NFL 2014 News and Updates
12/17/14 - Week 15 in the NFL brought clarity to some playoff races, as the Indianapolis Colts clinched the AFC South, the New England Patriots claimed the AFC East, and the San Francisco 49ers were officially eliminated from the postseason. Andrew Luck led the Colts to a 17-10 win over the Houston Texans to punch their ticket to the playoffs, and Tom Brady did the same for his Patriots, recovering from a slow start to defeat the Dolphins 41-13 en route to their sixth straight AFC East title. The Niners were eliminated from playoff contention with their 17-7 loss to rival Seattle, but tight races remain in the NFC North (Detroit and Green Bay tied) and AFC North (Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, and Baltimore separated by one win). The playoffs are right around the corner, and Razorgator is your ticket source for all the great week 16 action!
12/11/14 - Week 14 in the NFL saw the AFC playoff picture get a little more crowded, the Colts pulling off an improbable comeback, and the 49ers suffering another disheartening loss. Ben Roethlisberger led his Pittsburgh Steelers to a critical victory, 42-21 over division rival Cincinnati, placing them in a dead-heat with Baltimore and only one win behind the Bengals for first place in the AFC North. Meanwhile, Andrew Luck recovered in a game where he was sacked three times and threw two interceptions, willing the Colts to a 25-24 victory in Cleveland that may send Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer to the bench, ushering in the much-anticipated Johnny Football era. In the upset of the week, the Oakland Raiders shocked San Francisco 24-13 behind three touchdowns from Derek Carr, putting the Niners’ playoff hopes in peril. Week 15 should provide even more twists and turns, and Razorgator is your source for great prices on tickets to the games!
12/4/14 - The New England Patriots’ seven game winning streak was broken Sunday by the Green Bay Packers, who managed to squeak by New England with a 26-21 win at Lambeau field. Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers was on fire, launching a total of 368 passing yards and two touchdown passes to win his first ever match against the Patriots. Another player having an amazing season—J.J. Watt, defensive end for the Houston Texans. Watt had two sacks, recovered a fumble, and caught a touchdown pass all in Sunday’s game against the Titans. One more notable mention belongs to Andrew Luck, quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts, as he threw for five touchdowns in the Colts’ thrashing of the Washington Redskins 49-27 on Sunday. Week 14 of NFL season play is sure to bring even more incredible moments, be sure to catch them all by getting your tickets to the games here on Razorgator.
11/26/14 - In the five-game stretch before the NFL playoffs, the New England Patriots are almost a sure bet as one of the big contenders with their steamroller victory over the Detroit Lions on Sunday night. Despite having one of the league’s toughest defenses, the Lions couldn’t withstand Patriot’s quarterback Tom Brady’s pass-heavy offense and Detroit fell to the Pats 34-9. In another big game Sunday, the Arizona Cardinals lost to the Seattle Seahawks 19-3 in their second loss of the season. With a record of 9-2, the Cardinals remain in a great position to upset the NFC West, but the Seahawks and the San Francisco Chargers, both with a record of 7-4, aren’t too far behind Arizona. In a surprising match, the Miami Dolphins & quarterback Ryan Tannehill nearly overcame the Denver Broncos. Although the Broncos pulled out a win at 39-36, the Dolphins certainly reminded everyone that, even in week 12, no team is out just yet.
11/18/14 - Following a 53-20 cakewalk victory on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles, the Green Bay Packers have plunged forward into the NFL playoff scene. Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers continues to be one of the league’s hottest QBs, and the combination of Rodgers and a new-and-improved defense make the Packers the team to watch. Week 11 of league play also featured the New England Patriots, ranked 1st in the AFC, continuing their league domination by decimating the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, 42-20. The Patriots are now on a 6-game winning streak, also marking 5 wins in a row against the Colts. Down in the Southwest, the Arizona Cardinals continue to surprise everyone this season despite losing QB Carson Palmer to a torn ACL. Currently ranking 1st in the NFC and boasting a 9-1-0 record, the Cardinals next face the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, November 23rd.
