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Joe Theismann Cousins Deserves $100 Mil Better Than Stafford, Flacco, Cutler

11/21/2016 3:32 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Kirk Cousins deserves Matt Stafford money ... because he's BETTER than Matt Stafford -- so says Joe Theismann

Cousins has been tearing it up this year ... and is coming off a 42-24 dismantling of the Green Bay Packers where he once again went H.A.M. ... throwing for over 375 yards and 3 TDs.

Kirk is currently playing under the franchise tag earning $20 mil for this year ... but when we talked to Thiesmann he says it's time for Kirk to get a major upgrade in the coin dept.

"If he can stay healthy, you're talking about a $100 MILLION dollar contract."

Joe's metric? He says there are a lot of other franchise QBs making the century mark ... and he feels Kirk is better than A LOT of them.

"I think he's better than a Matthew Stafford, I think he's better than Joe Flacco, I think he's better than Jay Cutler."

Hey, Kirk ... you like that?!

David Akers Stop Trashing NFL Kickers They're Better Than I Was!

11/21/2016 10:49 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Why does it feel like NFL kickers are WORSE now than ever before????

Ex-NFL stud kicker David Akers has the answer -- and says there's a lot of misdirected anger! 

Bottom line -- have some RESPECT for your kicker! It's tough out there!

L.A.Rams Stars Brave Drizzle For Goff's 1st Start

11/21/2016 6:32 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1121_celebrity_rams_fans_rain_photos_launchNo LIGHT RAIN forecast was gonna keep the stars from the Rams game Sunday -- with celebs like Snoop, Wiz Khalifa, Ashton Kutcher and more braving the elements to watch Jared Goff's 1st start. 

In the end, the Rams couldn't overcome the Dolphins -- or the 0.55 inches of rain that pounded the city -- and lost 14-10. 

Tim Brown Odell Beckham's Not A Hall Of Famer ... YET

11/20/2016 12:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Don't start polishing Odell Beckham Jr.'s Hall Of Fame bust just yet ... 'cause Tim Brown -- a guy who's already in -- says although OBJ's off to a great start, he's got a LONG WAY to go to get to Canton.

Brown was a GOD when he balled for the Raiders back in the day ... making 9 Pro Bowls and hauling in over 100 career TDs ... so he knows a little about what it takes to be enshrined. 

He talked to TMZ Sports and when we asked him about Odell's shot at getting one of those ugly ass jackets, Brown kept it all the way real.

"The bar has been set pretty high ... I think he's gonna have to get to 11 or 12 hundred catches."

FYI -- It's Odell's third NFL season and he already has 382 grabs, so he's well on his way.

As for the dancing Hall of Fame? Dude's in NOW.

Jared Goff's Dad Dak & Carson Have Raised Expectations ... But He's Ready

11/19/2016 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

It's hard enough for a rookie QB in the NFL, but with Dak Prescott and Carson Wentz killing it, the expectations on Jared Goff are even higher than normal ... so says Goff's dad. 

We spoke with Jerry Goff who tells us he's super excited to watch Jared's 1st start against the Dolphins this weekend ... because Jared's been working his ass off to get to this point.

As for the other rookies, Dak and Carson are a combined 13-5 -- and Jerry says, "All of [Jared's] buddies are out there doing their thing. There's gonna be some expectations, no doubt."

It's clear Jerry is proud of his son ... and he even reveals what he told Jared when he found out about the promotion. Good stuff.

Gambling Guru Brandon Lang NFL Week 11 Picks ... Stay Away From Green Bay!!

11/19/2016 12:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Pay attention all you dice rolling, rent money wagering degenerates out there ... the country's most famous handicapper is giving you some NFL locks to make your weekend green (maybe).  

TMZ Sports is bringing you this week's picks from Brandon Lang ... a dude whose handicapping is so money they made a movie about him ... with "money" in the title (and Al Pacino, can't beat that).

Check it out ... Lang expects the Redskins to protect their home turf and embarrass Aaron Rodgers and the struggling Packers. 

Note: TMZ Sports is providing this information for entertainment purposes only, and is therefore not responsible for any debts incurred on your part from guys named Rocco or Lil Anthony. 

Donald Trump on Deflategate: 'Tom Brady Is Totally Innocent' 'Such An Honorable Guy'

11/18/2016 12:07 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Donald Trump is sticking by the guy who stuck by him ... defending his friend, Tom Brady, as an "honorable guy" who was completely innocent in the DeflateGate scandal. 

Trump opened up about his relationship with the New England Patriots QB on 'OBJECTified' (airs Friday at 10 PM ET on Fox News Channel) ... and explained why he likes Tom so much. 

There's more on the show ... Trump also talks about his friendship with Shaq, how close he came to playing MLB baseball and why golf will be an important political tool during his presidency. 

