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He Said, She Said: Fantasy Week 5 Patriots vs. Houston starts and sits

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He Said, She Said: Fantasy Week 5 Patriots vs. Houston starts and sits

AI: How are we already in Week 5? This season feels like it’s flying by. This week is huge for the Patriots. At 1-3 — a win on Sunday is crucial.

Regardless of the outcome on Sunday — Mac Jones and the Patriots came out on top in more ways than one. They outplayed and out-executed Tom Brady and his reigning Super Bowl champ squad — proving that sometimes moral wins are better than the physical W in the column. So heading into Week 5 New England is coming off a high, but the same cannot be said for their opponent. The Houston Texans are at rock bottom after an embarrassing, franchise-worst shutout 40-0 loss to the Buffalo Bills.

Now the Texans are also 1-3, but there’s levels to their record, and right now, the odds are heavily favoring the Patriots. So with that being said, we thought it would be fitting to do starts and sits specifically for this Sunday’s matchup:

Here are mine: 

Start:

Patriots RB Damien Harris: Similar to the Patriots defensive woes, the Texans D got run over by Buffalo. 106 of the Bills 199 rushing yards happened after contact. To put it in overall perspective — Houston allows more rush yards than the Patriots do on average. This is good news for New England’s backfield — who rushed for negative 1 yards Week 4. So based on the stats — we should see Harris grounding and pounding this week.

Texans RB Mark Ingram: The Texans best course of action is to run the ball. The Patriots had a tough time stopping Leonard Fournette this past Sunday, so Houston’s back Mark Ingram should see a heavy workload this week.

Sit: 

Texans WR Brandin Cooks: If the Patriots secondary can contain and almost defeat Brady and his weapons — they’ll have no issue with Mills and Brandin Cooks — who don’t get me wrong is a top target, but with Mills at QB, not even close to as big a threat.

Patriots WR Nelson Agholor: The Texans defense is underrated against the pass. They’ve given up the ninth-fewest PPR points to opposing WRs this season, which isn’t good news for Agholor’s opportunities — especially with Jakobi Meyers taking a lot of the spotlight as of late.

BC: The Patriots offense is starting to look a lot like it did a year ago. There’s just not a lot of big-play activity with this group, which is a little shocking given how much Robert Kraft and Bill Belichick spent in the offseason. One other thing that’s been running through my head lately: Where’s Cam Newton? Nary a team has taken a flyer on him. As QBs get hurt, he might have a shot, but only if he got his vaccine shot.

Also, shout out to me last week for recommending Hunter Henry. Go Hogs! I’m thinking we gotta open this thing back up next week because there just isn’t enough oomph in the Pats offense to try and find serviceable weapons there. But let’s give it a shot …

Start:

I actually like Cooks as a prospect, because he’s a game-breaker. But he doesn’t have anyone who can reliably get him the ball. As much as Brady was contained last week, only a couple of penalties kept Antonio Brown from a bigger day. Being humiliated is something pros do not like, so I expect the Texans to look better than they did last week. Considering the Patriots are a low-scoring team — only six TDs in four games — they’ve shown little to expect a big outburst is imminent. If you’ve got the Texans D/ST, give them a play.

And because the Pats have struggled punching it in, I’m gonna go with Mr. Reliable, Nick Folk, kicking indoors. But if you’re in a tough place at TE, Henry or Jonnu Smith have a favorable matchup and could be worth a shot.

Sit:

If you’re in a very deep league, you might have Texans QB Davis Mills on your team. But there’s no reason to even risk it. Houston has a RB-by-committee approach with Mark Ingram, David Johnson and Phillip Lindsay. Three years ago all of them would merit a start. In 2021 none of them do.

I just don’t love the Pats passing game right now; Karen Guregian said a few days ago that Bill and Josh McDaniels have to get Jones to step it up a bit. It could happen this weekend but until I see something less pedestrian, Jones and that crew of wideouts don’t deserve time in your lineup.

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Denver weather: Freezing rain, black ice and light snow possible Wednesday

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Colorado snow totals for Dec. 31, 2021

After a beautiful weekend with lots of sun and warm temperatures, it’s nice to be going back to actual January weather with some cool air and snow in the forecast. Then again, the warmth and sun are nice too but we’ve had plenty of that this winter.

There are two cold fronts expected to move through Denver and eastern Colorado this week. The first could bring a wintry mix of precipitation to the Denver metro area which is a tad unusual for this time of the year. The second will bring a better chance for all snow but will still overall produce light snow totals.

Winter weather advisories, mainly for freezing drizzle, are posted through Wednesday evening. A cold front is racing down from Montana and will start to bring cooler temperatures and shallow clouds and almost foggy weather to the Plains, including Denver.

Wednesday morning is expected to be a dreary day with low clouds and freezing drizzle (see freezing rain below). Although temperatures on Wednesday are supposed to stay below freezing, the air within a couple of thousand feet above us will be slightly warmer. What that means is that water droplets in the clouds will stay as water until they hit the ground. Once the water droplets hit the ground i.e your car, sidewalks and roads, they will instantly freeze into ice.

