Month: January 2018

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Thumbgate: Tom Brady arrives to Gillette Stadium, keeps right hand hidden

Tom Brady refuses to show his injured right hand, even as he arrived Sunday to Gillette Stadium ahead of Sunday’s AFC Championship Game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Sunday’s point total was Florida State’s lowest output since a 73-49 loss to UConn on Dec. 11, 2015. And as unlikely as it seemed that the Seminoles would get their ninth win in program history over a top-five team by scoring just 50 points, it happened.

Louisville and Notre Dame join unbeaten UConn and Mississippi State as No. 1 seeds in Charlie Creme’s latest 64-team projection. Florida State, which handed the Cardinals their first loss Sunday, move up to a No. 2.

The NCAA committee revealed its top 16 last week. And though only four days have passed, a lot can change in the bracket when multiple top-10 teams lose in a weekend. So why are the Cardinals still on the top line? Charlie Creme explains.

Patriots linebacker James Harrison has seen it all in his 15 years in the NFL and he is the last person to take the rookie lightly.

It’s another monster that we’ve got to try to contain, Harrison told reporters Friday, via ESPN.

While Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles might not be as bad as many make him out to be, the true threat on the Jaguars’ offense is Fournette. He has rushed for 1,040 yards and nine touchdowns during his rookie season, and has eclipsed 100 yards rushing six times including in the divisional round against the Steelers.

Bortles is much more effective when he has time to throw and when the Jaguars are able to run play-action. If Fournette is running well, the play-action passing game is even more effective. The Patriots will focus first on shutting down Fournette on offense first. That’s what Bill Belichick does on a week-in, week-out basis. He tries to take the opponent’s best weapon out of the picture.

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Jack Del Rio is leading candidate for Giants DC, report says

Jack Del Rio could soon have a new job on the east coast.

The former Raiders coach is a leading candidate to become the Giants’ defensive coordinator under Pat Shurmur, ESPN reported, citing unidentified league sources.

UPDATE FRIDAY 7:30 A.M.: The Rams’ and Saints’ chances of clinching playoff berths in Week 14 evaporated with Atlanta’s win over New Orleans on Thursday night. Now neither can clinch a spot this weekend.

Buccaneers: Will be eliminated with a loss/tie against the Lions, or after four other combinations of results. Click here to see all of them.

Redskins: Will be eliminated with a loss to the Chargers plus one of a sizable number of other combinations. Click here to see all of them. In essence, Washington cannot afford another loss.

But, as anyone familiar with buying tickets to sought-after events knows, that’s as good as it’s going to get.

While prices will spike regardless of the matchup, if the Vikings beat the Eagles in the NFC championship game, the gap between face value and what the tickets sell for on the secondary market will widen significantly. That’s because with a win on Sunday, the Vikings would become the first team in NFL history to play in a Super Bowl in its home stadium, and Minnesota fans will clamor to get into U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday, February 4.

Should the Vikings get there, ticket prices could skyrocket by as much as four, five or six times their printed price. Or more, according to the report.


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Empire State Building slaps New Yorkers in face, shines Patriots, Eagles colors

The Jets and Giants didn’t make the NFL playoffs this year, but they’re still being handed Ls.

If you’re a fan of either New York football team, you have plenty of reasons to be disappointed in your terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad seasons. Now, chances are you’ve heard both the Patriots and the Eagles are advancing to Super Bowl 52 and have to try really hard to not vomit at that thought, too.

As a highly coveted unrestricted free agent last March, Campbell had a tough decision to make between his hometown Denver Broncos and Jacksonville, a lot closer to his college stomping grounds at Miami.

The Jaguars, with plenty of money under the cap to spend, got the deal done, signing Campbell to a four-year, $60 million contract with $30 million guaranteed. He joined the team at the same time as former Texans cornerback A.J. Bouye and former Cowboys safety Barry Church to round out a budding elite defense built mostly over the previous three drafts.

The Broncos (5-11) fell well short of the playoffs, while Campbell helped the Jaguars go from worst (3-13) to first (10-6) in the AFC South before their postseason run ended in the conference championship game.

The NFL is waiving such discipline after a weekend in which Commissioner Roger Goodell, owners of teams, players and others reacted forcefully to comments made Friday by President Trump, who said at a campaign rally in Alabama that owners should fire players who refuse to stand for the national anthem as a means of protest.

We also believe our players have a right to express themselves, Lockhart said.

Lockhart called Sunday an important day for the league and, we think, a good one. He said the conversations involving the league office, owners, players and the NFL Players Association demonstrated the ability of everyone in the sport to work cooperatively in a crisis.patriots_112_8a74ff4bcdd79766-180x180