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October 1, 2013

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Former Pats thriving

It was a big day for former New England Patriots players and coaches on Sunday.

In Houston, Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll watched his team move to 4-0 with a 23-20 overtime win over the Texans. The Seahawks, who many consider to be the best team in the NFL, erased a 20-3 deficit on the road for the win.

Former Tom Brady backup Matt Cassel, who led the Pats to an 11-5 record in 2008 when Brady tore his acl, led the Vikings to their first win of the season, a 34-27 win over the Steelers in London. Cassel went 16-25 throwing for 249 yards and two touchdowns in the win.

Another former Brady backup, Brian Hoyer, led the Browns (2-2) to their second straight win in his first two career starts with a 17-6 win over the Bengals Sunday. In the win Hoyer threw for 269 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Walk-off no-hitter

Henderson Alvarez had pitched 9.0 hitless innings for the Miami Marlins yesterday but the game was tied 0-0 heading into the bottom of the ninth.

No worries though ... Alvarez’s no-hitter became official though when teammate Giancarlo Stanton scored on a walkoff wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth.

Poor Trout

There were two 100-loss teams — Miami and Houston — in the major leagues this season. Those organizations are in tough shape but the Los Angeles Angels (finished with a 78-84 record) who have Josh Hamilton signed through 2017 and Albert Pujols on the books through 2021 might be in just as tough of shape.

Pujols will make $23 million or more each of the next eight seasons, including $30 million in 2021 when he will be 41 years old. The right-handed hitter batted .258 with a .330 on-base percentage, .437 slugging percentage and .767 OPS in 99 games this year.

Look for the Angels to continue to struggle again next year and in the coming years despite having arguably the most talented player in baseball, 22-year-old Mike Trout, who isn’t free agent eligible until 2018.

-Compiled by Christopher Smith

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