Monthly Archives: October 2017

Marvin Lewis: Joe Mixon ‘should show maturity just like everybody else’

Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis, responding to Joe Mixon’s comments about not getting any second-half carries against the Pittsburgh Steelers, said the rookie running back needs to grow up.

ABC15 in Arizona reported that the 65-year-old coach has told those close to him that he plans to step down at the end of the season.

Arians, who is in his fifth season with the Cardinals, has battled health scares in recent years.

In February, Arians had surgery to remove a cancerous piece of his kidney. He was diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma on Dec. 15, three days before Arizona hosted the New Orleans Saints in its home finale, after a cancerous spot was detected on his kidney during a doctor’s visit earlier in the week. Arians said the diagnosis didn’t affect the rest of his season.

The Falcons and Bucs have lost three straight. The Panthers have lost two straight. The Saints, meanwhile, have won four in a row. Who will win the NFC South?

Bowen: Saints. That defense was gashed the first two weeks of the season, but the young secondary has developed quickly with game reps. On offense, coach Sean Payton is using that versatile combo of Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara at running back to complement Drew Brees and one of the best scripted passing attacks in the NFL. Given the issues we see with the Atlanta offense, the up-and-down season of Cam Newton and the sporadic play of the Bucs, I like the Saints to end up on top in the South.

Graziano: Panthers. As much fun as the Saints’ improved defense has been as an early-season storyline, I like Carolina’s defense as a better bet to sustain itself through the season. The Panthers have had three games this season in which they haven’t allowed an offensive touchdown. Of course, they also have had two in which they didn’t score an offensive touchdown. But the offensive consistency should improve once they find a running game, which could be as simple as feeding the ball to Christian McCaffrey between the tackles a little bit.chargers_104

Terrelle Pryor Jersey wants what’s ‘best for the team’ after benching

Redskins wide receiver Terrelle Pryor saw his snaps reduced in Monday night’s 34-24 loss to the Eagles.
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The Redskins added Pryor this offseason to help ease the loss of DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon. Pryor still thinks there is time to turn things around.

I think it’s just the scheme of the offense, Pryor said. It’s a spread around offense, spread the ball around offense. Like I said, it’s still early. There’s a lot of guys around the league that are starting fresh with new quarterbacks and isn’t killing the game right now either. We have 10 games left. Let’s see what happens.

Christian McCaffrey has been a tough nut to crack this season. The rookie managed nine more targets in Week 7 and has now caught 44 of 59 targets for 329 yards and a pair of touchdowns this season. He ranks fourth in the entire NFL (not just running backs) in catches. That’s the good news. The bad news is that McCaffrey is averaging a horrific 2.53 yards per carry (45 attempts, 114 yards).

After his retirement, Weber coached in the NFL for 21 years with the Boston Patriots (1964-67), San Diego Chargers (1968-69), Cincinnati Bengals (1970-75), St. Louis Cardinals (1976-77), Cleveland Browns (1978-79), Baltimore Colts (1980-81), and the San Diego Chargers (1982-85).

Game Peyton Manning Jersey As Jones spoke, a few owners wondered what exactly had been accomplished during the week in New York. Had Goodell won? Had the players won? Had Jones lost? For most, it was enough that the owners and players had come together and that perhaps the promise of their newly formed partnership would bury the desire of some players to take a knee or raise their fists again.

As a top league executive remarked when it was over, it took a president’s attacks to get everyone to Demaryius Thomas Authentic Jersey come together — or at least agree to keep talking, as they intend to do at the next owners-players summit, scheduled for Oct. 31, a meeting that the players have invited Kaepernick to attend.

