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  1. Brandon Marshall takes nothing for granted when discussing his opportunity to join the Saints’ seemingly inevitable march to the postseason.“Let’s not jump ahead. I’ve got a lot of learning to do and a lot of catching up http://www.saintscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-larry-warford-jersey ,” Marshall said after his first practice with New Orleans on Wednesday. “I’ve been at the top and I’m on the bottom right now.”By bottom, the 34-year-old Marshall means getting cut repeatedly in the past couple seasons, most recently by Seattle a couple weeks ago.Even after he worked out for New Orleans (8-1) last week, Marshall wasn’t the Saints’ top choice. New Orleans went instead with Dez Bryant, but lost the former Dallas Cowboys star to a season-ending Achilles injury in his second practice.“When you’re on the other side of 30 and you don’t produce, this is the situation you’ll find yourself in,” Marshall said. “Being cut two times in a year is interesting. It built a lot of character. … When Seattle cut me, I just continued to work out, stay in shape and have faith.”Marshall had flown back to his temporary home in Seattle after his Saints tryout, only to hop back on a flight to New Orleans again on Sunday afternoon, while the offense he was about to join was putting up 51 points in Cincinnati.Ankle and toe injuries cost Marshall most of his 2017 season with the New York Giants, who didn’t bring him back, leaving him free to sign with the Seahawks. Marshall said he wasn’t full healthy until around Week 3 or 4 of this season which, ironically, was about the time his snap count began to plummet in Seattle.“I know that the narrative is that I’m done,” Marshall said.Yet Marshall predicted he’d demonstrate in practice that between his 6-foot-5 frame, route-running, strong hands, and ability to quickly grasp offensive schemes, that he can still help a team with playoff credentials. Marshall noted that because he played in Chicago under then-offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer, a former offensive assistant to Saints coach Sean Payton, he is familiar with New Orleans’ scheme.Payton called Marshall’s ability to process a play book “one of his strengths,” adding that he expects Marshall’s transition in New Orleans “to be pretty smooth.”Meanwhile, Marshall described the opportunity to play with Saints record-setting QB Drew Brees “a wide receiver’s dream.” Likewise, Brees was quick to throw a few compliments Marshall’s way.“He’s a smart, veteran guy who is very fluid. I’ve seen him in a lot of different offenses 鈥?seen him be successful both as an outside receiver, an inside receiver. He’s very versatile. He’s a big target. A big catching radius. Just watching him run today, he’s pretty impressive.“We talked for a while today,” Brees added. “He’s excited. We’re excited to have him.”Marshall’s addition adds depth to an offense that already leads the NFL in scoring with 36.7 points per game and ranks in the top five in yards per game with 413.9.Seattle released Marshall on Oct. 30 after he’d appeared in the first seven games this season, catching 11 passes for 136 yards and one touchdown. But he had just two catches for 16 yards in his last four games.Seattle was the sixth NFL team for Marshall Cheap Ryan Ramczyk Jersey , who has eight 1,000-plus-yard seasons in his career. His best season, statistically, came with the New York Jets in 2015, when he caught 109 passes for 1,502 yards and 14 touchdowns.Even now, Marshall insisted, his motivation remains to achieve “greatness.”“There’s no reason why, with technology and modern medicine and with access we have to doctors around the world, why athletes can’t play into their mid-30s or their 40s,” Marshall said, stressing that he now feels “fit as a fiddle and healthy as a trout.”It’s not yet clear whether Marshall will play much, if at all this Sunday against Philadelphia. But Eagles coach Doug Pederson said his defense has to be prepared for the possibility.“He’s, I think, a red-zone threat with his size and so I think that’s where we’ll see him a little bit, is down there,” Pederson said. “He’s another big, physical receiver, hard to defend and our guys definitely have their work cut out this week.”Notes: Starting left tackle Terron Armstead did not practice. He was listed on the injury report as having a shoulder injury. Veteran Jermon Bushrod is filling in, resuming the role he occupied on New Orleans’ 2009 Super Bowl championship squad. The Saints’ 2017 draft may go down as one of the greatest drafts for any franchise ever. Six of their seven picks have become important contributors or downright stars on both sides of the ball. With six picks between #11 and #103 overall, the Saints hit pay dirt on every single player selected.Second rounder, safety Marcus Williams, may be remembered most for his whiff in the Minnesota Miracle, but he’s been solid and reliable for the most part. Third rounders Alvin Kamara, Alex Anzalone, and Trey Hendrickson have all made their marks on their position groups.Every Saints player from that draft, with the exception of 6th rounder Al-Quadin Muhammad, has positively affected the quality and depth of this team. It’s rare to hit on so many draft picks in the same year. More often, teams might make mistakes during the scouting and drafting process by grading players unfairly or failing to see their future potential. But forgiveness is rarely reserved for those who miss during the first round. First rounders are expected to be awesome right off the bat.Luckily, the Saints hit home runs with both of their first round picks as well. Yet http://www.saintscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-benjamin-watson-jersey , the fortuitous acquisitions of cornerback Marshon Lattimore and tackle Ryan Ramczyk may not have occurred if it weren’t for a couple draft day trades that most likely impacted who the Saints picked with their 11th and 32nd picks.It was well documented in the press that general manager Mickey Loomis and head coach Sean Payton were intrigued with quarterback Patrick Mahomes. “The one thing that stood out, this player could climb, escape, throw from all the positions. And we play in an imperfect game where there’s protection issues. And we just saw him make throws going left, going right, through the pocket, up in the pocket,” Payton said. ”I mean really unique throws. And look, man, in a conference and on a team where they had to go into a game feeling like scoring 45 was gonna give ‘em a chance ... And when you meet him, then, and you get a chance to visit with him on the football DNA, I think Kansas City and Andy [Reid] and those guys got a heck of a player. Fortunately for us, their selection of Patrick pushed Lattimore down a spot.” Loomis agreed completely. “I would say it was possible, but once Lattimore was available to us, there wasn’t much of a decision to make,” Loomis said. “But, look, we did; we liked Patrick Mahomes a lot. I think that’s a really good pick by Kansas City.” With a durable, accurate, and high character quarterback like Drew Brees, it may have seemed sacrilegious to some Saints fans that Payton and Loomis were even thinking of spending their 11th overall pick on a quarterback who may not see a meaningful snap for a several years. “Listen, we’ve had discussions about drafting a quarterback maybe 10 picks out, eight picks out -- I can’t recall in the first round. So probably in the time I’ve been here, this would have been the first discussion at 11 or a pick like that that we’ve discussed a quarterback,” said Payton.The Saints got the best fit for the team in Lattimore, but what if Kansas City or another franchise had scooped up the Ohio State standout first? Kansas City traded into #10 with Buffalo who later selected Tre’Davious White, so they were definitely looking for a cornerback. The Saints generally employ a philosophy of drafting the highest graded player over a position of need, and Mahomes would have been just that at #11 if Lattimore was off the board.Mahomes’ sophomore season has proven dozens of scouts and sports writers wrong by showing that his unorthodox throwing style, out of the pocket mobility Ken Crawley Jersey , and owl-like field vision does work on the professional level. He showed so much promise, in fact, that Kansas City felt good about moving on from the veteran Alex Smith.Brees made it clear he preferred the Saints draft a player that can help him win now rather than prepare the team for life without him. “If I’m gonna start and that quarterback sits, well, that’s not helping our team right now. So I want somebody that’s gonna help our team right now,” Brees said. “Listen, when I leave here I want this organization to be successful, whenever that is. So I want them to be prepared for that. They need to be thinking about that. But I don’t want to make it seem like this is my farewell tour.” Replacing a Hall of Fame quarterback is never going to be easy. Almost no teams, with the exception of Steve Young following Joe Montana on the 49ers, will achieve it. Timing that replacement can be just as difficult as finding one. After all, the Saints may already have a solid successor in the facility in Teddy Bridgewater, but for now, most of his energy has been reserved for his locker room “Bike Life” dance celebrations.The Patriots drafted Jimmy Garoppolo, but had to trade him when Tom Brady refused to slow down even at age 40. The Packers drafted and traded Mark Brunell, Matt Hasselbeck, and Aaron Brooks during the Favre era. They then had to let Aaron Rodgers sit and learn behind Favre for three of his four affordable rookie scale contract years before finally moving on from Favre’s annual retirement carousel.Drafting a future quarterback is also a really good way to irk the incumbent. What if Brees didn’t resign with the Saints because they drafted Mahomes and came to believe his style of play could help them win more? What if the Saints had simply moved on from Brees because they figured they could get similar production from a player on a far cheaper rookie scale contract?While referencing the 2017 quarterback draft class, Hall of Fame general manager Bill Polian reminisced about not picking Andy Dalton the year before Manning’s neck troubles came to a head. “But I’ll say with the exception of Deshaun Watson, none of these guys [this year] are Andy Dalton,” Polian said. “For a number of reasons, not ability-wise. You just don’t know who they are. ... None of these guys are Drew Brees coming out of college, that much I can tell you.”When asked whether the time is right to replace an aging star quarterback, Polian countered, “So I guess the short answer is, it depends on the year.” But not every franchise is willing to go 2-14 to draft the next Andrew Luck; assuming that player even plays close to the level Andrew Luck.When drafting Garoppolo, Bill Belichick said, “I think depth is always important. You never know when you’re going to need it. Other people have different philosophies. I’m just saying that the contrast to that example, I don’t think that’s really what we’re trying to do.” Hopefully the Saints can avoid a major fall off the cliff when Brees does eventually retire, but no player in the 2017 draft class exemplified their ability to draft for the future than their 32nd overall pick Ryan Ramczyk. At the time of his selection, incumbent right tackle Zach Strief was coming off one of his best seasons of his decade long career.Some scouts and sports writers claimed the selection was premature and didn’t address an immediate position of need like pass rusher. But the Saints stayed true to their motto of drafting the highest graded player available regardless of position.”Our grade on Ryan was in the top half of Round 1, inside a grade of (pick) 15 Cheap Josh LeRibeus Jersey ,” Payton said. “The next pass rusher grade would be somewhere tomorrow. I mean, there was a big gap, so we weren’t going to go away from just a clear gap in the grades. (Ramczyk) was a player graded in the first round by every one of our scouts, so we felt good about that.” But Ramczyk wasn’t their highest graded player just moments before. In a crazy turn of events, linebacker Reuben Foster was called by the Saints to inform him he was going to be drafted by them at 32 before clicking over to the 49ers incoming call telling him they had selected him at 31. The Saints were literally one spot and one phone call away from drafting a player whose football future is now on hold following two failed drug tests, a marijuana charge, a weapons charge, and two separate domestic violence charges. Instead, the Saints drafted a player who ended up starting three games at left tackle for a briefly injured Terron Armstead and 12 games at right tackle for Strief after he suffered a season ending knee injury. Strief ended up retiring and Ramzcyk is now the second highest rated right tackle in the league according to Pro Football Focus.What ESPN talking heads can’t seem to grasp about the Saints’ recent three week offensive