Coming into this season, it sure seemed like the Saints would be headed for that territory yet again.

After all, the Saints had ranked in the bottom-two in defensive DVOA in each of the last three seasons, and they seemingly did not make a ton of personnel upgrades during the offseason.
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Add it all up and the Saints had a top-10 defense, one that was especially stingy against the pass. And it helped them achieve not just offense-defense balance, but balance within their offense as well. For the first time since 2009, Drew Brees threw less than 625 passes in a season. He averaged 656 attempts over the last seven years; he had just 536 this season.

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This isn’t much of an aha moment. Everyone playing in college is doing so with the aspiration of playing in the NFL. However, calling guys like Urban Meyer and Nick Saban the equivalent of minor-league coaches is a bit of an eye-opener. Also, for someone so recently removed from the NFL, Vrabel knows the dynamics between the leagues better than most current coaches (even though those dynamics are completely different from when he was Ohio State more than 20 years ago).

Falcons 6, Rams 0 Julio Jones sparked the Falcons’ offense a bit with two big plays, pushing Atlanta past midfield. The drive stalled out, but they got in range for Matt Bryant to boot a 51-yard field goal.

Falcons 3, Rams 0 Atlanta takes advantage of the turnover with a 29-yard field goal, getting the first points of the game.

The Falcons couldn’t do anything on offense, but got a lucky break on special teams. A punted ball bounced off a Rams player, becoming a live ball that the Falcons recovered deep in Rams territory.

The New England Patriots coasted into the playoffs and are Super Bowl favorites once again, but things might not be so rosy behind the scenes.

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A report from ESPN’s Seth Wickersham says that tensions between the team’s twin icons, head coach Bill Belichick, and quarterback Tom Brady, have festered to the point that the situation might just be untenable going forward.
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In the middle of it is Robert Kraft, the team’s owner, who inserted himself into the fray in a meeting with Belichick this season that ended with Kraft instructing his head coach to trade backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, according to the report. In the end, Kraft will be tasked with trying to find a resolution between his coach and his quarterback, if finding any middle ground is even possible at this point.

In some ways it was inevitable, and it’s worth pointing out the fact that both Belichick and Brady were able to put their egos aside and get along for 17 seasons, seven Super Bowl appearances, and five wins. But nothing lasts forever.

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John Elway was a Maury Wills Jersey quarterback. John Elway needs a quarterback. John Elway might draft a quarterback. There are four first-round caliber quarterbacks in Darnold, Rosen, Josh Allen and Baker Mayfield. The question is: Will the QB that Elway wants still be available at No. 5?

This is the third time in four years the Jets have ended up with the No. 6 pick. If it works out the way Leonard Williams and Jamal Adams have so far, they ought to be in good shape. Vernon Gholston on the other hand …

The Bucs don’t need a quarterback but have the benefit of drafting early. They could use some help in the secondary, however.

Among the star underclassmen who announced their intention to enter the draft: quarterbacks Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen and Josh Allen. Here’s the full list.

Scouting reports, insight from NFL personnel and what’s next — we’ve got it all on the best signal-callers in this year’s draft. Catch up on the most-talked-about class in years.

The 2017 Chiefs’offense was something out of an unfair video game.

They had the league’s top-rated quarterback, a rookie tailback who gashed defenses on the ground and through the air en route to a record-setting start, and an All-Pro WR-TE combo that tallied more than 2,200 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns.
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The 31-29 victory came three weeks after the Jaguars won in Pittsburgh, 29-22, in Week 15 of the 2007 season. They are still the only visiting team to win in Pittsburgh twice in a single season.

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The refs gifted the Patriots a new set of downs by turning a false start into a Titans penalty

red_wings_006The Tennessee Titans got the short end of a questionable call in the second quarter against the New England Patriots Saturday night.

After the Titans appeared to have forced the Patriots to a three-and-out, both teams lined up for a punt. After it initially appeared the Patriots would be called for a false start, the Titans were called for a neutral zone infraction, giving the Patriots an automatic first down on what was a fourth-and-10:

If we can practice outside, we practice outside as a team, whether we’re playing a dome game or not, he said. You’re at Mother Nature’s mercy as far as replicating conditions.

