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LAS VEGAS (AP) The New Jersey Devils are fighting for their

playoff lives.And they’re certainly playing like it.Blake Coleman scored

twice Minnesota Wild

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goal and an assist, and New Jersey routed the Vegas Golden Knights 8-3 on

Wednesday night.After opening a six-game road trip with a victory over Western

Conference-leading Nashville on Saturday, the Devils handed Vegas, the

second-best team in the West, its worst home loss of the season.”It’s great for

our team. You score eight goals, guys start finding confidence, finding some

good touch,” said Taylor Hall, who notched his team-high 31st goal of the

season. ”You get to game 60, 70, it’s really the best players on the team have

to come out and play their best Minnesota Wild

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huge for our team, especially on a road trip like this.”Travis Zajac, Stefan

Noesen and Kyle Palmieri also scored for the Devils, who improved to 9-6-0 in

their last 15 and moved one point ahead of idle Columbus for the top wild card

in the Eastern Conference. Keith Kinkaid stopped 39 shots.”We need points here,

we need wins,” said Kincaid, who improved to 18-9-2 this season. ”We came out

with a purpose. We wanted to get to our game and try to take away their speed. I

knew I had to be strong there for the guys and just give them a chance to

win.”Erik Haula had two goals and Colin Miller also scored for Vegas, which just

completed a 4-1 road trip. The Golden Knights gave up eight goals for just the

second time this season. They have dropped three straight games in regulation at

home for the first time.Marc-Andre Fleury, who earned his 400th career victory

against Philadelphia on Monday, gave up four goals on 11 shots before being

pulled early in the second period. Backup goalie Maxime Lagace came on and also

allowed four goals on 17 shots.Fleury was making his seventh straight start, and

18th in 19 games. Since returning from a concussion in mid-December Minnesota Wild Hats

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mere seven games.But Vegas coach Gerard Gallant deflected any notion Fleury

might have been fatigued after a long road trip and his milestone win two days

prior.”The team struggled tonight,” Gallant said. ”It was a tough night. It was

tough start. We played real well at times, and then we played real bad at times.

… I still thought we were going to win the game after two periods, I felt we

were playing good, we were playing strong, we had lots of chances to score, hit

a bunch of goal posts and it ends up 8-3 and it’s sort of a weird game.”The

Devils opened the scoring by taking advantage of a turnover at the blue line by

Vegas’ Nate Schmidt, as Coleman swatted at Brian Gibbons’ pass with shot that

slipped past Fleury through the five-hole.Less than two minutes later, while

streaking down the right side, Hischier’s attempt at centering a pass to the

crease deflected off Vegas’ Tomas Tatar and past Fleury to make it 2-0.Two goals

36 seconds apart extended New Jersey’s lead to 4-0 just 2:31 into the second

period. First it was Zajac beating Fleury stick side, then it was Noesen

slipping behind the defense for a breakaway and shimmying the puck through the

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punched a rebound at the top of the crease in for a power-play goal at 11:08,

and Miller fired a wrist shot from the point that sailed through a screen and

past Kinkaid with 1:05 left in the middle period.Coleman got his second of the

game early in the third, followed by goals from Grabner, Palmieri and Hall to

put the game out of reach.Haula’s second goal came with 28 seconds left.”I think

it was nice to find the back of the net as much as we did tonight,” Devils coach

John Hynes said. ”In the last couple of weeks, we played some really good hockey

but didn’t get rewarded in the score sheet or the win column.”There’s a lot of

emotion this time of year, so there’s surges. It’s understanding how to handle

those situations and not lose yourself but regather yourself and push yourself.

I thought we handled it fairly well at times, but there are definitely some

things in this game, and the Nashville game we can continue to work on with our

guys.”NOTES: The attendance was a season-high 18,420 at T Mobile. … Fleury

remains one victory away from moving into a tie for 12th all-time amongst

goaltenders at 401. … David Perron’s assist on Haula’s second goal set a record

for most assists by a player in an expansion team’s inaugural season. … Coleman

registered his first multi-goal game of the season.UP NEXTNew Jersey: At Los

Angeles on Saturday.Vegas: Hosts Minnesota on Friday night. GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP)

— The Arizona Coyotes have hired former Olympian Lyndsey Fry as a special

adviser to team President and CEO Ahron Cohen.The 26-year-old Fry ,

who grew up in Chandler, Arizona, will also be a brand ambassador for the NHL

club.Fry helped the U.S. women’s hockey team win a silver medal at the 2014

Sochi Olympics. She also was part of the gold medal-winning team at the 2013

world championships.Collegiately, she played four seasons at Harvard.Cohen

called Fry “an inspirational role model to young people” across Arizona.Fry said

she is excited to work with the Coyotes to advance a goal of growing hockey

throughout Arizona.In her new job, Fry will work with the Coyotes Hockey

Development department to spearhead the growth of youth hockey and,

particularly, women’s hockey.


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DENVER (AP) It seems nothing can stop Nathan MacKinnon during

what’s been a career year. Not a shoulder injury that cost him eight

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Wild.MacKinnon had two goals and three assists, Mikko Rantanen had a goal and

three assists and the Avalanche beat Minnesota 7-1 on Friday night.The five

points tied a career high for MacKinnon, who also set personal bests in goals

(31) and assists (45) for the season. He reached the 30-goal mark for the first

time in his five-year career.MacKinnon has seven goals and eight assists in

seven games since returning from a shoulder injury Feb. 18. He was second in the

NHL in scoring when he went down Jan. 30, and Friday’s five-point night moved

him into fourth overall.”I don’t know what he did when he was gone but he

clearly was doing something right because he’s come back in real good shape and

he picked up where he left off,” linemate Gabriel Landeskog said.MacKinnon’s

other five-point game was Nov. 16 against Washington.”I wish I didn’t miss those

eight games, but I definitely do feel good,” MacKinnon said. ”Hopefully if we

can make the playoffs, it’ll be a blessing. If we don’t, it won’t be. If we

squeak in, I’ll be a little fresher than some of the other guys.”Tyson Barrie

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Colorado gain ground in the Western Conference playoff race with its 13th win in

14 home games.The Avalanche jumped over idle St. Louis and stayed a point behind

Anaheim for the second wild card with 75 points. The Ducks beat Columbus 4-2 on

Friday.”We’re not just trying to chase the last wild card, we’re trying to be a

team in the division and solidify a guaranteed spot – in the top three,”

MacKinnon said.MacKinnon is trying to lead his team to the playoffs for the

first time since 2014, when the Wild upset the No. 2-seeded Avalanche in seven

games. He is giving the Wild some payback with eight points in the last two

games.Colorado has scored seven goals in both home games against Minnesota.Mikko

Koivu scored for the Wild, who have lost two straight after winning five in a

row to move into third in the Central Division. Minnesota has a four-point lead

on Colorado and has played one more game than the Avalanche.”Now when you lose

one or two in a row teams are gaining on you all over the place,” Minnesota

coach Bruce Boudreau said.Devan Dubnyk allowed five goals on 17 shots before

being replaced by Alex Stalock after Soderberg’s goal. Stalock had seven saves

for the Wild, who have allowed seven goals in both games in Colorado this

season.Landeskog and MacKinnon scored 2:26 apart midway through the first period

to give Colorado a 2-0 lead, and then the Avalanche put it away in the

second.After Barrie made it 3-0, MacKinnon, Soderberg and Rantanen each scored

in a span of 4:32 to make it 6-0. Soderberg’s tally, which went off Eric Staal’s

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fourth one,” Dubnyk said. ”I don’t know what happened on the fifth one.”Koivu

spoiled Semyon Varlamov’s shutout bid with his 12th goal at 17:07 of the second

period. Varlamov finished with 31 saves.NOTES: Colorado C Colin Wilson suffered

an upper-body injury in the second period and did not return. … Avalanche D

Anton Lindholm returned after missing five games with an elbow injury. …

Minnesota is 4-6-1 in the second night of back-to-back games. … Colorado

announced it had signed D Connor Timmins to an entry-level contract that begins

next season. Timmins was the Avalanche’s second-round draft pick last June. …

Wild C Charlie Coyle turned 26 on Friday.UP NEXTWild: Host Detroit on

Sunday.Avalanche: Host Nashville on Sunday.— TORONTO — This could be a period of

many happy returns for the Toronto Maple Leafs and for one of their former

players, James van Riemsdyk of the Philadelphia Flyers.Van Riemsdyk will return

to the Scotiabank Arena Saturday night for the first time since signing as a

free agent with the Flyers in the offseason.The Flyers (10-10-2) arrived in

Toronto after a 4-0 victory Friday afternoon against the New York Rangers, while

the Maple Leafs (15-8-0) lost to the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-2 Friday

night.Article continues below ...The Maple Leafs have lost two consecutive road

games for the first time this season but have won three in a row at home.“It’s

going to be an emotional day for me,” said van Riemsdyk, who scored 36 goals

last season for Toronto. “It meant a lot for me to play for the Maple Leafs. I

enjoyed my time there. It’s something I’ll really look back fondly on. But we’re

there to get the two points and excited for the game to come.”The left winger

said the Maple Leafs told him a few weeks before free agency opened that they

would be going in a different direction.“So, I appreciated that fact,” van

Riemsdyk said. “Going into free agency is enough of an emotional and stressful

time, let alone if you have to weigh a lot of factors. That allowed me to go

into free agency with an open mind.”The Flyers had drafted van Riemsdyk second

overall in 2007 and traded him to Toronto for defenseman Luke Schenn in June

2012. As a free agent, van Riemsdyk opted to return to his first team.“You never

really expect to be in the same place twice,” van Riemsdyk said. “But

again Adidas

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chance, to come back here and hopefully we can do some great things on the ice.

