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Ranking the NFL’s best, worst offensive lines

Oct
29

The impact that blocking has on offensive performance cannot be overstated. Over a decade of research I’ve done in measuring run blocking indicates that ball carriers are four to five times more productive on plays with good run blocking versus plays with bad run blocking. The passing game also displays a huge disparity, as quarterbacks are roughly three times as productive on a yards-per-dropback basis with a clean pass pocket as they are on dropbacks when pass-rush pressure is impacting the pocket.

Ben Roethlisberger’s third-and-2 pass at his own 49 yard line looked like a sure interception. Instead, it bounced through Phillip Gaines’ hands, off his facemask, and to Antonio Brown.

Adrian Peterson, RB, Cardinals: What a debut! Peterson’s 25.4 fantasy points were an extraordinarily rare feat for a player who switched teams in-season. They were the second-most by such a player in his debut for his new squad since Howard Hopalong Cassady managed 25.3 non-PPR and 33.3 PPR fantasy points in his Philadelphia Eagles debut in 1962 Week 6, and they represented only the second-best non-PPR and fourth-best PPR performance worth at least 20 among running backs in a debut for a new team after changing uniforms in-season. Peterson also received 26 rushing attempts, his most since 2015 Week 12 (29), as the Cardinals made it clear they regard him their featured back. His 22.8 percent start rate this week is sure to soar in Week 7, when he gets a much more cozy matchup against the Los Angeles Rams.
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Carson Wentz sets career high with 3 passing TDs … in one quarter

Oct
26

Carson Wentz had started 20 NFL games in his career and never thrown for more than two touchdowns. On Sunday, he carved up the Cardinals for 121 passing yards and three TDs … in the first quarter alone.

The second-year passer has the Eagles rolling at home. Strikes to Torrey Smith, Zach Ertz, and Trey Burton have given Philadelphia a 21-0 lead through the game’s first 15 minutes. It’s still early, but Wentz’s performance has earned him a perfect 158.3 passer rating through one quarter.

“I’ll be lying to you to say that I didn’t want a change of scenery after four weeks of seeing how things played out,” Peterson said in his first press conference with the Cardinals.

“It’s been so many ups and downs, lefts and rights, that you don’t really know what’s coming up next,” Elliott said. “You just got to take it day by day and be ready for whatever is going to be needed.”

He had a conversation with coach Jason Garrett after the ruling was announced. Several teammates said they were glad to learn Elliott will be back, even if it might just temporary.

“It’s great to have him back,” quarterback Dak Prescott said. “Any chance we get with him in the backfield we’re going to take it. It’s an exciting week. If he’s playing, we’re obviously happy to have him.”

The Saints had held a team 10 or more points below its season average only twice in 48 tries between 2014-2016. The last time they managed to even hold two consecutive teams below their average — even by a tenth of a point — was in October 2014, and even that required Aaron Rodgers to limp through most of a 44-23 Saints win over the Packers because of a hamstring injury.
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For the game, Dallas won 58 percent of the faceoffs, led by Spezza going 13 for 16.

Oct
24

The Stars have totaled 119 shots in their first three games but managed only seven goals — including two each by Klingberg, Seguin and Janmark.

The Buccaneers’ offense, with all its pieces back, still looks like a work in progress. The Bucs will be very dangerous if they all get it together, but it’s anyone’s guess when that will be. This week is a good chance — it’s still mildly stunning how completely the Eagles picked the Cardinals apart last week. That’s not on the missing David Johnson or the hit-and-miss Carson Palmer. To be fair, though, if newly-arrived Adrian Peterson does a reasonable impression of his former self, the Cardinals’ defense will benefit as much as the offense.

The Bucs are inconsistent again, primarily based on the up-and-down play of Jameis Winston. Even on a long week, this is a difficult long trip to make to the desert. Adrian Peterson won’t outrush Doug Martin, but Arizona will hit a home run late to win a passing duel between Winston and Carson Palmer.

One of the revelations of the new season for the Devils has been left winger Jesper Bratt, a sixth-round pick (No. 162 overall) in the 2016 draft. He is the first player in franchise history to have five points in his first two games. The 19-year-old Swede has three goals and two assists in his first season playing in North America.

