Sports Today: Re-examining those Bengals-Browns personal fouls

Published: Tuesday, November 28, 2017 @ 11:08 AM

CINCINNATI, OH - NOVEMBER 26:  Joe Mixon #28 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs the football upfield against Jabrill Peppers #22 of the Cleveland Browns during their game at Paul Brown Stadium on November 26, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio.   The Bengals defeated the Browns 30-16.  (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)
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CINCINNATI, OH - NOVEMBER 26: Joe Mixon #28 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs the football upfield against Jabrill Peppers #22 of the Cleveland Browns during their game at Paul Brown Stadium on November 26, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Bengals defeated the Browns 30-16. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)(John Grieshop/Getty Images)

Whenever the Cincinnati Bengals play the Browns and Steelers in back-to-back weeks, you know there’s going to be lots of NFL talk around here. 

Looks like Marvin Lewis and I had the same view of the Jabrill Peppers hit on Josh Malone on Sunday. 

“My take on it is that there were still pictures of it that showed the helmet being hit — helmet-to-helmet (contact) — which is unfortunately the rule. It used to be a good football play, but it’s no longer a good football play. Jabrill has to come over and try to dislodge the ball from the receiver by keeping his hat out of it. That’s the way the rules are intended now. That’s part of playing defensive back in this era.”

I bolded “unfortunately” there because I agree. This was not an attempt at a Mike Mitchell-type kill shot. 

Yesterday I wrote Peppers probably couldn’t have aimed lower and still gotten there, but now I’m thinking that’s not true. 

Regardless, this looks more like a play in which the defender leads and makes initial contact with the shoulder. He’s not aiming for the head, but there is helmet-to-helmet contact that’s pretty incidental. Malone was stunned by the hit, but he also landed flat on his back, which has a tendency to shock the whole system. 

Maybe it’s impossible to split these hairs and the only way to get rid of the really dangerous and unnecessary head hits is to over-compensate, but I continue to think there’s got to be a better way. 

Lewis also pointed out the early personal foul on Vontaze Burfict was incorrect for multiple reasons: The player he hit was in the legal chuck zone, the quarterback still had the ball in the pocket and the contact wasn’t too high. 

“The guy is running at four (yards beyond the line of scrimmage), sees Vontaze running, alters to three, Vontaze hits him with the shoulder on the shoulder. That’s a legal football (play). The quarterback was in the pocket. Now, the quarterback then left the pocket — whether or not the referee deemed that (to be the reason), I don’t know. It’s unfortunate to have that penalty, because that led to the field (goal) position from there… 

If the ball was out and it’s on the other side of the field. That’s all judgement, the other part. (The intention of) the rule is that the receiver has the protection not to be hit in the head or by a head in the shoulder area, which he (Burfict) doesn’t do.” 

The TV broadcast dropped the ball here because it never showed the Burfict play in full context… 

A big theme of Monday interviews with University of Dayton basketball players and coach Anthony GrantThe intermingling of veterans and freshmen early. 

Grant is happy to have guys like Darrell Davis and Josh Cunningham to lead the way for Jalen Crutcher, Jordan Davis and the rest of the new guys. 

What we know for sure so far is these Flyers are better than the average MAC team. 

This week we get to see how they compare to average SEC teams. 

Since this UD team has a lot of size and length, I’ll be very curious to see how they match up athletically with Auburn and Mississippi State… 

Lastly, while people in Cincinnati debate wasting money on a soccer stadium they don’t need, we’ve got an update on the economic impact from one of Dayton’s true gems: Fifth Third Field.  

Last year, Palisades Arcadia Baseball hired the Applied Policy Research Institute to analyze the Dragons’ economic impact on the Dayton area.

“Production and employment on the Southwestern Ohio regional economy is estimated to generate a total of $27.6 million in sales, 297 permanent jobs, $10.5 million in labor income, and approximately $342,000 in state and local sales and income tax revenues,” the application said.

A study of the ball park found that it is in good shape but will need some typical wear-and-tear things fixed up. 

Nebraska basketball upsets No. 23 Michigan, 72-52

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 6:15 PM

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Nebraska’s 2017-18 season has had its ups and its downs, but as of Thursday night, the team is on a high.

At home, against No. 23-ranked Michigan, the Cornhuskers pulled off a 72-52 upset, pushing the team’s overall record to 14-7 and 5-3 in Big Ten play. Nebraska is currently sixth in the Big Ten standings.

Since the Cornhuskers took a 14-12 lead, the home team never looked back, controlling the game throughout. James Palmer Jr. led all scorers with 19.

The Cornhuskers shot over 54 percent from the field while the Wolverines shot 38 percent. The team also went 5-of-11 from three-point range, as Michigan went 4-of-18.

