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Daily Fantasy Football: Aaron Rodgers Highlights Week 1 Dream Lineup

Is this the real life, or is this just fantasy? If you’re playing daily fantasy football, it may seem like the latter. Every week is its own entity, allowing you the opportunity to load up on all your favorite players — assuming they fall within your budget. But let’s take this “fantasy” one step further: What if money wasn’t an object? What if you had unlimited resources...
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September 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Fantasy Football: Davante Adams, Tre Mason Among Week 1 Starts, Sits

Want to get off to a great start in your fantasy football league? It’s easy: Just win in Week 1. That, of course, is easier said than done. Opening weekend presents a unique challenge for fantasy owners: Players haven’t suited up in a meaningless game since last winter, and as much as we overanalyze their preseason performances, everyone remains an unknown to some degree when...
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September 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Bill Belichick: ‘Sad’ To See Stories ‘That Obviously Have An Agenda’

Bill Belichick, just like New England Patriots fans everywhere, appears to be fed up with the ridiculous allegations of cheating and rehashing of old stories/controversies over the last week or so. The latest controversy — if you even want to call it that — surrounding the Patriots occurred in Thursday night’s 28-21 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers at Gillette Stadium. The...
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September 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Headset Issues Aren’t Exclusive To New England, Have Happened In Pittsburgh, Too

Headset issues are nothing new in the NFL. Even before Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin complained about problems with the sideline headsets Thursday night against the New England Patriots, there have been numerous accounts of headsets going down during games over the years. When you’re dealing with technology, there’s always a chance something’s going to go haywire...
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September 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Survey: Brady's public persona took hit in Deflategate

The last thing Tom Brady wants right now is another dent in his image. Unfortunately for the four-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback, 34 percent of the public has an unfavorable opinion of Brady after Deflategate, while only 21 percent has a favorable opinion, a recent poll found. This same poll was conducted in December 2013, and at that time 23 percent of the public had an unfavorable...
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September 11, 2015  |  Discuss

College Football Odds: BC Eagles Favored Over Howard Bison In Week 2

The Boston College Eagles will be gunning for their second straight win of the season when they play host to the Howard Bison on Saturday in Week 2 college football action. The Eagles opened their 2015 season last weekend with a 24-3 win over the Maine Black Bears, improving to to 8-4 straight up in their past dozen meetings with non-conference opponents but failing to cover as heavy...
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September 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Bruins Blue Line Will Have Lots Of Internal Competition In Training Camp

WILMINGTON, Mass. — The Boston Bruins didn’t defend well enough throughout last season, and the blue line could be a weak spot again given the youth and inexperience amongst the current group. Dougie Hamilton’s departure in the offseason left the Bruins with one legitimate top-four defenseman: Zdeno Chara. The B’s captain still is a top-tier defenseman, but he’s 38 years...
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September 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Bill Belichick: Patriots Also Had Headset Issues In Win Over Steelers

Problems with the headsets that allow coaches to communicate with each other weren’t limited to the Pittsburgh Steelers in their 28-21 loss to the New England Patriots on Thursday night at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots also had issues, according to head coach Bill Belichick. “It did, yeah. We had a lot of problems,” Belichick said. “We had to switch headphones a couple times...
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September 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Patriots Move On From Deflategate With Exuberant Opening Night Celebration

FOXBORO, Mass. — Tom Brady’s been doing a lot of waiting in recent months. He waited for Ted Wells to conduct his “independent investigation,” that ultimately implicated Brady in Deflategate. Brady then waited to hear whether he’d be suspended. When he was suspended four games, he waited again, this time for a decision to be made. The suspension, of course, was overturned...
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September 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Steelers Mistakes Cost Them In Loss To Patriots, Not Headset Issues

The Pittsburgh Steelers don’t take losses well. We knew that before they lost 28-21 to the New England Patriots in the opening game of the 2015 NFL season Thursday night at Gillette Stadium. A headset issue in which the Steelers were hearing the Pats’ radio broadcast in their ears instead of being able to communicate amongst coaches for most of the first quarter has become...
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Roethlisberger upset at Patriots for violating ‘unwritten rule’

Be prepared for a new NFL rule next offseason, preventing full defensive line shifts. The New England Patriots drew the Pittsburgh Steelers offside early in the fourth quarter Thursday night when they shifted their entire defensive line in the middle of Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s cadence. Roethlisberger was visibly upset after the flag was thrown and wanted the...
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September 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Patriots’ Team Mentality Still Clear As Day On Super Bowl Banner Night

FOXBORO, Mass. — It’s on to the next job. The New England Patriots’ Super Bowl XLIX banner was unveiled Thursday night before the team’s season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Gillette Stadium. It was a special moment commemorating an impressive accomplishment, but Bill Belichick’s bunch turned the page long ago. “The banner is pretty awesome. We had a great...
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September 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Patriots Advanced Passing Stats: Malcolm Butler Struggles In Tough Matchup

It is certainly too soon to overreact, but perhaps it also was too early to label Malcolm Butler a No. 1 cornerback. The New England Patriots certainly treated their Super Bowl XLIX hero as such, having Butler shadow Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown around the field. Butler struggled, to put it nicely. Then again, Brown might be the best wide receiver in the NFL, so...
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September 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Rob Gronkowski An Absolute Beast In Patriots’ Week 1 Win Over Steelers

