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Over the next two weeks http://www.authenticsgreenbaypackers.com/cheap-corey-linsley-jersey , Acme Packing Company will take a look each position group on the Green Bay Packers and provide insight into how they performed during the 2018 season. Today, we examine the tight ends.For the third year in a row, the Green Bay Packers tried to fill their longstanding void at tight end through free agency. For the third year in a row, they exist the season still looking for an answer.This time around, the Packers spent lavishly on the presumptive top tight end on the market, the type of move the franchise had largely avoided under previous general manager Ted Thompson. His successor, Brian Gutekunst, saw the position as a major flaw with the offensive personnel. With Aaron Rodgers playing out the final stretch of his Hall of Fame career, Gutekunst and his front office reset the market for tight ends in hopes of jumpstarting the offense.It didn’t work, and now Green Bay has to decide whether to run back the plan under new head coach Matt LaFleur or find someone else.Starter: Jimmy Graham16 games active, 12 starts55 catches, 636 receiving yards, two touchdownsOn March 13, 2018, Jimmy Graham agreed to a three-year contract worth $30 million in total compensation with the Packers. The team hoped that deal would solidify a position that had become a revolving door in Green Bay and give Rodgers the type of pass catcher he lacked since Jermichael Finley’s retirement several years earlier.Graham produced several flashes of brilliance during his first season in Green Bay, but he never captured the Pro Bowl form that made him such a devastating red-zone force during his previous stops with the Seattle Seahawks and New Orleans Saints. A broken thumb suffered in mid-November reduced Graham to a mere cog in the machine, limiting him to just 21 catches and 184 yards the rest of the year.BackupsLance Kendricks16 games active Color Rush Kentrell Brice Jersey , three starts19 catches, 170 receiving yards, one touchdownBack for a second season, Lance Kendricks saw plenty of snaps and did the bare minimum with them. Kendricks registered just nine first downs all year, the fewest of any Green Bay receiver with at least 25 targets. Just as damning, his blocking did little to negate his deficiencies as a pass catcher.Kendricks’ contract expires this March. While tight ends hold considerable value in the Packers’ new offense, it seems unlikely the team would invest another year and more money in Kendricks given his limited productivity over the past two seasons.Marcedes Lewis16 games active, four startsThree catches, 39 receiving yardsThe Packers added Marcedes Lewis late in the offseason, signing the veteran tight end to a one-year deal at the end of May. Still, Lewis seemed perfectly suited for a blocking-heavy role in former head coach Mike McCarthy’s offense.Instead, Lewis played less than 200 snaps all year. His blocking fell off from the levels he displayed with the Jacksonville Jaguars and he never became a contributor in the passing game. Though Lewis didn’t cost the Packers much in terms of money, he took up a roster space that could have gone to a more useful player.Robert Tonyan16 games active, one startFour catches, 77 receiving yards, one touchdownThe numbers don’t make a compelling case for Tonyan, who caught just four passes all season. Still Youth Aaron Rodgers Jersey , the Packers have high hopes for what the converted wideout might do in LaFleur’s offense. The front office will bring in more bodies this offseason, but Tonyan has a chance to carve out a meaningful role in 2019.Overall grade: D-While the Packers have endured disappointments with their tight ends before, the amount of money invested at the position this past season makes the group arguably more disconcerting. Other than Tonyan, who becomes an exclusive-rights free agent this offseason and would cost little to tenure, every other free-agent tight end seems likely to depart Green Bay this offseason. That means the team will essentially start over at an important position within their new offense once more. Jimmy Graham’s first season in a Green Bay Packers uniform was less than stellar. The tight end, who came over from the Seattle Seahawks as a free agent, was expected to provide a big impact in the middle of the field as a big-bodied receiving option for quarterback Aaron Rodgers.That impact was muted. Graham caught 55 passes for 636 yards, an average of 11.6 yards per reception, and those numbers exceeded his 2017 totals in both yardage and average. However, Graham caught just two touchdown passes, down massively from ten such catches the prior year for the Seahawks. Furthermore, he went through stretches in which he was entirely a non-factor; although Graham caught a pass in all 16 games, he had two or fewer receptions six times and had just six games with four or more catches.Although Graham’s free agent contract paid him $13 million in the first year of the deal and scheduled out $30 million in total compensation over three years, the Packers could have had an out this season. APC broke down the team’s options for Graham last week: keeping him or cutting him one of two different ways. However, it seems that the Packers are moving ahead with Graham in their plans for the 2019 season.That report comes from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport on Tuesday afternoon. Although situations can change, Rapoport’s sources indicate that the team plans to keep Graham for at least one more year. Doing so will mean paying Graham a $5 million roster bonus shortly after the 2019 league year begins in March, and Graham will carry a salary cap hit of $12.67 million this season.The hope for Packers fans is that the new coaching staff under Matt LaFleur can help justify that cap hit and get more out of Graham than Mike McCarthy did. Under McCarthy Color Rush Muhammad Wilkerson Jersey , Graham was often used as an in-line tight end and asked to block. However, Graham’s ability and effort as a blocker are mediocre at best, despite his 6-foot-7, 265-pound frame. In addition, two former Packers tight ends, Martellus Bennett and Marcedes Lewis, joked this offseason about McCarthy’s scheme being poor for true in-line tight ends to make an impact. Perhaps this, combined with casting Graham in that role, contributed to his so-so production as a receiver.The other possibility is that Graham’s physical tools are leaving him. He does not appear on film to possess the elite speed or quickness that made him so dangerous as a member of the New Orleans Saints early in his career. LaFleur will need to evaluate his abilities and put him in a position for him to succeed.If Graham fails to impress again this fall, the Packers would be able to move on easily prior to the 2020 season. His contract would carry just a $3.67 million hit on the salary cap for 2020 if the team were to release him then, and that would free up $8 million in cap space that year. For now, however, Graham appears to be in the Packers’ plans for the upcoming season.
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It can be difficult to go back to the beginning and hard to pick the right point to start. If you want to go way back http://www.indianapoliscoltsteamonline.com/margus-hunt-jersey , you can go seven years to 2011 when Peyton Manning missed an entire season getting vertebrae in his neck fused together. Too far? Go back to early 2017 when Jim Irsay hired rookie general manager Chris Ballard away from the Kansas City Chiefs. How about we make it even easier, let’s go back to February of 2018. This February last saw Indianapolis name two men as the team’s head coach. Josh McDaniels agreed to join the team but changed his mind, even after some of his assistant coaches had already signed to join Indianapolis and agreed to move their families to a new home. Less than a week later, the Colts brought in Frank Reich, adding to his storied resume as a “backup” in his football career.Since that time, Andrew Luck went months with no real timeline on when his throwing program would ramp up to one that is typical of a starting NFL quarterback. Chris Ballard moved back in the draft to grab extra picks and then back up to load up his rookie roster with first and second round talent. Former starting left guard Jack Mewhort retired. There are only 13 players in the Colts locker room who arrived in Indianapolis before Chris Ballard was hired. There are more than 40 players who are on the active roster, practice squad or injured reserve that fit into the blueprint Ballard has put together for his team. Ballard has made it clear from the beginning that he intends to develop home grown talent to serve as the backbone for the team’s identity on the field and in the locker room. He preached patience and indicated that while he was not afraid to dip into free agency for players who could be a good fit in the team’s longer-term plans, blowing money on players deemed to be a quick fix is both fool’s gold and potentially catastrophic for team chemistry. Ballard has taken his lumps for draft misses but has not been shy to acknowledge them and move on quickly. He has taken his lumps for the McDaniels fiasco but had arguably the best backup in NFL history on speed dial for just such an occasion. Heading into the 2018 NFL Draft, the Colts had a massive need to improve the offensive line. Jacoby Brissett took a beating while under center in 2017. In each of Andrew Luck’s first five seasons, he had taken a beating of his own. There was no hope of a meaningful running game behind that offensive line either, resulting in lopsided strategies that put quarterbacks in the cross hairs. Ballard drafted guard Quenton Nelson sixth overall and presumed guard Braden Smith with the fifth pick of the second round, 37th overall. At the end of the 2017 season, Ballard snagged Mark Glowinski off of waivers from the Seattle Seahawks. He signed free agent guard Matt Slauson in March of 2018. These players have played a key role in the Colts having one of the top rated offensive lines in the NFL, allowing fewest sacks in in the league through 16 games.Another glaring weakness to be addressed in the 2018 NFL Draft was at linebacker. The only veteran on the roster was Najee Goode, who Ballard signed away from the Philadelphia Eagles in free agency. It was assumed that he would play big role on defense in 2018 as the only player with legitimate starting experience. Think again.Ballard drafted small school linebacker Darius Leonard 36th overall and added two seventh round linebackers in Zaire Franklin and Matthew Adams. He snagged priority undrafted free agent Skai Moore and added him to a group that included 2017 fifth round pick Anthony Walker. What has happened to this position is nothing short of incredible. Leonard has to be considered a serious contender for Defensive Rookie of the Year. Walker has looked very good in his second NFL season. He dropped weight and looks fast and ferocious, particularly coming up against the run. Even Matthew Adams has found his way