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The Green Bay Packers finished the 2018 season 6-9-1 Green Bay Packers Womens Hoodie , and there were numerous reasons for that result. Loads of injuries sapped the team of key players on both sides of the football; the coaching staff’s decision-making was often questionable; Aaron Rodgers’ injury seemed to derail him from his normal caliber of play. All of those issues can be illustrated at least in some form by looking at the team’s total snap counts for the season. Interestingly, the Packers did run more offensive plays than their opponents, but it was a difference of only ten snaps on the season. The injury issues are most clearly evident when looking at the snap breakdowns at the wide receiver, offensive line, defensive line, and cornerback groups. No defensive lineman or corner played more than 72% of the team’s total defensive snaps, while the team had just two receivers over 50%. Here’s a breakdown of all of the offensive and defensive snaps on the year, with a little extra analysis of some of the top special teamers.OFFENSE (1075 total plays)QuarterbacksAaron Rodgers 1013 (94.2%), DeShone Kizer 62 (5.8%)Kizer saw game action in just three contests this year, though he was active for each game. Those came in week one (a catastrophic outing in relief of Aaron Rodgers for about a quarter), week 14 (one kneel-down against the Falcons) and week 17 after Rodgers’ concussion. He finished the year with 20 completions on 42 attempts for 187 yards, no touchdowns, and two picks.Otherwise, Rodgers was healthy enough to play the remainder of the season, though he did not play up to his normal standards. His 7.4 yards per attempt was a bit higher than it was the past few years, but is still well off the 8.4 number he averaged from 2009 to 2014.Running BacksJamaal Williams 523, Aaron Jones 376, Ty Montgomery 150, FB Danny Vitale 19, Kapri Bibbs 17Although Williams led the runners in snaps, Jones was the team’s leader in carries (133) and yards (728), and he averaged 5.5 yards per carry for a second straight season. In addition, after a disappointing season as a receiver a year ago, Jones picked that part of his game up in 2018 with 26 catches for 206 yards, just one reception and four yards fewer than Williams. That all came in 12 games, as Jones missed the first two contests on suspension and the final two games with a knee injury.Of course, one common complaint among Packers fans was Mike McCarthy not giving Jones enough snaps or carries when he was on the field. Even when Jones did return from suspension, it took the head coach several games to truly commit to him as a featured back.Williams, for his part, had 121 carries for 464 yards, and like Jones his average of 3.8 was almost identical to that of his rookie year.Prior to his trade at midseason, Montgomery had done most of his damate as a receiver, picking up 170 yards on 15 catches compared to just 105 yards on 26 rushing attempts. Vitale and Bibbs were late-season additions.Wide ReceiversDavante Adams 954 Womens Customized Green Bay Packers Jerseys , Marquez Valdes-Scantling 692, Randall Cobb 466, Equanimeous St. Brown 358, Geronimo Allison 241, Jake Kumerow 136, J’Mon Moore 74, Allen Lazard 1Trevor Davis: 0 offensive snaps, 31 special teams snapsAside from missing the final game of the season, Adams was the Packers’ lone constant threat on offense, nearly breaking team records by putting up 111 catches for 1,386 yards. He also set a career-high in catch rate with receptions on 65.7% of his official targets and his 13 touchdowns made this his third straight season with double-digits.Allison should have been the #2 on the outside this year, and when he played he was very effective with 20 catches for 303 yards. That pace actually would have put him at about 970 yards over a full season, but he only played five games before being shut down for the year. That in turn led to MVS — and later St. Brown — taking on a much larger role in the offense than planned in year one .MVS’ 38 catches for 581 yards were the most for a Packers rookie since James Jones went 47-676 in 2007. Meanwhile, St. Brown led the team in yards per catch at 15.6 with 328 yards on 21 receptions. Moore, the first receiver drafted by the Packers in 2018, never really cracked the lineup.In the final year of his contract, Cobb had another disappointing and injury-marred season. He appeared to be rejuvenated in week one when he took a pass over the middle 75 yards for the game-winning touchdown over the Bears, but outside of that one play he had just 37 catches for 308 yards, a miserable 8.3 yards per catch. It’s tough to see him coming back next year unless he takes a very cheap deal.Davis returned from injured reserve for a pair of games, but never suited up on offense before going back to IR.Tight EndsJimmy Graham 795, Lance Kendricks 315, Marcedes Lewis 191, Robert Tonyan 67For all the hype about Graham’s signing in the offseason, he did exceed his numbers from 2017 in Seattle, at least in receptions (55) and yards (636). However, he was never a consistent threat in the red zone, where he was supposed to be a dominant presence, and he scored just twice all year.Kendricks was the Packers’ de facto fullback for much of the year, lining up largely as an H-back and move tight end and catching 19 passes. Lewis was inexplicably an afterthought, even given Graham’s and Kendricks’ issues as in-line blockers, while Tonyan never got much of a chance to build on his one big touchdown against the Seahawks.Offensive LinemenCorey Linsley 1075, David Bakhtiari 1032, Lane Taylor 881 , Bryan Bulaga 782, Byron Bell 527, Justin McCray 481, Jason Spriggs 291, Lucas Patrick 279, Alex Light 26, Adam Pankey 1For the second straight year, Linsley played every snap on offense for the Packers. His availability is his best trait, which is saying something considering he has also become one of the best centers in the NFL. Bakhtiari held up well for most of the year, dealing with a few nagging issues but mostly playing through them until the final 30 minutes of the season.Taylor and Bulaga each had their own injury issues in 2018, missing two games apiece. Meanwhile, the Packers had quite the rotation at right guard, with McCray starting the season there, Bell taking over for him, then back to McCray and eventually Patrick late in the season. Light got just a few snaps in the final game with a couple of players out of the lineup.DEFENSE (1064 total plays)Defensive LinemenKenny Clark 721, Dean Lowry 698, Mike Daniels 419, Tyler Lancaster 271, Montravius Adams 212, Muhammad Wilkerson 115, Fadol Brown 39, James Looney 19Oh what could have been with this unit. With Wilkerson going to IR early and Daniels landing there shortly after midseason, Clark was the one stalwart on the line until even he went to injured reserve late in the season. That led to a hefty workload for Dean Lowry all season and eventually got Tyler Lancaster valuable snaps late in the year as the latter showed that he deserves to have the inside track on a roster spot for next year. Adams, the final third-round pick by Ted Thompson, might be gone next year. Looney, a seventh-round pick, started the year on the practice squad and had little opportunity to show his talents.Outside LinebackersClay Matthews 756, Kyler Fackrell 623, Reggie Gilbert 486, Nick Perry 301Somehow, the Packers made it through all of 2018 by playing just four edge rushers; however, Perry likely played his way off the team due to injury and ineffectiveness. The sack numbers here are startling, too; Fackrell put up 10.5 to lead the team Green Bay Packers T-Shirt , while Matthews had just 3.5 sacks in more than a hundred more snaps. Meanwhile, Perry had 1.5 and Gilbert posted just 2.5 sacks. This group needs an infusion of talent right away.Inside LinebackersBlake Martinez 1049, Antonio Morrison 299, Oren Burks 122, Korey Toomer 12, James Crawford 1Martinez was once again an iron man, playing nearly every snap all season long. The team rotated a handful of safeties through at the Nitro linebacker spot, however, as Oren Burks’ shoulder injury kept him from making the impact that the team presumably hoped he would. Between Jermaine Whitehead, Josh