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Rather than always looking downfield, Wilson this year has picked his spots for deep shots.

Thanks in part to a bad showing in the divisional playoff loss at Atlanta, Wilson before this season was not written up with the same puff. Now, according to Pro Football Focus’ player grades, he is No. 3, right behind Brady and Brees and ahead of Smith and Wentz.
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Wilson this season has not provided many jaw-dropping highlights scrambling around before completing impossible long passes. He’s averaging only 7.2 yards per attempt, down further from last year’s 7.7 and his career average of 7.9.

Rookie Deshaun Watson has lit up some bad defenses in garbage time, but this is his toughest test yet. The Seahawks are bringing defensively it on every level, and they Adam Larsson Jersey have the secondary to take away shots downfield to DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller. In contrast, Houston’s undermanned defense will hurt against a red-hot Russell Wilson.

Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott are back in their groove, and they need to enjoy their time in the lineup together while it lasts. They can have a blast against a gassed Washington defense that can’t stop Elliott on the ground or Prescott’s inside targets through the air. Kirk Cousins makes it interesting late, but that’s about it for the Redskins, per usual.

Watson now has 19 touchdown passes in seven games. His fourth touchdown against the Seahawks came towards the very end of the fourth quarter and put the Texans up 38-34.
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However, a touchdown from Russell Wilson to Jimmy Graham with 21 seconds left gave the Seahawks the win.

My God, Houston’s so lucky. By next year he’s going to be a top-five quarterback in this league, and that includes the two big dogs (Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers). He makes you dig to the deepest part of your competitive juices to beat him, Sherman said.

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Joe Thomas will miss the rest of the season with left triceps tear

Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch kept busy during his one-game suspension by spending some time practicing this week with the football team at his alma mater, Oakland Technical High School.

Now, the Browns will have to depend on Drango from here on. Just when you thought this season could not get any worse for the Browns, it did on one single play.

Smith-Schuster, 20, remains in concussion protocol after reporting concussion-like symptoms following Sunday’s win over the rival Bengals. The USC product posted his third touchdown of the season in the Week 7 matchup before delivering one of the funniest touchdown celebrations this season with running back Le’Veon Bell.

Meanwhile, disgruntled wide receiver Martavis Bryant said in an Instagram comment Sunday that Smith-Schuster is “nowhere near better” than him. Despite his unhappiness and trade talk, coach Mike Tomlin is adamant the team has “bigger fish to fry” with a big game Sunday night on the road against the rested Lions looming.

Andy Reid was asked after Ware’s injury if it made it more likely that Spiller would lock up a roster spot.

“Right now, yeah, I would tell you today,” Reid said, via Joel Thorman of Arrowhead Pride.

We don’t know why the Chiefs cut Spiller in the first place, but it made sense to re-sign him. Then he was gone, then back in Kansas City, and now he’s out again — for now, anyway.

Dallas owner Jerry Jones said Tuesday on his weekly radio show on Dallas/Fort-Worth’s The Fan that Gregory’s chances of returning will get “better and better” as time passes.

“I wouldn’t get into what we’re going to do there, and what he’s going to do there,” Jones said. “But I do know that as we move forward with the league relative to how we handle a situation like Randy Gregory, his opportunity to play will get better and better.”
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NFL fines Steelers’ Mike Mitchell $48K for hit on Charcandrick West, not Alex Smith

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Early reports were apparently wrong about the NFL fining Steelers safety Mike Mitchell more than $48,000 for a low hit on Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith last Sunday.
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The next morning, his ankle was so swollen he couldn’t walk. A visit to the doctor revealed his worst fears: His ankle was broken, there was ligament damage, and his season was over. In the car on the way home, he had tears running down his cheeks. He’d worked so hard to get here, he told his father, and now his dream of playing college football was circling the drain. You don’t know that, Don Cousins told his son. But you do have a decision to make: Are you going to try and control your future, or are you ready to surrender your future to the Lord and let him do as he pleases?

