All posts for the month November, 2016

This is a championship style

Published 2016年11月23日 by xgw01

Morris can’t help but mention Prescott when describing Elliott’s success because he went through the same thing four years ago with Robert Griffin III in Washington. The standout combo of Griffin and Morris helped the Redskins reach the playoffs.

“It’s been fun to watch, especially him and Dak,” Morris said. “I know I keep throwing Dak in there, but they’re so good together. It’s pretty cool to see and I’m just sitting back and kind of admiring, like, man, just keep it up, keep it up, keep it up.”

Elliott started the season under the cloud of a domestic violence investigation in Ohio over an incident during the summer. He has been cleared legally, but not by the NFL.

It hasn’t affected Elliott’s generally cheery demeanor in the locker room — during the week or on game days.

After the Cowboys broke the club’s regular-season record with their ninth straight win last Sunday against Baltimore, Elliott chided wholesale jerseys 14th-year tight end Jason Witten about his age yet again.

It was something about the 34-year-old Witten having played football longer than Elliott had been alive.

“Yeah, think cheap NFL jerseys about it,” Elliott said Tuesday, not backing down from his claim. “If you count his high school, college and pro years. I’m 21. Do the math.”

Well, it doesn’t quite Jacksonville Jaguars jerseys add up. But that’s not really the point. The effect on Elliott’s older teammates — which is all of them — is the point.

“He’s a totally different player from Week 2 and that’s all credit to him by the way wholesale NFL jerseys he approaches practice, the way he goes out there and just ‘beasts’ it and has fun throughout practice,” receiver Dez Bryant said. “We just go out there and enjoy it.”

Besides the sluggish start to the season, Elliott has had slow starts to games. He didn’t touch the ball in the second quarter against the Ravens and had 26 yards rushing at halftime.

But Elliott finished with 97 yards for his eighth straight game with at least 92 while breaking Dorsett’s club rookie rushing record of 1,007 yards. He needed 25 carries (a rough-and-tumble 3.9-yard average) against the NFL’s top rushing defense.

“The teams I’ve been on and been successful, they are physical teams,” said Elliott, who has 1,102 yards rushing. “There are not many cheap jerseys teams that want to do that for four quarters and that’s a mentality. I think that’s the championship style. I think championship teams all have that.”


The turning point in the game

Published 2016年11月20日 by xgw01

Liufau again drove the Buffs into WSU territory, but on a run that put him over 100 yards for the first time in his career, he suffered a hip injury and headed to the locker room. The drive stalled, but backup kicker Chris Graham nailed a 46-yard field goal to give CU a 31-24 lead.

On a day when the Washington State offensive line frustrated CU, Gillam finally broke through on the Cougars’ next drive for a third-down sack that opened the door for Lindsay’s clinching score.

“We knew if we did our job we’d be able to win the game,” said CU cornerback Chidobe Awuzie, who helped the Buffs hold Washington State scoreless cheap jerseys for the final 18 minutes of the game.

Washington State (8-3, 7-1) led 17-14 at halftime but was left to lament missed chances. Falk was 16-of-34 passing for 248 yards in the first half, a completion rate that was hammered by dropped passes by his wide receivers. The Cougars dropped two would-be touchdown passes in the first half.

The biggest came four minutes into the second quarter, with WSU leading 14-7 and facing a second-and-7 at the CU 26-yard line. Falk floated a perfect pass down the right sideline and into the end zone for Gabe Marks, but cheap NFL jerseys the ball hit Carolina Panthers jerseys the Pac-12 leader in career catches in the hands and dropped to the turf. CU held the Cougars on fourth down later in the drive, and the Buffs scored on Liufau’s 3-yard touchdown run on their ensuing possession to tie the game.

“We just squandered the opportunity,” Cougars coach Mike Leach said.

CU had a chance to tie the game just before halftime, but freshman Davis Price badly missed wholesale jerseys a 38-yard field goal with four seconds left.

But Liufau ran in for a score to give CU lead to start the third quarter, and he just kept making wholesale NFL jerseys plays. Liufau had run to the locker room after a big run in the fourth quarter. But he was back on the field as the clock ran out, center stage in a college football dream that will live another week.

“We’re very happy to be in the position we’re in,” Liufau said. “We kept our hopes alive.”

Strong opponents

Published 2016年11月16日 by xgw01

For the rivalry’s sake and the prospects for its continuance, a split would’ve been much better. Instead, the reward for Georgetown coach John Thompson III agreeing to renew the intra-DMV clash with Maryland is two losses by a combined five points.

Here’s hoping he isn’t dissuaded from doing his part to make Hoyas-Terrapins an annual affair.

