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The Lions cruised to an easy 30-17 victory over the Packers at Lambeau Field on Monday night.

Dec
10

Detroit scored a touchdown on its opening drive and never looked back as it improved to 4-4 on the season.

Matthew Stafford threw for 361 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Lions, while Marvin Jones Jr. tallied 107 receiving yards and two scores. Golden Tate also added 113 receiving yards for Detroit.

If team management wasn’t overly concerned by his antics then, why should Burfict worry besides losing a paycheck if the NFL suspends him again for this latest escapade?

“Vontaze is one of those guys who’s very chippy,” Woodyard said. “He loves the game and he’s one of my favorite guys to watch. Unfortunately, he has to know the NFL is going to be looking at him and the referees are going to be keying on him.

At least the Dolphins got a taste of Tannehill in the preseason. Indianapolis didn’t even get that far with Andrew Luck. Despite public promises from team owner Jim Irsay, Luck never came close to re-entering the starting lineup this season as his recovery attempts from last January’s shoulder surgery fizzled. Luck is now reportedly seeking treatment methods in Europe in hopes of returning in 2018.

The Panthers are back to the basics under coach Ron Rivera. They run the ball, with Jonathan Stewart, Cam Newton, Christian McCaffrey, Cameron Artis-Payne, whoever. They stop the run just as well. It allows Newton to be in comfortable passing situations, while his counterpart has to drop back often against an attacking defense.

When they protect the ball with Newton, the Panthers fine. But they haven’t been great at forcing takeaways to facilitate their offense. Newton has been up and down based on level of opponent and time of game.
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Astros manager A.J. Hinch: Ken Giles ‘wasn’t surprised’ about losing closer role

Nov
10

If the Astros have a lead in the ninth inning Sunday night — and likely in any remaining game in the World Series — Ken Giles will stay put in the bullpen.

Giles offered little in the way of an explanation for his struggles other than to say he’s making “crappy pitches.” At this point, the hard-throwing right-hander’s confidence appears to be as broken as anything related to his mechanics or his pitch mix.

Hinch predicted that Giles will pitch again before the World Series is over. But he wouldn’t commit to using him in the closer role again.

Giles did not pitch in Game 5 on Sunday night, a 10-inning, 13-12 Dodgers win that put them up 3-2 in the series.

A grand jury returned a 10-count indictment against the 60-year-old Lawrenceville man on Tuesday, including charges of official misconduct and theft, more than a year after he was fired from the agency after the state’s investigation became public knowledge.

Bannon coached at Rutgers from 1997 through 2001, when he was fired after reports surfaced that he forced his players to strip their clothes off if they missed shots during free-throw shooting contests.

The indictment alleges Bannon ran the nonprofit Friends of Mercer County Parks on county time with county employees and used several schemes to divert funds. The Park Commission is a semi-autonomous public agency funded by the county.

Elliott was suspended by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in August following a year-long investigation into domestic violence allegations made by Tiffany Thompson, his former girlfriend. The league concluded he violated its personal conduct policy, which mandates a six-game suspension for first-time domestic violence violations. Elliott, 22, was never charged and has denied wrongdoing.
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Inconsistent Blazers visit Jazz

Nov
07

Becoming more efficient on offense is an ongoing quest for the Portland Trail Blazers.

Portland tried to rally in the second half but could not climb out the cavernous hole. In the end, the Blazers failed to eclipse 100 points for the first time all season.

Creating offense won’t be easy against Utah. The Jazz’s defense hasn’t lost a step from the level it reached a year ago.

Utah (4-3) gave Dallas fits for four quarters in a 104-89 win over the Mavericks on Monday. The Jazz forced 24 turnovers and turned them into 33 points. It helped counteract sizzling perimeter shooting from Dallas and break open a close game in the fourth quarter.

NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart said in a conference call Tuesday that no players are facing suspension for on-field actions in Week 8. A fine is still possible, however.

“That’s how it felt,” Peppers said of passing Doleman while shrugging his shoulders. “It’s nice. When I’m done, when I hang them up one day, I’ll look back, and I’ll be like, ‘Damn! That was pretty nice. That’s a pretty big accomplishment.’ But right now I’m in the midst of it, and I don’t have time to celebrate.

“Definitely, it does feel good. But we’ve got bigger things to handle right now, and that’s to get another win next week.”

The nine-time Pro Bowl selection has a team-leading 7.5 sacks in eight games, the second-fastest pace of his Hall of Fame career.

Peppers spent his first eight seasons with the Panthers before playing the 2010-13 seasons with the Bears and the next three seasons at Green Bay. He is Carolina’s all-time sack leader.
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Texans vs. Seahawks: Score, results, highlights from Week 8 game in Seattle

Nov
04

As Sunday’s Texans-Seahawks game in Seattle approached, storylines like Houston’s standing in the AFC South behind impressive rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson and Seattle’s quest to remain a power in the NFC behind Russell Wilson seemed secondary.

Then, despite the off-field noise, an instant classic played out on the field in Seattle, as the Seahawks edged the Texans for a 41-38 win.

