2018 NFL Over-Under Win Totals: Jaguars look like the most loaded team in the AFC

Preconceived notions are funny things, because they can cause us to ignore reality. And the reality is the Jaguars are a loaded team with one question mark at quarterback. Replace Blake Bortles with an above-average quarterback, perhaps one who was on the open market like Kirk Cousins, and the Jaguars might very well be the favorites to win the Super Bowl. They might very well be the most talented team in the NFL, if you believe some members of the football cognoscenti.

Three of their six losses were in one-score games, so they were unlucky in some respects. Their other three losses were by an average of 14 points. They also had five (!) wins of 20 points or more. They can snuff teams out when they’re playing at their top level.

Bills general manager Brandon Beane made it clear last week that when Jones returns to form, he won’t be guaranteed a spot back in the starting lineup.

He’s not just going to necessarily go right to the top of the line, Beane said on WGR 550, via NewYorkUpstate.com. He’ll have to earn his way. Part of that will just be just getting his feel. He’s only played with Nathan Peterman. He has not got to play with Josh Allen or AJ [McCarron] yet. So that bond there will just have to form.

A 2017 second-round pick out of East Carolina, Jones was incosistent suring his first year in the pros, only rarely flashing brilliance. He tallied just 27 receptions for 316 yards and two touchdowns.

Even before undergoing knee surgery in May, the 23-year-old wideout was in the middle of an unnerving offseason. Jones underwent shoulder surgery in January, and he was arrested in March on a bizarre felony vandalism charge that was later dropped.

New Jersey betting law may stick it to certain sports owners

The state that helped open the floodgates for sports gambling by taking on the sports leagues will be adding a tweak to its sports betting law that could force some sports team owners to make a tough decision.

Lawson was able to play in all 16 games as a rookie with the Bengals in 2017, and in the process he picked up more sacks (8.5) than any other first-year player in the league. 

That alone is worth the entirety of his rookie contract, let alone the $763,154 he’s making on average each season. Of the 29 players with more than eight sacks in 2017, none make less than Lawson. 

Manziel replaced starter Jeremiah Masoli with 3:38 remaining in the second quarter. He completed 9 of 12 passes for 80 yards in five possessions.

I felt like I was able to get in there and handle the situation well, get some completions and get the guys some balls, Manziel said.

Manziel marched the Ticats to the Toronto 12 in the third quarter before an intentional grounding call backed the ball to the 34 and Hamilton ended up turning it over on downs.

That was the worst call of the century, Manziel said. My whole life I have been taught to throw it right at the stick that marks the down. I thought I got it there. He [the official] told me I was about a yard short. That’s the first time I have heard that. That’s new to me.

Without having one team to obsess over, watching hockey can be simply about watching hockey. The combination of grace and speed with violence and hatred. The unnatural bending of the stick during a slap shot. The crazy path of a puck through traffic, where the chances of the thing being intentionally redirected are roughly the same as having it unintentionally crash into a sensitive area of the male anatomy. The sound of the frozen rubber projectile hitting the hard steel tube. And the endless near-miss goals, which make the game as much about dumb luck as it it about raw skill.

How a lonely track event unites Rutgers past and present

The most accomplished athlete competing for Rutgers right now practices on a hole-covered field at the edge of the university’s track complex, and on most days, he does so completely alone.

Canceling the Philadelphia Eagles visit, well, what it does on the positive side is it does remind everybody that there is a contingent of people who are caught up in the celebutainment sports world who really don’t share a lot in common with he average American, even if they came from modest means.

It’s not about bowing down to the president. He doesn’t want you to disrespect the country, the flag, the anthem, which is what these bratty players are doing, using the excuse of Black Lives Matter or some other issue that they probably haven’t even read up on. They just repeat whatever Colin Kaepernick says on any given day.

By Monday the day Trump rescinded his invitation the Eagles told the White House that there would only be two or three playersin attendance, per Karni, plus owner Jeffrey Lurie and Swoop, the Eagles’ mascot.

