TV viewers could either laugh or cry at how lopsided the AFC and NFC championship games were Sunday, and they chose to laugh mostly at the expense of poor Phil Simms of CBS Sports.
Simms and, to a lesser extent, play-by-play partner Jim Nantz, have become popular targets on social media in recent years.
Maybe it’s the duo having to call Thursday Night Football games, on top of CBS’ top Sunday afternoon games, that’s produced Simms fatigue.
But Simms mockery seemed to reach a crescendo Sunday.
Sundays game promises to be a high-scoring affair with the Packers and Cowboys ranked fourth and five, respectively, in scoring offense this season.
It will be up to a Cowboys defense that ranks 14th in yards allowed to slow down a Packers offense that has been on fire for two months.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers put an exclamation point on his MVP-caliber season with four touchdown passes against the Giants.
Hes been hot for about nine years,Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Cheap Jerseys Authentic of Rodgers, who has thrown 19 touchdown passes without an interception during Green Bays win streak.
One of the biggest winners of the 2017 Shrine Game week of practice, McNamara is a complete athlete at the position who checks all the boxes and showcased this week Cheap Jerseys Cn that he was under-utilized at USC. With strong hands, fluid movement in the seam and on the perimeter, and quickly-built repertoire with the quarterbacks, I’d expect McNamara to have a strong game performance.
An NFL review has determined the Dolphins failed to strictly follow the league’s concussion protocol when quarterback Matt Moore took a massive hit in their wild-card playoff game against the Steelers earlier this month.
The rosters for the AFC and NFC teams were announced in December, but much has changed the starting lineups, including injuries and postseason runs.
The 44-man Pro Bowl teams are comprised of 21 offensive and 18 defensive players plus five specialists, including a long snapper. Andy Reid and the coaches from the Kansas City Chiefs will lead the AFC Pro Bowl team, and Jason Garrett and the coaches from the Dallas Cowboys will head the NFC squad.
Ten players from the two teams participating in Super Bowl 51, the Falcons and Patriots, were selected to the original Pro Bowl roster this season: Linebacker Vic Beasley Jr., kicker Matt Bryant, running back Devonta Freeman, wide receiver Julio Jones, center Alex Mack and quarterback Cheap Hockey Jerseys Youth Matt Ryan of the Falcons, and quarterback Tom Brady, linebacker Dont’a Hightower, safety Devin McCourty and special teamer Matthew Slater of the Patriots.
The Pro Bowl players were determined by the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. Each group’s vote counted one-third toward determining the 86 Pro Bowl selections. A long snapper was chosen by each head coach as a ‘need’ player. The NFL is the only sports league that combines voting by fans, coaches and players to determine its all-star teams. In 1995, the NFL became the first professional sports Cheap Ireland Soccer Jerseys league to offer online all-star voting.
Michael Oher hasn’t made any progress with his head injury.
The Carolina Panthers offensive tackle has yet to clear the NFL’s concussion protocol after only playing three games in September this season, according to a report from the Charlotte Observer.
A grand total of $1 per year, as originally reported on Thursday by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
The Raiders paid $3.5 million to play in O.Co Stadium in Oakland in 2016, though that amount certainly isn’t the highest in the league: The 49ers pay an annual rent of $24.5 million to play in Levi’s Stadium while other teams, like the Panthers, own the stadium in which they play. Other teams simply don’t pay rent at all.
The matter of rent is a small matter compared to how the proposed stadium will be funded, however. The Raiders have already pledged $500 million to the $1.9 billion stadium, and the state of Nevada approved $750 million in public funds to go toward the stadium as well. The family of Sheldon Adelson, who has helped facilitate the Raiders’ potential move to Las Vegas, would contribute $650 million.
Of course, that all hinges on whether the Raiders can receive approval from 24 of 32 NFL owners during the owners’ meeting in March.
Ryan Schrader, RT, Falcons: Center Alex Mack is the high-priced, free-agent stud. Left tackle Jake Matthews is the blossoming, pedigreed first-rounder. But Schrader is right with US Cheap Jerseys Club them with his run blocking and edge pass protection. Consider that Michael Bennett, Nick Perry Cheap Orioles Jerseys and David Irving are among the pass rushers he could face on that side in the playoffs. He’s been an unsung hero in Matt Ryan’s MVP-caliber season.
Troubled defensive end Greg Hardy could soon play professional football again.
According to The Associated Press, Hardy has submitted an application to play in the independent Spring League when it launches in April.
