Luckily for the Chiefs, Hunt was up for the task.

The Patriots have the league’s best coaching staff, and Belichick and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels will lean on their new receiving threat in Cooks and Super Bowl hero James White coming out of the backfield. But will Gronk and Amendola hold up? Will the offensive line play better than it did late in the Chiefs game when Brady was under siege? A strong running game led by White and Mike Gillislie certainly will help the cause, and the Patriots ran reasonably well in the opener with 124 yards rushing and three touchdowns on the ground.

Even after the Edelman injury and the other problems, nobody is dismissing New England as a Super Bowl contender. It would be a shock if the Patriots don’t cruise to their ninth straight AFC East title, which would be their 15th in the last 16 years.

So New England will return to the playoffs as a division champ, but will it be able to gain home-field advantage over strong AFC teams in Pittsburgh, Oakland and Kansas City? And can the Patriots beat these teams with a return trip to the Super Bowl on the line, especially if they’re on the road?

After moving on from Jamaal Charles in the offseason, the Chiefs hoped Spencer Ware could take over the starting role. But Ware suffered a season-ending injury in the preseason, leaving the team with Kareem Hunt and Charcandrick West at running back.

He fumbled on his first career rushing attempt but bounced back by consistently gashing the Patriots Cheap Real Jerseys defense. He didn’t just win with speed — Hunt was patient, made quick decisions, and got Cheap Professional Sports Jerseys the big-boy yards between the tackles.

Jason Witten passed Michael Irvin to become the Cowboys all-time leader in receiving yards.

Irvin finished his career with 11,904 yards. Witten, who caught seven passes for 59 yards and a touchdown in a win over the Giants, now has 11,947 career receiving yards.

Jaguars’ Leonard Fournette rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown in the Jaguars’ 29-7 win over the Texans, becoming the first rookie in team history to hit 100 yards in his debut.

Josey Jewell, LB, Iowa: One of the reasons the Wyoming offense couldn’t get on track was the play of Jewell. The 6-2, 236-pound linebacker was all over the field with a game-high 14 tackles, including 2 1/2 for loss and a pair of sacks.

Ronald Jones, RB, USC: While Darnold was not sharp, the Trojans avoided the upset thanks to Jones. The 6-foot, 200-pound junior, who ran for 1,082 yards and 12 scores last season, racked up 159 yards and three on 18 carries Saturday against the Broncos. His second touchdown with 6:57 remaining broke a 28-28 tie.

Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville: The reigning Heisman Trophy winner shook off an early fumble to explode for 378 passing yards and 107 rushing yards in a 35-28 win over Purdue in Indianapolis. Jackson made some superb throws, fitting the ball into some tight windows, while going 30 for 46 with two touchdowns.

An iso-camera will follow his every step on the sideline, Cris Collinsworth will comment when Beckham paces past the kicking net, and Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison will debate whether Beckham is an overall net-positive for the Giants, and how Ben McAdoo should ‘handle’ the flamboyant receiver. Beckham Cheap NFL Jerseys Paypal moves the dial as proficiently as he moves the sticks, and rightsholders discuss how they will Cheap Paintball Jerseys cover him in their pregame meetings much like opposing defenses.

It’s difficult to do any worse than Dalton did on Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens.

There are a few quarterbacks, though, who posted particularly notable Week 1 performances, both good and bad. Whether they were returning from injury or entering a year of great expectations, they made headlines hat might not match up with a deeper look at their performance. Let’s run through some of those passers and get a closer glance into what Week 1 really suggested about their season to come:

He finished the day with an 0.6 Total QBR, the worst mark since Peyton Manning’s 5-for-20, four-pick start against the Chiefs in 2015 that cost the future Hall of Famer his starting job for the rest of the regular season. An 0.6 QBR is “Let’s see what Brock Osweiler can do” bad.

Turnover. Another fourth-quarter takeaway for the Chargers sucked the remainder whatever air was left in the Broncos’ stadium. Chargers linebacker Korey Toomer forced a Jamaal Charles fumble on a second-down carry, and Casey Hayward recovered for Los Angeles.