Mularkey said familiarity was the biggest factor in the team’s decision to sign Brandon Weeden Jersey

In September, Ray Lewis said the Baltimore Ravens chose not to sign Kaepernick after his girlfriend posted a racist tweet featuring former All-Pro linebacker and owner Steve Bisciotti. Coach John Harbaugh did not directly address the assertion.
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Mens Andrew Sendejo Jersey Earlier this month, Kaepernick spoke with CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora for an off-camera interview and reportedly said he’d go anywhere to work out for an NFL team and was fine if that workout was kept private. Kaepernick said he was looking for an opportunity to play and wanted to be judged as a football player.
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Whenever he decides to enter the NFL, there’s a good chance a team will peg him as the future of the franchise and that makes his Saturday night battle with Utah one worth watching.

Dak has a 53.3 passer Authentic Matthew Stafford Jersey rating when targeting Dez this season, fourth-worst in the NFL among all QB-WR combinations with 25-plus targets. For whatever reason, the Dak-to-Dez connection isn’t functioning at a high level. Maybe it’s the defenses the Cowboys have faced. When Dez has been guarded by these players 锟斤拷 Janoris Jenkins, Aqib Talib, Chris Harris Jr, Patrick Peterson, and Trumaine Johnson 锟斤拷 he’s been targeted 27 times with only nine receptions.

Things should start to improve the next two weeks with Green Bay in town and then a trip to San Francisco.

Is the Cowboys’ offense broken? No. Should you panic if you’re a Cowboys fan? No.

A healthy dose of the Packers and Niners defenses should also help put a spark into the offense. The Cowboys just need to become more efficient, cut down on the little mistakes, and focus on the fundamentals of blocking.

Vice President Mike Pence leaving the Colts game was a ‘PR stunt’ says 49ers safety Eric Reid Jersey

Eric Reid spoke to the media following the 49ers loss to the Colts. Reid said that he saw Vice President Mike Pence’s decision to come to the game and leave immediately following the national anthem a P.R. stunt.

It stands to reason that Pence was strategic about choosing this particular game to attend.

Game Kevin Hayes Jersey He knew our team has had the most players protest. He knew that we were probably going to do it again, Reid said.

Barkley has 649 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns this year, despite teams stacking the box to try to limit him. And Jack Ham, one of the best linebackers in NFL history as well as a Penn State alum, thinks Barkley is ready to excel on Sundays.

Show me one person who likes Sam Ponder, Katz added. I don’t even think Christian Ponder likes (her).

Burke Mag, ESPN’s vice present of programming and scheduling, addressed the issue in a statement issued to For The Win .
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The comments about Sam Ponder were offensive and inappropriate, and we understand her reaction, Magnus said. She is a valued colleague and doing a great job for us. As stated previously, we do not control the content of Barstool Sports. We are doing a show with Big Cat and (co-host) PFT, and we do have final say on the content of that show.

1/4 Let me save some researchers time??: I have been immature at times. I’ve been unkind. A gossip. Insecure. Prideful. Selfish. Legalistic. Self-righteous. & on & on. This is my story. My testimony. I’m not who I was. I didn’t have to stay that way.

Raiders cut Wednesday’s and Thursday’s practices short to protect players from wildfire smoke

The Raiders typically practice for about two hours each day. But the team cut practice short by about 30 minutes on Wednesday because of wildfires that are sweeping through northern California.

A team spokesperson told Al Saracevic of the San Francisco Chronicle that the Raiders skipped individual position drills to get players off the field and out of the smoke.

“You definitely could smell it. We’ll see. They asked us about how we feel,” running back Jalen Richard said of the smoke.

Bay Area teams, including the Raiders, are uniting to raise money for wildfire relief efforts. The 49ers, A’s, the San Jose Earthquakes, San Francisco Giants, San Jose Sharks, and Golden State Warriors announced a collective $450,000 contribution, and they’re encouraging fans to chip in through a YouCaring site.

The Raiders will welcome the Chargers to Oakland on Sunday.

On Sunday night’s broadcast on NBC, Al Michaels said he was told by McAdoo there were four separate incidents that involved Rodgers-Cromartie leading to the suspension.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that things escalated when he injured his leg in Week 4 and was pulled from the game:

He came to the sidelines and saw his backup on the field, wanted to continue, but was pulled off the field harshly by the coaches.

