Month: December 2016

The Lions understand what’s next: Beat Green Bay or possibly go home

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It was over for less than an hour, and already the Detroit Lions knew they needed to move on. The 24-hour rule so many teams try to implement after wins and losses was going away.

But they all know. They recognize what awaits. Sunday against Green Bay, in prime time for the second straight week, is what the Lions are going to focus on. Win and Detroit takes its first division title since 1993, when the four-team NFC North was the five-team NFC Central. Lose and they are the No. 6 seed in the playoffs at best and done for the year at worst.

While being dominated by Dallas on a national stage was still fresh in their minds, the Lions had to move past it as fast as they possibly could. They couldn¡¯t think about losing two straight games by double digits and how, for the first time since the beginning of October, they were officially on a losing streak.

¡°We had very good opportunities the last two weeks, but next week is even bigger,¡± linebacker DeAndre Levy said. ¡°We¡¯re at home. We have a night game. It¡¯s for the [division]. It¡¯s for everything. You know, this is what you suit up for, these opportunities.

¡°No matter what happened, you know, the previous 15 weeks, previous two weeks, three weeks, whatever, we have to take care of business.¡±
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And the results, outscored 59-27 over the past two weeks, have been poor — particularly on Monday night.

Ryan Fitzpatrick can change the perception of his career with a win over the Patriots

Two numbers say all you need to know about the instability that’s plagued the AFC East over the last 15 years:

39: The number of different starting quarterbacks on the Jets, Dolphins and Bills since the Patriots named Tom Brady their starter in 2001.

21: The number of different head coaches on the Jets, Dolphins and Bills since Bill Belichick was hired as Patriots head coach in 2000.
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Despite being in the NFL since 1998, Woodson has played with just two teams, spending the first part of his career with the Raiders before joining the Green Bay Packers through 2012. After that season, he returned to the Raiders and has been a leader in the locker room ever since.

Woodson has a Super Bowl ring from Super Bowl XLV, has been named to the Pro Bowl eight times, including as recently as 2011, and has been named an All-Pro defensive back seven times. He was the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1998 and the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2009. He led the league in interceptions in 2009 and 2011, and is tied for sixth in the league with five interceptions this year.

Woodson is tied with Ken Riley for fifth all-time with 65 interceptions.

He will play in front of his final home crowd when the Raiders host the San Diego Chargers on Thursday, and he’ll try and play spoiler for the Kansas City Chiefs on the road in Week 17.

This offseason, jobless once again, Fitzpatrick signed on with the Jets to mentor Geno Smith, the supposed quarterback of the future. At 33 years of age, it seemed as if Fitzpatrick’s career was winding down before it even really began.
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But then in training camp, little-known linebacker IK Enemkpali broke Smith’s jaw in a locker room altercation. No matter where Fitzpatrick went, he couldn’t escape volatility.

Boston nearly won it at the end of regulation

If it was the other way around, if it was a player who was the best guard, offensively, but not even in the top 50-60 [defensively], the guy would be a perennial All-Star.
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Scott Niedermayer Kids Jersey “So I think that Avery is a very underrated player. I think he¡¯s an All-Star-caliber player, for sure, and should be considered and mentioned among all the guys. Unfortunately, All-Star teams tend to be picked by points per game much more than what players shoot against you and defensive numbers and just watching how great of a defender he is. Because defense is so important in winning.”

The NBA wants to slow down or even stop superstar players from leaving their teams in free agency. Since 2010, there’s been a steady stream of huge names who have left as free agents, including LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Dwight Howard and Kevin Durant. Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul and Kevin Love also forced trades because they knew their teams were afraid they’d leave in free agency.

Trades like the one that sent James Harden from OKC to Houston could happen more if young players try to exploit a loophole in the NBA’s new CBA.

The SEED Project helps Senegalese boys and girls between ages 13 and 17 in schools around Dakar and Thies and has helped graduates enroll in universities around the world.

