Memories of their 34-28 overtime loss to the Patriots in Super Bowl LI are likely to linger for the Falcons for a long time.

But the hurt from the 28-3 lead the Falcons blew to New England last February has risen closest to the surface of their psyche this week with a Super Bowl rematch Sunday night against the Patriots in Foxborough, Mass. having arrived.

Jacksonville possesses multiple units that operate at an elite level. The Jaguars can run the ball with Leonard Fournette behind an overlooked offensive line, and they can rush the passer. Jacksonville leads the NFL with 33 sacks; the next-closest team has 24. They may not be a great team, but in this NFL, the ability to do a couple of things great is good enough. The Jaguars also have outscored opponents by 73 points, the second-best margin in the league. They have a road to 8-4: Chargers, at Browns, at Cardinals, Colts.

Brett Hundley has all the physical tools necessary, and with time and the talented roster around him, he can navigate the offense. Their bye week comes this week, the perfect time to regroup.

What if Hundley can’t adjust? He was awful passing in his first start, throwing for just 87 yards. It’s a team that was 4-6 with Rodgers at one point last season.

Sunday’s delicious late-afternoon matchup between the 10-2 Eagles and 9-3 Rams in Los Angeles is unquestionably the game of Week 14.

“These are the games that you better be ready to go for because they are a great football team,” first-year Rams coach Sean McVay said. “It’s an exciting matchup.”

The Eagles rank first in the NFL in scoring differential (plus-146), and the Rams second (plus-139). The Eagles’ offense is averaging the third-most yards per game (385.1), and Rams’ Cheap Bruins Jerseys the fourth-most (372.7). The Eagles’ defense is allowing the sixth-fewest points per game (17.92), and the Rams’ the seventh-fewest (18.50).

The Eagles appeared to be on cruise control en route to home-field advantage throughout the playoffs until they were tripped up by the Seahawks last week. They are now tied with the Vikings with the best record in the NFC, though Minnesota has the tiebreaker edge at the moment based on strength of schedule.

The Rams lost to the Vikings in Week 11, but they beat the Saints (9-4), so Cheap Basketball Jerseys UK a Rams win Sunday would give them head-to-head tiebreakers over two of the three teams battling fighting for first-round playoff byes.

As for the future of marijuana in the NFL, it’s as cloudy as Britton’s living room during those post-practice smoke-outs.

From Stanford man Richard Sherman on national TV after his team won the NFC Championship “celebrating” with a long, loud, crazed, classless trashing of the receiver he covered, Michael Crabtree, to players scoring and then grabbing at their crotches, to Seattle receiver Doug Baldwin, another Stanford man, choosing the Super Bowl, for crying out loud, to mime an end-zone defecation, then defiantly defending his behavior as meeting his and his teammates’ standards.

The Browns gave Cooper a look last year, but waived him after five games. Now, after three NFL deaths, the 27-year-old finds himself in O-line heaven: Dallas.

Austin was a 5-foot-8 speedster and all-purpose weapon coming out of West Virginia, and the Rams traded up to get him. He immediately established himself as a triple threat — running, receiving and returning — and in 2016, the Rams signed him to a $42 million extension. However, he has yet to have a breakout season — Austin has only one game with 100 or more receiving yards, just five with 100 or more yards from scrimmage. That’s probably why the Rams signed Robert Woods to a five-year, $39 million contract in March.

“There is a police-state mentality in the NFL,” says Jackson.

A retired coach who worked in a state where marijuana is now legal agrees: “As far as the NFL goes, [legalizing pot] is a nonstarter.”

While the league remains intractable, Fettner the sports agent believes that a progressive view will benefit all parties. “NFL testing for marijuana is not doing anybody any favors — including the NFL,” the agent sums up. “It makes them look bad, it makes the players look bad, and it glamorizes marijuana, which is the exact opposite of what you want to be doing. Marijuana has become less of a big deal for everyone — except for the guys who make the rules.”