The Chargers capitalized on the opportunity they received with the turnover. On the sixth play of the short drive, Philip Rivers found Keenan Allen for a 5-yard touchdown to cut the Broncos’ lead to 10 points with 8:15 remaining. 24-14, Broncos.

Turnover. Thanks to a wild tipped pass, the Chargers took the ball right back from the Broncos with an Adrian Phillips interception. The play was upheld upon review, and Los Angeles took over on Denver’s 43-yard line.

Turnover on downs. Broncos linebacker Todd Davis blasted Melvin Gordon in the backfield Cheap Los Angeles Dodgers Jerseys for a 2-yard loss on a fourth-and-1 attempt from midfield as the Chargers tried to climb back into the game. Denver took over on Los Angeles’ 49-yard line.

Chargers safety Rayshawn Jenkins was ruled out for the rest of the game with a Cheap NFL Jerseys Nike concussion.

Browns run onto field with first responders; other teams’ players protest during anthem

A week after a video emerged of Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett being detained by Las Vegas police, Bennett remained seated during the national anthem before the team’s opener against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.

Seahawks center Justin Britt stood next to Bennett with a hand on his shoulder, as he did in a Seahawks preseason game in August. Running back Thomas Rawls stood on Bennett’s other side. Defensive end Cliff Avril joined Bennett in sitting on the bench for the tail end of the anthem.

Peterson is more of a base-down runner, while the Saints prefer Ingram and Kamara in the passing game. For Peterson to get more touches, the Saints will have to be in position to run the ball more — either protecting a lead or exploiting a certain game plan. Neither was the case Monday night, as New Orleans ran the ball 21 times for just 60 yards (2.9 yards per carry).

Peterson was the primary receiver on a play-action pass inside the 5-yard line during the second half, but Minnesota’s defense snuffed it out.

“They just did a great job,” Peterson said of the play. “… Good call by the defense. You know, Zim [Mike Zimmer] is a great defensive-minded coach.”

When asked if his highly touted return to Minnesota was embarrassing, Peterson said no.

“It’s not embarrassing because there’s things that we can fix. And I see that for Cheap Jerseys China Vip what Cheap Jerseys China Paypal it is,” Peterson said. “So it’s not embarrassing or Cheap Jerseys Cycling anything like that. We had opportunities, and we just didn’t execute.”

This contentious fight between the NFL and NFLPA could take a while.

In 1982, Ohlmeyer formed Ohlmeyer Communications Company (OCC), a full-service advertising agency and marketing firm, as well as a television consulting operation for clients such as the NFL, NHL and Major League Baseball. In the 1980s, he also oversaw partner Nabisco’s 20 percent interest in ESPN, serving as a member of ESPN’s board of directors. OCC was sold to ESPN in 1993 and was merged with Creative Sports (purchased by ESPN in 1994) to form Charlotte-based ESPN Regional Television.

In March 2000, Ohlmeyer returned for one season to his first love, sports producing, with ABC’s Monday Night Football, pairing together Al Michaels, Dennis Miller and Dan Fouts. He later served as ombudsman for ESPN from 2009 to ’11.

Ohlmeyer, a graduate of Notre Dame, won 16 Emmys, including the Lifetime Achievement Award, two Peabody Awards, a Cine Golden Eagle Award, Miami Film Festival Award, National Film Board Award, Glaad Media Award and three Humanitas Prizes. He was also a member of the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame.

In its new filing Wednesday, the NFLPA said Henderson’s decision “does not change anything about the evidence of fundamental unfairness, irreparable harm, or balance of hardships,” according to documents obtained by the Dallas Morning News.

Why did the court grant the restraining order? The NFLPA and Elliott’s attorneys filed the federal lawsuit before his appeal was decided. The suit alleges “there was a Cheap Hockey Practice Jerseys League-orchestrated conspiracy by senior NFL executives, including NFL Senior Vice President and Cheap Infant Jerseys Special Counsel for Investigations Lisa Friel, to hide critical information — which would completely exonerate Elliott.”

