New England went back and forth on the idea of trading Butler during the offseason. Now New Orleans, which reportedly was involved in those trade talks, is happy with corners Marshawn Lattimore and Ken Crawley, and the Patriots are seeing more of why they didn’t want to give Butler a lucrative long-term contract.
Here are this week’s predictions and prognostications, both against the spread and straight up. As usual, thanks to Bovada for the Week 8 betting lines.
I bring this up because all that happened in Smith’s past — No. 1 overall pick, getting prematurely labeled as a bust, the humbling demotion and subsequent Niners Super Bowl run — has to make everything that’s followed in Kansas City all the more sweeter.
The Patriots rallied from a 28-3 second-half deficit to defeat Atlanta 34-28 in overtime in last season’s Super Bowl.
Touchdown, Falcons. The Falcons finally score and cut their deficit to 23-7 with 4:09 remaining. Matt Ryan leads them down to the Pats’ 1-yard line. There, he throws a fade route to Julio Jones, who jumps up and rips the ball away from Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler for the touchdown.
Bryant told ESPN that he’d like to sit down with Tomlin and discuss his situation. Bryant has one year left on his contract after this season ends.
I feel like it is necessary for me to talk to everyone, Bryant told ESPN. I mean, I’m going to sit down, and whoever wants to talk to me, I will talk to them and tell them how I feel. Ain’t no hard feelings; it’s just business.
I’m just going to sit down and talk to everybody and see what we can get clear on. Like I said, I don’t want to go nowhere. I want to be here, but if they don’t want to use me and they don’t want to use what I am capable of doing on the field, then just send me on my way.