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Guys just don’t care anymore

The Texans’ defense keeps showing weaknesses, understandable in most instances, not so much in others (that is, they’re very beaten up but should be better than this).

I texted another Giants player for their thoughts too on what I heard minutes before. Has McAdoo lost the team? A second anonymous Giants player replied, “Yea I think so.” That same player also texted, “Guys are giving up on the season and nothing’s being done. Guys just don’t care anymore.”

During Monday’s “Mike and Mike in the Morning” on ESPN Radio, host Mike Greenberg noted that “quit” is the dirtiest word one can apply to a professional athlete. His partner Mike Golic agreed, then warned that the next Giants coach/GM will review game tape and decide who needs to be shipped out of New York.

ESPN’s Dan Graziano noted that New York general manager Jerry Reese shows no accountability and that the team’s problems go beyond aging quarterback Eli Manning.

The Chiefs’ bye week provides an opportunity to discuss, again, how the last undefeated team doesn’t always make noise in the playoffs. Since starting 5-0, the Chiefs have lost three of four and have fallen behind the Steelers and Patriots in the AFC standings. Remember, the last team to lose last season, the Vikings, started 5-0 and then missed the playoffs.

Meanwhile, a team that started 0-2, the Saints, have won six straight since, are in first place in their division and are in position to follow two recent teams (2015 Seahawks, 2014 Colts) in overcoming those starts to reach the postseason. And the Saints are not on a bye this week — they get a tough road matchup in Buffalo against a Bills team that got a harsh wake-up call from the Jets last Thursday.browns_021

The turnovers led to Stephen Hauschka hitting 35- and 44-yard field goals.

Despite having the Big 12’s top returning rusher, Justin Crawford, West Virginia hasn’t been able to consistently run the football. Eight games into the season, the Mountaineers rank 69th nationally, averaging just 161 yards per game on the ground.

It’s perhaps more surprising that the defense has struggled. West Virginia is allowing more than 460 yards a game, and that’s with the likes of Delaware State, East Carolina and Kansas accounting for three of its five wins. It’s the first time since 2013 that the Mountaineers are allowing more than 425 yards per game.

West Virginia won last year’s meeting in Ames 49-19. Iowa State had 561 yards of total offense, but did not score an offensive TD.

Milano forced Jalen Richard to fumble while returning a punt, with Mike Tolbert recovering it at the Raiders 14.

On Oakland’s next possession, Derek Carr’s pass over the middle was tipped by linebacker Preston Brown, and intercepted by safety Micah Hyde.

Buffalo then took command by going ahead 27-7 on the first play of the fourth quarter, when Taylor capped a 12-play, 80-yard drive by scoring on fourth-and-inches.

Oakland (3-5) lost for the fourth time in five games, and was unable to carry over the momentum following its dramatic 31-30 come-from-behind victory over Kansas City on Oct. 19.

Watson’s four-touchdown performance led the Texans to 38 points, so it’s tough to be too hard on him for three interceptions. But the Seahawks secondary duped him twice into throwing picks, including one early that was returned by Earl Thomas 78 yards for a touchdown.
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Mike Tomlin: Steelers won’t trade Martavis Bryant, despite his beef

Disgruntled wide receiver Martavis Bryant told ESPN’s Josina Anderson that he has “got to move on” at the Oct. 31 trade deadline if the Pittsburgh Steelers don’t want him to contribute to the offense.

Watson has been incredible this season, and deserves the heaps of praise he has received. But if there is one reason to be skeptical of the Texans quarterback, it’s this: 24.7 percent of his passes have been off target. The only other qualified quarterback with a higher percentage of his passes off target is Cleveland’s DeShone Kizer, and he is not exactly someone any quarterback wants to keep company with right now.

Combined with their 10-sack showing in Week 1 against Houston, Jacksonville is the first team in NFL history to log double-digit sacks twice in the first seven games of the season. The Jaguars have 33 sacks overall, putting the unit on track to break the league’s single-season mark of 72 set by the 1984 Bears.

At the moment Prescott has a 78.1 Total QBR — exactly the same number he had through six games last season. The only difference: There has been a 30-play increase in the number of action plays for the Cowboys quarterback. Currently, Prescott trails only Watson in Total QBR. Despite being 3-3, the Cowboys ought to reach the postseason if Prescott can keep up this level of play.

