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Winning any of the AP's individual NFL awards Craig Robertson Jersey Stitched , from MVP to top rookie, means plenty to players.Being nominated for, no less winning, the Walter Payton Man of the Year award means more.Don't minimize how proud a guy is when he's voted one of the prestigious individual awards. It's a portion of his resume that jumps off the page the way Saquon Barkley hurdles over potential tacklers.But being selected for the Payton award, renamed in 1999 for the great Chicago Bears running back and humanitarian, involves so much more than football achievements."It is probably one of my greatest accomplishments," says 2013 winner Charles Tillman, who played 12 seasons at cornerback for the Bears and his final year with the Panthers. "It really shows the true character of a person."When fans see us, they just assume a lot of times we are just athletes. They don't know what these men do on their days off during the season, in the community. A lot of players really put their community service in every week of the year. They get their charity work done and their volunteer work."The Walter Payton Award is about excellence off the field. I am proud to be associated with that award."Who wouldn't be? In a time when many NFL players have been criticized or even condemned for their protests of social and racial injustice during the national anthem, many 鈥?if not most of them 鈥?also have been doing good deeds in their communities. They don't do it for recognition or applause. As Tillman notes, they do it because they can "shed light on a bigger thing. It's not just football. It's about being a good person, serving other people and loving other people."Unlike in the past, when three finalists were selected before a recipient was chosen, one player from every NFL team is a finalist. All will be recognized and participate in NFL functions during Super Bowl week. The Man of the Year will be revealed at NFL Honors, when The Associated Press' individual NFL awards are announced Feb. 2 in Atlanta.Five current players have won the award: Drew Brees, Thomas Davis, Larry Fitzgerald, Eli Manning and J.J. Watt Youth Ken Crawley Jersey , and they wear a Man of the Year patch on their jerseys. All 2018 finalists will wear a Man of the Year helmet decal beginning this week through the end of the season."It's a tremendous honor," Jets offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum says. This week, Beachum surprised Ca'moore Jones, an eighth-grade student at Orange Preparatory Academy in New Jersey, with two Super Bowl tickets. Moore was nominated by his teacher, Glenn Gamble, for his performance and growth with the Character Playbook course that is embraced by the NFL."Just the name Walter Payton, he's the gold standard," Beachum said. "What he did off the field and on the field, his excellence is bar none, top in history. So to be mentioned in the same name and the same breath as him, it's truly humbling."Humbling is an appropriate word because the award finalists often feel that sensation during their community work."I've been blessed to play in this league for 13 years and to be a part of some really good seasons," says Rams offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth, who is heavily involved with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. "But making a difference in someone's life will go beyond football any day of the week. It's not just about the game, it's about the opportunity to bring people together. When I look back and think about my NFL career, the time spent out in the community giving back to people in need will always be the most touching to me."Adds Colts DE Jabaal Sheard: "With our jobs as NFL players comes a huge platform to brighten and improve the lives of others, and that's what I strive to do every day."Tillman knows firsthand how kind and giving people can be. His own family was helped in 2008 when his infant daughter Tiana needed a heart transplant. Magali Garcia, the mother of 9-week-old Armando, who died in a Minnesota hospital Ken Crawley Jersey Stitched , offered her son's heart.To Tillman, Magali Garcia is a hero, not him. She is what the Payton award is all about."When my daughter needed a new heart, another person stepped up and decided to take a bad situation and turn it into a success story," Tillman says. "She not only blessed my family but other families with her choice."For all we do in our foundation, it is a great blessing for what this woman did for her son. Magali, she is the one who actually is blessing those people, blesses them every day, and doesn't even know it. She served my family and a lot of families and she made an amazing choice. A tough decision. I think about her son a lot and I truly am sorry. She is a part of my family, and for us to have this story that has bonded us, and this connection, and to turn that negative into something positive by blessing other people ... I get great satisfaction in that."So when the NFL Honors program is televised the night before the Super Bowl, pay special attention to the names below. Maybe stand up and give them an ovation for the truly special things they do:Arizona Cardinals: Antoine BetheaAtlanta Falcons: Grady JarrettBaltimore Ravens: Brandon CarrBuffalo Bills: Lorenzo AlexanderCarolina Panthers: Julius PeppersChicago Bears: Trey BurtonCincinnati Bengals: Carlos DunlapCleveland Browns: Christian KirkseyDallas Cowboys: Dak PrescottDenver Broncos: Von MillerDetroit Lions: Matthew StaffordGreen Bay Packers: Kenny ClarkHouston Texans: Whitney MercilusIndianapolis Colts: Jabaal SheardJacksonville Jaguars: Blake BortlesKansas City Chiefs: Dustin ColquittLos Angeles Chargers: Corey LiugetLos Angeles Rams: Andrew WhitworthMiami Dolphins: Kenny StillsMinnesota Vikings: Kyle RudolphNew England Patriots: Devin McCourtyNew Orleans Saints: Mark IngramNew York Giants: Michael ThomasNew York Jets: Kelvin BeachumOakland Raiders: Marshawn LynchPhiladelphia Eagles: Chris LongPittsburgh Steelers: Cameron HeywardSan Francisco 49ers: Robbie GouldSeattle Seahawks: K.J. WrightTampa Bay Buccaneers: Gerald McCoyTennessee Titans: Jurrell CaseyWashington Redskins: Vernon DavisAP Pro Football Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. contributed. Hopefully Okafor will be back in 2019."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections InterviewsNew Orleans Saints SatireWho Dat HistoryCanal Street Chronicles TutorialSaints 2018 Year in Review: Alex OkaforNew,4commentsHopefully Okafor will be back in 2019.CDTShareTweetShareShareSaints 2018 Year in Review: Alex OkaforDerick E. Hingle-USA TODAY SportsAfter missing the last six games of 2017 due to a torn Achilles which landed him on Injured Reserve, there were questions about when Alex Okafor would be able to return to football. Even still, there were questions surrounding what type of player he would be once he was finally able to suit up.In an impressive showing of strength, conditioning, and mental determination, Okafor was ready for Week 1 of the 2018 season Youth Wil Lutz Jersey , and played (and started) all 16 games for the New Orleans Saints last year. It admittedly took a few games before Okafor looked like his former self on tape, but he still finished with a strong season. All in all, Okafor combined for 36 total tackles, 9 quarterback hits, 4 sacks, 5 tackles for loss, one pass defended, and one fumble recovery.In the postseason, Okafor added another three tackles, including one for loss, and three quarterback hits.Alex Okafor - At a GlanceApproximate Value: 7 (tied career high)Defense Grade: 69.4 (43rd)Run Defense Grade: 68.3 (45th)Pass Rush Grade: 60.5 (67th)Coverage Grade: 71.3Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY SportsBy Week 7, Okafor looked like the player Saints fans were used to seeing in 2017. Look at his pursuit of the quarterback and persistence on this play:The sack helped add Drew Brees to the short list of Brett Favre and Peyton Manning as only the third quarterback in NFL history to have registered a win against each of the 32 NFL teams.Okafor’s lone fumble recovery for the Saints in 2018 was a big one, helping the Saints still a victory from the jaws of defeat against the Pittsburgh Steelers.With the NFC South and the #1 seed in the NFC all but locked up, the Saints elected to rest their starters in their Week 17 contest against the Carolina Panthers. Sitting Okafor and making sure he was instead healthy for the start of the postseason meant Okafor missed out on his $400,000 bonus he was set to receive if he reached 5 sacks on the season. With only four sacks in 2018, the Saints elected to pay Okafor the bonus anyway in what was a classy move by the organization.Okafor is set to be a free agent this offseason. To a team that was patient with Okafor’s healthy after his Achilles injury and “did right by” Okafor in paying the $400,000 bonus that they were not required to pay, hopefully this built up some good will to entice Okafor to stick around for at least one more year.

