The Cleveland Browns make history for all the wrong reasons, they’re the second team to ever go 0-16:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

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The 2008 Detroit Lions can officially pop their champagne because the Cleveland Browns just let them off the hook. Hue Jackson’s 2017 Browns will go down in history as the second team to ever finish an entire NFL season without a single win. It’s been a dumpster fire of a year and you have to wonder if Jackson will make it through the off-season? The Lions fired Rod Marinelli immediately after they the went winless 9 years ago. One thing is for certain this historic low isn’t helping anyone employed by the Browns right now. Cleveland’s ownership is going to have a “clean the house” mentality moving forward and everyone from the top of the staff to to the bottom of the staff will be evaluated. This franchise has publicly stated that they would keep Jackson but it’s just hard to believe that will be the case. The winners get paid and the losers get fired in the National Football League and nobody has struggled like this organization has over the past two seasons. The Browns have compiled an awful 1-31 record under this regime and it just feels like it’s time for new leadership in Northeast Ohio. If there is any good news for Cleveland it’s the fact that they will have the number 1 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. They can begin to turn their struggles around by drafting Josh Rosen and getting better at the quarterback position. The Jimmy Garoppolo situation has shown us first hand how much a great QB can improve a team. Rosen will help open up the offense and he will also serve as the face of the franchise. That will be huge for the culture surrounding this team and the Browns will most likely win a game next year having a much more competent player behind center.

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The Oakland Raiders are throwing Jack Del Rio under the bus in hopes of landing Jon Gruden:

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The Oakland Raiders have made it clear that they want Jon Gruden but you have to question how this organization is treating Jack Del Rio? Even though Gruden is a highly sought after coach, it’s kind of unprofessional to publicly pursue Gruden while Del Rio is still in charge of the team. The Raiders should have done their best to keep their interest in the former Super Bowl winning coach private however the chances of that have clearly passed. To be fair Oakland plans on sticking with Jack Del Rio if they can’t land Gruden but you have to wonder if that relationship is damaged now? That could be bad news for this team moving forward if they don’t get Jon Gruden because now their current coach feels slighted by ownership. Obviously this team could part ways with Del Rio and pursue a coach other than Gruden if they really had to but this team is just one year removed from a playoff birth. A couple of solid off-season moves and the Raiders could be a contender again. Blowing the team up though would bring a lot of unforeseen changes that might not necessarily be positive. Clearly Mark Davis has no problem gambling with Del Rio and Oakland definitely believes Gruden is a step up as a leader. That’s a tough situation to be in if you’re the incumbent coach and keep an eye on how Jack Deli Rio responds? Even if the silver and black decided to stick with their current coach it’s clear he is on a short leash. Mark Davis is an ambitious guy and he wants to help his team but he has to make sure he is going about the business the right way. Right now it doesn’t seem like he is doing the best job of respecting someone who has given him a lot of hard work, time, and effort.

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Kirk Cousins and the Denver Broncos seem like a match made in heaven, especially since John Elway is committed to finding the right quarterback:

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If the rumors coming out of the Washington D.C area are true then Kirk Cousins could be leaving the Redskins once and for all. There’s a lot of speculation that Cousins is unhappy with Washington’s front office particularly over the handling of his contract negotiations. Sometimes these things end up being untrue but the fact that Kirk Cousins would only sign a one year deal tells you a little bit about his mind set. Clearly the former Michigan State Spartan is noncommittal to a long term future with the team and Cousins could hold out if the Redskins try to franchise tag him again. This whole scenario has opened the door for another team to potentially sign Cousins if his time is indeed over in the nation’s capital and the perfect destination seems like the Denver Broncos. The Broncos have the 2nd best defense in the entire league and the 21st passing offense. Therefore by adding Cousins this team would significantly improve and be on the verge of making the playoffs again. John Elway will have to greatly improve the other positions on this roster but signing Cousins would leave the whole draft for that. Now instead of drafting Josh Rosen, Baker Mayfield, or Lamar Jackson the Broncos can focus on upgrading their playmakers. Calvin Ridley would be a very nice pick to help Cousins put some points on the board. You can already begin to see how this plan is becoming a dream come true for the fans in the Mile High City. It’s very hard to think of a path that would be more successful for Denver in 2018. Anything is possible though and the Redskins could end up striking a deal with Kirk Cousins preventing him from signing with another team. If that doesn’t happen though look for John Elway to make a move and finally get his guy at QB.

