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    2017 NFL Season

    THE NFL 2017 SEASON BEGINS TONIGHT!!!
    Thatís right, people, the New England Patriots will take on the Kansas City Chiefs to begin the new season. This should be a good game between two playoff caliber teams and, of course, it features the defending Super Bowl champions. The bummer about this game is the most interesting thing could be the fact that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will be at the game. It will only be a matter of time before the show the commish on the jumbotron to the resounding boos of the Patriot faithful who will always feel Goodell did their Tommy Boy wrong. What I want to see is a food fight between Goodell and Pats owner Robert Kraft because of Kraftís resentment over the whole deflate-gate mess. Iím sure heíd rather have a bad case of diaper rash than have to sit next to a man who stabbed him in the back.

    In other NFL news, Cleveland has cut S Calvin Pryor who got into a fight with WR Ricardo Lewis before todayís practice. Cleveland acquired the troubled safety in a trade with the Jets back in June and now they are compelled to let him go which opens the door for 2nd year safety Derrick Kindred to start next to rookie Jabril Peppers when the Browns open their season against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. Having such a young backfield doesnít bode well for the Browns who face a guy in Ben Roethlisberger who has more wins (20), passing yards (5490) and passing TDs (35) than any other player against the Browns. Gosh, I hope the Browns are good enough to survive this. Another bit of bad news for Cleveland is they will be without the #1 pick in this yearís draft because Myles Garrett has suffered the dreaded high ankle sprain and he will miss several weeks as a result. Good times, Cleveland, good times.
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    Re: 2017 NFL Season

    The Chiefs blew the Patriots away in the second half of their opening game of the 2017 season last night on the way to a 42-27 win. This was only the 3rd loss at home for the Patriots in the Tom Brady era which began in 2001.
    In one of the most surprising games ever the Chiefs were the juggernaut on the field last night shutting down the Patriots offense and running roughshod over the Pats defense. Alex Smith was the best QB on the field last night throwing for 368 yards and 4 TDís. Two of those TDís went to the other star of the game RB Kareem Hunt who had a 3-yard TD just before halftime that closed the 17-7 deficit to the Patriots to a more manageable 17-14 halftime score. His other TD came on a 78 yard catch and run late in the 4th quarter to ice the game for the Chiefs. Hunt, a rookie playing his first regular season NFL game fumbled on his first carry but it was Katie-bar-the-door after that. He had 148 yards rushing with a TD and another 98 receiving with the two TDís. Heckuva debut Iíd say.
    Another star for the Chiefs was WR Tyreek Hill who led all receivers with 7 catches for 133 yards including a 75-yard pitch and catch from Alex Smith at the end of the third quarter. In all the Patriots were torched for a total of 553 yards of offense by the Chiefs and 6 TDís. The only bad news on the night for Kansas City was S Eric Berry had to be carted off the field in the 4th quarter with what is speculated as a torn Achilles tendon in his left leg.
    Brady didnít do badly but he was constantly harassed by the Chiefs front 7. It appears that the Chiefs Justin Houston is fully recovered from a torn ACL in 2015. Houston came back and performed fairly well in the 4th quarter of the season last year but he looked in peak form last night as part of a relentless Chiefs defense that dominated the Patriots after giving up 17 first half points. Houston had 2 of the 3 sacks recorded by the Chiefs and a couple more QB pressures. The Patriots never had that Julian Edelman type to step up for Edelman who tore his right ACL in the preseason. His presence will be missed. Danny Amendola has the ability to step in for Edelman but his career has been plagued with injuries and he went down last night with an apparent concussion in the 2nd half of the game.
    In other NFL news, the Tampa Bay Bucs @ the Miami Dolphins has been postponed until Week 11 when both teams are scheduled for their bye week because of Hurricane Irma which is going to hit Florida this Sunday with rains beginning well before then.
    Here is a list of starts and sits for Week 1 in two parts from Fantrax, a fantasy website.
    https://www.fantrax.com/news/nfl/fan...rfjr0yj7c20w1f
    https://www.fantrax.com/news/nfl/fan...0xrifbj7c2dxmo

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    Re: 2017 NFL Season

    Just make sure you have your best fantasy lineup set. After the weirdness of the KC-Pats game where the stars of the game were Chiefs not Patriots you have to think this whole thing through.