11/13/14 - The icing on the NFL cake in Week 11 goes to the Buffalo Bills falling to the Miami Dolphins. The Bills walked away disappointed with a second loss in a row, now putting their season at 5-5. The Bills came out strong and even outscored the Dolphins early on by leading 9-3. Kyle Orton was unable to pull off any spectacular plays against the Dolphins’ tight defense, and the Bills’ best running backs were out of the game on injuries. Despite Miami performing poorly in the red zone, Ryan Tannehill was able to deliver some late TD passes that boosted morale and secured the Dolphins with a 22-9 win over the Bills. Buffalo is trying to rally back from the losses and hopes to turn things around from here on out.
11/3/14 - How about the high-flying Cardinals? After beating the Tony Romo-less Cowboys on Sunday, Arizona improved to 7-1. They're No. 1 in the NFC West and have the fewest losses in the NFL. Tom Brady got the best of Peyton Manning in the Patriots 43-21 win over the Broncos. In the AFC North, Ben Roethlisberger threw another 6 TDs versus the Ravens. His 12 touchdown passes in two weeks is an NFL record for TDs in consecutive games. Top Week 10 NFL games, include Bears at Packers, Giants at Seahawks, 49ers at Saints, Dolphins at Lions and Steelers at Jets. NFL football tickets average $155 this week. Find cheap NFL tickets from $23.
10/14/14 - After Sunday, the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles look like the two best teams in the NFL. Tony Romo, Dez Bryant and the Cowboys won 30-23 on the road at Seattle. With the road win, Dallas improves to 5-1. Dallas RB DeMarco Murray became only the 2nd rusher in NFL history to reach 100 or more yards in each of the first six games. AFC East-rival, the Philadelphia Eagles, matched the Cowboys win with a 27-0 shutout of the NY Giants. Philly and Dallas are tied at the top of the division standings. They'll meet 11/27 in Philadelphia and again in Dallas on 12/14. This Sunday night, the game between the 49ers and Broncos in Denver will be the highlight of the day. 49ers vs Broncos tickets start at $205. It's the most expensive of Denver's remaining home games. Other matchups to keep an eye on include Panthers at Packers in Green Bay, Bengals at Colts in Indianapolis, and Giants at Cowboys in Dallas. The average NFL tickets price for Week 7 is $146.
10/8/14 - This Sunday's top NFL games include: Cowboys vs Seahawks tickets ($360), Giants vs Eagles tickets ($289), Steelers vs Browns tickets ($242), Bears vs Falcons tickets ($234) and Broncos vs Jets tickets ($189). Three football games on October 12th have average prices less than $100: Panthers vs Bengals tickets ($95), Chargers vs Raiders tickets ($92) and Jaguars vs Titans tickets ($49). New York at Philadelphia is the Sunday Night Football game of the week; the NY Giants will be tied with Philly if the win.
10/6/14 - No NFL team is unbeaten after Sunday. Arizona lost big at Denver 41-20, where the Broncos' Peyton Manning threw his 500th TD pass. On Sunday Night Football, the Cincinnati Bengals got hammered by the New England Patriots. Tom Brady surpassed 50,000 yards for his career. Seattle visits the Redskins tonight at FedEx Field. Washington desperately needs a win to keep up with the Cowboys, Eagles and Giants in the stacked NFC East disvion. Last minute Seahawks vs Redskins tickets start at $12.
10/1/14 - Week 5 of the 2014 NFL regular season kicks off Thursday night in Green Bay, where the Packers host NFC North division-rival Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field. Both teams trail the Detroit Lions by 1 game. Vikings vs Packers get-in price is $94. Only two teams are undefeated heading into Sunday. Cincinnati Bengals (3-0) play the New England Patriots on Sunday Night Football at Gillette Stadium; Arizona Cardinals (3-0) visit Denver to play the Broncos at Sports Authority Field earlier in the afternoon. Also of note, Alex Smith returns to San Francisco when the Chiefs play the 49ers at Levi's Stadium. Chiefs vs 49ers tickets start at $98.
9/16/14 - There’s only been two weeks of action in the NFL, but the league racked up enough headliners and controversy to last a lifetime. Adrian Peterson has been reinstated on the Minnesota Vikings, while Ray Rice intends to appeal his indefinite suspension. As far as drama on the gridiron, there are seven teams who have emerged winless, including playoff hopefuls like the New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts. Likewise, there are seven teams with 2-0 starts, including the Buffalo Bills and Arizona Cardinals as surprises go, and the Broncos and Bengals less surprisingly. Score NFL tickets for Week 3’s plethora of must-see games. Witness NFC bouts like Packers at Lions and 49ers at Cardinals, or catch the most popular game of the week: a Super Bowl rematch with Broncos at Seahawks this Sunday. NFL tickets for this matchup are down 17% in the last seven days, so get yours now!
