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Bengals-Packers could play in record-setting heat at Lambeau Field

Limited Youth Dellin Betances Jersey The heat wave encompassing much of the U.S. this week will extend into Sunday’s Bengals-Packers game.

According to jsonline.com, the game could break the record for hottest ever played at Lambeau Field. Temperatures are predicted to hover around 88 degrees with 67 percent humidity at kickoff.

The report states that the previous high recorded at Lambeau Field had been an 84-degree day in 1963.

Authentic Marcus Allen Jersey I can’t rule out ruling (Elliott) out, Lockhart said Friday morning (via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram).

In an effort to give the Cowboys and their opponents the opportunity to game plan for either of two eventualities — Elliott playing or not playing — the NFL asked in its filing with the appeals court in New Orleans that it rule by Sept. 19 or Sept. 26.

Now that the first date has passed, presumably affecting Monday’s game, the court appears to be on the clock for the Cowboys’ Week 4 matchup against the Rams.

Still, it appears the league would have a decision to make if there’s a last-minute ruling before Monday.

Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback: We’re all our own individuals. We’re all part of this team but we come from different places. … We have great respect for whatever the choice is, whatever you choose to do. Nobody is judging. We also know our main goal is to go win the game. That’s what our focus is. The anthem adds another deal right before the game.

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Todd Gurley hurdled a Washington defender like it was nothing on his way to a touchdown

The Rams are trying to keep up with Washington in Los Angeles, and Todd Gurley did everything he could to make sure that happened. That included this incredible hurdle.

Hurdles in the NFL aren’t as rare and eye popping as they used to be, but this one by Gurley was as clean as they get. He even finished the play with a touchdown to make it a 20-17 game.

The best we can do to project how long this may take is look at a similar appeal. There’s clearly a big difference between domestic violence and deflating footballs, but because these are actually labor law matters, the federal court process would be the same for Tom Brady and Elliott.

Green Bay’s loss to Atlanta last season was the only one the team has suffered over its last 10 games, going 9-1 SU and 8-2 ATS over that stretch. The Packers won with their defense on Sunday against Seattle, holding the Seahawks to just nine points in a 17-9 victory.

Aaron Rodgers’ presence under center ensures that Green Bay will have one of the best offensive attacks in the league this season, but the Packers will be especially dangerous if the defense is able to perform at a high level. Green Bay is 3-7 SU in its last 10 road games against Atlanta.

Sunday night’s total is set at 55.5 points. The OVER is 9-1 in Atlanta’s last 10 games and 7-1 in Green Bay’s last eight games.

The Packers and Falcons have combined for an average of 70 points per game in their last three games against each other. Both teams looked good on defense last Sunday, but recent history tells us that this one will be a shootout.nike_chargers_1137

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Philadelphia sports teams experienced the saddest 8 minutes in recent memory

Being a Philadelphia sports fan is a singular experience that brings together disappointment, despair, and desperation. Fans got all three on Sunday afternoon, in the span of eight minutes.

The only highlights the Colts saw on Sunday came when Jacoby Brissett entered the game. Brissett didn’t get much action with the game out of hand and in the fourth quarter, but the offense never looked more alive. He completed a 50-yard pass, a drive that was capped off by a Marlon Mack Tom Waddle Womens Jersey touchdown. Brissett finished the afternoon 2-of-3 for 51 yards.

What does this mean for Brissett? He’s getting his first real chance to be an NFL starter. Brissett was drafted by the Patriots in the third round of the 2016 draft, but of course behind Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo, there was never a real chance at starting.

Now in Indianapolis, with Andrew Luck’s return unknown and Walter Payton Jersey Tolzien’s horrendous Week 1, Brissett’s got a chance to go out against the Cardinals and let it rip. Brissett’s had two career starts, both with the Patriots when Brady was suspended and Garoppolo had an injury. He won the first start against the Texans 27-0, before the Patriots were shut out the following week by the Bills 16-0.

Sunday, Brissett won’t be working with the weapons or coach he had in New England, but it’s an opportunity.

What does this mean for the Colts? They know that they have nothing to lose. Brissett had one of a handful of good plays for the offense on very little time. Tolzien’s performance was one of the lowest points for the Colts in the past 15 years or so. There’s no point in not seeing what Brissett can do with the reins and go from there.

Where is Andrew Luck and when is he coming back? Luck is still nine months into rehab for his shoulder, which he had surgically repaired. According to the Indianapolis Star, Luck is still going to need multiple weeks of practice before he can play.

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Giants vs. Cowboys live updates: Scores, highlights, and results for ‘Sunday Night Football’

In the Sunday Night Football premiere, Dallas won the 110th meeting between the Cowboys and Giants. It wasn’t a high-scoring affair, but Dak Prescott threw for 268 yards and Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 104 yards. The Giants, and Eli Manning especially, seemed to miss Odell Beckham Jr. The offense totaled just 234 yards and didn’t sniff the end zone.

Dallas went with a healthy dose of Ezekiel Elliott and Alfred Morris to take time off the clock. They got in field goal range, and Dan Bailey stayed perfect, nailing the 36-yarder.

