Monthly Archives: September 2017

Dez Bryant has hilarious response to Josh Norman’s diss with commercial of his own

Redskins cornerback Josh Norman and Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant have taken a lighthearted approach to their rivalry in commercials for the Samsung Galaxy Note8.

Norman’s funny commercial was released a week ago:

Sam Bradford, Minnesota Vikings, knee: Bradford sat out Week 2, when it became apparent he could not move well enough to both perform at competition level and protect himself after injuring his knee in Week 1. Early this week, Bradford acknowledged he was dealing with a new type of discomfort, something unfamiliar to him despite his two previous left ACL injuries. Nonetheless, he seemed to be making at least small gains, moving slightly better in individual drills than he had the prior week. On Friday, however, Bradford was not present in practice, a fairly clear signal that he would not be playing in Week 3. It turned out he was headed to visit his orthopedic surgeon, Dr. James Andrews, for a consultation.

The persistent pain Bradford is reportedly experiencing is of concern, but a visit to Andrews does not automatically indicate surgery is on the horizon. Still, the downturn in his status is worrisome for Bradford’s short-term future; updates in the coming week should provide a better idea of what the next step in his treatment plan will be.

Rex Burkhead, RB, New England Patriots, ribs: Burkhead was not able to practice all week because of an injury to his ribs. It is no surprise that he has been ruled out for this week’s contest.

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Siemian threw for 231 yards and four touchdowns with just one interception.

Week 2 of the NFL season is now upon us. After an underwhelming Week 1 and a poor Thursday night game, we can only hope the action and excitement pick up as teams settle into a groove.

Perhaps the most interesting game of the early slate is the Chiefs vs. the Eagles. Kansas City stunned the Patriots on the road in Week 1 and will try to assert itself as a contender, but the loss of Eric Berry is a huge blow to its defense. The Eagles took care of Washington and are looking for big things from Carson Wentz, who had an impressive season debut.

Time of possession was a problem for the Cowboys. The Broncos controlled the clock, racking up 178 yards on the ground and holding onto the ball for nearly 34 minutes of the game.

And while the offense couldn’t sustain drives, the defense couldn’t get Trevor Siemian and the Broncos offense off the field.

Demarcus Lawrence managed to sack him twice, but it didn’t slow the Broncos down, especially in terms of scoring.

It was even more disappointing in the context of how successful the defense was against the Giants in Week 1. The Cowboys sacked Eli Manning three times, kept the Giants out of the end zone entirely, and limited New York to just 35 total yards on the ground.

Injuries did have an impact, especially in the Dallas secondary. Orlando Scandrick was out with a broken hand, and injuries to cornerback Chidobe Awuzie and safety Nolan Carroll during the game forced them to shuffle things around.
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Tell her I’ll never forget that night in Tbilisi.

Sebastian Janikowski, at age 39, is still in the NFL and playing for the Oakland Raiders. He was injured for the second consecutive week, however, so for their game against the Jets, the Raiders once again turned to … Giorgio Tavecchio.

Now, if you aren’t Giorgio Tavecchio, please look away from the computer right now. Seriously, if you aren’t Giorgio Tavecchio, close your browser. The rest of this article is for Giorgio Tavecchio and Giorgio Tavecchio alone.

Ah, Giorgio, you again. It seems the little tango of life has brought us together one more time. I was hoping it would be under better circumstances, but fate has always been a fickle bird, hasn’t she, you card? You may have bested me this time, but as long as I’ve got one eye open, know that your old bête noire is out there.

Let’s cut to brass tacks: the diamonds. They’re in the glass box under Mercedes’ attache case. Make sure Hidalgo gets his cut; I think we all know he more than earned his share this time around. And Giorgio? Give Mercedes a kiss for me.

I’ll see you next time the Syndicate’s siren wails or, if fate will have it, in hell. And good luck next week against Washington.

According to Wikipedia, Robert Paxton Gronkowski was born on May 14, 1989, in a small town in upstate New York.

Now, you know how your history professors always told you that Wikipedia wasn’t a legitimate source to quote in your papers in college? They were right. That one sentence alone contains three inaccurate facts: The first is the claim that Gronk’s first name is Robert, the second is that his middle name is Paxton, and the third is that he was born.
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Marshawn Lynch’s first game with the Raiders in Oakland lived up to the hype

Marshawn Lynch said at his opening press conference with the Raiders, “Just to play in Oakland, shit, it’s like a dream come true or something like that.”

Sunday, he saw it through with his first game in his hometown. Lynch finished the game with 12 rushes for 45 yards and a touchdown.

But he also had all of the other Lynch moments that we’ve grown to love over the years — whether it was a mean run, or a celebration. These are the highlights from Lynch’s debut as a Raider in his hometown of Oakland.

The thing about Ross is he’s not just about top-end speed. He’s got gears, and they work like a supercar, getting him moving quickly and efficiently until he’s roasted a poor defensive back one way or another.

There’s a disclaimer that goes along with all of this: 2016, a year in which he was coming back from an ACL injury, was also the first year Ross could stay on the field.

The potential and the sheer athletic ability had always been there, but the size and injury concerns linger for Ross as well. That was also on display at the combine, when he blazed to a 40 and came up injured, done for the day.

You, as a fan specifically, are going to want him. I watched him as a fan of Washington State, a rival and the eventual runner-up to UW in the Pac-12 North last year. I couldn’t resist clapping and laughing as he destroyed folks on the field week in and week out.

As a player, John Ross means highlight clips for fans and hell for opposing coaches. It’s a fantastic combination for anyone who loves fun.
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Atlanta looks to be flying high once again and the offensive volume works in Sanu’s favor.

