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  • Published: Sep 27th, 2017
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NFL TV Ratings; A Sign Of Things To Come?

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Sunday for many people is a special day. Filled with family, friends, and possibly some yelling at the television. Football has been a large part of people’s Sunday traditions, but with things being the way they have been lately, many are wondering when the focus will return to actual football. It seems less has been made of the game, and more is being made about what President Trump has tweeted out about something or which players have decided to take a knee for the National Anthem.

Regardless of your personal feelings on these subjects it does come across as slightly foreboding when you couple that with the fact that across the whole board NFL’s TV ratings are down. Some might say that this is attributed to the ongoing spectacle sideshow that the NFL has turned into. Commissioner Goodell has not ended the stalemate with the player‘s union about proper procedure for pre-game policy, and continually rides the fence on the issue. This has further dragged on with President Trump now taking to the keyboard to weigh in his two cents worth.

The cold hard facts remain though that viewer ratings are down for every game except for the one o’clock slot. It might stand to reason that the games in that hour block did well because they were full of tough rivalry showdowns, or it could also mean that it is, generally speaking, a very boring time for television. Either way the games are getting less views, and you can be sure that trend will continue unless an agreement in procedure can be reached. Until then, we get to deal with a circus sideshow and the clowns in it.

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  • Published: Sep 5th, 2017
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Joe Haden Reveals His Next Move

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Joe Haden commits to Steelers for three years, $27,000,000 and will play Browns in opening game

Now, this ought to be a fascinating opener.

Joe Haden, the Pro Bowl cornerback, released by the Browns on Wednesday, has agreed a three year contract with arch rivals the Steelers. This deal is worth $27,000,000, including $7,000,000 assured for this season, reports profootballtalk.com.

No longer do the Browns have to pay the $4,000,000 Haden was due to receive from them this season.

On September 10, the Browns will play hosts to the Steelers at the FirstEnergy Stadium. This particular run of events should add some extra fascination to the match.

“A tough competitor” according to receiver Antonio Brown. “He is a ruthless opponent. Certainly someone you need to be prepared and ready for. He is quick and strong”.

Originally, Haden was meant to enroll with the Steelers on Wednesday evening in Charlotte, NC, which is where the Panthers and Steelers play tomorrow evening in the preseason finale.

Released by the Browns on Wednesday morning, Haden could enroll with his new team after 16:00, and his next deal was revealed within minutes.

Adam Schefter, from ESPN, said that Haden had been offered more by other teams, however he chose to commit to the Steelers.

For the last six years, Brown has faced Haden as an opponent, however he used his influence at the club to get him signed. The NFL Network reports that Brown told his coach that Haden still has lots of fire left in the tank.

Brock Osweiler Starts For The Browns

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Brock Osweiler announced as Browns starter for the preseason opening match versus Saints

Brock Osweiler is set to start the preseason opening match on Thursday evening, versus the Saints at First Energy Stadium, according to Browns manager Hue Jackson.

The second man will be Cody Kessler, followed by Kevin Hogan and DeShone Kizer.

This does not mean though, that Osweiler will begin the season opening match versus the Steelers on September 10. Kizer could well end up doing that instead.

Jackson said that, at this point in the quarterback assessment process, he will have Osweiler start in the Thursday preseason opening match versus the Saints. While many factors are taken into account during the assessment, it is ultimately about running the offense effectively and efficiently, Jackson noted. Jackson went on to say that he wants his starters to have the ability to do this in all circumstances.

Osweiler has not really got any reps in the first team, so this will provide him with that opportunity. Everyone is looking forward to watching how he fairs in the limelight during the week and versus the Saints.

Speculation is rife that the Browns might be attempting to groom Osweiler for trading. However, on Monday, Adam Schefter from ESPN was interviewed on the Dan Patrick show. Schefter said that the Browns have declined trade offers and do not wish to get rid of the veteran.

Now that Osweiler has moved to number one, for this week at least, this does not look encouraging for Kessler, with regards to his quarterback ambitions this season.

