It’s a reminder of the most reliable path to the Super Bowl.

At the end of the day at this point, I think it’s important for the league to continue to try to investigate how they can provide a better vehicle for players to promote the things they’re trying to accomplish in the community as they relate to injustice, inequality and things they want to get done legislatively in their communities, Long said.
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I believe if the league put their best foot forward and provides Ronnie Stanley Jersey the lifeblood of the league, which are the players, the opportunity to do this in a better vehicle than the national anthem, then you might see less people kneeling, but I don’t think mandating that players can’t kneel is gonna be the answer. I think you’ll see a messier situation.

It’s easy to get caught up in comparing quarterbacks with what they do or don’t do in the playoffs, putting too much weight in what they carry as individuals in a team game. That’s despite the fact that professional football has told us over and over again that elite defenses are the better sources of championships.
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So don’t consider Keenum vs. Foles an anomaly.

Jake Muzzin Jersey By now, Sapolu and Tanuvasa are busy helping orchestrate the Polynesian Bowl, a two-edition-old, national high school all-star game on Jan. 20, with Dick Vermeil and Terry Donahue as coaches. The night before that, there’s the induction dinner for the fifth class for the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame, whose induction choices would seem to be burgeoning. Sapolu remembers when he’d study a 49ers schedule, check for when he might see fellow Polynesians from other NFL teams, and anticipate reunions every three or four weeks. By now, he noted, the New Orleans Saints, still alive in the playoffs this weekend, have six Polynesian players on their roster alone.

That season, however, did produce two very competitive losses to the Eagles, who went on to notch the NFC’s best record. New York fell to Philadelphia by scores of 27-24 and 34-29, in both cases with Eli Manning producing big passing numbers.

Players’ protests are also going beyond the professional ranks.

January brings college football all-star games, which provide draft-eligible college football players an opportunity to impress NFL scouts.
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The Senior Bowl, played every year in Mobile, Ala., since 1951 is the showcase game, but not the only game to draw top NFL talent. The benefit for prospects is they get to be coached by an actual NFL staff and this year it will be the Texans and Broncos coaches who get the hands-on experience with some of the nation’s top seniors.

From the meeting rooms to the practice field, the Senior Bowl experience lets us see how these prospects work and prepare in a competitive environment.

A week before the Senior Bowl will be the East-West Shrine Game and the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. While those are the three marquee games, the Dream Bowl and HBCU Spirit Bowl in Virginia Beach, and the Tropical Bowl in Daytona Beach provide other opportunities for NFL hopefuls to make one last impression.

UCF LB Shaquem Griffin, one of college football’s most inspiring stories, is attempting to become the first one-handed player to be drafted in the modern era. He’ll challenge scouts this week with a unique evaluation unlike anything they’ve seen before.

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U.S. soccer start Megan Rapinoe knelt last year to show support for Colin Kaepernick, who started the NFL protests to raise awareness of racial injustice, and told ESPN that we need a more substantive conversation around race relations and the way people of color are treated.
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Early in my career I tried using a glove on my throwing hand a little bit.

Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma. Mayfield doesn’t come without controversy, from his off-field mishap to his on-field celebrations. The truth is that he was an super-efficient passer at Oklahoma and has moxie that’ll be fun for fans in New York City.
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None of that seemed to faze Brady, though.

The Patriots quarterback brought his team back in the game with an 85-yard drive that cut the Jaguars’ lead to 20-17. One of the biggest plays on the drive came on first-and-10 when Brady connected with Phillip Dorsett for 31 yards on a flea flicker.

After trading punts with Jaguars, the Patriots got the ball back, and once again, Brady went to work. With the Patriots trailing 20-17 and sitting at the Jaguars’ 30-yard line after an impressive punt return from Amendola, Brady worked his magic again.

But it has drawn criticism at times, like when he made a choke gesture toward Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman earlier this season and later apologized for letting my emotions get the best of me.