Ezekiel Elliott limped off the field a couple of times during the game before combining with Dak Prescott on the decisive play for the Dallas Cowboys.The star running back had 25 carries and four catches on his way to a career-high 240 yards from scrimmage in a 26-24 win over Detroit on Sunday.That's what Elliott expected from the start of the season Deonte Thompson Jersey Stitched , rather than the 16-carry average he had through three games for a struggling offense. And he could tell the difference early."I'm beat up," the 2016 NFL rushing leader said. "In the first quarter, I knew what kind of game it was going to be."After plenty of physical runs among 152 yards on the ground, Elliott's finesse finished off the Lions (1-3). His 34-yard over-the-shoulder catch from Prescott on a rare go route from a running back set up Brett Maher's 38-yard field goal on the final play.Now, about that limping for the player most likely to be the league's leading rusher with 426 yards a quarter of the way through the season."A little bit of ankle, a little bit of knee," said Elliott, who had 88 yards receiving, with another highlight on a 38-yard touchdown on a screen in the first half. "Nothing big."Elliott's rushing and receiving totals were 7 yards shy of his career high in both categories. When he had 95 yards in catches against Pittsburgh as a rookie two years ago, 83 came on a dazzling dash up the sideline on a screen.While Elliott isn't likely to lead the team in receiving often, the formula was exactly what the Cowboys (2-2) had in mind with the offseason plan to replace tight end Jason Witten, who retired, and Dez Bryant, who was released in a cost-cutting move."He's dynamic, he's explosive," Lions coach Matt Patricia said. "He's obviously one of the better players on the team, center-point of the team. We've got to do a better job of taking him away. Couldn't get it done."Things to consider after Elliott joined Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith and Herschel Walker as the only Dallas running backs with at least 150 yards rushing and 50 yards receiving in the same game:HOMETOWN TO HOME FIELDMatthew Stafford had another homecoming spoiled, his third straight loss at the home of the Cowboys despite a strong showing with 307 yards passing, two touchdowns and 131.5 rating. Now the Detroit quarterback takes the Lions home to face NFC North preseason favorite Green Bay on Sunday. "I've got to get out to a faster start Youth Marcus Martin Jersey , maybe snatch the lead a little bit earlier in the game and go from there," he said.MULTI-SACK SHOWDOWNDallas defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence tied his career high with three sacks and has 5陆 for the season. Houston's J.J. Watt had two sacks — his 23rd game with at least two — in a 37-34 overtime win at Indianapolis, the first victory of the season for the Texans. They will watch each other for the first time in the regular season Sunday. "I am basically trying to show the world that I am no one trick pony," said Lawrence, who tied for second in the NFL with 14陆 sacks last year.PRODUCTIVE TRIODetroit receivers Golden Tate, Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones had nearly 200 more yards receiving than the entire Dallas passing game coming in and kept up the strong production. Tate had 132 yards and two touchdowns on eight catches, Golladay 74 yards on four grabs and Jones 56 yards on three catches. "I like where our offense is right now as far as getting the ball to a lot of people," Tate said. "We've just got to continue to do that and figure out a way to win."SIGNS OF PROGRESSThe Cowboys had 414 yards in the best game of the season for a struggling offense. It was just the second time in 14 games going back to last season for Dallas to reach 400 yards. Prescott had 255 yards passing, his first 200-yard game this year and just the third in 12 games dating to 2017. "We have a great offense with a lot of potential," Prescott said. "This was a good step for us to take as a whole and as a unit execution wise for us to grow from." Ezekiel Elliott made the $21 donation after his touchdown. Amari Cooper took the freebie following the first of his two scores.The bonus for the Dallas Cowboys: They're all the way back in the NFC East race.Cooper celebrated his first touchdown with a mock free throw before a 90-yard score that sent him to a Dallas Thanksgiving- record 180 yards receiving, and the Cowboys pulled even with Washington atop the division with a 31-23 win over the Redskins on Thursday.Elliott ran for 121 yards with his TD and cash celebration as the Cowboys (6-5) won their third straight game since their first home loss, to Tennessee in the Dallas debut of Cooper. Dallas' eighth win in nine Thanksgiving games against Washington, and second in three years, earned a season split."Everyone jumped off the bandwagon, of course, at 3-5," quarterback Dak Prescott said. "You expect that. I can tell you who didn't doubt ourselves. As long as we locked arms, we stayed tight, we knew we could do this and we can do more. That's the only thing that matters to us."The Redskins (6-5) lost for the third time in four games in Colt McCoy's first start in four years coming off Alex Smith's season-ending leg injury.The former Texas Longhorns star threw three interceptions to offset two touchdown passes. McCoy won his two previous starts at the home of the Cowboys Marcus Martin Jersey Stitched , one for the 2009 Big 12 championship and the other his most recent NFL victory with the Redskins in 2014."I think I'm encouraged, on a short week like that," said McCoy, who was 24 of 38 for 268 yards. "Losing overshadows everything. But I'll go back and watch it and try to clean up some of my mistakes that are going to help our team win."Cooper had 105 yards after the catch on his two touchdowns.First, Cooper ran away from Quinton Dunbar after the Washington cornerback slipped on a short pass, turning it into a 40-yard TD for a 17-13 lead. Cooper celebrated by mimicking a free throw , shooting the football through the goal post.On the 90-yarder, Cooper made the catch just outside the Dallas 30, spun out of the arms of Fabian Moreau and won the race to the pylon against former Alabama teammate Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, who tried to shove him out of bounds around the 5.The longest catch of Cooper's career and longest completion in Prescott's three seasons came exactly a month after the Cowboys gave Oakland their first-round pick in the upcoming draft for a new No. 1 receiver."I've been putting in extra time with my coaches, with Dak," Cooper said. "For some reason, since I've been here, the chemistry with Dak has phenomenal."McCoy looked as if he hadn't started a game in a long time early, throwing into double coverage on his first play and fumbling while trying to scramble on his third, with the Redskins recovering and punting.But McCoy settled in with a couple of third-down passes to Jordan Reed to keep drives going, then hit Vernon Davis in stride on a 53-yard touchdown 鈥?the longest Washington completion of the season 鈥?for a 7-7 tie.The Cowboys were having all the fun before the Redskins pulled even, with Elliott scoring on a 16-yard run and dropping $21 into a giant Salvation Army red kettle behind the end zone. The cash was handed to him by a team photographer.As a rookie in 2016, Elliott jumped into the kettle on the same part of the field after a touchdown in a 31-26 win over the Redskins. That season's NFL rushing champion Youth Tavon Austin Jersey , who wears No. 21, was fined for the stunt and later donated $21,000 to the Salvation Army.After scoring on a scrambling 5-yard run for the third Dallas touchdown in less than eight minutes and a 31-13 lead, Prescott let Elliott help him into another kettle on the other end of the field, drawing the same unsportsmanlike conduct penalty Elliott did two years ago.Elliott missed the Thanksgiving game last year on his six-game suspension over domestic violence allegations."I didn't have any plans to do that. Zeke did," said Prescott, who was 22 of 31 for a season-high 289 yards in his third straight game without an interception or a lost fumble. "He showed his strength. Once he had me in the air, I said I've got to own it now and just figured I'd jump in there before I got hurt."GAME BALLCowboys rookie receiver Michael Gallup had two catches for 19 yards less than a week after his brother died by suicide. The team gave him the game ball. He stayed with his family after last weekend's game in Atlanta, and will attend the funeral Friday. Gallup didn't talk to reporters after the game."Just so proud of the way he's handled this," Prescott said. "You know he's playing for his brother, he's living for his brother and that's what's most important."MR. IRREVELANTWashington receiver Trey Quinn, the final pick of this year's draft at the home of the Cowboys and a former player at nearby SMU, had a 30-yard punt return to the Dallas 25 to set up his own 10-yard touchdown catch for Washington's only lead at 13-10 in the third quarter.SLOWED PETERSONRedskins running back Adrian Peterson left briefly in the first quarter with a shoulder injury but returned. Still, he wasn't nearly as effective as in Washington's 20-17 win in the first meeting. The four-time All-Pro finished with 35 yards on 12 carries after going for 99 yards at home.After the game, Peterson wouldn't discuss his comments in a recent report that he still uses a belt and a switch to discipline his son. In 2014, he faced felony charges of child abuse in his home state of Texas before pleading no contest to a misdemeanor in a settlement.UP NEXTRedskins: First of two meetings in the final five games against the defending champion Eagles, at Philadelphia on Monday, Dec. 3.Cowboys: Face New Orleans in the second of three straight home games next Thursday.Corrects length of Trey Quinn's touchdown to 10 yards instead of 14 yards.