I’m happy with my choice.”Van Riemsdyk has 202 goals and 195 assists in 615

games between Toronto and Philadelphia. This season he has been limited to six

games because of a lower-body injury.About returns, Maple Leafs coach Mike

Babcock said Friday before the game: “We think our team’s going to be better, we

have significant pieces not here and they will be here.”An obvious missing piece

is center Auston Matthews, who could be returning to competition by the middle

of next week after being out with a shoulder injury suffered during the Oct. 27

against the Winnipeg Jets.Then there is holdout right winger William Nylander.

Babcock said that he was “hopeful” that Nylander was going to be signed before

the Dec. 1 deadline.“I’m confident, hopeful,” Babcock said. “I mean, Willie

loves hockey. I know Willie well. He is a great teammate and a good person and

he loves hockey. He wants to play hockey, you know, so. … I’m betting on that.

How’s that?”The Maple Leafs have been starting games slowly and fell behind

Friday night 2-0 for the third game in a row. They were able to overcome that

deficit Monday to beat the Blue Jackets 4-2 in Toronto. They have not been so

fortunate in their past two games even though they tied the game at 2 Friday.

They also lost Wednesday 5-2 against the Carolina Hurricanes.“I thought (Friday)

that might have been as good a road game as we’ve played in a while,” Babcock

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on the first goal and on their fourth goal. You can’t do that, but the bottom

line is we played heavy, we played fast, we did lots of good things. We’ve got

to take the energy into (Saturday) night. Obviously, Philly played (Friday),

which is nice. They’re sitting at home watching our game and waiting for us.

We’ll get re-energized and ready for (Saturday).”Sean Couturier scored twice,

and Calvin Pickard made 31 saves in his fourth career shutout Friday as

Philadelphia ended an 0-3-1 skid. Travis Konecny added a goal and two assists

and Claude Giroux had three assists as Philadelphia took a season-high 46 shots

on goal.“There weren’t many guys below the bar; there were none, to be honest

with you,” Flyers coach Dave Hakstol said. “We played a real good 60-minute

game. Everybody went out and did their job, from the goaltender on out.” Pickard

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Alex Tuch and the Vegas Golden Knights made

the most of their chance to atone for an ugly loss.Tuch had a goal and an assist

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Friday.The Golden Knights avenged a 7-2 loss at Calgary on Monday, when the

Flames opened up a 5-0 lead after just one period. The visit to Vegas marked the

first time Calgary has been shut out this season.Colin Miller scored his first

goal of the season, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 29 saves in his fourth shutout of

the season. It also was the 52nd shutout of his career, moving him into sole

possession of 24th place on the NHL list, one shy of Nashville’s Pekka Rinne.“It

was a good slap in the face in Calgary,” said Fleury, who earned his 415th

career victory. “It’s good that we got to face them quickly in front of our

crowd and got the win.”Fleury also started Wednesday at Arizona and made 19

saves in a 3-2 victory over the Coyotes.“I thought we bounced back good in

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get a shutout. Most of the night I could see the puck right, our guys in front

played good, too.”James Neal, who scored the first two goals in Golden Knights

history, made his first trip back to T-Mobile Arena as a member of the Flames.

He received a warm reception from the crowd of 18,206 and finished with three

shots on goal and four hits.“The fans are unbelievable, I loved playing here

again,” Neal said. “Just great memories here ,

it’s one of those things that you never forget. It was a quite a run that we

had, a special bond with the guys. It’s an emotional comeback for sure.”Calgary

goaltender David Rittich made 26 saves after entering with a six-start win

streak and an 8-1-0 mark on the year.Tuch put the Golden Knights in front 16

minutes into the second period when he deflected Cody Eakin’s wrist shot from

the point. Miller extended the lead early in the third period when he launched a

blistering slap shot from the blue line that beat Rittich on the stick

side.Since opening the season 0 for 16 and ranking last in the NHL on the power

play, the Golden Knights have scored 14 goals in their last 60 chances with the

man advantage.“It’s nice to build momentum off a good divisional win against

Arizona, but a slap in the face on Monday will really get you going,” Tuch said.

“It feels weird (to play) 100 games, but you know what, I’m just really happy to

get the win.”NOTES: Forward Reilly Smith extended his point streak (one goal,

five assists) to four games after assisting on Miller’s goal. … After missing

the first three games of the season, Eakin has recorded 13 points (eight

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on SundayGolden Knights: Finish a back-to-back at home, hosts San Jose on

Saturday. ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Edmonton goaltender Cam Talbot knew he needed

to be sharp early if the Oilers were going to bounce back Sunday against the

skidding Anaheim Ducks.Talbot made a couple of key saves in the first period

that gave his team momentum on the way to a 4-0 victory.It was a strong

bounce-back win for the Oilers, who lost 4-0 to Los Angeles on Saturday night.

They scored three goals in the opening period for the second time this season

and controlled action on both ends of the ice despite being outshot

39-24.Leading the way was Talbot, who made 39 saves for his first shutout this

season and the 20th of his NHL career.“I had to come up with a few big saves

early and that gets the confidence going. I was just trying to weather the storm

until we got going,” Talbot said. “We got the big goal early, never really

looked back from there and just kept piling them on.”It was Edmonton’s fourth

shutout this season and first against Anaheim since Jan. 25, 2017. The Ducks,

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winning four in a row and nine of 10.Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl — who

both had five-game point streaks snapped against the Kings — got back on track

with goals. McDavid, tied for fourth in the NHL scoring race with 62 points, has

five goals and eight assists in his last seven games. Draisaitl, who is tied for

ninth with 52 points, has seven goals in the past seven games.Jesse Puljujarvi

and Kyle Brodziak also scored. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Caleb Jones each had two

assists.It was just Edmonton’s second win in nine games but both have come

during a four-game road trip, which concludes on Tuesday in San Jose.“It was a

huge win. We are now on a good road trip and can turn it into a great one,”

coach Ken Hitchcock said. “We went into the red zone and attacked more. We

scored three goals because of the loose garbage we were able to pick up.”John

Gibson made 20 saves for the Ducks, who are 0-2-2 during a six-game homestand —

their longest of the season.“When you’re in a funk and in frustration mode, it’s

the hardest thing in the world when you work and don’t get results and they

score. That’s how it felt tonight Steven

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opened the scoring at 7:37 of the first period when McDavid finally was able to

get the puck under Gibson’s blocker on his third attempt from in front for his

24th goal of the season. A no-look backhand from the slot by Puljujarvi at 16:05

and a short-handed goal by Brodziak with 11 seconds remaining marked the first

time since Jan. 21, 2017, at Calgary that the Oilers have led by three or more

on the road at the end of 20 minutes.It was the third time this season Anaheim

had allowed three goals in the first period but it was the first time it trailed

by three or more in the period since Feb. 3 last season at Montreal.Draisaitl

scored his 23rd at 7:25 of the second when he corralled a shot by Jones that was

blocked by Anaheim’s Ondrej Kase and fired a wrist shot past Gibson to make it

4-0.NOTES: Anaheim D Cam Fowler played in his first game since missing 23 after

taking a puck to the face Nov. 12 against Nashville. The puck ended up breaking

Fowler’s right orbital bone, right cheekbone and right jaw bone, requiring

surgery. … Edmonton D Kris Russell returned to the lineup after missing 10 games

due to a groin injury. … Brodziak has four short-handed goals since the start of

last season. … Anaheim executive vice president/general manager Bob Murray

became the fifth person in NHL history to both play and serve 1,000 games as a

GM. He joined Bobby Clarke, Bob Gainey, Bob Pulford and Doug Wilson.UP

NEXTOilers: Play at San Jose on Tuesday.Ducks: Host Ottawa on Wednesday.