Last week, he touted the Eagles as home underdogs in their divisional playoff game versus Atlanta. Grab Philly +3 with no hesitation, Roberts told SportsLine readers. The result: Eagles 15, Falcons 10 — an outright upset and another easy cash.

Strikingly, that improved his record to 8-3 picking Eagles games against the spread. Anyone who has followed his advice is up big.

Part of his success: Roberts has worked in the Las Vegas sports book industry for 20 years, including a 13-year run as Station Casinos’ book director; he can spot a bad line a mile away.

Now, Roberts has locked in a strong pick for Vikings-Eagles and he’s sharing it over at SportsLine.

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Steelers’ Le’Veon Bell skipped final walk-through before playoff loss to Jaguars

It appears the upcoming Le’Veon Bell contract discussions could face an added layer of drama this offseason.

Last offseason, Pittsburgh offered Bell a multi-year deal that would have reportedly paid him an average of more than $12 million per year; the next highest-paid backs are earning $8.5 million per year.

The franchise tag for running backs is set to go up to roughly $14.5 million this year. At that price, and with the drama that has surrounded Bell off the field, there is a possibility that the two sides will part ways, making one of the league’s most dynamic playmakers a free agent in 2018.

The phrase Minneapolis Miracle, also known as the Minnesota Miracle, came into existence thanks to Vikings radio announcer Paul Allen’s call of the game’s final play, when Stefon Diggs made a game-winning 61-yard touchdown catch in the closing seconds.

Shortly after the game, a Wikipedia page defining the miracle was created, and on Monday the team filed for three trademarks for the phrase Minneapolis Miracle and one for Minnesota Miracle.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published records Friday that showed the filings, according to ESPN.

There’s no doubt the play will go down as one of the most stunning in Vikings history, and the team wants to own the phrase on more than 100 items, including helmets, watches, golf bags, bowling bags, bathing suits and parkas.patriots_127_5479d6ff62e4ea97-180x180

The Chiefs have a great core of talent and the ability to add more in the spring.

The fury surrounding the employment status of Colin Kaepernick has been taken to a new level, reaching full-blown froth on Wednesday night in the form of a rally at NFL headquarters attended by thousands to protest Kaepernick being unsigned by a team.
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Kaepernick has been unemployed ever since his decision to opt out of his contract with the 49ers this offseason, although he was headed in that direction regardless, with the 49ers admitting they planned to release him anyway.
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2. That the NFL establish a review board to, Green says, examine issues of social injustice. As Tamika Mallory, a social activist and co-organizer of the 2017 Women’s March, put it in her speech, The NFL, just like the NYPD, cannot police itself. Any organization that is only being looked at from within is a failing organization. There must be a unit of people internally and externally that look at racial and cultural sensitivity issues within the NFL.

A return trip to playoffs isn’t far-fetched.

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Sam Darnold, QB, USC. I still think the Browns will add a quarterback in free agency and wouldn’t be surprised if that guy is Alex Smith. Darnold’s excellent skill set could be harnessed in his first year in the NFL and learning from Smith would be ideal for him and the future of the Browns organization.

Vrabel’s had a meteoric rise up the coaching ranks, retiring from the NFL after the 2010 season and immediately jumping into coaching. He worked under Urban Meyer at Ohio State (his alma mater) from 2011 through 2013 as both the linebackers and defensive line coach with Ohio State before jumping to the NFL.

I thought it was something that goes back to the Civil War or something historical like a regional thing.

I asked the woman who was leading us around, How long has this Duval chant been going on? And she was like, Oh, that was this thing this linebacker came up with six years ago. So this chant isn’t even 10 years old! And it was just completely adopted by this region of the country.
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I didn’t know that. It’s like a parody of itself.
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There’s something very funny about you and Manny at the game, but Manny’s there as Jason, but Jason’s Jason Spriggs Youth jersey dead, but there he is. How are you going to deal now that the Jags aren’t totally sucking? How is the storyline going to evolve?

