Eli Manning implores critics to ‘take a breath’ after Giants’ poor offensive output

Elite Vance McDonald Jersey Eli Manning isn’t panicking after the Giants’ 19-3 loss to the Cowboys Sunday night. He took a page out of Aaron Rodgers’ book and told the media to chill out. It’s just Week 1 after all.

Limited Darcy Tucker Jersey We’ll bounce back, he said told reporters Wednesday. We just need to slow down, everybody take a breath.

The Giants defeated the Cowboys twice last season despite the fact Dallas lost just three regular-season games. Sunday night the Giants didn’t look like they could beat anyone, much less a Cowboys team which is a favorite to win the NFC East.

New York scored just three points without Odell Beckham Jr., amassed 233 total yards, and saw their new, shiny receiver Brandon Marshall catch just one ball late when the game was already over. The panic is understandable, but it’s early and Manning is cautiously optimistic the team will improve.

Von Miller, Denver Broncos linebacker: Me and my teammates, we felt like, we felt like President Trump’s speech was an assault on our most cherished right — freedom of speech. So, collectively we felt like we had to do something before this game. … I have a huge respect for the military and for the protective services — I’ve been to Afghanistan, met real-life super heroes, it wasn’t any disrespect to them, it was for my brothers that have been attacked for things that they do during the game and I felt like I had to join them on this one. Miller was one of 32 Broncos players who knelt during the anthem.

Richard Sherman, Seattle Seahawks cornerback: As a team, we wanted to do our best to not ostracize our guys, any of our individuals, allow them to feel welcomed and not really make them uncomfortable. That’s the worst thing you could do as a teammate is put your teammate in an uncomfortable position.

The Falcons make their regular season debut in Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Authentic Youth Ryan Garbutt Jersey Against the Packers, too. Mercedes-Benz Stadium is a beautiful work of architecture that’s home to the Falcons, Atlanta United, and Alabama football at least once a year for the SEC Championship game. It’s the newest stadium in the NFL, and it’s getting a grand debut as the Falcons welcome Green Bay.

The last time the two teams played was in Atlanta at the Georgia Dome, where the Falcons put a beating on the Packers in the NFC Championship Game following the 2016 season. This year, both teams are expected to contend for the NFC title again, and we’ll have a great matchup to end the Week 2 Sunday slate. The Packers are going to hope it goes better than last time.

Jackson is a 6’3, 212-pound passer who can effortlessly launch balls with flicks of the wrist. Did you not see the gif earlier? Here have another:

He added size in his lower half during the 2017 offseason and is absolutely a quarterback. Being able to run and make the dazzling plays that earned Jackson a Heisman Trophy in 2016 is not a disqualifier for the position.
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There’s a long history of implicit bias in football with players at many levels still placed — intentionally or otherwise — along racial divides.

There is evidence that various levels of football still practice ‘stacking,’ placing athletes in certain positions based on racial stereotypes, SB Nation’s Tyler Tynes wrote in 2016. Most commonly: white men are pushed into alleged ‘authoritarian’ or ‘thinking’ roles (quarterback, offensive line, middle linebacker), where black men are pigeonholed to ‘athletic’ roles (receivers, cornerbacks, running backs).

It wasn’t that long ago that ESPN’s Todd McShay said Robert Griffin III would be a fourth-round wide receiver. Attempting to do the same with Jackson would be just as misguided.

Lamar Jackson is a quarterback, ladies and gentlemen.

Kenny Stills celebrates a TD vs. the Chargers with LaDainian Tomlinson’s signature move

Kenny Stills got his first grab of the 2017 season against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 2, and paid homage to one of his opponents’ all-time greats with his touchdown celebration.

Stills channeled Hall of Fame running back LaDainian Tomlinson following his 29-yard grab.

Stills grew up in Carlsbad, Calif. — not too far from San Diego, where Tomlinson spent most of his NFL career with the Chargers.

Tomlinson was also there to see the celebration in person after he was honored by the team at halftime when he received his Hall of Fame ring. Immediately after the touchdown, Tomlinson was coincidentally interviewed by the CBS crew who asked him what he thought about the celebration.

“He almost did it better than me, but not quite,” Tomlinson said.

I’m going to have to agree with Tomlinson on that one, although it was a solid effort by Stills.

This time, Mississippi State lost some talent off of the ‘14 squad and welcomed in the eventual national champions. Dak actually played well considering the circumstances, but he didn’t receive any help.

After the defeat to Alabama, Dak probably had his best career game on the collegiate level. He tore up Arkansas’ defense to the tune of more than 500 yards of offense and seven total touchdowns. He was absolutely remarkable on that chilly night in Fayetteville.

Before Sunday, the consensus was that this was Dak’s worst game of his professional career. I’d say it definitely is. Dak led the Cowboys’ eleven game-winning streak up to New York for a battle against the Giants. The Giants dominated Dak.nike_broncos_2626

Packers vs. Falcons odds 2017: Atlanta small favorite in NFC championship rematch

The Atlanta Falcons are 7-0 straight up and 5-2 against the spread in their last seven games as a betting favorite. The Falcons are favored in this Sunday night’s rematch of last year’s NFC Championship Game against the Green Bay Packers.

