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Week 9 NFL Game Watchability Rankings

Week 9 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 13 games from most appealing to least enticing...
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TGS weekly NFL MVP tracker

Eight weeks into the 2014 NFL regular season, here’s how we view the 10 most valuable players in football at this very moment… 1. Peyton Manning, Broncos — Like no other, this has been the year of the quarterback. That’s the only reason Manning has only a small lead here despite a 22-to-3 touchdown-to-interception ratio and a 119.0 passer rating. Another masterful performance...
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15 crazy stats from Week 8

You’ll notice quite a few Ben Roethlisberger numbers this week, because that’s what happens when you pass for 522 yards and tie the fourth highest single-game total in league history. But first let’s start with a game that began in the wee hours Sunday morning, when the NFL booted its hottest mess across an ocean. 3: The number of quarterbacks since 1966 who have started three...
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A Cowboys fan shaved Tony Romo into his head

When you earn athletic fame your name could be anywhere, at any time while on someone’s back. It’s an honor but also sort of a weird concept to think that while one dedicated fan is chillin’ at home on the couch wearing your jersey, another is rocking it while drooling on himself at the local pub, slamming back is 13th Sam Adams. But what if we took that a step further? What...
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This weekend in NFL stupid

After a couple fairly un-stupid weeks, there was almost too much stupid for us to handle in Week 8… The stupidest roughing the passer penalty There’s usually one every week, sometimes more than one. This time, the victim was Tyrann Mathieu  of the Cardinals: Walt Anderson’s crew had a bad day, but this was the worst call of the weekend. You simply can’t throw a flag there...
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This Week in Hurt: Jake Long 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. Being a St. Louis Rams fan was always going to be difficult this season. Sam Bradford went down in August, and he’s average at best to begin with. He was replaced first by a journeyman in Shaun Hill, and then by Austin Davis, a promising undrafted...
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Eight NFL records that won’t be broken for a long time

When Peyton Manning established a new all-time passing touchdowns record in Week 7 by heaving one into the endzone for the 509th time, the achievement represented not only success, but sustained success. Sure, that’s true of every all-time record, but with Manning it felt different. Not too long ago there were legitimate concerns about the state of his career due to multiple neck...
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Andrew Hawkins banishes son for being a Bengals fan

Andrew Hawkins spent the first three seasons of his career with the Cincinnati Bengals before moving on to the division rival Browns as a restricted free agent this past offseason. But it seems his two-year-old son Austin still has strong ties with the Bengals. So strong that when asked about his favorite players, he responded “Sanu and A.J.” (Bengals receivers Mohamed Sanu and...
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Five matchups to watch in Week 8

It’s time for this week’s run-down of some of the most intriguing player matchups in Week 8′s slate of Sunday’s daytime games. 1. Lions DT Ndamukong Suh vs. Falcons C James Stone Poor Matt Ryan. This week starting center Peter Konz became the fourth Atlanta offensive line starter to head to injured reserve. That list includes initial starting center Joe Hawley, so undrafted...
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“Finding Giants “Recap: How the Series’ Stars Have Fared in their Rookie Seasons

The New York Giants were featured in an insightful series that focused on what it’s like to be an NFL scout, how the scouting process works, and what the end result is for a team that works all year long in evaluating talent. Now that the series is complete and most of the thoughts (although much is still kept behind closed doors) are now public on the team’s draft picks, I thought...
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Week 7 Rookie Class Rankings: Rams Rookies Make the Difference and Odell Beckham Joins Rookie WR Production

We’re nearing the mid-point of the season, but when it comes to rookies, many of them are just starting their freshman year in the NFL. Tre Mason, Greg Robinson, Taylor Lewan and other high draft picks got their chance to shine in Week 7, and more than a few made the most of it. The Rams are the new leader in the rookie class rankings, and the Titans have a chance to make a huge...
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Week 8 NFL Game Watchability Rankings

Week 8 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 15 games from most appealing to least enticing...
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TGS weekly NFL MVP tracker

