‘Orlovsky gets a big ovation from the crowd’: A tale of Lions futility

Game O. J. Simpson Jersey Miraculously, the Lions were actually leading, 7-0, at the end of the first quarter on Sunday. The Cardinals were at precipice of scoring, granted — posted at the 14-yard line, one play away from their opening score — but that was hardly a harbinger. The Lions were 0-4 on the season, but they hadn’t lost by more than 12 points in any game and had played tough competition. Sunday’s game could have been competitive.

Then everything went wrong.

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Charles has a long, difficult recovery ahead of him, but he was able to overcome the injury before. His first ACL tear was just as serious as this, and it required a full offseason of recovery and work to get back to playing condition.

Wake pulled back the curtain a bit

When the Giants came to Lambeau Field in Week 5, they probably didn’t even know Geronimo Allison’s name. The undrafted rookie receiver was still on the Packers’ practice squad. In his past two games, Allison has eight catches for 157 yards and a touchdown while playing for the injured Randall Cobb. Even if Cobb comes back this week from his left ankle injury, the Packers would be wise to keep Allison in their plans.
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At 6-foot-3, he’s a matchup problem for shorter cornerbacks, and he has shown an ability beyond his years to grasp the Packers’ complex offense and win the trust of Rodgers. “He’s made plays consistently in practice over the last five or six weeks, which gives you the feeling that if he gets an opportunity or we need him to be in there, he’s going to make a play,” Rodgers said. “And that’s why he’s been a big part of our success and I’ve gone to him in certain situations, because I’ve seen it in practice.”

Momentum, sixfold. The Packers’ six-game winning streak can’t be dismissed as a nonfactor come playoff time. Veteran pass-rusher Julius Peppers said: “Momentum is a real thing, and we have a little bit of it.” A little? No one in the NFC went into the playoffs with a longer winning streak and no one has a quarterback who is as hot as Rodgers. He hasn’t thrown an interception in his past 245 attempts — the longest streak of his career — and he has 15 touchdowns without an interception in the past six games.

After pausing for a moment, Wake pulled back the curtain a bit. Now, let’s keep it real: It’s sweet to prove so many people wrong.

Game Kids Troy Aikman Jersey “Probably four years ago, I actually went back and looked at the 2005 draft class,” Wake continued. “Looked at all the names that you probably would have seen on the front page of the paper after the draft back then. All the guys who were gonna be all-world and so on and so forth. A lot of those guys, they’re not playing anymore. And I’m still trying here, trying to help my team win. I’m still here. So nobody knows. Nobody has a crystal ball. If I had been a first-round pick, maybe I would have been done playing by now.”

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After a thrilling Centennial Classic in Toronto over the weekend, the Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues had a high bar to clear in the 2017 Winter Classic on Monday.

They cleared it, weather and all.

The Blues pleased their home fans at Busch Stadium with a hard-fought 4-1 win over their division rivals. Vladimir Tarasenko¡¯s two goals late in the third period put the game away behind a good day from goalie Jake Allen.

The Red Wings only got a point out of the game, as Auston Matthews won the Centennial Classic for the Leafs in overtime.
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Dayton Moore stubbornly stuck to his guns in 2014 as many called for the Royals to trade veterans like James Shields when the team was 48-50 and 4.5 games out of a playoff spot on July 21. The team rewarded his faith by winning 24 of their next 30 to erase an eight game lead in the division and take over first place, eventually taking the Wild Card. In 2016, the team again stood pat, despite being 49-55 on July 31, 8.5 games out of a playoff spot. But a hot August got them to within two games of a playoff spot in late August before they faded.

Can the Royals get back to the post-season?

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Sam Bradford sets record for highest completion percentage in a season

The Minnesota Vikings are finishing off a disappointing season, but Sam Bradford made a bit of history on Sunday. He ended the year with a 71.6 completion percentage, breaking the single-season record. Drew Brees previously held the mark with a 71.2 percentage in 2011.

