it looked like McCown and Griffin were neck-and-neck for the backup job

The key to the Packers’ offense against the Saints is to get their newer players more reps and gameday experience. Luckily for Green Bay, with Aaron Rodgers under center, it has a seasoned vet to establish a good rapport with his new receivers ahead of the season, even if Rodgers won’t see the field during the last preseason game.

On the other side of the ball, quarterback Drew Brees will also forgo any playing time on Thursday, and the duties will instead fall with Luke McCown, Garrett Grayson and Ryan Griffin.

Early in training camp, it looked like McCown and Griffin were neck-and-neck for the backup job, but Griffin only played for 42 seconds against the Houston Texans and managed to throw an interception in that short time. Now it looks like Griffin has fallen below rookie Grayson in the depth chart.

The most disappointing thing is how well he was playing at the time of the injury. That Seahawks game was probably hands down his best overall game as a pro. He was all over the place. He missed several sacks on Russell Wilson, but hell, so does everybody else. Most importantly, he found a way to get Wilson on the ground for the third sack of his career and his constant pressure on other plays forced Wilson into several errant throws.

But all that momentum seemed to be erased by the hip injury.

Yeah, not so fast Holmes.

Ingram wasn’t quite as explosive off the ball when he came back for the final seven weeks of the season, which is predictable since he was coming off the hip injury. But he still did quite a few good things to close out the year, including three sacks in the last four weeks of the season. It’s also worth noting that the Chargers thought enough of him that he was inserted back into the starting lineup the moment he was physically ready and eligible to play. Just like 2013, Ingram still was able to generate at least some momentum heading into the offseason.

Jaguars DC Todd Wash’??s first task should be dealing with disgruntled players

Jaguars coach Doug Marrone made nearly a clean sweep on the defensive side of the ball on Tuesday, retaining only defensive coordinator Todd Wash, defensive assistant Mike Rutenberg and defensive quality control coach Dan Shamash from Gus Bradley’s staff, league sources told ESPN.

Monte Kiffin, who joined the staff as a defensive assistant last March, is among those coaches not retained. Kiffin,76, had been assisting Bradley off and on for eight months on an unpaid basis and was a consultant during the team’s search for a defensive coordinator before being hired.

Game Kids Virgil Green Jersey Wash just finished his first season as a defensive coordinator and the Jaguars made significant improvement. They finished sixth in total defense, 19th in rush defense, fifth in pass defense, eighth in third-down defense and 25th in scoring defense. In the previous three seasons under coordinator Bob Babich, the Jaguars ranked 31st in scoring defense, 31st in third-down defense and 29th in total defense.

Said rookie linebacker De’Vondre Campbell: “It meant a lot coming from a guy who has been in the league for 15 years and has been to countless Pro Bowls and to two Super Bowls. He’s been through it all and seen it all. He’s reached the ultimate prize. He’s won a Super Bowl. He’s been there.”

Game Kids Tom Brady Jersey If this year’s version of the Falcons is going to get there, they need to take care of business first on Saturday. That will include containing Russell Wilson and his ability to make plays with his feet, stopping a running game expected to feature Thomas Rawls as the primary back and possibly third-down threat C.J. Prosise and limiting the big-play ability of receivers such Doug Baldwin, tight end Jimmy Graham and the suddenly emerging Paul Richardson.

The Packers are undefeated so far this season and he is the main reason why

Hamstring issues have haunted Beckham in the past. He missed the first four games of his 2014 rookie season to rehab a hamstring injury that had hindered him throughout the preceding offseason.

Should Beckham miss significant playing time, it’d be arguably be the biggest blow yet to an offense that has already had to deal with several significant injuries. Fellow wideout Victor Cruz has yet to play this season due to a calf injury. Tight end Daniel Fells is out Sunday after undergoing surgery to stave off a staph infection.

Credit to the Browns for making the call to start McCown, and hey, credit to McCown for playing so well. His last two games have been impressive and he’s given Cleveland a little bit of new life on offense. Hopefully he can keep it going.
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After Sunday’s game against the Ravens, it’s hard to imagine those chants will persist. Browns left tackle Joe Thomas was asked about McCown’s performance against the Ravens and joked that the team should “put in Johnny.”

