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They’ve kissed and made up.

And they put a ring on it. (Sorry, Beyonce fans!)

A long, dirty phase in Chicago Cubs history has come to an end.

For those of you that have been living under a rock, there was a young man named Steve Bartman, who attended Game 6 of the 2003 National League Championship Series against the-then Florida Marlins. For years, Bartman was the most-hated person in the Windy City since Al Capone and made the mistake of reaching for a foul ball along the left field line, deflecting the ball that Moises Alou would have caught for the second out of the eighth inning. Had Alou caught the ball, the Cubs would have been in the World Series for the first time since 1945. As fate would have it, the Cubs gave up eight runs in that frame and lost the contest 8-3, giving the Marlins a trip to the World Series, where they went on to beat the New York Yankees.

Bartman became a scapegoat and was considered persona non grata in the Windy City and also became the targer of jokes, SNL skits and death threats. He went into hiding, almost into his own Witness Protection Program, as it were and never talked about the incident.

With the Cubs winning their first World Series since Taft was in the Oval Office last year, the team decided that enough was enough. They needed this to come to an end, not just for the team but for the city of Chicago. Bartman had been punished enough. (As for the baseball that he touched? It was on display at Harry Caray’s Restaurant in downtown Chicago until it was destroyed).

The Cubs decided that Bartman deserved a ring, the same one that the players got last April, the one with the 108 diamonds, representing each year they didn’t win the Fall Classic.

The Cubs issued the following statement regarding the ring:

“On behalf of the entire Chicago Cubs organization, we are honored to present a 2016 World Series championship ring to Mr. Steve Bartman,” the statement said. “We hope this provides closure on an unfortunate chapter of the story that has perpetuated throughout our quest to win a long-awaited World Series. While no gesture can fully lift the public burden he has endured for more than a decade, we felt it was important Steve knows he has been and continues to be fully embraced by this organization. After all he has sacrificed, we are proud to recognize Steve Bartman with this gift today.”

Bartman, through his attorney issued his own statement:

“Although I do not consider myself worthy of such an honor, I am deeply moved and sincerely grateful to receive an official Chicago Cubs 2016 World Series Championship ring. I am fully aware of the historical significance and appreciate the symbolism the ring represents on multiple levels.

“My family and I will cherish it for generations. Most meaningful is the genuine outreach from the Ricketts family, on behalf of the Cubs organization and fans, signifying to me that I am welcomed back into the Cubs family and have their support going forward. I am relieved and hopeful that the saga of the 2003 foul ball incident surrounding my family and me is finally over.

“I humbly receive the ring not only as a symbol of one of the most historic achievements in sports, but as an important reminder for how we should treat each other in today’s society,” Bartman said in his statement. “My hope is that we all can learn from my experience to view sports as entertainment and prevent harsh scapegoating, and to challenge the media and opportunistic profiteers to conduct business ethically by respecting personal privacy rights and not exploit any individual to advance their own self-interest or economic gain.

“Moreover, I am hopeful this ring gesture will be the start of an important healing and reconciliation process for all involved,” he said. “To that end, I request the media please respect my privacy, and the privacy of my family. I will not participate in interviews or further public statements at this time.”

Bartman also thanked the Ricketts family, Cubs president of business operations Crane Kenney, president of baseball operations Theo Epstein and the entire organization for the gift and “for providing the City of Chicago and Cubs fans everywhere an unforgettable World Championship in 2016.”

Added Bartman: “I am happy to be reunited with the Cubs family and positively moving forward with my life.”

The Windy City has survived a fire that was at first started by a cow kicking over a lantern, a depression, Al Capone, winters that would have easily frozen Hell over 10 times and political corruption so bad Shakespeare would have been jealous. It celebrated when they won the World Series last October. They finally exhaled when they got their rings. Bartman and the Cubs have kissed and made up. They’re not quite Facebook friends yet but the wounds have finally healed.

A city that languished as to if they would ever win another World Series has forgiven a man that caused their fan base so much grief. The Cubs have moved on to become World Champs. Bartman has stepped out of the shadows and once again made himself visible, if only for a few minutes. They kissed. They made up.

They put a ring on it.

(photo credit the Chicago Sun-Times, the Associated Press and MLB)

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Four weeks down… 13 to go.

Welcome to the quarter pole in the 2016 NFL season.

The first quarter of the NFL season is over and more than half of the league’s teams (18) have a .500 or better record. But there’s a lot of season left to be played.

“We had a pretty good first quarter,” Atlanta wide receiver Julio Jones told WSB-TV and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution about the team’s 3-1 start to the season. “There’s still a lot of improvement we have to do, but it comes with practice. Repetition is the key. We’ve got to keep practicing, getting better and playing for each other.”

There are three unbeaten teams remaining – Denver (4-0), Minnesota (4-0) and Philadelphia (3-0). Since 1990, when the current 12-team playoff format was adopted, 64 of the previous 77 teams (83.1 percent) to start 4-0 have made the playoffs.

But all 32 teams know there’s room for improvement. And while not every club has gotten off to a great start, nothing is a given in the NFL.

Since 1990, 117 teams (37.5 percent of the 312 playoff clubs) have advanced to the postseason after starting the season 2-2 or worse. There were six such teams – Houston (1-3), Kansas City (1-3), Minnesota (2-2), Pittsburgh (2-2), Seattle (2-2) and Washington (2-2) – last season, including three division winners (Houston, Minnesota and Washington).

“I feel a lot better,” says Buffalo head coach Rex Ryan about the Bills evening their record at 2-2 after an 0-2 start. “We know we have a good football team and we’ve just got to stick together. That’s exactly what we’ve done and how we’ve dug ourselves out of this 0-2 hole.”

That’s all part of the unpredictability of the NFL. So entering Week 5, while it certainly helps to be near the top of the standings, don’t count anyone out. As the saying goes, “on any given day…”

Following are highlights from the first quarter of the 2016 NFL season:

NFL MILESTONES
•CLOSE GAMES: Through Week 4, 47 games have been decided by eight points or fewer, tied for the most in a season’s first four weeks in NFL history (2004).

Most games decided by eight points or fewer through Week 4:

SEASON- GAMES DECIDED BY EIGHT POINTS OR FEWER THROUGH WEEK 4
2016 – 47
2004 – 47
2007 – 45
2011 – 45
2013 – 45

COMEBACKS: Through Week 4, five games have been won by teams which trailed by 10 or more points in the fourth quarter, the fourth-most in NFL history.

Most games won after trailing by 10 or more points in the fourth quarter through Week 4:

SEASON – GAMES WON AFTER TRAILING BY 10+ POINTS IN 4TH QUARTER THROUGH WEEK 4
1999 – 7
2011 – 7
1989 – 6
2016 – 5

TEAMS
•UNDEFEATED: Three NFL teams are left standing unbeaten – Denver (4-0), Minnesota (4-0) and Philadelphia (3-0) – are undefeated through Week 4. Philadelphia had a bye last week and squares off against the Lions in Detroit, while the defending Super Bowl champs host Atlanta in the Mile High City and Minneosta has a date with the Houston Texans in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

Since 1990, 64 of 77 teams (83.1 percent) that started the season 4-0 have qualified for the playoffs.

•FLYING FALCONS: In Week 4, the Atlanta Falcons defeated Carolina 48-33 to improve to 3-1 and take first place in the NFC South. Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan (503 passing yards) and wide receiver Julio Jones (300 receiving yards) each set single-game franchise records against NFC South foe Carolina last week at home. The Falcons became the first team in NFL history to have a 500-yard passer and 300-yard receiver in the same game.

•MONSTROUS MINNESOTA: The Minnesota Vikings had eight sacks in the team’s 22-10 victory at Carolina in Week 3. The eight sacks are tied for the third-most in a road game in team history and the most in a road game by the Vikings since December 28, 2003 at Arizona.

•In Week 1, the Kansas City Chiefs extended their regular-season winning streak to 11 games with a 33-27 overtime victory over San Diego at Arrowhead. The Chiefs overcame a 21-point deficit and are the first team in NFL history to extend a winning streak of at least 10 games with a 21+ point comeback victory.

PLAYERS

•CLIMBING THE CHARTS:

New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees has 62,172 career passing yards and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino (61,361) for the third-most all-time.

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning has 45,373 career passing yards and surpassed Drew Bledsoe (44,611) to move into 10th place in NFL history.

Indianapolis running back Frank Gore has 12,293 career rushing yards and passed Marcus Allen (12,243), Edgerrin James (12,246) and Marshall Faulk (12,279) to move into 10th place in NFL history.

Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has three touchdown catches this season, bringing his career total to 101. He surpassed Don Huston (99), Steve Largent (100) and Tim Brown (100) for eighth place all-time.

Baltimore wide receiver Steve Smith, Sr. has 14,213 career receiving yards and moved into ninth place in NFL history.

Oakland kicker Sebastian Janikowski has 53 career 50+ yard field goals and passed Jason Hanson (52) for the most in NFL history.

•Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson passed for 309 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions in the Seahawks’ 27-17 win at the New York Jets in Week 4. Wilson has 25 career games with multiple touchdown passes and no interceptions, the most by a player in NFL history in his first five seasons to begin a career.

•Washington tight end Jordan Reed had nine catches for 73 yards and two touchdowns in the Redskins’ 31-20 win over Cleveland in Week 4 in Landover. Reed has 207 career catches and reached 200 receptions in his 38th game. He is the fastest tight end in NFL history to reach 200 career catches, passing Pro Football Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow (39 games).

•RISING ROOKIES:

Dallas rookie quarterback Dak Prescott completed 23 of 32 passes (71.9 percent) for 245 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in the Cowboys’ 24-17 win at San Francisco in Week 4. Prescott has no interceptions in his first 131 attempts, the most pass attempts by a rookie without an interception to begin a career. Prescott’s 131 pass attempts are also the most by a player who did not throw an interception in his first four career games.

Philadelphia rookie quarterback Carson Wentz, who had a bye in Week 4, has not thrown an interception in his first 102 pass attempts during the first three games of his career. Wentz, who has passed for 769 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions this season, is the only rookie in NFL history with a touchdown pass and no interceptions in each of his first three games in a season.

Houston rookie wide receiver Will Fuller had a five-yard touchdown reception and a 67-yard punt-return TD in the Texans’ 27-20 win over Tennessee in Week 4. Fuller is the fourth rookie in the past 15 years to record both a touchdown catch and a punt-return TD in the same game, the only rookie in NFL history to have 300 or more receiving yards (323) and a punt-return touchdown in his team’s first four games of a season and the only rookie in NFL history to have 300 or more receiving yards (323) and a punt-return touchdown in his team’s first four games of a season.

STILL IN THE MIX: Since the current playoff format (12 teams) was instituted in 1990, 27 teams have rebounded from a losing record after four weeks to qualify for the postseason. Four of those clubs advanced to their Conference Championship Games, including the 2001 New England Patriots (1-3) en route to a Super Bowl XXXVI victory.

Since 1990, the teams that started 1-3 or worse and made the playoffs:
YEAR – TEAM (RECORD, ADVANCED TO:)
1990 – New Orleans (1-3, NFC Wild Card Playoffs)
1990 – Philadelphia (1-3, NFC Wild Card Playoffs)
1991 – New York Jets (1-3, AFC Wild Card Playoffs)
1992 – San Diego (0-4, AFC Divisional Playoffs)
1993 – Green Bay (1-3, NFC Divisional Playoffs)
1993 – Houston Oilers (1-3, AFC Divisional Playoffs)
1995 – Detroit (1-3, NFC Wild Card Playoffs)
1995 – Philadelphia (1-3, NFC Divisional Playoffs)
1996 – Dallas (1-3, NFC Divisional Playoffs)
1996 – Jacksonville (1-3, AFC Championship Game)
1997 – New York Giants (1-3, NFC Wild Card Playoffs)
1998 – Buffalo (1-3, AFC Wild Card Playoffs)
2000 – New Orleans (1-3, NFC Divisional Playoffs)
2001 – New England (1-3, Won Super Bowl XXXVI)
2002 – Atlanta (1-3, NFC Divisional Playoffs)
2002 – Tennessee (1-3, AFC Championship Game)
2002 – New York Jets (1-3, AFC Divisional Playoffs)
2002 – Pittsburgh (1-3, AFC Divisional Playoffs)
2004 – Green Bay (1-3, NFC Wild Card Playoffs)
2005 – Chicago (1-3, NFC Divisional Playoffs)
2007 – San Diego (1-3, AFC Championship Game)
2008 – Minnesota (1-3, NFC Wild Card Playoffs)
2011 – Denver (1-3, AFC Divisional Playoffs)
2013 – Carolina (1-3, NFC Divisional Playoffs)
2013 – Philadelphia (1-3, NFC Wild Card Playoffs)
2015 – Houston (1-3, Wild Card Playoffs)
2015 – Kansas City (1-3, AFC Divisional Playoffs)

MARVELOUS MANNING: New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, who looks to earn his 100th regular-season win on Sunday, has 298 touchdown passes in his 13-year career.