Seven weeks into the 2014 NFL regular season, here’s how we view the 10 most valuable players in football at this very moment… 1. Peyton Manning, Broncos — Philip Rivers came back to earth against Kansas City, while Manning played his best game of the year against a stellar defense in a blowout victory. The league’s highest-rated passer has gotta be the favorite to win his...
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11 crazy stats from Week 7

You’re about to notice a lot of Denver Broncos numbers that just aren’t fair. They still have a pretty petrifying offense, and stopping Demaryius Thomas might not happen ever again. 21.4: Demaryius Thomas’ average yards per reception during another week of catching everything, this time in a win over the San Francisco 49ers. 521: The total receiving yards for Thomas over his...
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This weekend in NFL stupid

This was one of those rare NFL weekends in which stupidity wasn’t ubiquitous. But don’t worry, we still dug up a few comically stupid moments for ya’ll… The stupidest throw With a six-point fourth-quarter lead and the ball deep in his own territory, what exactly was New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees thinking when he threw this pass? Absolute back-breaker in yet another...
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This Week In Hurt: Being a Bills running back was painful

Every week bones break and muscles rip around the NFL. We’ll take a look at the most significant injuries, and what happens next. The Buffalo Bills haven’t advanced to the playoffs in 15 years, and they haven’t finished with a winning record in a decade. Their fanbase desperately needs something to keep them warm during another awful upstate New York winter. They need the playoffs...
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Reporter calls Colt McCoy “Kirk”

Usually we would reassure Colt McCoy and say there are far worse names to be called. But in Washington right now that might not be true.
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Jameel McClain to Tony Romo: “I’m not the Mike!”

Calling out the Mike is a standard football practice done by every quarterback before nearly every snap. So how has it taken so long for this to happen?
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Sean Payton tells a reporter to be quiet

If you ask Sean Payton a question, please wait for the full and complete answer. Interrupt him at your own risk.
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The Packers took on the Hurricanes yesterday?

Sam Rosen is a hockey fan, apparently. Loading Sam Rosen thinks he’s calling a hockey game? View on Instagram
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Darnell Dockett made a sign for Raiders fans

The smiley face tells us he’s laughing with Raiders fans, not at them. Right? Darnell Dockett made sideline signs to taunt Raiders fans (via @T_UNIT44) http://t.co/mnmAjmZPQ5 pic.twitter.com/F0elr0YBAS — SB Nation (@SBNation) October 19, 2014
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Is Brian Hoyer the Browns’ real quarterback of the future?

The Cleveland Browns have a problem. It’s a nice problem, but a problem nonetheless, and one that may require some creative front office tap dancing. Brian Hoyer might actually be good. Or at least the version of “good” the Browns would prefer in a run-heavy offense. We saw a hint of this last season, which is why there were so many rumblings Johnny Manizel would sit for his...
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“Three Year Rule”: Jones, Hightower Lead Impactful 2012 Draft Class for Patriots Defense

After the 2012 draft was completed, the Patriots seemed to be considered one of the “winners” of the draft. Procuring the high-upside Chandler Jones out of Syracuse coupled with Dont’a Hightower, the former leader of the Alabama stringent offense in the first-round paved the way. Adding the athletic yet unproven Tavon Wilson from Syracuse and the character flagged yet super...
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Five matchups to Watch in Week 7

Here are some of the more intriguing matchups from Sunday’s slate of afternoon games. 1. Bengals TE Jermaine Gresham vs. Colts ILB D’Qwell Jackson Without A.J. Green and with Marvin Jones now on the IR, the Bengals are playing without Andy Dalton’s two best targets from last year. That means more work for Gresham, who had six catches last week. Jackson is a savvy veteran on...
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Week 6 Rookie Class Rankings: Giants, Browns and Rams Drafted Depth Starting to Play a Major Impact

As the season progresses, more and more rookies are beginning to feel comfortable on their rosters, and coaching staffs and giving them a chance to shine. While the three key rookie quarterbacks continue to show their youth, all of which lost this past weekend, it’s the depth of rookie classes that have given some struggling teams hope this year. The Giants, Browns and Rams are...
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