Saints top Panthers 28-10 to take NFC South lead

Drew Brees and the Saints proved Blake Bortles Kids Jersey they know how to win big games on the road. Brees overcame a shaky start and threw for one touchdown and ran for another and New Orleans defeated the Carolina Panthers 28-10 Thursday night to take over first place in the NFC South. The Saints (4-4) piled up 375 yards to snap a seven-game losing streak on the road that dated back to last November. Brees finished 24 of 34 for 297 yards and Mark Ingram turned in another solid performance with 100 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Brees threw an interception and fumbled in the first quarter before settling down late in the second and leading touchdown drives on four out of five possessions. The Saints’ defense sacked Cam Newton four times and forced two turnovers. Newton, who spent much of the night under heavy duress playing behind an offensive line without three of its regular starters, was limited to 151 yards passing. New Orleans pushed inside the Carolina 15-yard line on the game-opening drive before Brees’ pass for Kenny Stills was deflected to Panthers defensive lineman Dwan Edwards for the interception. Then, after the Saints forced a punt, Brees quickly pushed the Saints to midfield only to have Carolina’s Charles Johnson push fullback Erik Lorig into him and knock the ball loose as he looked downfield http://www.officialjaguarsnflstore.com/Blake_Bortles_Jersey for a fumble. However, Newton and the Panthers couldn’t take advantage and were forced to punt after both turnovers. ”It’s hard when you don’t take advantage of those opportunities,” Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. The Saints didn’t have the same problem on the next possession. With the Panthers pinned back in their own end, Junior Galette sacked Newton from behind and stripped the ball, allowing linebacker Curtis Lofton recovered at the Carolina 3. Mark Ingram took advantage two plays later with a 3-yard run to give the Saints a 7-0 lead. Then, after forcing a three-and-out, Drew Brees directed an 85-yard drive that ended when he slipped a 1-yard pass just past Melvin White to Graham on the right side with 3 seconds left in the half and the Saints were off and running while the Panthers (3-5-1) headed to the locker room serenaded by a chorus of boos. One of the few highlights for the Panthers came from Newton. He turned in one of the most athletic plays of the season when he scrambled out of the pocket, raced around the left end and took off from the 5-yard line and soaring toward the goal line with the ball outstretched in his right hand for a touchdown, cutting the Saints lead to 14-7. But Brees stopped any Carolina momentum when he led a 14-play, 80-yard drive that took more than six minutes off the clock. Brees jumped forward and stretched the ball over the goal line on a fourth-down sneak to give the New Orleans Saints a 21-7 lead. Ingram, who carried 30 times, added his second scoring run to…




RG3 can’t wait to get started again

After six-plus games Vincent Jackson Limited Jersey on the sideline, Robert Griffin III is back as the quarterback of the Washington Redskins. ”I feel great,” said Griffin, who dislocated his left ankle in the first quarter of the Week 2 victory over Jacksonville. ”I’m real excited to get back out there. I’m going to lean on my guys to help me get through this game. I look forward to being able to dish (the ball) to them and let them do the work. With these guys around me, I don’t have to try to do too much. You’ve got to trust the guys around you. If there’s any rust, I’m sure they’ll overshadow me because they’re playing at a high level. (But) if there comes a time when I have to carry the team, I’m willing to do that.” Griffin returned to individual drills last week and the full practice on Wednesday. ”Robert got the majority of the (work) with the ones today and we have every intention of giving him the start,” said first-year coach Jay Gruden, who initially replaced Griffin with Kirk Cousins before turning to Colt McCoy at halftime of the Tennessee game on Oct. 19. ”He’s done all the drills the right way. He made some good throws today. Everything’s checking out good.” Griffin said he felt ready to play this past Monday at Dallas, which would have been the low end of the six-to-eight week timetable for the injury when it was diagnosed. However, as Griffin explained, ”We just wanted to give it a little bit Vincent Jackson Womens Jersey more time and be smart about it. With the past, you learn from that, you learn from those mistakes.” That past includes two torn ACLs, one of which occurred in the divisional-round playoff loss to Seattle that ended his record-setting 2012 rookie season, sidelined him throughout the ensuing offseason and hampered him at times during his underwhelming 2013 campaign. So this time, Griffin said, ”We took the proper precautions to make sure I was able to go for the foreseeable future. That’s why we’re doing it this week.” The Redskins are 3-5, as are the Vikings, who rank fourth against the pass and are tied for second with 25 sacks. Although McCoy led Washington past Tennessee and Dallas, Gruden said he didn’t consider waiting to play Griffin until the Redskins return from their bye week, when they face Tampa Bay’s NFL-worst defense on Nov. 16. ”We waited (an extra) week,” Gruden said. ”He was champing at the bit. There’s not a (defense) in the National Football League that’s going to take it easy on him. He’s going to have to rise to the occasion this week, next week, the week after. Will he be perfect? No, but I think Robert at 100 percent gives us the best chance to win.” NOTES: Rookie cornerback Bashaud Breeland, who has played well since replacing the injured DeAngelo Hall in Week 3, injured a knee during Friday’s practice and…