[The Eagles are] playing at a high level, so our guys will have to step up, Gruden said. That’s just the way it is. There’s a lot of teams around the National Football League this time of the year that are dealing with key injuries at certain positions and we just had a couple of them at the corner spot.

Will Fuller V, Texans: Fuller has been red-hot since making his return to the field, but the scoring rate is unsustainable, considering the lack of targets he gets. Because he’s expected to play a lot of his snaps against Richard Sherman on Sunday, it doesn’t appear likely Fuller gets Womens Tavon Wilson Jersey into the end zone against a Seahawks team that has allowed just four wide receiver scores in its past nine games, dating back to last year (ding!). In the past four weeks, Seattle is the No. 1 scoring defense in the NFL, making Fuller merely a WR4 for me this week.

Others receiving votes: As you can tell, I’m down on the Colts this week, meaning it should be another long Sunday for T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief, as the Bengals, among many other impressive stats, allow the lowest overall completion percentage to wide receivers this season. …

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Roger Goodell says players should stand, but league focus on underlying issues

Elite Jason Chimera Jersey NFL owners expressed their belief that players should stand for the national anthem in meetings Wednesday but focused on how the league can address the concerns of players who are protesting during it, commissioner Roger Goodell said.
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This is just a bad ass play from Rivers. The Raiders get pressure, and Rivers makes a move and completes the pass.

But this play highlights the biggest issue Oakland has in their pass defense. According to Football Outsiders DVOA, the Raiders are 31st in the NFL against an opponent’s No. 1 wide receiver.

Here’s one example of two in the Ravens game where Mike Wallace outruns the Oakland secondary for a big gain. It’s nothing special from the offense. The Raiders’ cornerback and safety just aren’t good enough here. I have no idea what the safety is looking Jari Kurri Womens Jersey at. He’s got the deep middle of the field and allows Wallace to run right by him.
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The Raiders are 30th covering running backs in the NFL. Here they are against Washington on Monday Night Football. This is early in the game. It’s third-and-6. The Raiders bring pressure and forget to cover the running back. No bueno.

This Thursday the Raiders play the Chiefs, who have feasted in the past on the screen game against the Raiders. I would know. We scored on three of them in the first half at Oakland in 2013, plus another long touchdown catch for Jamaal Charles. If the Raiders want to win on Thursday, they better find a way to clean this up.

Dewayne Dedmon followed a miss by Schroder for a layup to put Atlanta up 113-111 with 58 seconds left.

I don’t think it’s too big for him, Shanahan said. I think he’s used to having it and I think he’s just going to go about it like he’s gone about every other day throughout his career.

Game Womens Brandon Morrow Jersey Rookie LB Reuben Foster and teammate Ray-Ray Armstrong were nearly the victims of an armed robbery attempt after being out late Sunday night at a club in San Francisco. It was a scary moment for my family and for the organization, Foster said. I’m truly sorry to the organization and the fans that I concerned them. But you can live and you learn. бн DL Ronald Blair, who has been on IR all season with a hand injury, returned to practice. He can be activated to the roster in two weeks. бн The 49ers signed CB Greg Mabin and TE Cole Wick to the practice squad and released DB Jarnor Jones from the practice squad.

I’ve seen him in Europe doing his thing for Italy, and he did it tonight, said Schroder, who led the Hawks with seven assists. I was excited when I heard he’s here. It’s just great to have somebody like that coming off the bench and looking for his shots.

Smith, the first Dallas rookie to start an opener since 34-year-old teammate Devin Harris in 2004, scored his first NBA points on an alley-oop dunk to open the Dallas scoring and finished with 16 points and a game-high 10 assists.

Nowitzki scored 10 points on 4-of-14 shooting, and the surest sign yet that he’s putting the franchise in younger hands came late. The 7-footer who led the Mavericks to their only championship in 2011 sat during the back-and-forth final minutes.
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Dewayne Dedmon followed a miss by Schroder for a layup to put Atlanta up 113-111 with 58 seconds left. Taurean Prince rebounded a missed 3 from Belinelli with the shot clock off and made both free throws for a four-point lead.

