Carson Wentz suffers knee injury in win over Rams

The second-year quarterback stayed in the game to throw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Alshon Jeffery as the Eagles took a 31-28 lead. Wentz then walked to the locker room with a towel around his neck. The Eagles declared him out to start the fourth quarter.

The Rams scored to regain the lead on the ensuing possession and Nick Foles took over at quarterback trailing 35-31.

Sunday’s game was a matchup of the top two picks in last year’s NFL Draft as Wentz squared off with Rams QB Jared Goff. Wentz, who was selected second in the 2016 draft, was 23 of 41 for 291 yards with four touchdown passes and an interception before exiting.

One unknown element is how he will respond to contact on that shoulder if he does play. No doubt the Patriots would not activate him if they were truly concerned, but it is worth pointing out that they are without their tight end this week, as Rob Gronkowski is sitting out due to suspension. Other pass-catchers will need to step up, and Hogan might be one of them, alongside Danny not-on-this-week’s-injury-report(!) Amendola.

The Cowboys carried a 10-point advantage into halftime and allowed just one touchdown in the second half as they pulled away. The victory moved Dallas to 6-6 on the year, while Washington fell to 5-7.

Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott threw for two touchdowns, while Alfred Morris rushed for 127 yards and a score. Dez Bryant also registered a touchdown catch for the Cowboys.

Kirk Cousins recorded 251 passing yards and two touchdowns for Washington but he also threw two interceptions. The Redskins tallied just 56 rushing yards in the contest.

Just days after signing a one-year extension, Larry Fitzgerald caught nine passes for 91 yards and a touchdown, helped made Blaine Gabbert look surprisingly fine, and oh yeah, moved himself into fifth place on the NFL’s all-time receiving yards list. Fitzgerald isn’t done climbing the leaderboard, either. By the time the season is over, he’ll likely pass Isaac Bruce and Randy Moss for third place.orioles_020

How cubsfan333 won $1 million in DFS on Sunday

It already had been a stressful Sunday for “cubsfan333.”

On Saturday against Georgia Tech, Clemson looked like the team that started out 6-0, not the one that lost to Syracuse. The selection committee will factor in the injury to Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant in the Tigers’ loss to the Orange, but defensively, Clemson did not perform well in that game.

We’ll get a sense of the committee’s thinking when it releases its rankings on Tuesday. It’s the first of six rankings, but it will reveal how highly the committee regards the Big Ten, and whether it comes at a price to the Big 12.

“I mean it’s early in the season, I feel like, to do it but it wasn’t one of those meetings where it was so ‘over the top,’ so to speak,” Love said. “It was just figuring out exactly what we need to do. We watched certain segments on film of the game. We broke down film a little bit differently and came out here and got some good work in.”

“We’ll look at that week-to-week,” Shanahan said. “It’s a huge challenge. You know, Jimmy coming here, never playing in this offense before. I know it’s a completely different terminology from what he had in New England and college. That takes a lot of time. I know Jimmy is going to come in here and do everything he can to get ready. I know we are too, but by no means are we trying to rush the process.

Mike Gillislee still looks likely to get goal-line touches, and the role of James White plus Burkhead cannot be ignored, but based on volume and performance, Lewis is still an add that will likely rank inside our top 30 running backs each week once the Patriots return from a bye in Week 10.ducks-012

The Bills honored late star running back “Cookie” Gilchrist by adding him to the New Era Field’s Wall of Fame.

Gilchrist, who died at the age of 75 in January 2011, was regarded as one of football’s most athletic and powerful running backs and drew comparisons to Hall of Famer Jim Brown.
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Though he only played three seasons in Buffalo from 1962-64, Gilchrist was the American Football League’s player of the year in 1962, when he had 1,096 yards rushing and a league-leading 13 touchdowns.

In two starts with the Ducks, Hill threw 11 scoreless innings, gave up two hits, two walks and struck out 21. In his second start on Aug. 9, he set a Ducks franchise record with 17 strikeouts. The next day, the Red Sox signed him for their Triple-A team in Pawtucket, and by September, the Milton, Mass., native was pitching lights out at Fenway Park for his hometown team: a 1.55 ERA with 36 strikeouts and five walks in 29 innings. “He called me after Nino Niederreiter Jersey he got to Boston,” Baez says. “He thanked me for giving him the opportunity. Not everybody does that.”

