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2 hours ago, aujeff11 said:

If he doesn’t report by 4 today, he’s ineligible for the rest of the year.

Gotcha. Sorry for not reading the article or looking into his sitch.

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If there's one thing that might be able to stop the offensive explosion that everyone's expecting between the Chiefs and Rams next week, it's the horrid condition of the field at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City. 

The playing surface is looking ugly, and apparently, the NFL is seriously concerned about the issue. According to NBC's Peter King, there's "significant worry" about the state of the unique hybrid surface, which is made up of a combination of grass and synthetic filler. 

The league is actually so concerned about the field situation that a crew will be checking things out on Monday and Tuesday to decide if anything needs to be done. According to ESPN.com, the game could potentially be moved to Los Angeles if the playing surface in Mexico City isn't up to NFL standards. A final decision is apparently expected at some point on Tuesday. 

"We are working closely with the field manager at Azteca Stadium and others to ensure that we have an NFL quality surface for our game," the league told the Associated Press in a statement. 

If the most recent pictures of the field are any indication, the NFL might just be better off tearing out the old surface and replacing it with something new. Azteca Stadium has been hosting multiple events over the past few months, including two big ones that have been held over the past week alone. 

On Nov. 7, Mexican television network Telehit held a gigantic concert at the stadium, and here's what things looked like during the concert.  

The problem for the NFL is that the concert left the playing surface in abysmal condition. Here's what the field looked like the day after the concert. 

 

The @EstadioAzteca field in Mexico City was left like this after a concert just nine days before the @RamsNFL and @Chiefs will play there 😲

(📸@Migue_luk)

 
 

That's definitely not a surface you want two NFL teams playing on. 

After the concert was over, the NFL still couldn't get into the stadium to fix things, and that's because Mexican soccer team Cruz Azul played at the venue on Saturday. After their 2-1 win over Lobos BUAP, the field looked like this. 

 

Hey @ProFootballDoc this is the Aztec Stadium today. What are the risk for Rams/Chiefs players to play over there in a week?

 
 

That field is in bad shape and it's safe to say that most NFL teams probably wouldn't be comfortable playing on that kind of surface. 

For Azteca Stadium, the real problem started earlier this year when the venue decided to tear out its natural grass field and replace it with the hybrid field that's currently there. According to ESPN.com, no one was really sure how the new field would hold up after hosting multiple soccer games and concerts (Note: It hasn't held up well). Not to mention, Mexico's rainy season has been rainier than normal, which has also been devastating for the field. 

With the Chiefs and the Rams set to kickoff on Nov. 19, the NFL basically has one week to get things figured out. The Chiefs-Rams game actually opened with the highest over/under in NFL history and let's just say that you might want to take the under if the field isn't in better condition by next Monday

 

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Not to mention that stadium is at elevation and Mexico City suffers from absolutely brutal air pollution. It's a horrible place for any sporting event, unless you play for Mexico's national soccer team. 

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3 minutes ago, WFE12 said:

The whole point is to make money, right? 🤔

 

Why has tbe formatting been getting screwed up lately? 

 

Bell got bad advice. He won’t get a mega deal like he wants.

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2 hours ago, aujeff11 said:

Why has tbe formatting been getting screwed up lately? 

 

Bell got bad advice. He won’t get a mega deal like he wants.

Idk I guessed it was just on mobile

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1 hour ago, WFE12 said:

Idk I guessed it was just on mobile

Could be. I only use mobile. 

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19 hours ago, GwillMac6 said:

 

As much as my Saints need the Chiefs to win to create some separation with the Rams It's fair the Rams get an actual 8th home game.

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3 hours ago, GwillMac6 said:

 

That’s some unprofessional nonsense right there.

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Carolina Panthers ‘to take an honest look at’ Cameron Artis-Payne

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Carolina Panthers running back Cameron Artis-Payne carries the football during an NFL game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Oct. 10, 2016, at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. (Streeter Lecka)

Christian McCaffrey hasn’t left much for the Carolina Panthers' No. 2 running back to do this season, but what there is will now be done by former Auburn standout Cameron Artis-Payne.

The Panthers waived running back C.J. Anderson on Monday, elevating Artis-Payne on the depth chart.

