The refs gifted the Patriots a new set of downs by turning a false start into a Titans penalty

The Tennessee Titans got the short end of a questionable call in the second quarter against the New England Patriots Saturday night.

After the Titans appeared to have forced the Patriots to a three-and-out, both teams lined up for a punt. After it initially appeared the Patriots would be called for a false start, the Titans were called for a neutral zone infraction, giving the Patriots an automatic first down on what was a fourth-and-10:

But he probably knew how that play was going to turn out. The Steelers ran a pitch on a fourth-and-1 from the Jaguars 21-yard line. It went poorly.

The Jaguars ended up jumping out to a 21-0 lead early in the second quarter, so it might not be the last time we hear Roethlisberger saying that.

The audible might have been thunder, but he’ll be saying the other phrase if this keeps up.

After an early exit from the playoffs last season, rumors swirled around Caldwell being on the hot seat. But the Lions signed him to a contract extension. Unfortunately for Detroit, it just missed the playoffs in 2017. So the Lions decided to pull the plug on Caldwell.

Detroit was always competitive with Caldwell at the helm, which is something the franchise hasn’t been able to do consistently years before Caldwell arrived. But the Lions never won the NFC North under him.

What plagued the Lions during Caldwell’s stint was inconsistent defenses and terrible rushing attacks. Detroit finished with the second-ranked defense in 2014 but failed to reach the top 10 during the following three seasons.

Atlanta looked the part of a road warrior in last Saturday’s 26-13 upset win over the Los Angeles Rams, improving to 13-5 SU and 11-7 ATS over its last 18 road games.

The Falcons have looked extremely sharp on defense over the last two weeks in holding one of the league’s top offenses to just 13 points last week and Carolina to only 10 points to clinch a playoff spot in Week 17.

Former Packers coach Mike Sherman named to lead CFL’s Alouettes

Mike Sherman is back in pro football.

The CFL’s Montreal Alouettes named Sherman as their new coach Wednesday, nearly 12 years after the end of his run in the same job with the Green Bay Packers.

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Rosen, who likely won’t be playing in the Cactus Bowl due to a concussion, will reportedly sit down with his parents after the game to weigh his options.

Cleveland (0-14) will have the No. 1 pick if it loses to the Bears (4-10) this weekend or if the Giants (2-12) defeat the Cardinals (6-8).

New Browns GM John Dorsey has promised to take the Browns in a positive direction after Sashi Brown was fired, but that doesn’t give potential prospects much hope. The Browns have only won one game in the past two seasons, despite having five first-round picks in that time.

Many expect Rosen to be the first quarterback to go in this year’s draft over the likes of Baker Mayfield, Lamar Jackson and Josh Allen.

The Texans lineman took the field in a preseason against the Panthers but has yet to play in a regular season game. Monday’s tilt against the Steelers will be his first professional appearance.

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The Vikings put a damper on the Lions’ playoff hopes with a 30-23 win in the early game.

The NFL on Thanksgiving Day is a time-honored tradition. But we also understand if you were too wrapped up in family obligations to watch Thursday’s slate featuring Vikings vs. Lions, Chargers vs. Cowboys, and Giants vs. Washington.

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Here at SB Nation, the Monday after Week 12 brought two Patriots hits up on the site’s NFL page: one on how the Steelers are handling their rivalry and another on Tom Brady’s bizarre postgame Instagram comics. ESPN focused on playoff crashers. Yahoo keyed in on disappointing turns from the Chiefs and Cowboys.

That may be the function of a relatively boring win over a bad Dolphins team, but in general the Patriots hype seems different in 2017. Thousands of words were spilled during the team’s 2-2 start in which the defense was historically bad. Now the franchise’s success has become so commonplace it struggles to qualify as front page news.

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NFL playoff picture: Wacky NFC seeding mirrors unpredictable start to season

It’s still early in the 2017 NFL season, but with the halfway point just around the corner, it’s time to see which teams’ strong starts have them positioned to make the playoffs.

What stands out in our first look at the NFL playoff picture this year is the fact that the AFC field looks similar to that of last season, minus disappointing Oakland (2-4). As for the NFC, things are totally out of whack, as four new teams are making strong cases to crash the postseason party.

No. 2 seed — Steelers (4-2): First place, AFC North. That was a big win in Kansas City to make the Steelers feel like they’re back near the top of the AFC after last week’s Jaguars debacle. Feeding Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown like that can win them a ton more games. Winning the division has become easier with Baltimore fading fast.

Notably, running back Ezekiel Elliott had 125 yards on the ground for the Cowboys. They need him to be good in Sunday’s game, too. Through four games, Elliott has 277 yards and a pair of touchdowns on the ground. Prescott has completed 60.8 percent of his passes for 941 yards, eight touchdowns and three interceptions.

