Cory Schneider made 23 saves for New Jersey.

Limited Youth Stefen Wisniewski Jersey The Devils took a 1-0 lead 6:28 into the game when Gibbons flipped the puck from the side of the net and it bounced off Noesen’s facemask and past Johnson.

Hischier notched his first assist on Gibbons’ goal that made it 2-0 with 1:04 left in the first period. Hischier carried the puck behind the net, maneuvered away from Sabres defenseman Marco Scandella and fed Gibbons for a one-timer from the slot.

Kane put Buffalo on the board on a power play 5:02 into the second period. Kane got a partial breakaway after poking the puck past New Jersey’s Steven Santini and slid a shot around Schneider.

Varlamov is also off to a good start after missing the final 40 games last season following hip surgery.

It gives you confidence and brings confidence to the team, he said.

Tuukka Rask made 19 saves for the Bruins.

Boston coach Bruce Cassidy saw some mistakes from his young players that led to an early 2-0 hole, but he was most disappointed with the overall effort.

The core group that we rely on — it just wasn’t a good effort, he said. I put myself in that category.

We’re supposed to be ready to play at home, especially after having a couple of days off. That was the biggest disappointment to me. Things aren’t going to go your way some nights. To not have the energy to sustain it get yourself back in the game is disappointing.

Ron Jaworski Game Jersey The similarities between father and son are striking, and not just statistically.

I’ve never competed against Chase, but I watched him very closely. I admire how well he handles a race car and how little he takes from other competitors he competes against, like Mark Martin did or Terry Labonte.

Mostly he reminds me of his dad, who drove with the precision of a surgeon, demonstrating a sixth sense of exactly where his car needed to be all around the racetrack and an ability to place it there.

Packers: Rookie CB Kevin King left with a concussion in the first half.

He had a big hit on Elliott on a screen pass on the first play of the game.

Cowboys: Rookie CB Chidobe Awuzie, who was playing safety as well, left with an injured hamstring for the second time this season. It was his first game back after missing two games by aggravating the injury in Denver. He had hamstring issues throughout training camp.

Eagles tight end Zach Ertz continues to take the 2017 season by storm. He entered Week 5 as the leading TE in receptions and yards, and added to his strong start with 6 catches, 61 yards and a TD against Arizona. Expect him to remain Carson Wentz’s go-to target.

It’s not surprising that Chris Thompson has been a big weapon for Washington through Week 5. He’s an underrated, but always improving third-down back. But he’s still been their most surprising player from a fantasy perspective, with a team-best 73.7 points so far. It helps that TE Jordan Reed hasn’t been healthy and that neither Terrelle Pryor nor Josh Doctson has been consistent. Still, credit Thompson for emerging as a big-play guy.

Whether fair or unfair, we measure quarterbacks and coaches differently in the (voting) room if they’ve won a championship. Eli has two but you look at the rest of the resume and it’s pretty ordinary. Plus, two Super Bowls aren’t going to automatically get you in the Hall.

Jim Plunkett has two and he’s not in. George Seifert, Jimmy Johnson, Tom Flores and Mike Shanahan won two Super Bowls as coaches and they’re not in the Hall, either. I think there’s got to be more than that.
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Kids Andrew Norwell Jersey It’s very likely I would vote for Eli because he won two Super Bowls. As for Rivers, I’d have to sit back and look at his numbers, but I’d have to give him some pretty good run because I’m a little sensitive to great quarterbacks that don’t win the big one.

What’s your top upset pick for Week 5?

We all know about quarterback Derek Carr being out for two to six weeks with a transverse process fracture in his back and that rookie cornerback Gareon Conley is still working through a shin injury. But right guard Gabe Jackson sitting out practice with a foot issue on Wednesday was a surprise, as was defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. missing with a back injury. Jackson worked in a rehab pool with Carr on Wednesday, and Edwards has had an issue with injuries in his brief career. Some good news? Receiver Michael Crabtree returned to practice after missing last week’s loss at Denver with a chest injury. — Paul Gutierrez

Our NFL Insiders predict Week 5’s biggest upsets and fantasy flops and sleepers. Plus: Should you buy the Bills or Rams as legit playoff contenders? Which 0-4 team will get its first win? And what’s with the AFC South?

Matt Bowen, NFL writer: Texans over Chiefs. The script shouldn’t change much with quarterback Deshaun Watson and that Houston game plan. Throw the quick game, use play-pass concepts and feed the ball to DeAndre Hopkins. And the Texans can move Hopkins to multiple alignments to get the best matchups against the Chiefs secondary. But I’m also looking at Watson’s ability to make off-schedule plays. That’s key against an aggressive Kansas City defense. Get to the edge of the pocket, extend plays and attack the middle of the field. Paired with a Houston defensive front that can pressure Alex Smith, I like the Texans at home to knock off the NFL’s only undefeated squad.steelers_122

Fitzgerald wasn’t concerned with statistics or records.

After having a long injury list early in the season, the Texans have been able to stay relatively healthy. Guard Greg Mancz, who injured his knee against the Patriots in Week 3, returned to practice Wednesday, and coach Bill O’Brien said Mancz has a chance to play Sunday against the Chiefs. Mancz played at right guard in place of an injured Jeff Allen in Weeks 2 and 3. — Sarah Barshop

Moore: It was one of those where they practiced it and screwed it up in practice. Finally, by the end [of the week] of practice, they had finally gotten it right. So it turned out they were in that exact play in that situation, and Deshazor was ready for it and jumped out.

Texas A&M center Patrick Lewis: My head was actually down. I was kind of praying and I picked my head up at the last minute and I saw him jump the route, and it just went ecstatic from there. Like a joy you never felt before.

Veteran wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who has a touchdown reception in each of the last two games, is still playing at a high level at age 34. Fitzgerald’s 19-yard touchdown catch in overtime gave the Cardinals a three-point win over the 49ers.
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He’s the best I’ve ever seen and I’ve seen some really good ones, Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer told

After the overtime win, Fitzgerald wasn’t concerned with statistics or records.
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There’s games that you have opportunities and things are going to come your way and you’re going to make some plays, Fitzgerald told I’ve played over 200 games now and there’s always going to be highs and lows.

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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