There May Be a Surprising Link Between Depression and Concussions in Kids Who Play Football

For years, studies have found that depression is an all-too-common symptom of concussions. Youth athletes, college athletes and retired NFL players who have suffered brain injuries are all at increased risk of mental illness. A new study, published in The Journal of Pediatrics, flips the relationship between concussions and depression, and asks a different question: Are kids who have depression more at risk of suffering a concussion while playing football?

Indeed, according to the new research, children who have been previously diagnosed with depression had a five-fold increased risk of suffering a concussion while playing football compared to those who did not have a depression diagnosis.

The study tracked 863 youth football players from ages 5 through 14 in the Seattle area over two recent seasons. Researchers found a 5.1% concussion incidence rate, higher than the reported rate in prior studies of youth football players, which ranged between 0.9% and 4.4%. The number of youth players who had been previously diagnosed with depression was small: just 16 out of the 863 players. Still, their greater odds of suffering a concussion was statistically significant, and provides more information for parents to consider when making the often difficult decision whether or not their sons should play football.

Dr. Sara Chrisman, lead author of the study and an assistant professor of adolescent medicine at Seattle Children’s Hospital, offers potential explanations for this finding. Kids with a history of depression might be more likely to recognize concussion symptoms, like fatigue and wooziness, and report them, which could lead to higher rates of concussion diagnosis. “Often people with mental health issues are very in tune with uncomfortableness in their bodies,” says Chrisman. “They’re more likely to be aware of changes. What’s not as distressing to someone else, might be distressing to them.”

Chrisman also points to research that links depression with riskier behavior, particularly in younger men. “In general, depression makes people want to crawl into a hole,” Chrisman says. “But depression is expressed differently in different people.” If a child with a history of depression is more likely to play aggressively — perhaps throwing caution aside while making a tackle — he could increase his risk of becoming concussed. Children who behave recklessly are also more likely to see a psychologist, which raises the odds of a depression diagnosis. Kids with such diagnoses may bring these aggressive behaviors onto the football field.

The relationship between depression and concussions is ripe for further research. “To our knowledge,” Chrisman and her fellow researchers write, “depression history has not been previously reported as a risk factor for concussions in a prospective manner.” These findings add to the reported risks of football, but Chrisman also found some encouraging news for kids who play the sport. “In general, we found that kids weren’t going back to play football until they’ve recovered from their concussions,” she says. “That hasn’t been true in some prior studies. Some systems in place are working.”

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How to Watch NFL Games Online for Free Today, Including Rams vs. Bears on ‘Sunday Night Football’

The NFL games on TV today in week 14 of the 2018 season include exciting matchups like Patriots vs. Dolphins, Eagles vs. Cowboys, and Ravens vs. Chiefs, finishing up with a top-notch “Sunday Night Football” game: Rams vs. Bears.

The Los Angeles Rams and Chicago Bears are both leading their divisions — NFC West and NFC North, respectively — and either team could go far in the playoffs. In fact, the Rams, who are 11-1 and have the best record in the NFL, are now being given the best odds of winning the 2019 Super Bowl, scheduled for February 3 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

But there is plenty more football to be played before then, including a full roster of games on the NFL schedule today. Here’s a guide for how to watch today’s NFL games for free — online or on TV — around the country.

What Is the NFL Game Schedule Today for Sunday, December 9?

First off, football fans do not get to watch every NFL game for free today. NFL games are broadcast on the major networks, which are free, but fans are typically limited by which Sunday games are being aired locally in their region.

Everyone gets to watch the Rams vs. Bears “Sunday Night Football” game for free tonight, because it’s being broadcast nationally by NBC stations all over the country. Otherwise, fans will get to see a few (but not all) of the Sunday afternoon games for free that are airing on CBS and Fox.

Here’s the full NFL game schedule for Sunday, December 9, and what channels are broadcasting the games:

• New York Jets vs. Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m. ET on CBS
• New York Giants vs. Washington Redskins, 1 p.m. ET on Fox
• New Orleans Saints vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m. ET on Fox
• New England Patriots vs. Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m. ET on CBS
• Baltimore Ravens vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 1 p.m. ET on CBS
• Indianapolis Colts vs. Houston Texans, 1 p.m. ET on CBS
• Atlanta Falcons vs. Green Bay Packers, 1 p.m. ET on Fox
• Carolina Panthers vs. Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m. ET on Fox
• Denver Broncos vs. San Francisco 49ers, 4:05 p.m. ET on CBS
• Cincinnati Bengals vs. Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. ET on CBS
• Detroit Lions vs. Arizona Cardinals, 4:25 p.m. ET on Fox
• Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Oakland Raiders, 4:25 p.m. ET on Fox
• Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys, 4:25 p.m. ET on Fox
• Los Angeles Rams vs. Chicago Bears, 8:20 p.m. ET on NBC

Unless you have a special NFL subscription package (see below) that includes broadcasts of out-of-market games, you’ll be limited to watching only the games airing on your local CBS and Fox stations. In general, that means you’ll receive broadcasts of your local team’s games, in addition to a couple of other NFL games that the networks believe will interest fans.

You don’t need cable TV or another pay TV subscription to watch these NFL games. All you need is a TV connected to a digital antenna. You can buy a decent HDTV antenna for around $ 25. Once it’s connected to your TV, you’ll be able to watch free, unlimited broadcast of over-the-air networks like CBS, Fox, NBC, ABC, and PBS.

Note, however, that the exact list of channels you can watch for free with a digital antenna varies based on where you live and the strength and position of the antenna you have.

How to Live Stream NFL Games for Free on Your Phone

What if you want to watch NFL games online today — on a phone or other device? There are a few possibilities.

To live stream NFL games for free on your phone, simply download the latest version of the Yahoo Sports app or NFL App. Both of these mobile phone apps have free live streams of all the NFL games that are airing on your local CBS, Fox, and NBC stations. (They also have free live streams of “Monday Night Football,” which is broadcast on the pay channel ESPN.)

The Yahoo Sports and NFL apps are totally free. They are free to download, and the NFL game live streams are free as well. However, the live streams are available only on phones. You cannot use these apps to watch NFL games on a larger screen, such as a tablet, laptop, or smart TV.

How to Watch NFL Games Online for Free on a Big Screen

To watch NFL games online today on any screen you want, considering registering for a free trial of a streaming TV service such as Fubo TV, Hulu Live, DirecTV Now, PlayStation Vue, or YouTube TV. These live streaming TV services bundle together dozens of channels into subscriber packages, and in most of the country they include local broadcasts of major networks like CBS, Fox, and NBC.

