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NFL enters Week 8 with most games being very close; Bengals host Washington in London, Browns host NY Jets


As the NFL enters Week 8, one of the themes of the season has been close games. Through the first seven weeks, 80 games have been within one score in the fourth quarter, the most such games in a season’s first seven weeks in NFL history.

And not only are the games close but the standings are also tight. As the season nears the halfway point, 25 teams are either in or within two games of the top spot in the division.

Currently, there are 16 teams with a winning record. Since 1990, when the 12-team playoff format was adopted, 274 of the league’s 312 playoff teams (87.8 percent) had a winning record through seven games. But nothing is a given in the NFL. There have been 38 teams since 1990 which had a .500 or lower record after seven games to advance to the postseason. That includes four teams last season – Houston (2-5), Kansas City (2-5), Seattle (3-4) and Washington (3-4).

Week 8 begins on Thursday night with an AFC South matchup as the Tennessee Titans host the Jacksonville Jaguars (8:25 PM ET, NFLN). The action continues “across the pond” on Sunday morning (9:30 AM ET, FOX) when the Washington Redskins face the Cincinnati Bengals at London’s Wembley Stadium. The game marks the third and final 2016 International Series game in the United Kingdom. In Week 4, the Jaguars defeated the Indianapolis Colts 30-27 at Wembley and last week, the New York Giants knocked off the Los Angeles Rams 17-10 at London’s Twickenham Stadium.

The week concludes with a pair of primetime contests as the Dallas Cowboys host the Philadelphia Eagles in an NFC East showdown on Sunday night (8:30 PM ET, NBC) and the Minnesota Vikings visit the Chicago Bears on Monday night (8:30 PM ET, ESPN) in a battle of NFC North rivals.




  • Jaguars quarterback BLAKE BORTLES threw a career-high five touchdown passes – including three to wide receiver ALLEN ROBINSON (10 catches for 153 yards) – in the last meeting between the teams (December 6, 2015).
  • Titans quarterback MARCUS MARIOTA passed for 268 yards with three touchdowns and rushed for 112 yards with a career-long 87-yard TD in his last game against Jacksonville, which Tennessee won 42-39. Mariota is the only player in NFL history to have at least 250 passing yards with three passing touchdowns and more than 100 rushing yards in a single game.

WASHINGTON REDSKINS (4-3) at CINCINNATI BENGALS (3-4) in London (Sunday, FOX, 9:30 AM ET)


  • Washington quarterback KIRK COUSINS passed for 301 yards with a touchdown and added a rushing TD in last week’s loss at Detroit. Over his past five starts, Cousins has a 99.2 passer rating and a 4-1 record.
  • Redskins wide receiver JAMISON CROWDER had seven catches for 108 yards last week, his second career 100-yard receiving game. Crowder has scored a career-best four touchdowns this season (three receiving, one punt return).
  • Cincinnati wide receiver A.J. GREEN had eight catches for 169 yards and a touchdown (48 yards) in last week’s 31-17 win over Cleveland. It marked Green’s ninth career game with at least 150 receiving yards and a touchdown catch, which is the fourth-most in NFL history by a player in his first six seasons.
  • Bengals running back JEREMY HILL rushed for 168 yards with a TD (74 yards) on just nine carries in the win against the Browns. Hill’s 168 rushing yards are the third-most in NFL history by a player with fewer than 10 carries in a game.



  • The Raiders are an NFL-best 4-0 on the road this season, including a 33-16 win at Jacksonville last week.
  • Oakland quarterback DEREK CARR has 13 touchdown passes and only three interceptions this season for a 97.2 passer rating. Carr’s 13 touchdown passes are the most by a quarterback this season with three or fewer interceptions.
  • Tampa Bay aims for its third consecutive win. Last week, the Buccaneers defeated San Francisco 34-17.
  • Buccaneers running back JACQUIZZ RODGERS rushed for a career-high 154 yards in the win over the 49ers. Rodgers has recorded his first two career 100-yard rushing games in each of the past two weeks.


SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (3-4) at DENVER BRONCOS (5-2) (Sunday, CBS, 4:05 PM ET)


  • The Chargers erased a 17-point deficit last week to defeat Atlanta 33-30 in overtime. San Diego has overcome a 17+ point deficit in each of the past three seasons and the Chargers are only the fifth team in NFL history to register a 17+ point comeback victory in three consecutive seasons.
  • San Diego running back MELVIN GORDON scored three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving) in the victory at Atlanta and leads the NFL with 10 total touchdowns (eight rushing, two receiving).
  • In last week’s 27-9 win over Houston, Broncos running backs C.J. ANDERSON (107 yards, one TD) and DEVONTAE BOOKER (83 yards, one TD) each rushed for at least 80 yards and a touchdown.
  • Denver’s defense is allowing 291.6 total net yards per game, the best mark in the AFC. The Broncos are allowing 16.7 points per game, the second-fewest in the AFC. Denver’s defense has recorded 22 sacks this season, the most in the league. Broncos linebacker VON MILLER ranks second in the NFL with 7.5 sacks.


GREEN BAY PACKERS (4-2) at ATLANTA FALCONS (4-3) (Sunday, FOX, 4:25 PM ET)


  • In last Thursday’s 26-10 win over Chicago, the Packers became the second team in NFL history to have three different players catch at least 10 passes in a single game: DAVANTE ADAMS (13 for 132 yards with two touchdowns), RANDALL COBB (11 for 95 yards with a TD) and TY MONTGOMERY (10 for 66 yards).
  • Green Bay quarterback AARON RODGERS set a franchise record with 39 completions in last week’s win over the Bears as he threw for 326 yards and three touchdowns.
  • Atlanta quarterback MATT RYAN leads the NFL this season with 2,348 passing yards. Last week, Ryan passed for 273 yards, his 46th consecutive game with at least 200 passing yards. He surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN FOUTS (45) for the longest streak in NFL history.
  • Falcons wide receiver JULIO JONES had nine catches for 174 yards last week and leads the NFL this season with 830 receiving yards. Jones is averaging 20.8 yards per catch (40 receptions), the highest in the league among players with at least 25 catches.



  • Philadelphia rookie quarterback CARSON WENTZ has won four of his first six starts and has completed 118 of 185 passes (63.8 percent) for 1,324 yards with eight touchdowns and three interceptions for a 92.7 passer rating.
  • The Eagles are the only team in the NFL this season to return a kickoff for a touchdown – and they’ve done it in back to back weeks. In Week 6,WENDELL SMALLWOOD had an 86-yard kickoff-return touchdown and last week, in the team’s 21-10 win over Minnesota, JOSH HUFF returned a kickoff 98 yards for a score. Philadelphia is only the fifth team since 1970 to have a kickoff-return touchdown by a different player in consecutive weeks.
  • Dallas rookie quarterback DAK PRESCOTT has won five of his first six starts and completed 125 of 182 passes (68.7 percent) for 1,486 yards with seven touchdowns and one interception for a 103.9 passer rating. Prescott has scored three rushing touchdowns.
  • Cowboys rookie running back EZEKIEL ELLIOTT leads the NFL averaging 117.2 rushing yards per game and is the first rookie in NFL history to rush for at least 130 yards in four consecutive games. Elliott rushed for a career-best 157 yards in the team’s Week 6 win at Green Bay.




  • The Vikings have allowed 84 total points (14.0 per game), tied for the fewest allowed in the NFL this season with Seattle. Minnesota is allowing 279.5 total yards per game, the best mark in the league.
  • The Vikings have forced a league-best 16 turnovers this year and lead the NFL with a +11 turnover differential.
  • Chicago rookie linebacker LEONARD FLOYD, who was selected in the first round (No. 9 overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft, scored his first career touchdown last week against Green Bay when he had a sack, forced fumble and fumble recovery in the end zone. He finished the game with a career-high two sacks.
  • Bears wide receiver ALSHON JEFFERY has 37 catches for 574 yards (95.7 per game) in his past six games on Monday night. Jeffery has at least 95 receiving yards or a touchdown catch in all six of those contests.



