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JuJu Smith-Schuster celebrated his 97-yard TD with a tribute to his stolen bike

JuJu Smith-Schuster doesn锟斤拷t even have his driver锟斤拷s license yet, so he rides a bike everywhere he goes. That bike got stolen last week. So Smith-Schuster celebrated his 97-yard touchdown against the Steelers by locking up the stationary bike on the sideline.
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He already had one bike stolen this week. Why risk another?
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A few weeks later the NFL strike began, and Bob Ferguson, the Bills锟斤拷 director of player personnel, came calling. At first McClure hesitated, not wanting to cross a picket line of NFL players. But after two weeks of watching Buffalo lose back-to-back replacement games, McClure reconsidered. He had been spending his days thinking about his rapidly diminishing career options. After being cut, he had gone to Green Bay for a tryout and wasn锟斤拷t signed. The Houston Oilers expressed interest but never brought him in for a visit.

According to ESPN.com, Denver is considering a quarterback switch to 2016 first-round pick Paxton Lynch after current starter Trevor Siemian threw A. J. Cann Jersey three more interceptions in Monday night’s 29-19 loss to the Chiefs.

Denver (3-4) has now lost three straight, scoring just 29 points during the skid.

Elite Kids Laken Tomlinson Jersey Broncos coach Vance Joseph would not commit to Siemian as the team’s quarterback moving forward after Monday’s loss and was particularly unhappy about his team’s turnovers.

You can’t win games that way. To win, we’ve got to stop that, Joseph told reporters following the loss. Our defense played winning football. Our offensive line blocked (well) and we ran the ball for 177 (yards) and the pass pro was better, but it all falls back to turning the ball over five times.

Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger: We need to get the ball to Martavis Bryant

Smith-Schuster shared a video of himself on Snapchat while walking to practice Tuesday, saying the bike he usually rides to the field had been taken. Since he doesn’t have a driver’s license and lives about a mile from the team’s facility, he’s been dependent on his bike for transportation.

Linebacker Von Miller appeared on the ProFootballTalk podcast and said “there’s problems everywhere” and they used Monday to address those areas.

“We’ve obviously got some issues on our three areas on the team from special teams, defense, and offense,” Miller said. “But it’s adversity. Every team in the National Football Team gets hit with it. We’ve had our fair share of it and we’re back in it right now.”

The Broncos struggled on offense in Sunday’s 21-0 loss against the Chargers, but Miller said the team has faith in quarterback Trevor Siemian.

“I think you look at it,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Thursday after the team gave up 505 yards to the Raiders, via Arrowhead Pride. “Are you close? Do you have people close to receivers in the run game, close to the ball carrier, all those things you look at, and then you have to go, ‘OK I could have done something a little better here.’

“This is all play-calls. This is what play-callers do. ‘I could have done a little better here. Am I putting the guys in the right position to make a play? And do we have to make the play?’ and that’s what the team part is all about here. When everybody takes accountability for that, normally you can flip things around. To tell you that (defensive coordinator) Bob (Sutton) is not going to go back and look at things, he does that. I mean that’s what he does. He’s a great coach.”

Boiled down, that essentially translates to “we can fix this.”

And really it doesn’t take much fixing. The Chiefs average 29 points per game — more than any team but the Rams, who average 29.8 points — and face a weak schedule in the back half of the season.
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Watch: Aaron Rodgers Jersey plays ‘Clueless Gamer’ with Conan O’Brien

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Aaron Rodgers played hurt.
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OK, the Packers quarterback’s collarbone injury prevents him from playing football, but it didn’t stop him from playing Assassin’s Creed Origins with Conan O’Brien on his show’s standing segment Clueless Gamer that will air Thursday night on TBS.

Davante Adams Authentic Jersey Fans needed to hear from owners that players who knelt or raised fists were good men who loved their country, they argued. Messages of support couldn’t be delivered only inside the locker rooms. Finally, New York Jets linebacker Demario Davis stood up in the center of the room and told owners: I’m going to break it down for you guys. You guys aren’t supporting us, and until you do, there’s going to be an issue.

Jets receiver Robby Anderson had one of the best reactions of the season after he caught an 18-yard pass Jean-Francois Berube Womens Jersey to put the Jets up 14-7 against the Dolphins.

Thanks to the NFL’s relaxed celebration rules, no flag was thrown for Anderson’s celebration. But it does leave one to wonder, why are those prime front-row seats empty?

Anderson entered the game one other touchdown on the season, which happened to occur during the Jets’ Week 3 matchup against the Dolphins.

Goodell left the meeting room to be ushered to a news conference. The final topic of a long morning was the most salient one: the commissioner’s next contract. Jones is not technically on the six-person committee that determines Goodell’s compensation, but he has willed himself onto it. And so, before everyone could leave, he spoke for 20 minutes, delving into all of the league’s problems that everyone knew by heart.

