Monthly Archives: October 2017

Browns WR Kenny Britt really, really hates playing in London

The Browns are headed to London to play the Vikings this Sunday. Kenny Britt, a receiver for the Browns, played in London with the Rams last year. He didn’t particularly enjoy it.

But the real reason for the Jaguars’ ridiculous pressure on opposing quarterbacks may be their lockdown secondary. Neither Jalen Ramsey nor A.J. Bouye has allowed a touchdown yet in 2017, and both are shutting down every receiver they face:

For perspective, a quarterback’s passer rating if every single pass falls incomplete is 39.6. So spiking the football on every play has been about as effective as throwing to a receiver covered by Bouye or Ramsey.

That has left few receivers for quarterbacks to throw to and a little extra time for players like Campbell, Yannick Ngakoue and Dante Fowler to get into the backfield.

Jacksonville’s problems are inconsistency on offense and struggles to stop the run. Those are issues that the Jaguars will have to continue to try to address after a Week 8 bye. But any team that tries to pass against them is playing with fire.

It’s been a heck of a five-year stretch, but on Sunday in London, the window closed on the Cardinals, the Palmer era and maybe the Bruce Arians era. At the very least, the time has arrived for Arians, general manager Steve Keim and the whole organization to recognize that whatever comes next, another quarterback will be part of it.

The Cardinals have seen this movie before, and Palmer was three years younger when he last filled this role. His 2014 season was gutted by serious injury. Arians plugged in Drew Stanton, and they survived until right before the playoffs, when buckled in the face of Stanton’s own injury.

The most significant thing about Seattle’s streak is that the middle win was a 16-10 victory over the Rams, who lead them by a half-game in the NFC West. That’s a tiebreaker helper in a close race, and in spite of the streak we’ve seen little to convince us Seattle can or will run away with anything this season. The other three of their wins are against the 49ers, Colts and Giants, who are a combined 3-18.

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Dolphins linebacker Kiko Alonso had a brutal hit on Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco during the second quarter of the Thursday Night Football game. It knocked off the quarterback’s helmet and Flacco was forced to leave the game.
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After Snyder sat down, Jones stood and left no question that it was his floor. I’m the ranking owner here, he said.

Elite Womens Minnesota Timberwolves Jersey At first, some in the room admired Jones’ pure bravado, the mix of folksy politician and visionary salesman he has perfected. But he was angry. He said the owners had to take the business impact seriously, as the league was threatened by a polarizing issue it couldn’t contain or control.

To some in the room, it was clear Jones was trying to build momentum for an anthem mandate resolution, and in the words of one owner, he brought up a lot of fair points. Jones believed he was one of the few showing any urgency Chuck Bednarik Authentic Jersey on the matter and seemed to be more frustrated that not everybody was listening than he was passionate about the mandate.

Moore (5-foot-10, 202 pounds) should have value on the open market, though. He has started 31 games in seven years with the New England Patriots, Dallas Cowboys, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Saints.

Elite Womens Torry Holt Jersey Moore started 12 games for New Orleans last year after being signed in Week 1. He led the team with 13 passes defended and tied for the team lead with two interceptions.

The theme of his athletic life, though, continued when the draft came around. The NFL’s interest was lukewarm. When the Redskins selected him with the 102nd pick in 2012-exactly 100 picks after Griffin-he couldn’t hide his disappointment.

In the years that followed, he gradually changed perceptions. He kept his mouth shut in quarterback meetings while Griffin slowly began to lose allies. Robert was a diva to everyone, not just Kirk, Mike Shanahan says. His teammates all knew. Kirk handled that situation like a pro, and all his teammates could see it.

NFL owners to consider rule requiring players to stand for national anthem

NFL owners will reportedly consider a rule change that would require players to stand during the national anthem, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The discussions around the rule happened on Tuesday, where NFL players met with owners.
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The discussion shifts from police shouldn’t kill harmless black people and get away with it to a lot of talking about nothing on the division within the country. Some magazines even create a cover about the issue that purposely doesn’t have Kaepernick on it … but has Roger Goodell front and center.

Then of course you have the league that pushes Kaepernick out and keeps him away. Calls him a distraction. Says that the true problem is that he doesn’t fit any offensive schemes. That he’s not a starter in the league, and when that fails, that he’s not a capable backup. That he wants too much money.
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Am I smart to pick the Jaguars? Probably not. But the Jaguars defense is good enough that they just might be able to cover against a Steelers offense that still hasn’t reached its full potential.

Adam Oates Mens Jersey The Jags are 4-1 against the spread in their last five road games, and 5-2 against the spread in their last seven.

The Los Angeles Rams Patrick Chung Jersey ground out a tough 35-30 road win over the Dallas Cowboys, improving to 3-1 and first place in the NFC West. Sean McVay is the early frontrunner for Coach of the Year, but he’s not without his faults.

