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Patriots have historically great odds against Texans

The Patriots are expected to crush the Texans in the AFC divisional playoffs, according to the oddsmakers.

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The Patriots opened as 14.5-point favorites against the Houston Texans in Saturday’s AFC divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium.

The line quickly grew to New England -16 shortly after being posted Sunday afternoon at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, making it one of the four largest playoff point spreads in the past 40 seasons.

New England being favored by more than two touchdowns against Houston in a playoff game is crazy, but considering the matchup, understandable.

Looking past this individual game, the Patriots are the favored team to win the Super Bowl, while the Texans have the worst odds.

Falcons receiver Mohamed Sanu is a Muslim and the child of refugees from Sierra Leone. He knew he’d be asked about the travel ban from Muslim countries imposed by President Donald Trump, but would not answer questions about it.

Super Bowl ticket prices slump after Cowboys’ loss

Super Bowl LI just got a little bit more affordable.

The resale market for tickets to the big game next month in Houston slumped just minutes after the Dallas Cowboys lost to the Green Bay Packers in the divisional playoff round Sunday at AT&T Stadium.

After Antonio Browns Facebook Live video caught Mike Tomlin calling the Patriots a bunch ofholes in the Steelers’ locker room, the Patriots quarterback said that’s a situation that would never happen with the Patriots.

Our team has a policy. We don’t show anything that should be private because [coach Bill Belichick] feels when we are inside our stadium, inside the walls, there has to be a degree of privacy that we have, Brady said Monday on Boston’s WEEI radio. What’s done in the locker room should stay in the locker room.

No, there wasn’t any cussing, but we did get to see what happens inside the walls of the Patriots’ locker room at Gillette Stadium, something Brady said would never happen.

On the plus side, we did get to see a rare smiling Belichick and hear Cheap High Quality Soccer Jerseys part of his postgame speech.

Brady and the Patriots play the Steelers on Sunday in the AFC championship game.

After the Falcons began the season 4-1, they lost two straight to the Seahawks and Cheap Goalie Jerseys Soccer Chargers. Naysayers thought the Falcons would suffer another collapse like the one that cost them a playoff berth last season.

Following a 5-0 start in 2015, the Falcons limped to an 8-8 record and watched their NFC South foes the Panthers roll to a 15-1 mark and a conference championship.

Aaron Rodgers doesn’t seem worried about Packers’ chances without Jordy Nelson

Jordy Nelson has been huge during the Packers’ run the table winning streak, but the team likely will be without the talented receiver in the Divisional Round game against the Cowboys.

The Falcons wide receiver left the game in the fourth quarter with a foot injury and did not return, but coach Dan Quinn says it’s nothing more than an aggravation of a previous injury.

No concern at the moment, Quinn said at his postgame press conference. We’ll have more information on that later. It’ll be sore, but he’s certainly somebody that’s able to battle through it, so I anticipate him being ready to rock next week.

Jones, who logged six receptions for 67 yards and one touchdown before exiting the game, missed two games in December because of a sprained toe. While his injury doesn’t pose an immediate Cheap European Soccer Jerseys threat, it will certainly be monitored at the team’s practices this week.

The Falcons will face either the Dallas Cowboys or Green Bay Packers on Jan. 22 in the NFC championship for a spot in Super Bowl LI.

The 2017 MLB Draft begins at 7 p.m. ET on Monday, June 12, with Rounds 1 and 2. That includes the Competitive Balance Round A, which follows Round 1, and the Competitive Balance Round B after Round 2.

Day 2 of the draft starts at 1 p.m. on June 13 and will include Cheap Full Dye Softball Jerseys Rounds 3-10. The MLB Draft concludes on June 14 with Rounds 11-40, starting at noon.

Skip Bayless goes through stages of fan grief after Cowboys’ playoff loss to Packers

Skip Bayless, at one time a respected journalist, is now a full-blown Cowboys fanboy, so it’s natural that he’d be grief-stricken after watching America’s Team lose Sunday’s NFC divisional playoff game on a last-second field goal.

Now, about that overused e-word … Whether Joe Flacco should be deemed elite for his one Super Bowl MVP run in 2012 has been become a running meme. It also has played out with the two-ringed younger Manning, that you can’t spell Elite without Eli.

That’s on us, too. We forgot a QB can still win Super Bowls in this pass-happy era when he has a strong defense to support him see Peyton Manning last year.

The fact is neither Flacco nor Eli Manning can boast the overall consistency in production Ryan can. Neither has sniffed putting together a season as good as what Ryan is currently doing. It’s a lot more egregious to dub either of them elite than elevating Ryan to that status.

