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  • This post is part of Oilers Day on PHT…

    most of the pressure in Edmonton would be on Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli.,adidas Connor McDavid jersey,In a fairer world

    Chiarelli could have conceivably locked up Leon Draisaitl to a far cheaper contract extension if he was a little more proactive about it. The Oilers barely wasted a second in signing Connor McDavid to an extension when they got the chance – and justifiably so – but you wonder if they dropped the ball in allowing Draisaitl to pump up his value with a breakthrough contract year.,Authentic Vincent Trocheck jersey,After all

    And, Chiarelli is the one who’s been handing out questionable contracts to the likes of Milan Lucic and Kris Russell., beyond discussions of Draisaitl + McDavid at $21 million compared to Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane at that price (not to mention the cheaper duo of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin)

    Anyway, when you leaf through reactions to the $8.5 million per year price, much of the bickering centers on how excessive the contract is., the debates don’t seem to revolve around whether or not the Oilers overpaid Draisaitl; instead

    That’s not great for a 21-year-old who still boasts a pretty small resume, talented players out of Edmonton., especially if his bloated contract eventually forces other

    while cap realities would likely prompt Edmonton to ask each player to center their own line.,The big concern is that the Oilers paid big for Draisaitl in large part based on his production alongside McDavid

    In 2016-17,adidas Jordan Eberle jersey, and by a large margin.,adidas Aaron Ekblad jersey, Draisaitl’s most common linemates were Patrick Maroon and then McDavid

    really,Authentic Aaron Ekblad jersey,Just like with virtually any talented forward, adidas Ryan Nugent-Hopkins jersey,Draisaitl saw a significant boost with McDavid vs. without him, but it makes it scarier to hand him a massive extension without a large body of evidence that he can be a difference-maker on his own., as Jonathan Willis illustrated in detail for Oilers Nation. That’s not the big German forward’s fault

    The Oilers gave Draisaitl a bigger deal than a scorer with a larger body of work (and thus more proof that he’s a true top center) in Ryan Johansen and generally made him one of the highest-paid centers in the NHL.

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    That’s a dangerous proposition,adidas Vincent Trocheck jersey, he’s under a lot of pressure.,Authentic Connor McDavid jersey, and the Oilers might not have a ton to fall back on if Draisaitl has trouble dealing with the stresses that come with getting a huge contract. No doubt about it
  • Football is as much of a team sport there is,Womens Wayne Gallman Jersey, but in all reality the success of a team comes down to certain players and their abilities. Some of the most important players in the league are quarterbacks, such as Aaron Rodgers, and the situation is no different in Philadelphia. Some of the other important positions for the Eagles include left tackle, and Tom Brady, defensive end, and safety.

    Safety Malcolm Jenkins

    Malcolm Jenkins is the best player in the secondary. The heart and soul,Even with the acquisition of Ronald Darby, a lot rides on Jenkins shoulders this year. Jenkins is versatile enough to play a deep safety position, and proven leader of the secondary, come up in the slot and play nickel corner, or step into the box and act as an extra linebacker. His versatility is the key to the success of the defense.

    Jenkins, when playing as a deep safety is a ball hawking, and is easily the best safety Philadelphia has had since Brian Dawkins left. Jim Schwartz will likely utilize Jenkins in the slot at nickel corner on obvious passing downs,Authentic Evan Engram Jersey, hard hitting safety, especially with the signing of Corey Graham from Buffalo. Jenkins ability to step into the box and play as an extra linebacker will help the run defense this year.

    Defensive End Brandon Graham

    and Jordan Hicks. Graham can do everything out of a defensive end,Authentic Dalvin Tomlinson Jersey, Alshon Jeffery, bull rush,Womens Davis Webb Jersey,and can play the run. He has good get off, he can speed rush,Brandon Graham is the best player on the Philadelphia Eagles. This is a bold statement with a roster that consists of Fletcher Cox,Womens Mark Herzlich Jersey,  and powerful legs that allow him to push tackles back into the quarterback’s lap. When tackles anchor down and prepare for his strength, he has enough hip flexibility to bend around the tackle and speed rush. In run defense Graham has the ability to string the running back out to the sideline and allowing his teammates to make tackles.

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    Left Tackle Jason Peters

    Jason Peters has been one of the best left tackles in the NFL for years now, and in order for the Eagles offense to succeed Peters has to be an anchor on the left side. He is one of the highest paid players on the roster to help protect the blindside. The cleaner the pocket for Wentz, the more likely he will be to find his new targets.

    Not only will Peters be important in pass protection, as Peters is not only a phenomenal player,Authentic Wayne Gallman Jersey, but also the run game. So far the Eagles run game has been pretty disappointing in the preseason and one side of the offensive line needs to step up and lead the charge. Expect that to be the left side,Authentic Mark Herzlich Jersey,  but also a smart veteran to lead in the locker room.

    Quarterback Carson Wentz

    It is simple as Carson Wentz is the most important Eagle. The Eagles go as far as Carson Wentz can take them. In this day and age, the NFL is a quarterback driven league,Womens Dalvin Tomlinson Jersey,  now it is on him. He took the time to refine his throwing motion over the summer, and Wentz finally has some tools around him to succeed. Long gone are the days where we could blame the talent around Wentz, and it has paid off in more accurate passes this preseason.

    The future of the Philadelphia Eagles relies on the development of Wentz. If he is able to take a step forward so will the Eagles,Womens Evan Engram Jersey,because if he can make strides,Authentic Davis Webb Jersey,but if he takes a Blake Bortlesesque regression than so will the team. This is a key year for Wentz and the Eagles, the energy around Philadelphia will be similar to Derek Carr in Oakland. But if he doesn’t improve the Eagles may be getting concerned with his future.
  • Alex Ovechkin may want to play in the 2018 Winter Olympics, per The Washington Post’s Isabelle Khurshudyan., but Russian Hockey Federation president Vladislav Tretiak says the Washington Capitals forward needs to accept it won’t happen

    “What is there for Ovechkin to do now? Nothing. Play for Washington,Authentic Aaron Ekblad jersey, ” Tretiak said in an interview with Russian news website R-Sport translated by The Washington Post. “He has to accept that.”

    Since the NHL announced its decision not to participate in the upcoming Olympics in Pyeongchang,Authentic Jordan Eberle jersey, I don’t care — I just go.” Last month,adidas Connor McDavid jersey, South Korea,adidas Aaron Ekblad jersey, Ovechkin has told reporters he planned to go anyway. In April,Authentic Vincent Trocheck jersey, he said, “Somebody going to tell me, don’t go, like, he indicated to Russian media that there was still a chance he’d be allowed to go.

    Capitals owner Ted Leonsis even told NHL.com that he’d allow star players like Ovechkin and Braden Holtby to leave the team temporarily for the Olympics if they wanted to.

    However, who might want to go anyway but are going to be met with stiff resistance from various stakeholders., NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly recently told The Athletic that the NHL received assurances from the International Ice Hockey Federation that any players under contract with the league wouldn’t be allowed to play in the Olympics. That includes players like Ovechkin

    There’s little doubt that Russia,adidas Jordan Eberle jersey,which will likely be the favorite in Pyeongchang given its talent in the KHL, given the absence of NHL players,Authentic Ryan Nugent-Hopkins jersey,would prefer to have Ovechkin alongside the likes of Ilya Kovalchuk,adidas Vincent Trocheck jersey, Pavel Datsyuk, Valeri Nichushkin, and this looks like its best shot at Olympic gold in men’s hockey since the fall of the Soviet Union. Still, Nikita Gusev,adidas Ryan Nugent-Hopkins jersey,  and Mikhail Grigorenko. Hockey is a huge sport in the country, Russia should be in prime position to make a run at gold regardless of Ovechkin’s presence.

    This seems like a strong indication that even players who badly want to play in the 2018 Olympics won’t be allowed. There had been speculation about possible exceptions in certain cases where ownership approved,Authentic Connor McDavid jersey, but it appears the NHL is trying to hold together without letting any players break ranks.
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    Jermaine Kearse is no fan of the Oakland Raiders' home field.

    The New York Jets wide receiver played at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum a couple of times while a member of the Seattle Seahawks, and there's one aspect about it that drives him crazy.

    I hate their field,"To be honest," Kearse said with a big smile Wednesday. "I can't stand that baseball part of the field."

    the baseball diamond and infield dirt can be seen stretching from about the 50-yard line to the 20 on either side, so when both teams' seasons are underway simultaneously — as they are now — the field is converted from football to baseball, and vice versa. During Raiders games,The Raiders share the stadium with the Oakland Athletics, with the football yard lines marked off across the field.

    Kearse and the Jets will play at Oakland on Sunday.

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  • Los Angeles (AFP) - The Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins announced on Sunday they still plan to visit the White House and meet with American President Donald Trump who has been involved in an escalating war of words with US professional athletes.

    The Penguins said their acceptance of Trump's invitation is a continuation of a long-standing practice of the NHL championship team visiting the White House.

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    The Penguins decision to go comes amid a wave of protests followed by a war of words between Trump and several prominent American athletes. Trump's verbal attacks have been directed mainly at National Football League players who kneel during the playing of The Star-Spangled Banner.

    Trump reignited the issue on Friday at a political rally in Alabama when he suggested NFL players should be "fired" for kneeling or protesting during the American anthem.

    The American sports stars are following the example of former San Francisco 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick who said last year he wasn't going to stand for a flag of a country that "oppresses black people".

    Unlike the NBA and NFL, there hasn't been a back and forth between Trump and the NHL.

