NFL’s strength of schedule: Raiders finally No. 1

 

The Raiders will see both of these quarterbacks in 2014. (USATSI)
The Raiders will see both of these quarterbacks in 2014. (USATSI)

The Oakland Raiders haven't had a successful season since 2002 and if the NFL's 2014 strength of schedule is any indication, that streak is prone to proceed for an additional yr.

Based on 2013 records, the Raiders will play the toughest schedule within the NFL subsequent season. The Raiders will play a total of 9 video games against 2013 playoff groups, plus a game in opposition to the 10-win Arizona Cardinals.

The Raiders schedule is as near a murderer's row as an NFL schedule can produce. Oakland performs all four teams that played in the NFC and AFC Championship games and that includes three games in opposition to the two groups that have been within the Tremendous Bowl.

Oakland might have it powerful, but they don't seem to be the only ones taking part in 9 games against 2013 playoff groups. The Broncos may also play a complete of nine games in 2014 against teams that made the playoffs in 2013.

The eight toughest schedules in the NFL belong to the eight groups in the AFC and NFC West. The two divisions will play one another in 2014. The two divisions mixed to send five of their eight teams to the postseason in 2013.

It pays to be within the AFC South in 2014. The four best power of schedules subsequent season belong to the the 4 groups in that division. Going into 2014, Indianapolis has the best energy of schedule, adopted by Tennessee, Houston and Jacksonville.

The Colts 2014 opponents have a combined 2013 document of 110-146. The Raiders 2014 opponents have a mixed document of 148-108.

In any case of this power of schedule speak, the plain question right here is: Does strength of schedule actually mean something?

Going into the 2013 season, the Carolina Panthers had the hardest power of schedule. After the 2013 season was over although, the Panthers had only played the 17th most tough schedule.

Loads of that had to do with the fact that Carolina performed the Falcons twice. Going into 2013, the Panthers strength of schedule was calculated using the Falcons 2012 record of 13-three. After 2013, it was calculated utilizing the Falcons 2013 report of 4-12.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers ended up playing essentially the most tough schedule in 2013, however before the season, they have been only projected to play the 17th hardest schedule.

Here's the 2014 power of schedule for each NFL crew (Mixed 2013 file of all sixteen opponents, mixed winning share)

1. Oakland Raiders: 148-108,578

2. Denver Broncos: 146-110,570

three. St. Louis Rams: 144-111-1,564

T-4. San Diego Chargers: a hundred and forty four-112,563

T-4. San Francisco 49ers: a hundred and forty four-112,563

6. Seattle Seahawks: 143-112-1,561

7. Kansas City Chiefs: 143-113,559

eight.Arizona Cardinals: a hundred and forty-116,547

9. New York Jets: 132-122-2,520

10. New England Patriots: 131-123-2,516

11. Atlanta Falcons: a hundred thirty-124-2512

12. Miami Dolphins: 129-one hundred twenty five-2,508

thirteen. Green Bay Packers: 128-126-2,504

14. Buffalo Payments: 127-127-2,500

15. Chicago Bears: one hundred twenty five-127-four,496

sixteen. Detroit Lions: 124-128-4,492

17. Washington Redskins: 125-one hundred thirty-1,490

18. Dallas Cowboys: one hundred twenty five-131,488

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 123-131-2,484

20. Philadelphia Eagles: 122-133-1,479

21. Minnesota Vikings: 121-133-2,477

22. Carolina Panthers: a hundred and twenty-134-2,473

T-23. Cincinnati Bengals: a hundred and twenty-136,469

T-23. Pittsburgh Steelers: a hundred and twenty-136,469

T-23. New Orleans Saints: 119-135-2469

T-26. Cleveland Browns: 119-137,465

T-26. New York Giants: 119-137,465

28. Baltimore Ravens: 117-139,461

29. Jacksonville Jaguars: 116-one hundred forty,453

30. Houston Texans: 113-143,441

31. Tennessee Titans: 112-one hundred forty four,438

32. Indianapolis Colts: one hundred ten-146,430

Here is a hyperlink to an inventory of every opponent each group will play in 2014. The time and dates of each game will be launched in the spring.

 

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Colts at Cardinals odds, prediction, and preview

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The Indianapolis Colts (7-3) tackle the Arizona Cardinals (6-4) this Sunday in Phoenix, AZ. Arizona is four-1 at residence and Indianapolis is four-1 on the road. The Cardinals are riding a 3 sport profitable streak, however the groups they have crushed throughout the streak have combined for 5 wins on the season. The Colts are their hardest opponent in over a month.

The Colts have a great file at 7-3, however their last three video games have been rocky. In week 9, the Colts needed a fifteen level fourth quarter to beat the struggling Houston Texans. In week ten, the Colts had their worst sport of the season with Andrew Luck throwing three interceptions in a 38-8 loss at home to the St. Louis Rams. Last week, the Colts bought again on track with a 30-27 win in opposition to the Tennessee Titans. It was a superb bounce again win, but a sample of first half deficits appears to be forming.

A obvious statistical difference between the 2 teams is their speeding defenses. The Cardinals are second in the league, limiting opponents to 81.4 yards per sport while the Colts are 28th , allowing 126.1 yards per recreation. Indianapolis’ dashing protection is probably not exploited by Arizona as a result of the Cardinals have the 25th ranked rushing assault at 85.6 yards per sport.

I believe predicting a winner in this recreation comes right down to the x-issue. Colts QB Andrew Luck is the x-factor. His leadership and overall talent level make up for being on the highway in opposition to a good staff. Not having WR Reggie Wayne will make it a close recreation, but the Colts will pull it out in the long run. Colts win 24-21.

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Date: November 24, 2013

Begin time: 4:05 PM ET

Location: Phoenix, AZ

TV: CBS

Line: Arizona -1

Over/Below: 45

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Strahan, Dungy, Bettis among HOF semifinalists

 

The 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame class will be announced Feb. 1. (USATSI) The 2014 Professional Football Corridor of Fame class will be announced Feb. 1. (USATSI)

 

In September, 126 modern-era football players made the preliminary list for the category of 2014 Pro Football Corridor of Fame. On Wednesday, it was whittled all the way down to a semifinal list of 25.

Listed here are the 25 that survived the lower, by way of the HOF.

Morten Andersen, Ok – 1982-1994 New Orleans Saints, 1995-2000, 2006-07 Atlanta Falcons, 2001 New York Giants, 2002-03 Kansas City Chiefs, 2004 Minnesota Vikings

Steve Atwater, S – 1989-1998 Denver Broncos, 1999 New York Jets

Jerome Bettis, RB – 1993-ninety five Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, 1996-2005 Pittsburgh Steelers

Derrick Brooks, LB – 1995-2008 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tim Brown, WR/KR – 1988-2003 Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders, 2004 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Don Coryell, Coach – 1973-77 St. Louis Cardinals, 1978-1986 San Diego Chargers

Roger Craig, RB – 1983-1990 San Francisco 49ers, 1991 Los Angeles Raiders, 1992-ninety three Minnesota Vikings

Terrell Davis, RB – 1995-2001 Denver Broncos

Edward DeBartolo, Jr., Proprietor – 1977-2000 San Francisco 49ers

Tony Dungy, Coach – 1996-2001 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2002-08 Indianapolis Colts

Kevin Greene, LB/DE – 1985-1992 Los Angeles Rams, 1993-ninety five Pittsburgh Steelers, 1996, 1998-99 Carolina Panthers, 1997 San Francisco 49ers

Charles Haley, DE/LB – 1986-1991, 1999 San Francisco 49ers, 1992-ninety six Dallas Cowboys

Marvin Harrison, WR – 1996-2008 Indianapolis Colts

Joe Jacoby, T – 1981-1993 Washington Redskins

Jimmy Johnson, Coach – 1989-1993 Dallas Cowboys, 1996-99 Miami Dolphins

Walter Jones, T – 1997-2008 Seattle Seahawks

John Lynch, FS – 1993-2003 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2004-07 Denver Broncos

Karl Mecklenburg, LB – 1983-1994 Denver Broncos

Andre Reed, WR – 1985-1999 Buffalo Payments, 2000 Washington Redskins

Will Shields, G – 1993-2006 Kansas Metropolis Chiefs

Michael Strahan, DE – 1993-2007 New York Giants

Paul Tagliabue, Commissioner – 1989-2006 National Soccer League

Aeneas Williams, CB/S – 1991-2000 Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals, 2001-04 St. Louis Rams

Steve Wisniewski, G – 1989-2001 Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders

George Young, Contributor – 1968-1974 Baltimore Colts, 1975-seventy eight Miami Dolphins, 1979-1997 New York Giants, 1998-2001 Nationwide Soccer League

Eventually, this list will get knocked down to fifteen finalists (plus two senior nominees in Ray Guy and Claude Humphrey), and the HOF voters will talk about and determine in New York City on Feb 1. The election results will likely be introduced that night.