Patterson, a dynamic receiver and return man out of Tennessee, was the Vikings’ third pick of the first round, and they sent four picks to the Patriots to take him. He scored an Cheap Authentic NFL Jerseys NFL-record 109-yard kickoff return as a rookie and made the Pro Bowl as a return man. However, he lost his starting job to seventh-round pick Charles Johnson the following year as he failed to Cheap Atlanta Braves Jerseys click with new QB Teddy Bridgewater and his numbers dropped.

Whatever happens the rest of the season, it sure appears that Sean McVay can coach.

And it’s not Wade Phillips’s defense that’s doing the heavy lifting, it’s McVay’s offense leading the way.

Before his College Football Playoff performance against Clemson and Georgia, Payne Best Cheap Jerseys From China was a first-round pick. But his play in those two huge games will not go unnoticed. He’d fit perfectly in the Redskins defense and could help keep Preston Smith and Ryan Kerrigan productive.

The Packers don’t have an immediate need at cornerback, but they’ve always valued the position, and Ward is a top-10 talent in this draft class. He can help keep the position a strength and allow the Packers to invest in offensive and defensive line throughout the rest of the draft and free agency.

Arizona is a prime contender to trade up for Josh Rosen (or Baker Mayfield), but if the Cardinals stay put, they’ll likely look to bolster their receiving corps or keep their defense strong. Landry had a down 2017 season but is still a first-round talent.

The Ravens might move on from recent first-round receiver Breshad Perriman this year, and it’s clear they need help at the position. Ridley is a great fit for their offense, and Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome is known for coveting Alabama players in the draft.

Edmonds repeatedly shows an ability to make short and wide elusive maneuvers, keeping a low center of gravity and firing upfield with vision and top-end speed. He has flashed versatility as a third-down running back, and his hip fluidity and body control should translate well to a role as a pass-catcher in the NFL, an area in which he’ll likely have immediate NFL value.

A standout defender for UConn the last three seasons, “Foley” Fatukasi has been tremendously disruptive this season, being used as a nose, three-, and five-technique along the defensive line. For a 300-plus-pound defender, he works in space and on the edge with great control and Buy Cheap Jerseys upfield leverage. He offers outstanding lower-half strength and explosiveness off the snap to win with leverage and put himself in position to punish as a pass rusher.

Despite plenty of college experience, his best football may be ahead of him in the NFL.

Maybe it’s time to accept that this is simply a mediocre team that isn’t likely to develop into anything more formidable.

A third straight non-playoff season would raise more questions among outsiders about Coach John Harbaugh and QB Joe Flacco, but the Ravens are patient and seem fully committed to both.

The Cowboys return from their bye for a busy week in which RB Ezekiel Elliott’s immediate playing status must be clarified and players must find out whether owner Jerry Jones’s stand-or-else mandate for the national anthem will mesh with what the league figures out at the owners’ meetings Tuesday and Wednesday. Oh yeah, there also is a football game to be played Sunday at San Francisco.

Many people see that Thursday’s game should be the tipping point for the NFL to reconsider the games, but then owners also have to consider dollar signs, receiving $1.86 billion from NBC, CBS, Twitter and Amazon over the two-year Thursday night TV and streaming package that ends after this season.

The NFL on Monday defended its replay reversal of Austin Seferian-Jenkins’s TD-turned-fumble, but its case remains unconvincing. It was baffling even to former NFL officiating czars Mike Pereira and Dean Blandino. That’s not saying the Jets would have beaten the Patriots if the Cheap Football Practice Jerseys TD call Cheap Epl Jerseys had stood, as it probably should have. But they would have had a chance.

While Tom Brady is the league’s biggest star and the league’s greatest-ever QB, Aaron Rodgers is probably the NFL’s most indispensable player. And now the Packers have lost him, quite possibly for the season. They don’t have a backup like Jimmy Garoppolo to step in, as the Patriots would have minus Brady. Coach Mike McCarthy is pledging to go with Brett Hundley as the starter, squelching talk that Colin Kaepernick or Tony Romo could get a call. But it’s difficult to imagine the Packers being a factor in the NFC’s Super Bowl chase with the untested Hundley at QB.

