The sad history of Cleveland Browns season openers


The Browns did, in fact, drop another season opener, again at home, and again to the Pittsburgh Steelers. It was not a completely depressing affair, but it started with a prompt 3-and-out and blocked punt for a Steelers touchdown.

The Cleveland Browns open their 2017 season on Sunday at home against their rival from another, more competitive era, the Pittsburgh Steelers. If history is our guide, it will not go well for Hue Jackson’s group, which returns home for the Week 1 opener after three straight years starting the season on the road. Getting back home, however, should not matter much.

Thanks to Watt, Luke Kuechly and Khalil Mack over the past five seasons, Miller hasn’t been able to add this distinction to his Super Bowl MVP 50 honor. But you can bet he’s ready to find another gear under new defensive-minded coach Vance Jospeh, and 2017 should resemble his awesome, breakout 2012 season.

Bell, because of injury and suspension, has not to been able to duplicate the terrific 2014 season he had as a 22-year-old, second-year player. He’s still only 25, younger than David Johnson, and he’s out looking for bigger money after signing his franchise tag tender. He can both shoot toward 2,300 yards from scrimmage and set a career-high with high double-digit TDs, thanks to have more scoring opportunities in an even more explosive Pittsburgh offense.

Brady, like Belichick, hasn’t been in the mix for his biggest possible award since he won it in both 2007 and 2010. That needs to be corrected, stat. With what he can do to lead the Patriots Cheap Quality Soccer Jerseys to a Cheap Pirates Jerseys sixth ring at age 40, Brady will become the NFL’s oldest most valuable player, displacing 37-year-olds Rich Gannon (2002) and Peyton Manning (2013).

Fournette has been slowed this summer by a nagging foot injury


Peterson threw down the gauntlet leading up to the game by saying, “Going back to Minnesota, playing the Vikings? Yeah, I want to stick it to them.”

Saints coach Sean Payton likely was not pleased with Peterson’s challenge issued to a Vikings defense that ranked third in the league last season. And how much of an opportunity will Peterson actually have to “stick it” to the Vikings when, at 32, he’s probably the Saints’ third best back behind Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara? This is hardly the first time Peterson has made inflammatory — or shall we say stupid — comments.

Peterson last year talked about how bored he was in Vikings OTAs and training camp after he had played only one game in 2015 due to the repercussions from child abuse charges. And he added that he could retire from his then-$12 million job due to this imposition of having to sit in meetings and attend practices.

Reuben Foster, LB, 49ers: Following a season-ending shoulder injury to Malcolm Smith, Foster was thrust into a starting role and made the most of it during the preseason. Foster was viewed as one of the most complete defensive players in the 2017 draft class after recording 115 tackles, with 13 for loss and five sacks, last season for Alabama. The 49ers offense will struggle this year, meaning Foster will have plenty of time to rack up the numbers that could earn him Defensive Rookie of the Year honors.

Leonard Fournette, RB, Jaguars: The Jaguars are relying on him to be their workhorse back to take some pressure off beleaguered quarterback Blake Bortles. Fournette should get plenty of carries, assuming his foot injury doesn’t linger.

Myles Garrett, DE, Browns: As the top pick in the draft, Garrett will be in the spotlight all season long. He’s had an impressive summer and will look to continue that during Cheap Original Soccer Jerseys the regular season Cheap Nike Eagles Jerseys as the Browns try to climb out of the cellar in the AFC North.

Maybe the biggest surprise for the Falcons in the season-opening win over the Bears was the offense going 1 for 3 in the red zone.


The biggest surprise in the Packers’ opener was that Aaron Rodgers’ career-long interception free streak ended at 251 regular-season attempts when Seahawks DT Nazair Jones picked him off. “I was just glad it wasn’t a pick-6,” said Rodgers, who has only one of those in his career. “I think I’ve got a pretty good streak going right now. And it would have been rough to give up a pick-6 to a lineman who outran me over a 60-yard path, especially since I feel like I’ve been working on my conditioning and my running.” Although the interception stood, the return for a touchdown was called back because of a penalty.

One opportunity was squandered due to a holding penalty. The red zone was such a preseason emphasis with new offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian, and Matt Ryan had his full complement of weapons. “It’s Week 1. We’ve got a lot of things we can improve upon,” Ryan said.

