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Bears hope offense catches up in game vs. Saints

From an offensive perspective, Sunday’s game between the New Orleans Saints and the Chicago Bears might easily be billed as Star Wars vs. Stonehenge.

The 4-2 Saints have won four consecutive games for the first time since 2013, placing them atop the NFC South, and they have done it with textbook, run-pass balance on offense and a young, opportunistic defense rankled by being ridiculed for the last three seasons as the team’s collective ball-and-chain.

The 3-4 Bears have won back-to-back games relying on a suffocating defense, but their offense seems like a throwback to the black-and-white newsreels of the 1940s — if only the forward pass were involved.

In beating the Carolina Panthers 17-3 last week, the Bears scored both touchdowns on defense — an interception and a fumble return — and rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky completed just four passes while throwing only seven times.

The Bears ran 37 plays against Carolina and accounted for a mere five first downs and 153 yards of total offense. Trubisky, 2-1 as a starter, is the first NFL quarterback to win a game completing fewer than five passes since Tim Tebow went 2 of 8 in a 17-10 victory over Kansas City in 2011.

Bears coach John Fox just so happened to be the head coach in both of those offensively challenged victories. Fox said his players are just happy to get wins any way they can.

It’s a 16-team league and almost everyone in the league talks to players and coaches every day as part of their job. So it’s super competitive, it’s 16 teams and I’m just the guy with some nerdy stats. Because I’m the fantasy guy, I’m always the big target in every league I play in, so to win that league, against super-smart people who are great, plugged-in players that I have so much respect for? That was awesome.

“Offense, defense, special teams, everybody is just feeding off each other, that’s how you win a lot of games in this league,” Donald said of the Rams’ performance. “The sky is the limit.”
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Joe Flacco Jersey out with concussion after scary hit to head by Kiko Alonso

Joe Flacco was knocked from Thursday’s game following a scary hit to the head.
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The Ravens quarterback was scrambling on a Karl-Anthony Towns Authentic Jersey third-and-10 from the Dolphins 20 and slid near the 10-yard line. As he slid, Dolphins linebacker Kiko Alonso lowered his shoulder and connected with Flacco’s head, knocking Flacco’s helmet off.

Kids Leonte Carroo Jersey But Cousins knew he had to show he could stretch the field. Each offseason since he was drafted, Cousins has worked with throwing mechanics guru Jeff Christensen to improve his technique. They labored for hours over his footwork, when to open his hips, how to position his elbow. Cousins learned his lower body, not his arm, was the key. The ball started coming out with more zip and accuracy, without additional effort. Now Cousins might not have a cannon for an arm, but he has one of the NFL’s quickest releases. He gets sacked on only 4.1 percent of his attempts, seventh best in NFL history.

Carr compared Cooper to another athlete, Cavaliers star LeBron James, because they both display versatility to play multiple positions.

[James] was talking about how he played point guard this past game, and you take a guy that’s super smart that can go from playing the 3 and then go to play the 1, and he can go play the 5, Carr said, via ESPN.com. He knows all the sets. He knows all the plays.

Amari’s the same kind, mentally. He’s the same kind of guy, where he can go play X, F, he can play the Y (wide receiver positions) he can play the Z. He can play H.
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Cooper, 23, mainly lines up on the outside, where he can use his 6-1, 210-pound frame to body up smaller defensive backs. He attributed his versatility to his deep understanding of Oakland’s route tree.

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Anyway, despite a number of reasons you may or may not like Dennis Schroder Jersey Brady, you gotta keep tabs on him. He’s arguably the best quarterback to ever play the game (old heads, you can find my email in my bio to cape for Montana or whomever) so when you get him on a Thursday night, it’s a treat 锟斤拷 unless he’s playing your team.
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It was hard for a guy from Toledo (that’s in Ohio, FYI) and the MAC conference (the what?) to get much hype in the midst of names like that. According to draft analysts, Hunt wasn’t explosive, he couldn’t shake tacklers, and, in maybe the biggest miss of all, he could struggle to find chunk runs on next level.

