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WATCH THIS ONE FOLKS!BEAR DOWN Youth Nick Kwiatkoski Jersey , CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!BEARRRSSSSStankevitz: Bears film breakdown - How a perfectly called and executed screen led to a 70-yard touchdown for Tarik Cohen | NBC Sports Chicago - How did a simple screen pass turn into a 70-yard touchdown? It starts with every Bears player on the field doing his job correctly.Perez: Bears will face Bills backup Nathan Peterman in Week 9 - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears will face Buffalo Bills backup QB Nathan Peterman in the teams' Week 9 matchup at Buffalo.Bryce Callahan named to Pro Football Focus’ Week 8 Team of the Week - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears CB Bryce Callahan's stellar performance against the Jets earned him a spot on Pro Football Focus' Week 8 Team of the WeekMayer's Chalk Talk: How did Daniels grade out? - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses how James Daniels performed in his first NFL start, the last time the Bears won and all three of their division rivals lost on the same weekend and if a quarterback has ever led the Bears in rushing.Lunch with Larry: 10.30.18 - ChicagoBears.com - Bears Senior Writer Larry Mayer talks Mitchell Trubisky, the multitude of offensive weapons, the injury outlook and more during his weekly Q&A with fans.Medina: The Bills Are a Mess Right Now and The Bears Should Be Expected to Win - Bleacher Nation - The Bills are riding the struggle bus and awaiting them at their next stop are the Chicago Bears.Dannehy: Is This Bears Offense Destined For Greatness? They May Be Getting Close Already - Da Bears Blog - Even after a bad start to the season, the Bears are 9th in points scored, 11th in points per drive and 10th in yardage.Bernstein: Active NFL Trade Season All Good Fun - 670 The Score - A sometimes habitually transaction-reluctant league was busy Tuesday.Emma: NFL Trade Deadline Passes Without Deal By Bears - 670 The Score - Two NFC North foes were busy making moves.Emma: Bears Expected To Face Bills 3rd-String QB Nathan Peterman - 670 The Score - Peterman has an abysmal 20.8 quarterback rating this season.Jahns: Bears Kyle Long injury update - Long in walking boot, team has back-up plan - Sun Times - With Kyle Long injured, the Bears will turn to James Daniels, Eric Kush and Bryan Witzmann at guard.Kane: The story behind what Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan called ‘the best surprise I ever had’ - Chicago Tribune - The Bears surprised Danny Trevathan with a visit from his grandmother. "I just know I have to appreciate the days I have with her right now," he said.Real Talk: What Kyle Long's latest injury means for the Bears and his future - Chicago Tribune - Chicago Bears guard Kyle Long was wheeling around Halas Hall on Tuesday morning on a scooter, with his injured right foot elevated and in a boot. As the Bears slow-play their revelation of Long's latest injury, there are serious questions about his future and how his absence will affect the team.Campbell: 5 observations from rewatching Bears-Jets: Mitch Trubisky's 2nd half, Leonard Floyd's sack drought and a nasty run defense - Chicago Tribune - 5 observations from rewatching the Bears' 24-10 win over the Jets include Mitch Trubisky's second-half surge, Leonard Floyd's sack drought, the Bears terrific run defense, the late re-emergence of Jordan Howard and Bryce Callahan's active day.Rosenthal: Bears receiver Taylor Gabriel tweets support for oft-criticized ESPN 'MNF' analyst Jason Witten - Chicago Tribune - Bears wide receiver Taylor Gabriel tweeted his support for much-criticized rookie ESPN "Monday Night Football" analyst Jason Witten. Among Witten's many critics has been Bears teammate Danny Trevathan, who tweeted a complaint that Witten mispronounced his name on "MNF" earlier this season.NFL Week 8 wrap-up: How can Mitch Trubisky compete with Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson? - Chicago Tribune - How can Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky compete with draft classmates Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson? There's discord in Green Bay after a costly fumble against the Rams.Meet the Buffalo Bills (with the Rockpile Report Podcast) - Da Bears Brothers Podcast - Da Bears Brothers kick off their Week 9 preview by gaining a firsthand scouting report with everything you need to know about the Buffalo Bills.Letizia: It’s Time to Give Charles Leno Jr. the Recognition He Deserves - Da Bears Brothers Blog - Charles Leno Jr. is a top-five NFL tackle, and it's time that he's seen as one.Ellis: Report - Kyle Long out for 6-8 weeks with foot injury - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears' O-Line will be missing its leader for the next two months or so.Ellis: What the Golden Tate trade does for the Bears' pursuit of an NFC North title - NBC Sports Chicago - The NFC North landscape shifts a bit.POLISH SAUSAGESeahawks release veteran WR Brandon Marshall - NFL.com - Brandon Marshall’s stint in Seattle is over. The Seahawks announced they’ve parted ways with the veteran WR. Marshall signed a one-year deal with the team this past offseason.NFL Trade Deadline 2018: Vikings stand pat; Lions, Packers make significant deals - Daily Norseman - Including one guy that historically does very well against the VikingsKNOW THY ENEMYBuffalo Bills Nathan Peterman expected to start vs. Chicago Bears in Week 9 following Josh Allen, Derek Anderson injuries - Buffalo Rumblings - After Derek Anderson suffered a concussion Monday night, it looks like Petermania is backFormer Jets, Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor signs with Buffalo Bills - Buffalo Rumblings - After a free agent visit, the receiver is staying in BuffaloBuffalo Bills stand pat at trade deadline, holding onto LeSean McCoy http://www.bearsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-tarik-cohen-jersey , Kelvin Benjamin - Buffalo Rumblings - LeSean McCoy and Kelvin Benjamin stay put.Five observations: opinions on Buffalo Bills loss to New England Patriots opinion - Buffalo Rumblings - The Bills defense is playoff-caliber. The offense is -dumpster-caliber.Buffalo Bills not ruling out Josh Allen missing rest of 2018 season - Buffalo Rumblings - Gulp.NFL trade: Packers ship RB Ty Montgomery to Ravens for 2020 7th-rounder - Acme Packing Company - Green Bay gets a 7th-round pick in 2020 in the deal.Aaron Jones is now the Green Bay Packers lead back - Acme Packing Company - After a worrisome few weeks with Mike McCarthy hemming and hawing over backfield snaps, it’s now clear Jones is the guy.Top 5 moments of Golden Tate’s time with the Detroit Lions - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions just traded away one of their most fun to watch players on the team.Quick thoughts on the Golden Tate trade: The Lions done messed up - Pride Of Detroit - Trying to make sense of the Lions trade.Golden Tate trade: Detroit Lions players react to losing WR to Eagles - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions roster weighed in on the loss of one Detroit’s most prolific players in the franchise’s history.Playoffs? Playoffs?! Who said anything about playoffs? - Daily Norseman - Taking stock of the Vikings playoff chances at the halfway pointNFL trade: Packers send Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to Washington at deadline - Acme Packing Company - Ha Ha is on his way to Washington thanks to a last-minute deal.Tom Brady: Aaron Rodgers inspires me – ProFootballTalk - A promo for Sunday night’s game between the Patriots and Packers features Michael Jordan musing about who is the greatest quarterback ever while hyping a rare matchup between Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers.NFL 2018 Trade Deadline Tracker: Ty Montgomery headed to Baltimore - Acme Packing Company - A veteran wideout is headed to Houston in the first trade of the day.IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRONZeglinski: Chicago Bears Kyle Long out 6-8 weeks with foot injury - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears will unfortunately likely not see the veteran stalwart the rest of the 2018 season.Infante: Bears stay quiet as trade deadline passes - Windy City Gridiron - The 2018 NFL trade deadline has passed, and the Bears did not do anything.Householder's Stock up, Stock down: Chicago Bears New York Jets edition - Windy City Gridiron - Back on the winning side, we’ll highlight three good players and three struggling for the BearsWiltfong's NFL Power Rankings: Bears back in 1st place, but where are they ranked? - Windy City Gridiron - We take our weekly trip around the interwebs to see where "they" rank the Chicago Bears in their Power Rankings.Wiltfong: Ten Thoughts on the NFL and the Bears - Windy City Gridiron - 1) Patrick Mahomes’ special season continues as he went over 300 yards passing for the seventh straight game. He leads the league in both passing yards (2,526) and touchdowns (26). There’s no...WCG CONTRIBUTORS BEARS PODCASTS & STREAMS2 Minute Drill - Website - iTunes - Andrew Link; Steven’s Streaming – Twitch – Steven Schweickert; T-Formation Conversation - Website - iTunes - Lester Wiltfong, Jr.; WCG Radio - Website - iTunes - Robert ZeglinskiTHE RULESWindy City Gridiron Community Guidelines - SBNation.com - We strive to make our communities open and inclusive to sports fans of all backgrounds. The following is not permitted in comments, FanPosts, usernames or anywhere else in an SB Nation community: Comments, FanPosts or usernames that are intolerant or prejudiced; racial or other offensive epithets; Personal attacks or threats on community members; Gendered insults of any kind; Trolling; Click link for full information.The Bear’s Den Specific Guidelines – The Bear’s Den is a place for Chicago Bears fans to discuss Chicago Bears football, related NFL stories, and general football talk. 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Additionally, if you keep beating the same dead horse over and over and fail to heed a moderator’s warning to stop, you will be banned.Click on our names to follow us on Twitter:WCG Contributors: Jeff Berckes; Patti Curl; Eric Christopher Duerrwaechter;Kev H; Sam Householder; Jacob Infante; Aaron Lemming; Andrew Link; Ken Mitchell; Steven Schweickert; Jack Silverstein; EJ Snyder; Lester Wiltfong, Jr.; Whiskey Ranger; Robert Zeglinski; Like us on Facebook. All statistics and snap counts are taken directly from the NFL’s Game Statistic and Information System, as we’re the snipped pictures.The Chicago Bears came back from a 14-0 deficit against the Arizona Cardinals to win 16-14, and they now sit on top of the NFC North with a 2-1 record. Did the offense look polished? Nope. Did the defense have some lapses? Yep. Does that matter when looking at the standing for the NFC North? Hell no.I’ll run through some numbers that caught my eye, but ESPN has a nice layout on their box scores and game recaps page if you want to see everything. Just click the links provided to check out the full statistical numbers from the game.The Bears held the edge in total yards (316 to 221), offensive plays (69 to 48), first downs (21 to 13) Eddie Jackson Jersey , third down percentage (36% to 30%), time of possession (36:21 to 23:39), and penalties (7 for 45 yards to 6 for 43).OFFENSEMitchell Trubisky had another uneven game completing 24 of 35, for 220 yards with an interception, a fumble, and a passer rating 73.5. He was sacked three times, and he scrambled twice for eight yards. His top target in the passing game was wide out Taylor Gabriel with 10, and he caught 6 for 34 yards. Tight End Trey Burton led the Bears in receiving yards with 55, and he caught 4 of 5 targets. Jordan Howard led the way on the ground with 24 rushes for 61 yards, and he also snagged both balls thrown his way for 20 yards. Tarik Cohen had 53 yards rushing on only 5 carries, 15 yards receiving on 3 catches, and 21 yards on 2 punt returns. The Bears stuck with the run and their running backs averaged a shade under 4 yards per carry. The Cardinals’ defense had 5 tackles for loss and 5 quarterback hits to go along with those 3 sacks. Eric Kush was flagged twice and Bobby Massie was caught once.DEFENSEKhalil Mack is doing Khalil Mack things.Overall for the day, Mack had 5 tackles, 2 sacks, a tackle for loss, 3 QB hits, and a forced fumble. Chicago’s other two sacks were courtesy of Sherrick McManis and Akiem Hicks. McManis also had one of the Bears 3 interceptions (not a bad use of his 5 snaps on D), with Bryce Callahan and Eddie Jackson getting the other 2 picks. The Bears’ defense added 6 tackles for loss, 9 QB hits, and 5 passes defended, while holding Arizona QBs to a 73.6 passer rating. SPECIAL TEAMS The players listed below only played in the third phase.Cody Parkey made 3 of 4 field goals, and all 5 of his kickoffs went for touchbacks. Patrick O’Donnell punted 3 times for a 52.7 average. McManis and Sam Acho each had a special teams tackle. Did any of the numbers stand out to you guys?