1-0. This is the mindset Colts head coach Frank Reich wants his players to be in. There is one chance left to continue a roller-coaster season with a trip to the playoffs. The Colts rallied to..."1-0. This is the mindset Colts head coach Frank Reich wants his players to be in. There is one chance left to continue a roller-coaster season with a trip to the playoffs. The Colts rallied to defeat the New York Giants 28-27 on Sunday and the Saints beat the Steelers 31-28 Indianapolis Colts Skai Moore Jersey , bumping the Colts up to the sixth seed for a ‘win and you’re in’ scenario against the Tennessee Titans. “We are keeping the same mantra – 1-0 (and) get better,” Reich said on Monday. “After the game we just said, ‘Hey, we’ve got one week guaranteed to us. That’s it. So let’s make the most of it every day, get better and get ready for this game coming up on Sunday.’”Both the Colts’ and the Titans’ playoff hopes are on the line in this matchup and both teams have a record of 9-6. Whichever team wins advances to the postseason Indianapolis Colts Robert Okereke Jersey , and should Houston lose to Jacksonville, the winner of this game clinches the AFC South. Andrew Luck is 10-0 against the Titans, but has made it clear that being undefeated against this team is the furthest thing from his mind. “We talk about going 1-0 this week,” Luck said on Wednesday. “The cycle starts over. What happened previously and what happened in previous years – it doesn’t matter. What happened last weekend does not matter. It’s a new cycle.” Two of the Colts biggest playmakers are on injury watch. Receiver TY Hilton has been officially ruled questionable for Sunday’s game with an ankle injury and likely will not practice this week.Tight end Eric Ebron left Sunday’s game with a concussion and a quad injury. Hilton didn’t have much to say in Wednesday’s press conference, repeating that he ‘will be fine’ regardless of whether he gets to play or not. “I wish I was at 100%” Womens Robert Okereke 2019 Jersey , he said. “At the end of the day, as long as I am able to contribute to the team and give everything I got, I will be fine.” Throughout the last seven games, Hilton has completed 48 receptions for 856 yards and two touchdowns.Ebron’s career-high 62 receptions for 690 yards and 12 touchdowns has been a huge part in the Colts’ offensive success. He will need to progress in the NFL’s concussion protocol before he is given clearance to play on Sunday. The NFL has moved this matchup to primetime at Nissan Stadium on Sunday night at 8:20pm. The NFL might allow some of its young players to get experience by playing in the Alliance of American Football.Bill Polian, the Hall of Fame general manager and AAF executive Indianapolis Colts Robert Okereke Jersey , says he and some NFL colleagues have talked informally about whether certain young players could play in the AAF during the NFL offseason.“The talk is ramping up – I’ll say that,” Polian told .It could make sense for the NFL to assign some players who haven’t had much playing time to the AAF to help them gain additional experience. Young quarterbacks in particular might be able to improve with AAF playing time — and for those who don’t improve, it at least alerts their NFL teams not to count on them in the fall.It’s unclear whether the NFL Players Association would approve of such an idea. When the current Collective Bargaining Agreement was negotiated, the players got a reduced offseason workload. The union might not agree to allow players to spend three months in the AAF during the offseason. Then again, those players would be collecting an additional salary from the AAF Cheap Alize Mack Youth Jersey , which the union might view as worth it.“Those discussions will continue but whether they bear fruit remains to be seen,” Polian said. “There are lots of procedural hurdles that have to be crossed before you could make that happen.”The AAF has been careful to make clear that it is not competing with the NFL and actually wants to solidify its relationship with the NFL. Next year, that might even include some NFL backups on the field in the AAF.

The Browns sent defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah to the Chiefs on Monday. He was the 12th inherited player Browns General Manager John Dorsey has traded Jaelen Strong Jersey 2019 , according to Field Yates of ESPN.Offensive guard Kevin Zeitler, safety Jabrill Peppers, receiver Josh Gordon, defensive lineman Danny Shelton, cornerback Jason McCourty, offensive lineman Shon Coleman, cornerback Jamar Taylor Cleveland Browns JC Tretter Jersey , quarterback DeShone Kizer, quarterback Kevin Hogan, receiver Corey Coleman and quarterback Cody Kessler are the others shipped out by Dorsey.Ogbah’s departure leaves only six players of the 24 selections made by former vice president of football operations Sashi Brown in two drafts, according to Mary Kay Cabot of Linebacker Joe Schobert, tight end Seth DeValve and receiver Rashard Higgins remain from the 2016 draft and defensive end Myles Garrett, tight end David Njoku and defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi from 2017.Dorsey has left his stamp on the Browns, leaving no question it is his team now. CLEVELAND (AP) — Apparently Womens JC Tretter 2019 Jersey , beating Hue Jackson on the field wasn’t enough for Baker Mayfield.A day after throwing four touchdown passes in a 35-20 win over Cincinnati and then rejecting a postgame hug from his former coach, Mayfield called Jackson “fake” as the Browns rookie quarterback fended off criticism of his behavior.Mayfield was upset with comments made about him by ESPN’s Damien Woody, who said the QB was acting childish and hypocritical for saying Jackson should not have joined the Bengals‘ staff after he was fired last month in Cleveland.“Baker Mayfield needs to grow up,” said Woody, who played in the NFL for eight years. “This is pro football, you’re dealing with grown men. What I found funny about this whole thing, Baker Mayfield Antonio Callaway Jersey Stitched , didn’t he go from Texas Tech to Oklahoma? Two teams in the Big 12. You went from one rival to another in the same conference.”Mayfield walked on at Texas Tech before transferring.He shot back at Woody with an Instagram comment, saying the announcer’s take was “not even comparable” and then took another crack at Jackson.“I didn’t lose 30games be fake and then do that . I wasn’t gonna have a scholarship. Good try though buddy.”Following Sunday’s game, Mayfield, who began the season as Tyrod Taylor’s backup before an injury moved him into the starting lineup, said he didn’t feel the need to interact with Jackson. The pair did shake hands.“I didn’t feel like talking,” Mayfield said, adding he was motivated by Jackson leaving for the Bengals. “Left Cleveland Youth Austin Corbett Jersey , goes down to Cincinnati, I don’t know. It’s just somebody that was in our locker room, asking for us to play for him, and then goes to a different team we play twice a year.”Jackson went 3-36-1 in two-plus seasons before he was fired by the Browns. He was always complimentary of Mayfield, who never complained — at least publicly — about beginning his NFL career in a backup role.While interim Browns coach Gregg Williams refused Monday to discuss whether his players were motivated by Jackson, Mayfield is certain to be asked about it Wednesday when the Browns return to practice.Cleveland hosts Cincinnati on Dec. 23.