With two touchdown passes on Sunday night at Green Bay, Manning will become the eighth quarterback in NFL history with 300 touchdown passes.

The quarterbacks with 300 career touchdown passes:

PLAYER – CAREER TOUCHDOWN PASSES
Peyton Manning – 539
Brett Favre – 508
Drew Brees – 438
Tom Brady – 428
Dan Marino – 420
Fran Tarkenton – 342
John Elway – 300
Eli Manning – 298

FANTASTIC FRANK: Indianapolis running back Frank Gore has 12,293 rushing yards in his 12-year career.

With 20 rushing yards on Sunday against Chicago, Gore will surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Brown (12,312) for the ninth-most rushing yards in NFL history.

The players with the most career rushing yards in NFL history:
PLAYER – CAREER RUSHING YARDS
Emmitt Smith – 18,355
Walter Payton – 16,726
Barry Sanders – 15,269
Curtis Martin – 14,101
LaDainian Tomlinson – 13,684
Jerome Bettis – 13,662
Eric Dickerson – 13,259
Tony Dorsett – 12,739
Jim Brown – 12,312
Frank Gore – 12,293*
*Active

DAZZLING DAK: Dallas rookie quarterback Dak Prescott has completed 89 of 131 pass attempts (67.9 percent) for 1,012 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions in four starts this season. Prescott’s 131 pass attempts without an interception are the most pass attempts by a rookie without an interception to begin a career.

Philadelphia rookie quarterback Carson Wentz has completed 102 passes without an interception in three career games, second only to Prescott (131) for the most pass attempts by a rookie without an interception to begin a career.

Prescott, with 32 pass attempts and no interceptions on Sunday against Cincinnati, will surpass Tom Brady (162) for the most pass attempts without an interception to start a career. He is currently tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer Warren Moon (131).

The players with the most pass attempts without an interception to start a career:

PLAYER – PASS ATTEMPTS WITHOUT INTERCEPTION TO START CAREER
Tom Brady – 162
Warren Moon – 131
Dak Prescott – 131*
*Active streak

FAST STARTER: Denver quarterback Trevor Siemian has led the Broncos to a 4-0 start. Siemian, who made his first career start in Week 1, has passed for 824 yards with six touchdowns for a 99.6 passer rating this season.

With a win on Sunday against Atlanta, the Broncos would become the fourth team in the Super Bowl era to start 5-0 with a quarterback who had never previously started a game entering the season.

The teams to start a season 5-0 with a quarterback who never previously started a game (since 1966):
TEAM – YEAR (STARTING QUARTERBACK, RECORD THROUGH 5 GAMES)
Los Angeles Rams – 1985 (Dieter Brock, 5-0)
St. Louis Rams – 1999 (Kurt Warner, 5-0)
Minnesota Vikings – 2000 (Daunte Culpepper, 5-0)
Denver Broncos – 2016 (Trevor Siemian, 4-0)*
*Through 4 games

Week 5 began on Thursday night with a divisional contest as the Arizona Cardinals visited and took down the San Francisco 49ers 33-21 and concludes with a pair of primetime matches as the Green Bay Packers host the New York Giants on Sunday night at 8:30 p.m. on NBC and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers visit the Carolina Panthers on Monday night at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN.

Byes this week: Jacksonville (recovering from jet lag), Kansas City, New Orleans and Seattle. As for last week? 11-5, which means for the season, we’re 42-22, which is not bad. It could be better but it’s not bad. With that, here are the picks for Sunday and Monday’s NFL Week 5 contests.

ATLANTA (3-1) at Denver (4-0), 4:05 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712. A pair of first-place teams meet in the Mile High City as Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons travel westward to face off against the defending Super Bowl champs.

Both teams come into the week five contest at Sports Authority Field at Mile High with victories under their respective belts.

Atlanta once again beat Cam Newton and Carolina in the Georgia Dome, this time manhandling the defending NFC Champs 48-33. Atlanta led 17-10 at the break and then the two teams slugged it out in the final 30 minutes of action. Ryan threw for 503 yards and four TDs, including one to All-Pro wR Julio Jones (300 yards on 12 catches), while Newton threw for 165 yards and a TD before being taken out of the contest with a concussion. Atlanta outrushed their NFC South rivals 90-49 and forced two Carolina turnovers, turning one of them into a TD to ice the contest away. Atlanta was 8 of 13 on third down tries and held the ball for 33:49, while Carolina was 7 of 16 on third down (1 of 1 on fourth), keeping the ball for 26:11.

Denver broke a 7-7 first quarter tie at Tampa Bay last Sunday and came away 27-7 winners in the Sunshine State. Denver led 17-7 at the break and then went on to shutout the Buccaneers 10-0 in the final 30 minutes of play, which included for the second Sunday in a row a weather delay in Tampa. Denver outrushed Tampa Bay 89-72 and sacked Jameis Winston five times, picking him off twice. The defending Super Bowl champs were 3 of 13 on third down tries, while keeping the ball for 31:24. As for Tampa Bay, they were 5 of 16 and 0 of 1, holding on to the ball for 28:36.

Denver leads the series 8-5 and have outscored Atlanta 362-312. Atlanta won the last meeting in 2012 by a final of 27-21 in the Big Peach, while Denver last beat Atlanta 24-20 in 2008, also in the Big Peach. The Broncos are favored by 3 1/2 and the over/under’s 47 1/2. Both teams are in first place in their respective divisons, both teams took big wins last week and this one could be one of the best games to watch this week. In fact, we’re going to go ahead and make this one “DRILL WORTHY!” (For those of you that know what The Drill is, you are excused. Everyone else, pay attention. We don’t want any rookie mistakes here, k?) After you go to the 9:30 mass on Sunday (the 4:30 vigil mass on Saturday counts as a mass attended, people! Don’t make us send the nuns after you! If we do, it is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OVER!), head to your favorite store (a trip to Wal Mart, Target, K-Mart or Costco counts) and get the vittles and the beverages (soda, beer, wine, coffee, et al… if you live in a state that allows the purchase of the items in question) and invite the co-workers, the neighbors (including that really cute kindergarden teacher that knows what to do with a cover-2 defense) and your cousin Connie (remember her? She’s the one that’s been married twice that’s just turned 57 last June and dates a 42-year old ex-Marine, who’s now a football coach at the high school in your town. She’s also the one that ate an entire Oreo cheesecake, two bags of Cool Ranch Doritos, two bacon cheeseburgers with blue cheese and chugged two 2-liter Cokes at your Super Bowl party last year and didn’t gain a pound. You look at her and say to yourself, “what the hell?”

When play started, there were three teams that were unbeaten. At the end of the day, there’ll be two. Atlanta pulls the upset out west and cover the 3 1/2.

New England (3-1) at Cleveland (0-4), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705. Tom Brady makes his return to the NFL as the New England Patriots travel to the shores of Lake Erie for a meeting with the struggling Browns. This was to be known as the “Suspension Bowl” as Brady would come back from his suspension for “Deflategate,” while Gordon was coming off his 4-game suspension for substance abuse. Brady is back. Gordon decided that rehab would be the best course for him, so he’s done for the year.

New England fell from the ranks of the unbeaten last Sunday in Foxboro, losing to Buffalo 16-0 at Gillette Stadium. Le Sean McCoy scored the game’s only TD in the contest early and the Pats could never really recover, trailing 13-0 at the intermisson. Buffalo outrushed New England 134-90 and backup QB Jacoby Brissett (205 yards) was sacked three times, while Bills signal caller Tyrod Taylor (246 yards, TD) was sacked twice. The Brady-less Pats were a dismal 1 of 12 on third down (2 of 3 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 23:49, while the Bills held on to the ball for 36:11, going 7 of 15 on third down.

Cleveland let a 20-17 lead against Washington leave their grasp as the Redskins bounced back in the fourth quarter to fall 31-20 in Landover. The Browns led with 9:25 left in the third on a 45-yard field goal by Chris Parkey before Washington stormed back to retake the lead for keeps. Chris Thompson and Matt Jones gave Washington the lead for good with their TDs in the fourth quarter as the Browns fell to their fourth loss in as many tries. Cleveland outrushed Washington 163-145 in the contest at Landover (Jones led all rushers with 117, while Cleveland’s Isaiah Crowell ran for 112), while Cody Keesler threw for 223 yards and a TD, while Kirk Cousins had 183 yards with three TDs and three sacks. Washington on third down? 4 of 8 and the Redskins kept the ball for 31:03, while the Browns kept the pigskin for 28:57, going 8 of 12 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth downs.

Suprisingly, the Browns hold a 12-10 lead in the series and have outscored the Pats 415-379. They last met in 2013 in Foxboro and the Pats came away with a 27-26 win, while Cleveland’s last win came in 2010 along the shores of Lake Erie, taking a 34-14 win in the process.

New England’s favored by 10 1/2 and the over/under’s 46 1/2. While the Browns are bad, they’re not 10 1/2 bad. Cleveland will make things close but Brady makes his return to the gridiron a good one. New England’s taking this one but they won’t cover the 10 1/2.

Tennessee (1-3) at Miami (1-3), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706. A pair of struggling clubs meet in the Sunshine State as Tennessee travels to South Beach for a meeting with the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium.

Tennessee made things a little close for their fan base in Nashville last Sunday as they rallied to tie Houston 20-20 with 56 seconds left in the third before the Texans’ Will Fuller broke Titans hearts with a 67-yard punt return to beat Tennessee 27-20 in the Lone Star State. Tennessee did manage to outrush Houston 124-115 and Marcus Mariota threw for 202 yards with a sack and an interception (DeMarco Murray led all rushers with 95 yards and a pair of TDs), while Brock Osweiler threw for 254 yards with a pair of TDs. Both clubs were 0 for 1 on fourth down tries and on third down, the Titans were 7 of 15, while Houston was 5 of 12 and the clock favored Tennessee at 31:42 to Houston’28:18.

Miami led briefly at Cincinnati last Thursday night on a 74-yard TD pass from Ryan Tannehill to WR Kenny Stills with 9:04 left in the first quarter before the Bengals’ Andy Dalton and WR A.J. Green connected on a 7-yard TD pass of their own to drop Miami 22-7. Miami trailed led 16-7 at the intermission and the Dolphins offense never got on track as Mike Nugent would close out the scoring in the contest with four field goals to seal Miami’s fate. Cincy outrushed Miami 77-62 and Dalton outpaced Tannehill in passing 296-189, while the Bengal defense sacked Tannehill five times and forced a pair of turnovers. Cincinnati was somewhat dismal on third down tries, going 3 of 15 (they did find perfection in their only fourth down conversion) and ruled the clock, as they held the ball for 38:02, while the Dolphins held on to the pigskin for 21:58, while going 2 of 11 on third down and 0 of 1 on fourth down.

Miami leads the series 19-15 and have outscored Tennessee 650-635 (which includes contests that took place in the old Orange Bowl and games that took place in Houston when the team was known as the Oilers). Miami won the last meeting between the two clubs in the Music City last year, taking a 38-10 win at Nissan Stadium. Tennessee’s last win in the series? 2012, when the Titans won in the Sunshine State by a 37-3 final.

In the week six contest, Miami led 17-3 at the half and held Tennessee and Mariota (219 yards) in check in the final 30 minutes of play. Tennessee was held to 63 yards on the ground, while Miami ran for 180 (RB Lance Miller ran for 113 of those yards). Tannehill threw for 266 yards and a pair of TDs in the road win, while Mariota was sacked five times and picked off twice. Miami, in taking advantage of four Tennessee turnovers, was 5 of 9 on third down tries and held the ball for 31:53, while the Titans kept it for 28:07, going 2 of 10 and 1 of 2 on third and fourth downs.