Stuck in between the rush of Big Ten schools is TCU. The Horned Frogs picked a rough week to suffer their first loss of the season, falling to a surging Iowa State team. With surprise wins over Oklahoma and TCU, the Cyclones find themselves ranked 15th in the CFP.

The Miami Hurricanes (7-0) round out the CFP top 10. While many have claimed “The U is back,” the Canes still have work to do, but a Nov. 11 home game against Notre Dame would go a long way toward silencing any doubters.

Oklahoma State is just outside the top 10 and is followed by Washington (the highest-ranked Pac-12 team), Virginia Tech, Auburn, Iowa State, Mississippi State Adam Lowry Jersey and USC.

UCF is the highest-ranked team among the Group of 5 schools, at No. 18 in the CFP rankings. The only other Group of 5 school ranked this week in the CFP is Memphis at No. 24.

NFL power rankings 2017: Tracking where teams are entering Week 7

With the NFL season nearing the halfway mark, the power rankings continue to see a major shakeup. With the Chiefs being the last unbeaten team to fall and several other teams suffering major losses, the rankings are nearly a free-for-all.

Butker jumped to the NFL as a Panthers’ 2017 seventh-round draft pick after four years as Georgia Tech’s top kicker. After rocky sophomore and junior campaigns, he finished his college career with a 15-17 performance as a senior to put himself on the NFL radar. He couldn’t beat out Graham Gano for the team’s primary role, but he landed on Carolina’s practice squad after a perfect preseason (two field goals, four extra points).

Opportunity knocked when the Chiefs placed Santos on injured reserve. Coach Reid, looking for a new field-goal specialist, turned to the former Yellow Jacket. Butker signed with Kansas City on Sept. 26, just five days before his pro debut. While he started off shaky by pushing his first NFL field-goal attempt wide left from 46 yards, he recovered in time to push his new team to a prime-time victory.

Through five games, the Patriots had yet to hold an opposing quarterback to fewer than 300 passing yards. Journeyman Jets passer Josh McCown was supposed to be the guy to break that streak — instead, he’s breaking New England.

McCown carved up the Patriots’ defense in the first half of their AFC East showdown, getting his team out to a 14-0 lead in the second quarter before New England stormed back in a 24-17 victory. Despite the loss, McCown managed to throw for 354 yards to keep the Pats’ ignominious streak alive.

The Atlanta Falcons were the only other undefeated team heading into Week 4, but they dropped down the list after a disappointing home loss to the Bills. Speaking of which, the Bills are 3-1 and surprising some people along the way.
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the Blazers are better than the team that was outscored by 43 points last season.

The Blazers are optimistic that Evan Turner, Lillard, and McCollum have worked out the kinks after an awkward start together. Lineups with all three outscored opponents by nine points per 100 possessions after mid-January, per NBA.com. Turner can handle, turning Lillard and McCollum into spot-up weapons, and all three can catch-and-go through tiny creases. Cramped spacing doesn’t do as much damage to teams with three playmakers who slither through those corridors in rapid-fire drive-and-kick sequences.

If the Nurkic Fever lasts, the Blazers are better than the team that was outscored by 43 points last season. That still might not be good enough in the West. Egads.

I might have PTSD from all those times the Bucks were bad when they were supposed to be good, and good when they were supposed to be bad.

If you narrow the focus to those special skills — Jokic’s passing and Curry’s shooting — Jokic still reigns supreme with respect to their peer groups. Jokic averaged 6.3 assists per 36 minutes last season, 174 percent greater than the league-average starting center. Conversely, Curry’s made 3s per 36 rated 120 percent greater than the league-average starting point guard. Point-center Nikola Jokic is truly a game-changer. Even if Jokic’s playmaking doesn’t rewrite the record books like Curry’s shooting has, the fact that only Russell Westbrook, James Harden and LeBron James had more triple-doubles last season is a testament to his ability to control all facets of the game.