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  • Published: Jul 26th, 2017
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Top 5 Questions facing the NFC West

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AZ 5 Can DT Robert Nkemdiche keep his nose clean for a full season?
4 Will RB David Johnson have the kind of season he has last year & play a full season?
3 Can AZ find a pass rush after losing DT Campbell?
2 Can the D backfield recover from the bad season and losing 3 starters?
1 Will QB Carson Palmer stay healthy all season?
LA 5 Will the Rams extend the contract of DT Aaron Donald
4 Will the new coaching staff get the D to play better? It was lousy last year!
3 Can LA find a run game with RB Todd Gurley after a bad 16?
2 Can LA rebuild an O line that was terrible last year by adding LT Whitworth (35) & C John Sullivan (31)?
1 Will QB Jared Goff ever become a quality starter?
SF 5 Can RB Carlos Hyde give SF a solid run game?
4 Will SF D be better signing Dumerville, ILB Smith, OLB Watson?
3 Can SF find an O line that can pass protect? Does that even matter?
2 Did SF do enough for the WR group by signing Garcon, Marquise Goodwin & Aldrick Robinson?
1 Who will play QB this year? Hoyer can’t stay healthy.
SE 5 Can HC Carrol figure out how to use TE Graham?
4 Can the Legion of Doom be more effective this year?
3 Can RB Thomas Rawls stay healthy all season or will Eddie Lacy be the guy?
2 Can SE find an O line to protect QB Wilson by signing G Luke Joeckel, Oday Aboushi & Rook C Ethan Pocic?
1 Can QB Wilson stay healthy all year?

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  • Published: Jul 21st, 2017
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Top 5 questions facing NFC South teams

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AT       5 Can the run game become a force to balance the O?
4 Can HC Quinn get AT to play more physical FB?
3 Can Matt Ryan have another Super Bowl season?
2 Can Quinn get the D cover anybody or was the SB game an indcation they are overmatched?
1 Can AT mentally  overcome the Super Bowl Loss?
CR      5 After a bad 16, can CR get back to the playoffs this year?
4 Can the CR run game help balance the O with someone other than Newton carrying the load?
3 Will the O line be able to protect Newton better than last year?
2 Will the D get back to playoff level play? Pass D was at the bottom of the league last year.
1 Can HC Ron Rivera get QB Cam Newton‘s head out of his posterior?
NO      5 Did NO do enough to help the pass D by adding CB Marshon Lattimore & S Marcus Williams?
4 Will Brees have anyone to throw to with Cook traded?  Michael Thomas, Willie Snead, Brandon Coleman,
3 Is this the year that RB Peterson rolls over and plays dead?  MN thought so and let him walk.
2 Can NO fix the O line?  C Max Unger is the only solid starter & LT Armstead is out for 4-6 months.
1 Can DC Dennis Allen get the run D back to being competitive again?
TB       5 Is TB a contender for wild card?
4 Will the rebuilt O line be better? Sweezy was hurt, Smith was the only solid T.
3 Will RB Doug Martin be healthy again in 17 or be hurt like 14 & 15?
2 Will TB get the D  competitive again by adding FS J.J. Wilcox & keeping SS Chris Conte?
1 Will QB Jameis Winston continue to turn over the ball (18 picks & 6 lost fumbles)?
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5 top questions facing the NFC North teams

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NFC North
CH 5 Can Fox rebuild a bad O line to help the O?
4 Can CH make a good WR group out of White, Wilson, Wheaton & Victor Cruz?
3 Can CH find a run game with Howard et. Al?
2 Can HC Fox fix the D to get into the playoffs?
1 Can HC Fox find a QB that can keep him from being fired? When will Mitchell Trubisky be ready to start?
DT 5 Can DT Fix D line? Lots of below average players.
4 Can WR corps survive with additions of Keshawn Martin & T.J. Jones?
3 Did DT fix a poor O line by signing OT Greg Robinson, Cornelius Lucas & G T.J. Lang?
2 Can DT find a run game? Riddick had just 357y & can’t stay healthy.
1 QB Stafford turn the corner (24TD 10picks) Can he keep it up this year?
GB 5 Will OLB Mathews finally get help with the pass rush?
4 Can DC Dom Capers fix a D backfield that got smoked in the playoffs? CB Davon House enough?
3 Will the WR group stay healthy?
2 Can GB figure out how to use 2 FA TEs & a draft pick? How many catches will Martellus Bennett get?
1 RB Lacy is gone. Will GB O have any run game with Ty Montgomery 457y 3TDS?
MN 5 Can the D Backfield hold up in the NFC North vs Rodgers & Stafford?
4 Can the run D continue to improve like it did through the season last year?
3 Can OL coach Zimmer find an O line combination that works by adding C Don Barclay G Jahri Evans?
2 Can QB Bradford continue to grow in the MN O?
1 Will MN have any kind of run game? Is RB Dalvin Cook big enough to carry 30 times?

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