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NFL Week 12 Power Rankings Wonder Punter

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Power Rankings NFL week 12

 

Last night’s Monday night game brought to an end of another exciting week in football in which some teams improved their Power Rankings and others continued to fall as quarterback injuries have taken their toll. Week 11 also brought the end of the NFL’s only unbeaten team when Kansas City fell to the Broncos.

Here is this week’s Week 12 Power Rankings for teams 1-32 with records and last week’s ranking.

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1 Denver Broncos (9-1 LW: 2)- Round 1 goes to the Broncos… rematch with KC in two weeks.

 

2 Seattle Seahawks (10-1 LW: 3) Other then a home game against the Saints, they should be able to run the table the rest of the way.

 

3 New Orleans Saints (8-2 LW: 4)- Undefeated at home so far… but the playoffs may mean winning on the road.

 

4 Carolina Panthers (7-3 LW: 6)- Beating quality teams now and only getting better.

 

5 Kansas City Chiefs (9-1 LW: 1)- Still a solid team on defense… but the offense will need to get better if they expect to make some noise in the playoffs.

 

6 New England Patriots (7-3 LW: 5)- Patriots are still looking for the flag… they got earlier in the year against the Saints. So…

 

7 Indianapolis Colts (7-3 LW: 7)- Good comeback win at Tennessee, but I still think Rams game.

 

8 San Francisco 49ers (6-4 LW: 8)- They were so close to being 8-2…. Two tough games in a row.

 

9 Cincinnati Bengals (7-4 LW: 10)- Their win on Sunday should put them in position for the AFC North crown and a first-round bye.

 

10 Detroit Lions (6-4 LW 9)- Can we do the fake field goal play over again?

 

11 Chicago Bears (6-4 LW: 12)- Big home win over the Ravens.. which Rams team will they face on Sunday?

 

12 Philadelphia Eagles (6-4 LW: 13)- Finally a team in the NFC East is playing like they want to win it.. Nick Foles getting it done.

 

13 New York Jets (5-5 LW: 13)- Jekyll and Hyde if you ask me… we just don’t know what team will show up on Sundays.

 

14 Arizona Cardinals (6-4 LW: 16)- Winning games despite no running game and a QB who’s thrown more INTs then TDs.

 

15 Miami Dolphins (5-5 LW: 21)- Gritty performance and win against San Diego with all the distractions staring at them.

 

16 San Diego Chargers (4-6 LW: 17)- If they could just finish games… but now they still have three games left against the Chiefs and Broncos.

 

17 Dallas Cowboys (5-5 LW: 15)- Big game against the resurgent Giants Sunday on the road.

 

18 Green Bay Packers (5-5 LW: 14)- No Aaron Rodgers…. No hope!

 

19 Pittsburgh Steelers (4-6 LW: 25)- Is this the same Steelers team who we all left for dead earlier? Held the Lions scoreless in the second half.

 

20 Cleveland Browns (4-6 LW: 18)- Big home game on Sunday against the Steelers. If they win… maybe still a chance?

 

21 Buffalo Bills (4-7 LW: 27)- Winnable games coming up against the Bucs, Falcons, Jags and Dolphins… Wildcard? hmmm maybe.

 

22 Baltimore Ravens (4-6 LW: 19)- Failing to score on first-and-goal at the Chicago 5-yard line. Story of the year for the offense.

 

23 St Louis Rams (4-6 LW 20)- In a division with Seattle and San Francisco… it’s tough.

 

24 New York Giants (4-6 LW: 26)- Four wins in a row now with Dallas coming up.

 

25 Oakland Raiders (4-6 LW: 24)- Is Matt McGloin the answer at quarterback?

 

26 Tennessee Titans (4-6 LW: 22)- How big do the losses to the Jags and Colts look now in an AFC race that’s up for grabs.

 

27 Washington Redskins (3-7 LW: 23)- So much for running the tables like last year.

 

28 Houston Texans (2-8 LW: 28)- Still playing hard… that’s all you could ask for at this point.

 

29 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-8 LW: 31) Two in a row… and they had some winnable games throughout the season.

 

30. Atlanta Falcons (2-8 LW: 29)- Unlike the Texans, this is a football that has quit on everybody. Embarrassing!

 

31 Minnesota Vikings (2-8 LW: 30)- Playing for a quarterback in next year’s draft.

 

32 Jacksonville Jaguars (1-9 LW 32)- It was fun while it lasted.

 

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Hair ya go: Cards RB gets pulled locks back

Cardinals Race Past Jaguars

McGloin Leads Raiders Past Texans

Suppose you’ve had a nasty haircut? Discuss to Arizona Cardinals running again Andre Ellington.

Ellington had a few of his dreadlocks pulled out when he was tackled by Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Jason Babin during the Cardinals’ 27-14 road win Sunday.

Babin held his handful of discovered hair in the air before unceremoniously dropping the lock of locks to the bottom.

After the sport, Cardinals vp of media relations Mark Dalton posted on Twitter that Ellington was reunited along with his lost hair.

Dalton also tweeted: “Hair loss update on Andre Ellington: the misplaced locks weren’t extensions however indeed actual hair 5 yrs within the making; return is questionable.”

Ellington completed the day with three yards on eight carries.

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NFL Week 11 Recap and Scores

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Scores for Week 11 NFL Games

 

With Week 11 of the NFL season almost in the books with the conclusion of Monday night’s game… we were entertained with some good ballgames between the 49ers/Saints, (Thursday’s) Colts/Titans, Ravens/Bears and Sunday night’s marquee match-up that saw the undefeated Chiefs lose their first game of the season to the Denver Broncos.

Here is a quick recap of each game through Sunday night and how they faired against the spread.

 

Thursday 11/14

 

Indianapolis Colts (7-3)- 30

Tennessee Titans (4-6)- 27

 

Line: IND -3.0

Over/Under: 42.5

 

Colts rally from 14 points back to beat Titans.

 

 

Sunday Games: 11/16

 

Oakland Raiders (4-6)- 28

Houston Texans (2-8)- 23

 

Line: HOU -10.5

Over/Under: 40.5

 

Oakland backup quarterback rookie Matt McGloin leads Raiders over Texans.

 

Arizona Cardinals (6-4)- 27

Jacksonville Jaguars (1-9)- 14

 

Line: ARI -9.0

Over/Under- 40.5

 

Carson Palmer throws for 419 yards and 2 TDs to lead Arizona to third straight win.

 

Atlanta Falcons (2-8)- 28

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-8)- 41

 

Line: TB -2.0

Over/Under: 43.5

 

Buccaneers running back Bobby Rainey rushes for 163 yards and three touchdowns to lead Tampa Bay to their second straight win.

 

Detroit Lions (6-4)- 27

Pittsburgh Steelers (4-6)- 37

 

Line: DET -3.0

Over/Under: 45.0

 

Surging Steelers rally late with two touchdowns to beat Lions.

 

Washington Redskins (3-7)- 16

Philadelphia Eagles (6-5)- 24

 

Eagles claim sole possession of first place in NFC East.