American Football Conference
East Division
Team W L T Pct PF PA Home Away Conf Div Streak
New England Patriots 6 1 0 .857 176 107 3-1 3-0 5-1 1-1 3W
Buffalo Bills 4 3 0 .571 187 131 2-1 2-2 1-3 1-2 1L
Miami Dolphins 3 4 0 .429 146 159 3-1 0-3 3-3 1-1 2W
New York Jets 2 5 0 .286 119 180 1-2 1-3 2-3 1-0 1W
North Division
Team W L T Pct PF PA Home Away Conf Div Streak
Pittsburgh Steelers 4 3 0 .571 170 150 3-1 1-2 3-2 1-0 2L
Baltimore Ravens 3 4 0 .429 133 139 1-2 2-2 3-2 1-0 4L
Cincinnati Bengals 3 4 0 .429 140 162 2-1 1-3 3-3 1-1 1W
Cleveland Browns 0 7 0 .000 130 207 0-2 0-5 0-5 0-2 7L
South Division
Team W L T Pct PF PA Home Away Conf Div Streak
Houston Texans 4 3 0 .571 117 154 4-0 0-3 3-2 2-0 1L
Indianapolis Colts 3 4 0 .429 194 200 2-1 1-3 2-3 1-2 1W
Tennessee Titans 3 4 0 .429 146 161 1-3 2-1 2-3 0-2 1L
Jacksonville Jaguars 2 4 0 .333 117 160 1-3 1-1 1-3 1-0 1L
West Division
Team W L T Pct PF PA Home Away Conf Div Streak
Oakland Raiders 5 2 0 .714 185 179 1-2 4-0 4-1 1-1 1W
Denver Broncos 5 2 0 .714 167 117 3-1 2-1 3-1 0-1 1W
Kansas City Chiefs 4 2 0 .667 136 123 3-0 1-2 3-2 2-0 2W
San Diego Chargers 3 4 0 .429 206 185 2-1 1-3 2-3 1-2 2W

National Football Conference
East Division
Team W L T Pct PF PA Home Away Conf Div Streak
Dallas Cowboys 5 1 0 .833 159 107 2-1 3-0 4-1 1-1 5W
Philadelphia Eagles 4 2 0 .667 156 88 3-0 1-2 2-2 0-1 1W
Washington Redskins 4 3 0 .571 159 162 2-2 2-1 2-2 2-1 1L
New York Giants 4 3 0 .571 133 141 2-1 2-2 3-3 1-1 2W
North Division
Team W L T Pct PF PA Home Away Conf Div Streak
Minnesota Vikings 5 1 0 .833 129 84 3-0 2-1 3-1 1-0 1L
Green Bay Packers 4 2 0 .667 140 123 3-1 1-1 3-2 2-1 1W
Detroit Lions 4 3 0 .571 170 170 3-1 1-2 3-2 0-2 3W
Chicago Bears 1 6 0 .143 111 169 1-2 0-4 1-3 1-1 3L
South Division
Team W L T Pct PF PA Home Away Conf Div Streak
Atlanta Falcons 4 3 0 .571 229 199 1-2 3-1 2-2 2-1 2L
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 3 3 0 .500 128 159 0-2 3-1 3-2 2-0 2W
New Orleans Saints 2 4 0 .333 176 195 1-2 1-2 1-2 1-1 1L
Carolina Panthers 1 5 0 .167 161 176 1-2 0-3 1-4 0-3 4L
West Division
Team W L T Pct PF PA Home Away Conf Div Streak
Seattle Seahawks 4 1 1 .750 111 84 3-0 1-1-1 2-1-1 1-1-1 1T
Arizona Cardinals 3 3 1 .500 159 110 2-2-1 1-1 2-1-1 1-1-1 1T
Los Angeles Rams 3 4 0 .429 120 154 1-2 2-2 3-3 2-1 3L
San Francisco 49ers 1 6 0 .143 144 219 1-3 0-3 1-5 1-2 6L





(All times local)

Byes: Baltimore, Los Angeles, Miami, New York Giants, Pittsburgh, San Francisco


Thursday, October 27 Sunday, October 30 (cont’d)
Jacksonville at Tennessee, 7:25 PM (NFLN) Seattle at New Orleans, 12:00 PM
  Oakland at Tampa Bay, 1:00 PM
Sunday, October 30 San Diego at Denver, 2:05 PM
Washington at Cincinnati (London), 1:30 PM Green Bay at Atlanta, 4:25 PM
New England at Buffalo, 1:00 PM Philadelphia at Dallas, 8:30 PM (NBC)
Arizona at Carolina, 1:00 PM  
New York Jets at Cleveland, 1:00 PM
Detroit at Houston, 12:00 PM

Kansas City at Indianapolis, 1:00 PM


Monday, October 31

Minnesota at Chicago, 7:30 PM (ESPN)







Reviewing the Week that was Week 7 in the NFL



CLOSE GAMES: There have been 80 games within one score in the fourth quarter through Week 7, the most such games in the first seven weeks of a season in NFL history.