Jones, and Eddie Pleasant, Mike Pettine continued the trend of using a safety there, though Morrison did provide some good, aggressive play against the run when he was in the lineup.Hopefully Burks can come into 2019 healthy and with a better grasp of the defense so he can make a bigger impact in his second season.SafetiesTramon Williams 1059, Kentrell Brice 646, Josh Jones 501, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix 459, Jermaine Whitehead 221, Ibraheim Campbell 112, Eddie Pleasant 86, Raven Greene 43After starting the season at cornerback, Williams moved to safety following the Packers’ trade of Clinton-Dix to Washington and missed just a few snaps all season long. His discipline and versatility made him an essential part of a secondary that struggled with injuries all year long. Brice probably played his way out of Green Bay in his third season, struggling mightily in coverage after a good performance in week one.As mentioned above, Jones split time between safety and Nitro linebacker, showing that his best position still is in the box. Expect the Packers to add some talent here both in free agency and in the draft in 2019. Greene and Campbell both showed enough to bring them back for another go in training camp next season, however.CornerbacksJaire Alexander 760, Josh Jackson 718, Bashaud Breeland 329, Kevin King 304, Tony Brown 287, Davon House 29, Will Redmond 4The Packers’ top draft pick, Alexander Green Bay Packers Hats , showed why he was worthy of a top-20 selection much of the season, though he had some growing pains and injury issues as well. When fully healthy, he should have the ability to be a lock-down cornerback. Jackson was available all year long, playing 16 games, but he showed the issues in man coverage that kept teams away from him until the middle of round two. He just doesn’t yet have the feel for man coverage, and he’s too handsy, taking several penalties throughout the year.SPECIAL TEAMS LEADERS (471 total)James Crawford 333 (70.7%), Antonio Morrison 266 (56.5%), Oren Burks 254 (53.9%), Kyler Fackrell 243 (51.6%), Reggie Gilbert 226 (48.0%)Robert Tonyan 191 (40.6%), Josh Jackson 190 (40.3%), Tony Brown 178 (37.8%), Josh Jones 169 (35.9%)The Packers got plenty of contributions from their reserves on special teams. Despite arguments that there was a revolving door of personnel on these units, that’s true only to an extent. The medium-sized bodies — linebackers and tight ends — were quite consistent throughout the season, while the team got regular contributions from a handful of defensive backs as gunners on coverage teams.This is an even greater indictment of Ron Zook as special teams coordinator, as his units remained ineffective despite having much of their core intact throughout the 2018 campaign. After a few weeks of inter-divisional matchups on Thursday Night Football, tonight’s contest gets back to in-division games with a contest between NFC East squads. That division suddenly looks like one of the least impressive groups of teams in the NFL, despite having the defending Super Bowl Champions, as the teams have a combined record of 7-12 through five weeks.Those defending champs, the Philadelphia Eagles, are in action tonight against the New York Giants, who sit in the division cellar for the time being. Can they claw their way back into division contention with a win tonight? Tune in to find out.WHO?Philadelphia Eagles (2-3) vs. New York Giants (1-4)WHERE?MetLife StadiumEast Rutherford, New JerseyWHEN?Thursday, October 11, 20188:20 PM Eastern TimeHOW?TV BroadcastsFOX & NFL NetworkCommentators: Joe Buck, Troy AikmanOnline StreamingFOX Sports GoNFL Network OnlineAmazon PrimeRadio BroadcastWestwood One SportsSirius 81/83, XM 225/226ANYTHING ELSE?OddsEagles favored by 3 pointsOver/under total: 442017 GamesWeek 3: @Eagles 27, Giants 24Week 15: Eagles 34, @Giants 29All-Time head-to-head recordRegular season: Giants lead 84-82-2Playoffs: Tied 2-2

Roster Moves: Colts activate TE Erik Swoope , waive TE Mo-Alie Cox The Colts have been actively using their practice squad to aid their active roster, and this week is no different. They have elevated tight end Erik Swoope (again) and waived tight end Mo-Alie Cox. Cox, who is 6’5” 267lbs, was activated just last week prior to the Colts game at home against the Texans, and was a factor on the Colts’ final offensive series, drawing a holding penalty that negated a first down and catching a pass for 17-yards to set up the infamous 4th and 4. The 6’4” 255lb Swoope has been back and forth from the practice squad this season White Anthony Walker Jersey , spending two games active this season with two catches for 20 yards. In total, Swoope has played in 29 games with the Colts and they have been pretty patient with him in hopes that he could adapt his basketball frame to become a solid pass catching tight end. With Jack Doyle out and T.Y. Hilton also likely missing Thursday night against the Patriots with a hamstring and chest injury, Swoope will have a chance to make an impact in the passing game and prove he deserves a more permanent residence on the depth chart. With the way Reich’s offense distributes the ball, there will almost assuredly be opportunities, Swoope just needs to take advantage of them. The Colts enter the final stretch of the regular season this week, taking on the Dallas Cowboys at home in the hopes that they can make up ground in the fight to claim the 6th AFC Wild Card spot as their own. Dallas arrives with a stout defense Youth Quincy Wilson Jersey , one of the best running backs in the NFL, and a rejuvenated passing game thanks to Amari Cooper.For the Colts, there remains some uncertainty. T.Y. Hilton is still a game time decision, and one that could swing the outcome of this game significantly. This ought to be a hard fought game that is definitely within the Colts’ reach. If they want to stick with the competition for that last playoff spot, they had better bring it. Here is where you can check out all the action.Game Time1 pm ET Sunday December 16, 2018LocationLucas Oil Stadium - Indianapolis Youth Darius Leonard Jersey , IndianaTV ChannelFox - Kevin Burkhardt (Play-by-Play), Charles Davis (Color), Pam Oliver (Sideline)RadioWFNI (1070 The Fan) and WLHK (HANK FM) — Matt Taylor (play-by-play), Jim Sorgi (color) and Barry Krauss (sideline)Referee AssignmentCarl Cheffers“Enemy” BlogBlogging the BoysTwitterFollow @StampedeBlue for the complete Colts coverage.FacebookLike Stampede Blue on Facebook!PodcastsApple Podcasts | Stitcher | Art 19 | SB Colts Cast YT Channel

Running back Kareem Hunt acknowledged that he misled the Kansas City Chiefs about his role in a February assault in a Cleveland hotel that ultimately led to his release this week.During a live interview with ESPN on Sunday Kansas City Chiefs T-Shirt , the NFL's reigning rushing champion also said that league officials never spoke to him about the incident while conducting their own investigation, and that he never saw the security camera video until TMZ Sports posted it Friday.In the course of a few hours, Hunt went from preparing for Sunday's game in Oakland to being sent home from the practice facility. He was then placed on the NFL's Commissioner Exemption List, summoned back to the team facility and told that he was being released ."They believed that I lied to them. I lied to them," Hunt said. "They pretty much said we love you, everybody cares about you, and just we have to let you go. It was a tough conversation. And the Chiefs did what was right. I made a poor decision and I'm willing to take full responsibility."In the grainy, graphic video, Hunt is seen getting into an argument with a woman and several men step in to hold him back. He later pushes one of the men, knocking down a woman that Hunt admitted he did not know, and eventually kicks her while she lays on the ground."The Chiefs are right. I didn't tell them everything," Hunt said. "My actions caused this and I really wish I could apologize to them and let them know there's no hard feelings."The video brought immediate comparisons to the footage of former Ravens running back Ray Rice , who was seen punching out his then-fianc茅e in an elevator. That incident led to a lengthy legal