The Vikings still need to win to wrap up the No. 2 seed, punching their ticket to a home game in the divisional playoffs.

The Ravens know regardless of what else happens, a win over the Bengals will get them back into the playoffs, a familiar feeling in the Joe Flacco-John Harbaugh era. They will rebound from the off-but-victorious home game against the Colts and build on their 20-0 win in Cincinnati back in Week 1. Baltimore marches on as a very dangerous wild card because of its defense.

They won’t hold back in routing another division foe, as the Bears have a shaky offense that doesn’t match up well against the hosts’ defense. This is a hard end-of-rookie-season assignment for Mitchell Trubisky.

The Steelers won’t be sympathetic about helping the Browns get their first win, as the No. 1 AFC seed is still within reach. Pittsburgh won by only a field goal in Cleveland back in Week 1, but the AFC North rivals have gone in completely different directions before this finale. Expect a bunch of Le’Veon Bell, too much for the Browns.

Put simply, Markelle Fultz is still the best Point Guard prospect since Kyrie Irving. Fultz has a natural ability to change speeds, which doesn’t just make him dangerous in transition, it helps him control the pace of the game. He’s a playmaker with instinctual passing vision. He’s got a hard to beat first step, an impossible to guard spin-move, and can use hesitation to get where he wants, or to get the hesi pull-up jimbo he wants. Traditionally he’s been a good spot-up shooter, good off the dribble, and a good finisher at the rim thanks to his athleticism and body control. If he improves his free-throw shooting, his ability to get to the basket should translate into an ability to get to the line. Oh and he’s got a 6’10” wingspan. Which means he has the potential to be both an above average rebounder at his position and a versatile defender who can switch across two to three positions.

If all that sounds like a bunch of subjective, eye-test, opinion-based, Philly-biased, aggrandizing fluffery to you, let’s dig back into some of his college numbers and highlights, since he’s only got four injury-plagued games to draw from in the pros. Things like playmaking, passing vision, creativity, footwork and handle generally show up a little more readily in the footage than they do the analytics. So let’s start there. Fultz has a lot of ways to get his own shot and a lot of ways to get to the rim and a lot of ways to finish when he’s there. In other words, he’s Cheap MLB Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Supply got a lot of ways to score. Here are a few examples…

The Seahawks were done against the Rams before that game even started.

Russell Wilson is still running around and doing his thing, but the lack of rushing and line support is getting to him. Meanwhile, Seattle’s injury-ravaged defense is no longer holding things together. The Cowboys will control the clock with Ezekiel Elliott while their defense continues to be sparked by Sean Lee and the young secondary. Wilson keeps it close, but Dak Prescott eventually puts it away.

The Patriots haven’t been carried by Tom Brady in recent weeks. The running game and receiving corps have battled through some injury hits, and the defense has scraped to keep things in reach of victory. New England is more gritty than pretty now, which is perfect for this time of year. Tyrod Taylor and LeSean McCoy are hot, but they’ll be cooled off in this rematch.

The Giants found some extra energy against the Eagles, and it will carry over into a good matchup on the road. Drew Stanton is returning for Arizona as starting QB with limited help, while Eli Manning is playing as well as he can to stay in New York’s plans for 2018.

Without Tatum’s immediate contributions, Boston’s offense would struggle more than it has. It’s reasonable and appropriate to expect that some regression still may be coming — the NBA season is much longer than the 29 games Tatum suited up for at Duke.

They currently have the best record in the Eastern Conference while starting a 19-year-old and a 21-year-old, while missing their prized 27-year-old free agency addition, and with a gaggle of younger players on the bench with varying amounts of potential. But the Celtics also will receive the Los Angeles Lakers’ pick this season if it falls between the second and fifth selection. Currently, the Lakers have the second-worst record in the league.