 

Cleveland Browns (4-6)- 20

Cincinnati Bengals (7-4)- 41

 

Line: CIN -4.5

Over/Under: 40.0

 

Bengals score 31 points in the second quarterback to snap two game losing streak with win.

 

Baltimore Ravens (4-6)- 20

Chicago Bears (6-4)- 23

 

LINE CHI -3.0

Over/Under: 40.5

 

Bears kick 38-yard field goal in OT to hand Ravens fourth loss in last five games.

 

New York Jets (5-5)- 14

Buffalo Bills (4-7)- 37

 

Line: NYJ -1.5

Over/Under: 39.0

 

Bills force four turnovers and shutdown Geno Smith

 

San Diego Chargers (4-6)- 16

Miami Dolphins (5-5)- 20

 

Line: SD -2.5

Over/Under: 44.5

 

Dolphins win for only the second time in the last seven games.

 

Minnesota Vikings (2-8)- 20

Seattle Seahawks (10-1)- 41

 

Line: SEA -13.0

Over/under: 45.0

 

Seahawks record 13th home win in a row as Percy Harvin makes season debut.

 

Green Bay Packers (5-5)- 13

New York Giants (4-6)- 27

 

Line: NYG -3.0

Over/Under: 41.0

 

Giants win their fourth straight game to stay in contention in the NFC East.

 

San Francisco 49ers (6-4)- 20

New Orleans Saints (8-2)- 23

 

Line: NO -3.5

Over/Under: 50.0

 

Saints use three 4th quarter field goals to remain perfect (6-0) at home.

 

Kansas City Chiefs (9-1)- 17

Denver Broncos (9-1)- 27

 

Line: DEN -7.0

Over/Under: 49.0

 

The Broncos take the first of two meetings as they move into first place by virtual of the tie-breaker.

 

Monday 11/18

 

New England Patriots (7-2) @ Carolina Panthers (6-3) 11/18- 8:30 PM EST

 

Line: CAR -3.0

Over/Under: 46.5

 

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NFL Predictions Week 11 Preview and Picks

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Free NFL Picks and predictions for Week 11

 

NFL Week 11 is going to be another great week of NFL games with the four big ones in my opinion being Cleveland @ Cincinnati, San Francisco @ New Orleans, Kansas City @ Denver (Sunday night) and New England @ Carolina (Monday night). Here is my quick preview for each game along with the spread and my pick/prediction for each match-up. Remember, you can check the latest lines and place your favorite bet(s) right here through Wonder Punter. Good Luck!

 

New York Jets (5-4) @ Buffalo Bills (3-7) 11/17- 1:00PM EST

 

Line: Even

Over/Under: 40.5

 

With the Jets coming off their bye week, I have to think they will play the better game and expected a little from the Bills to this point. If Geno Smith is on…

 

PICK: NYJ

 

Baltimore Ravens (4-5) @ Chicago Bears (5-4) 11/17- 1:00PM EST

 

Line: CHI -3.0

Over/Under: 45.0

 

The Ravens are coming off a big home win last Sunday against a Cincinnati team without much offensive production. The Bears will be without Jay Cutler. Still like the Bears in this one being at home.

 

PICK: Chicago

 

Cleveland Browns (4-5) @ Cincinnati Bengals (6-4) 11/17- 1:00PM EST

 

Line: CIN -6.0

Over/Under: 42.0

 

The Bengals have lost back-to-back games in overtime and lost the last meeting with Cleveland but will go with Cincy in this one to get it done.

 

PICK: Cincinnati

 

Washington Redskins (3-6) @ Philadelphia Eagles (5-5) 11/17- 1:00PM EST

 

Line: PHI -4.5

Over/Under: 53.0

 

Too much at stake for the Eagles with a chance to get into sole possession of first place with a win and Nick Foles has been great the last two weeks.

 

PICK: Philadelphia

 

Detroit Lions (6-3) @ Pittsburgh Steelers (3-6) 11/17- 1:00PM EST

 

Line: DET -2.5

Over/Under: 47.0

 

The Steelers have been playing better ball since their ‘rock bottom’ game a few weeks backs, but with a healthy Lions duo of Stafford/Johnson… I like the Lions on the road.

 

PICK: Detroit
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Atlanta Falcons (2-7) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-8) 11/17- 1:00PM EST

 

Line: EVEN

Over/Under: 43.0

 

The ‘experts’ have it even.. I kind of agree. With a very disappointing Falcons team this year, can the Bucs win two in a row?

 

PICK: Atlanta

 

Arizona Cardinals (5-4) @ Jacksonville Jaguars (1-8) 11/17- 1:00PM EST

 

Line: ARI -8.5

Over/Under: 41.0

 

As long as the Cardinals don’t have a ‘let-down’ game, they should win easily.

 

PICK: Arizona

 

Oakland Raiders (3-6) @ Houston Texans (2-7) 11/17- 1:00PM EST

 

Line: HOU -7.0

Over/Under: 41.5

 

Texans head coach Gary Kubiak is back, Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor is questionable…. seems like a Texans win to me.

 

PICK: Houston

 

San Diego Chargers (4-5) @ Miami Dolphins (4-5) 11/17- 4:05PM EST

 

Line: SD -1.0

Over/Under: 45.5

 

Always tough for a West Coast team to travel East and play but with the Dolphins in the midst of controversy… can they stay focused?

 

PICK: San Diego

 

San Francisco 49ers (6-3) @ New Orleans Saints (7-2) 11/17- 4:25PM EST

 

Line: NO -3.0

Over/Under: 47.5

 

I expect a better performance this week from the 49ers, but New Orleans is just a very good team in the Dome. Should be a good. Too much Saints.

 

PICK: New Orleans

 

Minnesota Vikings (2-7) @ Seattle Seahawks (9-1) 11/17- 4:25PM EST

 

Line: SEA -12.0

Over/Under: 45.5

 

After last week’s solid road performance, I think the Seahawks have shaken off their two-week funk with those close victories.

 

PICK: Seattle

 

Kansas City Chiefs (9-0) @ Denver Broncos (8-1) 11/17- 8:30PM EST

 

Line: DEN -7.5

Over/Under: 49.0

 

The first of two anticipated meetings is soon upon us.. can the much ‘talked-about’ Kansas City defense do enough to slow down the Broncos?

 

PICK: Denver

 

New England Patriots (7-2) @ Carolina Panthers (6-3) 11/18- 8:30PM EST

 

Line: CAR -2.5

Over/Under: 46.5

 

Monday night showdown. Tough one for me… Pats 2-2 on the road thus far but are still the Patriots and the Panthers have won five straight. If Carolina has another defensive performance like last week, I like their chances.

 

PICK: Carolina

 

There are my predictions and Good luck with your teams and picks!

 

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Reed reunites with Ryan, signs with Jets

Reed An Asset For The Jets

 

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – When New York Jets coach Rex Ryan learned Tuesday that Ed Reed had been released by the Houston Texans, he rushed upstairs to general manager John Idzik’s workplace to make a pitch for the 9-time Professional Bowl security.

About 30 hours later, after Reed cleared waivers, it was a performed deal.

“It’s solely a rumor that I pulled a hamstring,” Ryan mentioned jokingly Thursday, recalling his hurry-up offensive.

All the pieces happened shortly.

After a midnight meeting with Idzik, Reed returned to the facility early Thursday morning, signed his contract, practiced on aching toes (new cleats) and claimed he is ready to help the Jets for their playoff push. He is anticipated to play in a situational position Sunday towards the Buffalo Payments.

“It feels good,” Reed mentioned after apply. “It feels proper.”

This is a reunion for Reed and Ryan, who spent seven seasons along with the Baltimore Ravens.

Ryan, who once referred to as Reed “the best security that’s ever played,” insisted this wasn’t a sentimental move. He still believes Reed, 35, coming off an unproductive stint with the Texans, can make an impression on a defense.

“I’d say that is a false statement, that he can’t play anymore,” Ryan said.

Reed misplaced his starting job in Houston, where he managed solely sixteen tackles and had zero interceptions or pass breakups in seven games. He was waived after making critical feedback about the teaching employees.