skid is that they have sustained and persevered through several usually cataclysmic losses along the offensive line. Armstead, PFF’s highest graded offensive linemen in the entire league, has been out with a pectoral injury for five weeks and the Saints have only lost once.Just this past Monday, the Saints pulled out a close win against the Carolina Panthers with a hodgepodge offensive line comprised of Andrus Peat at left tackle, Will Clapp at left guard, Cameron Tom at center, Larry Warford at right guard, and Ryan Ramzcyk at right tackle. Tom is an undrafted free agent in his second year in the league and Clapp is a seventh rounder from LSU from this past year’s draft.Armstead and Unger should be able to return soon or at least by the playoffs when it really counts. Hopefully Bushrod’s injury isn’t serious enough to keep him out long either. But with a healthy offensive line, I’m confident the Saints’ offense will return to its’ mid-season juggernaut self. If the Saints can win one of their two final games this season, they will have achieved all of their regular season goals by securing a division title, the number one seed, and home field advantage throughout the playoffs. Just think how different the situation could be if the Saints had drafted Mahomes and Foster instead of Lattimore and Ramzcyk?The secondary would probably still be a liability instead of a strength without Lattimore’s Pro Bowl level play. DeMario Davis probably wouldn’t be here playing the season of his life. The linebackers would still suck because Foster would have been cut, traded, or worse, in jail. Brees would probably be on another team still playing at a high level at age 39, and Mahomes’ mobility wouldn’t help much with a shell of an offensive line and no viable downfield threat resembling Tyreke Hill.Kudos to the Saints scouting department for identifying talent with such accuracy, but many thanks are due to Kansas City and San Francisco for saving the Saints some serious drama and heartache. Custom Tennessee Titans Jerseys
  2. Saints News:Saints Film Room: Sack-happy Ravens will be a big test for BreesPayton: Kamara's season-low nine touches a byproduct of big-play offense | NOLA.com'There were a number of explosive plays http://www.saintsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-ryan-ramczyk-jersey ,' Payton said. 'It just changes how the game unfolds.'Saints expect running game to be more balanced between Mark Ingram, Alvin Kamara moving forward | Saints | theadvocate.comThe Saints want to get back to being balanced.Saints' Marshon Lattimore doing well in recovery from concussion | NOLA.comLattimore is still in the concussion protocol because Saints haven't practiced since the injury.Saints and Sean Payton follow Andy Reid's blueprint for post-bye success | NOLA.comNot counting the 2012 season when he was suspended, the Saints are 6-2 since the 2009 season following a bye.Michael Thomas will have a special guest watching him at next Saints home game -- former all-pro Chad Johnson | Saints | theadvocate.comMichael Thomas may want to make sure his touchdown celebrations are on point when the New Orleans Saints are back in the Superdome next month.NFL Week 7 Power Rankings: Ravens defense makes them legit Super Bowl contenders, big test vs. Saints looms - CBSSports.comThe Ravens have the top-ranked defense in the NFL and climb up to No. 5 in my Week 7 Power RankingsDid Saints bye week come at right time, or will it kill momentum? Time will tell | Saints | theadvocate.comA.J. Klein spent the week in the mountains in North Carolina with his wife.7-point guide for Saints fans traveling to Baltimore | NOLA.comSaints a slight underdog at Baltimore on Sunday | NOLA.comRavens are coming off a win against the Tennessee Titans in which their defense sacked quarterback Marcus Mariotta 11 times.Saints re-sign Jay Bromley as Taylor Stallworth deals with ankle injury | NOLA.comBromley played for the Saints in Week 3.NFL News:Flag or not, CB Sherman says play needs to be made - NFL.comThough he didn't necessarily agree with a late penalty flag, 49ers CB Richard Sherman said he needed to make the play on a crucial down in Monday's loss to the Packers.Packers pull out NFL victory over 49ers | AL.comNine players with Alabama football roots suited up for the NFL's Week 6 Monday night game.NFL: Kevin Harlan, Olivia Harlan Dekker to make broadcasting historyKevin Harlan and Olivia Harlan Dekker will be part of a three-person team for Monday night's Packers vs. 49ers game on Westwood One.Why are NFL defenses bad? It's Not Just the New Rules | SI.comSunday night’s Patriots-Chiefs thriller reiterated what we already knew about the current state of football: Offenses are spectacular, and defenses—even ones helmed by legendary coaches—are sinking to new lows. A search for answers as to why defenses seem helpless and hopeless in 2018NFL Week 7 Power Rankings 2018 - Playoff chances for all 32 teamsAfter six weeks, just 11 teams have playoff odds of better than 50 percent. Where does your team sit in the playoff hunt?Debrief: Reasons to be optimistic about every single NFL team - NFL.comHope springs eternal in the NFL -- or at least that's the viewpoint Gregg Rosenthal is taking in this week's edition of The Debrief. Here are reasons to be optimistic about each team.Social Media: Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh said the lessons his team learned losing improbable fashion will help his team the rest of the season.Harbaugh praised his team's performance against New Orleans 鈥?with the possible exception of one missed kick.Playing without two starting offensive linemen and with standout cornerback Marlon Humphrey watching from the sideline on Sunday, the Ravens limited Drew Brees to 212 yards passing and scored the potential game-tying touchdown with 24 seconds left by virtue of a six-play Alex Anzalone Jersey , 81-yard drive engineered deftly by quarterback Joe Flacco.Then, with overtime looming, Justin Tucker's seemingly automatic conversion sailed to the right . He was previously 222 for 222 since turning pro in 2012.The 24-23 defeat dropped Baltimore (4-3) out of a first-place tie in the AFC North with a matchup at Carolina upcoming Sunday."Our guys played very well," Harbaugh said Monday. "Many of the things that we learned in this last game, we can apply to the rest of the season. And we're going to try to do that and make the game a positive in that sense."At kickoff, the wind was blowing at 15 mph. Tucker didn't use that as an excuse, though that might have been a factor in his unexpected misfire."The wind was definitely part of it," Harbaugh insisted. "But at the end of the day, it's a missed kick."Tucker couldn't deny that."I feel like I cost us the game," he said Sunday night. "Every single one of my teammates thus far has told me the opposite, and no one play wins or loses a game. But that's a tough thing to grapple with when you're the guy in that situation at the end of the game."Harbaugh considered for a moment going for a 2-point conversion Authentic Josh LeRibeus Jersey , but dismissed the notion because the plan all along was to kick the ball in that situation."The numbers say to put it in overtime. That's what the analytics say. It's a clear choice," Harbaugh said. "We have a Saturday morning meeting where we go through all those factors, and we had decided we would put it in overtime if it came to that."But you know, I had thoughts about going for 2. I was asked that, I thought about it. Your gut sometimes talks to you and you make a decision at the end based on that. At the end, I decided to go with what we talked about doing."One reason the Ravens are tough in overtime is because Tucker is the most accurate field goal kicker in NFL history and is 36 for 50 over his career from at least 50 yards out.Give Baltimore credit for getting in position to tie the game in the final minute, in part because the offensive line was thinned by injuries to Alex Lewis and James Hurst. Rookies Bradley Bozeman and Orlando Brown Jr. saw extensive action, and through it all Flacco was sacked only once."I thought they acquitted themselves very well," Harbaugh said of Bozeman and Brown. "Both of them will learn from it. I think they'll get a lot better because of the game experience they had and the speed of the game and all that. It was a positive in that sense."A victory would have given the Ravens sole possession of first place in the division. But who's to say they would have won in overtime?"It's one of these games that could've went either way," Flacco said. "There's no sense in putting your head down and crying about stuff like this. You just have to move on."The Ravens don't intend to let the loss define their season."We're not feeling sorry for ourselves. We fell one point short," said linebacker Terrell Suggs Youth Austin Carr Jersey , who had the team's lone sack of Brees. "We've got the best kicker in ball, so we're not going to worry about that. We go back to the drawing board, get over this one quick, learn from your mistakes and get ready for Carolina."If that game comes down to a kick from Tucker in the closing seconds, there is a good chance he won't be thinking about his miss against the Saints."Justin's the best in the world at what he does, and he's the most confident person that I know," Flacco said. "It's not going to be an issue." www.nflshopoutlet.com/detroit-lions
  3. Evaluating the Vikings in Fantasy Football Greetings fellow Vikings fans.On July 26th Sheldon Richardson Jersey , I introduced myself to all of you, and told you my story, and more importantly, the story of my girlfriend, Amanda Sanchez. On August 3rd, Amanda passed away at the age of 26, after 9+ month battle with terminal brain cancer. I ask that all of you keep her loved ones in your thoughts and prayers.In the meantime, fantasy football draft season is looming large. As a Vikings fan, it’s quite interesting to see that the Vikings have a really strong possibility of having players in the top 10 at each position, which does not happen for a single team very often. In terms of QB, RB, WR and TE, no team had a top 10 player at all four positions, but that’s very possible for Minnesota this season. Below are my rankings of the top 10 players at the four previously mentioned positions. Along with that is an evaluation of where the Vikings stand among them. My rankings are based on previous stats, strength of schedule, and surrounding parts. Assume the format here is half-point PPR. Pick apart at will.QuarterbackDeshaun WatsonAaron RodgersCam NewtonTom BradyRussell WilsonKirk CousinsDrew BreesCarson WentzPhillip RiversJared GoffIt’s not out of the questions that Kirk Cousins finishes in the top 5, much like Brett Favre in 2009. The only reason I’ve held him out is because Minnesota’s schedule at times is brutal, not only in terms of opponents, but logistically. Home to Green Bay, followed by road games in New England and Seattle are a brutal slate Authentic Matt Wile Jersey , particularly on the cusp and in the first week of most fantasy football playoffs. Having two excellent wide receivers, a running back who can catch the ball and play in the shotgun, and a tight end who is outstanding in the red zone, I might surprise many of you when I say that Cousins might not eclipse 4,000 yards like the previous three seasons. I actually believe his efficiency will increase, and his defense will provide him shorter fields. The benefit of a running game is something he never had in our nation’s capital, which will eat into his passing yards a bit as well. Likely, he will throw the ball less, complete more passes, but possibly throw more touchdowns.Watson is a bold number one, but his tape from last year is genuinely eye-popping, and he plays on a team loaded with good players. Rodgers is above Cam simply because Green Bay I don’t believe will play defense as well as Carolina, and thus, require Rodgers to throw more to lead his team back late in games. Wilson was the top fantasy quarterback last season by a pretty wide margin, but Seattle has seemingly done nothing to improve their squad. Drew Brees is actually out of the top 10 rankings on most platforms (ESPN, Yahoo), but no Mark Ingram runs the first four weeks to me will turn into swing passes. If Carson Wentz didn’t have the question of his knee, he would likely be in my top five, possibly top three. Goff and Rivers will have numbers that are very similar. Rivers simply gets an edge because he will likely have to throw a little bit more.Running BackLe’Veon BellTodd GurleyDavid JohnsonEzekiel ElliotSaquon BarkleyDalvin CookAlvin KamaraMelvin GordonKareem HuntLeonard FournettePrior to tearing his ACL last season, Dalvin Cook was off to a staggering start to his NFL career. He averaged 4.8 yards per carry Youth Brett Jones Jersey , and showed he can play all three downs, and line up as a wide receiver. I can’t justify placing him in the top five however, as all five players ahead of him are on teams that will be more dependent on them. Two other factors could hamper Cook from being in the top five