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Roger Goodell is waiting for a contract extension from NFL owners that will keep him as the league’s commissioner for the foreseeable future. It seemed a deal was on the verge of happening, but now one owner is standing his ground and holding up proceedings: Jerry Jones.

Jones is not a member of the NFL’s compensation committee, which is responsible for extending Goodell’s deal, but he has injected himself into the process and slowed it down, according to a report from ESPN. A source familiar with the matter told ESPN just how influential Jones’ involvement has been.

“If not for Jerry, this deal would be done.”

So say Tony wants to watch a new movie, one that you haven’t seen before. OF COURSE he’s going to spoil it for you in the first five minutes — either by randomly guessing the ending or because he’s reading the movie’s Wikipedia page while you watch. He just can’t help himself — that much is clear. He can’t even let you finish a football game without telling you what’s going to happen before it does.

And come on — we all know Tony Romo was the guy who spoiled The Sixth Sense for everyone. His friends were probably just trying to watch it and he was definitely like, “I really think that Bruce Willis has been dead this whole time.”

So, yeah, Tony Romo is a good broadcaster. He’s likable, smart, and knows the game. But do you really want that in a movie-watching buddy? Hell no. You want someone who’s as clueless as you are.

So next time my good personal friend Tony Romo asks if I want to come over and watch Game of Thrones or just some movie on Netflix, I’m doing the right thing and saying, “Spoiler Alert, Tony: no.”
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The average football fan can’t fathom what Le’Veon Bell did prior to the NFL deadline for franchise tagged players to receive a long-term contract.

Bell turned down a reported 5-year contract worth almost $12.5 million a year. This is what the leaked reports stated, but Bell didn’t just turn down a contract, he bet on himself.

He declared he wanted to be paid as a top running back Matthew Tkachuk Jersey in the NFL, and the Pittsburgh Steelers No. 2 wide receiver. To be fair, he holds those two roles when Sam Huff Jersey he is healthy and available on the football field, but he decided playing on a one-year franchise tag, worth $12.1 million dollars, is worth it if he goes out and lights it up in 2017.

Well, after sitting out training camp and the entire preseason, Bell’s Week 1 performance against the Cleveland Browns, and Week 2 against the Minnesota Vikings, have left a lot to be desired.

Bell doesn’t look right.

The Giants will be playing that game on a short week coming off their Monday Night Football matchup against the Detroit Lions. Detroit will host the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, with Atlanta opening as a 3.5-point road favorite. The Lions are 7-1 SU and 6-2 ATS in their last eight games at home, but are 1-3 SU and 0-4 ATS in their last four games against Atlanta per the OddsShark NFL Database.

Tampa Bay at Minnesota should be another interesting matchup between two potential playoff teams. The spread on this game will be released later in the week when the status of Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford is known. Bradford missed last Sunday’s game against Pittsburgh with a knee injury.

The week kicks off on Thursday night with a matchup between the Los Angeles Rams and the San Francisco 49ers. San Francisco (+2) has won each of its last three games against the Rams and is 7-1-1 SU in its last nine home games against Los Angeles.

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Beth Mowins will be in the booth doing play-by-play for the Chargers-Broncos matchup on Monday Night Football. This marks the first time in 30 years a woman has called play-by-play for an NFL game.

She’ll join Rex Ryan in the booth in Denver for Monday’s late game. The main Monday Night Football crew of Jon Gruden and Sean McDonough will call the early matchup between the Saints and the Vikings.

Beckham will not wear a brace if he does suit up for Sunday night’s game because, if he has to wear a brace, it probably means his ankle isn’t healed enough for him to play.

Beckham’s injury occurred when Browns cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun hit him just above the right knee as Beckham leaped in an attempt to catch a high pass from quarterback Eli Manning. Because the NFL does not want defensive players to hit defenseless receivers high, Briean Boddy-Calhoun went low. Beckham said Wednesday he understands why Boddy-Calhoun hit him low and isn’t angry about it. He added that he would rather get hit high to protect his legs.
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I guess it’s part of the game, the 24-year-old receiver said. In my opinion, they made rules about safeties hitting high and it being a problem and I know I probably shouldn’t say this, but I will. I’d rather a safety hit me up high 21 times out of one time. I don’t even know the ratio. I’d rather him hit me up there every single time than go low. But, it’s part of the game.

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Buffalo managed just 176 yards, but squeaked out a cover by exchanging field goals in the fourth quarter with the Panthers. The Bills were a popular play from respected bettors at the sportsbook at the South Point, including on the money line. Buffalo was around a +250 underdog to win straight up. Right now, that’s our biggest game, South Point sportsbook director Chris Andrews said Sunday afternoon. We need the Panthers.