The Giants get off to a better start to kick off the second half. New York drove down the field 68 yards, but couldn’t get in the end zone, even with Peyton Manning watching.

Authentic Womens Michael Frolik Jersey Orlando Scandrick, CB, Dallas Cowboys: Scandrick sustained a left-hand injury during the first half against the Giants and was declared out. Anthony Brown took over as the nickel cornerback, with Chidobe Awuzie moving outside. Following the game, it was revealed that Scandrick has a broken left hand, but coach Jason Garrett said the team is optimistic Scandrick can return sooner rather than later. Monday, the team clarified that Scandrick will not play in Week 2, but is aiming to return for Monday Night Football on Week 3.

Zach Strief, OT, New Orleans Saints: Strief was knocked out of Monday night’s game with a knee injury after walking off the field with trainers before halftime. Losing Strief is a big blow to a Saints offense that was already starting the year without left tackle Terron Armstead because of a shoulder injury. Veteran swingman Senio Kelemete replaced Strief at right tackle.
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Eric Berry, S, Kansas City Chiefs: Berry ruptured his Achilles tendon in the Chiefs’ win over the Patriots and has been placed on injured reserve, ending his 2017 season.

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It’s taken a couple of weeks, but it appears a feature back has finally emerged in Seattle.

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And it’s not Eddie Lacy or Thomas Rawls. It’s 2017 seventh-round pick Chris Carson. Carson carried the ball 20 times for 93 yards in Week 2 and has now played 74 snaps through two games. Lacy was a healthy scratch in Week 2 and Rawls was on the field for only 16 plays on Sunday. C.J. Prosise has helped out as a passing-down specialist, but has only seven touches on 31 snaps in the two outings. Considering he was a seventh-rounder, Carson may seem like a fluke, but he’s a player I suggested could be this year’s Jordan Howard way back in March. Carson is averaging 5.1 yards per carry, including 2.6 after contact, which is second best in the league behind only Derrick Henry (minimum 20 carries). Carson is owned in under 10 percent of ESPN leagues, but that should change in a hurry this week. Place your claims.

How many Eagles quarterbacks have thrown for 300 yards and multiple touchdowns in each of the first two games of the season? Four. Ron Jaworski (1982), Randall Cunningham (1994), Donovan McNabb (2006) and Carson Wentz (2017). Wentz does not appear to be primed for a sophomore slump.

Sam Bradford’s injury is concerning, but the Vikings have to feel good about Dalvin Cook. He’s averaging 5.6 yards per rush and has the most rushing yards (191) by any Vikings player in his first two career games, topping Adrian Peterson by 22.

Washington can be a force when its rushing attack gets going. Over the past three seasons, the Redskins are 15-2-1 when rushing for at least 90 yards as a team (3-13 when they don’t). The 229 rushing yards Sunday against the Rams were Washington’s second most in that span.

Published in 2015, that study concluded that those who started playing tackle football before 12 showed worse neurocognitive results than ex-players who began at 12 or older.
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Bengals’ Andy Dalton historically atrocious in shutout loss to Ravens

Cincinnati’s 2017 NFL season got off to a horrendous start, as the Bengals were shut out at home by the Ravens, 20-0.

Culprit No. 1 for the Bengals? Andy Dalton, who tossed four interceptions (three in the first half) and coughed up a fumble in the red zone in the third quarter.

To be fair, it was an uncharacteristic performance for Dalton. He’s had only one multiple-interception game in each of the last two seasons and hasn’t thrown three picks in a game since a 24-3 loss at home to Cleveland on Nov. 6, 2014. Also, Sunday was the first time he’s committed four turnovers in one game since 2013.

“It’s always a huge blow to lose a top player,” Arians said at a news conference Monday. “But it’s not the end of the world. We’ve got quality guys on our team. It’s an opportunity for somebody to step up. David Johnson became David Johnson because of somebody’s injury.”

Hue Jackson wants to have a run-first offense, especially to take pressure off his rookie QB. But Isaiah Crowell had only 33 yards on 17 carries. The Steelers, however, have a stonewalling run defense and were geared up to try to make Kizer beat him, which he almost did. Crowell can expect more loaded boxes until Kizer can find his groove on deep shots.

They were supposed to run away from the Browns with a rested Bell pounding out big yardage all afternoon. So much for volume — he got only 13 touches and managed only 47 yards. Chalk it up more to rust for now, but the heat is on Bell to rebound against a tough Vikings defense at home next week.steelers_104

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Larry Fitzgerald gives DBs advice during games, says Lions’ Darius Slay

Lions cornerback Darius Slay had some interesting nuggets of information about Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald ahead of the teams’ Week 1 matchup.

According to Slay, Fitzgerald gave him some advice years ago as Authentic Greg Lloyd Jersey to where he could improve while the Lions and Cardinals were still playing.

“Like right in the middle of the game,” Slay told the Detroit Free Press. “He caught it and got up like, ‘Hey Slay, this is what you did.’ I’m like, ‘Oh, goodness.’ … I hope he don’t remember and I hope I don’t refresh his mind remembering that. But just in case I might Nick Novak Womens Jersey try to do something a little different.”

