We saw plenty of thrilling plays, but players just got up and got back to work.

The Jaguars dominated the game, which was surprising considering all of the bad things we heard about Blake Bortles all week.

The defense was giving the Texans offense hell. Not only did Calais Campbell play up to his new contract, but A.J. Bouye and Jalen Ramsey locked down DeAndre Hopkins. The box score might not reflect that, with Hopkins having seven receptions and a touchdown, but it was a long afternoon for Nuk and the Texans — who eventually benched Tom Savage for Deshaun Watson.

In relief, Watson completed 12 of 23 passes for 102 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Watson led the Texans to a touchdown on his first drive but wasn’t able to make enough magic to complete a comeback effort in the 29-7 loss.

No dancing, no grandstanding, no celebrations of any sort. This is a departure even from the preseason. That gave us a Marvin Jones double-dutch celebration as well as the celebration that sits atop our current rankings: Taco Charlton making imaginary tacos for his teammates.

We still have two games on Monday night, so here’s hoping that players from the Saints, Vikings, Chargers, and Broncos have some fun celebrations in the works. That just wasn’t the case on Sunday.

“After we beat Dallas to go 6-0, the (perfect season) talk Cheap Liverpool Jerseys really started ramping up,” Stallworth said. “Belichick told us, ‘I don’t want to Cheap Kids Jerseys NHL hear any s— about that from any of you about going undefeated.’

The Broncos lost to the Chiefs 29-13.

Manning may be one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, but this was perhaps his lowest moment, when he was a shell of himself clinging to his talents.

He had almost as many interceptions (four) as completions (five). Throw in a pair of sacks and a fumble, and the fact that Gary Kubiak had seen enough to put in Osweiler late in the third quarter, and it’s easy to understand why this could qualify for the worst QBR game ever.

And those five completions? Only one of them traveled in the air more than 2 yards beyond the line of scrimmage. Two. Yards.

Unlike most of the other quarterbacks on this list, it all worked out for Manning. He pushed past the bad game and the bad foot and got himself a ring.

That’s the kind of rebound Dalton can only dream of.

The only guy who had a worse Monday night on the sideline was Sergio Dipp. Peterson’s frustration at not playing more became the game’s big story when ESPN cameras captured him giving Saints coach Sean Payton a death stare late in the first half.

Not that it matters to Payton one iota, as Peterson will soon learn. More on that later.

Peterson and Payton tried to deny that there was even an issue during their postgame news conferences, which came across with the same legitimacy Cheap Jerseys With Numbers as answers at a White House press briefing.

“There’s no conflict,” said Peterson, who also took to Cheap Jonathan Toews Jerseys Twitter trying to downplay the matter. “Let’s not try to spin it like there is.”

The immediate lack of free-agent interest should have further given the 32-year-old a reality check.

The Vikings could still enjoy offensive success during Peterson’s heyday with a ground-and-pound mantra that worked around his deficiencies in the passing game, and because Peterson simply was that good. The philosophy was no longer feasible as Peterson grew older and began showing wear and tear.

The fact Peterson still believed he was the same caliber runner and all that goes with that mindset contributed to Minnesota releasing him this offseason without even trying to restructure his bloated contract. The Vikings simply didn’t need the headache he could become if not fed the football enough.

It didn’t. All the things Peterson said after signing with the Saints about being a team player and willing to work in a rotation of running backs were rendered hot air with Monday night’s sideline behavior.

Peterson also learned Payton doesn’t care about his feelings, which he should have known before coming to the Big Easy.

RC: In the 15-year history of the NFC South, only the Panthers Cheap Jerseys United States from 2013-15 have won consecutive division titles. The Cheap Jerseys Website Falcons went 11-5 to win the division last year and reached the Super Bowl, where they blew a 28-3 lead on the Patriots and eventually lost in overtime. Will that loss linger and affect their 2017 campaign?

The Panthers went from 15-1 and a Super Bowl berth in 2015 only to stumble to 6-10 last season. But Carolina has a healthy Cam Newton this season and could have a bounce-back year. The team that might pose the biggest threat to Atlanta’s playoff chances is Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers had a great offseason to upgrade their roster after going 9-7 last year.

Then there are the Saints, who can score 40 points in any given week as long as Drew Brees is still at quarterback.

The Texans should keep playing Deshaun Watson

When Deshaun Watson wasn’t the first quarterback picked in April’s NFL draft, I thought that was weird. So did every other college football fan, along with most of the media members who cover that sport every day. Watson was the best player in Clemson history, and he almost destroyed the Alabama Death Star in 2015’s national title game before he finished that job in a rematch a year later. Not only was a bad word never spoken about Watson. His teammates advocated for him relentlessly, and his head coach said that passing on him would be akin to passing on Michael Jordan.

I’m not an NFL talent evaluator. People who are smarter than me figured that Mitchell Trubisky and Patrick Mahomes were worth selections before Watson’s at No. 12, where the Texans traded up to get him. There are good cases for those players. But I don’t think there’s much argument for Tom Savage being better than Watson in the short, medium, or long term for Houston. Their days on Sunday, when Watson replaced Savage for the second half of the Texans’ loss to the Jaguars, furthered that view.

