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2014-Jul-29 20:14 - Dallas Cowboys

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With an 0 2 record, the Dallas Cowboys find themselves in a quick hole to begin the 2010 NFL season. With opponents such as the Washington Redskins and Chicago Bears, it was thought by many that Dallas would easily start 2 0, but that has obviously not been the case. Not being able to take advantage of the "softer" opponents early in the season could cost Dallas dearly. In week 3, they head to Houston to play the much improved Texans, who are 2 0 after an impressive win against the defending AFC champs (Indianapolis Colts) and a relentless come from behind victory against the Washington Redskins. This team seems poised for a successful postseason run and could quite possibly dig that hole even deeper for "America's Team."

With untimely holding penalties, key missed field goals, unfortunate turnovers, and the inability to finish off drives, the Dallas Cowboys have compiled an extensive list of areas to work on. On the positive side, though, Tony Romo seems to be playing sharp, overall, especially considering the shaky pass protection provided for him. True, he threw a couple of Wholesale Jerseys interceptions in the Bears game, but both of those were tipped balls, one of which could have been caught by wide receiver, Miles Austin. On another positive note, rookie wide receiver Dez Bryant has made a quick and strong presence since the season started. In week one, he caught 8 passes for 56 yards and appeared to hungry to get the ball no matter what the situation. In week two, he scored his first NFL touchdown by returning a punt 62 yards. Other key areas to build upon are the fact that the Dallas defense gave up no offensive touchdowns in week 1 and only gave up one 3rddown conversion in week 2, although that conversion was on a huge 3rdand 15 play!

With a bye coming up for week 4, it is essential that the Dallas Cowboys conjure a way to get past the Texans on Sunday. If not, then the Dallas players and coaches will have to sit in frustration with an 0 3 record, waiting until October 10thto finally have a chance to redeem themselves against the Tennessee Titans. October 10thmay not seem that far away, but with a bye week and an 0 3 record, that can seem like an eternity! This is a huge must win game for Dallas against one of the hottest teams in the NFL . . . but don't lose the faith if you are a Dallas fan. Last year, Dallas was in a similar situation in which they were desperate for a win . . . and they were scheduled to play the NFL's toast of the town, the New Orleans Saints. Dallas stepped up big time in that game and shocked countless football experts by toppling the mighty Saints. Let's see if Dallas can put up a similar performance against the Houston Texans! If so, they will build up an incredible amount of momentum going into their bye week. This momentum could then be utilized to cap a very possible 3 game winning streak, as they return from the bye to play a Titans team with quarterback issues and a Minnesota Vikings team with injury issues.

2014-Jul-29 20:14 - Ejected For Pushing Official

Vikings' Chris Cook Ejected For Pushing Official

Cook was in coverage on Alshon Jeffery when the Bears wide receiver jumped over Cook for a 46 yard touchdown pass at the front corner of the end zone. Cook confronted side judge Laird Hayes and appeared to inadvertently hit Hayes as he motioned with his arm. Cook was called for a 15 yard penalty and the automatic disqualification in the third quarter with the Bears up 20 10.

Cook was upset two plays earlier, lobbying for a penalty after a deep throw when Jeffery knocked a potential interception out of Cook's hands.

Vernon Davis, Rodney McLeodSan Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis (85) jumps over St. Louis Rams free safety Rodney McLeod during the first quarter of an NFL football game in San Francisco, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

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Gary KubiakHouston Texans coach Gary Kubiak looks over his play card during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Colin KaepernickSan Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) passes against the St. Louis Rams during the first quarter of an NFL football game in San Francisco, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Clay Harbor, Danny NobleJacksonville Jaguars tight end Clay Harbor (86) celebrates his 18 yard touchdown catch with Danny Noble in the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Lamar Miller, Aaron BerryMiami Dolphins running back Lamar Miller (26) dives for the end one but is unable to score a touchdown as he stepped out of bounds after being hit by New York Jets defensive back Aaron Berry (22) before the goal line during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Ben TateHouston Texans' Ben Tate celebrates a touchdown against the New England Patriots during the first quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)