Here’s another a novel concept: Even quarterbacks who are good out of the gate can go through a tough stretch, evolve and emerge as something more dominant. Especially when going through major offensive changes in scheme and personnel.

Ryan had stability with Mike Mularkey early in his career, with the core that included Roddy White Cheap Echl Jerseys and Michael Turner at their best. Then he had a bump-up with Dirk Koetter, with both Julio Jones and Cheap Dog Jerseys Tony Gonzalez in the mix with White. When his line, running game and receivers hit a snag, Atlanta got stuck in a one-dimensional attack, and Ryan got taken down a bit.

PFWA honors Matt Ryan, Khalil Mack as 2016 offensive, defensive MVPs

Matt Ryan received not one, but two huge honors Wednesday ahead of the Atlanta Falcons’ NFC championship against the Green Bay Packers

The Falcons quarterback was named the NFL’s 2016 Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year by the Pro Football Writers of America.

Following that review it is the position of the office that the only charges supported by the video are summary disorderly conduct and summary public drunkenness. Our office will proceed on those charges and barring any additional evidence that is brought forward, we will withdraw the other charges at the appropriate time.

After the Steelers’ playoff win Sunday over the Dolphins, Porter allegedly lifted a doorman off the ground outside a Pittsburgh bar and restaurant, then got into a physical scuffle with a police officer before being arrested on charges of assault, resisting arrest, trespassing and disorderly conduct.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday the Steelers were giving the situation the attention it deserves but no timetable had been set for Porter, who was placed on indefinite leave pending review of the Cheap Bruins Jerseys incident.

Asked how Porter’s coaching responsibilities will be filled as the team prepares for and Cheap Custom Jerseys plays in the Chiefs game on Sunday, Tomlin said, We’re not ready to say he won’t be a part of it.

the defense hinges on the development of young linebackers Denzel Perryman and Jatavis Brown.

None of the fresh talent and clever schemes at the skill positions will matter unless the Vikings fix a line that was a disaster last season. Free agent tackles Riley Reiff and Mike Remmers will play right away and end the revolving door of last year.

Third-round pick Pat Elflein was taken high for a reason, and the Ohio State center will likely find a home fast somewhere on the line. The same likely goes for fifth-round guard Danny Isidora. Veteran guard Alex Boone is healthy, and it helps them if he stays that way. Youngsters like T.J. Clemens and Jeremiah Sirles, pressed into service last year, have windows to make an impression. This line needs all the help it can get.

Much of Los Angeles’s terrible 2016 can be chalked up to bad luck. The defense was mostly average, but a handful of big plays and touchdowns from turnovers led to a skewed scoring performance. There were injuries to key playmakers like Allen and Gordon that prevented the team from winning the shootouts that ensued. All signs point to a regression back to the mean in 2017, which suggests an 8-8 campaign rather than a 5-11 one.

That’s what executives are hoping for after a quiet offseason. Aside from re-signing Ingram, the Chargers took few steps to revamp their defense. Instead, they hunkered down for the final phase of Rivers’ career and gave him more tools to work with — an unassailable red-zone threat in Williams and two of the draft’s top blockers.

From there, the defense hinges on the development of young linebackers Denzel Perryman and Jatavis Brown. The pair, who led the team in tackles last fall, will have three years of NFL experience between them headed Cheap Jerseys MLB With Free Shipping into the upcoming season. A big jump in production from them would go a long way to validate Cheap Jerseys Paypal Free Shipping the team’s quiet year in its lead-up to a Los Angeles premiere.

There are certainly arguments to be made for either side

Sam Bradford is the man, and it’s odd to realize that he’s turning 30 this year and entering his eighth season since going first overall in 2010. He has his offensive coordinator, Pat Shurmur, hired by Mike Zimmer to replace Norv Turner at midseason last year, taking over permanently. He also has a new quarterback coach, Kevin Stefanski, getting a staff promotion. More important, he doesn’t have to do the crash course in their scheme the way he did when he was acquired right after Bridgewater’s devastating training-camp knee injury.

They need to translate numbers (career high in yards and passer rating, career low in interception percentage, NFL record 71.6 completion percentage) into a far more productive offense (23rd in total yards, 29th in yards per play, dead last in rushing and in yards per carry). And they have to do that with several new weapons and a rebuilt offensive line. More? They’re still hoping to find out soon how far Bridgewater is back. For now, the break-glass-in-case-of-emergency quarterback is Case Keenum.

There are certainly arguments to be made for either side. There’s no doubt the 2017 version of this team stacks up to the one that lit the league on fire for nearly 28 points per game. If Keenan Allen can Cheap Golden State Warriors Jerseys stay healthy — no small feat, considering he’s only played nine games the past two seasons — the Chargers will be absolutely loaded with playmakers. What’s more, even with a mostly anonymous offensive line, he may have Cheap Jerseys In US more protection than he did in 2010.