On Friday 49ers GM John Lynch released the following statement on the decision to cut Bowman:

NaVorro gave his heart and soul to this team for the last eight years, and for that we are all extremely grateful, 49ers general manager John Lynch said in a statement. During that time, NaVorro was a key component of one of the best teams in the league and his passion for the game allowed him to quickly become a favorite of our faithful fans.
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There were reports last week that the 49ers were trying to find a trade partner for Bowman, and on Sunday morning it emerged that the team actually had a deal in place with the Saints on the trade — but ultimately decided to cut their veteran instead.

The clips come in one of two styles. The plastic clips are circular and rotate to show the yard-line it’s on, just in case someone forgot where it had been set. The cloth clips are strips with a small plastic window to identify the pertinent yard line. In both the NFL and college football, both styles are used, generally depending on the preference of the down judge, head linesman, or team.

In a game of inches, it’s actually critical which side of the yard line the clip is placed on the chain. Which SIDE of a yard line? You might ask. What does that mean?
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Yard lines are all four inches thick (that’s even in the rulebook or game manual). If the DJ/HL is not precise about where on the yard line the clip is placed, and where it needs to be during the official measurement, she can get an incorrect measurement and incorrectly cost (or grant) a team a first down.

49ers replace Brian Hoyer with C.J. Beathard vs. Washington

Amazon will carry the coverage of its 11 games and the advertisements. CBS and NBC will also have the ability to stream the games as they broadcast them, as well as Verizon to its wireless subscribers. The games broadcast on CBS and NBC will be the games that Amazon will carry on its platform.

$50 million. That’s for 11 games, so if you do the math, Amazon paid $4.5 million per Thursday night game. It’s a sizable increase from the $10 million that Twitter paid for one fewer game last season. Many NFL fans would tell you that’s a bad investment, but Amazon has been making a push to provide more live sports.

“For us, this is about starting to bring live sports to our Prime members all around the world,” said Jeff Blackburn, the company’s head of business development and entertainment.

Said Seahawks DL Michael Bennett: “I don’t think we can work alongside of them [NFL owners] until we address that issue [of Colin Kaepernick].”
Avril, 31, is in his 10th NFL season and his fifth with the Seahawks. He’s coming off a career-high 11.5 sacks in 2016 en route to his first Pro Bowl appearance. He’s signed through the 2018 season.

“We’ve had good fluid communication with Martavis throughout this process like I have all younger players,” Tomlin said. “He was a big contributor to our efforts on Sunday. He was excited like everyone else. I don’t know where these reports come from. Sometimes they come from family members or people close to him; sometimes they can come from agents. I don’t judge him or my relationship with him based on things said by others. He appears to be happy and focused, so it’s a nonissue to us.”

Tomlin said the Steelers believe Bryant when he says the story is not an issue. “We’re moving forward,” Tomlin said.sabres_032

Patriots vs. Jets 2017 live stream: Start time, TV schedule, and how to watch online

Nothing about the Patriots’ start to the 2017 season has been easy — and a suddenly competent Jets team could make sure Week 6 is no different. New York is 2-10 in its last dozen games against New England, but a victory Sunday could go a long way in derailing its division rival’s playoff hopes while boosting its own. The two teams meet at 1 p.m. ET Sunday and broadcast live on CBS (live stream).
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That mark has dipped to an ugly 6.6 in 2017. Carr has been more conservative this season (average depth of throw has dropped from 7.6 to 6.3 in 2017), which helps explain his rise in completion percentage (from 64 percent to 68 percent). Carr is far from a finished product and sits 20th in fantasy points during the four weeks he has played a full game this season. He’s a fringe starter against Kansas City this week.

Nick Novak sealed the deal for the Chargers with a 32-yard field goal as time expired to give them a 17-16 win over the Raiders.

The kick comes 10 days after the Chargers waived kicker Younghoe Koo, who was our favorite NFL kicker.
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We feel like Nick (Novak) was the best choice for our team, head coach Anthony Lynn said after the team waived Koo. Nick has been an accurate kicker for a long time.

Despite Koo not working out for the Chargers, they certainly won’t complain about Novak getting the deal done against the Raiders.

The Chargers are now tied with the Raiders for last place in the AFC West at 2-4, but have pieced together two consecutive wins before they host Denver in Week 7.

Roger Goodell: NFL working to get player protests to ‘zero’ via ‘understanding’

The NFL wrapped up two days of owners meetings Wednesday with no new regulations regarding conduct during the national anthem, as commissioner Roger Goodell expressed the hope that player protests can be eliminated through better understanding.

Nearly all of Goodell’s 15-minute news conference following the conclusion of the meetings in New York focused on the anthem issue, and the commissioner held to the same basic line throughout the session: The NFL believes players “should stand for the national anthem,” but it won’t make them.

As shown in their win as 8-point underdogs on Will Tye Jersey the road against New England in Week 1, the Chiefs have been road warriors over the last two seasons. Kansas City is 8-0 SU and ATS over its last eight road games, per the OddsShark NFL Database.

It will be a treat to hear Romo break down Alex Smith’s game and what he’s seeing from the Steelers as Smith takes on this defense. Smith is playing the best football of his entire career in this spread-to-run offense, which Calgary Flames Womens Jersey is similar to the one he thrived in at Utah under Urban Meyer.

