The Chiefs had something of a tumultuous offseason, with longtime cornerstone players (Jamaal Charles, Dontari Poe, Jeremy Maclin) being shown the door and general manager John Dorsey getting fired just a few weeks before training camp. They drafted Patrick Mahomes in the first round, setting the stage for a potential quarterback controversy with Alex Smith. In the first game of the season, their best defensive player, Eric Berry, suffered a season-ending Achilles tear.
In Week 1 against the Patriots, Reid dialed up a brilliant game plan to knock off the defending champions, unearthing a new star in running back Kareem Hunt and trusting Smith to open up the offense more. The Chiefs carried that momentum into hard-fought wins over the Philadelphia Eagles and Los Angeles Chargers before the important Monday night showdown against Washington.
Garrett didn’t sound complacent after the game — he’s ready for more. I always want more, he said. I always want to make more plays, have more effect on the outcome of the game, but as many as they give me I’ll take and I’m just going to try to do my best to make plays out there.
Outside of Garrett’s performance on Sunday, the Browns have been quite bad this season. Going into Sunday, they were 26th in total offense while having scored just 63 points in four games leading up to Sunday.
However, the Browns haven’t been egregiously bad on defense. They’re 16th in the NFL in total defense and seventh in run defense — and that’s been without Garrett.
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Authentic Kids Ryan Callahan Jersey If Garrett can help the Browns improve off those initial stats and help them get some wins, then the Browns might be bearable to watch. So far, the offense has been a mess, to say the least. Kizer hasn’t been what the Browns needed — but he also isn’t exactly equipped with the proper weapons.
Tomorrow I’ll have surgery ending year 12. I’m filled with mixed emotions. I wasn’t able to produce for my team the way I wanted to but this was my greatest year to date. This game has shown me who I really am good and bad. This game has given me the opportunity to grow as a man, father, husband, teammate, leader.. . I’m so thankful for this game.. . The biggest lesson I’ve learned about myself is that Adversity kicks my Ass. I’m proud to say that after 12 years I’ve finally became the man I knew I was suppose to be by confronting Adversity with a Smile.
Agholor’s 1.8 OTD suggests that a return to earth in the scoring department is on tap. He’s worth flex consideration only during bye weeks, at least until he takes on a larger role.
The Oakland Raiders suffered the biggest fall of the week. After loosing to the Baltimore Ravens in Week 5, this Oakland team doesn’t look the same from 2016. Oakland is currently on a three-game loosing streak.
The Cleveland Browns, on the other hand, bring up the rear once again after a hard loss to the Jets, who are somehow 3-2. The San Francisco 49ers are near the bottom of each list. They lost in overtime against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 5.
Jefferson has returned to practice since breaking his hand, but Richard said the team will need to evaluate him further to determine when he’ll be able to play. Bennett didn’t practice Wednesday because of what the team has called a plantar fascia foot injury, but he said he plans to play Sunday against the New York Giants.
The Chiefs are the NFL’s last undefeated team behind an explosive offense that can rip off big plays at a moment’s notice. The Steelers, on the other hand, have major questions to answer after failing to score a touchdown in a home loss to the Jaguars. Can Pittsburgh get back on track in a game that promises to be a shootout? The two teams meet at 4:25 p.m. ET and broadcast live on CBS (live stream).
After the Seahawks throw an interception on a trick play, the Rams drive deep into Seahawks territory. On third-and-11, Jared Goff hands off to Tavon Austin, who goes untouched for a 27-yard touchdown. I had hoped that whatever Jeff Fisher-brand Seahawks poison the Rams employed over the last five years would be gone from this Rams team, but apparently not.
I am starving. I haven’t eaten since a late breakfast, and my entry into our small kitchen puts me on the hook for making the kids’ dinner. While I toast a bagel for myself and cook quesadillas for the kids, the Seahawks recover a muffed punt, only to blow easy points by throwing an interception that flips the field position.
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Trubisky pitched Cohen the ball, who threw a dime to a wide open Zach Miller for the easy score.
The post-Glennon Bears offense has really opened the doors for other players to pad their passing stats:
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The Bears’ creativity has been fun to watch lately. On Monday Night Football against the Vikings, they pulled off this incredibly creative 2-point conversion:
Pat O’Donnell also got his first career touchdown pass on this very nonchalant fake punt pass:
The Bears are — dare we say — becoming fun to watch now.