Maybe the Bears have a chance in Baltimore against the Ravens?

Trump followed up with another tweet directed at the NFL late Wednesday afternoon that read, Too much talk, not enough action. Stand for the National Anthem.
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On Sunday afternoon he kept his flex going by stiff-arming one Steelers defender then inviting Mike Mitchell to come get a piece too:

Fournette didn’t exactly truck Mitchell or anything, but he’s calling shots during the game! That’s the type of bad-assery that the Jaguars are Radek Faksa Jersey going to need if they want to win the AFC South.
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He then polished off the Steelers with this 90-yard touchdown run:

Fournette finished the game with 181 yards and two touchdowns. If the Jaguars are on your favorite team’s schedule, and that defense is bad, brace yourself. He’s coming.

Melker Karlsson Authentic Jersey They got by with phoning in the pass rush this week, and probably will next week against the Jets too. But sending three or four pass rushers to harass the quarterback won’t work so well in their Week 7 Super Bowl rematch with Matt Ryan and the Falcons.

Atlanta hosts Jay Cutler and the Dolphins. We are not enthused about the Dolphins’ chances, probably less so than even Jay Cutler.

Maybe. Technically, anything is possible. But that’s a tough defense to have to play for a rookie quarterback.

Adrian Peterson gets a fresh start on the twilight of his career with the Cardinals this week against the Buccaneers. Good luck finding open lanes with that offensive line, though. It’s a worse bunch than the one he had in New Orleans.

A look at his impact on the field suggests no real reason to utilize him more.

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Authentic Nick Vigil Jersey I think for him, he will be a little bit more team-protecting in situational football things, Jackson said Monday, before the decision was announced. I think he will understand that better and really what it does to your team as you are in those situations.

No. 2, I think he will demand more from the guys that play around him because I think he understands that every play matters and every play is a difference between having a chance to win or lose a game.

Hogan has been moved to third string on the Browns’ depth chart because of bruised ribs that Jackson said were sore and affected him in practice. Cody Kessler will serve as Kizer’s backup against Tennessee.

Peterson is a future Hall of Famer who reset expectations for NFL players recovering from catastrophic injury over the course of nine productive seasons with the Vikings. In 2012, he came back from a torn ACL and MCL to become just the seventh player to break the 2,000-yard plateau. In 2015, after child abuse charges cost him all but one game of the previous season, he rallied back to lead the league in rushing at age 30. 2017 provided him one more chance for a miraculous comeback — but time has finally come to collect its debt on a tailback who once looked ageless.

Peterson’s biggest contribution to the 2017 NFL season so far is the death stare he gave Saints coach Sean Payton after getting just six carries in New Orleans’ season opener.

A look at his impact on the field suggests no real reason to utilize him more. In his past two seasons — 2017 and an injury shortened 2016 — he’s racked up 64 carries for 153 yards. That 2.4 yard per carry average would be the league’s worst among qualified tailbacks in 2017 if not for Paul Perkins’ pathetic 1.9 number anchoring the back end of the list. Peterson has caught five passes in that seven-game span for a total of 12 yards. He’s played at sub-replacement player levels since ’16.

Luck said last week that he thought the finish line was in sight with his rehab.

“It’s natural it’s going to be some pain and soreness when you’re rehabbing an injury,” Ballard said. “It’s kind of been coming along the whole time. It’s one thing that hasn’t gone away. We’re going to try to shut him and calm it down right now.”

What’s next? If Elliott’s motion for an en banc hearing is granted, he’ll be able to play until the full slate of judges rules on this motion. If it’s denied, there are still other options available to Elliott and the NFLPA.

Tom Brady sought an en banc hearing after an appellate court reinstated his suspension. His motion was denied.

The most likely outcome is probably starting fresh and filing for a temporary restraining order or preliminary injunction in New York, or they can file that again in Texas.

Brady’s victory was the 187th of his 18-year career, setting the NFL record for most regular season victories by a quarterback. The victory pushed him out of a tie with Brett Favre and Peyton Manning to become the league’s winningest passer.

“He was a major part. He’s a big piece of our puzzle,” Seahawks defensive coordinator Kris Richard said Wednesday. “You hear the cliché time and time again, ‘Next man up,’ and it’s just very difficult. It’s very difficult, but we have to keep moving on, and we have to rely on the guys, [the] next man in line, and really, I think it’s going to show who’s been preparing.”
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How the 2-point conversion made its way to the NFL

When the NFL adopted the two-point conversion in 1994, kickers were pissed. Take Cardinals kicker Greg Davis, who had this to say:

The reason everybody is kicking more field goals is because they can’t score inside the 10-yard line. What makes them think that this rule will help them do that?
Latrell Sprewell Game Jersey Harsh words, Greg, but you can kind of understand where he’s coming from. Place kickers were dominating the game; in 1993, NFL teams attempted 879 field goals while scoring 821 offensive touchdowns. (Those numbers in 2016: 1,009 field goals and 1,229 touchdowns.)
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Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, New York Jets: The Jets claimed that they would get their tight ends more involved in the passing game this season, and boy, were they not kidding. Seferian-Jenkins managed 11 targets on Sunday, making him the first Jets tight end with at least eight targets in back-to-back games since Dustin Keller (2011 Weeks 11-12), and Seferian-Jenkins scored 16.6 PPR fantasy points, making him the first Jets tight end to score in double digits in back-to-back weeks since Jeff Cumberland (2014 Weeks 16-17).

