Month: September 2017

that’s not very hard given the Rams had the worst offense in the league last season.

For the Rams, all eyes are on second-year quarterback Jared Goff. The No. 1 overall draft pick from 2016 has spent the offseason moving cities, acclimating to a new head coach and welcoming new offensive targets. Despite all these changes, he’s actually looking pretty good so far this preseason — at least, better than last year.

Granted, that’s not very hard given the Rams had the worst offense in the league last season. But this year, Goff has a bevy of new skill position players and a lot more to be excited about. One rookie wideout making a name for himself is Cooper Kupp.

Kupp is the highest rated receiver who’s seen 24 targets this preseason, according to ProFootball Focus. Unfortunately, Kupp will sit out Saturday night due to a groin injury.

Sunday’s total is set at 51 points. The total has gone OVER in each of Green Bay’s last seven games.

These two teams enter the 2017 season as the two favorites to win the NFC with Green Bay going off at +400 to do so and Seattle going off at +500. It’s early to start thinking about playoff seeding before the season has even begun, but it’s safe to say that the result of this game could have a major impact on the final standings in the NFC.

This injury also opens up some questions about Edelman’s Cheap Sports Jerseys longterm future. He’ll be 32 years old next year, potentially coming off ACL surgery, and none of his 2018 or 2019 salary is guaranteed. Nobody has ever accused Bill Belichick of being sentimental, so it’s fair to wonder just how long Cheap Rugby Jerseys Edelman will stick around in New England.

Burfict finished the year with Pac-10 Defensive Freshman of the Year honors

At the next meeting between the teams, Burfict and James Harrison got after each other in pregame warm-ups, but that was just the beginning of the feud between the teams.

Burfict earned fines for three separate plays — two unnecessary roughness penalties and a hit low on Roethlisberger — totaling $69,454. The hit on Roethlisberger drew the most attention as it appeared the linebacker made an effort to dive at the quarterback’s knees, although Burfict said he was pushed.

Burfict finished the year with Pac-10 Defensive Freshman of the Year honors, but he quickly developed a reputation for personal fouls. By midseason, he was already told to rein it in after drawing three personal fouls in an October game against Washington.

“He got carried away,” ASU coach Dennis Erickson told the Arizona Republic. “That’s how he is, but he’s got to control it. I love his intensity. I don’t want to slow his intensity down because it’s contagious for the rest of the players, for the fans and for everybody involved in the program. But he’s got to be smart, and I know he will.”

Of course. I love it. The other day, I told my cousin, “He never beat me in college. Never beat me in the NFL. So why start now?” I caught an INT on him in college; now I have to do it in the NFL. [Laughs]

After the game, Burfict insisted he didn’t celebrate the injury and said he’s friends with Bell off the field.

If Warner can emerge as an MVP candidate overnight, though, anything is possible. The Bills should continue to impress as a running team behind their expensively assembled offensive line and LeSean McCoy, taking pressure off the quarterback, whoever he might be. Coordinator Leslie Frazier has a great defensive line with which to work, and the Bills should get after opposing quarterbacks while Sports Cheap Jerseys giving a secondary with four new starters time to settle in. If Peterman is competent and has to throw the ball fewer than 30 Texans Cheap Jerseys times a game, the Bills could sneak their way into January.

The interior of the Bucs’ defensive line got an upgrade with Chris Baker (90).

They got younger at the strongside linebacker spot, with rookie Kendell Beckwith (51) expected to start, and added safety T.J. Ward late in the preseason (43). Offensively, wide receiver DeSean Jackson (11) gives them the speedy deep threat they’ve been missing. J.R. Sweezy (73) steps in at guard after missing all of last year with a back injury. Rookie tight end O.J. Howard (80) is an upgrade as a run-blocker and pass-catcher. — Jenna Laine

The Bengals’ core remains intact. The biggest question is the offensive line, with Pro Bowlers Andrew Whitworth and Kevin Zeitler now in new uniforms. Cincy will be breaking in a new right tackle (Jake Fisher, 74) and right guard (Trey Hopkins, 66), and moving struggling right tackle Cedric Ogbuehi (70) to the left side. The Bengals signed Kevin Minter (51) to replace Rey Maualuga at MLB and Youth NFL Cheap Jerseys promoted Nick Vigil (59) to a starting role at SLB. — Katherine Terrell

Chicago will have three new starters in the secondary, including Raiders Cheap Jerseys free agents Marcus Cooper (25) and Quintin Demps (21). The Bears return their entire offensive line, but Chicago overhauled quarterback (Mike Glennon, 8; Mark Sanchez; Mitchell Trubisky) and tight end (Dion Sims, 88; Adam Shaheen). — Jeff Dickerson

The Giants parted ways with wide receiver Victor Cruz and running back Rashad Jennings this offseason. They found one replacement from outside (Brandon Marshall, 15) and the other from within (running back Paul Perkins, 28). Their biggest loss was defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins, who signed as a free agent with the Colts. — Jordan Raanan

NFL power rankings 2017, Week 1: It’s the Patriots’ world until someone proves otherwise

The 2017 NFL season is upon us, and nothing is more important than the first power rankings of September. Nothing.

