The Steelers had a chance to tie last Sunday’s game against the Raiders with a field goal at the end of regulation http://www.patriotscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-trent-brown-jersey , but Chris Boswell slipped on his approach to the ball and the Raiders blocked the kick to seal a victory.It was the second missed field goal of the day for Boswell and he’s now 10-of-16 on field goals for the season. He’s also missed five extra points and that’s enough for the Steelers to consider a change despite the four-year extension that Boswell signed with the team in the offseason.Head coach Mike Tomlin said at his Tuesday press conference that the team acknowledges that Boswell has not performed up to par and that they are “willing to explore options” as they prepare for this week’s game against the Patriots.Tomlin said that sticking with Boswell will be one of those options and didn’t specify when they might be auditioning others, but it seems likely that we’ll get an idea of who’s in the mix at some point in the next couple of days. The New England Patriots will face plenty of familiar faces when the they play the Tennessee Titans later today. But while a lot of the focus has been placed on Mike Vrabel, Malcolm Butler and others ahead of the contest, the other players on the Titans’ roster cannot be ignored either as Patriots head coach Bill Belichick illustrates in the latest episode of the Belestrator:Belichick and quarterback-turned-broadcaster Scott Zolak start the breakdown of the Titans by taking a look at wide receiver Corey Davis and his role in the team’ play-action game. “This guy is an excellent receiver — big, fast David Andrews Jersey ,” Belichick says about the former first-round draft pick. “We’re going to have to do a good job in the running game but if you get up there too fast, they just toss it over your head.”The player doing the tossing is quarterback Marcus Mariota. Belichick calls him a “very athletic quarterback, similar to some of the other players we have seen this year at the position” before focusing on his abilities as a ball carrier. “They run him on some keep plays, but also on the passing plays if the pass rush lanes aren’t there,” Belichick says. “He’s a running back Elandon Roberts Jersey , he’s not looking to slide.”“He’s a problem not only throwing the ball but also running it,” New England’s head coach notes about the four-year veteran, who is third on the Titans with 41 carries for 217 yards and a pair of touchdowns. But while Mariota is a highly athletic quarterback, the title of “best player on the Titans” arguably goes to defensive tackle Jurrell Casey, who Belichick and Zolak also analyze in the breakdown.“He’s playing great football for them Shaq Mason Jersey ,” Belichick says about the former third-round draft pick who is second on the team with 3.5 sacks and plays around three-fourths of Tennessee’s defensive snaps. “He’s very hard to block: he’s strong, he’s explosive, and he’s very quick.” After looking at a play of him stopping Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy behind the line of scrimmage, Belichick and Zolak analyze Casey as a pass rusher.The conclusion of the two plays is a simple one: “Casey, he’s one of the best defensive tackles in the league Cheap Stephen Gostkowski Jersey ,” Belichick says. “He’s a hard guy to handle.”
BOSTON (AP) — With cheers of "We want seven!" and "Next year http://www.patriotscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-adam-butler-jersey , right here!" hundreds of thousands of jubilant fans jammed downtown Boston on Tuesday for a parade celebrating the New England Patriots‘ sixth Super Bowl title.A party atmosphere enveloped the city on the unseasonably mild day. Red, white and blue confetti rained down and music blared as fans packed along sidewalks hoping to catch a glimpse of quarterback Tom Brady, coach Bill Belichick and the rest of the beloved team.It's a familiar feeling in Boston. The city's teams have now won twelve championships since 2001. Just four months ago, the city feted the Red Sox for their World Series victory over another Los Angeles team, the Dodgers. Boston resident Tom Collins was beaming as he took in the spectacle across from the city's historic Common, his ticket from this year's Super Bowl dangling from a lanyard around his neck.After celebrating in Atlanta, Collins said he and his wife drove nearly non-stop to get home for the parade."We had to be a part," he said as he smoked a cigar and held up a homemade Vince Lombardi trophy. "We had to bring the trophy back to Boston."Leigh Hickman, of Swanzey http://www.patriotscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-trey-flowers-jersey , New Hampshire, drew cheers as he stalked the crowd wearing a rubber goat mask, a Tom Brady shirt and a sign that read: "We're Still Here.""I wanted to represent the G.O.A.T., the greatest player of all time," he said. "I'm the same age as him and I can't imagine doing any of the things he does. It's unbelievable."Fresh from Sunday's 13-3 victory over the Los Angeles Rams in the Super Bowl title match held in Atlanta, team members and their families took a 2-mile (3-kilometer) swing through the city aboard Boston's iconic World War II-era amphibious "duck boats."Brady held his pigtailed daughter, Vivian, as they waved and grinned at the crowd. Other players, Belichick and team owner Robert Kraft took turns holding aloft the Lombardi Trophy.Star tight end Rob Gronkowski Cheap Julian Edelman Jersey , who has talked about retiring after this latest NFL title, whooped it up with his brothers and father. He and several other players removed their shirts and spent much of the parade bare-chested.Players also waved large signs that read, "We Got Everything" — a twist on the team's motivational hashtag, "Everything We Got," that had become a theme this season.Boston Police Sgt. John Boyle said the crowd of roughly 1.5 million was one of the largest the city has seen for a championship parade.The regional transit system reported record ridership as revelers basked in dazzling sunshine and temperatures that peaked above 60 degrees (15 degrees Celsius).Police made at least a dozen arrests and emergency medical officials transported 34 revelers to area hospitals. Five of those arrested were involved in a brawl that happened near the parade's end and at least seven of the arrests were juveniles, Boyle said.Fans seemed to mostly honor Mayor Marty Walsh's pleas not to throw anything at the team. Errant beer cans slightly damaged the Red Sox World Series trophy last year.Unlike in past years, there was no post-parade rally with speeches from Brady and others. Regardless, Patriots fans made it clear they