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A football nerd’s guide to the New England Patriots’ 2020 season

Editor’s note: Prior to the start of the season, Sheil Kapadia will provide in-depth analytical breakdowns for all 32 NFL teams. You can find the teams he’s already covered here. The New England Patriots were 12-3 and well-positioned for a bye heading into their Week 17 matchup against the Miami Dolphins. That’s when things fell […]

THE HALL OF FAME INDEX: EVAN LONGORIA VS. ROBIN VENTURA AND JIMMY COLLINS

When we get to the modern third basemen we get to an interesting question as it pertains to the Hall of Fame. It is called the Baseball Hall of Fame. It isn’t called the MLB Hall of Fame or the Professional Hall of Fame. So, how much do we count accomplishments that occur outside of […]

The Bowden Big Board: Ranking MLB’s top 10 catchers

The Big Board is a look at players from across the league at key points in the season: in the spring, at the trade deadline and in the offseason. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be highlighting the top players at every position — for whenever baseball resumes. We’ve looked at the infielders and the outfielders, […]

K.J. Hamler is the Discount Henry Ruggs

The Broncos are all in on second-year quarterback Drew Lock. Denver’s front office has revamped their offense this offseason with the acquisition of Melvin Gordon in free agency and the selection of Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy with the 15th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Lock is also surrounded by receiver Courtland Sutton, tight end Noah Fant, and running back Phillip Lindsay. Jeudy’s […]

Coachspeak: White on Boston College’s Dillon

GREEN BAY, Wis. – A few numbers about A.J. Dillon stick out like the sore thumb (and sore abdominals and sore shoulders and, well, sore everything) he inflicted on opponents during three hard-charging seasons at Boston College. From 2017 through 2019, he topped 1,100-plus rushing yards in each season. In 2019, he recorded career highs […]

NFL bettors are repeating last year’s mistake by betting on Josh Allen to win MVP

With a dearth of sports to bet on during this global pandemic, gamblers are undoubtedly desperate for something to bet on. Ordinarily, I’d use that as an explanation for this stat, which comes via Syracuse.com… “According to Oddschecker spokesperson Pete Watt, there are more bets on [Josh] Allen to win MVP right now than any other player … […]

Kedon Slovis, Ja’Marr Chase among best dark-horse candidates to win the 2020 Heisman Trophy

When 2019 Heisman Trophy odds were first posted last spring, you couldn’t even find a number on LSU quarterback Joe Burrow at most places. By the time he did show up on odds sheets in June, he was at +15000. That means, for every $1 you’d have bet on Burrow to win the Heisman, you’d […]

The Bowden Big Board: Ranking MLB’s top 10 right fielders

The Big Board is a look at players from across the league at key points in the season: in the spring, at the trade deadline and in the offseason. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be highlighting the top players at every position — for whenever baseball resumes. The last time around we took a look […]

Examining the NFC East: Tight Ends

Our daily series examining the NFC East from a positional perspective with the help of league personnel sources tackles tight end and 12 personnel next, arguably the strongest position in Philadelphia with Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert giving the Eagles a credible argument for the best tandem in the league. In a weird way, however, […]

These are the best gloves in the AL East

Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier might not be the most consistent hitter, but when you talk about his glove — oh my goodness — it’s second to none. He already has won three American League Gold Glove Awards during his six full seasons in the big leagues. The most recent came last year, when Kiermaier […]

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