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In comments on Michael Sam, Tony Dungy is failing to look at the big picture

Yes, when Tony Dungy stated over the weekend that he wouldn’t have drafted openly-gay NFL rookie Michael Sam because “things will happen,” he was — somewhat refreshingly — breaking from the media status quo and saying something publicly that a lot of NFL front-office types have said privately and/or off the record. What Dungy was essentially getting at — at least from...
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21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Video: NFL rookies react to their Madden ratings

The connection between the NFL fraternity and the Madden video game empire is deep and fascinating. That’s because most of these guys grow up playing the game, and then all of a sudden they’re — wait for it — in the game! So EA Sports had the brilliant idea of taping rookies as they predicted, and then reacted to, their initial ratings in the game. These guys are supremely...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Upon Further Review: That time when the Packers and Panthers simultaneously ran up the score

“Upon further review” is a recurring segment in which This Given Sunday analyzes quirks and fascinating tidbits from the NFL’s history books.  Let’s bring you all the way back to…1999, when point differential was still a major tiebreaker when it came to deciding who made the NFL playoffs. The Green Bay Packers and Carolina Panthers were tied for the last playoff spot in...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Which NFL teams have the best, worst home field advantage?

Let’s be real: Good teams are good teams at home and bad teams are bad teams at home. But some good teams are better at home, and some are worse, while some bad teams are worse at home, and some are better. In order to establish which teams have benefited the most (and least) from playing at home this century, we juxtaposed home records with road records to find the biggest discrepancies...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Five under-the-radar NFL MVP contenders

Peyton Manning. Aaron Rodgers. Tom Brady. Adrian Peterson. The usual suspects when it comes to the NFL MVP discussion. But what about some dark horses or sleepers? Let’s look at five under-the-radar players who have legitimate chances to emerge as MVP contenders this season.   Nick Foles The NFL’s top-rated passer in 2013 was Nick Foles. Although he registered the robust 119...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

The 10 most underrated players in the NFL

After causing quite a stir by listing the ten most overrated players in the league, it’s only fair that we share players that are not put in the spotlight but deserve to be, as well. When a player is put on a pedestal by the media, part of it is marketing, part of it is personality, and of course there usually has to be an outstanding skillset to go with it. When a player doesn’t...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Could Jimmy Graham break Tony Gonzalez’s records?

Four years into what has already been a remarkably productive career, Jimmy Graham has received a fresh four-year deal with the New Orleans Saints. And although it is now clearly debatable whether or not he’s truly a tight end, we’re already in the mood to start forecasting Graham’s long-term chances of making a run at the all-time records Tony Gonzalez holds at that position...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Adrian Peterson already a Hall of Famer?

Adrian Peterson is still only 29 and has only suited up for seven NFL seasons, but he’s probably done more before his 30th birthday than any other active non-quarterback in the NFL. I mean, only Calvin Johnson probably comes close. That has us wondering if Peterson is already worthy of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. If he were to suddenly pull a Barry Sanders and walk away from...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

The 10 most overrated players in the NFL

Every year the media, fans and even the league tend to put certain players on a pedestal. Whether it’s a likable personality, self promotion, past success or potential, some players are in the spotlight more than they maybe deserve to be. Below are ten players that fit that description to a T and don’t carry with them the elite status that many suggest they have. 10. Michael...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

The Jaguars are London's team?

The Jacksonville Jaguars return to London for the second consecutive year in 2014, part of a four-year pact that will see the Jags play one game per season across the pond through 2016. Obviously, the NFL’s least popular team is doing its best to market itself to a new audience, which is good business. But should the Jags and their fans take offense to the notion that their club...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Here’s why it won’t be you, Geno Smith

Geno Smith wants to know: Why not us? At his camp, #Jets QB @GenoSmith7 told @nflnetwork “I feel good about our team making a Super Bowl run. … You know, why not us?” — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 6, 2014 I know, it’s the parity-plagued NFL, where anyone can be good in any given year. But because the New York Jets still have a ways to go and because we’re eternal pessimists...
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Breaking down NFL MVP odds

Bovada sent along their MVP odds for the 2014 NFL season. Let’s break it down. Peyton Manning 3/1 Drew Brees 11/2 Aaron Rodgers 15/2 Tom Brady 9/1 According to Bovada, the oldest skill position player in the NFL is an overwhelming favorite to win his sixth MVP award. If that were to happen, I don’t know how people could continue to put Tom Brady (or anyone, frankly) ahead of...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

It’s official, Jimmy Graham is a tight end

Thanks to news originally broken by Ian Rapoport, we now know that Jimmy Graham has officially been ruled as a tight end by a third party arbitrator for the franchise tag purposes. This means that Graham’s franchise tender will remain at the one year price of $7.035 million instead of jumping to over $12 million in line with a receiver franchise tag. The biggest question that always...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Biz Blitz: Futbol has the one thing the NFL craves but does not offer