Chicago was outplayed and lost as a consequence. But the NFL’s inability to simplify its definition of a catch is a source of consistent confusion and cost the Bears a touchdown in a crucial moment.

“STARTER” refers to each team’s No. 1 goaltender. Some teams have split starting duties, in which the starters are in “TIME-SHARE” arrangements. “BACKUP” refers to each team’s No. 2 goaltender. “INJURED” is a goaltender who is expected to miss time with an injury.

Wieberg, a former college football reporter for USA Today, usually travels to the meetings from Kansas City, Missouri, where he is a writer and editor in the public affairs department of the Kansas City Public Library.

He is the latest in a long line of committee members who have either missed meetings or stepped down entirely for health reasons. In October 2014, the first season of the playoff, Archie Manning resigned his position on the committee for health reasons before the group met for the first time. That year, Mike Tranghese also missed some time during his tenure for health reasons.

“Obviously with any kind of vascular issue you don’t want altitude. You don’t want people flying. … He’ll have to remain there (in New Orleans) for some time. He won’t be coming back to Chicago any time real soon,” Fox said.chargers_124

What problems does Jay Cutler present to Chargers? ‘None’ according to Melvin Ingram

Oct
04

Chargers defensive end Melvin Ingram is not worried about facing Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler on Sunday.

When asked after practice Thursday what kind of problems the former Bears’ QB presented the Chargers’ defense, Ingram was concise in his answer.

Bruce Arians earned AP Coach of the Year honors in 2012 as Indianapolis’s interim leader in the wake of Chuck Pagano’s cancer diagnosis. That success led him directly to Phoenix, where’s he’s coached the Cardinals through three good seasons and one mediocre one.

On Sunday, he’ll face the Colts for the second time as Arizona’s head coach, his first time coaching in Indianapolis since 2012. However, he won’t see his one-time quarterback, Andrew Luck, on the playing field.

Luck is currently recovering from offseason shoulder surgery and will not play for the second consecutive week. The Colts have been tight-lipped about Luck’s status, but they need him back as soon as he’s healthy. Scott Tolzien looked horrible as the starting quarterback in the Colts’ Week 1 loss to the Rams, so the Colts will turn to Jacoby Brissett in Week 2.

But Arians will at least get the opportunity to talk to Luck during pregame warmups. That’s not exciting, but it’s something to look forward to, right?b (18)

3 winners and 3 losers from the NFL’s reunion week

Sep
25

Most of the time, reunions leave us with a bittersweet feeling. Part regret, part nostalgia, and often a need to show how great we’re doing, thanks for asking. It probably wasn’t much different in the NFL during its unofficial reunion week.

On Sunday, bragging rights were on the line between head coaches and their former players, players with their one-time teams, and head coaches against their old teams.

And because there were no ties — although we did get our first overtime game of the season — we were only left with winners and losers from these handful of reunions.

Jason Garrett wasn’t happy, and blamed the poor performance on Prescott’s inability to make plays in the passing game.

“When they play that style of defense, you have to be able to consistently attack with the passing game,” Garrett said, according to the Dallas Morning News. “At different times today, I thought we were able to do that, and at other times we weren’t. We didn’t make the plays, for whatever reason.

“We really needed to have [consistent] success throwing the ball. We were not able to do that.”

Prescott agreed, saying there was “no excuse” for his play.

“I feel if I would have made some of those plays on the outside, I probably would have forced them to get in a zone more than their man coverage that they were in the majority of the night,” Prescott said. “Usually, that’s when our run game hits.

“If I made more plays, we give ourselves a chance in that game. I just simply didn’t make the plays.”
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Why NFL’s first London game 10 years ago was a messy success

Sep
20

It’s no surprise the NFL has found a home in London, a city with a decade of regular-season games in its past and a full-time franchise potentially in its future.

It’s also no surprise that the league found its way there in the first place, after a foundation had been laid by the developmental NFL Europe and years of preseason games starting with the Global Cup in 1983 and continuing with the American Bowl series.

What is a surprise is that the league ever decided to return to England after a bleak regular-season debut there 10 years ago.

As the NFL prepares to kick off its 2017 International Series with the first of four games in London — Sunday’s matchup between the Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium — the powers that be must be checking the precipitation percentages closely.

Stafford found Marvin Jones for a 27-yard touchdown in the first quarter and passed to Eric Ebron for a go-ahead 7-yarder in the second. Matt Prater added a 56-yard field goal just before halftime that bounced off the upright, helping the Lions to a 17-7 lead at the break.

Ezekiel Ansah had three sacks as Detroit joined Atlanta and Carolina as the only unbeaten teams in the NFC through Week 2. The Lions made the playoffs last season, but finished the year with four straight losses.

Beckham, a three-time Pro Bowler who missed the season opener, had four catches for 36 yards in limited action.

Manning threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Evan Engram on the first play of the second quarter, but the rookie tight end was called for unsportsmanlike conduct for a seemingly obscene gesture. It allowed the Lions to get the ball at the Giants 45 after the kickoff went out of bounds and Stafford drove them for a second score.
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