1. 70-plus nameshad initially planned to attend. Of course, that doesn’t include only players, as there was only 53 on the Super Bowl roster, plus practice squad players. At least four players from the Super Bowl roster had publicly announced they would not attend the White House, including safety Malcolm Jenkins, defensive end Chris Long, defensive end Brandon Graham and wide receiver Torrey Smith, who has since been traded to the Panthers. Monday, it was reported that most (if not all) of the team’s black players did not want to attend, though it’s unclear if that’s a more recent development or not.

2. Attempted re-schedule. The June 5 date has been set for a while, and a couple days ago, the Eagles even moved practice back a couple of days so as not to interfere with the scheduled visit to D.C. If the Eagles did request to reschedule it, did they know that the new date was going to be while Trump was in Singapore? If Trump wasn’t the one honoring the team, could there have even been a ceremony anyway?

The Giants closed within 6-5 on Hundley’s one-out double in the seventh, but the Nationals got it back on Spencer Kieboom’s RBI double in the bottom half of the inning.

jets_036Gonzalez allowed four runs in 3 1/3 innings.

I feel it right now, Tanaka, speaking through a translator, said in front of his clubhouse stall a half-hour after the final out. I think we’ll probably have a clearer picture tomorrow.

The Yankees, a big league-best 41-18, already lost No. 5 starter Jordan Montgomery to Tommy John surgery on Thursday. Tanaka is 7-2 with a 4.58 ERA in 13 starts.

Tanaka allowed one hit, a home run into the second deck in right by Brandon Nimmo on his second pitch. Just 1 for 24 with a walk and a sacrifice at the plate in his big league career, he reached when his grounder bounced off the heel of first baseman Adrian Gonzalez’s glove for an error. Tanaka took second on Gleyber Torres’ single and advanced when Gardner walked.

It was shallow, so I wasn’t sure if I was going to go or not, Tanaka said of Judge’s opposite-field fly.

We’ve been playing good baseball since the end of last week, right-hander Aaron Sanchez said. To finally scratch out some wins, it’s good for us. It keeps guys a little bit loose in here. We don’t play as tight out there.

The Orioles have lost three straight and 10 of 12. Baltimore is 9-26 on the road and 19-44 overall, both worst in the majors.

Smoak drew a one-out walk in the 10th and went to second on Kendrys Morales’ single. One out later, Givens hit Grichuk to load the bases.

Grichuk broke a 2-2 tie when he homered on Kevin Gausman’s first pitch of the seventh inning. It was Grichuk’s fifth homer of the season and his second in two games.

Toronto’s lead was short-lived. Baltimore tied it 3-3 without a base hit in the eighth, using a hit batter, an error, and a walk to load the bases before Jonathan Schoop scored from third on Tyler Clippard’s wild pitch.

The Red Sox received a further boost this series when right fielder Mookie Betts was back in the lineup Monday for the first time since May 26 from a left abdominal strain.

jets_037He’s good physically; mentally, no hesitation, Boston manager Alex Cora said. The last few days have been great.

The Orioles (19-46) have the worst record in the majors and are the only team without at least 20 wins. The team must decide whether to completely rebuild over the coming weeks.

Rodriguez (7-1, 3.68 ERA) has been one of Boston’s most dominant pitchers and will pitch the second game of the series. He has four of his last six starts with a 2.14 ERA. In his last outing June 6 against Detroit, Rodriguez allowed one run and five hits with five strikeouts and one walk over 5 2/3 innings. He lamented not pitching into the latter part of the game.

Rodriguez is 5-5 with a 3.97 ERA in 12 starts against the Orioles, who originally signed him as an international free agent in January 2010 and traded him to the Red Sox at the non-waiver trade deadline four years later for Andrew Miller.

