NFL approves 17-game schedule and drops a preseason contest
Then, the league removed two of its preseason games and will do something similar this time. As part of the added contest, the NFL will reduce its preseason from four to three games. The network will receive a new divisional round playoff contest too. Advertising data firm MediaRadar estimated Fox alone generated approximately $2 billion in national advertising for its 2020 NFL games. The firm estimated the average ad spend around NFL games last season accounted for $15.23 million per contest.cnbc.com
Donald, Kelce unanimous AP All-Pros; Rodgers, Henry chosen
(AP Photo/Stephen Brashear, File)Dynamic defensive star Aaron Donald and unstoppable tight end Travis Kelce were unanimous choices Friday for The Associated Press NFL All-Pro Team. Donald, who has helped the Los Angeles Rams to the top-ranked defense in the NFL, earned his sixth All-Pro selection. “I think the best display of greatness is making people around you better,” Rams coach Sean McVay said of Donald. Joining Donald and Kelce were 15 players returning to the squad, and 14 newcomers. Rounding out the offense were Cleveland right tackle Jack Conklin (second selection), and Washington right guard Brandon Scherff (first).
Injured Big Ben rallies unbeaten Steelers past Cowboys 24-19
The limp was gone as the 38-year-old engineered a fourth-quarter comeback that kept Pittsburgh as the NFL's only unbeaten team. Those are the four games Dallas has been without star Dak Prescott, out for the season with a broken ankle. Roethlisberger's first touchdown came after he injured his left knee after a throw on a hit from defensive tackle Neville Gallimore. “Someone hit me right on the side of the knee, kind of bent my knee a little bit,” Roethlisberger said. “Just had some discomfort.”Gilbert's first touchdown pass was a 20-yarder to Lamb for a 10-0 lead in the second quarter.
Unbeaten Steelers maintain top spot in AP Pro32 poll
(AP Photo/Gail Burton)NEW YORK – All the votes are in. And the Pittsburgh Steelers kept the top spot in the latest AP Pro32 poll. The Steelers received 10 of the 12 first-place votes for 382 points in balloting Tuesday by media members who regularly cover the NFL. The Steelers improved to 7-0 for the second time in franchise history after holding off the Baltimore Ravens 28-24 on Sunday. And the Arizona Cardinals, who are coming off a bye, moved up one spot to round out the top 10.
Steelers stay perfect, blow out Mayfield, Browns 38-7
Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) pulls off his helmet on the sideline after being sacked by the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, in Pittsburgh. The passing game came next, quickly followed by the optimism that somehow things would be different for the Cleveland Browns. The result when the Steelers host the Browns does not. James Conner ran for 101 yards and a touchdown, Ben Roethlisberger passed for 169 yards and a score and Pittsburgh's defense chased aching Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield in the third quarter. Pittsburgh sacked Mayfield four times and picked him off twice — including Minkah Fitzpatrick's 33-yard sprint to the end zone on Cleveland's first possession.
The Latest: Brady, Bucs roll to win, give Packers first loss
Brady threw for 166 yards and two touchdowns, including one to Gronkowski, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers rolled to a 38-10 win over the previously undefeated Green Bay Packers. Brady hit Rob Gronkowski for a 12-yard touchdown with 1:02 left in the second quarter to cap the rally. It's been a tough afternoon so far for Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The Dolphins had a 21-0 halftime lead after Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 147 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Board has movement in his limbs after suffering a concussion and neck injury in the team's win over Washington.
