A few weeks ago after watching the Dolphins and then the Jets suffer their latest embarrassing, soulless losses, I posed a question on Twitter: Is it better to be a Dolphins or Jets fan? For a fleeting moment all the misery felt equal, after all, losing is losing, right? But after some thought, some enlightened responses and a little more perspective, it turns out Dolphins fans are living the dream compared to Jets fans and a number of other fanbases that again had to suffer through their team’s hell in Week 5. Most of this year’s crop of bad teams – including the Jets, Washington, Bengals, Falcons and to an extent the Cardinals and Steelers – look especially egregious this season. In large part that’s because, unlike the Dolphins, they are losing without purpose or any semblance of remedy. Miami, to their credit have been honest about this lost season. GM Chris Grier already said this year’s Dolphins weren’t “built to win a Super … [Read more...] about Incredibly, the putrid Dolphins are not the most dismal team in the NFL
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Sam Darnold gave the Jets’ struggling offense a huge boost by throwing two touchdown passes in his return from mononucleosis, and New York held on to beat the Dallas Cowboys 24-22 on Sunday night for their first win of the season. The Jets led 21-9 in the fourth quarter, but Dak Prescott and the top-ranked Cowboys offense stormed back – and had a chance to tie in the closing moments. Prescott ran for a 4-yard touchdown with 43 seconds left, making it a two-point game. Going for the tie, Prescott dropped back and was quickly met by a blitzing Jamal Adams and his pass on the conversion try fell short of Jason Witten in the end zone. The Cowboys (3-3) tried an onside kick, but Demaryius Thomas recovered for the Jets (1-4), who won for the first time under coach Adam Gase. It was the third straight loss for Dallas. Darnold, who missed three games while recovering from mononucleosis, finished 23 of 32 for 338 yards — including a 92-yard touchdown toss to Robby Anderson and … [Read more...] about NFL: Sam Darnold pilots Jets to upset of Cowboys while 49ers stay undefeated
Carli Lloyd’s well-publicized visit with the Philadelphia Eagles wasn’t her first appearance at an NFL training camp, but this one ended with a Hall of Fame executive advising teams to give her a tryout. The footage of Lloyd, a two-time Fifa player of the year, booting 55-yard field goals reignited the discussion of whether a woman will appear in an NFL game. Lloyd’s visit to Houston Texans in 2015 garnered headlines for a humorous kicking competition against defensive tackle Vince Wilfork. Last week, her seamless execution of long-range field goals during a joint practice between the Eagles and Baltimore Ravens triggered the conversation that her Hard Knocks cameo didn’t. The spark came from NFL Hall of Fame executive Gil Brandt. To Brandt and Tucker, Lloyd has the physical capabilities to kick in the NFL. Women have earned college scholarships to kick, scored points in college and professional games and even broken into professional coaching ranks. So what … [Read more...] about Will Carli Lloyd open the door for the NFL’s first female player?
Brock Osweiler has decided to retire after just seven seasons. He shuts the door on a career we should all envy, unless you’re into all that gladiatorial glory stuff that football touts. Osweiler beat the system: He got into the league, helped win a Super Bowl, got his money and got out, all while maintaining his pristine teeth and long-term health. It’s only fitting he called it quits during Brocktober. There was just something about Osweiler. He represented bigger ideals. He inspired heated debates on how teams evaluate talent in the modern age, the role of race in quarterback evaluations, whether height is an important attribute, how teams should allocate precious quarterback dollars and whether late-stage Peyton Manning was any good. And he was also goofy. An entire subreddit devoted to his Brock Lobster nickname persists to this day. Osweiler was tall and white and ungainly and gangly and mobile. The height alone made him a walking meme. You couldn’t hear the … [Read more...] about $1m per touchdown: did Brock Osweiler have the easiest ever NFL career?
An NFL star's risk of developing the degenerative brain disease CTE goes up by a third every year they play, a study has suggested. Researchers analysed the brains of 266 dead players. Some of them had competed at a professional level, others were amateurs. Results showed the risk of getting chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) soared by 30 per cent for every year played. Neuroscientists at Boston University said the odds of CTE doubled in players who had competed for three years - the length of an average NFL career. Repeated blows to the head and colliding with other players are thought to be the cause of CTE, which can lead to dementia. Symptoms of the degenerative disease don't typically become evident until years after the head traumas were sustained. Neuroscientists at Boston University said the odds of CTE doubled in players who had competed for three years - the length of an average NFL career. Former New England Patriots player Aaron … [Read more...] about NFL stars’ risk of developing the degenerative brain disease CTE soars by a THIRD every year they play, study finds