Gronk grabs two catches for 15 yards, admits Jags’ D covered him well

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Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was a non-factor on Sunday against the Jaguars. Tom Brady targeted Gronk four times, and Gronk caught two passes, one for nine yards and one for six yards. Afterward, Gronkowski admitted the Jaguars’ defense got the best of him.

They did a good job overall,” Gronkowski said. “I just have to watch the film, how they did it. They’ve got good players. I have to play better. They did a good job. They’re a good team.”

The Patriots’ first possession ended on a third-down incompletion to Gronkowski, on a play when the Patriots wanted a penalty for pass interference. No flag was thrown, and Gronkowski acknowledged he needs to be able to beat physical coverage.

“It is what it is. Got to deal with it, got learn how to get off it,” he said. “Just another thing I have to learn to deal with.”

Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey, who has talked some trash about Gronkowski in the media, wasn’t really involved in covering Gronk on Sunday. But the Jaguars defenders who were on Gronkowski held him in check.

87 responses to “Gronk grabs two catches for 15 yards, admits Jags’ D covered him well

  1. Every single NE homer here had better acknowledge who the better team was yesterday. Brady got outplayed by Bortles(again), and Jax D held their end of the bargain. Jax talks too much for me to even begin to like them, but always nice to see “Wild” up and comers beat the “militant” Patriots. Maybe Brady should have just done his job.

  2. Maybe Mike Tomlin can watch this tape so he can figure out how to cover tight ends because Kelce was playing like Gronk and tearing up that crap we call defense.

  3. .
    Teams can always take Gronk out of the game with combination coverages. It’s up to the the other receivers to pick up the slack. They didn’t make much of a contribution yesterday.
    .

  4. BDV says:
    September 17, 2018 at 8:47 am
    Gipson doesn’t get the media attention that loudmouth Ramsey does, but he’s a fine DB who kept Gronk under wraps all day

    And he was double most of the game
    Don’t leave that part out.

    And , yes he was they showed it

    So if he’s not that good why double him?

  5. rabidbillsfan says:
    September 17, 2018 at 8:49 am
    Every single NE homer here had better acknowledge who the better team was yesterday. Brady got outplayed by Bortles(again), and Jax D held their end of the bargain. Jax talks too much for me to even begin to like them, but always nice to see “Wild” up and comers beat the “militant” Patriots. Maybe Brady should have just done his job.

    ____

    Bills fans should not be critical of any other team. Seriously, that is a complete dumpster fire. Your coach and GM are horrible. You should really just hunker down and keep quiet.

    That said Jax was better yesterday, and might be a better team all season long. Pats D was soft. They need to get better.

  6. That was obvious holding on Gronk.

    Don’t know why Belichick did not go for in on 4th and inches?

    But don’t think either would have mattered pats could not stop a crossing route at all. Seemed like they ran the same play all game

  7. I’m still trying to wrap my head around how passive the Patriots were yesterday. Not going vertical. One drive featuring 3 runs and out. And of course the punt on 4th and inches down by a couple of scores with 8 minutes left with Brady having one of the most successful QB sneaks in league history. That’s…not the Belichick I know.

    Very odd to see that but still love them 🙂 Go Pats.

  8. Great game by the Jags. The defense was fast and attacking. The offense was as well. Got scary in the middle with the fumble and momentum change, but all the momentum came back with the strip sack by Fowler.

  9. Where are harrisonhits and picksix this morning? Waiting for them to blame Goodell or the refs.

    IMAO, the Jags took away the run after catch on the short stuff yesterday. Good solid tackling coupled with tight coverage made the Pats look pathetic. Brady’s average air yards in the game was just a shade over 3 yards per completion. Compliments to the Jags tackling.

  10. rabidbillsfan says:
    September 17, 2018 at 8:49 am
    Every single NE homer here had better acknowledge who the better team was yesterday. Brady got outplayed by Bortles(again), and Jax D held their end of the bargain. Jax talks too much for me to even begin to like them, but always nice to see “Wild” up and comers beat the “militant” Patriots. Maybe Brady should have just done his job.
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    I’ll put aside you’re a Bills fan, which like many other teams, feel like they won a little if the Pats lose. That’s the culture that Tom and B.B. have created, one loss and it’s a big deal. I guess that’s a good thing.

    I’ve not seen one comment from anyone that suggested the Pats should’ve won, they were thoroughly outplayed in all phases. But it’s week 2, so pardon us Pats fans if we don’t feel like the season is over. Remember when they were curb stomped by the Chiefs opening day, after their ring ceremony? They were obliterated by that offense. Time has shown us B.B. and company usually figure it out in the second half of the season.

