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Womens Henrik Borgstrom Jersey The two most surprising defenses of the season kept things up on Sunday. While the Bears had plenty of success running the football in New Orleans, the Saints limited Mitchell Trubisky and the self-defeating Bears offense to 164 passing yards on 34 dropbacks. The Bills shut down Derek Carr in the rain in Buffalo, as it took 49 attempts for Carr to sneak over 300 yards. Buffalo ranks third in points allowed per game this season, while the Saints are 13th, but third in the league from Week 3 on. Are they going to keep it up?
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Beyond the Cyclones’ massive upset — leaving the conference wide open at the top — Big 12 action featured another big day from Baker Mayfield, a barn burner in the rain in Morgantown and a big-play-filled game between in-state rivals in Lawrence.

Help us recap the best of Week 9 in the conference:

Defenses have to be terrified to line up against Watson snap after snap, which makes O’Brien’s decision-making late in games even more curious. Twice now, O’Brien has gotten conservative when his team has been close to a huge victory on Jared Crick Youth jersey the road. In Week 3, facing a struggling Patriots defense, O’Brien elected to kick a field goal with 2:28 to go on fourth-and-1 from the Patriots’ 18-yard line in lieu of putting the ball in Watson’s hands. The Texans went up by five points, only for Tom Brady to march down the field for a game-winning touchdown to break Houston hearts.

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The Aggies (4-2) are coming off a 27-19 loss to No. 1 Alabama. Freshman quarterback Kellen Mond was 19-for-29 with 237 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

What she told police: Elliott鈥檚 accuser called the Aventura Police Department in Florida after an argument with him. She said that Elliott, listed as a friend (with benefits) in the police report, pushed her against a wall, hurting her shoulder.

In her phone call to 911, she told the operator that her boyfriend hit her Because I texted one of his old teammates. (pages 19-20)

What he told police: Elliott told police that the woman, who was visiting him from Ohio during his pre-draft training, was angry over a social media incident and in the ensuing argument he asked her to leave. He said he tried to lock himself in another room. The police report said she grabbed his waist and he pushed her off of him.

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We’re trying to change that, Hughes said, referring to previous struggles. Not really too worried about the past, but how we can move forward and get better.

The Jaguars and Bears are trying to win without their quarterbacks. Can it be done?

Quarterback is unquestionably the most important position in football, but at least two teams in the NFL are trying to win without one. Sure, there’s someone under center for the Chicago Bears and Jacksonville Jaguars, and yes, they occasionally throw passes, but both teams are aiming to throw as infrequently as possible.

It was exactly what the Cowboys failed to do in their 42-17 loss to the Broncos. Denver’s game plan was to force Dak Prescott to pass, and the Broncos were able to lock in on that because they completely shut Elliott down. It’s much more difficult for defenses to contain this balanced Dallas offense.

Elliott’s 219 combined yards — 147 rushing, 72 receiving — and three touchdowns were the most he’d had in a single game as a pro. His stat sheet doesn’t tell the whole story, though:

All four of Jacksonville’s wins have been by at least 20 points. To put that in perspective, the team had three such wins over the previous seven seasons.

And the Jaguars feel like they should be 5-1. They gave up 17 points on three special teams blunders in a 27-17 home loss to the Los Angeles Rams in Week 6. Two weeks before that, they gave up 17 points on three running plays totaling 177 yards in a 23-20 overtime loss at the New York Jets. Those included a 75-yard TD run in which defenders failed to touch Bilal Powell when he fell to the turf.

84.0 percent. The AFC East might look closer than ever in the standings, but FPI still indicates the Patriots are the clear favorites to win the division. It’ll take some big efforts from the Bills, Dolphins or Jets to top the team that has won 14 of the past 16 division titles.

86.4 percent. Carson Wentz leads the NFL in passing touchdowns (17) and already has surpassed his TD total from last season (16). He also has led the Eagles to their best start since 2004 and has given them the best chance of winning the NFC East.nike_49ers_2377_7df40b40c162f099-150x150

Seahawks add veteran Dwight Freeney to replace injured Cliff Avril

Freeney left the Colts after the 2012 season and signed a two-year deal with the Chargers, but had four sacks over two injury-riddle seasons. One of those sacks, however, was a game-clinching sack of new Seahawks teammate Russell Wilson in 2014.
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Colts senior director of communications Avis Roper issued a statement regarding the incident later Tuesday.