Although the advanced metrics indicate that Jokic already is a superstar, all signs point to this being the season that public perception catches up. Of course, Jokic will have some more help this season in the form of four-time All-Star Paul Millsap.tigers_015-115x115

Redskins vs. Chiefs: Score, results, highlights from Monday night game in KC

Rookie kicker Harrison Butker delivered for the Chiefs with time running down against the Redskins on Monday night.

Butker kicked a tiebreaking 43-yard field goal with four seconds Authentic Tom Rathman Jersey left and the Chiefs added a defensive touchdown on the final play to secure a 29-20 victory over Washington at Arrowhead Stadium. The win moved Kansas City to 4-0 on the season.

Trevathan appealed the suspension and appeals officer and former Buccaneers linebacker Derrick Brooks cut it in half. The suspension is for a violation of the league’s player safety rules as he flew in with a wicked helmet-to-helmet collision that left Adams unconscious on the Lambeau Field turf.

The Packers receiver had been stood up by Bears safety Adrian Amos after making a short catch on a third-and-goal from the 16-yard line in the third quarter of Green Bay’s 35-14 win.

Trevathan apologized for the hit after the game and reached out to Adams, who said the following day he is fine. Neither Bears coach John Fox nor Green Bay’s Mike McCarthy thought the hit was intentional and Adams could be in the lineup when the Packers face the Cowboys on Sunday.

What has gone right: With nine touchdowns passing and rushing in roughly 3 1/2 games, Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson has built a sizeable lead in the NFL Joel Ward Jersey Offensive Rookie of the Year race. Watson has wisely made DeAndre Hopkins (31 catches for 311 yards and two touchdowns) the league’s most targeted receiver.

What has gone wrong: Starting inside linebacker Brian Cushing was suspended for 10 games following a second PED violation. The special teams coverage units remain among the league’s worst.

Chiefs cheerleader obliterated by absent-minded sound guy running across field

I know working an NFL game is a high-pressure job, but surely you can at least watch where you’re running, right? This cheerleader was just doing her job and completed an impressive forward roll AND kept dancing only to get steamrolled.

We know sometimes football is so exciting you want to run through a brick wall, but there’s a time and a place.

Denver’s defense looks legit. It’s not a surprise that the Broncos defense is dominant, but it can be easy to forget after the team was 9-7 a year ago. With an improved Trevor Siemian at the helm of the offense, the Broncos are even more dangerous when the team can get an early lead.

After putting the Cowboys in a hole and emphasizing a stop of the run, the Broncos were able to take advantage of a one-dimensional Dallas offense.

The second-year quarterback finished with 238 passing yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions. His second interception was returned by Aqib Talib more than 100 yards for a touchdown — the 10th of his career, making him the fourth player to ever reach that mark.

Coleman had an X-Ray on his hand after the Ravens’ 24-10 victory. The Browns never divulged any information concerning the injury, but they said Coleman will go though more tests on Monday.

It’s a low bar in Indianapolis these days.

The Patriots will try to take away the running game and force a rookie QB to beat them in the air from the pocket in that matchup. While the philosophy is always to blitz bad offensive lines to create five or more 1-on-1 matchups, Watson’s ability to extend plays in and out of the pocket makes me nervous about potentially taking players out of coverage.
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Packers not happy with how officials called pick plays in loss to Falcons

The Green Bay Packers weren’t happy with the officiating in their Sunday night game against the Atlanta Falcons — specifically when it came to pick plays.

Officials called tight end Martellus Bennett Preston Smith Jersey for offensive pass interference with 55 seconds left in the second quarter, wiping out a 36-yard gain by Randall Cobb. Two plays later, Aaron Rodgers threw an interception, giving the Falcons the ball at Green Bay’s 36.

“I don’t know how you call pass interference on that when Marty is running a drag route, Cobb runs a shake route, and Marty is looking back at me and gets run into,” Rodgers said.

