FOXBORO What a way to start the second half of the season. With the Patriots, Jets and Bills all at 5-3 and each team 1-1 against the other, it's going to be an eight-game sprint to the AFC East title. That there was no way in hell we'd be saying that a few weeks back when the Jets were 2-3 and the Patriots 4-1. Back then, New York was soft and undermotivated on defense, sputtering on offense. The Patriots were scoring 30 just rolling out of bed.
That was four weeks ago and the Patriots have, in the weeks since, gone 1-2. Their lone win was a bullet-dodging against the Cowboys when they won in the last minute. People have wondered this week why the hype and vitriol for this one just isn't there, why the buildup has been flat. It's because the Patriots have so many issues to worry about that sniping about the Jets doesn't seem appealing. Lamenting the issues up hereseems a better way to spend time.
Pittsburgh Steelers wideout Antonio Brown posted an apology on social media Tuesday night for his Facebook Live video that has caused a stir over the last few days.
"I let my emotions and genuine excitement get the best of me, and I wanted to share that moment with our fans," said Brown in a statement on his Twitter. ""It was wrong of me to do, against team and NFL policy, and I have apologized to Coach Tomlin and my teammates for my actions.
"I'm sorry to them for letting it become a distraction and something that they've had to answer questions about while we're preparing for a big game on Sunday."
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said on Tuesday that he has “absolutely no worries on the video's effect" on Sunday's game against the Patriots, but it was "selfish and inconsiderate" of his star wide receiver.
Brown could still be fined for violating the league's social-media policy. The policy states that players, coaches and football operations personnel are banned from using social media on game days 90 minutes before kickoff, during games, and before "traditional media interviews."
Former NFL player Dan Koppen says the team locker room after a win is a sacred place and that Steelers WR Antonio Brown should know not to be posting on Facebook.