|Tom Brady still has third-best NFL MVP odds; Patriots remain Super Bowl favorites, but down after Rob Gronkowski injury||12.07.16 at 10:47 am ET|
FOXBORO — Following Rob Gronkowski’s season-ending back injury, it has changed the Patriots’ odds to win the Super Bowl.
According to Bovada, the Patriots remain the favorites to win the Super Bowl, but have higher odds than prior to the injury news. New England currently has 3/1 odds to win the Super Bowl, which is up from 12/5 odds before the Gronkowski injury news. Dallas has the second-best odds at 7/2.
Like last week, Tom Brady has the third-best odds to win NFL MVP at 15/2, which is tied with Matthew Stafford. Ezekiel Elliot has the best odds at 12/5, while Derek Carr is second at 7/1. Matt Ryan and Russell Wilson follow Brady at 10/1 odds, so it will surely come down to the final four weeks of the season.
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|Tom Brady: Roger Goodell didn’t reach out after record-setting Sunday, but ‘I wouldn’t expect that anyway’||12.06.16 at 10:31 am ET|
Sunday’s 26-10 win over the Rams was a milestone win for Tom Brady, as it was win No. 201, which allowed Brady to pass Peyton Manning for the most all-time among NFL quarterbacks.
Patriots owner Robert Kraft presented him the game ball afterwards in the locker room and Brady said many of his friends and former teammates reached out to him following the game.
On Westwood One’s pregame show for Monday Night Football, Jim Gray asked Brady if a few high profile people reached out to him, including Roger Goodell.
“I got that question earlier today [on Kirk & Callahan] and no, but I wouldn’t expect that anyway, so that’s fine,” Brady said. “He probably has plenty of other important things as well.”
What about President Barack Obama?
“No, I didn’t [hear from him],” Brady said. “But that is OK. He has plenty of other things to worry about that are far more important than this.”
President-elect Donald Trump?
“Nope,” Brady said. “I’m sure he has plenty of other things to worry about as well.”
The Patriots quarterback was also asked what setting the record meant to him, but he didn’t want to discuss it much and defected the praise.
Gray asked Brady why he’s so hesitant to reflect on what he’s accomplished.
“I think I am still on a journey,” Brady said. “I never thought about the wins I would have, or Super Bowls. I just always tried to do the best I could do. The motivation I have is trying to be the best that I can be every day for as long as I choose to keep playing. My motivations are different. Certainly, I am proud of everything that has been accomplished over the course of my career and I am proud of what my team has been able to accomplish, but I also feel there is a lot more to accomplish.
“I’m still kind of walking that path and maybe one day I will sit back and think about all these incredible things that have happened, but right now is not the time.”
|Robert Kraft presents Tom Brady game ball for win No. 201 in locker room after win over Rams||12.05.16 at 6:13 pm ET|
Sunday was a special win for the Patriots and Tom Brady.
So special that owner Robert Kraft recognized an individual player in the locker room following the 26-10 win over the Rams, as it was win No. 201 for Brady, passing Peyton Manning for most wins by a quarterback in NFL history.
“We don’t usually recognize individual achievements — our team is so important — but when you break a record that in the 90-odd year history of the NFL, you win 201 games, which no other quarterback has done, I think our quarterback deserves it,” Kraft said to the team before handing him the game ball.
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|Bill Belichick on D&H: ‘It’s really special’ to coach during recent run of Boston championships||at 6:00 pm ET|
Patriots coach Bill Belichick joined Dale & Holley on Monday to reflect back on the 2001 Super Bowl champion team, which was honored over the weekend by the Patriots, among other things. To hear the interview, go to the Dale & Holley audio on demand page.
The Patriots haven’t been the only dominant team in Boston in the past decade and Belichick discussed how special it’s been to coach in a town during the run of championships where each team is supportive of one another.
“It’s been great to be in Boston to be part of all the championship seasons, certainly ours, that goes without saying,” Belichick said. “The Red Sox with Terry Francona and those guys, the Bruins and Claude [Julien], Doc [Rivers] and the Celtics, the Boston Cannons and Paul Rabil, BC hockey and Jerry York. As much as it’s been professional, the BC hockey program has been a tremendous success too. It’s fun to go to those games. It’s fun to interact with coaches on those teams.