That’s a great question. There’s a sadness there that Jason was dead, so he didn’t get to see any of this happen. Maybe there’s a way we can remedy that. Maybe there’s somehow a magical TV where he can watch the football game. When we were at the game, Manny and I were like, Wow, it’s kind of sad Jason can’t see this.

With no shot of the Vikings playing in the Super Bowl at their home stadium, ticket prices on resale sites for the Feb. 4 showdown between the Eagles and Patriots slightly dropped.

After the game, huge crowds gathered in neighborhoods around the city cheering and chanting.

Earlier in the day, workers in Philadelphia who jokingly called themselves the Crisco Cops greased light poles to try to prevent fans from climbing up them after the game.

During the fourth quarter, Philadelphia police posted an image of Crisco on Twitter. While urging fans to celebrate responsibly, they wrote, Now comes the time in the night where we must warn everyone about the dangers of Saturated Fats.

The Bills needed two things to happen on Sunday to break the drought.

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Kansas City could have tied this one up and sent it to overtime with just over two minutes left to play. But an obvious hold by Eric Fisher forced another attempt and it failed.

When the Colts came back to beat the Chiefs in the Wild Card Round after the 2013 season, it was the second-biggest comeback in postseason history. The Colts were behind by 28 points in the third quarter when Andrew Luck led a furious rally in Indianapolis. It took a nearly miraculous fumble recovery and score from Luck, who caught Donald Brown’s fumble off the bounce and dove into the end zone.

The Chiefs not only have a tragic recent playoff history, but they have a lot of bad memories of the Colts.

Saturday’s total is set at 47 points. The OVER is 6-1 in Tennessee’s last seven trips into New England.

With last Saturday’s gutsy performance against Kansas City, the Titans earned their first playoff win since 2004 and in some years might be entering the Divisional round with some momentum as a potential Cinderella team. But unfortunately for this group, they’ll be taking on the NFL’s most well oiled machine on Saturday, and midnight is steadily approaching on this Cinderella.

All three deny that there is any turmoil in New England, and historically the response to negative press around the Patriots off the field has been strong performances on it.

The Jags’ defense will do work, but Bortles is such a wild card it’s nearly impossible to trust their offense.

red_wings_015At 1:05 p.m. ET Sunday, the Steelers will have all available hands-on-deck, and it will be only up to the players if they are able to put together a winning performance. After all, they don’t have banged up players as an excuse if the team falls flat.

This game could get out of hand if Pittsburgh jumps out to an early lead and an inexperienced Jags squad loses the plot. On the other hand, Jacksonville could easily pull a 2000 Baltimore Ravens if Bortles does his best Trent Dilfer impression — they can’t be written off that easily. Let’s say the Steelers take it by two possessions, but it stays close throughout.

“Stability at the position is hard to find, no question,” GM Bob Quinn told me Wednesday night. “And the position is becoming increasingly difficult to scout in college football with the high percentage of teams using a version of a spread offense. You really draft quarterback traits and hope they transfer to the NFL game.”

Because he inherited Stafford, Quinn doesn’t have to follow his own advice. And he doesn’t really want to be in that position either.

The term has been used so liberally the past several months that I felt like it’d behoove me—and the readers here—to actually look up the definition of “blackball.” Thanks to Merriam-Webster for furnishing it:

In this week’s Game Plan, we’ll check back on the Bears and how their plan for and perception of Mitch Trubisky has shifted after his big preseason; see how the draft’s forgotten quarterback is faring so far; explain why the Lions did not in any way overpay for Matthew Stafford; take a look at how the Texans have pulled together in their city’s time of crisis; and check in on the trade and free-agent markets ahead of the cutdown.

We start with the Kaepernick story that won’t go away, and why it’s lasted as long as it has. The main thing I learned? Teams didn’t have many internal discussions about Kaepernick. The level of interest in him as a player was such that the football people I talked to never even brought it to their owners to discuss whether or not his social stances were going to be a problem for them.

