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Displaying solid scrambling ability, Allen has added 47 rushing yards on six carries. Allen getting the starting nod for Week 3 means that all three Buffalo quarterbacks will have received a start during the first three weeks of the preseason. Besides Allen’s stellar first two games of his Buffalo career, there was more good news on the quarterbacking front. AJ McCarron, who initially was said to have broken his collarbone in the win over Cleveland, did not suffer a hairline fracture as was first reported. Originally it was thought McCarron would be sidelined for eight or more weeks with the injury, but now he is day-to-day. Back on the field, Boccacino and Marino discussed the aspects of the Bills/Browns game that they liked, starting with the quarterbacking play of Allen and Nathan Peterman, who has quietly enjoyed an outstanding first two games of the preseason. Peterman has completed 17 of 20 passes (85 percent completion rate) for 231 yards with two TDs and one interception. With a quarterback rating of 127.3, Peterman leads all QBs with 20 or more passes thrown in the preseason. Among the other positives from the win in Cleveland: the continued resurgence of tight ends Khari Lee and Nick O’Leary (combined for seven catches for 94 yards and a TD), a solid roster-spot clinching effort by running back Marcus Murphy (four rushes for 39 yards with a key 39-yard punt return), and good games from wide receiver Rod Streater and rookie defensive tackle Harrison Phillips. On the flip side, our podcast duo discussed how concerned the Bills should be over the erratic play of the first-team offensive line, which “led” by Russell Bodine and Vladimir Ducasse endured a nightmarish effort in Cleveland. Check out our Buffalo Rumblings podcast to catch the complete breakdown from Week 2 of the preseason! 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And is Benjamin on the verge of exiting this roster?It’s common knowledge that the Bills receiver has had a history of problems with his mindset in pretty much his entire career. Dating back to his time in high school, Benjamin ended up as a four star recruit (but was a 21-year-old freshman due to late graduation). At Florida State, Benjamin redshirted, played one season as a backup, then connected with Jameis Winston on a loaded national champion roster, parlaying that success into an NFL draft declaration. He had a terrible Combine workout, but his massive size appealed to the Carolina Panthers, who selected him in the first round of the draft. A strong rookie year had the Panthers thinking they landed a gem, but Benjamin hasn’t hit those highs since. Poor conditioning and weight control has followed Benjamin throughout his whole career, leading to non-contact injuries like an ACL tear and hamstring pulls.On the field, Benjamin’s lack of focus and effort has been a recurring theme. Benjamin was called out by the mother of second year reciever Zay Jones early this year, in a deleted tweet where she claimed her son had to tell Benjamin where to line up on the field. She may have had a point.It’s not just a misunderstanding of the playbook, though. It’s also a question of effort. And Benjamin’s effort is being questioned, not just by fans at home, but by his head coach. Sean McDermott called out his receiver in a press conference, saying he sees the effort he wants to see “at times” in contrast to other players http://www.buffalobillsteamonline.com/stephen-hauschka-jersey , where it’s “all the time”. In warmups ahead of Sunday’s game with the Houston Texans, Benjamin apparently decided he wasn’t even interested in running some practice routes with franchise quarterback Josh Allen:The poor attitude would be understandable if Benjamin were a highly productive player on a downtrodden team, or a competitive player frustrated that he’s not winning games - think an Odell Beckham Jr. situation. But that’s the other side of this coin - Benjamin was brought here to be a number one receiver, and he’s clearly not.In 2018, Benjamin is one of the worst receivers in the league. He leads the Bills with 26 targets, and caught a grand total of 8. Among all NFL receivers with at least 20 targets, Benjamin ranks dead last with 3.96 yards per target, last with 30.8 catch percent, and second-last in yards per game with 20.6 and yards with 103. He’s running weak routes, he isn’t winning at the catch point, and when he is open, he’s a 50-50 shot to drop the ball.And it’s not something that can be blamed on the offense as a whole. Yes, Josh Allen is struggling. But while there’s talent lacking, other players have improved. Zay Jones was one of the worst receivers in the league by all measures last season. This year, he’s closer in performance to an average number two receiver, with nearly eight yards per target while catching 62 percent of his passes. This failure is on Benjamin’s shoulders.So when does Sean McDermott make a statement? It’s clear to anyone watching this team that Benjamin’s attitude runs in stark contrast to McDermott’s proclamations about process, character, and competition. It’s time to show that no one is an exception to that rule - not even a rookie who followed the coach and GM from Carolina to Buffalo. Benjamin doesn’t deserve to start right now, and it’s time to let Andre Holmes, Ray-Ray McCloud, and Robert Foster play over him - if only to send a message.The team has young receivers on the roster and on the practice squad, and no one could make the case that Benjamin deserves to play over them right now. He definitely doesn’t deserve to be part of this roster in 2019 with new candidates joining the team. Every week that McDermott avoids making a move will make this problem more and more apparent.
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spots by destroying the San Francisco 49ers 43-16 Dion Jordan Color Rush Jersey , and had a lot of fun doing so. The wide receivers continued to have great touchdown celebrations, Chris Carson continued to break tackles carrying the ball and Bobby Wagner had another amazing game. And, as every week, Twitter reacted. So, without beating around the bush, let’s get to some reactions. And apparently Richard Sherman wasn’t the only former Seahawk who didn’t have an enjoyable day at the CLink. This may be the only list where these two teams are even close.And then there were the wide receivers doing their touchdown celebrations, which speak for themselves. How important are these touchdown celebrations to the Seahawks? Well, as former Field Gulls author Samuel Gold noted Sunday afternoon, the Hawks are professionals, and professionals practice their skills. Which is exactly what cameras caught David Moore doing during the game. But the wide receivers weren’t the only ones getting into the end zone. Linebacker Bobby Wagner had the longest touchdown of the day in the fourth quarter. Sunday was just another example of how amazing Bobby Wagner is, as he led all defensive players with 12 tackles, recorded his first sack of the season Tedric Thompson Color Rush Jersey , had a forced fumble (that he recovered) and the interception return for a touchdown. And he batted two passes. He’s really, really good. But,somehow he’s not leading the league in Pro Bowl votes for inside linebacker. He’s not even in first place in the conference. During the offseason many fans were worried about where the touchdown production would come from with both Paul Richardson and Jimmy Graham leaving. Well, that’s not a question the team faces anymore. Lockett wasn’t the only one padding stats against the 49ers, as Chris Carson continues to work closer and closer to becoming the first 1,000 yard rusher for the Seahawks since Marshawn in 2013 (though this highlight is a pass reception on which we get to watch him truck a 49er at high speed in the open field). Carson now has704 rushing yards on the season, so needs 296 over the final four weeks of the season to reach a thousand. As noted, with the victory, the Seahawks accomplished two things. First, the 49ers are now the first NFC that is mathematically eliminated from playoff contention. With a 2-10 record and four games to go they now max out at 6 wins, while the final Wild Card spot is currently occupied by the 6.5 win Minnesota Vikings who come to town next weekend. That could change if the Washington Redskins win Monday against the Philadelphia Eagles. But before I close this out, let’s go ahead and get some more reactions from the 49ers side. How bad are the 49ers? Well Ethan Pocic Color Rush Jersey , even fans of the 4-8 Tampa Bay Buccaneers are bashing the Niners. Even fans of the Green Bay Packers, who have a shiny new interim coach, are piling on. However, regardless of how the Monday game turns out, the Seahawks are guaranteed to enter Week 14 in one of the two NFC Wild Card spots. Earl Thomas‘ issues with the Seattle Seahawks front office aren’t going away, even as he continues to play like one of the best safeties in the NFL.How much longer the Seahawks are willing to put up with an unhappy star is now the big question.After a few days of uncertainty, Thomas was on the field Sunday creating problems for opponents in Seattle’s 24-13 win over the Dallas Cowboys. In what he acknowledged could end up being his last game in Seattle, Thomas had two interceptions and tied for a team high with seven tackles.“I don’t know if it was,” Thomas said, “but I had a damn good time and I’ll go out like that if I have to.”His displeasure with his situation in Seattle remains evident. Thomas’ holdout from Seattle’s offseason program and training camp didn’t result in a contract extension or a trade. He’s now banking that skipping two days of practice this past week 鈥?and then playing great Sunday 鈥?may finally force Seattle’s hand to make some sort of move, either offering him a long-term contract extension or sending him to another team that might be willing to secure his future beyond this season.“I love Seattle,” Thomas said. “My family is here. I’m hopeful these guys will call my agent and we’ll work something out. I want to be taken care of.”Since he reported on the Wednesday before the season opener Shaquill Griffin Color Rush Jersey , Thomas had not taken any overt actions to express his displeasure with his contract situation, a deal with Seattle that expires after this season. That changed this week when he sat out practices Wednesday and Friday without any injury designation. Seattle coach Pete Carroll said Friday that Thomas missed the practices for personal reasons and was not injury related.Thomas said Sunday he sat out because he’s “invested in myself.”“If they were invested in me, I’d be out there practicing, but if I feel like anything 鈥?I don’t give a damn if it’s small, I got a headache 鈥?I’m not practicing,” Thomas said.Carroll offered no explanations for the situation.“Really, I haven’t even talked to him about it other than we made it through and we talk next week,” Carroll said. “There’s nothing even to really tell you about it. I’ll let you know next week.”Thomas said he understood that decision would likely come with some financial repercussions 鈥?from the Seahawks.“They definitely gonna tax me,” Thomas said. “I’m sure I’ll have a slip in my locker.”Thomas’ absence from practice 鈥?or the lingering uncertainty about his future 鈥?didn’t seem to bother his teammates.“He keeps playing like greatness, he’s playing like he deserves one of those yellow jackets,” defensive end Frank Clark said. “At the end of the day, that’s Earl. Earl is going to do Earl. I think we all know that. Everybody is panicking and wondering where Earl is at Delano Hill Color Rush Jersey , but I’m sure he’s getting better somewhere in his little cave or something.”Thomas’ first interception came in the first quarter after he pinned a deflected pass against his shin and kept it from hitting the turf. His second pick also came off a deflection and stopped a drive by Dallas deep in Seattle territory in the fourth quarter. After the second interception, Thomas turned to Dallas’ sideline and bowed.Thomas has never hid his desire to one day play for the Cowboys and last year after the Seahawks won in Dallas, Thomas made the odd move of running into the Cowboys’ locker room to give a message to coach Jason Garrett: “If they kick me to the curb, come get me.”It was the second time in his career Thomas had two interceptions in a game, and the bow was a bit of a shot at Dallas for not getting a deal done.“I felt like that was just in the moment and if they were going to trade for me and extend me, they should have did it,” Thomas said of his gesture that drew a 15-yard penalty.
