The Miami Dolphins started last season — their first under coach Adam Gase — with a 1-4 record. Amazingly, they won nine of their final 11 games and made the playoffs.

This year, with optimism escalating, the Dolphins lost quarterback Ryan Tannehill for the season, signed Jay Cutler out of retirement, had their first game postponed because of Hurricane Irma, traveled to Los Angeles, New York and London for their first three games, and had their starting middle linebacker go AWOL.

The status of wide receiver Michael Crabtree is uncertain after he missed the previous game with a chest injury, but coach Jack Del Rio is optimistic he could return. Fellow wide receiver Amari Cooper and running back Marshawn Lynch have struggled to make plays this season.

Still, the Raiders expect Manuel to be effective against Baltimore.

EJ is a star in this league, receiver Cordarrelle Patterson said. He’s played for a long time and got drafted high in the first round for a reason. We all know what EJ can do. We’re not impressed with the things he did on Sunday. We’ve seen that each and every day in practice. When the time comes, we know he’s ready with all the work he’s put in and the extra time. That’s what quarterbacks do.

Baltimore is dealing with similar challenges.

After opening the season with a pair of dominant victories, the Ravens have struggled mightily over the past two weeks. The offense has been out of sync with Pro Bowl right guard Marshal Yanda out for the year with an ankle injury.

Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco has thrown for one touchdown with four interceptions and has been sacked six times over the losing streak. Flacco has taken full responsibility for the struggles, saying he need to throw the ball quicker and make smarter decisions.

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Womens Ryan Quigley Jersey The night after the owners flew out of New York, the Packers and the Chicago Bears entered Lambeau Field for a Thursday game. There was as much anticipation for the national anthem as there was for the game between the NFL’s oldest rivalry. Both teams stood shoulder to shoulder on the line where the sideline meets the field. As the crowd cheered, U-S-A, U-S-A, U-S-A, Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers stood with his hands on his hips, waiting for the moment, with cameras zeroed in. Until recently, Rodgers had made a career out of not revealing many of his true convictions, but he seemed to have found a voice as an advocate for the protests, one of the few star quarterbacks to do so.

He finished the game but was having trouble breathing, which worsened after the game to the point that he needed medical attention from paramedics in the locker room. Odhiambo said he doesn’t remember much about that and that he started coming to in the ambulance on the way to the hospital, where he stayed overnight and was diagnosed with a bruised sternum, per the team.

Carroll said it will be important to see how Odhiambo handles practicing in pads in order to gauge his chances of playing Sunday against the Rams. If he can’t, either Matt Tobin or Isaiah Battle would start for Seattle at left tackle.
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Carroll said it’s going to be a long week for cornerback Jeremy Lane as he tries to come back from a groin strain that knocked him out of the Colts game on the opening possession. Lane won’t practice Wednesday or Thursday, Carroll said. If he can’t play Sunday, rookie Shaquill Griffin would again take his place at right cornerback with Justin Coleman handling nickelback duties.

We’re going to see all the way to the end of the week if he can make a comeback on this thing, but he won’t be able to practice the next couple of days, Carroll said of Lane.

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Authentic Youth Robby Anderson Jersey Someone finally did something right in Thursday Night Football between the Texans and Bengals.

Deshaun Watson busted out a highlight reel 49-yard touchdown run to break a 3-3 tie in the first half, eliciting cheers from Texans fans for the first time in the monotonous first half.

Watson had been having a lot of trouble getting much of anything going, completing 5-of-10 passes for 34 yards and talling one rush for four yards prior to the final drive before the half. A nice pass to DeAndre Hopkins got things going and a shot from Bengals’ Geno Atkins may have truly woken Watson up.
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Just a couple of plays later Watson broke through the line and scored the first touchdown of the game. Not a bad way for Watson to spend his 22nd birthday.

Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers: Now it’s time to panic. Newton, who was started in 66.9 percent of ESPN leagues as he faced a New Orleans Saints defense that had surrendered a most-in-the-league 56.3 fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks in the season’s first two weeks, dropped an 8.3-point stinker on Sunday, his sixth-worst single-game effort in his 96 career NFL contests.

Even more troubling: He was benched in the fourth quarter — granted, with the Panthers trailing by 21 points — and, a week after losing Greg Olsen for at least the next seven weeks due to a broken foot, he lost Kelvin Benjamin to a knee injury that threatens to cost the No. 1 wideout additional time. Newton, who is coming off March shoulder surgery, doesn’t appear his usual self, making him a surefire sit until he begins to show some improvement.

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Andrew Luck is 28 years old. Over the last three years of his career, he’s played 22 out of a possible 34 games, counting this Sunday’s upcoming game that he’ll miss. A shoulder injury and the delayed decision to have surgery this January to try and fix it are keeping him off the field in the prime of his career. In reality, it seems more like the Colts’ incompetence that’s stunting his career.

Game Youth Paul Konerko Jersey On Wednesday night, Luck’s agent (and uncle) Will Wilson addressed rumors that Luck wanted to be traded, saying those were simply false. It was weird news to hear, because for a lot of people there wasn’t any context for it.

