Did Raiders mock Seahawks with ‘Seattle’ audible call involving Marshawn Lynch?

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One of the most memorable NFL plays in recent memory is when the Seahawks threw the ball in the Super Bowl on the goal line instead of running with Marshawn Lynch. As we all know now, the play didn’t work out for Seattle to run, instead of pass.

Fast forward to today’s Raiders game against the Jets, and there may have been a callback to that play. As you should know, Marshawn Lynch is now with Oakland, and he was in the backfield for the Raiders on a goal-line situation.

Not having practiced until this week in Phillips’ 3-4 alignment, as opposed to the 4-3 defense the Rams previously ran, won’t be an issue for the three-time Pro Bowler, Phillips added.

When he goes in there, we tell him, ‘Go.’ It’s not real complicated for him. 鈥?he knows the defense pretty well already, Phillips said. There’s a few things that he had to clean up, but a lot of his play is one-on-one, beat the guy in front of you.

In an age when there are so many quality quarterbacks, starting two quarterbacks in leagues with 10 or fewer teams gives you an extra challenge, because you’ll have to dig all the way through the top 20-plus quarterbacks each week. Using a pair of starting QBs is a little problematic in leagues of 12 or more, because there is a max of 32 starting NFL quarterbacks each week — and even fewer during bye weeks.

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You can also go the other direction and add more players. Consider tacking on a couple of extra flex spots or use two tight ends or four wide receivers or even an Offensive Player Utility (OP, which includes any offensive position, including quarterback).

Wilson couldn’t get settled, and he finished with just 158 passing yards.

The Seahawks lost 17-9. They weren’t the only team that struggled because of line play.
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The Texans don’t want to pay their starting left tackle, Duane Brown, and he’s holding out. But the line’s performance in Houston’s 29-7 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars revealed just how much they need him. The Texans gave up 10 sacks and 11 quarterback hits against Jacksonville, and as a result the offense was abysmal.

Watson, just as he’s done in the past, was able to answer that big hit with his first career rushing touchdown.
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Dalton wasn’t happy with the game, and it showed, resulting in our first meme from Thursday Night Football:

It’s been said before all sports is played on a four-inch field between your ears. … It’s really important that we continue to help Andrew emotionally, mentally, get his confidence and his endorsement, deep down his rubber stamp (in) his heart of hearts because in the end that carries the biggest weight.

Maybe it was just Irsay rambling, trying to say nothing much and butchering some simple platitudes in the process. Or maybe Luck’s just being cautious here since the decision to play through the injury before has clearly aggravated the situation.

The Colts have been bad for Luck’s career. It took the team five years to fire general manager Ryan Grigson, who failed to build a team around his franchise quarterback. Just how bad the Colts are without Luck was apparent in last Sunday’s 46-9 loss to the Rams. Chris Ballard, the new GM, has to rebuild the team from the ground up.

You can also question the decision to hang onto Chuck Pagano as head coach. He hasn’t had much to work with, but his team looks consistently outmatched from week to week. Luck or not, they didn’t look at all ready to play in Week 1.

Blake Bortles slapped Allen Robinson’s left knee moments after he injured it

Allen Robinson had some serious misfortune Sunday afternoon in the Jaguars game against the Texans, injuring his left knee on his first reception. Robinson’s injury was so bad, that he was ruled out for the game.

Robinson is one of the best players in the Jacksonville offense, and is even more important when you consider that, well, Blake Bortles isn’t all that good. So when Robinson was down, Bortles ended up slapping the injured knee.

Prior to the injury, the 49ers defense was doing well against Carolina, but immediately following Foster’s exit, Cam Newton connected with Russell Shepard on a 40-yard touchdown pass.

What will the 49ers defense do if Foster misses time? Next on the depth chart behind Foster is Ray-Ray Armstrong, a veteran who spent his first two seasons with the Rams and Raiders before joining the 49ers late in his third NFL season in 2015.

He has five NFL starts under his belt, but none with San Francisco and probably isn’t going to be as effective as Foster would be in the role. If it’s a serious injury for the rookie, it’s a blow to a 49ers team that can’t afford many.

The NFL is pushing for more ethnic diversity in team management, which works against some GMs being re-hired. Only five teams have top personnel decision-makers who are black in a league in which roster composition is more than 70 percent African-American.

Polian said former GMs are included on the list of candidates compiled for teams each year by the NFL’s Advisory Board. Yet none of the league’s current second-chance GMs were hired via that route.nike_steelers_2063

Nelson was bound to play a larger percentage of snaps in Week 2

After scoring a pair of touchdowns in Week 1, Jesse James crashed back to earth with four catches for 27 yards and no scores against Minnesota on Sunday. Does this mean his Week 1 performance was a flash in the plan and he’s without fantasy value moving forward? I don’t think so. Despite the drop-off, James was on the field for all but two of the team’s 69 offensive snaps. He ran 30 of 37 possible pass routes and has been on the field for all but four of the Steelers’ pass plays this season. James has handled 19 percent of the team’s targets on the year and sits 12th in the league with a 1.5 OTD. He’s a fringe TE1 with big scoring upside.

