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Chiefs, Rams, Saints, Patriots In Top-5 Offensive DVOA

Jan 14, 2019 10:16 AM

The NFL's Final Four for the 2018 season features four of the top-5 offenses in the league, according to Football Outsiders' DVOA.

The Kansas City Chiefs rank first, followed by the Los Angeles Rams at No. 2, the New Orleans Saints at No. 4 and the New England Patriots at No. 5.

The Patriots defeated the fourth ranked Los Angeles Chargers to reach the AFC Championship.

The combined over/under for both Championship Games is the highest in NFL history.

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Infographic: Chargers, Colts Finish In Top-10 In Offense, Defense DVOA

Jan 2, 2019 11:42 AM

The NFL has just two teams ranking in the top-10 in DVOA on both Offense and Defense at the end of the regular season in the Los Angeles Chargers and Indianapolis Colts.

The Chiefs, Steelers, Seahawks, Rams, Packers, Falcons, Patriots and Saints also rank in the top-10 on offense, while the Cowboys, Jaguars, Texans, Bears, Vikings, Broncos, Ravens and Bills are in the top-10 on defense.

The Chiefs rank first in the NFL in both Total DVOA and Weighted DVOA.

 

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Cam Jordan: Ben Roethlisberger Isn't Top 5 QB This Era

Dec 21, 2018 8:21 AM

Cameron Jordan doesn't believe that Ben Roethlisberger is among the top five quarterbacks of his generation.

The New Orleans Saints will host the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.

"Is that true?" Jordan responded when a reporter suggested that Roethlisberger might be a future Hall of Famer.

"In this era? You'd put him at like a top three of this era? You'd put him in the top five of this era?" he continued, before listing Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Peyton Manning as top quarterbacks during Roethlisberger's 15-year career.

"You're saying he's better than Philip Rivers, career-wise? So you're giving him the Super Bowl nod?" Jordan said. "You're putting him at No. 5? OK. ... I'd honestly put Eli (Manning) before I'd put Ben, but OK. Two Super Bowls -- if we're going by those numbers."

Jordan took to Twitter on Thursday night to clarify that he was only doubting Roethlisberger's credentials as a first-ballot Hall of Famer.

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NFL Releases 2019 Pro Bowl Rosters

Dec 18, 2018 8:10 PM

The NFL has released its 2019 Pro Bowl rosters, headlined by Patrick Mahomes.

AFC Pro Bowl Roster By Position

OFFENSE

Wide receiver: DeAndre Hopkins*, Houston Texans; Tyreek Hill*, Kansas City Chiefs; Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers; Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers

Tackle: Taylor Lewan*, Tennessee Titans; Alejandro Villanueva*, Pittsburgh Steelers; Eric Fisher, Kansas City Chiefs

Guard: David DeCastro*, Pittsburgh Steelers; Marshal Yanda*, Baltimore Ravens; Quenton Nelson, Indianapolis Colts

Center: Maurkice Pouncey*, Pittsburgh Steelers; Mike Pouncey, Los Angeles Chargers

Tight end: Travis Kelce*, Kansas City Chiefs; Eric Ebron, Indianapolis Colts

Quarterback: Patrick Mahomes*, Kansas City Chiefs; Philip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers; Tom Brady, New England Patriots

Running back: James Conner*, Pittsburgh Steelers; Melvin Gordon, Los Angeles Chargers; Phillip Lindsay, Denver Broncos

Fullback: Anthony Sherman*, Kansas City Chiefs

DEFENSE

Defensive end: J.J. Watt*, Houston Texans; Myles Garrett*, Cleveland Browns; Melvin Ingram, Los Angeles Chargers

Interior lineman: Geno Atkins*, Cincinnati Bengals; Jurrell Casey*, Tennessee Titans; Cameron Heyward, Pittsburgh Steelers

Outside linebacker: Von Miller*, Denver Broncos; Jadeveon Clowney*, Houston Texans; Dee Ford, Kansas City Chiefs

Inside linebacker: C.J. Mosley*, Baltimore Ravens; Benardrick McKinney, Houston Texans

Cornerback: Xavien Howard*, Miami Dolphins; Jalen Ramsey*, Jacksonville Jaguars; Stephon Gilmore, New England Patriots; Denzel Ward, Cleveland Browns

Free safety: Derwin James*, Los Angeles Chargers; Eric Weddle, Baltimore Ravens

Strong safety: Jamal Adams*, New York Jets

SPECIAL TEAMS

Kicker: Jason Myers*, New York Jets

Long snapper: To be named by coach.