into a regular role as the team’s go-to SAM linebacker, helping to seal the edge against the run and playing a key role in refusing to allow mobile quarterbacks out of the pocket.When Matt Eberflus joined the Colts coaching staff, it was clear that a major change on defense would be required. Moving from Pagano’s plodding 3-4 defense to a speed-centered 4-3 Tampa 2 would require entirely new personnel. The transition would require patience. Colts fans braced for a soft unit http://www.indianapoliscoltsteamonline.com/nate-hairston-jersey , particularly against the run, after watching the scheme gets gashed on the ground for years during the Polian/Manning era.This unit? It is currently ranked 8th in the NFL in rushing yards allowed per game. Saquon Barkley will win the Offensive Rookie of the Year award at the end of the season. Against the Colts? Barkley carried the ball 21 times for 43 yards, good for 2 yards per carry. He did this against a Colts unit missing Al Woods, Anthony Walker, and Clayton Geathers — all primary weapons for the run defense. The Colts stifled him even though the Giants jumped out to an early lead, one it held until the last minute of the game.The young team started the season in a huge hole. Too many winnable games ended up the other way. Veteran tight end Jack Doyle fumbled away what felt an awful lot like an Andrew Luck fourth quarterback comeback drive for the win. Questionable officiating helped the Eagles win a home game in Week 3, even though the Colts had Philadelphia on the ropes for much of the game. A late game push for a possible win against Houston in Week 4 fell flat after a questionable overtime call allowed the Texans to kick a game winning field goal. While the score didn’t look particularly close, Indianapolis stuck with the Patriots and a series of unfortunate self-inflicted wounds were the team’s ultimate undoing. An embarrassing loss to the New York Jets in Week 5 left the team 1-5 and fans with little reason to believe in a recovery. The Jets game was the turning point. Since that time, Indianapolis has gone on a 8-1 run. They are one win away from a playoff berth, or a ridiculously unlikely division championship — don’t count on it, Jacksonville is an unmitigated disaster. Many of Ballard’s unheralded, under-the-radar, not sexy defensive free agent signings have been important.Denico Autry has 36 tackles, leads the team with 9 sacks, has 13 tackles for a loss, 11 quarterback hits, 2 forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. Pierre Desir has played a key role in shutting down all world receivers Amari Cooper and DeAndre Hopkins. He has 73 tackles, 2 tackles for a loss Authentic Quincy Wilson Jersey , an interception, 8 passes defensed, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. Kenny Moore has been the best cornerback on the team this season and has 72 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 4 tackles for a loss, 2 quarterback hits, 2 interceptions, 9 passes defensed and a forced fumble. Jabaal Sheard has 47 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 14 tackles for loss, 13 quarterback hits and 4 passes defensed. Margus Hunt has had the best season of his career with 26 tackles, 5 sacks, 13 tackles for a loss, 6 quarterback hits, 2 passes defensed, 1 forced fumble and 1 fumble recovery. Al-Quadin Muhammad has 25 tackles, 5 tackles for a loss, 2 quarterback hits Womens Anthony Walker Jersey , 1 pass defensed and 1 fumble recovery. Jihad Ward had 4 tackles, 3 sacks, 3 tackles for a loss, and 6 quarterback hits in four games.On offense? Ballard picked up former first round “bust” Eric Ebron, who has subsequently set the franchise record for receiving touchdowns by a tight end in a single season and been named to his first Pro Bowl. 2017 undrafted free agent tight end Mo Alie-Cox has stepped in as a hybrid option with 6 catches for 112 yards and 2 touchdowns. Free agent wide receivers Ryan Grant, Zach Pascal, Marcus Johnson and Dontrelle Inman have combined for 927 yards on 90 receptions and 6 touchdowns. People are starting to recognize that the Colts are young but capable. They are much further along in this rebuild than any reasonable person could expect. They are far exceeding their 2018 projections and dangerously close to first franchise playoff berth since 2014. Ballard will carry one of the hottest young teams into the off-season. He will boast the largest piggy bank, with over $122 million in projected cap space. He has 8 draft picks, including 3 in the first 2 rounds, and will likely earn one or two compensatory picks for the 2019 NFL Draft.The Colts franchise is resource strong, talent-rich, and has what might be the most aggressively positive trajectory of any young team in the NFL. In terms of possible destinations, it has to be attractive. The locker room is fun and the bonds are easy to see in post-game clips. The players have a great deal of respect for the coaching staff and are prepared to do what it takes to pull out close games.Only two teams in NFL history have started a season 1-5 and went on to make the playoffs. The Cincinnati Bengals recovered in 1970 and the Kansas City Chiefs went from 1-5 to 11-5 in 2015 — Chris Ballard was in the front office for that comeback season. If the Colts pull it off in 2018, Ballard will stand alone as the only member of an NFL front office to do it twice.Who would have thought after the devastating and embarrassing loss to the Jets in Week 6 that Indianapolis would be traveling to Nashville later in the season with its playoffs destiny in its hands? Who would have thought the AFC South would be the most competitive division in the NFL? Who would have thought the Jaguars would stand alone as the butt of the division?A lot has happened in a very short time and much more is yet to come. How much further can the Colts take this unlikely story? Will Sunday be the end, or will it be the start of another chapter? The Indianapolis Colts made the trip into Gillette Stadium Thursday night knowing that they weren’t anywhere near 100 percent. The defense’s best player — and league’s leading tackler— Darius Leonard being a no-go put an instant dent in the abilities of the team. Anthony Castonzo is still a week or so away, and his offensive colleagues T.Y. Hilton and Jack Doyle were also inactive for Week 5.Now, when you figure in all of the in-game injuries that this one churned out, the fact that the team was able to give themselves a puncher’s chance at any point in this game was quite impressive. After the 38-24 loss Authentic Darius Leonard Jersey , resulting in a fall to 1-4 on the season, the Colts desperately need the extra few day’s rest before they again travel to the east coast to play the New York Jets in Week 6.In the meantime, here are the game balls for those who stepped up for the Colts Thursday night.OFFENSEAndrew LuckMan, if there is a guy who has rolled his eyes at the national media through his performances the last two weeks, it’s Andrew Luck. Luck, again, topped 50 pass attempts for a third time this season and was phenomenal with his accuracy. Going downfield was a focus, but with so many drops the numbers won’t lend that to the narrative. Luck threw 3 touchdowns along with 2 interceptions on the night — one resulting from a drop — and considering the lack of playmakers around him, I don’t know how you could be anything other than mesmerized by his play.Well over 350 yards in back-to-back games, and the pinpoint accuracy he showed in 2016 were just a couple major factors in his getting my game ball. His massive improvement in resetting his feet, moving through to second and third progressions and his improved navigation of the pocket are just icing on the cake for me. Luck is throwing a lot more than anyone would like him to have to right now, but let’s face it, a lot of things have to go right for the Colts to be in position to win a game when Luck isn’t throwing at least 40 times. The team simply isn’t there yet. Though i’m sure many tuned out last night because of the score, i’m just as certain that many stayed put just to continue watching Luck persevere and dice up the Patriots’ defense.Eric Ebron is getting an honorable mention for his 9-catch, 105-yard performance that netted 2 of Luck’s touchdown throws. Ebron continues to be a nice weapon for Luck and this offense, and he was on the receiving end of some big throws that helped move the chains throughout the night as well.DEFENSEMatthias FarleyWith Leonard, Kenny Moore and Nate Hairston out Thursday night, the secondary was in a bad way against the Patriots. Anthony Walker and Clayton Geathers going down during the game made that situation even worse.This is ‘home’ for Matthias Farley Authentic J'Marcus Webb Jersey , though. The Colts No. 3 safety is very involved in the rotation in the secondary and has been one of the better Colts defenders over the past two seasons. Farley was actually able to put it on the stat sheet Thursday night. He picked off a tipped ball and nearly had the lane to return it for a touchdown, and later laid the hit on Rob Gronkowski that forced a Najee Goode interception as the Patriots looked to be driving towards another score. He finished with 6 total tackles and would have been a key part in a full comeback had the Colts not given the ball back themselves afterwards.With Geathers suffering a pretty significant hit to the neck — which had been a major cause for concern in relation to his future — and suffering a concussion as well, we may be seeing a lot more of Farley in the starting lineup.Lenzy Pipkins earns the honorable mention tag for the defense today. He’s been up and down the Colts roster all season so far and stepped up with a physical presence (9 tackles) in the secondary with Nate Hairston and Kenny Moore sidelined from injuries in Week 4.OTHERColts offensive lineNearly 60 dropbacks Thursday night, and the only sack the Patriots got was on the first series of the game. The Colts have had to use rookie Braden Smith, Joe Haeg, Le’Raven Clark, Denzelle Good and J’Marcus Webb (no longer on the roster) at tackle with Castonzo being out and the Austin Howard experiment failing before the season even started.Luckily, the Colts interior has been largely free of any lingering injuries and have been doing a really nice job in anchoring this offensive line so far. Listen: the Colts have 1 game — I said 1 — in which they’ve allowed more than 2 sacks this year. Of course he’s been hit a fair amount, but performances like Thursday night are not of the norm for a Colts offensive line.Luck is currently being sacked at a rate of once every 24.5 attempts and is allowing for him to do what he does best. When you take that versus the once every 17 attempts that he’s had to endure throughout his career previous to the 2018 season, it’s impossible not to take notice. The group has stepped up big time if you ask me. With the revolving door at tackle, consideration to the defensive fronts they’ve had to battle, and the assist that the coaching staff is lending them with chip blocks and pulling different linemen, the product this year is much more palatable.
