They play with such speed and tempo, resulting in 3.25 goals per game.

Alex Okafor, DE, New Orleans Saints: Okafor was carted to the locker room after limping off the field with an unspecified leg injury that he suffered on a Washington TD pass in the fourth quarter.

On Monday, it was revealed that the Saints have lost Okafor to a season-ending Achilles tendon tear. According to ESPN’s Mike Triplett, backup defensive tackle David Onyemata and backup edge rushers Hau’oli Kikaha, Trey Hendrickson and Al-Quadin Muhammad should all play greater roles going forward.

Norman hails Doctson’s ‘first-round catch’: After injury derailed his rookie year, Josh Doctson is finally making big plays for the Redskins this year, and none has been bigger than his 38-yard reception that set up Rob Kelley’s game-winning touchdown in Washington’s stunning 17-14 victory over the Seahawks. “That’s a first-round guy, and that’s a first-round catch,” Washington corner Josh Norman said of Doctson’s grab.

They play with such speed and tempo, resulting in 3.25 goals per game. This is the first Devils team since Ilya Kovalchuk was on the roster that never feels out of a game: To wit, they lead the NHL this season with three wins when trailing entering the third period. (And they’ve trailed going into the third in only seven of their 20 games.)

They also have players that demand your attention: Taylor Hall, better than a point per game, which is something his former team could certainly use now; rookies Nico Hischier and Jesper Bratt, blazing fast and offensively creative; rookie Will Butcher, with 16 points from the blue line; and Miles Wood, a delightful crease-crashing pest.

Here’s the reason they’re more entertaining than other offensive powers such as the Tampa Bay Lightning: They’re not really solid on that whole “defense” thing. They give up 35 shots per game. They are the NHL’s worst possession team (45.95 percent Corsi at 5-on-5). For every briskly paced offensive chance they create, they also surrender one.
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DeShone Kizer is the Browns’ starter again. Maybe even for both halves in Week 8!

He has not played well, but it’s not all Kizer’s fault. He doesn’t have much offensive talent around him, and he’s taken 12 sacks so far this season. Still, his stat line is pretty uninspiring; Kizer has completed 52 percent of his passes for 965 yards. His biggest issue is turnovers. Kizer has thrown just three touchdowns against 11 interceptions.

Aguayo was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ second-round pick in 2016. He didn’t have many bright spots with Tampa Bay, but his greatest moment actually came against the Panthers — a Monday Night Football game-winner.

This upcoming week, the Panthers will be taking on the Buccaneers in Tampa. The odds of Aguayo playing don’t necessarily seem high, but it would be something to watch for if he were to take on his former team on the road.

He tried to redeem himself in the 2017 preseason, but still struggled on the field. After missing a field goal and an extra point in the Buccaneers’ preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Tampa Bay cut the sophomore kicker. Aguayo was competing with Nick Folk to make the team, but his performance destroyed his chances of staying in Tampa Bay, where Folk ultimately took over. Now, Patrick Murray has Folk’s job.

Nobody ever wants to see a player injured enough to where they can’t play. However, if Gano is unable to go on Sunday, the storylines for Sunday’s game get a lot more interesting, even if it is between kickers.

The Browns will go back to DeShone Kizer as the team’s Week 8 starter. After benching Kizer for the second time in three games over turnovers, Hue Jackson has once again given the rookie the nod to start this week, Jackson announced Wednesday morning.

He might even get to play the second half this week! But we’ll see.49ers_216_edeff19f433c419e-150x150

Packers vs. Cowboys 2017 odds: Green Bay a small road dog on betting lines at Dallas

The Green Bay Packers are 6-1 straight up and 5-2 against the spread in their last seven games against the Dallas Cowboys. The Packers will try to pick up another win over the Cowboys this Sunday afternoon.

Hoyer completed four of 11 passes to begin the game for 34 yards before he was replaced by Beathard. The journeyman quarterback started the first five games of the season too with four touchdowns and four interceptions, while the team got out to an 0-5 start.

The question now is whether or not the 49ers will give a lengthy leash to Beathard if the rookie struggles, or if he’ll get yanked and replaced with Hoyer again. The 49ers are rebuilding, so seeing how the rookie looks can be a positive, but hurting his development is a danger too.

The survey polled 2,000 U.S. consumers in July on their viewing habits to stream sports on any screen– such as phones, computers and tablets– as well as on their television via streaming devices like Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Roku and video game consoles.

The NFL had the most enthusiastic fan base as the the survey found that 48% of the respondents ranked themselves at a 9 or 10. (The 10-point scale started at 1 as definitely not a fan to a 10, a super fan.) The survey found the NFL is also the most streamed sport from Week 1 in September through February’s Super Bowl.

Along with this, the legislation is supposed to offer “more judicial discretion at sentencing for offenders with minimal criminal histories and helps inmates successfully reenter society.”