saga, and it culminated in an investigation by Robert Mueller into the NFL's mishandling of it.The league eventually hired more staff to conduct such investigations, and announced it would take a more active role in handling similar cases in the future.The NFL made multiple attempts to obtain the video of Hunt Kansas City Chiefs Hats , but the hotel said corporate policy only allowed footage to be given to law enforcement. The NFL then contacted Cleveland police, but the department said Saturday it did not pursue the video because it was not a felony-level case.When asked whether the NFL spoke directly to Hunt about it, he replied: "No, they have not."The league uses a standard investigative process in such cases in which witnesses, complainants and the police are contacted before the player is. Because the complainants never responded to NFL requests via email, text messages and formal letters, the police decided not to bring charges against Hunt, and Hunt spoke with the Chiefs, the NFL did not interview him.The NFL said in a statement Sunday that its investigation began immediately after the incident in February and that the league "continues to pursue a complete understanding of the facts.""The NFL's ongoing investigation will include further attempts to speak to the complainants involved in the incident," the statement said. "It will include a review of the new information that was made public on Friday 鈥?which was not available to the NFL previously 鈥?as well as further conversations with all parties involved in the incident."The statement did not say whether the league attempted to contact Hunt.Hunt said he'd just purchased an apartment in the Cleveland hotel and had several friends over, and that he did not know the woman involved in the assault. Hunt said the argument came at the end of "a long night" and that "it was just a disagreement. I honestly wanted her just to leave.""That's not an excuse," he said. "I'm not that person in that video."Hunt pointed out that he was raised by his mother and grandmother, and they "they always taught me well. I know right from wrong and I'm a person that always wants to make everyone happy."Still, Hunt has been in trouble before. He was suspended during his junior season at Toledo for a violation of team rules, and he was accused of a second Kansas City Chiefs Hoodie , unrelated assault over the summer.As in the case with the hotel incident, no charges were filed in that case."I regret the entire thing, everything," Hunt said. "I'm going to take the time to better myself, learn from this, get some help if needed, talk to people and really just take this really serious."Hunt admitted that anger "could be an issue" and that he wants to get treatment, and Rice told NFL Network on Saturday that he would offer his help and experience in moving forward."I would definitely try to help him figure out, 'How can we start dealing with the underlying problems in your life?'" Rice said. "He has a long life to live, this will be a defining moment, but it shouldn't be the moment that defines you."Hunt said he isn't sure that another NFL team will give him a chance, though adding a 23-year-old standout could be worth the public backlash for a team in need of help.After leading the NFL in rushing last season, Hunt had already run for more than 800 yards while scoring 14 touchdowns in helping the Chiefs to a 9-2 record. He also had proven to be a popular player in the locker room, often attending sporting events and other functions with his teammates.Of course, that was before the hotel security video surfaced.Hunt remains on the exempt list Cheap Customized Kansas City Chiefs Jerseys , which means a team could sign him but he would be unable to play or attend games until the league's investigation is complete. The Redskins made a similar move 鈥?and accepted the public backlash 鈥?when they signed linebacker Reuben Foster, who had been cut by the 49ers after he was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence.Foster also remains on the exempt list and the Redskins have acknowledged he may never play for them. But by signing him, they retain his rights should he make it back to the field."Everything is happening fast right now and I just want everybody to forgive me," Hunt said. "I know it's going to be hard. I made a bad choice. ... I think I deserve it because if you really know me, and everybody that I'm really close to 鈥?I've had really close women who are friends 鈥?I'm so respectful to everyone. I made a bad decision at that time and I just hope that people forgive me." Believe it or not, mock drafts can be a valuable exercise. Teams actually do their own in preparation for the actual draft. Your favorite draft analyst isn’t going to nail a ton of picks, but they are providing ballpark value of players based on the writer’s own grades and the intel they are acquiring from sources.I don’t look at mocks for the accuracy, but they are still immensely helpful. They create scenarios for you to make your own mind up. I really enjoy looking at a mock and then making my own decisions based on the order of selections. Who would I take at 29 instead of player X? Our draft team, Matt, Craig, Jake and I, constantly use mocks to help us understand value and develop our own philosophy for how we would like, want or hope the April selection meeting to play out for the Chiefs.Our pal over at Bleacher Report, Matt Miller, posted a seven-round mock draft after the Super Bowl. Thanks to a great idea from AP reader @kgumminger to discuss mock drafts on this week’s episode of the AP Laboratory , we brought our conversations and process out into the open. We took a look at Miller’s mock and made decisions on who we would or would not take if that was the scenario we faced. Pick 29Miller’s pick - Georgia cornerback DeAndre BakerBaker is a good player and gets a lot of late round one buzz in the draft community. He’s a well-rounded player that is solid at a lot of things. Craig compared Baker to a version of Chiefs cornerback Steven Nelson, although his ball skills are better. We currently have a second-round grade on Baker. As a draft team, we don’t value Baker that high.Our pick - Delaware safety Nasir AdderleyIn Miller’s scenario (and you should definitely read the whole thing) the draft didn’t fall great for the Chiefs. However, there was a player we all like in Adderley. Brett Veach and Adderley already have a connection, as they are both Delaware Blue Hen alumni. Adderley will be talked about a lot over the next few months. We see enough range and ball skills for him to succeed as a single high-safety, attitude and toughness to fly down and hit, special teams skills and a cornerback background. There is a lot to work with. Adderley would be good value at 29.Pick 61Miller’s pick - Iowa State running back David Montgomery I am a Montgomery fan. He’s going to draw comparisons to former Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt because of his contact balance. He possesses good lateral agility for a man his size and is plenty capable in the passing game. He’s a good player. Our pick - Vanderbilt cornerback Joejuan WilliamsFrom a positional value standpoint, we don’t love the idea of selecting a running back in the second round (or third round, for that matter) when there are so many other needs this team has. Williams is a fascinating defensive back. He is 6 feet 3 and over 200 pounds but has surprisingly good hips and feet for a man that size. From a potential perspective, there are a lot of tools to work with. He needs to improve consistency in press and be more physical, but we’re all fans of his game. Pick 63Miller’s pick - NC State center Garrett BradburyOur pick - SameBradbury is very good value to us this late in the draft. We got an up-close look at the center in Mobile at the Senior Bowl. He moves very well in the interior, can block in space and is sound as a pass blocker. He struggled against powerful interior defensive lineman at times but that can be fixed as he develops in an NFL weight program. The value is right here.AP LaboratoryWe discussed draft philosophy, next year’s offensive line, players that need to improve and more in this week’s episode of the AP Laboratory.

