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Packers vs. Lions odds: Green Bay favored against Detroit in pivotal NFC North clash

Since the start of the 2006 season, the Green Bay Packers are 17-4 straight up and 15-6 against the spread vs. the Detroit Lions. With another win against the Lions on Sunday night at Ford Field, the Packers would lock up the NFC North division title.

Green Bay is a 3.5-point road favorite in Detroit at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The Packers have won 20 of their last 23 games played in Week 17.

Green Bay’s defense gave up a staggering 38.3 points per game across an 0-4 SU and 1-3 ATS run that put the team’s playoff hopes in serious peril at 4-6 SU and 3-6-1 ATS. But that unit has allowed only 17.6 points per game over the Packers’ current 5-0 SU and 4-1 ATS run, and the offense has churned out 30.8 points per game over that stretch.

With both sides of the ball in sync, Green Bay enters Sunday with a chance to win its fifth division title in the last six seasons.

“That’s where we are.”

Since, the Packers have won five straight. Since, they are plus-13 in turnover differential. Since, quarterback Aaron Rodgers has boosted his season total to an NFL-best 36 touchdown passes. Rodgers has not thrown a pick in 206 consecutive pass attempts. And the Packers defense has forced 12 turnovers in its last three games while the offense has not committed one.

For some perspective on his run right now, consider this: Wilson is the first quarterback since the NFL merger to put together four straight games with a 138.5-plus quarterback rating and his four straight games with three touchdown passes or more is a Seahawks franchise record. In fact, only four quarterbacks in the history of the game have put together four consecutive games with three-plus touchdowns and no interceptions: Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning, and now Russell Wilson (each only once). Wilson is the only quarterback in history to do that with a 70-percent-plus completion rate.

After tracking every OKC game so far this year, these stats and figures from Russ stand out the most

Russell Westbrook was a puppet master on Christmas, delivering one of his best games of the season even though it didn’t feature another triple-double.

It was indicative of Westbrook’s week. Despite recording a triple-double in just one of his four outings, Westbrook finished No. 1 in our player rankings after his best week to date in what has been a historic season.

After tracking every OKC game so far this year, these stats and figures from Russ stand out the most.

Taking lessons would be easier, yes. They’d also be a way of learning to read sheet music so he could play other songs besides “Moonlight Sonata.” But Kobe had to teach himself how to play to prove his love to Vanessa and reinforce his own sense of exceptionalism.

“That’s the song I wanted to learn,” he says. “There’s so much beauty and agony. If you watch Muse, we use the chords from ‘Moonlight Sonata.'”

After about a year’s separation, Vanessa took him back again.

Game Youth Thomas Morstead Jersey “Same chords.”

He takes them to school every morning. Natalia, 13, loves going to movies and reading. Gianna, 9, is more of an athlete. She wants to run with him and shoot hoops in the yard. And Vanessa, well, “We grew up together. … And we won each other back.”

There’s talk of a third child.

Authentic Kids Marquis Flowers Jersey “Maybe,” he says with a smile. “You know, practice makes permanent.”

There was a sadness for a while after that doctor’s visit. Kobe would go to the basketball court and shoot baskets with the torn rotator cuff. It was as if he just needed to go through the ritual act of shooting baskets through the night to absolve the final failure of his flesh. He knew season-ending surgery was the only option.

Texans beat Bengals just like they won the AFC South

It wasn’t pretty, but the Houston Texans clinched the AFC South division with a 12-10 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday night.

Houston held on to win after Bengals kicker Randy Bullock missed a 43-yard field goal wide right as time expired.

The Texans entered the game knowing they could clinch after the Jacksonville Jaguars beat the second-place Tennessee Titans on Saturday afternoon.

While the defense played well to start the game, the offense came out slow with quarterback Tom Savage at the helm. In the first half, he had two completions for 13 yards and targeted DeAndre Hopkins just once.
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“[We] started off a little slow obviously, and there’s not much to say about it,” Savage said. “We’ve got to go out there and execute better, and it starts with me. I’m glad we got it going, but ultimately we’ve got to put more points up for the defense and make it a little bit easier on them.”