Coming off the dispiriting Super Bowl LIII loss Johnny Hekker Jersey , here’s 3k’s pre-draft pass at predicting the 2019 regular season."The Los Angeles Rams. The 2019 regular season. We now have the schedule.Leggo.Week 1 - @ Carolina Panthers: WThe most recent, significant news about QB Cam Newton came in late January when NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Newton could be throwing as early as May following surgery on his shoulder in January.While that’s clearly the top storyline heading into this one, it’s not the only one. This will be the first game for the Rams’ O-line v1.2. It’s also a first legitimate look at S Eric Weddle and LB Clay Matthews in support of the 2019 defense now without DL Ndamukong Suh, LB Mark Barron and S Lamarcus Joyner. And it’s also the first go for whatever rookies come out of the 2019 NFL Draft and any promotions from within at a starting level.And yes. It’s also our first look at RB Todd Gurley after the playoffs and whatever the hell we’re calling what happened.I’m going with a road win here with QB Jared Goff coming out to a good start and the Panthers’ offense struggling with or without Cammy Cam.Record: 1-0Week 2 - v. New Orleans Saints: WRams by 20.Record: 2-0Week 3 - @ Cleveland Browns: LSo I’m gonna go with a nutty one here somewhat akin to the Rams’ historic 2018 Week 11 Monday Night Football win over the Kansas City Chiefs. I think this game could just go off the damn rails.It’s the end of the 2019 season’s first chapter, and it comes on Sunday Night Football. It’s got Baker Mayfield and Goff and Odell Beckham, Jr., and Cooper Kupp and Myles Garrett and Aaron Donald and Freddie Kitchens and Sean McVay.Rams 46, Browns 47. Hell yes.Record: 2-1Week 4 - v. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: WSean McVay MAD.Not only do the Rams win. Not only do the Rams blow the Bucs out. McVay keeps the starters in just to make a point and Gurley gets his first 20-carry game of the year.Record: 3-1Week 5 - @ Seattle Seahawks: LI could go 1,000 words on this one. There’s just so much.Russell Wilson, the corniest dude in the sporting world, is now set to earn much money. The rest of the offensive roster is a not good though it does have a weird set of smaller wideouts that match Wilson’s futureO build. The defense now moves forward without CB Richard Sherman, S Earl Thomas or ? Kam Chancellor.Under McVay, the Rams lost a five-turnover crumshow in 2017 followed by a beatdown late that year and two close wins last season.I’ll go with a Seattle win here powered mostly by Wilson and crowd noise, but also the nature of the rivalry. When Seattle was good and going to Super Bowls, we were always a thorn in their side. I can see a 2021 season in which the Rams go to the Super Bowl and the Seahawks go 5-11 and somehow sweep us because of course.Record: 3-2Week 6 - v. San Francisco 49ers: WWhat are the 2019 49ers? I have 0 clue.They have QB Jury Courtisstillout coming back. That’s a thing. They also have a starting running back coming back which is much less of a thing. They also have had four head coaches in the last five years averaging 5 wins per year.Reminder of the most infuriating game of all time: The 2016 Los Angeles Rams started their fifth year under Head Coach Jeff Fisher in Week 1 by losing 0-28 to the San Francisco 49ers with just 120 passing yards and 65 rushing yards against the defense that at season’s end ranked 32nd out of 32 teams in yards allowed and 32nd out of 32 teams in points allowed who won only one other game that year which was also against the Los Angeles Rams.Record: 4-2Week 7 - @ Atlanta Falcons: WThis one could be fascinating.Atlanta bested us in the Wild Card Round of the 2018 NFL Playoffs two years ago but came up short thereafter. Last year, they struggled through two down periods: a 1-4 start to the year and a five-game losing stretch alongside Thanksgiving.We’re only a couple of seasons removed from the Falcons repping the NFC in the Super Bowl and following that up with another playoff run that saw them beat us at home in the Wild Card Round. So it’s not as if this is a team with a recent history of systemic inability.The big issue for them is that the defense fell off a cliff last year. The Falcons ranked 31st in Football Outsiders’ defensive DVOA. If they can’t get significantly better on that side of the ball this year Lamarcus Joyner Color Rush Jersey , they could well squander another strong offensive showing.Record: 5-2Week 8 - v.* Cincinnati Bengals: W* - Game to be played in London, EnglandThe Rams have played one game abroad under McVay: a Week 7 33-0 clobbering of the Arizona Cardinals in 2017. They were scheduled to play in Mexico City last year before photos of the field conditions scared officials and players enough to bring the game back to LA. The Rams won that historic game on Monday night topping the Kansas City Chiefs, 54-51.I point those out only to note that McVay’s Rams clearly aren’t suffering from some kind of international malaise. I don’t see this one changing that narrative.Record: 6-2Week 9 - FO above; the Bears finished with the best defensive DVOA in the NFL and by a wide margin.They gud.But so is McVay.I’m hedging on his ability to unlock enough on offense to get the better of the Bears this go round. And while the Bears absolutely slammed a lid on the Rams’ offense last year, it’s not as if they won the game going away. Much like the Super Bowl, it was a game in which the Rams’ defense played extremely well. So it’s not going to take much from the offense to get on the right side of things.Record: 7-3Week 12 - v. Baltimore Ravens: LI’ve got this one as the funk game of the year. Two seasons ago, the Rams dropped clunky games to the Washington Rams Beaters and Seattle Seahawks. Last year, it was the Sunday Night Football showing against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 15.Chalk this one up to a Lamar Jackson party and B’more’s impressive defense. They don’t have a ton of draft capital in the 2019 NFL Draft with just one pick in the first 84 selections thanks to the trade up to take Jackson in the 2018 NFL Draft. They confusingly plodded to their bye week putting up a 4-5 record before handing the reins to Jackson who led them to a 6-1 finish with the only loss being a three-point overtime loss to the Chiefs. And despite being down 23-3 with less than 10 minutes to go against the Los Angeles Chargers in the playoffs, Jackson nearly brought them all the way back.I think the Ravens could be a sexy pick to take the AFC this year, so there’s no shame in coming up short in this one on Monday night.Record: 7-4Week 13 - @ Arizona Cardinals: WWe don’t have a strong sense of what the 2019 Cardinals will look like, but we know it probably won’t be great. Still, with the #1 overall pick in the draft they have a chance to change their trajectory. It likely will take more than a season, but at least it gives their fans an out.The real key here is whether the Rams play down to the Cards’ level. The two-year history under McVay suggests they won’t.Record: 8-4Week 14 - v. Seattle Seahawks: WA massive, massive, massive game.Both games in this rivalry are national primetime broadcasts — the first on Thursday Night Football and this one on Sunday night. We know the Coliseum will be rocking. And if Seattle can stay in the playoff hunt, and they well might, this one has all the makings of just an incredibly important game.Rams by 30.Record: 9-4Week 15 - @ Dallas Cowboys: WAlso a massive , massive, massive game.A repeat of last year’s Divisional Round matchup, the Cowboys will be up for this one as long as their season hasn’t spiraled out of control. QB Dak Prescott is in a contract year. The Cowboys’ season could well hinge on his capability to earn a massive extension from Jerrah.Cowboys fans are in the midst of a base-wide argument over whether or not Prescott deserves a Russell Wilson-level deal. His 2019 season will provide some clarity there one way or the other.I remember the 2016 preseason when Prescott came to the Coliseum and impressed mightily while a rookie Goff flubbed his debut. Fast forward a couple of seasons, and the landscape looks quite different. More importantly, the teams around them look even moreso.I see this one a bit like the Rams’ win in Dallas in 2017 more than the recent playoff win. The Cowboys held an 11-point lead twice in the second quarter, but Rams Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips’ halftime adjustments helped the Rams’ defense put the clamps on the Cowboys as K Greg Zuerlein kicked the Rams to the W with seven field goals. I don’t think the offensive line is going to be able to dominate the way they did in January (and boy, did they ever). It’s likely going to be a bit more of a comprehensive matchup that takes more from the Rams to get it done.And I think they will.Record: 10-4Week 16 - @ San Francisco 49ers: WSaturday? Sunday? Won’t matter as long as the Rams keep 49ers QB Gypsy Gohopalong bottled up.Record: 11-4Week 17 - v. Arizona Cardinals: WThe Rams could well be in the position they found themselves in two seasons ago where the Week 17 result matters little to their playoff seeding. Last year, the Rams needed to win to preserve a first-round bye. I’ll go with the same setup here to prevent us from having to decide whether or not to rest the starters again, but I wouldn’t be surprised if that ends up being the case by the time we get to late December.Record: 12-4Last year at this point, I had the Rams going 11-5. I ultimately flipped a Week 1 loss to the Oakland Raiders to a win once they traded EDGE Khalil Mack. So maybe after the draft and once we get to training camp and the preseason when we re-visit these, I’ll have a game or two changed.Overall, the Rams remain one of the better teams in the NFL with a strong roster and perhaps a stronger coaching staff. There’s no reason to think the Rams won’t be set for a playoff push in December and have themselves back to the postseason in the 2020 NFL Playoffs.It’s a good time to be a Rams fan. THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Rams running backs Justin Davis and John Kelly have been waiting for an opportunity.They did not want it to come because of an injury, but Davis and Kelly are ready to contribute after Malcolm Brown hurt his collarbone against Detroit on Sunday.Coach Sean McVay said Davis, an undrafted free agent from Southern California in his second season, and Kelly Mark Barron Color Rush Jersey , a rookie sixth-round draft pick from Tennessee, will compete to fill Brown’s role backing up Todd Gurley and on special teams.