Bowles on his frisky Jets: ‘We can be very dangerous’



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A legitimate threat in the AFC playoff race, Jets coach Todd Bowles believes Gang Green can do damage in January — if they get there.

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“If it all comes together, we can be very dangerous,” Bowles said Tuesday, per the New York Post.

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If the season ended today, the upstart Jets would roll into the postseason as a wild-card entry out of the AFC East. New York and the Chiefs currently own the tie-breaker over Pittsburgh after the Jets ripped off three straight wins over the Dolphins, Giants and Titans. Games left against the Cowboys, Patriots and Bills will decide the fate of this intriguing Bowles-led squad.

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“We know we have to win out,” said cornerback Marcus Williams. “Just win that game each week. We are basically in the playoffs right now wholesale jerseys. It’s win or go home. You don’t want to be that team that says, ‘We should have done this.’ We have the right mentality and that comes from coach Bowles — doing it the right way and getting better at the same time.”

Said Williams: “We have guys with a little bit of a chip on their shoulders and those are the guys that are going to give it their all. We have nothing to lose basically. We just have to find that grit and get the job done.”

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Still, it boils down to Bowles, the first-year coach who brought newfound Ben Roethlisberger Jersey #7 accountability and a business-first attitude to a team that floated away under Rex Ryan. These Jets are no joke, showing weekly they can hang with the big boys and potentially stun a higher seed come January. Gang Green is heating up at the ideal time.

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Rivers emotional after possible last game in San Diego



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The afternoon felt like a final goodbye in San Diego.

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It is no secret that the Chargers are one of three teams considering a move to Los Angeles.

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If it was the Chargers’ last game at Qualcomm Stadium, the Bolts exited the venue on top.

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Philip Rivers Jerseys and company put together their best performance of the season to beat the Miami Dolphins Jerseys 30-14. On both sides of the ball the Chargers played with more heart and passion — which was noticeably absent for most of the season. It was evident that this particular game, no matter what the outcome is after the season, was different for the team.

“The atmosphere today was awesome. Shoot, they’re still out there now like we just won a playoff game, and we just got our fourth win. It was a special day,” Rivers said after the win. “If it is the last one — and that’s what I kind of told the guys before the game — they’ve been playing football in this town before any of us were born and there’s people that are going to be at that game today that were coming to games before we were born cheap jerseys. We get to close it out. If it is the end, we get to finish it off. Hopefully, the fans that have seen it over the years and the players that have played in there can be proud today that we at least ended it the right way.”

On the Chargers’ second to last play in victory formation coach Mike McCoy pulled Philip Rivers Jerseys, Antonio Gates Jerseys and Malcom Floyd Jerseys from the game to the tune of a rousing ovation from the crowd. Rivers walked off in tears. All three veterans spent their entire NFL careers in San Diego, a combined 37 years with the franchise.

“It truly is an honor to be a quarterback in the NFL and in a sense when you’re a quarterback of a team in the NFL and you’ve been blessed as much Shaun Suisham Jersey #6 as I have to stay in the same place for 12 years, you become the quarterback of that town in a sense,” an emotional Rivers added after the game.

San Diego fans will now be force to wait until they know the fate wholesale jerseys of their Chargers.

Only time will tell if the Bolts officially make the move roughly two hours north on the Interstate 5. NFL owners are scheduled to vote on the Chargers, Raiders and Rams relocating to Los Angeles on January 12-13 in Houston.

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Injury roundup: LeSean McCoy (knee) ruled out



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The Bills will be without their No. 1 running back Sunday.

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Among those officially ruled out Sunday by Buffalo was running back LeSean McCoy, who is dealing with a knee injury.

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Also ruled out: tight end Charles Clay (on IR with a back injury), linebacker Nigel Bradham Jerseys (ankle) and wideout Marcus Easley Jerseys (knee).

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Rookie Karlos Williams and emerging runner Mike Gillislee will share the workload Sunday against the Jets.

Though their playoff hopes were extinguished a few weeks ago, Rex Ryan would love to help keep his former squad out of the postseason by doing their part and getting a win.

Here Jordan Berry Jersey #4 are other injuries we’ve been tracking on New Year’s Day:

1. The Jaguars will wrap up their season without rooking running back T.J. Yeldon, who was ruled out of Sunday’s finale due to an MCL sprain that’s sidelined him the past two weeks. Coach Gus Bradley announced the news.

2. Panthers running backs Jonathan Stewart Jerseys (foot) and Fozzy Whittaker Jerseys (ankle) have Jordan Berry Jersey #4 been ruled out. Receiver Ted Ginn Jerseys (knee) and safety Kurt Coleman (foot) are doubtful.

3. Wideout Julian Edelman (foot) didn’t travel with the team to Miami, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports. He wasn’t expected to participate in the Patriots’ season finale.

4. The Colts officially ruled out Matt Hasselbeck (shoulder/ribs) to go along with an inactive Andrew Luck at the quarterback position. Coach Chuck Pagano said he didn’t yet know who will start under center against the Titans. The also waived wideout Griff Whalen. He was placed on IR a few weeks back with broken ribs.

5. The Titans have ruled out wideout Kendall Wright (knee) and offensive lineman Taylor Lewan (concussion) for their season finale against the Colts.