“SEED Project is thrilled to partner with the NBA to develop young talents from Africa,” said SEED Project executive director Mohamed Niang, whose organization has helped develop Minnesota’s Gorgui Dieng among its graduates. “Our organization has a rich tradition of producing student athletes that are able to compete at the highest level, and we welcome the opportunity to work alongside the NBA to continue inspiring, enabling, and supporting the holistic development of our youth.”

Siemian has already played through the foot injury

Players Off Game Status Injury Report: Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions, finger/right hand: What looked to be a very concerning injury to Stafford’s throwing hand early in the week doesn’t even warrant an appearance on the game status injury report. A dislocation of the PIP (proximal interphalangeal joint) on his middle finger and an apparent tendon injury to the tip of that same finger weren’t enough to keep Stafford from finishing the game in Week 14, although he did so with a glove.

In an effort to craft something more comfortable for him heading into this week’s contest, the medical staff created a four-fingerless glove, leaving all fingers free to directly contact the football except the protected middle finger.

Last week he scored his first touchdown of the season, so that’s an encouraging sign for fantasy owners. He’s not entirely out of the woods but will continue to play barring a setback.

Jordan Matthews, Philadelphia Eagles, ankle, (Q): Matthews did return to action last week after missing one game with a sprained ankle. One more week removed from the injury can only help. Matthews was limited on Wednesday but practiced in full both Thursday and Friday. Barring a surprise, Matthews will be active Sunday, but fantasy owners should confirm his status via the pregame inactive report.
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Brandon Marshall, foot/knee/back, and Quincy Enunwa, ribs, New York Jets, ACTIVE: The Jets play Saturday night and both receivers are active, despite being listed as questionable. Marshall did tell reporters he might see fewer reps than usual, but it’s hard to know how that translates, especially given the general offensive woes of the team.

Elite Mens Nikola Mirotic Jersey Marshall has less than 50 yards receiving in each of the past two games and had a season low in targets in Week 13. Those numbers won’t help fantasy owners and Enunwa’s won’t either (just four receptions in the past two weeks). For those who may have few options, both players will be active.

Ravens tailback Kenneth Dixon caught a short pass from quarterback Joe Flacco at the Patriots’ 30-yard line

T.Y. Hilton, Colts: He’s here just in case people were going to get cute because it’s Minnesota. In addition to just being a no-brainer start every week, about half of Hilton’s receptions and touchdowns this season have come from the slot.

The Vikings have struggled there, as they’ve allowed 49 receptions, 556 yards and five touchdowns to the slot in the past six games. Hilton is averaging 10 targets and 99 yards a game since Week 9, so he’s locked in as a WR1 this week.

Sammy Watkins, Bills: Well, if I am on Tyrod Taylor, it makes sense I like his No. 1 receiver. Finally looking healthy, expect even more targets for Watkins this week against a Browns team that has given up a league-high 30 touchdown passes, including another league-high 16 of them on passes thrown at least 10 yards.

Watkins has played 96 percent of the snaps the past two weeks and has been targeted on 25 percent of Taylor’s throws, so he should have a good shot at getting into the end zone for a second straight week.

On first down, Ravens tailback Kenneth Dixon caught a short pass from quarterback Joe Flacco at the Patriots’ 30-yard line. Dixon stumbled as linebacker Kyle Van Noy attempted to tackle him, but Dixon regained his footing and made it to the 23-yard line.

“The wind was howling across the field. I remember [Bears kicker] Robbie [Gould] on one of his field goals, he almost got a delay [penalty] because he was waiting for a lull in the wind. It looked like he pulled it left and somehow the wind took it and he made it. It was a dicey day.”
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No one had it worse than then-Packers punter Jon Ryan. He fumbled a snap that got blown astray by the wind, had two punts blocked and another that went just 9 yards.
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None of that would be unusual if Jesus had grown up in Canton or Cuyahoga Falls, but he grew up some 2,300 miles southwest of old Cleveland Municipal Stadium — in Mexico City. While his friends were playing and talking futbol, Serrano was following American football.

