Month: April 2017

Saints vs. Falcons halftime score: New Orleans up 14-13 at Georgia Dome

The New Orleans Saints lead the Atlanta Falcons 14-13 at halftime of Thursday night’s game in Atlanta. Both offenses have done well, but the Saints were able to finish for touchdowns twice, and hold a slight advantage as a result

The Falcons held the Saints to a 3-and-out on the first possession of Thursday’s game. The two teams then traded five consecutive scoring drives. The two offenses combined for 412 total yards, led by strong performances by the starting quarterbacks.

Losing Greer for the rest of the season is a significant blow for the Saints. He started all 10 games this season and was one of the team’s veteran leaders. With Greer out, second-year cornerback Corey White will likely step into the starting lineup. White played 51 snaps on Sunday, his highest total this season, according to Pro Football Focus. Chris Carr will also likely see an increase in snaps as he moves into the nickel role.

The 31-year-old Greer will finish the season with 30 tackles, 12 Real Cheap Jerseys pass deflections and one interception. His 12 pass deflections were by far New Orleans’ highest total, with Keenan Lewis second on the team with eight.

Rookie third round pick Mike Glennon is off to a decent start as the Buccaneers’ starting Philadelphia Eagles Cheap Jerseys quarterback. One of a few problems he has had as the starter is finding rapport with Bucs big play wide receiver Vincent Jackson. Jackson has never been the best route runner and he isn’t exactly a burner. On the other hand, at 6’5 and 230 pounds, he is and always has been a force to be reckoned with on deep balls.

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The Baltimore Ravens are favored over the New York Jets on Sunday.

The New York Jets are set to take on the Baltimore Ravens in a Week 12 matchup on Sunday. The Jets (5-5) are second in the AFC East and are performing much better than expected at this point in the season. Unfortunately, they’ve alternated wins and losses all season, starting with a win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheap Euro Jerseys in Week 1, and most recently including a loss to the Buffalo Bills in Week 11.

Though he’s never received Pro Bowl recognition or All-Pro consideration, Long has been an impactful player for nearly a decade, even if his efforts have often gone unnoticed. Before winning a ring with New England, Long was a member of a perennially dreadful Rams team, where he teamed up with Robert Quinn to form one of the NFL’s most formidable edge-rushing duos. Long tallied 24.5 sacks from 2011-12, helping the Rams go 7-8-1 in 2017 (the Rams’ best season since going 8-8 in 2006).

Long is best suited as a situational edge rusher, but he’s still capable of handling duties in base packages if need be. The veteran, though not a flashy player, does the little things right.

He’ll join a recharged Philadelphia team that’s been aggressive in free agency after last year’s 7-9 campaign. The Eagles have added playmakers like Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith to a low-key offense, but had yet to make any major moves on the defensive front. Adding Long will give the team a veteran presence and locker room leader who can still pressure quarterbacks when needed.

No one knows yet how well any of this will work. Money will be spent on research, and smart people will work on this problem, and Tony Dorsett and Leonard Marshall will doubtless bring to this new struggle the same wild determination and strength that put them on those fields, those decades ago, in the games that helped us forget that they were made of the same breakable stuff as any and everyone else. It’s all awful, but at least these players know more Cheap Flag Football Jerseys now than they did before, and at least now the people who might solve this problem can get down to work.

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Buccaneers vs. Lions 2017 picks and predictions: Experts going with Detroit

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will take on the Detroit Lions in a Week 12 matchup Sunday. The Bucs lost eight straight to start their season, but they’ve managed to win in
Detroit has played well this season. They are 6-4 overall, and holding on to first place in the NFC North. They’ve beaten some solid teams, including a sweep of the Chicago Bears, but Cheap Epl Jerseys fell to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 11, 37-27. They’ll host the Buccaneers on Sunday, and are the clear favorites to win, according to experts.

All six members on SB Nation’s panel of experts picked the Lions to win. That panel Plain Cheap Jerseys consists of Ryan Van Bibber, Joel Thorman, Jason Chilton, Stephen White, David Fucillo and Matt Ufford. They were joined in agreement with the top experts at CBS Sports. None of the eight experts at CBS picked the Buccaneers to win. Their panel includes names like Jason La Canfora, Pete Prisco and Will Brinson.