Rodgers has completed 66.9 percent of his passes for 1,146 yards, 10 touchdowns and three interceptions in four games this season. They’ve had a lot of trouble getting the running game going, with Ty Montgomery leading the team with 46 carries for 152 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Green Bay has won its past two games, dominating the Chicago Bears in their last outing and beating the Cincinnati Bengals, 27-24 prior to that. Their lone loss on the year came to the Atlanta Falcons in Week 2.

Dallas is 2-2, having lost to the surprisingly decent Los Angeles Rams in their last outing. That was a close game, but the Denver Broncos completely dominated them in Week 2. Their wins are over the New York Giants and Arizona Cardinals.sabres_009

Ezekiel Elliott Jersey suspension and appeal, explained

On Aug. 11, the NFL finally announced a six-game suspension for Ezekiel Elliott to start this season, after an investigation spanning more than a year. The suspension stems from domestic violence allegations made against Elliott in July 2016.

A woman who identified herself as Elliott’s ex-girlfriend filed a police report claiming Elliott had been abusive over the course of five days in July 2016. She filed two separate reports with the Columbus Police Department. Witnesses who claimed to have been present did not corroborate her statements, and police and prosecutors decided not to bring charges against Elliott.

Elliott filed an appeal, as expected. The NFL and NFLPA are publicly at odds over this situation, and this thing could drag on for some time.

The NFL also reviewed forensic photographic evidence and consulted with two medical experts to determine the timeframe in which Elliott’s accuser’s injuries were likely to have occurred. The NFL said in its letter to Elliott that on three occasions the medical experts agreed photographs of the woman’s injuries looked “recent and consistent” with her version of what happened.

Baby steps. None of this is to suggest that Brissett makes Andrew Luck irrelevant. It’s the Colts we’re talking about here, so Brissett’s main contribution was not being part of Authentic Dan Skuta Jersey the problem, at least early in the game. He didn’t turn the ball over and managed the game effectively. Plus, he wasn’t a statue in the pocket, giving the beleaguered offensive line some help by being able to scramble outside the Prince Amukamara Youth Jersey pocket when he needed to.

This is from our high school scouting report on Fournette.

During a recent track meet, the St. Augustine star posted a 100m time of 10.68, absolutely elite for a running back of his size, which gives him the speed to break long runs to the outside — he’s not just a downhill, between-the-tackles runner.

As a result, arm tackle attempts are not nearly enough at the high school level to bring down Fournette, in part because he does a good job in traffic of getting low and behind his pads to present the smallest possible tackling surface, a key trait to possess for a tall running back. Whether low or high, it’s extremely difficult to bring him down, a big part of the reason why he scored a touchdown roughly once every six touches as a junior.
As destructive as his power is, his agility’s pretty good, too. He had a poor NFL Scouting Combine in some ways, but he also further demonstrated he’s a huge dude who can move, which is a definite good thing.

This would be the unfortunate intersection of a quarterback-hungry league and a weak crop of passers. Mitchell Trubisky, Deshaun Watson, and Mahomes have emerged as the most desirable of the bunch, but none looks like a bonafide building block for a struggling franchise. The scarcity of their position may push them into the first round, but teams could exercise patience when it comes to flawed prospects.

The bigger revelation from McShay’s rumor may be that another quarterback has usurped Kizer’s place in the pecking order. The Notre Dame product was once thought to be neck and neck with Trubisky and Watson as the draft’s top passer. Now, he may struggle to crack the top five.
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Giannis Antetokounmpo is the best player in Bucks-Raptors.

There are many good and smart reasons that you can think of for why the Toronto Raptors will beat the Milwaukee Bucks. There’s one reason to think they won’t, and that one exhibited itself in the Bucks’ 97-83 Game 1 win: they don’t have the best player on the floor.

Giannis Antetokounmpo was incredible on both ends of the floor as Milwaukee stole Saturday’s game on Toronto’s home floor. Let his stat line do the talking: 28 points on 13-of-18 shooting, eight rebounds, three assists, two steals, and one emphatic block.

Magloire recorded 153 tackles, 112 of them solo, with 9 1/2 tackles for loss and 2 1/2 sacks in his two seasons with the Wildcats. But he went from someone off most people’s radars to the talk of the town in St. Petersburg, Fla., with an excellent week at the East-West Shrine Game in January.

With Vikings defensive coordinator George Edwards as the West team’s head coach and Cardinals linebackers coach Larry Foote as his position coach, Magloire had a great week of practice and then shined during the game.

“Being around those coaches and scouts was productive and really helped me play better that whole week,” Magloire said. “One thing it showed was that I can pick up an NFL system fast and show how tough I am — running through gaps and putting my hands on linemen and making big hits.”