weren't ready for the good times to end."Go for No. 7," Lauren Mills said when asked what she'd say to Brady. "He still has how many fingers left? You know Cheap Ja'Whaun Bentley Jersey , four more rings to go." When the Patriots take the field next Sunday, Tom Brady will have an opportunity to do something he’s never done before. Score a touchdown in the first quarter of a Super Bowl. It may be hard to believe, but the Patriots haven’t scored a touchdown in the first quarter of any of the 8 of the Super Bowls in which Brady has played. Before last year, when Stephen Gostkowski hit a 26 yard FG, the Patriots had actually been shut out of all of the first quarters Brady had played in. They’ve been outscored in the Super Bowl 24-3 in the first quarter, and outscored 89-81 in the first half. Brady’s Patriots have been slow starters in all 8 previous Super Bowls, allowing the other team to score first 6 out of 8 games. This team has made their mark in the playoffs by taking early leads and controlling the pace of play. Being able to do that again next week could pay huge dividends for the Patriots against a tough Rams team. All 8 of Brady’s Super Bowls have been close, with last year the biggest margin of victory(or defeat). You could argue they could just as easily be 8-0 or 0-8. Getting off to a fast start could change that trend. We all want to watch an entertaining Super Bowl, but I’d be ok with a blowout too.Frankly Kyle Van Noy Jersey , after all the near heart attacks the Patriots have caused throughout the years, it would be pretty nice to be able to sit back and enjoy the game, without living and dying with each play. That’s probably just wishful thinking, but if the Patriots get off to a fast start, that’s one wish that just might come true. Pat is the host of The Patriot Nation PodcastInteract with him on Twitter @plane_pats
The Los Angeles Chargers are taking on the Seattle Seahawks today and now we know who won’t be suiting up for the game. The inactives have been released:Most notably http://www.chargerscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-isaac-rochell-jersey , star running back Melvin Gordon is good to go after sitting two weeks ago against the Tennessee Titans. We have seen the Chargers offense without Gordon and it is far less creative and far less effective. His presence today ought to be significant as they face Pete Carroll’s defense.Interestingly, on the defensive side Rayshawn Jenkins will not play. He is a healthy scratch as the Chargers have elected to go with six active cornerbacks instead of having access to the extra safety. It tells you something about what kind of game the Chargers are preparing for on defense. Winning this game will come down to stopping Russell Wilson and his receiving corps from being able to keep up with Philip Rivers and co. on the other side. The possibility of bringing in Colin Kaepernick for a tryout was "discussed" by the quarterback-needy Washington Redskins, according to coach Jay Gruden, who said Tuesday the team made a "strictly football" decision to look elsewhere."Isn't it obvious what the real reason is?" Kaepernick's lawyer, Mark Geragos http://www.chargerscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-austin-ekeler-jersey , wrote in an email to The Associated Press.Kaepernick, who led the San Francisco 49ers to a Super Bowl appearance, hasn't played since the 2016 season, when he began kneeling during the national anthem as a way to protest police brutality and social and racial injustice. He filed a grievance against the NFL last year, saying team owners colluded to keep him off rosters.Gruden told reporters during a conference call that there would have been "a greater possibility" of considering Kaepernick for a roster spot if the Redskins were in need of a QB in Week 1 rather than at this stage of the season."Not a lot of time to really get a brand new quarterback and new system installed and taught in a couple of days of practice Joe Barksdale Jersey ," Gruden said. "So he's been talked about and discussed, but we'll probably go a different direction."Added Gruden: "You want to have somebody with a similar skillset to the quarterback you have. Not that Colin can't do some of the things that I'm talking about, but somebody with a little bit of familiarity."Washington quarterback Colt McCoy had surgery Tuesday after fracturing his right fibula in a 28-13 loss at the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday night. McCoy had replaced Alex Smith as the starting quarterback after Smith broke his right leg in a game last month and was ruled out for the season.Gruden said McCoy would not go on injured reserve immediately because there is a slight chance he might be able to return to action by Week 17.Now the Redskins will turn to Mark Sanchez, who starts at QB next Sunday for the Redskins (6-6) against the visiting New York Giants (4-8).Against the Eagles, the 32-year-old Sanchez compiled a passer rating of 53.7 Cheap Dan Feeney Jersey , going 13 for 21 for only 100 yards with one interception and one fumble that he managed to recover."For me to go in and play was in an emergency situation and those things happen. Now it goes from contingency plan to game plan," Sanchez said. "Listen, I've seen just about everything in this league except for, I don't know, a Super Bowl game."He hasn't started a regular-season NFL game since going 0-2 in the 2015 season.Sanchez's career passer rating is 73.7 Trevor Williams Jersey , and he has more interceptions (87) than TD passes (86) since entering the league as a first-round draft pick of the New York Jets.Gruden said the Redskins would be bringing in a couple of unemployed quarterbacks for workouts later Tuesday and then would decide among them and those street free agents that tried out last month when Sanchez was signed. That group included Kellen Clemens, T.J. Yates, EJ Manuel and Josh Johnson.Notes: Already missing two starting guards, the Redskins lost two more against Philadelphia. Jonathan Cooper tore a biceps tendon and needs season-ending surgery; Tony Bergstrom will miss at least two games with a high ankle sprain. ... LB Ryan Anderson will likely miss at least a week with a strained hamstring.Follow Howard Fendrich on Twitter at ://HowardFendrichs://apnews/NFL and s://AP_NFL Custom Denver Broncos Jerseys