Miami’s favored by 3 1/2 and the over/under’s 43 1/2. This one could be affected by the weather and could be closer than the 3 1/2. Tennesee will make this interesting but Miami comes away with the win.

Houston (3-1) at Minnesota (4-0), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707. Houston travels to the Land of 10,000 Lakes for a meeting with the unbeaten Minnesota Vikings in a battle of contending teams.

Houston broke a 20-20 tie in with 56 seconds left in the third thanks to a Will Fuller 65-yard punt return to beat Tennessee 27-20 in the Lone Star State. The Texans led 20-17 at the break before Ron Succop kicked a 26-yard field Goal with 7:04 left in the third. Although Tennessee did manage to outrush Houston 124-115, Brock Osweiler threw for 254 yards and a pair of TDs, while Marcus Mariota threw for 202 yards with a sack and an interception (DeMarco Murray led all rushers with 95 yards and a pair of TDs). Both clubs failed in their only fourth down conversion try at NRG Stadium and Houston was 5 of 12 on third down, while the former Houston team went 7 of 15. Time was on the side of the Titans’ who held the ball for  31:42 to Houston’s 28:18.

Minnesota took Eli Manning and the Giants to the woodshed Monday night at US Bank Stadium, coming away 24-10 winners in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. The Vikings led 14-3 at the break in the great indoors and never looked back, holding the Giants to 78 yards on the ground (Minnesota tallied 104 yards of rushing). The Purple Gang forced a pair of turnovers in the primetime contest, while Sam Bradford barely outpaced Manning 262-261 but Bradford threw a TD pass to TE Kyle Rudolph in the contest. Minnesota went 8 of 16 on third down tries and held the ball for 35:32, while the Giants were 2 of 12 (0 of 2 on fourth), holding the ball for 24:28.

They’ve only met three times and the Vikings are 3-0 in the meetings, with Minnesota’s last win coming in 2012 in Houston by a final of 23-6. Minnesota has also outscored the Texans 85-55 in the series. Minnesota’s favored by 6 and the over/under’s 39 1/2. Both numbers make a lot of sense. Houston’s good but the Vikings are a little better and they’ll stay unbeaten, even though they may not cover the 6.

New York Jets (1-3) at Pittsburgh (3-1), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTv 708. A pair of AFC teams going in opposite directions meet in the Steel City as Pittsburgh hosts the New York Jets.

Seattle QB Russell Wilson (309 yards) threw three TDs as the Seahawks took GangGreen 27-17 at Met Life Stadium. Seattle led 14-10 at the break and never looked back, holding the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! to 58 yards rushing (Seattle ran for 66) and sacked Ryan Fitzpatrick (261 yards, 3 interceptions) four times. GangGreen was 7 of 15 on third down tries, 1 of 1 on fourth down and kept the ball for 29:15, while Seattle held the pigskin for 30:45 and went 3 of 10 on third down conversions.

The Steelers bounced back from their loss to cross-state rival Philadelphia and took Kansas City 43-13. Pittsburgh scored the first 36 points of the Sunday night contest at Heinz Field unchallenged and were never challenged by Alex Smith (287 yards, 2 TDs, 4 sacks, interception) and the Chiefs. Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell did his best Jerome Bettis impression, rushing for 144 of Pittsburgh’s 149 yards, while the Steel Curtain held Kansas City to 87. Meanwhile, Ben Roethlisberger bounced back from his bad performance in Philly and threw for 300 yards and five TDs with no interceptions, although the Chiefs’ defense made things somewhat hard for him, sacking him twice. Pittsburgh went 6 of 11 on third down tries last Sunday night and held on to the ball for 29:24, while Kansas City ruled the clock, keeping the pigskin for 30:36 and went 8 of 17 and 2 of 3 on third and fourth downs.

Pittsburgh leads the series 17-5 with GangGreen and the Steelers have outscored the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! 489-273 (which includes contests that were played in New York City when GangGreen played their home games at Shea Stadium). Both clubs took their last wins in the series along the Jersey shore; New York came away 20-13 winners in 2014, while the Steelers’ last win came in 2013 by a final of 19-6. Pittsburgh’s favored by 7 and the over/under’s 43 1/2. The J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! are bad right now but they’re not 7 points bad. Still, they’re on the road and they’re in Pittsburgh. Steelers may not cover the 7 but they do win at Heinz.

Washington (2-2) at Baltimore (3-1), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 709. They sit 38 miles apart from each other and for only the sixth time, Washington and Baltimore meet as the Redskins travel to Charm City for a meeting with the Baltimore Ravens.

The defending NFC East champs trailed Cleveland 20-17 in Landover and rallied with a pair of fourth quarter TDs by Chris Thomspson and Matt Jones scored a pair of TDs to take the 31-20 win over the winless Browns. Cleveland led by three with 9:25 left in the third on a 45-yard field goal by Chris Parkey before Washington stormed back to retake the lead for keeps. The Browns outrushed Washington 163-145 in the contest at Landover (Jones led all rushers with 117, while Cleveland’s Isaiah Crowell ran for 112), while Cody Keesler threw for 223 yards and a TD, while Kirk Cousins had 183 yards with three TDs and three sacks. The Redskins on third down were 4 of 8 and the Redskins kept the ball for 31:03, while the Browns kept the pigskin for 28:57, going 8 of 12 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth downs.

The Ravens allowed a 27-21 lead against Oakland get away from them and came away on the short end of a 28-27 loss to the Silver and Black last Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium in Charm City. Baltimore, who trailed 14-6 at the break, outscored Oakland in the second half 21-14 and led late in the game when David Carr (199 yards, 4 TDs) and Michael Crabtree connected on their third TD of the afternoon, a 23-yard strike that gave the Raiders the lead for keeps. Baltimore then saw a late rally fizzle when Joe Flacco (298 yards, TD) threw four consecutive incomplete passes to end any chance of a comeback.

Ravens RB Terrance West led all rushers with 113 yards and a TD, while his team tallied 130, outpacing Oakland, who had 62. Baltimore was 5 of 17 and 1 of 2 on third and fourth down conversions in Charm City, while they kept the ball for 34:44. The Raiders, who held the pigskin for 25:16, went 3 of 12 on third down conversions.

Baltimore leads the series 3-2 and have outscored Washington 92-78. Washington came away 31-28 overtime winners in Landover in 2012 in the last meeting, while the Ravens’ last win  came in 2008 in Charm City by a final of 24-10.

Baltimore’s favored by 4 and the over/under’s 44 1/2. Baltimore makes this one close but they’ll fall short. Redskins fans will once again sing “Hail To The Redskins” instead of “Hell! It’s the Redskins” this week. Washington covers the 4 and wins in Charm City.

Philadelphia (3-0) at Detroit (1-3), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710. The unbeaten Eagles come back to action from their vacation to travel to the Motor City for a meeting with the Lions at Ford Field.

Philly comes back from their bye week after taking Ben Roethlisberger (257 yards, interception) and the Steelers to the woodshed two Sundays ago 34-3. The Eagles led 13-3 at the half and shut out the Steelers in the second half, scoring their final 21 points unchallenged. Philadelphia held the Steeler ground game in check in the City of Brotherly Love, holding them to a season-low 29 yards (they ran for 125) and Wentz threw for 301 yards and a pair of TDs without an interception (connecting with WR Darrell Sproles on one toss), while sacking Roethlisberger four times at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles went 4 of 10 on third down and kept the ball for 34:56, while the Steelers were 4 of 11 and 0 of 2 on third and fourth downs, holding on to the pigskin for 25:04.

Detroit came away on the short end of a 17-14 loss to Chicago last Sunday at Solider Field. Chicago led 7-3 at the break but Detroit managed to outscore Da Bears in the second half 11-10 to make things closer than Bears fans wanted. Chicago Rookie RB Jordan Howard ran for 111 of Chicago’s 114 yards, while the Lions tallied 66 and Brian Hoyer threw for 302 yards and a pair of TDs, while Matthew Stafford threw for 213 and was picked off twice. Chicago on third down was 5 of 13 (0 of 1 on fourth down) and held the ball for 33:14, while the Lions were 4 of 12 on third down, keeping the ball for 26:46.

Including contests that took place in Portsmouth when the Lions were known as the Spartans, the Eagles lead the series   15-14-2 and have outscored the Lions 631-622. The Lions were 45-14 winners on Thanksgiving Day last year in the Motor City, while Philly’s last win over Detroit came in 2013 in the City of Brotherly Love by a final of 34-20.

In the week 12 Turkey Day contest, Detroit led 24-7 at the break and it would not be a good day for the Eagles, as they held to 68 yards rushing, Mark Sanchez was sacked six times and Stafford and Megatron (aka Calvin Johnson) connected for three TDs in front of the home crowd at Ford Field. Stafford threw for 337 yards, while Johnson caught eight passes for 93 yards. Detroit was 5 of 10 on third down tries and kept the ball for 37:11, while the Eagles were on third down 6 of 14, keeping the ball for 22:49.

Philly’s favored by 3 and the over/under’s 46. It’s possible that the over/under could be reached by halftime, given that both QBs are pretty good. That’s where things come to an end. Eagles fly off with the win in the Motor City and covers the 3.

Chicago (1-3) at Indianapolis (1-3), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711. A pair of 1-3 teams meet in the Hoosier State as the Colts and Andrew Luck host Da Bears.

Chicago took Detroit to task in the Windy City last Sunday, coming away 17-14 winners at Solider Field. Although they led 7-3 at the break, Detroit managed to outscore Da Bears in the second half 11-10 to make things closer than Bears fans wanted. Rookie RB Jordan Howard ran for 111 of Chicago’s 114 yards, while the Lions tallied 66 and Brian Hoyer threw for 302 yards and a pair of TDs, while Matthew Stafford threw for 213 and was picked off twice. Chicago on third down was 5 of 13 (0 of 1 on fourth down) and held the ball for 33:14, while the Lions were 4 of 12 on third down, keeping the ball for 26:46.

Indianapolis returns to the United States after their trip across the Big Pond, coming out on the short end of a 30-27 loss to Jacksonville in London at Wembley Stadium Sunday morning. The Colts trailed 17-6 at the half but did manage to rule the second half, outscoring the Jaguars 21-13 in the final 30 minutes of action. Jacksonville did outrush Indy 136-94 but Luck outpassed Blake Bortles 234-207, with each man throwing a pair of TDs (Luck was sacked six times in the loss). Indy on third down was 9 of 17 and ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 32:39, while the Jaguars were 3 of 11 and 1 of 1 on third and fourth down conversions, keeping the ball for 27:21.

Including contests that took place in Baltimore and at Wrigley Field, the Colts lead the series 22-19 and have outscored Da Bears 869-849. Chicago won the last two meetings in the series, including a 41-21 win in the Windy City in 2012, while the Colts’ last win came in 2004 (also in the Windy City) by a 41-10 tally.

Indy’s favored by 4 1/2 and the over/under’s 47 1/2 and those numbers sound right. We’d understand if you took a pass on this one and watched that “Mythbusters” marathon on Science Channel but if you’re a fan of either of these teams, by all means watch. Indy gets to reject your reality and substitute its own and takes the win back home again in Indiana, covering the 4 1/2.

Cincinnati (2-2) at Dallas (3-1), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 713. Cincinnati, trying to right itself, travels to the Lone Star State for a late afternoon contest in Arlington as the Cowboys host the Bengals in JerryWorld (aka AT&T Stadium).

Cincinnati trailed briefly against Miami on a 74-yard TD pass from Ryan Tannehill to WR Kenny Stills with 9:04 left in the first quarter before Dalton and WR A.J. Green connected on a 7-yard TD pass of their own to come away 22-7 winners last Thursday night. The Bengals led 16-7 at the intermission and never looked back as Mike Nugent would close out the scoring in the contest with four field goals to seal Miami’s fate. Cincy outrushed Miami 77-62 and Dalton outpaced Tannehill in passing 296-189, while the Bengal defense sacked Tannehill five times and forced a pair of turnovers. Cincinnati was somewhat dismal on third down tries, going 3 of 15 (they did find perfection in their only fourth down conversion) and ruled the clock, as they held the ball for 38:02, while the Dolphins held on to the pigskin for 21:58, while going 2 of 11 on third down and 0 of 1 on fourth down.

