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Lions lose apparent game-winning TD vs. Falcons on replay review

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Matthew Stafford has led more fourth-quarter comebacks than any quarterback in the NFL since he entered the league in 2009, but he was denied another miracle in cruel fashion Sunday.
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Minutes after Stafford and the Lions celebrated an apparent game-winning touchdown pass to Golden Tate with eight seconds left, the officials overturned the call on replay to give the Falcons a 30-26 win in Detroit.

Limited Youth J.J. Wilcox Jersey During the play, which occurred near the midway point of the fourth quarter, Pryor ran a shallow cross and was brought to the ground after Davis drove his left shoulder to the area around Pryor’s right knee. Pryor acknowledged in his tweet that it was not a dirty play, but added, We all want success. Try to hit a little higher and not take out knees in future. Thank you.

Davis, who doesn’t know Pryor personally, believes the issue could’ve been handled differently.

He could’ve found me after the game or direct messaged me or something, Davis said. I don’t know if he had a complaint against the NFL about how the rules are written or just trying to drag me into a spectacle, but I respect him and respect his opinion. It’s football. We’re going to go out there and play. I wasn’t intending anything dirty.

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Putting a rookie quarterback in at the start of the season can be tough.

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I was just trying to make a play, Watson said after the game. I broke away and found a hole. My receivers and everyone else that was down the field did a good job of blocking for me and making me find lanes to get into the end zone.
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An overlooked part of the play was that he even got a nice stiff arm in on Carl Lawson at the beginning of the run.

But Watson showed that one of the reasons the Texans traded up to draft him No. 12 overall was his poise.

The Giants’ leading rusher, Shane Vereen, managed 28 yards, and the team as a whole got to just 62 yards on the ground. Every time the team even attempted to run, it pissed off the fans at MetLife Stadium.

Detroit’s stats on the ground were much better, but by no means were the Lions running that well either. Ameer Abdullah escaped on a pair of plays for 24-yard and 34-yard runs, but most of his carries managed 2 yards or fewer. It’s still far from the strength of the Lions offense.

Both teams are pretty one-dimensional; the Lions are much better at it.

New York’s offensive line has big issues, and they were all on display against the Cowboys on Sunday night. Right tackle Bobby Hart — who was playing through an ankle injury, according to head coach Ben McAdoo — and right guard John Jerry were primarily to blame, though left tackle Ereck Flowers struggled, too.
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The line looked rough from the very start. It gave up a sack during the Giants’ opening possession — while players were doing their own Sunday Night Football intros:

Center Weston Richburg and left guard Justin Pugh both had decent performances, but it’s impossible for two guys to compensate for sub-par play from the other three players on the line.

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Eagles’ Dexter McDougle took a pee break on the sideline against the Chiefs

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Folks, when you gotta go, you gotta go.

Dexter McDougle was on the Eagles’ sideline taking a bathroom break midway through the second quarter. Appropriate that it just happened to be next to the Gatorade stand:

Imagine if that play was more vicious, and the play really spilled over into the sideline. We could have had ourselves quite the mess.

There’s no telling what McDougle is emptying the tank into, but I’d wager it could be that cooler that’s in front of him. Those Gatorade cups aren’t big enough to contain a full leak.

Shoutout to the Eagles’ staff members holding up the curtains.

Elliott’s accuser made false statements to police about the night of July 22, 2016. But the NFL believed there was credible evidence that Elliott had been violent toward her three separate times earlier that week.

The league’s investigation reviewed police reports, witness statements, photographic evidence, texts and other metadata. It also interviewed Elliott, the accuser, and a dozen witnesses.

Texans 10, Bengals 9 The Bengals’ offense finally showed life in their first drive of the second half, with Dalton marching the team down the field and chewing up plenty of clock. Tyler Eifert nearly had the team’s first touchdown, but officials ruled he stepped out of bounds before catching the ball, making it a penalty. The Bengals got yet another field goal.

Texans 10, Bengals 6 The Bengals save a little face after their defense got burned by Watson, kicking a field goal at the end of the second quarter.

Texans 10, Bengals 3 Watson finally breaks the game open with his legs, taking off on a scramble and going 49 yards to the end zone.
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Onside Kick Family Hour: All the kale in the world can’t save you from being 40

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A stifling defense fired up and ready to terrorize a bad quarterback. That’s exactly what we predicted would happen when the Texans hosted the Jaguars last Luke Willson Youth Jersey week. And we were right, except that it was the Jaguars defense doing that to Tom Savage and the Texans.

Whoops.

It’s hard to tell what’s real and what isn’t for the first week of the season. Some teams are ready to go; some are rusty. This week on the podcast, Stephen White Ernie Stautner Womens Jersey and myself had a real discussion about what was real and what wasn’t from the first week of the season and how that will end up shaping the games for Week 2.