    Make no mistake though, the Jags are for real, just as they were last year. And this game may be very meaningful in 14 weeks from a seedlings perspective too. One thing is for sure, defense usually travels well no matter where you play, so that’s a big advantage the Jags will have on anyone, props to them.

  11. danyod says:
    September 17, 2018 at 9:03 am
    Jax was the better team. They looked sharp and hungry. The Pats looked bad. They need to do better, and probably will.
    – Pats fan

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    Not out of character. Pats in the Brady/Bill era were never a September team. Much better to be a December/January team and I’m ok with that. 🙂

  12. Holding Gronk down was expected. But the fact that Sonny Michel was held in check first round pick. Yeh that draws a red flag

  13. Every single NE homer here had better acknowledge who the better team was yesterday. Brady got outplayed by Bortles(again), and Jax D held their end of the bargain. Jax talks too much for me to even begin to like them, but always nice to see “Wild” up and comers beat the “militant” Patriots. Maybe Brady should have just done his job.
    ________________________________________________________________________________________________________

    Jax was the better team yesterday, that’s not hard to see. But come talk to me in January if they can keep it up. As for Brady, he was hardly the problem. Threw for 250 yards, 2 TDs and had a 106 rating while under duress most of the game. Not the best we’ve seen him but he was hardly the most glaring issue in yesterday’s game.

  14. rabidbillsfan says:
    September 17, 2018 at 8:49 am
    Every single NE homer here had better acknowledge who the better team was yesterday. Brady got outplayed by Bortles(again), and Jax D held their end of the bargain. Jax talks too much for me to even begin to like them, but always nice to see “Wild” up and comers beat the “militant” Patriots. Maybe Brady should have just done his job.

    ———————-
    ‘Better’? Whats the penalty if we don’t?

    The important thing is that the team acknowledges it which they did.

  15. rabidbillsfan says:
    September 17, 2018 at 8:49 am
    Every single NE homer here had better acknowledge who the better team was yesterday. Brady got outplayed by Bortles(again), and Jax D held their end of the bargain. Jax talks too much for me to even begin to like them, but always nice to see “Wild” up and comers beat the “militant” Patriots. Maybe Brady should have just done his job.

    ——–

    Yup….the Pats were beat like a drum….on both sides of the ball.

    Good thing your Bills are the punching bag of the NFL…..those should be two easy wins for the Pats

  16. GoodellMustGo says:
    September 17, 2018 at 9:06 am
    I’m still trying to wrap my head around how passive the Patriots were yesterday. Not going vertical. One drive featuring 3 runs and out. And of course the punt on 4th and inches down by a couple of scores with 8 minutes left with Brady having one of the most successful QB sneaks in league history. That’s…not the Belichick I know.

    Very odd to see that but still love them 🙂 Go Pats.

    ————————–

    Vanilla gameplan a surprise, but it sort of makes sense for the rematch in Jaunary. Jax tipped their hand and will be out of bullets by then, assuming they aren’t busy reading their press clippings again.

  17. phinatic29 says:
    September 17, 2018 at 9:13 am
    the nation celebrates every Patriot loss, the most hated team in sports globally.

    ————————-
    Its proof and testament to their greatness.

  18. magnumpimustache says:
    September 17, 2018 at 9:03 am
    That was obvious holding on Gronk.

    Don’t know why Belichick did not go for in on 4th and inches?

    But don’t think either would have mattered pats could not stop a crossing route at all. Seemed like they ran the same play all game

    21 6 Rate This

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    Goodell will never call penalties with obvious holds on Gronk. He was mauled all last year which caused him to snap.

    As long as that kind of cheating is allowed, this is how it will be.

  19. gysot says:
    September 17, 2018 at 9:42 am
    JAX covered everyone closely within 5 yards of the line of scrimmage. Brady was powerless.

    —-
    Tom Brady, 5 time World Champion, 4 time Super Bowl MVP, 3 time League MVP is quite simply the greatest QB that ever graced an NFL football field with his presence.

    All other opinions are complete trash and thus not worthy to be included in any type of serious football discussion.

    Cheers!

    🙂

  20. Love how people like to say Bortles outplayed Brady. If Brady had to go up against his defense, I’m sure we’d see who would outplay who. That obviously doesn’t matter, but jeez – apples and oranges people.

