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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There’s something very, very wrong with the Colts sideline

What the actual heck is happening here?

Which performance stood out the most? What surprised you most? And how will the Green Bay Packers fare without their quarterback?

Week 6 concludes Monday night when the Indianapolis Colts travel to Nissan Stadium to take on the AFC South rival Tennessee Titans (8:30 p.m. ET, on ESPN/ESPN App). Barring a tie, the winner of Monday’s game will join the Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars atop the division at 3-3, while the loser will be alone in last place.

As part of the NFL’s investigation, Elliott’s accuser turned over phone records. Included in the league’s 160-page was an exchange from September between the woman and a friend where they discuss using a sex tape to blackmail Elliott, according to documents obtained by Yahoo Sports.
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Elliott told them his version of what happened the week of July 17, 2016. His representatives also discussed any concerns they had about the advisory committee’s investigation reports, which had been passed along to them on June 7.

Later, the four advisors all separately met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to give him their opinions of the case. Goodell, who would make the decision about whether or not to suspend Elliott, was not present for Elliott’s meeting or any other hearings about Elliott, according to a Deadspin report.

Authentic Youth Nomar Mazara Jersey Elliott’s accuser fully cooperated with the NFL’s investigation. She talked to league investigators multiple times, according to the Washington Post. However, Goodell did not meet with her, per Pro Football Talk.

My intention here isn’t to undermine your confidence in our Week 7 picks.

I’m merely pointing out that there is an awful lot of variance in the league this year. That’s all. We’re only here to guide you.

If you do want to follow anyone’s recommendations here, I suggest our weekly guests. This week it’s Jimmy from Music City Miracles, our home for all things Titans. All together, our guest pickers are leading the pack this season.

We allow our panel to make a couple changes to the picks by the end of the week, so be sure to check back.

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Wrong. It is a big deal, because this did not happen in a vacuum. There have been similar reports of outsized, irrational reactions to people taking a knee since Trump began banging the drum about mandatory patriotism in a way that even makes conservatives like Rush Limbaugh nervous.

Trump is continually tweeting; I know what he’s doing, and I understand why he’s doing it, Limbaugh said on Oct. 11. But I don’t think that it is useful or helpful for any employee anywhere to be forced to do something (patriotic) because the government says they must.

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TNT analyst Shaquille O’Neal on Carmelo Anthony joining the Thunder: I think at this point in Carmelo Anthony’s career he should look at teams like Golden State and San Antonio.

Yankees: Dellin Betances wasn’t used after throwing 35 pitches in two-plus innings and taking the loss in Game 2.

With 54,726 fans in attendance, the Dodgers had their largest crowd in Chavez Ravine since 2012, before renovations to the venerable stadium. The crowd also was one of the season’s loudest, egged on by Puig’s enthusiasm and by Hill, who held up a cardboard sign in the seventh inning exhorting fans to get loud.
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Greinke couldn’t make it through four innings in the Diamondbacks’ wild-card game, but nobody around the Dodgers doubts the $206.5 million right-hander who won 51 games in three years with Los Angeles. Darvish went 4-3 with a 3.44 ERA in two months with the Dodgers, but the Japanese star yielded just one earned run in 19 1/3 innings over his final three starts before the postseason.

Kids Mel Ott Jersey We can’t be an organization that pulls the plug on guys too quick, Francona said. And we don’t have a crystal ball, either. But with an arm like that, if you run out of patience too quickly, he’s going to be doing this for another organization. We can’t have that happen.

And it wasn’t just patience. I mean, it was a lot of hard work. I know Kevin Cash isn’t here anymore, but he did a lot with Carrasco, sitting out in that bullpen, as far as mentality and embracing what’s coming. There are a lot of people that deserve credit. Carlos is right at the top of that list. But it’s a good story for us, because he’s been one of the better pitchers in the game.

It will be an even better story if Carrasco can vanquish New York in Game 3 and carry the Indians into the Championship Series. The prime-time stage awaits in New York.

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

Hernangomez was one of the most impressive rookies in the league last season

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Smaller lineups with Barnes and Noel up front — and no Dirk — were outscored in limited minutes last season, and the Mavs don’t have the right sort of depth to make them fly; the bench consists mostly of giants, little guys, and Dorian Finney-Smith. Seth Curry’s absence is a sneaky big blow.

Chris started 75 games as a 19-year-old rookie last season and held his own, averaging 9.2 PPG, 4.2 RPG and contributing in the blocks, steals and 3-point categories. I expect his minutes to rise well past the 21.3 MPG he averaged as a rookie, and I can see Chriss becoming a top-20 fantasy talent in another couple years. If you’re looking for a mid-round player to draft in keeper leagues, this could be your guy.

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New Flame Jaromir Jagr wants to practice more before playing game

Jaromir Jagr wants more time before making his debut with the Calgary Flames.
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The 45-year-old right wing decided not to play in Calgary’s home opener Saturday night against the Winnipeg Jets.

After arriving Wednesday from the Czech Republic, Jagr had two practices and the pregame skate Saturday with his new team.
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Walker moved to the Czech Republic at age 13 to pursue his hockey career, then moved five years later to North America.

