(Broken) armed with experience, Packers’ Davante Adams breaks out

Davante Adams wears it like a badge of honor. Of course, he has no choice. The bulge on the outside of his upper left arm is there to stay.

“Feel it,” Adams offers.

Sure enough, there’s something Trumaine Johnson Youth Jersey unmistakably unnatural under the skin.

“It’s calcium buildup from breaking it,” Adams said.

No one’s going to reinstall Mike McCarthy’s team as the Super Bowl favorite it was back in August, but the fire-the-coach crowd should be quelled for at least a week. And no, the Packers didn’t make up any ground in the NFC North; at 5-6, they’re still two games behind the first-place Detroit Lions but have the middling Houston Texans (6-5) up next at Lambeau Field.

“The fact of the matter is this is one win,” McCarthy said. “We’re 5-6. We need to stay the course. We look at this as a launching pad. Definitely a game we can build off of.”

The idea that they could win out might not sound as crazy as it did when Rodgers stood Tyler Higbee Youth Jersey at his locker last Wednesday and said: “I feel like we can run the table, I really do.”

Rodgers reasoned that “the offense is starting to click a little bit more; we’ve just got to put together a game where we’re more consistent from the first snap to the last. We’ve been, I think, getting closer to that. We’ve really been clicking, at times, in the last few games.”

That much held true.

Back to the quick-passing offense that has worked in spots this season, Rodgers got rolling early — most of it to Adams, who caught touchdowns of 12 and 20 yards (the latter on a thread-the-needle throw). Adams became the third player this season with 100 receiving yards and two touchdown catches on Monday Night Football.

Adams at first neglects to mention that he didn’t break his arm just once. Or even twice. No, as the Green Bay Packers receiver sits in his locker, he eventually reveals that he broke it three times as a kid. The same arm. In the same spot.

Dustin Hopkins missed two field goals, including a 55-yard attempt late in the first half.

Gruden has done a good job coaching this team and crafting an offense that takes advantage of the talent they have at the skill positions. And maybe if he’s a defense-minded coach, he doesn’t attempt a field goal that is 1 yard longer than Dustin Hopkins’ career long of 54. Hopkins already had missed a field goal in this game and is not kicking as purely as he had last season. It Jah Reid Authentic Womens Jersey would have been OK — smart, even — to just try to pin Dallas deep in its own territory.

But Gruden is an offensive coach, and if you’re going to be aggressive, you stay that way. That’s what he did, right or wrong. It’s what he’ll do next game, too. It worked out against Green Bay. It did not work out against Dallas.

“The 55-yarder in a dome, I think he can make, and I think he can make it nine times out of 10,” Gruden said. “So I’ve got to take the points. He mishit the ball. He’s got plenty of leg, he just missed it.

In the afternoon game, the Dallas Cowboys (10-1) beat the Washington Redskins (6-4-1) 31-26. There is virtually no catching the Cowboys in the division at this point. It’s all about the wild card, and Washington currently holds the sixth and final playoff spot. Thanks to a Dallas win over Washington, the Eagles can pull within a half-game of the Redskins with a win over the Green Bay Packers on Monday Night Football.

According to Football Outsiders, the Eagles entered the week with a 40.5 percent chance of making the postseason despite the fact they sit at 0-3 in the division and ninth in the NFC playoff standings. An uphill climb, no doubt, but the Eagles play four of their final six games (including all three NFC East matchups) at home, where they are undefeated to this point in the season.

A path to the postseason remains, and it got a little less arduous thanks Jamaal Charles Authentic Womens Jersey to the Thanksgiving results.

“We know that it’s going to be a competitive stretch for these last six games,” said Matthews, “but at the same time, do we feel like we’re the best of the bunch? Of course. Have we played all the teams … competitively? Of course. So now, OK, what did we do in those games wrong? Fix it. But we definitely know we’ve got to win the next six. Can’t sugarcoat it, can’t beat around the bush. We’ve got to win the next six if we want to make a run at this thing.”

Colts squander way too many opportunities in loss to Steelers

The Indianapolis Colts’ room for error was marginal. They knew it, too.

They didn’t have starting Matt McGloin Authentic Jersey quarterback Andrew Luck, out because of a concussion, and they were facing the Pittsburgh Steelers, who had embarrassed the Colts in their previous two meetings.