The most games within one score in the fourth quarter through Week 7:

2016 80
2013 77
2004 76
2012 74
2015 73
2010 73
2007 73

Seven teams – BALTIMORECAROLINADETROITINDIANAPOLIS, the NEW YORK GIANTSTENNESSEE and WASHINGTON – have had all of their games within one score in the fourth quarter this season.

– NFL –

PASSING FANCY: Quarterbacks have been historically efficient through Week 7 of the 2016 season, combining for a league-wide completion percentage of 63.5, on pace to be the highest of any season in NFL history (63.0 in 2015). The current league-wide passer rating of 90.0 is on pace to be the second-highest all-time (90.2 in 2015).

The league-wide yards-per-pass attempt average, currently at 7.25, is on pace to tie the highest of any season in the Super Bowl era (2015).

The seasons with the highest league-wide yards-per-pass attempt average in the Super Bowl era (since 1966):

2015 7.25
2014 7.21
2011 7.20
1983 7.18
1989 7.15
2016* 7.25
* Through Week 7

– NFL –

AMAZING AJAYI: Miami running back JAY AJAYI rushed for 214 yards and one touchdown in the Dolphins’ 28-25 win against Buffalo. Ajayi, who rushed for 204 yards in Week 6, is the first player since 1970 to rush for 200 yards in two of his first three career starts.

Ajayi became the fourth player in NFL history to rush for at least 200 yards in consecutive games, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers O.J. SIMPSON (twice) and EARL CAMPBELL and RICKY WILLIAMS.

The players with consecutive 200-yard rushing performances:

Jay Ajayi Miami 2016 6 204 7 214
Ricky Williams Miami 2002 13 228 14 216
Earl Campbell Houston 1980 7 203 8 202
O.J. Simpson Buffalo 1976 12 273 13 203
O.J. Simpson Buffalo 1973 13 219 14 200

– NFL –

CONSISTENT KICKER: Indianapolis kicker ADAM VINATIERI made both field-goal attempts in the Colts’ 34-26 win at Tennessee. Vinatieri has now converted 43 consecutive field-goal attempts, the longest streak in NFL history.

The most consecutive field goals made in NFL history:

Adam Vinatieri 2015-present 43*
Mike Vanderjagt 2002-2004 42
Gary Anderson 1997-1998 40
Matt Stover 2005-2006 36
*Active streak

– NFL –

COOL BREES: New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES passed for 367 yards, three touchdowns and one interception for a 110.3 passer rating in the Saints’ 27-21 loss at Kansas City.

Brees, who has four 300-yard passing games this season, is the first quarterback in NFL history with 100 career 300-yard passing games.

The players with the most 300-yard passing games in NFL history:

Drew Brees New Orleans, San Diego 100*
Peyton Manning Denver, Indianapolis 93
Tom Brady New England 73*
Dan Marino Miami 63
Brett Favre Atlanta, Green Bay, New York Jets, Minnesota 62

– NFL –

DETROIT DRAMA: Detroit quarterback MATTHEW STAFFORD threw the game-winning 18-yard touchdown pass to wide receiverANQUAN BOLDIN with 16 seconds remaining in the Lions’ 20-17 win against Washington at Ford Field.

The comeback victory marked the third consecutive week in which Detroit overcame a fourth-quarter deficit to win at home, becoming the fifth team in NFL history to come from behind in the fourth quarter to win at home in three consecutive weeks in the same season (1926 Frankford Yellow Jackets, 1990 Buffalo Bills, 2009 Indianapolis Colts and 2011 Arizona Cardinals).

Stafford, who passed for 266 yards in the victory and was playing in his 100th career game, has 27,890 passing yards, the most by any player in his first 100 games to begin a career.




NFL top 7 statistical highlights from Week 7 Sunday



A look at seven statistical highlights from games played at 9:30 a.m. ET, 1:00 p.m. ET and 4:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, October 23, the seventh week of the 2016 season.


  • Miami running back JAY AJAYI rushed for 214 yards and one touchdown in the Dolphins’ 28-25 win over Buffalo. Ajayi, who rushed for 204 yards in Week 6, is the fourth player in NFL history to rush for at least 200 yards in consecutive games, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers O.J. SIMPSON (twice) and EARL CAMPBELL and RICKY WILLIAMS.

    Ajayi is the first player since 1970 to rush for 200 yards in two of his first three career starts.