Tuesday’s game perfectly demonstrated one reason Thompson might be averse. Georgetown was the home team, but Maryland’s fans were louder by the end of the game. With a student body twice as large — and an alumni base that’s presumably just as disproportionate — Maryland is unlike typical visitors the Hoyas host in downtown D.C.

While Verizon Center doesn’t become a hostile environment for Georgetown when Maryland is in the building, it’s not much better than wholesale jerseys a neutral site, either. Verizon clearly doesn’t give the Hoyas the kind of home court advatage the Terps’ enjoy when they host their cross-town rivals at Xfinity Center on the College Park campus.

With so many Maryland fans in the building, the Hoyas could’ve been on the road Tuesday as they blew a nine-point lead in the final 2:21. In a real home atmosphere, half the crowd (or more) wouldn’t be cheering wildly if Georgetown melted down wholesale NFL jerseys against an out-of-town, non-conference foe early in the season. But that’s what happened as Maryland cut into the margin and eventually went ahead on Melo Trimble’s free throws with seven seconds remaining.

This is the second consecutive “Maryland at Georgetown” contest that ended with a one-point victory in a Philadelphia Eagles jerseys building the Washington Wizards call home. Granted, the last one was in 1993, when the cheap NFL jerseys Terps won on Duane Simpkins’ last-second shot in overtime at the USAir Arena. But 2016 might have the same effect on JT3’s taste for the rivalry as 1993 had on his father, Big John, who never scheduled Maryland again.

“I loved the arena at the end,” Terps coach Mark Turgeon told reporters Tuesday night. “‘Let’s go Maryland, let’s go Georgetown’ — I thought that was really cool.”

Already hesitant to put the rivalry on par with the annual Crosstown Shootout between Cincinnati and Xavier, schools just three miles apart, Thompson could be less eager now. Especially since it likely costs Georgetown a less-challenging home game.

“I told you, a couple of cheap jerseys weeks ago, that in a perfect world we wouldn’t have this game right here this early in the year,” he told reporters after the 76-75nflspop defeat.

Let us wish them victory

Published 2016年11月14日 by xgw01

In coachspeak, the Cardinals need to make those explosive plays.

Goodwin wouldn’t say exactly how many explosive plays he wants the offense to make every game, except that it’s more than five. The Cardinals are averaging 2.25 per game cheap NFL jerseys midway through the season.

In reality, Arizona’s vertical passing game has suffered due to a poor season by Michael Floyd and the health ailments of fellow receiver John Brown. Combined, they have three explosive plays this season, just as many as Fitzgerald. Johnson leads the team in explosive receptions with four.

If the Cardinals (3-4-1) want to reframe their identity in the second half, Floyd and Brown will be crucial.


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With the discovery that Brown is a carrier of the sickle-cell trait, team doctors and trainers have devised a plan to help him return to his old self, which is a 1,000-yard receiver. He appears to be on his way back. Quarterback Carson Palmer said Brown looks “so much better” since his diagnosis Oct 20.

As for Floyd, it’s just a matter of catching passes he usually hauls in. He has four drops through eight games, as many or more than he’s had in three of his four previous seasons. But Palmer has seen something in Floyd during practice this week that makes him believe Floyd is on the brink of returning to his former self, as well.

“I think he’s going to explode in the second half and people have doubted, and said negative things about a couple individual plays. But that’s not Mike. Mike is a game-changing player. Mike is going to make plays that win games for us. I don’t know how many but it’s going to be a lot.”

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TEMPE, Ariz. — All it’ll take for the Arizona Cardinals to move from the run-based offense of the first half of this season back to the pass-happy personality of the previous three are a whole bunch of 22-yard pass plays.

Passes of at least 22 yards are what the Cardinals consider “explosive” plays. And this season, Arizona’s offense has been lacking those fireworks, forcing coach Bruce Arians to abandon the deep wholesale NFL jerseys ball in favor of an intermediate passing game that’s sparked by a power running attack led by David Johnson.

“When we do have our opportunities, we wholesale jerseys have not, to this point, been able to make the plays that we’ve become accustomed to making in the past,” wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald said. “We have to continue to work on those and be able to execute them, because it will change our identity pretty quickly because we haven’t had many of them on tape this year.”

The Cardinals have 18 Atlanta Falcons jerseys explosive pass plays this season, which have produced just two touchdowns.

“As far as getting the enthusiasm going, getting the excitement going, getting chunk plays, getting everybody into it, as far the crowd or whatnot, those are pivotal. Those are key. We need them. We need to get back to that.”

By comparison, they had 29 through eight games in 2015, which produced four touchdowns. By the end of the season, they had 51 explosive plays with 10 touchdowns.

National player of the year

Published 2016年11月9日 by xgw01

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The highly touted defensive recruit that arrived at Virginia three years ago and the dispirited Andrew Brown that coach Bronco Mendenhall encountered last December had very little in common.