The Bottom Line: Futbol has the World Cup. The US Men’s National Team finished its FIFA run with a 2-1 loss to Belgium. The game was a nail biter that introduced Americans to the amazing Tim Howard. Why did this run in the FIFA World Cup attract so many Americans who are otherwise disinterested in futbol (translates to “soccer” in American)? Because it was “US” vs. The...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

On Brandon Flowers and the desire to get back at former lovers

Brandon Flowers didn’t lash out at the Kansas City Chiefs for cutting him out of the blue after six quality seasons as a starter, but it’s clear he considers the fact he’ll now get to face his former team twice a year to be one of the bonuses of signing with the division rival San Diego Chargers. “That definitely played into the decision,” Flowers told via XTRA 1360 in...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Biz Blitz: NFL remains undefeated in Court because Roger is Boss

The Bottom Line: It is the football dead zone when the biggest NFL news happens in the courtroom rather than the playing field. When it comes to Courts, the NFL is good. Real good. Three court cases reached a dramatic conclusion in the past week. Each could have a wide impact on the league’s revenue. Commissioner Roger Goodell is one of the sharpest lawyers in the country. There...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Can the Rams’ offense improve if Kenny Britt is the #1 receiver?

Do you remember Kenny Britt? He’s the former 1st round pick of the Tennessee Titans that never really lived up to the hype. He’s had three knee surgeries since 2011, including the worst season of his career in 2013 where he finished with just 11 receptions for 96 yards in 13 games (2 starts). Britt re-united with the coach that drafted him in the offseason, Jeff Fisher. As a...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Have we already forgotten about Justin Blackmon?

To show just how quickly they can leave you for dead in this league, look at what is going down with Justin Blackmon right now. Remember him? I’ll bet most of you non-Oklahoma State or Jacksonville Jaguars fans have no idea what the hell is happening with Blackmon right now, which illustrates my point. We’re talking about a guy who was the fifth overall pick in the NFL draft...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Concern with Johnny Manziel is about optics

The latest well-known figure in the football world to take aim at Johnny Manziel? All-time NFL rushing leader Emmitt Smith, who this week suggested that Manziel is living a “short career lifestyle.” But Smith should know all too well that football players party, often quite hard. A large number of his teammates did so during the Cowboys’ heyday in the 1990s. So why is Manziel...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Are the Browns mishandling Johnny Manziel?

Being drafted into the factory of sadness isn’t the way any young NFL player wants to begin his career. It doesn’t matter that the aforementioned player claims he was thrilled to be heading to Cleveland. Brady Quinn once said that too. Quinn was never surrounded by the necessary talent to succeed, and he became a big flop. The question on everyone’s mind now is, are the Browns...
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June 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Do MVPs win Super Bowls?

Kurt Warner’s been receiving some attention this week, mainly because he’s being honored by the Arizona Cardinals and buzz is beginning to pick up regarding a potential first-ballot Hall of Fame entry in 2015. As a result, this tidbit popped up on Reddit Thursday: Warner is the last regular-season MVP to go on to win the Super Bowl in the same year. He accomplished that feat...
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June 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Is Kurt Warner a first-ballot Hall of Famer?

It was announced this week that Kurt Warner would be inducted into the Arizona Cardinals’ Ring of Honor, which got me thinking about his credentials for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. After all, Warner will be eligible for the Hall next year. Will he be inducted on the first ballot? I look at it like this: We’ve had 67 first-ballot Hall of Famers. Is Warner one of the 67 best...
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June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

New renderings of the weird-looking Falcons stadium scheduled to open in 2017

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has new renderings of the crazy-ass stadium the Falcons are building, which is supposed to be ready for 2017. And it’s safe to say they’re going for the hardcore futuristic look. That has a serious World Cup feel to it, doesn’t it? Why does every “innovative” new stadium have to look like some kind of steel nest? I’m down with the big...
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June 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Ryan Fitzpatrick is the ultimate ‘journeyman starting quarterback’ but that might not help the Texans much

Now that Ryan Fitzpatrick has been named the Houston Texans’ starting quarterback, the journeyman is in line to become the only active pivot in the league who has started for five different teams. Despite the fact he has played for four teams in nine years, always with the design of being a backup at the get-go, the guy has managed to start 76 of a possible 144 career games. In...
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June 18, 2014  |  Discuss

10 biggest questions going into the 2014 season

Every year the league takes twists and turns that no one expects. In 2013 we saw a linebacker in Kiko Alonso of the Bills who surprised everyone by being one of the best players in the entire rookie class despite not being a 1st round pick. The Cardinals as a team were a nice surprise too, reviving the career of Carson Palmer with some success in a very tough NFC West. But the unexpected...
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June 17, 2014  |  Discuss
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