Mike Tannenbaum in charge of football operations and Chris Grier installed as general manager

Continuity is one of the most important factors for the development of a young quarterback, and No. 1 overall pick Jameis Winston will now play for the second head coach of his career. It often takes time to build a Authentic Alterraun Verner Jersey winner, but that’s apparently a fact that’s lost on the Buccaneers ownership.

Not a single head coach has lasted longer than four years in Cleveland since Bill Belichick, and Marty Schottenheimer was the last one to move on with a winning record in 1988. The Browns’ current owner, Jimmy Haslam, has Authentic Austin Hooper Jersey cycled through three coaches in just four years.

They asked Hayward why he didn’t talk to any of the world’s best players, or pick their brains. “They wouldn’t talk to me,” Hayward demurred, according to his trainers. They had seen this before. Hayward sometimes wore Durant’s signature shoes, but would never approach Durant after games against the Thunder. Hayward’s friends had to tell him: You’re a star, too. You are their peer.

It took a while for Hayward to internalize the message, but last summer, he felt ready. He stayed in Salt Lake City to be close to his newborn daughter, and to work each day with Johnnie Bryant, a Utah assistant. (The Jazz include incentives in many contracts that allow for bonuses if players stick around in the summer, sources say. Gobert’s massive new extension includes some.)

Hayward ripped apart his workout routine and started from scratch. He tried boxing to help his footwork and balance. He practiced spinning in a complete circle on one leg, tapping the floor, and spinning back the other way. He’d stand on one leg, move the other one in and out, and try not to fall over. He hit the weight room harder.

He ran through sets without a ball, and started watching film of his workouts. “I wanted to see: Am I doing it right every single time?” Hayward said. “I think there is a still a big leap for me, and I want to get that out of myself. I couldn’t do the same stuff I’ve been doing every summer. I wanted to be uncomfortable.”

the Bengals have lost seven consecutive playoff games

Burfict also was the subject of controversy in December when he delivered a hit low to Ben Roethlisberger, which was one of three infractions that earned fines for the linebacker totaling $69,454. While Burfict apologized for the hit and said he was pushed into the quarterback, Roethlisberger didn’t buy it and said that it was an attempt to cause injury.

After splitting the regular season series, the rubber match will decide which team advances to the AFC Divisional round and it gives the Bengals the chance to win a playoff game for the first time since beating the Houston Oilers in January 1991.
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This hire is the latest shakeup in Cleveland after a disappointing 3-13 season. Earlier this week the Browns fired head coach Mike Pettine — the third head coach the team has fired in four years — and general manager Ray Farmer. Farmer was replaced by general counsel Sashi Brown, who was reportedly given final say of the 53-man roster. Brown, who has no scouting experience, was the general counsel to the Jacksonville Jaguars before joining the Browns in 2013 and worked as an attorney before that.

According to sources, Paul DePodesta will be above EXVP of FB Ops Sashi Brown. DePodesta will report to Haslem, president Alec Scheiner.

But Brown, like DePodesta, is “analytics driven,” according to Vic Carucci of Buffalo News, which appears to be the direction the Browns are going in.

Vladamir Putin could launch his entire arsenal of ICBMs into the earth’s core, the moon could fall into the North Atlantic, and Tom Coughlin would be silently standing on the sidelines with severe windburn by himself staring in disbelief at a imaginary Eli Manning interception.

The Dodgers pursued free agent Greg Holland as insurance if Jansen signed elsewhere

The Dodgers pursued free agent Greg Holland as insurance if Jansen signed elsewhere, but they might lower their sights in a plentiful market for relievers.

Jansen, the NL Reliever of the Year, earned his first All-Star selection in 2016, when he also rewrote the Dodgers’ record book, supplanting Eric Gagne as the franchise’s all-time saves leader while tying for second in MLB with 47 saves.

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Jansen was second among NL relievers with a 1.83 ERA, limiting opponents to a .150 batting average, the best in the Majors, as was his 0.67 WHIP. He struck out 104 and walked just 11.