Dallas erased a 14-14 tie at the intermission and came away 24-17 winners at Levi’s Stadium. Cowboys rookie RB Ezekiel Elliot (TD) ran for 138 of his team’s 194 yards, while San Francisco tallied 106, while 49ers QB Blaine Gabbard threw for 196 yards with a TD, sack and an interception. For Dallas, rookie QB Dak Prescott threw for 245 yards and a pair of TDs on the West Coast. San Francisco was 8 of 14 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth down conversions and kept the ball for 23:33, while Dallas ruled the clock, holding the ball for 36:27 and going 6 of 14 on third down tries.

Dallas holds a 7-4 lead in the series, has outscored the Bengals 283-258 and won the last two meetings, including a 20-19 win in Cincy in 2012. The Bengals’ last win? 2004 in Cincy, coming away 26-3 winners. Dallas is favored by 1 and the over/under is 45 1/2. Both teams can be either really good or really bad. Which team will show up is the bigger question. The Dallas team that took San Francisco to task will be the one that shows up this week. Cowboys cover the 1 and win at home.

Buffalo (2-2) at Los Angeles (3-1), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 714. It’s Buffalo wings vs. California spring rolls as the Bills take their wagons to Hollywood for a late afternoon date with the rams.

Buffalo knocked New England from the ranks of the unbeaten last Sunday in Foxboro, shutting out the Pats 16-0 at Gillette Stadium. Le Sean McCoy scored the game’s only TD in the contest early and the Pats could never really recover, trailing 13-0 at the intermisson. Buffalo outrushed New England 134-90 and backup QB Jacoby Brissett (205 yards) was sacked three times, while Bills signal caller Tyrod Taylor (246 yards, TD) was sacked twice. Buffalo played keep-away with the ball, holding it for 38:11 and going 7 of 15 on third down tries, while the Brady-less Pats were a dismal 1 of 12 on third down (2 of 3 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 23:49.

Arizona led Los Angeles 13-10 at the end of 45 minutes of play before the Rams rallied to take the lead with a 4 yard TD pass from Case Keenum to WR Brian Quick with 2:36 left in regulation, giving the Rams a 17-13 win in Glendale. Arizona and Los Angeles were tied 10-10 at the half before the Desert Angry Birds took the lead on a 21 yard fieid goal by Chandler Catanzaro as the third quarter came to an end. Arizona held Los Angeles to 41 yards on the ground, while rushing for 119 and Keenum threw for 266 yards an a pair of TDs in the desert. Los Angeles forced five turnovers, held the ball for 27:51, going 6 of 14 and 0 of 1 on third and fourth downs, while Arizona was 6 of 13 third down-wise, keeping the ball for 32:09.

Buffalo leads the series 6-5, which includes contests that were played in Los Angeles and St. Louis and the Bills have outscored the Rams 262-220. Each team’s last wins in the series came in the other team’s ballparks; The Rams took a 15-12 win along the shores of Lake Erie in 2012, while Buffalo’s last win came in 2008 by final of 31-14 in St. Louis.

The Rams are favored by 2 1/2 and the over/under’s 39 1/2. While both teams are pretty decent, it’s still early and there’s a lot of football left on the docket. Los Angeles has three of their wins coming by 6 points or less and that could be the case this week. Bills make it interesting but Rams fans will love LA. Los Angeles covers the 2 1/2 and wins in Tinseltown.

San Diego (1-3) at Oakland (3-1), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 715. They’re separated by 491 miles up I-5 and are six hours away from each other. They once shared the same city in Southern California and they get to square off against each other Sunday afternoon as the Chargers and Raiders meet in a huge AFC West showdown.

Once again, San Diego blew another lead and this time, it was at the hands of one of their former players. Leading New Orleans 24-14 at the half, the Chargers allowed the Saints to first chip away at the lead and then see that lead eventually leave as they would lose to Drew Brees and the Saints 35-34 last Sunday at Qualcomm.

Neither club did much to write about rushing-wise and neither club broke the 100-yard barrier but New Orleans did outrush San Diego 83-38 and Brees threw for 207 yards and a interception, while Rivers threw for 321 yards in a losing cause (both men threw a pair of TDs passes). San Diego on third down tries went 6 of 13 (0 of 1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 27:21, while the Saints hung on to the pigskin for 32:39 and was 11 of 18 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down.

Oakland trailed 27-21 lead at Baltimore and came away 28-27 winners against the Ravens last Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium in Charm City. Oakland led 14-6 at the break, found themselves being outscored by the Ravens the second half 21-14 and led late in the game when David Carr (199 yards, 4 TDs) and Michael Crabtree connected on their third TD of the afternoon, a 23-yard strike that gave the Raiders the lead for keeps. Baltimore then saw a late rally fizzle when Joe Flacco (298 yards, TD) threw four consecutive incomplete passes to end any chance of a comeback.

Baltimore outrushed Oakland 130-62, with Ravens RB Terrance West leading all rushers with 113 yards and a TD. Baltimore was 5 of 17 and 1 of 2 on third and fourth down conversions in Charm City, while they kept the ball for 34:44. Oakland, who held the pigskin for 25:16, went 3 of 12 on third down conversions.

Including contests that took place when BOTH teams were in Los Angeles, the Silver and Black lead the series 60-50-2, have outscored the Bolts 2,468-2,415 and swept last year’s meetings (San Diego swept the year before).

First round… week seven down the coast at Qualcomm. Oakland led 30-6 at the half and then held off the Chargers in the second half, coming away 37-29 winners. Oakland outrushed San Diego in the first meeting 130-90 and while both Carr (289 yards) and Rivers (336 yards) each threw three TD passes, both men were sacked once and Rivers threw a pair of interceptions downstate. The Chargers, despite losing by 8, was 8 of 16 on third down conversions and held on to the ball for 29:11, while the Raiders ruled the clock, keeping the pigskin for 30:49, going 5 of 12 third down-wise.

That was round one.

Second round… week 16 in Oakland on Christmas Eve. Oakland trailed 17-10 at the half and rallied to tie things up, outscoring San Diego 10-3 in the final 30 minutes of regulation and then taking the win in overtime 23-20 as K Sebastian Janikowski nailed a 31-yard field goal in the extra period. Oakland again outrushed San Diego 106-72 and as was the case in the first meeting, both Carr (204 yards, 3 sacks) and Rivers (277 yards) each had at least one TD pass in the contest and each team turned the ball over once. Neither club did much in the third down catagory (San Diego was 5 of 16, 0 of 1 on fourth down; Oakland was 4 of 15) and San Diego ruled the clock in the second contest, keeping the ball for 35:04 to Oakland’s 33:21.

Oakland’s favored by 3 1/2 and the over/under’s 50. Those numbers make a lot of sense. Both teams have been playing decent football but not great football and both teams are trying to keep pace with the defending Super Bowl champs in the AFC West. This one could go to overtime, given the histories of the two teams. Oakland will make this one interesting but San Diego stays classy and takes the win on the road, even though they may not cover the 3 1/2.

New York Giants (2-2) at Green Bay (2-1), 8:30 p.m. on NBC. Eli Manning. Aaron Rodgers. A pair of future Hall of Fame QBs meet at Lambeau on Sunday night as the Packers host the New York Giants.

Manning and the Giants were taken to the woodshed Monday night at US Bank Stadium, coming away 24-10 losers to the Vikings in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. New York trailed 14-3 at the break in the great indoors and could never get on track and were held to 78 yards on the ground (Minnesota tallied 104 yards of rushing). The Purple Gang forced a pair of turnovers in the primetime contest, while Sam Bradford barely outpaced Manning 262-261 but Bradford threw a TD pass to TE Kyle Rudolph in the contest. Minnesota went 8 of 16 on third down tries and held the ball for 35:32, while the Giants were 2 of 12 (0 of 2 on fourth), holding the ball for 24:28.

Green Bay comes back from their bye week after getting some revenge on Detroit two Sundays ago, taking a 34-27 win over the Lions and Matthew Stafford at Lambeau. Green Bay led 31-10 at the half and then held off a late Lions’ second half rally to take the win in the land of Bratwrust, beer and cheese. Eddie Lacy ran for 103 of the Packers’ 123 yards on the ground, while the Lions tallied 50 and Rodgers threw for 205 yards and four TDs, with Stafford tossing three TDs and 385 yards in the air.

Including contests played at Yankee Stadium, Milwaukee County Stadium and the Yale Bowl, while Green Bay leads the series 27-23-2. the Giants have outscored Green Bay by a slim 924-923 and won the last two meetings, including a 27-13 win in the Meadowlands in 2012, while the Pack came away 38-35 winners in 2011, also in the Meadowlands. Green Bay’s favored by 7 1/2 and the over/under is 48. Both numbers sound reasonable. The Pack came into the week with a win before their bye week and they’ll start their second half of the schedule with the win. Green Bay may not cover the 7 1/2 but they do win at home.

Tampa Bay (1-3) at Carolina (1-3), 8:30 p.m. Monday on ESPN. The final game of week five features a pair of NFC South rivals squaring off in the Tar Heel State. It would have featured a pair of Heisman Trophy winners but now it’ll be Jameis Winston having the stage to himself as the defending NFC champs without Cam Newton host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Bank of America Stadium.

Newton and Carolina were manhandled by Atlanta in the Georgia Dome last Sunday, this time falling to the Falcons 48-33. Atlanta, who led througout the entire contest, led 17-10 at the break and then the two teams slugged it out in the final 30 minutes of action. Matt Ryan burned Carolina for 503 yards and four TDs, including one to All-Pro wR Julio Jones (300 yards on 12 catches), while Newton (concussion) threw for 165 yards and a TD before being taken out of the contest. Atlanta outrushed Carolina 90-49 and the Panthers turned the ball over twice, allowing Atlanta to turn one of them into a TD to ice the contest away. Atlanta was 8 of 13 on third down tries and held the ball for 33:49, while Carolina was 7 of 16 on third down (1 of 1 on fourth), keeping the ball for 26:11.

Tampa Bay let a 7-7 tie against Denver get away from them, falling to the defending Super Bowl champs 27-7 in the Sunshine State. For the second week in a row, the Bucs trailed at the half, as Denver led 17-7 at the break and then went on to shutout the Buccaneers 10-0 in the final 30 minutes of play and for the second week in a row, Mother Nature got into the act, stopping play because of lightning in the area. Denver outrushed Tampa Bay 89-72 and sacked Winston five times, picking him off twice. The defending Super Bowl champs were 3 of 13 on third down tries, while keeping the ball for 31:24. As for Tampa Bay, they were 5 of 16 and 0 of 1, holding on to the ball for 28:36.

Carolina leads Tampa Bay 20-11 in the series, have outscored the Bucs 695-538 and won the last six contests in the series, including a sweep in the series last year (Tampa Bay’s last win in the series came in 2012, when they swept the series, taking wins in the Sunshine and Tar Heel States).

The first meeting took place in Tampa in week four and it was the first time that the two Heisman winners met. Both Newton (124 yards) and Winston (287 yards) threw a pair of TDs and each was sacked twice but Winston was picked off four times as Carolina took a 37-23 win at Raymond James Stadium. Carolina led 17-10 at the intermission and then proceeded to pull away from Tampa Bay, outscoring the Bucs 20-14 in the final 30 minutes of action. Tampa Bay’s Doug Martin ran for 106 (TD) of his team’s 141 yards, outpacing Carolina, who had 133. Although Tampa Bay turned the ball over five times, they kept it for 32:08, going 8 of 16 and 2 of 2 on third and fourth downs, while Carolina was 3 of 11 on third down, keeping the ball for 27:52.

Second meeting? Charlotte… Bank of America Stadium… week 17. While the Bucs were out of the playoff picture, Carolina was preparing to take home-field advantage for the post-season and made that fact known, taking a 24-3 lead at the half and coming away 38-10 winners. Carolina outrushed Tampa Bay in the second contest 111-77 and while Winston threw for 325 yards, he was sacked twice and picked off twice, while Newton was sacked four times but still managed to throw for 293 yards and threw for a pair of TDs and ran for two more. In the second meeting, both teams did quite well on third down tries in the Tar Heel State (Carolina was 7 of 10, Tampa Bay 8 of 16, 1 of 2 on fourth down) and the Panthers ruled the clock in the second contest, keeping the ball for 31:50 to Tampa Bay’s 28:10.