Foote actually put Magloire through his drills at Arizona’s pro day, where he posted a 4.68-second 40-yard dash and an impressive 25 reps of 225 pounds in the bench press, leaving scouts with “a happy face.” The Cardinals then brought him in for a private workout, as did the Buccaneers.
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Their supporting cast is quite talented

Get ready to hear the names of Mark Scheifele and Nikolaj Ehlers for a long time. The pair emerged this season as an offensive threat worthy of mention. Scheifele especially, who has 76 points in 73 games to lead the Jets offense as a 24-year-old.

Their supporting cast is quite talented, too, with the likes of Blake Wheeler, Dustin Byfuglien, Bryan Little, and Mathieu Perreault playing big parts in making the Jets offense the eighth-deadliest in the NHL this season.

Add some college hockey standouts in Andrew Copp and Kyle Connor to the mix, and Winnipeg’s offense has never been deeper in this incarnation of the franchise.

The slot WR on the line of scrimmage (second WR from the bottom) is ineligible to catch a pass (because the bottom WR is on the line; here’s more on that rule). This is a formation you run the ball out of, and OSU’s willingness to cancel out one of its WRs makes that fairly transparent, but the unbalanced design can make it hard for defenses to handle the run concepts. Oklahoma struggled all night with this set.

Indiana, on the other hand, tended to rely on normal spread formations, execution, and attacking the appropriate part of the field.

With “Fleck to [Insert P5 School]?” rumors taking up more and more oxygen, the Broncos remained focused and welcomed ESPN College GameDay to Kalamazoo. (The signs were good, too.) Their reward: a trip to the Cotton Bowl and a competitive loss to Wisconsin.

Fleck left. That’s what happens. He’s at Minnesota, though from an WMU perspective, all that matters is what’s next.

After taking a flyer on a relative unknown last time, the school elected to go with a familiar face. At least, to WMU fans.
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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick is still trying to recover from a nagging hamstring injury

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant has a back injury but practiced on Thursday and is expected to play Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. Bryant has missed just one game since the start of the 2011 season. Fellow Cowboys receiver Miles Austin (hamstring) missed another practice and his status is uncertain for Sunday. Cornerback Morris Claiborne (hamstring) missed practice as well.

The Eagles got good news on Thursday with wide receiver Riley Cooper returning to practice after missing Wednesday with an illness, and he’s expected to play against the Packers on Sunday. All the better for quarterback Nick Foles if he wants to throw another seven touchdowns.

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick is still trying to recover from a nagging hamstring injury, and it will likely keep him out of action for another week, as he is officially listed as doubtful for the team’s Week 10 game against the Green Bay Packers. One week removed from Nick Foles tossing seven touchdown passes against the Oakland Raiders, Vick’s chances at starting for the Eagles were slim anyway, and it’s possible that he spends the season on the sideline, injured or not.

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder left the team’s Thursday night victory over the Washington Redskins early with a non-throwing shoulder injury that was revealed to be a dislocation on Friday. Despite the injury, Ponder believes he’ll be able to play in the team’s Week 11 game against the Seattle Seahawks. Head coach Leslie Frazier was noncommittal about the possibility of Ponder returning so soon, but said that it was a possibility if the third-year quarterback could return to practice by Thursday. If not, the team will likely turn to Matt Cassel rather than Josh Freeman.

The Duke Blue Devils and North Carolina Tar Heels are set to play games at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena where flags were flown on Sunday.

Four years, $32.5 million for Britt, who posted his first 1,000-yard season at age 29. The good news for the Browns is that he did that with Case Keenum and Jared Goff throwing him the ball, so he should get better QB play even with the Browns’ relatively low standards in that department.

What makes this deal a bad one is that it likely means the Browns are moving on from Terrelle Pryor. They reportedly balked at a rate starting at $10 million per season, but they also spurned one of the few players who expressed a desire to play in Cleveland, not to mention a 27-year-old talented receiver who posted his own first 1,000-yard season with the Browns rotating cast of signal callers.

It’s a three-year, $15 million deal, which could end up being one of the biggest steals in free agency this year. It gives Carson Wentz a veteran speedster at a fraction of the cost it would’ve taken to land DeSean Jackson.

The NCAA, which moved the games to South Carolina from North Carolina because of the discriminatory, anti-LGBT law dubbed House Bill 2 — “HB2” for short — released a statement about the matter. Dan Gavitt, the body’s senior vice president of basketball, said that the league is committed to assuring that their events are safe and accessible to everyone.

“No symbols that compromise that commitment will be permitted to be displayed on venue property that the tournament controls,” Gavitt said. “Freedom of speech activities on public property in areas surrounding the arena are managed by the city of Greenville and we are supportive of the city’s efforts.”

The Duke Blue Devils and North Carolina Tar Heels are set to play games at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena where flags were flown on Sunday. The group at the parking structure waving the flag did so from the back of a pickup truck. The group told the Associated Press that their goal was to make their presence known to the NCAA.23