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Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford committed two turnovers and was sacked four times Monday night

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¡°It¡¯s frustrating, but we still got some ball left,¡± safety Tavon Wilson said. ¡°What we want to accomplish is still in front of us. So I¡¯m not going to get too high or too low on this one. Obviously, we got handled today. Gotta go back to the drawing board and do some things better.¡±

Kids Chris Doleman Jersey Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford committed two turnovers and was sacked four times Monday night.

Kids Jason Pierre-Paul Jersey And in a hurry. The Lions have a short week to prepare for the biggest game of the season — perhaps the biggest home game for the franchise since Barry Sanders played in Detroit¡¯s old home, the Pontiac Silverdome.

The Lions, though, still believe. They know the results they had earlier in the season — winning eight of nine games to put themselves in the middle of the playoff conversation — and know they’re capable.

I did NFL Insiders with Louis Riddick on Monday, and he cited one of his favorite Bill Belichick sayings: “If you can tell me which play the player is going to get injured on, I’ll take him out of the game right before it.” Carr’s and Mariota’s injuries weren’t from overuse or overexposure. They were freak things that could literally have happened on either player’s first NFL snap.

The only way to protect a player from that kind of injury is to have him not play football, ever. The Cowboys could sit Prescott in Week 17 for safety’s sake, and he could get hurt on the first play of their playoff game.

No, I don’t like their defense either. But Matt Ryan is having an MVP-caliber year, no one can cover Julio Jones and the Falcons can run the ball. They’re in a position to outscore teams come playoff time, and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan could be someone else’s head coach a month and a half from now.

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Rex Ryan says the Cowboys’ new quarterback is ‘a little bitty dude’

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On Sunday, Kellen Moore will get his first-ever NFL start, as the Dallas Cowboys starting quarterback.

Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan has seen what the lefty is capable of firsthand — but that doesn’t stop him from thinking he’s a pitifully tiny, scrawny, peewee shrimp of a man.

“Well, first thing that jumps out at you, he¡¯s a little bitty dude,” Ryan told reporters Wednesday. “You’re expecting these big, 6’5 dudes and here’s a guy that’s 6-foot. Then he’s throwing with the wrong hand.”

Limited Kids Rodney Hudson Jersey The diminutive Moore is 6’0 to his 2015 predecessors’ 6’2 (Tony Romo) and 6’4 (Brandon Weeden and Matt Cassel).

Ryan said, however, that Moore is better than his near-freakishly small proportions would suggest.

The Panthers moved 14-0 on the year on Sunday as they defeated the Giants. Cam’s red zone ability was at the forefront of New York’s preparation. Giants head coach Tom Coughlin told reporters before the game why Newton is so dangerous inside the 20.

We all can picture Newton taking a snap and simply diving over the pile himself for a score, but the thing about Cam is that he can call his own number from five or 10 yards away with similar effect.

His abilities as a true running threat make the math involved in playing defense pretty damn hard.

Bill Belichick explained the basic concept.

“When you put a (typical slow, passing) quarterback under center, you lose a blocker, you lose a gap, offensively. You basically play with 10 men on offense. But when the quarterback is one of the runners, whether it’s single-wing or veer or wishbone, the defense runs out of people to defend you.”
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Rivera said he won’t make a decision until Thursday or Friday on whether Kuechly plays this week

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“That’s what I do. That’s what I like to do. I’m not concerned with that stuff until somebody tells me otherwise.”

Rivera said he won’t make a decision until Thursday or Friday on whether Kuechly plays this week. He said he understands Kuechly wants to play, but said sometimes you have to disregard the player’s feelings and do what you and the doctors feel is best for him and the organization.

“At the end of the day, there is a lot of information for me to gather,” Rivera said. “Being smart, being prudent, and we’ll make the right decision.”

“He and I talk a lot. He wants to play. I told him I’ve got a lot of things I’ve got to weigh. That’s where we leave it.”

