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The Best NFL Week 4 DFS Picks on Draftkings

Traditional, season-long fantasy football gives you the opportunity to prove that you’re a smarter and better person than your dearest friends, but daily fantasy sports offers an even stronger incentive: cash. This isn’t financial advice, but here are the ONE37pm NFL Week 4 DFS picks. 

(Note: all prices listed are for Draftkings)

NFL Week 4 DFS Picks: Quarterbacks

High: Josh Allen ($8400)

Josh Allen is probably the best quarterback in the NFL and he’s playing maybe the worst secondary in the NFL. The Bills-Ravens matchup has the total of any game on Sunday’s slate and the bulk of the Bills’ points and yardage will come from Allen.

Middle: Russell Wilson ($6700)

He can’t possibly continue to be this bad, right? In Seattle, Wilson was among the most elite quarterbacks, but Mr. Unlimited seems oddly limited in Denver. Still, a game against the winless Las Vegas Raiders represents an opportunity for Wilson to get back on track, since the Raiders have seemingly neither the pass-rushing nor secondary talent to trouble Wilson and the Broncos.

Value: Geno Smith ($5400)

Geno Smith—pretty good! Save for a Week 2 clunker against the 49ers, Smith has performed as well as anybody could have reasonably hoped, leading the league in completion percentage and ranking tenth in QBR. If not for the lingering stench of getting his face broken by a teammate over $600, Smith would be considerably more celebrated for how he’s played this season. For DFS players looking to load up on FLEX talent, Smith is a great low-cost QB option.

NFL Week 4 DFS Picks: Running Backs

High: Nick Chubb ($7900)

On a carry by carry basis, Chubb is the best runner in the NFL. He may not have Jonathan Taylor’s big-play ability or Derrick Henry’s tank-iness, but he’s a near-perfect combination of quickness, size and smarts. With the Browns terrified of letting Jacoby Brisset do too much, Chubb has finally received the workload and role commensurate with his ability. And, this week, he has a plum matchup against a beatable Atlanta defense.

Middle: Khalil Herbert ($5700) /Jamaal Williams ($6100)

If David Montgomery is sidelined this week, play Khalil Herbert. If De’Andre Swift can’t suit up, play Jamaal Williams. And if neither Montgomery nor Swift are available, then play both Herbert and Williams. These two are the classic “handcuff” backs who can provide RB1 production when given the chance, but are still available at RB2 prices. 

Value: Rashaad Penny ($4900)

Despite the presence of second round draft pick Kenneth Walker III, Penny is still the clear lead guy in the Seahawks’ backfield; last week, he played 69% of Seattle’s snaps. This week, Penny should assume an even bigger portion as pass-catching back  Travis Homer is now on the IR. While Penny hasn’t recaptured the torrid form that made him a fantasy darling at the end of last season, he’s the lowest priced of any legitimate starting running back, so that alone makes him worth considering. 

NFL Week 4 DFS Picks: Wide Receivers

High: Stefon Diggs ($8400)

To quote Diggs, Diggs is him. He’s really good. Look for any receiving stat and odds are he’s near the top. If you can make it work, an Allen-Diggs stack sounds mighty appealing.

Middle: Courtland Sutton ($6700)

As Russell Wilson’s go-to option in Denver, Sutton is a football magnet, receiving 28 targets over the first three games. In an offense that often seems disjointed and confused, Sutton has been the lone consistent bright spot, beating cornerbacks with his savviness and physicality. Once the touchdowns start coming (and we’re assuming they’ll start coming), Sutton could be one of the top performing wideouts available. 

Low: Richie James Jr. ($4000)

Now that Sterling Shepherd is out with a torn ACL, somebody has to catch passes for the Giants. It might as well be Richie James Jr.

NFL Week 4 DFS Picks: Tight Ends

High: Mark Andrews ($7100)

With Travis Kelce playing on Sunday night, Mark Andrews is the clear top dog for the main Sunday slate. Once again, Baltimore seems poised to engage in a shootout and Andrews is Lamar Jackson’s favorite target. To hang with the Bills, the Ravens are going to have to let the ball fly—preferably, they’ll let it fly right to Mark Andrews.

Middle: Dallas Goedert ($4500)

Even if Goedert’s ceiling is lowered by the collective goodness of the Eagles’ offense, he’s still incredibly productive while wrestling with AJ Brown, De’vonta Smith, Jalen Hurts and Miles Saunders for touches. He’s either gone for over 60 yards or scored a touchdown in all three games so far. 

Low: Jelani Woods ($2500)

Admittedly, I only learned last Sunday who Woods is. But last Sunday, Woods emerged as the Colts’ savior, catching two touchdown passes, including the game winner. Now that the Colts’ receivers are healthy, it’s unlikely that they’ll draw up plays in the red zone for Woods again, but you never know!

NFL Week 4 DFS Picks: D/ST

High: Green Bay Packers ($4100)

This may seem a bit rich for a defense, but there’s a non 0% chance that the Packers make Bill Belichick retire at halftime.

Middle: Denver Broncos ($2700)

Over their last 10 quarters of football, the Broncos have given up a grand total of 19 points, making them quietly a top defense in the NFL.

Low: New England Patriots ($2300)

Belichick is tricky and the Packers’ offense isn’t exactly overflowing with talent. The Pats have a real chance to drag this game into the muck.

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Mojo: The Stock Market For Sports

Have you ever seen an NFL prospect and thought to yourself, this is going to be the next great star athlete? What if you could invest in that belief you had in a player, with profits that you can cash out at any point in their career? Thanks to Mojo, a stock market made up of athletes, you can! 

Because the world of gambling has become more and more present in our everyday lives, it has pushed some of the most innovative people in the tech and business space to evolve the form of entertainment into something more. Here is how Mojo is paving the way for future sports investments.

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How Did Mojo Start?

Minnesota Timberwolves co-owner Marc Lore, alongside businessmen Vinit Bharara, had a vision in 2000 of a market where users can buy and sell stock options of their favorite sports stars. There was no regulatory framework for something like this, and the founders didn’t want their platform to be misconstrued as just gambling, so they opted for a stock market where people can invest shares into sports cards, called ThePit

Fast forward to today, Marc Lore (co-owner of the Minnesota Timberwolves) alongside MLB legend Alex Rodriguez have secured over $100 million in funding since the beginning of Mojo’s journey in 2021. They plan to use funding to expand into new markets as well as other professional sports leagues.

What Is Mojo?
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The Platform Mojo allows you to invest in your favorite NFL players by staking shares in them. Each player’s market price will move based on their in-game performances. For everyone 10 yards or 1st down that the player is a part of, the price increases by $0.01. For every touchdown or 40+ yard play, the price will increase by $0.02. Things such as turnovers or sacks will lead to a decrease in the players share price. 

Mojo uses the career stats of every NFL player to determine what a future share price might be for a player once they retire. For example, Tom Brady has banked $164.03 through his statistics thus far in his career. He is projected to add another $6.48 worth of stats, which would put him at $170.51 at the end of his career. If you had a share of Tom Brady on the mojo app when he retires, you will be paid out whatever the price of his stock is at when he retires.

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Go Short or Go Long

For added excitement, Mojo also allows you to multiply your investment which will result in an increase of gains or losses. Essentially, you can choose a 15x multiplier on an investment, and if that player’s share price moved 5%, you would earn a gain or loss of 75% on that player because of your multiplier.  

Currently, Mojo is only available to users in the state of New Jersey, but they are currently looking to expand into 9 other states soon.

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The Best NFL Week 3 DFS Picks On Draftkings

Traditional, season-long fantasy football gives you the opportunity to prove that you’re a smarter and better person than your dearest friends, but daily fantasy sports offers an even stronger incentive: cash. This isn’t financial advice, but here are the ONE37pm NFL Week 3 DFS picks. 

(Note: all prices listed are for Draftkings)

NFL Week 3 DFS picks: QB

High: Josh Allen ($8200)

In Week 1, Allen accounted for 353 yards and four touchdowns, netting 33.48 Draftkings points against the reigning champion Rams. Last week, Allen accounted for 327 yards and four touchdowns, netting 32.7 Draftkings points against the Titans, who were the AFC’s top seed in 2021. This week, Allen faces a Dolphins team that just got boatraced by Lamar Jackson last week and ranks 31st in passing defense so far this year.  

Middle: Kirk Cousins ($6700)

Vegas thinks that Lions-Vikings will be a shootout. The total for the game is 53 points and the Vikings’ implied total is 29.5, both the highest figures of the week. As such, there will be no shortage of fantasy points available in this game. The Lions defense has been among the NFL’s most porous to start the year. If Carson Wentz can torch them, just imagine what Cousins and Justin Jefferson can do.

Value: Marcus Mariota ($5500)

Rushing yards and volume have long been the magic elixir for quarterbacks. Mariota offers both—through two weeks, Mariota averages 29.5 passing attempts and nine rushing attempts per game. The Falcons’ surprisingly potent offense has enough playmakers that Mariota could be worth a dart throw in larger pools.

NFL Week 3 DFS picks: RB

High: Joe Mixon ($7600)

Even if Mixon hasn’t delivered star-level results this year, he’s fed as frequently as just about any other back in the league; he’s averaged 28 touches across the first two games this year and averages more than 20 touches per game for his career. This week, Mixon and the Bengals play the Jets, who are bad and not good. The math here isn’t hard: talented running back + lots of touches + the Jets defense = success.

Middle: David Montgomery ($5900)

Since becoming the full-time starter in 2020, Montgomery has dominated Chicago’s backfield. The Bears are the league’s most run-happy team because they have no belief in their passing game, so Montgomery is now the focal point of their offense. Against a Texans team that ranks 25th in run defense DVOA, Montgomery is once again a smart pick, albeit an unsexy one.

Value: Jerick McKinnon ($4500)

McKinnon has sneakily become a mainstay in the Chiefs offense. In fact, he’s out-snapped the more heralded Clyde Edwards-Helaire over the first two games. McKinnon hasn’t actually done much in his snaps, but the Chiefs offense is so explosive that he becomes appealing by proximity. If you’re out there long enough, Patrick Mahomes will find you for a touchdown eventually.

NFL Week 3 DFS Picks: WR

 High: Justin Jefferson ($9300)

See: Cousins, Kirk. To wit, besides the fact that Jefferson is a superstar who should be on your radar every week, stacking players (pairing a quarterback and receiver from the same team) is an easy and lucrative way to exploit favorable matchups.

Middle: Michael Thomas ($5900)

Despite missing all of last season with an injured ankle, Slant Man is back. A target-monster who’s the Saint’s primary red-zone weapon, Thomas is still priced like a mid-tier receiver rather than the superstar he’s proven himself to be. 

Value: Breshad Perriman ($3900)

Just about every other receiver on the Buccaneers is hurt or suspended. Tom Brady has to throw to somebody—and Perriman was that special somebody last weekend, hauling in Brady’s lone touchdown pass. Granted, Perriman is probably the most obvious value play across Sunday’s slate, so he’s a better option in smaller pools where ownership percentage isn’t as big of a deal. 

NFL Week 3 DFS Picks: TE

High: Travis Kelce ($7900)

Kelce is a top five receiver who happens to play tight end. He’s by far the best tight end available this week and should feast on a Colts’ defense that’s particularly vulnerable across the middle of the field. If you’re confident in your receiver and running back sleeper picks this week, Kelce is just about a must-play because no other tight end can realistically expect to match his production.

Middle: Dallas Goedert ($4700)
In the 11 games since the Eagles traded Zach Ertz last season, Goedert has been as good as any tight end outside of the Travis Kelce-Mark Andrews nexus of power. The clear second option in the Eagles’ passing game, Goedert shouldn’t have too much difficulty with Washington’s threadbare secondary.

Value: Logan Thomas ($3500)

11 targets over two games is pretty solid work for a guy who’s basically free. When healthy, Thomas is a dependable mid-tier tight end, yet he’s in the same price range as guys who have never matched his production.

NFL Week 3 DFS Picks: D/ST

High: New Orleans Saints ($3500)

Although it doesn’t show it in the fantasy box score, the Saints manhandled Tom Brady and the Bucs last weekend. Now, they get a juicy matchup against Baker Mayfield.

Middle: Green Bay Packers ($2800)

Led by an All-Pro core of Jaire Alexander, Kenny Clark and De’Vondre Campbell, the Packers’ defense is loaded at every level. Although it might seem blasphemous to count out Touchdown Tom, the Packers should put Tampa’s scuffling offense in a headlock; the Buccaneers have no healthy receivers and Tom Brady looks like he’d rather be on The Masked Singer. 

Value: Detroit Lions ($2200)

Don’t start the Lions—I just had to include them to maintain the general conceit of this blog. 

