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Why Eagles-reliant fantasy owners must cheer for Vikings over Packers

An upset from the Packers over the Vikings at Lambeau Field on Saturday night spells bad news for fantasy football owners who are relying on Eagles players to help in winning their league championships this weekend.

That’s because the Eagles clinch the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs with a Vikes’ loss, and that would mean Philadelphia coach Doug Pederson would probably rest some of his key players during Sunday’s home game against the Raiders.

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The team had hoped to have Haden back what became a controversial 27-24 loss to the Patriots, but he wasn’t deemed healthy enough to play due to a setback.

Haden suffered a broken fibula in his left leg in the first quarter of the team’s Week 9 win over the Colts and was expected to miss three weeks as he recovered. He resumed practice on a limited basis last week and officially was listed as questionable for Week 15 against New England.

Haden, 28, has only 16 tackles and one interception this season but has played a crucial role in Pittsburgh’s pass defense. The two-time Pro Bowl player signed a three-year deal worth $27 million with the Steelers this offseason after being released by the Browns.

The AFC North champion Steelers (11-3) will look to bounce back from their loss when they visit the Texans (4-10) at 4:30 p.m. ET Monday.
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Prescott doesn’t think the Cowboys’ lack of production is necessarily because Elliott isn’t playing.

He doesn’t blame the coaches, either. He thinks the players on the field should be getting it done.

“I look in the mirror and I look at the other guys on the plays. I mean, simply explosion plays, I don’t know if you can point at a coach,” Prescott said. “It’s just us making guys miss and wanting to go get those extra yards. That to me is simply about the athleticism of our playmakers and being able to go make guys miss.”

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The NFL can be an emotional roller coaster, and one big week can shoot a team’s spirits through the roof and tank another’s hopes of finishing with the Lombardi Trophy in February or beyond. Teams near the top are feeling great after Sunday, while those at the bottom aren’t feeling too optimistic.

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Phil Bennett leaving as Sun Devils’ defensive coordinator after bowl

Arizona State defensive coordinator Phil Bennett will leave the program after coaching against NC State in the Hyundai Sun Bowl later this month.

“I will always be a Sun Devil fan,” Bennett told reporters Tuesday. “I will pull for these kids and this program. I think it’s in good hands. Just very appreciative to all of them.”

He had a lot of leverage. In 2013, in addition to winning the national championship in men’s basketball, Louisville beat No. 3 Florida in the Sugar Bowl and made the finals in baseball and women’s hoops. Jurich commissioned a $185,000 documentary, Year of the Cardinal, which aired on ESPNU.

The Adidas deal quadrupled the company’s commitment to Louisville in cash and gear and was a huge bet on Jurich’s vision. The average annual compensation of the 10-year contract was exceeded only by Under Armour’s deal with UCLA ($18.7 million) and Nike’s deals with Ohio State ($16.8 million) and Texas ($16.7 million) — universities with at least twice Louisville’s enrollment.

“I was looking forward to no games,” Crabtree said. “But there is nothing I can do about that.”

Crabtree and Talib still have time to appeal their suspensions. If they stand, which is likely, Crabtree will be out against the Giants and Talib will miss the team’s game against the Dolphins.

This season, at the end of each positional section, there is a subgrouping of players, “Players off game-status injury report.” The probable tag no longer exists, so players who would have been listed as probable in previous seasons are now simply removed from the report.

“Without getting philosophical, and I’m not sitting here with a crystal ball or projecting things like that, that’s not how I roll,” Reid said, via Arrowhead Pride. “We’ve all got a responsibility to do our job at all positions, starting with me, and that’s not getting done the right way. Right? It’s not one guy, and that has to be understood. It’s not one person.chargers_009

Miami goes three-and-out and punts back to Oakland with 3:31 to play in the third quarter.

Oakland comes up short on a third-and-4 and is forced to punt. The Dolphins have the ball on their 18 with a chance to take the lead.

Touchdown, Dolphins. Miami answers the Raiders’ touchdown with one of its own. Kenyan Drake breaks a 42 yard run to move the Dolphins just outside the red zone, and four plays later Cutler connects with Jarvis Landry for a 6-yard score. Miami cuts its deficit to 20-16.

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As we did with McNair, the Cowboys must be prepared for the possible time when Elliott can no longer escape his suspension. Cowboys execs have made sure to have a quality backup in former Redskins starter Alfred Morris, who is a two-time Pro Bowl selection but has only 14 carries through the first eight games. Dallas also signed the oft-injured Darren McFadden for further insurance at the position, but he has not played so far this season.

