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The Super Bowl is one of the most popular sporting events in the world, and it enjoys a massive amount of betting, too — both online and traditional. While almost everyone has been to a Super Bowl party, there are still plenty of people who have yet to place a wager on the biggest game in American football.
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If you’re new to betting on sports, but you’re looking to make the Super Bowl a little more interesting this time, you may want to consider placing a bet or two. Here is a closer look at some of the language and culture around gambling and the Super Bowl to help you can make an educated wager online or in a casino.
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The Super Bowl is nothing more than a championship game between two professional, 16-team football conferences: the National Football Conference (NFC) and the American Football Conference (AFC). The NFC and the AFC were at one time separate football leagues known as the American Football League and the National Football League that eventually came together to form the NFL. Since 1970, at the end of every season, these two conferences engage in post-season play to determine the champion of each conference. The two champion teams then face one another in the Super Bowl every February, two weeks later to determine the overall winner. While the National Football League only exists within the United States, the winners of the Super Bowl are still called “world champions.”
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Important Gambling Terms
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There is a lot of very specific gambling language that, if you take the time to understand, will make betting on the Super Bowl a lot more straightforward. Of course, understanding won’t necessarily ensure you win more money than you lose, but it will help you make the type of bets you want to make. Toward that end, here is some of the common lingo surrounding Super Bowl gambling:
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  • Super Bowl Bet. Any bet placed on the Super Bowl, whether through a Las Vegas casino or an online sportsbook like http://www.legalbettingonline.uk/.
  • Action. Any type of bet or the amount of money in the bet.
  • Book. Also called sportsbooks and bookmakers, a book is any establishment that accepts bets on sports outcomes.
  • Favorite. The team in the Super Bowl that many expect to win.
  • Longshot. A team that probably won’t win. However, if they do win, the payout on your bet is likely to be higher than if you’d gone with a team with better odds.
  • Handicapping. Assigning odds to a game that appears mismatched in order to make it more even in terms of betting. The person doing the handicapping is called a handicapper.
  • Point Spread. One of the most important ideas within sports gambling, “the spread” is the most ubiquitous type of handicapping that takes place in football. It works like this: When two teams face off, one is usually considered a favorite over the other. Say the favorite is assumed to be two touchdowns better than their opponent. In other words, they’re favored to win by 14 points. To offset this two-touchdown advantage, a handicapper will assign -14 to the team favored to win. This process allows even-money bets to take place. So, if you place a bet on the favorite to win in this scenario, that team must win by 15 points of more. If you place a bet on the team that isn’t favored to win (also called the “underdog”) in this scenario, the underdog must win or lose by no more than 13 points for you to win the bet.
  • Push. A push occurs whenever there is a tie against the point spread. When this happens, all money is returned to bettors.
  • Line. This term refers to the listed odds on the Super Bowl teams.
  • Juice. This is the fee charged by a book for processing your bet.
  • Money Line. If you don’t wish to bet against the point spread, you can simply bet on a winner, but bear in mind that the favorite will pay out less than 1-to-1. The underdog will pay out more than 1-to-1, so you should only place this type of bet when you’re going with the supposed loser.

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Betting on the Super Bowl can be as complicated or as simple as you’d like it to be. From a friendly $5 wager between friends to a sophisticated series of bets placed through numerous online sites, the choice is yours. But hopefully, this little primer will get you well on your way whichever path you choose.
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Winning the Super Bowl is every professional football player’s dream, and that dream extends to fans, coaches, owners, many others. Winning a Super Bowl, however, is an incredibly difficult task — even if you’re a powerhouse team with a long-winning tradition. It is so difficult, in fact, that 13 professional teams are still without a Super Bowl title. As yet another playoff nears and another NFL seasons starts to wind down, here is a look at some of those perpetual bridesmaids, whose season is looking strong enough to possibly make them a bride on
Super Bowl Sunday, February 1.
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1. Cincinnati Bengals

The Cincinnati Bengals were AFC champions in 1981 and 1988, but they were unable to close the deal in either Super Bowl appearance due to the dominance of the San Francisco 49ers, who defeated them both times. Their first attempt in 1982 was thwarted by quarterback Joe Montana, who led his team to a slim 25 to 21 victory. He handed Cincinnati their 1989 Super Bowl loss as well, defeating the Bengals 20 to 16. The 2014-15 season finds the Bengals in the hunt once again for trip to the Super Bowl, so long as they can win enough between now and January to earn a wild-card berth into the playoffs.
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2. Cleveland Browns

