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Packers’ season on brink after another loss in Seattle

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Another game in Seattle, another potentially season-wrecking loss.cheap nfl nike jerseys china

There won’t be any catchy name for this one like the 2012 Fail Mary or the 2014 NFC Championship Game collapse.

But had the Green Bay Packers won, it might have become known as “The Robert Tonyan Game.” Or “The Kyler Fackrell Show.”

And they would have been the most unlikely heroes in recent Packers history.10

Instead, Tonyan’s 54-yard touchdown catch on his first NFL reception and Fackrell’s three-sack game will be nothing more than a one-off (or in this case, two-off) bright spot in a game — and season — that was just another wasted opportunity.

If the Packers end up missing the playoffs, they might view Thursday’s 27-24 loss to the Seahawks as one of the reasons. Green Bay entered the game with a 43 percent chance to make the playoffs, according to ESPN’s FPI. At 4-5-1 with six games to play, that dropped to 31 percent. Considering the Packers play at Minnesota a week from Sunday night, they’re streaking toward postseason elimination.

When asked after the game if there’s still hope left for this season, quarterback Aaron Rodgers, after some prompting, said:

“What am I supposed to say? Of course there’s hope,” he said. “Of course we believe in each other. It’s going to take one galvanizing moment. Whether that’s a speech or at practice or something happens in the game, something’s got to get this thing going. I thought we had moments tonight where that was the way we were going.”

Sure, the Packers could lose at Minnesota but still win their final five games to finish at 9-6-1. The most difficult game in that final quintet is at Chicago in Week 15. But their margin for error is now next to nothing. And, as coach Mike McCarthy always says, you can’t talk about the playoffs until you get to 10 wins.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

Think the Packers didn’t sense what was at stake on Thursday?

Roll back the video on Rodgers after he was sacked on third down midway through the fourth quarter. Visibly upset after suffering a fifth sack, Rodgers surely sensed the field goal the Packers settled for with 8 minutes, 23 seconds left in the game that gave them a 24-20 lead — after Rodgers hit Davante Adams for a 57-yard bomb — wasn’t going to be enough.

Chargers’ Joey Bosa will be limited if he returns to field Sunday

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The waiting and watching was the hardest part for Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa.

Bosa practiced as a limited participant for a second straight day Thursday and could be available for Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos after missing the first nine games of the season with a bruised left foot.

Bosa first injured his foot Aug. 7. He then aggravated the injury during practice on the Wednesday before the team’s season-opening loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

“When I walked into the locker room before the KC game, it just hit me that I wasn’t playing,” Bosa told reporters Thursday. “I remember almost choking up and had to walk out of the locker room. But after that moment, I didn’t let it get to me like that.”

Asked whether he’ll play Sunday, Bosa said he’s still in wait-and-see mode.9

“It’s really not decided yet,” Bosa said. “We’re just continuing with the plan, and that’s to practice this week. And we’ll see how it feels on Sunday.”cheap nfl nike jerseys china

Chargers defensive coordinator Gus Bradley said he likes what he has seen so far in limited time on the field from Bosa. However, until the medical staff gives the Ohio State product the green light, Bradley is preaching patience like Bosa.

Bradley understands that even if Bosa is cleared to play, he still isn’t in football shape because he did not participate in all of training camp — although Bosa said he has had 39 workouts in the past 29 days and he feels like he’s in good shape.

So if Bosa does take the field Sunday, expect to see him in about 10 to 15 plays in obvious passing situations.

“Any player loves to be with his teammates and the ability to compete again,” Bradley said about Bosa. “So I’m sure he wished he could go faster. He’s so competitive and he wants to be with his teammates. I think that we’ve just got to follow the procedure that’s set up for him.”

Mexico must shake off delays, off-pitch issues and focus on Argentina

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For any potential incoming Mexico manager combing through the domestic press and taking the temperature of the game in the North American country over recent weeks, the overall conclusion wouldn’t be particularly positive.

Last week, the government’s watchdog agency on monopolies began a formal investigation into Liga MX’s transfer practices. That comes on top of the government tax authority’s ongoing investigation into players signing “double contracts” with clubs.

Then there appears to be a kind of lingering hangover from the World Cup. The team has operated in a bunker-like menality during the subsequent international breaks with little access given to the traveling press.nike nfl jerseys wholesale cheap10

And there are suspicions that at least part of the reason why Javier Hernandez, Hector Herrera, Andres Guardado and Hector Moreno haven’t been called into the squad since Russia is because of friction over how the national team operates.

“Those that don’t come will have their reasons,” said defender Edson Alvarez in a news conference on Wednesday ahead of the first of two friendlies against Argentina. “They are people that maybe have had a long run [in the national team]. When they were starting I’m sure they didn’t want to miss a call-up.”

