Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay has agreed to a plea deal that could have him facing a six-to-eight game suspension according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. On March 16, Irsay was pulled over and charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated and four counts of possession of a controlled substance. The case won’t be finalized until Tuesday so any league discipline won’t be issued until after the case has ended.
Via Pro Football Talk:
The question now becomes whether the NFL will hold Irsay to a higher standard by suspending him for a first-offense DUI. Players typically are fined two game checks for a first offense, absent serious injury or other discipline under the substance-abuse policy.
Adam Schefter of ESPN previously has reported that league insiders expect a six-to-eight game suspension for Irsay. Don’t be surprised if the suspension comes this week, before the Colts travel to Denver for the first Sunday night of the season.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will be watched closely during this process because of the heat he has already taken for previous suspensions he has imposed. It seems whatever decision Goodell decides – if he does, in fact, impose a suspension, will be criticized. Stay tuned…
We all know and understand that losing your annual fantasy football league may result in constant harassment, at the hands of your friends and co-workers, but some commissioners of some leagues tend to set the bar a little higher.
— Brittany Begley (@BrittanyBegley) August 29, 2014
Take this poor soul, for example. This man was seen, and photographed on Thursday, somewhere on Speedway Boulevard, in Charlotte, N.C. The sign says it all, folks. DO NOT lose your fantasy football league. If you can’t manage to win the championship, or even make the playoffs, just do what you can to not fall into last place, or else you’ll end up sporting some women’s gear on the side of one of the busiest roads in North Carolina.
At this point in time, the only information we have on the man in question, other than the fact that he seemed to embrace his punishment, is that his name may be Jason Horton. I suppose the best way you can rise up and hit the situation with two feet on the ground is to just say “screw it” and rock your sister’s best festival dress on the side of the road.
There was this Tweet, that may answer some questions about the dude on the side of the road, but nothing is confirmed.
— Brittany Begley (@BrittanyBegley) August 29, 2014
Apparently the guy’s name is Jason, and he’s a total WINNER for going through with this fantasy punishment. Kudos to this man!
Buffalo Bills rookie Sammy Watkins is the newest human highlight reel to grace the NFL. The wide receiver from Clemson seemingly makes an incredible play every time he steps on to the playing field. Watkins is becoming so well-known for his highlights that his newest clip wasn’t even a catch. That’s because Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Lew Toller was assigned the task of lining up across from Sammy Watkins during a joint practice with the Bills this afternoon and was juked out of his jockstrap.
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Oakland Raiders safety Charles Woodson has heard many national anthems during his tenure in the NFL. And, to give the former Defensive Player of the Year some credit, he was able to recite all of the words perfectly to the Star-Spangled Banner. Whether he was good or not is up for debate. But I’ll give him an A for trying!
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Buffalo Bills rookie wide receiver Sammy Watkins is very quickly making a name for himself. The wide out from Clemson made a spectacular one-handed catch back in July and now has added another absurd catch to his resume.
Watkins, on a play towards the sideline, had to reach back to make an unbelievable catch. I have a feeling Sammy is going to be a human highlight reel for the Bills this season.
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2013 stats: No. 9 in scoring (26.1 points per game), No. 3 in total offense (400.3 yards per game), 42 offensive touchdowns.
Key players: QB Aaron Rodgers, RB Eddie Lacy, WR Randall Cobb, WR Jordy Nelson, WR Jarrett Boykin, WR Davante Adams, TE Andrew Quarless
It goes without saying that any offense with Aaron Rodgers at the helm is automatically thrust into the upper echelon of NFL offenses. Depending on how Rodgers has recovered from his shoulder injury last year, this season should be no different. In addition, he doesn’t have the most reliable cast of wide receivers to throw the ball to. James Jones is gone and Jermichael Finley is still a question mark on whether he’ll ever play again. Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson are his most reliable targets, and they’re by no means amateurs. But beyond those two, his next best target is Jarrett Boykin who has struggled heavily in camp so far. All three of these receivers are experts at stretching the field, which will be helpful in opening up the running game for Eddie Lacy. This offense is designed around Rodgers and even with his carousel of help this offense is still strong.
