Pittsburgh picks up one first down on its drive, but fails to move the chains again as the Steelers punt it back to Kansas City.
Kansas City starts the second half with another three-and-out. The Chiefs have just one first down in the game.
Cam Newton and Carson Wentz are playing extremely well, using their big arms and athleticism to make big plays. Both defenses might struggle on the back end, so it will come down to which QB gets pressured more often. On the road in a hostile environment with a so-so running game, that’s bound to be Wentz.
Goodell and Smith have rarely met face-to-face over the past three years, people familiar with the relationship say, and relations had reached a point where people on both sides wondered whether there’d ever be common ground for future negotiations.
Referee Tony Corrente on overturning Austin Seferian-Jenkins’ touchdown: He lost the ball. It came out of his control as he was almost to the ground… He didn’t survive the recovery and didn’t survive the ground during the recovery is what happened here… It was pretty obvious.
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Elite Youth Will Tye Jersey The situation was hardly ideal. Neither was the mood.
You do your best to keep your spirits up. You get frustrated, Zimmerman acknowledged. I don’t want to say `pressure,’ but, yeah, I mean, the tension builds a little bit, I’ll be honest with you. … Pouting is not going to help you the next time you come up.
Jenkins was one of four players who penned a lengthy memo to the league office requesting league support and asking for a month to be dedicated to social activism. Goodell has had dialogue with members of the players’ coalition in the weeks since and joined Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie on a Listen and Learn tour that gave them an up-close look at different parts of Philadelphia’s criminal justice system.
The NFLPA isn’t giving up on its fight for Ezekiel Elliott.
Game Mens Isaiah Crowell Jersey After the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans reinstated the six-game suspension of the Cowboys running back on Thursday, the NFLPA said Friday the union will request an en banc rehearing of Elliott’s case.
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An en banc hearing is a session in which a case is heard before all the judges of a court rather than by a panel of judges selected from them. A panel of three judges voted 2-1 on Thursday to reinstate the six-game suspension initially handed down by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in August.
Elliott’s suspension stems from domestic violence allegations in July of 2016.
NaVorro gave his heart and soul to this team for the last eight years, and for that we are all extremely grateful, 49ers GM John Lynch said in a press release upon Bowman’s release. During that time, NaVorro was a key component of one of the best teams in the league and his passion for the game allowed him to quickly become a favorite of our faithful fans.
Thursday evening, Kyle (Shanahan) and I met with NaVorro, and from our conversation it became evident that going in different directions was best for both him and our team. Although NaVorro may be moving on, he will always be looked at as one of the great players to wear the red and gold. We wish him and his family great success.
Bowman had 527 tackles (181 assisted), 12.5 sacks, nine forced fumbles and four interceptions in 89 regular-season games with San Francisco.
After being carted off the field and taken to the locker room for further evaluation, the team later announced that Rodgers had been ruled out for the rest of the game and could even miss the remainder of the season with a broken collarbone.
Rodgers, who previously missed seven games in 2013 with a broken left collarbone, finishes the season with 1,385 yards, 13 touchdowns and three interceptions.
So swinging early in counts became the stathead ideal — or, at least, batter temperament lost its ideological associations. The Astros, considered by many to be the most “analytical” team, saw the third-fewest pitches per plate appearance this year. “If [an opposing] pitcher throws 70, 80, 90 pitches, who cares? We don’t,” said Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier in 2015, after the patient Rays suddenly flipped to the aggressive Rays. “Hit pitches that you’re supposed to hit. Hit fastballs early in the count, no matter if he’s thrown five pitches this inning and you’re the third hitter. If you make an out and the pitcher throws seven pitches, so what.”
The result was that we lost something to count, and the middle of games lost just that little bit of nuance.
At age 28, Weeden became the oldest player ever selected in the first round of the NFL draft.
What happened? Weeden had a few bright spots in Cleveland but is remembered more for horrific moments that personified the franchise’s futility, like getting trapped under the American Flag during the pregame warm-up of his NFL debut (he proceeded to post a 5.1 quarterback rating in that loss to Philadelphia) and a backhanded interception he threw against Detroit. Weeden was recently signed by Tennessee following a hamstring injury to Marcus Mariota and could become a free agent again once the Titans’ starting QB is healthy enough to play again.
