Russell Wilson was running for his life as Seattle still couldn’t run the ball in Green Bay.

They need a get-well tuneup for a passing game that still has plenty of upside. The defense once again buys them time to figure it out.

Haven’t teams learned by now not to let Matthew Stafford be trailing going into the fourth quarter at home? Sheesh. But how about that pass defense stepping up?

Terrell Suggs still has plenty of T-Sizzle in him, and it carried over to every level of the defense in the old-school shutout of the Bengals. And, oh yeah, Joe Flacco is back.

Cam Newton was healthy and productive in his debut, but he can be a lot better. The baseline of the team’s running game and defense are good signs for a big rebound season.

Trevor Siemian is much more competent than people think as a starting quarterback, but he needs much more help from his offensive line and running game. The defense has enough chinks to make it vulnerable against the best offensive teams.

They have decided to throw away the early part of their season by not throwing Deshaun Watson into the fire. By the time they catch up, they will be just trying to make the playoffs vs. trying to make noise in them.

There’s some encouragement regarding a big Cam Newton Cheap Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys rebound with the new-look offense, but there’s still a big cloud over it. The Cheap Jerseys Youth NFL defense is stacked and talented, and it remains the trustier backbone.

Smith got a new offensive coordinator in his NFL second season and improved a bit.

“Everybody obviously had to come together, prepare really well so they could perform individually, but all that really matters is the team and that we got the W.”

As for being pressed into action, Awuzie added: “You always gotta stay ready. I knew the possibility [that] if someone goes down, I’m the next starter. So I prepare like a starter.”

With each snap Awuzie finds himself on the field for this season, the Cowboys coaches and fanbase will be able to see the Nigerian-American rookie display his physicality and attention to detail in the secondary, while staking his claim as a future cornerstone for America’s Team.

There is hope for Goff and his abysmal ANY/A ranking, however. The quarterback who finished 48th out of 48 in that ranking, Alex Smith, has become a quality NFL quarterback and a player with whom Goff shares some similarities.

Smith was horrendous as a rookie in San Francisco, finishing with 11 interceptions and 29 sacks, similar to Goff’s rookie year. Smith struggled with the speed of the game, the added responsibilities and the pocket maneuvering he hadn’t done in Urban Meyer’s spread offense in college at Utah.

But it took until his fifth season, with Jim Harbaugh as his head coach, for him to turn into a serviceable NFL quarterback, and he has seen even more growth on his second Cheap Jerseys USA Soccer NFL team in Kansas City.

Goff, like Smith, might just Cheap Jerseys Toronto need his expectations drawn back, a reduction to a true game manager, and additional instillment of confidence in him and his game.

New England’s defenses in recent years has thrived on looking better on the field than on paper

Watson is a better fit on this team, in particular. Houston’s running game was bad in 2016, when it finished 27th in rushing DVOA. Lamar Miller tied his career low with a 4-yard carry average, and he clocked in at 3.8 against the Jaguars. Things can always change, but the Texans don’t have the look of a good running team that can be effective just by having a good ball-security QB. It seems like it’d be useful to have one who can push the ball downfield, and Watson really can.

Maybe he’s not good yet. But Savage definitely isn’t, and Watson’s a giant ball of football fun who’s going to win you lots of games someday. Let’s start now.

Woe is them when they face Brees, a real gunslinger.

On Thursday, Smith saw almost no pass rush; the times he was under pressure, it came from coverage, and he picked the Patriots apart even, as has been the case in recent years, without getting the wide receivers (as traditionally defined) very involved.

The defense forced one turnover, by Kareem Hunt on the Cheap Infant NFL Jerseys Chiefs’ first snap and the first play of his NFL career … and never got another takeaway. On one of their three sacks, Smith tripped over his own feet.

New England’s defenses in recent years has thrived on looking Cheap Jerseys And Hats better on the field than on paper, as opposed to more star-studded units. The current one did not look that way in this opener.

Players who meet certain criteria will still be required to go to the locker room for further testing and diagnosis.

Fans and Chicago media blasted Bears coach John Fox’s use of the rookie quarterback in the 25-0 loss to the Browns. In a column headlined “Can Bears explain why John Fox wasn’t fired for his handling of Mitch Trubisky?” Chicago Tribune writer Steve Rosenbloom questioned why Trubisky dropped back to pass — and got knocked down and then sacked — on the final two plays of a meaningless preseason blowout.

“You know what’s more surprising than No. 2 overall draft choice Mitch Trubisky dropping back to throw two passes at the end of the dumbest practice game ever? The fact that the Bears didn’t immediately fire John Fox for that unnecessary and dangerous bit of nonsense Thursday,” Rosenbloom wrote.

Offseason free-agent acquisition Mike Glennon is still the starter for the Bears heading into Week 1, but Trubisky had impressed enough this preseason to earn the start Thursday. But after he began the game handing the ball off nine straight times on three consecutive three-and-out series, Soldier Field erupted in boos and the Twittersphere ripped Fox’s strategy.

