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Each year the Super Bowl is a time for bettors to try to win big.

The Eagles are 4.5-point underdogs against the Patriots, which means anyone rolling with the dog mask-wearing squad from Philly could be due for a nice payout in an upset.

But the real fun comes from the wild list of Super Bowl prop bets. These wacky bets range anywhere from the length of the national anthem time, all the way to what color shoes Justin Timberlake will be wearing for the halftime show. There are even bets on whether Terrell Owens, Donald Trump and Janet Jackson get mentioned during the TV broadcast.

The broadcast bets are an interesting bunch with the big names and events as the focal point. The biggest number comes from whether or not certain people will be mentioned and, in some cases, how many times they are. That list includes Carson Wentz, Terrell Owens, Janet Jackson and even President Trump.

Then there’s how many times certain talking points will come up such as McNabb’s puking incident in Super Bowl 39, which also featured the Patriots and Eagles; the infamous wardrobe malfunction the last time Timberlake performed the Super Bowl halftime show; and, of course, just how frigid the temperatures are outside of U.S. Bank Stadium on game day.

Perhaps the player who benefited the most from McVay was second-year quarterback Jared Goff. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft struggled as a rookie with 1,089 passing yards and five touchdowns with seven interceptions in seven games. Goff threw for 3,804 yards with 28 touchdowns and seven picks in 15 games under McVay.

Rams running back Todd Gurley and defensive tackle Aaron Donald were named the offensive and defensive players of the year, respectively.

Eagles coach Doug Pederson, who has his team in the Super Bowl following a 7-9 record in 2016, was the other top candidate for Coach of the Year honors. The Eagles were 13-3 in Pederson’s second season and claimed the top seed in the NFC playoffs. The former NFL quarterback assisted in Carson Wentz’s improvements from his rookie season to 2017. Wentz threw for 3,782 yards with 16 touchdowns and 14 interceptions as a rookie. He had 3,296 passing yards with 33 touchdowns and seven picks in 2017 and was a leading MVP candidate until tearing his ACL late in a 43-35 win over the Rams Dec. 10. bills_030

FOX’s Mike Pereira and Dean Blandino, former heads of officiating for the NFL, both quickly endorsed the overturn.

“Look, here is the rule,” Pereira tweeted. “If you’re going to the ground you have to hold on to the ball when the ball hits the ground … Going to the ground trumps lunging/reaching to try to get an extra yard or score a TD. You do that at your own risk. It’s incomplete.”

“Justin’s solo career took off after that and Janet was blackballed,” one family member said. “He says they are good, but let’s see him prove it and bring her out.”

Butler, a restricted free agent, visited the Saints last month. An offer sheet won’t be signed because the Saints think giving up the 11th overall pick in the upcoming draft is too steep of price to pay to sign Butler. Contract parameters were reportedly discussed in conjunction with the visit.

Shazier thanked those who have helped him throughout his spinal rehabilitation and revealed that he has resumed taking part in team activities after an extended absence as he works “day-by-day” to get better.

“I want to thank the Lord for the first downs that he has been allowing me to achieve,” Shazier wrote. “The touchdown is going to come in his timing, but today was a first down. I was finally able to make it to practice with my teammates. It’s great to be back for practices and meetings. Just to be able to feel a part of it means the world. So I’m working harder than I ever have to get back. I’ve been making strides over the past month and continue to make progress.

A year after averaging 33.8 points per game with current 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan as their offensive coordinator, the Falcons are averaging just 22.1 points this season under Steve Sarkisian. The Falcons are 0-6 when they fail to score 20 points.

“We can’t put ourselves behind the chains with self-inflicted wounds,’’ Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan said. “It’s not that complicated. When we get our opportunities, we’ve got to make plays. Again, we believe we’re going to do that.’’bills_004

He acknowledged that he missed Durant for a potential wide-open dunk to give Thompson a 3-point opportunity that clanked off the rim.

As college basketball moves deeper into conference play, Western Kentucky, 6-1 in Conference USA through Jan. 22, is popping into projected brackets. Which is great news if you love March upsets — not just because the Hilltoppers are good enough to take on top seeds but also because they are volatile enough to have beaten Purdue and SMU yet lost to Ohio and Belmont.

Inconsistency pays for underdogs. After all, if a team such as WKU makes the NCAA tournament, nobody will care if it loses its opening game by 1 or 51. So it needs to amp up the variability of its play, taking extra chances to boost its odds of eking out a win. Kevin Hutson and Elizabeth Bouzarth, math professors at Furman and longtime partners on ESPN’s Giant Killers project, have come up with a new way to measure which teams are scrambling the college hoops universe with unpredictable results — and priming for success in March.

