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Stock UPCornerback Kendall Fuller: Fuller might have been overrated when the Chiefs acquired him this offseason. We tried to talk ourselves into him being the next Marcus Peters — or even an upgrade over him. But now it seems he’s been underrated. Fuller has been quiet this year — outside of some fearless open-field tackles and a few pass breakups — but I’d argue he’s been quietly solid. This week — in the fourth quarter Chad Henne Jersey Salute to Service , when the Chiefs needed it most — Fuller made this diving interception to help seal the victory. He also continued to make plays with his ability to diagnose, close and finish.Linebacker Dee Ford: Ford has always been a streaky pass rusher. He’s struggled to stay healthy and has been one-dimensional. We assumed he’d be better in a contract year, but we didn’t think he’d be Defensive Player of the Year good. Displaying a wider variety of pass-rush moves, he’s leading the NFL in QB pressures, and even showing flashes of brilliance against the run. Don’t just take my word for it — see Matt Lane’s film review. Ford seems to be making plays when it counts this season, and he’s a big part of the reason the Chiefs defense has been able to help close out games. We used to ask, “Should the Chiefs keep Ford around?” Now we’re asking, “Can Ford repeat this performance on the franchise tag in 2019?”Wide receiver Sammy Watkins: As Kent Swanson predicted, this was the week Watkins would shine. After he’d been dutifully carrying out his role as a blocker and a decoy in previous weeks, Sammy was featured against Denver, and he delivered — with eight catches for 107 yards and a pair of touchdowns.When the offense is this loaded, that’s to be expected. When Watkins is on the field, he’s one of the main reasons the offense can be so varied and so dangerous; when he isn’t there, defenses have a shot at slowing down Hill, Hunt and Kelce. With Watkins, matchups rarely favor the defense, and the Chiefs offense has been taking advantage. Sammy can be the featured playmaker on any given week, and it seems his connection with Mahomes has developed. Watch Watkins in the second half of the season.Offensive Tackles Mitchell Schwartz and Eric Fisher: Arguably, the only reason the Denver team is competitive is their ability to rush the passer from the edge. The Chiefs’ antidote has been the strong play of their offensive tackles. Some credit goes to Patrick Mahomes, who has a knack for escaping pressure and getting the ball out quickly. But these two tackles are starting to get recognition from opponents — and broadcasters — for good reason. Linebacker Tanoh Kpassagnon: AP alumnus and friend BJ Kissel pointed out that it was Kpassagnon’s tackle for loss that helped turn the momentum against Denver in the first half. It was an encouraging play from the second-year linebacker, showing that he’s able to apply what he’s seen on film Authentic Jordan Lucas Jersey , fight through blocks, and make big tackles. He’s still not getting the bulk of the snaps, but he’s making an impact when he’s on the field. Defensive lineman Chris Jones and the new Chiefs pass rush: The edge rushers often get the attention, but it’s the consistent threat from the inside that has helped the Chiefs quietly become one of the best pass rushing defenses in the league. Jones has been disruptive all season, and now has a QB sack in four straight games. His ability to beat blockers from inside or outside with quickness and power has become a weapon for which other teams must account. I wondered after the draft if this was the new model for the Chiefs pass rush: big, athletic guys with length that can move around the line. Kpassagnon and Breeland Speaks — along with Jones — appear to be emerging as key pieces in a defense that will wreck offenses that trying to come from behind. Others trending in a bullish direction: Dorian O’Daniel, Kareem Hunt, Derrick NnadiStock DOWNPhoto by Peter Aiken/Getty ImagesSafety Ron Parker: Unfortunately for Parker, he’s being singled out again this week. He plays a difficult position — one where he has to cover a lot of ground — and can’t afford to read a play incorrectly. At this point in his career, he doesn’t appear to have the speed to make up for mistakes — and sadly, he seems to be making too many of them. This week, miscommunications between him and Fuller resulted in huge passing plays that gave the Broncos a glimmer of hope. Given the emergence of Jordan Lucas and the (hopeful) return of Daniel Sorensen and Eric Berry, Parker shouldn’t continue to be out there for 100% of the defensive snaps. But right now, he’s being exposed — and exploited.The Chiefs offense: Only 30 points this week? Sure, it was a division game against a tough defense, and they were working with a patchwork interior offensive line, but we’ve come to expect more from Mahomes and company. Speaking of Mahomes, he barely broke 300 yards passing this week, but it was enough to extend his streak of 300-yard games to seven. Where were all the big plays? The longest pass of the day went for... what, 40 yards? That’s a sad state of affairs for a team with an offensive genius for a head coach. Do better. Eliminate bad football. And, yes Limited Reggie Ragland Jersey , I’m being facetious with all of that.AFC West rivalries: 19 out of the last 20 division games have ended in a Chiefs victory — and it should have been 20 out of 20. The rest of the West struggled to compete with the Alex Smith-led Chiefs, and now that there’s an elite QB in town, it seems likely they’ll have even less success. Sure... these games will still be close and contentious, but it appears that the Chiefs’ division rivals are now reduced to whining instead of winning.Safety Jordan Lucas: Bob Sutton put the brakes on the Lucas Locomotive this week, electing to use Eric Murray and Ron Parker for the bulk of the snaps, and pushing the impressive young player to the third safety role. From what we can see, Lucas has earned more playing time, but the coaches are operating with more information, and — at least this week — preferred the other guys. If (and when) the Chiefs get healthier at the position, snaps will be hard to come by. Lucas has to continue to impress in order to secure his role and convince the coaches to agree with the fans.We’re much smarter.Others trending in a bearish direction: Spencer Ware, Chris Conley, Demarcus RobinsonStock FLATPhoto by Jamie Squire/Getty ImagesPatrick Mahomes: He’s elite. It’s that simple. The new reality in KC is that the Chiefs have a franchise QB that can re-write the record books and erase their history of playoff suffering. His stock can’t really get any higher until the postseason, so I’m keeping him on the flat list again this week. But that’s not a knock on Mahomes — it’s just that expectations have ratcheted up, and he is still who we thought he was. The Chiefs secondary: Expectations were low from the moment the Chiefs traded Marcus Peters. The first few games seemed to confirm that teams would be able to complete passes at-will against this downgraded group of corners and safeties. Then the injuries piled up, and panic set in among fans and analysts. But the trade deadline came and went on Tuesday, and the Chiefs kept the status quo. The corners have been better than expected in recent weeks, while the safeties have been worse. But the lack of moves here could mean that Berry and Sorensen are coming back for a stretch run to help save the day. Or it could just be that the Chiefs are convinced they can win without elite play in the defensive backfield. Others who are who we thought they were: Reggie Ragland, Harrison Butker, Tyreek Hill The Kansas City Chiefs game against the Los Angeles Rams — originally scheduled to be played in Mexico City’s Estadio Azteca this Monday night — has been moved the Rams home field: the Los Angeles Coliseum.We thought of five reasons why this is a good thing:1. Lower altitudeAlthough Chiefs head coach Andy Reid made it clear during his Monday press conference that the team had made no special plans because the Chiefs were going to be playing in Estadio Azteca — which, at 7,280 feet Orlando Scandrick Jersey , is a full 2,000 feet higher above sea level than Denver’s Mile High Stadium — neither team will have to worry about getting themselves worn out because they are having difficulty breathing at a high altitude.2. Homelike conditionsThe Chiefs draw well in the Los Angeles area.Historically, NFL games that are suddenly moved into different venues are not well-attended.Many Rams fans may now be locked into traveling to Mexico City and will have to spend their time sightseeing instead of attending the game.(And yes, there will be Chiefs fans who have the same problem.Let’s hope everybody gets along while watching the game on TV in the hotel bar!)So Chiefs fans living in southern California are probably going to be able to get their hands on tickets — and hopefully, Chiefs players on the sideline will be able to hear CHIEFS! at the end of the national anthem.3. Even more tickets availableWe’ve also learned that the Rams will be giving away thousands of tickets to first responders and others affected by the terrible wildfires now taking place in California.So first... kudos to the Rams for this very nice touch!But it seems likely that many of these tickets will end up on the secondary market; some who receive them may not be able (or inclined) to use them.Arrowhead Pride readers in California are advised to beat the bushes looking for these tickets!4. It demonstrates why Andy Reid is a great coachThe Rams had hoped to get a leg up on the Chiefs by moving this week’s practices to the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, in the hopes that their players could become acclimatized to a higher altitude before Monday’s game.The Rams arrived in Colorado on Monday night, and we have now learned that they intend to stay there through the week.That’s probably their best move at this point.But an even smarter move might have been to never go there in the first place.Reid made it clear this week that the Chiefs had carefully considered practicing at a high altitude location before traveling to Mexico, but had decided against it.“We looked into all that,” Reid said on Monday. “We had plenty of time to look at that. After studying it, we just felt it was best to stay here. We’ll just go down there and play.”This is consistent with Reid’s usual approach: to trust his process of preparation — to establish a routine of preparing for games, and stick with it as much as is possible.Each week — in response to questions about preparations for an upcoming game — he re-emphasizes this point.The Rams will go into Monday’s game missing at least a full day of preparation — perhaps even more — because of the distraction of traveling to and from Colorado.Meanwhile, Reid and his team have gone about their business as usual and will be fully prepared.Advantage: Chiefs.There were some pundits (and fans) who have been critical of Reid this week for not moving the team’s operations to a higher altitude.But right now, the Chiefs head coach looks like a genius. 5. A chance to even up the recordThe Kansas City Chiefs franchise has played 14 games in the Los Angeles Coliseum. The first was when the Dallas Texans played against the Los Angeles Chargers in September 1960. The last was against the Los Angeles Raiders almost 25 years ago — on Christmas Eve in 1994.The Chiefs have never played a Monday Night Football game in the Coliseum, and have only played one game there against a team outside of their own conference.It was against Vince Lombardi’s Green Bay Packers on January 15, 1967.At the time, it was billed as the AFL-NFL Championship Game, but today we know it as Super Bowl I.The Packers won that game, 35-10.In this second-ever matchup with a non-conference team in the Coliseum — which for weeks has been billed as a preview of Super Bowl LIII — wouldn’t it be nice to even the score?

