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Keep in mind: Although the Vikings are clearly second-fiddle to the Packers in the NFC North, FPI believes they have a good shot (47.6 percent) to make the postseason in some capacity.
This will be the 114th regular-season meeting between the teams, with the Bills holding a 59-53 lead. What was once a bitter, nasty AFC East matchup has turned into a game played for the future. Both the Bills and the Jets are in rebuild mode and looking at the 2017 season to get their young players experience.
Both teams have traded away veteran players in the past month. Wide receiver Sammy Watkins was shipped by the Bills to the Los Angeles Rams. The Bills also moved their best cornerback, Ronald Darby, to the Philadelphia Eagles. Defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson was traded to the Seattle Seahawks from the Jets.
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It’s going to be a long year, former Jets quarterback Boomer Esiason, whose 1995 team finished with the second-worst record (3-13) in franchise history, told Newsday on Aug. 30. Unfortunately for them, the rebuild started two years too late, and they know that.
The Indianapolis Colts have been close to silent about the status of Andrew Luck this offseason and didn’t have him on the field at all in training camp as he recovers from shoulder surgery.
On Saturday, he passed a physical and was removed from the PUP (physically unable to perform) list, but that doesn’t answer many questions about his health. It only means he’ll be available to return at any time.
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In January, Luck went under the knife to correct a torn labrum that had been bothering him since the 2015 season. While that is a typically minor injury and Colts owner Jim Irsay tweeted that he’d be back in time for the regular season, that’s no longer a sure thing.
The game will start at 7 p.m. ET on NFL Network. Fans can also live stream it via Watch NFL Network or the NFL Moblie app.
The Dolphins are fully committed to their decision to bring in quarterback Jay Cutler after Ryan Tannehill’s injury. Cutler played under now-head coach Adam Gase back in Chicago, and the duo is hoping to not only replicate, but to expand on the success they had during the 2015 season. Cutler hasn’t been with Miami all that long, and just got his first taste of game time last week.
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It’s telling that the Patriots’ odds of winning the Super Bowl are twice that of any other team and virtually identical to that of the bottom 16 teams in the league combined. Even after losing Julian Edelman to a season-ending torn ACL, it’s hard to find a place on the Patriots’ roster where they would fall apart or otherwise be susceptible to a serious decline in the case of an injury. If the Pats somehow lost Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo to long-term injuries, they might be in trouble, but what’s to say Bill Belichick couldn’t sign Colin Kaepernick and win a division titleHe nearly won one with Matt Cassel in 2008.
Kyrie Irving is headed to Boston, and we’ve already been shown how weird that is going to be. Joe Haden, meanwhile, signed with the Steelers and it’s hard to imagine Browns fans getting used to him in black and gold.
Seeing both players in their new jerseys will take some getting used to. But, as Cleveland sports fans know, Irving and Haden are not the first to travel this road. Cleveland’s sports history is full of fan favorites who starred for the Browns, Cavaliers and Indians, then found themselves playing for new cities.
“Rep The Squad is truly unique and the concept immediately resonated with me,” added Sherman in a statement. “As players, we also like wearing different jerseys from various sports when we’re off the field. That’s the flexibility Rep The Squad brings to the table.”
The first-year quarterback from Liberty followed a 4-for-4 performance in his first preseason game with the Ravens by going 8 for 10 for 110 yards and two rushing touchdowns in Baltimore’s 31-7 win over the Dolphins.
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The NFL’s desperation for competent quarterbacking won’t change in 2018, either. That could prompt a club to reconsider Kaepernick as a viable starting or backup option.
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Heck, maybe even Coughlin would come around after making the mistake of thinking Bortles could redeem himself after a lousy 2016 campaign and re-signing Henne as his backup in his first year on the job in Jacksonville.
Seeing some of the throws he’s making and ability to get out of the pocket and still put these throws right on a dime, it’s pretty impressive, Chiefs left tackle Eric Fisher said of Mahomes. I think everyone is looking forward to see him progress over the years.
Such excitement, though, is tempered by the fact that Mahomes will someday be under center at Smith’s expense.
Meanwhile, the league announced the NFL Foundation will match the Texans’ $1 million contribution. Furthermore, Patriots owner Robert Kraft announced he’ll match up to $1 million in donations made to the American Red Cross.
Earlier this week, Texans defensive end J.J. Watt posted a video and announced he was starting a fundraiser to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey. After raising $200,000 in two hours, Watt upped the goal to $500,000. As of Monday evening, Watt helped raise about $775,000 and upped the goal once again to $1 million.
Baltimore has done an awesome job getting value in the draft, and the Ravens have always put a preference on the defensive in the middle rounds. It’s time for them to add a top talent to play on the interior and take pressure off Brandon Williams.
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We are still finalizing our pre-game plans, yet, like we’ve done in the past, we will document and present anything noteworthy and relevant to our audience, said spokesman Josh Krulewitz in a statement.
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Rev. Corine Mack, president of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg NAACP, said her group will protest at a Panthers home game this fall, too.
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While Baltimore and Charlotte are the only two of the several NAACP chapters MMQB spoke to that are planning demonstrations, six chapter presidents are unanimous in their support of Kaepernick and in their belief that he’s being blackballed by NFL teams.