Odell Beckham Loses Diamond Pinky Ring In NY Strip Club ... With Von Miller

11/18/2016 8:13 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1118-main-von-miller-odel-beckham-jr-tmz-sports-01He usually doesn't drop anything ... but somehow, a diamond ring slipped through Odell Beckham's fingers at a NY strip club Thursday ... during a boys night out with Von Miller

TMZ Sports spoke with multiple witnesses who say Odell and Von were having a great time at the Sin City Cabaret in the Bronx ... when one of Odell's fancy diamond rings came flying off while he was dancing.

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We're told staffers broke out flashlights and got on their hands and knees to search for the jewelry -- but no dice. At one point, Odell even offered a cash reward ... but still nothing. 

Ultimately, Odell left the club without the ring and we're told he was bummed out (as you'd expect). We reached out to the club and Odell's camp -- so far, no word back. 

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Eric Dickerson Rams Won't Make Playoffs ... So, Why Not Goff?!

11/17/2016 3:44 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Eric Dickerson ain't too confident in his squad -- telling TMZ Sports he doesn't believe the Rams will make the playoffs this year ... so why not start Jared Goff and get him ready for next season?

It's kind of a shocking opinion considering the Rams are 4-5 and right in the thick of things for a playoff spot ... especially with 7 more games to go. One good run and who knows what could happen. 

The Seahawks are leading the NFC West with a 6-2-1 record ... followed by the Cardinals at 4-4-1. 

For the record, Dickerson says he's not rooting against the Rams -- he just thinks it'll be a tough road to hoe. 

Meantime, he's all about getting Goff some reps -- and hopes maybe, just maybe, the QB can prove his prediction wrong. 

Tony Dorsett I Hope Ezekiel Elliott Breaks My Record 'But There's An Asterisk'

11/17/2016 12:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

First off, Tony Dorsett is awesome. 

Second, the Dallas Cowboys legend explains why he's a HUUUGE Ezekiel Elliott fan -- and will be rooting for the guy to break his Cowboys rookie rushing record. 

Dorsett rushed for 1,007 yards back in 1977 -- and no other Cowboys rookie has surpassed that mark ... until now. Zeke is just 2 yards short ... and still has 7 more games to go! 

The Hall of Famer says he knows his record is going down -- but says Zeke might need an asterisk next his name in the Cowboys record book. Check out the clip and see if you agree! 

NFL Warns Houston Texans Don't Bring Expensive Jewelry to Mexico ... And Mind Your Colon!

11/17/2016 6:36 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

1117-houston-texans-nfl-fa-getty-01With the Houston Texans going to Mexico for a game against the Raiders this weekend, the NFL has sent a safety memo to the team -- essentially advising them how not to get robbed ... or diarrhea. 

Among the tips laid out in a memo obtained by the AP ... 

-- DO NOT leave the hotel

-- Leave expensive jewelry at home 

-- Don't bring large sums of money 

-- Don't use ATMs

-- Only drink bottled water 

-- DO NOT order room service

-- DO NOT eat outside of the team meal room

According to the AP, the Raiders did not get the same memo. 

Buena suerte! 

Isaiah Pead Staying Positive, Smiling During Hospital Recovery

11/16/2016 10:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

1116-Isaiah-Pead-twitter-02NFL running back Isaiah Pead seems to be in good spirits -- or as good of spirits as he could be in -- while recovering from a bad car crash ... smiling in multiple pics from the hospital. 

Pead was badly hurt when he wrecked his car in Ohio around 2 AM on Saturday -- and his injuries are so bad, his family says his football career is over. 

But despite the bad news, the 26-year-old mustered up a smile when he was visited by an old friend the other day -- University of Cincinnati Asst. Athletic Director Bob Mangine ... who specializes in sports medicine. 

Mangine brought over Pead's old college football jersey -- which elicited a smile from the RB. 

Pead also posed for a pic in front of the hospital -- sporting a smile while seated in his wheelchair. 

We've reached out to Pead to find out how he's doing. We'll let you know if we hear back. 

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NFL's Geno Smith Busting My Ass In Rehab ... After Bad Knee Injury

11/16/2016 9:27 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1116-geno-smith-twitter-01Geno Smith is battling through his ACL tear -- working his butt off to try to get back on the field next season ... just days after undergoing surgery. 

The NY Jets QB went under the knife to repair his right knee on Nov. 9th after suffering the ACL tear while playing the Ravens on Oct. 23rd. 

1116-geno-smith-twitter-02Just 3 days later he was already in physical therapy -- and today, one week later, he's still pushing himself. 

Geno's a free agent after this season and he's most likely done with the Jets -- question is, where will he land next season? 

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