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Buffalo at New England: 5 Things to Know

Don't ever tell anyone in the AFC East that a game doesn't matter. So what if the Buffalo Bills have been eliminated from playoff contention? This is the hated New England Patriots!Home-field advantage wrapped-up for the Patriots... big deal! Losing is not an option for either team, nor is it for their fans.This game is important because...1. The danger of a trap game.While securing...
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Mick’s Picks: Three Upsets To Watch For in Week 17

Mick’s Picks: Three Upsets To Watch For in Week 17By Michael Pennywark Here we are, the final week of regular season and we are probably in for an unpredictable ride as many losing teams are playing meaningless games and those who have already clinched a berth are likely to rest their starters at some point or another. So what does that mean for us? There should still be plenty...
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Atlanta Falcons: The Season Stops and Continues Here

The game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Carolina Panthers may not only be the final game of the season for both ball clubs, but it also may be the final game for Falcons head coach Mike Smith and his staff. After a year that saw this franchise suffer devastating injuries like it did last season, so there is also a belief by some that Smith may get a reprieve because of the quarterback...
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Jacksonville Jaguars: Facing Watt, Texans Again

If you read message boards and follow fan reaction, the 2014 season for the Jacksonville Jaguars has been a mixed bag of excitement, disappointment and following the same mantra as they have for seven years now – wait until next season.Now that 16 weeks have passed and the final game of the season is upon us, the Jaguars need this win for many reasons. Momentum, stopping a potential...
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5 Assistants Who Could Become NFL Coaches In 2015

We are 5 days away from the day referred to as Black Monday. When coaches on the hot seat are let go and the next crop of hot assistant coaches get their crack at the big time to see if they have what it takes to be the next Belichick or McCarthy.Expect Chicago, Atlanta, NY Jets, San Francisco, and possibly NY Giants and Carolina to be looking for a new head coach. Here are the top...
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NFL Week 17 Rapid Fire: Analysis, Picks and Playoff Predictions

At last, the final week of the 2014 NFL season has arrived. Week 17 of the NFL season comes as a bitter sweet moment to most because we know football is nearing its end, but the excitement of another NFL playoff run being just a week away brings joy to fans nationwide.As we enter the final week of the regular season there is still a lot left to be decided in terms of divisional winners...
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Why The Patriots Will Choke In The Playoffs

They used to be a sure thing- you could always count on Billl Belichick to put his team exactly where they needed to be to win it all. But that was a long time ago. It has been a decade since the New England Patriots have won that coveted trophy and it looks like the dynasty is coming to a close.Where have the Super Stars gone? Even with Randy Moss and Wes Welker, Tom Brady couldn...
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New York Jets at Miami: 5 Things to Know

They may be out of the playoffs, but that does not mean the Miami Dolphins are not fully aware of what is at stake on Sunday in Miami versus the Jets.Nine wins – one more than last season. A two-game winning streak to build on, and a potentially huge game for Ryan Tannehill, who led his team to a game winning field goal against these Jets three weeks ago.And for head coach Joe...
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NFL 2014: Coaches Who Won't Survive Black Monday

There were some heads turned last week when it was announced that the Miami Dolphins would retain Joe Philbin as their head coach.The news was surprising enough that quarterback Ryan Tannehill seemed a bit shocked by the news.There were other decisions in the past few weeks that have come across the sports scene that have also seemed a bit shocking where the likes of Tom Coughlin...
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NFL Picks Week 17 (End of Regular Season Edition)

Hello and welcome to the final week of the 2014 NFL regular season, which can only mean one thing: after this week, 20 teams are going home and only 12 get to play a little longer.But I'll be here to pick every game regardless.This week...we have the NFC's top two seeds to be decided and three division titles up for grabs in the NFC North, NFC South and AFC North, while the AFC's...
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2014 NFL Draft: 10 College Players That Need A Strong Bowl Performance

Not every football player is created equally. Not every top program produces automatic first round picks in the Draft.This year, the talent may be there, but the depth for the 2015 NFL Draft may be a little thinner than last season. These players, although highly touted, need a little polish on their game to guarantee a better draft position come April 2015.STEFAN DIGGS, WIDE RECEIVER...
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DraftKings Week 17 Strategy: Expert Lineup Analysis

Week 17 Draft Kings X’s & O’s:  A Strategy Discussion Of Who To Put In Your Lineup Hi All, First of all, both Dan and I want to wish everyone a great Holiday Season and a very happy and healthy New Year! Now onto business, in a Week 16 that saw many of the big fantasy names put up below their average performance, I was able to win our 15th H2H contest by a 27 point margin...
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The Three Best Must See NFL Matchups In Week 17

