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Buffalo Bills vs. Cleveland Browns: Third string live blog & open thread After an up-and-down first half of preseason action Youth Jason Croom Jersey , the Buffalo Bills find themselves leading 13-7 as the third-string players take to the field against the Cleveland Browns. In the first quarter, AJ McCarron couldn't move the first team offense, and despite only surrendering a single touchdown, the starting Bills defense was gashed on the ground. Offensively, the Bills did not earn a first down until 10:59 in the second quarter. After coming in early in that same quarter, Josh Allen immediately provided a spark, marching the team right down the field and completing a pretty pass to Rod Streater for a touchdown. Then, after a great punt return by Marcus Murphy Womens Kelvin Benjamin Jersey , Allen successfully commanded the two-minute offense in a drive that resulted in a field goal. Allen again led the team into field goal range after halftime. Allen finished 9-of-13 for 60 yards and the aforementioned touchdown pass, and Bills fans have to be impressed with his second preseason performance.Allen’s night aside, this half will be very important for Nathan Peterman, as AJ McCarron had a brief but subpar start to the game. Peterman has an opportunity to create some separation in the ongoing quarterback competition. His performance in last week’s preseason game against the Carolina Panthers was almost flawless, but how will he perform playing with the third-string receivers and linemen? Keep it locked here as we watch and find out.Buffalo Bills ride dominant defense to win in Minnesota The Buffalo Bills looked like a lost football team for much of the first two games of the 2018 season, getting outscored 75-9 through the first six quarters of two lackluster performances. But in the Bills’ locker room, the players knew they had turned a corner in the second half of Week 2’s 31-20 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. The unit held the high-flying Chargers to only three points and only 61 total yards of offense (including only three rushing yards when the Chargers were in an obvious run the ball and kill the clock mode) after halftime.Head coach Sean McDermott assumed the play-calling duties in the second half of that game, but for Week 3’s road game with the Minnesota Vikings Youth Matt Milano Jersey , defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier re-claimed play-calling duties, and the unit responded with a thoroughly dominant performance. The Bills (1-2) were flying across the U.S. Bank Stadium field on defense, swarming quarterback Kirk Cousins and coming away with three sacks while clamping down on a high-octane offense. The Bills brought the heat from the get-go and never let Cousins feel comfortable in the pocket. While the offense struck early and often for 17 first-quarter points en route to a 27-0 halftime lead, the defense limited Minnesota to only 46 first-half yards, forcing two fumbles that led to 10 points. The 46 first-half yards were the fewest a Bills’ defense had allowed in the first half since the Cleveland Browns managed two first-half yards in 2004. Jerry Hughes returned to his dominant pass-rushing self, registering 15 pressures against the Vikings, according to NFL Next Gen Stats. That figure represents the most pressures in a game over the last three seasons. Linebacker Matt Milano enjoyed one of the finest games of his career, finishing with a sack Womens Zay Jones Jersey , a fumble recovery, and an interception, becoming the first member of the Bills to accomplish that feat since Troy Vincent in 2004.The Vikings, who exploded for 22 fourth-quarter points in a Week 2 tie against the Green Bay Packers, didn’t enter the red zone until there was 3:30 remaining in the fourth quarter. Buffalo also re-discovered its stout run defense, allowing the Dalvin Cook-less Vikings ground game to run for only 14 yards (and only 12 in the first half). Minnesota’s talented wide receiver duo of Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen, who ran wild against the Packers for a combined 21 catches for 259 and three touchdowns, were held to 22 yards on six catches in the first half. Much of the credit goes to second-year pro Tre’Davious White Womens Kyle Williams Jersey , who has emerged as an up-and-coming lock-down cornerback, and Ryan Lewis, who earlier in the week was elevated from the practice squad. Were it not for a late touchdown once the game was well out of hand, Buffalo was poised to pitch the first shutout of the Vikings on their field in more than 50 years (since the 1962 season). All-told, an impressive bounce-back effort for a Bills defense that ranked at or near the bottom of the league in almost every category heading into Week 3. Week 4’s showdown with Aaron Rodgers and the Packers at Lambeau Field will serve as another test of whether or not this Bills defense has truly turned a corner.
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The Rams will be facing the Cardinals without one of their best players.Running back Todd Gurley Authentic Brandin Cooks Jersey , the 2017 offensive player of the year, is officially inactive for Sunday’s game at Arizona.Gurley suffered a knee injury last Sunday against the Eagles, and he hasn’t practiced all week. Coach Sean McVay had said that they won’t risk Gurley’s availability for the playoffs by playing him if he’s not healthy enough to go.The Rams can still lose the No. 2 seed to the Bears in the NFC, which would force the Rams to play in the wild-card round. With quarterback Jared Goff regressing recently and opposing offenses figuring out how to neutralize defensive tackle Aaron Donald, the Rams could be at risk of losing to a Cardinals team that seems to be motivated to win for its head coach, Steve Wilks. The Los Angeles Rams and Oakland Raiders spent most of the lead-up to the season in the same predicament, with their Defensive Players of the Year holding out while seeking new contracts.When the teams open the season against each other Monday night in Oakland, that will have changed. The Rams will have last year's winner of the league's top defensive award on the field anchoring the middle in Aaron Donald. The Raiders will be without 2016 winner Khalil Mack, who was traded to Chicago.The Raiders dealt Mack for a package including two first-round draft picks a day after Donald signed a six-year, $135 million deal Limited Brandon Allen Jersey , with $87 million guaranteed. Oakland was unwilling to pay that price for Mack, forcing defensive coordinator Paul Guenther to shelve plans he made after getting hired on how to use Mack, and proceed the way he approached training camp with the rest of the overhauled defense."I think I saw the guy in a restaurant in March one time," Guenther said. "My kids pointed it out to me, 'Hey, its Khalil Mack. He's got the new Jordans on.' You know, I wouldn't know. With as many new players we brought in, new coaching staff we just kind of got use to him not being here and operating with what we got, so we are going to move along that way."The Raiders spent much of the offseason trying to improve their pass rush by moving Bruce Irvin to a full-time defensive end position, and drafting P.J. Hall Ramik Wilson Jersey , Arden Key and Maurice Hurst. That group helped generate 12 sacks in the preseason and will have plenty of pressure starting Monday night to fill Mack's void."It's an opportunity for me and the rest of the guys on the D-line," Key said. "That's just another opportunity. Khalil Mack is gone. We can't dwell on it. We have to move forward and somebody has to step up in his spot."The Rams said they weren't exactly upset to see Mack traded, considering he has averaged more than 12 sacks and 60 quarterback pressures over the last three seasons. But they noted they still have to face Mack in Week 14 and that the Raiders' other rushers present enough of a challenge this week."He's a great player, and he's not going to be on the team we're playing this week, but they've got plenty of good players, and they've got a great defense and a great team that we're preparing for," quarterback Jared Goff said. "We're not thinking very much about Khalil right now."The Raiders have plenty to worry about on Los Angeles' defense now that Donald is back to team with three former All-Pros added this offseason: defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, cornerbacks Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib.The new-look lineup gives coordinator Wade Phillips one of the game's best pair of cornerbacks in Peters and Talib, as well as interior rushers in Donald and Suh.The Raiders have a good idea what to expect with Peters and Talib having spent the past few years in the AFC West; Oakland playing against Suh in Miami last year; and Phillips serving as defensive coordinator in Denver in 2015-16 when he faced the Raiders four times overall."They're all great players," quarterback Derek Carr said. "They have a great team Dante Fowler Jr Jersey Salute to Service , great defense. Great challenge they present us. Then (defensive coordinator) coach Phillips calling it. I've gone against him a number of times. He does his stuff, man, and he's really good at it. It's going to be a good challenge for us. I can sit here and talk good things about all those guys. They know how I feel about them, they're great players."The Rams have spent the past week incorporating Donald into the mix after he held out all offseason and training camp. They have experience doing it from last year, when he didn't report until one day before the season opener and missed the first game.He's had more than a week of practice and should be ready for the opener for what could be the most star-packed defense in the league."We haven't played in any games or any meaningful snaps, so we're still figuring out how to come together as a defense," coach Sean McVay said. "You feel good about those two players and some of the other guys that will play with them up front. It looks good right now, but it's about playing together as a unit and doing a great job against what we know is going to be an excellent challenge with a great offense on Monday night."
