Falcons finish AFC East horror show at Jets

The Atlanta Falcons are going to be happy not to face any AFC East opponents for a while after this week.

Atlanta lost last season’s Super Bowl in epic fashion to the New England Patriots 34-28 in overtime, after blowing a 28-3 third-quarter lead. This season, the Falcons were tasked with playing not only the Patriots, but the entire AFC East — strangely, in consecutive weeks. The last of the four comes Sunday at MetLife Stadium, when they take on the New York Jets (3-4).

Quarterback Andy Dalton, who threw for only 34 yards and had two passes picked off after halftime in Pittsburgh, said Cincinnati can’t dwell on its repeated failures against the Steelers.

“The Steelers are just one team,” he said. “They aren’t the only team we play. It is not about us against the Steelers, it’s about us playing well and beating whoever we are playing.”

The Los Angeles Chargers will present an interesting challenge for the New England Patriots on Sunday at Gillette Stadium.

The Chargers celebrated their move to Los Angles by losing their first four games of the season, with Philip Rivers throwing six touchdown passes and five interceptions.

Since that start, though, Los Angeles has won three straight — and Rivers has thrown for six touchdowns and no picks.

That, of course, could present a problem for New England (5-2), which last week shut down a Falcons attack that for some reason decided running the ball early was a key. Atlanta’s Matt Ryan became the first quarterback this season to not throw for 300 yards against the Patriots.

Prior to New England’s easy 23-7 win over the Falcons on Sunday night, the Patriots became the first team in NFL history to allow at least 300 yards passing in each of its first six games.chargers_007

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The Lions on Wednesday signed the veteran kicker to a three-year contract extension, NFL Insider Ian Rapoport reported.

According to the report, the deal is worth $11.4 million and could escalate to $12.15 million. It also includes a $3.6 million signing bonus.

Prater was signed by the Broncos off the Dolphins’ practice squad in December 2007 and remained with the franchise until his release in October 2014. He began that season with a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy and was cut by Denver after the team decided to stick with Brandon McManus as his replacement.
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He then signed a one-year deal with Detroit four days later before re-signing on a three-year deal worth $9 million in March 2015.

He’ll miss Sunday’s game at the Cleveland Browns.

Wallace was ruled out with a concussion, and afterward, he was spotted on the sideline trying to find his helmet, searching in every equipment case. It had flown 15 yards from the spot of the hit.

NFL Vice President of Football Operations Jon Runyan issued the suspension Monday for a violation of Felix Hernandez Jersey Rule 12, Section 2, Article 6 (i) which states that there shall be no unnecessary roughness. This shall include, but will not be limited to: (i) using any part of a player’s helmet or facemask to butt, spear, or ram an opponent violently or unnecessarily.

In his letter to Sendejo, Runyan wrote: The violation was flagrant and warrants a suspension because it could have been avoided, was violently directed at the head and neck area and unreasonably placed both you and an opposing player at risk of serious injury. Sendejo will be eligible to return to the Vikings’ active roster on Monday, Oct. 30, following the team’s Oct. 29 game against the Browns in London.
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For nine minutes, Aaron Rodgers watched the Cowboys’ offense play defense. The Cowboys marched down the field and ended the drive with Dak Prescott faking a handoff to Ezekiel Elliott before scrambling 11 yards for the touchdown. But in praising the brilliance of the play call 锟斤拷 the power football, Prescott’s deceptiveness, Elliott’s durability, and the Cowboys taking the 31-28 lead 锟斤拷 the commentators Henri Richard Youth jersey were also a bit regretful. Prescott had failed to complete a pass to Dez Bryant in the end zone a play before, which stopped the clock, and the commentators were befuddled at the logic behind it.
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The Saints saw immediate improvements in their running game too. The focus returned to feeding running backs Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara tons of touches in a wild 52-38 win against the Detroit Lions.

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Shanahan said Wednesday he was not bothered by his players being out at that time — hours after the team had returned from its game at the Washington Redskins on Sunday.

Shanahan said it’s common practice for players to treat Sunday nights after games the same as many people would treat a Friday night. The Niners don’t have meetings on Monday until 1 p.m., and those meetings are for film review. Players have the day off on Tuesday.

