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FANTASY PLAYS: The ripple effects of Aaron Rodgers' injury
The prime topic of conversation around fantasy football this week is clear: How does the broken collarbone injury for Aaron Rodgers affect the Packers and fantasy football for the rest of this season? Rodgers' injury not only affects those who have him on their fantasy team, but also those who have Jordy Nelson, Davante Adams, Randall Cobb, and Ty Montgomery on their rosters. The Packers have one of the best offenses in football but will now be relegated to hoping that a little-known backup, Brett Hundley, can hold down the fort. [...]
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Next-Day Notebook: Demaryius Thomas fights through pain for biggest game of season
Also, Shane Ray gets ready for his return to practice -- which will see him a bit lighter than before as a result of his wrist injury. [...]
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NaVorro Bowman agrees to 1-year deal with Raiders
ALAMEDA, Calif. — NaVorro Bowman will make a short move after his release from the San Francisco 49ers, agreeing to a one-year, $3 million contract with the Oakland Raiders on Monday. A person familiar with the deal said Bowman agreed to the move across the Bay Area after visiting with the Raiders on Monday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the signing had not been announced. Bowman was released on his request last Friday after seven-plus seasons with the 49ers. San Francisco had tried to trade him but ended up releasing him instead so Bowman could pick his next team. He is joining a team that needs some help after four straight losses have turned the Raiders (2-4) from a potential Super Bowl contender into a last-place team. Related ArticlesOctober 16, 2017 Aaron Rodgers to have surgery on collarbone, Packers coach Mike McCarthy says October 16, 2017 The NFL doesn’t know what a catch is and now seems confused about fumbles, too October 15, 2017 Trump’s tweet may have bolstered national anthem kneelers’ legal position October 15, 2017 Steelers outlast Chiefs to defeat NFL’s last unbeaten team October 15, 2017 Nick Novak’s late kick leads Chargers past Raiders Bowman brings a veteran presence to Oakland’s young linebacker group that started rookie Marquel Lee and second-year player Corey James for most of the year. Undrafted rookies Nicholas Morrow and Xavier Woodson-Luster got most of the snaps in Sunday’s 17-16 loss to the Chargers with Lee out with an ankle injury and James limited to seven snaps by a sore knee. Bowman was once one of the top inside linebackers in the league, earning first team All-Pro honors four times, achieving it from 2011-13 and then again in 2015 after coming back from a devastating knee injury. Bowman then tore his Achilles tendon early last season and missed most of the year before coming back again this year. While he lacks some of the speed he had when he was younger, Bowman still could probably help a team at age 29 and would like to get to a contender. Bowman started the first five games of the season with the 49ers, recording 38 tackles and one pass defensed. He had been upset about being taken out for stretches of games after being an every-down player most of his career. [...]
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Vance Joseph laments “critical errors” that led to Broncos’ stunning upset loss vs. Giants
Vance Joseph kept coming back back to the small mistakes before the big ones that burned the coach’s Broncos in their stunning 23-10 loss to the New York Giants on Sunday night. Before running back Orleans Darkwa sprinted through a thin seam for a 47-yard run that set up New York’s first touchdown Sunday night, the Broncos had Eli Manning in their sights. Shelby Harris had a bead on the Giants’ quarterback on third-and-10 on the first play of the second quarter, but Manning evaded the rush of the Denver defensive end, ran to his left and found uncovered wide receiver Roger Lewis for a 15-yard gain and a first down. Darkwa’s big run, the longest given up by the Broncos this season, came on the next play, and Manning finished the drive a few plays later with a touchdown pass to tight end Evan Engram that put the Giants ahead 10-0. Before kicker Brandon McManus‘ perplexing missed field-goal attempt from 35 yards earlier in the period, with the Broncos facing first-and-10 at the New York 22-yard line, Denver quarterback Trevor Siemian rolled to his right and spotted wide open tight end A.J. Derby. But the pass was too far in front of Derby, preventing the Broncos from picking up a first down inside the 10. And so went the Broncos’ most head-scratching loss in at least two seasons. The house of cards that collapsed inside Sports Authority Field at Mile High on national television began with one bent corner at a time. “It was just critical errors again on both sides of the ball,” Joseph said Monday. As the Broncos on Monday morning reviewed film of a disheartening loss that dropped them to 3-2, they were viewing a tutorial on self-destruction. Three turnovers. A combined 5-of-19 on third- and fourth-down attempts. Just one touchdown in four red-zone trips. Four sacks allowed. Two missed field goals. Critical penalties. Breakdowns in pass coverage. Unfilled gaps in the run game. “We beat ourselves,” Broncos wide receiver Bennie Fowler said. “We had some penalties. We had some missed timings in the red zone. We had a lot of things that can be corrected. We have to take the good with the bad and move forward.” Related ArticlesOctober 16, 2017 Broncos officially designate Shane Ray as short-term IR October 16, 2017 Broncos