6. Jets running back Bilal Powell is questionable for the Jets.

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Dwayne Bowe leads list of top 10 free-agent flops

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Every week in this space, Chris Wesseling will roll out the power rankings for one specific NFL position, attribute or award.

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A few weeks back, we reviewed the best offseason bargains. It’s now time to unveil the companion piece, biggest free-agent flops.

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On to the list:

1. Dwayne Bowe, Cleveland Browns wide receiver: This was an easy call. Even though Bowe had been moving like a tight end for two seasons wholesale jerseys, the Browns opted to hand him $9 million in guarantees. As a result, they’ve been forced to carry a player they would rather release. A healthy scratch most weeks, Bowe has contributed a catch in just one of 10 Browns games this season. If there’s a silver lining, it’s that “only” $2.85 million of his 2016 salary is guaranteed.

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2. Andre Johnson, Indianapolis Colts wide receiver: After recruiting Johnson with a three-year, $21 million offer, coach Chuck Pagano insisted that the 34-year-old receiver was a “dominant guy” and a “force to be reckoned with.” Johnson was supposed to be a major upgrade on an injury-ravaged Reggie Wayne, accelerating Andrew Luck’s development. Instead, Luck has regressed beyond all imagination while Johnson has been outplayed of late by fifth receiver Griff Whalen.

3. DeMarco Murray, Philadelphia Eagles running back: Murray is the poster-child for the perils of building through free agency in the NFL. Chip Kelly conceded this summer that Murray’s extraordinarily heavy 2014 workload was a valid concern going forward, but opted to hand him a five-year, $40 million contract regardless. An investment of that size can’t be allowed to fail, even if it means re-tooling the offense to suit Murray’s strengths after watching him get outplayed by Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles early in the season. Murray is a power runner who struggles to move laterally. The Eagles should have realized he was a poor fit for their spread attack cheap jerseys.

4. Brandon Browner, New Orleans Saints cornerback: Signed to a three-year, $15 million contract two days after the Patriots declined his 2015 option, Browner has been an unmitigated disaster in a historically bad Saints secondary. A pass interference call waiting to happen, Browner has been charged with an astounding 16 penalties this season. As if that wasn’t distressing enough, he opted to take a head-scratching cheap shot at Redskins guard Spencer Long rather than attempting to tackle ball-carrier Matt Jones last week.

5. Antonio Cromartie Jerseys, New York Jets cornerback: The Cardinals had the right idea, landing Cromartie at the bargain rate of $3.25 million on a one-year contract in 2014. The Jets got hornswoggled, throwing $32 million over four years at the Landry Jones Jersey #3 31-year-old cornerback after a bounce-back season in Arizona. Cromartie has been one of the NFL’s least effective corners this season, allowing six touchdowns and a passer rating of 135.3, per Pro Football Focus. The Jets have surrendered 1,227 passing yards over the past four games, more than any four-game stretch with last year’s patchwork secondary.

6. Percy Harvin, Buffalo Bills wide receiver: The Bills received 249 yards and one touchdown over five games for their one-year, $6 million investment in Harvin, who was so frustrated with a chronically injured hip that he has considered retirement at age 27. In exchange for the $31.5 million he has collected from the Seahawks, Jets and Bills over the past three years, Harvin has delivered a grand total of five touchdowns.

7. Torrey Smith Jerseys, San Francisco 49ers wide receiver: How many parties have been aggrieved by Smith’s defection to San Francisco for $40 million over five years? The Ravens have desperately missed Smith’s speed and playmaking ability whereas Smith’s field-stretching skills have gone to waste at the wrong end of Colin Kaepernick’s scattershot arm. At least 50 receivers and tight ends have produced more plays of 20+ yards than Smith this season.

8. Byron Maxwell, Philadelphia Eagles cornerback: Speaking of signings that have gone wrong for both teams, the next two players on this list were essentially swapped for each other. The Eagles “upgraded” from Cary Williams to Maxwell, shelling out $63 million in the process. Brought onboard to neutralize No. 1 receivers, Maxwell has been toasted by Julio Jones Jerseys, Brandon Marshall and Odell Beckham this season.

9. Cary Williams, Seattle Seahawks cornerback: Given $7 million upfront on a three-year, $18 million contract, Williams was signed to replace Maxwell opposite Richard Sherman while stabilizing the celebrated Legion of Boom secondary. So much for that plan. The Seahawks allowed as many points in their Week 10 loss to the Cardinals as they allowed in their final six regular-season games combined last season.

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10. Greg Hardy Jerseys, Dallas Cowboys defensive end: America loves a redemption story. As we understand the process, second chances are granted to those who show true remorse, contrition and a sober-minded reevaluation of the harmful decisions that have left them at a crossroads in their lives.

Granted a second chance despite thumbing his nose at that all-important contrition phase, Hardy has rewarded the Cowboys with a rap video heavy on strippers and guns, eyebrow-raising comments about Tom Brady’s wife, a shoving match with the special teams coach, multiple tardy or missed appearances at team meetings and a sideline flare-up with teammate Demarcus Lawrence in Week 10.

The Cowboys have lost five consecutive game since Hardy’s suspension lapsed in Week 5. They can accomplish that much without a continually divisive force undermining the efforts of everyone else in the building.

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