Undefeated Blues pose test for Rangers

The New York Rangers and Henrik Lundqvist will look to build off their first win of the season when they continue a heavy stretch of home games with a Tuesday contest against the St. Louis Blues at Madison Square Garden.

Lundqvist rebounded from allowing five goals and being pulled after one period during the Rangers’ 8-5 road loss against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday by making 34 saves in his 64th career shutout on Sunday, a 2-0 victory against the visiting Montreal Canadiens.

“It was very important to bounce back for all of us and also the way we won the game,” Lundqvist said. “This is how we have to play; you have to do every little thing right.”

“Lots of chances, but we need to find a way to finish a little bit better,” Julien said after the loss to the Rangers. “I thought it was an improvement from our last game, from defensively to even breakouts to managing the puck. I thought we spent a lot of time in the other team’s end. The next step is finding ways to capitalize on those opportunities and the time we spend in the Troy Polamalu Cheap Jerseys other team’s end.”

Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty, who has scored one of their three goals, said, “They were good calls. Maybe if we disagreed with them, it’d be frustrating. We were getting the Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping puck there, but … it’s nice to look at the shot clock and have lots of shots, but I think Pittsburgh just proved last year winning the Cup that making plays, making the goalie move, making it hard on him is how you win games.”

Seasons that changed over 23 minutes of Week 3 madness

Sunday was one of the most exciting afternoons in the still-maturing history of the NFL RedZone channel. Five close games were decided over the course of 23 minutes of real time, and while that doesn’t sound like much, it was enough time to change our perceptions of teams.

Brown: “It’s just Week 2 of the season and there’s a lot of football left, so I really don’t pay that much mind. Of course, I have personal goals and to lead the NFL is one of my goals. To others, it may seem weird, but to me, it’s not weird.”

McDonough then replied by saying, “Out with a right shoulder injury suffered in practice in June. They hope to get Decker back in mid-season. He’s another first round pick out of the University of Michigan.”

Britt, a nine-year veteran coming off his first 1,000-yard receiving season, was supposed to help improve a Browns offense that ranked 31st last season. The Browns are 18th in total offense and 24th in points scored after two games this season.

“We all need to come together to pick up the slack because we know how important (Coleman) is to this offense and to this receiver room,” Britt said, via the Browns website. “We all NFL Cheap Jerseys just have to band together and be operating as one unit.

“I’m always up to any challenge,” he added. “I’ve always been a competitive person. If the coaches want me to go out there and kick the ball down the field, I’ll go out there NHL Jerseys Cheap and do it.”

Steelers were confused by Alejandro Villanueva anthem appearance, report says

Steelers lineman Alejandro Villanueva emerged from the locker room and stood just outside the tunnel during the national anthem before Sunday’s game, which was a move the Steelers didn’t anticipate, ESPN.com reported, citing a source.

The team agreed to stay in the locker room during the anthem before its game against the Bears. Villanueva, a former Army Ranger, reportedly agreed to stay with the team, but still went out to stand for the anthem.

“Really just see how it goes,” Johnson said when talking about his recovery. “Just rehab obviously after the cast and everything. We’ll see what happens.

“I’m really just trying to make sure my wrist is 100 percent.”

Johnson sustained the injury against the Lions, when he landed on it awkwardly while trying to make a 24-yard catch. He stayed in the game, but fumbled the ball later and admitted he couldn’t feel his hand.

“I was ticked off at first, especially the day of the injury just because it was a big moment of the game,” Johnson said. “It was a close game. I had fumbled and it was the first game. I was really upset. I was really frustrated with myself, really down on myself and then after I talked to Tom (Reed, a Cardinals trainer), after I talked to family members, the players communicating with me, I just faced the facts. Just stayed positive and get through it.”

Johnson said he’s trying to rest, but that has been tough for him. He can’t workout hard and he can’t practice. But what he said was toughest was not being able to easily take care of his 8-month-old son.

“I can’t really carry him,” he said. “I get nervous. He’s Premier League Cheap Jerseys starting to get a little more squirmy, so it’s hard to carry him; and my wife, she doesn’t really trust me carrying him. That’s Nike NFL Jerseys Wholesale probably the toughest thing.”

We were within minutes of having that perfect season and it slipped away

As much of a Twitter punching bag Tony Romo was over the course of his NFL career, the general consensus on his broadcasting debut was great.

Romo talked about safety blitzes before the snap, circling it for viewers to see with ease. He explained why certain plays were run and showed proper enthusiasm when the moment was right.

He was even calling plays before they happened:

CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus was happy with the results. “I was pleasantly surprised, because social media by and large is very negative, for everybody, for all announcers and all networks,” he said. “The fact that it was positive is satisfying for me, but I also take it with a grain of salt.”

Romo’s career obviously didn’t end the way he would have liked, but this is a nice fit for him and a way to stay near football.

The Patriots don’t have that luxury, either. The first half of the schedule is highlighted by two opponents New England struggled with during matchups in the 2016-17 postseason — Houston and Atlanta. Weeks 10-15 feature back-to-back tilts in the high altitudes of Denver and Mexico City (vs. Oakland) along with a three-game road stretch ending on a short prep week in Pittsburgh.

