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NFL Preseason Final stats: Raiders and Falcons go winless



Listed below are the final individual and team preseason leaders in the AFC and NFC.

Running back COREY GRANT of the Jacksonville Jaguars was the NFL preseason rushing leader with 191 rushing yards. Rookie wide receiver DEDE WESTBROOK of the Jaguars led the league in receiving yards with 288. The leading passer was Dallas Cowboys rookie quarterback COOPER RUSHwith a 135.9 passer rating.

The Seattle Seahawks finished the 2017 preseason with the top-ranked offense, averaging 408.8 yards per game. The Baltimore Ravens led the league in defense with a 206.3 yards-per-game average.



Individual Team


Touchdowns Henry, Ten., AFC 3   Total Offense Seattle, NFC 408.8
2 tied, NFC 3     New England, AFC 394.8
Rushing Yards Grant, Jax., AFC 191 Points New England, AFC 115
Artis-Payne, Car., NFC 180 Seattle, NFC 111
Rushing TDs Artis-Payne, Car., NFC 3 Rushing Yds. Carolina, NFC 139.0
5 tied, AFC 2   Per Game Jacksonville, AFC 138.8
Longest Run Grant, Jax., AFC 79t   Rushing TDs Denver, AFC 5
from Scrimmage Beathard, SF, NFC (R) 62t   Carolina, NFC 5
Passer Rating Rush, Dal., NFC (R) 135.9   Pass Attempts Philadelphia, NFC 175
Sloter, Den., AFC (R) 125.4     Buffalo, AFC 164
Passing Yards Simms, Atl., NFC 613 Completions Philadelphia, NFC 115
Allen, Jax., AFC 516   New England, AFC 103
Passing TDs Rush, Dal., NFC (R) 6   Passing Yards New England, AFC 282.3
Fales, Mia., AFC 5 Per Game Seattle, NFC 274.3
Receptions Carr, NE, AFC (R) 14   Passing TDs New England, AFC 10
  Lewis, NO, NFC 14   2 tied, NFC 9
Receiving Yards Westbrook, Jax., AFC (R) 288 Fewest Sacks Dallas, NFC 4
K. Williams, Sea., NFC 208 Allowed Miami, AFC 5
Receiving TDs Byrd, Car., NFC 3   Most 2-Point 3 tied, AFC 1
9 tied, AFC 2 Conversions 6 tied, NFC 1
Longest Rec. Stringfellow, Mia., AFC (R) 99t   Total Defense Baltimore, AFC 206.3
  Mostert, SF, NFC 87t   New Orleans, NFC 235.5

Punt Return


Davis, GB, NFC



Pts. Allowed/Game


Cleveland, AFC



Average Reynolds, Bal., AFC 15.0 New Orleans, NFC 10.3
Kickoff Return Bolden, Jr., SF, NFC (R) 34.4 Rushing Yds. Baltimore, AFC 66.8
Average D. Thomas, KC, AFC 32.8 Allowed/Game New Orleans, NFC 74.3
Punting Average Kaser, LAC, AFC 51.6 Rushing TDs 3 tied, AFC 0
Wing, NYG, NFC 47.8   Allowed Seattle, NFC 0
Points McManus, Den., AFC 41 Passing Yards Baltimore, AFC 139.5
Walsh, Sea., NFC 39   Allowed/Game Washington, NFC 158.0
Field Goals McManus, Den., AFC 10   Passing TDs 3 tied, AFC 1
Walsh, Sea., NFC 9   Allowed 2 tied, NFC 2
Interceptions Kendricks, Phi., NFC 3   Interceptions Pittsburgh, AFC 7
3 tied, AFC 2   2 tied, NFC 7
Sacks Willis, Cin., AFC (R) 4   Sacks New York Jets, AFC 17
Muhammad, NO, NFC (R) 4     New Orleans, NFC 17

