Julius Peppers underwent surgery on his right shoulder.

That is not necessarily a sign the 38-year-old defensive end will return for a 17th NFL season.

As for Pederson, NFL team execs are seeing what they’ve always known but sometimes have to be reminded: While having talented players is critical, coachingput a team over the top. That’s what Bill Belichick has done for almost two decades in Foxborough, and Pederson just out-shined the game’s best coach on the biggest stage.

However, while the benching of Butler will be under severe scrutiny in the days to come, it is the risks Pederson was willing to take on the biggest stage that deserve greater focus.

For all the struggles the Patriots experienced defensively, the Eagles, right up until the fumble forced by Brandon Graham that effectively clinched the game, had just as much difficulty stopping Brady, who racked up a Super Bowl record 505 passing yards and threw three touchdown passes.

The Jets’ GM, who will be on the hot seat with another subpar season, won’t seemingly entrust his future to any of the remaining rookies at this spot, hence the signing of McCown. As such, at No. 6 he will select, arguably, the most pro-ready corner in this draft. Lattimore immediately aids a secondary that was miserable in 2016.

The Saints’ opponents are 34-26, but they’re feeling this season might be special after coming Cheap NFL Jerseys China back from a 15-point deficit in the final three minutes to stun the Redskins.

When you spent the first nine seasons with one team, leave that team and find yourself Nike NFL Jerseys playing against them in your first year away, it’s going to be an emotional situation.

That is where Jaguars defensive end Calais Campbell finds himself Sunday when Jacksonville plays the Cardinals in Arizona. As the game has approached, Campbell, who has been the most impactful offseason free agent signing this season, has done everything he can to downplay his reunion.

To say that the Super Bowl is huge for broadcasters would be an understatement.

Since 1967, the best teams from each of the NFL’s conferences have met in the Super Bowl to determine the league champion. The Super Bowl’s history is so revered that even the simplest of descriptions, such as “The Catch” and “Philly Special,” can bring up vivid memories, and virulent reactions depending on a fan’s perspective.

Nine of the 10 most-watched individual programs in American television history are different iterations of the Super Bowl, the one exception being the series finale of M*A*S*H. Advertisers spend millions just to get mere seconds of airtime to showcase their commercials in between moments of the game.

Super Bowl 52 was the second-highest scoring Super Bowl of all time and had a combined 1,151 yards of offense. Those 1,151 yards were the most in any game this season, regular or postseason, and set the all-time record for the most combined total yardage in a playoff game.

But despite the risks, which the players know well, the NFL’s tough-guy mentality resists change, and players have bristled against new rules designed to lighten the impact.

“I understand they want the sport to be safer,” All-Pro safety Troy Polamalu says in the book. “But eventually you’re going to start to take away from the essence of this game, and it’s not really going to be the football that we all love.”

Not bad company.

“It’s very impressive what they’ve done, continue to accomplish,” Rodgers added. “They get guys to buy into what they’re doing, get them to fall in line, and they win. That’s what they do. It’s impressive to watch because you know how difficult it is to get there.”

Even Brady, who claimed his third NFL MVP award this season, can’t quite believe the success he and Belichick have enjoyed over the years.

“To be here once is incredible,” Brady said last Monday. “To be here eight times? That’s NHL Jerseys China crazy. I’ve been blessed to play for the best coach in the history of Wholesale NFL Jerseys Free Shipping football. I’ve been very lucky.”

He was a diehard Browns and Indians fan. I was raised to scream and yell and break things, and that’s still how I react.

Under Goodell, the likelihood that this championship will be determined by a vicious illegal hit — an attempt to cripple — a me-first misconduct penalty, or the absurd, totally unintended application — or misapplication — of a replay rule, has grown when all should have been greatly diminished.

Thus, at a time when the NFL should be re-establishing friendships with newly made enemies, it continues to pretend the smoke is coming from way down the street. Just close the windows; it’ll go away.

Don’t believe me? Just look at the stats, with each of the aforementioned four rookies topping 1,000-plus scrimmage yards this season: Hunt had 1,782 scrimmage yards, Kamara had 1,554, Fournette had 1,342 and McCaffrey had 1,086.