Nebraska will be in action again at 8 p.m. ET when the team faces Ohio State — who is unbeaten in Big Ten play — on Jan. 22 at Ohio State. The game will be televised on Big Ten Network.

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Nebraska-Michigan basketball: Recap, stats, analysis (January 18, 2018)

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 3:00 PM

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Nebraska basketball defeated No. 23 Michigan, 72-52, at home Thursday evening. Find the box score, key plays and more from the game below.

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Nebraska-Michigan basketball: Game time, information

Nebraska and Michigan play at 9 p.m. ET on Thursday, Jan. 18.

Time: 9 p.m. ET

Date: Thursday, Jan. 18

Location: Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln, Neb.

How can I watch the Nebraska-Michigan basketball game on TV and online?

Nebraska and Michigan will be broadcast on Big Ten Network. BTN2Go and FOX Sports Go will have the livestream.

Kevin Kugler and Robbie Hummel will call the game.

How can I listen to the Nebraska-Michigan basketball game on the radio?

Nebraska and Michigan can be heard on the Husker Sports Network, including 590 AM (Omaha), 1400 AM (Lincoln) and 880 AM (Lexington). Online radio will be available at Huskers.com, on the Huskers App, and on TuneIn Radio and the TuneIn Radio App. The radio broadcast begins one hour prior to tipoff.

Kent Pavelka and Jake Muhleisen will have the call.

Nebraska-Michigan basketball preview

Nebraska (13-7, 4-3 Big Ten) and No. 23 Michigan (16-4, 5-2 Big Ten) meet Thursday evening at 9 p.m. ET at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

The meeting is the 17th between the two programs, dating back to 1949. The Wolverines lead the all-time series 14-2, although Michigan’s win over Nebraska in the 1992 Rainbow Classic was later vacated. The Huskers are looking to snap a 10-game losing streak to Michigan on Thursday.

Michigan is the only Big Ten team Nebraska has not defeated since joining the conference.

Nebraska comes into the game after an exciting 64-63 win over Illinois on Monday. James Palmer Jr. hit a 3-pointer with only 0.3 seconds left to win it. The last-second shot capped off a 24-point performance from Palmer against Illinois.

The Huskers last two games have come down to the wire, although the meeting at Penn State did not fall in Nebraska’s favor. Against the Nittany Lions, Nebraska lost in the final 2.7 seconds of overtime.

Palmer wasn’t the only star against Illinois. Both Isaiah Roby and Evan Taylor were key in the Huskers’ rally over the Fighting Illini. The game was Roby’s first start of the year and he nearly posted a double-double, finishing with 9 points, 10 rebounds, 4 steals and 2 blocks. Taylor added 13 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists off the bench.

As for Michigan, the Wolverines come to Lincoln having won 9 of the last 10 games. That includes a 10-point win over then No. 4 Michigan State last Saturday.

The No. 23 Wolverines defeated Maryland 68-67 on Monday. In another Big Ten game that came down the the wire, Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman’s two free throws with 1.2 seconds left helped Michigan escape with the win. Beyond Abdur-Rahkman, Michigan also features the star duo of Moritz Wagner (14.9 ppg, 7.2 rpg) and Charles Matthews (14.9 ppg, 5.2 rpg).

Michigan’s last loss was to Big Ten co-leader Purdue on Jan. 9. The team’s only other Big Ten loss was to Ohio State on Dec. 9.

The Wolverines are averaging 76.3 points per game and rank second in the Big Ten with 9.6 3-pointers per game. Michigan also leads the Big Ten in turnover margin (+4.7 per game), committing a conference-low 9.8 turnovers per game.

The game marks the return of Nebraska center Jordy Tshimanga, who is back with the team after an absence last weekend.

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NFL mock draft 2018: First-round projections, top players, 2018 NFL Draft order (01/18/2018)

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 2:30 AM

NFL Draft 2018 projections are here with the NFL Playoffs in the conference championship games. Find some 2018 NFL mock drafts below.

Much of the narrative around the 2018 NFL Draft is focused at quarterback. Mock drafts from Sports Illustrated and CBS Sports both have quarterbacks littering the top 10.

Here is a collection of 2018 NFL mock drafts from around the internet, plus Land of 10’s own projection.