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Zach ErtzPhiladelphia Eagles' Zach Ertz celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Brent Celek, Rashad Johnson, Karlos Dansby, Daryl WashingtonPhiladelphia Eagles' Brent Celek (87) tries to break free from Arizona Cardinals' Karlos Dansby, right, Rashad Johnson (26) and Daryl Washington (58) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in Philadelphia. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

Tom BradyNew England Patriots' Tom Brady throws against the Houston Texans during the first quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in Houston. Hilton (13) during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Daryl Smith, Le'Veon BellPittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) reaches but cannot make the catch as he is pressured by Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker Daryl Smith in the second half of an NFL football game on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Andrew LuckIndianapolis Colts' Andrew Luck (12) throws during the first half of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Michael Crabtree, Trumaine JohnsonSan Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree (15) runs past St. Louis Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson on a 60 yard reception during the third quarter bengalsnflofficialauthentic.com/authentic-marquis-flowers-jersey.html of an NFL football game in San Francisco, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

Tom BradyNew England Patriots' Tom Brady calls signals against the Houston Texans during the first quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)

Christian Ponder, Shea McClellin, Craig SteltzMinnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder (7) is sacked by Chicago Bears defensive end Shea McClellin, right, Marquis Flowers Womens Jersey and strong safety Craig Steltz, left, during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Carson Palmer, Trent ColePhiladelphia Eagles' Trent Cole (58) knocks the ball loose from Arizona Cardinals' Carson Palmer during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

Morgan Burnett, Joique BellDetroit Lions running back Joique Bell (35) stretches for yardage as he is defended by Green Bay Packers strong safety Morgan Burnett (42) during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

Le'Veon BellPittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell runs into the end zone for a touchdown in the second half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

Tony RomoDallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo fumbles during the second half of an NFL football game Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/The Waco Tribune Herald, Jose Yau)

Lance Dunbar, Phillip AdamsDallas Cowboys running back Lance Dunbar (25) gets a first down as Oakland Raiders cornerback Phillip Adams (28) trails during the second half of an NFL football game Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/The Waco Tribune Herald, Jose Yau)

New England Patriots v Houston TexansHOUSTON, TX DECEMBER 01: Tom Brady 12 of the New England Patriots calls a play in the huddle during the first half of the game against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on December 1, 2013 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Calvin JohnsonDetroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) prepares to dunk the football after his 20 yard touchdown run during the third quarter of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

2014-Jul-29 20:14 - The Bad and The

The Bad and The Ugly from the Miami Dolphins

Run Defense: Held Arian Foster to just 79 yards on 26 rushes for a 3.0 average, only the fifth time since the start of the 2010 season he's had an average that low. Overall the Texans rushed for just 83 yards on a 2.4 average. Last year, the Texans' No. 2 ranked run offense had fewer than 83 yards just one time, against the Raiders.

Foster said walking off the field that it wasn't a "clean effort" for the Texans, and Dolphins defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle said the defense should have been even better. "They shouldn't have even gotten half that amount had we executed," Coyle said Monday. "We had some guys that were trying to do a little bit too much as the game went on and anticipating plays, rather than, when we just played the blocks and played with technique, we handled them, and that was a positive."

DT Randy Starks: Had two sacks and two quarterback hits and was a big reason why Foster had no room to run. "He was very, very strong at the point of attack. And what he did a very good job on in the game was he transitioned from playing the run," Coyle said. "Those sacks weren't on passing downs. Those sacks weren't on calls that got him rushing the passer first. Those were run down defenses where he had to transition from being a run defender to a pass rusher, and the real good ones do that."

LB Koa Misi: Had a team high 11 tackles and certainly looked like a former second round pick. "He didn't do everything perfect, but Koa Misi came to play, and it was shown in everything he did," Coyle said. "He played with great tenacity. He flew around the field. He was making plays on the opposite side of the field, diving, laying out, scratching and just reaching for ankles. Once he got into the game, it was all systems go."

Reggie Bush and the run game: Bush didn't gain 100 yards, but only because the team had to throw for most of the second half. He rushed for 69 yards on a healthy 4.9 average, and was also the leading receiver with six catches for 46 yards. If there's a top 5 list of hardest players to cover and bring down in the NFL, he's probably on it.