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Week 3 NFL Power Rankings: Giants and Jaguars Are Big Risers

After an all-time great Witching Hour (where wins become losses and losses become wins), the NFL landscape suddenly looks a little topsy-turvy after Week 2. Luckily, we’re here to help you sort through the mess. These are the 100% accurate Week 3 NFL Power Rankings.

1. Buffalo Bills, 2-0 (no change from last week)

The best team in football, full stop. For evidence, just watch highlights of their 41-7 annihilation of the Tennessee Titans last night. The Bills feel more like Alabama trouncing FCS teams in non-conference games than they do an NFL team playing against their supposed peers. On a per-play basis, the Bills are the best defense in the league and second-best offense. Josh Allen is playing as well as any quarterback ever has, accounting for seven touchdowns over his last six quarters of play; Stefon Diggs is Him. Not only do they top the Week 3 NFL Power rankings, they’ll probably top the rest of them too.

2. Kansas City Chiefs, 2-0 (no change)

Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce and Andy Reid could be surrounded by preschoolers and still put up points. Even if the Chiefs were largely outplayed in their ballyhooed Thursday Night Football showdown with the Chargers, they still notched a 27-24 win because of course they did. At this point, the Chiefs core has been so successful for so long that they’ve earned the kind of positive institutional inertia that the Patriots used to have—they’ll indefinitely be at the top until somebody can forcibly remove them.

3. Philadelphia Eagles, 2-0 (+3)

Entering the season, the question in Philadelphia was whether Jalen Hurts was good enough to fully capitalize on the Super Bowl quality roster around him. He is. On Monday Night Football against the Vikings, Hurts was the best passer and the best runner on the field, throwing for 333 yards and a touchdown in the air and rushing for a pair of tuddies. Behind a dominant offensive line, Hurts gives the Eagles a necessary duality, fully taking advantage of the space that Jason Kelce and company clear up front. 

4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2-0 (-1)

Whereas Tampa’s defense is once again a pack of offense-devouring wildebeests, Tom Brady and their offense are riding the struggle bus. Despite starting 2-0, the Buccaneers have mustered a scant two touchdowns. Worse, there doesn’t seem to be an obvious solution to their woes as their entire receiving corps is waylaid by either injuries or bad behavior, the whole offensive line is composed of random guys and Tom Brady has decided that he no longer does Wednesdays. While Brady and the rest of the offense look for their groove, the defense has more than picked up the slack, looking like potentially the best unit in the NFL.

5. Miami Dolphins, 2-0 (+6)

TuAnon warned you. Trailing the Baltimore Ravens 14-35 heading into the fourth quarter, the Dolphins pulled off the biggest  comeback since 2010, storming back to win 42-38. By doing so, Tua Tagovailoa and the Dolphins temporarily quieted the cacophony of haters. Tagovailoa’s alleged noodle arm ripped off four 20+ yard completions, including 48 yard and 60 yard heaves to Tyreek Hill in the fourth quarter. Similarly, Mike McDaniel proved that he’s not just some smelly nerd—he’s one of the brightest offensive minds in the NFL, creating the infrastructure for Jaylen Waddle and Tyreek Hill to become the first pair of teammates to each have 170+ yards, 11 catches and two touchdowns in one game. 

6. Green Bay Packers, 1-1 (+2)

Like last year, the Packers rebounded from a listless Week 1 showing to flatten a divisional rival in Week 2. On Sunday Night Football,  Aaron Rodgers and the rest of the offense dispelled any notion that they needed Davante’ Adams to succeed, pouring 24 points on the Chicago Bears by halftime and coasting to a 27-10 victory. Crucially, Aaron Rodgers once again looked like Aaron Rodgers, rebounding from last week’s disaster-class by completing 19 of 25 passes for 234 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. Running back Aaron Jones was even more dominant and contributed 170 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns of his own. 

7. Baltimore Ravens, 1-1 (-3)

At his best, Lamar Jackson is good enough to make almost everything else irrelevant. Against the Dolphins, he was as incandescent as ever, throwing for 318 yards and three touchdowns and chipping in another 119 yards (and a touchdown) on the ground. And yet the Ravens still squandered Jackson’s performance, losing 38-42 to the Dolphins after barfing away a 35-14 fourth quarter lead. But while Jackson steers a newly dangerous downfield passing attack, Baltimore’s secondary allows for opponents to quickly strike back. Even though Baltimore has an abundance of talented safeties and cornerbacks, their inexperience makes them vulnerable against explosive offenses like Miami.

8. San Francisco 49ers, 1-1 (+2)

At what point does calamity become kismet? Midway through the first quarter of the 9ers’ 27-7 beatdown of the Seattle Seahawks, Trey Lance—their should-be quarterback of the future—suffered a season-ending broken ankle, dashing any hopes of a breakout sophomore campaign. In Lance’s stead, former long-time starter Jimmy Garropalo stepped in and once again proved that he can hold his own as long as he’s surrounded by superstars like Deebo Samuel, Nick Bosa and Fred Warner. If Lance represented a gamble for greatness, Garropalo guarantees a level of good-enough-ness. Still, Garropalo is probably still better than Lance at this point in their respective careers—after all, Garropalo came within a fourth quarter collapse of making his second Super Bowl  in the last three years last season. With Garoppolo offering a basic level of competency at the helm, the 9ers are a more reliable, if less intriguing team. 

9. Los Angeles Rams, 1-1 (-1)

In a dominating 21-3 first half, the Rams demonstrated why they’re the reigning Super Bowl champs; in the second half that saw the Falcons outscore them 10-24, the Rams demonstrated why they’re unlikely to repeat. The end result: an uninspired 31-27 home win against one of the NFL’s bottomfeeders.

10. Los Angeles Chargers, 1-1 (-5)

There are two wolves inside you—one is Justin Herbert, the all-galaxy quarterback who looks ready to contend for Super Bowls; the other is years of being the Chargers, the NFL’s ultimate bunglers. With Herbert on a rookie deal and a loaded roster surrounding him, the Chargers thoroughly outplayed the Chiefs on Thursday Night Football, but still lost because of untimely turnovers. 

11. Minnesota Vikings, 1-1 (-4)

The coronation of Kevin O’Connell as an offensive super-genius was probably a bit premature. Whereas the Vikings looked unstoppable against the Packers, they were quite easily stopped by the Eagles as they lost 7-24.

12. Denver Broncos, 1-1 (+2)

If head coach Nathaniel Hackett can count backwards from 10 without giving himself an aneurysm, it would be cause for a parade. Despite their obvious talent, the Broncos scraped by the lowly Texans 16-9 because of their sloppiness and carelessness. The offense needed the fans to count down the play clock because they took so many delay of game penalties; Hackett somehow burned through all three timeouts in the second half before the midpoint of the fourth quarter. If the Broncos can’t pull it together, their playoff chances grow slimmer by the day. 

13. Arizona Cardinals, 1-1 (+6)

There’s an old viral video of a kid running around an above-ground swimming pool—the mom asks “what are you holding?” and the kid responds with a massive smile across his face “A knife!” as the adults understandably panic. This is what every Cardinals game is like. Despite being smaller and slighter than just about every other NFL player, Kyler Murray is a positive chaos agent, scooting and scampering around. Nothing Murray does—like scrambling for over 20 seconds on a two-point conversion—seems like it should work until it does. The Cardinals’ 29-23 overtime win against the Raiders was proof of concept. 

14. New York Giants, 2-0 (+8)

Aided by a fairly plush schedule, the Giants have leaned on some late game heroics to get off to their first 2-0 start since 2016. After Saquon Barkley played the hero in Week 1, kicker Graham Gano sealed a 19-16 win over the Carolina Panthers in Week 2. Outside of Barkley, the Giants lack true star power; instead, their early success has stemmed from their depth, which has most clearly manifested itself in their attacking, stifling defense. 

15. Cincinnati Bengals, 0-2 (-6)

Having started the season 0-2, the Bengals have more than just a Super Bowl hangover—they have a Super Bowl waking up the next morning on somebody’s porch without your contact lenses or phone or wallet. Despite revamping their offensive line over the offseason, the Bengals still can’t protect Joe Burrow; in Cincinnati’s 17-20 upset against Dallas, Burrow was sacked six times. 

16. Detroit Lions, 1-1 (+9)

At the risk of jinxing the NFL’s most jinxable team, the Lions might be good. Certainly, they’re not bad. Even if Hard Knocks is the NFL’s most convincing propaganda machine, the as-seen-on-TV good vibes emanating from Detroit seem to be the real deal. Whether you have three toes or one ass cheek, the Lions are coming for you. Up front, their offensive line clears hectares of space in the run game—the Lions average a league-leading 3.2 yards before contact on rushing attempts. The real story, though, has been the breakout of Amon-ra St. Brown, who has transformed from a fourth-round afterthought into a bona fide number one receiver over his last eight games dating back to last year. During Detroit’s 36-27 win over Washington, St. Brown fueled the winning effort with 184 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns for the Lions.

17. New Orleans Saints, 1-1 (-5)

Jameis Winston’s back is borked and Marshon Lattimore got his shit packed by Mike Evans. At least the defense is great. 

18. Dallas Cowboys, 1-1 (+9)

Is Cooper Rush the next Tom Brady??? In a rebound effort from an abysmal Week 1 loss to the Buccaneers, Rush led Dallas to a potentially season-saving 20-17 victory against the Cincinnati Bengals. Although Rush lacks Dak Prescott’s arm strength or pre-snap mastery or track record of success, he’s shown that he has the moxy and wherewithal to ably pilot the offense. In the first start of his NFL career, Rush threw for 235 yards and a touchdown while not turning the ball over. His connection with Noah Brown (five catches, 91 yards, one touchdown) is worth watching, considering Dallas’ paucity of healthy wide receivers.

19. Washington Commanders, 1-1 (no change)

Through two games, the Commies’ passing game looks downright incendiary. Even in their 26-37 loss to the Lions on Sunday, Carson Wentz threw for 337 yards and three touchdowns against just one interception. Through two games, Wentz is second league-wide in passing yards (650) and tied for first in touchdown passes (seven).

20. Oakland Raiders, 0-2 (-4)

There’s no shame in losing to the Chargers and the Cardinals. But there is some shame in letting Kyler Murray flambé your defense to erase a 16 point fourth quarter deficit and then losing on a 59 yard fumble return touchdown in overtime. After their 23-29 loss to Arizona, the 0-2 Raiders are already a probably insurmountable two games behind the Chiefs in the AFC West. 

21. New England Patriots, 1-1 (no change)

Going into the season, the haters and naysayers crowed that an offense does, in fact, need an offensive coordinator. Judging (or is it Patricia-ing)from the Patriots’ early returns, they were right.

22. Pittsburgh Steelers, 1-1 (-4)

If not for all the life-sustaining schadenfreude of knowing that the Steelers and Pats are both finally bad, watching these two legendarily successful teams slap fight would’ve been kind of grim. Think: a Triller boxing match between an nth-generation Kennedy and Carnegie. Although the Steelers only lost by three points, the 17-14 scoreline misrepresents how close the game really was. Over the course of their nine drives, the Steelers only earned an average of 4.2 points per play and mounted just one drive over 50 yards. On the brightside, if Mitch Trubisky keeps playing like this, it’s only a matter of time until first-round pick Kenny Pickett takes over as Pittsburgh’s starting quarterback.

23. Jacksonville Jaguars, 1-1 (+9)

Last year, the Jaguars were a professional football team purely in the sense that they were a collection of individuals who happened to be paid to play football. But now, having shed the kicker kicking and steakhouse philandering that sunk them in 2021, the Jaguars look respectable. On Sunday, they definitely proved that respectability by demolishing the Colts 24-0. The whole team ate–budding superstar quarterback Trevor Lawrence had his best game as a pro, going 25-30 for 235 yards and two touchdowns; Christian Kirk demonstrated why he was such a sought-after free agent signing by catching both of Lawrence touchdown passes; the front seven combined for five sacks and 11 quarterback hits while the secondary picked off Matt Ryan three times with 11 passes defensed for good measure. 

24. New York Jets, 1-1 (+3)

For one glorious weekend, the Jets did to another team what other teams usually do to them. Trailing the Browns by 13 points with two minutes left in the game, the Jets had a 0.1% chance to win according to ESPN Analytics. They won. On back-to-back desperate touchdown drives, old fart quarterback Joe Flacco and rookie star receiver Garrett Wilson shifted into goblin mode to poach a 31-30 win from Cleveland. This will never happen again—at least, not for the Jets. 

25. Indianapolis Colts, 0-1-1 (-11)

Gross. By virtue of playing in the AFC South, the Colts have the NFL’s easiest path to the playoffs, but they’re trying their best to squander it. Against the Jaguars, the Colts were shutout 24-0. The offensive line was overwhelmed by the Jags’ offensive line and the Michael Pittman-less receiver crew couldn’t create any meaningful separation. Worst of all, quarterback Matt Ryan looks irreparably washed.

