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A fine mess over Bountygate

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A fine mess over Bountygate

The public relations battle continues between the NFL and NFLPA.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees appeared recently on the David Letterman show, bashing the NFL over Bountygate, while media leaks continue to flow from the NFL side. The two parties couldnt be further apart since the 2011 lockout when both courted the public for backing.

Issues big and small appear colossal to get resolved, such as bounty gate suspensions, HGH testing, 18 game schedules, fines for improper equipment on game day to name a few. Perhaps fans should just appreciate receiving double their money witnessing the phony drama a WWE wrestling match provides, along with some great football simultaneously.

Time to settle

Like most negotiations, neither party is going to be entirely happy with everything in the agreement. Unfortunately, the NFL and NFLPA started singing "Kumbaya," reaching an agreement to a new CBA long before outstanding issues were ever resolved. They kept the money train rolling down the tracks, but now continue to use those outstanding issues and new ones like Bountygate suspensions for public relations purposes.

Now that we know the Bountygate investigation started in 2009, can we even call it a new issue? Bountygate should have been addressed and resolved in the new CBA, similarly to how Paul Tagliabue dealt with such issues when the CBA came into existence in 1993. Iron clad information provided by the take our word for it method in the NFL is starting to have more holes in it than a beaver dam while the players' conduct has been anything but saintly.

Its why you settle. All suspensions should be cut in half. Neither side is happy, but maybe its just enough to motivate each party to get a deal done. Jonathan Vilma and players who are looking for retribution for sullied reputations may think twice about this deal, which would save millions in court costs. The NFL has a reputation of its own to uphold.

At this point, the NFL needs Bountygate to go away before Commissioner Roger Goodell gets booed out of all places, New Orleans, the host city for this years Super Bowl.

Commissioner Goodell has not yet ruled on the appeals of player Bountygate suspensions. This is now the time to strike a deal or another train will be gaining steam while rolling down the tracks. Its time for the NFL and NFLPA to stop this nonsense and start getting down to real business addressing outstanding issues. It needs to be done for the same people each are courting--the fans.

Trey Burton, Adrian Amos earn Bears’ top grades from Pro Football Focus for Week 7

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Trey Burton, Adrian Amos earn Bears’ top grades from Pro Football Focus for Week 7

The Bears were not at their best against the New England Patriots on Sunday. They made plenty of mistakes on all three phases and gave Tom Brady too many opportunities to control the game.

It wasn’t all bad from Chicago, though. Trey Burton emerged as a new favorite weapon of Mitchell Trubisky, and the tight end was the Bears’ highest-graded player in the game by Pro Football Focus.

Burton had a career high 11 targets, nine catches and 126 yards with a touchdown, giving Trubisky a 144.7 passer rating when targeting his top tight end.

Seven of Burton’s targets and six of his catches traveled 10 or more yards in the air, according to PFF.

Defensively, safety Adrian Amos led the pack with a 74.6 overall grade. He did not miss a tackle after missing a career-high five last week, and he allowed only one catch for eight yards against the Patriots.

On the bottom of the scale, outside linebacker Leonard Floyd received the second-lowest grade of his career (38.9 overall) for his performance. He did not record any pressure on the quarterback in 13 pass rushing snaps, and he allowed two catches for 13 yards and a touchdown in coverage against running back James White.

Wide receiver Allen Robinson had a career-low grade as well at 44.9 overall. He was clearly limited by his groin injury, targeted five times with one catch for four yards and a dropped pass.

Overall, the Bears were able to stick with one of the top teams in the AFC while also leaving a lot of room for improvement. It’s a step in the right direction from where Chicago was in recent seasons.

NFL Power Rankings Week 8: Jags, Eagles, Bears all see stock fall

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NFL Power Rankings Week 8: Jags, Eagles, Bears all see stock fall

Take a look over the NFC landscape and try to find me a team that can compete with the Rams. 

Packers? Held back by Rodgers' knee and Rodgers' coach. Saints? Might not even win their own division. Washington? Does Alex Smith really scare anyone in the playoffs? 

The Rams have one of the easier paths to the Championship Round/Super Bowl that we've seen in some time. Will it likely stay that way? Probably not. But there's a difference between parity and mediocrity and right now the NFC is toeing the line HARD. 

Outside the NFC's "elite", how did your team do this week? 

You can take a look here and see where they landed.