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Week 3 NFL Picks: The Dawn of the Next Great QB — It's a beautiful time for a league that desperately needs great young quarterbacks T here are two ways to view the dawn of the Carson Wentz era. You can say that it's been only two weeks and that the hype is overblown, and to prop up your argument you can note that the quarterbacks who reached similar rarefied air this early eventually flopped.

Get Ready for Bill Belichick to Do Amazing Things With His Rookie QB — With Tom Brady suspended and Jimmy Garoppolo hurt, Bill Belichick will likely start a third-string rookie quarterback on Thursday night. That might sound scary, but with a legendary tinkerer in charge, it's going to be a treat. Maybe you think that Thursday night's contest against the Texans won't be ideal for Patriots fans or enjoyable for Bill Belichick.

Who Wears Short Shorts? Stefon Diggs Wears Short Shorts — The Vikings' breakout star receiver is also trying to be a trendsetter Stefon Diggs is now a bona fide star. Through two games, the Minnesota Vikings' second-year receiver has an NFL-best 285 yards, 182 of which he racked up in a crucial Sunday Night Football win over Green Bay.

Week 2 NFL Picks: Hide the Cornerbacks — Freak receivers and elite passers are sparking higher scores and closer finishes than ever - and it makes for unbelievable viewing In 2014, a league executive sat down with me to talk about the NFL's undeniable appeal as a television product. The sport certainly has its problems, but seemingly no matter what, the audience keeps climbing.

The NFL Can’t Protect Its Quarterbacks — The league's problems keeping passers safe go far beyond its flawed concussion protocol T he NFL quarterback has long been the most important position in sports, and that significance has only grown as passing yardage has risen nearly 20 percent since 2005.

Week 1 NFL Picks — Good teams are staying good with increasing regularity, so choose your winners wisely The NFL preaches parity above all else, but there's growing evidence that the league no longer has much. All offseason, the coaches and GMs I spoke to offered a shared refrain: The league that spent the last two decades enjoying storybook worst-to-first improvements has grown predictable.

The NFL Has an Age Problem — And you're seeing the effects on the field. The players are younger than ever, the football is worse than ever, and the causes aren't going away. If you're worried about the level of play in the NFL, you have an unlikely ally: coaches and executives.

Kirk Cousins Is a Hall of Fame–Level Practice Celebrator – The Ringer — Kirk Cousins and the art of shockingly enthusiastic celebrations at practice Like most of his NFL peers, Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins celebrates wildly when something good happens. He runs down the field to jump on receivers who catch passes for big gains, hollers about how nice certain drives are, and implores his teammates to get pumped after key plays.

JSO investigating after two pedestrians died in weekend... — Jacksonville, FL - Traffic homicide investigators with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office are starting off their week trying to find the vehicles and drivers involved in two separate fatal hit and runs over the weekend. The latest happened around 8:45 Sunday morning when 29-year-old Ricky Donald Dailey was killed when a vehicle struck him while he was walking on the Matthews Bridge.

Colin Kaepernick Stands Alone – The Ringer — A look at football's culture of distractions, and why social activism is exceedingly rare in the modern NFL By now, you've probably seen more opinions on Colin Kaepernick than you ever thought you needed. Free-agent quarterback T.J. Yates has subtweeted him and retweeted a meme about him.
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Sep 25, 2016

"Do you believe in miracles?" is Michaels' 100th best call, 1-99 are versions of: "A large group of fans are STILL interested in THIS one."

Sep 25, 2016

@ScottLindholm thank you. publishing twice a week and podding once a week!

Sep 25, 2016

90 yards, no timeouts. Just a man, Brian Hoyer, facing his destiny: A late backdoor push on +7.

Sep 25, 2016

I have picked the Bears to cover for three straight weeks and am over .500 for the season despite being, clearly, an idiot.

Sep 25, 2016

@DannyBKelly peak hoyer is getting that backdoor cover

Sep 25, 2016

Cris Collinsworth analyzing a bad team in a blowout is the world's greatest example of "I'm not mad I'm just disappointed."

Sep 25, 2016

Lost cross-promotion chance if first episode of "Timeless" isn't them going back in time to stop the Bears from getting 4 primetime games.

Sep 25, 2016

New debate in my mentions: Is the answer to this question Ryan Fitzpatrick? 

Sep 25, 2016

I can't believe how often they are promoting this Zorn show on NYG-Wash. Redskin fans already saw a comedy called Zorn and it was not good.

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