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How to make the NFL schedule more fair

It won't impact the 2015 schedule, which will be released Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET, but a formula aimed at eliminating scheduling inequities has piqued the NFL's interest.

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Kevin Seifert @SeifertESPN

NFL opponents already known, but schedule release brings important info. Coaches want to know rest disparity, if any, in key matchups. (1/2)

Rodney Austin to pursue civil suit

G Rodney Austin, who was released by the Lions days after he was arrested and charged with four crimes, including assault on a female and assault on a child under 12, plans to pursue a civil suit against the woman, claiming "malicious prosecution, defamation of character and slander." Story

Brett Favre vs. the Bears
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Having his number retired against the Bears would be fitting for the former Packer. His 60 passing touchdowns vs. the Bears are his most against any team.

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Report: Giants & Cowboys to meet Week 1
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The Giants will begin the regular season against the Cowboys in the Sunday night slot, a league source told NJ.com. The Giants have lost four straight against their division rivals, their longest losing streak against them since Dallas beat them in five straight between 1992 and 1994.

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Jimmy Smith: 2nd-richest Raven
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The cornerback will reportedly get $21 million guaranteed in his extension. QB Joe Flacco is the only Ravens player with more guaranteed money in his current contract than the reported amount in Smith's.

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Ravens need a healthy Jimmy Smith
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The CB will reportedly get $21M guaranteed in his four-year extension -- 10th-most among current CB deals. Baltimore allowed an NFL-low 7 passing TDs during the first half of the season but in its first game without Smith (foot injury) in Week 9, it allowed 6.

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ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

Tom Brady, Peyton Manning will face each other for 17th time (inc. playoffs). Find out date/time on NFL schedule release show, 8 ET, ESPN

David Purdum: Fading 49ers a popular bet
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Most experts in Las Vegas think that San Francisco will not finish above .500 this season. Over-unders for every NFL team

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Favre shines on Thanksgiving

Brett Favre had 3 Thanksgiving games with at least 250 pass yards, multiple TD passes and no INTs, the most in NFL history. In his last Thanksgiving start with the Packers in 2007, he completed a team-record 20 straight passes in Green Bay's 37-26 win over the Lions.

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Brett Favre vs. the Bears

Having his number retired against Chicago is fitting for the former Packer:

  • 60 pass TDs vs. the Bears, his most against any team
  • 42 INTs against the Bears, his most vs. any team
  • Last NFL game (as a member of the Vikings) was played against the Bears
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Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

Sure sounds like Steelers at Patriots in Thursday night regular-season opener. Full NFL schedule release tonight at 8 on ESPN.

Mark Helfrich: Chip Kelly is not crazy
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This season's Eagles will look a lot different than last year's (hello, Tim Tebow!), but Kelly's former OC believes in him: "I think it's unfortunate that I've had to answer this question more than once: Chip Kelly is not insane. No, he's got a plan. He's got a method."

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Another deep WR class
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It's a good year to need a wide receiver in the draft. While there are fewer players who had 90-plus grades from Scouts, Inc. compared to last year's draft, there are more with 80 and 70 grades.

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Jeff Dickerson @ESPNChiBears

Kiper cautions against ruling out Marcus Mariota at No. 1 overall. Unsure about Jameis Winston's off-the-field issues.

Packers to retire Brett Favre's number
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Favre's No. 4 will be retired this season on Thanksgiving, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The Packers will play the Bears that night, according to ESPN and multiple reports.

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