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14 crazy stats from Week 3

We witnessed wild times again in Week 3. Quarterbacks caught passes, the New England Patriots looked ordinary against the Raiders, and the San Francisco 49ers didn’t score a point in the fourth quarter. Actually, that last thing is pretty normal now. 3: The amount of quarterbacks who caught passes. Well, it’s technically two because Johnny Manziel and the Browns used dirty illegal...
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This Week in Hurt: Down goes Pitta

Every week bones break and muscles rip around the NFL. We’ll take a look at the most significant injuries, and what happens next. For a sport with a whole lot of contact that can hurt quite a bit, it’s a cruel twist by the football gods that the worst injuries can often result from non-contact plays. But that’s what we saw last year when Reggie Wayne’s season ended early...
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Mark Wahlberg left Robert Kraft hanging

Much like his quarterback (who has a chronic, and mentally crippling high five problem), Patriots owner Robert Kraft can’t get any of that sweet hand-slapping love. @sportspickle left hangin by Marky Mark pic.twitter.com/96EHdiyw3B — Andrew Rosenberg (@kidcue) September 21, 2014
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Five Matchups to Watch in Week 2

Week 3 includes probably the best, most intriguing game of the entire season. The Denver Broncos travel to Seattle to face the Seahawks in our first Super Bowl rematch in almost a decade. There are enough interesting matchups in that game to fill entire columns, but Sunday afternoon brings with it a dozen other games. Which ones are the most compelling? 1. Broncos RT Chris Clark vs...
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Is Devin Hester a Hall of Famer?

The answer is “YES”, just maybe not for a long time. Last night Devin Hester didn’t look like a returner who has lost a few steps. Maybe he has, but when you were already about eight steps ahead of everyone else, charitably giving a few back doesn’t hurt too much. With his 62-yard punt return touchdown last night during a game that wasn’t really a game at all (for a while...
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Fan Stadium Review- The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly Of 49ers’ Levi’s Stadium Regular Season Debut

The 49ers played their first regular-season game in Levi’s Stadium this past Sunday Night. Friend of the site and long time season ticket holder, Scott Porter, provides us with a great review of the stadium and how it compares to Candlestick.  Being a 49ers season ticket holder at Candlestick for the past 10 years, and having gone to 49ers and Giants games since the early 80s...
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Jake Locker is really proud of his chicken coop

If you own and maintain a chicken coop, you should be damn proud. It seems that for Titans quarterback Jake Locker, his tiny backyard chicken colony is both a source of serenity, and convenience. Quarterbacks usually have a weekly conference call with reporters who cover the team they’re set to play. For reasons that aren’t at all clear, Locker was asked about his chicken coop...
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Regardless of how it is reported, poll finds NFL is losing fans based on the domestic violence mess

It’s been one of the crappiest months in NFL history, which really hurts because the league really has reached new plateaus in terms of popularity. However, with so many high-profile domestic violence debacles leaking from the NFL world into mainstream news and the public sphere, it’s fair to wonder if a seemingly infallible, $10-billion-a-year league could be in danger of losing...
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Josh Gordon still hasn’t sold a car

For something to do with his suddenly free time (and presumably for some cash too), Josh Gordon started working at a local car dealership when his year-long suspension was first handed down. It’s since been reduced to 10 games after the NFL and NFLPA agreed on a new drug policy. That means Gordon is running out of time to sell his first car. Alas, Alex Sarchione said Josh Gordon...
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Who will be the first head coach fired?

It’s never too early to talk about which head coach might not be gainfully employed for much longer. The equation is usually pretty simple. Owners like money, and to make the most sweet cash they need fans interested and engaged throughout the entire season. For that, winning needs to happen. A championship or two would also be swell. But at minimum a head coach needs to win enough...
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Enjoy “The Ballad of Brian Hoyer”

Give Cleveland Browns fans this — they’re creative. Remember this? And this? The latest comes from a fan named Curtis Varouh who wrote a ballad about stopgap quarterback Brian Hoyer, which is a parody of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” [Cleveland Scene]
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Peyton Manning subtly connects legal weed to Papa John’s boom in Colorado

Back when Peyton Manning purchased some Colorado-based Papa John’s franchises, it was too easy to joke that Manning was making a smart investment based on the fact the state was in the process of legalizing marijuana. But Manning’s no idiot regarding the munchies, which is why he told Peter King of The MMQB that there probably is indeed a connection between that legal development...
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Take a gander at Tom Brady’s pre-NFL résumé

