5 winners and 5 losers from the Lions’ 24-10 win over the Giants

The New York Giants have some serious offensive problems to deal with and led to a 24-10 win for the Detroit Lions on Monday Night Football.

New York has the complete inability to run the ball, and its offense relies on Eli Manning to avoid swarms of pass rushers in time to throw to a receiving corps made up of deep threats. It’s a less than ideal situation.

Detroit had some offensive struggles of its own, but the team’s defense looked good and the offense did what it needed to get to 2-0 and drop the Giants to 0-2.

Here were a few of the winners and losers from Monday night:

Watson was the best player in Clemson history, and he almost destroyed the Alabama Death Star in 2015’s national title game before he finished that job in a rematch a year later. Not only was a bad word never spoken about Watson. His teammates advocated for him relentlessly, and his head coach said that passing on him would be akin to passing on Michael Jordan.

Tom Savage has only had three career starts, including Week 1’s game against the Jaguars when he was pulled for Watson at halftime. O’Brien has had a quick trigger with quarterbacks in Houston, despite previously being heralded as a quarterback whisperer.

O’Brien has gotten just enough out of his bottom-tier quarterbacks in Houston, but he hasn’t had anyone who could be a game-changer. Watson could be that guy.
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Andy Dalton would get a mean mug for a receiver setting him up like that. If Russell Bodine did the same, you really couldn’t blame him. Watt shook his soul.
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Dalton played a bad game on Thursday night. He was 20-of-35 passing with 224 yards and no touchdowns. The Bengals offense was just a drag to watch.

Tony Romo would be the WORST person to watch a movie with

Imagine former NFL star and current color commentator Tony Romo invites you over for a movie night — you’re gonna say yes, right? You pretty much have to: Romo was a good quarterback, a great broadcaster, and generally seems like a swell guy.

But let’s be real — movie night with Tony Romo would be the absolute WORST.

Since taking a job at CBS to replace Phil Simms, Romo has made a name for himself by predicting what will happen before a play transpires.

In other words … he’s a spoiler machine. Earlier today, he even correctly predicted a touchdown in the Patriots-Saints game.

Goodell’s contract expires in 2019 and many assumed an extension would be in place before the season began. Now the negotiations have hit a snag. It’s believed Jones is operating as a seventh voice on the committee, standing for the 26 owners not represented on the committee and reportedly believes the commissioner should take a pay cut.

One source even countered, insisting, “This is about money and a guy (Goodell) making way too much money on a grossly stupid contract for the job.”
The initial reaction is to assume Jones is standing up for fans who hate the direction of the NFL under Goodell’s leadership, but that’s not the case. Owners are happy with the commissioner, they just want him to make less money.

“Jerry’s not saying, ‘Don’t hire Roger.’ He’s saying, ‘I hate this (proposed) deal, redo it,'” said one source.
Neither Jones nor the NFL is commenting on the report, and it’s unlikely any contract snag will result in Goodell not being the commissioner in the future — but debates are being had internally on whether Goodell is making more money than he deserves.

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The offense is still searching for its first touchdown of the season.

Jermaine Kearse was rarely in the weekly fantasy discussion during his time in Seattle, but that has quickly changed in New York. Kearse posted seven catches for 59 yards in Week 1 and caught four passes for 64 yards and a pair of touchdowns against Oakland on Sunday. Incredibly, he sits fifth among wide receivers in fantasy points. Kearse’s prospects have been helped by Josh McCown playing a bit better than expected. The veteran passer has been charted as off target on an NFL-low 5 percent of his throws. He’s completed 67 percent of his throws despite dealing with six drops (second most). Kearse isn’t a must-start yet, but he should be owned in all leagues and is in the WR3 mix against Miami this week.

Jacoby Brissett joined the Colts on Sept. 2 and seemed like a vast improvement over Scott Tolzien despite losing in Week 2. The good news is if Brissett can win one or two games, Andrew Luck could be healthy in time to face the entire AFC South slate. With no one currently better than 1-1, the division is very much up for grabs.
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Game Youth Adeiny Hechavarria Jersey But the defense has shown a lot of improvement. The 49ers allowed the most points last season, but currently rank 10th in points allowed per game.

For an offense that some thought could be among the worst all time, the Jets are scoring some points. They’ve averaged 16.0 points per game so far, which is the same as the 2-0 Panthers and better than teams such as the Seahawks, Texans and Bengals. And hey, the Jets are currently the highest-scoring team in New York, topping both the Bills and Giants.

Jason Garrett says Ezekiel Elliott will practice until he’s told he can’t

Elite Youth Chidobe Awuzie Jersey Ezekiel Elliott is practicing this week ahead of the Cowboys’ season opener against the Giants.

Whether he plays Sunday remains to be seen, but the Cowboys are going to keep their Pro Bowl running back on the field as long as they can.