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Mathis, 36, was selected by Indianapolis in the fifth round of the 2003 NFL Draft and spent his entire 14-year career with the Colts. The All-Pro and six-time Pro Bowler, who remains the franchise leader in sacks (123), recently joined the team’s coaching staff as a pass rush consultant last month.

Of the Hernandez lawsuit, Goodell said the NFL will let his lawyers deal with that.

We find ourselves Chad Kelly Authentic Jersey in the midst of an unprecedented time of athlete activism as the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) releases its 2017 NFL Racial and Gender Report Card. As I wrote in my ESPN column on the activism in the NFL and across the sports world, I found Sept. 24 to be the most important sports day since Muhammad Ali declared he would not fight in the Vietnam War.
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Most of Goodell’s news conference was dedicated to the national anthem discussion, but the commissioner also answered questions on the lawsuit filed by Aaron Hernandez’s family against the NFL, alleging that players weren’t adequately warned about the dangers of CTE and on the pace of play of games this season.

Goodell said he was pleased so far with the pace of play, crediting the 40-second clock, centralized replay and the officials’ access to Microsoft Surface tablets as reasons for the positive change. He acknowledged, however, that the league has a long way to go.

Browns rookie tight end David Njoku scored his third career touchdown on Sunday against the Jets. The Browns haven’t had much to celebrate this season, so Njoku was going to soak it all up.

The appeal was centered around concerns about the credibility of Elliott’s accuser. Goodell appointed an arbitrator, Harold Henderson, to hear the appeal. Before Henderson reached a decision 鈥?but after he heard the appeal 鈥?the NFLPA, expecting the worst, filed a lawsuit against the league in a federal court in Texas.

That leaves Jonnu Smith as the Titans best newcomer.

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With a first-year GM, the Colts should take a long-term view with their $140 million franchise QB and get him ready for the 2018 season.
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The Chiefs did manage to get into the end zone on their next possession. Smith connected with De’Anthony Thomas for a 57-yard touchdown. And if Reid had taken the points earlier, Kansas City would have a lead.

Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: Who needs great quarterback play? Not Brown, especially judging by his exceptional catch on a deflection off Phillip Gaines’ helmet that Brown took 51 yards for a touchdown and a nine-point lead with 3:24 remaining in the game. Brown’s catch played a major part in his 29.5 PPR point fantasy day, the best among wide receivers through the 4 p.m. ET games.

He has only three catches, but two of them have gone for touchdowns. Smith brings so much to the Titans offense. Like Delanie Walker, Smith is really good as an in-line tight end or split out wide.
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We saw his speed in action on Monday night, when Brown was able to catch Kareem Hunt from behind on a sweep to the sideline. He has generally been a sure tackler, and he has made third down plays鈥攁 major point of emphasis for this defense after last year’s debacle on third downs.

Goodell has tried to persuade the players’ union to help him to persuade the players to stand for the anthem.

“What privilege do we have?” he asked. “The privilege to be blessed that our hard work and dedication paid off, and we were able to change our families’ lives, to change our lives, and to live better. But that doesn’t change our memories or what we remember happening in our childhood. I think that’s something that sticks true to him [Baldwin] as well, and sticks true to a lot of players.

“That’s why guys are so passionate about coming together and making a difference and making a stand, and doing everything they can in terms of making a difference for social injustice because no matter what, before we had all of this money, and after we’re dead and gone, our skin is still black, we’ll still be looked at a certain way, and all we want is equality for everyone. I don’t think that’s too much to ask, and it’s just great to have a guy like Doug continuing that fight, and continuing to take it beyond what others have done.”

Orlando often struggled in the third quarter last season, but the Magic came out of halftime strong in their first game.

After leading 58-55 at the break, Orlando stretched its advantage 15 points early in the third behind key shots from Fournier, Payton and Vucevic.