  21. Being a fan of a perrineial winner must make you a football guru, I guess. Fact is, Jax walked the walk. Who cares about the Bills, this post isn’t about the Bills, and that doesn’t stop NE cellar dwellers from posting on every article here. The excuses are classic though. “Not a September team”. Ok.

  22. jr6765 says:
    September 17, 2018 at 9:15 am
    Holding Gronk down was expected. But the fact that Sonny Michel was held in check first round pick. Yeh that draws a red flag

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    Nah. Only if you expected the rookie Michel in his first week off a preseason injury would be Barry Sanders in his prime.

    I thought he looked good both with the ball and in pass protection. Showed plenty of flashes of what is to come. I’m not sure he should have been featured the way he was on some drives quite yet… but that time will come soon. 🙂

  23. Gronk is the Pats best pass catcher and the Jags did a very good job shutting him down. What hurt the Pats was the inability of their other receivers to step up when they were doubling Gronk. To be honest though that Jags defense can be down right nasty so they can get away with double coverage on one player and still put the clamps on everyone else.

  24. neatpete1 says:
    September 17, 2018 at 9:49 am
    phinatic29 says:
    September 17, 2018 at 9:13 am
    the nation celebrates every Patriot loss, the most hated team in sports globally.
    ————————-
    Its proof and testament to their greatness.

    ——
    The more they’re hated the more I love them. 🙂

  25. terripet says:
    September 17, 2018 at 9:58 am
    Two yard Tom failed
    ——
    That’s GOAT, 5 time World Champion, 4 time Super Bowl MVP, 3 time League MVP and winningest QB in the history of the sport two yard Tom to you.

    You WILL address the man properly boy!

    🙂

  26. phinatic29 says:
    September 17, 2018 at 9:13 am
    the nation celebrates every Patriot loss, the most hated team in sports globally.

    ——

    this is when fans of every team that the Pats have been beating up on for the last 17 years become bandwagon fans so they can gloat over a Patriots loss. That pent up frustration really shows.

    I appreciate good football, and despite being a Pats fan….the Jags are playing good football.

    Jags fans…you have a lot to look forward to. The rest of you are hilarious.

  27. Because Gronk is a competitor and for all his crazy behavior, generally doesn’t make excuses. Probably best TE in the game, and has some (some) humility. Rest of the team, and its fans? Not so much. Brady looked like he was 41 yesterday (good CMP%, 245 yards?) and sacked and stripped. Think that gets worse as the season progresses.

    Here’s the problem, and it has always been the problem. AFC East sucks. Jets looked good last week, not this year. Bills….just suck. Miami might make some noise, but the pats can be mediocre and still emerge with home field because they tend to win 5 of 6 games in the weakest division in football, over the last decade or so.

  28. magnumpimustache says:
    September 17, 2018 at 9:03 am
    That was obvious holding on Gronk.

    Don’t know why Belichick did not go for in on 4th and inches?

    But don’t think either would have mattered pats could not stop a crossing route at all. Seemed like they ran the same play all game

    21 6 Rate This

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    Goodell will never call penalties with obvious holds on Gronk. He was mauled all last year which caused him to snap.

    As long as that kind of cheating is allowed, this is how it will be.
    __________________________________________________

    And the refs never call penalties with obvious holding by the Patriot O-line. Case in point – the late strip sack of Brady, where the O-Tackle has a handful of the back of the Jaguars D-end jersey – before and after the sack. No flag…

    The number of holds the Pattie O-line get away with on every passing play more than balances out the holds Gronk has to put up with once in a while. So , suck it up snowflake.

  29. Jags played a great game and were tough yesterday.

    But the same tired comments you people have made after every Pats loss for the last 15 years just make me laugh.

    Its a long season and counting the Pats out after an early loss has never played out the way you wish it would

  30. I think most Patriots fans had this circled as a potential loss from the moment the schedule came out. Road game in Florida in September against a great team who will be ready to play. The way to win this game was to score first and control the game. Brady drove it down, stalled, and we missed the long FG and that was a really bad start.

    It’s certainly not the end of the world. The offense looks like it will be ok, particularly once Edelman comes back in a few weeks. The defense was bad. No pressure. Even holding Jax to 2 more FGs might have been the difference in the game.

    In any case, the Patriots showed fight to get back within 11 points and had a great chance to make it 1 score before Jax made a great defensive play. They fought hard.

    It’s only week 2. Nothing is won in week 2. The Patriots came away with two key players in concussion protocol but they will surely return. Looks like the Jags lost their LT for the season with an ACL. Long way to go before all is decided.

