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Did Mark Sanchez get "Butt Fumble" redemption in Redskins-Eagles?

Did Mark Sanchez get "Butt Fumble" redemption in Redskins-Eagles?

Not much went right for Mark Sanchez or the Washington Redskins on Monday night.

But if you're really looking for silver linings, Sanchez may have exorcized an old demon.

The 32-year-old quarterback was thrust into action after Alex Smith's backup, Colt McCoy, also went down with an injury against the Philadelphia Eagles. And while he played terribly in a 28-13 loss, he also did this:

Yes, that's Sanchez recovering a fumble with his butt.

Here's the last time Sanchez's name was associated with "butt" and "fumble:"

The QB's recovery Monday night hardly makes up for his disastrous 2012 "butt fumble" against the New England Patriots, who returned his cough-up for a touchdown in a blowout win over the New York Jets. 

But all redemptions have to start somewhere, right?

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Eagles' slow start not enough for Lane Johnson to believe "Patriot Way"

Eagles' slow start not enough for Lane Johnson to believe "Patriot Way"

The Philadelphia Eagles are struggling mightily in their Super Bowl title defense, while the team they beat to claim the franchise's first championship is back to business as usual.

Yes, the Patriots are 7-3 and sit atop the AFC East entering Week 12 despite coming off a disapppinting loss to the Eagles in Super Bowl LII. It's a familiar spot for the Patriots, who have won 10 or more games in 15 (!) consecutive seasons. The Eagles, meanwhile, are 4-6 and aren't likely to make the playoffs after a horrendous 48-7 loss to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

Lane Johnson had plenty of trash talk for the Patriots after the Eagles beat them in the Super Bowl, and even though the Pats are doing better than his Eagles this season, Philly's offensive lineman still isn't ready to believe in the "Patriot Way."

“I don’t think it’s a 'We're,' I think it’s a Number 12. That’s what I think, personally,” Johnson said, per ESPN's Tim McManus. “I don’t know how everything is going to tie up after he retires, but I think he is a big reason for the success up there, that’s what I think.”

Later in McManus' article, Johnson further explained why the Patriots' success has more to do with Brady than anything or anyone else.

“I think Number 12 is probably the best player that has ever played,” Johnson said. “You get that unique individual like that, you add a supporting cast around but you’ve seen people come and go throughout the years and one thing has remained constant throughout the whole equation.”

These aren't surprising remarks from Johnson. It would have been pretty weak to backtrack on his previous statement on the "Patriot Way," especially given the confidence he spoke with when he made the original comments. 

Johnson was wrong when he first made the comments and he's still wrong today. The "Patriot Way" mantra is real, and while Brady is the biggest reason for New England's enormous success since 2000, many other players and the greatest coach in NFL history also have made a huge difference. The team's culture fuels that success. 

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Saints use Patriots play from Super Bowl with great success vs. Eagles

Saints use Patriots play from Super Bowl with great success vs. Eagles

The New Orleans Saints have the best offense in the NFL this season, and they aren't afraid to borrow plays from another high-scoring team: the New England Patriots.

Saints coach Sean Payton told NBC Sports' Peter King that his team took a play from the Patriots' loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII and threw it into their gameplan for Sunday's Week 11 showdown with Philly. The Saints ultimately used the play and quarterback Drew Brees found wide receiver Michael Thomas for a 30-yard catch on a drive that ended with a touchdown.

Here's the back story of that play:

"I look at the league a lot,” Payton said, per King. “I look at all the scoring plays every week. I look at [Bill] Belichick and New England. I look at Sean McVay. I found a good one last night. I hadn’t watched all of New England’s offensive plays in the Super Bowl against Philadelphia in a while, and so last night, I put the tape on and I found something. Gronk [tight end Rob Gronkowski] caught a ball inside the 10 and scored, but it’s how he caught it. It was like catching an inbounds pass, using your body to keep the defender off you. That’s perfect for us. I told Mike Thomas, ‘This is a touchdown.’ We practiced it today. I think we’ll use it.”

Here's the play the Saints took from the Patriots (the touchdown at the end of the video):

Here's how the Saints executed it with Thomas (at the 29-second mark of the video):

Taking plays from other teams is commonplace in the NFL, especially if you have the talent on offense to execute them well enough. And the Saints certainly do -- Brees and Thomas are two of the best players at their respective positons. 

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