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« Último mensaje por panxing18 en Enero 31, 2019, 02:37:02 am »
Safety Bradley McDougald Nolan Cromwell Jersey Salute to Service , running back Chris Carson and right guard D.J. Fluker headlined a list of seven Seahawks players listed as questionable to play Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams.McDougald (knee), Carson (hip) and Fluker (calf) each were forced out of last week's game against the Los Angeles Chargers due to their injuries. Only McDougald was able to get any practice work in this week for the team as he was limited in Friday's workouts.All three are expected to be game-time decisions.Delano Hill, a third-round pick in 2017, would make his first career start in place of McDougald if he is unable to play. It would leave the Seahawks with a starting secondary consisting entirely of players in their first or second year in the NFL against one of the league's most explosive offenses."He had a good week," head coach Pete Carroll said of Hill. "These are two really good weeks. I mentioned it to you at the end of last week, too, that he had really stepped up in the preparation Jacob McQuaide Jersey , he got a lot of work."Mike Davis is set to go in place of Carson with first-round pick Rashaad Penny and C.J. Prosise available as well. Carroll wouldn't say who would start in place of Fluker, but Ethan Pocic would be the most likely option.Linebacker K.J. Wright (knee), defensive tackles Shamar Stephen (foot) and Nazair Jones (illness) and guard Jordan Simmons (calf) are also listed as questionable.Carroll indicated that Wright and Jones should be able to play. Stephen had been away from the team this week getting treatment on his injured foot but has told the team he expects to be able to play as well.Cornerback Neiko Thorpe is doubtful to play due to a groin injury. It would be the third straight game he's missed due to injury.Random Ramsdom 9/20: Roster tweakin’ Greg Zuerlein out 3-6 weeks with groin injury | Los Angeles Rams WireThe dreaded news that we assumed was going to be announced sooner or later... K Greg Zuerlein is going to miss some time due to his groin injury. This absence was felt last season when he suffered a back injury, so this is clearly going to be an obstacle for the Rams to overcome. Plain name, flashy hair — John Johnson III stands out in defense filled with stars | ESPNIn two games, the defensive players that are leading the Rams in tackles? You guessed it, LB Cory Littleton and S John Johnson III. This piece spends way too much time marveling over the idea that Johnson bleaches his hair Authentic Johnny Hekker Jersey , but it’s still attention that Johnson deserves. He’s good. Despite circumstances, Sam Ficken is excited to be back with the Rams | Rams’ official siteK Sam Ficken has been training in the area with other free agents, so this signing was ratherconvenient for everyone involved. Every time I hear his name, I also think he’s a Harry Potter character and not a football player. That’s probably on me, though. Rams tight ends are starting to catch up with the rest of the offense | LA TimesGary Klein brings up the point that even though Head Coach Sean McVay considers himself a fan of pass-catching tight ends, both TE Tyler Higbee and TE Gerald Everett failed to get any targets in the opening week one game vs. the Oakland Raiders. However, things looks to be shifting if you paid closed attention to last Sunday’s home opener. But seriously Limited Lamarcus Joyner Jersey Salute to Service , Gary. You wrote an article because Higbee caught a 3-yard pass? I know it was a TD, but c’mon Gary. Rams sign recently cut QB Brandon Allen to practice squad | Rams WireThe Los Angeles Rams needed to shore up some room on their roster for OL Jamon Brown and third-string QB Brandon Allen was one to go. But today, once he cleared waivers, they decided to keep him on the practice squad in case an injury befalls QB Sean Mannion or the mighty Goff. Rams sign WR KhaDarel Hodge off practice squad | Rams’ official siteGetting a promotion to the 53-man roster after WR Mike Thomas was put on the IR, the Rams have decided to give preseason superstar WR KhaDarel Hodge a chance on the team. It appears that he will play special teams if he plays at all. The Rams also signed DE Marcus Martin to the practice squad. Rams cut Isaiah Johnson and add OT Darrell Williams Jr. to practice squad | Rams WireThis is not the Darrell Williams from the preseason, this is the Darrell Williams who previously played with the San Francisco 49ers and was an undrafted free agent coming out of Western Kentucky. This story is very not exciting, but I thought you guys needed to know about it in case you missed it yesterday while you were living your best life (you are living your best life Rodger Saffold Jersey , right? OK, good. Carry on, then).