9/11/14 - Football is back, and Week 1 did not disappoint. The Falcons and Bills won in overtime, and the Colts nearly completed a 21-point fourth quarter comeback. This week, the Steelers face the Ravens, and the Eagles battle the Colts. After underdogs went 11-5 against the spread last week, who knows what will happen? The best way to ensure you don’t miss the next instant classic is to buy NFL tickets now!
9/10/14 - There’s only been one week of football, but we’ve already seen some big winners and losers across the NFL. Week 1 presented some serious surprises from underdog teams Buffalo, Minnesota, Miami and Tennessee—much to the dismay of QBs Tom Brady, Jay Cutler and pick-happy Tony Romo. We saw lights-out defense from the likes of Seattle and San Francisco, and adrenaline-punched offenses from Atlanta and Denver. The NFL’s Players of the Week include Matt Ryan, Julius Thomas, Cameron Wake and DeAndre Levy and fantasy owners are beaming over rookie wide receivers. Sunday did see some injuries, namely to top prospect Jadeveon Clowney, along with Jordan Cameron, Ben Tate and more. Week 2 presents a bevy of must-see games, highlighted by Sunday Night Football with the Bears at 49ers, and Monday Night with the Eagles at Colts. Get your NFL tickets now and see all of the hard-hitting action in person!
9/5/14 - The 2014 NFL season kicked off last night in Seattle, where the championship banner was unveiled to reveal the franchise's very first title. On that note, Russell Wilson and the Seahawks routed Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, 36-16. For the majority of the league, the path to playoffs begins this weekend, upon the return of NFL Sunday. The most eagerly awaited game is the Colts at Broncos on Sunday Night Football (get-in for $83 on 9/7). Peyton Manning visited his former team last year, stunned to find out Indy had indeed become the “Land of Luck.” The Colts took down Denver, 39-33, in 2013, but will the tables turn this year at Mile High? Score your NFL tickets now and welcome back football in Week 1!
8/29/14 - The start of the NFL season is less than one week away from beginning when the Seattle Seahawks host the Green Bay Packers on September 4th. NFL tickets for that game are averaging a league high $470 according to RazorGator.
8/27/14 - The NFL regular season is just around the corner, but there is still one week of preseason football to go. The Patriots visit the Giants, the Jets visit the Eagles, and the Chiefs visit the Packers in the final dress rehearsal before the regular season, so now is the best time to buy NFL tickets!
8/25/14 - After a long offseason the NFL Season will begin just 10 days when the Seattle Seahawks host the Green Bay Packers at CenturyLink Field, kicking off their reign as defending Super Bowl Champions. That game is the most expensive of the week (and season) at an average price of $530 per seat while NFL Tickets as a whole are going for $229 on average according to RazorGator.
8/21/14 - When it comes to sports in America the National Football League is king, dominating the airwaves and television screens from the time of the NFL through the Super Bowl. As a result NFL tickets have become the highest of all major sports leagues with their opening kickoff game between the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers averaging over $500 for tickets.
8/19/14 - The preseason has always been a time for storylines, and this year has been no different. The Cleveland quarterback battle between Brian Hoyer and rookie Johnny Manziel is still not settled, while rookies Jadeveon Clowney, Sammy Watkins, and Blake Bortles are making waves ahead of their highly-anticipated NFL debuts. The third week of preseason should have even more excitement in store. Fans looking for a bargain should look no further than buying NFL tickets for the third week of preseason!
8/18/14 - The second week of the preseason is over, giving teams just one more opportunity for a real tune up before the season starts. The third preseason game usually features the most playing time for the starters and that should be no different this week. The games are probably the best value for NFL tickets on the secondary market, with demand significantly lower than for regular season games.
8/12/14 – Week 1 of NFL preseason is in the books, and though many starting players populated sidelines across the country, the inaugural 2014 exhibition games notched the NFL’s best-ever preseason ratings. A whopping 2.82 million football fans centered their attention on last week's Cleveland Browns-Detroit Lions matchup, proving to the league that everyone is interested in seeing Johnny Manziel play the game. A number of other rookies were highly impressive in their NFL debut, including Chiefs’ De’Anthony Thomas (80-yard punt-return TD), Giants’ Andre Williams, Ravens’ CJ Mosley and Texans’ Jadeveon Clowney. But why settle for watching these promising athletes on your TV screen? Lock down NFL tickets now and attend a football game at super cheap preseason prices!
