Bears score touchdown on fake punt, and ‘Monday Night Football’ is suddenly fun

Monday Night Football was nigh unwatchable for most of the night, with the Minnesota Vikings holding a 3-2 halftime lead over the Chicago Bears. Things picked up in the second half when the Vikings finally scored a touchdown, and the Bears answered back with this beauty of a fake punt.

After pointing out the accuser’s false statement to police, Elliott’s attorneys added, the NFL’s own medical experts concluded that many of her injuries predated the week in question and likely occurred during a period of time when Mr. Elliott was not in contact with the accuser. During the upcoming weeks and through the appeal a slew of additional credible and controverting evidence will come to light.

Combined with a decrease in scoring, both Ty Montgomery and Aaron Jones are reduced to the flex discussion (though if one separates himself from the other, he would re-join the RB2 mix). Nelson should be valued as a top-15 receiver, whereas Davante Adams is more of a WR3. Randall Cobb and Martellus Bennett are best viewed as bench players for now, but we’ll obviously monitor the target shares of both with Brett Hundley under center and re-evaluate each week.
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Patriots center David Andrews provided us with a funny moment late in the first half against the Buccaneers.

Andrews had his helmet ripped off by Buccaneers defensive lineman Clinton McDonald (which obviously isn’t great) but turned around to look at the referee, looking for a flag.

As Andrews was looking for a flag, it hit him that the play was still going on, and he was about to attempt to make a block without his lid on.
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He was in full Where Is The Flag mode. That’s the look an angry customer gives trying to find the store manager.

So there is still a long, long way to go.

Pole’s authorities argue that it is not only a sport, but that it is a sport appropriate for all ages and audiences. The IPSF runs competitions for ages from 10 to 65.

But does a broad, global public agree? Olympic authorities may decide it would be more controversial than it is worth.
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The GAISF recognition lends weight to IPSF’s application for membership of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) – while pole dancing’s equivalent body in the UK, the British Federation for Pole Dancing, can now apply for national sports recognition through the Department for Digital, Culture and Sport.

And a bit of perspective can be gained by looking at what other bodies were given observer status by GAISF – among them the World Armwrestling Federation, the World Dodgeball Association, the International Union of Kettlebell Lifting and the International Table Soccer Federation.

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The Toronto Raptors’ DeMar DeRozan was furious, replying: You’re a clown for that tweet after a man gets hurt with a potential career ending injury! [Expletive] bigger then [sic] basketball!

How Bayless could miss the reaction of Hayward’s fellow players was rather mystifying. Dwyane Wade took a knee and put a hand to his face. Cavs players turned away and Celtics players huddled, with rookie Jayson Tatum putting his arms around Kyrie Irving.

A desire to figure this thing out might ultimately be the best bonding agent of all.

Ainge pointed out how, even after acquiring Thomas midseason during the 2014-15 campaign, the Celtics were able to jell quickly and surge to the playoffs in part because of how much the players on that team wanted to win. He feels a similar vibe with this group.

Game Womens Ryan Getzlaf Jersey Obviously, there was some talented players, but there was a hunger from each of the players that I think is sometimes underestimated, said Ainge. Obviously, it’s gonna take time for Brad to figure out who plays best with each other and so forth, but I think that enthusiasm, that excitement that each one of our players has right now is unique and special, and we have some very special, talented players. I think that can sometimes make up for the continuity.

Although I will say the longer they play together, the better they should get.

Paul Goldschmidt hit a two-run homer in the first inning and Brandon Drury added a pinch-hit, three-run shot in the seventh, but the Diamondbacks are on the brink of elimination after Robbie Ray and reliever Jimmie Sherfy couldn’t contain the Dodgers’ lineup.

Francona, from his vantage point in the dugout, noticed Kluber was sitting on his back side more than usual and seemed out of sorts mechanically. Kluber tried to work out the kinks with pitching coach Mickey Callaway in his between-starts side session, and he’s ready to try and rectify everything that went wrong in Game 1.

I didn’t pitch well, didn’t have good command, didn’t throw the ball where I wanted to,” Kluber said. So that’s kind of what it boils down to.”
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While there’s a natural inclination to think Kluber will be extra motivated to bounce back from a rare downer of a day, he never strays from his approach regardless of the circumstances. When the Indians lined up for the opening introductions before ALDS Game 1 and the home crowd cheered wildly for him, Kluber didn’t smile, tip his cap or change his expression one iota. It was a snap shot of the demeanor he shows around the park from the first day of spring training until the Indians clean out their lockers at the end.

I am picking them to miss the playoffs.

Gasol is almost 33, Conley is coming off a career year, and the Grizz have allowed a frightening number of opponent 3-point attempts for two seasons running. What happens if more of them go in? What happens if Memphis doesn’t break math and win a preposterous number of toss-up games for the zillionth straight season? The Grizzlies have rebuffed all calls about Gasol and Conley; does that change if they sink fast?

