Burress’ New York Giants were a 12-point underdog to the undefeated New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII

Context: Burress’ New York Giants were a 12-point underdog to the undefeated New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. That didn’t stop Burress from making a very specific prediction in the days leading up to the game: A 23-17 Giants victory. As the media rose into its usual uproar, Burress shrugged and said: “All this is entertainment. It’s sports, and sports are entertainment. So 23-17 is the prediction I made, but the game still has to be played.”

Outcome: The Giants won, ending the Patriots’ dream of a 19-0 season, and the 17-14 score wasn’t that far off from Burress’ prediction. He almost went Nostradamus on the bit.
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Context: Fassel’s Giants lost consecutive midseason games to drop their record to 7-4. Amid speculation about his job security, Fassel said at a news conference: “I’m raising the stakes right now. If this is a poker game I’m shoving my chips to the middle of the table. I’m raising the ante. Anybody that wants in, get in. Anybody that wants out, get out. OK? This team is going to the playoffs.”

The Cowboys have plenty of decisions to make in the offseason, but this is still a team that has a young core of talent that should grow together, led by Prescott and Elliott. Even through this loss, the future for the Cowboys looks exceedingly bright.

Authentic Womens Kurt Coleman Jersey Biggest draft need: Some of it depends on what the Cowboys do in free agency, but, like last year and the year before that, they have to find pass-rush help. They drafted DeMarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory in the second round in two of the past three drafts and each had just one sack this season; however, it was mostly because of suspension and, in Lawrence’s case, injury. The Cowboys went through the process of building the offensive line through the draft and must make the commitment to do the same at defensive end.

Picking late in the first round will make that job tougher, but they have to find players who can affect the opposing quarterback.

Injuries are increasingly becoming a part of Calvin Johnson’s game

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It’s easy to look at Stafford and still see that guy who threw for 5,038 yards and 41 touchdowns in a season. Heck, that was just a couple years ago, right? Wait, it was 2011. Since then, his passing yardage has dropped every year. He barely threw half that many touchdowns last year, with only 22. And while he had a full-season low of 12 interceptions in 2014, all of that added up to only the 15th-best fantasy quarterback.

Injuries are increasingly becoming a part of Calvin Johnson’s game, meaning you never know if/when Stafford will have his top weapon on the field. Golden Tate and the team’s assortment of running backs and tight ends are fine, but without Megatron this isn’t a special offense, and even with him Stafford is no longer a sure thing.

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No one has ever questioned Bradford’s overall ability; the question has been whether the former No. 1 pick can stay on the field. If Bradford’s performance this preseason is any indication of what’s to come, this could be the year he finally lives up to the hype.

Given Bradford’s injury history, it’s unlikely he — or most of the Eagles starters, for that matter — will take the field in the Meadowlands against the Jets Thursday night. That means fans could get treated a nice big helping of … wait for it … Tebow Time!

The Falcons have to be pleased with their starters — Matt Ryan and Julio Jones made things look easy on the opening drive. Ryan led the Falcons 91 yards on 10 plays, ending with a 13-yard touchdown to Jones. Ryan completed all six pass attempts on that drive — four of them to Jones, who finished that drive with 61 yards and the aforementioned touchdown. We already talked about Mariota and his performance with the Titans. Overall he had some bumps in the road, but he threw well on the day.

Alabama¡¯s backfield now belongs to junior running back Derrick Henry

With T.J. Yeldon off to the NFL, Alabama¡¯s backfield now belongs to junior running back Derrick Henry. He proved it in just 13 carries against Wisconsin rushing for 147 yards and three touchdowns. Despite the Badgers often loading the box against the Crimson Tide, Henry used his power to break tackles and showed impressive speed on a 56-yard touchdown run. Just as good as Henry¡¯s running was his pass blocking, which NFL scouts will love. At 6’3 and 242 pounds, Henry will be the next Alabama running back to land in the NFL, following Mark Ingram, Trent Richardson, Eddie Lacy and Yeldon. A taller version of Lacy may be a solid comparison for Henry.
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In less than a half of a game against Alabama A&M, Cincinnati quarterback Gunner Kiel looked impressive. Sure, it was another small school opponent, but Kiel’s ball placement and arm strength were really on display.

