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Has the ACC Now Become A Receiver’s League

The worst thing that could happen to the Louisville Cardinals football program after Teddy Bridgewater declared for the draft actually happened.Pre-season All-American candidate and stud wide receiver Devante Parker was injured and will miss 6-8 weeks of the 2014 season.With that announcement, the hearts of fans in the Bluegrass State all but sank into the dirt tracks around Churchill...
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Bears at Jets: Three Things We Learned

Geno Smith is no bust!He is a young quarterback and will continue to make mistakes, but I was impressed with his poise against an aggressive Bears defense.  His only costly mistake was the interception he threw on the first drive that was returned for a touchdown.  Other than that, he pretty much had his way against an inexperienced Bears secondary.  I believe that the Jets have...
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Chicago Bears vs. New York Jets: Postgame Grades for Chicago

The Chicago Bears had to rally in Week 2 to defeat the San Francisco 49ers 28-20. However, against the New York Jets this week, it was the exact opposite.After jumping out to a 17-3 lead, the Bears managed to make just enough plays to hold on for a 27-19 victory, their second straight road victory in as many weeks. However, just like last week, the victory did not come without a...
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College Football Picks Week 5 (Power 5 Packed Edition)

It's time once again for the increasingly fruitless attempts of this author to fearlessly (okay, maybe fearfully is more like it), the biggest games on the college football schedule for the week.Which is quickly becoming a practice of seeing how low I can set the bar before (hopefully) rebounding by the end of the year.This week...we have 3 SEC games, 3 Pac-12 games and even...
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NFL Picks Week 4 (Falling into Fall Edition)

Hi and welcome to another week of the NFL schedule as the leaves change and it allegedly turns from summer to fall.What do you want from me? Where I live now, it's practically summer all year 'round.Anyway, since I'm coming off of one of the best weeks I've ever had doing this, let's see if we can keep it going, shall we?This week...a good Thursday night game...
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Draft Kings Week 4: Shootouts and Defensive Struggles

Hi Daily Fantasy Veterans and Rookies,An interesting and wild Week Three is past and we now move on to Week four.  Since this is Daily Fantasy at Draft Kings, our teams that took us into the money are no more and we once again, will be building our team from the ground up. To see the first article of the series for a complete description of the strategy: CLICK HERELooking at Week...
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The NFL Needs To Change Their Overtime Rule

As I was watching the end of the Denver Broncos versus the Seattle Seahawks in a rematch of last year’s Super Bowl, one question popped into my head. Is it time for the NFL to change the overtime rules again? In 2010, the NFL thought they changed the overtime rules to make game-play better. The new rules they put in place in 2010 were that if the receiving team scored a touchdown...
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2014 Fantasy Football Week 4 Waiver Wire Targets

Welcome to the another week of waiver wire targets!  Just when we thought we were through the worst, another tumultuous Sunday hits and more players are injured.  Every position was hit over the last two weeks, with some worse than others.  As fantasy owners, we must find that next player and press on.  This week starts a more difficult waiver wire path with bye weeks beginning...
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NFL Awards Week 3 (Rachel Owns Roger Edition)

Welcome to week three of the NFL awards, soon to be Roger Goodell's least-favorite fake awards show.If it's not already.So come on in and make yourselves at home, and be a part of history as we award a non-NFL'er with an NFL award for the first time ever.This week...Roger Goodell gets owned by Rachel Nichols, trick plays are all the rage, the Ravens continue to feign...
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NFL Power Rankings Week 3

After a couple western showdowns, Week 3 in the 2014 NFL season is in the books. Only three teams are left undefeated and only three others are winless. That means 26 teams are stuck in a muffled middle with one or two victories after three weeks.But what's great about power rankings is an undefeated team isn't necessarily in the top spot.Football Nation would like to remind...
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College Football's 4 Most Disappointing Players Through Week 3

There was a thought that college football would trill and excite us with action, drama and storybook ending.It has done all of that and then some. For some teams, the success has fallen short and because of that, the player has fallen short. In these cases, they have not lived up to the hype bestowed upon them.Here is a look at four players who have not lived up to their abilities...
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FN's 'Monday Morning Huddle': Week 3 Western Showdowns

Football Nation proudly presents its 15th episode in season three of "Monday Morning Huddle" with host Dave Holcomb. We finally completely return to on-the-field discussions with two west coast showdowns to open the show. Super Bowl XLVIII and a half took place in Seattle with the Broncos attempting to avenge its Super Bowl defeat. Even though the Seahawks won the game...
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Can The Arizona Wildcats Pull The Upset Again?

