NFL Championship – Vikings Shop NFL http://vikingsshopnfl.com/ Mon, 21 Nov 2022 11:06:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://vikingsshopnfl.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-2.png NFL Championship – Vikings Shop NFL http://vikingsshopnfl.com/ 32 32 St. John’s edges out DeMatha for WCAC Soccer Championship https://vikingsshopnfl.com/st-johns-edges-out-dematha-for-wcac-soccer-championship/ Mon, 21 Nov 2022 05:40:00 +0000 https://vikingsshopnfl.com/st-johns-edges-out-dematha-for-wcac-soccer-championship/ Comment this story Comment Late in Sunday night’s Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship game, St. John’s wide receiver Asa Gregg ran with his defender to the right side of the end zone and saw the ball hover in his direction. Gregg and DeMatha’s second-year defensive back Jacob Wallace grabbed the ball simultaneously, but someone had […]]]>

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Late in Sunday night’s Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship game, St. John’s wide receiver Asa Gregg ran with his defender to the right side of the end zone and saw the ball hover in his direction. Gregg and DeMatha’s second-year defensive back Jacob Wallace grabbed the ball simultaneously, but someone had to secure it.

“Senior year – had to go get it,” Gregg said. “I can’t leave without a ring.”

Gregg won the fight, and after the officials debated for a few moments, they raised their arms to signal a touchdown. Gregg broke into a dance, after helping give St. John’s a 7-3 win at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium for back-to-back Capital Division championships and DC Power’s 13th title.

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St. John’s (8-4) entered the year with high expectations after going 11-0 last season, which included a WCAC Championship win over Good Counsel. But as injuries mounted, the Cadets lost three games in October.

After their final loss, which ended in 24 points at Good Counsel on Oct. 28, the St. John’s players realized they had talent — they have about a dozen Division I prospects — but they hadn’t won a victory.

St. John’s picked up that victory against rival Gonzaga on November 5. The 11th of November, the cadets beat Good Counsel, 14-10, in the WCAC semifinals by stopping the Falcons at the 7-yard line with 75 seconds left.

On Sunday, DeMatha defensive back Tawfiq Byard intercepted a pass on the fourth play of the game to set up junior Jackson Peterson’s 21-yard field goal. DeMatha (10-2) entered Sunday WCAC play undefeated and allowed about five points per game, and the Stags shut down St. John’s for most of that night. But with 8:25 to go, the cadets got the ball back near midfield after blocking a punt.

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St. John’s drove to the 11-yard line, where quarterback Myles Slade noticed the Stags were playing man-to-man defense and believed Gregg could play. The duo have trained together often over the past three years, visiting the fields at RFK campus during the pandemic or meeting at North Point High in Waldorf.

After Gregg grabbed the ball with 1:46 remaining, the few seconds he waited for the officials to render a decision felt like an eternity. When he saw the touchdown call, “all the emotions came in,” he said.

Slade, who received a scholarship offer from the Navy this month, did not know until last week that he would be in such a crucial situation. After getting the starting job, the senior said he suffered an AC joint strain on October 1. He returned on October 28 – then suffered a concussion before testing positive for coronavirus two days later. Although he sat out for the first practice on Sunday after missing practice for the past few weeks, Slade came through in the final minutes.

“I know the competitive nature of St. John’s and the great athletes that come out of St. John’s,” Slade said. “I wanted to be one of the great athletes to come out.”

A 17-14 loss to DeMatha on October 22 had caused a lot of heartache for St. John’s: the Stags tackled running back Da’Jaun Riggs at the 3-yard line as time expired. With 52 seconds left to play on Sunday, St. John’s defensive back Trent Brown caught an interception to forge a celebratory scene that has become commonplace. for cadets at the end of November.

“You look at your hands, and you see the ball, and you don’t even realize what you’ve done,” he said. “It’s unreal.”

Carroll is finally on top

Junior Nasir Smith carried Archbishop Carroll to a 46-28 win over Paul VI in Sunday’s WCAC Metro Division Finals in Annapolis.