“Well, that was about whether or not the player had misrepresented to the commissioner,” Jones said. “We’ve got rules that say if you don’t tell the truth to the commissioner then you can get sanctioned.

“Everybody else is. Everybody who has ever made a decision in law is. So why should it surprise us that when we adjudicate or the equivalent of adjudicate over a privilege that we’ve gotten in our relationship with players and we don’t do it in a fair way. Why should it surprise anybody if we got slapped? It doesn’t surprise me. You have to be fair.”

Jones said everybody associated with the team was, “lifted by that decision. And it was a good one.”

Jones knows the Cowboys are a different team with Elliott than Cheap Michael Jordan Jerseys For Sale without him. He’s just glad he likely doesn’t have to see his team without Elliott this season.

“We’d miss Zeke if we don’t have him,” Jones said. “That’s all I can say. It’s Cheap NFL Jerseys Free Shipping inspirational for this team to know we have the chance to have him all year.”

With protests raging, NBC will televise national anthem before Patriots-Chiefs opener


The eyes of the sports TV world Thursday will be on NBC as the network televises the 2017 NFL regular-season opener between the Patriots and Chiefs. With the controversy surrounding Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protest still raging, the network will televise the playing of the national anthem at Gillette Stadium.

NFL broadcast partners typically do not show the playing of the national anthem except before the Super Bowl, opening night or other special games; they are usually in commercial due to time constraints.

But the question of which players will be standing and which will be kneeling before this season’s opener — and the rest of the regular season — is taking on added importance.

Elliott had to work for his yards after the crowd cheered loudly when he was introduced and kept up the “Zeke” calls while he made his trademark feed-me gesture after first downs. His biggest play was a 30-yard catch-and-run, easily the most open field he saw against one of the league’s best run defenses a year ago.

“I think every person (who is) a part of the Cowboys was lifted by that decision,” owner Jerry Jones said of Friday’s court ruling. “Although he was playing in this game no matter what, the idea that we could have him for an extended period of time was certainly inspirational.”

The Giants had a nearly 10-minute drive to start the second half but settled for Aldrick Rosas’ 25-yard field goal after a second-down sack of Manning, Dallas’ third of the game and the first of Charles Tapper’s career. DeMarcus Lawrence had two sacks for Dallas.

Anthony Brown all but sealed the win for the Cowboys when he was the Cheap Jerseys China Wholesale first to Cheap Jerseys Borntrade get his hands on a throw from Manning and won a tug-of-war with Roger Lewis Jr. for the interception midway through the fourth quarter.

Peterson was adamant that there was nothing simmering between him and his new coach


Martellus Bennett, Michael’s brother, stood at the far end of the Packers bench with his right fist in the air, while Ha Ha Clinton-Dix helped hold the giant flag at midfield. Bennett said earlier this week that he wasn’t sure whether he would make any kind of protest during the national anthem after news of Michael’s incident with police became public.

“That’s a sign of unity with my brother. That’s something I’ve done in the past, when I was with the Patriots last year,” Martellus said after game. “For me it’s a sign of unity to let the world know that I see what’s going on and it’s not going unnoticed. I’m doing what I can to help too, just letting people know that hey, I’m behind you, I’m behind my brother. There’s a lot of stuff going on in the world and the community and that I do support and I am working things to make it better. Not much more than that, just a statement to say, hey I’m with you.”

Payton, meanwhile, said he didn’t recall any sort of heated exchange with Peterson on the sideline and credited him for being into the game.

“Listen, I’ll tell you if we were in a heated exchange,” Payton said. “… None that I can recall, and I am being honest.”

Peterson was adamant that there was nothing simmering between him and his new coach, who was seen turning around and replying to the seven-time Pro Bowl running back before continuing to walk down the sideline.

Imagine the reaction if white stars like Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski of the Patriots, or Alex Smith and Travis Kelce of the Chiefs, support Kaepernick in front of millions Cheap Hockey Jerseys Custom of TV viewers. Although Kaepernick is still out of a job, his movement has been picking up steam.