So what did the Colts do Thursday night?

They put themselves in a position to hang with Pittsburgh, only to end up squandering opportunities in their 28-7 loss at Lucas Oil Stadium. The loss ended a two-game winning streak and dropped the Colts’ record back under .500 at 5-6.

The Eagles have been one of the most active teams this offseason. They have already pulled off perhaps the two biggest trades of the year, swapping LeSean McCoy for Kiko Alonso with the Bills, and Nick Foles for Sam Bradford with the Rams. It’s not clear exactly what they would be looking for in exchange for Mathis. The team has already addressed running back (signing DeMarco Murray) and cornerback (Byron Maxwell, Walter Thurmond) this offseason.

Financial terms of the contract have not been announced, and nothing is official at this point, but the three-year deal is expected to be worth $15 million with $10 million guaranteed, according to Adam Schefter. It wouldn’t be out of line with the kind of deals corners have been signing in the current free agent market.

Browner’s former teammate in Seattle, Byron Maxwell, inked a $63 million Menelik Watson Authentic Jersey deal with Eagles this week, including $25 million guaranteed on the six-year contract.

Browner was part of Seattle’s Super Bowl-winning team in 2013, though a December 2013 PED suspension kept him out of the big game. After the season, he signed a free agent deal with the New England Patriots, a three-year contract worth $17 million. He played a significant role in the Patriots championship run last season before he became a cap casualty in New England. Two straight seasons with two straight Super Bowl winners, though — if nothing else, that’s a nice omen for Saints fans to rally around in what’s looking like a rebuilding year.

Adam Gase finally settled on a running back in Jay Ajayi and managed to right the ship

Out of nowhere, the Dolphins have sprinted into the AFC playoff picture. After a 1-4 start capped by an embarrassing performance against the Bengals on national television, Adam Gase finally settled on a running back in Jay Ajayi and managed to right the ship.

Ajayi’s emergence as a workhorse back has shut off the turnover Matt Bosher Womens Jersey spigot for the Dolphins, who had 11 giveaways in four contests before their game against the Steelers on Oct. 16. Since then, Ryan Tannehill’s offense has given up the ball twice in five games, while the defense has forced nine takeaways.

the Panthers, whom the Bucs beat in Week 5. Carolina’s schedule isn’t much easier. The Panthers still face the Raiders, Seahawks, Chargers, Washington and the Falcons before squaring off against Tampa in the season finale. Carolina’s hold-on-for-dear-life victory over the Saints on Thursday night was also its first win within the division, pushing it to 1-3 and still leaving it unlikely to win many tiebreakers in the South. FPI also gives the Panthers just a 2.6 percent chance of winning a wild-card berth, meaning that Carolina probably needs an Atlanta collapse to have a serious chance at the playoffs.

Carolina is ahead of Tampa because the Panthers have looked significantly better since their bye week, but like Matt Bryant Womens Jersey Cincinnati, FPI can’t account for an injury to a critical contributor. Sean McDermott has begun to use Luke Kuechly more frequently as a blitzer, and it has helped kick-start a moribund Panthers defense. If Kuechly’s concussion keeps him out for an extended period of time, it’s hard to see how the Panthers will deal with opposing offenses.

Miami beat the Bills by three in a game in which they were really up by more until a meaningless late Buffalo touchdown, but their next three games have basically been coin flips: They won on a late kick-return touchdown against the Jets and a pick-six with 1:13 left against the Chargers as San Diego was approaching field goal range, and needed two late touchdown drives to prevail over a mostly useless Jared Goff in his first NFL start on Sunday. They’ve benefited from wildly important-but-unsustainable plays in key moments and an ugly slate of opposing quarterbacks.

The Titans exchanged fourth-round picks with the Eagles and negotiated Murray’s deal down

RB DeMarco Murray: The Titans exchanged fourth-round picks with the Eagles and negotiated Murray’s deal down while getting the centerpiece to their smash-mouth ground attack. Through 10 games, Murray is just 70 yards shy of 1,000. He’s been tough, determined and efficient. Robinson and the Titans were smart to know they would get the guy who led the league in rushing in Dallas in 2014, not the guy who had a dud 2015 in Philly.

