Monthly Archives: November 2017

Getting stymied by the Steelers at home in Week 6 was only a mild concern.

Getting confused by the Giants in Week 11 cements the fact the Chiefs are much closer to a weak pack of AFC wild-card contenders than to Pittsburgh or New England.
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Womens Carl Hagelin Jersey The last thing San Francisco wants Christopher Gibson Womens Jersey to do is desperately rush Garoppolo into live action in an attempt to win at least one game this season. Given how rookie place-holder C.J. Beathard has been sacked 14 times in three games, plus the absence of top wide receiver Pierre Garcon, it’s not like Garoppolo would be stepping into a QB-friendly situation.

That means Garoppolo obviously should not make his San Francisco debut in Week 12 just because the game vs. Seattle comes after the bye. Then again, using a pricey franchise tag on him in 2018, before he even plays a down for the Niners, doesn’t make the most sense.

After Andy Reid’s team laid a rotten egg in Sunday’s 12-9 overtime loss to the previously one-win Giants, Kansas City’s impressive, explosive Week 1 win at New England is long forgotten. So is the five-game winning streak that victory sparked, including the defeat of the one-loss Eagles in Week 2.

Now the Chiefs are 6-4 after having dropped four of their past five games. For the most part, their offense has been inept, with fewer of the big pass plays that happened early in the season and rookie Kareem Hunt fading hard in a sputtering running game.

Given the nature and consequence of a 36-17 defeat against the Patriots in last season’s AFC championship game, it was no particular surprise the Steelers’ 2017 offseason was defined by the attempt to close that gap. The goal is a championship, and the team is reasonably close, so it was essential to address whatever weaknesses existed in the pursuit of another playoff victory, or two, that would take Pittsburgh back to the league’s summit.

Sore left knee keeps John Wall out of Wizards’ loss to Raptors

Washington Wizards guard John Wall didn’t play in Sunday’s 100-91 loss to the Toronto Raptors because of a sore left knee, but coach Scott Brooks said he there’s a “great Kayvon Webster Youth jersey chance” the four-time All-Star will be able to return Monday night at Milwaukee.
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Wall also missed a Nov. 5 game at Toronto because of a sprained left shoulder but returned the following game.

Triumph: According to FPI, the Jets entered the season with the lowest projected win total (4.0) and the worst playoff odds (0.6 percent). If the Jets lose out, we could be singing a different tune. But this team has exceeded all expectations so far.

Train wreck: The Buccaneers have won back-to-back games with Ryan Fitzpatrick at the helm. While that’s encouraging, they’re 2-6 with Jameis Winston under center. Winston is the franchise’s future, not Fitzpatrick, so there’s plenty of reason to be concerned with how this season has progressed.

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Hayward stays involved: Whether it’s shooting from a chair at the team’s practice facility or sitting behind the bench at last week’s Warriors game, rehabbing Hayward has been around the team more lately. Even when he’s not, Hayward has posted celebratory messages on Twitter after recent wins. Just when it seemed like even he was running out of words to describe Boston’s victories, he dubbed Irving’s play on Monday night “something special” and joked, “These close games are stressing me out.”

Eli Manning could be benched as Giants look for answers

At 1-7 the Giants are willing to do just about anything to salvage their miserable season — even if it means benching Eli Manning.

Manning has started 207 consecutive regular-season games for the Giants and is one start shy of tying his brother, Peyton, for second on the all-time list. But after Sunday’s 51-17 home loss to the Rams, Giants coach Ben McAdoo said the team needs to think about getting other players reps, even the quarterbacks, presumably rookie Davis Webb.

Webb, a third-round pick out of California, has been inactive for all eight games this season. Geno Smith has served as Manning’s backup this year and made his season debut Sunday.

The game was on the verge of getting out of hand prior to Gholston’s injury. Mike Evans had flattened Saints cornerback Marcus Lattimore after the latter was pushed by Jameis Winston on the sideline. Winston, who had already left the game with an injury, had no business being anywhere near Lattimore, let alone pushing him.

Saints coach Sean Payton was livid, and though the Saints already had a commanding lead, it was clear he was going to run up the score.

Gholston’s unfortunate injury erased the heavy tension cutting through the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

No deficit is too big: After the Celtics rallied from 13 points down in the fourth quarter to top the Dallas Mavericks in overtime on Monday, Stevens was asked about how his team has routinely rallied. “Because we’re always behind,” Stevens deadpanned. The Celtics have trailed by double digits in six of their 18 games, including each of their past three outings. What’s more, Boston has trailed by at least 16 in five of those games and rallied to win all but the opener in Cleveland.nationals_009

NFL to play at least three more regular-season games in Mexico City through 2021

The NFL will play at least three more regular-season games in Mexico City through 2021, the league announced Sunday in conjunction with Mexico’s Ministry of Tourism.
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Details have yet to be arranged, but the agreement was made public as the Oakland Raiders and New England Patriots were set to kick off their Week 11 game at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City. The current agreement was set to expire after the 2018 season. In total, the NFL will play six regular-season games in Mexico by the end of the 2021 season.