Packages for these streaming TV services start at about $ 40 per month, but all are available free to new subscribers during trial periods that last about a week. To watch NFL games online for free today, then, you could register as a new subscriber to one of these streaming services — and afterward still have nearly a full week to check them out.

Just remember, that if you don’t want to become a paying subscriber, you must cancel before the free trial ends.

How to Watch Every NFL Game Today

All of the options above work if you’re trying to watch NFL games broadcast on your local channels on Sunday. But what if you want to watch out-of-market NFL games — i.e., games that aren’t airing on your local CBS or Fox stations?

If that’s the case, you’ll need access to a subscription package that includes out-of-market NFL game broadcasts. NFL Game Pass package is the cheapest option ($ 99.99 for the season), and new subscribers can sign up for a seven-day free trial. NFL Game Pass subscribers can watch (or stream) out-of-market NFL games, but games are available only after they have ended. In other words, you can’t watch games live with NFL Game Pass.

The upside of NFL Game Pass is that the service allows subscribers to watch condensed, commercial-free versions of the games, which can be a huge time saver.

The other main option for fans who hope to watch out-of-market NFL games is DirecTV’s NFL Sunday Ticket. Packages start at $ 300 per season (on top of a pay TV subscription), and viewers get to watch all out-of-market NFL games every Sunday. Unfortunately, there is no free trial for NFL Sunday Ticket.

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How to Watch the Vikings vs. Seahawks ‘Monday Night Football’ Game Online for Free

The Minnesota Vikings and Seattle Seahawks face off on “Monday Night Football” tonight. And the Vikings vs. Seahawks game is a critical one as the 2018 playoff brackets start to take shape: Both teams have winning records (the Seahawks record is 7-5, while the Vikings are 6-5-1) and have a good chance of making the playoffs if they finish the regular season strong.

The “Monday Night Football” game tonight is being played at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, and the Vikings vs. Seahawks betting odds indicate that the home team Seahawks are 3-point favorites to win. The Seahawks are scoring an average of 26.6 points per game this season, compared to just under 23 points for the Vikings. The over-under in tonight’s game is 45.5 points.

Here are all the options for how to watch the Vikings vs. Seahawks “Monday Night Football” game — online or on TV — including tips for getting a free NFL game live stream on your phone.

What Channel Is the Vikings vs. Seahawks Game on Tonight?

“Monday Night Football” TV broadcasts, including the Vikings vs. Seahawks tonight, are handled by ESPN. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. ET.

If you have satellite or cable TV, you probably have ESPN included in your bundle of pay TV channels. All you have to do is find ESPN if you want to watch “Monday Night Football” on TV.

If you don’t have cable, there are still ways to watch the Seahawks vs. Vikings game online for free. Check out the options to live stream “Monday Night Football” for free below.

How to Live Stream the Vikings vs. Seahawks Game for Free

To live stream NFL games for free on your phone, use either the Yahoo Sports app and the NFL app. Either app provides free live streams of many NFL games, including “Monday Night Football,” even though the TV broadcast is on the pay channel ESPN.

In addition to matchups like tonight’s Vikings vs. Seahawks game, these apps let you live stream “Thursday Night Football” games (broadcast on Fox), “Sunday Night Football” (NBC), and all the NFL games normally broadcast on your local CBS and Fox stations on Sunday afternoons. While the apps are free to download and use, the live streams are available only on phones. So you can’t use them to watch NFL games on a larger screen, such as a laptop or smart TV.

How to Watch “Monday Night Football” for Free Online on a Smart TV

If you want to live stream the Vikings vs. Seahawks “Monday Night Football” game on a screen that’s larger than your phone, consider registering for a free trial of a streaming TV service that includes ESPN in its packages.

The streaming TV services Hulu Live, DirecTV Now, Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, and YouTube TV all include ESPN in their basic packages. The costs of these packages start at $ 25 to $ 45 per month, but they’re available to new subscribers for free for about seven days.

So, to watch tonight’s Seahawks vs. Vikings game online for free, you could register for a new subscription and live stream the game during the free-trial period. Afterwards, you would have most of a week to check out the service. Each is a little different, with different bundles of pay channels, but they are all basically the online equivalent of the traditional cable TV package — only they tend to cost less per month, and have fewer surprise fees.

Sling TV is the cheapest streaming TV service that includes ESPN in packages. But Sling TV also has fewer channels than the other services. It’s worth taking a close look at all the fine print, and what’s included with each live streaming TV service, before registering for a subscription.

Also, remember: If you ultimately decide you don’t want to become a paying subscriber, be sure to cancel your streaming TV service before the free-trial period ends.

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President Trump Officiated the Coin Toss at the Army-Navy Football Game

(PHILADELPHIA) — President Donald Trump mixed politics and sports Saturday, announcing the departure of his chief of staff before settling in for Army-Navy football game.

The commander in chief flew to Philadelphia for the 119th meeting in the storied rivalry between the service academies, and officiated the coin toss at Lincoln Financial Field, home of the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles. Navy called “tails,” and that’s what it was when Trump’s flipped coin landed on the turf. Navy elected to kick off.

As he left the White House, Trump told reporters that chief of staff John Kelly would step down at year’s end. The president was expected to soon name a replacement, and a White House official said Nick Ayers, Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff, was Trump’s top choice.

Earlier Saturday, Trump picked an Army general, Mark Milley, to be his next top military adviser.

Trump, who saw the Army-Navy contest in 2016 as president-elect, is the 10th sitting president to go to the game. President Theodore Roosevelt was the first, in 1901.

Like previous commanders in chief, Trump was expected to switch sides at halftime in a show of impartiality.

No. 22 Army (9-2) is in the AP Top 25 for the first time since 1996. The Black Knights have won seven in a row and have defeated Navy (3-9) two straight years.

The series began in 1890, and Navy leads 60-51-7.

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How to Watch the Jaguars vs. Titans ‘Thursday Night Football’ Game Online for Free Tonight

Tonight’s “Thursday Night Football” game is the Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Tennessee Titans, and there are easy ways for fans to watch for free — online or on TV.

The Jaguars vs. Titans TV broadcast is being handled by Fox and the NFL Network, and fans can also live stream the Jaguars vs. Titans game for free via Amazon Prime or mobile phone apps. All of the options to watch “Thursday Night Football” for free are explained below.

But first, who is the favorite in the Jaguars vs. Titans game, and what are the betting odds? The Tennessee Titans, who are 6-6 and playing at home at Nissan Stadium, are 4.5-point favorites to beat their AFC South rivals Jacksonville Jaguars (4-8) tonight. The over-under for the “Thursday Night Football” matchup scheduled for December 6 is 37.5 points

Here are all the details for how to watch the Jaguars vs. Titans game for free tonight.

