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Their offense ranks dead last in time of possession (26:54), first downs per game (15.3), rushing yards per attempt (2.98) and yards per game (265.6). The unit has converted 33.1 percent of third downs (third worst) and has gone three and out 42.2 percent of the time (third worst).
This is a shocking development for an offense that has been solid in years past and one that is loaded with offensive skill position players. Of course, the offseason losses of Kevin Zeitler and Andrew Whitworth have left the team with arguably the NFL’s worst offensive line. Moving forward, only A.J. Green is a reliable weekly start, though Joe Mixon is seeing enough volume to remain on the flex radar. The Dan Hamhuis Authentic Jersey Cincinnati offense will face one of the league’s toughest fantasy schedules the rest of the way.
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Eddie Lacy returned from a groin injury Monday night, but the veteran back was limited to three carries on six snaps in the game. With Seattle behind throughout the night, J.D. McKissic stepped into the biggest role of his career and played 50 of 74 possible snaps.
Raiders tight end Lee Smith was handed a 15-yard personal foul penalty during Sunday’s game against the Dolphins.
Smith appeared to channel his inner little kid as he was caught on the referee’s microphone pleading his case, “I was just kidding around!”
With 10 weeks in the books for all 32 NFL teams, Carlos Hyde sits ninth among running backs in fantasy points. Hyde is averaging 4.2 yards per carry and has rushed for four touchdowns. He also has caught 42 of 58 targets for 274 yards but has yet to catch a touchdown.
Irving ranks No. 1 in the NBA in clutch-time scoring (when the score differential is five points or less in the final five minutes). He’s shooting 61.5 percent (24-of-39) in that situation. Maybe more impressive, Irving hasn’t committed a single turnover in 38 minutes of clutch time this season.
Garoppolo is set to serve as backup to rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard for the second straight week Sunday against the Giants, but could lead the team under center following the 49ers’ bye week.
Reports of Garoppolo’s potential debut comes after 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan suggested that it could be a while before the fourth-year quarterback got more involved with the team. Shanahan indicated that he wanted Garoppolo to get a better understanding of the playbook before being thrown into a situation he couldn’t handle.
“I can’t promise you guys that he’ll play this year,” Shanahan told reporters earlier this month.
Garoppolo was traded from the Patriots to the 49ers on Oct. 31 in exchange for a second-round draft pick. He started a pair of games in 2016 while Tom Brady was serving a four-game suspension, but otherwise served as the franchise quarterback’s backup since being selectd by New England in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
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There was a bit of a rivalry between two Browns players, who are alumni of Notre Dame and Miami, and they had a little fun of their own with college football this past weekend taking bets as to who would win Week 11’s game with the Hurricanes and the Fighting Irish.
The bar got quiet. Everyone stared. After a minute or so, a Cowboys executive ushered Jones up to his room.
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We all just moved about 30 yards down the field and continued practice. I thought to myself: This is the most savage thing I’ve ever seen in my life! That was my welcome to big-time football. As a human being, that is really rough. That’s the day I learned: The train keeps going. I’m not the train, I’m a passenger.
Jordan Howard, running back, Chicago. Talk about a John Fox kind of game锟斤拷the Bears ran it 54 times for 231 yards Sunday in Baltimore. Howard was the brute-force key to this win, with 36 rushes for 167 yards.
Tom Brady, quarterback, New England. He’s had better games in his 18-year NFL career (20 for 28, 257 yards, two touchdowns, one picks), but the 24-17 win over the pesky Jets was his 187th career regular-season victory, which is a record for quarterbacks. Add his 25 playoff wins, and Brady’s win total is 212. And counting. The 212 wins are 12 more than any other quarterback ever.
Vince Williams, inside linebacker, Pittsburgh. In 74 career games over five seasons before Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium, Williams had 4.5 sacks. In the dominating defensive effort over the Chiefs, Williams had two first-half sacks, silencing the crowd and setting the stage for the Steelers’ second defensive conquest of the Chiefs in nine months.
I’ve never had a problem getting guys open at the end of games, he says. But he can’t script everything.
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The defense had allowed 79 points and 809 yards in two games. New York was 0-4 on the season, after coming into the year with hopes to repeat as Super Bowl champions. The replacement squad was in disarray; Taylor wanted a win to revive their season. He says that Parcells didn’t say much to him upon his return, because, well, he didn’t have to.
But instead, they sit in a media scrum in which they might only get one question off, and try to phrase it both softly enough to not offend and openly enough to get an expansive answer.
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That’s a gentle, courteous phrasing of what a lot of people around the league and I’m sure a lot of Panthers have been wondering. The more honest phrasing would have been: You guys were really good when you were turning in big plays against the Patriots and Lions, but the last two weeks you’ve been really s—ty because you haven’t gotten any big plays. Why is that, how can you go about getting more big plays and therefore being less s—ty, or do you think you’re just going to be s—ty for the rest of 2017?
It’s one of “those” weeks on the NFL schedule … already. It’s honestly more worrisome when it happens later in the season than at the midway point, but whenever there’s a slate of games in which none pits teams with winning records against each other, it’s disheartening. If parity really is the goal, this schedule is proof it has been achieved.
That shows up on his pro tape also. Garoppolo is very good with his eyes. He understands how to manipulate the defense. Whether that is moving a linebacker to create a window underneath or freezing the safety in the deep middle to generate a lane to hit the seam, Garoppolo’s vision creates opportunities to expose coverages.