*(R) – Rookie




American Football Conference
East Division
Team W L T Pct PF PA Home Away Conf Div Streak
New York Jets 2 2 0 .500 60 61 2-0 0-2 1-0 0-0 1W
Miami Dolphins 2 2 0 .500 91 98 1-1 1-1 0-1 0-0 1W
Buffalo Bills 1 3 0 .250 62 67 1-1 0-2 0-1 0-0 1W
New England Patriots 1 3 0 .250 115 126 0-2 1-1 0-2 0-0 1L
North Division
Team W L T Pct PF PA Home Away Conf Div Streak
Baltimore Ravens 4 0 0 1.000 81 32 2-0 2-0 2-0 0-0 4W
Cleveland Browns 4 0 0 1.000 68 29 2-0 2-0 0-0 0-0 4W
Pittsburgh Steelers 3 1 0 .750 69 58 1-1 2-0 0-1 0-0 1W
Cincinnati Bengals 1 3 0 .250 58 72 1-1 0-2 0-2 0-0 3L
South Division
Team W L T Pct PF PA Home Away Conf Div Streak
Indianapolis Colts 2 2 0 .500 55 69 1-1 1-1 2-0 0-0 2W
Jacksonville Jaguars 2 2 0 .500 75 67 0-2 2-0 1-0 0-0 1W
Houston Texans 1 2 0 .333 44 63 1-0 0-2 1-0 0-0 1L
Tennessee Titans 1 3 0 .250 50 83 1-1 0-2 0-2 0-0 2L
West Division
Team W L T Pct PF PA Home Away Conf Div Streak
Denver Broncos 4 0 0 1.000 107 50 2-0 2-0 0-0 0-0 4W
Kansas City Chiefs 2 2 0 .500 90 71 1-1 1-1 2-0 0-0 1W
Los Angeles Chargers 1 3 0 .250 58 103 0-2 1-1 0-0 0-0 1L
Oakland Raiders 0 4 0 .000 64 85 0-2 0-2 0-0 0-0 4L

National Football Conference
East Division
Team W L T Pct PF PA Home Away Conf Div Streak
Dallas Cowboys 3 1 0 .750 78 70 3-0 0-1 1-1 0-0 2W
New York Giants 2 2 0 .500 90 99 1-1 1-1 0-0 0-0 2W
Washington Redskins 2 2 0 .500 56 71 1-1 1-1 1-1 0-0 2W
Philadelphia Eagles 2 2 0 .500 77 87 2-0 0-2 0-1 0-0 1L
North Division
Team W L T Pct PF PA Home Away Conf Div Streak
Green Bay Packers 3 1 0 .750 86 56 2-0 1-1 3-0 0-0 1W
Minnesota Vikings 2 2 0 .500 71 91 1-1 1-1 1-1 0-0 1L
Chicago Bears 2 2 0 .500 60 79 0-2 2-0 1-0 0-0 1L
Detroit Lions 2 2 0 .500 85 73 1-1 1-1 0-0 0-0 2L
South Division
Team W L T Pct PF PA Home Away Conf Div Streak
Carolina Panthers 2 2 0 .500 92 91 1-1 1-1 0-0 0-0 1L
New Orleans Saints 2 2 0 .500 53 41 1-1 1-1 0-0 0-0 1L
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1 3 0 .250 43 57 0-2 1-1 0-1 0-0 2L
Atlanta Falcons 0 4 0 .000 54 77 0-2 0-2 0-1 0-0 4L
West Division
Team W L T Pct PF PA Home Away Conf Div Streak
Seattle Seahawks 4 0 0 1.000 111 56 2-0 2-0 1-0 0-0 4W
San Francisco 49ers 2 2 0 .500 95 95 1-1 1-1 0-1 0-0 1W
Los Angeles Rams 2 2 0 .500 66 76 1-1 1-1 1-1 0-0 2L
Arizona Cardinals 2 3 0 .400 87 98 1-1 1-2 1-2 0-0 1L



Week 1 NFL Feature Game: Chiefs at the Patriots


September 7, 2017

The 2017 season kicks off on Thursday, September 7 (8:30 PM ET, NBC) when the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots host the Kansas City Chiefs at Gillette Stadium in a battle of 2016 AFC playoff teams.

The Chiefs and Patriots meet for the 35th time in series history – including a 2015 AFC Divisional contest (New England, 27-20) – with Kansas City holding a 17-14-3 advantage. The Patriots have won their past eight home openers played on Kickoff Weekend and 12 of their past 13 overall in Week 1. New England QB TOM BRADY passed for 28 touchdowns with two interceptions last year and led the NFL with a 14.0 touchdown/interception ratio, the highest single-season ratio in league history. Kansas City opened the 2016 season by overcoming a 21-point second-half deficit to defeat the Chargers 33-27 in overtime on Kickoff Weekend. Chiefs TE TRAVIS KELCE led all NFL tight ends with 1,125 receiving yards and ranked second with 85 catches in 2016.