2013 stats: No. 2 in scoring (27.8 points per game), No. 8 in total offense (381.8 yards per game), 45 offensive touchdowns
Key Players: QB Jay Cutler, RB Matt Forte, WR Brandon Marshall, WR Alshon Jeffery, WR Marquess Wilson, TE Martellus Bennett
On the complete opposite end of the “Aaron Rodgers and his receivers” spectrum is Jay Cutler and the Bears. Jay Cutler is a lucky, lucky man. Any quarterback in the NFL would give an arm and a leg (no pun intended) to be able to throw to Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, and Martellus Bennett every week. Sophomore HC Marc Trestman has been a godsend to Cutler and company. What’s even scarier about potentially the best WR corp in the league is that if somehow all three of them have an off day, Matt Forte can run the ball down a defense’s throat. This offense is FULL of weapons and as long as they all stay healthy, they could be one of the most lethal attacks in the league.
2013 stats: No. 10 in scoring (25.9 points per game), No. 4 in total offense (399.4 yards per game), 49 offensive touchdowns
Key Players: QB Drew Brees, RB Pierre Thomas, RB Mark Ingram, WR Marques Colston, WR Kenny Stills, WR Brandin Cooks, TE Jimmy Graham
Similarly to a few other quarterbacks on this countdown, QB Drew Brees is the kind of quarterback that makes everyone around him better. Brees is going to spend 2014 in the top 5 again as he does every year. Somehow, this power offense was 10th in scoring last season. They set out this offseason to correct that and become insanely high scoring again by shoring up the running game. With the loss of Darren Sproles, he’ll be replaced by 2013 undrafted free agent Khiry Robinson. Robinson showed his potential with limited touches this year, so I expect he’ll be important as the third back behind Pierre Thomas and Mark Ingram. I expect Kenny Stills to be a favorite target for Drew Brees this year along with Marques Colston and TE (yes, he’s a tight end not a wide receiver) Jimmy Graham. This offense has the potential to be top five again, especially with Drew Brees at the helm. The Saints are known for their high powered offense, and Sean Peyton knows that and will take advantage of it.
2013 stats: No. 4 in scoring (27.6 points per game), No. 2 in total offense (417.3 yards per game), 51 offensive touchdowns
Key Players: QB Nick Foles, RB LeSean McCoy, RB Darren Sproles, WR Jeremy Maclin, WR Riley Cooper, WR Jordan Matthews, TE Zach Ertz
Last year, Chip Kelly worked on implementing the lightning fast offense that worked so well for him at Oregon. After a successful year, it looks like year 2 of this blazing speed style is only going to get better. He enters his second year with an established system and no more questions at quarterback. For Kelly, Nick Foles proved that he’s THE guy. Along with a healthy Jeremy Maclin and rookie WR Jordan Matthews is a big target with great hands. Along with a great batch of wide receivers for Nick Foles to choose from, they also have one of the best running backs in the game in LeSean McCoy. Defenses are going to have a hard time keeping up with this speedy offense, and if they get a handle on Foles and the wideouts they’ll have to deal with McCoy and vice versa. And no matter what, they’re going to be gasping for breath at one of the fastest offenses the NFL has ever seen. Oh, and did I mention Darren Sproles has joined the squad too? This offense is SCARY.
2013 stats: No. 1 in scoring (37.9 points per game), No. 1 in total offense (457.3 yards per game), 71 offensive touchdowns.
Key Players: QB Peyton Manning, RB Montee Ball, WR Demaryius Thomas, WR Wes Welker, WR Emmanuel Sanders, WR Cody Latimer, TE Julius Thomas
Okay, this one goes without saying. First off, Peyton Freaking Manning is coming off one of the best seasons in NFL history for a quarterback. This offense averaged almost 40 ppg last season and over 450 total yards per game. Despite this, the Seattle Seahawks defense made them look like a pop warner team (is Seattle the number 1 defense in the NFL this season? Make sure to keep an eye out for my top five defenses piece, coming soon. Hint hint…)
The team parted ways with Eric Decker this offseason, who signed with the Jets. But he’s been replaced with former Steeler Emmanuel Sanders and Cody Latimer, the rookie from Indiana. Knowshon Moreno, the oft injured running back that led the rushing attack last season, is gone and replaced by Montee Ball. They lost key pieces in the offseason and replaced them with better pieces. I’d be shocked if the Broncos don’t come at least close to matching their output from last season, which is ridiculous in itself. This offense, simply speaking, is getting better. Defenses are going to be running scared from Peyton Freaking Manning and his gang.
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