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  1. HILL COUNTRYThe Athletics wrap up their series at Minute Maid Park Shohei Ohtani Jersey , trailing the AL West-leading Astros by 1 1/2 games going into the finale. Trevor Cahill (5-3, 3.44 ERA) starts for Oakland, looking to rebound after allowing five runs in five innings against Minnesota in his last outing. Dallas Keuchel (10-10, 3.54) pitches for Houston.TAKE TWOThe Cubs will try to win their seventh in a row — and eighth, too — when they take on the Mets at Wrigley Field.The teams were tied at 1 when their game Tuesday night was suspended in the top of the 10th inning because of rain. Michael Conforto had a 2-0 count leading off the inning when it was stopped. After they resume and finish, Cubs rookie Alec Mills will go for his first big league win when he faces Jason Vargas.LEFT(IES) FROM ATLANTAAlex Wood and Mike Minors both made their big league debuts with the Braves, and were teammates together in Atlanta for two seasons. The lefties are now scheduled to face each other in Texas.Minor (10-6) is 4-0 with a 2.73 ERA in his last five starts for the Rangers. Wood (7-6), who has been bothered with hamstring and adductor issues this season, got some extra time since his previous start for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Aug. 20.Minor made his MLB debut with Atlanta in 2010 Brandon Phillips Jersey , and Wood in 2013. They were then teammates through 2014 before Minor missed the entire 2015 season because of injury and Wood was traded midway through that season to Los Angeles.HEALINGYankees shortstop Didi Gregorius could begin running in his recovery from a bruised left heel. He took grounders hit right at him before Tuesday night’s game. It remains to be seen whether he’ll need a minor league rehab assignment before coming off the disabled list. MILWAUKEE (AP) — Welcome to the big leagues, Brett Kennedy.Jesus Aguilar, Travis Shaw and Eric Thames hit consecutive first-inning homers to spoil Kennedy’s San Diego debut and propel the Milwaukee Brewers to an 8-4 victory over the Padres on Wednesday night.Kennedy, who was 10-0 in 16 starts at Triple-A El Paso before being called up Monday, was tagged for six runs on 11 hits in four innings.“We were trying to be aggressive within the strike zone, kind of go after him right away,” Aguilar said through a translator. “He even surprised us because he was throwing a little harder than all the reports said. We knew he had a really good record down below in Triple-A, but it’s a little different up here. We were just trying to be aggressive with everything he threw in the zone.”Orlando Arcia and Christian Yelich also homered for the Brewers, giving them a season-high five. Hunter Renfroe had a two-run shot for San Diego.Jhoulys Chacin (11-4) allowed three runs on six hits in six innings to win for the fifth time in six decisions.“We got the early lead and then he put up a bunch of zeroes Luis Valbuena Jersey , which just takes a little wind out of the sails of the opponent, obviously, and we tacked on a couple more runs as well,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “He pitched a good game. It was kind of what we’ve seen from Jhoulys all year.”Kennedy (0-1) retired Yelich on a groundout to open the game, but the next seven hitters reached. Lorenzo Cain singled to right and advanced to third on Mike Moustakas‘ opposite-field bloop single down the left-field line.Aguilar then drove a 3-2 pitch the other way over the right-field wall for his team-leading 28th home run. Shaw followed with his 23rd homer and Thames added his 16th to put the Brewers up 5-0.Kennedy, who had allowed just six homers in 89 1/3 innings in the Pacific Coast League, then allowed singles to Erik Kratz and Orlando Arcia before retiring the next two hitters.“Not too many butterflies but I was amped up,” Kennedy said. “The ball was coming out pretty good. I didn’t locate some pitches. I threw a good pitch to Aguilar but he put a good swinging on it and hit a home run. I think I tried doing a little too much after that on those next two home runs. After that, I kind of settled down a little bit and started making some pitches.”The Brewers made it 6-0 in the second on singles by Cain and Aguilar and Shaw’s sacrifice fly.San Diego pushed across run in the fifth. Austin Hedges singled and Freddy Galvis walked. Chacin then snagged Franmil Reyes‘ scorching liner and doubled Galvis off first. Hedges came around on Cory Spangenberg’s single under the glove of first baseman Aguilar.Arcia answered in the bottom half with his third homer , a two-out solo shot to center. It was his first homer since April 19, spanning 55 games and 182 plate appearances for a career-long homerless streak.Renfroe’s two-run homer in the sixth, his 11th, cut the lead to 7-3, but Yelich countered with his 18th homer to open the bottom half.Padres manager Andy Green said he was encouraged by the way Kennedy responded after the first inning.“He was probably a little ampled up and a little less command than he’s had than he’s had over the course of the season,” Green said. “He’s been so pinpoint for most of the season. I actually thought the pitch to Aguilar was a tip-your-cap swings a guy just makes from time to time. Then missed over the middle to some good left-handed hitters. But we saw who he was over the last couple innings. We saw a guy settled in, dialed in, locating his fastball very well. He pitched effectively.”KENNEDY’S HOMERS: Kennedy became the third pitcher to allow three straight home runs in his debut, according to STATS Cam Bedrosian Jersey , Inc., joining the Yankees Bill Fulton (Sept. 12, 1987 at Toronto) and the Brewers Tyler Thornburg (June 19, 2012 vs. Toronto). Kennedy is the only one to do so in the first inning of his debut.BREWERS BOMBS: Five homers by five different players tied a franchise record. It was the first time the Brewers hit three consecutive homers since May 9, 2015 at Detroit (Ryan Braun, Adam Lind, Aramis Ramirez). According to Stats, Inc, it was the first time the Brewers had three consecutive home runs at home.UP NEXTPadres: LHP Robbi Erlin (2-3 , 3.34) will make his fourth start of the season, along with 27 relief appearances. He made one start in May and another in June, before starting Aug. 2 against the Cubs, allowing one run in five innings for his ninth career victory as a starter.Brewers: RHP Junior Guerra (6-7, 3.42) has not won in four starts since July 8. He has allowed 15 earned runs in 22 innings over that span. Guerra has a 2.55 ERA in 13 starts at Miller Park, compared with 4.97 on the road.
  2. The Bengals are currently 4-3 on the season , good for second place in the AFC North.A litany of injuries have hit the team, however, and the result is a two-game losing streak. Can the Bucs pull off a big win on the road? Let’s dive into this week’s preview. OverviewAll-time series: Tampa Bay leads the all-time series 7-4. The Bucs are 2-2 at home and 5-2 on the road. Longest win streak: The Bucs won six in a row from 1995-2010. The Bucs need another solid performance from WinstonJonathan Dyer-USA TODAY SportsLargest victory: Cincinnati suffered a humiliating 35-0 defeat in 1998. 2018 offensive and defensive rankings: The Bucs have moved back into first place in total offense (1st pass, 31st run) and the 29th ranked defense (32 pass, 6th run). Cincinnati is 25th in total offense (20th pass, 28th run) and 31st in total defense (29th pass, 26th run)What to watch forLife without Kwon Alexander: How will Tampa Bay’s defense perform without their starting middle linebacker?The Bengals’ injuries: As mentioned earlier Lavonte David Jersey , the Bengals have a ton of injuries that will likely affect the game. Andy Dalton vs. Jameis Winston: Two up-and-down quarterbacks with two of the quickest releases in the NFL. Should be a fun matchup. Bengals’ receivers vs Bucs’ secondary: Everyone knows A.J. Green, but Tyler Boyd may be the one to pay attention to Sunday. Bucs’ running game: They are going against one of the worst run defenses in the league again. They have to find success here.Impact PlayersTampa BayQB Jameis Winston: He has to cut down on the turnovers if the Bucs want to win.RB Peyton Barber: Can he find his groove like he did in Atlanta?RG Caleb Benenoch/Evan Smith: Geno Atkins is hungry and both of these guys have to find a way to stop him. DE Jason Pierre-Paul: The most consistent performer on defense will need to come through yet again this week. LB Lavonte David: With Alexander out, David is needed more than ever.DB Carlton Davis: He will be responsible for covering Green, need I say more?This is a big game for DavisJonathan Dyer-USA TODAY SportsCincinnati BengalsQB Andy Dalton: Just like Winston, if he cuts down on the turnovers, then the Bengals win.RB Joe Mixon: The Bengals are going to ride Mixon into the ground on Sunday.WR Tyler Boyd: With all eye on Green, Boyd should find plenty of room to operate. DT Geno Atkins: The injuries at linebacker and in the secondary make Atkins all the more important.DE Carlos Dunlap: Success on defense comes in the form of pressure from the defensive line this week.DB William Jackson: One of the league’s budding corners will most likely be responsible for containing Mike Evans.Cool StatsTampa Bay recorded five sacks against Cleveland. With five or more sacks at Cincinnati Authentic Chris Conte Jersey , the team will have consecutive games with at least five sacks for the first time since 2004 (11/21/04 vs. San Francisco-11/14/04 at Atlanta).Evans has 591 receiving yards through six games. He needs 83 more to pass Keyshawn Johnson (673 in 2001) for the most receiving yards by a Buccaneers player through the team’s seven games of the season.Tampa Bay’s offense has been on a historic pace through the first six games of the season. The team’s 2,184 passing yards are the second-most through the first six games in NFL history.Through six games, Tampa Bay leads the league in total yards per game and passing yards per game, while ranking fourth in yards per play and tying for eighth in points scored.*stats provided by Tampa Bay Buccaneers Communications DepartmentThe Bucs need to make Dalton’s life hell on SundayAaron Doster-USA TODAY SportsOutlookThis game could get ugly for both teams if they play like they have in recent weeks. Not to sound cliche, but the team that makes the least amount of mistakes and the team that can run the ball will walk away victorious. Injuries have hit both teams hard and it will be interesting to see how they can overcome said injuries. As usual, if you’re a betting person, don’t take this game. Bruce Arians Talks About How He'd Handle A Star Player Who Wants To Be Traded - JoeBucsFan.comNew head coach Bucco Bruce Arians says those principles are the foundation of his renowned football program.Report: Bruce Arians wants DeSean Jackson back with Buccaneers – ProFootballTalkAs the regular season came to an end Youth Adam Humphries Jersey , both the Buccaneers and wide receiver DeSean Jackson sent signals that they'd prefer to end their working relationship in 2019.Report: Sean Kugler not signing with Tampa Bay Buccaneers, still in play for Buffalo Bills offensive line coach - Buffalo RumblingsCURVEBALL!Bucs' Harold Goodwin on lack of minority coaches in NFL, Steve Wilks firing | SI.comGoodwin said that the Cardinals firing of Steve Wilks "hurt a little bit" amid the lack of minority head coaches in the league.He benefited from the Matt Bryant curse on the Bucs. Now he’s out to reverse itFormer Falcons special teams coach Keith Armstrong saw Bryant make 88.7 percent of his field goal attempts the past decade. Can he find a kicker for the Bucs?