Now that college football’s regular season is over Tramon Williams Color Rush Jersey , the NFL is able to play a few games on Saturdays. Week 15 sees a pair of pro games taking place on Saturday, as the Houston Texans appear to be in solid command of the AFC South. They are traveling to the East Coast this week, however, taking on the 4-9 Jets in the Meadowlands in today’s early game.Then in the evening we have the Browns and Broncos, two teams sitting below .500. The Browns still have something to play for, however; because of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ recent collapses, there is still a pathway for Cleveland to win the division by winning out and finishing 8-7-1. The Browns have not beaten Denver in any of their past 11 tries https://www.thepackersfanshop.com/Marcedes-Lewis-Jersey , but perhaps there’s something different about this team now that Hue Jackson is gone.Tune in throughout the afternoon and evening and join us in the comments as we follow along with today’s games.Houston Texans vs. New York Jets4:30 PM Eastern TimeMetLife StadiumEast Rutherford, NJNFL NetworkCommentators: Curt Menefee, Nate Burleson, Steve Mariucci, Melissa StarkCleveland Browns at Denver Broncos6:20 PM Mountain Time (8:20 PM ET)Broncos Stadium at Mile HighDenver, CONFL NetworkCommentators: Mike Tirico, Kurt Warner, Peter Schrager While Jake Kumerow appears set to make his 2018 regular-season debut following his activation off injured reserve https://www.thepackersfanshop.com , his return requires the Green Bay Packers to create a roster spot on their 53-man roster. They did so by placed standout defensive lineman Mike Daniels on injured reserve on Saturday, ending his season. Daniels hasn’t played since injuring his foot during the fourth quarter of a Week 11 matchup with the Seattle Seahawks. The team had already ruled out the veteran defensive lineman for this Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals when it announced his move to IR.Though Daniels remained an effective interior defender in 2018, his pass rush production waned from previous seasons. The scheme change initiated by new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, along with the emergence of fellow defensive lineman Kenny Clark, account for some of that change, but Daniels did not beat double-team blocks and hurry throws as frequently as in the past. He finishes the year with just two sacks and five quarterback hits.In addition to Daniels, the Packers placed injured returner Trevor Davis on IR and promoted fullback Danny Vitale to the active roster.
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quarter against the playoff hopeful Miami Dolphins to secure their 5th straight victory. What’s even more impressive about the victory is that they did all that without their starting center Ryan Kelly. Kelly has been playing like an All-Pro this season and is a big reason why the Colts were stringing together so many victories. With Kelly at starting center Matt Slauson Color Rush Jersey , the Colts had a streak of four straight games without allowing a sack.Starting in place of Kelly was former fourth round pick Evan Boehm. Boehm started eight games for Arizona last year at right guard before being cut and signed to the Cardinals just before this season. Once the Colts lost guard Matt Slauson for the season, they poached Boehm off of the Cardinals practice squad for added depth. Although he hasn’t started a game at center in the NFL before this past Sunday, he did make 52 career starts at the position in college for Missouri.Boehm was very up and down in his first career start at center this past Sunday. The Dolphins rarely tested him in one-on-one and that definitely made his job easier. With Joe Haeg returning to practice this week, some are calling for him to replace Boehm at center against the Jaguars. I will show you all through this film room that Boehm did play well enough to earn another start and that he continually got better as the game progressed on Sunday. Let’s jump into the film though to see what I’m talking about. Film ReviewA common staple of the Colts’ offensive line dominance in past weeks is their ability on pulls. Kelly was borderline elite in this area as his athleticism and ability to locate defenders were pretty great. Boehm is not quite the athlete Kelly is and he does struggle with locating his targets when pulling. Here, Boehm is able to get out in front of the run but is a bit hesitant about who to block when he gets out there. He ends up blocking nobody on this play as a result which is not ideal.This next rep by Boehm is a really good one, as he is operating from a position of strength here. Boehm is a very short, stocky lineman and excels more in tight quarters rather than onthe move or in space. He is down blocking here, away from the play. He does a great job of getting low on his block and driving defensive lineman Ziggy Hood out of the play. He also directs his block of Hood towards edge rusher Charles Harris, which takes him out of the play as well. Overall a great block by Boehm to take two defenders out of the play. If Marlon Mack had better vision and saw the cutback lane that Boehm created, this play could have gone for more yards.This next rep shows a few of the flaws I saw in Boehm when run blocking in the first half. The first one that I mentioned earlier is finding his targets and taking proper angles in run blocking. Here he runs past his man and is not able to even get a hand on linebacker Kiko Alonso. I also noticed that Boehm is fairly stiff in the open field, especially when he is attempting to get to the second level against linebackers in the run game. He does a good job of getting to the next level but where he needs to improve now is locating his targets, taking better angles, and engaging in blocks with linebackers, Too often he whiffs in the open field like this. Earlier I showed a clip of Boehm pulling and failing to diagnose which player he needs to block on the play. Here, Boehm actually does a great job of getting through the line and finding his linebacker that he needs to block. He proceeds to sell out on the block and dives at the linebackers legs to get a body on him. This is actually a pretty solid block that likely would have sprung Mack for a big gain if Anthony Castonzo was able to hold his block on the outside. Definitely a much better rep from Boehm on this inside pull with a much shorter distance to cover and his target more easy to diagnose.This next rep is actually quite comical, as it is a reminder that Boehm is still new to this team and trying to learn the offense. Playing center in the NFL is one of the hardest things to do in all of football. On top of being asked to block 330 pound nose guards right after you snap the ball, centers also need to be the captain of the offensive line along with understanding all the protection calls and run designs. That is a lot to take in for a guy who has been on the team only for a few weeks. Here he clearly has a miscommunication with Quenton Nelson or simply blocked the wrong way. It is funny to see him spin around like this at the line but these type of mistakes will happen with a player still relatively new to the team. This next clip again shows Boehm climbing to the second level and whiffing once he gets to the linebacker. Alonso is much quicker than Boehm— obviously as Alonso is a linebacker— and is able to make Boehm whiff on his block en route to making a tackle. In the future, I’d like to see Boehm get his hands inside on the linebacker once he initially engages the block so that he has complete control of the rep and where the linebacker moves. Watch how Braden Smith blocks the opposite linebacker on this rep. He gets his hands inside and is able to keep hold of him until the end of the play. I want to see more of that from Boehm going forward. Another rep from Boehm where he misses Alonso in space. This may be the worst rep of all because he actually does establish good position initially in front of Alonso. The main problem here is that Boehm just doesn’t get his hands up and on Alonso before he makes his move inside. Boehm has to get his hands up and on quicker linebackers or they are simply going to go around him to make plays. He has the strength advantage over players such as Alonso, he needs to use it. Use your hands, control the block, and open up the run lane. Now I have been a bit hard on Boehm so far in this piece. So let me show a clip on something I absolutely love about him. He was really solid in pass pro on Sunday https://www.coltsfanshop.com/Anthony-Walker-Jersey , particularly in finding work. The Dolphins run a 4-3 defense so rarely is there a player lined up over the center on pass blocking attempts. As a result, Boehm is tasked with having to find work on unsuspecting lineman already engaged with guards. On this rep, Boehm lays out the defensive lineman engaged with Mark Glowinski after scanning for any late rushers. I love this bully mentality to find work and put defenders on the ground.Now every clip I have shown so far was Boehm in the first half. The rest of the clips are in the second half of the game on Sunday and you’ll notice a player getting better as the game went on. I mentioned earlier that Boehm impressed me a lot in pass blocking on Sunday. One area where I was really impressed though was in his handling and diagnosing of stunts up front. This is something that Nelson, Kelly, and quite frankly most guards really struggle with in their first few starts in the NFL. Boehm however handles these like a veteran as he is very patient and does not get pulled out of position when handling stunts. He is able to shut down the stunt from Cameron Wake with ease on this play.The Dolphins really didn’t test Boehm much with one on one reps, which shocked me quite a bit. Here is one of those rare plays where Boehm was tasked with blocking a defensive tackle one on one on a blitz. The defensive lineman— Ziggy Hood— attempts to get up field on Boehm and actually does get a good jump off of the snap. Boehm does a great job of executing the “snatch and trap” technique of blocking to get Hood onto the ground. He notices that Hood’s leverage is pulling him forward and Hood is off balance. Boehm then pulls Hood’s arms down, leading to him falling forward and giving Andrew Luck and open throwing lane. Excellent blocking by Boehm here. This next rep by Boehm is probably his best block of the entire afternoon. Again operating more in the “phone booth” rather than in open space, Boehm is able to execute two key blocks on one play to spring Mack for a huge gain. Boehm first chips defensive lineman Akeem Spence to help Glowinski secure that block. Then, he is able to work to the second level and secure a block on linebacker Raekwon McMillan. By blocking McMillan out of the gap, Boehm also gets in the way of the backside linebacker— Alonso— and throws off his angle. To top off the whole thing, he buries McMillan in the ground to finish the play. Overall he takes out three defenders here and sparks a huge play for the offense. Excellent rep here by Boehm.I mentioned earlier how I love how quickly Boehm is able to diagnose and react to stunts. Here we see that ability again on full display. He initially carries the defensive lineman Spence inside before handing him off to Castonzo. He then— rather athletically— works back inside to pick up the inside stunt from Robert Quinn. This quick diagnoses of the stunt play likely saves a sack and I am thoroughly impressed by the awareness he displayed on plays like this all Sunday long.This last rep may not be his best of the day, but it is my personal favorite. He starts off the play double teaming inside with Glowinski on Spence. After he helps Glowinski control that block he then finds work on Nelson’s side and absolutely crushes defensive lineman Sylvester Williams. My favorite part of the clip— which actually made me chuckle quite a bit— is that it appears that Boehm is thinking about hitting Williams then ultimately decides to once he sees Williams open up his body by jumping up to defend the pass. I love lineman who find work and he definitely excels at bullying defensive lineman around.AnalysisThe Colts’ five game sackless streak came to an end this past Sunday, but that was not because of Evan Boehm. He excelled in pass blocking and showed no sign of a drop off in replacing the injured Ryan Kelly. Where he really did struggle though was reaching and maintaining blocks in the second level. He struggled with the lateral ability of linebackers in space and needs to really improve getting his hands on them so he can control the block.Overall I’d say it was a solid showing from the young center. He displayed an impressive mean streak in finishing blocks and finding work and showed some exellent awareness in pass blocking. He may be more limited than Kelly but he should be quite serviceable until Kelly is able to return. In short though, Boehm should absolutely be the starter until Kelly is able to return from his knee injury. The relationship between the Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans is odd. The Titans have been in the AFC South since the beginning but these games have a way of getting overlooked. The Colts play six division games every season and somehow it feels like there is more “bad blood” with the Jaguars and Texans. Even Colts fans who were polled on Indy’s greatest rivalry couldn’t muster a vote for the series with Tennessee.Even more intriguing? The Indianapolis Colts have dominated the AFC South for years but the Texans and Jaguars have fanbases who consider the Titans, with only two division titles in 16 years, as their top rival. Go figure.This year, none of those observations matter. The race for a possible wild card spot in the AFC is wide open. The Houston Texans? Arguably the weakest division leader in the NFL and clearly worse than their record indicates. They have been on the winning side of 50/50 situations late in games far more often in 2018 than any other team — including a gifted victory in Indianapolis in overtime.Say or think what you want about the Titans, they just shocked the NFL world by putting it to the Patriots. Their defense has been showing signs of dominance. The offense is still an unfettered mess led by a quarterback