Bill Belichick has four Super Bowl titles and is 24-10 in the playoffs since joining the Patriots in 2000

Even if the process is opaque and inconsistent, on the whole, Tomlin is more aggressive than a typical coach in a way that plays to his team’s strengths. He should stay that course on Sunday.

It would be wise for the Steelers to get aggressive with their two-point decisions in the hopes of creating an advantage against the Patriots. As the underdogs, they will have to take risks to try to win. It’s better to take that risk on a play worth two points with all of your offensive weapons on the field than it is on a fake punt or field goal.

The one other concern with Tomlin is that he may get carried away with challenges, although that’s less of a concern under the league’s modern rules. He made a terrible mistake with challenges earlier in his career during a playoff game against the Ravens in 2010.

Tomlin challenged a bad spot on the Ravens’ return of the opening kickoff, and while he was right, the ball moved only from the Baltimore 49-yard line to its 35-yard line. It was a modest gain with 56 minutes of time to challenge left. Later in the first quarter, the Ravens recovered a Ben Roethlisberger fumble for a touchdown on a close play Tomlin had to challenge. He lost and was then out of challenges with three quarters to go.

Bill Belichick has four Super Bowl titles and is 24-10 in the playoffs since joining the Patriots in 2000.

Belichick, meanwhile, is just about the gold standard of NFL coaches in terms of decision-making, with only John Harbaugh of the Ravens looming as an obviously more aggressive coach. Belichick obviously has a strong weapon in Tom Brady and his ability to convert on fourth-and-short, either with concise passing or with one of Brady’s many successful sneaks. The future Hall of Famer is now 107-for-119 (90.0 percent) trying to convert on third or fourth down with 2 yards or less to go with his legs.

Jason Pierre-Paul has finger amputated after fireworks accident, per report

New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul had his right index finger amputated after a fireworks accident on the Fourth of July, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Pierre-Paul was previously reported to have burns on his palms and three fingers, and nerve damage to one finger. Initial reports said that injury was so severe Pierre-Paul could lose his hand, but that was quickly contradicted by ESPN.

Pierre-Paul also has right thumb fractures and has undergone multiple surgeries, per Ed Werder of ESPN. Pierre-Paul is expected to remain hospitalized for two to three more days, per Werder, with the injuries expected to heal in six weeks.

I’m optimistic that Houston will be a very productive player for the Chiefs for a long time. He doesn’t strike me as the guy who takes the money and runs.
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Brad Daugherty Mens Jersey “Right now the season is right here so I’m focused on football right now,” Houston said when asked how he plans on spending his money “I’ll think about that maybe during the offseason.”

Here are a few other things Houston had to say during his press conference:

On whether it was important for him to get more than JJ Watt’s contract: “That’s up to my agent. I just made sure I took care of everything I needed to do on the field.”
Would he have shown up for training camp if he didn’t have a deal? “Probably not … I’m not sure [how long I would’ve held out].”
The Chiefs told him at the end of the season to be patient and that a deal would be done. And they were right.
“I want to be known as one of the best to ever play the game. That’s my motivation.”

The Bills will release Tyrod Taylor

The Bills will release Tyrod Taylor. This isn’t a bold prediction, because it has been anticipated for weeks, but it is a move that will shape Buffalo’s immediate future. Taylor finished the regular season with the league’s ninth-best Total QBR (68.3), but ranked 19th in completion percentage, 21st in yards per attempt and 18th in passer rating while allowing the second-worst sack rate. There are signs the Bills don’t believe Taylor is getting better after 29 starts and that he might never be good enough to lead them to playoff appearances and wins. If they release him, it means they don’t want to commit the $30.75 million and risk building around a foundation that is not strong enough to support a contender. — Mike Rodak

“It’s very big,” Leonard said of Dedmon’s impact in the second half. “He’s guarding Karl Towns out there, great post player, and once you can bring energy to a player like that, it just boosts everybody from on our bench as well as on the floor.”
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Speaking of the bench, the Spurs improved their depth this offseason while adding athleticism with Dedmon and David Lee to play alongside an athletic Jonathon Simmons on the second unit; a move that should serve San Antonio well during the second half of the season.
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So if overall cohesion continues into development, the expectation is consistency will follow.

