Indianapolis suffered the opening weekend’s worst loss, giving up 46 points to a team that averaged 14 per game in 2016 (the Rams) while scoring just nine points of its own. The only spark in the Colts’ Sunday implosion came from Brissett, the newly-acquired quarterback who sat out the first three quarters in favor of enchanted scarecrow Scott Tolzien. Brissett may not have known the team’s offense, but he did do this with his first pass:
That set up the team’s only touchdown and was light years more interesting than anything Tolzien did.
Brissett will have another opportunity to prove his value on Sunday when Indianapolis takes on Arizona, a team that allowed Matthew Stafford to rack up nearly 300 passing yards last week. The Colts may be in the middle of a rebuild — at least as long as Andrew Luck is out — but Brissett seems to bring considerably more potential to the pocket than Tolzien does as the team’s backup.
Later in the game, he connected on a wide open 30-yard touchdown pass, but not to his first read. He was looking left at the beginning of the play before firing to a seam route.
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Jackson isn’t a polished product yet, but Louisville coach Bobby Petrino has made an effort to prepare his quarterback for the NFL with more complicated looks and plays under center.
Authentic Youth Adam Shaheen Jersey It’s still early in the season, but Jackson’s development from 2016 to 2017 is a good sign that he’ll be a player who can continue to hone his abilities as a passer when he moves into the professional ranks.
missed a game for the first time since 2009 after leaving the Miami Dolphins just before the team’s season opener against the Los Angeles Chargers, according to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports. He was officially ruled inactive by the team and didn’t make the trip to StubHub Center where the Dolphins won 19-17.
According to TMZ, the Dolphins filed a missing persons report with police in Los Angeles this past weekend for Timmons. TMZ reports that the team became concerned when Timmons wasn’t in his hotel room Saturday night at bed check.
He was then found by police at LAX, where he was trying to fly back to Pennsylvania for a family matter.
The linebacker spent the first 10 seasons of his NFL career with the Pittsburgh Steelers, but joined the Dolphins on a two-year, $12 million contract in March. After the team’s Week 1 game was postponed due to Hurricane Irma, Timmons was set to make his debut with the Dolphins in Week 2 against the Chargers.
The move is pretty unprecedented for the Bengals too. Zampese is the only coordinator in the team’s 50-year history to get the boot in the middle of a season.
With Zampese out, there’s nobody else to fire if things don’t get better for the Bengals soon. More losses like the one against the Texans on Thursday could mean Lewis is out of a job before 2017 ends.
Siemian has tossed a league-high six touchdowns and run for one more. His efficiency is up quite a bit from a 2016 season in which he tossed 18 touchdowns and was picked off 10 times. Siemian’s completion rate (59 percent to 65 percent), off-target rate (20 percent to 12 percent) and yards per attempt (7.0 to 7.5) marks have all improved. Siemian’s remaining schedule is pretty attractive, though he’ll hit a tough stretch around midseason. He’ll face the Jets, Colts and Redskins during most fantasy playoffs. Siemian is certainly in the QB2 mix and will be a viable streaming option against Buffalo in Week 3.
Falcons fans can drop any concerns about Steve Sarkisian running the offense. FPI has the Falcons as the second-rated offense so far this season, and Matt Ryan is averaging nearly 10 yards per pass attempt. The Falcons are just the fourth Super Bowl loser to start the next season 2-0.
A.Q. Shipley Womens Jersey The Chiefs were expected to be a playoff team at the start of the season, but Kareem Hunt might have Chiefs fans aiming even higher. Hunt’s five scrimmage touchdowns are tied for second most by a player through his first two NFL games.
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Jared Goff through one NFL season has not looked the part of a first overall pick. The Rams quarterback looked hesitant, shaken and without confidence in 2016.
The perceived gamble of taking a running back with the fourth pick of the draft paid off substantially as Ezekiel Elliott led the league in rushing, while Prescott proved an unearthed gem with the ability to excel as a passer and a runner, displaying remarkable poise for someone of his limited experience.
With the best offensive line in the league, a dominant wide receiver in Dez Bryant and the ever-dependable Jason Witten at tight end, the Cowboys appear set to contend for years to come.
For the 3rd straight year and 4th time in the last five seasons, the Cowboys and Giants face off in the opener.
