Monthly Archives: September 2017

Patriots’ loss of Julian Edelman is more impactful than you think

To the analysts who said Julian Edelman’s season-ending knee injury was not a big deal, and that the Patriots would easily adjust, I repeat what I said at the time: not so fast.

For proof, I give you New England’s season-opening loss to Kansas City.

Tom Brady entered the 2017 season with a 63.7 percent career completion rate, but without his top wide receiver Thursday, he and the Patriots offense struggled, especially late in the game. He completed 16 of 36 passes (44 percent) with no touchdowns on a night in which the Pats were outscored 21-0 in the fourth quarter. New England converted only five of 15 third downs, situations in which Edelman has been a favorite target for Brady.

A significant portion of Hunt’s 148 rushing yards came on one 58-yard burst down the left sideline late in the game, but the majority came in chunks of 7 to 10 yards at a time.

West came in for just one rush and burst through the middle of the defense for a 21-yard touchdown to put the game on ice.

For the Patriots, perhaps the biggest concern from Thursday was the team’s defensive line. It struggled to stop the run and pressured Smith on just a third of his dropbacks. With a clean pocket, the Chiefs quarterback was 22-of-26 passing for 304 yards and three touchdowns.

The Chiefs took advantage of that with a grinding game plan that sprinkled in creativity and a few deep shots. Couple that offensive success with a secondary that gave the New England Cheap Penguins Jerseys receivers fits, and the Chiefs rattled off 21 unanswered points to pull off a surprising Cheap Quality NBA Jerseys 42-27 victory in Week 1.

Don’t be alarmed by Josh Allen being our sixth quarterback.

NFL teams are excited about his potential, but that doesn’t mean they’re sold. He’s a far less of a prospect than Patrick Mahomes was a year ago. Also, learn about Western Kentucky’s Mike White; he is this year’s surprise first-round quarterback.

The battle between Saquon Barkley and Derrius Guice will be a fun debate all year. Hopefully both stay healthy this season, because if they do, they could both be top-five draft picks.

“We want to get off to a great start,” Pagano told the assembled media Wednesday at the Colts training facility. “If we focus on the results, and not the process, we’ll get screwed up. The process has no fear.”

This is an ideal crystallization of Pagano’s circumstance. There has been public debate about his employment following each of the past two seasons, both of which ended with the Colts out of the playoffs, but Pagano still has the job. Indianapolis has only missed the playoffs in four of the past 18 seasons, half of those on his watch.

It is about results, though, or the process? Is owner Jim Irsay interested in placating the segment of the fan base frustrated by the Colts’ persistent failures on defense, with none of Pagano’s teams ranking in the top 10 in total D? Or is the idea, now that controversial general manager Ryan Grigson has been replaced by former Chiefs executive Chris Ballard, to build under a coach who has been Cheap NFL Jerseys Usa in charge of three teams that went 11-5 and as recently as January 2015 coached the Colts in the AFC championship game?

The results of the past two seasons were at least partly the product of the team’s superstar quarterback being unavailable or compromised. Luck lost a chunk of 2015 with a lacerated kidney, then dealt with the shoulder issue that undermined his 2016 effectiveness and required surgery at Cheap Qld Basketball Jerseys the end.

The Giants scored three points without Odell Beckham Jr. in their season-opening loss to the Cowboys.

Sound the horn. Sam Bradford, Dalvin Cook, Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen all came through as expected against that Saints D at home, indoors. Bltizburgh on a short week is a totally different story.

Marcus Mariota made a few plays, but what happened to the running game and finishing drives? The Titans also need their defensive upgrades to pay off a little.

Two late turnovers nearly cost the Broncos the win on Monday, but a blocked kick in the closing seconds saved the day. Possible overreaction: The offense hasn’t ranked higher than 19th in scoring in either of the previous two seasons, but it could be three straight seasons after 2017. Good thing the defense is as great as it is (again).

