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Atlanta Falcons Place Devonta Freeman on Injured Reserve

PHILADELPHIA, PA – SEPTEMBER 06: Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman (24) during an NFL regular season football game against the Philadelphia Eagles on September 6, 2018, at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Ric Tapia/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) Devonta Freeman‘s 2018 season is all but over. Per Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer, the 26-year-old running back will undergo groin surgery and is subsequently being placed on injured reserve by the Atlanta Falcons. Though he’s eligible to return in eight weeks, it’s unlikely he’ll do so should the Falcons not be in the playoff hunt. They currently...

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Devonta Freeman Ends Up on Injured Reserve

Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman (24) during an NFL regular season football game against the Philadelphia Eagles on September 6, 2018, at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA. Devonta Freeman‘s 2018 season is all but over. Per Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer, the 26-year-old running back will undergo groin surgery and is subsequently being placed on injured reserve by the Atlanta Falcons. Though he’s eligible to return in eight weeks, it’s unlikely he’ll do so should the Falcons not be in the playoff hunt. They currently stand at 2-4 after Sunday’s 34-29 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  You...

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NBA deal with MGM could be the catalyst for US gambling boom

In what could be a landmark moment in US sports betting, the NBA have announced MGM as their official gaming partner, becoming the first of the US major sports leagues to team up with a sportsbook provider. Basketball’s pro league will receive $25 million over the course of the three-year deal, while MGM will get the rights to NBA highlights, the league and team logos, access to the NBA’s official data feed and will be credited as the ‘official gaming partner’ of the NBA and WNBA. Though the money the NBA will receive as part of the deal is...

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Late Tragedy of Errors From Nathan Peterman Spoils Buffalo Bills Defensive Masterclass

HOUSTON, TX – OCTOBER 14: Johnathan Joseph #24 of the Houston Texans scores on an intereption as Nathan Peterman #2 of the Buffalo Bills is late on the coverage at NRG Stadium on October 14, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) It’s becoming painfully apparent that Nathan Peterman is not an NFL-caliber quarterback. That notion was on display in a variety of ways in the Buffalo Bills‘ 20-13 loss to the Houston Texans on Sunday. His mere appearance in the game was a result of an injury Josh Allen suffered to his right elbow late in...

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Tremaine Edmunds and Taron Johnson: Buffalo Bills Immediate Impact Defensive Rookies

BUFFALO, NY – OCTOBER 07: Cornerback Taron Johnson #24 of the Buffalo Bills celebrates with his teammates after catching an interception in the second quarter against the Tennessee Titans at New Era Field on October 7, 2018 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images) When it comes to the 2018 Buffalo Bills draft class, the consensus is fairly clear that Josh Allen is the highest profile member. His is the most important position in football and fans are hoping that he’s the franchise quarterback this team’s been missing since Jim Kelly. But football is a team sport....

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sign Guard Ali Marpet to Extension

NASHVILLE, TN – AUGUST 15: Ali Marpet (74) of the Bucs goes thru a drill during the joint training camp work out between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Tennessee Titans on August 15, 2018 at Saint Thomas Sports Park in Nashville, TN. (Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) Ali Marpet is one of the more unlikely NFL success stories in recent memory. He began the most recent chapter on Tuesday. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed the fourth-year left guard to a five-year extension worth $55 million. It includes $27.125 million in guaranteed money and keeps him...

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Buffalo Bills Sign Quarterback Derek Anderson

SEATTLE, WA – DECEMBER 04: Quarterback Derek Anderson #3 of the Carolina Panthers passes against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on December 4, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images) The Buffalo Bills quarterback situation is one wrought with promise but inexperience. On Tuesday, the team addressed the inexperience side of things with the signing of Derek Anderson. To make room for Anderson on the 53-man roster, Buffalo released safety Dean Marlowe. We’ve signed QB Derek Anderson and released S Dean Marlowe. #GoBills Details: https://t.co/llEYpOlotJ pic.twitter.com/EJZ0ywRBuw — Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) October 9, 2018 Anderson, 35, brings a...

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Philadelphia Eagles Running Back Jay Ajayi to Miss Rest of Season

PHILADELPHIA, PA – OCTOBER 07: Running back Jay Ajayi #26 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs the ball against the Minnesota Vikings during the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field on October 7, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images) The Philadelphia Eagles run game received some unfortunate news on Monday with Jay Ajayi suffering a torn ACL in the team’s 23-21 loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. As a result, the team is placing him on injured reserve, ending his season. Why is #Eagles RB Jay Ajayi on Injured Reserve? He tore his ACL, source said. He’s...