Mack making impact for Raiders even without sacks

Khalil Mack has done just about everything http://www.buccaneersshop.us.com/Lavelle_Hawkins_Jersey the Oakland Raiders have asked of him his rookie season He has solidified the run defense with his ability to fight off blocks and get into the backfield, pressured quarterbacks consistently as a pass rusher and forced offenses to alter their game plans. The only thing lacking so far from Mack is something he was supposed to get frequently: a quarterback sack. Through seven games, Mack is still seeking his first sack despite being compared to pass rushing specialist Von Miller when he was drafted fifth overall in May. ”It’s something that’s kind of sitting on my mind,” Mack said. ”All my teammates talk about it. It will come soon enough but even then I’m working hard to get there.” Mack has come awfully close, especially in recent weeks. He has been credited with 15 quarterback hurries and hits the past three games, according to Pro Football Focus, and his 22 pressures for the season are the most for any player without a sack. The consistent pressure is bound to lead to sacks soon enough. ”They will come,” defensive coordinator Jason Tarver said. ”Keep pressuring the heck out of them, making sure everybody knows who you are and where is 52 and that stuff Sen’Derrick Marks Black Jersey will happen. As long as he’s around the ball, we’re happy.” While Mack has lacked sacks, he has not lacked praise. Opposing quarterbacks Carson Palmer and Brian Hoyer singled him out after the past two games for his stellar play. Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson called him a spectacular player who was playing like the defensive rookie of the year heading into Sunday’s game against the Seahawks. ”He jumps off the film,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. ”Every one of our coaches, when they break up and start looking at the Raiders and taking seriously what they’re doing well, everybody comes back talking about him. He’s almost unblockable and he’s got a great motor. He’s fast, he’s tough, he’s instinctive. We think he’s an obvious factor.” Mack played down the wide-spread praise he has received in recent weeks, saying it means nothing until the Raiders (0-7) have more success on the field. ”It’s gratifying in a personal aspect but you want to go out and win the game,” he said. ”It can mean something once you stamp a win. But we’re still working on that win. All you see out there is hunger for a win.” Mack has been dominant against the run, where he is the biggest reason for a dramatic turnaround in recent weeks by the Raiders. Oakland has allowed just 2.9 yards per carry in October, second to Denver for the NFL lead. Mack is tied with Tampa Bay’s Lavonte David for the NFL lead with 8 1/2 tackles behind the line of scrimmage against the run, including 5 1/2 the past two weeks. ”He’s going to be measured in whether or not he sacks the quarterback, but I would just say…