“We have a lot of confidence in Justin and John to step up, and they’ll be needed to and they’ll be needed to do it in a hurry,” McVay said Wednesday.Davis has carried the ball once in a regular-season game for 1 yard. Kelly has yet to make the active roster on game day. But each expressed a belief he would be able to step in for the steady Brown.Kelly said he would bring “a little bit of swag” to the offense, while Davis was more reserved.“That’s why I’m on the team, just in case someone goes down. Got to be right there to pick them up,” Davis said.Kelly looked the part of the future complement to Gurley in the preseason by rushing for 197 yards and three touchdowns. Davis has been reliable in all facets of the game, with McVay praising his skills as a complete back.One will be called upon after Brown had a non-surgical procedure to reset his clavicle and will miss eight to 10 weeks, McVay said.McVay expects Brown will be placed on injured reserve. Such a designation would officially end Brown’s season, as the Rams have already used their two recalls to activate cornerback Aqib Talib and wide receiver Pharoh Cooper off injured reserve.Brown had 212 yards rushing and five receptions for 52 yards with one touchdown catch this season, in addition to his work on special teams. Despite his limited statistical impact, Brown had the confidence of the Rams to execute the offense with little drop-off from the MVP candidate Gurley.“He’s really been a guy that I’ve been able to rely on and have just as much trust in him as I do in Todd as far as protections and being in the right place at all times, just how smart he is and how good he is as a player with the ball in his hands and everything in-between,” quarterback Jared Goff said. “We’re going to miss him, but those two guys, it gives them a chance to step up and do their thing.”McVay doesn’t expect to change how he uses Gurley. Gurley has had at least 19 combined carries and catches in all but one game this season Rob Havenstein Jersey , the lone exception being the 54-51 win over Kansas City when he sustained a minor ankle injury.Brown had four carries against the Chiefs, and his most extensive workloads came in blowout wins over Arizona and San Francisco.Barring an injury to Gurley, Davis or Kelly will be limited to a handful of offensive snaps per game, with most of their activity coming on special teams.“It really won’t change much as far as that approach is concerned,” McVay said. “It’s more along the lines of getting those two guys ready to roll and if they have to play they’ll be ready.”Still, Davis and Kelly must be ready to fulfill every responsibility on offense. That includes pass protection, which takes on added importance this week against Chicago linebacker Khalil Mack.“Definitely in the NFL if you can’t pass protect, you can’t play in here,” Davis said. “That was a definite focus before I made it to the NFL is pass protection, and I know we’re going against a top-tier defense and that’s got to be a priority.”Whether it is Davis or Kelly that gets the chance to replace Brown, both players have been preparing for this scenario all season long.“Even though I might not touch the ball, I make myself have the mindset that I’m getting the ball every play,” Davis said. “It doesn’t matter, just so I can keep my body ready, keep my mind ready for when my number is called.”

The New England Patriots are on a bye week and so is the rest of the AFC East Matthew Slater Color Rush Jersey , but there are still plenty of important football games taking place! Here’s the Patriots rooting guide for Sunday’s games.1:00 PM ETSteelers at Jaguars: Go Jaguars. The Patriots want Jacksonville to hand Pittsburgh another loss to put the Patriots ahead in the seedings.Titans at Colts: Go Colts. The Patriots want the Colts to win for the sake of strength of victory.Bengals at Ravens: Go Bengals. I’d rather Cincinnati to reach the postseason.Texans at Washington: Go Washington. The Patriots want Washington to win to keep the Patriots ahead in the seeding.Panthers at Lions: Go Lions. The Patriots want Detroit to win for the sake of strength of schedule.Cowboys at Falcons: Doesn’t matter to the Patriots!Buccaneers at Giants: Doesn’t matter to the Patriots, either! But might as well root for the Giants so both teams are 3-7 and cloud the top of the draft order.4:05 PM ETBroncos at Chargers: Go Chargers! Hopefully they can overtake the Chiefs in the AFC West.Raiders at Cardinals: Doesn’t matter, but might as well root for the Raiders so both teams stay ahead of the Bills and Jets in the draft order.4:25 PM ETEagles at Saints: The Patriots don’t care, but might as well root for Philadelphia to poke some holes in the Saints strategy.8:20 PM ETVikings at Bears: This is a pretty great game! The Patriots don’t really care since they play both teams, but they would probably root for Chicago because New England already beat them.Use this as the open thread for discussion. NFL football may be over, but another football season is just beginning.If you’ve never heard of the Alliance of American Football Ryan Allen Jersey , I’m sure you’re not alone; it has flown somewhat under the radar as of late, and I would imagine that there is some skepticism surrounding its viability. With the UFL, NFL Europe, XFL, Arena Football League, and even the magnificence that is the Legends Football League all either folding or failing to take root across the American sports landscape Danny Shelton Color Rush Jersey , it’s understandable if you never gave the AAF a second thought.But in case the notion of eight months without football gives you hives, you can tune in starting this weekend, when the Memphis Express takes on the Birmingham Iron at 4PM EST on CBS. The night game will feature three additional games, most likely broadcast regionally, as well as available via the AAF mobile app.The AAF will feature a 12 week season with the following eight teams:Arizona HotshotsAtlanta LegendsBirmingham IronMemphis ExpressOrlando ApollosSalt Lake StallionsSan Antonio CommandersSan Diego FleeRules will be with similar to standard NFL games. There will be, however Drew Bledsoe Jersey , a few notable exceptions:A 35 second playclockNo kickoffs; each team will start all possessions at the 25 yard line.No onside kicks; if a team wants to go for a back-to-back possession, they must convert a fourth and 12 from their own 28 yard line, otherwise the opponent gets the ball on the 28.No extra point attempts; all teams must go for two.No TV timeouts and fewer commercials in an effort to make the game half an hour shorter.Alternate OT rules in which each team will get the ball at the opposing 10 and have one possession to score a TD and then go for two - no field goals at all. If neither teams scores, the game ends in a tie.There will be a sky judge ref who uses real-time technology to correct any missed calls. There will also be a number of former Patriots scattered across the AAF, perhaps hoping to make enough of a splash that they get invited back into the NFL for a shot at the big leagues. You may also recognize a few notable names on the list of head coaches:Arizona: Rick NeuheiselAtlanta: Kevin CoyleBirmingham: Tim LewisMemphis: Mike SingletaryOrlando: Steve SpurrierSalt Lake City: Dennis EricksonSan Antonio: Mike RileySan Diego: Mike MartzSteelers legend Troy Polamalu will serve as the league’s Head of Player Relations. His old teammate Hines Ward is the league’s Head of Development.I’ll definitely be following the AAF with interest, as well as a healthy dose of skepticism. I know that I for one need a break from football for a little while Montee Ball Color Rush Jersey , but I’d definitely be willing to tune in on a lazy Saturday when I’m just doing things around the house. My gut tells me that it’s Arizona’s year, but watch out for Memphis; those guys may turn some heads as the season wears on.