Aaron Rodgers said he believes he’ll “be closer to 100 percent than [he] was in the Chicago game.” His right calf injury still appeared to limit him against the Bears. But even on a short week heading into Saturday’s game against the Vikings, the plan is for Rodgers to get more work in practice than he did last week.
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Of course, any work will be more than the previous week. He did next to nothing on the field leading up the Bears’ game, but already on Wednesday appeared to take his normal workload, at least during the portion of practice that was open to the media.

While attention will be paid to Matthew Stafford’s right middle finger, there are three Lions injuries that are of equal-to-more importance. RB Theo Riddick (wrist) hasn’t played in two weeks and didn’t practice at all last week. Considering Detroit’s run game is struggling, his return could be huge for Detroit.

CB Darius Slay (hamstring) left the game in Sunday’s loss to the Giants, and his status for Monday night is in question. Then there’s C Travis Swanson (concussion), who hasn’t practiced in two weeks. His return would allow the Lions to return to their usual offensive line instead of having to shuffle players around.

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Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson had zero fantasy points on seven touches in Week 15

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Again per Pro Football Focus’ Nathan Jahnke, Peterson played only 12 of the Vikings’ 58 offensive snaps, demonstrating his being eased back into things slowly.

Authentic Kids Lawrence Guy Jersey Vikings defense/special teams: The Vikings picked a poor time to put forth their worst fantasy performance of 2016, in a Week 15 during which they were started in 64.0 percent of ESPN leagues, third most among team defense/special teams. Though it wasn’t the softest of matchups — the opposing Indianapolis Colts entered the week ranked among the NFL’s top 10 in points scored — the Vikings had succeeded against similarly productive offenses in the past: 14 against the Green Bay Packers in Week 2, 10 against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 13.

“We just have a relentless mentality,” Rodgers-Cromartie said. “Nobody wants to be the guy who goes out and lets down the team. That’s the way we’re going right now, and that’s special.”

Authentic Kids Hakeem Olajuwon Jersey The Giants’ defense, long an Achilles’ heel, has a special feel to it. Playing without Pierre-Paul the past two weeks and now facing the possibility of playing without Jenkins, who injured his back and has only three days to recover before the Thursday night game in Philadelphia, they seem convinced they can deliver.

It wasn’t supposed to be like this. The Giants were supposed to have an explosive offense and hope the defense could just rise from the back of the pack to the middle.

But the reason for the Giants’ success is that they haven’t been distracted by big-picture stuff. Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, himself a coaching reclamation project after presiding over defenses that set records for futility in New Orleans and previously with the Giants, has found a way to keep his charges focused on and dedicated to their individual jobs from play to play and week to week.

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Patriots’ claim of WR Michael Floyd could be preview for 2017 as well

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The reason guns dominated the news over the weekend was because two dead people were famous football players. Will Smith and Joe McKnight were both killed, eight months apart, after road rage incidents in which the shooters claimed self-defense.

But as he closes hard on his 44th birthday later this month, Vinatieri says the coach who might have been his biggest difference-maker is a teacher, Marcy Farrand, who spent 30 years at Wilson Elementary in Rapid City, South Dakota, in the shadow of the Black Hills. Young Adam had a learning disability — he had trouble reading and spelling, and all these years later he can still hear an adult voice calling out, “Hey, everybody, it’s time for reading. Oh, Adam, you’re going to go to this other classroom.”

Game Mens Shane Doan Jersey Vinatieri winces over the memory. “I hated that,” he said. “It drove me crazy.” He caught a break when he landed in Farrand’s special-ed classes in fourth, fifth and sixth grades. “Mostly what I did with all kids,” Farrand says, “is we found what they were good at and we talked about it, and then talked about how to use that to help them with things they struggled with.”

Farrand recalls Adam’s standing among younger special-ed students as a kind and engaging leader they tried to emulate. Adam would bring in cards to Farrand thanking her for her patience and time. He would later end up in science classes taught by Farrand’s husband, Mark, at Rapid City’s Central High School, where Adam was an honor student and star athlete who earned admission to West Point.