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After missing Week 5 due to a hamstring strain, Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota will return to the field as a starter for a Week 6 matchup against the Indianapolis Colts, the team announced.

It would have made more sense for Trubisky to just take a knee to let time expire. Clock management has never been John Fox’s strong suit. After the game, Howard called it a bone-headed mistake on his part, but Fox shouldn’t have called a run play.

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The motioning man here is tight end Jeremy Sprinkle, whom Cousin directs to shift from the right side of the Washington line to the left. Does Cousins just think Sprinkle is in bad shape and needs some exercise? Is he somehow worried about getting sacked on a kneel? I’m not sure. The Sprinkle motion did balance out the line, because there had been two tight ends on the right side and none on the left. Symmetry’s nice.

The NFL rulebook says you’ve got to have eligible receivers on both ends of the line. Washington’s left tackle is decidedly not an eligible receiver, because of how the NFL classifies linemen. (It’s really mean, but it’s the rules.) So putting Sprinkle on the other side of the formation got Washington out of trouble. College football has no such rule, and I’ll confess to my mind being blown that this is a policy in the NFL.

Left guard Lane Taylor (ankle) did not. Last Sunday was the first time the preferred starting offensive line started a game together this season, but it didn’t last long. All eight offensive linemen on the active roster played last week. — Rob Demovsky

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For the game, the Jets had converted the majority (9-of-17) of their third downs.

The San Diego State Aztecs began selling single-game home tickets today, which is a sign that college basketball will soon be upon us. On November 2nd, SDSU will play their lone exhibition game against UC San Diego. The Aztecs open up their official slate eight days later against San Diego Christian.

The Aztecs will be entering the 2017-’18 season having been picked to finish second in the preseason Mountain West Conference media poll. Nevada, who won the conference last year, were awarded with 19 first-place votes and 257 overall points. San Diego State finished with two first-place votes and 229 overall points, just ahead of Boise State, who also received two first-place votes and 211 points.

“That’s why guys are so passionate about coming together and making a difference and making a stand, and doing everything they can in terms of making a difference for social injustice because no matter what, before we had all of this money, and after we’re dead and gone, our skin is still black, we’ll still be looked at a certain way, and all we want is equality for everyone. I don’t think that’s too much to ask, and it’s just great to have a guy like Doug continuing that fight, and continuing to take it beyond what others have done.”

New England’s inability to get its offense off the field fueled New York’s early dominance. The Jets came into Sunday’s game ranked 23rd in the league in third-down conversions (36.8 percent). On their very first drive, they converted third-and-8, third-and-10, third-and-6, and third-and-goal from the 1-yard line. One three-and-out later, a third-and-5 conversion led to their second touchdown drive of the game.

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The Packers are dealing with the realization of their worst fear, a major injury to the NFL’s best quarterback. With Aaron Rodgers possibly out for the rest of the season with the broken collarbone, backup Brett Hundley played as well as he could in relief during Sunday’s loss to the Vikings.
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How did it happen? With pressure up front as the Steelers harassed Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith, who was sacked twice and under constant pressure. The Steelers got an outstanding effort from linebacker Vince Williams, who turned his his best game of the season with a pair of sacks and two tackles for loss.

The Chiefs were held to 251 yards of total offense, most of which came in the fourth quarter. Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt, who had over 100 rushing yards in four of five games, was held to just 21 rushing yards on nine carries. He did catch five passes for 89 yards to give him over 100 yards of total offense for the sixth straight game.

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That decision to simply not take the points with a chip-shot field goal came back to bite the Chiefs, who got within 12-10 with 6:13 remaining on a 57-yard touchdown pass to De’Anthony Thomas. The touchdown should have given the Chiefs the lead, instead they still trailed. There wasn’t much consistency with the Chiefs offense as the offensive line had one of its worst games.

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Anonymous sources questioned Fournette’s passion coming into the NFL, which is laughable at best when you watch him run. That’s a man who wants to get in the end zone each time he touches the rock.
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Hyde won’t enjoy that level of success every week, and he’s still one of the greater injury risks in the game, but this was a good indicator that he’s a locked-in RB2 in any of his healthy weeks.

