NFL playoff picks against spread: Packers pick apart Giants in wild-card round

This QB matchup has gone from Derek Carr vs. Brock Osweiler to Matt McGloin vs. Tom Savage to Connor Cook vs. Osweiler. These teams played a good one in Mexico City in November, but its unlikely either one will come back to Houston for Super Bowl LI.

Although Osweiler doesnt inspire confidence, its hard to trust Oakland with Cook making his first NFL start as playoff rookie. The Texans have the better overall defense and get more plays there to take an ugly one.

The AFC later ran a fake field goal as Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce Cheap Authentic NHL Jerseys powered his way off the left side for a 7-yard gain to pick up a first down at the NFC 23-yard line late in the third quarter. That led to a 31-yard field goal by Baltimore’s Justin Tucker.

Kelce caught three passes for 36 yards, including a 23-yard touchdown in the second quarter that gave the AFC a 14-7 lead. Kelce was named the game’s offensive MVP.

Bills linebacker Lorenzo Alexander had a game-high nine tackles and two pass breakups, but it was a game-clinching interception with 1:23 remaining that sealed his selection as the defensive MVP.

Alexander, who had 12 1/2 sacks in his first season in Buffalo, was Cheap College Jerseys playing in just the second Pro Bowl of his 10-year career. The 33-year-old Cal alum entered the season with just nine career sacks.

The NFL returned to its traditional AFC-NFC format after going unconferenced the last three years. After several years of players just going through the motions, especially on defense, Sunday’s game was a refreshing return to an all-star game that resembled a competitive contest.

John Fox didn’t scout Jimmy Clausen before drafting him to Panthers

Now with the Bears, John Fox has learned his lesson about selecting players in the NFL Draft: It helps to do your research.

Speaking with reporters Wednesday, the former Carolina coach admitted that in 2010 the Panthers selected quarterback Jimmy Clausen without doing their due diligence.

“There’s a lot that goes into it,” Fox said about drafting a quarterback. “You have to do a lot of research. That situation was a little bit unique, because I think people projected him maybe even into the top 10. On draft day, that’s not how it materialized. I can’t give you all the exacts. He was dropping.

Things got worse and he missed Minnesota’s 17-15 loss to the Cowboys on Dec. 1 after needing emergency surgery on his right eye.

A fifth surgery on the eye is scheduled for mid-April with a follow-up procedure scheduled for early summer. He expects to be fine by the time training camp starts in late July. Zimmer has barely been able to see out of his right eye, but the surgeries should result in “50-percent better vision.”

“And then hopefully after the cataract it can get (fully healed),” Zimmer added.

What doctors fear is that his vision problems could manifest in Zimmer’s Cheap Kyrie Irving Jerseys left eye, which has not yet been afffected. Zimmer joked the biggest problem has been having to Cheap Liverpool Soccer Jerseys use his left eye when hunting.

“I’m learning to shoot left-handed,” he said. “I’m getting pretty good, too.”

Falcons likely to relive Patriots pain in 2017 season opener

You can bank on the NFL picking up the 2017 regular season where it left off in Super Bowl 51.

The Super Bowl champion Patriots, by tradition, are in line to host the first regular-season game. It just so happens that the AFC East plays the NFC South in 2017 — and New England is scheduled to host Atlanta.

The 25-year-old is awaiting trials in four other cases. He is accused of trying to purposely hit people with his car, evading law enforcement trying to serve a warrant to him, threatening to kill a deputy and ripping a television off the wall while in jail. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

In 2015, Randle began the season as the Cowboys’ starting running back for the first six games. He was then demoted before being waived and eventually suspended by the league for violating its personal conduct policy after, among other things, a domestic violence incident in Wichita.

Since then he has been arrested multiple times, and his NFL career appears to be finished.

Zgonina, 46, played 17 NFL seasons as a defensive lineman with seven different teams. He served as Houston’s assistant defensive line coach in 2013.

While out of the NFL, Zgonina became known for participating in dog shows with his Neapolitan mastiff Nook. Video from the Wall Street Journal can be found here.

As first reported by Sporting News, the 49ers are trying to hire Cheap Jerseys World Robert Saleh and Jerome Henderson as co-defensive coordinators. After being fired in Jacksonville, Saleh was set to become San Diego’s linebackers coach before a better opportunity became available in San Francisco.

Henderson is the defensive passing game coordinator in Atlanta, where Shanahan Cheap Kids Jerseys NBA was offensive coordinator before signing a six-year deal Monday with the 49ers.

Bill Belichick loves his ‘No days off!’ chant, but the NFLPA isn’t amused

It isn’t often Bill Belichick inspires emotion, at least not publicly. Maybe there’s a reason for that.

The prickly Patriots coach broke character Tuesday as the Boston masses gathered to celebrate a fifth Super Bowl championship and let loose during his speech..