NFL Week 1 2017 Edition is upon us this week!


The NFL returns this week and it’s time to get back to football. That means the next five months will be packed with the sizzle and suspense that comes only with the National Football League and will culminate with Super Bowl LII, which will be played on Sunday, February 4, 2018 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minnesota.

America’s favorite sport roars back into action Thursday night (NBC, 8:30 PM ET) in the first game of NFL Kickoff 2017 Weekend. The opener features the Super Bowl champion NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS hosting the KANSAS CITY CHIEFS.

Everybody is ready for the unique unpredictability of the NFL. And every team enters the new season with hope.

Last year, 146 games (57.0 percent) were decided by one score (eight points or fewer), the most of any season in NFL history. And there were six new playoff teams in 2016: Atlanta, Dallas, Detroit, Miami, the New York Giants and Oakland. Since the 12-team playoff format was adopted in 1990, at least four teams have qualified for the playoffs in every season that were not in the postseason the year before.

The 2017 season promises more of the same. As the season begins, it comes packed with changes, quests and questions:

  • CAN THE SUPER BOWL CHAMPION PATRIOTS REPEAT?: It’s tough, having happened only eight times since the first Super Bowl in 1967. The last team to accomplish the feat was New England in 2004 (Super Bowls XXXVIII and XXXIX).
  • MILESTONES ON THE HORIZON: New Orleans QB DREW BREES (66,111) needs 3,889 passing yards to become the third QB in NFL history with 70,000. Brees (465) needs 35 touchdown passes to become the third player ever to reach 500…New England QB TOM BRADY (183) needs four wins for the most victories by a starting QB…New York Giants QB ELI MANNING (48,214), Pittsburgh QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER (46,814) and Los Angeles Chargers QB PHILIP RIVERS (45,833) can each reach 50,000 career passing yards…New Orleans RB ADRIAN PETERSONcan become the second player in NFL history to rush for 10+ TDs in nine seasons…Indianapolis RB FRANK GORE can become the fifth player all-time to rush for 1,000+ yards in 10 seasons…Arizona WR LARRY FITZGERALD (1,125) can become the third player in NFL history to record 1,200 receptions…Carolina DE JULIUS PEPPERS (143.5) needs 6.5 sacks to become the fifth player with 150…and Indianapolis K ADAM VINATIERI (530) needs 36 field goals for the most in NFL history.
  • NEW COACHES/PLAYERS IN NEW PLACES: There are six new head coaches hired to lead their teams in 2017 – VANCE JOSEPH in Denver,ANTHONY LYNN with the Los Angeles Chargers, DOUG MARRONE in Jacksonville, SEAN MC DERMOTT in Buffalo, SEAN MC VAY with the Los Angeles Rams and KYLE SHANAHAN in San Francisco.

And there are a lot of well-known players with new teams, including RBs LE GARRETTE BLOUNT (Philadelphia), JAMAAL CHARLES (Denver), EDDIE LACY (Seattle), MARSHAWN LYNCH (Oakland) and ADRIAN PETERSON (New Orleans); WRs BRANDIN COOKS (New England), DESEAN JACKSON (Tampa Bay), ALSHON JEFFERY (Philadelphia), BRANDON MARSHALL (New York Giants) and SAMMY WATKINS (Los Angeles Rams); TE MARTELLUS BENNETT (Green Bay); and defenders CB A.J. BOUYE (Jacksonville), DE CALAIS CAMPBELL(Jacksonville), CB STEPHON GILMORE (New England), CB JOE HADEN (Pittsburgh), S TONY JEFFERSON (Baltimore), DE JULIUS PEPPERS (Carolina), DL SHELDON RICHARDSON (Seattle) and S T.J. WARD (Tampa Bay).

  • ON-THE-FIELD TRENDS IN 2016: Close games and comeback victories…new teams making the playoffs…consistent teams excelling again…records falling…young players making their mark…and QBs performing at record levels.