On Monday night… Carolina is 8-5 and won their only MNF contest last year, while the Bucs are 10-9 under the lights and will play their first Monday game since 2013, where they were 1-0 in their only contest. Carolina’s favored by 4 1/2 and the over/under’s 44 1/2. It’s a pair of 1-3 teams in the NFC South basement and we wouldn’t blame you at all if you watched Scorpion this week instead of this game. Even without Cam, Carolina’s finer on Monday night and takes this one and could even cover the 4 1/2.

2016 NFL DRAFT NOTES

— 81st NFL DRAFT —

AUDITORIUM THEATRE OF ROOSEVELT UNIVERSITY, CHICAGO (APRIL 28-30, 2016) (All times Eastern)

Rounds: Date (Selection Time)

Found 1: Thursday, April 28 at 8 p.m. (10 minutes)

Round 2 Friday, April 29 at 7 p.m. (7 minutes)

Round 3 (5 Minutes)

Rounds 4 through 6 Saturday, April 30 at Noon (5 minutes)

Round 7 (4 Minutes)

Note: All compensatory picks are four minutes

WINDY CITY: Twenty-five prospects and 12 college head coaches will be in attendance at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago for the 2016 NFL Draft.

That includes a record-tying five players from Ohio State: CB Eli Apple, DE Joey Bosa, T Taylor Decker, RB Ezekiel Elliott and LB Darron Lee. Ohio State’s five players equals the record set by Alabama in 2012.

The players confirmed to attend this year’s NFL Draft:

1) Eli Apple (CB-Ohio State)
2) Joey Bosa (DE-Ohio State)
3) Vernon Butler (DT-Louisiana Tech)
4) Corey Coleman (WR-Baylor)
5) Jack Conklin (T-Michigan State)
6) Taylor Decker (T-Ohio State)
7) Josh Doctson (WR-Texas Christian)
8) Kevin Dodd (DE-Clemson)
9) Ezekiel Elliott (RB-Ohio State)
10) Jared Goff (QB-California)
11) Vernon Hargreaves (CB-Florida)
12) Myles Jack (LB-UCLA)
13) Chris Jones (DT-Mississippi State)
14) Shaq Lawson (DE-Clemson)
15) Darron Lee (LB-Ohio State)
16) Keanu Neal (S-Florida)
17) Robert Nkemdiche (DT-Mississippi)
18) Reggie Ragland (LB-Alabama)
19) Jalen Ramsey (CB-Florida State)
20) Jarren Reed (DT-Alabama)
21) A’Shawn Robinson (DT-Alabama)
22) Ronnie Stanley (T-Notre Dame)
23) Laquan Treadwell (WR-Mississippi)
24) Laremy Tunsil (T-Mississippi)
25) Carson Wentz (QB-North Dakota State)

The college head coaches confirmed to attend this year’s NFL Draft:

1) Art Briles – Baylor
2) Mark Dantonio – Michigan State
3) Sonny Dykes – California
4) Jimbo Fisher – Florida State
5) Hugh Freeze – Mississippi
6) Brian Kelly – Notre Dame
7) Chris Klieman – North Dakota State
8) Urban Meyer – Ohio State
9) Jim Mora – UCLA
10) Gary Patterson – Texas Christian
11) Nick Saban – Alabama
12) Dabo Swinney – Clemson

TOP TRADES: The 2016 NFL Draft marks the fourth time in the common draft era (since 1967) that the top two picks were traded. In the three previous instances – 1997, 1975 and 1967 – the third overall pick was also dealt.

The Los Angeles Rams traded for the first overall pick in this year’s draft, while the Philadelphia Eagles moved into the second spot.

The drafts in which the top three picks were traded:

YEAR, PICK NO. (TEAM THAT ACQUIRED PICK – PLAYER SELECTED)
1997, 1 (St. Louis Rams – T Orlando Pace)
2 (Oakland – DT Darrell Russell)
3 (Seattle – CB Shawn Springs)

1975, 1 (Atlanta – QB Steve Bartkowski)
2 (Dallas  – DT Randy White)
3 (Baltimore Colts – G Ken Huff)

1967, 1 (Baltimore Colts – DE Bubba Smith)
2 (Minnesota  – RB Clint Jones)
3 (San Francisco – QB Steve Spurrier)

ROLL TIDE: If Alabama has a player selected in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft, the Crimson Tide will surpass Pittsburgh (1983-1989), Ohio State (1991-1997) and Florida (1997-2003) for the third-longest consecutive streak of players drafted in the first round since the advent of the common draft in 1967. They currently have seven consecutive drafts with at least one first round pick.

Miami (1995-2008) holds the longest streak with 14 consecutive drafts having at least one player selected in the first round.

LONGEST STREAK OF CONSECUTIVE SEASONS WITH A FIRST ROUND PICK (SINCE 1967)

YEARS: SCHOOL (CONSECUTIVE SEASONS WITH A FIRST ROUND PICK
1995-2008: Miami (14)
1983-1991: Florida (9)
2009-2015: Alabama (7)*
1997-2003: Florida (7)
1991-1997: Ohio State (7)
1983-1989: Pittsburgh (7)
*Active streak

BUCKEYE BRILLIANCE: Five Ohio State players can hear their name called in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft – CB Eli Apple, DE Joey Bosa, T Taylor Decker, RB Ezekiel Elliott and LB Darron Lee.

If all five players are chosen in the first round, they would tie Southern California (1968), Miami (2002) and Ohio State (2006) for the second-most first-round picks since 1967. Miami (2004) is the only school with six first-round selections in one draft.

THE SCHOOLS WITH THE MOST FIRST-ROUND PICKS IN ONE DRAFT (SINCE 1967)

YEAR – SCHOOL (FIRST ROUND PICKS)
2004 – Miami (6)
2006 – Ohio State (5)
2002 – Miami (5)
1968 – Southern California (5)

SMALL SCHOOL SUCCESS: Not all top picks come from the big schools. Smaller schools have found success as well. North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz can become the fifth quarterback from a non-FBS school to be drafted in the first round since 1979,
when Division I-A was formed.

Wentz would join Joe Flacco (2008), Steve McNair (1995), Ken O’Brien (1983),
and Phil Simms (1979).

QUARTERBACKS FROM NON-FBS SCHOOLS SELECTED IN THE FIRST ROUND (Since 1979)

YEAR – PLAYER (SCHOOL, NUMBER CHOSEN; TEAM)
1979 – Phil Simms (Morehead State, 7; New York Giants)
1983 – Ken O’Brien (California-Davis, 24; New York Jets)
1995 – Steve McNair (Alcorn State, 3; Houston Oilers)
2008 – Joe Flacco (Delaware, 18; Baltimore)

TOP TWO QBs: California QB JARED GOFF and North Dakota State QB CARSON WENTZ may
hear their names called with the first two picks of the 2016 NFL Draft.

Since the beginning of the common draft in 1967, quarterbacks have been taken
with the first two picks of the same draft six times. Last year, JAMEIS WINSTON
and MARCUS MARIOTA were selected with the top two picks. It would mark the
second time that quarterbacks have been selected with the top two picks in
consecutive drafts (1998 and 1999).

QUARTERBACKS – NO. 1 & 2 OVERALL SELECTIONS IN THE SAME DRAFT (SINCE 1967)

YEAR
NO. 1 PICK (COLLEGE), TEAM
NO. 2 PICK (COLLEGE), TEAM

1971
Jim Plunkett (Stanford), New England
Archie Manning (Mississippi), New Orleans

1993
Drew Bledsoe (Washington State), New England
Rick Mirer (Notre Dame), Seattle

1998
Peyton Manning (Tennessee), Indianapolis
Ryan Leaf (Washington State), San Diego

1999
Tim Couch (Kentucky), Cleveland
Donovan McNabb (Syracuse), Philadelphia

2012
Andrew Luck (Stanford), Indianapolis
Robert Griffin III (Baylor), Washington

2015
Jameis Winston (Florida State), Tampa Bay
Marcus Mariota (Oregon), Tennessee

FIRST ROUND REBELS: Mississippi T Laremy Tunsil, WR Laquan Treadwell and DT Robert Nkemdiche all hope to hear their name called in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft. It would mark the first time in school history that three players were selected in the first round.

The last time Ole Miss had multiple players selected in the first round was 2009, when T Michael Oher (23rd overall, Baltimore) and DT Peria Jerry (24th overall, Atlanta) were both chosen.

TERRIFIC TECH: Louisiana Tech DT Vernon Butler can become the first defensive player in school history to be drafted in the first round.

Butler hopes to join Pro Terry Bradshaw (1970), Roger Carr (1974), Willie Roaf (1993) and Troy Edwards (1999), as the only Louisiana Tech players to be selected in the first round since 1967.

LOUISIANA TECH PLAYERS SELECTED IN THE FIRST ROUND (Since 1967)

YEAR – PLAYER (POSITION-NUMBER CHOSEN; TEAM)
1970 – Terry Bradshaw (QB-1;Pittsbrugh)*
1974 – Roger Carr (WR-24; Baltimore Colts)
1993 – Willie Roaf (T-8; New Orleans)*
1999 – Troy Edwards (WR-13; Pittsburgh)
*Pro Football Hall of Famer

HISTORIC HORNED FROG: Texas Christian WR JOSH DOCTSON can become the first wide
receiver in school history to be drafted in the first round since the beginning
of the common draft in 1967.

Doctson would join CB Jason Verrett (2014), DE Jerry Hughes (2010), RB La Dainain Tomlinson (2001) and RB Norm Bulach (1970) as the only Texas Christian players selected in the first round since 1967.

TEXAS CHRISTIAN PLAYERS SELECTED IN THE FIRST ROUND (Since 1967)

YEAR – PLAYER (POSITION-NUMBER CHOSEN; TEAM)
1970 – Norm Bulaich (RB-18; Baltimore Colts)
2001 – LaDainian Tomlinson (RB-5; an Diego)
2010 – Jerry Hughes (DE-31; Indianapolis)
2014 – Jason Verrett (CB-25; San Diego)
MR. IRRELEVANT: The first shall be last. The Denver Broncos will have the honor of selecting this year’s “Mr. Irrelevant” – a tongue-in-cheek title bestowed annually upon the last player chosen in the NFL Draft – with the 253rd pick.

2016 marks the 41st year of the Mr. Irrelevant tradition.

Established in 1976 by Paul Salta, a former NFL player and Southern California businessman, Irrelevant Week is a weeklong celebration held annually in Newport Beach, California, which celebrates the efforts of Mr. Irrelevant and raises funds for charity. Special Olympics Southern California was named as the 2015 charitable recipient. Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual and physical disabilities.

In 2014, Irrelevant Week, Incorporated expanded its efforts by becoming The Foundation For The Undefeated
(www.theundefeated.org), a nonprofit dedicated to championing stories of perseverance in sports to inspire greatness in others. The Irrelevant Week tradition will continue as the cornerstone within the broader mission and reach of The Foundation for the Undefeated.

Several notable “Mr. Irrelevants” (active players in italics):

MR. IRRELEVANT, YEAR DRAFTED/TEAM
NOTES

TE Gerald Christian, Arizona (2015 Arizona)
40th Mr. Irrelevant. First Cardinals Mr. Irrelevant since Tevita Ofahengaue in 2001.

S Lonnie Ballentine, Houston (2014 Houston)
39th Mr. Irrelevant. Second Texans Mr. Irrelevant in the past four years, following Cheta Ozougwu in 2011.

K Ryan Succop, Kansas City (2009 Kansas City)
Set Chiefs rookie record with 25 field goals made in 2009.

WR Ryan Hoag (2003 Oakland)
Signed with Jaguars after spending time with Giants, Redskins and Vikings. Appeared on ABC’s “The Bachelorette” in 2008.

S Mike Green (2000 Chicago)
Started 48 games for Bears, Seahawks and Redskins in eight NFL seasons.

FB Jim Finn (1999 Chicago)
Played six NFL seasons for Colts and Giants totaling 45 career starts.

LB Marty Moore (1994 New England)
Played eight NFL seasons and became first “Mr. Irrelevant” to appear in the Super Bowl (XXXI with Patriots).

C Matt Elliott (1992 Washington)
Started 14 games on inaugural Carolina Panthers team. Made 32 career starts.

QB Bill Kenney (1978 Miami)*
Made the Pro Bowl in 1984 with the Chiefs and later became a Missouri State Senator.