With 3:27 to go, Smith rushed for a nine-yard touchdown and converted a two-run attempt to give Carroll (10-2) a 32-28 lead. Eighteen seconds later, he intercepted Paul VI (9-3) while playing linebacker. With 2:23 to go, Smith ran for a 15-yard touchdown that put Carroll ahead 39-28.

The private DC school won its 14th championship, the second in WCAC history, but the first since 1988.

“Guys just dug in and said, hey, we weren’t playing Carroll football in the first half, and we had to,” coach Robert Harris said. “We ran the ball, we played off the run, and that was Carroll football. Those things started working, and the defense got it back, and the rest is history.

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Djokovic defeats Tsitsipas for the 9th consecutive time at the ATP Finals https://vikingsshopnfl.com/djokovic-defeats-tsitsipas-for-the-9th-consecutive-time-at-the-atp-finals/ Tue, 15 Nov 2022 04:41:00 +0000 https://vikingsshopnfl.com/djokovic-defeats-tsitsipas-for-the-9th-consecutive-time-at-the-atp-finals/ MILAN — American Brandon Nakashima stayed perfect in Milan as he won the Next Gen ATP Finals on Saturday with his second straight-sets win over Jiří Lehečka this week. Nakashima took just 80 minutes to win 4-3(5), 4-3(6), 4-2, winning the title on the first of three championship points when Lehečka sent a long forehand. […]]]>

MILAN — American Brandon Nakashima stayed perfect in Milan as he won the Next Gen ATP Finals on Saturday with his second straight-sets win over Jiří Lehečka this week.

Nakashima took just 80 minutes to win 4-3(5), 4-3(6), 4-2, winning the title on the first of three championship points when Lehečka sent a long forehand.

Nakashima, seeded fourth, has won all five of his matches at the year-end tournament for players 21 and under, including a straight-sets win over Lehečka in the group stage.

“It’s been a great season for me. I definitely learned a lot in every game, in every tournament,” said Nakashima, who won his first ATP title in his hometown of San Diego in September.

“Of course at the beginning of the year I had goals, winning my first ATP title and being able to do it in San Diego was super special. To end the year here with the Next Gen title is super special. I think the whole year for me has been very consistent.

Nakashima had to recover from a 3-1 loss in the opener and also faced two set points in the second set tiebreaker.

“I think in those pressure situations it all comes down to your mental game,” he said. “It’s about staying calm in those times, of course there will be some nerves sometimes, but you just try to manage as best you can.

“I think in those pressure situations I’m pretty good this year.”

Lehečka was looking for revenge as well as the title and broke Nakashima’s serve in the very first match. But Nakashima turned back in the sixth game to bring the set to a tiebreaker, where the American took a 5-0 lead and went on to win the set.

Lehečka threatened to start the second set the same way, but Nakashima managed to save two break points early on.

Indeed, the next break of serve was to prove to be the most important as it came in the final match of the tournament.

“It was a tough game. Brandon was playing really good tennis this week,” Lehečka said. “He deserved to win, he was playing the best tennis in everyone here.

“I’m sad that I didn’t take at least one set today, I was a break in the first, I had two set points in the second, so it’s kind of unlucky… He was more solid in crucial moments, that’s how I would explain today’s defeat.

It was Nakashima’s second appearance at the Next Gen Finals, having lost to fellow countryman Sebastian Korda in the semi-finals last year.

This is the fifth edition of the Next Gen ATP Finals, which featured shorter first-to-four-game series and other experimental format changes. The new rules included no changes after the first game of each set and only one sit-down per set after three games; a service clock of 15 seconds after aces, double faults and unreturned serves; and coaching during an opponent’s medical time-out or bathroom break.

Current No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz won last year’s edition.

“This tournament is great. I think it’s great that all the up-and-coming young players come together and compete in a nice and fun format,” Nakashima said. “I think it exposes the younger generation really well, so I think that it is an excellent springboard for the ATP circuit.

“To be on this list with all the former champions I think is a great achievement and we just have to keep working hard and looking forward to next year.”

