So here we are, nearing the halfway mark of a National Fickle League season that is more unpredictable than it ever has been.

Remember all the preseason questions for the Patriots about going undefeated? That ended on opening night when Alex Smith Cheap NFL Jerseys China walked into Gillette Stadium and looked more like Tom Brady than Tom Brady.

In this parity-stricken NFL, nothing is certain other than death, taxes and the Browns stinking.

The road to Minneapolis and Super Bowl LII is a long one for the Vikes — six of their last nine games are on the road. But the 4-3 Packers have Brett Hundley playing quarterback and the 3-3 Lions have a two-game losing streak and the Steelers coming to town.

Some might argue that the team should have paid up to do a long-term deal with Cousins in 2016, back when he was first hit with the franchise tag, which would have conceivably allowed them to lock him up for less than he’d cost them now. But at that point, Cousins had been a full-time starter for just one season, and I don’t think he was worth more than the $16 million per year they offered him at the time. I think they were smart to tag him and make him prove he was worth the money. Based on how he’s performed since, I don’t think he’ll be Cheap Authentic Jerseys able to play up to the size of the contract it’d take to keep him in Washington, either via the tag or a long-term agreement.

Cleveland’s new management team all but confirmed in a statement last week the troubled quarterback will be released in early March — as soon as allowed under NFL rules — in the wake of yet another in a string of ugly off-field incidents involving Manziel.
The latest incident — Manziel is being investigated by Dallas police for allegedly beating and kidnapping his ex-girlfriend last week — probably means the former Heisman Trophy winner will have a hard time finding another NFL job, at least this year.

Manziel was thought to be headed to the Cowboys, where owner Jerry Jones has coveted him since the 2014 draft, but even Jones reportedly considers him radioactive in light of recent events.

Not only is Manziel likely to be punished by the NFL, but he also faces possible arrest in Texas and has been in and out of drug rehab. That’s a lot of drama and heartburn for a backup quarterback, which is why Manziel probably can expect a cold shoulder from teams next month.

The Texans had a solid roster desperately lacking a quarterback, and now they have one in Deshaun Watson. They may have to outscore teams, but they have the ability with Watson throwing to De’Andre Hopkins and a healthy Will Fuller. Watson can carry the Texans.

They suffered too many injuries on the defensive line, with J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus set to miss the entire season.

The defending NFC champs limp into their bye week after a loss at home to the Bills.

First-place Buffalo Bills? Of course, just as expected all along. Should they be ranked higher here? Their results say yes, with Basketball Jerseys Cheap consecutive victories over the Broncos and Falcons and their lone defeat coming to the Panthers. But let’s wait just a little bit longer and make the Bills prove it just a little bit more. They are, after all, the Bills.

They already are without pass rusher Vic Beasley, sidelined by a hamstring injury since Week 2, and now standout WR Julio Jones has a hip flexor injury, although he reportedly is not expected to miss any games.

Smith displayed his high-end burst, vision and tackling ability in the College Football Playoff, and he fits what NFL teams covet at inside linebacker. But NFL teams also are hesitant to draft off-ball linebackers too early. Smith could make himself a more likely top-15 pick if he tests well at the Combine.

The Lions have put off running back for too long, and it’s time to take some of the load off Matthew Stafford’s arm. Guice can be a feature back who can shift Theo Riddick and Ameer Abdullah into situational play.

Buffalo is a strong contender to move up in the draft for a quarterback (packaging its two first-round picks this year and one more next year) with Josh Rosen in reach if the Giants want to move down. If the Bills stay put, look for them to build their offense further. McGlinchey is a plug-and-play starter at tackle or guard.

Another relationship Brady has been asked about is the one he has with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who famously handed the quarterback a four-game ban to start this season for his alleged role in Deflategate. It was inevitable that the subject would come up again Monday, given that Goodell may be forced to hand Brady the Lombardi trophy if the Patriots win the Super Bowl.

For the Vikings, it’s been 41 years since their last of four appearances over an eight-year period from 1969-76. The Jaguars have lost in both of their previous conference championship appearances (1996 and ’99), so an upset win in New England would send them to the first Super Bowl in their 22-year Best Quality Cheap Jerseys history.