If the NFL flatly denied Williams the opportunity to honor someone important in his life, then it was incredibly stupid.

The Packers are undefeated so far this season and he is the main reason why. His performance against the 49ers was short of the highlight reel that he displayed when he frustrated and confused a talent-rich Kansas City Chiefs defense the Monday before, but it encapsulated what makes his existence impossible.
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On the first drive of the game, with the Packers in the red zone, Rodgers got the ball on second-and-8 with a little over nine minutes remaining in the first quarter. Even in shotgun, the pocket collapses almost as soon as he receives the snap and takes a three-step drop. A three-man rush envelopes Rodgers in a display of pure power and machismo supremacy.

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Sowell was out for several weeks, and Fant took over at left tackle. Because he hadn’t followed football, he didn’t know the reputations of the players he faced, so he wasn’t intimidated. He showed off his speed and power. In a road win over New England, he played almost flawlessly. In other games, though, his performance varied from average to awful.

Things were too new, too fast, too violent. One ranking placed him among the worst 10 offensive linemen in the league. Nonetheless, Cable and Carroll kept him at left tackle.

“Everything says this guy is going to be a starter for seven to 10 years,” Kirchner says. “Is his upside All-Pro? I think it could be. People look at him now and say, ‘No way.’ There are teams that would not pull the trigger and would never play him. That’s not us. Now we just have to be patient. He has now played 20 times more snaps than he had in his entire lifetime. And he is doing it in the NFL.
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Jason Kidd Womens Jersey Especially now. After many years on shaky ground – in eight seasons in Miami, Wake has had six head coaches – the Dolphins finally seem to have a solid foundation in place under Gase, who had a strong opening act. On Oct. 16, the Dolphins defeated the visiting Steelers, 30-15, to begin their run to a playoff berth. In his first start, Wake was credited with one-half sack.

That game launched the Dolphins and Wake to where they are now: with the 12 teams competing for a Super Bowl championship. For the Dolphins, the next challenge is to win their first postseason game since the 2000 season. They’ll have to do it on the road, making the task that much tougher.

That’s why it’s good the Dolphins can follow Wake. No one on the roster has more experience with clearing big hurdles. But even if Miami pulls off a surprise, don’t expect Wake to say, “I told you so.” Because as Wake knows better than most, actions speak louder than words.

Jason Reid is the senior NFL writer at The Undefeated. He enjoys watching sports, especially any games involving his son and daughter.

Eddie Lack hasn’t played in almost two months due to a combination of performance, injury, and illness

Eddie Lack hasn’t played in almost two months due to a combination of performance, injury, and illness. For Jorge Alves to get the call to back up in an NHL game was phenomenal and heart-warming, truly a story for the ages, and one that Canes fans should carry with them forever.

Even if Lack had been available he would have been coming into Saturday’s game against the Lightning from a long layoff, and it probably wouldn’t have affected the outcome. But while Ward is 5-2-0 in back-to-back games over the last year, three games in four days with travel is a tough grind on the entire Denver Broncos Authentic Jersey team, and the starting goaltender isn’t typically asked to shoulder that entire burden.

Now they’re looking for a low-cost starting pitcher (they Dez Bryant Game Jersey could wait out the Jason Hammel market), a reliever, and a utilityman. The Royals have some interest in bringing back Luke Hochevar, but are unsure when he’ll be able to return from thoracic outlet syndrome surgery in August.

If Cafardo is right, that is some good news for Royals fans. The Wade Davis trade will be the only deal that moves a veteran member of the core. It also means that despite Dayton Moore’s public pronouncements that he likes the starting rotation depth, the team is still looking to add pitchers.

Currently the rotation would feature Danny Duffy, Ian Kennedy, Yordano Ventura, and Jason Vargas. Other options would include Mike Minor, Matt Strahm, Chris Young, and Josh Staumount. The starting pitching free agent market has been notoriously weak, but there are a few options out there that could be upgrades at a reasonable price.

