Houston took a plummet in our ratings this year after losing the 2011 class and J.J. Watt Jersey as part of the calculation.

You get excited for these games because it’s going to be future games, Rams running back Todd Gurley told reporters, referring to potential rematches with these teams.
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Rams left tackle Andrew Whitworth referred to the Eagles game as a measuring stick game, according to ESPN.com.

We are both Italian, so we have that in common, Garoppolo joked with reporters this week, referring to comparisons between him and Mondays. I think it might be a little early. We’ve got a good thing going right now. We’ve just got to keep working hard and keep improving every week and keep this thing going in the right direction.

49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said Garoppolo’s job will become easier each week” he plays.

With TV ratings that only seem to go up in an era of cord-cutting in which that is an anomaly, the NFL is living large these days.

The league can thank fantasy football for a lot of that, but don’t forget the personalities. It’s still a sport driven by quirky, compelling characters, and that group doesn’t just include players and coaches.

With apologies to Barbara Walters, here is The Post’s third annual (highly subjective) edition of the 50 most fascinating people in the NFL:

Von Miller, outside linebacker, Broncos (2015: NR): He always has been one of the league’s quirkier characters and best pass rushers, but Miller’s thoroughly dominant Super Bowl performance followed by his record-setting contract have put him front and center on the national stage. That’s especially true because the Broncos will be counting on him to carry their entire team once again.

That same year, Pats linebacker Ted Johnson told USA Today that an hour before game time, a list of the opposing team’s audibles 锟斤拷 the signals a QB would use at the line of scrimmage just before a snap to change the play 锟斤拷 would sometimes appear in his locker. He had no idea where the lists came from. Three years later, he said he was as surprised as anyone to hear about the cheating allegations.

Action from then-rookie ?Commissioner Goodell ?was suspiciously swift, critics said.
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Tennessee quietly has built a strong roster, with plenty of draft picks in key roles. Conklin was named first-team All-Pro as a rookie, a tough feat to pull off. Everything hinges on quarterback Marcus Mariota, the No. 2-overall pick in 2015, but he looks like a future star.

The Colts fired GM Ryan Grigson because he was unable to build a championship team around star quarterback Andrew Luck, his first pick in 2012. Grigson landed both Luck and Hilton in that first draft, but did not have much to show for his drafts after that.

Houston has had some good first-round picks like Hopkins and Whitney Mercilus, but has not landed much Authentic Marcus Martin Jersey in the middle rounds. Jadeveon Clowney, the No. 1-overall pick in 2014, took a big step forward last year. If he realizes his potential, this ranking will improve.
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After an investigation into the Saints’ bounty program, in which players were awarded bonuses for deliberately injuring opponents from 2009 锟斤拷 New Orleans’ Super Bowl-winning season 锟斤拷 to 2011, the NFL suspended head coach Sean Payton for a full year without pay, barred defensive coordinator Gregg Williams indefinitely and handed down suspensions to other coaches and players who were involved.

Baldinger played 11 seasons in the NFL as an offensive lineman in the ’80s and ’90s, including for both the Cowboys and the Eagles.

Oh, yeah, and if the punishment weren’t enough, the Cowboys defeated the Eagles in overtime Sunday 29-23 behind Elliott’s 96 yards rushing.

Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when someone disrespects our flag to say, `Get that son of a bitch off the field right now! Out. He’s fired! He’s fired!’ Trump said.

Goodell issued a statement via Twitter at 9:16 a.m. Saturday: Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of Nicklas Grossmann Jersey our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities.

Mixon and Zamora won’t be able to make their case when every other college stud does. They presumably will have to wait for their respective pro days when NFL teams swarm campus to time their 40-yard dashes and glean what they can about their personalities.

Meanwhile, the opposing team, the New Orleans Saints, took a unified knee on the sidelines before the game but rose in time for the anthem.

The Ezekiel Elliott Jersey suspension is what sent a teetering NFL power share into a full-out civil war

And Cowboys owner Jerry Jones fired the first shot in emphatic fashion.
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I’m gonna come after you with everything I have, Jones told NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after being alerted of Elliott’s six-game suspension for alleged domestic violence against his ex-girlfriend.

I’m saying this as an owner! he reportedly yelled before being taken up to his room. Your bread and butter is going to get both of us thrown out on the street!