What Time Does the “Thursday Night Football” Game Start?

Like most “Thursday Night Football” games this season, the main TV broadcast for the Jaguars vs. Titans tonight is being handled by Fox, and the kickoff is scheduled for 8:20 p.m. ET. To watch “Thursday Night Football” on TV, simply find your local Fox station.

If you have cable TV or another pay TV service, it probably includes Fox and other broadcast networks in the package. If you don’t have cable and want to watch network TV, it’s well worth purchasing a digital antenna.

You can buy a decent digital antenna for about $ 25. Once it’s connected to your TV, you’ll be able to watch unlimited, over-the-air network TV for free in most of the country. Which channels you can watch with an antenna depend on where you live, but most people in the U.S. can tune in the local channels from all the major networks, including Fox.

How to Live Stream the Jaguars vs. Titans Game for Free

As we have reported earlier this season, fans can watch “Thursday Night Football” online for free — in addition to many other NFL games — on their phones. Here are the details on how to live stream NFL games, and what football games you can watch online for free, on your phone:

After downloading the latest versions of either the Yahoo Sports app or the NFL App, you’ll be able to live stream a host of games on your phone. Specifically, the Yahoo Sports app and NFL App let fans live stream games that are being broadcast locally in their region by networks like CBS and Fox, as well as all nationally broadcast primetime games. That includes “Sunday Night Football” on NBC, “Monday Night Football” on ESPN, and “Thursday Night Football” on the NFL Network and Fox.

The free NFL game live streams available with these apps only work on phones. In other words, you can’t use these apps to live stream games on a laptop, tablet, or connected TV.

What if you want to live stream the Jaguars vs. Titans “Thursday Night Football” game for free on a screen that’s larger than a phone?

Amazon Prime has a live stream of most “Thursday Night Football” games, including Jaguars vs. Titans tonight, on Prime Video. Amazon Prime members can simply log in to their accounts and go to Prime Video to watch the game on any device.

Amazon Prime membership, which includes free two-day shipping on most Amazon purchases in addition to free streaming video and music content, generally costs $ 119 per year or $ 12.99 per month. New subscribers can sign up for a 30-day free trial of Amazon Prime, and it might not be a bad time to try out the service — considering that it’s the holiday shopping season and you may be making some online shopping purchases.

It is also possible to live stream “Thursday Night Football” for free by registering for a free trial of a streaming TV service that includes local broadcast of Fox and other networks in its bundle of channels. The streaming TV services Fubo TV, Hulu Live, DirecTV Now, PlayStation Vue, and YouTube TV include such broadcasts in most of the country, but coverage varies and you should inquire if Fox is part of the package before subscribing.

All of these live streaming TV services can be tested via free trials that last about a week. After that, the basic cost of a package starts at about $ 40 per month. If you don’t want to become a paying subscriber, remember to cancel before the free-trial period ends.

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Ohio State Football Coach Urban Meyer Retiring After Season of Scandal and Victories

Urban Meyer, the head coach of Ohio State University’s football team, will reportedly announce his retirement this afternoon at a press conference in Columbus.

The Columbus Dispatch’s Buckeye Extra blog reported Tuesday morning that Meyer’s decision was believed to be due to “health reasons.”

His final game for Ohio State will be the New Year’s Day Rose Bowl vs. Washington. This past weekend, he led the Buckeyes to their 37th Big Ten title. The team is 12-1 and is ranked No. 6 in college football’s rankings.

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How to Watch the Redskins vs. Eagles ‘Monday Night Football’ Game Online for Free Tonight

Tonight’s “Monday Night Football” game is a matchup of NFC East rivals that could impact what teams make the playoffs this year: Washington Redskins vs. Philadelphia Eagles.

Right now, the Redskins and Eagles are both in the mix to possibly make the playoffs, or even to win the NFC East Division. The Dallas Cowboys lead the division right now with a record of 7-5, but the Eagles and Redskins aren’t far behind. The Redskins record is 6-5, while the Super Bowl champion Eagles are currently 5-6.

Tonight’s Redskins-Eagles game is being played in Philadelphia at Lincoln Financial Field, and the “Monday Night Football” betting odds indicate that the Eagles are 6.5-point favorites to win at home.

Here’s how to watch the Redskins vs. Eagles “Monday Night Football” game for free — online or on TV — tonight.

What Channel Is the Redskins vs. Eagles Game on Tonight?

“Monday Night Football” TV broadcasts, including the Redskins vs. Eagles tonight, are handled by ESPN. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. ET.

ESPN is available to most cable and satellite TV subscribers. If you have cable or another pay TV package, all you need to do to watch the Redskins and Eagles game is find ESPN.

What if you don’t have cable and want to watch “Monday Night Football” — for free? There are some ways to get free live streams of the Redskins vs. Eagles game, as well as other NFL games. Your options are explained below.

How to Live Stream the Redskins vs. Eagles Game for Free

The Yahoo Sports app and the NFL app allow you to live stream many NFL games on your phone for free. Specifically, when you download the newest version of either app, you can watch “Monday Night Football” for free on your phone, as well as other nationally broadcast NFL games — “Sunday Night Football” on NBC and “Thursday Night Football” on Fox — and all of the Sunday afternoon NFL games that are broadcast on your local CBS and Fox stations.

These apps are totally free to download, and the game live streams are free as well. On the other hand, these apps only allow for live streaming on a phone. In other words, you can’t use them to live stream “Monday Night Football” and other games on a larger screen, such as a tablet, laptop, or smart TV.

To watch “Monday Night Football” for free tonight on a larger screen, look into a free trial of a streaming TV service with ESPN, explained in the section below.

How to Watch “Monday Night Football” for Free Online

If you want to live stream the Redskins vs. Eagles “Monday Night Football” game tonight for free on any screen, consider signing up for a free trial of a streaming TV service that includes ESPN in its packages.

If you are unfamiliar with streaming TV services, they work fairly similarly to cable: Subscribers pay a monthly fee for a bundle of channels, only with streaming TV, the viewing happens on a connected screen rather than via a box connected to your TV.

What channels are included with streaming TV services varies by provider. The streaming TV providers Hulu Live, DirecTV Now, Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, and YouTube TV all include ESPN in their basic packages.

Prices for these services start at $ 25 to $ 45 per month — Sling TV is the cheapest of the bunch — and all offer free trials that last about a week for new subscribers. Assuming you’re a new subscriber, you could register today with one of these live streaming TV services and watch “Monday Night Football” online for free on any device you like. You’d then have the rest of the week to try out the service and determine whether you want to become a paying subscriber.

