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NFL begins deploying mobile electronic health records and brain imaging systems2013-08-20
Boys will be boys. At least that's what my husband tells me every time he tries to "help" in the kitchen (something inevitably breaks or someone gets hurt). Football is like that, but...intensified. Players, especially professional players, bring everything they have to the game, and the result is that someone is likely to get hurt.
Unlike Husband's kitchen help, where the result might be a small cut or a missing chunk of meat, NFL players can get really hurt. Really, really badly hurt. We're talking everything from broken bones to brain injuries.
Concussions, which are now generally called mild traumatic brain injuries (or MTBI), are relatively common in football. After all, players bash into each other, kind of like two buffaloes battling head-to-head. More serious brain injuries also occur, and the NFL is looking at the question of not only how to treat these injuries, but also their long-term effects on players.
One team, the Buffalo Bills, has decided to step up their game a notch. The Bills are partnering with medical imaging firm Carestream to explore how to manage, treat, prevent, and diagnose these sorts of injuries immediately -- right on the field.
As Seth Voorhees in Rochester's Your News Now reports, Carestream is developing an X-ray imaging machine that will be located at the Bills' home stadium, and another device that's portable and can go on the road with the team.
In a related story, the Boston Globe reports, that the NFL has entered into a multi-million dollar, multi-year contract with eClinicalWorks to provide electronic health records, "X-rays, blood test results, physical exam notes, medications even video clips documenting a game injury in one online server that players and physicians could access from anywhere in the country."
It's good to know that as our favorite teams are out their fighting for the honor of their fans and home cities, medical professionals are standing by to help care for them when they get hurt. It's kind of a shame the sport is so violent, but I guess touch football doesn't make for nearly as compelling TV
However, the implications of this sort of technology for the rest of the population are encouraging. Why? Because sometimes when solutions like this are implemented and tested in specific situations, similar solutions wind up being implemented in the world of the rest of us. Also, the data on MTBIs that will be gathered in this particular high-risk sports arena might help us learn more about how they heal over time and how to treat them in general.
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NEW YORK JETS (12-5) at NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (14-2) 2011-01-14
Sportsbook.com Line/Total: New England -9 & 44.5
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n AFC Championship Game berth on the line. The Jets dominated the second half and frustrated Tom Brady in beating the Pats 28-14 in Week 2, but New England crushed New York 45-3 in the Week 13 rematch as Brady threw for 326 yards and four touchdowns to four different receivers.
Since that drubbing, the Jets have won road games in Pittsburgh and Indianapolis, whom they beat 17-16 on a last-second field goal last week. New York ranks fourth in the NFL in rushing yards (148 YPG), and actually rushed for 152 yards in the 45-3 loss in New England. LaDainian Tomlinson (914 yards, 4.2 YPC, 6 TD this year) has gained 831 total yards and five touchdowns in seven career games against New England. The Jetsí passing offense has been inconsistent, with Mark Sanchez throwing just one touchdown and six interceptions in his past five games, including three picks at New England. The Patriots pass defense currently ranks third-worst in the NFL with 259 passing YPG allowed, but their 25 interceptions lead the NFL.
Speaking of interceptions, Brady has not thrown one since Week 6, an NFL-record run of 335 passes in a row without a pick. He has 36 TD and 4 INT for the season and has only lost one home game in his past 29 starts, a 33-14 defeat to Baltimore in last seasonís playoffs. Brady is also 8-1 at home in his postseason career with his only loss coming against the Ravens. The Patriots also rank ninth in the NFL in rushing (123 YPG), but the Jets boast the third-best run defense in football (91 YPG). The Patriots have turned the ball over just once in the past eight games, while forcing 24 turnovers in those eight contests. They are a perfect 8-0 over this span, winning by an average score of 32 to 16.
