In the first three games of the season, you couldn’t tell apart Tom Brady from Mike Brady. But the 3-time Super Bowl winner and one-time MVP has found success in his reinvented tight end bunch.
When New England traded six-time Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for tight end Tim Wright and a fourth-round draft pick in 2015, everyone reactions was, “who?” Wright caught 54 passes as a rookie in Tampa Bay and displayed a knack for finding open seams on the field. After his breakout 5 reception, 85 yard and one touchdown performance against the Bengals, Wright had one catch for one yard. But Brady will continue to look for the athletic tight end.
If not Wright, Brady also has the option of tight end Rob Gronkowski who has combined for 13 receptions, 194 yards and a score in his last two games.
Thursday night football: Patriots over Jets, if you didn’t guess.
Week 6 Prediction Results
Brooks: 10-4; Overall: 56-34
Perez: 11-3; Overall: 60-30
Wooten: 11-3; Overall: 54-36
|Week 7 matchups||Brooks||Perez|
|NYJ @ NE||NE(W)||NE(W)|
|ATL @ BAL||BAL(W)||BAL(W)|
|TEN @ WSH||WSH(W)||WSH(W)|
|SEA @ STL||SEA(L)||SEA(L)|
|CLE @ JAX||CLE(L)||CLE(L)|
|CIN @ IND||IND(W)||IND(W)|
|MIN @ BUF||BUF(W)||BUF(W)|
|MIA @ CHI||CHI(L)||CHI(L)|
|NO @ DET||DET(W)||NO(L)|
|CAR @ GB||GB(W)||GB(W)|
|KC @ SD||SD(L)||SD(L)|
|ARI @ OAK||ARI(W)||ARI(W)|
|NYG @ DAL||DAL(W)||DAL(W)|
|SF @ DEN||DEN(W)||DEN(W)|
|HOU @ PIT||PIT(W)||PIT(W)|
Cleveland Browns @ Jacksonville Jaguars
The Cleveland Browns are on the verge of a three game winning streak. It’s early, but the Browns are a contender.
At 3-2, the Browns have managed to beat Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints, overcame a 25-point deficit to beat the Tennessee Titans 29-28, which was the largest comeback in league history by a road team, and made quick work of the Pittsburgh Steelers (who they should’ve beaten twice).
Cleveland is winning with old methods compared to today’s fast-paced offenses in the NFL, smart quarterback play from Brian Hoyer and a 3rd-ranked sound running game led by the trio of Ben Tate, Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West. All three running backs have over 230 rushing on the season.
The 0-6 Jaguars are looking to pick up their first win of the season behind rookie quarterback Blake Bortles. As talented as the No. 3 overall pick is, he can’t complete passes laying on his back. Jacksonville has given up 27 sacks in six games. Bortles has been sacked 11 time since taking over as the starter.
With Baltimore facing a head-scratching Falcons team and Cincinnati taking on Andrew Luck and the Colts, Cleveland could soon find themselves atop of the AFC North.
Cincinnati Bengals @ Indianapolis Colts
In six years, the Cincinnati Bengals have ended a game in a tie.
While those numbers may not scream a trending pattern, there have been five total ties in the NFL in the past 12 years, including the 37-37 tie this past Sunday between the Bengals and Carolina Panthers.
Now 3-1-1, the Bengals take their high wire act to the Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Andy Dalton is missing his star receiver AJ Green with a toe injury, but WR Mohamed Sanu took his place at the top pass catcher in Green’s absence, hauling in 10 passes for 120 yards and a touchdown against the Panthers.
All three of Bengals QB Andy Dalton’s interceptions have come at home. Dalton has completed 64 percent of his passes for 505 yards, three touchdowns and 0 interceptions on the road. The Colts are tied for 12th in the league with six. But this game will come down to the arm of Luck, who is the league leader in yards per game, averaging 328.7.
Luck will dismantle the Bengals aggressive pass defense.
Eddie P’s Philosophical Take
Arizona Cardinals @ Oakland Raiders
People have to start recognizing. The Arizona Cardinals deserve to be mentioned up there with the best of the NFC.
While the Cardinals do not have the vaunted offense the Denver Broncos boast, Carson Palmer has plenty to work with. Michael Floyd is an up and coming receiver, and Larry Fitzgerald is still a threat despite his age. What really makes the Cards a menace is their stout defense.
The Oakland Raiders are a mess of an organization. They have talent, but front office and coaching chaos can ruin anything.
Cards win this one, easily.
Houston Texans @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh has lost some head-scratchers. The Steelers lost to the Browns. Before that, they lost to the lowly Buccaneers.
The Steelers have a good running game with Le’Veon Bell. Ben Roethlisberger has a legitimate No. 1 receiver in Antonio Brown. They’re a force to be reckoned with on any given Sunday – or Monday. Or even a Thursday.
Houston (3-3) comes into the Steel City with the same record as the Steelers. But with journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick under center, I do not see them winning.