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  • 15 May
    Welcome to an NFL huddle, Mr. Goff .Your assignment, as No. 1 overall pick in Aprils draft who has not gotten on the field yet, but starts Sunday for the Rams against the Dolphins, is simple: win.Doing so against a Miami team that has won four straight makes your task a bit tougher. But never mind, Jared, go out and play like fellow rookie quarterbacks Dak Prescott in Dallas and Carson Wentz in Philadelphia.Its been a long time, it feels like, since Ive gotten out there and played, says Goff, and hes right -- it was the preseason when he last took a meaningful snap. Im excited to get back out there and play.Ive been working hard to get to that point. Im glad its finally come, glad theyve given me that vote of confidence and the nod. Im ready to go and proving them right.The Rams (4-5) come off a 9-6 victory at the Jets, hardly a boost of confidence for the offense. So coach Jeff Fisher made the switch.The opponent has looked formidable the past month. After winning last weekend at San Diego, the Dolphins (5-4 ) stayed in California this week to train.Its a different week for us just being away from home and being out of our normal facility, quarterback Ryan Tannehill says. Its definitely a challenge for us, but I think we have the focus to get it done the right way.I think thats one of the benefits of being out here together is we have time to spend together, to go to dinner, to hang out and build that team unity.The action began with Carolinas 23-20 home victory over New Orleans.Cam Newton threw for 192 yards and a touchdown in the game marred by injuries to key players. Newton was 14 of 33 and threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to Ted Ginn Jr. to help the Panthers (4-6) pull even with the Saints for third place in the NFC South.The Panthers lost former NFL Defensive Player of the Year Luke Kuechly (concussion), two-time All-Pro center Ryan Kalil (shoulder), defensive end Mario Addison (foot) and cornerback Leonard Johnson (chest) to injuries. Kuechly left the field on a cart while tears streamed down his face. The Saints lost running back Mark Ingram to a concussion in the third quarter.Off this week are the Falcons (6-4), Chargers (4-6), Jets (3-7) and Broncos (7-3).Houston (6-3) vs. Oakland (7-2) at Mexico CityFootball returns to a mecca of futbol, when the Raiders host the Texans at Azteca Stadium -- the first regular-season game south of the border in 11 years.I like to watch soccer, so Im wondering is it going to be like a soccer atmosphere where they have the horns playing and stuff like that, Texans cornerback A.J. Bouye says. I looked at the field just to see what its like and everything. Im already visualizing everything on what its going to be like.At the end of the day, you just got to expect the unexpected, you know, packed crowd. You dont know what type of atmosphere youre going to have or how loud its going to be, so its exciting and you try not to think about it. At the same time, you just try to focus on the task at hand.The Raiders have impressed with their high-powered offense and opportunism in the leagues best division, the AFC West. Dont expect Houstons Brock Osweiler, averaging a league-low 5.6 yards per pass, to keep up with that.Pittsburgh (4-5) at Cleveland (0-10)Sure, the Steelers have lost four in a row. In Cleveland, they are saying So what!The Browns never have been 0-10 i n a season and they enter the game with a 416-416-10 record for the two installments of the franchise. They have never been below .500, but are 14-44 since Jimmy and Dee Haslam took over as owners.To get off this schneid, they must figure out how to beat Ohio native Ben Roethlisberger, who is 20-2 against them overall. The Steelers are 28-6 against the Browns since Cleveland returned to the league in 1999.Baltimore (5-4) at Dallas (8-1)The Ravens and Cowboys each are division leaders. Similarities end there.Dallas is the NFLs hottest team, not having lost since the opener. It has that dynamic offense led by the leagues best line and sensational rookies Ezekiel Elliott and Prescott. Home-field advantage in the NFC is there for the taking.Baltimores only reason for being on top in the AFC North is how poorly the other division members have performed. The Ravens are too streaky, winning three, losing four, then winning two.Jacksonville (2-7) at Detroit (5-4)Detroit is another first-place team with few credentials