as well. First, Latavius Murray might be in the best shape of his career, and all indications are that he will get touches as Minnesota tries to keep Cook as fresh as they can in hopes of a good postseason. Second, Roc Thomas has worked extremely hard to take on the Jerick McKinnon role, and could catch quite a few passes out of the backfield. Don’t be shocked if Cook has plays where he is on the field with another one of those backs at the same time.For me, Le’Veon Bell is ahead of Todd Gurley because he is playing for a new contract, and he plays with a more polished quarterback. Both are super talents, and picking either first overall is a good choice. David Johnson and Ezekiel Elliot are both on teams that don’t look as though they’ll get a whole lot from their team’s passing games. Elliot could have more carries, but Johnson could have more touches. Saquon Barkley in my opinion will lead the league in rushing, as a rookie has done so each of the previous two seasons. He’s a great receiver too, but a team with OBJ and Sterling Shepard will keep his reception total in check a little bit. Alvin Kamara could be the top fantasy scorer in the league while Mark Ingram serves his suspension, but it’s very possible New Orleans lightens his workload once both are playing. Melvin Gordon is on an offense loaded with talent, and playing with Phillip Rivers puts him ahead of Kareem Hunt for me. Leonard Fournette is a big wild card. He is in my top 10 only because of volume. His yards per carry from last season frightens me.Wide ReceiverAntonio BrownDeAndre HopkinsJulio JonesMichael ThomasOdell Beckham Jr.Keenan AllenA.J. GreenT.Y. HiltonDavante AdamsStefon Diggs/Adam ThielenCome at me (bro) for putting Diggs and Thielen both at number 10. But both players will put up very similar numbers. Thielen will get his by sheer volume of catches, having 91 in 2017. Diggs is a big play threat, who was graded as the top receiver on contested catches a season ago. He will get a few more touchdowns, Thielen will get a few more catches. Both will be in the neighborhood of 1,200 yards, similar to Demaryius and Decker in 2013. They won’t get too much higher because the Vikings have a more potent rushing attack http://www.vikingsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-tom-compton-jersey , and a better defense than that team did. Simply put, it was too difficult to pick one of them to slot at 10. Draft at your own discretion.Antonio Brown has been the number one fantasy wide receiver the last few years. Until that changes for a whole season, there is zero reason to believe otherwise. DeAndre Hopkins is arguably the most physically gifted receiver in the NFL right now, and is finally playing with a strong quarterback. Julio and Michael Thomas are ahead of Odell Beckham for me simply because they both play in a dome, and in a division where the weather is more receiver friendly throughout the season. After multiple ACL tears, Keenan Allen was electric in 2017, and a missing Hunter Henry could have him see more targets. A.J. Green is Mr. Consistent, despite very inconsistent quarterback play. T.Y. Hilton is the only weapon that Andrew Luck has, and their chemistry has always been fantastic. Davante Adams is here because the top receiver for Aaron Rodgers puts up big numbers every season.Tight EndRob GronkowskiZach ErtzTravis KelceGreg OlsenEvan EngramJimmy GrahamDelanie WalkerKyle RudolphJack DoyleCharles ClayKyle Rudolph has been nothing short of an enigma for fantasy football owners. He has never exceeded 840 yards and has never posted double digit touchdowns in a season. He isn’t particularly outstanding running with the ball in the open field, but towers over defenders, making him a factor in the red zone. This season he will play alongside the most polished quarterback he has every played with by a long stretch. Anything short of 800 yards and eight touchdowns would be a massive disappointment. Another big reason he’s in the top 10 is because the talent pool at tight end this season is not very deep. He could fall as far as the 12th round in many drafts.After trading Brandin Cooks, and with Julian Edelman suspended the first four games of the 2018 campaign, it shouldn’t shock anyone to see Gronk as my top rated tight end. He still might’ve been there regardless, but those factors should have him see even more targets than he did last season. Zach Ertz is ahead of Travis Kelce because of more proven quarterback play, and a better defense that will put the offense back on the field more often. Greg Olsen could be the leading receiver for Carolina this year, so it shouldn’t shock anyone to see him in the top five. Even playing with OBJ, Evan Engram could finish as a top three tight end before the season is out. I was shaky on putting Jimmy Graham where I did, given the history of Packers tight ends not typically being big factors in fantasy football, but I expect him to exceed 10 touchdowns. Delanie Walker is the one player here who I feel owners will know exactly what they are getting, someone reliable with solid hands Rashod Hill Jersey , and very underrated running in the open field. Jack Doyle and Charles Clay could’ve gone either way, but a better quarterback gives Doyle the edge for me. As we passed along yesterday, Minnesota Vikings’ wide receiver Adam Thielen participated in the Pro Bowl Skills Challenge on Thursday in Orlando, Florida.Thielen got to take part in a few events, starting with the Best Hands competition, which is the one that we expected him to be in. He was part of the second NFC pairing with Seattle Seahawks’ quarterback Russell Wilson. Check out his performance below.That was followed by Thielen getting the chance to show off his arm, as he was part of the “Precision Passing” drill. Each side had to select one non-quarterback to go along with their two quarterbacks, and he looked. . .okay. He certainly looked better than Von Miller, who was the AFC’s non-QB and managed to get just two points.Thielen finished with a flourish to give himself 10 points in that competition. He actually got more points than one of the quarterbacks, as Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts only managed to rack up five points.(Cue the “Thielen for QB2” comments.)Thielen then struck the final blow for to give the NFC an overall victory in the competition, as he eliminated Houston Texans’ quarterback Deshaun Watson in the final game of Dodgeball of the event.As the winners, everyone on the NFC side got a $7,500 payday. . .pocket change for them, but it’s still pretty cool.What did you think of Adam Thielen’s performance tonight? 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  4. Two weeks http://www.vikingsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-everson-griffen-jersey , two ties.OK, let's get this out of the way now: Yes, the NFL is fit to be tied.Fit tighter than most folks might think, too.In a slopfest of an opener, the Steelers and Browns drew 21-21 . The first game of the season often can be messy and painful to watch, particularly when so many key players don't take the field much, if at all, in the preseason. This one was all of that, even if a tie was a big step in the right direction for Cleveland, which lost 31 of 32 contests entering this season.Yet the Browns sounded more angry with the deadlock than did the Steelers."There's no way that we shouldn't have won this game," safety Jabrill Peppers said. "We didn't win. It is all about winning. Nobody cares about draws or ties, whatever you guys call it. We were in a (position) to win this game countless times. We just have to make the plays."A week later, in a more artistic affair 鈥?minus the ugly kicking by the now-released Daniel Carlson for Minnesota 鈥?the Vikings and Packers finished 29-29. Like the other tie, it was a divisional game. Unlike the other one, both of these clubs should be in the playoff hunt.So assessing a draw left them perplexed."I don't know what to feel after a tie," Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins said. "It's a unique place to be and proud of the way that the whole team 鈥?when I say the team Stefon Diggs Jersey , the coaching staff, the players, the support staff 鈥?the way everybody stayed in it and fought. There were times where we thought we should have won it, there were times the Packers feel like they should have won it. And it was a great game, and unfortunately we didn't get the win."Green Bay's reactions were similar."It's gross," kicker Mason Crosby offered. "I don't like it. Obviously, you hate losing. A tie is just weird. You just don't get them a lot."Ah, but you just might this season. Two in two weeks could be a harbinger.The NFL reduced the length of overtime from 15 minutes to 10 before last season. Stunningly, there were no ties.But the odds of more results without a winner are vastly increased. And league executives understood that when they made the change."What it came down to was really a player safety discussion," said Dean Blandino, head of the league's officiating department when the rule change was made in 2017 and now an NFL analyst for Fox. "The year prior to change, you had several games that went the full overtime periods and ended in a tie, or a game ended on a field goal at the last second. That's an additional however many plays in that game. We had one instance when a team had to come back on Thursday night and play, so that's a very short week for rest and then playing again."So we asked, 'Are we pushing our players to play an extra quarter and having to come back, creating a chance for more injuries?'"Yes the potential for more ties would be there in a shorter overtime Authentic Kyle Rudolph Jersey , but the members of the (competition) committee and the owners didn't think a tie was necessarily a bad thing."Maybe yes, maybe no. But are the alternatives worthwhile?The NFL could adopt the college rule (won't ever happen), which detractors have said is like having a home run derby decide a tied baseball game; too much of the natural game is eliminated. So is the sudden death element, although even that has been diluted by the current NFL overtime rule in which the team receiving the kickoff must score a touchdown for the game to end immediately.Not that we are advocating for getting rid of that and returning to the coin toss being even more instrumental in deciding a game.The option of continuing to play until there is a winner doesn't work in the regular season for a variety of reasons. Player safety 鈥?player exhaustion 鈥?is the main reason, but there are broadcast considerations on a busy Sunday afternoon, too. And fan comfort, particularly in Lambeau or Soldier Field or Gillette Stadium in December.The NFL also senses that with the shorter overtime, teams will attack more during the extra period. That seems to have been the case at Lambeau Field last Sunday. In the other tie, play was so chaotic it was difficult to tell if either side had a plan for winning."There were a lot of things discussed and on the table," Blandino said of competition committee meetings about overtime. "This goes back if you look prior to 2012, the coin toss was such a big part of OT. We had less ties under that system; just, look at the stats from 1994-2011, and there were only four ties. Since 2012 and the chance to have both teams getting possession, in the next five years, we had five ties in that period."And in 2018, we already have two. Get ready for more. We are less than ninety minutes away from kickoff at U.S. Bank Stadium for this Sunday’s crucial NFC North contest between the Minnesota Vikings and the Detroit Lions. Both teams have released their inactive lists for today’s game Youth Xavier Rhodes Jersey , so let’s take a look at those now.We’ll start, as always, with the visiting team.Detroit LionsRB Ameer AbdullahOL Joe DahlOL Andrew DonnalDE Kerry HyderDE Eric LeeLB Jalen Reeves-MaybinLB Kelvin SheppardEzekiel Ansah, who has not played for the Lions since the first quarter of Week 1, is active this week, because Vikings. Cornerback Darius Slay, who was listed as questionable on the Lions’ final injury report, is also active and will start.And now, on to the home team.Minnesota VikingsLB Anthony BarrDE Tashawn BowerOL Tom ComptonWR Stefon DiggsS Andrew SendejoQB Kyle SloterRB Roc ThomasIt’s official for Diggs, as he’ll miss his first game of the season. Sendejo will also be out for the fourth consecutive week. Dalvin Cook is active for the first time since Week 4 and will start at running back, while Riley Reiff also returns after missing three games and will start at left tackle. Xavier Rhodes is also active after missing last week’s game against New Orleans.With Reiff’s return, no word on who will be starting at right tackle yet, whether it’s Brian O’Neill or Rashod Hill. We’ll find out more as we get closer to game time, I assume. Danny Isidora will get the start at left guard in Compton’s spot.There are your inactives for today’s contest, ladies and gentlemen. The Open Thread for the first quarter of play will be up and running at around 11:00 AM Central time.