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Colts News: Vintage Andrew Luck pulls the Colts back from embarrassment against Patriots Vintage Andrew Luck pulls back from embarrassment | Zak Keefer - IndyStarThey were as decimated by injuries as they’ve been in a decade Youth Andrew Luck Jersey , trying to win in a stadium they haven’t in 12 years, limping into the house of the longtime league bullies without much of a puncher’s chance.Colts Notebook: Locker room sticks together amidst losing streak | George Bremer – Herald BulletinThey’re both physical and mental for the young Colts, who played without 12 starters Thursday night at New England. Indianapolis (1-4) lost its third straight game, 38-24, to the Patriots (3-2), and once again missed opportunities in the second half were a major factor. But there’s no blame being tossed around in the locker room. Instead of fracturing under the frustration, the losing streak seems to be pulling the team closer together.Colts lose to Patriots 38-24 on Thursday Night Football | Phil Nardiello – FOX 59The Colts put up a valiant effort, but the short week, mounting injuries and of course, Tom Brady were all too much to overcome as they fell in New England, 38-24 to drop to 1-4 on the season.Despite Injuries Around Him, Andrew Luck Has Best Career Performance Against Patriots | Kevin Bowen – WFNI ESPN 107.5/ 1070 The Fan | Indy’s SportsCenter The New England Patriots have stifled Andrew Luck throughout his career, but on Thursday night, No. 12 put together an impressive performance.Colts’ miscues undermine Andrew Luck’s 300-yard game | Mike Wells - ESPNThe Indianapolis Colts took the field at Gillette Stadium already down two players from the maximum of 46 allowed on the active roster. And they were down to 40 players by the time the game ended in a 38-24 loss to the New England Patriots.Colts receivers continue to look for answer to dropped passes | Brendan C. Hall - IndyStarIndianapolis Colts tight end Erik Swoope was asked about how he and his teammates will attack the ball security issues that lingered for yet another week and, before he could answer, teammate Eric Ebron couldn’t help but offer a lighthearted groan.Patriots overwhelm short-handed Colts | George Bremer – Herald BulletinLike King Leonidas and the Spartans holding off the Persians at the Battle of Thermopylae http://www.authenticsindianapoliscolts.com/cheap-adam-vinatieri-jersey , the result of Thursday night’s game at Gillette Stadium felt inevitable.Colts’ Andrew Luck can’t beat the Patriots by himself | Gregg Doyel - IndyStarThe injuries were almost as absurd as Andrew Luck. That’s how bad they were. That’s how good he was.5 Things Learned: Patriots Handle Depleted Colts | Kevin Bowen - WFNI ESPN 107.5/ 1070 The Fan | Indy’s SportsCenterThe Colts made it interesting for some second-half stretches, before the Patriots pulled away for their 8th straight victory over Indianapolis. What did we learn from the 38-24 loss to the Patriots in New England?Colts get sobering reminder that ‘it’s just a game’ | Stephen Holder – The AthleticMuch鈥?of the鈥?conversation around鈥?the Indianapolis Colts鈥?Thursday鈥?night鈥?portrayed them as the victims鈥?of a massive slew鈥嬧€?of injuries.Despite Luck’s heroics, depleted Colts suffer their usual fate in New England | Bob Kravitz – 13 WTHR IndianapolisThey began the game with 44 semi-healthy players. By game’s end, a 38-24 loss to the Patriots (what’s new?), the Colts were down to roughly 39 players and were scouring the press box for ambulatory souls who may have played football in a previous life. The Colts got a win at home Sunday in what was a very one-sided affair. By midway through the first quarter, the Colts appeared to be easily the better team and didn’t do anything to cause doubts about that fact. The Bills were by far the worst team the Colts have played this season, so they should have done just what they did, but that hasn’t always stopped them from showing up and being underwhelming. With just the Raiders ahead before the Colts get their bye week, lets take a look at the snap counts from week 7 and see what they can tell us about this team.Offense#PlayerPositionOffensive SnapsPercentDefensive SnapsPercentSpecial Teams SnapsPercent#PlayerPositionOffensive SnapsPercentDefensive SnapsPercentSpecial Teams SnapsPercentNotesThe offensive line has looked very good for two weeks now. They’ve had the same group of guys on the field for the whole game, except in this one when Castonzo and Kelly were pulled later in the game once it was in hand. If this group continues to build continuity, they won’t just be good, they have the potential to be a great offensive line.You might be surprised to hear that Dontrelle Inman, the free agent receiver signed October 16th, led all other receivers in snaps. I know I was. Maybe that is because despite doing so, he wasn’t targeted at all. Jordan Wilkins, who got no offensive snaps last week White J'Marcus Webb Jersey , had 15 this week and was definitely a solid contributor. He had 6 carries for 46 yards and a catch for 8 yards. He doesn’t have to be the star, but getting good production out of him on limited use is exactly what the offense needs.T.Y. Hilton didn’t play quite as many snaps as we usually see, and while he was a big contributor, he didn’t have to be leaned on completely. That was good because he likely needs time to recover to 100%, but his impact was clearly felt, despite barely breaking 50% of the snaps for the offense.Defense#PlayerPositionOffensive SnapsPercentDefensive SnapsPercentSpecial Teams SnapsPercent#PlayerPositionOffensive SnapsPercentDefensive SnapsPercentSpecial Teams SnapsPercentNotesDespite his short time with the team, S Mike Mitchell played nearly every defensive snap. His impact has been huge in his two games with the team and if he can keep it up it’ll reinforce what a good signing he was to help cover needs of an injury plagued safety position.Darius Leonard continues to be a huge factor on the defense, playing 52 of 56 defensive snaps. 17 tackles and a fumble recovery, further proof that Leonard wasn’t just getting numbers as a product of chance, but that he is legitimately a playmaker.The loss of Jihad Ward to injury had a noticeable impact on Turay’s time on the field Sunday. He has pretty consistently hovered just north of 50% of the defensive snaps. This week he hit 71%. Turay had a good game and made the most of his playing time, but hopefully Ward won’t be out long, as he has been a valuable asset on passing downs.Curiously, Nate Hairston saw his playing time drop dramatically this week while Quincy Wilson saw his increase quite a bit. Hairston struggled against the Jets and Wilson had a solid game on Sunday. With Kenny Moore seemingly having a strangle hold at the top in terms of the pecking order, it may be that Hairston and Wilson will be battling it out for playing time going forward.Special Teams#PlayerPositionOffensive SnapsPercentDefensive SnapsPercentSpecial Teams SnapsPercent#PlayerPositionOffensive SnapsPercentDefensive SnapsPercentSpecial Teams SnapsPercent
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So far we know three of this year’s 12 playoff teams. If everything goes as expected Eric Fisher Jersey , that number will triple by the end of the week.The Chiefs have already clinched an AFC playoff berth, and the Rams and Saints have already clinched their divisions. If all of the favored teams win in Week 15, six more teams will clinch playoff berths. Those teams are:Patriots: Clinch the AFC East if they beat the Steelers. The Patriots are 1.5-point favorites.Seahawks: Clinch an NFC wild card berth if they beat the 49ers. The Seahawks are 4.5-point favorites.Bears: Clinch the NFC North if they beat the Packers. The Bears are 6-point favorites.Cowboys: Clinch the NFC East if they beat the Colts, or if Washington and Philadelphia both lose. The Cowboys are 2.5-point underdogs, but Washington is a 7-point underdog and Philadelphia is a 9.5-point underdog.Chargers: Clinch a playoff berth if they beat the Chiefs on Thursday night, or if the Steelers and Dolphins lose. The Chargers are 3.5-point underdogs, but the Steelers are 1.5-point underdogs and the Dolphins are 7-point underdogs.Texans: Clinch a playoff berth if they beat the Jets and the Steelers and Dolphins lose. The Texans are 6.5-point favorites, the Steelers are 1.5-point underdogs and the Dolphins are 7-point underdogs.Upsets can change everything, but if form holds we’ll have a very good idea of what the playoff picture looks like after Week 15. Which could mean some boring games in Week 16 and Week 17, as the teams that already know they’re in the playoffs start resting their starters and looking ahead to January.Four things to watch in the Chiefs final preseason game The entire NFL will be playing tonight in the final preseason week, as everyone gets an even playing field with regard to time and scheduling from here on out. Roster cuts are a few days away Cheap Mitch Morse Jersey , and whoever is on the field tonight is fighting for the lives. Whether or not the prospects of making your current team’s roster are great, you are getting one final chance to put something on tape for 31 other teams. The Chiefs have made moves in the past to add players at roster cuts, such as former safety Ron Parker. Here are the four things I’m looking for tonight:Lottery tickets on the bubbleDarrel Time.Denny Medley-USA TODAY SportsBrett Veach and company have done an excellent job of identifying undrafted free agents that provide value—players like Chase Litton, Ben Niemann, Darrel Williams, Arrion Springs and Ryan Hunter have made cut day that much more difficult. All these players listed are in serious consideration for a roster spot.Their performance tonight could be what seals their fate.What veterans have to play?Frank Zombo, a force to be reckoned with.Photo by Al Bello/Getty ImagesPlayers like Frank Zombo, Brian Witzmann, De’Anthony Thomas, Jehu Chesson could be playing for their roster spot on Thursday. None of those guys seem like locks to make the 53, and I would expect them all to play. This could also be an indication of how much the young players are pushing them for the opportunity.Who gets the early hook?The real Big Ben.Jason Getz-USA TODAY SportsOf all the players listed above (and more) Womens Eric Murray Jersey , who plays early and limited snaps? Players that get pulled early in the game could be the ones with a more solid chance of making the final roster. If it’s a veteran like Zombo, it could be that they know what he’s capable of and don’t need more, or he’s solidly on the roster. If a young player like Niemann gets a little work early, but don’t let him get too many reps, they’re probably trying to keep him healthy for week one.Litton vs. McGloinIt’s Lit.Denny Medley-USA TODAY SportsThere’s a palpable energy throughout the city. Everyone is on pins and needles wondering the same thing: who will win the Chiefs’ third-string quarterback job?Matt McGloin is a known commodity. He is what he is, and that’s a fringe, rosterable quarterback with a few starts under his belt. Then there’s Chase Litton—the young, exciting undrafted free agent who some thought could be day two, early day-three selection if he had stayed at Marshall another year.Litton has been the most impressive of the two, and Andy Reid likes to develop young quarterbacks. He has the potential to be the 2020 backup to Patrick Mahomes if he continues to grow. Litton can lock up the developmental quarterback role with a good day Thursday.
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Jerry Jones is trying to remain supportive of a Dallas Cowboys offense that has shown only fleeting moments of promise through three weeks of the season.Eight points in the opener and 13 points on Sunday won't be enough to get victories on the road no matter how well the Cowboys play on defense."I do think that we do have the talent and I do think that we have the coaching that can get us on the right track offensively Womens Customized Dallas Cowboys Jerseys ," Jones said. "We will get on the right track offensively, I'm sure."The Cowboys offensive issues 鈥?specifically in the passing game 鈥?were exposed again in their 24-13 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.Dak Prescott threw for 168 yards and a touchdown, but most of those came in the fourth quarter when the Cowboys were trying to rally. He averaged just 4.9 yards per pass attempt and the Cowboys were rarely able to push the ball downfield against Seattle's secondary. The longest pass play was a 20-yarder to tight end Geoff Swaim. The longest catch by a wide receiver was an 18-yarder to Cole Beasley."We did not do a good enough job of staying ahead of the chains, controlling the line of scrimmage in the passing game like we would have wanted to," Dallas coach Jason Garrett said. "We did a better job of rallying at the end but certainly not good enough."The Cowboys trailed 24-6 before finally finding the end zone on Prescott's shovel pass to Tavon Austin midway through the fourth quarter. It was the one bit of innovation in an otherwise stagnant offensive game plan that should have yielded more success considering how well Elliott was doing on the ground.Elliott rushed for 127 yards on just 16 carries, but even his longest run of the game ended up in disaster for the Cowboys when he fumbled deep in Seattle's end, getting hit from behind by safety Bradley McDougald."Our defense started out really great, and we had them on the field too long and they got worn down. We only scored three points in the first half. We've got to do better than that," Elliott said.Seattle found a formula that worked, getting 102 yards rushing from Chris Carson, two touchdown passes from Russell Wilson and two interceptions from unhappy safety Earl Thomas. Thomas, who wants a contract extension or a trade from Seattle, even bowed to the Cowboys sideline after his second interception with 3:09 remaining ended any hopes of a rally by Dallas.Thomas even acknowledged rumors floating around that he could be traded soon and Sunday could have been his last game in Seattle."I don't know if it was but I had a damn good time and I'll go out like that if I have to," Thomas said.Here's what else to know from both teams moving to 1-2 for the season:UNDER PROTECTION: Wilson had the cleanest pocket to throw from at any point this season. Seattle's offensive line that had allowed 12 sacks in the first two weeks neutralized the Dallas pass rush and allowed Wilson time to find receivers. Wilson was sacked only twice, one of those when he was tackled at the line of scrimmage. For his part www.thecowboysfootballauthentic.com , Wilson made smart, decisive decisions on his throws and didn't show the hesitations that had thrown off the timing of Seattle's pass game the first two weeks.INJURY CONCERN: The Cowboys had one significant injury concern to come out of the loss when linebacker Sean Lee aggravated an already troublesome hamstring injury and missed most of the second half. Lee had 11 tackles before being forced to the sideline because of the injury. He had been rotating with rookie Leighton Vander Esch, who also finished with 11 tackles."It feels like the same deal but I have to get (evaluated) and see where I'm at," Lee said.CENTURY MARK: Carson's 102 yards rushing and his touchdown were major milestones for a Seattle run game that's been absent for more than a season.Carson was the first running back to top 100 yards in the regular season since Thomas Rawls rushed for 106 yards in December 2016 against Carolina. Carson's TD run was the first by a Seahawks running back since J.D. McKissic found the end zone on a 31-yard run in Week 4 of the 2017 season. Seattle went 14 games without a running back finding the end zone until Carson bulled his way in with 12:54 remaining.FUN WITH NUMBERS: For the first time since 2010, Dallas did not start 2-1 through three games. The Cowboys started 0-2 in 2010, won their third game, and then dropped five straight. Dallas has also lost three straight to the Seahawks.Dak Prescott’s failures are a symptom of an overall failing offense The Cowboys colossal failure in Seattle this past week didn’t help quarterback Dak Prescott. For the fifth game in a row, and ninth in his last eleven games, Prescott failed to reach 200 passing yards, a universally doable task for all NFL quarterbacks these days. The loss that dropped the team to 1-2 also did no favors for a coaching staff that has come under fire. While both the quarterback and coaching have been critiqued and blamed, it’s only part of the problem. It’s peculiar that more people aren’t talking about how wildly inconsistent the rest of the offense has been in the past three weeks but now is a good time for a reminder.Suspect Protection There is no denying that Prescott has been at fault for a few of the hits he’s taken, he even admitted that much after the Seattle game. There was a popular stat being used to discredit theories about poor line play on Monday. It was determined that the Cowboys quarterback has the third-highest amount of time to throw at 2.99 seconds. Though that may be true, there was also a noticeable coincidence with that stat and another too:QuarterbackThrow Time (Rank)Sacks (Rank)Five of the Top-10 quarterbacks with the most time to throw are also in the Top-10 of most sacked quarterbacks on the season. Of those five, Deshaun Watson and Tyrod Taylor are the only two with clear WR1’s in reputation and stats. No other quarterback even has a receiver in the Top-30. Last week’s opposing QB Russell Wilson, the most-sacked QB in the league Dallas Cowboys T-Shirt , ranks 13th with 2.78 seconds to throw. Wilson’s tight ends had to chip DeMarcus Lawrence all game long to avoid another six-sack nightmare. Dak is on pace to get sacked 59 times, which would tie Tony Eason at ninth all-time for single season sacks taken. Sacks are one measurement but don’t forget QB hits. Prescott took 81 last season, he’s already been hit 22 times in three games. Without question, his timing, ball-placement, pocket awareness, and mechanics have all been wildly inconsistent but we can’t say protection hasn’t been a problem. Are we possibly guilty of downplaying the absence of Travis Frederick, who may be the best center in football? It’s not a slight to Joe Looney, who hasn’t been a liability but he’s nowhere near the level of the All-Pro he’s subbing for. Connor Williams has been beat badly at times but he is a rookie learning on the job. The real problem with this line right now is that they are far more comfortable with run-blocking than they are in pass protection. Ezekiel Elliott had costly mistakes in Seattle but he ran for 127 yards and almost eight yards per carry. The team basically could run the ball at will but it didn’t matter and that’s troubling when it’s the formula for the offense. They couldn’t protect the quarterback against a Seahawks pass rush that ranked 29th in sacks before the game.Tyron Smith just had an uncharacteristically bad performance with Frank Clark on Sunday. La’el Collins has struggled in his second season at right tackle as well. In three games, Smith and Collins have combined for seven penalties that have hurt potential drives. You can live with mistakes made by Looney or Williams. However, this team has to hang their hats on this offensive line and especially Tyron, Collins, and Zack Martin. Right now, this unit is struggling