These teams last met in Week 3, with the Packers surging to a 34-17 lead and holding on for the 37-24 victory. Rodgers lit up the Lions’ defense for four touchdown passes, two of them going to Jordy Nelson.

Both teams look a little different this time around — Green Bay lost Eddie Lacy for the year, but Ty Montgomery has done a fine job moving from wide receiver to running back. The Lions are dealing with the loss of cornerback Darius Slay, who sat out last week’s loss with a hamstring injury. His absence was sorely felt as Bryant torched the Lions’ secondary. Slay returned to practice this week, and is expected to play Sunday night.

The Lions have even more injury concerns at running back, with Theo Riddick battling a wrist injury that’s kept him out the past three games. Fortunately for Detroit, Zach Zenner stepped up and gave the run game something of a spark last week, so we’ll see if that carries over here.

The Packers are shaping up as a team nobody wants to face in the playoffs, but they’ll have to get past one last obstacle in the regular season. The Lions have been playing by the skin of their teeth all year, but how much luck do they have left? All the chips are down for this one, and it should be a thrilling game to close out the Sunday Night Football schedule.

Kobe was backing down Grizzlies guard Tony Allen in the post and spun around and his knee buckled

Three seasons ago, that Kobe played much of the fourth quarter of a game in Memphis with what turned out to be a broken kneecap. He was just six games back from the ruptured Achilles tendon. Had just started finding his game again, his timing, his Kobe face. You know the one — bottom teeth bared, nostrils flaring, eyes piercing through you, looking for signs of weakness to attack.

Mens Eugene Sims Jersey Kobe was backing down Grizzlies guard Tony Allen in the post and spun around and his knee buckled. He got up and played the rest of the game, even hit a late 3-pointer to hold off Memphis for the win.
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As the Lakers’ plane flies toward Memphis for his last game in town, I send a note asking how long ago that game seems.

The reply comes swiftly.

“It feels like a yesterday from another life.”

Consecutive seasons ended by major injuries — a ruptured Achilles (2012-13), a broken kneecap (2013-14) and a torn rotator cuff (2014-15) — turned him into the wax statue of Kobe that tourists visit and take selfies with, not the Black Mamba.

THE NEXT AFTERNOON, Kobe walks into the restaurant with tired eyes. It’s been raining for about an hour. Just a light shower, not the downpour they were expecting. His dark gray tracksuit is enough. He doesn’t bother with an umbrella.

Two bodyguards flank him as he enters the front door of the Majestic Grille, a classic spot in downtown Memphis inside an old theater that still shows silent films. The restaurant is empty this time of day, so he shoos his security guards away, directing them to sit out of earshot.

Hill was able to play on Saturday night

Vernon Davis, TE, Redskins: Pressed into starting duty with Jordan Reed (shoulder) sidelined, Davis managed just one fantasy point, his worst total in any of his four games played this season in which Reed was absent. Davis was started in 28.2 percent of ESPN leagues, 13th-most among tight ends.

Thomas Rawls, RB, Seahawks: A shoulder injury contributed to his quiet effort on Saturday, but even before exiting he was held scoreless on the fantasy scorecard despite receiving eight rushing attempts. Rawls has been held to three fantasy points or fewer in three of his past five games, and he was started in 61.0 percent of ESPN Authentic Mens Karl Klug Jersey leagues, 21st among running backs.

LA Family Housing has been around Limited Mens Rodney Gunter Jersey since 1983 and is now one of the largest comprehensive real-estate developers and homeless service providers in the city. Last year, it helped 6,429 people, according to the organization’s website. The Rams have partnered with several local charitable organizations since their return to L.A., but, as Higgins said, “We’ve gravitated a lot to homelessness just because it’s such a serious issue.”

In its 33-year existence, LA Family Housing has never seen a contribution like this, with an entire apartment fully furnished and packed with presents for a family of seven.