The Lions only attempted 21 passes against the Giants on Monday night, but five of those throws were directed at Eric Ebron. One of those throws was into the end zone, which is notable considering Ebron entered with a mind-boggling six career end zone targets. That includes only two in 2016, which explains why he scored only one touchdown. Ebron caught the lone end zone look on Monday and posted 42 yards on five receptions. Despite missing five games over the past two seasons, Ebron has finished as a top-14 fantasy tight end both times. Now healthy and a full-timer in the Lions’ offense, the fourth-year player is back in the TE1 mix.

He’s up to 11 catches and 15 targets through just two weeks. He’s a trusted middle-of-the-field player for quarterback Matt Ryan. If you play in a PPR league of 12 or more teams, Sanu should certainly be on the flex radar. He may not be much of a touchdown maker, but he should challenge for 100-plus targets this season.

So is Daniels’ ailment. The defensive tackle pulled his hamstring in the first quarter and also could not return.

Cobb sustained a shoulder injury early against the Falcons yet stayed in the game until he aggravated it in the fourth quarter. Cobb said it’s nothing like the right shoulder injury he suffered in the 2015 preseason, an injury that bothered him most of the season.
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“I’ll be all right,” Cobb said as he walked out of the locker room in Atlanta on Sunday night.

The Packers had multiple soft-tissue injuries during the game. Cornerback Davon House (quad) and safety Kentrell Brice (groin) couldn’t finish the game, while guard Jahri Evans (groin) played through his injury.

It comes after a pair of games against always-tough NFC South teams in the Panthers and Buccaneers

With his latest performance against the Giants, Prescott built on his best of last season while burying his worst. That’s a classic sign of young QB evolving. What’s scary is that, as confident as Prescott was for most of 2016, he came out looking like a totally seasoned pro to begin 2017.

Even if Elliott hadn’t been around for a while because of suspension, Prescott still may have started on this trajectory. With Elliott in tow, Prescott is making a beeline toward becoming “elite.”

It comes after a pair of games against always-tough NFC South teams in the Panthers and Buccaneers, with the latter being a Thursday night matchup and a short week; but also more prep for the Falcons game. The annual road game against the Jets is always fun.

New England’s bye week comes at a convenient time, in the middle of the season and before a tough road game in Denver. Then comes a long road trip to Mexico City and a game against the Raiders, a fellow contender in the AFC. That game against Oakland, given the location and the strength of opponent, might be the toughest game on New England’s schedule. It comes right before the first of two Dolphins games in three weeks.

The Rams’ front office and Donald’s representatives at CAA have been going back and forth on a potential contract extension dating to the scouting combine in early March, but they have been unable to come to a resolution.

The final month of the 2017 regular season for the Patriots is a Steelers sandwich with AFC East bread. New England’s final road game of the year, in Pittsburgh and with a late kickoff, could come with massive playoff implications. We certainly are not going to suggest the last two home games of the season, against the Bills and Jets, will carry such weight.
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Joseph ‘s decision to start Trevor Siemian over Paxton Lynch as the Broncos starting quarterback paid dividends early.

While the Giants actually showed some life to begin the second half, it ended with just three points. Manning led a 16-play, 68-yard drive to start second half but a sack in the red zone by Charles Tapper stalled the drive.

After stopping the Cowboys with just over eight minutes to play, Manning followed up one of his best plays of the night with an back-breaking interception. Starting from his own 10, Manning threw to tight end Evan Engram for a 31-yard gain, but on the next play he was picked off near midfield by Anthony Brown, all but sealing a win for the Cowboys.

The one thing missing from New England’s winning Super Bowl resume is a blowout — domination from start to finish to match what they’ve done every year during both the regular season and playoffs.

We predict Super Bowl LII playing out as such: Brady will throw early touchdown passes to Brandin Cooks, Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman. Then Mike Gillislee will get to pounding and scoring in the second half. Then, as Malcolm Butler keeps shutting down one side of the field, Stephon Gilmore will provide the capping pick six on a forced Russell Wilson pass to somebody not named Doug Baldwin.

Joseph ‘s decision to start Trevor Siemian over Paxton Lynch as the Broncos starting quarterback paid dividends early. Siemian was accurate with his passes and made great decisions, even scrambling in for the Broncos’ second TD of the game. In the fourth quarter however, the entire Broncos offense was stagnant. Their best fourth-quarter sequence was a five-play, 43-yard drive which ended in a missed 50-yard field goal from Brian McManus.

Siemian finished 17-of-28 passing with 219 yards, two touchdowns and one interception but was sacked four times, including twice in consecutive plays before McManus’ missed FG.

Bengals reportedly give contract extension to Vontaze Burfict

Vontaze Burfict is suspended for the first three games of the NFL season for the second straight year, but that is not preventing the Bengals from wanting to lock up the linebacker to a long-term deal.

The Bengals have agreed to a three-year contract extension with Burfict worth $38.68 million, according to ESPN. His new deal will put Burfict ninth among the league’s highest-paid linebackers in terms of annual salary.

A third-round pick out of Florida by Washington in the 2015 NFL Draft, Jones recorded 950 yards on 243 carries with six touchdowns over his first two years in the league. Following Saturday’s initial cuts, the Colts had just three running backs on their roster — Frank Gore, Robert Turbin and rookie Marlon Mack.

Jones is one of five players bound for Indianapolis after the Colts also claimed defensive backs Pierre Desir and Kenny Moore, offensive lineman Ian Silbermann and former Redskins wide receiver Matt Hazel.

To make room for the claimed players on their 53-man roster, the Colts waived five players, including fourth-round draft pick Zach Banner, a monstrous 6-8, 353-pound offensive lineman from USC, and first-year quarterback Stephen Morris.