Monthly Archives: March 2017

Broncos-Patriots preview, starring quarterbacks you may have heard of

Week 12’s Sunday Night Football showdown is getting billed as Peyton Manning versus Tom Brady, but quarterbacks don’t play each other — teams do. The Daily Win breaks down the strengths (offense) and weaknesses (defense) of both teams.

An opening 62-yard TD to Danny Noble generated Fantasy points for no one, but it did generate some brief hope that the Jags could mount an improbable two-game win streak. Those hopes were quickly dashed by a tough Cards defense and a turn-back-the-clock air show from Carson Palmer that highlighted the ineptitude of the Jags’ woebegone secondary. Chad Henne did manage more than 230 passing yards to guys not named Cecil Shorts, so at least there’s that. But all in all, this No. 1 Draft Choice train has no brakes.

Granted, a lot of gains came undone in 2017, when Indiana threw more and fell back to 67th in Off. S&P+. Still, Johns inherits not only Franklin (3,639 rushing yards in three years) and Bogan (1,974 in two), but also sophomore Davon Tucker, juniors LaVonte Bellamy and Leo Ekwoge, and redshirt freshman Matt Falcon, a one-time Michigan commit still working back from multiple knee injuries.

Andy Dalton doesn’t look like the long-term answer at quarterback, but there’s also a chance he plays just well enough to leave a glimmer of hope. Cincinnati’s defense is solid on all three levels, but depth at linebacker is needed. Christian Jones of Florida State comes in just ahead of Kyle Van Noy in our rankings and gets the nod at this pick.

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Quarterback Michael Vick is doubtful for Sunday’s game as he continues to deal with nagging hamstring issues

Authentic Youth Mike Matheny Jersey The bye weeks are almost over, and it’s time to get serious about the playoff picture. There are six divisional matchups on the schedule in Week 11, and a handful of other games that could end up being playoff previews. NBC and ESPN execs must be happy right now — they have the two best games of the week in primetime.

This wasn’t setting up to be a hot ticket in the first place, and that was before Jake Locker was lost for the year with a Lisfranc injury. So we have the Ryan Fitzpatrick Show again, which isn’t something I expected to see in the year 2017. Then again, he’s playing the same team that just got spanked by the Rams, so who knows what will happen here.

The most important player on the Rams offense with Sam Bradford still out of the lineup is certainly running back Zac Stacy, who should be ready to go against the Colts despite practicing on a limited basis. Listed as probable, Stacy is expected to be the centerpiece of the St. Louis offense.
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Indianapolis also has an injured running back in Trent Richardson, who is listed as questionable for Sunday with an ankle injury. However, Richardson seems more likely to play than not. Greg Toler, Josh Chapman, Josh Gordy and Delano Howell have all been ruled out.

Quarterback Michael Vick is doubtful for Sunday’s game as he continues to deal with nagging hamstring issues, although he likely wouldn’t have started ahead of Nick Foles anyway after Foles’ record performance in Week 9.

The health of Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is one of the biggest injury stories of the year, and he is obviously ruled out for Sunday, just a few days removed from suffering a shoulder injury against the Chicago Bears on Monday night. Expected to contribute, though, is linebacker Clay Matthews, who is recovering from thumb surgery earlier in the season.

NFL picks and predictions, Week 11: Cardinals vs. Jaguars 2017

The Jacksonville Jaguars host the Arizona Cardinals in Week 11, and most people are expecting the Cardinals to come away with a road win.

The Cardinals have quietly crept into the wild card race in the NFC. They improved to 5-4 after beating the Houston Texans. Arizona is sitting just one game behind the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC West, but they’re already 0-3 in the division. Their defense continues to carry a suspect offense to wins. The Jaguars finally have something to celebrate after getting their first win of the season against the Tennessee Titans, but they’re 1-8 and dead last in the AFC and fans are already looking towards the draft. If the season ended today, Jacksonville would have the No. 2 pick behind the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Almost nobody is giving the Jaguars a chance to win here. The Cardinals are unanimous picks at SB Nation, ESPN and CBS Sports.