Detroit will be wary of avoiding a trap, just as it was against Green Bay and Cleveland. The Lions will grind out some tough yards early before Matthew Stafford builds on his recent groove. Chicago’s limited offense also matches up poorly against Detroit’s defense.

Field goal, Steelers. Ben Roethlisberger completes a pass to Antonio Brown that moves Pittsburgh to the Titans’ 42. After three straight incompletions, Chris Boswell kicks a 50-yard field goal to put Pittsburgh ahead 16-7 with 15 seconds left in the half.

The Titans go three-and-out and the Steelers will get the ball back for one more first-half drive.

Field goal, Steelers. Pittsburgh fails to punch it in following the interception and is forced to settle for a 28-yard field goal from Chris Boswell. The Steelers lead 13-7 with 1:40 to play before halftime.
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Marshawn Lynch practices with old high school during suspension

Thomas injured his left triceps during a Duke Johnson Jr. 3-yard run late in the third quarter. Thomas laid on the turf while holding his left elbow and later left the game. Moments later, the Browns tweeted that their star left tackle wouldn’t return due to a tricep injury. Spencer Drango filled in for Thomas.

Unfortunately for the Browns, Thomas will not play another snap this season — which is unfortunate because he has represented continuity for the Browns since his rookie year in 2007.

What does this mean for the Browns?

“I don’t really know what it was. I know that he loves football and he’s a football junkie. I wouldn’t expect anything different. We’re excited to go put on a good showing with Buffalo and meet up with him after that.”

The Falcons had a chance to get a little bit of redemption from the humiliating Super Bowl LI loss to the Patriots. Instead, they just created opportunities for a whole new genre of jokes about the team after losing to New England 23-7.

The first quarter saw both teams go scoreless, but the Patriots started rolling in the second quarter. New England took a 17-0 lead into the half. Blocked field goals, dropped passes, and costly penalties kept the Falcons from getting on the board at all until the fourth quarter.

Bowen: Matthew Stafford, QB, Lions. Stafford was noticeably banged up heading into the bye week, and his top target, Golden Tate, is unlikely to dress with an injury. On top of that, the Steelers’ defense has quietly been one of the league’s best in fantasy scoring versus quarterbacks. As we head into Week 8, Pittsburgh ranks second overall, allowing only 9.9 fantasy points per game to opposing QBs.
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The Browns chose Wynn 16 spots ahead of Tom Brady in the 2000 draft.

And because of that, there’s another great joy to the postseason, a subtle one that I didn’t notice I was enjoying until a few days ago but that has been quietly making many of these innings even more entertaining than they already are: Pitch counts matter again.

Back when “Moneyball” came out, one of the hot takeaways was that there’s something glorious and underdog-ish about a lineup that makes a pitcher work. “When a team wades into the opponent’s bullpen in the first game of a series, it feasts, in Games 2 and 3, on pitching that is not merely inferior but exhausted. ‘Baseball is a war of attrition,’ Billy Beane was fond of saying, ‘and what’s being attrited is pitchers’ arms.'”

What happened? The Butch Davis regime that arrived following the 2000 season traded Wynn and running back Travis Prentice to Minnesota for draft picks. Wynn spent two seasons with the Vikings before playing four more in the Canadian Football League.

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I think the communication between the player and the coach is big

Despite being named MVP of Super Bowl 51, Brady told King it wasn’t his best game ever. Via King:

There are so many things that played into that game—a high-scoring offense, a top-ranked defense, the long Super Bowl, four-and-a-half-hour game, the way that the game unfolded in the first half versus what happened in the second half … so it was just a great game.”

It was an interesting, honest look inside the mind of Brady — the ultimate perfectionist still kicking himself over a pick six while Patriots Nation is still celebrating its fifth Super Bowl title. It was widely picked up by various media outlets.

But then Bleacher Report tweeted Brady’s quote Monday, and there was no mention of King or MMQB. That set King off.

“I think the communication between the player and the coach is big,” Peete added. “In order to have a successful running game, it’s a combination of everyone. It’s not just, ‘well the line didn’t block good,’ it wasn’t like ‘the runner didn’t run good — it’s a combination of both. I think everybody has to be cohesive and be on the same page.”

McVay, who celebrated his 31st birthday on Jan. 24 and is the youngest head coach in NFL history, echoed the sentiment of getting everyone “on the same page.”

“What you see in Todd is a special player,” McVay said. “He’s got great gifts as far as just a talented runner with natural instincts, ability when he gets to the second level to make people miss kind of seamlessly. We’re looking to get him to be that player consistently week in and week out.

“From what I’ve seen so far, really excited about the opportunity to work with him. We feel confident that he’ll get going and be special back for a long time in this league.”texans_110

Bills fire GM Doug Whaley, entire scouting staff

The uncomfortable final days of general manager Doug Whaley in Buffalo have come to an end.