Wednesday marked the first night Carter slept under the same roof with all six of her kids, a moment she longed for “every single day.”

The next morning, they woke up to everything they could have wanted.

“It was crazy seeing everything happen, and knowing that me and Rob made this happen,” said Austin, who had quickly decided to help Quinn fund the project. “It feels good. A lot of times, people don’t think that we’re out here doing stuff. But we are. I’m just glad I was a part of it.”

Ben McAdoo and the Giants punished for using walkie-talkie to communicate from sideline

The NFL was swift to dole out punishment to the New York Giants after head coach Ben McAdoo used a walkie-talkie to communicate with quarterback Eli Manning from the sideline.

The NFL fined the Giants $150,000 and McAdoo $50,000 for the use of the walkie-talkie, and also had their fourth-round pick in 2017 moved to the end of the fourth-round after any compensatory picks, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

S Eric Weddle, Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens are making a lot of noise about Weddle getting left out. The safety has consistently been one of the best players at the position for years. He’s not on pace to post career bests in any major statistical category like tackles or interceptions, but with 81 tackles and four interceptions, he’s still playing at a high level. Eric Berry, Devin McCourty, and Reggie Nelson are all in ahead of him, and while the first two have played great football, Nelson has struggled quite a bit this year, and it’s surprising to see him ahead of Weddle.

RB LeGarrette Blount, New England Patriots

Blount is having the best year of his career, with 1,060 yards and 15 touchdowns on the ground. It’s worth noting that the three AFC running backs selected — Le’Veon Bell, LeSean McCoy, and DeMarco Murray — all have better per-carry averages and more yards than Blount. But Blount’s 15 touchdowns leads the league, and he fits so well into the Patriots offense. He broke the Patriots’ record for rushing touchdowns in a single season, and smart money is on him getting a couple more before all is said and done.

With Fitzpatrick, Marshall lobbied constantly, which probably explains the inordinate number of targets

“I won’t do that, and I haven’t done that,” he said. “You really can’t do that. … (Petty) has so much going through his head. You don’t want to disrupt that. If you ask for the ball, you’re selfish. It can be disruptive.”

With Fitzpatrick, Marshall lobbied constantly, which probably explains the inordinate number of targets. Fitzpatrick forced balls to Marshall, perhaps to appease him. Petty is simply following the script.

A revolving door: Because of injuries, the Jets have used a league-high 68 players. Remarkable. The biggest impact is felt on special teams, prompting coordinator Brant Boyer to say, “It’s like a yard sale when you put all your stuff out on the grass and you try to mix and match and fit it in.”

Petty struggled in his second start since being named the No. 1 quarterback. He completed 20 of 36 passes for 235 yards and a touchdown, but he threw two interceptions and lost a fumble on a strip sack.

“You obviously want to be one of the top defenses in the league, but our mindset is, ‘Get a stop on third down. Get a stop. Get our offense back on the field in good field position.'”

Washington has battled ankle injuries throughout this season and Zenner suffered a concussion last week against Chicago.

Wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin, who suffered a back injury earlier in the week, also is on track to face Washington.

The Panthers ruled defensive end Charles Johnson (hamstring) and offensive tackle Daryl Williams (ankle) out.

Project Petty 2.0: The Jets’ coaches were kind in their public assessment of Bryce Petty’s first start as the No. 1 quarterback. True, he made a couple of plays with his arm and a couple with his legs last week against the San Francisco 49ers, but he also committed an alarming number of mistakes at the line of scrimmage. His failure to recognizes blitzes resulted in unblocked rushers on three of the six sacks. At times, he held the ball too long, freezing up when his No. 1 read was covered. He held it so long on one sack that a three-man rush had time to beat a six-man protection.

“I hope he’ll learn from that experience and, hopefully, he’ll be better this week,” offensive coordinator Chan Gailey said. “That’s what you hope young players do.”