Punter: Brett Kern*, Tennessee Titans

Return specialist: Andre Roberts*, New York Jets

Special teamer: Adrian Phillips*, Los Angeles Chargers

NFC PRO BOWL ROSTER BY POSITION

OFFENSE

Wide receiver: Julio Jones*, Atlanta Falcons; Michael Thomas*, New Orleans Saints; Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings; Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers

Tackle: Tyron Smith*, Dallas Cowboys; Terron Armstead*, New Orleans Saints; Trent Williams, Washington Redskins

Guard: Zack Martin*, Dallas Cowboys; Brandon Brooks*, Philadelphia Eagles; Trai Turner, Carolina Panthers

Center: Alex Mack*, Atlanta Falcons; Max Unger, New Orleans Saints

Tight end: Zach Ertz*, Philadelphia Eagles; George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers

Quarterback: Drew Brees*, New Orleans Saints; Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams; Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

Running back: Todd Gurley*, Los Angeles Rams; Saquon Barkley, New York Giants; Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys

Fullback: Kyle Juszczyk*, San Francisco 49ers

DEFENSE

Defensive end: Cameron Jordan*, New Orleans Saints; DeMarcus Lawrence*, Dallas Cowboys; Danielle Hunter, Minnesota Vikings

Interior lineman: Aaron Donald*, Los Angeles Rams; Fletcher Cox*, Philadelphia Eagles; Akiem Hicks, Chicago Bears

Outside linebacker: Khalil Mack*, Chicago Bears; Ryan Kerrigan*, Washington Redskins; Anthony Barr, Minnesota Vikings

Inside linebacker: Luke Kuechly*, Carolina Panthers; Bobby Wagner, Seattle Seahawks

Cornerback: Kyle Fuller*, Chicago Bears; Patrick Peterson*, Arizona Cardinals; Darius Slay, Detroit Lions, Byron Jones, Dallas Cowboys

Free safety: Eddie Jackson*, Chicago Bears; Harrison Smith, Minnesota Vikings

Strong safety: Landon Collins*, New York Giants

SPECIAL TEAMS

Kicker: Aldrick Rosas*, New York Giants

Long snapper: To be named by coach

Punter: Michael Dickson*, Seattle Seahawks

Return specialist: Tarik Cohen*, Chicago Bears

Special teamer: Cory Littleton*, Los Angeles Rams

AFC PRO BOWL ROSTER BY TEAM

Baltimore Ravens (3): ILB C.J. Mosley*, FS Eric Weddle, G Marshal Yanda*

Cincinnati Bengals (1): DT Geno Atkins*

Cleveland Browns (2): DE Myles Garrett*, CB Denzel Ward

Denver Broncos (2): RB Phillip Lindsay, OLB Von Miller*

Houston Texans (4): OLB Jadeveon Clowney*, WR DeAndre Hopkins*, ILB Benardrick McKinney, DE J.J. Watt*

Indianapolis Colts (2): TE Eric Ebron, G Quenton Nelson

Jacksonville Jaguars (1): CB Jalen Ramsey*

Kansas City Chiefs (6): OT Eric Fisher, OLB Dee Ford, WR Tyreek Hill*, TE Travis Kelce*, QB Patrick Mahomes*, FB Anthony Sherman*

Los Angeles Chargers (7): WR Keenan Allen, RB Melvin Gordon, DE Melvin Ingram, FS Derwin James*, ST Adrian Phillips*, C Mike Pouncey, QB Philip Rivers

Miami Dolphins (1): CB Xavien Howard*

New England Patriots (2): QB Tom Brady, CB Stephon Gilmore

New York Jets (3): SS Jamal Adams*, K Jason Myers*, RS Andre Roberts*

Pittsburgh Steelers (6): WR Antonio Brown, RB James Conner*, G David DeCastro*, DT Cameron Heyward, C Maurkice Pouncey*, OT Alejandro Villanueva*