With John Brown out, And, boy, did he deliver. He caught five of seven targets for 120 yards and a touchdown (he had another toe-tapping touchdown overturned). Nelson has legitimate track-star speed, but the volume was the best part of what we saw in Week 2. For as long as Brown is out, Nelson represents an upside play in your flex in leagues with 12 or more teams.
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Limited Andre Hal Jersey My outlook remains about the same as last week for Lee: He’s a usable flex play in 12-team PPR leagues or larger, but there’s not a ton of upside given that Jacksonville wants to be a ground-control offense that limits Blake Bortles’ attempts. But his 12 targets were a team high in Week 2, resulting in seven catches as Jacksonville picked up production in garbage time versus Tennessee.

It’s hard to separate Lee and Hurns much, as either could lead this team in receiving yards in a game. Hurns plucked a fourth-quarter touchdown versus Tennessee. Like Lee, I’m not overly excited about his outlook. If you are in a deeper league and need a flex, Hurns is an option to consider.

Michael Bennett celebrated a sack vs. 49ers with a raised fist

Michael Bennett sacked 49ers quarterback Brian Hoyer late in the first half. After sacking Hoyer, Bennett raised his fist in celebration.

It was the first sack celebration of note that mirrored anything close to the national anthem protests the NFL has seen since 2016.

Bennett has been sitting for the national anthem since the preseason started in August. He made headlines after he shared his account of abuse he experienced by Las Vegas police the night of the Mayweather-McGregor fight.

The sack is Bennett’s first on the afternoon, and gives him 2.5 on the young season.

The union also filed for a temporary restraining order that would allow Elliott to take the field while the legal process plays out. The NFL filed a motion to dismiss Elliott’s lawsuit on Tuesday, and the NFLPA filed a response shortly after, saying they will show at the hearing that the case meets the requirements for the court to act.

Elliott’s injunction temporarily blocked his suspension and gave him the chance to play out the season, and it could take months until there’s a ruling on the NFL’s appeal of the injunction.

Detroit leaned on running back Ameer Abdullah to Adrian Beltre Jersey drive inside the 30-yard line, then Stafford delivered a perfect deep pass to Jones, who used his size to jockey for inside positioning Cameron Jordan Youth Jersey to catch the ball. The Lions QB has completed 5 of 6 passes for 61 yards and a touchdown so far.

Lions 0, Giants 0: The Lions nearly took the lead on an Eli Manning fumble that the defense returned for a touchdown on New York’s first possession of the game, but video review showed Manning’s knee hit the ground before the ball was pried loose. The Giants then ran a draw on third-and-13 and punted from deep in their own end.

Jaguars prove there’s something different about 2017 team

For at least one week, there was a new NFL team in Florida.
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The Jaguars tweaked the name of their Twitter account to #Sacksonville following Sunday’s 29-7 season-opening upset of the Texans. The switch came after Jacksonville recorded a franchise-record 10 sacks, triggering Houston halftime quarterbacking and offensive line changes that still could not stop the onslaught.

Equally as impressive was a complementary performance by a Jaguars offense coming off a dreadful preseason. While his passing numbers weren’t impressive (11 of 21 for 125 yards with one touchdown), Blake Bortles did his part by not committing a turnover. The best thing Bortles did was hand off to Leonard Fournette. The No. 4 overall pick in this year’s draft rushed for 100 yards on 26 carries in his NFL debut behind an offensive line that kept Houston’s vaunted defense in check.

And among everybody who had played out of their minds in the opener, from Alex Smith to Kareem Hunt to Justin Houston, Berry had still stood out as the physical and emotional fulcrum.

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Motions can be used for a variety of different reasons.

The Bills play 13 games against teams with higher-rated starting QBs, tied with San Francisco for the seventh-highest total. But if their running game remains strong and their defense holds up, Tyrod Taylor has shown he can be efficient. Winning home games against Tampa Bay and Miami would push the Bills nearer to the .500 range in this projection.

Here’s an example in the NFC Championship of a motion by a fullback out wide, which the Packers adjust to by just shifting their corner outside to corner him. This is clearly zone coverage:

Motions can also be used for a variety of different reasons. When you motion a TE across, the defense might shift its strength and you’re able to get the right front of run a play against. Short motions, where a WR just motions to a stack position, are used to get better releases, and in man-to-man coverage for picking defenders.

