Los Angeles came one step closer to getting the NFL back into the nation’s second largest city for the first time since 1995, when AEG, the company in charge of the proposal, and Farmers Insurance Agency announced a naming rights deal in a joint statement. The deal is reportedly a 30-year agreement worth $700 million, and the proposed stadium will be named Farmers Field. Reports also say the deal will be worth $1 billion if Los Angeles is able to get two NFL teams to play in the building. The deal, of course, is contingent upon the city being able to lure at least one NFL team to move into the proposed stadium.
Among the most likely are the Minnesota Vikings, the San Diego Chargers and Jacksonville Jaguars. The Vikings are in the most need of a new stadium after the roof collapsed on the Metrodome in December forcing the Vikings to move two home games. A new state-of-the-art stadium in the second biggest market will be a tempting proposition for the Vikings if the option is there. However, San Diego and Jacksonville are also strong candidates to make the move. The Chargers have been in need of a new stadium for years and the Jaguars have routinely had trouble selling out their massive stadium, even after closing off parts of the upper level.
A move to Los Angeles will make sense for any of the three franchises. The city had hoped to have a team in Los Angeles for the 2010 season, but with that in the rear view and the looming labor issues, they may have to wait until at least 2012 to bring the NFL back. Regardless of what team moves there and when it happens, it seems pretty clear that the NFL will return to Los Angeles sometime in the near future.
The 2010 NFL regular season has reached the halfway point and a number of teams are still neck and neck within their respective divisions. The New England Patriots and New York Jets are currently competing atop the AFC East at 6-2. The Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers also hold a 6-2 record in the AFC North. The AFC South has the Tennessee Titans and Indianapolis Colts at 5-3 with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Houston Texans not far behind. This week’s bye teams were Denver, Tennessee, St. Louis, San Francisco, Washington and Jacksonville. Monday night’s contest showcased the Steelers beating out the 2-6 Bengals 27-21 at Paul Brown Stadium. Check all NFL Week 9 scores below!
Sunday, November 7, 2010Atlanta Falcons 27, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 21 – Michael Turner rushed for 107 yards and two touchdowns from 24 carries to keep the Falcons ahead in the NFC South.
Chicago Bears 22, Buffalo Bills 19 – Jay Cutler drove the Bears downfield, hitting Earl Bennett for the go-ahead score with 6:41 left in regulation.
New York Jets 23, Detroit Lions 20 – The Jets rallied back with an overtime field goal to recapture the AFC East lead. (more)
Just four weeks after returning to the organization that originally drafted him, the Minnesota Vikings announced their plans to waive All-Pro wide receiver Randy Moss. The 13-year veteran was traded to Minnesota from the New England Patriots for a future third round draft pick. “This decision was made based on what we thought was in the best interests of the Minnesota Vikings, both in the short and long term,” said Vikings coach Brad Childress. “We wish Randy the best as he moves forward in his career.”
According to multiple sources it’s evident that Moss was a distraction in the Minnesota locker room. He said publicly that the Vikings coaching staff didn’t listen when it came to strategies against the Patriots last Sunday. Moss seemed to show regret in regards to the initial trade from New England during an emotional press conference after the game. “I’m definitely down that we lost this game. I didn’t expect we’d lose this game,” he said. “I don’t know how many more times I’ll be in New England again. But I leave coach Belichick and those guys with a salute: ‘I love you guys. I miss you. I’m out.’”
Once the Vikings officially release Moss a team can pick up the remaining $3.338 million left in his contract. The winless Buffalo Bills will have the first shot to claim him. ESPN’s Adam Schefter has reported that the Washington Redskins, Chicago Bears, St. Louis Rams, Miami Dolphins, Oakland Raiders, Kansas City Chiefs, Seattle Seahawks, New York Jets and even the Patriots are among the teams interested in claiming Moss.
The New England Patriots in a surprise move dealt Pro Bowl wide receiver Randy Moss to the Minnesota Vikings for their 2011 third-round draft selection. Despite the questionable decision to send Moss back to the franchise who originally drafted him, the Pats are stacked with a number of draft picks looking ahead to next season. They currently have two picks in each of the first four rounds of the 2011 draft that include their own picks and a first-round pick from the Raiders, a second-round pick from the Panthers, the third-round pick from the Vikings and a fourth-round pick from the Broncos.
Moss is now in the final year of his four-year deal with the Patriots. After New England’s Week 1 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals in early September, he expressed his distaste in regards to the franchise’s lack of urgency to extend his contract. “When you have done so much and put so much work in, it kind of feels like I am not wanted,” he said. “I am taking that in stride and playing my final year out and whatever the future holds is what it holds, but it is kind of a bad feeling – feeling not wanted. It is not like my production has gone down.” Moss will return to Gillette Stadium in Vikings uniform on Sunday, October 31st. New England Patriots tickets are now available!
Week 3 was filled with exciting matchups between a number division rivals. The New York Jets prevailed over the Miami Dolphins to claim the top spot in the AFC East. The Atlanta Falcons defeated the New Orleans Saints in OT, handing Drew Brees and Co. their first loss since January. This week’s final contest featured the Chicago Bears outdueling the Green Bay Packers on a late field goal to stay 3-0. Other teams that remain undefeated include the Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers. Check for all Week 3 scores below.