A dozen members of the Browns, including one white player, knelt during the national Cheap Hockey Practice Jerseys anthem prior to an exhibition against the Giants last month. Unlike last season, more white players, such as Chris Long of the Eagles and Justin Britt of the Seahawks, have been supporting black teammates who choose to protest.

he will be spelled by veterans Charcandrick West and C.J. Spiller.


Impact rookie: Kareem Hunt, RB, Chiefs — The Chiefs didn’t expect Hunt to be their starting running back this year, but that’s the role he now has after a season-ending injury to Spencer Ware. Hunt, a third-round pick from Toledo, will be the feature back in the offense, though he will be spelled by veterans Charcandrick West and C.J. Spiller.

Coach on the hot seat: None — The Broncos and Chargers have first-year coaches in Vance Joseph and Anthony Lynn, respectively. Andy Reid is coming off a division title for the Chiefs and Raiders coach Jack Del Rio was given a four-year contract extension earlier this year.

Ali’s collective in LA is one on a growing list of national organizations and organizers willing to boycott the NFL this season. Since August, groups blacking out the league have called for NFL policy reform to create a football environment in the NFL where players aren’t punished for protest.

An NFL spokesperson said last month that the league was looking to set Cheap Jerseys Basketball up meetings with activist groups that have organized protests, but there is no record yet of meetings taking place. While Kaepernick remains unsigned for reasons seemingly unrelated to football, activists and organizers have insisted for weeks that what’s happening is bigger than just one player.

“This is going to continue. We are in this for the long haul,” Ali said. “Even if that means getting arrested every week. We will do whatever is necessary until we get justice. Getting arrested Cheap High Quality Jerseys every Sunday is nothing compared to being murdered by rogue police officers.”

The Eagles head into the regular-season opener at Washington without any big health concerns.


Free safety Jimmie Ward’s status for Sunday is “still fluid,” according to general manager John Lynch. Ward suffered a hamstring injury on the first day of training camp and did not appear in any preseason games. If he can’t go, the 49ers will have to choose between Jaquiski Tartt, who many believe is a better fit at strong safety, or undrafted rookie Lorenzo Jerome.

The Eagles head into the regular-season opener at Washington without any big health concerns. Backup quarterback Nick Foles dealt with elbow inflammation for a good portion of the summer but practiced Wednesday and said he’s good to go. Defensive end Brandon Graham (triceps) and linebacker Jordan Hicks (quad) also practiced in full.

Safety Mike Mitchell wants to play on an injured hamstring but has been cautious to avoid re-aggravation over the last month. Mitchell is almost healed and has practiced the past two days, so if he participates in Thursday’s session, he will be set to play. The Steelers signed Cheap Jerseys Basketball veteran J.J. Wilcox as insurance. Otherwise, the roster is in good health.

AT THE MIDWAY point of last season, Giants do-everything defensive back Landon Collins was the most do-everything-est player in the NFL. After eight games, he was the only player in the league to lead his team in tackles, interceptions and sacks. The second-year safety from Alabama finished 2016 as the Giants’ top tackler (125 total stops, most in franchise history for Cheap High Quality NFL Jerseys a defensive back) and placed third in the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year balloting. Now the 23-year-old breakout star isn’t afraid to let the world know that he should have won DPOY honors, that the Giants are Super Bowl contenders and why the NFL is easier than Alabama — all while managing to get in a few more digs at Dak Prescott. Yes, even in interviews, Collins does it all.

he is asked to compare himself and his game to another point guard.


His passes tend to find open teammates rather than him threading the needle to someone where it looked like there was no space. But given how much work it takes to stop Smith from scoring, there’s will always be open teammates when the ball’s in his hands.

“He’s aggressive without being out of control,” Carlisle says. “He’s got vision, he sees people, he delivers the ball on time and on target, and he’s going to get the ball in the basket.”

Smith must improve defensively, a side of the ball that was mostly ignored during his one year at NC State. But he talks about it openly, calling his work on that end a process while describing the methods that he’s hoping to perfect. Everything the Mavericks know about Smith — and everything that Smith has shown himself so far — points to him being a player who will take those challenges in stride.

After Smith scores 16 points and the dagger three in his third summer league game, he is asked to compare himself and his game to another point guard. At first, he demurs, not wanting to play that game.