“I think the first half [against the Timberwolves] was just one of those weird ones,” point guard Tony Parker said. “We just have to keep playing, getting better, and for whatever reason at home, we have to fix that first-half thing.”

Perhaps something similar could be said about the second half of the season for the Spurs.

Chris Johnson agrees to 1-year deal with Cardinals

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One of the few players ever to rush for over 2,000 yards in a season has found a new home for the 2015 NFL season. Chris Johnson has agreed to terms with the Arizona Cardinals, according to Jay Glazer. It will be a one-year deal, according to Glazer. Ed Werder of ESPN reports that the deal could be worth up to $2 million with incentives.

Johnson, 29, took a physical with the club Sunday. He had been sitting on the free agent market since the end of his 2014 season with the New York Jets. He should serve as veteran insurance to a young stable of running backs that includes Andre Ellington (2013 NFL Draft class), Stepfan Taylor (2013) and David Johnson (2015).

Johnson began his career with the Tennessee Titans in 2008, quickly establishing himself as one of the most explosive tailbacks in the league. During his second season, he joined the 2,000-yard club with an impressive 5.6 yards per carry average and 16 total touchdowns. Johnson never approached those levels of production again, but still managed over 1,000 yards on the ground during each of his six seasons in Tennessee.

At the time, the Packers were 4-6, and after four consecutive losses, they knew the bleak history of their position. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only three teams in the past 38 years had made it down the path Rodgers described: flipping a losing record after 10 games into six consecutive victories and a playoff berth.
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And lo, the Packers got there — and then some. They won their final six regular-season games, won the NFC North and are now one victory away from appearing in Super Bowl LI. In all, they have won eight consecutive games, the most recent a thrilling 34-31 victory to eliminate the NFC’s top-seeded Dallas Cowboys in the divisional playoff round.

Whether he meant it as a guarantee or simply a show of confidence, his seven-word declaration could soon go down as one of the most memorable predictive quotes in NFL lore.

it looks like Matt Cassel will start the season as the Bills’ quarterback

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Over the final eight weeks of last season, the only quarterback who averaged more fantasy points per game than Newton was Aaron Rodgers. If you limit that to seven weeks, Newton finishes at the top of the heap. Yes, that was largely on the back of a 35-point Week 14, and he missed a game because of a car accident, but still, the Newton who struggled through the first half of last season wasn’t the Newton we got at the end of the year. A healthy (for now at least) Jonathan Stewart, a more experienced Kelvin Benjamin, adding Devin Funchess to the mix, and what should be a full season of health for Newton makes him a nice candidate to bounce back to his pre-2014 heights.

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As of now, it looks like Matt Cassel will start the season as the Bills’ quarterback. But there has been some question on that subject over the course of training camp, and that’s just incredible.

We’ve seen EJ Manuel throw passes; if the Bills weren’t sure Cassel could outperform him, then Cassel must have really been struggling. And if these are the best options the Bills have, then that doesn’t bode well for Watkins, who deserves better. He has all the talent in the world, but if he’s not paired with a quarterback who can get the ball to him, that talent will exist in a vacuum.

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With eight touchdowns, Bryant scored on 30.8 percent of his catches last year, 16.7 percent of his targets. Literally the only receivers who scored on a higher rate of catches were Bruce Ellington (two catches on six catches) and T.J. Graham (one on three). Eric Weems, with two scores in 11 targets, is the only one who bettered Bryant’s percentage in that regard. No one with any significant number of targets, catches or scores last year came even close to Bryant’s success rate.

When John Elway decides he wants something, or someone, he moves quickly.