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The Green Bay Packers sign Davante Adams to a four year $58 million dollar contract extension:

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Davante Adams won’t be hitting the open market after all. The Green Bay Packers decided to ink Adams to a four year $58 million dollar contract and that’s great news if you’re a cheesehead. Adams would have seen a number of offers if he did make to free agency and the Packers knew that more than anybody. Ultimately Ted Thompson keeps one of his most dynamic receivers for the foreseeable future and this is a win for this franchise. The NFC North is becoming tighter than ever with Minnesota, Detroit, and Chicago constantly improving. Green Bay couldn’t afford to lose a playmaker on the perimeter especially since Adams is emerging into an elite receiver. At $14.5 million per year Adams will be the fourth highest paid receiver in the National Football League just behind Antonio Brown, DeAndre Hopkins, and A.J Green. The only concern moving forward is the two major shots Adams took this season against the Bears and Panthers. It seems like Davante Adams is prone to taking bit hits so he has to find a way to adjust and protect himself a little bit better. As long as that happens expect to see Adams catching plenty of touchdown passes, he has recorded 22 over the last two seasons. So it was really a no brainer to retain his talents and put an emphasis on the offensive side of the ball. Which will open things up in the passing game. Now Ted Thompson has to choose between signing Jordy Nelson or Randall Cobb? Even though Nelson is older it still seems like he is the better option just because he has been more productive the last two seasons. The combination of Adams and Nelson can keep defense backs on their heels for years to come. Aaron Rodgers will be healthy next season as well so this was essentially the Packers starting off the off-season on the right foot.

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It’s win or go home for the Tennessee Titans, the playoffs will start a week early in Nashville:

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The Tennessee Titans take on the Jacksonville Jaguars this weekend and if Tennessee doesn’t win they won’t be apart the postseason. The Titans are currently the last seed in the AFC playoff picture and a loss would open the door for the Chargers or Bills to get in. Facing Jacksonville certainly doesn’t help the Titans chances either because Leonard Fournette and company are a load to handle. Not only do the Titans have to find away to stop the dynamic rookie running back. The also have to find a way to get Marcus Mariota going who has been having a terrible year stats wise. Mariota has thrown for 12 touchdowns and 15 interceptions so far and life won’t get easier against the Jaguars who have the best pass defense in the entire league. As you can see from just the few points mentioned above Tennessee has their hands full and it doesn’t seem like this team will get it done this weekend. Maybe if Jacksonville rests some of their key players the Titans will have a shot to win this game? If not it’s going to take a near perfect performance to win if all those elite defenders suit up for Doug Marrone’s team. There’s a reason the Jaguars are the AFC South division champs and it’s because they get it done in every phase of the game. Tennessee was leading this division for a number of weeks but they ultimately unraveled. They say the better team always finds a way to win and that’s why Jacksonville battled back and stole the show. If the Titans want any chance of winning they better unleash a heavy dose of Derrick Henry and DeMarco Murray. If Jacksonville pulls out in front and starts to build up a lead though this game will be over quickly. Mariota hasn’t been good enough to win games in 2017 and don’t expect that to change this weekend.