Watson has been incredible this season, and deserves the heaps of praise he has received. But if there is one reason to be skeptical of the Texans quarterback, it’s this: 24.7 percent of his passes have been off target. The only other qualified quarterback with a higher percentage of his passes off target is Cleveland’s DeShone Kizer, and he is not exactly someone any quarterback wants to keep company with right now.
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He Said What?! The best NFL quotes from Week 4

From postgame press conferences to next-day media availabilities, NFL players and coaches can’t escape the microphone.

Marcus Mariota was doing his best to keep Tennessee in the Houston game before he got hamstrung. But it’s clear the Titans’ defense is having familiar issues against good passing teams.

On one hand, their defense is Sacksonville, wreaking havoc against the pass on all levels. On the other, they’re getting gashed by simple runs for monster gains. They can’t let that happen because it disrupts the complementary plan that includes a lot of Leonard Fournette.

The Giants are the best winless team in the NFL, but that doesn’t mean much in relation to their expectations. Odell Beckham Jr. is a convenient target for criticism, but he isn’t the right one — that would be the defense.

Their status as NFL nomads has led to zero wins no matter what they’ve done on both sides of the ball in mostly close games. Don’t be surprised if everything suddenly comes together for the Chargers with road warrior Philip Rivers.

Will there be a change from Brian Hoyer soon? That’s the decision facing Kyle Shanahan if they keep losing close games and sliding into a free-fall.

DeShone Kizer is getting overwhelmed because he’s getting very little help. The defense, meanwhile, will get Myles Garrett back to give it a lot more help.nike_jaguars_1585

Jared Goff, former No. 1 overall pick, won his first NFL game by beating the Colts

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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Lucky Whitehead out indefinitely with broken foot as unlucky summer continues

Lucky Whitehead hasn’t been so lucky lately, and his summer took a turn for the worst this week.

The Jets receiver sustained a broken foot and is out indefinitely, the team announced Tuesday.

Newton threw to receivers during Tuesday’s workout at camp in Spartanburg, S.C., for the first time since being pulled halfway through a July 30 practice because of what the team described as fatigue and soreness in his right shoulder.

The Panthers have been cautious with Newton since he underwent surgery on his right shoulder in March to repair a partially torn rotator cuff. They still don’t have a definitive timeline for his full return.

Newton didn’t play in Carolina’s preseason opener against the Texans on Wednesday, but he is reportedly expected to get in on the action “at some point” in the preseason ahead of the team’s regular-season opener Sept. 10 at San Francisco.

Kundla was born in Star Junction, Penn., but grew up in Minneapolis. Prior to coaching the Lakers, he spent one season leading the basketball program for the College of St. Thomas in St. Paul.

Instead of moving with the Lakers to Los Angeles, Kundla stayed in the Twin Cities and took over the University of Minnesota basketball program in 1959. Kundla was a standout basketball player for the Gophers and coached his alma mater for nine seasons, but had just three winning seasons and failed to make the NCAA Tournament.

Remembered as a humble coach with an attention to detail, Kundla was praised for his ability to adjust to the ebb and flow of a game. He coached through the widening of the court and the implementation of the shot clock.
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Todd Gurley is going to start making defenses fear him again in 2017

When the Rams used the No. 10 pick in the 2015 draft on running back Todd Gurley, I thought it was a bad idea because he was coming off a serious knee injury. Gurley’s rookie season changed my mind dramatically. I enjoyed watching him outrun defensive backs, plow over linebackers, and hurdle defenders for extra yards.

OK, that’s the premise. Last week, I stumbled upon a photo that belonged in this mix. It happened innocuously — I had actually used said image in a post for our Mavericks blog, Mavs Moneyball. At the time, I thought nothing of it. But please look at this glorious photo now.

UGH, IT’S GORGEOUS. It reminds you of The Creation of Adam, and the chaos behind Nerlens Noel is just so typical of a baroque-era painting. I tweeted it, expecting it to amuse maybe 20 people enough for them to “like” it. Instead, as of post time, almost 900 people chose to click that heart.

Clearly, the internet wants more sports photos that look like renaissance paintings. I polled SB Nation’s staff, and here’s what we came up with.

Probably the most under-the-radar bust of the first round. Smith played a grand total of 53 defensive snaps in his rookie year and 127 in 2015. He managed 23 tackles in three years before the Eagles cut him before the 2017 season. This is one of the bigger blunders of the Chip Kelly era in Philly.

When all is said and done, this looks like a win-win for everyone involved. New Orleans turned a good receiver into high picks at the peak of his value, while Cooks gets to play with Tom Brady and contend for Super Bowls. nike_steelers_3018

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Terrence Jones reportedly picks Bucks for remainder of season

The NBA has been swirling with activity even after the trade deadline passed last week.

