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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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