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Pro Football Focus' biggest Patriots nemesis since 2006 might surprise you

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Pro Football Focus' biggest Patriots nemesis since 2006 might surprise you

The New England Patriots have dominated the NFL since Pro Football Focus was created in 2006.

The Pats have made six Super Bowl appearances and won three championships over that span, but that hasn't stopped certain players from giving consistently excellent performances against Tom Brady and Bill Belichick.

PFF recently researched the top "team killers' in the NFL. They listed every team and the player with the highest overall grade against each of the 32 clubs (minimum 300 snaps). The highest-graded player versus the Patriots since 2006 is Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger with a 90.5 grade.

Here's what PFF had to say about Big Ben's success against New England:

Sure to upset the #QBWINZ crowd, Roethlisberger comes out as the top-graded player against the Patriots despite being just 4-8 against Brady and company. The tape shows, however, that the subpar record hasn’t been his fault. Big Ben’s touchdown to interception ratio of 18-to-10 doesn’t overly impress, but his big-time throw to turnover-worthy play ratio of 28:8 is much more impressive. The discrepancy indicates that luck hasn’t been on his side in the matchup, but that doesn’t detract from him playing at a high level.

Roethlisberger's inability to beat Brady, including a pair of AFC Championship Game losses, makes this result a bit of a surprise. Von Miller of the Denver Broncos would've been a good guess for the Patriots' nemesis, and it turns out he's PFF's "team killer" for the Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Chargers. 

It'll be interesting to see how long Roethlisberger remains the highest-graded player versus the Patriots. Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who like Roethlisberger, plays well against the Pats but has trouble beating them, probably will overtake the Steelers QB when he hits 300 career snaps against New England.

Brady was the top-rated player versus the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets, while Rob Gronkowski was the highest-graded player against the Steelers and Denver Broncos, according to PFF. 

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Behind the scenes of the Patriots' virtual 2020 NFL Draft

Behind the scenes of the Patriots' virtual 2020 NFL Draft

The 2020 NFL Draft was a unique one for the New England Patriots, along with the rest of the league.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the draft was held virtually and brought along an entirely new set of challenges for organizations. Fortunately, the draft went on without a hitch and was a major success.

Friday, the Patriots released a behind-the-scenes video of their virtual draft that is a fascinating watch for fans.

Watch below:


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We could have used more of Bill Belichick's dog Nike, who was the star of the draft, but still a cool video nonetheless. It just goes to show how much work is put in behind the scenes, and how great of a job each NFL organization did to make it as smooth as possible.

Report: Alex Rodriguez, Jennifer Lopez talking to Robert Kraft about buying Mets

Report: Alex Rodriguez, Jennifer Lopez talking to Robert Kraft about buying Mets

Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez appear to be making another run at purchasing the New York Mets.

According to Thornton McEnery of The New York Post, A-Rod and J-Lo are working with senior bankers at JPMorgan Chase to buy the storied baseball franchise from the Wilpon family. McEnery notes the celebrity couple is willing to part with "hundreds of millions" of their own money to make it happen. They also may get some assistance from the Kraft family.

"Two clients whom Rodriguez and Lopez have apparently been speaking to are Patriots owners Bob and Jonathan Kraft," McEnery writes. "Sources tell The Post that the Krafts are not interested in buying a baseball team but are very intrigued by J-Rod’s plans for the Mets and Citi Field."

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Those plans include redeveloping the area around Citi Field and turning it into an entertainment venue similar to what the Krafts have done with Patriot Place outside Gillette Stadium.

Although Rodriguez and Lopez's previous bid to buy the Mets with billionaire Wayne Rothbaum didn't work out, the couple appears set on getting a deal done. The Wilpons reportedly now are willing to sell part of SNY, the Mets' television network, which they weren't willing to part ways with during the first negotiations.

With help from the Krafts or other billionaire investors, A-Rod and J-Lo could make a serious bid to take over a franchise that the Wilpon family has invested in since 1980.