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NFL predictions for 2017: Final standings, playoff projections and Super Bowl pick

The NFL in 2017 might just might see the ratings increase it seems to crave following a down year. That’s what tends to happen when traditional powers like the Cowboys, Steelers and Packers are legitimate Cheap Football Jerseys From China contenders to challenge the Super Bowl favorites, the defending-champion Patriots. Not to mention positive outlooks for popular squads like the Raiders, Giants and Broncos.

NFL parity is questionable only in regard to New England and its embarrassment of personnel riches surrounding the game’s best quarterback. Behind the Patriots is a cluster of teams with real chances to reach Minneapolis and win Super Bowl LII.

Here are Sporting News’ predictions for the 2017 NFL season, including final division standings, playoff seeding, conference championships and our Super Bowl pick.

It’s the arrival of Sean McDermott with the Bills and possibly the beginning of the end for Todd Bowles with a Jets team in full tank mode. There also was a strong chance that Josh McCown would face Nathan Peterman at quarterback, which ain’t exactly Ken O’Brien vs. Jim Kelly. The Patriots should eliminate both from the divisional race by Thanksgiving. Bills, 13-3

This could’ve been a showdown between fairly recent No. 1 picks had the Colts and Andrew Luck not botched … whatever they were trying to do this offseason. So say hello to Scott Tolzien, who the new general manager (Chris Ballard) and holdover head coach (Chuck Pagano) are just fine with, apparently. As of midweek, it wasn’t Cheap Google Jerseys clear whether Tolzien would see Aaron Donald or not. It’s safe to say the preference is not. Rams, 22-16

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NFL free agency: Stephen Hauschka reportedly signs 4-year deal with Bills

Former Seattle kicker Stephen Hauschka has reportedly found a new home in Buffalo.

According to multiple reports, Hauschka signed a four-year deal worth $12.4 million with the Bills on Thursday. ESPN was the first to report the deal.

Hauschka, a 2016 Pro Bowl alternate, has been one of the most sure-footed kickers in the NFL over the past six seasons. He made 175 of 197 field-goal attempts (88.8 percent) since 2011, including an 89.1 field-goal completion percentage in 2016, when he made 33 of 37 field goals.

During that time, Hauschka completed 52 of 65 field goals from at least 40 yards out (80 percent) and 16 of 24 field goals from at least 50 (66.7 percent). He did, however, miss on six extra point attempts in 2016, five of which were blocked.

Hauschka’s release from Seattle seemed inevitable after the Seahawks signed Cheap Google Jerseys former Vikings kicker Blair Walsh to a one-year, $1.1 million deal in February. Hauschka will likely replace Dan Carpenter in Buffalo after the latter completed 19 of 25 field-goal attempts in 2016.

Maybe we can let the men on the field be kids for three hours at a time.

With the infusion of not only more youth in the game, but also more international players than ever, MLB is facing something of an identity crisis. Should it continue the old-school ways of a Guidry, or should more American-born players continue to adopt other nations’ styles?

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