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NFL Talk: Hall of Fame Game – Dallas Cowboys Defeat Arizona Cardinals 20-18

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NFL Talk: Hall of Fame Game – Dallas Cowboys Defeat Arizona Cardinals 20-18

We are still waiting for when football season officially comes but in the meantime, we have the Hall of Fame inductees receiving their Hall of Fame golden jackets tonight. But the opener in Canton, Ohio was the game between the Cowboys and Cardinals. And it doesn’t mean much since both teams didn’t have really any of their stars on the field. (Both starting quarterbacks, Dak Prescot and Carson Palmer remained on the sidelines throughout the game)

Since both teams wanted to keep injuries to a minimum, the Cowboys had Kellen ’50-3′ Moore (formerly of Boise State) and the Cardinals started Blaine Gabbert (formerly Missouri).

Moore helped the team by leading two scoring drives in the first half (this game would be the first time that Moore has started a game since the final week of the 2015 season) as the team was trailing behind Arizona by 15-7 at the end of the first quarter. He finished with 182 yards with 12 completions on 17 passing attempts, with a touchdown and an interception.

Overall, he had a decent first half and will likely keep his role as a backup quarterback if he makes it on the 53-man roster.

Blaine Gabbert was consistent while handling the Arizona offense. He finished with 11 completions on 14 passing attempts for 185 yards.

He scored a touchdown and followed with a 2-pt. conversion and had his team leading by 15 during the first quarter. Gabbert made a case for the Cardinals to consider him as a backup for the 2017 season.

For the game highlights, you can check them on on the NFL’s official Youtube page.

The 2017 Hall of Fame inductees will be given their speeches upon enshrinement tomorrow, Aug. 5th at 7 PM EST. The ceremony will be broadcast on the NFL Network.

Stephen is a Contributing Editor for Trifecta Sports Network and covers the New England Patriots and the NFL.

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Patriots Talk: NaVorro Bowman Released By 49ers, Possible Pick-up?

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Patriots Talk: NaVorro Bowman Released By 49ers, Possible Pick-up?

It’s somehow shocking that NaVorro Bowman is released from the San Fransisco 49ers in an unexpected move from new General Manager John Lynch and Head Coach Kyle Shanahan. Many teams are likely going to look into Bowman, but there are too many teams whose defense would love a guy like him. However, according to the public statement from the 49ers from GM John Lynch:

“We talked at length with NaVorro about the direction that each party wanted to go in. And that’s what we left that meeting. Since then, we’ve been working in earnest to find that trade partner. We had a couple of things that, a couple teams that were very interested. Came very close to happening. Ultimately, we were working with NaVorro and his representation, Drew Rosenhaus, to try to get this thing across the finish line. We wanted NaVorro, we felt like he had earned the right to have some options and some choices that he deemed the right ones for him. In the end, he chose that he would rather look at all 31 teams and we granted his request there. So, we’re going to go ahead and release NaVorro Bowman.”

This seems to be a situation where the San Fransisco 49ers couldn’t hold onto Bowman any longer due to frustrations with the coaching staff. This was later explained:

“Just a little context as to how this all came about; NaVorro spoke publicly about his frustration with the strategy that Kyle and his staff have put together to try to get the best out of NaVorro, in our minds, and have it be best for NaVorro and for our team. Drew spoke to me on Monday night and indicated his frustration on behalf of NaVorro and I told him that I had talked with Kyle and his staff and that we were convicted, that we felt like this was the best thing for him, which in response Drew communicated that if that’s the case NaVorro would prefer to be traded.”

This seems to be a case of the players and the coaching staff not approving of neither situation. Right now, Bowman is not a savior or player that can make a difference based purely on his physical play. For the last several seasons Bowman has been suffering much over his seven-year career. The 29-year old missed all of the 2014 season due to an ACL and MCL tear sustained after the 2013 NFC title game (which was on their way to Super Bowl 47). In addition, he ended his 2016 campaign on injured reserve with an Achilles’ tear. It’s very clear that the reason he didn’t get many offers is due to his on-the-field performance so far this season and his injury history. Right now, Bowman has struggled in coverage this season and allowed 11 of 13 passes thrown his way to be completed for 113 yards and a touchdown.

His main strength is his instincts, straight football IQ and leadership (which is very similar to David Harris). Many have been thinking of him as a potential pickup but for now, the Patriots have nothing to lose thus far, so they can at least give his agent a call.

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NFL Talk: Week 6 Picks

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NFL Talk: Week 6 Picks

What a week of football. I got so many games wrong that I want to bury my head in the sand and pretend I didn’t just go 5-9 last week. Currently, I am 45-32 as of now in NFL predictions as of Week 6. .

For the teams this week on the bye: Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys and Seattle Seahawks.

Hopefully, this will be a better week for me and my picks but the NFL is as unpredictable as it gets in sports. As of now, the teams I have bet on winning have been right and completely wrong. We will see what happens this week.

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Pat’s Back on Track, Sale Lets us Down, Cam’s Big Mouth

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There comes a time, but once a year, when the respective schedules of 3 decorated Boston Sports teams overlap. It is the most sanctified of trifectas. One could call it the sports equivalent of a three-way eclipse. When such a thing happens, the real-world is opaqued and overshadowed by it’s importance.

Okay, ditching the bombast now.

On this past Thursday, the Red Sox, the Bruins and the Patriots all participated in very important games. This smorgasbord of sports was served at a most opportune time for New Englanders. We were all starting to get a tad depressed, considering the most recent downward trend of our beloved franchises.

I mean going into Thursday night, the Patriots were tied with the New York Jets in the AFC East. That sentence alone encapsulates just how poorly things have been going here in Boston, as of late.

How will we ever get through this densely entangled mess of Boston Sports? You already know: It’s time for another highly anticipated edition of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

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