The Titans’ front office makes decisions on who to bring in for workouts.

Brian Hoyer (58.1 completion percentage, 5.8 yards per attempt, two touchdowns, four interceptions) has not played well. His receivers have dropped a bunch of passes. The rookie backup is C.J. Beathard, a third-round pick, whom I guess it could be fun to see give it a whirl but probably isn’t close to ready. This is why, if you’re Kyle Shanahan, you get a six-year contract to be the coach. Because if things don’t work out in Year 1, you have time to fix it. If Kirk Cousins gets to the market in March as expected, the Niners and Cousins’ former offensive coordinator will be waiting with a truckload of cash. If nothing else, they’re confident in the amount of salary-cap space they have in 2018.

Weeden and Yates were two of four quarterbacks who worked out for the Titans on Tuesday. Matt Barkley and Matt McGloin were the other participants. All four have struggled as backup quarterbacks for various NFL teams.

Mularkey cited Weeden’s time in Dallas with offensive coordinator Scott Linehan, who Mularkey pulled from to create his scheme, as a prime source of familiarity.

As quickly as we could get somebody up to speed in a short amount of time, he had the advantage over everybody, said Mularkey, who said Weeden threw the ball well Wednesday. Formationally and schematically, it’s very similar.

Weeden has completed 58 percent of his passes and thrown 31 touchdowns and 30 interceptions in his five NFL seasons. He’s 6-19 in starts.

Kaepernick, meanwhile, has completed 60 percent of his passes and thrown for 72 touchdowns and 30 interceptions in his six NFL seasons. He’s 28-30 in starts.
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The Raiders have Marshawn Lynch and a goal line pass audible called ‘Seattle’

One play that’s always going to be associated with Marshawn Lynch is the Seahawks’ interception thrown in Super Bowl XLIX while situated on the 1-yard line.

While playing the Jets, the Raiders were on the goal line. Over the CBS broadcast, Derek Carr can be heard calling an audible called “Seattle” — a pass play. It’s a normal check that many teams use, but considering the situation, it’s pretty funny.

Newton later exited the tent and was warming up on the sideline for Carolina before returning.

Losing the 2015 NFL MVP at all would be a huge loss to an offense that is already struggling to score with Newton at quarterback. Anderson was forced into a starting role for the team in 2016 for two games, but finished with two touchdowns and five interceptions in a pair of losses.

Newton missed most of preseason and almost the entire offseason after undergoing shoulder surgery. It appears as though he’ll be back without a hitch, though.

Lions 17, Giants 10: Brandon Marshall appeared to have cornerback D.J. Hayden beat near the sideline for a deep pass, but he simply dropped it. The wideout could be seen reacting in frustration after the play, which cost New York a first down. After an underwhelming season opener for Marshall, he’s continued struggling in Week 2.

Lions 17, Giants 10: Eli Manning finally got some time to make plays in the pocket, and did just that with a 38-yard deep pass to tight end Jerell Adams and a 17-yard pass that put the offense at the 1-yard line. However, things stalled from there as a pair of penalties forced the team to settle for a 25-yard field goal from Aldrick Rosas.
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Allen Robinson injury update: Fear is Jaguars WR tore ACL

In a potentially big blow for the Jaguars and fantasy football owners, wide receiver Allen Robinson went to the locker room with a knee injury early in Jacksonville’s Week 1 game against the Texans.

Kearse has barely unpacked his bags after a recent trade to the Jets from Seattle, but he did lead the team with nine targets and seven catches in Week 1, playing 95 percent of the snaps. Although Jeremy Kerley’s eventual re-debut for the Jets will eat into Kearse’s target share, he’s a deeper league pickup who could find his way into flex consideration in PPR leagues.

The Bills are going to run, run and run the ball some more this season. Tolbert toted the ball 12 times in Week 1 and scored a touchdown. It’s going to be hard to trust him as a play in a given week given that he’s touchdown-vulture dependent, but if something were to happen to LeSean McCoy, he’s a focal point for a ground-and-pound attack. If you have McCoy, you should grab Tolbert.

This Seattle backfield will likely befuddle us for a few more weeks, particularly with Thomas Rawls on the radar to return in Week 2. But after leading all Seahawks backs in snaps and playing effectively when given the chance to handle the football, Carson emerged as a bright spot for an otherwise quiet offense in Week 1. He’s a player who can be added for now as a bench player, but it would not be a surprise if his role blossoms in future weeks. Eddie Lacy played just seven snaps in Week 1.steelers_105

This was such an awesome experience to be in front of so many people and let them all be part of this

While the fourth-year USHL club adopted its new moniker on Aug. 24, the organization’s visual identity had remained under wraps. The parade offered an opportunity to showcase the new designs.

“This was such an awesome experience to be in front of so many people and let them all be part of this,” said first-year head coach Mike Watt. “This community has become very special to me since I moved here two years ago with my wife Niki and our two kids. It’s our home and this team’s home, and I don’t think there was a better way to show that we’re committed to being here than this.”