As far as the winds go, you know you can’t really simulate that. The best thing is really the pregame your kicks before the game and seeing what the wind’s doing to the ball.

Bryant is the oldest player remaining in the NFL postseason, followed by 40-year-old Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Asked to explain his longevity, Bryant clearly won’t be launching an MB3 workout program like Brady has with his TB12 brand.

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The plan for now is for the team to participate in outreach efforts Thursday night—the players are likely to visit children in an area shelter—in place of the game that they were slated to play against the Cowboys. More of that sort of thing is in the works for Saturday, as well. And on Sunday, the whole organization has been invited to volunteer with Watt and help unload trucks packed with supplies that will be arriving from the three-time defensive player of the year’s native Wisconsin.

Meanwhile, there are plenty of guys who will be taking care of their own situations. Scores of players, coaches and staff have had their families evacuated from their homes, and are experiencing the bad fortune that a lot of us are only seeing on TV. Linebacker Brian Peters had two feet of water in his house. Head trainer Geoff Kaplan’s family had to be rescued by boat, with alligators—yes, alligators—confirmed to be lurking in the waters around the house. And defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel’s wife, Jen, opened the family’s home to about 15 of their storm-affected sons’ friends.

I want to thank the Lord for the first downs that he has been allowing me to achieve.

Nonetheless, what happened on NFL sidelines across the country and in London, too锟斤拷players and coaches and owners linking arms, and some kneeling or raising fists, and some staying in the locker room entirely锟斤拷was remarkable. It would be inaccurate to describe 2017 as the year NFL players found their voice, because that would be overlooking the time and money many players have been quietly donating all along to causes that matter to them, including to correct social injustices. But this was the year that they found their power.
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That’s not terribly uncommon on wild-card weekend 锟斤拷 if either were more consistent, they’d be off this week. But here is a Jaguars team that physically dominated playoff contender Seattle in Week 14, then two weeks later got physically dominated itself by a 10-loss 49ers team. The Bills, meanwhile, in a three-week span earlier, gave up 298 rushing yards to the Saints and lost at home 47-10, then went to Kansas City and smothered Alex Smith’s offense in a 16-10 win. (The game in between, with Nathan Peterman starting 锟斤拷 that is and always will be a separate issue.)

With all that, though, one of these teams is moving on to the divisional round against one of the two overwhelming Super Bowl favorites, the Steelers or Patriots. Hint: Don’t necessarily be distracted by which has the most heart warming story and the most pulse-pounding finish.

My favorite moment of the 2017 NFL season came before the season ever began, in a state that’s never seen an NFL game.
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Everybody on this team owes a lot to him, Kuechly said of Richardson. That’s not how we wanted the season to end for him. Unfortunately for us, we’ll miss having him around.

He helped a lot of the guys in this locker room get where they are. He’s done a great job for the city. I’m sure if you talk to anybody in this locker room, they’ll appreciate what he did for us, what he meant to this team and what he provided to everybody in this locker room, the state of North Carolina and South Carolina. He’s done so much for us. We owe a lot to him. It didn’t go how we wanted to end it for him.

Limited Kids Travis Frederick Jersey Amid allegations of workplace misconduct, Richardson announced in December he would sell the team at the end of the season. It had been reported that at least four former Panthers employees received significant monetary settlements as a result of alleged inappropriate workplace conduct by Richardson, including sexually suggestive language and behavior, and on at least one occasion directing a racial slur at an African-American Panthers scout.

The Panthers were awarded the NFL’s 29th franchise in 1993, and Richardson’s team was valued at $2.3 billion in September, according to Forbes.

Barzal had an uneventful stint in the NHL last season, failing to register a point in two games with the Islanders.

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Prior to Wednesday’s games, Barzal was the NHL’s leading rookie scorer with 35 points and was third in goals with 12, including a hat trick against Winnipeg last Friday. He has quickly become the cornerstone of the future for the Islanders.