The Bills announced Sunday morning they had fired Whaley. The team also cleaned house in the pro and amateur scouting departments as the franchise moves in a new direction in the front office after extending their playoff drought that stems back to 1999.

Bolles’ 4-month-old son, Kingston, was the center of attention as his father had him model the No. 1 Broncos jersey set aside for the 6-5, 300-pound tackle.

Bolles, 24, is older than the other first-round picks, as he spent two years on a Mormon mission. The younger Bolles certainly dressed for the occasion.

Bolles went No. 20 overall, in a draft considered weak in offensive line prospects. In fact, this marked the first draft in the Super Bowl era that an offensive lineman didn’t go in the first 15 picks.

Broncos general manager John Elway tweeted , “Excited that Garett Bolles was available for us to take w/our 1st rd pick. He was the most athletic tackle in the draft & plays w/toughness!”

Expect to see more of little Kingston as his dad begins his career in Denver.

New England traded back from its first chance to pick and still ended up with intriguing, smaller-school upside picks in hybrid edge player Derek Rivers (Youngstown State) and potential future left tackle Antonio Garcia (Troy). For the Super Bowl champs, it’s all gravy now with their offseason.

He wasn’t traded, which means he will indeed play out the season in Washington. The 49ers also didn’t draft a true franchise QB, only a trade-up flyer on Iowa’s C.J. Beatherd in the third round. That means Cousins can expect to name his price with San Francisco next offseason.

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There is a grace period here

The Jaguars selected the burly LSU tailback Thursday night with the No. 4 pick of the 2017 NFL Draft. They’re betting Fournette, a player who’s been a five-star prospect through every stage of his football career, can be a game-changer even at a weight more suited for a pass rusher, though he sported a slimmer look after shedding 12 pounds for his pro day in March.

Fournette’s hype crested in 2015 after a 1,953-yard, 22-touchdown season for the Tigers. His 85 broken tackles led college ball and made him a candidate to be the first player selected once he’d completed his third year of college football, then led some to wonder why he wouldn’t be allowed to leave earlier.

It’s not the norm, as opposed to basketball, where underclassmen make the jump to the NBA all the time. This year, a record 98 have decided to do so, and that number has grown almost every year for the last decade (it was once only 40 in 2007).

There is a grace period here, though. Underclassmen submit their names for the draft and then get grades back from the NFL Draft Advisory Council. Registered scouts and members of team personnel departments evaluate players and give them grades. Players can then choose whether to proceed into the draft or stay in school.

Here’s the NFL’s breakdown of the last two years of underclassmen who were given first- or second-round grades, vs. where the players were actually picked.

If you were drafted as an underclassman who didn’t get a first- or second-round grade, it likely won’t be high. But it’s not like it’s impossible for you to get in the league. And being drafted high is already less lucrative than it once was, thanks to the rookie wage scale, although it is — of course — much more money than a player would get by staying in school.

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Minnesota will be hungry to even the series on home ice.

Game 1 between the Minnesota Wild and St. Louis Blues was textbook NHL playoffs drama. Spectacular goaltending. Late-game heroics. An overtime win.

We’d love to see more. The problem: The odds of a blowout are high if Game 2 on Friday plays out in a similar fashion.

St. Louis didn’t play well, and they know it. Minnesota will be hungry to even the series on home ice.

On Thursday, it appeared Damian Lillard had predicted his No. 8-seeded Portland Trail Blazers — who snuck into the playoffs in the last week of the season — would knock off the Golden State Warriors, the first team to win 67 games in three straight seasons. Here’s one tweet:

See? What is Lillard supposed to say there — “actually, Warriors in five!” That would be ridiculous. He could have declined from making a prediction, but professional athletes have to be confident. They’re some of the most competitive people in the world, so of course they think they can win.

Lillard wasn’t trying to distract from his team or give the Warriors bulletin board material. (Do the Warriors REALLY need any of that, anyway?) He was asked a question and he answered it. Nothing wrong with that.

So yes, the point is this: It’s cool Lillard is confident, and he should be, and it shouldn’t be a big deal that he thinks that.

In this third quarter example, LeBron and Kyrie Irving execute a high pick and roll forcing 6’1 Teague onto a much-bigger, much-stronger LeBron. The results are exactly what you’d expect:

It’s unreasonable to expect Teague to contain Love and James in the paint, yet he was asked to do so time and time again thanks to Indiana’s defensive scheme. Head coach Nate McMillan had his players switch nearly every time Cleveland ran a pick and roll — an ineffective strategy as Cleveland shot nearly 54 percent from the floor.
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