    There are just nine Americans on the Penguins 23-man roster and that is typical of most NHL clubs. The Penguins also had players from Canada, Switzerland, Sweden and Finland last season.

    In contrast,authentic Jeff Carter jersey, the Pittsburgh Steeler players that stayed in the lockerroom during Sunday's anthem are all Americans.

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    Since taking office in January, Trump has hosted the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots and members of the World Series champion Chicago Cubs to honour their titles.

    On Saturday, adidas Ryan Suter jersey,Trump rescinded an invitation to the White House for the NBA champion Golden State Warriors.

    Trump tweeted Sunday: "Please to inform that the Champion Pittsburgh Penguins of the NHL will be joining me at the White House for Ceremony. Great team!"

    The NHL brass has not commented on national anthem protests or Trump.

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  • Sunday's slate of Week 3 games began with the Ravens and Jaguars taking part in a large demonstration during the national anthem in London -- a response to the inflammatory comments made by Donald Trump on Friday. The final game on Sunday began in the same way,Authentic Damarious Randall Jersey, but this time the demonstration happened at FedEx Field in Maryland, just 30 or so minutes away from the White House.

    On "Sunday Night Football,Womens Quinten Rollins Jersey, " countless Raiders and Redskins players didn't stand for the national anthem. Most of those sitting were on the Raiders, while the majority of players on the Redskins' sideline stood up. All players linked arms.

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    Meanwhile, Redskins owner and Trump donor Dan Snyder joined his players and linked arms on the sideline.

    On Friday at a rally in Alabama, Authentic Quinten Rollins Jersey,Trump criticized NFL players who protest racial injustice by kneeling during the national anthem. He then called for NFL owners to fire players who don't stand for the anthem.

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    As for what's next? Here's what Seahawks star cornerback Richard Sherman said.
  • Atlanta Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant played one heck of a football game Sunday night. With an interception,Womens Kyle Murphy Jersey, a fumble returned for a touchdown,Authentic Kentrell Brice Jersey, Trufant proved to the world that he’s still an elite cornerback.,Authentic Lane Taylor Jersey, and only two receptions allowed on four targets

    his performance was a sight for sore eyes. But it’s also good to see because Trufant worked hard to get back and now’s he’s rejuvenated. (Credit to the Associated Press for the quote.),Womens Lane Taylor Jersey,Because the Falcons just handed Trufant a $69 million extension in April

    "At times we think that nothing can stop us,Authentic Kyle Murphy Jersey, like we're invincible and stuff like that, it just put even more hunger in me to get back to the game."," Trufant told The Associated Press on Thursday. "But when it's really taken away from you and you can't do anything about it

    Trufant’s 2016 had to be uncomfortable. As a fourth year pro rapidly approaching the expiration of his rookie contract,Authentic Dean Lowry Jersey, Trufant wanted to help his team win a Lombardi trophy.,Womens Dean Lowry Jersey, Trufant wanted to play well for his future. But even more than wanting to secure his financial well-being

    After a rocky start to Dan Quinn’s tenure, Womens Kentrell Brice Jersey,Trufant knew the Falcons were well-equipped to go all the way in 2016. But then the week nine game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers happened. A shoulder injury would end his season,Authentic Blake Martinez Jersey, no matter how mature the player.,Womens Blake Martinez Jersey, landing him on injured reserve. Then he’d watch his teammates bully their way through the playoffs en route to a Super Bowl berth. That’s hard to swallow

    and ready to work. It’s not an ideal way to get motivated,Fast forward seven months and the landscape has completely changed. Trufant is healthy, far removed from his shoulder surgery, but for Trufant, the injury just made him hungrier.

    Your thoughts?
  • BOSTON -- Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez had a severe case of the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, researchers said on Thursday. His lawyer announced a lawsuit against the NFL and the team for hiding the true dangers of the sport.

    depression and other cognitive disorders .,Womens Mitchell Trubiskyn Jersey,Dr. Ann McKee, said Hernandez had Stage 3 (out of 4) of the disease, the director of the CTE Center at Boston University, which can cause violent mood swings

    "We're told it was the most severe case they had ever seen for someone of Aaron's age," attorney Jose Baez said.

    Hernandez killed himself in April in the prison cell where he was serving a life-without-parole sentence for murder. Baez said Hernandez had shown signs of memory loss, impulsivity and aggression that could be attributed to CTE.

    you look back and there are things you might have noticed,"When hindsight is 20-20," he said. "But you don't know."

    football players and boxers and others who have been subjected to repeated head trauma. A recent study found signs of the disease in 110 of 111 NFL players whose brains were inspected.,CTE, which can only be diagnosed in an autopsy, has been found in former members of the military

    of her father's companionship.,The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court claimed that the league and Patriots failed to protect their players' safety, leading to the disease that deprived Hernandez's 4-year-old daughter,Womens Christian McCaffrey Jersey, Avielle

    defendants concealed and misrepresented the risks of repeated traumatic head impacts.",Womens Cam Newton Jersey,"Defendants were fully aware of the dangers of exposing NFL players,Womens Luke Kuechly Jersey,to repeated traumatic head impacts, such as Aaron," the lawsuit said. "Yet

    NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league had not yet seen the lawsuit and could not comment. A Patriots spokesman did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

    The league recently agreed to pay $1 billion to retired players who claimed it misled them about the dangers of playing football.

    The "loss of consortium" lawsuit filed on Thursday is independent of the class-action suit that began making payments this summer. Baez said it was the first of its kind.

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    Hernandez committed suicide just hours before his former teammates visited the White House to celebrate their latest Super Bowl victory and a week after he was acquitted in the 2012 drive-by shootings of two men in Boston.

    and then got a tattoo of a handgun and the words "God Forgives" to commemorate the crime.,Prosecutors had argued that Hernandez gunned the two men down after one accidentally spilled a drink on him in a nightclub

    Hernandez did not raise CTE in his defence at either trial because he claimed actual innocence.

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    In three seasons with the Patriots, Hernandez joined Rob Gronkowski to form one of the most potent tight end duos in NFL history. In 2011, Hernandez caught 79 passes for 910 yards and seven touchdowns to help the team reach the Super Bowl, his second season, and he was rewarded with a $40 million contract.

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  • SANTA CLARA — Jared Goff looked every bit like the star he was while at Cal, and it wasn’t just because of the Los Angeles Rams gold and blue jerseys that closely resembled those worn by the Cal Bears during Goff’s tenure at the school.

    Goff shredded the 49ers defense,Womens John Ross Jersey,Starting an NFL regular season game for the first time back in the Bay Area, Authentic John Ross Jersey, completing 22 of 28 for 292 yards and three touchdowns in a 41-39 victory on Thursday night. He turned in the type of performance the Rams have been looking for ever since giving up a bevy of picks to trade up and draft him No. 1 overall in 2016.

    Even 49ers fans couldn’t help but support the Bay Area kid as multiple Goff Cal jerseys were scattered throughout the crowd.

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  • PHILADELPHIA — Sunday afternoon won’t just be an NFC East showdown between bitter I-95 rivals. It won’t merely be a golden opportunity for the Eagles to bury the winless Giants.

    It also will be an LSU reunion, Giants star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. going up against Eagles No. 1 cornerback Jalen Mills, a rematch of their college days when the two matched up in practice, Beckham and his top-dyed blond hair against Mills and his Eagles green.

    “Jalen and I went at it every single day,” Beckham said Thursday. “We fought, we competed every day. This is a guy who I’ve gone against, who I’ve competed against,Womens Geno Atkins Jersey, a guy I have respect for and I’m happy to see him in the league and doing his thing. Unfortunately, he plays now for the team with Philly.”

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    While Beckham was a first-round pick (12th overall) in 2014 and an immediate star, a Pro Bowler each of his first three seasons, he nearly went undrafted after facing allegations of domestic violence that were pleaded down to misdemeanor assault. He was selected in the seventh round in the 2016 draft by the Eagles, Mills took a different path. A four-year starter at LSU, the 233rd player chosen.

    He performed well as a rookie, appearing in all 16 games last year, credited with seven passes defensed. Mills, who arrived with green hair and was often seen wagging his finger at opponents so they would remember him, impressed the Eagles immediately. He never backed down from a challenge, never let a poor performance shake him. His confidence never wavered.

    “His mind was always in the right place,Authentic Carlos Dunlap Jersey, ” veteran safety Malcolm Jenkins said. “He was drafted in the seventh round. In his mind, he takes it personal, he’s a first-round talent. He’s always wanting [to take on] the best receivers out there. He wants to be the best. And when he’s not regarded as such, and it reflects in the way he goes about working.

    “I think that’s the mentality of a veteran. Most people take a while to develop that, and he came in the door with it.”

    A year later,Authentic Jeremy Hill Jersey, he is being asked to make a major leap. The No. 2 cornerback on a team with playoff aspirations when the season began,Authentic Tyler Eifert Jersey,Mills is now the No. 1 guy until Ronald Darby returns from a dislocated ankle. In Sunday’s loss to the Chiefs,Womens Carlos Dunlap Jersey,he limited dynamic game-breaker Tyreek Hill to four catches for 43 yards.

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    It was one of the reasons the Eagles traded for Darby, who handled Beckham well in his 2015 matchup with him while with the Bills. But Sunday, Mills will be given the brunt of the assignment against his former college teammate.

    “It’s a challenge, but at the same time, you have to accept those big challenges,Womens Dre Kirkpatrick Jersey,  if you want to be the best,” he said. “It’s one of those I’m looking forward to.

    “I know when he’s out there, he’s going to give me his best. I have to be ready for it.”
  • Tradition & attrition: Bears, Packers slog it out at Lambeau

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Another week, another round of injuries for the Green Bay Packers.