Week 3 Preview: Bears vs. Cardinals While things have been bad for the Bears’ offense Youth Jordan Howard Jersey , some teams have it worse. And while Chicago has seen some very bad offensive football over the years, the 2018 Cardinals is taking it to a new level.They have scored just six points, total, in their first two games of the season. The Cardinals have the fewest passing yards in the league, while the Bears aren’t a ton better, coming in 29th.So Sunday’s game doesn’t appear to be a high scoring affair but there’s plenty of intrigue, especially on the Bears side. Could this be the game where the offense breaks through? How much more stifling can the defense be, especially after containing two of the league’s best quarterbacks?Arizona CardinalsSB Nation site: Revenge of the BirdsGame day/time/TV: Sunday, 3:25 p.m. CT, FOXRecord: 0-2Last week: 34-0 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. The Cardinals ended with five first downs, a QB that passed for less than 100 yards and converted just three of 12 third downs.They had 137 total offensive yards, while they allowed 432 yards to the Rams.They held Todd Gurley in check in the running game (just 42 yards and just 90 total allowed) but he still managed three scores on the ground.Bears all-time record against: 58-28-6Historical match ups: Being two charter franchises, that shared the same city for a number of years, this series goes back a ways. In fact, after the divisional opponents, the Cardinals are the next team with the most games against the Bears.The most iconic gamethough has to be the so-called Miracle in the Desert game, a.k.a. the ‘Crown their ass’ game. The Super Bowl bound Bears came back from a 20-0 deficit to win 24-23 with two defensive scores and a Devin Hester return TD.Offense: The Cardinals almost have none.They rank 32nd in offensive yards, 32nd in pass yards and 31st in rushing yards.The Cardinals are averaging just three points per game following a six point performance in week one and a shutout last week.Quarterback Sam Bradford is taking ‘checkdown’ to a whole new level. He has 243 yards, zero touchdowns and two interceptions on 61 pass attempts.He’s averaging four yards per attempt, 6.6 yards per completion, 2.5 Adjusted Yards Gained per Attempt and 2.16 Adjusted Net Yards per Attempt.His receivers are the future Hall of Famer Larry Fitzgerald (10 rec./104 yds./0 TD) Youth Mitchell Trubisky Jersey , Ricky Seals-Jones (7/36/0) and Christian Kirk (5/31/0).They also have the versatile pass catching running backs in David Johnson (6/33/0) and Chase Edmonds (9/39/0).Johnson has gotten off to a disappointing start as a runner as well, with just 85 rushing yards and the team’s only touchdown of the season. He is averaging just 3.9 yards per attempt. Edmonds is doing well with limited touches, as he has 29 yards on five attempts (5.8 YPC). Defense: Their defense, while having some big names, hasn’t fared a ton better than their offense. Maybe it’s the new schemes and coaches, maybe it’s the lack of help one unit is getting from the other.The Cardinals come in with the 30th ranked defense in yards allowed and they rank 25th in points allowed. Their pass defense is 27th and their rush defense is 28th.While the unit has Patrick Peterson (7 tackles, 1 sack, 1 INT, 1 pass defensed), Chandler Jones (1 sack, 1 forced fumble, 2 tackles, 1 pass defensed) and Haason Reddick (3 tackles), they have been unable to slow down opponents.Injury report: The Cardinals are a lot more banged up than the Bears are, luckily for us.Their Wednesday injury report listed 11 players:Limited: QB Sam Bradford (non-injury related), S Ruby Ford (ankle), OL Mike Iupati (chest), DL Robert Nkemdiche (foot) and OL Andre Smith (elbow)Did not participate: WR Larry Fitzgerald (hamstring), LB Dennis Gardeck (ankle), DL Olsen Pierre (Toe)Full participation: OL Korey Cunningham (thumb), DE Markus Golden (knee) Blue Eddie Goldman Jersey , TE Jermaine Gersham (Achilles)See the Bears injury report here (spoiler alert: it’s tiny)Key match ups: This is going to be about Mitchell Trubisky reading and identifying his reads and targets against a suspect Cardinals secondary. Trubisky has to watch out for Patrick Peterson, who is one of the best in the game. Charles Leno Jr. is going to square off against Chandler Jones, who has gotten off to a slow start this season, but he remains one of the best in the game. This is a bigger test for Leno, who has quietly been very good, and will have a chance to really solidify himself as one of the better left tackles with a good game.For the Bears’ defense, it’s all about stopping David Johnson. So long as the Arizona offense can’t establish the run, then it will be a long day for them, because Bradford seems unable, or unwilling, to take downfield shots. Larry Fitzgerald remains one of the best receivers in the game, so it would be nice to see Kyle Fuller have a nice solid game against him after having some struggles in the first two games.What to watch for: Can the Bears offense put together an entire game and get touchdowns consistently?The offense has had its lumps during the first two weeks and everyone is waiting for Trubisky to get it all together. This week appears, on paper, to be that game.The Cardinals haven’t been able to move the ball or stop their first two opponents. If Trubisky and the offense really struggle again this week, then the alarm bells and panic buttons will be sounding all week around Chicago.However, this could be a big game for Jordan Howard. The Cardinals are 28th against the run (though they are not much better against the pass, 27th) so the o-line should be able get some push.On the other hand though, because of Mitch’s struggles, opponents are going to focus on slowing down Howard and make the QB beat them. It was Seattle’s gameplan and it worked in large part, until Matt Nagy utilized his wideouts in sweeps and outside runs to get rushing yards.I expect another game with upwards of five players receiving rushing opportunities.Key stats: The Bears are +1 in the turnover margin, while the Cardinals are -1The Bears are converting 42.9 percent of their redzone trips into touchdowns , which ranks 25th. The Cardinals rank 19th, converting 50 percent of their redzone trips, however they’ve had just two trips through two games.The Cardinals defense is 31st in third downs, allowing 50 percent of opponents to gain a first, their offense ranks dead last in third down conversion at 20 percent.This year, 39 times players have passed for more than Arizona QB Sam Bradford’s 243 yards passing in a single game. That is Bradford’s two game total.Bradford has not thrown a touchdown since week one of last season.Prediction: I think that this is a winnable game for the Bears, which scares me into thinking they will lose, so I think the Cards win 6-3. For my pick on the over/under check out my piece over on Sports Bet Collective by clicking here. (First pick is now free!) When a field goal gave the Miami Dolphins a seesaw victory over the Chicago Bears, Brock Osweiler was the first player sprinting from the sideline onto the field in jubilation, capping an eventful day for the backup quarterback.Even his morning commute was intense."I got a little emotional driving to the stadium today, just thinking about the opportunity," Osweiler said.He excelled making his first start for Miami as a replacement for the injured Ryan Tannehill. Osweiler threw for a career-high 380 yards and three scores, and the Dolphins edged Chicago 31-28 when Jason Sanders kicked a 47-yard field goal as time expired in overtime.Here are things to know about a marathon that left both teams exhausted but still in first place:STANDINGSThe Bears (3-2) remained alone atop the NFC North even though their three-game winning streak ended. They play host to New England on Sunday.The Dolphins (4-2) remained tied for first with New England in the AFC East by snapping a two-game losing streak. They play host to Detroit on Sunday.FILLING INOsweiler went 0-4 as a starter for Denver last year, but he rallied the Dolphins from an 11-point deficit with 16 minutes left in regulation. He finished 28 for 44 with no sacks and overcame two interceptions."My whole mentality was make the most of this, do whatever it takes to help your team get a win and have fun with it," he said.Coach Adam Gase said he didn't know whether Tannehill's injury was long-term. Tannehill has been nursing an injury to his throwing shoulder for several weeks, and it gradually became more of a problem in practice last week."It kind of got progressively worse as far as his ability to throw the ball the way he wanted to," Gase said.After Tannehill worked out before the game, it was decided he should be inactive.NOT THE GOATAs Osweiler and other teammates began to celebrate the victory, running back Kenyan Drake sank to both knees , his head bowed in gratitude and relief.Drake lost a fumble when the Dolphins were on the verge of winning in overtime. As the Bears then moved into position to try a field goal Blue Dion Sims Jersey , Drake received a pep talk from Osweiler."I just said, 'Listen, they're going to miss this field goal, and I need you to bring the swagger and confidence you've been playing with all day,'" Osweiler said. "And he looked at me in the eye and he said, 'OK.'"The Bears' Cody Parkey did indeed miss a 53-yard attempt. Drake then made a 15-yard reception to help set up Sanders' game-winner.MISSED CHANCESIn a game with 1,008 yards of total offense, the Bears were hurt by two turnovers in the red zone. Jordan Howard lost a fumble at the 1, and Mitchell Trubisky was intercepted in the end zone by T.J. McDonald.In addition, a disputed offensive pass interference penalty on tight end Trey Burton took a Bears touchdown off the board. Trubisky's only interception of the game came on the next play.Trubisky, coming off the best game of his career two weeks ago, threw for 316 yards and three second-half scores."It was definitely a crazy game, a lot of ups and downs," he said. "That kind of roller-coaster game, it can go either way at the end, and today it didn't go in our favor. But it is fun to be a part of those."INJURY REPORTDolphins: DE Jonathan Woodard (concussion) left the game in the second quarter. But Gase said several injured players are close to returning, including DE Cameron Wake (knee).Bears: CB Prince Amukamara (left hamstring) was hurt in the second half.