Vance Joseph, who agreed to terms Wednesday to be the 16th head coach in Denver Broncos history, was the third, and final, candidate interviewed, following Kansas City Chiefs special teams coordinator Dave Toub and Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan.

It took nine days from the time Gary Kubiak announced he was stepping away from coaching for the Broncos to hammer out the final details on a four-year contract with Joseph.

Elway, the Broncos executive vice president of football operations/general manager, said last week the team is in “a position that we want to fill as quickly as we can.” But he added “[we] would like to get it done, but we also want to make sure that we get the right guy.”

As Ryan mentioned, Watson worked closely with the wide receivers. Roddy White, the franchise’s all-time leading receiver, developed a good relationship with Watson.

Authentic Mens Ladarius Green Jersey “Yeah, he used to throw us the ball all the time, and I used to tease him about going to Clemson,” said White, a South Carolina native. “But he used to say he was going to change the culture back then, and he was a junior in high school. He was always a cool, laid-back kid. He deserves everything he has accomplished, because he is an awesome person all the way around, on and off the field.”

Maybe Ryan and Watson will square off at some point next season, with Watson declaring for the 2017 NFL draft.
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“Me, personally, I think he should be the first player off the board,” White said. “And he will win a lot of games in the NFL because he is smart and he is a good athlete. He makes good decisions.”

Spending time as a Falcons ball boy appears to have been one of those wise choices.

Daniel Fells’ MRSA infection will likely force him to retire, per report

Gerardo Parra Authentic Jersey The NFL career of New York Giants tight end Daniel Fells is “almost certainly over,” according to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News. Fells is dealing with a severe MRSA infection and has been in the hospital for more than a week. Vacchiano cites a source familiar with the situation in his prediction that Fells will need to call it a career.

Fells, 32, has had five surgeries to help fight the infection, and doctors have been working to try and prevent amputating his foot. More surgeries could be required in his treatment going forward and football isn’t the primary concern at this stage.

Limited Barry Sanders Jersey The San Diego Chargers are off to a mediocre 2-2 SU and 1-3 ATS start in 2015. The Chargers were able to hold on for a 30-27 win over Cleveland last week, but the team’s two wins have come by a combined eight points so far this season.

The defense has been a major concern for San Diego this year, ranking 28th in the league in scoring defense, allowing 27.5 points per game. The Chargers will need to tighten up on Monday night against a team missing its starting quarterback.

In their last six Monday Night Football appearances, the San Diego Chargers are 5-1 ATS per the OddsShark NFL Database. Pittsburgh is just 1-5 ATS in its last six Monday Night Football games.

Monday night’s total is currently set at 45.5 points. The UNDER is 5-0 in Pittsburgh’s last five October road games.

Last week, the Pittsburgh Steelers had only three days to prepare Vick for their game against Baltimore. This week, the team has had 10 days between game days. San Diego is just 1-6 ATS in its last seven home games, and with Pittsburgh having plenty of time to get ready for the struggling Chargers, the Steelers should be a very live underdog at +3.5 on the road.

Cobb caught nine passes for 108 yards against the Giants on Oct. 9

Nothing works. He gropes, lunges and flails. He feels either a step too fast or a step too slow. George Fant, rookie starting left tackle for the Seattle Seahawks, is new to professional football and new, in many ways, to the very game of football.

He has two jobs: opening holes for running backs and making sure Russell Wilson, the centerpiece of Seattle’s championship dreams now and in the near future, emerges unscathed from the penultimate game of the 2016 regular season. It’s late December. Seattle. The playoffs loom, and Fant isn’t performing well. Chandler Jones, Arizona’s anvil of an outside linebacker, speeds around him or motors through, despite Fant’s stature (6-foot-5) and heft (296 pounds), fast feet and arms that are as long as fire hoses.