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The Kansas City Chiefs are hiring Steve Spagnuolo as their new defensive coordinator Ron Parker Jersey , according to a report from NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo. ESPN’s Adam Schefter chimed in that the deal for Spagnuolo is now done and official.Spagnuolo, 59, most recently served as an interim head coach for the New York Giants back in 2017 following Ben McAdoo’s midseason dismissal. Spagnuolo was the Giants’ defensive coordinator from 2015-17. He spent 2018 out of football.“Steve is a bright defensive mind with a lot of coaching experience and success in our league,” Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said in a statement. “I know him well from our time together in Philadelphia and I feel that his leadership skills and teaching abilities, combined with his scheme, will be a great fit for our team as we move forward.”Our own Craig Stout weighed in on Spagnuolo earlier this week in his five names to watch:The change from Sutton to Spagnuolo means the Chiefs will in all likelihood be switching to a 4-3 base, which makes you wonder if a move like this was in the cards all along. The marquee signing of inside linebacker Anthony Hitchens, as well as draft picks like Breeland Speaks and Dorian O’Daniel are seen as better fits in a 4-3 scheme.As Craig noted, statistical success has mostly eluded Spagnuolo—he produced only two top-10 units in nine seasons as either a head coach or a defensive coordinator Cheap Justin Houston Jersey , but in 2016, the Giants were ranked No. 10 in yards allowed and No. 2 in points allowed, so it is not all bad.If anything, his blitz-heavy, 4-3 scheme will be the complete opposite of Bob Sutton’s tendencies, which is exactly what many Chiefs fans have been longing for. KANSAS CITY, Mo. 鈥?Nobody in the Kansas City Chiefs locker room is more keenly aware of the franchise’s heartbreaking playoff history than Xavier Williams, who grew up a short drive away from Arrowhead Stadium.The defensive lineman was just a toddler when his hometown team lost in the AFC title game in January 1994, when Joe Montana was the quarterback — and the last time the Chiefs were on the cusp of playing in a Super Bowl. He endured the childhood disappointments and the playoff losses while he was starring in high school and at Northern Iowa.So when the Chiefs finally punched their ticket back to the AFC championship game with a 31-13 win over the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday http://www.chiefscheapshoponline.com/cheap-authentic-anthony-hitchens-jersey , there was nobody better to put it into perspective.“I think if you’re not from here, you don’t know,” Williams said. “People have been waiting for a long, long time. You could just feel how electrifying it is around the city, from the start of the season until now, tonight. A blizzard going on and the crowd sold out. It’s something.”The Chiefs certainly gave them a reason to brave the weather.Patrick Mahomes threw for 278 yards while running for a touchdown. Damien Williams ran for 129 yards and a score against a Colts defense that had not allowed a 100-yard rusher all season. Tyreek Hill also had a touchdown run, while Travis Kelce topped 100 yards receiving.The Kansas City defense, which was so maligned all season, shut down Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis offense in helping Kansas City to its first playoff win over the Colts in five tries.“Everybody grows up talking about playing for the hometown team Eric Fisher Jersey ,” Williams said. “I mean, it’s a great opportunity we’ve got. And now we’ve got an even bigger opportunity, a chance to bring a Super Bowl to your hometown. That’s what dreams are made of.”Standing in the way: The Los Angeles Chargers, who split with Kansas City during the regular season with each team winning on the road, or the New England Patriots, who rallied in the final seconds to beat the Chiefs in a 43-40 barnburner at Gillette Stadium in Week 6.The Chiefs don’t really care who earns the right to visit them Sunday.“We don’t care who we’re going against. We can be going against brick walls and will find a way to beat them,” Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones said. “We’re peaking at the right moment.”
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The Bear’s Den Youth Taylor Gabriel Jersey , September 28, 2018 BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!BEARRRSSSSGame Preview: Chicago Bears – Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Da Bears Brothers Podcast - In this in-depth episode, the guys cover everything you need to know heading into the Chicago Bears' Week 4 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.Kane: 7 things we heard from Bears coordinators Thursday - Chicago Tribune - Bears coordinators Vic Fangio and Mark Helfrich talked about Mitch Trubisky's red-zone issues, Khalil Mack's attitude and more.Biggs: As expectations change for Bears on the outside, they prepare for 'biggest football game in Chicago' since 2013 finale - Chicago Tribune - As the Bears enjoy success they haven't had in years, players say expectations inside the locker room remain the same. 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Also for the second straight week, the win wasn’t pretty but somehow they find themselves in first place for the first time in almost five years.The offense continues to struggle to gain traction, while the defense continues to play at an elite level. Not much changed from week 2, but the most important thing is another win early in the season against a conference opponent. While there was more bad than good on Sunday — at least from my perspective — there was still enough to be excited about. The best news of all? The Bears are 2-1, and somehow in first place atop the NFC North. There’s always some joy to take out of that, even if it’s still very early in the season.Let’s take a look at who earned the game ball on each side of the ball on Sunday.OLB Khalil MackJoe Camporeale-USA TODAY SportsFor the second time in three games, Mack earns the game ball for the defensive unit. It’s been almost unbelievable how impactful the 27-year-old has been over the first three games of the season.On Sunday, he continued his dominance with five tackles, three quarterback hits, two sacks and a forced fumble, which was his third of the season. On the year Blue Leonard Floyd Jersey , Mack has four sacks, leads the league in quarterback pressures and has taken a borderline top 10 unit into elite status.It was always a gamble giving up multiple picks, on top of making a player the highest paid defensive player in NFL history, yet I continue to wonder if he’s being paid enough.A safe argument can be made that without Mack, this is a Bears team that is likely 0-3. That speaks to the impact that the former Raider has had so far on the young season.As a team, the Bears have 14 sacks and eight turnovers. That’s hard to fathom at this point in time.It’s also easy to credit a lot of the uptick in defensive production to Mack, who has been the best defensive player in the league.Honorable Mention: CB Sherrick McManisJoe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports This may come as somewhat of a surprise to some fans but after a key interception that led to a key field goal and a sack, McManis’ impact was a big one. The special teams ace has seen his fair share of opportunities on defense in dime packages, usually as a blitzing corner but not many would have expected him to make a game changing interception in the third quarter.Long story short, McManis more than earned his paycheck in Sunday’s win.TE Trey BurtonMike DiNovo-USA TODAY SportsThere wasn’t a lot to like on the offensive side of the ball this week. The Bears ended up with 316 total yards but not many players truly stood out. In these types of situations, you have to get creative in looking for the good but it’s out there.Enter Burton.There’s no way around it. The Bears offense has not been good. Even so, Burton’s involvement in the offense continues to ramp up and it’ll be a key factor to why we see improvement from a struggling unit.Burton is fresh off a four-year, $32 million deal, so one would expect his production to pick up eventually. Despite not having more than 350 yards in a single season, the former Eagles’ Super Bowl star’s role in this team’s offense is a big one. He finished the game with four catches for 55 yards, but it was how his catches came to be that was the big impact in Sunday’s win.Here’s Burton’s big catches:14 yards at their own 10 yard line.25 yards to flip the field. Resulted in a field goal.While it’s not exactly what you want on a weekly basis, Burton has eight catches and a touchdown over the last two games. His involvement in this brand new offense is only continuing to grow and should continue to do so over the course of the season. Better quarterback play should only help that.
