Playcalling and constant pressure on Russell Wilson put Seattle in 0-2 hole – Seattle Seahawks Blog

12:35 AM ET Brady HendersonESPN CHICAGO — When the Seattle Seahawks retooled their star-studded defense this offseason, saying goodbye to a handful of franchise greats, the strength of their team shifted to the other side of the ball. For the first time in years, the offense — led by a Super Bowl-winning, MVP-candidate quarterback in Russell Wilson and a rebuilt running game — was the unit that was going to keep the team in games the way the Legion of Boom did so well for so many years. Or so…

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New York Giants goofed in drafting Saquon Barkley at No. 2 – New York Giants Blog

ARLINGTON, Texas — The New York Giants were right about one thing: This Saquon Barkley looks like one heck of a player. In his first NFL game, last week against the Jacksonville Jaguars, he ripped off a 68-yard touchdown run. And Sunday night in Dallas, the rookie running back set a franchise record with 14 receptions in a single game. He looks every bit the do-everything superstar the Giants promised us they were taking with the No. 2 overall pick in April. And yet … the Giants are 0-2. Again.…

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Cowboys defense establishing aggressive new identity, stymies Giants – Dallas Cowboys Blog

ARLINGTON, Texas – The Dallas Cowboys defense looked different all summer, but it was difficult to tell if it was really that good or if it was just a case of going against an offense that was finding its way during training camp. Two games into the regular season, it’s fair to say the Cowboys have a defense that can win games. When was the last time you could say that? The Cowboys’ 20-13 win over the New York Giants featured what Dallas fans hoped to see with Tavon Austin’s…

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How the Patriots have handled Jalen Ramsey-type trash talk – New England Patriots Blog

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots turn the page quickly, and with Sunday’s road game against the Jacksonville Jaguars next on the schedule, safety Duron Harmon seemed ready for the topic when approached in the locker room after the team’s season-opening victory. Trash talk. “One thing we talk about is never doing something to jeopardize the team. We always have to remember to put the team first before our own personal needs,” Harmon said, when asked how the Patriots handle it. “So if you go out of your way…

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Unbeaten Cincinnati Bengals still searching for true identity – Cincinnati Bengals Blog

CINCINNATI — The regular season is officially one week old, and the Cincinnati Bengals are leading the AFC North outright. The Bengals took sole possession of the division after beating the Baltimore Ravens 34-23 at home on Thursday night. But even though the Bengals (2-0, 1-0 AFC North) are undefeated, their identity is a bit more confusing than their stat line. The Bengals are two games into the season and remain somewhat of a mystery. They’ve shown flashes of brilliance, but they haven’t put it together in any sort of…

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Pablo Cesar Cano vs. Ruslan Madiev | Live Blog and Results

  On Thursday, September 13, two days before the highly anticipated rematch between Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez and Kazakh wrecking ball Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, another battle between Mexico and Kazakhstan will take place in the Super Lightweight division as Pablo “El Demoledor” Cesar Cano (30-7-1, 21 KOs) faces Ruslan Madiev (12-0, 5 KOs) in the 10-round main event of the September 13 edition of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas. ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes will air the fights beginning…

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Motivated by Lamar Jackson? Don’t bet against Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens Blog

Joe Flacco was watching this year’s NFL draft from his basement with a couple of relatives and former tight end Dennis Pitta when he was caught off-guard by the last pick in the first round. The Baltimore Ravens had selected Lamar Jackson. Flacco thought the Ravens would take a quarterback, just not that early. Minutes later, Flacco’s phone rang. It was coach John Harbaugh. Joe Flacco posted the seventh-best passer rating of his career in Sunday’s rout of Buffalo. Patrick Semansky/Associated Press “You’re still our starting quarterback,” Harbaugh said. Flacco replied,…

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Rams’ Ndamukong Suh has put a target on Cardinals’ Sam Bradford – Los Angeles Rams Blog

11:51 PM ET Lindsey Thiry Close ESPN Covered Rams for two years for Los Angeles Times Previously covered the Falcons Has covered the NBA and college football and basketball Josh Weinfuss Close ESPN Staff Writer Covered the Cardinals since 2012 Graduate of Indiana University Member of Pro Football Writers of America THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Ndamukong Suh loves to hit quarterbacks. Especially quarterbacks named Sam Bradford. It’s really nothing Bradford did. But still, the Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle told the “Around the NFL” podcast during training camp that he…

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Seahawks’ Earl Thomas takes on bigger role, but how long will it last? – Seattle Seahawks Blog

9:00 AM ET Brady HendersonESPN Earl Thomas has returned to the Seattle Seahawks. But it wasn’t a completely happy reunion. Last Wednesday, when Thomas ended his holdout, he wrote in an Instagram post that “the disrespect has been well noted and will not be forgotten.” It was a stark contrast to how Kam Chancellor returned from his holdout in 2015. So obstinate was Chancellor initially that he missed the first two games of that season, yet he was able to put hard feelings aside right away. So much so that…

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Doug Pederson: Jay Ajayi to be ‘workhorse’ for Eagles – Philadelphia Eagles Blog

Philadelphia Eagles running back Jay Ajayi is going to be the Eagles’ “workhorse” in the backfield this season, Doug Pederson said following their opening night win over the Atlanta Falcons, albeit in a very 2018 kind of way. Jay Ajayi’s touches should increase as he gets healthier, and that’s good news for fantasy owners and the running back who will try to parlay a big season into a big contract. Mitchell Leff/Getty Images The opening act of Thursday’s game led to some confusion for fans and fantasy players alike, as veteran…

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