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The Broncos scored at least a field goal on their first drive in six out of nine games this season. That’s good, but you know what’s even more impressive? Denver has scored on its first offensive drive of the second half in seven out of nine games, including their win Sunday over the Chargers. Six of those seven drives resulted in a touchdown, the other one ended with a field goal.

Game Mens Ryan Mathews Jersey One of the two games where the Broncos didn’t score on the first drive after halftime was against the Colts, their only loss of the season so far. They didn’t score on the first drive of that game either.

NFL trade rumors: Browns more excited about obtaining pick than Brock Osweiler

This is how it looks when a $72 million NFL quarterback is an afterthought.

The Browns on Thursday acquired Brock Osweiler and a 2018 second-round draft pick from the Texans while also exchanging lower-round picks with Houston in this year’s draft. In the team’s announcement of the trade, team vice president Sashi Brown made it quite clear he was more enthused about acquiring the pick.

Phoenix started Tyler Ulis (21), Devin Booker (20), Derrick Jones Jr. (20), Marquese Chriss (19) and Alex Len (23) — who combined have an average age of 21 years, 14 days.

How young is that?
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According to ESPN Stats & Information, the average is younger than all but one of the eight teams that played in the Sweet 16 on Thursday. Only Purdue — at 20 years, 265 days — was younger.

The previous age record was set by the LA Clippers on Nov. 15, 2010. They averaged 21 years, 143 days old, per Elias.

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We saw what happened last year. Tom Savage could be Houston’s Week 1 starter if they fail to land Romo. The Texans could win the AFC South again and win a playoff game. Houston, however, would still be a long shot to take that next step. You can only watch that movie so many times.

Like four teams. Houston has made the playoffs four of the last six seasons with four different quarterbacks in T.J. Yates, Matt Schaub, Brian Hoyer and Osweiler. Was there ever a moment where you seriously thought any of those quarterbacks would beat eventual AFC champions such as New England, Baltimore or Denver?

A timeline of Marshawn Lynch is possible comeback with the Raiders

Marshawn Lynch shockingly announced his retirement from the NFL during Super Bowl 50. It was arguably the greatest piece of unexpected news to break during a Super Bowl.

Since then, Lynch hasn’t been entirely out of the picture, and recently we have seen hints that he may come out of retirement to play for his hometown Oakland Raiders. The move would make sense, based on the needs of the Raiders and Lynch is own ties to the city.

Lynch was never one to enjoy talking to the media — he did, after all, trademark the phrase I am just here so I won’t get fined. Retiring on Twitter during the Super Bowl probably wasn’t a quiet way to go, but he didn’t have to answer any questions.

The final 16 features nailbiters like a Giants-Chargers matchup that pits veteran quarterbacks and explosive receiving corps, and the Colts playing the perfect reality version of themselves. It also forces us to compare Alex Smith and Drew Brees, which is, well, less exciting.

Kirk Cousins is sorta made for NFL Blitz. Big arm, empty stats, and the game is patented first-and-30 technology limits the amount of touchdown passes he Would have to throw from inside the red zone. Unfortunately, his supporting cast is lacking, especially against a Patriots team that just added one of the fastest wideouts in the league.

A solidly competent Colts team would be competitive with the Falcons. The problem is this: Wherever Indianapolis is at its best, Atlanta is just a little better. Matt Ryan is the potential-realized version of Andrew Luck. T.Y. Hilton is great, but Julio Jones is a mutant. Frank Gore is still effective at age 56, but Devonta Freeman doesn’t have to leave games early to catch a deal at the Hometown Buffet.
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Lynch’s teammate for six years with the Seahawks, endorsed the idea of a comeback.

Giancarlo Stanton hit a go-ahead homer in the fourth for the United States, which will face Japan in the semifinals Tuesday.

Womens Nat Berhe Jersey “Yeah, it did kind of feel like the Home Run Derby,” Stanton said.

Three innings later, Jones leaped and reached over the fence in the deepest part of the park in right-center to rob Machado of a home run. Machado tipped his helmet to Jones.

“I’m still in kind of shock that I even got to that ball,” said Jones, who played at Morse High, about 8 miles east of Petco. “I mean, off the bat I’m just like, ‘This ball’s hit really far, so just keep going, keep going.’ You know this California air’s going to slow it down and just never quit. That’s just the style I play with. I don’t mind running into a wall or two. I just kept going after the ball.

