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This unlikely pairing is proving to be a winning combination, offering hockey fans a new way to engage with their favorite sport and potentially make some good wins in the process.
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The Connection With the League
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Mohamed Salah now has more Premier League Player of the Month awards than anyone else currently playing in the English top flight after his October 2023 win.
The Liverpool forward scooped the prize with the five goals he scored last month, with the Egypt international delivering excellent performances that fans have become so used to seeing.
Salah has slipped into that realm where less noise is made about his triumphs because he has been doing it for so long in the top flight. That said, he’s still caught the eye enough to bag his fifth POTM award since joining Liverpool.
In doing so, he has moved ahead of two Manchester United players in the all-time standings, with neither looking likely to pick up their fifth any time soon.
While Mohamed Salah still needs two more Premier League POTM awards to match all-time leaders Sergio Aguero and Harry Kane, he is certainly worthy of five and no one would begrudge him more in the future.
Salah was unstoppable / James Baylis – AMA/GettyImages
Salah’s first POTM award came in November 2017, only five months after he joined the club from AS Roma.
It was a truly incredible month in which he started to prove so many people wrong. The Egyptian could not stop scoring and racked up seven goals in one month. He became the first ever Egyptian player to win the award, having found the net against West Ham, Southampton, Stoke City and Chelsea.
He beat players like Burnley’s Robbie Brady, Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling, and Man Utd’s Ashley Young to the prize.
Salah was in full flow / Clive Brunskill/GettyImages
Everyone remembers just how frightening and unstoppable Mo Salah was during the 2017/18 season when Liverpool suddenly became one of the best teams in the Premier League again.
A few months after his first award, Salah’s four goals and two assists in the Premier League meant he secured his second POTM. Liverpool got two wins and a draw and started to look like a safe bet for a top-four spot.
“The players make it easier and the boss also makes it easier for me,” Salah said. “It’s nice to win it again especially because it’s the Player of the Month of the Premier League, so that’s something good. I say always try to help reach the three points and to be in a better position.”
Salah made it back-to-back POTM wins / Chloe Knott – Danehouse/GettyImages
In the following month, Salah’s form did not slow down. If anything, it just increased and Liverpool were marching towards Champions League qualification again. Salah grabbed six goals in the month of March to make it successive awards.
A big part of his success was the four goals he scored in one game when Liverpool battered Watford 5-0 at Anfield. He also scored a really important winner at Selhurst Park against Crystal Palace.
Salah was the key to one of Liverpool’s best ever wins / Michael Regan/GettyImages
Incredibly, Salah then went three and a half years without winning the award, despite Liverpool remaining in and around the title race and the top four. The initial excitement around his form subsided and he was soon just a consistently really good player.
He got an incredible five goals and four assists October 2021, showing his creative spark on top of his clinical edge. The goals included a great solo effort against Manchester City for which he won Goal of the Month and a hat-trick in a 5-0 win away at Manchester United.
Salah secures his fifth POTM award / MB Media/GettyImages
Exactly two years later, Salah bagged the award again.
Liverpool took seven points from a possible nine in October in the Premier League and in the only game they didn’t win – a 2-2 draw away at Brighton – Salah scored twice. He also netted a brace in the 2-0 win over Everton at Anfield before his October ended with a goal in the 3-0 win over Nottingham Forest.
It was a month that restored Liverpool’s place in the Premier League title race and with Salah getting so many of their goals, a huge part of that achievement can be attributed to him.
By winning his fifth POTM award, Salah has moved ahead of three current Premier League players. The Egyptian is now level with Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney, while Steven Gerrard and Cristiano Ronaldo are one further up the road.
He has now moved ahead of Manchester United duo Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford, neither of whom are showing the kind of form that suggests they will be changing that in the coming months.
He has also moved beyond Tottenham’s Son Heung-min. Son only got his fourth POTM award in September 2023 and has been playing really well this season, so he could feasibly join Salah on five soon. That being said, James Maddison’s injury could limit the number of chances he gets to score in the foreseeable future.
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“It’s the Year of the Big Man in men’s college basketball!”
That was the phrase being uttered ahead of last year’s college hoops season, and for good reason. Heading into last year, with reigning national player of the year Oscar Tshiebwe returning to lead a cast that included Drew Timme, Zach Edey, Adama Sanogo, Trayce Jackson-Davis, Armando Bacot, Hunter Dickinson, Ryan Kalkbrenner and Azuolas Tubelis, the momentum surrounding the center position was clearly the headline across the country.
As a result, five of the 10 players named to the first and second AP All-America teams last year played the center position (Edey, Jackson-Davis, Timme, Tshiebwe and Tubelis).
But big men headlining college basketball is not a one-hit wonder, instead, it will be a theme in the sport this season and for many to come. While calling last year “The Year of the Big Man” was understandable, this trend is going to continue because as it stands right now for traditional post players, or most centers for that matter, it is more beneficial to stay in college than attempt a jump to the NBA.
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The ability of a traditional big man to profit off his success and brand outweighs the benefits of going pro and either spending time between the G League and maybe the NBA, or playing overseas. Big men who are dominant at the college level can certainly get paid in both avenues, but the latter options are always going to be there. College eligibility is precious for players like Bacot, who told FOX Sports that he will “easily” make seven figures in NIL dollars in his fifth and final season at North Carolina.
It’s not a coincidence that Edey is the second straight reigning national player of the year who chose to return for another season. Before Tshiebwe did it last year, that had not occurred since Tyler Hansbrough did so in 2008, leading North Carolina to a national championship and cementing his legacy as one of the greatest players in college basketball history. That’s now the task for Edey, who looks to lead Purdue from an all-time low in the NCAA Tournament to redemption and that elusive Final Four run in the Matt Painter era.
So, not only are the big men across college basketball talented, but they are also featured in some of the very best storylines that the sport has to offer again this season.
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With that in mind, we at FOX Sports present …
THE BIG MAN LADDER.
This series will be rolled out monthly throughout the season to update you on the sport’s best big men, featuring interesting numbers, exclusive interviews and more.
The criteria for our featured big men are as follows: We are zoning in on players who stand 6-foot-10 or taller and are making significant contributions for ranked teams across the country. This list can be adjusted as the year goes on. As Edey showed last season, you could go from being a notable big man entering the season to the best player in the sport. If someone’s impact calls for attention, we’ll add another rung to the ladder!
Edey’s numbers last season were simply incredible. When you combine those figures with the fact that he’s entering only his seventh year of playing the sport after not picking up a basketball until his sophomore year of high school, that makes his whole story even more unbelievable.
The Boilermakers’ star big man enters his senior year of college already in a class of his own, as he is the only player in the history of the sport to record 750 points, 400 rebounds, 70 blocks and 50 assists in a single season. Last year, Edey joined Michael Beasley and Kevin Durant as the only high-major players in the last 20 years to rank in the top 10 nationally in both scoring and rebounding in the same season.
Edey was a dominant force every time he stepped onto the court last season. He doesn’t have a perimeter game — that’s up to Braden Smith and Fletcher Loyer — but the fact that he could somehow be better this year, something Matt Painter said at Big Ten media day, is wild to think about. How he handles ball screens defensively is a big key to Purdue’s season because teams will try to exploit Edey on that end of the floor with spacing. But overall, we should appreciate the fact that we get to watch the reigning national player of the year for another season in West Lafayette.
Bacot passed Hansbrough last year as UNC’s all-time leading rebounder with 1,335 and counting. Add that to the fact that he also owns the program record for double-doubles with 68, and it becomes quite clear that his career numbers are up there with the best to ever wear Carolina blue. But for Bacot, this upcoming season isn’t about what he does individually. All of those records are great, but as he told me in an exclusive conversation, it’s about charging North Carolina to a second Final Four in the last three years and shedding away the bad taste the Tar Heels had in their mouths last season.