Sunday, September 26, 2010Minnesota Vikings 24, Detroit Lions 10 – Adrian Peterson took charge from the ground with 160 yards and two touchdowns.
Kansas City Chiefs 31, San Francisco 49ers 10 – Matt Cassel completed 16 passes for 250 yards and three TD’s for Kansas City to stay perfect.
New England Patriots 38, Buffalo Bills 30 – Tom Brady and Randy Moss connected in the end zone twice to defeat the Bills for the 12th consecutive time.
Atlanta Falcons 27, New Orleans Saints 24 – Matt Bryant sent one through the uprights from 46 yards out after Garrett Hartley’s missed attempt in overtime to stun the Saints at the Superdome. (more)
The New Orleans Saints were able to prolong their Super Bowl celebration after claiming victory over the Minnesota Vikings in yesterday’s NFC Championship rematch at the Superdome. Drew Brees completed 27 of 36 passes for 237 yards and one touchdown to outduel Brett Favre, who finished with 171 yards from 15 receptions with one touchdown and one interception. The contest marked the Saints lowest scoring win since head coach Sean Payton took over back in 2006.
“We’re not used to 14-9 victories, but we’re used to winning,” said Brees. “We knew we would have to play better in a lot of areas than we did last year (against the Vikings) and I felt like we did. We just showed that we can win in a lot of different ways.” Pierre Thomas established the running game for New Orleans with 71 yards and one TD from 19 carries. Reggie Bush chimed in with 14 yards from two carries and caught five passes to rack up an additional 33.
Minnesota will have over a week to prepare for their next game at home against the Miami Dolphins Sunday September 19th. Despite the hard fought loss, they are still ranked atop the NFC North alongside Favre’s former Green Bay Packers. “We were right where we wanted to be at halftime,” said Vikings head coach Brad Childress. “Then it was three-and-out, three-and-out. There were not a lot of throws to be made downfield.” The Saints are set to take on the San Francisco 49ers next Monday.
Minnesota Vikings Quarterback Brett Favre will have to undergo ankle surgery if he chooses to enter his 20th NFL season. The 41 year old suffered the injury during the Vikings heartbreaking NFC Championship loss to the Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints in January. Favre is currently contemplating whether or not to try for another successful season in Minnesota.
“This decision would be easy if not for my teammates and the fans and the entire Vikings staff,” said Favre. “One year truly felt like 10 – much like Green Bay for many years. That’s what I was missing in my heart I suppose, a sense of belonging.” Last year the future hall of famer produced his best statistical season to date. In total he racked up 363 completions for 4,202 yards and 33 TD’s, earning a 107.7 QB passer rating. Check back for more NFL offseason updates.
Garrett Hartley came through with a convincing 40 yard field goal for the New Orleans Saints to claim NFC Champions over the Minnesota Vikings 31-28 in OT at the Louisiana Superdome Sunday afternoon. In a game that featured nine fumbles and two interceptions, Brett Favre ended Minnesota’s final chance in Saints territory with a pick in the closing seconds in regulation. From there the Saints were able to win the coin toss and celebrate early 4:45 into the extra block.
“It was as loud as I have ever heard it in the dome,” said QB Drew Brees. “It feels so good to know we have given our fans an NFC championship. We have another championship to go after in two weeks.”
Favre (a 19-year veteran) is currently contemplating retirement following one of the best statistical seasons of his career. The Mississippi native shares a great amount of respect for the Saints, saying “I would have loved to represent the NFC but as I told Sean throughout the year when we talked, if it’s not us, I hope it’s you guys.”
New Orleans will matchup with the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLIV on Sunday, February 2nd.
The Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints are set to matchup on January 24th at the Superdome. QB Brett Favre will soon be surrounded by a fan base he is all to familiar with, the ‘Who Dat’ nation. Even though he grew up cheering by their side as a boy, he’s not sure how Saints fans will respond when he and his Vikings step on to the field Sunday.
From a handful of conversations between Favre and head coach Sean Peyton, the Saints organization is well aware of #4′s original NFL roots. “I told him secretly I’m a Saints fan,” said Favre. “We didn’t think we were going to actually play. There was always an outside chance, but go figure.” The Kiln, Mississippi native will have to defeat his first love in order to fight for his second career Super Bowl victory.
New Orleans will surely be fired up with hopes to advance to the big stage for the first time in franchise history. Drew Brees racked up an outstanding stat line this season, throwing for 4,388 yards and 34 TD’s. This game could turn into quite the shootout, knowing both squads have averaged around 400 yards per game in 2009. Saints vs. Vikings tickets are now available right here at AceTicket.com!
Brett Favre became the first 40 year old to claim victory in the playoffs, leading his Vikings to win over the Dallas Cowboys 34-3 yesterday in Minneapolis. The 19-year veteran picked apart the Cowboys defense through all four quarters, completing 15 of 24 passes for 234 yards and four TD’s. “This is what I came back for,” said Favre with a smile after the big win. “Probably the most fatigued I got today was celebrating.”
Head coach Brad Childress didn’t hesitate to address the many predictions in favor of the Cowboys. “The Tasmanian devils were coming from Dallas that were about to bombard the state of Minnesota and run through us like Sherman through the South,” he said. “All of us felt it quite palpably.” The Vikings are set to advance to the NFC Championship against the top-ranked New Orleans Saints away at the Superdome. Vikings vs. Saints tickets are now available!