McMahill said that at the time, the officer explained the situation to Bennett, and that Bennett said he had no problem with how the police handled it, except for having a gun pointed at his head. McMahill then showed a video of the police, in a line, searching the club. It was a chaotic scene, with many people running.

A video posted Wednesday by TMZ Sports shows a police officer putting handcuffs on Bennett. At one point in the video, Bennett is heard yelling to the officer: “I wasn’t doing nothing, man. I was here with my friends. They told us to get out; everybody ran. Can you answer my question, sir?”

He can’t possibly come close to causing Donald’s disruption, but the Rams are confident in their defensive line depth. “Whoever’s going to be playing that spot for [Donald] is going to do a good job,” Brockers said. “That’s what we expect.”

Referee explains controversial Kirk Cousins fumble ruling late in Eagles-Redskins game

Kirk Cousins had a bad game in Sunday’s home loss to the Eagles, but he had a chance to lead Washington on a game-winning touchdown drive with under two minutes to go in Teppo Numminen Youth Jersey fourth quarter until a controversial play derailed the Redskins’ chances.

Trailing 22-17 late, Cousins dropped back to pass and was hit by Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham, who knocked the ball out of Cousins’ hand as he was attempting to Darrius Heyward-Bey Jersey throw the ball. The football was scooped up by Fletcher Cox, who returned it for a touchdown, sealing an Eagles win.

White, who was expected to be the team’s No. 1 receiver this season after Chicago lost Cameron Meredith to a torn ACL during the preseason, managed just two receptions for 6 yards before exiting with the injury.

“My heart goes out to him,” Fox said, adding that White was “very discouraged and disappointed” after Sunday’s game.

White took to Twitter on Monday to share his frustration and thank those who offered their support.

White, 25, was selected with the No. 7 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. He missed his entire rookie season after suffering a stress fracture in his left tibia that required surgery in August 2015. In his attempt to make a comeback last year, he appeared in just four games before being ruled out the rest of the season with a spiral fracture in his left fibula and ankle ligament damage that required yet another surgery.

The Patriots will have to find a way to win without him in 2017.

I mean, the more I watched his film, the more I realized Rodgers isn’t just some fill-in type. That dude is nice running the rock. He has real good patience on zone plays and knows how to follow his blockers.

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But let me tell you, the most impressive thing to me about Rodgers’ film was that this guy, who is all of 5’6 and 205 pounds, liked to be the hammer rather than the nail when it comes to contact. As good as he was at making people miss, Rodgers also had no compunction about trying to run cats over on occasion, too.

Julian Edelman’s torn ACL takes away what has been a major component in Tom Brady’s offensive attack. Since 2001, the Patriots have relied heavily on a rangy slot receiver to act as the star quarterback’s safety blanket. When he’s needed clutch play, there’s always been a shifty, undersized, sure-handed wideout there to move the chains.

The tradition started with Troy Brown, blew up with Wes Welker, and has been in Edelman’s capable hands since 2013, when Welker signed with the Broncos. In those four years as a starter, he’s averaged 89 receptions, 957 yards, and five touchdowns despite appearing in fewer than 14 games per season (on average). He’s led his team in either catches or receiving yards every year but 2015, when he missed seven games due to injury.
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The Patriots will have to find a way to win without him in 2017. A torn ACL will force him to miss the entire upcoming season, taking one of Brady’s favorite targets off the table in his age-40 season. A quick look at the numbers shows New England has certainly benefited from the former seventh-round pick’s presence in the lineup.

Top daily fantasy football values for Week 1

This is always one of the most exciting times on the sports calendar, and this season is no different, with plenty of intrigue around the league and several entertaining matchups set for the opening week.

Marcus Mariota ($6,800 DraftKings, $7,800 FanDuel), Tennessee Titans vs. Oakland Raiders: One of my favorite quarterbacks to play the past two seasons has finally seen a jump in price commensurate with his talent level.

The Flywire collar has been particularly problematic for the Cowboys. At one point in 2014 and ’15, the bands within the collar turned blue, which the team attributed to laundry problems (additional photos and info here). Although the Cowboys eventually got that problem under control, it’s just as well that they’ve broken out the Flyswatter this season:

Week 1 is always one of the most difficult weeks. Last season, over 26 percent of Eliminator Challenge participants were knocked out in Week 1. Even though every team is available, it’s still too early to know exactly which teams are improved and which have regressed. And the schedule does us no favors.

Edwards ended up on a couch in Huntsville, Texas, living with two new teammates and trying to understand what “fixin’ to” meant. Long-snapper Ken Jones and linebacker Jesse Beauchamp showed him the ropes and introduced him to another outback. He discovered the American South, lived what he thought was going to be the “American Pie college experience,” tried barbecue, Aussie meets saucy.