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The Saints still have on-field business to conduct this season A.J. Klein Color Rush Jersey , but they’re not letting that stop them from taking care of some off-field affairs as well.Field Yates of ESPN reports that the Saints have signed tight end Josh Hill to a three-year contract extension. The deal reportedly has a total value of $8.85 million, although there’s no further information about guarantees or structure.Hill joined the Saints as an undrafted free agent in 2013 and has developed into a fixture as a blocker on offense over the years. He’s caught 32 passes while making 22 starts and appearing in every game over the last two seasons and also added six catches for 103 yards and a touchdown in the playoffs last season.With Benjamin Watson announcing his plan to retire at the end of this year, the Saints will be making some changes at tight end this offseason. Parting ways with Hill won’t be one of them. It’s playoff time in most fantasy leagues, so if you’re still contending for a title it probably means you had a crafty draft, timely waiver wire moves and a fortunate bounce or two along the way.Now, the job is shifting.Week 14 is also the last week of the regular season in a host of leagues. Weather could be a factor this week in some games, but the objective is the same as it was in September: win.START: Amari Cooper, WR, Cowboys: Performing at a WR1 level, Cooper has caught 16 of 17 targets in the past two weeks and will have a great opportunity to continue his pace against an Eagles pass defense that is 30th in fantasy points allowed to opposing receivers. Cooper was targeted 10 times in the Week 10 victory at Philadelphia and will see a similar volume of targets from quarterback Dak Prescott. The Eagles have allowed 47 completions of better than 20 yards, which plays well for Cooper’s chances.SIT: Tom Brady, QB, Patriots: The touchdowns haven’t been there for Brady, who has just four scoring tosses in his last five games, including a pair of zeroes in Weeks 8 and 10. With the emergence of rookie running back Sony Michel, the need for Brady to air it out has lessened. He’s also been less than stellar throughout his career at Miami, who is second in the league with 19 interceptions. Unless he’s the only available option, look elsewhere.START: Gus Edwards, RB, Ravens: Since being plugged into the lineup https://www.thesaintsfanshop.com/P.J.-Williams-Jersey , Edwards has averaged 105 yards per game. Now he gets a Chiefs defense that is 31st in fantasy points per game allowed to opposing running backs. Edwards has just one touchdown this season, a total that should go up considering that Kansas City has given up 14 rushing scores and a hefty 5.1 yards per carry. He’s a borderline RB1 with potential to put up monster numbers.SIT: Marlon Mack, RB, Colts: Out of the frying pan that was the Jaguars‘ defense and into the fire of a blistering hot Texans D goes Mack, who had just eight carries for 27 yards last week against Jacksonville. His production could be further carved if Indianapolis must go pass-heavy, as rookie Nyheim Hines will see more touches. Houston is fifth in the league against the run, and only the Bears (four) and Patriots (five) have allowed fewer rushing touchdowns than the Texans with six. Mack is too risky, especially in PPR formats.START: David Njoku, TE, Browns: Inconsistent of late, Njoku has just 12 targets in his last three games but will have the opportunity to reward faithful fantasy owners against a Panthers defense that is the worst at stopping opposing tight ends. Carolina has allowed at least two touchdown passes nine times this season and with Cleveland looking to avoid the Panthers’ fifth-ranked run defense, it’s easy to see quarterback Baker Mayfield making Njoku a focal point of the offense, especially in the red zone.SIT: Jared Goff, QB, Rams: Yes, Goff has led many a fantasy team to postseason glory, but starting him against the Bears could lead to a one-and-done scenario. Game time temps will be in the upper 20s and the only thing colder than the weather are opposing passers against the Chicago defense, which leads the league with 21 interceptions while allowing just five touchdown passes in the last five games. The risk-reward that comes with starting Goff on Sunday night leans heavily to the risk category.START: Adam Humphries, WR, Buccaneers: He has thrived in the wake of DeSean Jackson’s absence Patrick Robinson Jersey , catching touchdowns in each of his last three games. Humphries will have every opportunity to extend his scoring streak against a Saints defense that is the worst in fantasy points per game allowed to opposing receivers, as his sure hands have caught 16 of 20 targets in the past three weeks. With this game a potential offensive free-for-all, add Humphries as a WR3/flex.SIT: Alshon Jeffrey, WR, Eagles: Fantasy owners would love to know the whereabouts of Jeffrey, who hasn’t scored since Week 7 and has failed to exceed 50 receiving yards in his last five games. There’s little reason to envision Jeffery reviving his fortunes against a Cowboys pass defense that is sixth in fewest receiving yards allowed and is tied for third with just 16 touchdown passes allowed.START: Aaron Jones, RB, Packers: After rushing for only 36 yards last week against the Cardinals, Jones is a strong rebound candidate when he squares up against the Falcons, who are 27th against the run and giving up 4.9 yards per carry. He did score last week, marking four straight games with a touchdown. Jones could finally see a more extensive workload under interim coach Joe Philbin.SIT: Russell Wilson, QB, Seahawks: It’s tough to bench a quarterback who has thrown multiple touchdowns in eight straight games, but Wilson is facing a Vikings pass defense that has been in lockdown mode in the past month. Minnesota is ninth in fewest passing yards allowed and has contained the likes of Drew Brees, Matthew Stafford, Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady over the last five games, surrendering a combined four touchdown passes in the same span. Wilson hasn’t run much this season, but a Vikings pass rush that has recorded 36 sacks will force him to be more run-centric.


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CINCINNATI (AP) — Bengals coach Marvin Lewis knew that linebacker Vontaze Burfict was back when he felt his feet leave the floor.Burfict Alex Redmond Jersey , who has been suspended repeatedly in his career, rejoined the team after completing a four-game ban for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancers. He made quite an entrance."When he came up from behind and picked me up off the floor on Monday, I knew it could only be one person," Lewis said Wednesday. "I guess it's time to wrestle with the bear again." The Miami Dolphins (3-1) get to wrestle him next.Burfict practiced on Wednesday and is expected to play on Sunday when the Bengals (3-1) try to get their defense in order with their most notable player back in place. It's the fourth straight season that Burfict has sat out because of injury or suspension.Cincinnati is off to its best start since 2015 in spite of a defense that ranks 29th in yards allowed and has given up the 10th-most points in the league.Atlanta piled up 495 yards — Matt Ryan threw for 419 and three touchdowns — but the Bengals pulled out a 37-36 win on Andy Dalton's touchdown pass with 7 seconds left .The Bengals' defense is last in the league on third down, allowing opponents to convert 57 percent."We need to get a lot better," linebacker Preston Brown said. "Hopefully Tez can help us make that leap."Burfict hasn't lined up for a snap this year. He had an ankle injury that limited him during training camp, and he sat out all four preseason games before leaving the team for a month to serve his suspension.Temperatures in the mid-80s are forecast for Paul Brown Stadium, which also will affect Burfict's stamina."He needs to come in and take his time," cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick said. "It's going to be totally different from training (camp). You're going to burn out faster."In the past three seasons, he's played significant snaps in his first game back.— In 2015, he missed the first six games while recovering from knee surgery and was on the field for 36 plays during a 16-10 win at Pittsburgh, getting five tackles. His tackle on Le'Veon Bell tore the running back's knee.— In 2016, he missed the first three games on an NFL suspension for egregious hits and played 34 snaps during a 22-7 win over the Dolphins, getting three tackles and knocking down one pass.— Last year, he missed the first three games while serving another NFL suspension for an egregious preseason hit and played 52 snaps during a 31-7 win at Cleveland, getting six tackles — second on the team.The Bengals think he'll improve the defense for however many plays he can manage on Sunday."His natural knack for the ball — that's one of the rare things," defensive end Carlos Dunlap said. "Everybody doesn't have that. You can have a bookworm and he still doesn't have a knack for the ball. That's one of the things he had coming in."Brown signed with the Bengals in the offseason and got to practice with him in training camp. Burfict turned out to be exactly what Brown expected."I knew he was crazy Bobby Hart Jersey , knew he was smart," Brown said. "He checked all the boxes on what I thought he was."MIXON BACK AT PRACTICE: Running back Joe Mixon had a limited practice Wednesday. He's missed the past two games following arthroscopic surgery to remove a piece of cartilage from his right knee. Running back Giovani Bernard sat out practice with a sore knee, so it would be beneficial if Mixon made it through practice this week without an issue."I am just hoping that they put me out there but if not, I'll be ready for Pittsburgh for sure," Mixon said.Brown (shoulder), defensive end Michael Johnson (knee), receiver John Ross (groin) and offensive guard Alex Redmond (shoulder) were limited in practice. Tight end Tyler Eifert is still on the roster even though he suffered a broken right ankle Sunday and had surgery.PRICE NOT CLOSE: Rookie center Billy Price said Wednesday that he's been told to wear a protective boot on his right foot for two more weeks, and then he'll be evaluated. Price sat out the past two games with a partially torn ligament in the foot. Doctors want it fully healed before he does anything strenuous."They're being extra cautious right now," Price said. "If I do end up popping this ligament, it's a four-month rehab."Bengals cut RB Brian Hill; Tra Carson wins 4th spot One of the more heated battles on the Bengals roster has been decided.Tra Carson has won the fourth running back spot over Brian Hill. That means the Bengals are moving forward with Joe Mixon, Giovani Bernard, rookie Mark Walton and Carson at running back.The Bengals will try to get Hill on the practice squad, if he doesn’t get claimed on waivers.Carson and Hill have been the two most productive running backs the Bengals have had this preseason. Carson’s 77 rushing yards on 20 carries and put him just behind Hill’s 87 yards on 17 carries, but Carson had two rushing touchdowns to his name as well. Hill was also the more efficient receiver out of the backfield, accumulating 70 yards and a score compared to Carson’s 44 yards on his six receptions. Carson is in his third year in the league since joining the Bengals following the 2016 NFL Draft as an undrafted free agent from Texas A&M. He spent nearly all of that season on the practice squad, and spent all of 2017 on Injured/Reserve. We’ll have more info on this story as it becomes available. You can follow all Bengals roster moves here and NFL cuts here.