    So, in keeping with all the ink I've devoted to Cleveland over the last few posts in the offseason I believe I have no choice but to pick Cleveland in the upset of the week. Yes, I am saying they will beat Pittsburgh even without a proven QB or their #1 overall pick in the draft Myles Garrett who suffered a high ankle sprain late in training camp. I have no clue what score the game will be but I am just picking Cleveland to win. Crazy, right? Riiiiggghhht.

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    It was a weird start to the season last week, wasnít it? Jacksonville buries Houston when Houston needed to be great and they certainly were not. Is this Jags team for real? Only time will tell but they certainly have plenty of talent in all phases of their team. Calais Campbell might be the free agent signing of the season if he keeps up what he started with 4 sacks against the Texans. Blake Bortles didnít suck and that is something you might have expected when Tom Coughlin came on board as a consultant for the Jags this year.

    Cleveland did a decent job for 2nd year head coach Hue Jackson but they still found a way to lose their 13th consecutive opening day game. The final 21-18 score was similar to about 6 or 7 games the Browns had last season that they just fell a tad short of winning. This is a young team that just needs to learn how to win these close games. Deshone Kizer was pretty decent in his first NFL start out of Notre Dame. A special teams turnover by Cleveland in the first half that resulted in a Pittsburgh TD was the difference in the game. Címon Browns!

    The Titans played a close game with Oakland but came out on the losing end. The Titans running game never got going and needs to get better soon or this will be another long year in Tennessee.

    Who would have thought the Rams would put a gigantic foot in the asses of the Indianapolis Colts? That 46-9 beat-down has the headline reading this week, ďWill it be Tolzien or Brissett?Ē, as the Colts need to find an offensive spark. Tolzien is a veteran backup and thatís really all he is. Jacoby Brissett was a highly-touted rookie coming out of college heading into the 2016 NFL draft and the New England Patriots drafted him in the 3rd round much to everyone's surprise considering they already had Jimmy Garapollo . With Tom Brady suspended 4 games and Garapollo out injured Brissett, with little to no 1st team reps, came out in Prime Time and beat the Texans. In the offseason, Indy made a deal with New England to acquire Brissett and in exchange they sent WR Phillip Dorsett to the Patriots. Indy wanted to get some insurance because it looked like Andrew Luck would still be rehabbing after having surgery on his throwing shoulder in the offseason. Dorsett was a 1st round draft pick by the Colts in 2015 and with Danny Amendola out with a concussion and Julien Edelman out for the year with a torn ACL Dorsett may be just what the doctor ordered for the Patriots. Knowing what Tolzien is and the potential many people, including the Colts, have seen in Brissett it may be the right time to toss him into the mix.

    The Ravens shut out the Bengals 20-0 Sunday with Joe Flacco throwing for just 121 yards and a TD to WR Jeremy Maclin. Is that an indictment of the Bengals or a tribute to the Ravens D? Weíll see as Baltimore will play Cleveland and Cincy will play Houston tomorrow night. I am personally hoping for Cleveland and Houston to come out on top this week.

    The weirdness began on Thursday night as the Patriots were ambushed by the Chiefs which just doesnít happen on the Pats home field. Alex Smith looked more like Tom Brady than Tom Brady did. The Chiefs just spit in the Patriots eye and handed them a opening night 15 point loss. The Patriots also lost Danny Amendola for the foreseeable future to a concussion and nobody else on the Patriots roster really stepped up for Brady and the offense. As for the Chiefs, they may have found their franchise running back AND wide receiver as Kareem Hunt rushed for 148 yards and added another 98 yards receiving while scoring 3 TDís. Tyreek Hill caught 7 balls for 133 yards and a TD to lead all receivers in the game. With explosive weapons like these Alex Smith can feel free to stop being the dump-off king and go downfield a lot more often. Watch out for these Chiefs because their defense is pretty darn good. Leading the way is a rejuvenated Justin Houston who terrorized Tom Brady in the pocket all game.

