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Cousins: I’m a .500 quarterback, ready for 'next level'

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Kirk Cousins knows better than anyone that offense doesn’t always win games.

While speaking Wednesday at Minnesota’s mandatory minicamp, the Vikings quarterback admitted his place in the NFL landscape isn’t the strongest and reiterated the need to change that in 2019 if the team hopes to improve its position in the brutal NFC North.

“I think the next level, really, is all about winning,” Cou夜网论坛sins told reporters. “I’m pretty much a .500 quarterback in my career so far and I don’t think that’s where you want to be and that’s not why you are brought in or people are excited about you.

“If I don’t play well, if I don’t have gaudy statistics but we win multiple playoff games this year, the narrative will be I went to the next level and I may not walk off the field every day feeling like I did but if we win, that’s the life of a quarterback, you are at the next level. If I have my best year yet in 2018 but we’re 8-8, I didn’t go to the next level. That’s the reality of it.”

Cousins had a career season in 2018 as he posted his highest completion percentage (70.1) and his second highest total in passing yards (4,298) while throwing more touchdowns (30) than he has ever had since being drafted by the Redskins in 2012. Still, it was[……]

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Hall of Fame evaluator Gil Brandt says Bears should try out Carli Lloyd at kicker

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USWNT midfielder Carli Lloyd hit a 55-yard field goal at Eagles practice Tuesday and one Hall of Fame evaluator thinks the Bears should give her a real chance to become an NFL kicker.

Gil Brandt was put into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year. He was the chief talent scout for the Cowboys from 1960-1988 and was integral to the team’s drafting of Roger Staubach, Herschel Walker and Bob Hayes.

What he says matters and he believes the Bears should try out Lloyd.

“Honestly, I don’t think it will be long before we see a woman break through this NFL barrier,” Brandt wrote on Twitter. “I’d give (Lloyd) an honest tryout if I were, say, the Bears.”

The Bears have been looking for a kicker since cutting Cody Parkey soon after he missed a game-winning field goal in the wild-card round against 夜网论坛the Eagles in January. Chicago has had as many as five kickers in camp and hasn’t settled on a starter as of yet.

Right now Eddy Pineiro is slated to be the team’s placekicker. The team waived Elliott Fry, who was competing with[……]

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Vontaze Burfict suspensions: A timeline of Raiders linebacker's reckless behavior in the NFL

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Vontaze Burfict does not exactly have the best reputation.

From clothesline tackles to helmet-to-helmet hits, the eighth-year Raiders linebacker, who spent his first seven NFL seasons with the Bengals, has done it all.

On Monday, the NFL sent a strong message to the 29-year-old by suspending him for the rest of the 2019 season as a result of his latest questionable play, a helmet-to-helmet hit delivered to Colts TE Jack Doyle.

It is the longest suspension for an on-field act in NFL history.

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Due to the suspension, Burfict will not get paid for the rest of the 2019 season. ESPN noted that Burfict has lost more than $5 million in his career as a result of four suspensions — $4,622,182 lost in salary during the suspensions and $411,064 more lost to a total of nine fines.

In his seven-plus years in the NFL, Burfict has been suspended or fined 12 times.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at the time[……]

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Former Giants punter shows class to thief who stole his Super Bowl ring

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Former NFL punter Steve Weatherford announced Tuesday on Instagram that the Super Bowl ring he won with the Giants was stolen by someone who broke into his vehicle. By itself, the theft is newsworthy to mostly the Weatherford household.

Weatherford’s words to the bandit took it to another level, however. 

After lamenting the loss, Weatherford ended his post by writing: “Mr. Neighborhood Robber man, I hope you tried that ring on, I hope it brings favor to your life, the same way it has for other people the past 6.5 years I’ve had possession of it. It wasn’t my hand that won it, but I’d like your hand to wear it.”

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Weatherford did have a hand in the Giants’ Super Bowl 46 victory over the Patriots at the end of the 2011 season. He punted four times in the game, averaging 40.8 yards, and held for kicker Lawrence Tynes. 

He’s hopeful that, with the Giants’ help, he won’t be empty-handed for long.

“I’m hoping Mr. Mara reads this, and has the kindness in his heart to ask @Tiffanyandco to dig up that glorious 2012 mold, make me a replacement Super Bowl ring to give to my son one day 🙏🏽,” Weatherford wrote, referring to team co-owner John Mara.

“I’m insured, I got the[……]

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49ers offseason guide 2020: Key free agents, team needs, targets, salary cap & draft picks

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John Lynch needed only three offseasons as general manager to turn the 49ers from NFC West bottom-feeders to runners-up in Super Bowl 54. Now, after posting a 13-3 record with few major personnel concerns, consider San Francisco in roster maintenance mode as a returning championship contender.

The 49ers don’t have as many assets as they usually do to make big moves in March and April, so they should focus on making the right little ones to address their limited weaknesses. Sporting News takes a deep dive into the 49ers’ to-do list from before NFL free agency through the 2020 NFL Draft.