Those questions remain open, and Zimmer’s ability to discipline players next Sunday against the Chicago Bears would be hampered somewhat by the lack of other options in his secondary. But Saturday’s developments, at the end of a season that began with Super Bowl aspirations and will end with a meaningless Week 17 game, suggest there’s more at play in the Vikings’ demise than just injuries and some bad luck.

A team that started 5-0 now needs a victory just to avoid a losing record. A defense that bullied MVP quarterbacks at the beginning of the season has now been picked apart for 72 points in the last two games. And a group that has long seemed to thrive on its harmony, seemed, on Saturday at least, to be in discord.
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Carroll indicated on Friday that he had considered disciplinary action before meeting with Sherman

Case against Elliott: Quarterbacks tend to win this award, so it’s an uphill battle for anyone who plays Elliott’s position, no matter how well he might be playing it. And there are some who feel (unjustifiably) that Elliott’s performance is more a reflection of his offensive line’s performance than of anything special about Elliott himself.

Frederick lowers into his stance. But before he palms the ball, the Cowboys’ center IDs No. 54, Eric Kendricks, as the Mike, or middle linebacker. This is done to designate the strategic middle of the attack.

After the game, Sherman referenced Super Bowl XLIX when Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was intercepted by New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler in a similar situation.

“He’s being productive,” Hartline said. “At no point is he being dominant. He’s doing more than we thought, and that’s the reaction. I wish him well. And by the way, as a Cleveland Browns fan, guys, hey, alert everybody: It’s OK to let guys go and let them be successful elsewhere, as long as they don’t fit your mold. Just have a plan.
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“If they don’t fit your plan, let them go and wish them well. It’s OK. It’s not a big deal. But you better have a response. You better have a guy to fill that void. So for me, I’m not paying a guy off of one year. I’m wishing him well, and I’m going to go ahead and go build something else, because I’m not sure Terrelle Pryor is a building block.”

Mark Recchi Kids Jersey Pryor told the Akron Beacon Journal he had no comment on Hartline’s statements and referred questions to Jackson.

Jackson said he believes Pryor is a building block.

“Oh yeah, that has not changed,” Jackson said. “You guys know I have a tremendous amount of confidence in Terrelle. I think he is only going to get better as he moves forward.”

the rest of the NFC North should be concerned about the hard-charging Packers

However, with a running game like McCarthy¡¯s team displayed Sunday, the rest of the NFC North should be concerned about the hard-charging Packers. At 8-6 and with everything falling their way for a change — Detroit and Minnesota both lost — the Packers now stand just a game behind the first-place Lions (9-5) and a game ahead of the Vikings (7-7).

“Puts us in position to control our own destiny, and that¡¯s all you can ask for at this time of year, especially going into two more division games and especially for what we¡¯ve been through earlier,” McCarthy said. “We¡¯re getting stronger as far as our performance and our mentality, but we need to get healthy, because we¡¯ve got another rough one at home on Saturday [against Minnesota].”
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Drew Brees bounced back from two bad starts with four touchdowns and almost 400 yards against Arizona’s top-ranked defense.
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The Saints went from scoring one total touchdown in losses to the Detroit Lions and Tampa Bay Buccaneers to tallying six of them on Sunday.

At least it probably had some serious fantasy implications for those who kept the faith in Drew Brees (389 yards and four touchdown passes) and Brandin Cooks (a career-high 186 yards and two touchdowns).

Hopefully, they listened to Brees, who insisted earlier this week that he has dealt with slumps before and, he said, ¡°The good thing is I know how to fix it.¡±

“Well, I¡¯ve played football a long time. I¡¯ve thrown a lot of interceptions, unfortunately. I¡¯ve also come back and had some pretty huge games after games like that,¡± Brees said earlier this week, after he had thrown for zero touchdown passes and three interceptions in back-to-back weeks for the first time in his career. ¡°So, bottom line is, my confidence does not lack, put it that way.”

Everyone knows the unlikely story of how Brady ended up playing for Belichick

Everyone knows the unlikely story of how Brady ended up playing for Belichick — he had an uneven career at Michigan, nearly transferred, struggled for years to fully win the faith of his head coach (Lloyd Carr) and ultimately was selected by the Patriots 199th overall in the 2000 draft. So here goes the unlikely story of how Vinatieri ended up playing for Parcells.