Ravens wary of Roethlisberger vs Steelers

The Baltimore Ravens won’t drastically alter their game plan Lavelle Hawkins Jersey Sunday night just because Ben Roethlisberger threw for 522 yards and six touchdowns last week. Harassing and containing Roethlisberger would have been a priority regardless of how the Pittsburgh Steelers’ quarterback fared in a 51-34 rout of Indianapolis. ”We knew before they even played that game that we were going to have to be on point in the secondary,” Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb said Wednesday. Then, referring to Roethlisberger by his jersey number, Webb added, ”It’s always been: Stop 7. If we can stop 7, we can win the game.” That’s what the Ravens did in a 26-6 victory over Pittsburgh last month. Roethlisberger was sacked twice, threw an interception and had only 217 yards passing in the lopsided defeat. ”It’s how you execute,” Baltimore safety Matt Elam said. ”We executed well in that first game, and that’s how we held them to no touchdowns.” In the rematch, the Ravens (5-3) will be without cornerback Jimmy Smith, who sprained his left foot Sunday in a 27-24 loss to Cincinnati. ”Somebody’s got to step up. That’s how we do it around here,” Webb said. ”If one man goes down, the next man has be up and ready to play. We have the talent in the room.” Dominque Franks and Chykie Brown will see extended http://www.officialjaguarsnflstore.com/Senderrick_Marks_Jersey time in place of Smith, whose run of 24 straight starts will end. ”We’ve got some great corners that can come in and do things while Jimmy’s out,” Elam said. ”He might not be Jimmy Smith, the great player that he is, but we’ve got guys who can come in and compete.” The key to stopping Roethlisberger transcends merely blanketing his receivers. Some quarterbacks use their agility and quickness to elude oncoming linemen; Big Ben uses his 6-foot-5, 241-pound frame to keep his footing after being hit. ”Every quarterback is unique, and Ben is very unique,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. ”He’s big, very strong, hard to bring down. Nobody does the extended play thing better than Ben. They built their offense around that for years.” That makes linebackers Elvis Dumervil and Terrell Suggs, as well as everyone on the line, just as important to the pass defense as Elam and Webb. ”It’s going to be all 11 guys, especially with Ben because he’s great at making plays when the pocket breaks down,” Ravens rookie linebacker C.J. Mosley said. Webb said, ”You’ve got to put pressure on him, and you’ve got to tackle him when you get the chance. He can break any tackle.” Roethlisberger, meanwhile, hopes his performance last week might be the start of something big for Pittsburgh’s passing game. ”Well, I hope so,” he said. ”There are things that we can take and learn from. We know there’s going to be challenges this week with a great defense coming in here in Baltimore and the rivalry and prime time. It’s not going to be easy. I’ve said I don’t care what…




Sexton has been in the jersey

Because little Curry Sexton always Rod Streater Womens Jersey knew all the Kansas State players. Knew their jersey numbers. Knew their stats. “He knew everything about the game,” said his father, Ted Sexton, who began taking his son to K-State games as a child. “Always soaked it all in.” Once the smartest kid in Section 14, Curry Sexton is now the smartest player on the Bill Snyder Family Stadium field. At 5-foot-11 and 180 pounds, the senior isn’t the biggest. And with a time of 4.7 seconds in the 40-yard dash, he certainly isn’t the fastest. But driven by his intelligence and knack for getting open at opportune moments, Sexton has filled a major role at slot receiver for the Wildcats, who remain in the thick of the Big 12 title and College Football Playoff races. “His best asset is his knowledge,” said Tyler Lockett, Sexton’s cohort at receiver. “He knows how to get open, and every time we call on him to make a big play, he makes it.” http://www.bearsfootballproshop.com/David-Fales-Jersey With 40 receptions and 450 receiving yards, Sexton has surfaced as a much-needed secondary receiving target alongside Lockett for quarterback Jake Waters, who is Sexton’s roommate. Thanks in part to Sexton’s emergence, K-State ranks 23rd nationally in scoring, despite playing at a slower pace than most Big 12 offenses. “I’m not flashy. I’m not big. Nothing about me really sticks out,” Sexton said. “But I pride myself on being reliable and being in the right place.” Sexton has been in the right place all season. But before that, he had to decide if K-State was the right place for him. Sexton grew up on a wheat, soybean and alfalfa farm in Abilene, Kansas, a 45-minute drive from Manhattan. His capacity for football knowledge at an Jeff King Womens Jersey early age wowed everyone, including John Dorsey, his uncle who is the general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs. When Sexton was 10, Dorsey was at the Sexton farm helping with the annual harvest and casually mentioned a Florida State player he was considering drafting. “Curry immediately rattled off all his statistics, and John was like, ‘My gosh, Curry knows more about this kid than I do, and this is my job,’” Ted Sexton recalled. That acumen didn’t stop with football. Curry excelled in the classroom as well. His grades, combined with his savvy on the field, drew the interest of the Ivy League. The boy from Abilene was accepted into Harvard, Columbia and Princeton, which all offered the chance to play football, too. http://www.bengalsofficialnflproshop.com/geno-atkins-jersey_c-406.html “We were kind of sold on Harvard,” Ted said. “They were telling him, ‘Curry, come here, get your degree from here and you can go anywhere in the world — and you won’t have to ask how much they’re paying, you’ll tell them what you’re going to make.’” But a Harvard education wasn’t really what Sexton coveted. He wanted to be a coach, or possibly even follow in his uncle’s footsteps with scouting or football…



