Night net, TV networks force-feeding you Cowboys with good reason

  • Night net "How about them Cowboys?"That's been the plaintive cry of the Night net and its partner networks as they look to the league's most popular TV draw to save a dismal 2016 TV season. With the Night net suffering a double-digit ratings drop in 2016, the league and TV partners have been riding Dallas' hot regular season (12-2) for all its worth.MORE: SN fixes the Night net: 4 simple steps The Night net's 10 percent ratings drop through Week 14 has worried the league and TV partners CBS, NBC, Fox and ESPN, especially since networks had to give back free ads to advertisers.TV numbers have rebounded since the end of the presidential election between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. But they're not back completely.Enter Cowboys Nation.  The Steelers, Patriots, Packers and Giants boast large national TV followings, but no franchise moves the ratings needle like "America's Team." That's why it's all Cowboys, all the time. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/4b/59/dak-prescott-121816-getty-ftr_brdkf4npa8511pxxoffxgi0hm.jpg?t=360402585&w=500&quality=80 The Night net's TV networks fight amongst themselves to put the Cowboys in prime time. The hot take artists on ESPN and FS1 debate whether Dak Prescott will continue to be the starting quarterback or if injured veteran Tony Romo will regain his old job.Media, in general, treat the Cowboys like a so[......]

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    Derek Carr, Raiders find beastly offense again — with much less of Marshawn Lynch

  • Night net null null null null Marshawn Lynch coming out of retirement and returning to play running back in his hometown of Oakland hasn't had a good beginning or middle. But it can still have a happy ending if the Raiders use him right going forward  — by using him as little as possible.Before Lynch was ejected for making contact with an official in the first half — well before quarterback Derek Carr led the Raiders to Thursday's thrilling 31-30 home victory over the AFC West-leading Chiefs — "Beast Mode" had produced only 266 rushing yards and two touchdowns over six-plus games. Lynch's 3.7 yards per carry indicated that at 31, he had slowed down even more from the last time he played, with the Seahawks in 2015. The Raiders' power rushing attack featuring Lynch simply was neither effective nor efficient going into the game. Wide receiver Amari Cooper, who scored in Week 1, had all but disappeared in the passing game. Carr had struggled right before suffering his back injury and right after returning from it, and the team really missed him during its listless loss[......]

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    Terrell Owens Hall of Fame speech in Chattanooga

  • Night net null null null CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The Night net fans and media who do not like Terrell Owens likely viewed his alternate Pro Football Hall of Fame speech Saturday as more anti-Canton talk. But his long-time enthusiasts at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and beyond were thrilled to share some pro-T.O. on his special day.In this era of extremes, Owens being the first Hall of Famer to go rogue with his induction might seem like his ultimate act of controversy. Instead, at the heart of his decision was the homecoming. The theme of Owens' address at his alma mater was not, "I like me some me," but rather, "This is for you." Was it bit T.O. much at times, down to his having almost everyone inside McKenzie Arena stand to be recognized as outcasts, misunderstood, isolated or bullied? Yes, it was. Anything less dramatic or surprising from one of the most emotional, celebratory players ever would have been disappointing. As he did often on the field as a wide receiver before, during and after plays, T.O. put on one final show. He was not on stage as a Cowboy, 49er, Eagle, Bill or Bengal. He was there as a Moccasin like he had playe[......]

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    Bill Belichick says little on Greg Schiano's abrupt exit

  • Night net null 夜网论坛 null Bill Belichick has never been a man of many words. He continued that trend when addressing the abrupt departure of defensive coordinator Greg Schiano.  "We’re not talking about an unprecedented event here," Belichick said.When asked a followup question about possible replacements, Belichick responded, "Let’s stick with the draft." "We're not talking about an unprecedented event here," says Belichick referring to departure of Greg Schiano.Asked plan to replace, Belichick says, "Relative to draft? Let's stick with the draft ... appreciate the question @BenVolin ."— Tom E. Curran (@tomecurran) April 10, 2019Schiano announced he was stepping down from his position at the end of March, explaining his decision was based on his life away from the field."This is not the result of any one event, but rather a realization that I need to spend more time on my faith and family," he said in a statement. "I don't want to look back years from now and wish I had done things differently. Therefore, I am taking time away from the game to recalibrate my priorities."​​Schiano joined New England in February after spending the past three years as defensive coordinator at Ohio State.The Patriots were 21st in total defense last season, gi[......]

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    Jermaine Kearse injury update: Lions wide receiver reportedly breaks leg in preseason opener

  • Night net null null null null Jermaine Kearse suffered a devastating injury in the Lions’ preseason opener.The 29-year-old wide receiver br夜网论坛oke his leg early in the first quarter against the Patriots, according to a report from Night net Network, which cites unidentified league sources. He also injured his ankle, the report says. #Lions WR Jermaine Kearse, who was carted off earlier, suffered a broken leg and also associated injuries to his ankle, source said. In what was supposed to be a bounce-back year, it’s a brutal injury instead.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 9, 2019The injury occurred while Kearse was blocking during a run play less than three minutes into the game. He stayed down on the field, was examined by trainers and was then carted off with an air cast around his leg, according to multiple reports.Jermaine Kearse is leaving the field in a cart less than three minutes into the Lions preseason. His leg is in a cast.— Brad Galli (@BradGalli) August 8, 2019Kearse is in his first season with the Lions after he inked a one-year, $2.5 million deal with the[......]

