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Jordan Matthews, WR, Eagles: It’s not easy to garner 11 targets in a game and finish with as few fantasy points as Matthews scored on Sunday (2); he became only the fourth player in 2016 to score that few or fewer on at least as many targets, joining Tavon Austin (1 on 12 targets, Week 1), Corey Coleman (2 on 11 targets, Week 14) and Brandon Marshall (1 on 11 targets, Week 15). Matthews’ six catches at least kept his score from being devastating in PPR formats — he finished with eight points there — but this was a huge letdown to those who started him in standard leagues, as he was active in 46.6 percent of ESPN leagues.

All he needed was some time to get used to the intricacies of his new position and the kind of opportunity that presented itself on Sunday at Soldier Field. On a bitterly cold day with a wind chill of minus-4 degrees at kickoff and without James Starks (inactive because of a concussion), Montgomery obliterated his previous career high of nine carries. In the process, he took some of the pressure off an ailing Rodgers, who hobbled around on a bum right calf.

The highlight was a potential 2-yard loss that Montgomery turned into a 61-yard gain in the first quarter.
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In all, the Packers rushed for 226 yards — easily their season high. Christine Michael also got into the act with a 42-yard touchdown, giving the Packers their first game with three rushing scores since Week 16 of the 2013 season against Pittsburgh.

But it will be Rodgers’ last throw, which traveled 52 yards past the line of scrimmage for his deepest completion of the season, that will be most remembered.

Authentic Womens J.J. Nelson Jersey “I saw Jordy put his hand out, figured that the safety on the back side hadn’t rolled to the middle, so they were playing a quarters look,” Rodgers said. “I tried to put enough air on it for him to run underneath it and that’s what he does. He makes those kind of catches.”

I just got back from lunch and thought to myself

I just got back from lunch and thought to myself, “Hey, maybe Love/Hate is up. Let’s see what Matthew thinks this week!”
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Then I read the article, and I’m sitting at my desk a bit tearful. You did the same thing to me last year with your amazing article about your daughters, which I then shared with my wife. I can get fantasy advice anywhere, but you add a human element to things and make it fun. Your article went right to my heart, and I immediately wanted to write.

After reading the rest of Brian’s note, we spoke on the phone for over an hour, and with his blessing, I am sharing his story with you.

“I knew it would be a perfect match,” Hackett joked.

Hackett’s wife also is a Star Wars fan, or she’s the most understanding spouse in history, because she joined in the Hackett family’s group Halloween costume in 2015. She was Darth Vader. Hackett’s two sons were Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi, and his two daughters were Queen Amidala and Princess Leia.

“I was Han Solo,” Hackett said. “I’m Han all the way. I love me some Han.”

Hackett said Thursday that he wasn’t going to be able to make the premiere of the newest movie in the franchise, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” It wasn’t for lack of trying, though.

“We had the conversation today that him and his wife usually go to dinner or do something every Friday night, and he’s trying to talk her into making the date night seeing Star Wars,” Bortles said. “And then I said, ‘Is there any realistic chance that you dress up?’ and he said it’s highly likely.

“He said he got a text message from one of his buddies growing up, in costume, getting ready to go see the movie tonight, so he’s got some weird, nerdy friends that all like it.”
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Brian’s wife, Ashley, gave birth to a daughter, Elizabeth, in July of 2013. She was almost four weeks premature, and, as Brian puts it, “That’s when everything began.”

the Cubs selected Rondon and eventually gave him a chance to be their closer

¡°It¡¯s nice to do what we did with Rondon and bring in some new blood,¡± Epstein said.

Four winter meetings ago, the Cubs selected Rondon and eventually gave him a chance to be their closer. They wouldn¡¯t mind doing that again Thursday, with the mindset of grooming a new arm to be an eventual starter. Epstein said there are some candidates. It might be wishful thinking, though, as Rule 5 picks must be on the 25-man roster for the entire season after they are chosen, and that might be a luxury the Cubs can¡¯t afford.