11 takeaways from the Chargers 36-7 loss to the Saints The third preseason game for the Los Angeles Chargers Caleb Sturgis Jersey , also known as the annual “dress rehearsal,” has come and gone with the home team losing 36-7 to the New Orleans Saints. While the score certainly isn’t very pretty, I don’t think things are quite as bleak as a 29-point loss might otherwise suggest.The truth is, the Chargers starters played pretty well on both sides of the ball. The offense, in particular, put together two solid drives against a talented and well-coached New Orleans defense – even if one ended when Rivers failed to connect with Mike Williams on a fourth-and-goal jump ball. Meanwhile, the first team defense intercepted Drew Brees and limited the Saints to a touchdown and two field goals in three red zone trips.Let’s take a look at some of the things that stood out to me – both good and bad – in Saturday’s loss to the Saints:When in doubt, run left: Mike Pouncey, Dan Feeney, and Russell Okung look like a major strength for this offense. Austin Ekeler ran the ball six times for 50 yards during the first two drives, including four carries for 38 yards behind the left side of the line. Pouncey, Feeney, and Okung didn’t just control the line of scrimmage, they owned it, and Ken Whisenhunt wasn’t the least bit shy about leaning on them. This is going to be a fun group to watch during the regular season.Austin Ekeler – RB1?: With Melvin Gordon unavailable on Saturday, Austin Ekeler started the game and was the focal point of each of the Chargers’ first two drives. Ken Whisenhunt called Ekeler’s number nine times in the team’s first seventeen offensive plays and was rewarded with 63 total yards. While I’m half-kidding when I suggest Ekeler is RB1, his vision, burst, elusiveness Cheap Melvin Ingram Jersey , and hands out of the backfield might have him ready to take on a much larger role this year. He looked fantastic.A glimpse of things to come?: The Chargers’ first drive may have revealed a new, more aggressive attitude on the part of head coach Anthony Lynn. Faced with a fourth-and-goal from the Saints four-yard line, Lynn eschewed a chip-shot field goal in favor of a jump ball for Mike Williams. Granted, Williams didn’t get open and the Chargers failed to convert, but it’s pretty telling that Lynn opted to go for it on fourth down instead of kicking the ball with a somewhat murky kicking competition taking place in camp. It seems like a big vote of confidence for Mike Williams in what has been a preseason of baby steps for the former #7 overall pick.Detrez is the man: There is little doubt at this point that Detrez Newsome is the favorite to win the third-string running back job. While his stats on Saturday certainly weren’t eye-popping, he finished with 14 touches for 44 yards and an eight-yard touchdown run. Newsome strikes me as the ideal complement to Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler and, for the first time in years, the Chargers appear to have a dynamic and versatile three-man backfield. Detrez earned it.JJ just misses: The fact that Travis Benjamin and Desmond King served as the primary return men on Saturday probably suggests Jones won’t make the roster. JJ simply isn’t an NFL wide receiver and, even with his potential as a return specialist, I the coaches likely can’t justify keeping seven receivers if the seventh man can’t at least break camp as the primary return specialist. That said, it wouldn’t surprise me if the team tries to protect him by including him on the initial 53-man roster with the intention of transferring him to the practice squad after the rest of the league has announced their practice squads. He could serve as a “placeholder” for an Antonio Gates signing, assuming the team ultimately brings him in.It’s Gates time: The Chargers played a third straight game in which their tight ends struggled to contribute as targets in the passing game. Sean Culkin caught his lone target for a seven-yard gain, but the group was otherwise invisible in the passing game. While I don’t think adding Antonio Gates changes much for this position group in terms of consistent playmaking ability, I do think his signing is probably inevitable. With that in mind, let’s get it done, already, so we can stop talking about it.Let Pooh Bear eat: Derwin James started his first game as a Charger and celebrated with an interception, a couple big hits, and a couple third down stops. Derwin showed a bit of everything you look for in a free safety when he intercepted Drew Brees on the third play of the game Cheap Jahleel Addae Jersey , including anticipation, range and electric ball skills. He’s arguably the best athlete on the team and possesses the best natural ball skills of any safety on the roster. He’s also the only safety on the roster capable of making that play. Stick James back there and good things will happen.White-out at WILL:Derwin James wasn’t the only rookie to start his first game as a Charger, as fourth-round pick Kyzir White got the nod at weakside linebacker (WILL). While he didn’t make any splash plays, White looked really good in man coverage, made a couple stops in the run game, and didn’t miss any tackles. I think he needs to work on how he reacts to play-action (a little too aggressive) and he seemed to be thinking a little out there, but it wasn’t bad for a rookie who missed the second preseason game.Brown on the bubble?: Jatavis Brown looked lost against the Saints. After making consecutive run stops to start the third quarter, Brown promptly missed his next seven tackle attempts, including an embarrassing whiff on Taysom Hill at the goal line. His reads were inconsistent, his angles were extremely poor and he was routinely beat to the edge. He looked even worse than Dwight Lowery did against the 49ers last preseason – right before he got cut. While I’m not totally convinced he’ll get cut, I think next week could ultimately decide Jatavis’ fate.Mager is in: It’s becoming pretty apparent that Craig Mager has the fifth cornerback spot on lockdown. He started the game opposite Michael Davis on the boundary, then played well into the third quarter while rotating inside to the slot. Mager went a third straight game without being targeted and I thought he played with solid technique and was generally in good position. Outside of eating a nasty stiff arm from Michael Thomas in the second quarter, Craig didn’t do anything to make me think he’s going to relinquish his hold on what figures to be the fifth and final spot on the depth chart.Chargers eliminate the dirty laundry: I thought the team executed more efficiently in all three phases of the game against the Saints and, most importantly, they more or less eliminated the mental and physical errors that led to 28 penalties over the first two preseason games. Granted, some of that is the direct result of getting the starters extended snaps, but the team definitely played its cleanest preseason game to date. In addition to avoiding major injuries, that’s the best possible outcome from the third preseason game.Well, those are my