The Cardinals’ offense is off to one of the most impressive starts in NFL history

Youth Devin McCourty Jersey The Cardinals scored 42 more points in a blowout victory over the winless Lions Sunday in Detroit, moving to 4-1 while strengthening their lead in the NFC West. That 4-1 record is impressive by itself, but the way Arizona is blowing teams out through five games matches some of the most impressive team starts in NFL history.

With the win, the Cardinals have now outscored their five opponents by 100 points, one of only nine teams to have managed that feat that since the merger in 1970. In their four wins, Arizona’s average margin of victory has been 25.5 points, or an average score of 42-16.5. Those are some ass whippings.

The Denver Broncos had a chance to extend a similar level of divisional dominance on Sunday, when they made it eight straight wins over the Oakland Raiders. The last time the Raiders beat the Broncos was September 2011, and since then, the Broncos have won 21 of 23 games against AFC West teams, as well as a playoffs victory over the San Diego Chargers in January 2014. Denver won the game, 16-10.
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Before that divisional matchup between the Raiders and Broncos kicked off at 4:25 p.m. ET, there were eight games at 1 p.m. ET, including a high-profile matchup of the Seattle Seahawks and Cincinnati Bengals. After a pair of losses to start the season, the Seahawks earned back-to-back wins to even their record at 2-2, but faced a tall task on the road against the undefeated Bengals.

After four straight losses in the Wild Card round of the postseason, the Bengals have doubters that won’t be shaken until Andy Dalton proves he can take them further, but the fifth-year quarterback is playing at a much higher level than he ever has in his career and leads the NFL in yards per attempt.

The Giants were the 32nd-ranked defense last season. They finished 10th in total defense this season

Game Brandon Tanev Jersey This wasn’t even part of the equation when the Giants’ free-agent haul was graded a B-plus earlier this year by ESPN analysts, which included three former front-office executives. A re-grade probably would net them an A-plus. Just about every move worked out as planned, or better.
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It was the perfect storm, with the right players and just enough money to spend, spend and spend some more. The Giants committed $105.3 million of guaranteed money to their big three signings. They handed out more than $200 million in contracts to insta-fix a defense that desperately needed help.

“I think we did what was necessary to correct the last-ranked defense in the league last year and I think we did a good job,” linebacker and defensive captain Jonathan Casillas said.

The Giants were the 32nd-ranked defense last season. They finished 10th in total defense this season.

A prep standout at regional athletic power DeMatha High – NBA Hall of Famer Adrian Dantley and former Pro Bowl running back Brian Westbrook are among the school’s other notable alumni – in Hyattsville, Maryland, Wake was one of the nation’s top defensive players in his recruiting class. Then, he performed well while playing linebacker and defensive end in college at Penn State.

Wake just knew he was on a straight-line path to having a great NFL career. Why wouldn’t he be? Surely, NFL decision-makers would recognize Wake’s talent. On to the draft, a big contract and the next phase of the grind, Wake figured.

He figured wrong. During the 2005 draft, Wake heard name after named called. He knew those players would get their shot to fulfill a dream. His name wasn’t part of the process. The situation was as unsettling as you can imagine. However, Wake isn’t the type to give up. The undrafted rookie free agent signed with the New York Giants. He was on his way, Wake thought.

2017 World Juniors scores: Sweden takes care of Slovakia with commanding quarterfinal win

While the focus of the 2017 World Junior Championships has been on the likes of Canada and the United States, Sweden has quietly gone about their business in dominant fashion.

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For what it¡¯s worth, the NFL isn¡¯t alone in hating fun.

To those complaining about goal post dunk penalty: You’d really be complaining if the game were delayed 25 minutes to fix the goal post.

The league has said it will review its stance on celebrations this offseason. Perhaps the NFL will make the right call and stop penalizing players for enjoying themselves and being happy about their own success.

Baalke has been with the Niners organization since 2005 when he was the Western region scout. He followed that up with positions as director of player personnel, vice president of player personnel and earned the promotion to general manager in 2011.

His career as an executive also took him to the New York Jets and Washington as a national scout before heading to San Francisco.

There¡¯s a key moment in the game on Saturday that marked the point where the two streaking teams diverged into their current fates. In a highly charged atmosphere, one team couldn¡¯t control itself, and the other channeled its emotions into a win.

Sanchez never made it to Los Angeles with the rest of Cheizaw

Sanchez never made it to Los Angeles with the rest of Cheizaw, though. He was arrested and convicted of armed robbery. The conviction was later overturned, but then that decision was reversed by a higher court. Sanchez served five years.

Sanchez said he’s thankful Kobe supported him by paying for his lawyer and paying for another friend to travel to Philadelphia to testify in court as a character witness. And that he doesn’t hold it against him, that Kobe did not testify on Sanchez’s behalf.

One, the people managing his career didn’t want him besmirching his appeal. This was 1998. Back when athletes didn’t make political statements or say anything that might offend the silent majority. They didn’t talk about things like race or class or violence or crime. If you wanted to be a crossover star, you needed to leave Philly behind.
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And two, the NBA and its corporate sponsors were growing increasingly uncomfortable with anything resembling the inner city, including players. They cringed at Allen Iverson’s cornrows and rap sheet. By 2005, the league would enact a dress code that banned clothes associated with hip-hop culture.