who has been both inconsistently good and inconsistently healthy. But Tennessee’s rookie head coach Mike Vrabel may well have the games against the Colts circled on the calendar. You can bet that he doesn’t care for a handful of memories from his playing career against Indianapolis, including a string of losses he took at the hands of Peyton Manning. Dion Lewis and Malcolm Butler haven’t forgotten about Deflategate either.Home division games are must-win games every season but never more than this game is for the Colts playing for a chance to get to .500 on the year. A loss here all but eliminates any hope at winning the AFC South. A loss here makes it far more difficult to make a late run for an AFC wild card berth. A win will push their streak to 4 games and give them momentum heading into a match-up with an underwhelming Dolphins team at home. Here are the keys to a positive outcome.CATCH THE DAMN BALLThe arrival of Dontrelle Inman and return of T.Y. Hilton seemed to turn the tide for Colts pass-catchers. Numerous drops early in the season had a profound impact on a slow start.After a couple of games where it appeared the antibiotics had finally started to work, rookie running back Nyheim Hines dropped a wide open pass in space and tight end Mo Alie-Cox allowed a ball to hit him in the chest for an easy interception, off of the deflection. Those two plays were nearly all it took to allow the Jaguars to mount a successful second half comeback.This cannot happen again. The Titans defense will do all they can to make life difficult for the Colts as it is... so Indy must not fall victim to self-inflicted wounds.RE-ESTABLISH BALANCELast week https://www.coltsfanshop.com , Jacksonville was able to bottle up much of the Colts ground game. After back-to-back 200+ yard performances, Indy looked pedestrian again. The offensive line wasn’t able to get a lot of traction in the trenches, failing to keep Marlon Mack clean on a key 3rd-and-1 in the second half. This week, life will not get considerably easier in the trenches. DaQuan Jones, Austin Johnson, Jurrell Casey, and Bennie Logan represent a rotation of beefy defensive linemen that will certainly challenge a young offensive line that has started to come into its own. Perhaps speed around the edges and misdirection will be the flavor for the day. No matter what it takes, Reich needs to be able to re-establish offensive balance. As Colts fans saw a week ago, pass game brilliance can go away in a hurry with just a couple of mistakes. The ground game can make life much easier.CONTAIN MARIOTAThe Titans offense is not loaded with weapons. Their most consistent weapon, Delanie Walker is on injured reserve. Their running game has struggled to find consistency, with Derrick Henry underwhelming and Dion Lewis playing a hybrid role. The Colts have the speed at the second level to make life difficult for Lewis. They have been pretty stout on the inside.What the Colts haven’t had to face so far this year is an elite running threat at quarterback. While Mariota is as inconsistent on the ground as he is in any other facet of his game, he has the ability to single-handily blow a game open if he is not contained. Someone needs to have their eyes on him every snap and force him to throw into tight windows to move the ball.FIND SOMEONE TO COVER DEEPMalik Hooker will not suit up against the Titans. The last time he was unable to play, Derek Carr looked like a Hall of Fame talent for much of the game. It was glaringly obvious that Jon Gruden intended to exploit the defense deep with Jared Cook and consistently force Hooker’s replacements to make difficult decisions.There is no other player on Indy’s roster with the elite athleticism Hooker possesses to patrol a deep half of the field. Someone will have to step up to punish attempts deep or a bad offense will look explosive in a hurry. Second-year wide receiver Corey Davis could have a career day if the Colts secondary isn’t careful.PASS RUSH NEEDS TO TURN UP THE HEATIndianapolis started the season generating pressure consistently without blitzing. This played a key role in seeing the defense unexpectedly carry the team despite offensive mistakes. That seems like such a long time ago.Now? Athletes like Kemoko Turay, Tyquan Lewis, Jabaal Shard, and occasionally Darius Leonard can get some pressure but Margus Hunt has disappeared after a fast start, Denico Autry has been unable to regularly generate pressure on the interior, and the pass rush has failed to land with any regularity.The only thing better than asking Marcus Mariota to win the game with his arm and taking away in the impact of his feet, is asking him to do so with pressure in his face. If the defense can force Mariota into rushed decisions, the secondary can generate turnovers. Tennessee already struggles to put points on the board. 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BEREA Jabrill Peppers Color Rush Jersey , Ohio (AP) —sideline.On Wednesday, two defensive starters were added to the stack.Cleveland placed linebacker Christian Kirksey and cornerback E.J. Gaines on injured reserve, ending their seasons with seven games remaining and putting further strain on a unit lacking quality depth and experience.“Those two guys, they really set a precedent for what we wanted to do as a team, as a defense,” said cornerback T.J. Carrie. “And, of course, they’ll still be here sparingly in and out throughout the week, but it’s a lot different when they were on the field fighting with you, blood, sweat and tears with you, through the trenches.“We’re going to definitely miss that. Those are two players that we can’t replace.”One of the team’s captains, Kirksey injured his left hamstring in the second quarter Sunday as the Browns (2-6-1) lost their fourth straight game, 37-21 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.Gaines sustained his second concussion in three weeks when he took a knee to the helmet while trying to make a tackle in the first quarter.The loss of Kirksey is especially damaging because he’s one of the team’s leaders. The fifth-year pro has played on the weak side and in the middle this season, making 43 tackles and two interceptions.“Kirko is kind of the heart and soul of the defense, heart and soul of the team in the locker room, on the field, just how he goes about his business,” said linebacker Joe Schobert, a 2017 Pro Bowler who returned to practice after missing three games with a hamstring injury. “It’s the next-man-up mentality, but there’s things that you’re going to miss.”Schobert’s return will help ease the loss of Kirksey, and the Browns are expected to have defensive back Damarious Randall for Sunday’s game against Atlanta after he missed last week’s game with a groin injury.Linebacker Jamie Collins (ankle) and rookie cornerback Denzel Ward (hip) were limited in practice, but interim coach Gregg Williams expects both back on the field Thursday.Randall E.J. 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It changes a lot of things because you can only give practice reps to so many guys, and so you get guys that come in and they’re athletes, but it’s hard when you don’t know the schematics of the little details that we put in for that game.”And, as luck would have it, the banged-up Browns will have to deal with a talented Atlanta team that has overcome its own injury issues and reeled off three straight wins.Needing seasoned secondary help, the Browns claimed Phillip Gaines off waivers from Buffalo and Jermaine Whitehead from Green Bay. To make roster room, Rice was waived.Gaines spent four years with Kansas City before signing with Buffalo. Whitehead played in 19 games with the Packers from 2016-18.Schobert’s return is vital to Cleveland’s defense as he’s the one responsible for calling out Williams’ pre-snap schemes and getting his teammates organized — an on-field coach.After missing three weeks, getting back on the field will be a welcomed change for Schobert, who had played every defensive snap since the start of the 2017 season until he got hurt on Oct. 21 at Tampa Bay.“It is just different. It is weird,” Schobert said of being inactive. “Especially with a hamstring. You just walk around on the sideline feeling good and watching people on the field thinking you can be out there — wishing you could be out there. You just have to kind of suck it up and take it into your own role however you can help a team in that aspect.“That is what I was doing. Just kind of jumped right into more of a coaching aspect, trying to keep myself involved that way. I think it helped.”NOTES: Rookie LT Desmond Harrison was limited in practice after missing last week’s game with an undisclosed illness. Greg Robinson stepped in and played well in his first start for Cleveland. Williams hasn’t decided who he’ll play against the Falcons. “What we will do is every day is an interview and both of them are taking reps,” he said. “By the end of the week, we will make what is best and it is good — the fact that you have depth. Guys can compete and get ready to roll.” … The Browns signed DB Juston Burris to the active roster off the Jets‘ practice squad. A fourth-round pick in 2016, he appeared in 34 games for New York. BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns owner Jimmy Haslam finally tried the patient approach with his head coach.That didn’t work either.Haslam made his fourth coaching change since 2012 by firing Hue Jackson, who won just three of 40 games over two-plus seasons and then lost his job because of a feud with offensive coordinator Todd Haley that went public and threatened to turn a promising season into another one of those Cleveland catastrophes.Haslam fired Jackson and Haley within hours of each other on Monday, a day after the Browns (2-5-1) lost their 25th consecutive road game — one shy of the NFL record.“Hopefully, we made a big step today,” Haslam said. “It is hard to win in the NFL. If anybody knows that, it is us. I think the message today is we are not going to put up with internal discord. We want people who are collaborative and work together.”As for his poor track record in finding coaches https://www.brownsfanshop.com/Damarious-Randall-Jersey , Haslam offered no excuses.“I will accept the blame because ultimately, it is the person at the head of the ship,” he said. “I will take the blame as ownership. I can’t explain it more than that. We have had different situations with different people. I know that it is something that we are not going to tolerate moving forward.”Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is Cleveland’s interim coach, and running backs coach Freddie Kitchens will take over for Haley.Haslam said Williams, who coached Buffalo from 2001-03, was the only in-house candidate considered to finish the season. While Williams has extensive experience and won a Super Bowl, he also has a checkered past. He was suspended by the league for a full season in 2012 for his role in the “Bountygate” scandal that rocked the New Orleans Saints.Haslam said it’s premature to consider the next coaching hire for the Browns, who are 22-81-1 since he and his wife, Dee, agreed to buy the franchise in 2012.The main objective now is to get through the season’s second half, beginning with a matchup on Sunday against the high-scoring, Kansas City Chiefs (7-1).“We will have a collaborative effort in everything that we do here,” Haslam said when asked about a search for the team’s ninth coach since 1999. “Right now, we are focused on the next eight games and Gregg and his staff winning as many of those games that we can.”There are already names floating around as potential candidates to be Cleveland’s next coach, including Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley, who coached Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield in college.“Not right now,” Riley said of his interest in jumping to the NFL. “You sit here and answer these questions and I always want to be truthful. The truth is for me is, I love Oklahoma. I love coaching here. I love college football. I certainly don’t have that itch right now.”Just three weeks ago, the Browns, who went 0-16 last season under Jackson, appeared to have turned the corner following an overtime win against Baltimore.But things unraveled quickly, thrust in the wrong direction by a power struggle between Jackson and Haley, who joined Cleveland’s staff this season after six in Pittsburgh. Following a loss at Tampa Bay last week, Jackson aimed blame at Haley by offering to help the team’s offense.Haley publicly said he wasn’t offended by the remarks. But Jackson’s comments seemed to widen a divide between the coaches Darren Fells Jersey , who had disagreed on players getting days off during training camp and whether wide receiver Josh Gordon deserved to start the opener.In order to salvage the season, Haslam and general manager John Dorsey felt change was necessary.Without pointing fingers, Dorsey said there’s only one way to stop the in-fighting.“Treat people the way they want to be treated,” he said. “Come into work every day willing to work. Love what you do. Just take ownership in what you are doing. Come to work every day and treat people the way you want to be treated.”Jackson’s the sixth straight Cleveland coach to be fired following the team’s second game against Pittsburgh. Romeo Crennel, Eric Mangini, Pat Shurmur, Rob Chudzinski and Mike Pettine all met the same demise, but they were let go following the season’s final game.Haslam wouldn’t get into any specifics about the “‘discord” between Jackson and Haley.“We made the decision to move on, and it was far bigger than who was going to call plays,” Haslam said. “Unfortunately, sometimes, the best plans don’t work out, and in this case, they didn’t. We were optimistic and hopeful that they would.”Jackson was hired in 2016 by the Haslams, who stuck by him despite a 1-15 record in his first season and then last season’s debacle. His failures were always explained away with excuses: not enough talent, injuries, bad luck, a disconnection with the front office.Haslam thought hiring a high-profile coordinator like Haley would help Jackson.In the end, it was his undoing.“Unfortunately, sometimes the best plans do not work out,” Haslam said. “In this case, they did not. We were optimistic and hopeful that they would, but they did not work out.”
