Jags' Gipson: 'A blessing' to go against 'the best' in Brady

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Jags' Gipson: 'A blessing' to go against 'the best' in Brady

The Jaguars won three games last year. The Patriots won their fifth Super Bowl title. So, there's plenty the Jags could learn from the Pats in their joint practices this week in Foxboro.

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One thing Jacksonville safety Tashaun Gipson knows after Day 1. He's facing the greatest quarterback of all time. And it's a "blessing" to do so.

"After today, I don’t think he is one of the best, I think he is the best probably to ever play the game,” Gipson told Jacksonville TV station News 4 Jax of going against Tom Brady on Monday. “Tip my hat to him, but that can only make this young group develop and it is a beautiful thing to get three days of good work against him. It’s a blessing."

Gipson, entering his sixth NFL season, heaped praise on the rest of the Pats organization, as well. 

“It’s always good to see these guys and see what it looks like. Every team in the NFL wants to have what they have here. You see it first-hand just the way that they operate, the way that they move. You kind of see why year in and year out they are Super Bowl favorites. As long as they have the great coaching and the players they have here you can see over the years they are on top of the hill and everybody is trying to scratch and claw to get up there.”

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Game notes: Pats unroll a record air attack vs. Texans

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Game notes: Pats unroll a record air attack vs. Texans

FOXBORO -- Game notes from the Patriots' 36-33 victory over the Texans . . .

-- New England ended Houston’s streak of 31 straight games (including the postseason) without allowing a 300-yard passer by throwing for 378 yards against the Texans. It was the first 300-yard game against Houston since the Jaguars had 331 yards at Jacksonville on Oct. 18, 2015.

-- Tom Brady now has eight career games in which he's thrown a game-winning touchdown pass in the final minut. He now has 52 career victories after facing a fourth-quarter deficit.

-- Brady threw for five touchdowns in a game for the 27th time in team history, the third-most four-touchdown games in NFL history. He also set an NFL record with his 22nd game with four or more touchdowns and no interceptions. It is Brady’s sixth game with five or more touchdowns, tied with Dan Marino for the third-most all-time. It is his sixth game with five or more touchdowns and no interceptions, second to Drew Brees (7).

-- Brady followed a 447-yard effort the week before at New Orleans with a 378-yard effort against Houston. He has now followed a 400-yard game with a 300-yard game six times. (2002, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2016).

-- Brady had 447 yards at New Orleans and 378 yards against Houston for 825 yards in the last two weeks. It is the second-most yards in team history in a two-week span. Brady had 940 yards (517 and 423) to start the 2011 season with 517 at Miami on Sept. 12, 2011, followed by 423 yards vs. San Diego on Sept. 18 2011. Brady’s 940 yards ranks second all-time in consecutive games to Phil Simms, who holds the record with 945 yards (432 yards and 513 yards).

-- Brady had his sixth straight game with no interceptions. He now has a streak of 215 straight pass attempts without an interception.

-- Rob Gronkowski scored his 70th career touchdown reception on a five-yard pass from Brady in the first quarter and became the fastest tight end to reach 70 career touchdown receptions, doing so in his 91st career game.

 

AFC: Brissett gets in sync to lead Colts past Browns, 31-28

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AFC: Brissett gets in sync to lead Colts past Browns, 31-28

INDIANAPOLIS - Jacoby Brissett needed one game to really get acclimated to running the Colts' offense.

On Sunday, he showed how much he's picked up in three short weeks.

The quarterback, acquired from New England in a Sept. 2 trade, ran for two touchdowns and threw for another then watched the defense hold off Cleveland's late charge for a 31-28 victory - Indy's first of the season.

"Another week, you get a lot more comfortable," Brissett said. "You get to learn from the mistakes you make. I was a lot more, at ease, I would say. It's something I'm still getting used to, but it definitely felt a lot more comfortable today."

Perfect? Not by a longshot.

But unlike a week ago, Brissett avoided making any big mistakes and he managed to get in sync with his wide receivers.

The timing looked better, the throws went deeper and Brissett made key plays almost every time he got the chance. He wound up 17 of 24 with 259 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions while running five times for 14 yards.

And on a day that began with fans booing more than two dozen players who took a knee during the national anthem and ended with the Colts barely hanging on, coach Chuck Pagano walked away with a sense of relief.

"Loved how we started this football game," he said. "Any time you can put 28 points on the board in the first half and get a bunch of three-and-outs on defense and get three takeaways and you can close it out, we need to do a better job of that."

With the win, Indy (1-2) avoids its first 0-3 start since 2011.

For Cleveland (0-3), the struggles continue.

The Browns have lost 28 of their past 30 overall and 15 consecutive on the road, even after entering the game as a road favorite for the first time since 2012.

Cleveland had opportunities - scoring two TDs in the final seven minutes before forcing a punt and getting the ball back at their 9-yard line with 23 seconds to go.

But Rashaan Melvin snuffed out two other scoring chances by picking off DeShone Kizer, who was intercepted again on the game's final play - a desperation heave toward midfield.

"We're tired of being short. Nobody's down," Browns coach Hue Jackson said.

Brissett was the difference.

After acknowledging he spent his first two weeks with the team learning new names, new faces and a new playbook, Brissett got the scoring started with a perfectly timed quarterback draw. The 5-yard TD run made it 7-0.

On Indy's next series, he broke a 7-7 tie by spinning away from the Browns' pressure and scooting 7 yards for another score.

T.Y. Hilton followed that with a nifty 61-yard catch-and-run to make it 21-7, one of his seven catches for 153 yards. Frank Gore's 4-yard TD run extended the lead to 28-87 and forced the Browns to play catch-up the rest of the day.

The Browns got a 19-yard TD run from Duke Johnson Jr. and two TD passes from Kizer - a 1-yarder to David Njoku just before halftime and an 11-yarder to Kenny Britt - before Kizer scored on a 1-yard plunge with 2:04 left to cut the deficit to 31-28.

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