This Sunday, the Philadelphia Eagles will be on the road to face the New York Jets. Philly is 5-0 this season, but their wins have not been as convincing as their 2022 season. The Eagles have only won two of their five games this season by one score or more. 

Heading into their matchup in Week 6, a few players have already been ruled out. Darius Saly, Jalen Carter, and Quez Watkins are all out against the Jets on Sunday. New York’s offense has not been overpowering this season, but Slay and Carter will be two big pieces missing on the defense. The Jets are home underdogs this Sunday to the Eagles.

The Eagles have already ruled three players out for Sunday’s contest vs. the Jets

Luckily for the Eagles, the injuries to both Darius Saly and Jalen Carter are expected to be minor. Carter hasn’t started a game this season, but the talent speaks for itself when you watch him. The rookie DT already has 3.5 sacks this season but will have to watch from the sidelines in Week 6. Additionally, veteran DT Fletcher Cox is expected to be back for Sunday as well. A boost for the Eagles’ defensive line.

The Eagles have struggled to have their starting corners stay healthy at the same time. James Bradberry was injured early in the season and missed one game. Philly used backup Josh Jobe when he was out and they’ll have to use him again with Slay out this week. If Jobe struggles, Eli Ricks has also seen time at CB this season.

For the offense, WR Quez Watkins is also expected to miss Week 6 vs. the Jets. Watkins’ struggles on offense and a lingering hamstring injury have made him fall down the depth chart.  The Eagles could use Olamide Zaccheaus as their WR3 behind A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith.

Over the course of the summer, Josh McDaniels and Ron Rivera shared the distinction of which NFL head coach would be fired first. Both were considered to be on the hot seat entering the 2023 season, and their odds alternated at the top of the board from week to week. But after the first slate of games on the NFL schedule, there is a new leader in the clubhouse.

NFL Odds: Staley Most Likely Head Coach To be Fired First

The Los Angeles Chargers have had high expectations since Brandon Staley arrived in 2021. He took over what was an already solid roster that was being built around young quarterback Justin Herbert, who has developed into a top-tier quarterback and MVP candidate over the last couple of seasons.

But despite taking over a team that was already half-built with a budding superstar quarterback, the Chargers have failed to win anything of significance. They’ve had middling regular season results, going 9-8 and 10-7 in his two seasons, with one playoff appearance. The time they did play in the postseason, they admittedly spent the entire summer trying to forget what happened.

The Chargers suffered a collapse of epic proportions during Wild Card Weekend last season. Staley had his team up 27-0 against the Jaguars before things fell apart completely, with Trevor Lawrence leading Jacksonville all the way back and to an eventual 31-30 victory to complete the comeback.

NFL coaches generally don’t get fired because of a single game performance, but Staley’s strategic approach and use of the clock in the second half of that contest was nearly unforgivable, and certainly put him on the hot seat.

But he and the Chargers had another season of high expectations ahead of them, and the franchise was willing to ride into 2023 with him at the helm.

Staley Passes Rivera And McDaniels On The Board

Things haven’t started off very well. While the Miami Dolphins are certainly a formidable opponent as they showed on Sunday, Los Angeles was the home favorite for the matchup between the two teams, and were expected to take home a victory if they had any hopes of making noise in the AFC in 2023.

It wasn’t a 27-point comeback, but the Chargers blew yet another late lead against Miami, giving up 466 passing yards to Tua Tagovailoa en route to an 0-1 start.

This puts Brandon Staley on the hottest of seats. According to the odds board at BetOnline, he is now the outright leader in the clubhouse to be the first NFL head coach fired this season. He comes in with a designation of +500, passing both Rivera and McDaniels for the top spot.

Rivera and McDaniels helped their cases a bit on Sunday. Both the Commanders and Raiders were able to come out of Week 1 with victories, making them at least somewhat less likely to be fired when that time rolls around during the middle of the season.

Mike Vrabel (+800) and Matt Eberflus (+1200) round out the top-5.

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The AFC East figures to be one of the best divisions in the NFL for the 2023 season. Three of the four teams have Super Bowl aspirations, and it is reasonable to believe that the Bills, Jets, and Dolphins will all finish the season with 10 or more wins.

The East was dominated by the Patriots for two decades. They won 16 of 17 division titles during the first part of the millennium, winning 6 Super Bowls in that span. But things have changed in New England, as the Buffalo Bills have now taken over and have won the crown in each of the last three seasons.

But will they be able to do it again after the offseason arms race that took place in the rest of the division?

