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InläggPostat: 2018-11-27 03:20:42    Rubrik: The "snap infraction " that doomed Dallas to a 20- Svara med citat

oss at Washington capped a wild Week 7 that began with Von Miller's kept promise to kick some Cardinals booty. It also included a flexed flop in Kansas City , a gamble that backfired in London, and Doug Pederson's proclamation that the pressure is off his slumping Super Bowl champs .The biggest call of the weekend came when a Redskins lineman moved early as Cowboys kicker Brett Maher lined up for a tying 47-yard field goal in the final minute. The flag was on Dallas long snapper L.P. Ladoceur, who tilted the ball before the snap."Exact same things I've been doing for 14 years," Ladoceur said.He's not alone. Long snappers routinely move the ball like Ladoceur did just before they snap it, and a flag is hardly ever thrown.Instead of getting 5 yards closer, the Cowboys were backed up 5 yards, which mattered when Maher's 52-yarder clanked off the left upright, leaving the Redskins (4-2) atop the topsy-turvy NFC East instead of the Cowboys (3-4).While fans across the country were wondering what the heck a "snap infraction" was, the NFL tweeted a video about the rule — but didn't say whether it was the correct call: "The illegal ball movement by the center in #DALvsWAS causes the defense to come across the neutral zone and contact a lineman."Players and coaches in both locker rooms were stumped by the uncommon call by referee John Hussey's crew at such a crucial moment."This was a terrible call," NBC analyst Tony Dungy declared. "An illegal snap has to be an abrupt movement or something unusual. The Dallas center does neither one of those. It's not abrupt nor is it unusual."NBC showed side-by-side views of Ladoceur's movement on the play that was whistled and the do-over and they looked identical. No flag was thrown on the second snap."That is his normal motion," Dungy argued. "He did it in the snap before that. The next snap he does the exact same thing."LONDON CALLINGAnother debatable call with huge implications was Titans coach Mike Vrabel's decision to go for 2 — and then to throw the ball from the 1 after a flag for defensive holding on the first conversion pass — instead of going for the tie and playing for overtime in Tennessee's 20-19 loss to the Chargers in London."I'm not going to second-guess the call," Vrabel said after Marcus Mariota's pass to Taywan Taylor in traffic was tipped away by safety Adrian Phillips."I love the call, everyone in this locker room loved the call Youth Byron Jones Jersey ," Titans wide receiver Tajae Sharpe said. "We wanted to be aggressive no matter what, and that's what we did. Unfortunately, it just didn't go our way."The Titans (3-4) had the momentum, having rallied from an 11-point second-half deficit.Going for the win is a mantra, repeated most recently by Colts coach Frank Reich after a Week 4 loss, but maybe it's time NFL players, coaches and fans learn to look at ties like the NHL does.Of the six most recent ties prior to this season, half of them had direct playoff implications, including the 13-13 deadlock between the Eagles and Bengals in 2008 in which Donovan McNabb famously admitted he didn't know a tie was even a thing.At 9-6-1, the Eagles edged the Cowboys, Bears and Buccaneers — all 9-7 — for the final NFC wild-card spot that season.EASYGOING EAGLESThe Eagles are the latest team to realize how uneasy the head is that wears the crown.On a day dominated by Eric Reid and Malcom Jenkins turning the fight for racial and social justice into a skirmish on the field, the Eagles' 21-17 loss to the Panthers dropped Philadelphia to 3-4 a year after going 16-3.Pederson said he told his team, "Hey Cheap Demarcus Lawrence Jersey , pressure's off of us. Nobody on the outside world is giving us a chance to do much of anything and the pressure's off, so we can go play, have fun and just relax."BRONCOS KICKING BOOTYWeek 7 kicked off with a butt-kicking just like Miller promised as the Broncos snapped a four-game skid with a 45-10 thrashing of the Cardinals on Thursday night.Miller, who had two strip sacks, acknowledged his message was really directed as his teammates."It was a smart thing because we can't make him a liar," Denver nose tackle Shelby Harris said Monday. "It just set the tone for the whole week. We said we were going to do it, and so we got to go out there and do it. Because if we don't, we're a bunch of liars."DENVER DE JA VUAs he did in Denver last year, Mike McCoy stubbornly spread out his formation with a patchwork O-line that couldn't keep pass rushers off his young QB. He paid the price with a midseason firing for the second straight year, and his third pink slip in less than two years.The Cardinals canned McCoy after what rookie head coach Steve Wilks called an "embarrassing" outing against the Broncos