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Early season AFC East battle, Pats visit the Jets 2010-09-17
Kickoff: Sunday, 4:15 p.m. EDT
Sportsbook.com Line: New England -3, Total: 38
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t of their home crowd is under the football betting spotlight Sunday afternoon as the New York Jets (+3) host the New England Patriots.
The Jetsí offense was atrocious in Monday nightís 10-9 loss to Baltimore. They converted just 1-of-11 third downs, QB Mark Sanchez threw for 3.5 yards per attempt (10-21, 74 yds) and their time of possession was nearly doubled by Baltimoreís (NYJ-21:28, BAL-38:32). New York also committed 14 penalties costing them 125 yards and six first downs against the Ravens. And there is already a running back controversy about who will get more carries, Shonn Greene or LaDainian Tomlinson.
New Englandís offense had no such problems in its 38-24 win over Cincinnati. Tom Brady threw for 258 yards and three touchdowns, with two going to WR Wes Welker, playing despite last Decemberís major knee injury. The Patriots donít figure to put up 38 points against a Jets defense which allowed the fewest yards in the NFL in 2009, but New York will miss two of its better defensive players -- LB Calvin Pace (fractured foot) and NT Kris Jenkins (torn ACL).
Another storyline is Jets CB Darrelle Revis versus Patriots WR Randy Moss. Revis shut down Moss in the Jetsí 16-9 home win last season, but Revis is not at full speed yet because of his pre-season holdout. Revis played a limited role in the loss to Baltimore instead of covering the teamís top receiver. Coach Rex Ryan is expected to put Revis, despite hamstring tightness, back in his shut-down-corner role with his main duty of shadowing Moss. But even if Revis is effective at stopping Moss, Brady still has plenty of weapons in his arsenal to choose.
Since 1992, the Patriots are 11-6 ATS when the Jets host them in New York. And this time the Patriots get one more day of rest and preparation than the Monday-Night-Football-weary Jets do.
A couple key betting trends provide Patsí bettors with even more intel:
Play Against - Home teams where the line is +3 to -3 (NY JETS) - after 1 or more consecutive losses, in September games. (83-45 since 1983.) (64.8%, +33.5 units. Rating = 2*).
NY JETS are 3-14 ATS (-12.4 Units) in home games in the first two weeks of the season since 1992. The average score was NY JETS 17.3, OPPONENT 24.3 - (Rating = 2*).
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NFC South Preview2010-06-07
The Carolina Panthers and the Atlanta Falcons had decent seasons, with both clubs hitting either the .500 mark or surpassing i video poker t.
Unfortunately for them, they're in the same division as the New Orleans Saints, who marched all over the NFL on their way to their first Super Bowl title in team history.
Then you have the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who were the division's only weak link in 2009.
Below are breakdowns of the four NFC South teams and how their draft classes will impact their upcoming season. This information is crucial to NFL betting. To have any success with your NFL betting you need to keep up to date on ALL the teams. Here is what we think of the NFC South:
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Tampa Bay went 3-13 in 2009.
With that said, the Bucs have a "B" rated draft class.
Tampa Bay's defense couldn't stop anybody, which is why they ranked 27th in the league in total yards.
With nine total picks in the draft, the Bucs dedicated six of those nine picks to the defense.
This was a wise move, considering the defense gave up 365.6 yards per game.
The two biggest defensive acquisitions were DTs Gerald McCoy from Oklahoma and Brian Price out of UCLA.
Tampa Bay looks to combine the skills of McCoy and Price to create a tough defensive front, much like Warren Sapp and Anthony McFarland.
The Bucs' offense was no pleasure to watch either, settling in at the No. 28 spot in the league, producing a mere 287.5 yards per game.
However, the addition of WR Arrelious Benn from Illinois should help the stagnant unit.
In his three seasons with Illinois from 2007 to 2009, Benn collected 2,221 yards on 159 yards with seven TDs.
While Benn's numbers aren't off the charts, they're good enough to provide QB Josh Freeman with another offensive outlet.
