Football Season Is Here: Who Will Come Out On Top?

We’re sure everyone is ready to vegetate on the couch with a cold beer in hand as often as possible over the next few months, which means everyone’s favorite game is already in full swing. It also means the guessing game has begun. Everyone is busy making their best-guess fantasy football picks. Who will win? Who will lose? It’s time to lay out the 2019 season the best we can.

That means breaking down each team individually. The Oakland Raiders have been amidst a great deal of chaos and controversy lately, especially when considering Antonio Brown’s request to be released from the team this past Saturday at the end of a long bout of drama — which the team later granted.

Head Coach Jon Gruden said, “We just have exhausted everything. We tried every way possible to make it work. And all I’m gonna say is it’s disappointing. I’m really proud of our players, our coaches, our owner, our front office. We did everything we could to make this work and I’m sorry it didn’t. I apologize, but I’ll tell you, I’m very proud of what we did as an organization to try.”

Meanwhile, Brown is just happy to be up for grabs again.

Gruden said of the departure: “I wish Antonio the best. I’m sorry we never got a chance to see him in silver and black. Very disappointing in my career as a coach. I looked forward to coaching him but it’s not going to happen. I’m not going to sit here and talk about it all day. We’ve got 12 rookies, we’ve got a lot to be excited about.”

That begs the question: where do the Raiders stand this year? The gambling world isn’t giving the team glowing odds — instead, the favorite for this Monday night are the Denver Broncos. No surprise there. The Broncos have rivaled the Raiders for a long while, but Denver usually comes out on top, and the same result is expected tomorrow night.

The total betting pool for Monday night stands at 43 points with the under at 9-0 for Denver. Both teams have a long hard road if they want to make it to the end.

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Odell Beckham JR Traded To The Browns?

According to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, for The Cleveland Browns 2019 first-round, second-round, and third-round draft pick plus their safety Jabril Peppers the New York Giants traded Odell Beckham Jr. It is a moved that stunned Football fans across the country.

Odell famous for his one-handed catch had moments of glory with The NY Giants, however, despite his great playing did not bring them any true victories. It also didn’t help that he was injury prone. But Cleveland Brown fans who are notorious for supporting the worst team in the league should be jumping for joy. Breakout QB Baker Mayfield and other additions to the team such as Javris Landy, Nick Chubb, and Kareem Hunt will give the Browns a fighting chance this year. But as previously mentioned, Odell has spent a lot of time on the injury reserve list. He missed 12 games in 2017 with a broken ankle and he missed the final four games in 2018 with an injury to his quad.

As upset as Giants fans are, Odell leaving the Giants was inevitable. Odell was very vocal about how dissatisfied he was with the new head coach Pat Shurmur often throwing temper tantrums and storming off the field during right before halftime. He was also caught criticizing his team in front of celebrities. We hope the change of scenery is good for Odell who can hopefully get the Browns to an over 500 record, something that has not been accomplished since 2007.

It also does help that LeBron James (if you don’t know who he is why are you reading a sports website) is friends with Odell. After hearing the news the basketball player tweeted “OH MY!!!! S*#% just got REAL!!” There are already rumors that Odell will be crashing with James at his mansion while he gets settled.

With this trade, it feels that the New York Giants have accepted a bad season for 2019 and are focusing on 2020. Let’s hope one of these three draft picks they get a quarterback they so desperately need.

NFL Injuries Taking A Toll on Fantasy Football

Fantasy football is simple in theory. You build a team made up of real players in real leagues and your performance is dictated by how well those players do on a week to week basis during the regular NFL season. Unfortunately a string of recent injuries has put a dampener on the outlook of many who take part in these fantasy football leagues. A lot of people were unhappy on the outcome. Here are a few of the early injuries that plagued this football season by week four.

Alshon Jeffery of the Eagles hadn’t even played a game before his status was put in doubt by an illness.

Alvin Kamara of the New Orleans Saints obtained a knee injury that limited his ability to play during the pregame injury report, but he was eventually removed from the list.

LeSean McCoy of Bills fame incurred an injury to his ribs and Marcus Murphy was also in dire shape. Both were listed as questionable to play in games, putting a lot of pressure on other players after the team smashed the Vikings.

The Texans were in trouble after their receiver DeAndre Hopkins landed a slew of injuries–hamstring, thumb and ankle–that earned him a questionable to play listing. Will Fuller’s status was also limited.

Keenan Allen of the Chargers was also having trouble keeping the pace when the team was poised to face the 49ers.

Case Keenum of the Denver Broncos injured his knee during a pregame injury report.

Leonary Fournette of the Jacksonville Jaguars fell to a right hamstring strain after a week one game.

Aaron Rodgers of the Packers was listed as questionable to play in week four after a knee injury took him out. Randall Cobb had a hamstring injury, and Jimmy Graham also turned up on the injury report early on.

Ryan Tannehill of the Miami Dolphins injured his right shoulder.

Marcus Mariota of the Tennessee Titans injured his right elbow.

Perhaps the Patriots had the most to overcome early on in the season with a wave of players falling to questionable status on the injury report–eleven in all. Josh Gordon and Rob Gronkowski were among those whose ability to play was in doubt. That’s bad timing since Julian Edelman was still suspended at the time.

Of course some of these players would inevitably make it off the injury list and continue to play, but the early injuries took their toll on fantasy football.

Trump Tweets That NFL Players Must Stand During National Anthem

The National Football League’s preseason officially started on August 2nd. However, a majority of teams played their first preseason game yesterday, August 9th. It did not go without controversy as many players either knelt or held their fist in the air while the National Anthem played. And the President has some harsh criticism in a series of two tweets.

The NFL players are at it again – taking a knee when they should be standing proudly for the National Anthem. Numerous players, from different teams, wanted to show their “outrage” at something that most of them are unable to define. They make a fortune doing what they love………..Be happy, be cool! A football game, that fans are paying soooo much money to watch and enjoy, is no place to protest. Most of that money goes to the players anyway. Find another way to protest. Stand proudly for your National Anthem or be Suspended Without Pay!

Recently, Commissioner Roger Goodell introduced a new policy that requires players to stand during the National Anthem but gives them the choice to wait in the locker room during the pregame ceremony. It also says that the team will be fined if anyone chooses not to stand and that the team will face disciplinary actions.

The NFL however, announced today, that they have agreed with the NFL Players Association to delay implementing the punishments as the league and union continue to work on negotiations regarding proper protocol during the National Anthem.

Back in May, Trump during an interview with Fox & Friends stated that players who do not stand during the National Anthem should not be playing nor should they be in the country. Only time will tell if the NFL follows President Trump’s orders.