Marshawn Lynch scored his first touchdown in nearly two years on Sunday, when he punched in a touchdown from the 3-yard line.
The touchdown gave the Raiders a 21-10 lead, and Lynch’s first touchdown in his hometown.
It was Lynch’s first touchdown since Nov. 15, 2015. That score came in the Seahawks’ ninth game of the season, where Lynch had eight carries for 42 yards and one touchdown.
Prior to Lynch getting into the end zone, he put some punishment on Jets defenders earlier in the drive. It seemed inevitable that he was going to find the end zone.
The season is still young, but we’ve seen some great things out of Lynch early. Hopefully that rest didn’t come with too much rust. So far, it doesn’t seem like it.
The very next week, in the midst of heated quarterback controversy talk, Dak shut down any conversation of pulling him. Against a hot Tampa Bay team, Dak played wonderfully.
Dak became the first rookie quarterback in NFL history to throw for 300 yards and three touchdowns in a playoff game. FINAL STATS: 24/38, 302 yards, three touchdowns, one interception, 7.95 AY/A, 103.5 Rating. Lost 34-31.
Dak has a history of coming back with a strong performance following a less-than-ideal outing the previous game. He has the mental toughness, the work ethic, and the determination to bounce back from any adversity that he hits. He has shown it time and time again.
Steelers outside linebacker T.J. Watt (groin) might be available for Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears, coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday, giving credence to Watt’s belief that the injury isn’t serious.
Game Youth Roger Clemens Jersey When Watt got hurt in the second quarter of Sunday’s 26-9 win over the Minnesota Vikings, it was Anthony Chickillo who replaced him, not veteran James Harrison. Tomlin said Chickillo was the hot hand after two sacks in Week 1 against the Cleveland Browns. Harrison did not log a snap Sunday.
Is [Harrison] dropping or are other guys ascending? Tomlin asked in response to a question about whether Harrison was falling on the depth chart.
Tomlin made it clear he believes Harrison, 39, can have an impact on the defense similar to last season, when his late-season relief efforts produced five sacks and bolstered a playoff push.
Jones fractures are fractures of the fifth metatarsal, the long bone on the outside of the forefoot that runs between the pinkie toe and the midfoot. This outer forefoot bone is subjected to significant torsional stress in an athlete during pivoting, pushing off, sharp deceleration and twisting. It is also subject to impact stress with repeated running and jumping, making it an easy injury target for a pass-catching tight end.
If this is indeed a Jones fracture for Olsen, the challenge in trying to heal is that the bone here does not have a particularly good blood supply, which results in a frequent failure to heal independently, even with immobilization. For this reason, surgical fixation of Jones fractures (with implantation of a screw) has become the standard of care, especially in elite athletes, who will return to high-stress activities and whose specific movements in their sport put them at an otherwise increased risk of failure.
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NFL MVP: Aaron Rodgers, QB, Packers: If Rodgers and the Packers live up to expectations, the Green Bay quarterback could claim his third NFL MVP award. After winning in 2011 and ’14, Rodgers could join former Packers quarterback Brett Favre as a three-time league MVP.
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After a Super Bowl loss of their own the year before, the Panthers looked like a shadow of that team last year. However, Cam Newton has a new arsenal of offensive weapons surrounding him, and the defense is still solid. This team should rebound.
While the Saints and Bucs both made noticeable improvements to their weakest positions, they will head into the season as underdogs to make the playoffs. Drew Brees is now 38 years old, and Jameis Winston still has his doubters. But it wouldn’t be all that surprising if these two teams ultimately on top of the division at the end of the season.
Possibly the beginning of the last season in Washington for Kirk Cousins, for still largely-unfathomable reasons. Leapfrogging Washington out of the NFC East basement would be an accomplishment, but so would beating them, period: The Eagles have lost to them five straight times. If Carson Wentz makes the leap plenty around the team believe he will this year, that streak will end, and so will their time in last place. Eagles, 28-23
Everybody’s sleeper from last season travels east to open against everybody’s sleeper for this season. One of the many things the Raiders should feel good about is that, last season, they went on the road for three of their first four, and won all three, including at Tennessee. Marcus Mariota and Derek Carr have both recovered beautifully from gruesome late injuries last year. The deal-breaker: defense. Uh-oh. Titans, 20-17
The Arizona Cardinals turned to a familiar face to fill the void left by injured running back David Johnson.