11:33 p.m.: Turnover on downs. The Chiefs came to play. Kansas City stuffed New England on a fourth-and-inches for the second time in the game and took over on their own 40-yard line with 12:29 left in the game.

11:26 p.m.: Touchdown. So, the Chiefs have themselves a player in rookie running back Kareem Hunt. And they still have themselves a solid quarterback in Alex Smith. The duo connected on a 78-yard touchdown pass at the beginning of the fourth quarter to give Kansas City the lead. 28-27, Chiefs.

11:22 p.m.: End of third quarter. The Patriots held a Cheap Ireland Jerseys 340-293 total yards advantage over the Chiefs entering the Cheap Jerseys And Snapbacks final 15-minute period.

NFL preseason Week 4: Patrick Mahomes shows off big arm in final exhibition

There weren’t many starters who played in Thursday’s final slate of NFL preseason games. Most starters were mere spectators as coaches used the final preseason game to determine which players will fill out the 53-man roster.

It was easy to see why Mahomes is not yet ready to be an NFL starter, as he struggled to be consistent against the Titans backups. But he also gave Chiefs fans reasons to be excited for the future when the team eventually moves on from Smith.

NFC championship game preview, anyone? Only if Green Bay’s defensive fixes really, really worked … and worked better than the Seahawks’ defensive fixes. Also, if the Seahawks’ defensive players who gripe about Russell Wilson getting Cheap Football Practice Jerseys preferential treatment can explain how that jibes with one of his few dependable targets, Jermaine Kearse, getting traded for another defensive player, Sheldon Richardson. Anyway … Seahawks, 24-23

The Kyle Shanahan-John Lynch era begins in the Bay Area, as does Cheap Green Bay Packers Jerseys the Tread Water Until We Can Get Kirk Cousins era. And neither of those is as magnetic as the start of the Christian McCaffrey era, near his former college home. If the rookie continues what he started in preseason, and Cam Newton is truly and fully recovered, the Panthers might have more fans on their side by the end. Panthers, 34-17

Running back David Johnson accounted for 36 percent of the Cardinals’ yards from scrimmage last season, the highest percentage in the NFL, and could be out for an extended period. Possible overreaction: Without Johnson, the offense is a 37-year-old quarterback and a 34-year-old wide receiver. That rarely translates to wins in the NFL.

2017 NFL season preview: Packers still class of NFC North

The Packers got within one game of the Super Bowl last season and should again be a championship contender.

The signing of free agents Martellus Bennett and Lance Kendricks gives Green Bay a dangerous tight ends group to go with Richard Rodgers. The Packers also used their first four draft picks on defensive players and selected three running backs late to add depth behind converted receiver Ty Montgomery.

What places the Packers head and shoulders above everyone else in the division is that they have the best quarterback in Aaron Rodgers, who led the NFL last season with 40 touchdown passes.

Brady said the Patriots need to change their attitude and create a better sense of urgency.

“We’ve got to dig a lot deeper than we did tonight,” Brady said following Thursday’s game.

The Patriots are not out of the Super Bowl talk, but mounting injuries will be tough to overcome. Brady was not sharp Thursday, but is just a season removed from a Super Bowl MVP performance and the Patriots still have Bill Belichick running at the helm.

“We didn’t do much to deserve to win,” Belichick said following the loss. “We’ve got a lot of work to do. That’s pretty obvious. We have to improve just about Cheap Custom Hockey Jerseys everything. We just weren’t competitive enough.”

The Patriots have been here before and bounced back to win Cheap Cycling Jerseys a Super Bowl. If they do get there, they just might have to go through the Chiefs.

The Vikings sure aren’t going to ask Sam Bradford to throw it downfield.

After all of the injury concerns in the preseason, the Lions are surprisingly healthy entering Week 1. The two biggest concerns are tight end Eric Ebron and defensive end Ezekiel Ansah. Neither played in the preseason but both seem on track to appear in Week 1. How Detroit handles their snaps is a key — particularly for Ansah — but the Lions seem as if like they’ll have a full complement of players for the Cardinals.

It has already been determined that starters Andrew Luck (shoulder), Vontae Davis (groin) and Ryan Kelly (foot) will not play against the Rams. Chester Rogers, who spent most of training camp as the third receiver, continues to remain out because of a hamstring injury he suffered late in the preseason. There was some thought that he would practice Wednesday, but he was listed on the team’s injury report as “did not practice,” which reduces the odds of him playing against the Rams.

Running back Leonard Fournette (foot), wide receiver Marqise Lee (ankle) and quarterback Blake Bortles (wrist) practiced Wednesday and are expected to play Sunday, but things aren’t so clear when it comes to running back T.J. Yeldon (hamstring). He would be a big loss, too. Not so much because of his work in the run game — he’s behind Fournette and Chris Ivory — but his work as a pass-protector. He is by far the Jaguars’ best pass-blocker among the backs. With the struggles of the offensive line and the fact that J.J. Watt, Whitney Mercilus and Jadeveon Clowney are coming, not having Yeldon would be a serious Cheap Basketball Jerseys blow. It doesn’t look good at this point, though he still has a chance to play but certainly would be limited.

