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Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen teams up with fans to sell retro high school sweatshirts



BUFFALO, N.Y. — Supporting both quarterback Josh Allen and a good cause? Count Buffalo Bills fans in.

Before and after the Bills’ Week 4 win over the Houston Texans, Allen represented his high school, wearing a gray Firebaugh Eagles sweatshirt. Upon seeing photos of Allen’s look, Bills fans immediately wanted to know where they could get their own versions of the sweatshirt.

Based on the significant demand, the Bills worked with Firebaugh High School in Firebaugh, California, to sell the sweatshirts through the One Buffalo website. The school had no longer been making the “throwback” look prior to Allen’s fashion statement. The school’s athletic teams now use a logo that resembles the Philadelphia Eagles, not the one Allen was wearing.

All proceeds from the sale went toward supporting the high school, per Allen’s request. Thus far, hoodie sales have generated over $80,000 in donations for Firebaugh High School, ESPN confirmed. The hoodie is being sold for $40. Sweatshirts remain available for presale purchase until 5 p.m. ET Monday, per the high school.

Firebaugh has a population of about 8,300 and is located west of Fresno, California. The school has around 650 students. It has not been announced yet what the proceeds will go toward specifically.

Bills fans have shown their support for Allen in various ways in the past. Last year, over $1 million was donated to Oishei Children’s Hospital in Buffalo in honor of Allen’s grandmother, Patricia, who passed away during the 2020 season.

The Bills are coming off a big win vs. the Kansas City Chiefs. Allen completed 15 passes for 315 yards, averaging 21 yards per completion. That’s the most yards per completion by any quarterback in the last two years.

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Dallas Cowboys’ offense puts up 515 yards, showing it’s always ‘in the strike zone’ – Dallas Cowboys Blog



ARLINGTON, Texas — Maybe the game’s outcome was already decided, since the Dallas Cowboys were leading by 14 points in the fourth quarter and the New York Giants were without quarterback Daniel Jones, running back Saquon Barkley and wide receiver Kenny Golladay, but Dak Prescott still had a message.

The Cowboys had the ball at their 2-yard line with 12:22 left to play and were up 27-13.

“This is 98 yards,” the Cowboys quarterback told his offensive teammates in the huddle. “This is a challenge. … One play at a time. Focus in on your job. Be disciplined and we’ll look up and we’ll be in the end zone.”

On first down, running back Ezekiel Elliott picked up 10 yards. Two plays later, wide receiver CeeDee Lamb had an 18-yard catch, but offensive tackle Terence Steele was penalized for unnecessary roughness after the gain. No problem. Wide receiver Cedrick Wilson completed a 22-yard pass to Noah Brown, missing an open Lamb for a potential touchdown on the trick play.

On third-and-1 from the Dallas 48, Wilson was on the receiving end of a Prescott throw for 35 yards. Two plays later, Elliott had a 13-yard touchdown run.

Ninety-eight yards on nine plays, chewing up 4 minutes, 48 seconds. Game really over. The Cowboys won 44-20.

Aside from the Steele penalty, the drive was the epitome of the Cowboys’ offensive dominance that has been on display this season and especially during their four-game winning streak.

“When we’re focused and when we’re all playing and doing our one job, that’s what we expect,” Prescott said, “and that’s why our standards are so high.”

In their past three games, the Cowboys have scored 121 points, their most in a three-game span since Weeks 15-17 in 2014 (124).

In their four-game winning streak, the Cowboys lead the NFL in rushing yards (804) and are second in yards per rush (5.54).

In his past three games, Prescott has 10 touchdown passes. Against the Giants, he had a 49-yard touchdown pass to Lamb and a 24-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Amari Cooper. After missing on five passes in the first quarter, he missed on just five passes over the last three quarters.

Elliott had his second straight 100-yard rushing game, finishing with 110 yards on 21 carries. For the eighth time in his career he had a rushing and receiving touchdown in the same game. Running back Tony Pollard had 75 yards rushing and 28 yards receiving, marking the first time since 2019 both of the Cowboys’ backs topped 100 scrimmage yards in the same game.

