The Packers shut down Aaron Rodgers and were promptly shut out.

Brett Hundley will allow them to score something in Detroit, but the defense will get ripped for a second time by Matthew Stafford. The Lions take out their NFC North elimination frustrations better at home.

The Texans’ quarterback mess has looked acceptable at times only because of DeAndre Hopkins. Passing game and pass defense limitations have hurt Houston for much of the season. Indianapolis has shown plenty of fight near the end, and it should hold serve here with Jacoby Brissett and T.Y. Hilton staying hot.

Another week, another massive spread in the Patriots’ favor at home. The Jets were competitive for a while against the Saints and Chargers before totally falling apart with Bryce Petty and a defense with holes everywhere. New England keeps it simple by running often to help put Tom Brady in control from the get-go, earning the AFC’s No. 1 seed again in the process.

This is the last chance for Kirk Cousins and Eli Manning to show what value they might have to their current or new teams next season. Cousins is the better QB at the moment, and Washington is the better, more-inspired NFC East also-ran.

I didn’t mean “emerges” literally… If only this were a motion graphic… Photo by Bart Young/NBAE via Getty Images
It took Gary Harris 48 games to put up 72 points. Well, sort of.

In Harris’ rookie season, Harris finally scored his 72nd point in game Baseball Jerseys 48 of the season. Frankly, that’s not even fair, as Harris hadn’t played in 26 of those contests. He also actually had 77 points by the end of that 48th game, a 3.5 average over the 22 games he’d played in. Harris only had 188 points his rookie year, rarely seeing enough minutes to even find a rhythm. His highest scoring game was also his first action of the year, a 13-point outing in game eight he’d match again in game eighty-one. His averages of 13.1 minutes and 3.4 points in 55 games simply told us we didn’t know much about G.

No, we’re not friendly enough for me to call him “G”, though I was lucky Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap to snag an early interview with him a couple seasons back after he started showing some early promise in games. More on that in a second.

The LA Clippers are 3-0 this season against the Los Angeles Lakers.

While the Lakers are banged up, the Clippers finally got Griffin back after a 14-game absence due to a sprained MCL suffered during the last meeting between these two teams on Nov. 27.

“Oh, it was great,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said of having his star back. “The first eight minutes of the game, you couldn’t ask for better basketball. They came out and attacked. What I liked most was Blake just kind of joined in.”

That clinches the season series in favor of the Clippers for the sixth straight season, stretching a run of dominance that has seen the Clippers beat the Lakers 21 out of 23 times since the start of the 2012-2013 season. On Friday night, it was the free throw line that provided the Clippers with a major advantage. While the Lakers made 11-of-16 free throws, Blake Griffin made 11-of-12 on his own, and Lou Williams actually made more free throws by himself (13-of-15) than the entire Lakers team. The Lakers are the only team shooting under 70 percent from the line this season as well (68.9 percent).

The Clippers came out hitting nine of their first 10 shots, while the Lakers missed nine of their first 10 shots. Rivers’ team led by as much as 60-42 in the first half before the Lakers inched within 12.

However, just before the end of the half, Griffin took a long outlet pass from Jordan and flew in for a dunk before getting fouled from behind on the arm by Kuzma. Griffin took a hard spill and Kuzma immediately tried to grab Griffin and let him know he did not intend to deliver a hard foul.

The first transaction under the new regime was the signing of a relatively unknown running back, first-year player Joel Bouagnon out of Northern Illinois. The accompanying post on Twitter included a picture of a smiling Gutekunst next to Bouagnon.

Thompson was notoriously media-shy. Coach Mike McCarthy was often left with the Wholesale MLB Jerseys task of answering questions about high-profile topics that might be more appropriate for a GM, such as when outspoken tight end Martellus Bennett was waived at midseason.

“I don’t think the new GM could do less than Ted did,” team president Mark Murphy joked last week. “There (are) some positives that come from it, but obviously there’s MLB Jerseys Cheap some downsides … Ted saw some of the downside and decided not to be overly involved.”

The Golden State Warriors have already won one finals without Kevin Durant — what if they missed him for another?

“That’s how this business works,” Saban said at the time. “Good coaches move around. They are in demand. That’s how you know they are good coaches. And coaches with a particular pedigree, guys who come from programs that know how to have success, it’s only natural that they move on to other programs that know how to have success. That’s why, especially when you get to my age, there’s a thousand coaches out there and it ends up feeling like we’ve all worked together somewhere at some point. Especially when we are talking about the biggest games on the biggest stages.”

There’s no game or stage bigger than the College Football Playoff, in which Swinney and Clemson are preparing to face Alabama (Monday at 8:45 p.m. ET, ESPN and the ESPN App) for the third consecutive season. And for the third consecutive season, Swinney has spent the days leading up to that matchup being asked about his Alabama ties.