Winning back-to-back titles is tough, though. It’s only been done eight times since the first Super Bowl in 1967. But the last team to do it is a familiar one — the Patriots following the 2003 and 2004 seasons.

After unveiling their Super Bowl banner to the partisan Gillette Stadium crowd, the Patriots will have to put last year behind them and focus on their next test. The Steelers have high expectations coming into the season, but the Patriots have dominated this series recently, winning eight of the past 11 matchups, including victories in the 2001 and 2004 AFC Championship games en route to their first two Super Bowl titles. The last time these two rivals met in a Week 1 matchup was Sept. 9, 2002, when the Patriots christened Gillette Stadium with a 30-14 win on Monday Night Football.
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Only one team in the NFL racked up more yardage than Pittsburgh in 2014, and while running back Le’Veon Bell and wide receiver Martavis Bryant are each suspended to begin the year, the Steelers have Antonio Brown (the NFL’s leading receiver in 2014) ready to go and added veteran DeAngelo Williams to their running back corps.

The Falcons improved to 5-0 with an overtime win over Washington on Sunday

Stafford and Orlovsky combined to throw 70 passes, which tied an NFL record set by the Patriots in 1994 when they beat the Vikings, 26-20. Unlike the Pats, the Lions threw the ball so often out of desperation. They quickly fell into a hole in the second quarter, and couldn’t rely on a turnover-prone running game that averaged just 3.2 yards per carry.
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For one drive in the third quarter, the Lions appeared functional. Starting at their own 18, Orlovsky moved the team to the Cardinals’ 22-yard line before sputtering out. Facing fourth-and-10, down 35-7, the Lions had a chance to at least try to save face. Instead, they kicked.

Excellent call on the field goal, Lions. Keep it simple. Slow and steady wins the race.

The Falcons improved to 5-0 with an overtime win over Washington on Sunday, but White had just two receptions for 23 yards in the game. It upped his season total to eight receptions for 115 yards, the most meager pace of his career.
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After 952 combined receiving yards in his first two seasons, White rattled off six straight seasons with more than 1,000 yards before his production dipped to 711 yards in 13 games in 2013. The emergence of Julio Jones as a star in the NFL and the recent establishment of Leonard Hankerson as a No. 2 option for the Falcons frustrated White, who has been targeted just 17 times in five games.

“For me, at the end of the day, I want to catch passes,” White told ESPN.com. “I’m not out here just f—ing around just to sit around to just block f—ing people all day. It’s not what I want to do.

“I’ve contributed to offenses for this franchise for the last nine, 10 years. It always bothers me when I go out and don’t catch any balls in a game because it hasn’t happened in so long.”

Raiders owner Mark Davis has designs on applying for relocation to Southern Nevada this offseason

What about Las Vegas? Raiders owner Mark Davis has designs on applying for relocation to Southern Nevada this offseason, either later this month or in March. So what happens if and when Davis gets 23 other owners to agree to his ¡°offer they can¡¯t refuse¡±? Well, Davis has said he is going to stay in Oakland for at least two years — the Raiders have a pair of one-year options to play at the Coliseum — while a new stadium is being built in Las Vegas. Plus, Davis also wants to win a Super Bowl for the Bay Area before departing.

None of this is a done deal, mind you, but as noted above, these are the plans. The Raiders must also figure out where training camp will be — Napa or Reno? — while potentially scheduling a preseason game in Las Vegas. The players and team employees will also be gripping with a potential move. The organization has experience here, though, as the Raiders practiced in the Bay Area during the week but flew to Los Angeles for ¡°home¡± games in the 1980s.

On one hand, improving from 3-13 to 7-9 to 12-4 in the regular season should be cause for celebration. On the other, what had the makings of a magical season took a depressing detour in the fourth quarter of Week 15.

That¡¯s when quarterback and league MVP candidate Derek Carr went down with a broken fibula in his right leg. Then backup Matt McGloin flopped, got hurt and the defense failed to show up in Denver, costing the Raiders an AFC West title, a first-round bye and a home playoff game. Instead, with rookie Connor Cook making history as the first QB in the Super Bowl era to make his first NFL start in the playoffs, the Raiders fell to a wild-card berth and lost on the road to the Texans.