Thanks to losses to both the Colts and the Texans earlier in the year and a poor record in divisional play

After dominating the Indianapolis Colts in Week 14, the Jacksonville Jaguars climbed to 5-8 and just one game behind the 6-7 Colts and 6-7 Houston Texans. With three weeks left, that puts the Jaguars right in the thick of the race, but actually getting in is easier than it looks.

Thanks to losses to both the Colts and the Texans earlier in the year and a poor record in divisional play, the Jaguars don’t have the advantage in the tiebreaker over either team. So the Jaguars would have to earn a better record than both teams to get in and that’s made tougher by the fact that the Colts and Texans play each other in Week 15.

Ideally for the Jaguars, the Colts and Texans would tie on Sunday, but if that doesn’t happen then Jacksonville will have no choice but to win out to give itself a chance. The Jaguars haven’t strung together four consecutive wins since 2007, but that’s almost definitely necessary to get in. If they can, this is the most realistic scenario that hands the AFC South over to Jacksonville.

Like the Cowboys, the Jaguars would be a division winner if things went right and that would mean Jacksonville hosting a playoff game for the first time since 1999.

With three weeks left to play, the concern for both the Cincinnati Bengals and Denver Broncos is a first-round bye. Both teams are 10-3 and just one game behind the New England Patriots for the No. 1 seed, but neither team has clinched a spot in the playoffs. While it’s impossible for both the Bengals and Broncos to be left out of the postseason field, especially with the two teams playing each other in Week 16, there’s still a chance that hijinks could keep one out.

Both Denver and Cincinnati can clinch in Week 15 with a win, so they can put the doomsday scenarios to bed sooner rather than later, but if either team loses out then there’s a chance things could get hairy.

The Clippers have inflicted two of San Antonio’s six losses this season

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“What 17-year-old kid looks at the photo credit on his Magic Johnson poster?” Bernstein said. “Kobe totally had an awareness of what my role was, which was to document his career.”

This season, Bernstein’s assignment was to document Kobe’s basketball death. The last visits through each city, the final words to his former rivals. Bernstein saw everything, and sometimes he really wasn’t sure what he was looking at.

For two decades, Kobe Bryant had burned angrily in the night sky. He pissed people off and pushed them towards uncomfortable places. He was uncompromising in his demand for excellence and passion.

At All-Star Games, Kobe would get mad at players who didn’t go hard. Remember in 2012 when Dwyane Wade broke Kobe’s nose at the All Star Game? That’s when they became good friends.

Aaron Gordon Jersey The Clippers have inflicted two of San Antonio’s six losses this season. That’s the extent of the good news to be passed along from Clipperland these days after Chris Paul, who started the season so well, joined Blake Griffin on the sideline thanks to a tweaked hamstring.

In their first two games without the services of their two best players, Doc Rivers & Co. lost to Dallas (which was 2-13 on the road) and the Lakers (who had lost 11 straight games to their Staples Center co-tenants).

Something we didn’t expect to see this Christmas: Charlotte is tied with Memphis for the 10th-best odds to win it all (100-to-1), according to the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook.

That’s a long way from saying these Hornets are a legit title contender, of course, but top 10 is top 10. The Hornets, for the record, are also one of just six teams in the league (along with Memphis, Chicago, Cleveland, Utah and San Antonio) that have never surrendered a triple-double to Russell Westbrook. Something to keep in mind with the Hornets due to host the Thunder on Jan. 4.

Cowboys vs. Bills 2015 picks and predictions: Buffalo is a near-unanimous favorite

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Given all of Rex Ryan’s bluster and the major additions the Buffalo Bills made to their roster in free agency, this lackluster season has to be considered a disappointment. But at least they’re not the Dallas Cowboys.

The Cowboys were considered Super Bowl contenders at the start of the season and are now just playing out the string. Injuries, most notably Tony Romo’s two broken collarbones, were their greatest undoing.

The 4-10 Cowboys have only won one game in Romo’s absence and will be starting their fourth different quarterback of the season Sunday. Former Boise State star and fourth-year backup Kellen Moore, who took the reins from Matt Cassel last week, went 15 of 25 for 158 yards and threw three interceptions in Dallas’ loss to the New York Jets.