  5. A look at some key fantasy football questions for Week 10:WHICH UNDER THE RADAR PLAYERS HAVE THE BEST CHANCE FOR A BIG GAME THIS WEEK?Several Washington players 鈥?quarterback Alex Smith Youth Drew Brees Jersey , running back Adrian Peterson, wide receiver Maurice Harris and tight end Vernon Davis 鈥?all have the potential to post big numbers this week against the Buccaneers.The Bucs are top 6 or better in fantasy points allowed to each of the main offensive positions. Smith isn't a prototypical fantasy quarterback but the Bucs have given up multiple TDs to the position in six straight games.Look for Smith to connect often with Harris, who is coming off of a career-best performance with 10 catches for 124 yards receiving last week. With WR Paul Richardson out for the rest of the season and Jamison Crowder's status for Week 10 unclear, Harris should be heavily targeted and has an especially good matchup against a Buccaneers defense that has been torched by fellow slot receivers this season. If Crowder plays, Harris can still be productive on the outside.Even with the injuries to Washington's offensive line, Peterson should bounce back from his 16-yard performance in Week 9. Tampa Bay has allowed five TDs to running backs over the past two weeks.He's expected to play, but tight end Jordan Reed has been limited in practices due to a back injury. He also hasn't scored a TD since Week 1 or recorded more than 43 receiving yards in five straight games. Davis caught five passes for 62 yards in Week 9 and has a favorable matchup against Tampa Bay, which has allowed the second most receiving yards to TEs.Another QB to consider is Andy Dalton. He takes on the Saints, who've allowed an average of 354 passing yards to QBs over the past three weeks.Dalton will be without his top receiver A.J. Green, but John Ross has been practicing in full this week and has an opportunity for a big game against the Saints, who have given up the most fantasy points per game (FPPG) to WRs.At running back, if Seattle's Chris Carson is either limited or out again in Week 10, Mike Davis has an opportunity for a big game. He faces the Rams, who've allowed two TDs to RBs and at least 101 rushing yards in each of their last two games.Saints TE Ben Watson has scored TDs in two of his last three games and takes on the Bengals, who have allowed the second most FPPG to the position.HOW MUCH OF A FANTASY IMPACT WILL DEZ BRYANT HAVE WITH NEW ORLEANS?Let's face it, Bryant's skills had already been eroding for the past few seasons. It's not fair to expect too much from Bryant this season. Name recognition has put him back on the fantasy horizon. Asking a wideout who hasn't played a live NFL game since last December to step in, learn a new system and be fantasy productive right away is a bit much. Michael Thomas http://www.saintsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-mark-ingram-jersey , Tre'Quan Smith, Watson and Alvin Kamara will all easily get more targets on a weekly basis. We all know that QB Drew Brees already loves to spread the ball around.CAN 49ERS QB NICK MULLENS BUILD UPON LAST WEEK'S PERFORMANCE AND IS HE STARTABLE IN WEEK 10?Mullens has what appears to be a very good matchup in Week 10, however the 1-7 Giants have held opposing QBs to just one passing TD in each of the past two weeks. While WR Marquise Goodwin and TE George Kittle provide Mullens with potential TD makers, WR Pierre Garcon, his most targeted receiver last week, has been limited this week (knee) and his progress should be monitored. Mullens is definitely startable in two QB leagues, but he's a riskier play in other formats. He has a bye in Week 11, but if he's granted another start in Week 12, he'll take on the Buccaneers, and they've given up the most FPPG to QBs entering Week 10.WHICH COLTS TIGHT END HAS MORE FANTASY VALUE FOR THE REST OF THE SEASON, JACK DOYLE OR ERIC EBRON?It depends on your league's scoring format. Both have value, but in point-per-reception scoring leagues, Doyle will likely out-produce Ebron. With Doyle missing five games, QB Andrew Luck targeted Ebron 15 times in the red zone, tied for the fourth most in the NFL. However, Doyle averaged just over seven targets in the three games he's played this season. In those same three games, Ebron averaged just four targets.WHICH RUNNING BACKS HAVE UPSIDE BASED ON THEIR REST-OF-THE-SEASON OUTLOOK?Cardinals running back David Johnson is an excellent buy-low candidate. Four of his last seven opponents are in the top 10 in FPPG allowed to opposing running backs.Bears running back Jordan Howard has quietly had a productive season. His 3.5 yards per carry is underwhelming Max Unger Jersey , but he's scored five TDs through his first eight games. He is seventh in the league with 20 red zone rushing attempts, and with an average of just under 16 carries per game, Howard is a major part of the Bears offensive scheme and will continue to have ample opportunities to be fantasy relevant. The Dallas Cowboys made a bold move for the present Monday, trading a first-round pick for Oakland receiver Amari Cooper in Raiders coach Jon Gruden's latest play for the future.The Cowboys gave up their top pick in the next draft in hopes of giving quarterback Dak Prescott another weapon just a few months after releasing franchise touchdown catch leader Dez Bryant in a cost-cutting move.Dallas (3-4) has struggled to score points while losing all four road games, including 20-17 Sunday at Washington . And Cowboys receivers haven't made many big plays in their first season without Bryant and retired tight end Jason Witten, the club leader in catches.The Cowboys decided Bryant wasn't worth $12.5 million in 2018 after three subpar seasons since signing a big contract following his only All-Pro year in 2014.Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said Cowboys executive vice president of personnel Stephen Jones called last week to say he'd check in on Cooper on Monday and offered the first-round pick that the Raiders were holding out for before making a deal.Cooper was the fourth overall draft pick by the Raiders out of Alabama three years ago. He started his career with consecutive 1,000-yard seasons and had two 100-yard games this year, but had just two targets and one catch since the second of those games.The 24-year-old Cooper 鈥?five years younger than Bryant 鈥?was placed in the concussion protocol after leaving Oakland's last game against Seattle on Oct. 14.Dallas receivers have just one 100-yard game combined through seven games, by Cole Beasley in a Week 6 win over Jacksonville. The Cowboys are going into their bye week, and the Raiders are returning from their break to face Indianapolis at home Sunday.For Gruden, dealing his most accomplished receiver doesn't compare to the preseason trade that sent two-time All-Pro pass rusher Khalil Mack to Chicago. But it is another example of the Raiders (1-5) looking to the future.Oakland figures to have a good shot at the No. 1 overall pick in 2019, and now has three first-rounders with the Cooper trade."This is where we get a great opportunity to build," McKenzie said. "We've got pieces now, but we can really rebuild on what we have. With this group, the coaches that I've got here, knowing where we're heading schematically on both sides of the ball and special teams, we're going to build this thing . we've got the ammunition to build this thing really well."Cooper was the third receiver started his career with back-to-back seasons with 1 Authentic Sheldon Rankins Jersey ,000 yards receiving and 70 catches, following Odell Beckham Jr. and Marques Colston but has been unable to build on that success the past two years.He has just 70 catches for 960 yards since the start of 2016 as his inconsistency has become a bigger problem. Cooper has been held under 30 yards receiving in 13 of his past 26 games. Cooper has 3,183 yards and 19 touchdowns in three-plus seasons.The Raiders have now dealt two key pieces away from a 12-win team in 2016 and look to be in major rebuilding mode now."It's disappointing. Real disappointing," McKenzie said. "It was starting to get that way last year when we somewhat took a nosedive, but I understand the NFL, the system will not allow you to keep them all."It's not the first time Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones has made a big trade for a former top-10 pick at receiver, and the other two attempts didn't go well.In 2000, Jones sent two first-round picks to Seattle for Joey Galloway before the first of three straight 5-11 seasons. Galloway, drafted eighth overall by the Seahawks in 1995, didn't have a 1,000-yard season in four years with the Cowboys.About this time 10 years ago, the Cowboys got Roy Williams from Detroit for three draft picks, including a first-rounder. The former Texas standout's first full season with Dallas was his best, with 596 yards receiving and seven touchdowns.The Cowboys made the playoffs once in two-plus years with Williams, in 2009, when they won the franchise's first postseason game since the last of five Super Bowl victories following the 1995 season. Williams was drafted seventh overall by the Lions in 2004.AP Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow contributed. Custom Denver Broncos Jerseys
  6. The New Orleans Saints enter halftime with a 12-7 lead over the New York Giants in Week 4. Wil Lutz has made six field goals Youth Michael Thomas Jersey , four of which actually counted thanks to penalties. The Saints offense is just 1-of-7 on 3rd down, and haven’t turned in a red zone touchdown yet. Drew Brees is 9-of-18 for 102 yards, as the Saints have outgained the Giants 164-97. The Giants had an early touchdown drive, but saw a couple of 3-and-outs and a Wayne Gallman turnover. The Saints have had plenty of opportunities, and it’s things like this that drive Sean Payton into a frenzy. Hopefully, the Saints can continue to shell out some of the defensive efforts we’ve seen thus far, and the offense can get things going. Michael Thomas has been relatively quiet Youth Cameron Jordan Jersey , catching his lone target for 12 yards. There has been plenty of Taysom Hill, however.The Giants will receive the ball to open the second half. The Minnesota Vikings hit their stride last year well before midseason, using an eight-game winning streak to build a 13-3 record for the second seed in the NFC.This year, the second half of the season is going to be much more difficult.The challenge starts with the schedule. The next five games include trips to Chicago, New England and Seattle, with two division-leading foes and one of the toughest venues to play in. Detroit and Green Bay are the home opponents during that stretch, bringing two dangerous quarterbacks to U.S. Bank Stadium.The Vikings are also 4-3-1 Color Rush Vonn Bell Jersey , just behind the Bears in the NFC North and slightly ahead of the Packers, so they've squandered their margin for error."I'm not disappointed," coach Mike Zimmer said. "It is what it is. We have eight more games to go, and that will determine what we end up doing."After losing 30-20 to New Orleans on Sunday night , the Vikings were mostly upset about the way they let the game slip away . They were in control late in the second quarter with a 13-10 lead, when Adam Thielen plunged forward for extra yardage and lost the ball at the 14-yard line. The Saints turned that fumble into a touchdown, making the potential cost of that rare mistake by Thielen a whopping 14 points."It's more frustrating because I think we had it going execution-wise and scheme-wise and all that Marshon Lattimore Jersey ," Thielen said on Monday."I think when it's maybe a lack of concentration or just being too relaxed or what have you, that's the frustrating part. Because you know how many times that you've done it a different way and the right way, and the one time you slip up it costs you maybe the game."The other half of Minnesota's dominant receiver duo, Stefon Diggs, was responsible for the other devastating turnover. Diggs stopped his drag route short before an under-pressure Kirk Cousins dumped the ball off to the spot where he expected Diggs to be had he kept running. The interception was returned for a score to give the Saints a 27-13 advantage.Thielen and Diggs were outspoken after the game about their acceptance of blame, but Zimmer wasn't having it, and he said as much to the team."Like I told them in the meeting today Authentic Wil Lutz Jersey , the receivers need to stop saying that stuff because one person doesn't lose a game. One person doesn't win a game. We win around here as a team. We lose around here as a team," Zimmer said."Guys make mistakes, miscommunication, whatever you want to call it happens. I will never put any one of those one things on one player, ever."Though the loss clearly hurt the Vikings in the conference and division standings, there were reasons for them to feel better about where they're headed at the halfway mark. Thielen and Diggs don't have a pattern of such gaffes, for one. They also played without six injured starters Youth Patrick Robinson Jersey , and young subs such as right tackle Brian O'Neill, linebacker Eric Wilson and cornerback Holton Hill fared well in extended action."I'm encouraged after this ballgame. I'm encouraged after the last four weeks," Zimmer said. "If I was ticked off, I'd let them know. Trust me." Custom Oakland Raiders Jerseys