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Jay Cutler is undecided when it comes to retirement, he did tell the Dolphins he won’t return unless he is the starter in 2018:

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The Miami Dolphins have had a lackluster year and it could get even worse this off-season if Jay Cutler decides to retire. While the Dolphins do have Ryan Tannehill returning from an ACL tear there’s no telling how long the former starting quarterback will take to heal? Not only that but Cutler has over 100 more passing touchdowns than Tannehill has so there’s a big gap in experience between the two signal callers. Miami might have struggled this season compared to last year but that’s largely due to the fact that the team as whole was worse off. Offensively Adam Gase’s team was ranked 28th this year compared to 24th last season. On the defensive side of the ball Miami actually improved from the 29th defense to the 18th rated defense but that hasn’t translated into wins. Those stats might seem counter productive to Cutler but remember Ajayi was lighting it in 2016. The offensive line was a little bit better with Brandon Albert still around too so those factors are definitely looked over. To be fair there was a point early on where Cutler was struggling when he initially came out of retirement. Most of that was due to the rust he was shaking off but there’s no doubt this guy is the better option for Gase in the future. Tannehill isn’t the answer and it just feels like this offense will get more out of Cutler’s throw power. Especially if the veteran quarterback comes back and has another year of continuity under his belt. The passing game is about rhythm and timing which means the QBs / receivers have to on the same page. That can take multiple seasons to achieve and Cutler should be much better the second time around with Miami. Dolphin fans are acting like life would be better without Jay Cutler but that couldn’t be further from the truth. He’s just the one that’s getting scapegoated for all of this franchise’s problems.

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Drew Brees joins Brett Favre and Peyton Manning as the only players to ever throw for 70,000 yards:

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To say Drew Brees is elite would be an understatement. The Saints quarterback has recently eclipsed the 70,000 yards passing mark and when you look at the two others players in that club you understand just how good Brees has been. Brett Favre and Peyton Manning are the only two other players to throw for that many yards in their careers and now Brees has a serious shot at passing those two guys. All Brees has to do is throw for 2,000 yards next season and he will have more passing yards than any other NFL quarterback. Lets be honest 2,000 yards is light work for Brees and as long as he doesn’t get hurt expect the New Orleans QB to be the best ever. The funny thing about Brees is he somewhat flew under the radar compared to Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. However now we see just how prolific Brees has been which is great news because you’d hate to see a player not get the recognition they deserve. Still though not many people believed they were looking at the best quarterback to ever play the game when they watched Brees play. When you look back at his career now it becomes obvious that nobody was putting up 5,000 yard seasons as easily as the former Purdue Boilermaker. Every year since being a pro Brees has flat out aired it out and this is truly one of the great stories of the league. When you’re talking about pure quarterback play nobody brings it like Drew Brees does and it just goes to show you don’t have to be typical NFL QB to have success. Drew Brees is an undersized player who gets it done with his savvy. The 38 year old has such a deep understanding of the game which always puts him in a favorable position. Not many other signal callers have that kind of awareness and Brees should use that expertise for at least two more seasons. After that the long time Saint will ride off into the sunset and by then he will be known as the guy who threw for more yards than everyone.

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With one week remaining in the season Blake Martinez has more tackles than anyone else in the National Football League:

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Despite the Green Bay Packers failing to make the playoffs it looks like Blake Martinez will finish the season with more tackles than anyone else in pro football. Martinez currently has 138 tackles for the season which is 6 more than Christian Kirksey. As long as Blake Martinez has a decent game against the Lions the Packers LB should finish the year as the top defender in the league. Now if Blake Martinez has a bad night and Kirksey goes off the Browns linebacker actually could pass Martinez. However with everything you’ve seen up to this point it fees like the second year linebacker out of Stanford (Martinez) will finish the season strong. The Packers have a marquee player at the middle linebacker position and that will be crucial for this team’s success in the future. Injuries really hurt Green Bay this past year but you better believe this franchise is going reload in the off-season and come back stronger than ever. Blake Martinez is such a huge piece of the puzzle because stopping the run is so fundamental in football. If the Packers can sign one other outside pass rusher to help Clay Matthews then this team will be all set at the backer position. Losing Julius Peppers really downgraded this roster but all of that can be turned around by signing or trading for a playmaker at outside LB. If Ted Thompson was serious about winning he would call up the Washington Redskins and find a way to land Ryan Kerrigan. This defense will be haunted by the ghost of Julius Peppers until they can get a player who can fill those shoes. Kerrigan is one player who can help the Packers turn the page. Could you imagine a 3-4 defense with Matthews and Kerrigan firing of the edges? That’s the type of play it’s going to take to win a Super Bowl and Blake Martinez would fit nicely in-between those two guys.

