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Thursday night football back on track

NFL Thursday Night Football kicks off the season with two of the most elusive quarterbacks in the game of Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes (above) and Texans QB Deshaun Watson

Welcome back NFL fans as that long-awaited time is over. Thursday Night Football officially kicks off. This contest features the World Champion Kansas City Chiefs versus the Houston Texans. What a great matchup this turns out to be. Two of the most elusive quarterbacks in the game facing off. Look for a little revenge from the Houston Texans who had a commanding 24-3 lead over the Texans. However, the “Comeback Kid” Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes took over the game leading the Chiefs to a great comeback playoff win. A special delight for fans with a Double-Header on Monday Night Football. Leading off are the Pittsburgh Steelers against the New York Giants. Monday Night Football rounds up with the Denver Broncos versus the Tennessee Titans. Both of these match ups will keep fans parched right in their seats.

Without preseason, it is fair to assume that the players will be a little rusty. Coaches will be a little nervous about their roster selections that are now down to 53 players. “I bet it was hard for coaches to measure talent without a preseason.” stated the Captain. Defenses will have to reset their modes for real tackles. Even without a preseason, most injuries always occur on the practice fields. This year was without exception.

As one might expect, after roster cuts, waivers and trades are to be expected. Speaking of trades, Washington traded their top ground gainer last season Adrian Peterson to the Detroit Lions. Peterson, 35, appears still to have a lot of gas left in his tank. However, Washington has plans to use a two running back set. There have been quite a few players leaving the Jacksonville Jaguars last season. Adding to the list is Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette after only three seasons was released. Fournette has also taken up a grievance with the Jaguars, who feels he should collect the $4.167 million of his base salary that was not granted. He now joins the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who now prove to a threat in the NFC South.

Also packing his bags is Jaguars DE Yannick Ngakoe left camp to join the Minnesota Vikings. In addition, Jags Safety Ronnie will join the Browns. At the beginning of the season there are always starting quarterback controversies. So far, this problem has been solved this season. In Dolphins camp, veteran QB Ryan Fitzpatrick will get the nod over college standout Tua Tagovailoa as his back up. Another controversy solved as Bears Coach Mich Nagy named QB Mitch Trubisky was also officially named as the starter over Nick Foles. It didn’t stop there the Bears padded the position by adding 41-year old QB Josh McCowen as an emergency.

Sometimes quarterbacks are demoted. Tampa Bay Buccaneers assigned number one pick of the 2018 draft Josh Rosen to the practice squad. He was highly sought after but no one could pay his price until now. Tennessee Titans are awarded the winner of the Jadeveon Clowney sweepstakes. Clowney signed a one-year deal for $15 million dollars with his new club. Texans QB Deshaun Watson will get a chance to earn his new contract extension of $160 million dollars over four years. Matching those figures half way the Los Angeles Chargers agree to sign a deal with WR Keenan Allen. Allen is set to receive $80 million dollars over a four-year deal as well.

“It seems like teams want to use wavering as way to test out a new quarterbacks,” stated the Captain. As Steelers waive QB Delvin Hodges and replace him with Josh Dobbs. Another demotion comes to the Seahawks camp as LB Shaquin Griffin to the practice squad. Griffin was known as the Linebacker twin who had only one hand. Making room in their salary cap was the Denver Broncos who waived five year veteran LB Todd Davis. Davis injured his calf in training camp and would not be ready for the regular season.

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