on an offense that is dependent upon them for success.When the offense surrendered six sacks one week, zero the next Dallas Cowboys Hats , then five against a defense that could manage only three in two previous games, you got problems. That’s instability by definition and plays its role in erratic play from the quarterback. What’s the plan at receiver because no plan isn’t workingThe Cowboys made a lot of big-time decisions in the offseason to put pass catchers around Dak Prescott that would fit his “spread the ball” style. They took hard stances due to last year’s receivers not getting separation or yards after catch. So far, it looks as though every concern about an offense without any outside threats has come true.Dak’s ball placement is one thing but even when he throws a nice ball, it’s getting dropped, tipped, flipped, and intercepted if Earl Thomas is near. As sure as it is that Dak is missing open targets, his guys aren’t doing him any favors. According to Next Gen Stats, 2.77 yards of separation is average for NFL receivers and tight ends are almost always well over that mark. The Cowboys only had four pass catchers even qualify to be charted with targets being so low:PlayerAvg CushAvg SepTarg Air YdsTargRec/TDCatch %YAC/RecEYACEYAC +/-So, separation and cushion are related which is why tight ends usually have higher numbers in both. Geoff Swaim is getting four yards of separation because often the closest defender is five yards away. Also, receivers can have below the 2.77 average and still be very successful but those that do usually have good yards after catch numbers. That’s what’s so concerning about the Cowboys. All four qualifiers were below their expected YAC when the ball was thrown. Now, here’s the separation stats for the Cowboys in each game:NFL Sep. Avg (2.77)SeahawksGiantsPanthersFirst, look how much separation the Cowboys were getting in the Seahawks game in contrast to week’s one and two. The reason those separation numbers are so high is because the Seahawks weren’t concerned with them, they were too busy harassing Prescott. Also, look at how bad things have been for Michael Gallup Dallas Cowboys Womens Hoodie , he’s had drops but also caused one of Dak’s two interceptions on the day. As down as these charts might be on these receivers, they are related to the suspect protection, playcalling, and quarterback play over these three games. Also, where’s Tavon Austin? He’s done more with two receptions than anyone else has with four times the amount. Blake Jarwin has played a higher percentage of the offensive snaps and doesn’t have a single catch. More than anything these charts tell you that the Cowboys just don’t have much of a plan with these guys. Cole Beasley and Geoff Swaim are the pass catchers with the highest snap percentages. The Cowboys have made Allen Hurns an exclusive slant route runner, he’s not offering much after the catch. Gallup may be making mistakes but he and Tavon are your two most explosive receivers playing a combined average of 36% of the snaps. The only way for the rookie to improve is to give him more opportunities. There is no respect from opponents to these receivers because they know:A.) They will rarely have the QB throw 20+ yards off the line of scrimmage B.) Even if they do throw 20+ yards off the line, they are 1-4 on those throwsC.) Of the two threats that can beat us in Elliott or Tavon, one will rarely see the field D.) Corners can sit in their zones on these receivers, we can send the hounds at the QBThe passing game is broken therefore the offense is broken too. They can be a run-first team but these struggles they have had make them a run-only team. When their best players have games like they just did, there is no chance for success at all. These coaches can be creative but they can’t commit to staying there. The players can execute the plays but they have a tendency to self-sabotage. It’s on the coaches to get their players prepared to play, it’s on the players to execute the gameplan. Right now, the gameplan has been completely pedestrian and the players have been atrocious at carrying it out. It’s clear that this offense is like any failing relationship, it can’t succeed without trust and commitment. Those are two things that everyone involved seems to be really short on at the moment. www.nflshopoutlet.com/cincinnati-bengals
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On day when Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster combined for just 84-yards and one touchdown Landry Jones Color Rush Jersey , it is hard to imagine the Pittsburgh Steelers could win a game against any opponent, let alone the New England Patriots. But on this Sunday at Heinz Field, the Steelers somehow achieved the impossible thanks to the contributions of the 165th pick of the 2018 NFL draft.While the performance of the defense cannot be overlooked, the efforts of Jaylen Samuels were crucial to a Pittsburgh victory. The Steelers would finally gain control of the game in the second half behind his strong running and he would end the day with 142-yards off 19 carries for an average of 7.5 yards an attempt. Two receptions for another 30 yards would also include a critical third down catch on the final drive of the fourth quarter.The young running back set the tone early with a 25-yard run on the team’s opening drive and completed runs of 10, 17 Franco Harris Jersey , 14, 15 and 15 yards throughout the contest. Speaking to the media after the game, Samuels revealed it was the first time he had rushed for more than 100-yards in his life, dating back all the way through high school and the first time he had ever had as many as 19 attempts.However, despite all his yards on the ground Merril Hoge Color Rush Jersey , his catch on the final drive of the game might have been his biggest play of the afternoon.When Pittsburgh needed a scoring drive that could eat up time, Samuels would pitch in for 49 of the 61-yards the Steelers gained on their final series that began on their own 4-yard. A drive that started with 7.43 left in the game would consume 5.13 off the clock and wipe out New England’s timeouts in the process.Silencing the doubters who came out in force after his 28-yards from 11 carries in Week 14, the rookie running back will face a much stiffer challenged next Sunday against the No. 1 ranked run defense in the New Orleans Saints if James Conner is forced to sit out once again. The Sunday Splash! reports have morphed into a Saturday Night Cannonball Competition! as NFL insiders try to one-up each other before game day arrives.Ian Rapoport of NFL Media has seen Adam Schefter of ESPN’s report that it’s “unlikely” that Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell will report by Tuesday’s deadline and raised Schefty a “Steelers don’t expect Bell to show.”While similar, the reports are inherently different. Schefter’s represents an estimate of objective probability — there’s a less than 50 percent Bell chance that Bell will sign his tender. Rapoport’s report is more subjective, pointing to the current mindset of the team https://www.steelerssportshop.com/Jerome-Bettis-Jersey , which has nothing to do with whether Bell actually will show up.The Steelers seemingly don’t want Bell to show up, which is the only way to explain their willingness to concede a major CBA point that, if deemed to be the law of the land, will have major reverberations throughout the league, as we will more fully explain on Sunday morning.
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The last unbeaten team in the NFL this season went down to defeat on Sunday Trey Hendrickson Jersey , when the New Orleans Saints outlasted the previously undefeated Los Angeles Rams 45-35 in an entertaining battle. As many expected, offense dominated the day, as the two teams combined for 54 first downs and 970 total yards. The Saints looked as if they might blow away the Rams midway through the game, hitting on all cylinders offensively and scoring 21 unanswered points at one point for a 35-17 halftime lead. Los Angeles showed why they are one of the NFL's top contenders early in the second half when they roared from behind to tie the game at 35 in the fourth quarter. The Saints would spring back to life late in the fourth, scoring the game's final ten points and picking up two defensive stops to come away with the win. These two talented teams may very well meet again later this year with even more at stake. For now though, the Saints have taken over the top spot in the NFC, and established themselves as one of the unquestioned midseason favorites for a Super Bowl championship. Here are some of the biggest performers from this big shootout victory. DREW BREES Chuck Cook-USA TODAY SportsBrees, the 39-yr. old gunslinger, outdueled his young gun counterpart, 24-yr. old Jared Goff of the Rams. Goff actually threw for more yards than the NFL's all-time passing yardage leader, 391-346, but Brees threw for more touchdowns (4-3), and was deadly accurate when it counted the most. The quarterback was more aggressive down the field than he had been in weeks, and all but ended the game with a perfectly placed 72 yard scoring strike to Michael Thomas late in the 4th quarter on a vital 3rd down play. The 18-yr. veteran even scrambled for key yardage twice to maintain possession. Brees incredibly has never won a league M.V P. award, but may be in the driver's seat for his first, as he continues to play as well as he ever has in his legendary career. ALVIN KAMARA Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty ImagesKamara had been held somewhat in check by opponents in recent weeks, but re-established his dominance on Sunday against a Rams defense determined to contain him. He scored 3 touchdowns in the first half (2 rushing, 1 receiving), and finished as the game's leading rusher with 82 yards on 19 carries. Kamara's 116 yards from scrimmage included 34 in the passing game Josh Hill Color Rush Jersey , but he continues to show that he can handle the responsibilities of a featured back, perhaps the most multi-dimensional threat in the league. BEN WATSON Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty ImagesWatson caught 3 passes in the game, finishing with 63 yards and a score, all in the first half. He made an incredible catch on a big second quarter touchdown drive that gave his team momentum, then later caught a Brees touchdown pass that widened their second quarter lead. Watson and rookie wide receiver Tre'Quan Smith have been the most consistent compliments to Alvin Kamara, Michael Thomas, and Mark Ingram in a Saints offense that will be even more dangerous with their increased contributions. Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty ImagesWatson's touchdown celebration also revealed that he and wife Kirsten are expecting twins, their 6th and 7th children. Congratulations Kirsten, Ben, and the Watson family!MICHAEL THOMAS Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY SportsThomas dominated his match up with Pro Bowl Ram cornerback Marcus Peters and the rest of the Los Angeles secondary. He caught 12 passes for 211 yards, which broke a franchise record that had stood for 39 years and is the highest receiving total in the NFL so far this season. Thomas frustrated the Los Angeles defense by not only making tough catches in traffic, but by fighting for extra yards and key first downs on several occasions. He even showcased his underrated elusiveness as well, showing why he is one of the premier receivers in the National Football League. Thomas also endeared himself to Saints fans further when he pulled a cell phone out from under the goal post after his long score, imitating the celebration made famous by New Orleans great Joe Horn fifteen years earlier. Thomas' feats on the field have already placed him with Horn and other New Orleans greats in just his third professional season, and very soon he could be in a class all by himself. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty ImagesThe New Orleans defense, who had played well over the last month, had its hands full all evening with a Rams offense that finished 483 total yards. They made some big plays in key situations though. Alex Anzalone had an acrobatic first half interception that led to a score. He and Demario Davis led a defensive effort that limited the Rams Todd Gurley to just 89 total yards. Cam Jordan and Sheldon Rankins had solid outings that didn't show up on the stat sheet, despite being often and blatantly mugged all evening by the Los Angeles offensive line. Cornerback P.J. Williams came up big down the stretch, breaking up key passes to former Saint wideout Brandin Cooks to preserve the win. The victory is the Saints seventh in a row https://www.thesaintsfanshop.com/Craig-Robertson-Jersey , and positions them as the top seed in the powerful NFC. They still have a tough schedule down the stretch, but now have key tiebreaker wins against fellow conference contenders Los Angeles, Minnesota, Washington, and division rival Atlanta. What may be most frightening for the rest of the NFL is the fact that the Saints showed yet again that they are capable of defeating even a top caliber opponent in a variety of ways. If you’re a daily fantasy player, before each game I will look at three/four players from the New Orleans Saints and their opponent’s rosters that I would target in daily fantasy (based off their value and potential results). Obviously, Saints QB Drew Brees is a safe QB for daily fantasy leagues, but spending your money on a top-tier starting QB leaves you scraping the barrel to fill out the rest of your roster. So here are two Saints and two Rams that provide the most bang for your buck. (Values from Fanduel.)QB Drew Brees (NO) - $8,300After trading for Marcus Peters, much was expected out of the Rams secondary. Much like the Saints secondary, the Rams defensive backs have been largely unimpressive so far this season. In what is expected to be a high scoring affair, Drew Brees is still an incredible value play at $1,100 cheaper than the most expensive QB available in daily fantasy this week.RB Alvin Kamara (NO) - $8,000Alvin Kamara comes a whopping $3,200 cheaper than the most expensive running back available this week, he’s likely to be one of the beneficiaries of the Drew Brees passing attack. Sean Payton and the Saints game plan will likely be to get Kamara lined up against a linebacker. In daily fantasy leagues that count points per reception, Kamara could have a huge game on Sunday.WR Brandin Cooks (NO) - $7,500We’ve talked about the struggles in the Saints secondary already, and while Cooks will likely be lined up against Marshon Lattimore all game Cameron Meredith Jersey , he’s still likely to get his stats this week. The Saints have consistently struggled against deep passes all year, and Cooks with his 4.4 speed will be the Rams primary deep threat against the Saints. Look for the Rams to force the ball his way against his former team. At $1,400 cheaper than the most expensive WR available, he’s a solid bet to put up big numbers.WR Cooper Kupp (NO) - $6,500The other things the Saints secondary has struggled with consistently this season is guarding against opposing slot receivers. Kupp is likely to be the one lined up against PJ Williams, and we saw the Vikings use Adam Thielen in that role all game last week. Kupp, because he’s coming off an injury, comes even cheaper at $2,400 cheaper than the most expensive WR this week.My full daily fantasy lineup this week: QB: Drew Brees (NO) - $8,400RB: Alvin Kamara (NO) - $8,000RB: Aaron Jones (GB) - $5,800WR: Brandin Cooks (LAR) - $7,500WR: Cooper Kupp (LAR) - $6,500WR: Stefon Diggs (MIN) - $7,300TE: Jared Cook (OAK) - $5,900FLEX: RB Jordan Howard (CHI) - $6,200DST: Vikings (vs Lions) - $4,100
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The “Fight For L.A.” is fairly lopsided at this point Sean Mannion Color Rush Jersey , leaving plenty of people wondering how long to let it go on.According to Seth Wickersham of ESPN.com, the depth of the team’s struggles has been a topic among owners at this week’s league meeting, though not yet an official item of business on the league’s agenda.The Chargers are playing in the 30,000-seat StubHub Center at the moment, which cuts into their ticket revenue. But it’s their viability as a tenant at the under-construction Inglewood stadium that’s the bigger concern.Sources told Wickersham the Chargers plan to revise their revenue goals from $400 million to $150 million https://www.ramsfanstore.com/Aaron-Donald-Jersey , a reflection of the difficulty of selling PSLs for two teams to a market that did without football for two decades.Naturally, commissioner Roger Goodell had nothing but praise for the Inglewood project, because that’s what he does.“Lots of football, lots of building still to do,” Goodell said. “And frankly John Sullivan Color Rush Jersey , we were out of the market for a long time, and we have to earn our way back with our fans. We have to build that relationship back with our fans and make sure that we do it right. Both teams are committed to that. It will be something that we have to work at over a period of time. They both have very exciting young teams, and I think that will be helpful also. But I think all of those things will come together over the next two years. That’s the work that needs to be done.”The Chargers aren’t that bad at football, so that’s not an excuse, even if they’re not as good at it as the Rams right now. It raises a valid question of whether they should have ever left San Diego Todd Gurley Color Rush Jersey , and whether they could end up there again some day 鈥?or become the team the league uses to leverage new buildings out of other markets. Time For The First Semester FinalOur Los Angeles Rams are at the halfway point during the 2018 season as the only undefeated team at 8-0. They head out on the road to face-off against the 6-1 New Orleans Saints in Week 9 headed up by Head Coach Sean Payton, a offensive guru with future Hall of Famer QB Drew Brees leading his offense.The collective wisdom of most national pundits has the Rams losing this game. Why? Is it the fact the Saints are the second best team in the NFC Conference having run up six straight victories against opposition the pundits do respect?Is it that they’re at home?Is it simply that many expect the Rams to lose a game at some point and this is as good as any?I’m requesting for this exam that we put ours feeling aside for moment and take hard look at this game based on football knowledge. I’m giving students the chance in the comment section to answer four easy questions for our halfway through the year exam. Grades will be assessed not on the conclusions as to whether your picking the Rams or Saints to win, but on the analysis which led to the conclusion.Here’s the four easy questions:Is the Saints offense better then the Rams? Why or why not?Is the Saints defense better then the Rams? Why or why not?Is the Saints special teams better then the Rams? Why or why not?The final question is on the X-factor. Correct answers will be given extra credit:Is the fact that the Rams will playing a road game in the Dome against the Saints that much different from the Rams playing at home before hostile crowds in the Coliseum?I’m looking forward to reading your comments/answers because I believe that an appropriate analysis will get you the right answer on who wins this game and most importantly, why.