Jones still privately believed, based on promises by Goodell 锟斤拷 which the league says were never made 锟斤拷 that Elliott would never be suspended. When that happened, Goodell Authentic Jordan Matthews Jersey lost one of his key supporters and sent the league into anarchy.

Jones is trying to use his incredible power to impede Goodell’s extension, though one league executive says the contract is a mere distraction.

His patriotic counterprotest while his teammates remained in the locker room helped him unseat New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady as the top gear seller in the league, ESPN reported.

A spokesman for Fanatics, which runs the NFL’s online store, confirmed that more Villanueva items, including jerseys and T-shirts, had been ordered than that of any other NFL player in the past 24 hours.
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His actions weren’t supported by everyone 锟斤拷 including his own coach.
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Asked after the Steelers’ 23-17 loss what he thought of Villanueva’s positioning for the anthem, Mike Tomlin said: I was looking for 100 percent participation. We were gonna be respectful of our football team.

He put that on display for all to see at the NFL scouting combine.

This is an interesting choice. The Panthers, with Jonathan Stewart on the wrong side of age 30, did need a running back. Leonard Fournette was off the board. McCaffrey’s versatility will bring a new dimension to the Carolina offense. But is it justified to use such a lofty pick on a running back who is likely to get in the range of 10 to 15 carries per game rather than 20 or more?

Ross is a speedster. But he’s also a good all-around receiver. Still, the Bengals probably didn’t need to use the No. 9 choice to get him.

As The Post’s Des Bieler writes, this isn’t the first time Fitzpatrick has been signed to be a backup, only to have the starter in front of him go down to injury. It’s known as the ‘Ryan Fitzpatrick curse.’ After the game, Bucs Coach Dirk Koetter said that X-rays for Winston were negative, and that the quarterback will undergo an MRI this week. Winston himself said he’d be back “soon.”

There were some major injuries during the 1 p.m. games: Julio Jones left the Falcons’ loss to Buffalo with a hip injury and did not return, Vikings rookie running back Dalvin Cook left the team’s loss to Detroit with what is feared to be an anterior cruciate ligament injury, and Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota left the team’s loss to Houston with a hamstring injury.

During the 4 p.m. games, Oakland quarterback Derek Carr left the team’s matchup against the Broncos in the second half with an injury. Carr was clutching his back after being sacked, and did not return.

The Browns should be able to put a better team around the QB. That’s not saying much, of course, following a one-win season. But at least it’s something. The problem is, will the play at QB be any better? Is rookie DeShone Kizer, named the starter entering the season, the future there? If the Browns get to the end of the season and don’t have at least some idea about the likelihood that Kizer can fill the QB void, that will be a major failure.chargers_033

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With 30 snaps against the Titans, he produced three tackles, two to stop power back Derrick Henry. He’s New England’s typical veteran defender who can do his job well and doesn’t need to be out there much to disrupt Jacksonville’s plans with Fournette and Bortles.
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The Jaguars fit the profile of teams that have given the Patriots trouble in the past, because they neutralize all their scheming with superior defensive personnel and simple offensive play-calling. This game isn’t about Brady vs. Bortles, but Brady vs. a Jacksonville defense that brings together Jalen Richard Womens Jersey the best of what Seattle and Denver have had recently. Bortles and Fournette will do just enough against New England’s defense to allow their team to shock the world. Jaguars 23, Patriots 20.

Al Montoya Authentic Jersey Rodgers’ claim to fame is his mental toughness, which was there from Day 1. After inviting him to attend the 2005 NFL Draft, I found out he was going to fall. I went to Rodgers before the draft and told him he was going to drop, and then I asked him if he wanted to go home.

But I think you also have to consider the way he simply controls the opposition. No matter who he’s blocking against, his man never gets near the passer. Plus, you can run behind him on third-and-2 and know you’re getting the first down. Simply put, Thomas is one of a kind.

Dean Pees has been coaching in some form or another since 1979. He worked his way up from the Division II Findley Oilers to the NFL, where he’s been coaching since 2004. He worked as a linebackers coach and then defensive coordinator for the New England Patriots, then did the same thing for the Baltimore Ravens. On Monday, he announced his retirement.

Pees was the fourth coach to serve as defensive coordinator under John Harbaugh, following Rex Ryan, Greg Mattison, and Chuck Pagano. The fifth will be Don Wink Martindale, who was promoted from his role as linebackers coach.
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The Chiefs improved to 2-0 with a 27-20 win over the Eagles, after Philadelphia made things interesting with a late touchdown pass and an onside kick recovery, but Carson Wentz’s Hail Mary pass attempt fell incomplete as time expired.