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Cardinals running back David Johnson will have wrist surgery and go to injured reserve with the hope he can return to the team in two to three months, a source told ESPN.
More importantly, Glennon looked like a competent, if unspectacular, passer. If 2017 is going to be the bridge year between Glennon, who can be released after the season with just $4.5 milion of the remaining $29 million in his contract on the salary cap, and rookie Mitchell Trubisky, the former Buccaneer showed he’s a capable caretaker.
Glennon’s steady two-minute drill ultimately failed, but he acquitted himself well in his first game with the team. Forced to throw all afternoon for an offense that never held the lead, he avoided backbreaking mistakes (zero turnovers) and put his team in position to win late in the fourth quarter. His numbers won’t impress anyone, but even the league’s top passers would have a hard time putting up big numbers with a receiving corps that tops out with Kevin White.
2017 probably won’t be a playoff year for the Bears, but their performance Sunday showed growth from last year’s wasted season. Chicago was easy to mock after signing Glennon for big money, trading up to select Trubisky, and neglecting to rebuild their receiving corps 鈥?and it’s possible the franchise just stumbled into adequacy after drafting players like Howard and Cohen. However, this fall could build the bridge between eternal rebuild and postseason resurgence 鈥?even if it started with a heartbreaking loss.
The Patriots fan who helped discover the culprit behind Tom Brady’s stolen Super Bowl jersey has been rewarded handsomely by team owner Robert Kraft.
Kraft met with Dylan Wagner, 19, on Thursday morning to give him a front-row ticket to the Patriots’ opener against the Chiefs. Not only that, but Wagner will also sit in seat No. 12 (Brady’s number) and was given a signed Brady jersey.
That is unlikely to happen, but more importantly, the move gives the Colts the option to play Luck prior to Week 6, which he would not be able to do had they left him on the PUP list.
While he would be eligible to come off of the list Week 6, if he were on the list he would be unable to participate in team activities with his Colts teammates. Luck can now ease his way back into throwing now with his fellow Colts rather than someone else.
This does not mean Luck is ready to start yet. Scott Tolzien is expected to start in Week 1 against the Rams. It should also be noted that while the Colts did trade wide receiver Phillip Dorsett for Patriots backup quarterback Jacoby Brissett Saturday. Brissett is not expected to start in Week 1 either because it is likely he will be familiar enough with the offensive system.
Texans defensive end J.J. Watt wanted to help out his city, so he started a Hurricane Harvey relief fund. His inital goal? $200,000.
He’s now raised nearly $15 million, and has had the support of several celebrities. Ellen DeGeneres donated $1 million, as well as the Titans’ organization. Also stepping in to help was rapper Drake, who owes most of his rapping success to the city of Houston.
Mr. Elliott’s representatives suggested that maybe she was in a fight with another woman and the bruises, for example a bruise to her eye, and perhaps other bruises on her body, were sustained in that altercation, Harvey said. The NFL’s investigators talked to people who witnessed that altercation and it was revealed that neither woman landed a punch on the other; they pulled each other’s hair but they never hit each other with a balled-up fist or in any other way.
The letter the league sent to Elliott suggests that Goodell shares that sentiment.
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However, in the Commissioner’s judgment, there has been no persuasive evidence presented on your behalf with respect to how (the accuser’s) obvious injuries were incurred other than conjecture based on the presence of some of her bruising, which pre-dates your arrival in Columbus on July 16, 2016, the letter read.
In another incident reviewed by the NFL, Elliott was caught on video lifting up a woman’s top in public at a St. Patrick’s Day parade. Elliott was not charged or arrested, and the league said it wasn’t a factor in Elliott’s suspension. The NFL did, however, say in its letter to Elliott that the behavior was inappropriate and disturbing, and reflected a lack of respect for women.
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Coates is one of three receivers added to the Browns’ roster after the conclusion of the preseason. The others are waiver additions — Kasen Williams from the Seattle Seahawks and Reggie Davis from the Atlanta Falcons.
Coates, a 2015 third-round draft choice by the Steelers, had an inconsistent two years in Pittsburgh. He played with two broken fingers last season and was stuck with a label of dropping catchable passes. He acknowledged that but wants to show the Steelers they made a mistake by giving up on him.
