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Week 5 fantasy football inactives watch: Who’s in, and who’s out?

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Wondering what you can expect from players who are dealing with injuries in Week 5? Injury expert Stephania Bell gives her thoughts on each notable player, including a trio of starting quarterbacks.

Green Bay’s offense is getting the job done with whoever as long Aaron Rodgers is at the controls. The defense has sprung further leaks because of injuries, but Dallas is sharing in that misery. This playoff rematch should resemble the playoff scoring outburst we saw in January, only with the Packers being more explosive this time with Jordy Nelson. Dak Prescott again will play well to keep up, but he can’t make up for the issues on other side of the ball.

Both teams can thank rookie first-round QBs for their good starts. The Chiefs are undefeated because Alex Smith is dealing at a whole new level, pushed by Patrick Mahomes. The Texans finally have a legitimate athletic passer of their own in Deshaun Watson. It should be a fast-paced game full of big plays, so it comes down which team has the trusted pass rush to take advantage of the other’s shoddy pass protection. Advantage J.J Watt and Jadeveon Clowney over Justin Houston.

Adams had suffered a concussion on a brutal hit to the head by Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan during Chicago and Green Bay’s Week 4 matchup, and there the receiver was 10 days later, throwing himself back into the violent fray. Adams suffered a concussion last year on another hit to the head by Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee and played four nights later against the Bears. Four.x (3)

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Terrible offensive lines ruined the first week of the NFL season

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When an offense performs poorly, it’s usually the quarterback or the other skill players who take the blame. But the offensive line’s performance is key to a team’s success, and we saw catastrophic results of bad line play around the league in Week 1.

We also saw the opposite of that this week too, with improved lines for the Minnesota Vikings and Los Angeles Rams helping to propel Sam Bradford and Jared Goff’s quarterback ratings to No. 2 and No. 3 in the league in Week 1.

Sarkisian shouldn’t be criticized for staying committed to the run. How can you get away from a prolific running back duo in a close game? Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman can change a game in an instant flash. What Sarkisian will need to revise is his philosophy for the passing game. It was far too conservative and unimaginative last Sunday. This offense is known for producing big plays and creating magic off play action. Neither of those things came to fruition. Only converting one out of three red zone opportunities didn’t help his cause either. He appears to have the balance down for this offense to remain efficient. Now it’s time to loosen up the playbook and get more creative with an abundance of playmakers.

Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn figures that Takk will be a huge addition to the Falcons’ nickel package. Having a consistent pass rusher on the edge will come in handy when the Falcons play teams with huge pass games like the Packers.

Takk McKinley has come a long way from where he started, and he’s making a name for himself in the NFL. Watch Takk this season.
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Which 0-2 team has the best playoff chances?

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Did you know NFL teams that start the season 0-2 rarely make it to the postseason?

Yes, you probably already knew that. You’ve probably heard the percentages on this referenced over and over for the past few days, both before and after Sunday’s games. Since the NFL went to 12 playoff teams in 1990, only 12 percent of teams to start the season 0-2 have made the postseason. Since the switch to eight divisions in 2002, it’s just 10.5 percent.

From the four teams that can win it all to the group just looking to stay competitive, here’s a rundown of every team that sits at .500 after two games.
However, while each individual 0-2 team has only a small chance to make the playoffs, the odds that at least one of them will actually do it are much higher. Each week, Football Outsiders runs 50,000 season simulations for our playoff odds report. In 41.2 percent of our simulations this week, one of the teams that is currently 0-2 makes its way to the playoffs. In fact, three teams have done it in the past two seasons.

With the Jets trailing by only four points with 1:50 left in the first half, Raymond muffed a punt at his own 14-yard line. The Raiders recovered at the 4 and scored three plays later on a momentum-changing touchdown.

Raymond also had two muffs in Week 1, both recovered by the Jets. After Sunday’s game, coach Todd Bowles expressed frustration, admitting he was concerned.

“I’m not going to give any excuses,” Raymond said. “You’ve got to catch the ball. On a punt return, you got to do it. That’s one of the easier kicks of the game that I took for granted.”

The Jets have two job vacancies because Raymond handled punts and kickoff returns in the first two games. They could turn to wide receiver Jeremy Kerley and/or rookie running back Elijah McGuire or they could use the roster opening to add a return specialist.
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Yankees views on playing this weekend in alternate jerseys for 1st time ever

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“Obviously it’s going to be a little weird because we’ve only worn pinstripes at home and gray on the road, but it’s just one weekend and at the same time it’s all for a good cause and I think a lot of people are excited just to show off a little on the fun side. You get to show what nickname you like to use, and some of the fans will feel they’re getting closer to you in that matter.”

Patriots owner Robert Kraft awarded 19-year-old Dylan Wagner with front row seats to the team’s season opener Thursday after Wagner gave the FBI the tip that led to them finding Brady’s jersey in April.

However, this deal brings about a feature that we have never before seen on jerseys of any of the four major sports across the United States. Many teams have agreed to put advertisements on their new uniforms.

Although the Hawks’ sponsorship deal with Sharecare is for five years, NBA owners voted to authorize advertising patches as only a three-year pilot program. The NBA could extend the program, but in any case, there are many other elements of the Hawks-Sharecare agreement, including signage and radio/TV commercials.

Arnold said Sharecare approaches the deal as part of its mission, rather than as an advertisement.

“Our vision here was, how do we empower people to take control of their health?” Arnold said. “I’ve always believed that there’s a powerful connection between, obviously, good health and sports and that sports teams, like the Hawks, have the power to convene people and inspire people. And so we looked at the patch and said that’s not an advertisement for Sharecare, it’s a movement.”

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New Netflix-like company allows fans to rent Detroit Lions jerseys

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According to ESPN, the company is called Rep The Squad and will let fans rent a jersey to wear and then send it back in a prepaid envelope.

For adults, the subscription will cost $19.95 a month and $16.95 a month for youth jerseys, ESPN reports.

While the company has backing from Madrona Venture Group and Maveron (co-founded by Starbucks bigshot Howard Schultz), it counts Edgar Martinez and Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin among its investors, Geekwire reports. Richard Sherman is serving as a brand ambassador.

Rep the Squad hopes to expand to all pro sports teams eventually, but for now it only carries jerseys of Seahawks, Detroit Lions and San Francisco 49ers players.

Even if you’re not a football fan, it might come in handy if you want to board a flight early at Sea-Tac.

A Seattle entrepreneur thinks he’s found a solution that will conveniently make him money. Brian Watkins has launched Rep the Squad, a subscription service that rents jerseys for a monthly fee. Taking an early-days Netflix approach to “man cave” attire, fans select a jersey from Rep the Squad’s website and the company ships it to your door. After returning it in a prepaid envelope, the company will send out the next jersey in your queue.

As a bonus, there’s no need to wash the Dorito stains out before returning them. Rep the Squad will dry clean dirty jerseys at no additional charge, which oughta put your mind at ease during repeated trips to the nacho bar.3

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