Going back through Brady’s history as the greatest quarterback of all time, he had led 41 successful fourth-quarter comebacks and 54 game-winning drives.

He’s now up to doing it a dozen times in the playoffs, including four occasions in the Super Bowl. In those situations, only in Super Bowl 39 against the Eagles did he have a higher efficiency rating than he did against the Jaguars (108.4).

There was nothing fancy about the Jaguars’ game plan. They were there to smash Brady in the mouth as much as possible and make his receivers uncomfortable on every pass play. He dropped back 45 times and either completed a pass or got a penalty called on 29 of those.

“Papa John’s is not going to be the last company to threaten to pull out,” said Geraldine Henderson, a professor specializing in race in the marketplace at the Loyola University Chicago’s Quinlan School of Business. “A collective effort of advertisers pulling out may force the NFL to come to some sort of closure sooner or later.”

She said she interpreted Schnatter’s comments as an attempt to avoid antagonizing black players, football fans and customers. Henderson cited consumer survey data from spring 2016 showing blacks consume 1.2 times as much Papa John’s pizza as whites, and slightly favor Papa John’s over Domino’s and Pizza Hut.

Based on their points scored and allowed, we would expect a team with Cleveland’s point differential in 2017 (minus-132) to be 2-10 or 3-9, not 0-12. Of course, the other way to look at that is that the Browns are falling short of even those low expectations. And there are more reasons to believe the Browns should be better than they’ve shown in the win-loss columns.

According to the game charters at Pro Football Focus, this roster has higher-graded talent than nine other teams in the NFL this year. In order, those teams are the Denver Broncos (3-9), Washington Redskins (5-7), 49ers (2-10), Indianapolis Colts (3-9), New York Jets (5-7), New York Giants (2-10), Houston Texans (4-8), Miami Dolphins (5-7) and Arizona Cardinals (5-7).jaguars_004

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