In 2016, 135 games (52.7 percent) were decided by seven points or fewer, the most in NFL history…There were 184 games (71.9 percent) within one score in the fourth quarter, the most ever…There were 72 comeback victories by a team trailing in the fourth quarter, the most in NFL history…The margin of victory was 10.23 points per game, the lowest figure since 1935 (10.08)…A total of 11,661 points and 1,306 touchdowns were scored, both the third-most ever in a season…Games averaged 700.8 total net yards, the second-best mark in NFL history…The league-wide completion percentage (63.0) tied the previous record (2015) and the league-wide passer rating (89.3) ranked second in league annals (90.2 in 2015). The league-wide interception percentage of 2.3 percent was the lowest in NFL history.

  • NEW RULES: With player health and safety remaining a priority, here are some of the key rules changes for 2017:

Unsportsmanlike Conduct: Makes permanent the rule that automatically disqualifies a player that is penalized twice in the same game for certain types of unsportsmanlike conduct fouls. These types of fouls include:

    • Throwing a punch or kick without making contact
    • Use of abusive or threatening language
    • Any act that constitutes taunting

Also, it is now an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty to commit multiple fouls during the same down designed to manipulate the game clock.

Replay Reviews: All sideline replay monitors will be replaced with a hand-held device and designated members of the NFL Officiating department will be authorized to make the final decision on replay reviews from the NFL league office.

Leaping: Prohibits a player who is off the line of scrimmage from running and jumping over offensive lineman on the line of scrimmage in an attempt to block a FG or PAT attempt.

Touchbacks: For the 2017 season, after a touchback resulting from a kickoff or safety kick, the ball will be placed at the receiving team’s 25-yard line. The rule, which was also used in 2016, was approved on a one-year basis for 2017.

Crackback Blocks: Prohibits crackback blocks by a backfield player in motion, even if he is not more than two yards outside the tackle when the ball is snapped.

Defenseless Receiver Protection: Gives a receiver running a pass route defenseless player protection when the defender approaches him from behind or the side.

Overtime: The length of preseason and regular season overtime periods is reduced from 15 minutes to 10 minutes.

Clock Stoppages: All illegal acts to conserve time are not permitted after the two-minute warning of either half. The previous rule applied inside of one minute of either half.

Additionally, after conversations with more than 80 current and former players, Commissioner Goodell announced in May that the league will relax its rules on touchdown celebrations to allow players more room to express themselves.

  • INTERNATIONAL NFL: The NFL will play four regular-season games in the United Kingdom for the first time and also host a regular-season game in Mexico City for the second consecutive season.

In the first of four 2017 London games, the Jacksonville Jaguars will face the Baltimore Ravens on September 24 at Wembley Stadium. The next week, on October 1, the Miami Dolphins will host the New Orleans Saints at Wembley. The action will move to Twickenham Stadium for the final two 2017 London games. On October 22, the Arizona Cardinals will face the Los Angeles Rams and the following week, on October 29, the Cleveland Browns will host the Minnesota Vikings.

The NFL will return to Mexico City when the Oakland Raiders host the New England Patriots at Estadio Azteca on November 19.

  • NFL ON TV: Among the television highlights in 2017 include the continuation of expanded flexible scheduling and “cross-flexing.”

Flexible scheduling: “Flexible scheduling” will be used in Weeks 10-15 and 17. Additionally, in Weeks 5-9, flexible scheduling may be used in no more than two weeks. In Weeks 5-15, the schedule lists the games tentatively set for Sunday Night Football on NBC. Only Sunday afternoon games are eligible to be moved to Sunday night, in which case the tentatively scheduled Sunday night game would be moved to an afternoon start time. Flexible scheduling will not be applied to games airing on Thursday, Saturday or Monday nights. A flexible scheduling move would be announced at least 12 days before the game. For Week 17, the Sunday night game will be announced no later than six days prior to December 31. The schedule does not list a Sunday night game in Week 17, but an afternoon game with playoff implications will be moved to that time slot. Flexible scheduling ensures quality matchups in all Sunday time slots in those weeks and gives “surprise” teams a chance to play their way into prime time.

Cross-flexing: A select number of games will be “cross-flexed,” moving between CBS and FOX to bring potentially under-distributed games to wider audiences. Some of those contests have already been announced while others will be decided during the season.

