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    Raiders losses starting to feel like the new norm in 2017

  • Night net null null Each Raiders loss has felt like an exception, because they started this season 2-0, and the second win was such a blowout, Marshawn Lynch was dancing on the sideline. Those seemed like the real Raiders, the Super Bowl contenders, the team that would pick up where it left off last year.However, Sunday’s 17-16 loss in Oakland to the Chargers seemed like the new norm, and that rout of the Jets four weeks earlier looks more like the exception. The four straight defeats have looked too much alike, the weaknesses too obvious, the underachieving too commonplace. And now the Raiders are short on time to fix it before the slide gets longer. The 5-1 Chiefs play in Oakland on Thursday night, meaning unless the Raiders figure things out fast, a 2-5 record and a five-game losing streak will get here before they know it. They'll be in last place in the AFC West, still just in October, but with November not all that far away.MORE: Raiders falling out of playoff picture Among other problems, Derek Carr gets limited time to recover after his fast return from broken bones in his back; he missed just one game. He told reporters after Sunday's loss he felt fine. His play didn't reflect that, but in his defense, the whole offense didn't reflect it, either.That offense was what made prognosticators salivate over their Super Bowl chances — and it’s what made the flaws in the Raiders’ defense less troubling. But now that unit is what's showing flaws.It was the fourth straight time the Raiders have failed to reach 20 points, averaging 13.3 a game. Even factoring in EJ Manuel at quarterback for about a game and a half, that’s not what anyone expected from that unit. The Chiefs' defense is not the one to help get them healthy.Carr used the word "frustrating" often when talking about it after the Chargers loss. Single plays stood out, but overall, the Raiders never got into a rhythm, and that kept the game closer than it ever should have been. Once again, after averaging nearly 400 yards a game in their first two, they managed 274 against the Chargers."I wouldn't try to sum it up in a word; I wouldn't try," Del Rio told reporters. "We're working hard at it. We're close, but no cigar."It doesn't even look as close as Del Rio makes it out to be. Amari Cooper (28 yards, five catches) and Jared Cook (14 yards, two catches) were again missing in action. Both of Carr’s interceptions were more the fault of the intended receivers — although, again, Carr's timing was off. Lynch cooled off in the second half after an effective first half.MORE: Raiders-Chargers box score, statsA 2-4 record, last place in the AFC West and the specter of a four-game deficit to the夜网论坛 Chiefs in mid-October — none of these seemed possible going i[......]

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    Steelers vs. Lions: Score, results, highlights from Week 8 game in Detroit

  • Night net null null null null The Sunday portion of the Night net Week 8 slate wrapped up with the Steelers vs. the Lions in Detroit on "Sunday Night Football."The game featured two of the league's top quarterbacks in Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger and Detroit's Matthew Stafford, although Roethlisberger has been underwhelming this season: he came into the week 25th in the league in passer rating. MORE: Week 8 results, highlightsIn the end, AFC North-leading Pittsburgh (6-2) came away with a gritty 20-15 win. Roethlisberger's 97-yard touch夜网论坛down pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster proved to be the game-winner. Detroit (3-4) fell further behind first-place Minnesota in the NFC North.Sporting News had live scoring updates and highlights for the Steelers vs. Lions Sunday night matchup.Steelers vs. Lions: Score, results, highlightsSteelers 20Lions 15FINAL: Box score, stats . @L_Bell26 runs it in for a @steelers TOUCHDOWN!And then does a few reps on the bench press 🏋️😂 #HereWeGo #PITvsDET pic.twitter.com/6yVMojCRDh— Night net (@Night net) October 30, 2017A Twitter List by TaddHaislop[......]

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    In acting debut, LaDainian Tomlinson leans on own experiences as a Christian