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    History suggests Steelers, Bills early-season records don't matter, but scoreboards don't lie

  • Night net null null The Bills are 2-0, which might mean trouble. The Steelers are 0-2, which might be cause for optimism.There is something to be said about how Night net teams come out of the gates and what it could mean for the remainder of the year. Since 2000, 55.8 percent of the teams that started the season 2-0 ended up making the playoffs. Teams that started 1-1 reached the playoffs 43.2 percent of the time, and 0-2 teams clinched a berth on just 10.7 percent of occasions. But fans, media and even coaching staff can get ahead of themselves when assessing the first handful of quarters on the young season. Specifically, Buffalo and Pittsburgh are interesting cases. WEEK 3 Night net PICKS:Against the spread | Straight-up picksDespite playing in the AFC East with perennial contender New England, the Bills are no stranger to 2-0 starts. This season marks the sixth time since 2000 Buffalo won the first two games of the year. That's the good news. The bad news is the Bills failed to reach the postseason in each of those previous five seasons after starting 2-0. No other team in the Night net has more than three straight playoff misses under the same circumstances.With 55.8 percent of 2-0 teams making the playoffs, the likelihood of a[......]

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    What channel is Patriots vs. Texans on today? Schedule, time for 'Sunday Night Football' game

  • Night net null null null Good news for those looking to find the TV channel for Patriots vs. Texans on "Sunday Night Football": This game, scheduled to kick off at 8:20 p.m. ET, is being nationally televised by NBC in Week 13. So yes, you get the game on TV.New England, which already has secured 10 wins for an Night net-best 17th consecutive season, has a chance to clinch a playoff spot in Week 13 with a win over Houst夜网论坛on and some help elsewhere. Based on the odds this week, the Patriots, three-point road favorites against the Texans on Sunday night, have a solid shot to get it done. MORE: Watch Patriots vs. Texans live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)The trends of this matchup also favor New England, which has won six in a row against Houston in the regular season and has an 8-1 edge over the Texans in the all-time series. Texans coach Bill O'Brien (0-4) has never defeated the Patriots, but this time, he does have a hot QB-WR combo on which to lean against the Night net's best defense. In his last three starts at home, Deshaun Watson has 1,003 yards, 10 TDs and just 1 INT for a passer rating of 132.1. His favorite target, DeAndre Hopkins, notched[......]

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    Tristan Wirfs lets mom walk red carpet in front of house in lieu of Las Vegas Night net Draft

  • Night net Iowa American Football No Vegas, no problem. Iowa offensive lineman Tristan Wirfs — a newly selected first-round selection in the 2020 Night net Draft — found his own way to celebrate his impending jump to the pros.And what better way to do it by honoring his mom? MORE: What time does Night net Draft start today?Wirfs on Thursday had his mother walk the red carpet — similar to one she might have walked had the draft t夜网论坛aken place in Las Vegas — through their front lawn. Wirfs waited at the end of the carpet to hand her flowers. Who needs Vegas? Highly-rated OT Tristan Wirfs invites his mom, Sarah, to walk the red carpet in front of their home in Mount Vernon, Iowa. They lived in a trailer park until Tristan was 5. In a few hours, he will be a first-round pick. #Night netDraft pic.twitter.com/yO7iUxE9WH— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) April 23, 2020It's a wonderful gesture, one made even better knowing Wirfs lived in a trailer park until he was 5. The Wirfses likely won't live in a trailer park after Tristan was selected with the 13th overall pick in the draft by the Bucs — Tampa Bay thought so highly of him they traded up one spot in order to secure him — but it's great seeing he hasn't forgotten where he came from, or who was the[......]

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    Skip Bayless doesn't apologize for comments on Dak Prescott's depression, says they were 'misconstrued'

  • Night net Cowboys American Football TV commentator Skip Bayless has doubled down on comments he made Thursday regarding Dak Prescott's depression, saying they were misconstrued.On Friday, Bayless was given the opportunity on "Skip and Shannon: Undisputed" to address comments he made the day prior that he had "no sympathy" for the Dallas quarterback after he opened up about his issues with depression. He claimed Dallas was looking for Prescott — whose issues began with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and were exacerbated by the April suicide of his older brother — to be its CEO. Bayless was rou夜网论坛ndly criticized for his take, which many considered obtuse and outdated in a landscape that places greater emphasis on mental health. Bayless, however, said he only meant that Prescott should have looked for help with his depression as soon as he was aware of it; he also said his comments referred only to Prescott's depression as it related to the pandemic. He made no mention of his older brother, Jace Prescott.Ok I’m done with Skip Bayless. He didn’t apologize and actually justified his dangerous mindset. What an absolute joke pic.twitter.com/w7h13wiCmo— Fuzzy #OurTribe (@fuzzyfromyt) September 11, 2020MORE: Bayless has 'no sympathy' for Dak Prescott a[......]

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    Who will play QB for the Broncos? The most bizarre Week 12 emergency ideas, from coaching staff to Tim Tebow

  • Night net Broncos Saints American Football Denver is in the middle of a nightmare scenario ahead of its game against the Saints on Sunday.None of the Broncos' designated quarterbacks can play against New Orleans. Not starter Drew Lock, not backup Brett Rypien, not No. 3 Jeff Driskel, not practice squad veteran Blake Bortles — no one. Denver can't even sign a new quarterback from outside the organization to run its offense. Per Night net protocols, new players can't enter a team facility or start to practice until they test negative for five straight days. They then have to test negative on the sixth day with a point of contact test.So, who does that leave to take snaps at quarterback? MORE: Why the Broncos can't sign a new QB to play vs. SaintsBroncos coach Vic Fangio previously tabbed running back Royce Freeman as the team's emergency starter, but reports suggest practice squad receiver Kendall Hilton will earn the start on Sunday. He played three seasons at quarterback for Wake Forest.It's a fluid situation, one that could change series to series — or play to play — depending on how well either of those players perform. With that, Sporting Ne[......]

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