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College Football's 12 Best Nicknames Today

Every school believes its athletic mascot is the best in the land. Strong, intimidating and just saying the name is enough to strike fear in the opposition. At times the team name might be exciting and strong, but the play of the football cannot match the “intimidation” factor. While Tigers and Bulldogs and Wildcats are as common as a dust storm through the Midwest, these teams...
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Oregon Football 2014: 10 Things You Need To Know

The Oregon Ducks were steamrolling through the field of college football last season. The team scored over 50 points per contest and looked invincible. Then came Stanford. This is a very good Oregon Ducks team that has a favorable schedule, a solid offense and a defense that will mature of the season. What does Mark Helfrich have up his sleeve for these Ducks and the Pac-12? Here...
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2014 Fantasy Football: Same Faces, New Places Quarterbacks

Let’s face it; if anybody in your league drafts one of these guys as their QB1, they’re going oh-and-whatever. Useful fantasy quarterbacks rarely switch teams, but keep an eye on some of these journeymen if you’re in a pinch.Josh McCown, Tampa Bay BuccaneersMcCown is the highest ranked QB on this list, 23rd, according to Fantasy Pros (Disclaimer: Fantasy Pros’ Expert Consensus...
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2014 Fantasy Football: Same Faces, New Places Wide Receivers

I’ve been told I tend to ramble in these player evaluations, so let’s see how much useful information I can pack into 140 characters…DeSean Jackson, Washington RedskinsThose were just signs to childhood friends…who happen to be LA gangsters. #fahgettabouditEric Decker, New York JetsAdd him to the list: Peerless Price, Jim Caldwell, Jacob Tamme, Knowshon Moreno, Zane Beadles...
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College Football's Top 10 Rivalries in the Country

Every college football team has a rival. Growing up in Florida I sat by my father as he watched his Gators play Georgia on a yearly basis, only to watch the Bulldogs kick the crap out of their less than formidable foes. If it wasn’t the Bulldogs, then Florida State was whipping up on the boys in Gainesville. There is something to be said for team loyalty, but as a small child,...
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Fantasy Football 2014: TE Target Analysis

PLAYER                              TARGETS            CATCHES         CATCH %1. Jimmy Graham NO               136                    86                 63%2. Tony Gonzalez ATL               115                    82                 71%3. Jordan Cameron CLE             109                  ...
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2014 Fantasy Football: Coaching Change Impact

The most underrated position in fantasy football might not even be a position you field in your lineup each week: it's the play caller for the team.Whether it be an offensive coordinator or a head coach, whoever calls the plays and runs the offense has just as much say in the fantasy studs and duds of the year.We take a look at the seven new head coaches and 11 new offensive...
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2014 Fantasy Football: NFL's Most Stable Offenses

Stability is the key word when engaging in fantasy football drafts. You want and need to draft players from superior offenses in order to have year long success. There are so few elite offenses that it is important to have these teams identified going in to your draft, so when stuck between a few potential draftees, you lean toward the better offense. Outlined below are the NFL&...
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Kansas City Chiefs 2014: 5 Most Pressing Questions Heading Into Training Camp

There are a few numbers the Kansas City Chiefs and its fans want to forget over the last two. The first is 2-14, as in the record of the 2012 team – the one that placed five players in the Pro Bowl and still had the first pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.The second is 28 as in 28 points – the lead the Chiefs had in the 2013-14 playoffs. The lead that the Indianapolis Colts overcame...
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Oakland Raiders 2014: 5 Most Pressing Questions Heading Into Training Camp

The Oakland Raiders could be a vastly better football team in 2014 and the team’s record could show little improvement. That is the way the NFL works sometimes. In Year 3 of the rebuilding process for general manager Reggie McKenzie and head coach Dennis Allen, the idea is to take the new toys they have signed to play with and let them recreate Raider Nation.Somehow, someway, Ken...
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2014 NFL Week 8 Game-By-Game Analysis and Predictions

Format:Away Team (Score) @ Home Team (Score), Time- Away Team Run Offense v.s. Home Team Front Seven- Away Team Pass Protection v.s. Home Team Pass Rush- Away Team Receivers v.s. Home Team Secondary- Home Team Run Offense v.s. Away Team Front Seven- Home Team Pass Protection v.s. Away Team Pass Rush- Home Team Receivers v.s. Away Team Secondary Bye teams: New York Giants, San Francisco...
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Notre Dame Football: 2014 Players To Watch- Kyle Brindza

The 2013 season ended for the Irish in New York in the Pinstripe Bowl with a 29-16 win over Rutgers.The Irish squandered several touchdown oppurtunities on a cold field and put a sure footed kicker on center stage for the better part of the game.Kyle Brindza set a Pinstripe Bowl record with 5 field goals.Brindza had field goals of 21,38,26,25 and 49 yards, along with 2 extra points...
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LeBron James And Johnny Manziel: Reasons Behind A Move