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On a busy day for goaltenders on the NHL waiver

wire ,

the Carolina Hurricanes put Scott Darling on waivers and the Arizona Coyotes

claimed Calvin Pickard from the Philadelphia Flyers.Darling went on waivers

Thursday with two years left on his contract beyond this season at a salary-cap

hit of $4.15 million. Darling became Carolina’s third goaltender behind Petr

Mrazek and Curtis McIlhenney, who the Hurricanes claimed from the Maple Leafs

before the season began.Former Carolina general manager Ron Francis traded a

third-round pick to Chicago for Darling in 2017 and signed him to a $16.6

million, four-year contract. Darling, 29, has gone 15-25-8 with a 3.17

goals-against average and .889 save percentage in 50 games with the

Hurricanes.Arizona picked up Pickard in the aftermath of starter Antti Raanta

leaving Tuesday’s game with a lower-body injury. Raanta missed eight games this

month with injury.Philadelphia put Pickard on waivers after firing GM Ron

Hextall, who claimed him from Toronto as a stopgap before the start of the

season. The 26-year-old Pickard went 4-2-2 with a 4.01 GAA and .863 save

percentage in 11 games for the Flyers.Pittsburgh re-claimed forward

Jean-Sebastien Dea off waivers from New Jersey. The Penguins sent Dea to their

American Hockey League affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton after re-acquiring

him.In other moves, the Hurricanes waived forward Valentin Zykov, the Blues

waived forward Nikita Soshnikov and the Ducks waived forward Ben Street.

WASHINGTON – The Capitals might get a big piece of their offense back when they

host the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night.Forward T.J. Oshie hopes to return

to the Washington lineup after missing the past 11 games with an upper-body

injury.“I’ve been hoping to play for a week, so I’m hoping to play

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training staff says, see what the doctors say, see what the coaches say, but

today was a full [practice]. I passed all the tests I’ve got to pass.”Article

continues below ...Oshie took part in a full practice Monday for the first time

since he was injured on a hit from Winnipeg Jets defenseman Josh Morrissey on

Nov. 14.The Capitals (17-9-3) are atop the Metropolitan Division and returning

home after a 2-1 road trip. Coach Todd Reirden said Oshie could play Tuesday,

which would provide a boost to the offense overall, but especially the power

play.“He’s a special player in all aspects of the game, but certainly on the

power play for us and in that diamond spot he does a really good job on the

entries in terms of controlled entries,” Reirden told the Washington Post.“When

we do have to dump pucks in, he is good at recoveries. His work ethic and

instincts to be able to win puck battles Mika

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how our power play recovers pucks.”Oshie has 14 points (nine goals, five

assists) in 18 games this season, including one goal and two assists on the

power play.Different players have stepped up as the Capitals went 9-2 in Oshie’s

absence and Alex Ovechkin has been on a roll. He has 14 points (10 goals, four

assists) in his past 11 games.Goalie Braden Holtby is 10-2-2 with a 2.11

goals-against average (GAA) and a .924 save percentage against the Red Wings,

including the win on Nov. 23 when Washington defeated the visiting Red Wings

3-1.Ovechkin has 13 goals and 10 assists in 24 games against Detroit, including

a goal and an assist last month.Capitals forward Tom Wilson will miss his third

game in a row Tuesday with an upper-body injury. Reirden told reporters Wilson

will hopefully resume skating later this week.Detroit (14-13-4) comes in off a

3-1 home win over the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night.Goalie Jimmy Howard made

a season-high 42 saves after sitting out the past two games.“Jimmy Howard is my

favorite thing about this game,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill told “We

weren’t good enough tonight. They outplayed us, and Jimmy gave us a chance to

win the game.”Dennis Cholowski, Frans Nielsen and Dylan Larkin scored for

Detroit Womens

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past seven games (4-2-1).The Red Wings went ahead 3-0 and held the lead,

something they’d been having trouble with of late.“There have been a lot of

blown two-goal leads, and one that was three goals, but tonight we did a better

job of playing with a lead,” Howard told “We bent, but we didn’t

break.”Coach Jeff Blashill declined to say who’ll be in goal against

Washington.Howard is 4-3-3 with a 2.82 GAA and a .900 save percentage versus

Washington. Jonathan Bernier is 4-5 with a 2.83 GAA and a .894 save percentage

against the Capitals. Bernier took the loss in the teams’ first meeting.


Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley has been named the NFC’s Offensive Player of the Week for his record-breaking performance in the Rams’ 23-20 win over the Denver Broncos in Week 6.

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Empowered by the play of the Rams’ offensive line Womens Ramik Wilson Jersey , Gurley went off on the Broncos finishing with 208 yards on 28 carries and two touchdowns. Gurley was the first Ram to top 200 yards on the ground since Marshall Faulk in 2001.It’s the fourth time for Gurley to win NFC OPOW in his career after doing so three times in 2017. He also won NFC Player of the Month twice last year as well en route to being named the 2017 NFL Offensive Player of the Year.The game puts him on nearly the exact same statistical trajectory as 2017. Through six games, Gurley has 623 rushing yards and nine touchdowns on 129 rushes (compared to 621 yards and four touchdowns from 123 runs a year ago) with 21 receptions for 247 receiving yards and a pair of receiving touchdowns (23/245/3 last year). Best Overreaction:The defense for the Los Angeles Rams was so good that all cause for concern is in the pastFirst off, you should always remain concerned about everything. We live in a crazy world and once you get complacent, well, that’s when life kicks you in the painful parts. But that’s besides the point, which is: DE Aaron Donald Youth Brandin Cooks Jersey , LB Cory Littleton, and S John Johnson III played like leaders of the defense, putting together an epic victory that felt like a “team win.” Yes, Donald was a monster with his four sacks and fumble recovery, but if CB Troy Hill can make you believe a massive improvement has been made, then well Womens Cory Littleton Jersey , I’m a believer. Coach Wade Phillips did a fine job with the defense, shutting down the San Francisco 49ers. And for those who might bring up the fact that the Niners played like garbage, well, that’s why this is an overreaction. If the D can deliver the same level of destruction on the Green Bay Packers, then I might feel more confident in my declaration that the Rams defense is elite.Worst Overreaction:The Rams didn’t miss WR Cooper Kupp since they put up 39 pointsThe Rams’ offense is pretty high-powered, so it’s difficult to argue that a slot receiver’s absence is going to make or break their efforts to make plays. However Womens Johnny Hekker Jersey , WR Nick Williams is not Cooper Kupp and no one is expecting him to be. But the Rams’ offense uses Kupp so well, especially in the middle of the field, which allows WR Brandin Cooks and WR Robert Woods to cash in on the attention that defenders need to pay to Kupp. And a lot of the great field position that the Rams got on Sunday’s game was due to the excellent special teams’ unit —so yes, the offense had a good day, but the stats would have been higher with Cooper Kupp on the field. Simply put: the Rams are always better with Cooper Kupp suited up and ready to play.