“It’s an encouraging rebound,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told ESPN on Friday. “I think it proves that the election was certainly a factor.”

Elite Womens Marcus Allen Jersey For the first nine weeks, NFL games averaged 15.5 million viewers, which was down 14 percent compared to 2015. But following the Nov. 8 presidential election, which took place two days before the start of Week 10, viewership has increased. During Weeks 10-14, NFL games averaged 18.1 million viewers, off just 2 percent compared to those weeks in 2015.

Roger Goodell told ESPN that he’s not concerned as much with the length of games as he is with the pace of them. Changes to instant replay and commercials could help, according to the commissioner.
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As Goodell noted in a memo sent to NFL teams in October, the league has been affected by the presidential election before. In 2000, the memo said, Fox games were down 4 percent, and ABC’s 7. Even worse, CBS and ESPN were down 10 and 11 percent, respectively.

Goodell told ESPN that he doesn’t blame all of the viewership woes this season on the political news cycle, saying he and the league’s executives have for years looked into various ways to make the game more digestible to fans.

The average length of an NFL game is about 3 hours, 8 minutes, which hasn’t changed substantively in the past several years, though the game might seem slower as the attention span changes due to the media landscape and social media.

he cited Detroit’s culture of losing as the culprit

Johnson was selected to a sixth straight Pro Bowl this season after catching 88 passes for 1,214 yards and nine touchdowns. Still, he had to fight through lingering ankle issues to be effective, and even then seemed to wear down by the end of the regular season. He caught just 11 total passes in four games during the month of December before closing the season with 10 catches for 137 yards and a touchdown against the Chicago Bears.

If Johnson doesn’t retire, his future with the Lions may still be in Limited Caleb Sturgis Jersey doubt. He is entering the fourth year of a wealthy seven-year contract that is scheduled to pay him $16 million next season. By releasing Johnson, the Lions would save $11 million against the salary cap. They could also approach Johnson about taking a pay cut. As is, Johnson’s production doesn’t quite match his lofty paycheck. He missed five games Elite Youth Mikkel Boedker Jersey in 2013 and 2014 while dealing with knee and finger injuries.

“The word was out that I was not as energetic as a coach — yeah, that I was burned out,” Reid said. “And he (Hunt) was worried if I still had energy going forward. I just took the conversation from there and was just kind of myself.”

Hunt was stirred.

Good for him! He really looks like he loves the new hair. Does it feel strange to see him with hair? Kind of, mostly because his baldness has been the thing Bears fans strongly associate with him. The nice thing is, if he ever wants to bring back memories for Bears fans, he could always shave the hair.

This has been a banner NFL season for long-suffering players finally being fed up with their terrible teams. The Cleveland Browns have already pushed Joe Thomas to the breaking point, now Eric Weddle ensured there were no minced words when it came to his final game with the Chargers coming too soon.

It was clear Weddle probably wouldn’t play for the Chargers again after the team decided to place him on injured reserve for the final game — but not even speaking to them? That’s a whole other kettle of fish.

Mozeliak had all but ruled out a trade on that consideration alone Wednesday night

Matheny compared Fowler¡¯s approach at the plate to that of his best player, Matt Carpenter. Not a bad comp. Matheny used the same adjective — ¡°exciting¡± — that GM John Mozeliak had used several times the night before in describing who they were looking for. So Fowler will bat leadoff and Carpenter will be the Cardinals¡¯ No. 3 hitter, with second-year shortstop Aledmys Diaz wedged in between and Stephen Piscotty batting cleanup to round out the top of a lineup that drips with execution and experience.
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¡°The more players that you can have like that, I think the better off you’re going to be,¡± Matheny said.

Fowler, 30, may not be the center fielder Eaton is, but Fowler has better instincts than incumbent Randal Grichuk and should play center field a couple of years for the Cardinals before they have to move him to a corner. By then, perhaps Grichuk will be ready for the CF challenge, or perhaps one of the Cardinals¡¯ prospects will be ready.

Womens Martin Prado Jersey Oddly, through a translator, Chapman told the media he didn¡¯t recall talking to Ricketts, Epstein and Hoyer.