set to face a Chargers team that is gaining steam October 16, 2017 Broncos WRs Emmanuel Sanders, Isaiah McKenzie out for Week 7 with ankle sprains October 15, 2017 Eli Manning’s mistake-free performance lifts undermanned Giants over Broncos October 15, 2017 Kiszla: The Broncos’ No. 1 problem is No. 13. Trevor Siemian is not the answer at quarterback. The Broncos on Monday said they had turned the page toward what lies ahead. Namely, a chance on the road to beat the 2-4 Los Angeles Chargers and move to 3-0 in the AFC West. It’s a worthy dangling carrot, but Denver won’t be able to grab it without digesting all that went wrong Sunday night. The chaos began with two interceptions by Trevor Siemian, including a pick-six at the end of the second quarter that deflated the stadium as the Giants took a 17-3 lead. But Joseph insisted that blame for Sunday’s debacle needed to be shouldered by the entire team. He said the team practiced well in the week leading up to the game and had its best Wednesday practice of the season. The energy level, he said, was strong. The execution was not. “It falls on the coaches and the players,” Joseph said. “Not just Trevor (Siemian), but everyone. When you have mistaken or negative plays on offense, it usually falls on two or three people, not just the quarterback. But, obviously, he’s the quarterback and at the end of the day, it definitely falls on his shoulders because he’s the quarterback. Mike (McCoy) is the coordinator, and I’m the the head coach. It definitely falls on those individuals first, but it’s everyone. We have to coach better and play better in all three phases.” The most glaring of those three units continues to be Denver’s offense. It has averaged only 14 points in its last three games, rekindling visions of similar sluggish stretches during the Broncos’ 9-7 campaign in 2016. While losing two of their last three games, the Broncos have scored touchdowns on just two of their 11 red-zone trips. “It’s a lot of things,” Fowler said when asked why the Broncos have struggled so mightily to find the end zone. “Overall, as an offense, we have small details to fix so we can score. I can’t just pinpoint one group or anything like that. I think it’s a whole. But they’re correctable things and things we can get done.” [...]
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Broncos officially designate Shane Ray as short-term IR
The Broncos on Monday officially designated outside linebacker Shane Ray as a short-term injured reserve player. Ray suffered a wrist injury early in training camp and was placed on injured reserve with the intent of being recalled in time for the Broncos’ Week 8 game at Kansas City on Oct. 30. Ray has been cleared to practice and will return to the field Wednesday. “For me, I haven’t played any football, so this week of practice and next week of practice is so crucial to me to get out there and get as many reps as I can to get making sure I feel good with contact. I’m just excited, man. … To be able to just play football again, to do what I love with some of my best friends, that’s what I’m most excited for.” Ray said he will play the rest of the season wearing a cast and with two screws in his surgically repaired wrist. “It’s not like I have a club, where I don’t have access to my fingers and thumb,” he said. “I have full movement in my fingers and my cast will be under my knuckles and to the thumb. As far as I’m concerned, if I can grab, I can play football. “I have no pain whatsoever. It’s just getting acclimated to playing football with not as much strength as I had originally. That’ll come. It’s still a long season, and now I’ll be able to start lifting weights more and doing more with the strength staff upper body-wise.” Ray said he’s dropped about 10 about pounds since the injury and believes he’s quicker and more explosive than he was before getting hurt. Now around 234, he expects to climb back up to 242 to play. Related ArticlesOctober 16, 2017 Vance Joseph laments “critical errors” that led to Broncos’ stunning upset loss vs. Giants October 16, 2017 Broncos set to face a Chargers team that is gaining steam October 16, 2017 Broncos WRs Emmanuel Sanders, Isaiah McKenzie out for Week 7 with ankle sprains October 15, 2017 Eli Manning’s mistake-free performance lifts undermanned Giants over Broncos October 15, 2017 Kiszla: The Broncos’ No. 1 problem is No. 13. Trevor Siemian is not the answer at quarterback. Rookie tight end Jake Butt (knee) and quarterback Chad Kelly (knee, wrist) both remain on the reserve/non-football injury list. They can return to practice this week — head coach Vance Joseph said Butt will return Wednesday — and the team has a three-week window in which it can activate them or leave them on injured reserve for the rest of the season. “The hardest part for me has been — I want to make this team,” Butt said last week. “I don’t want to be handed a spot. I want to earn this and make this team. I’ve been having to do that off to the side without the coaches really coaching me and outside of meetings and everything. That’s been the hardest part. I want to make this team. That’s been the biggest adjustment.” Each NFL team is allowed to designate up to two players for return from reserve/NFI after six weeks have elapsed since they were placed on the list, and up to two players from injured reserve after eight weeks. Because the Broncos’ Week 8 game falls on a Monday night, Ray is able to return in time for his Kansas City homecoming. When Ray and Butt are activated, they will count against the roster cap, meaning the Broncos will have to make a pair of corresponding moves to clear spots on the 53-man roster. [...]
