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Alex Smith and Andy Reid were finally willing to roll the dice and throw deep

Can the Giants join the Jason Voorhees/Freddy Krueger/Michael Myers pantheon and make a third return from the grave? Just one loss out of the division lead, the Giants may be witnessing a familiar second-half surge from the defensive line. The passing game is also showing more signs of life, with each of the Giant’s Big Three receivers making a positive impact against the Pack. The Giants may still be slow and shambling, but until you cut their heads off you can’t be sure they’re dead.
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After enduring the ignominy of a Danny Noble TD, Arizona methodically crushed the Jags while reveling in a Palmer-to-Michael Floyd airshow. They’re still afflicted by a tough division, but pratfalls in the NFC North and San Francisco’s passing game woes have made a wild card berth a real possibility. There’s a lot of football still to be played, but it’s looking more likely that the Cards’ Week 17 tilt with the Niners could be for the playoffs — and with options like Daryl Washington, Rashad Johnson and Patrick Peterson to strap on to Vernon Davis, Arizona’s chances in that matchup are very intriguing.

Kevin Greene Mens Jersey With their backs against the wall, Alex Smith and Andy Reid were finally willing to roll the dice and throw deep. The Chiefs’ receivers weren’t up to the challenge, though, and Kansas City wasn’t able to generate enough punch to get past Denver on the road. The Kansas City defense clamped the Broncos run game, made Manning work for his yards and even forced him into a fumble, but they couldn’t bring enough consistent pressure against the game’s premier quick-strike pass attack. There’s no shame in a tough loss to a great opponent, and KC will get an Arrowhead rematch for one more shot at home field advantage. Hopefully, they won’t mothball passes of 10+ yards during the intervening weeks.

The 2017 NFL Draft will sort it self out

The point is that, when it comes to the NFL Draft, you have just as good a chance of getting the next Aaron Rodgers (taken #24 overall) or the next Dan Marino (taken #27 overall) as you do of getting the next JaMarcus Russell, Ryan Leaf, or Brady Quinn. If the Vikings are dead-set on taking a quarterback in the first round this year, their odds of getting a good one are basically the same with the first or second pick as they are with the fifth pick or the seventh pick or the tenth pick or wherever else they end up selecting. Their chance of selecting a complete flop with any of those picks? Just as good. I certainly hope that, if a new quarterback does come in here next season, that they’ll be under the tutelage of someone not named Bill Musgrave, but that’s a separate topic.

But for all of you folks that think the Minnesota Vikings are going to “tank,” I really hope that this evening was a rather rude awakening for you. The Minnesota Vikings got a victory tonight that they weren’t expected to get, and it was freaking awesome. And do you know why it was freaking awesome? Because a Minnesota Vikings win is better than a Minnesota Vikings loss. Every. Damn. Time. And they got that win because, even when it looked like they were on the verge of getting blown out and fielding a roster that only had 44 healthy players (as opposed to the usual complement of 46), they pulled it together and beat a team that still has. . .or, at least, had. . .post-season aspirations. I’m happy with that. Lots of Vikings fans are happy with that. If you’re not. . .well, that’s a you problem, not a me problem.

The 2017 NFL Draft will sort it self out. . .for now, there are only seven games remaining in the 2017 Minnesota Vikings season, and I’m going to be over here hoping that my favorite team spends them winning rather than losing.
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Trent Richardson continues poor form vs. Rams

The Indianapolis Colts traded for running back Trent Richardson in the hopes he would bring balance to the team’s offense and take pressure off Andrew Luck. That hasn’t gone to plan and Richardson’s struggles are continuing against St. Louis, as he’s on pace for his worst game of the season.

The Seahawks got off to another slow start on the road in Atlanta. They drove to the red zone early thanks to tough runs by Marshawn Lynch, but had to settle for a field goal. The two teams then traded field goals going into the second quarter.
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Seattle used some trickery to get its first touchdown of the day — Russell Wilson took a flea flicker pitch from Lynch and threw a bomb to Jermaine Kearse to give the Seahawks a 13-3 lead. Seattle extended its lead further with an insane toe-tapping touchdown by Golden Tate. Seattle went into halftime with a commanding 23-3 point lead over the Falcons.

Jared Crick Game Jersey The Falcons got a consolation touchdown in the third quarter, but the Seahawks never came close to giving up their advantage. Lynch walked in on another score to give Seattle a 33-10 lead. The rest of the game was a mere formality, and Seattle got decisive revenge for last year’s playoff loss.

Marshawn Lynch had one of his best games yet this season, piling up 145 yards and the touchdown on 24 carries. Meanwhile, Steven Jackson had yet another dud, getting just 11 yards on nine carries. Roddy White came back after missing three games, but was a non-factor with just one catch.

Ricky Jean Francois signs one-year deal with Packers

Defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois signed a one-year, $3 million deal with Green Bay Packers, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
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Jason Verrett Mens Jersey The Packers were looking for depth in the wake of Letroy Guion’s four-game suspension to start the season. Guion was suspended for violating the NFL’s policy against performance-enhancing drugs. After his suspension, the Packers restructured Guion’s contract to push roster bonuses due this offseason into the regular season.

