GROUND GAME: Heading into the season, the Redskins vowed to be a run first team, and Alfred Morris and Matt Jones topped 100 yards rushing once each in Weeks 1 and 2. And then it all fell apart. Morris did not reach the 100 yard mark in a game again until Week 17.
Solve GibsonDucks goalie John Gibson is also in a groove this season, starting 57 games while posting a record of 29 17 6 with four shutouts, a 2.41 goals against average and .927 save %. During his past 16 games, Gibson is 12 3 1 with 1.79 goals against average and a .943 save %. The Jets will come back with goalie , who should be feeling refreshed after Eric Comrie started on Tuesday.
And he’s got the production to back it. He set the Penn State freshman rushing record with 1,076 yards in 2015. He pounded in 18 touchdowns as a sophomore and was named the Big Ten offensive player, then he did it again this past season, even though defenses stacked the box against him.
White, the Bears sensed two and a half years ago, was positioned to become a star in Chicago. He was a freakish athlete with impressive drive. He could become a stick of dynamite in the Bears’ offense. Of course it does. Pro sports, led by the dominant sport of football, is an arena yet to accommodate itself to homosexuality. Michael Sam is not just a hero (and a powerful exponent of his own character and biography, besides).
It about going out there and not talking about it, going out there and doing it.”Capitalizing on turnovers was one of the few things the Raiders did well defensively in 2016 when the team ranked second with 30 overall to help make up for allowing a league worst 6.1 yards per play.But the defense has been only marginally better at stopping opposing offenses, but the inability to take the ball away has made it less effective overall.The hope was Conley and Melifonwu would help in that regard, but they have played just 100 defensive snaps all season.Conley injured his shin during minicamp in June and missed all of training camp before getting into action in Week 2. He made an acrobatic pass breakup on the first pass he faced in Week 2 against the New York Jets, but has been sidelined the past six games by the same shin injury and the Raiders will decide next week whether he be able to return or go on season ending injured reserve.Melifonwu had a lower leg injury in training camp and spent the first eight weeks on injured reserve before coming back last week in a limited role.The Raiders also have spent second day picks on defensive tackles the past two years, but 2016 pick Jihad Ward has been a healthy inactive six times as he has failed to develop as planned and 2017 third rounder Eddie Vanderdoes has just five quarterback pressures, no sacks and seven tackles in nine games.With little interior push, 2016 Defensive Player of the Year Khalil Mack has been less impactful this season and the Raiders are tied for second worst in the league with just 13 sacks.”I am a little surprised we haven been a little more effective with it,” Del Rio said. “We got good pass rushers, we need to have a little tighter coverage so that the quarterback has to hold the ball.”Last year, the offense was able to overcome poor defense on numerous occasions with Carr leading the way to seven fourth quarter comebacks.