The Cleveland Womens Kolton Miller Jersey Browns have made a lot of improvements this offseason, with new coaching assistants and an almost totally revamped roster featuring new starting QB Tyrod Taylor, #1 overall draft pick Baker Mayfield, RB Carlos Hyde and rookie RB Nick Chubb as well as WR Jarvis Landry and returning WR Josh Gordon. They have a far more talented roster now than at any time since the days of Bernie Kosar, and the public is telling Vegas that they are buying in.This doesn’t mean that the most money is being put on the Browns, it means that the highest amount of people are betting on the Browns to win their division. And why not? The other three teams in it are pretty overrated in my view. But this Tweet would seem to imply that it’s the Raiders who have the largest number of bets to win the AFC, at least at Caesar’s Palace. How is that possible? Let’s take a look at the current odds to win the AFC.The Browns are at +3500, the Steelers are at +500 and the Raiders are at +1800. The favorites are, of course, the Patriots at +250. I cannot fathom taking a Steelers team with a creaky defense at +500, that’s a sucker bet. The Browns might win their division http://www.oaklandraidersteamonline.com/reggie-nelson-jersey , but they will never win a playoff game with Hue Jackson as their head coach.But the Raiders? At +1800? That right there is worth plunking down fifty bucks. The Raiders have a far better roster with a vastly superior coaching staff now than when they made the playoffs in 2016, and if Jon Gruden’s smash mouth style and Paul Guenther’s blitz-happy defense work as planned, there’s no reason the Raiders can’t win the AFC this year. At those odds, it makes sense that the public is taking that bet. Hello from lovely London town. It’s great to be back. The business of covering the Raiders match-up is at hand, but really it is a good excuse to once again explore this amazing city. That’s a luxury I have. The Raiders on the other hand, have far more serious business on which to focus – getting a win.The last time the Raiders traveled to London was 2014. Current high paid veteran starters Derek Carr and Gabe Jackson were rookies then. And they came to Wembley winless at 0-3 on the season. Carr was desperate for his first win as a pro quarterback. He wouldn’t get that win. Carr would leave the game with an injury, replaced by Matt McGloin and the Raiders would lose to the Dolphins to fall to 0-4. Immediately after the game, third year head coach Dennis Allen would be fired, replaced by interim head coach Tony Sparano (RIP) and the team would go on to lose six more before Carr would get that coveted first victory.Carr is now a fifth-year quarterback. He and the Raiders are back at Wembley today, preparing for their sixth game of the season and once again desperate to put a win on the board.This time they aren’t winless, but they aren’t far off. They lost their first three games just as in 2014, then they pulled out a win in overtime against the Browns before failing in spectacular fashion to the Chargers in LA and now sit at 1-4. Derek Carr is feeling the pressure to put a winning product on the field.“It means a lot. Just to have a win. Especially when you have a bye week. It’s always good to win on a bye week http://www.oaklandraidersteamonline.com/seth-roberts-jersey , make the corrections and then you feel the momentum of ‘hey, we won the last game, let’s take it over and carry it over to this one,” said Derek Carr. “We know as a team we’re in a spot where we need to win. We need to win this game and our sole focus on the plane ride over, our sole focus all week is whatever it takes, let’s just win this game. Just like it is every week, but I think that heightened sense of urgency has been good for our young guys, it’s been good for our team.”While Carr is approaching this with a sense of urgency, his veteran receiver is taking a page out of his former All Pro quarterback’s book, in saying R-E-L-A-X. “I think if you’ve been in this league long enough you’re going to experience the ups and downs, the highs and lows,” said Jordy Nelson. “if it’s anything in the middle of the season going through a four game losing streak which I experienced a couple years ago Womens Donald Penn Jersey , you know there’s no reason to panic, there’s no reason to change everything you’re doing, you got to trust in what you do and you got to stay true to what’s going on and you just got to work. And eventually it will turn. That’s what happened then, and I think that’s what will eventually happen here. You just got to continue on that grind, continue to put in the time and the effort and stay positive, stay focused and just keep it week by week.”With all due respect to Jordy, that Packers team wasn’t going through a re-build. They had a rough patch and they had Aaron Rodgers. No offense to Derek Carr, but he ain’t ARod.Jordy is right that panicking won’t help matters. But simply staying the course and expecing things will turn around is for proven teams. This squad is cobbled together and trying to find its identity. They’ve been in desperation mode for several weeks now. That continues Sunday at Wembley.Follow @LeviDamien
