Brady: Offensive explosion made for 'fun' day in UK


Brady: Offensive explosion made for 'fun' day in UK

Tom Brady met the media with a cheeky little smile at Sunday's press conference in London.
"It was a fun day. It was a fun day for us offensively," the quarterback said.
The Patriots demolished St. Louis, 45-7, at Wembley Stadium. They scored on seven of 10 total series, including five straight touchdown drives.
"This is a great venue, this is a beautiful stadium. I know how historical it is and it's a great atmosphere for football. I hope they enjoyed the game today, all the fans. I know it got out of hand there" Brady paused here for another smile. "But that's how the Patriots liked it. So it was a fun game for us."
You know it's a good night when he can spend the last eight minutes on the sidelines. Backup quarterback Ryan Mallett came in for the final two drives, with the last being three snaps down to one knee.
Brady finished the night completing 23-of-35 throws for 304 yards and four touchdowns. It was his 50th career game of 300-plus yards passing.
"It feels good," he said of the resounding win. "We've been close a few times but haven't closed the deal. We're playing a team today that beat the two teams that we lost to, so we knew it would be a challenge. It certainly was. They got out to a good start but we countered and never really looked back."
Patriots rushers added 152 yards of offense on the ground. With the 473 total on Sunday, New England made it 17 consecutive games with more than 350 yards. The previous record of 16, coincidentally enough, was a Rams record set between 1999-2000.
All the numbers seem to showcase just how good the 5-3 Patriots can be. But Brady was cautious in his cheer. It's on New England to continue finding wins at the end of all these offensive explosions.
"Coach Bill Belichick always says football season doesn't start until after Thanksgiving and it's not even Halloween yet. There's a lot of football that needs to be played. There's a lot of teams that are going to really start making improvements; there are going to be teams that go the other way.
"I hope we're one of those teams that continues to get better and uses the games they've played you learn from those and try to make your improvements there and move on from the bad things and get to the stuff that's working."

Randy Moss: Roger Goodell is 'biggest reason' for NFL's problems

Randy Moss: Roger Goodell is 'biggest reason' for NFL's problems

With the NFL facing more PR issues by the day, Randy Moss has identified what he feels is wrong with a league that can’t seem to stay out of trouble.

In wake of the Josh Brown situation, which saw the NFL blame the King County (Wash.) Sheriff’s Office for the lack of initial punishment given to the Giants kicker for domestic violence, Moss said on ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown that commissioner Roger Goodell is the league’s biggest problem. 

“[This is] a bad time to show up now, breast cancer awareness month where we’re supporting the women, and then you come up with this Josh Brown, where it doesn’t seem like we are supporting women,” Moss said. “I think the NFL needs to take a deep look. I think the owners are mad, and Roger Goodell, he is the biggest reason to all of this stuff that’s fallen downhill with the NFL. I have to agree with that.”

Brown was initially given a one-game suspension for violating the league’s conduct policy stemming from his 2015 fourth-degree domestic violence charge. On Friday, the 37-year-old was placed on the commissioner’s exempt list. 

Steelers know they'll have their hands full with Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett


Steelers know they'll have their hands full with Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett

PITTSBURGH – So far this season, Martellus Bennett and Rob Gronkowski have combined for 39 catches, 644 yards and five touchdowns. Making the numbers that much more impressive is the fact the numbers were rolled up with Gronk inactive for two games and fairly useless in another thanks to his hamstring injury.

Will the Steelers slow the roll of Robellus Grennetski?

Hard to imagine. As Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette points out, Gronk alone has tuned up the Steelers with 26 receptions for 403 yards and seven touchdowns in six meetings.

Fittipaldo explored the strategies the Steelers defense may unveil Sunday afternoon when the Patriots and Steelers get going. He also pointed out that the return of linebacker Ryan Shazier after a three week layoff and injuries for safeties Mike Mitchell and Robert Golden may put Pittsburgh at a disadvantage.

Said Shazier: “They have the tandem they want at tight end. Now they can use tight ends the way they want. You have to respect everyone on the field. Both of them are good blockers, good pass threats and great at running after the catch.”

Steelers defensive coordinator Keith Butler said Pittsburgh will alter its approaches.

“We have to be able to play more than one defense,” Butler said. “They’re very good and they’ll pick you apart if they can figure out what you’re doing. We just have to execute the defense more than anything else. If we can do that … that’s been our problem for the most part. Some of the things that went on last week, we missed some things we should have made mentally.”

What “went on last week” was a 30-15 loss to the Dolphins.

Pittsburgh hasn’t been a big-play group so far -- eight sacks and three picks -- nor have they seen a gauntlet of great quarterbacks in the first six games. 

Interestingly, their losses have been to Ryan Tannehill and rookie Carson Wentz, probably the two quarterbacks one would figure Pittsburgh would do best against.
Between a smoking hot Brady and a can’t-be-stopped tight end tandem, there’s probably not a lot Pittsburgh can do aside from hoping for an off day.

Said linebacker Arthur Moats hopefully: “You have to continue to mix it up against (Gronkowski). You can’t give him the same look over and over. He has success on guys like that. If we disrupt him, and rush Brady and speed up his clock, I definitely think that will help out.”

In theory, perhaps. In practice? We’ll see.