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There has been a lot of talk

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In preparation for their home finale against the Minnesota Vikings Frank Ragnow Jersey , the Detroit Lions are making another roster move. According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, the Lions are signing wide receiver Chris Lacy from the practice squad to the 53-man roster.With Bruce Ellington already declared out for Sunday, Lacy joins Detroit’s bare-boned depth chart at wide receiver, which includes undrafted rookie Brandon Powell and Andy Jones, who just got his first-career start last week. Lacy, himself, is an undrafted rookie out of Oklahoma State. He was originally signed by the New England Patriots, but the Lions swiped him up in May and he’s been on the practice squad ever since the season started. Lacy is a big-bodied receiver at 6-foot-3, 205 pounds. He showed off that talent in the preseason finale, with a 4-yard touchdown grab on a fade route from Jake Rudock. We’ll have to wait and see what the corresponding move is, but there’s a pretty good chance a Lions player is heading to injured reserve. With only one game left on the schedule after Sunday Marvin Jones Jersey , Ellington and defensive back Charles Washington—both of whom have already been declared out this week—are the top candidates. The pain is almost over. We are in Week 17, but in a Week 17 as painful as can be for Lions fans. The Lions travel to Lambeau Field to take on the Packers in a game that is being played for nothing more than pride. The Lions are in shambles, and after putting cornerback DeShawn Shead on reserve-injured this week and ruling No. 2 corner Nevin Lawson out for Sunday’s game, they’re signing anyone with cleats at this point. If the Lions don’t want to look like the defense that got exposed on primetime against the New York Jets in Week 1, they’ll need to up their game. Bold prediction of the week: Teez Tabor holds Aaron Rodgers to <100 passer rating when targeted SundayThis wouldn’t exactly be bold for anyone else, as Matthew Stafford, who has cemented himself as QB 10-12 in this league, has a career high passer rating of 99.3. Aaron Rodgers playing with a newly inspired Packers team has potential to do much more damage, however. It’s important to also remember that this is Teez Tabor we’re talking about; he’s a corner whose best recorded 40-yard dash was above a 4.6, and he’s likely being thrust into the role of No. 2 cornerback on Sunday. Nobody who runs a 4.6, no matter the position Darius Slay Jersey , should be in any NFL team’s top two cornerbacks. The Teez Tabor experiment hasn’t panned out at all. He’s been repeatedly scorched in coverage in the few times he has seen game action this season, and the rest of the time he has played his way into being a healthy scratch. Matt Patricia will have no choice but to give him playing time Sunday given the state of the depth chart. It’s worth noting that this could be a make or break game for Tabor—that is, if he hasn’t hit the ‘break’ point already. Tabor has been a thorough letdown for any drafted corner, let alone a second-round pick. There has been a lot of talk of the Lions moving on from the failed experiment after only two years this offseason and, barring a large uptick in performance level, Sunday could seal the deal. I usually spend the meat of this weekly piece detailing why the bold prediction is likely to play out, but I’ve really got nothing. Teez Tabor is hanging on to this team by a thread, and if the pressure isn’t enough to ratchet up his play Sunday to a level that inspires optimism, then this very well could be Tabor’s last game in a Lions uniform.


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Mack is right on pace

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The narrative among the media and even amongst Green Bay Packers fans this week seems to be that the Packers don’t really stand a chance against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.Even Vegas doesn’t have much faith in Green Bay with the Rams currently set as 8.5 point favorites.It’s not that there’s no confidence the Packers’ offense can’t keep pace with the Rams’ attack. If there’s anyone who you’d want to bet on given that spread Geronimo Allison Jersey , it’s Aaron Rodgers. The quarterback literally made his career out of embracing the role as an underdog and you’d be foolish to count him out this weekend.Where people think the Packers are doomed is with their defense. The unit, though injured, has shown flashes of brilliance but also has had stretches of poor play.If the defense could play a full 60 minutes, the Packers’ record would reflect a much better team than one that currently sits 3-2-1.Now the defense gets to face Sean McVay’s high powered offense led by another Cal quarterback in Jared Goff and potent running back Todd Gurley.It will be the biggest test the defense has faced all season and the Packers will need to be up to the task to have a chance against Los Angeles.McVay relies on Gurley and a lot of playaction to make his offense go.He also motions receivers all over to try and get the defense to tip the hand of their coverages.McVay also can use this to track his opponent’s tendencies.The Rams offense is one that would chew up and spit out former Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers’ defense.Is current coordinator Mike Pettine’s more modern approach up to the task? We’ll find out Sunday.You can read more on how the Packers can counter the Rams’ attack plus why ‘kill it with fire!’ is a bad approach to insect control in today’s cheese curds.Green Bay Packers preparing to counter Los Angeles Rams’ play-action puzzle--PackersNews.comThe Rams can be beat, but it might take the Packers’ best defensive game in years to pull it off.Rodgers can help them win in a shootout, but can the defense get a stop when they need it most? The jury is still outPackers’ top cornerbacks looking to develop chemistry--Packers.comThe top five corners for the Packers have been on the field at the same time for five of a possible 24 quarters this season, but with everyone finally practicing again the group hopes to build on the promise they showed earlier in the year.Packers happy for Sam Shields even though he’s a foe now--ESPNNot many thought Sam Shields would play football again, but he’s back and Green Bay is glad he’s healthy.No one can really fault the Packers for letting him go but his loss doomed the secondary to mediocrity for years.Mike McCarthy must stick to pledge of getting ground game going--Wisconsin State JournalMcCarthy said he’s committed to getting the Packers’ rushing attack going. Does anyone actually believe him? Not many do would be this writer’s guess. Aaron Jones’ snap count will likely tell the story going forward. Son uses blowtorch to kill spiders; sets parents’ house on fire--NBC NewsA completely logical reaction, if you ask me.Past trades for ‘elite’ pass rushers support the Packers’ pursuit of Khalil Mack Whether the Green Bay Packers will make a real push for disgruntled Oakland pass rusher Khalil Mack is far from certain. One thing is: history of success is on the pursuer’s side.Although Silver and Black Pride recently discussed the difficulties of trading for a player like Mack and the unlikeliness of a deal taking place Aaron Jones Jersey , it certainly makes some sense for the Packers. APC’s Peter Bukowski outlined a precedent when it comes to trading a top NFL talent with specific salary ramifications for the Packers earlier this month. And while the Mack drama had not really begun prior to my article about players that could put Green Bay over the top in 2018, the All-Pro matches that criteria in the prime of his career at age 27.Even more, elite pass rusher trades have been beneficial to the team that takes the risky plunge. The St. Louis Rams’ trade of Kevin Carter to the Tennessee Titans in 2001 was among one of the first trades over the past 20 years involving an upper-echelon pass rusher. Carter only put together 23.5 sacks over four seasons with the Titans after being shopped for the 29th pick of the first round (he averaged 13 sacks his final three seasons in St. Louis), and represents the lower end of productivity after similar trades. Here are three of the latest deals involving pass rushers that have fared well for the buyer.John Abraham - 2006Like Carter, Abraham was traded from the New York Jets to Atlanta for the 29th overall pick. After six seasons in New York in which he eclipsed 10 sacks three times, Abraham went on to post four such seasons and three Pro Bowl appearances during his seven-year Falcons career. Eerily similar to Mack, Abraham was both 27 years old at the time and coming off a 10.5 sack season. Although he had just a four-sack first season with Atlanta, Abraham gave the defense a major lift over subsequent seasons.Jared Allen - 2008The Minnesota Vikings paid a steep price when they sent a first round pick, two third-rounders Lane Taylor Jersey , and a swap of sixth round picks to the Kansas City Chiefs for Allen. With 43 sacks over four season with the Chiefs, including a 15.5 sack performance leading up to the trade, Allen was a hot commodity at age 26. Fortunately for the Vikings, Allen rewarded them with 14.5 sacks in each of his first two seasons. And during a six-year stay in Minnesota, he never tallied less than 11 sacks. Allen dropped the quarterback a career-high 22 times in 2011 and made four Pro Bowl appearances with the Vikings.Chandler Jones - 2016In a unique trade, the New England Patriots swapped Jones with the Arizona Cardinals for former first round guard Jonathan Cooper and a second-round pick. After a career-high 12.5 sack season with the Patriots, Jones commanded a first-round value despite just two 10-plus sack seasons to his credit. However, Jones has certainly been a find for the Cardinals, instantly aiding their pass rush with 11 sacks in 2016 in addition to a breakout 17 sacks last season. Jones looks like to be a key cog of the Arizona defense for many seasons to come.With 40.5 sacks over his first four years in the NFL Blake Martinez Jersey , Mack is right on pace, if not ahead of, the players listed above. He would figure to attract a first-round pick and more in an approved trade as a young, ultra-productive pass rusher. Re-visiting the aforementioned trades, there were several win-win scenarios that make a trade somewhat appealing for the Raiders as well as the Packers.There is risk in entering contract negotiations with Mack once acquired, including a hefty long-term investment. But history shows Green Bay can reasonably expect — if injury free — a sustained high-level of play from Mack for the foreseeable future.