In this video, we explain how the Nuggets changed their system to take advantage of Jokic鈥檚 incredible passing ability in the high post. As he slides around that area, the rest of the Nuggets spread out and cut to the basket off him. That gives Jokic all the room to drop in the pinpoint backdoor passes that have become his trademark.

But Jokic isn鈥檛 just a good passer. He鈥檚 also a terrific shooter, post-up player, ball-handler, screener, and finisher around the basket. He鈥檚 the most versatile offensive center in basketball already, and he just turned 22.

The Nuggets are rarely on national TV, but Jokic has been making sweet music all season. It鈥檚 time you pay attention and let his magic flow through you. The least you could do is pronounce his name correctly.

Kevin King, Gareon Conley and Fabian Moreau vaulted into the top 5 following impressive combine performances

Youth Cortez Kennedy Jersey There were significant changes to Mayock is cornerback rankings, in part because Teez Tabor had a surprisingly average showing at the combine with a 40 time of 4.62 seconds. Kevin King, Gareon Conley and Fabian Moreau vaulted into the top 5 following impressive combine performances. Washington is Sidney Jones moves to the Special Exceptions category after tearing his Achilles at his pro day.
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Some medical concerns emerged about Allen at the Combine, as doctors determined he has arthritis in his shoulder. Allen said that he has no concerns at all about his condition, and apparently Mayock doesn’t either. Allen remains on top, and the remainder of the rankings for interior defensive linemen remain the same. Stephen White agrees, saying Allen may be the best pass rusher in this year is draft.

So why ditch Shipp? Head coach Veljko Paunovi? said he didn’t fit the system, presumably because he is not particularly athletic.

We can’t say at that point we could guarantee for Harry that he was going to have the role that everybody and he expected. We had to decide obviously and make the best possible decision … I think that the first reason, the technical reason, is why we decided to do that. For the style of play and for what we are looking for in that position is something that we decided was very important.

One year later, Shipp is old position is about to be taken up by a player who is slower than him and who runs much less. Apparently, fitting Paunovi? is system doesn’t matter that much anymore, even though he is still the coach.

Here’s a look at the updated NCAA tournament bracket.

NCAA tournament bracket update: Purdue overcame March Madness jitters to beat Iowa State and make the Sweet 16

Purdue is going to the Sweet 16 after holding on for a thrilling 80-76 victory over Iowa State in the NCAA tournament on Saturday. The Cyclones staged a furious rally in the second half, but Purdue held on for a wire-to-wire win.

Here’s a look at the updated NCAA tournament bracket.

This has to be especially cathartic for Boilermakers fans after watching the team blow a big second-half lead to Little Rock in the tournament last year. It almost happened again, but Caleb Swanigan wouldn’t let it.

Standing 6’1, 192 with a Spider-Man tat, he expects to reach about 205 in a college strength program. He cites academics and playing time as his biggest factors, noting UNC’s depth chart is currently light on experienced receivers, so the Heels are “sitting high” with him.

Clemson’s use of four- and five-wide sets on offense interests him, since “I’d have a good chance to get the ball.”

He says Florida head coach Jim McElwain texts or calls him every day and that, as a freshman, he was McElwain’s first Florida offer. Head coaches typically don’t have time to personally recruit all that many prospects.

“Knowing it comes from the head coach, that means a lot,” he says.

He refers to Auburn co-OC Kodi Burns as a big brother type. Burns was a QB-turned-WR for Auburn within the last decade, and Copeland says, “It ain’t always about football. I can relate to him on a lot of levels. We keep it real. The vibe we have, he’s always telling me to stay focused. If I was to come to Auburn, he’s gonna make sure I was straight.”18

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Nurkic is thriving as Portland’s new utility big man.

Denver tried to pair Nurkic in its front court with Nikola Jokic. That didn’t work. So the Nuggets relegated him to a reserve role in favor of their rising star, which didn’t sit well.

“I’m not here to sit on the bench, I’m here to play basketball,” Nurkic said, according to BSN Denver’s Harrison Wind.

Now, Nurkic is thriving as Portland’s new utility big man. Better yet, Portland acquired a first-round pick along with him for Plumlee, a player they were reluctant to re-sign over the summer. Plumlee has struggled to fit in with the Nuggets, averaging just nine points and 7.2 rebounds per game.

Thanks to Nurkic’s emergence and the Nuggets’ struggles, Portland is now just half a game behind Denver for the No. 8 seed. Evan Turner is set to return from a fractured right hand soon, and 12 of the team’s final 19 games are against below .500 opponents, including a pivotal matchup against the Nuggets in late March.

If Nurkic continues to give Portland the lift it needed, the Trail Blazers will win two times in one trade.

But if there are two certainties in football, it’s that Manchester United like to go shopping and Mourinho is fundamentally a pragmatist. The former is why Ibrahimovic is at Old Trafford, and the latter is why he’s played nearly every minute. We can probably assume that any glimpses into the future will be coincidental, and any moments seized by the younger men will be subject to review.

So perhaps the best way to frame these coming three games is less as glimpse into what comes next, and more as an opportunity to see United forced outside of their comfort zone, as both manager and team are forced to improvise. It may not amount to foreshadowing, but it should be fascinating. Possibly even funny, if we end up watching Wayne Rooney attempt his best Zlatan impression.
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