If you don’t want to pay, you must remember to cancel before the free-trial period ends.

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How to Watch Today’s NFL Games Online for Free, Including Vikings vs. Bears on ‘Sunday Night Football’

Cowboys vs. Falcons, Steelers vs. Jaguars, and Eagles vs. Saints are on the NFL game schedule today, which ends with a Vikings vs. Bears game on “Sunday Night Football” tonight.

What NFL games are on TV today? Well, the answer depends partly on where you live. All fans get to watch the Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago Bears on “Sunday Night Football,” which is broadcast nationally on NBC. Other NFL games today are broadcast on CBS and Fox stations, though local channels choose to air the games that are likely to interest the regional fan base.

Here’s how to watch NFL games for free — online or on TV — on Sunday, November 18, including options for live streaming games on your phone and watching NFL games that aren’t being broadcast on your local stations.

What’s the NFL Game Schedule Today?

What NFL games are on TV today? Here’s the full NFL game schedule for Sunday, November 18:

• Cincinnati Bengals vs. Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m. ET on CBS
• Dallas Cowboys vs. Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m. ET on Fox
• Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New York Giants, 1 p.m. ET on Fox
• Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m. ET on CBS
• Houston Texans vs. Washington Redskins, 1 p.m. ET on CBS
• Tennessee Titans vs. Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m. ET on CBS
• Carolina Panthers vs. Detroit Lions, 1 p.m. ET on CBS
• Denver Broncos vs. Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. ET on CBS
• Oakland Raiders vs. Arizona Cardinals, 4:05 p.m. ET on Fox
• Philadelphia Eagles vs. New Orleans Saints, 4:25 p.m. ET on Fox
• Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago Bears, 8:20 p.m. ET on NBC

Even if you don’t have cable, you should be able to watch the NFL games being broadcast locally in your area. All you need is a digital antenna, which costs about $ 25. Hook it up to your TV and in most of the country you’ll be able to tune in unlimited free broadcasts of major networks like CBS, Fox, NBC, ABC, and PBS — in hi-def no less.

How to Live Stream NFL Games Today for Free on Your Phone

If you are on the go on Sunday, or simply want to live stream NFL games on your phone for whatever reason, download the latest version of the Yahoo Sports app or NFL App. With either app, you get free live streams of many NFL games on your phone. Specially, the apps let you live stream all of the games broadcast locally in your area — your local team’s games will be among them — in addition to all nationally televised games like “Sunday Night Football” on NBC, “Monday Night Football” on ESPN, and “Thursday Night Football” on Fox.

The NFL live streams on these apps are available only on phones. They cannot be used for live streaming on a larger screen, like a laptop or connected TV. That’s a bummer, but there are other options if you want to watch NFL games online on a larger screen.

How to Watch NFL Games Online for Free on Any Screen

To watch NFL games online on a laptop, tablet, or any screen larger than a phone, consider signing up for a free trial of a streaming TV service such as Fubo TV, Hulu Live, DirecTV Now, PlayStation Vue, or YouTube TV. Each of these services comes with dozens of pay channels, and in most of the country subscribers also get live streams of local broadcast channels, including CBS, Fox, and NBC.

These streaming TV package prices generally start at $ 40 per month, and all are available for free to new subscribers during trial periods that last about a week. So sports fans could sign up and stream NFL games today for free, and then still have the rest of the week to test out the service. Just remember to cancel before the free trial is over if you do not want to become a paying subscriber.

How to Watch Any NFL Game Today You Want

All of the options above let you watch only the games being broadcast on your local broadcast stations. If you want to watch NFL games airing only in other parts of the country — a.k.a. “out-of-market” games — then a digital antenna or basic cable or streaming package won’t cut it.

To watch out-of-market NFL games, you must get a special package like DirecTV’s NFL Sunday Ticket. Prices start at $ 300 per season, and subscribers get to watch NFL games broadcast all over the country.

The cheaper way to watch out-of-market NFL games is NFL Game Pass. This package lets you watch (or stream) all NFL games after they’re over. The tradeoff to watching after everyone else knows the end result is that NFL Game Pass gives you the option to watch condensed, commercial-free versions of the games. As mentioned, the cost is cheaper than NFL Sunday Ticket: NFL Game Pass costs $ 99.99 for the 2018 NFL season, and new subscribers get a seven-day free trial.

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How to Watch the Packers vs. Seahawks ‘Thursday Night Football’ Game Online for Free Tonight

The “Thursday Night Football” game tonight should be a great matchup: Packers vs. Seahawks.

The Green Bay Packers, led by one the NFL’s greatest-ever quarterbacks, Aaron Rodgers, are 4-4-1 thus far in the 2018 season. The Seattle Seahawks, led by another Super Bowl-winning quarterback in Russell Wilson, have a similar record at 4-5. Both teams are very alive in the hunt to make the playoffs, so tonight’s “Thursday Night Football” game absolutely matters.

Who is the favorite in the Packers vs. Seahawks game tonight? Well, the official betting odds indicate that the Seahawks, playing their home stadium, CenturyLink Field, have a slight edge: Seattle is a 2.5-point favorite to beat Green Bay.

If you want to know how to watch the Packers vs. Seahawks “Thursday Night Football” game — online, or on regular TV — for free, we’ve got you covered. Here are all the options.

What Channel Is the Packers vs. Seahawks Game On?

Tonight’s Packers vs. Seahawks TV broadcast is being handled by Fox, like most “Thursday Night Football” games this season. To watch, simply find your local Fox station on TV.

Most satellite or cable TV subscriptions come with Fox, as well as other major broadcast networks like CBS, ABC, and NBC. If you don’t have cable, you can still watch “Thursday Night Football” in most of the country by connecting your TV to a digital antenna.

A basic digital antenna costs about $ 25 or less, and with it you can watch Fox and other over-the-air networks for free — assuming you live close enough to receive the local signal. What’s more, modern digital antennas offer viewing in hi-def. They’re well worth the minimal investment if you don’t want to pay a monthly cable bill.

How to Live Stream the Packers vs. Seahawks Game for Free

You’ve got several options to watch the Packers vs. Seahawks game online — and yes, you can live stream it for free.

First off, as we have reported earlier this season, you can live stream NFL games for free on your phone with two apps. Not every NFL game is available for a free live stream, but you can indeed use one of the apps to watch the Packers vs. Seahawks game online on Thursday night.