Marcus Mariota has now thrown one touchdown pass in his past four games combined, with the Titans averaging 16.3 points in those games. Possible overreaction: Mariota should be fine, but the Titans brought in Corey Davis and Eric Decker to improve the passing offense, not keep the status quo.

Possible overreaction: How much better will the offense be, even with Beckham? The running game generated 35 yards on 12 tries in Week 1, and there’s still no clear No. 1 running back.

The other three are easier to pin on the Red Rifle, with two looking particularly amateurish. The first interception came on a pass tipped by inside linebacker Patrick Onwuasor, who appeared to fool Dalton.

The LVPD, meanwhile, said it conducted an investigation into Bennett’s claims and Cheap Miami Heat Jerseys said racial profiling was not a factor in the incident. That led to Thursday’s letter from Grammas, who wrote, “Michael Bennett’s claim that our officers are racists is false and offensive to Cheap NFL Jerseys China the men and women of law enforcement.”

Texans already in panic mode ahead of Week 2 clash with Bengals?

There are precious few Week 1 concerns so pressing that a team would consider its season a catastrophe should they manifest themslves. However, the Houston Texans’ construction of their offensive line has laid bare issues at quarterback and put the viability of their season at risk.

Jets: WR Jeremy Kerley will have to wait to mark his return with New York. Kerley re-signed with the Jets on Tuesday after being cut by the San Francisco 49ers. With QB Bryce Petty still nursing a knee injury, Christian Hackenberg served as the backup.

Bowles said Petty’s knee injury had nothing to do with the depth chart, noting the quarterback practiced all week. “That’s a coaching decision,” Bowles said.

Bills: Backup DE Jerel Worthy did not play as he is still recovering from a concussion sustained in Buffalo’s preseason finale.

“It was big for coach McDermott and big for us as a team,” Taylor said, who completed 16 of 28 for 224 yards and an interception.

McDermott was pleased with the performance from a team that featured just 26 players who had been on the roster a year ago. And yet the former Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator was also quick to temper his emotions.

“This is one win, let’s keep things in perspective,” said McDermott, who was hired in January after Rex Ryan was fired in the final week of last season. “I’m extremely proud of it. That said, we’ve got a lot of work to do.”

For one week at least, the Bills can lay claim to leading the AFC East Cheap Jerseys Basketball after the Cheap Jerseys Patriots lost to Kansas City on Thursday and the Miami Dolphins’ opener was postponed due to Hurricane Irma.

Week 1 NFL gambling recap: ATS winners from every game

Buffalo running back Mike Tolbert scored on a 1-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter, and the Bills’ defense shut down the Jets, forcing two turnovers and holding New York to just 214 total yards. Savvy Jets Cheap Goalie Jerseys bettors mighthave been able to salvage a push or win if they were lucky enough to bet the game when the line climbed all the way to -9 last week. Otherwise, Buffalo and the under were the winning sides.

The Oakland Raiders are 14-point favorites over the New York Jets in Week 2. Here is the full list of all 16 Week 2 NFL lines from the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook.
The Bears got a 19-yard touchdown pass from Mike Glennon to rookie back Tarik Cohen with 7:26 to play in the fourth quarter, answering an 88-yard catch-and-run from Atlanta tight end Austin Hooper that had put the Falcons in front 20-10.

This seems like an opportune time and team for the Falcons to take out the frustrations of hearing “28-3” nonstop all offseason. The entire Bears organization is on the hot seat at this point, with the possible exception of Mitchell Trubisky, who is now the fan favorite by default. The Falcons’ “Chip On My Shoulder Tour” begins with a rout. Falcons, 37-10

This has a lot to offer for an opener between an AFC title game finalist and the league bottom-dragger. Le’Veon Bell returns to play after no-showing training camp, with judgmental eyes across the NFL looking at him. DeShone Kizer is handed the keys to the Browns on Day 1 of his rookie season. Flying somewhat under the radar: Martavis Bryant returns from his one-year suspension. Be thankful for games involving one-win Cheap High Quality Soccer Jerseys teams that have this much drama. Steelers, 29-20

Tony Romo needs to anticipate the dangers of being a know-it-all

Tony Romo was sensational in his broadcast debut for CBS Sports on Sunday, calling out plays in the Raiders-Titans game before they happened and demonstrating a nice on-air chemistry with play-by-play partner Jim Nantz.