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The Eagles ended an 0-2 post-bye run with a come-from-behind win over the Giants. Now at 5-6 http://www.authenticsdallascowboys.com/cheap-tyrone-crawford-jersey , the Eagles suddenly have new life in the NFC East.“It’s still right there in front of us,” coach Doug Pederson told PFT after the 25-22 victory.Indeed it is. And even though the Eagles can win the division by running the table, Pederson said that he doesn’t want the team to talk about playoff scenarios and to focus instead on “going 1-0 each week.”Despite a 19-3 first-half deficit, Pederson said he never felt like the game was getting away from his team.“It didn’t feel like we were being shut down,” Pederson said, pointing for example to a 52-yard touchdown run by Josh Adams that was called back due to a penalty.“We were shooting ourselves in the foot,” Pederson said.Pederson said the turnaround came when safety Malcolm Jenkins intercepted Giants quarterback Eli Manning late in the first half. In the second half, the young defensive backs who have been pressed into service bounced back after a rough first half, which helped slow down the New York offense.A running game led by Josh Adams has helped open up the entire offense, as Pederson explained it. And now the Eagles can try to chase a win over the Giants with a visit from Washington and a trip to Dallas. Sure http://www.authenticsdallascowboys.com/cheap-kavon-frazier-jersey , a couple of tough games are looming against the Rams and Texans, but there’s a chance that the Eagles will enter a Week 17 game at Washington with the division title in their grasp.The Cowboys may struggle to run the ball against the stout Carolina Panthers defense We’re back. Football is here and Ezekiel Elliotth is ready to rock. After a bumpy ride in 2017 due to constant appeals and finally a suspension, Zeke is ready to roll. Unfortunately, for him and the offensive line, they could be in for a long day when the Cowboys visit the Panthers this weekend.When comparing the strengths and weaknesses of the Cowboys offense and the Panthers defense, the first thing you notice is how strong Carolina is on the interior of their defensive line, and how weak the Cowboys could potentially be in their interior offensive line. The Cowboys will be trotting out Connor Williams, the Cowboys second-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. This will be Williams’ first start in the NFL, and it always seems to take young offensive lineman a couple weeks, sometimes even a full year Youth Travis Frederick Jersey , to get their feet underneath them. To make matters worse for the Cowboys, Joe Looney will be getting his first start at center for the Cowboys. Looney is taking over for Travis Frederick who is currently sidelined with Guillain-Barre Syndrome. If that’s not enough to worry you, Zack Martin is also working back from a hyperextended knee that he suffered just two weeks ago against the Bengals. With two of the three interior offensive lineman for the Dallas Cowboys making their first start for the team, and the third coming off a knee injury, there are reasons to be concerned about Dallas running the football, especially when you take a look at what the Panthers will be deploying.The Panthers were hit pretty heavy by the injury bug over the last couple of months. Multiple offensive lineman, and Curtis Samuel will not be playing on Sunday due to injuries, but where they have stayed healthy is on defense. Kawann Short, Dontari Poe, Vernon Butler Youth Cole Beasley Jersey , and Luke Kuechly are all slated to play on Sunday and will give the Cowboys running game fits. Kawann Short and Dontari Poe are two of the best run-defending defensive tackles in the NFL, and the Cowboys inexperienced center and left guard will have their hands full on Sunday trying to block them. While both players are excellent run defenders, they can also be very disruptive rushing the passer. Third-year player Vernon Butler can also be very disruptive when rushing the passer. If the interior of the Panthers defensive line doesn’t scare you, their linebackers and pass rushers should. Carolina has a great group of linebackers led by the best in the NFL, Luke Kuechly. Kuechly is the most dominant, and versatile linebacker in the NFL. He has a couple of really nice sidekicks in Shaq Thompson and David Mayo to watch his back as well. The Panthers edge rushers can also cause problems when defending the run. Julius Peppers and Mario Addison have had long, successful careers, due to their ability to get after the quarterback, but also be good run defenders. It’s also something to remember that Ezekiel Elliott has yet to take a carry in a game situation since the Cowboys beat the Philadelphia Eagles in week 17 of the 2017 season. In Elliott’s two week one performances, he has combined for 44 carries Youth Demarcus Lawrence Jersey , 155 yards, and one touchdown. Zeke has had pretty quiet week one performances, and he may be in for another one on Sunday. Even with the concerns running the football, expect the Cowboys offense to run the ball a lot on Sunday, that is the identity of the team, and they have yet to show the willingness to go away from it even if it’s not working. Custom Oakland Raiders Jerseys
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As we saw in Tuesday’s Week 9 Pundit Power Rankings Youth Tyreek Hill Jersey , the national writers all left the Kansas City Chiefs in exactly the same spot after they defeated the Denver Broncos 30-23 on Sunday, but put the New Orleans Saints ahead of the Chiefs following their 30-20 win over the the Minnesota Vikings.But the number-crunchers saw Week 8’s results differently.Here’s how the crunchers see the NFL in Week 9:Cruncher Power Rankings for Week 9Chiefs AFC West Teams Other AFC TeamsThe Chiefs are now in first place with three of the crunchers — rising to first place in the SRS rankings for the first time — which is enough to put them in first place in our cruncher rankings.Why?The Los Angeles Rams barely held on to beat the Green Bay Packers, winning by only two points.The Chiefs won by seven against the Broncos.but going into Week 8, Elo saw the Packers and Broncos as below-average teams, so it didn’t give either the Chiefs or the Rams big rewards for their wins.On the other hand, SRS liked the Broncos more than the Packers, and gave the Chiefs a bigger boost for their win.But the other problem for the Rams was the New England Patriots.The Patriots moved ahead of the Rams in Elo after beating the Buffalo Bills by 19 points.Elo didn’t like the Bills much, either — but the Patriots won by a lot.The Houston Texans moved up the most in the cruncher rankings, rising four spots this week after defeating the Miami Dolphins 42-23.The Vikings had the biggest drop, falling five places after their aforementioned loss to the Saints.This week’s biggest disagreement among the crunchers is interesting.The Cincinnati Bengals beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 37-34.The win pushed the Bengals up one spot in both Elo and PE.But the Bengals rose five positions in DVOA, and dropped five in SRS.How can this be?Remember that neither of these systems care much about winning or losing.SRS doesn’t care at all, and DVOA is more focused on how a team plays situational football.So DVOA saw an improvement in how the Bengals played, while SRS just saw a narrow point differential against a team that it doesn’t like very much.Keep this in mind.We’ll come back to it a little later.So what happens when we average our Cruncher Power Rankings with this week’s Pundit Power Rankings?Let’s look at the Week 9 True Power Rankings.True Power Rankings for Week 9Chiefs AFC West Teams Other AFC TeamsAs you can see, the Chiefs are still ranked second in the this week’s True Power Rankings — still tops in the AFC.There’s remarkable consistency at very the top — the top four spots are unchanged for the third week in a row, although as we have seen, the pundits and the crunchers disagree about them a little.The Philadelphia Eagles fell out of the top 10, while the Vikings moved in.Elsewhere at the top, the Baltimore Ravens dropped again, and the Carolina Panthers moved up.The Jacksonville Jaguars took up residence in the bottom 10 Youth Chris Conley Jersey , and the Indianapolis Colts climbed out.This week, the most disagreement between the pundits and crunchers is with the Broncos and the Vikings.The pundits are not impressed with the Broncos, but the crunchers like them more.This week, the reverse is true for the Vikings — the pundits have a lot more faith in them than the crunchers.And here’s your weekly reality-check. Let’s take a look at the Week 9 cruncher grades:Cruncher Grades for Week 9Chiefs AFC West Teams Other AFC TeamsAP user SonOfAVeach made a good comment on Tuesday’s Pundit Power Rankings article, saying the top four teams in the eyes of the pundits — the Chiefs, Rams, Saints and Patriots, in no particular order — are pretty much interchangeable.That’s exactly what we see here.The pundits may disagree about one team or another, but based on what the crunchers think, these teams would all be pretty equivalent on a neutral field.Sharp-eyed readers might also note that in the grades table, the Rams are ahead of the Chiefs.That’s because in this table, we’re averaging not the grades, but the standard deviations from average values that stand behind the grades.In the earlier table, we were averaging the rankings — and sometimes the math works out differently.The difference between those values in this table for the Rams and Chiefs — they are 1.76376 and 1.73409 respectively — is in no way significant, but the table is sorted in descending order anyway.And before we wrap this up, let’s re-examine the disparity between the cruncher rankings for the Bengals we discussed earlier.SRS and DVOA appeared to sharply disagree about how the Bengals should be ranked compared to last week.But here we see that DVOA only moved the Bengals from a C- to a C.That’s a measurable difference, but not a significant one.And SRS — despite the five position drop it showed for the Bengals in its rankings — has the Bengals unchanged with a C.This is a great example of why we should always be careful about paying too much attention to how rankings change — for any kind of statistic.Sometimes it means something significant, and sometimes it doesn’t.That’s why we show you these grades every week.So let’s get into Week 9, and see what happens — the Rams game against the Saints could have a big impact!On Tuesday Youth Chris Jones Jersey , we’ll open up the magic power rankings spreadsheet, and start to figure out how it all shakes out.Pulling back the curtain on the NFL’s cutdown weekend The team has finally reached the end of its last preseason game, and now the time has come for some very tough decisions. However, this is a good thing because it means that it is also time for some real meaningful games to begin, and that is what everyone is here for.As an individual who worked in the medical side of things for so long, I can attest to the fact that it is not just as easy as calling a player and telling them the news. There are a multitude of steps that go into this very exacting process.While it is true that most decisions on roster spots are made by this point, there are usually several spots still undecided. I used to say that I could predict the roster within a couple of spots. Some seasons were easier than others, but there always seemed to be a surprise out there waiting—either positive or negative. It is never negative to change your team for the better, but it sometimes hurts to have to sign a guy out that was with you for a long time or was a team favorite. That hurts, there is no way around it and no one enjoys that side of it. However, the team rolls on and games must be played with the best roster that can be put built.After the final game, the long process begins of final player evaluations. Not just on the team you are rooting for—for all teams. Personnel staff must evaluate everyone to be ready for potential cuts, trades or injuries. This means keeping tabs on the entire league, an arduous process to be sure.Once cuts for your team are decided, the player is contacted and told to report to the facility. They all know it’s coming, and a phone call from a number they don’t recognize is usually the sign. I’ve even experienced situations where players left town or wouldn’t answer their phones, as they thought this would prevent them from being cut. It didn’t, of course.The players then report to the building and see all the appropriate people, beginning with the personnel department and then the coaching staff first normally. At that point Womens Anthony Hitchens Jersey , the player then must check out with all the rest of the football departments, including video, equipment, football ops and of course medical.Medical is one of the most important, obviously, since at this point of the process, the player is required to declare himself healthy or report any issues. The vast majority of players declare themselves healthy, sign out, then leave. Most of them are just looking to move on to the next thing or team. Occasionally, an issue arises that needs to be checked by a physician and that is taken care of at this time as well. A player reporting an unknown issue when they are signing out because they are being released is always something that can raise eyebrows. However, most issues are benign and simply a player wanting something on record.As the person who oversaw the medical sign in/out process for many of my years in the league, I had my own way to deal with things. Most guys got a handshake, a “Good luck and let us know if we can do anything for you.”Others, who were more beloved or had been with the team longer, got hugs and long goodbyes making sure we all had each other’s numbers and business cards for staying in contact down the road.To be sure, not everyone is happy about it. I’ve seen it all. Players crying, yelling, fuming, refusing to sign anything. The reality is that they will no longer be with the team no matter the behavior and most just need/want to vent to someone. Almost everyone over the years handled the process with dignity and respect of others. Those that didn’t http://www.thechiefsfootballauthentic.com/allen-bailey-jersey-authentic , I typically didn’t ever see in the league again, probably showing more about their character than their playing ability in the first place. On the flip side of things, it is a time to welcome new faces on to your team. Whether it is a trade or free agent from another team, the roster is truly not set until the first practice of the regular season, sometimes even later in the week. Constant movement during this period sees players cross the country on late notice in order to make it to practice for their new team after just playing a game for another team days ago. After the roster has been initially set over the final preseason weekend, it is extremely common to have several changes in Week 1 prior to the game. Unless your team plays on the first Thursday, there are 10 days to tinker with the roster before they play. Some players that have been released will be back with the practice squad also, so signing them out and then back in is a reality and a formality. By the end of the weekend, everyone must have a spot – active roster, practice squad, IR, PUP/NFI.Going forward, this is your team. It will change and it will evolve, but the first step in the process is to go from 90 to 53—many guys saying goodbye, or maybe just goodbye for now.Aaron Borgmann is the founder of Borgmann Rehab Solutions. He spent 12 years in the NFL as an assistant athletic trainer and physical therapist before joining Arrowhead Pride.