Chargers Authentic Casey Hayward Jersey , Seahawks Showing Interest in FA CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie According to a recent report from ESPN’s Josina Anderson, the Chargers are one of two teams keeping a close eye on free agent cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. The Seahawks are the other team keeping the free agent in mind as their cornerback group is currently made up of Shaquill Griffin, Byron Maxwell, Neiko Thorpe, and Justin Coleman.It should also be noted that the Bolts are in “no rush” to sign DRC. After all, the team still boasts a top CB trio in the league with Casey Hayward, Trevor Williams Youth Melvin Ingram Jersey , and Desmond King.Over his 10-year career with the Cardinals, Eagles, Broncos, and Giants, Rodgers-Cromartie has amassed 439 combined tackles and 30 interceptions with six being returned for touchdowns. In his final season with New York, he collected 48 tackles and a half-sack across 15 games played.Chargers have sold out of 2018 season tickets On the eve of the 2018 season, there is a little more positive news about the LA Chargers:They have officially sold out of season tickets for the year.Although critics might ho-hum and grumble about the non-news of selling out a 25 ,386-seat soccer stadium, it still bodes well for the team and franchise. Although official numbers haven’t been released as to the threshold of the sell-out, the Chargers official ticketing website does state that “roughly 500 single-game tickets will be available for each home game.” If this team starts the year with the traction gained down the stretch last year, it won’t be a surprise to formally sell out every seat for the season.FightForLA.comHowever, this does not compare favorably to the 2017 season, where the Chargers were able to sell out by March 27. That said, there is the genuine possibility that tickets last season were purchased with the express intent of resell Tyrell Williams Jersey , capitalizing on the Chargers’ move to LA. This is corroborated by the low rate of use and successful resale of tickets.The Chargers’ move to LA was marred by bumps and bruises, but when the team began to settle in, the product on the field improved. At this point, the good news of the sellout can be construed as bad news when compared to last year. However, the numbers should align similarly to the number of seats spoken for. The difference that the Chargers will look forward to finding out this year is whether or not those spoken-for seats end up sat upon.But if you missed out on the chance to grab season tickets this year, don’t fret—you can still reserve your spot for season tickets. The caveat is that they are for the 2020 season, and that they’ll be for a yet-to-be-completed stadium and still-unknown pricing. It’ll cost $100 Authentic Keenan Allen Jersey , which is a refundable down-payment, to hold your spot in line for those 8-ticket packages. If the Chargers are able to sell-out their soon-to-be 70,000 seat venue, that will certainly bode well!-Jason “No Place Like Home” Michaels

 into coaching Tyrell Williams Jersey , he watched more than enough football from the broadcast booth over the past decade to know that the only logical thing to do with the ball on the goal line is to give it to Marshawn Lynch.And no matter what happens, definitely don't call a pass instead.Just ask Pete Carroll — or, better yet, don't.But the Oakland Raiders' new boss deliberately didn't activate Beast Mode with first down on the Chargers' 1 late in the third quarter Sunday while the Raiders (1-4) were desperately trying to cut into a 20-3 deficit.Gruden called a play-action pass for Derek Carr, who promptly threw an end-zone interception to Los Angeles star Melvin Ingram.The Chargers also stole the Raiders' momentum, made a 96-yard touchdown drive and cruised to a 26-10 victory over their longtime AFC West rivals, who still haven't figured out how to maximize their opportunities during Gruden's first year back."The decision there was to throw it, and if it's not open, to throw it away," Gruden said. "It just didn't work out. We expected to have a wide-open receiver on the play. Obviously that will be second-guessed. Rightfully so. But we should have made that (deliberately incomplete) throw down there, and live to hand the ball off on the next play."Gruden's brazen defiance of conventional Lynch wisdom dearly cost him and his team — and he can count his workhorse running back among those second-guessers he mentioned.Lynch was visibly upset on the sideline, tossing his helmet in the air and yelling loudly to himself while undoubtedly reliving memories of his Seattle Seahawks' final play in the February 2015 Super Bowl.Carr also realized the folly of what happened. After all, when Lynch joined his hometown Raiders last year, Carr famously said there was "no way we'll be on the 1-yard line and I won't give it to Marshawn."Gruden took the blame for the call, but also gently chided his quarterback for not executing at the pivotal moment."First-and-goal at the 1, faking to Lynch has been a great call for a lot of years," Gruden claimed. "I think (Carr) just presses at some moments."Carr, who went 24 of 33 for 268 yards and one late touchdown Authentic Keenan Allen Jersey , readily agreed with his new boss' assessment of his predilection for pressing."Absolutely. There's no doubt," Carr said. "That's always been a problem of mine. It's not a problem, it's a weakness, is I've always just tried to do too much. It's not always about heart. I just want to win so bad."Carr also gave the Chargers credit on the interception, noting that his first two options were covered."They did a great job, because on film it looked great, to be honest with you," Carr said. "Obviously, Marshawn, we love to give him the ball and stuff like that, but we had seen some things they showed on film, and it was like, 'This should be good.' Obviously they covered it. Didn't work."The Raiders' offensive failures weren't limited to that one play-call on the Chargers' goal line. Los Angeles outgained Oakland 412 yards to 289, and the Raiders' offense managed only 14 first downs and a mere 41 yards rushing.After Amari Cooper had eight catches for 128 yards and a touchdown last week against Cleveland, the receiver had one catch for 10 yards on his only target against Los Angeles. Carr defended his inability to get the ball to Cooper, saying the Chargers were keyed on stopping the playmaking pass-catcher.Although Gruden and Carr have only one win together, they still appear to be connecting on the plan to build a long-term foundation for the Raiders."We're in such a production-oriented business," Carr said. "We forget the process of things Youth Michael Schofield Jersey , and if you start getting down during the process, there's never going to be any production. So when it happens like this, you stay the course and you keep going. You come out here and you don't quit on what you've been doing." Former NFL executive Eric Grubman had a role in the actual and threatened relocation of multiple franchises. He denies that he’s currently trying, while no longer employed by the league, to move a team back to one of the markets the NFL vacated.Appearing on the Mighty 1090 in San Diego, Grubman denied a report from Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report that Grubman is trying to move a team back to the former home of the Chargers. That echoes Grubman’s quote to Vincent Bonsignore of the L.A. Daily News, saying it’s 鈥渃ompletely and utterly bogus information” having “[z]ero merit.”Freeman didn’t back off despite the denial: “I feel very confident that what I was told was accurate.I also feel very strongly about something else I was told,” Freeman said, adding that Grubman has told people he’s involved in trying to take a team to San Diego. “San Diego is NOT off the market for an NFL team.”San Diego shouldn’t be off the market. It’s a major-league city that simply wasn’t able or willing to finance a new stadium for the Chargers. If the stadium can be privately financed or if the powers-that-be will come up with the funding, San Diego could attract a team from a city where a new stadium is needed and the public money isn’t available.So which teams would be in play? Basically, any that currently need or that soon will need a new stadium, and that don’t believe public money will be available. If, in the end, ownership will have to pay for its own stadium, building it San Diego may be regarded as preferable to paying for a stadium in the team’s current market. Clearance NFL Jerseys

 Daniel Sorensen Color Rush Jersey , 30-23, on Sunday to improve to 7-1 on the season.Here are the winners and losers from Sunday’s game:WinnersPhoto by Jamie Squire/Getty ImagesI believe it is already safe to call Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes elite, and though I realize that is still a subjective take, an objective fact is that Mahomes is officially among elite company after his four touchdowns Sunday make it 26 total on the season. Per NFL Research, four players in history have 26 touchdowns or more through the first eight games of the season: Mahomes, Tom Brady (30, 2007) and Peyton Manning (29, 2013; 26, 2004). Mahomes was 24 of 34 for 303 yards, four touchdowns and just one interception Sunday against the Broncos.Wide receiver Sammy Watkins had his best game since joining the Kansas City Chiefs, catching eight passes on nine targets for 107 yards and two touchdowns. It was the fifth multi-touchdown game of Watkins’ career and his first since Week 3 of 2017 as a Los Angeles Ram.Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty ImagesTight end Travis Kelce overcame some early drops, including one that would have been for a touchdown, to catch six passes for 79 yards and a touchdown on Sunday against the Broncos. It was a Kelce’s fourth touchdown of the season. Kelce has recorded at least one reception in 71 straight games, per the Chiefs’ public relations staff.Running back Kareem Hunt is making his case to be included in the conversation for the league’s top running back. He may not have the stats of the Rams’ Todd Gurley, but the elusiveness he showcased again on Sunday is special. Hunt had 16 carries for 50 yards and five catches for 36 yards and a touchdown on the day. Hunt quietly has 10 total touchdowns (five rushing, five receiving) on the season. Similar to referees, it is usually a good sign when you don’t particularly notice offensive linemen—and I didn’t recall noticing any miscues with Austin Reiter, the third-string center making his second career start on Sunday against the Denver Broncos. Another OL note—outside linebacker Von Miller recorded a half-sack Sunday, and former Chief Geoff Schwartz tweeted “Damn ... only took almost five games for Miller to beat Mitch.” The job Mitch Schwartz has consistently done against Miller, one of the best pass rushers in the game, always deserves a spot in the winners’ section.Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty ImagesThe Chiefs defense wasn’t all pretty—the unit gave up 411 yards on Sunday—but the unit had some bright spots. Outside linebacker Dee Ford came into the game with a share of the league lead (36) for hurries, and he reached quarterback Case Keenum on three separate occasions Sunday. On two of the sacks, Ford forced a fumble. Ford now has a team-leading 8.0 sacks on the season.Rookie outside linebacker Breeland Speaks also recorded a sack, as did defensive lineman Chris Jones. Speaks and Jones officially tallied two quarterback hits apiece. Kendall Fuller had an interception on a flea-flicker attempt.The Broncos’ two-headed running back monster of Phillip Lindsay and Devontae Booker gave the Chiefs run defense problems all game long. Led by Lindsay’s 95 yards, the two combined for 27 carries for 173 yards and a touchdown in the game. LosersMark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY SportsBroncos defensive end Derek Wolfe Kendall Fuller Color Rush Jersey , per The Athletic’s Nicki Jhabvala: “They beat us by a total of 10 points. I’m tired of losing, especially in Kansas City. I really hate Kansas City. really hate it. I don’t like coming here. I don’t like anything about them except for Travis (Kelce). Travis is the only one I like over there.” Yikes.The Chiefs’ discipline, when it came to taking penalties, was not on display at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday. The Chiefs totaled seven penalties for 50 yards, including four false start penalties (at home). Chris Conley had two false start penalties and right guard Andrew Wylie had one on a crucial fourth-and-goal at the 1. The Wylie penalty may have cost the Chiefs three points. Penalties may not have cost the Chiefs the game against the Broncos, but the Chiefs will need to be more disciplined to beat better teams in the league—such as the Los Angeles Rams or New England Patriots.Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY SportsChiefs safety Ron Parker struggled in the first half—giving up a big play to Emmanuel Sanders. He and Orlando Scandrick also gave up a 24-yard touchdown to some guy named Tim Patrick. It will be interesting to see if the Chiefs make a move to beef of the secondary before the Tuesday trade deadline.I unfortunately don’t think that Vance Joseph will be the head coach of the Denver Broncos the next time the Chiefs see them. Joseph is now 0-4 against Kansas City and 8-16 overall asDenver’s head coach.Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY SportsSimilarly, I’m not sure Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, who had just three catches on seven targets for 30 yards Sunday—makes it through the trade deadline. Thomas is a shadow of his former self and appears to be in need of a change of scenery.The other side of Ford’s monster day is that of Broncos left tackle Garrett Boles, who didn’t look like he belonged on the same field as Ford. On the other side of the ball, cornerback Bradley Roby was hardly capable of guarding Watkins.The Broncos mentality has been broken by the Chiefs. Denver cornerback Chris Harris Jr. called this a game with season-changing potential prior to Sunday. Here was his quote after the game: “This was one of the hardest losses that I have ever had in the regular season. You fight so hard and do whatever you can to win and it’s really upsetting.” And the crazy thing is the Chiefs didn’t even play all that well. Great teams find a way to win and that’s what the Chiefs are.Safety Eric Berry didn’t suit up for Chiefs-Broncos, meaning he officially missed the first half of the season and should have been on injured reserve instead of taking up a roster spot. It’s our Monday column, The Re-Up. In this column, I’ll write about some deeper thought I had about the last game and finish with some fun stuff to ponder at the article’s end. Check out last week’s column here.Photo by David Eulitt/Getty ImagesOver the past two decades or so, there have been those teams. You know the teams I’m talking about—Tom Brady’s Patriots, Peyton Manning’s Colts, Drew Brees’ Saints, Aaron Rodgers’ Packers, Ben Roethlisberger’s Steelers and Manning’s Broncos.The teams that came up on the Chiefs’ schedule who struck fear into your heart as a fan. You knew that the only way the Chiefs were winning on Sunday is if they played an absolute perfect game. Well, midway through the NFL season, I’m happy to report with confidence that the tables have turned.Usually, in this column, I stay in the Chiefs locker room and provide their thoughts. I’ll get to some of those in the lower sections. This week, follow me as we venture into what you might call “enemy territory.”In their 30-23 loss to the Chiefs, the Denver Broncos took 10 penalties for 83 yards, a stat that would become their post-game theme. Because if you’re going to beat the Chiefs , you cannot take penalties.“It killed us,” Broncos head coach Vance Joseph said. “We had three penalties that took away 20-plus-yard plays offensively. When you are playing a good football team like this that can score points in bunches and you can’t at least have a chance to match the points because of penalties, it is almost impossible to beat this team.”Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty ImagesJoseph said he stressed the point inside the Denver locker room after the game.“I told our guys, whether they are good or bad, we can’t do it. When you are playing a good football team, it is tough to beat them without having those penalties. With the penalties, it is almost impossible, so we will go back and see the penalties and see how it shakes.”At halftime, the Broncos only trailed the Chiefs, 16-14, in what you felt like might turn into a classic divisional trap game for the home team. The Chiefs started with the ball in the third quarter and the Broncos were in desperate need of a stop. What they got instead was a nine-play, five-minute drive, which resulted in Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs offense waltzing down the field and putting the ball in the end zone.Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images“We had opportunities to do it on that drive and we just didn’t capitalize on it,” Broncos linebacker Von Millers said. “That’s the frustrating part about it. Kansas City has a great team, a great team. But I feel like we have a great team, too. Whenever we don’t play up to our potential, it’s frustrating, especially in moments like this.”Miller continued, touching upon the offensive creativity Andy Reid shows on a week-by-week basis.“I don’t know how many plays they got, they got counters as well,” he explained. “They can show you the same play 10 times, run it 10 times and then on the eleventh time run something else. They are extremely well-coached and have extremely talented players.”One of those, of course, being the MVP favorite in Patrick Mahomes, who gashed the Broncos for 303 yards Chad Henne Jersey , four touchdowns and one interception.Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images“We went into the [game earlier in the season] and said, ‘Man, we missed this guy. We missed this guy six times,’” linebacker Shane Ray, who couldn’t play this time against the Chiefs, said. “Those were big plays that could have changed the game. The mindset for rushing was containing him, pushing the pocket and not letting him out. The guys did an excellent job [Sunday]. They kept him contained. Most of the time he wasn’t able to get outside of the pocket and make passes like he did the last game. Once again, just beating ourselves with penalties and allowing big plays down the field. We can’t win like that.”No matter what Denver did, there was a feeling on its sideline that the Chiefs were just too much to handle.“This was one of the hardest losses that I have ever had in the regular season,” cornerback Chris Harris Jr. said. “You fight so hard and do whatever you can to win and it’s really upsetting...I’m tired of it. I’m getting fed up with it, really. We’re beating ourselves every week. I can’t count how many penalties we had on ourselves. You can’t do that if you’re going to come in here and beat the Chiefs.”Heading into Chiefs week, the Broncos were coming off a win over the lowly 2-6 Arizona Cardinals. Denver took five penalties for 50 yards in that game but still won 45-10.Not to be on Sunday, when they doubled that.“We can get by with those mistakes and beat an Arizona team, but we can’t beat a Kansas City team like that,” inside linebacker Brandon Marshall said.Chiefs fans, welcome to the other side.RAPID REACTIONThis week’s Rapid Reaction was taken from my opening thoughts on the Arrowhead Pride post-game show, as first heard live on 610 Sports Radio in Kansas City.STAT OF THE GAMEGIF OF THE GAMETWEET(s) OF THE GAMEFIVE QUOTES1. Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes on the defense stepping up in the fourth quarter: “It’s huge. When you’re in this league, you have to win with every aspect of the game. You can’t rely on the offense scoring 40 points. You can’t rely on the defense giving up zero points. Everybody has to be on the same page and I feel like in this game, it kind of showed that the defense was getting some stops early. Then the offense scored some points and then the defense held strong at the end. I mean, that’s what the good teams do. They win games with every aspect of the game. Special teams flipped the field it felt like every single time they had the opportunity. It speaks volumes of how this team is and how we pick each other up. I threw an interception and the defense got a turnover the next drive. I mean, that just speaks to the team that we have.”2. Chiefs defensive end Chris Jones on the outstanding play of outside linebacker Dee Ford: “You know, all the attention is on Dee. He is a great pass rusher, I’ll give that to him. Just keep it up, consistency lightens it up for the inside guys.”3. Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins on whether the skillfulness of the Chiefs offense has taken the pressure off of him: “Honestly, yes. It’s not all about me or any guy on this team. If I’m not open I know (Travis Kelce) is going to be open. I can literally run my route but watch him catch the ball and it feels great to see everybody out there making plays.”4. Chiefs outside linebacker Breeland Speaks on the first full sack of his career: “Oh bro Sammy Watkins Color Rush Jersey , it felt great. I was like, ‘Yeah, fat people can rush too.’ Here we go, we’re finally getting somewhere.”5. Chiefs outside linebacker Tanoh Kpassagnon on the Chiefs’ defensive effort against the Broncos: “This is something we knew was going to come; just keep working and be patient and keep working on it. We studied that team hard. We already played them so we kind of knew what they were hitting us with. We knew when a pass was coming. Once we saw those formations, we just went.”THE BIG THOUGHTJay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY SportsFollowing a game in which Kareem Hunt displayed his second human hurdle in as many weeks, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid was asked about his running back.“He is playing really good football,” Reid said. “I’m having a hard time believing anyone at that position is playing better. His numbers aren’t huge, but he is catching the ball, he’s running the ball, he’s hurdling people.”Of course, the quick response here is, “but Todd Gurley,” and while that is correct, let’s give the conversation a bit of perspective. Stats through eight games (2018)Through eight games, Gurley has 1,151 yards from scrimmage and 15 total touchdowns. That is remarkable, even compared to Hunt’s 854 yards from scrimmage and 10 total touchdowns. But I’d like to point your attention to the yards per attempt. With the ball in his hands on a rush, Gurley is averaging only three-tenths of a yard more than Hunt. On catches, Hunt is edging Gurley by 1.8 yards per reception.I’m not here to argue Hunt is the best running back in the league right now because he certainly is not. But Reid’s right. Given his game film lately and total production despite a slow start, Hunt deserves to be in the conversation.POLL OF THE WEEK

the Houston Texans (3-3) for control of the AFC South. Before the game begins Youth Logan Cooke Jersey , we wanted to ask the Big Cat Country team (and you!) a simple question:“How will the Jaguars do against the Texans today?”Alfie Crow (@AlfieBCC)This is a game for the Jaguars defense to get back to sacking the quarterback and forcing turnovers, but the real concern is can the offense score points? I’m not sure they can. Texans win 13-6Ryan Day (@ryaneatscake)I don’t like this game. I don’t like the matchups on either side of the ball. The Jaguars have had problems with mobile quarterbacks who can move the pocket and I think Deshaun Watson gives them fits. And I don’t like Blake Bortles.Texans win 13-9Jon Kirland (@BCBCouch)Does the quarterback currently give anyone hope of righting this thing and beginning a run of wins like last season? I know he doesn’t for me. Until that changes, I cant in good conscience pick the Jags to win, especially with a fully healthy front seven now for Houston. The Jags defense will get a couple of needed highlights, but I think this offense is exactly how Jadeveon Clowney described.Texans win 16-9Ryan O’Bleness (@ryanobleness)While it’s still relatively early in the season, this feels like a must-win game for the Jaguars. If the Jaguars want to repeat as division champions, a win against Houston this week will go a long way as the team is currently tied with both the Texans and Tennessee Titans at 3-3. I see both offenses struggling, but I think this is finally the breakout game for Jacksonville’s pass rush against a really, really awful Houston offensive line. I can see a defensive touchdown being scored by the Jags as well.Jaguars win 20-17Brian Fullford (@iambwf)Early in the week I decided on 34-17 in favor of the Texans. Okay, this was actually within 24 hours of the face plant in Dallas. I’ve calmed down.Almost everything in me says the Texans win this 13-10. Almost everything. I just can’t see Wash and the defensive talent not making reparations for last weekend.Then there’s Blake. Houston still brings a gun in Watson, while the Jaguars bring a knife in Bortles. Sigh.My bold prediction is the defense scores to win the game.Jaguars win 13-10Filip Prus (@JaxonFil)“Good teams don’t lose three games in a row.” — Calais Campbell, maybe?Don’t ask me how the Jaguars are going to score 17 points because I don’t know. All I know is as long as Deshaun Watson plays the entire game for the Texans, they’re probably going to put up at least 13 points. If this is a must-win game for the Jaguars, they must find their way to at least 17 points some way, some how. Maybe a turnover? Pick-six? Anyone want to step up and take back some momentum that’s leaking like a deflating balloon? Do something Youth Cam Robinson Jersey , guys. Get right.Half of the games in this series history have been decided by seven or less points. This will probably be another one.Jaguars win 17-13What do you think? Got any predictions for the Jaguars vs. Texans game? What do you think the final score will be? Let us know in the comments below! Kirk Cousins was bothered enough by the throws he missed in Minnesota's third preseason game that he brought a piece of paper with a list of them to the podium for his interview afterward.There's a long way to go, particularly with an offensive line that's not yet set, but Cousins and the Vikings made some improvements against Seattle.Cousins passed for 182 yards without a turnover in the first half, before third-stringer Kyle Sloter threw for two fourth-quarter touchdowns in a 21-20 comeback victory over the Seahawks on Friday night.Out of sync in their previous game, the Vikings assembled three drives of 12 or more plays despite some disruptions by the Seahawks. Cousins went 17 for 28."You could've really had a great night. I feel like we just missed that," Cousins said.Sebastian Janikowski didn't miss. The 40-year-old kicked field goals from 35 and 55 yards in the first half for the Seahawks, who kept their starters in past halftime. Russell Wilson led one scoring drive against the vaunted Vikings defense, finishing 11 for 21 for 118 yards and declaring his work-in-progress offensive line a success."I had all day," Wilson said.Vikings rookie Daniel Carlson, who just won the kicker job this week when seventh-year veteran Kai Forbath was released, pulled two 42-yard field goal attempts wide left in the first half. Following the first miss, Latavius Murray's touchdown run capped the second drive. Then coach Mike Zimmer ordered a 2-point conversion."Just to let him know that if he's going to miss 'em, I'm going to go for 2," Zimmer said.The mention of wide left against the Seahawks still makes Vikings fans wince, three seasons after Blair Walsh's 27-yard miss at the end of the playoff game on that below-zero afternoon in Minnesota. Walsh spent last year with Seattle Black Donte Moncrief Jersey , struggled anew and was not brought back. The 40-year-old Janikowski, having edged out Jason Myers for the job, has taken over."I'd rather kick the short ones and hit a lot of extra points, but if it comes down to it I'm excited and looking forward to it," Janikowski said.CONFIDENCE IN CARLSONZimmer noted that Carlson, a fifth-round draft pick from Auburn, only missed a couple of kicks in practices since training camp started. The coach actually expressed more concern about the kick coverage teams, which have allowed long returns in each exhibition game."Put this behind me," Carlson said, "but learn from it and move on."PUNTING PROWESSRookie punter Michael Dickson, who beat out stalwart Jon Ryan this week, was just as sharp as Janikowski. His five punts averaged 53.6 yards per attempt, with a long of 61 yards and two times downed at the 3."I'm really fired up about that," coach Pete Carroll said.PADS POPPINGChris Carson carried seven times for 26 yards and a touchdown and caught two passes for 20 yards for the Seahawks, who are trying to regenerate the power running attack that helped them reach two straight Super Bowls. Rookie Rashaad Penny Youth Telvin Smith Jersey , who's also expected to factor heavily in the ground game this season, broke his finger in practice last week and did not play.The defense, which is undergoing a more significant renovation with Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett, Kam Chancellor and Richard Sherman all moved on. The Seahawks are at least set at linebacker with Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright.Wagner sacked Cousins for what would've been a 13-yard loss on third-and-goal at the 5, but Shaquill Griffin was called for holding Stefon Diggs during the play. Wright delivered a jarring shoulder tackle on Diggs, who was targeted eight times. Newcomer Barkevious Mingo delivered his share of blows in the first half, too."I thought we played with good juice tonight," Carroll said. "I like the way that we're learning to hit."COOK'S BACKMurray took over for Dalvin Cook, who had two carries on the first drive to complete his recovery from reconstructive knee surgery last season."I got in, I got banged up a little bit, got that out of the way," Cook said. "Now it's just time for everybody to know I can play football."BACKUPS COME UP BIGDavid Moore caught a 31-yard touchdown pass from Alex McGough for the Seahawks and had a 75-yard punt return for a score called back by a holding penalty.For the Vikings, Sloter's touchdowns went to Jake Weineke and Chad Beebe , before the go-ahead 2-point conversion completion to Weineke again. Weineke is a Minnesota native Logan Cooke Jersey , undrafted from South Dakota State. Beebe, from Northern Illinois, is the son of former Buffalo folk hero Don Beebe.NATIONAL ANTHEMThree Seahawks players continued their practice of leaving the field during the singing of the "The Star-Spangled Banner" and returning shortly after: offensive tackle Duane Brown, defensive end Branden Jackson and defensive tackle Quinton Jefferson.INJURY REPORTSeahawks: Fourteen injured players were listed on the inactive list, including WR Doug Baldwin (knee), CB Byron Maxwell (ankle) and SS Bradley McDougald (pectoral). Baldwin and Maxwell have been out the whole preseason. FS Tedric Thompson hurt his ribs during a first-quarter tackle, Carroll said, but he returned.Vikings: Nine injured players were listed on the did-not-dress list, including DE Everson Griffen (lower leg), CB Mackensie Alexander (ankle) and C Pat Elflein (ankle/shoulder). Diggs immediately went to the sideline with some apparent discomfort after the collision with Wright, but he came back.UP NEXTThe Seahawks host Oakland in their final exhibition game on Thursday.The Vikings play at Tennessee to wrap up the preseason slate on Thursday.

