“Playing for pride” is a phrase you hear a lot — enough to kind of lose sight of what it means. Fortunately, the Cleveland Browns delivered a real-life example on Saturday.
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Look, a lot of things had to happen for the Browns to finally win a game. They had to be at home against a team in the San Diego Chargers that had to take a long trip to get there, had a ton of injuries to key players and had nothing to play for. That opponent also had to miss a makeable game-tying field goal attempt in the final seconds. It wasn’t easy, and it surely could have gone the other way for Cleveland.
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Matt McGloin is the “next man up” for Raiders coach Jack Del Rio, as the quarterback prepares to make his first start since his rookie season in 2013.
The Falcons and MVP candidate Matt Ryan aren’t just putting together one of the best offensive performances since the merger — they’ve also run up points against the best defensive competition.
How about this? The Browns win their first game of the season and avoid becoming the second team to go 0-16. However, the 49ers and Jaguars win, too! The Browns’ FPI chances for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 draft improved from 85 percent to 94 percent following Week 16.
Say what you want about QB Jay Cutler, but he has never thrown at least three interceptions in back-to-back games, something fourth-year QB Matt Barkley just accomplished for the Bears. The Bears cap off their season in Minnesota this Sunday.
Blake Bortles has thrown for 300 yards 11 times in his career. Saturday’s win against the Titans was the first time the Jaguars won when Bortles threw for 300. Despite the win, could the Week 17 game at the Colts be Bortles’ last as the Jags’ starter?
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Multiple injuries at the quarterback position derailed a promising season for the Arizona Cardinals in 2014, as they limped to a 2-4 finish after a 9-1 start and fell to the Carolina Panthers in the wild card round of the playoffs. Coming into this season, guaranteeing protection for starter Carson Palmer was the top order.
Arizona has accomplished that goal this season, ranking among the best in the league in sacks allowed. The Cardinals have allowed just 23 sacks this season, fifth-fewest in the league. They have won their last eight games, and sport a 12-2 record going into a Week 16 game against the Green Bay Packers.
That means getting through their divisional rival St. Louis Rams on Sunday. It might not sound like a tall task, but the Seahawks couldn’t beat the Rams on the road in Week 1. The Rams won 34-31 in overtime, and the Seahawks ended up starting the season losing four of their first six games.
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Instantly upon Prescott’s foot tap, Witten makes a pre-snap move from right to left, forcing the Vikings to reveal their coverage, intel that will help Elliott determine where to track the ball. If a defensive back shadows Witten, the Vikings are in man.
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If not, they’re in zone. This time the safeties remain in zone, but out of respect for the 10-time Pro Bowl tight end, they roll coverage to Witten’s side of the field. That means, if Elliott has read his keys correctly, Dallas has put seven would-be tacklers at a distinct disadvantage before the snap.
He was scheduled to meet with doctors on Tuesday, but Rivera didnâ€™t indicate it was anything serious.
Aside from consistency, durability has been one of Olsenâ€™s strengths. He hasnâ€™t missed a game since his 2007 rookie season at Chicago, a string of 156 games that is the second-longest active streak in the NFL among tight ends behind Jason Witten’s 216 games.
Greg Olsen can become the first tight end with three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons.
Olsen has started all 76 games for the Panthers since being acquired in a trade with the Bears in 2011.
That Olsen missed a few series was unusual. Rivera recently talked about how the 31-year-old tight end never wants to take a down off in a game or practice.
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Getting Olsen more rest is something Rivera admitted the staff has to be conscious of during the next few seasons.
Barring an injury, Olsen should continue to climb the charts for tight ends. He needs only 128 yards to move into seventh-place all-time and 696 to catch Hall of Famer Ozzie Newsome (7,980) for fifth place.
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The Colts in turn had to get over the mental hurdle of losing to the Texans, and were also starting three rookies on the offensive line.
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None of those things was an issue for the Colts, and their defense smothered the Vikings’ offense all game.
Limited Mens Stephen Paea Jersey Rookies Ryan Kelly, Le’Raven Clark and Joe Haeg teamed with Jonotthan Harrison and Anthony Castonzo to help quarterback Andrew Luck go 21-of-25 for 250 yards with two touchdowns, and the Colts gained 161 yards on the ground. And just as important, the Colts didn¡¯t give up a quarterback sack.
After giving up 31 sacks in their first eight games, the Colts have allowed only nine sacks in their past six games.
At 1-13 and in the throes of a 13-game losing streak, the 49ers tried anything and everything to find a solution to the gaping hole in the middle of their defense. And, as has happened with pretty much every problem they’ve encountered this season, none of those answers was the right one as the Falcons cruised to a 41-13 victory and remained in the NFC playoff hunt.
