Uffsides NFL Week 12 preview: Broncos vs. Patriots

The biggest game of the NFL Week 12 slate is the Sunday Night Football showdown between the Broncos and Patriots, as Peyton Manning and Tom Brady face off for the 14th time in their Hall of Fame careers. Matt Ufford and the Uffsides crew preview Week 12’s games and make their picks.

His latest too-little-too-late comeback did little to assuage worries that he won’t be a plus player prior to September 2017 – if then. We know the secondary is outrageously bad, but at some point Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan are going to have to have good games on the same day if they want to win another game this season.

WMU does have to replace its two most disruptive defenders in the front seven; rush end Keion Adams and weakside linebacker Robert Spillane combined for 28.5 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks, five passes defensed, and five forced fumbles. They were a two-man havoc rate.

Still, ends Eric Assoua and Nathan Braster combined for 13.5 TFLs of their own, and linebackers Asantay Brown and Caleb Bailey combined for 17.5. It appears there’s plenty of attacking talent to go around, and that’s before mentioning the five three-star linebackers moving to Kalamazoo this fall.

Poor Ike Taylor took his lumps in man coverage against Calvin Johnson, but he hung tough and freed the rest of his mates to take advantage of Matt Stafford’s non-Megatron mediocrity. Pittsburgh has probably dug themselves too deep a hole to make a realistic playoff push, but with four division games in their final six they aren’t buried yet. If nothing else, the last two weeks have restored some well-deserved Steeler pride.

It only took Fleck until his second season to start getting the offense figured out. WMU improved from 121st in Off. S&P+ his first year to 42nd, 22nd, and 25th, respectively, over his final three years.

The defense, however, took longer. WMU ranked 93rd in Def. S&P+ in 2017, and while there was clear, definitive improvement last year despite turnover, the Broncos were still only 69th.
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Brandon Bate at Turf Show Times charted Clemens’ performance against the Titans, when the Rams fell, 28-21:

As you can see, it was a bit of a roller coaster performance for Clemens. He did display great accuracy at the start of the game, going 5-for-5 in the first quarter of play, and easing the minds of the restless masses. Truth be told, Clemens started his day going 8-for-8 for 85 yards, but an offsides penalty negated a five yard gain on the Rams’ first offensive drive of the 2nd quarter. Do the math. With the aforementioned penalty, Clemens started his day completing his first seven passes. He’d then go on to throw incompletions for the remainder of the first half [6 attempts], which accounted for 11+ minutes of play.
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Be sure to check out SB Nation’s team blogs, Stampede Blue and Turf Show Times, for more analysis and highlights from the game.

Upon arrival at #GronkFest2017, I am handed a beautiful baby pink “Rob Gronkowski Football 101 Women’s Clinic” t-shirt. We are instructed to wear it over any outerwear we have on. Picture 100 women wearing baby pink long-sleeve t-shirts over hoodies and actual coats, looking like lumpy, stale cotton candy. (It’s worse than whatever you’re picturing.) We enrollees had received an email earlier in the week telling us, in big bold letters, “GYM SHOES ARE REQUIRED, DO NOT WEAR HEELS,” so all of the women wore gym clothes. This is probably unfortunate for those ladies who spent the $99 just to see if they could get Gronk’s attention.

Joffrey Lupul Game Jersey The event information promised that “Gronk-tinis” would be served, and I made it my first mission to find out what’s in that drink. I am greatly disappointed to find out that it’s not just four ounces of warm tequila in a martini glass. Raspberry vodka and pomegranate juice? Excuse me bartender, there is no Gronk in my drink. And where is my Percocet-rimmed glass?

How to watch Texans vs. Cardinals 2017 online, TV schedule, radio and more

Don’t blame the defense for Tennessee’s ghastly loss to Jacksonville. The unit allowed a scant 3.8 yards per play and shut down a pair of frisky wideouts in Cecil Shorts and Mike Brown. The Titans had their proverbial Achilles tendons cut by the offense’s four turnovers, and things are starting to look dim on that side of the ball. Ryan Fitzpatrick can turn in a game effort most weeks, but this passing attack will struggle against real defenses and Fitzy can’t count on any consistent support from the game’s most overrated running back.
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More on the matchup: The Panthers and 49ers last met in 2010 at a time when neither team resembled its current iteration. Matt Moore threw two touchdowns in a Panthers win, relying on the leg of long-standing kicker John Kasay to get Carolina over the top, 23-20. Jim Harbaugh’s team is seeing Cam Newton for the first time and has the defensive talent to derail the quarterback. The Panthers will likely turn their attention to the run, but this is the biggest test of the Panthers’ season against a team with a lot to play for in the NFC West.

