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Brady, Patriots beat Rodgers, Packers 31-17

Sun Nov 4 11:42pm ET
AP Sports Writer

Players: Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Julian Edelman, Josh Gordon, James White, Aaron Jones

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, left, celebrates his touchdown pass to wide receiver Josh Gordon, right, during the second half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Green Bay Packers tight end Jimmy Graham (80) celebrates his touchdown catch against the New England Patriots during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) scrambles away from New England Patriots defensive end Trey Flowers (98) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady celebrates a touchdown run by Cordarrelle Patterson during the first half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

New England Patriots running back James White, right, runs past Green Bay Packers cornerback Jaire Alexander for a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

New England Patriots running back James White, right, celebrates his touchdown run with Joe Thuney, left, during the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Tom Brady threw for 294 yards and a touchdown, and James White ran for two scores to lead the New England Patriots to a 31-17 victory over Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night.

It was the sixth straight victory for the Patriots (7-2).

Rodgers completed 24 of 43 passes and two touchdowns in his second career matchup with Brady.

It was 17-all late in the third quarter when Aaron Jones fumbled for Green Bay (3-4-1).

New England receiver Julian Edelman hit White on a 37-yard catch-and-run to set up White's second score, a 1-yard run. On the Patriots next possession, Brady connected with Josh Gordon for a 55-yard TD.

Gordon caught four passes for 115 yards.

Player Notes
Tyreek Hill Jan 20 10:43am ET

The Kansas City Chiefs will attempt to work out a contract extension with WR Tyreek Hill during the offseason, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Fantasy Spin: The 24-year-old Hill has become the focal point of the Kansas City offense and has been highly effective despite battling multiple injuries this season. He should be viewed as a WR1 in all fantasy formats.

Dee Ford Jan 20 10:13am ET

The Kansas City Chiefs are reportedly considering giving the franchise tag to DE Dee Ford, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Kareem Hunt Jan 20 9:23am ET

Although there is no official deadline, multiple sources believe that the National Football League will wrap up their investigations into three incidents involving free-agent RB Kareem Hunt (Chiefs) before the start of free agency in March.

Fantasy Spin: Hunt has yet to speak with league investigators, which is expected to be the final step of the process before any potential disciplinary action is taken. Multiple teams have done research on Hunt and contacted him in the hopes that he will be eligible to resume playing at some point during the 2019 season. From a fantasy standpoint, he is worth hanging on to in dynasty leagues and deep keeper formats.

Tyreek Hill Jan 20 3:13am ET

Kansas City Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill is averaging 4.1 yards per route against press coverage - best in a season by any player since 2016 (minimum 100 routes).

Fantasy Spin: This nugget is particularly timely because the New England Patriots play a lot of press man coverage, and it's just one of the many stats that helps to prove what most fantasy owners already know - once Hill gets behind his man, he's going to be running for a while. New England will likely make him its top priority in the AFC Championship, but the Patriots haven't had much success stopping him in their recent matchups. While he possesses a low floor this week, his ceiling is as high as any receiver's.

Jalen Richard Jan 19 11:53pm ET

Oakland Raiders RB Jalen Richard's 68 catches in 2018 ranked seventh among running backs, and his 607 receiving yards were the sixth most at the position,

Fantasy Spin: Richard rarely saw meaningful carries, but he had a steady role in the passing attack. He is expected to return to Oakland in 2019, and you could do worse when hunting for running back depth in PPR formats.

Ezekiel Elliott Jan 19 11:43pm ET

Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott's 77 catches in 2018 ranked 22nd in the NFL and were the fifth most among running backs.

Fantasy Spin: In addition to winning his second rushing title in three years, Elliott shattered his previous high in receptions by 45 catches. Even in PPR formats, he needs to be a top-five pick in 2019.

Danielle Hunter Jan 19 11:43pm ET

Minnesota Vikings DE Danielle Hunter led all defensive linemen with 72 tackles in 2018, and his 14.5 sacks ranked fourth in the NFL.

Nick Chubb Jan 19 11:33pm ET

Cleveland Browns RB Nick Chubb's four runs of 40-plus yards and 11 runs of 20-plus yards in 2018 both ranked second in the NFL.

Fantasy Spin: Chubb didn't take over as the starter until the seventh game of the season, but he still finished 10th in the league in rushing while averaging 5.2 yards per carry. With the backfield to himself for an entire season in 2019, RB1 production should be on tap for Chubb.