Here’s an example on Garoppolo’s touchdown pass to tight end Martellus Bennett versus the Dolphins.
The loss snapped a 10-game winning streak for the Cavs over the Knicks. Cleveland’s dry spell also saw the Cavs’ 17-game winning streak over the Magic snapped.
The Cavs are allowing 109.8 points per 100 possessions this season, making them the second-worst team in defensive efficiency in the Eastern Conference, ahead of only the Nets.
The Seahawks have been seeking upgrades to an offensive line that has lost two starters to injury. The trade for Brown marks another bold move by Seattle general manager John Schneider, who previously made deals for Marshawn Lynch in 2010, Percy Harvin in 2013 and Jimmy Graham in 2015.
The Jaguars have one of the worst run defenses in the NFL and are hoping the addition of Dareus will be enough to help them win the AFC South. Meanwhile, the Bills clear the salary of their highest-paid player off their books. The trade also reunites Dareus with Jacksonville coach Doug Marrone, who coached the Bills from 2013 to 2014.
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Derek Carr’s season numbers through six games: 223.5 yards per game, 11 touchdowns, four interceptions, 95.9 rating, 64.9 completion percentage.
For me, I loved my 2? years in Florida, he said. We had a hell of a team. We were moving in the right direction. But sometimes people just want a change, want to do something different. Was I upset because I lost my players? Absolutely. I thought we were doing the right things, so that made me upset. But I wasn’t upset about getting fired, because sometimes ownership or management wants to go in a different direction. That’s fine. The good thing about it is that people realized what we did in Florida, and I got another chance to do it.
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Remember the Sooners and Buckeyes’ matchup from Week 2? They were national title contenders playing in the biggest game in the country. First-year head coach Lincoln Riley picked up his first career road win. Surely you remember the flag that was planted? It seems like an eternity ago that OU went into Columbus, Ohio, and beat the Buckeyes 31-16 in what was — and arguably still is — the most important nonconference win of the season.
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The NFL equivalent of that has never really happened, but that day may actually be here now. Here are three reasons why the trade deadline is suddenly more exciting than it’s ever been:
Bob Huggins lost five key players and more than 35.0 PPG at West Virginia, but he still has Carter. Texas should return. After last season’s NIT title, TCU is ready for the NCAA tournament, too. Manu Lecomte will help Baylor earn a berth. And look for Chris Beard and Texas Tech to turn the corner and get in, too.
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Kessel said Boyle has a great support system from his family, teammates and players around the league.
”Having a positive attitude toward the fight is important,” Kessel said. ”He needs to listen to the professionals and do whatever you can to return to the game.”
Maybe it’s because of the heat Siemian is feeling from Broncos fans who want him benched, or the personal belief that he must make big plays in the passing game to compensate for a tepid rushing attack. But what he delivered against the Chiefs 锟斤拷 three interceptions, poor decision-making and scattershot throws largely resulting from poor mechanics 锟斤拷 combined with middling performances and too many other turnovers over the past month has caused first-year coach Vance Joseph to waffle on his earlier commitment that Siemian would remain his starter for the entire 2017 campaign.
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It’s not hard to see the particular form of heartbreak Wentz will deliver to Southeastern Pennsylvania. Like many young QBs, Wentz plays like he’s invincible. His signature play on Monday night was a Houdini-like escape from a gaggle of Redskins defenders. Jon Gruden calls him North Dakota Tough. I just scream at the TV, Get rid of the Brett Gardner Authentic Jersey ball!
Even fully healthy stars can have an off night. Maybe that was it. Or maybe those four home run balls were just a matter of round spheres striking round bats at just the right angle, through no fault of the man who threw them. Dumb luck, in other words. Whether that’s the case, or whether there’s something still amiss near the delicate stack of bones between the blue 2s on Kershaw’s jersey, the rest of baseball is waiting to see if he can accelerate once again into faster traffic, the lane in which he has frustrated a decade’s worth of hitters, or whether he will start to merge right and watch the Dodgers’ historic, 104-win season end, as it has each of the last 29 seasons, somewhere short of a world championship.
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Just two days ago, Cam Newton put a spin on the Panthers’ record — and chose not to make it a positive or negative one. “The optimism of it is we are 5-3. The negative of it is that we are 5-3,” he said after a 17-3 win over the Buccaneers that raised as many questions as answers about the offense he’s running.
Ajayi broke out as an RB1 during the 2016 season, his second in the league after amassing huge numbers at Boise State, but did so a bit unconventionally, which is why there were some reservations for future production. While it’s nice to have a running back capable of producing three games of more than 200 rushing yards, those games accounted for more than half of Ajayi’s rushing total for the season.
Friday night’s Game 1 of the National League Division series offered more proof that there is no more dominant starter in baseball right now. It also suggested that Kershaw is mortal, although the source of his current vulnerability is hard to pinpoint.
Kershaw struck out 7 Diamondbacks and held Arizona to 5 hits over 6 1/3 innings in Los Angeles on Friday, but four of those hits were solo home runs by A.J. Pollock in the third, J.D. Martinez in the sixth, and Ketel Marte and Jeff Mathis in the seventh. For a pitcher who allowed a career-high 23 home runs this season, the same number he gave up in the last two seasons combined, the question for Kershaw—the question he will likely be asked for the remainder of his Hall of Fame career—is, How’s the back?
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