Several talent agents have been spending the past several weeks telling their sports clients to stick to sports when it comes to their social media feeds.
These conversations took a new importance last week after ESPN suspended anchor Jemele Hill after she made tweets suggesting that NFL fans boycott Dallas Cowboys sponsors — many of whom also buy advertising on ESPN.
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Youth Nick Ahmed Jersey My advice to my clients who work for a content company is that social media is not the right area to voice opinions other than ones that you’re paid to give, said Sandy Montag, president and CEO of The Montag Group, whose client list includes Bob Costas, James Brown, Mike Tirico and Scott Van Pelt.
More than a year after Colin Kaepernick first took a knee to protest police brutality, we now find ourselves living in climate of conflict whenever and wherever the national anthem is played.
We started [kneeling] to raise awareness and to effectuate change. We’re on the path to make the change we think we can make; we are just not there yet.
The players’ union and the league issued a joint statement just before the annual fall owners meetings began.
Today owners and players had a productive meeting focused on how we can work together to promote positive social change and address inequality in our communities, the statement said. NFL executives and owners joined NFLPA executives and player leaders to review and discuss plans to utilize our platform to promote equality and effectuate positive change. We agreed that these are common issues and pledged to meet again to continue this work together.
The day after the shooting, Walton initially wondered if the game should be played. But the Lakers coach knew the right thing to do was to play the game and keep things moving forward.
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At first, I didn’t know what we were going to do, if we were going to come play at all, Walton said. Is it not right to do? I think it’s important that when tragedy like this happens, you don’t live in fear. You’ve got to keep life going, I think a lot of people here love basketball. … They love the Lakers here like it’s their home team. And for them to come in here and just get away for a couple hours is great for them.
The Islanders, meanwhile, had to rally back from a two-goal third period deficit against the Blues to force overtime and earn a point. They headed west feeling much better about goalie Thomas Greiss, who was pulled from a season-opening loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets and finished with 33 saves against the Blues.
His work included a fantastic sliding save early in the third period to rob Vladimir Sobotka of a clean look at the net. Meanwhile, the Islanders will also be looking to get their power play going as they are 0 for 10 to start the season.
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After the first couple of penalties, we were definitely moving the puck a lot better, getting shots and had a few opportunities and a couple of stuffs we almost had, so it’s right there, said Islanders forward Anders Lee, who scored a late game-tying goal to help force overtime against St. Louis. Once we start getting shots and creating chaos for them, it’s going to open up. Right now, we are trying to make a little bit of the perfect play. We have to work through these kinks.
Portland hopes to compensate by tightening a defense that sunk to 21st in points allowed per possession last season. They were much stiffer after acquiring Nurkic. They cut their foul rate dramatically, a trend that might be sustainable. Nurkic prefers to hang back against the pick-and-roll, allowing the rest of the Blazers to stick closer to shooters. Fewer rotations mean fewer reaches, bumps, and free enemy points.
Opponents also drilled 41.8 percent of open 3s, the third-highest such mark in the league. That number was somehow even bigger in 2015-16. Something beyond luck is going on, but Portland is due a little good fortune.
“All men are created equal”, in one sense, but all men have different characteristics and qualities. The good leader knows how to handle each individual player. — The Dodger Way To Play Baseball, 1954, by Al Campanis.
Arguably the most balanced tier, I think this is an important area for shooting guard and small forward. Given the aforementioned scarcity the position represents, I want one of these top-11 shooting guards, ending with Gary Harris in this tier. Both Avery Bradley and Victor Oladipo represent great values with what should be surges in minutes and offensive opportunity rates for each on their respective new teams.
It’s fun to be daring at this stage of the draft (think the fifth round and beyond), and few players offer more potential for differentiation than Ben Simmons. There is real risk, given it’s his first foray into the league, but his usage rate and rebounding potential could drive some awesome box scores.
As a key beneficiary of Paul’s presence in Houston, Clint Capela could enjoy a rewarding spike in offensive efficiency and opportunity as the rim-runner in the Lob City mold.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Monday that the Philadelphia 76ers and Joel Embiid have agreed to a five-year, $148 million designated rookie scale maximum contract extension.
Since being drafted by Philadelphia with the No. 3 pick in 2014, Embiid’s career has been hindered by injuries. That includes him missing all of the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons. Embiid showed flashes of his potential last season, averaging 20.2 points and 7.8 rebounds in his 31 games before tearing his meniscus.