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Here are our picks on all of Sunday's games. The Battle of the Bay more resembled a massacre.The Raiders were on the losing end of a poor all-around team effort. San Francisco is not a good team. The Raiders are just that bad at this point. The team’s issues start at the top and the coaching staff bears most of the blame.But the players simply aren’t making plays either.The following clips show how the Raider’s lack of scheme, poor coaching, and lack of playmakers contributed to an embarrassing loss last week on Thursday Night Football.Out-schemedThe 49ers come out to start their first drive in 21 Personnel (2 Backs, 1 TE).So the Raiders respond by fielding base personnel which is their standard 4-3 defense.The 49ers do a great job of creating mismatches here by aligning in an empty formation.The widest receivers are actually a FB on the bottom of the screen and a RB at the top of the screen with Raiders cornerbacks in coverage.That means the defenders left to cover the slot WRs are the Linebackers.Raider LB Tahir Whitehead gets isolated on Marquis Goodwin who literally has world class speed, qualifying for the Olympics in track and field.That’s the truest definition of a “mismatch” and Whitehead has no answer for the out route making for an easy throw and catch.On the offensive side of the ball, the Raider’s attempted to keep the ball on the ground and establish a run game.The play above shows a standard zone play where the backside DE is left unblocked.The only problem here is the 49ers defender doesn’t honor the bootleg and makes the tackle.This is fine because that means the offense will run an actual bootleg to freeze the backside end and keep him honest right?This makes the “out-schemed” list because the Raiders never took advantage of the aggressive backside pursuit from the 49ers defense.Derek Carr only attempted 1 pass from under center for the rest of the game and it wasn’t even a bootleg.Multiple times throughout the game the unblocked player made a play on the ball carrier from across the formation. In this case the offense left plays on the field and never capitalized on the defenses tendencies.Out-coachedNick Mullens had a great game in his first NFL start but don’t add him to your fantasy team just yet. A high school QB could make this TD pass in the play above.Daryl Worley is in man coverage, we know this because he travels across the formation to line up over Pierre Gar莽on in the slot on the bottom of the screen.Man coverage means a defender has no run responsibility and simply needs to shadow the WR wherever he goes. In this case however Worley keys run and let’s Gar莽on run wide open for a score.Safeties Reggie Nelson and Marcus Gilchrist both completely bite on the play-action which is rare to see in the NFL.Likely one of these guys was wrong and should have been a deep defender to help out with Gar莽on.In this case the play call was probably fine but the discipline from the defenders was abysmal.Discipline comes straight from the coaching staff and Guenther once again is not getting much out of his players.Guenther being out-coached has become a theme in 2018.Guenther’s base zone call this season has been Cover 2.This means 2 deep safeties back pedal on the numbers and defend any vertical throws.Meanwhile the remaining 5 defenders in coverage cover underneath.Guenther has used different types of Cover 2 this year included the famous Tampa 2 coverage where one of those linebackers has a deep zone to defend against plays like this one above.But the Raiders are clearly not playing Tampa 2 because the middle of the field is wide open.Notice Leon Hall over the slot at the bottom of the screen.He and the linebackers bite on the play-action (again) and are nowhere to be found when Nick Mullens drops back to find a receiver.Also notice Gareon Conley at the very bottom of the screen.His responsibility in this coverage is to get a re-route on the WR by “catching” him at 5 yards and funneling him inside.Then he needs to either help in the flat or cushion the deep throw.But Conley not only fails to get physical with the WR, he also just keeps running backwards and covers some grass while the WRs break to the middle of the field.When players don’t execute coverage that’s not bad scheme that’s bad coaching.Out-playedOf course the failings on the team doesn’t completely fall on the coaches. Sometimes the players need to make plays.On this shotgun pass Frostee Rucker Jersey , Carr is unable to get enough time for his routes to develop downfield before he get body slammed by two defenders.Left tackle Kolton Miller simply fails to anchor and gets driven back into his QB.Meanwhile Right guard Gabe Jackson is late to pick-up a routine T-E twist and is a bad position to pick up the DE stunting inside.Sure you can point the fingers at the coaching staff but the offensive line can’t make these plays look so hard to execute.The 49ers weren’t getting much success from their pass rush prior to this game but they dominated the Raiders pass protection.Once again the 49ers defense checks into an empty formation out of 21 Personnel.But unlike the first play the Raiders are in a cover 3 defense which means they have a single safety in the middle of the field.Tahir Whitehead is in coverage on this throw, so you already know he gives up a catch.The linebacker continues to earn the praise of his coaches and Gruden even thinks he’s “one heck of a linebacker.” But the fact is Whitehead hasn’t made a single play all year against the pass and once again he’s beat for a catch.But the worst part of this play is Erik Harris completely missing the tackle on the 49ers TE Greg Kittle.Paul Guenther has been on record saying “an NFL safety should make that play.” So by that token the only sure tackling NFL safety on the roster is Karl Joseph who gets the least reps out of the safety group. ConclusionThe Raiders dropped the ball in every phase of the game.Offense, defense, and special teams were sub-par including Punter Johnny Townsend’s terrible outing including 2 punts of less than 25 yards.The offensive line is playing at its worst in a long time.Injuries are part of the problem but its been well documented Tom Cable’s offensive line units have underperformed in every stop he’s had in the last 10 years.There are an extreme absence of playmakers on the defense.Pass rush, pass coverage, run stopping has been all around atrocious and it doesn’t look like it will get better any time soon.