The Eagles, eager to build an improved receiving corps around Wentz in his second year, basically told Jeffery to come hang out for a year, no promises beyond that, and see if maybe they could all help each other.

Jeffery hasn’t reached 100 yards in a game yet this season, but to watch the games is to see that he’s playing like a No. 1 wideout. He leads the spread-it-around Eagles in receiving yards, is second on the team in catches behind tight end Zach Ertz and is tied with Ertz for the team lead with six touchdown catches, including four in his past three games.

The outside linebacker recorded his first sack since Week 4 against the Bears when he dumped Joe Flacco to force a punt on the Ravens’ first possession.

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Matthews had 2 1/2 sacks after four games but then went the next five games without a sack until Sunday.

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Kenny Clark left the game in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury and was immediately ruled out for the rest of the game. Clark had to be carted off the field.

The offense remains horrific with three Browns quarterbacks (DeShone Kizer, Kevin Hogan and Cody Kessler)

The Clippers already have a rollicking team-wide text chain. They had one last season, too, but they had to exclude Jamal Crawford because his Lance Stephenson Youth jersey BlackBerry messaging wasn’t compatible with the iPhones everyone else used. We miss Jamal, but his BlackBerry was holding us back, Griffin says with a chuckle.
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When the Clippers started hot, as they did in bolting to a 14-2 record a year ago, Paul warned that the real test would come when they faced adversity. These Clippers will, soon enough.

Their guards outside Teodosic are decent playmakers, not great ones. They are good shooters when they have time to gather themselves, not dead-eye sorts that warp defenses. No one panics over any of them pulling up on off-the-bounce 3s.

Hunter Henry, TE, Los Angeles Chargers: Much more than 1.1 non-PPR and 3.1 PPR fantasy points was expected from Henry on Sunday, considering he entered the week riding a streak of three straight double-digit PPR performances, during which he played 56 (Week 5), 54 (Week 6) and 44 snaps (Week 7). Henry was started in 68.6 percent of ESPN leagues, sixth-highest among tight ends.

Devin Funchess, WR, Carolina Panthers: Entering Week 8, no team had allowed more fantasy points to opposing wide receivers than the Buccaneers, who had surrendered an average of 44.4 per game.
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The light suspension was reportedly the result of lobbying by the Ravens owner. Rice received an indefinite suspension and was cut by the Ravens after TMZ released a video of the incident.

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Mark Martin explained in a tweet Saturday morning why he no longer is working in a driver development role with Roush Fenway Racing.

Martin tweeted: I didn’t want to go to the races.
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We’ve barely had time to digest that soggy slice of pizza and we’ve got touchdowns! After a nifty 39-yard catch-and-run for Georgia’s D’Andre Swift on third-and-2, Nick Chubb rumbles in for a 6-yard touchdown to give third-ranked Georgia a 7-0 lead over the Gators. Almost simultaneously, Penn State receiver DaeSean Hamilton grabs a nice 13-yard pass from Trace McSorley — whose competitiveness Urban Meyer likened to Tim Tebow’s this week — to give No. 2 Penn State a 14-0 over No. 6 Ohio State.

McCown has gotten sacked 25 times, which is the NFL’s second-highest total behind Indianapolis’ Jacoby Brissett (29). The Jets have run out of gas in the second half of games during their current three-game losing streak.
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Costas on playing the anthem before sports events: This is going to be misunderstood, and you and I both understand about being misunderstood. If you go to the theater to see Hamilton, it is about the founding of the republic, and no one says, wait a minute, how can they start without the national anthem? 鈥?The anthem has been directly associated with sports, understandably so, because sports cuts across so many demographic lines and it can be a uniting force, and you can get goosebumps hearing Aaron Lynch Jersey the national anthem.

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The biggest concern for the Seahawks right now has to be the running game.

Of course, none could’ve guessed that life would actually take them here, no matter how hard they dreamed. Larkin, Witkowski, DeKeyser, and forwards David Booth, Justin Abdelkader and Luke Glendening all grew up attending Red Wings games at the Joe. This is entirely unique in the NHL; no other U.S.-based team has more than three area natives on its roster (or more than three Michiganders, for that matter).

There are 71 players with 30 or more rushes this season, including both Eddie Lacy and Thomas Rawls. Lacy ranks 67th and Rawls ranks 70th in yards per rush.

Ezekiel Elliott has rushed 88 times for 413 yards and four touchdowns the past three games — a scary-big workload. The Cowboys are riding Elliott, but the prospect of him missing time has to be worrisome.