  7. Writer’s Note: I wrote this article at the beginning of the year and have updated it to include 2018 statistics. I believe it is timely considering the heat Rivers took for last week’s loss in which he threw for 400 yards and had an even TD-INT ratio.It is no secret that a team’s odds of winning are lowered if its QB performs poorly. However Drew Kaser Jersey , many NFL franchises have shown over the last seven seasons that it is not impossible to bail out a QB who delivers a subpar outing. The Chargers do not fit into this group.If Philip Rivers is off, the Chargers have been incapable of overcoming his mistakes. September 25th, 2011 is the last time the Chargers won a game in which Rivers threw more interceptions than total touchdowns–defined as passing and rushing touchdown’s provided by the QB.There have been at least 104 instances since September 25th, 2011 of teams winning a game in which their QB threw more interceptions than total touchdowns. More examples could be found as the below list only focuses on QB’s who have enjoyed a successful season at some point this decade.The only other regular starters who can match what Rivers has gone through during this period are Derek Carr, Aaron Rodgers, and Colin Kaepernick. Each of them played in fewer games.2018Jared Goff (x2)Deshaun Watson (x2)Mitchell Trubisky (x2) Patrick MahomesNick Foles2017Matt Ryan (x2)Blake Bortles (x2)Marcus MariotaJimmy GaroppoloJameis WinstonTom BradyAndy DaltonCase KeenumMatthew StaffordDak PrescottAlex SmithJosh McCown2016Carson PalmerAlex SmithCarson WentzMarcus MariotaTyrod TaylorBen RoethlisbergerJoe FlaccoAndrew Luck2015 Peyton Manning (x5)Teddy Bridgewater (x4)Ben Roethlisberger (x2)Matt Ryan (x2)Jameis WinstonSam BradfordCase KeenumTyrod TaylorRobert Griffin IIIJoe FlaccoCam NewtonRussell WilsonAndy Dalton2014Andy Dalton (x3)Drew Brees (x2)Russell Wilson (x2)Matthew Stafford (x2)Peyton ManningCarson PalmerRobert Griffin IIIBlake BortlesRyan TannehillKirk Cousins (didn’t play entire game)Case Keenum2013 Carson Palmer (x3)Andy Dalton (x2)Tony RomoAndrew LuckDrew BreesCam NewtonBen RoethlisbergerAlex SmithJoe FlaccoRussell Wilson2012 Eli Manning (x2)Matt Ryan (x2)Russell WilsonAndrew LuckJay CutlerMichael VickMatthew StaffordJoe FlaccoCam NewtonAndy DaltonTony RomoSam BradfordMatt SchaubOct.-Jan. 2011Joe Flacco (x2)Carson Palmer (x2)Jay Cutler (x2)Drew BreesAndy DaltonHere is a quick breakdown of how many times certain quarterbacks appeared on the above list:Andy Dalton – 9 timesCarson Palmer – 7 timesPeyton Manning – 6 timesMatt Ryan – 6 timesJoe Flacco – 6 timesRussell Wilson – 5 timesMatthew Stafford – 4 timesDrew Brees – 4 timesTeddy Bridgewater – 4 timesBen Roethlisberger – 4 timesStats like this list are ignored when judging a QB’s win-loss record. Matt Ryan threw 5 interceptions in a 2012 game with 0 TD’s and emerged victoriously. Peyton Manning walked away with five wins in 2015 in which he threw more interceptions than touchdowns.Most quarterbacks only have a handful of wins via this scenario. It’s the total amount of wins that have been collected which is noteworthy.This is further evidence that Rivers has not been surrounded by well-rounded rosters this decade. The special teams unit, for instance, has been particularly disappointing and his rushing attack has paled in comparison to his peers.An in-depth breakdown of the circumstances Rivers has faced is rarely discussed on mainstream sports shows. There will be the occasional two-minute segment about him, but it doesn’t scratch the surface on the situations he has encountered. This hurts his standing with casual fans Cheap Mike Williams Jersey , who make up a sizable chunk of the football community.Digging deep into the weeds of his career reveals a treasure chest of ammo to support his Hall of Fame candidacy. That information needs to be given the proper amount of reflection it deserves. When you get into the swing of things here at the Senior Bowl, you become so focused on the prospects that are participating that you sometimes forget that there are a number of other players in the draft that aren’t these senior all-stars.I always find that quite amusing and it gave me an idea: What if they were the only players in this year’s draft?So with that theme, I decided to churn out a mock-draft by only using the players that are here in Mobile, Alabama.Let’s do this.Round 1 - Andre Dillard, Offensive Tackle, Washington StatePrior to arriving at the Senior Bowl, Dillard was one of the offensive linemen I was unable to scout that much beforehand. But man, am I upset that I haven’t looked at him sooner.Dillard stood out to me before he even hit the field, measured just under 6-foot-5 and tipping the scales at 310 pounds. Most impressively Cheap Kyzir White Jersey , he was one of the better-looking offensive linemen in terms of how he carried that weight on his frame. Distributed evenly with bad weight hard to come by.When he finally put the pads on, his talent in pass protection was apparent. He possesses some of the most active feet which help him in terms resetting and keeping his base wide. It’s tough for defenders to catch him off-balance due to this, as well. Hand-placement was consistent, rarely finding a landing spot outside of the defender’s numbers.In another draft short of elite offensive tackle prospects, Dillard is likely one of the only tackles worthy of a first-round pick.Round 2 - Te’Von Coney, Inside Linebacker, Notre DameConey paired with Drue Tranquil to to head one of the top defenses in the country this past season. Coney measured in at 6-foot-0 and 7/8 while maintaining a stout 244 pounds. He isn’t the tallest linebacker, but that’s not something Coney will allow to hold him back.As a junior in 2017, Coney received a starting job after a senior in front of him was lost to injury. He would go on to start only seven games but still amassed 116 tackles http://www.chargerscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-virgil-green-jersey , including 13 tackles for loss.In his senior year, Coney made the transition from outside to inside linebacker where he told me he prefers to play as he gets to command the defense. Pro Football Weekly’s Greg Gabriel said that his athleticism, instincts, and speed will be what eventually seperates Coney from the rest of the linebackers in the class.This year, he finished his final season in South Bend with 123 tackles, 9.5 tackles-for-loss, four sacks, and an interception.Round 3 - Khalen Saunders, Defensive Tackle http://www.chargerscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-russell-okung-jersey , Western IllinoisSaunders has come out of nowhere to take the Senior Bowl, and the entire scouting community, by storm.The 6-foot-0, 320-pound nose guard has been an unstoppable force in his first two practices this week, usually going up against the the likes of NCST C Garrett Bradbury and Wisconsin OG Michael Deiter.On day 2 of practices, Saunders won a rep against Wisco’s RG Beau Benschawel even after it looked like the guard had the upper hand. With his chest almost parallel to the ground following a slight stumble, Saunders shot his arm in the gut of Benzshawel and kept churning his feet, inevitably throwing the linemen into the invisible quarterback five yards back.In his final season, Saunders racked up 72 total tackles http://www.chargerscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-mike-pouncey-jersey , 6.5 sacks, ans 13 tackles-for-loss.And, I mean, that back-flip is still pretty cool, right? Custom Miami Dolphins Jerseys
  8. After all they've been through http://www.chargerscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-isaac-rochell-jersey , a two-touchdown deficit wasn't going to faze the Los Angeles Chargers."We've been rock-bottom, so it's only up," running back Melvin Gordon said after the Chargers rallied for a 29-27 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday."We know how to respond when we go down. We always feel like we got the players to be in the game, regardless of how much someone goes up."Gordon played a significant part in the comeback, rushing for 104 yards on 15 carries to go with his seven receptions for 55 yards and a touchdown. It is the sixth 100-yard rushing game of Gordon's career and his first since last Oct. 29 against New England."He ran outstanding. There are some times when he could have gone out of bounds but he stayed between the yard lines and made plays," coach Anthony Lynn said.Philip Rivers threw for 250 yards and three touchdowns as the Chargers improved to 2-2, the first time since 2015 that they are .500 after the first quarter of the season and a long way from their 0-4 start last season."It was good to see the resiliency of this team and how they bounced back. We played good, complementary football," Lynn said.Gordon and Austin Ekeler averaged 5.6 yards per carry against a Niners defense that was 10th against the run and allowing only 97 yards per game. It is the first time in 11 games that San Francisco had allowed a 100-yard rusher."Gordon was playing very well. He opened up in the second half," 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster said.The Chargers trailed 17-6 with 4:59 remaining in the second quarter then scored 20 straight points http://www.chargerscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-austin-ekeler-jersey , including 11 in the final 47 seconds of the first half to tie it at 17 at halftime.Caleb Sturgis had three field goals, including one from 21 yards with 7:41 left that gave the Chargers the lead, but he had an eventful day with two missed extra points.C.J. Beathard, who got the start for San Francisco (1-3) after Jimmy Garoppolo's season-ending knee injury, was 23 of 37 for 298 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. The last interception came with 2:38 remaining when Isaac Rochell picked off a pass intended for Alfred Morris at the Niners 19. The Chargers then ran out the clock."I thought he played well," Niners coach Kyle Shanahan said. "He played very tough. Made some great plays, especially in some of the situations. With a lot of guys going in and out, he handled a lot of adversity well and a little chaos due to injuries."Beathard's first TD toss of 2 yards to Kendrick Bourne gave the Niners a 14-0 lead with 3:53 remaining in the first quarter. His 82-yarder to George Kittle with 2:50 remaining in the third quarter helped end of run where they had three three-and-outs and an interception."It felt a lot more comfortable being out there and being in control. It definitely felt a lot more comfortable than last year," said Beathard, who lost five of six starts last season.EXTRA-POINT WOESThe Chargers have missed eight PATs since the start of last season Joe Barksdale Jersey , which is the most in the league. Los Angeles has missed 10 extra points since the kick was moved back in 2015 and is one of eight teams in the league to have missed 10 or more.VERSATILE BACKSGordon and Ekeler each caught touchdowns, the first time the Chargers have had two running backs catch touchdowns since Jacob Hester and Darren Sproles did it on Nov. 22, 2010, against Denver.Ekeler's 22-yard reception on a go pattern drew the Chargers within 17-14 late in the second quarter. Gordon's 6-yard catch in the third quarter would give Los Angeles a 23-17 lead.Rivers, who was 25 of 39, completed passes to eight players with Gordon and Ekeler combining for nine receptions and 81 yards.MOVING ON UPRivers surpassed John Elway for the eighth-most yards in NFL history. He has 51,504 yards in his 15-year career while Elway had 51,475."Those are guys I had posters of on my wall, so just to be mentioned with them is definitely special," Rivers said.HELD IN CHECKSan Francisco's Matt Breida came in tied for the league lead in rushing (295 yards) but he was held to 39 yards on nine carries.Lynn said after the game that stopping the run was something they put extra emphasis on in practice all week.INJURIESNiners: Wide receiver Dante Pettis and left tackle Joe Staley suffered knee injuries. Staley's injury meant San Francisco had to reshuffle its offensive line Cheap Dan Feeney Jersey , moving first-round pick Mike McGlinchey to left tackle and putting Garry Gilliam at right tackle.Chargers: Wide receiver Travis Benjamin, who missed the past two games due to a foot injury, did not play during the second half. He had a catch for 2 yards. Left tackle Russell Okung did not play in the second half due to a groin injury.Follow Joe Reedy at joereedy Sunday’s “home” game for the Chargers looked more like the famed Kansas City “Sea of Red,” with Chiefs fans taking over the soccer stadium where the other L.A. team will spend the next two seasons. The Chargers aren’t faring much better on TV, in their new home or their old one.According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, via SportsBusiness Daily, the Chargers drew a 5.5 rating in L.A. on Sunday, nearly 28-percent less than the 7.6 rating for Cowboys-Panthers on FOX. (Thanks, Oxnard.) In San Diego, the Week One TV rating landed at 11.7 Trevor Williams Jersey , lower than last year’s average of 14.2, and also lower than 13 of the 16 games the team played in 2017, its first one not in San Diego in more than 50 years.In the last year before the move, the Chargers averaged a 24.4 rating in San Diego. In 2010, the Chargers cranked out a 31.6.With the Rams winning the early fight for L.A. and with plenty of locals still loyal to the Raiders, the Chargers could be in for a real struggle, unless and until this annual “it” team finally delivers on that promise. Clearance NFL Jerseys