Walker’s goal was originally credited to teammate Devante Smith-Pelly, but when the change was announced to the crowd during the third period, Walker’s family waved Australian flags in his honor.

At first, I wasn’t 100 percent sure,” Walker said of his goal, adding he felt in somewhat of a daze during his first game. The first couple of shifts I didn’t know what happened.”

Before finishing the call, Walker told Turnbull how he had met the Australian ambassador to the United States the week before.

It took more than one game for Davis to make the list, but that one game, woo boy. It’s hard to imagine any defender doing more than Davis did Sept. 29 against BYU. He had three interceptions, returning two for touchdowns from 50 and 30 yards out. Davis, the first FBS player with three interceptions and two scoring returns in a game since 2012, also became Utah State’s career leader for pass breakups.

New Flame Jaromir Jagr wants to practice more before playing game

Jaromir Jagr wants more time before making his debut with the Calgary Flames.

The 45-year-old right wing decided not to play in Calgary’s home opener Saturday night against the Winnipeg Jets.

After arriving Wednesday from the Czech Republic, Jagr had two practices and the pregame skate Saturday with his new team.

Walker moved to the Czech Republic at age 13 to pursue his hockey career, then moved five years later to North America.

Walker’s goal was originally credited to teammate Devante Smith-Pelly, but when the change was announced to the crowd during the third period, Walker’s family waved Australian flags in his honor.

At first, I wasn’t 100 percent sure,” Walker said of his goal, adding he felt in somewhat of a daze during his first game. The first couple of shifts I didn’t know what happened.”

Before finishing the call, Walker told Turnbull how he had met the Australian ambassador to the United States the week before.
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Game Womens Lee Roy Selmon Jersey It took more than one game for Davis to make the list, but that one game, woo boy. It’s hard to imagine any defender doing more than Davis did Sept. 29 against BYU. He had three interceptions, returning two for touchdowns from 50 and 30 yards out. Davis, the first FBS player with three interceptions and two scoring returns in a game since 2012, also became Utah State’s career leader for pass breakups.

Wentz tosses 4 touchdown passes, Eagles beat Cardinals 34-7

Carson Wentz calls third downs the money down.

Cha-ching.

Wentz threw a career-best four touchdown passes and the Philadelphia Eagles continued their impressive start with a 34-7 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

Wentz tossed three scoring passes on three consecutive attempts in the first quarter, including 59 yards to Torrey Smith, 11 yards to Zach Ertz and 15 yards to Trey Burton. He connected with Nelson Agholor for a 72-yard TD in the third quarter that left six-time Pro Bowl cornerback Patrick Peterson shouting on the sideline.

Dez Bryant is still looking for that big breakout game of 2017. Through five games he has 21 catches on 48 targets for 264 yards and three touchdowns, including a score Sunday against Green Bay. With the way Bryant and Dak Prescott closed last season with six of his eight touchdown catches in the last eight games and six games with at least 70 yards receiving, their connection has been off to start the season. With the bye week, it could be a good time for Bryant and Prescott to reset and get ready for an 11-game push in which they will have to put up numbers if the Cowboys want to get back to the playoffs.
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Limited Kids Jalen Collins Jersey Paul Perkins didn’t help any fantasy teams in the first five weeks of the season. He averaged less than two yards per carry and hasn’t found his way into the end zone. Perkins’ season high is 22 yards rushing and he missed Sunday’s game with a rib injury. It has been tough sledding early this season. Tight end Evan Engram, even though he was shut out by the Chargers, has been a pleasant surprise. Even though rookie tight ends usually struggle early, Engram had at least four catches in every game prior to Week 5.

Colts host 49ers, look to avoid getting swept by NFC West

The Indianapolis Colts will try not to not get swept by the NFC West when they host the San Francisco 49ers at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday.

Because of a bizarre schedule, Indianapolis (1-3) will complete its games versus the division in Week 5. The Colts lost to the Los Angeles Rams on the road in Week 1, fell at home to the Arizona Cardinals in Week 2 and were crushed by the Seahawks at Seattle in Week 4.

The Colts, without injured quarterback Andrew Luck, handed the reins to Jacoby Brissett. The backup was 14 of 20 passing for 142 yards with a touchdown to wide receiver Donte Moncrief against Seattle and an interception that was returned for a TD.

In an atrocious second half, Brissett was 2 of 9 for 15 yards.

I feel like I’m ready, Trubisky said to reporters this week. I’m excited. I’m just going to take it day by day and prepare as hard as I possibly can for every single look and situation we can get on Monday. I’m going to be dependent on my teammates a lot. My job is to get the ball to the playmakers and just be a distributor and manage the offense and do the best I can.

The Vikings offer a difficult challenge to any quarterback, let alone an untested rookie. Minnesota ranks No. 1 in the league in third-down defense (25.6 percent conversion rate) and tied for eighth in scoring defense (19 points per game).

Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen paces the team with five sacks in the first four games. Safety Andrew Sendejo also has emerged as a leader with 32 tackles and an interception.

Bears coach John Fox said the team’s 11-day break between games allowed time to make the switch from Glennon to Trubisky. Look for Fox to try to ease Trubisky’s workload by simplifying the playbook and relying heavily on running backs Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen.

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