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« Último mensaje por panxing18 en Enero 31, 2019, 02:24:23 am »
Well that escalated quickly!Two days ago we were discussing how the emergence of rookie Tre’Quan Smith could affect the role of Ted Ginn Jr. moving forward Limited Rick Leonard Jersey , and now the former Ohio State Buckeye is the latest Saints skill position player to land on IR.Can Smith fill the role vacated by Ginn or does he have other attributes the Saints should feature?What about Sunday’s match-up vs the Ravens?Deuce and Ellias preview the game and give their insights into how the Saints can come away with a victory as well as diving into this weeks mailbag with the return of the phone lines.There are multiple ways to catch your favorite Saints podcast! You can watch it on YouTube (to see the live comments from Who Dat Nation) or download it on iTunes/Google Play/Spreaker. As always, thanks for listening.Want to help keep the podcast on the air and film studies coming out? Consider becoming a Patreon sponsor. Whatever amount you wish to donate per month (1 dollar? 5?) helps us tremendously! Barring ties in Week 17 鈥?and there are some wild scenarios should certain games end in draws Sunday 鈥?the road to the playoffs is quite straight in the NFC. The path to a first-round bye in the AFC has a bunch of curves in it.Already in are NFC division winners Dallas (East), New Orleans (South), Chicago (North) and the Los Angeles Rams (West). AFC divisions clinched belong to New England in the East and, well, nobody else. But there are clear leaders .Seattle owns an NFC wild card, and the LA Chargers have one in the AFC, though they can still win the AFC West."You either believe in something or you don't," says coach Pete Carroll, whose 9-6 Seahawks made the postseason in what was considered a rebuilding year. "I think just staying the course and knowing we're on to something. Believing in the history. We know what we're capable of doing. We've shown it over a lot of years. You're always adapting, but it's staying what you're true to. I think that's what is happening. We look like a team that we have seen before, and that's powerful."Most powerful so far has been New Orleans, with the league's best record at 13-2, and a dynamic offense led by Drew Brees. The Saints have home-field advantage throughout the conference playoffs.The Rams (12-3) get the other opening-round bye if they beat San Francisco on Sunday. If they lose and the Bears win at Minnesota, Chicago (11-4) earns the week off and Los Angeles drops to the third seed.A Bears win also could keep the Vikings (8-6-1) out of the postseason, providing defending champion Philadelphia (8-7) wins at Washington. Only the Vikings or Eagles can get the second NFC wild card."We've got to empty the bucket Josh Hill Jersey , and that's the way we've got to play next week at home," Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph says. "I'm really looking forward to that environment."In the AFC, seeding is more muddled. Any of four teams could be the top or second seed.The simplest route is if Kansas City (11-4) and New England (10-5), currently the top two in the conference, both win Sunday. But if the Chiefs lose at home to Oakland and the Chargers (11-4) win at Denver, Los Angeles moves into the top spot.Houston (10-5) also could wind up No. 1 in the AFC with losses by the Chiefs, Patriots against the Jets, and Chargers. New England, the only unbeaten team at home this year, would get the first seed with a victory and losses by the Chiefs and Chargers.And get this: Houston doesn't even own a division title. If the Texans fall at home to Jacksonville, the winner of the Colts at Titans game in Tennessee takes the AFC South, and the Texans become a wild card, joining either the Chiefs or Chargers.Texans coach Bill O'Brien, whose club began the season 0-3, is intrigued by the division being so ensconced in the playoff picture this year."I think that's an interesting question because I can remember the question was, two years ago P.J. Williams Jersey Salute to Service , 'Why is the AFC South so bad?'" he says. "Now, 'Why is it so good?'"...I've never thought it was bad. I think every year it's been extremely difficult to win games in the division. I just think there's a lot of great coaches. You've got Frank (Reich) in Indy, Mike (Vrabel) in Tennessee, Doug (Marrone) in Jacksonville. You've got a lot of great players, quarterbacks, so you've got a tough division."The AFC division often looked at as the toughest has been the North, which, not surprisingly, has come down to Baltimore vs. Pittsburgh. Except the Ravens (9-6) host the Browns, while the Steelers (8-6-1) must beat visiting Cincinnati and hope their archenemies from Cleveland sidetrack Baltimore, either beating or tying the Ravens.Neither the Ravens nor the Steelers can be a wild card 鈥?except if Pittsburgh ties the Bengals, then Indianapolis and Tennessee also tie. Then the Steelers are in.Of course, Pittsburgh also can win the North with a draw and a loss by Baltimore.Your head spinning yet? Custom San Francisco 49ers Jerseys
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What we learned: Marshon Lattimore and Saints D “proved them right” in the wrong ways vs. Buccaneers Every dog has its day.The eternally pessimistic Saints fan warned us about this game.The Marshon Lattimore could slump Limited Rickey Jackson Jersey , we’re too cocky, and I don’t like the blowout predictions crowd all turned out to have legit fears.The first sneak peak at the preview to the 2017 sequel was a dud of Independence Day: Resurgence proportions, as New Orleans was bludgeoned 48-40 in front of a home crowd that had high expectations for its beloved Saints.Even the prognosticators who took a more leveled approach and warned us about it being a division game expected it to be a close win, but a WIN nonetheless. In reality, it ended up being the overzealous and over-hyped individuals like myself that predicted a decisive route who were humbled by Paul Bunyan sized palm prints across our mandibles.Personally, I could have done without the facial reconfiguration but I DO feel a bit more cosmetically inclined following the procedure.In fact, I’m so even keeled about it I’ll say this...As a fan, a team, and a coaching staff it was necessary you’d prefer to start fast and win your opening game for momentum’s sake, but try to recall if last year’s squad allowed a Week 1 loss to define their season.They didn’t!Still, nothing from last year is a given and there are numerous burning questions the Saints need to answer if this team is going to “Prove them right” in 2018.How much to use Alvin Kamara during 1st Quarter of Season?Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY SportsKamara’s performance of 17 touches for 141 yds and 23 points was brilliant, but if his production under the current workload wasn’t enough to eat a W, do you consider an increase in snaps? It was noted during the broadcast, Payton said “it’s hard not to “want” to give Alvin a ton of touches because of how good he is”.This creates a significant dilemma, as the Saints must win at least 2 of their next 3 to stay afloat in the NFC before a brutal 2nd quarter of their schedule kicks in.If they even expect to have a Shaq at the free throw line chance of securing those W’s, the want to give Alvin the ball may suddenly become a need.No Pressure? There were a ton of things in the secondary that were concerning, but the defensive line did not show up to the concert. While the corners and safeties had their share of bad notes, it’s crystal clear they were singing acapella for a better part of the performance. Everyone knows that it’s bass that manifest rhythm, and the Cameron Jordan led defensive line provided little of it against Tampa. There were broken plays in which Ryan Fitzpatrick, who went 21 of 28 for 417 yard and 4 TDs Willie Roaf Jersey Salute to Service , had time to start a campfire before