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Josh Allen injury impact: Top 3 ways Bills offense will change if Case Keenum starts at quarterback https://vikingsshopnfl.com/josh-allen-injury-impact-top-3-ways-bills-offense-will-change-if-case-keenum-starts-at-quarterback/ Fri, 11 Nov 2022 22:10:00 +0000 https://vikingsshopnfl.com/josh-allen-injury-impact-top-3-ways-bills-offense-will-change-if-case-keenum-starts-at-quarterback/ Invoices quarterback Josh Allen missed practice Thursday and had a limited session Friday as he treats a right elbow injury to the ulnar collateral ligament and related nerves. He is listed as doubtful for Week 10, and veteran substitute Case Keenum would start on Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings if he is unable to go. […]]]>

Invoices quarterback Josh Allen missed practice Thursday and had a limited session Friday as he treats a right elbow injury to the ulnar collateral ligament and related nerves. He is listed as doubtful for Week 10, and veteran substitute Case Keenum would start on Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings if he is unable to go.

There is no replacement for Allen if he misses a time frame. He’s been the MVP favorite for most of the season and embodies the phrase “one man band” better than anyone in the league right now. He leads the Bills in rushing and has the fifth-most yards (passing and rushing) by any player in eight games since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970. He is the source of 23 of the Bills’ 25 touchdowns this season, the highest rate (92%) in the NFL.

Below is a look at the total yards (passing and rushing) in eight games – since 1970.

Bills head coach Sean McDermott has seen the best and worst of backup quarterback situations, and luckily Case Keenum is a little more Jeff Garcia and a lot less Nathan Peterman. When Donovan McNabb was injured in 2006 with McDermott as Eagles‘ defensive coordinator, Garcia took over and Philadelphia won its last five games to qualify for the playoffs. A little different from 2017, when Peterman threw five first-half picks in his first career start. A year later, when Allen missed the only five games of his career, Buffalo started three different quarterbacks (Peterman, Derek Anderson, Matt Barkley) and went 1-4.

There’s reason Bills Mafia is confident that Keenum could keep the seat warm for Allen. It would be the best supporting cast Keenum has played with since 2017 with the Vikings, when Minnesota had capable wide receivers and No. 1 scoring defense, just like this Buffalo team. Keenum went 11-3 that season, finished seventh in passer ratings, and helped lead Minnesota to the NFC Championship. He can hold down the fort, but he can’t get within close range of Josh Allen.

Here are the three biggest changes you can expect:

1. Trade the long game for an intermediate action

Don’t expect a re-enactment of the Minneapolis Miracle, though Keenum would reunite with Stefon Diggs and take on his old team. Keenum hasn’t had a single completion for more than 20 yards on the ground in two starts with the Browns last season. This ball thrown to an open Odell Beckham Jr. on a double movement shows its limits:

Allen is 14 of 24 for 618 yards and six touchdowns on throws over 25 yards this season — all league-best marks. He can make throws that only a small handful of people in the world can, like the seed he threw into the smallest of windows at Dawson Knox for the game-winning touchdown against Kansas City earlier this year.

Keenum should be useful in the middle passing game. He ranks above the league average in completion percentage on throws from 11-20 yards since 2017, and below average on short and deep throws.

Less than 10 aerial meters

70%

71%

11-20 aerial meters

61%

55%

21+ airyards

32%

35%

This touchdown pass to Jarvis Landry last year is a good example of game design that works for Keenum – play action with a deep cross that he hits in stride for a score:

2. Conservative on third try

The Bills could miss Allen the most on third down. Buffalo leads the NFL in third-down conversion rate (52%) this year and has the third-best third-and-long rate (38%).

We know Keenum won’t crush defenders on crucial downs like Allen, who is tied for second on third down conversions this season. Allen has also embraced the gunslinger mentality on third down, where he has the longest average passing length in those situations this season (minimum 50 attempts).

Allen has a 127.0 passer rating on third down passes to first down scorer this season. Keenum has a 66.0 rating in those situations since 2017, one of the worst ratings in the NFL.

That could mean more action for Bills punter Sam Martin. Buffalo has 15 punts this year, the fewest in the NFL, a stat I’m sure they use as a badge of honor.

3. No improvement

Buffalo also won’t be able to rely on Allen’s improvisational skills to make big plays. Allen leads the NFL with 9.0 yards per attempt when under pressure this season. He has a better passer rating when under pressure (96.0) than Tom Brady on all plays (90.5).