  3. Paysinger grew up in economically depressed South Los Angeles Authentic Mike Evans Jersey , but he attended Beverly Hills High School, where he captained the football team in the wealthy enclave. The culture shock he experienced is the basis for "All American," debuting Oct. 10 on the CW."I definitely had a gang influence with friends and family growing up in South Central, and people might think that Beverly Hills definitely shielded me from some problems. But in actuality, it only opened up a whole new can of worms," Paysinger told a TV critics' meeting on Monday."Just dealing with kids with affluence, kids with drug problems and having their parents not be there for weeks on end because they're vacationing or they're doing big business. Just dealing with that contrast was probably the biggest thing that I had to go through."Paysinger commuted daily to high school as part of a program that brought students from other areas to Beverly Hills, where he had two uncles and an aunt who coached and taught there.Spencer eventually attended the University of Oregon and won a Super Bowl title with the New York Giants Youth Kwon Alexander Jersey , one of four NFL teams he played for before achieving his goal of retiring from the league no later than age 30.The series shoots in some of Paysinger's old haunts in South L.A., like a local park and the barbershop he has patronized since he was a kid."South Central's been portrayed so many different ways in the media for however long," Paysinger said. "But with this show, I definitely want to implant that family aspect of the community."Producers hired a consulting firm that designs all of the football plays in the show, and consulting producer Paysinger wants to make sure the action is authentic."I don't want friends, I don't want family texting, emailing me saying, 'That's not it. They couldn't have converted on that ,' " he said.Paysinger isn't the only one with pro sports ties involved in the show. One of the writers is Jon Alston, who played five years in the NFL, and retired Major League Soccer player Robbie Rogers is a producer.Bucs vs Steelers: Winners and Losers Tampa Bay showed the type of fight on Monday night that we hadn’t seen from this franchise in a long time. However, the Buccaneers also displayed the same sort of mistakes in the first half that have been frustrating fans for years. A valiant comeback effort fell just short late in the fourth quarter after a three and out from the offense. With three timeouts and a chance to get the ball back, Tampa Bay’s defense faltered and allowed Pittsburgh to pick up a few first downs and ice the game.Now, there’s some question marks floating around this team with Jameis Winston back in the fold. Who will be the starting quarterback? Will teams stop shredding the Bucs through the air? Can Tampa Bay find any rhythm on the ground?On a short week with a road game in Chicago on Sunday, the Buccaneers are going to have to get things figured out and they need to do it fast. Luckily for Tampa Bay, the Bears have had one of the worst offenses in the league to this point. They rank just No. 26 overall in total offense and No. 28 in passing offense.Winners1. Mike EvansOutside of a miscommunication with Ryan Fitzpatrick that resulted in an interception during the first half Gerald McCoy Jersey , Mike Evans was the most electric player on Tampa Bay’s offense all night. Time and time again, the former Texas A&M star stepped up exactly when he was needed. Evans hauled down a 51-yard pass to set Tampa Bay up inside the Pittsburgh ten-yard line near the end of the second quarter.Later in the game, with the Buccaneers needing a touchdown to stay alive, Fitzpatrick delivered a perfect throw to find Evans from 24-yards out for another score.Evans finished with six receptions for 137 yards and a touchdown on 11 targets. He also became Tampa Bay’s all-time leader in touchdown catches with 35. 2. Justin EvansIt’s the Evans brothers (no, they’re not actually brothers) in the winners column this week. Safety Justin Evans was solid in coverage throughout the night and made possibly the most exciting play for this defense all game.Evans read Ben Roethlisberger’s eyes all the way on a pass and closed in on JuJu Smith-Schuster before diving in front of him for an athletic interception. Tampa Bay would score on the ensuing drive for its only lead of the game. Evans finished with six total tackles and a pass deflection outside of his interception. 3. OJ Howard/Cameron BrateThe Buccaneers tight end combo was phenomenal on Monday night, hence why I’m highlighting both of them. OJ Howard is simply a mismatch for almost any defender in the NFL. His mix of size, hands, and athleticism will be a continued force to be reckoned with as long as he continues to develop. He showed off some of those skills last night.Howard’s first catch of the game was a short pass where the former Alabama star broke a tackle and muscled his way for a first down. He also came up in the clutch. Howard caught three passes late in the fourth quarter on touchdown drive that brought the Bucs within three. He finished with six catches for 72 yards.Cameron Brate finally got his first touches of the season and he didn’t disappoint. Brate hauled down three passes for 34 yards and a touchdown. Tampa Bay could pick on linebackers all day if they targeted both of the playmakers even more.Losers1. Offensive lineTampa Bay’s offensive line left much to be desired during the loss to the Steelers. After allowing just two sacks over the first two games Authentic Jameis Winston Jersey , the Buccaneers surrendered three last night, bringing their season total to five.Missed assignments and pressure were also, perhaps, the main causes of two of Fitzpatrick’s three interceptions in the game. On the first interception, Demar Dotson blocked inside instead of outside and the defensive end had free reign to tip Fitzpatrick’s pass and force a pick.Later in second quarter, center Ryan Jensen was pushed back by Dan McCullers which resulted in the Steelers defensive lineman hitting Fitzpatrick’s arm before he could follow through on the pass. You know what happened next.The running game also didn’t take much of a step forward as Tampa Bay had to basically abandon it in the second half to try and catch back up. The Buccaneers finished with 16 carries for 63 yards (3.9 YPC). For the season, the team has scored just one touchdown on the ground and is averaging a mere 3.0 yards per rushing attempt. 2. Chris ConteDo I have to break this one down? Chris Conte was on the wrong side of one of the nastiest stiff arms that I’ve ever seen live.Journeyman tight end Vance McDonald caught a short pass from Roethlisberger before absolutely destroying Conte and going the distance for 75-yards. It was McDonald’s longest reception in two years.Conte didn’t return to the game with a knee injury but I think all of us know the bruise was closer to his ego. 3. Isaiah JohnsonAfter slamming into the stadium wall during a wild play that occurred in the first half, I honestly didn’t think we’d see Isaiah Johnson again. Johnson and the receiver he was covering both seemed to lose track of a long pass from Roethlisberger that sailed out of the back of the end zone. The play ended with Johnson Youth Demar Dotson Jersey , at full speed, getting blindsided by the wall.The defensive back returned later in the game and he was flagged for a penalty on Tampa Bay’s most explosive play of the night. Down 30-20 and needing a score, DeSean Jackson returned a punt through the Pittsburgh coverage unit and up the sideline for a touchdown.Tampa Bay trailed by just three with just under nine minutes to play. As Jackson celebrated in the end zone, the Buccaneers noticed the flag. Holding on Johnson. The Bucs would still score on the drive, it just took an extra three minutes, which they could’ve used at the end. Honorary Loser1. Ronald JonesIt’s not good when you’ve been a healthy scratch for three weeks. It’s really not good when you’re a Second-Round pick who’s been a healthy scratch despite a struggling running game.What the heck is going on with Ronald Jones? Tampa Bay elected to dress cornerback Javien Elliott over him against Pittsburgh. With the way the running backs have struggled on the ground thus far, this is a disappointing sign for Johnson. This isn’t how the former USC tailback expected to spend his first year in the NFL.
