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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The New York Giants are scapegoating Eli Manning for all of their problems, it’s a reflection of how bad things have gotten in the Big Apple:

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The New York Giants made a bold move by benching Eli Manning in favor of Geno Smith. While Manning is aging and getting to the point where he is starting to lose a step on the field, it’s hard to believe that Smith is a better QB than Manning. It’s pretty obvious that the Giants are placing blame on Eli Manning for the team’s shortcomings and that’s being really unfair to a player who has won this franchise two Super Bowls. Head Coach Ben McAdoo is basically looking past the fact that his defense is ranked number 31st in the league and placing the blame on a guy who has achieved so much more than he ever will. Not only did this move outrage fans around the league, former Giants players even spoke out about how poorly Manning is being treated. There’s isn’t another quarterback on the roster right now that can give New York a better chance to win and to think that Geno Smith is expected to do better is a stretch. Davis Webb might be able to take over this team someday but clearly the coaching staff doesn’t want to rush him too soon. Geno Smith did look better in the preseason than he has in previous years but Smith has a track record of throwing interceptions. If this team thought things were bad with Manning in the line up there’s a good chance all hell could break lose when Smith takes over the reins this weekend. What’s next for Eli Manning is unknown as well, the 36 year old could wind up playing for another team or retiring? It’s worth mentioning that the Giants former starting quarterback is under contract until 2019. However it feels like New York might move on from Manning in the off-season.

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If you put together all of Marvin Jones’ games tapes you’ll realize he’s been a human highlight reel:

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Marvin Jones has been absolutely sensational for the Detroit Lions this year recording 731 receiving yards and 8 touchdowns. Jones gets the job done with his quick release, outstanding speed, and big time catching ability. Although the last of those three traits might be the most impressive. Marvin Jones has made some big time grabs over multiple defenders like he did on Thanksgiving against the Vikings. If that’s not good enough for you go back to the Saints game when Jones one handed a touchdown catch which looked on par with Odell Beckham’s from a couple years back. It’s pretty obvious that Jones is an elite receiver at the professional level and what an acquisition he has been for the Lions since signing with the team in 2016. Usually Detroit struggles to land elite players via free agency because players opt to sign with a more favorable location. The Ford Family struck gold when they opened their checkbook for Marvin Jones though and you have to believe Matthew Stafford played a factor in that signing. Receivers know that Stafford can bring out the best in them and improve their worth with big stats. Jones clearly saw the potential in catching passes from Stafford which ended up being a calculated decision by the fifth year receiver out of Cal. Detroit is a great home for Marvin Jones and he is actually the leading receiver on this roster. Remember Golden Tate is also in the Motor City so it’s not like it’s cakewalk for Jones when it comes to being the best wide out for the Lions. One thing is for sure though and that’s Jim Caldwell’s team has weapons that can put points on the board quickly. If Jones can continue to compile touchdowns the Lions might even be able to sneak into the playoffs. That would be a great accomplishment for a city that has historically struggled at football.

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Baltimore is a winning football team again after beating up on the Houston Texans 23-16:

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The Baltimore Ravens took on the Houston Texans this week for Monday Night Football and it was the Ravens who walked away victorious 23-16. Quarterback Joe Flacco struggled in this match up throwing for only 141 yards, 0 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions. On most nights that’s not going to get it done but luckily the Ravens had a huge game defensively. C.J Mosely was at the forefront of that defensive attack recording 12 total tackles. Tony Jefferson chipped in 3 tackles and 1 interception in the win as well. Maybe the biggest factor in Baltimore’s win was their running game though. Alex Collins played good racking up 60 yards and 1 touchdown on the ground. Javorious Allen rushed for 15 yards and 1 touchdown for the Ravens offense too. It should be noted that Justin Tucker was in the zone when it came to his placekicking duties. Tucker booted 3 field goals and kicked 2 extra points. Tom Savage did all he could for Houston but it wasn’t a big enough performance to lead his team to victory. Savage threw for 252 yards, 0 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions really hurting his team with those turnovers. Lamar Miller ran hard tallying up 51 yards and 1 touchdown. DeAndre Hopkins was also explosive as ever catching 7 passes for 125 receiving yards. Jadeveon Clowney put up 2 tackles and 1 sack defensively for Houston. While Cornerback Kevin Johnson led the Texans in tackles with 7 for the night. This win was big for the Ravens because now they are 6-5 on the year and John Harbaugh’s team actually has a shot at going to the postseason. If the playoffs started today the Blackbirds would be in but make no mistake about this franchise has to win as many games as possible over the next 5 contests. They don’t have any room to stumble.

