Roethlisberger revels in cold-weather games, going 22-7 for his career in temperatures below 32 degrees

He summed up his belief in his ability to make the switch after his first training camp practice in 2015: “It’s the effort and how you go about the task.”

When Pryor made the transition, he went full speed, spending a good part of two summers working with former receiver Randy Moss at his camp in North Carolina. A typical day there, Pryor said, started at 8 a.m. with lifting and cardio work, followed by 2 1/2 hours on the field working on technique and drills. The day concluded with what sounds like a test of endurance; Pryor and the other receivers at the camp ran 10 to 15 80-yard sprints with a 15-second break between each run. The words “80 yards” and “sprint” usually are not correlated.

The second facet of the approach was the mental one. When it was put to Pryor midway through the season that his transition seemed impossible, he merely said: “Nothing is impossible.”

This is a player who will never lack for confidence or belief in himself. That can rub people the wrong way, but it also makes him who he is.

Also, Roethlisberger revels in cold-weather games, going 22-7 for his career in temperatures below 32 degrees.

Game Youth Ty Sambrailo Jersey But there’s one stat that Roethlisberger would no doubt like to redirect: his home-vs.-away production. While averaging 332 yards and nearly three touchdowns per game in his last 16 Heinz Field appearances, he has averaged 279 yards, 1.06 touchdowns and 1.06 interceptions per road game during that 16-game clip.

Recently, Roethlisberger has referenced his ability to control the noise and call a tighter cadence at home. Arrowhead Stadium will not help him in this area.

Roethlisberger plans to combat Arrowhead with speed.

“Tempo,” Roethlisberger told 93.7 The Fan. “The faster we can get to the line of scrimmage, the more time we can communicate and check and make those things happen.”
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Roethlisberger has had a solid season — not his best, but very good. He’ll have at least one chance to punctuate it with a legacy moment.

Matthew Stafford will remain Lions’ starter despite being benched for Dan Orlovsky

Matthew Stafford will remain the Detroit Lions’ starting quarterback despite being benched for backup Dan Orlovsky in Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals, head coach Jim Caldwell said after the loss (via Pro Football Talk). Stafford was having a disastrous game, throwing three interceptions to help dig the Lions into a three-touchdown deficit.

Caldwell reportedly compared his decision to take out Stafford to a baseball manager who knows that his starting pitcher is having an off night. Stafford said that Caldwell told him at halftime that one more interception would result in his benching. His third came on the Lions’ opening possession of the second half.

What happens to the Chiefs this year?

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When prodded with some dismay, Bradshaw clarified:
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“If I had owned the Steelers, hear me loud and clear, he would not be a Steeler. I would’ve gotten rid of him. What he did, in my eyes, is absolutely unacceptable.”
Bradshaw, in fact, has been criticizing Roethlisberger for all sorts of things big and small since he became a Steeler — this moment is the most serious of many..

Twenty-five others already have been fired, which just goes to show most coaches are just being hired to one day be fired

The tumultuous nature of being an NFL coach is best captured by the head coaches hired from 2009 through 2013, a five-year stretch not that long ago.

During that time, the league hired 31 head coaches, and of them, only six remain: Seattle’s Pete Carroll, Dallas’ Jason Garrett, Carolina’s Ron Rivera, Indianapolis’ Chuck Pagano, Kansas City’s Andy Reid and Arizona’s Bruce Arians.

Twenty-five others already have been fired, which just goes to show most coaches are just being hired to one day be fired.

When Houston signed Osweiler in March, it was clear the Texans were looking for a quarterback to help them in the playoffs — especially after the Texans were blown out 30-0 in the wild-card round last year by the Kansas City Chiefs. Though Osweiler did not play as well as the Texans envisioned for most of the season, he did deliver on that playoff expectation.
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Houston has had to rely on its defense all season to keep the Texans in games — and that unit had another great game against the Raiders — but Osweiler played well enough that it wasn’t necessary on Saturday. Though Osweiler slowed down in the second half — as did the Texans’ playcalling — he did enough in the first half to lead them to the victory.

Osweiler’s second-quarter touchdown to wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins was his first passing touchdown at home since Week 8 against the Detroit Lions. The score was set up by a 38-yard pass from Osweiler to Hopkins that took the Texans into the red zone.
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It appeared Wake, 34, was done last season. On Oct. 29, 2015, he tore his left Achilles tendon during a game against the New England Patriots. The rehab process was lengthy and grueling. Many players who suffer the injury wind up retiring. And many who return never regain their pre-injury form. Factor in Wake’s advanced age for a football player, and it was reasonable to think that he finally would be defeated.

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Today is New Year¡¯s Day. That means 2016 is officially over and in the past, and the world has moved on to 2017. That¡¯s good news for Oakland A¡¯s fans, because 2016 sucked for almost every reason imaginable for our baseball team.