    This week has been especially unkind for coach Mike McCarthy’s offensive line , with a short turnaround from an overtime game on Sunday to face the Chicago Bears on Thursday
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    Don’t look for sympathy from Bears coach John Fox. He is already down three defensive starters less than a month into the season, and the Bears are also coming off an overtime
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    ” Fox said. ”I think we’re playing a game Thursday night,”Nobody is going to come rescue us, so we’ll do our best to get ready for it.”

    The latest installment of the NFL’s oldest rivalry is a meeting between teams trying to make it to the long weekend off that follows a Thursday game without anyone else getting
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    the Packers have had it worse, especially on the O-line. Tackles David Bakhtiari (hamstring) and Bryan Bulaga (ankle) are on the injury report again,By numbers alone, listed as
    doubtful for Thursday. Kyle Murphy went on injured reserve this week, joining two other backup tackles knocked out by injuries.

    Ten players are on the injury report, not including two this week placed on injured reserve. The Packers do expect receiver Randall Cobb to return Thursday from a chest injury.

    ”The No. 1 goal for our football team as far as preparing for this game is for everybody to get their bodies back,” McCarthy said.

    The Packers have a great equalizer in quarterback Aaron Rodgers. They’re never out of a game at home as long as he’s healthy, such as when Green Bay came back from a 14-point
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    ”Part of the puzzle is keeping our QB upright and that’s the most important thing,Womens Julio Jones Jersey,” Packers offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett said.

    Nick Kwiatkoski,Authentic Jim Kelly Jersey,Chicago lost safety Quintin Demps to a broken arm last week. The Bears have also lost linebacker Jerrell Freeman and Freeman’s replacement,Authentic LeSean McCoy Jersey, to pectoral
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    The win over the Steelers does offer a confidence boost in a short week after holding Pittsburgh to 282 yards.

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    Other notes and takeaways ahead of the 195th meeting in the series:

    BEARS QB: Mike Glennon’s performance hasn’t quieted the calls from Bears fans to see No. 2 overall pick Mitchell Trubisky at quarterback. The Bears aren’t throwing deep, and
    an injury-depleted receiving group isn’t getting targets. The Packers are playing better against the pass this season, ranked seventh in the league.

    ”Whatever it takes to win. Each week is going to be different with what we have to do,Womens LeSean McCoy Jersey, ” Glennon said.

    RUN IT UP: Handing the ball off to Jordan Howard might be a good start.

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    which has employed safeties in inside linebacker roles on defense this season to add athleticism,the opener. Green Bay,Womens Jim Kelly Jersey, is 21st against the run.

    PACK PASS RUSH: A pass rush that got two sacks from blitzing rookie safety Josh Jones last week could get a boost with the potential return of outside linebacker Nick Perry. He
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    SERIES HISTORY: For the first time since 1932, the Packers have a chance to take a lead in a series tied at 94-94-6. McCarthy knows that’s a big enough deal to the fans that he
    makes a presentation about the history and tradition of the series to his team during Bears week.

    coaches and staff from the Packers plan to lock arms during the national anthem before Thursday night’s game,ANTHEM: Players,Authentic Julio Jones Jersey,and they are asking fans to do the same in what
    they say will be a ”moment of unification.”

    ”Guys wanted to know what we could do to be together so that guys aren’t sitting alone and have to feel like they’re not part of everything that’s going on,Womens Devonta Freeman Jersey,because it
    ” said tight end Martellus Bennett ,Authentic Christian McCaffrey Jersey,affects us all, who helped write a statement from players explaining the decision.
  • New York Giants: Owner John Mara mum on meeting with Odell Beckham Jr.

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- On Tuesday, New York Giants co-owner John Mara voiced his unhappiness with the behavior exhibited by receiver Odell Beckham Jr.'s touchdown celebration
    in which he mimicked a urinating dog.

    On Wednesday, Mara met with Beckham in his office after the team's practice, but would not divulge what was said between the two men.

    I guess. Only thing is causing a penalty to the team -- that's really it.,Authentic Aaron Rodgers Jersey,Asked if he felt Beckham embarrassed the organization with his actions,Womens Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Jersey, Mara said,Womens Andrew Luck Jersey, "More myself

    "My only regret is causing us 15 (penalty) yards and having to cover a long kickoff. Thankfully,Womens T.Y. Hilton Jersey, we didn't have any setback from there and covered the kickoff well."

    Head coach Ben McAdoo,Womens Leonard Fournette Jersey, who initially avoided the issue when he was asked about it during his conference call on Monday, was a bit more direct this time around.

    "We had 10 penalties in the football game," he said of last week's sloppy showing. "Penalties snap to whistle are penalties that happen in the game; you can clean those up with
    fundamentals.

    "Celebration penalties are things you can't have. It's a poor reflection of me, on the program and on the organization. We're going to handle it internally and we have a plan
    for it moving forward."

    Asked if he was confident Beckham received the message and that something like this wouldn't happen again, McAdoo said, "That didn't come out of my mouth."

    Was he worried that it might happen again?

    "We have a plan for it if it does," he said.

    Beckham, who on social media confirmed his action was in response to President Trump's "son of a bitch" comments made during an Alabama campaign rally last week for outgoing
    U.S. Senator Luther Strange, believes that the officials in Sunday's game were split over whether to flag him for his celebration.

    "I don't even know if they knew to call a penalty or not because of the look of confusion on their faces. 'Do we throw the flag or not?'" he said. "It was kind of like, 'Just
    throw the flag.'"

    He also insisted after the game that he was trying to provide his team, which was down 14-0 at that point in the game, with a spark.

    "You're 0-2 and you're down 14-0 in the third quarter so it's time to win games and make plays and I just like being a spark and some energy for this team," Beckham said. "I
    know that touchdown and the one after it gave us a spark,Womens Aaron Rodgers Jersey, but it's just the little thing of getting a penalty. You just can't do it. It doesn't need to be done.

    "I do know going forward,Authentic Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Jersey,I have better celebrations,Authentic T.Y. Hilton Jersey," Beckham added.

    McAdoo said the coaching staff has reviewed the celebration rules with the players and that they also had the officials come in to shed clarity on the matter as well.

    He added,Authentic Leonard Fournette Jersey, "Whether it was or wasn't a penalty, it's still not something we're condoning."

    In s somewhat related note, Mara was also scheduled to meet with a group of other players on Wednesday afternoon regarding demonstrations against the national anthem, and the
    comments made by President Trump about the league since then.

    Looking around the roster:

    --Defensive end Olivier Vernon (ankle) did not practice Wednesday. Vernon told reporters Tuesday that the MRI on his injured ankle came back clean and that he was focused on
    getting ready for Sunday. He has been receiving aggressive treatment on his ailing ankle injured in Sunday's' loss at Philadelphia.

    --Running back Orleans Darkwa (back) did not practice Wednesday. Darkwa told reporters Tuesday that he was optimistic about being ready to go Sunday, but it looks like the
    Giants are going to start the week being cautious with him.

    --Linebacker B.J. Goodson (shin) was limited in Wednesday's practice. Goodson has missed the last two games with his injury.

    --Cornerback Janoris Jenkins (ankle) took his full practice workload in Wednesday's practice. Jenkins should be available to play Sunday afternoon.

    --Right tackle Bobby Hart (ankle) did not practice Wednesday and is unlikely to play Sunday. Justin Pugh has filled in at right tackle these last two games with Hart out of the
    lineup.

    --Linebacker Jonathan Casillas (ankle/wrist) did not practice Wednesday. Casillas is a surprise addition to the njury report; if he can't go, Keenan Robinson, who last week
    returned to NFL action after being sidelined over a month while in the league's concussion protocol,Authentic Andrew Luck Jersey,  is listed on the team's unofficial depth chart as the next man up.

    --Running back Shane Vereen (calf) was added to the injury report after the start of practice. Vereen appeared to injure his calf during the individual build-ups and was held
    out of the team part of practice.

    --Running back Wayne Gallman, said he took the bulk of the team reps in Wednesday's practice with both Orleans Darkwa and Shane Vereen
    , who has yet to be active for a game

    sidelined by injuries.
  • I can almost guarantee you that Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton will join the ongoing NFL protests in some way on Sunday before or during his team’s game against New
    England.

    Newton gave the oddest game-week press conference he has given in his seven years as a Panther on Wednesday. It went for 18 minutes. It contained 15 questions. All 15 were about
    the NFL protests – there was not a single query about the actual upcoming game against the defending Super Bowl champions – and Newton’s answers to all 15 were nuanced and
    thoughtful.

    Newton also
    ,After being part of what he called an “extremely productive” meeting between veteran players and team owner Jerry Richardson at Richardson’s home on Tuesday

    sounded regretful that he had not joined the NFL-wide protests that hundreds of players did join last Sunday.

    So get ready. Because like it or not – and Newton is well aware many of you will not like it – here it comes.

    but I will be extremely surprised if the quarterback doesn’t do something. I would guess he will share some
    ,I don’t know what he’s going to do Sunday in terms of protesting

    sort of unification gesture with his teammates at the beginning of the game and then maybe also do something else on his own.

    The quarterback has digested the issue now, which he had not fully done over a weekend in which he was consumed with game preparation. He has also gotten permission
    , he said

    from Richardson to peacefully protest without repercussions from the owner if he feels so led.

    “The time is upon us, “to do something to bring people closer together.”,” Newton said

    feelings about Colin Kaepernick, Carolina Panthers Cam Newton discusses NFL protests

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    , how protests are not meant to offend the US flag

    protest.

