AFC Title Game: Patriots at Chiefs

Today is the day it goes down at legendary Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. Can the Chiefs FINALLY get to the Super Bowl?

It’s going to be around 22 degrees at kickoff in Kansas City.

The expert picks are in on this game. I’m seeing something of a 27-23 Kansas City win, where Patrick Mahomes is good but not great. I think Bill Belichick will do a good job of taking away Mahomes’ big arm and big plays.

I’ll be recapping this game later tonight.

Adrian Peterson Wants To Be A Texan

Adrian Peterson wants to be a Houston Texan, or at least it appears that way. Lamar Miller says he would be open to it.

“I used to look up to Adrian Peterson growing up,” Miller said. “He runs the ball hard. He’s a great running back. He’s been a great running back in this league for years. It would be good to have him join us, just his leadership, seeing the things he’s done in previous years, that I feel like I could probably learn from him. It would help us out as a team.”

This would definitely add some star power to go along with Deshaun Watson and the rest of the Texans core.

I don’t see this happening in the end, but the Texans would be wise to move on this. They will need depth behind Miller, and Peterson proved down the stretch with Arizona that he could still play a little bit in 2017.

Friday Links

It’s almost Memorial Day. Here are the NFL links of the day as we head into Memorial Day weekend. It won’t be long until football is here.

  • Richie Incognito’s CTE hardware system clearly short-circutied. [Deadspin]
  • Donald Trump and America win on the anthem policy. [Pro Football Talk]
  • Deshaun Watson’s knee is feeling well story hits the mainstream. [NFL.com]
  • Doug Baldwin is an ‘Earth is Flat’ type. [PFT]
  • Could the new kickoff rules help the Texans? [Battle Red Blog]

Thoughts on the NFL finding a new Commissioner

What the NFL needs most right now is not a shyster, suit, businessman type running the show. Someone who is quietly savvy but can rebuild the trust lost with the fans; someone warmer than Goodell would really be endearing. Tagliabue was this way for those of you too young to remember. He was excellent. Made my childhood great. The league was great. Never even a fraction of all this garbage that has entered the game today, or conflict. You cannot blame it all on social media and the day in age we are in. Some maybe, but anytime someone is making $40 M a year (Goodell) corruption is right there with all that money and power. He is a slimeball; where are no two ways about this.

NFL Ratings are down 7.5% in 2017

It’s being reported that through six weeks of play, the NFL ratings are down 7.5% in 2017.

Here’s why I think it’s down.

It’s no one thing. I’m a 34 year old white guy. And I am going to dedicate this post to why I care less. And I have loved it since I was five. I used to watch from 7 AM pregame shows until it went off the air past midnight sometimes. Here’s why I am turned off or care less. I also think my age, gender, and race are the majority audience of the NFL. I am in the segment the NFL should work the hardest to maintain.

1) The Kaepernick/Politics in Football. Huge mistake. Just a turn off
2) It’s a flag fest. The product on field is just missing sizzle. It’s just a poor watch. Too many penalties, negated TD’s, negated big plays, bad calls. Officiating is terrible.
3) Injuries constantly to star players. I don’t want to watch the Raiders without Derek Carr. I’m not interested in the Packers without Aaron Rodgers. It’s a QB league. When these guys go down, unless I have absolutely no other sports to watch, I’m not tuning in.
4) NFL badly needs to develop or have new stars develop as ‘face of the league’. Brady and Rodgers are getting older. Prescott, Newton, Watson, etc. are all guys who make me want to tune in. They need these guys to work out.
5) Guys my age have young children. I have a one year old and near three-year old. I have to make deals with my wife to see a specific (usually Dallas) game. Otherwise, my kids won’t let me watch 3 games in a day. Many guys in my age bracket have young kids. It’s exhausting. A lot of times if they take a nap around those 1:00 games; if no one interesting is on; I’m taking a nap too. Has to be a marquee game or I’ll just let my kids win and watch bubble guppies.