Every team is currently 0-0 and just as far from — or close to — Super Bowl 52 as the next. That’s right New York Jets fans: You’re on an even plane with the New England Patriots.

But the Patriots are the favorites (+325 on Bovada) to win it all, while the Jets, 49ers and Browns are sharing the worst odds. After coming back from a 28-3 deficit against the Atlanta Falcons to win Super Bowl 51, the Patriots deserve the No. 1 spot until they are toppled from it.

But Miller and Suh each signed those contracts after five NFL seasons. Donald has played in only three. Although the Rams have said all year that Donald deserves to be compensated in line with the game’s best, they don’t want to give up all their salary-cap flexibility for a player who currently comes at such an affordable rate.

McVay said he is “optimistic that we’re going to continue to work to find a solution.”

“That being said, if we’re not able to, the game goes on Sunday at 1 o’clock,” he added. “There’s going to be a kickoff, and it’s going to be a great opportunity for us to come together as a team and see if we can come away with a W against a great opponent.”

WWE stars like Goldberg, Hacksaw Jim Duggan and Mojo Rawley all had brief stints in the NFL before finding success in pro wrestling. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson played defensive tackle for Wholesale Jerseys China the Miami Hurricanes and spent time with the CFL’s Calgary Stampeders before beginning US Cheap Jerseys his wrestling career.

Why Jacquizz Rodgers is the Buccaneers’ breakout player this season

Jacquizz Rodgers played the first four years of his career in Atlanta, primarily as a third down back, and he was a pretty steady contributor, especially as a receiving threat out of the backfield.

“I was happy, thrilled to find work on that day,” Khan, now 67, recalled. “There was 27 inches of snow. It was cold. But I was full of hope. I was excited for the chance.”

Today, through his bumper/auto parts conglomerate, his fortune is more than $8 billion.

Yet, his richness is not defined in his money any more than his money shelters him from racism.

That proclamation didn’t fully distance the Texans from the damage that Hurricane Harvey did to their community. However, it enabled the team to move forward with routine preparations without the specter of a relocation or postponement of the contest, a reality that affected the Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers with Hurricane Irma threatening South Florida.

That could spell bad news for the Bears, who are looking to bounce back from a miserable 3-13 season. The club retained coach John Fox but parted ways with lightning-rod quarterback Jay Cutler and backup Brian Hoyer. To replace them, general manager Ryan Pace signed Mike Glennon Cheap Dan Marino Jerseys to a lucrative free-agent contract and traded up to draft Mitch Trubisky from North Carolina with Wholesale Cheap Jerseys China the No. 2 overall pick.

The new Atlanta stadium’s 7 wildest features, from the roof to the field

The new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta opened on Aug. 26 for a preseason Atlanta Falcons game against the Arizona Cardinals. After that, the stadium’s major debut came with two big college games, Alabama-Florida State and Georgia Tech-Tennessee.

The Jets have made a commitment to building through the draft and got that started in April with the additions of Jamal Adams and Marcus Mayes — a pair of safeties who could start as rookies.

They’re about better positioning the Jets to be winners in the years beyond 2017.

The final figure came down as $1.6 billion, part of which came via the city. But the good news is $850 million of that was financed from banks and investors, and Falcons owner Arthur Blank covered some of it, too.

In addition to the $850 million in loans, $200 million of the construction cost comes from bonds backed by Atlanta hotel-motel taxes, $200 million from the NFL and a yet-undetermined amount from sales of personal seat licenses. Blank is responsible for cost overruns.

The 2017 National Championship will be here, too. This year also includes Georgia Tech vs. Tennessee on Labor Day. The Super Bowl and Final Four are headed here soon, too.

The San Francisco defense ranked 30th in average time Cheap College Jerseys allowed before the pass on vertical throws last season. While the 49ers have attempted to upgrade in this area, this is still likely to be an issue for them early on as they aim to get their defenders up to speed. This should allow Cam Newton Cheap Blue Jays Jerseys to throw a lot of downfield passes to both Funchess and Kelvin Benjamin. — KC Joyner

Are the Jets really tanking?

“We’ll use about 47 percent less water, through our design of the building and our capture and re-use of rain water,” Jenkins said. “So the rain water that hits the site, will be stored in a 680,000-gallon cistern, and we’ll use that water for make-up water for our cooling tank and to irrigate the landscaping.”

“Every decision we’ve made has been squarely with the fans’ perspective of ‘how do we take the fan experience to the next level?’” Jenkins said. “The LED displays we have, whether it’s every seat is two inches wider than the Georgia Dome, almost all the concourses connect so you can circumnavigate the building, you don’t get cut-off. You can move vertically throughout the building, we have really wide staircases, we have twice the elevators, twice the escalators compared to the Georgia Dome.”

The start of the college football season also starts the process of leading up to the 2018 NFL draft.