The ugliest part of the night for the Eagles came on the offensive side of the ball from LeGarrette Blount.

The former Patriots running back fizzled out against the Bills, gaining just 8 yards on five carries. The ugly part is that Blount actually had 8 yards on one of his carries, which means he gained 0 yards on the other four.

It’s a good thing for Blake Bortles that Jaguars fans aren’t making the starting quarterback decision, because he’d likely be spending the season on the bench.

Things got so bad Thursday that fans actually started booing Bortles. In the first half. Of a preseason game.

Robert Alford and Desmond Trufant are the difference for the Falcons right now. Not only were they (particularly Trufant) all over the Rams receivers on Saturday, but the secondary as a whole tackled like a pack of wild … like a pack of … like a pack of wild tacklers. L.A. wideouts couldn’t generate any catch-and-runs, while the pass rush made Jared Goff uncomfortable repeatedly in the first half.

That was the best game Atlanta’s defense has played all season, though it was of a piece with this team’s performances since an early-December surge. Including the win in Los Angeles, the Falcons have allowed 16.3 points per game since the beginning of that month.

If there’s a game like last [Sunday’s Minneapolis Miracle], or even close, or even a game like Philly-Atlanta with a big ending, we’re on right afterwards. We’re right after the game. The old ‘Primetime’s used to be at 7:30 [p.m. ET] on Sunday night. The late game was just over. It wasn’t like, ‘OK, we’ve got five hours to tidy up and now let’s present a show.’ So this is kind of the old rules, if you will.

As things now stand, the Cowboys won’t have Elliott in the Cheap Dri Fit Jerseys lineup when they resume play. But Elliott’s legal representatives Cheap Flag Football Jerseys have another chance to try to get the suspension placed on hold.

Ravens receiver Jeremy Maclin left Baltimore’s 27-10 win over the Browns early with a knee injury.

Jaguars receiver Marqise Lee left Sunday’s blowout win over the Texans with an ankle injury.

Giants safety Landon Collins was unable to finish New York’s 34-29 loss to the Eagles because of an ankle injury.

Packers receiver Davante Adams was knocked from Green Bay’s 31-24 loss to the Panthers with a concussion after an illegal crackback block by Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis.

Cardinals receiver Brittan Golden fractured his arm during Arizona’s 20-15 loss in Washington.

Steelers receiver Antonio Brown left Sunday’s 27-24 loss to the Patriots in the second quarter with a calf injury and could miss the remainder of the regular season.

Star offensive linemen were injured in Sunday night’s Cowboys-Raiders game. Dallas’ Tyron Smith (knee sprain) and Oakland’s Donald Penn (foot) were ruled out of a 20-17 Cowboys win.

Injuries: Titans RB DeMarco Murray was ruled out again with a sprained knee. The Patriots’ issues seem to run a bit deeper. RBs James White (ankle) and Rex Burkhead (knee) missed the final two games of the regular season and are both listed as questionable. RB Mike Gillislee (knee) is also up in the air after missing most of the season’s second half, but WR Chris Hogan (shoulder) was removed from the injury report and could play for just the second time since Week 8. TE Rob Gronkowski, who missed last year’s Super Bowl march, is full speed ahead.

Patriot nay? This game almost feels like a sidebar given the drama that’s enveloped New England in the wake of ESPN’s explosive report alleging dysfunction among owner Robert Kraft, head coach Bill Belichick and QB Tom Brady in recent months. Spygate didn’t keep the Patriots from going 16-0 in the regular season or reaching the Super Bowl in 2007, and Deflategate didn’t derail their bid for a fourth championship during the 2014 playoffs (or a fifth in 2016 when Brady finally served his four-game suspension). Maybe New England now has its latest rallying cry, but this feels a bit different giving the divisive forces are allegedly internal this time around (though the Patriots have predictably tried to shoot down any notion of organizational strife).