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he hit the game-winner tohttp://www.falconsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-alex-mack-jersey beat the Minnesota Timberwolves. Only, Chandler’s game-winner wasn’t a dunk. It wasn’t even a basket, or a play that resulted in one. Instead, it was a typical moment the veteran big man has repeated time and time again across his career.The Lakers held a one-point lead with just a minute remaining, but the Wolves had surged back thanks to an unconscious three-point shooting night from Derrick Rose. At that point, Rose was 7-of-8 from three and had scored Minnesota’s last nine points. If he got the ball back on the next possession, all the momentum in the world was in his favor.But when LeBron James chucked up and clanked a three off the rim with around 46 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Chandler came to the rescue. He tapped the rebound into the back court, giving the Lakers a fresh 14 seconds on the shot clock.James took time off the clock, then drove the lane to create an open look for Kyle Kuzma. When Kuzma missed his three Mohamed Sanu Jersey , Chandler was too much of a handful for Rose and Andrew Wiggins to contain on the glass. They had two choices: allow him to grab the offensive rebound, or knock it away from him out of bounds. They chose the latter. Lakers’ ball, with another fresh 14 seconds.On Los Angeles’ final possession, James hoisted up and missed yet another three-pointer. But Chandler got away with mauling Karl-Anthony Towns, then tapped the ball back out to the three-point line for his teammates to recover.Chandler created three additional possessions in the final minute of the game, turning a 24-second shot clock into almost 50 seconds. That left Minnesota just nine ticks when they should have had an entire possession, maybe two, to win the game.Look at how pumped Chandler was to secure a win for his team. This is a man who knows his value, and he doesn’t need to score to validate it.This is exactly what the doctor orderedJaVale McGee has been outstanding early in the season, but the Lakers didn’t have another legitimate center on the roster after him. We’d see Los Angeles run small lineups with James at the center. That’s not where you want James Authentic Ryan Schraeder Jersey , even if he has the size, strength, speed, and athleticism to play any position on the floor.That’s no longer necessary now that Chandler is around. In addition to allowing the Lakers to play 48 minutes with a big man on the floor, Chandler also provides several intangibles.LeBron James has risen above winningRead the rest of Tom Ziller’s essay here.In landing Chandler, Los Angeles gets a culture-setter that was being wasted on a woeful Suns team. You’re not going to be on the floor loafing on defense if this guy’s around. Los Angeles is getting a rebounding machine. Chandler grabbed nine rebounds in 23 minutes against the Timberwolves, and five of them came on the offensive glass.Of course, the Lakers are also getting a rim protector. One of their biggest needs early into the season had been interior defense — Los Angeles is second to only Phoenix in opponent points in the paint per game. That projects to change with a motivated Chandler patrolling the middle.And Los Angeles is getting one of the best low-post defenders available in the league. Back-to-the-basket scorers have become somewhat of a pariah, but Chandler’s presence neutralized Towns on the block, and his gifts will be helpful against Western Conference foes like Nikola Jokic Youth Austin Hooper Jersey , Jusuf Nurkic, LaMarcus Aldridge, Clint Capela, and DeMarcus Cousins (when he returns).Chandler is also another veteran, adding to James and Rajon Rondo as the elder statesmen in this young Lakers’ locker room. He’s a different voice for those young guys, too. And of course, he’s a champion. Chandler was integral in Mavericks’ 2011 title run. He helped beat James’ Miami Heat, and defeating James in any setting is no easy task.The Lakers still have other problems to sort out. They could use more offensive production out of the point guard slot, and Luke Walton’s player rotations can be more consistent. But Chandler projects to help Los Angeles in their two biggest weaknesses: defense and rebounding.He was a great pickup by Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka. In November 2008, Texas Tech beat Texas in Lubbock in one of the most memorable college football games of the century. The decisive play was a touchdown catch in the last minute by Michael Crabtree http://www.falconsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-vic-beasley-jersey , who caught a back-shoulder throw near the front right pylon of the end zone to the left of the stadium’s main broadcast camera: The story of that catch, as told by then-Tech QB Graham Harrell:Fast-forward to Saturday, and Texas beat Texas Tech in the last minute with the same play: And it was the same play: Harrell confirmed the ‘08 play was four verts for the Red Raiders. Texas receiver Lil’Jordan Humphrey could’ve gone out of bounds after making the catch, just needing a field goal, but instead he stayed in bounds and scored.Crabtree did the same: That ‘08 loss was devastating for UT. This one might not be quite as stinging for the Red Raiders, but it’ll still hurt like hell.