Tennessee Titans (3): DT Jurrell Casey*, P Brett Kern*, OT Taylor Lewan*

NFC PRO BOWL ROSTER BY TEAM

Arizona Cardinals (1): CB Patrick Peterson*

Atlanta Falcons (2): WR Julio Jones*, C Alex Mack*

Carolina Panthers (2): ILB Luke Kuechly*, G Trai Turner

Chicago Bears (5): RS Tarik Cohen*, CB Kyle Fuller*, DT Akiem Hicks, FS Eddie Jackson*, OLB Khalil Mack*

Dallas Cowboys (5): RB Ezekiel Elliott, CB Byron Jones, DE DeMarcus Lawrence*, G Zack Martin*, OT Tyron Smith*

Detroit Lions (1): CB Darius Slay

Green Bay Packers (2): WR Davante Adams, QB Aaron Rodgers

Los Angeles Rams (4): DT Aaron Donald*, QB Jared Goff, RB Todd Gurley*, ST Cory Littleton*

Minnesota Vikings (4): OLB Anthony Barr, DE Danielle Hunter, FS Harrison Smith, WR Adam Thielen

New Orleans Saints (5): OT Terron Armstead*, QB Drew Brees*, DE Jordan Cameron*, WR Michael Thomas*, C Max Unger

New York Giants (3): RB Saquon Barkley, SS Landon Collins*, K Aldrick Rosas*

Philadelphia Eagles (3): G Brandon Brooks*, DT Fletcher Cox*, TE Zach Ertz*

San Francisco 49ers (2): FB Kyle Juszczyk*, TE George Kittle

Seattle Seahawks (2): P Michael Dickson*, ILB Bobby Wagner

Washington Redskins (2): OLB Ryan Kerrigan*, OT Trent Williams

* Indicates starter

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Drew Brees, Sean Payton Now Second In QB/Coach Wins

Dec 18, 2018 1:09 PM

Drew Brees and Sean Payton made history in Monday night's win over the Carolina Panthers.

The New Orleans Saints duo won their 117th regular-season game together, passing Don Shula and Dan Marino for second place among coach/QB combos during the Super Bowl era.

Brees and Payton trail only Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, who have 205 regular-season wins together.

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Saints Release Brandon Marshall

Dec 12, 2018 5:23 PM

Brandon Marshall has been released by the New Orleans Saints.

Marshall has played 178 regular season games without ever playing in the playoffs during his 13-season career.

Marshall began this season with the Seattle Seahawks, appearing in six games and catching 11 passes for 136 yards and a touchdown before he was released Nov. 1.

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Nick Bosa Headlines Latest ESPN 2019 Mock Draft, Two QBs In Top-10

Dec 12, 2018 10:02 AM

Todd McShay has released his latest mock draft with Nick Bosa going to the Arizona Cardinals with the No. 1 overall selection, followed by Rashan Gary of Michigan going to the San Francisco 49ers.

1. Arizona: Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State
2. San Francisco: Rashan Gary, DE, Michigan
3. Oakland: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama
4. NY Jets: Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson
5. Atlanta: Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson
6. Buffalo: Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama
7. Jacksonville: Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
8. Tampa Bay: Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
9. Detroit: Josh Allen, DE/OLB, Kentucky
10. NY Giants: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
11. Cincinnati: Devin White, LB, LSU
12. Cleveland: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
13. Washington: Cody Ford, OT Oklahoma
14. Carolina: Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss
15. Green Bay: Montez Sweat, DE, Mississippi State
16. Philadelphia: Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia
17. Miami: Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia
18. Denver: Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma
19. Indianapolis: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson
20. Tennessee: Jachai Polite, OLB, Florida
21. Baltimore: Devin Bush, ILB, Michigan
22. Minnesota: Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn
23. Pittsburgh: Jaylon Ferguson, DE, Louisiana Tech
24. Seattle: Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State
25. Oakland (from Dallas): Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama
26. Oakland (from Chicago): Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
27. Houston: Michael Deiter, C/G, Wisconsin
28. LA Chargers: Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame
29. New England: Dre'Mont Jones, DT, Ohio State
30. LA Rams: Johnathan Abram, S, Mississippi State

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Derek Newton Signs With Panthers

Dec 12, 2018 8:12 AM

Derek Newton has signed with the Carolina Panthers, bringing him one step closer to a remarkable comeback.

