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ESPN's Cris Carter: Patriots in the driver's seat of a wide open chase for the #1 seed in the AFC

Dec 13, 2013|

We check in with NFL Hall of Famer and ESPN analyst Cris Carter to get his take on the #1 seed, the Patriots, Broncos and much more.

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We face that before this year and at different times so. Until at least -- adjusted to a little bit. We still have confidence that we -- the games. That's Tom Brady his team now has a clear path to the number one seed all got to do is win out and it is there assault Ali and WEEI. It is the patriots Friday which means we got Chris Carter today's brought you by DCU digital federal credit union looking DC UC view and also by Newton Wellesley orthopedic associates. And by Mohegan Sun Chris. -- watch that game last night it sure looked like a blueprint on how to be high octane offense. In December just keep -- on the ball and hang onto it don't ever let Peyton Manning play. Yeah I think very simple but you know he also our scorecard there. I'm hopeful that since. Has always been a big factor in football it's not as critical of the have been before -- -- Any kind you have a great quarterback -- -- -- -- sideline you make adding variety build up in your team for cable division game. You know you know the opposition so will it do to get out and problem in each corner -- -- -- what was the key to the game not only -- -- progression but their ability. The capitalized with personal. You think it Chris that embers still the team to be in the AFC. Or. Now how do you bring and Kansas City and New England as. Up as equals with the Broncos. Well I don't I don't know -- you really haven't equation where everyone is equal. But there is milking -- It's not New England. It's not the number I mean all these things I mean the -- And the closeness between the first seed in the -- the this year it's going to be very very hard so I don't -- New England is in the drivers seat. But this is not your atypical. You know he's a typical New England playing. You know they are atypical you know big don't have the weapons don't all they answered because there's trying to hold in there. The -- -- and they cannot continue to get behind opposition you know our support it scared me boosting the so different than the other knowing hinting that we've been. There are -- you on the AFC being wide open analyst and a soccer earlier I wouldn't be surprised that played a number six seed. -- AFC I don't know who was going to be -- that that team as capable as capable as anybody else let me ask you this there's no team to beat. Is there a team in the AFC that you like the best. Yeah. But unlike in years between them once you deploy your old. Ignoring -- -- get the number 13 I like them better than ever alike great men in their -- They all last night at home so. That become a race that we're looking there like you're going to be very writing coming down mr. And also -- there's going to be an issue now. Everywhere at -- a lot of players but I like the next losses occurred during the when they lost Barack. All my goodness of Andy's the king -- -- another player in December. That unit after the -- a lot who can be number one seed number two seat. Wherever that wild card you know where -- -- core Aubrayo US after the banking records as a viable going all the way in the number one. Well -- honey what do you make of the patriots without ground giving you mentioned as being in the big injury it's the next one in a whole series of them obviously for the pats this year. What do they do now on the savior if your Bill Belichick what what is your next move on the chessboard to try to compete without. The guy who probably changer changes your -- more than anyone other than -- The Emmy divert water on all that all you can do -- block. I mean are you can do just like who we -- -- musical life to a you know Lugar basic police say he's -- the next guy -- of the Q you don't have replace -- -- -- the players. That's why these players might impact the money they do that either special nor I think they're gonna miss being in the home in the -- -- and they run block. You know now we know he's sort of the coverage with them not having the number one receiver but here ability to be older dominate. And not only the ones writing -- but I mean he is they grew it. Into the line blocker he can get it is also great on the kick out so. The -- thing that you know people aren't talking about not believed that the and will feel the pain of editor running. I'm not I'm not ashamed to admit I thought the Miami Dolphins were done with the Richie and got -- a situation has its regulator Joseph Philbin see you later everybody is going to be bad. And there and edit their competitive there in a playoff hunt. It in the patriots have a chance to go on their win the division. On Sunday. Are hard are you surprised that my am but I'm not make him not to be great team Chris but are you surprised that they are in this position this late in the season. No I thought Miami was Iguchi wrote the training camp and watched them. -- I thought they were gonna be a good football Cheney are concerned the proper all that the line. Even before the repeating garden he built -- broken asphalt or in the line after all won't get their defense and a number of fashion. Unpopular -- -- about the -- that was number one concern in and also be an over developed and I became. Reasoner in the long perhaps in the game you know bring your -- over its he would eat their sit him him and Kenny you're looking good time so. Bulletin Erica turned back -- I got big art good personnel. Obsolete Philbin is a good coach or program to survive. You know what has happened in that locker room it it is fairly amazing but I did think that they were fairly talented football team. In the had a really you're our urban defenses we think it's -- -- It's hard -- when these guys you hear so much like. I'd like it overall athletic so. I believe your book become an arm you don't to a solid NFL on. Com but this year inconsistent on the -- and the line. In back Larry King at the ball in my wallet because they don't have the protection but I could I could heal print or being built around you know Patrick you tremendous -- side. And so I'm like what are seeing from him on an almost Tuesday. I'd like to get at players' perspective on this with -- Steven Ridley. And his fumbling problems here in New England you saw one game he sat out the Texans game he's an active and he's holding a