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Video: The NFL Network takes on TPC Sawgrass

By Alex Myers

A trip to Jacksonville to cover the lowly Jaguars for a Thursday night game likely wouldn't do much to raise the pulse of the NFL Network's crew. However, a detour during the day probably did.

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Ahead of the tilt between the host Jags and the Indianapolis Colts, analysts Rich Eisen, Deion Sanders, Kurt Warner and Steve Mariucci all went to TPC Sawgrass for a closest-to-the-pin contest on the famed 17th hole. Here's a brief look at how the group fared when taking aim at the treacherous island green:

Ponte Vedra resident and 16-time PGA Tour winner Jim Furyk was on hand to help the guys face one of golf's most daunting shots. As you can see, his expert advice didn't help much, especially for Mariucci, who managed to keep his first shot dry -- by dribbling it so badly that it stayed on the tee box.

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The star of the video turned out to be NFL Network host Rich Eisen, who after doing his best Jim Nantz "Hello, friends" impersonation, stuck his first attempt to about five feet from the hole. Meanwhile, Sanders decided to not even try, but instead, stuck to his favorite hobby: fishing. But casting his lure from the walkway to the island green proved fruitless for one of the game's all-time best defensive backs.

The foursome's efforts were broadcast during the postgame show on NFL Network -- and that's a good thing. After another poor effort by the Jaguars in a 27-10 loss, this wound up being the night's most entertaining highlight package.

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