Sports Will Brady's bad hand hold back Bucs at Philly? Not likely
Opinion: Tom Brady must relish the chance to show Bill Belichick the Patriots blew it
Tom Brady will match wits against Bill Belichick in a game that could be an in-your-face reminder of how the Patriots blew it by letting him get away.Maybe not.
Tom Brady has a boo-boo. Well, a bit more than that: Brady’s right hand — the one he throws with — was wrapped up earlier this week after he injured it while demolishing Miami’s defense on Sunday.
Will it impact his play on Thursday night at Philadelphia?
In fact, the joke going around the league is that Brady could lead the Buccaneers to victory as a lefty.
It's unwise to downplay injuries to quarterbacks' throwing arms or hands, of course. But it's even more foolish to doubt the seven-time Super Bowl champion.
“It’s a little sore but I expected it to be,” Brady says. “We signed up for a contact sport. You get different bumps and bruises throughout the year and we’ll just deal with it the best we can. This bump and bruise happens to be on my hand. Just trying to be preventive and precautious, be smart. It’s less than 48 hours since it happened so it’s not like it’s had five days, but again I feel confident I’ll be able to go out there and do what I need to do.”
Who was more responsible for Patriots' dynasty: Bill Belichick or Tom Brady? The debate rages on.
As Bill Belichick and Tom Brady meet Sunday for the first time, the quintessential sports debate is back, but not everybody wants to have it.Who is more responsible for the New England Patriots' dynasty: Bill Belichick, or Tom Brady?
Eagles coach Nick Sirianni is emphasizing exactly that: Do your job.
“That’s been our message right from the beginning,” he stressed. “Regardless of who we’re playing, is play within yourself, play within your game.”
Tampa Bay, ranked third in the AP Pro32, is a 7-point favorite at No. 23 Philadelphia, according to FanDuel SportsBook. Pro Picks trusts the 44-year-old quarterback so much it considered making the Bucs its Best Bet.
KNOCKOUT POOL: The Patriots scared us before rallying against Houston. Hopefully it's a smoother ride this week with TAMPA BAY.
No. 1 (tie) Buffalo (minus 4 1-2) at No. 11 Tennessee, Monday night
The Bills proved themselves at Kansas City in prime time. They'll continue doing so.
BEST BET: BILLS, 33-23
Brady sets passing yardage record amid boos and some cheers
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Playing as a visitor at Gillette Stadium wasn't the only big change for Tom Brady on Sunday night. He also was booed. But when the Buccaneers quarterback set the record for yards passing in a career on a 28-yard completion to Mike Evans in the first quarter, there was a mixture of cheers and applause along with the jeers. Brady, 44, reached 80,359 yards through the air and then called a timeout before the next play — though no announcement had been made about setting the mark. That came during the timeout. Ryan Succop's field goal a few plays later — after Brady misfired on a couple of throws — gave Tampa Bay a 3-0 lead.
No. 1 (tie) Arizona (plus 3) at No. 9 Cleveland
Soon, the Cardinals will lose. But the Browns are so banged up now.
UPSET SPECIAL: CARDINALS, 22-20
No. 5 Los Angeles Chargers (plus 3 1-2) at No. 6 Baltimore
It's becoming impossible to pick against Lamar Jackson and the Ravens. It will be close, though.
No. 15 Las Vegas (plus 3) at No. 17 Denver
Just a feeling the Raiders will respond with a strong performance.
No. 10 Kansas City (minus 6 1/2 ) at No. 24 Washington
It's time for the Chiefs to find their mojo, and Washington's defense could accommodate them.
No. 13 Cincinnati (minus 3 1/2) at No. 31 Detroit
At some point, Lady Luck will decide she likes the Lions. Not this weekend.
No. 8 Green Bay (minus 4 1/2) at No. 16 Chicago
The Packers could almost put away the division with a win here.
No. 18 (tie) Minnesota (plus 1 1-2) at No. 14 Carolina
Minnesota makes things more exciting than they should be.
Mac Jones vs. Tom Brady: Why the Patriots rookie is more QB contrast than a 'clone'
When Mac Jones and Tom Brady become on-field counterparts at their position on Sunday, it will be a more of a juxtaposition. Jones might be expected to be like Brady at some point, but he is the wrong offensive time and place to go down the same path. High drafted quarterbacks need to produce sooner rather than later with bigger expectations than late-rounders and Jones is joining a rebuilding team, not a championship one. Belichick is not one to extend shelf life based on draft round status.
No. 7 Dallas (minus 4) at No. 20 New England
Jerry Jones' voice isn't the only one mentioning Super Bowl chances for his team.
No. 4 Los Angeles Rams (minus 10 1/2) at No. 28 New York Giants
Another potential Best Bet, especially with New York so ravaged by injuries
No. 29 Houston (plus 10) at No. 25 Indianapolis
Houston doesn’t have the playmakers to threaten the disappointing Colts.
No. 21 Seattle (plus 4 1-2) at No. 22 Pittsburgh
Don't quite believe the Steelers have turned a corner, but they should win here.
No. 27 Miami (minus 3 1/2) vs. No. 32 Jacksonville at London
Two more bad teams that could spoil England's taste for the NFL.
Last Week: Straight up: 12-4. Against spread: 8-8.
Season: Straight up: 49-31. Against spread: 42-36-2.
Best Bet: Straight up: 4-1. Against spread: 4-1.
Upset Special: Straight up: 5-0. Against spread: 5-0.
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Barry Wilner, The Associated Press
Fantasy football rankings for Week 4: Bills QB Josh Allen is back in the saddle .
Buffalo's Josh Allen tops our QB rankings after accounting for five touchdowns a week ago. Derrick Henry, Davante Adams lead RB, WR ranks for Week 4.Fantasy football rankings for Week 4 are based on the point-per-reception (PPR) scoring used in most seasonal and daily fantasy football formats. One point is awarded for every 10 rushing and receiving yards and one point for every 20 passing yards. Six points are awarded for touchdowns scored, four points for passing TDs and one point for receptions.