Cook can run, can catch and can handle whatever he needs to Cheap Authentic NFL Jerseys handle, and the offseason injury to Latavius Murray means Cook has basically been working as the starter since he got there. Which rookie RB do you like? There are a lot to choose from this season.

Dennis Smith Jr.’s demeanor is why he’s the perfect next face of the Mavericks

Rick Carlisle has always loved Dennis Smith Jr.’s game. But it was a pre-draft meeting, weeks before Smith’s name was called on the Barclays Center stage, where Carlisle became convinced this was the Mavericks’ guy.

“I liked his combination of confidence and humility,” the Dallas Mavericks head coach tells SB Nation. “When talking to him before the draft about our situation, he just had a strong belief in himself. That was clear. He had that belief without being cocky or arrogant. I admire that.”

That humble confidence is a huge credit to how Dennis Smith Sr. raised his son and daughter as a single parent in Fayetteville, N.C, molding Junior — as he calls him — into who he is now. It’s why Smith will insist Jr. is added to the back of his Mavericks jersey.

FIBA appears to get the junior levels right — the top young players in the world tend to participate in every major FIBA junior event. But that’s not the case at the senior level, and that’s a problem.

What FIBA ought to focus on is making it as easy and painless as possible for stars to show up. This is a star-driven sport at the highest level. One bridge solution: summer qualification from late July to early September that follows the global round-robin style instead of centralized tournaments. Cram all of those windows into a part of the calendar when more stars are likely to be available.

Instead, FIBA has followed its own plan, trying in vain to be more like cash cow Cheap Jerseys Borntrade global soccer. It’s turning into quite a lonely path, and basketball around the world will suffer for it.

This story has been corrected to reflect that Spain won bronze, not silver, in Cheap Jerseys And Hats From China the 2016 Olympics.

It doesn’t matter how badly Irving wants to go to New York.

Only three players in the NBA can choose their fate: LeBron, Carmelo Anthony, and Dirk Nowitzki. The remaining 500 players are not fortunate enough to hold a no-trade clause rarely get to determine where they end up in a trade.

The fact remains New York doesn’t have the assets Cleveland — or anyone else for that matter — would want in return for a player of value. Yes, Anthony and LeBron are close friends, but Melo has his sights set on Houston. That could change, but for now, the Knicks’ star doesn’t want to join up and chase a ring with the Cavaliers.

As long as Anthony holds that position, New York has little to nothing to offer for Irving. The Knicks aren’t trading Kristaps Porzingis for Irving, whose contract expires in two years. You don’t need a WojBomb to figure that out. And aside from Tim Hardaway, rookie Frank Ntilikina — who didn’t play in Summer League — second-rounder Damyean Dotson, and second-year guard Ron Baker, the Knicks’ roster leaves much to be desired.

Cleveland isn’t going to trade Irving unless it’s on their terms. Moving him to New York doesn’t make any sense, at least not at the moment.

The Celtics have 10 first-round NBA draft picks in the next 3 years. Here’s how they got them

Let’s say the Grizzlies fall into a slump or run into the injury bug for the second time in three years. Their core is already old and isn’t getting any better. Zach Randolph Cheap Infant Jerseys is out the door already, and Tony Allen isn’t far behind.

Why not jump-start your rebuild by getting your first-round Cheap Jackie Robinson Jerseys pick back and maybe taking a prospect or two in the process? It makes sense for both sides if things start to go south in Memphis.

Zach Randolph and Memphis were perfect for each other

The greatest miracle the Grit ’N Grind Grizzlies pulled wasn’t making Memphis fall in love with the local basketball team (the South has long been a hoops mecca). It wasn’t providing a counterweight to a league getting faster, freer, and smaller. The biggest achievement of Grit ’N Grind was turning Zach Randolph into what he has become.

Randolph was the trouble child incarnate before arriving in Memphis. He’d been cast off from the Blazers, ridiculed with the Knicks, and salary-dumped by the Clippers. (The Clippers!) In Memphis — with stability, good coaching, and great teammates — he found a new identity and a real career.

Now, he’s been signed by the Sacramento Kings on a two-year deal to provide a veteran presence and buckets under his old coach Dave Joerger. Tell someone stuck in 2008 that Z-Bo would eventually be a stabilizing, culture-positive veteran for a young team. They’d laugh you out of the room! But we’re there.

This is the second meeting that Milwaukee will have with Rose, so there may be more smoke here than any of the meetings that had taken place before. However, it’s still a long ways off from being final for either side.

Milwaukee’s point guard situation isn’t great, to be sure. Malcolm Brogdon surprised the whole NBA after being selected in the second round, playing 75 games and winning Rookie of the Year. Matthew Dellavedova started most of the year, shooting under 40 percent from the field but filling Cheap Hockey Jerseys From China his role well in his first season away from Cleveland. It’s nothing against either player to call them one of the worst point Cheap Hats And Jerseys guard duos in the league.

However, the Bucks don’t need better point guards.