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Today they had nine players who did not participate in practice. One of those is a guy that has been out a while in Tavon Austin. Then there are the more recent additions like Sean Lee and David Irving. Here is the full list:New to the list , and a little surprising, is Tyron Smith with a back issue, something he has battled for a few seasons. Hopefully, this will turn out to be just a “veteran’s day” and nothing more. Additionally, defensive linemen Antwaun Woods, Taco Charlton, Maliek Collins and Daniel Ross all were unable to go today. The Cowboys added a defensive lineman to their practice squad with all the injuries at that position. This replaces the spot left open by the promotion of Lance Lenoir. As noted earlier today, Zack Martin didn’t practice but that was expected as the Cowboys are shielding him from putting any more stress on his knee than is absolutely necessary before the game. In the good news column is Connor Williams returning on a limited basis, and linebacker Joe Thomas finally makes it back to a practice in a limited capacity. As for Atlanta, they could receive a big boost on the defensive side of the ball. Pro Bowl linebacker Deion Jones has been cleared to play after spending almost the whole season on IR with a broken foot, but the Falcons aren’t sure he will be able to go this week.Cowboys Poll: How many games must Jason Garrett win to keep his job? Things have not been going the Cowboys’ way this year, and that’s not just a knee-jerk reaction to the last games.No Cheap Sean Lee Jersey , things have been out of kilter for one reason or another since Week 1. In fact, things have been out of kilter since the Atlanta game in Week 10 last year. How much out of kilter? Just look at these stats over the last 13 games:Points scored: 211 (NFL rank: 31st)Pass attempts: 376 (30th)Passing Yards per Attempt: 5.91 (29th)Offensive Passer Rating: 73.9 (27th)And if things remain the same as they’ve been for those 13 games, the team will be lucky to finish this year with an 8-8 record. The Pythagorean Formula (for more details, go here) was developed to measure overall team strength on the hypothesis that a team’s true strength could be measured more accurately by looking at points scored and points allowed, rather than by looking at wins and losses. The interesting thing about the formula, at least for our purposes today, is you can calculate a projected season win total after every single game. Which is exactly what I did with the cumulative points differentials after each game: Obviously, the results here get more robust with every additional data point. After some wild swings in the first two game, the win projection has settled in at around six to seven wins since. And this far into the season, the data is robust enough to suggest that the Cowboys are not suddenly going to go on a six-game win streak.Another method to calculate projected wins is via passer rating differential (PRD). We know that PRD is one of the stats most closely linked to winning in the NFL. And PRD can be plugged into a very simple formula to predict win totals in the NFL. The PRD formula (Projected Wins = PRD*0.16+8) has shown a fairly close correlation with the Cowboys’ actual wins over the last decade or so, but has been oddly off the last few years: Overall, the PRD formula generates a mean average error of 1.9 games over the last four seasons Youth Joe Looney Jersey , which isn’t great, and is off significantly more in the last two years. This suggests that unlike previous years, the performance in the passing game for the Cowboys is not as big a determinant in their W/L loss as in the previous year.Coincidentally, with the arrival of Ezekiel Elliott in Dallas and the departure of Tony Romo in 2016, the Cowboys became a much more run-oriented team, so I figured that I had to find a way to account for the running game in the PRD formula. So I played around withe the data a bit came up with a modified PRD Formula that includes a team’s rushing yards differential (RYD) as follows: Projected Wins = (PRD + RYD/50) * 0.16 + 8.In statistics, the relationship between two variables is called a correlation, and the strength of that correlation is measured by the “correlation coefficient”. This coefficient (r虏) is expressed as a number between 1 and -1. The closer the r虏 number is to 1 or -1, the stronger the relationship between the two variables. The closer it is to zero, the weaker the relationship. I ran the original PRD formula against the 2017 regular season results for all 32 teams, and r虏 between Passer Rating Differential (PRD) and wins in 2017 was 0.62. Not bad, but not great either. Rushing yards differential for 2017 was a decidedly unimpressive 0.17 , which is one reason why so many stat heads poo-poo the running game and suggest teams need to pass more. But after a little tinkering, something interesting happened. The modified PRD, which now includes rushing yards differential, came back with an r虏 of 0.77 which is one of the strongest correlations you’ll find outside of points differential. Here’s a graph that illustrates the correlation between the modified PRD formula and wins for all 32 NFL teams in 2017:In terms of Mean Average Error, the original PRD Formula was off by 1.6 games on average in 2017, the modified PRD reduced that 1.3 games. And once applied to the last few Cowboys season, the modified PRD also delivered much better results: With the modified PRD, the mean average error for the Cowboys improved from 1.9 to a very impressive 0.9 wins. So what does the modified PRD project as the final record for the 2-3 Cowboys? With a PRD after five games of -22.5 and a RYD of +200, the formula projects 5.5 wins for the Cowboys this year.So the Pythagorean Formula has the 2018 Cowboys at 6.6 wins, the modified PRD sees them at 5.5 wins (both projections already factor in the Cowboys’ two wins). The modified PRD tells basically the same story as the Pythagorean formula, even if the projected win totals are a little lower. Want more projection? has the Cowboys at 7.5 wins. Football Outsiders project the Cowboys for 7.4 wins.Looks like the 2018 Cowboys are likely headed to a six- or seven-win season, with eight wins as a clear ceiling. Which brings us to the titular question of this post. How many games must Jason Garrett win to keep his job?Many fans would like to fire Garrett regardless of his record this year Cheap Tyron Smith Jersey , but that’s not the way the Cowboys operate, as Tom Ryle pointed out the end of last season: Jason Garrett is in his ninth season as a head coach with the Cowboys, and has had plenty of time to mold the team to his wishes. Yet all he has to show for it is one playoff win, a 65-59 career record, and another season that that looks to be his fifth non-winning season. Of course, none of this would have been possible without the ineptness of the father-son duo playing GM. Yet those two will be the final arbiters of Garrett’s fate, and as Tom points out, they might wimp out at firing Garret just as Garrett wimped out on the 4th-and-1 in Houston.No such wimping in Vegas, where Garrett is now listed as the mostly likely head coach to be fired first.And Jerry Jones wasn’t too happy about his coach on Sunday either. RJ Ochoa pointed out that Jones publicly contradicting Garrett’s decision to punt doesn’t bode well for the coach. So how many wins will it take for Jerry Jones to hang on to Garrett for yet another season?Give your answer in the attached poll or in the comments section below.


The memories came rushing back as Chicago Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan set foot on the practice field where he spent the first part of his career.

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A momentary stroll down memory lane of his time with the Broncos: Like when the young player intercepted a pass from Peyton Manning and infuriated the retired QB."He's like Youth Roquan Smith Jersey , 'Who is this guy? Who is No. 59? Get him off the field,'" Trevathan recalled after the Bears practiced against the Broncos on Wednesday ahead of their preseason game this weekend. "Great memories. ... Getting on Peyton's nerves, getting on coaches' nerves ... little stuff like that. Guys working hard to get to a common goal."Trevathan was the leading tackler when the Broncos beat Carolina in Super Bowl 50. The bond remains strong, even if he left for the Bears in 2016."I remember working hard with a group of guys that decided enough was enough," Trevathan said of his time with the Broncos.And that sort of attitude now permeates the Bears, Trevathan said. The team hasn't been to the postseason since 2010."Guys saying, 'Enough is enough,'" Trevathan said. "Now, we have to go finish it off."Trevathan and his defensive teammates spent the day chasing Case Keenum and the rest of the Broncos offense. He had a new understudy with him in rookie linebacker Roquan Smith , who just signed his deal to end his holdout.The early results are in: Trevathan likes what he sees in the No. 8 overall pick out of Georgia. Smith did have a little equipment malfunction early on — his shoulder pads didn't fit quite right — but held his own."He looked good first day. A lot of stuff to learn with this defense," Trevathan said. "Linebacker is a tough position in this defense. You have to know a lot. You have to be instinctive and communicate well. It's just catching up. A little more catching up. Fine-tune, which is no problem. We have great vets like myself and coaches. We're going to get him together."There was a time not so long ago when Trevathan's head was swimming in formations , too. A 2012 sixth-round pick out of Kentucky, Trevathan learned under the likes of Von Miller and later DeMarcus Ware. Those ties still run deep."He'll be my brother forever," Miller said. "It was great to see Danny, 'Tray,' great to be on the field with him again. He was a beast here. He's still a beast there."Trevathan appreciated his time in the Mile High City and being part of a Broncos draft class that also included defensive linemen Derek Wolfe and Malik Jackson."My draft class, we made a statement," Trevathan said. "We took it upon ourselves that we weren't going to lose no close games. We were going to come in with the attitude: It was a new beginning for us. Our draft class did that. Along with some older guys. It was just our attitude. We believed in one another. We pushed each other."One Super Bowl title is nice. Another would be even nicer."It's addictive," Trevathan said. "You want that championship. You want to go through it again, to do it differently, to do it with a different team, to do it different than you did before."Last season, Trevathan led the Bears with 89 tackles and had two sacks. But what he's probably best remembered for was a helmet-to-helmet hit on Packers receiver Davante Adams last September Youth Eddie Jackson Jersey , a hit in which Adams' mouthpiece flew out of his mouth. Trevathan was flagged for unnecessary roughness and later suspended by the league for a game.So far this summer, Trevathan likes the way the Bears defense is coming together. He sees a similar hunger that he saw during his tenure in Denver."I feel like we're going in the right direction," Trevathan said. "As long as they keep up with the pace and listen to the older guys, we'll be all right."NOTES: Smith said it's "up to the coaches" if he plays in the preseason game against Denver on Saturday. ... The sticking point in Smith's deal was reportedly the agent's insistence on protection for Smith regarding guaranteed money. "I feel like everybody won in the end, right?" Trevathan said. "We got our guy. He got his contract. It's all about everybody being happy and coming out here and playing football."Projecting the 2018 NFL season NFC EastJames Lang-USA TODAY Sports*Philadelphia Eagles (11-5)Dallas Cowboys (8-8)New York Giants (8-8)Washington Redskins (7-9)Going into this projection, I wasn’t overly high on the NFC East. All but one team is projected to finish .500 or better. Until I see what the Cowboys offense looks like, it’s hard for me to buy into them. The Giants offense could be fun, even with an aging Eli Manning.NFC NorthRon Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports*Minnesota Vikings (13-3)*Chicago Bears (10-6)Green Bay Packers (10-6)Detroit Lions (7-9)This is going to be the best division in football in 2018. Maybe I’m drinking the Kool-Aid following the Khalil Mack addition, but the Bears are playoff bound for the first time since 2010. Make no mistake, the Vikings are the best squad here, but it’s going to be more competitive from top-to-bottom in comparison to last year.NFC SouthEric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports*Atlanta Falcons (12-4)*New Orleans (10-6)Carolina Panthers (7-9)Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-12)Maybe I’m higher on the Falcons that most but their offense should be deadly, assuming the play calling is better. The Panthers’ offensive line issues worry me and the Bucs appears to be looking at an 0-4 start. What was the strongest division in football takes a step back.NFC WestKirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports*Los Angeles Rams (12-4)San Francisco 49ers (8-8)Arizona Cardinals (6-10)Seattle Seahawks (4-12)The Rams might have the most complete team in the NFL , but we’ve seen what too many superstars on the same roster can do. The 49ers could end up finishing better, but losing Jerick McKinnon is a big blow. The Cardinals and Seahawks are both bound to take a step back, especially the latter.AFC EastJeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports*New England Patriots (12-4)New York Jets (6-10)Miami Dolphins (5-11)Buffalo Bills (2-14)It appears the Patriots’ dominant run is close to being over, but in such a weak division it’s going to have to wait another year. The Jets are going to be better than their record projects and they have a bright future. The Bills appear to be the worst team in football after making the playoffs the previous year, and I’m not sure it’s close.AFC NorthPhilip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports*Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4)Baltimore Ravens (7-9)Cleveland Browns (7-9)Cincinnati Bengals (4-12)The Steelers are loaded on offense and could dominate the AFC this season. The Ravens will continue to float around .500, and the Browns could surprise. There’s a lot of young talent on that Cleveland roster. I feel like I’m too low on the Bengals, but keeping Marvin Lewis was a terrible decision.AFC SouthTroy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports*Houston Texans (10-6)*Jacksonville Jaguars (10-6)Indianapolis Colts (7-9)Tennessee Titans (5-11)The battle at the top is going to go into the final weeks of the season, as I like both the Jaguars and Texans. The Colts have a bad roster, but if Andrew Luck is healthy, it’s easy to see them accidentally winning six to seven games based on him alone. Not sure why, but I’m not buying what the Titans are selling.AFC WestThomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports*Los Angeles Chargers (11-5)*Kansas City Chiefs (10-6)Denver Broncos (7-9)Oakland Raiders (4-12)The battle between the Chargers and Chiefs will be a fun one. I’m not completely sold that Patrick Mahomes will be playoff ready in his first year starting, but I like them long-term. The Chargers will finally figure it out. They have too much talent not to. The Raiders are a team that I had around seven wins heading into last weekend Blue Anthony Miller Jersey , and what a disaster that ended up being. Trading Mack, cutting Martavis Bryant, and trading a fifth-round pick for A.J. McCarron was brutal. PlayoffsWild Card RoundReinhold Matay-USA TODAY SportsNFC: Eagles over Bears, and Falcons over Saints.AFC: Texans over Chiefs, and Chargers over Jaguars.Divisional RoundBrad Rempel-USA TODAY SportsNFC: Vikings over Eagles, and Falcons over Rams.AFC: Steelers over Texans, and Patriots over Chargers.Conference ChampionshipBenny Sieu-USA TODAY SportsNFC: Falcons over VikingsAFC: Steelers over PatriotsSuper Bowl:Aaron Doster-USA TODAY SportsSteelers over Falcons


