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Hill could be correct in assuming that opposing defenses will be fearful lining up against the two speedsters. Hill has been one of the best receivers in the NFL during his six-year career. A six-time Pro Bowler and three-time First-Team All-Pro, the 28-year-old caught a career-high 111 passes for 1,239 yards and nine touchdowns last season. Waddle had a solid rookie campaign for the Dolphins in 2021 with 104 receptions for 1,015 yards and six touchdowns.If Tagovailoa lives up to the praise that Hill has showered him with, Hill and Waddle could be a scary duo this season.
It’s been known for a while that the NFL’s team owners will meet today, August 9, in Minnesota. It’s been known for a while that they’ll vote on the purchase of the Denver Broncos by Wal-Mart heirs. It’s been known for a while that, barring something dramatically and completely unexpected, at least 24 owners will approve the transaction, making Rob Walton the richest owner in the league, by far.
Rob Walton, the son of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton, has a net worth in the range of $70 billion. The next richest owner in the NFL, David Tepper, has less than $17 billion. (Maybe it’s time for a bake sale.)
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It’s also expected that (), while the owners happen to be gathered for one item of business, the Commissioner will issue a stern reminder to all owners about two rules that became very relevant last Tuesday, when the league suspended Dolphins owner Stephen Ross through the sixth game of the 2022 regular season for rampant tampering with and Sean Payton. Ross also got a pass for tanking, even though the league found he essentially lit the fuse on an effort to lose in 2019, with the goal of getting a higher draft pick in 2020. (He most definitely was not, as some have suggested “exonerated” for his attempted tank. At best, he was excused of it.)
While the Commissioner may huff and puff about tampering, the league knows the rule can’t be properly enforced. Tampering is rampant. In this case, tampering became the apparent basis for a compromise punishment, since the league is not inclined to find that tanking has occurred in any form.
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Joe Mixon spoke with reporters and revealed that he regrets not fighting harder to be out on the field for the final drive of Super Bowl LVI. “It was just a caught up in the moment thing,” said the Pro Bowler Mixon, per Kelsey Conway of the Cincinnati Enquirer. “I really should have taken initiative on myself and just been like, ‘Hey, I’m coming in [the game].’ But you know, it was the heat of the moment.“It’s last year [though] and, you know, obviously we’re in 2022,” Mixon went on.
Earlier this year, the league gave the Browns a pass for a four-year plan that clearly prioritized other factors over winning games. Did the Browns deliberately try to lose any specific games? No. Did they incentivize factors that would make it harder to win games, like stockpiling future picks and not spending cash? Absolutely.
Regardless, the NFL won’t use this specific T word without an-style confession. And no one will be dumb enough to ever admit to trying to lose specific games.
The implications would be too problematic for the league and for specific individuals, especially in an age of legalized gambling. From civil lawsuits to potential prosecutions to likely legislative efforts, any finding by the league that a team didn’t do all it could to win a given game would become a huge mess. Even though it has happened before. And will surely happen again.
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The Bengals, Chargers and other teams could be in trouble down the roadThis offseason alone has proven as much: the Packers extended Aaron Rodgers for an average of $50 million per year despite him approaching 39; the Raiders and Vikings extended Derek Carr and Kirk Cousins with top-10 deals, respectively, despite their lack of playoff success; and the Browns committed a record $230M in fully guaranteed money to Deshaun Watson as part of a blockbuster trade, even while the former Texans star faced 22 civil lawsuits alleging sexual misconduct.
The NFL maintains a system for crafting draft order that clearly creates a bright line connection between failing now and succeeding later. The temptation to tank is every bit as obvious as the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. In this case, however, that apple is going to be eaten annually, by the worst team in the league. Once a franchise realizes its current season has been lost, why not seize upon the silver lining that comes from continuing to lose?
The Buccaneers absolutely did it in 2014, pulling half the starters in a Week 17 game against the Saints, blowing a double-digit lead and securing the first pick in the 2015 draft. Some are convinced the Eagles did it in the last game of the 2020 season, when a potential win by the Eagles over Washington was essentially squandered when Philly removedfor . (For more on tanking and the various other things the NFL does, and sometimes doesn’t, handle the right way, .)
For the Dolphins, Ross apparently was saying it’s better to draft higher in 2020 than win in 2019 long before it became clear that the Dolphins wouldn’t be serious contenders that year. For the Browns, it was even more vague and detached from the late-season aha! moment that results in a team realizing it has no chance to make the playoffs — and a real chance to secure the top pick in the next draft.
To summarize, the NFL can’t stop tampering and it won’t stop tanking, unless someone is dumb enough to admit to a specific effort to lose games. On Tuesday, the Commissioner quite likely will deliver some pointed remarks about both policies. Moving forward, it will be a shock if anything really changes.
Teams that tamper will probably be more careful. Teams tempted to tank will trust that they’ll never be punished for it unless they declare their intentions on the video board at the stadium.
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Broncos Over/Under Wins Total Betting Breakdown .
Expectations are high in Denver with new quarterback Russell Wilson and the Broncos’ over/under wins total at SI Sportsbook is 9.5 wins. While the expectations for Russell Wilson and the Broncos in 2022 continue to soar, the betting odds in the club’s future markets are becoming more prohibitive.The veteran quarterback joins a talented Broncos offense that has been missing reliable play under center since Peyton Manning retired. In the post-Manning era, Denver has produced just one winning season in 2016 and since endured five consecutive losing seasons while posting a disappointing 30-51 (.3790) record.