The Packers would be foolish to rush Aaron Rodgers back, there’s just too much at risk:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

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There’s a lot of Green Bay fans that are ecstatic about the fact that Aaron Rodgers has returned to practice today but the Packers should be extremely cautious. While it’s a good sign that Rodgers’ recovery is going smoothly this team still has to avoid rushing their franchise quarterback back too soon. The Dallas Cowboys found themselves in a similar situation back in 2015. Then Cowboys starting QB Tony Romo broke his collarbone in a week 2 game only to rush back for a week 12 match up towards the end of the season. Romo would actually go on to break his shoulder again and it just goes to show that sometimes these teams and their doctors don’t do a good enough job of looking out for their athletes. Green Bay wants to make the most of this year but the truth is the Packers are 5-6 and on a two game losing streak. Brett Hundley could get hot and knock off the Buccaneers this weekend. However you can’t expect a back up quarterback to elevate this team into a playoff contender, especially since Hundley has struggled for the most part. The Packers shareholders should be doing everything they can to prevent Aaron Rodgers from stepping back on the football field this season it doesn’t seem like that’s the case though in Green Bay. Everyone in Wisconsin wants Rodgers to comeback and put together a hero type of story. What the fans need to remember is these players are human beings which need to be treated with respect more than just the gladiator mentality and it’s up to the people running the league to make sure these athletes are protected from themselves at times. You would hope that the Packers do the right thing and tell Rodgers to shut it down for the year. Although it seems like the temptation of winning will cause Green Bay to go the other route.

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The Alvin Kamara Rookie of the Year buzz is starting to heat up and it’s because of Kamara’s versatility on the football field:

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This year’s class of rookie running backs have been extremely impressive especially with guys like Kareem Hunt and Leonard Fournette leading the charge. As good as those two players have been New Orleans Saints’ Running Back Alvin Kamara deserves a little bit of recognition simply because he is taking his dual threat abilities to the next level. Not only has Alvin Kamara been good on the ground rushing for 546 yards and 5 touchdowns. The Saints rookie has also contributed 548 rushing yards and 4 touchdown receptions through the air. This guy is a very special talent coming out of the backfield and catching passes. Kamara blends so well with Drew Brees and Sean Payton’s offensive game plan to the point it’s almost been an art-form watching this kid operate on Sundays. Alvin Kamara is only 22 years old so he has his whole career still ahead of him and he’s been a big factor in the Saints 8-3 record so far. When you add a dynamic player like Kamara to an already explosive offensive group like the Saints good things tend to happen and there’s just so much you can do with number 41’s skill set. Swing passes and screens are Kamara’s true calling in life and when the rookie has the ball in his hands look out because he is going to make defenders miss. It’s gotten to the point where Alvin Kamara is more than just a football player, he is an entertainer on the football field. It will be tough to dethrone Hunt and Fournette but if Kamara keeps playing electric football over the next five games anything is possible. Coincidentally Kamara’s success will coincide with the Saints ability to win games so expect Payton to feed this guy often. Regardless of the fact that Kamara is Mark Ingram’s back up, they will utilize both players down the stretch.

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Cowboys keep their season alive with a huge 38-14 win over the Redskins, Alfred Morris rushes for over 100 yards and 1 touchdown:

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Things were looking dire for the Dallas Cowboys entering tonight’s game with a 5-6 record but Dak Prescott and company kept their foot on the gas. Prescott finished the night with 102 passing yards, 2 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions. It wasn’t a great night in terms of yardage for Prescott but at last he threw for 2 touchdowns, didn’t turn over the ball, and secured the win. Alfred Morris also starred in this one rushing for 127 yards and 1 touchdown. Morris used to play for the Redskins so it had to be a sweet night for him. Dez Bryant also made some plays for the Dallas offense finishing with 61 receiving yards and 1 touchdown. Bryant was able to out jump a Redskins defender on a 50/50 ball in the 4th quarter for a big Cowboys’ score. Jason Witten and Rod Smith both punched in touchdowns for Dallas too and overall it was a strong showing for America’s Team. Kirk Cousins did all he could for the Redskins but there just wasn’t enough successful plays to win. Cousins threw for 251 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions however Washington couldn’t overcome their slow start. Ryan Grant caught 1 touchdown and added 76 yards through the air. Josh Doctson also grabbed a touchdown from Cousins late in the game that would be it for the Redskins offense though. Demarcus Lawrence played out of his mind for Rod Marinelli’s defensive unit. Lawrence chalked up 4 tackles, 2 sacks, and 1 forced fumble. Anthony Hitchens had himself quite a game as well he ended up tallying 15 combined tackles. Zach Brown continued to lead the way for the Redskins D, he had a team high 7 tackles. D.J Swearinger did all he could for Jay Gruden’s ball club coming up with 6 defensive stops. The home crowd was rocking from start to finish and that’s because the Cowboys put together a strong four quarter performance. Jerry Jones’s dreams are alive and well with only four games remaining in the season, they’ll have to win out if they hope to get into the playoffs.

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If you exclude Tom Brady, Antonio Brown is the best football player on the planet:

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The Pittsburgh Steelers have weapons all over the field in guys like Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell, and JuJu Smith-Schuster. However nobody in the league is bringing it like Steelers Wide Receiver Antonio Brown is. Brown is 2 touchdowns away from his impressive fourth consecutive season of at least 10 touchdown receptions. Those numbers are mind boggling and it’s not just Brown’s sure hands that needs to be celebrated. This guy has done a great job of preparing his body as well and that has helped the veteran wide out avoid injuries. The Steelers offense wouldn’t be what they have evolved into today without Antonio Brown’s contributions and if the touchdowns aren’t good enough for you keep in mind Brown has already hit the 1,000 yard receiving mark in 2017. That’s the sixth time A.B has been able to do that since entering the league back in 2010 and truthfully no receiver has been more productive than the former Central Michigan Chippewa. You’re talking about the best athletes on earth going head to head and competing week in and week out. Antonio Brown has simply dominated every single person he has went up against and if you exclude Tom Brady Brown is the best football player on the planet. The consistency and constant big plays prove that and it’s a huge title to own considering Julio Jones, DeAndre Hopkins, and Larry Fitzgerald are all players Brown competes against. You just can’t say enough good things about what number 84 does on the football field and it has to be mentioned he also leads the league in receiving yards with 1,195 right now. Everybody else is trying to keep up with Antonio Brown and the Steelers also have the league’s leading rusher in Le’Veon Bell. Having those star players sure makes life easier on the offense and this team is poised to make a deep run in the playoffs they just have to clean up their execution a little bit.

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Jimmy Garoppolo threw his first touchdown pass as a 49er last weekend, now he will start against the Chicago Bears:

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The Jimmy Garoppolo 49ers era officially started last week against the Seattle Seahawks. With time winding down in the 4th quarter Garoppolo threw for a touchdown strike to end the game and while the 49ers lost 24-13 it was still quite obvious that a new chapter has begun in San Francisco history. The fans recognized this and celebrated loudly because a strong quarterback is a sign of brighter days ahead. That’s great news considering the scarlet and gold are 3-24 over their past two seasons combined. Garoppolo certainly changes things though specifically in the precision he brings to the table. Even though C.J Beathard was decent in his stint as the team’s starter, things are on a much higher level with Jimmy G commanding the offense. Even the 4th year quarterback’s stats prove that with Garroppolo airing it out for 6 touchdowns and 0 interceptions over the course of his career. What those numbers essentially mean is the 26 year old QB has a knack for throwing touchdowns and not turning the ball over. All of that was achieved in a part-time gig and now we finally get to see what this guy can do as a full time starter? There isn’t that many weapons on the 49ers offense but having an elite signal caller will bring out the best in everyone else. San Francisco really should have a chance to beat the Chicago Bears Sunday because these two teams are similar talent wise. John Fox’s team has been a little better but expect San Francisco to be fired up knowing they have their franchise player behind center. Everything has started so smoothly for Garoppolo so far if he wins this weekend against the Bears they will already start looking at the former Patriot as this organization’s savior. Those are big shoes to fill but the kid from Illinois seems poised for the bright lights.

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