NFL rules state the following about when a quarterback leaves the pocket, as Rodgers did on the play in question

When the passer goes outside the pocket area and either continues moving without the ball (without attempting to advance the ball as a runner) or throws while on the run, he loses the protection of the one-step rule … and the protection against a low hit … but he remains covered by all the other special protections afforded to a passer in the pocket, as well as the regular unnecessary roughness rules applicable to all position players. If the passer stops behind the line and clearly establishes a passing posture, he will then be covered by all of the special protections for passers.

To add insult to injury, it’s not even like the Browns kept a hold on the top draft spot. The 49ers are also sitting at 0-5, but their schedule is weaker. That tiebreaker let San Francisco slide into the top draft position after the 49ers’ loss to the Colts.

Other teams were dealt injury blows, too. The Bills, already dangerously low on healthy receivers, lost their leading pass catcher, tight end Charles Clay, for a month. The Chiefs’ do-it-all tight end Travis Kelce is in concussion protocol, while wide receiver Chris Conley is out for the season with a ruptured Achilles.

Aaron Rodgers has had the Cowboys’ number over the past few years. In 2015, Dez Bryant’s infamous no-catch allowed the Packers to advance to the NFC Championship. In 2017, the Packers held off the Cowboys’ comeback attempt in the NFC Divisional Round to advance to another NFC Championship.

In Week 5, Dak Prescott and the Cowboys gave Rodgers 1:13 to work with, and Rodgers made the most of it in a way that only he could execute.

The Green Bay drive appeared to be in danger, when Rodgers narrowly escaped David Irving for a first down.

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it was almost like a protection spell had been cast to ward off the Bengals from stepping foot in the end zone.

The Panthers have gotten over the proverbial Super Bowl hangover that plagued them throughout their 6-10 2016 season. Carolina is 4-1 and sitting on top of the division once again, and all but one of those wins is over a team that’s over .500. The Panthers are playing good football right now, and Cam Newton is coming off one of the best games of his career.

However, the Falcons are more recently coming off of a Super Bowl, and so far, have shown no signs of a hangover. Even in their one loss, they still almost managed to beat the Bills in Week 4, despite injuries to Courtney Upshaw, Vic Beasley, Julio Jones, and Mohamed Sanu.

The NFC South is always up for grabs year in and year out, but if the Panthers and Falcons keep going at this rate, the race is going to be as entertaining as it’s ever been. There’s only been one repeat winner of the division, and that’s when Carolina won it in three consecutive seasons from 2013-2015.

In the first two weeks of the season, it was almost like a protection spell had been cast to ward off the Bengals from stepping foot in the end zone. Even when it looked like they had scored, nope, that’s not a touchdown:

After two weeks of winless, touchdown-free football, the Bengals fired offensive coordinator Ken Zampese and replaced him with quarterbacks coach Bill Lazor. Since then, the offense has looked revived, especially quarterback Andy Dalton:

We should find out if the offense has truly rebounded on Sunday, when the 1-3 Bengals host the surprising 3-1 Bills. Through the first month of the season, the Buffalo defense ranks No. 1 in DVOA. No team in the league has given up fewer points, either. In their only loss so far this season a 9-3 field goal fest against the Panthers the Bills didn’t surrender any touchdowns. They’ve allowed just four all season.

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The Philadelphia Eagles played a complete game on Sunday in their 34-7 win over the Arizona Cardinals. Even the touchdown celebrations were top notch!

The fact that he’s not definitely out, that’s obviously good news, said Koetter, adding that Winston won’t attempt to throw until later in the week, if he throws at all.

There was a lot of focus on how surprisingly great a night that was for the Giants, but wasn’t it also just an inexcusably terrible loss for the Broncos? At home, coming off a bye against an 0-5 team that was down its top three wide receivers, its starting center, its best pass-rusher and one of its top two cornerbacks? And your top two division rivals had already lost, like, an hour before? How do you come out flat in a game like that? Should be a wake-up call for a Broncos team that has mainly played angry after missing the playoffs in 2016.

With Aaron Rodgers out, possibly for the season, due to a broken collarbone, Packers coach McCarthy has been adamant about going with third-year backup Brett Hundley and not looking for outside help. Hundley is well-regarded in some scouting circles, and part of the reason people around the league are intrigued by him is that they’d be intrigued by any quarterback who had spent three years in McCarthy’s program.

There’s no way Hundley has Rodgers’ gifts for accuracy, for manipulating the pocket, for game-winning throws on the run — no one does. But Hundley, who is signed on a cheap deal through 2018, has some talent, and McCarthy now gets more than half a season to figure out how to maximize that talent and minimize his weaknesses. If he succeeds, the Packers could have one of next offseason’s more compelling trade chips on their hands.

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Aaron Rodgers could be out for the season.