WR Kelvin Kirk (1976 Pittsburgh)
First annual “Mr. Irrelevant.” Played seven years in the CFL and later worked for the Ottawa Citizen.
*Kenney was named as a replacement for Lee Washburn who could not attend training camp due to a back injury.

FIRST-ROUND TRADES SINCE 2000

(Yearly totals can include future selections traded in previous years.)

DRAFT – ROUND 1 TRADES
2000 – 16
2001 – 15
2002 – 14
2003 – 18
2004 – 17
2005 – 9
2006 – 11
2007 – 10
2008 – 17
2009 – 13
2010 – 15
2011 – 8
2012 – 19
2013 – 12
2014 – 11
2015 – 6

CONSECUTIVE TOP 10 CHOICES FROM SAME COLLEGE
1937: Nebraska – HB Lloyd Cardwell (7) and E Les McDonald (8)
1943: Minnesota – HB Bill Daley (7) and T Dick Wildung (8)
1946: Notre Dame – QB Johnny Lujack (4) and T George Connor (5)
1948: Alabama – HB Lowell Tew (4) and C Vaughn Mancha (5)
1949: Notre Dame – QB Frank Tripucka (9) and G Bill Fischer (10)
1949: Southern Methodist – RB Doak Walker (3) and HB Paul Page (4)
1959: Ohio State – HB Don Clark (7) and C Dan James (8)
1967: Michigan State – DT Bubba Smith (1) and RB Clint Jones (2)
1977: Southern California – T Marvin Powell (4) and DT Gary Jeter (5)
1978: Notre Dame – TE Ken MacAfee (7) and DT Ross Browner (8)
1981: UCLA – RB Freeman McNeil (3) and DB Kenny Easley (4)
1984: Nebraska – WR Irving Fryar (1) and T Dean Steinkuhler (2)
1990: Southern California – LB Junior Seau (5) and DB Mark Carrier (6)
1991: Nebraska – DB Bruce Pickens (3) and LB Mike Croel (4)
1991: Tennessee – T Charles McRae (7) and T Antone Davis (8)
1992: Stanford – T Bob Whitfield (8) and RB Tommy Vardell (9)
1993: Alabama – DE John Copeland (5) and DE Eric Curry (6)
1996: Illinois – LB Kevin Hardy (2) and DE Simeon Rice (3)
2000: Penn State – DE Courtney Brown (1) and LB LaVar Arrington (2)
2002: Texas – T Mike Williams (4) and DB Quentin Jammer (5)
2004: Miami – S Sean Taylor (5) and TE Kellen Winslow (6)
2010: Oklahoma – DT Gerald McCoy (3) and T Trent Williams (4)
2013: Alabama – DB Dee Milliner (9) and G Chance Warmack (10)
2014: Texas A&M – T Jake Matthews (6) and WR Mike Evans (7)

OFFENSIVE/DEFENSIVE PLAYERS SELECTED IN FIRST ROUND SINCE 1990

YEAR – OFFENSE/DEFENSE, FIRST OFFENSIVE PICK/FIRST DEFENSIVE PICK
1990 – 11/14, Jeff George-QB (1)/Cortez Kennedy-DT (3)
1991 – 13/14, Charles McRae-T (7)/Russell Maryland-DT (1)
1992 – 13/15, Desmond Howard-WR (4)/Steve Emtman-DE (1)
1993 – 15/14, Drew Bledsoe-QB (1)/Marvin Jones-LB (4)
1994 – 13/16, Marshall Faulk-RB (2)/Dan Wilkinson-DT (1)
1995 – 18/14, Ki-Jana Carter-RB (1)/ Kevin Carter-DE (6)
1996 – 17/13, Keyshawn Johnson-WR (1)/Kevin Hardy-LB (2)
1997 – 14/16, Orlando Pace-T (1)/Darrell Russell-DE (2)
1998 – 14/16, Peyton Manning-QB (1)/Andre Wadsworth-DE (3)
1999 – 16/15, Tim Couch-QB (1)/Champ Bailey-CB (7)
2000 – 17/14, Chris Samuel-T (3)/Courtney Brown-DE  (1)
2001 – 15/16, Michael Vick-QB (1)/Gerard Warren-DT (3)
2002 – 16/16.David Carr-QB (1)/Julius Peppers-DE (2)
2003 – 14/18, Carson Palmer-QB (1)/Dewayne Robertson-DT (4)
2004 – 19/13, Eli Manning-QB (1)/Sean Taylor-S (5)
2005 – 16/16, Alex Smith-QB (1)/Adam Jones-CB (6)
2006 – 19/13, Reggie Bush-RB (2)/Mario Williams-DE (1)
2007 – 15/17, JaMarcus Russell-QB (1)/Gaines Adams-DE (4)
2008 – 16/15, Jake Long-T (1)/Chris Long-DE (2)
2009 – 19/13, Matthew Stafford-QB (1)/Tyson Jackson-DE (3)
2010 – 14/18, Sam Bradford-QB (1)/Ndamukong Suh-DT (2)
2011 – 16/16, Cam Newton-QB (1)/Von Miller-LB (2)
2012 – 15/17, Andrew Luck-QB (1)/Morris Claiborne-CB (6)
2013 – 14/18, Eric Fisher-T (1)/Dion Jordan-DE (3)
2014 – 14/18, Greg Robinson-T (2)/Jadeveon Clowney-DE (1)
2015 – 17/15, Jameis Winston-QB (1)/Dante Fowler-DE (3)

“MOSTS”

Number of times QB and RB from same college have been chosen in top 10: 10
1942 (QB Frank Albert, RB Pete Kmetovic-Stanford), 1943 (QB Jack Jenkins, RB Bob Steuber-Missouri), 1944 (QB Angelo Bertelli, RB Creighton Miller-Notre Dame), 1946 (QB Frank Dancewicz, QB Johnny Lujack, RB Emil Sitko-Notre Dame), 1947 (QB Ernie Case, RB Cal Rossi-UCLA), 1948 (QB Harry Gilmer, RB Lowell Tew-Alabama), 1983 (QB Todd Blackledge, RB Curt Warner-Penn State), 1993 (QB Rick Mirer, RB Jerome Bettis-Notre Dame), 1995 (QB Kerry Collins, RB Ki-Jana Carter-Penn State), 2006 (QB Matt Leinart, RB Reggie Bush-Southern California).

Most offensive linemen taken in first round:  10

1968 – T Ron Yary, C Robert Johnson, T Russ Washington, T Mike Taylor, C Forrest Blue, G Maurice Moorman, G George Daney, T John Williams, G Bill Lueck, T Doug Crusan.

Colleges with most No. 1 overall draft choices:

Auburn (5)
2011: Cam Newton, QB (Carolina)
1988: Aundray Bruce, LB (Atlanta)
1986: Bo Jackson, RB (Tampa Bay)
1965: Tucker Frederickson, RB (New York Giants)
1961: Ken Rice, G (Buffalo)

Notre Dame (5)
1973: Walt Patulski, DE (Buffalo)
1957: Paul Hornung, HB (Green Bay)
1950: Leon Hart, E (Detroit)
1946: Frank Dancewicz, QB (Boston Yanks)
1944: Angelo Bertelli, QB (Boston Yanks)

Southern California (5)
2003: Carson Palmer, QB (Cincinnati)
1996: Keyshawn Johnson, WR (New York Jets)
1977: Ricky Bell, RB (Tampa Bay)
1969: O.J. Simpson, RB (Buffalo)
1968: Ron Yary, T (Minnesota)

Most first-round selections from one college in single year: 6

2004 – Miami (Sean Taylor, Kellen Winslow, Jonathan Vilma, D.J. Williams, Vernon Carey, Vince Wilfork).

College with most players taken in single draft: Texas, 17 in 1984.

Consecutive first-round choices from same college that played same position:

1991: Tennessee Ts Charles McRae (#7-Tampa Bay) and Antone Davis (#8-Philadelphia).
1993: Alabama DEs John Copeland (#5-Cincinnati) and Eric Curry (#6-Tampa Bay).
1997: Miami DEs Kenard Lang (#17-Washington) and Kenny Holmes (#18-Tennessee).

Number of Pro Football Hall of Famers chosen No. 1 overall:  14

1942 – “Bullet” Bill Dudley/Pittsburgh
1945 – Charley Trippi/Chicago Cardinals
1949 – Chuck Bednarik/Philadelphia
1957 – Paul Hornung/Green Bay
1963 – Buck Buchanan/Kansas City (AFL)
1968 – Ron Yary/Minnesota
1969 – O.J. Simpson/Buffalo
1970 – Terry Bradshaw/Pittsburgh
1976 – Lee Roy Selmon/Tampa Bay
1978 – Earl Campbell/Houston;
1983 – John Elway/Baltimore Colts
1985 – Bruce Smith/Buffalo
1989 – Troy Aikman/Dallas
1997 – Orlando Pace/St. Louis Rams

Pro Football Hall of Famers chosen consecutively in first round by same team in one draft:

1965: Dick Butkus (#3-Illinois/LB) and Gale Sayers (#4-Kansas/RB) by Chicago.

Number of times in past 10 years that two players with same surname were drafted consecutively:  5

2006: Round 1 – G Davin Joseph (Tampa Bay/#23) and DB Johnathan Joseph (Cincinatti/#24)
2006: Round 4 – LB Leon Williams (Cleveland/#110) and WR Demetrius Williams (Baltimore/#111)
2008: Round 1 – T Jake Long (Miami/#1) and DE Chris Long (St. Louis/#2)
2014: Round 7 – LB Randell Johnson (Buffalo/#221) and RB Storm Johnson (Jacksonville/#222)
2015: Round 2 – WR Devin Smith (N.Y. Jets/#37) and DE Preston Smith (Washington/#38)

DRAFT TIMES

NOTE:  The first combined (AFL-NFL) draft in 1967 consisted of 17 rounds. In 1977, the draft was reduced to 12 rounds.  There were eight rounds in 1993 and seven since 1994.

Longest first round since 1967: 2007 (6 hours, 8 minutes)

Shortest first round since 1967: 1972 (2 hours)

Longest seven-round draft: 2007 (18 hours, 5 minutes)

Shortest seven-round draft: 2015 (13 hours, 45 minutes)

Most rounds on draft day: 30 (1943-1959 drafts)

COLLEGES WITH THREE PLAYERS DRAFTED IN FIRST ROUND

Number of times since 2000 college has had at least 3 players chosen in first round: 26

2000
Florida State (3) – Peter Warrick/Cincinnati; Corey Simon/Philadelphia; Sebastian Janikowski/Oakland.

2001
Miami (4) – Dan Morgan/Carolina; Damione Lewis/St. Louis; Santana Moss/New York Jets; Reggie Wayne/Indianapolis.              Michigan (3) – David Terrell/Chicago; Steve Hutchinson/Seattle; Jeff Backus/Detroit.

2002
Miami (5) – Bryant McKinnie/Minnesota; Jeremy Shockey/New York Giants; Phillip Buchanon/Oakland; Ed Reed/Baltimore; Mike Rumph/San Francisco.
Tennessee (3) – John Henderson/Jacksonville; Donte’ Stallworth/New Orleans; Albert Haynesworth/Tennessee.

2003
Miami (4) – Andre Johnson/Houston; Jerome McDougle/Philadelphia; Willis McGahee/Buffalo; William Joseph/New York Giants
Penn State (4) – Jimmy Kennedy/St. Louis; Michael Haynes/Chicago; Bryant Johnson/Arizona; Larry Johnson/Kansas City

2004
Miami (6) – Sean Taylor/Washington; Kellen Winslow/Cleveland; Jonathan Vilma/New York Jets; D.J. Williams/Denver; Vernon Carey/Miami; Vince Wilfork/New England.
Ohio State (3) – Will Smith/New Orleans, Chris Gamble/Carolina, Mike Jenkins/Atlanta

2005
Auburn (4) – Ronnie Brown/Miami; Jason Campbell/Washington; Carlos Rogers/Washington; Carnell Williams/Tampa Bay

2006
Ohio State (5) – A.J. Hawk/Green Bay; Donte Whitner/Buffalo; Bobby Carpenter/Dallas; Santonio Holmes/Pittsburgh; Nick Mangold/New York Jets
Florida State (4) – Ernie Sims/Detroit; Kamerion Wimbley/Cleveland; Brodrick Bunkley/Philadelphia; Antonio Cromartie/San Diego

North Carolina State (3) – Mario Williams/Houston; Manny Lawson/San Francisco; John McCargo/Buffalo

2007
Louisiana State (4) – JaMarcus Russell/Oakland; LaRon Landry/Washington; Dwayne Bowe/Kansas City; Craig Davis/San Diego
Miami (3) – Brandon Meriweather/New England; Jon Beason/Carolina; Greg Olsen/Chicago.