C Mike Pouncey: Bush got many of his yards running to the left side, behind Pouncey, Jake Long and Richie Incognito. "I thought (Mike) Pouncey played an excellent football game," Joe Philbin said. "I thought he did some things that I haven't seen a linemen do in this league in a long time."

WR Brian Hartline: Showed few signs of rust after missing the entire preseason with a calf injury. He played the second most snaps of all receivers (37), hauled in a nice 34 yard catch and, most importantly, bounced back on his feet after taking two big hits. Hartline could be in line for some decent stats if he can stay healthy this year. Davone Bess also had a few nice catches, but no big gains.

Ryan Tannehill's demeanor: The interceptions and tipped passes were ugly, but Tannehill handled it like a 10 year veteran, not a rookie. "He's, 'let's get on to the next play,'" Mike Sherman said. "You have to have that mindset that, 'OK, we'll fix it and move on to the Anthony Hitchens Womens Jersey next play.' So, you know he's mad at himself, but he's not desperate or in despair."

Philbin said Tannehill wasn't confused by coverages or anything of that nature. "It wasn't like he got so flustered that, 'My God, are they playing zone or man? Did they blitz?'" Philbin said. "My experience with most interceptions has been in to double coverage or where the bad decisions from a progression standpoint of a quarterback. That's where I've seen historically most of the ones. Marcus Thigpen had their first punt return touchdown since 2007, Brandon Fields had two of his three punts downed inside the 20 and the kickoff team allowed just three returns for a 15.7 yard average.

"Sudden change" defense: Coyle doesn't care that the defense was tired after being put on the field so many times in a row after the Dolphins' offense turned the ball on three consecutive snaps. The Texans scored 24 of a possible 28 points off the Dolphins' four turnovers in the second quarter, and that has to improve. "It's the old firefighters mentality, or the SWAT team that we had come in here, however long ago," Coyle said. "It's like, 'Hey, you don't plan where the fire is.' You don't plan where the crisis is. You have a job to do. You go in, you execute, you get off the field,' and we didn't do that. So I'm disappointed in that."

Wide receiver production: Until the fourth quarter, Bess was the only wide receiver who caught a pass. Overall Bess, Hartline, Anthony Armstrong and Legedu Naanee caught just nine of 20 passes thrown their way for 98 yards, and Naanee was completely shutout. The Dolphins have other ways cowboysnflofficialauthentic.com/authentic-anthony-hitchens-jersey.html to move the ball down the field Bush, Daniel Thomas, Jorvorskie Lane and Anthony Fasano all made nice plays in the passing game but they need more production out of their receivers.

The pass rush: Starks got two sacks in the first half, but that was it for Miami. Cameron Wake was the only other player Devin Street Womens Jersey to hit the quarterback, with three hits, although rookie Derrick Shelby got a couple of hurries in limited snaps. Still, the Dolphins have to find ways to get a more consistent pass rush. Matt Schaub had all day in the pocket and completed 64.5 percent of his passes for 266 yards and a touchdown.

Tannehill's accuracy: Only completed 55.5 percent of his passes, and missed a wide open Armstrong on a 20 yard post pattern that could have put some early points on the board.

Mike Sherman's playcalling: Tannehill's best attribute is his playaction fake and his ability to throw on the run, yet the Dolphins' did surprisingly little of that on Sunday. After re watching the game, I marked just three playaction passes and three designed rollouts for Tannehill. Instead, 32 of his 36 throws came in the shotgun, 19 were on three step drops and only two were deep passes (one of which was called back for holding). If the Dolphins want to avoid the tipped passes, they should get Tannehill out of the pocket more often and call some more deep passes.

Running the ball with 45 seconds left: Philbin and Sherman were being aggressive by running the ball with 45 seconds left in the half, but they should've known better, especially with a rookie QB who just threw three straight interceptions leading to 17 points. Just cut your losses and head to the half. Instead, Thomas fumbles, Houston recovers, and they tack on another touchdown to put the game out of reach.

"It probably would have been safer," Sherman said. "Forty five seconds in a football game and we had timeouts left too, we just figured if we broke one, then we could take a shot, and that would be the right thing to do. If we had done what we were supposed to do there and blocked it correctly, then it wouldn't have even happened. But we didn't, and so we turned the ball over."