The Raiders would have the Nick Bonino Authentic Jersey opportunity to join the Rams if the Chargers ultimately find a way to stay in San Diego, their home since 1961. Las Vegas approved $750 million in public funds to help build a new stadium for the Raiders, who must now get approval from three-quarters of the NFL owners in order to relocate.

Many believe the Raiders’ move to Vegas is inevitable, similar to the Chargers’ move to L.A., but Goodell made the NFL’s intentions clear.

“We’d love to get something done in Oakland, but if they do file a relocation, we’ll evaluate that and make sure that we look at it as far as the market issues is concerned,” Goodell told the local media in Los Angeles. “We’re very thorough on relocation, as you guys know.”

For whatever reason, the blocking has been worse than last season. The problems can’t be pinned simply on Ogbuehi, who has struggled to the point that the team has rotated him with veteran Eric Winston.

“It just has to be done better,” Whitworth said. “Guys just have to lock in and put their best foot forward technique-wise and everything else. As you’ve been in this league longer, I think more of our guys are going to find that out — guys start to figure you out, how you block and how you do things, and you’d better have an answer for it. And some of that’s been a problem, and then there’s been a lot of other things Pavel Bure Authentic Jersey too. So it’s a mixture, and it always is. The reality is we just have to do better as a group and that’s on all of us.”

Right guard Kevin Zeitler is on the ground watching what’s happening. Right tackle Cedric Ogbuehi is almost face-first in the turf. Left guard Clint Boling is falling to the ground as center Russell Bodine is trying to pull a Giants defender away from Dalton. Whitworth has risen after being briefly knocked down on one knee.

“I am a little worried,” Joe Jr. said Friday at Lambeau Field. “I know his body might be a little fragile. I’m going to try to get the coach not to run him on one of those stretch plays. I’m going to try to get him to run straight downhill.”

Scherzer’s contract with Washington calls for another five year

Scherzer’s contract with Washington calls for another five years, which would take him through the 2021 season and his 37th birthday. On the one hand, it seems a little foolish to expect the age 37 version of Scherzer to approximate what he’s done in his late 20s and early 30s. On the other, all signs point to Mad Max — who hasn’t missed a start and has increased his K total in each of the last five years — being one of those freaks of nature who just keeps on ticking.

If that happens, if Scherzer stays the course and offers up five more years like the last five, he’ll have a pretty compelling case for Cooperstown. Since 2012, the hard-throwing righty has averaged 17 wins and 257 strikeouts per season. If he continues to do that through 2021, he’ll be sitting at 210 career wins and 3,166 whiffs. If the 3,166 K’s seems like a lot, that’s because it is. Only 12 hurlers in major league history have more, and every single one of them (except Clemens) is in the Hall of Fame.

OK, so that last one doesn’t really matter, but how cool would it be to have a heterochromatic Hall of Famer? How exactly would Tom Tsuchiya go about capturing that in bronze?

“Plaques are monochromatic,” says Tsuchiya, a sculptor who does works on HOF plaques for Pittsburgh firm Matthews Architectural Products, “but you can still depict it depending on how you carve the pupils. The dark eye would be cut in deeper relief than the light eye.”

So where exactly does that leave Scherzer?

We can rule out the possibility Bill Bentley Authentic Womens Jersey of him retiring in his 20s because, well, he’s already 32. We can be reasonably certain that he won’t fizzle, seeing as how he’s spent the last four years being one the game’s most dominant starters and is showing absolutely no signs of slowing. There is also no reason to believe that the scarlet P applies to him. The question then becomes, given the relatively slow start to Scherzer’s career — he didn’t reach 50 wins until after his 28th birthday — will he have enough Cooperstown cred by the time he hangs it up?

The answer is starting to look more and more like a yes.

It’s early, but Nationals ace Max Scherzer has now won the Cy Young award in both leagues. Future Hall of Famer, anyone? Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports
Although Scherzer was a first-round pick (Arizona, 2006), the 6-foot-3 righty took a while to blossom. In 126 starts over his first five big-league seasons, he posted a combined 3.94 ERA with a 1.30 WHIP to put him firmly in “meh” territory. But in 132 starts since, his ERA has been nearly a full run lower (2.95), and his 1.01 WHIP is the best of any starter Brandon Pettigrew Authentic Womens Jersey not named Clayton Kershaw. In other words, the Washington Nationals’ ace appears to be smack dab in the middle of his prime.