  4. In case you haven’t heard Authentic Ian Thomas Jersey , the Super Bowl is this Sunday. Trophy in what should be a highly entertaining gamein Atlanta. Below you will find all the information you need to catch the action as it happens live.Super Bowl LIII—Rams vs PatriotsWhat: Super Bowl LIIIWho: Los Angeles Rams vs New England PatriotsWhere: Mercedes-Benz Stadium (Atlanta, GA)When: Sunday, February 3, 2019; 6:30 p.m. ETTV: CBS; Jim Nantz, Tony RomoStream:, CBS Mobile , CBS All Access*Radio: SiriusXM 88, SiriusXM 468 (Spanish)**Weather: 63掳/47掳 / Showers / E 6 mph wind / 50% precip.Odds: New England (-3) | o/u: 56.5 (Bovada)***Note: Mercedes-Benz Stadium has a retractable roof, so the weather will not be a factor. * - CBS All Access subscription required** - For more radio options, click here*** - Updated odds can be found hereWho do you think will win the Super Bowl, Panthers fans? Make your predictions! In eight seasons, with multiple offensive coordinators Authentic Christian McCaffrey Jersey , Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has shown a flair for improvisation.But even after yet another example of him being better in a no-huddle situation than when he gathers his teammates around him before a play, Panthers coach Ron Rivera wasn’t going to commit to making it a staple of Newton and coordinator Norv Turner’s offense.Via Marcel Louis-Jacques of the Charlotte Observer, Rivera explained the former defensive coordinator’s perspective that a no-huddle gone wrong can turn into an avalanche that can put a team even further behind.鈥淚f you go three-and-out, three-and-out, three-and-out, next thing you know , your defense is constantly out there,鈥?Rivera said. 鈥淚t can wear your defense out as well. It is most certainly a team thing and I think a lot of it is situational and by rhythm.鈥淚 believe Norv has a good handle on it, I think what he did yesterday was right along the lines of trying to create some energy.鈥滲ecause Newton is much better when he gets into that quick no-huddle rhythm (and because he wasn’t very good when taking his time early, 9-of-17 for 68 yards through three quarters), there’s a temptation for fans to want that sugar high of quick-strike offense for larger portions of the game. Rivera’s like the parent who makes his kids eat the vegetables, instead. It’s the practical play Authentic Taylor Moton Jersey , if not the most daring. But practical plays are often the right ones.鈥淚 think it鈥檚 situational. Certain circumstances dictate a lot of the things that happen, more so than anything else,鈥?he said. 鈥淏ecause there have been times when we start the game in no-huddle and go three-and-out. I just think it鈥檚 situational. Do we need to look at it? Most certainly, but I don鈥檛 think that鈥檚 going to drive who we are as an offense.鈥滽nowing he has it in his pocket helps, but Rivera’s not inclined to overuse it.
  5. Ryan Fitzpatrick will start at quarterback against the Panthers in Carolina this week. Fitzpatrick Authentic Donte Jackson Jersey , who started the first four games of the season, replaced Jameis Winston in Sunday’s loss to the Bengals.Winston threw four interceptions, including one that Jessie Bates returned for a touchdown to put the Bengals up 34-19 late in the third quarter. Fitzpatrick led three scoring drives that forced a tie before the Bengals drove for a game-winning field goal at the final whistle.Koetter said the Bucs are “just looking at this week” when asked about the permanence of this change and that Winston could wind up back in the lineup this season, but it is hard to see much of a future for him in Tampa beyond this year given the way things have played out this season.As bad as Sunday was, it probably wouldn’t have led to a change if the Buccaneers still saw him as a franchise quarterback. If they don’t, they have to consider the risk that comes with playing him as an injury that keeps Winston from passing a physical early next year would force them to guarantee him more than $20 million in 2019.What kind of future Koetter and General Manager Jason Licht have is another question the Bucs are going to have to answer sooner rather than later, so there’s much to sort out in Tampa between now and the end of the season. Oh... man. I knew this day would come, but I always hoped it would come off the heels of a Super Bowl victory, or something that truly capped off and encapsulated what Thomas Davis fought so hard to make an incredible career. Instead, it comes on the back of a disappointing 7-9 season where the Panthers started off hot but quickly fizzled out. But Thomas Davis’ career has never been about storybook endings, national media attention, or Hall of Fame accolades. Davis’ career has always about being overlooked, undervalued Womens Greg Van Roten Jersey , or on his last leg. Thomas Davis didn’t just Keep Pounding, he kicked the damn door down.I wrote this about Thomas Davis back in 2013, following a return season where he beat so many odds and managed to return following 3 ACL tears. Hopefully, you read it at the time, but if you didn’t, here are the cliff notes.I didn’t write that because I wanted any kind of attention, or wanted to capitalize on what turned out to be an amazing comeback for Davis, I wrote it because I truly believed Davis deserved the comeback player of the year award. And you know what? This dude deserves comeback player of the century in the NFL.Ever since that season, Thomas Davis has played at an elite level for an outside linebacker in his late 20s-to-early-30s, a time where most linebackers start to fall off. But for Davis, he didn’t just play over his age, he played over his body. He played at a higher level from 2014-2017 than any of us could ever imagine. He became one part of arguably the best linebacker tandem in modern football with Luke Kuechly, and in doing so finally realized some of the accolades he always deserved. Super Bowls , Pro Bowls, All Pro honors, national media attention for the first time in his career. Davis didn’t just return, he ARRIVED.If you handed me a textbook and asked me to look up what “linebacker play” would look like, I’d expect to see a picture (or a gif in the internet age) of Thomas Davis. He tackled the right way, he played coverage better than most in the league. Davis was a force every time he took the field, whether it was a close game, a blowout win, or a blowout loss. I can’t think of many times where I saw Thomas Davis and thought to myself “man, he really didn’t give his all on that play.”Thomas Davis is a player I personally invested in, because as a fan I went through that injury riddled journey, and was rewarded with high level football, just like he was. Seeing him pick off passes to seal important games or blast a running back in the hole to force a fumble at a crucial moment became all the more special because THOMAS FREAKING DAVIS did it. And it is really a shame he didn’t get a chance to go out on top Womens C.J. Anderson Jersey , because he deserved to just like many of the high level players who came before him. I once said that Thomas Davis symbolized “Keep Pounding”, and that he earned his stripe. Now, I believe Thomas Davis earned himself a damn statue.Davis taught me, personally, not just to Keep Pounding, throughout life and it’s struggles. He taught me that once you’ve gotten yourself out from underneath those struggles, to push yourself even further than simply being past them. We all have our struggles, whether it be work, life, love, family, they all cause us pain and they all can push us down to rock bottom. While the Keep Pounding moniker certainly applies to constantly honing your craft, yourself Womens Da'Norris Searcy Jersey , and your life, Thomas Davis did it better. He didn’t just Keep Pounding, he kept excelling. Davis is a shining example of what a person can accomplish when they apply themselves the same way, with the same intensity, when things are bad, AND when they are good. Davis taught me not to simply accept getting over the hump, but be a better person on the other side once you get there.Don’t thank us fans for everything, Thomas. Thank YOU, for the memories, and the lessons we can learn.