to be thinking January success. Again, a weak division, the NFC North, has helped the Lions, who play nothing but tight games. All nine this season have been decided by seven points or fewer and Detroit has been trailing or tied at some point in the final two minutes of regulation in each of them.Jacksonville has struggled in great part because it has not had a takeaway in the past five games. Thats tied for the longest drought since the 1970 merger. The Jaguars are an NFL-worst minus-14 in turnover differential.Philadelphia (5-4) at Seattle (6-2-1)Both come off impressive victories, and Pete Carroll could get his 100th NFL win on Sunday. It looks as if hell have regular RB Thomas Rawls back from a Week 2 leg injury, and rookie C.J. Prosise gained 153 yards from scrimmage in the win at New England. They could provide balance to an offense that QB Russell Wilson had humming against the Patriots.Philadelphia won its fourth straight at home by beating Atlanta, but is 1-4 on the road. Wentz has been up and down, though the team has scored at least 20 points in 11 straight games, the longest streak in the league. Defense and special teams have been solid for the Eagles.Green Bay (4-5) at Washington (5-3-1)The previous time they met, the Packers won a playoff game here in January. Now, Green Bay is reeling, losing three straight, the ground game mediocre, the blocking unsteady and the defense keeping them competitive much of the time.Eddie Lacy has missed four games with an ankle injury, and the Packers signed running back Christine Michael after Seattle waived him.Aaron Rodgers will need for his line to come together this week because Washington has three sacks in five consecutive games. Redskins tight end Jordan Reed had nine receptions for 120 yards and a TD in that wild-card game.Tennessee (5-5) at Indianapolis (4-5)Some good things are happening in Nashville, and to punctuate that, the Titans also could end a 10-game slide against the Colts. Marcus Mariota and DeMarco Murray have the offense hopping -- Tennessee has scored 35 or more points in three consecutive games for the first time in a single season in franchise history. Mariota has thrown an NFL-high 17 TD passes over the past six weeks and Murray is second in the NFL with 930 yards rushing.Indianapolis was off last week. It won the Week 7 matchup when TE Jack Doyle caught a 7-yard TD pass with 1:55 to go. The Colts will honor the 10-year anniversary of their 2006 Super Bowl championship team.New England (7-2) at San Francisco (1-8)Coming off that bruising home loss to Seattle, the Patriots might take out their frustrations on the 49ers. Tom Brady, who grew up in the Bay Area, has never played at San Francisco. With a win over a team that has dropped eight in a row, Brady would tie Brett Favre for second in victories by a quarterback with 199. Peyton Manning holds the record with 200.The 49ers come off a strong but losing performance at Arizona. QB Colin Kaepernick should have fond memories of the Patriots: Kaepernick threw four TD passes in his only meeting with them, in 2012, a season the 49ers went to the Super Bowl.Buffalo (4-5) at Cincinnati (3-5-1)Two slumpers. Buffalo has dropped three straight and comes off a bye. The Bungles, uh, Bengals, have won only one of their past five, against inept Cleveland.The Bills have found ways to score, getting at least 25 points in each of the past five games, and are second in rushing behind Dallas with 155 yards per game. QB Tyrod Taylor comes off a strong outing in a loss to Seattle.Since opening last season 8-0, the Bengals are 7-10-1, including a playoff meltdown loss to Pittsburgh. Of note, though: A.J. Green is 36 yards shy of joining Randy Moss as the only NFL receivers with 1,000 yards in each of their first six seasons. Green ranks second in the league with 964 yards and third with 66 catches.Chicago (2-7) at New York Giants (6-3)New York has taken four in a row and has shown a penchant for big plays on offense, defense and special teams. The previous time the Giants won five straight, they also won the championship in 2011.Safety Landon Collins has sparked the defense with four interceptions in the past three games and excellent pass coverage and run support.Chicago has shown nothing on the road, dropping all five contests. The Bears seem to have found a running back, however, in Jordan Howard, who rushed for 100 yards in a loss to Tampa Bay last week. Howard ranks second among rookies