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NFL award predictions 2017: J.J. Watt Jersey comes back as lock for Man of the Year

Here’s a look at all of Sporting News’ predictions for this season’s major individual NFL awards.
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End of first quarter. The first 15 minutes were all Cowboys, who ran 26 plays compared to six for the Giants. Dallas also held a 136-4 total yards advantage. The quarter ended with Dallas driving in New York territory.

Field goal. The first points in the game came with 6:28 to play in the first quarter. The Cowboys’ second drive of the game stalled in the red zone, where Dak Prescott failed to connect with Dez Bryant on three consecutive pass attempts from the 3-yard line. Dan Bailey made 21-yard field goal to give Dallas the lead. The score capped a nine-play, 51-yard drive. 3-0, Cowboys.

Kickoff. The Cowboys won the toss and elected to receive. Cowboys rookie Ryan Switzer returned the kick to his own 24-yard line.

The Giants, wearing their home blue tops and grey bottoms, wrapped up their pregame warmups.

It’s hardly as if the Ravens have a great pass rush, and after this, the Bengals face the Texans and the Packers, who have multiple threats to rack up double-digit sacks in 2017. Four interceptions or not, the missing pass protection might be enough to torpedo Dalton and the Bengals.
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That one has to even ask if it is unfair to judge Beckham under these premises, for the choices he makes off the field, or for not taking failure well, tells you all you need to know about said questions.


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NFL fans upset after Seahawks’ Jeremy Lane Jersey is controversially ejected vs. Packers

Jeremy Lane didn’t last very long in the Seahawks’ first game of the season.

Authentic Kids Sergei Fedorov Jersey During an interception return by teammate Nazair Jones, Lane and Packers receiver Davante Adams got tangled up. Adams grabbed Lane by the facemask and brought him down. Adams wasn’t penalized at all.

Perhaps one way to fix this is allow referees to review ejection penalties, kind of like what college does with targeting. Look the play over, make sure the initial ruling was accurate, and then make a decision based on all of the evidence available.

On the other side, Jabrill Peppers will offer excitement in the return game and at safety for Browns, and tight end David Njoku could develop into a frightening mismatch for opposing defenses as the year progresses.

Authentic Kids A. J. Cann Jersey Bell didn’t play in the preseason, but he’ll make his debut against the Browns. In five career games against Cleveland, Bell has 507 rushing yards, 190 receiving yards and six total TDs. That will keep fantasy owners happy, but how many carries will Bell get?

The Lima, Ohio, native returns to Cleveland again. He’s 20-2 against the Browns. Roethlisberger is the quarterback that got away, and he’s haunted Cleveland ever since.

Roethlisberger’s offseason was full of not-so-loose retirement talk. How much longer will the window be open for the future Hall of Famer to take the Steelers to the Super Bowl? This is the first step in finding out.


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Patriots replacing ‘soft’ turf at Gillette Stadium after blowout loss, injuries

The Patriots, who just got new turf at Gillette Stadium in May, are changing their playing surface once again.

Work began Sunday and the turf had been removed by Monday afternoon. The new turf is expected to be ready in time for the Patriots’ next home game, Sept. 24 against the Texans. It’s the third surface the facility has had since March 2014.

A Patriots spokesperson told ESPN the turf did not meet the team’s standards, even though it met NFL and MLS safety standards. The Pats share the stadium with the New England Revolution.

X-rays taken Sunday confirmed a dislocated ankle for Darby, but no break. The third-year cornerback, acquired by the Eagles last month in a trade with the Bills, was covering Redskins tight end Jordan Reed when he appeared to step on Reed’s foot. Darby collapsed and immediately grasped at his ankle.

Darby will not need surgery and could return to the field when the Eagles face the Redskins again on Monday, Oct. 23.

“It was tough to see him go down, but we had to rebound and I think we did that,” cornerback Jalen Mills said following Sunday’s win. “He’s our brother and we’re going to be with him no matter what the injury is like. He’s going to come back at some point. Until he does come back, we have to fill in around him.”bears_007-223x223


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Cole Beasley Authentic Jersey already has the catch of the 2017 season

We’re not even through Week 1, and the Cowboys’ Cole Beasley already has the catch of the 2017 season. Beasley blew us all away with this one.

During the fourth quarter of the Cowboys’ season opener against the Giants on Sunday Night Football, Beaasley managed to catch a ball off of the nameplate on his jersey. Yes, his back.

He bobbles the ball one-handed, traps it on his back, gets control, makes sure both feet are down, and that’s a catch.

It takes a remarkable amount of concentration and coordination to do all of this at once while making sure he has control of the ball so it will be ruled a catch. A tip of the cap to Beasley for a really incredible play.