Maybe the tension in the Seahawks locker room isn’t that unusual after all

ESPN pulled back the curtain on the Seattle Seahawks locker room in a feature story by Seth Wickersham last week. That rare peak behind the green door revealed a workplace fraught with tension, in-fighting and told the story of a contentious cornerback, Richard Sherman, whose competitive fire ignited some of those brushfires and almost got him traded.

Zimmer’s first surgery was on Nov. 1, and he had a second operation in late November as the Vikings prepared to take on the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday Night Football. Zimmer remained in the hospital during the Vikings’ 17-15 loss to Dallas, and special teams coordinator Mike Priefer filled in as the interim head coach. Zimmer returned to the field the following week wearing an eye patch.

But the problem wasn’t resolved. Since then, Zimmer has undergone six more surgeries to try and restore vision in his right eye.

Zimmer said he thinks the most recent operation may do the trick and is hopeful it will be the last eye surgery for him, but he doesn’t want to get get ahead of himself.

“I’ve thought that before,” Zimmer said, via ESPN’s Ben Goessling.

It’s great to see Zimmer, a defensive guru, back to work with his team. The Vikings hired Zimmer in 2014, and he led the team to the playoffs in 2015. With him back in the saddle, the Vikings can now shift their full attention to this upcoming season.

Not true, Lynch said: He, new coach Kyle Shanahan and Kaepernick had discussed it all, and all sides knew that either they would cut him, or he would opt out. Lynch had a much bigger fable to deconstruct, though: the Cheap Elite NFL Jerseys recent Sports Illustrated tale of an anonymous 49ers source concluding that Kaepernick actually wasn’t interested in playing anymore. That was reflecting as poorly on the 49ers as it was on Kaepernick, depending on who was Cheap Football Jerseys From China talking about it.

Patriots, Julian Edelman reportedly reach agreement on 2-year extension

Julian Edelman has spent his entire eight-year career with the Patriots and he’ll remain in New England for the forseeable future.

Edelman and the Patriots agreed Thursday on a two-year extension that runs through the 2019 season, ESPN first reported.

“Obviously, the best passing team in the league. Just adding more to the run game,” Peterson said of his responsibilities. “Putting yourself in a position to be more dominant in the run game. It just makes it hard for teams to matchup again. That’s something I’m looking forward to.”

Coincidentally, Peterson and the Saints will travel to Minnesota Week 1 of the regular season to face the Vikings. Peterson will certainly be motivated to show his former home fans he still has gas left in the tank.

The Panthers, entering their third week of OTAs, expect Newton to be fully healthy for the start of training camp in July.

Newton suffered the partially torn rotator cuff against the Chargers in Week 14 last season. Although he didn’t miss any time, the team limited his activity as the season neared a close and Carolina failed to make Where To Find Cheap Jerseys the playoffs one year after falling to the Broncos in Super Bowl 50.

Ouch. That’s quite a burn.

The Jets are already down and out after a few huge roster changes this past week, including Wholesale Cheap Jerseys China releasing linebacker David Harris and shopping receiver Eric Decker around. They also lost Brandon Marshall in the offseason.

After a 5-11 season and finishing last in the AFC East last year, the jab just adds insult to injury. Not cool, Josh.

To the team’s credit, they do have a Ring of Honor that includes legends like Joe Namath, Don Maynard and Curtis Martin.

Johnny Manziel works out with CFL’s Saskatchewan Roughriders, report says

Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel has worked out with the Canadian Football League’s Saskatchewan Roughriders, according to a report by the Hamilton Spectator.

Manziel reportedly met with the Roughriders in Florida before last month’s Senior Cheap International Soccer Jerseys Bowl. However, the workout would violate the CFL’s rules, because the Hamilton Tiger-Cats have negotiating rights over Manziel.

Smith has one year remaining on a two-year contract he signed with the Raiders prior to the 2016 season.

TMZ reported San Francisco police were called to a house in the city early Saturday. It was not known whether officers went to a house Smith owns in San Francisco or another residence in the city. A police spokeswoman told the San Francisco Chronicle that Smith has not been arrested and that he and his accuser are cooperating with investigators.

Smith, 27, hasn’t played in the NFL since 2015 because of a string of off-field issues. He was suspended for the entire 2016 season for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.

Smith filed for reinstatement on Oct. 3 before meeting with commissioner Roger Goodell. His bid was deferred until March. NFL Media reported last week that Smith is expected to be reinstated in March. The report was published before the incident in San Francisco.