Dolphins Must Go All In, Do Whatever It Takes to Get Tua Tagovailoa
Entering the 2019-20 season, the Miami Dolphins were among a crop of teams that had one clear goal: to do whatever it took to be the team that snagged Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. Tagovailoa was the most coveted QB then, and nine months later, he'll likely still be that player even after a hip injury ended his college season. The thinking was that, best-case scenario, they'd be able to nab Tagovailoa with the highest pick and then build a team around their franchise quarterback. They have six picks in the first 70 selections of the draft and extra picks in the draft next season. Tagovailoa can be theirs if they want him, and they should, because even after that hip injury, he's still the best quarterback in the draft.browardpalmbeach.com
The Dolphins Must Go All In and Do Whatever It Takes to Get Tua Tagovailoa
Entering the 2019-20 season, the Miami Dolphins were among a crop of teams that had one clear goal: to do whatever it took to be the team that snagged Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. Tagovailoa was the most coveted QB then, and nine months later, he'll likely still be that player even after a hip injury ended his college season. The thinking was that, best-case scenario, they'd be able to nab Tagovailoa with the highest pick and then build a team around their franchise quarterback. They have six picks in the first 70 selections of the draft and extra picks in the draft next season. Tagovailoa can be theirs if they want him, and they should, because even after that hip injury, he's still the best quarterback in the draft.miaminewtimes.com
Minkah Fitzpatrick Wasn't the Player or Person the Dolphins Wanted
Minkah Fitzpatrick warms up before the Miami Dolphins' preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons this past August 8. Now with the Steelers, Fitzpatrick is for the most part playing where he'd like, for a team that's two wins better than the Dolphins. Fitzpatrick, having won all of two games more in Pittsburgh than he would have won in Miami at this point, will meet the Dolphins tonight. For Dolphins fans who are firmly on the #TankForTua train and hoping for a loss tonight, it's truly a win-win situation: Even if Miami wins, Fitzpatrick loses. And the draft pick the Dolphins got back for Fitzpatrick improves in the process.miaminewtimes.com
Former Jets safety Doug Middleton signs with Dolphins
Doug Middleton appears in a preseason game with the New York Jets. MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. - The Miami Dolphins have signed former New York Jets safety Doug Middleton. Middleton was signed to fill the spot vacated by 2018 first-round draft pick Minkah Fitzpatrick, who asked for and was granted a trade. After spending the 2017 season on injured reserve, Middleton spent 2018 as a backup to Marcus Maye. He started four games in place of the injured Maye last year but was cut before the start of this season.
After flurry of moves, Dolphins GM Chris Grier finally speaks
"For us, we've positioned ourselves to where the organization thinks we're going to be in a good position soon," Grier said. Grier met with the media for the first time since the start of the regular season. We're trying to build them a winner," Grier answered in regards to fans. As far as the Tunsil trade that saw Miami deal one of the best young tackles in the NFL to Houston in exchange for two first-round draft picks, Grier said Tunsil saw the offer and said "I'd trade me for that." Grier added that the Fitzpatrick trade was made because of the defensive back's unhappiness with the position he was playing.
It's official: Dolphins deal Minkah Fitzpatrick to Steelers
Miami Dolphins safety Minkah Fitzpatrick knocks Baltimore's Justice Hill out of bounds during the first quarter of a 59-10 loss to the Ravens at Hard Rock Stadium, Sept. 8, 2019, in Miami Gardens, Florida. MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. - The Miami Dolphins have traded last year's first-round draft pick to the Pittsburgh Steelers. A news release Tuesday confirmed the reports that safety Minkah Fitzpatrick had been dealt. In return for Fitzpatrick, the Dolphins will receive a 2020 first-round pick, along with a fifth-round pick in next year's draft and a sixth-round pick in 2021. Fitzpatrick started 13 of the 18 games in which he played for Miami, totaling 90 tackles and two interceptions.
Dolphins trade Minkah Fitzpatrick to Steelers per reports
Miami Dolphins safety Minkah Fitzpatrick celebrates after a tackle against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the second quarter of a preseason game at Hard Rock Stadium on Aug. 22, 2019 in Miami Gardens, Florida. DAVIE, Fla. - The Miami Dolphins have traded Minkah Fitzpatrick to the Steelers per reports. Accoring to the NFL Network's Ian Rapaport, the Dolphins are getting a first-round pick from the Steelers. Fitzpatrick was Miami's 2018 first-round pick, No. His skill-set is naturally in the slot, but new Dolphins head coach Brian Flores wanted to use Fitzpatrick in a variety of roles.
Antonio Brown scores in Patriots debut; Dolphins blanked 43-0
Antonio Brown of the New England Patriots celebrates after a catch against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on September 15, 2019. MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. - Antonio Brown caught a 20-yard touchdown pass in his debut for the New England Patriots, and the Patriots scored twice on interception returns in a two-minute fourth-quarter span Sunday to beat the Miami Dolphins 43-0. Brown also made an 18-yard catch on his first play for the Patriots, who signed him Monday. The Patriots totaled seven sacks and four interceptions and earned their most lopsided win in the 108-game history of the series. Brady kept throwing to help the Patriots drive 59 yards for their final touchdown with 2:10 left.
Miami open to Minkah Fitzpatrick's request for trade, sources say
Miami Dolphins safety Minkah Fitzpatrick celebrates after a tackle against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the second quarter of a preseason game at Hard Rock Stadium on Aug. 22, 2019 in Miami Gardens, Florida. DAVIE, Fla. - Former first-round draft pick Minkah Fitzpatrick has received permission from the Miami Dolphins to seek a trade, ESPN is reporting, citing multiple NFL sources. Flores wouldn't say whether the team would honor Fitzpatrick's trade request. But Flores said he isn't bothered by Fitzpatrick's request, recalling a similar situation with New England Patriots safety Patrick Chung. "I think everybody on this team is going to have a role, and that role is going to fit whatever we feel is best for the team," Flores said.