The poor Cleveland Browns have never even been to a Super Bowl, although the Browns do have four NFL titles that pre-date the Super Bowl, which only became professional football’s title game in 1970. This season finds the Browns in the hunt for a wild-card berth in the playoffs, and even if they don’t secure one this year, they stand to only improve over the next few seasons — especially since they drafted Johnny Manziel at the quarterback position. “Johnny Football may not be running the Browns’ offense yet, but his time at Texas A&M promises an exciting future. And since Manziel’s is one of the most popular NFL jerseys in the entire league right now, it would seem the Browns’ fans are hopeful that their luck is about to change, as well.
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3. Buffalo Bills

The Buffalo Bills are one of the most consistent teams in the NFL, but their regular season play hasn’t been enough to see them through that final victory during a Super Bowl. They’ve suffered four Super Bowl losses as a franchise, and all of them were consecutive, spanning every Super Bowl between 1990 and 1993. This season is another promising one for the Bills, who are still in the hunt for the AFC’s wild-card round, provided they don’t suffer any more losses and a few of the teams ahead of them falter.
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4. Detroit Lions

The Detroit Lions are yet another team within the NFL who have never even been to a Super Bowl, but this season finds them at the front of their division in a quest for the NFC championship, and while they may not be able to overcome the Arizona Cardinals’ record, their shot at making it to the playoffs is pretty well-secured. They do still have to take on the Cardinals and the Patriots — two games that will go a long way to determining whether or not the Lions are successful.
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5. Arizona Cardinals

This season’s current NFC leader, the Arizona Cardinals have been to the Super Bowl once, only to lose to the Pittsburgh Steelers by just four points. As disappointing as that loss in the 2009 Super Bowl, the inclusion of the Cardinals in the Super Bowl at all that season had been in doubt. After starting the season strong with a 7-3 record, they lost four out of their last six games, just barely making the playoffs.
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6. Philadelphia Eagles

The Philadelphia Eagles have lost Super Bowls on two separate occasions: once in 1981 to the Oakland Raiders and again in 2005 to the New England Patriots — a devastating loss of only three points. While the Eagles do boast three NFL titles prior to 1970, their lack of a Super Bowl win has been frustrating, especially because the franchise makes it to the playoffs regularly. This season may finally be the one in which they bring home the Lombardi Trophy, if they continue their strong play. However, while the team is leading the NFC East, injuries could play a part in possible continued success.
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While it’s still far too early to tell, this season may finally be the year for one of the many NFL teams that have never won a Super Bowl. From the Eagles to the Bengals, hope still shines bright that, come February 1, 2015, the NFL may crown a first-time champion.
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When Michael Jordan left the NBA to play baseball, everyone gave him some space. After all, he’d already proven his greatness, and he was coping with his father’s murder. After a year or so, he returned and was welcomed with open arms. He led the Bulls to three back-to-back NBA championships after he returned. Before he kicked off his NBA career, both the Rockets and the Trail Blazers passed up MJ in the NBA draft. The first overall pick, Hakeem Olajuwon, led the Rockets to two NBA championships and landed in the Basketball Hall of Fame. The second overall pick went to the Trail Blazers, who chose Sam Bowie over MJ.
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1. Sam Bowie

Sam  Bowie didn’t work out so well. ESPN has called Portland’s choice one of the worst overall draft picks in North American sports history. During his rookie season with the Trail Blazers, Bowie scored 10 points per game. After battling numerous leg injuries, Bowie finished his NBA career with an unremarkable average of 10.9 ppg. He now raises racehorses in Lexington, Kentucky.
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Some basketball players, like Bowie, look great in college, but they fail to make it happen in the NBA. Let’s take a look at four more college basketball stars who, although they looked meteoric during their school days, but failed to live up to their potential when they headed to the pros.
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Darko Milicic
2. Darko Milicic

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Carmelo Anthony, and Darko Milicic made the draft class of 2003 look like any NBA team owner’s dream. Milicic went to the Pistons as the No. 2 pick behind LeBron, getting placed ahead of Bosh, Anthony, and Wade. He went on to play for six NBA teams during his career and scored an average 6 ppg. He last played briefly for the Celtics in 2012.
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In September 2014, when Darko announced that he was leaving the NBA to become a kickboxer in Serbia, people who bet on basketball didn’t shrug and say, “He’ll be back” the way they did with MJ (for online sportsbook bonus offers available to USA bettors, click here). Detroit, the team that originally drafted Milicic, watched him go and then privately licked their wounds, thinking about how they could have had Anthony, Bosh, or Wade instead.
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3. Greg Oden

Greg Oden was the NBA’s No. 1 draft pick in 2007. He was the former Gatorade Player and a star at Ohio State. However, once he entered the NBA with the Trail Blazers, Oden had five knee surgeries that stymied his chances for greatness. He played a few minutes with the Miami Heat last year, but he’s spent most of his time on the bench.
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Now, in another kind of court, Oden is facing felony domestic violence charges. His Miami Heat teammate who also played next to him with the Trail Blazers, James Jones, said it more clearly than anyone. “Every time Greg seems to be about to trend upward, something happens,” Jones told ESPN. “It’s unfortunate.” The Trail Blazers couldn’t help but agree.
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4. Michael Olowokandi