EuroCup, a 24-team, second-tier continental league run by the same folks who run EuroLeague, did create a two-week break in late November to ostensibly allow players to represent their nations in FIBA qualifying. FIBA’s February games fall within EuroCup’s typical break between the Round of 16 and the playoffs, so there may be no problems with representatives from EuroCup clubs participating.

But the players in EuroCup are not remotely the best players in the world. The 2017 EuroCup MVP was Alexey Shved, who had a rather inglorious four-year NBA career. If those are the best players participating in crucial international qualifiers, that’s a problem. It undercuts FIBA’s very Cheap Qld Basketball Jerseys reason for switching to this qualifying system.

So, sure: Per FIBA’s grand scheme, the nation of Slovenia gets to host Cheap Personalized Jerseys the Spanish national team in November. But which Spanish players will they actually see?

The East was highlighted by Jones’ 24 points and nine rebounds along with Atlanta’s Clarendon


“That’s just Maya,” said Coach Reeve. “She only knows one way, whether it’s an All-Star Game or whether it’s Game 5 of The Finals. That’s what makes her really, really special.”

Another standout for the West was Nneka Ogwumike, who posted 22 points and seven rebounds. Well-acquainted with all-star appearances, Taurasi finished the day with 12 points.

The East was highlighted by Jones’ 24 points and nine rebounds along with Atlanta’s Clarendon, who put the basketball world on notice that there is a wave of capable young guards ready to take over when the likes of Bird and Lindsay Whalen decide to hang it up. Clarendon had 14 points, and her 10 assists mark the most ever dishes in an all-star debut.

Irving eventually decided to agree to the max extension Cheap NCAA Jerseys Cleveland offered. At the time, it looked like he would be the face of the franchise for the duration of his contract.

Things changed when James made the decision to go back to Cleveland. James announced his intentions to sign with the Cavs on July 11. Suddenly, Irving was reduced to a sidekick.

Irving reportedly wasn’t happy in Cleveland while playing under his rookie contract. When he signed the extension, he was led to believe the Cavs were building around Cheap NFL Jerseys Nike him. That promise never was fulfilled because James came aboard.

The most attractive centers available are inherently less attractive because of how the game is played. Noel can’t shoot, pass, or really score. He’s an ace defender and rim protector, but he’s a totally lopsided player. Gasol, meanwhile, can pass and score, but he is an entirely inflexible and doomed defender at this point in his career.

As the league moves closer and closer to positionless basketball, teams are opting for smaller big men who may not be able to block shots like Noel or post up like Gasol but who can offer just a bit more flexibility on the court.

They’re a team that barely snuck into the playoffs last season after earning the No. 5 seed in 2016.


This trade currently fails, but if the Celtics renounce their free agents and don’t sign anyone into their cap space (so, Hayward), then they would have the cap space to take Love straight up. They could even throw a smaller asset or two (say, a late first rounder) towards New York and/or Cleveland to sweeten the deal.

However, there’s two clear reasons why Boston wouldn’t do this. First, they’re dealing directly with a competitor. Why allow Cleveland to make a move that the Cavaliers believe will make them better? Second, for all of the cap space and other assets that general manager Danny Ainge has acquired, it would be wild to cash them in on Kevin Love when the team wouldn’t do it on Paul George or Jimmy Butler.

What about Portland? They’re a team that barely snuck into the playoffs last season after earning the No. 5 seed in 2016. They’ve been rumored to be interested in acquire a star player, and Love is still incredibly good. Here’s one idea.

There’s no chance he’d score 18 a night as a Cav, or sniff an All-Star nod. But he’d be on screens across the world in May and June, and he just might get to hoist a trophy in front of the Q.

Perhaps more importantly, LeBron has the standing to help Rose reset his goals. No one in the league is more successful on and off the court than LeBron. He speaks with authority. Plus, when he’s on the court, Rose isn’t going to be able to take over the offense. LeBron doesn’t let that happen. (Ask Kyrie Irving or Dion Waiters.)

Is Rose ready to sacrifice his personal numbers and his narrow potential Cheap MLB Baseball Jerseys for a return to stardom — potential he likely believes to be greater than what we believe it Cheap Liverpool Jerseys to be — to find a new brand of success? We’ll see.

The Lakers and Bulls are both reportedly knocking on Rose’s door. Neither will pay much either, making this largely a decision about role.