8/5/14 – The time has come for football fans across the country to see some real action at full speed! All 32 NFL teams will face opponents for the first time in 2014 with preseason Week 1 games slated to start this Thursday. The Hall of Fame game and ceremony kicked things off on a high note, with the New York Giants scoring this first victory of preseason over the Buffalo Bills (17-11). Now, you can watch your favorite players on the cusp of landing a starting job in the regular season leave it all out on the gridiron. The cheapest NFL tickets of the week are offered for the Kansas City Chiefs vs. Cincinnati Bengals tilt ($1 to get-in on 8/7), the St. Louis Rams vs. New Orleans Saints game ($2 to get-in on 8/8) and the Miami Dolphins vs. Dallas Cowboys matchup ($2 to get-in on 8/8).
7/29/14 – Football is officially back! Pads and helmets are on, competition for starting jobs has opened and training camp has begun for every team. While last year saw a slew of rookie quarterbacks ushered into the lineup (Geno Smith, EJ Manuel, Mike Glennon), only Minnesota’s Teddy Bridgewater may start off the bench in 2014, much to the dismay of Manziel enthusiasts. There may be drama out on the turf, but the NFL isn’t short of storylines off the field either. The sentencing for two high-profile players has been released, with controversial outcomes: while Josh Gordon faces a one-year suspension for a failed drug test, Ray Rice will miss two games following aggravated assault towards his then-fiancé. On a brighter note, this Saturday marks the 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame Ceremony, followed by Sunday night’s Hall of Fame Game featuring the NY Giants and Buffalo Bills. Not only will NFL tickets for this event get you a first look at quarterbacks EJ Manuel and Eli Manning—under the microscope after less-than-stellar seasons—but this will also be the public’s first taste of football this season! Buy your NFL tickets now kick August off on the gridiron.
7/22/14 – The NFL’s final phase of offseason has officially commenced this week. For most teams, just the rookies and quarterbacks have been scheduled to report, but by the end of the week, the veterans will join their squads and hunting season will open on all position jobs. Fans can get a real taste for which players will hit the gridiron in the regular season with preseason NFL tickets. In less than two weeks, the 2014 Hall of Fame Game will tip off, and you can still get into this opening celebration for a $69 minimum in Canton, OH. Week 1 of preseason runs from Aug. 7–10 with plenty of great showdowns to choose from. The Cincinnati at Kansas City game (8/7) offers tickets as low as $1—the cheapest price you’ll pay to see two playoff teams duke it out in 2014. If you’re interested in a Super Bowl 48 rematch, pay $41 to get into the Seattle at Denver game on 8/7. If you’re interested in a Super Bowl 47 rematch, see the Harbaugh brothers storm the field at a bargain $19 minimum at M&T Bank on 8/7.
7/16/14 – At this point in the offseason, we can just about feel football at our fingertips. Over the next two weeks, teams will kick off their all-important training camps, with the Buffalo Bills, New York Giants and Baltimore Ravens putting their pads on first. Some teams are tying up their loose ends, while others are desperate to stop their rope from fraying; Jimmy Graham and the New Orleans Saints reached a win-win deal, while the Houston Texans are scrambling to keep their seven-time Pro Bowl Receiver Andre Johnson. While many training camp practices are open to the public, fans can buy NFL tickets for the first real taste of football this year: the start of preseason, Aug. 7.
7/8/14 – With the NFL preseason commencing in exactly one month, football has never felt closer. Exhibition games offer the perfect opportunity for fans to see their favorite players at the most unbeatable prices you’ll find all year! Razorgator is loaded with hundreds of NFL tickets under $5 for nearly all teams throughout the four-week preseason. Even teams that boast the most expensive prices of the regular season offer tickets that are less than $5; among these cheap NFL games are the San Francisco 49ers, Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins, Arizona Cardinals, Philadelphia Eagles and over a dozen more. There are even exhibition games that offer get-in prices of $1. This is an incredible deal, considering the most anticipated game of regular season Week 1 (the Dallas Cowboys vs. San Francisco 49ers faceoff) offers an average price of $404.50. If you’re looking for seats that’ll warm you up for those steep regular season prices, lock down preseason NFL tickets with Razorgator today.
7/1/14 - There’s nothing better than football—except, of course, more football! Traction for the sport to implement a developmental league—much like Minor League Baseball and the NBA D-League—is gaining ground. The Fall Experimental Football League, or “FXFL” for short, would play a six-game schedule this year, running from October to November to provide young players cut from training camp rosters the opportunity to join a league that uses the same NFL rules, unlike Arena Football League and Division 1 College Football which, run by their own standards, are not appropriate farm systems. The NFL can perhaps focus their efforts on the FXFL after a larger problem, one concerning the NFL and over 5,000 former players suing the league for inappropriate care and insufficient cautioning of concussions, has been settled. Commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFL will enact an uncapped agreement to cover the medical expenses of those retired pro players suffering from brain damage. On legal matters of the individual level, if you’re curious about the Jimmy Graham-New Orleans Saints case, a decision will be made on the tight end/wide receiver on July 3. The start of July means training camp is right around the corner—buy your NFL tickets now, early birds!
6/23/14 - Have any doubt as to who is the best running back in the league? Have you taken LeSean McCoy’s proposal for top spot to heart? Well, allow Adrian Peterson to remind you that he is No.1—not just at running back, in fact, but in the entire league: “I feel I’m the best. Numbers don’t lie.” The NFL Network is compiling votes from players and fans, to countdown the top 100 players in the league. Peterson clarified his statements, saying considering it’s a vote by the people: “Peyton will be 1, of course. The MVP will be 1” and he’ll be satisfied coming in at “1B” behind the “1A” Broncos QB. Speaking of the legendary signal-caller, Manning paid a visit to friend Derek Jeter in his last year as New York Yankees shortstop before retiring. Manning addressed the obvious follow-up question, stating: “I’m sad to see some of these guys retiring. I’m not far behind." Still, we all know “far” for the 2013 MVP is a relative term. Your favorite players may be enjoying what little summer break they have before the start of preseason, but that doesn’t mean you can sleep on NFL tickets! Lock in the best deals and cheapest seats while you still can with Razorgator today!
6/17/14 – Sure, NFL fans love the hard-hitting action that characterizes the game of football, but no one enjoys hearing any player suffer the consequences of the impact sport. In an effort to protect athletes further, the NFL will implement concussion sensors in a number of helmets to test head impact in games this year. Only a few teams have participated thus far, but all 32 NFL teams may be wearing the sensors as early as 2015. Curious about other changes in the locker-room? The Atlanta Falcons will be the stars of HBO’s hit reality show “Hard Knocks” this season, granting fans a true behind-the-scenes look into what a football life really is. But forget catching your favorite players on the TV—buy NFL tickets and see your team storm the gridiron in person!
6/9/14 - As far as US sporting spectaculars go, we all know nothing really compares to the NFL’s annual larger-than-life football extravaganza, otherwise known as the Super Bowl, but did you know just what it takes to hold such a bash? NFL requirements for the Super Bowl’s newest host city, Minneapolis, have leaked, revealing just how high maintenance both the league and event really are. Aside from little things like controlling “100 percent of the revenue” and “exclusive access to all club seats,” the NFL requires the reservation of three golf courses and two bowling lanes, among other make-or-break requests. Of course, the host city gets tons out of presenting the biggest sporting event in North America, and it’s tough to complain about the ultimate football fest we get to experience as fans! Now that we’ve gotten a peak into the commissioner’s office, how about those locker rooms? For those who follow the popular behind-the-scenes series “Hard Knocks,” take note that Browns' head coach Mike Pettine officially declined HBO’s invitation this season. This means you’ll just have to purchase NFL tickets and see touted quarterback Johnny Football in person!
5/28/14 - Competition breeds excellence, as they say, and the NFL is proof of it. Even if teams have locked down their coveted top rookie selections (Watkins & Bulls, Ford & Chiefs most recently) and are in the process of extending contracts with their most prized veterans (Kaepernick & 49ers, Smith & Chiefs), that doesn't mean organizations are clear of position showdowns during spring training. Organized team activities (OTAs) for nearly every single NFL squad kicked off on Memorial Day, pitting the rookies, veterans and undrafted free agents and coaches on the field together for the first time in 2014. Some surprising training camp appearances have been the early returns of quarterbacks Jake Locker, Eli Manning and Tony Romo; while, our first big injury of the year has befallen on star linebacker Sean Lee of the Cowboys (torn MCL). Some players have yet to wake from their winter slumber, missing out on these voluntary spring practices; including (reportedly disgruntled) Andre Johnson, Alex Boone, Brandon Flowers (on trade block) and Marshawn Lynch, among numerous others. The majority of football players clearly believe the early bird gets the worm—the same applies to cheap NFL tickets, so lock yours in while you can!