With Hodges’ unexpected absence, the Niners had just two inside linebackers healthy and available when the game started. Mind you, this is a position where the team long ago lost starters NaVorro Bowman and Ray-Ray Armstrong and backup Shayne Skov to season-ending injuries. The Niners turned to veteran Michael Wilhoite to start alongside Bellore and crossed their fingers that it would all work out.
It didn’t. Three plays into Atlanta’s first possession, Bellore suffered an elbow injury that ended his day. From there, the 49ers tried safety Vinnie Sunseri in Bellore’s place. Sunseri had played all of 13 defensive snaps in his career, none at inside linebacker, and was quickly targeted by Atlanta’s passing game as he yielded an 8-yard catch on third-and-2 to set up the Falcons’ first touchdown.
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Referee Ed Hochuli first marked the ball at the 23. Then he picked it up and placed it at the 27. Dixon’s right knee had touched the ground at the 27 when he stumbled, as an ESPN replay later showed.
According to the NFL rulebook, the replay official — or senior vice president of officiating Dean Blandino and his staff in New York — is permitted to “consult” with the referee to ensure the correct application of rules and other administrative matters.
Dixon’s catch was never officially put under review.
Matthew Stafford, Lions: Look, there’s only so much future President Jim Bob Cooter can do. I have no idea whether Stafford’s injured finger will affect him, and the Giants’ defense is playing as well as any in the league right now, giving up the second-fewest fantasy points to opposing QBs and having allowed more than one touchdown pass just once in the past eight games.
Forsett and Derby are the newest faces and yet could have plenty to say about how the Broncos finish things out. Forsett is expected to get plenty of work against the Patriots because of his familiarity with the offense — he has played for Broncos coach Gary Kubiak for two seasons on two other teams — as well as his relative freshness given the Ravens and Lions didn’t use him much this season before releasing him.
After a slow ramp-up — he was a game-day inactive for his first game and targeted once in his second outing with the Broncos — Derby has been the most-targeted tight end over the last four games and has turned 14 targets into 12 receptions.
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While no kicker has declared early for the NFL Draft since Janikowski, a few punters have. Last year, Bradley Pinion of the San Francisco 49ers was the only punter drafted after he declared early from Clemson for the 2015 NFL Draft. Two years earlier, Brad Wing left LSU early, although he wasn’t drafted in the 2013 NFL Draft and has since found a role with the New York Giants.
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How much money should Cam Newton have made this week?
Cam Newton stuck around in garbage time of the Panthers 38-10 to pad his stats and cement his case for league MVP (a individual award traditonally given to the QB who wont win the superbowl). Throwing TDs in the second half of a week 17 blowout is the equivlant of signing up to bring napkins and paper towels to your company office party, but Newton should of stepped aside and let Derek Anderson handle mop up duty. Id like to of seen a bit more leadership out of Newton and set a good example for fellow QB/former theif James Winston by showing him that sometimes the best way to lead is to let someone else have a turn.
Other thing about Newton is he dosen’t take numbing shots or opiates, yet his teammates are paying for a insurance policy for him that covers pain medicaton and just literaly throwing there money down the toilet. He also just welcomed the birth of his first child named Chosen, so he obvously hasnt been using his Health Savings Account for condoms either folks because with a name like that, youd think the kid would of ended up in a Resevoir tip. So he’s wasting his teamates time ,money, and healthcare, and smiling all the way to the bank.
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After Mark Melancon signed with the Giants and Aroldis Chapman agreed with the Yankees, Jansen was left with two suitors beyond the Dodgers — the Marlins (with former manager Don Mattingly) and Mens Jarome Iginla Jersey the Nationals (who lost Melancon).
Jansen’s agent said Washington offered more money, but Jansen preferred the comforts of returning to his only organization and the one that switched him from catcher to closer after Edwin Encarnacion Authentic Jersey five obscure Minor League seasons.
Unlike the bidding for Jansen, L.A. has always been favored to re-sign Turner, who lives in nearby Orange County and has found a professional home with the Dodgers, who signed him three years ago after he was non-tendered by the Mets.
Although Turner is the most accomplished third baseman in this year’s free-agent class, he hasn’t been seriously linked to any club other than the Dodgers.
A clubhouse leader who has emerged as an offensive force, Turner had a slash line of .275/.339/.493 and set career highs in runs (79), hits (153), doubles (34), triples (three), homers (27), RBIs (90) and games played (151) coming off knee surgery. Turner, who recently turned 32, finished ninth in NL MVP Award voting.
Turner was particularly good against right-handed pitching (.305, with 22 homers), and he hit .325 with runners in scoring position and .300 with runners on base, even though he was slow to get started as he recovered from the surgery.