Warner regularly this season https://www.49ersfanshop.com/Deion-Sanders-Jersey , and Elijah Lee has emerged as the weak side starter the past two weeks. He will likely start the final two ahead of Malcolm Smith as he looks to build momentum heading into the offseason.Defensive coordinator Robert Saleh said on Thursday that Lee has done enough this season to work his way into competition at the WILL. He said Lee has been a steadying presence on defense, and is, “very smart, knows where to be, knows where to go.”The 49ers brought Lee in for an official pre-draft visit prior to the 2017 NFL Draft. He was eventually selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the seventh round. They waived him at final roster cuts and signed him to their practice squad. Saleh said the 49ers pursued him for their own practice squad at that point. That did not work out, but two weeks later they signed him to their 53-man roster.Saleh was asked what he liked about Lee heading into the draft last year.The San Francisco 49ers entered the 2018 season thinking they might have their MIKE and WILL linebacker positions figured out. Reuben Foster was going to open the season with a suspension, but the hope was that after that, he and Fred Warner would be the guys the 49ers could build the middle of their defense around the foreseeable future.That has since changed and the 49ers now have to figure out what’s next at the WILL linebacker position. Warner has proven a fantastic selection and while he has to carry this over into year two, optimism is high for his future. But who will start at WILL in 2019?Malcolm Smith was initially in that role during Foster’s absence. He moved over to strong side linebacker when Foster returned, but then returned to the weak side when Foster was hurt and then subsequently released. However, the past two weeks, Lee has gotten the start in his place.The 49ers have bigger needs than linebacker to address in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft Joe Montana Color Rush Jersey , but linebacker is likely on the radar as an option later in the draft. They also could use some of their sizable cap space on a running mate for Fred Warner. C.J. Moseley and Preston Brown are pending free agents, although it is possible they might be bigger than what the 49ers want. But do we see the 49ers make a splurge in free agency on the position, or do they continue to develop Lee, see what they want to do with Smith, and maybe invest in a cost-controlled option in the draft? Good morning folks, we've got an abbreviated Nuggets today, as the team is on a bye week. Although there's no 49ers game this week, the team stands to strengthen their draft position in a pair of games this week, as three of the chief opponents at the bottom of the league will be playing. The Raiders, currently the #1 pick in 2019, play against the three-win Buccaneers in what is likely their last chance to win a game. It'll be an uphill battle, as the Bucs have proven able to score points at will Y.A. Tittle Jersey , and, well, the Raiders are completely inept. It feels gross rooting for the cross-town rivals, but it's infinitely better than rooting for 49ers losses.The other game of interest is the Cardinals and Giants. Both of these teams have two wins, and are likely in the conversation for top 5 picks. The NFL currently has 7 three-win teams, and the victor today will join that logjam. The teams are currently tied in terms of strength of schedule, and both have beaten the 49ers. All things considered, either team winning would be fine - the Giants have 4th Quarter Hero Eli Manning, who is liable to pull out a victory any given Sunday, but the Cardinals have already had their bye week, and thus, more time to win another game. A tie would solidify both teams ahead of the 49ers in the standings https://www.49ersfanshop.com/Steve-Young-Jersey , but if they both lose out, and we pull off another W, we'd take a long tumble down the draft board.All in all, the real message here is that the 2019 season, with a healthy backfield and some new pieces can't come soon enough.2019 roster projection | Inman, Mercury2019 mock draft | Madson, NinerswireWeek 11 rooting guide | Madson, NinerswireRookie DBs not emerging yet | Madson, NinerswireDante Pettis is kind of a hipster | Madson, Ninerswire
McCarthy on Sunday Seattle Seahawks T-Shirts , just moments after losing 20-17 to the lowly Arizona Cardinals. It was just about two and a half weeks ago that the Packers traveled to Seattle on a Thursday night to face the Seahawks at 4-4-1, when a win would have given Green Bay a nice leg up on a wild card chase. Instead, the Packers lost 27-24 after a late touchdown to Ed Dickson was given up and McCarthy opted to punt with 4:20 remaining and only one timeout left, which allowed Seattle to run out the clock. Green Bay has lost five of their last six games despite Aaron Rodgers being healthy enough to start and throwing 21 touchdowns against just one interception. Receiver Davante Adams and running back Aaron Jones have also been effective, and the defense has shown signs of life with players like Blake Martinez, Kyler Fackrell, Kenny Clark, Mike Daniels (recently injured), and the rookie Jaire Alexander all playing well, but the end result is just 4-7-1. They aren’t the only NFC team making changes.The Carolina Panthers, one week after a loss to Seattle really put the damper on their own playoff hopes, have fired defensive line coach Brady Hoke and assistant defensive backs coach Jeff Imamura. It’s not as big of news as firing a head coach like McCarthy, who had been at the helm for the last 13 years, but head coach Ron Rivera is scrambling to make changes with four games to go. Perhaps the final four games of his eight-year tenure in Carolina. The Panthers have now lost four straight following a 6-2 start and travel to face the Cleveland Browns next week. Then two of their final three games are against the 10-2 New Orleans Saints.I was recently thinking about how different the San Francisco 49ers would look today if Jim Harbaugh had managed to win his two games against the Seahawks back in 2014. The 49ers finished 8-8 that year, but two wins over Seattle would have made them 10-6 and pushed them over the Seahawks, who were 12-4 that season. It wasn’t close, the Seahawks won those games easily, but just two results make a huge difference. Seattle didn’t get McCarthy fired and it wasn’t just the game last week that forced Rivera to start making changes in a last ditch effort to turn things around, but they contributed somewhat. Had things been a little different, then maybe it’s Pete Carroll looking at his options. Thankfully, it’s not.The Seahawks play two teams in the final four who won’t likely be making head coaching changes, but could do some shuffling with the assistants. In two weeks, they have a rematch against the 49ers https://www.theseahawksfanshop.com/hats , a team they just beat 43-16 on Sunday. Kyle Shanahan is just 8-20 as a head coach, with only two of those victories coming sans Jimmy Garoppolo. He probably is safe, but firing defensive coordinator Robert Saleh and some assistants is likely being discussed. Meanwhile, the Arizona Cardinals are 3-9 and already fired offensive coordinator Mike McCoy. I don’t imagine that Steve Wilks will only get one season to prove himself as a head coach as they try and work with rookie Josh Rosen at QB, but is Byron Leftwich the answer at OC? We’ll see, there’s still one month remaining in the regular season. Plenty more changes to come. I wrote earlier this season that Bradley McDougald was having an All-Pro year. It’s certainly at a Pro-Bowl level; though winning that popularity contest for the underrated talent will prove tough. McDougald was incredible versus the Carolina Panthers, continuing his incredible year. In fact, I can only recall two bad McDougald plays this season. Both were tricky situations.Facing the Packers, McDougald lost at the line of scrimmage to Robert Tonyan yet managed to stay in phase with the tight end for an eternity downfield. Aaron Rodgers made a play that just a select few can, rolling right and lobbing a precise 54-yard deep ball right to his receiver for the touchdown.The other negative play came in Carolina from a brutally difficult assignment on Christian McCaffrey’s option route. Deep safety Tedric Thompson’s lunging tackle attempt, not showing a good short stride or aiming point, made this play far worse:But back to the subject of this article: McDougald was incredible last Sunday other than being beat by the quickness of McCaffrey on one occasion. He brought his man down in space, doing just enough to contain him on a day where the offensive star exploded in a career-high supernova.Evoking Kam ChancellorSeattle’s new safety tandem gets compared to the hall of fame duet Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas performed. That’s unfair on so many levels, but inevitable given the recent memories of that pair’s greatness. Yet McDougald managed to evoke Chancellor at Bank of America Stadium. The Panthers had the ball on the Seahawks’ 3-yard line and faced a 3rd and 1. Having failed in going for it on their first drive in a fourth down near the goalline, the scores are still tied at 0-0. Seattle’s defense this season has been excellent in third and short, ranking second in the league in conversions given up:Carolina’s jumbo formation saw the Seahawks respond with a goalline defense that had safeties Delano Hill and McDougald as the force defenders. The Panthers motioned their tight end away from the play, attempting to cause alignment issues, then ran an outside zone to the weakside. Nazair Jones, aligned at 3-technique, was the initial wrecker on this play. Responsible for what looked like the playside b gap, he squeezed inside through the playside a gap right into the backfield. Bobby Wagner, the run-through player at middle linebacker, took the b gap responsibility. It’s part of Seattle’s spill and then force philosophy. This has defensive linemen stepping inside to spill and play through their linemen Seattle Seahawks Hoodie , then linebackers flowing over the top of blocks to turnback the runner. The initial penetration would have caused McCaffrey to bounce the ball further outside.However, the exceptional play of McDougald prevented any bouncing. Taking on the fold block of right tackle Taylor Moton, McDougald does something never thought possible after the days of Chancellor. Getting lower than the offensive lineman, McDougald exploded upwards with a block destruct shoulder strike that propelled the 6-5, 325lb blocker backwards into McCaffrey. (McDougald is 6ft 1, 215lb!) Simultaneously, McDougald managed to stay in great outside-in leverage. The Seahawks talk about their safeties in this alignment against stretch plays “earholing” their man and being the “pure edge setter”. This was exactly that from McDougald, though instead of having to take on a fullback he rocked a tackle. As Jones contacted McCaffrey’s ankle, McCaffrey’s point of attack got smacked back into him and the runner was dropped for a loss. Carolina was forced to settle for a field goal on this occasion; Seattle’s defense showed why it is so tricky to convert 3rd and short against.