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Colts vs Bengals Preseason Week Four: Game Time Youth Kenny Moore Jersey , TV Schedule, Radio Info, and More Game Time7pm PM ET on Thursday, August 30, 2018 LocationPaul Brown Stadium - Cincinnati, OH TV ChannelCourtesy of 506 Sports, here are the local television listings:WXIN (FOX/59 - Indianapolis)WBKI (CW/58 - Louisville)WFFT (FOX/55 - Fort Wayne IN)WBND (ABC/57 - South Bend IN)WTWO (NBC/2 - Terre Haute IN)WPBI (FOX/16 - Lafayette IN)WTVW (CW/7 - Evansville IN)WCIX (My/49 - Champaign IL)KFVE (My/9 - Honolulu) [tape delay] RadioWFNI (107.5FM/1070 The Fan) and WLHK (Country 97.1 Hank FM) Referee AssignmentJohn Parry Enemy BlogCincy Jungle TwitterFollow @StampedeBlue for the complete Colts coverage on Twitter before, during, and after every game. FacebookLike Stampede Blue on Facebook! PodcastFor all your Colts-related talk and information, subscribe, download, and review the Stampede Blue Colts Cast on iTunes Youth Chester Rogers Jersey , Stitcher, or BlogTalkRadio. Don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube Channel!Indianapolis Colts by the Numbers: Week 4 Offensive Stats Every week, I will present a summary of some basic and advanced stats for the Colts performance relative to the league. Thanks to Pro Football Reference, NFL.com and the nflSCrapR project for being awesome sources of weekly data.OK, let’s get it out of the way. It was the wrong decision.For those who think ties don’t count you are empirically wrong. They count as exactly 1鈦? a win, which is 1鈦? a win more than the Colts got last Sunday and less than the number of wins they simply handed to a division rival.For those who think it was aggressive, it wasn’t.It was a decision with little chance of success and a large downside.Punching a wall isn’t aggressive, it’s stupid. For those who feel consolation in the player’s opinions, the player’s, thankfully,aren’t coaches. They don’t get paid to make those decisions.For those who think the team unity is completely worth it, then have fun watching some other AFC South team play in week 18 while you proudly crow about how “at least we went for it”.Cleansing breath.Last week http://www.thecoltsfootballauthentic.com/t.y.-hilton-jersey-authentic , I wrote that the Colts offense would not be successful unless they increased their catch rate or threw longer passes. In week 4, they did both and the results were a much stronger performance.It wasn’t all roses though. The Colts put up 5 drives that accumulated -21 yards and an opponent score.Usually that is enough to write the game off, but the outstanding second half performance led to 3 TDs and a field goal. This mixture of good and bad resulted in a 72% DSR, which crushes the pathetic 58% posted last week. TEAM TOTALSOne driver of the elevated week 4 performance was third down conversion rate which increased from 16% in week 3 to almost 59% (10 of 17).Given that the avg yards to gain was a 23rd ranked 8.4 yards, it was truly 3rd down heroics that allowed the Colts to even get to overtime. The graphs above show average 2nd and 3rd down situations for all teams so far this year. I have also plotted the Colts by week numbers separately for comparison. On 2nd downs, the Colts have consistently had better than average yards to gain, which means we are successful on 1st downs relative to the league.But on 3rd downs, the last 2 weeks resulted in a higher than average yards to go, meaning our second downs have been ineffective. With 8.4 ytg, converting 59% of 3rd downs is truly a remarkable effort,without which, the offense would have looked much more like last week. PASSINGI’m not one to talk about dropped passes but man Womens Margus Hunt Jersey , that seemed like a lot of dropped passes. The first passing numbers I looked for this week were the average depth of target (aDOT) and air yards per completion (aYd), which in the first 3 weeks were the worst of all teams. Fortunately, both of these dramatically increased.The 8.4 aDOT was 25% longer than the previous week and the 7.4 aYds more than doubled week 3’s laughable 3.1.Andrew Luck is starting to connect on deeper passes.A higher catch rate and longer passes led to an easier time moving the ball, which presents itself in Luck’s 7.8 ANY/A, his best mark, by far, this season.RUSHINGThe rushing story is about the same as last week: the Colts didn’t rush much and they didn’t rush well. Long yardage limited the number of 3rd down conversion attempts to 2, one of which was successful.There were no explosive runs and only 41 yards total.Much of that is likely due to game script as the Colts trailed for most of the contest.CONCLUSIONSOverall, this week was a much better effort, but the Colts offense still needs to take the next step.They will have to correct their second down deficiencies to make 3rd downs easier (and less frequent).Converting large yard to gain situations at high rates is just not sustainable. Success in that area should limit the number of 3 & outs and result in longer, more successful drives. SEASON TOTALS (per game)
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There’s no question that Khalil Mack’s injured ankle limited his effectiveness last Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. He tweaked it early and he simply wasn’t the same stylin’ and profilin’ Cheap Jordan Howard Jersey , Mack-attacking, quarterback sacking, football stripping, tight end chipping, wheelin’ n’ dealin’ son of a gun that we’re accustomed to seeing. Multiple reports have him playing this Sunday against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, but he’s officially listed as questionable. Mack was limited in practice today http://www.bearscheapstores.com/charles-leno-jersey-cheap , as was wide out Allen Robinson II, who is also listed as questionable with groin injury.Nickleback Bryce Callahan is also listed as questionable, but he was held out of Friday’s practice with an ankle injury that he suffered yesterday. There was only one other Chicago Bears player on the injury report, and cornerback Marcus Cooper (hamstring) is listed as doubtful. Offensive guard Eric Kush (neck) and cornerback Prince Amukamara (hamstring) were both full participants at practice today, and neither appeared on the injury report. If Callahan and Cooper can’t go, we may see some Sherrick McManis on defense this week. Patriots’ starting right tackle Marcus Cannon hasn’t practiced all week with a concussion Cheap Tarik Cohen Jersey , and he will not play on Sunday. The Pats list 10 players as questionable and they are as follows. Julian Edelman WR HeelJosh Gordon WR HamstringRob Gronkowski TE Ankle/BackJacob Hollister TE HamstringSony Michel RB KneeEric Rowe DB GroinJohn Simon DE ShoulderDeatrich Wise Jr. DL Ankle / KneeGeneo Grissom DL AnkleMalcom Brown DL KneeKnowing the Patriots, all those guys questionable guys are going to play. This will serve as your official open thread for the Thursday Night Football contest between the Denver Broncos and the Arizona Cardinals. These threads are a free for all (also rated WCG-MA), so if there’s anything Chicago Bears related that you want to discuss, now is your chance. Just don’t be an ass to your fellow WCG members. We do have a set of Community Guidelines that you all agreed to when you joined our site.Once the TNF game gets boring make sure you give my latest T Formation Conversation podcast a listen. I discuss Jordan Howard and his role with the Bears.You can check out Andrew Link’s latest Bears Link Podcast below. Click on our names to follow us on Twitter:WCG Contributors: Jeff Berckes; Patti Curl; Eric Christopher Duerrwaechter; Kev H; Sam Householder; Jacob Infante; Aaron Lemming; Andrew Link; Ken Mitchell; Steven Schweickert; Jack Silverstein; EJ Snyder; Lester Wiltfong, Jr.; Robert Zeglinski; Like us on Facebook.