Bills Are Favorites, But Not By Much

Here are the odds for each team to win the AFC East:

Buffalo Bills +120

The Bills will be the favorites and the class of the division until proven otherwise. They are not only the favorites to win the AFC East, but they also have the 4th-shortest Super Bowl odds of any team at +950.

Josh Allen is an MVP candidate (+800) and will make Buffalo competitive as long as he is under center. They are returning many of their elite defensive players that made them one of the top units in the NFL last season, though linebacker Tremaine Edmunds is gone. The Bills have been the favorites entering the season in each of the last three years and have proved the hype each time, but they’ll face their tallest task in 2023.

New York Jets +245

The Jets last won the AFC East in 2002, but they’ll have a great chance of breaking the streak in 2023. They have been the most talked about team of the offseason after their acquisition of Aaron Rodgers, and all eyes will be on the Big Apple for the coming season.

Rodgers of course brings the championship pedigree, and joins a team that many believed were a quarterback away from contending for a Super Bowl last season. Running back Dalvin Cook was also added to the mix recently, amplifying the expectations on what could be the best Jets season in decades.

Miami Dolphins +300

To show how strong the AFC East is, the Dolphins have perhaps their most talented roster in over 20 years, and are still third in terms of likelihood to win the division. We saw the firepower that the offense possessed when Tua Tagovailoa was healthy last year, and the team is hoping that he can stay on the field to maximize their opportunities.

Vic Fangio was added to the mix in the offseason to lead a wildly talented defense that underperformed in 2022, though they’ll be without star acquisition Jalen Ramsey for at least the first half of the year. If there is any “longshot” that should be considered for a division crown this coming year, it is the Dolphins at +300.

New England Patriots +800

The Patriots aren’t a bad team, and they are led by arguably the greatest head coach to ever live. But given the talent on the rosters of the rest of the division, New England figures to be the ones on the outside looking in this year.

Mac Jones is the team’s starting quarterback, but even he fell out of favor last season, being benched at one point for Bailey Zappe. It will certainly be a make-or-break year for the Alabama product, and he’ll have a tough go trying to prove himself against the defenses in the AFC East.

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There are some changes coming to the NBA by way of some rule adjustments that have been approved this off-season. One of them has a focus on flopping, and technical fouls will be given out by referees when they believe they see embellishment for whistles. According to oddsmakers, LeBron James is the most likely culprit to be nabbed for a violation first.

LeBron James Favored To Flop His Way To A Tech First

The guidelines for the rule are simple and straight forward. Players accused of flopping will receive non-unsportsmanlike technical fouls, meaning that they won’t be ejected due to an accumulation of occurrences. Referees will wait until there is a dead ball to issue the call in order to not slow down the pace of play.

There are players that will be more prone to calls than others, and BetOnline.ag has released odds on which of them will be the first to receive a technical for flopping.

A Pair Of Golden State Warriors In The Top-5

It may come as no surprise that James is the favorite. He has been accused by rival fan bases throughout his career of embellishing contact in order to get calls. He has used it to his advantage in becoming the best player in the game, though it has become an annoyance for the casual fan.

LeBron James is listed at +700 to be the first to receive a call.

Not far behind him is James’ good friend Chris Paul. Like LeBron, Paul has one of the highest basketball IQs of any player in the NBA, and has perfected the flopping technique over the course of his career. It has been enough to frustrate opposing teams and fans, one of which being the Golden State Warriors.

Paul has always been an enemy for Dub Nation through the battles that he has had with them over his various teams. But he now joins forces with Steph Curry and company, who are the team most likely to see a technical foul for flopping first. Not only is Paul listed second, but Draymond Green is tied for third with Marcus Smart at +900.

James Harden rounds out the top-5, coming in with a designation of +1000.

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The Denver Nuggets are fresh off of the first NBA Championship in franchise history. But the team, media, and oddsmakers are already looking forward to next season.

It started with head coach Michael Malone. He led off his post-game press conference by saying that while they were happy, they’d be hungry for more next year. Jamal Murray doubled down on that notion in his interviews, saying that this championship was only the first of many.

Nuggets Are The Favorites To Win 2024 NBA Championship

It is hard to discount their chances. They have the most dominant player in the game and a guy who should have won three consecutive league MVP awards in Nikola Jokić, who, with Murray makes up one of the best 1–2 punches in the NBA.