Even the news of the cancelation of next Monday’s NFL game at Estadio Azteca due to the abysmal pitch conditions reflected badly on Mexican football, given that Club America and Cruz Azul — two of Mexico’s top clubs — will be playing potentially championship-defining matches on it in a couple of weeks.cheap nike nfl jerseys paypal

On top of that have come problems in Cordoba this week. Players endured nightmare journeys due to the poor weather and the team’s training session on Tuesday took place in a local indoor gym because the bus carrying the team’s equipment had broken down on route from Buenos Aires.

That wasn’t actually the federation’s fault, but still, the reports go out into the public and the actual details can get lost.

Finally, the search for a new head coach rumbles on. Quique Sanchez Flores is the latest to apparently turn down the possibility and Gerardo “Tata” Martino remains the frontrunner.

Mexico’s November friendlies will be a litmus test for Guillermo Ochoa, Mexico’s goalkeepers

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Scanning the Mexican national team, it’s easy to spot the much-needed generational change that is beginning to take place. While a few older and more experienced names are gradually losing their relevance, intriguing new options such as Roberto Alvarado, Diego Lainez, Victor Guzman, Erick Gutierrez and a handful of others have started to make an impact.

Following another disappointing World Cup exit in the round of 16, changes like these are necessary to make improvements. Although Mexico will still have to rely on several veterans that were included in the latest 2018 Russia roster, a number of positions will continue to require some crucial alterations. For example, a new crop of strikers, defensive midfielders and central defenders would vastly help the depth of Mexico’s squad in the near future.nfl nike jerseys for cheap

But what about the goalkeeping position?9

In recent years, there have been no doubts that Guillermo Ochoa is Mexico’s best choice in net. Due to his European experience at club level, and his noteworthy World Cup appearances for the national team in 2014 and 2018, Ochoa easily stands out amongst his peers. In fact, when Qatar 2022 rolls around, it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see the 33-year-old remain the strongest goalkeeping candidate for El Tri.nike nfl jerseys wholesale cheap

And yet, despite his significance for Mexico, the Standard Liege star could benefit from a strong performance to help solidify his unquestioned starting spot. With plenty of young players now being given opportunities in recent friendlies — three of which were goalkeepers under the age of 30 — Ochoa should be motivated to highlight his capabilities in either of November’s friendlies against Argentina on the 16th and 20th.

With two games set against the South American giants in Cordoba and Mendoza, Ochoa will likely be given at least one start for Mexico this month. In an intimidating atmosphere outside of the comforts of the CONCACAF region, the goalkeeper will have a high-profile opportunity to not only showcase his talent and world-class reflexes, but also his leadership as the player with the most international caps (96) from El Tri’s latest call-up list.

Fantasy NBA Daily Notes: C’s and Rockets continue to struggle on offense

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“Jimmy Buckets” is headed to South Philly while “Jimmy” Harden might just have broken Houston out of its sustained funk in what was yet another wild weekend in the NBA.cheap nike nfl jerseys from china

Moniker aside, Jimmy Butler’s shift to the Philadelphia 76ers signals an important series of fluctuations in fantasy value, as ESPN’s Andre Snellings deftly details. For some context to the magnitude of the move, Butler was 11th in the league last season in offensive win shares — an estimate of wins added by a player on offense — and 12th in offensive box plus-minus, an estimate of the offensive points per 100 possessions a player contributed above a league-average player translated to an average team.

As a Sixers fan, I can confidently say this is the team’s most significant trade acquisition since Moses Malone in September of 1982 (no offense to Dikembe Mutombo). Eventually going “fo, fo, fo” would be great.10

Robert Covington, dealt to the Timberwolves for Butler along with Dario Saric, was the only player last season to make at least 200 3-pointers, block 70 shots and swipe 130 steals. Somehow, Covington is available in the majority of ESPN leagues as of Monday morning and is the premier endorsement in this week’s edition of free-agent finds.

Saric, meanwhile, produced just the fourth season in NBA history for a player 24-or-younger to average at least 14 PPG and six RPG while making 39 percent of at least five 3-point attempts per game in 2017-18. Essentially, precedent reveals the profile of a solid stretch forward.nfl nike jerseys cheap china

Both the real and fantasy results from this blockbuster trade should prove riveting to watch unfold. It will be comparably intriguing to watching the Houston Rockets climb from a glaringly sluggish start to the season. After all, they rank just 23rd in offensive rating, and on Sunday, they broke a four-game snap of scoring fewer than 100 points. Houston also delivered its first double-digit win this season (incredible for a team that led the league in net rating last season).

James Harden scored 40 points on 20 shots last night, while Chris Paul, apparently dealing with right elbow tendinitis, scored 26 points on 13 shots in an encouragingly efficient outing. Finally netting some momentum, the status of Clint Capela, which I discuss in the injury section below, will prove important for Houston’s success in the coming games.