    At the other end of the Week 1 schedule was the Saints laying a big fat egg in Minnesota against the Vikings. This Vikings team is also pretty good and could give the Packers a run for their money in the Norris Division this year. Sam Bradford played like the #1 draft pick he was in 2010. Heís finally on a team with a good O-line to protect him and heís also beginning his second year under the same offensive coordinator for the first time in his career. Bradford had time to sling the ball around like he was back at Oklahoma throwing for 346 yard and 3 TDís with no picks while rookie RB Dalvin Cook rushed for 127 yards breaking Adrian Petersonís opening day Vikings rushing record in the process. All the while AP is on the sideline giving Saints head coach Sean Payton the stink eye because he only had 9 carries in the game. Iím not sure what Peterson expected but he had to know the Saints are a pass-first team and he wasnít going to get 25 carries a game especially with Mark Ingram still on the roster.

    That was Week 1. Iím glad football is back and I donít really care who won or lost except for the Texans and Cowboys and you know how that turned out. The beginning of Week 2 is tomorrow night when Houston travels to Cincinnati. Both teams pretty well sucked in Week 1 and I hope the Bengals keep that Suck-Train going one more week.

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    Re: 2017 NFL Season

    Those crazy guys in the NFL never sleep, do they? Always churning the lineup trying to get better and itís only Week 3!
    The Jacksonville Jaguars picked up WR Jaelen Strong just one day after he was cut from the Texans roster. There is a spot open vacated by Allen Robinson when he went on injured reserve when he was injured in Week 1 against, ironically enough, the Houston Texans.
    The Panthers have placed Greg Olsen on IR yesterday because of a broken right foot. He can come back after six weeks if the Panthers want to. Obviously, they will want to.
    Former Pittsburgh Steeler LB Lawrence Timmons was signed by Miami to a free agent contract in the offseason. In Week 1, after being displaced by Hurricane Irma and had their scheduled game against Tampa Bay rescheduled, the Dolphins were in California practicing for their Week 2 game against the Chargers this past Sunday. Timmons was at practice but he was not with the team for the game. After some investigation Dolphins head coach Adam Gase suspended Timmons indefinitely. Now the collective bargaining agreement with the NFLPA states any suspension can only last a maximum of 4 games. So ďindefinitelyĒ has itís limits. No information on why Timmons was not with the team on Sunday but whatever excuse he had for missing the game was not good enough to keep him from being disciplined. BTW, the Dolphins won the game.
    As you know already the Dolphins-Bucs game was postponed until Week 11 when both teams are on their bye week. Week 1, in effect, became their bye week but it was not much of a bye when you have to evacuate from a Cat 5 hurricane.
    The Patriots, according to former Patriot Rob Nincovich, and in particular Bill Belichik sent a message to two veterans who got benched in last Sundayís win over New Orleans. CB Malcolm Butler and DT Alan Branch were benched to start Sundayís game. Both players had been pushed around by Kansas City the week before and both veteran players paid the price for poor play. BTW, the Patriots dismantled the Saints 36-20. Message received.
    After falling to 0-2 to start the season Giants head coach Ben McAdoo is considering giving up play calling duties for the offense. McAdoo has called plays since becoming the Giants OC in 2014 but he stated in yesterdayís press conference, ďYou canít continue to do the same things and expect things to change.Ē The Giants have not scored a TD in 2017 and they have scored no more than 20 points in any game since Week 9 of last season.
    In a move that is likely linked to the Lawrence Timmons situation the Dolphins made a deal with New Orleans to acquire LB Stephone Anthony in return for an undisclosed 2018 draft pick for the Saints. Anthony had started 19 games over the past two seasons for the Saints but an ankle injury has slowed him down in 2017. The Saints and Dolphins play each other in Week 4.
    My Browns canít seem to figure things out and now they have lost Corey Coleman for at least 8 weeks with a broken hand, the same injury that cost him most of 2016. The Browns have to be wondering what the hell they were thinking to let Terrelle Pryor go via free agency when they had the money to keep him. Cleveland hasnít had a winning season since 2007 and itís not looking good for 2017 right now.

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