The Steelers only sent three rushers, leaving the Chiefs receivers in man coverage. Tight end Demetrius Harris might not have been the best option, as he was in triple coverage. There were other options singled up.

Kicking a chip shot field goal and taking three points would have made it a one-score game. The Chiefs offense had almost no signs of life until this drive, but even though the Steelers have effectively shut Kansas City down, this game is still within reach.

On the other hand, you can make the case that the Chiefs were right to go for it there. The offense had been bottled up all day, and the odds of another long scoring drive would’ve seemed slim at that point.

Resetting the NFC playoff picture after Aaron Rodgers’ injury

If you’ve ever seen X-rays from collarbone injuries, you know the unsightly images can look like a jagged Wall Street graph after the stock market takes a big tumble. The visual also applies to a suddenly volatile NFC race after the Green Bay Packers announced the terrible news that a broken right collarbone will sideline quarterback Aaron Rodgers, quite possibly for the season.

Roethlisberger is 6-0 against the Chiefs in games that he has started Brian Boyle Jersey and played all the way through, according to ESPN. The only time the Chiefs have gotten the best of Pittsburgh in a game Roethlisberger played in was 2009. Roethlisberger Brandon Mebane Jersey started, but left the game with an injury and was replaced by Charlie Batch.

The Steelers and Chiefs should give us one of the better matchups this week. And Tony Romo is the best person to call the play-by-play.

Kansas City and the Texans are going off as a pick’em in Houston at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. Over their last 10 regular season games, the Chiefs are 9-1 SU and ATS.

The Chiefs still have a top-10 scoring defense in the NFL, allowing 19.3 points per game. But this year’s team has a much more potent offense than it has had in the past. Alex Smith is doing more than just managing games, with 1,067 passing yards and eight passing touchdowns while still making good decisions with no interceptions on the year.

And rookie running back Kareem Hunt has been a home run with six total touchdowns and a league-leading 502 rushing yards.

Johnson and controlling Lakers owner Jeanie Buss later met with Joe Robbins and his family courtside during the game.

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They helped 12-year-old Quade Robbins smile again. Joe Robbins had planned to bring his sons, Quinton and Quade, to the preseason game for Quade’s birthday. The Lakers invited the Robbins family, Quinton’s girlfriend and his friends to sit courtside a few seats away from Johnson and then brought them into the locker room to meet head coach Luke Walton and the players.

Yankees: Severino got only one out in the wild-card game against Minnesota last Tuesday, but New York’s lineup and bullpen bailed him out.

Tommy Kahnle relieved a wild Dellin Betances in the eighth and got six straight outs — five on strikeouts — for his first save of the season as New York improved to 3-0 when facing playoff elimination this year.

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A rainy day in the Big Apple prevented both teams from taking batting practice on the field. But the tarp was pulled and play started right on time, with fans in hooded ponchos bunched below the overhangs seeking cover from a heavy drizzle.

Showers dissipated in the bottom of the first, though a few puddles remained on the slick warning track all night.

Murray meshes well flitting around him.

The architecture of a not-terrible defense is here. Being not terrible — something like 22nd in points allowed per possession — should be enough to bust their four-year playoff drought, provided they settle in as a top-five offense.

The point guard spot is a question mark, but Jokic effectively runs the offense.

Most league insiders have the Wolves above this jumble. Some internal team projections around the league spit out 50 wins and a top-four seed.

Just a few minutes with Roberts is all you need to know he was raised well. He is friendly, communicative and considerate. He’s about you as much as he is about himself.

“He’s probably the best human being I’ve ever met,” says his friend and reserve first baseman Adrian Gonzalez.

Or, as Rich Aurilia, his former Giant teammate and current partner in Red Stitch Wines, says, “If you don’t like Dave Roberts, you’d better go look in the mirror.”

Growing up in a military family taught him manners and discipline; living in an interracial household broadened his worldview. And his parents encouraged him to make his own choices.

Roberts made two important ones at Rancho Buena Vista High. That’s where he started courting Tricia. “I used to waitress at a restaurant,” she says, “and Dave would come in to eat so that we could spend some time together. He’d save his money so that he could leave me a big tip.”
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