Time of possession: The Dolphins held the ball cowboysnflofficialauthentic.com/authentic-devin-street-jersey.html for just 25:16, putting the defense on the field for far too long. Miami didn't gain a first down on five of its 12 possessions. The no huddle offense can catch teams off guard, but will also put the Dolphins' defense on the field for longer than normal.

Penalties: Not just they had seven for 78 yards, but that they were untimely. A hold on Long put the Dolphins in first and 20. A false start on Fasano put them in second and 13. One holding penalty by Incognito put the Dolphins in first and 20, and another one turned second and 1 into second and 11. And Richard Marshall's pass interference in the end zone led to a touchdown.

Turnover margin: At minus 4, the Dolphins are tied with the Colts for the worst turnover margin in the NFL after one week. Overall, the Dolphins let go of the ball six times three interceptions and three fumbles, two of which they were lucky enough to recover. And yet again, the defense didn't force any turnovers. "That's very, very disappointing," Coyle said.

The tipped passes: Goes without saying. Tannehill had four batted down by defensive linemen, and Sherman said Tannehill has to improve on that. "He has to find the passing lane," Sherman said. "You know guys are a little bit taller in this league, a little bit bigger, windows are a little bit smaller, and these guys have a lot of range. So it's just something that he has to work through, and he will."

Coverage on Andre Johnson: The Dolphins didn't seem to go out of their way to try to slow down Johnson, even though everyone knew the ball was going his way. He caught eight of 10 targets for 119 yards and a touchdown, and Coyle was disappointed in Sean Smith's coverage on Johnson's 14 yard touchdown at the end of the first half on a fade pass. "The guy was able to get an outside release on him," Coyle said.

2014-Jul-29 20:14 - Struggling Matt Schaub

Struggling cowboysnflofficialauthentic.com/authentic-zack-martin-jersey.html Matt Schaub keeps his job as Texans starter

Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub (8) stands on the sideline during action against the San Francisco 49ers in the fourth quarter at Candlestick Park. Yates, but the coach apparently wrestled with the choice on his starter for Sunday's home game against the St. Louis Rams.

"It's a real tough decision, but feel like it's the best thing for our football team," Kubiak said. "Matt gives us our best chance to win."

POLICE: Schaub's house not stormed

After Schaub threw three interceptions in Sunday's 34 3 loss at San Francisco, he was mercifully benched in favor of Yates. The struggling Schaub has thrown interceptions returned for touchdowns in four consecutive games an NFL record. Including the postseason, he has been intercepted in eight games in a row.

The Texans fell to 2 3 with their third consecutive loss, and Kubiak insisted after the game Sunday and again on Monday that Schaub was still his starting quarterback. But Kubiak added that the status of all players was being evaluated.

SNYDER TO NATIVE AMERICANS: 'Respect' what the name means

Schaub has thrown for 1,366 yards, with eight touchdowns and nine interceptions this season. His passer rating of 76.9 places him 25th in the NFL.

"Its been rough last few weeks, and we have to get it turned around," Kubiak said.

The announcement came hours after after Houston police said a fan came to Schaub's house this week and took pictures Zack Martin Womens Jersey before driving off. NFL security, in a story on the league's website, said the fan also yelled obscenities, but police would not confirm that.

Schaub told reporters on Wednesday that, cowboysnflofficialauthentic.com/authentic-demarcus-lawrence-jersey.html to his knowledge, no one showed up at his house and screamed obscenities.

PHOTOS: HOW WARM ARE THE HOT SEATS?Hot seat heat index for NFL coachesA little more than a month ago, Rex Ryan (green hat) was atop the list of NFL head coaches on the hot seat. How times have changed. Ryan's Jets are one of the NFL's biggest surprises, especially after Monday's 30 28 defeat of the Falcons in Atlanta. Ryan's team (3 2) is just a game behind the Patriots for first place in the AFC East. However Jets owner Woody Johnson won't say if Ryan is saving his job. But USA TODAY Sports' Tom Pelissero will. Ryan's contract expires after the 2014 season, and apparently there's been no talk of an extension. Here's a look Ryan and other hot seat candidates, with a heat index on a scale of 1 (low) to 10. Joe Camporeale, USA TODAY Demarcus Lawrence Womens Jersey Sports.

