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Lions vs. Giants odds 2017: Stafford, Detroit road underdogs on Monday Night Football

The road team is 7-3 straight up and 8-2 against the spread in the last 10 games between the Detroit Lions and the New York Giants. The Lions are hoping that this trend continues on Monday when they face the Giants on the road.

Detroit is a 3-point road underdog in East Rutherford at sportsbooks monitored by Something has to give this week as both the Lions and the Giants are 0-5 ATS in their last five games played in Week 2.

Matthew Stafford looked like he deserved his spot as the highest paid quarterback in the NFL last Sunday, passing for 292 yards and four touchdowns en route to a 35-23 win over the Arizona Cardinals.

The Lions have made the postseason three times in the last six seasons with Stafford under center, but they are still looking for their first playoff win since 1991. Offensive performances like the one they had last week could help that cause.

The defense played well in holding Seattle to only 12 points on the road last week, but the offense clearly has a long way to go.

The 49ers haven’t shown much bite as a home underdog with an 0-6 SU and 1-5 ATS record in their last six instances as one per the OddsShark NFL Database.

The Rams have taken major strides on offense under new head coach Sean McVay, averaging 352.5 yards per game and 33 points per game through their first two games.

A blowout win over Indianapolis in Week 1 and a seven-point loss last Sunday to Washington is a far cry from how Los Angeles ended last season with an 0-7 SU and ATS run with an average Rod Woodson Womens Jersey margin of defeat of 19.4 points per game. The Rams are 0-6 ATS in their last John Riggins Womens Jersey six games against NFC opponents.

Thursday night’s total is set at 40 points. The UNDER is 18-6 in San Francisco’s last 24 home games.

C.J. McCollum openly, actively recruiting Paul George to join Trail Blazers

Paul George is a wanted man.

The Pacers small forward will be the apple of every NBA GM’s eyes next summer when he can opt out of the five-year, $91-million deal he signed in 2013. The year between the time he can actually hit the free-agent market isn’t stopping those interested parties from attempting to woo him now. The California native is already being harassed courted by Lakers fans while on vacation.

Now, players are shooting their shot. The Trail Blazers’ C.J. McCollum is openly recruiting the 6-7 George to join him and fellow sharpshooter Damian Lillard in Portland.

Patrick Beverley was the catalyst for the Rockets on Tuesday. The Houston guard scored 15 points to go with eight rebounds and three assists, but was also a defensive dynamo while locked primarily on Westbrook, who attempted an NBA playoff-record 18 3-pointers and made just five of them. Westbrook was 15 of 34 from the floor and the Thunder shot just 38.5 percent as a team.

Kawhi Leonard scored a game-high 28 points to lead the Spurs to Tuesday’s win. Leonard and Tony Parker, who scored 15 points, each added six assists. Patty Mills scored 20 points off the bench, and went 5 of 7 from 3-point range.

Stephen Curry is still the leader of this team, averaging 25.3 points per game, but he has more offensive help this season. Defensively, Golden State can still be a bit soft at times. Durant’s length mixed with physicality off the bench have helped fix that problem; however, Curry and company could get knocked around a bit by Portland’s stronger guards.

Damian Lillard, for some reason, predicted the Trail Blazers would win this series in six games. While he might be good enough to help Portland win a game or two, it’s highly unlikely Lillard is playing in a second series this postseason.falcons_059

Bill Belichick set to move into rarefied coaching air with or without Super Bowl win

Sporting News from time to time ranks the greatest coaches of all time, across all sports. The last time we did was last June, for a tragic reason, Pat Summitt’s death. At that time, we placed Bill Belichick 17th overall, behind three other NFL coaches.

We’re gonna need a new list.

It needs adjustment now, with Belichick preparing for his seventh Super Bowl with the Patriots, and it might need adjustment again if he wins it for the fifth time.

Everybody take a deep breath, because the polarizing coach of the most polarizing franchise of our time is within reach of some iconic names, and is in position to separate himself from them all sometime soon.

it’s always worth repeating that in the 20-odd years between franchises in L.A., the NFL became the American sports worlds Godzilla without the presence of that so-precious market. L.A. got by just fine, too, without a home team.

San Diego felt good, too, because it had it’s team, and by nature did not care a whole lot about L.A.s feelings about the NFL, the Chargers or anything else.

That NFL love overwhelmed everything, though. Now, the league has it’s market, it’s state-of-the-art stadium and two teams to make sure theres rarely, if ever, an open date.

The league also has two more burned fan bases. San Diego will now do one of two things: it’ll hate the NFL for eternity, or it’ll go begging for an existing franchise of it’s own to kidnap, thus burning that fan base.

For all the taxpayers did to fight the Spanosesbid to get them to hand over a stadium, chances are theyll give in some day, build one on their dime and give it to another owner looking to extort their own city.

This is how all the big-time sports work, of course. But the NFL is in a special category, because as owners flexed on cities to get their stadium perks, the league let the specter of Los Angeles loom over it all, year after year.