  • TRI-CAST: The NFL will once again use a “Tri-Cast” distribution model of broadcast (CBS/NBC), cable (NFL Network) and digital (Amazon Prime) for 10 Thursday Night Football games and a Christmas Day contest. CBS and NBC will each broadcast five Thursday Night Football games which will be simulcast on NFL Network and streamed to Amazon Prime members worldwide. NBC will also broadcast the Christmas Day game. CBS will start in Week 4 (Thursday, September 28) with the Green Bay Packers hosting the Chicago Bears and NBC’s package begins in Week 10 (Thursday, November 9) with the Seattle Seahawks visiting the Arizona Cardinals.



(All times local)

Thursday, September 7 Sunday, September 10 (cont’d)
Kansas City at New England, 8:30 PM (NBC) Oakland at Tennessee, 12:00 PM
  Philadelphia at Washington, 1:00 PM
Sunday, September 10 Indianapolis at Los Angeles Rams, 1:05 PM
New York Jets at Buffalo, 1:00 PM Seattle at Green Bay, 3:25 PM
Atlanta at Chicago, 12:00 PM Carolina at San Francisco,1:25 PM
Baltimore at Cincinnati, 1:00 PM New York Giants at Dallas, 7:30 PM (NBC)
Pittsburgh at Cleveland, 1:00 PM  
Arizona at Detroit, 1:00 PM Monday, September 11
Jacksonville at Houston, 12:00 PM New Orleans at Minnesota, 6:10 PM (ESPN)
Tampa Bay at Miami, 1:00 PM Los Angeles Chargers at Denver, 8:20 PM (ESPN)




Buccaneers at Dolphins game will not be played in Miami; NFL looking at alternatives


Due to the potential impact of Hurricane Irma on South Florida, the Miami Dolphins home game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, originally scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m. ET at Hard Rock Stadium, will not be played in Miami on Sunday, the NFL announced today.

In the interest of public safety in light of the current state of emergency, the NFL, in consultation with state and local officials as well as both clubs, has decided that playing an NFL game in South Florida this week is not appropriate.

The league will continue to examine other options, including playing the game this Sunday at a neutral site or in Miami later this season, and will provide an update on that decision as soon as possible.




Bengals’ Burfict suspension reduced from five to three games by NFL

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VONTAZE BURFICT of the Cincinnati Bengals has been suspended without pay for the first three games of the 2017 regular season for repeated violations of safety-related playing rules.

The suspension, originally for five games, was imposed by NFL Vice President of Football Operations JON RUNYAN on Wednesday, August 23.  Burfict appealed the discipline under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and JAMES THRASH, an NFL-NFLPA jointly appointed appeals officer, heard the appeal on Tuesday, August 29.  Thrash today reduced the suspension to three games.

Burfict’s most recent safety-related rules violation came with 8:01 remaining in the first quarter of the August 19 game against the Kansas City Chiefs, when he made prohibited contact to the head and neck area of a defenseless player as well as forcible contact with his opponent away from the flow of the play.

Burfict’s actions violated Rule 12, Section 2, Article 7 (a) (2) which states that it is a foul if “a player initiates unnecessary contact against a player who is in a defenseless posture. (a) Players in a defenseless posture are: (2) A receiver running a pass route when the defender approaches from the side or behind. If the receiver becomes a blocker or assumes a blocking posture, he is no longer a defenseless player.”

His actions also violated Rule 12, Section 2, Article 6, (g), which prohibits “unnecessarily running, diving into, cutting, or throwing the body against or on a player who (1) is out of the play or (2) should not have reasonably anticipated such contact by an opponent, before or after the ball is dead;”

In the letter notifying Burfict of his suspension, Runyan wrote:

“This is not your first offense with respect to illegal hits to defenseless players; to the contrary, this incident is consistent with your pattern of egregious safety-related violations including your hit on a defenseless player during the 2015 Wild Card game and your hit against a Baltimore tight end away from the play on January 3, 2016…When players violate the rules intended to protect player safety on a repeated basis, and particularly when the violations carry with them a significant risk of injury to an opposing player…you must be held accountable for this continuing unacceptable conduct.”

Burfict will be eligible to return to the Bengals’ active roster on Monday, September 25 following the team’s September 24 game against the Green Bay Packers.




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