His runaway deep ball to Diggs in Week 1 is a pitch Keenum doesn’t have in the arsenal:

One thing Keenum will have at his disposal is the aforementioned Diggs. Keenum actually has similar numbers to Diggs in his career as Allen. And Keenum was pitching at Diggs before he became a superstar and was Adam Thielen’s No. 2 option at Minnesota.

Percentage complete

70%

68%

Yards Per Attempt

8.8

9.0

Passer ranking

109.2

115.0

It would be easy to assume Buffalo will go more ground game without Allen, but I’m not so sure. The Bills have one of the worst running blocking units in football and they rank fourth in the Rush EPA this year. The Bills are throwing one of the highest rates in the league and sometimes a check pass is like a run. That’s why Buffalo traded for Nyheim Hines, who could get more involved.

Either way, let’s hope Allen can play despite an injury that could threaten an MVP campaign and Super Bowl run. Football wouldn’t be as fun without him.

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What would the expanded 12-team college football playoff field look like this week? https://vikingsshopnfl.com/what-would-the-expanded-12-team-college-football-playoff-field-look-like-this-week/ Wed, 09 Nov 2022 00:49:59 +0000 https://vikingsshopnfl.com/what-would-the-expanded-12-team-college-football-playoff-field-look-like-this-week/ Although not officially finalized, the expanded 12-team College Football Playoffs are scheduled to debut with the 2024 season. Each week for the remainder of the season, Athleticism will test the proposed format using the latest ranking of the top 25 from the CFP committee. Here is how the slice would be seeded and the site […]]]>

Although not officially finalized, the expanded 12-team College Football Playoffs are scheduled to debut with the 2024 season. Each week for the remainder of the season, Athleticism will test the proposed format using the latest ranking of the top 25 from the CFP committee.

Here is how the slice would be seeded and the site locations determined using the Ranking of November 8 and a 2024-25 calendar. Note the Orange and Cotton Bowls were previously scheduled to host the 2024-25 semifinals and Atlanta was selected as the national championship game.

Four seeds (byes in the first round):

  1. Georgia (SEC champ)
  2. ohio state (Big Ten Champion)
  3. TOS (Big 12 Champion)
  4. Oregon (Pac-12 Champion)

Under the advice of the CFP approved model, the top four seeds will be reserved for the four highest-ranked conference champions. For our purposes, we designate the highest-ranked team from each conference as its champion. That means No. 1 Georgia (SEC), No. 2 Ohio State (Big Ten), No. 4 TCU (Big 12) and No. 6 Oregon (Pac-12) would get a pass for the quarter-finals.

No. 5-12 seeds:

5. Michigan (in general)
6. Tennessee (in general)
seven. USL (in general)
8. USC (in general)
9. Alabama (in general)
ten. Clemson (ACC champ)
11. Ole Miss (in general)
12. Tulane (ACA Champion)

Under the same model, the six highest-ranked conference champions are guaranteed spots with the six highest-ranked overall teams. If the season ended today, the fifth- and sixth-ranked conference champions would be No. 10 Clemson (ACC) and No. 17 Tulane (AAC).

The remaining six top-ranked teams would join them: No. 3 Michigan, No. 5 Tennessee, No. 7 LSU, No. 8 USC, No. 9 Alabama and No. 11 Ole Miss.

The CFP calendar

All times Eastern.

First round

Fri. December 13

  • No. 10 Clemson at No. 7 LSU, 7:30 p.m.

Sat. December 14

  • No. 12 Tulane at No. 5 Michigan, noon
  • No. 11 Ole Miss at No. 6 Tennessee, 4 p.m.
  • No. 9 Alabama at No. 8 USC, 8 p.m.

The four first-round matches will be played at the No. 5-8 seeded campuses during the third weekend of December. Which games are placed in which slots would likely be determined by ESPN, with USC-Alabama the obvious selection in Saturday prime time. And you know LSU would love to host Clemson in a Friday night game.

Quarter-finals

Tue. December 31

  • Peach Bowl: Winner No. 4 Oregon vs. Michigan-Tulane, 7:30 p.m.