notes from the Chargers third preseason game. Overall Cheap Denzel Perryman Jersey , I thought the starters played pretty well on offense and defense, the majority of the camp battles have come to their conclusion, and the Bolts cleaned up the stupid mistakes they made through the first two preseason games. All in all, it was a pretty successful dress rehearsal for the starters. Don’t even get me started on the backups. Man, oh man, I’m really not sure how to begin this article, or any article in the near future since I still find myself screaming and hollering over the last-second victory from this past Thursday.I mean, wow. Just wow. It actually happened.However, just like the Chargers, we as a fan base can hold onto this victory for a few days but will inevitably turn our attention to next Saturday;s bout with the Baltimore Ravens and that intimidating, top-five defense.The good news heading into this week is that Melvin Gordon should be good to go and will likely bring the offense back to its’ explosive former glory. On the other hand, Keenan Allen is sure to miss the rest of the regular season after suffering a hip-pointer injury in the first half against the Chiefs.(Enter all the “Here comes the injury bug” comments.)It’s obviously a tough trade off but, with the Chargers clinching a playoff spot with their last victory, they can afford to rest Allen for the next couple weeks. Which is really, really huge.SurgeWR Mike WilliamsWhat an absolutely spectacular day by the second-year receiver out of Clemson.In a game that saw the Chargers’ top receiver go down and finish the game without a single reception, the former seventh-overall pick did more than enough to justify his selection in the top-10 as he collected a trio of touchdowns, finding pay dirt through the air twice and once on the ground.His rushing touchdown was probably the most impressive of them all. On a nifty end around, Williams took a short inside toss from Rivers after they faked another toss left to Justin Jackson. Williams found some running room off the right side thanks to a nifty block by Virgil Green on Justin Houston and number 81 did the rest.On the night, Williams had a career-high 98 total yards from scrimmage and the aforementioned three touchdowns with the game-winning two-point conversion.If Allen really does miss time into the playoffs Tyrell Williams Jersey , Williams is going to have to maintain his level of play that he exhibited against the Chiefs or this offense is going to take a significant blow at he most important time of the season.QB Philip RiversIt’s hard to believe, because it’s what we are all used to, but it finally finally happened.On Thursday night, Old Man Rivers rid himself of the Kansas City monkeys that have made their home on his back over the last five years and led his team to a walk-off victory over the Chiefs at Arrowhead, their first win in KC since the end of the 2013 season.At the end of the night, Rivers finished with a 26-of-38 of line that went for 313 yards and two touchdowns along with two interceptions. It was also the first time since 2013 that number 17 threw for multiple touchdowns while also eclipsing the 300-yard passing mark against the Chiefs.This is the type of play by Rivers that the team will be looking for as they rev up for the playoffs. He did throw a pair of interceptions against Thursday night but he found a way to make up for them down the stretch and still willed his team to a victory despite his shortcomings earlier in the game.That is the quarterback this team needs. That is the quarterback this team deserves.StaticS Jahleel AddaeHe dropped an interception that went through his hands and hit him in the facemask. I’m not sure how else to put this. He is bad and had been bad and will likely continue to be bad as long as he is allowed to be on the field.There is no speed. There are no ball-skills. There are no instincts. He has yet to make a single play this year that forces the fans to go “oh yeah, that’s why the Chargers signed him to an extension several years ago.”On the year, Addae is currently the #52 safety in the league according to Pro Football Focus.G Dan FeeneyFeeney, Feeney, Feeney....What a disappointing sophomore season it has been for last year’s third-round selection out of the University of Indiana. If you guys recall, Feeney was a two-time All-American during his career in Bloomington and was talked up as one of the top players at his position heading into the 2017 NFL Draft.But now, going into week 16 of the regular season, Feeney is currently the 72nd-graded offensive guard in the entire NFL. Do you want to know why that is extremely #bad?If there are two starting guards for each of the 32 NFL teams, then there are 64 starting guard spots in the NFL. According to PFF, there are eight non-starters that grade higher than the former-Hoosier.That is...no bueno.From whistle to whistle, number 66 had himself rough night going up against Chiefs’ defensive tackle Chris Jones, arguably the leagues biggest breakout player of the 2018 season. He collected 2.5 sacks while constantly applying pressure on Rivers, forcing more than one errant throw in the process. www.nflshopoutlet.com/cincinnati-bengals
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After he caught his breath, the Niners still dropped to 1-3 with a 29-27 loss Sunday.But after the first game of Beathard's second stint as San Francisco's accidental starting quarterback, his teammates and coaches were enthusiastically confident in his ability to fill in splendidly for Jimmy Garoppolo this season."He gave us a chance to win today Youth Melvin Ingram Jersey ," Niners coach Kyle Shanahan said. "He played very tough and made some big plays, especially in situations with guys going in and out. He handled adversity well, and a little chaos with some of the injuries."Beathard went 23 of 37 for 298 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions against the Chargers, capably connecting on a series of big throws — none bigger than an 82-yard touchdown pass to tight end George Kittle late in the third quarter.He also showcased the resilience and toughness of a third-round draft pick trying to seize the chance he's been given by Garoppolo's season-ending knee injury ."C.J. has got more grit than anybody that I know," said Kittle, Beathard's college teammate at Iowa. "He's got a severe dad bod. He can run longer than anybody I've ever known, which is kind of crazy, and he can take any hit. So it's pretty cool. Don't know how he does it."The 49ers lost both of Beathard's starting offensive tackles to injuries at StubHub Center. Joe Staley didn't return http://www.chargersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-brandon-mebane-jersey , while Mike McGlinchey came back in less-than-ideal shape. The Chargers were credited with eight quarterback hits and one sack of Beathard, along with plenty of regular pressure, particularly in the second half.Beathard took it all and came back for more."Ain't no room for being sweet, (and) there ain't nothing sweet about C.J.," 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster said. "So that's why we have faith and we believe in C.J. It was really not surprising, but it was surprising because I could see it in his eyes every time he came on the sideline, like, 'Defense Tyrell Williams Jersey , let's go. We've got your back. We ride with y'all.' Just him saying that means a lot to me and the defense, because you know where his head is at."Beathard dropped to 1-5 as an NFL starter with this loss, but his teammates loved his moxie. Hayward's big hit sent Beathard to the sideline — once he could stand up again — but he returned for the 49ers' final two offensive series."I knew I was OK," Beathard said dismissively. "I just couldn't breathe. I got my air knocked out pretty bad, and I was able to come back eventually. I felt fine."If Beathard had actually got that first down, the 49ers would have had to give the next snap to Nick Mullens, who was promoted last week from the practice squad. Shanahan said the Niners will look at signing another backup quarterback this week.Los Angeles essentially ended the game by forcing Beathard's second interception with 2:31 to play.Derwin James' blitz sent the ball out of Beathard's hands, and it hit center Weston Richburg before the Bolts' Isaac Rochell grabbed it for an interception.Shanahan said he wished Beathard "would have saw that and got rid of it Authentic Keenan Allen Jersey ," but Beathard said he was trying to get the ball away before the Chargers' disruptive rookie safety got to him. It was another failed gamble, but the 49ers will accept it if Beathard continues to grow from these painful experiences."He is going to be a great quarterback in this league," Niners running back Matt Breida said. "He is a tough competitor, as you can see. He'll take the ball and run with it, take big hits, and get up and get back in the game. It's going to be hard to get C.J. out of the game." The Rams offense impressed in the first two weeks of the regular season and they outdid themselves in Week Three against the Chargers.Jared Goff threw for 354 yards, Todd Gurley ran for 105 and the team piled up 521 yards while beating the Chargers 35-23 in the NFL’s first Battle of Los Angeles since 1994. That moves the Rams to 3-0 ahead of Thursday night’s game against the Vikings, who will be coming to L.A. off the back of getting their teeth kicked in by the previously winless Bills.Goff and Gurley both had turnovers in the first half and it looked for a time like the game might develop into a shootout Youth Michael Schofield Jersey , but the Chargers opted to kick a field goal down 15 points in the fourth quarter and then failed to convert a fourth down after forcing the first Johnny Hekker punt of the game on the ensuing drive.That made the result academic, but all the feelings won’t be ecstatic in the locker room after the game. Cornerbacks Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib both left the win with injuries and any extended absences would leave the Rams vulnerable at a particularly important spot on their defense.Word on the severity of those injuries will come in time. Answers to the Rams offense may be harder to find for opposing teams in the weeks and months to come. NFL Outlet
Philip Rivers has many accomplishments www.neworleanssaintsteamonline.com , but there is one trait that he has taken pride in over his 15-year career 鈥?durability.The Chargers' veteran signal caller will become the fourth quarterback in NFL history to make at least 200 consecutive regular-season starts when Los Angeles travels to Seattle."It's pretty cool. I mean, obviously the two Mannings (Peyton and Eli) and Favre have started over 200 in a row, and I just feel thankful," Rivers said. "I think there is a small element of toughness involved, but then again, shoot, lots of prayers for me from many people on Sundays and guys' protection that allow me to be out there each and every week, whether dealing with minor things or big things."Rivers' streak is even more impressive considering the physical and mental demands of the position as well as the constant QB turnover throughout the league. Since Rivers' first start on Sept. 11, 2006 New Orleans Saints T-Shirt , at Oakland:鈥?There have been 179 different starting quarterbacks, including San Francisco's Nick Mullens on Thursday night.鈥?Of that group, 78 have started for two or more teams and 12 have been with four or more. Ryan Fitzpatrick has been the most traveled with starts for six teams.鈥?While the Chargers have had only one starting QB, 18 teams have had 10 or more start under center and eight have had 13 or more with the Browns (18), Rams (16) and Vikings (16) leading the way.鈥?Rivers, who has a 111-98 record, has started against 91 quarterbacks and defeated 69, including Favre and both Mannings.Longevity, though New Orleans Saints Hats , is nothing new for Rivers, who started 51 consecutive games at North Carolina State."I think just being out there each and every week has always been important," he said. "Obviously, you want to be able to go out there and help. It's not just be out there. You want to play at a high level, and that's been up and down over 199, but being out there means something."NFL on CBS commentator Boomer Esiason said he thought it wasn't humanly possible to see a quarterback start 200 or more consecutive games, but that Rivers' leadership is what has stood out throughout his career.He also noted that Rivers' relationship with Drew Brees during his first two years with the Chargers, where both had a friendly rivalry, is something that rarely happens these days due to constant scrutiny and social media.While Brees has had great success with Sean Payton in New Orleans New Orleans Saints Hoodie , Rivers has had a tougher time. The Chargers have not been to the playoffs since 2013."With Philip's competitive personality and leadership he is what other quarterbacks should aspire to be," Esiason said. "He's an extension of the coaching staff when he is out on the field."Even at age 36, Rivers is off to one of the best starts of his career as the 5-2 Chargers have won four straight. He is third in the league with a 117.8 passer rating and is tied for third with 17 touchdown passes.He has excelled this season on deep passes along with throwing into tight windows. According to the league's Next Gen stats, Rivers