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The young quarterback sprained his MCL against the New York Giants on Sunday, in a 24-20 loss that dropped Oakland to 3-6. Head coach Dennis Allen acknowledged the knee, which was initially tweaked the week before versus the Pittsburgh Steelers, was a bigger deal than originally thought., per NFL.com.

NFL trade rumors: Pats trade first-, third-round pick for Saints’ Brandin Cooks

The Patriots made yet another curious offseason move on Friday, reportedly trading their first- and third-round picks for Saints wide receiver Brandin Cooks.

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New England, thanks to recent trades bringing in Dwayne Allen and Kony Early, now has no picks in the first two rounds, but still has two thirds, a fourth and two fifth-round picks. New Orleans now has five picks in the first three rounds in this year’s draft, including Nos. 11 and 32 overall.
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Methot grabbed Crosby by the jersey after the whistle and had a few words for the Penguins’ captain before leaving the ice.

His finger is destroyed. It’s shattered, and he’s out for weeks, Senators coach Guy Boucher said.

Ottawa captain Erik Karlsson said it was an unfortunate play, but a play that happens all the time. This one just went bad.

[Crosby] puts his stick in as [Methot] is trying to shoot the puck in, and unfortunately, it hits his finger, Karlsson said. It turns out worse than most other times, plays like that happen all the time, but I don’t think it was intentional or dirty.

Crosby echoed those sentiments saying he wasn’t looking to injure Methot.

I was just trying to get his stick, and I think I caught his finger judging by his reaction and their reaction. I’ve gotten those before. They don’t feel good.

The Spurs, who lacked Kawhi Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge, and Tony Parker due to injury, won by 22.

Last year, the Jaguars were lauded for their free agent moves. Unfortunately, a roster loaded with talent wasn’t enough to overcome Gus Bradley is coaching. The Giants, on the other hand, spent a bundle in free agency to give their defense an injection of talent, and it worked like a charm.

All we are saying here is not to let the excitement of being an armchair general manager cloud your grip on reality.

To further dampen your enthusiasm, we should make one important note about this list. Many of these names, especially the players near the top, will not actually make it to the open market. Good teams don’t make a habit of letting their best players slip away. Players will get the franchise tag or sign a new deal outright before the tampering window opens on March 7.

This is exactly what happened the week of Feb. 27. Teams started applying the tag, so names like Le haveon Bell who made this look like a pretty sweet list are no longer available.

There is owners that is not even around the teams, James said. Owners are just owner of the team because they own the team. It is whatever. What does that make any sense of?

Cleveland is resting of its All-Stars came one week after the Golden State Warriors rested Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green in a nationally televised game against the San Antonio Spurs. The Warriors rested their starters on a tail end of a stretch that included seven of eight games on the road and two cross-country flights.

The Spurs, who lacked Kawhi Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge, and Tony Parker due to injury, won by 22.20

The Rangers have lost six straight home games (0-4-2) since beating Washington 2-1 on Feb. 19.

“I said it this morning and I’m going to say it again. 200 by 85, whether you’re here or in Philly or anywhere else, it’s the same ice surface,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said of his team’s 19-15-3 mark at MSG.

Womens Cameron Erving Jersey “For 30 minutes we were able to play a real strong game. You have to put 60 minutes together. There’s no overthinking about it, it’s just as simple as that.”

Tied 2-2 after two periods, Barkov put the Panthers ahead at 7:23 of the third. Huberdeau entered the zone and sent a pass to Jagr, who passed to Barkov and scored his 19th of the season.
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Zuccarello tied it a little more than four minutes later with his 14th of the season at 11:45.

Trailing 2-0 after the first period, the Panthers tied the game in the second.

