When I said Cole played the game the right way that was not meant to imply that Graham doesn’t

That’s not to say pressures aren’t important, but give me the guy who consistently gets the quarterback on the ground with the ball still in his hands every single time.

I’m a Graham fan after watching his film. When I said Cole played the game the right way that was not meant to imply that Graham doesn’t. In fact, if you like a defensive end who is intentionally physical all game long, it doesn’t get much better than Graham.

He may not look all that imposing at 6’2 and 265 pounds, but he reminds me a lot of another guy who used to be an edge rusher for the Eagles (Hugh Douglas) in that a lot of his weight is in his lower body. This is a dude who obviously does not skip leg day and it shows. Like Douglas, he explodes out of his hips to knock people on their ass. It really doesn’t matter whether it’s a run or a pass, or whether Graham is blitzing, trying to play off a blocker or dropping into coverage. I can guarantee you he is going to find a way to knock the shit out of somebody on just about every single play.

Well, for some reason he wasn’t cleared to practice the first few days of training camp, adding to the intrigue surrounding him. When he finally was given the green light to practice, he wore a helmet, shoulder pads and pants that all looked way too big for him. The coaches decided to hold him out from practicing against the first- and second-team defense since it was his first day in pads. Instead, they elected to give him some reps when the third-team offense went against the third-team defense.

I’d just been moved that fall from linebacker to defensive end, so I was over with my defensive line coach at the time, Ray Hamilton, trying to learn the finer points of the position. At one point, Coach Hamilton happened to look over to see how the backup guys were practicing and saw Garner break off an absolutely amazing run behind one of the worst offensive lines I have ever seen.

Suddenly I heard coach Hamilton scream out almost involuntarily, “WHO THE FUCK IS THAT?!”

LeGarrette Blount ran for 18 touchdowns in 2016 and his 2016 salary could max out at just $1 million

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In April 2016, LeGarrette Blount was 29 years old. That made him ancient for an NFL running back. He was still recovering from a hip injury that ended his 2015 season. Nearly six weeks of NFL free agency had passed. League interest in his services was minimal.

So Blount returned to the New England Patriots on a one-year contract, accepting the non-guaranteed veteran’s minimum of $760,000 as his base salary. The Patriots threw in a $100,000 signing bonus, a $40,000 workout bonus and a roster bonus that would pay him $6,250 for every week he was on their game-day roster.

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In all, Blount could max out at $1 million in 2016, a ceiling that would make him no better than the league’s 46th-highest-paid running back, according to ESPN Stats & Information data. His career season under those terms makes Blount arguably the best veteran value in the NFL this season and one of the best in the league’s modern history.

“We have these fans now who might be buying tickets just in case their team wins, and if not they have to start to think about selling it,” On Location Experiences CEO John Collins said. “We’ve created a no-risk situation.”

On Location Experiences has roughly 9,500 tickets allocated with a little more than 3,000 tickets that had to be held back, per the NFL’s stipulation, for fans of teams in the game.

The company is selling four packages. The cheapest comes with an upper-level ticket and a lower-end tailgate party and starts at $5,949. The top package starts at $12,749, includes a prime lower-bowl ticket, a top-shelf tailgate party and access to the field for postgame. Hotels and access to the parties at Club Nomadic — a traveling series stopping in Houston for the Super Bowl with performances by the Chainsmokers, Bruno Mars and Taylor Swift — are sold separately.

Charles’ injury was the lowlight of a rough year for the Chiefs

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None of the three running backs stood out, managing just three touchdowns between them. But when the season was over, the Chiefs still put up decent yardage. They finished 15th in the league in rushing with 1,893 yards on the ground. However, those numbers paled in comparison to the previous season, when they had 2,672 yards, good for best in the NFL. Charles rushed for 1,467 yards that season — or, just 124 fewer yards than Battle, Jones and McCluster combined for in 2011.

Charles’ injury was the lowlight of a rough year for the Chiefs. After winning the AFC West in 2010 with a 10-6 record, they finished at 7-9 and head coach Todd Haley was fired in December after the team reached 5-8. The offense lacked a dynamic threat on the ground and the three quarterbacks who started games — Matt Cassel, Tyler Palko and Kyle Orton — all struggled.

Stafford finished the 42-17 loss going 20-for-32 for 188 yards, one touchdown and three picks. Orlovsky was only slightly better, going 21-for-38 for 191 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

Authentic Kids Kareem Jackson Jersey Detroit has yet to win a game this year, and coming into the game Stafford had completed 65.0 percent of his passes for 1,017 yards, five touchdowns and five interceptions. Orlovsky is his primary backup, with Kellen Moore behind him. Orlovsky was a fifth-round pick by the Lions in 2005, but he last attempted a regular season pass for them in 2008.

Since that year, in which Orlovsky threw eight touchdowns and eight interceptions in ten games with the Lions, Orlovsky has thrown regular season passes for the Indianapolis Colts and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Orlovsky played in eight games for the Colts in 2011. His last regular season pass came with the Buccaneers in 2012. He completed 4 of 7 passes for 51 yards that year. His last season with the Lions, in 2008, was the year Detroit went 0-16

The Motiejunas contract saga with the Rockets consumed more than five months and inspired plenty of debate about his value

The Hawks, sources say, want at least one quality first to headline a Millsap deal. The Raptors, meanwhile, have to decide whether a deal for Millsap closes the gap on Cleveland sufficiently to part with quality assets and justifies the expense involved to re-sign him in the same offseason All-Star guard Kyle Lowry is due for a new deal.