Before he became one of the most successful professional athletes of his time, Tom Brady was Thomas E. Brady, Jr., a Michigan grad looking for a job in a tough market. On Thursday, he dug up his résumé from that time and shared it with the world. In an alternate universe, Tom Brady is raking sand traps on a golf course near you. [For the Win]
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Week 3 NFL Game Watchability Rankings

Week 3 in the NFL is here, and you might be entering the weekend with your own preferences regarding which games to focus on, and which to place on the backburner. Most of you have your favorites and fantasy players to track. But in case you’re completely neutral or need help breaking ties with regard to what to watch, we’ve ranked all 16 games from most appealing to least enticing...
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Was Nick Foles’ 2013 season a fluke?

When you look at Nick Foles’ 2013 numbers, it doesn’t seem like they should be a real thing. And if there was any logic at all in this world, they wouldn’t exist. Yet there they are at any place which displays such numbers. Staring at you and beaming, telling you to call them a liar. Numbers don’t lie, but they sure can lead to wild, unrealistic expectations. Just as they...
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TGS weekly NFL MVP tracker

Well, the 2014 NFL regular season is literally 100 percent more complete now than it was one week ago, so these MVP rankings must carry 100 percent more weight. Problem, of course, is that 100 percent more than zero is still zero. Whatever, here’s where the top MVP candidates stand through two weeks… 1. Peyton Manning, Broncos — Oh boy, he’s the game’s top-rated passer...
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Week 2 Rookie Class Rankings: Bills, Browns lead the 2014 Draft with Offensive Playmakers

Everyone loves to grade NFL Draft classes immediately after their completion. Winners, losers, sleepers and busts: everyone plays fortune teller on how the newest additions to each teams will develop in the NFL. In actuality, it takes multiple seasons and off-seasons before we can know how a draft class will turn out. In an effort to start that process, I’ll be ranking the draft...
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Redskins players videobomb ESPN

Brian Orakpo, DeAngelo Hall, and Stephen Bowen are three wild and crazy guys.
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This weekend in NFL stupid

Perhaps never in history has the word “stupid” been used to describe the NFL as often as has been the case in the last week. Most of the stupidity has taken place off the field, but let’s take a moment to acknowledge some of the stupidest moments from the field on the second weekend of the 2014 campaign. The stupidest timeout fiasco  New York Jets’ offensive coordinator...
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14 crazy stats from Week 2

The NFL was a strange place in Week 2. The Cleveland Browns won a football game against an opponent that’s more than just respectable, and is downright good. The Seahawks pass defense looked oddly ordinary, the Bills haven’t lost yet, and Austin Davis went all Joe Montana on us in the fourth quarter of a game that was delayed by lightning. It was all so very NFL, a league where...
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This Week In Pain: Robert Griffin III breaks again

Every week bones break and muscles rip around the NFL. We’ll take a look at the most significant injuries, and what happens next. Robert Griffin III’s body doesn’t seem to like football Robert Griffin III getting injured always feels inevitable, and we expect it to happen the same way every snap goes down for a mobile quarterback. He’ll be running merrily in the open field...
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James Jones fumbled twice on the same play

This is truly special and creative. James Jones is not a man who does things halfway. No, he’s mostly a man who says to himself “I’m going to do this horrible thing twice, and in a matter of seconds!” Then he does that thing, and it’s glorious… I want to know what went through James Jones’s head the second time he fumbled. https://t.co/UEgZXgbLSW — Samer (@samer_k...
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J.J. Watt caught a touchdown pass

Of course he did, because there are few things in this life J.J. Watt can’t do. If VCRs still existed he could probably program one. JJ Watt TD https://t.co/0hj0VVU4Lw — Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) September 14, 2014
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You can still be an NFL fan right now, just don’t be more than that

There are 1,696 NFL players on active rosters, a number that expands to 2,016 if we include those on practice squads who won’t be in uniform when Sunday’s games kickoff. The overwhelming majority of those players are normal, law-abiding people who also happen to be supremely talented athletes. We watch and idolize them. We wear their jerseys, and the more, um, dedicated supporters...
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There will be “Goodell must go” banners above three NFL stadiums

Roger Goodell is essentially the CEO of the NFL. And when someone in that position approaches a serious issue like domestic abuse with blatant negligence, the result is confusion at first, and then anger. A whole lot of anger. And at three stadiums today it will be quite visible. Ultraviolet, a women’s advocacy organization, will fly planes over three NFL stadiums prior to today’s...
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