Two seasons ago the Patriots annihilated the Jets in the regular season only to lose to them in the postseason that same year.
Can the same happen again this year at the hands of the Texans? Maybe. But Troy Brown, who joined Sports Tonight, thinks that because this is a different team with more experienced players now, it won't happen.
"You talk about the players, I think they have now some players like Jerod Mayo who have been around the block a few times now, some leadership on that defense, Vince Wilfork is still there," Brown said. "So they have some guys now that can lead this defense and know what they have to do to get things done in the playoffs not just show up out there and get spanked like they did."
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BOSTON — They have the right idea, if not yet the right personnel.
Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski has brought on a pair of former Tigers in an effort to help the Red Sox’ depth.
It’s hard to expect much from righty Doug Fister — who mostly throws in the 80s these days and is to start Sunday — or from Jhonny Peralta, who’s going to play some third base at Triple-A Pawtucket. Fister was claimed off waivers from the Angels, who coincidentally started a three-game series with the Red Sox on Friday at Fenway Park. Peralta, meanwhile, was signed as a free agent to a minor league deal.
Neither may prove much help. Fister could move to the bullpen when Eduardo Rodriguez is ready to return, Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said. The Sox hope E-Rod is back in time for the All-Star break.
That’s assuming Fister is pitching well enough that the Sox want to keep him.
But at least the Sox are being proactive looking for help, and it’s not like either Peralta or Fister is high-risk.
Fister, 33, threw 180 1/3 innings last year with the Astros, posting a 4.64 ERA. He hasn’t been in the big leagues yet this season.
Said one American League talent evaluator earlier this year about Fister’s 2016: “Had a nice first half. Then struggled vs. left-handed hitters and with finishing hitters. No real putaway pitch. Has ability to pitch around the zone, reliable dude.”