Struggling first baseman Chris Davis was back in the lineup for the second straight game Monday and went 0-for-5. He is batting just .150 on the season.Lugo, Frazier help Mets stop skid with 2-0 win over Yankees

Via Jourdan Rodrigue of the Charlotte Observer, the Panthers pass-catchers who are left from last season can tell things are different this offseason.

I’ve really enjoyed being around him, enjoyed hearing his philosophies on offense, tight end Greg Olsen said. There’s always a little transition. . . .

He wants things done a certain way, and it’s my job to kind of alter what I’ve done. There are some things that I’ve done for a long time that are different from how he wants them done. Certain routes, certain adjustments, things like that. That’s on me, to adjust to the way he wants his offense run.

Turner’s stylistic changes are one thing, but the Panthers effectively revamped Newton’s weapons this offseason. Olsen and wide receiver Devin Funchess and running back/pass target Christian McCaffrey are back, but they invested in improving the surrounding cast.

What Yankees see from Gleyber Torres when it matters most

jets_038Watching Yankees rookie Gleyber Torres hit in the 10th inning with the game on the line Tuesday night, manager Aaron Boone noticed a couple of traits that a lot of the greats have.

Hitting after fellow Baby Bomber Miguel Andujar ripped a two-out, nobody-on double into the left-field corner off Houston Astros reliever Brad Peacock, Torres didn’t like plate umpire Tripp Gibson III calling a strike on a 1-0 pitch that was borderline low.

It’s just a really, really mature at-bat from a good player. There’s no question he got a little emotional there and reacted, but he snapped right out of it and controlled the moment. You’ve got to be able to do that because sometimes you’re going to react and you’ve got to be able to reign it in in a hurry if you’re going to be an elite player.

Torres was the biggest hero of the night after he committed two of the Yankees’ season-high five errors, one on his second bad throw in two days and the other on a boot of an easy grounder that should have been an inning-ending double play.

Marsh doubled down on his negative comments about the Patriots in a video post on Reddit.

If you think Marsh is wrong, he isn’t. Patriots players have privately made similar comments for years. They don’t care because they win, and winning is the ultimate fun to a lot of players. The not-fun stuff isn’t as relevant.

But to players like Marsh and some others who have played for Bill Belichick, the winning isn’t worth the misery they feel.

If we can save one life and keep one family together, it’s all worth it, Peter told The Post.

On June 24, he will celebrate his 11th year of sobriety, 4,015 days since he stumbled home after a three-day drug-and-alcohol binge and saw the look of disgust on the faces of his wife, Monica, and their two daughters.

NFL plans to lobby Congress for a “regulatory framework” for sports betting

The NFL has lost in the judicial branch (even if the NFL actually has won at the every branch of every bank with which it does business). The league now will take the gambling fight to the legislature.

At the state level, the reference to the protection of fans and “the integrity of our game” could be another way of phrasing the money-for-nothing “integrity fee” that the sports leagues are seeking. Regardless, the NFL will have little or no leverage to make that request in the states where the NFL currently doesn’t do business. In the states where NFL teams currently reside, the league will have slightly more leeway when it comes to getting a cut, ostensibly to protect fans and ensure the integrity of the game.

Still, it would be far more effective to get a favorable federal law that applies to all states. The NFL apparently will give that a try initially, even if anything that restricts the ability of states to determine the scope and breadth of sports gambling programs will presumably fail for the same reason that the law prohibiting any sports wagering finally has been scrapped.

Avery started 34 games at Memphis and ranks second in school history with 45.5 tackles for loss. He also ranks third in school history in career sacks with 21.5 while playing an inside role in college.

I had to get down and do things in order to secure my spot in the household. So coming onto the court it’s nothing different.

Cornerback Chris Lewis-Harris’ signing was reported on Sunday and confirmed by the team in Monday’s announcement of all their moves. The Giants also signed veteran guard Chris Scott, who has played in 45 regular season games since entering the league as a 2010 fifth-round pick in Pittsburgh.bucks_518