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With a 7-3 record http://www.authenticsatlantafalcons.com/cheap-andy-levitre-jersey , they’re still on pace to win the AFC East handily. But unlike years past, when this New England team loses, it spirals out of the stadium like an out-of-control oil rig, destroying the earth around it in a display of unwatchable football.That new tradition continued in Week 10, where the Pats cooked up their third double-digit loss of the season. The franchise had three such losses from 2015 to 2017 combined. And a big part of those struggles can be chalked up to a suddenly-mortal Tom Brady.In three losses this fall, Brady has completed just 57.8 percent of his passes for 621 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception. That shakes out to an 81.4 QB rating — the rough equivalent of what CJ Beathard had been doing in San Francisco before being replaced by the immortal Nick Mullens.Those are bad numbers in any year, but especially one where 14 different quarterbacks have a triple-digit rating. Brady should be thriving in an NFL where offense comes first. Instead, he seems to be backsliding at age 41. Which makes sense, but still seems impossible for Tom Brady, man who time forgot.Panic index: It’s Tom Brady. He won last year’s MVP at age 40. He also hung 340 yards on the Chiefs and threw for 294 yards the week prior to beat the Packers. Nothing is over until he says it is.The rich (Rams) get a little poorer The Rams became the first of the three remaining one-win teams to suffer a significant injury to their offense, losing wide receiver Cooper Kupp to a torn ACL last week. It’s a blow. Kupp was their leading receiver in 2017, and even though he’s only played eight of 10 games this year, he had already accumulated 566 yards and six touchdowns. Week 11 huddleDenny Medley-USA TODAY SportsOffense is all that matters. The power rankings prove it. Panic Index: Tom Brady doesn’t look like Tom BradyThe 5 most fireable NFL coaches after Week 10Week 11 picks: Experts are taking the Rams over the Chiefs this weekWhy did the NFL move the Chiefs vs. Rams game from Mexico City to L.A.?Worst call of the week: Where’s the consistency, refs?Did Le’Veon Bell change player holdouts forever?MVP watchlist: It’s Drew Brees’ award to losePatrick Mahomes returns to ‘Fortnite,’ only to get killed by someone in his jerseyWhen you’re scoring 33.5 points per game, every contribution matters, and Kupp was on pace to top his impressive rookie numbers from last year. Kupp did his best work in the slot for the Rams, where he took more than 75 percent of his snaps. He’s been quarterback Jared Goff’s safety valve in that offense, a reliable set of hands that Goff could count on when he needed him. Last season, Kupp had the fifth best rating of any NFL receiver on third and fourth downs, according to Pro Football Focus. This season, 25 percent of his catches have come on third downs, six of those on third downs with 6+ yards to go. With Brandin Cooks and Robert Woods as the No. 1 and No. 2 receivers and Todd Gurley in the backfield, it’s hard to look at this roster and see the Rams hurting too much. However, Sean McVay is going to have to find a way to fill Kupp’s role. Panic index: It should be fine. Josh Reynolds will get more work without Kupp Black Austin Hooper Jersey , and Woods will probably do more from the slot. On top of that, you can expect tight ends Tyler Higbee and Gerald Everett to fill some of the void, as Turf Show Times explains here. Where’s your luck now, Seahawks?For a few years, it seemed like a horseshoe had taken permanent residence up the Seahawks’ butt. Everything always seemed to go their way. (Well, except on the 1-yard line in Super Bowl 49, because if any team has been tighter with Lady Luck than the Seahawks, it’s the Patriots.)In 2012, it was the replacement refs giving them a touchdown on “Fail Mary.” Two seasons later, it was the onside kick in the NFC Championship, again against the poor Packers. The next year, it was the infamous illegal bat game. A couple months after that, then-Vikings kicker Blair Walsh missed what should’ve been a piece of cake field goal in the playoffs that sent the Seahawks to the next round. Even last year, in a season when they barely missed the playoffs, they found ways to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat, courtesy of Bill O’Brien ruining what turned out to be Deshaun Watson’s final game as a rookie.Now, it looks like their luck is starting to run out (or it transferred over to the Chargers in some form of karmic osmosis). The Seahawks are 4-5, and all five of their losses have come in one-score games:That includes Week 10’s 36-31 loss to the Rams, a team so good that they can clinch the division in Week 11. That was also the Seahawks’ second loss to the Rams this year. The first came by an even slimmer margin, 33-31. The Seahawks had a chance to pull it out Sunday — and even benefitted from the refs not calling Russell Wilson for intentional grounding — but Aaron Donald barreling toward Wilson was too much for Seattle to overcome. So for the second straight week, the Seahawks came up short at the end of the game — and they’re not a fan of it happening to them for a change. “I’ve been here for a while now, and we’ve had a lot of games where we’ve pulled it out, so to be on the opposite side, it sucks,” Bobby Wagner said after the game.Pete Carroll also thinks it’s strange, and if something fits the Pete Carroll definition of strange, then you know it must be:Panic index: The reason those Seahawks teams always managed to find ways to win wasn’t simply good fortune. It was because they were really http://www.authenticsatlantafalcons.com/cheap-mohamed-sanu-jersey , really good. Once the Seahawks got rid of almost their entire defense this offseason, it looked like they were headed for rebuilding mode.But this year’s team is better than it should be. They’re hanging with the Rams and Chargers — two of the best teams in the NFL right now. They just need to figure out how to close out games again. They have a few chances left to get a signature win, with games against the Panthers, Vikings, and Chiefs on the horizon. That’s a daunting slate to face, so even if things start coming together for the Seahawks, it might not be enough to make the playoffs this year. It’s not implausible, though; currently, there are only six NFC teams with winning records.For now, they just need to get over the hump. And if anything can get them back in luck’s good graces, it’s a date with their next opponent: the Packers.Jalen Ramsey wants out of JacksonvilleThe Jaguars have lost five straight and there’s pretty much nothing else that could be worse than that, right? Wrong! Now, the best, young player on the team, cornerback Jalen Ramsey, is posting cryptic tweets about an eventual departure from Jacksonville.A day later, he calmed things down by