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(NFL.com)Marpet, Buccaneers agree to new $55M extension (NFL.com)Redskins RB Peterson dislocated shoulder in loss (NFL.com)Trotter: Spanos lived life with passion, energy (NFL.com)Giants cut former first-round OT Ereck Flowers (NFL.com)Carr: Steelers no longer AFC North’s best offense (NFL.com)Belichick: Mahomes can throw it out of the stadium (NFL.com)Houston & Collegiate SportsALDS Recap: Where the Astros Stand After Sweeping the Indians (The Crawfish Boxes)Together, the Cabrera Brothers are living a dream come true with RGVFC (Dynamo Theory)Keeping expectations in check is of the utmost importance for Texas (Burnt Orange Nation) It’s hard to believe that this early in the season the time has come for the Houston Texans organization to put up or shut up. But, sitting at 2-3 with a glimmer of hope that comes from a team who nearly snatched defeat from the jaws of victory the last two weeks, starring down the best strength of schedule in the NFL over the remaining games, Houston could make some moves and give themselves a real chance at doing something in the post season. Even if that something is make a hasty exit from the AFC Wild Card round. Commit to the run gameDeshaun Watson is taking a beating trying to improvise behind an offensive line made up of one promising center, a few very green but high upside guys and a handful of traffic cones and caution tape. The best way to keep your quarterback clean and healthy is a solid run game. Oddly enough, committing to the run has never really been an area of weakness for Bill O’Brien’s team Arian Foster Jersey , but watching them try to out-scheme the Dallas defense last week with multiple miss-direction pay action plays and designed QB keepers left a lot to be desired. With Lamar Miller and D’Onta Foreman on the sidelines, the running back room needs help. Prescription: Bring back Troymaine Pope. The “pinball with a football” did a thing, or two, in the preseason and might just do it again. if nothing else, he’s a great wing to Alfred Blue’s yang. Shore up the Secondary and Lock up the Honey BadgerTyrann Mathieu is one of the very few bright spots in the Houston secondary so far this season. He plays with confidence, intelligence and swagger that Houston has rarely, if ever, had from the safety position. Putting him at the heart of the Texans secondary for years to come will add stability, fire and leadership. With so many players landing in free agency in the 2019 off-season, the Honey Badger would be a great foundation that Houston can build on. Prescription: Beat the bushes and find at least two more cornerbacks to sign. Jonathan Joseph won’t be around much longer, Kevin Johnson may not either and Kareem Jackson isn’t the long term answer to any question Romeo Crennel should be asking. While they’re at it, signing Jadeveon Clowney might be useful to save some coin Andre Johnson Jersey , too. Maybe J.J. Watt can restructure his deal to help them resign Clowney... Send Bill O’Brien to Offensive Coordinator SchoolThe local flag football association has a more diverse playbook available for coaches than what it seems Bill O’Brien installs each week. How on earth you can have three trips inside the red zone and not come away with a touchdown when you have arguably the scariest wide receiver corps in the NFL, the most promising second year QB in the league and a propensity to run the ball up the A-gap three out of four plays is mind boggling. Newsflash: The All Field Goal Offense is not a viable game plan! Prescription: Hand the offensive play calling duties over to someone, anyone, who can actually call a game the opposing defensive coordinator doesn’t see coming a week in advance.Beat Teams The Texans Should Beat!Losing to the Tennessee Titans and New York Giants was fairly well inexcusable. Neither of those teams is a threat to do anything in the post season. With games coming top against similar level teams like the Buffalo Bills. Miami Dolphins, Denver Broncos and Cleveland Browns anything less than 8-4 by week 13 is inexcusable. Prescription: Identify someone already on the coaching staff who has a history of getting teams ready to play and put that person in charge of the game plan so Bill O’Brien can focus solely on “...do a better job of...” fill-in-the-blank. Decide Right Now if They’re Playing for 2018 or 2019Sure this sounds crazy, but having the 27th pick in the draft won’t help Houston land a great young offensive tackle in what some are calling the best offensive line draft in over a decade. Let’s face it, with just two more high quality offensive linemen (and some pro-level play calling) the Houston offense could easily become the scariest one this league has seen in a long, long time. Prescription: Put Bill O’Brien on notice that one more loss means the ejector seat button gets smashed and he’s launched into the ex-coach stratosphere. Houston would then have the pick of the litter for a new head coach, a pile of higher draft picks and a core of great players - some with many years still ahead of them - to build on for the future. What do you think? Have a list of your own? Post your prescriptions in the comments section.