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ORCHARD PARK Dont'a Hightower Color Rush Jersey , N.Y. (AP) — Devin McCourty was pleased that the New England Patriots defense didn’t have to play second fiddle to Tom Brady and Co. for once.With the Patriots leaning more on Stephen Gostkowski’s leg than Brady’s arm against the Buffalo Bills on Monday night, McCourty stepped up and returned an interception 84 yards to secure a 25-6 victory.“The last couple of games it was our offense scoring and us trying to keep the team out. This was a game where they were moving the ball and couldn’t get into the end zone,” McCourty said. “We had to make sure Buffalo didn’t get in the end zone, and once it cracked, we had to take advantage of it.”The interception proved to be the turning point in what had been a tightly contested game in which New England settled for four Gostkowski field goals, and after James White scored on a 1-yard to make it 18-6 with 9:58 left.The Bills responded with what was initially ruled a touchdown, when tight end Jason Croom appeared to make a diving, one-handed catch in the end zone. The 25-yard catch was negated when replays showed Croom never had possession.Two plays later, McCourty jumped in front of Derek Anderson’s attempt to hit tight end Charles Clay over the middle.“Those are bonus points. It’s hard to count on those,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. “It was a big play for us. They were driving in the red area and it turned it around.”Buffalo lost its third straight and dropped to 2-6 for its worst start since opening the 2010 season with eight losses.The Bills offense continued its anemic ways in being held to under 7 points for the fourth time this season — once more than that’s happened from 2013-17. Buffalo has scored just two touchdowns in its past five outings, a stretch in which it has been outscored by a margin of 116-37.Running back LeSean McCoy took the offense’s struggles personally. Though he had a team-best 82 yards receiving, McCoy finished with just 13 yards rushing and has yet to score this season.“I’m 30 years old. I’ve been playing since high school. This stuff has never happened to me. Yeah it’s tough,” he said.What hurts more is McCoy knowing how the offense has let down the defense.“It’s not fair to them,” he said. “I didn’t expect to have no season like this. I’m not really playing well at all. We’re not doing much on offense.”Credit the Bills’ defense for not playing the role of the expected pushover against a Brady-led offense that had scored 38 or more points in each of its past four games.“You come out and you hold those guys to one touchdown and still can’t get a win. It’s tough Joe Thuney Jersey , man,” Bills cornerback Tre’Davious White said.Stephen Hauschka accounted for the scoring by hitting field goals from 51 and 47 yards.“It’s clearly not good enough,” coach Sean McDermott said of his sputtering offense. “I thought the defense came out and played well at times. Offensively, we shot ourselves in the foot a little bit there, and just couldn’t get it going enough.”Anderson finished 22 of 39 for 290 yards and two interceptions.He was escorted off the field with 1:25 left when he was sacked by Kyle Van Noy. He was making his second start in place of rookie Josh Allen, who’s listed as week to week with a sprained elbow on his throwing arm.Brady finished 29 of 45 for 324 yards, but was held without a touchdown pass for the first time this season.“They made it tough on us,” he said. “We couldn’t get anything going in the red zone, not enough positive plays down there.”Brady continued his string of career-long dominance over the Bills by improving to 29-3, extending the NFL record for most wins by a quarterback against one opponent.The Patriots beat Buffalo for the seventh straight time and improved to 32-5 in their last 37 meetings under coach Bill Belichick.HONORING THURMANThe highlight for Bills fans was a halftime ceremony in which the team retired Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas’ No. 34.He became the third player in Bills history to receive the honor. Jim Kelly had his No. 12 retired in 2001, and Bruce Smith’s No. 78 was retired in 2016.With the lights turned out at the sold-out stadium, highlights from Thomas’ Hall of Fame career were shown on the video scoreboard while two spotlights projected 34s onto the field. “When I look up and see the No. 34 retired under my name, I’ll be reminded that number doesn’t just belong to me,” Thomas said. “It belongs to the Bills fans everywhere.”PRYOR VISITThe receiver- and quarterback-needy Bills had free agent Terrelle Pryor in for a visit earlier in the day. Pryor is a seventh-year player who was released by the New York Jets on Oct. 20 with an injury settlement after hurting his groin.INJURIESPatriots: Rookie RB Sony Michel (left knee) and starting LB Dont’a Hightower (knee) were inactive.Bills: Rookie starting middle linebacker Tremaine Edmunds did not return in the second half after being diagnosed with a concussion.UP NEXTPatriots: Prepare for a Brady-vs.-Aaron Rodgers showdown James White Color Rush Jersey , hosting the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night.Bills: Host the Chicago Bears on Sunday. TEAM TALKPost Game Notes & Records, Patriots at Titans: Brady plays in 300th NFL game.Gamebook: Full Patriots-Titans stats.Erik Scalavino posts his observations from the press box at Nissan Stadium: Mostly sour notes in Music City.Paul Perillo shares his random thoughts from Sunday’s loss: Titans dominate in Nashville.Andy Hart’s Stock Watch: Brady, Gilmore lead losing effort in Tennessee.Post Game Quotes: Patriots and Titans.Don Banks Snap Judgments: Musings, observations and the occasional insight in a rather lackluster Week 10 in the NFLPost Game Pressers: Bill Belichick - Tom Brady - Josh Gordon. Press Pass: Players reflect on the Patriots 34-10 loss to the Titans (1.14 min. video)LOCAL LINKSKaren Guregian details how the Patriots ugly side was exposed heading into the bye.Kevin Duffy recaps the steamrolling from yesterday. /Not enough coffee in the world this morning.’DJ Bean details the Titans’ domination over the Pats.Doug Kyed calls it a lifeless loss and looks at what went wrong: 1. No protection.Tom E. Curran writes how personal this game was (similar to the Lions game in Week 3) “The way the Patriots and Belichick loom in the lives of people who leave means Daddy Issues are a common ailment among them.”Zack Cox says while it’s not unusual for the Pats to lay an egg like this, it is unusual for them to do it in November.Doug Kyed gives his his Pats-Titans takeaways and metrics: Where did the pass rush go? Evan Lazar tells us ten things we learned from the Pats’ loss: 1. Tom Brady’s performance cause for concern?Phil Perry gives us five takeaways from Pats-Titans: Gilmore on the wrong end of matchup with Davis.Ryan Hannable fires off ten quick thoughts on an ugly loss: 9. New England lost two players due to injury in the game — Trent Brown (back) and Dwayne Allen (knee). This created major issues up front as the line came in without starting RG Shaq Mason.Mike D’Abate (FullPressCoverage) Patriots hit sour notes in Music City, fall to Titans 34-10.Ryan Hannable is more puzzled by this defeat than others in a long time.Karen Guregian points out it was Stephon Gilmore who got picked on yesterday, not Malcolm Butler.Phil Perry observes the players seemed almost speechless after the game.Mike Reiss explains how the Patriots hopes for a top playoff seed were hurt by the loss.Kevin Duffy Patriots Notebook: Dion Lewis takes ‘cheap’ shot at Patriots; More.Zack Cox Patriots Notes: Corey Davis ends Stephon Gilmore’s reign of dominance.Ryan Hannable highlights Tom Brady post game, saying he wants to see more urgency from the team.Doug Kyed tells us what Bill Belichick’s message to Malcolm Butler was before and after the game.Alex Reimer finds that “Dan Fouts’ terrible announcing was a befitting soundtrack to the Patriots’ performance in Tennessee Sunday. The bumbling color man was the only person in the stadium who struggled more than Tom Brady.”/Fouts really was just awful.NATIONAL NEWSNFL Game Center (NFL.com) Patriots at Titans: Recap, stats, highlights.Mike Jones (USA Today) Titans use intimate knowledge of Patriots to reveal blueprint for beating Tom Brady.Sean Wagner-McGough (CBS Sports) Patriots vs. Titans takeaways: Led by Marcus Mariota, Titans utterly dismantle Patriots.Charean Williams (ProFootballTalk) Marcus Mariota, Titans cruise past Patriots 34-10.Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Bill Belichick: Not much to say, everything was a problem today.Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Dion Lewis unloads on “cheap” Patriots.Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Tom Brady on Dion Lewis: When you win, you can say a lot of things.Charean Williams (ProFootballTalk) Julian Edelman apologizes to Patriots fans.Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Mike Vrabel emphasized physicality https://www.patriotsfanstore.com/Stephen-Gostkowski-Jersey , adjustments to the Titans.Staff (Nashville Tennessean) Fan in critical condition after fall from stands during Patriots-Titans game.Charles R. McDonald (SB Nation) Get him the ball, get out of the way: How Josh Gordon found a home in the Patriots’ offense.Albert Breer (SI) Monday Morning QB: Luck, Trubisky, Le’Veon and a Lot More: Week 10 in the NFL.Peter King (SI) Football Morning in America: Week 10: Rams manage win after fire-filled week of ‘horror’.Gary Gramling (SI) Sunday Freakout: Rams survive Seattle Part II, Mariota Cooks, Tyreek’s celebration worth the penalty.Will Brinson (CBS Sports) Sorting the Sunday Pile: Browns’ future looks bright with Baker Mayfield, Nick ChubbJason La Canfora (CBS Sports) NFL Insider Notes: Hot Colts eye playoffs behind Reich, Bengals can’t stop anyone and more from Week 10.Danny Kelly (The Ringer) The Saints’ offensive Nirvana and Week 10’s game-changing plays.Around the NFL (NFL.com) What we learned from Sunday’s Week 10 games.Nate Davis (USA Today) 32 things we learned from Week 10 of the 2018 NFL season.Dan Graziano (ESPN) Overreacting to NFL Week 10: Mitchell Trubisky is this year’s Jared Goff?Rodger Sherman (The Ringer) The Winners and Losers of NFL Week 10: Is Bill Belichick just being nice to his old friends, or are they seeking vengeance against him?Lorenzo Reyes (USA Today) NFL Week 10 winners, losers: Rams defense can be counted on, time for Jets to make change. /Guess which column the Pats are in?John Breech (CBS Sports) NFL Week 10 Grades: Unstoppable Saints get an ‘A+’ for blowout win, Patriots get an ‘F’ for loss.