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Chicago Bears first quarter of the season breakdown Last week we brought you guys the HUGE news that we were launching the Windy City Gridiron podcast channel Chicago Bears Hoodie , which will incorporate all our shows into one place. We want to make sure you guys have one go-to spot to get all our great audio Chicago Bears content. We launched with Andrew Link’s brand new show, Monster on the Mic, and here’s my latest T Formation Conversation.In this episode I take a general look at each position group and run over how I think the team is doing so far, but also talk about where I see this team heading. 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With the Buccaneers sailing to Chicago for a week 4 showdown between two of the better early season stories, we tracked down the Bucs Nation pirate ship to talk to Captain Gil Arcia. I don’t know how many people had predicted this would be a showdown of one of the league’s hottest QBs against the league’s hottest defense a month ago, but here we are. Windy City Gridiron: 1. Let’s talk about the sensation that is the continual rebirth of Ryan Fitzpatrick’s career and the interesting QB situation in Tampa. The Harvard grad has shot out of the gates with an unbelievable 1,230 yards, 11 TDs against 4 INTs and even chipped in 68 yards on the ground and another score. He’s a big reason the Bucs are off to a strong 2-1 start, but Jameis Winston is returning this week from suspension. What is the whole story of Fitz, Jameis, and the future of the QB position in 2018 and beyond?Bucs Nation: I believe the team will play Fitzpatrick this week against Chicago. I think Jameis will have a better chance of returning Week 6 after the bye. Now, Fitz didn’t have that great of a game on Monday Night Football. If it were me http://www.bearscheapstores.com/dion-sims-jersey-cheap , due to the short week, I would still play Winston Sunday. Winston still practices during his own time using the team’s exact time they schedule them, held walk-throughs, etc. with former NFL and others during the three weeks he was gone. People are concerned about rust, but I think that is a reach.WCG: 2. I was somewhat surprised that Head Coach Dirk Koetter survived Black Monday last year. There were some offseason rumors linking Tampa to Jon Gruden, so looks like you dodged that bullet there or Mike Evans might be playing somewhere else. Have you noticed a difference in Koetter this season and do you believe he has this team headed in the right direction?BN: Ownership is understanding of certain situations. They really like Winston and understand he played with a hurt shoulder for the majority of the year which may have perhaps given Koetter an extra season. But I ultimately feel that wasn’t all necessarily the case. General manager Jason Licht and Koetter are practically tied to each other. Licht got an extension through next season. If the team fails next year, it’ll be a new regime. But if they fall flat on their faces this year, there won’t be a 2019 for any of them.WCG: 3. The Bucs feature a fun group of pass catchers, led by Mike Evans and the ageless DeSean Jackson. What has Chris Godwin and OJ Howard added to this group and how do all four work together in this passing game? Is there one guy the Bears should focus on taking away or do they need to play it straight up because of the diverse skill sets?BN: They certainly give opposing defenses headaches when it comes to game planning against them. Evans and Jackson are always going to receive the most attention. But Godwin, Howard Youth Trey Burton Jersey , and even Cameron Brate are threats, too. Bears may be better off playing them straight up. Steelers did some of that Monday night but Fitzpatrick still managed to throw for over 400 yards.WCG: 4. The defense is led by the great Gerald McCoy, one of the best players and unique personalities in this league. Along with a couple former Bears (Chris Conte and Mitch Unrein), who else should Bears fans be familiar with on the defense?BN: Linebackers Kwon Alexander and Lavonte David and definitely defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul. Second year safety Justin Evans has really come on strong since the second half of his rookie season last year. And with Conte on I.R, keep an eye on rookie Jordan Whitehead as he may be getting some action.WCG: 5. Back to Fitzpatrick because I just can’t help myself - what percentage of Bucs fans are going to dress up as “Ryan Fitzpatrick in DeSean Jackson’s clothes” for Halloween next month? Are we talking >50%? Set the over/under for us. BN: I really hope it’s well under 50%. Because by that time, either the hype has died down or he’s already back to backing up Winston.Editor’s note: I’m hoping it’s well over 50% - that’s an amazing look!WCG: Bonus: I’ve been to Tampa a few times and love the place but I wonder if people from the Midwest are familiar with the tradition of Gasparilla. What is it and how much rum is consumed over that time period? BN: Lol. Well, it’s kind of like a pirate invasion of Mardi Gras right smack in the middle of a sunny day. So it can get very hot at times. As for rum consumption, it’s probably a lot. But I was never much of a drinker when I used to go. Now with a wife and two little girls later, I tend to lean towards the family friendly version of Gasparilla which is held the week prior.Thank you to Gil and Bucs Nation!
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3 things we learned from the Colts in Week 1 The Indianapolis Colts Week 1 Customized Indianapolis Colts Jerseys , 34-23 loss looks bad on paper if you’re simply looking at the score, but the Colts showed signs of being a team that can make the division very interesting as the season progresses. It wasn’t all good, otherwise they would have won the game, but they were clearly better prepared than in year’s past.The season is obviously very young, so there’s not much that we can truly know about them, but the four quarters we all saw did give us a little peek at what the Colts may be this year. It’s certainly not all doom and gloom, but the team still has a long way to go.Here are 3 things we learned about the Colts in Week 1.The Colts defense is bending a bit too muchIt’s understood that the Colts new defensive scheme is going to have these kind of games where they allow a ton of yards. They want the speed and instincts from their players in order to turn the ball over, and the defense is ultimately made to play with the lead. Similar to the days of Peyton Manning.Well, that didn’t turn out too well Sunday. At first, I presumed the Colts were significantly better in the first half being as the defense had only given up 10 points. That was not the case, in fact, they were technically better in the second half in a couple areas. Let me explain.The Bengals actually were trying to rack up some big plays by putting guys like Joe Mixon in space, but the Colts forced two turnovers in the first half and managed to turn the tide a bit. The Colts did, however, allow 7.36 yards per play (28th) in that first half, but because they were so good on third downs, they weren’t allowing long, sustained drives. They allowed one 10-play drive that ended in a field goal www.authenticsindianapoliscolts.com , but otherwise, a 5-play drive — a touchdown drive nonetheless — was the high for Cincinnati in the first half. The Colts’ 22 defensive plays in the first half was fourth-lowest in Week 1.In the second half the Colts allowed 6 yards per play (24th), and that isn’t good either, it’s just less than the first half. They began to allow long drives as Andy Dalton regained his confidence and the Bengals were putting points on the board each [possession. They scored on every meaningful drive in the second half aside from their first.They were equally porous on the ground and through the air allowing 5.1 rushing yards per attempt, and 7.6 net passing yards per attempt throughout the duration of the game, and that simply has to stop.It’s going to be a process, we know that much, this defense is new for most of the Colts. But, Matt Eberflus must scheme a way for them to take away some of the big plays that came in space Sunday. The Colts only allowed 4 plays over 20 yards, but they allowed a 75% completion rate which tells you that the Bengals challenged the Colts to stop them on these underneath routes as the game wore on. The Colts have to be better in that respect, but again, that’s how this defense is designed. The pass rush did create some occasional pressure, but Andy Dalton was 11-of-14 in the second half and was nearly unaffected by it. An increase in successful pressure needs to be created in future games if those in the back seven are going to be able to stop anyone this year.The second half is still the Colts’ enemyThe Colts were 6-of-8 on third downs in the first half. They were rolling. They were getting some good yardage on second downs — 7.5 yards per play (10th) — to make third-and-manageable a regular occurrence Sunday afternoon. They did manage to go 5-of-9 on third downs in the second half, but they simply weren’t doing anything with ball averaging only 4.05 yards per play.With the Bengals scoring on their possessions, the Colts allowed both of their sacks in the second half, Luck nearly threw 2 more interceptions, and added the crucial fumble recovery in the final seconds to sew it up. No amount of stats can tell you that a team shouldn’t give away a 23-10 second-half lead with Andrew Luck under center.The thing is, though Indianapolis Colts T-Shirt , is that they did. They were dominated in the fourth quarter, again, and when they did begin to get it together they coughed up the ball. Last season the Colts amassed a total of 3 touchdowns all year, and while you’d have to be quite irrational to think that will be a trend with Luck under center, it’s still a problem that needs to be rectified by Frank Reich at the very least.Colts offensive line is a work in progress, but still better The Colts started two backups, a rookie, a former first-round pick, and an old guy Sunday. Andrew Luck did get forced out of the pocket a handful of times, and did take his two sacks on the day, but with all things considered, this group of lineman did a pretty solid job of protecting the franchise quarterback.Luck dropped back 56 times... Fifty. Six. against one of the better defensive fronts they’ll play all season. The Bengals did generate 8 QB hits behind the line of scrimmage, but very few of those were hard hits or affected Luck’s ability to make the throw outside of the two sacks. It’s not an excuse for them, necessarily, rather more of an acknowledgement for the workload they were tasked with and how they worked together.For some perspective about the group this offensive line had to battle in Week 1, five of them that they matched up against accounted for 31 of the Bengals’ 41 sacks from 2017. That was no small feat in my eyes by this Colts’ line. I was actually pretty encouraged by their efforts and am quite interested to see what they can accomplish once they’re fully healthy.Colts fans are used to having a swiss cheese offensive line, and everyone wants Luck untouched as he comes back from an entire season of rehab — I get it. They may still have a bad year with the injuries they’re accruing, but Week 1 wasn’t one of the games we should attempt to form much of a judgement. They could just as easily improve with such a young group along the front line.There are too many bad things that could have happened with Joe Haeg in his first start at left tackle and the slowest human on earth (J’Marcus Webb) at right tackle — so let’s not overblow this one. It is Week 1 after all.Colts News: After limited practice Wednesday Indianapolis Colts Hats , Anthony Castonzo sits out Thursday Colts Daily Notebook: Limited Wednesday, Anthony Castonzo Misses Thursday’s PracticeIndianapolis Colts left tackle Anthony Castonzo, who was hoping to battle back from a hamstring injury to play Sunday against the Washington Redskins, did not participate in practice on Thursday. What else did we learn on the day?Colts Notebook: Anthony