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The NFC South has been the most competitive division in all of football. The Saints, Panthers, and Falcons are all fighting for a playoff spot:

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The NFC East is always one of the strongest divisions in pro football but so far the NFC South has been the toughest this year. Not only are there two eight win teams in this division with the Saints and Panthers. There’s also the seven win Falcons who’ve been really coming alive offensively the last three weeks. Those three teams alone can hang with some of the best in the business and it sure makes for some interesting football with the season winding down. Right now the hottest team in the division is the Carolina Panthers. The Saints just lost this past weekend and had their 8 game win streak snapped. Meanwhile the Panthers beat the Jets and actually tied New Orleans record wise at 8-3. It’s clear that Drew Brees, Sean Peyton, and the Saints now have to look over their shoulder for the rest of the season. Regardless though it looks like the Saints, Panthers, and Falcons will all be in the playoffs which definitely says something about the brand of football they play down in the Southeast region of the United States. Every one of these franchises can get hot in the postseason and go on to win the Super Bowl and to some extent that’s a compliment to each other. The teams in the NFC South have brought out the best in each other and that has prepared these three organizations for these inferior teams they face from the other divisions. It’s possible that the Falcons stumble over the next five games and miss out on the playoffs. Seattle is sitting at 7-4 too so it’s possible the Seahawks could leapfrog Atlanta and get in. If the big dance started today though the NFC South would have three out of the six spots and you have to tip your hat to everyone running those ball clubs. It’s been a hell of a year for them.

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Quarterback battle: Roethlisberger and Hundley were in top form as the Steelers beat out the Packers 31-28

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Everyone knows that Ben Roethlisberger is one of the more gifted quarterbacks in the National Football League but man did Brett Hundley challenge the veteran QB. Hundley played the best game of his pro career throwing for 245 yard, 3 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions. Only to have his big day shown up by Roethlisberger who ended up tossing for 351 yards, 4 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions. The Steelers were trailing most of this contest but ended up hitting a 53 yard field goal to win the game late in the 4th quarter. It took a lot of resiliency to battle back against the Packers who clearly came to play and that say’s a lot about Pittsburgh’s character. Antonio Brown in particular was amazing recording 169 yards and 2 touchdown grabs. Le’Veon Bell also produced a number of big plays he finished the night with 95 rushing yards and 88 receiving yards. The Packers top offensive player outside of Hundley was Jamaal Williams. Williams rushed for 66 yards and 1 rushing touchdown, while hauling in 69 yards and 1 receiving touchdown too. Davante Adams and Randall Cobb were both able to catch a touchdown apiece for Green Bay as well but the Packers would come up just shy on the scoreboard. On the defensive side of things Pittsburgh got a solid performance from Ryan Shazier who had a team high 8 tackles. Cameron Heyward did his part in the Steelers win too he had 6 tackles and 2 sacks. In the opposite jerseys, Blake Martinez continued to light it up. Martinez finished with 15 tackles and 1 interception for the Pack. Morgan Burnett was also really impressive for the green and gold team he had 9 tackles and a forced fumble. Pittsburgh might have just squeaked out a win but it will go a long way for this team’s confidence especially since they were able to overcome all of the adversity they faced early on. It’s another step in the right direction for Mike Tomlin’s team although it’s safe to say Pittsburgh would like to start a little stronger out of the gate in their next match up.

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Buffalo gets their sixth win of the season after knocking off Kansas City 16-10:

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The Bills were skidding after losing three straight games but luckily for Buffalo they were able to get back on track against the Chiefs. It’s not easy to go on the road to Arrowhead Stadium and pull out a win but somehow Sean McDermott’s team was able to do so. It feels like the defense was the main reason why Buffalo edged out Kansas City simply due to the fact the Bills only surrendered 10 points the entire game. When an NFL team is held under 14 points that’s the sign of a strong defensive performance and that kind of output will elevate McDermott and company down the stretch. E.J Gaines was the Bills best defender he finished the match up with 8 tackles. Lorenzo Alexander recorded 2 tackles and 1 sack in the win as well. Tyrod Taylor didn’t play great for the Bills but he was leaps and bounds better than the 5 interceptions Nathan Peterman threw last week. Taylor ended up throwing for 183 yards, 1 touchdown, and 0 interceptions for the day. Zay Jones hauled in that lone touchdown pass from Taylor and also contributed 33 receiving yards. There wasn’t a lot of production from the Buffalo offense but give them credit for scoring enough points to secure the victory. Alex Smith struggled to find the end zone for Kansas City he threw for 199 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception. Albert Wilson caught the Chiefs only touchdown in what would go on to be a lackluster offensive outing for Andy Reid’s ball club. One bright spot for KC was Reggie Ragland’s stat line, the former Bill led the Chiefs with 9 tackles. Daniel Sorensen put together a 7 tackle and 1 sack day as well. In the end the Bills were able to compile more big plays on both sides of the ball and ultimately that was the deciding factor.

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