leads the league at 9.2 yards per attempt and has a 124.1 rating when the receiver is separated by less than a yard from the defender.Rivers also has six touchdowns and no interceptions on deep passes (thrown in the air 20 yards or more). Seattle's defense has allowed only five completions on deep passes."Sometimes as an older player, your body won't let you do it. He's gifted. He hasn't faced that problem," Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt said.If Rivers' streak continues, he would tie Peyton Manning (208) at the end of the season and Eli Manning (210) in Week 2 of next season. As for Favre's mark of 297, Rivers said that is too many games for him to have a chance."Favre was always a favorite of mine. Still is. I kind of wanted to have that mark, or at least push for it in college Customized New Orleans Saints Jerseys ," Rivers said. "I'm not going to get there. So y'all can do the math and figure out your projection of how many years I'm going to play, but I'm not going to get to 300."Rivers might also be the last to get into the 200 straight starts club for a while. Atlanta's Matt Ryan, who is in his 11th season, is second among active straight starts with 138 and Detroit's Matthew Stafford, who is in his 10th, has 119. Seattle's Russell Wilson, who has started every game since entering the league in 2012, is at 103 and wouldn't reach 200 until midway through the 2024 season.Saints vs. Falcons: Week 3 live game thread [Saints fans: Sign up for FanPulse, our weekly Saints survey]Week 3 has somewhat important things at stake www.authenticsneworleanssaints.com , as the New Orleans Saints (1-1) travel to take on the Atlanta Falcons (1-1) in an early NFC South showdown. The Saints look to pick up their first road win of the season, and are also looking to avoid falling to 0-2 in the divisional race.It’ll be the 99th time these two teams meet, which includes one postseason meeting. Atlanta leads the all-time series 52-46. Both teams split their games in 2017, with each home team winning their respective matchup. The Saints have lost three out of the last four on the road, with a lone win from the 2015 season to show for.It’s Matt Ryan vs. Drew Brees. Dan Quinn matching wits with Sean Payton. 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The New Orleans Saints wrap up their 2018 regular season this Sunday with a home game against an NFC South rival Womens DeMario Davis Jersey , the Carolina Panthers. The 13-2 Saints essentially have nothing to play for, having already clinched not only the division title, but home field advantage through the playoffs. The expectation is that even with a first round bye, coach Sean Payton will choose to sit many of his starters and top end players for an extra week of rest. That strategy will be especially important for players like left tackle Terron Armstead, who is nursing a pectoral injury, along with some other members of a banged up offensive line. However, there are a handful of Saints players who are on the verge of historical or meaningful achievements. Health and fresh legs are most important to New Orleans, but here are a few players who are on the verge of milestones that we might see in the lineup on Sunday, even if only for a short time. Drew Brees Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY SportsBrees, one of the leading candidates to finally get the league M.V.P. award that he's been overlooked for his whole career, is about to shatter his own NFL single season record for completion percentage. Brees currently has 3,992 passing yards this season, just 8 yards shy of extending his own league record of consecutive 4,000 yard passing seasons to thirteen. Brees has missed just two starts during his New Orleans career, one in this exact sort of situation in 2009, and has never failed to break the 4,000 yard barrier in his 13 years as a Saint. It seems likely that he could at least start the game and play at least a drive to extend his impressive yardage streak. Michael Thomas Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty ImagesThomas leads the NFL with a single season team record 120 receptions, a seven catch lead over Philadelphia's Zach Ertz. Thomas already sits at the top of the team's record book in numerous categories in just his third professional season, and now has his sights set on another. Thomas' 1,376 receiving yards puts him just 24 short of the single season franchise record of 1,399 yards set by Joe Horn in 2004. As is the case with Brees http://www.thesaintsfootballauthentic.com/max-unger-jersey-authentic , it doesn't seem likely that a healthy Thomas will sit out this game completely, not when he's so close to a prestigious achievement. Alvin Kamara Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY SportsKamara leads the Saints with 883 rushing yards, sitting 117 away from his first career 1,000 yard rushing season, a milestone that only 7 other backs in team history have accomplished. He also has 14 rushing scores, a single season franchise record, and 18 total offensive touchdowns, trailing the Rams Todd Gurley by 3 scores for the league lead in each category. Kamara's 18 offensive touchdowns are also tied for the single season franchise record with Dalton Hilliard, who set the mark during the 1989 season. Kamara has gotten 275 offensive touches this season, and has not looked quite as dynamic at times down the stretch. While much of that is due to the extreme amount of attention he receives from opposing defenses, having a fresh legged Kamara for the playoffs will be vital for offensive success. He may play a series or two, and perhaps get a goal line opportunity to move past Hilliard, but it's not likely that Kamara will see much playing time in this one. Mark Ingram Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY SportsIngram, who passed Deuce McAllister as the Saints all-time rushing touchdown leader with his 50th score on the ground last week, now sits on the cusp of another hallowed team mark. With 118 rushing yards, Ingram will pass McAllister's career franchise record of 6,096 rushing yards. Both players accumulated their rushing totals by their eighth seasons, but with Ingram facing unrestricted free agency at the end of the year, this may be his final opportunity to etch his name at the top of the New Orleans record book in this category. Having Ingram healthy for the playoffs is the team's top priority with him, but with Kamara unlikely to see many snaps, we could see Ingram get the carries to pass McAllister's record if he has some rushing success early in the game. Cameron Jordan Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty ImagesJordan leads the team with 12 sacks