Month: September 2017

5 best NFL coaching reunions to watch in Week 2

Game Youth Matt Bosher Jersey Old friends become new foes each NFL week. It is a natural evolution of the league. But Week 2 offers a handful of fresh, extreme relationship makeovers, a few tests of wits and camaraderie in fiercely competitive tangles that will produce the best and the worst of all involved.

I expect a few of these winners to unabashedly gloat.

And some of these losers to suffer painful meltdowns.

In an ego-driven, macho-laden, status-centered league, little is more paramount than beating old friends or the agonizing embarrassment of losing to them.

Nearly, by any means necessary.

Authentic Dustin Byfuglien Jersey How about former Carolina Panthers running back Mike Tolbert, now with the Buffalo Bills, chirping about his return to Carolina on Sunday and any inside information that he can impart to the Bills to help them topple the Panthers?

There’s a rule out there that snitches get stitches, but I’m going to try to get a lot of stitches.

Giorgio Tavecchio isn’t supposed to be here. The Raiders’ kicker — the first not named Sebastian Janikowski to kick a field goal for the franchise since 2001 — had bounced from offseason roster to offseason roster without getting a single chance to play in a regular season game. While opportunities were plentiful, he was just good enough to entice teams in need of special teams help, but not good enough to break into the exclusive fraternity of full-time NFL kickers.

But after Janikowski’s bad back pushed him to the injured reserve list, Tavecchio earned one last chance to shine. Now he’s lining up field goals for Oakland on Sundays. His debut — the first game of his pro career since going undrafted back in 2012 — went as well as it could have. He connected on all four of his field goal attempts in a 26-16 win over the Titans, and was later named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week.

NFL investigating Jarvis Landry, has video of alleged domestic incident, report says

The NFL is investigating Dolphins receiver Jarvis Landry over an alleged domestic incident involving his girlfriend and has video of the purported incident as part of the probe, a South Florida radio talk-show host reported Wednesday.

“The matter remains under review,” the league says, according to WINZ’s Andy Slater.

The report also stated that a decision to move the game to Week 11 or to a neutral site will likely be decided Wednesday.

Both the Eagles and Steelers are on the road Sunday, which means the game previously scheduled to take place in Miami could relocate to one of their stadiums.

Irma is a potentially catastrophic hurricane with sustained winds of 185 mph. Evacuation orders for the Florida Keys will go into effect on Wednesday and Miami could soon follow.

Storms have forced the Dolphins to change game dates on two other occasions. The Dolphins moved a game against the Titans from Sunday to Saturday in 2004 because of a storm, and Hurricane Wilma forced the team to reschedule a 2005 game against the Chiefs from Sunday to Friday.

Something else Savage and Dominik would have done differently: Having a trusted ex-general manager on staff to offer advice, especially on handling job responsibilities outside the realm of personnel decisions. Those range from media duties, monitoring staff members, remaining in lockstep with the head coach and appraising ownership of any developments, which can become especially challenging in an absentee situation.cubs_2244

The Rams’ running game appears markedly better than the team showed in 2016.

To the fans in London, however, football was football (or, at least, American football was American football), and after years of having their appetites for the sport whetted, this was the real thing.
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That’s the great thing about football, said Mark Waller, the NFL’s executive vice president of international operations. Every phase of this contributes to the next. We wouldn’t have gone on to play regular-season games had we not played the NFL Europe. This is just how things evolve — sports are built over tens of decades, and it takes time.

That evolution is personified by Ravens rookie offensive lineman Jermaine Eluemunor, who was born in London and moved to the United States less than a year after the game.

I didn’t win my one-on-ones, Donald said. When I have one-on-ones, I usually win those. I was doing too much thinking. I keep trying to say, that’s on me so I just have to play better.
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Running back Todd Gurley, the 2015 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, is ranked eighth in the NFL with 128 yards. Though he is only averaging 3.7 yards a carry, Gurley had two rushing scores in the first two games and has added value as a pass catcher with eight receptions for 104 yards and another score. The Rams will need Gurley to continue to be that dual-threat player against the 49ers defense.

Second-year quarterback Jared Goff has grown as a player under McVay. Though he threw a costly interception late in the game against the Redskins to halt the team’s comeback, Goff has been poised in the pocket and has shown confidence in his arm and his receivers. Goff had a breakout game in Week 1 against the Indianapolis Colts and was solid in Week 2.

Cam Newton brought the dab back to life after declaring it dead

For a brief period in NFL history, the name Cam Newton was synonymous with … The Dab. Starting in 2015, he dabbed after big runs, he dabbed after big passes, and he dabbed for the love of the dab.

But last year, something changed. In June 2016, the Panthers’ quarterback declared the dab dead on the radio, and later said the same thing at the Kids Choice Awards. And sadly, Quavo — known dab enthusiast — agreed.

“I have to put that aside,” Newton said.
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But two games into the 2017 season, something changed. After running for a first down Sunday against the Buffalo Bills, Newton did the impossible and raised the dab from its grave.

