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Dean Blandino will be leaving the NFL in order to take a job on television, according to reports.

Ogunbowale finished his Badgers career with 319 carries for 1,518 yards (4.8-yard average) and 13 touchdowns, plus 60 receptions for 507 yards and two scores. He displayed explosiveness out of the backfield late in his senior year; he averaged 12.8 yards per catch vs. Iowa and 20.7 yards against Purdue.

His work during the week leading up to the East-West Shrine Game also turned heads.

Ogunbowale projects well as a third-down back initially who can grow into a larger role in the NFL. He showed with the Badgers he can be a good blocker, and if he adds size to his 5-11, 205-pound frame, his role in the league could also expand.

The Cardinals probably will go quarterback in the second round and could go cornerback here, but Howard is just too good to pass up here. He has a skill set like Carolina’s Greg Olsen and adding him would give the Cardinals a potential Pro Bowler and immediate upgrade.

The Packers would consider a corner like Alabama’s Marlon Humphrey, Ohio Kids Football Jerseys Cheap State’s Gareon Conley or LSU’s Tre-Davious White here, but Peppers is a superb athlete Cheap Full Dye Softball Jerseys who would give the Packers a Swiss Army knife. Peppers could be used as a safety, a nickel linebacker, over a slot receiver and as a return specialist. He also would help the Packers overcome the loss of Micah Hyde and might even be an upgrade over Hyde.

Before the biggest game of the season, the Chiefs star receiver got in trouble with the law.

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe was arrested on Sunday night for possession of marijuana after being pulled over for speeding, according to Arrowhead Pride.

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More on the matchup: Although there have been ups and downs for both teams this season, the Saints and Cowboys have positioned themselves well for a strong second-half run and a return to the playoffs. Both teams sit atop their divisions, with the Saints also in contention for the No. 1 seed in the NFC.

Dallas and New Orleans are improved defensively from last season, but the offense is the headline act for both teams. Dallas will enter the game fourth in the NFL in scoring, while New Orleans isn’t far behind at No. 7. Drew Brees and Tony Romo will get a lot of the attention on Sunday night, with a good chance of a shootout if the defenses can’t keep up. Either way, the game won’t lack star power, and the winner could have a leg up on potential playoff seeding with head-to-head results being one of the top tiebreakers.

Now, the question is suddenly whether or not Marc Trestman and the Bears can win with Cutler at all. Chicago is 4-4 with Jay Cutler as the starter, and 1-0 with McCown (though, to be fair, that win came against the Packers as they lost Rodgers to a collarbone injury).

Cutler returned last week against the Lions, and the Bears lost, 21-19. Rounding out the AFC South injuries was a broken thumb for Colts offensive lineman Mike McGlynn. While Cheap Nike Jerseys he is expected to get a cast and be listed as day-to-day, a short week for Indianapolis before their Thursday Cheap NFL Jerseys Usa night matchup against the Titans could force the Colts to rely on Joe Reitz or Khaled Holmes to fill in for McGlynn.

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Jake Locker could make his return this week when the Tennessee Titans host the San Francisco 49ers. Head coach Mike Munchak said Friday that a decision will be made Saturday Cheap Original Soccer Jerseys whether to start Locker or Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback.

Locker was able to return to practice this week after missing the Titans’ last two games with a hip injury he suffered in Week 4 against the New York Jets. Projections had the quarterback returning after the team’s bye next week, but Locker has reportedly progressed well enough to potentially take over for Fitzpatrick sooner than expected. Munchak confirmed that Locker took more reps than Fitzpatrick in practice Friday.

Spiller has played through an ankle injury in the Bills’ past two games but remains questionable on the team’s official injury list. All indications are that Spiller will suit up today, but with or without an injury to the playmaker, Buffalo will continue to platoon at RB with Fred Jackson.

Locker suffered an injury to his right hip and knee in Tennessee’s Week 4 win over the New York Jets and has missed the past two games as a result. It was thought that Locker might miss a month or more while recovering, but the Titans’ QB has participated in practice this week and appears to be a game-time decision for this afternoon’s contest with San Francisco. If Locker — who had been having a breakout season prior to the injury — is unable to play today, Ryan Fitzpatrick would get the starting nod for the third consecutive week.