As soon as he turned accessible, the Jets broke down tape of his seven video games, attempting to find out if Reed is washed up or a sufferer of circumstances.

It is the latter, stated defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman, one other former Ravens assistant close with Reed. Thurman said they were satisfied together with his protection expertise, both man-to-man and in numerous zones. They imagine his stats were low as a result of opponents averted throwing in his neighborhood.

“He wasn’t far off from the man we had in Baltimore,” Thurman stated. “Is he the same? Not at 35, but he is not far from it. It wasn’t what he was doing [in Houston]; it was what the offense wasn’t doing.”

The Jets have been getting torched by the long ball (seven pass plays of at the least 45 yards allowed), and so they believe Reed – one of the prolific ball hawks in historical past – will assist the problem.

Now, with a probable Hall of Famer in the deep center, Ryan practically dared opponents to throw deep on them.

“They’ve thrown the ball over our head a few times,” Ryan said. “Let ‘em throw it there now.”

Reed said he was contacted by the Jets and New England Patriots. His respect for coach Invoice Belichick is well-documented, however he opted for the Jets because of his familiarity with the coaches, the system and security Dawan Landry, one other ex-Raven.

The idea of reuniting with Ryan additionally was alluring.

“It’s awesome,” Reed said. “I don’t assume either one of us wished to move this chance up.”

The Jets declined to spell out Reed’s role past Sunday, although he is expected to be a serious contributor. He grew to become a malcontent as his enjoying time dwindled in Houston, the place he played only 12 snaps in Sunday’s loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

Reed mentioned there are “plenty of reasons” why his marriage failed with the Texans, including: “To place it easy for you, it simply wasn’t an excellent fit.”

Ryan likened Reed’s state of affairs to what Randy Moss experienced with the Oakland Raiders. He was depressing there however revived his career when he was traded to the Patriots.

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Ed Reed is now reunited with Rex Ryan, joining the Jets as they attempt to shore up their move protection for a playoff push.

Reed said he’ll settle for any position, insisting: “I do not plan on rocking no boats.”

His arrival will imply less taking part in time for second-yr security Antonio Allen, who has been beginning alongside Landry. There are occasions when the Jets use a three-safety bundle.

“I’m not coming in like, ‘It’s me,'” Reed stated. “I’m right here to help any manner I can.”

There are questions about Reed’s well being (offseason hip surgery) and motion skills. He is heard the criticism.

“It is like Ed Reed is held to a better normal,” he mentioned. “I created that monster. I’ve been blessed to create that monster. I adore it. I am all for it.”

It was a bold, win-now transfer by the Jets, who imagine Reed can bolster their pass defense for a playoff push that seemed inconceivable just a few weeks in the past. However the panorama has modified, because the Jets are a shocking 5-4, at the moment holding the second wild-card place in the AFC.

In addition they consider his intangibles will assist their young protection. Asked to describe Reed’s affect on their young defensive backs in follow, Thurman smiled and said, “A few of them wished to get his autograph.”

Reed is among the most achieved defensive gamers in recent historical past. He has 61 interceptions for 1,541 return yards (a league document) and seven touchdowns. He is a five-time All-Pro, last making it in 2010. He was the NFL Defensive Participant of the 12 months in 2004.

Information from ESPN Senior NFL Insider Chris Mortensen was used in this report.

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Ravens not interested in reunion with Reed

Ed Reed’s NFL Future

 

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – The Baltimore Ravens aren’t concerned about bringing back security Ed Reed, coach John Harbaugh mentioned Wednesday.

Reed, 35, spent eleven seasons with the Ravens before signing with the Houston Texans as a free agent this year. He was released Tuesday by the Texans, days after saying the group was “outplayed and outcoached” in a loss to the Arizona Cardinals – the seventh straight defeat for the Texans after a 2-0 start.

Reed went unclaimed on waivers Wednesday and is now free to signal with any team.

He had simply 16 tackles in seven video games and lately lost his starting job in Houston.

The Ravens start veteran James Ihedigbo and first-spherical pick Matt Elam at safety.

“There aren’t any plans to vary our secondary personnel at the moment,” Harbaugh stated. “We’re happy with what we have now. Our guys are enjoying nicely, so that’s where we’re at.”

The New York Jets have shown curiosity in Reed, a supply informed ESPNNewYork.com. Their level of interest wasn’t instantly identified, but it surely seems to be greater than cursory, the supply mentioned.

In Houston, Texans coach Gary Kubiak addressed Reed’s release and stated the transfer was made for football causes and not due to his criticism of the group.

“It all will get again to football,” Kubiak said. “Obviously there’s loads stated and this and that. I talked to him yesterday. We’re enjoying young guys, actually like the way in which D.J. [Swearinger is] enjoying and Shiloh [Keo is] taking part in his role.

“In respect to his career and what [Reed has] finished and for us to be in the scenario we’re enjoying him eight to 10 plays, that was going to continue with the way we’re doing it proper now, I assumed it was honest to him to offer him a possibility to play somewhere else and do no matter he wanted. That is how we came to the conclusion.”

Reed can be considered one of the greatest players in Ravens historical past. He went to nine Pro Bowls and was named NFL Defensive Participant of the 12 months in 2004.

“Ed is a Raven, and he’ll always be a Raven,” Harbaugh said. “I’m sure he’ll be in the ring of honor someday, and I am positive he’ll be in the Hall of Fame sometime. We have kept in touch with Ed, on and off right here frequently. He is a good pal of everyone here.”

ESPN.com Texans reporter Tania Ganguli and ESPN.com Jets reporter Rich Cimini contributed to this report.

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High school football player dies from brain injury

Excessive School Concussion Study Released

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – A high school football player in Arizona died from an injury suffered during the fourth quarter of a blowout playoff loss, serving as one more reminder of the hazards of head trauma in youth sports activities.

Hopi High School senior Charles Youvella died of a traumatic mind harm Monday at a hospital, the Arizona Interscholastic Affiliation mentioned. He was damage Saturday in Hopi’s 60-6 loss to Arizona Lutheran in a primary-spherical playoff game. Youvella scored Hopi’s landing.

The dying attracted nationwide consideration after Arizona Cardinals large receiver Larry Fitzgerald tweeted an image of Youvella and asked people to hope for the teenager’s household, buddies and teammates. The AIA mentioned Youvella died together with his household by his facet.

A neighborhood memorial is planned for Wednesday night at the high school auditorium.

Youvella’s father, Wallace Youvella Jr., is the college’s athletic director.

“We’ll all have to maneuver ahead and at the very least help each other and assist our younger children,” Hopi chairman LeRoy Shingoitewa mentioned.

The dying comes at a time when head injuries in football are attracting attention at all ranges of the sport.

The Institute of Medication and Nationwide Research Council two weeks in the past referred to as for a nationwide system to track sports-related concussions and reply questions on concussions in youth and faculty sports activities, notably football. The report revealed that the reported concussion charge for the common highschool football participant is almost twice that of a faculty participant, and far outpaces that of other highschool sports activities.

The report stated 250,000 people nationwide age 19 and youthful had been treated in emergency rooms for concussions and different sports activities- or recreation-associated mind injuries in 2009. That was a rise from one hundred fifty,000 in 2001.

The AIA says an account will be established to help defray prices for the Youvella family.

Hopi coach Steve Saban mentioned Youvella was amongst a group of youngsters who had been playing for him for years; Saban said these players had vowed to place within the work wanted to grow to be a standout crew in football, which isn’t the most popular sport on the school. The Bruins’ solely other loss this season was in additional time.

“We had just a lovely season, finest document in class historical past,” Saban mentioned. “Down there within the state playoffs, it was only a nice expertise for the youngsters. And then the horrible tragedy. It was just like a foul dream.”

Hopi High Faculty is in the community of Keams Canyon, on the Hopi reservation in northeastern Arizona.