Antoine Bethea Jan 19 11:13pm ET

Arizona Cardinals FS Antoine Bethea's 120 tackles were the most among defensive backs in 2018, and his 99 solo tackles ranked fourth in the NFL.

Austin Hooper Jan 19 10:53pm ET

Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper's 71 receptions in 2018 were the fourth most among tight ends, and he also ranked seventh in receiving yards (660) and tied for ninth in touchdowns (4) at the position.

Fantasy Spin: Hooper doesn't have the athleticism to make big plays like the elite fantasy tight ends, but he was still a dependable option at a thin position. He's a safe, low-end TE1 heading into 2019.

O.J. Howard Jan 19 10:43pm ET

Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard (foot, ankle) was limited to 10 games in 2018, but his 11 receptions of 20-plus yards were the fifth most among tight ends.

Fantasy Spin: Howard was well on his way to a TE1 campaign before an injury cut his season short. His athleticism allows him to make big plays after the catch and down the field, and he should pick up where he left off when when 2019 rolls around.

Joe Mixon Jan 19 10:33pm ET

Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon finished fourth in the NFL with 1,168 rushing yards in 2018, running for at least 50 yards in 13 of his 14 games and topping 80 rushing yards nine times.

Fantasy Spin: Mixon proved he was capable of headlining the Cincinnati backfield, and the promise of a heavy workload should safely keep him in RB1 territory in 2019.

Tyler Boyd Jan 19 10:13pm ET

Cincinnati Bengals WR Tyler Boyd's 21 receptions of 20-plus yards in 2018 were the seventh most in the NFL.

Fantasy Spin: Despite missing a couple of games, Boyd topped 1,000 yards for the first time in his career, emerging as a credible No. 2 option across from A.J. Green. Assuming Boyd, Green and Andy Dalton can all stay healthy in 2019, Boyd should at least deliver WR3 production for fantasy owners.

Blake Jarwin Jan 19 9:33pm ET

Dallas Cowboys TE Blake Jarwin had at least four catches and 40 yards in three of his final four regular season games, and he had 20 of his 27 catches and 228 of his 307 receiving yards during that stretch.

Drew Brees Jan 19 7:53pm ET

New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees has averaged 307 passing yards and thrown 16 touchdowns and three interceptions in seven career postseason home games.

Fantasy Spin: Time has proven that Brees simply plays better at home. The Saints beat the Los Angeles Rams 45-35 earlier this season in a game that saw Brees throw for 346 yards and four touchdowns. All signs are pointing upward for Brees to succeed tomorrow.

Tom Brady Jan 19 7:43pm ET

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady has averaged 251.7 passing yards and thrown eight touchdowns and eight interceptions in seven career postseason road contests.

Fantasy Spin: Those numbers don't take into account weather, but tomorrow night's game is supposed to be brutally cold. The Patriots could be focused on running the ball in order to limit mistakes and keep Patrick Mahomes and company off the field. Either way, the weather and the road playoff history don't bode well for Brady.

Morgan Burnett Jan 19 4:23pm ET

Pittsburgh Steelers FS Morgan Burnett said he hopes to be released before the start of free agency.

Devin Funchess Jan 19 3:33pm ET

Carolina Panthers impending free-agent WR Devin Funchess likely will not re-sign with the Panthers this offseason because of WR D.J. Moore's performance during the second half of the season.

Fantasy Spin: Funchess probably will receive interest from some teams if he hits the free-agent market, but it is not known if he can find a starting job. He can be a No. 3 fantasy receiver depending on his role.

Joe Flacco Jan 19 1:53pm ET

Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco and Philadelphia Eagles QB Nick Foles could receive interest from the Denver Broncos this offseason, in the opinion of's Mike Klis.

Fantasy Spin: Flacco and Foles likely will receive interest from multiple teams, so it is not known if the Broncos will be able to add one of them. The Broncos probably will bring in another quarterback to compete with Case Keenum for the starting job next season. Owners should consider the Broncos starting quarterback as a No. 2 fantasy option next season.

DeSean Jackson Jan 19 1:23pm ET

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson probably will not return to the Buccaneers next season even though head coach Bruce Arians hopes he stays on the roster, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo.

Fantasy Spin: Jackson asked for a trade during the 2018 season and has not shown great chemistry with Jameis Winston. Owners should monitor the situation during the offseason to see where he will play in 2019. Jackson can still be a solid receiver for a team and can be a No. 3 or No. 4 fantasy receiver.