TE Steve Maneri - New England Patriots
|6-6, 270||Born: 3-20-1988||College: Temple||Drafted: ---|
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Week 13: vs Los Angeles Rams
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Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Tom Brady out dueled Ryan Fitzpatrick (again) last week, with 30/50 for 286 yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions thrown. He did this without Rob Gronkowski (out due to a back injury), and still found eight different receivers during the contest. Julian Edelman (11 targets for 8/83/0 receiving) led the team in receiving, followed by Chris Hogan (five for 4/70/0) and Malcolm Mitchell (seven for 5/42/2). Behind the wide receivers, running backs Dion Lewis (seven for 4/34/0) and James White (nine for 4/22/0) also drew a lot of targets, while Martellus Bennett (five for 3/22/0) had a relatively quiet game from the tight end spot. As is usual, Brady found a way to win no matter his personnel situation.
The Rams' pass defense was tangled in the bushes of the Bayou last weekend, unable to do anything to slow down the Saints' wildfire - Drew Brees threw 28/36 for 296 net yards passing, four TDs and zero interceptions (with two sacks taken for -14 yards) while Willie Snead added 1/1 for 50 yards passing and another TD. 346 net yards and five passing TDs allowed later, the Rams were 21-49 losers in the Superdome. They also lost a game to Ryan Tannehill (24/34 for 142 net yards passing, two TDs and one interception thrown, with four sacks generated by L.A. for -30 yards) two games ago - From Week Nine to Week 12 of the 2016 season (over the last four weeks, but includes 14 teams on bye during that time span - each team has at least three games played in the last four weeks), L.A. has averaged 20.8 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (15th-least in the NFL); and 22.9 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (15th-most); with 7.2 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (12th-least).
We see this as a neutral matchup for Brady and the Patriots.
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