  6. During this week’s FanPulse survey White Robert Quinn Jersey , we asked Miami Dolphins fans whether they think the 4-3 Dolphins can make the 2018 NFL Playoffs. Polling just the fan base for each team about their respective team’s playoff chances, the Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints, and Los Angeles Rams all received 100 percent of their fan base’s votes for yes, they will make the playoffs. Joining those teams with at least 90 percent yes vote were the New England Patriots (96 percent), Los Angeles Chargers (93 percent), Washington Redskins (93 percent) Youth Jerome Baker Jersey , and Carolina Panthers (90 percent).Sign up for FanPulse, our weekly Dolphins surveyLooking at just the AFC, the playoff picture, based on how fans of each team see their team’s playoff chances ahead of Week 8, would be:1 - AFC West Champions - Kansas City Chiefs (100%)2 - AFC East Champions - New England Patriots (96%)3 - AFC North Champions - Pittsburgh Steelers (87%)4 - AFC South Champions -Houston Texans (76%)5 - Wildcard - Los Angeles Chargers (93%)6 - Wildcard - Baltimore Ravens (80%)Missing out of the playoffs, but ahead of Miami are the Cincinnati Bengals (64%) and the Tennessee Titans (46%). That leaves the Dolphins ninth in the AFC, according to the fan vote, with 42 percent of Dolphins fans saying the team will make the playoffs.Rounding out the AFC, the Jacksonville Jaguars (34%) are tenth Youth Ryan Tannehill Jersey , the Indianapolis Colts (32%) are eleventh, and the Denver Broncos (21%) are twelfth before we reach the teams with single digit results to the poll. The Cleveland Browns are 13th in the conference with eight percent of their fans thinking they will make the playoffs, while the New York Jets are 14th with five percent, the Buffalo Bills 15th with four percent, and the Oakland Raiders, last in both the AFC and in the league as a whole, received zero percent of their fans’ votes sayingthey would make the playoffs this year.Miami face the Texans tonight in a Thursday Night Football showdown. Could a win tonight push Dolphins fans to see a better chance of making the playoffs?Miami Dolphins @ Cincinnati Bengals Live Thread and Game Information Your three and one Miami Dolphins travel to Ohio this weekend to take on the three and one Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals have wins over the Indianapolis Colts, the Baltimore Ravens and the Atlanta Falcons. The only loss that the Bengals have suffered this season is a 31 to 21 loss to the Carolina Panthers in week three. The Dolphins of course were on a roll, winning their first three games over the Tennessee Titans White Jesse Davis Jersey , New York Jets and Oakland Raiders before being brought back down to earth last week with a crushing loss to the New England Patriots.This might be the week that we find out what sort of team we have this season. Will the Dolphins bounce back in a second away game in a row? Will they wilt in an away game missing one of their best defenders as Cameron Wake stayed home in Miami this week?Please use this live thread to discuss this afternoons Dolphins game. Please continue to follow all site rules during the live thread as you wold in any other post on the site. As always please remember that there is no sharing, requesting or discussion of illegal game streams on the Phinsider or any other SBNation site.Miami Dolphins (3-1) 1st AFC East @ Cincinnati Bengals (3-1) 1st AFC NorthWhen: 1:00 PM ESTWhere: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OhioTV: CBSDirectTV NFL Sunday Ticket: 706Online Steaming: Last year, SB Nation broke down all the cord-cutting options for NFL games and free trials are still available for most of these if you want to use them; NFL Game Pass (paid service - replays of regular season games)TV Announcers: Kevin Harlon, Rich GannonRadio: Dolphins Radio Network, Kiss 99.9 FM, WQAM 560 AM, WQBA 1140 AM (Spanish)Odds: Bengals -6Over/Under: 48 Injuries:Dolphins: A.J. Derby , TE - Out; Luke Falk, QB - Out; Bobby McCain, CB - Out; Cameron Wake, DE - Doubtful (Updated: Out); Chase Allen, LB - Questionable; Stephone Anthony, LB - Questionable; Brandon Bolden, RB - Questionable; Andre Branch, DE - Questionable; Reshad Jones, S - Questionable; T.J. McDonald , S - Questionable; DeVante Parker, WR - QuestionableBengals: Giovani Bernard, RB - Out; Billy Price, C - Out; John Ross, WR - Out All-time record: Dolphins 15-6 (Regular Season) Most recent meeting: Bengals 22-7 @ Cincinnati (Week 4, 2016) Streak: Bengals 1 win (2016); Dolphins 12-3 in last 15 (regular season) Bengals SBNation site: Cincy Jungle Cincy Jungle Twitter: @CincyJungle Phinsider on Twitter: @ThePhinsider Phinsider on Facebook
  7. Thread & Game Information Tonight’s Sunday Night Football game will feature the New England Patriots who will be traveling to Detroit Michigan to take on the Detroit Lions. Below you will find all the information you need to watch this evenings game. Please feel free to use this thread to discuss any of the happenings in this games or of course Akeem Spence Jersey , as always, anything Miami Dolphins relate or really anything else. Please remember to follow all site rules, this will serve to keep Bill’s blood pressure at a safe level. Also, as a reminder , any sharing, requesting or discussion of illegal online game stream on the Phinsider or any other SBNation site may result in a possible warning or temporary ban ban from the site.New England Patriots (1-1) 2nd AFC East @ Detroit Lions (0-2) 4th NFC NorthWhen: 8:20 PM ESTWhere: Ford Field, Detroit, MichiganTV: NBCOdds: Patriots -6Over/Under: 55 With the Patriots facing a fourth-and-2 in the second quarter on Sunday against the Dolphins Cheap Kenny Stills Jersey , New England surprised Miami by lining its offense up on the field to go for it. And then the Dolphins, just when they needed some time to prepare, had a perfectly timed injury.It was Miami cornerback Bobby McCain who suddenly fell down, causing the officials to call an injury timeout. After a moment Daniel Kilgore Jersey , McCain got up and walked off the field appearing to be fine, and he went back in the game after that, although he later left the game with a real injury.McCain sure looked like he was faking, and Patriots coach Bill Belichick was furious Matt Haack Jersey , telling the official on the sideline, “That’s f–king bulls–it.”Belichick was right to be upset. If teams can get away with faking injuries to get free timeouts, the NFL is going to see a plague of “injuries” every time the defense wants to make a substitution, or slow down a hurry-up offense.The league has the ability to fine teams and players for fake injuries. In 2012 Cheap Jason Sanders Jersey , the NFL fined the Steelers and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders for an obvious fake injury. The NFL might need to crack down even further, perhaps even docking draft picks from teams that fake injuries. It’s a serious violation of the spirit of fair play, and it deserves serious punishment.
  8. He sees it with his own eyes at full speed.Dropped passes Youth Tony Jefferson Jersey , turnovers and inexplicable penalties have fueled the Colts' four-game losing streak, leaving them in a big midseason hole."It's been an issue and it's past the point of 'OK, that was a fluke,'" Reich said Monday when pressed specifically on the issue of drops. "We just have to keep working, catching balls."Sportradar lists only six teams with drop percentages worse than Indianapolis' 8.7, and the Colts are tied with Cleveland for most drops in the NFL with 17. Indy tight end Eric Ebron and Baltimore receiver Michael Crabtree are tied for the league lead with six drops each, according to Sportradar.Colts backup receiver Zach Pascal is tied for 11th with three.Because the definition of a drop varies widely, numbers and percentages can be skewed.But former Colts offensive coordinator and interim coach Bruce Arians said during Sunday's telecast he counted 10 drops by the Colts in a loss at New England in Week 5 and 16 over the previous two games.The trend continued when Chester Rogers dropped Andrew Luck's pass on the first play from scrimmage.He was far from alone.Rookie running back Nyheim Hines dropped a touchdown pass later in the game and second-year running back Marlon Mack joined the club when he failed to snag a screen pass on the game's second play. Instead, Mack, who had missed three straight games and four of the first five with an injured hamstring, batted the ball up in the air and Jets cornerback Morris Claiborne returned an interception 17 yards for the game's first score."It's mental Womens Marlon Humphrey Jersey ," Mack said after the 42-34 loss. "We just have to lock in and focus. Everyone here can catch, we just have to lock in and squeeze the ball."Another explanation is injuries.While Luck has played reasonably well behind an offensive line that has used five different starting lineups, he has been without Pro Bowl receiver T.Y. Hilton (hamstring) the last two games and Pro Bowl tight end Jack Doyle (hip) for four straight games. Receivers Ryan Grant and Marcus Johnson also left with injuries and couldn't finish Sunday's game.Following the loss in New England, Luck said the Colts (1-5) needed to get out of their own way before they could start winning games 鈥?and he started by pointing to his own turnover woes.Penalties have been equally problematic.The result: In addition to sharing the league lead in drops, Indy also ranks in the top five in interceptions (eight), fumbles lost (five) and penalties (46).Reich, who played on four Super Bowl teams in Buffalo and won a Super Bowl ring with Philadelphia, knows it's a combination ripe for disaster though he believes the Colts can fix these problems. He has seen it before."I won't go into specific names but I've seen players go into a little bit of a funk for a few games, I've definitely seen that happen and I've seen guys get out of the funk and go on to have great years or great careers," he said.They just have to start holding onto the ball."It's a bit frustrating. I feel a bit like a broken record, but talking about it , that's the easy part. It's doing it, living it, but I'm not discouraged," Luck said. "There are a bunch of competitive people in there, but I think we're going in the right direction and the results will come."NOTES: Indy has re-signed linebacker Skai Moore to the practice squad. The rookie made the active roster out of training camp but has bounced around from the active roster to the practice squad throughout the season. He has recorded two tackles.Ravens News 8/7: NFL’s best secondaries, joint practice report and more Orlando Brown Solid in Ravens Debut - Ken McKusickOverall, McKusick gave Brown’s professional debut a B- grade. Orlando will have an opportunity to work on his pass blocking against Rams outside linebackers Matt Longacre, Samson Ebukam, Justin Lawler and Ejuan Price during Thursday’s preseason contest. Brandon Carr Wants to Keep His Starting Streak Alive ‘As Long as I Can’ - Ryan MinkBrandon Carr out snapped Marlon Humphrey 1,024 to 596 last season. With Tavon Young returning to play the slot corner role after logging 832 snaps as a rookie in 2016, coordinator Martindale may continue rotating Carr Womens Mark Andrews Jersey , Humphrey and Jimmy Smith at outside cornerback in 2018. Jaguars, Vikings boast NFL’s best secondaries heading into 2018 - NFL.comThe Jaguars and Vikings tied for a league best 6 yards allowed per passing attempt last season. Baltimore’s 6.5 mark was close behind. Practice Report 8/6: Ravens-Rams Have Hot, Physical (Yet Cordial) First Joint Practice - Ryan Mink‘Smokey’ Brown continues to shine, he has a real chance to lead the Ravens in receiving yards this year if he can stay healthy. Gus Edwards, meanwhile, must improve his ball security. Even after an impressive showing against the Bears last week, fumbling could easily relegate him to the practice squad.
