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Tom Brady an influence in Aaron Rodgers changing his diet 06.01.16 at 5:07 pm ET
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As Tom Brady has gotten older, most people have expected his production to begin to decline. Brady, however, has defied logic with his exceptional play in the latter years of his career. Ask the 38-year-old Brady why he has been able to play at such a high level and he will tell you a large part of it has to do with the way he eats. And Brady’s success has caught the eye of other elite NFL quarterbacks.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers mentioned Brady when he discussed how he has improved his diet this offseason.

“To be honest, Tom Brady is an influence there because of the stuff he talks about, and how healthy he is,” Rodgers told ESPN.com.

Brady has started 223 games in his career, the most among active NFL players. Since 2008, when Brady tore his ACL in the first game of the season, he has started all 16 games for the Patriots.

According to the story, Rodgers and Brady have become friends and Rodgers is following in his buddy’s footsteps in terms of nutrition with hopes of playing six to eight more seasons.

“Everybody eats a little differently,” said the 32-year-old Rodgers. “But the more where you are aware of what you put in your body and how it affects your performance, the better opportunities you have. And that’s what I’m trying to do.”

In an interview with Dennis & Callahan with Minihane last October Brady discussed his displeasure with the way Americans eat.

“They have a food pyramid. I disagree with that. I disagree with a lot of things that people tell you to do,” Brady said. “You’ll probably go out and drink Coca-Cola and think, ‘Oh yeah, that’s no problem.’ Why? Because they pay lots of money for advertisements to think that you should drink Coca-Cola for a living? No, I totally disagree with that. And when people do that, I think that’s quackery. And the fact that they can sell that to kids? I mean, that’s poison for kids. But they keep doing it.”

Brady recently released a nutrition manual that sold out in just a week. It sounds like Rodgers was one of the lucky ones to get his hands on a copy.

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Seahawks hold off Vikings, advance to face Panthers, Packers rout Redskins, face Cardinals 01.10.16 at 5:11 pm ET
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Vikings kicker Blair Walsh (3) misses the potential game-winning field goal against the Seahawks Sunday. (Bruce Kluckhohn/USA TODAY Sports)

Vikings kicker Blair Walsh (3) misses the potential game-winning field goal against the Seahawks Sunday. (Bruce Kluckhohn/USA TODAY Sports)

Apparently, the curse of Marvin Lewis is with Mike Zimmer.

The former Bengals defensive coordinator, in his second season as Vikings head coach, needed only for kicker Blair Walsh to convert his fourth field goal of the day from 27 yards out to give him a win his his first playoff try.

Instead, Walsh hooked the attempt wide left with 22 seconds remaining, giving the Seahawks a 10-9 win over Zimmer’s Vikings on a Sunday afternoon in their wild-card playoff game at the University of Minnesota.

The game was played in sub-zero weather that tied for the third-coldest NFL game on record.

The win propels Pete Carroll‘s No. 6 Seahawks to the NFC Division round next weekend against the No. 1 seed Carolina Panthers next Sunday in Charlotte. Carolina (15-1) beat the Seahawks in Week 6, 27-23, in Seattle.

Until his fateful miss, Walsh had been spot on all day, converting three field goals that staked the upstart Vikings to a 9-0 lead heading into the fourth quarter. But the Seahawks came back with a three-yard TD pass from Russell Wilson to Doug Baldwin and a 46-yard field goal from Steven Hauschka to take a 10-9 lead.

As Seattle burned all of their timeouts, the Vikings drove down to the Seattle 9 with 26 seconds left in the game and seemed destined to win before Walsh hooked his kick.

In the late afternoon game, Aaron Rodgers threw a pair of touchdown passes while Eddie Lacy and James Starks each ran for a score to help the No. 5 Packers beat the No. 4 Redskins, 35-18. The Packers move on to play the No. 2 Arizona Cardinals next Saturday evening in the NFC divisional round at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals embarrassed the Packers in Week 16, 38-8, at the same venue.

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What pundits were saying about Patriots on Sunday: Tom Brady will win MVP 11.09.15 at 12:41 pm ET
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Here’s a look at what some of the national pundits were saying about the Patriots before and after the game on Sunday. (Because there wasn’t a lot of pregame or postgame chatter involving the Patriots — and because this has become one of the more popular blog posts every week — we’ve decided to expand things a bit and pick out some of the best quotes of the week that involve the Patriots, as well as their rivals.)

NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah: “It’s been a huge advantage for Tom Brady, having a weapon like Dion Lewis this year.”

NFL Network analyst Dave Dameshek on Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers: “Brady will go down as the greatest of all time…unless Aaron Rodgers wins one more.”

NFL Network analyst Steve Mariucci on Brady and the MVP race: “I think he will win his third, and put him in a category with just Peyton [Manning], [Brett] Favre and Jim Brown to win three or more MVPs.”

NBC Sports analyst Rodney Harrison on the Broncos after their loss to Indy: “Last week, Chris Harris, after beating the Packers, he’s talking about the Super Bowl. Don’t worry about the Super Bowl. Worry about game to game. Stay focused and stay humble. I think that showed today.”

NBC Sports analyst Tony Dungy on the Broncos: “The offensive line is still not creating holes in the running game. And Peyton Manning throwing an interception every week — that would be a concern for me.”

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Rodney Harrison on OM&F: Broncos defense ‘good enough to win a Super Bowl’ 11.03.15 at 12:09 pm ET
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NBC NFL analyst Rodney Harrison joined WEEI’€™s midday show on Tuesday to discuss all things NFL related, especially Denver’s win over Green Bay Sunday night. To hear the interview, go to the OM&F audio on demand page.

The Broncos beat the Packers 29-10 Sunday night, handing the Packers their first loss of the season to improve to 7-0. Denver’s defense held Aaron Rodgers to just 77 yards net passing in the game.

“I was really impressed with Denver, I would have to say,” Harrison said. “Their game plan was excellent. They were trying to get to Aaron Rodgers, but at the same time they were trying to keep him in the pocket. He’s a good quarterback inside the pocket, but he’s a great quarterback outside the pocket. Wade Phillips, he recognized that. Those defensive backs, to cover 1-on-1 for that extended period of time — I am a DB — I know how difficult it is. Those guys were absolutely amazing and they know their defense is good enough to win a Super Bowl. They can cover Aaron Rodgers and those guys for that length of time. It just comes down to the offense, can the offense continually put up points?”

The Patriots will travel to Denver to take on the Broncos Thanksgiving weekend, which potentially could be a battle of two unbeaten teams. Harrison was asked what type of offensive game plan the Patriots might have after seeing Denver dominate Rodgers this past Sunday.

“It would be a little bit of both,” Harrison said. “They will pass the ball and one thing about Denver’s strategy against Aaron Rodgers keeping him in the pocket was Tom [Brady], he wants to stay in the pocket. He doesn’t mind staying in the pocket and he has a lot of weapons, just as well as Green Bay. I think his weapons are actually better because they have a tight end, they have other guys that can do so many different things. They just don’t rely on one guy.

“The one thing I think the Packers are missing is that little [slot-back], that little Dion Lewis. I’ve been saying for the last month and a half, that is that is something they are missing. They are missing that third-down specialist. Eddie Lacy, he’s taking a step back. James Starks, he hasn’t been able to stay healthy. But, if they can get that little [slot-back] like a Dion Lewis and get him into 1-on-1 opportunities against a linebacker, that is huge for a team, especially the Patriots and that is what they have.”

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Tom Brady on D&C: Undefeated season ‘the furthest thing from anybody’s mind’ 11.02.15 at 8:01 am ET
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Tom Brady made his weekly appearance on Dennis, Callahan & Minihane on Monday morning and insisted he’s not thinking about an undefeated season or anything else beyond the team’s “one mission”: the next game. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Brady said he fell asleep after watching the early part of the Broncos‘ surprisingly easy victory over the Packers on Sunday night. Denver dominated defensively, holding Packers star Aaron Rodgers to just 77 passing yards — the lowest total of the QB’s career (except for games he left early due to injury).

“He’s such a phenomenal player; to hold anybody to 77 yards, [let alone] a guy like that who’s spectacular every week, they must have done something pretty well,” Brady said. “They’ve got good cover guys, I know that from playing them a lot. They’re very talented defensively. We’ve played a lot of good defensive teams this year already. They’re another one.

“Different teams have different strengths. There’s a reason why they’re 7-0. There’s a reason why Carolina’s 7-0. There’s a reason why Cincy’s 7-0. Green Bay’s a great football team. There’s a lot of good football teams this year. Some teams you just, from week to week, you never know. That’s the challenging part of the league.”

The Patriots are almost halfway to an undefeated season, but Brady said that’s not on any player’s radar.