26. Tennessee Titans, 0-2 (no change)

The Titans have sampled a pairing of different kinds of losses to start the year. In Week 1, they lost a heartbreaker to the Giants. In Week 2, they got their teeth kicked in by the Bills. Even with a healthy Derrick Henry back in the fold, the Titans will struggle to make the postseason, let alone repeat as the AFC’s top seed like they were last year.

27. Seattle Seahawks, 1-1 (-5)

Turns out it’s a lot harder to win when the other team doesn’t self-sabotage so badly they basically let you win. After benefitting from the Denver Broncos putting themselves in headlock and throwing themselves down a flight of stairs in Week 1, the Seahawks were demolished 27-7 by the San Francisco 49ers, which is a truer representation of their talent level.

28. Atlanta Falcons, 0-2 (+3)

Trailing the Rams 28-3 in the third quarter, the Falcons furiously rallied before they ultimately lost 27-31. Curiously, though, generationally gifted tight end Kyle Pitts was barely included in the offensive game plan, catching just two passes for 19 yards for the second straight week. Nevertheless, the Falcons offense has looked funky and explosive, averaging 26.5 points through two games, but it’s hard not to feel like they’re leaving meat on the bone by not getting their best player more involved.

29. Carolina Panthers, 0-2 (+1)
30. Houston Texans, 0-1-1 (-1)

Shockingly, trading for Baker Mayfield wasn’t the salve that the Panthers were hoping for. There’s still a gigantic gulf between being better than Sam Darnold and actually being good. Still, it’s probably too early to totally write off the Panthers—both of their losses came on last-second field goals and the team still has stars such as Christian McCaffrey, DJ Moore, Jeremy Chinn and Brian Burns. 

31. Chicago Bears, 1-1 (-5)

Even when there’s not a monsoon, the Bears look like they’re playing in a monsoon. Against the Packers, the Bears’ total reluctance—and Justin Fields’ total inability— to throw the ball squandered a monstrous rushing attack that gained 180 yards on 6.7 yards per carry. 

32. Cleveland Browns, 1-1 (-9)

They let the Jets—the Jets—ruin Brownie the Elf’s deb ball. Relegate them to the CFL. 

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Breaking Down The NFL’s Rookie Receiving Record List

In any professional sport, it’s easy to judge a prospect or rookie based on one performance. Most recently, Bengals then rookie Ja’Marr Chase dropped a significant amount of passes during the 2021 preseason. Fantasy owners were in shambles, with many trying to trade him off or even just flat out dropping him.

Chase proved every doubter wrong in quick fashion, putting up the second most receiving yards for a rookie in NFL history. Simply put, some guys have it all together by the time the regular season rolls around.

Here is the list of wide receivers who had the best rookie campaigns in NFL history.

1.) Bill Groman: 1,473 yards
Houston Oilers (1960)
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No rookie wide receiver in the history of football has put together a campaign like Bill Groman did in 1960. He attended Heidelberg University where his true aspirations were becoming a teacher. Groman would teach science for 8th graders until a former NFL coach discovered the talent Groman had and called the Houston Oilers. In his rookie year, Groman put up an NFL record 1,473 yards on 72 caught passes, an average of 20 yards per catch. This is one of the longest standing records, with Groman holding the honor for over 60 years. 

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2.) Ja’Marr Chase: 1,455 yards
Cincinnati Bengals (2021)

Bengals rookie receiver Ja’Marr Chase came excruciatingly close to breaking the rookie NFL receiving record, putting up 1,455 yards on 81 receptions in his first season. This season will more-so be remembered for the epic Super Bowl run that the bengals had, backed by the dynamic duo of Chase and Joe Burrow. Chase did play his rookie campaign in an NFL season that had 17 games for the first time ever. With the added game to the season, there is a real possibility this record is broken in the near future. 

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3.) Justin Jefferson: 1,400 yards
Minnesota Vikings (2020)

NFL fans, and especially Eagles fans, were puzzled when the franchise selected Jalen Reagor over star LSU receiver Justin Jefferson. In his rookie season Jefferson pulled in 88 passes for 1,400 yards, good enough for an average of 16 yards per catch. His first 100+ receiving game would come in week three, where he gained 175 yards. This would mark one of the seven games that Jefferson eclipsed the 100+ yard marker in his rookie season. 

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4.) Anquan Boldin: 1,377 yards
Arizona Cardinals (2003)

Anquan Boldin had one of the most electric introductions in NFL history. After a solid college career at FSU, Boldin was selected with the 54th pick in the 2003 NFL draft by the Arizona Cardinals. He came right out the gates running, putting up 217 yards and two touchdowns on ten total receptions. He would reach the 100+ receiving mark four more times his rookie season, putting up a total of 1,377 yards. Boldin finished his career 14th on the all-time receiving list after retiring in 2016. 

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5.) Randy Moss: 1,313 yards
Minnesota Vikings (1998)

You know you had a pretty epic career when your last name is used to describe the best and nastiest catchiest in the NFL. ESPN will even showcase the best ‘you got mossed’ moments across the country from the previous week. In his rookie season, Randy Moss put up 1,313 yards on just 69 receptions, an average of 19 yards per catch. Moss did however break the record for most touchdown receptions by a rookie, catching 17 passes in the end zone. 

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6.) Odell Beckham Jr: 1,305 yards
New York Giants (2014)

One of the craziest facts about Odell Beckham Jr. ranking 6th on the all-time rookie receiving record list is that he only played in 12 games. In the last 9 games of the season OBJ would eclipse 90+ yards, with 7 of those games being 100+ yard games. The most memorable moment from this rookie campaign has to be the ridiculous catch the OBJ had against the Dallas Cowboys, widely regarded as one of the greatest catches in NFL history. He was able to help lead the Rams to a Superbowl ring in 2021. 

7.) Billy Howton: 1,231 yards
Green Bay Packers (1952)
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Billy Howton may be a name that doesn’t ring a bell, but he remains one of the most important early figures in the history of football. Howton would be taken in the second round of the 1952 NFL draft by the Green Bay Packers. He led the league in receiving yards and receiving yards per game his rookie year. In the last three games of his rookie campaign, Howton put up 100+ yards in each contest, reaching 200 yards in one of those games. By the time he retired Howton ranked first all-time in receptions and yardage. 

8.) Michael Clayton: 1,193 yards
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2004)
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What’s even more puzzling about a prospect or rookie not living up to their hype, is one that has a record breaking season and never reaches that potential again. Michael Clayton pulled in 1,193 yards his rookie season, and finished his 8 year NFL career with only 2,955 total yards. He would reach the 90+ yard mark in five games his rookie year. Clayton built his rookie resume on consistently putting up 60-90 yards a game, opposed to having a handful of games with 100+ receiving yards.  

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9.) Michael Thomas: 1,137
New Orleans Saints (2016)

Michael Thomas has had quite the polarizing career since entering the NFL. The star wide receiver helped Ohio State win a national championship in 2015, and was selected in the 2nd round of the draft that year by the New Orleans Saints. In his rookie year Thomas caught 92 passes for a total of 1,137 yards, an average of 12.4 yards a catch. His most notable season would come in 2019 when he broke the NFL record for receptions, catching 149 passes. 

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ONE37pm’s Week 1 NFL Power Rankings

Thankfully, mercifully, blessedly, football is back. After a manic, amazing Week 1, here are the official and unimpeachably correct ONE37pm NFL power rankings.

1. Buffalo Bills (1-0)
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I mean, yeah. In last Thursday’s season opener against the Los Angeles Rams, the Bills ravished the reigning champs by transforming into a fire-spewing godhead in the second half, going on a 21-0 run to seal their 31-10 victory. While Josh Allen is continually inventing and reinventing new modes of quarterbacking greatness, the Bills now have a supporting cast with the capacity to elevate Allen rather than solely be elevated by him. Gabe Davis has built upon last year’s postseason breakout to emerge as a legitimate weapon in the passing game; Tre’Davious White’s eventual return will give Buffalo the league’s best secondary; off-season addition Von Miller adds much-needed juice to their pass-rush. All summer, the Bills had been hyped up as a potential juggernaut that’ll flatten all comers—it turns out all that fanfare was too tempered.

2. Kansas City Chiefs (1-0)
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Despite trading All-Pro receiver Tyreek Hill to the Dolphins over the summer, the Chiefs offense seems no worse for the wear. To open the season, Patrick Mahomes had one of the best games of his career—360 yards, five touchdowns and zero turnovers on 30-39 passing. As a unit, the offense put up 44 points and earned 488 total yards, dicing up the Arizona Cardinals by mixing tempos and personnel groupings. Whereas the Chiefs previously relied on their star power, they’re now buoyed by their depth; nine Chiefs caught a pass and five received a carry. What will the Kansas City Chiefs do without Tyreek Hill? Same thing they did with Tyreek Hill, apparently

3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-0)
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The most impressive thing about the Buccaneers is how inessential Tom Brady seems. While Brady gives the whole organization a clarity of purpose and gravitas that belies their cartoon pirate flag logo, the team is so loaded that Brady is freed from the mammoth responsibility of being Brady. Against the Cowboys, Brady scuffled to just 212 yards on Sunday night, but the rest of the Bucs comprehensively dominated Dallas en route to a 19-3 win. Offensively, Leonard Fournette and a patchwork offensive line gashed Dallas for 127 yards on the ground; defensively, Carlton Davis and company held Dak Prescott to 134 yards on less than 50% passing.  

4. Baltimore Ravens (1-0)
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If you don’t like Lamar Jackson, you are the police. The swarm of narratives around Jackson are inescapable—why won’t he just sign an extension? Why does he get covid every month like an issue of Vanity Fair?—but they ignore that he’s still the most electrifying football player on the planet. Even as the Ravens sleep-walked through their 24-9 victory over the Jets, the foundation of their goodness was easily recognizable. Jackson slung three touchdown passes, taking to the air to compensate for an uncharacteristically bottled-up ground game; the revamped secondary put a lid on New York’s passing attack, limiting the Jets to just 5.9 yards per attempt. While a historic wave of injuries forced them to slum  it outside of the playoffs last year, the Ravens once again look the part of a contender.

5. Los Angeles Chargers (1-0)
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Everybody is in a tizzy to anoint Justin Herbert as The Next Big Thing and showings like Sunday demonstrate why. During a 24-19 win against the Las Vegas Raiders, Herbert was surgical; he completed 76.5 percent of his passes for 279 yards and three touchdowns. Herbert possesses a rare cocktail of gifts, combining immense physical talent with a quick processing computer brain—his true talent isn’t merely that he can make every throw, but the recognition that he doesn’t always have to. Beyond Herbert, the Chargers’ all-star defense looked like all-stars; Khalil Mack sacked David Carr three times in his Chargers debut while mainstays like Joey Bosa and Derwin James chipped in sacks of their own. 

6. Philadelphia Eagles (1-0)
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If you remove quarterbacks from the equation, the Eagles might be the most talented team in the NFL. Their roster is a cornucopia of elite players—both lines are immovable and composed of mutants; the rushing attack led the NFL in yards last season; the secondary has depth players better than some playoff teams’ starters. The problem has been that quarterback Jalen Hurts was (is?) too limited as a passer to win anything significant. But, if Sunday’s closer-than-it-appears 38-35 win over the Detroit Lions is any indication, that might no longer be the case. More than his impressive-enough 243 passing yards, Hurts showed an instant, easy chemistry with receiver AJ Brown, connecting with the Eagles’ marquee offseason addition for 155 yards and 10 catches on 13 targets. 

7. Minnesota Vikings (1-0)
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Justin Jefferson kicks so much ass that even Kirk Cousins has osmotically learned to kick a little bit of ass by being around him. In Minnesota’s new, Sean McVay-inspired offense, Jefferson had six catches for 158 yards and two touchdowns…in the first half. While Jefferson’s greatness has garnered the bulk of the headlines, the Vikings defense did yeoman’s work in there 23-7 win; as a unit, they held the Packers to just seven points.

8. Los Angeles Rams
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Yes, they’re defending champs. Yes, they’re rankedbelow teams like the Ravens and Vikings and Chargers who missed the playoffs last year. By virtue of the NFC being the NFL’s junior varsity, the Rams are automatically in the inner sanctum of Super Bowl contenders, but their 31-10 shellacking against the Bills hardly inspires confidence. Nevertheless, nearly every significant player and coach returns from last year’s Super Bowl winners. Similarly, they won’t have to play Josh Allen every week. Expect them to be significantly higher soon as they beat up on the Falcons and Cardinals over the next two weeks.

