They move on to the American League Championship Series and avoid the same fate as 2015

The stakes: You have to love how the narrative can change so quickly. It went from the “Red Sox are dead,” to “Man, the Astros’ bullpen is kind of crappy and if the Red Sox can steal Game 4, they have Chris Sale going in Game 5.” This has been the blowout series so far: For the first time, the first three games of a playoff series were all decided by five or more runs. The Astros won 101 games, but they’re one loss away from having to beat a guy who struck out 308 batters to keep their season alive.

If the Astros win: They move on to the American League Championship Series and avoid the same fate as 2015, when they led the division series against the Royals but lost Games 4 and 5.

Quinn became the first quarterback in Browns history to throw three touchdown passes in one quarter during a 2009 win over Detroit.

What happened? A prolonged contract holdout crippled Quinn’s chances to start as a rookie and opened the door for Derek Anderson to claim the position. The regular rotation of Anderson and Quinn over the next two seasons by two different coaching staffs did neither quarterback any favors. Quinn was traded to Denver in the 2010 offseason.

That juice surrounding their marquee matchup years ago now flows to when Stephen Curry faces Damian Lillard or when Russell Westbrook plays against James Harden or even when Lonzo Ball goes up against De’Aaron Fox. Circle-the-calendar Cavs games this season will be about James vs. _______, not whomever Wade and Rose battle with.

Wade is 35 now. Rose turned 29 last week. They’ve both strayed from the franchises that drafted them and turned them into stars — Wade had a drama-filled Chicago homecoming last season; Rose had an ill-fated stint with the New York Knicks — and have settled in with Cleveland as supporting cast members behind James, whose star, nearly seven years later, still hasn’t diminished.ravens_126

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Lamar Miller Jersey and D’Onta Foreman Jersey at running back. Houston’s offensive line is playing better than expected

Patriots owner Robert Kraft is still intrigued by the prospect of buying a Premier League club but has concerns about the absence of a salary cap.

Kraft, 76, has overseen five Super Bowl wins since purchasing the Patriots in 1994 and also founded MLS side New England Revolution.

The billionaire came close to buying Liverpool in 2005 before the takeover by Fenway Sports Group, which also owns the MLB Red Sox.

The 23-year-old QB was injured in the Titans 57-14 loss to the Texans in Week 4. Mariota injured his hamstring and missed Tennessee’s matchup with the Dolphins in Week 5. The Titans lost 16-10 to move to 2-3 on the season.

Mariota’s 2016 season was ended by a broken leg, and with the injury this year, he has now missed games in each of his first three seasons.

However, when Mariota is on the field and healthy he looks like one of the quarterbacks of the future for the NFL. He has completed 61.4 percent of his passes with 48 touchdowns and 22 interceptions.

Give Houston general manager Rick Smith and coach Bill O’Brien credit for identifying Watson as a game-changing talent and trading up in the draft to get him. He fits in nicely with a fine group of skill players, including DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller at wide receiver, plus Lamar Miller and D’Onta Foreman at running back. Houston’s offensive line is playing better than expected, with Watson’s ability to escape pressure certainly helping the cause.
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We’re at the point now where it’s not unfair to label Chris Hogan Jersey the Patriots No. 1 receiver.

Game Womens Benjamin Watson Jersey Hogan was targeted a team-high 11 times in Week 5. And he has now out-targeted Brandin Cooks during three of the team’s past four games. The receivers both played 62 snaps in Week 2, but Hogan played more in the team’s four other games. Hogan has played 14 more snaps, run four more routes and has been targeted five more times than Cooks on the season. He only has seen 37 targets, but his five touchdowns have netted Hogan the fifth-most fantasy points among wide receivers. Cooks sits 13th, thanks to two scores and an average of 11.8 yards per target. Both should be locked into lineups as quality WR2 options moving forward.