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Former Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt gave his first public comments today https://www.thechiefsfanshop.com/Anthony-Hitchens-Jersey , saying in an ESPN interview that he’s sorry and ashamed of his actions after he was caught on tape shoving and kicking a woman.“I just want to let the world know how sorry I am for my actions. It’s been a tough time for me and I’m extremely embarrassed because of that video,” Hunt said. “I’m definitely not that kind of person. My mother raised me right. I was raised by my mom and my grandma and they taught me right from wrong.”Hunt declined to get into what happened between himself and the woman in the video prior to the incident caught on tape, saying only that he was wrong.“It don’t really matter what happened. I was in the wrong. I could have taken responsibility and made the right decision to find a way to de-escalate the whole situation,” Hunt said.Hunt alluded to someone saying something that upset him, but did not give specifics.“Some things were said that I did not like. That’s not an excuse. That person in that video did not deserve that,” Hunt said. “I feel like I let a lot of people down and I just really want to apologize to everybody Chad Henne Jersey , the Chiefs organization, my family and close friends.”Hunt said he had never met the woman in the video until the night in question, had no relationship with her and has had no contact with her since. He also admitted to lying to the Chiefs about what happened after the incident was first reported in February, but he said the NFL hasn’t questioned him about the incident.Asked if he thinks he’ll ever play in the NFL again, Hunt said, “Honestly Sammy Watkins Color Rush Jersey , I really don’t know. I hope so.” The 8-1 Chiefs take on the 2-6 Arizona Cardinals at Arrowhead on Sunday (12 p.m. CT). Here’s what head coach Steve Wilks had to say about the game, Patrick Mahomes and more: On Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs’ offensive weapons:“I don’t think you can stop those guys completely,” Wilks said. “You just have to hope you can slow them down. [Mahomes is] playing at a high level right now and when you talk about all of the weapons around him...pick your poison as they may say. Dynamic unit, very explosive and we have our hands full this week.”On the relationship between offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich and starting quarterback Josh Rosen:“I think he’s progressing in the right direction,” Wilks said about his young quarterback. “He’s learning and growing and I think Byron is bringing a lot of clarity to the offense. His relationship with Josh is phenomenal in how they communicate — they’re able to get on the same page quickly.”On Kansas City’s defense: “I still think they have a dynamic front and good pass rushers,” Wilks said. “The guys inside https://www.thechiefsfanshop.com , If you look at guys like [Chris] Jones, just watching tape the other day and he got that interception off the screen and I thought it was a running back. He’s just very talented and athletic across the board. Those guys on the back end have been holding it down for them and playing well.”On what separates Mahomes from other young quarterbacks:“I think with Mahomes, he just does a good job because he’s not looking to run, he’s looking, still, to push the ball down the field Kansas City Chiefs Customized Jerseys ,” Wilks said about Mahomes’ composure in high-pressure situations. “With a lot of young guys, you don’t get that. They’re going to sit here and if it’s not open their first read, they’re just looking to take off, but this guy does a tremendous job of keeping his eyes down the field trying to find an open receiver.”
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COSTA MESA Philip Rivers Color Rush Jersey , Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Chargers have had to make plenty of adjustments this season on defense due to injuries and suspensions. They will have to make another with one of their leading tacklers lost for the remainder of the year.Coach Anthony Lynn said Monday that linebacker Denzel Perryman injured the lateral collateral ligament in his left knee during the first quarter of Sunday’s 20-6 win against Oakland and will undergo surgery. The 5-foot-11, 240-pound inside linebacker had started every game this season and was second in tackles with 51 going into the Raiders game.“It is definitely a blow to our defense. When Denzel is on the roster he is a difference-maker,” Lynn said.Perryman is one of the team’s top defenders against the run with 15 stuffs (tackles on running plays for no gain or a loss). Los Angeles is ranked 17th in the league against the run. It has allowed only one running back to rush for over 100 yards (the Rams’ Todd Gurley in Week 3) but the Chargers have been inconsistent.The Chargers are allowing an average of 133.8 yards per game on the ground over the past four games, which is 22 yards more than their season average.The one area where they have made improvement is in the pass rush. They have 15 sacks in the past four games and have four interceptions.“We have done a better job at stopping the explosive plays. As we stop passes going over our heads our defense has been playing a lot better,” cornerback Desmond King said.Perryman has been unable to remain healthy during his four years in the league. He missed four games in 2016 due to hamstring and knee injuries and did not play in the first eight games last season after suffering an ankle injury in the preseason. He was drafted in the second round in 2015 and is in the final year of his contract.Perryman is the second Chargers linebacker who has been placed on IR. Kyzir White, who started the first three games at one of the outside spots, was placed on injured reserve on Nov. 3 due to a knee injury. The team has not ruled out the possibility that he may return by the end of the year since it has not used its designated-to-return spot.Hayes Pullard and Kyle Emanuel, who both saw 16 snaps against Oakland, are in the mix to move into Perryman’s starting spot. Pullard started 10 games last season after being claimed off waivers and posted a career-high 79 tackles.Defensive end Joey Bosa has missed the season due to a foot injury, but he has made progress in his rehab. Lynn said Monday that there isn’t a timetable for Bosa’s return, but he did not completely rule him out for this week’s game against Denver.The Chargers have won six straight despite their injury woes Melvin Gordon Color Rush Jersey , which is their longest winning streak since they took 11 straight in 2009. This is a great time of year to be thankful for what we have, where we have been, and what the future holds. Although the Chargers have lost their way a bit in recent years, the month of December still holds such incredible promise! This advent calendar is an attempt to hearken back to these days of December joy. Each day will bring a new advent from the Bolts’ history that makes it wonderful to be a Chargers fan.Dec. 05: Philip Rivers owns EVERY Franchise Career Passing Record...except one“It was the 19th night before Christmas, and all through the record books, not a player was different, except for one ‘Dan Fouts’.”Philip Rivers has solidly cemented himself as the best passer in Chargers history. He owns every single career passing record in Chargers team history, with one key exception. Before we get to that, lets highlight the records he does have:Franchise Passing RecordsStatisticTeam Record HolderTotalSecond PlaceTotalStatisticTeam Record HolderTotalSecond PlaceTotalAs you can see, El’ Capitan owns every franchise career passer record you would actually WANT to own if you are the best passer in franchise history. Actually, despite having 2232 more pass attempts than John Hadl Austin Ekeler Color Rush Jersey , Rivers is 39 interceptions behind Hadl to be 3rd in team history for interceptions. In fact, Rivers has the lowest interception % of any passer in Chargers history that has attempted more than 60 passes for the team, and he’s attempted 6872. We have all been extremely luck to have been able to witness Rivers’ career, and even more lucky that his career has been in a Chargers uniform. Philip doesn’t have any rings (yet) but he is far and away the best passer in Chargers history, and every game continues to climb the rankings of best passers in League history. Meanwhile, Dan Fouts is the best Charger in history at throwing interceptions. And based on his game commentary on TV, it’s not surprising he owns the record for messing up at his job most often during his career. (Sorry, not sorry)
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NFL Power Rankings Week 6: Injuries continue to hold back the Colts Week five was a tough week for the Colts. It was bad enough to lose a game to the New England Patriots on national television. It was compounded by a slew of injuries to key players that threatened to impact more than just that game. At 1-4 the Colts cannot afford to lose more than 1 or 2 more games before they start to lose any chance at relevance. The power rankings this week reflect the Colts stumbling start. It doesn’t matter much whether you compete in games Jabaal Sheard Jersey , it matters if you win them. Right now the Colts haven’t proven they can finish those games, and their ranking reflects it. Let’s take a look at those rankings heading into week 6.Nate Davis of USA Today has the Colts at 27th, up one from last week.Frank Schwab of Yahoo! Sports has the Colts down 2 spots to 30th.ESPN has the Colts ranked 26th, down from 24th last week.Sporting News has the Colts ranked 29th, down from 26thBleacher Report has the Colts ranked 29th, up from 30thNFL.com has the Colts ranked 29th, down from 27th last week KANSAS CITY (5-0) at NEW ENGLAND (3-2)Sunday Authentic Margus Hunt Jersey , 8:20 p.m. ET, NBCOPENING LINE - Patriots by 3RECORD VS. SPREAD - Chiefs 5-0, Patriots 3-2SERIES RECORD - Chiefs lead 18-14-3LAST MEETING - Chiefs beat Patriots 42-27, Sept. 7, 2017LAST WEEK - Chiefs beat Jaguars 30-14; Patriots beat Colts 38-24AP PRO32 RANKING - Chiefs No. 2, Patriots No. 4CHIEFS OFFENSE - OVERALL (5), RUSH (11) Youth Al Woods Jersey , PASS (11).CHIEFS DEFENSE - OVERALL (32), RUSH (24), PASS (31).PATRIOTS OFFENSE - OVERALL (22), RUSH (13), PASS (21).PATRIOTS DEFENSE - OVERALL (16), RUSH (21), PASS (14).STREAKS http://www.coltsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-ryan-grant-jersey , STATS AND NOTES - Chiefs are 7-10-2 in games played at New England (1-4 at Gillette Stadium including playoffs). ... Chiefs have won last two regular-season meetings. ... Patriots won lone playoff meeting between teams during 2015 season. ... Chiefs coach Andy Reid needs one win to become ninth in NFL history with 200. ... QB Patrick Mahomes needs one more 300-yard passing game for Chiefs-record five straight. ... Mahomes has 14 TD passes against two interceptions, best ratio in NFL. ... Mahomes has won each of his first six NFL starts. With win vs. New England, Mahomes would become sixth quarterback since 1970 to win each of his first seven career starts. ... Chiefs are second in NFL in points per game (35.0) to Saints. ... Kansas City has league-low three giveaways. ... Chiefs TE Travis Kelce has three 100-yard receiving games this season. ... Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt leads league with 422 touches since last fumble, which occurred on first career carry last season at New England. ... Kansas City has scored league-leading 59 points in first quarters. ... Patriots have outscored opponents 76-31 in two consecutive wins. ... QB Tom Brady has NFL-record 199 career regular-season victories and can become first quarterback in league history to get 200 for his career. ... Brady enters week tied with Adam Vinatieri for most career wins in regular season and playoffs combined with 226. ... RB James White has touchdown catch in four of past five games. ... Rookie RB Sony Michel has 100-plus scrimmage yards and TD in each of last two games. ... TE Rob Gronkowski has four TD catches in his past seven games at home. ... S Devin McCourty had 10 tackles and fumble return in last meeting. .... Fantasy tip: In 11 career road games, Hunt has 1,202 scrimmage yards (109.3 per game) and seven TDs.
