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Sports – NFL 2017 Old Faces New Places

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The 2017 NFL season is almost here.  Before we start predicting who will win what, let’s take a look at the new places that some old faces have landed during the offseason.  Here are some free agents and traded players in fresh locations that might change the future of their new clubs:

Buffalo Bills – Micah Hyde, S – from Green Bay Packers

Buffalo Bills – Steven Hauska, K – from Seattle Seahawks

Miami Dolphins – Lawrence Timmons, LB – from Pittsburgh Steelers

Miami Dolphins – Julius Thomas, TE – from Jacksonville Jaguars

Miami Dolphins – Nate Allen, S – from Oakland Raiders

New England Patriots – Stephon Gilmore, CB – from Buffalo Bills

New England Patriots – Dwayne Allen, TE – from Indianapolis Colts

New England Patriots – Kony Ealy, DE – from Carolina Panthers

New England Patriots – Brandin Cooks, WR – from New Orleans Saints

New York Jets – Morris Claiborne, CB – from Dallas Cowboys

New York Jets – Chandler Catanzaro, K – from Arizona Cardinals

Baltimore Ravens – Danny Woodhead, RB – from Los Angeles Chargers

Baltimore Ravens – Brandon Carr, CB – from Dallas Cowboys

Cleveland Browns – Kevin Zeitler, OG – from Cincinnati Bengals

Cleveland Browns – Brock Osweiler, QB – from Houston Texans

Cleveland Browns – JC Tretter, C – from Green Bay Packers

Indianapolis Colts – Jaball Sheard, DE – from New England Patriots

Indianapolis Colts – Margus Hunt, DE – from Cincinnati Bengals

Jacksonville Jaguars – Brandon Albert, OT – from Miami Dolphins

Jacksonville Jaguars – A.J. Bouye, CB – from Houston Texans

Jacksonville Jaguars – Barry Church, S – from Dallas Cowboys

Jacksonville Jaguars – Calais Campbell, DT – from Arizona Cardinals

Tennessee Titans – Logan Ryan, CB – from New England Patriots

Tennessee Titans – Sylvester Williams, DT – from Denver Broncos

Denver Broncos – Domata Peko, DT – from Cincinnati Bengals

Denver Broncos – Ronald Leary, OG – from Dallas Cowboys

Los Angeles Chargers – Russell Okung, OT – from Denver Broncos

Oakland Raiders – Jared Cook, TE – from Green Bay Packers

Oakland Raiders – Cordarrelle Patterson, WR – from Minnesota Vikings

 Dallas Cowboys – Nolan Carroll, CB – from Philadelphia Eagles

New York Giants – Brandon Marshall, WR – from New York Jets

New York Giants – D.J. Fluker, OG – from Los Angeles Chargers

Philadelphia Eagles – Chance Warmack, OG – from Tennessee Titans

Philadelphia Eagles – Alshon Jeffrey, WR – from Chicago Bears

Philadelphia Eagles – Torrey Smith, WR – from San Francisco 49ers

Washington Redskins – Terrelle Pryor, WR – from Cleveland Browns

Chicago Bears – Quintin Demps, S – from Houston Texans

Chicago Bears – Prince Amukamara, CB – from Jacksonville Jaguars

Chicago Bears – Mike Glennon, QB – from Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Detroit Lions – Ricky Wagner, OT – from Baltimore Ravens

Detroit Lions – D.J. Hayden, CB – from Oakland Raiders

Detroit Lions – T.J. Lang, OG – from Green Bay Packers

Green Bay Packers – Martellus Bennett, TE – from New England Patriots

Green Bay Packers – Davon House, CB – from Jacksonville Jaguars

Green Bay Packers – Lance Kendricks, TE – from Los Angeles Rams

Minnesota Vikings – Ladavius Murray, RB – from Oakland Raiders

Minnesota Vikings – Mike Remmers, OT – from Carolina Panthers

Atlanta Falcons – Dontari Poe, DT – from Kansas City Chiefs

Carolina Panthers – Mike Adams, S – from Indianapolis Colts

Carolina Panthers – Julius Peppers, DE – from Green Bay Packers

Carolina Panthers – Matt Kalil, OT – from Minnesota Vikings

Carolina Panthers – Captain Munnerlyn, CB – from Minnesota Vikings

New Orleans Saints – Larry Warford, OG – from Detroit Lions

New Orleans Saints – Ted Ginn, WR – from Carolina Panthers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Nick Folk, K – from New York Jets