5/20/14 - With rookie minicamp over and done with, many teams had the chance to ink contracts with some overlooked undrafted college free agents. Every team's draft picks have all but signed their standard four-year deals, but the rookies will have a tougher time shining once veterans return for OTAs this week. In other football news, the festive city of New Orleans lost in their eleventh effort to hold the Super Bowl. Like the most recent season, the NFL chose in favor of another cold-weather city, Minneapolis, to hold the 2018 championship. Another bidding war is about to start, but this time it's for the Buffalo Bills; the franchise will hit the market soon, following the passing of owner Ralph Wilson. There are rumors that Jon Bon Jovi and his media group is interested, backed by Cowboys proprietor Jerry Jones. There is even talk that the team will move to Toronto under the new ownership. Score your NFL tickets early with Razorgator; it looks like we're in for another exciting year!
5/13/14 - The 2014 NFL Draft has come and gone, leaving a talented wake of rookie hopefuls for each of the 32 teams. As far as top storylines go, it's all about Johnny Manziel (No. 22) and Michael Sam (No. 249)—in fact, these two players have the highest-selling jerseys following draft day. The Missouri linebacker was drafted by the St. Louis Rams as the first openly gay NFL player and celebrated the historic moment with what is now referred to as the "Draft Day Kiss"; conversely, usual attention-hoarder Johnny Football took the advice of his superiors and responded humbly when asked about the starting QB job at Cleveland. The top five college students to go in the draft were: coveted OLB Khalil Mack to the Oakland Raiders (No. 5), WR Sammy Watkins to the Buffalo Bills (No. 4), QB Blake Bortles to the Jacksonville Jaguars (No.3), OT Greg Robinson to the St. Louis Rams (No. 2) and No. 1 overall pick DE Jadeveon Clowney to the Houston Texans. Next up: rookie mini camp! Will your team's picks pan out? Get NFL tickets today and find out yourself!
5/6/14 - Draft Week has arrived! Which rising star will your favorite team choose on May 8? Quarterback rumors are running wild, as the latest on Johnny Manziel involves a stealthy meeting with the Rams, who have two picks in the first round (Nos. 2 and 13). The Browns and owner Jimmy Haslam have been public with their adoration of Johnny Football, and the Cleveland franchise owns the No. 4 pick. The quarterback-hunting Browns are also looking hard at Teddy Bridgewater, who they may choose at No. 26 (their second pick of Round 1). What's more, contract negotiations with Alex Smith aren't developing as planned, causing the Kansas City Chiefs to consider selecting a QB in the first round. The No.1 overall pick belongs to Houston, but the Texans may forego their projected player, Jadeveon Clowney, and decide to trade down for cash to address their many needs. Stay plugged in all you want, but NFL fans won't know the truth until Draft Day commences this Thursday!
4/29/14 - NFL junkies finally have something real to obsess over! As of last Wednesday, the league released each team's regular season schedule for the 2014 season. Some highlights include two Saturday games (Philadelphia/Washington, San Diego/San Francisco, Dec 20), plenty more divisional Thursday night matchups, and three more games in London. Both the AFC and NFC Wests will battle frequently, making postseason runs that much harder—but not as difficult as the Oakland Raiders chances this year. The Silver & Black were awarded with, statistically, the most difficult schedule in the league. The season will kick off September 4 with the Packers at Seattle on a Thursday night, followed by a Sunday night showdown between Indianapolis and Denver. The 49ers will reveal their brand new Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara against the Chicago Bears, and will defend their home come Thanksgiving Day against the Seahawks. This year's Turkey Day lineup is stellar: starting with the Bears at Lions in the morning, the Eagles at Cowboys in the afternoon, and the NFC West blood bath at night. Kickoff won't happen for over 100 days, so until then, mull over your favorite team's schedule and gear up for the NFL Draft on May 8.