He reacted in a demonstrative way, throwing equipment. He was sent to the locker room. An argument ensued post-game. On Tuesday, he was informed he would be inactive today. On Wednesday at the facility, with his situation not yet resolved with McAdoo, he was suspended and left the facility.
Since his suspension, Rapoport said that DRC met with many people close to him, as well as former Giants wide receiver David Tyree, who serves as the team’s director of player development.steelers_036

Chris Johnson Jersey tweet about Adrian Peterson Jersey carries is REALLY AWKWARD now

Chris Johnson basically tweeted his job away, and like, damn, NEVER TWEET. Just don’t do it, people. It’s rarely good. Charlotte Wilder has been saying this for a long time.
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A federal court in New York granted Elliott’s temporary restraining order that once again puts his suspension on hold. Elliott will play against the 49ers in Week 7, but the TRO only lasts until Oct. 30 or until the presiding judge, who is currently on vacation, hears the case.
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Storm system across the Great Lakes with a cold front down to Texas will bring some wet weather for a few games.

Unseasonably warm temperatures in the east, with storms from Jacksonville, Florida to Houston, Texas. The other weather concern is smoky, poor air quality in Oakland, California due to the raging wildfires in Northern California.

Below are notes covering each of the NFL’s 32 teams from a fantasy perspective. Use these tidbits to make the best waiver-wire, trade and lineup decisions for Week 7. Be sure to check back each week of the season for a new version of the Fantasy 32.

Throughout this piece, I’ll be referencing OTD. OTD stands for opportunity-adjusted touchdowns. It is a statistic that weighs every carry/target and converts the data into one number that indicates a player’s scoring opportunity. For example, if a player has an OTD of 3.0, it means that a league-average player who saw the same number of carries/targets in the same area of the field would have scored three touchdowns.

Fox Sports’ Skip Bayless had a really horrible take on Gordon Hayward Jersey gruesome injury

Trainers and medical personnel rushed to Gordon Hayward’s side as players and fans looked on in disbelief.

The injury was about as gruesome as it gets in sports. Even if you couldn’t see what awful thing happened, you could hear the sound of something terrible occurring in Gordon Hayward’s left leg. Fans seated beneath the basket, Hayward’s Boston Celtics teammates and members of the Cleveland Cavaliers averted their eyes.

Now, there are significant and legit factors that the league can point to including a very slow start to the season because of the fervor of the Presidential Election coverage. Late-season regular games, especially in the Western Conference, did not carry as much weight as they had in previous years. This is a big year for the league when it comes to regular season ratings given the amazing offseason transactions, and especially given ESPN just ponied up $1.4 billion per year to extend the league rights through the 2024-25 season.

Elite Kids Joe Panik Jersey What was that? The Giants made tweaks on their line and adjusted both their running game and receiving corps to win in Denver, but it was really about the defense returning to its 2016 form.

Another week, another close loss. They keep grinding and pushing for victory, meaning it’s bound to come. C.J. Beathard looks ready for his first career win soon.

The quarterback change from DeShone Kizer to Kevin Hogan was met with predictably disastrous results. They just don’t have enough offense to win with either at QB.
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The Rams won on the strength of their special teams and the fact that they were facing a limited offense in Jacksonville.

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Detroit will have to endure the rest of the month — and possibly more — without its top target.

Lions wide receiver Golden Tate is expected to miss a few weeks with a shoulder injury suffered in Sunday’s loss to the Saints, NFL Insider Ian Rapoport reported .

According to the report, Tate underwent an MRI on Monday that revealed an AC joint sprain. Given the timing of the team’s upcoming bye week, Tate’s absence will be minimized but remain a tough loss.

Tate, 29, leads the Lions with 36 receptions for 363 yards and added two touchdowns through the first six games of this season. He logged seven catches for 96 yards and a tackle-breaking touchdown before exiting Sunday’s game with the injury.

The Lions are scheduled to host the Steelers at Ford Field in Week 8 for Sunday Night Football.