Colin Kaepernick to the Seahawks makes too much sense to not happen

Until this week, Colin Kaepernick hasn’t drawn much attention, if any, as a free agent. The outspoken passer left tens of millions of dollars on the table to leave a struggling 49ers franchise, only to be met by silence from NFL front offices and screeching hot takes from social media pundits along the way.

As a result, the former Super Bowl starter remains the most accomplished quarterback available in a dire market. While a few teams still need an experienced starter to take the reins behind center — the Jets foremost among them — another destination in need of a reliable backup has emerged as the best possible landing spot for the 29-year-old.

Three Cardinals fans and one Chargers fan responded to the survey. That’s not enough for me to conclude anything other than these teams have fans who are too smart to use Twitter (where I sent this poll out) or follow me on it. Good on them.

Colorado and New York are particularly low in religious attendance of the states with an NFL franchise, which explains why the Broncos and Giants don’t have anyone wearing jerseys to church.


Re-grading the 2016 NFL Draft, one year later

After the 2016 NFL draft, we here at SB Nation gave each team an emoji grade for its performance. But now that we’ve had a chance to see the players in action, some of those picks look much different.

The New Orleans Saints were graded as one of the big winners immediately after the draft, but Sheldon Rankins was injured for most of 2016. The jury is still out on players who dealt with injuries as rookies, like Rankins, Josh Doctson and Karl Joseph.

But one year later, it’s time to hand out some new marks for the selections made in the first round of the 2016 NFL draft: “He might be one of the better deep-ball passers in football based on his 47.7 percent completion rate and 14 touchdowns on passes of 21 yards or more,”’s Bucky Brooks wrote, and Dobbs is also known for a quick release.

At the combine, his 4.64 40 was second among all QBs. He topped the three-cone and posted top-three numbers in both jump drills, albeit at a lean 6’3, 216. He also led this QB class in yards per carry and led the Vols in rushing while having one of the most productive throwing seasons in Tennessee history.

Since 2004, there have been 11 tight ends taken in the first round of the NFL Draft. Seven have gone on to earn Pro Bowl honors. If Ebron continues to improve, he could push that figure to eight — but early returns on the athletic pass-catcher have been disappointing. The 250-pound red zone target has scored just seven touchdowns in his career, but has improved his overall yardage, reception, yards-per-catch, and catch rate in each of his last two seasons with the team.

What hurts about this pick are the players the Lions could’ve had instead. Odell Beckham Jr., Aaron Donald, Taylor Lewan, and C.J. Mosley were just a handful of stars all taken after Ebron in the 2014 draft.

Five 2017 NFL preseason games actually worth watching

The NFL released its 2017 preseason schedule Monday. While the games are mere exhibitions used for player evaluation, you should at least watch a few of them.

The preseason slate begins Aug. 3 with the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio, and will end Sept. 1 with the final preseason games.

The results of the games don’t mean much — for example, the Detroit Lions went 4-0 during the 2008 preseason only to become the lone team in NFL history to go 0-16 during the regular season. But seeing new players with new teams and the debut of the 2017 rookie class make a few of the games worth watching.

Here are five games you should definitely not miss come August. All times Eastern.

“I think the direction with our team is that he would be better off somewhere else,” Jackson said during the press conference, according to ESPN’s Ian Begley, noting he wants “a significant player” in return for any deals involving Anthony.

The Knicks attempted to deal Anthony twice near the trade deadline, including offers to the Los Angeles Clippers and Cleveland Cavaliers. It is unclear if there are any suitors for Anthony’s services or whether teams will meet Jackson’s asking price given the state of the franchise.

Jackson’s latest media session not only rubbed Roberts the wrong way, but also confused Kristaps Porzingis, the 21-year-old talent considered the future of the New York franchise.
Porzingis skipped out on his obligatory end-of-the-season media session after Jackson’s press conference and, according to The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski, he was one of many players who left exit interviews with Jackson “perplexed over the contents of the conversations — which included game-show questions.”

Josh McCown had success filling in for Cutler earlier this season.

The Ravens and Bears are both on the outside edge of playoff contention. Baltimore has fought its way back into the race, but at 4-5, still has work to do. Chicago is coming off a loss to Detroit and will be forced to play without starting quarterback Jay Cutler once again.

Josh McCown had success filling in for Cutler earlier this season. The Ravens haven’t been great against the pass this season, possibly putting the game on McCown’s shoulders. A loss won’t end either teams’ season, but it would give them significant ground to make up.

Cincinnati continues to lead the AFC North, but its lead in the division has shrunk in recent weeks. If the Bengals lose their third straight game on Sunday, their lead in the division will be down to a half game. A win would pull the Browns back to .500 and keep them in both the division race and the AFC wild card picture.

I don’t know what this show is about and I have absolutely zero interest in finding out. I’m not even going to Google it, because I’m pretty sure it’s just Kevin James sitting in his man cave, texting his wife (who is unrealistically attractive for a guy who looks like Kevin James) in the kitchen to bring him sandwiches.

Tony Romo’s role here could take a number of shapes: The most obvious choices are a) Kevin James’ more attractive best friend, b) the plumber who stops Kevin James’ man cave from flooding after a rainstorm, or c) Kevin James’ nephew’s piano teacher.