“Everything I know is a lie” Cam Newton (possibly)If you play the latest Madden video game, under cover 3 beaters it’ll probably list “four verts” as a “cover 3-beater”. I wouldn’t know, because I despise how the next-gen Madden games play after they were wrecked by exclusive rights, the frostbite engine and an ultimate team focus—but that’s another article for a different day. (It doesn’t help that I now suck at video games but please don’t tell anyone else that)The point is, running four vertical routes is a standard cover 3 beater. That’s football 101. It’s why Nick Saban devised his rip-liz matching, which essentially turns into a four-deep coverage when faced with the route combination. It’s what made McDougald’s play on the ball so impressive initially.Carolina struggled massively inside the Seahawks’ redzone; they had 7 trips inside the 20 and came away with only 23 points. Following a highly questionable defensive pass interference call on Tre Flowers, Newton saw a clear single-high safety and decided to attack.The coverage that looked like a blatantly bland cover 3 wasn’t quite that. As Thompson cheated his deep middle third shell over to the boundary seam route, Newton’s excitement must have grown as he executed the run fake to McCaffrey. His other seam was bound to be open, right?Wrong. Thompson’s shading of roughly 60/40 to Greg Olsen’s seam was by design of a matching coverage Pete Carroll runs out of his over front (called Boston). In this coverage, Thompson’s deep middle third shell has a seam alert, meaning he’s assigned Olsen’s route primarily. Dropping back in his “soft sky” hook zone, McDougald quickly diagnosed Newton’s downfield intentions and carried the seam route from tight end Chris Manhertz deep. Not dissimilar to rip-liz itself, it’s Carroll’s soft version. For that reason, it’s a common call against 2x2 receiver alignments as it takes away four verts—even with a play-fake.Seattle Seahawks Over Zone Y (Boston)Found on Zach S. Dunn’s twitterHere’s how it looked on McDougald’s pick:Newton released what he thought was sure to be a touchdown, expecting McDougald to stop in a buzz/hook-curl zone. Instead Earl Thomas III Color Rush Jersey , McDougald continued and attacked the football. He leapt, raising his near arm to high-point the pass. After softly cushioning the weight of his own deflection, McDougald then secured the ball with a two-handed clasp. What a staggering turnover! It was Seattle’s first in four games, coming at a crucial time with the Seahawks only down by 3. Having flashed his skills playing the run, McDougald showcased his ability covering the pass. He continues to provide valuable versatility. The Wave TechniqueIt was hard not to notice McDougald’s frantic waving and jumping on that lovely, fantastic, brilliant Graham Gano 52-yard miss. Sure, it’s amusing to jokingly overstate the potential impact of the wave. BUT, it may have affected Gano. It’s fun to think this whatever the case:Pro-Bowl, at LeastI mentioned in the introduction that the Pro-Bowl is largely a popularity contest. For this reason, McDougald will likely miss out on an honor he thoroughly deserves. His best bet to gain the attention of voters is to keep intercepting the football. McDougald has three picks; the leader amongst safeties is Damonte Kazee with six; D.J. Swearinger, Shawn Williams and Eddie Jackson have four each.Pro-Bowler or not, once more I’m left marvelling at the fantastic business John Schneider did this past offseason. McDougald’s deal has two years to run after 2017, where the cost against the cap is $4,733,333 and $5,433,334 respectively. McDougald, at this level of play, has every right to be asking for more money at the end of the season. Given Seattle’s leverage, they can afford to stick firm and enjoy his value for another season at least. Thanks to Beast Pode contributor and online friend @cmikesspinmove for more valuable schematic conversations.
If there is one person the Green Bay Packers cannot afford to lose on offense besides Aaron Rodgers https://www.thepackersfanshop.com/Antonio-Morrison-Jersey , it might be offensive tackle David Bakhtiari.of doing it. Bakhtiari is the best left tackle in football and when he’s not in the lineup things fall apart for the offense rather quickly.One must look no further than last Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings. Once Bakhtiari left the lineup, so did any chances of a Green Bay comeback. Jason Spriggs just wasn’t able to handle the Minnesota defensive line.With the Arizona Cardinals coming to Lambeau Field Sunday, Spriggs may be called into action again with Bakhtiari limited in practice. Should Spriggs start, he’ll be facing off against Chandler Jones who has 11 sacks on the season. It’s a tall task for the former second round pick who hasn’t come close to living up to his draft positionThere’s more on Spriggs and how Green Bay can somehow still make the postseason in today’s cheese curds.David Bakhtiari backup Jason Spriggs ready to make quick adjustments if needed for Packers--PackersNews.comThankfully the rest of the Cardinals roster is sub par otherwise the Spriggs/Jones matchup could tilt the field in Arizona’s favor.Packers’ young defensive linemen being called upon for more--Packers.comMuch like Bakhtiari on the offensive line, Mike Daniels makes things go for the defensive line. It’ll be up to Kenny Clark and Friends to make things happen and while Clark is a bona fide Pro Bowl player, the rest of the line will have to step up.Here’s a handy guide to the Packers’ path to the playoffs--Packers WireSo you’re saying there’s a chance鈥?Packers’ Randall Cobb set to return vs. Cardinals--ESPNCobb thinks Rodgers is “ready to light everybody up” and maybe the return of the veteran receiver will bring some comfort to the suddenly rattled signal caller.Deer crashes through window into courthouse--UPIOh deer. Clearly this deer watched too many episodes of Family Guy featuring the Kool-Aid Man. The Green Bay Packers were hoping to have the 32nd pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Every team does — in most situations Vince Biegel Color Rush Jersey , that would mean that they won the Super Bowl the year before. But in 2019, the Packers might get the 32nd pick for a different reason.The New Orleans Saints are currently the top-seeded team in the NFL and the team with the shortest odds to win the Super Bowl, according to several online sportsbooks. Green Bay acquired the Saints’ upcoming first-round pick through a trade on the first day of the 2018 NFL Draft, and thus are tied to New Orleans’ futures in the postseason.Currently, it appears that the best that pick would end up being is somewhere in the 25-to-28 range. The Saints can lock in a first-round bye with either two wins over their final three games (including tonight’s Monday Night Football contest against the Panthers) OR any combination of at least one win in any of their final three games and at least one loss by either the Los Angeles Rams or the Chicago Bears. If any of those situations happen, which appears likely Justin McCray Color Rush Jersey , New Orleans would be in line for an automatic pass into the Divisional round of the playoffs. Since the seeding of playoff teams depends first on how far they advance, Packers fans should be cheering for an early exit by the Saints to bump that pick up as high as possible.Now on to the Packers’ pick. Green Bay is alone in the NFL at 5-8-1, thanks to the Cleveland Browns’ victory on Saturday night. That makes the picture very clear — the Packers’ own pick currently sits at 11th overall.Here’s the current breakdown of the first-round draft order of the top 20 teams, excluding those currently in playoff position.Arizona Cardinals (3-11)Oakland Raiders (3-11)San Francisco 49ers (4-10)New York Jets (4-10)Jacksonville Jaguars (4-10)Detroit Lions (5-9)Atlanta Falcons (5-9)New York Giants (5-9)Buffalo Bills (5-9)Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-9)Green Bay Packers (5-8-1)Cincinnati Bengals OR Denver Broncos (6-8)Bengals OR BroncosCarolina Panthers (6-7)Cleveland Browns (6-7-1)Miami Dolphins (7-7)Washington (7-7)Philadelphia Eagles (7-7)Indianapolis Colts (8-6)Tennessee Titans (8-6)
It will be a cool Harry Carson Color Rush Jersey , mostly cloudy day just outside of Washington DC when the New York Giants take the field against the Washington Redskins. but today there is no chance of rain (or snow) in the forecast at FedEx Field. And it’s just as well as the Giants are trying to get their first divisional win of the season while closing the door on Washington’s Wild Card hopes, and hoping to do so without their most reliable receiver. While the Giants’ injury situation doesn’t compare to that of Washington, they took a pair of big hits this week in the loss of Landon Collins and Odell Beckham Jr. Collins is done for the season with a shoulder injury, while Beckham is out for this week with a quad bruise. Apart from Collins and Beckham, previous inactives — TE Evan Engram, and linebackers B.J. Goodson, Lorenzo Carter Lawrence Taylor Color Rush Jersey , and Tae Davis — practiced in some capacity this week. The Giants have also announced that rookie QB Kyle Lauletta will once again be Eli Manning’s back-up, raising the possibility that he will see in-game action. Today’s inactivesWR Odell Beckham Jr. (quad)TE Garrett DickersonQB Alex TanneyS Kenny LadlerOL Evan BrownDT John JenkinsCB Tony LippettDon’t miss our podcasts!You can find and subscribe to Big Blue View Radio on the show’s home page. You can also find the shows on our Big Blue View Radio Hub Page.You can also find us on all your favorite podcast apps:Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Pocket Casts | Spotify | Stitcher | RSSFinally, be sure to check out the home page for all of the shows across the expanding Vox Media Podcast Network. It all comes down to this, probably. For many of you, this is the last week of the fantasy regular season and playoff positioning could be on the line. These roster decisions are going to matter, so let’s try to get you that playoff spot you deserve. Here’s this week’s start/sit:Running backStart: Chris Carson, Seattle SeahawksCarson continues to be Seattle’s lead back when he’s healthy and on the field. He’s had fewer than 14 carries in a game just once since Week 3. He’s been getting to the end zone, too Carl Banks Color Rush Jersey , with a touchdown in three of the past four games. Seattle is likely to be up big against San Francisco, which should allow the Seahawks to continue feeding Carson throughout the game.Start: Jordan Howard, Chicago BearsThe Bears are going to be without Mitchell Trubisky and will go with Chase Daniel for another game at quarterback. Chicago is already one of the most run-heavy teams in the league (45 percent overall) and they’ll likely be in the lead against a Giants team that has struggled to stop the run. Howard’s game against the Lions on Thanksgiving was the first of the season with fewer than 11 carries. It feels more like an outlier than the game plan with Daniel at quarterback. Sit: Adrian Peterson, Washington RedskinsPeterson is so game script dependent, meaning when Washington is ahead he gets the ball and does quite well. But when Washington trails, the production typically goes away. Washington is a seven-point underdog in Philadelphia and while the Eagles haven’t played well lately, neither have the Redskins. Peterson is dealing with a shoulder injury and Monday night might feature the return of Chris Thompson to the lineup, which would significantly alter Peterson’s playing time in passing situations.Sit: LeGarrette Blount Mark Bavaro Color Rush Jersey , Detroit LionsDon’t let the Thanksgiving touchdowns pull you in. Blount is red zone and touchdown dependent and while he got two against the Bears, that’s much less likely to happen against the Rams. With no added receiving value, a game trailing against Los Angeles is more fit for Theo Riddick to get more snaps at running back than Blount, whose only real purpose is to fall forward for two yards on each carry.Wide receiverStart: Kenny Golladay, Detroit LionsBecause the Lions are likely to trail and they will be throwing often, Kenny Golladay should be heavily involved. He had a quiet five catches and 90 yards last week against the Bears and was targeted on 41.6 percent of Detroit’s air yards in the game. Aqib Talib is likely to be back in the lineup for the Rams, which makes the secondary a more difficult matchup, but with how often the Lions should be passing Eli Manning Color Rush Jersey , Golladay is still going to get a good target share and opportunity to produce.Start: Corey Davis, Tennessee TitansDavis is fourth among receivers in percentage of his team’s targeted air yards this season. That’s a sign of opportunity and how involved a receiver is in his team’s passing game. Davis had four receptions for 96 and a touchdown on four targets against a pretty good Houston secondary. The Jets have allowed the 10th most fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers this season and Davis is really the only option for the Titans there right now.Sit: Calvin Ridley, Atlanta FalconsRidley had one of his nice games against the Saints on Thanksgiving night — 13 targets, 8 receptions, 93 yards, and a touchdown. That came against the second and third corners for a secondary that has been improving, but still isn’t among the league’s best. The Ravens’ secondary is among the league’s best and that type of production is going to be harder to come by against a team that has allowed the fourth-fewest fantasy points to wide receivers this season.Sit: Anthony Miller, Chicago BearsMiller hasn’t been as involved in the game plan over the past two weeks with just a combined seven targets. If that continues to be his workload Connor Barwin Color Rush Jersey , he’s going to be touchdown dependent to start in fantasy and the Bears might not be passing all that often against the Giants. Too many things have to break right for Miller to matter, and that’s going to risky in a game that’s likely to mean a lot to you for playoff positioning.Tight endStart: Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay BuccaneersJameis Winston as the starter is better for Brate’s production — the two have a chemistry that was not the same with Fitzpatrick under center. Brate also gets the bump from O.J. Howard being out and facing a Carolina Panthers team that has allowed the second-most fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends.Sit: Jordan Reed, Washington RedskinsReed got eight targets in Colt McCoy’s debut against the Cowboys, which is a good sign for how the quarterback might rely on the tight end. But the Eagles have been good defending against the position — fourth-fewest fantasy points per game — and Josh Doctson got 10 targets (Doctson is a sneaky start if you need a receiver). Against the Eagles’ secondary, Washington might be more likely to involve the wide receivers and if Chris Thompson returns, that will also reduce Reed’s share of the offense.