The NFLPA also revealed that it learned of the filing’s existence earlier in the day via news reports.

We first learned through media reports today that Mr. Kaepernick filed a grievance claiming collusion through our arbitration system and is represented by his own counsel, the union statement said. We learned that the NFL was informed of his intention to file this grievance before today.

Kaepernick’s grievance will be overseen by Stephen Burbank, the NFL’s special master, who will likely hold a conference call with both sides this week, a source who has seen the grievance and is familiar with the procedure told ESPN’s Jim Trotter.
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Along with that, the NFL sounds like it’s going to offer some kind of compromise, some tacit acknowledgement of the social issues 锟斤拷 league owners and Roger Goodell noticeably don’t directly refer to police brutality or racial inequality 锟斤拷 either with a window of time and/or a financial commitment to various causes.

Derek Carr Jersey returns vs. Chargers, giving the Raiders hope for a turnaround

The Raiders have struggled to reclaim 2016’s magic this fall, but the biggest reason for their underwhelming 2-3 start may be solved Sunday. Quarterback Derek Carr will return to the Oakland lineup just two weeks after suffering a transverse process fracture in his back, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Andre Roberts Elite Jersey Carr followed up on his breakout ’16 season with stellar performances against the Titans and Jets, but his season took a sharp downturn in a Week 3 loss to Washington. One week later, the Raiders lost a key divisional showdown to the Broncos — and lost Carr in the process.

Authentic C. J. Beathard Jersey He had a poor showing on Thursday Night Football against the Patriots, going 0-for-3 on his attempts while making two extra points. It ended up being the difference in the Bucs going for a touchdown instead of a field goal at the end of the game in what was a 19-14 loss.

We’ll just include Folk’s third missed field goal, which was a 31-yarder — shorter than an extra point.

Ninety seconds stood between the Bears and overtime. They had no timeouts and one decision to make.

Kicking away from someone is not what we do, Brendon Ayanbadejo said later about the team’s decision to kick to Adrian Peterson. We’re the best special teams unit in the league. We’re not going to be like the Minnesota Vikings and kick the ball out of bounds.

That was the feeling all the way around. Brees has been down both of his starting offensive tackles for most of the year, with Terron Armstead debuting last week and Zach Strief hitting injured reserve after 78 snaps. First-round pick Ryan Ramczyk has filled in, playing every offensive snap so far this season at either left or right tackle.

Kansas City picks up its first first down of the half with 1:27 to play in the period.

Field goal Pittsburgh. The Steelers start their drive at their own 1-yard line and advance all the way down to the Kansas City 2. But the Chiefs keep the Steelers out of the end zone. Chris Boswell converts a 24-yard kick to put Pittsburgh ahead 12-3 just prior to the two-minute warning.

Rose said he filmed a video in which he recruited the big three to join him on a Bulls team that had a young core of Luol Deng, Taj Gibson and Joakim Noah already.

ESPN/ABC analyst Jeff Van Gundy thinks that if center Joel Embiid is able to remain healthy for 70 games, the Sixers will make the playoffs. He’s that good. He’s that dominant. He’s talented. And what I love about him is he’s got a competitive mean streak about him, too, that I think when you’re trying to break through a historic amount of losing that they’ve done, you need that one star that has a competitive streak to him.

The NFL Network reported Sunday night that Bryant’s unhappiness with his role in Pittsburgh’s offense resulted in a trade request. ESPN’s Dan Graziano confirmed the report.

Sources say early indications are the Steelers do not intend to trade Bryant, who is third on the team in targets (34) behind Le’Veon Bell (39) and Antonio Brown (74).

Asked whether the Steelers have given him any indication about a possible trade, Bryant said he doesn’t know and his agent handles those dealings.

