Month: September 2017

Lions vs. Giants 2017: Start time, TV schedule for ‘Monday Night Football’

Despite spending much of the offseason focusing on upgrading the offense, the New York Giants looked pitiful on the side of the ball in a Week 1 loss to the NFC East rival Dallas Cowboys. They will try to right the ship under the bright lights of Monday Night Football against the Detroit Lions in Week 2, beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN (live streaming at WatchESPN).

New York lost that game, 19-3. Eli Manning failed to throw a touchdown pass, and the team as a whole rushed for a paltry 35 yards in total. Paul Perkins, in his regular season debut as the starting running back, had just 16 yards on seven carries. New receiver Brandon Marshall had just one catch for 10 yards, his only target.

On a flea flicker early in the game, Lynch not only executed a perfect toss back to Derek Carr, but provided the block he needed in order to complete the play to Michael Crabtree.

Lynch’s run here is similar to when somebody’s trying on a shirt that might be tight around the neck, but once you squeeze through, your head just pops out. That’s what he is on this run. He gets through the defensive line, and emerges quickly for five or six extra yards.

These are the types of runs that could lead you to believe he’s capabale of another BeastQuake type of run. Lynch is 31 years old now, which isn’t young for an NFL running back by any means.

But he’s shown that there’s not a whole lot of rust — if any — since coming out of retirement. We’re all fortunate for that.

“I mean, it’s always been something, being from Oakland, you want to play at home,” he said at his first press conference with the team. “I had the opportunity. Maybe them staying probably wouldn’t have been so big for me to want to come play.”

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We already know the defense isn’t in love with the offense and all the love Russell Wilson Jersey gets.

we used a stat showing the Seahawks have failed to score a touchdown in four of their past 10 road games. Then they played a home game this week against a totally undermanned 49ers team and didn’t score one until the fourth quarter. Something is amiss in Seattle, where refusal to fix the offensive line has become a maddening offseason tradition, and unless it can get the group up front to jell in a hurry, this could get ugly.

We also know it’s going to be tough for the team to keep the Legion of Boom together after this season because of their contracts. The window isn’t as wide-open in Seattle as it used to be. Wilson & Co. need to get on a late-2015-style roll to ward off bigger trouble.

Authentic Mens Albert Wilson Jersey Andy knows our relationship. I don’t think Andy has to ever worry, McCarron said. We don’t let those things get between me and him. It’s part of sports in general. It makes sports such a popular event. There is always somebody wanting this guy to play.

Andre Smith Limited Jersey He’s our quarterback. I wish people would — it sucks to see for me personally with my relationship with him, people booing him. It’s like, do you think he wants to have tipped balls that turn into interceptions? Has he worked his whole life for that? His whole week for that? No. He’s a normal human.

Dalton said he hasn’t read any stories or reports about his play.

There’s no reason to read anything because it doesn’t mean anything, Dalton said. People can come up with a headline all they want, but all that matters is what’s being said in this organization, on this team, and what happens in this locker room.

Adrian Peterson Jersey learning what he should have known: Saints don’t care about his feelings

It wasn’t a homecoming. It was humiliation.

Limited Kids Gilbert Perreault Jersey So much so that Adrian Peterson should give serious consideration to immediate retirement.

Peterson not only failed to log extensive snaps against his former team in his Saints debut. He was forced to watch Dalvin Cook, a younger, cheaper and, at this point, better version of himself, break his Vikings rushing record for a rookie debut (127 yards) during Monday night’s 29-19 loss.

That onto itself was brutal. But there’s more.

RC: Despite calls to boycott the NFL, it’s unlikely the league will see any significant decline in ticket sales or television ratings. The appetite for the NFL is just too large. Fans are ravenous when it comes to their respective teams and players harmlessly kneeling or standing with a raised fist during the playing of the Star-Spangled Banner won’t do much to spoil that appetite.

Limited Kids Mika Zibanejad Jersey NM: While the continuation of Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protest by other players may turn off some viewers, it is unlikely to have any significant impact on ratings or attendance. Coaches do have to be more tactful in how they approach the issue. The recent remarks of Browns coach Hue Jackson, who initially said he hoped his players would not protest the anthem, came across as naive — even more so after a group of his roster did kneel before a preseason game. After the terrible events in Charlottesville this is an issue that is not going away. Coaches need to try to use the protests as a unifying force rather than a divisive one in the locker room.

Broncos get extension with Brandon McManus Jersey

Denver Broncos kicker Brandon McManus’ teammates showed what they thought of him this past week when they voted him a team captain and the Broncos’ decision-makers showed him Monday with a new contract.