The Indianapolis Colts are sporting a few streaks as they head into their Week 12 matchup with the Miami Dolphins. Indianapolis Colts T-Shirts , Frank Reich, the Colts’ pass rush and much more. Here is a bit of a rundown of today’s show.Is Andrew Luck playing the best football of his career?Should Luck’s first few games this season be dismissed?Luck’s confidence post surgery in his shoulder, his protectionLuck had his own questions in his shoulder early in the season. preseasonColts are getting the big play aspect in to the offense and maintaining efficiencyFrank Reich gave us exactly what he said he would with his offense, but that’s not allIs Reich getting enough credit?Reich proved a lot last week by out-scheming Titans defenseReich’s play design is beginning to standoutCan Reich do the same to Adam Gase?How will Ryan Kelly’s absence Sunday effect the Colts OL?Colts sticking to running game even when it’s less effectiveYou can’t judge the Colts defensive scheme so early in the processThe defense has proven to be a play-making bunch, and hasn’t allowed a ton of big plays eitherThe pass rush now has to match with some consistencyKemoko Turay, Tyquan Lewis and Jabaal Sheard could make a lot of quarterbacks uncomfortable if they get it all togetherSheard is the perfect mentor for these young pass rushers; is an underappreciated piece of the pass rushThe pass rush has to make an impact down the stretch for the ColtsQuincy Wilson deserves credit for seeking out Mike Mitchell to get himself on trackWilson may not be best used as a zone corner; has it been an issue with the scheme change?Wilson is being used judiciously throughout the scheme nowPlease subscribe, rate and review the channel anywhere you listen to podcasts.Follow our hosts on Twitter: @MDanelySB | @HolderStephen | @bamock | @NFLschemeStampede Blue Podcast Links:Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | Art 19 | SB Colts Cast YT Channel | Google | Spotify The Colts enter the final stretch of the regular season this week https://www.coltsfanshop.com/hats , taking on the Dallas Cowboys at home in the hopes that they can make up ground in the fight to claim the 6th AFC Wild Card spot as their own. Dallas arrives with a stout defense, one of the best running backs in the NFL, and a rejuvenated passing game thanks to Amari Cooper.For the Colts, there remains some uncertainty. T.Y. Hilton is still a game time decision, and one that could swing the outcome of this game significantly. This ought to be a hard fought game that is definitely within the Colts’ reach. If they want to stick with the competition for that last playoff spot, they had better bring it. Here is where you can check out all the action.Game Time1 pm ET Sunday December 16, 2018LocationLucas Oil Stadium - Indianapolis Indianapolis Colts Hoodie , IndianaTV ChannelFox - Kevin Burkhardt (Play-by-Play), Charles Davis (Color), Pam Oliver (Sideline)RadioWFNI (1070 The Fan) and WLHK (HANK FM) — Matt Taylor (play-by-play), Jim Sorgi (color) and Barry Krauss (sideline)Referee AssignmentCarl Cheffers“Enemy” BlogBlogging the BoysTwitterFollow @StampedeBlue for the complete Colts coverage.FacebookLike Stampede Blue on Facebook!PodcastsApple Podcasts | Stitcher | Art 19 | SB Colts Cast YT Channel
BEREA https://www.brownsfanshop.com/Howard-Wilson-Jersey , Ohio (AP) — Baker Mayfield bravely stood in the pocket last week, held the ball — sometimes for too long — and took some punishing shots from the Los Angeles Mentally, Cleveland’s quarterback hasn’t healed.“That is the worst loss that I have ever had,” Mayfield said Wednesday.For the first time this season, the Browns (2-3-1) weren’t competitive in Sunday’s 38-14 loss to the Chargers, and Mayfield looked like what he is: a rookie who is going to make mistakes and take some lumps from time to time.But as he and his teammates prepare to play at Tampa Bay on Sunday, the No. 1 overall pick is showing leadership and a resolve not to let it happen again. The Browns may soon find out how far they’ve come — or how far they’ve got to go.“Any loss like that hurts,” Mayfield said. “You have to push forward and just have to do your job, and you will find out what this team is made of. It is never about the week before or if you win or lose — it is how you react from it. Coming off of a loss, we will really see what this team is made of.”Mayfield’s third career pro start was one of the worst of his football life. He completed just 22 of 46 passes (48 percent) for 238 yards with two interceptions.For a player who completed 71 percent of his passes last season at Oklahoma and 69 percent over four years (the first at Texas Tech), Mayfield’s inaccuracy against the Chargers was an anomaly.It was the first time his completion rate was under 50 percent since Nov. 21 https://www.brownsfanshop.com/Bernie-Kosar-Jersey , 2015, when he went 9 of 20 against TCU. However, he only played the first half of that game because of a concussion.Mayfield only twice completed less than 50 percent of his passes in 48 college games, which is why he was so despondent about his performance last week.“Mathematically, which I think goes hand in hand with emotionally,” he said when asked why he called it his worst loss. “Just did not play well, plain and simple. No way around it. It was not fun.”Cleveland’s offensive line struggled to protect Mayfield, whose mobility was impacted when he slipped and tweaked his ankle while running out of bounds in the first quarter. The Chargers were able to keep Mayfield from rolling out and making plays.But perhaps more problematic was Mayfield missed open receivers, misread coverages and didn’t release the ball quickly enough. There were plays when a simple dump-off throw to a running back would have been a better option.“Kudos to them for doing their job,” Mayfield said of the Chargers. “They did it well. At the same time, if I get the ball out of my hands, then none of that really matters. It just comes down to me not doing my job to the best of my ability Joe Thomas Jersey , plain and simple. There is no way around it. I have to be better for this team and be that for our offense.”Browns coach Hue Jackson was pleased to hear that Mayfield was accountable. However, it wasn’t entirely his fault as Cleveland’s receivers weren’t getting open and rookies Antonio Callaway and Damion Ratley didn’t make plays on deep balls that could have been touchdowns.Mayfield took the blame.Jackson spread it around.“We have to make sure that we are in the right spots for him all of the time,” Jackson said. “I think there were some opportunities there. As I said to our line coaches, we have to make sure that we give up ground grudgingly for this young man. I do not want people hitting our quarterback. He has been hit way too much in my mind and then he has to get the ball out of his hand.“I have seen some things where he can improve, but I have seen some things where the unit can improve more than anything.”NOTES: QB Tyrod Taylor, who lost his job to Mayfield when he suffered a concussion in Week 3, believes he can still be a winning NFL starter. The 29-year-old said he has not considered asking for a trade. “My mindset is to continue to keep helping this team,” Taylor said in his first extensive interview since getting hurt. “It’s a new role for me.” Taylor will be a free agent after the season, and Jackson expects him to finish it with the Browns. “Until someone tells me something differently,” Jackson said. “He is our backup quarterback.” … Starting C JC Tretter (ankle) did not practice, but Jackson thinks he’ll be ready for Sunday. If not, rookie Austin Corbett will start. Four rookie quarterbacks started in the same week for only the second time in NFL history in Week 4. None of them earned a win.Cleveland’s Baker Mayfield and Arizona’s Josh Rosen came close. Both of their teams lost by a field goal. Buffalo’s Josh Allen had the worst game of the group in a shutout loss. Sam Darnold and the Jets didn’t have a chance against Jacksonville.Mayfield was 21 of 41 for 295 yards Chris Hubbard Color Rush Jersey , two touchdowns and two interceptions in a 45-42 overtime loss at Oakland. He came off the bench to lead the Browns to a rare win the previous game against the Jets.Rosen also made his first start, going 15 of 27 for 180 yards and one TD in a 20-17 loss to Seattle.Allen was 16 of 33 for 151 yards and two picks in a 22-0 loss to Green Bay. He led the Bills to a stunning upset at Minnesota a week earlier.Darnold was 17 of 34 for 167 yards and one TD in a 31-12 loss to the Jaguars.Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson got four carries in a win against the Steelers so all five quarterbacks picked in the first round played the same week. When Mayfield and Rosen made their debuts in Week 3, it was the first time five first-round quarterbacks played within the first three games of a season.Here’s a look inside more numbers going into Week 5:BREEZING PAST PEYTON: Drew Brees needs 201 yards passing yards when New Orleans hosts the Redskins on Monday to surpass Peyton Manning (71,940) and Brett Favre (71,838) for most passing yards in NFL history. Brees (496) and Brady (497) are close to joining Manning and Favre as the only members of the 500 touchdown passes club.GETTING OFFENSIVE: The totals for points (3,030), touchdowns (344) and touchdown passes (228) are all the highest through the first four weeks of a season.PASSING LEAGUE: The 12 individual performances of at least 400 yards is the most through the first four weeks. The five individual 400-yard passing performances in Week 4 were the most ever in a single week.PARITY: The average margin of victory has been 9.9 points and 38 games have been decided by eight points or fewer, the most ever through four weeks. Six games in Week 4 had the winning points scored in the final 10 seconds of the fourth quarter or overtime.FLYING HIGH: The Rams can become the fifth team to score at least 30 points in each of their first five games to start a season. Three of the previous four teams to accomplish the feat reached the Super Bowl.MAGNIFICENT MAHOMES: Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has 14 TD passes and no interceptions. Peyton Manning holds the record to start a season with 20 TDs and no picks.ADAM’S MARK: Vikings receiver Adam Thielen has at least 100 yards receiving yards in the first four games. Only two players have done it in the first five: Charley Hennigan (1961) and Bob Boyd (1954).
