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Roger Goodell notes public misunderstanding with NFL’s domestic violence cases

10.23.16 at 9:27 pm ET
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Roger Goodell inferred there is some public misunderstanding with the NFL's domestic violence cases. (Matthew Emmons/USA TODAY Sports)

Roger Goodell inferred there is some public misunderstanding with the NFL’s domestic violence cases. (Matthew Emmons/USA TODAY Sports)

For the past few years domestic violence has been a big topic of discussion with the NFL and even more so this week with the case of Giants kicker Josh Brown.

Brown received a one-game suspension to start this season for a domestic violence incident with his wife, but more information with the case came out this week which caused both the NFL and the Giants to get a lot of negative and loud reaction as to why he was only suspended one game and why did the Giants re-sign him.

Brown didn’t travel to London with the Giants this weekend as he was placed on the commissioner’s exempt list as the league looks more into the matter.

Speaking on BBC as part of the pregame coverage of the Giants-Rams game Sunday, Goodell spoke on the domestic violence cases with the league and cited public misunderstanding.

“I understand the public’s misunderstanding of those things and how that can be difficult for them to understand how we get to those positions,” Goodell said via Pro Football Talk. “But those are things that we have to do. I think it’s a lot deeper and a lot more complicated than it appears but it gets a lot of focus.”

Goodell repeated the league will look deeper into the Brown case.

“Well you have to go and get the facts,” Goodell said. “We have asked repeatedly for those facts and the information that’s been gathered by law enforcement both orally and in writing. And we weren’t able to get access to it. So you have to make decisions on whatever information you have. We take this issue incredibly seriously. This is something we’ve been working on with policy changes, to educating our players to make sure they understand how they deal with issues with their family, give them resources to be able to deal with this.

“But when it happens we’re not going to tolerate it. So we have some new information here, we’ll evaluate that in the context of our policy and we’ll take it from there.”

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Tom Brady not completely satisfied with win: ‘We can play better than we played today’

10.23.16 at 9:12 pm ET
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Tom Brady knows the Patriots can play better. (Jason Bridge/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady knows the Patriots can play better than they did on Sunday. (Jason Bridge/USA Today Sports)

Even though the Patriots beat the Steelers 27-16 in Pittsburgh on Sunday to improve to 6-1 on the season, Tom Brady isn’t completely thrilled, as he knows the offense can play better than they did on Sunday.

The biggest issue for the Patriots came in the second and early stages of the third quarter. After totaling 166 yards on their first three drives of the game, they had just 29 on their next three, which allowed the Steelers to get back in the game after building a 14-0 lead.

Things turned around as the Patriots scored on two straight possessions to end the third and start the fourth to pull away for good.

With all the talent on the roster, Brady isn’t satisfied with the poor stretches of play.

“We have a lot of veteran players that have been around for a long time,” Brady told reporters. “We shouldn’t be messing too many things up at the end of the day. We’ve practiced a lot together, played a lot of games together. We should take advantage of opportunities when we get them. There weren’t a ton out there today based on how they played us. We made some later in the game that helped us. We can play better than we played today.”

Part of the Steelers game plan on defense was to take away the big plays, notably with Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett, which left the middle of the field open for Julian Edelman.

“They were certainly aware of [Rob Gronkowski] and Martellus,” Brady said. “Julian got a lot of opportunity today. He hasn’t got a ton the last few weeks, but today he had a lot of opportunities with the ball. Running the ball was good and kind of possessing those passes. We had some third downs that we should have made there in the first half, which our execution wasn’t great on. We just have to keep putting pressure on the defense. If you do that, eventually you’re going to make some plays that they will over adjust to something.”

Edelman has his most productive game of the season hauling in nine catches for 60 yards.

The Patriots did turn the ball over twice as Chris Hogan fumbled on the first offensive play of the game and Edelman fumbled a punt in the second half.

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Mike Petraglia, Doug Kyed on LeGarrette Blount, Rob Gronkowski powering Patriots to win

10.23.16 at 8:53 pm ET
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PITTSBURGH — Without Ben Roethlisberger the Patriots outlast the Pittsburgh Steelers 27–16 Sunday in Pittsburgh. LeGarrette Blount ran for 127 yards while Rob Gronkowski tied Stanley Morgan with his 68th career touchdown catch. Mike Petraglia and special guest Doug Kyed have your post game report from inside Heinz Field.

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Rob Gronkowski reacts to tying Patriots all-time touchdown record in typical Gronk fashion

10.23.16 at 8:28 pm ET
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In the Patriots’ 27-16 win over the Steelers, tight end Rob Gronkowski tied Stanley Morgan for the most touchdowns in team history with 68 when he caught a 36-yard pass from Tom Brady in the third quarter to put the Pats up 20-13 at the time.

Gronkowski was asked about the achievement after the game and responded as only he would.

“One more I have 69 touchdowns, if you know what I mean,” he said with a smile. “Only you know what I mean, baby.”

The tight end finished the game with four catches for 93 yards and a touchdown.

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Poll: Who was Patriots’ MVP in Sunday’s win over Steelers?

10.23.16 at 7:43 pm ET
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3 up, 3 down following Patriots 27-16 win over Steelers

10.23.16 at 7:39 pm ET
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LeGarrette Blount

LeGarrette Blount

At first glance, here’s a quick look at who’s up and who’s down for the Patriots after their win over the Steelers Sunday in Pittsburgh.

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Running back LeGarrette Blount: The big running back returned to face his old team, and ran with a purpose for much of the afternoon. He finished with two touchdowns while adding 24 carries for 127 yards. It was the 13th career 100-yard game for Blount.

Quarterback Tom Brady: The veteran was sizzling out of the gate, connecting on his first nine passes without an incompletion. He wasn’t as hot the rest of the way — he finished 19-for-26 for 222 yards and a pair of touchdowns — but it was still good enough to lead the New England offense to another strong outing.

Tight end Rob Gronkowski: It took a while to get him cranked up — he wasn’t targeted on New England’s first scoring drive — but Gronkowski finished with four catches for 93 yards and a third-quarter touchdown. His touchdown allowed him to tie Stanley Morgan for the team’s all-time touchdown reception mark.

Running back Brandon Bolden: The backup back and special teams ace dropped a pass that would have gone for a first down. In addition, he committed a special teams gaffe that meant a punt that would have been downed inside the Pittsburgh 5-yard line was a touchback instead.

Cornerback Eric Rowe: He was in coverage on the Steelers first touchdown, a ball that as lofted by Pittsburgh quarterback Landry Jones for Darrius Hayward-Bey that made it 14-7. He got turned around on the play.

Kicker Stephen Gostkowski: The veteran missed his second extra-point attempt of the season. (You could also put Julian Edelman here, as he had a bad drop on a pass play that would have gone for a first down — a play that was later negated by a penalty — and he later muffed a punt.)

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TB Times reacts to Patriots’ big win over Steelers

10.23.16 at 7:37 pm ET
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As is the case after Patriots wins this year, Tom Brady’s Facebook page put out a copy of a newspaper called “TB Times”

This week, following the Patriots’ 27-16 win, the headline was: Pats steel one in Pitt.

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