Marshawn Lynch fined for flipping simultaneous birds during Raiders win vs. Titans

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Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch has been slapped with a $12,000 fine by the NFL for an objectionable gesture he made during Oakland’s win against the Titans last Sunday, ESPN.com reports.

Perhaps Lynch is walking away with a light punishment. Technically, it was two objectionable gestures — as in extending both his middle fingers simultaneously for the CBS audience to see.

The incident happened in the fourth quarter of Oakland’s 26-16 victory at Tennessee. Lynch, in his first game as a Raider, carried the ball 18 times for 76 yards and caught a pass for another 16 yards.

While Lynch is slated to make as much as $2.5 million this season, he’s known to be a frugal man, and hey, 12 grand is 12 grand.

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Michael Thomas, Miami Dolphins safety: With everything going on in this world, especially in the U.S., this is what you’re worried about, my man? You’re the leader of the free world. This is what you’re talking about? As a man, as a father, as an African-American man, yeah, I took it personal. But at the same time it is bigger than me. Thomas stood for the anthem.

Jamison Crowder, Redskins wide receiver: It’s a lot going on and we just want to bring unity and equality to this country. There’s a lot going on outside of sports. Sports bring everyone together; you’re in a stadium cheering and having a good time. But when you leave from the stadium there’s a lot going on. I’ve dealt with my own experiences of inequality. At the end of the day we’re trying to bring unity and equality to the country. It’s a great nation, great country. But there are some things we think are problems. Crowder was one of seven Washington players who knelt.

Cincinnati’s offense isn’t just bad, it’s on the path to historically terrible.

Only one other team in the last 10 years has finished the first two games of the season without a touchdown: The 2016 Rams that ended the year 4-12 and averaged a league-worst 14 points per game.
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If the Bengals can’t score a touchdown next week against the Green Bay Packers, they’ll join the 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers — an infamously awful expansion squad that finished 0-14 — as the only two that couldn’t get in the end zone in the first three games of the year.

The team’s offensive line is horrible, Dalton is struggling, and the Bengals’ most realistic shot at a big play is hurling it up for grabs to A.J. Green, no matter how many guys are covering him.

Two games may be early to throw in the towel, but there isn’t much reason to expect a significant turnaround. Inevitably, the Bengals will have better days in the remainder of 2017 than the first two weeks of September, but finishing the year close to the bottom of the league in scoring look unavoidable.

Game Olivier Vernon Jersey The Saints kicked a field goal after being faced with a fourth-and-8 on the Patriots’ 16-yard line on Sunday. The kick was good, but the Patriots were called for an offsides. So Sean Payton accepted the penalty, giving them a fourth-and-3 on the Pats’ 11.

Payton then sent his offense out on the field, but only to try to draw New England offsides. It didn’t work, but it almost did.

In the end, the Saints took a delay of game, putting themselves in the same scenario as a play before. They still made the kick, and all was fine. While they weren’t able to draw the Patriots offside, it was still good execution by Payton, getting every possible effort from his team in the drive.

Runner up: Adam Gase and the Dolphins successfully freezing kicker Younghoe Koo to win the game.

Odell Beckham traveled to Dallas, may still sit vs. Cowboys

Odell Beckham is in Dallas, but that doesn’t mean he’ll been seen in action at AT&T Stadium on Sunday night.

While the Giants wide receiver flew to Dallas with the team ahead of their regular-season opener against the Cowboys, he may sit out as he continues to heal from an ankle injury.

That explains part of the issue, but you’re probably wondering why they cut him earlier in the week as well. The answer, again, is money. By not making the 53-man roster, Spiller’s contract went from $980,000 to $900,000. It’s not much and it hardly seems worth all of this drama, but I guess you gotta save money where you can.

The drama appears to be over for now, although don’t be surprised if Spiller gets released again at some point this season. Rookie Kareem Hunt looked great in his debut, and Charcandrick West is a solid backup as well. There’s not much opportunity for Spiller to get touches.

Dalton used to be reliable in 1 p.m. ET home games at the very least. But he was an absolute mess, looking like a rookie in the headlights vs. Baltimore’s pressure. He was sacked five times and had five turnovers — including four INTs vs. only 16 completions. Now he has to play in his least favorite time slot, at night, on Thursday, vs. the team that’s given him the most trouble: Houston. The whispers may be heard with another meltdown, given the Bengals would then have a long week to prepare McCarron to start in Green Bay.

Nothing like a shutout in AFC North play to remind fans of daunting defenses past. Their strong front exploited one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL, leaving easy pickings for the secondary. Let’s see how things go when they play the Steelers and Raiders back-to-back in a few weeks.
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Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said last week that Dalton’s job is safe.

Hunt is awesome. I wish I’d drafted him in every fantasy league. But it’s too soon to know, especially with how great this class of rookie runners looks. My pick here is still Dalvin Cook, though Sam Bradford’s injury makes me wonder how well the Vikings’ offense will function overall. And I think Christian McCaffrey still gets heard from on this front once the Carolina offense gets its legs under it.