In the postseason, Jansen was a workhorse, making seven appearances — throwing multiple innings in three of them — and recording three saves. It’s been a huge few days for Jansen, who got married over the weekend in his native Curacao, with Turner attending, as well as teammates Yasiel Puig and Scott Van Slyke.
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Authentic Youth Adreian Payne Jersey For much of this season, the Seattle Seahawks have been waiting on wide receiver Tyler Lockett to get healthy and put his imprint on the offense.
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He did just that Sunday against the Carolina Panthers, and his signature play was a 75-yard touchdown run on a fly sweep.
“I think I finally got to hit that extra gear that I’ve been waiting on and some of my teammates have been waiting on,” Lockett said. “Because Doug [Baldwin] thinks he’s faster than me. He said after that play that he doesn’t think he can run with me anymore.”
The touchdown put the Seahawks up 30-7 just seconds into the third quarter. A week after managing just one field goal in a 14-5 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the offense exploded for a season-high 40 points.
What proved to be key for offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell was the way in which he set up explosive plays.
He is so genuine, so real, that when he sits at his locker and explains why he’s glad that he wasn’t traded, why he wants to be in Cleveland, you wind up believing him, even though he’s about to get crushed again.
“I’m a Clevelander,” he says. “I’ve spent the majority of my adult life here. Every day when I come to work, it’s ‘Let’s turn this team into a consistent winner.’ Because it would be such a special story. It would be like when the Cubs won the World Series. Everybody in the country has probably been cheering for them for so long because they’ve been suffering for so long. And you want to cheer for teams like the Browns.
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It’s a much bigger game for the Giants, who lost handily to the Steelers last week and have the league’s fourth-toughest schedule in the final quarter of the season, according to Football Outsiders. At 8-4, the Giants can all but clinch a wild-card spot by going 2-2 over their remaining four games. A loss here would drop their playoff chances from 76 percent to 63 percent, with one remaining home game against the surging Lions before back-to-back road tilts against the Eagles and Washington to end their season. Big Blue might have handed Dallas its only loss of the season in a 20-19 thriller in Week 1, but that’s one of only two games the Giants have won over teams .500 or better this year — their only other win was a three-point victory over Baltimore in Week 6.
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Game Mens Wes Horton Jersey Any list of the season’s best remaining games starts with what’s on Thursday night. Something has to give in this battle for the AFC West, given that both of these teams have been lucky to win a disproportionate number of their close games this season. The 10-2 Raiders are 7-1 in games decided by seven points or fewer this year, and the 9-3 Chiefs are 6-2 in those circumstances.
While the Cowboys aren’t going to bench all of their starters and give them three consecutive bye weeks before returning in the postseason, wrapping up the conference early would allow them to echo what Jerry Jones suggested and start giving those players who do need rest time to prepare for the postseason. It could be the difference, for example, between giving Ezekiel Elliott 10 carries or 25 in Week 16. (Sorry, Ezekiel Elliott fantasy owners.)
Game Youth Javorius Allen Jersey This is as close to a pure playoff game as we’ll see before Week 17. These teams have a combined 99 percent chance of winning the AFC North, and neither of them are likely to win a wild-card berth; the Ravens have only a 4 percent chance of doing so, and the Steelers are up at 6 percent. The winner of this game will be the comprehensive favorite to win the division.
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The Packers completed an improbable and amazing Hail Mary to force overtime against the Cardinals. Larry Fitzgerald was going to make sure Green Bay’s luck ran out there.
He did all the work on his own in overtime, starting with the very first play.
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That is a very good play by Carson Palmer and Fitzgerald did the rest. Cutting and weaving and stiff-arming his way through the Green Bay defense all the way to the 5-yard line. Nothing like a 75-yard incredible play to get things moving in the right direction.
The Cardinals threw to Fitzgerald on the next play, but it went incomplete. That was just to let him catch his breath before scoring the game-winning touchdown.
Maclin was injured in Kansas City’s Wild Card victory over the Houston Texans and had to be carted to the locker room from the sideline. The team initially feared Maclin had torn his ACL. Further tests confirmed Maclin is suffering from a high ankle sprain, and the Chiefs said Sunday that Maclin’s status was considered day-to-day.
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However, the Chiefs upset the Pittsburgh Steelers on Oct. 25, signaling that Andy Reid and his team had not given up on the year. They haven’t lost since, securing victories in their past 11 games, including a 30-0 shutout against the Houston Texans in the Wild Card round.
Or maybe — just maybe — this goes deeper than we think? What if the Chiefs are forcing themselves to not challenge a play. If they win, they’ll win without question. We’re through the looking glass here, people.
Between 2001-14, Wayne played in a franchise-record 211 games for the Colts and also set a record with 143 wins. In both cases, he broke the marks set by the man he was linked with for most of his career: Peyton Manning.
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