The flip of the calendar brings a clean slate and a renewed sense of hope. The flaws and mistakes of yesterday can be addressed, our dreams for the future come one step closer to realization, and most importantly the club is back in a five-way tie for first place.
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It¡¯s Harden¡¯s precocious drive-and-kicks and his ability to shed any other defender in the league if you give him a couple of screens that keeps the offense humming. And it¡¯s his lightning quick lefty jumper that bails the team out when a possession does break down. That doesn¡¯t happen much, though. The Rockets only take 12 percent of their shots on offense with less than seven seconds on the shot clock ¡ª something Mike D¡¯Antoni has directly inspired from his success with the Suns last decade, of course.

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Where has the sanctity of the triple-double gone? The statline is so highly regarded that the official NBA application sends you a push notification every time it happens. They¡¯re sending so many this season, they might have to reconsider. Besides Westbrook and Harden, even rising Bucks rookie Malcolm Brogdon recorded one on Saturday. Whatever the record is for triple-doubles in a season, this year will break it.

Incredibly, much of this run has come without Marshawn Lynch or Jimmy Graham

Incredibly, much of this run has come without Marshawn Lynch or Jimmy Graham.

Four weeks ago, shortly after Baldwin had commented on the evolution-to-come for the Seahawks, Russell Wilson found himself struggling, with a 10-to-7 touchdown-to-interception ratio. Now, four weeks later, it sits at 26-to-7.

The Seahawks have scored 29 points or more in five straight games, another team record, and after starting out the first eight games of the year with just 12 offensive touchdowns, they have 23 in the last five. Doug Baldwin has nine touchdowns in those five games after scoring just 11 in his entire career previously. Rookie Tyler Lockett has emerged as a viable deep threat and has five touchdowns on the year. Jermaine Kearse is contributing. Luke Willson has stepped up to fill in for Graham.

How have the Seahawks so suddenly turned things around?

Well, it starts up front. After being sacked 31 times in their first seven games, Wilson’s only been sacked seven times in the last six, including zero Sunday against the Ravens. It’s amazing what a little bit of time in the pocket can do for a passer like Wilson.

A lot of this could be attributed to the Seahawks’ decision to replace Drew Nowak with Patrick Lewis at the center position. Lewis improved the line’s communication vastly, as Seattle’s coaches have told us, and they’re getting on the same page with their protections.

Here is a look at our rankings of all 32 teams playing this week. That is followed by each writer making a pick, providing some reasoning for the pick, and then providing some alternatives to consider. Best of luck!

I’m riding the hot hand here. The Packers are steam-rolling the competition right now and Detroit doesn’t look like a squad built to go back and forth with a top offense. Seattle should be able to beat the 49ers with their third stringers and I also like Denver beating an Oakland team that will be without Derek Carr.

Prescott dismissed the suggestion that Detroit

Prescott dismissed the suggestion that Detroit — still trying to nail down a bid to the tournament — had far more to play for than the home team did.

“If you’re a competitor,” he said, “you want to win. That’s enough to play for, simple as that.”

He credited his offensive coordinator, offensive line and receivers for making him look good. If the Cowboys quarterback sounded a bit like Tom Brady at the microphone, there’s a reason.
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Surging: Miami’s regular-season finale on Sunday is at home against the Patriots. That meeting offers the Dolphins a chance to show themselves — and the Patriots — that they can play with New England. In Week 2 at Foxborough — before Miami’s offensive line came together and Jay Ajayi emerged — Jimmy Garoppolo, Jacoby Brissett and the Patriots built a 31-3 lead on the Dolphins and held on to win 31-24.

Slipping: Houston’s AFC South rivals had rough outings on Sunday. The Tennessee Titans lost their quarterback, lost a game to the 3-12 Jacksonville Jaguars and lost a potential playoff spot. The Indianapolis Colts were defeated in Oakland and eliminated from postseason contention even before Houston played. The Texans took care of their own business in an ugly game on Saturday night, but they already had received some help in the form of disappointing performances from the two teams behind them.

Authentic Mathew Barzal Jersey Worth noting: The Steelers are a perennial playoff team, but it hasn’t been easy. This is only the second time they’ve won their division since 2010. Their 2014 team was a division champion as well.

The Cardinals defense prepares for the playoffs without its best player

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Per usual, the Jets have one of the better defenses in the league, ranked fifth overall. But the real difference with the Jets in 2015 has been their offensive firepower. They are 10th in yards and 11th in points scored, which is is a far cry from their ineptitude on that side of the ball under Rex Ryan and Mark Sanchez.

