he grew into a cult figure for an elite team.

Let’s see where the Bulldogs stand in the stats I used for Alabama. Georgia’s margin of victory per game (26.3) ranks No. 6, it is No. 3 in yards allowed per play (4.1), and it is 16th in offensive points per game (37.3). So the Bulldogs stack up well on paper. And that win at Notre Dame early in the season might be the best win in all of college football so far. Georgia has a super-talented team, too

If Luck hadn’t been taken off the list before the beginning of the regular season, he would’ve been ineligible to play in the first six weeks of the season. With Luck already ruled out for Week 6, the transaction didn’t do much.

Ryan, who finished 18 of 29 for 254 yards, had lots of trouble with the weather, fumbling four snap exchanges from center Alex Mack and losing two of them. The Falcons ended up lining Ryan up in the shotgun down the stretch to prevent further problems.

The Jets (3-5) had their own issues while losing their third straight game in which they held a lead in the fourth quarter . Josh McCown had a bad snap exchange and fumbled on another play — but recovered — and Jeremy Kerley had a costly muffed punt.

The meeting had tentatively been scheduled to take place Monday in Washington, D.C. But Saturday, on the heels of Houston Texans owner Bob McNair’s controversial “inmates running the prison” comment, a coalition of NFL players invited McNair, commissioner Roger Goodell and quarterback Colin Kaepernick to a meeting Monday in Philadelphia. They said they hoped to address players’ “immediate concerns before additional progress can be made.”

In Seattle, however, he grew into a cult figure for an elite team. He helped the Seahawks win the 2010 NFC West title, capping it with the “Beast Quake” run in the wild-card playoff round.
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Pierre Garcon on winless 49ers: ‘You learn a lot from losing’

“You learn a lot from losing,” Garcon said following Sunday’s 33-10 loss to the Eagles. “When you’re winning you think you’re on top of the world, but you learn a lot more from losing. We’ll go back and watch [the film], try to get better. Work on things. Keep learning. Keep taking things away. Just keep playing. You can’t give up.”

Houston had a 38-34 lead, but the Seahawks were driving. Seattle was on the Texans’ 20-yard line, and Russell Wilson threw an interception to Houston’s Marcus Williams. But the Texans couldn’t do anything with their next possession. Seattle got the ball back, and Wilson got the Seahawks in the end zone to take a 41-38 lead. The Texans had just 21 seconds to work with. Richard Sherman picked off Deshaun Watson to seal the win for Seattle.

Who stood out: Will Fuller. The Watson to Fuller connection has been exceptional this season, and Sunday was no different. Fuller had five catches for 125 yards and two touchdowns.

The Texans offense was a tough test for the Seahawks defense. Seattle hadn’t allowed a touchdown in the fourth quarter all season, but that changed on Sunday.

Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman baited Deshaun Watson into three picks, but Watson was otherwise phenomenal. He finished with 402 yards, four touchdowns, and the three picks. Watson has more than held his own against the likes of Tom Brady and Wilson, but the Texans have lost both of those games.

The Seahawks defense is a force to be reckoned with. Five sacks and three picks were key to Seattle’s win.

“You can’t get caught up in that record and all of those things,” Shanahan said. “It’s something that we are extremely disappointed in, but sitting here and talking about it and dwelling on it is not going to help us in the future. We have to come to work and look at this hard to find out where we can get better.
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Fantasy hockey goalie chart

The table below breaks down all 31 NHL goalie depth charts in terms of starter status. Teams are listed in alphabetical order.

Former USC athletic director Pat Haden stepped down from the committee in October 2015 because his doctors advised him to reduce his traveling for health reasons. In 2016, former Michigan coach Lloyd Carr resigned his position with the committee before it even began, also citing health reasons.

“It’s great,” Jazz center Rudy Gobert said. “He’s going to find the open man. We have a very unselfish team, and it’s fun to play.”

Utah and Portland split the series 2-2 last season. The Trail Blazers have won at least two games against the Jazz in each of the past four seasons.

Texans players were expected to stage a protest before Sunday’s game in the wake of team owner Bob McNair’s controversial comments, which were revealed Friday in an ESPN report, from last week’s owners meeting. McNair’s reported meeting with Texans players over the weekend had little effect on their feelings about his words. As a result, many Houston players kneeled during the national anthem before Sunday’s game.

Who knows how the Saints would’ve played with a 14-10 lead instead of a 14-6 lead. But over the next few drives, New Orleans tacked on a field goal and Chicago got a touchdown.

Instead of a 17-17 tie, Chicago trailed 17-12 and had to play with a sense of urgency in the final minutes while hunting for a game-winning touchdown.