“That would be the furthest thing from anybody’s mind,” he said. “I [couldn’t] really care less about those type of things. When you reflect back, you think, ‘Wow, that was a great year.’ But when you’re in the middle of it, you can’t do anything about a game in December. We’ve got one mission, it’s this week. It sounds like a cliche but it’s not, because it works, and it’s what our team’s about. We’re short-term focused.

“Like I said, every week you put together a different plan. Coach [Bill Belichick] talks about, it’s a blank canvas. You start each week and you’ve got to put the same amount of work in every single week. And you can’t forget one detail. And then you get one chance to go out there and do it on Sunday.

“It’s hard to win. It’s really hard to win. It’s easy to take it for granted, because we have a good record and we’ve played well for a period of time. But I don’t think we as players ever take it for granted, because I’ve been around long enough to realize how hard it is to get the ball in the end zone, to put together drives. It’s no easy task. You’ve got to keep working at it.”

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Poll: Aaron Rodgers better than Tom Brady? 10.10.15 at 10:20 am ET
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A recent poll taken between Oct. 1 and Oct. 4 by Public Policy Polling asked 1,338 Americans: Who do you think is the better quarterback: Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers?

Rodgers came out on top at 34 percent, while Brady was at 32 percent. The other 34 percent said, “Not sure.”

Through three games this season Brady is 96-for-133 (72 percent) passing for 1,112 yards and nine touchdowns. Through four games, Rodgers is 89-for-123 (72 percent) passing for 995 yards and 11 touchdowns. The two are the only starting quarterbacks not to throw an interception this season.

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WEEI NFL Power Rankings, Week 4: Cardinals move into top 3 behind Patriots, Packers 09.29.15 at 11:01 pm ET
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Chris Johnson and the Cardinals are riding high in the NFC. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Chris Johnson and the Cardinals are riding high in the NFC. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The top five teams all won in Week 3, but the Cardinals and Broncos swapped places in light of Arizona’€™s dominant performance vs. the 49ers. Everyone expected the Patriots to roll over the Jaguars, and they delivered. We’re only three weeks into the season but the hype machine is rolling through Boston, with many fans anticipating another undefeated regular season. Bill Belichick and the Patriots head into the early bye with almost no injuries, and in Week 5 they will head to Dallas to face a Cowboys team that has lost its starting quarterback and best wide receiver. The Patriots hype won’€™t be slowing down anytime soon.

The Steelers drop seven spots with the loss of Ben Roethlisberger. Mike Tomlin better hope Michael Vick has been reading the playbook, as he’ll be expected to get the ball to Antonio Brown for the next four to six weeks. Brandon Marshall is pretty much solely responsible for the Jets dropping nine spots after his ill-advised lateral attempt gift-wrapped a turnover for Chip Kelly’s floundering Eagles. Another AFC East team dropped six spots as the Dolphins continue to wait for Ryan Tannehill to progress into a franchise QB. (More on him later.)

The only team I really wanted to move up this week was the Falcons. Coach Dan Quinn made substantial adjustments at halftime, and after allowing 28 points to the Cowboys in the first half, Atlanta allowed none in the second. Bills QB Tyrod Taylor continues to impress with his mobility in the pocket. He just looks comfortable back there, and Rex Ryan‘s defense bounced back after getting throttled by Brady and the Pats in Week 2 to beat the Dolphins. The Colts (begrudgingly) get moved up three spots after a narrow victory over the Titans.

1. (1 last week) Patriots (3-0) — A thrashing of the Jaguars keeps the Patriots on top. After the bye, they play the injury-plagued Cowboys followed by the Colts, Jets, Dolphins, Redskins, Giants and Bills at home before their first real test in Denver against the Broncos. It’s not too early to think about Tom Brady being in the MVP conversation, which is great for the employees at 345 Park Ave.

2. (2) Packers (3-0) — Aaron Rodgers obliterated a (usually) good Chiefs defense. I think last year’s meltdown in the NFC championship game will galvanize the Pack for the entire 2015 season. Cheeseheads should be booking hotels in San Francisco as soon as possible.

3. (4) Cardinals (3-0) — Chris Johnson‘s resurgence with Arizona is a bit of a surprise. His 2,000-yard seasons likely are behind him, but he looks better than he ever did with the Jets. Larry Fitzgerald is staving off Father Time for another season. He’€™s got 333 receiving yards and five touchdowns in three games.

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