The deal, which is for four years, puts a three-year, $11.254 million extension on the end of a one-year deal he had in place. The deal includes $6 million in full guarantees with the an additional $2.25 million in bonuses, according to sources.

The total guarantee in McManus’ deal is $8.25 million, making him the fourth-highest-paid kicker in the NFL.

Michal Neuvirth Womens Jersey Having him on the field would have made things a lot more difficult for the Cowboys’ defense, and it’s safe to assume Manning can’t wait to have Beckham healthy and back on the field.
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Dallas kept control of the game throughout, coming after Manning relentlessly and winning the time of possession battle. The offense was just about impossible for the Giants to stop.

The Cowboys had to settle for field goals three times in the first half, but Jason Witten finally got them into the end zone. He’s not showing any signs of slowing down.

And the Cowboys’ offense just wore the Giants down, as you can see on this Dez Bryant run, where a huge chunk of his yards after the catch come with him dragging a bunch of Giants defenders along with him.

If any play is emblematic of how mismatched the Giants and Cowboys were on this particular night, it’s this one. Cole Beasley somehow pulls this catch in one-handed off of the nameplate on his jersey. We’ve never seen anything like it.

Sunday just wasn’t your night, Giants. But you’ll get a rematch in Week 14.

Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. officially inactive vs. Cowboys

Odell Beckham is in Dallas, but the Giants receiver won’t see the field at AT&T Stadium on Sunday night.

Beckham flew to Dallas with the Giants and tried to warm up ahead of their game against the Cowboys, but he was listed as part of the Giants’ inactive players as he continues to heal from an ankle injury.

The three-time Pro Bowler was listed as questionable on the team’s injury report before the game but the Giants were prepared for him to miss Sunday’s game.

Fournette finished the game with 100 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries. He also hauled in three receptions for 26 yards.

There hasn’t been much to celebrate for Jaguars fans in recent seasons, but Fournette looks like the real deal. Houston boasts a formidable defensive line — even with J.J. Watt leaving with an injury — which makes Fournette’s effort even more impressive.

The Jaguars could be without star receiver Allen Robinson for the foreseeable future after he left the game in the first quarter with a non-contact knee injury.

Jacksonville will likely try to beat teams on the ground and with its stingy defense, so Fournette could be in store for a monster season.bears_015-223x223

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Jaguars claim Calvin Pryor Authentic Jersey off waivers after fighting teammate in Cleveland

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The Jaguars claimed safety Calvin Pryor off waivers Friday, following his release by the Browns earlier this week.
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The Jets, who selected Pryor 18th overall out of Louisville in the 2014 NFL Draft, traded him to the Browns this summer. But his time in Cleveland didn’t last long due to an altercation before practice Thursday. Pryor was immediately cut.

Jacksonville announced its move to claim Pryor on Friday, along with the signing of offensive lineman Josh Walker.

Pryor has largely been a bust in the NFL, though he has recorded at least 60 tackles in each of his first three seasons. With just two interceptions in three years, Pryor has not been the playmaker New York wanted.

With the regular season starting this weekend, Pryor will have to prove a lot in a hurry to remain on the active roster. He will likely be battling Peyton Thompson for the backup free safety spot behind Tashaun Gipson.

Jaguars defense: They matched the Rams’ 29 fantasy points for the week’s lead, mostly due to racking up the points in the first half while the Houston Texans had Tom Savage under center. In the eight quarters that Savage played in the Texans’ past four regular-season games, their opponents scored 54 fantasy points on defense. Deshaun Watson should give the Texans more of a fighting chance, however.

Le’Veon Bell, RB, Steelers: Thirteen touches? Thirteen?! That was the second-lowest total of his 48-game NFL career, trailing only the 12 he had before he tore the MCL in his right knee in 2015 Week 8 — and even in that game, he scored more PPR (7.8) and non-PPR (5.8) fantasy points than he did on Sunday (7.7 and 4.7). This was an awful performance from a seemingly fully healthy player facing what was supposedly a standout matchup, which is sure to raise questions throughout the week about his holdout that lasted the entire preseason. (Hint: Don’t sweat it. He’s still an excellent player and this was just one bad game.)

That stuff all gets left out, because it doesn’t make him look like a genius.

Authentic Kids Michael Thomas Jersey Five quarterbacks played for Cleveland in 2016; Kessler is the only one to return this season. A solid rookie campaign — excepting that time he lateraled the ball out of his own end zone — put him in pole position to lead a rebuilding Browns team in 2017. A pair of spring additions have now passed him for playing time. Brock Osweiler was so toxic the Texans had to give up a second-round pick just to ship him to Cleveland, but early returns on him have been … not terrible. Second-round pick DeShone Kizer has been even better, showing out in preseason games and looking like a boom-or-bust big-play threat in the pocket.
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The rookie started the team’s third preseason game, and despite a 6-18, 93-yard, one-interception performance, still managed to earn Hue Jackson’s vote of confidence to start in Week 1. Osweiler — who could be trade bait — didn’t even take the field, ceding snaps to 2016 practice squad fodder Kevin Hogan.