  • Detroit quarterback MATTHEW STAFFORD passed for 266 yards, including the game-winning 18-yard touchdown to ANQUAN BOLDIN with 16 seconds remaining, in the Lions’ 20-17 win over Washington. Playing in his 100th career game, Stafford has 27,890 passing yards, the most by any player in his first 100 games to begin a career.


  • Cincinnati wide receiver A.J. GREEN had eight receptions for 169 yards, including a 48-yard touchdown at the end of the first half in the Bengals’ 31-17 win over Cleveland. Green has nine career games with at least 150 receiving yards and a touchdown catch, the fourth-most among players in their first six seasons. Only Pro Football Hall of Famers LANCE ALWORTH (13) and JERRY RICE (11) and RANDY MOSS (10) had more such games in their first six NFL seasons.


Green’s nine games with at least 150 receiving yards and a touchdown catch are tied for the most among active players with ANDRE JOHNSON and STEVE SMITH, SR.


  • New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES completed 37 of 48 passes (77.1 percent) for 367 yards, three touchdowns and one interception for a 110.3 rating in the Saints’ 27-21 loss at Kansas City. Brees, who has four 300-yard passing games this season, is the first quarterback in NFL history with 100 career 300-yard passing games.
  • Indianapolis kicker ADAM VINATIERI converted both field-goal attempts in the Colts’ 34-26 win at Tennessee. Vinatieri has now converted 43 consecutive field-goal attempts, the longest streak in NFL history, surpassing MIKE VANDERJAGT’s previous record of 42.


  • The New York Giants defeated Los Angeles 17-10 in front of 74,121 fans in the first-ever NFL game at London’s Twickenham Stadium – the second of three 2016 International Series games in the United Kingdom.


​Giants safety LANDON COLLINS and cornerback DOMINIQUE RODGERS-CROMARTIE each recorded two interceptions, becoming the first pair of teammates with multiple interceptions each in a single game since 2013 (Seattle’s BYRON MAXWELL and RICHARD SHERMAN, Week 15) and the first Giants duo to accomplish the feat since KENNY HILL and TERRY KINARD on September 14, 1986 against San Diego. Collins returned his first interception 44 yards for a touchdown.


  • Philadelphia’s JOSH HUFF had a 98-yard kickoff-return touchdown in the Eagles’ 21-10 win against Minnesota. Combined with WENDELL SMALLWOOD’s 86-yard kickoff-return touchdown in Week 6, the Eagles are the fifth team since 1970 and the first club since the 2013 Chiefs (KNILE DAVIS and QUINTIN DEMPS) to have kickoff-return touchdowns by different players in consecutive weeks.

    The Eagles are the only team in the NFL with a kickoff-return touchdown this season.



NFL transcript from Fall Owners Meeting in Houston, Texas

Roger Goodell at Super Bowl 43 by Staff Sgt. Bradley Lail, USAF Licensed under Public Domain via Commons





Commissioner Goodell: Good afternoon. Good to see you.

We spent a great deal of time talking about the game itself. We are very excited about the start of the season. It’s been a very competitive season and a very exciting season. The measurements we use a lot such as average margin of victory is at 10.07 points per game. That’s the second-lowest in our history, so that’s a great indicator for us. We also look at the closeness of games, as measured by 7 points or less and that is the highest level ever. We see a lot of excitement, a lot of enthusiasm, a lot of surprises and a lot of, what I would call unpredictable outcomes, and that’s a great thing for fans and that’s what our focus is: how do we continue to make the game stronger and better for our fans?

This morning we spent a lot of time talking about our Collective Bargaining Agreement. We’ve reached the halfway point of our CBA – just past the halfway point – and we looked at the CBA to see how it’s working from all perspectives. [From] the player’s perspective, we think it’s working incredibly well and from the owners’ standpoint it’s working incredibly well and from the fans’ standpoint it’s working incredibly well. We’re seeing what we structured five years ago working very well for all parties. It’s leading to a safer game. We think it’s leading to more investments with long-term investments in the communities, in stadiums, in facilities that are good for everybody, including the communities.

It’s obviously led to increases in compensation. We’ve seen over a billion dollars go into the cap the past three years, a billion and a half when you include benefits, which are record increases in compensation. So we’re seeing great success with our Collective Bargaining Agreement, but it’s never perfect and there are things that probably both sides will want to address.