The Cowboys could be without Ezekiel Elliott. And the Patriots barely beat the Jets. Is it time to panic?

The Browns have followed a 1-15 season with an 0-6 start, and have looked more inept this season than they did in 2016. The complicating factor: There is no easy answer to turn this around from the roster as it’s built. Instead, the Browns are staring at a winless season. — Pat McManamon

Delton, a redshirt sophomore, started his first career game against TCU and could not get untracked. He was 11 of 29 for 146 yards and no touchdowns. A run-first quarterback, he ran for 39 yards on 19 carries.

Alex really struggled, but he had a lot of help in that respect, Snyder said. It wasn’t all his fault.

The Eagles could receive a boost against Washington with the potential return of right tackle Lane Johnson and running back Wendell Smallwood. Both players practiced Tuesday as Johnson cleared concussion protocol and the swelling subsided in Smallwood’s knee.

Second-year quarterback Carson Wentz continued his stellar play against Carolina and improved his season numbers — 126 of 207 for 1,584 yards with 13 touchdowns and three interceptions. Those statistics have vaulted him into the early conversation for the league’s Most Valuable Player award.

(They’re) a very well-coached team. You know what you’re gonna get with Kansas State. You get it every single time. It’s always a challenge, certainly going up there is. So we’re expecting a four-quarter fight with them, and that’s something we’ve got to be ready for.

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Start%: The player’s start percentage, which shows how often he earned your start in an ESPN standard PPR (points per reception) league. This is his number of Starts — those defined below — divided by his number of scheduled team games.

CR: The player’s consistency rating, which is calculated as his weekly standard deviation divided by his PPR fantasy points per game average. This is meant to identify the players who were most consistently close to their weekly averages. The lower the number, the more consistent the player. Again, lower numbers are better.

Griff has loved Gurley ever since he played at Georgia. Most of the family are die-hard UGA fans, except his mom who loves Auburn, making football season interesting in the house. Regardless of allegiance, they all support the Rams’ running back.

What happens next with the case? A temporary restraining order only stays in effect for 14 days, so something else has to happen soon.

The likeliest next step is for the NFLPA to file a motion for a temporary injunction. There would be an evidentiary hearing involving both sides before that can be granted, but this only took a few days when the NFLPA and Elliott went through this process with the district court in Texas.

If granted, the injunction would keep Elliott on the field until the court case is fully resolved. If that’s the case, the NFL will likely respond by asking for a stay on the injunction, just like it did the last time.

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Woman accused of stalking Cam Newton is asked to leave practice

Panthers coach Ron Rivera addressed Cam Newton laughing at and making light of a female reporter’s question, saying Thursday that the quarterback “made a mistake.”

Cam Newton’s comments to a female reporter have cost him a sponsorship, as Dannon, maker of the Oikos yogurt brand, said in a statement that it will “no longer work with him.”

The incident occurred Wednesday, according to a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police report.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Thursday, “I know there was something there, but that’s about it. I have no knowledge of that.”

Of course, the reason wasn’t as obvious as “down goes Carr, taking his team with him.” The Raiders weren’t lighting up the Broncos as it was; they managed seven points before Carr was helped off (and eventually into the locker room) with less than five minutes remaining in the third quarter. They broke down in plenty of other areas against a team they have to get past just to get out of their own division.

They couldn’t run the ball. Amari Cooper and Jared Cook dropped crucial throws. Michael Crabtree’s absence was glaring. Marquette King pulled a double-bonehead move on a poorly planned fake punt Cheap Jerseys Pay With Paypal and a dumb personal foul. Trying to block Von Miller looked comical at times.

A lot of that is just a function of playing the Broncos’ defense — but a lot of that has hounded the Raiders throughout an uneven start, too. They looked jet-lagged, or whatever else makes Cheap Jerseys Sale one lethargic in front of crowds 3,000 miles from home, against Washington last Sunday night. In their 2-0 start, they averaged 35.5 points and 384.5 yards; in their two losses since, those averages are 10.0 and 191.

Titans’ Marcus Mariota ‘day-to-day’ with hamstring strain

Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota is day-to-day after leaving Sunday’s 54-17 loss after halftime with a hamstring injury.

“He did have an MRI, and there is a strain of the hamstring,” coach Mike Mularkey said Monday in a press conference. “We will right now take it day-to-day. He’s a pretty fast healer.”

Mariota may have avoided a major injury, but Mularkey mentioned that the team is looking into adding another quarterback to its roster this week, which doesn’t necessarily bode well for Mariota’s status Sunday against the Dolphins.

Even when healthy, Mariota has struggled this season, completing just 60 percent of his passes. The dual-threat quarterback has thrown three touchdowns and rushed for three more scores, but he also has a 79.8 QB rating this season.