We’re just going to prepare for the Giants, and Zeke will practice until someone tells him not to, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Monday, via the Cowboys website. And the other guys will get ready to play.

Elliott was suspended six games by the NFL for violating the league’s personal conduct policy stemming from a domestic assault allegation in July 2016. Elliott was never charged in the case and appealed the suspension. Elliott’s fate is now in the hands of arbitrator Harold Henderson, who could decide to reduce, vacate or uphold the suspension.

I have been fighting for this kid behind the table like nobody has … I’ve never been against Colin Kaepernick. But I am against the way he’s done it.
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Then, his girl [Colin Kaepernick’s girlfriend] goes out and put out this racist gesture and doesn’t know we are in the back office about to try to get this guy signed. Steve Bisciotti has said it himself, ‘How can you crucify Ray Lewis when Ray Lewis is the one calling for Colin Kaepernick?’ …

When they (Ravens) called me, it was to say, ‘Yes or no?’ … We were going to close the deal to sign him … Steve Bisciotti said, ‘I want to hear Colin Kaepernick speak to let me know that he wants to play football.’ … And it never happens because that picture comes up the next day.

Since opting out of his contract with the 49ers in March, Kaepernick remains unsigned. Many believe his continued unemployment is tied to his kneeling during the national anthem last season as a way to protest police brutality and other racial injustices.

The best way to outscore the Patriots is to do what they do

Instead, after he got Smith comfortable with a diverse, well-paced scoring drive to tie the game 7-7 in the first quarter, Reid let his QB loose in ways we haven’t seen.

After thinking about what could have been in frustrating, one-possession playoff losses to the Patriots and Steelers the past two seasons, respectively, the Chiefs knew they needed to be more efficient and explosive on offense. Getting a versatile, elusive back to reboot post-Jamaal Charles was a must, and Hunt checks all the boxes.
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With Hunt’s potential to be the new top backfield target for Smith, the Chiefs are set up to have a third ideal passing dimension behind the athletic mismatches of Kelce and Hill, something Maclin couldn’t provide.

The best way to outscore the Patriots is to do what they do: Confuse them with options all over the field. (Before the Falcons fell in Super Bowl LI, they were doing just that.) To that end, the Chiefs stealing Hunt in the third round of April’s draft was critical, and it paid off immediately Thursday.

Game Mens Terence Newman Jersey A methodical nine-play, 73-yard drive was capped by a two-yard touchdown run by Mike Gillislee, one of New England’s offseason additions. Other newcomers Brandin Cooks and Rex Burkhead also touched the ball on the Patriots’ first drive of the season, and Cooks was able to draw a key pass interference penalty to get New England in scoring position. 7-0, Patriots.

Eagles’ Ronald Darby, Caleb Sturgis expected to miss time

An MRI revealed that Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby’s dislocated ankle will not require surgery, a team source confirmed to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.

Coach Doug Pederson would not confirm the report during his news conference on Monday, saying he is still gathering information.

A team source confirmed that Darby received the best possible diagnosis, and doctors believe he is in a 4-6 week timeframe to rehab and return. The team has encouraged Darby to get a second opinion, and Darby is expected to see Dr. Robert Anderson, a foot and ankle orthopedic specialist in Charlotte, North Carolina, the source added.

Kicker Caleb Sturgis, meanwhile, injured his hip early in the season opener against Washington on Sunday and is expected to miss time. A source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Sturgis is expected to miss four weeks. Pederson said the Eagles will work out kickers this week.

The Free Press is reporting among the punters the team is bringing in for workouts are former Miami punter Matt Darr and Drew Butler, who was a camp leg for the Lions in 2014.

Lions coach Jim Caldwell said Monday he didn’t think fitting in to the team on short notice was more difficult for a punter than other positions — including offensive line, secondary and quarterback.

“I can think there are a lot that are a lot more difficult,” Caldwell said. “But it’s just a matter of a guy doing his job, plain and simple. There are going to be some things he’s not going to know right away. We can limit that but if he does his main job, that’s what counts.”

Caldwell also declined — again — to explain how Martin was injured this summer. Caldwell had initially said Martin would be back during training camp, but he never participated in practice. When asked if he was disappointed in Martin for getting hurt, Caldwell didn’t answer the question and walked off the podium.steelers_037

the Steelers get a reliable third safety with starter’s experience.

Elite Youth E.J. Gaines Jersey If Kirk Cousins gets injured, the team is screwed … and I guess so is Kirk, since he is on a one-year deal. Jay Gruden has really created a successful mind meld with the quarterback. Kirk is comfortable in this offense, and he has weapons. Neither Colt McCoy nor Nate Sudfeld could come in and run this offense for an extended period the way that Cousins can, and the lack of offensive production would doom a young defense that is counting on help in the time-of-possession department.

In Wilcox, the Steelers get a reliable third safety with starter’s experience. Sources say Mike Mitchell and Sean Davis both expect to play Week 1 against the Cleveland Browns, but they’ve missed some time in the preseason, with Mitchell missing more than a month.

