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Reeling Broncos vow sweeping review after Patriots beatdown

A 41-16 loss to the Patriots on Sunday was just what the Broncos needed to take a hard look at themselves to find a way to stop a five-game losing streak.

Coach Vance Joseph said after the game each position and coach will be reviewed from now until the end of the season.

“I’ll say this: When you lose like this, it’s on all of us,” Joseph said (via The Denver Post). “It’s a staff that we chose and that we feel great about. I wouldn’t say that; I would say it’s on all of us. We have to coach better and play better.”

Kevin Durant says there “ain’t no such thing” as loyalty in the NBA, but Oklahoma City is still — and always will be — a part of who he is as a person.
“I feel good right now. I plan on playing,” he said Wednesday.

The small forward sprained his left ankle Saturday during a win over the Philadelphia 76ers. He then missed Sunday’s victory at Brooklyn.

The reigning Finals MVP dropped 40 points on the Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena last season, his first and only game back at Oklahoma City to date.

The crowed chanted “cupcake” all evening, and Durant even engaged in a verbal exchange with Russell Westbrook.

Durant said Tuesday it was a “pretty fun moment to be a part of” and added that he knows what to expect this time around.

“It’s just a regular game for me now,” he said. “I learned how to tune out the crowd, I learned how to tune out the bulls—.”

Simmons helps 76ers beat Rockets 115-107

The Houston Rockets allowed Philadelphia 76ers point guard Ben Simmons to take jump shots on Monday night and he made them pay.

In Philadelphia’s 115-107 win in Houston, Simmons made 10 of 15 shots, many of them from mid-range, to score a career-high 24 points, adding nine assists and seven rebounds. When asked why he took more jumpers than he had in his first six games, Simmons’ teammate Amir Johnson answered from behind the group of reporters.

If the passing battle between the two quarterbacks wasn’t fun enough, the fact that neither could be corralled was a bonus.

Watson finished with 67 rushing yards, 13 more than Lamar Miller. And Wilson had 30 rushing yards, while the rest of the team combined for 3 yards on 17 carries.

There were a lot of excellent plays at CenturyLink Field on Sunday, but Watson and Wilson were the unequivocal stars who made it fun.

Kani Benoit wrapped up scoring with a 21-yard touchdown run for the Ducks.

Royce Freeman rushed for 139 yards but didn’t score for the fifth straight game.

Utah, which hasn’t lost four straight since 2013, didn’t win in October.

“Miserable. Yeah, miserable month,” Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said. “I guess it was oh-fer. Oh-fer October.” After that month in Boston, Hill signed with the A’s, who traded him to the Dodgers, who gave him a three-year deal and will give him the ball tonight to try to stave off the end of a season — a season that began with the Ducks giving away a Rich Hill bobblehead on their Opening Day.

Carson Wentz was the star of the night on Monday.

It was a rough start for the Philadelphia Eagles against Washington, but once the cobwebs were shaken off, Carson Wentz and co. were impossible to stop.

His big night led the Eagles to a fifth consecutive win and — thanks to a Chiefs loss on Thursday — Philadelphia is the sole owner of the NFL’s best record at 6-1.

Wentz was easily the star of the night, but there were four other winners and five losers:

The rookie fourth-round pick rode his bike to the stadium for the game, then caught his first career touchdown on a 64-yard bomb from Wentz.

But slapping labels like “dirty” or “cheap” on Alonso maybe isn’t fair. Sliding late is as dangerous of a play as any in the NFL and it set up Flacco to be drilled.

News of Garrett’s absence is a blow to the Browns hopes of capturing their elusive first win of the season. Despite missing more games than he’s played, when on the field Garrett looks like the real-deal pass-rusher scouts promised he’d become in the NFL.

In just three games, Garrett leads Cleveland in sacks (4) and has at least one sack in each of his games played.

The life of Case Keenum just got easier Sunday at Twickenham Stadium.

After Washington opened the game with a field goal on its first possession, Philadelphia just went in the wrong direction.

Fortunately for the Ravens, they didn’t need him in a 40-0 rout of the Dolphins on Thursday night.

Alex Collins ran for a career-high 113 yards, and Baltimore (4-4) returned two interceptions for touchdowns in the most lopsided shutout in franchise history.49ers_212_2d9a35f131c18162-150x150

Lions vs. Giants odds 2017: Stafford, Detroit road underdogs on Monday Night Football

The road team is 7-3 straight up and 8-2 against the spread in the last 10 games between the Detroit Lions and the New York Giants. The Lions are hoping that this trend continues on Monday when they face the Giants on the road.

Detroit is a 3-point road underdog in East Rutherford at sportsbooks monitored by Something has to give this week as both the Lions and the Giants are 0-5 ATS in their last five games played in Week 2.

Matthew Stafford looked like he deserved his spot as the highest paid quarterback in the NFL last Sunday, passing for 292 yards and four touchdowns en route to a 35-23 win over the Arizona Cardinals.