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General manager Tom Telesco spoke confidently about the Chargers offseason activities, including discussions that have taken place between the Bolts and several players, including veteran Antonio Gates and cornerback Jason Verrett. Shaping the roster for 2019 is the key to another successful season.Los Angeles Chargers: Creatinbg the team's offensive Mount Rushmore - Travis WakemanSo who were the four best offensive players in Chargers history? Which four faces would fans be able to go and visit as a tourist attraction, like those who go to the Black Hills of South Dakota? Of course, in Los Angeles, the faces of these players would have to go above the big Hollywood sign or their names would have to be added to the Walk of Fame, but you get the picture.Fantasy football stats: Los Angeles Chargers best of the last decade - Daniel KelleyAllen’s career: Great rookie season in 2013, injury-plagued 2014 Jahleel Addae Color Rush Jersey , injury-plagued-er 2015, injury plagued-er-er 2016. People were losing hope for the extremely talented receiver. Which is why his return to prominence in 2017 was that much more exciting than a mere good season. He topped 100 receptions, played all 16 games, won Comeback Player of the Year. And he brought it back in 2018 with a season that was almost as good. We can retire the “injury-prone” moniker and just look at Allen as one of the league’s elite.'Hell of a dunk,' but Anthony Lynn suggests Derwin James skip hoops - Eric D. Williams"That was a hell of a dunk, wasn't it?" Lynn said jokingly. "I just saw that yesterday, so I haven't had a chance to talk to him yet, but we'll save some of those during the season."Free Agent & NFL Draft Needs for All 32 Teams - Mike TagliereIn case you’ve missed it, the Chargers desperately need defensive tackles. Not only were three of their top five tackles hitting free agency Russell Okung Color Rush Jersey , but they declined the option in Corey Liuget‘s contract, leaving them with essentially zero starters. They’ll be addressing the position in the draft, and it’s a good one to do that, as it’s a very deep draft class full of defensive tackles. Denzel Perryman and Kyle Emanuel are also hitting free agency, so inside linebacker is another obvious need.Social Media Information:BFTB Facebook Page: Click here to like our pageBFTB Twitter: Follow @BFTB_ChargersThe Lightning Round Twitter: Follow @Lightning_RoundThe Lightning Round Facebook: Click here to like our pageBFTB Manager: Richard Wade: Follow @RichardWade Another week in the books, another week of jostling for position among the NFL’s elite teams. There was some good news for the Chargers this week: The Steelers lost (showing that they might just be mortal next week). The bad news is that they lost to the Broncos, who the Chargers must face again and theoretically are still vying for a playoff spot against.But this is the POWER RANKINGS! We don’t need to concern ourselves with playoff odds or other nuances. In fact, theoretically, the top 4 in a Power Rankings poll could indeed be the four best teams in the league Junior Seau Color Rush Jersey , but only 3 of them would make the postseason (they would have to all be from the same division, or reaaaally deep in tiebreaker minutiae).Let’s get to the roundup, shall we?ESPN1. New Orleans Saints2. Los Angeles Rams3. Kansas City Chiefs4. New England Patriots5. Los Angeles Chargers6. Chicago Bears7. Pittsburgh Steelers8. Houston Texans9. Minnesota Vikings10. Seattle SeahawksNFL.com1. New Orleans Saints2. Los Angeles Rams3. Kansas City Chiefs4. New England Patriots5. Los Angeles Chargers6. Pittsburgh Steelers7. Chicago Bears8. Houston Texans9. Minnesota Vikings10. Seattle SeahawksSB Nation1. 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Chicago Bears8. Minnesota Vikings9. Baltimore Ravens10. Seattle SeahawksSports.Yahoo.com1. New Orleans Saints2. Los Angeles Rams3. Kansas City Chiefs4.New England Patriots5. Pittsburgh Steelers6. Chicago Bears7. Los Angeles Chargers 8. Houston Texans9. Minnesota Vikings10. Dallas CowboysWeek 13 Stats:Average Rating: 6.5Most Common Rating: 6.0Philip Rivers’ Completion %: 96.6Week 12 Average Chargers win margin: 5.3Week 13 Average Chargers win margin: 8.0Average Holiday Season Spending Per Person:$1,007.24 (2018)Sometimes it’s very good to overdo things.Very, very good.-Jason “Canton Bound” Michaels

More than three years after launching its women's-only boutique Cheap Nike Air , Nordstrom and Nike are joining forces yet again — this time for the opening of its new men's concept shop.Created by the retailer's VP of creative projects, Olivia Kim, the store — housed in New York City's Nordstrom outpost — will boast re-releases of the athletic giant's most quintessential sneakers, such as the React Element 87, the Air Max 2 Light "Atmos" and the Blazer Mid '77. It becomes the sixth Nordstrom x Nike sneaker boutique to open, following in the heels of the five existing women's shops.Each month, the location will rotate its selection of limited-edition pieces and will also offer three-hour, same-day delivery and 24/7 buy online Cheap Nike Free , pick up in store services. (Personal styling, shoe fitting and sneaker cleaning are also available at the department store.)"This is not another fitness-only shop or straight sneaker destination," Kim said in a statement. "We hope that this is a place where men come to discover unexpected product, find inspiration and take their personal style to the next level."Just in time for its opening, FN chats with the Nordstrom executive about her latest retail endeavor and shares a sneak peek of the new store.Footwear News: What can we expect from the men’s store? Why does this undertaking come three years after that of women’s?Olivia Kim: “It’s about a test and learn. We wanted to see how our customer would respond, we started from a place from women’s and understanding there was a need — and selfishly because I wanted a place where we could have Nike mixed in with clothes. I basically only wear sneakers ever. And from the men’s one coming three years later especially here in New York — we wanted to launch with New York, New York being a huge moment for us. It’s been a work in progress.”What are you most excited about in the launch of this concept shop?“I’m excited for our customers to see Nike from a different perspective, in an environment that feels very quintessentially us but also very them. I think there’s minor details and little surprises and things like we started from a very menswear place thinking about a traditional toile print but when you look at it closely it’s got little Swooshes in it , there’s little basketballs and elements of the city. I’m excited about the partnership with Max Lamb, the artist who helped us design some of the fixtures that are rooted in running track, inspired by running track and elements of the city. We have a partnership with RTH based out of L.A. and we also have a partnership with a creative agency to do the publications, all the ‘zines are by Dashwood and I like the mixing of all of those pieces to create an environment that I hope customers will hang out in and enjoy, try on shoes, try on clothes, but more so thinking about it in a different way.”You launched the women’s boutique more than three years ago. How have the stores performed?“They’ve been incredible. I think there have been a lot of learnings. When we started the first one it was really about test and learn, let’s put this out there , let’s see how a customer responds to it, let’s see what we could be doing and activating in the space, and they’ve been really successful which has led to us trying more of them and also ultimately putting a concept for men’s together.”What were you looking to accomplish with the women’s boutique? 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Here's a crazy thought: The Houston Texans with home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.Yep Tre'Quan Smith Jersey Stitched , the team that began the season 0-3 just might sneak past the Chiefs and Patriots and claim that coveted spot.The Texans have won nine in a row. They've done so in all sorts of ways, from strong defense to opportunistic offense to solid special teams to superb coaching.On Sunday, they face Indianapolis (6-6) and can pretty much knock the Colts out of postseason contention with a win.Indianapolis has won three of the past four against the Texans in a series in which the past eight games were decided by seven or fewer points.Should Houston get by the Colts, the remainder of the schedule has visits to the Jets and Eagles and a home finale against Jacksonville. Considering that two-month string of wins, why can't the Texans run the table?"It's a small accomplishment," says defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, who has justified being the top overall pick in the 2014 draft. "We still haven't even won the division with winning nine in a row, we have no playoff spot, nothing right now locked up."So, it's a small accomplishment, but hopefully it will lead to bigger things for us. We're playing for much more than just the division right now. We're trying to play for first, second, third seed, whoever is ahead of us right now."That would be Kansas City (10-2) and New England (also 9-3). Both have a more testing December."I think it's when you start to look ahead, or you start to get overly excited about accomplishments that, not don't mean anything, but winning nine in a row, winning a division, you take things one day at a time," J.J. Watt adds."I think that's the biggest mentality I've taken away from it all is just control what you can control. If you try to start controlling things that you can't control, then you can get in trouble.The weekend began with Thursday night with Tennessee's 30-9 home victory over Jacksonville.Derrick Henry sped and stiff-armed his way to a record-tying 99-yard touchdown run for Tennessee (7-6). Henry tied Tony Dorsett's 99-yarder on Jan. 3, 1983, for Dallas against Minnesota for the longest TD run in NFL history. Henry set a franchise record with 238 yards on just 16 carries, topping the previous mark of 228 yards set by Chris Johnson in 2009 against yes, the Jaguars. Henry finished with a career-high four TDs, tying Lorenzo White and Hall of Fame running back Earl Campbell for most rushing TDs in a single game in franchise history.Jacksonville dropped to 4-9.New Orleans (10-2) at Tampa Bay (5-7)The Saints take the NFC South with a win or a Carolina loss. They're eager to get back on the field after their worst performance of 2018, a Thursday night loss at Dallas in which they were overwhelmed by the Cowboys' defense.Tampa Bay Youth Rick Leonard Jersey , which has gained more yards on offense than anyone 鈥?yes, even New Orleans 鈥?won the first meeting to open the season. Then the Saints won their next 10 games.Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston has not turned over the ball since regaining the starting job two weeks ago. In the past three games, one in relief, Winston has completed 61 of 84 (72.6 percent) with six touchdowns and one interception for a 119.1 rating.Los Angeles Rams (11-1) at Chicago (8-4)The Rams already own the NFC West title. They earn a first-round playoff bye by beating the Bears.This is an intriguing matchup, LA's second-ranked offense against Chicago's No. 4 defense. The Bears are second stingiest against the run, and the Rams' Todd Gurley leads the NFL in both yards rushing (1,175) and yards from scrimmage (1,649). Chicago's defense leads the NFL with 21 interceptions and will test Jared Goff.Chicago hopes to have regular quarterback Mitchell Trubisky back from a shoulder injury that cost him two games. He'll need to watch for Rams DT Aaron Donald, making a strong statement for a second straight NFL Defensive Player of the Year award. He tops the NFL with 16陆 sacks, has at least two in three straight games.New England (9-3) at Miami (6-6)A Patriots win 鈥?this is one place they don't like, having lost four of the past five at Miami 鈥?means yet another AFC East crown, 10 in a row. Tom Brady has won 12 of his past 13 starts within the division. He's also ready to establish another NFL record: Brady has 579 career TD passes, including postseason, tied with Peyton Manning for the most.New England also has found a rushing defense, not allowing a 100-yard gainer since Week 3.Miami has been outgained by 1,168 yards and is on pace to break the 1967 team record yet is in wild-card contention. The Dolphins do rank third with 25 takeaways.Baltimore (7-5) at Kansas City (10-2)Cincinnati (5-7) at Los Angeles Chargers (9-3)Pittsburgh (7-4-1) at Oakland (2-10)Two AFC division races involved here.The Ravens have crept within a half-game of the Steelers in the North, but they have a massive challenge at KC while Pittsburgh shouldn't struggle much at lowly Oakland.Beating the high-powered Chiefs at Arrowhead calls for a monstrous defensive showing, and Baltimore has the top-ranked D. It also has a clock-killing run game with rookie Lamar Jackson at QB: The Ravens have had at least 200 yards rushing in three straight weeks.Still, Kansas City is 5-0 at home and leads the league in scoring at 37 points a game. Patrick Mahomes has a league-leading 41 TD passes and 43 throws of 25-plus yards.Kansas City, which gets a playoff berth with a win, can't afford a stumble with the Chargers one game back; they meet next Thursday night. With Cincinnati in a rugged, injury-caused slump, LA could romp Sunday.The Chargers have a few complicated ways of getting at least a wild card this week. Philip Rivers has thrown two or more TDs in each of his first 12 games, tied for the third-longest streak to begin a season in NFL history.Rivers has 10 TDs and six INTs in six games against the Bengals, who have won four straight meetings in the regular season.The Raiders have won the past three home games in this series since losing in 1995 and the Steelers are 3-8 all time in Oakland. Still, unless they hand things to the Raiders, they should win even without standout RB James Conner (ankle).Minnesota (6-5-1) at Seattle (7-5) Rick Leonard Jersey Stitched , Monday nightWhoever emerges here has an inside track to a wild-card berth, though the Vikings still think they can grab the NFC North title.Seattle is exceptional in prime time: 24-5-1 since 2010. Russell Wilson has 29 touchdown passes and five interceptions through 12 games. He has thrown at least two touchdowns in eight straight outings and has 16 touchdowns and two interceptions in Monday night games. Plus, the Seahawks are leading the NFL averaging 148.8 yards per game rushing.But Seattle has been inconsistent defending the pass, and Kirk Cousins tops the league with 350 completions. Adam Thielen leads the NFL with 98 catches, is second in yards with 1,166, and tied for fifth in TDs with nine. Thielen and Stefon Diggs are the only pair of teammates in the NFC with 80 or more receptions.Philadelphia (6-6) at Dallas (7-5)A Cowboys victory gives them control of the NFC East; they won at Philly earlier this season. Dallas has won four straight and comes off that impressive victory against the Saints, followed by a nice rest.Eagles TE Zach Ertz has already established a single-season franchise record with 93 receptions He's 18 away from breaking Jason Witten's NFL record for TEs.New York Giants (4-8) at Washington (6-6)Remember Mark Sanchez? He's now the Redskins' starter with both Alex Smith and Colt McCoy out with broken legs. It's his first start since 2015, and the Redskins are a banged-up bunch everywhere.New York, which lost star safety Landon Collins (shoulder) for the rest of the season, has won three of four since its bye. RB Saquon Barkley and WR Odell Beckham Jr., are having big years despite a leaky offensive line.Atlanta (4-8) at Green Bay (4-7-1)Most interesting storyline is Joe Philbin taking over as Packers coach and calling plays for the first time in his pro career. Aaron Rodgers has thrown a franchise-record 336 attempts without an interception, trailing only Brady (358 in 2010-11) for the longest such stretch in league history.Linebacker Deion Jones had a career-high 15 tackles and one sack last week, returning after missing 10 games while injured. But the Atlanta defense is 31st against third downs (51 percent).Denver (6-6) at San Francisco (2-10)The Broncos have awakened with three consecutive victories. But they have one road win in the past 30 seasons vs. the 49ers. They lost top wideout Emmanuel Sanders in practice this week with a torn Achilles tendon.San Francisco's five takeaways are the fewest through 12 games since at least 1940. The previous low was seven for Jacksonville in 2016.Carolina (6-6) at Cleveland (4-7-1)A four-game slide has seriously endangered the Panthers' playoff chances. Their passing game has struggled and now Cam Newton has a sore right shoulder. He was picked off four times last week.But they're averaging 140.8 rushing yards per game, only behind Seattle's 148.8.Coach Ron Rivera fired D-line coach Brady Hoke and assistant secondary/cornerbacks coach Jeff Imamura.Top overall draft pick Baker Mayfield threw three interceptions in the first half in a loss at Houston to dampen some of the enthusiasm in Cleveland. The Browns lead the AFC with 27 takeaways.New York Jets (3-9) at Buffalo (4-8)It looks as if Sam Darnold is recovered from his strained right foot, setting up a matchup with fellow first-round selection Josh Allen among rookie QB prospects.Darnold has a 3-6 record and has thrown a league-high 14 interceptions. Allen has 391 yards passing, three TDs and two interceptions, and 234 yards rushing and a TD in his past two games since missing four with a sprained right throwing elbow.Detroit (4-8) at Arizona (3-9)The Lions have lost eight straight at Arizona, their last win coming in 1993. Plus, Detroit is 0-3 against the NFC West this season.Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald needs one catch to move ahead of Jerry Rice for the most receptions for one team in NFL history. Fitzgerald needs one TD catch to match Antonio Gates for sixth on the career list. Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore said he's heard the term "sophomore slump" applied to him early this season.The 2017 Defensive Rookie of the Year sounds certain his critics will have to eat those words as the season wears on.But he also agrees the numbers haven't been pretty for New Orleans' pass defense the past few weeks, and as one of the stars of the secondary, he has to answer for that."We've been doing some stuff out of character," said Lattimore, referring specifically to mistakes in technique and ineffective communication among defensive backs."We've just got to get on the same page and do certain things, like, together. And once we figure that out, we're going to get it right. But it's just got to start with playing with more swag. That eliminates everything. Playing with that confidence and going out there and getting it done."New Orleans Youth Marshon Lattimore Jersey , which visits the New York Giants this week, ranks 30th against the pass, allowing 336.7 yards passing per game.Even more concerning to Saints coach Sean Payton is that the Saints rank last in the NFL in yards allowed per pass attempt, a result of some of the deep passes they've given up in all three games.There were touchdowns passes of 58 yards to Tampa Bay's DeSean Jackson and 50 yards to Mike Evans in the opener; Tyrod Taylor's 47-yard, game-tying touchdown to Antonio Callaway in the final minutes of a Week 2 matchup with Cleveland that the Saints ultimately pulled out; and a 75-yard scoring pass to Atlanta's Calvin Ridley in Week 3.And those are just the scoring plays. Other deep throws produced big gains either on catches or pass interference penalties.Altogether, the Saints have yielded 45 or more yards on six different pass plays — one of them due to pass interference called on cornerback Ken Crawley."If there's only two things happening — a pass interference or completion — and there's no interception opportunity, then teams are going to take multiple (deep) shots more and more and more," Payton said this week. "I don't like the fact that we've had one takeaway after three games."There are a handful of things that need improvement fast."Saints defensive backs took no issue with Payton's criticism."It ain't like he's not telling the truth," Lattimore said. "They see they can go deep and get a positive play out of it. I'd do the same thing playing us. But we're going to turn it around. We're going to get it right. I'm not really worried about that."Safety Vonn Bell said he saw Payton's expressions of concern as motivational."We've got to change that — stop the deep balls, keep everything in front, make them throw the check-downs and get off the field," Bell said."And we've got to change that on the back end. Challenge accepted. Go out there, step up to the challenge and my cat don't catch it. That's all you got to do and we've got each other's back."And the improvement will have to come without top nickel back Patrick Robinson, a veteran acquired from Philadelphia in free agency who was placed on injured reserve after injuring his ankle last week.Giants veteran quarterback Eli Manning sounded hesitant to read too much into the small sample size of failure New Orleans' secondary has put on video during the season's opening three weeks — particularly because New Orleans has gone up against elite receivers such as Evans, Jackson and Atlanta's Julio Jones, not to mention Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan."They've just gone against a couple of high-powered offenses that have good receivers and guys have won some battles," Manning said."They do a lot of different looks on defense, so we have got to be prepared for all of them and make sure we can hold up and hopefully give our guys some opportunities to win those one-on-one battles."The Giants present the Saints with the challenge of covering another elite receiver — one who is all too well known in his native New Orleans. That would be Odell Beckham Jr., who went to the same high school as the Mannings before starring at LSU, and who had nine catches for 109 yards in New York's victory over Houston last week."Got to bang him up. Got to hit him. Got to get him frustrated, get him out of his game," Bell said.If the Saints can't slow down Beckham, expect Manning to be the latest to try his hand at the deep ball against the Saints.Notes: Saints rookie defensive end Marcus Davenport (hip) and linebacker Manti Teo (knee) both missed practice on Thursday. Left guard Andrus Peat was limited by his sore ankle.

