Guess the St. Louis Rams’ exact 2014 schedule, and you can win $100,000

The NFL has this promotion thing down pat, and if Warren Buffett can engineer a billion-dollar bracket challenge, then by golly, the St. Louis Rams can have a pretty good consolation giveaway.

Anyone who can correctly guess, game for game, what the St. Louis Rams’ schedule will look like can win $ 100,000. Again: Fans are being asked to predict the team’s schedule for money. What a brilliant idea that underscores fans’ hunger for all things NFL.

The Buffalo Bills have their own version of a schedule contest. If a fan can nail every game perfectly, he or she will win tickets for life. The most correct entries this year will earn 2014 season tickets.

But we’re talking every game here, home or road, plus the day. In the Rams contest, you must predict Thursday/Sunday/Monday for every week, plus the bye, and there’s even a Saturday option for Week 16, when the NFL will have a doubleheader on that day. (Here are a few hints to get your Bills entry started off right: It appears the Bills will be at Detroit on Thanksgiving, and they are rumored to be hosting the Packers in a Monday night game this season.)

Can you do it? Seems like a tall order, but a fun promotion nonetheless. And with the NFL announcing that the schedule will not be announced this week, it appears fans will have ample time to get their entries in.

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An aside: Is that not the most NFL tweet ever?

Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter!

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Lincoln MKX Concept goes for the gold in Beijing

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We’ve now seen the Lincoln MKX Concept in the metal, and we’ve shot it with the lenses of our own DSLR cameras. And we have to say, our opinion of the concept’s design language has improved over our initial reaction. Yes, it’s clear that this MKX shares its underpinnings with those of the Ford Edge Concept that we saw in LA, but the changes made by Lincoln stylists are a welcome departure from the angular lines of its corporate cousin from The Blue Oval.

We like the subtlety of the MKX Concept’s front fascia, and the lighting elements both front and rear lend a luxurious quality to the crossover’s typical two-box proportions. When combined with the smaller MKC that was shown in production form late last year, it’s clear to see that Lincoln has a specific design direction that at least seems visually capable of setting it apart from the Ford models with which the brand shares its platforms. Here’s hoping there are some Lincoln-specific upgrades underhood…

Have a look at our image gallery of live photos from Beijing above, reread the press release below, and feel free to let us know what you think.

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Josh Freeman agrees to a one-year deal with the New York Giants

The New York Giants are giving Josh Freeman another chance to salvage his NFL career.

According to ESPN’s Adam Caplan, Freeman signed a one-year deal with the Giants on Wednesday, which was confirmed by the quarterback’s agent. Freeman is expected to be Eli Manning’s backup this season.

Freeman began last season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but was released after a rift with coach Greg Schiano. He eventually signed with the Minnesota Vikings, and it appeared Minnesota found a quarterback to replace Christian Ponder. However, Freeman struggled in his debut against the New York Giants in Week 7.

Freeman completed 20-of-53 passes for 190 yards and one interception during a 23-7 loss. Even though his lack of productivity could have been blamed on being thrown into the fire so quickly, Freeman was never given an opportunity to start in Minnesota again. The Vikings didn’t pursue Freeman in free agency.

Prior to visiting the Giants, Freeman worked out with the Chicago Bears, but left without a contract. Caplan said the Green Bay Packers were also interested in Freeman. 

Freeman, who was Tampa Bay’s first-round pick (17th overall) in 2009 and is just 26 years old, has thrown for 13,724 yards, 80 touchdowns and 67 interceptions in his career. He was the third quarterback selected after Detroit’s Matthew Stafford (No.1 overall) and New Jets’ Mark Sanchez (fifth overall) in 2009, and he had 3,451 passing yards, 25 touchdowns and six interceptions with the Bucs in 2010. Freeman led Tampa Bay to a 10-6 record, but his team missed the playoffs.

New York is not interested in Freeman competing against Manning, but he could develop into a reliable backup with an entire offseason to learn the playbook.

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Volkswagen New Midsize Coupe concept unveiled in Beijing

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This is the New Midsize Coupe in the metal, and as a demonstrator of the versatility of the Modular Transverse Matrix platforms, Volkswagen says it’s what “customers all over the world can look forward to over the next few years.” Wider than a Passat, shorter and lower than a Jetta and weighing less than a Jetta, these are the cues a sport sedan on the MQB-B platform could wear.

VW designers didn’t take any shortcuts with the detailing, the every corner of the sedan meant to reinforce its presence and draw the eye in. At the front of that long bonnet is a three-bar grilled, with the top bar painted high-gloss black to make the car look lower, the lower two bars finished in chrome look at the front and brushed aluminum in back. They front a collection of finned, ornamental modules, the design reaching all the way into the LED headlights where the finned modules act as cooling vanes for the headlights. The motif is recreated in the lower intakes as well.

From the side you get a full view of the long hood and short decklid, set off by a lower sill in metal. The Dragon Red paint is matched in the 20-inch wheels, with spokes carrying a touch of the body color, and their black inner surfaces complementing the high-gloss black roof panel. In back, 3D LED taillights have aluminum accents, sitting high above twin exhaust pipes split by a high-gloss black diffuser.

The 217-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbo will scoot the New Midsize Coupe to 62 miles per hour in 6.5 seconds, and with the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission VW says a driver can get fuel economy of 6.4 liters per 100 kilometers, about 37 mpg.

We’re told there won’t be any sacrifice in the cabin for that, with “ample space for five,” cargo capacity of 500 liters, trim in Silk and Ebony Black with Dragon Red piping, Alcantara on the headliner and pillars, and controls from the Golf (which rides on the MQB-A platform).

There’s a press release below with more details. We wouldn’t mind being a part of the world that gets a shot at this, should VW make it…

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Carson Palmer gives the Cardinals his blessing to draft a quarterback

Carson Palmer is 34. He hasn’t had a quarterback rating over 85 since 2007. He had 22 interceptions last year, second-most in the NFL.

He’s a stopgap quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals. He’s not so bad he’ll kill your chances of winning, considering he had 4,274 yards and 24 touchdowns to go with all those interceptions last year. But if the Cardinals haven’t been looking for his replacement, they’ve been making a mistake.

Palmer seems to realize the inevitability of the team finding a younger quarterback, and he told Cardinals’ web site writer Darren Urban that he’s fine with the team drafting his eventual replacement.

“If you are in a position to draft the best player on your board, and that’s the best position to be in as an organization, and (a quarterback) is the best player on the board, you are not only making your team better by creating competition but you are helping out the future,” Palmer told

Not that the team would have passed on a quarterback if it would have upset Palmer, but it makes a lot of sense if they invested in a quarterback of the future in this draft. The Cardinals have often had a high pick through the years, but this isn’t one of those years after they finished 10-6. But this quarterback class not only has a few quarterbacks that should go in the top 10 but more than a few that could end up being drafted ether late in the first round or after the first round who could become solid NFL starters. Given an offensive-minded head coach like Bruce Arians to work with, a second-round or mid-round quarterback could be a great value for the Cardinals.

And the incumbent doesn’t seem like he would create any waves.

“That’s the business,” Palmer told “It doesn’t matter how you feel about it, whether it irks you or you don’t care. That’s the game.”

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