Backups Jordan Dangerfield and Robert Golden are core special-teamers, but the secondary as a whole was not crisp early in the preseason, and the Steelers look ready to upgrade in case their starters go down again.
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Wilcox signed a two-year deal with the Bucs this spring for $6.25 million to help fill the void left by Bradley McDougald, who signed with the Seattle Seahawks.

He was brought in to challenge for a starting role but wound up behind Chris Conte and Keith Tandy on the depth chart. Wilcox was seeing action as the third safety in the Bucs’ big nickel packages, however.

I don’t think there’s a sports venue in the country that can say that

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New York started the offseason by cutting ties with veterans Nick Mangold, Darrelle Revis, and Brandon Marshall three months ago, then got rid of David Harris and Eric Decker in June.

Now the team parted ways with one of its best defensive players, jettisoning Sheldon Richardson to Seattle in exchange for Jermaine Kearse and a second-round pick.

When you can come to an NFL stadium or a Major League Soccer stadium and be able to feed your family, a kid for $10, and get a hotdog, a refillable soda, a popcorn, and a pretzel, and right there you’ve only spent $8, stadium general manager Scott Jenkins told SB Nation. I don’t think there’s a sports venue in the country that can say that.

Authentic Kids Bo Jackson Jersey There are 15 local Atlanta food options along with 1,264 beer taps in the stadium, so don’t worry about having a lack of variety.

Yes, there’s a Chick-fil-A that’ll be closed during games on Sundays but open for college football games and other events. Besides, I sampled the chicken sandwiches at West Nine and Game Changers, and they were absolutely delicious.

The storyline was great. I entered this mode knowing very little about the game, and I was surprised with the plot twists and overall story developments. The time jumps and plot points seemed to make sense, on top of the fact that this story mode touches on tragedy and the real shit that athletes in the spotlight have to go through sometimes.

Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell signs franchise tag

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Steelers fans can heave a collective sigh of relief because star running back Le’Veon Bell has signed his franchise tag, the team announced Monday.

Bell’s one-year deal will pay him $12.1 million this season, which is the average of the three highest-paid running backs in the NFL, as the franchise tag requires.

Robert Quinn Jersey The former Michigan State running back sat out the preseason with hopes that he would get a long-term contract. He did not receive the deal, but he also did not have to take any abuse on the field during the preseason, so he will be ready to go Week 1 when the Steelers take on the Browns on the road.

Bell arrived Friday at Steelers facilities for the first time during the preseason to take the team physical and signed his tag Monday.

He has rushed for 4,045 yards and 26 touchdowns in his four years with the Steelers but has played in all 16 games in a season just once.

Yes, it was pitiful tackling from the Eagles, but credit Thompson for staying on his feet through the contact. Kind of unfair that Kirk Cousins gets credit for throwing that touchdown.

In Houston, where J.J. Watt received a hero’s welcome when he stepped on the field, the Texans are getting worked by the Jaguars. Tom Savage fumbles, resulting in a scoop-and-score for the Jags, but it’s overturned on review his arm was moving forward before he lost the ball. The telecast barely has time to show that Calais Campbell has 3.5 sacks in the first half when Savage is sacked and fumbles AGAIN, resulting in another defensive score. For a moment, I thought I was watching a replay of the previous fumble return touchdown, but no: This is a different play, and this time it counts. The Jags go into halftime up 19-0; Tom Savage has been sacked six times while leading Houston to 52 yards of offense.

Jones joins a backfield in Indianapolis that includes Frank Gore, Robert Turbin and rookie Marlon Mack.

When he met the media before practice, Garrett refused to back down from his statement in the spring that he hoped to take down Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

“Stand by it,” Garrett said. “You shouldn’t be scared to take anybody down.”

“I’ve been playing this game for 14 years now,” Roethlisberger said Wednesday. “He’s not the first or the last one to talk about trying to get me. I’m just blessed to have a group in front of me to help protect that. … I know they are always up for the challenge. They always want to protect me, open up things in the run game. They take pride in being the best in the business and that’s what I think they are.”

Jones rushed for 950 yards and six touchdowns in his two seasons in Washington. One of his biggest problems was an inability to hold onto the ball. He fumbled seven times with the Redskins, losing six of them. The six lost fumbles tied Melvin Gordon of the Chargers for the most over the past two seasons.

Schwenke, signed by the Colts as a free agent in March, started 28 games over the past four seasons with the Tennessee Titans.

The other players claimed by the Colts were defensive backs Pierre Desir (Seattle) and Kenny Moore (New England), offensive lineman Ian Silberman (Oakland) and receiver Matt Hazel (Washington).

The other players let go Sunday were tackle Zach Banner and safety Ronald Martin (both waived) and tight end Brandon Williams (released).rockets_024