Their salary cap situation looks great. Their core of players is set under contract for at least the next two seasons, as Jokic, Murray, Michael Porter Jr, and Aaron Gordon are all locked in until 2025. They have a great head coach who now has a noted winning culture, which could help attract some solid role players to come and be in Denver.

The oddsmakers agree. At the conclusion of Monday night’s Game 5, the championship odds for next season were released. At the top of the list is the Nuggets.

Mavericks Are A Surprise On The Board

There is of course a long off-season ahead and there will be plenty of player movement that ultimately affect the NBA title odds. But as it stands today, the Boston Celtics have the second-shortest odds at +650. They will have some roster decisions to make this summer, but they had a good enough roster last year, which a few tweaks should help.

The Milwaukee Bucks are predictably in the top-3 as they were the best regular season team last year. They’ll be under new leadership, but they will be contenders as long as Giannis Antetokounmpo is on the roster.

Perhaps the biggest surprise on the list is the Dallas Mavericks, who come in at +900, the 4th shortest odds of any team. Luka Dončić and company finished in 11th place in the Western Conference and missed out on the postseason entirely, and their off-season direction is so far unclear.

But the Mavericks have been rumored to be linked to essentially every available free agent and trade target for this off-season, so the roster could look drastically different for the opening tip in October.

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We knew that the series between the Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors would be a battle of behemoths, and we have been proved correct through three games.

They haven’t been the most exciting games. In Game 1, the Lakers were up by 14 in the fourth quarter before a furious comeback attempt by the Warriors cut the final margin to 5. Game 2 was a blowout in the Warriors favor as Anthony Davis struggled to be the factor that he was in the series opener.

Lakers Are Favorites Over Warriors For Game 4

There was another blowout in Los Angeles during Game 3 on Saturday night. Golden State actually held a seven point lead after the first quarter, but the Lakers laid it on heavy for the remaining three. The Warriors were outscored 104-67 over the final three frames, and the starters for both teams were pulled out of the game with more than 9 minutes still remaining.

If history is any indication, there is a good chance that this series continues the back and forth all the way up until Game 7. In order for that to happen, the Warriors are going to have to pick up a win on the road, something that was elusive to them during the regular season. Golden State had 11 total road victories in 2022-23, more than only the Rockets, Spurs, and Pistons.

They’d better pick up that visiting team victory when the teams play again on Monday evening. The Lakers will be looking to take a commanding 3-1 lead before heading back to San Francisco for Game 5. As the sports books see it, the Warriors could be in danger of digging themselves a serious hole.

Lakers Favored In The Series, Too

As it stands on Sunday morning, the Lakers are currently 3.5-point favorites for the next contest. The home and away factor definitely plays into the spread, but the oddsmakers like Los Angeles to ultimately be victorious in the series.

The overall favorite has flip-flopped following every game after the Warriors started with the upper hand, but the gap between the teams is larger after Game 3 than we have seen it at any point so far. When the series started, the Warriors were listed at -148 to advance to the Western Conference Finals. After the three games and facing a 2-1 deficit, Golden State is now up to +180.

Oppositely, the Lakers feel like comfortable favorites. They began the series with a +128 designation, a number that has flipped to a favorable -210.

These numbers are of course subject to change with each passing game, as they have already. If the Warriors are able to overcome their status as an underdog on Monday and pull off the victory, then they’ll be headed home tied 2-2 and with their own chance to take the series lead.

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Very few people thought that either of these teams would be in the position that they are, but both the New York Knicks and Miami Heat pulled off upsets in the first round and will meet in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals.

NBA Odds: Knicks Are Favored In Series Against Heat

The Heat may have had the more impressive showing in Round 1. They had a middling regular season, in which they were able to sneak in to the play-in tournament, where they lost their first game. But they eventually qualified for the 8th seed, which earned them a date with the Milwaukee Bucks, who were the title favorites entering the post season.

But thanks to an untimely injury for Giannis Antetokounmpo coupled with God-like performances from Jimmy Butler, the Heat became just the sixth 8-seed to ever upset a 1-seed.

The Knicks pulled an upset as well, but their seeding wasn’t as impressive as Miami’s. They took on the Cleveland Cavaliers, and were able to advance in five games by holding their opponents to under 100 points in every game.

The two teams advancing is a nostalgic dream for those of us who grew up watching the smash mouth NBA basketball of the 1990s. There are plenty of memories and images of the rivalry from those times, and fans are excited to have a meaningful matchup between the two again.