We also spent some time on player health and safety. We had a report from our committee on that. That’s a priority for us and we have made significant progress on it. We had an update on our engineering roadmap, as we like to refer to it. We heard from some of the committee members. We also had an update on our search for our Chief Medical Officer and we got some preseason injury data, which I believe you have some of that also.

I’ll be happy to take your questions.

Your thoughts on Mark Davis and Las Vegas? Also, given that NFL staff has worked with Oakland for a year, where is Oakland in your view? And a follow-up, Sheldon Adelson is involved, he’s a giant casino owner. Is this a scenario you kind of feared?

Goodell: We had presentations from all three of the California teams this morning on the status of their efforts to get stadiums built. We also heard from the Atlanta Falcons on their efforts to get their stadium completed for next season. So that was a normal part of our meeting. As it specifically relates to the Raiders presentation, it was informative. It was factual. The membership had an opportunity to ask questions and the chairman of the committee — Art Rooney — made it very clear that this is something that is a significant focus of the stadium committee, has been and will be going forward. There’s still a great deal of information we need to gather with respect to the circumstances that we see in Las Vegas, the opportunities and also the challenges. So those are the things that we’ll look at through the committee and report back to them maybe as early as December, but more likely later than that.

The Sheldon Adelson question …​

That’s one of the things that we don’t know. That wasn’t addressed this morning. I don’t know what his role will be, but that’s the type of information that we don’t have at this point in time. It will be required before the membership is going to vote on this.

Television ratings have been down, and there was a chart presented about how around the election television ratings are always going to take some sort of decline. I would love to know how much of that do you attribute to things other than the election – the idea that there’s new media taking eyeballs off of the television and onto other things.

Good question, and it’s something that I don’t think there’s a single reason for it, I really don’t. We look at all those factors. Everyone’s got theories, you guys have theories, others have theories. We work closely with our network partners. We see tremendous strength in our numbers, but we also know that two primetime games that were seeing the most dramatic decrease went straight up against two very significant debates. Another one of our primetime games on Thursday Night was on the NFL Network as opposed to a network broadcast, which will always get a lower rating.

There are a lot of factors to be considered. We don’t make excuses. We look at it and we try to figure out what’s changing. You’re touching on a point that is significant which is consumer changes in their behavior and the way they consume media. That’s something we’ve been focused on for several years and it’s why we’ve been doing more with Snapchat and Youtube and others. That’s why we did our work with Yahoo last year. We have a deal with Twitter to tri-cast our Thursday Night games. We’re seeing these changes.

We recognize that network television is still dominant and we believe it’s going to be dominant going forward. And it’s where the vast majority of our fans view our games. It’s a great experience, the advertising market is incredibly strong, and I think that our ratings are something that we’ll continue to look at and make sure we’re doing everything not just to get them to tune in, but to get them to stay tuned in. That’s the issue, that’s what we’ll work on.

Obviously gaming has been a topic when Vegas comes up. Do you sense that there’s maybe a shift in attitude on gambling as a result of fantasy and daily fantasy, and the fact you can do it on your phone and it doesn’t necessarily need to be in one place?

That’s one of those very broad questions. From my perspective, there clearly are shifts in society and the way people view gambling and the way you view even lotteries. There have been shifts in that and we obviously monitor that. But we still remain very much opposed to legalized gambling on sports, and we think that has an impact on the integrity of our game and that’s what we watch. Whether people gamble or not is not necessarily our particular focus. What we want to do is make sure we’re doing what’s right for the game, and for the NFL, and that’s where our focus will remain.

On conducting market research in Oakland and Las Vegas.

Those are things we’re going to have to evaluate. We’re going to look at the market and we’re going to look at what we see as the opportunities. We’re going to look at Oakland and we’re going to look at every aspect of this to make sure we’re making the right decision long-term for the NFL.

Have you been in touch with your league sponsor about the comments made by Coach Belichick about the surface tablet?

I have not. I have been in meetings obviously for the last two days. I know our staff has. We are proud of our relationship with Microsoft. We think they have a great product and they’ve done a great job in advancing technology into our game and influencing our game. We get a lot of feedback from our coaches on how to continue to make that better. They respond to that and we will continue to do that. It is changing the game. It’s changing for the better. They are able to evaluate a great deal more data. We’ve experimented with video as an example, which is something that the membership has looked at over the last year and will look at again. We’re proud of that relationship. Any time you have a new technology coming in there is going to be adoption issues that you are going to have to get through. We think it has been game changing, literally.