The Raiders are 1 draft away from a breakout season

The NFL playoffs are going to see some new faces in 2016. It happens every year.

Four new teams — Kansas City, Houston, Washington and NFL Jerseys Nike Minnesota — went to the playoffs in 2015. Five new teams went in 2014, and five new clubs Wholesale NFL Jerseys China went in 2013. In fact, going back to the 1990’s, turnover amongst the NFL’s 12-team playoff field has pushed 50 percent. Parity.

Other notables like linebacker Reggie Ragland and defensive linemen A’Shawn Robinson and Jarran Reed didn’t participate in much more than positional drills:

While Watt was obviously in attendance to watch his younger brother Derek Watt, O’Brien was taking in the performance of quarterback Joel Stave, according to Tony Pauline of Walter Football. The Texans NFL Jerseys 2016 signed Brock Osweiler on Wednesday, so the team’s quarterback need isn’t as dire as it was when O’Brien arrived in Wisconsin, but adding more talent at the position isn’t a bad idea even though Houston already added Tom Savage last year.

The top prospect for the Badgers is NFL Jerseys Authentic likely linebacker Joe Schobert, though. Of the 25 teams in attendance, the Lions and Eagles sent linebacker coaches, according to NFL.com’s Gil Brandt, and Schobert impressed with a 35.5-inch vertical and solid quickness.

All 32 teams sent representatives to the Oklahoma Pro Day, where wide receiver Sterling Shepard reportedly stole the show in positional workouts even though he decided to stand on his Combine numbers in timing drills. Those in Basketball Jerseys Custom attendance included Bengals coach Marvin Lewis, who could probably use a receiver after losing Marvin Jones on Wednesday.

Kevin Dodd of Clemson was one of the big names on the day. He took part in both defensive line and linebacker drills, and had a 30.5” vertical jump, a 4.44 short shuttle and 7.31 in the 3-cone drill. On top of that, he put up 22 reps of 225 pounds in the bench press. On top of Dodd, Mackensie Alexander, a cornerback, drew plenty of attention. Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano was particularly interested in Alexander, who impressed in position drills and is notable for his versatility in the secondary.

Defensive end Shaq Lawson is the other big name, and all three Clemson players could wind up going in the first round of the NFL Draft. Lawson did both linebacker and defensive line drills, but drew much better reviews for his work on the line than at the linebacker position.

2016 NFL mock draft: Washington chooses DT Andrew Billings

The strengths of the 2016 NFL Draft fit perfectly into the needs on Washington’s roster. The overwhelming strength of this draft is at defensive tackle, arguably Washington’s top need. Washington has players like Kedric Golston and Jerrell Powe set for the nose tackle spot, and that’s not a good thing. But there is a lot of talent at corner, a position where Washington could upgrade from Chris Culliver and Bashaud Breeland. There’s also good wide receiver talent available with this pick, like Josh Doctson of TCU and Laquon Treadwell of Ole Miss.

Ken Meringolo of Hogs Haven hits on one of those needs with his pick at No. 21.

Meringolo: I was dying to take Ryan Kelly and pair him with Kirk Cousins in what I believe could be a dominant duo up the middle for years to come. Unable to do so, I audibled back to the strength at the top of this draft class, which is along the defensive line (also an area of need for Washington). They employ multiple schemes, and Billings fits in both odd- and even-man defensive fronts. The team has cycled in a number of veterans here the last few seasons, and would likely jump at the chance to install a longer-term solution.

Video emerged of the bar brawl, allegedly showing McCoy, along with three others — one being former running back Curtis Brinkley — throwing punches and being restrained. The fight reportedly started over the ownership of a bottle of champagne at the Recess nightclub in Philadelphia, and resulted in serious injuries for the off-duty officers working security.

The police report details all four suspects punching one of the officers and knocking him to the ground, where they continued to punch, kick and stomp his head and body. Both officers were treated for their injuries, which collectively includes broken ribs, a broken nose, eye lacerations, a sprained thumb and a possible skull fracture.

“For the past several weeks my office has worked diligently with Philadelphia Police Department’s Central Detectives to investigate this matter and, in the end, there is insufficient evidence to prove that any individual committed a criminal offense,” Williams said in a press release on Monday. “My job is not to decide if anyone acted appropriately or not. My job is to determine if evidence exists to charge any individual with a crime. I do that by looking at all the facts. That is what we did here. My decision today is consistent with my commitment to the citizens of Philadelphia to charge, and only charge, those people who, based on evidence, are guilty of crimes.”