In my opinion, Smith has been, hands down, our best CB this season. And he’s done Cheap Old Basketball Jerseys his job quietly, it seems. If he keeps up this kind of play, he should surely get selected to the Pro Bowl this year. Let’s take a look at the numbers, because numbers are good. Our boys over at Pro Football Focus have Smith graded at a 7.7, which is good for the 5th best grade at the CB position. Through the first six games this year, QB’s have a 41.3 QB rating when throwing Smith’s way, which is also good for 5th best in the league (for guys that have played at least 112 snaps).

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Vick nearly lost his job as starter when Nick Foles played like an Oregon QB would against San Western State Tech, but then he played pretty terribly against the Cowboys and suffered a concussion. He was replaced by Matt Barkley, who may or may not be the worst employed quarterback Cheap Pittsburgh Penguins Jerseys in the NFL right now. Vick is back to being the unquestioned starter (if healthy,) but it now seems logical that Chip Kelly will draft his franchise quarterback next April.

I’ve heard rumors that there is a guy at Oregon who is pretty good.

We now enter Week 8 of the 2013 NFL season, and … wait. The season is almost halfway over already? Where did the time go? We barely had a chance to say goodbye to our loved ones.

Anyway, there are only 13 games on the schedule this week with six teams on bye. It’s not an inspiring slate of games, to say the least, but we only have so much football left to watch. You never know what you have until it’s gone, unless you’re a Buccaneers fan. Welcome to the Watchability Index (Rating of “1” being the least watchable, and “5” a must-watch game).

Outside of the Saints, the NFC South is a dumpster fire this year, but the Panthers have a chance to turn that around with another win. The Bucs are just hoping to Cheap Patriots Jerseys avoid another MRSA breakout in the locker room at this point. Please don’t ruin Doug Martin, Greg Schiano.

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Throwing yourself fully into the NFL has been a war of the head vs. the heart for several years now, but rarely is the dichotomy wrapped and presented as neatly as it was in Sunday’s Week 7 matchup between the Bears and Redskins. Over the course of four quarters, Washington and Chicago reminded you, modern football fan, about everything that makes us hate the game we love so much.

From an entertainment standpoint, Bears-Redskins was about Cheap Queensland Jerseys as good as it gets. It was all there: a pair of unstoppable offenses, multiple massive swings in momentum, breakout performances on each side and a fourth quarter finish packed with the type of down-to-the-wire drama that makes the sport undeniable. In the end, the two teams combined for 49 first downs, 858 yards and 86 points. Washington took home a 45-41 victory and the Bears left bruised, broken and defeated in more ways than one.

Garcia would be a familiar face with experience in Cleveland having played for the Browns in 2004. During that campaign, Garcia started 10 of 11 games and threw for 1,731 yards, 10 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He also added two scores on the ground. The veteran was released by the Browns after the season and signed a one-year deal with the Lions in 2005.

The Browns currently have Brandon Weeden (0-4 as starter) and Jason Campbell at quarterback. Garcia has served as a host and analyst for NFL Network’s NFLAM this season. He also prepared JaMarcus Russell for his failed comeback attempt this summer.

The second year running back out of Boise State has been impressive to say the least for Tampa Bay throughout his short career. Martin had racked up 522 yards of total offense this season and last year finished fifth in rushing yards with 1,454, only behind Adrian Peterson, Alfred Morris, Marshawn Lynch and Jamaal Charles.

With Martin now on the shelf for an extended period of time, the Buccaneers Cheap Quality Jerseys will either have to turn for help outside the organization or give the bulk of the carries to Mike James, a rookie and sixth round draft pick out of Miami (FL) University.

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The New York Giants finally picked up their first ATS cover of the year last week, but are still 0-6 SU and 1-5 ATS on the season.

Hosting the struggling Minnesota Vikings on Monday night, the Giants Cheap Retro NBA Jerseys were a 3.5-point home favorite this morning at most sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

As of Monday morning, more than 63 per cent of the betting consensus was on the Giants and almost the same percentage was betting OVER 47.5. On the season, these teams have combined for a 9-2 record favoring the OVER, which makes it very curious why the picks computer is predicting a low-scoring game (19-9 Vikes).