When North Carolina reached the national championship game in 2022, Bacot became the first player in college basketball history to notch six double-doubles in one NCAA Tournament. He is made for the March stage. This upcoming season, his fifth in Chapel Hill, is about getting there again.
Hubert Davis has star guard RJ Davis back to charge the backcourt, while he and his staff crushed it in the transfer portal with Cormac Ryan and Harrison Ingram coming in from Notre Dame and Stanford, respectively. If five-star freshman Elliot Cadeau comes in and makes an immediate impact as a ball handler, watch out. This UNC team could get to Arizona in April.
In my opinion, Hunter Dickinson is the biggest name to enter the transfer portal in its history. The fact that a former All-American and three-time All-Big Ten selection, who has averaged over 18 points and nine rebounds per game in the last two seasons, left Michigan to go to another program instead of the pro ranks, is really something.
The fact that Dickinson is now pairing up with Hall of Fame head coach Bill Self, who is an offensive mastermind, is scary for the rest of the Big 12 and college basketball. Dickinson joins a Jayhawks program that is setting aim on a second national championship in the last three years. He joins a group that has Dajuan Harris Jr. back at point guard and fellow returnees Kevin McCullar Jr. and KJ Adams in the fold as well.
This feels like a match made in heaven between Dickinson and Self, who called the big man the best offensive post player he’s ever worked with.
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Filipowski was the third-highest-ranked recruit in Jon Scheyer’s 2022 class, but he quickly established himself as the alpha of that group, going off for 17 points and 14 rebounds in his third college game against Kansas. Filipowski’s versatility and length make him a tough cover for opposing defenses, which led to him recording 16 double-doubles last season. He could have been a top-20 NBA Draft pick had he left after his stellar freshman campaign. Instead, the Duke sensation is back with classmates Tyrese Proctor and Mark Mitchell on a Blue Devils team that ranks No. 2 in the FOX Sports Preseason Top 25.
Filipowski could go from a middle first-round pick in the draft to a top-10 selection if his jumper can evolve. As a freshman, he shot 28% from 3-point range. But more than anything, he’s back at Duke to lead the Blue Devils in their quest to win their first national championship since 2015.
Last season, Kalkbrenner joined Allen Iverson, Patrick Ewing, Dikembe Mutombo and seven others as one of only 11 players in the history of the Big East to be named the conference’s defensive player of the year twice. The 7-1 senior is an invaluable rim protector that has totaled 161 rejections over the last two seasons. Being a part of six NCAA Tournament wins at Creighton, more than any player in program history, he averaged 20 points and six rebounds per game during the Jays’ first Elite Eight run in modern tournament history this past year. Not only is he a force on defense, but what stands out about Kalkbrenner is his efficiency. He is adding a 3-pointer, but the way he can play above the rim and execute in screen-and-roll situations is tremendous.
Kalkbrenner led the Big East in field goal percentage in each of the last two seasons, and his 67% clip would be sixth all time in NCAA history for a career. He will be at the forefront of a Creighton team that is ranked No. 6 in the FOX Sports Preseason Top 25. When you combine the guard play of Baylor Scheierman, Trey Alexander and Steven Ashworth with Kalkbrenner, that’s a lethal formula. His presence means everything to what Greg McDermott wants to do.
Arizona head coach Tommy Lloyd, who has gone 61-11 in his first two seasons on the job, unlocked something out of his frontcourt duo of Tubelis and Ballo last year. They combined for 34 points and 17.7 rebounds per game, with Tubelis being named a second-team All-American and becoming one of the best players in the country. This year, Ballo goes from Robin to Batman in Tucson, and the Mali native will look to form a new dynamic pair with San Diego State transfer Keshad Johnson, who was a starter on the national runner-up Aztecs team last season.
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Ballo’s evolution has already been really impressive, having more than doubled his numbers from the 2021-22 season when he averaged 6.8 points and 4.4 rebounds per game, which led to him being named Pac-12 Most Improved Player of the Year. Possessing a 7-6 wingspan, Ballo is also an NBA Academy Latin America alum who led Mali to its best finish in the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup. His athletic ability and strength has always been present, but it’s the different ways he can impact the game offensively that is a direct reflection of what Lloyd and his staff are able to do with talent. The Wildcats will have a backcourt filled with options featuring North Carolina transfer Caleb Love, rising star Kylan Boswell, Alabama transfer Jaden Bradley, and returnee Pelle Larsson. Ballo won’t have to fight with Tubelis for touches this year. It’s his show on the interior, and that’s why he is a FOX Sports preseason third-team All-American.
Those numbers don’t look gaudy, but Clingan did that while playing 13.1 minutes per game, serving in a critical role to back up Sanogo on the national championship Huskies team last season. By every account in Storrs and beyond, the sophomore from nearby Bristol, Connecticut is poised for an All-American type season for the Huskies.
Clingan returned to practice this past week after missing the previous four weeks with a right foot strain. His strength, finishing ability around the rim and an emerging 3-point shot make him a really scary player for opposing teams this year. Is he going to be the next great UConn big man? All signs point to that happening, provided the foot doesn’t cause any injury flare-ups.
John Fanta is a national college basketball broadcaster and writer for FOX Sports. He covers the sport in a variety of capacities, from calling games on FS1 to serving as lead host on the BIG EAST Digital Network to providing commentary on The Field of 68 Media Network. Follow him on Twitter @John_Fanta.
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The pressure will be on Sheriff and Servette on Thursday as they return to Europa League action. Both sides are still searching for their first victories in Group G, and only a win will do for either to keep alive their hopes of finishing in one of the top two positions.
Europa League Preview
There will be pressure on both Servette and Sheriff this week, as neither have picked up a point in the Europa League so far this season. Servette sit a place higher in the standings courtesy of their slightly better goal difference, but they have easily slipped to defeats against Slavia Praha and AS Roma across the opening two matchdays.
Sheriff also sit without a point in the current Group G standings, as they have allowed a group-high of eight goals after matches against Roma and Slavia Praha. However, a victory for the hosts this week could reignite their chances of finishing in one of the top two places to progress through to the next round of the competition.
However, the hosts have really underperformed across matches in the Europa League in recent seasons, as they have now lost nine of their previous eleven. Over that period, they have recorded just two victories. They will need to be more competitive against their rivals this week if they are to gain maximum points.
Servette are one of four teams that are yet to find the net in the Europa League this season. Meanwhile, only Villarreal has accumulated a lower expected goals than the visitors on Thursday. But, the Swiss side has never lost three matches on the bounce in Europe without finding the back of the net.
Sheriff vs Servette Head to Head
Sheriff will be coming up against a Swiss rival for just the second time in their history. They lost both legs against Basel in the Champions League qualifying round in 2010. Meanwhile, Servette will be coming up against a side from Moldova for the first time in their history on Thursday.
Sheriff vs Servette Prediction
Both of these sides will need to bounce back to their best form this week, as victories in the double header will reignite their chances of progression. However, the slight preference is for Servette, who could be good value to upset the odds and record an away win in Moldova this week.
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The Week 3 NFL schedule for the 2023 season is stacked with great matchups, and we’ve got you covered with what you need to know heading into the weekend. Our NFL Nation reporters bring us the biggest keys to every game and a bold prediction for each matchup.
Additionally, ESPN Stats & Information provides a big stat to know and a betting nugget for each contest, and our Football Power Index (FPI) goes inside the numbers with a game projection. Analytics writer Seth Walder picks out each matchup’s biggest X factor, and fantasy analyst Eric Moody hands out helpful fantasy football intel. Finally, Walder and Moody give us final score picks for every game. Everything you want to know is here in one spot to help you get ready for a loaded weekend of NFL football.
Let’s get into the full Week 3 slate, including an AFC East Patriots-Jets showdown, Justin Herbert vs. Kirk Cousins and a pair of first-round rookie running backs facing off. It all culminates with a doubleheader on “Monday Night Football” — the Eagles visit the Buccaneers (7:15 p.m. ET) on ABC/ESPN+ and the Rams take on the Bengals (8:15 p.m. ET) on ESPN/ESPN2. (Game times are Sunday unless otherwise noted.)