Decidedly pumped, Belichick applauded his players’ work ethic. “No days off!” he shouted to the thousands of Patriots fans, most having gathered, ironically, after they’d taken the day off from work to attend the rally. Belichick paused a moment for the half-hearted cheer, then, with grimacing players on either side, attempted to lead the most awkward chant you’ll ever see.

Another stalled drive, another punt. The Falcons picked up just 24 yards in five plays before they had to give the ball back to the Patriots. Those who took the over were getting nervous.

Tom Brady got nailed by Falcons defensive tackle Grady Jarrett for what amounted to a coverage sack on third down to force a punt. Brady took a massive hit Cheap Jerseys US from behind — not an ideal way for New England to see a drive end. It was the second time Brady was sacked during the series.

The Patriots’ Trey Flowers ended what looked like it would be a solid Falcons drive when he sacked Matt Ryan on a third-and-4. Atlanta, which had started the drive on its own 8-yard line, got a boost from Devonta Freeman’s 37-yard run on the first play of the drive. But Cheap Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys it became useless when the Falcons’ drive stalled.

Raiders sign Jack Del Rio to new 4-year contract

After leading the Raiders to a 12-4 season and their first playoff appearance since the 2002 season, head coach Jack Del Rio has been rewarded with a new four-year contract, the team announced Friday.

With the Patriots’ comeback win over the Falcons in Super Bowl 51, Zoo Atlanta lost a bet with Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, R.I., and had to name one of its newest baby animals after Tom Brady.

Zoo Atlanta held up its end of the deal and named its newest Madagascar hissing cockroach after the Super Bowl MVP.

Well … the New England Patriots won #SuperBowlLI, so that means we lost our bet with Roger Williams Park Zoo & Carousel Village. Before the game, our two zoos decided the losing side would name one of their baby animals after the winning team’s star quarterback, and figuring the losing side would be pretty bitter about it, we came to the agreement that baby animal … would be a Madagascar hissing cockroach. So without further ado – Meet our newly-named Program Animal family!

Falcons fans will certainly agree it’s a much more fitting choice than Zoo Atlanta’s adorable new baby gorilla or twin baby pandas.

You could argue Newton’s Super Bowl performance was as much a result of Denver’s pass rush as it was Newton himself. The 2015 NFL MVP turned in a season-low completion percentage (43.9) and passer rating (54.6), and overthrew receivers 10 times (a Super Bowl record). He looked stunned by the Broncos defense, which sacked him a season-high six times (two resulting in Cheap Jerseys Team fumbles) and allowed him to convert only four of 15 third-down attempts.

Still, Carolina had an opportunity to win, down 16-10 with four minutes left in the fourth quarter. But Newton’s second fumble at his own 25-yard line — one he chose not to jump on — sealed Cheap Jerseys Sale the game. The Broncos recovered and scored, winning 24-10.

Patriots file for ‘Blitz for Six’ trademark

The New England Patriots are already making celebration plans for next season, as the team has filed to trademark the phrase “Blitz for Six,” according to ESPN.com.

The filing was made last Tuesday, two days after the Patriots claimed their fifth Super Bowl championship with a 34-28 overtime win against the Falcons.

“I’m speaking to you Jerry,” Garrett said. “Make it happen. Dak Prescott is leading our team right now. I need you to take Tony Romo, take a couple picks, and give them to Cleveland so you can pick me up. Please. I’d love to play in Dallas — just make it happen.”

Garrett must be more opposed to playing in that Cleveland weather than he previously let on. It also makes sense he’d want Dallas to draft him considering he was born in Arlington, Texas. Still, he isn’t the only high-profile prospect who said he wanted to play for Dallas: Current NFL rushing leader Ezekiel Elliott asked for the same thing ahead of the 2016 draft.

There’s a precedent Dallas could follow if it thinks Garrett is worth trading up for. In the last draft, the Browns traded the No. 2 overall pick to the Eagles for the No. 8 overall pick, a Cheap Indiana Pacers Jerseys third-round pick and a fourth-round pick, plus a first-round pick in 2017 and second-round pick in 2018.

Question is, are the Cowboys willing to give up that Cheap Jerseys And Hats From China much in return? Dallas ranked 13th in the NFL with 36 sacks last season, so anything’s possible.

Dolphins release Mario Williams; trying to trade Branden Albert

Albert signed a five-year, $47 million contract with the Dolphins in 2014. Cutting Albert would save Miami $7.2 million against the salary cap, allowing the Dolphins to Cheap Football Jerseys Xxl address other needs. He never played 16 games in three seasons with the team, including missing four starts last season.

Miami will move 2016 first-round pick Laremy Tunsil to left tackle to replace Albert. Tunsil spent most of his rookie season at guard, but he was always projected to move to left tackle eventually.

The Tony Romo saga might heat up quicker than expected.

After missing almost all of the 2016 season with a fractured back suffered during the preseason, Romo expects to be released, not traded, by the Cowboys this offseason, according to ESPN’s Ed Werder.