New Orleans got the win and earned it. The Saints won the total yards battle 387 to 307, the time of possession 31:23 to 28:37, and they made their field goals while the Bears missed one.blues-013

Anthony Barr: ‘(Aaron Rodgers) got y’all fooled man’

Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr is not denying the claim he gave Aaron Rodgers the finger and the “suck it” sign after breaking his collar bone in Week 6, but he had plenty to say about the Packers quarterback on Twitter Saturday.

I couldn’t ask him to give us any more than he’s given us, Belichick said. The 49ers are getting a good player, and they’re getting a good person, and they’re getting a great teammate, and they’re getting a good quarterback.

Brady, 40, has said he’d like to play until he’s 45 years old. But life in the NFL is unpredictable, and now the Patriots are back to square one at the backup quarterback position.

But Lane reportedly failed his physical Tuesday and will stay with Seattle. As a result, Texans will now get a 2018 third-round pick and a 2019 second-round pick from the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for Brown and a 2018 fifth-round pick.

Jeremy Lane failed his physical with Houston, per source. Trade now amended: Duane Brown and a 2018 5th for Seattle’s 2018 3rd and 2019 2nd.

Brown was one of Houston’s most outspoken critics of the “inmates running the prison” comment made by Texans owner Bob McNair earlier this month.

He now has a new team in what appears to be a win-win for both sides.

“Passing the ball is tricky, because if you don’t complete it, it stops the clock,” Forte said. “When you run the ball, the clock keeps rolling. If you’re running the ball and you keep their offense off the field, basically time’s running out on them. A lot of bad things can happen when you’re throwing the ball: Interceptions, sacks…. When you’re closing games out, you definitely got to be able to run the ball.”
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The Pittsburgh Steelers couldn’t have played Martavis Bryant on Sunday like nothing happened.

It goes against what they purport themselves to be as an organization.

Bryant, who has been unproductive on the field and a headache the rest of the time, told Pittsburgh media that he was told he won’t play on Sunday against the Detroit Lions, via Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com. Bryant was with the scout team in practice on Wednesday, according to Fowler.

Perhaps the Steelers could change their minds by Sunday, but it seems unlikely. If Steelers coach Mike Tomlin ignored all the issues Bryant has caused the past couple weeks, he’d risk losing the locker room.

Indeed, the minister’s recommendation proved to come straight from the heavens. But doing it at an FCS school and in the NFL are two very different things.

Scouts wonder how Goedert will react when he’s dropped into an NFL training camp environment, with 90 grown men battling like piranhas for one of 53 roster spots.

The skill has paid football dividends, as Goedert has remarkable balance to absorb contact after the catch and shake free from tackles.

“The 6-footer is always the top attraction in a parade,” he said. “It’s pretty cool.”

That flare for showmanship has its roots. Goedert’s paternal grandfather, Clayton, used to walk around on his hands in nearby Veblen, often and well enough that a traveling circus came through and tried to recruit him. But the Goedert family tree is loaded with athletes, not just acrobats.tigers_050-115x115

Bill Belichick gushes about Philip Rivers, compares him to Tom Brady, Peyton Manning

The Los Angeles Chargers will travel to New England this weekend to take on the Patriots, Tom Brady and a huge fan of Philip Rivers. That fan? Patriots coach Bill Belichick.

Belichick often refuses to say much when he’s asked questions about things he does not want to talk about. But on Wednesday, Belichick apparently wanted to talk about Rivers, who he compared to Brady and Peyton Manning — arguably the two greatest quarterbacks in NFL history.

“I got to know him a little bit out there [at the Pro Bowl after the 2006 season] and he has a real thirst for knowledge. Not that there is a lot of scheme at the Pro Bowl, I’m not saying that. It’s one coverage, but the conversations lead beyond that, how to attack different schemes and so forth.

He’s been just as unassuming ever since, fun-loving, and with seemingly zero sense of entitlement. Working from walk-on to full scholarship in three percentage tiers has a way of keeping anyone humble.

“I went back home for a football game last year and all the kids were lined up wanting to take pictures with me and sign their stuff,” Goedert said. “They were giving me T-shirts to sign, their phones to sign, and I’m asking if their moms are OK with it. I’m wondering if I’m gonna be in the paper the next day for vandalizing people’s phones.”

Besides a sense of humor, there’s a confidence about him, even a little ego, but not too much.

He knows he’s good, but he’s still learning just how good, and so is the NFL.

Amari Cooper figures to benefit from his 210-yard and two touchdown performance against the the Chiefs. But is his catch rating going to be moving up? He was targeted 19 times. He caught 11 of them. There were times where he still looked like Sinjin Smith out there on the football field. But overall, you can’t deny his performance on the field.
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