It’s the eighth time in last three seasons that Saints have allowed at least 300 passing yards and three touchdown passes.

No other team has more than four, according to ESPN.

During Peterson’s 10 seasons with the Vikings, coaches never let their own defenders tackle him to the ground in practice. They finally got their chance on the first play of the game but the 2012 MVP dragged multiple defenders to a 9-yard gain. It would be Peterson’s longest run of the night, as the 2012 MVP appeared to be frustrated with coach Sean Payton with his lack of snaps.

“We weren’t in any heated exchange,” Payton told reporters about a sideline exchange after the game. “No. Listen, I’d tell you if we were in a heated exchange, so why don’t you ask him? He was into it, we were all into it, there was none that I can recall. And I’m being honest.”

The Raiders and Chiefs both had impressive offensive performances in wins against strong conference opponents Sunday. They are the reigning playoff teams in the AFC West and the co-favorites for the title in 2017.

But the Broncos and Chargers both have the makeup to disrupt that, with improved running games to complement their defenses. When all four teams finish their 12 total games of divisional play, every yard, point and victory will have been hard-earned.

Lynn and Joseph set the tone for what should be an incredible West race by getting Cheap Jerseys China Paypal resilient performances immediately from their players. Their demeanors are suited to contend; they’re Cheap High Quality Soccer Jerseys right between the often reserved Andy Reid and the always fired-up Jack Del Rio.

Leonard Fournette won’t surpass 1,000 yards.

Nobody without a Dirty Bird tattoo would have predicted that a stagnant, oft-disappointing Falcons team would have challenged for the Super Bowl before the 2016 season, but that’s exactly the problem with season previews and predictions. Suggesting what’s most likely to happen doesn’t offer much help given the utter randomness and variance inherent in a 16-game season. Every team’s best-case scenario is worth considering.

You know he takes a lot of risks. You want to bait him into it because he takes the bait. That’s what I saw on film. And talking to my [teammates], they said he will throw it to you. Bait him into it and make it look like it’s open and he’ll give it to you. Also, you don’t know which Cutler you will get — amazing Jay, or the Cutler we played against.

But the best linebackers of football today are those who can channel the aggression and violence of the game without crossing the line. That’s something that Burfict has struggled with.

The rookie RB might get 250-plus carries, but the Jaguars didn’t do much to address an offensive line that has not been very good in the run game over the past two seasons (22nd in rushing in 2016). As good as Fournette might be, he won’t have success if the line struggles. — Mike DiRocco

The Titans will not only make the playoffs and win the AFC South for the first Cheap Jerseys Authentic time since 2008, but they’ll also win a playoff game for the first time since 2003.

A strong offensive line and powerful run game has the Titans built to win Cheap Hockey Jerseys Custom close games and ugly winter matchups in January. — Cameron Wolfe

Gordon Hayward didn’t choose the Heat, but they still have ways to save the summer

Gordon Hayward made his decision. The All-Star forward coming off of the best season of his career did not join the Miami Heat. Instead, Hayward will leave the Utah Jazz to sign a four-year deal worth $128 million with the Boston Celtics, according to The Vertical’s Shams Charania.

The decision leaves the Heat, who were looking to form a legitimate Big 3 once again, out in the cold. Miami failed to make the playoffs despite an impressive 30-11 stretch in the second half of the season. Hayward was viewed as a legitimate star Pat Riley could build another contender around.

But Miami missed the postseason while Boston made the Eastern Conference Finals. And while it’s the Celtics who celebrate landing the marquee free agent of the summer, the Heat are faced with a separate question:

Miami may have failed to land its big fish, but the Heat aren’t dead in the water just yet. Miami waived Chris Bosh on Tuesday after he missed the 2016-17 season due to recurring blood clots. His $25 million salary comes off the books, giving the Heat about $37 million in cap space to sign free agents.