“This new program will supplement, and not replace, our other key social responsibility efforts, including Salute to Service, cancer awareness, domestic violence/sexual assault and youth programs,” Tod Leiweke, the NFL’s chief operating officer, wrote in a memo sent Friday to teams. “Several clubs, often in conjunction with their players, have established separate funds to promote these efforts in their communities, and we look forward to discussing additional ways of developing local programs involving clubs and their players.”

Asked if he was concerned that Savage was allowed to return, O’Brien pointed out that he doesn’t control that and added that he would have kept Savage out if he had seen the video.

“They just come to me and that’s kind of where that’s at,” he said. “I don’t have anything to do with that. All I do is coach.”

Because he is in the concussion protocol, Savage did not speak with reporters after Houston’s loss, but Chris Nowinski, the founder of the Concussion Legacy Foundation and Boston University’s CTE Center, angrily tweeted that he was “disgusted” that Savage returned. “I would not let my worst enemy go through the 2017 #NFL sideline concussion protocol.” He continued that “the protocol is breached weekly. No one is punished. We pretend it didn’t happen.”

Smith called for owners to show greater support for players.

“So those are football decisions,” Goodell continued. “They’re made all the time. I believe that if a football team feels that Colin Kaepernick, or any other player, is going to improve that team, they’re going to do it.”

Bennett’s Seahawks were the only team that has so far publicly shown any interest in Kaepernick, who helped San Francisco to a Super Bowl and two NFC championship games in six seasons. The 29-year-old Nevada product struggled with injuries and inconsistent play over the past two years, even losing his job to Blaine Gabbert for a spell, but he managed to throw 16 touchdown passes against just four interceptions last season, while remaining a dangerous threat on the ground (69 carries for 468 yards and two touchdowns).

“I look forward to the day when everyone in Management can unite and truly embrace and articulate what the Flag stands for: ‘Liberty and Justice for All’ instead of some of them just talking about standing,” Smith said in Monday’s statement. “We look forward to continuing our talks with them on this very issue.

“No player is disrespecting our Country or our Flag. As thousands have shown in the past, it takes bravery and courage to speak and confront these issues as our players have, especially when it is unpopular with some.”

“There is room for Management to do the same,” he said, “and maybe then players do not have to risk the taunts and threats alone. This is their opportunity to lead as well and will be a true test of their motto that ‘Football is Family.’ ”

It all served as a vivid reminder that the NFL is struggling mightily these days to have its Sundays be about the action on the field.

There is room to wonder how much credit DeFilippo deserves for what has gone right this season for the Eagles on offense. They have an offensive-minded head coach, Doug Pederson. Their offensive coordinator, Frank Reich, also will be considered for head coaching jobs. But even that is reminiscent of McVay. With him, there was room to wonder how much of what he’d done right as offensive coordinator of the Washington Redskins had been attributable to working for Jay Gruden, another offensive-minded head coach.cowboys_095

That’s been a major problem all season with the league’s oldest team.

Not everything was terrible for the Steelers on Sunday. Before Antonio Brown injured his leg, before Jesse James got robbed of the biggest touchdown of his life, before Big Ben showed us the soft underbelly of the fake spike play, there was injured linebacker Ryan Shazier waving a Terrible Towel to the joy and delight of 80,000 Steelers fans at Heinz Field.

“That’s as loud as I’ve heard it in a beginning of a game, Jim,” said CBS color man Tony Romo, who was subject to plenty of noise during a high-profile 13-year playing career. “That was rocking before that play from Brady. He had to turn around and look what was going on.”

I’m a bit leery of that report simply because the Jaguars’ receiving corps has been hit hard by injuries. The hunch here is that Westbrook (and teammate Keelan Cole) are capable of delivering solid outings in an appealing matchup against the Browns. Westbrook’s value to owners likely is delivered down the stretch of the season, and he has a chance to start making good on that value come Sunday. Westbrook is owned in less than 7 percent of ESPN leagues.

Oklahoma City center Steven Adams scored 25 points on 12-of-13 shooting, and the Thunder’s starters combined for 121 points as the Cavs were unable to do anything defensively.

“We gotta go back to the drawing board on that end,” said Isaiah Thomas, who finished with a season-high 24 points but was exposed on the defensive end. “As players, we gotta take pride in defense. We gotta take pride in getting stops as a group collectively.”