After four straight blowout losses, the New York Giants finally showed a pulse last Thursday night on the road against the Chicago Bears. The Giants eventually lost 27-21, but covered the spread as a 9.5-point road underdog.

While New York has struggled on both sides of the ball, the defense has been consistently bad, allowing a league-worst 34.8 points per game.

The Chiefs have beaten one team this season with a winning record. One. That was a 17-16 win over the Dallas Cowboys back in Week 2. There, the record caveat is out of the way. Now we can get down to business and recognize facts: Kansas City is 7-0, the only undefeated team in the NFL. Strength of schedule or not, that’s an impressive record in a league known for its parity.

The offense is averaging 24.1 points per game, strictly middle of the road, ranked 13th overall. The defense has been suffocating opponents, a good sign for a schedule that’s lacked playoff-caliber teams, to the tune of just 11.6 points per game. No team has scored more than 17 points against the Chiefs.

Clearly the model here is the 2000 Ravens, a team that won the Super Bowl scoring an average of just 20.8 points per game, while allowing only 10.5 points per game during the regular season. The 2008 Steelers, also Super Bowl champs, were the last team that had an offense ranked Cheap Replica Jerseys outside the top 10 in points per game (21.7 PPG, 20th) and held opponents to a league-best 13.9 points per game.

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There’s no question Janoris Jenkins was over-matched against Steve Smith. The second-year corner is talented, but fell to quick-twitch moves at the line of scrimmage that young defensive backs tend to struggle with. If Cortland Finnegan played, this could have been a different story (or a very similar one). However, most the blame goes to the Rams’ defensive coaching staff.

Jenkins’ inability to cover Smith was endemic. No adjustments Cheap Soccer Jerseys From China were made to either rotate defensive backs or put a safety over the top to help him. The Rams allowed Carolina to dictate the tone by over-committing to stop the running game by playing a safety in the box, putting Jenkins on an island.

“A total lack of discretion and wisdom on the decision to put Josh Freeman in,” Dilfer said.

Freeman didn’t get much help from the running game or his offensive line, but even when he he had time to throw, he didn’t look anything like a franchise quarterback. He completed 20-of-53 for 193 yards and an interception. As bad as those numbers are, they are inflated by Minnesota’s final drive. With New York playing prevent defense, Freeman completed 4-of-7 passes for 28 yards. Take that series Cheap Rugby Jerseys New Zealand away and a 22-yard dumpoff to Adrian Peterson earlier in the game and Freeman completed 15-of-45 passes for 143 yards.

While not all 33 incompletions were his fault, but he was far from accurate and sailed several passes over the heads of his receivers. He threw an interception deep in New York territory and took a sack during the third quarter that knocked the Vikings out of field goal range when the game was still within reach.

Freeman averaged 3.6 yards per attempt, becoming the 10th player since 1960 to attempt 45 or more passes, but average less than 3.75 yards per attempt. New York appeared set on slowing Peterson and forcing Freeman to win the game for Minnesota. Even when New York put nine defenders in the box, Freeman was unable to take advantage.

If Freeman and the Vikings are looking for a silver lining, his Minnesota career will likely only go up from here.

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The New England Patriots are ready to sign defensive end Andre Carter, according to Josina Anderson.

New England is desperate to add some playmaking ability on the defensive side of the ball after watching Vince Wilfork and Jerod Mayo get placed on injured reserve in the past month, and Carter could provide it. Carter, 34, has played for four different teams including the Patriots for one season back in 2011.

During that campaign, Carter amassed 10 sacks and 52 tackles Cheap Stitched Jerseys in 14 games. In 2007 and 2009, Carter racked up 10.5 and 11 sacks respectively for the Washington Redskins. His best season was in 2002 for the San Francisco 49ers, when he had 12.5 sacks.

The former University of California star last played in 2012 for the Oakland Raiders, appearing in 12 games without starting in any. He ended the year with 2.5 sacks.

Maybe this eulogy is premature. Maybe McCown will play as great as he did on Sunday the entirety of the time Cutler is sidelined by injury. Maybe the young players now forced into action on defense will provide a spark. Who knows. But the condition the Bears left Washington in isn’t promising.