Storyline to watch: Atlanta’s No. 8 overall pick, Bijan Robinson, and the Lions’ No. 12 overall pick, Jahmyr Gibbs, will be in action in the same game on Sunday. Gibbs wants to be the best running back out there but says he has been impressed by Robinson so far. Robinson and Gibbs were the first pair of running backs to go in the top 12 picks of the draft since 2017, when Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffrey were selected fourth and eighth, respectively. — Eric Woodyard
Bold prediction: With Detroit’s offensive line banged up — Taylor Decker (ankle) and Halapoulivaati Vaitai (left knee) are dealing with injuries — Falcons defensive end Calais Campbell will make personal history, picking up career sack No. 100 in the second quarter. It will be one of three sacks the Falcons have against Detroit, which would double their total for the season. — Michael Rothstein
Stat to know: Robinson has 180 rushing yards (the second most in the NFL) and leads all running backs in receptions (10) this season.
Matchup X factor: Falcons defensive tackle David Onyemata. He has come up huge so far this year with a 22% pass rush win rate at defensive tackle, the fourth best at the position. If he and Grady Jarrett are able to break through the Lions’ offensive line and disrupt quarterback Jared Goff, that would go a long way toward slowing down the explosive Detroit offense. — Walder
Injuries: Falcons | Lions
What to know for fantasy: Goff has one of the highest on-target rates through Week 2. He has produced a quarterback rating of 85 or higher in each of the past nine games and has averaged 19.4 fantasy points per game in that span. See Week 3 rankings. — Moody
Betting nugget: The Lions are 24-12 against the spread (ATS) under Dan Campbell, the second-best mark in the NFL in that span (since 2021). He is 3-3 outright and ATS as a favorite. Read more.
Moody’s pick: Lions 31, Falcons 27 Walder’s pick: Lions 30, Falcons 20 FPI prediction: DET, 55.1% (by an average of 1.9 points)
Matchup must-reads: Falcons’ Okudah ready for return to Detroit … Montgomery could miss ‘couple weeks’ … Ridder still striving for improvement after 2-0 start … Lions lose Gardner-Johnson to torn pec; he hopes to be back in 2023
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1 p.m. ET | CBS | Spread: BUF -6.5 (43.5)
Storyline to watch: Sunday’s game will come down to who wins the battle outside the pocket: Bills quarterback Josh Allen or Washington’s defense? Washington has allowed 16 dropbacks to be extended outside the pocket — second most in the NFL — but ranks fourth in completion percentage on those plays (33.3%). Meanwhile, Allen has thrown three touchdowns while outside the pocket — tied for first in the NFL — and has thrown for the fifth-most yards (79). — John Keim
Bold prediction: The two teams will combine for at least 10 sacks. The Commanders are tied for the league lead in sacks with 10, but they have also given up 10 sacks (tied for second most). So, the Bills will have an opportunity to increase their sack total from three. — Alaina Getzenberg
Stat to know: The Bills have won eight of nine matchups against the Commanders since losing Super Bowl XXVI following the 1991 season. Seven of those eight wins have been by double digits (their only loss was on road in Week 15 of 2015).
Matchup X factor: Commanders cornerback Kendall Fuller. He’s off to a hot start with just a 9% target rate — best among all corners with at least 50 coverage snaps — and 0.2 yards per coverage snap allowed, per NFL Next Gen Stats. If the Commanders are going to beat the Bills, stopping the Buffalo pass game will be key. — Walder
Injuries: Bills | Commanders
What to know for fantasy: The Commanders have allowed the seventh-most fantasy points per game to wide receivers. Buffalo WR Stefon Diggs has 17 receptions for 242 yards and a touchdown in two games at Washington. See Week 3 rankings. — Moody
Betting nugget: Washington quarterback Sam Howell is 2-0 outright as an underdog in his career. Read more.
Moody’s pick: Bills 27, Commanders 21 Walder’s pick: Bills 33, Commanders 17 FPI prediction: BUF, 73.4% (by an average of 8.8 points)
Matchup must-reads: Bills’ balanced approach could be new blueprint … Commanders relishing starting 2-0 … Young’s splashy return a good sign for Washington’s defense
1 p.m. ET | Fox | Spread: GB -2 (42.5)
Storyline to watch: Jordan Love has settled into the QB1 job, but there’s one thing he hasn’t done yet: Start a game at Lambeau Field. In fact, most of his playing time over the past three seasons has come on the road. Of his 135 career passing attempts, only 11 have been at Lambeau Field. Saints quarterback Derek Carr has one career start at Lambeau in 2019 — he threw for 293 yards and two touchdown passes in a loss as a member of the Raiders. — Rob Demovsky
Bold prediction: The Saints will hold the Packers to less than 100 rushing yards. Green Bay is averaging just 88 rushing yards through two games, and running back Aaron Jones missed last week with a hamstring injury. The Packers could certainly test the Saints’ pass defense, which will be without starting safety Marcus Maye (suspended), but their run defense will be stout again, especially if Jones isn’t 100%. — Katherine Terrell
Stat to know: The Saints have held opponents to 20 or fewer points in a franchise-record 10 straight games. The only team with a longer streak over the past 25 seasons was the Patriots (11 straight in 2018-19).
Matchup X factor: Packers wide receiver Jayden Reed. The rookie has a whopping 38% target rate in two games, which puts him behind Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce. — Walder
Injuries: Saints | Packers
What to know for fantasy: Love has scored 20 or more fantasy points in consecutive games and leads the league in passer rating (123.2). See Week 3 rankings. — Moody
Betting nugget: Green Bay is 13-4 ATS after a loss under Matt LaFleur. Read more.
Moody’s pick: Packers 28, Saints 21 Walder’s pick: Packers 19, Saints 16 FPI prediction: GB, 53.3% (by an average of 1.2 points)
Matchup must-reads: Williams (hamstring) expected to miss time … Love not ready to make up for Packers’ deficiencies — yet … Saints WR trio making a difference in crunch time
1 p.m. ET | CBS | Spread: MIA -6.5 (48.5)
Storyline to watch: The Dolphins seek their second straight 3-0 start under Mike McDaniel, and they’ve got a great matchup waiting in their home opener. Miami’s NFL-best passing offense (355 yards/game) faces the Broncos’ 21st-ranked pass defense (233 yards/game) — although Miami might be without wide receiver Jaylen Waddle, who entered concussion protocol this week. — Marcel Louis-Jacques
Bold prediction: The Broncos will need patience and some stops by their own defense, but they will have their first 100-yard rusher of the season. Miami’s defense, with former Broncos coach Vic Fangio calling the shots, makes it hard to find the big plays in the passing game. But the Broncos’ three backs — Javonte Williams, Samaje Perine and rookie Jaleel McLaughlin — and even QB Russell Wilson should find some room against a Miami defense that allowed 233 yards rushing to the Chargers in Week 1 and is allowing opposing runners to gain 4.9 yards per carry. — Jeff Legwold
Stat to know: Wilson’s 17 QBR vs. man coverage this season is the second worst in the NFL behind Steelers QB Kenny Pickett. The Dolphins have used man coverage at the third-highest rate in the NFL through the first two weeks of the 2023 season (62% of time).
Matchup X factor: Broncos cornerback Pat Surtain II. He’s off to a nice start this season with just 42 yards allowed over 60 coverage snaps (that 0.7 yards per coverage snap allowed ranks sixth best among corners with at least 50 coverage snaps, per NFL Next Gen Stats). Containing the Dolphins’ wide receivers is a mighty challenge, but Surtain is one corner who might be up for it. — Walder
Injuries: Broncos | Dolphins
What to know for fantasy: Wilson has averaged 280.7 passing yards and 18.5 fantasy points per game against the Dolphins in his career. In two games this season, Wilson has thrown for 485 passing yards, five passing touchdowns and rushed for 57 yards. See Week 3 rankings. — Moody
Betting nugget: The Dolphins are 14-5-1 ATS as home favorites since 2017. Read more.