Let’s imagine that the Celtics do get that pick — they just need Los Angeles to not win the lottery, or else it goes to Philadelphia — and can pick between three highly prized centers, Mo Bamba, DeAndre Ayton, and Marvin Bagley. Or they could potentially draft Luka Doncic, the Slovenian wunderkind who would give the Celtics an embarrassment of riches on the wings. This MLB Jerseys Cheap is essentially what the basketball pioneers at Free Darko once imagined: the Wholesale NFL Jerseys Free Shipping game played with five do-everything wings. While a center might be the more traditional pick, especially with the oldest core player being Horford, Doncic would represent the ultimate basketball experiment.

A Montana basketball star is trying to be the rare American Indian player to go from life on a reservation to Division I.

So it shouldn’t be a surprise that Swinney’s staff at Clemson is drenched in crimson, albeit of a decidedly pre-Saban hue. His football administrator (in Swinney’s words, “My national security adviser”) is Woody McCorvey, who was Swinney’s position coach at Bama. Before that, McCorvey worked at Clemson under the school’s other national title-winning head coach, Danny Ford, who, by the way, also played at Alabama, under Bryant.

Clemson special-teams/tight ends coach Danny Pearman, safeties coach Mickey Conn, defensive analyst Lemanski Hall and recruiting coordinator Thad Turnipseed all have ties back to Swinney’s days with the Tide. Only Turnipseed has worked for both Saban and Swinney, winning NFL Jerseys Wholesale two national titles with the former and one with the latter.

“I like to remind Nick that we have a lot of Alabama people at Wholesale NFL Jerseys Nike Clemson, but Clemson has always had a lot of Alabama people,” Swinney said, taking a poke at the guy he spends days on the lake with during the offseason. “And I also remind him that we were all at Alabama long before he was!”

But all of those folks who now make a very nice living in upstate South Carolina might not still have those jobs at all if not for a hire Swinney made six years ago, one that still leaves fans on both sides shaking their heads. In 2011, Swinney’s third full season, the Tigers suffered a legendarily awful 70-33 loss to West Virginia in the Orange Bowl. Barely two weeks later, he hired Brent Venables to be his defensive coordinator. Venables had been on the staff at Oklahoma for 13 years, all but one as defensive coordinator.

The Bulls have been a feel-good story. The NBA’s lottery system is ruining the fun.

Good piece from James Herbert on how Brett Brown uses schoolteacher tactics with the Sixers.

Paul George destroyed the Lakers Wednesday night in OKC’s convincing win. But he’s still tied to L.A. through rumors. As it were, PG-13 and Brian Shaw surrendered their phones to NBA investigators to prove there was no tampering between them. They have a close relationship from time together in Indiana.

This Terrance Ferguson open court dunk was incredible. Also, he hurt his wrist doing it. Welp.

Even more telling about Harris’ attitude for improvement is his humility.

Lamar Miller, RB, Houston Texans: While Alfred Blue had a strong finish to his season — 33.8 PPR fantasy points on 50 touches in his final three games — Miller’s was comparably quiet, as he scored a season-low 3.7 PPR fantasy points on Sunday and totaled 16.5 on 30 touches in his final three games. Miller was started in 59.5 percent of ESPN leagues in Week 17.

T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts: Considering how favorable his matchup was (the Texans entered the week having allowed the fifth-most PPR fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers with 35.6), Hilton’s 4.4 PPR fantasy points on six targets were rather disappointing. After all, he scored a season-high 34.5 points against these Texans in Week 9. Hilton concluded his 2017 season with seven games out of 16 beneath five fantasy points. He badly needs a healthy Andrew Luck back throwing him the football in 2018.

Michael Crabtree, WR, Oakland Raiders: For the second consecutive week, Crabtree fell shy of five PPR fantasy points, with his 3.7 on Sunday representing his 13th-worst single-game total in 125 career contests. He was started in 51.8 percent of ESPN leagues, making him the 20th most-started wide receiver of Week 17.

Here’s him tooting his own horn (koff koff) post-game after that first 36-point-splosion. He fills the time talking about… Mason Plumlee.

