On the surface, the "Sunday Night Football" game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Detroit Lions appears to be one of the best matchups of Week 8. Both teams made the postseason a year ago and they are in the thick of the 2017 playoff race. Ben Roethlisberger is a two-time Super Bowl winner, and Matthew Stafford is arguably one of the NFL's 10 best signal callers. Sure, Pittsburgh is the better team with two more wins and a lead in their division, but Detroit is at home. The Lions are only 2.5-point underdogs, per the betting odds at OddsShark.
That would be a Mobile Virtual Player, a remote-controlled dummy that can run drills with football players, allowing them to practice against an opponent that never gets tired. The MVP was developed by Dartmouth Football head coach Buddy Teevens as a way for players to practice basic skills like tackling, without risking as much injury as they would if they were slamming into their teammates. The dummies are each individually controlled by remote control from the sidelines. In addition to the Steelers, the MVP's are being used in beta testing by an assortment of universities for football and rugby practice, and by the United States' men's and women's rugby Olympic teams. The MVP company is working on an autonomous version of the dummy as well.
Fox News Flash top headlines for Nov. 27 are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com The Pittsburgh Steelers will start Devlin Hodges, who made waves earlier this season with his outspoken support of President Trump, at quarterback Sunday as they take on the Cleveland Browns, more than two weeks after a helmet-swinging melee that shook the NFL, coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday. It will be Hodges' second career start. He started earlier this season for the injured Mason Rudolph in Week 6 against the Los Angeles Chargers on the road.
There might be some debate regarding what teams are among the NFL's best, but there's no question as to who is the league's worst team. The Cleveland Browns are still looking for their first victory in 2016, and it's no surprise that they are the biggest underdogs in Week 7. The Browns are 10-point underdogs, even though they are facing a struggling Cincinnati Bengals team. Cincinnati is 2-4, coming off two straight double-digit losses. But Cleveland is the only winless NFL team, and they've lost three consecutive matchups against the Bengals by at least 21 points. The Chicago Bears are the only other team getting at least nine points in Week 7. As one of four teams with exactly one victory this season, Chicago is a heavy underdog against the Green Bay Packers on "Thursday Night Football."