Brian Hoyer’s day ended in Week 6 after only a little more than a quarter against Washington.

Avril has been sidelined since suffering a neck/spine injury in Week 4. He’ll have to miss at least eight weeks while on injured reserve, and it’s possible that he will miss the remainder of the season. Carroll has said that Avril’s injury could be a long-term issue, and when asked last week if it could sideline him for the rest of the season, the coach didn’t rule out that possibility.

On Monday, Bryant told media that he did not request a trade and that he has talked to Steelers coaches only about getting better.

Multiple Steelers have tried to encourage Bryant early this week, according to sources, citing his crucial role in the offense and how it’s too early to be frustrated.

Roethlisberger said Bryant’s improved blocking and inspired play in Kansas City, where he caught two passes for 27 yards on 33 snaps, were positive signs. Also, the Steelers can call more red zone plays designed to go to Bryant.

Brian Hoyer’s day ended in Week 6 after only a little more than a quarter against Washington. In the middle of the second quarter, the San Francisco 49ers turned over the reins to rookie third-round pick C.J. Beathard and gave extra snaps to rookie running back Matt Breida who entered the game with the rookie quarterback.

The rookie entered the game Sunday with a 14-0 deficit at FedEx Field, which may hold some sentimental value to Beathard. His grandfather, Bobby Beathard, was the general manager in Washington for 12 seasons, including the team’s Super Bowl-winning seasons in 1982 and 1987.

During the 2016 season, eight games aired only on NFL Network, with two games aired on Saturday, and two on Sunday. The games that appeared on CBS and NBC were streamed on Twitter — and we can likely expect the same treatment with Amazon. The schedule for 2017 is not available yet, but will come out later this month.

Did you know the adorable new Porg from ‘Star Wars’ has extremely reasonable sports takes?

On Monday night during the trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, we met a Porg, Chewbacca’s adorable, screaming co-pilot. It turns out the Porg has really reasonable and well thought out sports takes — who knew?
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Derek Carr, QB, Raiders: Like Montgomery, Carr wasn’t a player from whom fantasy owners had high expectations on Sunday, as he was started in just 27.8 percent of ESPN leagues in his first game back from a back injury. Those who did start Carr, however, got only 6.84 fantasy points from him, his seventh-worst individual score in 52 career NFL starts. Getting a game under his belt could be a good thing, as could be another week to get back to full strength. He’ll face a tougher matchup in Week 7 against the Kansas City Chiefs, though.

The family told Griff they were going to a food show, judging by the start of this video — which is one heck of a way to trick your kid. Nobody that age wants to go to a food show. Then things get amazing when Griff gets surprised with a ticket and a jersey to see Gurley in action.
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But they’re in L.A. he says with a smile, thinking it’s all a joke — before it’s revealed the Rams are in Jacksonville and they have tickets to watch them play. Not just tickets, but box seats. Griff can’t keep it together, because this was the best surprise.

Kirk Cousins, QB, Washington Redskins: That’s three consecutive games with at least 20 fantasy points for Cousins, whose 27.80 on Sunday represented the seventh-best total in any of his 51 career NFL games. Though he didn’t exactly carve up a San Francisco 49ers defense that was missing key linebackers, he did score his first rushing touchdown of the season, after having totaled nine in the previous two seasons combined. Cousins was started in 60.4 percent of ESPN leagues, seventh highest among quarterbacks.

The key words are if he wants it.

With Adam Benigni accepting the role as co-anchor of Daybreak on WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) effective at the start of 2018, the focus shifts to the future of sportscaster Jonah Javad.

Javad has been doing Benigni’s duties as sports director for several months and is assumed to have the job permanently if he wants it.

Womens Anders Nilsson Jersey In a Twitter message exchange, Javad wouldn’t directly answer if he wants it or if he has an out-of-town job offer.

The NFL through Week 6 continued to close the deficit of TV viewers compared with last season — albeit at a numbingly slow pace.