distributing the ball to an open receiver (75% comp).New Orleans has four (1st), two (3rd) and a Ryan Nielsen invested in that line and they delivered a DiGiorno level let down on Sunday. Is it time to push the Panic Button on Marshon Lattimore?Mike Evans had the same kind of success against Lattimore that Michael Thomas had been having against him during training camp practices. Evans compiled 7 receptions for 147 yards and 1 TD on the day with most of that coming with Lattimore in coverage.Perhaps he, like Thomas, is merely a crafty veteran who’s as much a technician as he is a physical specimen. Or perhaps the explanation offered up by coach Aaron Glenn provides solace that getting beat now is doing Lattimore some future good.Whatever the case, I think there’s a correlation between his struggles and the performance of the defense as a collective. Dennis Allen’s scheme is built around the former DROY’s cover ability and if his play drops off so does that of the entire defense.Still, it’s too early to pass judgement.Verdict: Don’t call it a slump...yet!Miscellaneous NotesSay what you want, but the offense lacked teeth without Mark Ingram in the lineup.There was something missing about that offensive performance, as the Saints looked more finesse in this game than they did at any point last year.During the broadcast, there was a nice little segment dedicated to the fact that Ryan Fitzpatrick has 7 kids in 7 different cities after playing for 7 different teams.Kudos to Fitzmagic for living in the moment, but I don’t remember Antonio Cromartie being glorified in this way (just saying).Dirk Koetter not calling the offensive plays earned a spot on my “reasons the defense collapsed” list.Michael Thomas had a career day with 16 catches on 17 targets for 180 yards and a TD, but would probably like to have the dropped pass and lost fumble back. Drew Brees was surgical as usual, going 37/45 for 439 yards with 3 TDs and no INTs.How many more times in his Saints career will we squander performances like this?Saints defense didn’t force it’s first punt until 7:34 left in the 3rd Quarter.Cameron Meredith was inactive and seen running with practice squad players.It’s far too early for assumptions, but if we learned anything from the Willie Snead situation last year where there’s smoke there’s fire.Saints defenders were once again on the wrong side of a historical achievement, as they aided the Buccaneers in tying a franchise record with 48 points scored.Four (4) new starters in your nickel package (Robinson, Anzalone, Davis, Coleman) also made my list of reasons the defense flopped.Tons of miscommunication errors on Sunday.Thomas (17) and Kamara (12) both had double-digit targets in the passing game.Next closest player was “old man” Ted Ginn with (6) and the ageless Benjamin Watson chipped in with (4).The concern is Tre’Quan Smith and Meredith were added to this team to make a difference, and both were blanked out on the stat sheet for different reasons.Maybe Austin Carr steps up, but the Saints need to find a legitimate 3rd option.The defense gave up 112 yards on 34 carries with 1 TD, and despite the low yards per carry (3.3) they couldn’t stop the run or the QB from escaping the pocket when needed.It doesn’t get easier next week as they face Tyrod Taylor and a Browns team that combined for 177 yards on 38 carries for 4.5 YPC and 2 TDs.I just hope this D cleans up nice like that one co-worker who always dresses tacky but manages to show up to the Christmas party sharper than a Ginsu blade?!Nobody wants to hear this Drew Brees Jersey , but BOTH defenses were equally horrendous yesterday and combined for 55 first half points, most in the NFL since 2004.Despite giving up 40+ points a piece, it was the unit backed by an offense that didn’t Robitussin the ball up twice that won the game.Regardless, it’s obvious the Saints weren’t quite as good as most previously thought, nor are they nearly as bad as some currently think.My intuition suggest the answer lies somewhere smack in the middle of both extremes and they’ve got 15 more games to tilt the needle either way. Welcome to Saints Gameday!Today:Cleveland Browns (0-0-1) at New Orleans Saints (0-1)The Saints face the Browns in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome today as both teams are looking to pick up their first win of this early season.Cleveland, after going 1-31 over the past two seasons, found a way not to lose their season opener.New Orleans, on the other hand, well, let’s not speak of it.It’s a new week and a new chance to prove the Saints are still among the class of the NFL in 2018.There’s also that storyline of Cleveland defensive coordinator, Gregg Williams returning to New Orleans for the second time, which should make this one even more interesting.Here’s to the Saints picking up the first of many wins this season!Who Dat!Here are your links to follow all of today’s Saints Week 2 action:Game time:Sunday, September 16th - 10:00am PST / 12:00pm CST / 1:00pm ESTLocation:Mercedes-Benz Superdome - New Orleans, LouisianaWeather Forecast:Perfect conditions under the domeTV Broadcasts:NFL on FOX- Chris Myers, Daryl JohnstonLocal broadcasts in your region can be found hereDIRECTV NFL Sunday Ticket:Channel 712Radio:WWL 870AM/105.3FM New Orleans-Featuring: Zach Streif, Deuce McAllister, and Kristian GaricSIRIUS XM 229 / Internet 821 New Orleans Saints radio network affiliates can be found hereCleveland Browns radio network affiliates can be found hereOnline Streaming:NFL GAMEPASS (Subscription Required)iOS/Android Streaming:NFL AppOdds:Saints -9; Over/Under 49Uniform Combination:Black Jerseys and Black PantsOpponent Blog:Dawgs By NatureJoin us an hour before game time to hang out and discuss the games with your fellow CSC members. 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METAIRIE Ted Ginn Jr Jersey Salute to Service , La. (AP) — Dez Bryant wasn’t about to declare himself a changed man just because he’d changed teams.At age 30, the ninth-year NFL veteran receiver said he is comfortable with who he always has been and hopes he’ll fit in with the New Orleans Saints, a team on a seven-game winning streak that looks like it’s all-in to contend for a Super Bowl this season.“I’m always going to be me, you know, who I am. I’m not a bad guy. I’ve always been a good guy,” Bryant said after his first practice with New Orleans on Thursday afternoon. “You can ask my teammates — my ex-teammates — how I am. I love the locker room. It’s like family. Every locker room that I’ve been in — from middle school, high school, college, to the pros — it’s always been like a family.”Bryant was reticent when asked to go into detail about interest shown in him by other clubs. He is known to have met with Cleveland and Baltimore before his workout with New Orleans this week earned him a spot on a Saints offense that currently ranks seventh in the NFL and is led by the NFL’s all-time leader in completions and yards passing.“Who wouldn’t want to play with Drew Brees,” said Bryant Authentic Garrett Grayson Jersey , who caught passes from Brees at practice on Thursday. “Not taking away from nobody else, but you got a guy like Drew Brees, like I said, you got a guy like Michael Thomas, (Ben) Watson, Alvin Kamara, Mark Ingram. You got those types of guys.”Bryant spent his first eight NFL seasons with Dallas and in 2017 caught 69 passes for 838 yards and six touchdowns, including a 50-yard scoring play, for the Cowboys.However, his professional reputation has been marred at times by public confrontations with coaches and teammates during games and practices.Last season was Bryant’s best since he caught 88 passes for 1 P. J. Williams Jersey ,320 yards and 16 TDs in 2014, which at the time was his third consecutive season with at least 1,200 yards receiving. He signed his last Cowboys contract right after that, but has not approached that level of production since — a central reason Dallas released him in April with two years left on his five-year, $70 million contract.Saints players sounded eager to see how Bryant might help.Thomas, who is New Orleans’ leading receiver, said he has been following Bryant’s career.