Even if the Patriots survive the regular season unscathed, a perfect regular season will only be a footnote in NFL history if New England loses in Super Bowl 52. Take it from somebody who experienced such heartbreak 10 years ago.

“It haunts all of us a little bit to this day,” Hochstein said. “We were within minutes Cheap Long Sleeve Soccer Jerseys of having that perfect season and it slipped away.

“As much as people are saying, ‘Go for the perfect season!,’ honestly, even if Cheap Kids NFL Jerseys you lose one week, it’s not going to change what you want. That’s first and foremost winning a Super Bowl.”

The baseline of the team’s running game and defense are good signs for a big rebound season.

Terrell Suggs still has plenty of T-Sizzle in him, and it carried over to every level of the defense in the old-school shutout of the Bengals. And, oh yeah, Joe Flacco is back.

Cam Newton was healthy and productive in his debut, but he can be a lot better.

According to Elias Sports Bureau research, Dak Prescott’s four interceptions are fewest in a quarterback’s first 17 starts since the AFL-NFL merger. Possible overreaction: Prescott’s ball control is crucial to the Cowboys’ success, and unless he starts throwing picks, they could be destined for a deep postseason run in 2017

Running back Marshawn Lynch rushed for 76 yards in his return to the NFL as the Raiders beat the Titans 26-16. Possible overreaction: Lynch showed his power, gaining 41 of his 76 yards after first contact. His power running will only improve an offense that ranked seventh in scoring last season.

The Falcons are 1-0 after holding onto a fourth-quarter lead against the Bears. Possible overreaction: The Bears were just 5 yards away from winning Sunday, and that was with Mike Glennon under center. The Falcons should still be a contender, but no lead is safe until proved otherwise.

Field goal. Dan Bailey nailed his fourth field goal of the game just after the two-minute warning, this time a 36-yarder. The Cowboys were able to bleed 5:53 off the clock after Eli Manning’s interception. 19-3, Cowboys.

Turnover. The first takeaway of the game didn’t come until midway through the fourth quarter, when an Eli Manning pass was intercepted by Cowboys corner Anthony Brown. Dallas took over on its own 48-yard line.

Field goal. There’s life for the Giants’ offense. By far the best New York drive Cheap Jerseys Wholesale Online of the game to that point (16 plays, 68 yards), the Giants’ first possession of the second half resulted in a Cheap Jordan Jerseys China 25-yard field goal by new kicker Aldrick Rosas. 16-3, Cowboys.

Bennett has been one of the most vocal athletes in terms of speaking out about injustice in America.

In fact, just this week ESPN’s The Undefeated published a profile on the Seahawks star with the headline “Michael Bennett is an activist disguised as a football player.” He has taken part in national Cheap Islanders Jerseys anthem protests, which were started by Colin Kaepernick, and has become a leader in off-field issues.

Even after the franchise traded up in the first round of the draft to select Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson 12th overall, Texans head coach Bill O’Brien stood firm on his commitment to fourth-year veteran Tom Savage as his starting signal-caller, citing both experience and familiarity with the offense as primary reasons behind that decision.

Thirty minutes into the first game of the season, O’Brien flip-flopped, benching Savage at the intermission of the Texans’ embarrassing 29-7 home loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars and tossing his rookie feet first into the fire, a blaze raging behind an offensive line functioning more like a sieve. With Savage sacked six times in the first half, O’Brien deduced that the mobile Watson could effectively elude pressure and provide the Texans a sorely needed offensive spark.

The Jaguars dumped Watson four times in the second half. An offensive line missing Cheap Jerseys Authentic right tackle Derek Newton, sidelined following surgery to repair both patellar tendons, and left tackle Duane Brown, holding out over a contract dispute, wasn’t any more effective at protecting Watson than it was Savage. Guards Jeff Allen and Xavier Su’a-Filo and replacement tackles Kendall Lamm and Breno Giacomini underperformed badly, surrendering pressure repeatedly.

Would Dallas have been able to push the Giants around so much if Beckham didn’t have a sprained ankle?

Buffalo’s defense had three interceptions, including linebacker Ramon Humber picking off Josh McCown’s pass to thwart a 2-point conversion in the third quarter. Safety Micah Hyde sealed the victory by intercepting McCown at Buffalo’s 41 to end the Jets’ final series.

“I believe in the first year, when you look at it, you’re always going in and looking to make sure that you get the right people on board, on the bus, and get the people that are already on board in the right seats,” McDermott said. “That’s a natural occurrence, if you will, (in) the first year at times. Some of those are tough, difficult decisions and unpopular in some ways. I recognize that. Brandon and I both recognize that. But it takes some of those decisions for us to get to where we’re trying to go.

“It’s very easy, I think it happens a lot quite a bit out there, when you come Cheap Heat Jerseys in Cheap Giants Jerseys and you say, ‘Let’s err on the side of not rocking the boat.’ Well, short-term gain sometimes doesn’t equal long-term success. We want to make sure we’re doing both. We always do that with the team-first mentality. That comes with the territory. Our teams, we’ve been there. You guys have seen what we’ve gone through in preseason and training camp and this team is ready to adapt. That’s an important characteristic of good football teams.”