Neither Team Taken Seriously In Title Odds

As for the oddsmakers, they like the Knicks chances, considering that they are the higher seed. The folks over at BetOnline.ag have New York as the favorite, and they are currently listed at -158. The Heat come in with a designation of +138.

Neither team is getting any love when it comes to NBA title odds, though. Despite both of them qualifying for the Eastern Semis, they are the 7th and 8th teams listed in terms of likeliest champion, with the Knicks at +2200 and the Heat at +2800. Only the Sacramento Kings sit behind the two of them, though that could change depending on the result of their Game 7 on Sunday.

Those numbers are quite an improvement from when the postseason started, though. Before the Heat tipped off against the Bucks, they were sitting at +10000 while the Knicks came in at +9000. For reference, the title-favored Bucks were listed at +230.

The series will start Sunday at 10am inside Madison Square Garden.

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For the first time in NBA history, we could have all four teams from the state of California qualify for the playoffs. And according to the sports books, it is the Golden State Warriors who are the favorites of the bunch to advance the furthest in the post season.

The pack is shockingly led by the Sacramento Kings. The resurgence of the team back to prominence in the Western Conference has taken ages, but the team has been sitting comfortably as the 3rd seed for the better part of two months now.

NBA: Warriors Favored To Be Best California Team In The Playoffs



The Kings were one of the biggest contributors to California’s teams not making the playoffs at the same time. They haven’t qualified for the post season since 2006, but are going to end the 16-year drought in 2023, making the entire situation possible.

The Los Angeles Clippers have held a slight edge over the Warriors for much of the season, but the two teams have been within a few games of each other in the standings. They currently sit just one game apart, with the Clippers sitting in the 5th seed and the Warriors in the 7th.

The team that could spoil the fun is the Los Angeles Lakers. They are currently one game under .500, but that still puts them in good enough position to be the 9th seed and currently a member of the play-in tournament. The return of LeBron James figures to bode well for their chances, but the Lakers looked underwhelming in his first game back against the Chicago Bulls.

Will The Lakers Spoil The Party And Miss The Playoffs?

While they share identical records, the Lakers hold a tiebreaker over the Oklahoma City Thunder, putting OKC in the 10th and final spot.

But neither of them is safe, as the Dallas Mavericks are now in the first spot out of the playoffs while sitting in 11th, but they are just a half game behind Los Angeles and Oklahoma City.

So which of the California NBA teams has the best odds of advancing the furthest? The oddsmakers are apparently favoring familiarity and experience over regular season results.



The Warriors have the shortest odds in this category, coming in at +150 to be the ones to advance the furthest. Both Los Angeles teams are listed next, and have very similar lines, with the Clippers coming in at +275 and the Lakers at +285.

But the team that has been better than all of them all season is the distant long shot. There aren’t a lot of players on the Kings roster that have playoff experience, and the organization certainly lacks it. But they may be worth the better than 3/1 value to advance further than the rest.

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There aren’t a lot of positive things that happen to and around the Sacramento Kings, as they have been one of the most unfortunate franchises in the NBA and in all of North American sports for nearly two decades. But thanks to the right combination of players and new head coach Mike Brown, the Kings find themselves in third place in the highly-contested Western Conference as we enter the month of March.

The Kings have the longest playoff drought in any of the four major sports. It has been 16 years since Sacramento hosted a post-season game, but they currently have an 88 percent chance of snapping that streak. There are 22 games left, and if their recent play is any indication, they should be able to hold on to their playoff hopes, and maybe even to the three-seed.

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If that does happen, and the Kings not only avoid the play-in tournament but hold home-court advantage in their first playoff series since the iPhone was invented, then Brown deserves very serious consideration for the NBA Coach of the Year award. And it seems as though he is already getting some recognition.

According to the sportsbooks, the race for the award has been a two-man one for the last month, between Brown and rookie head coach Joe Mazzulla, who has the Celtics tied for the best record in the league. Nuggets head coach Michael Malone is the only other real possibility for the award, though he is somewhat of a long shot at this point, coming in at +400.

Mazzulla had been ahead of Brown and the favorite for most of January and February as the Celtics were soaring. But the sustained success of the Kings has boosted Brown into the top spot as the favorite to win COY, with a +125 designation. The gap between him and Mazzulla (+185) isn’t exactly sizable, but it is large enough that Brown could secure the award with a handful of more impressive wins from Sacramento.

The Kings will be on the road to take on the Thunder tonight, but they’ll play five of their next six at home in Golden 1 Center. They’ll play against tough teams, but if they are able to come out of that stretch with a 4-2 record, they’ll be sitting pretty going into the final month of the season.