Despite suffering several injuries on the defensive side of the ball the Bengals led by a single point with just over a minute to play against their biggest rivals.

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The lead would not hold unfortunately, as the Steelers drove 77 Authentic Jordan Evans Jerseyyards on seven plays and scored a game-winning touchdown with just seconds remaining.Despite all the optimism from the team’s 4-1 start, some things just haven’t changed.Here are our live updates from the game:Fourth quarter update:After several failed offensive drives, the Steelers offense broke free thanks to a 48-yard Antonio Brown reception. A few plays later, rookie cornerback Darius Phillips forced tight end Vance McDonald to fumble on a third-and-two inside the Bengals’ 10-yard line, and the Steelers knocked in a 24-yard field goal to extend their lead to 20-14.On the ensuing Bengals’ drive, Andy Dalton passed Boomer Esiason’s place as the Bengals’ second all-time leading passer.The drive ended with Joe Mixon rushing for a four-yard touchdown run. Randy Bullock’s extra point gave the Bengals the lead back 21-20.Unfortunately, too much time was left on the clock for the Steelers, and after a crucial third-down defensive holding penalty on Dre Kirkpatrick, Ben Roethlisberger connected with Antonio Brown for a 31-yard touchdown to seal the game.Third quarter update:Following a Bengals three-and-out, the Bengals declared Darqueze Dennard out of for the game with that right shoulder injury.Injuries continued to pile up for the Bengals defense, as both starting safeties Jessie Bates and Shawn Williams were sidelined on the Steelers first drive of the half.The drive lasted 12 plays but fell inches short of the end zone. Kicker Chris Boswell’s 21-yard field goal gave the Steelers a 17-14 lead.Jessie Bates returned on the following Steelers drive, but the Bengals have now declared Shawn Williams out of the game with a concussion.Halftime update:The Bengals are tied with the Steelers at 14-14, but not without suffering their fair share of injuries.Both Vontaze Burfict and Darqueze Dennard suffered right shoulder injuries late in the second quarter and their returns are up in the air.Joe Mixon was not on the field for the team’s final drive of the half, but no injury has been reported for the running back.Nick Vigil was also declared out with a knee injury.Second quarter update:The Steelers responded from the Bengals touchdown drive with a methodical drive of their own. Upon entering the red zone, defensive tackle Geno Atkins was called for a rare defensive holding that put the Steelers on the Bengals’ one-yard line. Running back James Conner punched in a one-yard touchdown run and Steelers’ kicker Chris Boswell tied the game 7-7 with an extra point.After a few more failed drives, the Steelers found their rhythm by targeting tight end Vance McDonald multiple times. A terrific catch from wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster got the Steelers back to the Bengals’ one-yard line, where running back James Conner punched in another one-yard touchdown, increasing their lead to 14-7. Thanks to a 47-yard kickoff return by Alex Erickson, the Bengals quickly responded. A five-play 44-yard drive lead by Andy Dalton finished with Tyler Boyd’s second touchdown reception of the game with 19 seconds left in the half. The Steelers kneeled upon getting the ball back and both teams are tied at 14-14.First quarter update:After both offenses gained minimal ground against each other, a lackluster punt from Steelers’ punter Jordan Berry gave the Bengals great field position for their second drive of the game, which ended with Tyler Boyd catching his first pass and target for a two-yard touchdown. A Randy Bullock extra point gave the Bengals a 7-0 lead.The Bengals are looking to make a statement against their division rivals. The Steelers are (2-2-1) coming off a win against the Falcons, and are looking to get over .500 for the first time this season. The Bengals are (4-1) and looking to show that they belong in the conversation of contenders.Cincinnati got Joe Mixon back last week who ended up being pretty vital in the comeback win against the Dolphins. The second-year running back had over 100 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown. However, it was the defense who really stole the show. They only allowed 10 points (a punt return touchdown before halftie was the only other touchdown allowed), and the unit ended up scoring 14 points of their own through a pick-six from Michael Johnson and a Sam Hubbard fumble recovery for the final touchdown of the game.One big change defensively was getting linebacker Vontaze Burfict back from suspension. He didn’t end up playing the most snaps of any linebacker, but you could feel his impact as he made several stops at the line of scrimmage that just weren’t being made in his absence.The Bengals are not expected to have wide receiver John Ross back in this game after he tweaked his groin against the Falcons. Also missing are tight end Tyler Kroft and center Billy Price. The Bengals already put Tyler Eifert on IR, so the tight end position is dwindling. C.J. Uzomah will need to step up.The Steelers looked more like themselves last week against the Falcons. They were all over quarterback Matt Ryan, and their quarterback Ben Roethlisberger got going. It was a pretty decisive win, but the Falcons defense has major issues of its own that the the Bengals exploited just a week before Pittsburgh.Of course the Steelers are without running back Le’Veon Bell Youth Hardy Nickerson Jersey , who reportedly will rejoin the team during their bye week following this game. Although, there have also been rumors of the team looking to trade Bell for the right offer as it is doubtful that Bell will be re-signing with the team in free agency. That isn’t to say his replacement James Conner has done a poor job, but he has been streaky. He has two games where he has over 100 yards rushing and two touchdowns, but he also has two games where he has failed to reach 20 yards rushing.It has been said a countless amount of times, but this is a prove it game for the Bengals. If they want to be taken seriously, they have to defeat one of their biggest demons in recent history.Here is how to watch the Bengals host the Steelers:Game: Cincinnati Bengals (4-1) vs Pittsburgh Steelers (2-2-1)Date/Time: Oct. 14th, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. EST Location: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OHStreaming: Fubo TVSeries Leader: Steelers lead the series 60-35Streak: The Steelers have won the past five gamesCoaches vs. Opponent: Marvin Lewis: (8-22) vs. Mike Tomlin (17-5)TV Broadcast: The game will air on CBS-TV. In the Bengals’ home region, it will be carried by WKRC-TV (Ch. 12) in Cincinnati, WHIO-TV (Ch. 7) in Dayton and on WKYT-TV (Ch. 27) in Lexington. Broadcasters are Ian Eagle (play-byplay), Dan Fouts (analyst) and Evan Washburn (sideline reporter).Radio Broadcast: The game will air on the Bengals Radio Network, led by Cincinnati flagship stations WLW-AM (700), WCKY-AM (ESPN 1530; all sports) and WEBN-FM (102.7). Broadcasters are Dan Hoard (play-by-play) and Dave Lapham (analyst). SB Nation Steelers site: Behind the Steel CurtainWeather: Mid 80’s, mostly cloudy [NFL weather]Odds: Bengals, -3 [Odds Shark] It’s been a tale of two seasons for the Cincinnati Bengals through their first seven contests. The past two losses have been particularly rough, for polar opposite reasons. Still, at 4-3, they are alive in the division and AFC playoff picture. However, if they are to make a run to turn things around from two straight losing seasons, they will need to fix their focus on a number of areas on the team. Here are a few friendly suggestions to Mike Brown and Marvin Lewis. Don’t be afraid to make lineup changes and/or play other young players:There are facets to the Bengals’ style of play that have been effective this year, but others that have been not so great. The easiest place to look is at the right side of the offensive line. After letting up six more pressures on Sunday night, guard Alex Redmond is on pace to allow 73 this year. The most given up by any guard last season was 44. Can Christian Westerman really be that much worse of an option, or is it simply something that points back to Lewis’ “practice the right way” mantra? Additionally, Bobby Hart seems to be good for killing about 1-2 drives a game with some sort of penalty or other issue. There’s no doubt that the return of Billy Price will give the coaches some things to think