Kareem Hunt has made a name for himself in his rookie season, and Travis Kelce cleared the concussion protocol and should be good to go for Sunday. So the Kansas City offense should be at full strength.

Ben Roethlisberger is coming off of a five-interception, no-touchdown performance against the Jaguars last week. The Steelers’ offense hasn’t been able to find a rhythm, but this team’s history against the Chiefs suggests that a rebound may come on Sunday.

We’re going to figure each other out

Stevens, ever patient in his approach, recognizes that he won’t have his desired institutional knowledge to lean on early this year.

I think that one of the biggest challenges for anybody in this, in coaching or in playing, is that you want it to happen tomorrow, said Stevens. . And we’ve gotta be smart about not overdoing it.

As I watch tape and film from last year of our team, there were a lot of plays that were made instinctively out of kind of a knowledge of each other. And we’re going to have to build and grow. And it takes some time. But everybody seems to be onboard, excited and ready to roll with trying to make it as good as it can be as quickly as it can be.

The Knicks can sign McDermott to a rookie-scale extension prior to Monday, but it’s unlikely they will make him an offer, league sources told ESPN. It seems that the club prefers to take the season to evaluate if and how McDermott fits into its future.
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If they did that, but decided against renouncing their rights to Mindaugas Kuzminskas ($4 million cap hold), the Knicks would have less than $3 million in cap space in the summer of 2018.

New York, however, would still be over the salary cap when you factor in the $8.5 million midlevel exception and $3.3 million biannual exception.
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The Tigers dealt Martinez to Arizona on July 18 for prospects Dawel Lugo, Jose King and Sergio Alcantara. The deal puzzled analysts, including ESPN’s Keith Law, who had ranked the Diamondbacks’ system last in his organizational ratings over the winter. While many were critical of the Tigers’ haul for Martinez, especially because it came nearly two weeks before the trade deadline, it was reflective of one thing: There wasn’t a great in-season market for rental position players.

He became such a fan favorite in Los Angeles that the Dodgers had him on their bobblehead schedule for 2004.

For a team steeped in continuity, Portland faces a lot of questions — including who rounds out the starting five next to Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum and Jusuf Nurkic. With Allen Crabbe and his odious contract in Brooklyn, the Blazers have no choice but to use a ton of lineups, including the starting group, featuring three unreliable 3-point shooters.

Those groups are antiques. Scoring can be tough, even if the other two guys are among the most lethal pull-up artists alive.

When Roberts gets to his portrait, he laughs and says,” Look how young I am. Wait ’til I show this to Cole.”

At the time, Roberts was coming off a year in which he hit .277 with 45 stolen bases to help the Dodgers win a surprising 92 games under manager Jim Tracy. Next to the artful photo is a blurb written by Ed McGregor: “Roberts, who studied history at UCLA, learned how the past impacts the present when he met his doppelganger in Dodgers legend Maury Wills. ‘He taught me a little guy can dominate a game, even with no homers.'”

After eight years trying to make the majors, the 29-year-old Roberts had made a name for himself. As of July 31 that year, he had stolen 33 of 34 bases.

Tricia was eight months pregnant with Emme. But just as the 1 p.m. PT trading deadline had passed, Roberts got a call. In one of a string of moves, general manager Paul DePodesta traded him to the Red Sox for an outfield prospect named Henri Stanley.tigers_057-115x115

there was no stopping the flow of Dodger losses in September.

The Lakers will be fun, but let’s not pretend they are playing for anything but a July coup. The on-court product almost doesn’t matter beyond Lonzo Ball’s acclimation and how various high-salaried players help or hurt their trade value. That includes Julius Randle, locked in an interesting battle for power forward minutes with Larry Nance Jr., and future MVP Kyle Kuzma.

Rivers take all sorts or twists and turns, and they tend to pick up momentum. Just as the Allegheny becomes the Ohio, which becomes the Mississippi, there was no stopping the flow of Dodger losses in September.

Womens Gareon Conley Jersey After returning home from Pittsburgh, the Dodgers won the opener of a series with the Brewers, then proceeded to drop 16 of their next 17 games — their worst 17-game stretch since 1944, when Campanis was a chief petty officer in the Navy.

As the streak grew longer, the anxiety built, and the Los Angeles Times had to ask, How Did The Dodgers Go From Possibly The Best Of All Time To, Right Now, The Worst Team In The Majors? But Roberts remained calm — too calm, thought some of the faithful. Say something. Do something. Throw something.
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First-base coach George Lombard, who has known Roberts since their minor league days, says, That would not have been Doc. Look, it wasn’t his fault we were losing. And it wasn’t as if the players weren’t trying hard. Trying too hard is more like it. What good would it have done if he had yelled?

Throughout his career, there have been two constants with Horford: winning (he has made the playoffs in each of his 10 seasons) and making teammates better. So maybe it should come as no surprise that the Celtics elevated to the top of the Eastern Conference standings last season while a player like Isaiah Thomas had a season in which he finished fifth in MVP voting.