Marry. January 1st

  • Fiesta Bowl: No. 3 TCU vs. Tennessee-Ole Miss winner, 1 p.m.
  • Rose Bowl: No. 2 Ohio State vs. LSU-Clemson winner, 5 p.m.
  • Sugar Bowl: Georgia No. 1 winner vs. USC-Alabama, 8:45 p.m.

The current six New Year’s Bowls are expected to rotate through hosting the quarter-finals and semi-finals, with the goal of playing most of the quarter-finals on New Year’s Day. And the CFP board said in their announcement that the top four seeds will be awarded “taking into account current contractual relationships”.

Using those metrics, No. 1 Georgia would go to the SEC Contract Bowl, the Sugar Bowl, and No. 2 Ohio State to the Rose Bowl as the Big Ten champion. The Peach and Fiesta Bowls don’t have conference partners, but No. 3 TCU would likely have preference over No. 4 Oregon. Placing the Frogs in the Peach Bowl would put them at a disadvantage against a lower-ranked SEC foe, so TCU gets the Fiesta and Oregon the fishing.

Semi-finals

Thu, January 9

  • Cotton Bowl: No. 2 Ohio State/No. 7 UGB/No. 10 Clemson vs. No. 3 TCU/No. 6 Tennessee/No. 11 Ole Miss, 7:30 p.m.

Fri. January 10

  • Orange Bowl: #1 Georgia/#1. 8 USC/No. 9 Alabama vs. No. 4 Oregon / No. 5 Michigan/No. 12 Tulane, 7:30 p.m.

The commissioners have not officially set the dates for the semi-finals, but they should take place at least a week after the quarter-finals, and the CFP would avoid scheduling them in front of the NFLWild Card Weekend (January 11-13). This probably means placing one Thursday night and the other Friday night.

The announcement from the CFP board of directors stated that “the top seeds would receive preferential placement in the playoff semifinals.” It would depend on which teams win their quarter-finals, but if No. 1 Georgia advances, Miami is closer than Arlington.

Mon. January 20

  • National Championship game in Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.

The title game is set to remain on Monday night as the NFL Divisional Round has a stranglehold on potential weekend dates. The CFP had already chosen Atlanta as the site for the 2025 national championship game, and it is expected to stay that way even though the game will likely be played two weeks later than scheduled.

And here’s how we expect the tournament to play out in the quarter-finals and beyond:

  • Alabama’s No. 9 beats USC’s No. 8
  • Michigan’s No. 5 beats Tulane’s No. 12
  • Tennessee’s No. 6 defeats No. 11 Ole Miss
  • No. 7 LSU beats No. 10 Clemson
  • #1 Georgia beats #9 Alabama
  • No. 5 Michigan beats No. 4 Oregon
  • No. 6 Tennessee defeats No. 3 TCU
  • No. 2 Ohio State defeats No. 7 LSU
  • Georgia, No. 1, Michigan, Michigan, No. 5
  • No. 6 Tennessee beats No. 2 Ohio State
  • Georgia, No. 1, Tennessee, No. 6

Check out last week field here.

(Top photo: Steve Limentani/ISI Photos/Getty Images)

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Defending college football champion Georgia defeats top-ranked Tennessee https://vikingsshopnfl.com/defending-college-football-champion-georgia-defeats-top-ranked-tennessee/ Sun, 06 Nov 2022 03:26:28 +0000 https://vikingsshopnfl.com/defending-college-football-champion-georgia-defeats-top-ranked-tennessee/ By Kevin Dotson, CNN In what was billed as college football’s game of the year, the defending national champion Georgia Bulldogs knocked down the Tennessee Volunteers at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia on Saturday. The Volunteers had debuted at No. 1 in the first college football playoff standings of the season, but were defeated by […]]]>

By Kevin Dotson, CNN

In what was billed as college football’s game of the year, the defending national champion Georgia Bulldogs knocked down the Tennessee Volunteers at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia on Saturday.

The Volunteers had debuted at No. 1 in the first college football playoff standings of the season, but were defeated by the Bulldogs 27-13.