Many of the usual suspects are again stacked with NFL talent. Alabama has the most players in the watch list with eight, just months after having 10 players picked in the 2017 draft. Ohio State has seven players listed below after having seven picks in this year’s draft. The reigning national Cheap Baseball Jerseys Kids champion Clemson Tigers have five players on the list, led by defensive tackle Christian Wilkins.

Tolzien has two touchdowns and seven interceptions in five Cheap Authentic NFL Jerseys NFL seasons. He’s started just three times and has a 0-2-1 record in those games.

And the Indianapolis Colts are somehow OK with Tolzien being their Week 1 starter.

Cardinals and Dolphins are neat animals, but they don’t really belong with the rest of the creatures.

Ware did enough to make Charles expendable, but the Chiefs gave him some competition in the offseason, drafting Kareem Hunt in the third round. Hunt quickly passed Charcandrick West on the depth chart and started getting first-team reps early in the preseason. If he wasn’t threatening Ware for the starting job, he was certainly making his coaches think about it.

Now the Chiefs don’t really have a choice. If Ware is done for the year, they have to get Hunt ready to be the guy. He definitely has the build to be an NFL running back, standing in at 5’11, 216 pounds and running a 4.62 40 at the Combine. He also has a proven track record at Toledo, making the All-MAC team in his senior year.

Cardinals and Dolphins are neat animals, but they don’t really belong with the rest of the creatures. I’m sure Jets were a really neat thing in the late industrial age, but much like the team itself, they’re mostly just noise pollution and something to complain about now. Dan Snyder insists on keeping the racist name for his team, so we’ll put it here for now.

It doesn’t matter what division, real or imagined, you put Cheap Authentic Baseball Jerseys the Jets in, they’re absolutely hopeless. I have the sneaky feeling Kirk Cousins will have overplayed his hand and be exposed without DeSean Jackson in the lineup. It’s honestly a toss-up between the Cardinals and Dolphins and Buy Cheap Jerseys Online their ancient quarterbacks, one of whom seemed perfectly content not to be playing this season. Still, the Dolphins feel like they’re perpetually trapped in second place.

There’s a palpable age disparity between Cleveland’s two All-Stars.

James will be 33 years old in December. He’s played 14 years in the NBA and has accrued more than 50,000 combined regular season and playoff minutes worth of mileage on the court.

Irving, on the other hand, is 25 years old and won’t turn 26 until next March. The All-Star starter is in the peak of his prime, averaging 25 points and six assists as essentially an off guard, if we consider LeBron Cleveland’s point guard.

While Irving is just entering the prime of his career, James is at the tail end. He’s the NBA’s best player, but year after year, decade after decade, and century after century, Father Time remains undefeated. Plus, there’s no guarantee James was ever going to stay in Cleveland past this year anyway.

At the start of the 2013-14 season, the Jazz opened contract extension talks with Hayward — just as any team would do with a soon-to-be restricted free agent. To that point, Hayward was closer to a prospect than an All-Star. He increased his scoring load from 5.4 points to his rookie season to 14.1 points per game in his third season.

But it was difficult for him to find minutes behind Marvin Williams Cheap USA Soccer Jerseys and he only started in 27 games that season after starting in 58 the season before. Hayward showed improvement, but the Jazz didn’t believe it was worthy of more than about $48 million through Cheap Vintage Jerseys NBA the life of the deal — the same extension the Jazz signed Derrick Favors to.

Paul George had just signed a four-year, $80 million extension with the Pacers and Hayward was looking for something closer to that — but not the max, per Jazz reporter Jody Genessy.

Kyrie Irving and Paul George could have swapped teams, per report

Kyrie Irving could have been a Pacer and Paul George could have been a Cavalier, but the Cavaliers ultimately decided against it.

The Pacers were initially willing to do a deal with George for Irving straight up, but the Cavaliers rejected it “several” times, per a report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski:

The Raptors decided to bring most of the band back together: Kyle Lowry re-upped for $100 million over three years and Serge Ibaka took $65 million over three years. That is Toronto’s window. If they aren’t at the precipice of breaking through to the Finals in two years, in 2019, it will be time to break it all up.

Paul Flannery on the Sixers beginning to move past The Process.

Yes. Bill Rhoden suggests July 1 be dubbed Big O Day in honor of Oscar Robertson, who paved the path for NBA free agency (and the buckets of money that now come with it) decades ago.

It appears the Kings tossed a max offer at Otto Porter, but the forward will be meeting with a couple of other teams before deciding which offer sheet to sign. The Wizards should probably be hoping for a max four-year offer with no options as a best case scenario. If the Kings or another team wanted to get goofy, they could offer a three-year max with an early termination option and 15 percent trade kicker, which Cheap UK NFL Jerseys would make Porter more expensive sooner. (Why doesn’t Washington just make the max Jimmy Butler Cheap Texas Rangers Jerseys offer and be done? What a good question!)

Tim Kawakami breaks down how Andre Iguodala got $48 million guaranteed out of the Warriors, and what it means for Golden State going forward.