Game Youth Eddie Vanderdoes Jersey I talked to a couple of scouts about Hunt and they agree that he’s an excellent runner. But they want to see whether the Chiefs trust him in pass protection in games in which they fall behind and have to throw to catch up. Hunt could turn out to be the best of this rookie running back crop, but it’s a whale of a crop, and his brilliant start doesn’t mean he can’t be caught by one of his draft mates.

Jordan Howard Womens Jersey We are all part of a team. It’s not [that] we are divided; it’s not that way. It’s tough for me, it really is. I love him. I love our relationship. Been with him for a long time now. … I trust him every time he steps out there, and I think we are going to win every time he is under center. It’s part of football, though: You win some, lose some. That’s the way it goes.

Through two games, Dalton has completed 54.5 percent of his passes for 394 yards, no touchdowns and a 47.2 quarterback rating that ranks 37th out of 41 QBs. That has prompted some pundits to suggest a switch to McCarron, who filled in for an injured Dalton during the 2015 season, starting three regular-season games and the Bengals’ loss to the Steelers in the AFC wild-card round of the playoffs.

Why does the lighting at the Falcons’ new stadium look so bright?

When you tune in for Sunday Night Football, the first regular season game in the Falcons’ new stadium, the lighting might catch you off guard. It’s not your imagination. It does look different, and there are a couple of reasons why.

First and foremost, the Falcons made it a priority to make the new stadium as ecologically sound as possible. Part of that effort was installing LED lights, which stadium representatives say are softer and brighter than the florescent lighting used in most stadiums.

The retractable roof also lets in natural light. You would think that wouldn’t be as much of an issue during a night game, but during the Falcons’ preseason contests, fans noticed how much brighter it seemed in the new stadium.

The game Brady is referring to is when the Patriots lost to the 49ers in Week 15 of the 2012 season. Kaepernick went 14-of-25 passing for 221 yards and threw for four touchdowns. Later that season, the Niners would go to the Super Bowl, where they fell short of making a miraculous comeback against the Baltimore Ravens.

Brady is not the first superstar to say Kaepernick is qualified to play in the NFL. Michael Bennett, Richard Sherman, Joe Flacco, and Aaron Rodgers are among the players who have said the 29-year-old deserves another shot.

As my colleague Stephen White explains, there’s no reason, based on his play alone, that Kaepernick should not have a job in the NFL.

Kaepernick started kneeling during the national anthem in the 2016 preseason and opted out of his contract with the 49ers this offseason. He has remained Authentic Earnest Byner Jersey a free agent ever since.

To really get a sense of how Kaepernick got to this point, read Blake Bortles Jersey our full timeline explaining his journey from football stardom to NFL exile.

2017 NFL season preview: Patriots in line for yet another AFC East title

The Patriots have won the AFC East eight straight seasons, an NFL record for consecutive division titles. That streak should continue this season as the defending Super Bowl champions don’t appear to have much competition within the division.

The Jets don’t have a reliable quarterback or a No. 1 receiver. The Bills are in full rebuilding mode and the Dolphins, New England’s biggest challengers, have plenty of question marks about their offense heading into the season.

Elite Womens John Greco Jersey Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill is done for the year with a knee injury. Miami signed Jay Cutler to replace Tannehill and he has looked good in limited preseason action. But that’s just the preseason, so we don’t know if the Jay Cutler prone to turnovers will rear his head when the games matter.
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The Texans will be playing for their hurricane-lashed hometown, an intangible that will put the woeful Jaguars at even more of a disadvantage. Blake Bortles’ full-speed regression is dragging the whole franchise down, and J.J. Watt (returning from back surgery and from being a fundraising hero) and this defense will only accelerate it. Flood-weary Houston fans need the fun that will ensue. Texans, 38-6

As stated last week, before suffering a season-ending injury in Week 11 of the 2016 season, Miller was the sixth-highest scorer at the tight end position. On Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons, Miller was targeted six times, which was tied for the eighth-highest amount for his position for the week. In Week 2, he’ll face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who allowed more than 10 fantasy points to opposing tight ends in half their games last season, making it a solid matchup if you need to go deep onto the wire.

Cleveland’s DeShone Kizer and Week 1 Indianapolis starter Scott Tolzien were not in the survey.

I projected Kizer with a 4.0 tier average — in the Blake Bortles range for now — while slotting Tolzien at the bottom with a 4.5. All over/unders are courtesy of the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook as of Sept. 5.

Because of a number of decisions you have to make, you can’t skip any cut-scenes —even if this is your second time going through the story mode. It doesn’t matter because what happens in the story mode relies on the choices you have made.

There isn’t just one singular ending to this story mode, and your choices will determine which ending occurs. The scenes run long at certain points and save checkpoints aren’t as convenient. There were times when I was scared to quit the game because that would mean that I’d have to listen to the same dialogue again.