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Sean Payton despises the term "Black Monday." And he's one of the coaches who always survives it.Six head coaches were fired as the NFL season concluded Jeff Driskel Jersey , four of them on Monday. Two, Mike McCarthy in Green Bay and Hue Jackson in Cleveland, didn't even make it that far.Saints coach Payton, finishing his 13th season in New Orleans and now owning the second-longest tenure with a team after Cincinnati fired Marvin Lewis , had some strong words about how the coaching carousel gets derailed every year. "Our owners' network that they own have created this," Payton said, referring to NFL Network that is owned by the league, "marketed this and sold this ‘Black Monday,' and that's just disappointing."In reference to Lewis, who was with the Bengals since 2003, but went an all-time worst 0-7 in the playoffs Shawn Williams Jersey , Payton added: "He's been a fabulous coach, but I don't want to comment on anyone or all of them (who were fired)."He added that the whole Black Monday scene, which some media outlets promote the way they do actual competition, is "ridiculous."Payton and every other coach in pro sports recognize that change is understandable and at times necessary. As long as it is thought out and includes a plan for the future, revision can make sense.When it's more on an owner's whim or due to some serious impatience, that's another story. Steve Wilks , fired after a 3-13 record in his first — and only — season in Arizona, might be a case in point. Had Bruce Arians not retired, he still would have been with the Cardinals, but Wilks was a hot candidate for several openings last offseason following his work as Carolina's defensive coordinator. Barring a full-out revolt by the players, as happened with Ben McAdoo and the Giants in 2017 Darqueze Dennard Jersey , how is one year enough to judge a head coach's capabilities?Also fired on Monday were Vance Joseph in Denver and Adam Gase in Miami. On Sunday night, Todd Bowles with the Jets and Dirk Koetter with the Bucs were let go.A year ago, Indianapolis, Tennessee, Oakland, Detroit, Chicago, Arizona and the New York Giants made changes. That's 14 franchises out of 32 with different head coaches since 2016. The Cardinals and Giants will have had three coaches from 2016-19.Also taking a hit has been the NFL's initiative on diversity in coaching. The Rooney Rule is exemplary in purpose, though it sometimes gets criticized for how it is implemented.Of the eight head men released, only Koetter, Gase and McCarthy are not minorities. Just three minority head coaches remain: Ron Rivera with the Panthers Giovani Bernard Jersey , Anthony Lynn with the Chargers, and Mike Tomlin with the Steelers.Impatience by owners can't be blamed for the moves by the Bengals or Jets, both clearly on a downward spiral.Otherwise, well, it normally takes at the very least three years for a coach's program to take root. Joseph got two, Gase got three injury-ravaged years, and Koetter also got three.Jackson simply lost too often, particularly with a vastly improved roster early this season, to remain on the job.McCarthy, a Super Bowl winner, had seen things go stale in Green Bay Michael Johnson jersey , and he often has been blamed for the Packers getting to just the one Super Bowl with a generational quarterback, Aaron Rodgers.Still, the word stability seems to have been dropped from owners' dictionaries. They give lip service to wanting to be like the Patriots, Saints or Seahawks.Then, if things turn sour for one season, they begin wondering if the right people are in place. Imagine if John Mara had done that with Tom Coughlin before the 2007 or 2011 seasons, when fans and media were calling for the coach's removal.Yet, we hear things like this from Broncos boss John Elway:— "Vance made a lot of strides and deserves credit for how hard and competitively the team played this season. There's always going to be a high standard here. The bottom line is we need to win more football games. We're excited about the foundation that's being built and look forward to putting in the work to get the Broncos back on the winning track."In most places, that winning track has lots of potholes. Not many coaches get the opportunity to navigate around them.Bengals at Falcons: Odds, expert picks, analysis Kevin Huber Jersey , predictions for NFL Week 4 The 2-1 Bengals will be facing off against the 1-2 Falcons in Atlanta this week. Cincinnati is trying to get back to their winning ways, but Matt Ryan has Atlanta’s offense firing on all cylinders. It is the Falcons defense that has been giving the team troubles. The Bengals’ defense hasn’t been much better, so this could quickly turn into a shootout. How do the experts and oddsmakers see this one working out though?OddsThe Bengals are currently four-point underdogs to the Falcons, according to Bovada. The Falcons opened up as 5.5-point favorites, so clearly oddsmakers are coming are coming around on the Bengals as the game gets closer. Most of that probably has to do with A.J. Green likely playing.The over/under is sitting at 53.5 points. That is pretty high, but then again the games the Bengals have played in have all gone over that but one when each team only combined for 52 points. Here are some trends for both teamsCincinnati is 4-1 against the spread in its last five gamesCincinnati is 4-1 straight up in its last five gamesThe total has gone over in 4 of Cincinnati’s last five gamesCincinnati is 4-2 against the spread in its last six games on the roadCincinnati is 5-12 straight up in its last 17 games on the roadThe total has gone over in four of Cincinnati’s last six games on the roadThe total has gone over in five of Cincinnati’s last seven games when playing AtlantaThe total has gone under in eight of Atlanta’s last 10 gamesAtlanta is 5-2 against the spread in its last seven games at homeAtlanta is 5-2 straight up in its last seven games at homeThe total has gone over in 15 of Atlanta’s last 21 games at homeThe total has gone under in six of Atlanta’s last nine games at homeThe total has gone over in five of Atlanta’s last seven games when playing CincinnatiPicksFox Sports projects a 23.2 to 24.2 loss for the BengalsOnly one of ESPN’s 10 experts picked the BengalsOnly three of SB Nation’s seven experts picked CincinnatiCBS Sports has three of eight experts going with the BengalsNFL Pick Watch, which gathers all the picks from across the web, has 83 percent for the picks in favor of the FalconsIt seems it only took one loss for everyone to jump off the Bengals bandwagon. Cincinnati has to be use to having to prove themselves at this point. They haven’t made the playoffs in two seasons, and if they hope to change that they will have to beat teams like the Falcons.


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lso 1-2 on the season and have just two road wins over the last two

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Off to a historically bad start on offense Carl Lawson Jersey , the Bengals fired their coordinator after only two games last season and got better results the rest of the way, though not good enough to make the playoffs.They overhauled the NFL's worst offense in the offseason by firing the line coach, trading for a tackle and drafting a center in the first round.That part has worked. The offensive improvement is part of the reason Cincinnati is 5-3 at its bye, one of nine teams with so many wins.Now, the Bengals have another huge problem to fix if they're going to reach the playoffs for the first time in three years.This time, it's a historically bad defense .Cincinnati has allowed the most yards and points in the league. The Bengals have given up 500 yards in back-to-back games for the first time in their history. If their current track holds, they would become only the second team in NFL history to allow more than 7,000 yards in a season."At the end of the day, we can do better," cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick said. "I know we can."They'll have to play a lot better on defense if they want to overtake Pittsburgh (4-2-1) and win the division.The Bengals installed a new defense under first-year coordinator Teryl Austin. They also continued a youth movement on defense Tyler Boyd Jersey , fielding the youngest team in coach Marvin Lewis' 16 seasons.Injuries have played a role, too.So has the schedule, with Cincinnati facing some of the league's top offenses 鈥?No. 1 Tampa Bay, No. 3 Kansas City, No. 4 Pittsburgh, No. 7 Atlanta. The Bengals face No. 8 New Orleans coming out of their bye."The NFL wants more yards, more scoring, and they are getting it," Austin said. "A lot of it has to do with there are a lot of good quarterbacks, a lot of good receivers Nick Vigil Jersey , and it's been opened up. It's like fast-break basketball. That makes it tough."The bye could help with some healing. Cornerback Darqueze Dennard has been sidelined with a shoulder injury the past two games. Linebacker Nick Vigil is out with a sprained knee. Linebacker Vontaze Burfict sat out a win over Tampa Bay with a hip injury. Kirkpatrick has been limited by an Achilles injury. Pass rush specialist Carl Lawson tore his ACL. Several others have been in-and-out with various problems, hurting the consistency."This has been a challenge in terms of the amount of injuries," Austin said.The offense also is looking to get several key players back after the bye. Running back Giovani Bernard has been sidelined by a knee injury for the past four games.Rookie center Billy Price is practicing after suffering a partially torn ligament in his right foot during the second game. Tight end Tyler Kroft (foot) and receiver John Ross (groin) also have missed time, contributing to problems on an offense that's better than last year but still has issues and ranks 23rd in yards.During a 37-34 win over the Buccaneers on Sunday, the offense managed only 95 yards in the second half and had four consecutive drives that failed to get a first down, helping Tampa Bay rally late ."That is where it's disappointing," quarterback Andy Dalton said. "Offensively, we didn't play the same way we did in the first half and we weren't getting first downs. We had way too many three-and-out drives, and in that way it's disappointing."Despite their flaws, the Bengals have stayed above .500 by pulling out games at the end 鈥?something they lacked the past two seasons. The defense has scored four touchdowns Jake Fisher Jersey , and Dalton has led last-minute drives in two victories. They know they've been fortunate."To be 5-3 right now is huge," Dalton said.Four of their last eight games are against teams that currently have losing records, including two against Cleveland. They also play at Baltimore and finish the season at Pittsburgh, so there's a chance to win the division if they can fix their problems.The bye provides a chance to try to figure out ways to tweak the offense and the defense, get some veterans ready to return, and take a breath after a wild first two months."There needs to be some mental health here, too," Lewis said. The Bengals are enduring a two-game losing streak, but they’ve got a great chance to end it in Week 8.After back-to-back losses to the Steelers and Chiefs, Cincinnati will be back home next Sunday to host the Buccaneers. While they enter this week with a 3-3 record Tyler Kroft Jersey , they’ve lost three of their last four games with the lone win being an overtime home escape from the Browns.Tampa Bay is also 1-2 on the season and have just two road wins over the last two seasons. That’s a big reason why the Bengals are already a six-point home favorite in Week 8. The Bengals may be coming off an embarrassing 45-10 loss against the Chiefs, but this home matchup with the Buccaneers is still one of the most winnable games left on the schedule. Some will argue it’s the most winnable game left, so they really need to come out and perform well to get their season back on track. If the Bengals hold serve and beat Tampa Bay, they’ll be 5-3 going into the bye week. If you would have said that before the regular season, just about every Bengals fan would have taken it.