Winston was dropped on his right shoulder in a similar fashion as Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was earlier in the day. Rodgers suffered a broken collarbone after getting hit by Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr.

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Once Winston left with the Bucs trailing 21-0, Ryan Fitzpatrick led a rally to get Tampa Bay back into it. Fitzpatrick threw three touchdowns, his first three for the Bucs, to join Chris Chandler, Gus Frerotte and Vinny Testaverde as the only QBs to throw at least one touchdown pass for seven different NFL teams.

The 49ers had another hard-luck loss with a 26-24 defeat in Washington. The 49ers are the first team in NFL history to lose five straight games by three or fewer points.

He won’t turn 20 until after the All-Star break this season.

“Thin crust, provolone cheese, marina sauce — it’s just a St. Louis thing,” said Tatum. “That’s what I grew up eating. I’m probably biased.”

Tatum brought another slice of home with him to Massachusetts. His mother, Brandy Cole, is living in the same building here — but on a different floor.

Tatum looks a bit perplexed when a reporter wonders if an NBA player having his mother living nearby could get awkward. He’s quick to note, “I’ve always lived with my mom. My whole life. It’s nothing new to me.”

It’s a reminder of just how young Tatum is.

“It means a lot because, at the end of the day, I’m still 19,” said Tatum said of having his mother there. “Only 18 months ago, I was in high school. I don’t know everything yet. I am growing up, but I still need help along the way.”

Pierce unexpectedly dropped by the Celtics’ training facility this summer, showed Tatum a blank banner hanging in the corner, and said it was his job to help fill it in. Afterward, Pierce told NBC Sports Boston that Tatum has the sort of skills that Pierce didn’t develop until six or seven years into his NBA career (by which point he was a multiple-time All-Star averaging as much as 26.1 points per game).

The exception to that is for teams with an over/under line of more than 50 wins, so the Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs all starting 0-2 shouldn’t be reason for concern.

For individuals, the story is similar. The most recent time I studied the issue, I found preseason performance had about a fourth the predictive power of my SCHOENE player projections, which isn’t nothing but also isn’t everything.

“When looking at best case and worst case scenarios for a team, based off a forecast like ESPN’s real plus-minus (RPM), how big a range is typical? What would be the band of outcomes (call it 10th to 90th percentile) we might expect?”
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The Colin Kaepernick Jersey Effect is one of several possible factors in dampening the NFL’s TV numbers.

Game Mens Marlon Mack Jersey The Steelers-Bengals showdown has been pushed back.

The AFC North rivalry matchup initially scheduled for 1 p.m. ET in Week 7 has been moved to 4:25 p.m. ET Sunday, Oct. 22, the teams announced.

Natural disasters such as Hurricane Irma, increased competition for eyeballs from cable news, the Oct. 1 massacre in Las Vegas and the changing TV habits of younger, cord-cutting viewers have likely taken a toll as well.

There’s also the spectacle of President Donald Trump urging football fans to boycott the country’s biggest sports league as long as players kneel during the national anthem in protest of racial injustice.

The NFL remains the gold standard of TV, not just in sports, but all entertaining programming. But the NFL’s drop in audience could set off a chain reaction that won’t be good for the $14 billion league 鈥?or the TV partners who pay billions for TV rights.

Partner networks ESPN, CBS Sports, NBC Sports and Fox Sports promise advertisers and sponsors certain audience numbers. If those numbers are not reached, the networks have to cough up so-called make-goods, or free ads, to advertisers who didn’t get their money’s worth. There’s nothing TV networks hate more.

There’s a little tension there whether you like it or not, Gordon said. The fans are A-1 for them, and they talk that trash to us. When we walk in there, it’s us against the world.

Our last game playing them in Qualcomm, I was hurt, but it just upset me that the whole stadium was blacked out. That just made me mad because there was nothing I could do about it at that point in time but just sit there and watch as a fan. It just took over our whole stadium. If that doesn’t fuel you up by itself, you really aren’t a Charger at heart.

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