Atlanta is a 3-point home betting favorite at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. In the NFC Championship Game last season in Atlanta, the Falcons won 44-21, easily covering the Tobias Enstrom Womens Jersey spread as 6.5-point favorites.

Coming off a 13-6 SU and 12-7 ATS campaign in 2016, the biggest Authentic Michael Frolik Jersey concern around this year’s Falcons squad is whether or not the team can avoid a Super Bowl hangover after last year’s big collapse against New England.

Atlanta didn’t look particularly sharp in last Sunday’s 23-17 road win over Chicago, but a goal line stand in the closing moments got the Falcons’ season off on the right foot with a win. A victory over a much stronger opponent this week would be an even bigger statement.

The Falcons have enjoyed strong starts in recent seasons with a 6-1 SU and 5-2 ATS record in their last seven games played in September. Atlanta has fared particularly well in Week 2, going 7-1 SU and ATS in its last eight Week 2 games per the OddsShark NFL Database.

Brady served a four-game suspension to start the 2016 season for his role in the Deflategate controversy. The league announced Brady’s suspension on May 11, 2015, and the NFLPA filed an appeal on Brady’s behalf on May 14. The appeal was set for June 23, and Goodell announced that he would uphold the suspension on June 28.

Brady filed a federal lawsuit, and nearly a year later the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals eventually determined Goodell did have the authority to issue the suspension. Brady announced on July 15, 2016 that he would accept the suspension and not take the case to the Supreme Court.

The transition has paid off for the Texas-El Paso alum, as he has been a force on both defense and special teams.

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He had two sacks against the Cardinals two weeks ago, a monster blocked punt that led to a safety against the Titans last week, and he pushed around some of the Browns’ offensive lineman like small children this week. He also has racked up three quarterback hits, two tackles for loss, a pass deflection and five total tackles in August.

Whether it’s landing those final roster spots, getting on the 10-man practice squad or putting something on film to get a job with another team, these games prove the preseason isn’t completely meaningless. NFL exhibitions every year give us at least one diamond in the rough (sometimes more), and that’s the case with the Bears in 2017.

Down three points, Rivers led the Chargers on a two-minute drill to the Broncos’ 26-yard line with two seconds remaining, setting up a potential game-tying field goal from kicker Younghoe Koo. Broncos head coach Vance Joseph iced the rookie kicker with a timeout, then enjoyed his first career NFL coaching win as Shelby Harris blocked the second attempt to seal the 24-21 victory.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell does not want to hear that his unpredictable, exciting football league that’s trying to rebound from declining TV ratings enters the season with a foregone conclusion. Even the Golden State Warriors are jealous of how much of a stone-cold, lead pipe lock the Patriots are as reigning champions in 2017.

The best NFL coach ever and the best NFL quarterback ever just finished another season at the top of their games.

Limited Womens Braxton Miller Jersey Seriously: How can anybody compete with that, especially after the Patriots got even better?

Really, the only mystery about another Patriots championship run is whether both Brady and Belichick will be back for more fun in 2018. Until either retires, there’s no end, and there’s no hope for the rest of the NFL.

Some Giants thought they did get the play off.

Yeah, Denver is a tough place to win, but so is Arizona, where the Cowboys play next Monday night. And so are Atlanta and Oakland, where they play later this season. The Giants have to go to Tampa, Denver, Oakland and Arizona. The Eagles have road games in Carolina and Seattle and two in faraway Los Angeles. Washington has to go to Kansas City, Seattle and back to L.A.

Authentic Youth J.J. Watt Jersey The Cowboys looked as bad Sunday as they have at any point in the still-nascent Elliott/Dak Prescott era. They won’t look that bad every week. Their underlying offensive fundamentals are as strong as they were in 2016. But they played only three games against top-10 defenses last season — two against the Giants and one against the Vikings — and they went 1-2 in those games. Sunday showed the sledding will be tougher in 2017.

Weston [Richburg] told me when he snapped it he thought there was still a second on the clock, offensive lineman Justin Pugh said of the Giants’ center. He’s looking right at it as he’s getting ready to snap it.

I’ve got to call a timeout or get it snapped, Manning said. Any time there’s a delay of game, it’s on the quarterback and [I] can’t afford to not get it right there.
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It was the Giants’ second penalty after getting to a first-and-goal from the 1-yard line earlier in the drive. It epitomized their offensive struggles this season.

I think if we score there it changes the dynamic of the game, Pugh said.

Instead it was the last time the Giants would score in the contest. They’re now 0-2 and have scored a total of 13 points in two games.

Manning might not be the problem, but he’s undoubtedly part of the problem. Nobody on the Giants’ offense has played well enough the first two weeks of the season.

Bill O’Brien undecided on who’ll start for Texans at quarterback

Texans coach Bill O’Brien said Monday he isn’t sure who will start at quarterback for his team Thursday against the Bengals.

Tom Savage was benched in favor of rookie Deshaun Watson during Sunday’s 29-7 loss to the Jaguars.