Rams make multiple moves to fill holes

The often-invoked cliche http://www.ramsshop.us.com/Chris_Long_Jersey ”next man up” is really getting put to the test for the sliding, injury-plagued St. Louis Rams. They have so many holes to fill that safety Mark Barron, acquired from Tampa Bay on Tuesday, could play this week at San Francisco. ”I wouldn’t rule it out whatsoever,” coach Jeff Fisher said Wednesday after a walkthrough to allow bodies to heal instead of the standard practice. ”We’ll see how quickly things go this week.” The Rams (2-5) are coming off a dispiriting 34-7 loss to the Chiefs, with six players sidelined during the game. Moving forward, Fisher said he wouldn’t be using injuries as an excuse. ”We’re going to bounce back this week,” the coach said. We’ll have some people come back as the week goes on.” So far, Barron said it’s ”been a whirlwind, most definitely,” and was unaware he’d been on the trading block at Tampa Bay. ”I had no idea that any of it was going on,” Barron said. ”But I am excited about the situation.” Barron entered the field midway through the one-hour walkthrough, which was followed by a private session on the indoor field. Fisher said there are 13 players on the injury report, an estimated list given everything was slowed down, and he’s trying to conserve bodies. ”I felt like we needed to back down,” Fisher said. ”Our focus is having them ready on Sunday.” Fisher said it was a bit of a surprise Ziggy Hood Medium Jersey that Barron, a first-round pick in 2012, was available. He didn’t say how Barron would be used right away. ”Whatever the reasons are down there, we had an opportunity to take advantage of getting a good player,” Fisher said. ”I spoke with him last night after we put the deal together and obviously he was surprised and shocked, but excited about a new start.” The Rams are more aggressive defensively than Tampa Bay, and said sitting back in Cover 2 ”honestly didn’t play to my strengths.” ”Yeah, it is passive,” Barron said. ”A lot of times I had to sit back and not be as aggressive as I wanted to in that system. I feel like I’m an athletic guy, I can do whatever I’m asked to do.” Both Rams safeties, T.J. McDonald and Rodney McLeod, are healthy. ”Whenever and wherever he plays, I can’t answer that right now,” Fisher said. ”But we got a good player.” The Rams have plenty of questions on offense, too. ”We’ll see who recovers and who doesn’t,” quarterback Austin Davis said. ”We’ll be ready to go by Sunday. We don’t have to be ready today.” Quarterback Case Keenum, released a day earlier, was re-signed to the practice squad. ”Just took the day off,” Keenum said, joking. They added depth at wide receiver by signing Damian Williams and elevated linebacker Korey Toomer and offensive lineman Brandon Washington to the active roster. Wide receiver Emory Blake, tight end Justice Cunningham and offensive linemen Travis Bond and Steven Baker were…