Moody’s pick: Dolphins 35, Broncos 30 Walder’s pick: Dolphins 24, Broncos 20 FPI prediction: MIA, 70% (by an average of 7.4 points)
Matchup must-reads: Payton eyeing ways to fix clock management issues … Tagovailoa, Dolphins’ offense off to scorching start to 2023 season
1 p.m. ET | CBS | Spread: CLE -3.5 (39.5)
Storyline to watch: How will quarterback Deshaun Watson bounce-back following a miserable “Monday Night Football” performance in which he had a 55% completion percentage, was sacked six times and fumbled twice? The Titans’ defense is tied for the eighth-most sacks (7) through two games, which doesn’t bode well for Watson. The defense also won’t have to worry about All-Pro running back Nick Chubb, who is lost for the season with a knee injury. — Jake Trotter
Bold prediction: A late strip sack will lead to a Titans win. The Titans’ defensive line has consistently set its focus on getting to the quarterback and knocking the ball out. Given how Watson has three fumbles in two games, this week will be a prime opportunity for Titans defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons and the defense to generate a late turnover. — Turron Davenport
Stat to know: The Browns have not allowed any red zone touchdowns or field goals. They would be the first team since at least 1978 to not allow any red zone points through three games.
Matchup X factor: The Browns’ surprisingly strong run defense. After ranking 29th in EPA per designed run allowed last season, the defense ranks third in the category after two weeks in 2023. That’s important against a Titans team that is better on the ground than through the air. — Walder
Injuries: Titans | Browns
What to know for fantasy: Running back Kareem Hunt, who signed with the Browns following Chubb’s injury, trailed only Chubb in rushing attempts (442), rushing yards (1,874) and rushing touchdowns (16) during his previous four seasons with the Browns. See Week 3 rankings. — Moody
Betting nugget: The Titans are 7-2-1 ATS on the road since the start of last season (7-1-1 ATS last nine). Read more.
Moody’s pick: Titans 20, Browns 17 Walder’s pick: Browns 24, Titans 17 FPI prediction: CLE, 57.1% (by an average of 2.6 points)
Matchup must-reads: Tannehill reasserts himself at Titans’ QB1, leaves bad Week 1 behind … Browns lose Chubb for season after ‘significant’ knee injury … With Chubb out, Browns need Watson to play like $230 million
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1 p.m. ET | Fox | Spread: MIN -1 (54)
Storyline to watch: Both teams are 0-2 and on a weird run of losing close games, dating back to the 2022 season. The Chargers have lost the past four games they’ve played, all by three points or less, while the Vikings have lost three consecutive games by one score, after winning 11 consecutive such games. — Kevin Seifert
Bold prediction: Justin Herbert will throw for less than 200 yards. Herbert has thrown for fewer than 200 yards four times in his career, one of which came against the Vikings in 2021. The Vikings have one of the worst run defenses in the NFL, so the Chargers will rely on the ground game. — Kris Rhim
Stat to know: Keenan Allen needs 111 receiving yards to pass Lance Alworth (9,584) for second most in Chargers history.
Matchup X factor: Chargers cornerbacks Asante Samuel Jr., Michael Davis and J.C. Jackson. The trio allows 1.8, 2.7 and 3.0 yards per coverage snap, respectively — and the average for corners this year is 1.4, per NFL Next Gen Stats. They’re going against the Vikings, who have the highest designed pass rate in the league (80%). — Walder
Injuries: Chargers | Vikings
What to know for fantasy: While the Vikings traded for Cam Akers to energize their running game, with Kirk Cousins, Justin Jefferson, T.J. Hockenson and Jordan Addison they will continue to rely heavily on the passing game. This season, the Chargers’ defense has allowed the most yards on deep passes. See Week 3 rankings. — Moody
Betting nugget: The Vikings have covered five straight meetings dating back to 2007. Read more.
Moody’s pick: Vikings, 34, Chargers 31 Walder’s pick: Chargers 33, Vikings 28 FPI prediction: LAC, 53.2% (by an average of 1.2 points)
Matchup must-reads: Chargers not ‘turning our back on each other’ after 0-2 start, defensive woes … Jefferson, Cousins and Hunter start hot ahead of contract talks … No timetable for Ekeler’s return, coach says … Vikings still confident in Mattison after Akers deal
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1 p.m. ET | CBS | Spread: NE -2.5 (36.5)
Storyline to watch: It’s all about the streak (the Patriots have won 14 straight in this series) and two 2021 first-round quarterbacks: Mac Jones and Zach Wilson. Jones has regained his footing after a disappointing 2022, while Wilson, starting for the injured Aaron Rodgers, looks to conquer his New England demons (0-4 against the Patriots). — Rich Cimini
Bold prediction: A special teams play will decide the game. Consider that the Jets have converted on six straight fake punts since 2014 (their most recent coming last week versus Dallas), which is the second-longest streak over that span. And the NFL is still buzzing over Brenden Schooler’s blocked field goal last week, as the Patriots look to block a kick in back-to-back games for the first time since 2017. — Mike Reiss
Stat to know: Jones has thrown 96 passes this season, which leads all quarterbacks through two weeks and is the third most by any player in the team’s first two games in franchise history (Tom Brady: 100 in 2009, Drew Bledsoe: 98 in 1995).
Matchup X factor: Jets left tackle Duane Brown. His 63% pass block win rate ranks worst among all tackles. He simply has to protect better for his quarterback to have a chance. — Walder
Injuries: Patriots | Jets
What to know for fantasy: With an average of 4.8 yards per target, the Patriots’ wide receiver corps ranks 31st in the league. New England’s receivers now face a solid Jets cornerback unit. This has the makings of a low-scoring affair. See Week 3 rankings. — Moody
Betting nugget: Seven of Wilson’s past eight starts have gone under the total. He is 0-4 outright and ATS in his past four starts. Read more.
Moody’s pick: Patriots 14, Jets 13 Walder’s pick: Patriots 20, Jets 14 FPI prediction: NYJ, 54.7% (by an average of 1.7 points)
Matchup must-reads: Inside Patriots’ thrilling FG block that’s ‘going to change the game’ … Jets’ slow-starting offensive line vows better protection for Wilson
1 p.m. ET | Fox | Spread: JAX -9 (44.5)
Storyline to watch: The Texans’ offensive line is ravaged by injuries, which could make things rough for rookie QB C.J. Stroud. He hasn’t thrown an interception but has already been sacked 11 times in two games. The Jaguars’ defense has forced six turnovers and sacked opposing quarterbacks six times in two games. That would seem to be a recipe for the Jaguars to win back-to-back games in the series for the first time since 2017. — Michael DiRocco
Bold prediction: Expect the Texans to force at least two turnovers, with multiple sacks, and pull off the upset. Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence is 1-3 against the Texans and has thrown three touchdown passes and six interceptions. According to NFL Next Gen Stats, the Texans rank fifth in the league in pressure rate (44%). When Lawrence is pressured, he completes just 44% of his passes with a rating of 29. — DJ Bien-Aime
Stat to know: Stroud has 91 pass attempts without an interception. He is only 44 attempts shy of reaching the top five longest streaks to begin a career (Dak Prescott 176, Tom Brady 162, Kyle Allen 159, Tua Tagovailoa 153 and Carson Wentz/Desmond Ridder 134).
Matchup X factor: Texans running back Dameon Pierce. He has 69 rushing yards in two weeks of action and now is facing the Jaguars, who have the best EPA per designed run allowed in the league. Stroud could surely use a little more support from the ground game. — Walder
Injuries: Texans | Jaguars
What to know for fantasy: Stroud has amassed 626 passing yards in his first two career starts. See Week 3 rankings. — Moody
Betting nugget: The Jaguars are 0-7 ATS in their past seven games as home favorites (1-6 outright). Read more.