Authentic Youth J. R. Sweezy Jersey “I had great grades,” Vinatieri says. “Why? Because I studied twice as long and twice as hard as everybody else. … I had to learn [in elementary school] that you just out-effort everybody else and you’re going to be successful. And I think, as silly as that sounds at that early of an age, that helped develop me into who I was.”

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Sean Payton will remain head coach of the New Orleans Saints

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Despite persistent rumors that Sean Payton would leave New Orleans at the end of the season, Payton will remain the head coach of the Saints. On Wednesday, Payton said that he doesn’t see himself coaching anywhere but New Orleans.
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“This is where I plan on coaching,” Payton said. “I don’t envision myself ever coaching for any other club.”

Payton said that despite all of the reports that were circulating, teams actually did not reach out to his camp directly to discuss coaching vacancies, which would have been a violation of NFL protocol. Teams would have needed to go through the Saints to secure permission to speak to Payton.

The San Francisco 49ers and Miami Dolphins had reportedly expressed interest in considering Payton for their head coaching vacancies, and it seemed possible that the New York Giants might throw their hat in the ring as well.

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Adrian peterson led the league in rushing once again which make’s me think you might see some of these contract-backs think about abusing children jsut to get a year of and come back stronger its a copycat league. Cordarelle Patterson is not worthy of trust. And just look at there QB:

Teddy Bridgewater has battled through the adversty of having skinny knees and a giant weiner which is just a classic recipe for disaster. Its like trying to tow a nucular warhead with a go-ped, and if he makes it to the offseason without crushing his legs under the weight of his own dick Id bring in the army corps of engineers to bolster up his MCLs or something.

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They’ve already traded Wade Davis (for Jorge Soler)

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The Cardinals (Dexter Fowler), Rangers (Carlos Gomez) and Nationals (Eaton) no longer need a center fielder. And there is a glut of corner-outfield bats available for those who don’t view McCutchen in the middle of the diamond. So the only place McCutchen is likely to move now is to one of the outfield corners in Pittsburgh. It’s a good thing this general manager (Neal Huntingdon) and this manager (Clint Hurdle) are so adept at the art of people skills. They’ll need all of those skills to convince McCutchen he’s as beloved as ever in Pittsburgh.

Game Youth Danilo Gallinari Jersey They’ve already traded Wade Davis (for Jorge Soler). The question now is how many deals like that are yet to come? The consensus among teams that have talked to the Royals is that they are likely to trade no more than two additional players from their core, with Lorenzo Cain/Jarrod Dyson/Danny Duffy probably atop that list.

Fowler is the first free agent to sign with the Cardinals after ending the previous season with the Cubs since Mark Grudzielanek did it in the 2004-05 offseason. The Cardinals and Cubs open the 2017 season on April 2 in St. Louis (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN).

Unlike last season, the Cubs will prepare depth starters at Triple-A Iowa for when they’re needed in the big leagues. For example, lefty Rob Zastryzny is likely to start the season in the minors, even after an impressive stretch as a reliever in 2016.

“Guys with [minor league] options really have to force their way onto the team, or else they’re valuable depth for us,” Epstein said. “Right now, we need more depth in the starting rotation than we do in the bullpen.”

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Epstein didn’t dismiss the idea of taking someone in the Rule 5 draft on Thursday. Although the Cubs pick late, they have an opening for a long man, preferably a lefty. As the organization struggles with its pitching depth, as well as finding the right trade for a young arm, the Rule 5 draft is one way to replenish.

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Dallas hit a home run last April — how do they hit another one next April?

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McShay: Not sure it’s possible for the Cowboys to have a draft that’s anywhere near comparable to last year. They’ll be selecting in the latter half of the first round as opposed to No. 4 overall — and they found a fourth-round quarterback who’s currently 11-1. If they could find one difference-making edge rusher, that’d be a win for Dallas.

By the time it’s April, Mel, who are people going to be saying, “Oh, Kiper loves that guy!”