9. Green Bay Packers (0-1)
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No matter how grisly their 23-7 defeat to the Vikings was, there’s no need to overreact—just last year, the Packers got boat raced 38-3 in their opener before rebounding to earn the #1 seed in the NFC. The defense should be among the NFL’s stoutest, despite their inexplicably lackadaisical coverage against Justin Jefferson. Aaron Rodgers should be among the NFL’s best quarterbacks, despite seeming to intensely hate the assortment of wanna-bes and never-beens that the Packers have left him with at receiver. This team is too good to keep looking this bad. 

10. San Francisco 49ers (0-1)
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Speaking of being too good to look this bad, come on down, San Francisco! Their 19-10 loss to the Bears was the most shocking result of Week 1, but can probably be explained by the fact that the game was played in a monsoon that turned Soldier Field’s turf into Dagobah. Nick Bosa, Fred Warner, Deebo Samuel, George Kittle and head coach Kyle Shannahan give the team a fairly high floor; their ceiling will be determined by the development of Trey Lance, the third pick in the 2020 draft who has struggled so far to justify being the third pick in the 2020 draft. Troublingly, Lance was outplayed by fellow 2020 draftee Justin Fields, failing to make an impact with his arms or legs.

11. Miami Dolphins (1-0)
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Their quarterback’s arm leans more towards t-shirt cannon than bazooka and their new head coach is kind of a dork. I love them and you should too. After spending their whole offseason enmeshed in a whorl of cascading existential crises, the Dolphins were able to simply be a football team on Sunday—and they looked like a good one at that, dog walking the Patriots 20-7. There are nits to picks—namely, quarterback Tua Tagovailoa left some meat on the bone by not being more aggressive—but new coach Mike McDaniel has already provided proof of concept for how his scheme can maximize Tagovailoa and star receivers Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle.

12. New Orleans Saints (1-0)
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Led by Jameis Winston, the Saints ate a 27-26 W over the Atlanta Falcons, but it wasn’t a tasty one. Although the Saints have made stifling defense their calling card over the last few seasons, they seemed utterly overmatched by Marcus Mariota and Cordarrelle Patterson, which isn’t great. Without legendary coach Sean Payton, the Saints will have some growing pains, but their comeback demonstrated their grit and depth.

13. Cincinnati Bengals (0-1)
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The Bengals had pretty much the worst game imaginable. Joe Burrow turned the ball over five times. Tee Higgins got concussed, Evan McPherson had a game-winning extra point blocked and then doinked a game-winning field goal off the upright. In this sense, it’s remarkable that they only barely lost in overtime 23-20 to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Whatever pixie dust and good voodoo that propelled the Bengals to last year’s Super Bowl may have worn off, but the Bengals are a force all the same. Ja’Marr Chase is so good that he’d go for 100 yards and a touchdown with you as his quarterback. 

14. Indianapolis Colts (0-0-1)
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A 20-20 tie with the Houston Texans is nasty business. Still, the Colts offensive triumvirate of Jonathan Taylor, Matt Ryan and Michael Pittman are enough to win the abominable AFC South, though it’s hard to feel too enthusiastic about anything AFC South related at the moment. 

15. Denver Broncos (0-1)
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The good: The refurbished, Russell Wilson-led offense was humming from the get-go and the Broncos absolutely dominated the Seattle Seahawks, outgaining them by nearly 200 yards and shutting them out in the second half. The bad: the Broncos lost 17-16 to a presumed bottom-feeder. The ugly: rookie coach Nathaniel Hackett has a rock tumbler for a brain. 

16. Las Vegas Raiders (0-1)
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While the Raiders would be a surefire playoff team in the NFC, they have the misfortune of being the worst team in the loaded AFC West. Former college teammates and longtime friends Derek Carr and Davante Adams immediately clicked in their reunion, linking up for 141 yards and a touchdown on 10 receptions. Sadly, that kind of chemistry was absent throughout the rest of the roster as the Raiders got punked along the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball and lost 24-19.

17. Washington Commanders (1-0)
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Besides the roughly six moments each year where Carson Wentz does the dumbest thing you’ve ever seen on a football field, he’s honestly not that bad—as long as you ignore the memes, he’s potentially even above average, ranking 11th in touchdown percentage and third in interception percentage last year. Either way, he’s the best quarterback to play for Washington in nearly a decade. The Commanders 28-22 comeback win against the Jacksonville Jaguars wasn’t pretty, but it suggests that Washington can muster enough competence to keep their head above water and maybe grab a Wild Card playoff bid. 

18. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0)
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Pittsburgh’s defense is as good as their offense is bad. All-world players like Minkah Fitzpatrick, Cameron Hayward and TJ Watt (pending an update on his potentially torn pec) are enough to keep the Steelers in just about any game, but a gormless offense helmed by Mitch Trubisky caps their ceiling.

19. Arizona Cardinals (0-1)
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Of the teams that outwardly fancy themselves a real football team, it’s hard to find one with worse vibes than the Cardinals. Kyler Murray likes Call of Duty more than he does football; alleged air raid mastermind Kliff Kingsbury is handsome but empty headed, like a Faberge Egg. In their season opener, the Cardinals got molly-whopped 44-21 by the Chiefs. Murray’s impish brilliance and the eventual return of Deandre Hopkins in Week 7 should help stabilize the team—it’s just a matter of if there’s anything worth stabilizing left by that point.

20. Seattle Seahawks (1-0)
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Geno Smith—not that bad! Although Smith cooled down in the second half after a scorching first half that saw him complete 17 of his first 18 passes, he’s exactly the kind of sure-handed custodian who can keep the Seahawks offense on-schedule. The team is bad, but they’re feisty. Ultimately, though, this season is already a success; after spoiling Russell Wilson’s return to Seattle, everything else is gravy.

21. New England Patriots (0-1)
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This is the team that Bill Belichick wants. The spine of the roster comes from recent draft picks and a record $163 million shopping spree in free agency in 2021; the coaching staff is primarily made up of Belichick’s sons, both figuratively and literally. So why do the Pats suck so hard? For starters, they don’t have an offensive coordinator! Without anybody pushing back against him, Belichick has been free to indulge his worst impulses, building a roster consisting entirely of fourth wide receivers and fifth linebackers and third tight ends. Somehow, it’ll all work out in the end.

22. New York Giants (1-0)
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Even coming off a game-winning two-point conversion to steal a 21-20 upset victory over the Titans, the Giants are a snooze-fest; Daniel Jones could give birth at midfield during a game and I’d still be annoyed if Scott Hanson showed them on Redzone. This boringness, however, has a clear remedy: a fully healthy Saquon Barkley is so breath-taking that he could single-handedly make this Nike Monarchs-ass team worth watching.

23. Cleveland Browns (1-0)
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The Browns can only hope to tread water until their serial sexual assaulter comes back. What a grim sentence.

24. Tennessee Titans (0-1)
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Basically the same general idea as the Giants except with Derrick Henry subbed in for Saquon Barkley. Oh, and they lost to the Giants, somehow.. 

25. Detroit Lions (0-1)
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Hard Knocks? Cool. A 38-35 loss to open the season? Less cool.

26. Chicago Bears (1-0)
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The Bears are in the midst of one of the NFL’s most flagrant teardowns, but there’s still some fun to be had dancing around in the ashes. Second year quarterback Justin Fields is a blast—there’s a certain joy in watching somebody so immensely talented try to figure out how to play quarterback in real time. The fact that the Bears stole a victory from the 9ers to open the year is a nice bonus too.

27. Dallas Cowboys (0-1)
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Dallas’s 19-3 crap-out on Sunday night was so abject and ugly that it almost undercut the schadenfreude of watching the Cowboys lose. At the risk of sounding fatalistic, Dak Prescott’s hand surgery and the paucity of weapons on offense have essentially ended the season already.

28. New York Jets (0-1)
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Sauce Gardner looks like a future superstar in the Jets’ secondary, which means he’ll probably demand a trade in two years. Between Sauce and Zach Wilson, the Jets have no shortage of dawg in them.

29. Houston Texans (0-0-1)
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For a team as threadbare as the Texans, a tie against the Colts is a major win.

30. Carolina Panthers (0-1)
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Sadly, Baker Mayfield didn’t end up being able to “f**k [the Browns] up,” as Cleveland kicker Cade York drilled a walk-off 58 yard field goal to beat the Panthers.  Even if the team isn’t particularly good, Carolina’s cadre of big-name players like DJ Moore, Christian McCaffrey, Mayfield and Brian Burns makes them very watchable. 

31. Atlanta Falcons (0-1)
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Oof.

32. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-1)
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One day, generational quarterback prospect Trevor Lawrence will lead the Jags out of the NFL’s sub-basement. But that day is not today

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Most Super Bowl Wins: Which NFL Teams Top The List?

If you’re an avid football fan, you might have asked yourself which NFL team has the most Super Bowl wins? After all, some teams have had more success on the gridiron than others; and championship runs can be hard to come by. When it comes to most Super Bowl wins, the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers are tied for the most in history, each hoisting the Lombardi Trophy six times.

Point to the classic single-elimination format of the playoffs as a reason why so many different teams have won NFL Super Bowls, thus, why we haven’t seen dynasties the rate at which we’ve seen in the likes of the NBA or NHL.

After the Super Bowl era started in 1966, we’ve seen a total of 20 different teams win the big game; combined with endless chip-and-dip get-togethers. I had the pleasure of listing the 10 teams with the most Super Bowl wins in NFL history.

T-1. New England Patriots: 6 Super Bowl Wins
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New England Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady embraces Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft (R) after winning 03 Super Bowl XXXVI 03 February, 2002 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Patriots defeated the St. Louis Rams 20-17.

Super Bowl titles:

2001 (XXVI), 20-17 vs. St. Louis Rams

2003 (XXXVIII)32-29 vs. Carolina Panthers

2004 (XXXIX), 24-21 vs. Philadelphia Eagles

2014 (XLIX), 28-24 vs. Seattle Seahawks

2016 (LI), 34-28 vs. Atlanta Falcons

2018 (LIII), 13-3 vs. Los Angeles Rams

Over the last two decades, the New England Patriots have been incredibly dominant and vastly hated by opposing fans. At the start of 2002 though, the Patriots had zero Super Bowl championships and were underdogs, even with head coach Bill Belichick and a young Tom Brady.

That year, however, the Patriots shocked the world in defeating the heavily favored St. Louis Rams, aka, “The Greatest Show of Turf” in Super Bowl XXXVI. Their victory against Kurt Warner and Co. would spark the greatest dynasty run that the NFL has ever seen. They managed a combined record of 28-4 during the seasons they won back-to-back Super Bowls in 2003 and 2004, while going 17 straight seasons with ten wins or more from 2003 to 2019. Even though they lost the 2007 Super Bowl to the New York Giants, they steamrolled the league en route to a 16-0 record in the regular season.

Their latest Super Bowl triumph came in 2018 against the Kansas City Chiefs, but their most impressive Super Bowl win has to be that 25-point comeback against the Atlanta Falcons in 2016.

T-1. Pittsburgh Steelers: 6 Super Bowl Wins
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TAMPA, FL – FEBRUARY 01: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers holds up the Vince Lombardi Trophy as Mike Tomlin and Dan Rooney look on after defeating the Arizona Cardinals during Super Bowl XLIII on February 1, 2009 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The Steelers defeated the Cardinals 27-23.

Super Bowl titles:

  • 1974 (IX), 16-6 vs. Minnesota Vikings
  • 1975 (X), 21-17 vs. Dallas Cowboys
  • 1978 (XIII), 35-31 vs. Dallas Cowboys
  • 1979 (XIV), 31-19 vs. Los Angeles Rams
  • 2005 (XL), 21-10 vs. Seattle Seahawks
  • 2008 (XLIII), 27-23 vs. Arizona Cardinals

As the 7th oldest franchise in the NFL, the Pittsburgh Steelers are one of the most historic teams in not just football, but in professional sports. Steelers fans had to wait 42 years until the team won their first Super Bowl in 1975.

After that, however, they were able to win four Super Bowls during the next six seasons while putting together arguably the best football team that has ever been assembled. The team was coached by Chuck Noll and featured numerous Hall of Famers including quarterback Terry Bradshaw, cornerback Mel Blount, linebackers Jack Ham and Jack Lambert, and defensive tackle “Mean” Joe Greene.

Their most recent Super Bowl victory came at the expense of the Arizona Cardinals in 2009 and was capped off by a game-winning touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger to Santonio Holmes. 