Moody’s pick: Jaguars 27, Texans 17 Walder’s pick: Texans 23, Jaguars 21 FPI prediction: JAX, 71.2% (by an average of 7.9 points)
Matchup must-reads: Loss overshadows Stroud’s historic day for Texans … Struggling offense should concern Jaguars … Texans lose CB Stingley Jr. to hamstring injury
1 p.m. ET | CBS | Spread: BAL -8 (45)
Storyline to watch: Lamar Jackson vs. Colts pass rush. Indianapolis ranks second in the AFC with eight sacks, including six last Sunday against the Texans. Last week, Jackson wasn’t sacked for the first time since September 2022 and faced a career-low 9.1% pressure rate, despite missing injured starting center Tyler Linderbaum and left tackle Ronnie Stanley. — Jamison Hensley
Bold prediction: The Colts will hold the Ravens to fewer than 75 rushing yards despite Baltimore’s average of 144 yards through two games. The Colts rank first in rushing defense, allowing just 2.6 yards per carry entering Week 3. That’s not to say Jackson can’t beat the Colts through the air. But an effective performance against the run will make Baltimore’s offense a bit more one-dimensional and easier to defend. — Stephen Holder
Stat to know: Rookie Zay Flowers has 13 receptions in his first two games, which is more than twice as much as any other Ravens player (all other Baltimore receivers have combined for 16).
Matchup X factor: Ravens wide receiver Nelson Agholor. After Odell Beckham Jr. didn’t finish the Ravens’ Week 2 game and was held out of practice on Wednesday, Agholor might take on a larger role. If so, he’s coming off a strong game in which he caught five passes for 63 yards and a touchdown. — Walder
Injuries: Colts | Ravens
What to know for fantasy: Jackson has the second-highest completion percentage (74.5%) among quarterbacks through two games. See Week 3 rankings. — Moody
Betting nugget: The Colts’ past five road games have gone over the total. Read more.
Moody’s pick: Ravens 33, Colts 17 Walder’s pick: Ravens 23, Colts 20 FPI prediction: BAL, 77.3% (by an average of 10.5 points)
Matchup must-reads: With Richardson in concussion protocol, QB’s style sparks debate … Jackson’s accuracy has taken the Ravens QB to another level
4:05 p.m. ET | CBS | Spread: SEA -6.5 (42)
Storyline to watch: Bryce Young missed the first two days of practice this week with an ankle injury, putting veteran Andy Dalton in line to start Sunday at Lumen Field. The 35-year-old Dalton isn’t anywhere near the dynamic threat that Young is, but he did game-manage the Saints to a victory over Seattle last October. — Brady Henderson
Bold prediction: Dalton will light up a Seattle defense that ranks 30th in passing yards allowed (325 per game) with 350 yards and three touchdown passes. That would be huge, considering Young (ankle) has combined for 299 yards passing and two touchdown passes in the first two games. Dalton shouldn’t have to worry about much pressure from the Seahawks, who rank 29th in sacks with two. — David Newton
Stat to know: Kenneth Walker III has four career games with multiple rushing touchdowns, tied for the most by a Seahawks player in his first two seasons in team history (David Sims, Curt Warner, Derrick Fenner).
Matchup X factor: Dalton. I suspect he’ll be an upgrade over Young in the rookie’s current state — Young has a 36 QBR in two games — and that might give Carolina a chance. — Walder
Injuries: Panthers | Seahawks
What to know for fantasy: The Panthers have allowed at least 130 rushing yards in each of their first two games. The Seahawks’ offensive line ranks seventh in run block win rate. In this matchup, Walker might exceed expectations. See Week 3 rankings. — Moody
Betting nugget: The Seahawks are 1-6 ATS as a favorite over the past two seasons, going 0-5 ATS in their past five games. Read more.
Moody’s pick: Seahawks 28, Panthers 17 Walder’s pick: Seahawks 24, Panthers 17 FPI prediction: SEA, 72.5% (by an average of 8.4 points)
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4:25 p.m. ET | Fox | Spread: KC -13 (48)
Storyline to watch: First to seven points wins? It hasn’t been that bad for either team, but offensively the Chiefs and Bears have been disappointments though two weeks. These teams are tied for 22nd in the league in scoring with 37 points through two games. Each team, Kansas City in particular, has reason to believe improvement will come if it can stop sloppy offensive play. Still, the problems have been so widespread for the Chiefs and Bears that it’s not wise to expect an explosive, high-scoring game. — Adam Teicher
Bold prediction: Patrick Mahomes will toss five touchdown passes against Chicago, three of which go to tight end Travis Kelce. Matt Eberflus is back to calling the Bears’ defense after former defensive coordinator Alan Williams’ sudden resignation. Eberflus’ Colts teams held Mahomes to his lowest Total QBR (56.3) against any team he has faced multiple times, including the playoffs. But the Chiefs quarterback is primed for a breakout performance against a Bears defense that has allowed an average of 25.5 offensive points in the first two games. — Courtney Cronin
Stat to know: Since the start of last season, 54% of the Chiefs’ receiving yards have come after the catch, the highest rate in the league. The Bears rank 31st in opponent YAC per reception over the same span.
Matchup X factor: Bears backup left tackle Larry Borom, assuming he gets the call to replace the injured Braxton Jones. Jones’ 97% pass block win rate ranked third among tackles, so Borom has impressive shoes to fill. — Walder
Injuries: Bears | Chiefs
What to know for fantasy: Justin Fields has been sacked on 11.5% of his dropbacks since entering the league. Fields has taken 10 sacks so far this season despite having the fifth-highest average time to throw. Don’t overlook the Chiefs if you’re looking for a streamable defense. See Week 3 rankings. — Moody
Betting nugget: Fields is 8-18-1 ATS in his career, including 0-3 ATS when getting double digits. Read more.
Moody’s pick: Chiefs 33, Bears 13 Walder’s pick: Chiefs 38, Bears 16 FPI prediction: KC, 81.9% (by an average of 12.8 points)
Matchup must-reads: GM says Bears don’t view Fields ‘as a finger pointer’ … Will Mahomes ever be paid what he’s worth? … Reid says Chiefs ‘can fix’ Taylor’s penalty woes
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4:25 p.m. ET | Fox | Spread: DAL -12 (43)
Storyline to watch: The Cardinals have been able to get to opposing quarterbacks with relative ease through two games, ranking tied for third with nine sacks. Sunday will be a battle of a top-tier pass rush against a top-tier offensive line, as the Cowboys have allowed just one sack of quarterback Dak Prescott. — Josh Weinfuss
Bold prediction: The Cardinals will have more possessions with fewer than 20 yards against the Cowboys than the nine they have had in their first two games of the season. The Cowboys’ defense has had eight drives in each of their wins, against the New York Giants and New York Jets, in which they allowed fewer than 20 yards. In 111 snaps, opposing offenses have combined for 17 negative-yardage plays. At 15.3%, that ranks second in the NFL. — Todd Archer
Stat to know: Prescott will play his 100th career game against the Cardinals. He’s the only player in NFL history with at least 150 touchdown passes and 25 rushing touchdowns in his first 100 games.
Matchup X factor: Cowboys defensive tackle Osa Odighizuwa. Here’s another chance for Odighizuwa to shine: He’s currently leading the league in pass rush win rate as a defensive tackle (25%). — Walder
Injuries: Cowboys | Cardinals
What to know for fantasy: Dallas has allowed the third-fewest fantasy points per game to quarterbacks, the fewest to running backs and the fewest to wide receivers. If you have players facing the Cowboys’ defense on your fantasy teams, temper your expectations. See Week 3 rankings. — Moody
Betting nugget: The Cardinals are the sixth team in the past 30 seasons to start 2-0 ATS and 0-2 outright. Those teams are 1-4 outright and ATS in their third game (Falcons won and covered last season). Read more.