Earlier this season, Bill Belichick became the third-winningest coach in NFL history, trailing only Don Shula and George Halas. Given all the New England Patriots have accomplished with The Hoodie at the helm, it’s easy to ask: Is there anyone who can beat Belichick?

Well, actually, we don’t have to look too hard to find the man who has been Belichick’s Kryptonite.

The suddenness and vastness of the shift cannot be overstated.

A couple of weeks ago, NFL owners just wanted protests to go away, lest they interfere with fan experience and, therefore, profit. I’d like to believe that once the season starts for real and you’re not in preseason that it’ll sort of fade away because it won’t have the novelty of last year, one member of an NFL ownership group said this summer. Billionaires tend not to change the behaviors and attitudes that made them billionaires. But there was Jerry Jones — Jerry Jones — locking arms with his players and kneeling before the playing of the anthem.

Foles entered the Falcons game with one prior playoff start, a home loss to the the Saints, from what was his greatest season with the Eagles in 2013. Foles flourished in head coach Chip Kelly’s spread offense with 27 touchdown passes and just two interceptions in his second NFL campaign.

But by the time Foles was sidelined by a broken collarbone midway through the next season, the bloom was off the rose as defenses became wise to Kelly’s scheme. Foles was traded to the St. Louis Rams during the 2015 offseason and went 4-7 as a starter. He then bounced to Kansas City as a backup the following year before returning to Philadelphia as Wentz’s understudy in 2017.

And now the Colts face the tough secondary of the Jaguars in Jacksonville. As an owner of Hilton in a 12-team league where I likely need to win to punch my ticket to the postseason, my other wideouts are DeAndre Hopkins, Martavis Bryant and the recently acquired Travis Benjamin. Hopkins is a must start for any owner, and Bryant is showing signs of being a serviceable option again, but admittedly I’m considering Benjamin as my flex play ahead of Hilton. The Colts’ wideout has just one game with more than 27 yards since Week 5.

Over the hundreds or thousands of minutes players spend on or off the court, these tend to even out, leaving fluky shooting as a primary source of randomness. But few lineups reach that many minutes; through Friday’s games, according to just 18 five-man lineups had played the 250 minutes together that are the minimum we’d typically ever consider for player stats.

Referees have had a rough time during Titans-Chiefs, and Marcus Peters gave one a hug

Marcus Peters has had himself a good afternoon against the Titans. First, he intercepted Marcus Mariota in the first half.

Minnesota forward Reggie Lynch was suspended indefinitely in relation to an investigation into an alleged sexual assault that occurred in April 2016. According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Lynch has been under investigation since October. (He was previously arrested and investigated for a separate alleged sexual assault in 2016, but charges were dropped.) Minnesota AD Mark Coyle said Lynch was allowed to play because school policy allows athletes to play while under investigation by the school as long as there is not a corresponding criminal case. Whatever the policy, it didn’t mandate that coach Richard Pitino let Lynch play. But he chose to.

After he catching a ton of grief for aggressively turning his back on North Carolina’s Joel Berry II when Berry tried discussing a call late in Wednesday’s game, referee Ted Valentine told The Athletic’s Seth Davis that he is considering retiring. “I’m tired of being cut on,” Valentine said. Here’s an alternative suggestion: just … don’t do that kind of thing in the first place.

Then in the next game, the No. 6 seed Atlanta Falcons traveled across the country to knock off the Los Angeles Rams with a 26-13 win.

The Falcons advance to play the Philadelphia Eagles next week, while the Titans will have to wait until Sunday to find out their next opponent.

Not every little detail matters, except that of course it does. His whole life has shown him that. So he refuses to be distracted on the way to the national title he covets. Sure, Alabama won the championship his freshman year—a 45–40 victory over Clemson—but he got beaten for two touchdowns in that game, so if anything, he feels Alabama won its most recent national title despite him.

The Buffalo quarterback was trying to get rid of the ball when he was sacked by Jacksonville defensive end Dante Fowler. Taylor’s head hit the turf hard, and he remained on the ground.

Edmonds repeatedly shows an ability to make short and wide elusive maneuvers, keeping a low center of gravity and firing upfield with vision and top-end speed. He has flashed versatility as a third-down running back, and his hip fluidity and body control should translate well to a role as a pass-catcher in the NFL, an area in which he’ll likely have immediate NFL value.patriots_106_2d49ad84715009ae-180x180

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Make the hard decision and stick with it. For those haughty enough to suggest they wouldn’t attend a game out of disdain for Mara, Geno Smith or some combination of the two, send your ticket information to the Giants or some charitable organization. There are plenty of kids close enough to MetLife Stadium who would love to see their first NFL game for Christmas.