  9. Thurman Thomas was in the midst of getting taped up before a Bills game at Chicago during his rookie season in 1988 when the running back recognized the unmistakable voice of one of his teenage idols Authentic Tedy Bruschi Jersey , Walter Payton."I can still hear it," Thomas recalled, before attempting to imitate Payton. "Yeah, a high-pitched voice like that: 'Where's that little No. 34?'"Thomas certainly knew who Payton was, given the Bears' just-retired star running back was one of two people who inspired him to wear No. 34 since high school. The other was Oilers running back Earl Campbell, whom Thomas grew up rooting for in Houston; all three are Pro Football Hall of Famers now.What shocked him was someone such as Payton knowing Thomas even existed, never mind taking the time to search him out before the opening kickoff."He's walking in and everybody stopped, and it was just like, 'Holy crap, it's Walter Payton,'" Thomas said. "I'm still trying to figure out how he knew me. I mean, I'm in Buffalo. I'm a rookie. And he comes in and it's, 'Where's 34?'"And I'm like, 'I'm over here.'"It won't be difficult to spot 34 at halftime of Buffalo's home game against New England on Monday night. That's when Thomas will become the third Bills player 鈥? joining former teammates quarterback Jim Kelly and defensive end Bruce Smith 鈥?to have his number retired.For all he accomplished during a 13-year Hall of Fame career, in which he was voted NFL MVP and Offensive Player of the Year in 1991 and led the league in yards from scrimmage from 1989-92, Thomas considers this one of his most notable achievements."The more I get closer to it, the more and more I feel like these butterflies are coming into my stomach," he added. "And I've never really felt that way about a lot of things. But, definitely Limited Rob Gronkowski Jersey , this is one of them."Thomas would have preferred being honored during an afternoon game rather than a prime-time spectacle."I'm not Bruce," he said, making a joke at the expense of Smith, who had his No. 78 retired during a night game in 2016.His one concern is how the rebuilding and offensively challenged Bills, who have managed just 81 points in a 2-5 record, might fare against Tom Brady and the Patriots (5-2), who have won 31 of the past 36 meetings between the AFC East rivals."I just wish we could have a better record," he said.These are certainly not the Bills of Thomas' 12-season tenure, which included Buffalo playing in four consecutive Super Bowls, losing them all.He previously suggested the Bills might have been cursed for cutting him, Smith and Hall of Fame receiver Andre Reed after the 1999 season. What followed was a 17-year playoff drought, which finally ended last year.Perhaps, Thomas said, his mere presence might spur the Bills to be competitive. Bills veteran defensive tackle Kyle Williams certainly hopes so.Williams and his wife treated Thomas and his wife to dinner last week, during which Thomas cited Williams as saying: "Hey, we're going to do whatever we can to make that night even more special."Williams didn't deny being additionally motivated because of Thomas."That's the plan, right?" Williams said. "Sure, anybody who knows him, and knows the kind of guy he is Tom Brady Jersey Salute to Service , and what he meant and means to this franchise, I think it should motivate you."The outcome is almost secondary to Thomas, who was busy reflecting back on a career in which his number has already been retired at high school and college.He was motivated to succeed at Oklahoma State once he began sharing the backfield with another eventual Hall of Famer, Barry Sanders."He kept me on my heels. I couldn't make any mistakes," he said. "If we ran 10 sprints, I ran 11."If it wasn't for Thomas tearing a left knee ligament before his junior season, he wouldn't have elected to return for his senior year, when he met his wife, Patti, who just happened to be from Buffalo. Some eight months later, the Bills selected him in the second round.His voice cracks with emotion when reminded no Bills player will ever wear No. 34 again. And no, Thomas said, no one should expect him to suit up one last time."I've been asked that question a lot this week. Oh my gosh, I'm like, 'People, I'm 52 years old. There's no way in hell I can get out there and do this," he said, before a brief pause."Maybe," Thomas said Authentic Dwayne Allen Jersey , breaking into a smile, "for 1 yard or something like that on the goal line." Phillip Lindsay didn’t receive an invitation to the NFL scouting combine and his name wasn’t called during the draft.Motivated by the snub, he made history.The talented Denver Broncos running back became the first undrafted offensive player selected for the Pro Bowl as a rookie. He heads the list of undrafted rookies who’ve made an impact this season.“At one point, I was just trying to make the team,” Lindsay said. “I was hoping to do some (gunner) reps, some kick return and hopefully catch some balls at punt return. When they gave me the news that I was going to the Pro Bowl, it was just a real emotional moment.”Baltimore Ravens running back Gus Edwards, Philadelphia Eagles running back Josh Adams, New England Patriots cornerback J.C. Jackson and Minnesota Vikings cornerback Holton Hill have also made significant contributions to their teams after 32 teams passed on them in the draft.Lindsay signed with his hometown club after playing four seasons at Colorado and was bold enough to seek permission from Hall of Famer Terrell Davis to wear his old No. 30 jersey after he earned a spot on the Broncos. He had 71 yards rushing in his debut and 107 yards in his second game. Lindsay moved into the starting lineup in Week 8 and had 1,037 yards, an average of 5.4 yards per carry and nine touchdowns. He also had 35 catches for 241 yards and one TD.Lindsay was injured in the Broncos’ Week 16 loss to Oakland. He will miss the regular-season finale against the Chargers and is expected to be out for the Pro Bowl because of a right wrist injury, a person with knowledge of the MRI results told The Associated Press.Lindsay is the third undrafted rookie with 1,000 yards in a season, joining Dominic Rhodes (1,104 in 2001) and LeGarrette Blount (1,007 in 2010).“To be able to be elected to a Pro Bowl by your teammates, the people you’re playing against, the coaches, that means the world Limited Malcolm Mitchell Jersey ,” Lindsay said. “That means that they respect you. … Nobody knew about me when I first got here, other than I was little.”Lindsay ran for 2,726 yards and 30 TDs in his final two seasons in college but was passed over in the draft mainly because of his size — he’s 5-foot-8. He had offers from other teams but chose the Broncos so he could live in his parents’ basement and save money.“His first day with us, he was the sixth halfback on the depth chart. The sixth!” Broncos coach Vance Joseph said. “Obviously, being a rookie free agent. Didn’t go to the combine. Wasn’t drafted. … He came in here just trying to make our football team.”Here’s a look at other undrafted rookies making an impact:GUS EDWARDS: After playing three seasons at Miami and transferring to Rutgers for his final year of eligibility, Edwards signed a three-year contract with the Ravens in May. He began the season on the practice squad, played his first game in October and got just 15 carries in his first five games. Then Edwards had back-to-back 100-yard games as Lamar Jackson took over for the injured Joe Flacco at quarterback, and the Ravens (9-6) turned into a run-dominant offense and took the lead in the AFC North. Edwards leads the team with 642 yards, has a 5.1 average and two TDs. Jackson is right behind him with 605 yards on the ground. A Baltimore win Sunday earns it the AFC North title.JOSH ADAMS: Despite running for 3,201 yards and 20 TDs in three seasons at Notre Dame, Adams had to go the free-agent route. He signed with the Super Bowl champions, earned a spot on the practice squad and made his NFL debut in Week 3. Adams got his chance after starter Jay Ajayi went down for the season, and Darren Sproles and Corey Clement were sidelined by injuries. He’s emerged as the leading rusher with 461 yards, has a 4.2 average and three TDs, helping the Eagles (8-7) remain in the playoff chase.J.C. JACKSON: From Malcolm Butler to James Develin, the Patriots have scored often with undrafted rookies. Jackson, out of Florida Riverside Community College, is the latest to make a statement. One of the players New England picked up to help plug the hole left following Butler’s offseason departure, Jackson has appeared in 12 games and started the past four. The team’s confidence in him has grown each week and he’s performed well Devin McCourty Jersey , hauling in a pair of interceptions. He’s been on the field for 89.3 percent of the snaps since December, and played every snap against the Bills. Jackson drew primary coverage duty on Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and held him to four catches for 40 yards on 10 targets in a Week 15 loss.HOLTON HILL: Hill has played a lot on special teams and started two games for Minnesota, one each for regulars Xavier Rhodes and Trae Waynes because of injuries. He has one interception and seven pass breakups and has generally held up well in coverage when tested by a tough slate of opposing quarterbacks: Aaron Rodgers twice, Tom Brady, Russell Wilson, Carson Wentz, Jared Goff, and Matthew Stafford.ROBERT FOSTER: A wide receiver out of Alabama, Foster has 23 catches for 520 yards and two TDs for the Bills. His average of 22.6 yards per catch leads the team.FRANKIE LUVU: The linebacker out of Washington State has played in 13 games for the Jets and has three sacks.SHARIF FINCH: A linebacker out of Temple, Finch has been a key player on both defense and special teams for the Titans. Before injuring his shoulder in Week 15, he had 20 tackles, 1½ sacks, two quarterback pressures and two tackles for loss. He also has forced two fumbles and recovered another.POONA FORD: The defensive tackle was the Big 12 defensive player of the year his senior year at Texas, but his size (5-foot-11, 310) caused teams to shy away from him. He’s played in 10 games for the Seahawks, including one start, and been strong in the run game.
  10. Welcome to SB Nation FanPulse — a survey of fans across the NFL Josh Gordon Jersey , powered by SurveyMonkey. Each week, we send 32 polls to 100+ plugged in fans from each team. Patriots fans, sign up HERE to join FanPulse.New England Patriots fans have been on a role with their game predictions in 2018. Over the past four weeks, the Patriots have won by almost exactly what the fans predicted in our FanPulse poll.This week, Patriots fans predict the team will beat the Green Bay Packers by an average of 6 points, which would be nice to see. Packers fans, for their part, also think the Patriots will win- by an average of 1 point.Average them together and the Patriots are predicted to win by an average of 3.5 points Authentic Phillip Dorsett Jersey Salute to Service , which comes in beneath the Las Vegas spread of 6 points. The Patriots have covered the spread in four of their past five games, so Vegas is likely boosting their spread to compensate.How do you think the game will play out? One of the biggest reasons for the New England Patriots’ 37-31 win in the AFC Championship Game against the Kansas City Chiefs was the team’s ability to control the clock. The conference’s second seed started the contest by focusing on running the football and putting itself in favorable down-and-distance situations. The game’s opening series was already a perfect illustration of that.On their way to taking a 7-0 lead, the Patriots covered 80 yards in 15 plays while simultaneously milking 8:05 off the clock. They were able to do all of that thanks to a balanced attack that focused on the ground game but was equally efficient through the air, and by converting all three of their third down attempts. New England kept the drive alive through a 3rd and 4, a 3rd and 1, and a 3rd and 7.The first two plays were converted by running back James White, who gained five and two yards, respectively. The third play was picked up thanks to a 14-yard completion from quarterback Tom Brady to wide receiver Julian Edelman. The three plays were the first in a series of big conversions for a New England third down offense that came to life at just the right time. All in all Limited Danny Shelton Jersey , the Patriots went 13 of 19 against Kansas City’s defense.New England’s success rate of 68.4 is the team’s best this season and only the seventh time all year that the offense picked up more than half of its third down attempts. “Everyone was stepping up and making plays in big time situations,” said wide receiver Chris Hogan, who himself had a big one-handed catch to convert a 3rd and 8 in the fourth quarter, after the game. “We needed them today and we got them.”Whether it was Hogan or the aforementioned James White and Julian Edelman, the Patriots received contributions from its entire cast of skill position players — and of course also from its quarterback. On the day, Tom Brady attempted 11 passes on third downs, completing 9 of them for a combined 119 yards and nine conversions. While of his incompletions was intercepted, Brady was still impressively productive on third down.This rang especially true in crunch time: in the fourth quarter and in overtime Jason McCourty Jersey , Brady completed all five of his attempts on third down, gaining a combined 88 yards and moving the sticks each time — despite an average 8.6 yards needed for the conversion. The 41-year old, as expected, deflected the praise onto his receivers when asked about the Patriots’ success when it came to keeping drives alive.“I think the route running and the catching were incredible. They were making the toughest catches in the middle of the field. Julian got hammered on the one — maybe there were two of them. [Chris Hogan] made an incredible catch in the fourth quarter there,” said Brady about the Patriots’ group of pass catchers. Converting third downs proved to be one of the themes of the day for New England from start to finish.“Our mentality was that we needed to punch this thing in the whole time. The third down conversions, continually doing that, and spreading the ball around really helped with that,” said running back Rex Burkhead when describing the team’s game-winning drive — one that included three separate third down plays Troy Niklas Jersey , each getting picked up by the offense. Ultimately, this ability to keep driving was what separated the Patriots from the Chiefs yesterday.With a superior defense coming up next week, the Patriots will need to build on their recent success on third downs.