Moody’s pick: Cowboys 35, Cardinals 10 Walder’s pick: Cowboys 33, Cardinals 3 FPI prediction: DAL, 88.1% (by an average of 16.5 points)
Matchup must-reads: How Prescott got in sync with Cowboys’ receivers … Watkins to undergo biceps surgery … Cowboys CB Diggs suffers torn ACL … Cardinals’ offense progresses but needs to finish
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8:20 p.m. ET | NBC | Spread: LV -2.5 (43)
Storyline to watch: Beat the Raiders in the teams’ first meeting in Las Vegas and Kenny Pickett will be the first Steelers quarterback to win a game in the Raiders’ home stadium since … Neil O’Donnell back on Dec. 10, 1995 — 2½ years before Pickett was born. The Raiders have won four straight home games against the Steelers (2006, 2012, 2013, 2018) with four different QBs (Andrew Walter, Carson Palmer, Terrelle Pryor and Derek Carr) by the average score of 25-21, beating two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in each of those contests. Those games, though, were all in Oakland. — Paul Gutierrez
Bold prediction: Josh Jacobs gets his first 100-yard rushing game of the season. Jacobs averaged nearly 100 yards a game last season, so this prediction doesn’t seem that bold. However, in the Week 2 loss to the Buffalo Bills, Jacobs had minus-2 rushing yards on nine attempts after just 48 yards a week earlier. Jacobs gets back on track this week against the Steelers, who have allowed the most rush yards over expected (plus-144) of any defense through Week 2 since 2018, according to NFL Next Gen Stats. — Brooke Pryor
Stat to know: Davante Adams has 116 straight games with a reception, the fifth-longest active streak in the league, trailing DeAndre Hopkins (147), Travis Kelce (144), Stefon Diggs (121) and Zach Ertz (118).
Matchup X factor: Pickett. The Steelers quarterback was bailed out by the defense in Week 2, but he has to be better for Pittsburgh to succeed going forward. Pickett has an 18.8 QBR, which ranks last of all qualifying quarterbacks. — Walder
Injuries: Steelers | Raiders
What to know for fantasy: This season, the Raiders have allowed the third-most fantasy points per game to running backs. In order for Pittsburgh running backs to capitalize on this trend, its offensive line must perform better. See Week 3 rankings. — Moody
Betting nugget: Mike Tomlin is 2-6 ATS in his career against the Raiders. He is 3-5 outright, all as a favorite. Read more.
Moody’s pick: Steelers 24, Raiders 21 Walder’s pick: Raiders 27, Steelers 16 FPI prediction: LV, 50.8% (by an average of 0.4 points)
Matchup must-reads: Fitzpatrick on Chubb hit: ‘I’m not a dirty player’ … Adams criticizes ‘out of control’ safety Rapp … Can Pickens help save the Steelers’ offense? … Two games, one target: Renfrow trying to make sense of Raiders role
Storyline to watch: Almost no one saw the Bucs starting the season off 2-0, but their matchup with the defending NFC champions will be the only battle of unbeatens in Week 3. With the league’s top two run-stopping units, plus defenses that have a combined 12.0 sacks and 11 takeaways, you get the feeling this one will come down to who can protect their quarterback better. — Jenna Laine
Bold prediction: Mike Evans will find the end zone twice. He is coming off a monster six-catch, 171-yard performance against the Bears, and now faces a banged-up Eagles secondary that just lost slot corner Avonte Maddox for the year with a torn pec. Mario Goodrich got his first action as a pro in his place. It’s a safe bet the Bucs will line Evans up inside to try to take advantage of Maddox’s absence. — Tim McManus
Stat to know: DeVonta Smith and A.J. Brown represent 79% of the Eagles’ receiving yards, 59% of the targets and 55% of the receptions this season (highest percentage of a team’s receiving yards by a duo this season).
Matchup X factor: Buccaneers quarterback Baker Mayfield. He has faced the lowest rate of light boxes (harder to throw against) in the league, and I suspect that will change this week if Tampa Bay falls behind. — Walder
Injuries: Eagles | Buccaneers
What to know for fantasy: Evans and Chris Godwin are a talented and versatile wide receiver duo, and Tampa Bay should rely heavily on them. The Eagles currently rank 31st in the league in pass defense, allowing 326 yards per game. See Week 3 rankings. — Moody
Betting nugget: Mayfield is 3-0 ATS in his past three starts and 5-2 ATS in his past seven starts. Read more.
Moody’s pick: Eagles 27, Buccaneers 17 Walder’s pick: Eagles 30, Buccaneers 10 FPI prediction: PHI, 69.6% (by an average of 7.2 points)
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Monday, 8:15 p.m. ET | ESPN | Spread: CIN -3 (44)
Storyline to watch: Will Joe Burrow be available on Sunday? The Cincinnati QB is day-to-day as he continues to recover from a strained right calf that he reinjured in Week 2. Whether it’s Burrow or backup QB Jake Browning, the Bengals’ offense that ranks last in total yards per game (212.0) will face a Rams defense that ranks sixth in the NFL in total yards allowed per game (272.5) this season. — Ben Baby
Bold prediction: Regardless of who is at quarterback for the Bengals, Aaron Donald will take advantage of Cincinnati’s interior offensive line with two sacks Monday night. Although it’s a new combination of guard-center-guard for the Bengals, the group has struggled to protect the quarterback, ranking 31st in pass block win rate among interior offensive lines since the start of the 2022 season. Donald leads all interior defenders (with 100 interior pass-rush plays with win or loss) in pass rush win rate over that same span. — Sarah Barshop
Stat to know: Matthew Stafford’s 93 pass attempts this season rank second in the NFL behind Mac Jones (96). Stafford would need to throw 41 times to tie his career high for most pass attempts through his team’s first three games of a season (135 in 2018 with the Lions).
Matchup X factor: Bengals cornerbacks Cam Taylor-Britt and Chidobe Awuzie. Can anyone stop rookie star receiver Puka Nacua? Taylor-Britt and Awuzie will be the latest to try. — Walder
Injuries: Rams | Bengals
What to know for fantasy: With Akers gone, RB Kyren Williams could easily be a must-start. In last week’s game against the 49ers, Williams played 96% of the offensive snaps and had 20 touches. The Bengals rank 31st in rushing yards allowed so far this season, which should give Williams room to work. See Week 3 rankings. — Moody
Betting nugget: The Bengals are 9-3 ATS in their past 12 games as a favorite. Read more.
Moody’s pick: Bengals 26, Rams 23 Walder’s pick: Rams 26, Bengals 20 FPI prediction: CIN, 65.3% (by an average of 5.5 points)
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Crows veteran Taylor Walker has capped off a remarkable season by being named in his first AFL All-Australian team in his 16th season.
A dominant key forward, this season marked the fourth time Walker had been picked in the extended squad – the previous three times missing out on the famous blazer.
Named at centre-half forward, the 33-year-old kicked a career-best 76 goals in 2023. This included 12 occasions where he bagged three or more goals to finish just two goals shy of the Coleman Medal.
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Reviving his career in the twilight years of his career, Walker reflected on how he was able to turn things around.
“A couple of years ago I thought I was a bit buggered, to be honest,” he said on stage following the announcement.
“My knee was causing me a bit of grief (so) I changed a bit of what I was doing in my strength program and I’ve been able to train under (Crows’ high performance manager) Darren Burgess – he’s been enormous for me – and Josh Manuel who is our strength and conditioning coach. He’s been able to help me get back to being physically fit.
“Being mentally fit, I’ve got three kids at home, my beautiful wife, Ellie, so I think my life balance has allowed me to go to the football club and just enjoy it for what it is.
“I’m very grateful for what I do. I went to Perth on the weekend and (walking) out, I treated it as though it was the last time I was ever going to play there. So, to be able to enjoy moments like that, I think it allows me to play and enjoy football for what it is, and have a real passion inside to play for as long as I can.”