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Cowboys Poll: How many games must Jason Garrett win to keep his job? Things have not been going the Cowboys’ way this year Youth Connor Williams Jersey , and that’s not just a knee-jerk reaction to the last games.No, things have been out of kilter for one reason or another since Week 1. In fact, things have been out of kilter since the Atlanta game in Week 10 last year. How much out of kilter? Just look at these stats over the last 13 games:Points scored: 211 (NFL rank: 31st)Pass attempts: 376 (30th)Passing Yards per Attempt: 5.91 (29th)Offensive Passer Rating: 73.9 (27th)And if things remain the same as they’ve been for those 13 games, the team will be lucky to finish this year with an 8-8 record. The Pythagorean Formula (for more details, go here) was developed to measure overall team strength on the hypothesis that a team’s true strength could be measured more accurately by looking at points scored and points allowed, rather than by looking at wins and losses. The interesting thing about the formula, at least for our purposes today, is you can calculate a projected season win total after every single game. Which is exactly what I did with the cumulative points differentials after each game: Obviously, the results here get more robust with every additional data point. After some wild swings in the first two game, the win projection has settled in at around six to seven wins since. And this far into the season, the data is robust enough to suggest that the Cowboys are not suddenly going to go on a six-game win streak.Another method to calculate projected wins is via passer rating differential (PRD). We know that PRD is one of the stats most closely linked to winning in the NFL. And PRD can be plugged into a very simple formula to predict win totals in the NFL. The PRD formula (Projected Wins = PRD*0.16+8) has shown a fairly close correlation with the Cowboys’ actual wins over the last decade or so, but has been oddly off the last few years: Overall, the PRD formula generates a mean average error of 1.9 games over the last four seasons, which isn’t great, and is off significantly more in the last two years. This suggests that unlike previous years, the performance in the passing game for the Cowboys is not as big a determinant in their W/L loss as in the previous year.Coincidentally, with the arrival of Ezekiel Elliott in Dallas and the departure of Tony Romo in 2016, the Cowboys became a much more run-oriented team, so I figured that I had to find a way to account for the running game in the PRD formula. So I played around withe the data a bit came up with a modified PRD Formula that includes a team’s rushing yards differential (RYD) as follows: Projected Wins = (PRD + RYD/50) * 0.16 + 8.In statistics, the relationship between two variables is called a correlation, and the strength of that correlation is measured by the “correlation coefficient”. This coefficient (r虏) is expressed as a number between 1 and -1. The closer the r虏 number is to 1 or -1, the stronger the relationship between the two variables. The closer it is to zero, the weaker the relationship. I ran the original PRD formula against the 2017 regular season results for all 32 teams Youth Leighton Vander Esch Jersey , and r虏 between Passer Rating Differential (PRD) and wins in 2017 was 0.62. Not bad, but not great either. Rushing yards differential for 2017 was a decidedly unimpressive 0.17, which is one reason why so many stat heads poo-poo the running game and suggest teams need to pass more. But after a little tinkering, something interesting happened. The modified PRD, which now includes rushing yards differential, came back with an r虏 of 0.77 which is one of the strongest correlations you’ll find outside of points differential. Here’s a graph that illustrates the correlation between the modified PRD formula and wins for all 32 NFL teams in 2017:In terms of Mean Average Error, the original PRD Formula was off by 1.6 games on average in 2017, the modified PRD reduced that 1.3 games. And once applied to the last few Cowboys season, the modified PRD also delivered much better results: With the modified PRD, the mean average error for the Cowboys improved from 1.9 to a very impressive 0.9 wins. So what does the modified PRD project as the final record for the 2-3 Cowboys? With a PRD after five games of -22.5 and a RYD of +200, the formula projects 5.5 wins for the Cowboys this year.So the Pythagorean Formula has the 2018 Cowboys at 6.6 wins, the modified PRD sees them at 5.5 wins (both projections already factor in the Cowboys’ two wins). The modified PRD tells basically the same story as the Pythagorean formula, even if the projected win totals are a little lower. Want more projection? Fivethirtyeight.com has the Cowboys at 7.5 wins. Football Outsiders project the Cowboys for 7.4 wins.Looks like the 2018 Cowboys are likely headed to a six- or seven-win season, with eight wins as a clear ceiling. Which brings us to the titular question of this post. How many games must Jason Garrett win to keep his job?Many fans would like to fire Garrett regardless of his record this year, but that’s not the way the Cowboys operate, as Tom Ryle pointed out the end of last season: Jason Garrett is in his ninth season as a head coach with the Cowboys, and has had plenty of time to mold the team to his wishes. Yet all he has to show for it is one playoff win, a 65-59 career record, and another season that that looks to be his fifth non-winning season. Of course, none of this would have been possible without the ineptness of the father-son duo playing GM. Yet those two will be the final arbiters of Garrett’s fate, and as Tom points out, they might wimp out at firing Garret just as Garrett wimped out on the 4th-and-1 in Houston.No such wimping in Vegas, where Garrett is now listed as the mostly likely head coach to be fired first.And Jerry Jones wasn’t too happy about his coach on Sunday either. RJ Ochoa pointed out that Jones publicly contradicting Garrett’s decision to punt doesn’t bode well for the coach. So how many wins will it take for Jerry Jones to hang on to Garrett for yet another season?Give your answer in the attached poll or in the comments section below. Well Youth Taco Charlton Jersey , it wasn’t boring. From the trade for Amari Cooper, to replacing offensive line coach Paul Alexander with Marc Colombo (and Hudson Houck), to announcing a long-overdue inclusion of Gil Brandt in the Ring of Honor, the Dallas Cowboys generated plenty of headlines and stories during their bye week.Now, it is time to get back to football. Sitting at 3-4, Dallas is facing a hard road ahead if they are to make a run at the playoffs this year. But the trade and the staff shakeup indicate that is exactly what they are trying to do. It was an unusual level of adjustment for a team that has maintained more of a “keep it steady” approach for several years, particularly since Jason Garrett became head coach. So what happens? Well, none of us can see the future. But some of the staff here at BTB offered up their thoughts on the matter.Tom Ryle: The Cowboys have been in every game this season, and that is one thing that I expect to continue. What they need to do is figure out how to get over that away-game hump they face. While many are pointing to the last nine games as a test for Jason Garrett, to me it seems much more like Dak Prescott is going to be the one who is judged on where the team winds up. He is not in any danger of being cut, since there is no real alternative to him at the moment, but his contract is up next year, so this will be part of the decision making process about whether he is a true franchise QB.The good news is that he seems to have been improving over the last four games, and the team obviously wants to do what they can to help him succeed. Cooper and the “back to the future” approach with the O line are both things that should help Dak a lot. Meanwhile, the defense is ready to do their part. My best guess is that the team is going to wind up at either 9-7 or 10-6, with a couple of comfortable wins while future losses look a lot like the earlier ones, very close. If it’s the former, they will not be playing in January, but a 10-6 record should mean they go into the playoffs as the NFC East champs, as the division is still ripe for the picking. Michael Strawn: What do I expect from the Cowboys the rest of the season? My answer is the exact same as it was prior to the season - I have absolutely no idea. I said this team could be 4-12 or 12-4 before the season and at this point I’d say they could be anywhere from 6-10 to 10-6. And that’s the problem; this team has no real identity or consistency from week to week.So I would say I expect continued inconsistency. I expect the defense to look good generally but then struggle against top flight quarterbacks (Brees, Ryan and Wentz make up four of the team’s seven remaining games). I expect up and down play from the secondary. I expect the Demarcus Lawrence to continue to play like an All Pro and the rest of the defensive line to look mediocre. I expect solid play from the linebackers but probably not a lot of big plays.On offense I would expect continued struggle on the offensive line. I expect Tyron Smith to continue to look like an average LT and not an All World LT. I expect Conner Williams to be overmatched at times. I expect La’el Collins to have good games and bad games. However, I expect the passing offense to improve from terrible to average (which is a significant improvement). I do believe Amari Cooper will immediately become a legitimate threat that opens up opportunities for himself and others. This will make life easier for Dak and he’ll return to the 250 yard per game passer he was in 2016. This, in turn will enable Zeke to return to the league’s most productive running back.Add all that up and I’d say 9-7 or....with a sweep of the remaining division games...10-6. That means going either 7-2 or 6-3 the rest of the way. So call me an optimist.Michael Sisemore: Based on what we’ve seen thus far through the first seven games http://www.cowboyscheapauthenticstore.com/antwaun-woods-jersey-cheap , they’ll be a team that flirts with .500 for the year. Now, can that change? Without question it can but there is not an inch left on that margin for error.Tyron Smith and La’el Collins have been two of the most disappointing players on offense. We hear that they weren’t confident in the “catch and react” technique that the former offensive line coach was implementing and prefer to attack aggressively. If they can snap back to their former selves, I expect to see an offense come to life around them.In order for the Cowboys to get defenses to respect their passing game, they have to get Amari Cooper started quickly with Dak Prescott. They must prove they can use Cooper before folks will back off allowing Ezekiel Elliott to his thing.Been saying this for two weeks now but this team will need to win a few road games for anyone to buy into them as a legitimate threat. At the very least, the Cowboys must split the remaining four road games. 7-2 is looking like the magic number. I expect them to fall just shy at 9-7, going 6-3 but missing the playoffs. At that point, we can start expecting a few changes and surely bigger changes than anything they did during this bye week. David Howman: I expect this team to take a huge step forward after the changes that have been made. Amari Cooper is exactly the type of receiver that Dak needs and I expect Scott Linehan to get him involved super early against Tennessee, which will open things up for other guys, specifically Beasley. That’s what Dez did for the offense in 2016, and it’ll happen again here.With the promotion of Marc Colombo and the return of Hudson Houck, the OL will be going back to their zone blocking scheme that these linemen love so much, and I expect significantly better play from Tyron and La’el, which will only help Dak and Zeke .Overall, this is a team that was on the verge of winning their first road game but penalties killed them. This team has been dominant at home, but they need to win on one road. Luckily their four remaining road games are against teams that are a combined 11-19, including the free-falling Buccaneers and even more hapless Giants.In the long term, I expect this team to get back on track offensively and be significantly better than what we’ve seen so far, finishing the year on a four-game win streak to go 10-6.Well, that’s what we think. What is your take? Join in the conversation in the comments with your own prediction. Custom Denver Broncos Jerseys
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On Sunday Authentic Tarik Cohen Jersey , the Chicago Bears snapped a 10-game losing streak within the NFC North in grand fashion. The 34-22 final score may not appear to have been a blowout, but the box score does not explain the entire story.The Bears now find themselves at 6-3, with an even division record and a 4-1 conference record, which could all be key for deciding a playoff spot in December. More importantly, they came out and dominated a team that has beat them nine times in their last 10 meetings. Despite the Detroit Lions 3-6 record, this was a big win for the Bears and was one of (at least) five they’ll need in the final half of the season.The problem with this week? The Bears had so many good performances, that it was hard to narrow it down. So, be aware that there will be not one but two honorable mentions in Week 10’s installment.QB Mitchell TrubiskyPhoto by Jonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesLike I said at the top, this was an outstanding day for a number of players but none more than the Bears second-year quarterback.Heading into half time, Trubisky had a perfect passer rating and was riding high. Yet, in the second half when things started to bog down Womens Trey Burton Jersey , he kept things going and ended up having yet another career game.On Sunday, Trubisky finished the game 23/30 (75%) with 355 pass yards (career high), three touchdowns and a 148.6 rating. On top of his passing performance, he had three rushes for 18 yards and another touchdown on the ground. Not only was he slinging it all over the field, his accuracy was excellent and his decision making was even better. Because of his performance, the team’s offense boasted a pair of 100-yard receiver for the second time this season.It’s been an up and down season for Trubisky in some aspects but these are the types of performances that should give fans plenty of hope, regardless of who they were playing. Especially with the amount of criticism the young quarterback has seen over the past few weeks. This was a rewarding performance for anybody that is a fan of Trubisky, including head coach Matt Nagy and his offensive coaching staff.Honorable Mention: WR Allen Robinson IIPhoto by Jonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesWelcome back, Allen Robinson. The three-year, $42 million investment sat out the past two games, but to the surprise of absolutely nobody www.chicagobearsteamonline.com , he was back in action as the division slate started to ramp up. And he came back in a big way.Robinson’s six catch, 133-yard performance with a pair of touchdowns was the most impressive showing of any Bears’ receiver this season and that’s saying a lot considering the amount of action multiple players have seen through the first nine games. This is the exact type of impact the Bears had in mind when they signed the 25-year-old to big money back in March. As Trubisky’s comfort continues to grow, he continues to get back weapons. Another could be on the way with tight end Adam Shaheen’s return likely to happen on Sunday night against the Minnesota Vikings.For what it’s worth, Robinson’s performance wasn’t far ahead of Anthony Miller’s five catches, 122 yards and touchdown showing on the afternoon.CB Bryce CallahanPhoto by Quinn Harris/Getty ImagesAnother week and another outstanding performance from the team’s nickel cornerback. Callahan’s day consisted of five tackles, an interception, a sack, a tackle-for-loss and two defended passes. His sack and interception played big roles early in the game, while the Bears climbed out to a 26-0 lead before halftime.One of the biggest questions heading into the season was Callahan’s durability and so far, he’s proven to be one of the team’s best defensive players. That is great news for the former undrafted free agent, as he’s just months away from becoming an unrestricted free agent. That is Chicago Bears T-Shirt , assuming that general manager Ryan Pace doesn’t find a way to lock him down before he hits the open market.Regardless, Callahan’s impact on Sunday was a big one and he continues to show why he’s a key member on this unit’s secondary.Honorable Mention: OLB Khalil MackPhoto by Jonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesReturn of the Mack? More like return of the sack.Mack, along with Robinson made their returns to the lineup after missing the past two games and much like number 12, his presence was felt early and often on Sunday.The former Raider finished the game with five tackles, two sacks, two tackles-for-loss and two quarterback hits. As a whole, the Bears defense had six sacks and it was obvious how big of an impact Mack’s presence made on this team’s pass rush.Sunday’s showing was the second time this season that he has had multiple sacks in one game, bringing his season total to seven in as many games.Mack has been worth every penny and that may be an understatement. The fact that they were able to get him back for these final eight games could pay huge dividends down the stretch. The call to rest both Mack and Robinson just goes to show how much more advanced this entire training staff is than it was just one year ago.Chicago Bears Training Camp Recap 7/30: Shaheen shines, Trubisky coming along, and more Robert Zeglinski was down at Chicago Bears camp today and he went live on our Facebook page from the basketball courts at Olivet Nazarene University to discuss everything he saw. The Bears had a light practice, only helmets and shorts Chicago Bears Hats , so not a ton of action today with the Hall Of Fame Game looming on Thursday. Robert was joined by The Bear Report’s Zack Pearson. Check out the video above (or click here to head over to our WCG Facebook page) for all the fun. They talked about the on field action, buy also discussed the post-practice press conferences, and went over the latest on the Roquan Smith situation. Even though it was essentially a walk-through, the team still had plenty of 11-on-11 action going on. Adam Shaheen had a couple of big red zone jump ball touchdowns, and this big 6’6” tight end will be a problem for defenses once the Bears get down near goal line. Rookie wide out Javon Wims also made some plays, but if they were keeping score, this day would have gone to the defense again. Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky threw some more interceptions, but that’s all part of his development and the process of learning a new offense. Head coach Matt Nagy said he has no concerns with the picks and he says Trubisky is having a good camp so far. One more note before we throw it to Twitter, inside linebacker Danny Trevathan was back at practice today.