Mularkey said Matt Cassel, who came in for Mariota on Sunday, will take some first-team reps in practice this week. He will likely start if Mariota is unable to play.

In the second quarter of the Steelers’ 26-9 victory over the Ravens, Brown broke free on a double move, but Roethlisberger worked the other side of the field, resulting in an incompletion Cheap Ireland Jerseys intended for running back Le’Veon Bell.

From the sideline after the play, Brown flipped a Gatorade bucket and shrugged Cheap Houston Rockets Jerseys off offensive coordinator Todd Haley as the coach tried to calm him. Brown said after the game he’s a passionate player and the chance to unwrap that particular play made him feel like a kid excited at Christmas.

Roethlisberger told 93.7 he was simply following his read on the play based on the Ravens’ pre-snap coverage, noting that he’s never going to find every open receiver.

Derek Carr injury gives Raiders flashback to their worst fear

The Raiders lived through their worst nightmare about nine months ago. They didn’t need to relive it Sunday in Denver, but they did. Derek Carr was lying on the turf, twisted in pain, and it looked ominous.

So are NFL team owners seeing these types of scenes and saying, “enough” to player protests? These men didn’t become billionaires without a keen business sense. They can certainly read the polls that show more than half of fans oppose anthem protests.

Polls taken this week, by CBS, Fox and the Remington Research Group, show anywhere from 52 to 64 percent of those surveyed oppose protests during the national anthem. The Remington poll found 51 percent of respondents say they are watching less football this year, and when asked the reason, 69 percent responded, “Players using the NFL as a stage for their political views.”

It’s premature to draw a conclusion that TV ratings have declined this year because of protests, but they are down about 10 percent through the season’s first three weeks, according to Nielsen.

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It’s premature to draw a conclusion that TV ratings have declined this year because of protests, but they are down about 10 percent through the season’s first three weeks, according to Nielsen.

Giants won’t punish Odell Beckham Jr. on field for touchdown celebration

Odell Beckham Jr. won’t be punished on the field for his crude touchdown dance last week, NFL Network reported.

The Giants won’t bench Beckham or lessen his reps after he simulated peeing like a dog in last week’s loss to the Eagles.

Team co-owner John Mara said he was “very unhappy” with Beckham and that he would be dealt with internally. Beckham had already been fined by the NFL for the celebration, and apparently Mara talking to him was enough to set him straight.

Beckham’s touchdown celebration was in respond to President Donald Trump comments that those who kneel for the national anthem are “sons of bitch” and should be “fired.”

Again, reading a lot into a small sample of games is dangerous. But it’s impossible not to wonder why, for one, Watson was even there for the Texans to trade up to get on draft day. For another … well, Savage started that opener, although throwing a rookie out for his debut with his anchor left tackle, Duane Brown, still holding out would have been risky.

For yet another: Why did O’Brien roll the dice so much with the Brian Hoyers, Ryan Malletts, Ryan Fitzpatricks and Brock Osweilers of the world? It’s more complicated Cheap Blackhawks Jerseys than Cheap Bike Jerseys For Men that, of course, and general manager Rick Smith is on the spot for that, too.

But there’s a difference between re-molding somebody else’s work and sculpting one’s own original. Watson is O’Brien’s first original, and he’s the real thing, exactly what so many expected coming out of school, with all the traits the NFL desires in future franchise foundations.

Panthers fill void by signing safety Jairus Byrd

The Carolina Panthers signed three-time Pro Bowl safety Jairus Byrd on Tuesday with starter Kurt Coleman set to miss multiple games with a sprained knee.

Byrd was a three-time Pro Bowl selection early in his career with the Buffalo Bills. He signed a blockbuster six-year deal with the New Orleans Saints in 2014 worth up to $54 million.

But Byrd suffered a major knee injury during practice four games into the 2014 season and never totally returned to form. Scheduled to make $7.8 million in salary and bonuses this season, he was released in March and remained unsigned until Tuesday.

“I’m tired of the cameras in my face all the time,” Villanueva said after a 29-6 win Sunday (via USA Today). “It’s crazy. It’s sad, because we had the Baltimore Ravens-Pittsburgh Steelers game and everybody is focused on the pregame procedures.”

Villanueva served three tours in Afghanistan and was awarded a Bronze Star for valor, so it’s no surprise he has become the poster boy for those upset with players demonstrating during the anthem. However, Villanueva has no interest in playing that role.

“To use me as a tool to push an agenda and push message is completely unacceptable,” he said. “I respect every single player in the NFL. Every single citizen has their rights. I am not into the Cheap Barcelona Jerseys politics of the game. I’m just a football player.”

Villanueva said last week he felt “embarrassed” about being the Cheap Authentic Jerseys From China lone Steeler on the field in Week 3 at Chicago and that “this national anthem ordeal has sort of been out of control.”

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