Kelsey Patterson, the wife of TCU coach Gary Patterson, has come up with a way to help the relief efforts going on in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. She has teamed with more than 20 other college coaches’ wives to organize a fundraising campaign called Giving Beyond the Game, which will take donations online through Dec. 9 and auction off signed helmets from Nov. 1 to Nov. 15. Patterson told me she’s had great support from the other coaches’ wives. Nobody they reached out to said no, and they’re continuing to add people as they go. You can donate here.

Don’t be shocked if three coaches on this year’s Navy staff are FBS head coaches in 2018. As we mentioned recently, Ken Niumatalolo is a strong candidate for the Oregon State vacancy. He could be replaced in Annapolis by offensive coordinator Ivin Jasper, and run game coordinator Ashley Ingram is in the mix for the Georgia Southern job that opened when Tyson Summers was fired Sunday. ducks-121

Bellinger starts into a brisk, not-quite-certain trot.

I love you, man, rightfielder Hunter Pence told him. Posey joined the line for another goodbye. Veterans, the prospects Cain has mentored锟斤拷even the batboy got in on it. Cain’s imprint is on every one of them. Last came lefty Madison Bumgarner, Cain’s heir as ace. After Bochy again and third base coach Phil Nevin, Cain returned to the field for one more ovation. No one seemed especially eager to start the bottom of the fifth.
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We got the price point down on the shoes. And we were able to pinpoint where we needed the shoes. In the U.S., there are kids who don’t have the things we take for granted. But it’s more evident in other places. We started in Africa and we found schools. The images of kids putting on shoes for the first time. It set me down. I literally had to sit down. I wanted a big charitable component to it. If people are hesitant about buying another athlete product, they’re going to get something more out of this than just shoes.

Across the street from the Maple Leafs’ home at Air Canada Centre, Wendel Clark dishes wisdom between bites of a cheeseburger and fries. He is almost 51 years old now, between Shanahan, 48, and head coach Mike Babcock, 54. Officially, Clark works in the front office as a community ambassador; he spent the 2016 draft with season-ticket holders at a Toronto sports bar and says everyone roared Authentic Mike Adams Jersey when the pick was announced.

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I was sure of this one. All the way sure. I thought it’d be out by 40 feet, and the only suspense was whether Bellinger would make it around the bases before the cheering in Dodger Stadium caused the entire place to collapse into a sinkhole. I was very much not alone.

Week 8 NFL picks against spread: Steelers whip Lions; Saints stomp Bears

Week 7 was unpredictably predictable, with several favorites winning and bringing some normalcy back to the 2017 NFL season.
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But a good finish to the first half of the season means nothing unless we pick games better in the second half of the season, which is getting closer. Week 8 brings a shorter slate but plenty of chances to fly out of the gate.

I expected the Grizzlies to be playoff spectators for the first time since 2010, so I certainly can’t claim that I saw a 5-2 start Linval Joseph Youth jersey coming, especially with wins over the Warriors and Rockets (twice). Marc Gasol and Mike Conley, the remaining mainstays from the Grit ‘n Grind era, are as good as ever. Chandler Parsons, Memphis’ other max player, obviously wasn’t signed to play a limited role but is showing a lot of signs of life as part of the Grizzlies’ outstanding second unit.

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The rebuild: The Lakers continue to experience droughts in which they have difficulty getting easy baskets while also giving up too many easy scores on the other end. They fell behind big in the first quarter.

Mullens has been athletic director at Oregon since 2010. Mullens said he tries his best to maintain his running routine during the season, which includes 30 minutes of peaceful time to clear the mind.

I’m fortunate to have a wonderful wife and two energetic boys [ages 13 and 10] to provide life balance and perspective. he said.

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Last year’s loss to No. 12 Washington fuels Oregon

Washington ended 12 seasons of frustration when it delivered a punishing victory over Oregon last year.
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The hope was for Brock Osweiler, the 2012 second-round draft pick groomed as Manning’s heir apparent, to re-sign and assume the first-string spot. That unraveled because of Osweiler’s bitterness about being benched once Manning returned from injury during the 2015 season. Houston then swooped in with a ridiculously high contract offer that Denver refused to match.

It’s unfortunate he feels that way, but like I said, I’m not worried about what he’s talking about. I’m going to keep my head down.

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I just felt like if you say certain things, there are just certain things in life about respect. It’s a respect thing … just because we made a play against each other or whatever or I had a bigger game against the Bengals, it really doesn’t mean anything. You say that in the media. You might really feel like that. I hope he feels like that. But if you want to say it out loud to the media and things like that, it’s different. I decided to say something back.

Mixon expressed frustration after a loss to the Steelers last Sunday. He had no second-half carries and only seven total carries in the loss, while Bell had 35 carries.

Me, personally, I feel like I can do way more than [Bell] did. Like I said, I only had seven carries. I can’t showcase nothing if I don’t get the ball. There’s nothing else I can say, Mixon said.

Joe Mixon was one of the few bright spots in a lackluster day. The Bengals beat the Colts, but consistency remains an issue.

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