The NFL is in an unprecedented era of innovation. There’s a running back for every situation. Nickel corners are just as important as the two starters on the outside. Changes in the college game are trickling up into the NFL. It’s something Houston Texans coach Bill O’Brien has noticed and it’s changing the way he thinks about tight ends.
You definitely have a feel that these college teams are using their backs in different ways. It’s the same thing with tight ends, O’Brien said. There’s a lot receiving tight ends now.
These guys that are like 6’4, 250 that can run Extremely Cheap Jerseys and catch and smart. There’s a lot more of those now than the typical Y — you know, blockers, 6-8 yard route runner. There’s more of these athletic, almost like power forwards … I see running backs, I see what I call ‘F’ tight ends.
In the second quarter, we saw a growing trend in the NBA, as the Spurs tried to stop the Warrior comeback. San Antonio completely collapsed on Curry at the three-point line, leaving a wide open Zaza Pachulia at the basket. Curry found Pachulia for two easy points.
Within the first two minutes of the second half, the Warriors took their first lead at 59-57. While the Warriors had only scored 17 points in the first quarter, they scored 67 Cheap Utah Jazz Jerseys points in the next two, heading into the fourth quarter up 84-77. They never looked back.
Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson were brilliant as ever for the Warriors but it was the late play of David West that kept the Spurs at bay. He finished the night with 15 points, five assists, and four rebounds, hitting big shot after big shot and finding teammates for open baskets.
Neither team looked particularly good during Sunday’s matchup between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Green Bay Packers. The Eagles were able to pull out a 27-13 win, though the Packers were without Aaron Rodgers and, after the first series, Seneca Wallace. Injuries elevated Scott Tolzien to the starting quarterback position, and though he played surprisingly well, he hardly looked like an NFL MVP.
Though the Eagles were fortunate that the Packers were ailing, fans will still be happy with the win and a first-place standing atop the NFC East with the Dallas Cowboys. The win didn’t go exactly as planned for Philadelphia — the team suffered several key injuries, most notably to Jason Peters — but the team appears to be trending upwards. Mike Kaye at Eagles blog Bleeding Green Nation isn’t questioning the result.
Other teams in contention are the Chicago Bears (5-4), Green Bay Packers (5-4), Philadelphia Eagles (5-5) and the Arizona Cardinals (4-4, currently playing the Texans).
A very important and serious bit of news for the Texans this week is that head coach Gary Kubiak is out of the hospital after collapsing in Houston’s Week 9 game against the Colts. Battle Red Blog updated his status this week, noting that he will not be with the team against Arizona on Sunday:
This is VERY good news that he has Super Cheap Jerseys Fans been cleared to leave after two days of treatment and observation by some of the best medical professionals available in the world. Obviously they are continuing conservative next steps in keeping the coach home this week to fully recover from a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA), more commonly called a “mini-stroke,” which he suffered at half-time of the game against the Colts last Sunday Cheap Authentic NBA Jerseys night at Reliant Stadium.
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Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin has had better months, and things continued to get worse on Monday Night Football when the previously winless Bucs pushed the Dolphins to 4-5.
Down three, Miami did get the ball with about two minutes to go and relatively good field position for a shot to move into field goal territory. But back-to-back sacks resulted in a fourth-and-28 situation, prompting this look from a confused coach who had seen enough:
The Seahawks’ offense had been doing juuuuust enough to get by, but got well in a hurry against Atlanta’s dire defense. Seattle boasts the league’s best pass offense/pass defense combo, which is a strong predictor of Super Bowl success. The question of the moment is whether the addition of Percy Harvin on offense can help balance out the loss of cornerback Brandon Browner. Seattle had best hope so, as it’ll need to thrive against one of the NFL’s toughest closing slates in order to wrap up home-field advantage.
The absence of Aaron Rodgers moved the Packers-Eagles line 10 points, and it turns out that wasn’t near enough. The season’s biggest Fantasy Football Decapitation Strike took out Rodgers while also kneecapping studs Eddie Lacy and Jordy Nelson, and in the real world (with a blizzard of other injuries) this has the Packers on the outside of the playoff picture looking in. The only silver Cheap Authentic NHL Jerseys lining is the solid gold tweet this situation generated, courtesy of the great Jonathan Moxon himself, James Van Der Beek:
I’m not saying the #Packers are Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping desperate, but they just called to ask if I could actually play quarterback.