Even more impressive about last night’s 36 was that 20 of them came in the first quarter, the best single quarter of scoring by a Denver Nugget since Ty Lawson was in town. His post game interview yet again quickly deflected the credit to his team.

He’s not the best yet, but he’s sure making progress. But that’s G. Oh, yeah… I actually don’t call him “G”, but in addition to all of the above, Gary is a pretty funny Wholesale MLB Jerseys and Nike NFL Jerseys Wholesale thoughtful dude. You can see the same for yourself by checking out his twitter feed. His handle is @thats_g_, in case you thought Old man Olson was trying to get all linguistically hip before he broke one.

Johnny Manziel could soon revive his professional football career in Canada.

The CFL on Thursday announced commissioner Randy Ambrosie will approve a contract for the free agent quarterback to play in 2018 if one can be negotiated with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, who hold Manziel’s rights.

Since last summer, the Canadian Football League has been engaged in a Wholesale NHL Jerseys thorough process to determine the eligibility of Johnny Manziel. This process has been conducted with the cooperation of Mr. Manziel and independent of the team which currently holds his CFL rights, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

It has included an ongoing assessment by an independent expert on the issue of violence against women, a review by legal counsel, and an in-person interview of Mr. Manziel conducted by the Commissioner. As well, Mr. Manziel has been required to meet a number of conditions set by the league.

As a result of this process, the Commissioner has now informed Mr. Manziel and the Tiger-Cats he is prepared to approve a contract for Mr. Manziel should one be negotiated.

A few hours later, thanks to Alabama’s 24-6 bludgeoning of Clemson, it had become a lot more than just a chant. It was a full-blown SEC celebration that will culminate in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game presented by AT&T (8 p.m. ET Jan. 8 on ESPN and ESPN App) with an all-SEC final in the city where the SEC plays its conference championship game every year (Atlanta).

They say the SEC doesn’t dominate any more, but I beg to differ, Alabama center Bradley Bozeman said.

Even SEC executive associate commissioner Mark Womack couldn’t resist NFL Jerseys Authentic as he strolled across the field amid the Alabama confetti falling from the top of the Superdome roof.

I’m trying to figure out how a one-team league has both of the teams playing for the national championship, Womack chortled.

Yep, the collective groan heard around the rest of the college football world late Monday was reminiscent of the one heard at the end of the 2011 season, when Alabama and LSU met in a rematch to decide the BCS National Championship. That game was also in the Big Easy, and it helped pave the way to the College Football Playoff.

The bigger issues are the same ones Detroit failed to adequately address during the offseason the running game and pass rush.

Thanksgiving games in the NFL have seen some memorable moments, but for some reason, the more embarrassing ones seem to stick in our minds, starting with one asinine anti-miracle in the Meadowlands.

The Packers came to Detroit for Thanksgiving in 2011, and in the third quarter, Suh was one rude host of a defensive tackle when he pushed offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith’s head into the artificial turf at Ford Field. He then punctuated the senseless maneuver with a follow-up dead-ball stomp that helped Green Bay finish a touchdown drive.

The Lions have now gone 63 games and counting without fielding a 100-yard rusher. The collective efforts of a running back corps led by Ameer Abdullah aren’t paying dividends, either. Detroit is among the NFL’s worst in average yards per game (78.3) and attempt (3.4).

Besides the lack of a bell-cow rusher, a major reason for the struggles are injuries that have befallen the offensive line ever since the offseason, when left tackle Taylor Decker suffered a torn labrum that forced him to miss Detroit’s first eight games. The same problem has affected the defensive line with starting end Kerry Hyder (Achilles) and tackle Haloti Ngata (biceps) on injured reserve.

“To me, whether you are a player or not a player, you have to know what your fans’ expectations are, because they are the reason you are there,” Steinbrenner said.

This is a throwback to the bad ol’ days of Giants history, to a period younger fans Cheap NFL Jerseys USA have no connection to, and older fans would rather forget. This is 1970s-style dysfunction. It’s Best Place For Cheap Jerseys a crisis the franchise has not had to handle in some four decades.