Leonard Fournette, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars: With a 21.8 PPR fantasy point day on Sunday, he is off to one of the best starts in history among running backs. Fournette has 115.2 non-PPR and 130.2 PPR fantasy points through his first six games, the sixth- and ninth-best totals by any running back through that many career contests since 1950. By the way, Kareem Hunt, who had 11 and 16 fantasy points of his own on Sunday, ranks third-best among running backs through six career games (122.5 and 143.5).

Le’Veon Bell, RB, Steelers: So much for chatter that his preseason holdout was having an adverse impact upon his play. Bell enjoyed a fourth consecutive outstanding fantasy day on Sunday, his 28.1 PPR fantasy points finishing third-best among running backs through the 4 p.m. ET game block. He now has 94.6 non-PPR and 124.6 PPR fantasy points through his first six games of the season, which are his most and second-most through that many contests in any of his four NFL campaigns. In fact, Bell’s numbers are comparable with his through this stage of 2016, as he had 93.3 and 138.3 through Week 6 last year, and he has done it with much weaker quarterback play supporting him. Is there any doubt that he’s the No. 1 player in fantasy football?

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The union keeps buying time for him, because it knows the soft spots in the NFL’s defense.

Andy Dalton and the Bengals should have fixed a few more things offensively during the bye, namely how to get the running game going with Joe Mixon. That and their defense will allow them to hang around in Heinz Field against a limited Steelers offense that’s incapable of blowing out anybody. But in the end, Pittsburgh has Le’Veon Bell, and the visitors don’t.

The Broncos won’t have Emmanuel Sanders, and a struggling Trevor Siemian will play through a bad right shoulder. That means the Broncos will go back to the run-heavy game plan that allowed them to edge the Chargers in Week 1. The backfield is deeper behind C.J Anderson with Devontae Booker in the mix. Denver’s defense will dominate again and allow the team to run away with another tough victory in the series.

Trump, according to the text of Kaepernick’s grievance complaint, has been an organizing force in the joint decision by the league’s 32 owners to deny the quarterback even a tryout. Owners have described the Trump administration as causing paradigm shifts in their views toward NFL players. The complaint was originally made public by ABC News.

Kaepernick may have a point, since Trump injected himself personally into the case and openly denigrated NFL players who supported Kaepernick. Whether that’s enough to persuade a neutral arbitrator, however, remains an open question.

Melbourne United pushes NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder to limit

Melbourne United had everything from injuries, jet lag, talent and one of the NBA’s most intimidating crowds against them, but they rallied to almost pull off a stunning victory against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Thunder held on to defeat Melbourne 86-85 in a thriller at Oklahoma’s Chesapeake Energy Arena on Sunday.

With five seconds left in the latest NBL-NBA exhibition clash United big man Josh Boone looked like he had the match-winner, but his shot close to the basket was blocked by Thunder reserve forward Josh Heustis.

Golden State’s offense might get more attention, but the team also has ranked among the top five in defensive rating over each of the past three seasons. Thompson’s ability to check the opposing team’s best perimeter threat plays a significant role in that, and if the Nuggets are going to evolve into a dynasty, Harris needs to show similar development.

The Cardinals can hardly run the football, which prompted a trade for Adrian Peterson. But I’m not forecasting that to change dramatically, which works in Ellington’s favor. He’s an excellent pass catching back, with consecutive nine-catch games and over 150 receiving yards during that same stretch. While Peterson is an upgrade over Chris Johnson, the totality of the running woes for Arizona don’t figure to evaporate any time soon, thus meaning they’ll continue to lean heavily on Ellington in the passing game. In points per reception scoring, he already has RB2 upside.ravens_006

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Three was the magic number Thursday at Bank of America Stadium.

While Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz threw three touchdown passes, Carolina’s Cam Newton was intercepted three times as the Eagles held on for a 28-23 victory.

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The Vikings will have Case Keenum at quarterback after he replaced Sam Bradford before halftime of Monday’s win over the Bears. Bradford tried to play on his injured left knee but was ineffective. It will be up to Keenum to attack a Packers defense made vulnerable by multiple injuries.

This could get ugly quick Sunday night with the decimated Giants offense going up against Denver’s top-ranked defense.

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The Titans hope to have Marcus Mariota back Monday, but the Colts still will be without Andrew Luck. This could be a pivotal intra-divisional matchup in the wide-open AFC South.