Ebs’ NFL Hot Takes: New England Patriots, Injuries, Aaron Rodgers, Deshaun Watson


WEST PITTSTON, PA – While it was certainly a less-stressful weekend with the Buffalo Bills on a bye, it was definitely a little boring.

Thank goodness it’s over with.

Oh, and the Bills are still in the playoffs if the regular season was to end today. So there’s that.

It was a wild and crazy weekend in the sports world. Lots of upsets in college football, some more big injuries in the NFL and the MLB playoffs are heating up.

Here we go. It’s time for a fresh set of Ebs’ Hot Takes. And we’re doing an NFL edition this time.


Not impressed with the New England Patriots. Look, we were a questionably overturned touchdown call away from the New England Patriots and New York Jets going into overtime.

How was that Austin Seferian-Jenkins catch not a touchdown? Not to mention, it was called a touchdown on the field before being overturned on the replay. I don’t think there was indisputable evidence.

Either way, Josh McCown still threw for 354 yards and was the sixth straight QB to throw for more than 300 yards against New England this year. This is a real problem.

If the Patriots don’t straighten out their defense, they’re going to start losing games that they probably should have already (against the Jets and in Tampa Bay).

So many injuries. Obviously football is a violent sport and players get hurt all the time, but I can’t remember a season when so many top players went down.

Aaron Rodgers suffered a broken collarbone on Sunday, and that was a week after we lost Odell Beckham Jr., JJ Watt and Brandon Marshall for the season.

Not to mention, David Johnson and Dalvin Cook went down with serious injuries earlier this year. Plus, Julian Edelman and the Chicago Bears’ top-two wideouts went down in preseason.


This season, more than any, is going to test teams’ depth. It’s why the Bills still hold a wild card after not playing this week.

Deshaun Watson’s the real deal. I was a big fan of Deshaun Watson while he was at Clemson.

He was a gamer and helped turn around the Clemson program. However, all throughout his final collegiate season and during the pre-draft process, analysts felt Watson’s skills wouldn’t translate into the NFL right away.

Well, it looks like they’re wrong.

Watson has been a perfect fit for Bill O’Brien’s offense and the Texans are one of the favorites in the AFC South. He leads the league in touchdown passes. I mean come one.

It makes me wonder whether or not the Bills should have drafted him last spring. At the very least, the Cleveland Browns should have drafted him.

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DJ Eberle: The youngest of our team, DJ is also the largest. Offensive Tackle Large. In fact, this Albany native used OT for Western New England University - until he graduated in May of 2014. Like Junoir Blaber, he's a regular on Rugby Wrap Up - his dad played rugby with The Matts. His cross to bear, however, is his love for the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres. As for baseball and basketball, it's the Yanks and Atlanta Hawks. Follow him on Twitter: @ByDJEberle.

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