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Ty Law: Letters from Tom Brady, Peyton Manning 'kinda validates you personally'

Ty Law: Letters from Tom Brady, Peyton Manning 'kinda validates you personally'

Ty Law was named as one of the 2019 inductees to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The New England Patriots great received a lot of support, including a letter sent to the Hall of Fame by Tom Brady, but apparently, he wasn't the only elite quarterback to offer that up to Law. 

On a recent episode of the Adam Schefter podcast, Law revealed that Peyton Manning wrote a letter to support Law's candidacy as well. And Law was grateful for both votes of confidence.

It was awesome. (Brady) was my teammate and I had a lot of respect for him. We'd had a lot of competition and you know, we're both Michigan guys. I think by him going out of his way to do that on my behalf, I'm so thankful that he did because he didn't have to. Peyton Manning wrote a letter as well. It's not getting as much (publicity) as that one, but Peyton Manning did the same thing. When you get great quarterbacks -- and no one can question the greatness and careers they had to be able to do so -- and say hey, they feel that I'm worthy of doing that, I think that's awesome.

And when Schefter asked Law what it meant to get support from an opponent like Manning, here's what Law said about it.

It was great. I competed against him at a game level. That was the opposition, but there was always a mutual respect to play him and Pro Bowls as far as on the same team, but to play against each other and go at each other all the time and be covering his top receiver. He beat me, I got some on him, so it was cool when you're talking about the elite, the best, to feel that way about you as a player and that kinda validates you personally.

Law, of course, had a legendary performance against Manning during the 2004 AFC Championship Game, as he logged a career-high three interceptions against Manning in the Patriots' 24-14 win over the Colts en route to their third Super Bowl title in four years. So, it's easy to see why Manning would offer his support of the Patriots legend.

Law's Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place on August 3, 2019.

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Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes leaves game vs. Broncos with knee injury

Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes leaves game vs. Broncos with knee injury

The Kansas City Chiefs could be without their star quarterback for an extended period of time.

Patrick Mahomes left Thursday night's game vs. the Denver Broncos with a right knee injury. The 2018 NFL MVP injured himself attempting a QB sneak in the second quarter and was ruled out for the game shortly thereafter.

Mahomes was able to walk off the field under his own power, but this looks like it could be a serious injury for the 24-year-old. If that's the case, the Patriots' path to another AFC title just got infinitely easier.

This post will be updated when more information is available.

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Pro Football Focus ranks Patriots defense 'far and away' the best in the NFL

Pro Football Focus ranks Patriots defense 'far and away' the best in the NFL

It's safe to say that probably the only reason the Patriots are 6-0 heading into a Monday Night Football showdown with the Jets is their defense. 

With its continuity, smart players that give the coaching staff an ability to adjust on the fly and supreme talent in the secondary, the New England defense has stifled every opponent it has gone up against. 

Of course, the fact that the Patriots have gone up against a group of quarterbacks consisting of Luke Falk, Colt McCoy, Daniel Jones and Ryan Fitzpatrick, but you can only play the teams on your schedule. And the Pats have slowed down their opponent's offenses at a historic rate. So much so, that Pro Football Focus ranked them the NFL's top defense by a wide margin. 

The Patriots have been far and away the best defense in the NFL this season, registering an EPA allowed per play of nearly -0.5. Their defensive success can largely be attributed to their secondary, which has been playing outstanding football, granted against some of the most advantageous quarterback matchups a team could possibly have. They are the only team to allow fewer than six yards per targeted attempt (5.8), the only team to allow a passer rating below 65.0 on targeted passes (46.1), and their 14 interceptions are five more than any other team. It will be interesting to see them compete with a competent passing attack, but they have all the makings of a dominant secondary and defense overall.

With their next four games coming against Sam Darnold, Baker Mayfield, Lamar Jackson and Carson Wentz, the Patriots defense will finally be appropriately put to the test. 

With Tom Brady's offense continued struggles to move the ball, New England's defense might have to play better than they have already, which might just be too much to ask. 

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