In one of the most stunning events of the 2013 college football season, the University of Arizona Wildcats walloped the Oregon Ducks in Tuscon, eliminating any thought of the Ducks competing for a BCS championship, or even PAC-12 championship. It was a dominating victory for what was a middling south division team that had just come off a horrid home loss to perrennial cellar dwellar...
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Fantasy Football Week 3 Injury Recap and Fantasy Impact

 Quarterbacks:Matt Cassel, QB, MINInjury: FootStatus: OutDepth Chart: StarterBack-up: Teddy BridgewaterNews: Matt Cassel left the game in the first half with a foot injury and it was later revealed by head coach Mike Zimmer that he will be out indefinitely with a fractured foot.Fantasy ramification: Matt Cassel wasn't a fantasy option, but Teddy Bridgewater can quickly become...
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2014 Fantasy Football Champs and Chumps: Week 3

Quarterback Champs:Andrew Luck 31/39 370 yards, 4 TDs; 3 Rush, 15 yards- 32.3 fantasy pointsHe’s been nothing short of spectacular in his first three games, as he furthers his gap as the number one quarterback in fantasy. Enjoy the ride this season, as Luck continues to lead fantasy owners to their respective “ships.”Kirk Cousins- 30/48, 427 yards, 3 TDs, INT-27.5 fantasy pointsI’m...
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Autopsy of an Upset: Cardinals Flatten the 49ers 23-14

Postgame Statistical ExaminerThe San Francisco 49ers went in to their Week 3 divisional showdown at Arizona looking to wash the bitter taste of a 21 point second half comeback in Week 2 by the Chicago Bears out of their mouths. The Cardinals were riding two second half comebacks in their first two games to take an early advantage in the NFC West. The odds makers, obviously not impressed...
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NFL 2014: The 5 Best Receiver Tandems in the NFL

Having one elite wide receiver can give defense fits, having two high performing wide receivers will keep opposing defensive coordinators awake at night. Throughout the years there have been numerous great wide receiving duos, the Colts terrorized defense with Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne, the Bills of the 90s ran the K-gun with James Lofton and Andre Reed.  In St. Louis the...
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NFL #MusicMonday: The Good, The Bad and The Somber

Another Sunday is in the books and the story of the 2014 NFL season is slowly but surely coming into focus. Teams under the gun early (looking at you Colts and Saints) got big wins while the also-rans of the league loudly declared their intention to hold out winning in favor of a good draft pick next year. We were also gifted some gimmick plays involving quarterbacks and a failed...
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7 Coaches Who Could Replace Will Muschamp at Florida

The seat was warm. Now, it is scalding. Will Muschamp got his first real dose of the full court press this year to remove him from his job in yesterday’s 42-21 loss to Alabama. The loss was not the issue – the way the team played in the loss was.Now, with LSU, Georgia and FSU still on the schedule and Tennessee as a potential sleeper, this is a schedule that looks not only daunting...
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Weekly College Football Games Menu - Week Five

Week Four of college football gave us plenty of close calls.  Florida State and Oregon barely survived, while Alabama, South Carolina and Auburn struggled to pick up wins as well.  The biggest upsets include Georgia Tech taking out Virginia Tech, East Carolina dominating North Carolina, Indiana overcoming Missouri and Mississippi State knocking out eighth ranked LSU.  Week Five...
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Arizona Defense Smothers 49ers: Three Things We Learned

After three weeks, the division leaders of the NFC West are not the San Francisco 49ers nor the Seattle Seahawks. The Arizona Cardinals are 3-0 despite losses on defense of Darnell Dockett, Daryl Washington for the season, Tyrann Mathieu to an ACL last year and the first game this year and Carson Palmer only playing in the first game. There’s been some great coaching, from Bruce...
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Nebraska Hammers Miami, 41-31: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

 On the night the 1994 National Championship team celebrated their 20th anniversary, the 2014 Huskers team looked liked the 1994 Huskers team. The GoodNebraska running game. The Huskers have always been known to run the football under legendary coach Tom Osborne. The Big Red Machine is back.The Huskers rushed for 343 yards and Abdullah averaged nearly seven yards per carry as...
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RG III: The Making of a Forgotten NFL Star

Robert Griffin III was once considered the next generation superstar quarterback. We have never seen a player like him in many years. A quarterback that can stay in the pocket when need be, or show off his flashy razzle-dazzle running to the end zone. Griffin had it all, now he’s facing the biggest challenge of his young career and that’s staying healthy.Do I think he’s going...
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Bolts Strike Bills: Three Things Learned

The San Diego Chargers carried their momentum from last week's surprising victory over Seattle to Buffalo to meet and beat the Bills, 22-10.With RB Danny Woodhead going down early in the game with an ankle injury, I have to admit that I was even more angst-ridden about the game than I usually am but my dread was slowly assuaged as I watched the Bolts take an early lead and maintain...
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New England 16, Oakland 9: Three Disturbing Lessons

It was generally agreed that the New England Patriots would have little trouble dispatching the Oakland Raiders in this week three contest between hated rivals from opposite coasts. Memes and memories from a certain "Snow Bowl" game were resurrected on both sides of a heated exchange in the days leading up to the collision.Tom Brady would have been penalized on the field...
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