with 605 yards rushing.Arizona (4-4-1) at Minnesota (5-4)Whats the deal with these two 2015 playoff teams?For Minnesota, awful blocking and injuries have contributed to four straight defeats. A defense that looked impenetrable earlier this season now looks vulnerable at times, and the kicking game has been woeful.Still, the Vikings are tied with Detroit atop the NFC North.The Cardinals have lost all eight meetings in Minnesota since their move to Arizona in 1988, and havent won at the Vikings since 1977 as the St. Louis Cardinals. For them to make any headway in the NFC playoff race after being a preseason favorite, they must prosper on the road: five of their final seven games are away from Arizona.Tampa Bay (4-5) at Kansas City (7-2)Dont look now, but the Chiefs are tied for the AFCs best record. And they could get back their star pass rusher, Justin Houston from a lengthy injury rehab. Regardless, they are getting major contributions from safety Eric Berry, who had his fourth career interception return for a TD in last weeks win at Carolina, and LB Dee Ford, whose 10 sacks are tied with Buffalos Lorenzo Alexander for the NFL lead. 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It was Kerbers third final of the year after losing to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia in Monterrey in April and to Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic in Tokyo two weeks ago. The 10th-ranked German improved her record in finals to 3-5.In the midst of a four-game winning streak that has his team comfortably atop the CFLs East division, Argos quarterback Ricky Ray says he thinks this years squad may be better than Torontos Grey Cup winning team of 2012. Speaking on TSN Drive Monday night, Ray said the offence in particular has benefited from being in year two of head coach Scott Milanovichs system. “I think right now were playing really good football,” Ray said. “Offensively, we have a lot of returners from last years team and I think were playing at a better level than we did last year. “I think this year being more comfortable with the offensive system, with the guys around me and the coaches being comfortable with who I am, knowing what my strengths and weaknesses are.” The comfort Ray has developed is due in part to leading an offence that has three former quarterbacks on the coaching staff in Milanovich, Jason Maas and offensive coordinator Marcus Brady. “His personality is really similar to mine,” Ray said of Brady. “Hes pretty calm and collected and throughout the course of the week he has that quiet confidence and game day he puts together a good game.” Although the Argos are already four points clear of second in the East, Ray said the coaching staff is keeping the team on an even-keel, realizing the season still has yet to reach its midway point. Despite facing a rash of injuries on offence which included the losses of receiver Dontrelle Inman and running back Chad Kackert, the team hasnt misseed a beat with the likes of John Chiles, Jason Barnes, Curtis Steele and Zach Collaros stepping in to more than fill the void.dddddddddddd “Weve had great depth not only at the quarterback position, running back position and the receiver position,” Ray said, indicating that GM Jim Barker and the rest of the coaching staff have done a tremendous job ensuring the team has had quality backups ready to step right in and contribute. “Weve had injuries at all three and the guys that have come in to fill those spots have done great.” With a remarkable 14-0 touchdown-to-interception ratio to go along with a 133 QB rating, Ray said hes delivering the ball on target without a second thought. “Right now, when were playing good, it just feels like Im just going through my reads like I normally do and when I see it Im just letting it go and just having complete confidence that its the right move and its working out. “It just seems like whatever you look at, youre seeing the right thing. Theres no hesitation. When youre feeling confident as an athlete it just feels like youre trusting what you see and its working out. Toronto will put its winning streak on the line in a Grey Cup rematch Friday night on TSN 1050 with the Stampeders, who will arrive at the Rogers Centre tied with the Argos for the leagues second best record. “Theyre doing a lot of the same things that they did last year…Theyre a good football team, theyve beaten some good teams and weve got to be ready to go this week.” ' ' '