  • Night net null When LaDainian Tomlinson was approached about the possibility of making his acting debut in a motion pictured called, “God Bless the Broken Road,” it was apparent he had always been preparing for the role he'd been offered.And, no, he would not be playing an All-Pro Night net running back.A committed Christian whose mother was a preacher, Tomlinson was offered the part of Pastor Williams by a friend who was an executive producer on the project. Pastor Williams is the leader of a church in a Kentucky military town whose choir director loses her husband — and then her faith — as a result of the enduring war in Afghanistan. Her search for a way to move forward involves the church, the community and a visiting NASCAR racer essentially sent down to the minors by "Coach Gibbs" to defeat his own demons. (Unfortunately, Joe Gibbs never pops in for a cameo.) A small-town preacher can be a showy role. It’s fertile ground for emoting, gesticulating and filling the screen with bombast. And that’s pretty much what Tomlinson had in his mind when he read the script and took the job.What you see on screen, instead, is a gentle, calm, inviting approach. LT doesn't get to chew the scenery, as they say."The director of the film, Harold Cronk, it was kind of his direction to play the role in this manner," Tomlinson told Sporting News. "Where I come from, I’m used to real fiery pastors, a lot of energy and whatnot: passionate, yelling, all those kinds of things. Harold was like, ‘No, I want you to be more of a teacher. You’ve got to have a soft side, where a congregation feels like you ca夜网论坛n easily be talked to, they can approach you.'"So I tried to draw on different experiences from my background of being a part of different churches and having relationships with different pastors. One of the guys I really tried to draw from was a former teammate of mine, when I was with the San Diego Chargers, a guy named Terrell Fletcher. He’s more of a teaching pastor, a guy you feel at ease with and comfortable approaching after church."It can be seen in the trailer to the film, which prominently features Tomlinson as Pastor Williams."God Bless the Broken Road" takes that approach to Christianity, generally. It might not be subtle with its message, but that doesn't mean its message isn't subtle — as opposed to the hardline approach taken by those who involve religion in the “culture wars.”The congregation in "God Bless the Broken Road" is diverse and welcoming, and actively non-judgmental. This is the type of faith-based movie that suggests the miracle one might be praying for can be available in a hand offered by an acquaintance or the embrace from a circle of friends.Starring veteran TV actress Lindsay Pulsipher, with support from such familiar faces as Robin Givens, Kim Delaney, Gary Grubbs and Season 6 America[......]

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    Saquon Barkley needs only one carry to hint at Giant rookie season

  • Night net null null null null The hype for Giants rookie running back Saquon Barkley went from large to gigantic in his Night net preseason debut Thursday night. The second overall pick in this year's draft needed only his first touch to make that happen.Barkley got two series in the first quarter against the Browns. Four of his carries totaled 4 yards from scrimmage, but the focus should be on his game-opening 39-yard cutback burst through the line and down the right sideline. The Giants drafted him exactly for everything he showed on that play: patience, vision, exceptionally quick feet and home-run speed. It was also an indication that their three big offseason additions to the offensive line mesh well with his running style. Left tackle Nate Solder, who had an off 2017 in pass protection with the Patriots, remains a mauler in the rushing attack. He slammed the door shut on last year's No. 1 overall pick, Myles Garrett.NEW-LOOK GIANTS: Barkley leads 'Save Eli' charge   Related News Fantasy Football Rankings: Top 200 cheat sheet 2018 Fantasy Football Rankings: Running back 2018 Fantasy Football: Best ball draft strategy guide, tips, targets Left guard Will Hernandez, the Giants' second-round pick after Barkley, delivered the nastiness and aggressiveness that was missing up front last season. Right guard Patrick Omameh showed the athleticism that made him effective in helping Leonard Fournette have a big rookie season for the Jaguars.Even tight end Evan Engram, the Giants' first-rounder in '17 who has been much maligned as a run blocker, held his own on the play, te夜网论坛aming with second tight end Rhett Ellison to support Omameh. They were needed, because right tackle Ereck Flowers, the team's 2015 first-rounder, remained the weakest link.The blocking is one thing; the instincts and innate breakaway ability are other things. The Giants gave Barkley an improved setup that their messy committee of backs didn't get often last year, and he immediately responded with a big play. He also showed his toughness in bouncing off contact to create space in the open field.On the other runs, Barkley got perhaps too hungry for another home run and the Browns' defensive speed, faster than anything he saw at Penn State, was able to cut him off before he could r[......]

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    Week 1 Fantasy Sleepers: Adrian Peterson, James Conner among worthwhile 'starts'