Castonzo Misses Colts Thursday Practice | 1070 the FanOn Thursday, veteran left tackle Anthony Castonzo missed the team’s second practiced of the week after looking like he would make his season debut in Week Two. Could Castonzo miss a second straight game?Colts tackle Anthony Castonzo did not practice ThursdayThe team's left tackle said there was 'no question' he would be ready to play Sunday but didn't practice ThursdayColts’ notebook: A setback for Anthony Castonzo? Veteran LT did not practice Thursday | CBS 4 - Indianapolis News, Weather, Traffic and Sports | WTTVINDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Anthony Castonzo’s vow to return to the Indianapolis Colts’ lineup apparently has hit a snag. One day after insisting he would play Sunday against Washington – “Yeah, absolutely.Colts Need More Explosive Plays From Andrew Luck, Offense | 1070 the FanIn Week One, the Colts had only one chunk play of more than 20 yards. Will they start to hit on more of those chunks?Andrew Luck Encouraged With His ‘Juice’ After 2018 OpenerIndianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck was certainly sore after last Sunday’s 2018 regular season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals, but after a couple sacks and more than 50 pass attempts, he says he’s feeling great.Colts have strong respect for Redskins' defense | Sports | heraldbulletin.comOne thing is clear as the Colts prepare for Sunday's Week 2 game at Washington.Edgerrin James leads Colts’ candidates for Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019 | CBS 4 - Indianapolis News, Weather, Traffic and Sports | WTTVINDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Edgerrin James leads the list of former Indianapolis Colts in contention for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019. The team’s career rushing leader and one of the most prolific running backs in NFL history is one of 102 Modern-Era candidates released Thursday.Peyton Manning pops by Colts headquarters for a workout, stunning Rigoberto SanchezIndianapolis Colts punter Rigoberto Sanchez is thrilled to lift with the legendary quarterbackColts Notebook: Return of the Mack? | Sports | heraldbulletin.comMarlon Mack was just as evasive with reporters in the locker room Thursday as he was for the Colts in the backfield last season.Frank Reich was almost Terps football coach — and some are still salty that he’s notCOLTS MEDIA
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Kansas City Chiefs stock report after Week 1 STOCK UPWide receiver Tyreek Hill and quarterback Patrick MahomesLet’s get the obvious out of the way. Hill scored twice in the first quarter and again in the fourth. Mahomes threw four touchdowns Youth Kareem Hunt Jersey , and appeared in full command of the game. These two might just be the most dynamic and exciting duo in the NFL... maybe even in NFL history before they’re done. That may sound like hyperbole, but there’s literally no ceiling on what these guys can do. Enjoy it.Linebacker Dee FordA sack and four quarterback hits for No. 55 show that Ford is healthy again. The plays he made in pursuit — both against the run and chasing the the quarterback — remind us of the unique speed he brings to the position. He’s still not stout enough against the run, but he was productive and disruptive against the Chargers. That’s a very good thing for the Chiefs defense.The Chiefs run defenseIt wasn’t a perfect game for the revamped front seven of the Chiefs, but they generally were very solid against the run. In 74 defensive snaps, they held Melvin Gordon to 64 yards rushing. Everyone got into the act, including Ford, Ron Parker, Derrick Nnadi, Chris Jones, Anthony Hitchens and Justin Houston. At least on the ground, the offseason focus on defense seems to be paying off.Wide receiver De’Anthony Thomas and fullback Anthony ShermanOn a team loaded with playmakers, advantages often come to guys that the opposing defense least expects to see touches. The misdirection on the goal line left DAT waltzing into the end zone, and one of the real highlights of the day was the beautiful pass from Mahomes to Sherman. Mahomes showed great faith in his fullback beating a linebacker down the field — even though Sherman was covered at the time he released it. Great offenses are able to spread the ball around. Role players like DAT and Sherman have to capitalize — and in week one, they did.Head coach Andy ReidThe head coach’s creativity was on full display. “Playing to the strengths of your players” sounds like a cliche, but it was clear that Reid had a great game plan for the Chargers, and the Bolts had no clue how to stop it.Formations like the play below — and the touchdowns to Thomas and Hill at the goal line — were works of art.Others trending in the right directionSteven Nelson, Derrick Nnadi, Dustin Colquitt, Spencer Ware Youth Justin Houston Jersey , Ron Parker, Marcus Kemp and Chris JonesSTOCK DOWNLinebacker Terrance SmithMany were surprised that he was still on the roster, but he has some obvious value on special teams. However, the fact that he’s in there on defense — and just running into blockers — is frustrating. I hope we see more of Dorian O’Daniel in the very near future when the Chiefs need an inside linebacker not named Ragland or Hitchens on the field.Running back Pat MahomesYes, you read that right - running back Patrick Mahomes.There’s no question the Chiefs have their game-changing franchise quarterback. At this point, the only thing that could derail his career would be getting hurt. Mahomes took some hits in this game — some of which were unnecessary. We love his aggression and willingness to move the chains. But he’s got to be more careful about sliding, pitching the ball on the option, and getting out of bounds when he should. The Chiefs versus running backs in the passing gameChargers running backs accounted for nearly half of Philip Rivers’ passing yards. The Chiefs aggression on defense hurt them on a number of screen passes. Rivers was also able to get the matchups he wanted down the field — like Austin Ekeler against Hitchens.Anyone trying to cover Keenan AllenAllen had a big game, catching eught passes on 11 targets for 108 yards and a touchdown. Most often, it was because Orlando Scandrick was either biting on the route for the touchdown, or just getting outplayed; Allen beat Fuller for the catch that set up the Chargers’ final touchdown. I actually think Scandrick (and Kendall Fuller, too) did some good things against the Chargers, but sometimes the guy lined up across from you is just better on that play. Others trending in the wrong directionDemarcus Robinson, Alex Ellis and the Chiefs’ tackling.STOCK FLATLinebacker Anthony HitchensHitchens was in on 15 tackles — two for a loss — against the Chargers. I saw a lot of fans on Twitter disparaging his coverage ability after giving up a touchdown to a running back. He also missed a couple tackles, as did the rest of the defense. But its plays like this one that re-affirmed Hitchens is who we thought he was: a real steadying force at the inside linebacker position. He’s got great instincts, can close, and loves to hit people. Anything he can do in coverage is gravy.Tight end Travis KelceI nearly put Kelce on the STOCK UP list, because this week, he showed signs of being a real http://www.thechiefsfootballauthentic.com/dee-ford-jersey-authentic , complete tight end; his blocking was on full display for many of the big offensive plays. But he only had one catch on six targets, and he was remarkably far short of the consistent production we’ve come to expect. It’s a safe assumption that the Chiefs might only be able to feature one or two of their playmakers each week. Kelce’s day is coming.Others who are who we thought they wereKareem Hunt, Sammy Watkins, Justin Houston NEW YORK (AP) — From a breakthrough quarterback to a unanimous choice. From two brothers to four rookies for the first time — two from the same club, no less. The Associated Press 2018 All-Pro Team has something for everyone.Patrick Mahomes and three other Kansas City Chiefs players made the squad Friday. They were joined by the first rookie teammates since 1965 — Colts guard left Quenton Nelson and linebacker Darius Leonard. The last time that occurred it was two future Hall of Famers, the Bears’ Dick Butkus and Gale Sayers.Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald was the only unanimous choice in balloting by a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the league.“That’s surreal,” Donald said. “It’s a blessing. Wow! You see the hard work pay off.“A lot of credit to my teammates and my coaches for pushing me and helping me.”Mahomes, Kansas City’s second-year sensation, drew 45 votes at quarterback and was joined by teammates Travis Kelce at tight end, Tyreek Hill as the flex player and Mitchell Schwartz at right tackle.Kelce’s brother, Eagles center Jason, also made the team.“For me and my brother to both get it, it’s that much more special because I still remember us in the backyard fighting with each other, playing football growing up and we envisioned each other competing at the highest level, competing against the best players,” Jason said. “And for both of us to be recognized as one of those guys is pretty special.”Joining Nelson and Leonard as rookies on the team were Seahawks punter Michael Dickson and Chargers safety Derwin James.“These are the kind of guys who have the DNA, the makeup of everything that we are looking for,” Colts coach Frank Reich said of Nelson and Leonard. “All the intangibles, all the character qualities http://www.thechiefsfootballauthentic.com/eric-fisher-jersey-authentic , everything about them. It’s a really hard filter to get through to get marked that way and both Quenton and Darius had that on their card. So that says something about their maturity and how fast we think they will develop.”And already have developed.Chicago also had four All-Pros: edge rusher Khalil Mack, cornerback Kyle Fuller, safety Eddie Jackson and punt returner Tarik Cohen.Two players made All-Pro for the fifth time: Houston edge rusher J.J. Watt and Carolina linebacker Luke Kuechly.“It means a lot to get back to the top level of the game,” said Watt, who missed most of the 2016 and ’17 seasons with major injuries. “Obviously, it’s an extreme honor to be a first-team All-Pro, especially after what I’ve been through the last two years and hearing the things that people were saying and questioning myself at times.“To be able to get back to the top level of the game and know that I still have things to improve on and things that I want to get even better at, it’s exciting.”The All-Pro team was split: 14 AFC and 14 NFC members. There were 16 newcomers: Mahomes; Schwartz; Fuller; Jackson; Cohen; Saints receiver Michael Thomas; Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari; Eagles interior defensive lineman Fletcher Cox; Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore; Chargers defensive back Desmond King and special teamer Adrian Phillips; Jets kick returner Andre Roberts; and the four rookies.Players with previous All-Pro honors who made the 2018 team included Donald and Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner, each for the fourth time; Mack, Dallas right guard Zack Martin and Ravens kicker Justin Tucker, each for the third time; Hill; Rams running back Todd Gurley; and Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins.“I think I really took a lot of pride in leadership,” said Wagner, who drew 49 votes. “I knew that was going to be big if we were going to be successful. I knew I was going to have to up my role in that, up my mindfulness in that. I was really conscious of that and just making sure I was, when it came to getting back to the defense I looked at it from a different lens.”Hopkins got the most votes on offense with 46.“This is validation,” Hopkins said. “I feel like these people are the people who actually know football, who study football, who have been around football for years. So to be on this list and to be first team is a great feeling. But it makes me want to work harder and continue to be on that list.”