How concerned are you about losing the viewers that have been lost during this period for the long haul?

We don’t think we’ve lost viewers. I think when you look at ratings you have to go a little deeper than that. It is viewers but it’s also how long they are engaging for. A lot of times people will leave a game for whatever reason — whether they’re going to go to other programming or whether the game isn’t that competitive. Those are all factors that happen. As an example, just on the competitive side: while we have very close games overall league wide, we haven’t had the closest games in prime time. Last year we did. In 2014, we did. Ratings reflected that in the first five weeks at record levels. These are things that you just have to evaluate individually. We don’t dismiss anything. We look at it, we evaluate it, we try to see if we can deal with it.

Do you have any indication on what the impact has been on the ratings and the popularity of the league with relation to the protests to some of the social situations?

No, we don’t think that’s a factor and our network partners don’t either.

Why not? What has been the feedback that you’ve gotten?

That it’s not a factor. It’s not having any significant impact on our ratings.

One more thing unrelated to that. There have been a lot of inconsistencies with regard to how some of the celebration, taunting and excessive celebration rules are officiated. Even to the degree that when you compare to 15-yard penalties for a celebration versus a helmet to helmet hit, or whatnot, there is a lack of disparity in terms of what …

What you are really saying if I understand it correctly is not that there are disparities in the way it’s being officiated, but that you don’t like the rule. [laughing]

Do you think that that’s an area where there is further discussion warranted?

The committee looks at this every year. I have been in the league 35 years. I don’t think there has been a year where we didn’t look at this issue. It comes down to balancing a lot of issues including the professional standards that we want to uphold. Our players are role models and others look at that at the youth level, so that’s important for us to hold that standard up, and it’s part of being professional. That’s one element of it. We have taunting, which is a significant issue. Taunting fouls are up this year. It’s probably a combination of making that a point of emphasis, but we look at that as sportsmanship. When somebody taunts someone else, somebody reacts. That can escalate quickly, so those are things that we’re really concerned about. We look at it closely. The committee balances those issues. I don’t think they are being officiated inconsistently. People may not like the rule. They might not like the line that’s been drawn, but we believe it’s part of being a professional league.

You’ve been to Las Vegas, it’s such a unique city, what would make the NFL attractive to Las Vegas and vice versa and with that market setting because it is kind of a unique and different kind of a city? What would you be studying in those market studies?

You study everything that we think is important to the long-term support of an NFL franchise. Is there a significant fan base there that would support the team appropriately? Is the stadium economics and the fan experience at the level that we need to be successful there? What is the impact on some of our policies that we need to look at? So, we evaluate it from start to finish, and some of that is market research, some of that is pure analysis, and part of that is just getting in and asking the questions. We have a team of people who have been evaluating some of these issues, that flow of information will come in. There are still things that haven’t been resolved that we still need to evaluate also, so it’s pretty thorough. It’s expansive in the sense of making sure that we consider every aspect when the ownership makes their vote.

What would make Las Vegas an attractive city for the league?

I’m not going to speculate on that. Las Vegas is a city that is known for its entertainment, it’s a big city and we’ll have to evaluate that in the context of it.

On chances of Oakland retaining the team…

I think Mark has been clear and I think we feel the same way, which is we would love to have the Raiders stay in Oakland. We think that is a positive thing. We’ve been also pretty clear over the last couple of years that it requires getting long-term resolution to their stadium. We still don’t have that solution. Our staff is working with the mayor and officials in the Oakland area to see if there are alternatives out there. But we don’t have one yet and I think that is part of the frustration Mark has. This isn’t a new issue, as you know, it’s been going on for several years and we need to get a resolution for that. Ultimately for the team to be successful it needs a long-term stadium solution.

What kind of appetite do you think the league has for being a development partner in Oakland on that property with the Raiders? The league, as opposed to the team, do you sense that there is some appetite within the league to do that?

I’d be speculating a little bit because there’s not a proposal along those lines. I’ve seen that written, I’ve heard it discussed, the idea of a developer is going to come in and find a solution. We remain open to any potential solutions that make sense. We’re not developers. We have owners that are developers, they do that very effectively on a local level, but I wouldn’t exclude any opportunity to try to find a solution in Oakland.

Offensive line play- we’ve spoken to enough coaches, John Madden said it himself – seems to be on the decline. Is there any solution you can see, perhaps getting more practice time for offensive linemen, or something out there?