Tampa Bay Buccaneers – DeSean Jackson, WR – from Washington Redskins

Arizona Cardinals – Karlos Dansby, LB – from Cincinnati Bengals

Arizona Cardinals – Jarvis Jones, LB – from Pittsburgh Steelers

Arizona Cardinals – Antoine Bethea, CB – from San Francisco 49ers

Los Angeles Rams – Andrew Whitworth, OT – from Cincinnati Bengals

Los Angeles Rams – Connor Barwin, LB – from Philadelphia Eagles

San Francisco 49ers – Marquise Goodwin, WR – from Buffalo Bills

San Francisco 49ers – Earl Mitchell, DT – from Miami Dolphins

San Francisco 49ers – Jeremy Zuttah, C – from Baltimore Ravens

San Francisco 49ers – Malcolm Smith, LB – from Oakland Raiders

San Francisco 49ers – Pierre Garcon, WR – from Washington Redskins

San Francisco 49ers – Brian Hoyer, QB – from Chicago Bears

San Francisco 49ers – Robbie Gould, K – from Chicago Bears

Seattle Seahawks – Luke Joeckel, OT – from Jacksonville Jaguars

Seattle Seahawks – Eddie Lacy, RB – from Green Bay Packers

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Sports – Covers.com Football

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Football, presented by Covers.com

The 2017 NFL season is almost here.  Before we start predicting who will win what, let’s take a look at the new places that some old faces have landed during the offseason.  Here are some free agents and traded players in fresh locations that might change the future of their new clubs:

Buffalo Bills – Micah Hyde, S – from Green Bay Packers

Buffalo Bills – Steven Hauska, K – from Seattle Seahawks

Miami Dolphins – Lawrence Timmons, LB – from Pittsburgh Steelers

Miami Dolphins – Julius Thomas, TE – from Jacksonville Jaguars

Miami Dolphins – Nate Allen, S – from Oakland Raiders

New England Patriots – Stephon Gilmore, CB – from Buffalo Bills

New England Patriots – Dwayne Allen, TE – from Indianapolis Colts

New England Patriots – Kony Ealy, DE – from Carolina Panthers

New England Patriots – Brandin Cooks, WR – from New Orleans Saints

New York Jets – Morris Claiborne, CB – from Dallas Cowboys

New York Jets – Chandler Catanzaro, K – from Arizona Cardinals

Baltimore Ravens – Danny Woodhead, RB – from Los Angeles Chargers

Baltimore Ravens – Brandon Carr, CB – from Dallas Cowboys

Cleveland Browns – Kevin Zeitler, OG – from Cincinnati Bengals

Cleveland Browns – Brock Osweiler, QB – from Houston Texans

Cleveland Browns – JC Tretter, C – from Green Bay Packers

Indianapolis Colts – Jaball Sheard, DE – from New England Patriots

Indianapolis Colts – Margus Hunt, DE – from Cincinnati Bengals

Jacksonville Jaguars – Brandon Albert, OT – from Miami Dolphins

Jacksonville Jaguars – A.J. Bouye, CB – from Houston Texans

Jacksonville Jaguars – Barry Church, S – from Dallas Cowboys

Jacksonville Jaguars – Calais Campbell, DT – from Arizona Cardinals

Tennessee Titans – Logan Ryan, CB – from New England Patriots

Tennessee Titans – Sylvester Williams, DT – from Denver Broncos

Denver Broncos – Domata Peko, DT – from Cincinnati Bengals

Denver Broncos – Ronald Leary, OG – from Dallas Cowboys

Los Angeles Chargers – Russell Okung, OT – from Denver Broncos

Oakland Raiders – Jared Cook, TE – from Green Bay Packers

Oakland Raiders – Cordarrelle Patterson, WR – from Minnesota Vikings

 Dallas Cowboys – Nolan Carroll, CB – from Philadelphia Eagles

New York Giants – Brandon Marshall, WR – from New York Jets

New York Giants – D.J. Fluker, OG – from Los Angeles Chargers

Philadelphia Eagles – Chance Warmack, OG – from Tennessee Titans

Philadelphia Eagles – Alshon Jeffrey, WR – from Chicago Bears

Philadelphia Eagles – Torrey Smith, WR – from San Francisco 49ers

Washington Redskins – Terrelle Pryor, WR – from Cleveland Browns

Chicago Bears – Quintin Demps, S – from Houston Texans

Chicago Bears – Prince Amukamara, CB – from Jacksonville Jaguars

Chicago Bears – Mike Glennon, QB – from Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Detroit Lions – Ricky Wagner, OT – from Baltimore Ravens