http://www.thesaintsfootballauthentic.com/wil-lutz-jersey-authentic , the fourth time in his eight year career that he has double digit quarterback takedowns. Jordan is just one sack away from equaling his career high of 13 sacks, set last year. He has started 126 of a possible 127 games during his career, missing just one game during his rookie year. A healthy Jordan will probably get the start, with a chance to get his career high in sacks against a struggling Panthers line within the first couple of drives before he takes a seat with a number of other team stars. Teddy BridgewaterDerick E. Hingle-USA TODAY SportsThe Saints acquired the 26-yr. old Bridgewater late this summer, surrendering a 2019 3rd round draft choice to fortify their backup quarterback spot. The former 2014 Vikings 1st round draft pick has appeared in a few games, throwing one pass in mop-up duty. Bridgewater has been dubbed as a possible replacement for Drew Brees whenever he decides to retire, but will be an unrestricted free agent at season's end. While life after Brees is not even close to a top priority for Payton and the Saints front office, they are still faced with a decision on Bridgewater this offseason. Even if Brees does get the start on Sunday, Bridgewater will almost certainly receive a good bit of playing time to showcase his ability. Whether it's an audition for a longterm contract with New Orleans, to bolster his value as a free agent, or perhaps even as a sign-and-trade candidate remains to be seen, but we should expect to see Teddy Bridgewater take the bulk of the Saints offensive snaps this Sunday. Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty ImagesThe Saints 13 wins this season is tied for the franchise record, equaling the total from the 2009 and 2011 squads. Coincidentally, both of those teams played the Carolina Panthers to end their regular season with little left to play for heading into the playoffs, as did Payton's 10-6 2006 team that had also had their postseason seeding secured. Brees, along with the majority of the starters, played just a series or two during the '06 finale, and many (including Brees) did not play at all in the final game of 2009. The Panthers, who are down to their 3rd string quarterback after shelving Cam Newton and losing Taylor Heinicke to injury, have lost 7 straight games after a 6-2 start. Payton and the Saints would surely love to notch a team record 14th victory against a bitter rival, but remember that Carolina is a rugged and physical team Youth Drew Brees Jersey , and Saints-Panthers matchups always take a physical toll on each side. With the exception of a few players, like Armstead, who have been a bit banged up and likely won't play at all, this will probably be treated like a preseason game in regards to playing time. Brees, Kamara, Thomas, Jordan, and a few other stars could still get the start, but will come out of the game after a series or two. That would mean that the outcome of this game, and a franchise record 14th win, will come down to "Teddy Time" and a number of the young New Orleans reserves as they try and showcase the depth this team as they head into the postseason.Saints Podcast: Marcus Davenport is Reggie White 2.0 The boys recap the Saints 36-7 win in Los Angeles over the Chargers. 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In the 2016 NFL Draft Womens Tom Compton Jersey , the Minnesota Vikings made Dalvin Cook the centerpiece of that year’s class, taking him in the second round with the 41st overall selection. In the 28 games that the Vikings have played since then (counting postseason contests), Cook has been available for just seven of those games, owing to a knee injury that cost him much of his rookie season and a hamstring injury that has hampered him this year. However, that might be set to change on Sunday when the Vikings host the Detroit Lions at U.S. Bank Stadium.According to numerous sources on social media, Cook might be making his return to the field this week. If he does so, he will be playing a limited number of snaps.Of course, that was originally the plan for Cook leading up to the Week 6 game against the Arizona Cardinals as well. Cook actually had some full participation practice in the week leading up to the Cardinals game, but after going through pregame warmups Womens Danielle Hunter Jersey , he was scratched once again. Unless I missed some reports, there wasn’t any consideration give to making him active in Week 7 or Week 8, either.Cook suffered his hamstring injury in overtime of the Week 2 tie against the Packers, and has not actually been on the field since the first half of the Week 4 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. He was on a set snap count for that game, too, and did not play in the second half.In Cook’s absence, Latavius Murray has done a respectable job helping the Vikings establish a running game, but it would be nice to see Cook back out on the field and making an impact again.We’ll have to see how this shakes out. Personally, I’m not going to believe he’s playing until he’s actually out there standing next to Kirk Cousins in the Vikings’ backfield. Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz has played two games since returning from a torn ACL in Week Three Authentic Brett Jones Jersey , winning one and losing one. He definitely hasn’t lost a fan in offensive coordinator Mike Groh.“He looks great to me,” Groh told reporters on Tuesday regarding Wentz. “I mean, he’s got to wear the brace, which I imagine if we all walked around with a brace on it wouldn’t quite feel the same as it would without the brace. But I don’t see any real limitations in his mobility or pocket mobility to be able to scramble for a first down.”Asked whether Wentz has the same elusiveness as he did before the injury, Groh said, “I think he’s a pretty mobile quarterback for the size that he is. And in this league, he does a good job of standing there, sliding the pocket, getting out of the pocket Womens Anthony Barr Jersey , and looking to run or throw once he breaks outside the pocket.”So how does 2018 post-injury Wentz compare to 2017 pre-injury Wentz?“I think he’s played well. I mean, for a guy that’s just played in two games, had really no preseason games to prepare at all, Carson’s played really well for us. And we all have to raise the level of our game. That’s certainly not on Carson’s shoulders, it’s on all of us. And whether we won or lost on Sunday, we’d be sitting here saying the same things. There’s a lot of things we need to get better at to have the kind of season we want to have.”Wentz has three turnovers in two games, and he has been sacked nine times. The latter is more of a concern, given the propensity for injury.