With a slew of veteran wide receivers filling up the injury report this week , the Green Bay Packers made a minor roster move to get another body at practice. On Thursday, the team announced that they have signed wide receiver DeAngelo Yancey to the practice squad.Yancey was a fifth-round draft pick by the Packers in 2017 after playing his college football at Purdue. He spent the entire 2017 season on the practice squad and remained with the team through training camp this summer, but was released at final cuts. Yancey was one of the team’s leaders in snaps by wide receivers in the 2018 preseason, but he caught just three of his nine pass targets for 11 yards.Listed at 6-foot-1 and 220 pounds, Yancey was a big-play receiver for the Boilermakers, particularly in his senior season. That year he caught 49 passes for 951 yards — a 19.4 average — and ten touchdowns.In order to open up a spot for Yancey, the Packers released inside linebacker Greer Martini from the practice squad. Martini impressed in training camp, earning some first-team reps during the preseason. However, the acquisition of Antonio Morrison relegated him to a practice squad spot, where he has been since clearing waivers after final cuts.The Packers’ three starting receivers — Davante Adams, Randall Cobb, and Geronimo Allison — all are expected to miss practice on Thursday with various maladies. That leaves the team with just three healthy wideoutson the 53-man roster Cheap Clay Matthews Jersey , all of whom are rookie draft picks. Through the first two weeks of the NFL season, the Green Bay Packers relied heavily on Aaron Rodgers to fuel Green Bay’s offense, despite the fact that for all but one quarter of that time he was doing the job on just one leg.Running backs Jamal Williams and Ty Montgomery did an relatively decent job of maintaining the ground game in the first two weeks. Against Chicago’s second-best rushing defense in week one, Williams led the ground attack by rushing for 47 yards on 15 carries; in week two against the 14th-ranked Vikings rushing defense, Williams led with 59 yards on 16 carries and Montgomery followed with 31 yards on five carries. Still, an explosive element was still missing without running back Aaron Jones on the field.Jones, who was nursing a hamstring injury for much of the preseason and sat out due to suspension for the first two games of the regular season, was a key piece to the Packers’ offense last year. With Jones on the field, Green Bay averaged 6.5 yards per play, while averaging just 5.1 yards per play without him, and his 5.5 yards per carry ranked second among RBs with 75-plus attempts. In his first game this season against Washington, Jones totaled 42 yards on six carries and five yards on one reception Mason Crosby Jersey , with his first play of the game being this convincing ten-yard run for a first down.“You’ve got to be smart with all your players, particularly when it’s the first time out there,” head coach Mike McCarthy said following Jones’ game last week. “He hadn’t played since Kansas City but, boy, I thought he did some really good things with the ball and did some good things in the passing game.”It’s obvious that Jones is a dominant back who continues to find ways to power through defenders and add an edge to the rushing game the Packers’ haven’t had in years. In fact, Rodgers even went as far as comparing Jones to former running back Ryan Grant, who was a member of the Packers’ Super Bowl XLV team and finished his career as the fifth all-time leading rusher in Green Bay.Prior to the current season, Mike McCarthy and the Packers front office were vocal about utilizing a running back by committee approach. With three healthy backs who all bring a unique style of play to the offense, the Packers are able to diversify their run game, something they’ll certainly need to prioritize effectively this Sunday at Lambeau Field against a top-ranked Bills rushing defense. Buffalo is coming off one of the biggest upsets of the year, dominating Minnesota on defense with a particularly decisive game on the ground. Despite a rough start to the season, the Bills fifth-ranked rushing defense allowed just 14 yards on six carries against the Vikings , tying an NFL record for fewest carries in an NFL game. When it comes to rushing defense, Buffalo currently allows an average of just 80 yards on the ground per game. However it’s important to note that while the Bills may have been successful in stopping Minnesota on the ground (who was without RB Dalvin Cook nonetheless) they struggled to stop the top-ranked Chargers rushing game. Los Angeles was led by Austin Ekeler, who carried the ball 11 times for 77 yards. Ekeler currently ranks second when it comes to yards after first contact – a critical skill that Jones also possesses. Buffalo ranks 11th overall on defense, so it’s unlikely the Packers will diverge too far from their usual pass-heavy approach on offense, even with Rodgers’ still hobbling with a knee injury. However adding Aaron Jones to the mix could help to take some pressure off of Rodgers, especially early in the game. By utilizing Jones from the start, the Packers could control the game clock early, protect Rodgers knee, and reserve his arm down the stretch. With Jones in the mix between Jamaal Williams and Ty Montgomery, the Packers could certainly prove to be Buffalo’s toughest matchup on the ground.

