I have found in many a pat fan as they know the depths of the issues they have had being one.  

Reedster
Reedster

@rjl8125 @Reedster @utgjohn You seem to be an expert on the subject. So, feel free to jump in the middle between Tommy and peter. They might let you be pivot man....

randomdeletion
randomdeletion

@Jimmyjam @randomdeletion @Bostonctychamps1 That isn't how the rule is written or how it is supposed to be enforced.  If a defender makes a sudden movement that causes the offensive lineman to move, the penalty is against the defense regardless of whether they cross the line of scrimmage.  This rule was put into place because for a long time defenders were twitching, jumping forward and making all kind of movements trying to get an offensive lineman to even twitch just a little and get a flag.  The league decided they didn't want the defenders causing the offenses infraction and gaining benefit from it, so they made those actions by the defense against the rules.  It was textbook violation against the Pats and the refs inexplicably called it on the Saints.  Watch for this going forward in games this weekend and the rest of the season.  

randomdeletion
randomdeletion

@Dick @randomdeletion @Bostonctychamps1 You obviously don't know football.  They don't review penalties.  Also, the penalty is not for being int eh neutral zone at the snap it is for jumping into the neutral zone and causing an offensive lineman to move, which is what happened and is a penalty against the defense.  Watch some football and catch up on the rules.  So let me repeat, I called it as it was, it is not based on opinion.  It is a rule. 

randomdeletion
randomdeletion

@Bostonctychamps1 @randomdeletion I am not a Saints fan.  Just because you want to make assumptions and make unfounded claims that does not make them true. 

The Saints receiver had his hand on the shoulder of the pats defender, but did not push off.  Have you watched the replay?  There is absolutely no momentum change in direction by either the defender or the receiver and that is what needs to take place to indicate there was a push off.  Just simply touching the other player does not constitute a push off.  Of course as a delusional pats fan, such as you are, it is a shameful penalty for any opposing player to touch a pat.  Nevermind that the pats defensive backs were touching the Saints receivers more than 5 yards down field all game long.  

As I said, as a fan of neither team, I saw the calls go the pats way and it was quite obvious.  

Bostonctychamps1
Bostonctychamps1

@randomdeletion @Bostonctychamps1  Of course it did.  Your team lost and you are looking for an excuse.  Take your meds for your schizophrenia.  If you want to see delusional behavior, go look in a mirror.  The calls were not one sided and the Saints benefited, most glaring example was the receiver pushing off for the TD. 

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