While some observers will suggest Hunt and Fournette were a little more traditional in their approach based on their 1,000-yard rushing seasons, their contributions as pass catchers shouldn’t go unnoticed. Each guy finished with at least 35 receptions (Hunt had 53, Fournette had 36) and flashed big-play potential on screens and checkdown routes out of the backfield.

“One of the things we didn’t recognize in time was one of the three young kids who caught the flag looks scarily like me,” Siciliano said. “So much so that when CBS tweeted out a picture of the kids, there are comments below like, ‘Holy hell, is that Siciliano who caught it?’ At NFL Network on ‘Game Day Prime,’ LaDainian Tomlinson’s final take at the end of the show was, ‘How can Andrew Siciliano catch a flag at MetLife Stadium and still do the Red Zone Channel in L.A. at the same time?’ ”

For Siciliano, every Sunday begins the same way. He awakens at 5:45 a.m. at his house in West L.A., watches NFL Network’s “Game Day Morning” for a half hour, hits the shower and gets in the car. First stop is Starbucks for an iced venti five-shot Americano (one extra shot of espresso) and oatmeal. His drive to the DirecTV’s massive Los Angeles Broadcast Center in Marina del Rey is just 10 minutes (“It’s the only time when there’s no traffic in Los Angeles,” he says). He uses that time, each Sunday for 13 years, to call his parents.

“Usually it’s about college football from the day before, or if the Browns are gonna win finally on Sunday,” he said. “My dad is from Cleveland — you get sports from your dad and religion from your mom, that’s how we did it.

27. Stan Kroenke, owner, Rams (19): He’s the NFL’s version of a Bond villain, right Cheap Basketball Jerseys down to the mustache, and stories of his non-football business dealings over the years make him look even worse. But he brought the Rams back to Los Angeles, where Cheap Bruins Jerseys they belonged, and how Kroenke brings off the relocation is still worth watching.

Keep eye out for Panthers quarterback Cam Newton running the ball against the Dolphins on Monday in Charlotte.

Matt Stafford is a professional, a quarterback with few weaknesses who will keep the Lions in just about every game. They have a deep reserve of pass rushers that comes in waves. They have six games left against teams with losing records and have the good fortune of playing the Packers twice without Rodgers.

They Lions perennially find ways to botch great situations.

Team USA? That’s what he did with the Knicks the past seven seasons.

So, Giants defensive back Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie quit then came back? Reader Scott Wolinitz: “Isn’t there an episode of ‘Seinfeld’ when George quits, only returns to work after the weekend, pretending it never happened?”

Mike Francesa’s Lost Tapes Lock of the Week was Denver, 10-point home favorite, over the 0-5 Giants, who he claimed would win the NFC East until they began 0-5, at which time he said he knew from the start they’d stink. He just missed, again; Giants won by 13.

After Gary Sanchez homered in Game 5 of the ALCS, FOX and Joe Buck went with the latest irrelevant stat graphic: The ball’s “exit velocity” was 110 mph. Reader Bill Fariello: “Buck failed to mention that Sanchez’s exit velocity from the batter’s box was 1 mph.” No matter the stakes, some refuse to learn.

CBS’ Tony Romo last Sunday noted the importance of “gap discipline,” which he explained as the importance of tackling beyond the line of scrimmage. What a development!

The Eagles have gotten better since they committed more to the running game. In their first two games, the Eagles averaged 21 rushes for 78 yards. In the past four, they’re averaging 35 rushes and 158 yards, led by LeGarrette Blount, who’s averaging more than six yards per carry since Week 3.

Including last week’s three-TD performance, Eagles QB Carson Wentz has thrown 13 TDs and just three INTs and is leading the league’s sixth-best scoring offense.

The Redskins’ schedule doesn’t get any easier after the Philly game, with games against Dallas, at Seattle, Minnesota and at New Orleans coming up. All of those are teams the Redskins will be competing with for potential playoff spots.

Tensions are rising in Cincinnati, where the Bengals are hanging on for dear life at 2-3 as they get ready to play at 4-2 Pittsburgh on Sunday.

Including playoffs, the Bengals are 8-20 against the Steelers under the Cheap Authentic NFL Jerseys watch of long-time coach Marvin Lewis.