Brady hunch: The ESPN story also floated the notion that Brady’s long-awaited decline may have begun. The 40-year-old’s case as the Nike NFL Jerseys Wholesale greatest quarterback in NFL history is essentially airtight at this point. But he NFL Jerseys Outlet didn’t look like himself in December, when his less-than-stellar play (6 TDs, 5 INTs, 81.6 QB rating) may have cost him a third league MVP award.

The Cardinals are going away from the Blaine Gabbert experiment and back to Drew Stanton.

The hot-and-cold Jay Cutler has been a far cry from the steadier Ryan Tannehill, who often had a lower ceiling but a higher floor. Cutler, however, has proved he should stick around; he’s a better backup option for Adam Gase than Matt More.

That’s a good indication the QB who can replace Carson Palmer and help the team back to relevancy in the NFC West isn’t on the roster.

Derek Carr’s season has been all about reined-in disappointment as he continues to receive little help from Amari Cooper and new offensive coordinator Todd Downing. Marshawn Lynch has turned out to be the brighest spot in the offense.

The Niners are writing a tale of two teams and seasons. The way Jimmy Garoppolo and the young defense are playing now is a good sign for the team’s near future under Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch.

We are now halfway through his fourth season in the NBA, and Wiggins has played over 10,000 minutes. The Wolves committed to him over the summer in the form of a five year, max contract extension that kicks in next season. Which is to say he’s going to have plenty of rope, because in the NBA, rope is often made out of dollars.

But the truth is, as we approach his 23rd birthday, Andrew Wiggins is nowhere near stardom. There are way too many holes in his game, some of which show no signs of closing, and there must now be serious doubt about what he will become. He remains remarkably capable of disappearing from long stretches of games. The mythical “future” is no longer that far ahead of us, and the excuses are running out.

Before they do, however, it is worth noting that Wiggins has had three NBA coaches in his three-and-a-half seasons as a pro, and the way he’s been used has changed multiple times in a relatively short period. As a rookie under the sorely missed Flip Saunders and a second year player under Sam Mitchell, Wiggins spent a lot of time in the mid-post, getting entry passes and attacking the rim in one or two dribbles. This was a relatively effective approach MLB Baseball Jerseys to point getting, as his sophomore season featured career highs in Nike NFL Jerseys Supply True Shooting percentage and free throw rate.

In an instant, he turned the energy of the room up to 11 and got the coaches to start chattering.

The four head coaches of the College Football Playoff came blowing into the room like four men in a mighty big hurry, because they were, well, four men in a mighty big hurry. A few days earlier, three of them had won conference championships, and all four of them had celebrated their invitations to college football’s final four. The days between then and Dec. 7, barely an hour away from the start of the College Football Awards in Atlanta, had been spent jetting around the recruiting trail ahead of a new early signing period.

Nick Saban of Alabama, Kirby Smart of Georgia and Lincoln Riley of Oklahoma were corralled into a tiny conference room above the lobby of the College Football Hall of Fame and were told to relax and enjoy some finger foods before they were escorted downstairs to walk the red carpet. They smiled somewhat awkwardly, shook hands and commenced to fumbling around with sliders and shrimp on a stick in a little bit of silence.

How? With one quick question: “Lincoln Riley, congrats on a great year, man! Tell me, how’s my man Ruffin McNeill doing? I used to see him all the time on the road when I was recruiting back in the day. I’m still mad at you guys for stealing a couple from us down there in eastern North Carolina.”

The pick’s origin story traces to the Los Angeles Lakers. In 2012, the Lakers traded two future first-round picks and two future second-round picks to the Phoenix Suns in a sign-and-trade for Steve Nash. L.A. paid Nash $27 million over three years for 65 games of work. Welp.

One of those future firsts that went to Phoenix was protected in the top five in 2015, protected in the top three in 2016 and 2017, and unprotected in 2018. As it turns out, the Lakers have been dreadful over the past four years. So the Lakers kept that pick in 2015, 2016, and 2017.