Despite being eased into things early this season following surgery and rehab, he produced at a crazy level. Even people in the Dolphins organization familiar with Wake¡¯s off-the-charts competitiveness didn¡¯t expect him to be so good again so soon. If ever. But that¡¯s the story with Wake: He¡¯s made a career out of defying expectations. ¡°Whatever the process was and whatever my journey was, it allowed me to still be here,¡± Wake said before Dolphins practice recently.

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Davante Adams’s 360 goalpost dunk was too awesome to be flagged

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Packers wide receiver Davante Adams scored a touchdown to give Green Bay a 17-14 lead over the Detroit Lions in the third quarter of Sunday Night Football. It was an important score in a game that will decide the winner of the NFC North, and Adams was obviously pleased.
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Adams celebrated, of course. He celebrated by dunking on the goalpost.

It wasn¡¯t just your run-of-the-mill goal post dunk, though. It was a 360 dunk, and it was awesome, and the ref in the end zone threw a flag instantaneously. The NFL hates fun.

Rasmus Asplund led Sweden with four assists, while Joel Eriksson Ek and Tim Soderlund both netted two goals apiece. Sweden goalie Felix Sandstrom was mostly untested in net, but he did give up three goals on 14 shots. It remains to be seen whether he or Filip Gustavsson gets the start when Sweden plays either Canada or the Czech Republic in the semifinals.

Penalty trouble put Sweden on the board early. Eriksson Ek turned a pass from Asplund into his fourth goal of the tournament.

For the A¡¯s, that¡¯s particularly important. They can¡¯t afford to buy a rotation, so they have to grow one. Failure to do so can be costly ¡ª when they felt they¡¯d run out of juice in mid-2014, the price for an upgrade was Yoenis Cespedes. The best way to avoid ever having to make that kind of decision again is to build as much depth as possible, so that there¡¯s always another option on hand before turning to such a dire last resort. OK, now do I have your attention?

As much as I love rookies and prospects, though, they do require patience. They might stumble out of the gate, or go through long slumps, or play great all day and then maddeningly blow it in the 9th. In the meantime, it¡¯s nice to have something else to keep things fun in the present day. Dingers are the perfect remedy.

the Dallas Cowboys desperately needed to find wins to stay in the tight NFC East race,

Despite all of that animosity, Kelly told reporters in a conference call earlier this week he’d “love” to shake McCoy’s hand Sunday. McCoy, unsurprisingly, said he wants no part of it.

LeSean McCoy on Chip: “Why do you want me to shake that guy’s hand? … “What’s the big issue?” “I gotta go, man. I’ll see y’all Sunday.”

Marco Murray, is apparently feuding with Kelly as well. Murray, who’s only averaging 3.5 yards per carry this season, reportedly met with Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie this week and criticized Kelly’s approachability. NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport says Murray could sink as low as fourth on the depth chart at running back this week.

Though Murray may not see the field Sunday, there’s little doubt that McCoy will be Buffalo’s featured back. In 10 games with the Bills this season, McCoy is averaging 4.6 yards per carry and has scored three touchdowns. Given that the Eagles have the sixth-worst rushing defense in the league, McCoy may finally have a chance to extract revenge on the football field Sunday instead of through the media and passive aggressive gestures.

Similarly, the Dallas Cowboys desperately needed to find wins to stay in the tight NFC East race, but beating the Green Bay Packers was a tall task, and they proved they weren’t up to it when Green Bay got the win.

In the finale of the day, a key AFC matchup between the Patriots and Texans had a big impact on the postseason race. New England faced its first three-game losing streak since 2002, but beat the Texans easily to clinch a playoff spot and jump back into first place in the AFC. The Texans had a chance to assert their grip on the AFC South, but fell back into second place behind the Colts.

Below, we’ve got all of the Week 14 games, with scores updated throughout the day.

Did he notice anything different about Kobe that night?