Bryant is fourth on the Steelers in receptions (17) and second in receiving yards (231). But Bryant played 33 snaps in Sunday’s 19-13 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. That’s 11 fewer than rookie JuJu Smith-Schuster.

Both players got three targets apiece in Kansas City.
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How rodeo helped Emmanuel Sanders Jersey become an NFL star

Emmanuel Sanders holds every career receiving record at SMU. He was the leading pass catcher in Denver’s Super Bowl 50 victory, and Sanders is one of eight active players with at least 1000 receiving yards in each of the last three seasons. His speed and willingness to go after any ball make him a big-play threat at all times on the field. But what if his real calling is … rodeo cowboy?

Dallas goes for it on fourth-and-less-than-a-yard from the Green Bay 21, and Dak dives ahead to move the chains. A few plays later, he throws a perfect pass to Dez Bryant for a diving TD. The Cowboys lead 21-6, and are totally dominating time of possession.

My daughter: “I’m going to the bayou!” She must have gotten her mitts on The Princess and the Frog again. I would love to thaw Walt Disney’s head just to punch him in the face one time.

Let’s roll the clock back to the 2017 draft. College fans could not believe Watson was being talked about as the second-, third-, or fourth-best QB in this group. We liked Texas Tech’s Pat Mahomes and the little bit we got to see of UNC’s Mitchell Trubisky, plus most of the others, but Watson was the one we banged the table for, to use Mike Mayock’s lingo.

Limited Youth Jordan Bell Jersey Is Jay Ajayi back? It sure seemed like it in Week 6. Ajayi enjoyed yet another high-volume game (26 carries), and this time converted it into a big yardage total (130). He’s averaging 2.2 yards after contact per attempt, which ranks seventh in the league (min. 50 carries). Ajayi has yet to find the end zone, but he’s one of only seven running backs with at least 100 carries this season.

Game New York Islanders Jersey The Dolphins’ offensive woes have crushed Ajayi’s fantasy production, as he has managed only three carries inside the opponent’s 10 yard line — none of which have come inside the 5. Ajayi also does very little as a receiver (seven catches, 23 yards), which further limits his fantasy appeal. Ajayi is a fringe RB1 against the Jets’ struggling run defense this week.

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NFL owners and executives met for some four hours Tuesday in New York with NFLPA executives and players to review and discuss plans to utilize our platform to promote equality and effectuate positive change, the sides said afterward.

The Jaguars have an excellent pass defense all-around, but it won’t work when they fall behind early because of passing offense or special teams miscues. They are meant to power ahead with Leonard Fournette, and game flow is critical to their success.

This week: at Colts, a chance to retake control of the division
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Womens Tyrell Adams Jersey Deshaun Watson has sparked the entire offense and also inspired their defense to make big plays, even though it is massively shorthanded. With a week off to study, imagine how good he could end up being as a rookie.

Matt Ryan and Julio Jones don’t seem to be right without Kyle Shanahan. They haven’t found nearly the explosive offense of last season, and it’s not setting up well unless they fire it up before NFC South play.

They are built on running game and defense, and when both of those things are out of whack, Trevor Siemian can’t win games by himself in a high-volume passing game. It becomes especially hard now with both Siemian and Emmanuel Sanders hurt.

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Patriots rookie linebacker Harvey Langi has been hospitalized after a car accident on Friday, according to a statement released by the team.

We are aware of the traffic accident involving Harvey Langi and a passenger last night in Foxborough, the Patriots wrote. The two were stopped at a traffic light when they were rear ended by another vehicle. They were both transported to a local hospital with injuries and are receiving medical attention. Our thoughts are with Harvey, the Langi family and those who sustained injuries in last night’s accident.
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The trouble started when Rodgers-Cromartie was taken off the field in the team’s Week 5 loss to the Chargers. He flung his helmet to the ground and limped back to the locker room, where he reportedly decided he did not want to return to the game. He eventually came back on the field.