Jacksonville’s offense finally mounted a drive to the Arizona 36 with seven minutes left but stalled out there, turning the ball over on downs.

It’d be a lot easier to understand Jacksonville’s inability to convert on third down if they were constantly facing third-and-15 or third-and-27. But the Jaguars are averaging 7.39 yards to gain, and the NFL average on third down this year is 7.21. They failed to convert on 12 of 14 attempts against the Cardinals, and seven of those Cheap Hockey Jerseys For Sale failures were with six yards or less to gain. League-wide, teams are converting right about half of the time when faced with third-and-6 or less. Jacksonville? 28.3 percent.

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Saints vs. Falcons 2017 picks and predictions: Experts picking New Orleans

Atlanta has lost four straight games and if NFL experts are correct the Falcons don’t have much of a chance to snap that losing streak this week against the Saints.

New Orleans is a popular pick and it goes beyond their superior record. The Saints have a talent advantage and plenty to play for this week. Not only is Carolina right on the Saints’ heels in the NFC South race, but New Orleans is chasing Seattle in the race for home-field advantage. The Saints travel to Seattle next week, and a Cheap Ireland Soccer Jerseys win on Thursday would set up a matchup of 10-1 Seattle and 9-2 New Orleans.

SB Nation’s NFL experts aren’t the only ones picking the Saints. All eight of CBS Sports’ NFL analysts also picked New Orleans. Most expect the Saints to win big as well, with only one of the eight taking Atlanta to cover the 7.5-point spread.

For reasons yet unexplained, the NFL cracked down big time on celebrations last year, handing out taunting flags like candy the first four weeks of the season. The backlash was massive, and only reinforced the “No Fun League’s” reputation.

As a result, the league is considering backing down from his hard-line stance on end-zone celebrations. According to ESPN, officials could have more leeway and be encouraged to warn players on celebrations, rather than flagging them outright and costing teams precious field position. The excessive celebration rule is still outdated and overly stodgy, but this is a step in the right direction towards letting players actually have fun again.

The players, men though they are, must stay boys in order to deny the danger and hurt of what they do enough to go on doing it. “All NFL players are teenage males,” the former Packers lineman and college coach Bill Curry told Premier League Cheap Jerseys Joe Posnanski last week. “I don’t care if you are 37 years old. You have to be a teenage male to play that game at that level.”

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Jabari Greer’s knee injury will keep him out for the rest of the season.

The New Orleans Saints placed Jabari Greer on season-ending injured reserve on Tuesday, two days after the cornerback suffered a significant knee injury against the San Francisco 49ers.

Greer jumped to defend a pass during the first quarter of New Orleans’ game on Sunday. When he landed, his leg buckled awkwardly and Greer immediately fell to the ground and clutched his left knee. Trainers stabilized his knee with an air cast on the field before he was carted back to the locker room.

Drew Brees went 13-for-18 passing for 139 yards and two touchdowns Cheap Islanders Jerseys in the first half. His first score came on a one-yard pass to Ben Watson at the end of a 15-play, 79-yard drive. His second score went to Jimmy Graham, who dragged a defender into the end zone for a 44-yard score.

Matt Ryan went 14-for-19 passing for 147 yards. He didn’t have touchdown, though he led several long drives. Matt Bryant had field goals of 39 and 24 yards, and Steven Jackson found the end zone on a one-yard plunge to keep the Falcons within striking distance.

The Falcons have looked much better than the 2-8 team they are, but Quality Cheap Jerseys if they hope to upset the Saints, they’ll need to finish drives in the end zone.

Usually I try to talk about things in this Notebook that aren’t necessarily obvious. Stuff that a bunch of other people aren’t already covering. This time, I have to ask: what in the hell was Jim Schwartz thinking with that fake field goal?!

The Lions were already up four early in the fourth quarter after a slow start. A field goal puts them up a full touchdown and extra point. They were at the Pittsburgh 10-yard line so it is essentially a chip shot. And he went … fake field goal? What the hell, man?!

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NFL playoff standings: Broncos take control of AFC with win over Chiefs

There was a major shakeup in the AFC standings this week with the Kansas City Chiefs dropping from the No. 1 seed to the No. 5 seed after losing to the Denver Broncos. The two teams have identical 9-1 records, but the Broncos currently hold the tiebreaker advantage based on their head-to-head win.