  • Night net It's Week 1. No need to dig deep for sleepers in your fantasy lineup, right? Well, if Le'Veon Bell wasn't holding out and other players weren't injured or had what look to be risky matchups, maybe that would be true. But this is fantasy football, where start 'em/sit 'em questions are impossible to avoid whether you had a good draft or a bad one. Rankings only help so much, as we all know fantasy owners often want to "go with their gut" -- and you probably have a certain kind of feeling this week when it comes to players like James Conner, Adrian Peterson, and Keelan Cole, among others.And maybe you should. Why not? Even if you bomb this week, you have at least 12 more chances to get it right. We know crazy things happen in Week 1, so maybe you'll guess right and be the toast of your league. Sure, there's a better chance things go horribly wrong and you wind up a poster child for our "How You'll Lose" list, but isn't that part of the fun? As we always caution, just because we think someone will be a sleeper this week doesn't mean you should start them. It always depends on your other options and league scoring. But the players below are at least tempting, and if you don't own them in your season-long league, you can always take a chance with them in DFS contests.Week 1 Rankings:Quarterback | Running Back | Wide Receiver | Tight End | D/ST | Kicker Week 1 fantasy sleepers: Running backsJames Conner, Steelers @ Browns (Jacob Camenker). Le’Veon Bell seems likely to hold out into the first week of the season. If he’s out, Conner will be the lead back and could have a chance to see 20-plus touches. That makes him an intriguing sleeper candidate, as he is a potential RB2 that you got for dirt cheap. (UPDATE: The potential for heavy wind and rain in Cleveland might mean even more touches for Conner, albeit on a sloppy track.)Adrian Peterson, Redskins @ Cardinals (Vinnie Iyer). Arizona's run defense will be different without safety support, and Peterson will be motivated to do something with high volume against his former team.Bilal Powell, Jets @ Lions (Matt Lutovsky). It's still unclear whether Powell or Isaiah Crowell will be the "lead back" for the Jets. Coach Todd Bowles has said the team will go with the dreaded "hot-hand" approach, but Powell started the third preseason game. Either way, Powell will likely get more touches that people think, and against the Lions' porous run defense, that could mean good things.Full Week 1 RB rankingsWEEK 1 DFS: Yahoo GPP lineup | Y! cash | FD cash | FD GPP | DK cash | Values | Stacks | DFS lineup builderWeek 1 fantasy football sleepers: QuarterbacksAndy Dalton, Bengals @ Colts (Camenker). Dalton was working well with A.J. Green during the preseason, and the Colts have one of the weaker secondaries in the Night net. Dalton should have a chance to perform at a high level and could be a solid streaming option if your starter has a bad matchup.[......]

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    Jets vs. Browns: After 635 days, Cleveland takes home a win

  • Night net null null null The Browns' winless streak is now at zero. After going 635 days without a victory, Cleveland finally took home a W on Thursday, beating the Jets 21-17.Cleveland backup quarterback Baker Mayfield made his Night net debut after Tyrod Taylor left the game in the second quarter to be evaluated for a concussion. The beginning of "Baker Time" proved to be a turning point.  The first overall pick in the 2018 Night net Draft gave Browns fans lots to cheer about with 17-for-23 passing for 201 yards. Mayfield did not just make plays behind center, either; he also caught a pass from Jarvis Landry for a two-point conversion that tied the game 14-14 in the third quarter. BROWNS WIN: Three takeaways from the victory  Carlos Hyde's second 1-yard touchdown run of the night, with 2:04 remaining in the fourth quarter, proved to be the deciding score. Cleveland intercepted Jets rookie quarterback Sam Darnold twice to seal the victory.Taylor struggled before exiting the game, going 4 for 14 for 19 yards and no touchdowns. Cleveland coach Hue Jackson told reporters after the game that he would need to "watch the tape" before deciding on Taylor or Mayfield to start in Week 4 against the Raiders in Oakland.The Browns entered the game as home favorites for the first time since 2015, but things were not going in their favor at the start. They fell behind 14-0 in the first half after a pair of rushing touchdowns by former Browns running back Isaiah Crowell. The Browns are now 1-1-1, their best start since 2011. The Jets fall to 1-2; up next for them are the Jaguars in Jacksonville.Before the season started, locked refrigerators containing Bud Light were put in Cleveland bars, with the promise of free beer after the first Browns win of the season. They had stayed locked until late Thursday . 🗣 OPEN THOSE FRIDGES @BUDLIGHT— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) September 21, 2018  Cleveland, the @Browns won. The fridges are open. Go celebrate with a Bud Light. You’ve earned it. pic.twitter.com/RvjJ0WvpyO— Bud Light (@budlight) September 21, 2018WEEK 3 Night net PICKS:Against the spread | Straight upSporting News provided live scoring updates and highlights from Jets vs. Browns on Thursday night.Jets vs. Browns: Score, result, updates, highlightsJets:  17Browns:  21(All times Eastern)Final score: Browns 21, Jets 1711:34 p.m.:  Sam Darnold's pass is picked off by Terrance Mitchell, securing the Browns' win.BROWNS WIN! pic.twitter.com/inA6ukiT4y— The Checkdown Presented by Baker Mayfield (@thecheckdown) September 21, 201811:23 p.m.:  Sam Darnold's pass intended for Jermaine Kearse is intercepted by Joe Schobert at the Jets' 43. The[......]

