The Patriots are 4-2 and have not cruised in any game Eric Wood Jersey , mainly because of a leaky defense. The Falcons are 3-2 and easily could have one win.
Still, NBC must be salivating to have Tom Brady vs. Matt Ryan, particularly with both teams vulnerable when they don’t have the ball.
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And, of course, each side has memories – joyful and painful – of New England’s rally from a 25-point second-half hole to win the championship in February.
”Well, I mean those games, they live with you the rest of your life – the wins and the losses,” Brady says. ”I mean, I think there’s obviously 18 years for me. … There’s probably some games early in my career in the middle of October that I don’t really remember that well Colton Schmidt Jersey , but I would say the Super Bowl ones you always remember pretty well.
”I mean, there was a lot on the line. You know, it’s just the reality of it. As players, you hope you’re in that position. You’d rather be in that game than not be in that game, win or lose. It’s great to win and it stinks to lose, but that’s playing sports.”
Atlanta comes off blowing a 17-point lead and losing at home to Miami. New England was down 14-0 at the Jets before rallying to win.
”We obviously haven’t played as well as we’re capable of through five games,” Ryan says. ”But we’re certainly close. We’ve done a lot of really good things at times.”
The weekend began with the Oakland Raiders’ 31-30 comeback victory over the visiting Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night.
Derek Carr threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Michael Crabtree on the final play after the game was extended by two straight defensive holding calls.
With their season on the line following the recent slump, Carr led an 85-yard touchdown drive in the final 2:25 to give the Raiders (3-4) the thrilling comeback win that snapped a four-game losing streak.
Carr finished 29 for 52 for 417 yards and three touchdowns, with Amari Cooper catching 11 passes for 210 yards and two of the scores.
The Chiefs (5-2) lost consecutive games for the first time since Oct. 11-18 Cordy Glenn Jersey , 2015, and had their 12-game winning streak in the AFC West snapped.
Off this week are Houston and Detroit, both 3-3.
Washington (3-2) at Philadelphia (5-1), Monday night
For the NFC East lead. Yes, you hard that correctly.
The Eagles have been a revelation this season, with the best record in the NFC. They already have a win at Washington and bring the top-ranked rush defense into this prime-timer.
But, coincidentally, the Redskins have more road wins (42) vs. the Eagles than any other opponent. They are getting strong performances from QB Kirk Cousins and an underrated defense led by Ryan Kerrigan.
Philly already is 2-0 in the division and can take solid control with a win.
Denver (3-2) at Los Angeles Chargers (2-4)
After four losses, most of them in close decisions Jerry Hughes Jersey , the Chargers have won two straight. With the Dodgers still playing, it’s unlikely many Angelenos will notice if the Bolts win again.
Denver, which beat LA in the opener, has the NFL’s top-ranked defense. The Broncos have won 11 of the past 13 meetings with the Chargers.
Of note: Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy has his second meeting with the Chargers since getting fired as their coach. New Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn won two Super Bowls as a Broncos running back and served as assistant coach in Denver from 2000-02.
Arizona (3-3) vs. Los Angeles Rams (4-2) at London
Cheers, Adrian. Welcome back to London.
Adrian Peterson made this journey with the Saints on Oct. 1. Then he was dealt to Arizona, which lost its star running back, David Johnson, in the opener. So now the Cardinals play across the pond, though in Twickenham rather than Wembley.
”It’s definitely different Preston Brown Jersey ,” Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer says of having Peterson behind him.
”Adrian is one of one. There’s nobody in the league like him right now, that runs the ball the way he does. Any time you add somebody who’s that special or that unique, it changes things.”
The Rams don’t want to change much of anything. One of the NFL’s surprise squads under first-year coach Sean McVay – the youngest in league history at 31 – the Rams are 3-0 on the road for the first time since 2001.
New Orleans (3-2) at Green Bay (4-2)
No Drew Brees-Aaron Rodgers matchup here, with A-Rod out with a collarbone injury.
Brees is up to old tricks with his accuracy and finding the end zone, and he excels vs. Green Bay. New Orleans has won three straight.
It won’t help the Packers that their secondary is banged up – why does this team always seem to have so many injuries? – or that Brett Hundley makes his first career start behind center.
Baltimore (3-3) at Minnesota (4-2)
Minnesota has to be thinking big thoughts with Rodgers down in Green Bay. The first step for the Vikings is to not stumble against the inconsistent Ravens.
Joe Flacco is having a miserable time and ranks 31st in passer ratings. Baltimore’s offense doesn’t make enough big plays, and the Vikings’ defense leads the NFL in third downs, surrendering 18 of 72 conversions for a league-low 25 percent.
The sides have met only five times, but the previous one was a doozy. They combined for an NFL-record five touchdowns in the final 125 seconds in Baltimore as the Ravens won 29-26.
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