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Cowboys reached out to Nick Saban Dallas Cowboys T-Shirt , others before making Amari Cooper trade - Adam Schefter, ESPNSchefter reported on Sunday morning that the Cowboys inquired about Amari Cooper with Alabama Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban, among others, before making the deal.Raiders beat writer dishes on new Cowboys WR Amari Cooper, why Ezekiel Elliott can ‘do wonders’ for him - Jori Epstein Dallas Cowboys Hats , SportsDayEpstein sat down with Raiders beat writer Matt Schneidman to find out more about the newest Cowboys receiver.Ex-NFL scout: Amari Cooper capable of making a difference for Cowboys in division that’s up for grabs - SportsDayThe Mothership’s Bryan Broaddus gives his take on Cooper:Will McClay Breaks Down Cowboys Vision for New WR Amari Cooper - Sean Martin, Inside The StarWill McClay joined Jason Garrett’s show to discuss the team’s vision for Amari Cooper. Definitely worth the watch:Consistent targets important for Amari Cooper, the Cowboys must feed him - Dave Halprin, BTBDave notes that the trade for Cooper is cool and all, but it won’t matter if he doesn’t get the necessary targets.Dallas Cowboys WRs: Scrap the committee Dallas Cowboys Womens Hoodie , anoint the trinity - Reid Hanson, SportDFWHanson writes that the Cowboys need to focus on its top-3 wide receivers for the remainder of the season.3 prospects the Cowboys could target in Round 2 of the 2019 NFL draft, including a replacement for Jason Witten - John Owning, SportsDay’No, the Cowboys do not have a first-round pick at the moment Womens Customized Dallas Cowboys Jerseys , but Owning gives three early prospects that are worth keeping an eye on for the second night of the draft.Dallas Cowboys: 7-Round Mock Draft, post-Amari Cooper trade - Randy Gurzi, NFL Spin ZoneGurzi gives a different tight end to be on the lookout for in round two. It’s a good week to be a Cowboys fans. Dallas dispatched the Eagles on the road and there’s a flicker of playoff hope lingering in the air. So in that spirit, we offer up a double feature of Cowboys talk. Brews & The ‘Boys: Cowboys Saved Their Season In PhiladelphiaThe Cowboys played really well this past Sunday...ON THE ROAD?!! Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott www.cowboyscheapauthenticstore.com , and Amari Cooper lead the offense to a win over the defending Super Bowl Champions in their house. Is this a sign of things to come or just another ascension on this roller coaster ride? The NFC East is still wide open. For more, visit www.BrewsAndTheBoys.com and www.BloggingTheBoys.com.OchoLive: LVE Is DPOW | Bama WRs | Injury TalkWhaddup World! Welcome to a Hump Day edition of OchoLive! On today’s episode we’re celebrating a big-time achievement by Dallas Cowboys linebacker Leighton Vander Esch. LVE, aka Wolf Hunter, was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his huge performance in the win over the Philadelphia Eagles. We also get into the crop of Alabama wide receivers that are going to be a part of Sunday’s Cowboys and Falcons game as well as the injuries mounting as we head towards it. Custom Oakland Raiders Jerseys
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Colts reportedly inquire about Khalil Mack’s availability According to Jason La Canfora Jabaal Sheard Jersey , while on an Oakland radio show and in an interview with CBS sports HQ, the Colts are one of three teams, including the Bills and Jets, to reach out to the Oakland Raiders to inquire the availability of All-Pro pass rusher Khalil Mack. On CBS Sports HQ, La Canfora mentions the Colts being interested in Mack around the 1:45 mark in the video. Additionally, the Colts have already done their due diligence on how adding Mack would affect them from a salary cap and what potential compensation they’d be willing to give up.Of course, take this with a grain of salt as La Canfora tends to be wrong when it comes to the Colts. However, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Colts GM Chris Ballard reach out about acquiring top-tier talent. New head coach Jon Gruden’s appears disinterested in keeping around players prior to his arrival and, to date Jack Doyle Jersey , has not reportedly spoken with Mack. If Mack is available for a reasonable price tag, the Colts should jump at the opportunity. It all depends on what Jon Gruden wants as compensation. Judging Gruden’s past trade “values” it may not be as high as some believe. Andrew Luck started the game hot, completing every pass until the final attempt of the first quarter. This incomplete pass led to the Colts settling for a field goal, which gave them a 10-0 early lead. On the first drive of the second quarter, the Raiders offense got things going. Derek Carr started spreading the ball around and led an efficient drive that ended with a long touchdown pass to Seth Roberts. I couldn’t help but notice the absence of Malik Hooker on that play.Defensive penalties started to pile up in second quarter, providing Oakland’s offense with ideal situations on early down — and opportunities to continue pushing the ball down field. The second Carr passing touchdown, to Jared Cook, was another example of testing Indy’s deep zones — where Hooker typically roams.Ultimately, the story of the first half ended up being about two offensive drives that stalled in the red zone Cheap Andrew Luck Jersey , settling for field goals., and a defense that is sorely missing its deep coverage.Colts are down at the half 13-14.KEEP CATCHING THE DAMN BALLWhile Dontrelle Inman was unable to make a leaping catch in the end zone, it is difficult to kill him for it. It would have been a pretty incredible finger tip grab. Speaking of incredible grabs, Mo Alie-Cox picked a pretty incredible way to score his first touchdown. DIAL UP THE PRESSUREThe Colts have been unable to get much going in terms of pressure. In fact, defensive neutral zone infractions have aided the Raiders offense. Derek Carr has the hard count working in his favor and it is keeping the defensive line a bit gun shy off the snap.STAY BALANCEDFor a second straight game, the offense has remained balance. In fact, the ground game has produced 107 yards on 20 plays for an average of 5.1 yards per carry. Andrew Luck and the passing offense have generated 108 yards on 20 passing attempts.It doesn’t get a whole lot more balanced than that.STAY HEALTHYRyan Kelly left the game early with a hand injury and was immediately listed as questionable to return. The Colts were fortunate to see him return to the game in the first half and seem to have dodged a bullet.SET THE TONE EARLYA long first quarter drive for a touchdown is precisely the the team needed to do on the road. It is unfortunate that they had to settle for a field goal on the second drive and third offensive scoring drives. The game is very much in reach but Indy had a chance to take control and keep putting pressure on the Raiders. On the road, you have to score touchdowns when you get inside the 20 yard line.
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Chiefs’ Thursday injury report vs. 49ers Each practice day http://www.chiefscheapshoponline.com/cheap-authentic-sammy-watkins-jersey , the Kansas City Chiefs will release an official injury report leading up to the next game. Here is the report for Thursday:ChiefsThe Chiefs announced that defensive lineman Chris Jones would return to practice after missing Wednesday, while safety Eric Berry would miss his second practice in a row this week. As a reminder, Berry hasn’t practice since August 11. Safety Armani Watts missed practice due to non-injury reasons.49ersSome notesBerry (sore heel) has now missed two days of practice despite the NFL Network report on Monday that he could practice this week. Jones (groin strain), as we expected, appears to be fine.Linebacker Ben Niemann (hamstring) has been officially listed as limited this week. Looks like he’ll either be questionable or doubtful for Sunday.Cornerback Richard Sherman popped up the Thursday injury report with a heel injury. He did not practice. The Chiefs remained the only unbeaten team in the AFC when they beat the Jaguars to move to 5-0 on Sunday afternoon and they don’t have to look too far back in the archives to remember the last time they had that record.They got off to the same start last year, but things quickly went the other direction. The Chiefs lost six of their next seven games before recovering in time to win the AFC West. They lost their first playoff game Cheap Tyreek Hill Jersey , however, and that was also the case when they opened with a 7-2 record in 2016, so there are likely some people wondering when the other shoe is going to drop for this year’s team.Tight end Travis Kelce was asked a question in that vein after Sunday’s win and he explained why he feels that things will play out in a different way.“I believe so,” Kelce said, via ESPN.com. “I think everyone can say it’s a different feeling, a lot more confidence Allen Bailey Jersey , a lot more accountability amongst the guys to keep coming in and going through their routines of getting ready for each week. It has a lot to do with years past, guys feeling sick of the kind of up-and-down roller coaster, [wanting] to take what happened last year and fix it. Finishing the games … overall, the finishing mindset has been huge in terms of what coach [Andy] Reid has emphasized on this football team. In the fourth quarter, we try to amp it up one more notch.”One obvious difference from the past is that Patrick Mahomes is now the quarterback in Kansas City. The weeks and months to come will let us know whether that’s enough to put the Chiefs on an entirely different path.
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What the Bears can do to “fix” their outside linebacker problem No plan in the NFL goes 100 percent as planned. Even after the most careful of planning Chicago Bears Hoodie , setbacks can be guaranteed. This brings us to the Chicago Bears and their current outside linebacker situation.Their edge depth has been scrutinized long before the 2018 off-season even began, despite seeing a complete overhaul dating back to 2015. With the expected emergence of the young Leonard Floyd, came the departure of several veterans. Gone are the likes of formerly prized free agent signings in Pernell McPhee, Lamarr Houston, and Willie Young. Questions have increased recently with the latest injury to Floyd. Where the current expectation is for him to be ready and available by Week 1 of the regular season, he’ll certainly have an uphill battle ahead of him as a few broken fingers on his hand heal from a surgical procedure. What’s more important is seeing how the rest of the Bears’ position group responds to the situation. How do the Bears plan on addressing their edge rush position? That, as of right now, is anyone’s guess. Here are possible scenarios that could take place between now and the 2018 regular season. Adjusting strategyEarlier this off season, Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio expressed a preference for improving his defense from within. Instead of throwing new players into the mix, Fangio could elect to roll with different coverages, alignments, and stunts that are aimed to ease the workload for his outside linebackers. The Bears have recently developed a glut of talent along the defensive line, and when healthy, their secondary has been producing plays throughout the preseason.Plus, there’s the Roquan Smith factor: the defensive playbook has likely been vanilla in an attempt to mask his true intentions with both Smith and fellow inside linebacker Danny Trevathan. When Smith and Trevathan are finally on the field together, they’ll represent Chicago’s best tandem of inside linebackers in terms of athleticism, instincts, and versatility. From there, I’m sure Fangio looks to involve both players in different looks and pressure packages. We’ve likely never seen Fangio unleash his full playbook in Chicago. After all, it’s taken a few years to rebuild a defense from scratch in terms of techniques and philosophies. Now he has arguably more talent than he’s ever had up to this point in his stay with Chicago. That could lead to him mixing it up aplenty.Fangio shuffles the depth charts at various positionsSometimes having a deep amount of talent at various positions can result in players having roles redefined. Fangio has already done before. For instance, he converted Roy Robertson-Harris from outside linebacker to defensive end. Another example is Deiondre’ Hall being moved from cornerback to safety. It’s happened before Customized Chicago Bears Jerseys , and it could happen again. It’s been rumored that Nick Kwiatkoski would see time at outside linebacker this season. During the Bears’ preseason, we haven’t seen that look yet, although we’ve seen plenty of blitzes called with Kwiatkoski as the added rusher. To his credit, he’s also flashed as a pass rusher when provided the opportunities, as he’s previously been ranked in the top ten among inside linebackers in pressures and pass-rush productivity.Perhaps the Bears are waiting for Smith to take the field before experimenting with that pressure look. Though, I feel Kwiatkoski has more value as a super sub at inside linebacker, as opposed to trying him at a position he’s not familiar with. Then, there’s an option that hasn’t been discussed much..As previously mentioned, Robertson-Harris has moved once in his career. And I can see the line of reasoning why Fangio decided to do this: he’s taken a developmental player at outside linebacker and transformed him into a potentially dominant defensive lineman. He currently leads the NFL with 3.5 sacks registered during this preseason. Hypothetically, the competition at the open defensive end position has been so close, that Fangio could elect to maximize Robertson-Harris’ talents by flexing him as a jumbo outside linebacker. He’s proven that he can set the edge fairly well, and he’s versatile enough to play from any technique up front. I’m intrigued with the idea of Jonathan Bullard being at Chicago’s five-tech along with Eddie Goldman and Akiem Hicks in the base alignment. That leaves Robertson-Harris and Floyd as the outside linebackers. Plus, the Bears have what looks to be adequate depth in rookie Bilal Nichols and John Jenkins. Adding Robertson-Harris into the rotations at both outside linebacker and defensive end would create headaches for offenses to counter. What Fangio and his staff see is likely different, and he’ll do what he feels is best as the Grand Poobah of the Bears’ defense. Pace scouts the bargain binsThere’s also the chance that Bears general manager Ryan Pace looks hard at the waiver wire for potential upgrades. September 1st marks “Black Saturday” for front offices across the NFL. That date is the league’s deadline for teams to whittle their rosters down to 53 players. In the case of the Bears, I wouldn’t rule out the possibility that Pace monitors the transaction line closely to upgrade Chicago’s defensive edge. In fact, their joint practices and preseason game against the Denver Broncos gave the Bears a close insight to targets once cuts start being announced. The last time the Bears had joint practice sessions was with the New England Patriots in 2016. Pace plucked Cre’von LeBlanc from the wires shortly after his release was made official. He could easily do this again with players like the Broncos’ Shane Ray — a former 1st round pick in 2015 — speculated as a potential roster casualty. Then, there’s the idea of bringing back familiar faces who are available as free agents. I’d consider this a long shot, but veteran Lamarr Houston would make for a good signing. Yes, he was one of the more notorious free agent busts initially reeled in by former Bears general manager Phil Emery. Yet, in 23 career games under Fangio after that, Houston recorded 12 sacks. What’s more eye-opening is his impressive return in 2017 www.authenticschicagobears.com , when he recorded four sacks in the final five games of the regular season. Houston was originally signed by the Houston Texans in 2017 as a free agent, before being waived and later reclaimed by the Bears. If a deal gets done, I wouldn’t expect anything more than a one-year prove-it deal. This type of move isn’t the most exciting, but it would be an upgrade.Pace goes for broke Could he be the newest member of the Bears’ defense? Photo by Don Feria/Getty ImagesThere’s always the white whale option. It’s also the least likely, considering the sheer amount of wealth required in any trade offer. This is, of course, talking about Khalil Mack, the All-Pro pass rusher of the Oakland Raiders: because he’s the only player I would consider worthy of any franchise-altering trade for the Bears. Dante Fowler Jr. of the Jacksonville Jaguars has been another name tossed around from time to time as a trade prospect. But let’s be frank: adding Mack to the Bears defense would be the greatest way to upgrade their lacking pass rush. Likewise, it’s going to cost the figurative king’s ransom to secure Mack’s contractual rights. The last time a trade of a star pass rusher was made was in March of 2016 between the Arizona Cardinals and New England Patriots. All-Pro defender Chandler Jones was traded to the Cardinals in exchange for a second round pick and a player; in this case Jonathan Cooper. I see Mack’s value being the same if not more than what the Patriots ended up with in their haul. Two things that’ll potentially hurt Mack’s value, however, are him not practicing since the 2017 season ended (football shape), and his demands for a new contract (having to get him to sign an extension in a trade). It’s not entirely impossible for such a trade to happen. Rather, as Mack’s holdout continues, the probabilities for any trade increase. Lately, it’s been reported over twelve teams have reached out to Oakland for a potential trade of the disgruntled star defender. It’s definitely a situation that the Raiders would rather get out of instead of allowing it to fester. Whether that results in a trade, or their front office gives in to Mack’s demands, is completely up for debate.What helps the Bears’ odds in getting Mack is that they have more than enough immediate cap space to give him a respectable deal if his rights are traded to Chicago. They’re also in a comfortable situation long term, with most of their core players locked up under team-friendly deals. Additionally, and completely in my opinion, Raiders coach Jon Gruden has a history of making questionable moves (Christian Hackenberg says hello.)If it’s worth anything — and it’s not worth much — the Bears are currently one of the favorites in terms of odds on the good old betting lines. Hey, something is better than nothing.Chances are Chicago Bears T-Shirt , not only will Chicago not trade for Mack, but there’s a possibility they weren’t even among those NFL teams who seriously inquired about Mack’s availability. What’s more, is the Bears are already at a disadvantage in terms of available resources to make a deal. They utilized their second round pick of the 2019 draft in a trade to eventually claim the right to draft Anthony Miller. Their goal should be to string successful drafts together, as opposed to mortgaging their future on high-risk deals. Besides, they also have a few players deserving of long-term extensions in waiting with Eddie Goldman and Adrian Amos in line.Anything can happen, though, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Pace eventually sniffs around the trade market for potential upgrades. If the Bears did land Mack, it’d make their defense elite. It’s just such a huge risk in terms of the likely cost and competition they’ll face for his services. The Bears defense has not been at its best in the fourth quarter this season, but they saved their best for last on Thanksgiving.Safety Eddie Jackson returned an interception 41 yards for a touchdown with six minutes left in the fourth quarter and cornerback Kyle Fuller picked off Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford in the end zone with just over a minute to play. Tarik Cohen would run for a first down with the help of guard James Daniels on third-and-nine to ice the 23-16 win in Detroit.Jackson’s touchdown was the sixth of the year for the Bears defense, his third of the year and the fifth of his NFL career. Jackson was a rookie in 2017, so he’s been very busy on that front.It was a snoozy first half for both teams offensively, but things picked up after the break. Chase Daniel was 27-of-37 for 230 yards and two touchdowns in his first start since 2014 and also caught a pass from wide receiver Anthony Miller on a double pass. The Lions didn’t allow Chicago much on the ground, so Daniel’s performance was all the more vital on Thursday.LeGarrette Blount had his biggest day of the year for the Lions, who came into the game without the services of Kerryon Johnson due to a knee injury. Blount ran 19 times for 88 yards, caught a pass for 15 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns.Blount getting some traction on the ground led to some success in play action for the Lions and their passing game perked up as the afternoon unfolded. They almost hit on a game-tying touchdown on their final offensive possession, but Kenny Golladay couldn’t hold onto a Stafford throw and Fuller picked off the next pass to seal the win.The Lions could have used more of that dynamism early in the game as they limited Stafford to short stuff with Marvin Jones out of the lineup. Stafford would hit Golladay with one deep shot, but the attempts to stretch the field need to come more often if a quarterback with Stafford’s arm at your disposal.The Bears will visit the Giants in Week 13 and hope to have Mitchell Trubisky back from his shoulder injury for that contest. The Lions will be hosting the Rams and it feels like that will officially kick off the playing out the string portion of the Detroit season.
