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NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (7-2) at CAROLINA PANTHERS (6-3)
The Panthers are hoping to win their sixth straight game when they host the Patriots on Monday night.
Carolina is coming off of a defensive battle with the 49ers in which it came out on top 10-9, marking its fifth consecutive win (SU and ATS). New England, however, won a 55-31 shootout with the Steelers before last week's bye. That win moved the Patriots to 5-4 ATS for the season, but they are just 1-3 ATS on the road. The Panthers are 6-3 ATS overall, and 3-1 ATS at home. The last time these teams met was in December of 2009 when New England won 20-10, but failed to cover a 12.5-point spread at home. Since the Panthers entered the league in 1995, the Patriots hold a 3-2 SU series advantage, but Carolina is 4-1 ATS in the series. Both teams have some positive trends, as New England is 23-7 ATS (77percent) after gaining 175 or more rushing yards in their last game since 1992 and they are 79-45 ATS (64percent) as an underdog during that time. However, over the past three seasons, the Panthers are 14-4 ATS (78percent) after playing their last game on the road, and 7-3 ATS after allowing 14 points or less in their previous game. The Patriots are excited to finally have RB Shane Vereen (wrist) back on the field, but top CB Aqib Talib (hip) is still questionable for Monday night. Carolina enters this one pretty healthy, with the biggest concern being G Chris Scott, who is questionable with a knee injury.
New England finally got its offense going against the Steelers last game, racking up 610 yards of total offense. QB Tom Brady threw for 432 yards and four touchdowns in the game, giving him 13 touchdown passes on the season and just six interceptions, a far cry from his 34 TD and 8 INT in 2012. TE Rob Gronkowski and WRs Danny Amendola and Aaron Dobson all had more than 120 receiving yards and a touchdown, with the rookie Dobson scoring twice. RB Stevan Ridley extended his touchdown game streak to four with 115 yards and two touchdowns on 26 attempts (4.4 YPC). Brady now plays against the Carolina defense, which has been dominant all season. New Englands defense will have to do a better job stopping the run in order to slow down QB Cam Newton and his Panthers offense. The Patriots allow 128.2 rushing yards per game (30th in NFL) and that does not bode well for them against Carolina. They are, however, a solid team against the pass as they allow just 232.8 yards per game through the air (12th in NFL). New England's defense has done a poor job of getting of the field on third down (40.3percent conversions, 24th in NFL), but has held strong in the red zone (48.3percent, 7th in NFL). CB Aqib Talib, who is the Patriots best man-to-man defender in the secondary hasn't played since injuring his hip in Week 6, and could be a key addition if he's able to suit up on Monday night. New England will be looking to strip the football, having produced 11 takeaways over the past five games.
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NFL Player Contract Formulation
NFL players belong to a players association derived from the National Football League. This association plays very vital roles to Apuestas UFC fashion motorcycle boots the players especially when it comes to the issue of remuneration, contracts and other benefits. The union normally negotiates contract matters for all players in a collective bargaining agreement document.
This document which has been in existence since 1993 governs how negotiations for individual player contracts are done. It was amended in 1998 and 2006 to be favorable to both the players and the administrative units of the league and it is expected to expire in 2012 although some of the stakeholders already requested to sign-out two years before this expiry date.
Since 1987 however, there has not been any work related stoppages following stability in administration of NFL. Other leagues and associations have had to rub shoulders with players a number of times since that period.
The rights to negotiate for contracts are divided into three categories with which each player can bargain. In the first place, players who have already been drafted and have not yet played in their first year can only bargain with the particular team that drafted them or decide to hold on out of the game until they agree. Holding out has been used by many players as a means to have their teams pay for example Baltimore Colts player John Elway in 1983 refused to play until the terms of payment were agreed upon. The Colts sold his rights to another team Denver Broncos which made him to play the game. Another player, Bo Jackson, refused to play for the whole year in 1986 and decided to play baseball for Kansas City royals rather than Tampa Bay Buccaneers which had initially drafted him. In the subsequent year, he entered the draft again and was signed in with Los Angeles Raiders team.
The second category contains players who have played for three full seasons in the league but whose contracts have expired. They are usually considered as retired free agents and have very limited rights negotiating with a club. Finally, there is a group of players who have played four and more full seasons while in the league but have their contracts expired. In this case, they have unlimited rights to bargain with any of the clubs. Such a player is called an unrestricted free agent.
In other instances, teams name a player annually to enter the franchise list and such players are eliminated from much of the negotiation rights even though this affects only few players. The remuneration of players also depends on length of time they have been playing in the league or club and this means some earn decently than others.