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2014 AFC Divisional Round: New England Patriots’ Greatest Games

FOXBORO, MA – JANUARY 10: Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots throws a touchdown pass on a flea flicker play during the second half of the 2015 AFC Divisional Playoffs game against the Baltimore Ravens at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images) Back in January of 2015, the New England Patriots were trying to end their ten-year Super Bowl drought. After earning home-field advantage thanks to their 12-4 record, the Patriots earned the right to host the lowest-ranked team in the 2014 AFC Divisional Round. Unfortunately for New England,...

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Phillip Dorsett Can Break Out For New England Patriots

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – JANUARY 20: Phillip Dorsett #13 of the New England Patriots celebrates catching a 29 yard touchdown in the second quarter against Steven Nelson #20 of the Kansas City Chiefs during the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 20, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) If everything goes right, the New England Patriots could have one of the best wide receiver depth charts in the league. Julian Edelman is a legitimate star, Josh Gordon is as talented as anyone, and first-round pick N’Keal Harry offers the high-upside promise of the...

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Bet on Andrew Luck to Win NFL MVP

KANSAS CITY, MO – JANUARY 12: Quarterback Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts throws a third quarter pass against the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Divisional Playoff at Arrowhead Stadium on January 12, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images) Las Vegas officially released betting odds for the 2019 NFL season, and Indianapolis Colts’ quarterback Andrew Luck has 6/1 odds to win NFL MVP honors. Only Patrick Mahomes and Carson Wentz have better odds, and testing your luck with Luck using Zamsino is a worthwhile investment for a solid payoff. NFL Odds: Andrew Luck...

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Troy Brown: 80 Days to Kickoff

INDIANAPOLIS – JANUARY 21: Wide Receiver Troy Brown #80 of the New England Patriots runs with the ball as Jason David #42 tries to make the tackle of the Indianapolis Colts during the AFC Championship game on January 21, 2007 at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Colts won 38-34 to advance to Super Bowl XLI. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Sportschrome/Getty Images) No player better encapsulated the Patriot Way than former New England Patriots wide receiver Troy Brown. Throughout his Patriots tenure, Brown did whatever the team needed him to do. Whether it was wide receiver, punt returner, or...

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On to Cincinnati: The Birth of the New England Patriots’ Second Dynasty

FOXBORO, MA – OCTOBER 05: Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the third quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images) It’s crazy to think about now, but there was a time where it looked like Tom Brady might retire as a three-time Super Bowl champion. After a relatively pedestrian 2013, Brady and the Patriots came out of the gate slow in 2014. New England went 2-2 in September, culminating in an embarrassing 41-14 loss to the Kansas City...

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Randy Moss: 81 Days to Kickoff

FOXBORO, MA – AUGUST 12: Randy Moss #81 of the New England Patriots smiles before the preseason game against the New Orleans Saints at Gillette Stadium on August 12, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images) The New England Patriots are officially 81 days away from kicking off their 2019 season. To pass the time until September, we here at Last Word on Pro Football are counting down the days by paying tribute to the greatest Patriots in franchise history by jersey number. While he wasn’t around for the longest time, Randy Moss had a remarkable run...

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Jose Altuve Returning to Lineup on Wednesday

HOUSTON, TX – MAY 08: Jose Altuve #27 of the Houston Astros congratulates Josh Reddick #22 after the game against the Kansas City Royals at Minute Maid Park on May 8, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images) The Houston Astros are in a good place right now, but they’re about to get even better. According to Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle, the Astros expect to activate second baseman Jose Altuve to the active roster prior to Wednesday’s action. Altuve has been sidelined since May 10th with a hamstring injury. The Astros plan to activate Jose...

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Josh Gordon: New England Patriots X-Factors

MIAMI, FL – DECEMBER 09: Josh Gordon #10 of the New England Patriots warms up before the game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on December 9, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) Based on raw talent alone, Josh Gordon might be the most physically gifted wide receiver to play for the New England Patriots since Randy Moss. While he didn’t play a full season, Gordon was one of the more reliable weapons in New England’s offense while he was there. During his truncated season with New England, the former second-round supplemental pick recorded...

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Jed Lowrie Injury Update: “Not Close” to Seeing the Field

NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 3: Jed Lowrie #8 of the Oakland Athletics bats during the game against the New York Yankees in the American League Wild Card Game at Yankee Stadium on October 3, 2018 New York, New York. The Yankees defeated the Athletics 7-2. Zagaris/Oakland Athletics/Getty Images) The bad news just keeps piling up for the New York Mets. According to manager Mickey Callaway, 35-year old infielder Jed Lowrie is “not close” to a rehab assignment in and is still battling injuries on the left side of his lower body. Lowrie, a 2018 All Star, signed a...

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Dallas Cowboys Roster Projection 2.0: Post-Minicamp Edition

FRISCO, TX – JUNE 05: Dallas Cowboys quarterback Cooper Rush (7) passes during the Dallas Cowboys OTA on June 5, 2019 at The Star in Frisco, TX. (Photo by George Walker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) The Dallas Cowboys’ mandatory minicamps are officially in the books. With the team beginning their quest for a sixth championship, let’s take a look at who has the best chance to make it on the Week One roster in the second Cowboys roster projection. Dallas Cowboys Roster Projection 2.0 Quarterback (2) In: Dak Prescott, Mike White No changes from the original here. Dak Prescott is the unquestioned...

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Philadelphia Eagles Roster Projection 1.0

PHILADELPHIA, PA – JUNE 11: Carson Wentz #11 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks on during mandatory minicamp at the NovaCare Complex on June 11, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) The Philadelphia Eagles’ mandatory minicamps are officially in the books. With the team beginning their quest for a second championship, let’s take a look at who has the best chance to make it on the Week One roster in the first Eagles roster projection. Philadelphia Eagles Roster Projection 1.0: Post-Minicamp Edition Quarterback (2) In: Carson Wentz, Nate Sudfeld No big surprises here. Carson Wentz is obviously the...

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Juan Then Scouting Report

SEATTLE, WA – APRIL 02: A gold Florida necklace sits over the Mariners logo on the jersey of Mallex Smith #0 in the third inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at T-Mobile Park on April 2, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. The Seattle Mariners beat the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 2-1. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images) The Seattle Mariners made waves Saturday night, trading star slugger Edwin Encarnacion to the New York Yankees in exchange for 19-year old pitching prospect Juan Then. Then entered the 2019 season as the 28th-ranked prospect in New York’s system, and at...

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Edwin Encarnacion Traded To New York Yankees

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – JUNE 06: Edwin Encarnacion #10 of the Seattle Mariners hits an RBI single to score Dylan Moore #25 of the Seattle Mariners to tie the game 6-6 in the ninth inning against the Houston Astros during their game at T-Mobile Park on June 06, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) The New York Yankees are always making waves. According to Jeff Passan of ESPN, the Yankees acquired Edwin Encarnacion from the Seattle Mariners. As of this posting, the exact terms of the trade are not yet available to the public. Edwin Encarnación has been...

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Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, and the Aging Quarterback

DENVER, CO – JANUARY 24: Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos and Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots speak after the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 24, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Patriots 20-18. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) It’s the dead part of the NFL season, which means it’s officially time to talk about how long Tom Brady can keep playing. For the past several years, Brady has publicly stated that he wants to play into his age-45 season. As it is, the six-time Super...

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