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Patriots: Bill Belichick brings up Tom Brady when asked about tailoring offense to Cam Newton

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Patriots HC Bill Belichick brought up Tom Brady while discussing Cam Newton after the team’s Week 1 win over Miami.

Patriots fans nervous as to what the offense would look like with Cam Newton under center surely had their concerns quelled after his surgical showing in Week 1 against Miami. It’s clear that offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels catered the system almost exclusively to the three-time Pro Bowler’s mobility.

Though we were marginally surprised with the college feel to the Patriots’ offense — it featured a ton of zone reads, as Newton rushed 15 times for 75 yards and two scores — it makes complete sense to attack Miami that way in the new-look O’s big debut. After all, the Phins have grown accustomed to playing New England with a quarterback in Tom Brady who offered almost nothing from a scrambling standpoint.

Well, in his postgame interview, head coach Bill Belichick was unsurprisingly asked about tailoring the offense to Newton’s dynamism. What reporters weren’t expecting, however, was the coaching legend bringing up his former quarterback immediately.

As appropriate as Belichick referencing Brady was given the context of the question, we honestly weren’t expecting the former to mention the latter this season. When players leave New England, no matter how strong his relationship was with them or how much success they enjoyed together, the 68-year-old hardly ever mentions them by name. And if he does, it certainly doesn’t come this soon into a new season.

This wasn’t Belichick taking a dig at the three-time MVP’s lack of mobility, either. The duo formed one of the most dominant dynasties in sports history with an offense that revolved predominantly around picking apart defenses in the pocket.

As for how the two six-time champions fared in their first game apart, Belichick got a big divisional win, while Brady and Tampa Bay were trounced on the road against New Orleans.

Fans in New England shouldn’t read too much into Belichick’s mention of Brady during the postgame video conference. If it develops into a constant theme moving forward, however, then we would begin speculating that he’s sending a subliminal message to his former gunslinger.

One thing’s for sure, though: We’d rather build an offense around Cam Newton than TB12 so far in 2020.

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Recent history favors the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday

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Russell Wilson and the Seahawks was not how the Atlanta Falcons envisioned the year starting off. Fans didn’t expect to hear Dan Quinn tell the world that once again the franchise was “pissed off” so soon either – but here we are.

The Atlanta Falcons have not started out 0-2 since the nightmare known as the 2007 NFL season. (Don’t worry, we won’t rehash that here) In order to avoid the 0-2 start in 2020, the Atlanta Falcons have to find a way to beat a pissed off Dallas Cowboys team that lost their week one matchup in LA to the Rams.

The Cowboys and Falcons have met three previous times during Dan Quinn’s tenure as head coach of the Falcons. The Falcons won both the 2015 and 2017 matchups while they lost in 2018 at home.

The Atlanta Falcons have won three of the last five games versus the Cowboys.

Overall, this will be Matt Ryan‘s sixth game against the Cowboys. He has thrown for 1,331 yards, seven touchdowns, and four interceptions in the previous five games. Ryan has completed nearly 68 percent of his pass attempts against the Cowboys and was only sacked 12 times in those five games.

Ryan has also averaged 6.4 yards per rushing attempt against the Cowboys, which is the fifth-highest average against any franchise in his career. Not that we expect him to beat the Cowboys with his feet but they clearly do not respect his ability to scramble and pick up yards by running the ball.

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The game will be broadcast on Fox with kickoff set for 1:00 pm. Kevin Burkhardt, Daryl Johnston & Pam Oliver are set to broadcast live from AT&T Stadium in Dallas. Locally in Atlanta, the game can be heard on radio via 929 The Game with longtime play by play broadcaster Wes Durham and former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Dave Archer providing color.

The Cowboys are currently a four-point favorite at home this Sunday.

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Buffalo Bills: Picking three players who could be X-factors in Week 2

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ORCHARD PARK, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 08: Cole Beasley #10 of the Buffalo Bills scores a touchdown during the fourth quarter of an NFL game against the Baltimore Ravens at New Era Field on December 08, 2019 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images)

These are three players on the Buffalo Bills that may not be discussed regularly but could play big roles in Week 2 against the Miami Dolphins.

There is no question that when fans talk about the Buffalo Bills, the first players mentioned are the likes of Josh Allen, Tre’Davious White, and Stefon Diggs. This certainly makes sense as these are some of the best players on the team.

However, they aren’t always the reason the Bills win as there are other players on the roster that play big roles, typically referred to as X-factor players, over the course of a game that impacts the outcome. One player last week was kick returner Andre Roberts.

While Roberts is a two-time Pro Bowler, the returner isn’t always considered when discussing the outcome. The Buffalo Bills ran away from the New York Jets with a 27-17 win and the offense looked tremendous.

One of the reasons the Bills had one of their higher scoring outputs over the past two years was the field position Andre Roberts was able to give them with five punts returned with an average of over 13 yards per punt.

These are three players who could be that X-factor for the Buffalo Bills in Week 2.

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Chicago Bears: MVP, studs, and duds for week two

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The Chicago Bears leave Week 2 undefeated, here are the duds, studs and MVP

The Bears took care of business against a really bad Giants team, winning 17-13. The box score may not show it as much but the Chicago Bears were in control throughout the entire game. Scoring only 17 points can be considered a bit of a disappointment. Parts of the offense played well, while other parts of the unit left room for improvement.

Chicago Bears Week 2 Duds

Dud: Anthony Miller

Anthony Miller had a pretty rough game after coming off of a solid week one. Miller was held to zero catches on three targets during Sunday’s game. Including a drop in the endzone where coverage was tight but is a pass that Miller should’ve brought in. It seems Miller can be quite up down at times, and these two games are a perfect example.

Dud: The Tight Ends

The tight ends on the Bears roster had a very quiet day on Sunday. Three tight ends got snaps against the Giants and they went a combined, 2 catches, for 30 yards. Jimmy Graham had a catch and Cole Kmet caught the first catch of his career.

The tight end position was one of the most talked-about topics of the offseason. With what they invested in that position over the offseason, these are the kind of results the Bears want to stay away from.

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