Matt Prater attempted a 56-yard field goal Monday night and it would’ve missed if the Detroit Lions kicker came up even a fraction of an inch shorter. Instead, he got a deflection off the middle of the upright that bounced to the left and just barely through.
It was basically the football equivalent of a basketball circling the rim five times before finally falling through.
For Prater, it was a 12th consecutive successful field goal from 50 yards or longer, but ultimately in the grand scheme, the stakes weren’t too high. It was a kick at the end of the first half of a Week 2 game to extend a lead for the Lions.
Imagine if a game-winning field goal attempt ricocheted up in the air like that and everyone was holding their breath to see which side it would land on. I know what I’ll be rooting for at the end of every game from now on.
On the night in question, the woman texted her friend who had accompanied her that evening and asked her to lie to police about what had occurred.
“If they ask he dragged me out of my car,” the text read. The friend later texted Elliott’s accuser to ask if she wanted her to lie. The accuser said yes.
The witness statements from that night contradicted her version of events, too. Of the five eyewitnesses who gave statements, including the woman’s friend, none corroborated Elliott’s accuser’s story. All five witnesses said no contact occurred between the woman and Elliott on that night.
The friend also confirmed that the woman had been involved in a physical altercation with another woman at a club earlier in the evening. Elliott told police that the woman’s bruises were the result of that fight.
Authentic Kids Travis Dermott Jersey Houston can’t do anything about its rivals’ upgraded defenses, but there’s an easy fix that will allow Watson or Savage a little extra security — the team can pay Duane Brown. Brown, a three-time Pro Bowler, has been an anchor of the team’s offensive line since 2008, protecting the blindsides of passers like Matt Schaub, Brian Hoyer, and Ryan Fitzpatrick at left tackle. He wasn’t on the field Sunday, however; instead, he’s stuck in a contract holdout that’s scratched the team’s most reliable blocker from the lineup.
Brown is due $9.4 million this year and $9.75m the next, but neither of those years are guaranteed. He’s angling for a new contract or extension that would provide some additional security as the miles pile up on his football odometer. The former All-Pro just turned 32, but he still played at a high level last fall.
And yes, he carries the weight for what available fill-in quarterback isn’t playing. He told the Indianapolis Star last month that the Colts spoke to possible free-agent replacements, considered a few — but none of them was Colin Kaepernick.
Authentic Kids Shaquille O’Neal Jersey Fine. Just more reaping of what he sowed. Irsay, that is. The league’s first Sunday was littered with the debris of lousy quarterback play by teams that flinched when considering Kaepernick. The biggest pile of debris belonged to the Colts. It’s what they — and the owner — brought on themselves.
And as the season keeps falling apart, so does the prime of Luck’s career. The idea two seasons ago that the Colts were going to blow their window with him was dismissed by many as premature and reactionary. Doesn’t seem that way anymore. They’re plunging right back to the nadir that positioned them to get Luck in 2012 in the first place.
That’s the owner clearing the Colts’ path back to the bottom. All the people and things that are to blame — Irsay is to blame for all of them.
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With the Patriots trying to protect a big lead against New Orleans on Sunday, Mike Gillislee racked up a team-high 18 carries. That was 14 more than any of his teammates. Gillislee found the end zone for the fourth time in two games but again went without a target and played fewer snaps than James White (29 to 28). Gillislee is what we thought he might be: LeGarrette Blount 2.0. Similar to Blount last season, Gillislee is on the field simply to carry the ball (33 carries on 49 snaps), especially near the goal line (NFL-high 2.7 rushing OTD), and nothing more. He’s extremely touchdown-dependent, but Gillislee is an RB2 option in his current role.
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It was a difficult start to the season for the Cardinals, who were flattened in Week 1 by the Lions, and David Johnson is set to miss extended time because of a dislocated wrist. While Carson Palmer had major struggles in Week 1, there’s basically no better matchup based off of what we saw in Week 1 than the Colts. The team remains without Vontae Davis, and while Fitzgerald does his heavy lifting from the slot, there’s little reason to believe Indy will have much of an answer for him. Expect a massive target share and a productive day for Fitz. — Field Yates
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49ers safety Eric Reid again knelt for the national anthem, following through on his promise to continue the protest he was a part of all last season along with Colin Kaepernick.
