2019 NFL Mock Draft 2-5-19

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It’s 2019 NFL mock draft update time! With the Super Bowl now over, the full draft order is now set. Team needs were sometimes, but often not taken into account, as it’s still early for a 2019 mock draft in the purest sense.

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New England Patriots Least Liked Dynasty, Chicago Bulls Most Liked, Poll Says

With four Super Bowl appearances in the last five and 10 of the last 17, it’s understandable if you have New England Patriots fatigue at this point. In fact, you may be so sick of the Patriots right now that it’s turning you off from watching the Super Bowl on Sunday.
On the hand, the explosion of legalized sports gambling in the United States and expanded Super Bowl prop betting will make this game “interesting” for those who are sick of the Pats.

And if you are one of those sports fans who has grown weary of Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and company, well a Morning Consult poll shows that you are not alone.

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New England Patriots Dynasty Creating Fatigue for Super Bowl Viewers

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If you’re a New England Patriots fan, then you are currently living in a golden age that doesn’t show any sign of ceasing any time soon. However, if you follow any of the other 31 NFL teams, you’ve almost certainly grown fatigued of the Patriots by this point.

The Pats will face off against the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII on Sunday, marking their fourth trip in the last five years and 10th in the last 17. Under the ownership of Bob Kraft, the New England Patriots have won 18 division titles, 10 conference titles, and five Super Bowl championships – more than any other team over the last 25 years.

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New U.S. Betting Markets Will Keep Super Bowl 53 “Interesting” for Many

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You know the old catch-phrase: “care to make things interesting?” It’s what you say when you’re asking someone to bet against you on something. In recent years, we’ve seen a major shift in the interests of NFL consumers. More football watchers are becoming fans of their own fantasy teams and/or whatever team they’ve wagered on.

It keeps things engaged when the team they support is irrelevant. Super Bowl LIII, or Super Bowl 53, is poised to be the perfect game to test this theory. The New England Patriots are in the NFL championship game for the fourth time in five years and 10th of the last 17. The familiarity is breeding contempt as fans are tired of seeing the same side over and over and over and over again.

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Who, Not Named Tom Brady, Could Win Super Bowl LIII MVP?

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When it comes to predicting who could win Super Bowl MVP on February 3rd in Atlanta, you start with assessing the chances of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady first and foremost. Super LIII is a rematch of the game that started the immortal run that Brady and company are currently on back in 2002.
Super Bowl XXXVI, staged after the 2001 season, saw the upstart Patriots beat the then St. Louis Rams in a shocking upset 20-17. Today, 17 years later, Tom Brady was ranked the greatest of all 61 quarterbacks to have ever started a Super Bowl according to the NFL’s official website. Yes, at this point, Brady is considered better than Johnny Unitas, Joe Montana, Peyton Manning, Dan Marino. Brett Favre, Drew Brees and anyone else who comes to mind.

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Super Bowl LIII Prop Betting is Very Detailed and Highly Specialized

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The Super Bowl is so much more than a football game, entertainment product or television program. It’s an unofficial holiday that serves as a business, marketing and cultural juggernaut. A lot of industries ancillary to the National Football League do their biggest business in and around the Super Bowl, and the gaming sector is certainly one of those.

For Super Bowl LIII, $325 million in total bets is projected at legal sportsbooks across the country, and there is action on so much more than who will win (New England Patriots are favored by 1.5 points) or the over/under (currently sitting at 59).

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Patriots DB Devin McCourty Takes Bold Stance for Pretrial Rights

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We live in an era when so many star professional athletes think brand first every single time they speak in public. Not many act like New England Patriots defensive back Devin McCourty, who has a social conscious, and isn’t afraid to convey it.

McCourty is one of a few Patriots who skipped The White House visit/meeting with Donald Trump and spoke out about it. The Rutgers alum said in a Time Magazine Interview:

“Basic reason for me is I don’t feel accepted in the White House. With the president having so many strong opinions and prejudices, I believe certain people might feel accepted there while others won’t.”

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L.A. Chargers Have a Better Chance of Upsetting the Patriots than You Might Think

To quote the franchise’s iconic disco-era fight song, San Diego Super Chargers, “The time has come, You know we’re shooting for number one. With thunderbolts and lightning, We’ll light up the sky.”

While the song is now outdated due to the Chargers’ having since moved to Los Angeles, the message of the rouser that sounds like something which would end up on a Kool & The Gang outtakes album still applies. The time is here for the Chargers to shoot for another AFC championship, and the only to become #1 in the conference is to dethrone the New England Patriots.

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Roman Abramovich, Bob Kraft Staging Chelsea-Revolution Match to Combat Antisemitism

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Chelsea football club and the New England Revolution have announced an exhibition match that will be played in the spring of 2019 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. The purpose of the friendly, which has been branded the “Game for Change,” is to help combat antisemitism.

“I am proud of the work Chelsea does to promote equality and tackle discrimination all over the world,” said Chelsea owner and Jewish Russian business man Roman Abramovich in a club official statement.

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Roman Abramovich, Bob Kraft in Talks for Chelsea-Revolution Match Combating Antisemitism

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Say what you want about Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and New England Patriots Owner Robert Kraft, as they are two extremely rich, prodigiously powerful and extremely polarizing men, but they are on the right side of history with this initiative.

As part of Chelsea’s aggressive antisemitism initiative, the west London club is in talks with Major League Soccer club New England Revolution, another team owned by Robert Kraft, to stage a friendly where the proceeds raised will go towards fighting antisemitism.

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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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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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