Brown, a five-star recruit and Gatorade national player of the year, had lost his way.

He had quickly found his way into then-defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta’s doghouse once he got on campus.

Brown is one of several reasons for optimism at Virginia despite its disappointing record.

“What (the Raiders) overcame last week is amazing,” he said this week. “What was it, 23 penalties? That’s incredible. We had 12 or 13 down in San Diego, so I know they can get you beat.”

The Broncos’ opponent Sunday is the worst in the NFL in penalties this year with 103 called against them and 86 accepted. That’s 20 more than the second-most-penalized teams, Jacksonville and Washington, both wholesale jerseys with 66.

“Penalties are up throughout the league,” Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said. “I think at some point it will settle down as they put viewers to sleep.”

His jab was intended as speculation grows over the reasons for the NFL’s dip in TV ratings this year. One reason commonly cited is the proliferation of penalty flags, which slows a game’s rhythm. The number of penalties called and accepted has been on a steady rise over the past four seasons, slowing the game and wholesale NFL jerseys frustrating fans — and teams. This season, the number of accepted penalties per game is 14.1, up from 13.8 a year ago,

While the Raiders top the penalty logs, the Broncos haven’t been immune to the flags. In eight games Chicago Bears jerseys this season, Denver has been cheap NFL jerseys called for offensive holding 19 times, with 17 of the penalties accepted. In all 16 games last season, it was called for 23, 19 of which were accepted.

In the Broncos’ loss at San Diego on Oct. 13, all five starting offensive linemen were flagged for holding and the team as a whole was penalized 12 times. In their rematch with the Chargers last Sunday, the Broncos pared their penalties to six total, for a loss of 45 yards. And Denver won.

“To me, I still don’t know what a holding call is,” quarterback Trevor Siemian said. ” ‘There could be holding on every play’ — I hear a lot of people say that. It’s not for me to say ‘Stop holding.’ Truthfully, I’d probably rather them hold than me get hit pretty good back there. I think it’s something we’re working on and we’re getting better at.”The Raiders play host to the Broncos on Sunday night with the top spot in the AFC West on cheap jerseys the line. It’s a matchup built for prime-time television, pitting divisional rivals and one of the league’s best passing offenses against the league’s best passing defense. But penalties and the officials have the power to play a significant role.

Said Del Rio: “We’ll try to sneak a 12th guy in there from time to time.”

who fell a spot to No. 9

Published 2016年11月6日 by xgw01

With the NFL’s regular season at about the halfway point, one team clearly stands out above the rest: the New England Patriots.

For the second consecutive week, Tom Brady and Patriots are the unanimous No. 1 in the latest AP Pro32 poll , which was released Tuesday.

The Patriots again received all 12 first-place votes for 384 points from balloting by media members who regularly cover the NFL.

The Baltimore Ravens jerseys Patriots enter their bye week at 7-1 and have a three-game lead in the AFC East.

“Tom Brady has 12 touchdowns, no interceptions and no losses,” said Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

The Dallas Cowboys (6-1), the league’s only other one-loss team, remained at No. 2 after rallying for a 29-23 overtime win over the Philadelphia Eagles.

“Dak wholesale NFL jerseys Prescott was far from perfect against the Eagles, but his cheap jerseys clutch play in overtime with the game-winning TD pass to Jason Witten off a scramble offers yet another glimpse into his upside and offers further proof that it’s not time for Tony Romo,” Newsday’s Bob Glauber said.

AFC West rivals took the next two spots, as the Denver Broncos moved up a spot to No. 3 and the Kansas City Chiefs jumped three places to No. 4.

The Seattle Seahawks fell two spots to No. 5 after losing 25-20 at New Orleans.

The NFC South-leading Atlanta Falcons jumped four spots to No. 6 after rallying for a 33-32 win over the Green Bay Packers, who fell a spot to No. 9.

“Behind MVP candidate Matt Ryan, the Falcons head into a Thursday night matchup in Tampa cheap NFL jerseys leading the league in scoring offense, total offense and big-play capability,” said Ira Kaufman of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The Oakland Raiders, who are tied with the Broncos for first in the AFC West at 6-2 and host them on Sunday night, moved up two spots to No. 7.

“The Raiders have been perfect on the road,” said Jenny Vrentas of The Monday Morning Quarterback. “Now, with the Broncos coming to town, they’ll have to find a wholesale jerseys way to win at home if they want to make gains in the wide-open AFC West.”

The Minnesota Vikings, who have lost two straight after a 5-0 start and still have a one-game lead in the NFC North, dropped three spots to No. 8. The Eagles dropped four spots to round out the top 10.