Fantasy hoops roto rankings: Kyle Lowry reaching new heights

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Anyone who has played fantasy basketball during the past decade knows Kyle Lowry and knows him well. They’ve seen him develop from a defensive-minded player without a jump shot in his early days to the well-rounded scorer and playmaker that he is now.

Still, it’s safe to say none of us have seen this Kyle Lowry, the 32-year-old version who in his 13th NBA season is playing the best ball of his lengthy career.cheap nfl nike jerseys free shipping

He enters Week 5 of the fantasy basketball season as the NBA’s leader in assists with 11.0 per game while maintaining a healthy 17.2 PPG scoring average. He also is shooting 49.7 percent, averaging 2.5 3-pointers per game and chipping in defensively as well with 1.5 steals a game.

How much have people taken notice in fantasy leagues?9

Let’s put it this way — this week in one of my leagues, I offered Ben Simmons for Lowry in a trade with fellow league manager who knows his stuff. Two hours later, the trade was rejected and there was a counter offer. Simmons wasn’t enough. He wanted Giannis Antetokounmpo.

I wasn’t willing to go that far, but it’s safe to say that Lowry’s stock is on the rise. I’ve bumped him up to No. 11 this week, just ahead of Damian Lillard, who is having a terrific start to the season as well.

Other notables working their way up in the rankings this week include Lowry’s former teammate, DeMar DeRozan (22), as well as Kyrie Irving (31), Zach LaVine (37), Trae Young (47), Enes Kanter (50), Lonzo Ball (65), Serge Ibaka (66), Buddy Hield (76), Lauri Markkanen (85) and Brook Lopez (88).cheap nike nfl jerseys from china

Some of these are overdue adjustments — such as Hield, Kanter and Ibaka, who were too low in previous rankings — but some are for other reasons.

Patrick Mahomes sets Chiefs record for TD passes vs. Cardinals

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Andy Reid has seen along with the rest of the world Pat Mahomes’ strong work on game days and like everyone else, he’s impressed that the Kansas City Chiefs’ first-year starting quarterback has 31 touchdown passes in 10 games.

But it was the quarterback’s work on the other six days of the week that earned the praise of his coach after Mahomes threw two touchdown passes on Sunday to move to 31 and break Len Dawson’s team record of 30 set in 1964.china nike nfl jerseys cheap

“That’s something I do on Madden, for real,” said Hill when asked to put 31 TD passes in 10 games in perspective. “That’s crazy. For him to come in and do that, that’s amazing. A lot of people doubted him: ‘He wasn’t going to do this, he wasn’t going to do that.’ He’s showing a lot of people up right now and I’m proud of him.10

“Pat is a tremendous quarterback, a tremendous leader. So for a guy like him to get that record, it means a lot.”

Dawson set his record during the Chiefs’ old AFL days. None of their quarterbacks since has seriously threatened his mark.

Elvis Grbac had 28 in 2000. Trent Green in 2004 and Matt Cassel in 2010 got to 27.

But the Chiefs, at long last, have a new touchdown pass king and Mahomes’ teammates, including running back Kareem Hunt, celebrated him.nfl nike jerseys cheap china

“We needed all 31 of those touchdowns,” Hunt said, “and we got them.’’

Larry Fitzgerald moves into second on all-time receiving-yards list

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Fitzgerald, the Arizona Cardinals’ star wide receiver, passed Terrell Owens for second on the NFL’s all-time receiving-yardage list Sunday with a 15-yard catch late in t̄he fourth quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs.

He now has 15,952 yards and counting in 15 seasons. Only Jerry Rice sits ahead of Fitzgerald with 22,895 yards.

Owens, who’s a close friend of Fitzgerald’s, is now third with 15,934.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

“His friendship and my relationship with him is invaluable to me,” Fitzgerald said. “Means a great deal to me and to be mentioned in the same breath with him, it means a lot to me. It’s frustrating that it comes in another loss.”

Arizona lost to Kansas City 26-14 to fall to 2-7.9
Fitzgerald’s first catch of the game came early in the third quarter, a 5-yard play that moved him to 15,907 yards — 28 from passing Owens. Fitzgerald added 13 yards with 10:08 left in the third. A 4-yard catch with 1:11 left in the third moved Fitzgerald within 11 to pass Owens.

The play that moved Fitzgerald into second came on a first-and-10 from the 50 with 4:01 left in the game and Arizona trailing 26-14.

He finished with six catches for 50 yards.china nike nfl jerseys cheap

“I’m not really thinking about it now,” Fitzgerald said. “This is something I’ll think about when I’m done playing. I can look back and reflect on it at a later time but today is not the day. It’s nice to be able to do that and to be able to do that with the same team, to have so many wonderful teammates that continue to fight regardless of our record.”

His teammates, however, continued their admiration for Fitzgerald’s career.