When healthy, the 23-year-old big man has the talent to be one of the most unique players in the NBA. This extension could be viewed as a vote of confidence toward his long-term health.
A team doctor examined Porzingis on Monday afternoon and determined that he should sit out against the Rockets.
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He’s having some issues lifting his leg, Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said, adding that Porzingis felt soreness when taking a stride.
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It is unknown whether Porzingis had any tests on his hip. Hornacek is hopeful that Porzingis will be able to play in the Knicks’ preseason finale on Friday.
Also on the injury front for New York, rookie Frank Ntilikina missed his third straight preseason game on Monday with a knee bruise. Hornacek said Ntilikina still has some residual swelling in his knee but believes the rookie will return Friday.
Ntilikina, the eighth overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft, missed the entire summer league with a knee injury but says his current ailment is unrelated.
Bo Horvat scored twice, Jacob Markstrom settled down to make 33 saves after allowing a goal on the game’s first shot, and the Vancouver Canucks beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 on Saturday night.
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It was an adventure in defending for both teams at times, with Toronto pulling ahead 5-1 in the first period and chasing Henrik Lundqvist before the Rangers scored four straight to quieten the Air Canada Centre crowd.
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The second period, I don’t know what we were doing, coach Mike Babcock said. We got away from our game. That’s the way sports should be. When you don’t do things right, you shouldn’t have success and we didn’t. There’s lot of things we can get better at but the way I look at it is we’ve played two (games) now and found a way to survive in both of them and win the games.
Toronto won its opener 7-2 on Wednesday night in Winnipeg, also running off starting goalie Steve Mason.
Against FBS opponents, the Beavers’ narrowest margin of defeat came on Saturday in a 38-10 loss to USC.
This is an exceptionally difficult time for me, personally and professionally, Barnes said in a statement. I have known Gary for many years and respect him highly as a person, my friend, a head football coach and an incredible leader of young men. The timing of this is very difficult; however it is the best for all involved.
Russell Wilson passed for 198 yards and a touchdown, and Earl Thomas forced two of the Rams’ five turnovers in the Seattle Seahawks’ 16-10 victory over Los Angeles on Sunday.
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Sheldon Richardson also came through with two big plays, diving to intercept a deflected pass in the third quarter before scooping up Goff’s fumble near midfield with 2:45 left.
Goff moved the Rams 55 yards in the final 1:09, but Seattle’s defense made its final stop. Rams rookie Cooper Kupp barely missed a diving TD grab on third down, and Goff’s fourth-down pass to Kupp was too low.
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Tyler Eifert’s back injury this year shouldn’t come as a total surprise considering his history. He has never played a full season and had surgery last year. Still, Eifert has been a disappointment to fantasy owners after catching only four passes in the first two games and getting a touchdown called back. Eifert hasn’t played in the last three games, but the bye week could be coming at the right time for him.
What are the five must-watch NFL games this week? ESPN’s matchup quality metric, which utilizes ESPN’s Football Power Index to rank games on a 1-100 scale based on the quality of teams and projected closeness of the final score, tells us the top games of Week 5.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, New York Jets
I’m likely to want either Aaron Rodgers or Le’Veon Bell in all of my DFS lineups in Week 5, so I’m going to need to go cheap somewhere. Tight end is a good spot, especially since the clear No. 1 option — both in skill and price — is playing in the Thursday game (Rob Gronkowski). The Cleveland Browns have performed miserably against opposing tight ends, allowing the most targets (38) and catches (31), as well as the second-most fantasy points using ESPN’s PPR scoring (similar to DFS for the position). The Jets have gotten Seferian-Jenkins more involved than the team has with a player at the position in years, as his 10 targets over the past two weeks is tied for 13th, and the team is going to continually be put in passing situations that help further his cause. — Tristan H. Cockcroft
Will Fuller V, WR, Houston Texans
Fuller ranks fifth in air yards per target since entering the NFL last season, and I’ll take my chances on the upside against a Chiefs defense that has allowed the fourth-most deep completions this season. Fuller is a week-to-week risk, but considering it took him all of six targets from Deshaun Watson to score twice in his first game of the year, this week — at home against the Chiefs who are coming off a short week — seems like a good time to roll the dice. — Stephania Bell