FOXBORO, Mass. — Gronk’s a beast. Those were the exact words Julian Edelman used to describe Rob Gronkowski after the Pro Bowl tight end torched the Pittsburgh Steelers for three touchdowns Thursday night in the New England Patriots’ 28-21 win at Gillette Stadium. Truer words never have been spoken. Not that Edelman provided any new information with his description. Gronkowski...
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September 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Tom Brady: Patriots’ Rookie Offensive Linemen Played ‘Phenomenal’

FOXBORO, Mass. — Tom Brady never knew how lucky he was to have one of the best, most consistent offensive lines in the NFL until it all went away last season. Brady’s struggles to start the 2014 season were directly related to the New England Patriots’ patchwork offensive line. The Patriots made the perplexing decision to start Jordan Devey and Marcus Cannon at guard last...
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September 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Tom Brady Dominant Despite Deflategate Drama In Patriots’ Week 1 Win

FOXBORO, Mass. — It’s was natural for New England Patriots fans to be slightly anxious after Tom Brady’s three preseason appearances. The legendary quarterback didn’t appear to be himself. Was he distracted by the Defllategate drama that forced him to miss practices and valuable preparation time? Or worse yet, was father time forcing another slow start to the season? Brady...
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September 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Patriots Fans Chant ‘Where Is Roger (Goodell)?’ In Season Opener (Video)

FOXBORO, Mass. — They already knew the answer — kind of — but they still posed the question. New England Patriots fans chanted “Where is Roger?” in the fourth quarter of Thursday night’s NFL season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Gillette Stadium. The chant was in reference to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who made it clear last week after quarterback Tom...
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September 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Dion Lewis Fits Patriots’ Third-Down Role Perfectly After Missing Two Seasons

FOXBORO, Mass. — That Dion Lewis started and thrived in the New England Patriots’ Week 1 win is nothing short of a miracle. Lewis fractured his fibula two years ago during preseason with the Cleveland Browns. He came back the next summer for training camp and preseason but wasn’t the same back. It’s typical for running backs to come back slower from breaks than ligament...
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September 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Rob Gronkowski Voted ‘Human Minion’ On Jimmy Fallon’s NFL Superlatives (Video)

Rob Gronkowski is a lot of things. He’s an expert twerker, an up-and-coming music sensation, and he might just be The Mighty Thor, too. But TV host Jimmy Fallon and the rest of the writers on “The Tonight Show” came up with a new title for Gronk in the first edition of “NFL Superlatives” of the 2015 season. Gronk voted "Human Minion" on @FallonTonight in NFL superlatives...
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September 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Patriots’ Depth, Versatility Makes Red Zone Offense Nightmare For Opponents

FOXBORO, Mass. — Game-planning against the New England Patriots is no picnic to begin with, but there could be sleepless nights for opponents when it comes to drawing up a plan to slow the Patriots in the red zone. The Patriots got back to playing actual football Thursday night with a 28-21 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, a game that was nowhere near as close as the final score...
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September 11, 2015  |  Discuss

NFL issues statement about Steelers’ headset issues

It didn’t take long for the New England Patriots to find themselves in the middle of controversy this season. NBC’s Al Michaels noted in the first quarter of Thursday night’s season opener at Gillette Stadium that the Pittsburgh Steelers’ coaches were being fed the Patriots’ radio broadcast into their headsets. Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin confirmed such after the Patriots’...
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September 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin Upset With Headset Issues Vs. Patriots (Video)

Another day, another controversy. Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin was quite upset during his postgame press conference after his team’s 28-21 loss to the New England Patriots. His anger was directed at the headset issues the Steelers faced during the first half of Thursday’s game at Gillette Stadium. Tomlin said the coaches could only hear the Patriots radio broadcast...
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September 11, 2015  |  Discuss

‘Arrow’ Star Stephen Amell Calls NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell A Coward

Roger Goodell was nowhere to be found Thursday night. The NFL commissioner opted not to attend Thursday’s NFL season opener between the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers. It’s customary for the commissioner to attend events just like these — you know, opening/banner raising night for the defending Super Bowl champions. Goodell said he wanted the focus to be on the...
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September 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Greg Hardy won’t challenge 4-Game suspension

Suspended Dallas defensive end Greg Hardy won’t challenge the NFL in federal court over his four-game ban for his role in a domestic violence case. Hardy said in a statement released through the NFL Players Association on Thursday that he is “absolutely determined that my issue is not going to be a distraction for the Cowboys.” The former Carolina Panther was suspended 10...
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September 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Rob Gronkowski does the shimmy after 3rd TD catch

Gronk see ball. Gronk catch ball. Gronk spike ball. Gronk shimmy? New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski had a little fun after catching his third touchdown of the night against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Gronk Shimmy pic.twitter.com/DHfBM6ifAS — Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) September 11, 2015 You can't stop Rob Gronkowski in the end zone. You can't even...
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September 10, 2015  |  Discuss
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