The Bills gained only 36 yards in the second half of Sunday’s loss to the Bengals after losing tight end Charles Clay to a knee injury. Clay could miss a month or longer with a torn meniscus and sprained MCL, which puts more pressure on an offense already missing top receiver Jordan Matthews (thumb injury) to find ways to move the ball. Tyrod Taylor was leaning on Clay because the quarterback’s wide receivers are on a historically poor statistical pace, averaging only 4.8 catches and 63.2 yards per game. Those would be the lowest averages for any team’s receivers since at least 2001. — Mike Rodak

You have to think Kyle Shanahan, son of a head coach, would have known this gig wasn’t easy. But, man. The 49ers have lost their past four games by a total of 11 points, the past two on the road in overtime. This was always going to be a work in progress, which is why Shanahan got a six-year contract as a first-time head coach. Obviously, the roster is personnel-deficient in many areas. But we’ve seen the offense come to life late in games against the Colts and Rams, so it’s fair to assume Shanahan’s first win is around the corner somewhere. No matter how painful things are in the meantime.

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Steelers’ Martavis Bryant Jersey added to injury report, questionable vs. Jaguars

The Steelers may not have one of their best offensive players on the field Sunday against the Jaguars.

Wide receiver Martavis Bryant was added to the team’s injury report on Saturday due to an illness and is listed as questionable to play in Week 5, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports.

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Bryant missed all of 2016 due to a suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy and has logged just 10 carries for 183 yards and one touchdown in four games since his return in September.

While it remains unknown if Bryant will play Sunday, his absence could mean more time on the field for wide receiver Justin Hunter, who made his debut against the Ravens.

Brad Guzan Mens Jersey This year, there is a subgrouping of players at the end of each positional section, Players Off Game Status Injury Report. The probable tag no longer exists, so players who would have been listed as probable in previous years are now simply removed from the report. This means there will be players who appear in the practice injury reports during the week, but will not appear on the game status report on Friday since they are presumed active for game day. They are included in this blog so that fantasy owners can see where players who were on the practice injury report during the week have been upgraded in advance of the games.

The Redskins lost Pro Bowl cornerback Josh Norman with a rib injury that could cause him to miss multiple games.

It wasn’t easy for the Chiefs as the Redskins defense dominated early, but a slew of Washington injuries and penalties benefited the Chiefs late.

The Redskins (2-2) started hot, driving 75 yards in six plays on the opening series to grab a 7-0 lead on a 44-yard pass from Kirk Cousins to Terrelle Pryor. The former Browns receiver and Ohio State quarterback went over the top of Pro Bowl cornerback Marcus Peters, who wanted an offensive pass interference penalty called.

Washington added a field goal before the Chiefs twice drove into Redskins territory in the second quarter, but came away without points. A third trip did the job as Smith connected with tight end Travis Kelce for a 17-yard touchdown out of the two-minute warning.

The Redskins lost Pro Bowl cornerback Josh Norman with a rib injury that could cause him to miss multiple games. Norman wasn’t the only player injured Monday as the Redskins also lost running back Rob Kelley with an ankle injury and linebacker Martrell Spaight with injured ribs. Spaight did later return for the fourth quarter, but rookie safety Montae Nicholson left shortly thereafter.

He ran to move the chains, too, and to get into the end zone for his first rushing touchdown, and, of course, to kick-start a drive that started with 47 seconds left at the Chiefs’ 25, and ended with a celebration of the go-ahead field goal with time to spare.

Hello, Deshaun Watson. It’s easy for J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney to play defense when Watson is moving, running and passing the ball at will with his full complement of skill players. Put him right into the thick of the offensive rookie of the year battle.

They looked great against the Rams and Raiders, but they struggled with the Eagles and Chiefs. That’s about right given their offensive and defensive inconsistency.
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Cam Newton Jersey laughs at female reporter following her question

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton laughed and made light of a female reporter who asked about one of his teammates, saying it was funny to hear a female ask the question.

Charlotte Observer beat reporter Jourdan Rodrigue asked Newton during Wednesday’s news conference about wide receiver Devin Funchess embracing the physicality of routes and if Newton got enjoyment out of that.

