Von Miller has had plenty of games in which he helped lift the Denver Broncos to a win, but on Sunday he quickly took the Broncos’ rather homely 26-16 loss to the Buffalo Bills and put it squarely on his own shoulders.
Miller’s unsportsmanlike conduct penalty kept a fourth-quarter Bills drive going — the Broncos would have forced a punt without the penalty — and 10 plays later, the Bills kicked a field goal that made their seven-point lead a 10-point lead with just more than three minutes remaining in the game.
I can’t put my team in situations like that,” Miller said. … I’ve got to be smarter than that. I’m always on the rookies and the young guys about being smart, doing this, doing that. And in a crucial situation in the game — I’ve just got to be better than that … I killed the game today with that play. I’ve just got to be better than that.”
He followed that up 29 minutes later with another thought on the topic: …NFL attendance and ratings are WAY DOWN. Boring games yes, but many stay away because they love our country. League should back U.S.
Those tweets were his fifth and sixth related to the NFL or NBA in less than 24 hours. Trump opened Saturday morning by saying the NBA champion Warriors would not be invited to the White House due to star Stephen Curry’s hesitating about whether he wanted to go. Curry had reiterated the previous day he had no interest in visiting the president.
Trump then expanded on his comments at a Friday rally in Alabama, saying NFL players should stand for the anthem or YOU’RE FIRED! Find something else to do!
An NFL official told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that no fines are being considered for those players who stayed in the locker room during the anthem.
NFL owners were among those across the league who responded this weekend to President Trump’s comments and tweets.
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft on Sunday became the first NFL owner who made a donation to Trump’s campaign to speak out.
I am deeply disappointed by the tone of the comments made by the President on Friday, Kraft said. I am proud to be associated with so many players who make such tremendous contributions in positively impacting our communities. Their efforts, both on and off the field, help bring people together and make our community stronger.
Playing in relief of the injured Gus Frerotte, Rosenfels orchestrated a 21-point comeback as Miami defeated Buffalo, 24-23, in Week 13 of the 2005 season. Rosenfels’ main target was wide receiver Chris Chambers, who set a franchise single-game record with 15 catches for 238 yards along with the game-winning touchdown.
Houston held Rosenfels in higher regard than Miami did during the 2006 offseason, signing him away via free agency. The Texans were rewarded by Rosenfels posting a 6-4 starting record and performing well as a backup by-and-large when called upon over the next three seasons.
Those fantasy owners have to be more worried after the Jets held the Dolphins to a 14.3 percent GBR and a 6.5 GBYPA. This gives Miami a 22.2 percent GBR for the season, which is the worst in the NFL. It is highly unlikely the Dolphins will block this poorly for the rest of the season, but these numbers should give Ajayi’s fantasy managers pause to put him in the lineup until the blocking issues are resolved.
Payton on Brady’s 447 passing yards against the Saints: Obviously, there were some guys open.
Brady on Patriots running back James White: I’ve played with a lot of great teammates, and James is right up there with the best.
Jenkins on Lynch’s sideline dance during Oakland’s 45-20 win over the Jets: That irks my ever-living nerves. I was on kickoff return and I saw it happen and it’s infuriating and I wanted them to kick the ball short so we could get more contact. That pissed me off. I’m an old-school guy, and I don’t like [it] when things like that happen… It was embarrassing losing like that. Having Marshawn dancing like that, good player, seeing that happen, that should infuriate the whole team.
Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin on Sunday’s 12-9 win over the 49ers: It was ugly. Ugly as hell.
Houston can hang around early because of its defense against a banged-up New England offense, but eventually, Tom Brady will be protected from J.J. Watt and friends and pick apart the visitors on the back end. Expect the Patriots to contain Deshaun Watson as a runner to limit the Texans’ entire offense in its attempts to keep up and catch up.
Denver suddenly has become a dangerous offense again to complete its daunting defense. Buffalo can’t handle the diversity and balance while it’s suffering from a severe lack of just that. There’s nothing tricky about Von Miller leading the charge against a predictable run-heavy, two-man attack with Tyrod Taylor and LeSean McCoy.
Despite his coming off a career season with 1,161 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns, maybe the Patriots knew something when not making a big push to re-sign Blount during the offseason. No other team did, either, until Philadelphia inked him to a one-year, $1.25 million deal in mid-May. Blount struggled in the preseason and didn’t show enough in the opener against Washington (14 rushes for 46 yards) to receive a single carry in last Sunday’s loss at Kansas City.
Eagles coach Doug Peterson said Monday that all four of his running backs �� Blount, Darren Sproles, Wendell Smallwood and Corey Clement �� have a game-specific role. Even so, Blount needs to get on a roll, possibly as a short-yardage back, to stay in the rotation.
This is a playoff rematch, for what that’s worth. The Texans didn’t have J.J. Watt in the divisional round last year, or Deshaun Watson. The Patriots don’t get to face the Saints’ defense this time, either �� they get a Texans defense that hit Tom Brady more than a few times in that playoff game, plus Watt, who should have rounded into shape more. The Patriots will be looking to continue their latest vengeance tour, but it won’t be the breeze (see what we did there?) it was last week.
The Lions are in the position of having to prove themselves every week before anyone trusts them �� heck, not that many trusted them last week against a weak Giants team with a hobbling Odell Beckham Jr. The Falcons will be a stiffer test after unleashing offensive hell on the Packers in Week 2. Teeing off on them the way they did against Eli Manning won’t be easy, but again, the Lions defense might be in need of a little more respect.
The expectations the Vikings’ offense had created in their Monday night opener against the Saints were diluted when Sam Bradford went down. Case Keenum just won’t put the same fear into a defense, certainly not the Buccaneers. They’re capable of making the Vikings look as bad as they made Mike Glennon and the Bears look last week.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera supports Julius Peppers, players’ protests
Panthers coach Ron Rivera emphasized his support of Julius Peppers on Monday, saying he understands the defensive end’s decision to protest before Sunday’s game against the Saints was part of a larger issue of bringing awareness to social injustice in the country.
On an unprecedented day in NFL history, with players, coaches and even team executives throughout the league displaying unity amid Twitter and verbal attacks from President Donald Trump, Peppers was the only Carolina player to engage in any form of demonstration.
Peppers, 37, chose not to be on the field for the national anthem. The Panthers players who were on the field during the playing of the Star-Spangled Banner did not link arms or kneel, unlike the Saints players who occupied the opposite sideline.
I was on government assistance my whole life, until I got drafted. I was on food stamps. I had $7 when I got drafted, so I know what it’s like [for people] to treat you different, like you’re dumb, like you’re uneducated. I know what that feels like.
Wolfe has previously said he supported people’s right to protest, including when linebacker Brandon Marshall knelt during the national anthem before eight games last season in part to protest the use of force by police. Wolfe also has consistently said he personally believes everyone should stand for the anthem.
With the violence that’s going on, the protests that are going on, I think that people really need to just sit down and listen to each other, Wolfe said. Just listen to what each other has to say and maybe we can come up with a plan that will make everybody happy. That’s probably not going to happen, because it’s impossible to make everybody happy.