 

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Wonder Punter NFL Week 11 Power Rankings

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NFL Power rankings for week 11 2013

 

With a 10 full weeks of NFL games in the books, let’s take a look at our new NFL Power Rankings for Week 11 which will begin on Thursday. The Indianapolis Colts who were a constant top 5 teams in our rankings took a hit with their bad loss at the hands of the Rams, as did some other teams after Sunday and Monday night’s game. The Carolina Panthers made the biggest jump with their impressive defensive performances win at San Francisco. And Tampa Bay and Jacksonville are in the win column… finally.

 

1 Kansas City Chiefs (9-0)- Even with the bye week, I will keep them in No. 1 spot, however they will be challenged in the next two of three weeks with the Denver Broncos on the bill.

 

2 Denver Broncos (8-1)- Denver’s next three games…. KC, at New England, at KC. Things are about to get interesting in the AFC.

 

3 Seattle Seahawks (9-1)- Seattle put together a full road game against the Falcons on Sunday and dominated them. Much more impressive win.

 

4 New Orleans Saints (7-2)- World beaters at home… except in the NFL you only get to play half at home during the regular season.

 

5 New England Patriots (7-2)- Coming off their bye week, they will have a great road test at Carolina on Monday night.

 

6 Carolina Panthers (6-3)- One quality victory down with a road win at San Fran., can they duplicate another at home against the Patriots on Monday night?

 

7 Indianapolis Colts (6-3)- I don’t think anyone is sure what happened to them on Sunday’s ugly home loss to the Rams…. They couldn’t have been looking ahead to the Titans, could they have?

 

8 San Francisco (6-3)- A bounce here, a bounce there, who knows… but teams 6 and 7 beat them at Candlestick.

 

9 Detroit Lions (6-3)- Big road win at Soldier Field to take over sole possession over first place in the NFC North.

 

10 Cincinnati Bengals (6-4)- Back-to-back road losses at Miami then Baltimore.. lose to Cleveland on Sunday and they may have a problem.

 

11 New York Jets (5-4)- Coming off their bye week with winnable game at Buffalo on Sunday.

 

12 Chicago Bears (5-4)- Can Josh McCown hold it together ‘til Cutler makes it back… whenever that is.

 

13 Philadelphia Eagles (5-5)- Nick Foles has had two great back-to-back games. My favorites now to win a weak NFC East.

 

14 Green Bay Packers (5-4)- Despite their quarterback injuries, they have a winnable game at the Giants on Sunday.

 

15 Dallas Cowboys (5-5)- In what was probably their ‘rock bottom’ game on Sunday, they are still in first place in the NFC.. but barely.

 

16 Arizona Cardinals (5-4)- Too bad they have play in the same division as the Seahawks and 49ers.

 

17 San Diego Chargers (4-5)- Too bad they have to play in same division as the Chiefs and Broncos.

 

18 Cleveland Browns (4-5)- Win at Cincinnati on Sunday and they may have a chance to win what is now a weak AFC North.

 

19 Baltimore Ravens (4-5)- It’s a good thing the defense showed up on Sunday against the Bengals because the offense was nowhere to be found.

 

20 St. Louis Rams (4-6)- The Tavon Austin show and a blowout win at Indy.

 

21 Miami Dolphins (4-5)- In week one following the bullying-blowup, they lose to the winless Bucs.

 

22 Tennessee Titans (4-5)- First they lose Jake Locker for the year, then they lose to the worst team in the league.

 

23 Washington Redskins (3-6)- In a weak NFC East, they show no signs of wanting it.

 

24 Oakland Raiders (3-6)- Have now lost 12 straight on East Coast trips and now word Terrelle Pryor may be out for awhile.

 

25 Pittsburgh Steelers (3-6)- What’s all this talk about trading away ‘Big Ben?’ Will that make them better… and will anybody take a banged-up quarterback?

 

26 New York Giants (3-6)- Must I keep talking about the NFC East anymore… they’re still in it but have some tough games coming up.

 

27 Buffalo Bills (3-7)- It’s all about building a foundation for 2014.

 

28 Houston Texans (2-7)- Still better then their record indicates.

 

29. Atlanta Falcons (2-7)- I used to think they were better then their record indicated.

 

30 Minnesota Vikings (2-7)- With Christian Ponder’s status up in the air for Sunday’s game, will we see another quarterback change for the Vikings?

 

31 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-8)- Guess they didn’t want to be ranked last in the league.

 

32 Jacksonville Jaguars (1-8)- Well for about 32 hours they were ranked 31st….

 

 

 

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Texans to release safety Reed, source says

Texans To Launch Ed Reed

The Houston Texans are releasing security Ed Reed on Tuesday, a supply confirmed to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

The information had been earlier reported by The Houston Chronicle and KRIV-TV.

Reed, a 9-time Pro Bowler who was the Texans’ prize acquisition of the offseason, stated Sunday night time after Houston’s loss to the Arizona Cardinals that the Texans had been outcoached.

Requested Monday about Reed’s criticism, interim coach Wade Phillips mentioned: “Everybody has an opinion. I am going to preserve mine in house.”

Reed appeared to acknowledge his release in a tweet on Tuesday.

After signing a 3-year, $15 million contract ($6 million guaranteed) with the Texans in March, Reed had surgery to restore a torn labrum. He missed all of the Texans’ offseason workouts and spent coaching camp on the bodily unable to perform record.

He made his season debut in Week 3 against his former workforce, the Baltimore Ravens, in a 30-9 loss. He had simply 14 tackles in seven video games this season.

He spent his first eleven seasons with Baltimore and was the NFL’s Defensive Participant of the Year in 2004. After winning the Super Bowl with the Ravens last season he signed with the Texans, who have been viewed as a potential title contender this season but have stumbled to a 2-7 document.

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NFL Week 10 Recap/Scores and standings

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Here is the NFL Week 10 games from around the league along with how they faired along with the betting lines.

 

Thursday 11/07

 

Washington Redskins (3-6)- 27

Minnesota Vikings (2-7)- 34

 

Line: WSH -1.0

Over/Under: 48.5

 

RB Adrian Peterson and QB Christian Ponder rally the Vikings back for a win against the Redskins.

 

Sunday Games: 11/10

 

Seattle Seahawks (9-1)- 33

Atlanta Falcons (2-7)- 10

 

Line: SEA -3.5

Over/Under: 47.0

 

The Seahawks get back on track with a solid road performance against the disappointing Falcons.

 

Detroit Lions (6-3)- 21

Chicago Bears (5-4)- 19

 

Line: DET -1.5

Over/Under: 52.5

 

QB Matt Stafford (3 TDs) and Reggie Bush (105 yards rushing) led the Lions to a big road win over their division rival.

 

Philadelphia Eagles (5-5)- 27

Green Bay Packers (5-4)- 13

 

Line: PHI -1.5

Over/Under: 47.0

 

Eagles quarterback Nick Foles had another big day with three touchdown passes.

 

Jacksonville Jaguars (1-8)- 29

Tennessee Titans (4-5)- 27

 

Line: TEN -11.5

Over/Under: 42.0

 

The Jags opened the second half off their season by notching their first victory of the year on the road.

 

St. Louis Rams (4-6)- 38

Indianapolis Colts (6-3)- 8

 

Line: IND -8.0

Over/Under: 43.5

 

Bad, bad home loss to a team they should have beat. No excuses on this one.

 

Oakland Raiders (3-6)- 20

New York Giants (3-6)- 24

 

Line: NYG -7.5

Over/Under: 41.5

 

The Giants have now won three straight after a 0-6 start.

 

Buffalo Bills (3-7)- 10

Pittsburgh Steelers (3-6)- 23

 

Line: PIT -2.5

Over/Under: 42.5

 

After hitting rock bottom last week, the Steelers bounced back with a solid performance at home.

 

Cincinnati Bengals (6-4)- 17

Baltimore Ravens (4-5)- 20 OT

 

Line: BAL -1.5

Over/Under: 44.0

 

After the Bengals sent the game into overtime with a “Hail-Mary,” it was the Ravens who won it with a 46-yard field goal.