But they pull that close-game magic every season. It is in their basketball DNA. They will be rock solid on defense. Gasol and Conley wring something out of every half-court trip, and David Fizdale will have these guys busting it.

On paper, they are a lottery team.

This is a busy tier everywhere save for small forward, where we find Khris Middleton in a position to consume tons of minutes and touches as the complementary playmaker to Antetokounmpo. I’m guessing four names stick out most in addition to Milwaukee’s wing: Dennis Schroder, LaMarcus Aldridge, Kristaps Porzingis and Nikola Vucevic.

Do these players merit association with the likes of proven fantasy stars such as McCollum and Millsap? Schroder was ninth in usage rate last season while the team was still approaching competence and could prove Westbrookian this season on a depleted Atlanta offense.

Aldridge has gone from coveted to boring pretty quickly, but he was one of just 15 players to average at least 17 points and seven boards last season. Porzingis is now the centerpiece in the Garden and could be this season’s Antetokounmpo — the player who vaults into the superstar tier in regards to statistical dynamism.
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Noel Acciari out six weeks with fractured finger

The Boston Bruins announced that forward Noel Acciari suffered a fractured finger in Thursday’s opening night win over the Nashville Predators.

The 26-year-old had surgery on his left index finger and will be out at least six weeks.

Acciari posted two goals and three assists last season in 29 games.

The Bruins had already lost forward David Backes for at least three weeks as he undergoes treatment for diverticulitis, while Patrice Bergeron is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.

The money just wasn’t there, Carmona said. I knew I had to keep my players on a big stage, or another AAU team was going to grab them. The team was a little unorganized, and I didn’t think it was the best situation for my kids.

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He was a very smart kid, and probably got into it for the right reasons, Montgomery said of Christian Dawkins. But he was moving so fast.
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Lou Dawkins spent six seasons with the Huskies until new Cleveland State coach Dennis Felton hired him in April.

If we know anything after the first half of the season, it’s that punting the ball to Pettis is a very bad idea. He returned punts for touchdowns in each of Washington’s first three games, tying NCAA records for career return touchdowns (eight) and most consecutive games with a punt return score. Not surprisingly, Pettis leads the nation by a wide margin in punt return average (31.8). He remains Washington’s No. 1 wide receiver as well and has six touchdowns on the season.

Noel Acciari out six weeks with fractured finger

The Boston Bruins announced that forward Noel Acciari suffered a fractured finger in Thursday’s opening night win over the Nashville Predators.

The 26-year-old had surgery on his left index finger and will be out at least six weeks.
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Acciari posted two goals and three assists last season in 29 games.

The Bruins had already lost forward David Backes for at least three weeks as he undergoes treatment for diverticulitis, while Patrice Bergeron is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.

The money just wasn’t there, Carmona said. I knew I had to keep my players on a big stage, or another AAU team was going to grab them. The team was a little unorganized, and I didn’t think it was the best situation for my kids.

Lou Dawkins and his family left Saginaw after former Michigan State assistant Mark Montgomery hired him as an assistant at Northern Illinois in April 2011.

He was a very smart kid, and probably got into it for the right reasons, Montgomery said of Christian Dawkins. But he was moving so fast.

Lou Dawkins spent six seasons with the Huskies until new Cleveland State coach Dennis Felton hired him in April.

Youth Jonathan Casillas Jersey If we know anything after the first half of the season, it’s that punting the ball to Pettis is a very bad idea. He returned punts for touchdowns in each of Washington’s first three games, tying NCAA records for career return touchdowns (eight) and most consecutive games with a punt return score. Not surprisingly, Pettis leads the nation by a wide margin in punt return average (31.8). He remains Washington’s No. 1 wide receiver as well and has six touchdowns on the season.

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger blames himself for 5 INTs against Jaguars

Ben Roethlisberger pointed the blame directly at himself Sunday after his five interceptions against the Jacksonville Jaguars, arguably his worst game as a Pittsburgh Steeler.
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Johnathan Hankins Authentic Jersey When discussing what’s holding the offense back, Roethlisberger said after the 30-9 loss, Maybe I don’t have it anymore.

It was more a stream-of-consciousness moment than a declaration, but the 14-year veteran clearly was affected by the brutal outing.

Rookie Alvin Kamara actually leads the Saints’ running backs in fantasy scoring through the first four games, even though he has 22 fewer touches than Mark Ingram (35 vs. 57). That’s because Kamara has scored two touchdowns, while Ingram hasn’t scored yet. That will likely change going forward, since Ingram is more likely to get goal-line carries. And Ingram’s volume as a runner/receiver still makes him the smarter fantasy bet. But obviously Kamara’s big-play ability gives him the chance to score from anywhere on the field 鈥?and will continue to earn him a larger role in the offense.