But the clairvoyance that made the rookie NFL broadcaster sound so impressive could also cause him, and CBS, problems down the line.

The recently retired Cowboys quarterback predicted runs to the left and right, safety blitzes, play-calling and fourth-down strategy. It was uncanny.

McManus’ main worry now is Cowboys owner Jerry Jones trying to lure his surrogate son back to Dallas if Romo’s successor, Dak Prescott, gets hurt.

Romo showed the kind of strategic insight that could make him a great analyst. Don’t forget he’s being tutored by Nantz, one of the all-time greats who’s personally invested in his friend succeeding.

But if Romo lets the positive headlines go to his head and decides to be the Swami of game broadcasting, he could learn that nobody really knows the NFL that well.

Elliott has filed a pre-emptive lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, challenging the appeal process and asking the court to throw out the eventual ruling from Henderson.

The NFL could have another court battle on its hands like it did with Tom Brady Cheap Jerseys Authentic and Deflategate in 2015. Brady was able stave off the suspension thanks to a court ruling and was able to play the full Cheap Elite Nike NFL Jerseys season. Elliott and the Cowboys are hoping for a similar ruling that would vacate the suspension and allow him to play the full season.

We think there was an unlawful detention and the use of excessive force

Burris released a statement on Wednesday saying that Bennett “was unarmed, sober and not involved in any altercations or dispute at the time the police officers arrested and threatened to use deadly force against him.”

“We think there was an unlawful detention and the use of excessive Cheap Epl Jerseys force, with a gun put to his head,” Burris told The Associated Press. “He was just in the crowd. He doesn’t drink or do drugs. He wasn’t in a fight. He wasn’t resisting. He did nothing more or less than anyone in the crowd.”

Burris said Bennett waited to make public his account of the incident until after Burris contacted Las Vegas police last week by letter and email, seeking police records of Bennett’s detention.

Hackenberg was mostly poor again, completing 10 of 16 passes for 105 yards and the touchdowns. But it was enough for a six-point win, and Hackenberg might make the final roster only by default with Bryce Petty nursing a knee injury.

Shaun Draughn scored on a 1-yard touchdown run to extend the Giants’ lead back to 10 points. New York soon turned this into a rout when LaCosse scored his second touchdown of the night.

Brissett threw a touchdown to Devin Lucien, his third touchdown pass of the game. He also ran in a touchdown in the fourth quarter and had his fourth TD pass, pulling the Pats within two points. They finished the Cheap Fishing Jerseys comeback by making a field goal with less than a minute left.

Davis Webb drove the Giants back down the field and New York got Cheap Euro Jerseys
Cheap European Soccer Jerseys the 48-yard field goal as time expired.

Paul Millsap and Nuggets agree to a 3-year, $90 million deal, per report

Paul Millsap has agreed to a three-year, $90 million deal with the Denver Nuggets according to The Vertical’s Shams Charania. Millsap has played 11 years in the NBA, most recently with the Atlanta Hawks. During the 2016-2017 season, Millsap averaged 18.1 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game.

Millsap was one of the best power forwards available in this years free agency class. Millsap leaves Atlanta after four years with the Atlanta Hawks — the most impressive being the the 2014-15 season, where the Hawks ended first in the Eastern Conference heading into the playoffs. They were eventually sent home by LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, which like most Eastern Conference teams, began the breakup for the Hawks.

Randolph can’t do his thing for as long, and his scoring efficiency has definitely declined. But in a smaller role, he can still produce. He could also play as a backup center, which masks some of his defensive limitations on the perimeter.

Sacramento still has about $18 million left this year, assuming they bring Bogdan Bogdanovic over as reported. That’s not enough to give Porter a maximum offer sheet, but it might be enough to make another team with a restricted free agent sweat. The Kings could also save that money and attempt to take on bad salaries from other teams in exchange for draft assets.