Two years ago, a broken thumb for Cutler derailed a 7-3 start. Last season, injuries on defense helped sabotage a team that started 7-1. The Bears began this year 3-0, but success in the NFL is always fleeting. It would be enough to make a person turn away entirely if football’s gravitational pull wasn’t so strong.

Time of Death: Down 14 points with over twenty minutes left in the game, the Browns had a first down at the Green Bay 24. They ran three plays, lost two yards, and kicked a field goal, and that should be the dictionary entry for “Norv Turner.”

Cause of Death: It’s probably not Norv’s fault, however, that Brandon Weeden is bad in ways that make you doubt the laws of physics. His first half stat line read as follows: 5/14, 48 yards, one sack for a loss of ten yards, and one interception returned for eleven yards. Math tells us Cheap Softball Jerseys For Girls that you could have a worse performance than this. Math is full of shit.

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It’s rare in football — well, any sport, really — that both teams can come out of matchup feeling good. Sunday’s bout between the Chicago Bears and the Washington Redskins may have been one of those rare instances. The Redskins won 45-41 at home in a much-needed win for a team that had high expectations coming off a late run to the playoffs last season. The Bears, meanwhile, hung in tough Cheap Throwback NFL Jerseys on the road while dealing with a slew of injuries that would have crippled most teams.

Even though every talking head and analyst tried to beat this point over the head last night, the truth is that yesterday’s win did smack of the same kind of vibe from the end of last season. The feeling inside FedEx, the way the Redskins gutted out an extremely late victory, the confidence this team put on display in the closing minutes of a tight game…it was all there. I won’t go so far as to predict the same kind of run we had last year, but what I think is extremely important is that we got back to that feeling.

I understand. I get it. I was one of those guys. I played defense growing up. I was a headhunter. Even sometimes on the offensive side, I played that way. But with rules in place, you’ve gotta respect it.”
For his part, Meriweather did not see anything wrong with any of his hits, which is precisely the problem. Per the article:

“I feel like every hit that I took was a legit hit,” he said, per the Washington Post. “I wasn’t trying to be dirty. I wasn’t trying to hurt nobody. I didn’t launch with my head. I used my shoulder like they told me to do. Everything I did was a pointer from them (league officials)…. You’ve Cheap Team Soccer Jerseys just got to play. There ain’t nothing I can do about it. I just go out there and play.”

Should Meriweather get suspended for any length of time, the Redskins will have to go with Bacarri Rambo according to the team’s depth chart.

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Andrew Luck played well in the Indianapolis Colts’ win over the Denver Broncos on Sunday night, but there is at least one throw he would like to have back. On 3rd-and-1 just before the midway point of the fourth quarter, Luck left a short pass at the feet of Reggie Wayne, forcing Cheap USA Soccer Jerseys the wideout to contort his way back to the ball and suffer a knee sprain (or potentially worse) in the process.

After the game, Luck was contrite speaking with Peter King at Monday Morning Quarterback.

“It stinks to the nth degree,” said Luck. “I put a lot of blame on myself for missing that throw.”
Luck’s pass was most certainly underthrown, as you can see from the GIF below. Whether he deserves the blame he is apparently heaping upon himself is another question. Bad throws and knee injuries off awkward foot plants are a regular occurrence in football. Luck doesn’t have a history of being an erratic passer either. Sometimes freak injuries occur.

It’s strange to be in the third year of C.J. Spiller’s NFL career and still not have a good sense of what the Bills have at running back. At this point he should be the team’s focal point, but inconsistent running continues to make him a supplemental piece to Fred Jackson. On Sunday he managed just 11 yards on six carries, making it a larger problem the team may be forced to answer in 2014.

Ryan Tannehill is playing well, but the Dolphins’ quarterback has been significantly worse since his Monday Night Football loss to the New Orleans Saints. It’s hard to quantify Cheap US Jerseys what’s going wrong on the field, making the possibility of confidence being the greater issue. There’s no confusing the fact Miami has huge problems on its offensive line, but Tannehill dealt with pressure better in the first three games of the season. If the Dolphins want to be in a spot to pressure New England he’ll need to get his groove back.