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Hernandez talks Jets, Brady's temper in radio spot

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Hernandez talks Jets, Brady's temper in radio spot

Patriots receiver Aaron Hernandez joined Colin Cowherd for an ESPN radio spot Tuesday morning. The timing was good, considering the Patriots broke a two-game slide over the Jets this past weekend. The win provided New England AFC East supremacy and an easy topic for discussion.

Hernandez was upbeat during his chat with Cowherd.

"It's a lot better when you come up with a victory at an away game because you know it hurts that team that much more," he said. "It's a tough win and it's always a lot tougher on the road, especially in New York, in that type of stadium and atmosphere. It's a great win and we're really excited."

MetLife Stadium's aura truly is intense. From the fireworks to Fireman Ed, and all the green in between, there's a lot to overwhelm opponents at the Jets' home field. But Hernandez said New England's 37-16 victory silenced the mob.

Cowherd asked if fans got in the receiver's face as he walked to the locker room.

"I wouldn't say that because most of them were already out of the stadium by the end," Hernandez laughed.

Surely nicer than seeing Patriots fans trudge out of Gillette two weeks ago.

Both Hernandez and Tom Brady needed to snap back to good for the offense to overcome the losing streak, to overcome New York. It happened. Brady completed 26 of 39 passes for 329 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions. New England's 37 points equaled that of the previous two losses combined. Though none of Brady's TD's were hauled in by Hernandez (he has five in seven games), the pair connected four times for 41 yards.

"It's just the touch Brady has. When you have to get it right over that linebacker and drop it in the hole, or you have a defender right on your hip, and he puts it in the right place. There's just times where we're not open and he makes the pass and puts it in the right place and we look like we are open. A player like Tom just makes every player on the field that much better. It's awesome playing with him."

But Cowherd wasn't so interested in good times had by Brady's bunch. He wanted to know about the quarterback's fire, specifically, if the receivers are ever the targets of his temper.

"Not many times," said Hernandez, "but here or there, if I don't get my depth or if I make the wrong decision versus the wrong coverage he may curse me out a little bit. But he's very positive and never really screams at players too much.

"There's times he shows some emotion, but mostly he's laid back and stays to himself. But when things aren't going that great or the team needs some motivation, he definitely steps in and takes that role."

So it really is all good at Gillette? It is as far as Hernandez would say. He told Cowherd that Brady doesn't intimidate, and working with the three-time Super Bowl champion quarterback is nothing but a blessing. Who would have thunk it?

"He makes everyone feel comfortable. It's not like he thinks he's better than everyone and looks down on everyone. He's humble and makes everyone feel comfortable. When he yells at you it's deserved."

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Jayson Tatum vs. Markelle Fultz debate

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Jayson Tatum vs. Markelle Fultz debate

0:41 - Michael Holley, Tom Giles, and Kayce Smith give their reactions on the Celtics getting their first win of the season and a comparison between Isaiah Thomas and Kyrie Irving in the 4th quarter.

7:17 - Phil Perry joins BST to break down the tale of the tape between the Falcons and the Patriots as he breaks down the quarterbacks, offense, defense, coaching, and intangibles between the two teams.

11:57 - Our crew on BST discuss number 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz and number 3 overall pick Jayson Tatum going up against each other and debate who seems like the better pick so far. 

16:35 - In this segment of Irrelevant Questions, Tom Curran interviews Patriots WR Phillip Dorsett as he asks him a bunch of random questions. 

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ALCS: Verlander, Astros beat Yankees 7-1 to force Game 7

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ALCS: Verlander, Astros beat Yankees 7-1 to force Game 7

HOUSTON -  Justin Verlander remained perfect with Houston, pitching seven shutout innings when the team needed him most, and Jose Altuve homered and drove in three runs as the Astros extended the AL Championship Series to a decisive Game 7 with a 7-1 win over the New York Yankees on Friday night.

Acquired in an Aug. 31 trade, Verlander has won all nine outings with the Astros. And with his new club facing elimination in Game 6 against the Yankees, he delivered again.

After striking out 13 in a complete-game victory in Game 2, Verlander threw another gem. The right-hander scattered five hits and struck out eight to improve to 9-0 with 67 strikeouts since being traded from Detroit. George Springer helped him out of a jam in the seventh, leaping to make a catch at the center-field wall and rob Todd Frazier of extra bases with two on and Houston up 3-0.

Game 7 is Saturday night in Houston, with the winner advancing to the World Series against the NL champion Los Angeles Dodgers.

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