The NFL's Super Bowl ticketing policies will be put under a microscope this week when New Jersey's Supreme Court considers claims that the league violated state consumer fraud laws leading up to the 2014 game at MetLife Stadium.If Josh Finkelman's challenge succeeds and the case ultimately prevails as a class action Youth Dak Prescott Jersey , the NFL could be liable for millions in damages to him and other ticketholders, his attorney said."He was forced to pay thousands of dollars a ticket where the face value is $800," Bruce Nagel said. "People were paying five to 10 times the face value of the tickets. That's not right."Finkelman's lawsuit, filed in the weeks after Super Bowl XLVIII, cuts to the core of an issue that has bedeviled sports fans for decades: the league's practice of releasing roughly 1 percent of available tickets through a lottery, with the rest going to the teams, sponsors and other insiders.Finkelman claims the practice violates a New Jersey law 鈥?since repealed 鈥?that required 95 percent of tickets to be made available to the public.His suit was dismissed twice by a U.S. District judge sitting in New Jersey who said Finkelman hadn't demonstrated the NFL's policies had caused him economic harm, partly since he hadn't entered the lottery.But after Finkelman refiled the suit, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia ruled last December that the suit could go forward and directed New Jersey's Supreme Court to hear arguments on the applicability of the state law. Those arguments are scheduled for Thursday morning.Finkelman "has overcome a very significant hurdle in that he's shown his legal standing to sue, meaning he's shown a cognizable injury Dak Prescott Jersey Stitched ," said Daniel Wallach, a Miami-based attorney specializing in sports industry law. "But he now has a second obstacle that must be overcome."In his amended suit, Finkelman cited research by University of San Francisco sports economist Daniel Rascher alleging that insiders are more likely to re-sell tickets through brokers, who are more likely to charge higher prices than fans would charge to other fans. The NFL prohibits fans who win tickets through a lottery from re-selling tickets.If more tickets were available to the public, the suit contends, the prices on the secondary market would be lower.The NFL called Rascher's theories speculative and wrote in a court filing that "there is simply no way of knowing whether the people and entities to whom the NFL distributed tickets to Super Bowl XLVIII were any less likely to sell their tickets on the secondary market than members of the general public would have been."An NFL spokesman didn't return a message seeking comment Wednesday.According to Nagel, 95 percent of the roughly 82,000 tickets to the game could be subject to damages calculated by the difference between their face value and what the secondary market charged. That potential figure, well into the tens of millions, would be trebled under rules governing class actions Youth Amari Cooper Jersey , he said.More hurdles await Finkelman if the state Supreme Court sides with him, however.He would have to persuade a federal judge to grant class-action status, and survive additional motions by the NFL to throw the case out. Then he would have to prevail in front of a jury, unless the league opts to settle out of court."To use a football phrase, the game is barely in the middle of the first quarter, and the NFL remains a prohibitive favorite," Wallach said. Derrick Henry possibly is running out of time with the Tennessee Titans.The 2015 Heisman Trophy winner talked a month ago about needing to run better and be more physical. Three games later, nothing much has changed 鈥?for now. Henry is still the starter, though Dion Lewis is making a case for that spot. It's Lewis who is coming off the best rushing game this season by a Tennessee running back."We all know, you guys all know Amari Cooper Jersey Stitched , if you're inconsistent in this league, they'll find somebody to replace you," Henry said. "So I feel like the biggest thing is just being consistent during everything that I do. Being efficient, finishing runs, being physical, running hard. Like I said, I stood in front of y'all and said all those things, but I don't feel like I've done those things."Henry is in his third season after being the Titans' third pick in the 2016 draft out of Alabama. Lewis is the free agent general manager Jon Robinson signed in March to a four-year deal.During the Titans' bye last week, Henry studied each of those 84 carries and evaluated himself. He found plenty he can do better by running like the 6-foot-3, 247-pound back he is. Henry is averaging a career-worst 3.3 yards per carry. Lewis leads Tennessee in rushing with 277 yards 鈥?4 more than Henry who's had 11 more carries this season.The Titans (3-4) need an improved running game having lost three straight Youth Demarcus Lawrence Jersey , and they rank 19th in the NFL averaging only 107.9 yards rushing per game. They had a season-high 164 yards rushing Oct. 21 in London, and Lewis was a big key running for a season-high 91 yards. Lewis finished with a career-best 155 yards from scrimmage.Asked about Henry, Titans coach Mike Vrabel said they have to find ways to clean up mistakes across the offense that have cost yards. That includes finishing runs better."There are times if you look at yourself and say, 'Man, I could have done a better job.' I think that's what Derrick is doing," Vrabel said. "I appreciate that mentality from him. He can do more and we all can do more."Tennessee signed fullback Jalston Fowler on Monday to add another blocker to the offensive mix. The Titans visit Dallas (3-4) and know the Cowboys will be running the ball with Ezekiel Elliott who's second in the NFL with 619 yards rushing. That makes getting the run game working better crucial against a Dallas defense ranked third in fewest yards allowed and ninth against the run, giving up 96.3 yards per game.Offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur said the Titans' coaches and players still have plenty of confidence in Henry. But Henry has to make the most of his opportunities with the ball."He's a big back, and any time you're a big back, you want to make sure you're finishing runs," LaFleur said. "He's done a pretty good job of that. We've just got to get him going. We've got to get him going Demarcus Lawrence Jersey Stitched , and I think it's a matter of time before we're able to do it. But really it takes everybody. It's not just Derrick. It takes all 11."Notes: Both starting guards practiced fully Friday, including RG Josh Kline (ankle) who was limited Thursday. WR Corey Davis (hamstring) was limited for a second straight day. S Kenny Vaccaro, who has missed the past three games with an elbow injury, practiced fully for a second straight day.Follow Teresa M. Walker at teresamwalker

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