The San Francisco 49ers snapped the streak on Sunday San Francisco 49ers T-Shirts , topping the Seattle Seahawks for the first time in 10 matchups between the division rivals. Shanahan’s 49ers, displaying uncommon grit for a team with only four wins to their name. Here’s our stock report after the 49ers’ Week 15 win over the Seahawks.Stock up: DL DeForest BucknerThere isn’t a player on the 49ers’ defense that shows up against Seahawks like Buckner. Over the team’s two matchups this season, Buckner has totaled 18 tackles, six tackles for loss, five quarterback hits and four sacks. His highlight play on the day came during a rollout from Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who started right but cut back toward the 49ers’ side of the field. Buckner chased Wilson to the sideline, running him down before the line of scrimmage for Buckner’s second sack on the afternoon. Buckner now has 11 sacks on the season and is eligible for a contract extension after the season.Stock down: CB Ahkello WitherspoonWitherspoon’s turbulent year ended with a season-ending injury. The 49ers cornerback suffered a sprained knee against the Seahawks Sunday, and while the injury isn’t considered serious, it was enough to end Witherspoon’s season two games early. The second-year cornerback got off to a rough start, allowing six touchdowns in his first six games on 2018 — although he started to rebound late in the season. Third-round rookie Tarvarius Moore stepped in for Witherspoon with encouraging results as the game wore on. The 49ers will get an extended look at More over the season’s final two games.Stock up: K Robbie GouldAnother game-winning field goal for Gould, who hit a 36-yarder to seal the win for San Francisco. He was four for four on the day along with two successful extra points. In two years with the 49ers, Gould made 68 of 71 field-goals and all six attempts from 50-plus yards. His 95.8 conversion percentage is the best in the NFL over the past two seasons, per San Francisco Chronicle’s Eric Branch. Shanahan told the media Sunday that he wanted Gould, a free agent after this season, back with the team in 2019. The 49ers’ kicker echoed that sentiment. Gould, who just hit 1,500 points in his career, should be considered a priority for the front office.Stock down: Draft PositionThe 49ers owned the first-overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft heading into their Week 15 matchup, followed closely by the Arizona Cardinals and Oakland Raiders. The team’s overtimewin over the Seahawks on Sunday moved them down three spots to pick No. 4 behind the Cardinals (3-11) https://www.49ersfanshop.com/hats , Raiders (3-11), and the New York Jets. The 49ers and Jets both own a record of 4-10, but New York’s strength of schedule is currently weaker than San Francisco’s, per Tankathon.Stock up: Coach Kyle ShanahanThe past two weeks have left little doubt as to Shanahan’s effectiveness as the 49ers’ head coach. A 2-10 team with perceivably nothing to play for, ravaged by injuries and fielding an offense led by a third-string quarterback, found a way to best two playoff-hopeful teams in the Seahawks and Denver Broncos. Shanahan has the 49ers playing for each other, displaying an obvious heart and intensity despite a season that hasn’t gone as planned. With the expected return of quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo in the offseason, the 49ers under Shanahan will again be a team to watch in 2019.Stock up: Coordinator Robert SalehIt was clear the 49ers’ defense wasn’t going to allow Wilson and the Seahawks’ offense to score another 37 points like they did in their Week 13 matchup in Seattle. Often the most under fire from critics, Saleh’s defense played stubborn and inspired football on Sunday, despite fielding rookies and backups at several key positions. Linebacker Fred Warner, defensive back D.J. Reed Jr., safety Marcell Harris, cornerback Tarvarius Moore, linebacker Elijah Lee, defensive lineman D.J. Jones and safety Antone Exum are all young, inexperienced players that held crucial roles in the 49ers’ win over the Seahawks. Saleh’s defense forced two punts to close out the fourth quarter and another in overtime to put the game in the offense’s hands.Stock up: Nick MullensWe’d be remiss if we didn’t mention Mullens. The 49ers’ quarterback, after throwing for 400+ yards in Week 13, put together another solid performance against the Seahawks. Mullens completed 20 of 29 passes for 275 yards, one touchdown San Francisco 49ers Hoodie , no turnovers and a quarterback rating of 110.6 at Levi’s Stadium on Sunday. He led the 49ers’ offense on a game-winning drive in overtime to get Gould within range. Mullens’ sixth start and third win of the season was his most impressive. On Tuesday, the Buffalo Bills announced the release of Kelvin Benjamin. It’s a rather depressing announcement as Benjamin knocked his rookie season with the Carolina Panthers out of the park and was seen as a solid receiving option. Unfortunately, with injuries and now questions of work ethic, Benjamin finds himself a free agent. The San Francisco 49ers could use some wide receiver help with the recent injuries and personal issues facing the unit. Marquise Goodwin has been out, but returns this week while Pierre Gar莽on has battled injuries all season.It’s a safe bet that the 49ers will move on from Garon in 2019 and may want to look at bringing in one more wide receiver, be it from the draft or free agency to push Dante Pettis, Kendrick Bourne Trent Taylor and others.Problem is, if Benjamin is someone to kick the tires on, he’s not exactly the mold Kyle Shanahan wants. Benjamin can catch the ball (well, when he wants to), but his separation skills leave something to be desired. Separation is something Shanahan values above all else and it has helped him when scheming his wide receivers open, something Pettis excels at. Benjamin was a first round pick for the Panthers whom dealt him to the Bills. The Bills cut their losses that same season with the release, which already indicates something is wrong with Benjamin for him to go from first round pick with great rookie season, to trade, to release. With Garon gone (theoretically), the 49ers will have a younger wide receiver unit. They passed on Dez Bryant, as did the rest of the league in the 2018 offseason. Kelvin Benjamin could be worth a workout to bring in, but the fact he’s gone from what he was to being a free agent in just one season is concerning. Should the 49ers spend some cash to bring Benjamin in?
When the Dallas Cowboys cut Dan Bailey this September Barkevious Mingo Color Rush Jersey , a fuss was made by many. The Star-T move. Indeed, people from Seattle to Bombay and Bangkok stopped what they were doing and petitioned world leaders to plea for Jerry Jones to bring back his field goal kicker.Or, you know, he wasn’t the best person for the job anymore.Bailey was history’s most accurate kicker, but also coming off of an injury-shortened season in which he went 15-of-20 on field goals and missed two extra points. After missing four games with a groin injury, Bailey went 5-of-7 on PATs and 7-of-12 on FGs in the final four games. In New York, Bailey missed from 50 and 53, plus a PAT. In Philadelphia, Bailey missed from 23 and missed a PAT. Instead, Dallas went with Brett Maher this season and he’s 27-of-32, including 5-of-6 from beyond 50, and he made a 62-yarder on Sunday that helped Dallas get to OT and defeat the Eagles.Things are not going so well for Bailey, and that was well before Bobby Wagner leapt over the Minnesota Vikings offensive line to block a kick in the fourth quarter on Monday. Many are arguing that the leap was a penalty because he puts his hands on his teammates while he leapt, but others are saying that because he did not appear to bear weight on them in order to gain height for the leap, that it is not a penalty.I’m here to tell you that it might not matter either way. Bailey had a low probability to make the kick and the Vikings still had a chance to win the game even after the block.Minnesota signed Bailey in Week 3 after rookie Daniel Carlson went 0-for-3 in a 29-29 tie against the Packers in Green Bay. Carlson missed from 48 and 49, but most importantly missed a 35-yarder as time expired in overtime that would’ve won the Vikings the game. Shades of Blair Walsh were enough for the Vikings to react quickly to a tie game against a division rival.Carlson’s response: He’s 10-of-11 with the Oakland Raiders and overall this season he’s 20-of-20 on PATs. He’s 7-of-8 outdoors since that fateful day in Lambeau. Bailey has not been nearly so good on the road.Going into Monday, Bailey had been 16-of-22 on field goal attempts with one missed PAT. And since a September road game in Sunny Los Angeles where he went 3-for-3 Ed Dickson Color Rush Jersey , Bailey was 9-of-13 on the road, with seven of those made attempts coming from under 40 yards. This is Dan Bailey on the road this season. Remember: During Monday’s kick attempt, he was 47 yards away from the goal post.Bailey hit from 37, 39, and 40 in Los Angeles.Bailey hit from 22, 37, and 52 in Philadelphia. Missed from 28, 45.Bailey hit from 22, 26, and 43 in New York. Missed from 42.Bailey hit two 36 yarders in Chicago.Bailey hit from 39 in New England. Missed from 48.Overall, Bailey is 2-of-5 from outside of 40 yards in outdoor conditions since the end of September. He’s hit from 43 and 52, while missing from 42, 45, and 48. What really were his odds to make that kick on Monday, on the road, outdoors, at night Jaron Brown Color Rush Jersey , in Seattle, during or just after a light rain, from 47 yards?It’s interesting that Pete Carroll and Wagner even felt he needed to attempt the leap. But he did, it worked, he blocked it, and the Seahawks got the ball back. And let’s not forget that the game was far from over. The score was 6-0 at that point and there was 5:38 remaining on the clock. The Vikings had their chance to get yet another stop and to get the ball back. They also could have been down 6-3 instead of 6-0 but as Anthony McFarland and Jason Witten argued, Minnesota chose to go for it on their previous drive instead of giving Bailey a chip shot field goal attempt.Instead, when Seattle got the ball back, the Vikings forgot that Russell Wilson’s arm isn’t his only weapon. On the second play after the block, Wilson ran 40 yards. Then Chris Carson carried it five straight times, gaining 21 yards and scoring a touchdown that led to a two-point conversion for a 14-0 lead. That — and Justin Coleman’s touchdown — sealed the win for Seattle. Not the block. Which, given everything we know about the kicking situation Minnesota and Bailey were facing, was less likely than likely to have been good anyway. RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin says he’s ready to return to the lineup this week against the Arizona Cardinals.Baldwin has missed the past two games for Seattle after injuring the MCL in his right knee in the team’s season opener against the Denver Broncos.Baldwin returned to the practice field on Wednesday for the first time since defensive tackle Domata Peko rolled up on the back of his leg in Denver.“I know Pete has a press conference coming up eventually (on Friday) so you’ll have to ask him. … I’m ready to go,” Baldwin said on Thursday.“That’s going to be their call. There’s a lot of things that go into it, obviously, the precautionary reasons of making sure that I’m healthy fully so that I can go for the rest of the season and not just this game.”Said Carroll on Wednesday: “He looks really good and light on his feet. He looks very confident that he can have a chance to play this week Tre Flowers Color Rush Jersey , so we’ll see how that goes. He’s confident, that’s not a surprise. Let’s see if he can pull it off.”Baldwin hadn’t missed a game for Seattle since the 2012 season. He had appeared in 89 straight regular-season games and 12 postseason games since the previous time he was sidelined for an injury. The two games he missed that season were the only absences he’s had in his first seven years in the NFL.“Still a little frustrating because I feel like I’m still being held back a little bit,” Baldwin said. “I understand why and the precautionary reasons, but I’m chomping at the bit. I’m ready to go. This is what I do, so I’m excited about getting back out there.”Baldwin hasn’t enjoyed being forced to watch practice and games from the sideline. He got just two days of practice in with the team at the start of training camp before being shut down for nearly a month because of an issue with his left knee. He didn’t appear in any of the team’s four preseason games before ramping back up for the start of the season.He played just 11 snaps in Denver before injuring his right knee, most coming before the injury while a couple came as he tried to see if he could play through it.“I wanted to do everything I could to go back in and I did that and realized it wasn’t getting better,” Baldwin said.Baldwin has been limited in both practices he’s participated in on Wednesday and Thursday.Carroll said they will need to see how Baldwin can handle a workload with essentially two troublesome knees.“We need to find out,” he said. “We need to find out how it goes. Doug’s (Baldwin) a guy that we communicate with very directly over a long period of time. We’ll work our way through it and we’ll just assess how he’s doing and how it’s going.”Notes: Safety Earl Thomas did practice on Thursday — as he did a week ago — despite missing practice for non-injury reasons on Wednesday. Thomas has said he doesn’t intend to practice if he feels even the slightest bit diminished as he tries to look out for his health absent a contract extension from the team. … LG Ethan Pocic (ankle), RB C.J. Prosise (abdomen), DE Dion Jordan (hip), DE Rasheem Green (ankle) and LB K.J. Wright (knee) did not practice for a second straight day. RB Chris Carson (hip), RG D.J. Fluker (knee), DT Shamar Stephen (foot) and S Delano Hill (hamstring) were limited.