Dallas has a 10-22 record in the seasons following their previous two playoff appearances in 2009 and ’14, and the signs that another slump back down to earth could be on the horizon in 2017 are there.
The saga surrounding Elliott’s six-game suspension for accusations of domestic violence has hung a dark cloud over the team throughout preseason and the lack of his presence for more than a quarter of the season is a significant blow for a team that is already missing defenders Randy Gregory and David Irving due to bans.
Winston threw for 4,090 yards and 28 touchdowns last season, but he also tossed 18 interceptions. If Winston can sharpen his decision-making, thus eliminating turnovers, he could become one of the NFL’s elite signal callers.
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Texans coach Bill O’Brien on Tuesday declined to name a starting quarterback for Thursday night’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
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All signs, however, point to the Texans starting rookie Deshaun Watson. He took every snap with the first-team offense during the short portion of practice open to the media on Tuesday.
Gronkowski is understandably upbeat about the 2017 Patriots. The tight end said he doesn’t like to listen to the noise about New England being a Super Bowl favorite, but he thinks the team will be good.
That will be the case, he says, even without Julian Edelman, the wide receiver who was placed on season-ending IR due to a knee injury suffered during the preseason.
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I mean you really you can’t replace a player like Julian, the way he works, the way he plays the game of football. It’s just second to none, Gronkowski said. It’s a tough break for sure, but at the same time there’s a lot of players who have to stay up. We’ll just have to keep on trucking.
Gronkowski spoke to SN on behalf of Tide Sport PODS, a product the Patriots tight end said would have been ideal when he was growing up playing sports. His mother always had a rule that after playing outside, he needed to take off his clothes in the laundry room before entering the house. Not shockingly, Gronkowski loved to get muddy and dirty.
Even now, he said, he loves to make a mess, a big reason he won’t buy nice clothes. Gronkowski said he still gets food on his clothes while eating out and is still fully capable of making a mess: It’s what I do.
Through one full season of his professional career, Jared Goff had more head coaches than wins as a starting quarterback. After trouncing the Colts with a final score of 46-9 on Sunday, he’s finally got one in the win column.
Los Angeles toppled the Colts in Week 1, delivering a much-needed win for Goff and a team that finished last season 4-12.
Beckham was among the Giants’ inactives for the contest after testing out his injured ankle in warmups. He was listed as questionable for the contest.
Beckham injured his left ankle Aug. 21 in a preseason game against the Cleveland Browns and has not practiced since. He did some work on the side with a trainer Wednesday and Thursday but was seen doing only straight-line running.
He was officially listed as did not practice for the team’s practices on Wednesday and Thursday. The team also said he wouldn’t have participated if they practiced Friday.
Giants coach Ben McAdoo emphatically said earlier this week that Beckham will play against the Cowboys only if he is cleared by the medical staff and that the decision will not be left up to the player or the coach.
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Carson Wentz gave us the first HOLY CRAP moment of the 2017 season on this amazing touchdown.
There are at least three different moments where he looks dead to rights. Heck, almost immediately you feel like he’s sitting in the pocket way too long — but he found a way to not only get out, but also escape the tackler, set his feet and spot an open Nelson Agholor for a 58-yard touchdown.
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Wentz isn’t known for being an athletic dynamo, but this kind of escape artist play showed a dimension to his game we rarely get to see.
The Colts do have a pair of good defensive tackles in Henry Anderson and Johnathan Hankins, but their defense is bad enough overall that Gurley should’ve had more success on 19 carries. Gurley’s massive usage locks him into the RB1 mix against Washington in Week 2, but we’ll need to continue monitoring his brutal rushing efficiency.
The Dolphins will make the rare Week 2 season debut, and life won’t be particularly easy for perimeter receivers Kenny Stills and DeVante Parker. Their primary opposition will be one of the league’s best cornerback duos in Jason Verrett and Casey Hayward of the Chargers. The two helped limit Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders to a combined eight receptions for 93 yards and no touchdowns in Week 1.
Both players spent a lot of time shadowing last season, but even in those scenarios, they rarely traveled to the slot. That said, it’s unlikely that one will spend the entire afternoon blanketing Jarvis Landry. Downgrade Parker and Stills but upgrade Landry this week, especially after Denver slot man Bennie Fowler scored twice in Week 1.