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And speaking of pitchers, we had a couple on the big club last year who had some serious trouble staying healthy, including my boy [Stephen] Stras[burg], whose bionic elbow appears to have a ‘sell by’ date and could go kablooey at any time. So from where I¡¯m sitting, it sure seems like it might have been a good idea to, ya know, not give up three stud pitching prospects for Adam Bleepin’ Eaton.¡±

Korey Toomer took over for Brown while he was out and has done a good job

After a knee injury forced him to miss four games, rookie inside linebacker Jatavis Brown returned to practice as a limited participant Wednesday. Korey Toomer took over for Brown while he was out and has done a good job, leading the team in tackles with 61. However, the Chargers would like to get Brown back on the field. “It felt good,” Brown said. “It’s always good to be out there having fun with the guys.”

LB Justin Durant was limited in Wednesday’s practice as he returns from a hamstring strain that kept him out of the Cowboys’ last game. Anthony Hitchens was able to take the bulk of the sub-package snaps against Minnesota, but with the Giants running almost exclusively a three-wide receiver set, Durant’s return would help the Cowboys keep their middle linebackers fresh throughout the game. J.J. Wilcox, who is battling a thigh bruise, did not practice Wednesday and could miss his second straight game.
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ESPN’s Football Power Index projects that the Falcons have a 69 percent chance of winning.

Kirk Cousins is 189 passing yards from becoming the first quarterback in Washington history with multiple seasons of 4,000 passing yards. Brad Johnson (1999) and Jay Schroeder (1986) are the franchise’s only quarterbacks who reached 4,000 yards one time.
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The Steelers’ Brown has caught 49 touchdown passes from Roethlisberger. They are tied with Lynn Swann and Terry Bradshaw for the most touchdowns by a receiver-quarterback combination in franchise history.

LeGarrette Blount leads the league with 13 rushing touchdowns this season and is one behind the New England Patriots’ all-time single-season record, held by Curtis Martin (who had 14 in 1995 and 1996).

Texans right tackle Derek Newton is going to have his hands full

The problem is that Clark is a big punch guy. He sells out with his punch right away at the snap in hopes of knocking the edge rusher off balance, ruining their rush before it can get started. That’s cool when you are going to against pass rushers with poor technique, but Hali and Houston are very adept at using their hands to keep offensive linemen from being able to connect with their punches.

Justin Houston using his moves (via Cincy Jungle).

The penalties moved the Steelers from the 47 to the 17-yard line, giving them an easy shot at a game-winning field goal — a 35-yarder. Chris Boswell hit it easily and the Steelers advanced, 18-16, after one of the craziest endings ever.
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Garret Sparks Elite Jersey The Seahawks counter with the NFL’s top-ranked rush defense (81.5 yards per game) while allowing just 3.6 yards per rush, the fourth-best mark in the league. They shut down the rushing champ, Adrian Peterson, in their first meeting, holding him to just 18 yards on eight carries. Like they did in that victory, the Seahawks will look to establish an early lead and force the Vikings to abandon their bread-and-butter run game.

The Vikings, on the other hand, want to control the clock with their ground-and-pound offense. Because of the limitations in their passing game and the frigid temperatures expected in Minneapolis, the biggest key for the Vikings on Sunday is the health and effectiveness of Peterson.

There is no question he is a crucial part of the team’s success. The Vikings are 11-1 when he gets at least 18 carries in a game, and 0-4 when he doesn’t. Though he has been tremendous all season, he’s slowed a bit in the past few weeks. Peterson averaged just 64.5 yards per game and 3.6 yards per rush over his last five games; in his first 11 contests, those numbers were 105.8 and 4.9.

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The reigning champion New England Patriots return to action Saturday with many of their injured weapons expected back on the field. They take on the Kansas City Chiefs, the NFL’s hottest team.

When the Chiefs started the season 1-5, nearly everyone wrote off their chances at a playoff push, and understandably so. The chances of recovering from such a poor start are dismal, let alone in a division with the then-undefeated Denver Broncos.

