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July 26th, 2011

The NFL Owners voted last week by a 31-0 margin to approve the new CBA. The players followed their lead on Monday averting a major crisis. Although the lockout lasted five months, the two sides were able to work out their issues without sacrificing a single regular season game. The only casualties were offseason programs and the Hall of Fame Game between the St. Louis Rams and Chicago Bears.

It is a big victory for the NFL owners and players. If the lockout had spilled over into the regular season, the backlash from fans would have been felt for years.

Still, that does not mean that the lockout will not have a negative impact on the 2011 season. Last year teams had two weeks of OTAs scattered throughout the summer, a rookie three- day minicamp and a three-day team minicamp. Furthermore, players were allowed to work with trainers at the facility and coaches could talk to their players and discuss the playbook or study film.

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March 4th, 2011

Got Yourself A Headache ? Try Being An NFL Player ?

It’s often said ………’it takes a tragedy to happen before we truly understand or appreciate one’s mortality’ and truly that saying hits home every time. Sadly last night while having a drink in a bar with friends after work it was reported that former NFL star , two time winning Superbowl player and Pro Bowler Dave Duerson died from a self inflicted gun shot wound. Unfortunately this tragedy doesn’t encapsulate the whole facet of the player’s life after his retirement from the NFL. The player had taken his life this past Thursday at his South Florida home in Sunny Isles .

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February 23rd, 2011

The Cincinnati Bengals had a disappointing season in 2010 after coming off a 10-6 season where they swept the AFC North with a 6-0 record. They were expected to compete for the division and possibly the Super Bowl.

When they signed free agent WR Terrell Owens, many people thought this could one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL. Instead, the offense never was able to reach its potential.

The Bengals ranked a disappointing 22nd in points scored (395) and 20th in yards gained (5,289).

WR Chad Ochocinco has established quite a reputation in the NFL. From 2003 to 2007, Ochocinco averaged 92.4 receptions for 1,374 yards, and 8.6 touchdown receptions…

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February 8th, 2011

There are still some things to work out with the NFL playoff picture, but nine of the 12 spots have been clinched headed into the final week of the season. However, only two of the first round byes have been clinched and only four of the eight divisions have been decided. That means that most of the teams are going to be involved in meaningful games in the last week of play.

Also having been clinched is the first pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. The Carolina Panthers cannot be passed for futility, meaning that at the close of the season they will have the No. 1 pick in the draft. However, with nine teams sitting at either four or five wins there is a lot to work out before the Top 10 is set.

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February 8th, 2011

Barring the unexpected, New England Patriots QB Tom Brady will most likely win his second MVP award in four seasons this January.  His only competition was Phildelphia Eagles QB Michael Vick, who probably lost any chance at the award with a 24-14 home loss to a Minnesota Vikings team that was 5-9 coming into that game.

As with any player’s MVP season, Brady is having one of the best seasons of his NFL career. In 15 starts, he has 314 completions in 476 pass attempts for 3,701 yards, 34 touchdown passes, four interceptions and a QB rating of 109.8.

This weekend, he broke longtime Cleveland Browns QB Bernie Kozar’s NFL record for consecutive passes without an interception (308). Brady has an active steak of 319 consecutive passes without an interception headed into Week 17.

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February 8th, 2011

A great thing about sports is teams perceived as having no chance in the postseason that suddenly rise to the occasion and take advantage of an opportunity to be great.

In 2006, the St. Louis Cardinals made the MLB playoffs with a record of 83-78, making many people question whether they belonged in the playoffs.

They beat a San Diego Padres team that won 88 games, a New York Mets team that won 97 games and a Detroit Tigers team that won 95 games on their way to a World Series championship.

The same almost happened in the NFL in 2008, when the Arizona Cardinals won the NFC West with a 9-7 record. Many people thought they would be one-and-done. Instead, they beat an Atlanta Falcons team that won 11 games, a Carolina Panthers team that won 12 games and a Philadelphia Eagles team that was 9-6-1. In the Super Bowl, they led the 12-4 Pittsburgh Steelers 23-20 before surrendering a game-winning touchdown in the closing minute to lose 27-23.

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February 8th, 2011

I decided not to comment on this story in my recap, because I wanted to wait and see the extent of the knee injury.  I was not going to make a snap judgment about a player without having some facts to support my opinion.

One of the big stories coming out of the NFC Championship Game (won by the Green Bay Packers 21-14 over the Chicago Bears) was that Bears QB Jay Cutler sat most of the second half with a knee injury.  It caused a lot of people to question his toughness and whether he should have tried to play with the injury.

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February 8th, 2011

On December 13, 2010, one of the most impressive streaks in the history of the NFL ended. Minnesota Vikings QB Brett Favre did not start a game for the first time since September 27, 1992.

That streak spanned 6,651 days and 19 NFL seasons. The streak ends at 297 consecutive games (321 if you count playoff games). The active leader in consecutive games for a quarterback now belongs to Indianapolis Colts QB Peyton Manning (205).

To put that steak into perspective, when the streak started Johnny Carson had just retired from the Tonight Show in May, the top song on the Billboard Chart was Boys II Men’s “End of the Road,” and the 49ers were starting their own quarterback controversy between Steve Young and Joe Montana. The two were in their final year as teammates. Four teams (Baltimore Ravens, Carolina Panthers, Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars) did not yet exist. Los Angeles had two teams instead of no teams, the Oilers were in Houston and the Seattle Seahawks were an AFC team.

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February 8th, 2011

The 2010 NFL Season has been one of the most unpredictable seasons in NFL history. Each week there were stunning results and exciting games. The New England Patriots had the best team in the NFL and won their last seven games to clinch the AFC No. 1 Seed, but lost to the Cleveland Browns 34-14 this year.

The Green Bay Packers were a Super Bowl pick at the start of the season that appeared on the brink of disaster when they lost to the Detroit Lions and New England Patriots to drop to 8-6. Their six losses were by a combined 20 points. However, they stepped up and beat the New York Giants 45-17 to reclaim their hold on the last playoff spot. Finally, the Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings had Super Bowl hopes on their mind. All three will finish the season with a losing record.

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February 8th, 2011

Another NFL regular season is in the books, but not without controversy. A 7-9 team made the playoffs, while two 10-6 teams were sent home.

The NFL needs to make some changes. If a division winner, even at 7-9, is allowed to make the playoffs, fine. I have no problems with that. However, you cannot convince me that a 7-9 deserves a home playoff game. Either way the 2010 season is in the books and we begin the post season. Outside of Seattle, it appears any team has a legitimate shot at winning the Super Bowl. Green Bay, the 6 seed in the NFC, went toe-to-toe with the Patriots, the No. 1 overall seed. It’s going to be an excellent post season and without any further ado, here are the final regular season power rankings.

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