The ball placed on either hash mark eliminates lots of options for both sides of the ball. More often than not, the ball will be run toward the field (away from the sidelines), because there is more space out there. If the ball is run into the boundary (toward the sidelines), it’s typically an inside zone, or in the rare instance there’s a TE down there, maybe a power play. Being on a hash narrows down the amount of pressures that can be run.

Usually, if a team will run a zone blitz where the DE drops into coverage, it wants that DE to be into the boundary because he has to cover less ground. When the ball is in the middle of the field, a zone pressure can come from anywhere. Also, when a team is in a 3×1 formation on the hash — three players are out wide in the formation, with one into the boundary — this really defines the pressure situation for the offense. The defense has to cheat big time to cover all that ground to the field if it wants to bring pressure. It’s easier to see for the offense.

Bill O’Brien: Five Texans in concussion protocol unlikely to play Thursday night

The Houston Texans ended their season-opening loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars with five players in the concussion protocol: inside linebacker Brian Cushing, wide receiver Bruce Ellington and all three tight ends on the active roster, C.J. Fiedorowicz, Ryan Griffin and Stephen Anderson.

Texans coach Bill O’Brien said it would be tough for any of the five to play on Thursday night against the Cincinnati Bengals because of the short turnaround.

“I would say that most of those guys are probably going to be out for the game, relative to it being a short week,” O’Brien said Monday. “I don’t know yet, but relative to the game being on Thursday night, that’s usually the case based on the protocol and all the tests they have to pass to be able to get back on the field.”

The Patriots played only three games on the recently Dick Butkus Jersey installed synthetic surface — two in the preseason and then the regular-season opener. They had one practice on the field, which was two days before the season opener, although Bronson Kaufusi Jersey kicker Stephen Gostkowski, punter Ryan Allen and long-snapper Joe Cardona regularly practice on the field.

With the Patriots’ next home game on Sept. 24 against the Houston Texans, there is an opening in the schedule to accommodate the change. The New England Revolution, who share the stadium, don’t have their next home MLS match until Sept. 23 against Toronto FC.

The change sparks memories of 2006, when the Patriots made the in-season switch from natural grass to FieldTurf’s synthetic turf after a rain-soaked Nov. 12 loss that year to the New York Jets in which players struggled to gain their footing. That year, the team had a two-week window before its next home game.

The Patriots have used synthetic turf at Gillette Stadium, which hosts numerous events, since that time. Work to change the field began Sunday, the day after the Revolution defeated visiting Montreal 1-0.

No other position affected a win total by even half that margin.

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There’s no easy answer when trying to quantify how much of an offense’s production can be credited to the quarterback position. Maybe the best way to see the value of an elite passer is when a team loses one and has to rely on a backup to fill in.

A statistical study by the University of Missouri found that losing a quarterback for four games due to injury or suspension would drop a team’s win total by an average of 1.3 games. No other position affected a win total by even half that margin.
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Not having a great player under center or losing one can crush a team’s chances at the playoffs. The Raiders dealt with 13 straight seasons outside the postseason — cycling through players like JaMarcus Russell, Kerry Collins, and Andrew Walter — before finally finding Carr.

With so much value at quarterback, what percentage of a team’s spending should go toward that position?

But his time with the team was doomed by a foot injury that kept him out for the entire 2003 season. The Giants released Mitrione in 2004 and attempts to keep his NFL career alive with the San Francisco 49ers and Minnesota Vikings fizzled.

One of Khan’s later jobs in college was working with the Illinois highway department. He would travel to companies’ gravel pits and test their gravel. He would place the gravel residue in a shaker tube, give it a shake and twirl, and see how it settled compared to four different markers on the tube. That would determine if the gravel was fit for use.

Rescheduling was a close call, but it worked out for both teams.

The Texans were optimistic to still play their game last week, and wanted the opportunity to play at home as long as it was safe.

Sunday’s game, I can confirm to you, will be played here in Houston against the Jacksonville Jaguars, O’Brien said on Monday. (Houston Texans President) Jamey Rootes spoke with Mayor Turner and Judge Ed Emmett – obviously Bob McNair involved with that – and everyone agrees that our game will not take resources away from other parts of the city and that this game will be an opportunity to continue to bring us all together as Houstonians and as Texans.

Tucker landed in the concussion protocol, but thankfully for him, the team announced that he was cleared. And Tucker apparently just takes games — even preseason ones — really seriously.
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What I was thinking was that I needed to put my head across, go low and get him down on the ground, Tucker said after the game via ESPN’s Jamison Hensley. I think he just came across with a knee pad or a thigh pad right in the neck. It was about trying to make a play.
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Not to be outdone, Jared Goff out-Goffed himself on this play. Whether this is a miscommunication or just a flat-out mistake is hard to know. What we do know is that it was Goff’s second turnover in the first quarter, which wasn’t ideal.