As before, CBS Sports won’t televise the actual playing of the anthem, but the network’s announcers, including the No. 1 team of Jim Nantz and Tony Romo, are free to weigh in where and how they see fit, according to spokesman Jennifer Sabatelle.
There are no changes to the way we covered the anthem in the past, Sabatelle told SN. If something happens during the playing of the anthem, we will document it. As always, our announcers are free to express their opinions.
ESPN is still working through the issue as it prepares to kick off a stronger Monday Night Football schedule than usual with a Saints-Vikings/Chargers-Broncos doubleheader Monday.
We are still finalizing our pregame plans, yet, like we’ve done in the past, we will document and present anything noteworthy and relevant to our audience, spokesman Josh Krulewitz said in a statement.
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The Ravens just absolutely dominated the Cincinnati Bengals during their opening week matchup and now get the Cleveland Browns at home in Week 2. While DeShone Kizer may have looked capable against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the fact of the matter is the Browns gained just 3.82 yards per play in that game, which was the third-lowest mark in the league. The Ravens should be able to bring consistent pressure on Kizer while eliminating any potential threat the Browns running game could have, making them a candidate for a top-five finish for this week.
Jaguars wide receiver Allen Robinson sustained an injury to the ACL in his left knee during Jacksonville’s 29-7 win over the Houston Texans, the team announced.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are feeling pretty good about their pass rush. So much so that they’ve changed their Twitter name.
The Jaguars’ defense sacked the Texans six times while the offense kept Blake Bortles clean and hammered away with rookie Leonard Fournette.
Coach Doug Marrone will have additional updates during a Monday afternoon conference call, according to the team.
He did not — and the courts will not — consider the merits of the domestic violence accusations against Elliott that prompted the league to suspend him for six games. The legal battle is simply over the disciplinary process.
Elliott rushed 24 times for 104 yards and added 36 yards receiving in the Cowboys’ season-opening win over the Giants on Sunday night.
San Francisco lost the debut of its new head coach, but new starting QB Brian Hoyer and the rest of the team’s wholesale new parts at wideout (Pierre Garcon, Marquise Goodwin, Trent Taylor), tight end (George Kittle), running back (Matt Breida) and fullback (Kyle Juszczyk) weren’t as lost as the score indicates. There were a lot of disconnects, as everything beyond holdover feature back Carlos Hyde was out of sync. The versatile talent and depth will lead to big plays and better days soon.
Panthers: “Cam Newton still looks off in this offense.”
The Jets signed wide receiver Jeremy Kerley Tuesday after he was released by the 49ers last week, the team announced.
Kerley spent the first five seasons of his NFL career with the Jets before moving to San Francisco in 2016, catching 64 passes for 667 yards and three touchdowns in his lone season with the 49ers.
Kerley, who mainly works out of the slot, has 246 career catches for 2,892 yards and 12 touchdowns.
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The Jets recently traded with the Seahawks for wide receiver Jermaine Kearse. They also drafted Chad Hansen and ArDarius Stewart in this year’s draft.
While the Jets are expected to have one of the worst offenses in the NFL this season, Kerley’s arrival could help them move the chains due to his sure hands and solid route-running abilities.
It’s virtually impossible to evaluate Goff outside of the context in which he played. The Rams led the entire way. They faced a lethargic, self-destructive Colts team missing its best players on offense (Andrew Luck) and defense (Vontae Davis). Indy’s offense went 0-for-11 on third and fourth downs. Coach Chuck Pagano couldn’t even get the opponent’s name right after the game. Adam Vinatieri missed an extra point. Adam Vinatieri!
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Cravens informed the other defensive backs in a group chat Saturday night that he was going to retire and then exited the session by saying Peace out, a source said. They were upset with him and what they heard.
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I was just so happy for him. When he went through his whole little recruiting process he was getting so frustrated. I knew. I could tell. I could sense it.
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Newton compared watching Caylin being interviewed on ESPN to the attention Steve McNair got at Alcorn State in the mid-1990s. McNair went on to become the No. 3 pick of the 1995 draft and a three-time Pro Bowl selection.
