Mike Flynn joins Gary Tanguay and Lou Merloni on Sports Tonight to do a little preview of the Pats-Jets game.
So, what does think Flynn think about the Pats chances on a short turnaround? He still likes them, but knows that it complicates matters more for the Pats being on the road.
"To me I always think the home team would be easier on a short week but especially the holiday week. You're comfortable at home whereas these guys probably have family in for a couple days here. They fly out Wednesday and then come back, probably have a lot of stuff on their mind. But both teams are in the same boat. I think it hurts the Patriots in the fact that Chandler Jones, Logan Mankins, those guys don't have two extra days to heal. But you flip it around too, it's against the Jets. They know the Jets."
Lou Merloni agrees, saying a short week helps an underdog out.
So will the Jets compete again this game? They did well defensively the first game, taking away the middle of the field and forcing Brandon Lloyd to make plays which he didn't.
And speaking of defense, Flynn sees some improvement in the Pats.
"You watch that game against the Colts and you look at the numbers take the numbers out of it but if you just watch it with the eyes, they were making more plays with the football."
We knew back on the night of the draft that as the Cavaliers desperately looked for a way to pry Paul George out of Indiana, they started involving third teams in the talks (because Indy had no interest in Kevin Love for Paul George straight up, not should they). Phoenix was involved, but that fizzled. So did talks involving Denver.
But those latter ones didn’t die the night of the draft, according to reports that came out over the weekend. Denver, Cleveland, and Indiana were still talking about a three-team deal that would land Love in Denver and George in Cleveland. The challenge for Cleveland was finding the combination of young players and draft picks that Indiana wants in a deal — Indy is rumored to want a lottery pick (preferably high lottery) and a young player or players.
Now that Denver three-team is “very unlikely” to happen, according to Joe Varden of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
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NFL players vote every year on which players should make up the list of the best their game has to offer, but it's an imperfect system. And that's probably putting it lightly.
The NFL Network will reveal the final 10 players on its annual Top 100 list Monday night at 8 p.m. It will be an order that has been chosen by some players, not all. Of those who took part, some hastily made their way through a handful of names at the end of last season handing over their choices.
Yet it's the list the league ends up with, for better or for worse, prompting responses like JJ Watt's when he found out he was No. 35 this year after playing in three games last season.
On NFL.com, the Top 100 list is described as the answer to the question, "Who are the top 100 players in the NFL today?" If that's the criteria -- and not simply performance in 2016 -- then Watt's complaint actually doesn't hold much water. If he's healthy, no one would argue that he's one of the best 35 players "in the NFL today."
This year, several Patriots players from 2016 made the cut: Rob Gronkowski (No. 23), LeGarrette Blount (No. 80), Julian Edelman (No. 71), Dont'a Hightower (No. 94) and Malcolm Butler (No. 99).
Tom Brady will be the last of Bill Belichick's players to be named. He's lumped into a Top 10 that will include Aaron Rodgers, Matt Ryan, Ezekiel Elliott, Le'Veon Bell, Antonio Brown, Odell Beckham, Julio Jones, Von Miller and Khalil Mack.
Here's what we think the list should look like when the curtain falls on the finale of this flawed endeavor: