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  • After only scoring three points in a Week 1 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, the New York Giants could point to injured star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. as the reason for their anemic offense. Now they have no excuse. Beckham made his season debut on Monday, but his return from an ankle injury wasn’t nearly enough to lift New York out of its scoring funk, which now bridges multiple years.
  • The Arizona Cardinals’ season started in the worst possible fashion with a 35-23 loss to the Detroit Lions that also cost them their best offensive player. Running back David Johnson—a consensus top pick in most fantasy football drafts—left the game with a dislocated wrist, and Arizona appears to be preparing for a season without him in the backfield.
  • The New England Patriots ended last season with the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history, but they began this season on the other end of a tough loss. The Kansas City Chiefs outscored New England 21-0 in the fourth quarter to prevail 42-27 on Thursday, recording more total yards on offence than a Bill Belichick-coached team has ever allowed in the process.
  • No one expected Brock Osweiler to be back with the Denver Broncos a year after spurning them to sign a big contract with the Houston Texans, but the stars aligned after Osweiler was traded to the Cleveland Browns and then released. Denver’s backup quarterback suffered a preseason injury, opening the door for Osweiler to come back, albeit under very different circumstances than when he left.
  • A good quarterback is more valuable than ever in today’s NFL, and some of the best in the league appear set for a big raise if the recent contract extensions for Matthew Stafford and Derek Carr become the new standard. Stafford and Carr may not be the top two passers in terms of talent, but for the time being they are set to be paid as such, which should affect upcoming extension negotiations for players like Matt Ryan and Aaron Rodgers.
  • A large group of Cleveland Browns players became the latest to join the anthem protests that are spreading around the NFL. Several Browns knelt in a circle during the anthem before Monday’s preseason game against the New York Giants, echoing similar displays from players on teams like the Seattle Seahawks, the Oakland Raiders, and the Philadelphia Eagles.
  • Ezekiel Elliott will likely file an appeal of his six-game suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy. Elliott was accused of domestic violence last July, and he stands to miss a large chunk of his second professional season after becoming one of the breakout stars on the Dallas Cowboys.
  • Jay Cutler’s retirement didn’t last very long. The Miami Dolphins turned to the 34-year-old quarterback after possibly losing starter Ryan Tannehill for the season with a knee injury, signing Cutler to a one-year, $10 million contract on Monday. The signing ended a frantic search by Miami, which reportedly considered signing Tim Tebow among others after Tannehill was injured last Thursday.
  • Jay Cutler’s retirement didn’t last very long. The Miami Dolphins turned to the 34-year-old quarterback after possibly losing starter Ryan Tannehill for the season with a knee injury, signing Cutler to a one-year, $10 million contract on Monday. The signing ended a frantic search by Miami, which reportedly considered signing Tim Tebow among others after Tannehill was injured last Thursday.
  • Unlike many of his contemporaries, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady only seems to get better with age. Most NFL players are retired by 35 years old, but Brady, who turns 40 on Thursday, looks as strong and focused as ever, and he doesn’t have any thoughts of stopping.
  • The New York Jets took advantage of another team's blunder by claiming receiver Lucky Whitehead off waivers on Wednesday after he was released by the Dallas Cowboys. Whitehead brings experience on offense and special teams to a Jets organization in the midst of a rebuild, and he also brings a desire to show the Cowboys their hasty dismissal of him was a mistake.
  • The middle of July is not a normal time for an NFL general manager position to suddenly become available, but the Carolina Panthers decided they needed a new direction late into the offseason and fired Dave Gettleman on Monday.
  • Colin Kaepernick is very likely the most talented football player still on the market this NFL offseason, and that might actually be hurting his chances of getting signed. Kaepernick started a conversation about race and police brutality last season when he refused to stand for the national anthem, but he didn’t make a convincing case as a starter in his final year with the lowly San Francisco 49ers, giving teams plenty of reasons to look for other passers to fill out their depth chart.
  • The Houston Texans finally got their quarterback, and all it took was another trade with the Cleveland Browns. Houston gave Cleveland the 25th overall selection and a 2018 first-round pick to draft Deshaun Watson, becoming the third team to trade up for a quarterback Thursday in the opening round of the NFL draft.
  • The New Orleans Saints are hoping Adrian Peterson still has some of his All-Pro form left in him. The Saints signed the 32-year-old running back to a two-year deal Tuesday, giving Peterson a chance to continue his NFL career after a decade with the Minnesota Vikings.
  • Tony Romo is moving from the field to the broadcast booth. The Dallas Cowboys released the veteran quarterback Tuesday, and Romo announced his decision to join CBS as an analyst, bringing an end to the protracted uncertainty surrounding his future.