reminding everyone he said he wants to finish his career with the Jaguars:But his frustration has — according to at least a couple analysts — resulted in him freestyling and playing man coverage while the rest of the defense is playing zone. That could’ve been why the Jaguars’ usually strong pass defense was ripped to shreds by Andrew Luck in Week 10.Ramsey’s trash talk has been fun for Jacksonville for most of his time with the team, but it’s not quite as enjoyable for the Jaguars now that it’s blowing up in their face.Panic index: Ramsey going rogue is a problem, but he’s still a top cornerback in the NFL. The Jaguars can keep him under contract for a few more years via his fifth-year option and the franchise tag. He’s not going anywhere. Reining in and redirecting his frustration might not be as easy, though.The Giants might have cost themselves a shot at the first pick in the draftWith the Giants’ 27-23 win over the San Francisco 49ers, which was the best game of Week 10 by the way, they may have cost themselves a chance at the number one overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. The Giants desperately need a new face at quarterback and as it currently stands, Oregon’s Justin Herbert seems to be the only clear-cut franchise quarterback prospect in the draft and it’s imperative they get a chance at him with a few pieces in place already on offense. Right now, the Raiders own the first pick in the draft over the Giants and they have some quarterback issues of their own to sort out.Panic index: This season is over for the Giants. At 2-7, the Giants currently hold the third pick in the draft behind the San Francisco 49ers. They would never admit to it, but losing out and securing the first pick in the draft would be the best plan of action for them. If not, they could be looking at another season of Eli Manning with the Giants...enough to make any football fan panic. Update: Two days after signing with the Saints Atlanta Falcons Womens T-Shirt , Dez Bryant is believed to have torn his Achilles. What a brutal turn of events.Dez Bryant waited for the right opportunity after being released by the Cowboys this offseason. On Wednesday he found it — with the NFC’s top team.Bryant signed a one-year contract worth up to $1.75 million with the 7-1 New Orleans Saints, giving Drew Brees and Michael Thomas some much needed support in the passing game. The veteran wideout confirmed his decision on Twitter not long after the news broke.While Thomas has been a revelation in his third season in the league, he’s also been responsible for 65 percent of his team’s receptions among wide receivers. Adding Bryant will take some of the weight from his shoulders — and potentially keep teams from defaulting to double- and triple-teams for the Saints’ rising star.Bryant had spent his first eight seasons with the Cowboys. During his time in Dallas, Bryant made three Pro Bowls and earned one All-Pro nod in 2014. In New Orleans, he’ll try to get back to his 2014 form, which was the last season he eclipsed 1,000 yards.It may be a stretch to get there. Bryant’s recent on-the-field decline set a soft market for the newfound free agent’s services this offseason. While the Ravens were interested in adding him to their revamped receiving corps, the veteran turned down a multi-year contract with Baltimore in order to chase a value-rehabilitating one-year deal elsewhere. His plan of turning a comeback year with the Saints into big guaranteed money in 2019 seems like a risky proposition; Bryant is betting there will be a hard market for a player who just turned 30.He won’t make his 2018 debut when the Saints visit the Bengals this Sunday, but he could play in Week 11:Why did the Saints sign Bryant?Bryant languished on the free market for longer than expected, but injuries and general ineffectiveness behind Thomas made him an obvious match in New Orleans. Veteran deep threat Ted Ginn’s season ended after four games thanks to injury and valuable slot receiver Tommylee Lewis isn’t eligible to return to the active roster until Week 11 due to a knee injury of his own.That’s put pressure on a supporting cast of players like Cameron Meredith, rookie third-round pick Tre’Quan Smith, and Austin Carr, who’ve underwhelmed in 2018. Meredith was placed on injured reserve after the Saints signed Bryant.While dynamic tailback Alvin Kamara has been an important part of the team’s passing game and Ben Watson is performing as well as any 38-year-old tight end ever has, the Saints needed someone who could threaten opposing secondaries consistently on the opposite sideline from Thomas.Enter Bryant, who may not be the player he was in an All-Pro 2014 campaign but still managed to haul in eight touchdowns and record 15.9 yards per catch in a 13-game 2016 season. The 220-pound veteran gives Brees a bulky target with a nose for the end zone, and his presence should not only take some of the defensive focus off of Thomas’ plate, but also give Brees a much more viable second option among his wide receivers on the rare occasion Thomas is covered.It’s also a move that signals the Saints are taking what could be Brees’ final push toward a second Super Bowl title seriously. New Orleans has surged back into the NFC’s playoff picture the past two seasons after going from 2014 to 2016 mired in a seven-win wasteland. Brees has fought off the clock admirably, but he’s also almost 40 years old. His championship window is closing — but adding Bryant will give him an extra boost to climb through it in 2018.And Bryant will get a revenge game to prove himself out of the deal as well. New Orleans will face the Cowboys in a Thursday Night Football showdown in Dallas Nov. 29.However, it’s still up in the air if Bryant will play this Sunday against the Bengals.Can Bryant still be a good player?He could. Randy Moss turned his career around after two struggle seasons in Oakland, when he signed with the Patriots. We probably shouldn’t expect such a historic turnaround from Bryant like that — it’s an extreme example, but it gets the point across.A change of scenery could be good for Bryant. He was solid in 2017, albeit not spectacular, and there’s a chance the switch from Tony Romo to Dak Prescott at quarterback had a negative impact on his output. Reuniting with a veteran pocket passer could be just the change he needs to snap back into form and prove he’s still capable of delivering a Pro Bowl campaign.Bryant also has a theory for why things went south when Prescott took over at quarterback. He says the real problem was “garbage-ass play calling.”Whatever what you attribute the struggles to, it’s worth mentioning just how well his overall career with the Cowboys went:Now he’ll team up with Brees in what may be the best season of the veteran quarterback’s career. If he can’t rehab his value in New Orleans, 2018 could be the end of the line for Bryant’s run as a Pro Bowl-caliber player.