He has, at least for now, overshadowed 18-year-old Swiss center Nico Hischier, the first pick overall in this year’s draft, who picked up his first NHL point, an assist, in the game against the Sabres.

“We came into this year saying that the last couple of years wasn’t good enough,” Hynes said. “It doesn’t matter who you are, older guy, younger guy, high draft, low draft, free agent, tryout player, we’re going to play the best guys. We want guys who are going to come in and help turn this thing around.”
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Cubs send Arrieta to mound seeking clincher vs. Nats

Oct
21

Jake Arrieta has pitched in his share of big games for the Chicago Cubs, and Game 4 of the National League Division Series against the Washington Nationals on Tuesday will be no different.

Lue offers praise for Green the person, as much as he does for Green the player — a 6-foot-9, 235-pound swingman with perhaps the most chiseled body on the Cavs, James included.

“I always talk about, if I had a daughter, he’d be the guy I’d want her to bring home because he’s a great guy, great person,” Lue said.

“This season, being down 0-2, it was a huge game for us,” Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne said. “Good start to the game and then let it slip a little bit and then a huge comeback. I feel like we’ve done that many times. It’s a pretty hard way to play. Emotionally and everything, it was a big win for us.”

As usual when a season ends, Farrell addressed his players in the clubhouse when they came off the field, thanking them for their effort throughout the season. It’s a standard speech, a bookend to his annual talk before the first full-squad workout in spring training.

Dombrowski could use the latest playoff defeat as a reason to hire a manager of his choice. He inherited Farrell upon taking over late in the 2015 season.

An energy that builds into delirium if Curry or Thompson drains a 3-pointer to cap a run. For as tedious as preseason basketball games can be at times, Curry and his teammates understood they had a responsibility to put on a show during their time here. At times, these games had the kind of energy you’d see during a big regular-season game, not one at the beginning of October.
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LeBron James scores 17 in new-look Cavs’ preseason loss to Bulls

Oct
18

After missing Cleveland’s first three games of the preseason with a sprained left ankle, LeBron James made his debut Tuesday in the Cavaliers’ 108-94 loss to the Chicago Bulls.

James, who had been sidelined for nearly two weeks after stepping on rookie teammate Cedi Osman’s foot on the second day of training camp, tallied 17 points in the loss.

The first was Scottie Upshall’s short-handed semi-breakaway eight minutes into the second, and the other was Schwartz’s drive from the left circle with 8:51 left, both of which were stopped by Lundqvist.

After their worst season since moving to Denver in 1995, the Colorado Avalanche have started this campaign winning two of their first three on the road.

The team isn’t getting overly excited. After all, Colorado started 2016-17 with a 3-1-0 record before losing 59 of their last 78 games.

The difference this year could be a healthy Semyon Varlamov. The Russian goaltender, coming off double hip surgery in January, is 2-0, including a 4-0 shutout of the Boston Bruins on Monday afternoon. They will likely get a shot at revenge on Varlamov when the teams meet Wednesday night for Colorado’s home opener.

If Varlamov plays close to how he did in Boston, the Avalanche have a great chance to match last year’s quick start.

“Do I think that certain owners have blocked teams from visits or interest? I do, I do believe that,” Schefter said on ESPN Radio’s “Mike and Mike” show. “And I think that there has been more interest in him from the coaching and front office level than there has been at the ownership level. So it was always going to take a unique opportunity for him to be brought in, in the right place, at the right spot, at the right time.”tigers_001

Jones was unaware of their actions when asked after the game.

Oct
15

New York Giants (11:45 a.m.): With Paul Perkins out, the Giants will be going with the tandem of Orleans Darkwa and Wayne Gallman at running back. Neither is a lock to end up as the team’s primary ball carrier, but whoever steps up first may well end up with the job going forward.

Mike Williams (9 a.m.): It’s always important to read reports carefully, especially on Sunday mornings. ESPN’s Adam Schefter writes that Williams, the No. 1 draft pick for the Chargers, will make his debut next week. However, because this report is coming out today, there may be some confusion for those who don’t read carefully. Williams (back) is still out for today’s Week 5 action. This has not changed.

According to the Dallas Morning News, Cowboys defensive ends Damontre Moore and David Irving raised their fists at the end of the anthem before Sunday’s game against the Packers.