T-3. San Francisco 49ers: 5 Super Bowl Wins
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29 JAN 1995: SAN FRANCISCO LINEBACKER KEN NORTON JR. CELEBRATES AFTER THE SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS VERSUS SAN DIEGO CHARGERS IN SUPER BOWL XXIX AT JOE ROBBIE STADIUM IN MIAMI, FLORIDA. THE 49ERS DEFEATED THE CHARGERS 49-26

Super Bowl titles:

1981 (XVI)26-21 vs. Cincinnati Bengals

1984 (XIX), 38-16 vs. Miami Dolphins

1988 (XXIII), 20-16 vs. Cincinnati Bengals

1989 (XXIV) 55-10 vs. Denver Broncos

1994 (XXIX) 49-26 vs. San Diego Chargers

The San Francisco 49ers have featured some of the most legendary players to play in the National Football league. Cornerback Ronnie Lott, quarterbacks Steve Young and Joe Montana, and wide receivers Jerry Rice and Terrell Owens are some of the greatest Niners of all-time. The pinnacle of their success as a franchise started in 1981 when they won their first Super Bowl, and their latest Super Bowl win came in 1994.

Head coach George Seifert won 98 games and led the franchise to two SuperBowls between 1989 and 1996, while Bill Walsh won 92 games and three Super Bowls between 1979 and 1988. For me, their most memorable championship was Super Bowl XXIII in 1989 against the Cincinnati Bengals. Joe Montana threw a game-winning back touchdown pass to receiver John Taylor in that game and is one of the most memorable plays in NFL history.

T-3. Dallas Cowboys: 5 Super Bowl wins
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30 Jan 1994: Dallas Cowboys defensive linemen Leon Lett (right) and Jimmie Jones celebrate after Super Bowl XXVIII against the Buffalo Bills at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia. The Cowboys won the game, 30-13.

Super Bowl titles:

1971 (VI), 24-3 vs. Miami Dolphins

1977 (XII),27-10 vs. Denver Broncos

1992 (XXVII), 52-17 vs. Buffalo Bills

1993 (XXVIII),30-13 vs. Buffalo Bills

1995 (XXX), 27-17 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Famously known around the NFL as “America’s Team”, the Dallas Cowboys won their first Super Bowl in 1972 against the Miami Dolphins. Bob Lily’s sack on Dolphins quarterback Bob Griese is one of the greatest plays in Cowboys history and helped clinch Dallas’ first-ever Super Bowl championship.

Their latest Super Bowl win came against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1996 and capped off Dallas winning three Super Bowls in four seasons during the ’90s. Quarterbacks Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman anchored all of the Cowboys’ Super Bowl triumphs. Other notable Cowboys include Emmitt Smith, Michael Irvin, Jason Witten, and of course their famous president, general manager, and owner since 1989, Jerry Jones. Wade Phillips, Bill Parcells, and Jimmy Johnson are a few notable coaches in Dallas Cowboys history as well.

T-5. Green Bay Packers: 4 Super Bowls
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26 Jan 1997: Quarterback Brett Favre of the Green Bay Packers celebrates after Super Bowl XXXI against the New England Patriots at the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Packers won the game, 35-21

Super Bowl titles:

1966 (I), 35-10 vs. Kansas City Chiefs

1967 (II), 33-14 vs. Oakland Raiders

1996 (XXXI),35-21 vs. New England Patriots

2010 (XLV), 31-25 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

In terms of Super Bowl victories, the Green Bay Packers have four to their name.

However, they’ve won nine pre-Super Bowl NFL titles, more than any other team, that included two runs of three straight NFL titles during the early 1930s and mid-1960s. Hall of fame head coaches Earl Lambeau and Vince Lombardi were the two men at the helm during those eras in helping the Pack win 11 NFL championships. The Packers won the first official Super Bowl during the 1966-1967 season, and then again in 1967. Quarterback Bart Starr was the MVP in both of those victories.

Soon-to-be Hall of Fame quarterback Aaron Rodgers and current Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre spearheaded the Packers’ next two Super Bowl runs in 1997, and 2011. Rodgers ended up being Favre’s successor and will likely be considered the best quarterback in franchise history when it’s all said and done. Sorry Brett that’s my hot take.

T-5. New York Giants: 4 Super Bowl Wins
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25 Jan 1987: Wide receiver Phil McConkey of the New York Giants celebrates making a touchdown against the Denver Broncos during Superbowl XXI at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. The Giants won the game 39-20.

Super Bowl titles:

1986 (XXI), 39-20 vs. Denver Broncos

1990 (XXV),20-19 vs. Buffalo Bills

2007 (XLII), 17-14 vs. New England Patriots

2011 (XLVI), 21-17 vs. New England Patriots

If the New England Patriots were Superman, then the New York Giants were its kryptonite. The Giants famously beat the 16-0 Patriots in 2008 to win their franchise’s third Super Bowl, a game that quarterback Eli Manning would win MVP. Four years later, not only would the same teams meet again, but the Giants would win by the same margin, and Eli would once more win the MVP. Those Giants teams were also led by Michael Strahan, Antonio Pierce, Justin Tuck, Plaxico Burress, and Jeremey Shockey. Wide receiver David Tyree is responsible for the famous helmet catch during the 4th quarter of Super Bowl XLII that extended the Giant’s game-winning drive.

The Giants’ first Super Bowl win came during 1987 in a victory over the Denver Broncos. The team was led by Hall of Fame head coach Bill Parcells, and quarterback Phill Simms, who won the MVP award.

T-7. Denver Broncos: 3 Super Bowl Wins
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31 Jan 1988: Denver Broncos wide receivers Ricky Nattiel, Mark Jackson, and Vance Johnson (l to r) celebrate during Super Bowl XXII against the Washington Redskins at Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego, California. The Redskins won the game, 42-10.

Super Bowl titles:

1997 (XXXII), 31-24 vs. Green Bay Packers

1998 (XXXII), 34-19 vs. Atlanta Falcons

2015 (50), 24-10 vs. Carolina Panthers

The Denver Broncos are next on the list with three Super Bowl wins during the Super Bowl era, including back-to-back triumphs in 1998 and 1999. Those Broncos teams were absolutely loaded with Hall of Fame talent that including quarterback John Elway, running back Terrell Davis, wide receiver Ed McCaffrey, and tight-end Shannon Sharpe.

In 2016, the Broncos would be on top of the pro football mountain once more after they’d defeated the Carolina Panthers for their franchise’s third Super Bowl. The Broncos were led by one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time in Peyton Manning, and Linebacker Von Miller, who won MVP of Super Bowl 50 in 2016.

T-7. Washington Commanders: 3 Super Bowl Wins
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26 Jan 1992: Quarterback Mark Rypien of the Washington Redskins celebrates during Super Bowl XXVI against the Buffalo Bills at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Reskins won the game, 37-24. Rypien was named the game”s MVP.

Super Bowl titles:

1982 (XVII), 27-17 vs. Miami Dolphins

1987 (XXII), 42-10 vs. Denver Broncos

1991 (XXVI), 37-21 vs. Buffalo Bills

The Washington Commanders/Redskins were crowned the Super Bowl champions in 1983, 1988, and 1992. Head coach Joe Gibbs coached those squads and has won more games than any other coach in the Washington’s history.

Oddly enough, each of those teams was led by different quarterbacks: Joe Theismann, Doug Williams, and Mark Rypien. Other notable players include running back John Riggins, cornerback Darrell Green, and wide-receiver Art Monk.

T-7. Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders: 3 Super Bowl Wins
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22 Jan 1984: The Los Angeles Raiders celebrate after Super Bowl XVIII against the Washington Redskins at Tampa Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The Raiders won the game, 38-9.

Super Bowl titles:

1976 (XI), 32-14 vs. Minnesota Vikings

1980 (XV), 27-10 vs. Philadelphia Eagles

1983 (XVIII), 38-9 vs. Washington Redskins

During the Super Bowl era, the Raiders reigned supreme in the NFL for the first time in 1977. That team had an all-world front office in coaching staff led by General manager Al Davis and Head Coach John Madden. Wide Receiver Fred Biletnikoff won Super Bowl MVP and highlighted a team that was also led by offensive linemen Gene Upshaw, Art Shell, and quarterback Ken Stabler.

Their latest Super Bowl success would happen in 1984. While the franchise would be under the same ownership in Al Davis, Tom Flores took over the head coaching helm from John Madden. Those teams had a mean defense anchored by defensive ends Howie Long and Greg Townsend who would combine for 23.5 sacks during that season.

T-10. Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts: 2 Super Bowl Wins
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MIAMI GARDENS, FL – FEBRUARY 04: Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts celebrates winning the Super Bowl XLI qith a score of 29-17 over the Chicago Bears on February 4, 2007 at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.

Super Bowl titles:

1970 (V), 16-13 vs. Dallas Cowboys

2006 (XLI), 29-17 vs. Chicago Bears

The Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts have won two Super Bowls in franchise history, as well as two pre-Super Bowl era NFL championships. The first came in a three-point victory over the Dallas Cowboys in 1971, while their latest Super Bowl win would come 36 years later in a 12-point victory over the Chicago Bears. Known as the Baltimore Colts in 1971, the Colts were a team that was led by linebacker Chuck Howley, tight-end John Mackey, and quarterback Johnny Unitas.

Quarterback Peyton Manning led his Colts to a 29-17 Super Bowl win over the Bears in 2007, while winning the game’s MVP award as well. He was helped by wide receivers Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne, tight-end Dallas Clark, offensive lineman Jeff Saturday, and head coach Tony Dungy.

T-10. Miami Dolphins: 2 Super Bowl Wins
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Super Bowl titles:

1972 (VII), 14-7 vs. Washington Redskins

1973 (VIII), 24-7 vs. Minnesota Vikings

The 1972 Dolphins rolled in to Super Bowl VII a perfect 16-0 looking to complete a perfect season, but were actually 1-point underdogs against the Redskins at kickoff. In a bizarre move, with Miami up 14-0 late in the game, they decided to kick a field goal in an attempt to win the game 17-0 to cap off their perfect 17-0 season. The kick was blocked and returned for a touchdown and the Redskins would later get the ball back down just one score. The Dolphins were able to stop them and close the game out, ending what is still the second-lowest scoring Super Bowl of all-time.

One year later, the Dolphins would return to the Super Bowl for their third consecutive trip, beating the Minnesota Vikings in a one-sided affair. Running back Larry Czonka was named MVP after running for 145 yards.

T-10. St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams: 2 Super Bowl Wins
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Super Bowl titles:

1999 (XXXIV), 23-16 vs. Tennessee Titans

2021 (LVI), 23-20 vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Super Bowl XXXIV was one of the most exciting games in the history of the NFL, with the Rams stopping the Titans attempt to tie the game at the one yard line as time expired. The play has become known as “One Yard Short”, with Titans wide receiver Kevin Dyson stretching his arm in an effort to reach the goal line while being tackled by Rams linebacker Mike Jones. The Rams record breaking offense–nicknamed the “Greatest Show on Turf”–featured Super Bowl MVP quarterback Kurt Warner, hall of fame running back Marshall Faulk and speedy wideouts Isaac Bruce, Torry Holt, Az Zahir-Hakim and Ricky Proehl.

In Super Bowl LVI, Matthew Stafford led the Rams to his first ever championship. This was his first year with the team, after they swapped franchise quarterbacks with the Lions, sending Jared Goff to Detroit during the offseason. Edge Rusher Aaron Donald and Wide Receiver Cooper Kupp both had huge games, with Kupp winning MVP after converting a 4th down and scoring the game winning touchdown on the Rams final drive.

T-10. Kansas City Chiefs: 2 Super Bowl Wins
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Super Bowl titles:

1969 (IV), 23-7 vs. Minnesota Vikings

2019 (LIV), 31-20 vs. San Francisco 49ers

Super Bowl IV featured the AFL’s Kansas City Chiefs attempting to prove that their fellow AFL squad, the New York Jets Super Bowl III win was no fluke. What else did the AFL have to do to earn a little respect? Many “experts” still felt that the NFL was the far superior league, with the Vikings entering the game a huge 13 point favorite. The Chiefs would go on to dominate the Vikings, with quarterback Len Dawson taking home MVP honors.

In Super Bowl LIV, quarterback Patrick Mahomes led a furious 4th quarter comeback against Jimmy Garoppolo and the 49ers, scoring 21 unanswered points and ending their 50-year championship drought.

T-10. Baltimore Ravens
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Super Bowl titles:

2000 (XXXV), 34-7 vs. New York Giants

2012 (XlVII), 34-31 vs. San Francisco 49ers

In Super Bowl XXXV, the Ravens were led by an absolutely dominating defense, widely considered one of the best in the history of the NFL. Linebacker Ray Lewis took home MVP honors, and the Giants were the first team since the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl XXIII to be held without an offensive touchdown.