Willie Cauley-Stein Jersey The Patriots, meanwhile, took an opposite path to the playoffs. They started strong, winning their first 10 games, but stumbled down the stretch by losing four of their final six games. It was an unprecedented closing run for the Patriots in the Tom Brady-Bill Belichick era. Never before had Brady lost two straight games to end the regular season, and it was the first time under Belichick that New England had a losing record in its final six games.

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Now the question remains whether it is realistic for the Patriots, who looked so uninspired and lethargic in the final six weeks, to suddenly morph into the team that was so impressive during its 10-game win streak. If they can regain their early-season form and stop the streaking Chiefs, the Patriots will advance to the AFC title match for the fifth year in a row, joining the Raiders (1973-77) as the only teams to reach five straight conference championship games.

The turnaround for Kansas City centered around the improved play of quarterback Alex Smith and the offense. Early in the year, Smith took precious few shots downfield despite the presence of big-money free agent Jeremy Maclin and field-stretching tight end Travis Kelce.

Cubs casting wide net with eyes on pitching upgrades

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The major question is if a big addition will come via free agency or trade. The Cubs seemingly have answered that several times and did again earlier this week.
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Carlos Beltran would have been a better fit because he is a a better player, but he is going to be 40 next season, while Holliday will be 37. Holliday has not aged as well.

The Cardinals have been relatively quiet this winter outside of signing reliever Brett Cecil and trading away starter Jaime Garcia, leading to a clamoring for action from some of their fan base frustrated by a rare hiatus from playoff contention and again wondering when the team’s front office will make a major splash.

If Mozeliak is heeding the buzz as the Cardinals head to D.C. for the winter meetings, he might be most compelled to pursue leadoff hitter Dexter Fowler, who has generated the most rumors since the team’s initial impulse to add a center fielder and move Randal Grichuk to left.

The hang-up is age. Fowler will be 31 by the time next season begins, which could rule him out if his camp is seeking a deal longer than three or four years.

If those discussions are ongoing, that is far from the only iron in the fire for the Cardinals, who also are believed to be discussing corner outfielders and, perhaps, even shortstops and second basemen.

Whether they touched base with Greg Genske, the agent for third baseman Justin Turner, is unknown, but a source indicated the team’s interest in Turner — who might be the best hitter on the market — is far from strong. The only way Turner, 32, lands in St. Louis is if his market falls apart and he can be acquired on a short-term basis.

The Spurs have now captured 12 consecutive road victories dating to last season

At the end of the first half, San Antonio¡¯s top scorers Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge had combined to connect on 2 of 11 for five points, which is why the Spurs¡¯ bench rose up at just the right time. San Antonio¡¯s reserves contributed 44 of the team¡¯s 94 points, with each of them playing approximately 15 minutes or more, led by Mills with 29 minutes of action.

The Spurs have now captured 12 consecutive road victories dating to last season, which ties the longest overall road streak in franchise history, and their revamped bench played a major role. At times during the 2015-16 season, San Antonio¡¯s bench carried the team, only to fall flat in the team¡¯s series loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference semifinals.

¡°The bench wasn¡¯t as productive in the playoffs,¡± reserve forward Kyle Anderson said. ¡°I wouldn¡¯t say we weren¡¯t productive. We just didn¡¯t have that spark that we normally did.

I thought the second unit was great all [last] season, but not in the playoffs. I guess we sort of leveled off last season. So that¡¯s been a focus for this year¡¯s bench: to stay on it the whole season. That¡¯s what we take pride in: bringing that juice off the bench. Every game, no matter who it is, we look at it as something we want to make sure we handle and stay on top of every game. That¡¯s why we always say, ¡®Make sure you bring that juice off the bench,¡¯ because we always want to be a spark off the bench.¡±