“We as a team are very much on the page together,” Jones said. “We made our expression. I’m very supportive of the team, but under no circumstances will the Dallas Cowboys — I don’t care what happens — under no circumstances will we as an organization, coaches, players, not support and stand and recognize and honor the flag. Period.”

George Atallah, assistant executive director of external affairs at the NFL Players Association, tweeted a statement from the union on players’ constitutional rights Sunday night.x (13)

He was originally declared questionable to return with a knee injury before being downgraded to out.

Oct
13

Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Cincinnati Bengals: Kirkpatrick left the field in the first quarter and was attended to by the Bengals’ training staff. The club originally indicated that he was questionable to return with a shoulder injury, but he was later downgraded to out.

Charles Clay, TE, Buffalo Bills: Clay was helped to the medical tent on the sideline with help from two trainers under each arm late in the first quarter and was subsequently carted off to the locker room. Clay caught a 24-yard pass from Tyrod Taylor and then took a hit to his left leg from Bengals safety Shawn Williams, causing Clay to fall over on the sideline in pain. He was originally declared questionable to return with a knee injury before being downgraded to out.

Yeah, I know the Lions were in the 2016 playoffs, but not long enough that you didn’t have to think about it to be sure, right? And the Panthers took last season off from the playoffs, after reaching the Super Bowl the year before. Both teams are trying to muscle their way into NFC title contention in 2017. It was Carolina that took another step in that direction on Sunday.

The Rams jumped out and all over Seattle early, but the Seahawks hung around and soon began to take control — and the ball — away from L.A.
“We’ve got to find ways to keep maximizing our opportunities,” said winning quarterback Cam Newton, who was a dazzling 26-for-33 for 355 yards and three touchdowns in Carolina’s 27-24 victory.x (8)

Jay Cutler wants absolutely no part of the Dolphins’ decision to run the wildcat

Oct
10

Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler does not appear to be a fan of the wildcat offense.

When the Dolphins decided to run a little wildcat against the Saints on Sunday, Cutler, lined up at wide receiver didn’t move.

Coleman saw plenty of the field once Jeremy Lane left with a hip injury and was one of the reasons Brissett managed just 15 passing yards in the second half and this costly turnover.

With Doug Baldwin nursing an injured groin, reciever Tyler Lockett stepped up with a team-high 67 reciving and 22 rushing yards. The Seahawks (2-2) also got a TD from backup tight end Luke Willson.

“We sustained, we got some third downs and were able to make a couple plays here and there,” Wilson told NBC Sports after the game. “I thought the line did a great job. A couple of those sacks were on me and I thought we continued to battle.

“How about the defense? They were great all night and that allows us to make some plays and break this thing open.”

Despite the blowout win, the Seahawks still have a lot of questions remaining on offense, especially with the mounting injuries but the team’s “next man up” mantra should play dividends as the season rolls along.
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Andrew Luck could practice Wednesday, Chuck Pagano says

Oct
07

Colts quarterback Andrew Luck could practice for the first time this season as early as Wednesday.

Coach Chuck Pagano said Monday he’ll have a better idea of Luck’s availability on Wednesday, which is the next time the team will practice.

“Andrew is progressing well, getting stronger and there might be chance,” Pagano said. “He might be able to start some practice this week, but I’m not guaranteeing nothing, so don’t write anything. There’s a possibility.

“When our doctors and our trainers tell me that he’s at a point where he can get back out there to begin to practice, then I’ll be able to tell you for sure. He’s doing well.”

The Giants receiver was a limited participant in practice Thursday and Friday, his first time on the practice field since injuring his ankle Aug. 21 in a preseason game. Beckham told reporters Thursday he’s dealing with a six-to-eight week injury timetable, which would still put him a couple of weeks away.

While Beckham will be a game-time decision for the Giants, coach Ben McAdoo doesn’t want to rush him back into action.

“The biggest thing is, you don’t want to put a player out there that is going to do any harm to himself or injure himself any more than he is,” McAdoo told reporters Saturday. “It is an injury. It’s a tough injury. He’s fighting through it and doing everything he can to get back, but we’re going to be smart with him.”
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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)