Limited Youth James Hurst Jersey The veteran also left a recovery session early on Friday, another reason coach Ben McAdoo felt prompted to have a discussion with him Tuesday. Rodgers-Cromartie was told during that meeting he would be sidelined for Sunday’s game against the Broncos, which eventually led to him leaving the facility on Wednesday. The team then decided to extend the punishment after the initial ban.

The winless Giants face an uphill battle when they visit the Broncos at 8:30 p.m. ET Sunday. New York’s receiving corps is decimated, with Odell Beckham, Dwayne Harris and Brandon Marshall out for the season with injuries.

They move on for their titanic battle against the Astros.

Finally, on pitch 12, Headley drew a walk. The Yankees were still 96 percent likely to lose, but besides doing what little he could to move that number up, Headley made Miller throw a dozen pitches without even getting an out. Miller would end up throwing 30 pitches in the game, which is enough to make 30 pitches the next day a difficult ask. And because Miller threw so many pitches, Allen had to enter the same game in the eighth. (Allen threw 16 of his 20 pitches for strikes, blunting the Yankees’ efforts to carry a further edge into the next day’s game. Allen would throw 36 pitches in Game 2, while Miller threw only 15 before coming out after an inning — his first ever one-inning postseason appearance as an Indian.)

In Game 3, Cleveland got the Yankees back: With the count 0-2 against Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman, Jose Ramirez fouled off a 102 mph fastball at the top of the zone and then fouled off a 104 mph fastball in the upper half of the zone.

If the Yankees win: Everyone forgets about manager Joe Girardi’s Game 2 blunder when he failed to challenge the Lonnie Chisenhall HBP. The Yankees move on to the ALCS where they once again get to embrace their underdog status.

If the Indians win: It would be the first LCS matchup of 100-win teams in the wild-card era and the first since the Yankees played the Royals in the 1977 ALCS.

With that in mind, it feels imperative for the Indians to get that early lead off Sabathia. The lineup is hurt by Encarnacion’s injury and the curious decision to play the no-hit Giovanny Urshela at third. Francona is playing Jason Kipnis out of position to get his bat in the lineup, but he hasn’t done much after having a bad regular season while battling injuries. The Indians desperately need Ramirez and Lindor to do something. Kluber bounces back with a good game, but we go extra innings. Yankees win 3-2 in 11 innings.
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Labor union files complaint against Cowboys owner Jerry Jones Jersey over anthem ultimatum

The Local 100 of the United Labor Unions in Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana filed a labor complaint against Cowboys owner Jerry Jones Tuesday, stating he violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) by saying he would have players benched if they did not stand for the national anthem.

The complaint, filed in Texas, accuses Jones of violating the NLRA, which prohibits employers from threatening workers for their concerted activity, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Jones said Sunday that if any Cowboys player does anything that disrespects the flag that he will not play. Jones was the first owner to make that statement to reporters.
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Aguayo, for whom the team traded up to pick him in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft, was released in August after a disappointing training camp. He made just 22 of 31 field goal attempts as a rookie and missed two extra points.

The Bucs kept 11-year veteran Nick Folk to replace Aguayo, but Folk was placed on injured reserve with a minor injury Monday after missing three field goals in a 19-14 loss to the Patriots last Thursday. Murray was signed by the Bucs in 2013 as an undrafted rookie from Fordham but he was placed on injured reserve before the 2015 season with a torn ACL. Following brief stints with the Browns and Saints, Murray spoke Tuesday about how his career has come full-circle.

It is a journey, and more than ever now I believe that God does have a plan for everything, and God’s timing is never wrong, he said, via the Buccaneers website. The two injuries that I had were supposed to happen; there’s a reason for that. I’m supposed to be back here; there’s a reason for that as well. And I’m just ready to embrace this opportunity.
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I’m a better man. Mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually I’m a better man, so absolutely I’m a better kicker as well.