I had said earlier this season that I thought the Bucs’ defense/special teams was worth grabbing in fantasy. They currently have 15 points through four games though (3.75 average). Last year, they were averaging 6.75 per game. This is the result of only having four sacks total this year (they had just one going into Week 5). Through four games last year, they had nine.

Many owners immediately argued otherwise.

We need to find a way where Trump doesn’t win, one said, and that meant using leverage as employers to end the protests. Another said, We’ll get our guys in line. It was clear to many in the room that this was a regional issue as much as a political one, with owners’ tolerance for kneeling shaped more by their fans in local markets than their own personal politics. Dan Snyder, who had joined his players in arms at FedEx Field on Sunday night, was in an especially divisive market and was particularly dismissive of the kneeling. It was raw for a lot of owners, an owner says. Some teams, such as the San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos, had been dealing with the protests for more than a year, and 49ers owner Jed York argued that it was a nuanced topic with no easy answers and that it would take time to navigate. We need to respect First Amendment rights, regardless of our personal feelings of the actions involved, York told the room.

The Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys engaged in a playoff shootout in January that will remain in the memory of both teams’ fans for quite some time.
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So naturally, the NFL powers-that-be set up a rematch as the Packers return to Arlington, Texas, to face the Cowboys on Sunday afternoon at AT&T Stadium.

Matthew Dellavedova Womens Jersey Thanks to the quick return, Dallas coach Jason Garrett spent more time than he wanted answering questions about a particular play from the Packers’ NFC Divisional playoff victory on the Cowboys’ home turf.

Dallas backed Green Bay into a 3rd-and-20 play from the Packers’ 33 with 12 seconds left in the fourth quarter and the game tied at 31. But instead of kneeling and heading to overtime, Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers spun to his left, avoided the Cowboys’ pass rush and threw a 35-yard dart to tight end Jared Cook, who managed to catch the ball at the sideline and keep his feet in bounds. On the next play, Packers kicker Mason Crosby nailed a 51-yard field goal as time expired to win the game.

Rob Gronkowski, Danny Amendola expect to play against Texans

Mens Jake Bean Jersey New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, who has been slowed by an injured groin he previously said was nothing serious, says he expects to play in Sunday’s home game against the Houston Texans.

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Wide receiver Danny Amendola also said he is good to go after missing Sunday’s win over the New Orleans Saints with a concussion.

On Fanatics.com, Villanueva’s No. 78 jersey has been the best-selling jersey in the NFL the past day across all of its retail platforms, according to multiple media reports.

Villanueva, a West Point graduate who served three tours in Afghanistan, received a Bronze Star for his service. As Villanueva stood for the anthem, hand over his heart, the rest of his teammates remained in the locker room. The move caught Steelers coach Mike Tomlin by surprise.

Like I said, I was looking for a hundred percent participation, Tomlin told reporters Sunday. We’re going to be respectful of our football team. Man, these are divisive times in the United States. and it’s a shame, but it is, but we’re not politicians. We’re coaches and professional athletes.

If those of us are individuals choose to participate in politics in some way, I’m going to be supportive of that, but when we come out of locker rooms, we come out of locker rooms to play football games, and to be quite honest with you I didn’t appreciate our football team being drug into politics this weekend.

can you at least let Lamar Jackson finish his amazing college QB career before you start calling him a WR?

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Lamar Jackson was the 2016 college football season’s most spectacular player. They gave him a trophy for it. Through the first two games of 2017, he’s showed off development as a passer and as a part of an offense that head coach Bobby Petrino would like to adapt toward more dropback passing, though they’re still doing the use-whatever-works Petrino plan.

Anyway, SB Nation has given me a weekly kicker column to discuss any and all things feet. At first I was going to call it Laces Out Marino, then Little Kicky. I also considered Outkick the Coverage. All those sucked, though, so I am going to pay homage to my hero and call this Gramatica Errors.

Did you know that there is a corner of the internet that follows kickers and punters very closely? I call them the Foot Gang, though I haven’t told them about that yet and I’m pretty sure they won’t like it.

Youth Jorge De La Rosa Jersey Chuck Zodda is part of this crew. He writes for the very good website Inside the Pylon, attended the same college I briefly went to, and tweets really interesting kicker stuff that I sort of understand like this:

Fournette notices Clowney out of the play and so, he pulls the linebackers inside then uses his quick feet to bounce the play out. Lee makes a good decision to block the Safety and so the cornerback is the only man to beat. Texans cornerback Kevin Johnson gets run over by Fournette and somehow is able to hold onto his foot to make the tackle. After only the first two plays we can clearly see why he was the nation’s leader in forced missed tackles in NCAA last year.

And here are a couple plays against the Texans showing his ability to keep his feet moving after initial contact.