If you still think the cavalry is coming with trades, in-season free-agent acquisitions or a massive re-shuffling of who plays where on the Giants’ offensive line, Schwartz squashed all of that talk:

“They can talk about scheming a lot of chips in but that’s not really Ben McAdoo’s offense. The way he schemes in a chip is throwing the ball as quick as possible. Possibly Brandon Williams Jersey he’ll have some new formations, some new ways to get the ball out really quick and that is how they fix the offensive line,” Schwartz said. “There’s no magic pill, they’re not inserting anybody. That’s reason why I think McAdoo has remained really positive toward Ereck Flowers publicly, because what are you going to do? You can’t threaten to bench him and then not do it, right, if he plays poorly. So you’re not going to threaten him. That’s where they’re at right now.

“They did not address the offensive line position in the offseason and this is the offensive line they have going forward.”

Schwartz addressed a variety of other Giants-related topics during our conversation. There will be one more post this week, likely about Eli Manning, that will include some of Schwartz’s observations. Click the player above to listen to the entire show.

the Falcons have a new stadium this season.

There are weaknesses. The Pats are thin at defensive end, where they’ll hope Trey Flowers continues to develop into an above-average pass-rusher. There’s not much depth along the interior of their offensive line. Everyone has problems, though, and the other 31 teams would kill to have New England’s minor issues as their most pressing concerns. The Patriots aren’t perfect. They might just be good enough, though, to finish with a perfect record.

Meanwhile, the Falcons have a new stadium this season. The early reviews are mostly positive (lots of additional info here), though there are some problems with the retractable roof, which won’t be able to open for at least the first few games of the season.

After eight seasons of having players wear pink accessories during October to raise awareness of breast cancer, the NFL is taking a more diversified approach this season. Teams will now be able to designate a specific anti-cancer initiative to promote during a three-week period in October. The Packers, for example, have announced that they’ll be raising funds for the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation. It’s not yet clear whether teams will wear colored accessories for these games, but the early indications are that they will not, at least for 2017. Additional info here.

Although there has been no official announcement, expect to see the league’s other well-established monthlong uniform promotion — camouflage trim to salute the military in November — rolled out once again.

There has also been no official announcement about a reprise of last year’s “My Cause, My Cleats” promotion, in which players were permitted to wear custom footwear designs devoted to various charities in Week 13. But that initiative was popular with players and fans, so it’s likely to be revived for 2017.hornets_023

‘NBA 2K18’ reveals soundtrack featuring big names like Kendrick Lamar, Damian Lillard

Video game publisher 2K Sports has successfully used soundtracks in recent years to reach larger audiences, leveraging popular musicians like Jay-Z, Pharrell Williams and DJ Khaled (plus the likes of LeBron James) to put their names on the box as curators of the playlists.

While there is no one in that position with “NBA 2K18,” the soundtrack offers a wide variety of current-day hits and blasts from the past that goes 50 songs deep.

Among the artists featured are Kendrick Lamar, Future, Drake, Pitbull, OutKast, Naughty by Nature, Def Leppard, Nas and even Trail Blazers star point guard Damian Lillard, who raps under the name Dame D.O.L.L.A. He actually has two songs in the game, with one of them hidden away to be unlocked through the game’s MyPlayer career mode.

The Chargers’ ability to give the Broncos fits in 2016 means it’s safe to assume their season-opening matchup is far from an easy win for Denver. It also will cost the Broncos at least day of preparation for their Week 2 showdown against the Cowboys. A cross-country trip to Buffalo isn’t exactly a comfortable way to end the first month of the season.

Denver’s annual home game against Oakland comes early in the season this year, a week before a bye the Broncos probably wish would have been scheduled later in the season. The break in the schedule at least will give the Broncos plenty of time to prepare for a primetime, home showdown against the Giants before they close the month on the road against the division-rival Chargers and Chiefs.

Gelbaugh was drafted by the Cowboys out of Maryland. He got a second NFL chance from the Bills out of the CFL and a third with the Cardinals after shining in Europe in the World League of American Football. The Seahawks got the worst out of him in 1992, when he went 0-8 as a starter. He rated only 52.9 as a passer, with a 47.5 completion percentage.pacers_022