Swinney famously walked on as a Crimson Tide wide receiver in 1990, eventually earning some playing time and winning a national championship ring in 1992 under Gene Stallings. Stallings still serves as Swinney’s mentor. When Swinney was handed the keys to Death Valley as Clemson’s interim head coach in 2008, the Birmingham, Alabama, native pulled out a box of dog-eared three-ring binders packed with notes he had taken to reference if he were ever given the chance to lead a big-time college football program. Most of those notes were drawn from what Stallings taught him during eight years on the coaching staff, with the youngster eagerly gobbling up the wisdom of a Bear Bryant disciple.

It’s likely — hopefully — just a thought experiment. Certainly, the Warriors shed valuable depth when acquiring Durant, infamously, in the summer of 2016. They’re a team that needs Durant, and the competition around them has arguably grown as well.

Still, as the Warriors beat the Houston Rockets, 124-114, on Thursday, all these questions seem relevant. They missed Durant, even though the Rockets were lacking James Harden. (Houston also didn’t have Nene and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute.) It’s not a healthy Rockets team, but this is still probably the largest non-LeBron threat to Golden State this season…and the Warriors passed the test just fine.

It still seems like the Rockets could legitimately pose a threat to the Warriors. In a hypothetical situation where Durant was missing, though, would anyone still doubt Wholesale NFL Jerseys Supply Golden State? It would be, at least, a series that could go either way. It NFL Jerseys Wholesale certainly feels that way.

If Smart sounds a lot like Saban, there’s good reason.

Late in the day on Dec. 20, after his program had signed the No. 1 recruiting class in the inaugural early signing period, an SEC head coach walked the halls of his team’s facility and warned his staff against complacency. There was no time to celebrate, he preached to anyone who would listen, not with a College Football Playoff semifinal game to play in only 12 days.

And, no, it wasn’t Alabama’s Nick Saban, who once complained about how winning a national championship took time away from his team’s recruiting efforts.

“I kept telling everybody, ‘Hey, guys, everybody is congratulating us about this recruiting class and telling us how great we are, but we’re practicing for Oklahoma,'” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said. “Oklahoma isn’t hearing about how great their recruiting class was. They’re getting ready for us. We had coaches running around with cellphones talking to recruits. I told them, ‘Shut it down. Get your [rear] in there and make sure this practice is right, or none of this is going to matter.'”

From 2004 to 2015, Smart spent every season but one as a member of Saban’s coaching staff. Now, in only his second season as Georgia’s coach, Smart has his alma mater two victories from winning its first national championship since 1980.

Over the three games that Victor Oladipo has sat out with knee soreness, the Pacers have been outscored by 14.5 points per 100 possessions while shooting a woeful 34.2 percent on shots taken from between the paint and the three-point line (otherwise known as the zone in which they’ve scored a league-leading 18.2 percent of their points this season).

Adding insult to literal injury is the poor quality of the shots they are generating from mid-range along with the myriad of shortcuts they are taking to get them.

Until the one-man wrecking crew is healthy enough to jump start the suddenly slogging pace, the Pacers can’t afford to bail out the defense of their opponents in the Wholesale NFL Jerseys Free Shipping half-court.

For instance, please take note of the ample time remaining on the shot Wholesale MLB Jerseys clock when Lance Stephenson elected to launch this contested shot off the dribble after he had already spent several ineffectual seconds dancing with Tyus Jones.

Keim’s voice cracked with emotion when he talked about his time with Arians.

West Virginia junior quarterback Will Grier, who had already announced he will return to school for his senior season, did not play in West Virginia’s 30-14 loss to Utah Wholesale NHL Jerseys in the Heart of Dallas Bowl because of a broken finger. UCLA junior Josh Rosen was held out of the Cactus Bowl against Kansas State because of a concussion suffered in UCLA’s 30-27 win over California on Nov. 24.

Freshman Devon Modster started in place of Rosen against the Wildcats, who also had a freshman at quarterback because of a knee injury to senior starter Jesse Ertz. Skylar Thompson made his fourth straight start, though he gave way to sophomore Alex Delton, who ran for 158 yards and three touchdowns in Kansas State’s 35-17 victory over UCLA in the Cactus Bowl.

Rosen has yet to decide whether he will enter the 2018 NFL Draft, but if he does forgo his senior season, he would likely be in contention for the No. 1 overall pick held by the Browns. The 6-4, 218-pound California native threw for 3,756 yards with 26 touchdowns and 10 interceptions this season. He has 9,341 passing yards with 59 touchdowns and 26 picks over three seasons at UCLA. Rosen essentially confirmed Tuesday that he’d rather return to school than play for the Browns, saying he’d rather be a lower pick at the right team than a higher one at the wrong team.

I’ll miss the players, he said. I’ll miss coming out of the locker room and hearing the national anthem, because it still gets me. But somehow, someway, I’m going to still be in touch with the game.

He said the Cardinals had the best owner in the NFL by far” and called general manager Steve Keim his little brother.”

I don’t think there’s any doubt it’s going to be hard to replicate the kind of relationship we all had with Bruce and how special he was to us,” Keim said. There’s no doubt he’ll always hold a special place in my heart.”

The Cardinals tweeted a video of Arians getting a game ball Sunday shortly NFL Jerseys Authentic after his retirement announcement.