“For whatever reason, there’s an excitement that builds up [for this game],’’ Lewis Cheap NFL Jerseys USA told reporters this week. “We just have to stay within [ourselves] and play. We know it’s an important game for both teams.”

The last time was in the 2004 NFC Championship Game, when Brian Dawkins crumpled Alge Crumpler.

It’s probably a good thing for both the Dallas Cowboys and the NFL that the Cowboys don’t have a game this weekend, courtesy of their bye week. Some clarity is needed on multiple issues before the Cowboys take the field again.

By the time the Cowboys play Oct. 22 at San Francisco, NFL owners will have had their meeting next Tuesday and Wednesday in New York to make a plan for dealing with the raging controversy over players’ protests during the national anthem.

Meanwhile, the next steps in the legal tussle between the NFL and the NFL Players Association over the on-again, off-again, now-on-again six-game suspension of Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott may have at least begun to play out.

Two years prior, a young Michael Vick couldn’t overcome a battle-tested Eagles team in what was the last postseason win at the Vet. The first meeting came in the 1978 Wild Card Round, when a bartender-turned-kicker named Tim Mazzetti hit the game-winning extra point for Atlanta to beat Dick Vermeil’s team, 14-13. This Saturday should be fun. Oh, and Matt Bryant ain’t no bartender.

Well, they can’t expect Leonard Fournette and the running game to carry them to victory. One of the NFL’s worst-kept secrets is that the Jaguars are actually not a great Blue Jays Cheap Jerseys running team, even though they led the NFL in rushing yards. The Jaguars led the NFL in rushing yards because they ran the ball more than any other team, not because they were overly efficient on the ground.

Lewis signed a two-year contract extension to stay for at least a 16th season. Lazor replaced Ken Zampese in September. Austin was a great get from the Lions after losing Basketball Jerseys For Sale Paul Guenther to the Raiders.

Unbelievable. These two shows, I was going to do them. The ‘Championship Primetime’ and ‘Super Bowl Primetime.’ This one is being done from the L.A. studio because of where I’m at (Hawaii).

Even QB Derek Carr’s quick return from his back injury could not stop the Raiders’ downward spiral.

The defense made both Adrian Peterson and Carson Palmer look rejuvenated for the Cardinals, and the shoulder injury to QB Jameis Winston put Ryan Fitzpatrick at least temporarily in charge of the offense. Not exactly a good day for the Buccaneers.

So, of course, with Odell Beckham Jr. done for the season and the Giants practically out of WRs, that’s when the offense springs to life and the team gets into the win column. Could it all have been as simple as Coach Ben McAdoo handing his offensive play-calling duties to coordinator Mike Sullivan?

This could get very ugly, very quickly if a lame-duck franchise cannot put a winning team on the field. Thursday night’s game against the Chiefs becomes very important for the Raiders as they try to gather themselves.

Luck heads to Europe: Andrew Luck, according to an ESPN report, is in Europe seeking treatment for his shoulder. Luck will miss the entire season after having shoulder surgery in January and had to be shut down after throwing a few weeks ago. He isn’t the first to seek treatment in Europe — Peyton Manning and Kobe Bryant have done so as well.

The once-superb defense has been decimated by injuries, so the offense will have to lead the way if the Texans are going to contend. That’s fine against the Browns, and rookie QB Deshaun Watson has been excellent. But there surely will be some down days for Watson during the developmental process, and there probably isn’t enough around him at this point to overcome that, against even Cheap Football Jerseys Xxl reasonably good competition.

The defense has found a way to contribute — by generating turnovers and scoring TDs — and the big win over the Lions means that the Saints can dream about being in the NFC playoff Cheap Embroidered NFL Jerseys chase. Whether those dreams are realistic remains to be seen.

No one needs to worry about Coach Marvin Lewis’s job security or QB Andy Dalton’s worthiness to be the starter, at least for now. The Bengals’ season has renewed possibilities as they return from their bye.

Burfict goes bye-bye: Vontaze Burfict, the Cincinnati Bengals’ combative linebacker, was given an early trip to the showers Sunday, ejected in the first half of the game against the Tennessee Titans for bumping an official.