Meanwhile, in Pittsburgh, the Minnesota Vikings took a look at quarterback Sam Bradford on Sunday morning and decided he would not start against the Steelers because of a sore knee. Bradford was replaced by Case Keenum.

Popovich said that LeGarrette Blount Jersey didn’t reinjure the quad and insisted that the organization was erring on the side of caution with its franchise player.

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Leonard missed three games with the shoulder injury, then returned to the lineup on Jan. 13 against Denver, scoring 19 points in 28 minutes. Days later, the Spurs made public a decision to shut down Leonard indefinitely, sending him back to San Antonio from a team trip through the Northeast.
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You’ve got to be confident in your body to go out there and play at the level he’s expected to play, Popovich told reporters. We didn’t feel he was ready. His confidence level wasn’t there. So we decided to give it some more time.

In 39 games without Leonard on the floor this season, the Spurs have registered a 25-14 record (5-4 with Leonard in the lineup) and ranked No. 16 in offensive and No. 2 in defensive efficiency.

Josh Gordon, WR, Browns: For a guy who hasn’t played a regular season snap since 2014, he sure has been a hot topic heading into Week 13. While many pundits have advised owners to pick Gordon up in free agency, most are not ready to plop him into their respective lineups. If you can stash Gordon until he gets back into the swing of things, he may deliver during the final weeks of the season. But as far as this weekend, he’s not someone you want to roll the dice with in what is typically the end of the regular season in fantasy leagues.

Jones: Okay, coach. Maybe Foster isn’t the guy, or maybe he’s not even there anyway. I’d probably try moving back. They can still get a guy like Jackson in that 20-28 range and also get some picks in later rounds, which is always helpful. Or they could slide back and get Florida’s Jarrad Davis, who is another versatile linebacker prospect. He could play 3-4 inside ‘backer or 4-3 OLB. But is a tackling machine, really good pass-rusher and has really good smarts. That’s one thing about this draft, as Scott Campbell 鈥?and a lot of others have said 鈥?there is a lot of good depth on defense, and so the Redskins will have multiple opportunities to get better. I know everyone believes that the Redskins have to come out of this draft with some defensive linemen in the second- or third-, fourth-round range. Do you agree?
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Tesfatsion: Yeah definitely. There’s a lot of defensive linemen to like in this draft. The toughest questions are where do they fit, do they have any off-the-field issues and are there any medical concerns? Someone like Caleb Brantley could’ve possibly crept into the end of the first round, but he was just charged with misdemeanor simple battery for allegedly punching a woman. As talented Fred Biletnikoff Womens Jersey as he is, and he would be a steal if he falls past the second round, I would personally take him off the board after this incident.

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After a Championship Sunday that gave us one nail-biter and one blowout, the Super Bowl is officially set, and it’s going to be a rematch of a game we saw less than 15 years ago: Eagles vs. Patriots.
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Cleveland Browns quarterback competitions usually aren’t all that exciting. For one night, DeShone Kizer changed that. Playing with the third-stringers in the second half, Kizer showed off exactly the kind of talent he has by unleashing a 52-yard laser to street free agent Richard Mullaney.

It looks like the transition from offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan to Steve Sarkisian is going pretty smoothly so far for the Falcons. Sarkisian made his debut as the team’s OC during Thursday’s preseason game against the Dolphins, and Atlanta’s first team offense didn’t miss a beat.

On their first drive, the Falcons drove 36 yards for a touchdown. On the drive, Matt Ryan went 3-for-3 for 32 yards and a touchdown. If the Falcons proved one thing in Miami, it’s that they’re not messing around. Atlanta’s touchdown play came on after the Falcons decided to go for it on fourth down… in a preseason game.

The Vikings defense is one of the better units in all of football, but one spot that will need attention is at defensive tackle, where Tom Johnson is a free agent and Sharrif Floyd is unlikely to return. At cornerback, the ageless wonder Terrance Newman played more than 500 snaps at a high level for the defense in Jimmy Wynn Youth jersey 2017, and that production will need to be replaced, even if Mackensie Alexander sees a bigger workload; just three cornerbacks are under contract for 2018.
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On Wednesday, Brady’s injury led to limited participation at practice. On Thursday, Brady didn’t participate at practice, according to the Patriots’ official injury report.