  31. @flash1287:

    The patriots are the most hated team in American professional sports.

    Fact, not fake news.

    You know it, I know it, the American people know it.

    Now, digest and accept.

  32. superpatriotsfan says:
    September 17, 2018 at 9:25 am
    But I thought we were gonna go 19-0!!!!!?????

    —–
    On pace for 18-1. I’ll take that!

    Did I trigger you boy? Tee hee 🙂

    #IOwnYou
    #IAlwaysWillOwnU
    #BowToYourSuperior

  33. rabidbillsfan says:
    September 17, 2018 at 10:04 am
    Being a fan of a perrineial winner must make you a football guru, I guess. Fact is, Jax walked the walk. Who cares about the Bills, this post isn’t about the Bills, and that doesn’t stop NE cellar dwellers from posting on every article here. The excuses are classic though. “Not a September team”. Ok.

    ———–
    Not an excuse, just a fact from observation that’s almost two decades long. 🙂

    It’s not our fault that triggered you. Tee hee 🙂

  34. rabidbillsfan says:

    September 17, 2018 at 8:49 am

    Every single NE homer here had better acknowledge who the better team was yesterday. Brady got outplayed by Bortles(again), and Jax D held their end of the bargain. Jax talks too much for me to even begin to like them, but always nice to see “Wild” up and comers beat the “militant” Patriots. Maybe Brady should have just done his job.

    ===============================================

    Jags were the better team and deserved to win obviously. Pats looked slow on defense and the injuries on the line seem to be piling up, not good. And Gronk needs help to space the field. Edelman can’t come back soon enough.

    But Bortles was not “better” than Brady in the AFCCG last year (Bortles 98.5 rating, Brady 108.4) . There’s no supporting evidence of that especially since Brady beat a much better defense than Bortles had to face in that game and with his best weapon being Danny Amendola because of injuries. And he did it with a whole bunch of stitches in his hand.

  35. Bortles outplayed Brady again? When was there ever another time? Patriots D is a question mark again. Losing Chung and Flowers isnt going help. Jags D is legit, Pats really struggled to move the ball and with Gronk covered they didnt have a Cooks or Edelman to get open. Belichick is great at using role players for what they are good at but against elite defenses you need great play makers. Its the same script as the 2013 season when Brady was relying on guys like Austin Collie. Edelman coming back will be good but no one is coming back to save that defense at the moment, which like last season is the real problem.

  36. Ytsejamer1 says:
    September 17, 2018 at 10:04 am
    Love how people like to say Bortles outplayed Brady. If Brady had to go up against his defense, I’m sure we’d see who would outplay who. That obviously doesn’t matter, but jeez – apples and oranges people.

    ————-
    Bortles is not a top 10 QB in this league but I think he’s not far off. Played very well yesterday, and for 3/4 of the AFC Championship game. Also had his way with the Steelers the week before that.

  37. The Pats could make a million excuses for losing the game and they could talk trash if they wanted to, but they don’t. They work on their mistakes and turn the page to the next game. That is what separates them from most of the other teams. They know there is a lot of work to be done. Lousy protection of Brady, pass coverage and defense overall stunk. Offense was average at best. They know it and I trust that they will fix it.

  38. I don’t know if people who are down on Michel watched the same game as I did. Yesterday wasn’t about piling up fantasy stats, he is a rookie coming off an injury in preseason.

    I saw a guy who was more explosive off the mark than I’ve seen any Patriot running back in YEARS. He can push a defense backwards. Blasting Gipson like a mack truck was a thing of beauty. Like I said, was very good in pass protection helping out an OL who was certainly not helping him. Needs to improve a bit in route running in the passing game but that will come.

    This guy is going to be special. Book it.

  39. That was an impressive display by JAX.

    The thing many in NE admire about the Pats is their ability to learn from playing against good opponents.
    Hell, way back when this run began, the Pats were always playing from behind….and the thing we loved about the team is they never quit. They’d keep coming. 2nd half adjustments were a strength.

    Saw some of that yesterday. They kept at it, despite being down 14-0, then 21-3…

    The real X factor is how injuries to all teams factor in as the season grinds on.
    Jacksonville looks great–now.

    NE looks soft–now.

    Time wounds all heels.

  40. Jags proved who is the better team by shutting Brady down … if it wasn’t for the refs help , Pats don’t win last year … bottom line , facts are there.