I just spoke to John Madden on Monday night for an hour. I had this conversation with him and actually made exactly the opposite point: that offensive line play looks better and he agreed. And so, I don’t see that. When you have either injuries or inconsistency on the front line, that’s a cohesive group, and when one person is missing that’s a difficult thing, and so that group does need time to gel. That often gets better as the season goes along. But you bring the broader point about do we need to evaluate our practice rules? That’s something that will be discussed in the context of a collective bargaining agreement that undoubtedly will come up.

Can you give an update on Vontaze Burfict? What made it more of a fine as opposed to a suspension?

I’ve been here for the last two days so I don’t have an update. I saw Jon [Runyan] briefly on Monday but I didn’t even speak to him about it. It’s something that when I get back, I’ll probably get a better sense from Jon. So I don’t really have anything to offer at this point.

On considering a developmental league:

We’ve talked about it. Some of you may have heard we spent a fair amount of time at the meeting on what we call the 2020 plan, which is talking about how we plan for the future and the things we want to accomplish. One of them is obviously the game, and how do we improve the game. A developmental league could be something that we want to do to try to help develop players. We pick up on the rosters from the start of the season to the end of the season, probably three to four hundred players on average. Having those players ready to play as quickly as possible and developed so that their skill set’s furthered are all positive things about the long-term future of the game. I particularly have an interest in that and would like to make sure we’re evaluating that as something that can help improve the game and improve our players.

You mentioned the CBA at the halfway point and the success of it. It seems both sides agree with that and are there plans for renegotiation talks in the near future, and do you have a sense now of what the issues would be in those talks?

We have had conversations with the union for quite a long period of time — at least a year — about various aspects of our collective bargaining agreement and what we can do to improve it. The ability of us both to enter into negotiations and get it extended demonstrated that having a long-term agreement is helpful. It’s what leads to the kind of performance that we’ve seen at least in player compensation and investment in communities. I believe that ultimately it would be a good thing for us to do, but we’ll do that when they’re ready. I do think we have a very good idea, because we’ve shared our ideas, and some of the priorities we have with the union. They have given us some of their issues. We’re aware of the basic issues, but that’s what negotiations are for. We look forward to doing that at the appropriate time. We will be prepared when that comes, whenever it comes. And we’ll be prepared for every alternative.

You went pretty deep into the relocation process with all three teams back in January before the Rams were approved to go. So based on that and based on the requirement that teams negotiate in good faith and exhaust their options in their current market before relocation, have the Raiders already met that criteria? And would there be anything that could happen in Oakland that would change their eligibility to move?

As you point out, we did go through this last year. They went through a relocation process when they applied to move to Los Angeles, and to a large extent, it was demonstrated that there wasn’t a solution in Oakland. They have continued to try to see if there’s a solution there. We have continued our efforts to try to do that. We don’t have one at this point. So that is still a very significant issue for us, and would be a factor in the relocation for sure.

So is Mark in any way required to continue communicating with Oakland?

Mark has given his best effort to try to do that. We are engaging also because we want to support the effort. We want to make sure that there’s nothing that we haven’t missed. You know Mark’s expressed his frustration about the lack of progress. We understand that, but we want to be engaged, and we want to help support to see if there’s a solution with the officials in Oakland.




NFL NFC Week 6 Players of the Week includes Giants’ Beckham Jr., Cowboys’ Irving, Saints’ Lutz

Wide receiver ODELL BECKHAM, JR. of the New York Giants, defensive end DAVID IRVING of the Dallas Cowboys and kicker WIL LUTZ of the New Orleans Saints are the NFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played the sixth week of the 2016 season (October 13, 16-17).


2016 NFC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK Offense Defense Special Teams Wk 1 QB Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay LB Eric Kendricks, Minnesota P Sam Martin, Detroit Wk 2 WR Stefon Diggs, Minnesota CB Marcus Cooper, Arizona CB Janoris Jenkins, New York Giants Wk 3 QB Carson Wentz, Philadelphia DE Everson Griffen, Minnesota K Dustin Hopkins, Washington Wk 4 WR Julio Jones, Atlanta DT Aaron Donald, Los Angeles P Jon Ryan, Seattle Wk 5 RB David Johnson, Arizona CB Darius Slay, Detroit PR-WR Jamison Crowder, Washington Wk 6 WR Odell Beckham, Jr., NY Giants DE David Irving, Dallas K Wil Lutz, New Orleans



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