Then there’s the little matter of something called the playoffs. Is Arizona going to go deep into January without the Honey Badger? It’s a good question, and their next two opponents will tell us a lot more.

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The Raiders were unable to put the game away late though, and another field goal from Josh Scobee tied the game and forced an overtime period after a dreadful two-minute drill from the Raiders.

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The Eagles have won three of the last five games against Washington. Things have been especially rocky between the two teams since Kelly released Jackson back in 2014. Jackson has nine catches for 243 yards and a touchdown in the past two meetings with his former team.

Smith’s absence could open the door wider for DeAndre Liggins to improve on the promise he’s already shown

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Now it becomes about facing a Golden State team that’s currently on a five-game winning streak, taking its last two victories by a combined 75 points over Portland and Utah, while not being at full strength if Smith can’t go. It was much the same case last year when Shumpert and Irving were just getting back to full strength when Cleveland lost on Christmas Day at Oracle Arena and the Cavs could rationalize the result, in part, as them not being healthy.

Yes, Smith’s absence could open the door wider for DeAndre Liggins to improve on the promise he’s already shown, thus making him a potential contributor come playoff time. And yes, Shumpert is having his best season as a Cav so having him play more isn’t the worst thing in the world.

Q: So it feels like the Thunder got a pretty bad break. If these rules were around last year they might’ve been able to keep Durant and then also sign Westbrook and keep them both long term, right?

A: Yep, it’s a major bummer for OKC. They’ve gotten pretty unlucky in how the rules have applied to them. To make it worse, they won’t even have the new advantages when Westbrook can become a free agent in 2018 because he’ll have played 10 years and other teams can offer him the same starting salary.

Authentic Ben Roethlisberger Jersey Q: So will stars stop leaving in free agency? Don’t you love the excitement of free agency in July?
A: The owners of most teams don’t. This will probably slow the trend of big names changing teams. But it’s hard to qualify for this, so it won’t apply to that many players.

Q: Did any other players get raises?
A: Everybody got them. The players who get the least money, the guys on minimum contracts, got a 45 percent raise. So did all the players on rookie contracts, although their bumps are being phased in over three years.

Packers beat Bears 30-27 after Rodgers’ big pass to Nelson

The Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers fell short on Sunday of breaking the record for coldest game ever played at Soldier Field, but the official game-time temperature of 11 degrees still ranks among the city’s chilliest football days.

The wind chill at kickoff was minus-4 degrees, with winds of 12 mph.

The coldest game (wind chill notwithstanding) in the stadium¡¯s history remains the 2008 meeting between the Bears and Packers when the temperature plummeted to 2 degrees. The NFC North rivals also battled in 3-degree weather in 1983. The Bears won both games.

¡°You don¡¯t get used to it; you just deal with it,¡± Bears coach John Fox said. ¡°Both teams have to deal with; that¡¯s always been the case in my experience with cold-weather games. We¡¯ve had the guys out there a couple days in it just to prepare — what they¡¯re going to wear as far as footwear, upper wear — just so it¡¯s not a shock for them even in pregame.
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¡°The actuality is I¡¯ve been in situations where you¡¯re only able to deal with it in pregame, when you¡¯re the road team and you¡¯re going from warm weather to cold weather. But it comes down to mental toughness, and you do your best to be weatherproof.¡±
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In a text to ESPN’s Josina Anderson, Jenkins said, “I’m good. I’m fine.” A source told Anderson that Jenkins was having further testing on his back to confirm that he did not have a compression fracture, as well as evaluations for internal injuries.

Veteran Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie stepped into Jenkins’ spot on the outside. Rodgers-Cromartie had been playing in the slot.

Jenkins has been one of the Giants’ best and most consistent players this season after signing a lucrative free-agent contract during the offseason. The Giants have used him to shadow the opponent’s No. 1 wide receiver. Jenkins has held Antonio Brown, A.J. Green and Dez Bryant (twice) well under 100 yards receiving this season.

Bryant had two catches for 18 yards combined in the Dallas Cowboys’ two games against Jenkins and the Giants.

Jenkins was tied for second in the NFL entering Sunday with 17 passes defended. He also has three interceptions.