It started in May, the NFL Draft was complete with Johnny Manziel going to the city of Cleveland. Later, in June, LeBron and the Miami Heat would be embarrased by the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals. It's starting to sound like a story book tale of two athletes destined to play in the same city.LeBron was wearing a Johnny Manziel jersey and becoming closer with the young...
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10 Reasons Why Jay Cutler Just Might Be Your 2014 MVP

I know, Jay Cutler is not an elite quarterback.  His quarterback rating was not even ranked in the top ten in 2013.But he just might be your 2014 MVP.Here's why this might not be as crazy of an idea as you might think:1.  He no longer has to bully his offensive line to block better. Last year, the offensive line ranked 20th in QB hits -- improving from 27th in 2012. ...
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Week 12) Lions @ Patriots: Welcome To The Machine

Remember the days when Manning Vs. Brady meant something??? You would turn on the TV and wait for Dillon or Maroney to gash someone for big yardage. and then you would wait for that lightning strike to Randy Moss or Wes Welker. Who's left now? Tom Brady is still there but is surrounded by a collection of no-name talent.  Is it really that surprising then that people are predicting...
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AFC North 2014 Schedule Prediction: Cleveland Browns

The Cleveland Browns are coming off of a four-win season in a usual position, adjusting to a new head coach, a new front office and dodging questions about the quarterback position. Same old, same old for the Browns it seems. However, NFL teams certainly can turn around their fortunes in the span of one offseason. It’s just that this is even more difficult a task in Cleveland,...
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Week 11) Detroit @ Arizona: If At First You Don't Succeed...

And we're off to the desert again. Last year, the Lions made this trip toward the beginning of the season. This year they make the trip in the second half. This will be a good benchmark game for the Caldwell regime. This is exactly the type of game that Jim Caldwell was hired for. Why? Because the Lions did more to lose that game than the Cardinals did to win it. When you...
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Philadelphia Eagles 2014: 5 Most Pressing Questions Heading Into Training Camp

The fact that the Philadelphia Eagles started the 2013 season with a new coach, a potential quarterback controversy and one of the best running backs in the league did not stop the team from winning the NFC East, and march right into the playoffs. Chip Kelly proved he was the right man for the job that his version of the spread offense worked, and that after some getting used to...
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2014 Fantasy Football: Same Faces, New Places Running Backs

It was an active offseason for free agent running backs league-wide. There weren’t many transactions of earth-shattering importance, but a few moves will have noticeable fantasy impacts on the players themselves and the new teammates around them.Toby Gerhart, Jacksonville JaguarsGerhart stepped out from behind Adrian Peterson’s shadow in Minnesota to fill Maurice Jones-Drew...
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2014 Fantasy Football: Best of the 3rd Year Receivers

There are plenty of fantasy football owners who subscribe to the notion that the third year is usually the year that wide receivers break out. Their adjustment period as a rookie is over and if they suffered a sophomore slump, it is behind them.There's a fresh new crop of third-year wideouts who could be poised to reach their fantasy potential this year, and we'll take a...
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Miami Dolphins Look to Improve On and Off the Field

The issues surrounding Dion Jordan and his recent suspension for four game by the NFL for violating the league’s substance abuse policy is not the only thing on the minds of Miami Dolphins brass. The team announced, after the end of minicamp, that construction had begun on renovations to improve the stadium and stadium grounds.This according to miamidolphins.com.In a statement...
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Johnathan Cyprien: Taking the Next Step for the Jaguars

Players from Florida International University aren’t supposed to make a splash in the NFL. The small school player moving on to the pro ranks, playing against athletes who are bigger, stronger and faster than the ones seen day in and day out. But there is old theory shared by many scouts and team management when it comes to football players coming out of college – that if a solid...
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2014 Fantasy Football: QB Training Camp Battles

Cleveland Browns:The Cleveland Browns have suffered some major setbacks in the last several years (and I am being gentle here). Former QB Brandon Weeden was supposed to be the answer to the Browns quarterback situation, but numbers don't lie.  In 2013, Weeden completed 55.9 percent of his passes, 23 touchdowns, 26 INTs and has a passer rating of 71.8. Backup QB Brian Hoyer was...
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2014 NFL Rankings: 10 Most Overrated Players In Football

1) Jimmy Graham: Yes, I know. Graham has been one of the most productive players at the tight-end position the last two years and he is a huge part of the Saints passing game. But I personally have watched every snap of Jimmy Graham's career, and if you take a closer look he deserves praise, but not as much as he gets. Definitely not enough to be labeled a receiver as he previously...
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Cincinnati Bengals 2014: 5 Most Pressing Questions Heading Into Training Camp

Numbers never lie. When it comes to the Cincinnati Bengals and the success of the franchise, number prove that this is the best the Bengals have been in a long time. But these numbers we speak of are potentially the most deceptive numbers in NFL history. Marvin Lewis, the mastermind of this “success” story show he is a 90-90-1 coach since being hired. It proves that the Bengals...
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