Colts vs Ravens: Preseason week two winners and losers With two games in the books , we slogged ever closer to the start of the regular season. Week two was a hard watch. I was actually attending the game and stayed until the final whistle, for some reason. Regardless, let’s dig in and attempt to find our winners and losers from this contest.WinnersMatthias FarleyPhoto by Patrick Smith/Getty ImagesMatthias Farley made the first play of the game, and it was a pretty great one. The Ravens came out and took a deep shot downfield on their first play from scrimmage. Farley got a great break on the ball and batted it down in a nice effort. On the very next play, Farley proved his versatility by dropping the hammer on a runner and stopping them short of the line to gain. His solid play has made him the kind of reliable backup that is just what you need in a safety group where your two starters have had injury issues recently. If he has to play significantly, he has more than proven he is up to the task.Clayton GeathersSpeaking of safeties, we got a chance to see Clayton Geathers back in action tonight. He made his presence felt pretty early on, stripping the ball on a punt return that resulted in the Colts getting the ball back in great field position. He was active in his time on the field, seemingly in on every tackle. If Geathers can stay healthy, a big if, he is a difference maker. Pairing him with Malik Hooker provides two guys on the back end of this defense that know how to take the ball away and make plays. Darius LeonardPhoto by Joe Robbins/Getty ImagesIt is still early. This is not real football yet, it is the preseason. However Cheap Chester Rogers Jersey , Darius Leonard looks like exactly what the Colts need in this linebacker group. You could hardly go a play without seeing him flying to the ball, batting away a pass, or leading the effort to gang-tackle the ball carrier. He isn’t a perfect player, but he has shown that if he can carry his play over to the regular season, he is a star in the making in the middle of this defense. That is hugely encouraging, because it is the area with the most questions, and if he establishes himself as a legitimate playmaker, this defense is vastly improved.John SimonGuess who’s back? John Simon is stating his case as clearly as possible for being a central fixture on this defense. He notched another sack, bringing his total to 2.5 for the preseason so far, and also had a tackle for a loss and 2 more QB hits. As a guy who many thought did not fit this new scheme and couldn’t really make the transition to defensive end, Simon just keeps making plays. Hassan RidgewaySpeaking of guys making plays and getting after the quarterback, Hassan Ridgeway is back again as well. Maybe it is foolish of me to do it , but I’m getting really excited about Ridgeway. There are plenty of reasons to pump the brakes on his ceiling, but the guy has now put together consecutive games with 2 sacks. He also had 3 tackles for a loss and 2 QB hits. The Colts’ depth at defensive line just keeps looking better with each week.LosersNyheim HinesReal talk time. Nyheim Hines has had a miserable preseason. His fumbling and kick return problems are becoming a serious issue. In the preseason it seems that Reich plans to keep using him, but it would be pretty questionable to start the season with Hines returning kicks in any capacity. He has a lot to prove if he wants to make any contribution to this team.Reece FountainFountain hasn’t done much in camp and has generally looked raw, like you expect from a rookie out of a small school. However, he had an opportunity to make an impression last night, and frittered it away. He was the target on two end zone looks from Brissett and couldn’t bring either one in. The passes weren’t great, but he has to step up and make a play there. Andrew LuckPhoto by Joe Robbins/Getty ImagesThis was not a good game for Andrew Luck. He threw an ugly pick on their second drive on a pass with a pretty unclear target. It is clear that there is still not great chemistry with his receivers, and without T.Y. Hilton in the game, he struggled. Some miscommunication with Ryan Grant led to a miss on a deep ball along the sideline, and he really only was able to consistently connect with Jack Doyle. This is not a major worry to me. Luck is not a good quarterback, he is a great one. The play calling and scheme are being kept very vanilla, his best receiver wasn’t on the field Cheap Malik Hooker Jersey , the offensive line was missing its starting left tackle, and they were facing a very good pass defense. Luck will be fine, but this was not a pretty outing for him.Ryan GrantWhat is it exactly that Ryan Grant offers this team again? The bill on him was that he was the reliable playmaker. Nothing spectacular, but he was sold as the Jack Doyle of the receiver group. He wouldn’t make big plays after the catch, he wasn’t making highlight reels, but he would come in, do his job, and make valuable catches when needed. I’m still waiting to see one. It is true, Luck didn’t give him the best throws to work with. The first was a miss on a fade route where it seems Grant turned over his inside shoulder and Luck threw to his outside shoulder. It was a bit high, but could possibly have been brought down. The second was on a drag route and was high off his fingertips. Maybe it is unfair to criticize him too harshly for missing on these, but if you’re the team’s number two receiver, it seems like you need to actually make some plays.Denico AutryAutry had a pretty rough two play stretch Jabaal Sheard Jersey , getting called for encroachment and then nailed for leading with the helmet. While the helmet rule is a total mess, this was definitely the kind of play where you know he’s getting hit with it. Darius Leonard is in the process of making an excellent tackle, literally catching the tight end in the air and slamming him into the ground. Autry comes in late with a helmet hit that actually pushes him upfield. Worse for Autry, he got banged up on a play and was down for a bit before walking off on his own. In a competitive defensive line group, any kind of injury is bad for establishing that he is a guy who deserves playing time. There was plenty to like about the Patriots' defensive performance in the first half of their 38-24 victory over the Colts on Thursday night.The second half brought just as much to be concerned about.New England's gaps on the defensive side of the ball were both noticeable and troubling as the Patriots opened 1-2. The lack of a sustained pass rush combined with missed assignments in the secondary helped opponents average 26 points in the three games.The defense rebounded to give up just seven points in a 38-7 win over Miami, in which it forced a turnover and held the Dolphins to just 172 total yards.The Patriots were off to a similar start against the Colts on Thursday night, holding them to just three points in the first half and intercepting quarterback Andrew Luck.But the bad habits that befell the defense during the losing streak came back in the final 30 minutes as Indianapolis got within seven points following a pair of touchdown passes from Luck. Indianapolis finished the game with 439 total yards, the third team this season to eclipse 400 yards against New England.Linebacker coach Brian Flores said it is proof there's still room for improvement with a visit from Kansas City and quarterback Patrick Mahomes up next. Mahomes is the hottest quarterback in the NFL, throwing for 14 touchdowns and no interceptions in the unbeaten Chiefs' first four games."We want to be a tough, aggressive, fast team. There's always room for improvement in those areas," said Flores Jack Doyle Jersey , who is handling play calling duties for the Patriots this season. "I think it's something we talk about every day. It's something we harp on. We want the guys to play fast. We want them to play free. We want them to play aggressive."I think we've gotten that at a more consistent level, but I think we're always looking for more."Injuries have been an issue for the defense this season, though it is getting close to full strength.Defensive end Trey Flowers and safety Patrick Chung both sat out Week 3 with concussions before returning against the Dolphins. Both combined on a sack against Indianapolis. Chung finished with 11 combined tackles and also had an interception.He said the next step for this group is finding consistency."That is huge; inconsistency is the worst thing you can have in football. We need to continue to be consistent, continue to play hard and execute," Chung said.That includes forcing turnovers. The defense had a season-high three against Indianapolis."Our job is to get the offense the ball; we were able to do that today and had a couple of big plays," Chung said. "Hopefully we are able to keep doing that."The turnovers were also a welcomed sign to coach Bill Belichick."I think defensively you take a lot of pride in those," he said. "That's really taking the ball away from the offense as opposed to them just giving it to you. We had a couple of plays like that. We had a couple of other opportunities that we didn't capitalize on, but it's always good when you take the ball away from the offense."