4/22/14 - Football is inching closer and closer as nineteen teams—including all 7 franchises with new head coaches—have already started their Phase 1 (voluntary) workout camps. Preseason schedules for all 32 NFL teams have been set, and there are some great matches lined up this summer. Exhibition games commence with the annual Hall of Fame Game, featuring the Buffalo Bills and NY Giants, while all other teams have four showdowns lined up across the month of August. In Week 1, the Seahawks will take on the Broncos for a Super Bowl XLVIII instant replay—though considering the newly stacked Broncos defense, another blowout is highly unlikely. Week 2 pits the Browns at Washington, to debut RG3 in his first preseason in two years. Week 3—when most starters actually come out to play—sees the Panthers at Patriots with Cam Newton (fresh off of ankle surgery) taking on new Pats CB Darrelle Revis. Week 4 will be high on the drama, when the New York Jets take on the Philadelphia Eagles: Michael Vick may be in the starting role to face his former team, while Mark Sanchez returns to NY. The Houston Texans hold the No. 1 overall draft pick (May 8). You can see the vaunted rookie emerge with preseason NFL tickets!
4/15/14 - Say "aloha" to Arizona! The 2015 Pro Bowl will be held at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ—on the same field that will host Super Bowl XLIX just one week later! This is the third time the league has arranged for the Pro Bowl to be held at the same site as the Super Bowl, and always attracts more media attention and fan accessibility. Speaking of the press, they've had a field day with Jim Harbaugh's team: in the last week, Aldon Smith was jailed for a false-bomb scandal at LAX, and Quinton Patton and Colin Kaepernick were involved in a potential sexual assault case that has thrown the 49ers in hot water. In other news, Chris Johnson is the most recent star to land in free agency; the former Tennessee Titans running back was released from the club last week. The NFL 2014-2015 schedule was initially slated to release today ("mid-April"), but considering the Draft was pushed back two weeks, the schedule will likely surface towards the end of the month.
4/8/14 - With NFL Draft a month away, scouts, fans and owners alike are watching college players like hawks. Teddy Bridgewater and Anthony Barr are visiting the Jaguars later this week, while Johnny Manziel will be with the Oakland Raiders over the next two days (the team holds the #5 overall pick). The Vikings are reportedly interested in landing QB Zach Mettenberger after choosing a linebacker in round one (Khalil Mack preferably), and the deep pool of wide receivers in this year's draft has taken over recent headlines (led by buzz-generating Cody Latimer of Indiana). With Draft Day in mind, and the initial free agency blast subsided, teams are in the early stages of roster building. Now, those free agents left on the market (from Earl Bennett and Miles Austin, to Santonio Holmes and Anthony Spencer) could offer up bargain deals, veteran expertise and much needed depth for franchises in need.
3/31/14 - During last week's owners meetings, Commissioner Roger Goodell addressed the issue of bringing an NFL team to Los Angeles, stating: "We are going to do it right, if we are going to do it…but not one [proposal] that we are focused on and can say that we have the right solution yet." Though the situation seems as stagnant as ever, there are six teams most likely looking for a new a home base: Bills, Panthers, Jaguars, Raiders, Rams and Chargers. Will the NFL place a team in the nation's second-largest market? Only time will tell. For now, we have another hotly debated subject to mull over: Johnny Manziel. The college star's pro-day workout has left people as polarized as ever, with one NFL scout grading Manziel as a third-day pick who is not up to par with the likes of RG3 as a prospect and Jerry Rice revealing "it's a no-brainer" for the Texans to pick him up. The NFL Draft is just over one month away—bring on the rumors! In the pros, there are also a few top players up for grabs including DeSean Jackson, Miles Austin, Jermichael Finley, Davin Joseph and Champ Bailey. Stay tuned to see where they end up!
3/25/14 - While the initial explosion of the free agent market has subsided, here are a few headliners to keep you in the know: Mark Sanchez, pending a physical, will replace Michael Vick on the Philadelphia Eagles as their No. 2 quarterback behind Nick Foles. The Raiders have picked up Houston Texan Matt Schaub, prompting Terrelle Pryor to request a trade, as he hopes to secure a starting position elsewhere. Despite talk of Desean Jackson leaving the Eagles, the wideout is reportedly staying with the franchise after posting a picture with Chip Kelly and speaking with several teammates about his intentions to remain in Philly. Sadly, Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson Jr, has passed at the age of 95; he was the last living founder of the American Football League. The NFL looks to suck more fun out of touchdown celebrations, making dunking on goal posts a penalty in 2014—Jimmy Graham's post-bending dunk that could have potentially ended in disaster prompted the new ban.