 on Monday Night Football in a game few expect them to win or even come close to winning , which is surprising considering its an AFC West divisional game and Denver at home is never an easy out even in the worst of times.Right now, people only see Patrick Mahomes and that explosive offense. They are ignoring the porous and mistake-prone defense that gives up just as many explosive plays. If the Broncos defense can come out and generate pressure on Mahomes and keep the intensity high despite some of the big plays the Chiefs will get, then that should keep the game within striking distance for Case Keenum and the Broncos offense.Many of us are worried the Broncos are not a very good football team and this game will either confirm our fears or allay them. Broncos vs. Chiefs live updatesGame Info / Live UpdatesEverything we know Tweets from Live: Barely fight left Breaking: According to a report the charges against Denver Broncos defensive end Adam Gotsis have been dropped. Even the might Orange Crush can be chipped to next to nothing. Today’s joint practice with the Chicago Bears saw the return of several injured Broncos Youth Chris Harris Jr Jersey , including cornerback Tramaine Brock and defensive end Clinton McDonald. However, several of Denver’s best missed practice as well, including cornerback Chris Harris and outside linebacker Shaquil Barrett. The remaining players out of practice were: safety Su’a Cravens , safety Dymonte Thomas, cornerback Michael Hunter, center Sam Jones Womens Jake Butt Jersey , guard J.J. Dielman and tight end Troy Fumagalli.Chad Kelly’s first game action as a second-string quarterback went about as well as Paxton Lynch’s opportunities have gone as a second-string quarterback. Kelly at one point ran during a rush-less7-on-7 period only to be follow by Lynch making the same mistake in the following grouping.That’s the bad news, the good news is Case Keenum had a fine day and that means that Emmanuel Sanders had a fine day and Courtland Sutton had a fine day. Sutton did leave the field for a brief time to be evaluated for injury and he returned.Get in where you fit it and join your host Ian Henson and the greatest group of Broncos fans on the internet live, right now!

in playoffs , fall short of Super Bowl The Jacksonville Jaguars are primed to make a run at the AFC South crown for a short window of time — and that’s exactly what Andy Benoit from Sports Illustrated is predicting will happen during the 2018 NFL season.While Benoit has the Jaguars winning the division again at 10-6, he has them falling short a round earlier than last year — on the road against the New England Patriots.I think Benoit nails the AFC South final standings. It will be a close race with the winner just one game above (or even winning on tiebreakers) and the Colts dead last. Beating the Texans at home in the playoffs would be extremely fun and while the Steelers aren’t as good as you’d think a typical No. 2 seed would be, who in the AFC North or AFC West is really going to challenge them over the course of a season? I think the Jaguars could very well beat the Steelers again in a playoff matchup but over the course of 16 games I think the Steelers come away with the better record.I also think this team is built to beat a team like the Patriots. A Tom Brady win isn’t a crazy prediction, but if the two were to meet again in the playoffs I think they have a better chance of winning the ball — their roster is tailor made to matchup well against this team and I don’t think they take the ball out of Blake Bortles’ hands like they did last season.What do you think? Will the Jaguars win the AFC South? Will they win their home playoff game only to be disappointed by the Patriots in the AFC Divisional Round? Let us know in the comments below!Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Minnesota Vikings: Live blog for preseason Week 2 The Jacksonville Jaguars and Minnesota Vikings complete their week of joint practices with the second preseason game for both teams, as the two meet at U.S. Bank Stadium for a special 1 PM EST Saturday afternoon kick off.Jacksonville will be looking to see if their first and second team offenses can continue the momentum of last week’s preseason opener, despite having less than great performances in the teams’ two joint practices earlier this week.On the flip side, the Jaguars defense was as advertised in practices with the Vikings and quarterback Kirk Cousins’ offense this week, and will look to continue that into today’s game.How to WatchTV:NFL Network will be carrying the game live nationally at 1 PM EST. If you live in the Jacksonville area, the game will be carried on the team’s official station Action News Jax CBS 47, but blacked out on NFLN due to black out rules. You can also stream the game for free via the team’s website if you live in the UK, Mexico, Canada, and the team’s secondary markets including Orlando, Tallahassee, Savannah.Live Blog4:18 PM: Jarrod Wilson forces a fumble, recovered by Blair Brown and the Jaguars wrap up preseason week 2 with a 14-10 victory! Thanks for following along with me today. 4:06 PM:Touchdown Jaguars! Brandon Wilds runs it in, and Jags take the lead 14-10. Vikings have 1:55 with all three time outs.4:03 PM: Rashad Greene Sr. fields a punt and returns it all the way to the Vikings 5 yard line. Brandon Wilds runs for 2, and it’s 2nd & Goal from the 3 as we hit the final two minute warning. Jags looking to go in for the win.3:55 PM: The Jaguars got into Vikings territory but had to punt, after the Jags offensive line was apparently replaced by 5 garbage pails. Punt is downed inside the 10 by Jaydon Mickens.3:44 PM: Following a God awful call on a, “hit against a defenseless player”, the Jags defense holds Sloter to another punt, and the Jags take over with 7 inutes left in the game. Still 10-7 Vikings. 3:31 PM: A promising drive ends in another punt for the Jaguars. Kessler was mostly efficient but the Vikings defenders blew up a would-be screen on 3rd down, sacking the quarterback instead. Vikings take over with 11 minutes left inside their 10.3:23 PM: End of the 3rd quarter, finds the Jaguars driving inside the Vikings zone with a 3rd & 5 coming up. A couple of good throws from Kessler and strong running from Brandon Wilds.3:14 PM: Vikings 2nd/3rd team offense runs the ball down the throat of the Jags defense, and caps it off with a 1 yard TD run. Real bad run fits and tackling at every level of the Jag back up defense. 10-7 Vikings3:07 PM: Jags punt it back to the Vikings after a Cody Kessler pass to DJ Chark sails wide on 3rd down. Chark had a well thrown ball go through his hands on the previously play.2:59 PM: All back ups now, but it doesn’t matter for the defense as they again force another short possession for the Vikings offense. So far this game really was everything we expected.2:54 PM: Jags 2nd team offense starts the second half, and quickly fizzles out after a sack on Cody Kessler on 3rd & mid that should have been a penalty for going low on the quarterback but we have the NFL officials in full season form. Also, Josh Wells pass blocking should just be shown as the next “Halloween” film, cause it’s horrific. 2:48 PM: Here’s what I mean about Cam Robinson..Halftime Thoughts:The first team offense for the Jaguars was the focus coming in and the results were similar to the joint practices, some good Black Austin Seferian-Jenkins Jersey , some bad.Blake Bortles, aside from the really bad interception early, I thought was relatively OK and recovered great from the pick.The offensive line did not look great. Not a lot of holes for Fournette & Yeldon, and too much pressure allowed on Blake. Granted Norwell & Parnell are OUT and Brandon Linder left with a knee ailment. Cam Robinson struggled immensely with Danielle Hunter, that’s not ideal.The first team defense versus the Vikings first team offense was fun to watch. They’re ready.Too many penalties, and a sloppy game thus far.2:37 PM: Nothing doing for the Jags offense against the back up defense of the Vikings to end the half. First half ends with Bortles being sacked on 3rd & mid by a free defender who came untouched through the middle due to missed assignment by Tyler Shatley. 7-3 Jags at halftime.2:30 PM: Stop me if you heard this before, but the Jags defense forces a quick 3 & out. Dede Westbrook returns the punt 47 yards....but its negated by a block in the back by Moncrief. The Jags starting offense....returns for a final two minute drill.2:26 PM: We come to the two minute warning. After a nice run from T.J. Yeldon for about 20 yards, the Jags’ offense peters out, leading to another Logan Cooke punt that’s covered well after being fielded inside the Vikings 15 yard line. The Jags mix of 1st & 2nd team defenders come back out for what NOW should be their last drive of the game.2:20 PM: The Jags defense, with starters like Telvin, Myles, and Yan still in the game, force another 3 & out with a sack by Yan involved during the drive. The starting offense for the Jags coming back out.2:15 PM: The Jaguars driving but get a killer penalty for an illegal block on Keelan Cole, with the starting offense still in. Blake Bortles had a nice 3rd down throw to Marqise Lee to convert for the first down during the drive. Josh Lambo misses, yes you read that right, from about 50 yards. Still 7-3 as Vikings take over with under 6 minutes left in the half.2:05 PM: The national narrative will be Blake looked “eh”, but may I present Kirk Cousins’ day...2:02 PM: The Jaguars defense holds Trevor Simian and the Vikings mostly 2nd team offense to a field goal attempt, that is bonked off the upright by Kyle Forbath. Still 7-3 Jaguars as we make it halfway through the 2nd quarter. The Vikings found some success running that drive against a mixture of Jags 1st & 2nd teamers.1:55 PM: Starting offense back out and goes 3 & out, as Niles Paul drops a perfect throw on 3rd down that would’ve went for 20 yards. Some injury news, Brandon Linder has left the game with what the team is calling a “knee injury”. 1:50 PM: The Jags keep a majority of starters in on defense, and again they dominate, forcing another 3 & out for Kirk Cousins and the Vikings starting offense. Folks, the Jagsstarting defense has owned the show thus far today, as they had all week,1:46 PM: Touchdown Jaguars! Fournette plows in from the half yard line after Blake runs for 11 on 3rd & goal. Good response from Blake and the offense after the turnover. 7-3 Jaguars. That’s probably the end of the game for the starting offense and defense.1:37 PM: Jaguars have a nice drive developing that’s included much better accuracy from Blake here. Moncrief, Yeldon, and Fournette getting involved as the Jags are allowing the Vikings aggressiveness to set up some big gainers on screen plays. The Jags now have 1st & Goal from the 10.1:31 PM: Bad Blake throws an interception right into the chest of Pro Bowl safety Harrison Smith, but the defense reciprocates, as Murray has the ball knocked out by Malik Jackson and recovered by Calais Campbell. Jags ball in a defensive struggle thus far.1:25 PM: AJ Bouye gets a flag for the worst penalty I’ve ever seen called. Murray the running back lowers his head, AJ does the same , AJ gets the flag. What a God awful officiated game already. Vikings getting so much striped shirt help they to keep drive going they should wear purple! Tyler Patmon stops Laquon Treadwell on 3rd & long, and the drive is finished by a made field goal. 3-0 Refs...err, Vikings.1:17 PM Yannick gets a huge sack for a lost of 10 on Cousins, but a bullshit flag for “taunting” negates the negative play and gives Vikings 1st down inside Jags territory.1:14 PM: The Jags fare no better on offense, as Bortles completes a quick hitter to Lee for 5; Fournette gets nothing on a stretch run, and the Vikings nearly pick off Blake on 3rd down on a pass in which Donte Moncrief appeared to slip in his route. Jags punt and give Vikings excellent position from the Minnesota 40. Similar drive to how practices had gone this week for the first team offense.1:11 PM: Tyler Patmon with a big pass break up on Theilen; Murray gets a yard, and Barry Church gets perfect coverage on Kyle Rudolph to force essentially a 3 & out. Great push by the defensive line, better coverage by the secondary.108 PM: Jags win the toss and we are underway, with the Vikings offense taking the field first.1:06 PM: A sober moment pre kick off..12:51 PM: As we await kick off in a few minutes. Here’s Leo doing OBJ things...12:15 PM: Here’s FCN’s Mike Kaye with some interesting thoughts on the replacements filling in today.11:45 AM: And here is the list of Vikings inactives, including running back and former FSU stand out Dalvin Cook, who did practice this past week.11:35 AM: I figured that Norwell & Parnell would not go, as they really haven’t done any team drills in almost two weeks now. A bit surprised Bryan is a no-go, as he practiced in full on Thursday.The biggest surprises are Gipson, Davis, & Dareus, whom all practiced and had been healthy up to this point of camp. Will be interesting to hear what led to them being OUT today. Keep in mind though, as we saw last week with folks like Keelan Cole, if the team feels there’s even a bit of injury risk, they’re not going to chance it, especially after two “scrimmages” already this week with the same team.11:30 AM: The Jaguars have announced their “non-dressed/OUT” list for today’s game. Some surprises on here. 10:56 AM: For the uniform savants like myself, looks like the Jags will debut the new all-whites today.10:45 AM: Good Morning, and welcome to a special Saturday afternoon of Jaguars football. I’m going to be paying extra attention to the offense today, as they were “OK” by all accounts Thursday when these teams last practiced, but were not good by any stretch on Wednesday. Pay particular attention to Cam Robinson today, as he faces a Pro Bowl level talent across from him in defensive end Danielle Hunter. Robinson reportedly had his issues with Hunter in practices, so I’ll be watching to see if he can keep Blake Bortles’ blind side as clean as he did in Week 1. Robinson must show up well this year, in my opinion, for the Jags to be successful on offense and this will be a great early test.