Honestly, one of the better defensive performances of the weekend was probably the Browns holding the Steelers’ high-octane offense to 290 yards and 14 points (one of Pittsburgh’s three touchdowns came on a blocked punt) without Myles Garrett. That’s building-block stuff for a young group.

Hue Jackson calls out Kenny Britt for key drop in loss to Steelers

The Cleveland Browns cannot afford to have Kenny Britt drop perfectly thrown passes in the open field.

That’s the message from coach Hue Jackson, who was blunt in his assessment of Britt’s painful drop in the fourth quarter of the season-opening loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, calling it Cheap Dodgers Jerseys “inexcusable.”

While still deployed primarily at outside linebacker, Matthews did so well in a ubiquitous role that Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers continues to move him all around looking for a mismatch. A proprietary statistical breakdown obtained by Sporting News showed that Matthews received snaps last season in 25 different spots ranging Cheap Denver Broncos Jerseys from a one-technique mug over the A-gap to nine-technique pass rusher aligned outside the tight end to slot coverage responsibilities.

Such diversity should remain on display this season, starting with Sunday’s opener against visiting Seattle as Green Bay shoots for its ninth straight playoff appearance and first Top 10 defensive ranking since 2010.

As often as the Packers’ defense has failed to dominate since that Super Bowl run, the unit is markedly worse without Matthews. He finished with career lows in tackles (24) and sacks (five) while playing with shoulder, hamstring and ankle injuries that forced him to miss four games and lingered through much of the 2016 season when he did play.

With Matthews hurting and injuries afflicting the secondary, Green Bay finished 22nd in yards allowed and 21st in scoring defense.

The Jets are relatively healthy, perhaps the only thing they have going for them.

Backup quarterback Bryce Petty has rebounded quickly from a minor knee sprain, creating a question about the No. 2 quarterback job. Will it be Petty or Christian Hackenberg? Coach Todd Bowles isn’t saying. Petty outplayed Hackenberg in the preseason, so he should get the nod — in theory. This is an important call because starter Josh McCown has had durability issues in recent years.

Ever look at the alignment of a defense and think, “no one is there to cover that gap”? Well, something is happening to get that area covered. The defense will stunt, twist, blitz, and rotate over to cover an open area on the field. No gap goes unaccounted for and if one does, the offense will likely find a way to exploit it.

Rob Kelley, RB, Redskins: A disappointing preseason by backup Samaje Perine locked Kelley into the Redskins’ starting running back role, but Kelley can’t afford to put up weeks of just 3 PPR/non-PPR fantasy points if he wants to hold off the rookie. That was his worst score in any of the 10 games in which he played double-digit snaps, and it makes it potentially wise to spend one of your Week 2 waiver claims to pick up Perine, available in 31.5 percent of leagues, as insurance.

Alex Smith, QB, Chiefs: Another standout from the Cheap Football Jerseys From China Thursday NFL Kickoff, Smith managed 31.0 fantasy points as a visiting player against the New England Patriots, and that was nearly a new personal best for him. In fact, if not for Smith’s three kneels at game’s end — these totaled Cheap Authentic Soccer Jerseys minus-6 rushing yards — he’d have exceeded the 31.2 fantasy points he scored in 2013 Week 15 at Oakland.

NBA free agency might as well be over, but trade season isn’t

As evidenced by Kristian Winfield’s latest roundup of the top players left on the board, NBA free agency is just about over. There are a few impact players — Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, for one — and some interesting cases like Nerlens Noel, who mystifyingly doesn’t have a Mavericks contract yet. It’s weird that he and JaMychal Green are lingering, for sure. But there aren’t really any huge names out there beyond all that.

But that doesn’t mean trade season is over. There are murmurs — none reported through the major news-breaking outlets — that the Knicks are in serious talks with the Rockets on a Carmelo Anthony deal. Who knows if the murmurs are true? But keep in mind that trades tend to happen in the middle of July as GMs are gathered in Las Vegas to watch the Alex Carusos of the world build a portfolio. This could be the week a big trade or two goes down.

There’s a lot of unfinished business on NBA rosters. Too many teams are in line to pay the tax, and too many decent teams still have holes. After this week, things should really quiet down — especially without an intercontinental tournament to keep guys in Vegas for Team USA training. It’s going to be a long summer whenever summer starts.

In a chat with Lee Jenkins, Paul George seems downright excited to give it a run with Russell Westbrook in OKC. Both Kevin Durant and Reggie Jackson — guys who left OKC on bad terms — told PG he’d love it there. There are also some interesting comments about the Lakers.

Lonzo Ball withdrew from his big Summer League rivalry game against De’Aaron Fox, drawing Cheap Ireland Jerseys an emoji reaction from the latter. Fox wasn’t particularly great in the game, and the Lakers Cheap Ireland Football Jerseys won anyway.