    #SaxsonvilleAllDayLong

  41. mullman76 says:
    September 17, 2018 at 10:33 am
    @flash1287:
    The patriots are the most hated team in American professional sports.
    Fact, not fake news.
    You know it, I know it, the American people know it.
    Now, digest and accept.

    —————

    Of course… They have been great for two decades. I hated the Cowboys equally during their run.

    They are also the moved loved team in American professional sports by their fans. It’s territory only previously occupied by the Yankees.

  42. rabidbillsfan says:
    September 17, 2018 at 10:04 am
    Being a fan of a perrineial winner must make you a football guru, I guess. Fact is, Jax walked the walk. Who cares about the Bills, this post isn’t about the Bills, and that doesn’t stop NE cellar dwellers from posting on every article here. The excuses are classic though. “Not a September team”. Ok.

    ————

    It’s always amusing when fans of some team that can never beat the Pats co-opts some team that can to make themselves feel good. Hang in there little guy…..and remember….it’s only a game

  43. mullman76 says:
    September 17, 2018 at 10:33 am
    @flash1287:

    The patriots are the most hated team in American professional sports.

    Fact, not fake news.

    You know it, I know it, the American people know it.

    Now, digest and accept.

    ——————-
    Its not just digested and accepted. Its acknowledged as proof and testament to their greatness.

  44. NOT a Patriots fan, but this is how a pro talks (reminds me of Jason Witten):

    >>“They did a good job overall,” Gronkowski said. “I just have to watch the film, how they did it. They’ve got good players. I have to play better. They did a good job. They’re a good team.”

  45. mullman76 says:
    September 17, 2018 at 10:33 am
    @flash1287:
    The patriots are the most hated team in American professional sports.
    Fact, not fake news.
    You know it, I know it, the American people know it.
    Now, digest and accept.

    If they are the most hated team then how do you explain Tom Brady’s Jersey always being one of the best in the league?

    If you are “hated” then people don’t buy your jersey every season.

  46. yodaddycrapper says:
    September 17, 2018 at 10:56 am
    Jags proved who is the better team by shutting Brady down … if it wasn’t for the refs help , Pats don’t win last year … bottom line , facts are there.

    ———————-
    It always amazes me the guys that can still cry even as they win.

  47. It’s game 2…. all the salivating over the Patriots loss is a riot….
    They have traditionally started off slow in September….. the team is still finding itself & dealing with players either hurt/suspended/ or new & learning their jobs……
    Get REAL & come talk to me in mid October…..

  48. “I will acknowledge that you are correct once you acknowledge that nothing lasts forever ‘

    Sure why not. Of course nothing lasts forever. But as to the end being near I doubt its this season. But yes, whether its this year, next year or 5 seasons from now at some point Brady will retire and eventually Belichick too.

    That doesn’t mean they won’t find another franchise QB though, or another good coach.

  49. Not a difficult equation here. They don’t have or didn’t run anyone on the quick crossing patterns underneath (Edelman) and they don’t have a a burner to send deep and spread out the defense. With defense the level the Jaguars have, it would have taken an exceptional offensive game plan and execution to even stay with them. The heat just made it that more difficult if you were hoping to run a hurry up plan. The Jags were the better team yesterday. Good for them, good for the league but let’s not put a fork in the Pats yet either. Looooong way to go.

  50. Of course… They have been great for two decades. I hated the Cowboys equally during their run.

    They are also the moved loved team in American professional sports by their fans. It’s territory only previously occupied by the Yankees
    ________________

    One big difference between the Patriots and the Yankees: The Patriots didn’t mortgage the whole organization by buying up all of the best players in order to win championships. They kept the purse strings tight and found ways to get the best use out of the guys they had. They will figure things out again this year. Yes, losing to the Jags stinks, but it’s only one game.

  51. Honest analysis, no excuses, not defensive (assuming you’re a Pats fan. Apologies if you’re not).
    The Jags’ defense was impressive. Their offense was surprisingly efficient and aggressive. The Pats, while not playing well in the September Jacksonville heat and humidity, still looked like their old selves in the sense they never panic and always seem to be hanging around, even after you think you’ve put them away.
    It’s human nature to grow weary and eventually dislike any team that isn’t your own once it starts winning too often. But as a lifelong fan of another team, I can grow tired of a team like New England, root for it to lose, and still appreciate and marvel at what is has and still may accomplish. For that, I tip my hat to the Pats.
    Some of the New England fans are correct: The Pats traditionally lay a September egg, followed by cries of “the end” by fans of other teams. But they always seem to be there at the end. The Jags appear to be building something special, but they’ll have to prove it in the postseason. Whether they can do that or not remains to be seen.
    Is New England’s run finally over? Perhaps, but believe it at your own risk.