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Broncos-Giants inactives: Cody Latimer is inactive for this game
The Denver Broncos will be down a special teams ace with Cody Latimer being inactive for this game against the New York Giants The Denver Broncos are relatively healthy, but the surprise inactive this week might be Donald Stephenson. The move should be popular with fans, but it will be interesting to see who fills in that swing-tackle role for Denver tonight. They will also be without wide receiver Cody Latimer who is a big part of their special teams coverage unit. Meanwhile, the New York Giants are down several starters in this game. Including both their remaining starting wide receiver Sterling Shepard and pass rusher Olivier Vernon. [...]
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Giants vs. Broncos – Live Blog
Let’s go Broncos! The Denver Broncos look to go 4-1 against a struggling New York Giants team, but it’s never easy to win those easy games in the NFL. They need to come out early and jump up on this team as it could cause this team to fold quickly. Don’t give them hope. With the Kansas City Chiefs going down in flames at home to the Pittsburgh Steelers, this game is even more important than ever for the Broncos to take and close to within a half game of the division lead. Add that to the fact the Oakland Raiders choked away a win to the Los Angeles Chargers, putting both of those teams at a respectable 2-4 record. A win tonight will effectively make the AFC West a two-team race to the finish. Giants at Broncos live blog Game info Everything we know Tweets from https://twitter.com/MileHighReport/lists/broncos-gameday [...]
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Early fantasy pickups: Aaron Rodgers fill-ins and navigating Week 7 byes
Aaron Rodgers could be done for the season after suffering a broken collarbone on a brutal hit against the Minnesota Vikings. Jameis Winston had to leave on Sunday with a shoulder injury. The game’s hottest quarterback, Deshaun Watson, is on a bye in Week 7, as is Matthew Stafford. [...]
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Three Keys to Broncos-Giants
All week, the Broncos spoke of not just working to win, but making sure they played up to their "standard." They hope to do that Sunday night. [...]
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Inactives vs. New York Giants
The Broncos released their list of inactive players 90 minutes before kickoff [...]
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Nick Novak’s late kick leads Chargers past Raiders
OAKLAND, Calif. — Nick Novak kicked a 32-yard field goal on the final play of the game and the Los Angeles Chargers took advantage of a key missed extra point by Giorgio Tavecchio to beat the Oakland Raiders 17-16 on Sunday. The Chargers (2-4) had been done in by poor kicks this season, losing twice on misses by former kicker Younghoe Koo. Novak missed a 48-yard field goal in the first quarter, but it was a missed extra point by Tavecchio — after a high snap by Jon Condo early in the fourth quarter — that proved to be the difference in a fourth straight loss by the Raiders (2-4). BOX SCORE: Chargers 17, Raiders 16 Philip Rivers took over at his 8 with 4:09 to play and used two long passes by Hunter Henry to move the Chargers into field-goal range. Five straight runs by Melvin Gordon and two kneeldowns moved the ball to the 14 and drained the clock, setting the stage for Novak’s winning kick. The Raiders had taken the lead on a 47-yard end-around by Cordarrelle Patterson but that and the return of quarterback Derek Carr weren’t enough to end this slide. Oakland last lost four in a row during an 0-10 start in 2014. Carr, who missed last week’s game with a broken bone in his back, threw for just 171 yards with two interceptions and a touchdown. Rivers went 25 for 36 for 268 yards with one touchdown. Gordon ran for 83 yards and scored twice. QUICK TURNAROUND The Raiders appeared in good shape when Dexter McDonald forced a fumble by Tyrell Williams that was recovered by David Amerson and the offense crossed midfield looking to build on a three-point lead. Coach Jack Del Rio opted to go for it on fourth-and-2 from the 41 but Carr threw an incomplete pass. Rivers then drove the Chargers to the go-ahead score on a 6-yard pass to Gordon. ROLLER COASTER START Carr got off to a rough start in his return to the field, throwing an interception to Trevor Williams on his first pass of the game. The play didn’t cost the Raiders because Novak missed a 48-yard field goal. Carr then rebounded in his next drive and