The Magic were stronger on the boards and on the break in the opening half. The Magic outrebounded Miami 26-20 and had 15 second-chance points compared to six by the Heat. Orlando also had seven fast-break points while the Heat didn’t convert any during the first 24 minutes.
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Giants finally get 1st quarter points thanks to the Chargers offense screwing up

It took more than a year from the time Ezekiel Elliott was accused of domestic violence to the NFL handing him a six-game suspension. The details that have been made public have been confusing and ugly, and both sides have questioned the other’s credibility.

After a Brad Wing punt pinned the Chargers inside the 10, a miscue between Philip Rivers and his center led to a snap that fell in the end zone. Rivers did the smart thing and tossed the ball through the back of the end zone for a safety with Giants defenders coming quick and aiming for a touchdown.

With the safety, the Giants took a 2-0 lead and got points in the first quarter for the first time in 2017.

The New York offense started the game with two punts, but finally got some first-quarter points of its own when Orleans Darkwa ran for a 23-yard touchdown that gave the Giants a 9-0 lead.

You’ve got to start somewhere, right?
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Elliott is only the third player — and the most recognizable name — to receive the baseline six-game suspension for domestic violence since the personal conduct policy was enacted in December 2014.

Now, the situation is threatening to turn into a long, even nastier battle, not just as Elliott fights the suspension but as the NFL and NFL Players Association engage in another power struggle over the league’s disciplinary process.

The Eagles got off to a good start in the fourth quarter against the Panthers with a quick Nelson Agholor touchdown. The best part though, was the celebration.
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Agholor got the offense huddled around and passed the football off to center Jason Kelce, where he spiked the ball in celebration.

The Chiefs have surpassed all expectations, winning five of their first six games

The ambiguity in the rule has made it difficult for the league to fine players who have either sat or knelt for the anthem, and the owners had discussed clarifying the wording to make standing for the anthem mandatory.
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By leaving the rule alone, the league has chosen to avoid more internal strife with its players and to potentially weather more criticism from fans and President Trump, who has repeatedly ridiculed the league for not firing players who demonstrate during the anthem.

We need to be above petty attacks from anybody, because racial and socioeconomic inequality has existed in this country for too long, Jed York, the chief executive and co-owner of the San Francisco 49ers, said when asked about the president’s criticism of the league. You got to block out the noise and go do your job, and that’s what we need to focus on.

Before the season started FPI projected the AFC West as one of the closest divisional races, with the Chiefs as slight favorites over the Raiders to win the division. Six weeks later we have teams nearing either extreme of their projected outcomes and a divisional race largely seen as a fait accompli.

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Oakland thus far has failed to live up to projections, starting 2-4, prompting FPI to give them a less than 1 percent chance at the AFC West and just a 6 percent chance at the playoffs. Even with a win, the division may be out of reach, but making the playoffs becomes a 10 percent possibility.

Mike Ditka clarifies remarks: ‘I have absolutely seen oppression’

Pro Football Hall of Famer Mike Ditka issued a statement Tuesday night clarifying comments he made in regard to NFL players choosing to kneel during the playing of the national anthem.

The Ducks, who had won 29 straight home games over the Flames, playoffs included, are enjoying the luxury of opening the new season with four straight home games and six out of seven at the pond overall.
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I don’t know if we did a good enough job getting in there for second and third opportunities, Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf said after the latest loss. We directed a lot of pucks at the net, but I don’t think we had any rebound opportunities until the third period.
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The Islanders are opening a four-game road trip that will include contests against the Ducks, the Los Angeles Kings and the San Jose Sharks in California before swinging back to the East Coast to visit their rival, New York Rangers on Oct. 19.

Molitor was hired to replace longtime manager Ron Gardenhire for the 2015 season. The Twins were coming off of their fourth straight season of 90-plus losses, but Molitor spearheaded a surprisingly competitive 83-79 year that kept them in the playoff conversation deep into September.

Then came the disastrous 2016 season in which the Twins lost 103 games, looking hapless in the field, on the base paths and on the mound. They lost more games than any Twins team that came before them and ushered respected general manager Terry Ryan out the door.