The Cowboys are taking care of business against the Giants and are leading the Giants 16-3. Beasley has three catches for 32 yards so far, but this was definitely the most memorable one of the night — and maybe for the whole season.
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Mike Gillislee, RB, Patriots: His Patriots debut was an exceptional one, as he managed 22.5 PPR (and non-PPR) fantasy points on Thursday, easily setting new personal bests in both departments. More important, he received all four carries on Patriots plays within three yards of the goal line, cementing his status as the replacement for LeGarrette Blount in that role.
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Kenny Golladay, WR, Lions: He was one of the reasons for Stafford’s comeback performance, and Golladay’s 22.9 PPR and 18.9 non-PPR fantasy points were the most by any wide receiver in an NFL debut since Allen Hurns’ 27.0 and 23.0 in 2014 Week 1 and the 19th- and 17th-most by a debuting wideout since 1950. Though there was some chatter that TJ Jones might cut into Golladay’s snaps to begin the season, Golladay squelched those worries, making him a likely top Week 2 pickup in the 95.4 percent of ESPN leagues in which he is available.


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Mike Zimmer insists Vikings focused on beating Saints, not ‘Adrian Peterson Jersey’

Adrian Peterson’s return to Minnesota to face his former team is rich in entertainment value, spectacle and hype.

That bodes well for a week’s worth of storylines for broadcast crews, media and fans.

But apparently not so much for the teams playing in that prime-time matchup next Monday.

Inside Vikings team headquarters, Minnesota’s Week 1 opener against New Orleans isn’t being viewed as a momentous or even controversial occasion, despite the chatter that has circulated across the NFL about Peterson’s wanting to stick it to his former team during his homecoming.

Limited Kids Anthony Barr Jersey I hope we have a chip on our shoulder, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said. This game isn’t about Adrian Peterson. It’s about the Vikings and the Saints. They’ve got a lot of great offensive weapons. He’s a great player, but this game isn’t about Adrian Peterson.

Michael Ferland Womens Jersey There’s also a solid-gray Color Rush design. At first it seemed the Lions wouldn’t be wearing it in 2017 (which would be just as well — it’s a stinker) because they aren’t scheduled for a Thursday night game this season. But it turns out that they’ll wear it for a Saturday afternoon game Dec. 16 against the Bears.


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the team has kept quiet about the recovery of Andrew Luck Jersey and Jim Irsay suggested Friday that the problem is in Luck’s head.

Why would the Colts make the trade? Indianapolis has made an apparent and obvious effort to distance the franchise from the moves made by Ryan Grigson as much as possible. In the first months after Chris Ballard was hired he parted ways with Dwayne Allen, Patrick Robinson, D’Qwell Jackson and allowed plenty of other Grigson acquistions to walk in free agency.

Shipping off Dorsett — sunk costs in the eyes of the franchise — looked to be in the cards for a while. In addition to the Patriots, the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens were also reportedly in the running for the receiver.

But the compensation for the receiver is what makes it an odd move for the Colts. For months, the team has kept quiet about the recovery of Andrew Luck and Jim Irsay suggested Friday that the problem is in Luck’s head.

Haden is a starter for the Browns defense, and Erving can be a backup for the team at several positions. Improving the roster in the future is great and all, but the Browns would like to win games in 2017 and draft picks in 2018 aren’t going to help that cause.
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Trading them for players wouldn’t make too much sense either, unless those players are young pieces that can continue to reshape the roster for the future.

Elite Youth Nate Sudfeld Jersey There’s no union, there’s nobody to stand up to them and say ‘Hey look, stop being selfish pricks. Break off this money,’ Mitrione said. You can’t give us 15 percent of the total revenue and think that’s enough money. Can’t do it. Break off 45 to 55 percent, you guys keep your 45 to 55 percent, and let’s have a real job here.

There’s so much money that was made in the UFC and that money wasn’t divvied up properly. If it was, all the NFL washouts who are MMA hopefuls would have a viable career in something other than football. Where they could make legitimate money, comparable money, or even more and go forward from there.


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The Akron native was the first overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft

Jim Brown in the Raider’s uniform was enough to make me want to throw up. As I recall, the Browns immediately moved to re-secure the reserve clause that was in effect then so he could not sign with Oakland without compensation.

The Akron native was the first overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft, and ushered in a new era for the Cavaliers, leading the team to its first NBA Finals in 2007. But after seven seasons, he left in free agency to join the Heat before returning to the Cavaliers four years later.

Cribbs was signed as an undrafted rookie out of Kent State and become one of the best kick returners in NFL history over eight seasons with the Browns. He wasn’t resigned in 2013, and spent two more seasons in the NFL, with the Jets and Colts.