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Miami Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake is on a course to return Sunday against Detroit from a knee injury that sidelined him the past two weeks.Wake is listed as questionable but took full part in practice Friday. He coyly declined to say whether he expected to play but added Marvin Jones Jersey , "It'll be Christmas morning on Sunday."The return of Wake would be timely because Miami defensive ends Charles Harris (calf) and Jonathan Woodard (concussion) were ruled out.Lions running back Theo Riddick, who has 23 catches this season, was ruled with a knee injury. That could mean more snaps for rookie Kerryon Johnson, especially on third down.Miami cornerback Bobby McCain is questionable but took full part in practice and is expected to return from a knee injury.The Cheat Sheet: Is this the last shot for Lions to salvage the season? The entire division feels like it’s been on a roller coaster through the first month. The Bears are out in front, the Packers and Vikings actually tied a game, and the Lions are dead last, but haven’t even played a division foe.As rough of a start as it’s been for the Lions Kerryon Johnson Jersey , a win on Sunday would go a long way toward keeping their playoff hopes alive.Right now, Football Outsiders puts the Lions at about a seven percent chance of making the playoffs. The Packers, with a 2-1-1 record, stand at about 61 percent chance. The divisional match this Sunday could swing the Lions back into contention or bury them into NFC North basement.The matchup to watch this week will be the Lions receivers vs. the Packers secondary. The Packers have spent the last two drafts trying to shore up a once depleted secondary. But they’ve allowed 874 yards through the air over the first month, 90 percent of which were given up in the first three games. Raj Mehta-USA TODAY SportsThis means before they met rookie Josh Allen last week, they were giving up over 260 passing yards per game.The Lions should be able to attack the Packers through the air. Golden Tate, Marvin Jones Frank Ragnow Jersey , and Kenny Golladay are the only trio of teammates to each record 50+ receiving yards in every game this season.Opponent snapshotThere won’t be many surprises between these two teams as they face off this week. The Packers still run through Aaron Rodgers, although their new-look defense under Mike Pettine took a big step forward last week, shutting out the Bills completely. The Packers have been hindered with injuries the last few weeks and could be vulnerable in spots because of it. Geoff Burke-USA TODAY SportsPackers’ biggest threat Aaron RodgersThis almost goes without saying. Without Rodgers in the lineup, the Packers become a middle of the pack team. With him, they’re an instant playoff contender.Rodgers is still nursing a sprained MCL, but he’s been gradually improving every week. The Lions’ best chance at containing him will be to create pressure up the middle. Forcing Rodgers to stay in the pocket rather than create off-script will be key for a Lions defense looking to get off the mat after last week in Dallas.Photo by Leon Halip/Getty ImagesPackers’ weak linkWide receiverThe Packers are heading into Sunday with the possibility of missing three of their top receivers. If Randall Cobb, Geronimo Allison Jarrad Davis Jersey , and Davante Adams can’t suit up that will leave the Packers with a combination of J’Mon Moore, Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Equanimeous St. Brown. You can also expect a heavy dose of Ty Montgomery in the slot or out of the backfield, as well as help from Jimmy Graham. Although he’s also dealing with a knee injury. None of that is great, but If anyone can make a cast of rookies look like all pros it’s Aaron Rodgers.Bottom lineThis is a true toss up game to me. Both teams have clear strengths and weaknesses. I have no logical reason to believe the Lions will pull this off, but the Lions tend to play the Packers tough at home and a win will give them a good feeling heading into the bye week.PredictionLions 22 Packers 20


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Cowboys receiver Cole Beasley wasn’t blaming his quarterback. He is blaming the media.Beasley said last week that the receivers are “getting open. That鈥檚 all we can do. If you watch the tape Eli Harold Jersey , that鈥檚 all you鈥檝e got to do. A lot of people aren鈥檛 watching the tape. They鈥檙e just assuming. That鈥檚 fine.鈥滲easley said it wasn’t intended as a shot at Dak Prescott, who passed for 255 yards Sunday for only his third 200-yard passing game in his past 12. Instead, Beasley said he merely was defending the team’s wideouts, who have been criticized for not getting open.鈥淚 have always been Dak鈥檚 biggest supporter every year, and it鈥檚 never going to change, and it hasn鈥檛 changed,鈥?said Beasley Ricky Wagner Jersey , who had four catches for 53 yards Sunday. “That is what people do. They take your words any way they want to twist it to cause controversy and try to divide us in this locker room. But it鈥檚 not going to work. We all got chips on our shoulder and sometimes it comes out with stuff I say.鈥淚 got love for every guy in this locker room. I am going to fight for all my teammates always. That is what I feel like I was doing. I was fighting for the wideouts. They are my teammates, too. I was defending those guys.鈥漃rescott told PFT’s Mike Florio after the Cowboys’ 26-24, last-play victory over the Lions that he hadn’t seen Beasley’s quote. 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 Anthony Zettel Jersey ," 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, 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 Miles Killebrew Jersey , 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 Nick Bellore Jersey , 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 T.J. Jones Jersey ," 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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The Packers fired assistant head coach Winston Moss on Wednesday after he sent a tweet saying that the team needed to find a new head coach who would “hold #12 and everybody in this building to a聽#LombardiStandard.”While Moss’ message was directed at the way the next head coach would relate to Aaron Rodgers Kyler Fackrell Jersey , it also had the effect of referencing former Packers head coach Mike McCarthy’s relationship with the quarterback. Rodgers has not been shy about sharing his feelings about the offense or the team’s decisions and there was little public blowback from McCarthy at those moments.The topic came up when Rodgers spoke to reporters on Wednesday and the quarterback dismissed the notion that McCarthy didn’t hold him or others accountable.鈥淭here鈥檚 always been a great deal of accountability under Mike鈥檚 program for the last 13 years,鈥?Rodgers said. 鈥淭here鈥檚 consequences for actions that are outside of what鈥檚 in the best interest of the team, and there鈥檚 never been 鈥?I used to always tell him, I said, 鈥楬ey, if you need to call on somebody in the meeting to let everybody know we鈥檙e all on equal playing field, call on me first. Call me out.鈥?Just so everybody knows nobody is off limits Justin McCray Jersey , we鈥檙e holding everybody to the same standard. And I feel that鈥檚 the way it always was.鈥漌hatever the level of accountability, it’s pretty likely that McCarthy would still have a job if the Packers weren’t 11-16-1 since the start of last season and improving on that record is going to be the lead thing his replacement will have to account for once they’ve been hired.Packers QBs will get ‘balance in reps’ in preseason opener against Titans The Green Bay Packers begin their preseason schedule on Thursday with a home game against the Tennessee Titans, and this year the team has a bona fide competition for the backup quarterback job. 2015 draft pick Brett Hundley is working against new arrival DeShone Kizer for the rights to back up Aaron Rodgers, and both are expected to see significant playing time on Thursday.However, in his Tuesday press conference, head coach Mike McCarthy declined to give any clarity on which player would start the game or what the plan was for the two quarterbacks in the game. Instead, McCarthy said that those decisions would be made following Tuesday’s practice: “The biggest thing is today’s practice. This is our workload Thursday type practice so this is our biggest practice going into the game Preston Smith Jersey ,” he said. “We’ll see how it sorts out.”Still, it’s clear that the Packers want to see a heavy dose of both signal-callers on Thursday. McCarthy did go on to say that the competition is indeed raging: “I think they’re battling for the backup position so you’ll see a balance in reps between Brett and DeShone.” In other words, regardless of which player starts, expect to see both of them for most of the game on Thursday, with probably no game action for Aaron Rodgers and only a series or two for Tim Boyle late in the game.McCarthy also spoke about a few other topics on Tuesday. Here are a few notes about his other comments:The team is playing around with having safeties and linebackers wearing the radio helmets to see what works best for Mike Pettine’s scheme. “You’re talking about new language, a new method of communication. Especially playing against a veteran quarterback, you don’t want to give away any of your communication.”On the safety group in general: “I really like our safety group as a whole from a personnel and talent standpoint but the communication in that group has really improved.”The Packers have a specific snap count goal for each player through the entire preseason Aaron Rodgers Jersey , including certain combinations and groupings that they want to see together, particularly on defense. “It’s really a combination of who’s playing with who and different personnel groups and what you’re showing. We definitely have a number we want to hit with every player. McCarthy, OC Joe Philbin, and company are looking both to the present and future in their revamping of the offensive scheme. “It was really more of a cleanup and changing terminology. If anything we have tweaked some things that we’ve called that could be cleaner for the quarterback and receivers ... we want to build it so that next year’s changes build off of it.”