about. Trey Hopkins hasn’t been outstanding at center, but he’s been capable, which is saying something because right guard is his primary position. Might a Price/Hopkins lineup help things?Things haven’t been much better on the defensive line, either. Some of the better performances and big plays up front have come from heavy rotations of guys like Sam Hubbard, Jordan Willis and Carl Lawson. However , Michael Johnson is still receiving more snaps than some of these youngsters and that’s tough to see. This is especially true, given the fact that he had some missed tackles on Kareem Hunt on Sunday night. We don’t like to individually point out certain players, especially a great guy like Johnson, but similar issues keep recurring. And, at times when certain seasons have been lost under Lewis and he finally decided to give some young guys more chances, it’s led to some improbable wins. Feed Joe Mixon at least 25 times a game:Mixon was averaging a whopping 5.8 yards per carry against the Steelers and is currently at 4.6 on the year. It’s a big jump from his 3.5 average in 2017, and points to at some improvement up front on the offensive line, as well as his increased comfort level in the scheme. He only had a 3.8 yard average against the Chiefs, but some gashing runs were still available. Mixon has also improved a bit as a receiver this season, making some difficult catches. Currently, Mixon is averaging 20 touches per contest (16.8 rushes, 3.2 catches). With the injuries piling up at the pass-catching positions (Tyler Eifert, Tyler Kroft, John Ross, Giovani Bernard), and a lack of growth shown from Cody Core and Josh Malone, the need to rely on the run a bit more should be a priority. It will take some heat off of Andy Dalton and potentially keep the offense in more manageable third down situations. Look for outside help before the trade deadline:This one very well may be a pipe dream, given the conservative nature of this franchise, but it’s something definitely worth exploring. The Arizona Cardinals reportedly have a trio of talented defensive players on the trading block in Patrick Peterson, Haason Reddick and Deone Bucannon, which could immediately help Cincinnati’s beleaguered defensive unit. Given who owner Mike Brown is and this team’s reluctance to spend big-time money on outside help, Peterson isn’t a reality. However, Reddick is on the second year of a manageable rookie deal, while Bucannon could potentially help the ever-lingering problem of covering tight ends. That’s just scratching the surface of what’s out there, though. Help because of injuries (tight end) or ineffectiveness at certain positions (offensive line) seems to be needed in a big way. They definitely can make a move to improve their team down the stretch. It’s really about organizational attitude here. If you really think you’re very close this year and one or two additions can push you back into being atop the AFC North, you do it. However, seeing as how that’s been the perception about the team the past few seasons when free agency rolls around and Cincinnati remains relatively quiet on that front, we aren’t expecting much on this front—even it is an effective strategy.


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Titans with a lot of momentum on their side: they had won six games in a row and just defeated the Green Bay Packers by playing their most complete game of the season. Three hours later Shaq Mason Jersey Black Friday , however, that feel-good vibe was gone after what can only be described as a bad Patriots performance from top to bottom.Tennessee blew out the visitors 34-10 and from New England’s perspective the game was every bit as bad as the final score indicates: nearly everything went wrong, from a lack of offensive rhythm to protection breakdowns to bad decisions to sloppy man-coverage to inconsistent special teams play — you name it. Against a well-coached Titans team firing on all cylinders New England’s showing was simply not good enough.After arguably the worst loss of the season, the Patriots now head into their bye facing a lot of questions in all three phases. Will Tom Brady bounce back from a comparatively mediocre three-game stretch? Will the reintegration of injured players like Rob Gronkowski, Shaq Mason and Sony Michel help the offense? Will the depth at the offensive skill positions finally step up? Will the offensive line bounce back once all pieces are back and healthy?Will Stephon Gilmore show that his bad outing against Titans wideout Corey Davis was just a fluke? Will the defensive on-field signal caller please stand up (this week, Kyle Van Noy donned the green dot again)? Will the unit improve against mobile quarterbacks? Will the kick coverage get back to its usual levels of performance? Will the slow starts stop? And how about questionable coaching decisions?All those questions (and more) will need to be addressed over the next few weeks if the Patriots want to make another deep postseason run. That being said, the team is equipped as well as any to tackle them and produce satisfying answers and results. After all, this is a squad that defeated the mighty Kansas City Chiefs. One that went on the road against a good Chicago Bears team to steal another victory. And one that thoroughly outplayed Aaron Rodgers and the Packers just one week ago.The Patriots are capable of playing good , championship-worthy football — they have proven it time and again during their six-game win streak. However, what they have also proven today and earlier this year is that they can be wildly inconsistent and as a result put themselves in unfavorable situations through bad decisions, bad play calls, or simply bad execution. And ultimately, this is the one question all of the above boil down to.Will the Patriots finally become a consistent team?The bye week is a pivotal time to work on finding a favorable answer to that question as players and coaches have two weeks to work on the basics, and on building on the foundation that has been laid over the first ten games of the season. If that happens, then the attention can turn to another question — on that cannot be ignored when looking at the roster: when will the Patriots finally live up to their potential? For the longest time, there were nothing but field goals. For three entire quarters Montee Ball Color Rush Jersey , for 45-plus minutes of football, not a single team could find the end zone at New Era Field in Buffalo. Even the great Tom Brady, the best quarterback to ever play the game, couldn’t muster a way to get the Patriots across the goal line.And even after James White finally scored the first touchdown of the game early in the fourth quarter, putting up nothing but field goals for that long isn’t going to help you cover the gambling spread when you are favored by 13.5 points.Obviously, the Patriots themselves don’t actually care about covering the spread. But this was a big game for me; I needed the Pats to cover in order to remain at .500 for the week, as well as for the season. By the time the fourth quarter finally rolled around, I had pretty much given up all hope on that. I thought we were going to look back on this Monday night affair with the Bills and remember it as the “Endless Field Goals Game.”All chances of New England coming back to cover the spread seemed hopeless — until Devin McCourty happened.With just under six minutes to go in the game Drew Bledsoe Jersey , McCourty intercepted Derek Anderson and returned it 84 yards for a pick six. Before McCourty’s defensive work of art, the Patriots had apparently gone 40 games without a defensive touchdown, which was the longest drought for such a thing in the NFL.(That’s hard to believe, you know, with Bill Belichick being the great defensive coach that he is.)With McCourty pulling off the play of the game, the Patriots stretched their lead from 12 points to 19 points, and they held on to take down the Bills 25-6. For those counting, it was Brady’s 29th career win against Buffalo. How is that for dominance?And more importantly (just kidding) Lawrence Guy Jersey Black Friday , the Patriots covered the two-touchdown spread. A few days ago when I picked them to cover, I remember feeling a little uneasy about it because 13.5 points is quite a few points. I wrote that I would never be able to live with myself if I actually picked Derek Anderson over Brady and Belichick.And boy, for over 50 minutes, I was actually regretting being so loyal to the greatest coach-quarterback duo in history. But then Devin McCourty came out of nowhere and cleared all of those doubts right up.