Cobb caught nine passes for 108 yards against the Giants on Oct. 9. He has missed the last two games because of a left ankle injury.
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Randall couldn’t finish last Sunday’s regular-season finale against the Detroit Lions because of a knee injury. When Quinten Rollins went out with a neck injury and was later diagnosed with a concussion, it left coach Mike McCarthy’s defense in the position of having to move safety Micah Hyde to cornerback. Hyde, as it turned out, made a game-clinching play with an interception in the final minutes.

With Rollins ruled out on Friday and opening-day No. 1 cornerback Sam Shields on injured reserve, Randall is expected to start along with LaDarius Gunter. It’s possible McCarthy and defensive coordinator Dom Capers will match up Gunter on Odell Beckham Jr. given how well Gunter handled him in the Week 5 regular-season meeting. However, it’s more likely both corners will split time on the Giants’ No. 1 receiver.
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“He’s an elite receiver,” Randall said Friday. “He’s definitely a top-five receiver in this league, and he’s a guy that we have to contain.”

Cobb’s availability could also be key. He caught nine passes for 108 yards against the Giants on Oct. 9. He has missed the last two games because of a left ankle injury.

Feldman was primarily a reliever last year for the Astros and Jays

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Niese was a solid 2 WAR pitcher for the Mets for several seasons until 2015 when his strikeout rate dropped and his ERA spiked. They shipped him to Pittsburgh last year, and he was abysmal with a 4.91 ERA in 23 games before they sent him back to the Mets where he pitched in just six games before a torn meniscus in his knee ended his season. The 30-year old lefty has generally posted groundball rates over 50% in his career, but last year his home run rate had a huge spike, and he posted the fifth-highest home rate among pitchers with 100 innings pitched.

It¡¯s like Warriors adviser Jerry West forecasted, according to ESPN.com¡¯s Chris Broussard, during the team¡¯s free agency meeting with the seven-time NBA All-Star.

Finally, West pointed out to Durant how he believes his overall game is overlooked in Oklahoma City. Although Durant is known as one of the greatest scorers of all time, he does not receive much credit for his rebounding ¡ª he led the Thunder with 8.2 boards per game last season ¡ª or defense.

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In the three years prior to that, he made 77 starts with a solid 3.83 ERA although a 4.13 FIP. Feldman is another groundball pitcher, with grounder rates near 50%. He doesn¡¯t strike out many hitters, but always seems to be a pretty decent back-of-the-rotation pitcher who can put up a 1 WAR season at a low price. He could probably be had for about $4-5 million on a one-year deal.

Only three teams in the NFL have fewer rushing attempts than Cleveland

If that were different, and the Browns committed to the rushing attack all season like the team did on Sunday, Crowell thinks Cleveland would have found more victories earlier in the season. Via Nate Ulrich and Marla Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal:

“”I think about it all the time,” Crowell said. “Right after the game, I thought about it. What if we did that all the time? We’d have a lot more victories.”
At 3-10, the Browns are tied with the Tennessee Titans and San Diego Chargers for the NFL’s worst record. Cleveland head coach Mike Pettine isn’t ready to admit that an increased emphasis on a rushing attack would’ve made a difference in previous losses, though.

“I’m not looking back at anything that went behind us and have regrets,” Pettine said. “We have no control over what came before today. We only control moving forward. We’re not going to sit here and lament. A lot of it was matchups, a lot of it was defensive looks that we felt we could take advantage of.”

Still, Pettine and plenty of players on the Browns offense spoke about the advantages that come with a consistent ability to run the ball.

“There were holes for our backs to run through, and when they were there, they hit them,” Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel said. “When our defense plays the way that they did, run the ball the way that we did and then that opens up some of the play-action pass game. It’s a good combination for us to come out and score some points.”

No team had fewer rushing yards entering Week 14, although the big day moved the Browns past the San Diego Chargers and Detroit Lions to No. 30 in rushing. Only three teams in the NFL have fewer rushing attempts than Cleveland.

But Murrays frustraton with how the Eagles are using him are completely unfounded folks. The fact that DeMarco wants out of town just goes to show that he is actualy a perfect fit in Chip Kellys system predicated on trading away all of there most talented players.