“No matter,” he added. “I just made a call to Drake. Better to use a legitimate university anyway,” before adding a “Go Blue Devils!” for some reason.

It’s so nice to see a hockey team embrace the Mighty Ducks, as the Anaheim Ducks likely won’t return to their roots anytime soon. The past is in the past for the Ducks, and their orange-splashed jerseys and branding are likely here to stay.

Being an NFL fan can be expensive. Never mind the steep ticket prices and $13 stadium beers. Even that jersey of your favorite player that has you feeling like the lord of Buffalo Wild Wings each Sunday costs serious coin. Furthermore, it might be obsolete in a month when that player gets hurt or traded.

The subscription runs $20 per month for adults and $17 for kids, and seems to target casual fans and kiddos who might quickly outgrow expensive jerseys. In an interview with ESPN, Watkins also makes his pitch to fantasy football nerds who might want to “rep their squad” one week admin
nets_023and a player on their fantasy team the next. NFL jerseys often run well north of $100, making a closet full of jerseys a spendy proposition.

Seahawks schedule 2017: Seattle set up to dominate NFC’s easiest slate

The Seahawks’ 2017 schedule is exactly what they need in the regular season to find their way back to home-field advantage in the playoffs. No NFC team can boast having a more favorable strength of schedule based on the combined 2016 winning percentage of its 2017 opponents (.455).

Seattle will be favored to win the NFC West again, but in the big picture, it’s sitting pretty for one more run at a ring.

Seattle gets a marquee opener on the road to get Green Bay out of the way early กช before the proverbial tundra is frozen. The other two games make sure the Seahawks will get out of this month with an above-.500 start.

That confidence in himself, along with the knowledge that the Cowboys have the best offensive line in the league coming back this season, and two running backs who have amassed five 1,000-yard seasons between them in their careers keep Prescott from being too worried about the upcoming season.

“We have great running backs,” Prescott said Tuesday after the team’s walk-through (via ESPN.com). “Darren McFadden, Alfred Morris. Those guys have had a lot of success in this league for a long time. It’s just an opportunity for them to come in and get more reps in that time off.”

In the meantime, Prescott said Elliott has stayed positive since the suspension was announced.

“He’s been a positive spirit, been the same Zeke, and that’s good for him and that’s good for this team,” Prescott said.

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Wizards’ Markieff Morris credits certain body part for performance vs. Warriors

The Wizards defeated the Warriors on Wednesday night, and a big part of the victory was Markieff Morris’ rebound and two made free throws at the end of the game to make it a two-possession lead. Speaking after the game about how he was able to make the free throws, Morris got a bit graphic.

“My wife tells me all the time I’ve got big nuts,” he said, puzzling reporters. “I put my nuts on the line.”

That’s certainly one way of putting it.

Big nuts or small nuts, there’s no doubt Morris was a huge factor in the team’s upset win over Golden State. He scored 22 points and hauled in six rebounds while also blocking four shots.

Within this deal, Hield seems likely to be the one piece that will add current and future value, even if his rookie year has been underwhelming. He has posted a 9.9 PER with a 50.2 true-shooting percentage. He’s making nearly 37 percent of his 3s, but he’s been dreadfully inefficient around the basket at just 48.1 percent in the halfcourt, according to Synergy. He’s also been weak as a playmaker with the ball in his hands, posting just a 0.75 point-per-possession mark in all pick-and-roll situations.

NBA trades shifting the balance of power aren’t exactly commonplace in the middle of the season. Let’s break down what this deal means in the short term and in the long term for each organization, then dive into what it means around the league.
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Best performances of NBA regular season, as told to someone who saw none of them

Imagine you have a friend who just emerged from a coma-like state after being unconscious from late October until mid-April, just in time for the NBA playoffs. Ignore the unrealistic nature of this premise and stay with me for a minute.

You are both huge NBA fans, and you need to explain to your friend the insanity of this season. (Also, you have a bit of an uneasy relationship with this friend. Let’s be honest — this friend can be a tool sometimes, and you discuss this friend with your other friends and become closer with your other friends by complaining about this friend.)

In certain situations, we could see some trades that functionally swap one big man for another in an attempt to change dynamics and alleviate a strained relationship. However, the problem with negotiating and projecting those types of moves is that they require general managers who have either different evaluations of the players in question or different constraints in terms of desired contracts.

That becomes even more complicated because many of the teams with centers on their trade block do not want one in return, so it would be hard for the conversation to even occur. They arise from larger negotiations but could be hard to sell their owners and fan bases on.

Even with all those elements in place, part of the fun of this offseason will be seeing which front offices misread the situation and keep up the tradition of overpaying seven-footers. The same structural factors were in place last summer, and numerous teams still bit the bullet. The same will happen this July.
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