“He’s definitely one of those guys you have to watch if you’re playing the receiver position,” Thomas said. “He’s a guy who’s done some great things at the position, so you just have to respect it and pick his brain. I asked him a lot of questions, and it’s just cool to play with a guy like that.”Saints coach Sean Payton said Thursday that Bryant would be taking the spot on the active roster vacated by receiver Cameron Meredith Ken Crawley Jersey , a free-agent signing last offseason who is coming back from a major knee injury, and who went on injured reserve after he and the club agreed he’d benefit from undergoing an arthroscopic cleanup on that same knee.“He kept having the swelling week in and week out and he really was pushing through it,” Payton said.Receiver Ted Ginn Jr. also is on injured reserve and cannot come back until the final few weeks of the regular season, if he’s ready by then.It’s not clear how soon Bryant will have a regular role in New Orleans’ offense. Payton said Bryant is perhaps five pounds heavier than his ideal playing weight, which would be common among players who did not go through a training camp.But Payton added, “we felt like he did a number of things that we liked in the workout.”The signing sets the stage for Bryant to play in Dallas when the Saints visit the Cowboys for a Thursday night game on Nov. 29.“I am going to be excited. I’ll get to see all the Cowboys fans. You know I still love those guys. I love my ex-teammates. They’re my family,” Bryant said. “But I’m here on a new chapter. It’s going to be fun, but I’m the opponent now.”Bryant said he is “not at all” bitter about his departure from the Cowboys, adding, “That chapter’s closed. That’s something I had to accept. I accepted that and moved on.” The Saints take on the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football this week. This will be the 27th meeting between the two teams. The Redskins currently have the bragging rights A.J. Klein Jersey Salute to Service , leading the series 17-9, but the Saints did win the last game in 2017 with a big comeback in the 4th quarter.As far as connections between the two teams, there are plenty — and here we highlight some of the more noticeable ones.PlayersWashington RB Robert Kelley both played for New Orleans Senior Offensive Assistant/Wide Receivers Curtis Johnson at Tulane University, when Johnson served as head coach of the Green Wave. Washington G Tony Bergstrom and DT Stacy McGee played for New Orleans Defensive Coordinator Dennis Allen with the Oakland Raiders when he served as head coach. Washington RB Adrian Peterson played for New Orleans in 2017. Peterson was also teammates in Minnesota with QB Teddy Bridgewater and FB Zach Line. New Orleans DT Sheldon Rankins and Washington T Christian Geron Sr. and LB Josh Harvey-Clemons were college teammates at Louisville. New Orleans S Kurt Coleman, WR Ted Ginn Jr. and LB A.J. Klein played with Washington CB Josh Norman in Carolina. New Orleans G Josh LeRibeus was a third round draft pick of Wash- ington in 2012 out of Southern Methodist and spent his first four NFL seasons with the club, appearing in 28 regular season games with 12 starts along the offensive line and appearing in two more postseason contests.Coaches/Front OfficeNew Orleans offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael served as a quality control coach in Washington in 2001. Saints Special Teams Coordinator Bradford Banta served as Washington’s assistant special teams coach from 2014-16.New Orleans Head Coach Sean Payton tutored Hilliard when he served as offensive coordinator of the New York Giants from 1999- 2002. Payton and Washington Assistant Head Coach/ Offensive Line Bill Callahan served on the same Philadelphia Eagles coaching staff from 1997-98. Custom Atlanta Falcons Jerseys
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4 daily fantasy players from the Saints and Giants matchup If you’re a daily fantasy player Authentic Marshon Lattimore Jersey , before each game I will look at three/four players from the New Orleans Saints and their opponent’s rosters that I would target in daily fantasy (based off their value and potential results). Obviously, Saints QB Drew Brees is a safe QB for daily fantasy leagues, but spending your money on a top-tier starting QB leaves you scraping the barrel to fill out the rest of your roster. So here are four Giants that provide the most bang for your buck. (Values from Fanduel.)QB Eli Manning (NYG) - $7,100After what the Saints have consistently given up through the air, it is absolute shock to me that Eli Manning comes this cheap. He’s $1,800 cheaper than the most expensive QB available, and is in the bottom third of prices for all NFL starting QBs this week. If the Saints defense struggles again for the fourth week in a row, look for Eli to provide incredible value.RB Saquon Barkley (NYG) - $8,000Reports of the Saints success against the run have been greatly exaggerated. Yes, the Saints have fared well thus far, but that’s been against two career back-ups in Peyton Barber and Tevin Coleman, and a mediocre starter in Carlos Hyde. Barkley will be the first real test for the Saints run defense, and he’s a threat both catching the ball and running between the tackles. At $1,100 cheaper than the most expensive RB available (Alvin Kamara), he’s a solid value play this week.WR Odell Beckham Jr (NYG) - $8,600Odell is another Giant cheaper than the most expensive player at the position who also happens to be a Saints (he’s $400 cheaper than the Saints Michael Thomas). He will likely be lined up against Marshon Lattimore for the majority of the game Limited Marcus Williams Jersey , but Julio Jones’s game last week shows that an elite WR can still put up big numbers against Lattimore.WR Sterling Shepard (NYG) - $6,200Number two wide receivers have torched the Saints number two cornerback all season long - DeSean Jackson, Antonio Callaway, and Calvin Ridley all had monster games. Whether it’s PJ Williams or Ken Crawley lined up as the #2 CB, look for Shepard to spend the majority of his snaps trying to run past Crawley down the seam.My full daily fantasy lineup this week: QB: Eli Manning (NYG) - $7,100RB: Saquon Barkley (NYG) - $8,000RB: Giovani Bernard (CIN) - $6,400WR: Odell Beckham Jr (NYG) - $8,600SWR: ) - $5,000WR: Sterling Shepard (NYG) - $6,200WR: Amari Cooper (OAK) - $6,600TE: Eric Ebron (IND) - $5,500FLEX: Matt Breida (SF) - $6,400DST: Jaguars (vs Jets) - $5,200 There’s no place like home for the holidays. And beyond.The Saints have concluded a run of three straight road games, and they now head back to the Superdome for the last two regular season games of the year. With their magic number for clinching home-field advantage throughout the playoffs at one Alvin Kamara Jersey Salute to Service , the Saints could be looking at four straight home games wrapped around a bye, leading to a berth in the Super Bowl.The Saints lost at home to start the season (against the Buccaneers, of all teams), but since then the Saints have become very hard to beat in their own building. And whether it’s the Cowboys, Seahawks, Vikings, Bears, Eagles, or Rams, anyone that comes to New Orleans will have a very hard time advancing.So at a time when the AFC seems to be wide open and the NFC’s power structure (beyond the Saints) is a bit unsettled, the Saints could be on the verge of spending well over a month in their own beds before embarking on a short trip to Atlanta for a shot at their second Super Bowl win.That’s not to say they’ll definitely do it, but they currently have the clearest path of any NFL team to a spot in the championship game, and they’re showing the sort of ability in all phases of the game to get there, and to win it. Custom Pittsburgh Steelers Jerseys