Both teams entered the game with perfect 8-0 records, the Bulldogs ranked No. 1 in the AP poll with the Vols tied for second, marking only the third regular season meeting in History of the SEC between a team ranked No. 1 and No. 2.

Demand to watch the game was high, with the last remaining tickets fetching more than $600, according to TickPick.

In front of more than 90,000 fans, the Bulldogs showed that they are still the team to beat in college football.

Georgia won convincingly, dominating every facet of the game. The Bulldogs’ strong defense kept Tennessee out of the end zone until there were less than five minutes left in the game.

The win puts undefeated Georgia on the fast track to the Southeastern Conference Championship Game with a clear path to the College Football Playoffs, where the Dawgs hope to defend their title.

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CNN’s Susannah Cullinane contributed to this report.

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Kick Time, broadcast set for Temple Matchup https://vikingsshopnfl.com/kick-time-broadcast-set-for-temple-matchup/ Mon, 31 Oct 2022 15:35:42 +0000 https://vikingsshopnfl.com/kick-time-broadcast-set-for-temple-matchup/ Soccer 31/10/2022 10:28:00 Cougars, Owls meet at 2 p.m. on ESPN+ from TDECU Stadium History links HOUSTON– The University of Houston football game against Temple, scheduled for 2 p.m. CT on Saturday, Nov. 12, will air on […]]]>





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HOUSTON– The University of Houston football game against Temple, scheduled for 2 p.m. CT on Saturday, Nov. 12, will air on ESPN+, the American Athletic Conference announced Monday.

Houston and Temple meet for the ninth time. Houston leads the all-time series 7-1, including a 3-1 mark at Houston. The Cougars are 5-1 against Temple as part of the American Athletic Conference, highlighted by a 24-13 win in the inaugural U.S. Championship game on Dec. 5, 2015.

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Baltimore Ravens offer reminder of championship formula in Week 8 win https://vikingsshopnfl.com/baltimore-ravens-offer-reminder-of-championship-formula-in-week-8-win/ Fri, 28 Oct 2022 23:48:55 +0000 https://vikingsshopnfl.com/baltimore-ravens-offer-reminder-of-championship-formula-in-week-8-win/ TAMPA, FL – OCTOBER 27: Isaiah Likely #80 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates with Demarcus Robinson … [+] #10 and Lamar Jackson #8 after scoring a touchdown during the third quarter of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on October 27, 2022 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Kevin […]]]>

In the first half of the Baltimore Ravens’ Week 8 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday, their offense had the distinct look of an offense trying to be something it isn’t.

For the past two quarters, the Ravens have gone back to what they do best, and the results have been emphatic.

The Ravens retired in the second half after an anemic first-half performance, earning a 27-22 win to move to 5-3.

It was a turnaround that seemed highly unlikely after the Ravens scored just three runs in the first two quarters, in which Baltimore only ran the ball nine times, an extremely small number for an offense that has succeeded primarily due to the diversity of its running game. in previous years.

The second half saw the Ravens return to that attacking identity, and their performance suggested they can be a legitimate threat to fight in the AFC if they stick to the proven approach that has worked for them. them.

Baltimore reduced the Buccaneers defense with the running game, stretching Tampa Bay horizontally to open up the middle, effectively using the sweeping throw and getting Lamar Jackson out of the pocket and throwing on the move in the passing game.

The Ravens rushed for 206 yards on 24 carries in the second half, while Jackson was eight of eight passing for 94 yards. Baltimore averaged 0.30 extra expected points on rushes against Tampa Bay, according to rbsdm.com, compared to 0.02 EPA per game throwing the ball. Baltimore is second in the NFL in EPA rush per game for this season behind the Cleveland Browns.

It’s long been established that, generally, the passing game is far more effective than the running game, but the Ravens’ offense is at its best when it can manipulate defenses with its diverse running game and threat. zone reading and reading option.

Although Jackson’s considerable ability to throw the ball – he’s a better pocket passer than given credit – should be exploited where possible, a win over the Buccaneers more comfortable than the final score indicated should remind the Ravens that the way they played at Raymond James Stadium is their best formula for success.