capped it with a 23-yard TD pass to Michael Crabtree. THIRD DOWNS Related ArticlesOctober 15, 2017 Steelers outlast Chiefs to defeat NFL’s last unbeaten team October 15, 2017 With Aaron Rodgers out, Vikings cruise past Packers October 15, 2017 Owners seek NFLPA’s help as players standing for anthem is “not happening quickly enough” October 15, 2017 Colin Kaepernick makes plans to pursue collusion case against NFL owners October 15, 2017 Aaron Rodgers could miss rest of season with broken collarbone, Packers say The Raiders defensive issues on third down returned on a TD drive by the Chargers late in the first half. Rivers converted three third downs of at least 7 yards on the drive and Los Angeles tied the game at 7 when Gordon leaped into the end zone on fourth down from the 1. UP NEXT Chargers: Host Denver on Sunday. Raiders: Host Kansas City on Thursday night. [...]
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Steelers outlast Chiefs to defeat NFL’s last unbeaten team
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Le’Veon Bell ran for 179 yards and a touchdown, Antonio Brown made an acrobatic touchdown catch in the fourth quarter and the Pittsburgh Steelers held on to beat the Kansas City Chiefs 19-13 on Sunday. The Chiefs (5-1) still had a chance after Brown’s 51-yard reception made it 19-10, moving quickly downfield and getting a 33-yard field goal from Harrison Butker. And when their defense forced a quick three-and-out, Tyreek Hill’s 32-yard punt return gave them the ball with 1:48 to go. But after the Steelers (4-2) gave up a first down, James Harrison sacked Alex Smith on third-and-10, and the quarterback’s incomplete pass on fourth down left the NFL with no unbeaten teams. Ben Roethlisberger was 17 of 25 for 252 yards for Pittsburgh, bouncing back from his abysmal five-interception performance against Jacksonville last week. His favorite target was Brown, who a few weeks ago was flipping over water coolers on the sideline but spent Sunday slinging high-fives. He finished with eight catches for 155 yards, often beating All-Pro cornerback Marcus Peters. The game in many ways resembled January’s divisional playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium, when Bell churned for 170 yards rushing and the Steelers’ defense shut down the Chiefs in an 18-16 victory. Their defensive dominance was even more impressive considering the circumstances: The Steelers had allowed more than 200 yards rushing twice in the past three weeks, while Kareem Hunt ran for 107 yards and the Chiefs piled up 450 yards in a shootout victory last Sunday in Houston. Kansas City rolled into the game averaging 414.2 yards and 32.8 points, but the Steelers shut down NFL rushing leader Hunt, who gained just 21 yards on nine carries. They also spent the afternoon with their paws on Smith’s jersey, holding the league’s top-rated passer to 246 yards and a touchdown. Still, Smith nearly rallied the Chiefs in the second half, hitting De’Anthony Thomas down the sideline for a 57-yard fourth-quarter touchdown that got Kansas City within 12-10. But the Steelers answered with Bell, whose hard running got them near midfield. And when they faced third-and-2, former Chiefs coach and Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley dialed up a pass down the sideline to Brown, who caught the tipped ball and ran it 51 yards for the score. It was Brown’s 52nd touchdown reception, passing Lynn Swann for third-most in franchise history. OOPS MOMENTS The Chiefs’ first turnover since their first offensive play of the season came in the first half, when backup center Zach Fulton snapped the ball over Smith’s head for a safety. But the Steelers gave the ball right back when they inexplicably decided not to field the ensuing free kick. INJURIES Related ArticlesOctober 15, 2017 Nick Novak’s late kick leads Chargers past Raiders October 15, 2017 With Aaron Rodgers out, Vikings cruise past Packers October 15, 2017 Owners seek NFLPA’s help as players standing for anthem is “not happening quickly enough” October 15, 2017 Colin Kaepernick makes plans to pursue collusion case against NFL owners October 15, 2017 Aaron Rodgers could miss rest of season with broken collarbone, Packers say Steelers RT Marcus Gilbert, who had missed three weeks with a hamstring injury, left in the first half after aggravating it. LB Vince Williams left in the second half with a hip injury after picking up a pair of sacks. … Chiefs RB Charcandrick West was evaluated for a concussion. UP NEXT Steelers: Return home to face Cincinnati on Sunday. Chiefs: Visit the Raiders on Thursday night. [...]