Chiefs’ first-team defense underwhelming as Bears win Cheap Chris Jones Jersey , 27-20 The Chicago Bears defeated the Kansas City Chiefs, 27-20, on Saturday at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. Bears head coach Matt Nagy announced late last night that his team would rest most of its starters, including starting quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, but that didn’t matter. Chase Daniel went 15 for 18 for 198 yards and two touchdowns in the Bears’ win Saturday. Daniel also rushed six times for 47 yards.QUARTERBACKSPatrick Mahomes had a solid day with the first team, going 18 for 24 for 196 yards and a touchdown. Mahomes mixed in several receivers, including his premier targets—Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce and Sammy Watkins. The biggest highlight for Mahomes was recognizing the blitz and dumping it off to Kareem Hunt on his right for the easy touchdown. Mahomes started the second half off with a nice, long drive. but could not cash in within the Bears 5-yard line.Chad Henne had just one series, going 2 for 5 for 16 yards before giving way to Chase Litton, who is in a battle for the No. 3 quarterback position. Litton didn’t play at all last week.Litton finished 4 for 7 for 67 yards and had a 55-yard touchdown on a ball in which wide receiver Marcus Kemp did most of the work. Kemp had about 35-40 yards after the catch. FIRST-TEAM OFFENSEFirst drive: The Chiefs’ first drive began at their own 26-yard line with a crafty touch pass at the line of scrimmage to Tyreek Hill, who took it 28 yards in the open field. Hill nearly broke the play off for a long touchdown. Sammy Watkins made his first reception of the preseason. At the 19, the Bears’ Nagy called a heavy blitz, but Mahomes connected with Kareem Hunt on a 19-yard swing route to tie the game at 7. Travis Kelce, Hill Mitchell Schwartz Jersey , Hunt and Watkins all had touches on the team’s first drive.Second drive: Mahomes looked especially sharp during the beginning of the Chiefs’ second drive, hitting Kelce and Hill twice. The Bears brought the pressure, and the Chiefs’ drive stalled at the Bears 29. Harrison Butker hit a 47-yard field goal to cut the lead to 14-10.Third drive: Mahomes and the Chiefs did not look sharp on the third drive, quickly going three-and-out. Spencer Ware looked like he is getting back into a rhythm. Fourth drive: Mahomes and the Chiefs took over with a short field at their own 46-yard line, but back-to-back runs by Ware got the Chiefs nowhere. On third-and-10 Mahomes overthrew Watkins on a deep ball down the right sideline despite Watkins having at least three or four steps on the defender. Punt.Fifth drive: Another three-and-out, including a false start on Kelce. Sixth drive (second half): This was a great look at what Mahomes can do on a nice, long 14-play drive. Mahomes had eight completions in his first eight attempts before the Chief went for it on fourth down at the Chicago 5. The Bears brought pressure and Mahomes had to run for his life before launching a pass out of the end zone. Incomplete and day over for Mahomes.FIRST-TEAM DEFENSEFirst drive: Anthony Hitchens and Reggie Ragland indeed started the game at inside linebacker. With Steve Nelson still in the concussion protocol, Orland Scandrick started as the nickel cornerback. The first drive did not go well for the Chiefs. Hitchens took a face-mask penalty and safety Leon McQuay and defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi missed key tackles a the Bears waltzed down the field and took a 7-0 lead on a 13-yard run by Bennie Cunningham. The defense couldn’t have had a worse start.Second drive: The Chiefs defense seemed to recover on the second drive, looking much better in their second try. After giving up a quick first down, the Chiefs defense forced the Bears to punt, highlighted by Kendall Fuller showing nice coverage on Bears wide receiver Marlon Brown on first down. Spencer Ware took an illegal formation penalty on the punt, extending the drive. The defense forced third-and-6, but the Bears converted a first downdue to a mixup in coverage. Daniel found WR Kevin White wide open behind Scandrick for the 29-yard score and 14-7 lead.Third drive: Ragland missed a tackle early in the drive that gave the Bears a first down on an early second-and-9 try, and Daniel shined from there. WR Javon Wims beat David Amerson badly for a 53-yard strike, bringing the Bears to the Kansas City 23-yard line. Amerson was beaten by Wims again in the back-left portion of the end zone for a touchdown to make it 21-7 lead.Fourth drive: Though Ragland had the look of player who is still getting in shape, the Chiefs defense had their first bright spot on their fourth series of the game. The run defense looks to be improved Cheap Patrick Mahomes Jersey , as Ragland and Justin Hamilton both had tackles for no gain. On fourth down-and-1, Daniel could not push the ball ahead as the Chiefs forced a turnover on downs. Fifth drive: Daniel scrambled 28 yards from the Chicago 12 on third-and-6 for a long first down, but then the Chiefs were victim of back-to-back soft calls—first, Breeland Speaks was called for unnecessary roughness and Tanoh Kpassagnon was flagged for roughing the passer. Kpassagnon’s penalty was especially bad, but it extended the Bears drive all the same. The Bears kicked a 48-yard field goal to take a 24-10 lead.Sixth drive (second half): Tyler Bray entered the game to start the third quarter, and the Chiefs defense forced a three-and-out. SPECIAL TEAMSHarrison Butker’s first kickoff went out of bounds and Ware took a costly illegal formation penalty on a punt.De’Anthony Thomas has two good returns—a kick return for 36 yards and a punt return for 36 yards. Thomas did what he needed to from a special-teams standpoint to merit making the team in his preseason debut.Tremon Smith had three kick returns for 75 total yards (25 yards per return)WHAT THEY’LL BE TALKING ABOUTThe Chiefs’ pass defense left much to be desired. Daniel, working with the Bears second-team, gashed the Chiefs for 198 yards and two touchdowns, only in the first half. Amerson felt like the player who will take the bulk of the blame.The Chiefs run defense, on the other hand, looked improved. When the ball wasn’t in the hands of Daniel, the Chiefs did a nice job stopping the run.Lack of a rushing attack. Daniel had 47 rushing yards in the first half; the Chiefs running backs, as a team, had 10. Mahomes had a good day, but there was nothing dazzling to report like last week.Hill’s stat line: On eight targets, Hill caught all eight balls for 88 yards. Watkins’ first catch: Watkins had one catch , his first of the preseason, for 15 yards. Mahomes targeted Watkins on four separate occasions.INJURY UPDATEThere were no additional injuries to report of this writing. Rookie Sam Hubbard was disappointed as Ryan Tannehill slipped past him, avoiding a sack. A moment later, the football slipped out of the quarterback's grasp and flew right to Hubbard, who was as surprised as anyone to have it in his hands."All I had to do was run straight," Hubbard said.Straight into the end zone he went on a 19-yard fumble return , yet another wacky play that completed Cincinnati's indescribable comeback. The Bengals scored 27 straight points and rallied for a 27-17 victory over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday that extended their best start since 2015 鈥?the last time they made the postseason.This one is looking a little more like a playoff team each week."The vibe over here is crazy," running back Joe Mixon said.The Bengals (4-1) appeared headed for a desultory home-field loss as the Dolphins (3-2) 鈥?playing with depleted lines 鈥?rolled ahead 17-0 with the help of Jakeem Grant's 70-yard punt return for a touchdown. The Bengals' defensive line pulled it out with two wacky plays.Tannehill tried to avoid a sack by throwing the ball at his tight end's feet. Instead, it slipped from his hand and caromed off Durham Smythe's helmet, flying directly to Michael Johnson. He ran 22 yards untouched for his first NFL touchdown.The defense closed it out when Carlos Dunlap hit a scrambling Tannehill and the ball flew directly to Hubbard for his quick jaunt to the end zone and a 27-17 lead with 2:37 to go.The Dolphins were dazed."I didn't know what happened," said Tannehill, who had three turnovers. "I heard the crowd cheer and (saw) everyone run away from me, so I knew something bad happened."The win left Cincinnati alone atop the AFC North heading into a rivalry game next Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium against the Pittsburgh Steelers, who have won six straight and 14 of 17 in their series. The Dolphins have to recover from a 38-7 drubbing by New England and their meltdown against the Bengals, with Bears up next.Some takeaways from Paul Brown Stadium:DEFENSE MAKES THE DIFFERENCECincinnati's young defense has given up a lot of yards but made decisive fourth-quarter plays in three of their wins. Safety Clayton Fejedelem returned a fumble for a touchdown to beat Indianapolis, and the Bengals forced a fumble by Joe Flacco that set up their win over the Ravens. On Sunday Cheap Tyreek Hill Jersey , they had the two decisive touchdowns."Look at the plays these guys made down the stretch today, and they're rookies," coach Marvin Lewis said.MIXON'S MARKThe Bengals got a break with Mixon, who missed only two games after having a piece of torn cartilage removed from his right knee. With their other veteran running back 鈥?Giovani Bernard 鈥?sidelined with a knee injury, they leaned heavily on Mixon and he came through. Mixon ran 22 times for 93 yards and had three catches, including an 18-yard touchdown.LONG TIMEThe Bengals hadn't been shut out in an opening half and rallied to win since 2004, when they trailed Miami 3-0 at halftime and pulled it out 16-13. It was only the fourth time in franchise history that they scored 24 points in the fourth quarter and won 鈥?they also did it in 1972, 1978 and 2004.RARE COMPANYGrant's 70-yard punt return made him the first Dolphin to score on a reception, a kickoff return and a punt return in the same season. He had a 102-yard kickoff return against Tennessee in the season opener. Grant joins Dante Hall (2003) as the only NFL players with a 100-yard kickoff return, a 70-yard punt return and a 50-yard TD catch in the same season. The last NFL player with a touchdown of all three varieties was the Chiefs' Tyreek Hill in 2016.DEPLETED DOLPHINS' LINEMiami already was missing two starters on the offensive line when left tackle Laremy Tunsil got a concussion early in the fourth quarter. The Dolphins struggled to protect Tannehill the rest of the way, contributing to the Bengals' surge."Our left tackle wasn't in," coach Adam Gase said. "That kind of can do some damage. And when you get behind, it causes problems."