  9. The last thing he needs is a grumpy playmaker who bad-mouths teammates Youth Nick Boyle Jersey , but that's exactly what he has in Odell Beckham Jr.Still, Shurmur might want to reconsider imploring the media: "Let's talk football, not drama."Because the way things are going for the Giants at the moment, it actually might be better for him if the focus remains on the off-field stuff.Yet another loss on Sunday, 33-31 at the Carolina Panthers, dropped the Giants to 1-4. No one in the NFL has a worse record, and next up comes a game against the NFC East rival Philadelphia Eagles, who are the reigning Super Bowl champions, even if they're only 2-3 themselves.The cause of all the fuss in the locker room in New York?An interview with ESPN in which Beckham managed to steamroll first-year coach Shurmur and quarterback Eli Manning.OBJ complained about New York's lack of big plays: "How come we don't attempt or try to throw the ball for more than 20 yards?" He criticized the team's heart and energy. Asked whether there were an issue at QB 鈥?an obvious chance to stand up for the much-criticized Manning 鈥?Beckham offered up a reply of, "I don't know."Give him points for honesty, at least. But not for leadership or maturity."I addressed it with Odell. I addressed it with our team. I publicly declared that I didn't agree with his comments," Shurmur said.Then he threw in a Shakespeare reference, saying: "I'm not going to give the public a pound of flesh on this. That would make me small, not strong."Moments later, Shurmur sent the reporters to go talk to Beckham himself.Anyone expecting a mea culpa was out of luck, because the receiver with the new $65 million in guaranteed contract money said he didn't regret a thing.Sure, he played well Sunday, with eight catches for 131 yards and a TD, plus a 57-yard touchdown pass to Saquon Barkley. But he also was standing right there on the sideline while teammate Sterling Shepard threw a Beckhamesque tantrum filled with punches and a tossed trash can. Beckham's attitude rubbing off on teammates, maybe? That is not a good look for him 鈥?or for his coach.In case you missed it, here are other top topics after the NFL season's fifth Sunday:WAY TO GO, ROOKA week after they went a combined 0-4, the four rookie QB starters went 4-0; there hadn't been four rookie quarterbacks with W's in the same week since Week 16 of the 2012 season (Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck, Ryan Tannehill, Russell Wilson). Wasn't always pretty this time. Baker Mayfield was 25 for 43 for 342 yards James Hurst Jersey , a TD and an INT as Cleveland got past Baltimore 12-9 in OT; Josh Allen went 10 for 19 for 82 yards and a pick and ran for a score as Buffalo edged Tennessee 13-12; Sam Darnold was 10 for 22 for 198 yards with three TDs and one INT in the Jets' 34-16 victory over Denver; Josh Rosen was 10 of 25 for 170 yards and a TD to help Arizona top San Francisco 28-16.CAN I KICK IT?On a day that Carolina's Graham Gano hit a 63-yard field goal to win a game, Green Bay's Mason Crosby was about as poor as a placekicker can be, missing five kicks 鈥?four field-goal tries and an extra point 鈥?in the Packers' 31-23 loss indoors at Detroit. So no wind. No chill. No precipitation. No nothing. And yet Crosby failed to connect from 38, 41, 42 and 56 yards on field-goal tries, plus a PAT that was no good. For those keeping score at home, that's a total of 13 points left on the table in a game his team lost by eight. "Just couldn't find the lines today," Crosby said. "Kept adjusting, and it wasn't going in."BIG MAN TD!Linval Joseph, Minnesota's 329-pound defensive lineman, earned himself a little extra oxygen by rumbling 64 yards for a touchdown after Philadelphia QB Carson Wentz coughed up the ball during the second quarter of the Vikings' 23-21 victory over the Eagles in a rematch of last season's NFC championship game. After his score, Joseph plopped himself down on the bench, threw on some shades and put a mask on so he could suck air.AP Sports Writer Steve Reed in Charlotte, N.C., and AP Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow in Santa Clara, Calif., contributed to this report.Follow Howard Fendrich on Twitter at ://HowardFendrich Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick attended a "tailgate" party at a nursing home in suburban Loveland before Cincinnati's 34-23 win over the Baltimore Ravens. A 95-year-old woman stole the show and made for a popular video.Irma Shafer got up and danced away, making Kirkpatrick smile as he danced along. The moment was captured by a local television crew and shared on social media. Many fans shared it a few hours later as the Bengals played their way to their first 2-0 start since 2015. Kirkpatrick was surprised it got so much reaction."I didn't even know how big it was going to get," Kirkpatrick said. "When they sent it out 鈥?however it got out 鈥?my phone just started going crazy."Kirkpatrick's girlfriend is a close friend of one of the nursing home administrators, and they came up with the idea for the party. Kirkpatrick stopped in after the team's morning meeting and was inspired by Shafer's reaction."She was dancing the whole time I was in there," Kirkpatrick said. "Just to see the energy she had 鈥?that was such an amazing thing. I want to be that one day. I want to still be able to move and enjoy music the way she did."REPLACING THE ONSIDE KICKFootball safety surveys have shown the onside kick to be one of the most dangerous plays. But it also can provide a last-ditch chance for a team to make a comeback, and the trickery of it is one of the more intriguing elements.The Alliance of American Football, which kicks off its spring league the week after the Super Bowl in February, has an interesting replacement for the onside kick."We've replaced the onside kick with an onside conversion attempt," says Pro Football Hall of Famer Bill Polian, co-founder of the eight-team Alliance. "When teams are behind by 17 points or more or within five minutes remaining in the second half , after a touchdown or field goal, the trailing team can opt to receive the ball on their 28-yard line. They can attempt to convert a fourth-and-12. If they are successful and gain a first down, they keep the ball and can continue on. If they fail, the other team takes possession of the ball where it is spotted following the failed conversion attempt."The league also has only a 2-point conversion attempt after touchdowns and will eliminate the PAT kick."That way, we eliminate block attempts that are not the safest plays in football," Polian explains.WHAT'S IN A NAME?Denver Broncos tight end Jake Butt's family learned long ago to have fun with their last name.His father, Rob, wore a Broncos jersey with the name "Head Butt" stitched across the back in Denver when his son made his NFL debut with two catches for 29 yards in the Broncos' win over Seattle.Jake Butt, who sat out his rookie season after tearing up his right knee in his final game for Michigan, remembers asking his dad if he could change his name when he was younger."Shoot, I remember in kindergarten I would get terrorized, and that's like when you take everything personally," Butt says. "I hated the first-day-of-class roll call, because they'd always call out 'Butt.' I'd just get beet red and I'd come home to my dad and tell him that I wanted to change my last name."He'd laugh and tell me, 'You're going to have fun with this someday.' So, here we are. We're having a lot of fun with it."Jake Butt didn't have to wait for adulthood for the teasing to stop."I was getting bigger than everybody, so I could just laugh at them, probably like seventh, eighth grade," he said.He now stands 6-foot-6 and weighs 250 pounds, but would get heckled for his last name on the road in the Big Ten, too."Yeah, some Iowa fans got creative, like, 'Haha. Your last name's Butt.' I'm like, 'Man , that's not that creative. You've got to do better than that," Butt said. "Yeah, even away fans, they kind of have fun with it."LEWIS ON LUKEBengals coach Marvin Lewis discovered at an early age that Luke Kuechly was a phenomenal athlete while watching him play summer lacrosse with his son, Marcus, growing up in Ohio.And he has followed Kuechly's football career closely over the years at Boston College and now with the Carolina Panthers.Lewis said before the 2012 NFL draft, he told Bengals owner Mike Brown that Kuechly was "the best collegiate linebacker I think I've ever seen." However, Kuechly never returned to his native Ohio because the Panthers took him 11th overall. The Bengals had the No. 17 pick."We're trying to clone guys like Luke Kuechly here," said Lewis, whose Bengals visit Kuechly and the Panthers on Sunday.Kuechly played three years of lacrosse in high school, along with playing on travel teams. He said he didn't score many goals because 鈥?naturally 鈥?he played defense."I would get bored during the offseason if I wasn't doing something," said Kuechly, a four-time All-Pro. "I grew up playing basketball, football and lacrosse."BAYOU DIETLouisiana native and Dolphins defensive tackle Davon Godchaux hosts his teammates on the defensive line for an evening of Cajun cuisine on occasion, serving them crawfish and barbecue.He spares them one of his other favorite foods 鈥?raccoon."Tastes just like chicken," Godchaux said. "They'd probably be grossed out by that. But I'm from the Bayou. So that's what we eat."Godchaux, who's 6-foot-3 and 315 pounds, says his diet is healthy as well as tasty. His foundation, Chauxdown, supports the battle against obesity."Growing up as a child, you always want to eat right to get to this level," Godchaux said.AP Pro Football Writers Barry Wilner and Arnie Stapleton and Sports Writers Steven Wine, Joe Kay and Steve Reed contributed.