Before going any further, I should state I realize there is a lot of season left, and Bell will likely turn things around. If you are someone not rooting for Bell to improve his game, you are ultimately rooting against the success of the team. Why? Because if Bell is at his best, so is the Steelers’ offense.

Nonetheless, not matter how you slice it, Bell isn’t showing the front office just how much he is worth, but quite possibly putting doubt into their minds regarding a new contract after the 2017 NFL season.

When Bell walked from the team’s offer and decided to play under the franchise tag for 2017, I publicly stated it could be a good deal for both sides. If Bell performs well, he will get his money, whether with Pittsburgh or somewhere else. And if Bell doesn’t perform, the Steelers could have saved themselves a lot of money either in Bell’s next contract, or not being on the hook for a long-term deal.

With all that said, the Steelers and Bell didn’t get a deal done, and Bell’s bet on himself isn’t starting out well. To use a horse racing analogy, out of the gate, Bell has stumbled, but there is still a lot of track to recover and finish the race strong. If I had to guess, this race might just come down to the wire.

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WFAN suspends Craig Carton, Boomer Esiason’s radio partner, after arrest by feds

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Ex-NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason’s longtime sports radio partner, Craig Carton, has been suspended from New York station WFAN after his arrest Wednesday on federal charges he took part in a multimillion-dollar ticket fraud scheme.
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The New York Post reported the co-host of the long-running Boomer & Carton show on WFAN was busted at his home in Manhattan on Wednesday morning. The New York Daily News reported he was arrested by FBI agents.

Federal prosecutors allege Carton and business partner Joseph Meli collected $3.6 million from investors in the scheme and that Carton pocketed another $2 million separately. Carton allegedly used his money to pay gambling debts to casinos and other third parties, according to court documents obtained by the Post.

The league initially ruled that Elliott could play in Week 1 but then would be forced to sit out the Cowboys’ next six games. Instead, the legal process will play out under the NFLPA’s request for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction, likely meaning Elliott, who rushed for 1,631 yards and 15 TDs as a rookie last season, will be available to the Cowboys for the whole season.

It’s definitely been a tough last 14 months, Elliott said. At times it’s gotten so hard you start to lose faith.

Arbitrator Harold Henderson initially denied Elliott’s appeal of his suspension, but Judge Amos Mazzant blocked the penalty Friday.
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When he was asked Sunday night if he had been treated unfairly in the whole process, Elliott said he didn’t want to comment any further.

I’ve kind of stopped worrying about it because it’s not in my hands, Elliott said. At this point I’m focused right now on being the running back I need to be for this team to be successful so we can accomplish what we want to and remaining focused to keep playing at a high level.

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It’s sad what’s going on in Charlottesville.

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Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora (72), a native of London, pursues Dolphins running back Jesse Chatman on the messy Wembley Stadium field.
For Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora, it was an unrivaled experience. The London native was ecstatic to be playing in his home country, which he’d departed when he was only 6, first to Nigeria and then to the United States.

I left London in ’87, and I hadn’t been back, and when I found out I was playing a game where I was born, it was crazy to me, he said. To play a regular-season game overseas, and to play in London, it was an amazing feeling. A lot of my family came in from Nigeria.

Houston Texans kicker Nick Novak, who also is from Charlottesville, said Monday that what is taking place there is the devil’s work.
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Game Womens Dominic Raiola Jersey I just think it’s terrible. It’s not how I was raised. It makes me emotional to talk about, but I pray for those guys, the people that were injured, he said.

Other professional athletes expressed their dismay over the violence in Charlottesville. Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James said the situation was sad and took a swipe Saturday on Twitter at President Donald Trump, who came under bipartisan scolding for not clearly condemning the hate groups immediately after the altercations.

Is this the direction our country is heading? Make America Great Again huh?! He said that?????鈾?

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Kevin White is done for the year with fractured scapula

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Chicago Bears wideout Kevin White suffered a fractured scapula in the team’s Week 1 loss to the Atlanta Falcons and it may need surgery, according to the Bears. White was placed on injured reserve, ending his season.

White, 25, has had horrible injury luck in the beginning of his NFL career. The Bears selected the receiver with the No. 7 pick in 2015, but lost him for his entire rookie season due to a stress fracture in his shin that required surgery. In 2016, he played in only four games before suffering a fractured fibula.

The injury to White this time is an upper body problem, which should allow him to have a better recovery for the 2018 season, but White’s future with the Bears will be in doubt if he’s ruled out for the year and has just five games under his belt after three seasons.

The Giants’ backfield did little to inspire confidence on the ground, but Vereen hauled in nine catches on 10 targets in Week 1 (though he attempted no rushes). He’s going to be the back this team relies upon when it needs to pick up the pace or when it merely finds itself resigned to not forcing the issue on the ground. He’s a wise add for anyone who plays in a PPR league as a potential low-end RB2 or flex consideration. He was aided by the team playing from behind in Week 1 and being without Odell Beckham Jr., but he certainly is roster worthy in 12-team or larger leagues.