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Since the Associated Press began polling reporters to name the NFL’d defensive player of the year Whitney Mercilus Jersey , only two players have won the award three times: Lawrence Taylor and J.J. Watt. Now Watt is making a strong case to become the first player to win the award four times.Watt recorded another sack on Thursday night against the Dolphins, and he now has eight sacks this season, tied for the league lead. He also has four forced fumbles Deshaun Watson Jersey , which is also tied for the league lead.It’s remarkable that Watt has made this kind of comeback after his last two seasons. In 2016, Watt played in just three games because of a back injury. In 2017, Watt played in just five games because of a leg injury. After missing most of two consecutive years Zach Cunningham Jersey , it would have been fair to wonder whether Watt could ever return to his previous form.But he absolutely has done that. Watt is once again among the NFL’s elite defensive players, and if he plays over the second half of the season the way he did over the first half, he has a good chance to earn his fourth defensive player of the week award Julién Davenport Jersey , which would earn him a unique place in NFL history. ESPN’s Mike Sando spent some time this past week and throughout the first three quarters of the 2018 NFL season talking to “NFL coaches and evaluators” about who the top players under the age of 25 years old are.The results of those conversations formed this article, in which Sando ranked the top 25 NFL players less than 25 years old.Biased Texans fans that we are, it naturally follows that we’d be pretty high on Deshaun Watson.Yet even recognizing that our opinion of Houston’s franchise quarterback is sky high J.J. Watt Jersey , I was still shocked to see how many players Sando listed ahead of Watson.There were ten.Ten players under 25 years old listed or ranked ahead of DW4 on Sando’s list.Here’s what Sando wrote about Watson:The players Sando has ranked ahead of Watson are:Patrick MahomesTyreek HillTodd GurleyEzekiel ElliottKareem HuntAlvin KamaraChristian McCaffreyDanielle HunterJared GoffMyles GarrettHow many of the players listed ahead of Watson do you believe are better than DW4?Note that the question says “better” and not “more valuable” or posed as “Who would you rather have?”; the fact that Watson is a QB necessarily makes him more valuable than, say, a running back.I want to know which DeAndre Hopkins Jersey , if any, of the ten players listed above you believe are better football players than Deshaun Watson.


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Not great Clint Boling Jersey White , Bob."The Cincinnati Bengals have re-signed Bobby Hart to a three-year contract worth a reported $21 million, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Hart joined the Bengals on a one-year deal after being waived by the Giants. He went on to start every game at right tackle for one of the worst offensive lines in footballlast year, and he was easily one of the worst starting tackles in the league. I’m honestly at a loss for words. I actually thought Adam Schefter may have gotten hacked to report this kind of ridiculous deal. This is by far one of the worst free agent contracts the Bengals have given out in my lifetime. It’s not like wasting $7 million a year can cripple a franchise, but there has rarely, if ever been a player more undeserving of a contract like this than Hart. But these are the Bengals, who basically will pay any in-house player that’s been here and played a lot of snaps. That’s apparently all it takes to get a good deal from them, no matter how bad the player may be with said snaps. Oh, and Hart will make more than Clint Boling, who is set to make around $5 million this year. Bill Lazor's statistical study of the Bengals' offense during the offseason left him feeling the same as he did on all those discouraging game days. The numbers confirmed what his eyes had seen so many times.Some mighty small numbers filled up the columns measuring big plays. The Bengals were one of the most inept teams in the league at getting the ball downfield Preston Brown Jersey White , the main factor in a second straight losing season."Statistically, it looks just like it felt," the Bengals' offensive coordinator said. "You were there."The main emphasis in Lazor's overhaul of the offense has been finding ways to get big plays out of an offense that finished last in total yards and near the bottom in big plays as well. It all begins with Andy Dalton, who is coming off one of his least-effective seasons.The eighth-year quarterback completed 69.9 percent of his passes and averaged 6.69 yards per attempt, both figures his worst since his rookie season. Dalton repeatedly was off-target on long passes. He also was under constant pressure, which limited the time for receivers to get open downfield and contributed to the lack of long passes."This group's been one of the best groups in the NFL — since Andy came into the league — on vertical passes," coach Marvin Lewis said. "And we weren't very good. So that alone is the first thing."The 2015 season was Dalton's best as he worked behind a veteran line. The Bengals had 63 pass plays of at least 20 yards, nine shy of the league high shared by the Saints and Jaguars. Last season, they managed only 34 such plays Womens Carlos Dunlap Jersey , a huge decline. The Saints led the league with 72 pass plays of 20 yards or more.The passing game wasn't the only failed area. The Bengals' longest run was only 25 yards, the worst in the league.Injuries played a role. Tight end Tyler Eifert hurt his back in the second game and was out for the rest of the season. Top draft pick John Ross was severely limited by two shoulder injuries and didn't catch a pass.By contrast, every part of the offense — receivers, tight ends, running backs — provided game-turning plays in 2015."Guys did a good job of making tough, contested catches," Dalton said. "I was being accurate with the ball, and guys were catching and running. I think there were probably some broken tackles in the run game and different things. It's a big thing we want to do."The Bengals failed to score a touchdown in their first two games last season and fired offensive coordinator Ken Zampese. Lazor took over as an interim coordinator, got the job after the season Womens William Jackson Jersey , and was given a lot of latitude to reinvent the offense.The new playbook provides many opportunities to try for a big play."It's not on everything, but there's definitely chances to take shots down the field," Dalton said.The Bengals traded with the Bills for left tackle Cordy Glenn and drafted center Billy Price in the first round as part of their line overhaul. Ross is back and making impressive plays during camp. Eifert signed a one-year deal and was cleared to practice on Monday.There was no thought of bringing in someone to challenge Dalton, who has the backing of Lewis and owner Mike Brown. They're hoping a solid line will give Dalton the time he needs to perform more like he did in 2015."When Andy came to us in 2011 up to now, our winning percentage is eighth in the league," said Duke Tobin, director of player personnel. "We're confident in him leading our team. We have to be better in front of him than last year. We've got to put a better run game with him."We feel like we've got weapons on the outside and he should be in the prime of his career, so he's going to have to lead the charge."