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#12 West Virginia at #25 Texas Tech Detroit Lions Hats , 12:00 p.m. EST, ESPN2West Virginia QB Will Grier, 6-foot-2, 232 pounds (RS Senior)Grier is having a great start to his senior campaign, currently leading the Big 12 in passing touchdowns (14), completion percentage (74.7), yards per attempt (11.8) and passing efficiency (215.8)—he’s also top-five in the NCAA in all of these categories.Though he wasn’t much of a household name to start the year, Grier’s hot start is earning him some early Heisman buzz. He has shown the ability to throw accurately in a clean pocket, but also with a defender in his face. Grier is a solid athlete and is able to escape the pocket to make plays with his feet if needed, and he has also been praised for some of his intagibles—his leadership included.If I were a betting man—and I am—I would put a sizable amount of money on the Lions drafting a QB in the later rounds of the upcoming NFL Draft. They already have professional clipboard holders backing up Matthew Stafford, but what they need is some real, honest to god talent at the backup QB spot. Grier may be available later in the draft, and would be an immediate upgrade at throwing the ball over both Matt Cassel and Jake Rudock. Texas TechS Jah’Shawn Johnson, 5-foot-10, 185 pounds (Senior)Johnson is the heart and soul of the Texas Tech defense and you can see their struggles when they’re missing him. When the Red Raiders got him back for their matchup against Oklahoma State in Week4—after recovering from his shoulder injury—there was a noticeable improvement all across the secondary. Here’s what TTU head coach, Kliff Kingsbury, had to say about his defense following their win over OSU:Although a bit undersized, Johnson is sticky and plays the ball well in man coverage and is quick to close in zone, always making himself one of the first players to the ball on defense. The Lions are going to need help at safety with Quin possibly regressing and Tavon Wilson struggling at times. The front office will love Johnson’s ability to play the pass, the run, and even provide some value as a pass rusher. He’s as versatile as they come and would be a great addition to Patricia’s secondary.#4 Ohio State at #9 Penn State, 7:30 p.m. EST, ABCOhio StateWell Detroit Lions Womens Hoodie , we already highlighted Nick Bosa back in Week 1, and while it’s early, I feel pretty confident right now that Bosa would be long gone by the time the Lions are on the board at the end of the first round—32nd overall pick, obviously. So let’s focus on some other draft-eligible prospects from OSU.RB Mike Weber, 5-foot-10, 214 pounds (RS Junior)With the Lions possibly parting ways with Ameer Abdullah after this year and having LeGarrette Blount on a one-year rental—and the slight chance of maybe getting rid of Theo Riddick, who may be seen as a cap casualty to some—there is a possibility the Lions may have a hole at the RB position heading into next year’s draft, despite trading up for Kerryon Johnson in the second round in 2018. I have a hard time believing the Lions would snag another RB in the early rounds, but I wouldn’t be surprised should they look for one a little later on.Weber’s small stature and injury concerns could push him down into the mid-to-late rounds of the draft, and could be a solid option for the Lions if they’re looking for extra depth. Kerryon has been lights out for the Lions in all phases of the game. Whether it’s running up the middle, getting outside on a toss play, or setting up on a screen to utilize his speed in the open field, Johnson has done it all—including lining up as a receiver and in pass protection.Weber is a little more one-dimensional and is more of a pure runner. When he’s healthy, he is extremely tough to bring down. He runs with a low center of gravity and has very good contact balance, often maximizing his yardage for the Buckeyes offense. If the Lions are serious about improving the run game for years to come, and are looking to get younger at the position, Weber would be a nice addition and could possibly be had in the mid-to-later rounds of the draft.IDL Robert Landers, 6-foot-1, 283 pounds (RS Junior)Landers isn’t the type of defensive lineman that Bob Quinn or Matt Patricia have been adding recently, per se. He’s more of an explosive pass rusher, and as you can see, not quite as heavy as the types of D-linemen the Lions have been looking for. However, while he is an exciting pass rusher and has an elite first step Womens Customized Detroit Lions Jerseys , Landers is also very strong and difficult to move at the point of attack. His hand usage is above-average, and he does a nice job of staying low to gain leverage.Landers should be available for Saturday night’s game after dealing with an undisclosed injury and missing last week’s win over Tulane, despite being listed as “probable.”Penn StateCB Amani Oruwariye, 6-foot-1, 203 pounds (RS Senior)Oruwariye has seen plenty of game action for the Nittany Lions, but this is his first year starting and has already made a name for himself notching three turnovers (two interceptions, one forced fumble) in four games. He has great size for the position, decent speed, and doesn’t appear to be lacking as an athlete. Oruwariye is constantly glued to his receiver. Combine that with his impressive wingspan, superior leaping ability, and magnificent ball skills, he’s got a chance to disrupt nearly every pass thrown his way.Though his calling card appears to be his ability to shut down opposing receivers in man-coverage right now, he’s not a shy tackler by any means, and his willingness and ability to make tackles in the open field is one of Oruwariye’s many strengths. Offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian spent the offseason, training camp and preseason