Few NFL teams can control the clock and create explosive plays with the running game like the Ravens do. When they make the most of that ability and take advantage of an opponent’s offensive weaknesses, as their pass rush did against Tampa Bay, the Ravens — even in an AFC with two powerhouse teams in the Buffalo Bills and the Kansas City Chiefs – have a recipe for going deep in the playoffs.

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Sakkari in semi-final in Mexico, qualifies for WTA Finals https://vikingsshopnfl.com/sakkari-in-semi-final-in-mexico-qualifies-for-wta-finals/ Sat, 22 Oct 2022 03:52:00 +0000 https://vikingsshopnfl.com/sakkari-in-semi-final-in-mexico-qualifies-for-wta-finals/ GUADALAJARA, Mexico — Sixth-ranked Maria Sakkari beat Veronika Kudermetova 6-1, 5-7, 6-4 on Friday night to advance to the Guadalajara 1000 Open semifinals and clinch a berth in the WTA Finals . Sakkari, seeded fourth, will face the winner of the late match between Marie Bouzkova and Anna Kalinskaya. Sakkari will participate in the WTA […]]]>

GUADALAJARA, Mexico — Sixth-ranked Maria Sakkari beat Veronika Kudermetova 6-1, 5-7, 6-4 on Friday night to advance to the Guadalajara 1000 Open semifinals and clinch a berth in the WTA Finals .

Sakkari, seeded fourth, will face the winner of the late match between Marie Bouzkova and Anna Kalinskaya.

Sakkari will participate in the WTA Finals for the second year in a row. The 27-year-old Greek qualified for the semi-finals in Guadalajara a year ago.

Top-seeded Iga Swiatek and Ons Jabeur secured their spot through their efforts at the US Open, and Jessica Pegula arrived in Mexico after clinching her ticket last week in San Diego.

Other qualifiers include Coco Gauff, Caroline Garcia, Aryna Sabalenka and Daria Kasatkina.

Gauff, who secured her spot with two wins this week, lost to Viktoria Azarenka 7-6(2), 4-6, 6-3.

Azarenka, 33, from Belarus, reached her first semi-final since last October, when she advanced to the final in Indian Wells.

“She’s a young player, but she’s had a lot of experience on the tour already. I love watching Coco play,” Azarenka said. “I believe she’s going to do great things in the sport. feel like she just needs a little more to step forward.

Azarenka, a former No. 1 ranked player in the world, will face third seed Jessica Pegula, who earned a 6-2, 6-2 victory over former US Open champion Sloane Stephens.

With this win, Pegula has 37 WTA 1000 tournament wins, the most since 2021. She broke the tie with Swiatek (36).

“I saw the stat that I have the most wins in the last two years,” said Pegula, who is having a breakthrough season. “It’s great. When I was younger I never thought I could string two wins together, it’s going to be a special stat for the rest of my career.

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Once a Runner – Always a Runner – M Club Revival Announced https://vikingsshopnfl.com/once-a-runner-always-a-runner-m-club-revival-announced/ Wed, 19 Oct 2022 14:08:15 +0000 https://vikingsshopnfl.com/once-a-runner-always-a-runner-m-club-revival-announced/ History links In Murray State’s 100 years of athletics, there are many people who have played, coached or served. Some had been here for decades anothers for a short time. Racer Athletics remains one of the main threads of the Murray State University experience. From the early years of […]]]>

In Murray State’s 100 years of athletics, there are many people who have played, coached or served. Some had been here for decades anothers for a short time.

Racer Athletics remains one of the main threads of the Murray State University experience.

From the early years of Joe Fulks, Pete Gudauskas, trainers Carlisle Cutchin and Roy Stewart, through today and every year in between, the phrase “Once a runner, always a runner”, still rings true.

In an effort to further engage with Murray State Athletics alumni, the M-Club’s revival could not have been timed better as the Racers enter the competitive era of the Missouri Valley Conference.

“Maintaining a meaningful connection with those who make growth possible is vitally important to our athletic department,” the athletic director said. Nico Yantko. “Our past, current and future honorees are a vital part of the continued success of Murray State Athletics and our tradition of excellence. The M-Club provides us with an excellent opportunity to stay connected with our honorees as part of our goal of serving our student-athletes from recruitment to retirement.”