  11. Stefon Diggs’ episode of Celebrity Family Feud is finally going to air It seems like ages ago that we passed along the news that Minnesota Vikings’ wide receiver Stefon Diggs will be taking part in an episode of Celebrity Family Feud http://www.minnesotavikingsteamonline.com/xavier-rhodes-jersey , and indeed the announcement initially came out back around Memorial Day. Now, finally, after lo these many months, it appears that the episode is finally going to air.San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Arik Armstead posted this tweet earlier today:Armstead is one of Diggs’ teammates on “Team Veterans,” along with Cleveland Browns’ quarterback Tyrod Taylor, Detroit Lions’ running back Legarrette Blount, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy. They will be taking on “Team Rookies,” which consists of players that were rookies in 2017 Authentic Kirk Cousins Jersey , not this current season. Those players are Chicago Bears’ quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, New York Jets’ safety Jamal Adams, Cleveland Browns’ defensive lineman Myles Garrett, Jacksonville Jaguars’ offensive tackle Cam Robinson, and Buffalo Bills’ cornerback Tre’Davious White.The episode will air on ABC this coming Sunday at 7:00 PM Central time. So, it will happen during the same time as the Sunday Night Football contest between the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants, but hey. . .that’s what DVRs are for, right?Both teams will be playing for different charities. Team Veterans will be playing for the Professional Athletes Foundation Authentic Mike Hughes Jersey , while Team Rookies will be playing for the Fisher House Foundation.Are you looking forward to seeing Stefon Diggs on Celebrity Family Feud, folks? Since the 2018 Minnesota Vikings season was unceremoniously ended by the Chicago Bears in Week 17, one of the biggest talking points surrounding the team has been who will be given the role of Offensive Coordinator in 2019. Names like Mike Mularkey, Dirk Koetter, and Hue Jackson have been bandied about over the past couple weeks, to varying degrees of warmth from the Vikings faithful.Today we learned that the Vikings are eschewing all the outside possibilities and staying in-house for their hire, retaining the services of Kevin Stefanski. From Adam Schefter, and now being widely reported and confirmed:Stefanski was reported to be in the running as one of two final candidates for the Cleveland Browns Head Coaching position. The Browns ended up going with Freddie Kitchens instead Womens Adam Thielen Jersey , which allowed the Vikings to keep Stefanski.While many fans may have wanted a new face to shake up an offense that under-performed in 2018, it’s understandable that the Vikings would want some continuity on their coaching staff at a position that has had more than its fair share of turnover during the Mike Zimmer era. Stefanski was already the fourth Offensive Coordinator in five seasons in Minnesota, succeeding Norv Turner, Pat Shurmur, and John DeFilippo. Of course Stefanski had been around for eight years before Zimmer even showed up: he has been with the team since the 2006 season after joining Brad Childress as an assistant.Hopefully a full offseason of familiar faces on the coaching staff (along with some much-needed reinforcements in the trenches) will help remedy some of the ills that befell Kirk Cousins and the Vikings offense in 2018. Because if the Vikings fail to make the postseason again in 2019, there may be a lot of job openings among the Minnesota coaching staff a year from now.What do you think of the (re-)hire? Was going with familiarity and continuity the right choice or was sticking with Stefanski uninspiring? Let us know in the comments.
  12. During the 1970s. . .which was well before my time Womens Tom Compton Jersey , and probably well before a lot of your times, too. . .the rivalry between the Minnesota Vikings and the Los Angeles Rams was one of the best in football. The two teams were at the top of the NFL during that time, and met a bunch of times in the postseason. In fact, the Rams have more postseason games against the Rams than any other opponent with seven. (They also have seven playoff games against the Dallas Cowboys, but less than that against every other opponent.) Things weren’t quite as intense once the Rams moved to St. Louis, but with both teams near the top of the NFC again, maybe things will get rekindled a bit.As we do every week, we’re going to take a look back at the Vikings’ history against their upcoming opponent. As the Rams kept all their history when they moved, it will encompass the history against the Rams at both locations, and for now will just focus on regular season competition.As always, the numbers in this story are brought to you by the good folks from Pro Football Reference.Total regular season games between the Vikings and the Rams: 38All-time record: Vikings, 22-14-2Total Vikings’ points scored, head-to-head: 868 (22.8 points/game)Total Rams’ points scored Womens Trae Waynes Jersey , head-to-head: 820 (21.6 points/game)Longest Vikings’ winning streak vs Rams: 5, twice, most recently from 11 October 2009 to 19 November 2017Longest Rams’ winning streak vs Vikings: 3, twice, most recently from 15 October 1978 to 6 October 1985Most recent Vikings’ road win in series: 7 September 2014 (final score 34-6, at St. Louis)Most recent Rams’ home win in series: 30 November 2003 (final score 48-17, at St. Louis)Biggest Vikings’ road win in series: 28 points, twice (34-6 on 7 September 2014, 38-10 on 11 October 2009, both at St. Louis)Biggest Rams’ home win in series: 36 points, 22 September 1967 (final score 39-3)Current streak: Vikings, 5 winsYes, the Vikings have run off quite the successive number of wins against the Rams Youth Adam Thielen Jersey , having matched their longest streak against the blue and yellow in team history. They got their fifth straight last season at U.S. Bank Stadium, when the Rams marched down the field for a touchdown on their first drive and didn’t dent the scoreboard after that. The game went into the fourth quarter tied at 7-7, but the Vikings exploded for 17 fourth quarter points, including a 65-yard touchdown pass from Case Keenum to Adam Thielen to ice it, winning by a final score of 24-7.The last time that the Vikings had to travel to face the Los Angeles Rams came back on 29 November 1992. (The Rams didn’t move to St. Louis until 1995, but after this one the Vikings didn’t play them again until 1998.) In this one, first-year head coach Dennis Green took his team into Anaheim Stadium to face the Chuck Knox-led Rams. Terry Allen found the end zone three times that afternoon, twice on the ground and once through the air on a 36-yard touchdown pass from running back Keith Henderson on a trick play. The Vikings took a 21-point lead into the fourth quarter, and that was enough as they walked away with a 31-17 victory.In fact, if we want to find the last time the Vikings lost a game to the Rams in Los Angeles, we have to go back over 30 years. The Wayback Machine would have to take us back to 6 October 1985, when John Robinson’s 4-0 Rams hosted Bud Grant’s 3-1 Vikings (after the one season where Les Steckel screwed things up so bad that Bud was the only one that could fix it). It was a defensive battle, as all of the first half scoring came on two Rams field goals to give them a 6-0 lead. Eric Dickerson then scored a touchdown in the third quarter to make it 13-0. The Vikings mounted a bit of a comeback http://www.thevikingsfootballauthentic.com/matt-wile-jersey-authentic , scoring on a Ted Brown touchdown run and a Jan Stenerud field goal, but it wasn’t quite enough as the Rams held on to win 13-10.That’s a brief look at some of the regular season history between the Vikings and the Rams as we prepare for Thursday night’s game in LA. We’ll have more for you as we get closer to kickoff. Friday is injury report day across the National Football League, and this Sunday’s game at U.S. Bank Stadium between the Miami Dolphins and your Minnesota Vikings is no exception. Both teams have released their final injury reports, and we’re going to bring both of those to you here.As always, we start with the visiting team.Miami Dolphins injury report vs Minnesota VikingsPlayerPositionInjuryWednesdayThursdayFridaySunday StatusPlayerPositionInjuryWednesdayThursdayFridaySunday StatusA lot of players on the injury list for the Dolphins, but only two that were given an injury designation. One of those two is huge, though, and that’s cornerback Xavien Howard. Howard missed the Dolphins’ last game against New England and did not practice all week leading up to this one. He’s currently tied for the NFL lead in interceptions (7), and not having to deal with him in the Miami secondary would make things significantly easier on the Minnesota offense. . .or, at least, you’d think that.The Dolphins’ starting quarterback, Ryan Tannehill, was limited in practice all week Youth Stefon Diggs Jersey , but he’s going to start, denying us the opportunity to witness the Brock Osweiler Experience in person.And now, on to the home team.Minnesota Vikings injury report vs Miami DolphinsPlayerPositionInjuryWednesdayThursdayFridaySunday StatusPlayerPositionInjuryWednesdayThursdayFridaySunday StatusChad Beebe did return to practice this week, but couldn’t do enough to prevent him from missing his fourth straight game with his hamstring issue. David Morgan, who has missed the previous four games for the Vikings, was limited in practice all week, and has been designated as questionable to make his return on Sunday.Two other players for the Vikings are question marks leading into Sunday’s game, as both guard Mike Remmers (low back) and defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson (hip) are questionable after being limited in practice all week. If I had to venture a guess, I would assume that both of them will be out there on Sunday, but it’s something that will require monitoring over the next couple of days.The rest of the players on the Vikings’ injury report were not given designations and were all full participants in Friday’s final practice session.That’s a look at the injury reports for both sides going into Sunday’s big game. We’ll have more on this one for you as we get closer to kickoff.
  13. Saints coach Sean Payton expressed concern on Monday that his first-place team eventually will falter if it fails to improve the way it defends snaps from within 20 yards of its own goal line."There's a ton of football left Cheap Marcus Williams Jersey ," said Payton, whose Saints (7-1) are riding a seven-game winning streak as they prepare to travel to Cincinnati (5-3). "There's a ton of things we have to improve on and we need to improve on, or it's going to hurt us later. Red zone defense 鈥?that has to get better."While Payton emphasized that there are a number of corrections that need to be made from week to week, a half-season's worth of poor numbers on red zone snaps is "the one area that is bothering me."Saints opponents have scored touchdowns on 20 of 28 drives (71.4 percent) that have included at least one play run from inside the Saints 20. That ranks 28th out of 32 teams in defensive red zone efficiency."You can't find any team having success later in the season with the numbers that we currently have," Payton warned. "We've got to find a way to improve that."Payton's caution comes even as his team holds the inside track to the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs following a 45-35 victory over the previously unbeaten Los Angeles Rams on Sunday. In that game, the Rams ran red-zone plays on five separate possessions. Three of those drives ended with touchdowns, one ended with a field goal and another ended when the Rams were stopped just short of a first down on a fake field goal.Technically, that represented an improvement in defensive red-zone efficiency relative to the club's percentage over eight games. It just wasn't good enough to allay Payton's anxiety.Because the Saints are scoring nearly 35 points per game, they're likely to win even if their defense gives up a lot of yards, as long as it thrives at stopping opponents short of the end zone and forcing field goals 鈥?or creating turnovers.Linebacker Damario Davis said the key to improving in the red zone is preparing better during the week for the plays that upcoming opponents have been most adept at running in that area of the field."It comes down to understanding how teams want to attack you down there and being locked into what they're going to try to do," Davis said. "Knowing your assignment and doing your assignment 鈥?I just think it comes down to that."But Davis also suggested that the Saints defense won't want to become so preoccupied with its red zone play that it neglects other aspects of the game plan."We have our goals every week. All of them are important," Davis said. "You've got to be good in the red zone. You've got to be good on third down. You've got to be good on first and second down in the pass game. You've got to stop the run. You've got to find a way to get takeaways. Those are our goals every week. When we do those http://www.saintscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-alex-okafor-jersey , we're usually successful. When we don't, it's not a good day." The 2018 New Orleans Saints have been an enigmatic team: coming into the season with all sorts of high expectations, the Saints were thoroughly dominated by the Tampa Bay Bucs in the season opener, then squeaked by the Cleveland Browns in week two.The task was not getting any easier this afternoon in Atlanta, as the Saints faced their division archrival, the Atlanta Falcons, with each team looking to go to 2-1 and put their opponent in an early divisional hole.1st HALF The Saints came out of the gate smoking, after the Falcons had won the toss and deferred to the second half. New Orleans marched 75 yards down the field in a blink to take a 7-0 lead on a Drew Brees’ pass to Ted Ginn Jr. The Falcons would answer on their second possession, with Matt Ryan finding Calvin Ridley who abused P.J. Williams on that drive, to tie the game at 7. The Saints defense would tighten things up, with rookie Marcus Davenport notching his first NFL sack. Drew Brees and the offense would flirt with the end