    The issue continues to burn as President Donald Trump continues to heap more fuel on the fire of his anti-NFL message via Twitter and interviews.

    On Wednesday,Authentic Julio Jones Jersey, police brutality and other issues. “You cannot have people
    ,Authentic Devonta Freeman Jersey, President Trump talked with reporters about NFL players who have protested social inequality

    disrespecting our national anthem,Authentic Jim Kelly Jersey, our flag, our country – and that’s what they’re doing,Authentic LeSean McCoy Jersey,” he said. “And in my opinion, the NFL has to change. Or you know what’s going to
    happen? Their business is going to go to hell.”

    Trump also restarted this firestorm last week by saying at a political rally in Alabama that any NFL player who disrespected the flag was a “son of a bitch” who should be
    fired. And he has blamed NFL rating woes on protests during the anthem (although NASCAR,Womens Christian McCaffrey Jersey, also has seen a ratings drop)., where no one has protested

    Muhammad Ali – the great boxer who was also well-known for his refusal to accept the status quo – is one of Newton’s heroes. When asked Wednesday what the late Ali would do
    in the current situation, Newton said: “I really don’t know. ... But I know he would be very stern in his beliefs. And like I say, he would have thought about something, and
    this is that time for me.”

    Lock arms with teammates? Take a knee? Raise a fist? Stay in the locker room during the national anthem like teammate Julius Peppers – the sole Panther to protest last Sunday
    – did against the New Orleans Saints?

    All of that is possible. But knowing Newton – the man who created his own alphabet and comes to every postgame press conference in clothing finery a peacock might envy – it
    may be something unique.

    What is clear is that Newton and his teammates have received some assurances from Richardson that a protest will not affect their standing on the team. I thought Richardson’s
    “stick-to-sports” statement about Sunday’s protests was tone-deaf and would hurt Carolina in the 2018 free-agency period. This fence-mending was necessary from both a
    and I’m glad it occurred.,business and a human perspective

    Benefits and backlashes

    Newton confirmed. The quarterback
    ,Richardson also told the Panthers players he met with that they had to be prepared for public repercussions if they went down the protest path

    saying nearly everything he ever says has “its benefits and its backlashes.”,Womens LeSean McCoy Jersey,doesn’t seem to mind that idea

    Newton also reiterated a common theme from protesters – their stance is about social inequality and has nothing to do with the American flag.

    ” Newton said. “Nobody who has protested meant for it to be disrespectful to the United States flag.”,“By no means do we want to offend anybody

    As for his personal message,Womens Julio Jones Jersey, Newton said: “The message is unity for
    ,Womens Devonta Freeman Jersey, Newton said it was to unify people. Wearing a T-shirt that proclaimed “One Love” in an unusual typeface

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    need to find some type of way to come together to make the situation better. Because where we’re going now? It’s not healthy. It’s not healthy at all.”

    Carolina Panthers' Captain Munnerlyn talks about team owner Jerry Richardson's meeting with players in wake of social protests in the NFL this past Sunday.
  • N.J. (AP) -- Terrence Brooks watched as the ball seemed to float through the air,FLORHAM PARK, right to where he was running.

    And the New York Jets safety couldn't believe it.

    an ecstatic Brooks was dashing across the field and celebrating his second interception of the game,A moment later, which helped seal a 20-6 victory over the Miami Dolphins last Sunday.

    ''Honestly,'' Brooks said Friday about the play. ''Everything was just so slow in that moment. I don't know, I just felt so comfortable, man, you don't feel anything.,Authentic Dwayne Allen Jersey, man, but I can't even explain that moment to you. You don't hear anything

    ''I felt like it was just me and the ball the whole time.''

    Brooks,Authentic Stephon Gilmore Jersey, who was selected the AFC defensive player of the week for his performance, got his big day started midway through the third quarter when he picked off Matt Haack's fake punt attempt that was intended for Leonte Carroo. Brooks said Jets special teams coordinator Brant Boyer had his unit practice against that play all week leading up to the game,Womens Sheldon Rankins Jersey, so the Jets were ready as soon as they saw how the Dolphins lined up.

    ''We all recognized it and everybody communicated,'' Brooks said. ''I was just fortunate enough that he threw it in my direction. A lot of people were like, 'He should've knocked that down.' After I made the play and saw it,Authentic P.J. Williams Jersey, I was like, 'Maybe I should've knocked it down.'''

    Then, Brooks broke out into a wide grin.

    ''But at the same time,Womens Marshon Lattimore Jersey, I probably wouldn't have gotten the award, so there's a give and take. But for the most part, that play was awesome.''

    New York got the ball at Miami's 49 instead of the 28, but Josh McCown and the offense marched the ball down the field to set up Chandler Catanzaro's 22-yard field goal that gave the Jets a 20-0 lead.

    ''I feel like it got the crowd going and got the team going and that's what you want to do,'' said Brooks, whose only other NFL interception came last season with the Eagles.

    Brooks is one of the newest Jets on a roster filled with newcomers. He was traded to New York from Philadelphia for cornerback Dexter McDougle on Aug. 27, four days before the Jets' preseason finale against the Eagles.

    ''It was kind of crazy,'' Brooks recalled of hearing the news. ''It was just a regular day and I was eating my breakfast and they came in and tapped me and told me to come with them. I was like, 'Man, I just had one of the best training camps ever.' I thought I was getting cut, so I was like, I don't know what to do now?

    ''So, I go up there and they're like,Authentic Sheldon Rankins Jersey, 'Hey, you've been traded to the Jets.' I was like, 'OK, that's OK. I can deal with that.'''

    It was a trade of once highly touted players who hadn't quite yet lived up to expectations. Brooks was drafted in the third round in 2014 out of Florida State by Baltimore, 79th overall - one pick ahead of McDougle. With the Jets,Womens Stephon Gilmore Jersey, Brooks is a backup on defense behind rookie starters Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye,Womens Dwayne Allen Jersey, and a key contributor on special teams.

    ''We knew he was a tough guy,'' Jets coach Todd Bowles said. ''We knew he could be a ballhawk and make plays and help us from a depth standpoint. As he got here,Authentic Andrus Peat Jersey,he's showed it. He picked everything up pretty good and he started playing more and more. He was good on special teams and we decided to incorporate him on some of the defenses.''

    Brooks spent his first two seasons with the Ravens and played with the Eagles last year. He had 19 overall tackles as a rookie,Womens P.J. Williams Jersey, and that's still his single-season high despite him missing the final two games that year with a torn knee ligament. Brooks had four total tackles in 11 games last season with the Eagles.

    ''When I first got here, and I can do a lot more.'', they were like,Authentic Marshon Lattimore Jersey, 'We're going to play you,'' Brooks said. ''That's what I've been working for for so long. I got that chance and got an opportunity to get out on the field and show people what I can do. I feel that was only a small part,' and that's all I needed to hear, though

    When he was in Philadelphia, Brooks picked the brain of nine-time Pro Bowl selection Brian Dawkins,Womens Andrus Peat Jersey, who is a football operations executive with the Eagles. He still keeps in touch with Dawkins and constantly pulls up old games of other great safeties such as Ed Reed, trying to glean something from the way they played.

    ''To me, we can make that happen. I just want to keep improving each week and bring something to this team.'', I felt like I've always had that in me,'' said Brooks, and I want to be here for a long time, who didn't start playing safety until his junior year at Florida State. ''It's just the point of other guys giving me that chance. That's why I'm so thankful to be here. The coaches believe in me and want to get me on the field and they like what I do. I want to be here, man. Hopefully
  • TEMPE, Ariz. — The Arizona Cardinals finally get to play a home game.

    Following two preseason road games and two more away from home to start the regular season,Authentic Landon Collins Jersey, the Cardinals are back in Arizona on Monday night against Dallas.

    That means a lot of Cowboys fans in the seats at University of Phoenix Stadium. It’s always that way when the Cowboys come to town. Arizona season ticket holders see a way to make back most or all of their investment by selling tickets to the game for Dallas fans.

    and overcome running back Ezekiel Elliott’s perceived loafing after teammate Dak Prescott threw two interceptions.,So when Dallas (1-1) meets Arizona (1-1), it will be a mixed gathering cheering on both teams as the Cowboys look to bounce back from one of their worst losses in years, 42-17 at Denver

    “There were a lot of things in that ballgame that needed to be addressed and that was one of them,” Dallas coach Jason Garrett said. “Oftentimes a player can be frustrated by something and it doesn’t necessarily show who he is. One of the reasons we drafted Zeke Elliott is because he’s one of the great competitors we’ve ever been around. …

    “You’re honest. You’re very clear with what the expectations are and you learn for them and move forward.”

    It had been a rough day all around for Elliott, who had averaged 100 yards rushing per game until he managed 8 yards in nine carries against the Broncos.

    we never really gave Zeke much of a chance with our execution to ever get it going,“If you look at those runs,” tight end Jason Witten said.

    Elliott still has that possible NFL suspension hanging over him,Plus, blocked by a court ruling.

    Arizona coach Bruce Arians was asked if Denver offered a blueprint of how to control the Cowboys.

    but you can’t change what you do. They have some unique stuff that they run that you have to be very aware for. Hopefully our matchups are pretty solid.”,“Well, I’d be happy. He’s special,” Arians said. “We’ve got a pretty good one, if I could have Von Miller, so yeah. It’s a copycat league

    The Cardinals had all kinds of trouble on offense but got it going in the nick of time to score 10 late points to forced overtime against Indy before finally winning 16-13.