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The 2018 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers begins with a heavyweight pitching matchup.Left-handed pitchers Chris Sale and Clayton Kershaw will go head-to-head in Tuesday's opener at Fenway Park.Boston is attempting to finish off an incredible season , as it earned home-field advantage in the World Series by way of a 108-54 regular-season record.Los Angeles has been a championship-caliber team for the last few years, but it's still in search of ending its 30-year championship drought.World Series Game 1 InformationStart Time:8:09 p.m. ETTV:FoxLive Stream:Fox Sports Go or Fox Sports App.Aces Dueling in World Series OpenerGame 1 should be a showcase of two of the best arms in baseball.If they are their normal selves on the mound, Sale and Kershaw should be locked into a pitching duel for the ages.Sale enters as the fresher of the two pitchers, as he last took the mound for Game 1 of the ALCS against the Houston Astros.In three career Game 1 starts, Sale has given up 11 earned runs, seven of which came in his first postseason start in the 2017 ALDS against Houston.Elise Amendola/Associated PressAlthough it's a small sample size because he's spent his career in the American League, Sale hasn't performed well against the Dodgers, as he's given up seven earned runs on nine hits in six innings.However Reggie Jackson Jersey , Sale can be tough to hit inside Fenway Park, as he is 12-6 with a 2.83 ERA and 235 strikeouts at his home stadium.Game 1 marks the 10th time Kershaw's kicked off a series for the Dodgers, and he'll be looking to replicate his performance from the World Series opener a year ago.Matt Slocum/Associated PressKershaw tossed seven superb innings to hand the Dodgers an early advantage in the World Series against Houston.Kershaw has even less familiarity with his opponent than Sale, as Tuesday marks the first time he'll toe the rubber at Fenway Park.Based off what we expect from the two aces, Game 1 will be tight with few runners reaching scoring position, which means it will most likely come down to the bullpens once Sale and Kershaw are finished their respective outings. How Will Roberts Align Dodgers Order?Dodgers manager Dave Roberts toyed with his lineup throughout the NLCS victory over the Milwaukee Brewers in order to find the best combination possible. final four games of the NLCS, and given the matchups ahead in the World Series, he'll tinker with his order more.The Dodgers are expected to use a lineup dominated by right-handed hitters with Sale on the mound , which means David Freese and Matt Kemp will start Game 1.However, the inclusion of one right-handed hitter might be Roberts' toughest decision to make, as Yasiel Puig is a .250 hitter versus left-handed pitching, but he's coming off a three-hit performance in Game 7 of the NLCS.Jeff Roberson/Associated PressThe designated-hitter role gives Roberts some flexibility in the first two games, which opens up the possibility for Puig to occupy an outfield position.The Dodgers also have more positional flexibility than the Red Sox, as Chris Taylor and Cody Bellinger can be aligned in the infield or outfield.For Game 1, Roberts should let Taylor lead off with Justin Turner and Freese directly beneath him in the order.The Dodgers manager will also find a way to put Puig in the bottom third of the lineup because of his hot bat.Even though the Dodgers face left-hander David Price in Game 2, Roberts could come out with a different lineup depending on how Game 1 goes. Follow Joe on Twitter Glenn Hubbard Jersey , JTansey90.Statistics obtained fromBaseball Reference. LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Miguel Cabrera hit against a pitcher Monday for the first time since rupturing a tendon in his left biceps on June 12.The 35-year-old hit, fielded, threw and ran the bases Monday during the Detroit Tigers‘ first full-squad workout of spring training.“I feel good about being back on the field and playing,” the two-time AL MVP said. I can’t be hurt this year. I want to do my job.”Cabrera strained a hamstring last year and then had the arm injury that required season-ending surgery. He was limited to 38 games.“I missed the game a lot,” he said.He also missed 32 games in 2017 due to a strained groin and back issues.“One guy in the lineup being hurt changed the whole lineup, changed everything,” he said. “The bottom line is I’ve got to stay healthy.”Cabrera has been running and lifting weights Rickey Henderson Jersey , and looks like the same 6-foot-4, 249-pound athlete who has 465 home runs with a .316 batting average.“He’s bouncing around, doing all kinds of stuff,” manager Ron Gardenhire said. “He’s excited to get out there. I think people forget how gifted he really is when he’s doing simple drills at first base.”Cabrera says he is not ready to be a full-time designated hitter.“Right now, no,” he said. “But if they talk to me and say something to me, I’m always open to everything, and if the team is better with me being the DH , I’m the DH. If we’re better with me at first base, I’ll play first.”Gardenhire says the decision will be made by Cabrera’s body.“He would tell me before I would tell him,” the manager said.The biceps is totally healed, according to Cabrera.“I’m not worried about my arm. I’m more worried about my back and my legs,” he said.Notes: RHP Michael Fulmer was back in camp after losing his arbitration case. He will get $2.8 million instead of $3.4 million. “I’m not going to complain about my salary. I’m blessed to play this game, I’m blessed to get paid like we do to play this game,” he said. “The Tigers were very professional about it. I wouldn’t bad mouth the team about anything. Obviously I would have liked to have won.”
  11. Fitzpatrick stepped in for the benched Jameis Winston and nearly rallied the Bucs to a win over the Bengals.Dirk Koetter non-committal on Bucs’ QB situation after loss to BengalsTampa Bay Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter won't commit to a starting quarterback after Sunday's loss to the Cincinnati BengalsWhat Should the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Do With Jameis Winston? - The RingerThe fourth-year pro threw four interceptions in Sunday’s loss to the Bengals and has looked largely mediocre since his return from suspension , leaving the team at a crossroads regarding its futureMost Disappointing: Bucs At Bengals | Pewter ReportOnce again the Bucs fell behind, then made a late run, but ultimately came up short in a game Lavonte David Jersey , losing to the Bengals by a score of 37-34. Below is our l...Despite big day, Bucs’ Mike Evans wishes he’d caught the pass that got awayMike Evans turned in the biggest receiving day of any Bucs receiver this season, posting 179 yards on seven receptions in Tampa Bay's 37-34 loss to the Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium.Ira Kaufman's 10 Takeaways From Bucs-Bengals - JoeBucsFan.comForget the late comeback effort and look at the standings.Crushing Contrast For Jameis - JoeBucsFan.comIt’s one thing for a starting QB to get benched for a journeyman quarterback when he’s having a garbage game.Subtle difference in Winston’s appearance The team is already through four training camp practices and I noticed something subtle Authentic Chris Conte Jersey , but important on Jameis Winston’s non-throwing hand. The fourth-year signal caller was wearing a glove. It isn’t uncommon for quarterbacks to wear gloves on their non-throwing hand, but for Winston, this was the first time. One can only speculate Youth Adam Humphries Jersey , but I would assume that he is using it to have a better feel for the football when the pocket starts to collapse and hands reach for the football. Winston does have 31 total fumbles (15 lost) in only three years and he has commented on trying to improve that aspect of his game this off season. I’m all for Winston trying new things to cut down on fumbles. If the glove is the answer and will help with fumbles, so be it. Below is the video showing Winston with the glove on his non-throwing hand:
  12. I don’t usually say - or write - things like this , but you aren’t a real Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan unless you’re down with the magic surrounding our favorite team right now.Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has been on a tear to start the season, and heading into Monday Night Football, he and the team will look to keep it going against the Pittsburgh Steelers.Well, whether you’re a ‘real’ fan, casual fan or just like free items the Locked on Bucs podcast has your chance to get in on the magic.Smack Apparel and Locked on Bucs have joined forces to give away six free ‘I’m Down with Magic’ t-shirt.To enter, first follow Locked on Bucs and Smack Apparel on Twitter, and then listen to the final preview episode of the podcast to catch the details on how you can get your hands on this prize! When the Buccaneers were the only NFC South team to win in week 13, it felt pretty unusual. Things got back to normal in week 14, with Tampa Bay losing and everything going the Saints’ way. With a Carolina loss , New Orleans was able to clinch the division before its game was even over. The Saints went on to win anyway, effectively ending the Bucs’ playoff hopes. Winning, clinching the division and ending a rival’s season? That’s not a bad Sunday.Let’s check out the what went down in the NFC South during week 14.New Orleans Saints (11-2)The Saints survived a poor first half to pick up a 28-14 road win over the Buccaneers on Sunday. Drew Brees and the offense started slow for a second straight week, picking up just three points in the first 30 minutes. They trailed 14-3 until over halfway through the third quarter, when a Taysom Hill blocked punt set them up with good field position. Brees found Zach Line for six, then Alvin Kamara took the two-point conversion in to bring New Orleans within three. From there, the Bucs fell apart. By the end, the Saints had scored the final 25 points of the game to crush Tampa Bay’s already-slim playoff hopes.Brees finished the day 24-of-31 for 201 yards and two total touchdowns, but did turn the ball over