fine-tuning an Atlanta offense that's expected to be elite in his second year.When the Falcons and Eagles open the NFL regular season Thursday night in Philadelphia, Sarkisian will be back in his role as play-caller, giving him a chance to move past some of the disappointment of eight months ago."To say that we had a fourth-and-goal at the 2 against the team that went on to the win the Super Bowl and it was a bang-bang play tells you that we're very close, and it's been this offseason of getting over that hump," Sarkisian told The Associated Press this week."So we're very hungry and looking forward to the opportunity."Sarkisian's first season wasn't exactly a bust. The offense led the NFL in third-down percentage and ranked eighth in passing as Atlanta went 10-6 and won a wild-card playoff game at the Los Angeles Rams.But the Falcons dropped from first in scoring to 15th. Quarterback Matt Ryan, the league MVP the year before, threw 18 fewer touchdowns, was intercepted five additional times and had his passer rating fall over 16 points from the NFL's best.Even worse, the offense developed a reputation for being predictable. Atlanta scored its only touchdown in the divisional playoff game after the Eagles lost a fumble at their 18-yard line. The Falcons www.lionscheapstore.com , who were favored to win, went scoreless in the second half.Yet they still had a chance to sneak away with a win before it all fell apart at the 2.With the ball on the left hash mark, the Eagles said they knew the call before the snap as soon as tight end Levine Toilolo motioned right across the formation . They had only one half of the field to defend as Ryan rolled right and came under quick pressure.Julio Jones, the star receiver and obvious target, fell down in the right side of the end zone, but got up quickly enough against cornerback Jalen Mills to turn and face the quarterback. Ryan lofted up a perfect pass. The ball went through Jones' hands .Sarkisian, a former head coach at Washington and Southern Cal, has been through similar moments before, but this was his first big test as a coordinator in the NFL. He said he did the best he could."You put together a plan throughout the week and you get into situations and things are going accordingly, you trust the plan," he said.The Falcons are hoping to improve in Sarkisian's second year the way they did in the second season of his predecessor, Kyle Shanhan, who called the plays that helped Atlanta win the 2016 NFC title.Sarkisian said he feels more comfortable this time around, and it's obvious why.Ryan and Jones and center Alex Mack are three of the league's best at their positions. Running backs Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman are tough to defend in the open field and the receiving corps that still includes dependable veteran Mohamed Sanu and added Alabama receiver Calvin Ridley as a first-round pick.The biggest issue is getting the ball to Jones more often in the red zone. Sarkisian was heavily criticized last year for not having Jones, a two-time All-Pro, dialed in more often as Ryan's No. 1 option inside the opponents' 20."I think I'd be remiss not to say we need to get No. 11 the ball," Sarkisian said, "and we need to make sure you defend No. 11, and Julio demands coverage that way."Notes: Long snapper Josh Harris was limited in practice Tuesday after missing Monday's session with a hip injury. Coach Dan Quinn said he Harris will be a game-time decision. Two reserves, G Ben Garland and CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson, will not play, but the Falcons are otherwise healthy.
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If you’re a Detroit Lions fan tuned into Twitter www.thelionsfootballauthentic.com , you probably spent Sunday night dreaming of Khalil Mack in a Lions jersey. That’s because Dan Leach of local sports talk radio station 97.1 The Ticket told a story on Sunday night about meeting a limo driver that told him Khalil Mack was in town to meet with general manager Bob Quinn:While some media outlets ran with the story, we decided not to because... well, because a second-hand story about a random limo driver is nowhere close to an acceptable source to believe a far-fetched story in the first place.And as expected, the local media quickly debunked this story as false. MLive’s Kyle Meinke, who just so happened to break the Lions’ trade of Eli Harold story, got the facts straight:But don’t feel too down on the situation. Just because this story isn’t true Detroit Lions T-Shirt , that doesn’t mean the Lions are necessarily completely out on Mack. Rumors more substantial than limo drivers suggest that there are at least four teams seriously pursuing Mack, and the Oakland Raiders “haven’t slammed the door” on trade inquiries. There’s no indication whether the Lions are one of those teams or not, but trading for the former Defensive Player of the Year would require some salary cap maneuvering. Obviously, Mack wants a big, new deal and the Lions only have approximately $10.5 million in cap space.For now, let’s just wait this one out before we go believing every little rumor we hear. Paul Naumoff Detroit Lions Hats , the former Pro Bowl linebacker who spent 12 seasons with the Detroit Lions, has died. He was 73.Larry Click, funeral director at Click Funeral Home, said Saturday that Naumoff died Friday at his home in Lenoir City.Naumoff played for the Lions from 1967-78. The former third-round draft pick reached the Pro Bowl in the 1970 season and won the Lem Barney Award as the Lions' defensive MVP in 1975.Naumoff played college football at Tennessee from 1964-66. He moved from defensive end to linebacker in 1966 and earned Associated Press All-America honors.Naumoff made a key tackle of Larry Csonka to prevent a touchdown in Tennessee's 18-12 1966 Gator Bowl victory over Syracuse.