While Wotus has interviewed for managing jobs with the Pirates, Dodgers, Mariners, Rays and Nationals only to lose out to other candidates, Meulens is still waiting for his first interview.

“It’s been known that a few of us want to manage,” Meulens said. “[Bochy] has been putting it out there, too. In that sense, it’s a little frustrating not getting interviews. But I’ve got to wait and be patient. You don’t want to take [a job with] any team and be out after two years because you didn’t have the personnel to have a good year.

“Hopefully this will trigger some interviews this offseason. If not, I have a great job. I’m working with some of best hitters in the game on a daily basis, and I love doing that too. It’s been a great run in San Francisco. If things don’t work out, I’m fine where I’m at.”

Browns vs. Chiefs 2016 odds: Kansas City favored to stay unbeaten

The Kansas City Chiefs will try to remain the only team without a loss this season, hosting the Cleveland Browns on Sunday afternoon at Arrowhead Stadium.

The Chiefs come into the week favored by nine points over the Browns with an over/under of 39.5, according to Oddsshark.com. This season Andy Reid and co. are 5-2 against the spread while Cleveland is 3-4.

Every one of the various talking heads at Yahoo! Sports, CBS Sports and ESPN are taking the Niners to win. Even against the spread, experts aren’t giving the Jags much of a chance. Just two of the eight pundits at CBS are betting on Jacksonville to cover.

The Jaguars are winless this season, and the 49ers are surging after some early-season bumps. One team is eying another run to the Super Bowl, and the other a winless season and the first pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Suffice it to say, Jacksonville will have scored the upset of the 2013 season if it can knock off San Francisco on Sunday.
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The highest odds at the No. 1 overall pick are headed to the Brooklyn Nets, who have all but clinched the league’s worst record at 12-54, light years behind the next-worst teams. That pick, though, is headed to Boston, but there are a few competitions that could make for some interesting end-of-the-year tank sessions across the board.
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Carlos Carmona’s red card, Anton Walkes’ own goal and Jeff Larentowicz’s conceded penalty over the last two weeks don’t exactly inspire confidence in Atlanta’s defensive unit. Goalkeeper Alec Kann hasn’t been terrible, but he doesn’t look like more than a Brad Guzan placeholder either.

There’s a lot for Atlanta to work on. There’s a lot to love about the team, too. There’s a big opportunity to show that it can be one of the league’s premier teams in every way — not just in entertainment value for neutrals — on Saturday.

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Selection Sunday bracketology 2017: No. 1 seed debate fires back up after Duke wins ACC Tournament

At the moment, my top line still consists of the Villanova Wildcats (East, virtually assured of the top spot overall after winning both the Big East Tournament and regular season crowns), Kansas Jayhawks (Midwest), North Carolina Tar Heels (South), and Gonzaga Bulldogs (West).

But when I do my final scrub, re-evaluation and reseeding of the field this morning and afternoon, I’m going to do a careful comparison of the ACC Tournament champion Duke Blue Devils profile against those of the Tar Heels and Bulldogs.

The good news for Cantlay even in a loss? He’s now made enough money in just two starts to regain full PGA Tour status for the rest of the 2017 season.

The Tour has been off to a heck of a start in 2017 — and it was probably unrealistic to expect it to keep supplying big names every single week. Off weeks happen, especially when the schedule is as cramped as it is right now for players. The Snake Pit provides one of pro golf’s toughest tests, but the sandwiched date between the fantastic new Mexico Championship and the Arnold Palmer Invitational left the Valspar holding a less than star-studded leaderboard through the weekend.

Here are the full results from Innisbrook. The Tour heads across I-4 next week for the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.

Adam Hadwin already grabbed golf headlines this year with his 59 in Palm Springs, but he wasn’t able to close the deal there — instead finishing second to Hudson Swafford. With his win this week, Hadwin vaults all the way up to fourth in the FedExCup standings, just behind Justin Thomas, Hideki Matsuyama, and Dustin Johnson. Don’t be surprised if he doesn’t fall far off from that pace, either. Hadwin has the talent to be a multiple-time winner on the PGA Tour, possibly even multiple times this season.

Even in a loss, Cantlay was the story of the week — and might be one of the best stories of the year on Tour.20

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