twice. Mark Ingram led the team in rushing with 52 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries. The New Orleans defense was the story Youth Lavonte David Jersey , shutting out the Bucs in the second half while finishing the day with four sacks and 10 quarterback hits. Up Next: at Carolina Panthers (6-7)— Monday Night FootballCarolina Panthers (6-7)The Panthers continued their free-fall on Sunday afternoon, losing 26-20 to the Browns on the road. The loss was Carolina’s fifth straight after a 6-2 start to the season. The two teams went back and forth early on, heading into halftime in a 17-17 game. Carolina won the third quarter 3-0, with former Buc Chandler Catanzaro connecting on a 30-yard field goal. But the Browns shut out the Panthers in the fourth quarter, putting up nine unanswered points to win the game. Carolina outgained Cleveland 393-348, but couldn’t get anything going offensively in the second half. One last drive ended in a Cam Newton interception, sending the Panthers under the .500 mark.Newton threw for 265 yards and the interception on 26-of-42 passing. McCaffrey carried the Panther offense once again, rushing for 63 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries while catching six of his seven targets for 38 yards. Catanzaro was two-for-two on extra points and two-for-two on field goals in his Carolina debut.Up Next: vs. New Orleans Saints (11-2)— Monday Night FootballAtlanta Falcons (4-9)The Falcons lost their fifth straight game on Sunday, falling 34-20 on the road against the Packers. Atlanta took an early 7-0 lead on a 16-yard touchdown pass from Matt Ryan to Julio Jones Peyton Barber Jersey , but Green Bay came back and scored the next 34 points to take a 34-7 lead into the fourth quarter. The Falcons scored the final 13 points of the game, but it wasn’t nearly enough. They outgained the Packers 344-300, but turned the ball over twice in the loss. One of the turnovers was a 22-yard pick six by Bashaud Breeland in the second quarter.Ryan completed 28 of his 42 passes on the day for 262 yards and three touchdowns, but did get picked off for a touchdown. Ito Smith was Atlanta’s leading rusher, going for 60 yards on 11 carries, while Julio Jones caught eight of his 11 targets for 106 yards and two scores. But overall, the Green Bay offense was too much. With the loss, the Falcons are still alone in the NFC South basement.Up Next: vs. Arizona Cardinals (3-10)
  13. But they clearly have differences of opinion about how to go about addressing them.The two exchanged words prior to Sunday’s game Carolina Panthers Hoodie , and after the Panthers comeback win, Reid was terse in his description. When asked if he wanted to describe the altercation, he initially said no, before throwing the haymaker.“He’s a sellout,” Reid said Customized Carolina Panthers Jerseys , via David Newton of repeated the charge, and then replied in the affirmative if that was the cause of the dust-up. Asked if Jenkins said anything specifically to him, Reid replied: “His actions speak louder than his words.”Reid has had a problem with the league and Jenkins, since the Eagles safety took a lead role in the Players Coalition deal with owners, which Reid has referred to as an “NFL-funded subversion group.”Those disagreements boiled over Sunday.UPDATE 5:03 p.m. ET: Jenkins took the high road. Via Elliott Shorr-Parks of WIP , Jenkins said he wasn’t going to make any negative comments about Reid, and wanted to keep the focus on the issues.Panthers sign DT Kendrick Norton to practice squad, waive QB Kyle Allen The Carolina Panthers made a few adjustments to their practice squad this afternoon by signing defensive tackle Kendrick Norton and waiving quarterback Kyle Allen, according to Joe Person of The Athletic.It’s no surprise the Panthers made a move to waive a practice squad quarterback since there’s no reason to keep four of them around. If something major happens and depth becomes a concern, there are plenty of guys they could call. Honestly Carolina Panthers T-Shirt , I’m surprised they kept Allen on the practice squad as long as they did after signing Connor Cook last week. Bringing back Norton is also not a surprise since the Panthers liked him enough to draft him in the 7th round (No. 242 overall) back in April. Norton isn’t expected to jump to the main roster anytime soon, but having him on the practice squad will be good for his development—provided he sticks around for a while, of course.
  14. Plays to Love Authentic Cam Newton Jersey , and impacting the eventual outcome of the game. There is always plenty to hate about NFL officiating, so we will only focus on the plays on the field, not the refs.Three plays to love2nd Quarter 2:56 – Panthers 14, Bengals 14. Carolina ball 2nd-and-4 at CIN 24The Situation: Both teams had put up 14 points late in the second quarter. The Panthers were nearing the red zone as the half wound down.The Play: This “Play to Love” goes to offensive coordinator Norv Turner for designing one of the best misdirections I’ve ever seen. Just watch the play here. Long story short, Christian McCaffrey was split wide left then came in motion behind Cam Newton who was in shotgun. Cam faked a handoff to C.J. Anderson (going left) then sold a fake swing pass to CMC (still going right with his pre-snap motion). The defense bit hard on the McCaffrey decoy allowing Cam to pivot and throw back to Anderson who now had a convoy of pulling blockers - Tyler Larsen, Ryan Kalil, and Chris Clark. All three linemen were blocking 20-plus yards downfield and rumbled into the end zone alongside C.J. What a beautiful play design!3rd Quarter 9:35 – Panthers 21, Bengals 14. Cincinnati ball 1st-and-10 at CIN 24The Situation: The Bengals had just ripped off an 18-yard reception to get out of the shadows of their own end zone. It looked like the Panthers D might have to now defend against a long drive in a seven-point game. .The Play: James Bradberry jumped a route on a pass intended for Josh Malone and the deflected pass bounced upward and toward the line of scrimmage. Efe Obada - making his NFL debut - came from nowhere to make an incredibly athletic diving interception, giving the Panthers possession at the Cincinnati 26. Carolina scored on the subsequent possession to go up 28-14. Yes, Obada should get tons of love for the incredible interception, but the play never happens without James Bradberry’s deflection. 4th Quarter 4:21 – Panthers 28, Bengals 21. Cincinnati ball 1st-and-10 at CIN 17The Situation: The Bengals took possession with just over four minutes remaining and trailing by seven points. These back-to-back “Plays to Love” killed any chance of a game-tying drive.The Play: On the first play of the series, Efe Obada went right through a pulling tight end blocker to immediately sack Andy Dalton for a seven-yard loss at the Cincy 7 yard line. On the next play, a desperate Dalton heaved an ill-advised bomb from his end zone which Donte Jackson easily picked off, effectively killing the Bengals last chance at a scoring drive. Great consecutive plays by two young defenders. Three plays to hate2nd Quarter 9:57 – Panthers 14, Bengals 7. Cincinnati ball 3rd-and-10 at CAR 49The Situation: On the previous play, Efe Obada appeared to strip-sack Andy Dalton and the Panthers recovered, but the call on the field was overturned as an incomplete pass. With Cincy facing 3rd-and-10 near midfield, the Panthers D was in prime position to force a punt. The Play: The Panthers secondary dropped into zone and Captain Munnerlyn had Tyler Boyd in coverage. But Captain released Boyd with no other Panthers defender nearby and instead covered empty space. A now wide-open Boyd picked up an easy 23-yards. The drive was extended and ended with a Bengals touchdown to tie the score at 21-21. It was a gut punch to go from thinking the Panthers had pulled off a strip-sack to giving up 23 yards on 3rd-and-10.3rd Quarter 4:08 – Panthers 28, Bengals 14. Bengals ball 2nd-and-6 at CAR 49The Situation: Call this the “Colin Jones Implosion Sequence.” The Play: On 2nd-and-6 Tyler Eifert went up and over Colin Jones for a 20-yard gain. While Eifert is six inches taller than Jones, it looked more like three feet on this reception. Two plays later Andy Dalton scrambled to buy time as Tyler Boyd simply ran away from Colin in the end zone for an easy 27-yard touchdown catch. Jones needs to be much better than this. 4th Quarter 4:42 – Panthers 28, Bengals 21. Panthers ball 3rd-and-11 at CIN 39The Situation: Carolina had the ball on the fringe of field goal range, hoping to increase their lead to two scores late in the game. The Play: Cam felt pressure then deftly scrambled for a seven-yard gain down to the Cincinnati 32 Authentic DJ Moore Jersey , appearing to set up Graham Gano for a makeable 49-yard field goal and a 10-point lead. But as Cam emerged from the pack of tacklers, he either flipped the football at a Bengals player or said something (or both) and was flagged for an absolutely stupid, inexcusable 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Instead of attempting a field goal for a two-score lead, the Panthers were forced to punt. Look, Cam, we love you. You’re our guy. We appreciate you and defend you from your haters, but this boneheaded penalty nearly cost your team a win. Plus, it gives additional ammunition to your critics who wrongfully label you as immature and arrogant. Please don’t ever do that again, okay?Closing it out and summing it upWhat a great win against a solid 2-0 Bengals team. All the credit in the world goes to the makeshift offensive line of Chris Clark, Greg Van Roten, Ryan Kalil, Tyler Larsen, and Taylor Moton. They opened holes for Christian McCaffrey’s career-high 184 rushing yards and kept Cam pretty clean (one sack on 24 attempts). It’s stunning what these guys are doing. On defense, Donte Jackson and James Bradberry continue their solid play in coverage. But best of all, this entire game was an Efe Obada Disney movie. As far as improvements go, Torrey Smith continues to be a huge disappointment with ill-timed drops and limited productivity. On defense, losing Da’Norris Searcy at safety is a huge problem. Colin Jones is okay in spots, but he’s out of