The report also said Romo believes he can start as an NFL quarterback for two or three more seasons despite turning 37, and racking up a long list of injuries.

The film appears to be in the very early stages of development, but it will primarily focus on the team’s come-from-behind overtime win against Atlanta in the Super Bowl. And what kind of movie would it be without drama? So the Deflategate controversy will be included in the story as well.

ESPN reports that Brady did not authorize the project and is not involved.

There’s currently no timetable for when the book or movie would be finished, but expect it to be several years out. The writers are attached to other projects, including a movie about Leicester City’s unlikely English Premiere League title.

The real question here is who will end up playing Tom Brady? Matt Damon should be a strong candidate as he has the Boston ties, and the looks.

Jameis Winston told a bunch of elementary school kids that women are supposed to be silent

Jameis Winston is receiving backlash for a speech he gave to elementary school students on Wednesday.

The Buccaneers quarterback intended for his words to be motivational, and they were, but only for the boys in the room.

“All my young boys, stand up. The ladies, sit down,” Winston said to the children.

Things only got worse from there, as he told the students that Super Cheap Jerseys boys are supposed to be strong, while women are supposed to silent.

“I was never ‘detained’ by the police. Nor was I ever questioned or in any type of trouble,” said a social media post attributed to Elliott by 247Sports and NJ.com, via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

TMZ backtracked its initial report, clarifying that Elliott’s representatives said he “spoke with cops” about an incident in the nightclub and confirmed Elliott was not involved in the matter.

Elliott has been cleared by police of allegedly assaulting his ex-girlfriend in July, but the NFL still hasn’t come to a conclusion in its own investigation as to whether he violated the league’s personal conduct policy. If the league does find he violated the policy, Elliott’s punishment will take effect next season but he will have the chance to appeal the decision.

Eagles provide behind-the-scenes video of Carson Wentz’s Combine interview

Position drills at the NFL Combine are aired on television, along with the weigh-in process and other tasks. But many executives and coaches have said the most important aspect of the Combine is the player interviews.

This gives front offices a chance to understand the person rather than the player they watch countless hours of game video on. The Combine is often the first (and potentially the only) opportunity to speak with players in person before the draft.

The Patriots would still have Jacoby Brissett, a third-round pick last year who threw for 400 yards in three games and two starts as a rookie. The Patriots would then look to explore potential Cheap NFL Jerseys free-agent quarterbacks to compete with Brissett for the primary backup job.

An ESPN report Wednesday said the Patriots intend to keep Garoppolo as the No. 2 quarterback behind 39-year-old Tom Brady. But there are several teams, including the Browns, Bears, Jets and 49ers, who need a quarterback, and the Patriots could get a king’s ransom for Garoppolo.

The 25-year-old quarterback, a second-round pick from Eastern Illinois in 2014, played in six games last year and went 2-0 as a starter. He threw for 502 yards and four touchdowns Cheap Authentic Jerseys From China without an interception for a QB rating of 113.3. He has five career touchdown passes and zero picks in 94 career passes.

Brandon Jacobs: Jim Harbaugh ‘knew nothing’ about football while coaching 49ers

Jim Harbaugh is the second highest-paid coach in college football, but Brandon Jacobs feels like he’s not worth the money.

The former NFL running back appeared on CBS Sports Radio’s “Tiki and Tierney” show Thursday and said the coach didn’t know football like he did. Jacobs got a first-hand look at Harbaugh as a member of the 2012 49ers, and he believes the success of that team (which ended went to the Super Bowl) had more to do with the players on the team and Harbaugh’s assistants.

The cheers led the Las Vegas Sun to dub the agreement “the lease heard ’round the world” as the construction workers will be part of the group that will build the proposed $1.9 billion, 65,000-seat stadium that the Raiders hope to break ground on this summer.

The lease agreement, months in the making, was a key step, Raiders president Marc Badain told ESPN.com: “It means we go to the league meetings in Chicago with a lease and hopefully get it approved and stay on pace for a 2020 opening.”

An interesting sidelight to the lease, according to the Sun: Gaming was listed as being a prohibited use for the stadium, “going so far as to list specific card games that cannot be conducted at the facility.”

The Raiders plan to stay in Oakland for the 2017 and ’18 seasons, under two existing Cheap Jerseys Shop one-year leases on the Coliseum. The team hasn’t decided where it will play in 2019, although owner Marc Davis has said he doesn’t want to play at UNLV’s Sam Boyd Stadium, which seats only 35,500.

If the Stadium Authority hadn’t gotten the lease agreement approved, then the next opportunity for owners to see it as a group and vote on it would’ve been in October, enough of a delay that it could’ve pushed the stadium opening back by a year the way rain has affected the Rams and Chargers’ new stadium Cheap Jerseys Paypal Free Shipping in Inglewood, Calif.