Quarterback Matt Ryan and running back Tevin Coleman said Shanahan should be fined after a reporter accidentally picked up the backpack during Monday’s Super Bowl Opening Night at Minute Maid Park.
I’m stressed out right now, Shanahan said during a 45-minute search for his bag, which had everything in it.
When asked Tuesday if Shanahan should be fined for briefly losing his playbook, Coleman said, Oh, yeah.
I don’t know (how much), but there would be some money involved, Coleman added with a laugh.
As for head coach Dan Quinn, he brushed off the incident as something minor that was quickly Real Madrid Cheap Jerseys resolved.
Even the reporter who grabbed Shanahan’s bag, San Francisco Examiner columnist Art Spander, addressed the incident with some levity, saying he was panicked because Shanahan had Spander’s bag with his computer in it.
Former Royal Edinson Volquez has to be happy to get more run support in Miami. We know Volquez leads the majors in no-hitters this season after pitching the first one last weekend. He’s also atop the board in allowing 4.82 walks per nine innings. The righty only walked two in his gem against the Diamondbacks, but his cautious approach seems to be working this season. He’s one of 28 starting pitchers Texans Cheap Jerseys allowing less than a home run per nine innings.
In 2004, the Chargers selected Eli Manning with the first overall pick in the NFL Draft, even after he had said that he didn’t want to play there.
The reasoning behind the move has never really been fully explained. Even Manning, in 2013, said he “can’t remember” why. But in a radio interview Wednesday with San Diego’s Mighty 1090, Manning’s former Giants teammate Shaun O’Hara provided a little insight into the decision.
“You know what? I think we hammered him about that a couple times and we drilled him about it. I think it was more his agent that really kind of pushed it. You know, Tom Condon, I think had just dealt with maybe that contract that high in the [draft] before and didn’t want to have to deal with something from an organizational standpoint. You know I never really heard him give a concrete, ‘Hey, I didn’t want to go there because of this.’
Kelly ran into an abundance of trouble at his two college stops. Clemson kicked him off the team for what Dabo Swinney described as “a pattern of behavior that is not consistent with the values of our program.”
Kelly played a season at East Mississippi Community College before transferring to Ole Miss, but was arrested in his hometown of Buffalo not long before enrolling at the SEC school. Kelly’s agent texted Tim Graham of the Buffalo News and said Kelly received an invite to the Packers Cheap Jerseys Combine on Jan. 6, and was assigned a jersey number. There was no explanation given for the Patriots Cheap Jerseys rescinded invitation.
Roger Goodell had to chuckle when a Spanish-speaking reporter asked him about the NFL building its global brand, “instead of building something else.”
The end of that question was an allusion to the border wall between the United States and Mexico proposed by President Donald Trump.
Nothing out of the ordinary occurred during his meetings with teams at the 2006 NFL Scouting Combine.
“I really didn’t have any strange questions,” said Whitworth, who would become a Cincinnati Bengals second-round draft pick.
“Maybe I was just scary. I don’t really have that personality they want to mess with because I am usually so serious about stuff.”
Not everyone is so fortunate.
The 15-minute sessions are intended to help clubs get a better feel for the prospect they may be selecting. Most of them unfold without incident. But the way some squads conduct these “job interviews” leave players scratching their heads or, in extreme cases, hoping that they don’t get picked by the questioning party.
Take the case of Indianapolis Colts left tackle Anthony Castonzo while he was going through the 2011 Combine.
“One team put on lowlights of all my worst plays and basically Pittsburgh Steelers Cheap Jerseys just asked me, ‘What were you thinking on this play? What happened here?’” Castonzo recalled. “It was brutal.”
That experience was benign compared to what happened with another club.
Buyer beware. Fragile: Handle with care. Proceed with extreme caution.
Those are three admonitions I would give any NFL team considering the risky proposition of acquiring Tony Romo, either via a trade with the Cowboys or as a free agent if the quarterback is released.
“People have been calling me, ‘Hey, wanted to work out … let’s watch some film … I need to work on some releases,'” Smith said on the SiriusXM Blitz. “I had some DBs calling me, ‘Hey, you can give me some line work,’ and all that stuff. When I was at the Super Bowl, and it all (was) announced, I had probably about three or four people text me, saying, ‘Hey, let’s get up’ and I had some agents call me for their guy to help them work their guy out, get him prepared for the Combine.
“And I had to take a step back and I said, you know what? If I do all these things, now I’m getting my mind and body to say, ‘I can still play.’ So I had to text some guys and say, ‘You know what? I don’t think it’s a good idea for me to watch film with you and work out and train with you because that means I’m telling myself and my family I’m about to go play again. And I don’t want to go through that process. I’m done playing.’ So if I’m training anybody, their last name is Smith, meaning my kids.
