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FOXBORO — Zach Moore wasn’t about to add any fuel to the fire on Monday.

Asked about Detroit offensive lineman Dominic Raiola diving at his knees and taking a swing at him at the end of the game on Sunday, the rookie defensive lineman shrugged.

Zach Moore

Zach Moore

FOXBORO — Zach Moore wasn’t about to add any fuel to the fire on Monday.

Asked about Detroit offensive lineman Dominic Raiola diving at his knees and taking a swing at him at the end of the game on Sunday, the rookie defensive lineman shrugged.

“I think coach already addressed that,” said Moore. “I’m thankful that no one got hurt in that situation. I’ve got my health. Now, I’m just ready to prepare for Green Bay.

“[It’s just about] being professional and keeping my composure — something I’ve had my entire football career. Just don’t play into the craziness,” he added. “Just keep playing football and praying for good health all the way through the game.”

Raiola said he did what he did because the Patriots went for a late touchdown.

“I cut him. We took a knee, so I cut the nose [tackle],” Raiola told reporters following the game. “They went for a touchdown at two minutes; they could have taken three knees and the game could have been over.

“I mean, it’s football. You want us to keep playing football? Let’s play football. No big deal — it’s football.”

Moore did not retaliate following the incident, but after the game — a 34-9 win for the Patriots over Detroit —  it was clear that several New England players had an issue with what happened. Veteran defensive lineman Vince Wilfork called Raiola’s play “stupid,” while Bill Belichick shot back at Raiola in a conference call with the media.

“I’m sure there was a lot of frustration there for [Dominic] Raiola,” Belichick said on Monday’s conference call. “That’s obvious. He’s never beaten us. Tough day in there dealing with Wilfork, [Dont’a] Hightower and those guys, so it was probably frustration. We saw a lot of that at the end of the game.”

“I think I handled myself pretty well. It is what it is with that,” Moore said. “You look at the score, I’d probably be mad too.

“it’s a tough game. It’s a physical game. You just have to roll with the punches,” Moore added. “Literally.”

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, Raiola will not be fined for the incident.

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Blog Author: 
Christopher Price

According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, Lions center Dominic Raiola will not be fined for his actions in Sunday’s game against the Patriots.

According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, Lions center Dominic Raiola will not be fined for his actions in Sunday’s game against the Patriots.

On the last play in the game when the Lions were taking a knee, Raiola dove at the knees of defensive lineman Zach Moore. This comes after he was seen looking like he threw a punch at the back of his head on a play earlier on the drive.

Bill Belichick said the play came from frustrations on Raiola’s part.

“€œI’€™m sure there was a lot of frustration there for [Dominic] Raiola,” Belichick said on Monday’€™s conference call. “That’€™s obvious. He’€™s never beaten us. Tough day in there dealing with [Vince] Wilfork, [Dont’€™a] Hightower and those guys, so it was probably frustration. We saw a lot of that at the end of the game. [Tahir] Whitehead on [LeGarrette] Blount’€™s touchdown, [C.J.] Mosley on the personal foul on the field goal.”

The Patriots won the game 34-9, the Lions’ second loss in a row.

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Ryan Hannable
Julian Edelman joins MFB to talk about yesterday's win at Gillette Stadium against the Detroit Lions
Former Patriots quarterback Ryan Mallett played with torn pectoral muscle and is out for the season.  (Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Former Patriots quarterback Ryan Mallett played with torn pectoral muscle and is out for the season. (Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Ryan Mallett‘s first chance as an NFL starting quarterback lasted just two weeks.

An MRI performed Monday on the Houston Texans quarterback revealed a torn right pectoral muscle that he played through in Sunday’s 22-13 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. The news was first reported by John McClain of the Houston Chronicle and Ian Rapoport of NFL Media.

The former back-up to Tom Brady, who is a free agent after this season, suffered the injury in his first career start Nov. 6 against the Cleveland Browns. He practiced fully all week but was on the injury report with a chest injury throughout the week leading up to Sunday’s game against the Bengals.

In his first start Nov. 16 in Cleveland, Mallett completed 20 of 30 passes and threw two touchdowns and one interception. He had the 10th-best rating of any Texans starting quarterback since 2001. On Sunday against the Bengals, Mallett completed only 21 of 45 passes and looked off target all afternoon.

Mallett won the job from Ryan Fitzpatrick just before their bye week in early November as head coach Bill O’Brien turned to the quarterback he coached in New England in 2011 and 2012. The Patriots traded Mallett to the Texans on Aug. 31 after spending the first three years of his career in New England. Mallett threw only four passes in those three years.

The Texans acquired him for a conditional draft pick. The pick is a sixth-rounder if Mallett plays 40 percent of the team’s snaps this season and a seventh-rounder if he plays less.

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Mike Petraglia
Bob Costas has been impressed by the recent run of the Patriots. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Bob Costas has been impressed by the recent run of the Patriots. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Here’s a sampling of what some of the national pundits were saying about the Patriots in the wake of their 34-9 win over the Lions Sunday:

Bob Costas after the game on NBC’s “Football Night in America”: “There is no hotter team than the New England Patriots. Not that long ago, 2-2, the sky was falling in New England. Now they’ve reeled off seven straight wins. And they’re not just beating people, they are crushing people.”

Hines Ward after the game on NBC’s “Football Night in America”: “It’s hard to believe the AFC Championship Game won’t be in New England. The Patriots offense just ran through a tough Detroit defense with ease … I think (Brandon) Browner and (Darrelle) Revis are the best cornerback tandem in the NFL.”

Tony Dungy after the game on NBC’s “Football Night in America” on the end-of-game play where Lions center Dominic Raiola dove at Patriots defensive tackle Zach Moore: “I was surprised the Patriots didn’t take a knee there at the end of the game and tried to score. That still doesn’t excuse going after a guy’s knee. There’s no place in the game for that.”

Rodney Harrison after the game on NBC’s “Football Night in America”: “This is what Bill Belichick preaches from the very first day of training camp, playing 60 minutes. This is professional football. You’re getting paid millions and millions of dollars. This is not high school … (Bill Belichick) wants to lay a foundation for his younger players. That’s why he always finishes. It doesn’t matter if it’s Cincinnati, if it’s Indianapolis, if it’s the Denver Broncos, he’s preaching 60 minutes.”

Rodney Harrison after the game on NBC’s “Football Night in America” on Bill Belichick’s philosophy regarding Darrelle Revis: “He’s taken his best cornerback, Darrelle Revis, and he puts him on the number two wide receiver. And he completely shut Golden Tate down this week and last week he did the same thing to Reggie Wayne. What they’re doing is they’re taking Brandon Browner, they’re giving him help over the top, and he’s negating the number one receiver.”

Rodney Harrison after the game on NBC’s “Football Night in America”: “The strength of this team might be the defense.”

Steve Mariucci on NFL Network’s Total Access after the game on the difference with the New England Patriots since their Week 4 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs: “They’re protecting Tom [Brady] better, they’re catching the ball [and] they’re playing good defense. That secondary has the best four corners in the league and they can lock you down.”

Deion Sanders on NFL Network’s Total Access after the game on New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and tight end Rob Gronkowski: “Tom Brady and [Rob Gronkowski] may be the best combination in the game.”

Michael Irvin on NFL Network’s Total Access after the game on tight end Rob Gronkowski and the New England Patriots: “This is the best [Rob Gronkowski] we have ever seen with the New England Patriots right now and they are by far the team that is rolling right. Gronk is playing the kind of football that belongs somewhere on Mars.”

Blog Author: 
Christopher Price