That stuff all gets left out, because it doesn’t make him look like a genius.

(We’re also totally excluding the Falcons from any part of this narrative at all. For all we know, poor Dan Quinn had 55 different two-point conversion plays drawn up for this game. Reams of two-point conversion plays. A library of them.)

I know it’s silly. Of course it’s silly. It’s sports. None of this really matters, like, at all. But that’s what’s so helpful about a film like this. We can see how outcome shapes narrative in a more-or-less stakes-free environment. Belichick’s two-point-play fixation appears genius, and it’s something Patriots fans will tell their grandkids about. And if they had lost, no one would give a shit.

Odell Beckham Jr. Authentic Jersey worked out as the Giants gear up for a Week 1 showdown with the Cowboys.

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Odell Beckham Jr. didn’t practice Wednesday, but as for playing Sunday night when the New York Giants open the season against the Dallas Cowboys, he said he wouldn’t count it out.

Beckham, who has been dealing with a left ankle injury, said he is feeling better. He did some light jogging Wednesday at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center without a brace or tape on the ankle and declared himself day-to-day.

I’m itching. I’m itching, Beckham said. But patience and trust.

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He’s making progress. Wednesday was the first time since Beckham injured his ankle more than two weeks ago that he was seen doing any sort of running.

According to the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, the team is aggressively shopping two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden and looking to part with 2015 first-round pick Cameron Erving.

It’s likely that other players are available too, including quarterback Brock Osweiler who lost the starting quarterback battle to rookie DeShone Kizer.

Haden, 28, is among the best cornerbacks in the NFL when healthy, but injuries have cost him 14 games in the last two seasons. Haden’s rookie year in 2010 is the only season of his career that featured him appearing in all 16 games.

Von Miller will still do Von Miller things, but it won’t be quite the same.

Fellow Oakland native Bip Roberts remembers it, too. A 12-year big league veteran, the current A’s studio analyst for NBC Sports California played his final season in 1998 with the A’s alongside Rickey Henderson, his childhood idol.

Henderson, like Lynch an Oakland Tech product, was one of the reasons Roberts was a big leaguer. Having a guy from your neighborhood make it and be right there in front of you was inspirational.

The subscription allows fans to pick a jersey they want to wear and it’s then sent to them one at a time. When the jersey is sent back in a prepaid envelope, the next jersey in their queue gets mailed out, just like the early days of Netflix DVDs.

“And it never happens because that picture comes up the next day.”

The numbers suggested that Carolina was likely to decline last season, but nobody saw them falling from 15-1 to 6-10 after winning the NFC Championship in 2015. The Panthers went from 6-1 in one-score games in 2015 to 2-6 last season, so while they declined significantly, it wasn’t quite as big of a drop-off as their raw win total might indicate. They also lost their two best players for stretches of time when Cam Newton and Luke Kuechly went down with injuries. Ideally, the Panthers won’t need to give Derek Anderson two starts.

Von Miller will still do Von Miller things, but it won’t be quite the same. Meanwhile, the Chargers haven’t had a chance to get everyone injured yet, although don’t fret, it’s coming like it always does.nike_vikings_1973

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John Elway Jersey has to do it again with a new coach in Vance Joseph and a new/old offense with Mike McCoy.

Bet on the boss to see things work out well again, starting with Paxton Lynch starting.

The Titans are the AFC’s Cowboys, with an elite offensive line and an unstoppable running game. They added just enough playmakers around Marcus Mariota and to the back of the defense to push into the playoffs.
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The Chiefs seem a little worried about their ceiling with Alex Smith, as well as the course of their running game. Good thing they can always trust the consistent, deep defense.

Not everyone took a knee like Kaepernick; some raised a fist. Others agreed with his thinking, but not with his actions. Many opposed his views all together. But at the end of the day, almost everyone had an opinion.

Fast forward to 2017 and now Kaepernick is a free agent and many believe politics have played a role in him being without a job.

Whether you agree with his decision or not, there’s no denying Kaepernick influenced the lives of many over the past year. He was a trending topic for months on end, and his name expanded beyond the football realm.

Colin Kaepernick still has the skill set to be an NFL quarterback somewhere in 2017. But between his regression as a highly-paid starter and the controversy he now carries with his bold off-field stances, his value as an NFL free agent 鈥?fair or not 鈥?has dwindled down to a cheap backup option for only a handful of teams.

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