Eleven-year NFL veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick has arguably been the best Jets quarterback since — wait for it — Chad Pennington. He’s passed for 3,428 yards this season, which means he’s only 404 yards from surpassing his career high. He’s completed 60.5 percent of his passes and thrown 26 touchdowns as well.

the Pelicans are coming up on another decision in what figures to be a long

That other night would be Dec. 8, when a loss to the 76ers led to Davis grumbling in his greatest display of discontent this season via mostly one-word responses. An injection of reinforcements since has bought the Pelicans some time — even if it’s just another week or two.

“I just let stuff play out until it’s time to really say something, [then] I’ll say it,” he said. “But other than that, I like to see where stuff goes, see how stuff works out. Just ’cause something doesn’t work out one game or two games or whatever, you don’t want to jump the gun. I kind of just see how it goes over a period of time and then make a decision from there.”

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Q: What about the guys in the middle?

A: NBA salaries are a zero-sum game: They get 51 percent of the revenue pie to split up among 450 or so players. So if the guys at the top are getting more, and the guys at the bottom are getting more, it means the middle class might get squeezed. This could be the beginning of a very top-heavy league, where the stars get the lion’s share of the money.
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Q: Are there any other new rules to know about?

A: One you’ll notice is that teams can now have two players who they can keep on their roster while letting them play in the D-League. These players will be on “two-way contracts” that will enable a team to control their rights and call them up to the parent team — sort of like how it works in baseball.

Stephen Jones sat in the stands with the other parents

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Dallas quarterback Tony Romo, who attended several Highland Park games during the season, watched with Jerry Jones in a suite.

Stephen Jones sat in the stands with the other parents, just as he did throughout the six-game playoff run that included games at the Cowboys’ new 12,000-seat indoor practice facility that doubles as a home field for schools in the suburb of Frisco, 30 miles north of Dallas.

“He’s been by my side each step of this whole thing since spring,” the younger Jones, a junior, said of his dad. “My freshman year, when I got hurt last year, he’s been giving me advice, cheering me on with my mom. It’s been awesome.”
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Temple (12-4) went ahead 7-0 on a 38-yard run by Jemiyah Franklin, followed by a 16-play drive from its 8-yard line to the Highland Park 22. The march ended on a failed fourth-down pass as Temple dropped to 2-7 in title games in its second appearance in three seasons.

The great unknown is just how mobile Rodgers will be, especially as the game progresses. Given that he is such a threat on the ground with his ability to escape pressure and extend plays when healthy, one has to wonder how this latest injury will impact his overall productivity.

The Packers appear to be obtaining insurance for Rodgers, which hints at their level of concern. On Saturday they elevated quarterback Joe Callahan from the practice squad, something ESPN’s Bob Holtzman said to watch for earlier in the week based on past practices.

Then there’s the weather. Holtzman noted Rodgers once told him he struggles with his leg muscles tightening up when the weather is extremely cold — and that is precisely what is expected on Sunday.

If weather projections prove accurate (zero degrees Fahrenheit or slightly below), this will be the coldest temperature at kickoff in Chicago’s football history. Soft tissue injuries are common in extreme cold, increasing the risk for reinjury. Ground surfaces can be slick in extreme cold, which can be more problematic for someone with a lower-extremity ailment. Oh, and it’s supposed to be windy. Quarterbacks don’t love throwing in the wind.

Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley is treating Le’Veon Bell

Wiz Khalifa’s “We Dem Boyz” blasted in the Seattle Seahawks locker room Thursday night following the team’s 24-3 win against the Rams.

Players put on navy T-shirts that read ‘Hold down the west’ and posed for pictures to celebrate their division-clinching victory.
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Pete Carroll’s squad is going back to the playoffs for the fifth straight year, and the Seahawks are NFC West champs for the third time in four seasons.

Carroll was asked afterward about the path this specific team has taken.

“It has been strange,” Carroll said. “It’s been different than any of the other years that we’ve had.”

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Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley is treating Le’Veon Bell, who is garnering darkhorse MVP consideration, like the workhorse that he is.
Here’s what Pittsburgh’s game plan likely will be, according to sources around the league: The Steelers are expected to use the $12.377 million franchise tag on Bell, restricting his ability to go to another team, while trying to hammer out a long-term extension in the offseason. This would provide the Steelers with the protection they would need for a player who is as good as any in the game, but who has been suspended twice and is one strike away from a 10-game suspension.

There have been and will be no contract discussions until the offseason, as the Steelers’ long-standing policy is to not do in-season extensions. Until then, Bell will continue piling up numbers that will impact how much he receives.

Bell has 1,616 yards from scrimmage, the second most in a player’s first 10 games of a season (Jim Brown had 1,704 for the Cleveland Browns in his first 10 games in 1963). Bell is coming off a game in which he became only the second player in NFL history to have at least 225 rushing yards, three rushing touchdowns and at least 50 receiving yards in the same game, joining Brown again (November 1961).