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Arsenal Shouldn’t be Winning, and Manager Unai Emery Knows it

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 29: Unai Emery manager of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Watford FC at Emirates Stadium on September 29, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images) Arsenal manager Unai Emery has done the unthinkable: win, and keep winning. The last time the Gunners won nine straight Tomáš Rosický scored a brace, Calum Chambers, Per Mertesacker, Gabriel Paulista and Kieran Gibbs lined up in front of Wojciech Szczęsny, and midfield terror Francis Coquelin roamed the pitch in a 2-1 win over Reading in the 2014/15 FA Cup semi-final....

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New Orleans Saints – Last Word on Pro Football

New Orleans Saints – Last Word on Pro FootballKatrina Broke a Community’s Spirit, Then Drew Brees Rebuilt the Superdome One Yard at a TimeMarshon Lattimore and Demario Davis Lead Resurgent Effort for New Orleans Saints DefenseHow the New Orleans Saints Front Seven Disrupted New York Giants Game PlanNFL Week Four Overreactionshttps://lastwordonprofootball.com Sat, 06 Oct 2018 07:43:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 https://lastwordonprofootball.com/2018/10/02/drew-brees-rebuilt-dome-saints/ https://lastwordonprofootball.com/2018/10/02/drew-brees-rebuilt-dome-saints/#respond Tue, 02 Oct 2018 22:54:32 +0000 https://lwosonnfl.ms.lastwordonsports.com/?p=50576 On Monday Night Football the New Orleans Saints play the Washington Redskins in front of a national audience. All eyes will be on quarterback Drew Brees, as he will...

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Kelvin Benjamin and the Sorry State of the Buffalo Bills Receiving Corps

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – SEPTEMBER 23: Minnesota Vikings Cornerback Xavier Rhodes (29) breaks up a pass intended for Buffalo Bills Wide Receiver Kelvin Benjamin (13) during a NFL game between the Minnesota Vikings and Buffalo Bills on September 23, 2018 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota.(Photo by Nick Wosika/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) When the Buffalo Bills brought in Kelvin Benjamin ahead of the trade deadline last year, it appeared to be an upgrade to a receiving corps lacking depth. After all, Benjamin averaged 975 yards and eight touchdown catches during the two seasons he played for the Carolina...

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Green Bay Packers Run Game Needs to Shine Against Detroit Lions

GREEN BAY, WI – SEPTEMBER 30: Aaron Jones #33 of the Green Bay Packers runs past Ryan Lewis #38 of the Buffalo Bills during the second quarter of a game at Lambeau Field on September 30, 2018 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) Last week, the Green Bay Packers recorded a shutout victory, which was the first since 2010 (at New York Jets, 9-0), and the first home shutout since 2009 (vs. Detroit Lions, 26-0). This week, the Green and Gold travel to Detroit to take on their division rivals. One of the most critical matchups...

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Khabib v Mcgregor – Head to Head

When ‘the eagle’ Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor ‘the notorious’ McGregor face off at UFC 229 there is no doubt it will be the biggest fight in the history of the sport. Both are entering the contest in the height of their careers with it all to lose. The bout is set to take place on October 6th at the T-Mobile arena in Las Vegas and has been long awaited and is likely to surpass the previous pay per view records within the UFC. McGregor is returning from a two year absence from the octagon which has to be seen as a negative but he did face off against the greatest boxer of this generation in Floyd Mayweather Jr in the meantime. This had led to many believing he would not return to mixed martial arts as he made a vast sum of money from this contest in the region of $100 million. He now returns and with this rivalry with the Russian beginning to boil over, it all but sets up for a fascinating contest come fight night. The credentials and attributes of each fighter can be seen in the infographic below. The McGregor vs Khabib odds make the Russian the current 4/7 favourite with McGregor at 6/4 to gain the...