Here are the details on how to live stream NFL games on your phone:

After downloading the latest versions of either the Yahoo Sports app or the NFL App, you’ll be able to live stream a host of games on your phone. Specifically, the Yahoo Sports app and NFL App let fans live stream games that are being broadcast locally in their region by networks like CBS and Fox, as well as all nationally broadcast primetime games. That includes “Sunday Night Football” on NBC, “Monday Night Football” on ESPN, and “Thursday Night Football” on the NFL Network and Fox.

Unfortunately, these apps can only be used to live stream NFL games on a phone. You can’t watch games online on a larger screen, like a laptop, tablet, or connected TV, with these apps.

However, Amazon Prime members can live stream the Packers vs. Seahawks game tonight for free on any screen they want. Log in to your Prime account, and you’ll be able to watch “Thursday Night Football” on Amazon Video.

If you are not a Prime member, you could still watch the game and test out the service during a 30-day free trial if you’re a new subscriber. It’s probably not a bad time to sign up for a free Amazon Prime subscription: Members get free two-day shipping on most Amazon purchases, a perk that could come in handy during the winter holiday shopping season. After the free trial, Amazon Prime membership generally costs $ 119 per year or $ 12.99 per month.

Yet another option to live stream “Thursday Night Football” for free is available by way of a free trial of a streaming TV service such as Fubo TV, Hulu Live, DirecTV Now, PlayStation Vue, or YouTube TV. These services work similarly to cable, in that they bundle dozens of channels together for one monthly fee, and they include live streams of local channels like Fox, NBC, and ABC in most of the country.

These live streaming TV packages generally start at $ 40 to $ 45 per month, but free trials are available for new subscribers. So you could register and watch the Packers vs. Seahawks game for free tonight, and still have the rest of the week to try out the service before deciding if you want to pay. If you don’t, remember to cancel before the free trial period is over.

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How to Watch the Titans vs. Cowboys ‘Monday Night Football’ Game Online for Free Tonight

The Tennessee Titans and Dallas Cowboys play in the “Monday Night Football” game on November 5, with a kickoff scheduled for 8:15 p.m. ET.

Who is the favorite to win in tonight’s Titans vs. Cowboys game? Both teams are currently 3-4, and the outcome of tonight’s matchup will give the winner a .500 record and increase their chances of making the playoffs, while the loser will stand at a sad 3-5. The Titans vs. Cowboys betting odds indicate that the Cowboys — playing at home at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, where they are undefeated thus far in the 2018 NFL season — are 6-point favorites to win.

All “Monday Night Football” games are broadcast on ESPN. It’s a pay channel, of course, included with most satellite and cable TV packages. If you have cable or another pay TV package, all you have to do to watch the Titans vs. Cowboys game is find ESPN.

If you don’t have cable, you can still watch “Monday Night Football” for free — online or on TV — and we’ve laid out the options below.

How to Live Stream the Titans vs. Cowboys for Free

If you are content to watch “Monday Night Football” on the screen on your phone, that’s simple enough to accomplish. Just download the newest version of the Yahoo Sports app or the NFL app and you’ll be able to live stream many NFL games for free this season. Specifically, fans can use the apps to live stream all of the Sunday NFL games broadcast locally on CBS and Fox where they live, plus the nationally televised matchups on NBC’s “Sunday Night Football,” ESPN’s “Monday Night Football,” and Fox’s “Thursday Night Football.

If you don’t have cable and still want to watch the Titans vs. Cowboys tonight for free, these apps provide the easiest way to tune in outside of heading over to your neighbor’s house or a local bar to catch the game. The one hiccup is that the apps only provide live streams to phones — and cannot be used for watching online on a tablet, laptop, or connected TV.

How to Watch “Monday Night Football” for Free Online

If you want to live stream the Cowboys vs. Titans game for free on a screen that’s larger than your smartphone, consider registering for a free trial of a streaming TV service that includes ESPN in its bundle of channels.

Hulu Live, DirecTV Now, Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, and YouTube TV all include ESPN with their basic packages, and they all offer new subscribers free trials that last about a week. So, if you just wanted to live stream “Monday Night Football” tonight without paying for cable, you could register as a new subscriber and check out one of these services.

Basic streaming packages start at $ 25 to $ 45 per month, after the free trial period is over. If you don’t want to become a paying subscriber, be sure to remember to cancel before the free trial ends.

Which streaming TV service is best for cord-cutters? And which streaming TV service is best for NFL fans, and sports fans in general? Each service has a different roster of channels, so the answer depends on what you like to watch in your household. Fubo TV is a streaming TV service that’s marketed most heavily to sports fans, but it does not include ESPN in packages — so you can’t use it for live streaming “Monday Night Football.”

Our advice is to check out what channels and perks are included with each service, and then look closely at the price points. As mentioned, each service comes with a free trial, so you could certainly try out more than one and see which option works best for you and your budget.

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Maryland’s Firing of Football Coach DJ Durkin Marks a Watershed Moment for Athlete Activism

Once the players protested, the coach had no chance.

The University of Maryland’s board of regents tried to pull a fast one on campus on Tuesday, and boy, did that decision backfire. More than four months after offensive lineman Jordan McNair, 19, died after suffering heatstroke at a football practice, and after an explosive ESPN report unveiled signs of a toxic football coaching environment, Maryland’s leadership concluded that head coach DJ Durkin could return to the sidelines.

An investigative report released in September found that the football team’s trainers and medical staff failed to follow proper protocol in treating McNair; Maryland president Wallace Loh said the school accepts “legal and moral responsibility” for McNair’s death. Another report found that Durkin, in an attempt to motivate his players, showed his players “disturbing” videos that included footage of “serial killers, drills entering eyeballs, bloody scenes with animals eating animals, [and] rams and bucks running at each other at full speed.” The report concluded that Durkin, who has a career 10-15 record at the school and was placed on administrative leave in August, also shared responsibility for failing to supervise a strength and conditioning coach accused of verbal abuse.

Still, Maryland gave Durkin his job back. But some players didn’t welcome his return with open arms. By Wednesday evening, a day after Durkin returned, the University reversed course and let him go.

After the board decided to keep Durkin, Maryland offensive lineman Ellis McKennie—who also played with McNair in high school—was reportedly one of three Terps who walked out of a team meeting. He took to Twitter to criticize his school.

“Every Saturday my teammates and I have to kneel before the memorial of our fallen teammate,” McKennie wrote. “Yet a group of people do not have the courage to hold anyone accountable for his death. If only they could have the courage that Jordan had. It’s never the wrong time to do what’s right.”

A few other Terps chimed in, including offensive tackle Tyran Hunt. “At the end of the day, a YOUNG life was lost,” Hunt wrote. “My brother, teammate. And to boil it down to even horrific matters, a paycheck was chosen over that life. Through whatever and forever, I live for Jordan Martin McNair.”