Carolina Panthers: The Panthers had a respectable 2009 season, finishing up at 8-8.
Carolina is looking to build upon their 8-8 season with a good balance of offensive and defensive picks in the draft. The Panthers had 10 picks in the draft, with five defensive and five offensive players.
Starting QB Matt Moore should be a little worried about his job, seeing as the Panthers drafted three QBs, the most notable of the three being Notre Dame product Jimmy Clausen and Tony Pike from Cincinnati.
If Clausen performs well enough in the preseason, he could very well snatch the starting job from Moore.
With an offense that ranked 19th in the NFL in total yards per game (331.1), it would have made more sense to cut back on the QB picks and pick up offensive players they could use right away.
The Panthers did pick up WR Brandon LaFell from LSU, and he'll no doubt have a huge impact on increasing the Panthers' offensive production. I'm just not sure if Carolina needed to draft three QBs.
As for the defense, well, they don't need any help.
Carolina's defense ranked eighth in the NFL, giving up 315.8 yards per game.
They did pick up some help with LB Eric Norwood from South Carolina.
However, Carolina may have made a mistake by drafting too many QBs and defensive players, and not enough offensive play-makers.
Atlanta Falcons: The Atlanta Falcons' 2009 season ended with a 9-7 record.
Atlanta juiced up their defense, which ranked 21st in the NFL with 348.9 yards per game, with LB Sean Weatherspoon from Missouri.
In his career with the Tigers, Weatherspoon racked up an amazing 388 tackles, but only had three FF and four INTs.
Either way, there's still a place for him in the Falcons' defense, and he's primed to make his mark during his rookie season.
CB Dominique Franks from Oklahoma will be a solid piece in the Falcons' dime and nickel packages, and will help remove from memory Atlanta's pass-coverage problems.
The Falcons ranked 28th in the NFL against the pass, giving up 241.9 yards per game. Franks could be the answer to that passing problem and bolster the Falcons' defense.
Atlanta didn't add much in the way of offense, but they did add depth to their offensive line in OGs Mike Johnson from Alabama and Joe Hawley from UNLV. While Hawley and Johnson aren't a dire necessity, they do add much-needed depth to the offensive line.
New Orleans Saints: Honestly, the Saints didn't need any help from the draft.
They went 13-3 last season, not to mention claiming the Lombardi Trophy, and there's no reason they can't do it all again this season.
That being said, the Saints picked up monster talent within the draft, making them an even more formidable opponent this season.
Interestingly enough, the Saints' defense ranked 25th last season, allowing 357.8 yards per game.
Lucky for them, they acquired CB Patrick Robinson, whom the Saints may move to FS or use him as a piece in their nickel packages.
Also, the Saints added depth to their defensive front with DT Al Woods out of LSU. Davis will be integral in controlling the interior of the line.
It should come as no surprise that the Saints are No. 1 in the league in total offensive yards per game with 403.8.
New Orleans locked up that No. 1 offensive ranking by adding TE Jimmy Graham from Miami. Graham will have the chance to develop behind starting TE Jeremy Shockey, and the Saints could use him as a red zone TE in his rookie season.
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4. Carolina Panthers: The Panthers may have shot themselves in the foot by drafting three QBs and not enough other offensive and defensive weapons. Look for another 8-8 season here.
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Tampa Bay made excellent use of their picks, as they picked up McCoy and Price to tighten up that defensive front, thus creating problems for opposing offenses.
2. Atlanta Falcons: I think the addition of Weatherspoon will great increase the Falcons' potential and they'll build off their 9-7 record from 2009.
1. New Orleans Saints: This should come as no surprise. The Saints won the Super Bowl with a defense ranked 25th in the league. They've added Robinson and Woods to the lineup, so I'm expecting the New Orleans' defense to become much better in 2010. Also, they added TE Graham, who gives Drew Brees just another outlet to beat you.