It’s just a good time to start over, Coates said. You go somewhere new, you see new faces, so it’s always an opportunity and you have to take advantage of it.
Carr’s $25 million per year is a significant amount but represents less than 15 percent of the $167 million salary cap. It will also only count $15.6 million against the Oakland Raiders’ cap in 2017.
Four years ago, Eli Manning’s $20.85 million cap hit was close to 17 percent of the New York Giants’ $123 million salary cap.
The fear in giving a player like Cousins a blockbuster deal is that committing so much money to one player would inhibit Washington’s ability to build an adequate roster elsewhere. But the fast rise of the salary cap has made burdensome contracts a problem of the past.
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Even if the team was on the hook for $26 million per year, that would be 15.6 percent of the salary cap in 2017 and would dip once the cap inevitably rises higher next year.
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The NFL season kicks off this week with something special — a potentially historic Super Bowl long shot that could be a double-digit underdog against the Cleveland Browns.
The New York Jets are 1,000-1 to win the Super Bowl at the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas, preseason odds that are longer than any ever seen before, according to some Vegas oddsmakers.
Last year, the Browns and San Francisco 49ers started the season with the worst odds, but they were only 200-1, a more standard number for the biggest long shots on the board in early September.
The Dallas Cowboys. The rivalry is rooted in the formation of the Dallas franchise. Washington owner George Preston Marshall famously opposed the awarding of a team to Dallas. Clint Murchison, the oil tycoon trying to put a team in Dallas, came into ownership of the rights to Washington’s famous fight song. Marshall and the Washington band director, Barnee Breeskin, had a falling out, and Breeskin sold the rights to the music to Murchison out of revenge. Marshall traded his approval vote for the rights to the music, and the Cowboys were born.
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The New England Patriots placed linebacker Shea McClellin on injured reserve Monday.
The move was expected after McClellin, who is a key player in certain defensive packages and on special teams, missed most of the preseason with an undisclosed injury.
McClellin, who played in 14 games last season (four starts) for the team, is eligible to be a short-term IR candidate and return later in 2017.
This season we will look to identify good bargains, pick out the high-salary players with the best matchups and consider different strategies depending on whether the contest is a 50/50 or large tournament. In addition to adjusting player scoring for the defensive matchup, we put an emphasis on predicting the game script to help with projecting fantasy potential.
The ninth-ranked defense lost a useful contributor in cornerback A.J. Bouye, but it should be able to replace him with 2015 first-rounder Kevin Johnson. The Texans also get back J.J. Watt after the future Hall of Famer missed virtually all of the 2016 season with a back injury. They might be the favorites to finish with the scoring defense crown in 2017.
If anyone knows this path and the pressure that comes with it, it is Bennett, an Aussie himself and a longtime punter for the San Diego Chargers. Bennett, who retired in 2005, was named to the NFL’s All-Decade team for the 1990s after two All-Pro nods. A former Australian Rules football star, he has become the pied piper of Aussie punters down in San Diego, where his family’s home has become a safe haven for those with big legs and bags packed, thousands of miles from home.
The hit Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. took from Browns defensive back Briean Boddy-Calhoun early in the second quarter of Cleveland’s preseason win Monday night was legal.
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That doesn’t mean Beckham, his New York teammates or fellow NFL players have to be OK with such a tackle in an exhibition game.
Truthfully, the NFL could now use a few Chris Longs, so that he’s not the only one, isolated, standing out, even in a fairly benign gesture like his. It’s still early, except this entire discussion is not new — and, thanks to the ongoing nightmarish aftermath of Charlottesville, it won’t go away soon.
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Which brings us back to statues — the one of Smith and Carlos at their alma mater of San Jose State University, particularly. It’s a victory stand with them posed on it, but with Norman’s position left vacant. The first reaction is to wonder whether Norman was snubbed.
Bills receiver Rod Streater injured his left foot after making a 12-yard catch early in the fourth quarter of Buffalo’s loss to the Eagles. Streater made a leaping 28-yard catch late in the third and been one of the early preseason stars. The entire Bills team surrounded Streater as he was carted off the field.
Eagles running back Corey Clement scored the first touchdown of Thursday’s game against the Bills. The former Wisconsin running back, who went undrafted in April, had eight carries for 34 yards and caught two passes for another 6 yards against the Bills.