We thought (the Ravens were going to sign Kaepernick) because (Joe) Flacco was going to be out injured, said Tessa Hill-Aston, president of the Baltimore City NAACP. I’m the largest branch in the state of Maryland, and we do attend a lot of the games. We have had a good relationship with the team. They have invited us to bring children to their training camp, so it’s been a good friendship.
Hill should be a nice fit alongside first-round pick De’Aaron Fox, whether it’s starting while Fox gets his feet wet or playing alongside him off the ball. The Kings are loaded with shooting guards, but Hill’s versatility, leadership, and strong spot-up shooting will still be helpful as the Kings begin their rebuilding effort.
Hill is a versatile combo guard that can handle the ball, but also spot up off it and defend bigger players. In Indiana, he ceded a lot of playmaking responsibility to Lance Stephenson and Paul George, but he proved in his lone year with the Jazz that he can be a solid scorer off the dribble as well. He averaged nearly 17 points per game with the Jazz last year while posting a true shooting percentage near 60 percent.
Hill takes good shots and converts them proficiently. He’s a career 38 percent three-point shooter than knocked down more than 40 percent of his triples in each of the last two years.
Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill was not happy about the 12 Browns players that protested during the national anthem by taking a knee and praying prior to their matchup with the Giants Monday night.
He even went so far as to accuse athletes of being draft dodgers even though there hasn’t been a draft since 1973.
“I will never attend a sporting event where the draft-dodging millionaire athletes disrespect the veterans who earned them the right to be on that field,” he said in a Facebook post. “Shame on you all.”
While it has been well-documented that the NFL’s television ratings were down in 2016, more people actually watched the league’s games last season than the previous year.
The total number of people who watched any regular-season game grew by 5 million in 2016, SportsBusiness Journal reported Monday, and a Fox Sports executive pointed to those numbers as evidence that Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protest had no negative impact on viewership.
“That is in conflict with the idea of a boycott (by fans upset about Kaepernick’s actions),” Fox Sports executive vice president of research, league operations and strategy Mike Mulvihill told SBJ. “If there was really a meaningful boycott going on, you’d see reach go down. And we didn’t.”
That’s not to say the NFL’s overall ratings dip had nothing to do with politics — it just wasn’t Kaepernick’s politics. Mulvihill cited coverage of the presidential election as the top factor in fewer people choosing to tune into football on a regular basis than in previous years.
The SBJ report notes that the trend could continue into 2017 due to continued strong ratings for cable news networks covering President Donald Trump’s administration.
Veteran point guard Darren Collison has signed a two-year, $20 million free agent contract with the Indiana Pacers, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. It is the first major signing the Pacers have made since trading Paul George to the Oklahoma City Thunder in late June.
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Beyond all that, Teodosic is a siiiiiick passer. That’s really what we’re here to tell you. Teodosic is a solid shooter and a pretty bad defender, but he throws assists you’ve never seen before in your life, and he’s been doing it for a while now. Teodosic is absolutely not a replacement for Chris Paul in terms of overall skill, but as a lob-throwing, needle-threading machine for Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, he fits perfectly.
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Collison posted near 50-40-90 club numbers last season in Sacramento. He joins a back court that features Oladipo, Monta Ellis and Lance Stephenson.
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The top of the East will look a lot like it did last season, leaving an opening for teams like Miami, Milwaukee, and maybe even Philly to make inroads. The rest of it is wide open, if fairly uninspiring.
That presents an uncomfortable balance in a two-conference league, but ultimately, ambition is good in any form. Superteams are great, but competition is even better. With so many stars now concentrated on fewer teams, it may not be the player sharing system the league envisioned years ago, but it should make for a more engaging season. At least in the West. After the season we had, we’ll take what we can get.
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Bagley III, who is deciding between Duke and Kentucky among others, got on the court in Los Angeles to show his stuff when he ran into the Raptors All-Star.
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Is it to be expected that DeRozan could cook a high schooler? Absolutely — but hey, Bagley III got his rite of passage out of the way early.
It’s been four months since Kristaps Porzingis last played basketball on TV, but guess what? He’s still a beautiful unicorn and did beautiful unicorn things at the NBA Africa Game on Saturday.
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A Kyle Lowry lob wasn’t timed accurately in the first quarter, but that was no big deal for Porzingis. He just used his freakishly long arms to high-five the ball and lay it in while he got fouled.
Jordan’s response came when he was asked if Kawhi could score on Kawhi, the very same question featured in a Jordan Brand commercial in June. Leonard is a Jordan Brand athlete, so it makes sense that he would get a glowing endorsement from Jordan himself.
Jordan’s opinion on Kobe vs. Bron is off. There’s really not much of an argument for Bryant being better than James outside of RINGZ. With respect to Kawhi, what is a two-way player anyway? All players play both ends of the floor.
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Jordan, who is considered by many the greatest player of all time, is at the top of that totem pole. What he says is gospel to some, and whenever he says it, people are going to tune in. He might be wrong, but he’s also Michael freaking Jordan. That matters.