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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.

Authentic Womens Derrick Johnson Jersey Jay Gruden cloned Andy Dalton with a italian rennasance painting of Jesus Christ and the net result has been nothing short of elite. Desean Jaccson is licking his lips at the propsect of running in a directly straight line past that awful Packers secondary featuring a guy they call Chris Banjo because he plays like a 5th stringer.

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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The Red Sox have been in contact with Napoli

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As all patrons of Boston’s favorite fictional watering hole undoubtedly know, sometimes you wanna go where everybody knows your name. Cheers, then, to the idea of Napoli returning to this city, where his shirtless romp down Boylston Street after the 2013 World Series preceded the urges of Cleveland Indians fans to party at Napoli’s this year.

Not only does Napoli know Boston, he actually likes it here, which is more than many free agents wind up saying. The Red Sox have been in contact with Napoli, according to a league source, but prefer to wait on the resolution of the competitive balance tax in the new collective bargaining agreement before signing any free agents.

It¡¯s easy to see the Sox signing Napoli to rotate with Hanley Ramirez between first base and DH. Napoli, 35, also has a well-earned reputation as a clubhouse leader and would be a positive influence on still-impressionable right fielder Mookie Betts and shortstop Xander Bogaerts.

“How long do you want to tie somebody up for that [DH] position when we have a lot of young players coming?” Dombrowski said. “I think that’s a very important part of it. Do you want to tie up that one spot with one individual? I’m not sure. Now, one year? Maybe one year is different. But from a long-term basis, do you want to do that? I’m not sure.”

Fourteen years ago, the Red Sox signed a hulking slugger who had been cast aside twice before, including by the Minnesota Twins after hitting 58 homers in 1,477 big league at-bats.

And, of course, Ortiz morphed into Big Papi.

That brings us to Carter, designated for assignment Monday night by the Milwaukee Brewers despite leading the National League with 41 homers and posting his best OPS (.821) since 2012. But Carter, a right-handed hitter who turns 30 in December, is the epitome of an all-or-nothing slugger. He struck out 206 times this season and has averaged 188 whiffs since 2013.
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Austin Pasztor Jersey And the free-agent pool is filled with power hitters, including lefty-swinging Pedro Alvarez, Michael Saunders and Brandon Moss.

Could Carter be the second coming of Ortiz? Some team might think so.

Just don¡¯t bet on it.

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Rob Gronkowski hasn’t played in all 16 regular-season games for the Patriots since 2011

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Last week, the Pats used backup offensive lineman Cameron Fleming as their second tight end for 15 snaps, which obviously offers little utility in the passing game. One of the ways to move on from Gronkowski might be to rely more heavily upon the running game, but Gronkowski’s absence makes that harder to pull off too. The threat of Gronkowski running up the seam is enough to keep safeties off the line of scrimmage, and his success as a pass-catcher has left him as a criminally underrated run-blocker. I wrote about his role in the running game in 2015 before the Colts-Patriots AFC Championship Game, and Gronkowski has been a huge part of why the Pats have been able to run all over Indianapolis at will in years past.

Schematically, the Patriots will likely get away from their two-tight-end sets and shift their base offense toward three-wide-receiver formations, with Danny Amendola and Malcolm Mitchell getting more snaps. Mitchell and Chris Hogan, in particular, will need to threaten teams downfield more frequently with Gronk missing. Mike Reiss noted yesterday that the Patriots have begun to experiment with a “Pony” grouping, which includes a pair of receiving backs in James White and Lewis. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Patriots try to use that grouping more, perhaps in sets with no tight ends, in the hopes of forcing opposing linebackers into a matchup they can’t win.

This time around, there’s also not much the Patriots can do to make it easier on their star receiver. Coach Bill Belichick already has made positive changes designed to ease the workload on Gronkowski. After Gronk famously fractured his forearm blocking on an extra point attempt, the Patriots took him off of special-teams duties. In an attempt to keep him healthy for the regular season, the Patriots have stopped using Gronkowski in the preseason; he hasn’t taken a single preseason snap since the 2012 campaign. I’ve seen both articles and fans suggest that the Patriots hold Gronkowski out of meaningless regular-season games, but that’s going to make him far less valuable, and it’s not going to insulate him from injury. Remember: He suffered a chest injury against the Seahawks on a hit by Earl Thomas, as there were concerns Gronkowski might have punctured a lung on the play.

There also should not be any arguments calling for Gronkowski to change his style of play, as if shrinking from contact or avoiding full exertion would somehow fix his injury issues. The forearm injury was a fluke accident. He suffered the back strain that led to his college surgery in practice. As far as we know, he suffered his back injury against the Jets diving for an overthrown pass. The torn ACL he suffered was on contact, but it was a pass up the seam where he couldn’t protect himself and Ward took out his knees. It’s not as if he injured himself, say, throwing Sergio Brown out of the club.
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The reality is that the Patriots and Gronkowski alike have known all along that injuries were going to be a part of the Gronk experience. It’s how they ended up together in the first place; it has underpinned their contract negotiations; and it’s an inescapable part of Gronkowski’s future with the team. There’s no way to eliminate it outside of keeping Gronk on the sidelines when he’s healthy, which does nobody any good.

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Matthew Dellavedova played against his former team for the first time

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Matthew Dellavedova played against his former team for the first time since signing with Milwaukee as a free agent in the offseason.
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“He was with those guys in a lot of battles,” Kidd said.

Lue said he misses having Dellavedova run his team’s second unit.

“He’s going to compete and play hard. He’s going to scrap. His teammates loved him,” Lue said.


Smith entered the game just 1 for 22 in his last two contests, including going 0 for 11 against the 76ers on Sunday. He hit his first two shots, both 3-pointers, but missed his next five shots, all 3-pointers.


Michael Redd, the fourth all-time leading scorer in Bucks’ history, attended the game. Redd played 11 seasons for the Bucks.


A moment of silence was observed for the victims of a plane crash in Columbia on Monday. A chartered airliner slammed into the Andes mountains while transporting a Brazilian soccer team traveling to the finals of one of South America’s most prestigious club tournaments. More than 70 passengers were killed.


Cavaliers: Channing Frye missed his second straight game following the death of his father on Nov. 24. He is expected to rejoin the team by Thursday. … Iman Shumpert (left hamstring strain) returned to the lineup after a one-game absence. … Cleveland’s bench totaled just five first-half points.

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Cavaliers: Host Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night. Lue was an assistant under Clippers coach Doc Rivers in Boston and Los Angeles.

Bucks: At Brooklyn on Thursday night. Milwaukee has won 12 of its last 16 meetings with the Nets, dating to Jan. 9, 2009, including a 110-108 win in Milwaukee on Oct. 29.

Check out the team sites for the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Milwaukee Bucks for more game coverage.

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