Authentic Youth Anthony Brown Jersey In the interim, as we all lock arms on Millsap Watch, we ask: Isn’t it hard to believe he’s the last starter left from Atlanta’s 60-win team in 2014-15?

You’re undoubtedly wondering what the Warriors will do in response to Cleveland’s looming acquisition of Korver … as well as LeBron James’ latest pointed public demand for the signing of a recognized backup point guard to Kyrie Irving.

Just don’t forget that the Warriors are comparatively short on trade options. Making a retaliatory move is simply tougher with their roster composition.

Yet that’s not to say the Warriors’ roster you see today is how it will stay. There will be buyouts in various corners of the league, after the Feb. 23 trade deadline and before the March 1 playoff eligibility deadline, because there always are.

Mens Chuck Howley Jersey The Motiejunas contract saga with the Rockets consumed more than five months and inspired plenty of debate about his value, even after Brooklyn jumped into the bidding, but a one-year deal with the versatile 7-footer doesn’t seem like much of a gamble.

Especially if the Lakers — suddenly facing a fourth straight trip to the lottery after only two during the Jerry Buss era — are serious about trying to find something closer to the form that led to their 10-10 start under ?rookie coach Luke Walton.

We’ll soon see, based on how Motiejunas fares with the Pels, if they made the right call.?

Beverley missed the beginning of the season after undergoing surgery on his right knee

They have the second-best point differential in the league, beating teams by an average of nine points over 100 possessions this season. Sitting at 23-10 is a great place to be, but a friendlier schedule might have netted an even more favorable start.

It¡¯s something that we¡¯ve had practice at over the last fifty years, certainly. It¡¯s also something that is embodied in the celebration of the Blues and the city of St. Louis this weekend.

To top it off, Houston is forcing defenders to guard further out than most other teams. The NBA three-point line is 23 feet, nine inches from the rim. The Rockets lead the league in makes (8.6) and attempts (23.1) between 25 and 29 feet. Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon are straight-up disrespectful when they pull threes from the hash mark ¡ª and make them.

It doesn¡¯t hurt that the team¡¯s leading scorer casually launches treys from Alaska like this:

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Carolina managed a total of 142 yards, with 75 of them coming from starting running back Jonathan Stewart

Denver went into its bye in Week 11 with a respectable 7-3 record, but that overtime loss to the Chiefs in Week 12 changed the trajectory of the Broncos’ season.

Going into that game, it really looked like a three-way race to the top of the AFC West. The Raiders were 8-2, and the Chiefs were level with Denver at 7-3. After that game, the Raiders and Chiefs kept winning. The Broncos did not.

That first matchup between the Chiefs and Broncos was hard-fought right up until the very end, and it’s a game the Broncos should have won. Quarterback Trevor Siemian had an abysmal first half, completing just nine of 15 passes for 89 yards, but the Broncos only trailed the Chiefs 9-3 going into the half.

On the ground, Carolina managed a total of 142 yards, with 75 of them coming from starting running back Jonathan Stewart. They outgained the Falcons 142 to 54 yards on the ground. Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan threw for 224 yards, but was held out of the end zone and tossed an interception. Devonta Freeman rushed for just 40 yards on 12 carries.

Going into Sunday, the Panthers ranked 14th in the league in total offense, below many struggling teams like the San Diego Chargers, Baltimore Ravens and Atlanta Falcons. But on the other side of the ball, the Panthers ranked third in total defense. Ron Rivera’s defense has been aggressive and managed to shut down multiple strong offenses this season, so the way they dominated the game on offense was more surprising.

This comes just days after the Falcons were criticized by Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive lineman Gerald McCoy, who said that there was a definite lack of effort from the Atlanta defense last week. Rookie head coach Dan Quinn took over the Falcons after a stint as the defensive coordinator of the Seattle Seahawks. He was expected to come in and revamp a hapless defense, but the results in recent weeks haven’t been pretty.

The Falcons will next play the Jacksonville Jaguars, and will wrap their season at home against the New Orleans Saints, but between those games they will have a rematch with Carolina. The Panthers have games against the New York Giants, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Falcons still remaining on the schedule as they look to become the first team to finish the regular season at 16-0 since the New England Patriots in 2007.

The Colts have been eliminated from playoff contention for the second straight season

The Colts have been eliminated from playoff contention for the second straight season, and Andrew Luck drops to 9-12 as a starter in that time. He may have the skill set, but it’s not translating to wins recently. Luck & Co. host the Jaguars in Week 17.

The Eagles are 6-9 this season despite a 3-0 start. Before getting down on the birds and rookie Carson Wentz, consider this: The Eagles have played a league-high 11 games against teams currently with a winning record. Another winning team, the Cowboys, awaits in Week 17.