After two weeks , the New Orleans Saints find themselves with a 1-1 record, which may seem disappointing on the surface, but represents the best start the team has had over the first two weeks since 2013.

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 The Saints started the season with two games at home but now hit the road to face their most hated rival, the Atlanta Falcons, in the Saints’ home away from home.No New Orleans Saints Hats week gets Who Dat Nation’s blood pumping like “Falcons Hate Week” and the opportunity to take the Falcons down in their own house would be just what the team and the fans may need to kick this season into high gear.The Saints may be travelling to Atlanta for the first time this season on Sunday, but if everything breaks right this year, they’ll be back in February, so they should get used to the place.Last week I went 9-7I told you so: Chiefs over Steelers!What do I know: Eagles over Bucs?***WEEK 3Thursday, September 20th - Thursday Night FootballJets(1-1) at Browns(0-1-1)The stout Jets defense will take away Cleveland’s ability to run the ball, effectively taking away the one weapon they have.Cleveland’s woes continue into this week.Jets win 17-14.Pick: Jets***Sunday, September 23rd - Early GamesPackers(1-0-1) at Redskins(1-1)Aaron Rodgers and company face stiff competition from the Washington defense in this one, but Green Bay will steal a quality win on the road.Green Bay wins 30-24.Pick: Packers***Colts(1-1) at Eagles(1-1)Following a tough road loss last week, Philadelphia returns Carson Wentz to the field for the first time since his severe knee injury late last season.The reception at home should help Philly rebound nicely this week against Indianapolis.Philadelphia wins 30-17.Pick: Eagles***Bills(0-2) at Vikings(1-0-1)Buffalo just can't catch any breaks this year, now they face one of this year’s Super Bowl favorites in one of the toughest buildings in the league to play in.This one will be all Minnesota.Minnesota wins 31-7.Pick: Vikings***Raiders(0-2) at Dolphins(2-0)Oakland’s defense will have a tough time slowing down the Miami ground game.Jon Gruden will continue to wish he had a first-rate pass rusher.Miami wins 31-17.Pick: Dolphins***Broncos(2-0) at Ravens(1-1)After two weeks, it’s strength on strength as Denver’s rushing attack faces the Baltimore defense.This has the markings of a slow it down, grind it out game, but sometimes those games go the other way, and this one will come down to the passing games.Denver wins 34-26.Pick: Broncos***Bengals(2-0) at Panthers(1-1) Despite a good start to the season, Cincinnati will struggle on the road against Cam Newtonand the Panthers offense in Charlotte.Carolina wins 27-21.Pick: Panthers***Giants(0-2) at Texans(0-2)The Giants’ early-season woes continue in Houston as they struggle keeping up with the Texans rushing attack.Houston wins 26-17.Pick: Texans***Titans(1-1) at Jaguars(2-0)Jacksonville is riding high after a huge win over New England last week and the only thing that could keep them from winning their third game in a row here is overconfidence.Tennessee , a division rival, won't make it easy for the Jags, but they're outclassed on the road in this one.Jacksonville wins 26-13.Pick: Jaguars***49ers(1-1) at Chiefs(2-0)San Francisco’s inconsistant passing game will keep them from keeping this game close against the dominant Kansas City offense.Kansas City wins 40-20.Pick: Chiefs***Saints(1-1) at Falcons(1-1) - Game of the WeekNothing will come easy for the Saints in Atlanta this week, and they’ll need their defense to provide a consistancy they have struggled with so far.The biggest leaders on defense will need to come through in this one.Cam Jordan will need to get pressure, keeping Steve Sarkesian’s offense off balance.Another timely pick by Marcus Williams would be welcomed, and a huge interception or two by Marshon Lattimore would really kick things into overdrive.In fact, if Lattimore wanted to use his hands to pick off Matt Ryan this time, he could do it that way if he wanted to mix things up a little.The keys for success in this game are clear, the Saints have to force a few turnovers here and take advantage of the opportunities those turnovers present.In the matchup of the NFC South’s most dominant receivers, Michael Thomas needs to be the bigger factor than Julio Jones.Thomas has been unbelievable early this season, but this is the week he can make believers out of the doubters.The X-Factor is Alvin Kamara.If Kamara can have more consistant success in running the ball and controling the clock than he’s had so far in Mark Ingram’s absence, it would give the Saints all the boost they may need.Although there are exceptions, Saints/Falcons is usually a tense, tight affair, as both teams know how important a win over the other is.It may make the difference in the division race, in playoff seeding, and potentially in homefield advantage, but just as important, there’s bragging rights.This will be another close game with a razor-thin margin for error.The Saints have been far from perfect this season , but like last year, this week is where they’ll start to hit their stride in the first quarter of the season.Saints win 31-30.Pick: Saints***Sunday, September 23rd - Late GamesChargers(1-1) at Rams(2-0)It’s the first regular season Battle of Los Angeles since these two franchises relocated a season ago.Both teams entered the season with serious aspirations and have done little to assuage those aspirations in the first few weeks.Even though this matchup should prove to be good between these future stadium-mates, the biggest thing to look for on Sunday is who the fans in attendance will be rooting for.Both teams have had the stadiums overrun by opposing fanbases since coming to LA a year ago.It could potentially be a lame atmosphere in the air for this one.Rams win 35-21.Pick: Rams***Cowboys(1-1) at Seahawks(0-2)Dallas will lean on Ezekiel Elliott to grind out a win in Seattle, while their defense make things difficult for Russell Wilson.Dallas wins 17-12.Pick: Cowboys***Bears(1-1) at Cardinals(0-2)Chicago will face little resistance from the NFL’s worst team in Arizona.Chicago’s defense will make Arizona’s terrible season even worse in this one.Chicago wins 27-3.Pick: Bears***Sunday Night FootballPatriots(1-1) at Lions(0-2)The big headline in this matchup is all about Detroit’s head coach Matt Patricia facing his former mentor, Bill Belichick, but the real story will be how quickly Tom Brady and newly acquired wide receiver, Josh Gordon get on the same page.New England will rebound from their Week 2 loss while Detroit continues their struggles.New England wins 38-17.Pick: Patriots***Monday, September 24th - Monday Night FootballSteelers(0-1-1) at Buccaneers(2-0)Defense need not apply in this matchup of the two top passing offenses in the NFL.Passing yards will be through the roof against these terrible defenses, but Tampa will make a few more crucial plays than Pittsburgh here at home.Tampa remains undefeated, while Pittsburgh remains winless.Tampa Bay wins 34-27.Pick: Buccaneers***That’s how I see it, tell us how you see Week 3 playing out. Leave your comments and insight below! The corresponding move needed to make room for new receiver Dez Bryant has been announced, and receiver Cameron Meredith is headed to injured reserve. According to Head Coach Sean Payton, he’ll undergo a knee scope as he’s been dealing with swelling in the knee that was injured in August.While Payton did note that they expect him to recover fully it’s unlikely that he’ll return this year. Austin Carr had begun to receive more snaps than Meredith on gamedays and was used in more run blocking opportunities as well. He’s been held without a catch since playing against the Washington Redskins where he had 5 catches for 71 yards.Meredith’s final 2018 stateline will read as 9 receptions for 114 yards and 1 touchdown, but he did catch 90% of the passes thrown his way.In the brief glimpses the team saw of him healthy he was able to produce efficiently. Now, the team will have to wait until next year to see if he can be a long term positive impact player.