 

Carolina Panthers (6-3)- 10

San Francisco 49ers (6-3)- 9

 

Line: SF -6.0

Over/Under: 43.0

 

Carolina’s defense shuts down the 49ers as they win their fifth straight with a quality win on the road.

 

Houston Texans (2-7)- 24

Arizona Cardinals (5-4)- 27

 

Line: ARI -3.5

Over/Under:

 

Arizona hands the Texans a franchise-record a seventh straight loss.

 

Denver Broncos (8-1)- 28

San Diego Chargers (4-5)- 20

 

Line: DEN -7.0

Over/Under: 56.5

 

Peyton Manning throws for 330 yards and four yards in the win and they now set their sights on the unbeaten Kansas City Chiefs next week.

 

Dallas Cowboys (5-5)- 17

New Orleans Saints (7-2)- 49

 

Line: NO -6.0

Over/Under: 54.5

 

New Orleans bounces back from last week’s loss by putting a hurting on the Cowboys in a prime-time showdown.

 

 

Monday 11/11- 8:30PM EST

 

Miami Dolphins (4-4)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-8)

 

Line: MIA -1.0

Over/Under: 41.0

 

PICK: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

 

 

 

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NFL Power Rankings – Week 10

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Power Rankings for the NFL week 10 – WonderPunter

 

With 9 weeks of the NFL season in the books, let’s take a look at Week 10’s Power Rankings where a few teams made some jumps and others went backwards after this past weekend’s games.

 

1. Kansas City Chiefs (9-0)- As much as I still think they are not deserving of the top ranking.. they are still the only undefeated team. Bye week then a showdown with the Denver Broncos.

 

2. Denver Broncos (7-1)- With the bye week out of the way, can they continue to play at a high-level without head coach John Fox on the mend for possibly two months for a heart attack? Chargers and Chiefs coming up.

 

3. Indianapolis Colts (6-2)- They have beaten some quality teams to this point, but remember no more Reggie Wayne to help the offense.

 

4. Seattle Seahawks (8-1)- Expected better from a team that has struggled against the Rams and Bucs for victories.

 

5. San Francisco 49ers (6-2)- Big home game against the surging Carolina Panthers this Sunday.

 

6. New Orleans Saints (6-2)- Will look to bounce back against the Cowboys after Sundays loss to the Jets.

 

7. New England Patriots (7-2)- They head into the bye week after an impressive blowout win over the Steelers 55-31.

 

8. Cincinnati Bengals (6-3)- Can they avoid back-to-back road losses with the Ravens coming up?

 

9. Chicago Bears (5-3)- Big road win on Monday night in Lambeau gave them a big move up the rankings. Next up Detroit and possibly Jay Cutler returning to action.

 

10. Detroit Lions (5-3)- Coming off their bye week with a road game at Soldier Field.

 

11. Carolina Panthers (5-3)- All their wins have been against bad teams, now they visit the Niners on Sunday to prove their worth.

 

12. Green Bay Packers (5-3)- Dropped from last week and now with Aaron Rodgers out of action, they may continue to fall.

 

13. Dallas Cowboys (5-4)- Still middle of the road for me but they are in first place in a weak NFC East. Will be tested against the Saints on Sunday night.

 

14. New York Jets (5-4)- Good home win against a good Saints team leading into the bye week.

 

15. San Diego Chargers (4-4)- Another fourth quarter loss last week, now next up is the Denver Broncos.

 

16. Tennessee Titans (4-4)- I still like this football team and have the hapless Jags coming into town.

 

17. Miami Dolphins (4-4)- Can they overcome all the bad press this week and beat a winless Bucs team on Monday night?

 

18. Cleveland Browns (4-5)- Is Jason Campbell the answer to Hoyle?

 

19. Arizona Cardinals (4-4)- Next up is the Texans as they look to go above .500, unfortunately they have the 49ers and Seahawks to contend with in their division.

 

20. Philadelphia Eagles (4-5)- Back-up quarterback Nick Foles completely embarrassed the Raiders with seven touchdown passes, yet Vick may still get his job back when healthy.

 

21. Baltimore Ravens (4-4)- Offense must improve if they want to contend.

 

22. Washington Redskins (3-5)- With Minnesota coming up Thursday night, now is the chance to string some wins together in the winnable NFC East.

 

23. Buffalo Bills (3-6)- Tough road loss to the unbeaten Chiefs, but still like the direction they are going.

 

24. Oakland Raiders (3-5)- Horrible defensive performance against the Eagles. Next up is the lowly Giants, but it’s always tough for west coast teams to head east and win.

 

25. Houston Texans (2-6)- Defense is still there and had the Colts beat, but losing their coach proved too tough to overcome.

 

26. Atlanta Falcons (2-6)- Season is over and people are wondering why future Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez wasn’t traded to a team with a chance to win it all?

 

27. St. Louis Rams (3-6)- Playing with a back up QB and heading into Indianapolis on Sunday.

 

28. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-6)- Was Sundays blowout loss to the Patriots 55-31 their rock bottom? The worst we’ve seen in years!

 

29. New York Giants (2-6)- They have a very beatable Oakland team coming into town on Sunday.

 

30. Minnesota Vikings (1-7)- I guess the Josh Freeman quarterback of our future experiment is over after one game.

 

31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-8)- Gave Seattle all they could handle and showed some pride before falling in OT.

 

32. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-8)- What hasn’t been said already? Next up at Tennessee. 

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NFL Power Rankings- Week 9

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NFL Power Rankings- Week 9

Here is this weeks NFL Power Rankings as we head into week 9.

 

1. Kansas City Chiefs (8-0)- Still don’t know if they are the best all around football team but they do have a great defense and are undefeated.

 

2. Denver Broncos (7-1)- With a banged up Peyton Manning on Sunday, they showed their might after being down 14-points to the Redskins.

 

3. New Orleans Saints (6-1)- I like their chances in the NFC if they can secure home-field advantage.

 

4. Indianapolis Colts (5-2)- No Reggie Wayne but next up is the Texans.

 

5. Green Bay Packers (5-2)- Big home game on Monday night against division foe Chicago.

 

6. San Francisco 49ers (6-2)- Seem to have turned the corner before leading into the bye week.

 

7. Seattle Seahawks (7-1)- Struggled mightily on the road against a Rams team… was not impressed.

 

8. Cincinnati Bengals (6-2)- Quarterback Andy Dalton is making a solid name for himself.

 

9. New England Patriots (6-2)- Turned it on in the second half against Miami to win at home.

 

10. Detroit Lions (5-3)- Amazing performance by ‘All-World’ Calvin Johnson in their come from behind win over Dallas

 

11. San Diego Chargers (4-3)- Big road game on the East coast against Washington this week.

 

12. Carolina Panthers (4-3)- ‘Trap’ game this week against Atlanta before meeting San Francisco.

 

13. Dallas Cowboys (4-4)- Calvin Johnson punished the Cowboys on Sunday. Another late-game collapse.

 

14. Chicago Bears (4-3)- Big Monday night showdown at Lambeau Field against the Packers.

 

15. Baltimore Ravens (3-4)- Can get back to .500 with a win over a struggling Cleveland team Sunday.

 

16. New York Jets (4-4)- Talk about laying an egg last Sunday at the hands of Cincinnati losing 49-9.

 

17. Tennessee Titans (3-4)- Chance to get back in the hunt with Rams, Jags and Raiders on the horizon.

 

18. Miami Dolphins (3-4)- Have now lost four straight after winning first three games with Cincinnati on Thursday night.

 

19. Arizona Cardinals (4-4)- Can Carson Palmer keep them in the hunt?

 

20. Oakland Raiders (3-4)- Chance to make a wildcard move with the Eagles, Giants and Texans coming up…. but they are they Raiders!

 

21. Cleveland Browns (3-5)- Lose at home Sunday versus Ravens and season may be over.

 

22. Buffalo Bills (3-5)- Tough home game against the Chiefs Sunday.

 

23. Atlanta Falcons (2-5)- Well I thought there was hope…

 

24. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-5)- Can still win some games…. but not this week with New England coming up.