Detroit Lions – D.J. Hayden, CB – from Oakland Raiders

Detroit Lions – T.J. Lang, OG – from Green Bay Packers

Green Bay Packers – Martellus Bennett, TE – from New England Patriots

Green Bay Packers – Davon House, CB – from Jacksonville Jaguars

Green Bay Packers – Lance Kendricks, TE – from Los Angeles Rams

Minnesota Vikings – Ladavius Murray, RB – from Oakland Raiders

Minnesota Vikings – Mike Remmers, OT – from Carolina Panthers

Atlanta Falcons – Dontari Poe, DT – from Kansas City Chiefs

Carolina Panthers – Mike Adams, S – from Indianapolis Colts

Carolina Panthers – Julius Peppers, DE – from Green Bay Packers

Carolina Panthers – Matt Kalil, OT – from Minnesota Vikings

Carolina Panthers – Captain Munnerlyn, CB – from Minnesota Vikings

New Orleans Saints – Larry Warford, OG – from Detroit Lions

New Orleans Saints – Ted Ginn, WR – from Carolina Panthers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Nick Folk, K – from New York Jets

Tampa Bay Buccaneers – DeSean Jackson, WR – from Washington Redskins

Arizona Cardinals – Karlos Dansby, LB – from Cincinnati Bengals

Arizona Cardinals – Jarvis Jones, LB – from Pittsburgh Steelers

Arizona Cardinals – Antoine Bethea, CB – from San Francisco 49ers

Los Angeles Rams – Andrew Whitworth, OT – from Cincinnati Bengals

Los Angeles Rams – Connor Barwin, LB – from Philadelphia Eagles

San Francisco 49ers – Marquise Goodwin, WR – from Buffalo Bills

San Francisco 49ers – Earl Mitchell, DT – from Miami Dolphins

San Francisco 49ers – Jeremy Zuttah, C – from Baltimore Ravens

San Francisco 49ers – Malcolm Smith, LB – from Oakland Raiders

San Francisco 49ers – Pierre Garcon, WR – from Washington Redskins

San Francisco 49ers – Brian Hoyer, QB – from Chicago Bears

San Francisco 49ers – Robbie Gould, K – from Chicago Bears

Seattle Seahawks – Luke Joeckel, OT – from Jacksonville Jaguars

Seattle Seahawks – Eddie Lacy, RB – from Green Bay Packers

Football is almost here, and these changes to NFL lineups will have a major impact on the quality of each team’s season.  New England, the reigning Super Bowl Champions, made a ton of big moves, improving the odds that they’ll be right back in the big game.  San Francisco also spent money, making changes across the board in what they hope will be a rebuilding season that has lasting impact.  A few teams, like the Bengals, Steelers, Texans, and Chiefs, were relatively quiet, so let’s see if their lack of moves reflects negatively when the season starts.  It’s almost time, just a few more short months, and then football is officially back.

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Sports – 2017 NCAA Tournament

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March Madness is here!  It’s time once again to predict a bunch of basketball games, get most of them wrong, and then rub it in your friend’s face when they do worse than you.  The field is wide open this year, per usual, and any team could win the championship.  Here are my picks for the Final Four and my prediction for the winner of the dance.

Midwest – Kansas Jayhawks

West – Gonzaga Bulldogs

East – Duke Blue Devils

South – UCLA Bruins

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Sports – Covers.com College Basketball

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Selection Sunday has passed and now we know all 68 teams to make the NCAA Tournament!  March Madness is upon us, and American sports fans rejoice.  It’s one of the best times in the sports calendar, a time to fill out your brackets, plan your parties, and watch high-level basketball for weekend upon weekend.  The field is set, with the First Four play-in games to be decided right away, with the rest of the Tourney following shortly after.  It’s a wide open playoff, with any team having the chance to cut down the nets in the Championship, so let’s take a look at how some of the bracket fell out.