There’s a lot to be excited about in the Chicago backfield, as Cohen joins Jordan Howard as legitimate playmakers. Here’s the good from Cohen: He had eight catches on 12 targets, a receiving touchdown, 66 yards rushing and flashed legitimate electricity as a runner. The trickier part is this: Those 12 targets are likely to represent his single-game high for the season and he’s still the clear-cut backup to Howard. But he’s a smart add in any size league because the talent is obvious and there are certainly backfields that can sustain two backs in terms of weekly fantasy relevance. This team is short on receivers and it stands to reason that Cohen will be a part of the weekly game plan. Trust the talent here.steelers_122

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X-rays on David Johnson’s wrist come back negative, report says

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The Cardinals suffered a scare during Sunday’s 35-23 loss to the Lions when star running back David Johnson left the game during the second half with a wrist injury.

Arizona announced during the game that Johnson was questionable for return. He ultimately underwent X-rays after the game to determine if there was any structural damage.
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According to Pro Football Talk, Johnson’s X-rays came back negative, and he will undergo an MRI on Tuesday.

Johnson was held in check Sunday, finishing with just 23 yards on 11 carries. He did, however, haul in six receptions for 68 yards.

The Cardinals looked stagnant on offense against the Lions even before Johnson left the game. Losing Johnson for any length of time would be detrimental to their postseason chances.

My daughter has a habit of repeating the same question over and over; it’s how she sponges up language, hearing the same words repeated until she gets everything in full context. But ohhhhh, sweetie, my daughter, light of my life: If you ask me What is the yellow man doing? again, I will lock you out in the hallway. His name is Aaron Rodgers, and he’s screwing us, mmkay?

Five minutes into the second quarter, the Seahawks get their first first down. BUST OUT THE CONFETTI. But on third-and-7, Russell Wilson under pressure from Mike Daniels overthrows an open Tyler Lockett downfield on what would have been a touchdown.

How have the Packers not scored yet? Aaron Rodgers seems to have two or three miracle third-down conversions every drive before the Seahawks defense can force a punt. The only reason Green Bay hasn’t kicked a field goal yet is Jon Ryan, the finest ginger Canadian punter in the NFL, who pins the Pack deep repeatedly.

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Talib interrupted immediately to remind Shapiro that no one has died.

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He ain’t die though. Don’t compare it to no dyin’ or no death. We’re happy for him. He’s making half-million dollars more, man. We look at the positive. – Aqib Talib on T.J. Ward being cut

He ain’t die though. Don’t compare it to no dyin’ or no death, the cornerback said. He went onto another team. He’s still in our group chat. We still holla at him. We’re happy for him. He’s making half-million dollars more, man. We look at the positive. Glass half full.
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Talib also understands that the NFL is a business and getting cut or traded – even when you least expect it – is the way it goes. That’s how it happened to him when he was traded from the Bucs in his fifth year in the league.

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Days before Jacksonville opens the season against the Houston Texans, the Jaguars released a depth chart that featured Allen Robinson and Marqise Lee as the starters with rookies Dede Westbrook and Keelan Cole as their backups. Then it’s Hurns and Arrelious Benn at the bottom.

So what gives?

Hurns had just 477 yards and three touchdowns during an injury-filled 2016 season and continued to struggle with drops — a problem he’s had for the majority of his NFL career.

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that’s kind of out of my hands right now

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Authentic Jarvis Jenkins Jersey Aside from Monday being an extra practice day, things were business as usual for both the Bucs and Dolphins, with the coaches trying to minimize distractions as much as possible, even with the threat of a weeknight game on the road.

I don’t know what they’re gonna do, Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter said. I just got through giving the players a big speech about ‘controlling what you can control and don’t worry about the rest.’ I have no control over those.

Added Dolphins coach Adam Gase: Really, that’s kind of out of my hands right now. I’m kind of going along with the advisement. When those things come up we’ll be ready to go. We always kind of have an idea of what we can do at this point and what we can’t do. But things like that are definitely out of our control.

Rather, the controlling and paramount legal question presented here is whether an arbitration concerning the existence of ‘credible evidence’ for employee discipline based on ‘he-said/she-said’ claims of domestic violence can be fundamentally fair when senior NFL Executives have conspired to obscure (including from the Commissioner and his advisors) their own Director of Investigations’ conclusion that there was no credible evidence upon which to impose discipline, and the arbitrator has refused to require the NFL to make available for testimony and cross-examination: (i) the accuser whose credibility is at issue (or the investigative notes of her six interviews), and (ii) the Commissioner who was deprived of critical facts in making his disciplinary determination

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