Problem is, the Dolphins are a better defensive team than the 49ers, starting with a seasoned front four that includes Ndamukong Suh and Cameron Wake. They smell blood. With right tackle Brent Qvale (hamstring) listed as doubtful, the Jets are expected to start rookie Brandon Shell — the fourth man up. His only game experience at the position came last week — all of eight snaps. Look for them to give Shell plenty of help. He’ll need it.

Silent Brandon: In two starts, Petty has attempted only 11 passes to Brandon Marshall, who usually received twice as many targets from Ryan Fitzpatrick. A close review of the San Francisco tape reveals how little Petty actually looked in Marshall’s direction. The bigger upset? Marshall isn’t complaining.

Adrian Peterson intends to play for Vikings vs. Colts

The Minnesota Vikings running back told Dash Radio on Friday that he intends to play this week against the Indianapolis Colts.

“Being out there confirmed I’m ready to roll,” Peterson said, via the Star Tribune. “I’ve had my head in the playbook.”

The Vikings would need to make a corresponding move to activate Peterson to the 53-man roster.

All Day has been out since Sept. 18 with a torn meniscus. He returned to practice this week.

The Vikings could certainly use a boost on the ground. Behind a porous offensive line, Minnesota ranks last in the NFL with just 73.4 rushing yards per game. Prior to the injury in Week 2, Peterson was averaging just 1.6 yards per carry.

Coach Dan Quinn said Thursday that he wanted to see Jones “explode pain-free” before green-lighting him for Sunday. That obviously didn’t happen, leaving Mohamed Sanu and Taylor Gabriel to operate as the team’s top two receivers against the Niners.

If there’s a week to sit Jones, this would be it. The 49ers are allowing more points per game than any team in the league while the versatile Falcons are scoring more per tilt than anyone else. With Jones out of the lineup last week, the Falcons still dropped 42 points on the Rams.

In the thick of a playoff race, Atlanta can hardly afford to rest Jones after Week 15, but it makes plenty of sense to get him as healthy as possible for the final two weeks of the regular season — and beyond.

Cam Newton just keeps setting records

It’s pretty clear that the league has been trending toward more prolific passing numbers, and 2015 was no exception. With Matthew Stafford and Ryan Fitzpatrick joining the club on Sunday, the league saw 11 quarterbacks throw 30-plus touchdowns this year, up two from the nine that accomplished that last year, and up six from the five quarterbacks that did it in 2013.

Not surprisingly, there were more passing touchdowns this year than any previous NFL season ever.

So let’s take a look at a few players that broke records this year. First up, the surprising and intriguing case of Kirk Cousins. After a rough start, Cousins turned a corner for Jay Gruden and put up some truly amazing numbers en route to leading Washington to a playoff berth. Cousins finished with 29 touchdowns to 11 picks and became the first Washington quarterback since 1978 to throw a touchdown pass in all 16 games.

Hickey, who spent 14 years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and worked his way up to the team’s director of personnel, was hired by the Dolphins in January 2014. One year later, however, after a second straight 8-8 season, Miami brought in former Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum. Tannenbaum was assigned the label of executive vice president of football operations and became Hickey’s boss.

In his one season calling the shots, after replacing the deposed Jeff Ireland, Hickey drafted offensive tackle Ja’Wuan James and wide receiver Jarvis Landry. He also made a number of free agent signings. The most notable was the five-year, $47 million contract he handed left tackle Branden Albert.

This is the seventh straight year the Dolphins missed out on the playoffs. They haven’t finished with a winning record since 2008.

In the AFC the Cincinnati Bengals will play host to the division rival Pittsburgh Steelers in a Wild Card Weekend matchup, with the Bengals having lost 33-20 at home to the Steelers as a 1-point favorite when they last met in Week 14. Cincinnati topped the Steelers 16-10 as a 1-point underdog at Pittsburgh in the Week 8 battle between the two teams at Heinz Field.