zone but only come up with field goals to extend the Saints lead to 13-7. In the process, Brees became the NFL all-time leader in completions when he reached 6 http://www.saintscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-ted-ginn-jr-jersey ,301, passing Brett Favre.The Falcons would wrestle the lead back in a two-play, 75-yard drive that saw Calvin Ridley continue to roast P.J. Williams, catching a 75-yard touchdown pass from Matt Ryan and giving Atlanta a 14-13 lead after the extra point. After a punt by the Saints, the defense forced the Falcons into a three-and-out, giving the Saints the ball back with 40 seconds left. In two passes to Alvin Kamara and Benjamin Watson, the Saints got into field goal and Wil Lutz converted a 45-yard field goal to give New Orleans a 16-14 lead at halftime.2nd HALFThe Falcons started the second half with the ball, quickly getting into the Saints red zone on a pass interference by Ken Crawley on the unstoppable Calvin Ridley. Matt Ryan would find Ridley again for a touchdown, giving the Falcons a 21-16 lead. After a punt by the Saints, the defense would step up once again and force the Falcons into a punt, which was blocked by the Saints. Craig Robertson returned the punt to Atlanta’s 16-yard line. Drew Brees would then find Cameron Meredith for his first touchdown as a Saint to put New Orleans back in front 23-21.The Falcons would not wait to respond, driving right down the field on their next possession Cheap Alex Anzalone Jersey , with Matt Ryan hitting running back Tevin Coleman for a touchdown, and the Falcons converting the two-point try to retake the lead 29-23. In a game of: “anything you can do I can do better,” the Saints marched right down the field, actually mixing up the run and the pass and using a Wild Cat formation to run Taysom Hill deep into Falcons territory. On 4th and goal from the one-yard line, Drew Brees found fullback Zach Line for a touchdown and the see-saw after continued with New Orleans taking a 30-29 lead, the seventh lead change of the game.The Falcons would waste no time getting back into the Saints’ red zone on a 58-yard bomb to Julio Jones. The Saints thought they had held Atlanta to a field goal try, but a personal foul by David Onyemata who hit the center on the field goal attempt gave the Falcons a first-and-goal. On the very next play, Matt Ryan hit Mohamed Sanu for a touchdown, followed by a two-point conversion to Sanu again, to give the Falcons a 37-30 lead.What did you expect would happen? Of course, the Saints then drove right down the field and into Falcons territory on the back of runs by Alvin Kamara and Ted Ginn Jr. and they would get into the end zone with a run by none other than quarterback Drew Brees himself. Wil Lutz would tie the game at 37, with a minute and 15 seconds left in the game. The Falcons would have one last chance to go ahead http://www.thesaintsfootballauthentic.com/tyeler-davison-jersey-authentic , but the Saints defense stopped them to take the game into overtime.OvertimeThe Saints would win the toss and take the ball, immediately driving deep into Falcons territory. Never giving the Falcons a chance to possess the ball, New Orleans would punch it in the end zone with Drew Brees’ patented “Fleur-de-Leap” to give the good guys a 43-37 win. Phew! and WHO DAT Y’ALL, the Saints are 2-1***Below is a timeline of the game:1st QuarterFalcons win the toss and defer to the second halfBrees finds Michael Thomas for a 39-yard reception on the first playSaints get into the red zone in the blink of an eyeBrees finds Ted Ginn Jr. for a touchdownNO: 7 - ATL: 0Falcons take over at their 25-yard lineSaints defense forces the Falcons into a three-and-outSaints take over at their 21-yard lineSaints go three-and-out and have to puntFalcons take over at their 19-yard lineFalcons get into Saints territoryMatt Ryan finds Calvin Ridley for a touchdownNO: 7 - ATL: 7Saints start at their 25-yard lineSaints get into Falcons territory at the 44-yard line as the quarter ends2nd QuarterSaints’ drive stalls and they puntFalcons start at their 20-yard Marcus Davenport sacks Matt Ryan and forces the Falcons to puntSaints take over at their 38-yard line and get into Falcons territoryBrees ties Brett Favre for the all-time lead in completions in the NFL at 6,300Saints stall and Wil Lutz makes a 49-yard field goalNO: 10 - ATL: 7Falcons take over at their 25-yard lineFalcons stall and have to puntSaints take over at their 27-yard lineBrees finds Michael Thomas for apass near midfieldBrees is now the all-time leader in completions in the NFL with 6,301Saints get into the red zone on a pass to Ben WatsonSaints stall and Wil Lutz makes a 21-yard field goalNO: 13 - ATL: 7Falcons take over at their 25-yard lineMatt Ryan finds Calvin Ridley who roasts P.J. Williams again for a 75-yard touchdownNO: 13 - ATL: 14Saints Get to their 44-yard line but stallFalcons take over at their 9-yard lineFalcons go three-and-out and have to punt Saints take over at their 42-yard line with 40 seconds left in the halfSaints get into field goal range in two passes to Kamara and WatsonWil Lutz makes a 45-yard field goalNO: 16 - ATL: 143rd QuarterFalcons start at their 25-yard lineFalcons get into the red zone on a pass interference call on Calvin RidleyMatt Ryan finds Calvin Ridley for a touchdownNO: 16 - ATL: 21Saints take over at their 25-yard lineBrees gets sacked by Vic Beasley and the Saints have to puntSaints penalties mounting, giving the Falcons great field position at their 47-yard lineSaints defense stiffens and forces the Falcons to puntSaints block the punt, Craig Robertson picks it upSaints take over at the Falcons 16-yard line Brees finds Cameron Meredith for a touchdownNO: 23 - ATL: 21Falcons take over at their 17-yard lineAtlanta easily gets into Saints territory and into the red zoneFalcons are knocking at the door as the quarter ends4th QuarterMatt Ryan finds Tevin Coleman for a touchdownFalcons go for two and convert easilyNO: 23 - ATL: 29Saints take over at their 25-yard line with 14:11 left in the gameSaints use Taysom Hill in a Wild Cat formation to get into the red zoneSaints have a 4th and goal from the one-yard line and go for itBrees finds fullback Zach Line for a touchdownNO: 30 - ATL: 29Falcons take over at their 25-yard lineMatt Ryan finds Julio Jones for a 58-yard bomb right into the Saints red zoneCameron Jordan sacks Ryan on third and goalA David Onyemata personal foul gives the Falcons a first downMatt Ryan finds Mohamed Sanu for a touchdownRyan finds Sanu forthe two-point conversionNO: 30 - ATL: 37Saints take over at their 19-yard lineSaints get into the red zone in the blink of an eyeSaints have a first and goal as we hit the two-minute warningOn second and goal, Drew Brees runs into the end zone for a touchdownWil Lutz ties the game at 37 with the extra pointNO: 37 - ATL: 37Falcons take over at their 26-yard lineSaints defense forces the Falcons to puntSaints have the ball at their 13-yard line and take a kneeOvertimeTaysom Hill returns the kick to the 20-yard lineSaints get into Falcons territory and into the red zoneSaints get inside the five-yard line for a first-and -goalDrew Brees finds Alvin Kamara inside the five-yard lineBrees leaps into the end zone for a touchdownNO: 43 - ATL: 37Saints Win! 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Although the Saints offensive line did allow their first sack in four games, they controlled the Atlanta front seven, paving the way for 150 rushing yards. The New Orleans defense allowed just 26 yards on the ground, forced four turnovers, and sacked Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan six times, harassing him all evening. The Saints secondary did give up 23 receptions and 314 receiving yards to the Falcons talented threesome of Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley http://www.saintsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-ryan-ramczyk-jersey , and Mohamed Sanu, but came up with a few game changing big plays in the red zone. Safety Marcus Williams had a key sack, fumble, and recovery to end Atlanta's first scoring drive. Marshon Lattimore, Eli Apple, P.J. Williams, and Vonn Bell provided physical coverage all evening, and together accounted for two fumbles forced and two recoveries near the New Orleans goal line. With no Saints football this Sunday, let's have some Thanksgiving football leftovers and hand out game balls for another solid team performance. CAM JORDAN Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty ImagesCameron Jordan added another chapter of dominance against the Falcons throughout his career. Jordan had 2 sacks, 3 tackles for loss, and 3 quarterback hits on Thursday night, continually destroying the right side of their line. In sixteen career games against Atlanta, Jordan now has 12 sacks and 28 total hits on their quarterback. He had a game indicative of his season, one that almost surely has him headed to his second straight All-Pro recognition. ALVIN KAMARA Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY SportsComing into this game, it looked like Atlanta might have trouble matching up with Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram without their best defensive player Alex Anzalone Jersey , linebacker Deion Jones.The two backs combined for 141 rushing yards on 25 carries, led by Kamara's 89 yards. He exploded for 18 yards on the game's opening play, and consistently slashed his way through the Falcons defense for key yardage. Kamara's versatile talents and gamebreaking skills were undeniable last year when he won the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year. He has gone on to prove this season that he is capable of filling the role as a top every down back, capable of picking up tough yards inside the tackles. SHELDON RANKINS Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty ImagesRankins continued his monstrous season, getting immediate penetration into the Falcons backfield numerous times to derail a running play or put pressure on Ryan. He finished with just two tackles, but both were for losses, including 1 sack. The Saints first round pick in 2016 also had a number of other pressures on during the game, flushing Ryan into a sack by a teammate.Rankins is having the best season of his career by far, and is finally being mentioned among the best interior linemen in the league. THE LINEBACKERS Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty ImagesThis may not be the second coming of The Dome Patrol, but it is almost certainly the best linebacking unit that the Saints have had in decades. Demario Davis, Alex Anzalone, and A.J. Klein combined for 16 tackles (2 for loss), 1 sack (Davis), 2 forced fumbles (Anzalone, Davis) Authentic Josh LeRibeus Jersey , and an interception (Klein). The linebackers complimented the standout play of their defensive line in making the Atlanta running attack nonexistent, holding them to just 1.6 yards per carry. Once a team weakness often exploited by teams such as Atlanta, these linebackers have become one of the Saints' many strengths, and the most improved unit on the team. Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty ImagesThe Saints now sit at 10-1, currently holding the top seed in the conference and a three game lead in the NFC South. The winning streak is the second longest in franchise history, and has New Orleans mentioned as one of the primary Super Bowl favorites heading into the home stretch of the season. The Saints cannot afford a letdown however, with no margin for error and perhaps the league's toughest schedule over the final five games. Next up are the NFC East leading Dallas Cowboys, who are on a win streak of their own. Despite the daunting schedule ahead of them, New Orleans seems well equipped to handle the challenge. Thursday night was another complete performance, a domination of a despised rival, and Thanksgiving dessert to an excited fanbase. KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The New England Patriots are in their eighth consecutive conference championship game and trying to reach the Super Bowl for the fourth time in five seasons and the ninth time overall in the Bill Belichick-Tom Brady era.The Kansas City Chiefs, led by quarterback Patrick Mahomes, are hosting the AFC title game for the first time at Arrowhead Stadium, and are trying to get to the Super Bowl for the first time since the 1969 season.One thing that is unusual is that the Patriots are a slight underdog against the top-seeded Chiefs."We're going against a team that's the No. 1 seed in the league Youth Austin Carr Jersey ," Brady said after the team's final practice on Friday. "I'm sure there's a lot of people that are thinking they're going to win. Everyone can have their own opinion. We certainly have an opinion, and we've got to go out there and execute our best in order to accomplish that."On the NFC side, the Los Angeles Rams are back inside the stadium where they lost for the first time this season, looking for retribution and a Super Bowl berth as they face the New Orleans Saints in the NFC championship game.The Superdome is coming alive for the last time this football season as predominantly Saints fans arrive for just the second NFC title game to be held at the site of seven Super Bowls.The previous time the Saints hosted a game this late in a season, they pulled out a hair-raising overtime triumph over Minnesota en route to their first Super Bowl appearance 鈥?and championship.That was the 2009 season. Some nine seasons later, coach Sean Payton and 40-year-old, record-setting quarterback Drew Brees are back with a largely different cast, one victory away from the team's second trip to the NFL's biggest event.When these teams met in Week 9, running back C.J. Anderson had not yet joined Todd Gurley in the Rams' backfield and Los Angeles cornerback Aqib Talib was not healthy enough to play. Their availability puts the Rams in a stronger position than they were in back on Nov. 4, when they fell to New Orleans 45-35.This is the first NFC title game for Rams 32-year-old, second-year coach Sean McVay and his 24-year-old quarterback, Jared Goff.The winners that emerge from the conference championship games will meet in Atlanta on Feb. 3 in the Super Bowl. Custom Tennessee Titans Jerseys
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