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How's THAT for a halftime adjustment?While the rest of the Buffalo Bills jogged into the locker room at halftime of their game against the Los Angeles Chargers Austin Carr Jersey Salute to Service , cornerback Vontae Davis jogged in, then just kept on going.He quit at halftime — a jaw-dropping decision that left his teammates and coaches shaking their heads."Pulled himself out of the game. He communicated to us that he was done," coach Sean McDermott said after the Bills fell 31-20.Later, Davis posted on Twitter that he was, in fact, calling it a career."This isn't how I pictured retiring from the NFL," he wrote. "But today on the field, reality hit me and hard. I shouldn't be out there anymore."And so, he left.In case you missed it, here were other hot topics after the second Sunday of the NFL season:80 TOUCHDOWNS: Patrick Mahomes of the Chiefs is on pace to throw 80 touchdown passes this season.Last season's first-round draft pick threw six TDs against Pittsburgh to bring his total to 10 this year — surpassing Charley Johnson, Drew Brees and Peyton Manning for the most over the first two weeks of an NFL season."You never expect to have 10 touchdowns at this point in the season," Mahomes said. "But I knew with this offense, and the weapons that we have, and the scheme coach (Andy) Reid has drawn up, that we had a chance to be really, really good, and the possibilities are endless."Kansas City won 42-37 for its first victory at Pittsburgh in 32 years.HARDLY RECOGNIZABLE: Yes Benjamin Watson Jersey , football fans, that is 14-year veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick tearing through opposing defenses.And yes, that was Fitzpatrick wearing gold chains , a half-zipped jacket and a pair of Aviator sunglasses after his latest triumph.After his second straight 400-yard, four-touchdown game and Tampa Bay's second straight surprising win, Fitzpatrick rummaged through receiver DeSean Jackson's locker to outfit himself for his postgame interview.Asked if any of what he was wearing was his, the thickly bearded Fitzpatrick responded: "The chest hair is mine."Filling in for the suspended Jameis Winston, Fitzpatrick insists he's not letting all the success go to his head."I think we just have to stay humble," he said, as one of the receiver's pendants sparkled on his chest. "We've got to make sure we know how to handle success and all those things. We can't change who we are."Really. Don't let the gold chains fool you.KICKERS WANTED: Last week, Zane Gonzalez's inability to convert a field goal from a makeable range turned a potential win into a tie. This week, he missed four kicks and the Browns lost.Gonzalez missed two field goals and two extra points in the second half, including one of each over the final 76 seconds, all of which played into a 21-18 loss to New Orleans. The last miss was a game-tying attempt from 52 yards that sailed well right of the goal post."It snowballed," Gonzalez said. "I was pulling them, and the last one I pushed it because I was overcompensating. I get paid to make those kicks, and I have to make them."Last week Eli Apple Jersey , Gonzalez had a 43-year field goal blocked as time expired in overtime and the Browns settled for a tie with Pittsburgh.This week, another NFL tie came courtesy of similar kicking problems. Minnesota's Daniel Carlson missed a pair of field goals in overtime, including one from 35 yards as time expired, in a 29-29 deadlock with Green Bay.Also, Oakland's Mike Nugent missed an extra point in the second quarter in what turned out to be a 20-19 loss to Denver.FINE COMING: Damontae Kazee of the Falcons got ejected for a vicious helmet-to-helmet hit on Carolina quarterback Cam Newton, as Newton was sliding in the open field.A fight ensued, and after the game, the Panthers remained understandably livid."It was a malicious hit, intended to hurt" Newton, receiver Jarius Wright said.Newton: "This game isn't fit for cheap shots like that, but at the end of the day you can't blame him. He's playing as hard as he can. I'm playing as hard as I can."Kazee can expect to hear from the NFL soon. His preseason hit to Jaguars receiver Marquise Lee's knees knocked Lee out for the season, but did not result in a penalty or fine.Madden Ratings give Saints lots of love, but snub league’s best o-line EA Sports helped out our drive for offseason content with their initial player ratings for Madden NFL 19!21 different New Orleans Saints received initial grades over 80, with the top scorers consisting of:1.95 - Cameron Jordan2.91 - Drew Brees, Michael Thomas4.90 - Marshon Lattimore5.88 - Alvin Kamara6.87 - Ryan Ramczyk7.86 - Mark Ingram II8.85 - Demario Davis9.84 - Marcus Williams10.83 - Cameron Meredith, Patrick RobinsonThe Madden developers are buying into the hype on several additions, most notably at linebacker (Davis) Authentic Kurt Coleman Jersey , receiver (Meredith), and cornerback (Robinson).That’s encouraging on some level.Among the rookies, Marcus Davenport takes the lead at 75, with Tre’Quan Smith and Boston Scott tied at 72.Other draft picks Kamrin Moore (68), Natrell Jamerson (67), Rick Leonard (65), and Will Clapp (62) sit clearly behind them, while rookie quarterback J.T. Barrett (65) rounds out the pack.But here’s the rub.Despite paving the way for historically-great running back production, the Saints’ offensive line is rated pretty poorly.Andrus Peat was given a mere 72, while the only member of the group to make the Pro Bowl (Larry Warford, at 77) had the second-lowest grade among the five starters.Ramczyk played incredibly well for a rookie, but there’s no way he should have the highest grade of the bunch at 87.It gets laughable when you look at other contenders for the league’s best o-line.The Dallas Cowboys rested too hard on their laurels last season, allowing 153 quarterback pressures on just 522 dropacks (a rate of 29.3-percent) and getting Dak Prescott sacked 32 times.They struggled on the ground, too, with Ezekiel Elliott gaining a very average 4.1-yards per carry.By the way, Dallas only had to trot out 8 different line combinations all season - the Saints deployed 18, and allowed a pressure rate of just 19.8-percent.I’ll give the Eagles credit:they had to use an insane 28 different combinations of blockers Patrick Robinson Jersey Salute to Service , but made it work thanks to top-to-bottom depth.They still allowed 154 pressures on 600 combined dropbacks between Carson Wentz, Nick Foles, and Nate Sudfeld, a rate of 25.6-percent.But strong individual performances from players like Jason Kelce and Brandon Brooks kept things running smoothly up front.They’re the only squad I could be talked into competing with New Orleans for football’s best.On the other side of the ball, Marshon Lattimore joins the league’s elite cornerbacks with a score of 90.That ties Seattle Seahawks icon-turned-San Francisco 49ers signee Richard Sherman.Jacksonville Jaguars standouts Jalen Ramsey (97) and A.J. Bouye (94) lead the pack, while names like Desmond Trufant (93), Patrick Peterson (92), Xavier Rhodes (92), and Darius Slay (91) stand well within Lattimore’s class.Another year of pro experience could see the 22-year old overtake each of them.That’s fantastic news considering the Saints now have an elite talent in the secondary to bookend with Cameron Jordan up front.Jordan was given the third-highest grade of all left ends at 95, placing just behind a former Defensive Player of the Year in J.J. Watt (98) and one of the game’s great young defenders in Khalil Mack (98).If Davenport can help out on the other end and progressing interior linemen like David Onyemata and Sheldon Rankins continue to make strides, Cam may even reach that 98 rating.But let’s not miss the forest for the trees.Madden ratings are even more subjective than Pro Football Focus ratings, and less substantive than metrics like Pro Football Reference’s Approximate Value.It’s just silly numbers thrown around for us to argue over in July.
