Thursday night did not surprise in week 3 in the NFL The Falcons showed up the way they should have from the beginning of the season and the offense played like gang busters. I truly believe the Falcons were the break out team of the week and will now take the NFC South. According to this week the Bills who are we thought they were and lost to a superior Chargers team. The Cowboys are yet to be defined while the Rams blew a lead. Are the Cowboys that good or the Rams that bad, probably the Rams are that bad. The Eagles have proven they are the class of the NFC East, while Cousins continues to prove himself as a starter, if not for the Redskins future, for someone.
The Carolina Panthers are one big surprise for me. I didn't see them going undefeated and I certainly didn't see them being two games ahead of the Saints. They have the possibility of winning the NFC South if they can hold off the Falcons and if the Saints don't pick themselves up and get rid of the rust. They are another surprise. The Saints looked great parts of last year and I thought they would have a great season this year, but they've got some improvements to make, especially on defense if they want to get in the playoffs.
Week one is in the books. I think we had some surprises from teams and some dissapointment from others. Obviously the big news has to do with Ray Rice and him being cut from the Ravens. When we look at this purely from a football point of view, the Ravens will be greatly hurt by this move. It was a move that they had to make, however. The Ravens may just circle the wagons and have a great season, but with little experience at the running back spot I don't see that happening without some sort of trade to upgrade at that spot.
Green Bay will play Seattle in the opening game on Thursday. Green Bay will prove to be tough for Seattle, but Seattle has the defense to hang with Rodgers and company, while their offense continues to put up enough numbers to win. This will be a tight one with Seattle coming out on top. New Orleans will play Atlanta on Sunday. Atlanta should improve in the run game, but I don't think they can put up enough points against New Orleans.
The NFC East is not what it used to be. The Cowboys and Giants are not near the teams that we saw in the 70's, 80's, 90's and early 2000's. It looks as if the Chip Kelley experiment has worked and the Eagles will sit up above the others in this once great division. I think that Washington will come away in second followed by the Cowboys and Giants. The third spot will simply depend on injuries. The Redskins could make a jump, but it simply appears they don't have the offense that the Eagles do at this particular point in the progression.
Earlier this week ESPN reported that the Cleveland Cavaliers are now the favorites to land LeBron James. Most people have assumed that James would end up back in Miami with a reloaded roster. But while Miami has been waiting for Wade, Bosh, and James to make their decisions they’ve missed out on a few key free agents in Kyle Lowry and Marcin Gortat, both of whom the Heat were very interested in.
With the World Cup heading towards a feverish climax it won't be long before the soccer world reverts to its usual summertime speciality - obsessing over the ins and outs of the transfer market. A number of big deals have already been done of course, England pair Adam Lallana and Ricky Lambert have switched from Southampton to Liverpool, their erstwhile teammate has departed St Marys for Old Trafford and Chelsea have snapped up Spanish duo Diego Costa and CescFabregas.
It's official, LeBron James has decided to opt out of his contract with the Miami Heat and test free agency. After watching the Heat get dismantled in the NBA finals by the San Antonio Spurs, this was pretty much universally expected. There are only a few teams that have a legitimate shot at landing James this summer, but I'm sure that all of the teams that I'm going to mention below are going to go all in for The King.
There's good news for retired players looking to get treatment from the NFL for injuries suffered during their professional careers. The NFL and retired players have agreed to a renewed settlement in the ongoing concussion lawsuits. The initial settlement, which was turned down by the federal courts, put a cap on damages at $765 million dollars. That sounds like a lot of money, but when you take into account how expensive and intensive treatment for concussions and other head injuries can be, it wasn't really enough. The settlement was supposed to last for 65 years, and it seems highly doubtful that it would be enough money to cover every retired player for that long.
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