The line dipped to Panthers -6 briefly Sunday morning at some books; so a few savvy Carolina bettors salvaged a push.
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The whole offense needs work, he conceded. We’re not in rhythm right now. … We have to analyze everything we’re doing. I mean, we can’t pull points out of a hat.

Authentic Mens Cameron Heyward Jersey Asked if he will consider surrendering his playcalling responsibilities, McAdoo said, We’ll consider everything. Yep.

His time for considering is up. McAdoo needs to come out from behind his ever-conspicuous chart, hand over the playcalling to offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan and focus on the big-picture issues weighing down his team. He needs to be less of a system operator and much more of a motivator and manager.

He has already compromised this year’s long-term goals of a deep playoff run and of perhaps winning a title for the first time since Coughlin won his second after the 2011 season. The Giants face three of their next four games on the road against Philadelphia, Tampa Bay and Denver. If McAdoo doesn’t grab hold of his team sooner rather than later, he won’t have to bother asking people to assign him the blame.

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The Bucs, in consultation with the NFL and the Tampa Sports Authority, had been waiting to assess damage from Hurricane Irma, which made its way through the Tampa Bay area Sunday and early parts of Monday morning. Raymond James Stadium, where the Buccaneers play their home games, was used as a staging area for local law enforcement and the military during the storm.

Miller is the Bears pass-catcher who I think is bound for the most new work after the Kevin White injury. He’s athletic and has exceptional hands and should serve as at least a safety valve for Mike Glennon. Much like Clay, Miller has the chance to lead his team in targets in any given week. He’s a usable tight end for those who don’t have a certain option there already.

With the devastating news that Allen Robinson has an ACL injury that will shelve him for the season, there’s a major void in the Jacksonville offense. Lee went catchless in Week 1, which is admittedly disconcerting. So too is that this offense — ideally — is a run-centric attack that complements what was a ferocious defense in Week 1. However, Lee had a quietly steady season in 2016 (at least four catches in 11 games) and is bound for an uptick in targets. He’s not the only Jaguars wide receiver due for more work, but he’s an add in 12-team or larger leagues with eventual flex potential.

The Bills are going to be a low-volume passing game — read the Tyrod Taylor entry above — but Clay has a chance to be its focal point. He snagged a target share of 37.5 percent in Week 1, resulting in four catches and a touchdown. Unless and until we see a receiver emerge in Buffalo, Clay could wind up being the pass-catcher you want. He’s an add for managers who don’t have one of the Tier 1 tight ends (Kelce, Gronkowski, Reed, etc.), as Clay has top-10 potential.steelers_031

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A strong finish made Kansas City the AFC’s No. 2 team, leaving them one home victory from a conference championship game date in New England. Instead, Pittsburgh emerged from Missouri victorious without scoring a single touchdown, ending the Chiefs’ breakout season with an ignominious ending.

Now they’ll get a chance to wash that sour taste from their mouths — but they’ll have to get past the league’s preeminent Super Bowl favorite on their home turf to do so.
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Obviously, a prolonged absence for Aaron Rodgers would sink the Packers. However, the season could also go down the tubes if the reconfigured offensive line that lost JC Tretter and T.J. Lang doesn’t hold up. Rodgers can dodge pressure as well as anyone, but the drop-off along the interior could stymie the offense all year.

When your team’s fans celebrate a song called The Bears Still Suck, there can be only one answer. Our apologies go out to the Minnesota Vikings, who are likely the Packers’ biggest competition at present, but the Bears-Packers rivalry goes back farther than any other in NFL history, and entering the 2017 season it is all tied up, 94-94-6. In fact, if the Packers win in Week 4, they would be on top in the rivalry for the first time since 1932.
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According to documents obtained by Bleacher Report, UFC fighters receive about 15.6 percent of the company’s revenue. Recent efforts to unionize have made very little headway.

I certainly believe that the fighters need some kind of collective bargaining deal, Helwani said. The UFC’s TV deal is up in a year and a half, and there’s been talks of them looking for anywhere from $400 million to what they’re making now, which is a little over $100 million per year — and that’s just from Fox Sports alone. The fighters make zero percent of that.

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The Houston Texans are expected to stick with rookie Deshaun Watson as their starting quarterback, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. The only reservation the team has in naming him the starter, is that Watson was Nick Boyle Youth Jersey seen limping with an ankle injury.

During halftime of the Texans’ 29-7 loss against the Jacksonville Jaguars, head coach Bill O’Brien decided to bench quarterback Tom Savage and bring in Watson.