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Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay had never considered the possibility of losing starting cornerbacks Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters in the same game.It happened in the Rams' 35-23 win over the Chargers on Sunday Limited Marcus Peters Jersey , and Los Angeles could be without both Talib and Peters against Minnesota on Thursday night.Talib could miss a significant amount of time and will likely need surgery to repair an ankle injury he sustained in the second half, McVay said Monday."He is going to get a second opinion tomorrow, but more than likely he's going to have something that will probably require surgery. But hopefully we'll get him back in some point in time, and he'll handle it the right way and do everything he can to get back sooner than later," McVay said.A 2016 All-Pro and five-time Pro Bowler who was acquired in a trade with Denver for a fifth-round pick in the offseason, Talib has six tackles and two passes defended for a Rams defense that has allowed a league-low 12 points per game.Los Angeles has allowed two touchdown passes through its first three games.A decision on whether to place Talib on injured reserve would come once there is more information available and a course of treatment is determined, McVay said. The Rams would be able to activate Talib eight weeks after placing him on injured reserve."There's a couple different layers to it, but if we did do something like that, he's certainly a guy that we would definitely want to be able to bring back at some point," McVay said.McVay said the Rams caught a break regarding the severity of the calf injury Peters sustained in the second quarter. Peters is day to day and could play against the Vikings, but McVay would not say if he would ask Peters to play if the fourth-year cornerback feels less than 100 percent."Anytime you're talking about a player reliant on short-space quickness Aqib Talib Jersey , lateral agility, those different types of things, we'll see how he feels on Thursday to be able to play at the level we're accustomed to seeing Marcus play at," McVay said.The injuries to Talib and Peters, who was acquired from Kansas City for a fourth-round pick and 2019 second-round pick, left the Rams with three cornerbacks available to close out the game against the Chargers in backups Sam Shields and Troy Hill and slot corner Nickell Robey-Coleman.McVay was pleased with how Shields and Hill played in relief, especially after getting limited reps in practice to prepare for the Chargers' multiple personnel packages and formations. Shields had a key pass breakup in the fourth quarter, and Hill's previous game experience was evident, McVay said."When we had to tighten up, I thought those guys did a nice job," McVay said. "To be able to step in on short notice Sam Shields Jersey Salute to Service , ultimately they were their best at the end of the game when we had to be and I thought that was good."If Shields and Hill have to start this week, they would again have to make use of limited practice because of the brief turnaround before playing the Vikings. McVay plans to use an approach similar to what the Rams did on a short week going into their 41-39 win at San Francisco last season, which minimized physical work and instead featured practices that were more like walk-throughs intended to keep the team fresh."This is the hand that we're dealt, and all we can do is handle it to the best of our ability. And that's getting guys ready to go, demonstrating that confidence and a belief in those guys," McVay said. "Making sure that, especially in this week, they get themselves ready to go really from a mental standpoint."NOTES: Return specialist JoJo Natson will not play against Minnesota after undergoing surgery to repair his broken left hand. Safety Blake Countess will return kicks and wide receiver Cooper Kupp will return punts, McVay said. After a last-ditch effort in shopping EDGE Bruce Irvin, the Oakland Raiders have decided to release the veteran pass rusher:Per Adam Schefter, the Raiders did not get the paperwork filed today prior to 4 p.m. EST so Irvin wont be available until tomorrow Authentic Brandin Cooks Jersey , but Vinny Bonsignore suggested there could be interest there on the Rams’ part if Irvin is willing to take less money:Irvin has rightfully struggled this season only registering six total tackles and three sacks on the year. Irvin was originally a first-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks. In his seven years in the league, Irvin has collected 40 sacks, 11 pass deflections, three interceptions, two touchdowns, and 15 forced fumbles.Irvin was essentially benched in the past game on Monday Night Football versus the San Francisco 49ers:So that begs the question, should the Rams be interested in adding another pass rusher to the group after trading for Dante Fowler Jr?