    Here are some things to know when the Cowboys meet the Cardinals:

    WITTEN AND FITZGERALD: Cowboys tight end Jason Witten leads the NFL with 17 catches and has moved into fourth place on the career list with 1,Womens Michael Thomas Jersey,106 receptions. That means this Monday night game will feature Nos. 3 and 4 on the all-time list.

    325 catches.,Authentic Lawrence Taylor Jersey,Larry Fitzgerald is third with 1,Womens Odell Beckham Jr Jersey,134 grabs. Both have a ways to go for the second spot,Authentic Odell Beckham Jr Jersey, and it’s a tight end: Tony Gonzalez with 1

    Witten and Fitzgerald also are good friends.

    he goes about it the right way.”,Womens Landon Collins Jersey,“Someone I’ve admired the way he’s done it, both on and off the field,” Witten said. “Larry’s somebody

    Fitzgerald feels the same way about the big Dallas tight end.

    personally as well as professionally.”,“First thing I think about Jason is his character, what he stands for. He’s just such a special man,” Fitzgerald said. “I think any young person in this league would look to him as somebody you want to model your career after

    PATRICK VS DEZ: The Cardinals like to put All-Pro Patrick Peterson on the opponent’s best defender, and that means he’ll be defending Dez Bryant.

    that’s for sure.”,“Two great players, two All-Pro players going at each other all day long, Authentic Michael Thomas Jersey,two Pro Bowl players,” Arians said. “Neither one of them is going to back off

    and defensive end Damontre Moore returns from a two-game suspension on a substance-abuse violation. With Scandrick out against the Broncos,DEFENSIVE REINFORCEMENTS: Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick said he will play after missing a game with a broken left hand,Womens Lawrence Taylor Jersey, the Cowboys played most of the game with just two healthy cornerbacks.

    HEAVY ON SMITH: Dallas middle linebacker Jaylon Smith played 68 of 77 snaps in his second career game after missing his rookie season recovering from a knee injury in his final game at Notre Dame.

    after the Cowboys indicated they wouldn’t change the plan to bring him along slowly following starter Anthony Hitchens’ knee injury in the preseason. They also said Smith would split time with veteran Justin Durant. The snap count so far: Smith 103,Authentic Adrian Peterson Jersey,He leads the team with 23 tackles,Womens Adrian Peterson Jersey, Durant 3.
  • The Chargers plan to present a united front before Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles, agreeing Friday to stand and link arms during the national anthem at StubHub Center.

    Damion Square,While most players and coaches stood and linked arms during the anthem before last Sunday’s game, Chris McCain, five defensive linemen — Brandon Mebane, Darius Philon and Tenny Palepoi — sat or kneeled to draw attention to racism and social injustice and rebuff criticism from President Trump for their actions.

    the guys wanted to do something to show we were against divisive remarks by anybody and to stand together as one unit,” coach Anthony Lynn said. “Last week,“We just want to get back to playing football and get the politics out, and we decided to stick with it.”

    he said, but when asked if everyone agreed,Lynn expects all players and coaches to stand and link arms, “Yes … for the most part.”

    If players choose to kneel or sit, “That’s on them,” Lynn said. “If that’s the way they choose to express themselves,Authentic Dwayne Allen Jersey, we support them 100%.”

    There seemed to be a consensus Friday among the players.

    “Obviously,Authentic Stephon Gilmore Jersey, but as a team,Authentic Andrus Peat Jersey, things are not where we want them to be at right now,” Mebane said. “I don’t know if 100% will do it,Womens Sheldon Rankins Jersey, we all decided to link arms, but right now, that was the plan coming out of our team meeting.”

    McCain, who was outspoken in his remarks about Trump last Sunday, said he will stand, though it appears with some reluctance.

    “No good will come out of commenting on it, so I’m just gonna keep my mouth closed,” McCain said. “I respect my coach. It’s his decision. It’s what he wants.”

    The Chargers, like many NFL teams, also have discussed ways to affect the community in a positive way. Lynn plans to meet with Los Angeles Police Dept. officers and perhaps go on a ride-along on next Tuesday’s off day in an effort to “improve police relationships in different communities.”

    Mebane, a Los Angeles native who witnessed the riots in the wake of the 1992 Rodney King verdict as a child and attended Crenshaw High, plans to sponsor reading programs for kids at his elementary school and conduct nutrition programs at his middle school.

    “I was eating pizza and nachos every day in middle school,Authentic Marshon Lattimore Jersey,” said Mebane, a former Seattle Seahawks lineman who recently adopted a plant-based diet. “I found out [later] that that was a problem.”

    Mebane recalled flying into LAX during a bye week a few years ago and counting 30 fast-food restaurants during the seven-mile drive to his parents’ house.

    ” Mebane said. “We have all these fast-food restaurants and no organic restaurants. We have to let the youth know there are different ways of eating healthy.”,“We counted one or two grocery stores

    Mebane balked at the idea of riding along with LAPD officers but is eager to promote any community-based policing efforts.

    “Before the riots,Womens Andrus Peat Jersey, no matter what … we’d see them as the enemy because of different things that happened with harassment, there was tension in the African-American community with the police — every time we’d see an officer, things like that,” Mebane said. “After the riots,Womens Stephon Gilmore Jersey,  the police tried to get close to the community.

    “We’d be outside playing, the cops would stop their car,Womens Dwayne Allen Jersey,go to their trunk and give us big long sheets of Dodgers baseball cards. That was a way for them to connect with the community. I thought that was actually a good thing, and years later,Womens P.J. Williams Jersey, that kind of went away.”

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    Running back Melvin Gordon (knee),Authentic Sheldon Rankins Jersey, out since May because of a herniated disk in his lower back,Womens Marshon Lattimore Jersey,right tackle Joe Barksdale (foot), linebacker Hayes Pullard (knee) and tight end Sean McGrath (foot) were full participants in Friday’s light practice and listed as questionable for Sunday’s game. Lynn expects Gordon and Barksdale to play and said Pullard will be a game-time decision. … Rookie receiver Mike Williams, but we decided he needs more time, was a limited practice participant this week but is ruled out for Sunday. “He was close, has been ruled out of Sunday’s game because of a calf injury.,” Lynn said. … Philadelphia defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, Authentic P.J. Williams Jersey, who has two sacks this season and is considered one of the Eagles’ best defenders
  • The San Francisco 49ers Thursday night game couldn’t have come at a more opportune time. The ten-day gap between Week 3 and 4 benefited the 49ers as they recovered from a handful of injuries suffered against the Los Angeles Rams.

    One of those players is running back Carlos Hyde.

    Hyde returned against the Rams and ran for 84 yards and two touchdowns.,After leaving the game briefly with a hip injury

    Hyde has been listed as questionable for Sunday after being limited in practice all week. On Friday, Authentic Antonio Garcia Jersey,Hyde was more active than the previous days,Authentic Dont'a Hightower Jersey, however he is “still hurting” according to Kyle Shanahan. The head coach announced on Friday that the Hyde’s availability against the Cardinals will be a game-time decision.

    The 49ers offense have leaned heavily on Hyde and the run game. Hyde's 253 rushing yards ranks third in the NFL behind only Kareem Hunt (401) and Dalvin Cook (288).

    it will be a combination of Matt Breida and Raheem Mostert in the backfield against Arizona's 10th-ranked run defense.,Authentic Derek Rivers Jersey,If Hyde is unable to play on Sunday

    all of whom suffered concussions against the Rams,Womens Antonio Garcia Jersey,Jaquiski Tartt,Womens Deatrich Wise Jr. Jersey, Kyle Juszczyk and Brock Coyle,Authentic Tom Brady Jersey, should be good to go on Sunday. They're officially listed as questionable, but all three have shed the blue non-contact jersey at practice.

    my experience with it is,“I’m optimistic that they will go,Authentic Rob Gronkowski Jersey," Shanahan said. "When it comes to concussions, I don’t ever try to totally predict. Things can change,Womens Dont'a Hightower Jersey, and you never totally know what to expect. And you have to be very safe with that stuff also.”

    he has been making great strides in his rehab. The rookie,Authentic Deatrich Wise Jr. Jersey,Reuben Foster will make the trip to Arizona,Womens Rob Gronkowski Jersey,Womens Tom Brady Jersey, however he will not be active in Sunday’s contest. Although Foster has not been a participant in practice, who suffered a high-ankle sprain in Week 1, has been seen engaging in light running and workouts throughout the week.

    defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche (calf) and guards Alex Boone (chest) and Mike Iupati (tricep) are all listed as out for Sunday’s contest. Tackle D.J. Humphries (knee) and wide receivers John Brown (quadricep) and J.J. Nelson (hamstring) are listed as questionable.,Womens Derek Rivers Jersey,As far as the Cardinals

    The complete list of inactive players will be released 90 minutes prior to kickoff on Sunday. Stay tuned to 49ers.com for updates.
  • (The Sports Xchange) - Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota, who has been limited in practice all week with a left hamstring strain,Womens Allen Robinson Jersey, is listed as questionable for Sunday’s road game against the Miami Dolphins.

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    Green Bay Packers workhorse running back Ty Montgomery is listed as doubtful for this weekend’s game against the Dallas Cowboys as he deals with multiple broken ribs.

    Montgomery,Authentic Dalvin Cook Jersey, who sustained the injury during a 35-14 win over Chicago on Sept. 28, initially expressed optimism that he would play for the Packers (3-1) in their game against the Cowboys (2-2) on Sunday.

    Wide receiver Davante Adams is listed as questionable to play after sustaining a concussion on a hit by Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan, who was suspended for one game.

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    New York Giants center Weston Richburg and running back Paul Perkins were ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers at MetLife Stadium.

