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NFL Off Season News: Tebow Continues to Drop

Posted by in NFL General on March 25th, 2010 | Comment »

This time of year is filled with sports betting excitement. While everyone is watching their March madness picks there is also the anticipation of the NFL draft that starts April 22. The super casino odds on who the number one overall pick will be seem to be pointing more towards Sam Bradford going to the St. Louis Rams, but nothing is set as of now.

College basketball odds and NFL draft odds are similar in that there is no sure thing when the clock starts ticking. The only thing that has become readily apparent in the weeks since the combine in Indianapolis and the various pro days at each school is that Tim Tebow’s stock is tumbling. The former Heisman Trophy winner is now considered by many experts to be a high second round pick and his chances of being an NFL starter in his rookie year are all but gone.

The drama surrounding Pittsburgh Steeler QB and two-time Super Champion Ben Roethlisberger continues to grow. Georgia law enforcement officials have decided to not ask for a sample of Big Ben’s DNA in association with the on-going investigation into the sexual assault allegations by a 20-year-old female.

Roethlisberger has not yet been interviewed by the police in connection with the investigation, but there is a growing feeling that there may be charges pressed this time and that the QB may face punishment from the law and from the NFL. The league is waiting to see what the law does, and Commissioner Roger Goodell has indicated that he will speak to Roethlisberger personally very soon.

The owners voted in a new rule change by a vote of 28 to 4 that will change the way overtime is played in the playoffs. According to the new rule, if the team with the first possession in a playoff overtime scores a touchdown then the game is over. If that team successfully kicks a field goal, then the other team gets one offensive possession to try and tie or win the game. If the second team ties the game with their own field goal, then the game goes back to sudden death and any scoring wins.

The rule change does not affect regular season games as they are still one period of sudden death where one team can win with any score or the game can end in a tie. It was pointed out to the owners that this sort of overtime structure puts a great deal of pressure on coaches to play aggressively with their first offensive possession, and owners were comfortable with that.

It is unclear as to whether or not the rules will be re-visited prior to the start of the season, or if there will be any changes to regular season overtime.

As a quick update to Philadelphia Eagles fans; yes your team still has three starting quarterbacks, no you do not know who your starting quarterback will be and no you do not know what will happen to the other two just yet. The Eagles are either holding out for better offers, or they will use one or two of their QBs as trade bait to move up in the draft.

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