The A’s reliever was inspired to join the fight after he traveled through some of the poorest parts of the Dominican Republic while playing winter baseball on the island following the 2014 season.

“It breaks your heart because you’re going through these places where you’re told not to drink the water,” Hendriks said. “We can afford to buy bottled water, some of these people can’t.

“It was a very humbling experience.”

Hendriks also does a lot of work for animal rescue, working with Players for Pits in Chicago and Mission K-9 Rescue in Houston.
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Sean McVay Jersey takes very high road in response to Mike Martz

Limited Mens Troy Niklas Jersey Sean McVay saw what Mike Martz said about him. Instead of responding with his own criticisms of the former Rams coach, McVay didn’t just take the high road — he took a mountain overpass.
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Instead of criticizing Martz for endangering quarterbacks with his wide-open offensive system, the current 31-year-old Rams coach instead focused on the Martz that helped put Kurt Warner in a position to win a Super Bowl in 1999 as the offensive coordinator and took Warner and the Rams back to the Super Bowl in 2001 as the team’s head coach.

It would be hard to criticize Smith for taking a similar stance, especially considering he was given the Wally Pipp treatment by San Francisco in 2012, when he was benched in-season for Colin Kaepernick.

About the only viable scenario in which Smith will return to Kansas City next season is if he leads the Chiefs to their first Super Bowl appearance in almost 50 years. Kansas City would clear $17 million in much-needed salary cap space by releasing Smith in the 2018 offseason before he enters the final year of his contract. Plus, the Chiefs obviously believe Mahomes has more upside after sending their 2018 first-round pick to Buffalo to leap 17 spots in the draft and selecting him at No. 10 overall.

Castro, 90, died on Friday, an occasion celebrated by many Cuban families, some in South Florida, whose plight was similar to the Salgueros.

Kaepernick, this time wearing a shirt displaying only Malcolm X, said the timing of his comments in relation to Castro’s death were very unique circumstances. He added that he empathizes for those oppressed under Castro’s regime, but for me, what I said was, that was a historic moment for Malcolm.


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Bears’ Mitchell Trubisky Authentic Jersey begins work with first-team offense

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Mitchell Trubisky is starting to get first-team reps with the offense and will get some time in Sunday’s matchup with Tennessee.

Bears coach John Fox told reporters that Mitch Trubisky worked with the first team some at practice today. Which is a big development.

The big play on the scoring drive was a 31-yard run by Jonathan Stewart as Newton handed off to either Stewart or rookie Christian McCaffrey on Carolina’s first six plays. Newton didn’t test his shoulder Thursday with any deep throws, and his first pass was a 12-yard completion to McCaffrey on a short throw.

Game Kids Jonathan Freeny Jersey Carolina will continue to play it safe with Newton, who likely won’t play in the preseason finale but is expected to be full-go for the regular-season opener at San Francisco.

Meanwhile, thanks to his $750,000 donation, the natural grass at his high school’s football stadium has been replaced with artificial turf, and the venue has been renamed Le’Veon Bell Field at Cruiser Stadium.

Bell, accompanied by his agent, Adisa Bakari, was there for the team’s season-opening game against Westerville North.

Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for the national anthem in protest has exposed a divide in public opinion, among other effects.

That divide has been amplified via the Kaepernick conversation, which has transcended beyond sports and into national political discourse. So you better believe it’s all over NFL front offices, too.

Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman took the temperature this week of league executives in the context of Kaepernick and his protest. He found out those officials, for the most part, hate Kaepernick and his stance — literally hate .


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How to get free legends for your ‘Madden NFL 18’ Ultimate Team

Madden NFL 18 officially releases Tuesday, and there are multiple ways to get an early boost to one’s roster in the incredibly popular card-based collecting and team-building mode known as Ultimate Team.

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Additionally, a promotion through Amazon Prime will deliver a number of legends and collectibles for free throughout the season.
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Amazon owns the popular video game streaming website Twitch, and in connecting a Prime account to a Twitch account, there are numerous benefits, including bonus in-game loot every month for a variety of games, ad-free viewing and a free channel subscription. This is just the second time a major sports game has been involved in digital giveaways. Earlier this year members received $20 in Virtual Currency for NBA 2K17.

The 49ers finally got on the board early in the third quarter when rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard connected with rookie tight end George Kittle, Beathard’s former Iowa teammate, on a 29-yard touchdown. Beathard finished 7 of 12 for 110 yards while Kittle had three receptions for 33 yards.

Mahomes executed a play-action fake to perfection before hitting Harris for a 5-yard touchdown.