Funny, but Jones was a much bigger fan of Goodell when the commissioner was blitzing Kraft and the Patriots over Deflategate. In fact, Kraft’s son and team president, Jonathan, told 98.5 The Sports Hub that Jones had advised the Patriots to accept their penalties and “just take your medicine and just focus on winning football games.” New England won two Super Bowls after Jones’ little pep talk, while the Cowboys failed again to even reach a conference title game for the first time since 1995.
Jones declined comment on Kraft’s jab to the nose, other than to say the circumstances of the Deflategate and Elliott cases “are so different.” But Kraft’s father, Robert, is an interesting owner to drag into a discussion, since he has won five Super Bowls (two more than Jones), appeared in eight (five more than Jones) and won 16 division titles (six more than Jones). And Kraft is the one still waiting on a gold jacket.
Toss-up: The Falcons were 6-4 through 10 games last season and ended up in the Super Bowl. There’s still a lot of work left for Atlanta to repeat last season’s success, but a win in Seattle on Monday night was a step in the right direction.
Detroit presents an exploitable matchup. Though the Lions have top cornerback Darius Slay and strong nickel corner Quandre Diggs, teams have burned their No. 2 corner, Nevin Lawson, repeatedly. That should line up for either Nelson or Adams to draw favorable coverage outside.
This will be Week 3 of the Bucs resting Jameis Winston’s bad shoulder and starting Ryan Fitzpatrick, who has won both starts so far. The Falcons come off a short week and a West Coast trip, where they flirted with blowing a double-digit fourth-quarter lead to the Seahawks. Facing the Bucs defense will be a breather; the 34 points in Seattle were still a chore, and not a sure sign that the old offense is fully back.