Nor should there have been. The rumors were pretty low level to begin with, but they made it onto the air via ESPN’s Mike and Mike show.

It’s been two years, almost to the day, that Luck first injured his shoulder. Since then, Luck and the Colts have followed a program alternating between rest and rehab and trying to play through it, before he finally had surgery this year. At that time, it was believed that he wouldn’t miss any time this season.

The secondary did it’s job, and the defensive line did it’s job, which allowed Von Miller and Shaq Barrett to harass Prescott. Miller came away with two sacks, breaking a streak of 5 games without a sack. Miller continues to be a massive threat, and offensive coordinators must adjust to his presence.

The Cowboys had obviously put together a game plan concentrating on Miller. As their plan fell apart, Miller was able to pressure and then eventually get to Prescott.

Game Youth Jack Ham Jersey On the other side of the ball, the offensive line played well. Not great, but good enough to allow the Broncos to move the ball, and get points on the board. It is still not a perfect unit, and with the Garett Bolles injury, things might get a little worrisome in the coming weeks. However, C.J. Anderson ran behind that line like a man possessed.

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Roger Goodell is waiting for a contract extension from NFL owners that will keep him as the league’s commissioner for the foreseeable future. It seemed a deal was on the verge of happening, but now one owner is standing his ground and holding up proceedings: Jerry Jones.

Jones is not a member of the NFL’s compensation committee, which is responsible for extending Goodell’s deal, but he has injected himself into the process and slowed it down, according to a report from ESPN. A source familiar with the matter told ESPN just how influential Jones’ involvement has been.

“If not for Jerry, this deal would be done.”

So say Tony wants to watch a new movie, one that you haven’t seen before. OF COURSE he’s going to spoil it for you in the first five minutes — either by randomly guessing the ending or because he’s reading the movie’s Wikipedia page while you watch. He just can’t help himself — that much is clear. He can’t even let you finish a football game without telling you what’s going to happen before it does.

And come on — we all know Tony Romo was the guy who spoiled The Sixth Sense for everyone. His friends were probably just trying to watch it and he was definitely like, “I really think that Bruce Willis has been dead this whole time.”

So, yeah, Tony Romo is a good broadcaster. He’s likable, smart, and knows the game. But do you really want that in a movie-watching buddy? Hell no. You want someone who’s as clueless as you are.

So next time my good personal friend Tony Romo asks if I want to come over and watch Game of Thrones or just some movie on Netflix, I’m doing the right thing and saying, “Spoiler Alert, Tony: no.”

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The average football fan can’t fathom what Le’Veon Bell did prior to the NFL deadline for franchise tagged players to receive a long-term contract.

Bell turned down a reported 5-year contract worth almost $12.5 million a year. This is what the leaked reports stated, but Bell didn’t just turn down a contract, he bet on himself.

He declared he wanted to be paid as a top running back Matthew Tkachuk Jersey in the NFL, and the Pittsburgh Steelers No. 2 wide receiver. To be fair, he holds those two roles when Sam Huff Jersey he is healthy and available on the football field, but he decided playing on a one-year franchise tag, worth $12.1 million dollars, is worth it if he goes out and lights it up in 2017.

Well, after sitting out training camp and the entire preseason, Bell’s Week 1 performance against the Cleveland Browns, and Week 2 against the Minnesota Vikings, have left a lot to be desired.

Bell doesn’t look right.

The Giants will be playing that game on a short week coming off their Monday Night Football matchup against the Detroit Lions. Detroit will host the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, with Atlanta opening as a 3.5-point road favorite. The Lions are 7-1 SU and 6-2 ATS in their last eight games at home, but are 1-3 SU and 0-4 ATS in their last four games against Atlanta per the OddsShark NFL Database.

Tampa Bay at Minnesota should be another interesting matchup between two potential playoff teams. The spread on this game will be released later in the week when the status of Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford is known. Bradford missed last Sunday’s game against Pittsburgh with a knee injury.

The week kicks off on Thursday night with a matchup between the Los Angeles Rams and the San Francisco 49ers. San Francisco (+2) has won each of its last three games against the Rams and is 7-1-1 SU in its last nine home games against Los Angeles.

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Beth Mowins will be in the booth doing play-by-play for the Chargers-Broncos matchup on Monday Night Football. This marks the first time in 30 years a woman has called play-by-play for an NFL game.

She’ll join Rex Ryan in the booth in Denver for Monday’s late game. The main Monday Night Football crew of Jon Gruden and Sean McDonough will call the early matchup between the Saints and the Vikings.

Beckham will not wear a brace if he does suit up for Sunday night’s game because, if he has to wear a brace, it probably means his ankle isn’t healed enough for him to play.