Twelve years later, the Ravens met up with the San Francisco 49ers. This game was known as the “Har-Bowl”, the first time in NFL history that two brothers (Jim & John Harbaugh) coached against each other in the Super Bowl. Quarterback Joe Flacco took home MVP honors after a back-and-forth battle that saw him throw three touchdown passes. The game also featured a memorable power-outage in the Superdome that suspended play for over 30 minutes.

T-10. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 2 Super Bowl Wins
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Super Bowl titles:

2002 (XXXVII), 48-21 vs. Oakland Raiders

2020 (LIV), 31-9 vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Who can forget the 2002 Buccaneers–led by quarterback Brad Johnson, at the top of most peoples “worst qb with a super bowl ring” list–crushing the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII? This was widely known as the “Gruden Bowl”, pitting Head Coach John Gruden against the team that “traded” him in the offseason to the Bucs for four draft picks. The Bucs #1 ranked defense handled the Raiders #1 ranked offense, giving Tampa their first ever Lombardi Trophy.

In 2020, the Bucs went totally on the opposite end of the quarterback spectrum as the GOAT Tom Brady–in his first year away from the Patriots–won his 7th Super Bowl ring over Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs in Miami.

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NFL Power Rankings and Prop Bets: Week 1

Football is back, but which teams are at the top of my 2022 NFL power rankings? As we all know, football is a marathon, not a sprint. The teams with the least injuries and most depth will typically climb the rankings throughout the season.

There’s a good chance that some team in the bottom 10 will make the playoffs, while a team in the top 10 will sink like a stone in the coming weeks.

In this weekly breakdown, I will tell you which teams are hot, which aren’t, their current odds to win the Super Bowl and the best prop bets for the upcoming week.

Without further adieu, here are my week 1 NFL power rankings:

1. Los Angeles Rams
DraftKings odds to win Super Bowl +1200
Ronald Martinez / Staff

Kicking off my week 1 NFL Power rankings in the top spot are the defending Super Bowl champions. The Rams look poised to make a run at repeating. QB Matthew Stafford was the missing piece for head coach Sean McVay and a Rams offense that fell short in the Super Bowl three years prior. Cooper Kupp is coming off a 145 catch season and free agent WR Allen Robinson enters what is by far the most favorable quarterback situation of his career. Three-time Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald and CB Jalen Ramsey remain top ten players to lead the defense.

2. Buffalo Bills
DraftKings odds to win Super Bowl +550
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The Bills enter the 2022 season as the current favorites to win the Super Bowl according to DraftKings and at the top of many people’s NFL power rankings. The team inked pass rusher Von Miller to a six-year $120M contract in hopes of finally getting through the Chiefs, falling just seconds short in 2021.

The spotlight is on QB Josh Allen, who enters his first season without offensive coordinator Brian Daboll following back to back MVP caliber seasons. 

3. Kansas City Chiefs
DraftKings odds to win Super Bowl +1000
Jamie Squire / Staff

While Andy Reid and Patrick Mahomes remain favorites in the AFC West, the rest of the division is quickly stockpiling talent and closing the gap.

Patrick Mahomes is coming off a down year by his standards as defenses began to implement more two high safety looks. Now that Tyreek Hill is out of the equation, what will the offense look like in 2022? Tight end Travis Kelce is still a matchup nightmare on offense and the defense has been able to play at a high level under defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo.

4. Green Bay Packers
DraftKings odds to win Super Bowl +1000
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Aaron Rodgers to Devante Adams was the best QB to WR connection in all of football by a mile. How does the Packers offense replace Adams without a true #1 weapon? If anybody can make it work, it is Rodgers.

RBs Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon provide a nice one-two punch out of the backfield to lean on as well.

5. L.A. Chargers
DraftKings odds to win Super Bowl +1400
Ronald Martinez / Staff

After losing three of four to end the season and falling short of the playoffs in 2021, the Chargers added a pair of All-Pro players in CB J.C. Jackson and LB Khalil Mack.

With surrounding help, expect DE Joey Bosa to shatter his previous high of 12.5 sacks in a season. Justin Herbert has proven he can hang with other top five quarterbacks and should only improve entering year three. Watch out for the Chargers to make a run at the division and climb the NFL power rankings in the coming weeks.

6. Cincinnati Bengals
DraftKings odds to win Super Bowl +2200
Andy Lyons / Staff

The Bengals hit their stride in January and went from six combined wins in 2019-2020, to a Super Bowl appearance in 2021. While the team will no longer catch anybody by surprise, it doesn’t appear that Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase are poised to slow down.

The Bengals have become a fun team to watch and possess enough talent and confidence to avoid a letdown season. 

7. Baltimore Ravens
DraftKings odds to win Super Bowl +2000
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For an organization that seemingly does everything right, the Ravens have somehow allowed the contract saga with QB Lamar Jackson to approach week 1. Contract talks are unlikely to impact Jackson and a Ravens team motivated to bounce back from a frustrating 8-9 season. John Harbaugh has finished below .500 in just one other season since taking over in 2008.

Free safety Marcus Williams inked a $70M contract this offseason, joining a Ravens secondary that is as deep with talent as any group in football. The Ravens will push the Bengals atop the AFC North. However, a loss on the road in week 1 to the New York Jets would send them spiraling down my week 2 NFL power rankings list.

8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
DraftKings odds to win Super Bowl +700
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At some point Tom Brady has to lose it. Yes, I’ve said that every year since he was 35, and I’ve been wrong all ten seasons that followed. The Bucs offensive line is already banged up with three new starters along the interior to start the season. The combination of Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and Julio Jones at wide receiver is scary, but Brady has also missed a large chunk of training camp dealing with personal matters. Todd Bowles has proven to be a great defensive coordinator but must now prove he can lead an entire team after taking over for Bruce Arians as head coach. 

9. Indianapolis Colts
DraftKings odds to win Super Bowl +2500
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The Colts have drafted as well as any organization over the past few years and should comfortably win the AFC South this season. Matt Ryan continues the line of veteran quarterbacks in Indy and should benefit from a dominant offensive line. Quenton Nelson anchors a unit that helped produce 1,811 yards on the ground for RB Jonathan Taylor in 2021. With a defense that plays fast and physical, the Colts will be a tough out in January. 

10. San Francisco 49ers
DraftKings odds to win Super Bowl +1600
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The 49ers have the team to make it to another Super Bowl, but do they have the quarterback? Second-year QB Trey Lance should benefit from sitting and watching as a rookie, and from a QB friendly offense under Kyle Shanahan. If all else fails, Jimmy G is still waiting in the wings. The team was able to avoid disaster and reach a new three-year $71.5M deal with WR Deebo Samuel. The growth of Lance is the difference between early playoff exit and possible Super Bowl contender in San Francisco. 

11. Dallas Cowboys
DraftKings odds to win Super Bowl +2200
Tom Pennington / Staff

The early injury to OT Tyron Smith is a major blow for Dak Prescott and the Cowboys offense. The offense is already looking to replace WR Amari Cooper, and WR Michael Gallup is still working back to full health following a torn ACL last year. This could be the last chance for head coach Mike McCarthy to earn the trust of owner Jerry Jones. CB Trevon Diggs and LB Micah Parsons lead an exciting young defense that should keep Dallas in games as the offense sorts through changes.

12. Philadelphia Eagles
DraftKings odds to win Super Bowl +2200
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The NFC East will likely come down to the final week or two of the season, as the Eagles have quickly built the potential for a high-powered offense around QB Jalen Hurts. Hurts already creates a number of problems for defenses with his athleticism. Now the addition of wide receiver A.J. Brown paired with Devonta Smith and tight end Dallas Goedert create an entirely new set of matchup nightmares. The Eagles should have no problems getting after the quarterback as well with a versatile group of pass rushers.

13. Denver Broncos
DraftKings odds to win Super Bowl +1800
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Russell Wilson hopes to replicate the work of Peyton Manning by cementing his legacy with a second Super Bowl win in Denver. The move vaults Denver into instant postseason discussion while adding another elite QB to the AFC.

WR Jerry Jeudy has posted just 90 catches, 1,323 yards, and 3 touchdowns over first two seasons in Denver, and could top those in 2022 alone with stability at quarterback. The defense has the pieces to be a top ten unit but the team has a long way to go before topping KC/L.A. in the West.

14. Minnesota Vikings
DraftKings odds to win Super Bowl +3500
Rey Del Rio / Contributor

I would normally laugh at the idea of getting behind Kirk Cousins having a big season and taking Minnesota on a run through the playoffs. At some point Cousin’s numbers deserve some respect and the team will make a leap. Over four years in Minnesota, Cousins has a line of 124 TDs and 36 INTs with 68.3% completions.

Dalvin Cook is a top five running back and Justin Jeffferson is on a path to enter that conversation amongst wide receivers, if he isn’t there already. Watch out for the Vikings as new head coach Kevin O’Connell should infuse some energy in place of Mike Zimmer. 

With a fairly easy schedule in their first 6 games, don’t be surprised if the Vikings climb in to the top 10 in the not-so-distant future on my NFL power rankings list.

15. Las Vegas Raiders
DraftKings odds to win Super Bowl +4000
Ezra Shaw / Staff

QB Derek Carr quietly continues to get better every single year and rarely gets recognition. Expect another leap with the addition of All-Pro wide receiver Davante Adams. The Raiders made another bold move to sign pass rusher Chandler Jones, who gives them a force opposite Maxx Crosby on the defensive line. It is hard to look at the talent on this roster and not assume ten wins. Then again, there is a chance they may struggle to avoid last place in arguably the NFL’s most talented division.

16. Arizona Cardinals
DraftKings odds to win Super Bowl +4000
Christian Petersen / Staff

The Cardinals will look to overcome a six-game suspension to star WR DeAndre Hopkins to begin the season. Hopefully QB Kyler Murray has put in the study time. The new $230M contract signed by Murray this offseason has raised eyebrows with language requiring independent study. Pressure is on head coach Kliff Kingsbury, who has finished with a record below .500 in the second half of every season that he has been a head coach (including college) dating back 2013. 

17. Miami Dolphins
DraftKings odds to win Super Bowl +4000
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The Dolphins continue to hype up third-year QB Tua Tagovailoa in spite of seemingly always planning for options to replace him. The addition of WR Tyreek Hill adds another dynamic to the offense when paired with second-year playmaker Jaylen Waddle. The Dolphins have speed that few teams can match, however, there is no guarantee Tua can either.

The pieces are there on both sides of the ball for head coach Mike McDaniel to enter year one with heightened expectations.

18. Pittsburgh Steelers
DraftKings odds to win Super Bowl +9000
Patrick Smith / Staff

There are few examples in sports that define consistency better than head coach Mike Tomlin, who has won at least 8 games every season since becoming Steelers head coach in 2007.

While there are questions at quarterback, it is hard to bet against Tomlin finding a way to make some magic happen with Mitch Trubisky, or rookie Kenny Pickett, replacing Big Ben at QB.

T.J. Watt produced 22.5 sacks and earned Defensive Player of the Year in 2021. WR George Pickens could be the steal of the 2022 draft, creating a formidable trio with Chase Claypool and Dionte Johnson. Expect the team to lean on RB Najee Harris and the ground game early in the season. 

19. New Orleans Saints
DraftKings odds to win Super Bowl +4000
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The Saints looked internally to replace Sean Payton after 16 seasons, going with long-time defensive coordinator Dennis Allen.

Allen served as DC under Payton since 2015 and should be able to maintain a similar structure with a talented roster. It appears RB Alvin Kamara will avoid suspension until 2023 and WR Michael Thomas looks healthy for week one.

The biggest questions remain at quarterback. Can Jameis Winston avoid the costly turnovers that have plagued his career? If so, the Saints could eat plenty of Ws in 2022 and climb this NFL power rankings list very quickly.

20. New England Patriots
DraftKings odds to win Super Bowl +5000
Maddie Meyer / Staff

A Bill Belichick coached team starting off the season ranked #21 in the NFL power rankings? 2021 was up there with any of Bill Belichick’s top coaching performances, taking rookie QB Mac Jones to a 10-7 season and playoff appearance. The loss of OC Josh McDaniels and CB J.C. Jackson will certainly have an impact. The Patriots have struggled to draft players over the past few years and at some point that catches up to any team. It would be foolish to completely count out New England, but a path to another ten wins seems unlikely.

21. Tennessee Titans
DraftKings odds to win Super Bowl +4000
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The talent in the AFC may simply be too good for the Titans run of success under head coach Mike Vrabel to continue. The clock is ticking on QB Ryan Tannehill after a strong preseason from rookie Malik Willis. The Titans will not only look to replace WR A.J. Brown on offense, but top pass rusher Harold Landry recently tore his ACL in practice and will miss the season. It is hard not to trust RB Derrick Henry to do what he always does and put the team on his back, but the team may lack any real threats to give him a true chance. 