football the entire game just get the message across to him. Wondered like what's the best way that they handle that situation and what -- teammates even if you're not a running back. If you were wide receiver and if you had a guy who was a fumble or did you say anything to wanted to go to the coaches they get this guy out of here because he's cost less possessions -- how does. A team dynamic work when a guy who is relied on becomes a public. It is very difficult because the direction of the football. He is the number one prior in the game in the coaching staff they always preached they're black hole play. Our coverage dictates -- we decide that you're beautiful ball. I want you to protect their football with your life in its slump and it never acceptable there's one on the fundamentals in football that you can't accept. Now you can't accept. The way -- what we're against Baltimore. When he got here to give Baltimore now back on a blow you're gonna give the football. Okay. Two years ago or right at the AFC -- did you read the -- where you're gonna get the bubble but -- they -- horrible football it's hard to trust being. He and teammates it's hard to encouraging. Because we -- little question because drove onto the field when -- at all in the pipeline in the -- -- and everyone's been trying to buy paid to do this you go in there. I need you telling him hey buddy you're going to be all right we'll be. In all of our movies like eight -- hold onto Obama and we are going to matter we knuckleball -- more broad debate. So. You're Robert -- a little bit. Of it everything not just in this. Well I mean what -- -- -- -- below my ideal but my respect well. Give me your perspective then as a wide receiver on the group that the patriots are trotting out there on the outside a minute it's not name brand the way used to be. But elements come up with a ton -- catches this year -- dole has been in and out. -- Dobson is the rookie what what do you make of that group and are they capable of winning without a group of receivers. Under gonna have a tough time because there haven't -- constriction of the union. There be a lot of growth in the game because regard don't have a lot of preparation. First of all aluminum have a tremendous -- He's been the most consistent one. You've approached -- he made himself into a receiver. Now he's going to be a number one -- can you you're number two guy like they really got married a football player. And that's what they do a New England they find a role for guy. Find out what he can do in China and India to bring beauty you know that -- sort of play outside the numbers that stretched the field but. His ability to it you're in space. Separate you know Wes Welker light a very swap renewed. Very very good slot receiver very dependable mixed -- -- read with a hot and everything so. He's no heed their security blanket for the young receivers have not about what a disappointing. You know they should start to develop at this point between the rookie anymore. I mean they've been to a number mini camp have been the training camp late in oil gained parking games like. -- -- -- step up that are -- or -- that and that's what I don't -- from the from either help stamp went with them being an inactive and beating the rap. Or one put in the situation you are you don't -- they don't you don't. Chris what do you -- eight of the hit on Rob Gronkowski that sends him out for the year is a low hit -- at the knees I don't think it was dirty via the league did not find him for a today. But what is to be done I mean if you hit them high you -- you run the risk of a of a concussion if he hit a low you run the risk of knee injuries. What as a wide receiver what what do you want. I'm more than defender just simply by the rule Bernanke didn't I blow. I detect -- change much iron in my stomach for what I'm -- the city. You know we're not gonna you know maybe twenty years -- -- have the story -- toward the guy that with a head injury. But some of them are stored Hooper -- say -- -- -- former teammates you know noted -- all full story. So for me would story would rather. -- -- had a run and have a teammate like Andre waters who killed until early age. It might have been related to have a discussion via our league wrong didn't he blow it. Now bachelorette the bachelor that all the rules of the game. The date he beat defenders to put -- -- -- way to -- a drop had been. And number one thing to defend the goal line number two things try to separate -- got from the football you can't. And he was they would do that with in the rule -- and there was no flag. But I wouldn't know no -- source red envelope from from port evident from the NFL so -- rewarded with -- Would it be a huge mistake to take that out of football where you say are not you can't hit a guy at the -- -- -- that just beat terrible for football because now reduces. That area of the body that you can hit to -- it's a miniscule target is gonna become one. I'm I think target area you mean there will be a carrier for receivers in the future. I don't they just don't destroy a football I think -- to adapt something it's just like the chop blocks with an offensive line. You know in defense of -- that you can't hit guys below me there I think that that Lugar and -- receiver you all will be put in that category. You know it doesn't look and they were have a target area the game will still go home accepted just to. If you see all that all the knee -- Dustin Keller. Are. Wrong. Well there was there was a lot more but those three all old guys got hit by young players started in the league less than four years you know -- -- -- into the ropes. You know this number in America where the old record player try to pick a huge Arnold Palmer and all we don't you come into the leak. Hey good stuff today Chris really appreciate it we'll talk to again. Giving you my opinion though we'd love there there's Chris Carter of course -- -- you make DCU digital federal credit union look at -- UC view Newton Wellesley orthopedic associates. And by Mohegan Sun he does he does give -- his opinion -- it is unique and he'll even admit when it's painted by the position he played in the NFL -- lot to get into here. Let's stick with the pats in terms of where they are what Peyton Manning and then and the Broncos put on tape -- -- today he was as a competent and really good today before and I wasn't wasn't so into it they would go it was usually -- It was pretty engaged and what's going on its trials next salt at all W media.

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