Newton has not played since tearing both of his patellar tendons in 2016 while with the Houston Texans.

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Cowboys-Saints Has Biggest Thursday Night Football Rating In History

Nov 30, 2018 9:01 AM

Fox's coverage of the Dallas Cowboys' 13-10 win over the New Orleans Saints had the highest overnight rating in Thursday Night Football history.

The game had a 14.6 overnight rating.

The Saints entered the game as the No. 1 seed in the NFC while the Cowboys held first place in the NFC East.

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James Andrews Considers Drew Brees' '05 Surgery 'No. 1 Most Memorable'

Nov 28, 2018 10:12 PM

Drew Brees suffered a dislocated right shoulder in 2005 and underwent surgery just as he was hitting free agency.

The Chargers had previously drafted Philip Rivers in the first round as Brees' eventual replacement.

The nature of Brees' shoulder injury was critical.

"Probably one in one million athletes could have gotten through that operation and been successful afterward,” said Dr. James Andrews.

 

It took three surgeons four hours to patch Brees' shoulder back together.

"That was the No. 1 most memorable.”

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Mike Ditka Recovering From Heart Attack
Mike Ditka has been recuperating in a Florida hospital, according to reports.

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Michael Thomas Has Unprecedented Catch Rate
Michael Thomas has caught 82 of the 91 passes he's been targeted on this season.

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Malcolm Jenkins Flipped Off Sean Payton After Late Touchdown
The Saints dominated the Eagles on Sunday, winning 48-7 at the Superdome.

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Sean Payton Smashes Fire Alarm Before Sunday's Win
Sean Payton said it was not a motivational tactic.

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Michael Thomas Fined $30,000 By NFL For Cellphone Celebration
When asked if someone helped plant the phone, Michael Thomas said, "Um, I think someone ... I think Joe Horn left it."

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Dez Bryant Suffers Torn Achilles In Practice
Dez Bryant signed with the Saints this week.

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Dez Bryant Signs With Saints
Dez Bryant wanted to recoup his value for free agency in 2019.

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Dez Bryant In Negotiations With Saints
After working out for the Saints, Dez Bryant is in negotiations with the team on a contract, according to sources.

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Saints Work Out Dez Bryant, Brandon Marshall, Kamar Aiken
The Saints need more depth behind Michael Thomas at wide receiver.

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Saints Acquire Eli Apple From Giants For 4th Rounder
Eli Apple was a first round pick at cornerback in 2016 out of Ohio State.

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Drew Brees Becomes NFL's All-Time Passing Leader
Drew Brees broke Peyton Manning's all-time passing mark of 71,940 yards in the second quarter of the Saints' 43-19 win over the Redskins on Monday night.

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Drew Brees Isn't Focused On Passing Yardage Record
Drew Brees isn't ready to reflect on his career as he approaches the NFL's all-time passing yardage mark.

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Tom Brady, Drew Brees Could Join 500 TD Club In Week 5
Only two players have thrown 500 touchdown passes in NFL history, but two more players will join the club very soon.

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Drew Brees Believes 80 Percent Completion Rate In Sustainable
Through three games, Drew Brees has a 80.6% completion rate on his 129 passing attempts.

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Michael Thomas Begins Season On Record Pace
Through three games, Michael Thomas has 38 catches for 398 yards.

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Drew Brees Passes Brett Favre For Most Career Completions
Drew Brees is also on track to set the record for career passing yards within the next few weeks.

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Drew Brees: Baker Mayfield 'Can Be A Lot Better Than Me'
Drew Brees is among those that feel Baker Mayfield has a very bright future in the NFL.

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The Essential 50 Of The 2018 NFL Season: Alvin Kamara
Alvin Kamara had one of the best rookie seasons in NFL history.

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Saints Sign Mike Gillislee To One-Year Deal
Mike Gillislee was released by the Patriots on Saturday.

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Teddy Bridgewater Doesn't Mind Waiting Behind Drew Brees
Teddy Bridgewater is only under contract for the 2018 season, but he's open to remaining with the Saints and learning behind Drew Brees.

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