It’s just a [testament] to hard work, Newton said. For a person that wasn’t highly recruited, he seen his brother grow up and had accolades and had all the stardom coming out of high school.
I just told him be patient, that everything works for the greater good, knowing everything that your heart desires is still at hand, no matter if you’re at Idaho Tech or wherever, they’re going to find out. You just do your part and everything else will take care of itself.
The Dolphins are trying to reach the postseason for the first time in back-to-back years since 2000-01, and they will be doing it with a new quarterback in Jay Cutler. The Bucs are coming off a 9-7 season, just narrowly missing the playoffs in 2016.
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Both teams share a bye week in November. Neither team is in favor of playing in Week 11, with Koetter showing strong resistance.
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What do you think? Nobody wants that, said Koetter. No one wants to play 16 straight [games]. They’re not asking my opinion, but I’m sure they realize that.
Among the passages in the lawsuit:
Elliott and the Union were subjected to an arbitration process in which, among other things, there was a League-orchestrated conspiracy by senior NFL executives, including NFL Senior Vice President and Special Counsel for Investigations Lisa Friel, to hide critical information, which would completely exonerate Elliott, the petition reads.
[T]he NFLPA and Elliott do not seek in this Petition for the Court to make its own determinations about Elliott’s or [the accuser’s] credibility, or any other matter of fact-finding properly left to the arbitrator, the lawsuit reads, via Pro Football Talk.
When I was with my last team, the Bears, I was doing jiu-jitsu tournaments during the offseason, which is probably frowned upon because of risk of injury, Lane said. When I won them I couldn’t accept the cash prizes. I’d just sneak out the back door and say ‘Hey, sorry I can’t accept anything like that.’ So when I was with my last team in Chicago, I kind of knew what I was going to do next and that was MMA for sure.
For the past three seasons, the Lions have worn a “WCF” memorial patch for former team owner William Clay Ford. The new uni set moves the memorial to the left sleeve, where it will become a permanent fixture, much like the Bears’ “GSH” sleeve memorial for George S. Halas.
Watkins says buying jerseys is a tough proposition these days and his company is absorbing the risk for fans.
“How many jerseys can you really afford to own?” Watkins said. “Wouldn’t it be nice to not only wear the players on your favorite team, but also be able to wear the jerseys of the players on your fantasy team?”
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General manager Rick Spielman has invested in the offensive line this offseason, spending big to add a pair of new tackles in Riley Reiff and Mike Remmers. The interior of the line, anchored by rookie third-rounder Pat Elflein at center, might be a bigger concern now. The defense should be great, and if Bradford can stay healthy and one of the young receivers — most likely Stefon Diggs — breaks out, the Vikings have both the stars and the depth to challenge any team in the NFC.
KC Joyner, NFL writer: Chargers over Broncos. The Broncos overhauled their offensive line and have to face a Chargers squad that brings back nine front-seven players who each tallied 250 or more snaps last season. That group ranked second in pass pressure rate. Points will be at a premium, but the Los Angeles offense will post enough to pull off the upset.
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Here are Sporting News’ predictions for the 2017 NFL season, including final division standings, playoff seeding, conference championships and our Super Bowl pick.
At that point, Cincinnati and Burfict will have learned absolutely nothing from the exercise. If that’s the intent of the punishment, it’s doomed to fail. The Bengals lost their best defensive player for a third of the season because of a questionable play that will happen a lot, especially in the black-and-blue-is-encouraged AFC North. How many hits like that does one see during a Steelers-Ravens game?
When more questions like that are asked, it becomes more clear that this punishment misses the mark.
If the suspension is not overturned or at least taken down a few games, this creates a we’re-getting-screwed narrative out of Cincinnati. It looks that way, too. Imagine Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension being appealed down to three games, or if a Pittsburgh linebacker has a similar hit in a game and isn’t suspended. The comparative tweets will come by the thousands.
As the general manager of the team with the longest current NFL playoff drought, Brandon Beane’s moves of late are not building confidence among the long-suffering Bills fan base.
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Buffalo’s last playoff appearance was the 1999 wild-card game in Tennessee, the Music City Miracle. I was in my first year as team president of the Titans when Kevin Dyson scored the game-winning touchdown after catching a wild, cross-field lateral on a kickoff return.