The group certainly did as much against the Mavericks. The second unit turned over the ball only one more time (six) than the starters, dished two more assists (nine), nabbed three steals and blocked three shots; all numbers comparable to contributions from the first group.
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¡°We have a great first unit. But everybody is going to have off nights, and it¡¯s our job that when that happens to come in and pick them up, and to use one of our biggest advantages, which is our depth,¡± said David Lee, who contributed seven points and five rebounds.
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It really comes with us coming in and playing with the proper energy. If we do that, it¡¯s not always going to show up in the stat book because sometimes our minutes [are limited] depending on how the first unit does. Our goal, myself, Patty, Manu, Dewayne, guys like that, Jonathon Simmons, we¡¯re coming in talking about how we¡¯ve got to come in with energy and juice. That¡¯s what we did tonight.¡±

Jets coach Todd Bowles still evaluating Geno Smith

Todd Bowles addressed the media at the NFL Combine on Wednesday, touching on a number of different topics, including the team’s uncertain quarterback situation.

Bowles was noncommittal on the future of incumbent starter Geno Smith. He said that Smith “has a good arm, he’s a good athlete, and he can throw the ball and make all throws.” But the head coach wouldn’t elaborate on Smith’s ability to be a No. 1 QB Justin Britt Authentic Womens Jersey until he meets with him and has a chance to fully evaluate the 2013 second-round pick and “what he’s good at, what he’s not good at, what kind of intangibles he has going forward.”

Smith was in the discussion for worst starting quarterback in the NFL last season, fighting for supremacy with the likes of Josh McCown and Blake Bortles. Smith threw 13 touchdowns and 13 interceptions, including three in the first quarter during a Week 8 loss against the Buffalo Bills. The showing cost Smith the starting job until Michael Vick proved equally horrendous a month later, prompting then-head coach Rex Ryan to revert back to Smith in December.

Using the low end of the league’s latest salary cap estimate, five teams are projected to be above the cap right now, via Over the Cap: New Orleans Saints ($23.5 million), Arizona Cardinals ($10.1), New England Patriots ($4.9), Pittsburgh Steelers ($1.7) and St. Louis Rams ($1.1).

Suh’s tag would be north of $26 million, thanks to the aforementioned signing bonuses applying in the final year of his deal, 2014. On top of that, the Lions already have $9.7 million against the cap in dead money for 2015 and that number cannot be eliminated. If he’s tagged, it’s K.J. Wright Authentic Womens Jersey there. If he re-signs, it’s there. And if he leaves for another team, it’s there.

Griffin is currently working with his private quarterback coach, Terry O’Shea. When he returns later in the spring for official practices with Washington, he’ll have another coach working with him after the team hired quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh.

The Flames’ problems run deeper than their goaltending

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The Flames’ problems run deeper than their goaltending, but it’s hard not to wonder how things might look for Calgary with Bishop in net if a deal with Tampa Bay at the June draft not fallen through . Bishop is an unrestricted free agent on July 1, and it’s pretty clear the Lightning made their choice when they extended young Andrei Vasilevskiy to a three-year, $10.5 million deal last summer (a deal that kicks in next season).

Not to mention the fact that they agreed to trade parameters with the Flames only to see the deal fall through because Bishop couldn’t agree to contract terms with Calgary on a new extension.

If Bishop walks away for nothing July 1, it’s not nothing: The Bolts get $6 million in Laremy Tunsil Authentic Womens Jersey cap room, which they can use on new contracts for Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat and Jonathan Drouin, all pending restricted free agents. Plus, perhaps, Bishop helping the Bolts win a Cup before leaving? I suppose it all comes down to what kind of offers the Lightning get for Bishop before March 1.

The 33-year-old veteran is an unrestricted free agent July 1 and given all the money tied up on the Flames’ blue-line, it seems unlikely they re-sign Wideman unless somebody else is moved out, which is also a possibility. But if the Flames don’t get back into the playoff race before March 1, they would look at recouping an asset. He’s a right-handed, top-four blue-liner who still has bite in his game, playing more than 21 minutes a night. There’s got to be a market for that among serious playoff teams, right?