“Correct me if wrong, this is our third week of running for 200 again,” Elliott said. “So, I think the O-line came out there and dominated and everything fell [into place] after that.”

Elliott is not wrong. It is also the first time in franchise history the Cowboys have had more than 200 yards rushing as a team in three straight games.

Against the Giants, the Cowboys put up 515 yards on offense, marking the first time since 1983 a Dallas offense had more than 200 yards rushing and 300 yards passing in the same game.

Whichever way an opposing defense wants to attempt to slow the Cowboys, offensive coordinator Kellen Moore can counter. If defenses want to stack the box, Prescott can throw it all over the field. If the defenses choose to sit back in coverage, the Cowboys will run it effectively.

“Kellen has so much great stuff,” Prescott said, “and he knows when to call it.”

As good as it has been, the Cowboys have not been perfect. Two first-quarter turnovers by Prescott led to a slow start against the Giants. They also have not had receiver Michael Gallup (calf strain) or right tackle La’el Collins (suspension) since the season opener, so they feel like they have room to grow.

“It’s great to be on an offense this talented,” Lamb said. “We know you don’t always have to make the play or you don’t have to stretch yourself to make the play because you know your brother has your back. We have so many offensive weapons and we feel like we can score from any point. Any point on the field it’s like we’re in the strike zone.”

Even from 98 yards away.

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Two-interception game caps memorable week for Philadelphia Eagles corner Darius Slay – Philadelphia Eagles Blog



CHARLOTTE, N.C. — During his news conference following Sunday’s come-from-behind 21-18 win over the Carolina Panthers, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts was asked about one of his key late-game runs. But Hurts had something else entirely on his mind, and directed the conversation to it.

“I don’t want to talk about that. I want to talk about how the defense played. How Darius Slay came out, added another munchkin to the bunch this week, came out here and got two picks,” he said.

That was a concise summary of a chaotic and memorable week for Slay. The cornerback’s wife gave birth to their son, Desmond Demetrius, on Thursday — the couple’s fifth child together. Understandably busy, Slay missed Thursday’s practice and wasn’t able to dedicate as much time to preparation as he normally would.

All he did was come out and have his best game in an Eagles uniform. He intercepted quarterback Sam Darnold twice and limited the Panthers’ DJ Moore, one of the most productive wide receivers in the league, to five catches for 42 yards. It was the 30-year-old Slay’s first game with multiple interceptions since Week 15 of 2017.

“Shout out to my teammates because a lot of times I couldn’t go to practice,” he said. “I didn’t get any reps, just walking through, Zoom calls, my baby boy was born. Rod [Rodney McLeod], Ant [Anthony Harris], all the DB guys, I told them, ‘I’m going to need everyone today.’ I prepared as much as I could. I leaned on those guys. We cover each other. I appreciate them boys for having my back out there and putting me in position to make the plays that I made.”

Slay has been solid if unspectacular since the Eagles acquired him from the Detroit Lions in 2020 for third- and fifth-round picks, then signed him to a three-year, $50 million contract. He has frequently been asked to shadow the opposition’s top receiver and isn’t targeted as much as other corners, but had only one interception through 19 games with the Eagles. Quarterbacks had been completing 75% of their passes when throwing in his direction. On Sunday, he looked more like the shutdown corner he was in Detroit, earning him one of the better nicknames in the NFL.

“That’s ‘Big Play Slay,’ that’s what he do,” said rookie receiver DeVonta Smith. “He went out there and he made plays.”

Slay showed his value as a veteran leader as well. Following Smith’s third-quarter fumble, Slay went up to him on the sideline and told him, “S— happens, keep your head up”, “You’re a playmaker” and “We’re for you, as a team, as a unit.”

Smith finished with seven catches for 77 yards and a two-point conversion following the Eagles’ go-ahead touchdown.

“He said let it go,” Smith said, “and that’s what I did.”