 and the Carolina Panthers ruined the Philadelphia Eagles‘ dance party.Newton tossed a 1-yard touchdown pass to Greg Olsen with 1:22 left and the Panthers overcame a 17-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the Eagles 21-17 on Sunday.Julius Peppers sacked Carson Wentz Kawann Short Jersey , forcing a fumble on fourth down from the Panthers 14 to seal the victory.The Panthers improved to 4-2 with the biggest comeback in franchise history. The defending Super Bowl champion Eagles fell to 3-4.“This place was as advertised, playing in a hostile environment but we overcame that and kept pushing through,” Newton said. “Good teams have to win on the road and win close games and we did that.”After Carolina took the lead, the Eagles started at their 30. A 48-yard pass interference penalty on James Bradberry against Alshon Jeffery put the ball at the Carolina 22. Eric Reid appeared to intercept Wentz’s overthrown pass but the play was overturned on a video review. Wentz threw incomplete to Jeffery in the end zone on third-and-2 and was stripped on the next play.“Pressure is off,” Eagles coach Doug Pederson said. “Nobody thinks we can do anything. A lot of football left.”Down 17-0, the Panthers watched a couple of members of Philadelphia’s kickoff team do a choreographed dance while others celebrated as if the game was over during an extended break before the ball was placed on the field.Then the Panthers started their rally when Curtis Samuel ran in from the 14 on a reverse but Graham Gano missed the extra point.“We collectively got together and knew that we had to up the tempo and have a sense of urgency,” said Christian McCaffrey, who had 80 yards from scrimmage.Newton then quickly drove the Panthers 87 yards, tossing an 18-yard pass to Devin Funchess. He connected with Jarius Wright on the 2-point conversion to get Carolina within a field goal with 4:08 left.The Panthers forced a three-and-out and got the ball at their 31 with 2:17 remaining.Newton threw three straight incomplete passes, but took a hit on fourth down and still completed a 35-yard catch-and-run pass to Torrey Smith to reach the Philadelphia 34. A 22-yard pass to McCaffrey gave Carolina first down at the 4. Newton ran it to the 1 Vernon Butler Color Rush Jersey , setting up third down. He threw it to Olsen wide open in the back of the end zone.Newton finished 25 of 39 for 269 yards and ran for 49 yards.“I took that one extremely personal,” Newton said of a 23-17 loss at Washington last week. “I told myself if we get in that position I have to hold up my end. I didn’t want to let anybody down.”Wentz’s 11-yard TD pass to Jeffery gave Philadelphia a 7-0 lead in the second quarter. Ertz had catches of 15 and 22 yards on the drive and Jeffery hauled in a 20-yard pass before the score.Jeffery and his teammates had a unique celebration. He placed the ball on the ground and pretended to do a free kick.Wentz tossed a 1-yard TD to Dallas Goedert to make it 17-0 in the third quarter, finishing off a 17-play, 94-yard drive that chewed up 9:22 on the clock.DO OVERSGano made a 39-yard field goal that was nullified by a false start. He missed from 44 yards, but another false start allowed the Panthers to try again and they punted.NOT GETTING ALONGReid and Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins exchanged words and were separated before the coin toss. The two men have history going back to last year when Reid left The Players Coalition, which was co-founded by Jenkins. Reid and Jenkins are both fighting for the same cause — social and racial injustice — but have disagreed over how to do it. Reid recently called the coalition “an NFL funded subversion group” and he strongly supports his friend, Colin Kaepernick.Reid also got into it with Ertz after tackling Wentz following a handoff in the first quarter. Both guys received personal foul penalties.REID KNEELSReid again took a knee during the national anthem. He’s been doing it since Kaepernick, his former teammate on the 49ers, began taking a stance in 2016.INJURIESPanthers: DE Mario Addison twice left the game with a back injury and didn’t return after going out in the fourth quarter.Eagles: RB Darren Sproles (hamstring), CB Sidney Jones (hamstring) Cam Newton Color Rush Jersey , DT Haloti Ngata (calf) and S Corey Graham (hamstring) were among the key players out of the lineup.UP NEXTPanthers: Host the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.Eagles: Play the Jacksonville Jaguars in London on Sunday. The Panthers selected DJ Moore in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft and their fan base immediately lost its mind. They are finally supporting Cam Newton. He is the next Steve Smith. It has been so long since they drafted a No. 1 receiver. Smitty said on the TV that he has a Ph.D. in route running. We all, apparently, forgot that most receivers don’t have a huge impact their rookie season. Let’s not compare Moore to the likes of Kelvin Benjamin until the rookie has proven himself to be that unreliable.2018 has been a slow start for Moore. He made a lot of noise during training camp but was hardly anywhere to be seen in the preseason and didn’t record a catch until Week 2 of the regular season. That catch being a 51-yard, highlight reel reception for a touchdown was nice, but it was still only one catch in two weeks. Either Moore isn’t ready to see the field with any frequency or the coaching staff is upholding the long standing Panthers’ tradition of mismanaging talent.Either way, the Panthers have made all of the appropriate noises this week about getting Moore involved in a heavier role. Here are the opinions of the Cat Scratch Reader staff of what that role will end up looking like, statistically, by the end of the season.Brian BeversluisDaniel BeltonJon DeLongEvan LeekleyErik SommersEverybody seems agreed that getting the rookie more involved isn’t going to mean taking over for Devin Funchess as Cam Newton’s No. 1 receiver. You know what? Let’s be honest. They don’t think he is going to take over for Christian McCaffrey as Newton’s top receiver.I think averaging about three receptions per game is a perfectly optimistic expectation for Moore’s season. It’s also telling that nobody saw fit to mention his impact as a runner. The Panthers want to get the ball to Moore in space. We’ll see how successful they are in making that space behind the line of scrimmage.