Why does this matter? Savage only threw for 62 yards Mike Glennon Womens Jersey and was sacked six times. He never looked comfortable, and failed to recognize when he shouldn’t be getting out of the pocket. O’Brien wanted to kickstart the offense and decided to thrust Watson into the starting lineup.

Burfict has a long history of being a reckless player and was initially going to be suspended five games for the hit. Upon appeal, it was reduced to three. So his tweeting days won’t be as extensive as first expected.

Is it a big deal that Burfict was sharing the plays on Twitter while his team was playing? It’s not the best look, but it’s also funny that of all NFL players, he’s the person calling out the Steelers for something he’s been fined and suspended for time and again.

Despite his reputation, Burfict has been good enough on the field that the Bengals gave him an extension this offseason through the 2020 season. That might also be why he had the confidence to let the tweets fly on Sunday afternoon, as the Bengals got shut out against the Ravens.

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Limited Womens Jake McCabe Jersey There’s plenty of uni-related news as we move toward the kickoff of the 2017 NFL season. Most notably, a new Nike collar that eliminates the Flywire design has been adopted by 19 of the 22 teams that were still using the old one — we’ll call them the Flyswatter Brigade! Here’s our rundown of what you can expect to see in the NFC West on the gridiron this fall.

The Cardinals have a lot of uniform issues to deal with, most of which have gone unaddressed this season. But hey, at least they’ve improved their jersey collars:

Then there’s this: For the past eight seasons, the Niners’ sleeve stripes have been in this weird limbo. They’re supposed to have three stripes on each sleeve, but most players have had just one full stripe and one or two partial stripes. This year, they’re giving up on the triple-stripe idea and giving everyone two full stripes, which are thicker than the ones used in the past. It’s an odd solution, given that other teams are able to have three full stripes, but at least it’s an improvement (further info can be found in this statement from Roger Hacker, the team’s director of corporate communications).
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Wade’s backstory isn’t full of sunshine and roses. While you’re playing, you find yourself anxious to figure out what the hell happened in his life. There are plot twists and character development as you start to learn more and more about who your character is and all the things that he’s been through to get to this point. While most of the backstory is concrete, you still have to make a few decisions for Wade. The more serious choices occur during the present part of the plot, where every decision has to be made with his draft stock in mind.

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Technology is coming to the beer glass.

Bud Light will distribute 65,000 glasses to New England Patriots fans at Thursday night’s NFL season opener against the Chiefs at Gillette Stadium. The glasses will light up for every Patriots touchdown throughout the season.

For those who won’t be able to get a glass at the game, Bud Light will sell 28,300 “Touchdown Glasses” for $18 each at budlight.com/touchdown. That number is a tribute to the Patriots’ 28-3 comeback in Super Bowl LI.

Meanwhile, while other teams have sold the naming rights to their stadiums, the Chiefs have stuck with Arrowhead Stadium’s original moniker. But that might be changing, as the team is seeking a corporate partner to rename the stadium. Here’s hoping that doesn’t happen.

The Raiders are in the same boat as the Chiefs: They were already Flywire-free but have upgraded to the new template:

Last offseason, general manager Jerry Reese spent the GDP of a small nation on upgrading his defense. It worked; Olivier Vernon, Janoris Jenkins and Damon Harrison played like Pro Bowlers, Jason Pierre-Paul rebuilt his value, and the secondary came together around rookie Eli Apple and second-year safety Landon Collins. This year, he took to fixing the offense. Reese signed Brandon Marshall and blocking tight end Rhett Ellison before using his first-round pick on tight end Evan Engram, giving some secondary weapons to an offense that was often too dependent upon Odell Beckham Jr.rockets_024

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There are different things that come out, but I think what’s good that we’re trying to create here is an inclusive environment where everybody feels a part of it — that open communication where you prevent some of those things that you maybe have seen in the past. I’m not even talking about what Coach Martz said, I’m talking about leaks in the building and different things like that. Like I said, I feel like when you’re around great people that are really trying to help you learn and grow like we’ve got here with our coaching staff and our organization, you feel confident about navigating through the challenges ahead.
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There are lots of questions in Buffalo, and a lot of Bills fans are upset by the perceived fire sale. Some have become apathetic due to their team’s struggles. Many in western New York don’t know what to think and are willing to give the new regime time to get things on track.

Perhaps the end game for Beane is parlaying the six picks he now holds in the first three rounds of next year’s draft (including an extra No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3) and trading up to select a franchise quarterback out of an impressive 2018 class. If this season goes as bad as many analysts expect, the Bills may not have to move up very far.

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