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The good news for Bengals wide receiver John Ross is that he’s been more productive this year than he was as a rookie last year. The bad news is http://www.cincinnatibengalsteamonline.com/preston-brown-jersey , that’s not saying much.Ross, whom the Bengals selected with the ninth overall pick in last year’s draft, got four passes thrown his way but managed just one catch for eight yards in last night’s win over the Ravens. He also ran the ball once, losing three yards.Last week Ross had one catch, a three-yard touchdown. So on the season he’s been targeted six times, caught two passes, gained 11 yards, and carried one time for negative-three yards.That’s just not what the Bengals were hoping for from Ross, whom they chose in large part because he set the NFL Scouting Combine record with a 4.22-second 40-yard dash. A player with his speed should be breaking big plays, and Ross isn’t doing that.Last year Ross didn’t catch a single pass, so you could argue that he’s making progress. But he still has a long way to go, and the Bengals, who are 2-0 without him, may decide that phasing him out of the offense is the way to go.AFC North standings: The Steelers tying the Browns is great for the Bengals and Ravens What a weekend for the teams in the AFC North. After facing a 13-point second half deficit, the Cincinnati Bengals amassed a major comeback against the Indianapolis Colts. It was a sour ending to what looked like it would be a fairytale comeback for Andrew Luck in his first game back in over a year http://www.cincinnatibengalsteamonline.com/andrew-billings-jersey , but Cincinnati prevailed. With the win, the Bengals got off to a great start to the season and erased many demons from their opening weekend debacle against Baltimore last season. It was a stark contrast to a year ago, not only because they scored points, but also because they garnered a come-from-behind victory. Speaking of the Ravens, boy, did they take it to the rebuilding Buffalo Bills. After making the postseason last year and engaging in a fire sale of sorts this offseason, Sean McDermott’s crew was under the microscope. McDermott decided to go with Nathan Peterman as the starter in Week 1, but he was yanked after putting up a deplorable stat line of: 5-of-18 for 24 yards and two interceptions. He had a 0.0 passer rating. Rookie Josh Allen was called in for relief, and he didn’t fare much better with 74 yards on 6-of-15 passing. Meanwhile, after enduring a summer filled with accolades for his backups, Joe Flacco was “elite” once again on Sunday. He finished 25-of-34 for 236 yards and three touchdown passes. Running backs Kenneth Dixon, Javorius Allen and Alex Collins all hit pay-dirt as well. What ensued was utter domination by the Ravens. They stomped Buffalo on their home turf, 47-3, as they head to Cincinnati for a very interesting Thursday Night Football matchup between the two clubs. However, what transpired in Indianapolis and Baltimore paled in comparison to the events in Cleveland on Sunday. The Browns hosted the Steelers in what was surely going to be a blowout by Pittsburgh Youth Cordy Glenn Jersey , but an improved Browns team and Mother Nature contributed to a slobber-knocker. The Steelers had six total turnovers in the rain, as both teams plodded to a 21-21 tie that saw both teams’ kickers miss in a sloppy outing.Pittsburgh has a tough stretch of games ahead, as they host the Chiefs, travel to Tampa Bay,host the Ravens and Falcons, and then have a showdown at Paul Brown Stadium rounding out their next five games. Meanwhile, Cleveland is still searching for their first win in their past 18 regular season games. But hey, the Browns did not lose on Sunday and a tie for the Steelers and Browns could become very important in the AFC North race. A tie may have been the best potential outcome for Ravens and Bengals fans in that game.And, the winner on Thursday Night Football in the Bengals vs. Ravens game will take (at least a temporary) lead in the AFC North.Here’s a look at the AFC North standings after Week 1:Baltimore Ravens: 1-0: 0-0 in division, 1-0 in conferenceCincinnati Bengals: 1-0: 0-0 in division, 1-0 in conferenceCleveland Browns: 0-0-1: 0-1-0 in division, 0-1-0 in conferencePittsburgh Steelers: 0-0-1: 0-1-0 in division, 0-1-0 in conference
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Sam Darnold and the New York Jets did a good job of protecting the ball.They just didn't do very much when they had it.Playing without two of its top receivers Authentic Anthony Miller Jersey , New York managed just 207 yards in a 24-10 loss to the Chicago Bears on Sunday. Darnold passed for a career-low 153 yards in his eighth NFL start, and Isaiah Crowell was the Jets' top rusher with a measly 25 yards on 13 carries.Just a quiet, ho-hum sort of day for everyone in green-and-white."We just couldn't really get anything going," Crowell said. "I've got to watch the film, but I mean it was frustrating at the same time."It was New York's first game since running back Bilal Powell sustained a season-ending neck injury during last weekend's 37-17 loss to Minnesota. Leading receivers Robby Anderson and Quincy Enunwa were inactive due to injuries, and tight end Neal Sterling departed in the first half with a concussion.Rishard Matthews made his Jets debut after signing with the team on Tuesday, but the veteran receiver was shut out. Asked if New York (3-5) might need to add another offensive option, coach Todd Bowles said they would discuss the possibility this week."We had a lot of new people out there," Bowles said. "I mean they fought hard, they played hard. We're not going to use injuries as an excuse. Just got to make more plays."A week after Darnold threw three interceptions and lost a fumble against the Vikings, the Jets played turnover-free ball against the opportunistic Bears. But they hurt themselves with five false start penalties. The flags contributed to a 3-for-14 performance on third down and just 12 first downs overall, compared to 22 for the Bears."I think the biggest thing for us offensively is just staying in manageable down distances, not getting false starts, not getting penalties," Darnold said.New York's longest play of the day was nearly intercepted by Kyle Fuller, but it went off his hands and Deontay Burnett took the ball to the Chicago 18 for a 29-yard reception with about 12 minutes left. Darnold then finished the drive with a 16-yard touchdown pass to rookie Chris Herndon  Authentic Mitchell Trubisky Jersey , making it 17-10 with 11:10 remaining.But the Bears responded with an eight-play, 79-yard drive, culminating in Jordan Howard's 2-yard touchdown run, and the Jets never threatened again."Very proud of the way they fought and stayed together," Bowles said. "This is one of the first games the entire year that we stayed together as a team and fought collectively. Execution was not great, obviously, and we got to make more plays and we know that."The lack of execution was particularly glaring before New York rallied in the final period. The Jets had just four first downs and 98 yards heading into the fourth quarter.Before Herndon caught a TD pass for the third straight week, the Jets' only scoring drive ended with a 42-yard field goal by Jason Myers in the second quarter."It's frustrating for everyone," said Darnold, who was 14 of 29 and was sacked once. "I mean, we just got to play better. We got to, like I said before, it's about staying in manageable down distances. First and second down, getting off the ball, running the football, and completing the football. So that's really all it is. If we can do that we'll be a good football team."Jay Cohen can be reached at s://jcohenap The Bears had a pretty low bar to clear Sunday. They cleared it.Their 41-9 win over the Bills was both anticlimactic and #asexpected Womens Prince Amukamara Jersey , as they created four turnovers and scored two defensive touchdowns and cruised to the win which improves them to 5-3.Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky only threw for 135 yards and a touchdown (with one interception), but they didn’t need to do too much. Normally, when you gain 190 yards in a game you lose by many points.But not against the Bills.The Bills problem is simple, they can’t move the ball at all. They went nearly three games without a touchdown, an amazing 39-possession streak without one which was snapped by a Nathan Peterman run in the fourth quarter.Of course, he was only playing because off-the-street replacement Derek Anderson had a concussion, threw three more interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown.The picks weren’t solely his fault, with balls glancing off hands of receivers and straight to Bears twice. But he’s the sacrificial lamb, and will get all the criticism. The fact he now has three career touchdowns and 12 interceptions has something to do with it.With first-round quarterback of the future Josh Allen dealing with an elbow injury, a lack of blockers and pass targets and $56 million in dead money on the salary cap, the Bills (2-7) have to simply survive this season and start over. With high picks (they didn’t have to trade next year’s one to get Allen), they could turn things around quickly, and make their next playoff drought shorter than the 17 years that ended last season.It’s going to take a lot of work, but at least it’s a clean slate.
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The Rams dealt third- and fifth-round picks to the Jaguars for defensive end Dante Fowler on Tuesday in a deal that Rams General Manager Les Snead said he had been pursuing for a while.Snead said on SiriusXM NFL Radio Wednesday that the fact that the Jaguars didn’t exercise Fowler’s option for next season led him to believe that the Jaguars might be open to a trade. He said he spoke to Jaguars General Manager Dave Caldwell “a good bit http://www.losangelesramsteamonline.com/johnny-hekker-jersey ,” but that the Jaguars resisted until they returned from losing to the Eagles in London last Sunday.That’s when Caldwell called Snead and said “maybe we should chat and revisit on Dante.” That led to a discussion about compensation and Snead said he was willing to deal a third-round pick because he expects to get at least two as compensatory picks for free agent losses.“I can say this: Because we expect to have three third-rounders in this draft based on compensatory picks — no guarantees, but the loss of Sammy Watkins, the loss of Trumaine Johnson — you can project to have at least two, maybe three,” Snead said. “Again Authentic Samson Ebukam Jersey , that formula is very complicated, I can’t figure it out. Because we had those multiple threes, we did know that we might be able to have that silver bullet of a third-rounder to get a Dante Fowler.”The Jaguars are set to receive the highest of the Rams’ compensatory selections and will get the Rams’ regular third-round pick in the event Snead is totally off about what’s coming the team’s way before the 2019 draft. 3rd QuarterRams will receive the ball to start. Are points a must? Possibly.Hell of a drive. Big 3rd down pickup to TE Gerald Everett and then GREAT mobility from QB Jared Goff to step up and hit RB Malcolm Brown who amazingly gets into the end zone without stepping out of bounds.Rams 24, Saints 35GET A DAMN STOP.GOT A DAMN STOP.Drive gets deep into Saints territory but stalls out. Not having Gurley on 2nd, 3rd downs as he was taking a breather was big.GZ good from 34.Rams 27 Womens Marcus Peters Jersey , Saints 35And the Rams get another stop! We got a game!TOUCHDOWN COOPER KUPP!!!And Young Gerald punches it in on the quick screen! Tie ballgame!!!Rams 35, Saints 35Rams kill the drive, but Saints K Will Lutz nails a 54-yarder. GAME ON!Rams 35, Saints 38What a hell of a first half.The Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints were locked in a back-and-forth shootout until the Rams faked a field goal as P Johnny Hekker seemingly picked up the first. But the spot was short and a replay surprisingly didn’t overturn the call and the Saints took off as the Rams stalled out.A late field goal from K Greg Zuerlein made it Rams 17, Saints 35 Authentic Austin Blythe Jersey , but the real takeaway here is the pressure.The Rams haven’t been under this level of pressure, physically and mentally, this season.You can tell. DL Aaron Donald picking up an unsportsmanlike conduct flag. LG Rodger Saffold lashing out and nearly negating that half-ending field goal.They’re being pushed to the edge. And that could be a good thing. To make them uncomfortable and put them under a level of adversity they haven’t faced this year.So yes, the defense has struggled...mightily. And yes, the interception from QB Jared Goff came at about the worst time possible.But this is NFL football between two good teams. It’s going to be a battle.And I’m more interested in the response from this point than how they got here.

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