Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. The season attracted around The NFL's declining viewership was a point of contention in both media and political circles for the past few seasons. President Trump and his supporters pointed to players kneeling in protest over police brutality and social injustice during the National Anthem as the cause of the downturn. As for the league's ratings bump init could be attributed to many different factors.
Franchise valuations continue to soar. The games have been mostly fun and compelling, with offenses exploding for record numbers, and young quarterbacks such as Pat Mahomes, Jared Goff, and Baker Mayfield coming onto the scene. Advertisement And for the first time in a long time, all is quiet off the field, as well.
The battles with President Trump have subsided. Even player arrests are way down, per USA Today, from 71 in to 30 so far in knock on wood. The NFL is more than happy to have that as its biggest headache. Points, touchdowns, and passing touchdowns are at an all-time high.
But the margin of victory is the fourth-closest in history, meaning the games are high-scoring but also tight. Not coincidentally, this is the first season that has had an overtime game in each of the first six weeks.
America loves its football, but only when the matchups are compelling, and Cardinals-Broncos was a stinker. The games also have been a bit quicker.
McKay said games average snaps, up from last year, but the time of game has remained at , meaning the NFL has trimmed some dead time off broadcasts.
The increase in TV ratings is most telling, as all four networks have seen gains, even with more and more viewers turning away from traditional television. Kraft said that 17 of the 32 local markets are up this year, including seven of the top 10 Boston included.
The NFL has also seen a 65 percent gain in streaming audiences this year. Advertisement Kraft said the NFL has done a better job at promoting positive publicity, including its health and safety initiatives. I played the game, my sons played, my grandsons have played.
Advertisement But this year, the Conrad was the scene of peace and prosperity, with Jones doing a total with his praise of Goodell. All of this really has me looking at the NFL at the top of its game.
Kraft said that NFL research shows that 10 percent of its viewers between the ages of now watch via streaming rather than traditional television broadcasts.
Streaming rights will be a big part of the next deal, particularly with the Thursday night games. I have their top needs as a coverage linebacker or hybrid safety , running back, and defensive end.
Good: The Patriots are one of five teams not to allow any points in the two-minute defense this year the final two minutes of either half. They have faced seven drives, and not allowed a point.
The Jaguars, Eagles, Seahawks, and Redskins also have pitched shutouts. Bad: The Patriots have created the third-fewest negative plays 25 for the fifth-fewest yards minus Negative plays are sacks, and runs and catches for minus yards.
They are still one of seven teams without a roughing-the-passer penalty. I was scanning his bio to double-check how long he played, and his draft position caught my eye: Year: Round: 6. Pick: He even remembers the moment Brady was drafted.
I remember going back after I talked to coach [Mike] Martz in St. That was the only touchdown of the game. Nothing is given to you. And look what he did with it.
Just that I was drafted one spot ahead of Brady. The Raiders are moving to Las Vegas in , but the season is an issue. That sure would be a lot more interesting than a sad, lame-duck season in Oakland. London bridge is falling through Jaguars owner Shad Khan dropped his bid to purchase Wembley Stadium in London, which may affect the future of the team in Jacksonville.
But it might not be great news for the future of the team in Jacksonville. Jaguars president Mark Lamping said in April that the extra revenue generated from London games is what helps keeps the team viable in Jacksonville.
The Jaguars have a deal to play in London through , but their future is more in doubt now that Khan is not buying Wembley. Might generate a moderate amount of debate. With Josh Allen out several weeks with an elbow injury, and Nathan Peterman still throwing pick-sixes at an incredible rate, Derek Anderson will start at quarterback for the Bills at Indianapolis, just 14 days after he was signed off the street.
Shame on the Bills for building such poor depth at the most important position. Anderson kicked in games over 25 years in the NFL, Vinatieri has kicked in games in 23 seasons. Going to Mars is a very important aspect, I believe, for the world to do something together. I know I was frustrated, as he was and a few other friends that have interest in that.
From here to the moon is , miles.
To Mars, million miles. Follow him on Twitter BenVolin. Material from interviews, wire services, other beat writers, and league and team sources was used in this report.
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