NFL mock draft 2018: First-round projections, top players

Land of 10 predictions

1 Cleveland Browns Sam Darnold USC QB
2 New York Giants Connor Williams Texas OT
3 Indianapolis Colts Saquon Barkley Penn State RB
4 Cleveland Browns Mike McGlinchey Notre Dame G
5 Denver Broncos Baker Mayfield Oklahoma QB
6 New York Jets Josh Rosen UCLA QB
7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Bradley Chubb NC State DL
8 Chicago Bears Courtland Sutton SMU WR
9 San Francisco 49ers Derwin James Florida State DB
10 Oakland Raiders Minkah Fitzpatrick Alabama DB
11 Miami Dolphins Roquan Smith Georgia LB
12 Cincinnati Bengals Quenton Nelson Notre Dame G
13 Washington Redskins Calvin Ridley Alabama WR
14 Green Bay Packers Joshua Jackson Iowa DB
15 Arizona Cardinals Mason Rudolph Oklahoma State QB
16 Baltimore Ravens Denzel Ward Ohio State DB
17 Los Angeles Chargers Orlando Brown Oklahoma OL
18 Seattle Seahawks James Washington Oklahoma State WR
19 Dallas Cowboys Christian Kirk Texas A&M WR
20 Detroit Lions Ogbonnia Okoronkwo Oklahoma LB
21 Buffalo Bills Josh Allen Wyoming QB
22 Buffalo Bills Arden Key LSU DL
23 Los Angeles Rams Rashaan Evans Alabama LB
24 Carolina Panthers Maurice Hurst Michigan DL
25 Tennessee Titans Sam Hubbard Ohio State DL
26 Atlanta Falcons Vita Vea Washington DL
27 New Orleans Saints Marcus Davenport UTSA DL
28 Pittsburgh Steelers Malik Jefferson Texas LB
29 Jacksonville Jaguars Harold Landry Boston College LB
30 Philadelphia Eagles Tremaine Edwards Virginia Tech LB
31 Minnesota Vikings Billy Price Ohio State OL
32 New England Patriots Derrius Guice LSU RB

NFL mock draft 2018: ESPN projections by Mel Kiper

1 Cleveland Browns Josh Allen Wyoming QB
2 New York Giants Josh Rosen UCLA QB
3 Indianapolis Colts Bradley Chubb NC State DE
4 Cleveland Browns Saquon Barkley Penn State RB
5 Denver Broncos Sam Darnold USC QB
6 New York Jets Minkah Fitzpatrick Alabama CB
7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Quenton Nelson Notre Dame G
8 Chicago Bears Calvin Ridley Alabama WR
9 San Francisco 49ers Denzel Ward Ohio State CB
10 Oakland Raiders Roquan Smith Georgia LB
11 Miami Dolphins Mike McGlinchey Notre Dame OT
12 Cincinnati Bengals Tremaine Edmunds Virginia Tech LB
13 Washington Redskins Baker Mayfield Oklahoma QB
14 Green Bay Packers Marcus Davenport USA DE
15 Arizona Cardinals Josh Jackson Iowa CB
16 Baltimore Ravens Brian O’Neill Pittsburgh OT
17 Los Angeles Chargers Da’Ron Payne Alabama DT
18 Seattle Seahawks Derwin James Florida State S
19 Dallas Cowboys Vita Vea Washington DT
20 Detroit Lions Sam Hubbard Ohio State DE
21 Buffalo Bills Mike Hughes UCF CB
22 Buffalo Bills Maurice Hurst Michigan DT
23 Los Angeles Rams Carlton Davis Auburn CB
24 Carolina Panthers Billy Price Ohio State C/G
25 Tennessee Titans Harold Landry Boston College OLB
26 Atlanta Falcons Christian Kirk Texas A&M WR
27 New Orleans Saints Courtland Suttin SMU WR DL
28 Pittsburgh Steelers Rashaan Evans Alabama ILB
29 Jacksonville Jaguars Mark Andrews Oklahoma TE
30 Philadelphia Eagles Kolton Miller UCLA OT
31 Minnesota Vikings Connor Williams Texas OT
32 New England Patriots Rasheem Green USC DE