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49ers’ top priority: Think ahead to 2021

San Francisco does need to consider who is unsigned beyond 2020 and start making some decisions there. Offensively, the big pending unrestricted free agent for ’21 is tight end George Kittle, followed by running back Tevin Coleman and fullback Kyle Juszczyk. Defensively, the list of key players in a contract year is much longer:[……]

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ESPN's Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit to call 'Monday Night Football' opener

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Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit are going pro. ESPN announced Monday that its lead college football commentary duo will make their NFL broadcasting debut during the first “Monday Night Football” game of the season.

The game is between the Steelers and Giants on Sept. 14 and is the first of a Monday night doubleheader.

MORE: Kelly Stafford says she was wrong to criticize Colin Kaepernick

From ESPN:

“Fowler and Herbstreit have worked together each college football season since 1996, beginning on College GameDay Built by the Home Depot (1996-2014) and then in the booth, beginning with Thursday Night Football and then reuniting for their current assignment, ABC’s Saturday Night Football, wh[……]

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When will Patriots vs. Broncos be played? COVID-19 cases reportedly reschedule game for Week 6

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Another week, another postponed game for the NFL.

This time, the affected teams are the Patriots and Broncos, whose Week 5 game has reportedly been postponed six days because of COVID-19 issues in New England.

The Patriots reopened their facilities on Saturday after two players tested positive for the coronavirus. It was the first time the team had been together since their loss to the Chiefs on Monday. But a report from CBS Sports reporter Jason La Canfora states New England produced yet another positive early Sunday, necessitating the postponement of their game against the Broncos in Gillette Stadium.

MORE: NFL COVID-19 case tracker

The NFL announced the postponement on Twitter early Sunday. Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the game, originally scheduled for Monday afternoon, will be moved to Sunday, Oct. 18. The Patriots have a bye that week, though the Broncos will have to reschedul夜网论坛e their previously scheduled meeting against the Dolphins that week.

Eagles vs. Washington odds, prediction, betting trends for NFL’s 'Sunday Night Football’ game

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When the Eagles (4-10-1) host the Washington Football team (5-10) in Philadelphia on “Sunday Night Football” (8:20 p.m. ET, NBC), they will be looking to play spoiler. Regardless of what happens in the Giants-Cowboys game earlier, Washington would win the NFC East with a win and lose it with a loss.

The Eagles will once again be starting rookie quarterback Jalen Hurts, but offensively, they will be missing running back Miles Sanders, wide receiver DeSean Jackson, tight end Dallas Goedert and left tackle Jordan Mailata all because of injuries. Defensively, the Eagles will be down defensive linemen Fletcher Cox and Derek Barnett and linebacker Duke Riley, among others.

Washington will get veteran quarterback Alex Smith back, but he may be without both top running back Antonio Gibson and top wide receiver Terry McLaurin. 

Here’s everything to know about betting on Eagles vs. Washington in Week 17, including updated odds, trends and our prediction for “Sunday Night Football.”

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Super Bowl MVP winners: Who has won the award most in NFL history?

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More than 26,000 men have played in the National Football League. Only 47 of them can claim to be a Super Bowl MVP.

There have been 54 Super Bowls prior to 2021. Five players have won the award more than once — all quarterbacks, believe it or not. In one Super Bowl, two players received the award (Dallas’ Harvey Martin and Randy White). But most of the men who’ve won Super Bowl MVP have done it only once, one career-defining moment on the biggest stage in American sports.

Below, we’ve broken down the history of the Super Bowl MVP award, including which player has won it more than any other (it’s not a surprising name).

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Who has won the most Super Bowl MVP awards?

The G.O.A.T. has won the most Super Bowl MVP awards. That’s right, the answer is Tom Brady. He’s claimed six rings in his career, and four of those times he was also named Super Bowl MVP.

Five players in total have claimed the award multiple times. They’re all quarterbacks. They are as follow[……]

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Carson Wentz trade rumors: Breaking down Colts vs. Bears as best fit to fix broken QB

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With the Eagles ready to trade Carson Wentz, everyone can connect the dots that he will be dealt to either the Colts or the Bears soon in the 2021 NFL offseason. After Wentz’s breakdown in 2020 that put Philadelphia on the path to firing coach Doug Pederson, Indianapolis and Chicago are by far the most logical landing spots.

The Colts need a QB and employ former Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich as head coach. The Bears need a QB and employ former Eagles quarterback coach John DeFilippo as their passing game coordinator.

Reich and DiFilippo continue to get a ton of credit for getting the best out of Wentz, turning him into an NFL MVP candidate in 2017 while both worked under Pederson. Based on Wentz’s struggles to the point of being benched for rookie second-rounder Jalen Hurts last season, most teams won’t be willing to give up much for Wentz, considering the high supply of quarterbacks between the veteran market and the 2021 draft.

Reich reunited with Philip Rivers and that helped the Colts get into the playo[……]

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