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Quick Slants the Podcast: Tom Brady is taking control of his future

Quick Slants the Podcast: Tom Brady is taking control of his future

Tom E. Curran on the all the Brady news from the past few days and Phil Perry checks in from joint practice with the Lions in Detroit. 

1:49 - Hot off the Press - Tom Curran breaks down the big Tom Brady news from the past few days: the restructuring of his contract and him and Gisele putting their Brookline, Mass., home on the market. The way Tom sees it, there are a few ways it'll go down with Brady at the end of the 2019-20 season and one of them could be a shock to Pats fans.

13:01 - Popped and Dropped - Phil Perry checks in from the Patriots' joint practice with the Lions in Detroit. He goes through the good and the bad of the week so far, including the subpar play of Brady and the tight end group and the success of the defense.

25:13 - Deep Dive - While in Canton for Ty Law's Hall of Fame induction, Tom caught up with Bills reporter and Hall of Fame voter Vic Carucci to talk about the lack of Patriots in the Hall and how voters deal with aging candidates.

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This stat shows how good the Patriots defense was against the Jets

This stat shows how good the Patriots defense was against the Jets

The New England Patriots have had a fantastic start to the season on the defensive side of the ball. But on Sunday against the New York Jets, they took their dominance to another level.

While the Patriots won the game by a score of 30-14, the defense didn't surrender a single point. The first Jets touchdown came after a muffed punt by Gunner Olszewski. The second came off a pick-6 by Jamal Adams.

And in the contest, the Patriots allowed the fewest total yards of the Bill Belichick era -- playoffs included (per the official NFL Research Twitter account).

This is frankly a remarkable stat, but it's not altogether surprising. The Jets were only playing their third game of the season, but they were already on their third starting quarterback in Luke Falk, a 2018 sixth-round pick on his third team in a year and a half in the league. Sunday was his first career start.

The Patriots mostly focused on limiting Le'Veon Bell and by taking away the run game, they made it difficult for Falk to generate anything on offense. Because of that, he had less than 100 total passing yards and had fewer than 70 when factoring in sack yards.

The defense has been a big-time strength for the Patriots through three games and the onus is on them to continue to succeed. That said, Bill Belichick is doing what he can to keep them humble, so he surely won't let an achievement like this go to their heads. 

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NFL betting odds Week 4: Early spread for Patriots vs. Bills, all other games

NFL betting odds Week 4: Early spread for Patriots vs. Bills, all other games

The New England Patriots failed to cover a 22.5-point spread in Sunday's Week 3 win over the New York Jets, but that hasn't stopped oddsmakers from pegging the defending Super Bowl champs as sizable road favorites in Week 4.

The Patriots will travel to Buffalo in Week 4 to take on the Bills with first place in the AFC East at stake. Both teams improved to 3-0 on Sunday. The Patriots earned a 30-14 victory against the Jets, while the Bills beat the Cincinnati Bengals 21-17.

The Patriots have opened as 7-point road favorites against the Bills. Here are the early betting lines for every Week 4 game, according to the Westgate Superbook in Las Vegas:

The Patriots have won five consecutive games against the Bills. Buffalo's last win versus New England came in Week 4 of the 2016 season, which was the final game of Tom Brady's Deflategate suspension.

Brady owns a remarkable 30-3 record with 69 touchdown passes and 24 interceptions in his career against the Bills.

The Patriots are 2-1 against the spread this season. They've outscored opponents 106-17 over their first three games.

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