Murray State wants to connect with former student-athletes, former coaches and staff members. Register online for free at GoRacers.com!

For more information about the M-Club, please contact Dave WinderAssociate AD – Communications to dwinder@murraystate.edu

Benefits of M-Club

  • Membership is free.
  • Invitation to all jacket ceremonies and opportunity to participate.
  • Access to the Dennis Jackson Racer Room – pre-game to all home football games.
  • Recognition on the field at homecomings and other designated sporting events.
  • Invitation to other exclusive Racer Athletics events.
  • Regular communication from MSU Athletics about upcoming events and happenings.

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Top NFL Twitter Trolls of Week 6 include Steelers, Jets, Pats https://vikingsshopnfl.com/top-nfl-twitter-trolls-of-week-6-include-steelers-jets-pats/ Mon, 17 Oct 2022 00:00:41 +0000 https://vikingsshopnfl.com/top-nfl-twitter-trolls-of-week-6-include-steelers-jets-pats/ What a time to be a fan of New York (State) football! For the first time ever, the Buffalo Bills, New York Giants and New York Jets all have a six-game winning record. 2 Related Both the Giants and Jets have four upset wins in 2022, marking the first time multiple teams have done so […]]]>

What a time to be a fan of New York (State) football!

For the first time ever, the Buffalo Bills, New York Giants and New York Jets all have a six-game winning record.

Both the Giants and Jets have four upset wins in 2022, marking the first time multiple teams have done so in the same season. It also ties the most upset wins in the first six games of the Super Bowl era.

Read more: NFL Week 6 takeaways: Jets, Giants, Falcons and Steelers score surprise wins

Success on the grill allows social media teams to show off their playbook, and this week’s winners seized the opportunity.

Here’s where the Giants and Jets stand alongside the top NFL social media trolls of the week:

Before the Giants completed their 10-point comeback, Justin Tucker missing a basket looked upset about the day. In the first quarter, Tucker’s 56-yard field goal attempt hit the left post. Prior to this miss, he had made 10 straight field goals from 50+ yards since the 2020 season.

Former New York defensive end Justin Tuck was sidelined and followed fans on Twitter who mistook him for the Ravens kicker.

The New York social account relished the victory that made the team 5-1, their best start in six games since 2009.

The Jets were an underdog in all six games this season, but their win on Sunday tied the Cleveland Browns in 2001 as they became the second Super Bowl-era team to have a winning record in six games despite his underdog status.

Good news for Jets fans: Their team is 3-0 on the road for the first time since 2010, which was the last time the Jets made the playoffs.

The 17-point loss is tied for the Packers’ second-biggest home loss in a game started by Aaron Rodgers. Sauce Gardner apparently enjoyed the trip to Lambeau.

Pittsburgh started on a high note by scoring an opening touchdown for the first time since Week 10 of last season, which tied with the Giants for the longest active streak in the league. Freshman quarterback Kenny Pickett left the game with an injury in the fourth quarter, but the win was still enough to end Tom Brady’s 12-game winning streak against rookie starting quarterbacks.

The Steelers ended another historic streak by beating the Buccaneers for the biggest upset so far this season.

Players on both sides had ties to the opposing team as Andy Dalton faced his former team while former LSU stars Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase returned to Louisiana.

Burrow arrived at the Superdome wearing Chase’s LSU Tigers No. 1 jersey, a nod to the last time they played in the stadium and won a national championship. Burrow’s pre-game fashion statement might have set the tone for his touchdown pass to Chase with less than two minutes left.

Read more: Burrow’s nod to Chase and more fashion statements from Week 6

It was a fitting ending to Burrow and Chase’s “homecoming.”

Chase also gave Miami Dolphins tight end Mike Gesicki some feedback on his grid. The dance was popularized by him and Burrow’s former LSU teammate and current Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson.

To put it lightly, rookie quarterback Bailey Zappe’s first start on the road went pretty well.

Zappe split the ball and five Patriots players had at least four receptions apiece for the first time since Week 8 of 2017 against the Los Angeles Chargers (Rob Gronkowski, Brandin Cooks, Rex Burkhead, James White, Chris Hogan).

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