East Top Four

  1. Villanova
  2. Duke
  3. Baylor
  4. Florida

West Top Four

  1. Gonzaga
  2. Arizona
  3. Florida St.
  4. West Virginia

Midwest Top Four

  1. Kansas
  2. Louisville
  3. Oregon
  4. Purdue

South Top Four

  1. North Carolina
  2. Kentucky
  3. UCLA
  4. Butler

These may be the most likely college basketball teams to reach the Final Four and compete for the Championship.  Villanova is given the #1 overall seed, and well-deserved, being last year’s Champs and this year’s top squad.  They’ll have to get past Duke though, the nation’s hottest team, who set a record with 4 straight ACC victories in 4 days to win their conference.  Gonzaga hasn’t faced the same competition as other school’s perhaps, but all they do is win, something that should spell trouble for Arizona.  Oregon is dealing with a key injury, something that might make Kansas’s path to the Championship easier, if they can also get past Michigan, a team coming off a plane scare that has seemed to unite them as a brotherhood.  UCLA boasts the nation’s best player, but we’ll see if that’s enough to get past some stiff competition.  Also, we can’t forget, that the odds favor some low-seed upsets, the most likely being (10) Wichita St. or (12) Middle Tennessee St.  Both schools have a great chance to busts some brackets, and no matter what, we should be in for another extremely entertaining Tournament.

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Sports – 2017 MLB Predictions

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With free agency over, spring training starting, and no one having any real idea how any of the clubs will actually perform, I think it’s time to make some picks.  So here they are, my 2017 MLB Way Too Early Predictions.

AL East – Boston Red Sox

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AL Central – Detroit Tigers

AL West – Texas Rangers

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NL East – Washington Nationals

NL Central – St. Louis Cardinals

NL West – San Francisco Giants

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Sports – Covers.com College Football

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College athletes make their first attempt to enter the NFL with the beginning of the Scouting Combine, a skills showcase created to measure the readiness of each player at they make their transition to the pros, as well as to give NFL executives and coaches the opportunity to see these young men first hand, to obtain a sense of their worth as the NFL Draft quickly approaches.  The Combine is an important time for these young players, a time to show their skills, to interview well, to compete against others at the same positions, to raise their Draft stock as high as it can go.  Let’s take a look at some early results that general managers and coaches might be taking a look at as they decide who to select to their respective teams.

40 Yard Dash

  1. John Ross – WR – Washington (4.22)
  2. Curtis Samuel – WR -Ohio St. (4.31)
  3. T.J. Logan – RB – North Carolina (4.37)
  4. Josh Malone – WR – Tennessee (4.40)
  5. KD Cannon – WR – Baylor (4.41)
  6. Joe Williams – RB – Utah (4.41)
  7. Quincy Adeboyejo – WR – Mississippi (4.42)
  8. Tarik Cohen – RB – NC A&T (4.42)
  9. Evan Engram – TE – Mississippi (4.42)
  10. Chris Godwin – WR – Penn St. (4.42)
  11. Isaiah McKenzie – WR – Georgia (4.42)
  12. Michael Rector – WR – Stanford (4.42)

John Ross blew the competition away at the 40 Yard Dash at the Combine, setting the record for the fastest ever recorded score.  College football is one thing, but to be able to show that impressive speed off in front of executives who have your career in their hands and a stop watch that may decide your professional fate, well that’s another thing all together.  Ross impressed, and odds are many NFL teams will be clambering for his speed come Draft day.  Ohio State’s Curtis Samuel was impressive as well, and should be a top receiver selected very soon.  More competitions are under way right now, more displays of skills, as college athletes prepare for the big jump to the big leagues, so keep an eye on the results, and we’ll see what your favorite team does with these talented young players heading into the 2017 NFL season.

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Sports – Covers.com MLB

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Spring Training has begun, and the 2017 MLB season swiftly approaches.  Last year saw an incredible comeback from the Chicago Cubs in the World Series, breaking a curse that seemed insurmountable, setting the stage for some wacky postseason finishes across the world of sports.  This year should be no less exciting, as the Cubs attempt to hold on to the trophy, while every other team in the league nips at their heals.  Let’s take a look at how teams finished last season, as we look ahead to how they might fare this year.