The Bear’s Den Mitchell Trubisky Color Rush Jersey , October 20, 2018 BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!BEARRRSSSSWiederer: Bears' Khalil Mack and Allen Robinson are questionable for Sunday's game vs. Patriots - Chicago Tribune - The Bears are hopeful that outside linebacker Khalil Mack and receiver Allen Robinson will be able to play Sunday against the Patriots.Wiederer: 3 keys for the Bears as they aim to upset the Patriots in Week 7 - Chicago Tribune - For the Bears to upset the Patriots on Sunday at Soldier Field, they will need to trust the game plan of coach Matt Nagy; use the versatility of running back Tarik Cohen; and keep Tom Brady and Julian Edelman from heating up.Bears vs. Patriots: Tribune writers make their picks - Chicago Tribune - Can the Bears knock off Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski and the Patriots and put last week's overtime loss to bed? Our team says no.Bears-Patriots 5 Matchups to Watch - Da Bears Brothers Podcast - Here are the five pivotal matchups to pay attention to in Sunday's game against the New England Patriots including the "Game Breaker."Moreano: Nagy’s Aggressive Mindset Must Surface Come Crunchtime - Da Bears Brothers Blog - When the game comes down to the closing minutes, Matt Nagy must remain aggressive in order to give the Bears the best chance to win.Stankevitz: Khalil Mack appears set to play Sunday with Tom Brady, Patriots looming - NBC Sports Chicago - Khalil Mack didn't want to discuss his ankle on Friday, but did participate in practice and appears set to play against Tom Brady and the Patriots.Mayer: Mack listed as questionable for Sunday’s game - - Bears outside linebacker Khalil Mack returned to practice Friday on a limited basis and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Patriots with an ankle injury.Pick Is In: Patriots at Bear - - Local and national NFL analysts make their pick for the Week 7 game between the Patriots and Bears Sunday at Soldier Field. Keep track of their weekly record here on News: 10.19.18 - - The Chicago Bears organization is proud to implement and support numerous community program and initiatives. Here are some of the many ways that the Bears show their support during the football season.Khalil Mack Practiced Friday and is Listed as Questionable, But Is Expected to Play Against Patriots - Bleacher Nation - Some good news for Bears backers and Khalil Mack fans!Potash: If Bears’ defense depends on Khalil Mack to be good, that's a problem - Sun Times - No doubt Mack takes the Bears’ defense to another level. But the Bears had a top-10 defense without Mack last season and added Roquan Smith.Jahns: Which Bears playmaker will Patriots try to take away? - Sun TimesAdam L. Jahns' "Inside the Huddle" columns appears in game-day editions of the Chicago Sun-Times.Finley: Red-hot Bears QB Mitch Trubisky eyes 'killer instincts' - Sun Times - Four second-half scores weren’t enough in the 31-28 overtime loss last week. That’s Mitch Trubisky’s next step: to walk off the field a winner.Morrissey: Bears Khalil Mack's health could be difference maker against Patriots - Sun Times - If he’s close to 100 percent, the Bears have a shot against Tom Brady. If he’s not, there’s a decent chance Brady will run them through a shredder.Finley: Will the Patriots lean on 'Gronk' to try to slow the Bears Khalil Mack? - Sun Times - Four questions as the Bears prepare to play Tom Brady — who’s nearly nine months older than Matt Nagy — and the Patriots on Sunday at Soldier Field.Biggs: With right hand nearly fully healed, rush is on for Leonard Floyd to be more productive - Chicago Tribune - Noble: Householder: Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio acknowledged the Bears may have played Leonard Floyd too much as he was working his way back from a broken right hand, but now that he's close to 100 percent it's time for the former first-round pick to step forward. Floyd has only one quarterback hit so far.Biggs: Scouting report on Patriots rookie RB Sony Michel: 'His running style is really suited to the NFL' - Chicago TribuneSony Michel looks like a long-term answer to what has been almost an annual question for the Patriots: Who will be the primary ball carrier?Campbell: 'It's crazy how that can help you' How the Bears are relying on belief to overcome the Patriots' mystique - Chicago TribuneThe Bears have a growing, genuine sense of belief in their processes, talent and schemes as the Patriots make a rare visit to Chicago and test the team's growth under new coach Matt Nagy.Wiederer: The Bears' Patriots nightmares, the disappearance of Kevin White and the dangers of Rob Gronkowski - Chicago TribuneAs the Bears prepare to play host to the Patriots, we take a deeper look at a series that has become very one-sided and very frustrating for Bears fans. We also zero in on Kevin White's diminished role and Rob Gronkowski's special abilities.Bears vs. Patriots: Tribune writers make their picks - Chicago TribuneCan the Bears knock off Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski and the Patriots and put last week's overtime loss to bed? Our team says no.Khalil Mack (ankle) questionable against Patriots - NFL.comBears linebacker Khalil Mack (ankle) returned to practice Friday on a limited basis after missing Wednesday and Thursday, and is designated as questionable for Sunday's game against the Patriots.Potash: Bears Patriots What to Watch 4 - Tom Brady Rob Gronkowski Bill Belichick - Sun TimesThe last time the Bears played the Patriots, Tom Brady targeted Rob Gronkowski nine times and had nine completions for 149 yards and three TDs.Biggs: Scouting report on Patriots rookie RB Sony Michel: 'His running style is really suited to the NFL' - Chicago TribuneSony Michel looks like a long-term answer to what has been almost an annual question for the Patriots: Who will be the primary ball carrier?POLISH SAUSAGETravis Kelce, Tyreek Hill have no hate for Vontaze Burfict – ProFootballTalkWe know what some of the Steelers think of Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict. But, even knowing Burfict served a three-game suspension to start last season after a hit on Chiefs fullback Anthony Sherman, two of Kansas City’s biggest playmakers call themselves fans of Burfict.KNOW THY ENEMYVideo: Dan Orlovsky breaks down Brock Osweiler’s weaknesses - Pride Of DetroitThe former Lions quarterback breaks down Osweiler’s game so we don’t have to.Preview Podcast: First Byte talks Dolphins-Lions with Kevin Nogle of Phinsider - Pride Of DetroitBrock Osweiler saved the day against the Bears Pat O'Donnell Jersey , but can he put up a fight to the Lions too?Five Good Questions with Gang Green Nation - Daily NorsemanTime for our weekly gathering of intel from the other sideIN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRONWeek 7: Patriots at Bears Game Preview - Da Bears BlogI always like the Chicago Bears鈥nd I just like this game, hence yesterday’s flamboyant column. This should be the most intense, feverish crowd at Soldier Field in five plus years. And don’t be surprised if the Bears come out and match that intensity, eager to prove last week’s rollover in Miami was a fluke.Joniak: Keys To Bears-Patriots - 670 The ScoreKickoff is set for noon Sunday at Soldier Field.Emma: Bears OLB Khalil Mack, WR Allen Robinson Questionable To Play Against Patriots - 670 The ScoreThe Bears have taken precautions with Mack (ankle) and Robinson (groin).Wiltfong: Patriots’ fans expect a big win on Sunday against the Bears - Windy City GridironWelcome to SB Nation FanPulse — a survey of fans across the NFL, powered by SurveyMonkey. Each week, we send 32 polls to 100+ plugged in fans from each team. Bears fans, sign up HERE to join...Patriots vs Bears: New England should be worried about Chicago RB Tarik Cohen - Pats PulpitWe spoke with our colleagues from Windy City Gridiron about the upcoming game between the Patriots and Bears.Wiltfong's Bears vs. Patriots How to watch: TV schedule, streaming, odds, & more - Windy City GridironThis is everything you need to know about how to watch the Chicago Bears take on the New England Patriots.Silverstein: This might be our last chance to beat Tom Brady - Windy City GridironTime to give TB12 a taste of the Shuffle.Link's 2018 Chicago Bears vs New England Patriots Preview: What to Watch For - Windy City GridironFollowing the heart-breaking loss to the Dolphins, the gold standard Patriots invade Soldier Field.Berkes: Fantasy Football Forum - Week 7: Halfway Home - Windy City GridironWeek 7 marks the halfway point in fantasy leagues. We’ve still got a month’s worth of bye weeks to navigate, but the early excitement of snapping up new and interesting players has slowed to a...Link's 2018 Chicago Bears vs New England Patriots Preview: Which Players to Watch For - Windy City GridironFollowing the heart-breaking loss to the Dolphins, the gold standard Patriots invade Soldier Field.WCG CONTRIBUTORS BEARS PODCASTS & STREAMS2 Minute Drill - Website - iTunes - Andrew Link; Steven’s Streaming – Twitch – Steven Schweickert; T-Formation Conversation - Website - iTunes - Lester Wiltfong, Jr.; WCG Radio - Website - iTunes - Robert ZeglinskiTHE RULESWindy City Gridiron Community Guidelines - - We strive to make our communities open and inclusive to sports fans of all backgrounds. 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We do not allow the “calling out” of other members in any way, shape or form. Posts that do this will be deleted on sight. Bottom line, it’s fine to debate about football, but personal jabs and insults are strictly prohibited. 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Here’s how three Bears fared in Sunday’s 38-31 home loss to the Patriots:Kane: Matt Nagy sticks with his assessment - Mitch Trubisky ‘played better than most people think’ against the Patriots - Chicago Tribune - If Mitch Trubisky’s final grade from Sunday is in the eye of the beholder, Bears coach Matt Nagy shaded toward focusing on his quarterback’s positives Monday after a meeting with Bill Belichick and Tom Brady that few outsiders predicted the Bears would pull off anyway.Wiederer: Bears coach Matt Nagy explains not taking an end-zone shot on the final play of the first half - Chicago Tribune - The Bears chose not to throw a pass into the end zone on the final play of Sunday's first half against the Patriots. On Sunday afternoon and again on Monday, coach Matt Nagy detailed his thought process on the odd sequence.Biggs: It's unfair to blame Jordan Howard alone for the sluggish running game - Chicago Tribune - In reviewing Sunday's 38-31 loss to the Patriots, the offensive line is at fault for ongoing struggles in the running game, making it unfair to pin criticism solely on Jordan Howard. And Mitch Trubisky was far too inaccurate in his passing.Brad Biggs' 10 thoughts on the Bears' 38-31 loss to the Patriots - Chicago Tribune - Brad Biggs offers his 10 thoughts after the Bears came up short in a 38-31 loss to the Patriots. Was coach Matt Nagy too positive about quarterback Mitch Trubisky? The QB sure showed off great wheels rushing for 81 yards. Special teams stunk, Trey Burton was rock solid, and much more.Wiederer: After an up-and-down performance, Mitch Trubisky nails it: 'Close doesn't cut it' - Chicago Tribune - Chicago Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky mixed moments of brilliance with