Such a public callout of a college football coach, by his own players, is practically unprecedented. So often, college athletes are taught to conform to the rules. Get paid, lose your spot. Don’t talk to the press without permission. Respect your coach, or suffer the consequences. Stunt your expression.
These tweets revealed a rupture within the Maryland locker room. It was nearly impossible to picture Durkin coaching players who felt his presence dishonored their deceased friend. Durkin could no longer work in College Park.
“Pressure busts pipes, doesn’t it?” Hunt tweeted. “Don’t let anybody tell you your voice doesn’t matter,” McKinnie responded.
In announcing his decision to fire Dunkin, Loh cited other stakeholders who influenced his thinking: students organizations, as well as faculty and deans who objected to the original decision to retain Durkin. The reaction of McNair’s father, Martin, was also haunting.
“I feel like I’ve been punched in the stomach, and somebody spit in my face,” he said.
But don’t discount the power of the players. We’ve entered a golden age of athlete activism, where players taking a knee during the national anthem can shape the country’s political discourse, where calls for athletes to “shut up and dribble” spark an even more fervent response to injustice. Sure, these college students aren’t protesting politics. Instead, they are fighting for a fallen teammate and friend. And their words have power. Staying quiet never seemed so quaint.

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How to Watch the Dolphins vs. Texans ‘Thursday Night Football’ Game Online for Free Tonight

This week’s “Thursday Night Football” NFL game features two teams with identical 4-3 records: Miami Dolphins vs. Houston Texans.

Tonight’s game is being played in Houston at NRG Stadium, and the betting odds say that J.J. Watt and the Texans are 7.5-point favorites to win at home against the Dolphins.

The Dolphins vs. Texans kickoff is scheduled for 8:20 p.m. ET, and fans have multiple options to watch “Thursday Night Football” for free — online, or on TV. Here’s how to catch the game no matter if you’re sitting on your couch in front of a TV or you’re hoping to live stream the Dolphins vs. Texans on your favorite device.

What Channel Is the Dolphins vs. Texans Game on?

Most “Thursday Night Football” games in 2018, including Dolphins vs. Texans tonight, are broadcast on both Fox and the NFL Network.

If you have a basic satellite or cable TV subscription, the package probably includes broadcast networks like Fox and NBC, and perhaps the pay channel NFL Network as well. In that case, all you have to do is find your local Fox station or the NFL Network and tune in.

But even if you don’t have cable, you should still be able to watch “Thursday Night Football” for free. All you need to do is connect your TV to a digital antenna, and it will give you access to free, unlimited viewing of over-the-air networks, including Fox, CBS, PBS, and ABC. A basic digital antenna costs only about $ 25, so it’s a great investment if you don’t have cable (or want to cut the cord but still watch broadcast TV for free).

How to Live Stream the Dolphins vs. Texans Game for Free

There is no shortage of options if you are hoping to watch “Thursday Night Football” online for free. As we’ve previously reported, fans can live stream NFL games — including “Thursday Night Football” — for free on their phones with a mobile app:

After downloading the latest versions of either the Yahoo Sports app or the NFL App, you’ll be able to live stream a host of games on your phone. Specifically, the Yahoo Sports app and NFL App let fans live stream games that are being broadcast locally in their region by networks like CBS and Fox, as well as all nationally broadcast primetime games. That includes “Sunday Night Football” on NBC, “Monday Night Football” on ESPN, and “Thursday Night Football” on the NFL Network and Fox.

The main problem is live streaming “Thursday Night Football” on one of these apps is that you can only watch the game on a phone. The apps do not allow you to live stream NFL games on a larger screen, such as a laptop, tablet, or connected TV.

How to Watch ‘Thursday Night Football’ Online for Free

Amazon Video, available strictly to Amazon Prime subscribers, also has a live stream of tonight’s Dolphins vs. Texans game. Amazon Prime members can simply log in to their account and head to Amazon Prime Video to watch the game online on any device they want.

If you’re not an Amazon Prime member and want to try it out, you could live stream “Thursday Night Football” for free during a 30-day free trial period with Prime for new subscribers. Once the free trial is over, Amazon Prime members generally pay $ 119 per year or $ 12.99 per month for the service, which comes with perks like free two-day shipping on most Amazon purchases and unlimited streaming of certain music and video content.

Finally, you could also live stream the Dolphins vs. Texans game tonight for free by way of a free trial from a streaming TV service that includes Fox in its packages. In many parts of the country, the streaming TV services Fubo TV, Hulu Live, DirecTV Now, PlayStation Vue, and YouTube TV include local broadcasts of channels like Fox, ABC, and PBS in their basic packages, alongside dozens of other channels. And they all offer free trials lasting about a week for new subscribers.

So, you could register and watch “Thursday Night Football” online for free tonight while testing out one of these services. Basic packages for these streaming services cost $ 40 to $ 45 per month, after the free trial period is over.

If you don’t want to become a paying subscriber for whatever reason, remember to cancel before the trial period ends.

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How to Watch Tonight’s ‘Monday Night Football’ Giants vs. Falcons Game Online for Free

Tonight’s “Monday Night Football” game is the New York Giants vs. Atlanta Falcons. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. ET, and the NFL game is being broadcast on ESPN, although football fans have other options to view the match-up.

The Giants have one of the NFL’s most exciting players in rookie running back Saquon Barkley, but overall the team has struggled under head coach Pat Shurmur and veteran quarterback Eli Manning. The Giants are 1-5 so far in the 2018 NFL season, and are considered underdogs while on the road during “Monday Night Football.” The Giants vs. Falcons betting odds say that the 2-3 Falcons are 5.5-point favorites to win.

ESPN is a pay channel, of course, but NFL fans can watch the Giants vs. Falcons game tonight for free even if they don’t have cable. Here are the ways to watch “Monday Night Football” for free — online or on TV.

How to Live Stream the Giants vs. Falcons Game for Free

The arrival of the 2018 football season brought good news: a new option making it easy — and free — for fans to live stream NFL games on their phones.

Download the newest version of the Yahoo Sports app or the NFL app and you can live stream all of the Sunday NFL games being broadcast in your region on CBS, Fox, and NBC (including “Sunday Night Football”), as well as ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” and Fox and the NFL Network’s “Thursday Night Football.”

These apps are free to download, and it’s also free to live stream the games. The only catch is that the streams are solely available online on phones. You cannot use the apps to live stream games on a larger screen, such as a tablet, laptop, or connected TV.

How to Watch “Monday Night Football” for Free Online

If you don’t have ESPN and were hoping to watch “Monday Night Football” for free on a larger screen, consider signing up for a free trial of a streaming TV service that includes ESPN in its bundle of channels.

