Tomlin challenged a bad spot on the Ravens’ return of the opening kickoff

Jeff Janis played exactly one snap in Sunday’s divisional playoff win over the Dallas Cowboys. With all the injuries the Packers have at receiver, that could change this week. A year ago, Janis became a household name after an unlikely playoff performance with seven catches for 145 yards and two touchdowns in the divisional playoff loss at Arizona.

Since then, he has largely fallen off the radar. He caught just 11 passes for 93 yards and a touchdown all season, but the lone touchdown came against the Falcons. With Jordy Nelson (ribs), Davante Adams (ankle) and Geronimo Allison (hamstring) all in danger of missing the game, it could be Janis’ time again.

Nobody has stopped Rodgers during the Packers’ eight-game winning streak, and why would the Falcons — with a defense that ranked 25th overall and 28th in passing yards allowed per game — be the team to even slow him down? During the winning streak, Rodgers has thrown 21 touchdowns and just one interception while completing 68.9 percent of his passes for an average of 298 yards per game. And he had success against the Falcons in October, when he threw four touchdowns without an interception.

Tomlin challenged a bad spot on the Ravens’ return of the opening kickoff, and while he was right, the ball moved only from the Baltimore 49-yard line to its 35-yard line. It was a modest gain with 56 minutes of time to challenge left. Later in the first quarter, the Ravens recovered a Ben Roethlisberger fumble for a touchdown on a close play Tomlin had to challenge. He lost and was then out of challenges with three quarters to go.

It would be wise for the Steelers to get aggressive with their two-point decisions in the hopes of creating an advantage against the Patriots. As the underdogs, they will have to take risks to try to win. It’s better to take that risk on a play worth two points with all of your offensive weapons on the field than it is on a fake punt or field goal.

Chinese team officials travel to the United States and Europe on aggressive scouting trips

That might sound extreme, but it gets at a greater truth: There likely won’t be another Marbury in China anytime soon.
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Elite Brendan Shanahan Jersey “He’s a hard worker, which I think is the most important thing,” said Beyer, who doesn’t represent Marbury but has worked with him in the past. “He is also an extreme competitor. You don’t really see that type of tenacity and anger [among other foreign players in China]. He puts all of his skills and physical dedication into the game.”

More and more American basketball players have been taking their talents to the Far East. We got a few of them to spill the beans on what it’s really like to hoop it up in China.

Inspired by his time in China, Stephon Marbury has revived his line of Starbury shoes, calling out Michael Jordan for overpricing his kicks and LeBron James for being a follower.

If the goal is for the Bulls to win games now, they haven’t achieved that with the current roster. They are winning just enough to stay in range for the Eastern Conference’s last playoff spot but not enough to generate much hope for the future.

If the goal was for younger players to learn along the way, that hasn’t been accomplished as much as it could have been, either. Rondo, who was 0-for-4 in 23 minutes on Tuesday, continues to block a spot in the rotation for Denzel Valentine and Jerian Grant. Valentine didn’t even see the court on Tuesday, despite the fact that Hoiberg played 11 guys.

Wade has helped the Bulls’ organization in many areas on and off the floor this season, but he doesn’t figure to be part of this team’s long-term future. On his 35th birthday, Wade sounded like a man content to ride out the next year and a half (he has a player option for next season), enjoying life in his hometown — even if that doesn’t equate to many wins.

“This is who we is right now,” Wade said. “We’re halfway through the season. We’re now 21-22. We’ve been going through this all year. I’m too old to be getting stressed out and frustrated with all this. So we’ll get back in here [Wednesday] and the next two days and try to figure out how to get a win on the road.”

The Chiefs couldn’t get any closer to the Super Bowl this season

Kansas City Chiefs: The Chiefs couldn’t get any closer to the Super Bowl this season, but they did win the AFC West for the first time since 2010. They’ll face some difficult roster decisions this offseason.

Authentic Youth Kyle Juszczyk Jersey Los Angeles Rams: The Rams’ first season back in L.A. began with promise, but the offense was dreadful from start to finish, which put too much pressure on a talented defense that lacked depth.

Miami Dolphins: The Dolphins exceeded everyone’s expectations this season by winning 10 games and advancing to the playoffs for the first time since 2008.

Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings started 5-0, and they had Super Bowl hopes. But injuries along an already-suspect offensive line proved to be too much to overcome.

Cleveland jumped out to a 14-3 lead over Washington at home last week, but eventually fell, 20-17, after giving up 14 points in the second quarter. Cleveland is now just 1-4 SU and 2-3 ATS over its last five preseason games.
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Johnny Manziel had a pretty quiet game in Cleveland’s preseason opener with just 42 passing yards, but did rush for a touchdown on one of his two carries. Manziel is expected to open the season as the backup to Josh McCown.

The Browns are 3-1 SU and ATS over their last four preseason home games.

Thursday night’s total for the Bills vs. Browns betting matchup is set at 40 points at the sportsbooks. Dating back to last year’s regular season, the Cleveland Browns are 5-0 on the UNDER for totals bettors in their last five games.