The Eagles are now 2-3. It’s been a roller-coaster ride on both sides of the ball, with each unit taking turns dominating and being dominated. The defense is the more experienced unit of the two. If one unit is going to stabilize and become the more reliable partner, it’s the defense. As one of the secondary’s best players, Slay is key to making that happen.

There’s no rest for Papa Slay. Tom Brady and the Bucs come to town on Thursday night (8:20 p.m. ET, Fox/NFL Network).

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NFL kickers have historically rough week with record-setting misses



From this moment forward, Week 5 shall be remembered as the week all the kicks were missed. One minute a slew of game-winning field goals — including Justin Tucker‘s NFL-record 66-yarder in Week 3 — were ensuring kickers got their flowers, the next they couldn’t seem to buy a make.

To be clear, Tucker got out of the Baltimore Ravens‘ Monday Night Football matchup with the Indianapolis Colts unscathed … because he’s Justin Tucker. But Colts kicker Rodrigo Blankenship wasn’t as lucky.

Blankenship’s name got added to the list of kickers who fell prey to the Week 5 curse when he delivered the 13th missed extra point of the week.

Not long after the above was tweeted, Blankenship missed a 47-yard field goal attempt on the final play of regulation (the 13th failed field goal of the week), bringing the grand tally to 26 muffed kicks since Thursday.

The influx of misses marks the first week with at least 10 missed field goals and at least 10 missed extra points since the point after touchdown was moved back from the 2-yard line to the 15-yard line in 2015.

It all started when Los Angeles Rams kicker Matt Gay missed an extra point on his team’s first touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks during Thursday Night Football. Things went downhill quickly from there.

On Sunday morning, the bad juju continued in London when New York Jets kicker Matt Ammendola missed an extra-point attempt on the Jets’ first touchdown of the day in their early loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

Then, on Sunday afternoon, Week 5 caught up with Mason Crosby. The Green Bay Packers‘ kicker entered the matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals having made 27 straight field goals. Week 5 appeared to take that personally as Crosby missed three crucial field goals and an extra point before eventually making the game-winner.

With Green Bay and Cincinnati tied at 22 with 2:12 left, Crosby shanked a 36-yarder wide left. The Bengals then drove into field goal range for their own go-ahead field goal attempt, but in a shocking turn of events, Evan McPherson’s 57-yard attempt also resulted in a miss.

After a quick strike from Aaron Rodgers to Davante Adams, the Packers once again put Crosby in position to be the hero. Conversely, he missed from 51 yards away to send the game into overtime.

In overtime, the Packers intercepted Joe Burrow to set up another winning field goal chance for Crosby. To the surprise of absolutely no one reading this, he missed. That gave Cincinnati’s McPherson another chance at the game-winner. One that he, too, missed.

Crosby eventually redeemed himself with a 49-yard field goal to give the Packers the win.

But the collective kicking woes hardly stopped there.

The Los Angeles Chargers managed to pull out a win over the Cleveland Browns; however, it was hardly thanks to stellar kicking. Tristan Vizcaino missed a pair of extra points, including one that would have tied the game at 42 after Austin Ekeler took a screen pass to the house with just over three minutes left. Vizcaino has now missed four extra points on the season.

In keeping with the theme, the New England Patriots‘ close win over the Houston Texans featured three missed extra points in a row. The Texans’ Ka’imi Fairbairn missed the PAT on his team’s first score, and Patriots kicker Nick Folk answered with a missed PAT of his own on the Patriots’ first touchdown. When Houston responded with another touchdown, Fairbairn missed another extra point. You can’t make this stuff up, folks.

Elsewhere, Cody Parkey of the New Orleans Saints missed an extra point after a touchdown by Alvin Kamara against the Washington Football Team and Jacksonville Jaguars kicker Matthew Wright missed the extra point on the Jaguars’ first touchdown of the day.

Can’t help wondering if the word “missed” has ever been used more frequently in a story. Also, on a slightly unrelated note, that things can only get better from here for beleaguered kickers everywhere.

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