Steelers WR coach, longtime NFL assistant Richard Mann to retire

One of the deans of NFL assistant coaches is calling it a career.

A source told Sporting News that Richard Mann is retiring as Pittsburgh Steelers wide receivers coach.

The owner said Jones could be subject to a fine if he files a lawsuit, and he also would face the prospect of paying attorney fees for both sides, under league rules.

If he files a lawsuit, he could be subject to attorney fees and maybe a fine, the owner said.

The NFL informed Jones’s lawyer, David Boies, in a letter from a league attorney that it considers Jones to be engaged in conduct detrimental to the league. Jones could be fined or suspended if found guilty, and the Cowboys could be stripped of one or more draft picks. There have been reports of consideration by some owners of possibly forcing Jones to sell the Cowboys, a franchise with an estimated value of more than $4 billion.

Jones told owners on the compensation committee, which is negotiating Goodell’s five-year contract extension, that he had hired Boies and was considering a lawsuit to stop the extension. In a letter by a Cowboys attorney, Jones also accused Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank, chairman of the compensation committee, of misleading owners about the negotiations.

In five starts with the 49ers in 2017, Garoppolo completed 67.4 percent of his passes for 1,560 yards, seven touchdowns and five interceptions, a rating of 96.2. He also added one rushing touchdown to his stat line for the season.

Oh yeah — and he didn’t lose a single game as starter.

MORE: 49ers can afford to be patient with Jimmy Garoppolo’s contract

A new contract for Garoppolo is next on the 49ers’ to-do list, with the franchise tag being a possibility as a holdover for 2018.

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In what will easily go down as one of the most bizarre situations of the 2017 season, the Bengals and Browns appeared to have a trade in place on Oct. 31 that was going to send McCarron to Cleveland in a deal that would give the Bengals two draft picks (a second and third round pick in 2018).
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However, the trade never went down because the Browns apparently forgot O. J. Howard Youth jersey to send some paperwork to the NFL. The situation was so crazy that even Bengals coach Marvin Lewis was at a loss for words after the deal didn’t happen.

The Bengals backup quarterback finally described the situation during an interview with WNSP-FM in Mobile, Alabama.

It was an odd deal, McCarron said, via AL.com. I got a text from my agent at 3:34 saying ‘Hey, there’s a possible trade going down. Stay by your phone. I’ll let you know.’

Imagine calling your parents — and that’s what a 22-year-old who goes to jail for punching a horse has to do inevitably — and letting them know that you punched a police horse after being thrown out of a football game and you’re in jail. It doesn’t pass the smell test or the say it test.

But that’s what 22-year-old Eagles fan and noted horse puncher Taylor Hendricks probably had to do, because ABC 6 reported that the young man did indeed punch a police horse.

Let’s soak in the report from FOX:

Police say it all started when the 22-year-old Whitehall Township resident got ejected from the Eagles-Falcons game for being intoxicated and not having a ticket. After he got tossed, police say Hendricks approached a mounted police officer鈥攑unching his horse repeatedly in the face and neck, then striking the officer in the legs.
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He was a perfect addition, the Titans believed, to influence their young secondary and their hungry team on the traits that make an NFL champion.

Ryan is back in the playoffs for the fifth year of his five-year career. The Titans are back in the playoffs for the first time in 10 years.

The playoffs have a knack of taking you back.

And while the Pittsburgh defense stacks up favorable with the Jaguars’ unit, the Steelers offense is a skyscraper compared to Bortles’ split-level ranch home near the rendering plant. Two-time Super Bowl champion Ben Roethlisberger is surrounded by weapons, including All-Pros Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown. Add in weapons like Martavis Bryant and JuJu Smith-Schuster and it’s easy to see why Pittsburgh is a significant home favorite to advance to the AFC title game.

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The league has tried to encourage players to remain in school until they graduate. But after a one-year drop to 74 underclassmen for the 2015 draft, the numbers rose again to 96 in 2016 and 95 last year. According to NFL data, 30 percent of the underclassmen who declared eligibility in 2017 went undrafted. In 2016, that figure was 31 percent.

This year’s list includes USC quarterback Sam Darnold and UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen, who could be the top two players selected. Another highly rated quarterback, Wyoming’s Josh Allen, completed his degree with college eligibility remaining. Allen applied for and was granted draft eligibility as well.