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Zach Britton: The Orioles have told teams that baseball’s most dominant closer is not available. But the market shifts daily as players come and go. Executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette does not seem inclined to create one opening by filling another. But Britton is two seasons from free agency, and at some point, the O’s ability to re-sign him could come more into focus.

Joe Blanton: He appeared in 75 games for the Dodgers last season and allowed just more than a baserunner per inning (1.013). At 36, he’s among the most durable and reliable relievers in the game, and could be a sneaky pickup for someone.

DeAndre Hopkins has connected with Brock Osweiler on only three passes of 20 yards

Jackson beat out Clemson QB Deshaun Watson, Michigan LB Jabrill Peppers, Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield and Oklahoma WR Dede Westbrook for the honor. Jackson, 19, is the youngest Heisman winner ever, and the first Heisman winner from Louisville (he was the school’s first finalist for the honor).

Watson finished second in the voting, with 1,524 points to Jackson’s 2,144. Mayfield finished third (361 points), Westbrook fourth (209) and Peppers fifth (208).

“To the Heisman voters, I’m Elite Womens Paul Kariya Jersey truly honored and humbled to be the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner,” said Jackson, who fought back tears during his acceptance speech. “To be able to stand up here with all these other Heisman Trophy winners, I’m extremely proud to represent this class and the University of Louisville with their first Heisman Trophy.”

Jackson didn’t play as well toward the end of the season, in part due to poor pass protection by the Cardinals’ offensive line. Louisville lost its final two games, against Houston Elite Womens Niles Paul Jersey and Kentucky. The last Heisman winner to lose three regular-season games as Jackson did was Baylor’s Robert Griffin III in 2011.

As a sophomore, Jackson won’t be eligible for the NFL draft until 2018 or 2019, which means college football will have a returning Heisman winner in 2017 for the first time since Florida State’s Jameis Winston (2013 winner). Jackson has a chance to join Archie Griffin, the only two-time Heisman winner.

Jackson’s skill set has been compared to that of former Philadelphia Eagles star Randall Cunningham, and an NFC club executive said in October that Jackson has the look of a No. 1 overall draft choice.

Jackson wasted no time in gathering Heisman Trophy momentum this season, throwing six touchdown passes in a season opener against Charlotte and rushing for four a week later against Syracuse. But Jackson performed against tougher competition, as well. He led UL to a 63-20 win over Florida State and played well in a loss to Watson’s Clemson team, as well. For the season, Jackson completed 220 of 382 passes (59 percent) for 3,390 yards, 30 touchdowns and nine interceptions. But it was as a rusher where Jackson was perhaps at his most spectacular. He ran for 1,538 yards on the season, more than all but seven FBS running backs.

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Eduardo Escobar homered and Eduardo Nunez drove two runs to help the Minnesota Twins to 8 win over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday night. Torii stroked RBI double and Dozier added RBI with two runs scored for Minnesota, which had lost three of its last four, including the opener of this three-game series on Friday. Twins starter, who was born Longview, Washington, had his homecoming cut short after he was drilled with a grounder the fourth inning. He allowed two runs on three hits with five strikeouts over 3 3 innings. It’s always scary when your pitcher gets hit like that, Twins manager Molitor said of.

The good news is that the X-rays Elite Womens Erik Johnson Jersey were negative. The right elbow is going to be sore and he will be day-to-day. Stauffer picked up the win for two innings relief of. Seattle starter Paxton was not helped by his fielders the one, yielding four runs — one earned — on five hits with seven strikeouts 4 3 frames. Austin homered and knocked two runs and also had a pair of RBI for the Mariners. We shot ourselves the foot quite a bit tonight, Seattle manager McClendon said. It costed us the ball game. Dozier reached base to lead off the game on a fielding error by third baseman Kyle Seager. After Mauer drew a one-out walk, Plouffe made it to first on a fielding error and Nunez pushed Dozier across with a bases-loaded walk. Seattle took a 2 lead the bottom of the first.

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