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2019 NFL Predictions: NBC Sports Boston's experts make their picks

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2019 NFL Predictions: NBC Sports Boston's experts make their picks

It's time once again to sing that old familiar refrain: Are you ready for some football?

After yet another action-packed offseason full of drama, the 2019 NFL season officially kicks off Thursday night in Chicago when the Bears host the Packers — a change from recent years when the Opening Night spotlight was reserved for the defending Super Bowl champion.

Speaking of the defending champs, the Patriots start off the 2019 campaign looking to accomplish something that hasn't been done since the early 90's: making four straight trips to the Super Bowl.

Can Tom Brady make it back and try for an almost unimaginable seventh ring? Or can another challenger knock New England off its perch?

As the 2019 season gets underway, we tasked NBC Sports Boston's pregame and postgame crew — Tom E. Curran, Phil Perry, Matt Cassel, Ted Johnson, Michael Holley, and DJ Bean — to break down the upcoming five months.

Which teams will surprise, which players will break out, and ultimately who will hold up the Lombardi Trophy on February 2, 2020?

Click here for NBC Sports Boston's 2019 NFL Predictions.>>>>>

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Breakfast Pod: Could this really be Tom Brady's last season in New England?

Breakfast Pod: Could this really be Tom Brady's last season in New England?

Tom Brady's future, Dave Dombrowski's future, and the Patriots immediate future after tonight's third preseason game. We discuss them all here.

1:06 - DJ Bean, Michael Holley and Abby Chin get into a heated debate about Dave Dombrowski's job security after this season.

7:43 - Ted Johnson and Phil Perry stop by Early Edition to discuss Adam Schefter acknowledging the possibility that this season could be Tom Brady's last in New England.  

12:58 - Ben Volin and Phil Perry discuss everything we will be talking about after tonight's Patriots preseason game.

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The Michael Holley Podcast: An inside look at running the Celtics with Wyc Grousbeck, Danny Ainge and Steve Pagliuca

The Michael Holley Podcast: An inside look at running the Celtics with Wyc Grousbeck, Danny Ainge and Steve Pagliuca

A wide-ranging discussion on the Celtics recent past and present with owners Wyc Grousbeck and Steve Pagliuca and president of basketball operations Danny Ainge.

0:47 - Wyc Grousbeck, Danny Ainge and Steve Pagliuca talk about the forming of the current ownership group and how having the same group since 2003 has allowed them to have success.

5:32 - The ownership group talks about the way they communicate with each other and how they deal with making the big decisions like the Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett trade.

9:26 - Danny Ainge discusses how he has grown over the years individually and how ownership as a group has grown.

13:05 - What lessons did everyone learn from last season?

19:35 - The guys explain how they avoid becoming complacent with the same ownership group in place for so long.

22:50 - Danny Ainge talks about what he does to improve himself as a general manager each year.

26:24 - Holley asks the group to give their book recommendations on continuity and management.

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