Multiple media reports have detailed the steps Jones has taken to try and slow Goodell’s new deal. Jones even went so far as to threaten legal action against the compensation committee if the deal they crafted wasn’t submitted to league owners for another vote.

There also is the belief that Jones leaked Goodell initially requesting a $50 million annual salary, free use of a private plane and health insurance for life in a new deal set to begin upon completion of his current pact in 2019.

With Samantha Ponder succeeding Chris Berman as host after 31 years, ESPN’s “Countdown” has averaged 1.138 million viewers through the first nine weeks of the 2017 season. That’s down 14.8 percent from 1.299 million viewers for the same time period in 2016 and down a whopping 25.4 percent from 1.525 million viewers during the same stretch in 2015.

Lawyers: The more legal threats between the NFL and Jones, the more silk-stocking attorneys cash in.

And: Those who hope Goodell, Jones and/or the NFL fails for a variety of reasons beyond those stated above.

Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski connected on four field goals in the 33-8 win over the Raiders. Gostkowski took advantage of the thin air in Mexico City with a career-best 62-yard field goal. He also hit field goals of 51, 40 and 29 yards at Estadio Azteca, which is 7,200 feet above sea level.

Cincinnati’s 20-17 win over the Broncos was the first victory for the Bengals in Denver since 1975. It snapped a 10-game losing streak in Denver while the Broncos’ loss also marked the team’s first six-game losing streak since 1990.
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