So no, it was not a good look for the league’s youngest superstar, the heir apparent to Michael Jordan as a player and as a corporate shill, to be showing up in a Philadelphia courthouse to vouch for his high school rapper friend who’d been accused of armed robbery.

Limited Mens Robin Ventura Jersey A few years ago, Sanchez saw Kobe when Lower Merion renamed its high school gym after him. Sanchez didn’t have tickets, so he waited outside. When Kobe walked out of the gym, he caught Sanchez’s eye and called out to him, “Hey, Sand.”

Aaron Hernandez identified by witness as triggerman in 2012 double murder

A man who survived a drive-by shooting in 2012 in Boston has identified former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez as the shooter, according to the Associated Press.

Raychides Sanches was asked by prosecutors on Tuesday to describe the scene in Suffolk Superior Court, where Sanches said Hernandez was the shooter, and reportedly nodded in his direction.

He has looked more dynamic than ever, and the fact that he isn’t on the roster is startling.

LB Sean Lee, Dallas Cowboys

Five Cowboys players made the roster as starters, so it’s hard to be too upset about snubs, but Lee might legitimately be the best player on that team. The Cowboys were the first team in the NFL to clinch a playoff spot, and they own just two losses on the season. Lee has been a big part of that success. For how much credit Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott get on offense, Lee has been better on defense.

Lee has totaled 140 tackles on the season and is always around the ball. He can rush the passer, he can tackle any running back, and the only reason he’s not considered the absolute best linebacker in the league is that he’s had a few seasons derailed by injury. This is not one of them.

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Harrison makes the Giants defense work. He’s been instrumental in New York’s late-season success, and he is the reason the rest of the defense has so many standout performers. Olivier Vernon has recorded 8.5 sacks despite being all over the field, and Harrison causing havoc in the backfield is a big part of that. He’s a 350-pound defensive tackle who has 80 tackles. That’s unreal.

Alabama hires Steve Sarkisian as offensive coordinator

Saban announced on Friday that Steve Sarkisian will serve as the Crimson Tide’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He’ll replace the outgoing OC, Lane Kiffin, who was hired as Florida Atlantic’s head coach earlier this week.

Sarkisian had served as an analyst for Alabama this season after being fired by USC at midseason in 2015.

Alabama will have its leading passer (Jalen Hurts, a true freshman) and leading rusher (Damien Harris, sophomore) returning in 2017, as well as star WR Calvin Ridley (a sophomore). WR ArDarius Stewart, a redshirt junior, has not announced his intentions for 2017, but even if he decides to apply for early draft eligiblity, Sarkisian will inherit a young offense loaded with potential. Making an in-house hire to replace Kiffin should provide some welcome offensive stability for those players.

In a preview video released Friday, Fisher — who was fired Monday after five dangerously mediocre seasons with the team — pulled no punches when asked why he was let go.

“He didn’t win enough games, and the organization has a much bigger picture,” Fisher said of himself. “And I don’t think I was ever part of seeing the new stadium.”

Fisher’s jab about “beating the Rams” came in response to being asked what his “perfect scenario” would include if he winds up coaching again.

It’s fair to wonder, though, if that chance will ever arrive. Notched alongside Dan Reeves with an NFL-“best” 165 career losses, Fisher is no sure bet to land another job.

Of course, NFL coaches are recycled at a ridiculous rate. All it takes is another league owner willing to buy what Fisher is selling.

Peterson’s return had been targeted for Week 16 versus the Green Bay Packers.

It’s not the first time Peterson has returned earlier than expected. Clearly, the quick-healing colossus is from a different planet than the rest of us.

Week 15 will come and go without the services of Julio Jones.

the Raiders and Chiefs have played each other 25 times in the regular season in December or January

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Since 1973, the Raiders and Chiefs have played each other 25 times in the regular season in December or January. Only in that 1995 game has the division title been the prize.

The rivalry lived on not only by some notable games between the teams, but through the stories of Bell and others involved. The Chiefs and Raiders over the years have asked former players to speak to the current team before games, and that helps keep the history alive.

“We always have old players come in and talk to us and tell us how violent the games used to be and how physical they used to be,” Raiders quarterback Derek Carr said. “That’s really the main thing that sticks out — how violent and physical the games were. They would always talk about that.”

The last time Philip Rivers played in North Carolina was in 2003 — during his final year at NC State.

“It’s just something I’ll never forget. Here he is still talking to his dad about the game, what happened and what he could have done better.’’

He relished talking about anything but a season that has gone awry at 4-8.

San Diego coach Mike McCoy also seemed to relish taking a trip down memory lane of his time at Carolina instead of a 5-7 season marred by about as many close losses as the Panthers have experienced.

Sunday’s game will be a lot about memories for the head coaches.

Rivera was the linebackers coach at San Diego in 2007 and defensive coordinator from 2008 until 2010. He saw firsthand how badly Rivers wants to win, remembering the disappointment after losing the AFC Championship Game following the 2007 season.