“They support us, we support them. Brad Stevens and I talked about that at the [Bill Belichick] Foundation event in the fall. We talked quite a bit about that. It’s really special. You saw a little bit of that with Cleveland and LeBron [James] and the Cavaliers supporting the Indians, but look you’re in the same town, you have a lot of the same fans, you have a lot in common. It’s different sports, but there’s a lot of common ground there that you can enjoy together. Support each other.”
Sunday’s 26-10 win over the Rams was also a milestone win as it was No. 201 for Tom Brady, which surpassed Peyton Manning for most all-time.
On Kirk & Callahan Monday morning, Brady was asked the one that had most meaning and he said the Seahawks game in Super Bowl XLIX. Belichick didn’t completely agree.
“There’s four pretty special ones, but that Rams win in 2001, that’s up there at the top or right at the top,” he said.
Belichick and the Patriots will host the Ravens next Monday on Monday Night Football.
|Brett Favre offers congratulations to Tom Brady after record-breaking win: ‘You’re the best, man’||at 4:20 pm ET|
After Sunday’s win put Tom Brady first on the list for all-time quarterback victories, Brett Favre offered a congratulatory message for the New England signal-caller.
Led by Aaron Donald, the Rams have one of the best defensive lines in all of football, but it wasn’t much of an issue for Tom Brady and the Patriots offense in Sunday’s 26-10 win.
How did Brady and the Patriots off-set this?
Simple. Brady’s quick release.
By our count, Brady averaged 1.85 seconds from snap-to-throw, which was easily his fastest of the season and tied for his fastest since the start of last season when he also averaged 1.85 seconds in Week 1 against the Steelers.
It’s worth noting how many quick screens Brady threw, particularly to Malcolm Mitchell, which was a major reason for the low number. Also, the team called more quick screens than in past weeks as well.
“You’re right, there were probably a lot [of screen plays] today. I wish we – there were a lot of plays I thought we left out there,” Brady said after the game. “I thought there were a lot of plays we could have done a better job of finishing drives. I would have liked to put more points on the board than we did, but it was a good win.”
When taking less than two seconds from snap-to-throw, Brady was 24-for-29, which means 24 of his 33 completions took under two seconds from snap-to-throw. For the year, the quarterback has a 85 percent (128-for-151) completion percentage when taking less than two seconds.
With the Ravens coming to town, it would seem his release time would ideally be just as low next week.
|5 other records that are within Tom Brady’s reach||at 3:00 pm ET|
With Tom Brady setting a new mark for most career wins for a starting quarterback on Sunday, the Patriots’ signal-caller is now able to put the next round of records in his sights. Provided he stays healthy for the next three years, here are five more individual marks than could fall to Brady before he ultimately decides to retire.
Most passing yards: Brady is currently fifth all-time; he has 60,498 for his career, while old pal Peyton Manning is tops at 71,940. This is probably a pretty tall order, especially when you consider Drew Brees is also between him and Manning, at least at this point. (The New Orleans quarterback has 64,816 career passing yards.) But if Brady has another two years of 4,000 yards, he’ll at least be in Manning’s neighborhood.
Most touchdown passes: Brady has 447 career touchdown passes, and is fourth on the all-time list. (Manning is tops at 539.) He’s 92 behind Manning. With the understanding that Brady appears ticketed for approximately 30 touchdown passes at a year at this point, if he banks another 10 between now and the end of the season, he’d still be a couple of years away. In the meantime, his stiffest competition may be Brees, who is third overall with 458 career touchdown passes.
Most passes completed: Brady is fourth overall at 5,161, while Brett Favre is tops at 6,300. Over the last decade or so, Brady has averaged between 300 and 400 completed passes a season, which means that mark could also be another three years away. (Again, this is a situation where Brees could end up finishing ahead of him — he’s third overall at 5,722.)
Most passes attempted: Brady is fifth overall at 8,094, with Favre tops at an absolutely ridiculous 10,169 passes attempts, 2,075 ahead of Brady. (Favre is almost 800 attempts ahead of Manning, who is second at 9,380.) All things being equal, this may be the toughest mountain to climb for the Patriots quarterback, as he’s averaged almost 400 attempts a year the last five years prior to 2016.
Career passer rating: This is certainly manageable for the Patriots quarterback, even though he’s currently in fourth place (97) and the three guys ahead of him in Aaron Rodgers (103.5), Russell Wilson (100.3) and Tony Romo (97.1) are all still active. He’s need at least one more really terrific year, but it’s certainly plausible to see him finishing on top here before it’s all said and done.
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