In the NFL’s letter to Elliott, it says the four external advisors to the investigation “individually were of the view that there is substantial and persuasive evidence supporting a finding James Conner Youth Jersey that you engaged in physical violence against (the accuser) on multiple occasions during the week of July 16, 2016.”

Harvey said it “raised suspicions” when witnesses who had given affidavits did not want to be interviewed by the NFL. He was also struck by an inability of Elliott’s representatives to explain the accuser’s injuries any other way, even with the bar fight she was reportedly in earlier in the evening on July 22, 2016.

“Mr. Elliott’s representatives suggested that maybe she was in a fight with another woman and the bruises, for example a bruise to her eye, and perhaps other bruises on her body, were sustained in that altercation,” Harvey said. “The NFL’s investigators talked to people who witnessed that altercation and it was revealed that neither woman landed a punch on the other; they pulled each other’s hair but they never hit each other with a balled-up fist or in any other way.”

DeShone Kizer comes back from migraine in Browns vs. Ravens

The Cleveland Browns are turned to Kevin Hogan against the Baltimore Ravens due to a migraine for starter DeShone Kizer that had the rookie questionable to return. He was cleared to return in Steve Smith Sr Jersey the third quarter, and would eventually re-enter the game.

Kizer was struggling at the helm of the Browns offense before his departure. The Bud Dupree Youth Jersey Ravens jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first half and were consistently pressuring the second-round pick.

“Brian Cushing regretfully announces he has been suspended for 10 games commencing on September 13, 2017. In so doing, he is aware of the negative impact he has had on his team and most important his fans,” Cushing’s attorney Harvey Steinberg said in a statement, per Adam Schefter of ESPN. “It is with the deepest remorse that he humbly apologizes to his fans, teammates and coaches. After consulting with his attorney and agent, he felt that rather than dragging the appellate process out, this would be the best way to proceed.”?

Cushing had one tackle in the Texans’ Week 1 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, but he left the game with a concussion. He did not participate in practice on Monday.

This is the second career PED suspension for Cushing, who served four games to open the 2010 season.

Beckham sat out the season opener after spraining his ankle in the preseason. The Giants’ offense withered and died without him on the field, managing just 233 total yards in a 19-3 loss. The offensive line continues to be a major weak spot, letting Eli Manning get sacked three times while the running game was nonexistent. Paul Perkins and Orleans Darkwa combined for just 30 yards on 10 carries. Brandon Marshall was a non-factor with one catch on four targets.

Ben Roethlisberger trailed only Brady and Rodgers in QB Tiers voting.

His Steelers will face both of those unanimous Tier 1 QBs in Pittsburgh this season (the Steelers are the only team outside the NFC South scheduled to face both Rodgers and Brady this season).

You are Devin Wade, an aspiring quarterback who has all the tools to be good at football but has gone through some unfortunate life events. The story follows you and your longtime best friend Colt Cruise as you both try to make the NFL despite what everyone thinks and says about you.

In this story mode, you can make certain decisions that affect your player’s draft grade throughout the whole story — it reminds me of the story mode in Injustice 2 when you have to pick a fighter for a certain level. It’s damn near identical. You have a limited amount of time to make each decision, so choose wisely.

The Browns aren’t the easiest team to root for, but being a Cleveland fan builds character. Browns fans have weathered a lifetime of disappointments, from former owner Art Modell moving the team to Baltimore in 1995, to some crushing moments that are so iconic and devastating that they’re simply known as “The Drive,” and “The Fumble.”

It’s the Three Bs on offense that Steelers fans get excited about — quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, running back Le’Veon Bell, and wide receiver Antonio Brown, who’s always good for an entertaining celebration dance.

People seem to either love or hate J.J. Watt, but if you’re one of the former, that’s a pretty good reason to like the Texans. Watt has been named the Defensive Player of the Year three times over his five seasons in the league, and he’ll be back on the field this year after missing most of last season with a back injury.

The Colts mascot is amazing. He’s a horse, and his name is Blue, and he sure does know how to get in opponents’ heads.steelers_129

Rams tickets were $6 and still nobody turned up to see them play in Los Angeles

Los Angeles getting an NFL team has been a dream for years. On Sunday we saw that realized with the Rams hosting the Colts at L.A. Memorial Coliseum and, well …

Empty seat photos are nothing new. Normally they’re the product Pernell McPhee Jersey of an opportunistic photographer snapping an early shot while fans are filing in, or taking a pic in between quarters while people are in line at concessions or the bathroom. However, this is in the first quarter. The game has started. Snaps have been taken. There are players on the field.

Darby, 23, appeared to suffer the injury without contact and Chris Ivory Womens Jersey the Eagles trainers brought out an air cast and carted the cornerback off the field.

What does this mean for the Eagles’ defense? Prior to the injury for Darby, the Eagles were dominating the Washington offense. Kirk Cousins completed just three of his first nine passes for 55 yards, allowing Philadelphia to jump out to a 13-0 lead.

Darby was brought in because the team has little depth at cornerback, and that could immediately be a problem while he’s out.