    In addition to Richburg (concussion) and Perkins (ribs), defensive end Olivier Vernon could miss the contest with an ankle injury. Vernon,Authentic Joey Bosa Jersey,  who was listed as questionable on Friday’s injury report,Authentic Allen Robinson Jersey,did not practice this week after aggravating the injury last Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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    Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox was ruled out for Sunday’s home game against the Arizona Cardinals with a calf injury.

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    Running back Wendell Smallwood was listed as questionable after he suffered a knee injury against the Los Angeles Chargers last Sunday. He has not practiced all week and likely will be a game-time decision.

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    Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman is expected to be sidelined about a month with a fractured rib.

    Norman confirmed the four-week timeline via Twitter: “But 4weeks.”

    Norman sustained the injuries while making a tackle in the 29-20 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday night.

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    Pittsburgh Steelers All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown admitted he needs to control his emotions after he threw a sideline temper tantrum during last Sunday’s game when Ben Roethlisberger failed to target him on a play.

    After not getting the ball downfield, Brown flipped a Gatorade cooler and had words with offensive coordinator Todd Haley in Baltimore,Womens Melvin Ingram Jersey, where the Steelers won 26-9 to move to 3-1.

    Praising Roethlisberger as “the general of our team, along with Haley.,” Brown acknowledged he approached Big Ben earlier in the week to clear the air

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    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are expected to hold tryouts for kickers in the aftermath of Nick Folk missing three field goals in the 19-14 loss to the New England Patriots on Thursday night.

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    The Indianapolis Colts signed free agent tight end Henry Krieger-Coble and waived center Adam Redmond.

    Krieger-Coble spent time on the Colts’ practice squad earlier this season.
  • Last week, the San Francisco 49ers signed cornerback K’Waun Williams to a three-year contract extension that could keep him in town until 2020. It marked the first contract extension (excluding Jeremy Kerley) of the new John Lynch,Womens Cam Newton Jersey, Kyle Shanahan era.

    There is a lot of football left in the 2017 season, it suggests they have had at least some kind of discussion.,Womens Luke Kuechly Jersey, and 2018 free agency is still a ways off. However, we might see more contract extensions in the coming weeks and months. Lynch made an appearance on 95.7 The Game Friday morning,Womens Walter Payton Jersey, and they asked him if there had been any discussions with the representatives for Eric Reid and Carlos Hyde. I don’t know if his “Yea” to open the comment was specific to them,Womens Jordan Howard Jersey, or just a way to start the sentence. But given his follow-up specifically about those two guys

    You can listen to the full interview here, but I’ve transcribed the pertinent portion below.

    we’ve started discussions with various players whose contracts are up. That’s something we’re dealing with on a daily basis. I think in Eric’s situation, he’ll get to go play., and then he got hurt. And so, Authentic Cam Newton Jersey,other guys are playing well at that position, it was a new system,Authentic Mitchell Trubiskyn Jersey,Yea,Womens Mitchell Trubiskyn Jersey, but Eric’s a guy we’re really high on. That’s what we wanted to do,Authentic Walter Payton Jersey, we wanted to create competition at each position group. And we have that at the safety position. When Eric comes back

    as most running backs are when they hear they have the opportunity to play for Kyle Shanahan and Bobby Turner. Because the fact of the matter is,Authentic Jordan Howard Jersey, and with Eric we’re looking forward to getting him back., he got lighter,Authentic Luke Kuechly Jersey,in much better shape, backs do well in this offense — they always have. We felt Carlos had some skills that fit. We were thrilled with his buy in. He changed his body type,Carlos has really embraced what we’re doing. I think he was excited, and it’s showing. It’s paying dividends on the field, and we’re thrilled with the way he’s playing. He’s gotta continue to do it
  • The hype around Halas Hall this week is obviously all about rookie quarterback Mitch Trubisky, but the Bears have two other quarterbacks — and a stellar receiving tandem — to worry about as they prepare for "Monday Night Football" against the Vikings at Soldier Field.

    The Bears don't know whether they will face starting quarterback Sam Bradford or backup Case Keenum. Bradford has missed the last three games with a sore left knee after throwing for 346 yards and three touchdowns in a Week 1 victory over the Saints.

    Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said he thinks Bradford will play, but he said preparing for both isn't necessarily more difficult because "their offense hasn't changed at all" since Bradford went down.

    "They really have had a good year offensively, meaning throughout the season, and I think it will continue for them,Womens Golden Tate III Jersey," Fangio said. "I don't think it's an early season flash."

    The Vikings suffered a tough loss when rookie running back Dalvin Cook tore the ACL in his left knee last week,Authentic Adam Thielen Jersey, but regaining Bradford could provide a boost to an offense that collected blowout victories over the Saints and Buccaneers but was held to single digits in scoring against the Steelers and Lions.

    Bradford practiced Thursday and Friday for the first time since Sept. 21,Authentic Ryan Kerrigan Jersey, the Bears will face Keenum, and he told reporters in Minnesota on Friday morning that he felt "much better." If not Bradford,Womens Ryan Kerrigan Jersey, who has thrown for 755 yards and three touchdowns while going 1-2.

    I'm hoping that by (Saturday) I'll have a good idea of where I'm at,"In my mind," Bradford told the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

    Regardless of the quarterback, the Vikings have had one of the most productive wide receiver tandems in the NFL this season, a stark contrast to the Bears group of receivers.

    " Bears coach John Fox said.,"They have been explosive in all instances

    Stefon Diggs leads the NFL with 391 yards and eight receptions of 20 or more yards. He's averaging 17.8 yards per catch and has caught four touchdown passes.

    Adam Thielen is fourth in the league with 358 yards and he has seven catches of 20 or more yards and two of 40 or more.

    they have played with two quarterbacks and they're making plays,"They're catching a lot of their balls," Bears cornerback Prince Amukamara said. "Usually when you see how good a receiver is, you ask yourself is this receiver good because he's a good receiver or is it their quarterback or is it a combination of both? Those guys,Authentic Golden Tate III Jersey, so you have to tip your caps to them.

    I've known since I came into the league and I always have thought he was special. He kind of reminds me of Odell (Beckham Jr.) from New York. You can't sleep on a guy like Thielen. It's on film he's a playmaker. … We have to be aware of where they're at on the field and make plays when we can.",Authentic Calais Campbell Jersey,"Diggs

    The Vikings also could mix in another weapon in Michael Floyd,Womens Calais Campbell Jersey, who returned this week from a four-game league suspension for an extreme DUI conviction last winter. He joins a group that includes former Crete-Monee standout Laquon Treadwell,Womens Adam Thielen Jersey, who has five receptions for 42 yards this season.

    "We don't know what their plan is for (Floyd), but he's going to be a tough guy to cover because of how physical he plays and his stature," Amukamara said.

    Floyd had 37 catches for 488 yards last season with the Cardinals and Patriots.

    The whole group is sure to test a Bears defense that hasn't recorded an interception this season.

    who had rushed for 354 yards.,The Bears also are dealing with the absences of inside linebackers Nick Kwiatkoski (pectoral injury) and Danny Trevathan (suspension) and a triceps injury to outside linebacker Willie Young. But they at least have in their favor the absence of Cook

    His replacement, Latavius Murray, rushed for 788 yards on 195 carries last season with the Raiders.

    "Dalvin was an exceptional, exceptional back with great big-play ability," Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said. "I don't know whether we'll get the big-play ability out of Latavius. But we expect him to continue to help the running game as best (he) can."
  • ALAMEDA,Womens Odell Beckham Jr Jersey, if any, Calif. (AP) -- Raiders quarterback Derek Carr was limited for a second consecutive practice Friday and coach Jack Del Rio declined to say what, role Carr will have this weekend against the Baltimore Ravens.

    Carr broke a bone in his back late in the third quarter of Oakland's 16-10 loss in Denver this past Sunday. He was initially diagnosed with back spasms but the injury was later revealed to be a transverse process fracture.

    Earlier this week, Del Rio indicated that Carr would miss the Baltimore game and possibly up to six weeks but the fourth-year quarterback was cleared for light practice Thursday and Friday and is listed as questionable.

    Carr leads a long list of players on the injury list. Del Rio declined to discuss any of them.

    ''Before you even have to ask,'' Del Rio said. ''I'm not going to really talk about injuries and what we may and may not do or who we may or may not play or when and all that kind of stuff, there are a lot of question marks on the injury report and that's what they are, when we're going to utilize people. Not going to get into all of that.

    ''We do have a number of people who are questionable. We have time before we tee it up. They'll remain a question mark until we make the final decision.''

    The Raiders have already named EJ Manuel as the starter for Sunday. The 16th overall pick in 2013,Authentic Michael Thomas Jersey, Manuel has started seven games since his rookie season and will be tasked with trying to jump-start an offense that has been held to 10 points in each of the last two weeks.

    ''I've been in this situation before even when I was in college,Authentic Adrian Peterson Jersey, when Tyrod (Taylor) became the starter,Womens Lawrence Taylor Jersey,Womens Landon Collins Jersey,'' Manuel said. ''Then when I was in Buffalo, still just being ready as the backup. It kind of puts me in familiar territory.''

    Connor Cook, a fourth-round draft pick in 2016, also is on the roster but has been inactive in each of Oakland's first four games.

    The Raiders have been mostly quiet regarding Carr's status this week,Authentic Landon Collins Jersey,  although left tackle Donald Penn told reporters Thursday that the quarterback was ahead of schedule in his recovery.

    It's conceivable that Carr could suit up for the Ravens game as the team's emergency quarterback,Authentic Odell Beckham Jr Jersey, but Del Rio isn't saying.