Alongside Walker, 11 other players including James Sicily, Tim English and Nick Daicso were named in their first All-Australian team.
Only five members defended their positions from last year’s team.
Giants’ skipper Toby Greene was bestowed the honour of captain, with Western Bulldogs leader Marcus Bontempelli named vice-captain.
With his selection, Bontempelli, and Geelong stalwart Tom Stewart, became five-time All-Australians.
Minor premiers Collingwood and Port Adelaide were the best-represented clubs with three selections a piece.
This included Josh and Nick Daicos, who became the first brothers to be picked in the same All-Australian team since Chad and Kane Cornes in 2007.
On Monday, the AFL unveiled its All-Australian squad for this season, with all 18 teams represented for the first time in league history. Half of the squad was named in the final team at the AFL award night on Wednesday.
Notable omissions included Dustin Martin, Jack Viney and Tom Liberatore.
2023 ALL-AUSTRALIAN TEAM
B: James Sicily (Hawthorn), Callum Wilkie (St Kilda), Tom Stewart (Geelong)
HB: Jack Sinclair (St Kilda), Darcy Moore (Collingwood), Dan Houston (Port Adelaide)
It turns out the most interesting component of this Cowboys preseason is something we might not be able to see at all.
The second week of the preseason is upon us, and the smart money says not to expect more from the Cowboys’ starters than we saw last week. For better or for worse, Mike McCarthy has made it clear he prefers to evaluate his key players within the confines of his own practices, where has more control.
“I trust our practice environment,” the Cowboys’ head coach said last week. “That’s a big reason why we’re staying in California one more week. I think the way our guys practice against each other, I mean they push the envelope.”
That’s a prescient choice of words, given that the final day of practice in Oxnard, Calif., was feisty as the Cowboys have been all summer, with multiple fights breaking out on Wednesday afternoon.
“It’s our last practice of camp, man. You’ve got to give it all you’ve got,” said Micah Parsons afterward. Fun as Parsons and Co. might have been on Wednesday, don’t expect to see them much Saturday. Which brings things back to the original point.
However little McCarthy might be working with his starters during these three exhibition games, it does offer him the chance to evaluate his readiness to resume the role of play caller.
“He’s got work to do,” McCarthy said on Monday.
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That’s understandable, given the nearly five-year gap since McCarthy last called plays for the Green Bay Packers. Doing so is a demanding experience, as it requires singular focus during each possession and constant collaboration when the offense isn’t on the field. After three years as a walkaround head coach, McCarthy even acknowledged after the preseason opener against Jacksonville that he hadn’t found time to evaluate his young defenders in the moment.
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“To be honest with you, I don’t get to watch the defense as much I used to, so as far as personal evaluation on each player, I can’t really know,” he said.
There’s also more than a decade of muscle memory to fight against. McCarthy detailed the lapse he had last weekend, when he reverted to Green Bay verbiage and was quickly corrected by his coaching staff.
“Personally, I’m glad I had a number of coaches that work with me before,” he said afterward. “I had an old call come out of my mouth, that’s the starting offense. But we corrected that immediately.”
It’s an amusing anecdote in the preseason, but a sign of the fine-tuning that needs to happen before the results start counting. McCarthy detailed recently how he plans for offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer to spend the season on the sideline rather than up in the coaches’ box. McCarthy and Schottenheimer, longtime friends, tweaked the Cowboys’ playbook to fit their philosophies.
They also plan to build the offensive game plan together each week, and it sounds as if Schottenheimer will provide an extra pair of eyes and ears on the sideline when McCarthy needs them.
It doesn’t make for entertaining TV. The attention will rightly be on the Cowboys’ young players on Saturday night. Even when the game coverage allows the occasional glimpse at the coaches, it’d be a bit harder to evaluate their performance — practically impossible without access to their radio frequency.
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Still, with less than a month until the season opener, it’s every bit as crucial as the action on the field. So while his starters may sit Saturday, and will definitely sit on Aug. 26 against Las Vegas, every rep for McCarthy is a big one.
David Helman covers the Dallas Cowboys for FOX Sports. He previously spent nine seasons covering the Cowboys for the team’s official website. In 2018, he won a regional Emmy for his role in producing “Dak Prescott: A Family Reunion” about the quarterback’s time at Mississippi State. Follow him on Twitter at @davidhelman_.
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Even though neither player’s career is even close to being over, the Aaron Judge vs Bryce Harper debate has already begun.
Both are surely going to end up being among the best players of their generation and could one day be considered among the greatest outfielders of all time. But who has had the better career and who will go down as the better player?
Aaron Judge vs Bryce Harper
Naturally, the Harper vs Judge debate is a difficult one because both players have their strengths. Proving a stats comparison of Judge and Harper is a good start but isn’t nearly enough. That’s why we wanted to look at the numbers but also look beyond the numbers to compare Judge and Harper.
Needless to say, both Judge and Harper are among MLB’s elite players in large part because of their power. Both have an impressive amount of power, but Judge has a clear advantage in this area. His career slugging percentage is more than 50 points higher than Harper’s and is nearly at .600. Judge also earns huge points for his 62-homer season in 2002 not to mention the 52 home runs he hit during his first full season in the big leagues in 2017, leading the American League both years.
On the other hand, Harper has showcased consistent power throughout his career but has only surpassed 40 home runs once. In fact, the 2015 season is the only time Harper hit more than 35 home runs in a season. While Harper should easily surpass 300 career home runs and perhaps reach 400 or 500, his power has declined somewhat following Tommy John surgery whereas Judge has had no such problem.
Both Judge and Harper are better at hitting for an average than most people recognize. However, they are roughly even in this category.
Judge might have a slight edge because his career average is a little higher, but both are hovering around .280. In fairness, Harper has had three seasons in which he’s hit over .300 whereas Judge has just one.
However, Harper also has more years in the majors. Also, outside of his shortened rookie season, Judge has hit under .270 just once while Harper has had four seasons hitting below that mark, making Judge a slightly more consistent performer when it comes to hitting for average.
This is another category where it’s tough to differentiate Judge from Harper, as neither has ever won a Gold Glove. To Harper’s credit, he was a catcher in high school and college before transitioning to the outfield. During his career, he’s played all three outfield positions effectively. He’s surely athletic enough to cover plenty of ground while his strong arm has been an asset as well.
However, after needing Tommy John surgery following the 2022 season, it’s unclear if and when Harper will return to being a full-time outfielder and if his arm strength will continue to be a weapon.
On the other hand, Judge has surpassed modest expectations for his defense. Like Harper, he possesses a strong arm that plays well in right field. But Judge has also shown plenty of range for someone who is 6’7’’ and 280 pounds, making several highlight-reel catches. He’s also been able to play center field for the Yankees, starting over 100 games there, mostly out of need. Given the value that he’s provided to the Yankees in the outfield, Judge is close to equal footing with Harper defensively.
Outside of their hitting and defense, Judge and Harper both bring something to the table. While Harper has often been criticized for his brash style of cockiness, that’s not always a negative. If nothing else, he’s a high-energy and enthusiastic player who brings confidence, drive, and a strong work ethic. Those are all traits that can rub off on his teammates and make them better players.
Of course, Judge isn’t exactly a cancer in the clubhouse. In fact, he’s quite the opposite. Judge isn’t necessarily going to be vocal, but he will lead by example.
He has a quiet confidence about him and has always been well-liked by his teammates. After signing his nine-year, $360 million contract, Judge was named captain of the Yankees. He more than deserves such a title and is the perfect person to follow in the footsteps of Derek Jeter and other Yankee legends. In fact, his leadership and other intangibles no doubt made the Yankees comfortable signing him to that contract.
Like it or not, statistics and awards mean a lot in baseball, which is why MLB players with the most MVPs usually end up being considered among the best of all time. Coming out of the 2022 season, Harper might have a slight edge on his trophy case, as he owns two MVP awards, and two Silver Sluggers, and has been named an all-star seven times.