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While Detroit Lions Hats teams around the NFL have completed their final preseason cuts and set their initial 53-man rosters, the roster that teams plan on opening the season with are all but completed. Over 1,100 players just became available and while a majority of them do not have what it takes to contribute at the NFL level there are a few hidden gems in there. Detroit still has a few needs on it’s roster, and while none of the players available will be stars—otherwise they wouldn’t be available—there still is some talent out there the Lions could use.Brian Robison (DE – Vikings)The Vikings choosing to let go of defensive end Brian Robison on cut day was probably the most shocking move made league wide. While Robison doesn’t have the stand out talent that his former teammates Danielle Hunter and Everson Griffen have, coming off of the edge he still has a lot to contribute. The 11-year veteran has spent his entire NFL career as a Viking. Rumors emerged early in summer that the 2018 season might be his last but Detroit would be smart to let him finish his career in the Motor City.Robison had 4.0 sacks last season and was a member of the Vikings devastating pass rush rotation. He was on the field for majority of their passing downs and still has a lot in the tank. Their will be a market for his talents and Detroit will have some competition for his services. If the Lions can grab him, though Detroit Lions Womens Hoodie , then he can bring some of the pass rushing help they desperately need. Michael Johnson (DE – Bengals)The Cincinnati Bengals are a team with a wealth of talent on the defensive line and unfortunately some of that talent had to go. Michael Johnson became the odd man out in Cincinnati and their loss may be a huge gain for Detroit. Johnson is a versatile defensive end that can also take a lot of snaps on the interior. He had 5.0 sacks and 35 total tackles last season as he started 15 games for the Bengals. Johnson’s versatility would allow him to fill a similar role to the one that Robert Ayers would have filled for Detroit if he survived more than a day on the roster. He gives the Lions some needed pass penetration from the interior while also having the ability to rush from the edge. Johnson could easily start on this team and would possibly walk in the locker room as the team’s best defensive lineman. Marquis Flowers (LB - Patriots)New England made a surprise last minute cut at the 4 pm deadline by choosing to let go of linebacker Marquis Flowers. Flowers played in all 16 games for New England last season and totaled 3.5 sacks and 23 total tackles. He was acquired by the Patriots for a seventh round pick from the Cincinnati Bengals before the 2017 season. The former sixth round pick over performed his draft placement last season but New England ultimately decided to go in another direction. It is likely that Lions will take interest in him due to his familiarity playing under Matt Patricia. Flowers is a decent coverage linebacker, a place where the Lions need a lot of help at the moment. It is possible that he would be able to compete with Christian Jones for the weakside linebacker role if he is brought into Detroit. If anything he will provide depth at a position the Lions are especially thin at.Scooby Wright (LB – Cardinals)The Arizona Cardinals choosing to waive linebacker Scooby Wright on Friday was a surprising move. He was arguably one of the best backup linebackers on the roster and had a great preseason. Wright was a sixth-round pick by the Cleveland Browns in the 2016 draft but was waived and put on the practice squad early into his rookie season. The Cardinals grabbed him off of their practice squad and bounced him between the active roster and practice squad all of the 2017 season. Wright plays a majority of his snaps as a middle linebacker and will help solidify a position that the Lions are incredibly shallow at. He can back up Jarrad Davis and is a young talent that may be able to develop into a future role player.Vincent Valentine (DT - Patriots)Defensive tackle is the weakest position on the Lions roster at the moment and Vincent Valentine can provide some of the depth they desperately need. Valentine was drafted by the Patriots in the third round in 2016. He didn’t play much in his rookie season and ended up finishing the year with one sack and 11 total tackles. A knee injury he suffered in 2017 preseason cost him his sophomore year and the Patriots chose to waive him entering the season. Valentine is still a player with a lot of potential and has experience playing with Patricia in the past. It is unsure whether or not the knee injury he suffered has any long-term concerns, but adding a pass penetrating defensive tackle, something the Lions lack at the moment, would be a huge boost to the team’s front seven. Clive Walford (TE – Jets)Tight end is easily the weakest position on the Detroit Lions offense at the moment. The status of probable starter Luke Willson is still in doubt after he suffered a knee injury in the preseason, and other than UDFA Hakeem Valles Womens Customized Detroit Lions Jerseys , no one else stood out at all over the past month. Clive Walford was just released by the Jets after signing with them early in the offseason. Walford is coming off of a down year in Oakland, only catching nine passes for 80 yards last season, but he has proven that he can contribute in the past. In his first two seasons in the NFL, he caught 51 passes for 688 yards and six touchdowns. Walford won’t be a star at tight end but he will add some receiving talent into the rotation. None of the Lions current tight ends have proven themselves as effective receivers in the past either, and Walford could easily be the second best guy on the team. If Willson’s knee injury is serious, then the Lions will need to add a player of Walford’s caliber to help the offense. Cornerback Aqib Talib targeted this Sunday’s game against the Lions for his return from an ankle injury a while ago www.lionscheapshop.com , but head coach Sean McVay took a more cautious approach to questions about when Talib would be back in the lineup.Talib was officially designated to return from injured reserve this week and he took part in practice with the team on Wednesday. It seems to have gone well because McVay has moved to a more optimistic tone.McVay said on Wednesday that he anticipates having Talib in the lineup against Detroit. McVay said that the veteran looked good in practice, but there hasn’t been a determination about how much Talib will play at this point.Sam Shields, Troy Hill and Nickell Robey-Coleman have seen the majority of the time at corner alongside Marcus Peters since Talib was injured and the determination about Talib’s playing time will affect how much they see the field as well.
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