McCoy met with Williams shortly after the incident, according to the local WPVI TV. Williams said he was carefully examining all the evidence and that he didn’t want to “rush to judgement.”

After ‘something different’ vs. Ravens, Hue Jackson goes back to Cody Kessler

In April, Hue Jackson said “trust me” when the Cleveland Browns drafted Cody Kessler.

The shade of blue. The Chargers actually used four different blue tones from 1960 through 1973. All of them looked pretty good, but only the final one, in use from 1968 through ’73, could be described as a true powder blue.

The helmet bolts. The lightning bolts on the Chargers’ helmets have always been gold, right? Wrong. The bolts were blue for the team’s inaugural season in 1960 (and so were the bolts on the blue jersey that year). After changing to gold in 1961, the helmet bolts were blue again in 1966 (but the bolts on the blue jersey stayed gold that time around).

The reality, of course, is that all of these uniform combinations looked good on the field (and so did their assorted white-jerseyed counterparts, for that matter), so you could mix and match just about any of these elements and it would still turn out fine. Still, it’s interesting to see just how much variety there was in such a short time period.

Meanwhile, there’s one other detail from the Chargers’ early days that’s worth mentioning: In 1962, San Diego was among the recipients of the All-America City Award, a civic honor bestowed annually on 10 communities around the nation. The Chargers responded to this by wearing a commemorative decal on the crown of their helmets in 1963.

McCoy also had a message for the person who did it: “I forgive you.”

“I would just ask that people pray for the kid who tried to break into my house,” said McCoy, who wasn’t home when the incident occurred.

“Just a lost kid. [He] probably just needs some guidance. Ain’t nothing to be upset over. It happens.”

“You can look at it a different way — you can look at it as, ‘Aw, I hate the person who tried to break into my house’ or you can look at it as ‘somebody who needs help,’ ” said McCoy, who, along with his wife Ebony, adopt several families each year for the holidays and are known for their philanthropy work, even donating nearly $20,000 to the Pediatric Cancer Foundation over the past two years.

A Football Life examines Jim Brown’s legacy

The NFL Network’s A Football Life is in its sixth season. The highly-acclaimed series has produced a wide range of films on iconic figures such as Vince Lombardi and interesting characters like Dexter Manley. But it never examined the life of perhaps the greatest football player of all time.

Until now.

Jim Brown: A Football Life will make its debut after Thursday’s Cleveland-Baltimore game on NFL Network. It also will air Friday at 9 p.m. ET.

Here we will look at five candidates each week, one or two from each of the four fantasy-relevant positions that make good spot starts in their upcoming games. These players are widely available on league waiver wires or sitting on the end of your beach, but whether by newfound opportunity or a good matchup, present sneaky value for the coming week.

Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears (1.7 percent owned)
Cutty’s back. Deal with it. The mercurial veteran quarterback was actually quite solid in his return to the starting lineup against the vaunted Vikings defense. Jay Culter completed 64.5 percent of his passes and posted a 100.5 passer rating in Week 8.

In Week 10 Cutler draws a far more favorable matchup with the Buccaneers in Tampa Bay. Over their last two games, both at home, Tampa Bay allowed 857 passing yards. That’s almost a full 200 yards more than the Panthers, who allowed the second-most yardage in the same span. In the last four weeks of the season the Bucs allowed a 9-1 touchdown to interception ratio.

Both the Bucs and Bears offense feature aggressive quarterbacks facing suspect defenses. If the two are forced to take chase to the air, Cutler has the matchup advantage, especially with a healthy and locked-in Alshon Jeffery.

Kapri Bibbs, RB, Denver Broncos (0.4 percent owned)
Long-time respected Broncos beat writer Mike Klis intimated on Monday that Kapri Bibbs has a chance ot take the lead role in Denver’s backfield from rookie Devontae Booker. It hasn’t been a great two-week showing from Booker in his efforts to replace C.J. Anderson as the feature back. Booker has 35 touches over the last two weeks, but averaged a collective 2.5 yards per rush and overall hasn’t been a net positive for an offense that needs a run game to sustain their movement.