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  • All of a sudden, the Buffalo Bills look lost. A month ago Buffalo was behaving like a team bound for the playoffs, but a three-game losing skid has pushed the Bills to the outside of the AFC playoff picture, and their road doesn’t get much easier in the final weeks of the season. Sunday’s 54-24 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers exposed many of Buffalo’s self-inflicted issues, along with some terrible luck.
  • After spending 15 months unsure if he would ever set foot on a football field again, Teddy Bridgewater didn’t take anything about his return on Sunday for granted. Bridgewater may not have played a down of the Minnesota Vikings’ 38-30 win over Washington, but he seemed to enjoy everything about being back as part of Minnesota’s active roster.
  • The San Francisco 49ers hope they’ve found their quarterback of the future in Jimmy Garoppolo, who was acquired from the New England Patriots for a 2018 second-round pick on Monday. Garoppolo has spent a few seasons backing up Patriots starter Tom Brady and was once believed to be Brady’s successor, but his pending free-agency forced New England to act before the upcoming trade deadline.
  • The Philadelphia Eagles shocked many when they traded a large package of draft picks to move up in the 2016 draft and take Carson Wentz, but their gamble is already paying off. Wentz is emerging as one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL in his second professional season, and he has the Eagles well-positioned to return to the playoffs.
  • Aaron Rodgers could miss the remainder of the 2017 season after suffering a broken collarbone on Sunday, which is very concerning for the Green Bay Packers. Now more than ever, Green Bay’s offense is built to rely on Rodgers’ superlative talents, and losing him could spell the end of any playoff hopes for this year.
  • Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game suspension will finally begin after the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals lifted the injunction that was keeping him on the field and ordered his case dismissed.
  • The Oakland Raiders’ bad luck on offense just got even worse. Oakland has been struggling to score points over its last two games, only managing 10 in a loss to the Washington Redskins and matching that disappointing total on Sunday against the Denver Broncos. But the Raiders lost more than just the game against Denver: they also lost their starting quarterback for at least a couple weeks.
  • The Chicago Bears signed Mike Glennon to provide some veteran stability at the quarterback position, but Glennon might be their biggest problem on offense four games into the season. He fumbled twice and threw two interceptions in a 35-14 loss to the rival Green Bay Packers on Thursday as Chicago fell to 1-3 with plenty of questions about who will start the next game.
  • 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.