The 2019

Patriots Season. 

7-Things for Sunday: 

Part IV:

Offensive?

By TOM

It seems the Offense might finally be coming together. N'Keal had a good game. He showed he knows more than one or two plays. The injuries that are mounting on Edelman's shoulder is becoming scary. Sanu, while not playing well, looked like he was finally healthy and ready to produce. 

But another interesting aspect was LaCosse getting more than one catch. "It’s worked out that way. The last few weeks we’ve had Ben [Watson] and Matt kind of splitting the role a little bit," BB said. "Ben’s been involved a little more in passing situations and Matt in the running situations, but they can do both, and they have done both and that could change a little bit from week-to-week by gameplan. So, we’ll see how it goes, but it’s more early-down situations than there are third-down situations, so if you do it that way, the playing time is almost always going to break that way." They need Watson and LaCosse combined to get closer to eight catches a game than zero. 

Brady has obviously been struggling with his elbow. The O-line has obviously been struggling with injury. That has really been the story of the Offense this season. But they have also struggled horribly to put legit NFL weapons on the field for Brady. I was starting to believe that Brady was done. 

Upon further review, this Offense was a mess from top to bottom all season. They are finally putting all the pieces together. The O-line is as healthy as it is going to get. Brady's elbow looked a little stronger than in November. N'Keal looked much more comfortable in the Offense. I thought they used White and Michel well. And LaCosse looked like he was more than a one catch a game guy. 

They need one, two, or both Tight Ends to get more than one catch game to help Brady open things up, because the Bills defense is excellent. "They’re tough no matter if it’s a long week, a short week. Any week, they’re going to be a difficult preparation. We’re familiar with their players and how they played and how they’ve played before, but we’re deep into our study of going back through what they did in our first game and what they’ve done since then," McDaniels said. "This is as good a group as we see. They don’t give up, they don’t make mistakes because they’re extremely well-coached. They’re very good at all three levels. They’ve got really good players at all three levels." The Pats advantage on Defense is lessoned against this team. 

The Bills secondary might be the next best behind the Pats secondary. "They do not give up big plays, they make you drive the ball. They’re very good on 3rd down and in the Redzone," McDaniel continued. "They create long-yardage situations with penetration and disruptive plays by their front and their pressures are difficult to handle, and they do a good job of calling them at the right time. They’re fast, they’re very disruptive up front, their linebackers are fast." They are also great in the front seven. 

They Bills have two great Safeties who produce on the backside of the defense and allow them to take more chances blitzing. "Their secondary is extremely good when the ball is in the air. You’ve got to be very careful. You can’t make mistakes around them," McDaniel said. "[Micah] Hyde, [Jordan] Poyer, [Tre’Davious] White, [Levi] Wallace, all these guys, if you make a mistake, they’re going to catch it. They have great vision on the ball and they do a good job in man coverage when they play man coverage, too. Like I said, Coach McDermott and Coach Frazier do a great job. I’ve got a tremendous amount of respect for what they do with this group and how hard they make it every single week. This is going to be a great challenge for us." This is a real test for the Pats slowly strengthening Offense. 

 Be A Citizen! Not a Subject! 

Fascist is as Fascist does. Beware American. President Fredo is pulling the cowardly republican Senate closer and closer to the cliff.

Amendment I. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances:

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The 1st Amendment to the Constitution is the greatest paragraph ever written by mankind. It is the truest diagram of how to ensure a free Country of citizens survives. But is is also a list of what to attack when you want to be a fascist dictator. President Jerkballs is attacking every article in the 1st Amendment. Beware subjects, or you will be subjugated:

 

History will not be kind #MoscowMitch and the #Republican Party that has lost all understanding of the #Constitution and Factional Politics.

Every one of my colleagues has an obligation to pursue the truth, regardless of the politics.

Ms. Harris is a Democratic senator from California.

On Wednesday, the House of Representatives voted to impeach President Trump. That means that sometime early in the new year, I will take an oath on the Senate floor to uphold the Constitution, review evidence and follow the facts wherever they lead, regardless of party or ideology. Every one of my colleagues will be required to do the same.

As a former prosecutor, I understand the importance of holding powerful people accountable. I know that every trial requires fairness and truth. Having worked my whole life serving the people, I know that any trial that abandons the pursuit of truth cannot be considered fair or just.

But the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, appears more interested in covering up the president’s misconduct than in pursuing truth and fairness. He is already trying to limit the impeachment trial by preventing witnesses from testifying, and he has all but announced a verdict. In doing so, he showed the American people that he has no intention of honoring his oath.
All of Trump's scandals are fusing together into a momentous fight over his staggeringly broad claims of expansive presidential power. How it turns out will shape his personal political legacy, the nature of the office he has held for nearly three years and potentially the American political system itself.

Let’s be clear: Mr. McConnell doesn’t want a Senate trial. He wants a Senate cover-up.

Fortunately, Mr. McConnell does not have the power to unilaterally undermine this trial. Every single senator will be empowered with an equal vote on how the trial will proceed. Though in just the past year, Mr. McConnell has used his position to unilaterally block legislation to restore the Voting Rights Act, lower the prices of prescription drugs and address the gun violence epidemic, he cannot wield the same authority in a Senate impeachment trial.

In this trial, senators will be far more than jurors. Every one of us will vote to determine the rules for the trial, decide which witnesses testify and ultimately serve as both court and jury. Each of us will be called on to uphold our oath with every decision we make. We will all be held accountable by the American people if we refuse to discover the facts relevant to the articles of impeachment.

The Senate Democratic leader, Chuck Schumer, has made a reasonable request to hear from four additional witnesses with firsthand knowledge of the president’s misconduct and to review documents that shed light on why the administration initially decided to cut off military aid to Ukraine.

We need to hear from Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, who admitted to Mr. Trump’s bribery scheme on live television, and from the former national security adviser, John Bolton, who has been shopping stories about Mr. Trump to book publishers instead of speaking with Congress. Every senator should want to hear from anyone who can speak directly to the president’s misconduct related to the articles of impeachment.

Even Richard Nixon allowed the key figures behind the Watergate scandal to speak to Congress, and he eventually turned over incriminating portions of his Oval Office recordings to investigators. But Mr. Trump has stonewalled Congress and inhibited our ability to seek justice by demanding that those closest to the center of the Ukraine scandal stay silent. 

Senators must be allowed to subpoena relevant witnesses and submit questions to them directly. The Senate should not vote on any article of impeachment or consider a motion to dismiss the trial until we have reviewed the additional testimony and evidence that Mr. Schumer has requested.

I have never been in a courtroom where the accused can unilaterally block witnesses from testifying or prohibit prosecutors from asking witnesses questions. No court would allow a trial to proceed this way, and neither should any member of the Senate.

Ensuring the integrity of this trial is a solemn responsibility for every senator, with consequences that extend far beyond any one presidency. My colleagues and I have a duty to use our voice and our vote to insist on a fair trial, rooted in the pursuit of truth. We must demonstrate to the American people that in our system of justice all are equal under law, and that there are not two sets of rules, one for Donald Trump and another for everybody else. We must conduct the Senate impeachment trial in a way that is fair and that reflects impartial justice.

History will judge the actions taken by the United States Senate at a time when our Constitution and the rule of law were at stake. I’ll be fighting for justice and accountability, and my colleagues should too.

Kamala D. Harris is a Democratic senator from California.

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