Both the Bills and the Browns come into this game with something to prove. Ryan will be evaluating position battles at both quarterback and running back, and Manziel will be looking to show that he can be a starting quarterback in Cleveland.

Eric Berry receives hero’s welcome in Arizona for NFL return

Eric Berry shares a moment with his mother before hitting the field for #KCvsAZ.

Eric Berry return to the NFL was ushered in by a hero’s welcome in Arizona. The Chiefs are playing the Cardinals in preseason action, but the game itself was the furthest thing from anyone’s mind when he took the field.

The Cardinals arranged a video package to play to welcome Berry back, and the crowd swelled with fans wishing him well. It was an amazing moment.

This could be the last big payday for Rivers, who is entering his 12th season in the NFL. He’s been with the Chargers ever since he was traded from the New York Giants shortly after the 2004 NFL Draft. He has a completion percentage of 64.7 for his career and has thrown for 36,655 yards, 252 touchdowns and 122 interceptions.

This deal would include the largest guaranteed money of any of those players, with Wilson coming the closest with just over $61 million in guarantees.

According to Ed Werder of ESPN, the deal also includes a surprising no-trade clause. The Chargers are one of the favorites to move to Los Angeles, and given Rivers’ lack of interest in raising his children there, it was thought that he would push for an out clause that allowed him to escape the franchise if it moved.

Instead, he’s now committed to the Chargers through his 38th birthday, no matter where they end up.

Rivers was coming into the final year of a six-year, $91.8 million contract he signed back in 2009. Initially, there was talk that the two sides wouldn’t be able to work out a deal, especially given the relocation issues, with multiple trade rumors surrounding Rivers, the Chargers and the 2015 NFL Draft. But shortly after the draft, the Chargers claimed they were optimistic about an extension and here we are.

Patriots try to ride DeflateGate luck, request reinstatement for suspended employees

In the latest turn of events in the ongoing DeflateGate saga, the New England Patriots have requested that the NFL reinstate the two employees who were at the center of the ball deflation scandal, per the Associated Press.
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The two alleged ball deflators, equipment assistant John Jastremski and officials locker room attendant Jim McNally, were suspended by the Patriots following the investigation into whether Tom Brady was involved in the purported scheme to use improperly inflated footballs during the AFC title game last season.

Outside of punters or kickers there are really only two positions where we’ll ever see a Rugby League player make an impact: PR/KR and Running Back. That’s it. We’ll never see a prop become a linebacker, or a winger play wide receiver. Body types are too different, and the speed of the NFL would blind players with Jarryd Hayne’s size. The former Parramatta Eels’ fullback was an anomaly.

A player who never looked like he belonged in the NRL. A man who made things look too easy. Hayne’s size wasn’t unheard of in league, but that frame being able to produce his speed was. There were times he looked like he was playing a different sport than everyone else on the field — it turns out he was.

The kicker to all this is an ethereal concept that can’t be quantified in seconds or bench press reps, it’s vision — and something Hayne has in spades. His style in league was free-form improved jazz as he danced around defenders and showed patience in waiting for a hole to open. He was a master of creating something out of nothing, and then used his speed to explode through gaps.

How Seahawks can make run at Super Bowl

The Seattle Seahawks go into this postseason with flaws that are different from those in years past.

In 2015, they had won six of seven going into the playoffs, the defense was healthy, and quarterback Russell Wilson was playing the best football of his career.

This time around, the Seahawks went 3-3 in their last Elite Mens Mike Bossy Jersey six regular-season games. Vegas has them at 12-1 to win the Super Bowl and 5-1 to come out of the NFC. Both are the worst odds Seattle has had all season.

Two of the hotter backup quarterbacks who could be on Game Youth Ryan Tannehill Jersey the trade market this offseason are Jimmy Garoppolo of the Patriots and AJ McCarron of the Bengals. Both were four-year college players.

Brock Osweiler was a junior with only one full season of starting at Arizona State, and he went 57th overall as a second-round pick to Denver, where he really didn’t play until his fourth season due to Peyton Manning’s injuries.

So, yes, if you’re Luck, Newton, Stafford, Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota, Sam Bradford or even Blake Bortles or Robert Griffin III — reasonably assured of being a top draft pick or better — then the bet is worth making if you really want to bypass your senior season. Just don’t listen to the other kind of quarterback whisperers, whose words satisfy your dreams without a dose of honest reality. Those dreams have become nightmares filled with regret.

And, remember, those players who declare for the draft can still make a U-turn by Jan. 19.

“I left college in 2005. Here it is, the end of 2016, and I’m still playing the game I love and helping my team however I can. Is that part of my journey? I believe so. And it probably created the formula, whatever it was, that still allows me to continue to do this. So, I wouldn’t want anything to be different. I wouldn’t want to change anything. I’ll take my journey.”

He trades buckets with DeMarcus Cousins

Given all the chaos enveloping the Bulls lately, with considerable doubt bubbling about how much longer Rajon Rondo ?will stick around Chicago, hanging onto one of the game’s best two-way players seems prudent.