It’s pretty bad when you’re a No. 1 NBA draft pick and your ex-wife is more famous than you are, but that’s Michael Olowokandi’s situation. After being Top Dog in 1998 and getting picked up by Clippers, he played a total of 10 seasons averaging 8.3 ppg. He went from L.A. to Minnesota to Boston before retiring in 2007. Now, Olowokandi’s star has been eclipsed by his ex, “Basketball Wives” star Suzie Ketcham. Ketcham has collected millions from her VH1 show, to which she added a $15 million take from her split with Olowokandi. Olowokandi now lives anonymously in Dallas, Texas.
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5. Kwame Brown

Kwame Brown was drafted in 2002 by the Washington Wizards as the league’s No. 2 draft pick. Michael Jordan himself supposedly heavily influenced the pick, assuming that Brown would be another Kevin Garnett. On the court, his play was so bad that Lakers fans famously booed him in his home arena. Off the court, Brown has been arrested and accused of rape. He famously threw a cake at a Lakers fan, earning himself an entry in Urban Dictionary (to throw a frosted cake at an unsuspecting person is to “Kwame Brown” somebody).
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It’s not easy being a top draft pick, and some of these guys couldn’t help becoming injured. Still, unlike MJ, when they left the league, no one hoped they’d come back.
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Darko Milicic image by Eucher from Flickr Creative Commons
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Greg Oden and LeBron James image by Keith Allison from Flickr Creative Commons
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With another exciting week of football under our belts, here are the Lester’s Legends 2014 Week 13 fantasy football team defense rankings.
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1. Cincinnati Bengals
2. Detroit Lions
3. Houston Texans
4. St. Louis Rams
5. Miami Dolphins
6. New York Giants
7. Seattle Seahawks
8. Indianapolis Colts
9. Buffalo Bills
10. Arizona Cardinals
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With another exciting week of football under our belts, here are the Lester’s Legends 2014 Week 13 fantasy football kicker rankings.
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1. Stephen Gostkowski, New England Patriots
2. Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis Colts
3. Steven Hauschka, Seattle Seahawks
4. Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens
5. Chandler Catanzaro, Arizona Cardinals
6. Dan Bailey, Dallas Cowboys
7. Mason Crosby, Green Bay Packers
8. Phil Dawson, San Francisco 49ers
9. Cody Parkey, Philadelphia Eagles
10. Nick Novak, San Diego Chargers
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With another exciting week of football under our belts, here are the Lester’s Legends 2014 Week 13 fantasy football tight end rankings.
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1. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots
Rob Gronkowski is averaging 73.8 yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game. He’s averaging 95 yards per game in his past seven starts. Gronk is Green Bay’s problem this week.
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2. Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints
Jimmy Graham is averaging 58.8 yards and 1.2 touchdowns in his past five games and 60.9 yards and 0.8 touchdowns on the year. The Pittsburgh Steelers are his next victim. Pittsburgh has allowed 1.7 touchdown passes per game.
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3. Julius Thomas, Denver Broncos
Julius Thomas missed last week with an ankle injury, but still has 12 touchdowns on the year. Monitor his status. If healthy he’s a great start against the Kansas City Chiefs.
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4. Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers
Greg Olsen is averaging 65.4 yards and 0.5 touchdowns. He is coming out of a bye to face the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikes have allowed 1.7 touchdown passes per game.
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5. Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers
Antonio Gates is averaging 44.6 yards and 0.8 touchdowns. He’s been quiet the past few weeks. Look for an outburst against the Baltimore Ravens.
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6. Martellus Bennett, Chicago Bears 
Martellus Bennett is averaging 57.1 yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game. He faces the Detroit Lions in Detroit. Four of his five scores have come on the road.
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7. Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs 
Travis Kelce is averaging 49.3 yards and 0.4 touchdowns per game. He should see additional targets as the Chiefs try to keep pace with the Broncos.
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8. Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans
Delanie Walker is averaging 66.7 yards and 0.4 touchdowns per game. He returned from a concussion last week to post 155 yards on the Philadelphia Eagles. He faces the Houston Texans this week.
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9. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys
Jason Witten is averaging 41.9 yards and 0.4 touchdowns on the year. He has four touchdowns in the past six games. He takes on the Eagles.
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10. Larry Donnell, New York Giants
Larry Donnell is averaging 41.9 yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game. He takes on the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags have allowed 257.5 yards and 1.7 touchdowns per game.
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The Next Batch
11. Coby Fleener, Indianapolis Colts vs. Washington Redskins
12. Mychal Rivera, Oakland Raiders at St. Louis Rams
13. Charles Clay, Miami Dolphins at New York Jets
14. Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. New Orleans Saints
15. Owen Daniels, Baltimore Ravens vs. San Diego Chargers
16. Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings vs. Carolina Panthers
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With another exciting week of football under our belts, here are the Lester’s Legends 2014 Week 13 fantasy football running back rankings.
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1. DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys
DeMarco Murray is averaging 150.6 total yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game. He faces the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles have allowed 109 rushing yards per game.
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2. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
Jamaal Charles is averaging 96.2 total yards and 1.1 touchdowns per game. He has eight touchdowns in the past six games. Charles faces the Denver Broncos.
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3. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears
Matt Forte is averaging 129.1 total yards and 0.7 touchdowns per game. He’s averaging 142.4 total yards and a touchdown in his past eight games. He faces the Detroit Lions.
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4. Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers
Le’Veon Bell is averaging 130.5 total yards and 0.4 touchdowns per game. He should have more opportunities to score with LeGarrette Blount being released.
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5. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
Marshawn Lynch is averaging 103.8 total yards and 1.1 touchdowns per game. He faces the San Francisco 49ers. Last year he averaged 103.5 total yards and a pair of touchdowns in two games against the Niners.
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6. Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers
Eddie Lacy is averaging 107 total yards and 1.1 touchdowns in his past eight games. He’ll look to keep rolling against the New England Patriots. The Pats are allowing 108.2 rushing yards per game.
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7. LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles
LeSean McCoy is averaging 102 total yards and 0.3 touchdowns in his past seven games. He faces Dallas. The Cowboys have allowed 107.2 yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game.
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8. Rashad Jennings, New York Giants
Rashad Jennings had 120 total yards last week as he gets back to full strength. He is yielding touches to Andre Williams, but he remains a strong start against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags have allowed 130.6 yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game.
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9. Andre Ellington, Arizona Cardinals
Andre Ellington is averaging 94.8 total yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game. He faces the Atlanta Falcons. Atlanta has allowed 125.8 yards and 1.4 touchdowns per game.
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10. Alfred Blue, Houston Texans
Alfred Blue is averaging 111 total yards the past two games filling in for Arian Foster. Monitor Foster’s availability. If Foster can go, he’ll be a top five option. If it’s Blue, he’s a RB1 against the Tennessee Titans. The Titans have allowed 145.4 yards and 1.2 touchdowns per game.
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11. C.J. Anderson, Denver Broncos
C.J. Anderson has averaged 157.7 total yards and 0.7 touchdowns in the past three games. He faces the Chiefs. Kansas City has only allowed two rushing scores, but they have allowed 129.4 yards per game.
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12. Justin Forsett, Baltimore Ravens
Justin Forsett is averaging 101.2 total yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game. He’s averaging 147 yards and a pair of touchdowns the past two games. He faces the San Diego Chargers. The Bolts have allowed 108.8 rushing yards per game.
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13. Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints 
Mark Ingram is averaging 94.6 total yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game. He faces the Steelers in Pittsburgh. Ingram has scored five of his six touchdowns on the road.
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14. Denard Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars 
Denard Robinson is averaging 98.2 yards and 0.8 touchdowns in his past five games. Shoelace was held to 25 yards on 14 carries last week, but salvaged his day with 47 receiving yards. He faces the Giants. New York has allowed 142.6 yards and 1.2 touchdowns per game.
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15. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins 
Alfred Morris is averaging 114 total yards and a touchdown in his past four games. He faces the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts have allowed 109.9 yards and 1.1 touchdowns per game.
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The Next Batch
15. Isaiah Crowell, Cleveland Browns at Buffalo Bills
16. LeGarrette Blount, New England Patriots at Green Bay Packers
17. Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati Bengals at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
18. Tre Mason, St. Louis Rams vs. Oakland Raiders
19. Trent Richardson, Indianapolis Colts vs. Washington Redskins
20. Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
21. Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers at Baltimore Ravens
22. Lamar Miller, Miami Dolphins at New York Jets
23. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks
24. Fred Jackson, Buffalo Bills vs. Cleveland Browns
25. Joique Bell, Detroit Lions vs. Chicago Bears
26. Steven Jackson, Atlanta Falcons vs. Arizona Cardinals
27. Jerick McKinnon, Minnesota Vikings vs. Carolina Panthers
28. Latavius Murray, Oakland Raiders at St. Louis Rams
29. Shane Vereen, New England Patriots at Green Bay Packers
30. Daniel Herron, Indianapolis Colts vs. Washington Redskins
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