The Bills have the eighth-best point differential and fifth-best turnover differential this season, but the best they can finish the season is .500. It has been an odd year for the Bills, but it, and potentially the Rex Ryan era, comes to an end Sunday at the Jets.
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Had the Raiders led by 22 with more than 12 minutes to play, perhaps they get more conservative, or replace Carr with Matt McGloin.
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And on the fateful series that ended Carr’s season, Seth Roberts was called for an illegal crackback block that turned a third-and-3 at the Colts’ 37-yard line into a second-and-18 at the Raiders’ 48-yard line.

Too soon to start running out the clock?

So Carr dropped back, avoided Cole’s first rush but then scrambled back toward him, where Cole latched on.

It was the first sack surrendered all season by Pro Bowl left tackle Donald Penn, who slipped on his initial engagement with Cole yet kept him away from Carr on that first entanglement.

‘Thursday Night Football’ 2015 live stream: How to watch Chargers vs. Raiders online

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Authentic Kyle Lohse Jersey The San Diego Chargers will travel to O.co Coliseum to face the Oakland Raiders on Thursday Night Football, and it’s a matchup that has no implications beyond draft position for each team.

The Chargers are 4-10 and have been eliminated from playoff contention. Their 30-14 win against the Miami Dolphins in Week 15 may have been the team’s last game in San Diego, as the owners eye a potential move to Los Angeles. The Chargers snapped a five-game losing streak, while Danny Woodhead contributed three receiving touchdowns and a rushing touchdown to the win.

Still, the Chargers are one of the worst teams in the NFL this season, and they’ll face a Raiders squad that can’t seem to get out of their own way.

The Seahawks have been on a roll due to some historically good play by Russell Wilson. The QB has been throwing touchdowns at a record pace and the net result has helped Seattle to a 5-0 record ATS aided in part by games against the 49ers, Browns, and Ravens, three of the weaker defenses in the game.

Meanwhile, anyone on the Rams defense who wears a jersey over the number 70 has the potential to turn Wilson’s day into a nightmare. Aaron Donald in particular is playing as well as any other lineman in the game.

If they can figure out a medium-term solution to their decade-long QB woes, they could ride that defense and Todd Gurley for the next five years. The Rams MO always has them playing up to their competition one week and then down the next, so at the very least I expect them to be able to hang within 10 points of Seattle. But I’m a Big Moron so I changed my bet at the last second to Seahawks -13.5.

Thomas has been frustrated that it hasn’t translated to team victories

Elite Youth Ryan O’Reilly Jersey For the season, Thomas is now averaging a career-best 26.6 points over 33.3 minutes per game. Thomas is seventh in the NBA in scoring — sitting ahead of a group that includes Kevin Durant, LeBron James, and Stephen Curry — and second in the Eastern Conference behind only Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan (27.9). Zoom in closer and Thomas ranks third in the league in fourth-quarter scoring, averaging 8.1 points per game in that frame.

He sits behind only Portland’s Damian Lillard (8.2) and Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook (9.8), two players that log more fourth-quarter minutes than Thomas. What’s more, the Celtics own an absurd fourth-quarter offensive rating of 124.5 when Thomas is on the floor (and his fourth-quarter usage rate of 41.5 percent is third behind only Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins at 42.3 percent and Westbrook at 52.2).

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Understandably overshadowed by the offensive exploits of backcourt partner Isaiah Thomas, Bradley’s late-game defense was nearly as spectacular as Thomas’ 44-point outburst. According to the NBA’s player-tracking data, Bradley successfully defended all five shot attempts against him in the fourth quarter and overtime. That included routinely bottling up Conley, who matched Thomas shot-for-shot during one stretch of the fourth quarter.

New Orleans’ defense did come up with a pair of huge turnovers

Brees¡¯ performance was all the more impressive considering Arizona had not allowed a 300-yard passing game to any quarterback all season.

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You can point to the performances of free-agent signings Olivier Vernon, Damon Harrison and Janoris Jenkins as the reason this defense has jumped from league-worst to good-enough-to-beat-anybody in just one year. And there’s some validity there. All three of those guys have played brilliantly, so far justifying the Giants’ decisions to spend whatever it took to get them.
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But it’s more than that, as it must be. The Giants’ defensive turnaround has to do with Collins being in the right position, and having a season under his belt so his head’s not swimming the way it was last season. It has to do with the mindset of someone like Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, the veteran cornerback who lost his job to rookie Eli Apple but stepped in when Jenkins left Sunday’s game due to injury. It has to do with young, untested defensive linemen like Romeo Okwara and Owa Odighizuwa playing better since Pierre-Paul got hurt.

“When your number is called, you can either go down or go up,” Collins said. “And a lot of us have been moving up.”

This kind of thing feeds on itself, and you can see it in a Giants defense that held Dallas to seven points a week ago and Detroit to six Sunday. Manning entered Week 15 ranked 26th in Total QBR and 23rd in yards per attempt, and the Giants still sit at 10-4, one victory away from qualifying for the playoffs for the first time since 2011. They left MetLife Stadium on Sunday afternoon with the knowledge that, if Dallas slips up Sunday night against the Buccaneers, they could still win the NFC East.