2008
Southern California (4) – Sedrick Ellis/New Orleans; Keith Rivers/Cincinnati; Sam Baker/Atlanta; Lawrence Jackson/Seattle.

2009
Southern California (3) – Mark Sanchez/New York Jets; Brian Cushing/Houston; Clay Matthews/Green Bay

2010
Oklahoma (4) – Sam Bradford/St. Louis; Gerald McCoy/Tampa Bay; Trent Williams/Washington; Jermaine Gresham/Cincinnati
Florida (3) – Joe Haden/Cleveland; Maurkice Pouncey/Pittsburgh; Tim Tebow/Denver

2011:
Alabama (4) – Marcell Dareus/Buffalo; Julio Jones/Atlanta; James Carpenter/Seattle; Mark Ingram/New Orleans

2012
Alabama (4) – Trent Richardson/Cleveland; Mark Barron/Tampa Bay; Dre Kirkpatrick/Cincinnati; Dont’a Hightower/New England

2013
Alabama (3) – Dee Milliner/New York Jets; Chance Warmack/Tennessee; D.J. Fluker/San Diego
Florida State (3) – E.J. Manuel/Buffalo; Bjoern Werner/Indianapolis; Xavier Rhodes/Minnesota

2014
Louisville (3) – Calvin Pryor/New York Jets; Marcus Smith/Philadelphia; Teddy Bridgewater/Minnesota
Texas A&M (3) – Jake Matthews/Atlanta; Mike Evans/Tampa Bay; Johnny Manziel/Cleveland

2015
Washington (3) – Danny Shelton/Cleveland; Marcus Peters/Kansas City; Shaq Thompson/Carolina

CALIFORNIA/FLORIDA

Number of times at least 3 players who played college football in California have been selected in top 10:  9

1942
Pete Kmetovic: Stanford – Philadelphia (#3)
Bob Robertson: Southern California – Brooklyn (#7)
Frankie Albert: Stanford – Chicago Bears (#10)

1947
Cal Rossi: UCLA – Washington (#4)
Ernie Case: UCLA – Green Bay (#6)
Herman Wedemeyer: St. Mary’s (California) – Los Angeles (#9)

1953
Johnny Olszewski: California – Chicago Cardinals (#4)
Billy Anderson:  Compton Junior College – Chicago Bears (#6)
Al Carmichael: Southern California – Green Bay (#7)
Donn Moomaw: UCLA – Los Angeles (#9)

1968
Ron Yary: Southern California – Minnesota (#1)
Haven Moses: San Diego State – Buffalo (#9)
Mike Taylor: Southern Californa – Pittsburgh (#10)

1972
Sherman White: California – Cincinnati (#2)
Gregory Sampson: Stanford – Houston (#6)
Willie Buchanon: San Diego State – Green Bay (#7)
Jeff Siemon: Stanford – Minnesota (#10)

1977
Ricky Bell: Southern California – Tampa Bay (#1)
Marvin Powell: Southern California – New York Jets (#4)
Gary Jeter: Southern California – New York Giants (#5)

1981
Freeman McNeil: UCLA – New York Jets (#3)
Kenny Easley: UCLA – Seattle (#4)
Rich Campbell – California – Green Bay (#6)
Ronnie Lott: Southern California – San Francisco (#8)

1982
Chip Banks: Southern California – Cleveland (#3)
Darrin Nelson: Stanford – Minnesota (#7)
Marcus Allen: Southern California – Oakland (#10)

1994
Marshall Faulk: San Diego State – Indianapolis (#2)
Willie McGinest: Southern California – New England (#4)
Trent Dilfer: Fresno State – Tampa Bay (#6)
Jamir Miller: UCLA – Arizona (#10)

Number of times three players who played college football in Florida have been selected in top 10:  5

1987
Vinny Testaverde, Miami; Tampa Bay (#1)
Alonzo Highsmith, Miami; Houston (#3)
Jerome Brown, Miami; Philadelphia (#9)

1997
Peter Boulware, Florida State; Baltimore (#4)
Walter Jones, Florida State; Seattle (#6)
Ike Hilliard, Florida; New York Giants (#7)

1998
Andre Wadsworth, Florida State; Arizona (#3)
Fred Taylor, Florida; Jacksonville (#9)
Duane Starks, Miami; Baltimore (#10)

2000

Peter Warrick, Florida State; Cincinnati (#4)
Corey Simon, Florida State; Philadelphia (#6)
Travis Taylor, Florida; Baltimore (#10)

2015
Jameis Winston, Florida State; Tampa Bay (#1)
Dante Fowler, Florida; Jacksonville (#3)
Ereck Flowers, Miami; New York Giants (#9)

FIRST ROUND BY POSITION

Most first-round selections by position (one year):

Quarterback (6-1983):
John Elway/Baltimore, Todd Blackledge/Kansas City, Jim Kelly/Buffalo, Tony Eason/New England, Ken O’Brien/New York Jets, Dan Marino/Miami

Halfback/Running Back (9-1938, 1941):
(Last time) 1941 – Tom Harmon/Chicago Bears, John Kimbrough/Chicago Cardinals, Norm Standlee/Chicago Bears, John Thomason/Detroit, George Franck/New York, George Paskavan/Green Bay, Dean McAdams/Brooklyn, Don Scott/Chicago Bears, Forrest Evashevski/Washington

Wide Receiver (7-2004):
Larry Fitzgerald/Arizona, Roy Williams/Detroit, Reggie Williams/Jacksonville, Lee Evans/Buffalo, Michael Clayton/Tampa Bay, Michael Jenkins/Atlanta, Rashaun Woods/San Francisco.

Tight End (3-1970, 2002):
(Last time) 2002 – Jeremy Shockey/New York Giants; Daniel Graham/New England; Jerramy Stevens/Seattle

Center (2-1949, 1950, 1968, 2009):
(Last time) 2009 – Alex Mack/Cleveland, Eric Wood/Buffalo

Guard (4-1982):
Mike Munchak/Houston, Sean Farrell/Tampa Bay, Ron Hallestrom/Green Bay, Roy Foster/Miami

Tackle (8-2008):
Jake Long/Miami, Ryan Clady/Denver, Chris Williams/Chicago, Branden Albert/Kansas City, Gosder Cherilus/Detroit, Jeff Otah/Carolina, Sam Baker/Atlanta, Duane Brown/Houston

Defensive Back (9-2014):
Justin Gilbert/Cleveland, Kyle Fuller/Chicago, Calvin Pryor/New York Jets, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix/Green Bay, Darqueze Dennard/Cincinnati, Jason Verrett/San Diego, Deone Bucannon/Arizona, Jimmie Ward/San Francisco, Bradley Roby/Denver

Linebacker (7-1990):
Keith McCants/Tampa Bay, Junior Seau/San Diego, Chris Singleton/New England, James Francis/Cincinnati, Percy Snow/Kansas City, Lamar Lathon/Houston, Tony Bennett/Green Bay

Defensive End (6-1992, 2011):
(Last time) 2011 – J.J. Watt/Houston, Robert Quinn/St. Louis, Corey Liuget/San Diego, Adrian Clayborn/Tampa Bay, Cameron Jordan/New Orleans, Cameron Heyward/Pittsburgh

Defensive Tackle (6-1977, 2001, 2003):
(Last time) 2003 – Dewayne Robertson/New York Jets, Johnathan Sullivan/New Orleans, Kevin Williams/Minnesota, Jimmy Kennedy/St. Louis, Ty Warren/New England, William Joseph/New York Giants

Nose Tackle (1-1986, 1988, 2012):
(Last time) 2012 – Dontari Poe/Kansas City

Kicker/Punter (1-1966, 1973, 1978, 1979, 2000):
(Last time) 2000 – K Sebastian Janikowski/Oakland

MOST PLAYERS DRAFTED FROM SINGLE SCHOOL SINCE 1970

Year: College – Players
1970: Grambling, Southern California – 9
1971: Ohio State – 13
1972: Michigan – 10
1973: Oklahoma – 11
1974: UCLA – 12
1975: Southern California – 14
1976: Nebraska, Ohio State – 11
1977: Southern California – 14
1978: Florida – 10
1979: Notre Dame, Oklahoma – 10
1980: Nebraska, Southern California – 10
1981: Pittsburgh – 12
1982: Texas – 12
1983: Southern California – 11
1984: Texas – 17
1985: Wisconsin – 11
1986: Illinois, Southern California – 9
1987: Penn State – 13
1988: Oklahoma – 13
1989: Auburn – 10
1990: Southern California – 10
1991: Miami – 11
1992: Washington – 11
1993: Notre Dame, Miami – 9
1994: Notre Dame – 10
1995: Colorado, Florida State – 10
1996: Penn State – 10
1997: Arizona State, Miami, Nebraska – 8
1998: Washington – 10
1999: Florida, Ohio State – 8
2000: Tennessee – 9
2001: Florida State – 9
2002: Miami – 11
2003: Florida, Miami, Tennessee – 8
2004: Ohio State – 14
2005: Oklahoma – 11
2006: Southern California – 11
2007: Florida – 9
2008: Southern California – 10
2009: Southern California – 11
2010: Florida – 9
2011: North Carolina, Southern California – 9
2012: Alabama – 8
2013: Florida State – 11
2014: Louisiana State – 9
2015: Florida State – 11

UNDERCLASSMEN AND THE DRAFT

NOTE: Since 1990, 16 of the Number 1 overall picks have been underclassmen (Jeff George – 1990, Steve Emtman – 1992, Drew Bledsoe – 1993, Dan Wilkinson – 1994, Ki-Jana Carter – 1995, Orlando Pace – 1997, Tim Couch – 1999, Michael Vick – 2001, Mario Williams – 2006, JaMarcus Russell – 2007, Matthew Stafford – 2009, Sam Bradford – 2010, Cam Newton – 2011, Andrew Luck – 2012, Jadeveon Clowney – 2014, Jameis Winston – 2015).

Year (Entered, Drafted; Top-10 Picks)
2015 (74, 60; 7)
2014 (98, 61; 6)
2013 (73, 52; 3)
2012 (65, 44; 8)
2011 (56, 43, 8)
2010 (53, 46; 5)
2009 (46, 41; 5)
2008 (53, 39; 4)
2007 (40, 29; 5)
2006 (52, 33; 6)
2005 (51, 37; 4)
2004 (43, 35; 5)
2003 (47, 32; 5)
2002 (38, 26; 2)
2001 (35, 27; 5)
2000 (26, 20; 4)
1999 (31, 22; 5)
1998 (32, 19; 3)
1997 (34, 25; 6)
1996 (24, 16; 4)
1995 (33, 22; 2)
1994 (31, 25; 6)
1993 (34, 24; 5)
1992 (30, 21; 5)
1991 (23, 19; 1)
1990 (28, 18; 5)

COLLEGES WITH MOST FIRST-ROUND PICKS (Since first common draft in 1967)

College – Total
Southern California – 68
Miami – 58
Ohio State – 56
Florida – 46
Texas A&M 45
Alabama – 42
Florida State – 42
Notre Dame – 39
Tennessee – 39
Michigan – 34
Penn State – 33
Texas – 33
Oklahoma – 32
Nebraska – 28
Louisiana State – 26
Georgia – 25
Michigan State – 24
UCLA – 24
Arizona State – 23
California – 23
Clemson – 23
Pittsburgh –  23

COLLEGES WITH MOST FIRST-ROUND PICKS BY YEAR (Since 1967)

1967-Michigan State/4
1968-Southern California/5
1969-Notre Dame, Ohio State, Southern California/3
1970-Oklahoma/3
1971-Ohio State/4
1972-Nebraska, Notre Dame/3
1973-Purdue, Southern California/3
1974-Ohio State/3
1975-Ohio State/3
1976-Colorado, Oklahoma/3
1977-Southern California/3
1978-Notre Dame/3
1979-Multiple with 2
1980-Southern California, Texas/3
1981-Southern California, Pittsburgh/3
1982-Southern California/3
1983-Pittsburgh, Southern California/3
1984-Maryland, Nebraska, Oklahoma/2
1985-Wisconsin/3
1986-Iowa/3
1987-Miami/3
1988-Arizona State, Miami, Oklahoma/2
1989-Florida/3
1990-Multiple with 2
1991-Tennessee/3
1992-Multiple with 2
1993-Notre Dame/4
1994-Notre Dame, Texas A&M/3
1995- Florida State, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State/3
1996-Ohio State/3
1997-Florida State/4
1998-North Carolina, Tennessee/3
1999-Ohio State/3
2000-Florida State/3
2001-Miami/4
2002-Miami/5
2003-Miami/4, Penn State/4
2004-Miami/6
2005-Auburn/4
2006-Ohio State/5
2007-Louisiana State/4
2008-Southern California/4
2009-Southern California/3
2010-Oklahoma/4
2011-Alabama/4
2012-Alabama/4
2013-Alabama, Florida State/3
2014-Louisville, Texas A&M/3
2015-Washington/3

 

 

 

As fans nationwide celebrate the 80th NFL Draft, April 30 to May 2, the NFL will bring unprecedented free fan experiences, flag football competitions, musical entertainment, autograph sessions and more to the host city of Chicago, in an annoncement made by the National Football League last week.