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Build it and the Super Bowl will come.While that’s not exactly how the sites of the NFL’s championship extravaganza are determined Quandre Diggs Jersey , it sure doesn’t hurt to have a brand new, billion-dollar facility in your city.Including the 2004 game in Houston, the league will have staged nine Super Bowls in metropolitan areas with new stadiums in the past 15 years: Detroit, Phoenix, Dallas, Indianapolis, New York, San Francisco, Minneapolis and, now, Atlanta. Arizona and Houston actually have hosted twice, but obviously neither of those buildings was new the second time around.There’s nothing written on a game plan sheet guaranteeing such an award from the NFL, it’s more a nodding agreement it will happen. And it will once more in Los Angeles in 2022, and very likely in Las Vegas before the end of the next decade.“It really depends, but a world-class stadium is critical, and we are going through a run with Minnesota and Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta and other new buildings,” says Peter O’Reilly, the NFL’s senior vice president of events. “There are lots of factors that come into it in determining where and when we go and what is the right sequence. So that’s not necessarily a truism … though certainly there is a track record of a number of recent buildings that have been built that are incredible facilities.”Atlanta last hosted a Super Bowl in 2000, when it was hit with severe weather, including ice storms that nearly shut down the city. The NFL didn’t go back until this year, in part because the Georgia Dome no longer was a state-of-the-art venue, and in part because of memories of 2000.Since Mercedes-Benz Stadium opened in 2017, Atlanta has been the site of several major sporting events, including the college football playoff. Atlanta United of MLS has set all sorts of attendance records in the building.Those successes matter in the Super Bowl race.“We do attend and we watch all those events that are coming into a venue Theo Riddick Jersey ,” says O’Reilly, who also oversees the staging of the draft that has become a traveling show and heads to Nashville this April and Las Vegas next year.“Part of the reason we have a policy in place that we don’t play a Super Bowl in the first year after a building opens is you understand and learn from the events and the games in there. One of the positives is a number of the key vendors who work on the Super Bowl work on other major events. Clearly, in this community it’s a really collaborative spirit.”Of course, hosting a Super Bowl is about a lot more than spirit. It’s about dollars, millions of dollars.Economic impact studies tend to show the value of the NFL’s big show ranges from $200 million to $500 million for a city. Plus, more than 100 million viewers across the country are seeing that city being showcased. Minnesota might not have been a winter vacation destination to many people before it was spotlighted for last year’s game.Naturally, Minneapolis wouldn’t have gotten the Super Bowl without having built an ultramodern indoor stadium. The only outdoor game in a cold weather city was in 2014 at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, and that was a given once the Giants and Jets agreed to foot most of the bill for the facility.With a wink and a nod, Detroit was destined for a Super Bowl once Ford Field was ready and the Lions moved back downtown from the suburbs. Indianapolis, which put on a sensational Super Bowl week, never would have been considered without Lucas Oil Stadium being constructed.“There’s nothing formal,” explains Marc Ganis, president of Sportscorp, a Chicago-based consulting firm, and an adviser to several team owners. “It is an understanding that if you build a new stadium and have the facilities for a Super Bowl and the community gets behind it, you will get a Super Bowl. Maybe you will only get one, like Indianapolis 鈥?as great a job as Indianapolis did, it’s really on the edge of a community that can support a Super Bowl. They made up for it with the great community support.“It is not an issue of how well a franchise is run, either. It’s an issue of the market, the hotel rooms and the stadium. So we know that Miami (2020), Tampa (2021), New Orleans (2024), Texas, Arizona (2023) Tavon Wilson Jersey , LA and Las Vegas will get them.”The process for securing a Super Bowl has changed. No longer do cities bid against each other 鈥?Ganis notes that a so-called loser in the bidding could be embarrassed despite putting up a very strong presentation, and that a lengthy series of ballots doesn’t look good for anyone.Now, O’Reilly and the owners’ Super Bowl committee go to each club seeking an expression of interest in hosting the game. Many cities know they have no chance, perhaps because of weather concerns at an outdoor stadium 鈥?it’s unlikely any such venue in the Northeast except MetLife would be considered 鈥?or lack of stadium size or insufficient infrastructure or hotel space.The committee identifies a city that fits best for a particular year and asks it for specifics for hosting.“We end up with optimizing the sequences, avoid a scenario where multiple cities are spending significant time and resources on a bid and ultimately they’re not rewarded,” O’Reilly says.Suggestions that the game could wind up in London seem farfetched, and the NFL certainly would need a franchise there before it could happen. Besides, Ganis says there will never be a shortage of U.S. locales interested in hosting.“I focus on the tremendous amount of new money coming into the community, and not just the week of the Super Bowl, but all the planning and the attention that takes place, and the money spent from outside (the venue) on that. Those things are almost impossible to put a price tag on, as is the visibility over a number of years focused on those two weeks in your city. It is almost always very positive.” Tom Brady isn't the type to panic over a couple early losses.He's also not making any promises about where New England's season could go from here.Brady was held to 133 yards passing Sunday night, part of an abysmal performance by the Patriots in a 26-10 loss to previously winless Detroit. New England barely mustered 200 yards of total offense, and Brady spent most of the game on the sideline as the Lions ran up a huge advantage in time of possession.There's certainly plenty of time for the Patriots (1-2) to snap out of their funk, but even a team with their track record isn't guaranteed anything."We'll see," Brady said. "I'm not going to make predictions. It's about hard work, it's about commitment, it's about being disciplined, it's about doing the right thing. Obviously, we're not doing a great job of that."After a loss to Jacksonville the previous weekend, the Patriots came out flat against Detroit. With 4:58 left in the second quarter, the Lions led 13-0, and that didn't do justice to Detroit's domination. At that point, the Lions had massive statistical edges in first downs (14-0) Matt Prater Jersey , yards (196-13) and time of possession (20:46-4:16).New England scored the next 10 points to pull within three, but Matthew Stafford's 33-yard scoring pass to Marvin Jones in the third quarter made it 20-10.Brady was held to his fewest yards passing since Dec. 28, 2014, when he threw for only 80 in a loss to Buffalo. Brady split time with Jimmy Garoppolo in that game, after the Patriots had already wrapped up the division.On Sunday, New England went three-and-out on its first two possessions, and Detroit (1-2) was able to establish its long-dormant running game, keeping Brady off the field. Rookie Kerryon Johnson ran for 101 yards for the Lions, their first 100-yard rusher since Nov. 28, 2013."There's no magic play you can call. It just comes down to execution 鈥?throwing and catching, and converting on third down," Brady said. "It's not one thing, it's everything that we need to do a better job of."With Josh Gordon inactive and Julian Edelman still suspended, Brady didn't seem to have enough targets. On one play in the fourth quarter, he threw a deep pass over the middle and no New England player was anywhere near the ball. That apparent miscommunication led to an intentional grounding flag that helped derail another possession.It was the first time the Patriots lost back-to-back games by double digits since December 2002, according to ESPN Stats & Info. New England had a bumpy start to last season as well, dropping two of its first four games. The Patriots recovered well enough to make it to the Super Bowl, but right now they're searching for answers once again."We're not scoring enough points. We're not executing well enough on a down-by-down basis," Brady said. "There's been a lot of talk about it in practice, and we're going through it and watching film and correcting stuff. 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Ty Montgomery and Jamaal Williams are fine. I’d even venture to say they’re decent.Collectively Corey Linsley Jersey White , they’re the equivalent of sugar cookies.They’re good, and on occasion can really hit the spot, but they shouldn’t be anyone’s favorite dessert.Aaron Jones is like an ice cream cookie; he’s versatile, and (for the lactose intolerant) can be much more explosive than the other two.Jones, in his first game back off of suspension, made an instant impact on offense and showed why he’s the better choice for the Green Bay Packers at running back.On his first carry of the game, Jones made the right read but even with that read, if the first tackle was made, the play goes for a short gain of a yard or two.There’s some good and some bad with this play; the bad is that McCarthy is asking Jimmy Graham to run block a defensive end, which absolutely incenses me due to the sheer stupidity of the task.That’s like asking Andy Reid to run a marathon and expect him to finish top 30.Andy Reid is great, and Graham is great, but they are great at different things than what you’re asking of them.Jimmy Graham has never, in his 9 year NFL career, been a good blocker.Having him line up on the line with his hand in the ground and try to block Ryan Kerrigan on the edge is a giant L for the offense.Fortunately, there’s some good that helps mitigate this disaster.Corey Linsley, as the uncovered backside man, pulls to his right (I love it when you get a center pulling) and is there to cleanup the mess.The rest of the linemen block the man covering them with playside leverage meaning their head Womens Justin McCray Jersey , hands and hips are to the playside of their defender,between their man and the ballcarrier. The linemen got a good burst off the line; Lane Taylor has already taken a step to his left by the time his man started to stand up out of his stance.Both Taylor and Justin McCray get good leverage and do a great job holding on to their blocks throughout the length of the run, and their success with those blocks sets up Jones well.With Linsley pulling, Taylor getting his DT, and David Bakhtiari dropping back to seal off the backside DE, Green Bay leaves the Will backer, #54 Mason Foster unblocked.This play is betting that Foster will take a conservative inside-out read - which he does - and Jones will run to the outside of him, rendering him useless at the point of attack.Had Foster scraped over the top, he would have met Jones in the hole, but instead he gets caught in traffic and doesn’t affect the play.Bulaga picks up the other inside linebacker with ease, as he also jumps inside in an effort to get to Jones, and in the process, renders himself useless and the hole is now vacated by any front-7 defender.The issue is, Geronimo Allison isn’t able to block Josh Norman, who slices inside and gets his hands on Jones.Norman, if he would have made the tackle, stops this play for a short gain.This is where Jones’ elusiveness comes in; he puts a spin move on Norman and easily runs through his arm tackle (and an outstretched leg) Lane Taylor Jersey White , and then proceeds to run through a Damarious Randall-esque attempt at a tackle by Montae Nicholson.The end result was 10 yards, and it all looked too easy.Until he did it again on the very next play.This time Graham was split out wide along with everyone else including Jones, and Washington only had 6 men in the box.Blocking was zone scheme and Green Bay decided to leave the backside DE, who was lined up in the 9 technique, unblocked.Again, the thinking is that a player lined up so far away from the intended running lane isn’t going to have an impact on the ball carrier until 4 or 5 yards downfield at the earliest due simply to the angles of the running back vs. the defender, as long as Jones hits the hole without hesitation.Jones came in motion all the way back to the immediate left of Rodgers and got the handoff.Each blocker won their respective battle, and again, Jones picks up 9 yards.Credit both the play design as well as the linemen here; spreading out Washington left open running lanes which means the only thing left to do is execute, and Green Bay did just that.The last play I’ll go over is something that gets me more excited for a competent run game than the other two plays.There’s a lot going on here, so stay patient with me.I’ll show you the play in full to start.Let’s start with the left side.Remember how I got steamed about how Jimmy Graham was being used as a blocker on the LOS? Well, McCarthy must have heard me yelling at him through the TV because he did the right thing this time.Instead of having Graham try and block anybody, he sprints to the flat and looks over his shoulder for a pass, and during the handoff, Rogers is looking Graham’s way to sell the possibility of a play-action pass.All of this action caused #53 Zach Brown to misread the play and begin to run with Graham to the outside, as they were in man coverage and Graham was Brown’s man.If Brown didn’t stick with Graham and Rodgers pulled the ball, it’s an easy 6+ yards.Instead Tramon Williams Jersey , Brown begins to bail, and pulls himself out of the play.Look at his eyes when Jones is already at the LOS:Bakhtiari’s job is pretty easy; as his man doesn’t crash hard inside, all he has to do is stalk-block him and just get in his way a bit.Lane Taylor hops in to his right in order to seal off his man; his job is made even easier as the defensive tackle slants outside at the snap of the ball.Even if his man had gone straight up, Taylor had good positioning to still make the block.Daron Payne, the DT lined up over McCray slants inside but gets picked up by Linsley on a down block; had McCray been responsible for Payne, Payne’s slant makes that block difficult and could easily stop Jones at the LOS.Additionally, if Payne gets penetration off the snap it makes Linsley’s downblock more difficult as Payne might be quick enough to get around the block.Instead, Linsley doesn’t have to worry about the penetration as Payne’s first steps are horizontal towards the center.McCray is responsible for the Will linebacker, Foster, who doesn’t make a quick enough read on the play.The typical read is the backfield triangle; guard, RB, guard.While Foster has B gap responsibility, the steps by Lane Taylor end up looking like a hitch step in order to cutoff backside pursuit.A guard would only do this if the play is intended to go wide outside.Similarly, the block by Linsley on Payne could be read as a combo block coming to the 4 hole, or the spot between McCray and Jason Spriggs.The idea on a combo block is to have both Linsley and McCray block Payne and have Linsley work his hips around to McCray’s spot, sealing Payne off inside, while McCray would pop off and pickup Foster.It’s a very common block in zone schemes.Instead Paul Hornung Jersey White , Foster takes a few steps outside and McCray doesn’t even lay a hand on him, as he’s trying to get an idea as to where Foster is going.Mistake.But here’s what got me really excited; it didn’t matter that McCray missed, because Jones had Foster beat! Check out the bend by Jones as soon as he’s in the hole:Jones doesn’t slow down whatsoever, and is able to maintain great body control and leave Foster swiping at a ghost.This play combined the explosiveness that Jamaal Williams doesn’t have and the ability to read the running lane that Ty Montgomery doesn’t possess. Combined with smart scheming on the line, and you end up with 17 yards.All we can do now is hope that McCarthy and company realize that Aaron Jones is the answer at running back and to feed the man the football. If you do, exciting things happen. The Green Bay Packers got an early gift from the Miami Dolphins on Sunday afternoon. Two men named Aaron ensured that the team would make them pay for it.After driving deep into Packers territory, the Dolphins coughed up the football. A shotgun snap sailed over Brock Osweiler’s head — which is six feet and eight inches off the ground — and Reggie Gilbert pounced on the ball, giving Green Bay its first turnover since the 49ers game. Aaron Rodgers and Aaron Jones made sure the Packers got seven points in eight plays.Rodgers completed four of five passes for 36 yards, while Jones caught two of those balls for 27 yards. He also added a pair of runs for 27 more yards for 54 total on the drive, setting the Packers up at the seven-yard line.Then it was Davante Adams’ turn. With Adams lined up on the outside of Marquez Valdes-Scantling, the two receivers ran double slants, and Rodgers found Adams in the back corner of the end zone for a diving touchdown reception:The Packers lead 7-0 after that play midway through the first quarter.