As has been referenced already in this piece, the Cardinals have significant struggles running the ball. As a result, no quarterback has thrown the ball more this season than Carson Palmer, who is on pace for 726.4 attempts this season. That bodes well for Brown, who has chewed up 37 targets over the past four weeks. Volume makes him a weekly flex consideration in deeper leagues.
Ten of the 14 road teams triumphed in Week 5 of the NFL season. There were big upsets like the Jaguars winning in Pittsburgh, and more predicted swings like the Seahawks beating the Rams.
In addition to the undefeated Chiefs, there are only three teams — the Packers, Panthers and Eagles — that have 4-1 records entering Week 6.
Each week, AccuScore will update its 2017 NFL postseason forecast by simulating the remainder of the NFL season 10,000 times to predict win totals, division winners and probabilities of reaching the playoffs on the road to Super Bowl 52. Let’s look at how the probabilities and Vegas odds of making the NFL playoffs have changed entering Week 6.
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Game Mens Tony Romo Jersey The Chargers now face a similar challenge in Los Angeles trying to cultivate an expansive and diehard fan base. Supporters of the opposing squad did a better job filling the 27,000-seat StubHub Center than the locals during the Chargers’ first three home games, all of which were losses.
That leaves Gordon and his teammates trying to overcome the lack of a true home-field advantage.
You ask any player when you go out there: If you are locked in, you really don’t pay attention to the crowd at the time, Gordon said. We kind of get adjusted with loud music going on 24/7 (during practice) so when you put us in that type of environment we know how to handle it.
The only way to change the home atmosphere is to put a consistent winning product on the field. Gordon’s performance will go a long way toward determining whether the Chargers can start turning that corner in 2017.
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The second-year receiver has now caught 25 of 33 targets for 356 yards and two touchdowns, while also adding 24 rushing yards and the one return score. He’s sixth among wide receivers in fantasy points. Hill has been on the field for 74 percent of the team’s offensive plays, including 83 percent of the pass plays, and is handling 22 percent of the targets. Those numbers are up from 41 percent, 43 percent and 15 percent, respectively, last year. He’s very much in the WR1 discussion moving forward.
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The Ravens have lost their best overall player — six-time Pro Bowl guard Marshal Yanda (ankle) — in addition to three other offensive linemen for the season. It has made Baltimore vulnerable in the middle, where the Ravens are left with three first-year starters at their positions: left guard James Hurst, center Ryan Jensen and right guard Matt Skura. The only starter remaining from last season’s team is left tackle Ronnie Stanley. — Jamison Hensley
The Bengals are still waiting on tight end Tyler Eifert and wide receiver John Ross, who have seen minimal playing time because of injuries. The return of both could ignite an inconsistent offense, particularly a red zone threat like Eifert. While the bye week could help, coach Marvin Lewis did not give a timetable for either player’s return. — Katherine Terrell
A week ago, I left the Steelers-Ravens game in Baltimore thinking Pittsburgh would clinch the division by Thanksgiving. Sunday, Ben Roethlisberger somehow threw five interceptions and the Steelers got waxed at home by Jacksonville. The Ravens went to Oakland and kicked in an EJ Manuel gimme, and the Bengals won their second straight game and appear to be somewhat close to whole with Vontaze Burfict back in the mix. So it’s a tightly bunched race now, and there seems to be something wrong in Pittsburgh.
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The Titans are expected to start Matt Cassel at quarterback in place of an injured Marcus Mariota for their Week 5 game Sunday at the Dolphins, ESPN reports.
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The Titans also added QB Brandon Weeden to their roster this week.
The betting market reacted to news of Cassel getting the starting nod by adjusting Tennessee from a 3-favorite at Miami as of Saturday night to a 1-point underdog a few hours before kickoff. Meanwhile, Mariota’s fantasy football owners should be modifying their lineups ahead of Sunday’s action.
NFL Network is reporting Mariota may be looking at a recovery time frame of two-to-four weeks.
Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs, ankle, 8:30 p.m. ET: Smith is having a career season through the first four weeks, and it hasn’t been from his passing alone. Always regarded as an athletic, if not particularly mobile, quarterback, Smith has translated some of that athleticism into several key running plays this season, including the occasional sneaky move that may have tricked a defender who perhaps underestimated his intent to run. This week, Smith appeared on the practice injury report because of his ankle, but was a full participant each day. His removal from the pregame injury report indicates he is ready to face the Houston Texans — and run as needed — on Sunday night.
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We’ve reached the end of the unofficial first quarter of the 2017 NFL season, and two teams have gotten out of the gate a little faster than the rest in the race to Super Bowl LII.
One is obvious. The Chiefs haven’t looked back after dusting the Super Bowl LI-champion Patriots in New England in Week 1 to remain the only undefeated team in the league after Week 4. Because it plays in the AFC and has beaten the best there (so far), Kansas City needs an early NFC opponent.
That team is Green Bay, the best overall of the 3-1 teams in that conference. The Packers have been playing well through injuries and still have the game’s most transcendent quarterback.
Before we fast-forward to a Super Bowl I rematch, though, the competition remains stacked behind those powers.
Kareem Hunt has taken a talented offense into overdrive, and the defense keeps bringing it in key spots without its leader, Eric Berry. Coach Andy Reid might finally have his most special team.
A defense led by Devin McCourty and Dont’a Hightower shouldn’t be that lost under Matt Patricia and Bill Belichick. But this problem is going on four weeks. This would not be close to a .500 team without Brady.
Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott are forming their special tag team again, but it’s hard to make up for a limited, reeling defense that saw Sean Lee miss another game. The Cowboys are not a lock to repeat in the NFC East.
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Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco accepted responsibility for the struggles of the NFL’s third-worst offense.
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Listen, I’m going to put it on me every time as a quarterback of this football team, Flacco said Wednesday. That’s what it’s all about.
Flacco is second-to-last in passer rating (65.0), ranking ahead of only Browns rookie DeShone Kizer. His 601 yards passing ranks 32nd in the NFL and his six interceptions are tied for second-most in the league.
In assessing his play, the quarterback believes he needs to trust the pocket, show more patience to allow his receivers to get downfield and make smarter throws.
I had a chance to see what took place,” Reid said. We can’t go in that direction. It’s been addressed. I love the compete in the kid. I appreciate his work ethic and everything else but as professionals that’s not something we want to take place.”
Peters was caught by TV cameras shouting at a fan behind the Chiefs bench after allowing a touchdown pass in the third quarter of the game, won by the Chiefs 29-20. The incident was shown live on ESPN’s broadcast.
Redskins receiver Terrelle Pryor said he was called the N-word several times by a Chiefs fan as he headed toward the tunnel after Sunday’s game in Kansas City, prompting him to use obscenities and extend a middle finger toward the fan.
After issuing his statement about Peters’ outburst, Reid declined to answer further questions about the incident.
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Derek Carr’s music video ad for Educational Employees Credit Union (EECU), “A Bank I Can Trust,” includes all of those things — and more.
We can’t tell if that’s really the Oakland Raiders quarterback singing in the video (he’s clearly just mouthing the words), but it’s hilarious none the less.
“Please, don’t take any bit of it serious,” Carr said. “It’s all a joke. It’s all to make the people of the Central Valley laugh and put a smile on their face.”
Which widely available players should you pick up and start for Week 3? Our experts compile the best options at every position, including a Browns quarterback and Redskins running back.
For those who may be new to this blog: Injury reports provide some insight into a player’s status. The NFL requires teams to submit practice injury reports several times per week, identifying the body part that is involved in the injury. For detailed information on how to interpret injury report language click here.
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If, and this is a big if, Goff makes major strides in 2017, then the Rams have to be considered the only team in the NFC West that can challenge the Seahawks for the division title. The 49ers are rebuilding and the now David Johnson-less Cardinals are teetering on the verge of total collapse. Wade Phillips is surely going to have the Rams defense looking stellar, even more so when Aaron Donald returns (shudders), so a better Jared Goff means a better Rams offense, and a better Rams offense means they might even be in the hunt for a playoff spot in December.
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That’s surprising because the Saints, while mediocre for years on end, always at least kept a potent offense on the field — and always invested in their team, even if the results were terrible on defense. That last part hasn’t changed, at least, but if this one game is something to go off of, the Bucs don’t need to worry about the Saints walking off with the division crown.