The Raiders don’t need that. They need to find out what Derek Carr, Khalil Mack, Amari Cooper and the rest got right last year and what they got wrong this year. There might be coaches out there with the right touch and smarts and skills to bring it out of them. The Raiders, very publicly, had no interest in looking for them (and not just the minority candidates who the Raiders went through the motions to interview to avoid getting fined).

With Carolina selling out to stop New Orleans’ powerful running game and counterpart Cam Newton playing very well, Brees (23-for-33 passing, 376 yards, two TDs, one INT, 115.2 passer rating) was called upon to rear back and light it up. The Saints quarterback hadn’t been in a playoff game in four years and was playing his first home playoff game in six years Good thing for them, he picked up where he left off.

The unanswerable question posed in the story’s headline IS this the beginning of the end? will play out in the days, weeks and maybe months ahead. Then it will take years to put into perspective what the NFL has witnessed in this 17 years of amazing success.

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Steelers’ time off due to regular-season success is good problem to have

Including the regular season and the playoffs, teams coming off bye weeks have won 59.2 percent of their games over the past 10 years.

Louis Riddick (ESPN): Rising star at ESPN. Besides being an ex-NFL player, Riddick would bring the perspective of a former NFL scout and director of player personnel.

Immediately after the stunning turn of events, the blame fell on Williams for snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. Not only did the floundering safety miss Diggs, but also Fox’s replay showed he took out one of his teammates who might have run Diggs down.

Count on that defense to rediscover itself, particularly against a Bills offense that will either be missing LeSean McCoy, or have a hobbled McCoy. The Bills had the fourth-fewest total yards in the NFL, and McCoy accounted for more than 31 percent of them via rushing and receiving. The Bills’ offensive line was playing its best at the end of the season, but handling Calais Campbell, Malik Jackson and the rest of the Jacksonville front seven is a tall task.

Once again, Bortles has to avoid messing up and giving the Bills a chance. If he stays upright, uses his legs, leans on Leonard Fournette and the rest of the running game and avoids turnovers, the Jaguars should move on.

The 2017 Pittsburgh Steelers conducted their first training camp practice of the season on July 28, which means they’ve been on the football grind for more than five months. By the time quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and running back Le’Veon Bell enter the field for the AFC divisional playoffs, though, they won’t have played in a competitive game for 19 days.

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Falcons flip playoff script to defense, positioned to fly higher than Eagles

The final statistics say the Rams were the more efficient running and passing team thanks to Todd Gurley and Jared Goff, respectively. But taking a page out of the Patriots’ book, the Falcons came through where it counted: in the red zone and on third down, and thus, on the scoreboard.

Chris Paul and Paul George both played an active role in pursuing better opportunities for themselves, but Irving’s move was far bolder because he had so much more to lose. His exposure was real: Leaving James meant sacrificing cover on the court and putting his reputation at stake. If his move failed, he would be subjected to endless ridicule. “He had it made with LeBron. What kind of selfish idiot would leave?”

So far, Irving’s bet has paid off. The Celtics were an excellent landing spot, providing him with the right balance between freedom and structure, excellent coaching, smart systems, a quality cast, a winning environment, and a huge platform. As Irving looks ahead to the rest of his prime, he can anticipate being a centerpiece for recruiting efforts (Anthony Davis?) without worrying about James’ latest decision. Altman’s ability to land Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder and a pick for Irving will likely be enough to ensure that James and the Cavaliers win the East in 2018, but past that the Celtics’ outlook is brighter than ever. In other words, Irving is unlikely to harbor any regrets.

It’s really ridiculous the kind of environment we place our children into and expect them to get an education. I got two classes in one room, kids are freezing, Lights are off. No computers. We’re doing our best but our kids don’t deserve this.

He took over Baylor after the Bears spent the 2016 season under an interim head coach, Jim Grobe, and went 7-6. Grobe was only in the job because Baylor fired Art Briles before that season, amid a sexual misconduct scandal that also led to the ouster of Baylor’s then-athletic director and chancellor. The program lost players and recruits after Briles’ departure, and Rhule didn’t have the same team his predecessors did.

The Colts fired coach Chuck Pagano after the regular season. For now, Indy will have to look elsewhere, and Baylor gets to keep his coach.

Of course, this all made for some sideline melodrama back in November when Keenum threw interceptions on consecutive passes against the Redskins and cameras captured Bridgewater strapping on his helmet, ready to go. Yet Keenum stayed in, finished out the 38–30 win with four TDs, earned NFC Player of the Month accolades and never relinquished the starter’s job.