55 NFL THINGS TO WATCH

By Marc Lawrence — There are plenty of overriding issues confronting NFL teams this season. Now that we are back in play, Judy Battista of NFL.com examined a list of key things to watch for teams on the road to the Super Bowl. In her annual exercise in suggesting the NFL stories to watch on the way to the ‘big game’, COVID-19 has had the biggest impact – from a virtual draft and virtual workouts to shutting down operations to an awakening on social justice and racism. Any of those would be headline toppers in years past but 2020 has been a year for the ages, both literally and figuratively. Changes that will affect the game on the playing include the canning of review for pass interference, little-to-no fans in the stands, the marriage of Las Vegas and the NFL, players opting out for the season due to the virus, Cam Newton replacing Tom Brady in New England, the reuniting of Brady and Rob Gronkowski in Tampa Bay, who wins the Trevor Lawrence sweepstakes. To read the 48 remaining things to watch this season, click here.
Trending Today
Newly acquired RHer Mike Clevinger picked up his second-straight win for the Padres with a 2-hit shutout victory at home over San Francisco on Sunday. It’s interesting to note that Clevinger is 4-1 with a 2.35 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP in his home team-starts this campaign as opposed to 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA and a 1.90 WHIP away. He obviously loves home cooking given his 6-4 mark with a 1.78 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP in home starts last season.
Grinding Out The Profits
From this week’s PLAYBOOK FOOTBALL NEWSLETTER: After throttling East Carolina in last year’s season opener, the NC State Wolfpack eviscerated their backers last season going 1-9 ATS thereafter, including a 0-6 SUATS finish. This week’s foe, Wake Forest, has won and covered it last three meetings with the Pack and head coach Dave Clawson is 5-0 SUATS as a dog of fewer than three points in his career. If the shoe fits…
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