head-scratching mistakes Sunday in a 38-31 loss to the New England Patriots. Now Trubisky and the Bears have to get back up with an understanding that they still have 10 games and a boatload of experiences ahead.Bear Download podcast: Bears lose in all 3 phases to Patriots - Chicago Tribune - Rich and Dan break down the Bears' 38-31 loss to the Patriots in Week 7 from the Soldier Field press level: A big-picture perspective (3:30 mark),...Kane & Campbell: Kevin White finally makes a big play, but it only fuels Bears' frustration - Chicago Tribune - On the final play of the Bears’ 38-31 loss to the Patriots, quarterback Mitch Trubisky let a 54-yard pass rip toward the end zone. Kevin White jumped up in front of two Patriots defenders and came down with the ball at the 1-yard line.Talarico: Bears' Backs Officially Against the Wall After Consecutive Disappointing Games - Da Bears Brothers - After dropping two straight, it will be crucial to see how the Chicago Bears respond to their first real test of adversity.Bears grades: Was the defense *that* bad? - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears' defense struggled at times on Sunday, and didn't pressure Tom Brady much, but also only allowed 24 points on 10 possessions.Jahns: Five takeaways from the Bears’ 38-31 loss - Sun Times - From the Bears’ game plan against Tom Brady to Khalil Mack playing through injury Tom Waddle Color Rush Jersey , here are five observations from Week 7.Bears Matt Nagy doubles down on quarterback Mitch Trubisky - ‘He played better than most people think’ - A self-proclaimed “rep person,” Trubisky thrives on experience. Failure is just as valuable — maybe even more valuable — than success.Finley: Matt Nagy - Why I didn’t try a Hail Mary before halftime - Sun Times - Just because the Bears’ Hail Mary try at the end of Sunday’s game almost worked doesn’t mean that they should have tried the same tack before halftimeFinley: Why did Khalil Mack drop into pass coverage Sunday? - Sun Times - What role did Mack’s injured right ankle play in the decision? Was chasing slippery pass-catchers really easier on his ankle?Morrissey: Bears have a long way to go to be elite - Sun Times - It’s hard to believe that many fans walked out of Soldier Field on Sunday thinking their team was ready to take on the world. Not even close.POLISH SAUSAGECowboys trade 1st-round pick to Raiders for Amari Cooper, break NFL’s trade market - Acme Packing Company - In their desperation, Dallas likely raised NFL teams’ asking prices for big-name players with the trade deadline approaching.KNOW THY ENEMYESPN ranks the Lions’ offensive tackles... 30th in the NFL? - Pride Of Detroit - ESPN has a new stat and it doesn’t make any sense.How big was that win yesterday? - Daily Norseman - If you like playoff predictions and odds, it was a pretty big dealIN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRONInfante: With hand injury nearly healed, excuses running out for Leonard Floyd - Windy City Gridiron - Time is running out for the ninth pick in the 2016 draft to pick up the slack.Infante: Bears vs. Patriots - Notes from 38-31 loss - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears fell to 3-3 with their second consecutive loss.Wiltfong: Bears vs. Patriots - Snap counts, stats, and more - Windy City Gridiron - We’ll list out the complete playing time breakdown, and spotlight a few individual and team statistics from the Chicago Bears in their gut-wrenching loss to the New England Patriots.Leming: Week 7 game balls after the first home loss of the year - Windy City Gridiron - For the first time since Week 3, the Bears find themselves out of first place after a second straight loss. 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a Super Bowl contender... now what? Before the NFL began it’s Week 7 Thursday Night Football game (the same night the Astros were eliminated... sigh) in Arizona there was Mike White Jersey , per usual, a pregame show on NFL Network.Former Cowboys wide receiver and Pro Football Hall of Famer is part of the NFL Network cast and was with them when they were discussing matters around the league. They did a segment discussing which trades could/should happen and to no one’s surprise Irvin talked about the Dallas Cowboys.Irvin suggested that the Cowboys should trade for Amari Cooper and said that doing so would make them a Super Bowl contender. Seriously. Watch for yourself.The Playmaker might believe that the Cowboys can contend for a Super Bowl now, and the Cowboys might actually believe that themselves. They wouldn’t have given up their first-round pick next year if they didn’t believe that they could do some damage in this season’s remaining nine games. Let’s all hope that Irvin was right because if he wasn’t things are going to be very not fun for the next few months and beyond. The Dallas Cowboys will travel to FedEx Field on Sunday to face the Washington Redskins in hopes of delivering a special package to Dallas fans - two victories in a row. Over the first six games, the Cowboys have alternated between wins and losses and haven’t compiled a two-game streak of anything. If this season is going to take off and mean something, this team needs to put together a little winning streak. And what better team to get a streak going than the Redskins, a team Dallas has beaten four straight times. Not only have the Cowboys swept Washington in each of the last two seasons, their offense has put on a clinic by averaging over 32 points a game during that span. It sure would be nice to see them repeat that type of offensive production, especially on the heels on their 40-point performance against Jacksonville. Stacking a few good games on top of each other would do wonders in restoring some faith that this Cowboys team could be on to something in 2018. Can they pull it off? Will they make enough plays to get the win? Here are five things to watch on Sunday?1. Dink and Dunk youAlex Smith has a reputation for being a game manager. He’s not the type of quarterback that is going to hurt you deep. He has a career 7.0 yards per attempt type of quarterback. So Damien Wilson Color Rush Jersey , it should be no surprise that he’s averaging 7.0 yards again this season. He likes to throw the ball underneath and let his receivers do the work.Whether the Redskins keep the chains moving or not could come down to the Cowboys ability to make open field tackles. Despite DeAndre Hopkins hitting them with the spin cycle a couple weeks ago, the Cowboys have been solid at tackling this year. The defense swarms to the ball and does a good job wrapping up. The emergence of both Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch certainly helps in this department. And their defensive backs can tackle as well.Dak Prescott has turned into a dink and dunker himself. That’s fine when the team is efficient on third downs and moving the chains, but that has not been the case this season. The Cowboys are third-worst in the league at third-down conversions, successful on just 31% of their attempts.Expect a lot of short-to-intermediate stuff from both these teams. Dallas and Washington are two of the worst teams in terms of taking deep shots (stats courtesy of NFL Matchup on ESPN) and don’t expect much to change on Sunday.2. Another tough test for ZekeEzekiel Elliott has eclipsed the 100-yard mark in three of the last four games. The lone exception was his 54-yard performance in a Week 5 loss against the Houston Texans. The game against the Texans was the first time the Cowboys had faced a top 10 run defense this season, but they will face another one on Sunday when they’ll go against the Redskins sixth-ranked run defense that has only given up 90 yards per game.Last week, the Carolina Panthers had the leagues top rushing offense, churning out 154 yards per contest. The Redskins held them to just 81 yards rushing. With a strong interior defensive line that includes their last two first-round picks, Jonathan Allen and Daron Payne , they’ve been able to plug up the running lanes.The Cowboys have a strong running attack and are ranked second in the league in rushing with 147 yards per game, but they have shown themselves to be vulnerable. The Texans shadowed Zeke all game, forcing Prescott to make plays against them. Look for Washington to take a similar approach. The Cowboys will have to find ways to be effective on offense without living and dying by the legs of their star running back.3. It’s going to be a grindThe Cowboys won’t be the only team trying to establish the run on Sunday. Dallas ranks in the top 10 in rushing attempts, running the ball 28.7 times per game. The Redskins are even better with 29 rushing attempts per game. Adrian Peterson is sixth in the NFC with 77 rushing attempts and the Redskins will lean on him to get the ground game going.Whether it’s a grind-it-out running game or a lot of short passes, Smith is really good at keeping the Redskins offense on the field. Washington is ranked third in the league in time of possession. They don’t need to beat teams with explosiveness, but just with efficiency.The Cowboy take a similar approach, which could shorten the game if both teams are grinding away the clock. This makes it imperative for Dallas to make the most of their possessions. Any turnover or squandered red zone opportunity could prove costly.4. A big play or two is all it takesNot only are these two of the weakest teams in terms of taking shots down the field, they also happen to be two of the best defenses when it comes to limiting the big play. In fact Tavon Austin Jersey , on a per game basis, the Cowboys are best in the league.Both these defenses are going to challenge the opposing offense to string together large volume-play drives. That’s where explosive plays can be huge in this game. They may be hard to come by, but any time a team can slip one in can be a big advantage.For the Redskins, their receivers are banged up as Jamison Crowder is dealing with an ankle injury while Paul Richardson has both knee and shoulder issues. Crowder is expected to miss a few weeks. The Redskins can still find big plays by utilizing their tight ends over the seam. Both Jordan Reed and Vernon Davis are capable of being nice weapons for Alex Smith.The Cowboys will be without Tavon Austin, who has the team’s most explosive play of the season so far. Cole Beasley had a big game last week, but look for the Redskins to try to take him away. This could be a game where Prescott looks down the field for his rookie receiver Michael Gallup.5. Home field advantage?The Cowboys have won every game so far at AT&T Stadium, but they’ve lost every game on the road. The team is hoping this trend will end this week. In 2014, the Cowboys went a perfect 8-0 on the road so this sudden inability to win away from home is perplexing. Ezekiel Elliott points to poor communication as being the culprit for the team’s road problems.Hopefully Dorance Armstrong Jr. Jersey , the Cowboys can get those things worked out so they can come out of this week with a win. While they won’t have the roar of the crowd behind them, the Redskins have been having trouble filling seats. Cowboys fans travel, so they might have a little more support than they normally would in a hostile Washington environment.These are the things I’ll be keeping an eye on. What about you?
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