NFL mock draft 2018: Top players, projection for first round

CBS Sports projection

1 Cleveland Browns Sam Darnold USC QB
2 New York Giants Josh Rosen UCLA QB
3 Indianapolis Colts Minkah Fitzpatrick Alabama DB
4 Cleveland Browns (from Texans) Saquon Barkley Penn State RB
5 Denver Broncos Baker Mayfield Oklahoma QB
6 New York Jets Connor Williams Texas OT
7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Bradley Chubb NC State DE
8 Chicago Bears Courtland Sutton SMU WR
9 San Francisco 49ers Quenton Nelson Notre Dame G
10 Oakland Raiders Roquan Smith Georgia LB
11 Miami Dolphins Derwin James Florida State S
12 Cincinnati Bengals Orlando Brown Oklahoma OT
13 Washington Redskins Josh Allen Wyoming QB
14 Green Bay Packers Calvin Ridley Alabama WR
15 Arizona Cardinals Lamar Jackson Louisville QB
16 Baltimore Ravens Derrius Guice LSU RB
17 Los Angeles Chargers Vita Vea Washington DT
18 Seattle Seahawks Marcus Davenport UTSA DL
19 Dallas Cowboys James Washington Oklahoma State WR
20 Detroit Lions Maurice Hurst Michigan DT
21 Buffalo Bills Mason Rudolph Oklahoma State QB
22 Buffalo Bills (from Chiefs) Harrison Phillips Stanford DL
23 Los Angeles Rams Joshua Jackson Iowa CB
24 Carolina Panthers Anthony Miller Memphis WR
25 Tennessee Titans Taven Bryan Florida DT
26 Atlanta Falcons Da’Ron Payne Alabama DT
27 New Orleans Saints Tremaine Edwards Virginia Tech LB
28 Pittsburgh Steelers Malik Jefferson Texas LB
29 Jacksonville Jaguars Mark Andrews Oklahoma TE
30 Philadelphia Eagles Denzel Ward Ohio State CB
31 New England Patriots Ogbonnia Okoronkwo Oklahoma LB
32 Minnesota Vikings Chukwuma Okorafor Western Michigan OT

NFL mock draft 2018: First-round projections for 2018 NFL Draft

Sports Illustrated’s NFL executive-vetted projection

1 Sam Darnold USC QB
2 Saquon Barkley Penn State RB
3 Josh Rosen UCLA QB
4 Bradley Chubb NC State DE
5 Minkah Fitzpatrick Alabama CB
6 Quenton Nelson Notre Dame G
7 Mike McGlinchey Notre Dame OT
8 Connor Williams Texas OT
9 Denzel Ward Ohio State CB
10 Josh Allen Wyoming QB
11 Derwin James Florida State S
12 Da’Ron Payne Alabama DT
13 Courtland Sutton SMU WR
14 Harold Landry Boston College DE
15 Roquan Smith Georgia LB
16 Calvin Ridley Alabama WR
17 Christian Wilkins Clemson DT
18 Tarvarus McFadden Florida State CB
19 Orlando Brown Oklahoma OT
20 Clelin Ferrell Clemson DE/LB
21 Austin Bryant Clemson DE/LB
22 Christian Kirk Texas A&M WR
23 Sam Hubbard Ohio State DE/LB
24 Arden Key LSU DE
25 Chukwuma Okorafor Western Michigan OT
26 Dre’Mont Jones Ohio State DT
27 Baker Mayfield Oklahoma QB
28 Derrius Guice LSU RB
29 Isaiah Oliver Colorado CB
30 Rashaan Evans Alabama LB
31 Damien Harris Alabama RB
32 James Washington Oklahoma State WR

2018 NFL Draft: First round order

Pick Nos. 1 through 20 are set now that the regular season is finished.

1. Cleveland Browns

2. New York Giants

3. Indianapolis Colts

4. Cleveland Browns

5. Denver Broncos

6. New York Jets

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

8. Chicago Bears

9. San Francisco 49ers OR Oakland Raiders (coin flip)

11. Miami Dolphins

12. Cincinnati Bengals

13. Washington Redskins

14. Green Bay Packers

15. Arizona Cardinals

16. Baltimore Ravens

17. Los Angeles Chargers

18. Seattle Seahawks

19. Dallas Cowboys

20. Detroit Lions

21. Buffalo Bills

22. Buffalo Bills (from Chiefs)

23. Los Angeles Rams

24. Carolina Panthers

25. Tennessee Titans

26. Atlanta Falcons

27. New Orleans Saints

28. Pittsburgh Steelers

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Projected starter on Arkansas’ offensive line won’t return in 2018

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 6:01 PM

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Arkansas offensive line, already coming off a difficult year, will now have to replace someone who was expected to be a key cog next season.

Zach Rogers, who started five games at center last year, won’t return for his senior season. Arkansas has yet to publicly annoucne the move.

Rogers played in three games his freshman year out of Hebron High in Texas, then played in another three his sophomore season. Naturally, Rogers served as a center, but with the difficulty the Arkansas offensive line had the last two years, he doubled as a guard for some snaps, too. When All-American Frank Ragnow was lost for the season halfway through last year, Rogers stepped back over to center and took over there for the rest of the campaign.

Rogers is not transferring, per a source. He is just not going to play football any longer. Rogers has already graduated and, according to Danny West at HawgSports, he is pursuing a career in law enforcement in northwest Arkansas.

It’s unclear who the first-team center will be now in the spring. Dylan Hays served as third-team center last year for the bulk of the season, but also was moved to defensive line in 2017. Jackson Hannah was the team’s scout-team center. Also among consideration will likely be Ty Clary, who started a handful of games at right guard last year in his freshman season.