2014-Jul-29 20:14 - Scott Tolzien knows

Scott Tolzien knows Packers' future rests on his performance

Without Rodgers, who is nursing a broken collarbone, the Packers are in certified survival mode. Win and they're in the hunt. Lose and they might need to win out. And their quarterback, their general on the front line, is a 6 foot 2, 213 pound leaguewide mystery.

Undrafted. Overlooked. Cut by two teams. A player who has spent the 2013 season on the practice squad is, in essence, being asked to save the Packers' season. Everyone outside Wisconsin heck, Brown County, Ashwaubenon, the stadium is scratching his head.

To understand this, you must first view the scenario through Tolzien's eyes. His brother has completed two tours in Afghanistan. He keeps perspective. From there, he's driven by a 24/7 work ethic. It's clich He gets that. But Tolzien repeats constantly that his preparation feeds confidence, will eliminate pressure.

Back in his hometown, Rolling Meadows, Ill., Dad is not worried.

"I don't think he goes into the game nervous or feeling pressure," said Mike Tolzien, Scott's father. "This is obviously a big stage, on the road, in a game Ben Gardner Womens Jersey that they have to win. It seems like a lot of pressure. But I would expect my son to prepare and prepare and prepare more."

Two days before taking off to New Jersey, he's focused. Not frantic. The sun will rise Monday morning. More than anyone inside this locker room, Scott Tolzien gets the big picture.

In New York, he'll deal with blitzing linebackers. Overseas, his brother, Mike, an Air Force pilot, deals with war. He has seen things, lived things far, far worse than anything Tolzien will face Sunday. The enemy has shot at his plane.

So, yes, Scott Tolzien absolutely views the game through this lens.

"I think it helps you mentally when you can revert to something like that," Tolzien said. "It lessens the magnitude of an NFL football game. It's a big deal. But it's not as big a deal as something my brother could be going through."

His brother is stationed in England and will be there for a couple of years. Reached by phone this week, Mike Tolzien Jr. downplays his valor. The foot soldiers run into more trouble, he said. Yes, his plane has been shot at. But he downplays that, too.

He flies low to the ground. It happens.

"Nothing too crazy," he says. "We're kind of an easy target at times."

The brothers keep in touch regularly. Scott Tolzien had to win at everything, he explained. Pickup basketball. Card games. Much like Rodgers, Scott Tolzien "always" found a way to win. Mike Tolzien Jr. remembers his younger brother cheating at cards.

He said his brother is a "super laid back dude." But that persona masks hours of preparation.

"You can throw him in any situation," the older brother said, "and he's always going to be ready for it. Nothing catches him cowboysnflofficialauthentic.com/authentic-ben-gardner-jersey.html off guard."

Neither brother wants to replay the gory, often tragic imagery from Afghanistan. The way people live overseas, Mike Tolzien Jr. said, "it's like turning back the clock a couple hundred years." And as part of the Air Force's medical evacuation team, transporting the bodies of deceased 18 , 19 , 20 year old kids is never easy for Scott Tolzien's brother.

"They're just kids," nflcardinalsofficialshop.com/John_Brown_Jersey_Cardinals he said. "I look back at what I was doing at that age. It wasn't anything like they're doing. . For me, it always hits home."

He has lost classmates, friends. At some point, he'll return to Afghanistan.

From Green Bay, Scott Tolzien knows no turmoil he'll see Sunday compares to what his older brother encounters. He's not in a plane, 150 200 feet above the ground, taking shots from terrorist forces.

"Your antennas go up a little bit when you hear something like that. It's family. It Authentic John Brown Jersey hits hard when you hear something like that. You realize you can't take anything for granted," Scott Tolzien said.

Not to mention his trips to the Madison Children Hospital. Through college, Tolzien developed close relationships with kids in very different, equally scary life or death situations. After each college game, he talked X and O with 6 year old cancer patient, Jaxson Hinkens. Each visit recharged perspective.

Working with children who expected to live, as his Dad put, led to maturity, led to an adult who can handle adversity on a football field.

does help on game day, Scott said. realize it just a game. You doing everything you can to win, but it just a game.

Rob Johnson worked Mark Sanchez's pro day. He worked Scott Tolzien's pro day.