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HOUSTON (AP) — Lamar Miller was searching for ways to improve this offseason after what he calls a disappointing 2017.It was then that the Houston Texans running back decided to take the advice of two former Miami Hurricanes running backs with a combined 25 years of NFL experience.Edgerrin James Youth Lonnie Johnson Jersey , a four-time Pro Bowler who spent 11 years in the NFL, and Frank Gore, a 35-year-old who made the Pro Bowl five times and is in his 14th season shared their secret for NFL longevity: weight loss.“They were just telling me that every year they tried to play lighter and lighter because as you get older they say you lose a step … and all that weight is not good,” Miller said.“So just having guys like that to give you some knowledge on some of the things that helped them throughout their career, I just felt like it would help me. So that’s something I tried to focus on this offseason was to lose some weight.”Gore called Miller his “little brother” and said he’s a big believer in running backs getting lighter as they age.“I used to play at 217, 218 when I was younger,” he said. “Now I try to play lighter than that.”That led the 5-foot-10 Miller to shed about 7 pounds, dropping from 225 last year to 218 this season.Though he didn’t make the change until this season, his transformation was about three years in the making.Gore White Lonnie Johnson Jersey , who Miller has long looked to for advice, first brought up that he started playing a bit lighter every year as he aged before Miller’s first season in Houston in 2016. But Miller was just 25 at the time and thought he was too young to worry about something that helped older players.So, he went the other way and gained a few pounds before that season because he thought it would help him carry a bigger rushing load.He had a good year, rushing for 1,073 yards with five touchdowns, before a 2017 season where he finished with 888 yards rushing and never ran for more than 75 yards in a game all season.And when he spoke with James this offseason and he shared the same thing as Gore and suggested Miller should slim down, too, he decided to give it a try.“I thought: ‘They had success doing it so why can’t you,'” Miller said.It’s a change he believes has made a big difference.“I can feel it Julién Davenport Jersey ,” he said. “I feel lighter when I’m running and stuff and overall my body feels good. I think it’s helped me. So far, I’ve been doing good. I don’t really see how it hasn’t (helped).”The numbers back it up. Miller had 103 yards rushing last week for his fourth 100-yard game this season, and with five regular-season games left he needs just 13 yards to eclipse last year’s rushing total.Coach Bill O’Brien has been impressed with Miller’s improvement this season.“He really wanted to come in this year and have a good year for us and that’s what he’s done,” O’Brien said. “I think we’ve managed him pretty well and he’s done a great job of, in the offseason, training and then having a good training camp. He’s always been a consistent performer for us.”The thing that disappointed Miller most about his numbers last year was that he averaged a career-low 3.7 yards a carry.“That was bad,” he said. “My whole career I was averaging 4 yards or better, so that was a big drop-off for me.”This season he’s boosted his average to 5 yards a carry, which is second only to the 5.1 yards he averaged in 2014 when he ran for a career-best 1 J.J. Watt Jersey ,099 yards in Miami. Miller ranks sixth in the NFL in yards rushing and has the longest TD run in the league this season after he rumbled 97 yards for a score in Houston’s win over Tennessee on Nov. 26.That run made him the only player in NFL history to have two TD runs of 95 yards or longer after he also had a 97-yard touchdown run in 2014 while with the Dolphins.Houston defensive end Jadeveon Clowney said that Miller looked like a rookie on that run and Miller, who was a sprinter on Miami’s track team along with playing football, said he heard similar things from many old friends after that touchdown.“People were saying: “oh you still have your speed and stuff,'” Miller said. “So just hearing it from a lot of people that I grew up with was good.”Gore was among those who delighted in seeing Miller break that long run and he raved about his work this season.“He’s balling,” Gore said. “He’s taking advantage of his opportunity. I hope he gets in the Pro Bowl.”Miller knows the solid play of Houston’s offensive line and his focus on being more decisive have also contributed to his success this season. But he’s sure the weight loss gave him a boost and that’s why he’s going to follow in the footsteps of his fellow former Hurricane friends for the rest of his career.“I’m back in a rhythm,” he said. “I’m doing some positive things to help this team win and that’s always a good thing. So, I’m going to keep that formula to try to keep losing weight as I get older.” Look at the photo on the article you just clicked on. Little dog, little dog, what do you see? I see Justin Reid smashing Eric Ebron at the goal line. I remember that play like it was three weeks ago. Reid’s hit saved a touchdown and left Reid crumpled in a heap like the clothes in my bedroom (not because I’m a slob DeAndre Hopkins Jersey , but because I’m an artist. I don’t even have a television in there). I think Reid was removed from the game after this play. I can’t really remember. The game was over by this point. Look closer. What else do you see? I see a clubbed hand, a hardened mound of whatever they make casts out of. Five fingers metamorphosed into rock. This is how the Earth was created. Reid smashed his hand at some point last season. He played with a cast on it to end the year. Recently, Reid had surgery, on the same hand I would guess. The Houston Chronicle just said he’s having it repaired like the bones are the brake pads on a squealing, wretched, used car, or a crack in the foundation, or a freezer that can’t make ice.Not like Justin Reid is an actual person with feelings who is having surgery to heal a hurting hand. Expect more secret surgeries to come out. J.J. Watt had minor knee surgery. I’m sure Jadeveon Clowney will get scraped up once he his slapped with a franchise tag or signs a monstrous new contract, Johnathan Joseph probably will too Lamar Miller Jersey , and hopefully we get some Will Fuller V ACL news soon.Someone send me Fuller’s email address so I can send him an E-Card about, UGH, Mondays, aren’t they the worst?Anyways, get well soon, Justin.


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