AL East

  1. Boston Red Sox: 93-69
  2. Baltimore Orioles: 89-73
  3. Toronto Blue Jays: 89-73
  4. New York Yankees: 84-87
  5. Tampa Bay Rays: 68-94

AL Central

  1. Cleveland Indians: 94-67
  2. Detroit Tigers: 86-75
  3. Kansas City Royals: 81-81
  4. Chicago White Sox: 78-84
  5. Minnesota Twins: 59-103

AL West

  1. Texas Rangers: 95-67
  2. Seattle Mariners: 86-76
  3. Houston Astros: 84-78
  4. Los Angeles Angels: 74-88
  5. Oakland Athletics: 69-93

NL East

  1. Washington Nationals: 95-67
  2. New York Mets: 87-75
  3. Miami Marlins: 79-82
  4. Philadelphia Phillies: 71-91
  5. Atlanta Braves: 68-93

NL Central

  1. Chicago Cubs: 103-58
  2. St. Louis Cardinals: 86-76
  3. Pittsburgh Pirates: 78-83
  4. Milwaukee Brewers: 73-89
  5. Cincinnati Reds: 68-94

NL West

  1. Los Angeles Dodgers: 91-71
  2. San Francisco Giants: 87-75
  3. Colorado Rockies: 75-87
  4. Arizona Diamondbacks: 69-93
  5. San Diego Padres: 68-94

The Cubs were, by far, the MLB‘s hottest team last season, and they don’t seem to have lost any momentum heading into 2017.  They’ll look to repeat their amazing performance this October, and should be the odds-on favorite to grab another World Series Championship.  The Indians, their opponents last year, were a big surprise, but perhaps should not have been, given the time manager Terry Francona has spent improving his club, preparing them to rise up from obscurity into the ranks of the best teams in the league.  Can they return, or will other clubs make a bigger splash this year?  Major League Baseball is never static, free agent moves and emerging talent always playing a big role in underdogs becoming division winners, so don’t count out your favorite team if they had a quiet 2016.  This is a brand new season, an empty slate on which will be written a new chapter of hardball history.

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Sports – Covers.com NFL

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As the 2017 NFL season swiftly approaches, fans & odds-makers alike are looking ahead, attempting to predict the outcome of what will assuredly be another exciting year.  Free Agency will provide new players, the Draft will provide fresh talent, and Training Camp will bring it all together, but only one team will be standing when the Super Bowl ends as the new league champion.  With so much action approaching in the next few months, we take an early look at how our favorite teams might fare.  The first clue; the schedule.  Here is a strength of schedule ranking for each club, based on the overall 2016 records of their opponents.

  1. Denver Broncos: 147-102-2 (.578)
  2. Kansas City Chiefs: 147-108-1 (.576)
  3. Los Angeles Chargers: 145-110-1 (.568)
  4. Oakland Raiders: 144-111-1 (.564)
  5. Buffalo Bills: 143-112-1 (.561)
  6. Miami Dolphins: 140-116-0 (.547)
  7. Washington Redskins: 138-116-2 (.543)
  8. New York Giants: 135-117-4 (.535)
  9. New York Jets: 137-119-0 (.535)
  10. Dallas Cowboys: 134-118-4 (.531)
  11. Philadelphia Eagles: 134-118-4 (.531)
  12. New England Patriots: 135-121-0 (.527)
  13. Atlanta Falcons: 133-122-1 (.521)
  14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 132-123-1 (.518)
  15. New Orleans Saints: 130-125-1 (.514)
  16. Carolina Panthers: 129-127-0 (.504)
  17. Los Angeles Rams: 121-130-5 (.482)
  18. Green Bay Packers: 122-132-2 (.480)
  19. Chicago Bears: 122-133-1 (.479)
  20. San Francisco 49ers: 119-132-5 (.475)
  21. Detroit Lions: 119-135-2 (.469)
  22. Cleveland Browns: 119-135-2 (.469)
  23. Arizona Cardinals: 118-135-3 (.467)
  24. Baltimore Ravens: 117-137-2 (.461)
  25. Seattle Seahawks: 115-138-3 (.455)
  26. Houston Texans: 115-138-3 (.455)
  27. Minnesota Vikings: 115-139-2 (.453)
  28. Pittsburgh Steelers: 115-139-2 (.453)
  29. Cincinnati Bengals: 115-141-0 (.449)
  30. Jacksonville Jaguars: 111-142-3 (.439)
  31. Tennessee Titans: 111-142-3 (.439)
  32. Indianapolis Colts: 107-146-3 (.424)