Judge, meanwhile, has just four all-star selections and one MVP. However, he has three Silver Sluggers and led the American League in RBIs in 2022, something Harper has failed to do in the National League. For what it’s worth, both players took home Rookie of the Year honors early in their careers.
With both Harper and Judge having plenty of years ahead of them, it’d be a little unfair to render a verdict right now. However, Judge might have a slight edge over Harper right now. Any edge that Harper has statistically is likely related to the fact that he was in the league three-plus years before Judge, yet is still younger.
But the fact that Judge is perhaps the greatest power hitter of the current generation and is still a well-rounded player gives him an advantage over just about anyone in the game outside of Mike Trout. Harper also has some lingering questions about what he’ll be like after Tommy John surgery. That’s enough to give Judge the edge in a head-to-head debate with Harper.
در هر چرخه استخدام، افراد بالقوه چهار ستاره رده بالایی وجود دارند که در نهایت به انتخاب های دور اول درفت NFL تبدیل می شوند.
به عبارت ساده، گاهی اوقات چهار ستاره وجود دارد که باید به پنج منتقل می شد.
در اینجا نگاهی به 10 نفر از آن نامزدها در کلاس 2024 به عنوان مدیر استخدام ملی Rivals آورده شده است. آدام گورنی لیست خود را در سه شنبه های این هفته با گورنی ارائه می دهد.
مراسم نوتردام در Elite 11 دیدنی نبود، اما این به این معنی نیست که او اصلا بد بود. او در هر تکرار و هر ایستگاه ثابت، محکم بود و نشان داد که هیچ چیز نمی تواند او را تکان دهد.
گاهی اوقات، کار من را به یاد جارد گاف میاندازد، در همان رویدادی که گاف هیچکس را بیرون نمیآورد، بلکه فقط پرتابهای محکم را بعد از پرتاب جامد با هم انجام میداد. و همه ما می دانیم که او در نهایت به عنوان شماره 1 انتخاب شد.
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نولاند یکی از بهترین و ثابتترین مدافعان این فصل بوده است و ایالت اوهایو استدلال فوقالعادهای برای رتبهبندی پنج ستاره ارائه کرده است. او چپ است و نخبه های زیادی در طول این سال ها وجود نداشته است، اما چشم انداز Fairburn (Ga.) Langston Hughes بسیار نرم، بسیار دقیق است و واقعاً خود را با این اعتماد به نفس ناچیز حمل می کند که باعث می شود فکر کنم او یکی از سه QB برتر در این کلاس است.
به علاوه، در ایالت اوهایو، او در هر بازی به سمت گیرندگان سوپراستار خواهد رفت.
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لاگوی با سایز عالی و بازوی بزرگ همراه با توانایی حرکت در جیب و افزایش قدمت با پای خود، قطعاً با کم نیوتن مقایسه میکند، اگرچه فکر نمیکنم او در همان سطح بازیساز باشد.
با این حال، تعهد فلوریدا یک چشم انداز بسیار ویژه است که می تواند در مربی پیشرفت کند بیلی ناپیراگر بتوان چند گیرنده برتر را در اطراف او قرار داد. لاگوی یک حرکت پرتاب بد بو دارد که ممکن است برخی از تصمیم گیرندگان NFL را نگران کند، اما او همچنین دارای ویژگی های نخبه است.
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بک های دور اول به دلیل مشکلات دوام و دلایل دیگر کمتر رایج می شوند، اما Frazier به عنوان یکی از بهترین ها در کلاس ظاهر می شود – و همچنین کسی که می تواند بهترین توپ را از زمین عقب بگیرد.
مرد برجسته سانتا آنا (کالیف. اما او همه آن توانایی ها را دارد و آماده یک فصل بزرگ بزرگسالان است زیرا جورجیا، آلاباما، اورگان و دیگران او را تعقیب می کنند.
در پیست، بایر موفق شد نیکول هاربر پنج ستاره سابق و رودریک پلیسنت، سریعترین مرد کالیفرنیا را در مسابقات شکست دهد. این به این معنی است که او دارای اعداد نخبه در NFL Combine است که در هنگام تعیین موقعیت پیش نویس بسیار مورد توجه قرار می گیرد.
در زمین، بایر فصل گذشته بیش از 1000 یارد دریافت داشت و در حالی که در برابر رقابت های آیداهو بود، همه می دانستند که توپ به سمت او می آید و هیچ کس نمی تواند او را متوقف کند.
تصمیم در عرض چند هفته در حال انجام است زیرا نبراسکا، میشیگان، TCU، اورگان و BYU پنج برتر او را تشکیل می دهند.
بازیکن خط حمله چهار ستاره کاتولیک تامپا (فلوریدا) دو چیز دارد که مدیران NFL دوست دارند: ورزش و قدرت. تابستان گذشته در چالش زیرکلاسی رقباپیر لوئیس همان تعداد تکرار را روی نیمکت پرس انجام داد که او را در بین شش بازیکن برتر خط حمله در ترکیب قرار می داد. او همچنین پیست می دود و به نظر خوب می رسد. بعلاوه، پیر لوئیس تطبیق پذیری موقعیت دارد و بدش نمی آید آن را با خط دفاعی ترکیب کند.
فلوریدا، UCF، اوکلاهما و دیگران درگیر هستند.
راشرهای لبه در NFL جایگاه برتری دارند و ممکن است در کلاس 2024 پایان دفاعی با طول بیشتری نسبت به راشینگ وجود نداشته باشد که در تابستان امسال به آریزونا متعهد شد و پس از تنها پنج ستاره WR Tetairoa McMillan، دومین مشتری بلندپایه ای است که تا به حال به Wildcats قول داده است.
عجله کردن لبه را به طرز باورنکردنی خوب خم می کند، او بلندترین بازوها را دارد و طی سه یا چهار سال آینده می تواند به عنوان یک عجله گذر نخبه در Pac-12 ظاهر شود.
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در چند ماه گذشته، تمام توجه ریدیک به استخدام او بود و به درستی این کار را انجام داد، زیرا در چند روز آینده، چهار ستاره بالا یا به تعهد خود در جورجیا پایبند خواهد بود یا به آلاباما یا آبرن خواهد رفت. این باعث میشود که چشمهای زیادی به سمت او جلب شود، اما ریدیک در زمین نیز نخبه است، زیرا گیرنده 6 فوتی میتواند پایین بیاید و افراد را در جعبه بکوبد یا در فضا بپوشاند.
شاید بیشتر از هر مدافع خطی در این کلاس، ریدیک دارای ترکیبی از طول و قدرت است که در بالاترین سطوح فوتبال دانشگاهی و NFL بسیار خاص است.
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بین رابینسون و چارلز لستر از ونیز، فلوریدا، برای کسب جایگاه برتر کرنر در کلاس 2024 نبرد رفت و برگشتی وجود داشته است، اما پس از چند اجرا در تابستان امسال – از جمله در OT7 Nationals – تعهد جورجیا برتری دارد.
گوشههای بزرگ و فیزیکی که میتوانند آنقدر روان حرکت کنند نادر هستند و گوشهها همیشه در دور اول درفت پیش میروند. هنوز هیچ بازیکن پنج ستاره در کلاس 2024 وجود ندارد، اما رابینسون بهترین شانس را خواهد داشت.
بوسی ممکن است بهترین بازیساز در کل کلاس باشد، زیرا فصل گذشته در پست کوارتربک، دونده و دفاع دفاعی عالی بود. تیمپسون، تگزاس، بیش از 2100 یارد و 26 تاچ داون پرتاب کرد، تقریباً 2600 یارد و 46 امتیاز پرتاب شد و در مجموع 115 تکل و 6 مهار در دفاع انجام داد.
تگزاس A&M پیشتاز تیم های Bussey و NFL است که عاشق تطبیق پذیری و تولید هستند. Bussey می تواند آن چیزها را ارائه دهد و Aggies به آن نوع جرقه در سراسر زمین نیاز دارند.