“It’s really cool to play with a legend like that,” quarterback Josh Rosen said. “I’m really happy for him. We All know how hard he works. Really happy for him.”

Wide receiver J.J. Nelson, who has played with Fitzgerald since 2015, said he doesn’t need to wait to appreciate what Fitzgerald has accomplished. He can do it now, watching him every day, rather than wait for 10, 20, 30 years to see him go into the Hall of Fame or put is career into perspective.

Fantasy NBA Daily Notes: Don’t sleep on Raptors and Bucks

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For all the talk of the power imbalance between conferences in the NBA, this past weekend of action confirmed two of the league’s truly elite teams in both real and fantasy terms reside in the Eastern Conference.

With no offense [Editor’s note: pun intended?] to Boston and their top-ranked defense, ranking 27th in offensive rating isn’t exactly favorable for fantasy purposes. cheap nfl nike jerseys from china Instead, I’m talking about the Milwaukee Bucks and Toronto Raptors, two Eastern powerhouses who have a combined record of 17-2 and rank third and fourth, respectively, in offensive efficiency.

Even with Kawhi Leonard missing Sunday night’s game at the Staples Center with a sore foot, the Raptors drubbed LeBron James’ Lakers. The Lakers trailed by as many as 31 points in the first quarter, becoming the first team in the past 20 seasons to trail by at least 30 in the first quarter at home. Kyle Lowry likely could have tried to chase Scott Skiles’ 30-assist opus from 1990, given he had a career-high 12 dimes at the half against the Lakers, but settled for 15 in the convincing win.

The Bucks trounced the otherwise surging Kings on Sunday afternoon via scoring 144 points, their most in a non-overtime game since 1979 against the Spurs. Giannis Antetokounmpo produced his 11th career triple-double in the victory — and his first accomplished within three quarters — snapping the Kings’ five-game winning streak.9

We already knew Lowry and Antetokounmpo were impact fantasy contributors, but how about finding affordable paths to shares of these elite rosters?

For the Raptors, we find Serge Ibaka surging statistically as if he were a young member of the Thunder again. Ibaka delivered a career-high 34 points (15-17 FG) against the Lakers and started the game by hitting his first 14 shots from the field — the most consecutive field goals made to begin a game since Shaquille O’Neal made his first 14 back in February of 2006 against the SuperSonics, per Elias.nfl cheap jerseys nike

Ibaka joins Anthony Davis, Joel Embiid and Karl-Anthony Towns as the only players averaging at least 18 PPG and 1.4 BPG this season and yet is available as a fantasy free agent in nearly half of ESPN leagues.

If Ibaka is already scooped up in your league, how about Pascal Siakam? The defensive-minded forward earned an endorsement in my recent waiver wire update thanks to averaging 1.7 combined blocks and steals while producing solid rebounding results and efficient scoring production. Siakam has averaged a rewarding 33.1 MPG the past five games, all starts, and merits to be rostered in more than 12 percent of ESPN leagues.

Fantasy hoops roto rankings: Wendell Carter Jr. among bigs taking flight

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What his four points against Cleveland Thursday and seven points two nights later against Utah reinforced, however, is that Jokic shouldn’t be ranked as high as a player like Joel Embiid who is just as versatile and averaging 20.7 shots a game compared to Jokic’s 12.0.nfl nike jerseys for cheap

In a week with minimal movement in the top 15, this is one of the notable changes, as Embiid moves up to No. 7, Russell Westbrook comes in at No. 8 and Jokic slides a couple spots to No. 9.

Take away Jokic’s offensive struggles, and it’s difficult to find too many other big men who under-performed the past week. In fact, most shined.8

Karl-Anthony Towns (10) recorded three double-doubles since last Monday and put his early-season struggles squarely in the rear-view mirror, raining down 13 3-pointers and making major contributions on defense with six steals and nine blocks during the past five games.

Rudy Gobert (14) showed his usual strengths as one of the league’s most efficient players, rebounders and shot-blockers.

And then things got interesting, as Nikola Vucevic (19), Marc Gasol (27) and prized Chicago rookie Wendell Carter Jr. (55) each jumped up considerably with eye-opening numbers and tremendous consistency.

Vucevic is more of a double-double threat than Gasol at this stage because Gasol doesn’t pull down the rebounds he once did, but Gasol takes and makes more 3s. Both rack up a lot of assists. Vucevic gets more blocks. Gasol gets more steals; in fact the Grizzlies’ center has averaged 2.8 SPG during his past five contests!cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

The week kind of belonged to Carter, though, if we’re being honest. On the waiver wire in many leagues when last week started, Carter stepped in to play more minutes than usual with Bobby Portis out and showed the poise of a five-year vet. In four games, Carter averaged 17.0 PPG, 9.0 RPG, 4.0 APG, 2.0 BPG, 1.8 SPG while going 16-of-18 from the free throw line.