Players who meet certain criteria will still be required to go to the locker room for further testing and diagnosis. The use of the tent will not replace the formal evaluations that take place off the field. Instead, it will create a better environment for doctors to determine whether a player can return to the field or will need further monitoring.

“We will ask that all sideline concussion exams be done in the tent, but if the initial screening suggests a concussion, then the more extensive concussion evaluation will be done in the locker room just as we have previously done,” Sills said.

The pro game isn’t the only place you’ll see these Cheap Football Jerseys tents. The University of Alabama was a pioneer in creating private examination spaces, using Cheap Goalkeeper Jerseys its own tent throughout the 2015 season and even bringing it to the College Football Playoff National Championship Game. Other schools, including Clemson, Ohio State, and Florida State, soon followed.

Scott Tolzien benched for Jacoby Brissett after Rams get 2 pick-sixes

The Indianapolis Colts benched starting quarterback Scott Tolzien in favor of Jacoby Brissett in the fourth quarter of their 46-9 loss to the Rams on Sunday.

Tolzien, who has been the Colts’ No. 1 quarterback in Andrew Luck’s absence since April, threw two interceptions that were returned for touchdowns, including one on the Colts’ first offensive series. And he was nearly intercepted a third time, if not for receiver Donte Moncrief getting called for a face mask penalty while breaking up the pass near the Colts’ sideline.

The Vikings, and their stellar defense, will be Green Bay’s main competition in the division. But it’s hard to see Minnesota preventing the Packers from claiming their sixth NFC North title in seven years.

Player to watch: Ty Montgomery, RB, Packers — Montgomery began the 2016 season as a wide receiver, but injuries forced him to play running back. He ran for 457 yards and three touchdowns, with a 5.9 yards-per-carry average. He’s been a full-time running back Cheap China NFL Jerseys through the offseason and training camp, so it will be interesting to see how well he adapts to being Green Bay’s starter.

Impact rookie: Dalvin Cook, RB, Vikings — Cook has Cheap College Basketball Jerseys had an impressive preseason, especially with free-agent acquisition Latavius Murray missing time with an injury. The Vikings need a strong running back to ease the pressure off quarterback Sam Bradford if they have any chance of overtaking the Packers.

there is certainly a path that has worked for me over the years.

In addition to Tyrod Taylor being cleared from the concussion protocol, the Bills should get two other offensive starters back for Sunday’s opener: wide receiver Jordan Matthews (chest) and left tackle Cordy Glenn (foot). All three players were full participants in Wednesday’s practice. Sunday will be the first live game action for Matthews since he joined Buffalo via trade on Aug. 11.

While there’s no surefire key to winning, there is certainly a path that has worked for me over the years.

Being contrarian also is key. If you feel that a player is going to be super popular that week, you can choose to avoid (commonly referred to as a “fade”) that player in tournaments because of the volatile nature of the NFL. If a player selected by 40 percent of the lineups in play rolls his ankle, gets a concussion or simply doesn’t produce points that week, you’ve just eliminated 40 percent of the field from the competition by simply avoiding him due to the projected high ownership. Be careful though, because that sword cuts both ways: If the player owned by 40 percent of the field scores Cheap Authentic MLB Jerseys 30 DraftKings points, you’ll have to hope to play catch-up at another spot in your lineup.

‘I don’t want to play in tournaments against people with 150 lineups. How can I avoid that?’

The lobby at DraftKings is filled with all different Cheap Baseball Jerseys sorts of contests. Some are single-entry (where every entrant only gets to submit one lineup), three-max or 20-max, and of course there are the ones that allow people to enter 150 lineups. Game selection is a key part of being a successful DFS player, and it really comes down to getting in where you fit in.

Gordon Hayward can lead the Celtics past the Cavaliers … eventually

With under four seconds remaining in an ostensibly meaningless 2014 regular season game, Gordon Hayward flared to the top of the key and received the ball. LeBron James lost his footing and fell to the ground, so Hayward came over a screen to survey the landscape.

With Tristan Thompson on him, the star forward knew just what to do. As the clock wound down, Hayward took a dribble before uncorking a step-back jumper over Thompson’s outstretched arm. Utah Jazz 102, Cleveland Cavaliers 100.

There’s no denying that Tatum is uniquely skilled at putting the ball in the basket from 18 feet and in. He has ways of scoring that no other rookie can match. There are forwards who have been in the league for 10 years who should be jealous of his footwork and his ability to create his own look in a pinch.

It’s just fair to wonder if these plays can sustain in the regular season against longer, more athletic players. It’s much harder to hit those turnarounds against NBA veterans than guys invited for a summer league tryout.

For Tatum to become an All-Star-level player, he’ll have to continue to improve as a passer, three-point shooter, and rim attacker. At only 19 years old, he has plenty of time for that. Playing for a great coach like Stevens should be a huge help.

