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Tom Brady stays unbeaten against Ben Roethlisberger in Foxboro, improves insane stat line vs Steelers

Tom Brady stays unbeaten against Ben Roethlisberger in Foxboro, improves insane stat line vs Steelers

In case you hadn't noticed, Tom Brady plays pretty well at home. Especially against the Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers. 

In Week 1 on Sunday night, the Patriots began their sixth Super Bowl championship with a dominant victory over Pittsburgh. Brady, entering his Age-42 season, looked about as good as you could hope for against a talented young Steeler defense. 

With the win, Brady improves to 6-0 against Roethlisberger in Foxboro, and has now thrown 21 touchdowns and zero interceptions in those games. Here's Brady's full stat line:

W/L: 6-0
Cmp %: 71.1 percent (165-for-232)
Yards: 2,138
TD/INT: 21-0
Yards/Att: 9.22

The Steelers have been one of the more consistent teams in the AFC with Roethlisberger as their quarterback, so it goes to show just how much better Brady has been when they pay him a visit at Gillette. 

Brady has simply thrashed the Steelers defense time and time again, and if the Steelers hope to get past the Patriots in the playoffs any time soon, they'll have to finish with a better regular-season record so they don't have to travel to Foxboro. 

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NFL Rumors: Patriots may ask CB Joejuan Williams to play safety in 2020

NFL Rumors: Patriots may ask CB Joejuan Williams to play safety in 2020

If Joejuan Williams sees significant playing time in 2020, it may not be at his primary position.

The New England Patriots have asked the second-year cornerback to become more versatile on defense this season, posing Williams this challenge, per ESPN's Mike Reiss

"Can you be the jack-of-all-trades in the secondary?"

As Reiss wrote, that could mean Williams staying at cornerback, moving to safety or some combination of both.

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Why move Williams around? The simple reason: New England is stacked at cornerback, with reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year Stephon Gilmore leading a four-man rotation with Jason McCourty, J.C. Jackson and Jonathan Jones.

The Patriots also are deep at safety -- Devin McCourty and Patrick Chung are the experienced starters with veteran Adrian Phillips and rookie Kyle Dugger joining as newcomers -- but Williams may be able to carve out a hybrid role as a slot cornerback or roving safety.

New England's second-round draft pick out of Vanderbilt in 2019, the 6-foot-3, 212-pound cornerback could take a cue from McCourty, who spent three NFL seasons as a cornerback before successfully transitioning to safety during the 2012 season.

Williams contributed just one pass defensed in nine games played last season, though, so he if wants to see more action in 2020, he'll need to add more skills to his tool box.

Tom Brady takes shot at Charles Barkley after 'The Match'

Tom Brady takes shot at Charles Barkley after 'The Match'

Tom Brady engaged in plenty of trash-talking with his opponents Peyton Manning and Tiger Woods during "The Match" on Sunday. But they weren't the only ones going back-and-forth with the six-time Super Bowl champion.

NBA legend Charles Barkley was a commentator for the charity golf match and didn't hold back from letting Brady hear all about his lackluster performance through the first few holes. On the seventh hole, however, the ex-New England Patriots quarterback birdied a par-5 with what was unquestionably the best shot of the day to silence Barkley. 

The real mic drop from Brady came after the match, though, when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB jabbed Barkley for his inability to win a championship during his NBA career.


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Boom, roasted.

Of course, the trash-talking was all just good fun. And it provided phenomenal entertainment while those involved in "The Match" helped raise more than $20 million to go toward COVID-19 relief efforts.