Joe Namath – Great or Meh?

Joe Namath was a childhood hero of mine. But was he Hall of Fame material? I definitely think so. You?

Source: http://yesterdayssports.com/joe-namath-overrated-or-underappreciated/

PODCAST: Coach Todd Bowles Explains How the Jets are Winning

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Game Preview: Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings (Sunday, October 15, 2017)

Riding high after their huge victory against the Dallas Cowboys last Sunday, the Green Bay Packers are riding high as they enter brand-new U.S. Bank Stadium this Sunday, as 3.5-point favorites against the Minnesota Vikings according to NFL betting odds for Packers vs Vikings gameAnd that’s exactly why they could be in position for a big upset this weekend…

When we think of the Vikings, we first think of their defense, thanks to the organizational philosophy laid down by head coach Mike Zimmer. Minnesota enters Week 6 of the NFL season with the 11th-ranked defense in the NFL. They have star players at every level of the defense. Defensive end Everson Griffen is third in the NFL in sacks (six). Cornerback Xavier Rhodes has been one of the best in football this season. Outside linebacker Anthony Barr is a freakish athlete that does so many things for them.

But even with the in-and-out from Sam Bradford due to various injuries, this offense has been deceptively good as well. Minnesota actually averages more passing yards per game (357 — 5th most in the NFL) than Green Bay (336.6 — 11th most in the NFL). It’s even more disparate when you look at each team’s rushing attack: Minnesota averages 118.2 yards per game (#11 in the NFL) versus Green Bay’s 91.6 yards per game (22nd in the NFL). In place of promising rookie Dalvin Cook, who was lost to a season-ending injury to his ACL, Jerick McKinnon provided a spark to Minnesota’s offense, evidenced by his 146 total yards against the Chicago Bears on Monday night. Wide receiver Stefon Diggs is in the midst of a breakout season of his own, sitting in 5th place in the NFL with 395 receiving yards. And the Vikings are just as likely to spread the ball around to the rest of their offense, as they are to force-feed their stars. On Monday evening, quarterback Case Keenum — playing in place of the injured Bradford — threw 16 of his 21 passing attempts to his running backs and tight ends.

Of course, the great equalizer in this entire game — or any game Green Bay plays in — is Aaron Rodgers. At some point, it just feels like we’re going to run out of superlatives to describe his level of play. Tom Brady is the greatest quarterback of all time right now, but Rodgers is the best in the game as of today. His stats don’t tell the whole story (although his league-leading 13 touchdown passes certainly help), but the way he puts the Packers on his shoulders, week after week, is unlike anything we’re seeing in the league today (this side of New England, anyway).

Minnesota’s defense has held Rodgers to less than 220 passing yards in each of the last three games these two have played in Minnesota. Of course, the Packers are 2-1 in in those games, thanks to the balance provided by the Packers rushing attack.

Minnesota handled two very potent offense at home already: New Orleans in Week 1, and Tampa Bay in Week 3. They should be well aware of this, given that they play them twice a year, but if Green Bay is not careful, they could have their hands full.

But as of right now, Green Bay looks like they’re one of the two best teams in the NFC, alongside the Atlanta Falcons. While this game should be a really good matchup, the Vikings aren’t quite as dangerous as the Packers… or as Rodgers, anyway.

My Pick: Green Bay.

 

VIDEO: Simply Amazing Football Plays – Wow!

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Neuroevolution: A different kind of deep learning algorithm


The quest to evolve neural networks through evolutionary algorithms.

Source: https://www.oreilly.com/ideas/neuroevolution-a-different-kind-of-deep-learning

5 insane win-probability swing plays of NFL Week 4 – 2017


A game-winning OT grab. A game-losing incompletion in the closing seconds. A game-changing sack. These are the plays that swung Week 4 in the NFL.

Source: http://www.espn.com/espn/feature/story/_/id/20886811/the-craziest-win-probability-swing-plays-nfl-week-4-2017

Game Preview: Patriots at Buccaneers – Here We Go….


The New England Patriots travel to Tampa Bay for a Thursday night game against the Buccaneers.

Source: http://www.patriots.com/news/2017/10/02/game-preview-patriots-buccaneers

Emmy-winning Sports Personality and Host Katie Nolan Now at Espn


ESPN announced today that it has hired Emmy-winning sports personality Katie Nolan. Nolan joins ESPN on October 16 and will appear across multiple platforms in a variety of projects.

Source: http://espnmediazone.com/us/press-releases/2017/10/espn-hires-emmy-winning-sports-personality-host-katie-nolan/

Week 5 Fantasy Football Waiver-Wire Grab Bag


While Week 4 featured another string of memorable, exciting games, several of them came at a cost, as numerous big-name fantasy stars suffered injuries. Fortunately, a few of those players will head …

Source: http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000855040/article/week-5-fantasy-football-waiverwire-targets