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The first time I saw Charlamagne on TV was on MTV’s The Guy Code where he was one of the panelists that dissected Pop Culture’s masculine constitution. Charlamagne stood out for his sharp wit, humor, and often brutal takes. From that rather modest beginning, he has steadily evolved into a media powerhouse. I asked him what kept him motivated to keep pushing and aiming for the top and he tells me that the more access he sees, the more he realizes that there’s more he can do. For him, putting himself in a position and not limiting himself helped him to rise in the media industry.

“The more access you get to things, the more you see that the sky is the limit. And a lot of these things, I’m not pushing for. I’m only always putting myself in a position to level up,” he shares.

One of the defining points in the early days of Charlamagne’s career was after he infamously lost his job after an interview with Hip Hop legend Beanie Sigel. For many individuals starting on Radio, such termination could have brutally checkmated their confidence, however, Charlamagne was not a regular media personality. I asked him if that experience gave him the confidence to go on and his answer was simple and straight “I didn’t have a Plan B” he tells me.

For Charlamagne, the radio was all he knew and there was nothing he could turn to so he was always going to keep coming back. “What most people called perseverance is just me not having a Plan B. I was a kid in South Carolina who wanted to do something positive. The internship with the radio was the most corporate thing I have ever done.”

Unbent and unbroken, not even getting fired could change his love for the radio. After getting fired, he was always eagerly waiting for the next opportunity to take his career to the next level. “I didn’t know anything else except the radio so there was nowhere else to go. I loved radio and just kept waiting for the next opportunity,” Charlamagne says.

Perseverance does come with success and Charlamagne would go on to become a top media personality who is famous for butting heads with the high and mighty in entertainment. His celebrated The Breakfast Club is an important part of American Pop Culture and its success isn’t without some heavy indictments, especially from the Black communities. I asked Charlamagne what he thinks of the criticisms from the primary consumers of his show. “That comes with the territory,” he tells me.

“There’s nobody on this planet doing something of note that doesn’t get some form of criticism. If they weren’t talking that would have bothered me but as long as they are talking then it’s fine.”

During his illustrious career, Charlamagne has butted heads with some of the biggest names in entertainment. While he made a name for himself as a hardball, in the past couple of years, Charlamagne has increasingly become more agreeable and less dismissive. I asked him if this subtlety comes with age and he confirms it does.

“Therapy made me more empathetic to people and when you get older you get to know most of the things you hear about people are mostly false. Also when I started, most of the folks I met were my age mates or older but now I get to deal with young folks trying to figure it out so I get to be more patient and want them to grow just as I was assisted to grow when I was younger.”

Charlamagne is a man who has experienced the toxicity that comes with working in the media. His experience led him to seek help and therapy and he’s now offering similar assistance to young black men through his initiative Mental Health Alliance. Charlemagne tells me losing friends to suicide and his conversation with the people close to late rapper Nipsey Hustle inspired him to seek help. The sobriety and realization that comes from therapy helped him to decide to assist other black men to deal with their emotional and mental difficulties.

For an individual who is categorically vocal about his thoughts, Charlamagne is reaching greater heights in his career at a time when public comments are heavily subjected to the leanings of different groups. I asked Charlamagne how he has been able to navigate this and he tells me it’s all about emotional intelligence.

“Intention matters and my intention is never to offend. The reality is that you can’t control what might be offensive to people. I might say something that I consider harmless but it might offend others. So it’s all about intentions.”

With his Comedy Central Show A Hell Of A Week getting a second installment, I asked Charlamagne what the viewers should expect and he tells me lots of great content.

“More conversation. We have changed the show to a panel format so it’s me having great conversations and exchanging ideas with other individuals.”

Charlamagne has hosted some Nigerian music stars on his previous shows and I asked him if Nigerians should expect some of their Superstars on The Hell of A Week. He replies “Absolutely!”

“I love Nigerians. In my MTV Base show ‘CHARLAMAGNE AND FRIENDS’ which evolved into ‘UNCOMMON SENSE’ my DJ was a Nigerian DJ Cuppy. Before then I didn’t even know who she was but we met at the Roc Nation office and we vibe. It has just been amazing to see the things she has gone on to achieve.”

The second season of Charlamagne Tha god’s Hell of A Week on Comedy Central is set to further offer another rich experience with the media personality who knows how to offer unique perspectives in educating and entertaining viewers.

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