22. Cleveland Browns
DraftKings odds to win Super Bowl +5000
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Any football fan had to feel good for Cleveland when they unlocked the beer fridge with their first win in 635 days in 2018. It was an even bigger party as they snapped an 18-year playoff drought in 2020. The vibes have certainly changed with QB Deshaun Watson set to serve an 11 game suspension. DE Myles Garrett and RB Nick Chubb hope to provide enough firepower to keep the team in contention under QB Jacoby Brissett. 

23. Washington Commanders
DraftKings odds to win Super Bowl +7000
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Head coach Ron Rivera has managed seven wins during each season of his first two seasons in Washington while dealing with a revolving door at quarterback. Carson Wentz played well in his lone season with the Colts, but also benefited from a great run game. The Commanders offensive line will look to replace All-Pro guard Brendon Scherff after seven seasons. Questions also linger about the return of DE Chase Young (torn ACL last season) who will begin the season on IR. 

24. Carolina Panthers
DraftKings odds to win Super Bowl +13000
Eakin Howard / Contributor

QB Baker Mayfield and head coach Matt Rhule are entering make or break seasons. This is likely the last opportunity for Mayfield to prove himself as a starter, and Rhule is unlikely to get another season if the Panthers fail to make the playoffs. A healthy Christian McCaffrey is everything to the Panthers success, as evidenced by their 3-0 start last season and subsequent struggles following his hamstring injury. 

25. New York Jets
DraftKings odds to win Super Bowl +13000
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General Manager Joe Douglas has added some impact players over the past two years that will restore some credibility to the Jets. How quickly it all comes together is another question. 2022 draft picks Sauce Gardner, Garrett Wilson, and Breece Hall have impressed this summer, along with second-year wideout Elijah Moore. The second-year tandem of head coach Robert Saleh and QB Zach Wilson remain the team’s biggest question marks and have much to prove. Losing OT Mekhi Becton for the season, and possibly Wilson to start the first several weeks, was a rough way to start. 

26. Detroit Lions
DraftKings odds to win Super Bowl +15000
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Although the Lions are still likely a year or two away from being in the playoff conversation, Jared Goff brings enough experience to keep them in games. Second overall pick DE Aidan Hutchinson is the early favorite for Defensive Rookie of the Year and 2020 third overall pick CB Jeff Okudah looks healthy after missing nearly all of 2021 following an Achilles injury. The Lions may lose a lot of games but don’t expect to see too many lopsided scores under fiery head coach Dan Campbell.

27. Jacksonville Jaguars
DraftKings odds to win Super Bowl +13000
Carmen Mandato / Staff

The Jacksonville Jaguars shelled out more money in guarantees this offseason than any team in history. That is the cost of cleansing a mess created with the Urban Meyer experiment, while also giving second-year QB Trevor Lawrence a fresh chance to shine. Doug Pederson brings a steadying presence and Super Bowl winning pedigree to a locker room in need of leadership.

28. Chicago Bears
DraftKings odds to win Super Bowl +15000
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The excitement surrounding second-year quarterback Justin Fields is only mitigated by a lackluster Bears offensive line and supporting cast. New head coach Matt Eberflus brings four years of success as Colts defensive coordinator, but has already inherited his first challenge in restoring the team’s relationship with LB Roquan Smith. Smith sat out training camp and requested a trade after a failure to come to terms on a new long-term contract. 

29. New York Giants
DraftKings odds to win Super Bowl +13000
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New head coach Brian Daboll will look to replicate the success he had as offensive coordinator with the Buffalo Bills and flip the career path of fourth-year quarterback Daniel Jones. This is likely Jones’ final opportunity to earn a future with the Giants after the team declined his fifth-year option. Spotlight is on wide receiver Kenny Golladay entering year two with the Giants (4yrs/$72M) still searching for his first touchdown after 14 games without one in 2021.

30. Seattle Seahawks
DraftKings odds to win Super Bowl +15000
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The loss of QB Russell Wilson signals the start of a new era in Seattle. Geno Smith will get an opportunity to revive his career at quarterback and wide receivers Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf should provide some relief. Pressure shifts to head coach Pete Carroll and the defense. The Seahawks traded two first-round picks in return for safety Jamal Adams, but Adams has struggled in coverage while dealing with injuries. The Seahawks could certainly use an infusion of draft picks to help a depleted roster entering unfamiliar territory. 

31. Atlanta Falcons
DraftKings odds to win Super Bowl +20000
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Tight end Kyle Pitts is so damn good, but getting him the football could be a major problem. Rookie QB Desmond Ridder had some impressive moments this summer  and could eventually push current starter Marcus Mariota for playing time should the season unravel.

32. Houston Texans
DraftKings odds to win Super Bowl +25000
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The Texans start the season dead last in my NFL power rankings. Fourth-round pick Dameon Pierce has opened eyes all summer for the Texans. Expect teams to key on the rookie running back early with Davis Mills under center and a below average supporting cast. General manager Nick Caserio and head coach Lovie Smith are likely in for some rough seasons before things improve in Houston.

Week 1 Top DraftKings NFL Prop Bets
Joshua Bessex / Contributor

1. Von Miller. Over 0.75 sacks (+165)

I’ll take the plus odds on Von Miller to land a sack on Thursday night against his former team. Miller may not be the same force he ones was, but he can still pressure the quarterback with the best of them. 

2. Gabriel Davis over 4.5 receptions (+130)

It is tempting to buy the juice on Stefon Diggs over 5.5 receptions (-145) but he is sure to see plenty of Jalen Ramsey in coverage. Although Ramsey continues to work his way back to 100% following offseason surgery, Davis should still see plenty of targets opposite Diggs. Davis will also benefit from a favorable matchup against a much smaller CB in Troy Hill. 

3. Christian McCaffrey over 112.5 combined rushing and receiving yards. (-115)

McCaffrey is a strong candidate for “Comeback Player of the Year” and appears to be in phenomenal shape to start the season. The Browns defense will present a challenge but their offense could struggle to stay on the field. Expect plenty of touches for McCaffrey.

4. Patrick Mahomes over 305.5 passing yards (-115)

The Chiefs week one contest at Arizona is the highest over/under (53.5) of any game to start the way. The Cardinals should be able to keep the game close enough where Mahomes is throwing for all four quarters. 

5. George Kittle over 47.5 receiving yards (-115)

A good tight end is every quarterback’s best friend. Expect Trey Lance to lean heavily on his All-Pro tight end in just his third career start.

Which team will take the biggest leap in the NFL power rankings from week 1 to week 18? is there a team in the top 10 that will end the season towards the bottom of the list? Hit us up on twitter @137pm and let us know your predictions!

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Updated: Which NFL Players Will Be Cut or Traded?

Which NFL players will be cut or traded this week?

The preseason is over and we are now less than two weeks away from the Buffalo Bills visiting SoFi Stadium to take on the defending champion Los Angeles Rams to open the 2022 regular season.

Before that happens, teams must trim their rosters down to 53 players by the August 30th deadline, and several high-profile names are rumored to be either on the trade block or in danger of being cut outright. 

Here is my list of the top 10 NFL players who will be cut or traded ahead of the deadline:

Quarterbacks
1. Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers
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“Jimmy G” is the most interesting name on this list. The 49ers seem to have the pieces in place for a legit playoff run and all Garoppolo does is win ballgames. With a lifetime 45-18 record and a 98.9 rating, it would seem to be counterproductive to remove him from a team that has big goals entering the 2022 season. 

However, after drafting Trey Lance in the first round of the 2021 draft – even with an uneven preseason performance that has some questioning whether he is ready to take over the QB1 spot – he is the future of the 49ers. With $25 million guaranteed dollars headed Garoppolo’s way if he’s on the roster past August 30, the only way he doesn’t get cut is if he gets traded first. 

Update: Jimmy G has restructured his contract and will remain with the Niners next year on a one-year deal worth $6.5 million.

2. Mason Rudolph, Pittsburgh Steelers
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Rudolph’s roster spot has been in jeopardy for quite a while. The Steelers signed free agent Mitch Trubisky and drafted hometown quarterback Kenny Pickett in the first round this offseason.

Much like Jimmy G, the only question seems to be if Rudolph will be cut or traded ahead of the deadline. However, Steelers fans shouldn’t get themselves overly excited about what they may get back in return for the five-year veteran. The Vikings and Raiders recently swapped quarterback Nick Mullens for a conditional 7th-round pick in 2024. Compensation would likely be in that range if they can find a trade partner. 

Update: Rudolph remains on the Steelers 53-man roster (for now) but I would still not be surprised if he is traded before opening day.

3. Ian Book, New Orleans Saints
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With Jameis Winston set to be QB1, Andy Dalton as the backup, and Taysom Hill on the roster as the change-of-pace guy/emergency quarterback, there doesn’t seem to be a spot on the 53-man roster available for the former Notre Dame QB. 

Book was selected in the 4th round of last year’s draft. That relatively high selection may be enough for him to at least stick around on the practice squad.

Update: Book was released and signed by the Philadelphia Eagles.

Wide Receivers
4. Darius Slayton, New York Giants
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In what would likely be a salary cap move, the Giants seem to be looking to move on from Slayton. He is set to earn $2.5 million dollars against the cap in 2022 with just over $58,000 in dead cap if he’s cut. With Big Blue having just around $5 million in cap space, they can certainly use the savings. 

While Slayton is one of the Giants’ most experienced receivers, the former 6th-round pick in 2019 hasn’t exactly built upon his successful rookie campaign in which he caught 48 balls for 740 yards and 9 touchdowns. With Sterling Shephard, Kadarius Toney, and second-round pick Wan’Dale Robinson firmly in the mix, it’s very likely that Slayton will be playing elsewhere in 2022. 

Most likely landing spot: Slayton was retained by the Giants but rumors continue to exist about potential trade offers.

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Their job is to do what’s best for this team. So if somebody calls them and like if the Rams called and were like we’ll give you Aaron Donald for Darius Slayton, I mean I’d make that trade, too.

5. Jalen Reagor, Philadelphia Eagles
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Raegor was selected by the Eagles in the first round of the 2020 draft out of TCU, and big things were expected of him. However, he has just 64 catches for 695 yards and 3 touchdowns combined over his first two seasons.

Raegor has some upside and a ton of speed, so it’s likely that some team would be willing to part with a mid-late round pick for him. 

Update: Reagor was traded to the Minnesota Vikings for a 2023 seventh-round pick and a 2024 conditional fourth-round pick that would drop to a fifth-rounder if he doesn’t hit certain statistical marks.

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Who can forget the Vikings draft war room the night the Eagles drafted Reagor just one pick ahead of Minnesota as they targeted Justin Jefferson, who looks to be on the verge of superstardom.

6. Scotty Miller, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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Scotty Miller made one of the biggest plays of the 2020 NFC Championship game and certainly has some talent, but the Bucs are loaded at wide receiver. Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Julio Jones, and Russell Gage all have spots locked up. That leaves Miller battling with Brashard Perriman and talented young receivers like Tyler Johnson, Jaelon Darden, as well as a fresh crop of rookies for a roster spot.  

Update: The Bucs decided to waive their former fifth-round pick out of Minnesota, Tyler Johnson and instead keep Scotty Miller on the 53-man roster.

7. Denzel Mims, WR, New York Jets
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Denzel Mims had a solid rookie season after the Jets selected him in the second round of the 2020 draft out of Baylor. However, he quickly fell out of favor with the current coaching staff and last year was a complete disaster. Coming into training camp, Mims was fighting an uphill battle, with Corey Davis, Elijah Moore, Braxton Berrios, and 2022 first-round pick Garrett Wilson having guaranteed roster spots. Opportunities were few in preseason games, culminating in a trade request from Mims’s agent last week. 

There is enough talent there for the Jets to get something in return for him, as evidenced by his impressive 6-catch, 103-yard, 1 touchdown performance in the final preseason game. Will his former Baylor head coach (Matt Rhule) want him in Carolina? Will the Cowboys bring him back to Texas? 

Update: Denzel Mims survived cut down day, despite his agent’s trade request.

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Running Backs
8. D’Ernest Johnson, Cleveland Browns
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Anybody who plays fantasy football knows that D’Ernest Johnson can run the ball! With Nick Chubb injured, Johnson took over the Browns backfield for three games last season. He put up extremely impressive numbers, reaching 23+ touches for 130+ yards and 20+ fantasy points in every game. 

With that said, the Browns enter the 2022 season with Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt fully healthy. They also have 2022 5th round pick Jerome Ford and 2021 6th round WR/RB Demetric Felton–who is a core special teamer–in the fold.

There are rumblings that Johnson could be used as trade bait to bring in some depth at wide receiver. 

Most likely landing spot: Remains on Browns roster

Update: The Browns decided to keep 5 running backs on the roster and Johnson looks to be safely in line to suit up on opening day.