And Tolzien as a pure passer was the better quarterback in that setting, the former pro starter said.

So when Tolzien went undrafted in 2011, Johnson was appalled. From Sanchez to Blaine Gabbert and Matt Schaub to Carson Palmer, the former NFL starter Johnson has trained several quarterbacks with his father in Orange County, Calif., and Tolzien belonged.

"When he wasn't drafted, I was in shock," Johnson said. "I said, 'I don't get this business. I don't get it.'"

In Wisconsin's simplistic offense, Tolzien's ability was often buried. He completed 68% of his passes. He threw for 5,164 yards and 32 touchdowns in two seasons as the starter. He led the Badgers to the 2011 Rose Bowl. But the system does not showcase the quarterback.

Out west, Johnson was given a window into Tolzien's workaholic tendencies. Day to day, he worked with the quarterback who would later sleep at the San Francisco 49ers' facilities for two weeks to pick up the offense, who spent long hours on the field with quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo simulating plays before games.

2014-Jul-29 20:14 - Foster is the Packers' target

Foster Sammy Watkins Womens Jersey is the Packers' target

Like a lot of segments of this year's team, it's been tough to get a read on the Packers' run defense so far.

At its best, the unit clamped down on the Saints trio of Darren Sproles, Pierre Thomas and Mark Ingram to the tune of just 2.4 yards per rush officialauthenticbills.com/authentic-sammy-watkins-jersey.html (19 carries, 45 yards) in Week 4. Chicago's Michael Bush and Matt Forte, along with Seattle's Marshawn Lynch, didn't get loose either in Weeks 2 and 3, averaging a collective 4.0 (46 183) with nothing longer than nine yards.

But San Francisco's tandem of Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter powered their way to 6.1 yards per carry (25 153) in the season opener, and last week Indy's Donald Brown averaged 4.9, with seven of his 17 carries going for eight or more yards.

Given ups and downs like that, there's no telling how the Packers will fare against Houston's Arian Foster on Sunday night. Raji, who is trying to recover quickly from a sprained ankle, is able to play. The defense's top run stopper hasn't practiced thus far this week and could end up being a game time decision. "I don't know if he's going to be ready, but hopefully he can play. If not, we're going to have to do it, but it will definitely be a lot easier with him in there."

The repeated gashes by the Colts' Brown, who at one point in the third quarter had three consecutive carries for nine, 11 and 10 yards, are exactly what the Packers need to prevent this week against Foster, the league's second leading rusher, who has topped 100 yards three times in five games this season.

Those three straight Brown runs and five of his seven carries of eight plus yards overall came after Raji left the game in the second quarter, when he reinjured the same ankle he hurt in the preseason finale. He recovered from that in time to play in the opener against the 49ers, but it's probably fair to say he wasn't at full strength against Gore and Hunter.

Mike McCarthy said Foster is the Packers' "key target" going into Sunday night's game, and it's easy to see why. He's a true workhorse, with a league leading 132 carries this season, 19 more than any other back in the league. Foster's 532 yards are barely behind the 551 of Kansas City's Jamaal Charles, and his five rushing TDs are an NFL best.

McCarthy said the Texans run the outside zone scheme a stretch play on which the back takes the ball behind a wall of blockers moving laterally and then either tries to jet around the corner or pick a cutback lane as soon as one appears better than anyone in the NFL.

"I think the term patience is overused for running backs, but he's the epitome of a patient back," Raji said of Foster. "You look at his physical ability his vision is awesome, his speed is not quite where some other backs are in this league but Cyrus Kouandjio Womens Jersey I think what separates him is his patience and his ability to look for the weak link up front, cut it back on a dime and get downhill."

Foster's patience in turn requires patience on the part of the defenders to stay disciplined and stay in their run lanes. It's almost like a game of chicken as the play stretches to the outside, to see which side is going to commit and make the first move.

"He's so patient, sometimes it's like he's not running as hard, and then he finds a spot and he waits for somebody to make a mistake, and he'll make you pay for making that mistake," Pickett said.

"That's the hard part about playing this style of offense. You can stop the run, stop it (again), and officialauthenticbills.com/authentic-cyrus-kouandjio-jersey.html then one person gets out of their gap, and he can cut back and gash you for 30 yards. You hate that."

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