Buffalo Bills, Arizona Cardinals Early Favorites to Be Picking #1 on Draft Night

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With the Cleveland Browns markedly improved in 2018, and thus likely to vacate their traditional spot in the National Football League’s overall basement, who will supplant them as being first overall on the clock come NFL Draft night? There’s a reason that the one movie that was ever made about the NFL Draft centered around the Brownies, but in 2019, they will almost certainly not be picking first.

There are four early contenders to take the top pick, and all of them are franchises that have endured a lot of losing lately. Yes, the NFL is a league where revenue sharing and overall infrastructure invites parity and quick mobility up the standings, but the league has seen remarkable consistency at both ends of the spectrum.

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2019 NFL Mock Draft 9-10-18

It’s 2019 NFL mock draft at this point. The order is mostly randomized at this point. Don’t read too much into that right now.

Team needs were sometimes, but mostly, not taken into account, as it’s still absurdly early for a 2019 mock draft in the truest sense. Really, it’s more of a glorified prospect list at this point, to be honest. Have issues with the mock draft picks?

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The Real Video Which Conveys what Colin Kaepernick is Truly About

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It’s NFL kickoff weekend, and thus a new chance for more of America to finally “get it” regarding Colin Kaepernick. Because, right now, a lot of this country just does not understand what this struggle is really about, and what the actual issues being brought to the market place of ideas truly are.

Nike’s selection of Kaepernick as the face of the 30th anniversary “Just do it” campaign is a step in the right direction, but it the advertisement falls well short of addressing the issues. At Lineups.com we penned a piece that highlights the facts surrounding Colin Kaepernick and eradicates the misnomers. 

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Montre Hartage, Northwestern Secondary Have Off Day vs Duke Blue Devils

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Senior cornerback Montre Hartage could have the highest NFL draft stock of anyone on this 2018 Northwestern football team, but even his skill set couldn’t save the Cats at home versus Duke today. On a day with autumn like conditions, winter has come to the Wildcats’ nine game winning streak (which had been the longest among all FBS teams), as they fell 21-7 at Ryan Field.

Hartage is a stud, but the NU pass defense, as a whole, stumbled today. You can’t really single anyone on the Cats out specifically, as it was a total team let down. The story of the game was the Duke passing attack, as quarterback Daniel Jones was clinical, efficient and precise.

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Aaron Rodgers’ return could be key as Green Bay face Minnesota

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By Joseph Plunkett

The Green Bay Packers will host the Minnesota Vikings on September 16 aiming to prove that they are genuine contenders for an NFL play-off berth this season.

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Aaron Donald and the L.A. Rams Reach Record Breaking Deal

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By Joseph Connolly

Earlier this week, the L.A. Rams announced that the team had reached a record breaking agreement with defensive tackle Aaron Donald. The deal means $137 million for Donald over the next six years and carries a minimum guarantee of no less than $87 million according to sources.

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NFL Handicapping 101 – Playing NFL Trends

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By Joe Connolly

Yes, NFL rosters can change from one year to the next. Injuries and trades can change a roster from one week to the next. Still, there’s value in respecting historical betting trends when betting on NFL games. It’s not really clear why one team always seems to struggle against one specific rival or opponent. As a sports handicapper, you are always looking for an advantage. Sometimes, the advantage could come from respecting a betting trend even in the face of all logic.

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Mauricio Pochettino Conveys Major Venue Issues for Scheduled Man City Game

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On Monday, Tottenham Hotspur announced another delay in the opening of their new home stadium at White Hart Lane. The new venue, which was had been slated to open in early-mid September will now be delayed until mid-late October at the earliest. Thus, Spurs moved home games against Liverpool on Sept. 15 and Cardiff City on Oct. 6 to Wembley Stadium, the ground that has served as their temporary home until Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is ready.

On October 28, Spurs will host Manchester City, but where as of yet is still to be determined. They can’t play at Wembley, because a National Football League game is slated to the national stadium that day.

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Is the 2018 NFL Rookie Class of Quarterbacks the Best in a Decade?

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By Patrick Pierce

The quarterback position is one of the most important in major professional sports. Without a top QB, NFL franchises feature a diminished chance of competing for a championship. Part of the miracle of the Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl win in 2017 was Nick Foles stepping up as one of the few backups to lead their team to victory. The last backup to pull this feat off was none other than Tom Brady.

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New Tottenham Hotspur Stadium Increases Chances of a London Super Bowl

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It couldn’t happen until 2025 at the earliest, but the chances of the NFL potentially staging a Super Bowl in London someday increase with the coming advent of Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The 62,062 capacity venue at White Hart Lane will open Sept 15, about a month or so after its target date, but its design includes facilities that directly support American football, in addition to English football (soccer).

According to Sports Illustrated, the National Football League put $13.3 million toward its approximate £350-£400 ($600) million construction costs. From the locker rooms to the retractable field (among the many other new bells and whistles), Tottenham Hotspur Stadium was constructed to support both English Premier League and National Football League action, even on the same day, according to their stated plans.

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Man United News: Anthony Martial, Marcos Rojo, ICC, Michigan, L.A. Rams

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For Manchester United, the “biggest” of their preseason exhibition games (if you can call a friendly “big”) commences in a few hours with the International Champions Cup clash against Liverpool in Michigan Stadium.

Although it’s just a friendly, up to 100,000 spectators are expected to attend so there is certainly no shortage of topics to discuss today. Let’s take a spin through the latest news and notes items making the rounds on the internet this Saturday.

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Northwestern QB Clayton Thorson: Annual NFL Draft Stock Report

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One year ago, in this time and space, there was talk of Northwestern Quarterback Clayton Thorson going early entry into the NFL Draft.  “Do I believe he will be an NFL quarterback? Absolutely,” said NU Coach Pat Fitzgerald on this topic.

“If it’s after this year, that means he’s had a really good year and that’s win-win for everybody.”

Thorson did have a really good year, continuing to rewrite the Northwestern passing record book. After the regular season ended there was talk of his becoming the highest drafted Northwestern quarterback since Otto Graham, who went #4 overall in 1944.

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