Thomas excited about decision


Dallas (Texas) South Oak Cliff three-star receiver J.F. Thomas committed to TCU a few weeks ago and he is excited about what the future holds.

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Rex not fan of facing Pats on short week


Three takeaways from Rex Ryan after listening to his comments Wednesday night on the New York Jets’ 2014 schedule:

1. He likes the home cooking in September — three games at MetLife Stadium. The last time they had three home games in September was 1998.

2. He challenged his team to improve on the road. Ryan mentioned their 2-6 record last season, pointing out that three of the final four games are away from home. “Clearly, we have to make big strides in how we play on the road,” he said.

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Offers adding up for Terry


Dallas (Texas) South Oak Cliff 2016 defender Marvin Terry added two offers over the last two days. One from right in his backyard and the other from a little further away. Terry also has a few schools standing out early in the process and would like to attend one Big 12 program’s camp this summer.

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Inside Slant: Thursday nights get a boost


So we have an answer to the question we’ve been discussing on Twitter and here on ESPN.com during the past couple days. Yes, the NFL without question took care to boost the Thursday night package it sold this winter to CBS.

All but one of the 16 games feature intra-division matchups, one of three criteria we established in determining the quality of a prime-time schedule. As the charts below show, that’s 40 percent more than the number of divisional games played during the 2013 Thursday night schedule.

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NFL Week 1 odds


 

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All eyes on the Packers-Seahawks opener


GREEN BAY, Wis. — The NFL’s annual season opener featuring the defending Super Bowl champions is about many things — the final coronation for the reigning champs, the celebration of a new football season and even a musical event.

But let’s get right down to what the Green Bay Packers’ trip to the Seattle Seahawks in the NFL’s kickoff game on Thursday, Sept. 4 is all about.

For the Packers, it will be their first game in Seattle and against the Seahawks since the infamous Fail Mary game on “Monday Night Football” in Week 3 of the 2012 season, which helped bring an end to the replacement officials.

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Oakland Raiders schedule analysis


Breakdown: We already knew the Raiders would have, based upon opponents and last year’s records, the toughest strength of schedule in the NFL in 2014, including the toughest road opponents in the league. And still, the actual dates and times being announced made it seem all the more daunting. A slow start, which we show is very possible below, would have third-year coach Dennis Allen feeling the heat by the Raiders’ bye in Week 5. A pair of home games against the San Diego Chargers and the Carson Palmer-led Arizona Cardinals, with Jared Veldheer protecting his blind side, could act as a salve.

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Indianapolis Colts schedule analysis


Breakdown: Could you ask for a better season opener for the Colts, Andrew Luck vs. Peyton Manning Part II in a nationally televised game on Sept. 7? I didn’t think so. The Colts have not won a road opener since 2006. They happened to win the Super Bowl that same season with Manning under center. Back-to-back 11-win seasons and Luck’s emergence has allowed them to appear in prime time five times, including playing their home opener in Week 2 on “Monday Night Football” against the Philadelphia Eagles, next season.

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New York Jets schedule analysis



Breakdown: Rex Ryan must have done something to upset the folks in the league’s scheduling department. Ryan’s beloved defense, which struggled against the pass last season, will face five of the NFL’s top six passing offenses from 2013 in rapid succession, Weeks 2 to 6. And that doesn’t include the New England Patriots, which finished 10th. It’s a Murderer’s Row of quarterbacks: Aaron Rodgers, Jay Cutler, Matthew Stafford, Philip Rivers, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.

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Denver Broncos schedule analysis


Breakdown: Denver Broncos head coach John Fox will always caution against making judgments about a schedule based on what happened the year before. Regardless it’s easy to see the challenges that await the Broncos in 2014 and they won’t have to wait very long to get right down to it. The Broncos’ first three games are against three teams that made the playoffs in 2013 — the Indianapolis Colts, Kansas City Chiefs and the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks.

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