Winners and losers of the first week of Bears training camp It has been just over a week since the Bears reported to Bourbonnais for training camp and they have had five public practices so far.In just that short time Chicago Bears T-Shirt , there have been plenty of nuggets to trickle out, observations made and some names have popped up more than others.Let’s take a look at a few players that are setting themselves apart from their teammates, both positively and negatively.WinnersAnthony Miller, WR - Since Day 1, I can’t say that there has been a player whose name I have heard more than Miller. He’s been making play after play and getting a lot of reps with the 1s. The early returns suggest he could be a contributor from day one and show why Ryan Pace traded up to take him in the second round of the draft.Jordan Howard, RB - The running game, much like the line play, are hard to judge in camp because they don’t allow a ton of to-the-ground hitting and they definitely don’t want their stud RB to get hurt. However, all reports seem to be that Howard has improved as a pass catcher and has been demonstrating that ability daily. Matt Nagy even said he saw Howard as a three-down back and he could have easily side-stepped a question like that so early in camp. Defensive backs - It’s hard to pick just one here, but of the starters, it seems as those the early reports have been good. Sure, the defense is way ahead of the offense Chicago Bears Hats , but Prince Amukamara has been getting some turnovers, Kyle Fuller has been locked into some good battles and undrafted rookie Kevin Toliver has received some praise too. The only ones I have some criticism of so far are Marcus Cooper and Cre’von LeBlanc.LosersRoquan Smith, LB - It’s hard to win when he’s not even here. Not to say that it won’t be hard for him to get right back into the mix. It’s still a little too early to get concerned, in my opinion and I am staunchly in the “take everything you can get when you can, players” camp on this, but the longer it goes, the more neither sidecomes out looking good. Kevin White, WR - His reviews have been mixed, but at this point in his career it needs to be more positive. I’ve read about drops, missed plays and suspect routes. He’s flashed, but it sounds like he is nothing more than a role player.Tyler Bray, QB - He’s the third QB Chicago Bears Hoodie , so it isn’t a vital position, but for a guy who has been in this system, I have heard nothing good so far. Yikes.Which players have caught your eye? Who are your winners or losers?Lions vs. Cowboys: What Just Happened? Man the Detroit Lions had a good week last week, didn’t they? It even felt like they may follow that up with another with another great week. But then the Lions defense showed up again and resulting in a heartbreaking loss to the Cowboys, 26-24. These are the type of games I hate the most. The games where you come so close and just fall short. At least when the Lions got blown out by the Jets in Week 1, you had an entire half of football to just hang out and wait for it to end. On Sunday, you believed for a couple minutes the Lions were going to win before you got kicked in the face with defeat.As always, I have thoughts on this game. these are those thoughts. What happened to that team from last week? Offensively, the team showed up. Matthew Stafford was spot on all day and Golden Tate had one of the better games of his career. Defensively, the old problems reared their heads again. Coming into the game, all anyone could talk about is how the Cowboys couldn’t pass the ball, but then the Lions come in town and suddenly the Cowboys can throw the ball. This happens to the Lions so often it isn’t even funny. If you’re a Cowboys fan Youth Customized Chicago Bears Jerseys , I wouldn’t get too excited. You’re likely to go right back to your problems after the Lions leave town. As far as stopping the run, forget about it. Ezekiel Elliott went off for 152 yards. We all knew it would happen, but there was at least a little bit of hope that the Lions would draw up something to at least contain him. A poor effort a week after stomping the reigning AFC Champions on national television. I don’t know what the Lions are going to do to get by for the rest of the year. I really don’t. Penalties continue to be killersThe Lions got called for defensive holding three times on one drive. You can’t make that up. That’s comically bad. Add in five other penalties and the Lions essentially gave the game away to the Cowboys. Dallas by the way, only had two penalties all day long. Of course it wouldn’t be a Lions game without a somewhat controversial call. This one was a bit confusing. Dak went down and was not touched. The whistle was not blown and the play was still going when Okwara made the sack. Yet somehow, through the magic of NFL officiating, Dak gets the call and the Cowboys take the lead on the very next play. Classic. I’ll have to prank call Dean Blandino tonightafter this, even if he wasn’t there. I’ll use this for material. What are the Lions doing with Kerryon? As I mentioned above, the Lions offense—for the most part—had a pretty good day. But what I can’t understand is Jim Bob Cooter’s unwillingness to go with the hot hand in the running game. Kerryon has more than proved that he is the guy at this point. Yet we find him disappearing for a handful of drives, and the Lions stall out. I like LeGarrette Blount just as much as the next Boise State fan, but it’s time to relegate him to certain scenarios, like short yardage situations. Theo Riddick hasn’t really been himself all season and he’s a pretty clear indicator the Lions are about to pass the ball when he’s out there. Johnson, on the other hand , has been money. I just can’t figure it out. Why don’t the Lions line up Theo Riddick and Kerryon Johnson together at the same time more often? Defenses would fall over themselves trying to figure out what the Lions are going to do and you can audible any which way there. Props to Dak Prescott for trying Darius SlayI wouldn’t have done it. In all seriousness, I’m not sure I’d throw Slay’s way in a video game let alone a real game. But Prescott just kept going for it on Sunday and it almost never worked out well for him. The All-Pro corner broke up three passes, one of which could have been a touchdown had Nevin Lawson been covering. What I can’t understand is why the Lions didn’t move Slay over to Cole Beasley. Cole worked Jamal Agnew like a part-time job all day long, yet no relief was ever sent. This team does some interesting things like this that enrage me every weekend. Why not make an adjustment there?If the Lions don’t pay Tate, I will find a way to do itHe is an ass. If he were on any other team I would want to see him fumble at the 1-yard line when he’s taunting. But Sandman is right, he is our ass. Now it’s time to pay that ass. Golden Tate went off on the Cowboys Sunday and was easily the brightest spot of the whole day. Golden was targeted eight times and he caught all eight passes for 132 yards and two touchdowns. are there still people out there that think he’s expendable? I don’t know how to set up a Go Fund Me, but I do know how to sell World’s Finest Chocolate. If we canvas the neighborhoods and send the booklets with our parents to work, we’ll either have a new contract for Tate or a paid-in-full trip to Four Bears Water Park. It’s a win-win.

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