Matchup No. 3 - Carolina Panthers Cam Newton vs. the Atlanta Falcons’ defense.It’s amazing what a difference a few weeks can make in the NFL. Three weeks ago the Philadelphia Eagles were 9-3 and the NFC East division leaders. Currently the Eagles are eliminated from playoff contention. Just three weeks ago the Panthers were 3-8-1 and contention for a top NFL draft pick. Now the...
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2014 Fantasy Football: Start 'Em/Sit 'Em WEEK 17

2014 FANTASY FOOTBALL: START ‘EM or SIT ‘EM WEEK 17A helpful look into who should be in your line up or riding your bench this week.Always remember one of our biggest rules here at FFChamps.com:Commandment #10: Thou shall ALWAYS start thy StudsWriting this final addition of Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em is bittersweet. It means that another season of fantasy football has come to an...
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2014 NFL Week 17 Predictions: Packers Take Over The NFC North

Sunday, Dec. 28 Cleveland Browns (7-8) @ Baltimore Ravens (9-6), 1:00 p.m.Whether it is Brian Hoyer, Tyler Thigpen, or even Connor Shaw starting for the Browns on Sunday, this offense will struggle. The Ravens will shut down their running game and, ranking third in sacks, will be able to consistently pressure the quarterback.Justin Forsett has fallen down a bit in recent weeks,...
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Why Jameis Winston Could Stay at FSU Next Season

It was reported in October by Jason LaCanfora of CBSsports.com, that Florida State Seminoles star quarterback Jameis Winston would forego his final two years of eligibility and enter the NFL Draft. The decision by Winston, which was made according to the report because of recent off-field issues which led to accusations about point shaving, signing autographs for money and the most...
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College Football: Top 5 Fiesta Bowl Games Of All Time

Last year, I became a fan of the Knights of UCF. The state of Florida’s school – deep in the heart of Mickey’s playground, took the college scene by storm. If not for a close loss to South Carolina, we may have been talking about Blake Bortles and Storm Johnson playing FSU for a national title.The Knights were the darlings of NCAA last season and proved as a mid-major, they...
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Why This is Urban Meyer’s Year to Win it All?

Earlier this week, I had a discussion with one of my writer buddies about how good Urban Meyer is as a coach, given the fact he has had over a month to prepare his Ohio State Buckeyes for their bowl game matchup with Alabama in the College Football Playoff.While there is some discussion over which of the four head coaches in the playoff is the best (Mark Helfrich is certainly fourth...
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Jacksonville at Houston: 5 Things to Know

This is it. The final game of the 2014 season for the Jacksonville Jaguars. The final chance to win and match last season’s four wins. A chance to take a two-game winning streak into next season and an opportunity to give the fans something to savor as the long losing year comes to an end.Jacksonville travels to Houston to face their nemesis the Texans, who have more riding on...
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The Most Undeserving Heisman Winners of the 2000's

Here’s hoping the Heisman Trophy voting becomes a little more rigid and meaningful and a lot less political.The former Heisman winners and the media decide who the best college football player is each year. The last three seasons, the voting populous got it right – but that has not always been the case. Whether it has been Eric Crouch of Nebraska or Darren McFadden finishing...
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Old School Pro Bowl: The 2014 NFC Pro Bowl Team

As the NFL continues to look for ways to polish the turd that is the Pro Bowl game, what should be the true meaning of the game has appeared to become lost.  That is to honor the top performers, position by position in each conference.  In that spirit, here's a look at what would be the NFC Pro Bowl team in 2014.  OffenseQB: Aaron Rodgers Packers, Tony Romo Cowboys, Russell Wilson...
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Falcons Playoff Hopes Rest On Win Over Carolina: 5 Things to Know

Everything is ont he line for the Falcons and the Panthers.Both franchises have a combined nine divisional titles (eight as members of the same division) and two Super Bowl appearances, with the Falcons appearing in Super Bowl XXXIII and the Panthers appearing in Super Bowl XXXVIII.The Panthers and Falcons have played each other twice a season every season since 1995, as members...
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College Football: Top 5 Rose Bowl Games Of All Time

The Rose Bowl was first played in 1902, and has been played annually since 1916. Since 1945, it has been the highest attended college football bowl game.[5] It is a part of the Tournament of Roses "America's New Year Celebration", which also includes the historic Tournament of Roses Parade.The Rose Bowl Game has traditionally hosted the conference champions from the Big Ten and Pac...
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College Football: Top 5 Orange Bowl Games Of All Time

I was there in 1994. I saw the Seminoles win their first national title on the 22-yard field goal to win 18-16. I saw the tears of joy in the players’ eyes and the elation of Bobby Bowden, winning his first championship at the school he put on the map.The Orange Bowl has been played annually since January 1, 1935 and celebrated its 75th playing on January 1, 2009. The Orange Bowl...
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