Everyone seems to agree that something isn’t right Kentrell Brice Color Rush Jersey , but it’s hard to put a finger on just one thing that’s wrong. If you stare at it long enough, though, you kind of start to see what you want to see. The most frustrating thing? You’re still probably right.Do you think coaching is the issue? There’s evidence to support that. Are you of the persuasion that Aaron Rodgers could be playing better? You can quite easily argue that position, too. Do you think the Packers need more reliable contributions from playmakers not named Davante Adams and Aaron Jones? You probably don’t even have to look up any stats or game clips to get people to agree with you.Such is the state of the Packers this season. The general offensive malaise makes finding the root cause a difficult exercise, but whatever road you take, the final conclusion seems to be that the Packers just aren’t terribly threatening on that side of the ball right now. Aaron Rodgers, Packers’ offense ignoring open receivers in pursuit of big plays | Packers NewsBig play hunting is one reason the Packers’ offense could be struggling. Ryan Wood argues focusing on building and sustaining success could lead to a more functional attack.Packers can’t close games, and it’s on Aaron Rodgers & Co. | ESPN”We’ve just been a one-half team this year,” says Aaron Rodgers in what could possibly be a generous assessment of how the team has played on offense at times this season.Getting close? Packers offense now 5th in NFL in DVOA | Cheesehead TVThe advanced numbers from Football Outsiders paint a bit of a different picture of the Packers offense. According to their DVOA metric, the Packers aren’t that far behind the elite teams in the league.Davante Adams’ Contract is Already a Bargain for the Packers | The Power SweepYou can’t pin the Packers’ offensive struggles on Davante Adams, and he’s making the contract extension he signed a year ago already look like a steal for the Packers.Packers players Adams https://www.thepackersfanshop.com/Geronimo-Allison-Jersey , King, Williams to sign autographs for donations to Salvation Army Monday | Packers.comIf you’re in the Green Bay area next week and are looking for a Christmas gift for a Packers fan in your life (or for yourself, I don’t judge), maybe grab an autograph from Davante Adams, Kevin King, or Jamaal Williams. For a minimum $50 donation to the Salvation Army, you can have those players sign an item at the Lambeau Field Atrium on Monday. Aaron Rodgers is again matching donations up to a total of $50,000 this year. As the Green Bay Packers (5-8-1) walked out of Soldier Field on Sunday, they did so on the losing end of their rivalry with Chicago for the first time in six games. The Bears’ 24-17 victory not only threw a dagger in the Packers’ playoff chances, but handed Chicago its first division title since 2010. With a matchup in New York against the Jets this week, the Packers will try to avoid going winless on the road in 2018.Chicago was not the only team to improve its postseason chances on Sunday Oren Burks Jersey , as the Minnesota Vikings throttled Miami to hang on to the final wildcard slot. A big, breakout game from a young running back propelled the Vikings to victory. and the team has a chance to secure a playoff spot this week if a few things go according to plan.A look at Minnesota’s keys to the postseason, and an offseason roster-reshaping in Detroit, can be found in today’s NFC North rundown.Chicago Bears (10-4)Won 24-17; Next at San FranciscoBears suddenly look like NFC North’s most stable franchiseThe rise of young defensive pillars draws similarities to the Bears’ division-contending teams of the mid-2000s. The best could be yet to come.Rams lose and Bears are closer to a first-round bye in the playoffsA Bears win and a Rams loss this week would put Chicago in position to gain a much easier postseason path.Three things that stood out in Week 15 winA 120.4 passer rating for Mitchell Trubisky and an uncharacteristically poor performance from Bears nemesis Aaron Rodgers highlighted Chicago’s playoff-clinching win.Detroit Lions (5-9)Lost 14-13 at Buffalo; Next vs. MinnesotaIf Detroit Lions get a top-five pick, what position should they take?With two games left in the season, Detroit is primed for a top draft pick. Here are a few notable options they could take a look at.Five Lions free agents who shouldn’t return in 2019On the other end of the spectrum, here are a handful of veteran players that may be signing a contract elsewhere in the offseason.TIM AND MIKE: Week 15 observationsThe Lions’ offensive line prevented Matthew Stafford from being sacked on Sunday, an impressive feat for a unit with a rookie making his first start at right tackle.Minnesota Vikings (7-6-1)Won 41-17 vs. Miami; Next at DetroitThe Minnesota Vikings can clinch a playoff spot in Week 16Here are the scenarios for the Vikings to clinch a postseason berth next week and eliminate drama heading into the final week.Riding Dalvin Cook will be key to Vikings’ playoff pushInterim Offensive Coordinator Kevin Stefanski made his playcalling debut on Sunday and was successful in getting Minnesota’s second-year back involved early and often, a goal for the Vikings the rest of the season.Upon Further Review: Vikings vs. DolphinsMinnesota scored 21 points in the first quarter against Miami after scoring 21 points combined over their past six first quarters. 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quest to go from 1-7 to 8-8 and the NFC playoffs? There are multiple reports that Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz has a fracture in his back. Wentz will not play Sunday when the Eagles face the Los Angeles Rams and may not play again this season.That means Super Bowl hero Nick Foles will be back in the spotlight. The 6-7 Eagles are one of the teams the 5-8 Giants need to pass to reach the playoffs. The Giants need the Eagles to lose at least two of their final three games. In addition to the Rams Curtis Riley Color Rush Jersey , the Eagles face the Houston Texans and Washington Redskins.There is reportedly some controversy over when Wentz suffered this injury and why it didn’t show up on a CT scan until now. In regards to Wentz’s status for the remainder of the season Ian Rapoport tweeted “No determination has been made on Injured Reserve 鈥?but they won’t put him at risk. Looking more likely we’ll next see him in ‘19.” Good morning, New York Giants fans. Here are some headlines to start your Friday.Mike Shula: At least Kyle Lauletta got experienceWas there anything to like about the 0-for-5, one interception, no first downs in three series performance by rookie Kyle Lauletta in the fourth quarter Sunday against the Washington Redskins?“He got experience,” is about all offensive coordinator Mike Shula could come up with on Thursday. “It’s unfortunate that we didn’t have more success with him in there, but he’ll learn from it.”Asked on Wednesday if Lauletta would continue as the backup to Eli Manning, head coach Pat Shurmur said “At this point Calvin Munson Color Rush Jersey , but we could always change our mind.”Jawill Davis “on the right path”Replacing the injured Quadree Henderson, rookie undrafted free agent Jawill Davis has averaged 10.9 yards on eight punt returns. His ball security has, to this point, been solid.“He’s on the right path,” special teams coach Thomas McGaughey said.” You look at what this kid has done, it’s incredible. This kid has never returned punts before. For him to do what he’s doing, he’s doing a tremendous job. I’m extremely proud of him. Every snap is a new experience for him. He just has to go out there and just keep doing what he’s doing. Catch the ball. When you catch the ball Michael Strahan Color Rush Jersey , get positive yards and he’s done a good job of that.”Kareem Martin is “cutting loose”Kareen Martin, signed as a free agent in the offseason, started slowly with the Giants. He has, however, played better in recent weeks. Martin has two sacks in the last four games, has thus far played a career-high 501 snaps, has a career-best Kareem Martin Color Rush Jersey , 22 pressures and has missed just one tackle in the last 11 games.“He’s working, he’s disruptive, he’s playing fast. Probably about three or four weeks ago, Kareem and I had a conversation just, hey, let’s start cutting loose, let’s start disrupting Robert Thomas Color Rush Jersey , getting off the ball, playing vertical, and I think we’ve been doing that better as an overall defensive front seven,” defensive coordinator James Bettcher said. “We’ve played more vertical both in the run game and in the pass game, You see some of that leads to disruption. It’s not just the third down disruption in the pass game, it’s the first and second down where we’re kind of disrupting the quarterback a little bit now and I think Kareem’s following that with the rest of the guys up front.”Around the Inter-GoogleAll 32 NFL defensive lines, ranked - SBNation.comWhich teams have the best defensive fronts in the NFL? Which ones have the worst? We have the answer!2018 NFL All-Rookie Team Cody Latimer Color Rush Jersey , offense: Saquon at RB - NFL.comWith three quarters of the season in the books, Chris Wesseling unveils his 2018 NFL All-Rookie Team for the offensive positions. Baker Mayfield and Saquon Barkley head his squad.Agent's Take: Here are the NFL's real highest-paid players after taxes and salary deferrals are considered - CBSSports.comWe did the math, and these 15 players are the real top earners in 2018
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