The forecast only calls for up to a tenth of an inch of ice to form but that is plenty to cause issues. On top of this, light snow is expected to be mixing with the freezing rain creating even slipperier conditions. All snow, albeit very light snow, is expected in the afternoon before we dry out Wednesday night.

Wednesday all day could be slick in and around town, so be careful. Leave plenty of space between you and the car in front of you and be careful as you even walk out on the sidewalks and driveways – those can get very slick in these conditions.

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Get Cooking: Meat with “dem bones”

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Get Cooking: Meat with “dem bones”

In the Bible, in the 37th chapter of the Book of Ezekiel, the Lord grants a vision to the prophet as He takes Ezekiel to the Valley of the Dry Bones. God tells Ezekiel how, on the Last Day, he will re-vivify the dry bones, all scattered about pell-mell: He will “breathe life into them” and “attach tendons to them” and “make flesh come onto them.”

This passage in the Scriptures occasioned the anatomy lesson of the great Black spiritual “Dem Bones,” written in the early 1900s, where we learn how all those bones are connected, “the knee bone connected to the thigh bone; the thigh bone connected to the hip bone,” and so on.

Cooks, now hear the word of the Lord.

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Two new Denver bars that’ll feel like vacation in January

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Two new Denver bars that’ll feel like vacation in January

You deserve a vacation this month. But if you’re like me, you aren’t taking one (because the holidays were expensive, because omicron still surges, and because there just isn’t any time for that).

Enter two new Denver destinations where you can at least feel transported for a night. One will take you to Paris by way of Montreal, and the other will give you a taste of Oaxaca and Mexico City all in one bite.

Cantina Loca

This is the Denver tasting room and bar for chef Dana Rodriguez’s own Doña Loca spirits brand. Rodriguez launched her mezcal and tequila line in 2021 and has been planning this cantina extension of it — her first solo restaurant project — all along.

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Cocktails from Cantina Loca, which specializes in mezcal and tequila drinks made with Doña Loca house spirits.

“This concept is my dream,” Rodriguez said in a release. “It’s the ultimate representation of Mexican culture through food and drink, in an atmosphere that feels like a true Mexico City cantina.”

Why make the trip: If you’ve been to Rodriguez’s restaurants Work & Class and Super Mega Bien (or even if you haven’t) you’ll want to check out this latest addition to the family. It’s a casual cantina with an artistic streak. Local builders FinArt furnished the space on the ground floor of a LoHi extended stay, and muralist John Rumtum warmed up the concrete walls and brickwork with a loving ode to the agave plant.

Order like a local: There are plenty of agave spirit-based cocktails to order (see requisite palomas and margaritas), but you should also peruse the menu of aguas benditas so you can sip the house brand mezcal on its own, in three distinct styles, and also try other traditional Mexican spirits, such as raicilla (pronounced rai-see-yuh) and sotol (pronounced so-toll). See also tacos and snacks such as tempura cactus, or nopales fritos, and stuffed corn sopes, or picaditas vegetarianas.

Exchange rate: Snacks will set you back $7-$13, tacos cost $3.75-$5 and big plates such as pollo adobado and lamb mixiote are priced at $15-$26. Expect to pay $11-$14 for cocktails, and $9-$30 for sipping mezcal. Beers are also available for $5-$8, and four N/A drinks including horchata and chicha morada cost $6.

Travel plan: The cantina is open Sunday-Thursday from 4-10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 4-11 p.m. It’s closed on Monday and Tuesday, at 2880 Zuni St., and cantinaloca.com.

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Au Feu Brasserie is a new French wine bar and restaurant in Wash Park. You’ll find French bottles and cocktails on the menu alongside a strong selection of Cognac, Armagnac and Eau de Vie.

Au Feu Brasserie

Meet a former RiNo food hall stall that’s all grown up and sophisticated in Washington Park. This French-inspired restaurant started out at Zeppelin Station in 2018 but recently advanced to a brick-and-mortar space next door to Uncle ramen on Pennsylvania Street. And the two businesses make for great date-night neighbors, depending on your mood. At the brasserie, owners Jared and Amanda Leonard were inspired by Montreal’s food scene.

“We ate our way through Montreal while researching the Au Feu concept and fell in love with the French culture of the city,” Jared Leonard said in a release. “We were particularly inspired by restaurants like Joe Beef and Au Pied du Cochon.”

Why make the trip: It’s hard to recognize this space that was once occupied by a burger shop. Now it’s all velvet seating and art deco decor, with the air of a Parisian sitting room. Pair that with a barbecue master’s expert food, which includes a mix of French and Canadian influences (see boeuf bourguignon and house poutine), and you’ll start to see why the Leonards are calling it a “casually indulgent” after-work escape.

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Au Feu Brasserie is a new wine bar and restaurant in Wash Park. You’ll find Montreal-inspired French food, such as this short rib bourguignon.

Order like a local: Leonard tapped Dutch sommelier Jeroen Erens to pick the 65-bottle, all-French wine list, so you’ll want to get his input for your drink order. Aside from wine, there’s a great selection of pre-prohibition European-inspired cocktails (Prince of Wales, Fleur de Lis), as well as cognac, armagnac and eau de vie.

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