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Five free agent signings that should happen in 2015

Only two weeks remain in the NFL regular season, with plenty of teams already looking forward to the offseason. For the players it is a time to unwind and heal the body, while front-office members start reshaping rosters for a push toward the future. Nothing has ever been so poorly named as the NFL offseason, because there is nothing off about it. On March 7, teams will be able...
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Three quarterbacks who could be traded this offseason

Each offseason the amount of teams that need quarterbacks always outnumbers the amount of quarterbacks available through either the draft, or the death pit that is free agency at the position. So a risk needs to be taken on an established arm who’s fallen out of favor. In some instances the quarterback in question has legitimately regressed, and in others he’s become a poor...
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The Bears must move on from Jay Cutler

On Wednesday, the Chicago Bears made a stunning headline when word leaked that Jimmy Clausen would be the starting quarterback on Sunday against the Detroit Lions. Ordinarily, the news would be mundane when the first-stringer leads the league with 24 turnovers and has a 5-9 record. However, when your starter is Jay Cutler, a man in the first season of a seven-year, $126 million deal...
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Things Johnny Manziel, Browns can do to avoid a bad repeat

Johnny Manziel had arguably the worst game for a rookie quarterback in the 2014 season. His performance agains the Bengals was worse than any Blake Bortles or Zach Mettenberger or Derek Carr performance. Even Tom Savage looked more composed than Manziel. But his struggles aren’t all on him. The playcalling, the poor running game, and an unfamiliarity with his receivers and blocking...
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Five matchups to watch in Week 16

There are just two weeks to go in the regular season. Nine teams are still alive for six stops in the NFC, with all seeds up for grabs. A whopping nine teams are still alive for just three available playoff spots in the AFC, plus the three teams that have already clinched their division are jockeying for playoff seeding, including the crucial first-round bye. With Jacksonville-Tennessee...
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It is not Chip Kelly's fault if Eagles miss playoffs

The Philadelphia Eagles were 4-12 in 2012, causing long-time head coach Andy Reid’s ousting. Philadelphia ended its search for a new coach quickly, settling on offensive guru Chip Kelly from the University of Oregon. While many renowned college coaches have come into the NFL and failed such as Nick Saban, Bud Wilkinson and Steve Spurrier, Kelly was an instant success. Kelly transformed...
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Five draft picks why the Browns won’t make the playoffs

The Browns are a team that has turned some heads and really overachieved winning some close games this year. No one really expected them to fight and claw their way to a 7-7 record and they should be commended for that. The odds of making the playoffs being 2 games out of the final wild card spot with 2 to play make this season over for them and the last games a formality. One has...
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Packers traveling to Tampa Bay drives up Bucs ticket prices

Few head coaches know the Green Bay Packers better than Lovie Smith. Smith wasn’t brought into Tampa Bay to beat the green and gold like he was when he was with the Bears, but that’s exactly what he and his Buccaneers will set out to do in week 16. Tampa Bay’s season is all but lost as they enter the week at just 2-12, but at this point it’s about building momentum for 2015...
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Week 16 NFL game watchability rankings

Week 16 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...
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Take your pick: Colin Kaepernick or Derek Carr

Colin Kaepernick and Derek Carr are similar in many ways. Both are second-round picks, play in the Bay Area, are young quarterbacks and have pronounced strengths and weaknesses. Carr is a rookie with the Oakland Raiders and has started all season, unseating veteran Matt Schaub in the preseason. The former Fresno State star has provided Oakland fans with hope that he’s the franchise...
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The five worst playoff teams in NFL history

This year, some embarrassing team will emerge from the NFC South as a division winner and subsequent playoff team. The NFL has only had one team with a losing record make the postseason, although we could have a second in 2014 should the New Orleans Saints not win out. Since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger, there have been some truly bad teams that found their way to the playoffs. Let...
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TGS weekly NFL MVP tracker

We’ve been eliminating NFL MVP candidates on a weekly basis this season, and last week we got that list down to just two men — Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt. But after Rodgers struggled against the Buffalo Bills, we’re cheating by adding a third name back to the list entering Week 16. And it’s probably not a name you’d...
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TGS weekly NFL MVP tracker

We’ve been eliminating NFL MVP candidates on a weekly basis this season, and last week we got that list down to just two men — Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt. But after Rodgers struggled against the Buffalo Bills, we’re cheating by adding a third name back to the list entering Week 16. And it’s probably not a name you’d...
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TGS weekly NFL MVP tracker