 

25. St. Louis Rams (3-5)- Gutty performance on Monday night against the Seahawks… and without Sam Bradford.

 

26. Philadelphia Eagles (3-5)- As bad as they have been, they are in the NFC East!

 

27. Houston Texans (2-5)- Next up… the Colts.

 

28. Washington Redskins (2-5)- Winnable game on Sunday with San Diego making the cross-country trip.

 

29. New York Giants (2-6)- Horrible record and yet still in hunt in the NFC East… Amazing!

 

30. Minnesota Vikings (1-6)- Who’s starting this week at quarterback?

 

31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-7)- Will firing their head coach now make a difference?

 

32. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-7)- After last Sundays beating by the 49ers… even the people of London don’t want them.

 

There is this weeks Power Rankings as I see it. Good luck with your teams.

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Gonzalez gets rumors, but not seeking trade

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – Tony Gonzalez understands the logic behind all of the trade speak.

The Atlanta Falcons tight end realizes plenty of folks need to see him stroll away from the NFL wearing his first Tremendous Bowl ring. That would clarify the 37-12 months-old’s willingness to address trade rumors, even when the subject has turn out to be a recurring distraction for the 2-5 Falcons.

Tony GonzalezTony Gonzalez says he is not asking to say goodbye to the Atlanta Falcons because the trade deadline nears.

“I completely understand it,” Gonzalez told ESPN.com late Monday night. “All people out there needs to know that I am not naive to it. I see it, too. That is the last [nine] weeks of my profession. And right now, issues are wanting.. you by no means know.

“However, like I mentioned, I really like my guys on this staff an excessive amount of to go ask for a trade. It would be one thing that would come from them the place they stated, ‘Hey, it is smart as a result of we might get something good for you and ship you to a workforce that’s a contender.’ So I perceive the thought course of behind that.”

Gonzalez even referenced a comment made by one tv analyst.

“When Jimmy Johnson says that it will be respectful of [the Falcons], I see that,” Gonzalez mentioned about Johnson, the Fox analyst who mentioned the Falcons should sit down with Gonzalez and ask him whether he wants to play for a contender. “And like I stated, if that is one thing they wanted to do and so they requested me, then, yeah, I would take heed to them, after all. Yes, I’d sit down with them.

“You have at all times got to take heed to them in something. I don’t care if you happen to’re not open to it or [are], you still hear and see what’s up.”

The Falcons have made it clear they haven’t any intentions of trading Gonzalez. Coach Mike Smith known as the concept “preposterous” whereas general manager Thomas Dimitroff absolutely supported his coach’s stance. The need not to commerce Gonzalez goes all the way to the top of the group.

But what if a crew such because the undefeated Chiefs, who’ve made it clear they would take Gonzalez back with opened arms, makes an offer to get Gonzalez out of Atlanta earlier than Tuesday’s commerce deadline?

“We’ll know by [4] o’clock tomorrow,” Gonzalez mentioned. “But, like I stated, I’m not going to be the one to go asking for a trade. It must come from them.”

Gonzalez remains to be owed $three.7 million this season. The Falcons acquired him in 2010 from the Chiefs in exchange for a second-round draft choose. That pick ended up being Javier Arenas, now a backup cornerback and kick returner for the Arizona Cardinals.

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NFL Power Rankings- Week 8

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NFL Power Rankings – Week 8

 

Here is this the NFL Power Rankings for Week 8:

 

#1 Kansas City Chiefs (7-0)- Still not sure they are the best team in the league, but they are undefeated and we can’t argue with a defense giving up only 11.6 points a game.

 

#2 Indianapolis Colts (5-2)- They did beat the Broncos, but which team will show up every week… the team that beat the Broncos or the team that lost to the Chargers.

 

#3 Denver Broncos (6-1)- Two improvements needed.. take care of the ball and better pass defense.

 

#4 Seattle Seahawks (6-1)- Making a believer out of me.

 

# 5 New Orleans Saints (6-1)- Still wondering how they lost to the Patriots in the last second..

 

#6 San Francisco 49ers (5-2)- 49ers are establishing their running game once again to open up the offense.

 

#7 Cincinnati Bengals (5-2)- Andy Dalton is looking for his third straight 300-yard passing game against the Jets this week.

 

#8 Green Bay Packers (4-2)- Eddie Lacy has given the Packers a solid running game leading all running backs the last three weeks.

 

#9 New England Patriots (5-2)- With Rob Gronkowski back, will the offense take off?

 

#10 Dallas Cowboys (4-3)- Defense has looked great since the Broncos left town.

 

#11 Detroit Lions (4-3)- Tough loss at home giving up the game-winning field goal against the Bengals in the last second.

 

#12 New York Jets (4-3)- Big road win at New England and Geno Smith showed he is becoming a legitimate NFL quarterback.

 

#13 San Diego Chargers (4-3)- Have the talent, just need to play a full 60-minutes of football.

 

#14 Chicago Bears (4-3)- Struggling defense and now Jay Cutler is out four weeks… can they keep it together?

 

#15 Tennessee Titans (3-4)- Now that Jake Locker is back, look for them to get back to winning.

 

#16 Baltimore Ravens (3-4)- A .500 team is all they may be this year.

 

#17 Miami Dolphins (3-3)- Back to reality after winning their first three games… now have dropped three-straight.

 

#18 Carolina Panthers (3-3)- Has Cam Newton shaken off his sophomore jinx?

 

#19 Philadelphia Eagles (3-4)- Michael Vick out one more week, but with Tampa up this week, Nick Foles can get it done.

 

#20 Atlanta Falcons (2-4)- They found the red zone last week.

 

#21 Buffalo Bills (3-4)- Big road win at Miami last week.

 

#22 Cleveland Browns (3-4)- Back to Brandon Weeden calling the signals. Not good!

 

#23 Washington Redskins (2-4)- Good home win versus Chicago, but next up is the Denver Broncos.

 

#24 Pittsburgh Steelers (2-4)- Can they continue to create turnovers and win some games?

 

#25 Arizona Cardinals (3-4)- Carson Palmer is not the answer…

 

#26 Houston Texans (2-5)- Had the Chiefs on the ropes before losing, but now no Brian Cushing to led the defense.

 

#27 Oakland Raiders (2-4)- Terrelle Pryor… get rid of the ball.

 

#28 St. Louis Rams (3-4)- Sam Bradford is lost for the season.. not that he was setting the league on fire. But still?

 

#29 New York Giants (1-6)- Win the turnover battle, win the ball game.

 

#30 Minnesota Vikings (1-5)- Is Josh Freeman the answer, he wasn’t on Monday night?

 

#31 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-6)- Their ‘best’ running back is now lost for the season.

 

#32 Jacksonville Jaguars (0-7)- Is there anything really to say about this team?

Those are my NFL Power Rankings for Week 8

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NFL Thursday Night Game Recap- Seahawks Roll

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NFL Thursday Night Game Recap- Seahawks Roll

After Thursday night’s performance over the Arizona Cardinals, the Seattle Seahawks proved that they are the team to beat in the NFC West with a big 34-22 win behind Russell Wilson’s three touchdown passes, 91 yards rushing by Marshawn Lynch and a solid defensive effort that intercepted two Carson Palmer that led to touchdowns.

 

This was a really cool night for our football team,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. “ We wanted to get on the road and get this thing done and continue to feel good about our ability to win on the road.”

 

Carson Palmer’s turnover woes continues as he has now thrown 11 interceptions in the last five games and 13 this season. He was also sacked seven times by the Seahawk defense on Thursday night.

 

With the win, Seattle now sits atop the NFC West at 6-1, while the Cardinals drop to 3-4 in the same division.

 

It was Arizona’s eighth straight loss to an NFC West opponent.

 

We knew we needed to be great,” Palmer said, “and we were not great today.”