But Miami can carry some of that momentum into next season. The Heat can re-sign both Dion Waiters and James Johnson, integral parts to their late-season run. They can also integrate Bam Adebayo, a rim-running and -protecting Kentucky product who’s wowed in his NBA debut in the Summer League.

The best-case scenario for the Heat was adding Hayward to Goran Dragic and Hassan Whiteside to create a legitimate Big 3 in South Beach. That dream may have been dashed, but it’s not the end of the road for Miami just yet.

The Heat have enough cap space to remain competitive and add either a lower-level star or bring Cheap Professional Jerseys back the same group that competed last season. Without much left on Cheap Orioles Jerseys the market, there Cheap Original Soccer Jerseys isn’t much more Heat fans can ask for.

You just didn’t expect it to ravage the Hawks this quickly.

The way the Cavaliers muted Horford in two straight postseasons surely impacted how Atlanta weighed his free agency in 2016, and signing Howard seemed like a direct response to Cleveland. Still, it was a bit of uninspired conventional thinking. Atlanta knew by midseason it wouldn’t work; otherwise, the Hawks wouldn’t have traded Korver to Cleveland itself!

The Hawks as we knew them had multiple factors contributing to their death, but the lack of vision on what to do once they found success is the clearest cause. After years of grinding through draft picks and huge contracts, Atlanta finally climbed higher than they had in decades. Unfortunately, they had no idea how to stay there. Now they’ve tumbled down to where they were back when Horford first arrived in 2007.

Time is cruel and unforgiving. It comes for all, some faster than others. You just didn’t expect it to ravage the Hawks this quickly.

Was it fear of another lockout in 2017 that gave the extremely rich pause? The Timberwolves and Nets have nominally been on the market for the last few years — Prokhorov seems to bounce between taking interest in Nets and forgetting he owns them, and Minnesota’s Glen Taylor has unloaded small slices recently. Otherwise, we’ve heard little about potential franchise sales.

The players’ union raised a lot of ruckus about fighting back against owners’ victories in the 2011 lockout aftermath. The union hired firebrand lawyer Michele Roberts, and superstars took over leadership positions.

But the expected war never materialized: Roberts and commissioner Adam Silver reached a deal six months before the 2011 pact expired, keeping the major items intact. Labor peace is the order Cheap NFL Jerseys Embroidered of business. The revenue is pouring in faster than ever as teams rack up broadcast dollars and new arenas open, most with heavy public subsidy. Every investment from Cheap NHL Jerseys the 2010-2013 team sale boom has paid off.

Pistons renounce rights to Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, making him an unrestricted free agent

The Detroit Pistons have renounced their rights to Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. He is now an unrestricted free agent, free to sign with any team he chooses.

Pope was a restricted free agent garnering max contract consideration across the league after showing promise as a young, serviceable two-way wing in his fourth season. He averaged 13.8 points on sub-.400 shooting from the field but was tasked with defending the opposing team’s best player on a nightly basis.

Detroit — saddled in luxury tax with more than $66 million committed to Andre Drummond, Reggie Jackson, Tobias Harris and Jon Leuer for next season alone — was expected to match any competing offers on Pope. The collective bargaining agreement allows teams to exceed the salary cap to re-sign their own players; not so much with other free agents.

Since the Spurs are still reportedly interested in signing him, this is bizarre. By renouncing Simmons, they immediately lose leverage with him and against the rest of the league. Other teams can negotiate with Simmons at their preferred price, rather than negotiate with him at a price they believe the Spurs wouldn’t match. It would make sense that Simmons would stay somewhat loyal to San Antonio, the team that discovered him and a stellar franchise.

If San Antonio didn’t plan on re-signing Simmons, they still didn’t need to renounce him. He would have been free to sign elsewhere, and the Spurs just wouldn’t have matched. In fact, this Cheap Moto X Jerseys would hurt Cheap Miami Heat Jerseys Simmons’ leverage to get more money with other teams if this were the case.

Either way, it’s a strange situation for Simmons. Last year, the 6’6 guard Cheap Miami Dolphins Jerseys played 78 games, averaging about 18 minutes and six points on 42 percent shooting.