The Patriots beat the Jaguars on Sunday, but it wasn't in the way people thought it would be. Jacksonville marched down for a touchdown on its opening possession, and New England looked shell shocked.
Eventually, the Patriots woke up just enough to overcome the early deficit and eek out a win, 23-16.
"They'll take it," Ty Law said on CSNNE's Postgame Live. "We were all wrong. We thought it would be no game, a blowout, so big ups to Jacksonville for coming out, they played a good game, but they didn't take advantage of the lack of energy the Patriots played with. They could have took this game and actually won the football game, so the Patriots stayed in there, they hung in there and won the football game. That's all you can say."
Troy Brown echoed what Law said, joking that the team bus wasn't full upon arrival to the stadium.
"The Patriots definitely had a few guys who missed the bus today," Brown said. "They didn't all show up to play on time."
"I expected to see a little bit more energy from them, Ty, being that this was an important game and they still have a chance to greet a bye, especially now with I think Houston still on the ropes, they are playing for something."
FOXBORO -- The NFL had former and current players announce picks during the second and third rounds of the NFL draft Friday night. Some went better than others.
Perhaps not surprisingly, the Jets were one of the teams that exerienced less-than-smooth sailing. Former Jets fullback Tony Richardson, who was announcing the team's selection at No. 79 overall, attempted the team's "J-E-T-S Jets, Jets, Jets" cheer, but whiffed on the spelling.
"With the 79th pick in the 2017 NFL draft," Richardson said, "the New York J-E-T-E Jets select ArDarius Stewart, receiver, Alabama."
BOSTON - Andrew Benintendi hit a solo homer off Jake Arrieta during a five-run first inning and the Boston Red Sox held on to beat the Chicago Cubs 5-4 Friday night.
Every Boston starter had at least one hit, and Hanley Ramirez, Mitch Moreland, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Christian Vazquez also drove in a run each.
Left-hander Drew Pomeranz (2-1) got the win with six innings of two-run ball, surrendering solo homers to Kris Bryant and Albert Almora Jr. in the early innings before settling in. He allowed six hits and two walks while striking out seven.
Boston has won its last nine interleague games at Fenway Park.
Arrieta (3-1) logged his shortest start since Aug. 28, 2014, lasting only 4 1/3 innings and giving up 10 hits and three walks with five strikeouts.