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Buffalo Bills Pass Protection Helps Send Josh Allen Crashing Back Down to Earth

GREEN BAY, WI – SEPTEMBER 30: Josh Allen #17 of the Buffalo Bills is sacked by Nick Perry #53 of the Green Bay Packers and Clay Matthews #52 during the second quarter of a game at Lambeau Field on September 30, 2018 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) Prior to the telecast of Sunday’s game between the Buffalo Bills and Green Bay Packers, CBS showed a promo for the upcoming movie “First Man.” It tells of the ups and downs associated with the Apollo missions that ultimately culminated with Neil Armstrong setting foot on the surface...

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Green Bay Packers Tight Ends vs. Buffalo Bills Pass Rush

GREEN BAY, WI – SEPTEMBER 16: Jimmy Graham #80 of the Green Bay Packers breaks away from Mackensie Alexander #20 of the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field on September 16, 2018 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Vikings and the Packers tied 29-29 after overtime. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) Last week, the Green Bay Packers did not play well and lost on the road to the Washington Redskins while the Buffalo Bills stomped on the Minnesota Vikings. The Green and Gold have to put the sour taste of last week’s result away and focus on their upcoming date with...

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Saquon Barkley Has Been Everything the New York Giants Wanted

HOUSTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 23: New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) runs the ball during the football game between the New York Giants and Houston Texans on September 23, 2018 at NRG Stadium in Houston, TX.(Photo by Daniel Dunn/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) Saquon Barkley has proved many New York Giants fans wrong. There were a multitude of Giants fans who wanted the Giants to select a quarterback with the second pick. Some potential players included Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, and Josh Allen. However, the Giants opted instead to draft a running back with the second pick....

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Five Takeaways From Chicago Bulls Media Day

Recently, all 30 NBA teams participated in NBA Media Day. This is a day to celebrate the beginning of the new season, giving media and fans an insight into all of the NBA teams. It also gives players and coaches a chance to address the media. For Bulls fans, this year’s media day should have them feeling hopeful. The young Bulls outfit is looking healthy, excited to play, and are showing signs of team chemistry which this team has lacked in previous seasons. This may end up paying big dividends for fans who select Bulls players to their team...

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Pesky Mascots and the Road to the Majors

A Surprising Trend in Team Mascots and Collegiate Picks As the baseball season winds down, fans across the nation will be watching closely for their favorite teams to make the playoffs in the Hunt for October. Part of being a hardcore fan is ride-or-die loyalty and fanatical team pride, especially at the end of the season. Of course, that’s why baseball teams have fun and, let’s say…enthusiastic (an understatement, at best) mascots to engage fans and players with their amusing antics to keep camaraderie and morale up. These playful personalities entertain and interact with fans throughout games and events...

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Matt Milano Proving to Be a Steal for the Buffalo Bills

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – SEPTEMBER 23: Matt Milano #58 of the Buffalo Bills celebrates after intercepting Kirk Cousins #8 of the Minnesota Vikings in the third quarter of the game at U.S. Bank Stadium on September 23, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images) Early in the third quarter of the Buffalo Bills Week Three contest against the Minnesota Vikings, Matt Milano put his own unique stamp on a shocking yet altogether emphatic victory. On the Vikings’ first second-half possession, the second-year linebacker sacked Kirk Cousins on third down. After a Bills three and out, he struck again....

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Crawford the key as Chicago Blackhawks bid to bounce back

Chicago Blackhawks were defeated 4-2 by Detroit Red Wings in their latest pre-season game on Thursday as they continued their preparations for the new NHL campaign. Two goals in the third period secured victory for the Red Wings, but Chicago showed some promising signs for the upcoming season. The Blackhawks’ decline since winning the Stanley Cup in 2015 has been rapid, culminating in them missing the play-offs last year for the first time in nine seasons. Corey Crawford’s concussion undoubtedly played a key role in Chicago’s demise, with the netminder missing the final 47 games last term. Crawford has confirmed that he is still feeling the effects of the concussion and the Blackhawks have signed former Caroline Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward to lead them when the new season starts. The club has moved to shore up its leaky backline, with promising defencemen Adam Boqvist and Nicolas Beaudin drafted this summer. Chris Kunitz and Brandon Manning have also arrived in Chicago, although fans were less than impressed with their signings. The new boys will have another chance to familiarise themselves with the Blackhawks at Ottawa Senators on Friday, before returning home to face the Red Wings on Tuesday, September 25. If you need a hotel room in Chicago, check Chicagohotels.org for the best options. We recommend the Hotel Chicago West Loop which is situated close to the United Center. Rates...

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