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But the Vice President of the United States slapped Manning and Pence’s beloved Colts in the face. Whether he’s a puppet for the President or his own man, Pence trumped a day that belonged to the greatest football hero the state of Indiana has ever seen, and he did it for political purposes. He stole Manning’s last great day as a Colt. Mike Pence will have to live with himself for that.
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Shula said he didn’t talk much to Newton about the controversy of the week (more about that later in the column), his belittling of a female reporter. Luke Kuechly and some of the guys picked his spirits up, I think, Shula said. Me and [backup] Derek Anderson and [QB coach] Ken Dorsey were like, ‘You okay?’ And he said he was. We moved on. He’s just so happy today. He loves winning. I Justin Anderson Jersey don’t think he lets things bother him the way we might think.

He was somewhat surprised by this, and he mentioned Indiana’s Al , Washington’s Mahinmi and ‘s Serge Ibaka as some examples of recent frontcourt additions who are seemingly available.We feel like we’ve been preparing 20 years for this.

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His value to the Toronto Raptors is never question, but the team has also found success fielding low usage big men such as Bismack Biyombo.

It was a case of Merry Clinchmas for four teams on Week 16 as more playoff spots were booked on Sunday.

The Rams, Chiefs, Saints and Panthers all booked their spots in the dance, while the Jaguars claimed the AFC South title but also received a humbling as a result of the red-hot 49ers.
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McVay brings early Christmas for Rams 锟斤拷 The Rams beat the Titans to claim a first NFC West title since 2003 and their players were unsurprisingly effusive in their praise of rookie head coach Sean McVay and the transformation he has overseen. Describing the appointment of McVay, offensive lineman Roger Saffold said: Christmas came early 锟斤拷 for real this time.

They always find a way to get it right for the Patriots 锟斤拷 The words of Bills running back LeSean McCoy after the Bills saw what appeared to be a touchdown to Kelvin Benjamin overturned as the nightmare that is the NFL’s catch rule struck again in Buffalo’s 37-16 defeat in New England. Talk of bias towards the Pats is overblown, but the league must fix a broken rule that is deciding too many games.

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Steelers cut veteran LB James Harrison, activate Marcus Gilbert

Pittsburgh’s all-time sack leader, James Harrison, has been released from the Steelers, the team announced Saturday.

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The team had hoped Brown would be ready for the postseason, though he may need a little more time to heal. If Pittsburgh can secure one of the top two seeds in the AFC, the team will lock up a bye during the wild-card round and get an extra week of rest before beginning its playoff run.

Brown suffered a partially torn calf muscle in the second quarter of the Steelers’ Week 15 loss to the Patriots and did not return to the game after being helped off the field without putting any pressure on his left leg. He was ruled out for Monday’s game against the Texans with a “significant contusion” in his leg and is expected to sit out the regular season finale against the Browns.

Before going down with the injury, Brown became the first receiver in NFL history with five straight 100-catch seasons. He finishes the regular season with 101 catches for 1,533 yards and nine touchdowns.
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The U.S. faces Canada in an outdoor game at the Buffalo Bills’ New Era Field on Friday afternoon.

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In other preliminary-round games, Sweden beat the Czech Republic 3-1, Russia pulled away in the third period for a 5-2 victory over Switzerland, and Finland defeated Denmark 4-1.

Slovakia is 4-13-1 all time against the U.S. in the world junior championships and had lost six straight preliminary-round meetings since last defeating the U.S. in a 2009 quarterfinal.

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Carolina cut it to 2-1 midway through the second on Ryan’s ninth goal of the season.

Anytime those guys get rewarded, they’ve been playing real well, Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester said about Upshall and Brodziak. Both those guys do things that are kind of underappreciated.
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Ryan came out of the penalty box after a slashing penalty, catching the Blues off-guard.

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Wallmark scored his first NHL goal with 6:02 left in the period. Recalled from Charlotte of the American Hockey League, Wallmark was playing his first NHL game of the season and ninth overall.

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