Streaming TV packages which feature ESPN start at $ 25 to $ 45 per month, depending on the service and the channels included. But each package comes with free trial periods for new subscribers that last about a week. New subscribers could register today and watch the ESPN broadcast of Giants vs. Falcons on “Monday Night Football” for free, and still have a few days afterwards to continue to test out the service.

Just remember to cancel before the trial period ends if you do not want to become a paying subscriber.

As for which streaming TV service is best, that’s a personal decision based mostly on your budget and the kind of channels your household watches most. The streaming TV services Hulu Live, DirecTV Now, Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, and YouTube TV all include ESPN with their basic packages, alongside dozens of other channels.

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How to Watch the ‘Thursday Night Football’ Broncos vs. Cardinals Game Online for Free Tonight

It’s a Thursday in October, and football fans know that means another “Thursday Night Football” game is on the schedule. Tonight’s NFL game is the Denver Broncos vs. Arizona Cardinals.

“Thursday Night Football” kickoff time is 8:20 p.m. ET, and fans who want to watch the game on TV or live stream the Broncos vs. Cardinals for free have multiple options tonight — including watching online with Amazon Prime.

The game is being played at State Farm Stadium in Phoenix, but the home team Cardinals, who have a lowly 1-5 record this season, are the underdogs. The Broncos vs. Cardinals betting odds indicate that the Broncos, with a record of 2-4, are 2-point favorites to win tonight.

Here are all the ways you can watch the Broncos vs. Cardinals “Thursday Night Football” game for free.

What Channel Is the Broncos vs. Cardinals Game On Tonight?

Tonight’s game, like most “Thursday Night Football” matchups, is being broadcast on both Fox and the NFL Network. The easiest way to watch the Broncos vs. Cardinals game for free is tuning in to your local Fox station.

If you have a basic satellite or cable TV subscription, the package probably includes broadcast networks like Fox and NBC.

If you don’t have cable, you should still be able to watch “Thursday Night Football” for free with a digital antenna. You can buy one for about $ 25, and in most of the country once it’s connected to your TV it will provide free, unlimited viewing of over-the-air networks, including Fox, CBS, PBS, and ABC.

How to Live Stream the Broncos vs. Cardinals for Free

In addition to traditional TV viewing, there are plenty of ways to watch “Thursday Night Football” online for free. As we’ve previously reported, fans can live stream many NFL games — including “Thursday Night Football” — for free on their phones by way of new features on two mobile apps:

After downloading the latest versions of either the Yahoo Sports app or the NFL App, you’ll be able to live stream a host of games on your phone. Specifically, the Yahoo Sports app and NFL App let fans live stream games that are being broadcast locally in their region by networks like CBS and Fox, as well as all nationally broadcast primetime games. That includes “Sunday Night Football” on NBC, “Monday Night Football” on ESPN, and “Thursday Night Football” on the NFL Network and Fox.

Bear in mind, though, that these apps only allow live streaming on phones. They cannot be used to live stream NFL games on a larger screen, like a tablet or connected TV.

How to Watch “Thursday Night Football” Online on Any Screen You Want

Amazon Prime members can live stream the Broncos vs. Cardinals game for free tonight on any screen they want, including a laptop, tablet, or TV.

Heading into the 2018 season, Amazon cut a deal with the NFL giving it the right to stream 11 “Thursday Night Football” games on Amazon Prime. Tonight’s Broncos vs. Cardinals game is one of the matchups you can stream on Amazon Video — assuming you’re a Prime member.

Amazon Prime subscriptions generally cost $ 119 per year or $ 12.99 per month, and there are 30-day free trial periods for new subscribers. In addition to access to Amazon Video content, Prime subscribers get free two-day shipping on most Amazon purchases and unlimited streaming of certain music content.

Yet another way to watch NFL games online, including tonight’s Broncos vs. Cardinals game on “Thursday Night Football,” is via a streaming TV service such as Fubo TV, Hulu Live, DirecTV Now, PlayStation Vue, or YouTube TV.

These live streaming services include dozens of pay channels in their packages, and in most of the country they also come with access to local broadcasts of channels like Fox and CBS. Subscriptions for these services start at roughly $ 40 to $ 45 per month, but you can use them to live stream “Thursday Night Football” for free during a free trial period. They all offer free trials, lasting about a week for new subscribers. Just remember that you must cancel before the trial ends if you don’t want to become a paying subscriber.

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How to Watch Tonight’s ‘Monday Night Football’ 49ers vs. Packers Game Online for Free

Tonight’s “Monday Night Football” matchup of the San Francisco 49ers vs. Green Bay Packers is being broadcast on ESPN, with a kickoff scheduled for 8:20 p.m. ET.

NFL fans can watch “Monday Night Football” even if they don’t have a cable TV package with ESPN. There are a few different strategies to watch tonight’s 49ers vs. Packers game for free — online or on TV. Here’s what you need to know.

How to Live Stream “Monday Night Football” for Free

You’re in luck if you were hoping to be able to live stream NFL games including “Monday Night Football” on your phone.

Download either the Yahoo Sports app or the NFL app, and you’ll be able to live stream many NFL games for free during the 2018 season. Both apps give you free live streams of the Sunday NFL games that are broadcast on Fox and CBS in your area, as well as nationally televised primetime games such as ESPN’s “Monday Night Football,” NBC’s “Sunday Night Football,” and Fox and the NFL Network’s “Thursday Night Football.”

Be warned, though, that the apps only allow free NFL game live streams on your phone. The apps cannot be used for streaming games on a larger screen, such as a tablet, laptop, or connected TV.

How to Watch “Monday Night Football” for Free Online

Streaming a football game on your phone is hardly the optimal viewing experience. If you’d rather watch the Packers vs. 49ers game tonight online for free and don’t have cable, consider signing up for a free trial of a streaming TV service that includes ESPN in packages.

Streaming TV services operate similarly to satellite or cable TV packages in that they bundle a group of pay channels together for subscribers. But streaming TV customers generally pay lower monthly bills compared to cable subscribers. And streaming TV customers can watch online channels on any device they want, including tablets and smart TVs.

The streaming TV services Hulu Live, DirecTV Now, Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, and YouTube TV all offer free trials that last about a week for new subscribers, and they all include ESPN with basic packages. New subscribers can register today and watch the 49ers vs. Packers “Monday Night Football” game online for free tonight — and then still have a few more days to try out the service.

Streaming TV package prices start at $ 25 to $ 45 per month, after the free trial ends. If you don’t want to become a paying subscriber, remember to cancel before the trial period is over. If you miss the deadline, you’ll be charged in full for the first month.