NFL Draft 2019: Ridiculous D-line class will dominate first round

With Clemson’s Christian Wilkins, Clelin Ferrell, Kendall Joseph and Austin Bryant all returning for another season alongside teammate Dexter Lawrence along with several other high-profile defensive linemen the question must now be asked:
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Raekwon Davis, Alabama: The sophomore led Alabama with 8.5 sacks and has shown serious first-round potential. A few more players will develop in Nick Saban’s NFL assembly line, including Isaiah Buggs, who returns for his senior season.

Rashan Gary, Chase Winovich, Michigan: The two teamed up for 14 sacks and 30.5 tackles for loss in defensive coordinator Don Brown’s defense in 2017.
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Boston College’s Zach Allen, Florida State’s Brian Burns, Florida’s CeCe Jefferson and Kansas’ Dorance Amstrong Jr. are all wild-cards with first-round potential as well.

This class is loaded, plain and simple, and it’s indicative of the need for dominant defenders on championship-caliber teams. It always starts up front, and the toughest decisions on Sporting News’ college football All-American team the last two years were on the defensive line. Oliver, for all his talent, was a second-team selection in 2017.

This also points to a need for D-line depth that all NFL teams are looking for. A total of 62 defensive linemen been selected with first-round picks since the 2010 NFL Draft, and 20 of those players have been named to the Pro Bowl. It’s even better with players selected in the top 10: Eight of 15 such players went to at least one Pro Bowl, and that doesn’t include Myles Garrett or Dante Fowler Jr., who will be on that level soon.

Drew Brees has been to and won a Super Bowl, but that was eight years ago, and this is the Saints’ first playoff game in four seasons. Cam Newton just got to and lost a Super Bowl two seasons ago.

The Panthers had the No. 4 rushing offense in the NFL during the regular season. The Saints were right behind at No. 5. But with Brees, the Saints were the much better passing offense (No. 5) than the Panthers (No. 28).

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Philadelphia is 2-1 all-time against the Falcons in the playoffs (most recently a 27-10 win in the NFC Conference Championship Jan. 23, 2005). Atlanta has won three of their last four games against the Eagles, however.
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The Eagles have lost their last four playoff games, tied for the longest such streak in franchise history. They have not won a playoff game since Jan. 1, 2009, and have not won a home playoff game since Jan. 1, 2007.

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It’s that time of year again.
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He settled into a rehab schedule, beginning at 7 a.m. to mirror his off-season workout routine. He was trying to deceive himself into believing it was still summer, with lifts at UC San Diego and breakfast at Claire’s on Cedros in Solana Beach. The first nor’easter of the winter shattered that fantasy. Jason Smeathers, Hayward’s personal trainer, who has known him since he was five, moved into the basement. Hayward craves distraction and Smeathers engages all his debates, whether the subject is the NFL slide rule or a compound math problem. What do you get when you solve 48锟斤拷2(9+3)? Hayward asks, scrawling it on a piece of paper. It could be 288 or it could be 2, right, depending on how you read it.

Mularkey is entering the final year of the contract he received when the team removed the interim tag and officially named him the team’s head coach following the 2015 season, when he took over for Ken Whisenhunt after seven games. While never quite embraced by the team’s fan base, Mularkey said he and his staff will spend the offseason figuring out what went wrong this year, especially with quarterback Marcus Mariota, who threw just 13 touchdowns to 15 interceptions during the regular season.

We’re going to look back at everything, do a self-scout. I can promise you, all the interceptions did not fall on Marcus, Mularkey said Sunday. Everybody’s involved when it comes to turnovers. Unfortunately, he’s the guy that gets pegged for it.

Those tryouts will be pivotal for Colson’s pro prospects, opinions of which have ranged, thanks yet again to how his body of work contrasts with his body, from the fringes of the first round to unlikely to be drafted. We’re gonna hear the same old stuff, Brey had told SI last month. Don’t bet against the dude.