One team is 3-4 and the other is 4-2, which is what one might have expected for Sunday’s matchup between the Oakland Raiders and the Buffalo Bills in Orchard Park, N.Y.
But few would have expected Buffalo to sport the winning record and be in playoff position in late October. Even fewer would have forecast Oakland to be sitting a game under .500 and celebrating the end of a four-game losing streak with last week’s wild 31-30 victory over Kansas City.
TMR: There were some “expert” leagues while I was trying to establish myself and there have been some nice big-money wins before I got to ESPN (I don’t really play for money these days), including one that helped me buy my first wife an engagement ring, but probably the best feeling was winning the “ESPN War Room” league that we play here internally. Many of the faces you watch every day (Trey, Adam Schefter, Chris Mortensen, Field Yates, Stephania Bell and so on), along with NFL producers and former NFL players.
Coming off a Monday night loss to the Philadelphia Eagles (6-1) that crippled their offensive line and likely killed their chances to win the NFC East, the Redskins (3-3) host the Dallas Cowboys (3-3) in the first of their 2017 matchups.
Alonso’s hit on Flacco drew outrage from the Ravens as well as an unsportsmanlike penalty. Ravens coach John Harbaugh came onto the field to yell at Alonso in a game that featured several fights the rest of the way.
Flacco was ruled out for the game during halftime. It is the first reported concussion in Flacco’s 10-year career.
“Joe had a concussion and a cut ear,” Harbaugh said. “They were stitching that [ear] up without any anesthesia, so he’s a tough dude. That’s as much as I know about it.”
When asked postgame whether he thought he’d be suspended, Alonso said: “That’s out of my hands, man. … It’s a bang-bang play, and I hope he’s all right. I truly do.”
The NFL has upheld its one-game suspension of Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch for making physical contract with an official, the league announced Tuesday.
Whereas several players have only been fined for making contact with an official, Lynch also left the sideline to join the fray. That made his infraction worthy of a suspension, according to NFL vice president of football operations Jon Runyan.
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The New England Patriots will be without starting linebacker and captain Dont’a Hightower for Sunday’s home game against the Los Angeles Chargers, the Boston Herald reported on Wednesday, citing an anonymous source.
The 6-foot-3, 265-pound Hightower had missed games in the second and third week of this season with a knee injury sustained in the third quarter of the season Sam Gagner Jersey opener. Upon his return, he was used in a part-time role, playing 37 snaps in an Oct. 1 loss to the Carolina Panthers, before seeing his workload increase to 62 and 69 snaps, respectively, over the next two games.
He has been credited with 14 tackles and two sacks this season.
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On Sunday the Browns benched DeShone Kizer for Kevin Hogan. If Hogan starts next week (or whenever he eventually starts), he will be the fifth different starter for the Browns since the start of last season, two of whom have been Browns draft picks. The Browns are 120 since deciding to pass on Carson Wentz.
Even though you have a desperate need for one, you have to resist the temptation of taking that guy just because you have a need if you don’t believe he’s one of those 20 guys at the end of the day. I think that’s the hardest part, just maintaining your discipline because you have the need. That’s what we did this year.
DePodesta’s overall point is fair: teams reach for QBs nearly every year and drafting a position high just because you need someone is a terrible strategy.
The Falcons didn’t win this game, but I’ll take pride in Coleman sonning a Dolphins linebacker for an early-season loss. The Falcons started off last season at 7-5, so there’s no reason to panic…yet.
The 2017 NFL season rolls on with 12 games on the schedule for Week 6. With September well in the rearview window, we’re approaching the point of the year where the true playoff contenders get separated from the also-rans. A lot of teams are about to have their seasons defined over the next few weeks.
Meanwhile, the Patrick Beverley Jersey Saints scored 52 points, and somehow Drew Brees 锟斤拷 master of throwing for all the yards in the world 锟斤拷 had only 186 and two touchdowns. The Saints also hadn’t turned the ball over all season. They were a week away from setting an NFL record, until they turned it over three times in just the second half.
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Colts quarterback Andrew Luck will stop throwing for the time being because of soreness in his surgically repaired right shoulder, general manager Chris Ballard said Wednesday.
The doctors and the trainers have decided to give him a cortisone shot to kind of take away some of that inflammation that’s been happening, Ballard said.
On Monday, Watt underwent surgery on his left leg, but he’s in for a long recovery, according to Ian Rapoport.
A tibial plateau fracture is a break in the shin bone right under the knee, according to NBC’s Michelle Tafoya on the Sunday Night Football broadcast. Watt couldn’t put any weight on the injured leg, and he had to be helped from the field and carted from the sideline. He’ll undergo an MRI to check for ligament damage.
Outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus was taken to the locker room before Watt was injured. It’s a torn pectoral for Mercilus, and he will miss the rest of the season, according to the Houston Chronicle’s John McClain. So two of Houston’s best defenders are off the field for the season.
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Wasn’t J.J. Watt injured last year? Yes, he was. He missed most of the season with a back injury that required surgery to repair.
He worked his way back to the field this year, but had yet to post a single sack for the Texans. He finished with 11 tackles and two pass breakups on the year.
Still, he also missed more than two weeks. If neither can’t play, then rookie Fabian Moreau and third-year Quinton Dunbar would start. Running back Rob Kelley (ankle) is expected to practice this week after missing last week’s game. — John Keim
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A video surfaced on Facebook Sunday night that appears to show Dolphins offensive line coach Chris Foerster snorting a powdery white substance before meetings. On Monday, Foerster resigned.
The Dolphins were reported to have been investigating the video last night and were able to conclude that Foerster was in the video, and in the wrong.
Foerster released a statement, via ESPN’s Adam Schefter:
The Packers were 6.5-point favorites over the Saints last week in an early line available at the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas. When the Westgate reposted the line Sunday night, after Aaron Rodgers’ injury, New Orleans was a 3.5-point favorite.
When Rodgers plays, the Packers are the one team in the NFC with a quarterback great enough for the team to contend without much help from the defense and/or conventional running game. With Rodgers out, we stacked all 16 NFC teams into one of four groupings in what was already looking like a pretty wide-open conference.
“This is as open as I can remember it in a lot of years, because it is hard to say who the top one or two teams are in the conference,” an evaluator said. “Usually, you would put the Packers and someone else — Seattle, maybe — that you feel strongly about. You just don’t feel as strongly about those teams this year.”
We start with the leading contenders, including three that have been to the Super Bowl recently with many of the same key players in place, including quarterbacks who have shown they can win playoff games with sufficient support. Every one of these teams is flawed enough to trade places with teams below them, which is why this NFC race will be a difficult one to handicap.
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The Titans are going to hope Marcus Mariota can manage his hamstring, because they can get away with him not at full strength, and the fall-off when he’s not there is so steep. Myles Garrett is playing like the first overall pick since his return, but right now, he’s all the Browns have going for them.
Deshaun Watson has sparked the entire offense and also inspired their defense to make big plays, even though it is massively shorthanded. With a week off to study, imagine how good he could end up being as a rookie.
Jacksonville is a weird team to read, because it has been dominant defensively in road victories over Houston, Baltimore (in London) and Pittsburgh. That’s a good trend here against a Colts offense that’s coming off a short week and is short on passing weapons with whom to combat that nasty pass defensive. The Jags get back to their happy place of Sacksonville, and their running game does the rest against Indy’s sieve of a run defense.
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Live sports will continue to be a revenue stream for broadcasters and valuable to advertisers, Foster said. You can’t skip the ads because you’re watching the game in real time. Sports are a perishable asset. People tend not to record them and watch them later.
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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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.
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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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