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Todd Gurley should be the Most Valuable Player for the 2017 NFL season, Gurley has recorded 19 total touchdowns:

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The Los Angeles Rams have had a breakout season recording 11 wins so far and Todd Gurley has been at the forefront of this team’s success. Gurley has put up an impressive 13 rushing touchdowns and 6 receiving touchdowns showing he can be force on the ground or through the air. Sean McVay has tapped into Gurley’s playmaking abilities and created opportunities for him within the Rams offensive system. Todd Gurley only had 6 touchdowns all of last year when Jeff Fisher was running the show. So the Rams running back has doubled his rushing TD production and then scored as many touchdowns as he did a year ago catching the football alone. As good as Tom Brady, Russell Wilson, and Carson Wentz have been most of the season it feels like Gurley should get the award above them all. It’s just been such a special year in so many different facets of the game for the former University of Georgia Bulldog. We know the league is most likely going to select a quarterback as the Most Valuable Player but it’s time the NFL spices things up a bit and breaks the traditional mold. Nothing would reinvigorate the pro football brand (NFL) like taking some risks. The Rams have one more game in the season left against the 49ers and then it’s on to the playoffs. Keep an eye on whether or not Gurley can add a few more touchdowns to his already sensational year? Gurley will also be key for this team in the postseason where the Rams will be a serious contender in the NFC conference. It’s because Los Angeles has a competitive defense and guy’s like Jared Goff and Todd Gurley putting points on the board. What a story it would be if McVay wins a Super Bowl in his first season as a head coach and Gurley wins the MVP?

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Steelers easily handle the Texans for a 34-6 win, Roethlisberger throws for 226 yards and 2 touchdown passes:

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The Pittsburgh Steelers continued their outstanding 2017 season by getting their 12th win of the year over the Houston Texans. Pittsburgh beat Houston 34-6 and it was another big day at the office for Ben Roethlisberger. Roethlisberger threw for 226 yards, 2 touchdowns, and no interceptions which was very impressive especially since Antonio Brown wasn’t in the line up. It just goes to show that this team can get it done with the other guys on the roster and Pittsburgh will be a force when Brown can return to action. Le’Veon Bell also had a solid day for the Steelers racking up 69 yards and 1 touchdown on the ground. JuJu Smith-Schuster brought his a-game in the Steelers victory as well he recorded 69 yards and 1 touchdown. T.J Yates threw for 83 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception for the Texans offense. While Alfred Blue had a terrific day running the ball for Houston with 108 rushing yards. DeAndre Hopkins hauled in 65 yards and 1 touchdown reception as well. Defensively the Steelers were led by Mike Hilton who recorded 6 tackles, 3 sacks and 1 forced fumble. Sean Spence balled out for the black and yellow too he put up 8 tackles and 1 sack. Zach Cunningham had a team high of 10 tackles for Bill O’Brien’s team. Andre Hal complied 7 tackles in what would go on to be a losing effort. Pittsburgh will get a first round bye in the playoffs and that’s going to allow this franchise to rest up for a week. Some teams you worry when they have a week off because they might lose their rhythm. The Steelers are the complete opposite they have so many marquee players that they can beat you any time, any place, any where. Roethlisberger will be the x-factor in the postseason and if he plays his best football anything is possible.

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