The Patriots have been known to use trick plays in the playoffs before, and against an aggressive Jaguars defense Sunday might be the perfect time to use them.
“If you’ve been working on a play all year, a lot of coordinators, you might as well call it,” Belichick told reporters a year ago.
Which team will win the turnover battle? Despite Bortles’ 13 interceptions this season, the Jaguars were fifth in turnover margin this season thanks to the defense’s 33 takeaways, second in the NFL behind only the Ravens.
Brady tossed just eight interceptions all season, but six came in the final six weeks of the regular season. (Some speculated whether his throwing hand was bothering him before this week.) Still, Brady threw three touchdown passes without a pick in the 35-14 divisional win over the Titans, but the Jaguars were second behind only the Ravens with 21 interceptions.
The league and teams are to provide approximately $90 million between the onset of the arrangement and 2023 to social causes deemed important by the players, focused in particular on African American communities, a person familiar with the talks confirmed earlier Wednesday. The terms of the league’s proposal were first reported Wednesday morning by ESPN.
Now Pederson will face perhaps the best coach the NFL has ever known. If Pederson can solve Belichick’s creativity and deliver the Eagles their first Super Bowl championship, he will forever be a legend in Philadelphia.
Eagles tackle Halapoulivaati Vatai against Patriots pass rushers — Vaitai has struggled at times while filling in for Jason Peters, but the second-year player from TCU kept Minnesota’s sack leader at bay. Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen, who had 13 sacks during the regular season and another in last Sunday’s win over the Saints, had just one tackle on Sunday and zero sacks in Philadelphia’s 38-7 win.
NFL officials had no immediate public response. Many of them are in London for Sunday’s game there between the Minnesota Vikings and Cleveland Browns, and it is not clear if the offer to meet Monday will be accepted.
An NFL spokesman said last week that the league expected Kaepernick to be invited to that meeting by players.