I’m told Dallas’ Wesley Matthews, like Butler, is not in play. The prospect of an Andrew Bogut trade remains very real in Big D — an outcome even Bogut has acknowledged — but sources say that the Mavs are batting away pitches for Matthews as he continues an impressive recovery from an Achilles tear.

Word is Portland, of late, has been tracking Tyson Chandler as a potential trade target, since the Phoenix center could certainly help the Blazers with their defensive issues.
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He trades buckets with DeMarcus Cousins. He outpoints and beats KAT. He rests and lobbies Twitter to vote him to the All-Star team to call in Rihanna’s pledge.
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As a story, Joel Embiid is one of the best things to happen to basketball (real and fake) over the course of my fantasy career. I don’t want his workload to increase. I want to preserve Embiid for future generations.

If you roster Embiid, you’re beaming. You’re getting all those gaudy averages as a return on your 10th-round investment.

I told you all that so I could ask you this:

Should you trade The Process?

Should you deal those gaudy numbers, even as Embiid continues to gain momentum?

Between now and your trade deadline … you should definitely explore the market. Because those gaudy averages are getting incontrovertibly kneecapped by the nights off.

Devils help lift teammate John Moore onto stretcher after Tom Wilson hit

The New Jersey Devils offered a nice show of solidarity for their teammate after a big hit from Washington Capitals winger Tom Wilson forced him to leave the game on the stretcher.

The Devils and Capitals were only two minutes and change into their game on Saturday when Wilson chased after the puck on the forecheck deep in the Devils¡¯ zone. Moore managed to get the puck away, but Wilson was already honing in on him with a hit into the numbers.

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2015 NFL playoff picture: Patriots, Cardinals clinch spots; AFC North back in play

With Week 14 almost in the books, the NFL playoff picture is starting to get a lot clearer. Two more teams punched their postseason tickets this week, while five were mathematically eliminated. Meanwhile, there is no shortage of drama in the NFC East, the AFC South has devolved back into a race to the bottom and the AFC North is far from over.

First, let’s talk about the clinching teams. The Arizona Cardinals secured their spot with a narrow win over the Minnesota Vikings, moving to 11-2. They could’ve clinched the NFC West if the Seattle Seahawks somehow lost, but the Seahawks made quick work of the Baltimore Ravens and moved up to the No. 5 seed, owning a tiebreaker win over the Vikings. Seattle now has a two-game lead over the field in the NFC wild card race, but its running game is suddenly a concern after Thomas Rawls suffered a season-ending ankle injury.

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It also shouldn’t come as a surprise that Sanchez would get the nod over Tony Romo, especially after what Jerry Jones said on 105.3 The Fan, via ProFootballTalk.
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“I hear this stuff about rust,” Jones said. “Well, Romo doesn’t look rusty at practice, I’ll tell you that. He’s out there practicing against some pretty good guys. Romo has had huge numbers of experience, he’s seen everything that an NFL defense can throw at him. And so you don’t have to worry about the number of repetitions.

“All of that said, it’s better not to have a risk with him and to keep him available to us during the playoff.”

Even so, Romo is expected to get some reps and is likely to see the field in the first time in over a year:

It sounds like the Cowboys have found a plan that is going to touch on every aspect of what they want to accomplish heading into the postseason. As long as there’s no injuries, everybody’s happy.

Adrian Peterson ruled out for Vikings’ Week 17 game vs. Bears

The Minnesota Vikings announced on Friday afternoon that Adrian Peterson would not be playing in their Week 17 matchup against the Chicago Bears.

Peterson is dealing with knee and groin injuries. He came back in Week 15 from a torn meniscus that he suffered in Week 2, but missed Week 16’s game against the Packers.

In the three games Peterson played this season, he accumulated 72 yards on 37 carries with no touchdowns.

In his career, he’s rushed for 11,747 yards and 97 touchdowns. He’s given the Vikings some great years, with the team going to the postseason four times in his 10 seasons.

The Packers took back sole possession of first place in the NFC North with a win over the Cowboys, with Mike McCarthy’s return to play calling providing a nice boost for Green Bay’s offense. Aaron Rodgers looked sharp, finishing 22 of 35 for 218 yards and two touchdowns and importantly, the Packers were able to get big Eddie Lacy rolling. Lacy finished with 124 yards and a score on just 24 carries.

Alex Smith came into Week 14 pushing Tom Brady’s all time record of 358 pass attempts without an interception, but fell just short with his early second quarter pick to Chargers corner Jason Verrett. All told, Smith threw 312 straight passes without getting picked, just 46 attempts shy of tying Brady’s mark.

Once Smith had ended his streak, the active leader in that statistical category defaulted to Bills signal-caller Tyrod Taylor, whose then-streak of interception-less passes was pretty impressive in itself. Unfortunately, Taylor only carried that mantle for a short time; he was picked off with 1:23 remaining in the game as the Bills tried to mount a game-winning drive. His streak of passes without an interception ended at a very respectable 223 attempts.

Get ready to experience the AJ to A.J. connection in Cincinnati. With A.J. McCarron in for Dalton as he recovers from a hand injury, Bengals fans will get a rare opportunity to see how things run without their franchise quarterback.