and the offense's putrid performance over seven games.Wilks might regret Cardinals coaches leaving rookie QB Josh Rosen in the game until the end while the Broncos were fulfilling their pledge to whoop the Cardinals and teeing off on bewildered tackles. Rosen was injured on his final play, limping off with a sprained toe on his left foot.FLEX FLOPBengals-Chiefs seemed like a worthy choice for the NFL's first flexed game this season. A pair of first-place teams. Juicy plot lines with high-powered offenses in this year of skyrocketing scores. Deficient defenses.It had all the makings of another shootout like the Chiefs and Patriots one week earlier.Instead, it was another blowout, the league's second consecutive 45-10 shellacking in prime time as Andy Dalton Youth Jaylon Smith Jersey , A.J. Green and Marvin Lewis didn't do anything to keep up with Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill and Andy Reid. Sean Lee wants more time to decide if this is the best chance the Dallas Cowboys have to be defined by their defense in the linebacker's eight years with the club.There's no question about the answer through two weeks.The Cowboys (1-1) are fourth in the NFL in total defense, with a loss to Carolina that could have been a blowout and a win over the New York Giants that wasn't nearly as close as the seven-point margin.In both cases, it was thanks to a defense that is delivering on preseason hopes of being a difference-making unit."I think we're starting to show the type of defense we can be," Lee said Thursday. "It's still early in the season. Still room to improve. Still a case we can cause and make more turnovers. But we're around the football. We're making plays. We're keeping points down, yards down."Dallas is tied for second behind Chicago with nine sacks after bringing down Eli Manning six times.The Cowboys visit Seattle on Sunday, and the Seahawks have allowed six sacks of Russell Wilson each of the first two games.DeMarcus Lawrence, who finished tied for second in the NFL with 14陆 sacks last season and ended up with the $17.1 million franchise tag, has a sack in each of the first two games. Three fellow defensive linemen had a sack apiece against the Giants.For that and other reasons, Rod Marinelli is comfortable saying the Dallas defense has the most upside in his five seasons as defensive coordinator."I just think we've gotten better every year," Marinelli said."We've improved and our talent level has gotten a little bit better. I know we're fast. We're really fast. Now we've just got to direct our speed."For years, talk of the Cowboys surrounded the offensive stars: quarterback Tony Romo, tight end Jason Witten and receiver Dez Bryant.With all three gone within the past two years , the buzz drifted to the sensational 2016 rookie pairing of quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott.But the offense is in transition, with Prescott getting used to a revamped group of receivers following the retirement of Witten and release of Bryant in the offseason.The Cowboys cruised against the Giants anyway, despite Elliott falling short of 100 yards rushing for the second straight week (7Cool and Prescott throwing for fewer than 200 yards for the eighth time in 10 games going back to last season."It's great when you see the defense going out there and doing what they're doing," Prescott said. "That gives the team a lot of confidence and the way they're playing allows us to want to go out there and do the same."Lee is nursing a sore hamstring that sidelined him late against the Giants. The Cowboys are calling his limited approach in practice this week precautionary. But Dallas is also in a different place with its linebackers.Jaylon Smith is starting to show the promise of his days at Notre Dame before a devastating knee injury in his final game with the Irish.He leads the Cowboys with 16 tackles. Smith's emergence is allowing Dallas to bring rookie first-rounder Leighton Vander Esch along slowly.The Cowboys like free agent pickup Joe Thomas, and fourth-year pro Damien Wilson forced a fumble on a sack of Manning."Feel good about that group right now," coach Jason Garrett said. "Obviously Sean's the leader. He's the leader of our defense. He's a great, great football player. But depth is important on your team."As Lee mentioned, turnovers are lacking so far. The Cowboys have recovered two fumbles, but don't have an interception.Still, they've been pleased with 2015 first-rounder Byron Jones making the switch back to cornerback. Chidobe Awuzie has been solid on the other side."We're very confident, not only in our ability but in our system and our coaching," safety Jeff Heath said."I just think we have the combination of guys to work really well together. We play for each other. I think you've been able to see some of the fruits of that."
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