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2020 NFL schedule could scrap bye weeks, move Super Bowl back three weeks

2020 NFL schedule could scrap bye weeks, move Super Bowl back three weeks

While the NFL still plans on releasing its schedule on May 7, a report from Sports Business Journal says that regular season may not begin until Oct. 15 and the Super Bowl could be delayed until Feb. 28.

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Here are the other details from the SBJ article this week: 

- Moving  Super Bowl LV to Feb. 28, 2021, pushed back from Feb. 7,  in Tampa. According to SBJ, "specific conversations have occurred with Tampa hosts about delaying the Super Bowl by one week to Feb. 14, but a source said the last two weeks of February are in play as well." 

- No Pro Bowl. At least one contingency plan focuses on "cutting the weekend between the conference championships and the Super Bowl, where the Pro Bowl is typically played, to allow another week to be lost to delays. Under such a plan, the Pro Bowl would not be played."

- No bye weeks. Instead, "two weeks of early-season games could be shifted wholesale to the end of the season. A third week would feature teams only playing opponents with the same bye week, so that week could be cut and byes eliminated leaguewide."

The still-in-the-works schedule would be the standard 16-games-in-17-weeks set up, but it's expected to be designed to be adjusted depending on the status of the coronavirus pandemic. 

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How 2020 NFL Draft has impacted latest Super Bowl, AFC East title odds

How 2020 NFL Draft has impacted latest Super Bowl, AFC East title odds

How will the results of the 2020 NFL Draft impact who wins Super Bowl LV? 

The draft is one of the best places for contending teams to add much-needed depth to their rosters. Many of these teams are up against the salary cap and don't have the financial flexibility to sign any of the remaining high-priced free agents or acquire a high-salary player via trade. Therefore, nailing your draft can provide valuable depth and talent upgrades at key positions that remain weaknesses on a given roster.

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We saw plenty of interesting picks from contenders in this past weekend's draft. For example, the teams with the best odds to win Super Bowl LV -- the Kansas City Chiefs and Baltimore Ravens -- both took running backs in the first two rounds. The Chiefs selected LSU star Clyde Edwards-Helaire at the end of the first round and the Ravens took Ohio State star J.K. Dobbins in the second round. Both players could fill important roles on what are expected to be two of the most potent offenses in the league next season.

Another contender that made a splashy move was the San Francisco 49ers, who lost to the Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV. They acquired star left tackle Trent Williams from the Washington Redskins in exchange for multiple draft picks.

How do oddsmakers feel about the top teams in the league following the 2020 draft? Here are the 10 teams with the best odds to win Super Bowl LV, courtesy of DraftKings SportsBook.

Kansas City Chiefs: +600
Baltimore Ravens: +700
San Francisco 49ers: +900
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: +1100
New Orleans Saints: +1200
Dallas Cowboys: +1800
New England Patriots: +2000
Philadelphia Eagles: +2000
Seattle Seahawks: +2200
Green Bay Packers: +2500

The Packers are a great value pick at +2500. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is still an elite player, and his team advanced to within one win of the Super Bowl in 2019. Green Bay's defense was much improved last season as well. The Seattle Seahawks, led by MVP candidate and top-tier quarterback Russell Wilson, also are one of the most undervalued teams at sportsbooks. The Eagles and Cowboys are among the most overvalued teams.

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The AFC East had a particularly interesting draft, and the betting lines to win the division in 2020 have shifted a bit as a result.

The Miami Dolphins took a chance and drafted Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who has the potential to be great but his injury history is a concern. Miami had three first-round picks and made 11 selections overall. The Dolphins' draft picks, in addition to their impressive signings in free agency, have made them a popular pick to be a breakout team in 2020. Miami's odds to win the AFC East have risen a bit, but it still isn't expected to be a serious threat in the division.

The Patriots remain the betting favorites, but the Bills are not far behind. Let's take a look at the new AFC East odds, courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook.

New England Patriots: +115
Buffalo Bills: +160
New York Jets: +700
Miami Dolphins: +700

The Patriots have won the AFC East in 11 consecutive seasons, and the only other team to win the division since 2002 is the Dolphins in 2008. Could we see the Bills finally break through in 2020? The smart money should still be on the Pats.

Rob Gronkowski, Venus Williams have an interesting use for their trophies

Rob Gronkowski, Venus Williams have an interesting use for their trophies

Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski (still weird to type that) and tennis great Venus Williams used some interesting props for their video workout on Friday.

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Williams has been hosting video workouts throughout the coronavirus crisis and she got help from the former Patriots tight end, who earlier this week joined his former teammate Tom Brady and became a member of the Bucs.

Williams used one of her US Open trophies as a weight as part of her routine, so not to be outdone, Gronk opted for a Patriots Super Bowl trophy for his workout.

Gronk said it was the Super Bowl 53 Lombardi Trophy and went on to describe the Pats' victory over the Rams in that game, his last in a Patriots uniform. That victory was set up by this last catch he made for New England.

And if that was the Lombardi Trophy Gronk dented by swinging at a pitch with it at Fenway Park a few years back, it appears to be as good as new.