Harden has been unclutch in the closing few minutes of games

The Reds might have started out 1-7, but they went 20-6 in May and then rattled off winning percentages over .600 for the next three months. These are the kinds of performances (and luck) the Jays will have to have the rest of 2017: It’s certainly possible, but if they don’t start the turnaround basically immediately, they might very well end up being a real good team playing for 2018 before anyone else.

These five AL Central players will determine the fate of their teams in 2017. And in some cases, beyond 2017 as well.

Yoenis Cespedes is really feeling it right now, as he followed up his three-homer performance from earlier in the week with a two-homer Thursday against the Marlins.
Don’t worry, everyone: The cat that was in the Marlins’ home run sculpture has been adopted by a Marlins’ employee.

Harden has been unclutch in the closing few minutes of games, but here’s his Cheap NFL Jerseys Paypal chance at redemption. Each game-winner earns the candidate six points (we have to measure some basketball things here).

It’s weird when either Harden or Westbrook doesn’t accumulate a triple-double. The Cheap Germany Soccer Jerseys Brodie is averaging one for the entire dang season. But now it can prove costly if they’re contained to any single-digit stats. Each time they post the inevitable, award them four points.

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Quarterback quandaries and playoff potential

Week 11 in the NFL answered some of the league’s questions, while raising several more. The New Orleans Saints and Denver Broncos asserted themselves as elite teams, with San Francisco and Detroit needing to do some soul searching following unfortunate losses.

Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul had an interception return for a touchdown to go with three tackles to help the New York Giants beat the Green Bay Packers. He was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts. Vontaze Burfict earned AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors for his 15-tackle performance Sunday. Burfict also recovered a fumble for a touchdown to help the Cincinnati Bengals to a 41-20 win over the Cleveland Browns.

Facing a third-and-two from the San Francisco 35 with 3:12 remaining and down 20-17, Saints quarterback Drew Brees was sacked by Ahmad Brooks for a 10-yard loss that would have resulted in a fourth-and-12. Instead, Brooks was flagged for delivering a blow to the head or neck area of the quarterback and the Saints were given a first down at the 30. They would hit a game-tying field goal four plays later.

“We haven’t talked to Roy. But we are told that the players, black and white, were Hanson Brothers Cheap Jerseys saying all types of things back and forth during the game,” Wooten said in a telephone interview. “Roy steps in and says, ‘Let’s stop this.’ Trent says to him, ‘[Expletive] you, N-word.’ By all rights, Roy Cheap Michael Jordan Jerseys should have thrown his flag there and said, ‘You’re gone.’ But he didn’t. He comes back at Trent with some bad language. Now Roy is wrong, too.”

Nick Foles is the Eagles Starting Quarterback for Rest of the Season

According to a report from Howard Eskin, Nick Foles is the Philadelphia Eagles starting quarterback for the remainder of the 2013 season.

Eskin notes that Eagles coach Chip Kelly won’t officially confirm the notion, at least not yet, but Foles will start regardless. Kelly spoke to the media on Monday but yet again wouldn’t officially commit to Foles.

I think what we’ve done for the last two weeks has worked for us pretty good, so we’re going to stick with that formula. It’s got us 16 touchdowns, no interceptions and two wins, so why would we change?

Understand that Kelly’s “why would we change” comment was said with some sarcasm. What Kelly really meant is that his approach to not “officially’ naming a quarterback has worked well the past two weeks, so he doesn’t see a reason to change that approach.

Thomas didn’t have the largest yardage total of the week, but he made a huge impact in a close game against the San Diego Chargers.

Catching three touchdowns is no small feat, even when they come from Peyton Manning. Thomas is often overlooked when discussing Denver’s offense, but he’s on pace for a staggering 1,400 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns.

The Colts enter the divisional tilt as two-point favorites, though Miami Heat Cheap Jerseys the line has shifted to as high as three points in some books. The Colts have been a slightly above-average bet this season, going 5-4 against the spread (ATS), but have gone 3-1 ATS on the road and are 5-2 over their Cheap China Jerseys last seven games. The Titans have an impressive 5-3-1 record against the line, but are 1-3-1 at home.

NFL QB Watch, Week 11: I Tolzien So

The last time that Scott Tolzien made a start at quarterback, Russell Wilson had not yet played a snap at the University of Wisconsin. It was for the Badgers that Tolzien last played in a game that counted for something, until he was thrust into action for the Green Bay Packers on Sunday in relief of Seneca Wallace, who was only playing because of an injury to Aaron Rodgers.

Matt Ufford offers you fantasy advice on Riley Cooper, Colin Kaepernick, Bills running backs and more.

Gruden rumors in early November are just like Gruden rumors in January, unfulfilling, a lose nugget carefully placed in the media for other purposes. Chatter about the Falcons moving on from Mike Smith is surprising on first glance. Then you realize just how disappointing the Falcons are this year.

Finally, there’s only so much Mike Smith can do considering the injuries this season. He doesn’t exactly make the team as thrilling as it could be, but the results are there. And how upset could Arthur Blank be? The team’s owner got the city to buy off a couple historic churches and kick in a couple hundred million bucks for a new stadium that looks like a sphincter.

GM Thomas Dimitroff defended Smith after a 33-10 loss to the visiting Seahawks, telling the press that Smith was “going nowhere.”

The Falcons aren’t going anywhere this year either, not at 2-7. It’s not Knock Off Cheap Jerseys exactly how most of us thought things would turn out for Atlanta this year. A few rubes even picked them to go to the Super Bowl (stupid). Smith’s earned a mulligan year, especially Hockey Jerseys Cheap after injuries to key players like Julio Jones and Sean Weatherspoon.

Busted expectations next year could be different for Smith and Dimitroff. That could mean more empty Gruden rumors, followed by Blank hiring Mike Pettine as head coach because he shares the Home Depot ethos.