The Falcons led the NFL in scoring this season with a franchise-record 540 points.
Ryan beat out Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who led the NFL with 40 touchdown passes and just seven interceptions with another four rushing touchdowns while carrying the Packers to an NFC North division title. Other MVP candidates who lost out to Ryan were Cowboys rookies Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott, who led the NFL in rushing as the Cowboys went 13-3 to win the NFC East and the Wholesale Cheap Jerseys NFC’s top seed, and Ryan’s counterpart on Sunday, New England quarterback Tom Brady, who set Toronto Blue Jays Cheap Jerseys an NFL record for touchdown-to-interception ratio with 28 TDs and just two picks.
Blake Bortles needs to prove to Tom Coughlin that the 2015 version of the Jaguars QB is who he is, not the one who regressed in 2016 — both in terms of production and mechanics.
Coughlin, returning to the franchise he once coached as executive VP of football operations, made that clear Friday when he spoke to reporters ahead of next week’s NFL Scouting Combine.
The retired receiver went on to tweet that he’s been called a good teammate by others that have played with him. He added if he was such a bad teammate, “why didn’t they cut me?” A follower asked him why these people didn’t come out and compliment him, and that’s when he added a jab to his former coach.
This is a strange response considering Mariucci has actually defended Owens, despite their troubled history. The former 49ers coach said last year Owens “absolutely” deserved to be in the Hall of Fame, and urged voters to put him in.
Whatever the case, Owens and Mariucci have never really gotten Baseball Jerseys Wholesale along, and it appears the relationship is still fairly toxic.
I also make a point of getting the perspective of as many Hall-of-Famers as possible. I’m inclined to place a bit more weight on this feedback because the Hall of Fame belongs to them, not to me or any of the 45 other media members who comprise the group of selectors.
Owens took exception to most of what was written.
The Indianapolis Colts today announced a roster move, and no, it wasn’t for a wide receiver – yet. The team announced that they placed wide receiver Reggie Wayne Cheap Orioles Jerseys on season-ending injured reserve with a torn ACL and that they signed cornerback Jalil Brown to take his roster spot.
Spacing was a consistent issue throughout the game. Jenkins was either asked to play in close man coverage or play too far away from the receiver. He didn’t look comfortable playing close — especially after biting on the first few fakes from Smith. He was unable to disrupt the receiver’s routes by getting hands on him, giving the veteran too much room at the snap.
(8:55) 1-C.Newton pass short right to 89-S.Smith to STL 1 for 12 yards (21-J.Jenkins). Carolina challenged the runner was down by contact ruling, and the play was Upheld.
Jenkins is caught flat-footed and tries to engage a block. Smith shifts his weight inside and loses him after the snap.
St. Louis is once again sitting in one deep coverage, and it’s clear how much field the Rams are conceding to Smith. The lack of adjustment didn’t make any sense and allowed Cheap Old NBA Jerseys Cam Newton to have the most accurate game of his career.
“Guys like that really don’t understand that there is life after football,” Marshall said, per the Chicago Tribune. “I respect the league trying to better our game and guys like that, maybe he needs to get suspended or taken out of the game completely.
The Philadelphia Eagles suffered the biggest injury of any team inside the NFC East during Week 7, when quarterback Nick Foles bounced his head off the turf Cheap Pro Jerseys at Lincoln Financial Field against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.
Foles had to leave the game and be replaced by Matt Barkley, who finished out the 17-3 loss. Foles was diagnosed with a concussion and will have to undergo a battery of tests to determine his availability for this weekend. Should Foles not be able to play, it is likely Michael Vick will be the starter.
This first catch prompted a change in coverage where Jenkins was shifted to cover Smith while Johnson was tasked with Brandon LaFell, which should have been the matchup from the start of the game.
The Rams make a switch in coverage, but repeat the same mistake on Smith’s first catch. Jenkins is giving the receiver a 10-yard cushion, and the Panthers run an almost identical play.
Newton scrambles to his right and finds Steve Smith on the run for an easy gain. Jenkins stays on Smith’s route, unlike Trumaine Johnson, but he still finds himself away from the play at the catch.
If Freeman can’t go, the Vikings will go back to Ponder, their former first-round pick. Ponder continued to struggle this season before missing time with a broken rib and falling behind Matt Cassel and later Freeman on the depth chart. Cassel flopped in a brief audition as Cheap Penguins Jerseys the starter and was made inactive after the Vikings signed Freeman.