For the Yankees, Torres headlined the deal. The shortstop has only grown in the eyes of baseball since coming over from the Cubs, having just become the youngest player ever to win the Arizona Fall League MVP. The Yankees also received Adam Warren and two other prospects. The Yankees had originally traded Warren to Chicago for Starlin Castro.

In all, for a half-season of Warren and two months of Chapman in 2016, the Yankees will enter 2017 with Chapman back, Warren back and Torres tearing up the minors, plus prospects Billy McKinney and Rashad Crawford.

The Yankees used the system to pick up a talented but troubled reliever, add a potential future star, and then bring that reliever back after the season. In the course of the year, Chapman changed the history of baseball. What he does over the next several years could have a huge impact, too.

Koetter has Tampa Bay at 7-5 and in possession of the 6-seed in the NFC playoff picture

Limited Womens Brandon Coleman Jersey A first-year coach with a second-year quarterback and a defense that’s come together more quickly than anyone expected, Koetter has Tampa Bay at 7-5 and in possession of the 6-seed in the NFC playoff picture.

Miami rebounded from a 1-4 start to win six in a row before Sunday’s loss to Baltimore. Gase’s case in a microcosm is the job he did with running back Jay Ajayi, who was subject to heavy discipline early in the season but responded well enough to emerge as one of the league’s best running backs over the past couple of months. Gase appears to have the touch.

Hey, he’s 8-4 with a team that hasn’t finished .500 since 2012. The Giants are winning close games they lost a year ago. McAdoo is doing something right.

Authentic Derek Carr Jersey Carr, by most lights, has been the quarterback to strike the best balance between precision and aggressiveness. He’s played behind the offensive line his older brother David never had (and, for that matter, the one Bortles and Bridgewater lacked during their first seasons), and the Raiders are 10-2 while Carr has thrown for 24 touchdowns against five interceptions for former Vikings offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave.

“I’ll definitely be good to go,” he said. Casey has only three sacks, but he’s a disruptor who trails only outside linebackers Brian Orakpo and Derrick Morgan with 24 quarterback pressures for the Titans this season.

They’d been together for years, swapping stories and bad jokes. No matter how bad things got, Thomas could always look forward to going to work and seeing his friends in the locker room. They were in it together.

(In fact, no other defense has scored more than 42.) That includes games against the Seahawks and Chargers. It may seem insane to start a defense against the Saints, but three of the past four defenses to face New Orleans have scored at least eight points (the Rams are the only exception). I like the Bucs as a risk/reward deep-league option.

Seattle goes back to the super-wide-splits formation and in this case, the Cardinals play it well

Elite Youth Landon Donovan Jersey Wilson’s read here — with defensive end Kareem Martin actually chasing Christine Michael right away — should have been to keep it and try to run himself. That’s exactly what the Cardinals were trying to get him to do. However, in this case, the Seahawks just simply have a run play called no read, and the handoff to C-Mike works like a charm.

He gets outside quickly, running right off of RT Garry Gilliam’s ass, and busts through the second level like a runaway beer truck. Best of all, as he gets out into the open field, he protects the football with both arms. This set a tone for Seattle in that game.

Another play that piqued my interest was one where he showed a little bit of baby Beast Mode to him.

In the first game, the dysfunction that would become a huge part of Houston’s season was let out, and fast. Quarterback Brian Hoyer started the game after winning the job over the course of training camp and the preseason, but after completing 18 of 34 passes for 236 yards with a touchdown and an interception, he was benched in favor of Ryan Mallett, the man he beat for the job.
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The Texans trailed the Chiefs, 27-9 going into halftime, and Mallett orchestrated a pair of scoring drives to bring Houston to within a score of Kansas City. He completed eight of 13 passes for 98 yards and a touchdown, and earned the starting job going forward, though the Texans still lost to the Chiefs when time ran out before Houston could get another score in.

A lot has changed since then. The Chiefs, who saw Alex Smith throw three touchdown passes in the game, have become a bit more conservative, while the Texans went from Mallett back to Hoyer, to T.J. Yates, to Brandon Weeden and back to Hoyer again due to various injuries. Both teams came a long way to get to this point.