Kiper: It’s Alabama’s Reuben Foster. He could be the best of the stellar group of Crimson Tide inside linebackers to be picked in the first round recently (Rolando McClain, Dont’a Hightower and C.J. Mosley). Foster is a complete player. Top five isn’t out of the question, which is rare for an ILB. He’s that good.

Fournette missed four games in the regular season — and parts of many others — because of a nagging left ankle injury. But from a big-picture wear-and-tear standpoint, it might be to his benefit. Fournette has endured only 144 touches this season, far below the 319 he had a season ago. When fully healthy, Fournette is a big-play machine with a rare combination of size, power, agility and speed for the position. His angry running style is something at which to marvel and will translate well to the next level.
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Garrett is the best pure pass-rusher in this class. He has played through an ankle injury for much of this season, and still finished fifth in the SEC with 15.0 tackles for loss. Garrett has a lethal combination of first-step quickness, bend, power and hand-to-hand combat skills. And after adding 10 pounds of muscle in the offseason, he has been stronger setting the edge in the running game.

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Bengals stun Steelers with go-ahead TD strike to A.J. Green

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Despite trailing most of the game, the Cincinnati Bengals took a late lead against Pittsburgh when A.J. McCarron hit A.J. Green for a 25-yard go-ahead score.

Authentic Youth Marcell Dareus Jersey It was quite the comeback for the Bengals after they entered the fourth quarter trailing 15-0 and had mustered very little on offense. That started to change early, with the Bengals chipping away on two scoring drives. That left them trailing 15-10 and set up the go-ahead TD to Green.

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How they got here: Kansas City has won its last 10 games thanks to the steady and cautious right arm of Alex Smith and consistently good defense. The Chiefs also field a strong special teams unit and don’t turn the ball over much.

How they got here: Andrew Luck becoming a human pi?ata and only playing in seven games this season created a window for the Texans, who enter the playoffs riding a three-game win streak. They are also winners of seven of their last nine. Their defense has morphed into one of the league’s best, which allowed the Texans to feast on a weak AFC South.

Why they’ll make the Super Bowl: It’s hard to say. Along with being a stud of a dancer, J.J. Watt is also a superhuman football player who led the league in sacks this year for the second time in his career. With Whitney Mercilus (12 sacks), he now has a running mate who can take advantage of all that attention he draws. Maybe the Texans defensive line, which also features 2014 No. 1 pick Jadeveon Clowney, can wreak enough havoc to make up for everything the offense is lacking.

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Former Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt returns to Chargers as offensive coordinator

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The San Diego Chargers have hired Ken Whisenhunt as the team’s offensive coordinator, per Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune. Whisenhunt was previously the offensive coordinator for the Chargers during the 2013 season.

Whisenhunt left San Diego when he accepted Elite Youth Preston Smith Jersey the head coaching job with the Tennessee Titans prior to the 2014 season. He was fired by the Titans in November after Tennessee started the season 1-6. Whisenhunt’s Titans won just two games during his first season as head coach.

The Carolina Panthers (+500 to win the Super Bowl) host Womens Cliff Avril Jersey the Seattle Seahawks (+550) on Sunday, and the winner of that game will emerge as a major Super Bowl contender. Carolina would have home field in the NFC Championship Game and was 8-0 SU and 6-2 ATS at home this season.

Seattle is 7-1 SU and 6-2 ATS over its last eight games and has won six of its last seven postseason games.

As the top seed in the AFC, the Denver Broncos would have home field advantage in the AFC Championship Game. This could make a big difference if the Broncos ended up facing the Patriots as Denver is 5-1 SU and ATS in its last six home games against New England compared to an 0-5 SU and ATS record in its last five road games against the Patriots.

The Broncos are going off at +550 on the Super Bowl betting lines.

Rounding out the Super Bowl odds board are the Kansas City Chiefs are +900 and the Pittsburgh Steelers are +1200. With 11 straight wins and a 5-0 SU and ATS record in its last five road games, Kansas City could be one of the best value plays available.

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