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Los Angeles Rams vs. Arizona Cardinals: The Professor’s preview OverviewThe Los Angeles Rams open a series of three home games this Sunday. First up are division rival Arizona CardinalsNo matter how many years I go through this Authentic Jamon Brown Jersey , the first home game is always met with gleeful anticipation, joy and happiness. It’s a time when for three hours you can put aside all the chaos of life, politics and world events to meet old friends, diehards like me, all sharing the same gleeful anticipation that this will be the year our Rams bring home Lombardi Trophy to Los Angeles.Better yet, this game comes off an impressive second half with 20 unanswered points against the Oakland Raiders on Monday Night with capped off with a pick-six by CB Marcus Peters.It will be an chance for Rams fans to demonstrate to the team how much we appreciate them, how good we felt after the beatdown the Rams gave Jon Gruden’s Raiders in Oakland and an opportunity to welcome home our own DT Aaron Donald. It is in this environment that the Cardinals take the field after a humiliating loss suffered at home against Washington.The Cardinals still have WR Larry Fitzgerald, a Ram killer, RB David Johnson and annual Pro Bowler CB Patrick Peterson, but beyond that the Cardinals have nothing. If the Cardinals think that signing QB Sam Bradford to play quarterback was all they needed to go to the Super Bowl, Arizonians found out last week they were sorely mistaken.The Cardinals problems starts and end with the their offensive and defensive lines. This is the Cardinals weakness and it must be exploited by the Rams if they want to win the game.I’m not saying that this is a lock game for the Rams—anytime you face a division rival you have to come out and play with intensity and take care of business. If the Rams do their job, then victory will be oursWhat the Rams need to do on offenseStart the game as if the Rams are still in the second half of the Raiders game. Run that ball with RB Todd Gurley, and get him started early. This will open the passing game up. I would like the Rams’ gameplan to use swing passes Limited Greg Zuerlein Jersey , screens and slants in the passing game and let the receivers use their individual talent to pick up YAC.Most importantly when down in the red zone, finish off the drive with touchdowns.In my opinion, QB Jared Goff showed growth last week. He did a great double pump on a swing pass, and ,with accuracy and with urgency, marched the Rams down the field on a five-minute drive taking valuable time off the clock to give the Rams a two-possession lead with less then three minutes left in the game. Down in the red zone on that drive, he showed his smarts by throwing the ball away and out of bounds when he saw Gurley covered understanding three points at that point in the game was more important then making the wrong play. But he also made youthful mistakes. Goff had TE Tyler Higbee wide open in the end zone on a drive. Instead of reading the play as it developed, Goff tried to force a hurried throw. He can get this corrected once he’s had a chance to review the tape and see it for himself.The offensive line must play well again. The Cardinals’ defensive line isn’t great and far better then the Raiders showed. I wouldn’t expect Goff to get as much time back there as he did last week, but if he does, watch out.The Rams offense needs to dominate this game at the line scrimmage. If they do that, their 30-point average should be easy to achieve.What the Rams need to do on defenseFirst and foremost, the Rams need to shut down the Cardinals’ $30m man, RB David Johnson. He’s a force in the run game as well as the passing game. The Rams must contain him making tackles at the point of contact and not getting rolled over as they did with the Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch.This leads to the most interesting part of the game. Cardinals QB Sam Bradford is not Raiders QB Derek Carr. He’s an extremely accurate quarterback when he gets time to throw. When pressured Gerald Everett Jersey , he’s a liability because of his fragility. He knows he’s prone to getting hurt, so he tends to try to protect himself from getting hit by taking the sack rather then stepping up and trying to make the play.If he gets time, he can shred any defense, but maybe not the Rams with Peters and CB Aqib Talib blanketing WR Larry FitzgeraldThe key here is the edge rushers getting pressure and the Rams not allowing the Cardinals’ TEs Jermaine Gresham and Ricky Seals-Jones to do what Raiders TE Jared Cook did last week.The Rams’ questionable young linebacking corps may once again be without the experienced ILB Mark Barron due to injury, but now that have a had a chance to play in a real game, I expect improvement in both soft zone coverage and tackling.If the Rams don’t get the edge rush against a weak Cardinals offensive line and are unable to improve upon their coverage in the soft zone, Bradford could find the Rams easy pickings.I don’t see this as likely, but one never knows how a division game like this is going to play out.The Cardinals need this win badly. The Cards don’t want to fall two games behind the Rams in the division early and possibly on a course of not having any hope of making the playoffs after a mere two weeks into the regular season.Special TeamsWith WR/KR/PR Pharoh Cooper placed on injured reserve and his backup WR Mike Thomas still out due to injury, the Rams signed PR JoJo Natson.Ram fans, watch out. This kid’s got shine. This guy is fast, and I was very high him during the preseason. I wanted him to make the squad. The Rams cut him instead. He’s back now to prove that the Professor can get at least one thing right.As for the rest of the special teams game, no worries.X-factors2018 home opener—advantage RamsCoaching—advantage Rams.While no one can predict penalties or turnovers as long as the Rams don’t lay it on the carpet and Goff continues to grow and mature playing smartly, we should be okay even if we make a mistake now and then.The only X-factor I see is the desperate situation the Cardinals now find themselves in having lost badly last week against Washington. The Cards have to play better. They have to. Otherwise Nickell Robey-Coleman Jersey Salute to Service , this is going to be a long season for their fans under first-year Head Coach Steve Wilks.With that said, my take is...“Come on. The Cardinals lost to Washington who stinks. You expect that team who lost to Washington to beat my Rams? Ain’t gonna happen!”Even if the Cards have a great game and play well, they’ll still lose to the Rams. We’re too good. GO RAMS! I look forward to seeing all of you in the Coliseum this Sunday as we make home field advantage mean something in Los Angeles. It’s gonna be a fun day topped off with Victory Monday happiness! The Los Angeles Rams managed to churn out another impressive win and still remain undefeated.The 8-0 Rams had some bright spots on Sunday and some that weren’t so bright.Let’s revisit the matchups to watch from last week:CB Marcus Peters vs WR Davante AdamsLast week’s matchup to watch:This one wasn’t pretty for Peters. Davante Adams managed to catch multiple long passes over Peters, and not only that, but Peters wasn’t even remotely anywhere near Adams on multiple occasions. Adams registered five receptions for 133 yards. Once Peters had been beat multiple times he began playing off coverage which turned into a few very easy 10-yard gains. Better luck next time.WR Robert Woods vs CB’s Kevin King/Jaire AlexanderLast week’s matchup to watch:Robert Woods on the other hand got the best of the Packers’ secondary. Even though he only had five receptions for 70 yards, he was a key cog in the offense’s ability to move the chains and continue drives. Woods drew more more coverage from Kevin King as Jaire Alexander made most of his plays guarding Brandin Cooks.OLB Samson Ebukam vs LT David BakhtiariLast week’s matchup to watch:Samson Ebukam didn’t do anything notable in this game - which I think was fair to expect. Bakhtiari is just so damn good. Either way, the Rams will need more from their edge defenders (nothing new).DT Aaron Donald vs QB Aaron RodgersLast week’s matchup to watch:Aaron Rodgers was good in this game. Aaron Donald was spectacular. Donald lived in Green Bay’s backfield all game. Donald had multiple pressures that lead to errant throws and stalled drives. Not only that, but he registered multiple QB hits and two more sacks on the year (one of which came at the perfect time) bringing his total up to 10. Donald is unstoppable - it’s that simple.RT Rob Havenstein vs OLB Clay MatthewsLast week’s matchup to watch:Clay Matthews had himself a pretty solid game registering seven tackles and one sack. I can’t remember who the sack should be attributed to, but the entirety of the offensive line struggled in the first half. The ground game was stagnant and Jared Goff was sacked five times (and pressured/hit many more) in the game. Luckily, they picked up their play and had the offense roaring in the second half. C John Sullivan particularly struggled more than the rest.With the toughest stretch of the Rams’ schedule here, they’ve managed to step up to the task and remain undefeated.Next week the Rams will head to New Orleans to play the Saints. The Saints are 6-0 since losing on opening weekend.
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