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Palmer is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL in the pocket

Greg Hardy Mens Jersey The effect? The safety from the opposite side of the field, in this case Reggie Nelson, is far off in coverage and late to react. It also helped that Palmer had good protection on this play.

It works against man too, especially if you’ve got undisciplined safeties in the backend. Against the Niners below, Nelson outruns his man on a similar styled route, and there’s no help over the top because a crossing route underneath had distracted them.

Ah, yes, the go-route, or fly-route or 9-route or whatever you want to call it. There’s not much to say here. Speed kills, and the Cardinals have a lot of it.

Youth Doug Gilmour Jersey Carson Palmer, as I said above, is also supremely accurate.

Look at this frickin’ pass below. With pressure in his face, Palmer launches it downfield up the sideline, and trusts his receiver (Floyd) to go up and get it.

Not shabby. I saw a lot of these types of plays too. They literally will just throw it up and let their receivers either win in the air or simply beat their defender down the field.

There are a ton of wrinkles to the Cardinals passing offense, but I absolutely love the way they push the ball downfield. Palmer is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL in the pocket — he subtly avoids pressure and is so damn good at stepping up to deliver a pass — and that squad has some really talented receivers catching passes as well.

The Packers’ defense has their hands full in this one. Multiple weapons. Multiple styles. Speed for days. I’ll be watching for Brown and Nelson streaking downfield on go-routes and long crossers, and I imagine stopping those will be a big part of Green Bay’s defensive gameplan. Safeties and corners will be so worried about getting beat deep that it will likely open things up underneath (but still in the intermediate range) for Fitzgerald, and I’d expect he’ll have a big day because of it. David Johnson could feast on releases out of the backfield. All these things work together, but they start with the fact that the Cardinals are fearsome deep down the field.

World Series MVP Ben Zobrist named grand marshal of his hometown’s holiday parade

The celebrations haven’t stopped yet for World Series MVP Ben Zobrist, but now they’ve taken on a holiday flair. The Chicago Cubs utilityman and Franklin, Tennessee, resident participated in the city’s holiday parade on Saturday.

Not per tradition, this year’s event was deemed “Ben Zobrist Day” by the mayor of Franklin, and Zobrist was named the grand marshal of the parade.

World Series MVP Ben Zobrist at the #FranklinTN Christmas parade as grand marshal. Zobrist’s family also came out to join in the fun. His wife and kids rode alongside him in a convertible while he waved to onlookers and fans.

It was a well-deserved honor, as Zobrist was the hero in Game 7 of the World Series, hitting the game-winning RBI that gave the Cubs their first title since 1908.
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Jannik Hansen Kids Jersey Looking for a closer? You’ll need to keep your checkbook handy. Aroldis Chapman, Kenley Jansen and Mark Melancon have an excellent chance to reel in $200 million in guaranteed money among them. And if you want to get a feel for what that means, how about this: Mariano Rivera made “only” $169.4 million over his entire career.

Aroldis Chapman: Multiple sources say he’d love to go back to the Bronx. And the Yankees have let him know they want him back. But if he’s waiting for them to throw 100 million bucks at his feet, he could have a long wait, particularly now that the labor deal has applied renewed pressure on the Yankees to keep their payroll under control. The Dodgers and Giants both have interest, but he doesn’t seem to be either team’s first choice. So this could turn into a waiting game.

“That’s their M.O., to move guys as they get close to free agency,” said one longtime exec. “Everyone will call on Archer. I just don’t see their motivation to move him now. But with their other guys, they’ve got to see what they can get before they walk out the door.”

Russell Westbrook went for 35 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists Wednesday against the Wizards

And yet, there were plenty who couldn’t ignore the volume of shots or arctic-cold shooting percentages. There’s already a small but annoying chorus labeling Westbrook’s triple-doubles as merely stat-padding; even with the jaw-dropping numbers, Westbrook still can’t shake the minority ready to chirp about any inefficiency. What those box-score hawks are missing, though, is the impact Westbrook is having on a nightly basis. The Thunder need every drop they’re getting from their star, and as much as he can, he’s providing it.
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On Wednesday, while the shots clanked, Westbrook didn’t stop. He keeps coming, shucking the worry of what the final line might look like. Sure, the Thunder would’ve won more comfortably had Westbrook shot the ball better. But he’s carrying an extreme burden, with his performance tied to the Thunder’s in most every way. He has never been an overly efficient scorer, and with his usage rocketing into uncharted territory, it’s only natural that he’ll be off some nights. What’s never off, though, is his will to win.

What’s lost on the critics, the ones who zero in on his shot attempts, his misses or his turnovers, is that those numbers come organically because Westbrook simply doesn’t let up. He could pay mind to what the numbers look like and gear down for something like 16 points on 5-of-16 shooting. But if he does that, the Thunder don’t have a chance to win. Even if he misses the game-tying 3, Westbrook’s willing to accept that.

“That’s the first thing I saw when I looked at the stat sheet,” Stevens said. “It’s not enough, I know that. So we need to do a better job of making sure that we help put him in position to be successful.”
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Horford noted the Pistons doubled him often, forcing him to pass out of the traps while also switching to disrupt his play in the pick-and-roll. But the Celtics were adamant they need to get Horford involved more.

“That’s unacceptable,” Crowder said. “Starting from my point guard, starting with all the guys around him, we have to get [Horford] the ball in spots that we know he can help our team. That’s very unacceptable.”

There were positives beyond Thomas for Boston: Kelly Olynyk matched his season high with 19 points on 7-of-9 shooting over 26 minutes and Crowder was able to play 35-plus minutes after being on a minutes restriction until this week while working his way back from an ankle injury.