In his nine-year career, Lynch started 114 games and carried the ball 2,144 times for 9,112 yards (4.3 yards per carry) and 74 touchdowns.

Womens Christian Fischer Jersey Asked last June if he was fine with never playing another down, Lynch said, “Oh yeah, I’m good. I enjoyed my time.”

Offensive tackle Russell Okung, Lynch’s teammate for six years with the Seahawks, endorsed the idea of a comeback.

“Marshawn is a mastermind,” Okung told ESPN’s Jim Trotter. “If he has been thinking about this all along, it would be great.”

Lynch retired after the 2015 season. “I thought it was way too early,” Okung said. “He is one of the best talents I have ever seen. I think he can play as long as he wants to play. There’s nobody that’s better than him and I’d love to see him back … in a Chargers uniform.”

Peyton Manning injury: Broncos QB misses practice with minor ankle injury

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was held out of practice Wednesday. The Broncos say that Manning has a minor ankle injury.
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It’s likely that Manning was just being given a day of rest. He’s expected to return to practice on Thursday and is in no danger of missing Sunday’s game against the Washington Redskins. Wide receivers Wes Welker and Eric Decker were also given the day off and should all be back on Thursday. At worst, Manning might end up on Friday’s injury report with the ankle issue.

Aside from multiple neck surgeries that cost him the 2011 season, Manning hasn’t missed a single game in his career. Through seven games, he’s on a record-setting pace with the 6-1 Broncos, throwing for 2,565 yards, 25 touchdowns and just three interceptions.

In the unlikely event that Manning is unable to play Sunday, Brock Osweiler will get the start. He hasn’t played much outside of garbage time in his two-year career.
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In theory, it’s a good combination to have a not-awful run defense and a pass rush that gets after the quarterback. BGSU ranked 82nd in Rushing S&P+ and 48th in Adj. Sack Rate. That is supposed to mean that you’re decent at forcing passing downs and good at forcing mistakes once the QB is in those passing downs.

In reality, Bowling Green’s pass coverage was too poor for this. (And 82nd, though not awful, is also not a strength.) Only one team in FBS (Rice) allowed a passer rating higher than the 159.5 that BGSU allowed. That’s like turning every opposing quarterback into Texas Tech’s Pat Mahomes. Ohio State, Memphis, and Toledo posted ratings over 200. Yuck.

The secondary did improve, for what it’s worth. BGSU’s final four opponents managed only a 129.1 rating. Those weren’t great offenses, but you’ll take it where you can get it.

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The Seahawks have just over $16 million in cap space to work with this offseason.

Peterson’s father, Nelson, told the Twin Cities Pioneer Press that his son is interested in the Seahawks and Raiders, but Oakland’s offensive line gives the Raiders an edge.

“What we personally like is (the Raiders’) offensive line,” Nelson Peterson said. “The offensive line, they haven’t been playing around. They haven’t been trying to get offensive linemen from the bottom of the barrel and trying to make them into something.”

Improving the offensive line is an emphasis for the Seahawks this offseason, and the key will be balancing the money the team needs to spend to shore up the line with paying a veteran running back.

The Seahawks have just over $16 million in cap space to work with this offseason. The team had its sights set on guard T.J. Lang, who would have filled a tremendous need, but he ended up signing with the Lions. The team already signed tackle Luke Joeckel, the second overall pick in the 2013 draft, to a one-year, $8 million deal.

With the running backs still available in free agency and the market moving slowly, not to mention Peterson’s age, Seattle may be able to add him for a reasonable price. If Peterson lands in Seattle, he should be a good fit for the Seahawks.

This team hardly ever loses regular season games, and the Warriors have to believe they can finish the season on a relatively strong note.

If San Antonio does steal the top seed, it obviously means it’ll have home-court advantage if the two teams play each other. However, home court in the finals is determined by record, not seeding, and the Warriors have a nearly 10-game lead over the 42-21 Cleveland Cavaliers. There’s zero chance they lose home-court advantage to them in a potential NBA Finals matchup.

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