The Lions have made the postseason three times in the last six seasons with Stafford under center, but they are still looking for their first playoff win since 1991. Offensive performances like the one they had last week could help that cause.

The defense played well in holding Seattle to only 12 points on the road last week, but the offense clearly has a long way to go.

The 49ers haven’t shown much bite as a home underdog with an 0-6 SU and 1-5 ATS record in their last six instances as one per the OddsShark NFL Database.

The Rams have taken major strides on offense under new head coach Sean McVay, averaging 352.5 yards per game and 33 points per game through their first two games.

A blowout win over Indianapolis in Week 1 and a seven-point loss last Sunday to Washington is a far cry from how Los Angeles ended last season with an 0-7 SU and ATS run with an average Rod Woodson Womens Jersey margin of defeat of 19.4 points per game. The Rams are 0-6 ATS in their last John Riggins Womens Jersey six games against NFC opponents.

Thursday night’s total is set at 40 points. The UNDER is 18-6 in San Francisco’s last 24 home games.

C.J. McCollum openly, actively recruiting Paul George to join Trail Blazers

Paul George is a wanted man.

The Pacers small forward will be the apple of every NBA GM’s eyes next summer when he can opt out of the five-year, $91-million deal he signed in 2013. The year between the time he can actually hit the free-agent market isn’t stopping those interested parties from attempting to woo him now. The California native is already being harassed courted by Lakers fans while on vacation.

Now, players are shooting their shot. The Trail Blazers’ C.J. McCollum is openly recruiting the 6-7 George to join him and fellow sharpshooter Damian Lillard in Portland.

Patrick Beverley was the catalyst for the Rockets on Tuesday. The Houston guard scored 15 points to go with eight rebounds and three assists, but was also a defensive dynamo while locked primarily on Westbrook, who attempted an NBA playoff-record 18 3-pointers and made just five of them. Westbrook was 15 of 34 from the floor and the Thunder shot just 38.5 percent as a team.

Kawhi Leonard scored a game-high 28 points to lead the Spurs to Tuesday’s win. Leonard and Tony Parker, who scored 15 points, each added six assists. Patty Mills scored 20 points off the bench, and went 5 of 7 from 3-point range.

Stephen Curry is still the leader of this team, averaging 25.3 points per game, but he has more offensive help this season. Defensively, Golden State can still be a bit soft at times. Durant’s length mixed with physicality off the bench have helped fix that problem; however, Curry and company could get knocked around a bit by Portland’s stronger guards.

Damian Lillard, for some reason, predicted the Trail Blazers would win this series in six games. While he might be good enough to help Portland win a game or two, it’s highly unlikely Lillard is playing in a second series this postseason.falcons_059

Bill Belichick set to move into rarefied coaching air with or without Super Bowl win

Sporting News from time to time ranks the greatest coaches of all time, across all sports. The last time we did was last June, for a tragic reason, Pat Summitt’s death. At that time, we placed Bill Belichick 17th overall, behind three other NFL coaches.

We’re gonna need a new list.

It needs adjustment now, with Belichick preparing for his seventh Super Bowl with the Patriots, and it might need adjustment again if he wins it for the fifth time.

Everybody take a deep breath, because the polarizing coach of the most polarizing franchise of our time is within reach of some iconic names, and is in position to separate himself from them all sometime soon.

it’s always worth repeating that in the 20-odd years between franchises in L.A., the NFL became the American sports worlds Godzilla without the presence of that so-precious market. L.A. got by just fine, too, without a home team.

San Diego felt good, too, because it had it’s team, and by nature did not care a whole lot about L.A.s feelings about the NFL, the Chargers or anything else.

That NFL love overwhelmed everything, though. Now, the league has it’s market, it’s state-of-the-art stadium and two teams to make sure theres rarely, if ever, an open date.

The league also has two more burned fan bases. San Diego will now do one of two things: it’ll hate the NFL for eternity, or it’ll go begging for an existing franchise of it’s own to kidnap, thus burning that fan base.

For all the taxpayers did to fight the Spanosesbid to get them to hand over a stadium, chances are theyll give in some day, build one on their dime and give it to another owner looking to extort their own city.

This is how all the big-time sports work, of course. But the NFL is in a special category, because as owners flexed on cities to get their stadium perks, the league let the specter of Los Angeles loom over it all, year after year.

Colin Kaepernick to the Seahawks makes too much sense to not happen

Until this week, Colin Kaepernick hasn’t drawn much attention, if any, as a free agent. The outspoken passer left tens of millions of dollars on the table to leave a struggling 49ers franchise, only to be met by silence from NFL front offices and screeching hot takes from social media pundits along the way.

As a result, the former Super Bowl starter remains the most accomplished quarterback available in a dire market. While a few teams still need an experienced starter to take the reins behind center — the Jets foremost among them — another destination in need of a reliable backup has emerged as the best possible landing spot for the 29-year-old.