The Eagles signed Patrick Robinson to a one-year deal in March and will need the veteran to step up in Darby’s absence. The injury also likely means more playing time for Rasul Douglas, a tall and physical but raw rookie who was taken in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

The NFL issued a statement on Twitter explaining Elliott’s being cleared to play Sunday.

The last and final live event that the Georgia Dome hosted was the Monster Jam, which gave the building the farewell it deserved.

It felt limitless in the sense of being infinitely powerful with no range or end to the noise, so loud and yet so obviously just getting started on the way to a theoretical full volume. What do you think a tornado at pace is? It’s actually just clearing its throat and warming up, volume-wise. It’s whispering, holding back. You just hear it as a roar.

These are some tough fuckin’ birds, man. However, the Seahawks did themselves a huge disservice with that front-facing bird face logo. It’s real hard to take that shit seriously.
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Authentic Youth Bobby Wagner Jersey This might be the most competitive division, top to bottom, on the list. Of course, the Ravens will need their defense to do all the heavy lifting, so they’re more of a spoiler here than anything else. The Falcons and Seahawks could provide some entertaining tilts along the way, and as a bonus the can both commiserate on two of the most epic choke jobs in sports history, not to mention ones that made the Patriots and their fans that much more insufferable with two Super Bowls they didn’t deserve.

The NFL issued a statement on Twitter explaining Elliott’s being cleared to play Sunday.

In the absence of a ruling from Mr. Henderson at the outset of the hearing, the judge indicated his desire to have the appropriate time to consider all legal issues before making a ruling, the NFL explained. To that end, the judge asked counsel whether it was prepared to allow Mr. Elliott’s suspension, if upheld, to begin after week one, allowing him time to make that ruling. In deference to the judge, NFL counsel agreed that Mr. Elliott would be permitted to play this weekend regardless of the timing of the decision. When the decision was issued, the judge advised that in light of the league’s agreement, he would allow additional filings and make his decision by Friday.

Best Week 1 NFL Eliminator picks

Welcome to the 2017 Eliminator Challenge. For those not familiar, it is a free game on in which you pick one NFL team each week to win its matchup. Your team wins, you move on to next week. Your team loses, you’re out. There’s only one catch: You can pick each team only once.

To determine the best picks each week, I lean heavily upon ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI). For more on how FPI is calculated, click here and here. I also look at the pick percentages for each team on the ESPN Eliminator Challenge page to see which teams the majority of fans are picking. While the chalkiest picks are usually among the best ones, sometimes there is value in fading them and hoping a high percentage of your pool is eliminated.

I’m not sure whether to feel proud for him or upset that I can’t get him at a ridiculous value price raptors_024Fantasy Football anymore (more than probably the latter), as Mariota sits as the QB6 in terms of price on DraftKings. The Titans added a bunch of weapons to this offense this past offseason, and Mariota looks to benefit greatly. Tennessee has one of the highest team totals in Week 1 in what should also be a very competitive game, two factors that when combined are favorable to quarterback scoring.

I prefer to look for much cheaper value in head-to-head games, but I don’t think Mariota is out of the conversation for your cash game QB. I love Mariota in tournaments this week and will have many lineups with him in those GPPs.

Dan Graziano, national NFL writer: Chargers over Broncos. I like the Chargers as a bounce-back team, and I have some major questions about the Broncos, and why not get it started with a Monday night upset by Phil Rivers & Co. in Denver?

Darby is a solid talent, and the Eagles thus far are raving about him.

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Smith hasn’t changed that tact during a far more successful stretch with the Chiefs despite the outside clamoring for Mahomes that will continue to grow if Smith hits a rough patch, which is entirely possible this season considering the youth on Kansas City’s wide receiving corps. Not to mention a running game that has dipped ever since the now-departed Jamaal Charles suffered a major knee injury early in the 2015 campaign.

Certainly, it does get in here and there, but I think you just get older and accept it for what it is, said Smith, 33. You get the draft, you get the new guys in, and that’s a good thing. Fans should be excited about that. I don’t think I need to necessarily make it about me or take offense to anything. I still need to go about doing my job and to not lose that focus.

He has done that so far this preseason, even as Mahomes makes the kind of throws in practice that have wowed teammates and Smith himself.

In return, Beane with those trades acquired second- and third-round picks in next year’s draft and a fourth-rounder in 2019, a starting receiver in Jordan Matthews and a backup corner (as of now) in E.J. Gaines.

Darby is a solid talent, and the Eagles thus far are raving about him. Ragland is a thumper at linebacker. He was a difference-maker at Alabama who missed his rookie season due to a torn ACL, but he was not seen as a fit for new coach Sean McDermott’s 4-3 defense.

Elite Frank White Jersey It’s also unusual for a team to make major trades of starters during the preseason, much less doing it with three players. Is the GM listening too much to his coach, who likely was telling him Watkins, Darby and Ragland were not his kinds of players? Allowing a coach to engage in house-cleaning is a dangerous game for a GM.