Packers vs. 49ers Betting Odds

As for the Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers matchup tonight, the Packers are 9.5-point favorites to win. At 2-2-1, the Packers have not asserted themselves as one of the NFL’s best teams this year. Their two-time NFL MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers has struggled with injuries, and the Packers have looked inconsistent this season, with a shutout 22-0 win over the Buffalo Bills one week and a 23-31 loss to the Detroit Lions the next.

Yet tonight’s “Monday Night Football” game is being played in Green Bay at Lambeau Field, and the Packers are undefeated at home so far in 2018. Factor in also that the 49ers are a lowly 1-4 this year, and they have lost their starting quarterback Jimmy Garappolo to a season-ending knee injury, and it’s easy to see how the Packers are big favorites to pull off the victory tonight.

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Football Concussion Rates Plummet After One Simple Rule Change, Study Shows

Concussions plunged in Ivy League football after the kickoff line was moved to thwart what might be the game’s most dangerous play, according to a study published Monday.

The aim of the 5-yard move was to have more kickoffs land in the end zone and reduce returns. That play is one of the only times “where players on both teams have the space to get up to full speed” rushing at each other and potentially risking a head-on tackle, said University of Pennsylvania researcher Douglas Wiebe, the lead author.

The 2016 change came at the recommendation of league coaches after data from the previous year showed kickoffs accounted for 6 percent of all plays but 21 percent of concussions. With NCAA approval, they moved the kickoff line from the 35-yard line to the 40. The touchback line was also moved, from the 25-yard line to the 20.

The NCAA approved the changes on an experimental basis for the eight private universities in the Ivy League. Other NCAA teams have kickoffs at the 35.

The researchers compared the two seasons since the change with the previous three years. They found the average concussion rate per 1,000 kickoffs plummeted from almost 11 to just 2.

Touchbacks increased to nearly 50 percent from almost 18 percent during the previous three years.

Concussion rates for other types of play were lower than those for kickoffs throughout the study years and only declined slightly after the rule change.

The research appears in the Journal of the American Medical Association. It was paid for by the Ivy League and Big Ten.

“It’s very promising that we’re able to see an effect like that,” said Zachary Kerr, a researcher in the University of North Carolina’s exercise and sport science department. Kerr, who was not involved in the study, said the NCAA should take the results seriously as it considers policy changes to reduce injuries.

While the Ivy League has been especially aggressive about modifying its playing and practice rules, all levels of football — from Pee Wee to professional — have taken steps to decrease the frequency of kickoff returns. The risks of the play, which creates high speed crashes, are common knowledge.

Dartmouth College Coach Buddy Teevens eliminated players tackling each other at most of his team’s practices — even before the Ivy League passed a league-wide rule about it. He also invented a robotic dummy that is used in tackling drills.

Teevens said the decision to push up the kickoff line was made collaboratively among the Ivy League’s coaches.

“Our thing for our game at our level has been productive,” he said. “I’m happy to see the results and share them with the country and certainly the NCAA and maybe other people follow suit.”

The NCAA implemented a new rule this season at all levels of college football that allows players to call for a fair catch on kickoffs that come down short of the end zone but inside the 25-yard line. A fair catch means the kick cannot be advanced and a ball carrier is not tackled. The result of the play is the equivalent of a touchback, where the ball is placed at the 25. The Ivy League uses the fair catch rule, along with kicking off from the 40.

Boston University concussion expert Dr. Robert Cantu, who was not involved in the research, considers the return “the most dangerous play in football.” He noted that after data showed NFL concussions overall increased slightly last season, the league’s rules committee considered eliminating the kickoff return, but decided not to.

“The Ivy League is really leading the charge into bringing about rule changes to make football safer,” Cantu said.

In 2011, the NFL moved the kickoff line to the 35-yard line from the 30, but a published analysis concluded that overall kickoff play injuries dropped but not head injuries.

While the Ivy League’s rule was an experiment, the study results likely will solidify it as formal policy, Wiebe said.

“It’s a real public health success story,” he said.

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AP College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo contributed to this report.

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How to Watch the Chiefs vs. Broncos ‘Monday Night Football’ Game Online for Free Tonight

The “Monday Night Football” game tonight is a classic division rivalry: Kansas City Chiefs vs. Denver Broncos.

Kickoff for the Chiefs-Broncos is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. ET, and if you are interested in the “Monday Night Football” betting odds, the undefeated (3-0) Chiefs are 4.5-point favorites to beat the 2-1 Broncos. Like all other “Monday Night Football” games during the 2018 NFL season, tonight’s Chiefs vs. Broncos game is being broadcast on ESPN.

To watch “Monday Night Football” on TV, simply locate ESPN and tune in. To do so, of course, you’ll have to be a subscriber to a satellite, cable TV, or other package that includes ESPN.

If you don’t have cable, there are still ways to watch “Monday Night Football” on TV or live stream the Chiefs vs. Broncos game tonight for free. Here are all the details.

How to Live Stream the Chiefs vs. Broncos Game for Free

If you’re content to live stream NFL games on your phone, simply download the latest version of either the NFL App and the Yahoo Sports app. Both will let you you watch the following games online: You can live stream NFL games being broadcast locally on Fox and CBS on Sunday afternoons, and you can live stream nationally televised primetime games, including ESPN’s “Monday Night Football,” NBC’s “Sunday Night Football,” and Fox and the NFL Network’s “Thursday Night Football.”

The apps are free to download, and you can live stream “Monday Night Football” and all of the games highlighted above for free throughout the 2018 NFL season. Note, however, that the apps cannot be used for live streaming to connected TVs or any screens larger than your phone.

If you want to watch NFL games online for free on a TV or larger screen, read below.

How to Watch ‘Monday Night Football’ Online for Free

As we’ve reported in previous stories on how to watch “Monday Night Football,” one way to watch NFL game online for free is by way of a free trial of a streaming TV service. Streaming TV services such as Hulu Live, DirecTV Now, PlayStation Vue, Sling TV, and YouTube TV all have packages that include ESPN, and they all have free trial periods lasting five to seven days for new subscribers.

To watch the Chiefs-Broncos game online for free then, you could register as a new subscriber and live stream the game tonight on a laptop, tablet, TV, or any other preferred screen.

The free trial will allow you to watch ESPN online for free tonight, and give you a few more days to test out the service before you are charged. If you don’t want to become a paying subscriber, you must remember to cancel before the trial period ends. If you don’t cancel in time, you’ll be charged the first month of the service. Packages start at $ 25 to $ 45 per month.

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