 

Thanks to Russell Wilson’s two big fumbles deep in their own territory that led to a Cardinal touchdown and field goal, it kept the game somewhat close. Wilson threw no interceptions on the night and credits his receivers.

 

The receivers did a good job staying alive,” Wilson said. “Patrick Peterson is one of the best cornerbacks in the game and the guys made some plays on him.”

 

Arizona’s failure to establish a running game by rushing for only 30 yards on 18 attempts added to their lack of a pass protection as the Seattle defense was able to apply constant pressure on Carson Palmer the entire game.

 

When you go into that type of a game and you get behind it’s going to be a struggle,” Arizona coach Bruce Arians said, “but we have to figure out ways to start faster on both sides of the ball. I thought we came out sluggish.”

 

Seattle led 17-10 at halftime despite dominating the first half.

 

The second half proved much of the same for the Seahawks who continued to have their way with Arizona… although Carson Palmer added a late fourth quarter touchdown to make the game closer then it was.

 

Russell Wilson ended the night 18-of-29 for 235 yards passing with three touchdowns and no interceptions. 

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Business of the NFL, Money Made!!

The Business of the NFL
Source: Finance Degree Center

THE BUSINESS OF THE NFL

As the most popular of the four major American professional sports leagues, the NFL is an industry unto itself.

$37.4 billion
Combined value of NFL’s 32 teams
That’s more than the national GDPs of Afghanistan, Cambodia, Nicaragua, Jamaica and more than 115 other countries.
The value of the NFL’s richest team, the Dallas Cowboys, is enough to …
… buy an iPhone 5C for nearly every person in the state of Texas
… pay the monthly SNAP food assistance amount for 17 million Americans
… buy the five lowest-value Major League Baseball teams, the Miami Marlins, Pittsburgh Pirates, Oakland Athletics, Kansas City Royals and Tampa Bay Rays
… hire more than 65,000 new elementary school teachers

Buying and Watching

One reason why the NFL has so much money is Americans can’t seem to get enough of it.
At the game
Average costs:
Ticket $78.38
Beer $7.28
Soda $4.57
Hot dog $4.84
Parking $27.35
Program $4.06
Hat $21.38
Merchandise
$3 billion
Total NFL merchandise sales in 2011, up from $2.8 billion the previous year
Best-selling jerseys on NFLShop.com (through June):
Colin Kaepernick
Russell Wilson
Robert Griffin III
Adrian Peterson
Peyton Manning
TV
What the networks pay annually for broadcast rights:
Through 2013 season
CBS $622.5 million
Fox $712.5 million
NBC $650 million
ESPN $1.1 billion
2013-2020
CBS $1 billion
Fox $1.1 billion
NBC $950 million
ESPN $1.9 billion

For the first week of the 2013 season, football provided the top three most-watched shows, and four of the top 10. Among those shows was NBC’s rain-delay programming, which beat eight other shows that week.
Most watched TV broadcasts ever:
Super Bowls account for the 21 highest rated broadcasts in U.S. history in total viewership.
2012: Super Bowl XLVI (Giants-Patriots) 166.8 million
2013: Super Bowl XLVII (Ravens-49ers) 164.1 million
2011: Super Bowl XLV (Packers-Steelers) 162.9 million
2010: Super Bowl XLIV (Colts-Saints) 153.4 million
2009: Super Bowl XLIII (Cardinals-Steelers) 151.6 million

No Place Like New Home

As the NFL becomes more and more profitable, new stadiums become more and more common, usually on the backs of the public. Of the 20 NFL stadiums built or renovated since 1997, all but one have used taxpayer money.
Team Year built Total cost Percentage of public funds
New York Jets/Giants 2010 $1.6 billion 0%*
Dallas Cowboys 2009 $1.2 billion 28.60%
Philadelphia Eagles 2003 $474 million 40%
Arizona Cardinals 2007 $455 million 67.70%
Denver Broncos 2001 $365 million 68.40%
Houston Texans 2002 $424 million 73%
Cleveland Browns 1999 $290 million 74.70%
Pittsburgh Steelers 2001 $357.5 million 78.70%
Indianapolis Colts 2008 $720 million 86%
* New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority has $100 million in debt from old stadium, and new stadium was built on public land
The Minnesota Vikings are building a new $950 million stadium, the cost of which will be about evenly split between the team and the taxpayers. The Atlanta Falcons are in planning stages on a new stadium that would be finished in time for the 2017 season. The total cost is estimated to be as high as $1 billion, some of which would be provided by taxpayers.

Player Income

While many NFL players are very highly paid, they have some of the lowest compensation figures in pro sports—and the shortest careers on average.
League Average annual salary Average career length Average total career earnings
NBA $5.2 million 4.8 years $25 million
MLB $3.2 million 5.6 years $17.9 million
NHL $2.4 million 5.5 years $13.2 million
NFL $1.9 million 3.5 years $6.7 million

And All This Adds Up to No Profit?

Believe it or not, the NFL is a 501(c)(6) organization, meaning the league itself is tax-exempt. The league’s 32 teams pay taxes on the profits they earn, but the league office itself doesn’t.
Other examples of such groups include chambers of commerce, real estate boards and other trade groups. How many of those will be paid billions by TV networks for the rights to air their events?
214,000
Signers of a Change.org petition to call on the U.S. Senate to revoke the league’s nonprofit status
$29.5 million
2011 compensation for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell
That means Goodell is paid more than the CEOs of Target ($28.6M), AT&T ($26M), News Corp ($25M) and dozens of other billion-dollar companies.

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NFL Thursday Night Game Preview/Pick- Seahawks vs. Cardinals

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NFL Thursday Night Game Preview/Pick- Seahawks vs. Cardinals

 

Seattle Seahawks @ (5-1) @ Arizona Cardinals (3-3) 10/17 8:25PM EST

 

Line: -6.5

Over/Under- 40.0

 

The Seattle Seahawks (5-1) will go into Arizona on Thursday looking to avoid their third straight road loss to the Cardinals and stay even with the New Orleans Saints (5-1) for best road record in the NFC.

 

Road woes is what plagued the Seahawks last year and if they wish to stay among the NFL’s elite, they must improve in that area starting with their division rival Arizona Cardinals (3-3) who are coming off a loss in San Francisco 32-20.

 

Seattle won unimpressively against the Tennessee Titans at home last Sunday 20-13 and must do a better job offensively against a Cardinal football team still trying to find their way.

 

Seattle receiver Percy Harvin will help the Seahawk offense be more effective once he returns from injured reserve and can get back in football shape, but is still a few weeks away from that happening.

 

He’ll be running and doing a lot of stuff this week,” Carroll said. “We don’t expect him to play this week, but we’ll find out how far along he has come.”

 

The Seattle defense is still getting it done as they rank second in the NFL with 290.2 yards allowed per game and third at 15.7 points a contest.

 

It’s nice to learn while you are winning and I think that’s where we are,” coach Pete Carroll said. “That’s what we’re hoping to continue. I don’t know if we’ll be able to reach the levels that we saw last year where we were scoring points at a huge rate (while winning the final five regular-season games). That was an enormous run that we had. But that’s good to expect that and I’d like to see that too.”

 

The Cardinals are 2-0 at home thus far and have beaten the Seahawks six of the last seven.

 

They’re a brand new team to us,” Carroll said. “There are things that look similar, but it’s not the same. All kinds of stuff has changed, so we to look at them all over again. It’s not like we’re just carrying it over, same ol’ same ol’. It’s not like that.”

 

Carson Palmer must look to improve throwing the ball where he has thrown nine of his 11 interceptions in the last four games, and may be without All-Pro Larry Fitzgerald who is nursing a sore hamstring.

 

It gets a little better and then he plays on it and it gets worse,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said. “So hopefully we can continue to nurse it into the small open week and get it better.”

 

All signs point to the Seattle Seahawks winning on Thursday.. stronger defense and more consistent offense, although the Cardinals have played better at home, I expect the Seahawks to win going away in the fourth quarter.

So for Thursday night´s  NFL Pick

PICK: Seattle Seahawks

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