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Sunday Night Football’ odds Brett Maher Jersey , line: Eagles vs. Cowboys picks, predictions from model on 70-43 roll - Staff, CBS SportsThis game marks the biggest underdogs the Cowboys have been all season. It looks like the confidence the oddsmakers have in the Cowboys matches that of their fans in recent weeks. The faith has disappeared. Let’s check in on the most recent practice report and see who’s healthy.Finally some good news: Dallas Cowboys roster improves for Philadelphia Eagles game - Stefan Stevenson, Fort Worth Star-TelegramWhile the Cowboys will be missing several players due to injuries, a couple key players will be returning. 5 matchups to watch in Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys, including Lane Johnson vs. DeMarcus Lawrence - Daniel Gallen, Penn LiveIt looked like the Eagles might be without their All-Pro right tackle, but it appears he will give it a go. He’s been a huge piece in containing DeMarcus Lawrence in the past. Can he keep it going? Philadelphia Eagles: Sidney Jones is close, Jalen Mills out for awhile - Justin Grasso, Inside The IgglesThe Eagles are thin at cornerback and there was some hope that second-year CB Sidney Jones might play on Sunday, but it doesn’t look very likely now. Here is the final practice report:The Cowboys are on Sunday Night Football, but what games will be on TV in your area during the day? 506 Sports hooks us up with their weekly across-the-country TV map.I was really looking forward to catching Dez Bryant’s debut in New Orleans.Cowboys release WR Deonte Thompson, secure 2019 comp pick - K.D. Drummond, Cowboys WireThe Cowboys made some moves to their receiving group this week with the most notable one being the release of free agent acquisition Deonte Thompson. But as K.D. explains, this move has been expected for a while now. Thompson was the team’s speed demon WR, but now they have a new guy for that.Five things to look for in this week’s Cowboys-Eagles matchup: Cooper Authentic Antwaun Woods Jersey , turnover, turnovers, and more - Calvin Watkins, The AthleticWatkins provides his weekly five things to look for, including how the Cowboys need to get more out of their newest offensive weapon. Blow ‘em out, Golden Tate to damage, more in Roob’s 10 random Eagles observations for Cowboys Week - Reuben Franks, NBC Sports Philadelphia10 random observations for this week’s matchup, including an unfavorable tidbit about the Cowboys being on the wrong end of a blowout. But despite all the struggles for Dallas this season, they haven’t lost by that margin yet this season. And one of those reasons is an improved defense. But a new addition might make things more difficult for the Cowboys. Will Golden Tate burn Dallas Cowboys yet again? - Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz, USA TodayTate is a name that comes up again and again as the team’s new the secret weapon to spark the Eagles offense. Cowboys CB: Eagles ‘know we don’t like’ Golden Tate - Austin Knoblauch, NFL.comWill the Cowboys be able to contain the Eagles new offensive weapon? Let’s get some game predictions, shall we?Eagles-Cowboys NFL Week 10 Predictions - Staff, NBC 10 PhiladelphiaThe staff for NBC Philadelphia have complete confidence in their team as they pick the Eagles across the board. And their most accurate prognosticator foresees a Sunday night blowout. It’s not surprising that “Team Philadelphia” all pick their squad to win, but that’s not homerism talking. It seems to be the general consensus as even Cowboys writers are predicting an Eagles victory.SportsDay experts’ predictions for Cowboys-Eagles: Can Dallas save its season with a win in Philadelphia? - Staff, SportsDayThe SportsDay writing staff make their picks on Sunday night’s game and it’s completely one-sided. Gut Feeling: Predictions For Cowboys-Eagles - Staff Youth Taco Charlton Jersey , Dallas CowboysThe mood over at the Mothership is quite different as they have some optimism sprinkled in for good measure. Hey, we’ll take it.What we think: Lions game is crucial to a couple of Cowboys coaches It’s only the fourth week of the NFL season. That is way to early for us to be talking about coaches losing their jobs. Right?Uh, maybe not. The Dallas Cowboys are stuck in a rut offensively. They are only one game behind the co-leaders in the NFC East, but faith in the team has plummeted. A crucial part of this is how we have been told since the end of last season how the team was making some big changes to the offensive side of things to return to the productivity we saw just a couple of years ago. So far, those promises have not just been empty, the level of failure has dropped Dallas to the bottom of the NFL stats. And belief is growing that the reason for that failure was that the changes did not reach high enough. While a lot of new faces were brought in on the coaching staff, head coach Jason Garrett and Scott Linehan retained their jobs, and it seems obvious that they must have had a lot of input to the changes in the roster as well. Now the Cowboys are scrambling to try and eke out another win to stop the bleeding. But a narrow win in a low scoring game is not likely to change things much. The big issue on a team where the defense is clearly playing better overall is the paltry offensive production, particularly on the scoreboard. So what will it take to start changing things?It is going to take points. Points off touchdowns, to be specific. Dallas has only scored four of those in the first three games, two each throwing and running. One of those “passing” scores came off a shovel pass, which is really just a running play where the handoff cannot be ruled a fumble. And total yardage is just as bad. When you are in the bottom five in almost every offensive category, well, you wind up looking to place blame. And the crosshairs are on Garrett and Linehan, especially the offensive coordinator. What will it take in the game against the Detroit Lions to turn down the heat a few degrees? That is really all they can do in one game, because Detroit is 26th in the NFL in points allowed http://www.cowboysauthorizedshops.com/authentic-leighton-vander-esch-jersey , giving up 29.3 per game. Whatever they do this week will not have a large impact unless they both score near or over that average and then show it was not an aberration by repeating it. So the benchmark looks pretty clear. The Cowboys need to score at least three TDs with some field goals tacked on, or get to four. This appears to be a tall order. Sure, Linehan and Dak Prescott are both talking about taking more shots and having some more “wrinkles”, but you know the various sayings about talk and backing it up. Further complicating things is the way the Lions defense is performing so far this year. They are the best in the league at limiting passing attacks - and dead last in stopping the run. Meanwhile, the Cowboys have shown themselves to be very vulnerable so far to stacked boxes, with a glaring inability to hurt the opponent through the air. The loss to the Seattle Seahawks showed some signs of the running game coming around, but there still was precious little evidence that they could go over the top or convert on third down. Ezekiel Elliott may be hitting his stride as a runner. The obvious problem is that a one-dimensional team is easy to stop by even poor defenses when there is virtually no support form the aerial game.Both teams have a blueprint for how to attack the other, with Detroit looking to have an advantage. Just disregard the pass until Dallas does something there and go all-in on bottling up the ground game. So it comes back to Prescott and the passing game. Having Dak use his legs at times can also help, but the risks involved there make that something that can only be used in spots, not a viable approach from opening kickoff to final whistle. While the question of whether coaching or player execution is the biggest culprit remains open, the current mood of the media and fanbase alike is to put the blame on Linehan. Both his game plan and play calls have been heavily criticized.Linehan simply has to find a way to move the ball through the air. That is for both his sake and Garrett’s. It also means he has to figure out how to help Prescott and the so-far lackluster receiving corps succeed. The evidence from around the league is that it can be done. The Thursday night game showcased how the Los Angeles Rams are doing it. The Kansas City Chiefs certainly have figured it out so far. And those are just the most obvious examples. It’s not like there are any secret plays or something that lead to success offensively. All you have to do is look at the video of the successful passing offenses and see what they run. Those kinds of plays are in the Dallas playbook, because every now and then we see them run one, as they did early in the game against the New York Giants when they scored on their single long play of the season. They have also put together a handful of long drives with multiple first downs. The issue is that they do those things with no regularity. Quarterback performance has certainly been a problem so far, but even there, the onus is at least partly, if not mostly Connor Williams Jersey , on the OC. He has to grasp what his passer is doing, and find ways to help him. Just doing the same thing over and over without change is by definition a bit insane. Again, we are hearing promises, but now we have to see delivery. Even if the Cowboys manage a narrow win in a low scoring game, the pressure is not going to lessen appreciably. That is simply not a sustainable formula in the NFL where there are so many high-scoring offenses out there. The defense can help, but it is increasingly hard for it to carry a team in a league that keeps tweaking the rules to favor the offense. Just look at how the latest changes to roughing the passer calls has punished pass rushers for plays that just last season would have been highlights. This isn’t just one writer’s view, either. Our Michael Sisemore had his own take on this, which comes to a very similar conclusion:If the Cowboys don’t get a win against the Lions with a solid offensive performance, the doubts and calls for new blood at the top of the coaching staff are just going to grow. Garrett is very involved in coming up with the game plan and scripting the first part of the game, so he is handcuffed to Linehan. This is an opportunity to show that they can figure things out. They have to take advantage of it, or pay the price. It’s pretty much just that simple. Custom Indianapolis Colts Jerseys