    ''We prefer to keep our business in house,'' Del Rio said.

    Cornerback David Amerson has cleared the NFL concussion protocol,Womens Michael Thomas Jersey, according to Del Rio. Like Carr,Womens Adrian Peterson Jersey, Amerson was limited in practice and is questionable.

    Notes: Right guard Gabe Jackson (foot),Authentic Lawrence Taylor Jersey,cornerback Gareon Conley (shin) and running back DeAndre Washington (hamstring) were limited in practice and are questionable. Jackson had not practiced at all this week.
  • Odell Beckham's season looks to be over after the New York Giants wide receiver broke his ankle in a nasty collision on Sunday.

    The All-Pro wideout was injured late in the fourth quarter of the 27-22 defeat to the Los Angeles Chargers a result that sees the winless Giants move to 0-5 on the year.

    Beckham was carted off the field just a few plays before the Chargers scored the go-ahead touchdown on a costly day for the Giants' receiving corps.

    and receiver and returner Dwayne Harris broke a foot in the third quarter.,Womens Jerry Rice Jersey,Sterling Shepard and Brandon Marshall had already departed after spraining their left ankles on the same series in the second quarter

    Then Beckham went down,Authentic Joe Montana Jersey,the Chargers went ahead,Authentic Amari Cooper Jersey, futile drive.,Authentic Marshawn Lynch Jersey, and the Giants were so depleted that they had to use tight ends as receivers on their final

    "I mean,Womens Joe Montana Jersey," coach Ben McAdoo said. "We had one receiver left at the end of the ballgame.", Authentic Reuben Foster Jersey,it significantly altered the game

    and the Giants certainly wouldn't rush back their star in what seems a lost season.,Womens Amari Cooper Jersey,They may not have Beckham again this season. The injury could require surgery

    including a 48-yard score early in the fourth quarter that may end up being his last one for a while.,Womens Marshawn Lynch Jersey,He has 25 catches for 302 yards and three touchdowns

    He was then hurt after leaping to catch Eli Manning's high pass and Los Angeles cornerback Casey Hayward pinned his ankle making a tackle. Players immediately signaled the sideline and Beckham was eventually carted off in obvious pain with a hand covering his face.

    " cornerback Eli Apple said. "Did we even have any more receivers? I thought I was going to have to go out and play receiver.",Authentic Jerry Rice Jersey,"It was insane
  • For all the non-football headlines the NFL has drawn - the latest centering on the vice president rather than the president - what happens on the field defines the pro game.

    while eight road teams walked away victorious,On Sunday,Authentic Lawrence Taylor Jersey, it was the players who didn't walk away at all who drew much of the attention.

    J.J. Watt and Odell Beckham Jr., to start with.

    not even America's most popular,No sport, can afford to have the focus on injuries to its biggest stars. With pro football already in a precarious position regarding player health and safety - some predict the issue of head trauma and its long-term effects will doom the game - seeing the league's most dynamic defender and receiver go down hours apart is unsettling.

    Add in Beckham's Giants losing three other wideouts; Watt's Texans seeing another key defensive player sidelined; Green Bay's most clutch receiver and one of Baltimore's leading scorers not finishing games.

    OUCH!

    there were three tight ends on the field. Beckham had a broken left ankle. Brandon Marshall and Sterling Sheppard already had sprained left ankles,At the end of New York's fifth straight defeat to begin the season, and kick returner/receiver Dwayne Harris broke a foot.

    '' offensive lineman Justin Pugh said. ''It's crazy.'',''I realized that Dwayne went down, Brandon went down, Shep went down, Odell went down

    and now Manning has no idea who he will be throwing to next week at Denver,Perhaps. What it needs to not be is commonplace. Giants fans already have lost faith and much of their interest because of a winless start. Pugh and his fellow blockers can't protect Eli Manning very well, or beyond that.

    there hasn't been much of that for Big Blue this season. That artistry suffers, when the best performers aren't in action. Such absences as Julian Edelman's in New England,Also threatened is the artistry of games - OK, Marcus Mariota's in Tennessee,Authentic Michael Thomas Jersey, of course,Authentic Adrian Peterson Jersey, the Chargers' Jason Verrett, Derek Carr's in Oakland and Greg Olsen's in Carolina on offense are damaging. So is the sidelining of Kansas City's Eric Berry,Authentic Landon Collins Jersey, Arizona's Markus Golden and the Chiefs' Tamba Hali on defense.

    Dallas or Denver. ''We had one receiver left at the end of the ballgame.,''It significantly altered the game,'' Giants coach Ben McAdoo said specifically of the 27-22 loss to the previously winless Chargers. It's true whenever there is an epidemic of injuries,Authentic Odell Beckham Jr Jersey, whether in the Meadowlands or Miami

    they played fast and played hard.'',''The guys fought hard, the tight ends stepped up and went out and worked to execute the two-man offense. They don't get a lot of reps with what they're being asked to do, but they went out

    expecting them to perform anywhere near the level of a Beckham,Womens Landon Collins Jersey, Still, Marshall or Sheppard is folly.

    what else would KC do but exploit a weakness?,Watching Kansas City move with such ease against a Houston defense minus Watt and Whitney Mercilus was, merciless on the Chiefs' part. On the other hand, well,Womens Lawrence Taylor Jersey, after seeing Watt leaving the stadium in an ambulance on the way to the hospital after breaking his left leg

    When Mercilus went out with a chest injury, Womens Odell Beckham Jr Jersey,it exacerbated the problems for the Texans.

    Then the Chiefs saw outstanding tight end Travis Kelce,Womens Michael Thomas Jersey, pass-rushing linebacker Justin Houston and WR Chris Conley get hurt.

    It all emphasized how fragile even the biggest and baddest,Womens Adrian Peterson Jersey,the swiftest and most skillful athletes can be.
  • The Giants are 0-5, and something had to give. Ben McAdoo took that step by handing over play calling responsibilities to offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan.

    the Giants were ranked 31st in the league with just 77.8 yards per game. The Giants averaged just 16.4 points per game,New York hasn’t been able to get the run game going at all. Coming into Sunday Night Football against the Broncos, which ranks them near the bottom of the league.

    The offensive line has been completely inept. And things looked especially grim with Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall both landing on injured reserve after Week 5.

    the change is working. New York kicked off Sunday night’s matchup with Denver with a 13-play,So far, Womens LeSean McCoy Jersey,69-yard field goal drive. It was the first time this season the Broncos defense allowed a score on an opponent’s opening possession.

    Who is Mike Sullivan? Sullivan is in his second season as the Giants’ offensive coordinator. It’s his second stint in New York,Authentic Julio Jones Jersey, where he previously was the wide receivers coach and then the quarterbacks coach from 2004 through 2011.

    Sullivan said in September that he didn’t think predictability was the problem for the Giants.

    “I think it goes a lot deeper than that,Womens Devonta Freeman Jersey, ‘Oh man,Authentic LeSean McCoy Jersey, via Howie Kussoy of the New York Post. “I think we’ve certainly looked at the tape and haven’t necessarily had the sense of,Authentic Christian McCaffrey Jersey,” Sullivan said, they certainly had our playbook right here’ or ‘Holy cow, they must have been able to hear what we said on the headsets.’

    “We haven’t been out there long enough to be predictable.”

    What does this mean for the Giants? It’s possible that a fresh perspective on the offense will breathe some life into the Giants. It’s also hard for a head coach to manage the big picture aspects of a game and keep focused on calling plays.

    With a porous offensive line,Womens Christian McCaffrey Jersey,  the change probably won’t fully right the ship. But the Giants have problems across the board, Authentic Jim Kelly Jersey,and so much offensive talent sidelined with injuries,Womens Julio Jones Jersey, a shaky run game,Authentic Devonta Freeman Jersey, and the change may help start to get the offense back on track,Womens Jim Kelly Jersey,which this team desperately needs.
  • KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Le'Veon Bell and the Pittsburgh Steelers spent Sunday beating up on the Kansas City Chiefs.

    Beating up the goal-post padding,Authentic Golden Tate III Jersey, too.

    The Steelers' star running back churned out 179 yards and a touchdown in a performance reminiscent of January's playoff victory over Kansas City. And Antonio Brown made an acrobatic touchdown catch in the fourth quarter to help Pittsburgh hand the Chiefs a 19-13 loss — their first of the season.

    " said Bell,Authentic Calais Campbell Jersey, who drew a flag for celebrating his score by throwing haymakers at the goal-post stanchion. "As a team,Authentic Adam Thielen Jersey,"The biggest thing for us is getting wins,Authentic Ryan Kerrigan Jersey, we find ways to get wins."

    The Chiefs (5-1) still had a chance after Brown's 51-yard reception made it 19-10, moving quickly downfield and getting a 33-yard field goal from Harrison Butker.

    Their defense forced a quick three-and-out, and Tyreek Hill's 32-yard punt return gave them the ball with 1:48 to go.

    James Harrison sacked Alex Smith on third-and-10,But after the Steelers (4-2) gave up a first down, and the quarterback's incomplete pass on fourth down left the NFL with no unbeaten teams.

    " said Chiefs coach Andy Reid, who will no doubt be questioned for going for it on fourth-and-2 at the Steelers 4 early in the fourth quarter,"We straightened a few things out the second half. That's how we got back in the game, rather than kicking a field goal to get within 12-6.

    Smith's throw to the end zone fell incomplete and the Steelers took possession.

    " Reid said. "I'm preaching to the team to stay aggressive without being stupid,"My gut tells me what to do. I thought that was the right thing there, staying aggressive with it. We had a good play in our pocket that we felt good about. It didn't work out."