  • Another NFL franchise is on the move. Team owners granted the Oakland Raiders permission to move to Las Vegas in a vote Monday, making them the third NFL franchise to relocate in the last 14 months, although the Raiders’ move will have to wait for a new stadium.
  • If Myles Garrett entered the NFL combine as the probable top pick in this year’s draft, his performance over the weekend erased any doubt. Garrett placed near the top among defensive players in many categories, generating parallels to some impressive names.
  • Tony Romo was diplomatic about backing up rookie Dak Prescott after returning from a back injury during the 2016 season, but he wants to be a starter again and it won’t happen with the Dallas Cowboys. Romo’s inevitable departure from Dallas has become one of the top stories of the NFL offseason, as many teams could use a veteran arm to stabilize their offense.
  • The fifth Super Bowl victory for Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, and the New England Patriots was their most dramatic one yet. The Atlanta Falcons were up 21-3 at halftime and led by as much as 25 points in Super Bowl LI on Sunday, but it wasn’t enough to hold off the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history, which ended 34-28 in overtime.
  • Super Bowl LI will be New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick’s seventh trip to the Super Bowl—more than any other head coach in NFL history. The Patriots are 4-2 in championship games under Belichick, but Sunday’s contest in Houston features one of the best offenses they’ve ever faced in the Atlanta Falcons.
  • The former San Diego Chargers have a new home and a new coach, and they might not be the only NFL team on the move. The Chargers made their move to Los Angeles official this month, ending a year in limbo after the franchise was granted permission to move last January. Now the Oakland Raiders are hoping the league grants them similar permission after applying to relocate to Las Vegas.
  • Defense isn’t high on the list of things expected from Sunday’s NFC championship game, when the Atlanta Falcons host the Green Bay Packers. No two quarterbacks are playing better right now than Atlanta’s Matt Ryan and Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers, and both teams sport sub-par pass defenses, which is why the NFC championship’s over/under total is the highest in NFL postseason history.
  • Sunday’s divisional round action was a day for the kickers on the NFL’s two hottest teams. The Green Bay Packers needed two field goals from more than 50 yards out by Mason Crosby in the final two minutes to defeat the Dallas Cowboys 34-31, while all the offense the Pittsburgh Steelers could muster was through the foot of Chris Boswell, who set a playoff record with six field goals in an 18-16 win against the Kansas City Chiefs.
  • The Clemson Tigers made their second national championship shot against Alabama count in dramatic fashion Monday. Deshaun Watson threw his third touchdown pass of the game with one second remaining, putting the Tigers on top 35-31 to deny the Crimson Tide their third NCAA football title in four seasons.
  • One year after road teams swept wild-card weekend, home teams got their revenge. The Houston Texans, Seattle Seahawks, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Green Bay Packers all advanced in one of the most lopsided opening rounds in NFL playoff history, punctuated by the Steelers and the Packers extending their winning streaks to eight and seven games, respectively.
  • Aaron Rodgers’ belief that the Green Bay Packers could “run the table” in the final six weeks of the regular season was vindicated Sunday when they captured the NFC North title with a 31-24 win over the Detroit Lions. Green Bay went from having a meager 4-6 record to hosting a playoff game on the strength of its winning streak, and Rodgers has been nearly flawless in backing up his prediction.
  • The Rex Ryan era with the Buffalo Bills came to an unceremonious conclusion Tuesday. Ryan was fired after less than two seasons as the Bills’ head coach following Buffalo’s elimination from postseason contention in Week 16. The Bills last made the playoffs in 1999, and Ryan inherited the burden of that drought when he signed a five-year deal to coach the team in January 2015. His brother Rob was also let go by Buffalo, which will hand coaching duties to offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn for the season finale.
  • The storybook seasons of the Oakland Raiders and the Tennessee Titans took fateful - and nearly identical - turns in Week 16. Derek Carr and Marcus Mariota both suffered broken fibulas in their respective games, leaving the Raiders and the Titans without their starting quarterbacks and decimating both teams’ playoff hopes.
  • Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco loves spoiling a party at Heinz Field, and he’ll have a perfect opportunity to do so Sunday when the Pittsburgh Steelers host the Ravens on Christmas day. The Steelers can clinch the AFC North with a win, and Baltimore has lost four straight road games, but Flacco’s career numbers suggest he feels right at home amongst the Terrible Towels of Pittsburgh.
  • 2016 has been a mixed bag for the Los Angeles Rams. They moved to a new home and gained a potential franchise quarterback in Jared Goff, but they've now had to part ways with a long-standing head coach. The Rams fired Jeff Fisher on Monday following their fourth straight loss, which dropped the team to 4-9.