Newton responded, It’s funny to hear a female talk about routes like — it’s funny.”

I don’t think it’s funny to be a female and talk about routes. I think it’s my job.

Coming off a 144-yard, two-touchdown effort, Bell looks ready to roll for the Steelers, who host the Jacksonville Jaguars and the league’s worst run defense Sunday at Heinz Field.

Our defense got stops, our offense was able to maintain possession of the ball because we took care of the ball, and that allowed us to continually snap it and produce the run total, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said.
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Bell, who averaged 105.7 rushing yards per game last season, got off to a slow start through three games. The 25-year-old rushed for just 32 yards in the season opener against Cleveland and followed with 87 yards against Minnesota and 61 against Chicago.
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Not since his rookie season in 2013 had Bell failed to run for at least 100 yards in any of his first three games.

But he looked like his usual self against the Ravens.

Jordy Nelson Jersey expected to play vs. Bengals; Randall Cobb doubtful

The health of Packers wide receivers Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb appears to be a good-news/bad-news situation heading into Sunday’s matchup against the Bengals.
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Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Friday that Nelson is “progressing,” and that he is expected to practice Saturday. Nelson left last week’s loss to the Falcons in the first quarter with a quad injury.
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Officially marked as questionable, Nelson looks on track to start Sunday.

However, fellow wide receiver Randall Cobb was one of seven Packers listed as doubtful to face the Bengals. Cobb was forced from last week’s game late with a shoulder injury.

Barring a miraculous turn in Cobb’s health, Nelson and Davante Adams will start Sunday with Geronimo Allison working the slot.

Jay Ajayi, RB, Miami Dolphins: If Newton wasn’t the week’s biggest matchups-related head-scratcher, Ajayi sure was. Facing a Jets defense that allowed 72.1 PPR fantasy points to opposing running backs in the season’s first two weeks, fourth most in the league, Ajayi scored just 4.5 PPR and 2.5 non-PPR fantasy points on Sunday, his fewest in either format in any of his 14 career NFL starts.

His 11 carries can be explained by the Dolphins playing a large chunk of the game from behind, which deflated any chance at his putting forth anything close to the 28 he had in Week 2, but that doesn’t excuse his awful 1.4 yards-per-carry average in the game. Perhaps the knee injury that had him listed as questionable for the game contributed, and the hit below the belt he took in the first quarter probably didn’t help, but Ajayi’s low score probably cost a lot of matchups for the 96.1 percent of ESPN managers who started him.

Who is Kenny Golladay Jersey, the Lions’ latest breakout wide receiver?

Matthew Stafford got a handful of presents this offseason. The first, and most notable, was a contract extension that made him the highest-paid player in league history. The second was a third-round draft pick who cut his teeth on Tuesday nights playing in the Mid-American Conference.

Game Kids Chris Harris Jr Jersey After catching the ball, Hayward fell to the ground as Parker nearly made his way into the end zone. The Dolphins only three points out of the play, despite being inside the 5-yard line.

The Broncos’ defense just stomped on the Cowboys’ offense on Sunday. The Broncos’ 42-17 win was fueled by their defensive efforts, but the best play was Talib’s pick-six that went for 102 yards.

You may not have noticed, but Talib is kinda good at this type of thing:

Kenny Golladay became one of the league’s hottest rookies after an electric, four-catch, two-touchdown debut for the Lions in their Week 1 win over the Cardinals. His performance was the continuation of an impressive offseason that painted him as a Day 2 steal for the NFC North standby. While his numbers were decent, the way he found the end zone was what set him apart.

Youth Sam Bradford Jersey In the opening game, Fournette shows great ball carrier vision, catching ability, skill to pick up the blitz and (most importantly) yards after initial contact. Even though Week 2 was a struggle for him, this is obviously a three down back that the Jaguars need in order make a run for the playoffs.

I expect Fournette to get the top number of carries in the league and look forward to seeing him get better as the season goes on.

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.

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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.