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    First no Gronk, now no Brady at 2018 Kentucky Derby

  • Night net null null The start of New England’s OTA sessions probably won’t be the only customary event Tom Brady will miss this offseason.A source told Sporting News that Brady isn’t expected to attend this year’s Kentucky Derby either, which takes place on Saturday, May 5. Brady had become a familiar face on Millionares Row. Even so, his absence from the nation’s most celebrated horse-racing event wouldn’t be as surprising as his decision to skip the opening of New England’s voluntary workout program earlier this month for a family vacation in Qatar.SIGN UP to stream the Night net Draft LIVE on DAZN in Canada Brady, whose squabbles with head coach Bill Belichick over personal training methods became public knowledge last year, is believed to be the Night net’s only starting quarterback who didn’t report on Day 1 of the 10-week OTA programs.The quarterback's agent, Don Yee, told ESPN tha夜网论坛t his client will be playing in 2018. But how frequently the league’s reigning MVP and all-time winningest Super Bowl quarterback will frequent Patriots headquarters during the offseason remains in question, especially with him wanting to spend more time with his family.Brady will reportedly host a passing camp with some of his teammates later this summer, which could help make up for some of the lost practice time.He usually attends the Derby with a slew of his teammates along for the ride. The belief among several of them in the know is that Brady won’t be heading to Louisville, the source said.Brady was unavailable for comment through New England’s media relations department.The Derby already lost another Patriots connection earlier this month when “Gronkowski” — the horse named after New England’s star tight end Rob Gronkowki — was forced to withdraw after recently becoming ill.Alex Marvez can be heard from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. ET Friday and 8 a.m. to noon ET Saturday on SiriusXM Night net Radio.[......]

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    Terrell Owens Hall of Fame speech in Chattanooga

  • Night net null null null CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The Night net fans and media who do not like Terrell Owens likely viewed his alternate Pro Football Hall of Fame speech Saturday as more anti-Canton talk. But his long-time enthusiasts at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and beyond were thrilled to share some pro-T.O. on his special day.In this era of extremes, Owens being the first Hall of Famer to go rogue with his induction might seem like his ultimate act of controversy. Instead, at the heart of his decision was the homecoming. The theme of Owens' address at his alma mater was not, "I like me some me," but rather, "This is for you." Was it bit T.O. much at times, down to his having almost everyone inside McKenzie Arena stand to be recognized as outcasts, misunderstood, isolated or bullied? Yes, it was. Anything less dramatic or surprising from one of the most emotional, celebratory players ever would have been disappointing. As he did often on the field as a wide receiver before, during and after plays, T.O. put on one final show. He was not on stage as a Cowboy, 49er, Eagle, Bill or Bengal. He was there as a Moccasin like he had played football and basketball for Chattanooga just yesterday, not more than 20 years ago. (Vinnie Iyer/SN) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/bc/69/terrell-owens-banner_19nu98rskzulj1fbbv6wudm89f.jpg?t=165226045&w=500&quality=80 With his former coaches and UTC's chancellor speaking in front of him, and the city's mayor among those in attendance, Owens' ceremony meant a lot to the college and community. Away from the "Pro" and "Hall of Fame," Owens built on his recently rekindled love for his school to match his passion for football.It was an intimate setting, which goes against the notion Owens chose Chattanooga over Canton to get more attention. Given the number of family and friends, plus the fans who were a natural extension of both, about 3,000 people attended, fewer than a third of the arena's capacity. Although there were seats reserved for a couple former Night net teammates, none were present. There also was no live video for outsiders to watch.WATCH: Owens' best play vs. each teamOwens admitted missteps over his career and life, but after seeing the warm welcome, there was no mistake about what he called a "courageous" decision as to where to have his ceremony."Just like my choice to be here today, I choose not to live in regret," Owens said. "I will leave a legacy that will leave an imprint on this world forever."Owens did take one more opportunity to criticize the main Hall of Fame selectors — "sportswriters who ar[......]

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    Fantasy Football Updates: Josh Gordon injury, Le'Veon Bell holdout, Ronald Jones struggles affecting fantasy rankings