We’ve been eliminating NFL MVP candidates on a weekly basis this season, and last week we got that list down to just two men — Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt. But after Rodgers struggled against the Buffalo Bills, we’re cheating by adding a third name back to the list entering Week 16. And it’s probably not a name you’d...
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Tough Season turns fantasy football into a hilarious series

This NFL season, Lenovo and Onion Labs have created a hilarious online series entitled Tough Season, which portrays a fantasy owner named Brad as someone that not only manages his team, but also interacts with the players on his team. The series, which can be viewed on Lenovo’s website and is a must-watch, stars NFL players Mason Crosby, AJ Green, Alfred Morris, Andrew Luck, Matt...
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8 crazy stats from Week 15

The 15th week of the 2014 NFL season will forever be remembered for Johnny Manziel’s debut. And it couldn’t have gone worse in every way imaginable. 244-53: The rushing yardage scoreboard between the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns. Jeremy Hill chugged for 148 yards and two touchdowns. 5.9: Hill’s average yards per carry. 106-9: The overall yardage scoreboard in that...
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Kosar: Browns front office 'makes me want to throw up'

Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar had some strong words for the organization after a brutal shutout loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. Kosae said that the organization’s front office is “uneducated”, and that the team’s struggles this season “makes me want to throw up”. “They don’t know how to lead and organize and set a culture for doing...
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NFC playoff picture: Week 16

Nothing is crazier than the NFL in December, outside of perhaps March Madness and Courtney Love. Football is America’s pastime and it doesn’t appear it will disappoint its legions of fans this year, with chaos breaking out all over the nation. In the NFC, nine teams are still in the mix for the playoffs, with only the Arizona Cardinals having clinched a spot. The others are...
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AFC playoff picture, Week 16: Ravens enter, Patriots hold firm

The AFC playoff picture is finally starting to clear up, but there is still plenty to settle. On Sunday, three divisions were clinched while a few others were all but eliminated from contention, leaving a trio of spots for six true contenders. In the NFL, anything can happen. It will be a wild ride for all of the postseason hopefuls, with many of the remaining contests featuring...
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This weekend in NFL stupid

A recap of all that was stupid during the 15th weekend of the 2014 NFL season… The stupidest penalty call, AFC edition Tackling a guy by his jersey doesn’t constitute a horse-collar. That led directly to a Cincinnati touchdown. Officials have to stop guessing on these fast-paced calls. Replay review on penalties would help. The stupidest penalty, NFC edition This has become...
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This Week In Hurt: DeMarco Murray finally breaks

Every week bones break and muscles rip around the NFL. We’ll take a look at the most significant injuries, and what happens next. There was a whole lot of hurt this week, from Gerald McCoy’s season ending, to the 49ers nearly going through their entire running back depth chart (Frank Gore suffered a concussion and Carlos Hyde went down with an ankle injury). But our focus here...
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Panthers support Bears with Jungle Book pic

The Bears are hosting the Saints at Soldier Field on Monday evening, and the Carolina Panthers are among the many teams cheering for Chicago. If the Bears win, Carolina remains in first place in the NFC South. If New Orleans wins, they’ll take a half game lead on the Panthers in the division. So how did the Panthers decide to show their support for the Bears? By breaking a Jungle...
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Need a quarterback? 2015 is not your year

In two weeks, 20 teams will be home for the holidays with many others soon to follow. For those organizations, the internal evaluations will begin, with some leading to changes among the front office and coaching staffs. For others, it will be a time to pour over the roster and figure out what needs to be done for a playoff push in 2015. A bevy of franchises will figure it out and...
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Five things we learned from NFL Week 15

With only two weeks remaining in the NFL’s regular season, the scramble is on for playoff berths and divisional titles. While a few divisions were locked up this week, others remain up for grabs. Only the Denver Broncos, Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots are in the postseason, so nine other tickets remain to be punched. Let’s take a look at five things we learned from...
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Do Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson and others play in 2015?

The National Football League has given plenty of people second chances. In the past, players such as Michael Vick and Plaxico Burress have been imprisoned only to return to an NFL field. In comparison, Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson, who struck their fiancee and child respectively, should have no problem getting a chance at redemption if history is a guide. Neither were put in prison...
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