But my favorite option is the one where Tony Romo plays a football coach putting on a clinic for kids. Kevin James enrolls his children, and then Kevin James’ super hot wife and Tony Romo have a sexy affair while Kevin James sits in his man cave, bragging to his friends about how he threw Tony Romo a spiral when he dropped his kids off. — Charlotte Wilder

Florida teams meet under storm of controversy

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the Miami Dolphins on Monday Night Football in Week 10, but both teams are getting far more attention for off-field issues than the on-field product.

The Bucs fell to 0-8 after blowing a 21-0 lead to the Seahawks, and the heat continues to rise on Greg Schiano. The Dolphins finally snapped their four-game losing streak, but are embroiled in a bullying controversy involving Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Mike James will miss the remainder of the season with a broken left ankle. James, a rookie out of the sixth round, had taken over as the starter when Doug Martin was placed on injured reserve. James broke out in Week 8 with 158 yards on 28 carries and seemed to have a promising season ahead of him.

The Green Bay Packers are reeling from a collarbone injury that will keep Aaron Rodgers away from the team for up to six weeks. Desperation could see the team turning to an old face, with Matt Flynn expected to work out for the Packers this week.

Flynn last played for Green Bay in 2011 when he finished the season with a 480-yard passing performance that prompted teams to wonder whether he was a franchise quarterback trapped behind Rodgers on the depth chart. Flynn had chances in Seattle and Oakland, but was unable to take advantage of his opportunities with either team.

The issue is Jonathan’s treatment by his teammates. Jonathan endured harassment that went far beyond the traditional locker room hazing. For the entire season-and-a-half that he was with the Dolphins, he attempted to befriend the same teammates who subjected him to the abuse with the hope that doing so would end the harassment. This is a textbook reaction of victims of bullying.

In addition to the claims of physical violence, there are allegations of an aggressively sexual statement uttered to Martin about his sister, the details of which were also outlined in Thursday’s statement.3

Kentucky’s clutch blocks snuffed out Wichita State’s NCAA tournament upset bid

With two massive blocks in the final 20 seconds, Kentucky escaped its second-round matchup with under-seeded Wichita State. Two important defensive stands pushed the Wildcats to the Sweet 16 — and sent the Shockers home to Kansas thinking “what if.”

Wichita State had momentum in its corner when Landry Shamet’s clutch three-pointer cut Kentucky’s lead to one point with 56 seconds to play. One off-target Malik Monk jumper later, the Shockers had the chance to take a late lead and force UK into a corner. Instead, Monk found instant redemption for the last miss he’d suffer in Indianapolis.

Detroit made a nice investment to upgrade its offensive line this month. Lang gives them a mauler on the inside who helps keep the pocket clean and gets push in the run game. It doesn’t hurt that they also stole him away from the Packers. The downside here is that they have $19 million guaranteed to a 30-year old who had foot and hip surgeries this year.

Cleveland gets: Osweiler & his deal contract, a second-round pick in 2018 and a sixth-round pick this year.Houston gets: A fourth-round pick this year and saves $10 million in salary-cap space and $16 million in cash.

Grade: Give both teams an A for creativity. If Houston can’t land Romo for some reason, I’d drop them to a B, because at least they made Osweiler someone else’s problem.

Cyprien is staying in the AFC South, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. He’s fine, an upgrade at a position of need for the Titans, but not the kind of free agent that changes the shape of a team or anything.

49ers to let Mike Iupati test market, Reggie Wayne is mulling retirement, and other NFL news

One of the cornerstones of the Jim Harbaugh era in San Francisco was the massive, mauling offensive lines that paved the way for Frank Gore and the running game. The unit did regress this past season, but even with Mike Iupati’s struggles, the 49ers are a better team with him than without him. Unfortunately, keeping Iupati will be a tall order, and the 49ers will let him test the open market, according Kyle Beckerman Authentic Womens Jersey to Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area.

Iupati was one of two starting offensive linemen drafted by San Francisco in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft. The other, right tackle Anthony Davis, received a long-term extension before the 2013 season. Iupati had to wait, and now his market may prove to be too competitive for the 49ers to match. Still, even if the team loses Iupati it should return the other four members of the starting line.

“He could end up being Fran Tarkenton or fall by the wayside. We will have to see if he can get it together off the field, but you have to get a quarterback. You are in a division with Ben Roethlisberger, Joe Flacco and Andy Dalton. … I think you have to look at Bryce Petty and Garrett Grayson in the second round. They could be there, and in a few years they could wind up having been deserving of a top-15 or 20 pick.”

Kiper continued to speak about Petty and Grayson, who are two of his favorites in the draft. While Landon Donovan Authentic Womens Jersey he has Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston as the only two first-round quarterbacks, Kiper believes both could become quality starters. However, Kiper cautioned the quarterback class is “very weak.” saying there are only seven with draftable grades.

“Bryce Petty could be your third or fourth quarterback off the board. I think he’s third off the board, his arm really helps. It’s kind of a battle between him and Garrett Grayson of Colorado State and Brett Hundley of UCLA.”