  • Night net null Josh Gordon's injury status becomes a little more clear; Le'Veon Bell's holdout is continuing with an important date on the horizon; Ronald Jones's sleeper stock is plummeting; Randall Cobb is surrounded by trade talks; and -- oh yeah -- Aaron Donald became the highest paid defensive player in Night net history. There are a lot of updates around the Night net that could have a last-minute impact on fantasy football rankings, cheat sheets, and draft strategy -- as well as your Week 1 start 'em/sit 'em decisions.We have all the Eagles drama involving Carson Wentz, Jay Ajayi, and Alshon Jeffery covered here, and we'll be weighing in on other important fantasy developments right up until the Falcons-Eagles Week 1 opener on Thursday, Sept. 6. We'll also continue to update our rankings throughout the final draft weekend of the preseason as injuries and depth charts take shape.DOMINATE YOUR DRAFT: Ultimate 2018 Fantasy Cheat Sheet Josh Gordon injury updateAccording to Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com, Gordon is going to return to practice on Monday. This will end an extended absence in which he spent time away from the team for personal reasons and the time he missed due to a hamstring injury. With Gordon returning, there will now be a chance for him to emerge as a fantasy factor early in the season.While head coach Hue Jackson has indicated that Gordon won't start the first game of the season against Pittsburgh, he could still play a sizable role in the offense off the bench. He has the skills to be a No. 1 wideout ,and playing across from Jarvis Landry will give him an even better chance to succeed. If he can stay on the field, he should finish the year as a top-20 receiver in all fantasy formats.Week 1 Rankings:Quarterback | Running Back | Wide Receiver | Tight End | D/ST | KickerLe'Veon Bell holdout updateBell is still holding out, and there are conflicting reports on whether he will return on Labor Day. Bell took to Twitter recently to debunk those rumors, but it still remains possible that he could return on that date. After all, his agent indicated that "barring something exceptional" Bell would be back with the team to start the season, even if he skipped the whole offseason.It would seem to be wise for Bell to return soon, especially given the fact that James Conner has looked good as the starting RB during the preseason. If Bell holds out and Conner performs well in his stead, that would definitely decrease his leverage. So, this is yet another interesting part of this story to watch.Right now, not much is known about what Bell will do, but that Sept. 3 date will be the one to watch. If he's not back by that time, then there will be cause for alarm as the regular season rapidly approaches.Is Ronald Jones a bust?Jones has endured a rough preseason. In fact, that may be an under[......]

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    As Night net coaches learned, Jay Cutler is uncoachable on new reality TV show

  • Night net null "Jay Cutler hates people, doesn’t want people in his house, and wants to do nothing all day. He is my spirit animal," tweeted one admirer Sunday night. With that, the surly former Bears quarterback started his unlikely second career as a reality TV star.Yes, believe it or not, Cutler was the breakout star of wife Kristin Cavallari's new E! reality show, "Very Cavallari," according to fans and critics. The same qualities that made him a poor field general make the 35-year old Cutler a scene-stealer on his wife's new show. He's selfish, sulky, unsmiling.MORE: Cutler reportedly never moved out of Miami hotel room after joining Dolphins  As anybody who watches "The Bachelor/Bachelorette" or "Survivor" knows, reality TV viewers love bad boys/girls who don't give a hoot about anybody but themselves.And that was our boy Jay on Sunday night.Who knows if Jay is 100% done with football 🤷 But he better be 100% ready for boss babe @KristinCav! 💪 #VeryCavallari https://t.co/nWDZbtAbAJ pic.twitter.com/zZROyv40Kb— Very Cavallari (@verycavallari) July 3, 2018Don't forget, the low-energy Cutler gave up the second-string game analyst job at Fox Sports last season to make a disappointing comeback with the Dolphins. Clearly, Cavallari is sick of Jay hanging around the house, watching deer videos and slamming down a cooler of elk meat on her expensive kitchen counter.But when the 32-year old Cavallari tries to gently push her hubby of eight years to, you know, get a job, Cutler is evasive. “I’m not really looking to do a lot of work right now, I’m looking to do the exact opposite," said Cutler. As the New York Post noted, that will surely have Night net general managers clamoring for his services this offseason.When you're told to get back to work... #VeryCavallari pic.twitter.com/2xwv0sGypX— Very Cavallari (@verycavallari) July 9, 2018 At another point, Cutler glowers at Cavallari's female posse as they troop through his kitchen to plan the opening of her new fashion store in Nashville.Cutler's deadpan expression when one of Cavallari's colleagues, an ex-hairdresser, tells him she got her workouts in by waving blow dryers is perfect. It's as good as the "Smoking Jay" memes that were popular with Bears fans.And don't ever, ever park on the grass near Jay's driveway — as one of Cavallari's poor minions finds out the hard way. The truth, as the Night net and now Cavallari have found out, is that Cutler is uncoachable. Deal with it.The TV reviews for Sunday's "Very Cavallari"  premiere came in Monday. The critics want more Cutler. Examples:— Matt Bonesteel of The Washington Post said Cutler "steals every scene" in his wife's new show. The Post captures this classic husband-wife dialogue:Cavallari: “But seriously, what do you do all day?”Cutler: “I like to keep myself pretty free so if something does po[......]

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