3/17/14 - It's been less than a week since free agency commenced, and a number of big-time headlines have already set the NFL world spinning. John Elway is hard at work building up Denver's defense: safety TJ Ward, cornerback Aqib Talib, defensive end DeMarcus Ware should provide Peyton Manning and the offense some long-awaited aid. The Patriots have made the second biggest wave in free agency: losing Talib, but gaining the biggest CB on the market, Darrelle Revis. In a cutting move, the Green Bay Packers picked up Julius Peppers from their division enemies, the Chicago Bears (Josh McCown signed a 2 yr. deal with the Buccaneers, where he'll be reunited with former coach Lovie Smith). In the world of wide receivers, two made 5-year deals: Eric Decker to the Jets and Golden Tate will leave the Emerald City for Motor City, signing with the Lions. Some big names left on the market are Knowshon Moreno, Michael Vick and Jermichael Finley. As far as trades go, the Eagles acquired Darren Sproles from the Saints, and the 49ers picked up Jonathan Martin and QB Blaine Gabbert. Are you a Steelers or Cardinals fan? This news may come too-little too-late, but the NFL is considering implementing playoff expansion (to 14 teams), and this possibility will be the primary topic of discussion at the owners meetings next week. Keep an eye on this exciting offseason, as the NFL gives the public their version of March Madness!
3/4/14 - The deadline to apply a franchise tag to players closed this Monday, and six players were granted deals before free agency. The Redskins used theirs on LB Brian Orakpo, the Panthers on TE Greg Hardy, the NY Jets on kicker Nick Folk and the biggest tag was placed by the Saints on Jimmy Graham. Still, Graham is expected to file a grievance on his non-exclusive tag, as he hoped to be tagged as a wide receiver and not a tight end (there is a $5.277 million difference between the positions). New Orleans is likely to lock-in their TE who is looking for about $12 million per season, while other players now on the open market after the deadline are Buffalo's Jairus Byrd and Seattle's Michael Bennett. Another player looking for a better deal is Colin Kaepernick, who feels his two playoff wins in less than two years should award him a seriously pay increase: the QB is interested in more than the $18.2 million annual that Cutler received in January, and is willing to play out his 2014 season with his current $973,766 salary and cashing in as a free agent next year. With free agency less than a week away and the NFL salary cap growth to $133 million (much higher than anticipated), make sure you stay updated during this exciting offseason!
2/28/14 - The always highly-anticipated NFL Combine is complete with the biggest newsmakers being Jadeveon Clowney’s 40-time of 4.53 wowing scouts, Johnny Manziel not measuring up to the 6-foot mark he said he would (he measured in at 5’11 ¾”) and the great offensive tackle class. Missouri DE Michael Sam made headlines of his own just before the combine by announcing that he is gay and will look to make history as the first openly gay NFL player. Important dates are May 8-10 draft, July 24th for training camps, and regular season kickoff September 5th. Fans are eagerly awaiting the 2014 regular season schedule which is due out in April.
2/19/14 - With a record-breaking 2013 season in the books, we move on into an exciting offseason that's filled with expectations, questions and concerns. The NFL is currently in franchise-tag mode, where teams can choose from three different tags (exclusive, non-exclusive, transition) to apply to players entering free agency. The franchise tag window is open from 2/17-3/3, see which team locks their key player in for the next year! All eyes are on the Saints to see if they secure their athletic TE, Jimmy Graham.
The pros aren't the only ones making headlines this offseason, as the NFL Combine has officially begun. Top prospects from the NCAAF will start practicing this Saturday, and give their all through team interviews, rigorous on-field drills, and health evaluations, with hopes of impressing some of the hundreds of scouts who will determine their future come Draft Day. Of the 331 NFL hopefuls invited to the Scouting Combine last year, 109 went undrafted and 32 went in the first round. This year, the QB Teddy Bridgewater, DE Jadeveon Clowney, CB Loucheiz Purifoy and QB Johnny Manziel are just some of the remarkable athletes who will partake in the Combine. The NFL Draft commences May 8- 10, and the Houston Texans will be the first team to select.
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