The good news for the Chiefs is they won’t have to wait long Cheap Jackie Robinson Jerseys for a shot to earn the No. 1 seed back. Denver will travel to Kansas City in Week 13, with the winner of that game having the inside track to the AFC West and the No. 1 seed in the AFC.

Baltimore is 4-6 and second in the AFC North, tied with both the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns. The Ravens lost three games between Week 6 and Week 9, but managed to upset the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 10, which helped their cause in the division. Unfortunately, their most recent outing was a 23-20 overtime loss to the Chicago Bears.

The Ravens opened up as 3-point favorites for the game. That’s likely due to the home-field advantage, but they would still probably be very narrow favorites either way. The line has moved further in their favor on some sites, with many offering the Ravens as 4-point favorites, according to OddsShark.

The over/under for the matchup opened at 40 points. That total has gone over in seven of New York’s Patriots Cheap Jerseys last eight games and under in six of Baltimore’s last nine.

The Americans won’t be rattled by this. They’ve experienced it many times. Hopefully they got a midday nap in.

Bruce Arena was brought into the United States men’s national team to halt a crisis, and he’s managed to do just that. Last week’s 6-0 win over Honduras was the most impressive USMNT performance in years, and has them in decent shape in the Hexagonal again. Still, they’ll need a result away to Panama on Tuesday night to feel good about their chances to finish top three in CONCACAF qualifying.

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Denver’s slot receiver will go through a litany of steps before he is cleared to play.

Now, Welker has to undergo a series of tests before he is cleared to return to the practice field, which can happen in full capacity no earlier than Friday. Until then, Welker can only practice on a limited Cheap Jarome Iginla Jerseys basis. Head coach Jack Del Rio is waiting for the medical clearance before anything can move forward, per ESPN.com.

Ray Lewis joined ESPN this season after retiring from the NFL. He is a member of Monday Night Countdown and has the occasional out there thought. The Super Bowl conspiracy theories are nutty enough, but his latest comment will get some support from 49ers fans. On the Week 12 edition of Monday Night Countdown, Ray Lewis went off on the league for this penalty, and offered to pay half of any fine Ahmad Brooks might face. Lewis even pulled out a credit card to show how serious he was.

We’ll find out in the next couple of days whether a fine is in the offing. A fine would seem ridiculous, but it would not surprise me to see the league swing its weight around.

What had been a blowout turned interesting when Washington scored 16 unanswered points in the Reebok Cheap Jerseys fourth quarter and got the ball back with three minutes to play, but RGIII picked the worst time to come down with a case of the armpunts.

Ill-advised as that pass may have been, it was quarters one through three where Griffin really struggled, going 7/14 for 52 yards, four sacks, and one fumble lost. Nearly a third of Philadelphia’s sacks this year (a category in which Packers Cheap Jerseys they rank an unimpressive 21st) have come at Griffin’s expense.

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Dolphins request delay of Richie Incognito hearing

Incognito filed a grievance as he feels there was insignificant evidence of his detrimental conduct to support a suspension that has kept him off the field for the Dolphins. With an investigation ongoing, that Cheap Jerseys included a lengthy meeting with Jonathan Martin, necessary evidence to justify the suspension may still be unavailable for use.

NFL investigator Ted Wells met with Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin and several players in Miami on Monday after meeting with Martin on Friday. No timetable has been given on the length of the investigation, but it is expected to reach beyond just the relationship of the two Dolphins offensive lineman.

Incognito is seeking reinstatement to the active roster and the recovery of lost wages. He has sat out two games for the Dolphins so far, but the suspension can last no longer than four games as per the collective bargaining agreement.

The league’s been headed in this direction since 2017 when the officiating department started consulting with referees on the sideline. If this proposed rule change passes as expected, decisions on replay reviews will emanate from the league’s officiating control room in New York.

Hoods will go the way of the dinosaurs, replaced by a tablet on the sidelines where referees will get to look at all the angles of a play. The league office will communicate with the ref via headset and Cheap Jerseys China NHL he’ll be responsible for relaying the decision to the stadium immediately … even if the game is on a commercial break.

Anyone who’s ever complained about rules being enforced differently from crew to crew (looking at you, catch rule) should welcome this change.

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