But the Suns didn’t wait on it to transfer. At the 2015 trade deadline, Phoenix sent the pick to the Sixers in a three-team trade to land Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Brandon Knight, who was months away from being a restricted free agent. The Suns signed Knight to a five-year, $70 million contract that summer. Knight’s in the third year of that deal. He started just five games Wholesale NFL Jerseys last year and hasn’t played a single second this season due to a torn ACL.

He is already starting to differentiate himself in another noticeable way.

Latavius Murray, RB, Minnesota Vikings: His 24.4 PPR and 23.4 non-PPR fantasy points Sunday represented season highs for him in both formats. They were also his third- and second-best single-game efforts in his career. Murray finished the season with three straight games of 20-plus carries, and grand totals of 116.8 and 107.8 fantasy points in his final eight games, both of which will likely rank among the top 10 running backs.

Golden Tate, WR, Detroit Lions: His 25.4 PPR fantasy points on Sunday were second most among wide receivers from the 1 p.m. ET games, and represented a season high, as well as his fifth game of at least 20 in 2017. Tate was started in 70.6 percent of ESPN leagues, 13th-highest among wide receivers in Week 17.

Keenan Allen, WR, Los Angeles Chargers: The highest-scoring player from the 4 p.m. ET games, Allen’s 34.3 PPR fantasy points were his second most in 2017, behind only his 40.2 in Week 11. With it, he scored 183.4 points in his final eight games, most among wide receivers in the season’s second half (Weeks 10-17). Allen finished the season with 284.2 PPR and 182.2 non-PPR fantasy points, both easily new career bests, exceeding his 219.6 and 148.6 of his 2013 rookie season.

Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans Saints: What a way to cap an outstanding rookie campaign. Kamara scored 30.8 PPR fantasy points and 24.8 in non-PPR scoring on Sunday, marking the third time he reached the 30-point PPR plateau. It gave him 320.4 PPR fantasy points for the season, the fifth-highest total by any rookie running back in history. Here are the top 10:

Thompson moved to a senior adviser role in the front office two days after the season ended with a 35-11 loss at Detroit.

Gutekunst didn’t follow his father’s advice to stay out of football entirely.

“I think looking back at it right now, the coaching business is so volatile, and moving your family every two to three years Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap is a tough deal,” he said. “We’ve had a lot of stability here, and I feel very thankful for that, for me and my family.”

The Packers plan to stick with a “draft-and-develop” philosophy New Nike NFL Jerseys as the roster-building foundation, though Gutekunst has also indicated he might be more open to making additions through trades and free agency as well.

Dickson announced last week he was entering the 2018 NFL Draft.

Wadley, a 5-11, 195-pound New Jersey native, ran for 1,109 yards and 10 touchdowns this season. He’s also a reliable receiver out of the backfield with 26 catches for Hockey Jerseys Cheap 329 yards and three scores this season. He had 69 receptions for 737 yards and seven touchdowns over his career to go with 2,872 rushing yards and 28 touchdowns. His ability as a return man should help Wadley hear his name called at some point during the draft.

Michael Dickson, P, Texas — He won the Ray Guy Award as a junior and punted 11 times with a 41.1-yard average on Wednesday. But more impressively, Dickson dropped seven punts inside the 10, with 10 inside the 15, and did not have a single touchback. The Australian native, who had an average better than 48 yards per punt this season, had perhaps the best day of an NFL Draft prospect and was named MVP of the Texas Bowl.

Drew Lock, QB, Missouri — Lock, who could decide to enter the draft despite a poor grade from the NFL Draft Advisory Board, had a tough go of it on Wednesday. Lock, who threw for nearly 3,700 yards during the regular season and led the nation with 43 touchdown passes, had only 233 passing yards with one touchdown and an interception against Texas. He was 16 of 30, though was the victim of a few drops. While Lock struggled on Wednesday, he did make a perfect throw to hit sophomore receiver Johnathon Johnson in stride for a 79-yard touchdown.