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Scouting the enemy: New York Giants
The Denver Broncos host the New York Giants on Sunday Night Football. Mile High Report’s Christopher Hart takes a deeper look at this weekend’s gridiron battle. The Denver Broncos and New York Giants will face each other under the bright lights on Sunday Night Football. It will be the thirteenth time the two franchises have met historically. The overall series is dead even at 6-6, but the Broncos have won three of their last four meetings with the Giants — who may have the ultimate bragging rights in the head-to-head series based on their 39-20 victory in Super Bowl XXI. Denver enters Sunday’s affair relatively healthy and sports an impressive 3-1 record, while the Giants are a desperate 0-5 team that has been devastated by injuries. The Giants’ top four receivers on their depth chart to begin the season won’t be playing on Sunday. Odell Beckham Jr., Brandon Marshall and Dwayne Harris were all placed on injured reserve earlier in the week — and second-year pro Sterling Shepard won’t be suiting up either. That should make things much easier for the No Fly Zone and you can expect them to hold Eli Manning and the depleted Giants offense to minimal yardage through the air. We're making our 19th prime-time appearance at home since 2011, the most in the @nfl.#BeatTheGiants pic.twitter.com/bXevnLYUuB— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) October 14, 2017 Just when Giants fans thought it couldn’t get any worse, their injury report developed to something akin to an infirmary list. New York will also be without their starting center Weston Richburg, starting running back Paul Perkins and several other players. It’s never easy to come into Mile High and exit with a victory, and that task will be even harder with all the aforementioned key players on the sidelines for Sunday’s game. If the Giants were a healthy team, I would be worried. However, they aren’t and I have relatively few concerns about the Broncos’ ability to defeat them. Even though New York is desperate for a victory, they are in complete disarray and seem to be a sure-fire bet to earn the top selection in next year’s NFL Draft if their dumpster fire of a season continues to endure. I suspect it will on Sunday. Key Match Ups To Watch Von Miller and Shaquil Barrett vs. Bobby Hart and Ereck Flowers In four games this season, Miller and Barrett have combined for five sacks. That doesn’t seem that impressive, but they have had a ton of pressures and routinely graded out as some of the team’s best defensive players each week. Each of them have favorable match ups this weekend going against Hart and Flowers, who have graded out as one of the worst tackle tandems in the NFL. Most sacks allowed (thru Week 5)Menelik Watson 5.5Kyle Murphy 5Matt Kalil 5Ereck Flowers 4.5Greg Robinson 4.5— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) October 12, 2017 In short, Miller and Barrett could have their best games of the season and rack up some eye-popping stats with great performances going up against sub-par tackles. Don’t be surprised to see both of them have multiple sacks against a team who has already given up 13 sacks to date. For perspective, Manning was only sacked 21 times in a full season last year. It’s time for Miller and Barrett to eat! The No Fly Zone vs. The Giants’ Revamped Wide Receiver Corps As previously mentioned, Manning will be without his top four receivers for this game. That will undoubtedly impact chemistry on the field and I expect a lot of miscommunication and issues to arise from that. Having all that firepower dormant is already a huge obstacle to overcome, but going up against the league’s best secondary in the No Fly Zone just compounds the problem into an almost improbable mountain to summit. Expect the Broncos’ secondary to make some big plays against a young and inexperienced receiver corps the Giants will be fielding this weekend. Hart’s Prediction I have no concerns about the Broncos imploding on Sunday. The only question I have is how well the offense will do against a porous Giants defense. The Broncos’ defense have been stalwarts against the run all season long, and with no viable weapons in their receiving game, I don’t see how the Giants are going to score enough points to beat Denver on Sunday. This game could get ugly real quick. With the Broncos having an extra week to prepare off their bye week, I believe they will be firing on all cylinders in all phases of the game and earn a big victory. My bold prediction: touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams! Broncos 34, Giants 13. [...]
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