Deron Williams and Andrew Bogut chose the Cavaliers after being released from their contracts, and forward Terrence Jones will finish the season in a Bucks uniform, according to The Vertical.

Jones started the season in New Orleans, where he was averaging 11.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game, but the 25-year-old was deemed surplus by the Pelicans after they acquired DeMarcus Cousins.

Jones’ best season so far came in 2013-14, his second in the league, when he averaged 12.1 points and 6.9 rebounds per game in a Rockets uniform.

The Bucks (26-33) are currently 10th in the Eastern Conference standings, two games behind the Pistons for the final playoff spot. Jones should give them another offensive weapon to help ease the loss of Jabari Parker.

Not only have opponents been comfortable with letting the Thunder beat them from the perimeter this season, it has made the decision to crowd Westbrook when he gets into the paint much easier. With less space to work with, Westbrook has had to do things he’s less comfortable with, like shoot 6.8 3-pointers per game.

That’s what makes Westbrook averaging a triple-double this season all the more impressive. It’s hard to believe his numbers would improve considerably if he was in Harden’s situation, but his shooting numbers and assists per game would almost certainly climb if he was surrounded with players who could space the floor more consistently. Throw a better team record in the mix, and it would be nearly impossible for people to pick his game apart like they’ve done this season.saints_021-223x223

Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo goes on DL with collapsed lung

At around 6-10 with little perimeter skill, Felicio is an undersized center who relies on his high motor, wide body and good athleticism for his size to create havoc. He’s a good rebounder, and for a Bulls team that continues to put a premium on the offensive glass, he’ll be a good fit in their scheme. His touch around the basket is strong, and he’s a solid defender at the rim due to his ability to be a deterrent around the basket.

Basically, he’s a screen, run, jump, catch, dunk, defend player, and he’s one that stays within himself while having an innate understanding of where he needs to be.

But while staying within oneself is a skill, the rest rest of his game is lacking. He doesn’t defend in space at a high level despite being relatively mobile. He’s a pure finisher in the pick-and-roll, not a player who can make reads off short rolls for others. He gets lost in rotation on defense.

While he was a bright spot for Chicago this year and developed into a rotation player, I’m not sure he does anything terribly different than some minimum-salaried bigs. The Bulls are betting big on upside here, paying for the potential top-end outcome. Given that the Bulls are rebuilding and that the money isn’t crazy, this isn’t a bad bet. But it’s hard to call it a good one, too.

Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo was placed on the 10-day disabled list Saturday with a partially collapsed lung.

Outfielder Michael Conforto was recalled from his rehab assignment and activated from the DL to take Nimmo’s spot on the roster, the team announced.

While no collision or fall led to his collapsed lung, Nimmo on Friday was taken to a hospital in St. Louis, where the Mets are playing a weekend series, after complaining that he wasn’t feeling well. Doctors told the Mets that Nimmo’s condition is not life threatening, per the New York Daily News.

“(The diagnosis) is not necessarily real serious, but it’s surprising for sure,” manager Terry Collins told reporters, via ESPN.

Nimmo, who hasn’t played since July 4, is slashing .350/.458/.400 with 2 RBIs through 15 games for the Mets this season.
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Kyle Lowry returns to Raptors; 3-year, $100M contract reported

Kyle Lowry announced Sunday he will remain with the Raptors for at least the 2017-18 season. Lowry made the announcement in an article on The Players’ Tribune website.

The Vertical and other media outlets reported Lowry agreed to a three-year contract worth $100 million. The All-Star point guard was a point of emphasis for Toronto, which needed to re-sign both Lowry and forward Serge Ibaka to avoid a rebuild. Ibaka’s contract is worth a reported $65 million over three years.

Guard Gabe Jackson, a third-round pick in the same 2014 NFL Draft that produced Carr in the second round, agreed to a five-year, $56 million deal with the Raiders, according to NFL Media. Jackson was entering the final year of the four-year, $2.95 million contract he received after getting drafted out of Mississippi State.

Jackson, 25, has started 44 games over the last three years, including every game each of the last two seasons. His new contract will make him the league’s third-highest-paid guard in terms of annual salary behind only Cleveland’s Kevin Zeitler ($12 million) and Raiders teammate Kelechi Osemele, who inked a five-year, $58.5 million last year after leaving the Ravens.

Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said in March that retaining Jackson, who did not allow a sack last season, was a priority.
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