It sure sounds like it. Memphis couldn’t match Randolph’s terms without bolting past the luxury tax, which is a no-go in that market. It also sounds like Tony Allen’s days in Memphis are Cheap Paintball Jerseys And Pants numbered unless he gives them a steep hometown discount. Their decision to sign Ben McLemore may also seal Vince Carter’s fate, as well. The Grizzlies can use that leftover money to retain restricted free agent JaMychal Green and stay under Cheap Oakland Raiders Jerseys the luxury tax.

It was a fun run, but it also had run its course.

Khalil Mack is endorsing Mack Trucks because Draymond Green told him to

It’s become borderline cliché to say 2016 NFL Defensive Player of the Year Khalil Mack hits like his namesake 18-wheeler. That kind of branding opportunity wasn’t lost on the good folks at Mack Trucks.

After three devastating seasons in the league and an impressive turnaround in Oakland, the Raiders star has signed the endorsement deal he’s waited for his whole life. The quarterback-crushing linebacker is now a spokesman for America’s most famous manufacturer of 18-wheel tractor-trailers.

The partnership all started with a cold call from the linebacker to the company. According to NFL linebacker Mack, fellow Bay Area superstar Draymond Green was the genesis of the partnership, making the obvious connection between their names. That idea wasn’t lost on the young athlete.

Billups is a former NBA champion and a five-time All-Star. He has no front office experience but is considered “a future front office star,” according to ESPN. Salary wasn’t the only factor that played into Billups’ decision to turn the offer down, according to ESPN, but it played a part.

Yes, Redick cashed out. A player whose last contract paid $28 million over four years will make roughly 80 percent of that next season alone to be the veteran presence for a fledgling Philly team building on a young core of Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Dario Saric, and rookie Markelle Fultz.

The fit is perfect — he won’t win a championship in Philly, but he’ll space the floor for a team devoid of shooters and help mentor the foundation for a budding franchise moving forward.

But Redick’s introspective look into free agency shows the Cheap NFL Jerseys Good Quality level of thought that goes into a life-changing decision like choosing one town over another. It also shows how hard Cheap NBA Jerseys From China it can be on the immediate family of a professional basketball player.

BIG3 live stream: Start time, TV channel, and how to watch online

Week 5 of the Big3 League featured three blowout victories and a game that went down to the wire. Like the other weeks before this, fans will get an opportunity to watch all the action from Week 5 at 8 p.m. ET on FS1. You can also livestream Week 5 on the Fox Sports Go app. All four matchups took place on Sunday at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago.

Rose’s meeting comes in the wake of the Kyrie Irving trade request, after the 25-year-old point guard met with the Cavaliers to tell them that he didn’t want to play with LeBron James anymore and gave them a list of four preferred teams. That said, Irving has little leverage to force himself from being traded there.

Still, Rose signing for the minimum would be a massive fall from grace from the former MVP. Despite putting up counting stats, the 28-year-old Rose is a non-shooter (hitting only 22 percent of his three-pointers last year) and ball dominant, which are two bad qualities in the modern NBA. For the minimum, Rose is a value signing and still effective in the right situations. However, he is nowhere near his MVP form and expectations should be tempered, even if he will be playing next to LeBron James.

Rose was also very close with Carmelo Anthony, who has been rumored for weeks as a Cavaliers trade target. Last season in New York, Anthony referred to him as a brother and was the only Knicks teammate invited to his house for Thanksgiving. While Rose’s signing likely wouldn’t change New York’s criteria for Cheap Michael Jordan Jerseys For Sale dealing Anthony, it could potentially change which team Anthony himself is angling for.

Per Wojnarowski, Rose also met with the Los Angeles Lakers on Cheap Lakers Jerseys Friday but is favoring Cleveland. Rose views the Cavaliers opportunity as a chance to revitalize his career after the market mostly passed him by this summer.