O’Brien said Monday the quarterback decision will be a tough one, but he will do what’s best for the team.

“One thing I said to him was, ‘Hey, let’s run this inside zone.’ And we came out, and we ran that,” Peterson said, via ESPN . “There’s no conflict. Let’s not try to spin it like there is.”

A U.S. District Court judge will make a decision Friday as to whether Elliott will be granted a temporary restraining order, which would freeze the suspension. Both the NFL and union are making other legal moves, too.

The Cowboys have been practicing the entire summer with Elliott as if he would play in Week 1. In fact, Garrett previously said Elliott will be practicing with the team until the NFL prohibits him from doing so.

The other Jaguars pass-catcher who is bound for a beefed-up role because of the Allen Robinson injury is Hurns, the former undrafted free agent standout. Hurns led the team in targets and yards in Week 1, but it’s worth noting that if Jacksonville plays offense the way it would like to this year, Blake Bortles will attempt 30 or fewer passes per game (he had just 21 in Week 1). Hurns is an add in 12-team or larger leagues.

Whitehurst is another quarterback who is currently not on a roster

Siemian was serviceable in 2016, but ultimately couldn’t take advantage of one of the league’s elite defenses. Denver scored a meager 1.9 offensive touchdowns per game with the former seventh-round pick behind center, a mark that ranked 25th in the league. That appeared to have opened the door for Lynch, a higher-upside project with major questions to answer after finishing his Memphis career with a flourish, but Siemian is now the permanent winner of the starting job.

This is a bad look for Lynch, who joins a regrettable group if he sits out Week 1.

We thought Dak was the only nickname Prescott had, but according to Pro Football Reference, The Fortress is another.
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Whitehurst is another quarterback who is currently not on a roster — for football reasons, though. Whitehurst’s long brown hair has drawn comparisons to Jesus, and the clipboard he holds as a permanent backup just makes it even better. We hope some team would sign him, solely because we want to see this nickname stitched on an official NFL jersey.
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Martin hates this nickname, which is a shame because it’s an all-timer. As long as the XFL game isn’t one of the first three this season — he’s suspended after violating the league’s substance abuse policy — he’d have the opportunity to make Muscle Hamster one of the top-selling jerseys in league history.

49ers LB Reuben Foster suffers high ankle sprain vs. Panthers

Reuben Foster’s career with the San Francisco 49ers got off to a rocky start Sunday after an ankle injury resulted in the linebacker getting carted off the field against the Carolina Panthers. The team announced shortly after his departure that Foster was questionable to return, but later downgraded him to out.

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, it was a high ankle sprain for Foster, who is expected to miss time.

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The Texans traded up in this year’s draft to select the prolific passer out of Clemson. Watson has a dual-threat skills set, and he showcased a glimpse of his talents during Houston’s loss. He only completed 52 percent of his passes, but the offense was livelier and didn’t stall out quite as badly with Watson leading the huddle.

Watson capped off a 14-play, 75-yard drive with a four-yard touchdown pass to receiver DeAndre Hopkins in the third quarter. That touchdown pass cut sliced the Jaguars lead to 19-7, but the Texans’ defense couldn’t stop Leonard Fournette and the rest of Jacksonville’s offense. Watson finished with 102 passing yards to go along with a touchdown, an interception, and a pair of rushes for 16 yards.

What’s next? There’s no need for O’Brien to thrust Savage back into the starting lineup in Week 2 against the Cincinnati Bengals if Watson is healthy. Houston drafted Watson to be its future franchise quarterback. Well, based off of everything that happened Sunday, it looks like the future is now.

Valles did not survive the Bills final cutdown Saturday.

Some quick background: When Nike took over as the NFL’s uniform supplier in 2012, many people expected a wide-ranging makeover of the league’s look. That didn’t happen, but Nike did put one prominent mark on NFL jerseys: the Flywire collar. That’s the collar format with those annoying shiny bands, which have been a visual blight on the NFL landscape for five seasons now.

Flywire supposedly makes the collar area stronger or some such, but it’s really a Nike branding element — a way for Nike to say, “Hey, don’t forget that we made this jersey.” It has never been a mandatory uniform element, but 23 of the league’s 32 teams began using it in 2012, and 22 of them were still using it last season.

A practice squad player in 2016 with Buffalo Bills, Valles did not survive the Bills final cutdown Saturday.

The Daily News and ProPublica together won this year’s Pulitzer Prize in public service journalism for uncovering how authorities used an obscure law to evict hundreds of people, mostly poor minorities, from their homes. It was the Daily News’ 11th Pulitzer Prize, and the fifth during Zuckerman’s tenure.

But the paper has also contended with the troubles that have affected newspapers in general as readership and ad dollars have shifted online, without making up for the decline in print revenue. Total newspaper revenue fell 11 percent from 2012 to 2016 as average daily print circulation slipped 13 percent, according to a June report by the consulting and audit firm PwC. It added that while newspapers’ online advertising revenue has been increasing, other entities have captured much of the growth in digital ad dollars.sharks_154