his depth as an every down player. At 2-1 the Panthers enter the bye week on a high note. The team’s play has been inspiring considering they are missing Greg Olsen, Daryl Williams, Matt Kalil, Trai Turner, and Curtis Samuel on offense and Searcy, Ross Cockrell, and Thomas Davis on defense. That’s eight of 22 projected starters (or contributors) missing Authentic James Bradberry Jersey , and yet the Panthers continue to keep pounding.Plays to love season leaders2 - Efe Obada1 - Cam Newton, Christian McCaffrey, D.J. Moore, Donte Jackson, James Bradberry, Kawann Short, Mario Addison, Norv Turner, Wes HortonPlays to hate season leaders1 - Amini Silatolu, C.J. Anderson, Cam Newton, Captain Munnerlyn, Christian McCaffrey, Colin Jones, Devin Funchess, Donte Jackson, Mike Adams This Carolina Panthers team feels a bit different from what we’ve gotten used to the past few seasons. Given the turnover in the coaching staff this past offseason, seeing a different character from the offense is to be expected. Norv Turner runs a very similar offense to what Mike Shula ran, but he’s a different playcaller who brings his own preferences and tendencies. Let’s check in on how the offense looked to start the season. An important note here: all of the statistics I mention below account for the first six weeks of the season only. They do not include the Baltimore game unless specifically stated.The bipolar expressIn short, they either look good or bad, rarely average. They are very good at staying ‘on schedule’; between their own 10 and the opponent’s 30, the Panthers have an almost 50% success rate, and almost 80% of their first downs came on first or second down through six games, marks good enough for 11th and third in the league Womens David Mayo Jersey , respectively. However, when they did get to third and seven or more (which accounts for 55% of their third downs), they converted an abhorrent nine percent of the time, worst in the league. They were sixth in the league in marginal efficiency, and 23rd in marginal explosiveness. I’m throwing out statistical jargon without doing much to explain it, but the numbers paint a familiar picture for those who watched those six games; a team that is maddeningly inconsistent, lurching between listless and brilliant.A selection of advanced metrics from Bill Connelly’s nfl analytics app. These numbers only take the first 6 games into account. Panthers fans feel like one of the biggest contributors to the team’s dual personality is an unwillingness to really attack a defense until the game is nearly out of reach. We’ve seen the past few weeks (seasons?) how effective the offense can be when it plays with urgency, and we’ve seen how getting conservative while trying to protect a lead can just let the other team back into the game. On first downs in the first half, Carolina ran the ball 54% of the time through six games, with a 62% success rate, both among the highest rates in the league. In the second half, the run/pass split was highly dependent on the score. With a lead on first down in the second half, the run/pass ratio was 70/30, with a 45% success rate on runs, 31% on passes. When tied or trailing the run/pass ratio totally reversed, going to 21/79, with 83% success rate on runs, 52% on passes. The same split held on second and 10 or less. With a lead in the second half, the offense went 52/48 run/pass, with success rates of 42% and 64%. Tied or trailing, they went 18/82 run/pass with success rates of 83% and 70%. Our eyes have not been deceived; the offense calls plays differently (and plays better) from behind.Every team shows some kind of tendency split like this in the second half, but through six games, Carolina’s was more extreme than most. On average, NFL teams pass 52% of the time on 1st down in the first half. In the second half Authentic Kawann Short Jersey , teams go 33% pass on 1st down with the lead, 65% when tied or trailing. The Panthers were more run-heavy than average when ahead, and more pass-heavy when behind.Cam NewtonGoing that pass-heavy puts the onus on the quarterback to play well, and Cam Newton has shouldered the load when called upon to put the the team on his back. Cam completed 66% of his passes through six games, which would be his career best for a season, and he also outpaced his expected completion percentage (either 65% or 63% depending on what the statisticians are accounting for) for the first time in his career. Completion percentage is the one stat to rule them all, and Cam Newton is finally elite.Throughout Cam’s career, we’ve been told that he’s an excellent downfield passer, but his production through six games looks more like that of a quarterback who excels in the intermediate window between 10 and 15 yards downfield. He’s rarely throwing the ball more than 20 yards downfield, and most of those passes are not being completed.The chart shows Cam Newton’s PACR and target frequency broken down by target depth (through 7 weeks). PACR stands for Passer Air Conversion Ratio. The formula is (Passing Yards/Air Yards). Performing above league average in this metric means that for every yard a pass travels in the air (regardless of completion), the offense gains more yardage than average.airyards.comThe focus on short and intermediate routes is likely by design, which, coupled with using backs and tight ends more frequently to help with pass protection have allowed the coaching staff to make things easier on a battered offensive line. Newton isn’t getting rid of the ball any faster than he was last season (he’s actually holding it slightly longer - 2.74 vs 2.72 seconds), but the approach is helping to keep him upright, as he was pressured on just 23% of his dropbacks through six games, and only 5.8% of his passes over that period came while being hit, down from 7% in 2017 and over 10% in 2016. Of course, it also helps that the offense faced blitzes only 18% of the time, the 4th lowest rate in the league.Passer rating broken down by target location and the wide receiver corps also probably contributes to better accuracy through the air. Torrey Smith, Jarius Wright, DJ Moore, and a healthy Curtis Samuel have been able to more consistently separate from defensive backs this season than Kelvin Benjamin and whoever else was healthy in the past. Cam has been throwing into fewer tight windows (defined as throws where there is a defender within a yard of the receiver when the ball arrives, down from 20.5% to 17.7% through six games). Having more confidence in receivers to get open can also allow the team to contribute more players to pass protection.Where there is absolutely room for improvement in the passing game is on third and long. A nine percent conversion rate is unquestionably atrocious, but probably looks worse for Newton on paper than on tape. There may be some predictable playcalling/routes Womens Mike Adams Jersey , but Cam’s passing numbers on third and eight or longer (4/16 with just one first down and two interceptions) are so out of step with his performance on other down and distance situations that I expect some regression to the mean (read: improvement) as the season progresses.The run gameCoaches like to say that a good running game opens up the pass, and would likely argue that success in the running game runs hand in hand with success in the passing game. Regardless of where the causality arrow points, the Carolina offense has generally been very successful running the ball (6.3 yards per carry on first down, best in the league through six games). Having an athlete like Cam Newton at quarterback helps a team’s run game, but another important factor is deciding when to run the ball.Last season, Jonathan Stewart averaged 3.4 yards per carry, running into a heavy box on an unbelievable 51% of his carries. It rarely felt like he got a handoff without someone already in the backfield. Through six games this season, Christian McCaffrey averaged 4.8 yards per carry, running into a stacked box (containing eight or more defenders) just 18% of the time, compared to 3.7 and 21% last season. He’s looking like a premier threat with the ball in his hands, but a lot of his success is due to excellent blocking. The O-line allowed 3.5 yards per carry before contact through six games. That’s unbelievable considering the number of injuries they’ve suffered. The starting LT was signed off the street in week 2!The prognosisThere’s a lot more that can be said to describe this team’s offense, but suffice it to say that statistically, the offense is an efficient unit capable of grinding out first downs. The running game is strong and Cam Newton is having an excellent season throwing the ball; that combination should give defensive coordinators sleepless nights. Unfortunately, we don’t always see the most potent version of the offense until the coaches are forced to bring it out. The Panthers have finally put together an offense that’s brimming with players who excel with the ball in their hands and paired it with a scheme that caters to the unique talents of their franchise quarterback. As long as the O-line can continue to play at a high level, the only thing that’s really missing from the offense is explosive plays in the passing game. As the coaches figure out how to get Curtis Samuel and DJ Moore more involved, we can hope for more big plays after the catch; how long has it been since that was an honest thought in Carolina?The Ravens showed what the offense is capable of when they come out hungry and what can happen when they stay hungry for 60 minutes. Baltimore’s excellent defense had a hard time dealing with everything the Carolina offense brought to the table, but I’m skeptical whether that means this Panthers team has turned a corner. Carolina’s offense had a great game this weekend, but projecting the same dominance going forward would be to ignore the flaws that held the team back at times in the first six games. Every offense will struggle at times. Special offenses always feel dangerous, even when they’re not having success. This Panthers offense has the potential to be one of those special units, but they have to keep improving in order to get there.
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