Weekend Open Thread: August 25th and 26th Youth Everson Griffen Jersey , 2018 Good Morning!Since I’m not local but pay for Sunday Ticket I wasn’t able to watch the game last night, however I did follow the game thread (thank you Nanya) and it sounded like a mix bag of results through the first half.If I understand correctly, our rookie kicker won the kicking competition over Kobra Kai Forbath, then promptly missed his first two field goal attempts wide left, just great. Obviously I’ve seen the score this morning, still going to watch on DVR though.While we’re waiting impatiently for the regular season to start we’ll continue with our weekend thread full of beer recommendations, nap strategies, crock pot and smoker recipes. Have another cup of coffee or a beer if you’re so inclined and drop by for some fan wisdom and snark. It’s going to be a hawt taek weekend, have fun but be considerate.Around the DN since our last thread:Skelly10 writes LB Vikings Antwione Williams was fined for making a tackle on a QB roughing the passer against the Jacksonville Jaguars.The Vikings were looking for some clarity last night per Ted.Welcome to the Sloterhouse: Kyle Sloter leads the Vikings to 21-20 victory over Seahawks from Chris.Wludford says QB Kyle Sloter should back up Kirk Cousins, spot on!Vikings news from other sources:From Vikings.com Head Coach Mike Zimmer addressed the media after Friday’s win over Seattle.How about some post game sound from Jake Wieneke, Chad Beebe, Kyle Sloter and new Vikings Safety George Iloka.League news: From NFL.com What we learned from last night’s preseason games.Adrian Peterson states case for featured RB role.Josh Gordon set to take part in Browns walkthroughs.From the Players Tribune: Journey to Self-Julius Thomas.We come to today’s media selection: If football coaches were honest (thanks Tor66)Again, we all know the rules, but in case someone is new:-No discussion of politics or religion-No feeding of the trolls-This isn’t a male version of The View, so leave the gender hatred at the door-Keep the bad language to a minimum (using the spoiler tags, if you must)-Speaking of which, if discussing a newer show or movie http://www.thevikingsfootballauthentic.com/xavier-rhodes-jersey-authentic , please use spoiler tags-No pictures that could get someone fired or in serious trouble with their employer-If you can’t disagree in a civil manner, feel free to go away-While navigating the open thread, just assume it’s sarcasmWith that, the beer light is on and the bar is open. Belly up and tie one on. Don’t forget to tip your waitress, try the venison chili and as always, Welcome Aboard and Skol Vikings! With his MMA-trained hands knocking would-be tacklers out of the way, Chandler Jones has quietly become one of the best defensive players in the NFL.The league sack leader with a franchise-record 17 last season as an outside linebacker, Jones has switched to defensive end in the team's new scheme and is harassing quarterbacks as well or better than he has in the past.Take last week's 28-18 win at San Francisco, for example. Jones had six tackles, a sack, two tackles for loss, two quarterback hits, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a pass swatted down (preventing a two-point conversion). He was named NFC defensive player of the week for his performance."The standard that he put on tape this past week is what the standard is," defensive coordinator Al Holcomb said. "That's the expectation level for him. And we talk about that each and every day, being at his best on game day, coming to play and impacting the game because he can wreck a game."But Jones said he was nowhere near his best against the 49ers."I wouldn't say this is my best football Youth Harrison Smith Jersey ," Jones said. "A lot of people might say that, but there were a lot of plays on Sunday that I left out there. I wish I could get them back. But that's the thing about football, you have the opportunity to correct those mistakes."Next up is a matchup with the Vikings Sunday in Minnesota, where the Cardinals will have to deal with Kirk Cousins and an array of big-play receivers.Jones expects a lot of attention."You're always getting double-teamed, being a pass rusher," he said. "You just have to be aware."In the offseason, Jones trains with his brother, MMA fighter Jon "Bones" Jones. It's helped in his endurance, Jones said, and "pretty much hand speed.""When you play the sport of football, whoever has the faster hands wins," he said.Holcomb said that when Jones plays like he did last weekend, it rubs off on everyone around him.It "picks up the other 10 men in the huddle," Holcomb said. "And they're trying to match his intensity and his play and his production."The Cardinals sent guard Jonathan Cooper and a second-round pick to acquire Jones in 2016. A year later, Arizona signed Jones to a five-year, $83 million contract with $53 million guaranteed. He's lived up to that kind of paycheck.Since 2016, Jones has 32 sacks Youth Anthony Barr Jersey , more than anyone else in the NFL. Von Miller is second with 27 1/2. He had seven more tackles for loss last season than any other player, in addition to leading the league in sacks. But he does it without any bravado."He's one of the premier defensive ends in the National Football League," Holcomb said. "He goes about his business in a quiet-type fashion, which is fine. If he continues to play like this, which we're counting on him doing, the recognition will come."Jones said the accolades don't mean much."I get that question all the time about not getting national recognition," he said. "My biggest thing each and every season, even when I was back in New England, is just earning the respect and the trust from my peers, my co-workers, this locker room, the coaches, the training staff, everyone around here. I feel if I can get trust from those guys I have those guys telling me 'You're doing a good job' then I'm happy."
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