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Patriots Daily: Last Place in the AFC; Kirk Cousins Replacement



New England Patriots QB Mac Jones sacked by the Miami Dolphins

With yesterday’s New England Patriots loss in Miami their record now sits at 2-6 through eight games. Of the 16 AFC teams, that record puts the Patriots in dead last. Although the thought here has been (and remains) that New England will not tank, it appears they could still end up with the high draft pick some fans are hoping for despite trying their best.

There are nine games still to play for New England (10 for some others) but no other AFC team only has two wins so far. There are five teams with three wins (Chargers, Colts, Raiders, Texans, Titans) but Las Vegas could add a fourth tonight on Monday Night Football.

Unfortunately for New England Patriots fans hoping to land a high pick, the NFC is in significantly worse shape. Both the Cardinals and Panthers have one win. There are there NFC teams with two (Bears, Giants, Packers) and three others with three.

So, we have learned that the AFC as a whole is the superior conference so far in 2023. And we have learned that being the worst team in the AFC still might not be bad enough to land a top five pick int he 2024 NFL Draft.

Also in today’s Patriots Daily: 2024 NFL Draft preview, NFL Trade Deadline talk, Kirk Cousins, Will Levis, and more…

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Patriots Football Now: Breakdown of the Dolphins 31-17 win over the Patriots yesterday

Patriots Football Now – Fun Facts from the Patriots-Dolphins rivalry

PFN+ – 2024 NFL Draft Preview: Top Tight Ends

AFC East News – Buffalo Bills HC Sean McDermott “that’s the offense I’m used to seeing”

ESPN – Miami Dolphins WR Tyreek Hill surpasses 1,000 yards in eight games – Recap of the New York Jets OT win over the New York Giants

NFL News

Vikings Wire – 11 QB’s the Minnesota Vikings can acquire after QB Kirk Cousins injury

Yahoo! Sports – Tennessee Titans QB Will Levis has a four touchdown passes in NFL debut

Bleeding Green Nation – Philadelphia Eagles WR A.J. Brown deserves NFL MVP consideration

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Fun Fact of the Day

This is an update on a previous Fun Fact of the Day: The NFL record for yards lost on sacks in a season is 489, set by Randall Cunningham of the Philadelphia Eagles in 1986. Through eight games in 2023, the NFL leader in this category is Sam Howell of the Washington Commanders with 276 yards lost. This puts Howell on pace to lose 587 over the course of the season, shattering Cunningham’s record.

Tweet of the Day

Today’s Tweet of the Day comes from New England Patriots salary cap expert Miguel Benzan (@patscap). With the struggling Patriots already looking out of contention, a breakdown of the money the Patriots will potentially have available in 2024 cap space, including to spend in NFL Free Agency. (Note: the Patriots will have a lot of quality players to replace, detailed here):

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