  52. yodaddycrapper says:

    September 17, 2018 at 10:56 am

    Jags proved who is the better team by shutting Brady down … if it wasn’t for the refs help , Pats don’t win last year … bottom line , facts are there.

    #SaxsonvilleAllDayLong

    ===========================

    Uh, you got it backwards. If not for the refs help, Pats would have beat Jacksonville worse last year. Dion Lewis was down by contact, per the rule. If Tyree can pin it to his helmet, Baldwin can pin it to his leg, then Dion Lewis invariably can maintain possession by pinning it to his hip (which he did and was touched down by contact before the ball came loose). If Lewis wasn’t down by contact, the Pats automatically get a perfect record banner raised in Gillette. I’m cool with either one.

  53. elvoid says:
    September 17, 2018 at 9:08 am
    Saying the Jags held Gronkowski in check is an understatement. They held the entire Patriot offense in check.

    They held their defense as well as holding Gronk. They were holding all day. Enjoy the win and enjoy the usual NFL week 2 smack talk about how NE is all done. We’re used to that since the Pats demise has been predicted often.

  54. Give props where they are due…. jags.. you won out fair and square… This from a huge life long (52+ years) Pats fan.

    But it is only week 2 and we loss to a real good team and 12 & 4 isn’t going to be hard to do.
    We will see them again in the playoffs I am sure….

    Till then we are on to Detroit.

  55. Chill_Donahue says:

    September 17, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    yodaddycrapper says:

    September 17, 2018 at 10:56 am

    Jags proved who is the better team by shutting Brady down … if it wasn’t for the refs help , Pats don’t win last year … bottom line , facts are there.

    #SaxsonvilleAllDayLong

    ===========================

    Uh, you got it backwards. If not for the refs help, Pats would have beat Jacksonville worse last year. Dion Lewis was down by contact, per the rule. If Tyree can pin it to his helmet, Baldwin can pin it to his leg, then Dion Lewis invariably can maintain possession by pinning it to his hip (which he did and was touched down by contact before the ball came loose). If Lewis wasn’t down by contact, the Pats automatically get a perfect record banner raised in Gillette. I’m cool with either one.
    ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

    When you’re wrong, you’re wrong. And you? You’re always wrong.

  56. In the Seattle game the Pats lost a couple years back, Gronk was seen pushing off against a Seattle defender, but in doing so, his body was out of position and could not make the catch that would have won the game, IIRC. He was not called for a penalty but he could have caught the ball if he just ran his route. Hindsight is 20/20.

  57. jcjaguar says:

    September 17, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    Chill_Donahue says:

    September 17, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    yodaddycrapper says:

    September 17, 2018 at 10:56 am

    Jags proved who is the better team by shutting Brady down … if it wasn’t for the refs help , Pats don’t win last year … bottom line , facts are there.

    #SaxsonvilleAllDayLong

    ===========================

    Uh, you got it backwards. If not for the refs help, Pats would have beat Jacksonville worse last year. Dion Lewis was down by contact, per the rule. If Tyree can pin it to his helmet, Baldwin can pin it to his leg, then Dion Lewis invariably can maintain possession by pinning it to his hip (which he did and was touched down by contact before the ball came loose). If Lewis wasn’t down by contact, the Pats automatically get a perfect record banner raised in Gillette. I’m cool with either one.
    ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

    When you’re wrong, you’re wrong. And you? You’re always wrong.

    ================================

    I like how you used supporting evidence and really backed up your… oh wait.

    Point still stands, not disputable, tapes of all 3 plays don’t lie.

  58. I see Malcolm Butler has been pretty bad this year. Safe to say he wouldn’t have helped yesterday. No guarantee he would have in February either IMO.

    Belichick was right again. 🙂

  59. With three low experience/#2 receivers, and a light stable of backs, it was obvious the Pats needed a low scoring game to won. The defense did not come up big when it needed to. That’s the bottom line. The physical coverage is to be expected. That’s what Coughlin teaches. Clutch and grab until the ball is almost there, then release, avoid the penalty, but the receiver does not have time to adjust. They just have to plan for that and come up with a solution. It’s very early in the season. The result of this game was highly predictable. We’ll see how it plays out down the line. Otherwise, the Jags are a very solid team.

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