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BY Marc Lawrence, PlaybookSports.comThe following notes are from, a leading source of daily NFL information…

There is talk of Kirk Cousins being on the trade market for a top selection, which makes sense. He is very tradeable, given his $10 million base salary.

• Rationale for Minnesota: The Vikings (1-4) are in the midst of a lost season and just lost their top player, Justin Jefferson, for at least four games. Trading Cousins – who is in the final year of his contract – would bring draft capital and help the team organically tank for a top selection.

Rationale for NYJ: Quality quarterback play is all that stands between the Jets and a playoff spot. Cousins would be a massive upgrade over Zach Wilson and allow the team to maximize Garrett Wilson.

• Rationale for ATL: The Falcons are clearly being held back by Desmond Ridder, who has four passing touchdowns in five games. Cousins would help the team win a very attainable NFC South by actually using top-ten talents in Kyle Pitts and Drake London.

• Notable: Cousins does have a no-trade clause, which adds a layer of complication to a potential deal. The deadline is in less than three weeks.

MVP Talk: Speaking off QBs, here are the current MVP odds: Patrick Mahomes is the MVP favorite at +350. He leads Tua Tagovailoa (+500), Josh Allen (+600), Jalen Hurts (+600), and Brock Purdy (+700.)”

• 16 straight: The Chiefs beat the Broncos for the 16th straight time. Denver is really good at talking the talk. Not so good at walking the walk. And isn’t it ironic that after head coach Sean Payton berated former Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett at this time last season, Denver had more wins than they do now.

• The Cincinnati Bearcats nickname comes from a game in 1914. Cincinnati beat Kentucky 14-7 thanks to the help of fullback Leonard “Teddy” Baehr. It is said that during the game, the cheerleaders chanted, “They may be the Wildcats, but we have a Baehr-cat on our side!” Afterward, the student newspaper went along with it, and that’s how the Bearcats’ name came to be.

• It was homecoming at Ohio State last week when they hosted Maryland. This reminds us there might have been some disappointed students in Columbus, Ohio, in 1926 when Maudine Ormsby won homecoming queen. It’s not because they didn’t like Ormsby. It’s because she was a cow.

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