“This is an opportunity to give a veteran guy a chance,” Carolina coach Ron Rivera said, “and also more importantly, it gives an opportunity for us to take an honest look at Cap. Cameron Artis-Payne’s been here a few years, and he’s done some good things. But we just haven’t had enough opportunities for him. We’ve put ourselves in a position where we have to find out, so I’m excited for Cameron, and I think this will be a good opportunity for Cap.”

The Panthers signed Anderson in May after he'd been released by the Denver Broncos, even though he ran for 1,007 yards during the 2017 season. But in nine games this season, Anderson had 104 rushing yards on 24 carries and one reception for 24 yards.

In his second NFL season, McCaffrey has 579 yards and four touchdowns on 123 carries and 54 receptions for 439 yards and four TDs while playing 96.3 percent of Carolina's offensive snaps -- the highest playing rate of any NFL running back in 2018.

Rivera said the Panthers thought Artis-Payne could deliver what they would get from Anderson without the frustration felt by a player with more than 3,000 rushing yards now playing an average of six snaps a game.

“It is an important depth piece,” Rivera said, “but when you look at the things that Cap can do in comparison, they’re very similar. And so, again knock on wood, we can maintain and Christian can continue in the role as he is, we should be fine. This was a gamble, but we feel strong enough about Cap that we wanted to give him this opportunity.”

Rivera said he hoped Artis-Payne would be able to take a little more of the burden off McCaffrey.

“I most certainly believe that he can be that guy,” Rivera said. “He’s a tough, hard-nosed young man. He’s waited for his opportunity; he’s earned this opportunity. And, hopefully, when he gets his chance on the football field, he’ll take advantage of it.”

Artis-Payne entered the NFL as a fifth-round draft selection in 2015 after leading the SEC with 1,608 rushing yards for Auburn in 2014.

In his three NFL seasons, Artis-Payne largely served as a stand-in for Jonathan Stewart. When the veteran was banged up, Artis-Payne played, getting in 15 games, including two postseason contests. Overall, Artis-Payne had 429 yards and four touchdowns on 102 carries and eight receptions for 72 yards.

Stewart left the Panthers in the offseason. But the emergence of McCaffrey and the addition of Anderson shut Artis-Payne out of the Carolina game plan. In 2018, he's been active for only two of the Panthers' nine games, with his action limited to 25 special-teams plays.

“He just keeps plugging along,” Rivera said. "He’s been the guy that does the show team running back stuff and just works hard. That was also one of the things we were really impressed with. (General manager) Marty (Hurney) and I talked about that Cap just worked. It’s one of those things that you’re real appreciative of a guy, to a degree, is a little upset that he’s not getting an opportunity to play, but when he does get the chance he’s ready because he’s practiced that way.

"Giving him this chance -- and I shouldn't say giving him -- but him earning this chance, we'll see."

Artis-Payne said he had worked to stay ready.

“Just been working,” Artis-Payne said. “Running, trying to stay in shape, taking as many scout-team reps as I possibly could. Just trying to stay in tip-top shape, preparing for an opportunity.”

Artis-Payne could see his first action with the Carolina offense this season on Sunday, when the Panthers visit the Detroit Lions.

“You don’t want to go out there and do too much,” Artis-Payne said.“You just want to go out there and play to the best of your ability. The offense has been rolling. Christian has shown he’s one of the better backs in this league. When you go in there to spell him, you got to do your job and make sure you’re taking care of the ball.”

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Carolina Panthers running back Cameron Artis-Payne celebrates with quarterback Cam Newton (1) after scoring a touchdown during an NFL game against the Miami Dolphins on Nov. 13, 2017, at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.  Grant Halverson
 

 

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Happy that CAP has been able to hang around the Panthers for several years, draw a pretty good salary I expect and is getting close to being vested in the lucrative NFL pension plan....good for him.    Hope he get some more playing time....Panthers are gonna overwork McCaffrey who is not that big a guy and his the misfortune to be their best runner and also maybe their best pass catcher in the clutch. 

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Rodgers is the man when it comes to throwing deep while escaping the pocket. Wouldn’t want anybody else in that situation. He almost connected again if the refs didn’t screw Davante.

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20 hours ago, aujeff11 said:

Rodgers is the man when it comes to throwing deep while escaping the pocket. Wouldn’t want anybody else in that situation. He almost connected again if the refs didn’t screw Davante.

He's great at it no doubt but classics John Elway & Steve Young were as good at it.

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