Three Cardinals fans and one Chargers fan responded to the survey. That’s not enough for me to conclude anything other than these teams have fans who are too smart to use Twitter (where I sent this poll out) or follow me on it. Good on them.

Colorado and New York are particularly low in religious attendance of the states with an NFL franchise, which explains why the Broncos and Giants don’t have anyone wearing jerseys to church.


Re-grading the 2016 NFL Draft, one year later

After the 2016 NFL draft, we here at SB Nation gave each team an emoji grade for its performance. But now that we’ve had a chance to see the players in action, some of those picks look much different.

The New Orleans Saints were graded as one of the big winners immediately after the draft, but Sheldon Rankins was injured for most of 2016. The jury is still out on players who dealt with injuries as rookies, like Rankins, Josh Doctson and Karl Joseph.

But one year later, it’s time to hand out some new marks for the selections made in the first round of the 2016 NFL draft: “He might be one of the better deep-ball passers in football based on his 47.7 percent completion rate and 14 touchdowns on passes of 21 yards or more,”’s Bucky Brooks wrote, and Dobbs is also known for a quick release.

At the combine, his 4.64 40 was second among all QBs. He topped the three-cone and posted top-three numbers in both jump drills, albeit at a lean 6’3, 216. He also led this QB class in yards per carry and led the Vols in rushing while having one of the most productive throwing seasons in Tennessee history.

Since 2004, there have been 11 tight ends taken in the first round of the NFL Draft. Seven have gone on to earn Pro Bowl honors. If Ebron continues to improve, he could push that figure to eight — but early returns on the athletic pass-catcher have been disappointing. The 250-pound red zone target has scored just seven touchdowns in his career, but has improved his overall yardage, reception, yards-per-catch, and catch rate in each of his last two seasons with the team.

What hurts about this pick are the players the Lions could’ve had instead. Odell Beckham Jr., Aaron Donald, Taylor Lewan, and C.J. Mosley were just a handful of stars all taken after Ebron in the 2014 draft.

Five 2017 NFL preseason games actually worth watching

The NFL released its 2017 preseason schedule Monday. While the games are mere exhibitions used for player evaluation, you should at least watch a few of them.

The preseason slate begins Aug. 3 with the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio, and will end Sept. 1 with the final preseason games.

The results of the games don’t mean much — for example, the Detroit Lions went 4-0 during the 2008 preseason only to become the lone team in NFL history to go 0-16 during the regular season. But seeing new players with new teams and the debut of the 2017 rookie class make a few of the games worth watching.

Here are five games you should definitely not miss come August. All times Eastern.

“I think the direction with our team is that he would be better off somewhere else,” Jackson said during the press conference, according to ESPN’s Ian Begley, noting he wants “a significant player” in return for any deals involving Anthony.

The Knicks attempted to deal Anthony twice near the trade deadline, including offers to the Los Angeles Clippers and Cleveland Cavaliers. It is unclear if there are any suitors for Anthony’s services or whether teams will meet Jackson’s asking price given the state of the franchise.

Jackson’s latest media session not only rubbed Roberts the wrong way, but also confused Kristaps Porzingis, the 21-year-old talent considered the future of the New York franchise.
Porzingis skipped out on his obligatory end-of-the-season media session after Jackson’s press conference and, according to The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski, he was one of many players who left exit interviews with Jackson “perplexed over the contents of the conversations — which included game-show questions.”

Josh McCown had success filling in for Cutler earlier this season.

The Ravens and Bears are both on the outside edge of playoff contention. Baltimore has fought its way back into the race, but at 4-5, still has work to do. Chicago is coming off a loss to Detroit and will be forced to play without starting quarterback Jay Cutler once again.

Josh McCown had success filling in for Cutler earlier this season. The Ravens haven’t been great against the pass this season, possibly putting the game on McCown’s shoulders. A loss won’t end either teams’ season, but it would give them significant ground to make up.

Cincinnati continues to lead the AFC North, but its lead in the division has shrunk in recent weeks. If the Bengals lose their third straight game on Sunday, their lead in the division will be down to a half game. A win would pull the Browns back to .500 and keep them in both the division race and the AFC wild card picture.

I don’t know what this show is about and I have absolutely zero interest in finding out. I’m not even going to Google it, because I’m pretty sure it’s just Kevin James sitting in his man cave, texting his wife (who is unrealistically attractive for a guy who looks like Kevin James) in the kitchen to bring him sandwiches.

Tony Romo’s role here could take a number of shapes: The most obvious choices are a) Kevin James’ more attractive best friend, b) the plumber who stops Kevin James’ man cave from flooding after a rainstorm, or c) Kevin James’ nephew’s piano teacher.

But my favorite option is the one where Tony Romo plays a football coach putting on a clinic for kids. Kevin James enrolls his children, and then Kevin James’ super hot wife and Tony Romo have a sexy affair while Kevin James sits in his man cave, bragging to his friends about how he threw Tony Romo a spiral when he dropped his kids off. — Charlotte Wilder