Sometimes, a hug is the best thing you can give, Martellus said as his voice cracked. I mean, I don’t really know, really — you know what I’m saying? I don’t really have the answers. You just think, ‘What if?’ You know? Two seconds this way, two seconds that way, the whole thing is different. So for me, I’ll just be happy to see my brother, because there’s a chance I couldn’t see him.
Earlier on Wednesday, Michael Bennett posted a social media message about the Las Vegas incident, in which he accused police of using excessive force and drawing a gun on him. He wrote that officers pointed guns at him for doing nothing more than simply being a black man in the wrong place at the wrong time and ordered him to lie down on the ground.
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At one point, Abdul-Jabbar had been playing for so long — 20 seasons — that basketball fans couldn’t imagine what it was like before he was a part of the NBA. The 7-foot-2 Hall of Fame center even bulked up to over 260 pounds so he could play into his early 40s. He regularly practiced yoga to help his flexibility during his celebrated career with the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers. At age 38, he won the 1985 NBA Finals MVP, becoming the oldest player to win the honor.
Favre’s career from ages 37 to 40 was more prolific than the entire careers of many quarterbacks. This 20-year NFL veteran led the Minnesota Vikings to the 2009 NFC Championship Game when he was 40. He was the first quarterback in NFL history with 4,000 passing yards in a season after turning 40. Of his 11 Pro Bowl selections, three came after he turned 38.
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Womens Ozzie Guillen Jersey After a dreadful 1-15 season, the Cleveland Browns hit rock bottom but had a very under-the-radar offseason when it comes to building the trenches. With the signings of J.C. Tretter and Kevin Zeitler, their offensive line is the best in the NFL. Hue Jackson is going to a run-heavy offense, and even if the quarterbacks are nothing to write home about, they’ll be well protected and can try to go the Trent Dilfer route. On defense, Myles Garrett might be the closest thing to a lock for defensive Rookie of the Year in a long time.
Ryan Tannehill gets injured? Oh, that already happened and now it is up to Jay Cutler — so if Cutler gets injured? Besides that, the Dolphins are screwed if the defense cannot stop the run. They rebuilt their linebackers, added run-stopping defensive ends, got back Reshad Jones, and appear dedicated to making sure they are not decimated on the ground again. If the Dolphins can’t improve here, they’re out of luck.
Let’s put it this way. The Bills are just the Bills. I hate the Patriots. And I loathe and despise the Jets. I think that is a fairly straightforward way to list the three AFC East division rivals. The Jets are on a different level of hate — in part because of the New York-to-Miami migration that has brought so many Jets fans to South Florida, and in part because they are just such an obnoxious team.
In addition, the Dolphins will wear their aqua throwbacks for their final two home games of the season — Dec. 11 against the Patriots and Dec. 31 against the Bills. (That noise you hear in the background is the sound of millions of NFL fans shouting, “They should wear those full time!”) You can see their full home jersey schedule — something every team should post publicly, though only a handful do — here.
Wednesday’s first official practice of the 49ers regular season offered the first look at their 53-man roster, a couple of whom are battling injuries ahead of Sunday’s opener against the Carolina Panthers. Here are the top three things gleaned from Wednesday’s access.
Scott said at this time there are no reported issues with availability for fuel and supplies, but he urged residents to only “take what you need.”
All 67 state offices will be closed Friday in preparation for the hurricane, Scott said, encouraging state employees to volunteer at local shelters.
“As they moved toward the nightclub, an individual later identified as Bennett was seen crouched down behind a gaming machine as the officers approached,” McMahill said. “Once Bennett was in the officers’ view, he quickly ran out of the south doors, jumped over a wall onto Flamingo Road east of Las Vegas Blvd. into traffic.
Due to Bennett’s actions and the information the officers had at the time, they believed Bennett may have been involved in the shooting and they gave chase. Bennett was placed into handcuffs and detained while officers determined whether or not he was involved in the original incident. He was detained for approximately 10 minutes and released. Mr. Bennett, at the scene, had the incident explained to him by a supervisor and he said that he understood and that he had no problem with what the officers did, just the one that he claimed the officer had pointed a gun at his head.”