    Very little worked out for the Chiefs on Sunday.

    Ben Roethlisberger was 17 of 25 for 252 yards with a touchdown and a pick for Pittsburgh, bouncing back from his abysmal five-interception performance against Jacksonville last week.

    His favorite target was Brown, who a few weeks ago was flipping over water coolers but spent Sunday slinging high-fives. He had eight catches for 155 yards, often beating star cornerback Marcus Peters.

    "The last little touchdown or whatever," Peters said. "It comes with the game of football. Can't do (anything) about it. ... We took an 'L, should've been an interception,' back to the drawing board."

    The game in many ways resembled January's playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium,Womens Golden Tate III Jersey, when Bell churned for 170 yards rushing and the Steelers' defense shut down the Chiefs in an 18-16 victory.

    Their defensive dominance was even more impressive considering the circumstances: The Steelers allowed more than 200 yards rushing twice in the past three weeks,Womens Calais Campbell Jersey, while Kansas City was averaging 32.8 points and 414.2 yards — and had just piled up 450 in a shootout victory over Houston.

    But the Steelers held Kareem Hunt,Womens Adam Thielen Jersey, to 21 yards on nine carries. They also spent the afternoon with their paws on Smith, the league's leading rusher, holding the NFL's top-rated passer to 246 yards and a TD.

    "We've played a lot of games against each other. These guys have gotten the last three," Smith said. "They're all hard-fought. They've been physical, intense."

    Smith nearly rallied the Chiefs down the stretch this time, finding De'Anthony Thomas for a 57-yard touchdown that got Kansas City within 12-10 with 6:13 left in the game.

    But the Steelers answered with Bell, former Chiefs coach and Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley dialed up a pass down the sideline to Brown, whose hard running got them near midfield. And when they faced third-and-2, who caught the tipped ball and ran it 51 yards for the score.

    It was Brown's 52nd touchdown catch, passing Lynn Swann for third-most in franchise history.

    "Ben made a great throw and those guys couldn't catch it, in that case,Womens Ryan Kerrigan Jersey," he said. "He always puts the ball in perfect position and, he held the ball until the last minute and made a play. I tracked it the whole time. He put a lot of wing on it and I was able to get the bounce."

    STATS AND STREAKS

    Roethlisberger improved to 7-1 against Kansas City. He's won six straight when coming off a game in which he's thrown at least three picks. ... Pittsburgh has beaten a team 5-0 or better seven times in the Super Bowl era. ... Smith has not thrown an interception in 202 attempts. ... Hunt had five catches for 89 yards. ... Chiefs TE Travis Kelce caught a pass in his 54th straight game.

    OOPS MOMENTS

    The Chiefs' first turnover since their first offensive play of the season came in the first half, when backup center Zach Fulton snapped the ball over Smith's head for a safety. But the Steelers gave the ball right back when they inexplicably decided not to field the ensuing free kick.

    INJURIES

    Steelers RT Marcus Gilbert, who had missed three weeks with a hamstring injury, left in the first half after aggravating it. LB Vince Williams left in the second half with a hip injury after picking up a pair of sacks. ... Chiefs RB Charcandrick West was evaluated for a concussion.
  • When the NBA season tips off on Tuesday night, we’ll have a good idea who will win the championship in June. Sorry to Oklahoma City,Authentic T.Y. Hilton Jersey, Houston, nobody else even has a tiny bit of a chance), but the Golden State Warriors are going to win unless something weird happens., San Antonio, Boston or Cleveland (and clearly

    That’s practically the opposite of the NFL right now.

    Some fans like it when a league has a few great teams, or even one great team heading for a coronation. It will be entertaining to watch a fun Warriors club win it all. However, the NFL in 2017 is your league. Everything changes from week to week., if you prefer parity

    free agency,The term “parity” has been used ad nauseam to describe the NFL for decades now. It was commissioner Pete Rozelle’s dream and it has become a foundation of the league. The draft, revenue sharing and the salary cap have made sure teams from Green Bay can compete on an even playing field with teams from New York. Despite that, a few teams usually stand out. Who those teams are might change from year to year, but a few always rise to the top. That might not happen this season.

    Of the 14 games in Week 6, nine of them were won straight up by the underdog. That included shocking upsets by the Bears, Womens T.Y. Hilton Jersey, Dolphins and Giants. Even big underdogs like the Jets and 49ers came close to winning. The favorite covered three point spreads: the Saints over the Lions, and the Texans over the Browns (the Browns have never gotten the invitation to the parity party). There’s no sure thing in the NFL this season. Whatever conclusions you came to about various teams Sunday probably won’t carry over. That’s not bad, the Titans over the Colts in a game that was close throughout,Womens Aaron Rodgers Jersey, necessarily.

    Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com pointed out, and absolutely no favorite.,Authentic Andrew Luck Jersey,25 teams either lead their division or are within one loss of the division leader. And we’re more than a third of the way through the season. The beauty of the NFL is that most teams’ fans are still engaged. Almost every team has some hope. Far more teams have at least a small shot of winning a Super Bowl than ever before at this point in a season. There are many good teams

    The NFL’s extreme parity this season leaves us without even one great team, you’ll be looking for a while.,Womens Leonard Fournette Jersey, at least to this point. That’s not a knock on the league. It’s great for the NFL’s product that so many teams are competitive. Every game has intrigue. But if you’re looking for your Golden State Warriors of this NFL season

    Many thought the Patriots would be that dominant team (I definitely did; the Patriots’ ongoing mediocrity is baffling) but they haven’t been great yet. Neither have the Steelers, Falcons, Authentic Leonard Fournette Jersey,Cowboys, Authentic Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Jersey, Seahawks or any other team that was considered a contender before the season. The Packers looked like they could reach that level, Raiders, but then Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone. So much for that.

    Every team in the NFL is competent, except the Browns. The 49ers are 0-6, but they have lost their past five games by 13 combined points. The Giants were getting slammed all last week after an 0-5 start, but they have wins over the Steelers and Ravens, and should have beat the Falcons if not for some dropped passes in the end. Nobody is that bad., and they beat a tough Broncos team in Denver. The Chargers were 0-4,Womens Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Jersey, but they’ve won two straight road games. Everyone says the Bears are awful

    the Browns. And even the Browns lost by only three points to a Steelers team that just won a road game at the Chiefs,There are no pseudo bye weeks against Rutgers or Kansas in the NFL. Don’t bemoan the lack of a great team without acknowledging that the “bad” teams in the league are still good – except,Authentic Aaron Rodgers Jersey,who were the last undefeated team in the NFL.,Womens Andrew Luck Jersey, of course

    This is the NFL in 2017. It’s no more predictable than a spin of the roulette wheel.
  • LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Los Angeles Rams' 10-day road trip would have been a whole lot more annoying if they had been forced to spend this week stewing on a loss.

    Instead,Womens Cam Newton Jersey, the first-place Rams can thoroughly enjoy their brief stop in Florida on their way to London.

    The Rams are off to their first 4-2 start since 2006 after beating Jacksonville 27-17 on Sunday. Their hometown is buzzing about coach Sean McVay's new-look team,Womens Luke Kuechly Jersey, which has already matched the win total of last season's club.

    With the spotlight shifting to fall sports in the packed LA market, this would be a good time for the Rams to be at home - except their next ''home'' game is in London on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals. They won't play in the Coliseum again until Nov. 12.

    The Rams will make the most of their situation as they attempt to maintain their momentum. They're 3-0 away from Los Angeles this season,Authentic Walter Payton Jersey, so it might work out for them.

    still you're almost creating another camp in-season,Womens Jordan Howard Jersey,''Being away,'' McVay said from Florida. ''So far, and it feels comfortable, it's been a great setup here. We don't want to use it as any bit of a distraction.''

    The Rams have set up camp at a beachside resort in the Jacksonville area. They'll practice at the University of North Florida's soccer fields until Thursday, Authentic Luke Kuechly Jersey, when they'll fly to London for a shorter European trip than last season, when they spent a week in England.

    '' said Malcolm Brown,''It's going to be a grind, but we're not worried about it. We're going to work hard and keep practicing like the way Coach McVay challenges us every single day,Authentic Cam Newton Jersey,who returned a blocked punt for a touchdown against the Jaguars. ''A lot of travel,Authentic Mitchell Trubiskyn Jersey, to practice how we play.''

    This is the second of the Rams' three straight seasons with international games,Womens Mitchell Trubiskyn Jersey,thanks to the NFL's conditions on their return home from St. Louis. The Rams get only seven home games in each of their first seven seasons back in the Coliseum - unless they can reach the playoffs for the first time since 2004, a possibility that looks a bit less far-fetched with the passing weeks.

    McVay was thrilled by the performance of his special teams units,Authentic Jordan Howard Jersey, which scored two touchdowns. He praised another stellar effort by coordinator Wade Phillips' defense, which held Jacksonville to three points in the final three quarters.

    McVay also felt the game represented another positive step for Jared Goff, even though the quarterback put up relatively minor statistics.

    Goff went 11 of 21 for 124 yards, but he threw an early touchdown pass and didn't throw an interception. In the fourth quarter, he led the Rams on a 57-yard drive for a field goal that proved to be the final points.

    ''A lot of the great ones just have a way of staying even-keeled,'' McVay said. ''Because you want those players to take on that personality, that disposition and never feel like the moments are too big no matter what the circumstances are.''

    NOTES: Rams RB Lance Dunbar is eligible to come off the PUP list this week, Womens Walter Payton Jersey, but the Rams might wait until after their bye next weekend, McVay said.
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