Caris LeVert, Brooklyn Nets (31.6 percent): It’s fun to leverage LeVert’s valuable positional eligibility, as he’s available at shooting guard and both forward spots. Playing some point guard of late given Brooklyn’s decimated depth chart at the position, LeVert has averaged a rewarding 5.3 assists over the past 12 games to go with respectable scoring (14.7 PPG) and shooting metrics (1.6 3PG). The Nets love to push the pace, so there is real upside in securing a key distributor on such a scheme.

Markieff Morris, Washington Wizards (27.4 percent): There have been sustained stretches when Morris has been a top-30 fantasy option — not just at his position, but overall. This stretch forward can get white hot from beyond the arc at times. It’s unclear if we’re witnessing the beginning of a scoring bender, but Morris has hit half of his 3-point attempts over the past seven starts Cheap Jerseys and is an interesting streaming target for those in need of some upside in the frontcourt.

Ersan Ilyasova, Atlanta Hawks (18.1 percent): A classic stretch forward who relies on perimeter scoring and defensive rebounding, Ilyasova is enjoying quality usage for Atlanta of late. Over the past seven games, the veteran forward has averaged 15 PPG, 6.1 RPG and 1.9 3PG.

The Yankees’ gain, unfortunately, comes at the Marlins’ expense.

Stanton’s departure — coupled with the Dee Gordon trade earlier in the week — dramatically lowers their lineup potency. This offense that ranked 11th in runs per game last season (4.80) could now plummet into the bottom 10, or worse yet, the bottom five. It’s bad news from an RBIs and runs scored perspective for important fantasy names like Marcell Ozuna, Christian Yelich, Justin Bour and Castro.

Castro’s fantasy value suffers most, as the move to Marlins Park significantly decreases his power potential as well. In the past two seasons combined, he hit 25 of his 37 home runs at Yankee Stadium. He moves down 14 spots in my rankings overall, behind Jose Peraza, to become my No. 18 second baseman as a result.

As he has done for 14 seasons through good and bad times, Manning stood in front of his locker at team headquarters to take questions after the news surfaced. Although demotions and business decisions are a way of life in the NFL, one couldn’t help but cringe when listening to a heartbroken Manning fight back tears while answering questions.

“Anybody who says they’re not surprised by his 3-point shooting based on what he did in college is lying,” Van Gundy said. “I mean, if there’s somebody who said, ‘Oh, look, I knew he’d knock down 50 percent of his 3’s,’ even though he made 32 percent of them from the college line, they’re lying. And I’m sure there’s somebody saying that, that they knew, but they’re lying. But everything else was there — his ability to put the ball on the floor and get shots. He’s got a real poise to him.”

The 19-year-old Tatum continued his impossibly accurate Basketball Jerseys Cheap long-distance shooting on Sunday night in Detroit, connecting on three of the five triples he attempted. Those makes included a 3-pointer with 1 Cheap NFL Jerseys minute, 55 seconds remaining that essentially secured Boston’s 91-81 triumph at Little Caesars Arena.

Redskins’ injury woes only worsen during loss to Cowboys

The Washington Redskins entered Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys with a high number of injuries.

And then it got worse.

The Clippers never trailed in the first half after Gallinari hit two free throws for a 14-13 lead. Portland’s shooting problems were part of the issue, as the Blazers hit just 10 of their first 35 shots.

“Put this loss on me,” Ball said. “We were coming back. Two dumb plays by me, and they got up.”

Ball, the Lakers’ No. 2 overall pick, was held to 9 points, 4 assists, 2 rebounds, 2 steals and 5 turnovers. It was the first time this season that Ball failed to post at least 7 rebounds in a game.

“I only had four carries this game,” Forte said. “I don’t think we ran the ball enough with this weather being the way it was.”

It was a season low in carries for Forte, who finished with only 7 yards. The Jets (3-5) ran 22 times, compared to 36 dropbacks for quarterback Josh McCown, who passed Cheap Knicks Jerseys for 257 yards and two touchdowns.

The Detroit bench played a key role in the comeback, getting huge contributions from guard Ish Smith, big Anthony Tolliver, and wing Reggie Bullock. Overall, the Warriors’ bench was Cheap Lebron Jerseys outscored by the Pistons’ bench 31-19.