IT’S 2013, about three months after he’d ruptured his Achilles. The healing process had been going well. If he’d waited even a day to process the devastation, inflammation would’ve set in, his recovery would’ve been nine months instead of seven. Instead, he told the surgeons to cut into him while the tendon was still dangling and raw.

But deep inside he knew this was the injury that signaled the end of his basketball career.

“I’m laying in bed, with my cast on,” he says. “And I’m like, ‘OK, you got to figure out what you’re going to do next because I’ll be damned if I retire without a purpose. That’s not going to happen to me.'”

Limited Youth Norichika Aoki Jersey For all his unyielding belief in his own exceptionalism, Kobe looked at his broken-down body as if it was time to harvest the organs.

Now think of what Kobe’s family was doing. His wife wasn’t waiting anxiously for his return. She was kicking him out and throwing his stuff in the street.

McGrady had been close to Kobe since they first came into the league. He’d even lived with Kobe and his parents for a week before his rookie season.

Did he notice anything different about Kobe that night?

“He wasn’t as aggressive in the first half,” McGrady says. “That I remember.”

Limited Youth Phil Esposito Jersey I tell him the story of what really happened before the game. McGrady is stunned.

“It was that game?” McGrady says. “Oh, man.

“Listen, I knew this cat was insane. He fucking went through that trial and was coming back and forth and was still fucking going nuts. That right there, I knew he was obsessed with basketball, like this was his fucking life.”

Jets sign the NFL receiver who was begging for a job outside the Texans stadium

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Joe Anderson’s next chance at achieving his NFL dream is coming true. A month ago he was begging to be noticed by an NFL team, holding a sign outside the Texans stadium that said: “Not hungry, but STARVING for success.”

Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall took notice, sharing the image and saying Anderson was “one of the hardest working guys I’ve had the pleasure playing with.” The two played together in Chicago and now they’re destined to be teammates again.

In the team’s last four games against NFC East opponents, the Minnesota Vikings are 4-0 ATS per the OddsShark NFL Database.

The New York Giants erased a big deficit against the Carolina Panthers last Sunday, but eventually lost the game 38-35 to fall to 6-8 SU on the season. The Giants are now just 1-4 SU over their last five games, but have gone 3-2 ATS over that stretch and are a respectable 8-5-1 ATS on the season.

If Philadelphia beats Washington on Saturday night, New York will still be alive for the NFC East title with a win in this game. New York is 7-1 ATS in its last eight games against NFC North opponents.

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The biggest thing working against New York is the suspension of Odell Beckham Jr. for Sunday night’s game. With a weak rushing defense facing Adrian Peterson and the team’s best offensive weapon out, this is a tough spot for the Giants. The Vikings should pick up a win and cover at home as a 6-point favorite.

Stephen Jones, Cowboys sound committed to Dak Prescott

Dallas Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones sees rookie quarterback Dak Prescott play and he likes it. He watches Prescott interact with his teammates on and off the field and he loves it.

So when owner and general manager Jerry Jones speaks as though he yearns for Tony Romo to start again, Stephen Jones doesn’t cringe.
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¡°Dak will appreciate this. Over the long haul, Jerry is a very loyal person,¡± Stephen Jones said. ¡°Dak will be the biggest beneficiary of all in this organization, when it¡¯s all said and done.

¡°Jerry does not forget the people that do special things for him. Tony has had several special seasons here and it¡¯s obvious to everybody that Tony has a special place with Jerry.

With two touchdowns in the Cardinals¡¯ 48-41 loss to the New Orleans Saints, he tied John David Crow for the franchise¡¯s single-season touchdown record with 17, a record that has stood since 1962.

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Johnson¡¯s role began to evolve Sunday, as the Cardinals played their first game without wide receiver Michael Floyd. Johnson saw more snaps in the first half as a wide receiver than usual, with Kerwynn Williams taking snaps at running back and quarterback in the Wildcat offense.

His 108 yards from scrimmage were 25.4 percent of the Cardinals¡¯ total on Sunday.

While Johnson¡¯s MVP chances are hurt by the Cardinals¡¯ 5-8-1 record, he has made as strong a case to be the NFL¡¯s offensive player of the year as anyone in the NFL — including Dallas¡¯ Ezekiel Elliott.