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9. Ronald Jones, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
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Jones has a one-year $1.5 million dollar contract with just $500,000 guaranteed, so the Chiefs would save $1 million by cutting him. They currently have three running backs ahead of Jones on the depth chart in Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Jerick McKinnon, and rookie Isiah Pacheco, so it seems unlikely that they would keep him on the roster as 4th string depth. 

There will likely be many teams that are interested in the 25-year-old former Tampa Bay Buccaneer if the Chiefs do indeed cut him. 

Update: The Rams held on to Ronald Jones, although a trade is still possible.

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Defense
10. Malik Reed, Denver Broncos
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Surprised to see an edge rusher on our list of which NFL players will be cut or traded? Malik Reed has started in 34 games and tallied 15 sacks, 123 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, and 30 quarterback hits. However, Brandon Browning seems to be the future outside linebacker in Denver, Bradley Chubb, and Randy Gregory aren’t going anywhere and rookie Nick Bonitto looks like a player.

With that said, if Reed is cut he will have no shortage of teams calling. Talented edge rushers don’t stay unemployed for long.

Update: Reed was traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers, swapping a 2023 sixth-round pick for the edge rusher and a seventh-round pick.

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The 32 Most Valuable Sports Teams In The World

Despite the pandemic, the average value of the top 50 most valuable sports teams on the planet increased by 9.9% from 2020 to 2021, to a whopping $3.4 billion. Today, we’re taking a look at the top half of that list. Due to some ties in value, there are actually 31 teams on the list.

1. Dallas Cowboys, $7.64 billion
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  • Sports league: NFL
  • Owner: Jerry Jones

Within the NFL, the Dallas Cowboys have been the most valuable team since the late 2000s. When you take into consideration every sports team around, Real Madrid were the most valuable until 2016 when the Cowboys took over and they’ve been the most valuable team in the world ever since.

2. New York Yankees, $7.01 billion
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  • Sports league: MLB
  • Owners: Steinbrenner family

You don’t have to know the first thing about baseball to know the New York Yankees and recognize their world-famous logo that is often seen on fitted caps and snapbacks. Their branding alone makes it no surprise that they’re the only MLB team worth over $4 billion, at a whopping $5.25 billion. All this, despite the fact that the team’s last championship was nearly 15 years ago.

3. New York Knicks, $6.12 billion
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  • Sports league: NBA
  • Owner: Madison Square Garden Sports

The New York Knicks have been the most valuable team in the NBA for the best part of a decade. Through all of their struggles as a team, they remain beloved amongst New Yorkers. They took the spot as the most valuable NBA team from the Lakers when they signed an incredibly lucrative cable deal.

4. Golden State Warriors, $6.03 billion
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  • Sports league: NBA
  • Owners: Joe Lacob and Peter Gruber

From 2016 to 2020, the Golden State Warriors had a growth of 147% in value, one of the highest among the top 50 most valuable sports teams in the world. This is largely due to their championship success in that period and it made them the second most valuable team in the NBA, above even the great brand that is the L.A. Lakers.

Speaking of which…

5. Los Angeles Lakers, $5.91 billion (tied)
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  • Sports league: NBA
  • Owners: Jerry Buss Family Trusts and Phillip Anschutz

Not only is the purple and gold of the L.A. Lakers one of the best sports brands ever, but in 2012, the team signed a $4 billion, 20-year deal with Time Warner. This means that regardless of the trouble that they currently find themselves in, they won’t be losing any value or even growing at a much slower rate anytime soon.

5. Los Angeles Rams, $5.91 billion (tied)
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  • Sports league: NFL
  • Owner: Stanley Kroenke

From 2020 to 2021, the Los Angeles Rams had a whopping 20% increase in their value, which was 6% more than the NFL’s average in that same time period. When you consider that they’ve since won the Super Bowl, it’s safe to assume that that value might shoot up again in the next year.

7. New England Patriots, $5.88 billion
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  • Sports league: NFL
  • Owner: Robert Kraft

The New England Patriots are the second most valuable team in the National Football League and this is still largely because of the Brady-Belichick era, but the franchise history of winning 6 Super Bowls and having arguably the best coach in league history also has a lot to do with it.

8. New York Giants, $5.73 billion
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  • Sports league: NFL
  • Owners: John Mara and Steven Tisch

Although they haven’t had a great run in recent times, the New York Giants’ history and the simple fact that they’re a New York team puts them high up on this list here and 3rd on the list of the most valuable teams in their league.

9. Real Madrid CF, $5.1 billion (tied)
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  • Sports league: La Liga
  • Owners: Club members

Right behind Barcelona is their arch-rivals, Real Madrid, coming in with a valuation of $4.75 billion, just $10 million less than Barca. For those that don’t follow soccer and don’t understand the scope of it, it’s truly hard to fathom how big this Spanish team is. In 2013, 2014, and 2015, this team topped the list of the most valuable sports teams.

9. San Francisco 49ers, $5.1 billion (tied)
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  • Sports league: NFL
  • Owners: Denise DeBartolo York and John York

The 49ers didn’t see as much growth from 2020 to 2021 as many of the other teams in the league did and they have a low operating income, but the San Francisco football team remains one of the most valuable teams in the NFL, and sports in general.

11. Boston Red Sox, $5.07 billion
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  • Sports league: MLB
  • Owners: Fenway Sports Group

Since their establishment in 1901, the Red Sox have won 9 World Series, tied for the third-most in MLB history. Interestingly, they’re owned by the same owners as the aforementioned Liverpool F.C., Fenway Sports Group, whose client base includes LeBron James and Johnny Manziel amongst its clients.

12. FC Barcelona, $5 billion (tied)
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  • Sports league: La Liga
  • Owners: Club members

Not only is Barcelona the fourth most valuable sports team in the world, the most valuable soccer team in the world and one of the few non-American teams on the list, but in terms of revenue, they are the world’s richest club, with an annual turnover of nearly $800 million.

13. Chicago Bears, $5 billion (tied)
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  • Sports league: NFL
  • Owners: McCaskey family

A cool and unbelievable stat about the Chicago Bears when it comes to their value is that just over 100 years ago in 1920, they were purchased by George Halas for $100. No, that’s not a typo. That’s the equivalent of around $1,418, which is around a 249,000,000% increase in value.

14. Los Angeles Dodgers, $4.89 billion
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  • Sports league: MLB
  • Owners: Guggenheim Baseball Management

The Los Angeles Dodgers are owned by Guggenheim Baseball Management who even if you haven’t heard of by name, you likely know the people associated with the brand. Of course, this team was originally the Brooklyn Dodgers and they moved to L.A. in the late 1950s. New York and L.A. are good homes for any teams, as the valuation shows.

15. New York Jets, $4.8 billion
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  • Sports league: NFL
  • Owners: Johnson family

New York is a massive media market so in spite of the lack of success that the Jets have seen in recent years, they remain in a top spot with a value of just over $4.8 billion. 

16. Washington Commanders, $4.78 billion
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  • Sports league: NFL
  • Owner: Daniel Snyder

The Washington Commanders don’t have a great reputation as of late but their recent acquisition of Carson Wentz could do something to change that. Their rebuild period could be coming to the end but despite it, from 2016 to 2020, their value increased by 23%.

17. Philadelphia Eagles, $4.7 billion
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  • Sports league: NFL
  • Owner: Jeffrey Lurie

This might be a somewhat surprising entry in the list for people but for the Philadelphia Eagles, their passionate fanbase and their recent Super Bowl win has done a lot for their $3.4 billion valuation. 

18. Denver Broncos, $4.65 billion
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  • Sports league: NFL
  • Owner: Pat Bowlen Trust

The Broncos are looking to be sold this year and there’s still no word on who the new owner could potentially be, but they’ll be paying close to $4 billion for the Denver team. On this list, they’re tied for 25th place with a couple of other teams in different leagues and sports entirely.

19. Houston Texans, $4.63 billion
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  • Sports league: NFL
  • Owner: Janice McNair

Considering the Houston Texans are one of just four NFL teams to have never made it to the Super Bowl, they’re doing a great job here with their valuation of $3.3 billion. They were founded in 1999 and were owned then by Bob McNair who tragically passed away in 2018.

20. Manchester United F.C., $4.6 billion
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  • Sports league: Premier League
  • Owners: Glazer family

Manchester United sat atop the list of the most valuable sports teams in 2010, 2011, and 2012, before they were knocked off the spot by Real Madrid. Even then, it took until 2019 for them to get knocked out of the top 5. Following the Munich air disaster in 1958, Matt Busby is credited with rebuilding the team and setting the foundation for what they have become in the subsequent decades.

21. Liverpool F.C., $4.45 billion
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  • Sports league: Premier League
  • Owners: Fenway Sports Group

Liverpool F.C. are very much a global brand and the team is notorious for having a lot of supporters all around the world. This is a large part of the reason that the team has a valuation of over $4 billion.

22. Chicago Cubs, $4.43 billion
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  • Sports league: MLB
  • Owners: Ricketts family

The Cubbies were established in 1876 and have been an MLB team since 1994 and through their ups and downs, they remain a force to be reckoned with when it comes to the big bucks. In fact, in 2012 when the Cubs had a 61-101, they were the most profitable team in the league.

23. Seattle Seahawks, $4.39 billion
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  • Sports League: NFL
  • Owner: Paul G. Allen Trust

The Seahawks saw a peak in popularity and success in the early 2010’s, going to two Super Bowl’s and winning one. They were headlined by the “Legion of Boom”, the nickname given to their stifling defensive tenacity. Lumen Field where the Seahawks play is known as one of the loudest stadiums in professional sports.

24. FC Bayern Munich, $4.275 billion
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  • Sports league: Bundesliga
  • Owners: Club members

If you’re an American sports fan, then grasping the way that soccer leagues work can be confusing. Luckily, you can read up about it here. Essentially, the Bundesliga is the premier soccer league in Germany and Bayern Munich is not only the most valuable soccer team there but the most valuable sports team in the country as well.

25. Pittsburgh Steelers, $4.26 billion
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  • Sports League: NFL
  • Owner: Daniel Rooney Trust, Arthur Rooney II

The Pittsburg Steelers are tied with the Patriots for the winningest NFL franchise, with six total Super Bowls. The Rooney family has been the sole owners of the franchise since Art Rooney founded the team in 1933. It cost Rooney only $2,500 to purchase the franchise fee to create the team.

26. Manchester City, $4.25 billion
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  • Sports league: Premier League
  • Owner: City Football Group

From 2016-2020, Manchester City saw a 108% growth in value, the 6th highest amongst the top 50 highest valued sports teams in the world. City became one of the top six in the 2010s and has since become a powerhouse not just in the Premier League or even soccer, but on the planet.

27. Green Bay Packers, $4.19 billion
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  • Sports League: NFL
  • Owner: Shareholders

The Packers are one of the original NFL teams and have one of the strangest ownership structures in professional sports. Fans can buy shares of the Packers when made available every couple of years. Owning a share gives you voting rights and an invitation to their annual corporate meeting.

28. Las Vegas Raiders, $4.08 billion
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  • Sports League: NFL
  • Owner: Mark Davis

Although the Raiders jumped ship from Oakland to Las Vegas, they still have one of the most active fandoms in all of sports. The Davis family has owned the Raiders since purchasing it in 1966 for $180,000. They have been playing in Las Vegas since 2020.

29. San Francisco Giants, $3.7 billion
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  • Sports League: MLB
  • Owner: Charles Johnson

The 5th highest valued baseball team and 27th overall valued team is the San Francisco Giants. Owner Charles Johnson took over in 1993 and has seen immense success. He has won three world series while owning the franchise.

30. Chicago Bulls, $3.53 billion
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  • Sports league: NBA
  • Owner: Jerry Reinsdorf

A large part of the Chicago Bulls’ success over the years has of course been due to their championships in the mid-1990s and Michael Jordan specifically. When the team was bought in 1985, it was for $16.2 million. By the late 90s after their championship run, they were worth $307 million.

31. Boston Celtics, $3.44 billion
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  • Sports league: NBA
  • Owners: Wycliffe Grousbeck, Irving Grousbeck, Robert Epstein and Stephen Pagliuca

You might be surprised at this valuation and the fact that Boston have the fifth most valuable team in the NBA, but the Celtics have a long history and have consistent success to this day. They were one of the first teams to sign a jersey patch deal.

32. Chelsea F.C., $3.1 billion
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  • Sports league: Premier League
  • Owner: Roman Abramovich

Tied for 25th place with the Boston Celtics and the Denver Broncos are Chelsea F.C., with a valuation of $3.2 billion. They’re the 7th most valuable soccer team in the world and through current controversy with their ownership, they remain the fourth most valuable team in the Premier League.