Beckham’s injury occurred when Browns cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun hit him just above the right knee as Beckham leaped in an attempt to catch a high pass from quarterback Eli Manning. Because the NFL does not want defensive players to hit defenseless receivers high, Briean Boddy-Calhoun went low. Beckham said Wednesday he understands why Boddy-Calhoun hit him low and isn’t angry about it. He added that he would rather get hit high to protect his legs.
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I guess it’s part of the game, the 24-year-old receiver said. In my opinion, they made rules about safeties hitting high and it being a problem and I know I probably shouldn’t say this, but I will. I’d rather a safety hit me up high 21 times out of one time. I don’t even know the ratio. I’d rather him hit me up there every single time than go low. But, it’s part of the game.

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Buffalo managed just 176 yards, but squeaked out a cover by exchanging field goals in the fourth quarter with the Panthers. The Bills were a popular play from respected bettors at the sportsbook at the South Point, including on the money line. Buffalo was around a +250 underdog to win straight up. Right now, that’s our biggest game, South Point sportsbook director Chris Andrews said Sunday afternoon. We need the Panthers.

The line dipped to Panthers -6 briefly Sunday morning at some books; so a few savvy Carolina bettors salvaged a push.
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The whole offense needs work, he conceded. We’re not in rhythm right now. … We have to analyze everything we’re doing. I mean, we can’t pull points out of a hat.

Authentic Mens Cameron Heyward Jersey Asked if he will consider surrendering his playcalling responsibilities, McAdoo said, We’ll consider everything. Yep.

His time for considering is up. McAdoo needs to come out from behind his ever-conspicuous chart, hand over the playcalling to offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan and focus on the big-picture issues weighing down his team. He needs to be less of a system operator and much more of a motivator and manager.

He has already compromised this year’s long-term goals of a deep playoff run and of perhaps winning a title for the first time since Coughlin won his second after the 2011 season. The Giants face three of their next four games on the road against Philadelphia, Tampa Bay and Denver. If McAdoo doesn’t grab hold of his team sooner rather than later, he won’t have to bother asking people to assign him the blame.

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The Bucs, in consultation with the NFL and the Tampa Sports Authority, had been waiting to assess damage from Hurricane Irma, which made its way through the Tampa Bay area Sunday and early parts of Monday morning. Raymond James Stadium, where the Buccaneers play their home games, was used as a staging area for local law enforcement and the military during the storm.

Miller is the Bears pass-catcher who I think is bound for the most new work after the Kevin White injury. He’s athletic and has exceptional hands and should serve as at least a safety valve for Mike Glennon. Much like Clay, Miller has the chance to lead his team in targets in any given week. He’s a usable tight end for those who don’t have a certain option there already.

With the devastating news that Allen Robinson has an ACL injury that will shelve him for the season, there’s a major void in the Jacksonville offense. Lee went catchless in Week 1, which is admittedly disconcerting. So too is that this offense — ideally — is a run-centric attack that complements what was a ferocious defense in Week 1. However, Lee had a quietly steady season in 2016 (at least four catches in 11 games) and is bound for an uptick in targets. He’s not the only Jaguars wide receiver due for more work, but he’s an add in 12-team or larger leagues with eventual flex potential.

The Bills are going to be a low-volume passing game — read the Tyrod Taylor entry above — but Clay has a chance to be its focal point. He snagged a target share of 37.5 percent in Week 1, resulting in four catches and a touchdown. Unless and until we see a receiver emerge in Buffalo, Clay could wind up being the pass-catcher you want. He’s an add for managers who don’t have one of the Tier 1 tight ends (Kelce, Gronkowski, Reed, etc.), as Clay has top-10 potential.steelers_031

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A strong finish made Kansas City the AFC’s No. 2 team, leaving them one home victory from a conference championship game date in New England. Instead, Pittsburgh emerged from Missouri victorious without scoring a single touchdown, ending the Chiefs’ breakout season with an ignominious ending.

Now they’ll get a chance to wash that sour taste from their mouths — but they’ll have to get past the league’s preeminent Super Bowl favorite on their home turf to do so.
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Obviously, a prolonged absence for Aaron Rodgers would sink the Packers. However, the season could also go down the tubes if the reconfigured offensive line that lost JC Tretter and T.J. Lang doesn’t hold up. Rodgers can dodge pressure as well as anyone, but the drop-off along the interior could stymie the offense all year.

When your team’s fans celebrate a song called The Bears Still Suck, there can be only one answer. Our apologies go out to the Minnesota Vikings, who are likely the Packers’ biggest competition at present, but the Bears-Packers rivalry goes back farther than any other in NFL history, and entering the 2017 season it is all tied up, 94-94-6. In fact, if the Packers win in Week 4, they would be on top in the rivalry for the first time since 1932.
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According to documents obtained by Bleacher Report, UFC fighters receive about 15.6 percent of the company’s revenue. Recent efforts to unionize have made very little headway.

I certainly believe that the fighters need some kind of collective bargaining deal, Helwani said. The UFC’s TV deal is up in a year and a half, and there’s been talks of them looking for anywhere from $400 million to what they’re making now, which is a little over $100 million per year — and that’s just from Fox Sports alone. The fighters make zero percent of that.

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