NFL sponsors avoid Ravens, Vikings due to off-the-field incidents, per report

The impact of the scandals surrounding former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice and suspended Minnesota Vikings back Adrian Peterson has now impacted sponsorships, according to a story by The Hollywood Reporter.

Radisson Hotels became the first sponsor to drop out when it suspended its sponsorship of the Vikings earlier this month. While neither Rice nor Peterson will suit up for some time, more sponsors are concerned with wrapping their brands around the teams they played for. As such, they’ve quietly shifted their ads away from games featuring the Ravens and Vikings according to the report:

The Giants are very healthy but did not play like it in the first two weeks against the Detroit Lions and Arizona Cardinals. However, Tom Coughlin’s team recovered with the Texans in town, racking up 419 total yards including 193 on the ground. Rashad Jennings led the charge with 176 yards on 34 carries with a touchdown, while Victor Cruz found the end zone for the first time since Week 4 of last season.

Washington is favored by 3.5 points over visiting New York, with the over/under set at 45, according to OddsShark.

It will be interesting to see who wins on third down. The Giants were top-notch against Houston on the money down last week, holding the Texans to a 2-of-12 conversion rate. Washington was prolific offensively on third down versus the Eagles, moving the sticks 8-of-15 opportunities. One reason for Washington’s success was a passing game that featured 8.9 yards per attempt.

In that vein, a matchup to watch will be Prince Amukamara and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie lined up across from Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson. Garcon and Jackson went for 138 and 117 yards on Sunday, each with a touchdown. For the Giants, they will look to exploit the absence of DeAngelo Hall, who is out for the season with a torn Achilles tendon.6

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Reggie Wayne picks a QB other than Luck or Manning as hardest passer

Congratulations are in order for Curtis Painter. On Tuesday, Reggie Wayne gave him an unofficial award that pertains to playing quarterback.

When Wayne was asked about who threw the hardest passes, he didn't name Andrew Luck or Peyton Manning (before his arm stopped functioning like a normal arm last year). He also didn't name Tom Brady, who threw to Wayne this past summer during Patriots training camp. Instead, Wayne chose Curtis Painter.

It's 2016, and we're talking about Curtis Painter.

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