It was not the way Ben Roethlisberger would draw it up

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but the Pittsburgh Steelers will take it.In desperate need of a win, the

two-time defending AFC North champions capped a tumultuous week in which star

receiver Antonio Brown made headlines by shouting at an assistant coach on the

sidelines and getting into a spat on social media with a 30-27 victory over the

Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday night.The Steelers (1-1-1) built a 20-point lead

held on for their first win despite not scoring after halftime.“I don’t feel

like we had the ball much in the second half. Three possessions maybe. We need

to do a better job putting it away,” Roethlisberger said.“At the end of the day

we just wanted to get out of here with a win,” cornerback Joe Haden added. “It

wasn’t a good-looking win at all. They made a lot of plays on us, but at the end

we made some big stops.”Roethlisberger threw for 353 yards and three touchdowns,

with all but 80 yards of that production coming while the Steelers were building

a 30-10 halftime lead.Vance McDonald scored on a 75-yard pass play and finished

with four catches for 112 yards. Brown and Ryan Switzer also had first-half TD

receptions for Pittsburgh, which had been winless through two games for the

first time since 2013.The Pittsburgh defense did its part, too, forcing four

turnovers, including three first-half interceptions of Ryan Fitzpatrick, the

35-year-old journeyman who threw for 819 yards and eight touchdowns in two

victories to begin Tampa Bay’s season.Fitzpatrick, the only player in NFL

history to open a season with consecutive games with over 400 yards passing and

four touchdowns, tried his best to create “FitzMagic” again in his third start

in place of the suspended Jameis Winston.He led a long field goal drive in the

third quarter, and then tossed fourth-quarter TD passes of 4 yards to Chris

Godwin and 24 yards to Mike Evans to rally the Bucs (2-1) within 30-27 with 5:43

remaining.“We obviously dug ourselves a pretty big hole,” Fitzpatrick said. “The

great thing to me coming out of this game is again the belief in the huddle in

the second half and guys not wavering and not blinking and having the feeling

the whole time that we were going to come back and win the game.”The Bucs got

the ball back with just over three minutes left; however, the Steelers forced a

punt and Roethlisberger ran out the clock.Fitzpatrick, who sacked three times,

finished 30 of 50 for 411 yards and three TDs.“We just did so many things in the

first half of that game that we haven’t been doing, so many things to beat

ourselves,” Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said.“I’m really proud of the way we fought.

You’re down three touchdowns or three scores at halftime ,

it’s not easy to come back in this league,” Koetter added. “We gave ourselves a

chance there at the end and just couldn’t pull it off.”Roethlisberger was 30 of

38 with one interception, completing nine passes to JuJu Smith-Schuster for 116

yards and six to Brown for 50 yards.The quarterback’s on-field chemistry with

Brown appeared fine in the first game since Brown responded to a former team

employee on social media by suggesting the club trade him if it wants to find

out how productive he can be without Roethlisberger.Fitzpatrick threw

interceptions on three consecutive pass attempts during one stretch of the

second quarter. The first stopped a promising drive at the Steelers’ 6, and

linebacker Bud Dupree returned the last one 10 yards for a touchdown that put

the Steelers up 23-7.Roethlisberger also turned a fumble into a 27-yard TD pass

to Brown and moved the Steelers 75 yards in nine plays just before the half to

make it 30-10 on his 1-yard scoring pass to Switzer.FLAGS, FLAGS, FLAGSThe teams

combined for five roughing-the-passer penalties, most in an NFL game since 2001,

as fans around the league continue to gripe about flags being thrown for what

appear to be routine tackles. Pittsburgh was flagged three times for hits on

Fitzpatrick, and the Bucs were called twice for roughing Roethlisberger. In all,

the Steelers were penalized 13 times for 155 yards. Tampa Bay had nine penalties

for 80 yards. The Bucs also had a holding penalty that wiped out what would have

been an 80-yard punt return for a TD by DeSean Jackson.RING OF HONORHall of Fame

coach Tony Dungy, who won a Super Bowl ring as player with the Steelers and as a

first-time head coach transformed Tampa Bay from a laughingstock into a

championship contender, was inducted into the Bucs Ring of Honor at

halftime.He’s the 12th member, joining Hall of Famers Lee Roy Selmon, Warren

Sapp and Derrick Brooks; coaches John McKay and Jon Gruden; late owner Malcolm

Glazer; and players John Lynch, Mike Alstott, Doug Williams, Jimmie Giles and

Paul Gruber.Dungy and his wife, Lauren, accompanied Tampa Bay’s captains to

midfield for the coin toss. Three of the couple’s children 鈥?Jade, Justin and

Jason 鈥?led the team out of the tunnel as the honorary flag

runners.INJURIESSteelers: Played without All-Pro guard David DeCastro

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Customized Jerseys , right tackle Marcus Gilbert (hamstring) and

safety Morgan Burnett (groin). Pittsburgh didn’t report any injuries during the

game.Buccaneers: Defensive tackle Beau Allen (foot) was inactive after being

injured during Tampa Bay’s Week 2 victory over Philadelphia. S Chris Conte left

in the second quarter with a knee injury and did not return.UP NEXTSteelers:

Home vs. Baltimore on Sunday night.Buccaneers: Visit Chicago on Sunday in the

first game Winston is eligible to play. PITTSBURGH (AP) — All those positive

vibes created by their big win over Baltimore three weeks ago are gone — mostly

forgotten.The Browns are fading fast.And coach Hue Jackson or offensive

coordinator Todd Haley could vanish soon.“We have to go to the drawing board,”

Jackson said following a 33-18 loss Sunday to the Steelers that wasn’t that

close. “We have to get better. We aren’t where we need to be, bottom

line.”Cleveland squandered early scoring chances, settling for field goals when

touchdowns were needed, and the Browns (2-5-1) dropped their third straight

game, raising more questions about Jackson’s future.A week after pledging to do

whatever was necessary to fix Haley’s offense, Jackson, now 3-36-1 in two-plus

seasons, doesn’t seem to have a strong handle on any aspect of his

team.Cleveland gained 119 yards in the first quarter — but just 118 more over

the final three. The Browns line didn’t do enough to protect rookie quarterback

Baker Mayfield; the playmakers didn’t make enough plays; and once again,

Cleveland’s offense bogged down after the defense forced turnovers.The Browns

also allowed 421 yards and missed numerous chances to tackle Steelers running

back James Conner, who picked up 146 and scored twice. Also, kicker Greg Joseph

was off target on a field goal and extra point.Following the game, Jackson used

the word “disheartening” to describe the wayward kicks.He might as well been

talking about his team’s overall performance as the Browns dropped their 15th

straight game at Heinz Field.“It was a chance for us again to make a mark in the

AFC North,” Jackson said. “Seems like we didn’t grab what I think we had a

chance to grab.”The loss followed another turbulent week for the Browns, who

have lost 25 consecutive road games — one shy of the NFL record held by the

Detroit Lions (2007-10). Jackson’s postgame comments in Tampa Bay last week

about “diving” in to help Haley turned into awkward news conferences during

which both coaches insisted they were united.Jackson refused to dignify a report

that he may soon fire Haley if the team doesn’t improve on offense.“I don’t want

to talk about or give legs to anything about last week,” Jackson said. “I said

what I said out of frustration. That’s over and done with. Let’s go watch the

tape and see how we can get better.”Jackson said he has no issues with

Haley.“There’s nothing wrong with my relationship with Haley,” he said. “I said

what I said last week, and obviously, it had legs, but I never said I wanted to

take away play calling. I said I wanted to help. That’s it. Now all of the

sudden it’s this big ol’ thing because sure everyone’s going to look and say

what’s going on? The only thing that’s going on is we need to get better. We

need to coach better.”Jackson believes he still has the attention of his

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T-Shirts , and isn’t concerned about them giving in.“Still up,” he

said about the team’s overall mood. “Frustrated, mad, don’t like to lose like

that. But this team will stick together and keep fighting.”Defensive end Myles

Garrett raised some eyebrows when he was asked if the Browns, who tied the

Steelers in Week 1 and beat the Ravens in overtime on Oct. 8, are going

backward.“I think we just took the wrong approach this time,” he said, referring

to Cleveland’s defensive game plan. “I think we should’ve just stayed with what

we did the first time, just go with base calls and punch them in the

mouth.”Browns rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield threw a pair of touchdown

passes, but spent much of the day under pressure from Pittsburgh’s rush.Mayfield

was only sacked twice, and he did all he could to avoid a question about the

Jackson-Haley relationship.“I try not to pay attention to that stuff,” he said.

“I’m invested in the game plan and invested in trying to learn and grow with

some of these receivers. Trying to get the timing down, trying to get the trust,

so that’s above my pay grade. I’m not worried about that. When it comes down to

it, we come out here, we have to play the game to win.”Browns left guard Joel

Bitonio echoed Mayfield’s remarks. He wasn’t going to get caught in a perceived

tug-of-war between his coaches or comment on Haley, who had a forgettable return

trip to Pittsburgh as an opponent after six seasons as the team’s offensive

coordinator.“We’re trying to do our best with what we have out there,” Bitonio

said. “I don’t think you can pinpoint it on one person.”