Through Week 6, the NFL’s 37 national telecasts averaged 15.3 million viewers, according to data compiled by Sports Media Watch, which is down 7.2 percent from the average 16.5 million viewers through the same week a season ago.

This year’s viewership numbers do not include the latest Monday Night Football telecast, which were not available at press time.

TV viewership of NFL games was down 12.3 percent after Week 1 and had narrowed the gap to 7.3 percent after Week 5.

Kids Eric Fisher Jersey As we said last week, everyone who is part of our NFL community has a tremendous respect for our country, our flag, our anthem and our military. In the best American tradition, we are coming together to find common ground and commit to the hard work required for positive change.

Now the good rating news: Star teams remain a huge draw for the league in the NBA Finals. Despite a five-game series, Warriors-Cavs II averaged 20.4 million viewers on ABC, up one percent in viewership from 2016’s seven-game finals between the same teams. It was the most-watched NBA Finals since Bulls-Jazz in 1998 (29.0 million) and the third year in a row that viewership has hit a post-Jordan high.

Let’s assume for the purpose of this exercise that they renounce their rights to McDermott to create cap space.

Authentic Womens Nico Siragusa Jersey The head-to-head format makes fantasy baseball a lot more like fantasy football, where you only have to have to outperform one other manager each week in order to get that elusive W. That said, there’s enough luck involved in the game without having to add in the potential for an player to have the second-highest score each week, yet be 0-10 and essentially out of the running by June. A team that’s last in your league in overall points likely has no chance at ever truly competing on the regular with the top teams. That said, if you throw out schedules and simply award a win to the top six scores each week in a 12-team league, it’s a lot easier for a struggling manager to see light at the end of the tunnel if he only has to reach as high as No. 6 overall to achieve future success.

If the Giants were below average in offensive efficiency before, what are they going to do now without (at least) receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall? It could get ugly for New York — heck, it already is.

It’s worth noting here that FPI does have its limitations, and one of those limitations is that it does not explicitly adjust for injuries to non-quarterbacks. Presumably, the Giants’ offense will be worse in the coming weeks, and the model will notice and adjust accordingly. But at the moment, it probably is slightly overrating Big Blue’s prospects in this game because it doesn’t know about the loss of Beckham.

Womens Ra’Shede Hageman Jersey Of course, Beckham’s injury and the Giants’ offensive line woes have overshadowed the fact that, quietly, their defense has performed below expectation, too. All of FPI’s optimism about the Giants stemmed from a belief that their defense would be excellent, but so far, it, like the offense, has been below average in terms of efficiency. FPI hasn’t given up on the defense yet — it still thinks the unit will be 2.2 points better per game than average — but it’s been disappointed so far.

The Hornets are solid.

Their defense should improve. Charlotte slipped to 14th in points allowed per possession, unthinkable for a Steve Clifford team, and conceded more 3s than anyone. Expect a more conservative scheme, where help defenders don’t creep so far into the paint.

They were a playoff lock before Batum’s injury, and should still ease in if he returns on time. They dutifully execute Clifford’s schemes. They just don’t have the dynamism or upside of the teams above them.

“And all of it had come out of that Al Campanis book that Tommy Lasorda preached from. Not only how to play — how you had to take on 3-0, how you had to lay down a bunt — but also how to dress for BP and how to represent the team.

“My main job with Dave was to turn him into a major league outfielder. He didn’t need much help on offense, but he couldn’t throw very well, so we spent a lot of that summer long-tossing.

“Even then, he had great people skills. The other players gravitated toward him. There was one time, though, that I had to fine him. I caught him eating on the bench during a game. That was not the the Dodger Way. I felt bad about it, though. ‘Dave,’ I told him, ‘the other guys look up to you. You have to set an example.'”

It was in those early years in the Tigers’ farm system that Roberts acquired the nickname Doc. The reason had nothing to do with his mental acumen, though he did have that. It was just an offshoot of his initials: DR. And that led to Hit Doctor, which was shortened to Doc.tigers_050-115x115