Because of the NFL‘s scheduling system, you’ll notice that divisions are usually grouped together in the strength of schedule rankings.  That’s because each team plays each team in their division twice, those past records combining to give a similar percentage.  The AFC West has, by far, the most difficult road to the playoffs, whereas the AFC South has the easiest.  The Colts, a team led by a quarterback who can carry the entire squad on his shoulders, has the added benefit of a light schedule, and so should be considered an odds-on favorite to read the postseason.  The Broncos, with the hardest schedule in the league, a new head coach, and an anemic offense, should be thought of as a long shot.  The Seahawks don’t need any help but have an easy path, the two Super Bowl teams find themselves in the middle of the pack, and the Dolphins won’t get a break as they try to repeat their surprisingly strong year.  It should be an excellent and entertaining NFL season in 2017, and we don’t have much longer to wait.

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Sports – 2017 NFL Free Agency

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With the 2016 season behind us, the Super Bowl over, and the reality of zero football settling in, it’s never too early to look ahead to next year.  The 2017 season kicks off with the HOF game in Canton in August and the Opener in New England in September, but before that there are two major events that will change your team’s future.  One is the Draft in April, and the other is Free Agency in March.  There are veteran players out there for the taking, and they could help your team right away with their talent and experience.  Here is a look at some of the top NFL Free Agents of 2017:

 

Le’Veon Bell – RB – Pittsburgh Steelers

Eric Berry – S – Kansas City Chiefs

Kirk Cousins – QB – Washington Redskins

Kawaan Short – DT – Carolina Panthers

Chandler Jones – LB – Arizona Cardinals

Alshon Jeffery – WR – Chicago Bears

Melvin Ingram – LB – Los Angeles Chargers

Calais Campbell – DE – Arizona Cardinals

Brandon Williams – DT – Baltimore Ravens

Jason Pierre-Paul – DE – New York Giants

Jamie Collins – LB – Cleveland Browns

Kevin Zeitler – OG – Cincinnati Bengals

Stephon Gilmore – CB – Buffalo Bills

A.J. Bouye – CB – Houston Texans

Dont’a Hightower – LB – New England Patriots

Dontari Poe – DT – Kansas City Chiefs

Martellus Bennett – TE – New England Patriots

DeSean Jackson – WR – Washington Redskins

Terrelle Pryor – WR – Cleveland Browns

T.J. Lang – OG – Green Bay Packers

 

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Sports – Covers.com March Madness

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For the first time in its history, the NCAA has given College Hoops fans an in-season look at the projected Top 16 teams one month ahead of the Tournament.  This preview shows us how the rankings translate to seedings by creating a potential bracket, one that will change over the course of the remainder of the regular season and the conference championships, but can at least serve as a guide to where your favorite team currently stands.  Let’s take a look at the sixteen teams who, for now, hold the four most coveted spots in each region.

East: 1) Villanova, 2) Louisville, 3) Kentucky, 4) UCLA

South: 1) Baylor, 2) North Carolina, 3) Florida, 4) Butler

Midwest: 1) Kansas, 2) Florida St., 3) Arizona, 4) Duke

West: 1) Gonzaga, 2) Oregon, 3) Virginia, 4) West Virginia

March Madness is a month away, but college basketball fans all over the country are preparing to root for their teams in each and every round, while they also prepare for four straight days of hoops, in what has become a veritable holiday weekend.  These early projected rankings just fuel the fire even more, giving a taste of victory to the front runners, while those who haven’t cracked the Top 16 look on, with every win between now and the Tourney a major victory.  And although it’s too early to fill in your bracket, this fluid, state-of-the-NCAA ranking system shows you the odds which your team currently holds.  Villanova, Baylor, Kansas, Gonzaga; these four squads stand the best chance of reaching deep into the Tourney, at least as of right now, as the #1 seeds will face easier competition early on, earning them a momentum that could help propel a talented team all the way to the Championship.  For the rest, all spots are up for grabs, as conference competition heats up, seasons come to a close, and the cream rises to the top to compete in what should be another amazing NCAA Tournament.

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