Donald signed a four-year contract worth $10.1 million as a rookie. He is scheduled to be paid $1.8 million this season and approximately $6.9 million in 2018 on his fifth-year option, though he’s seeking a new deal in the neighborhood of $19 million annually to put him among the highest-paid defensive tackles in the NFL. It was reported last month that his holdout could go into the regular season, and Donald has no intention of backing down now apparently.

The Rams already are overextended against the salary cap and unable to oblige Donald’s demands. Still, the sides are working to reach some middle ground and come up with an agreement.

Donald, 26, was selected by the Rams with the No. 13 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. The two-time All-Pro has 28 sacks in three seasons, the most of any interior defensive lineman over that span, and has never missed a game — until now.

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Each guy had his story to tell, his tiny addition to the overall

Hoyer isn’t a permanent solution, but as far as stopgap passers go, he’s not bad. He was the Bears’ best quarterback in 2016, recording a passer rating of 98.0 in five starts — a higher mark than Derek Carr or Matthew Stafford — before succumbing to a broken arm that ended his season. He won’t have much of a challenge for the top job in 2017. His competition in Santa Clara includes a player he beat out on Chicago’s depth chart last fall (Barkley) and a third-round rookie who threw for 148 yards per game last fall at Iowa.

This film is not nearly as good as the original, it must be said, but sequels rarely are. The original took the theme of do your job and spun a narrative out of the idea that each and every member of the Patriots organization was responsible for the Super Bowl win by virtue of doing his job well. It was a bit trite, sure, but for the most part it worked.

Elite Kids Delanie Walker Jersey Each guy had his story to tell, his tiny addition to the overall, which all resulted in Malcolm Butler picking off Russell Wilson at the goal line. That, combined with the drama of Deflategate — which they actually discuss, at length, in the original film — made the whole thing work as a narrative. Or at least as much as a Patriots Super Bowl highlight film can work as a narrative.

Elite Kids Darren Sproles Jersey Would anyone still recognize these players if they donned a jersey with an obscure nickname on it? (The answer is yes. They’re all very famous, or in the case of Ryan Fitzpatrick, quasi-famous.)

You may know him as Tom Terrific, or Touchdown Tom, or TB12, or The GOAT. But his former teammate Brandon Spikes called Brady The Pharaoh. Pharaohs ran ancient Egypt, and Brady pretty much runs the NFL, so it fits — even if no one else ever uses it.

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The Lions are coming off a 9-7 campaign and wild card loss.

We’re in the third week of the NFL preseason, the dress rehearsal for many teams around the league. For the most part, this is the final game to make preparations for the regular season, with many starters playing the entire first half and sometimes well into the third quarter. There are two games Friday night featuring playoff teams from last season, including the defending Super Bowl champions.
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The Lions are coming off a 9-7 campaign and wild card loss. They return largely the same core, minus the since-retired Anquan Boldin. Detroit badly needs its backfield to stay healthy after injuries plagued Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick all season. The offensive line is also a question mark after left tackle Taylor Decker underwent shoulder surgery earlier in the offseason.

Elway said the Broncos had an eye on Osweiler almost from the moment the Browns released him. The Broncos’ key concern is Lynch’s recovery.

Lynch suffered a right shoulder injury in Denver’s preseason win over the Green Bay Packers, a game in which he was involved in just eight plays. The injury is expected to keep Lynch out for at least four weeks of the regular season, and it could be longer because the injury is to his throwing shoulder.

He’ll be the backup until Paxton gets healthy. That’s not going to change, Elway said.
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Asked whether the Broncos would keep Osweiler on the roster after Lynch is ready to return to practice and be Siemian’s backup in games, Elway said: We’ll cross that bridge when we get there.

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Titans’ Marcus Mariota: Season opener is ‘last benchmark’ in return

The preseason was important to get his feet wet, but Marcus Mariota had the Tennessee Titans’ Sept. 10 opener versus the Oakland Raiders circled since the moment the NFL released the schedule.

It’ll be the first regular-season game for Mariota since he broke his right leg on Christmas Eve.

“This is probably the last benchmark. This is my thing. This is what I worked for all offseason to be prepared for,” Mariota said. “I can’t wait. It’s been a long road. I look forward to being out there and having fun.”

Mariota has met every other benchmark, including running and making cuts, scrambling and getting hit hard. The regular-season hurdle will be different and special, Mariota said. It will be the culmination of six-plus months of rehab.

Without a punter on the roster, the Jets also signed an undrafted free agent, coincidentally Edwards’ countryman in Utah’s Tom Hackett, who’d won two prestigious Ray Guy Awards for the nation’s best punter. Their competition was over in a hurry, though, and by the third day of training camp, Edwards had seized the position.

Christian Hackenberg is sailing passes past his undersized wide receiver corps. Minus Brandon Marshall (to the Giants) and Quincy Enunwa (to a season-ending neck injury), and with a quarterback situation that borders on anarchy, New York is projected to be among the worst offenses in the league. If not the worst. If not historically bad.hornets_024