The Celtics should be encouraged that Tatum already knows Cheap Jerseys 90 his spots on the floor and how to get to them. The question is if he can continue to score efficiently from areas that are traditionally the least efficient on the court. Boston placed a big bet on Tatum when they traded out of Cheap Jerseys AUStralia the No. 1 pick. Ultimately, he will need to round out his game to reach his potential and justify the Celtics’ decision.

4 winners and 3 losers from the day Gordon Hayward made us all wait

Another day of NBA Free Agency has passed us. Traditionally, that’s meant another day of overpaid contracts, superteams forming, and teams foolishly throwing money around to salvage what’s left of a competitive organization.

Not this time. This time, we have teams like Oklahoma City making legitimate power moves. We have Gordon Hayward becoming a heart-breaker as the biggest fish in a free agent pool. We have news reporters nearly facing G-League relegation after a near news mishap, only to be vindicated later.

Most of all, we have the scene shaping for yet another exciting season of NBA basketball. Independence Day came and went, and we’re still here. Here’s a few winners and losers of a festive day in free agency.

This approach has been endorsed by Ball’s father, even if it limits the visibility of the ZO2 Primes. Over the last month, LaVar Ball has maintained that his son could wear whatever shoe he wanted when he takes the court. He reiterated as much over the weekend in an interview with ESPN.

On the surface, that doesn’t make much sense. Why would Ball wear other signature sneakers when he has his own under his family’s independent brand? How can the Ball family possibly convince anyone to drop $495 on a shoe if its primary endorser won’t even wear it.

But there is some logic to the Ball family’s approach, especially if they’re playing the long game.

LaVar Ball has always said his son would be willing to sign with Cheap Ireland Jerseys a larger Cheap Houston Rockets Jerseys brand — if the price is right. Prior to the Lakers’ semifinal contest against the Mavericks, Lonzo Ball told ESPN’s Cassidy Hubbarth that he was looking to start a bidding war between different companies.

There isn’t concern that the Celtics won’t be able to find a deal.

All three of those players are valuable role players that are being offered up for an extremely cheap price. But Utah might be the surest bet to complete this transaction, because they’re extra motivated to do this deal.

The other factor is that Utah probably isn’t coming back to haunt Boston. They’re in the Western Conference and any hopes that they would grow into a championship team were just severely dashed by Hayward’s decision. They can do Utah a favor while still getting the guy they really wanted.

Mitchell played two seasons at Louisville before catching scouts’ and coaches’ eyes at the annual draft combine in Chicago in May. He also worked out in Los Angeles with NBA stars Chris Paul and Paul George in Los Angeles this spring, and felt that he kept up fine.
Mitchell said it was those workouts that gave him the confidence to enter the NBA Draft.

“When you have all-stars telling you that you could be really good in this league, I think that’s going to raise your level [of confidence],” Mitchell told Aschburner.

Will he really make Jazz fans forget about Hayward?

That’s admittedly a tall order. Mitchell is still a raw prospect, albeit one with tons of athleticism and loads of potential.

Yet he’s also opening eyes in a way few expected when the Cheap Hockey Jerseys Jazz traded up in the draft to nab him. Zach Guthrie, the Jazz’s summer league coach, told Aschburner that Mitchell has been able to show off more skill than he was able to at Louisville.

“We thought, if the floor opened up for him, his skills and his athleticism Cheap Golden State Warriors Jerseys would really shine, and he’s really showing a lot of things here,” Guthrie said.

the Heat will be paying $102 million to Waiters and Olynyk.

Olynyk signed a four-year, $50 million deal with the Miami Heat after having his rights renounced by the Celtics when Gordon Hayward announced he would be playing in Boston next season.

Olynyk isn’t a great player, but he was solid last season and is a stretchy big who can do some really nice things on both ends of the court. It’ll be interesting to see how he performs outside of Boston’s read-and-react system, but he’ll be paid nicely to do it.

Over the next four years, the Heat will be paying $102 million to Waiters and Olynyk. They missed out on Hayward and Blake Griffin this season, Kevin Durant last season and LeBron James left them two seasons before that.

The Heat are supposed to be a destination team, but they haven’t attracted any top end talent since Dwyane Wade orchestrated one of the biggest coups in league history by bringing Chris Bosh and James to Miami. Maybe Pat Riley isn’t as magical as we all think he is. His hair is still nice though.

The salary cap has been established as a tick under $99.1 million, and the Timberwolves currently have about $87 million committed in guaranteed salaries this season. That number hinges on a flat payout of $19 million a year over three years for Teague’s new $57 million contract.

But Minnesota could clear room for a Millsap deal in a Cheap Germany Soccer Jerseys heartbeat.

The Timberwolves are scheduled to pay Cole Aldrich $7.3 million this season, but his Cheap Football Jerseys contract is non-guaranteed for 2018-19. Minnesota could trade him as an expiring contract to a team with the space to absorb his salary whole, and attach Oklahoma City’s future first-round pick (via Utah: Ricky Rubio trade) as a sweetener for the deal.