The Draft will take place at Chicago’s historic Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University and for the first time, will expand outside to adjacent parks. Congress Plaza will host Selection Square, home of the 32 team Draft tables, Grant Park will be transformed into Draft Town presented by Oikos Triple Zero, a free, three-day outdoor interactive fan football festival spanning the size of 15 football fields.

Round 1 festivities, slated for 6 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, April 30, will include incoming prospects walking the red carpet on Michigan Avenue before heading into the theatre for the start of the Draft (8 p.m. Eastern). Thirty-two former players from the NFL Legends community, one representing each team, will be on hand for Round 2 presented by Bud Light and Round 3 to announce selections on Friday, May 1 beginning at 7 p.m. Eastern.

On Saturday, May 2 beginning at Noon Eastern, Rounds 4-7 will mark another Draft innovation. The event will take place outside at Selection Square and in locations across the country. Teams will announce their Draft selections at their facilities and other locations in their city. Fans in Chicago will have the opportunity to take photos onstage at the Auditorium Theatre.

No tickets are required for Draft Town presented by Oikos Triple Zero. A limited number of tickets are available for both the Auditorium Theatre and Selection Square. Detailed information regarding how fans can obtain tickets will be released Monday.
The 2015 NFL Draft will be televised nationally by NFL Network and ESPN.

The following outlines opportunities for fans to take part in the NFL Draft celebrations throughout Chicago. Fans should visit nfl.com/DraftTown, follow @NFL on Twitter and use #NFLDraft for the most up-to-date information. Fans in Chicago are encouraged to share their experience using #DraftTown.

Selection Square: Selection Square will serve as the epicenter of the Draft. Located across Michigan Avenue from the Auditorium Theatre, Selection Square will feature all 32 team tables where representatives from each NFL team will make their Draft selections throughout the three days.

Selection Square is free and will include a reserved seating section, and NFL Network produced live programming all three days of the Draft. Upon selection, Draft picks in attendance will be featured outside in Selection Square for interviews in front of the crowd.

Draft Town Presented by Oikos Triple Zero: Draft Town presented by Oikos Triple Zero is the free, expansive interactive Draft celebration in Grant Park open all three days of the Draft. Full of music, food and more, the 900,000-square foot celebration is the size of more than 15 football fields. No tickets are required.

Draft Town will feature interactive elements, flag football competitions, concessions, player appearances/autograph signings, an NFL Draft Shop, the NFL PLAY 60 Field presented by Danimals, where youth football clinics will take place, visits from Draft prospects and more.

The three-day event will culminate on Saturday night with a concert to close out Draft Town festivities. An assortment of Draft Town fan experiences are detailed below.

· Sweetness Simulator – This wind tunnel skydive simulator floats fans into the air where they can strike an iconic football pose in the heart of the windy city.

· Run Like the Wind – Fans will have the opportunity to test their speed by running alongside a 40-yard long LED screen featuring NFL stars running the 40-yard dash.

· AFC & NFC Row/Team Houses – All 32 NFL clubs have a home at Draft Town at their Team House. Divided into AFC Row and NFC Row, these ultimate fan caves provide a place for fans to gather and engage with unique club content and memorabilia.
· NFL PLAY 60 Zone Presented by Danimals – An interactive area for kids and families to play together. It includes an obstacle course, mobile app gaming, green screen photo opportunity, the NFL PLAY 60 Bus and more.

· NFL PLAY 60 Field Presented by Danimals – The NFL and USA Football will host youth football clinics on the NFL Play 60 Field. Local coaches and NFL Legends will come together to teach youth about the importance of getting active and playing for 60 minutes a day.

· Super Bowl Museum (Pro Football Hall of Fame display area) – This exhibit features historical Bears memorabilia, the Vince Lombardi Trophy, Super Bowl rings and the AFC and NFC Conference Championship trophies.

· Draft Tavern Presented by Bud Light – The hottest place to drink the coldest beer and support your team during the NFL Draft.

Grant Park’s famous Buckingham Fountain will be lit up in the colors of the team that is on the clock during the Draft’s first two nights.

Draft Town hours of operation are: Thursday, April 30: 4-10 p.m.; Friday, May 1: 4-10 p.m. and Saturday, May 2: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

For more information on Draft Town attractions, events and prohibited items, visit NFL.com/DraftTown.
Additional Information: The NFL Draft was held in Chicago in 1938, 1942-44, 1951 and 1962-64. The 125-year-old Auditorium Theatre opened in 1889 and has hosted operas, concerts, musicals and ballets. Presidents William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt  speeches at the theatre, which has also hosted shows by performers such as Ray Charles, The Doors, Aretha Franklin, Jimi Hendrix, Elton John, Frank Sinatra and Stevie Wonder. The theatre also hosted Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera.

NFL On Location, the NFL’s official source for event experiences and hospitality, will be offering a host of Draft packages.

The National Football League announced that fans interested in attending the 2015 NFL Draft, April 30-May 2, may register at NFL.com/DraftTown for a chance to win two free tickets, with registration starting at Noon Eastern Tuesday and running until Sunday, April 5 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern. Winners will be randomly selected.

A limited number of tickets are available for both the Auditorium Theatre and Selection Square areas for Thursday (Round 1) and Friday (Rounds 2-3). On Saturday (Rounds 4-7), a limited number of tickets are available for Selection Square as the Auditorium Theatre will be open to the public for tours and photo opportunities. Seating is free in both the Auditorium Theatre and Selection Square but limited.

As previously announced, Draft Town presented by Oikos Triple Zero is the free, expansive interactive Draft celebration in Grant Park open all three days of the Draft. Full of music, food and more, the 900,000-square foot celebration is the size of more than 15 football fields. No tickets are required.

Important Dates for Fan Ticket Distribution (All times are Eastern):

· March 24-April 5: Fans can register for the chance to win two tickets to the Draft at NFL.com/DraftTown. Fans will receive their unique Fan Mobile Pass QR code via email after entering the contest.

· April 6: Fans selected as winners will receive an e-mail on or around April 6 containing the date (one of three days), venue (either Auditorium Theatre or Selection Square) and instructions for confirming attendance. E-mail notifications will be distributed to fans who did not win at a later date.

· April 8: Deadline for selected fans to confirm attendance. Upon submitting acceptance information, fans will automatically receive a final confirmation e-mail which will include check-in details for the specified Draft day.
· April 30-May 2: The winning fan will need to present a government issued photo ID (driver’s license or state ID or student ID) and their unique Fan Mobile Pass QR code at Draft Town to check-in and receive wristbands, while their guest will need to present a government issued photo ID (if over 18 years of age) on the selected day during designated hours. Wristbands are required to secure tickets for entry into the Draft. Fans will receive instructions detailing the time and location to exchange wristbands for tickets and access to venue.

Round 1 festivities, slated for 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 30, will include incoming prospects walking the red carpet on Michigan Avenue before heading into the theatre for the start of the Draft at 8 p.m.. Thirty-two former players from the NFL Legends community, one representing each team, will be on hand for Round 2 presented by Bud Light and Round 3 to announce selections on Friday, May 1 beginning at 7 p.m.

On Saturday, May 2 beginning at Noon, Rounds 4-7 will mark another Draft innovation. The event will take place outside at Selection Square and in locations across the country. Teams will announce their Draft selections at their facilities and other locations in their city. Fans in Chicago will have the opportunity to take photos onstage at the Auditorium Theatre.
The 2015 NFL Draft will be televised nationally by NFL Network and ESPN and can be heard nationwide on SiriusXM NFL Radio. For more details on the chance to win Draft tickets, visit NFL.com/DraftTown. Fans should follow @NFL on Twitter and use #NFLDraft for the most up-to-date information. Fans in Chicago are encouraged to share their experience using #DraftTown.

Selection Square

Selection Square will serve as the epicenter of the Draft. Located across Michigan Avenue from the Auditorium Theatre, Selection Square will feature all 32 team tables where representatives from each NFL team will make their Draft selections throughout the three days.

Selection Square is free and will include a reserved seating section and NFL Network produced live programming all three days of the Draft. Upon selection, Draft picks in attendance will be featured outside in Selection Square for interviews in front of the crowd.

Draft Town Presented by Oikos Triple Zero

As previously announced, Draft Town presented by Oikos Triple Zero is the free, expansive interactive Draft celebration in Grant Park open all three days of the Draft. Full of music, food and more, the 900,000-square foot celebration is the size of more than 15 football fields. No tickets are required.

Draft Town will feature interactive elements, flag football competitions, concessions, player appearances/autograph signings, an NFL Draft Shop, the NFL PLAY 60 Field presented by Danimals, where youth football clinics will take place, visits from Draft prospects and more.

The three-day event will culminate on Saturday night with a concert to close out Draft Town festivities. An assortment of Draft Town fan experiences are detailed below.

· Sweetness Simulator – Fans get the chance to soar just like Chicago Bears legendary running back Walter Payton, also known as “Sweetness.” This wind tunnel skydive simulator floats fans into the air where they can strike an iconic football pose in the heart of the windy city.

· Run Like the Wind – Fans will have the opportunity to test their speed by running alongside a 40-yard long LED screen featuring NFL stars running the 40-yard dash.

· AFC & NFC Row/Team Houses – All 32 NFL clubs have a home at Draft Town at their Team House. Divided into AFC Row and NFC Row, these ultimate fan caves provide a place for fans to gather and engage with unique club content and memorabilia.

· NFL PLAY 60 Zone Presented by Danimals – An interactive area for kids and families to play together. It includes an obstacle course, mobile app gaming, green screen photo opportunity, the NFL PLAY 60 Bus and more.

· NFL PLAY 60 Field Presented by Danimals – The NFL and USA Football will host youth football clinics on the NFL Play 60 Field. Local coaches and NFL Legends will come together to teach youth about the importance of getting active and playing for 60 minutes a day.

· Super Bowl Museum (Pro Football Hall of Fame display area) – This exhibit features historical Bears memorabilia, the Vince Lombardi Trophy, Super Bowl rings and the AFC and NFC Conference Championship Trophies.

· Draft Tavern Presented by Bud Light – The hottest place to drink the coldest beer and support your team during the NFL Draft.

Grant Park’s famous Buckingham Fountain will be lit up in the colors of the team that is on the clock during the Draft’s first two nights.

Draft Town hours of operation are: Thursday, April 30: 4-10 p.m.; Friday, May 1: 4-10 p.m. and Saturday, May 2: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

For more information on Draft Town attractions, events and prohibited items, visit NFL.com/DraftTown.
Additional Information: The NFL Draft was held in Chicago in 1938, 1942-44, 1951 and 1962-64. The 125-year-old Auditorium Theatre opened in 1889 and has hosted operas, concerts, musicals and ballets. Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and William McKinley gave speeches at the theatre, which has also hosted shows by performers such as Ray Charles, The Doors, Aretha Franklin, Jimi Hendrix, Elton John, Frank Sinatra and Stevie Wonder. The theatre also hosted Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera.
NFL On Location, the NFL’s official source for event experiences and hospitality, will be offering a host of Draft packages.