One thing we learned about each NFL team in Week 1: Lamar Jackson can pass, Chargers now can close games

The NFL arguably had its most exciting Week 1 in years, living up to the offseason hype generated by all the player movement over the spring and summer months. The league had five games decided by a game-winning score in the final two minutes of regulation or in overtime, tied for the third-most such games in Week 1 (and the most since 2002).

Four teams overcame deficits of at least 10 points to win or tie in Week 1, the first time that happened in 20 years. 2022 kickoff weekend was also the fourth time that multiple teams overcame a deficit of at least 16 points to win or tie in Week 1, which has occurred three times in the last four years (2019 and 2020). 

With all the madness in Week 1, it’s hard to gauge the outlook of each team after the opening week of the season. There are still some things to take away from each team, which we’ll unravel with Week 1 in the books. 

Blitzing Patrick Mahomes was destined to fail: With no J.J. Watt available, the Cardinals threw the kitchen sink to try and stop Mahomes. Vance Joseph should have known that wasn’t going to work based on what Mahomes has shown in the past. The Cardinals blitzed Mahomes more than he had ever been in his entire career, and the Chiefs quarterback torched them for four touchdown passes against the blitz — and all five of his scores were against man coverage. 

Mahomes was blitzed a league-high 54% of the time in Week 1. Teams have been avoiding blitzing Mahomes because of his success against it. The Cardinals tried the opposite. 

That strategy should work other weeks, but not against arguably the best quarterback in the league. 

Same old Falcons: The Falcons earn

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Alabama’s Nick Saban goes in-depth on out-of-control NIL: ‘[Texas] A&M bought every player on their team’

Texas A&M’s top-ranked 2022 recruiting class has long been on the receiving end of murmurs surrounding how, exactly, coach Jimbo Fisher signed more five-star prospects in one class than he had in his entire Aggies tenure prior to this offseason. That’s life for college football’s elite recruiting programs. On Wednesday night, however, Alabama coach Nick Saban said the quiet part out loud — and it was far from the only thing he had to get off his chest.

Speaking at a 50-day countdown event for the World Games, Saban touched on the ways name, image and likeness (NIL) has impacted the game. He didn’t pull any punches in the process. Specifically, Saban went straight for Texas A&M as an example of what’s wrong with NIL, flatly accusing the Aggies of buying their recruits through NIL deals and setting off an offseason feud for the ages. 

“It’s going to be difficult for the people who are spending tons of money to get players,” Saban said as part of a 7-minute answer to a question about NIL that was recorded and published by AL.com. “You’ve read about them. You know who they are. We were second in recruiting last year. [Texas] A&M was first.

“A&M bought every player on their team — made a deal for name, image and likeness. We didn’t buy one player. But I don’t know if we’re going to be able to sustain that in the future because more and more people are doing it.”

Saban called NIL “a great concept for players,” noting that Alabama football players “created $3 million worth of opportunity for themselves by doing it the right way” in the past year. “And I have no problem with that, and nobody had a problem on our team with that because the guys that

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ESE’s Esports Team K1CK Qualifies for Apex Legends Global

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, April 27, 2022 (World NEWSWIRE) — ESE Entertainment Inc. (“ESE” or the “Firm”) (TSXV: ESE) (OTCQB: ENTEF) is delighted to announce that its esports workforce, K1CK, has certified for the in-man or woman Apex Legends World-wide Collection (“ALGS”) Professional League playoffs that will just take spot in Stockholm, Sweden amongst Friday, April 29th and Sunday, Might 1st, 2022.

K1CK claimed 3rd spot in the Europe, Center East and Africa area in Apex Legends World-wide Collection Pro League Break up 2, earning its location in the playoffs.

The occasion arranged by Electronic Arts will aspect 40 teams from 5 locations:

  • North America (10 Groups)
  • EMEA (10 Groups)
  • APAC North (10 Groups)
  • APAC South (5 Teams)
  • South The us (5 Teams)

K1CK will compete in Stockholm towards esports manufacturers such as 100 Robbers, NRG, G2, Cloud9, TSM, Team Liquid, Staff Singularity and Crew Liquid, amid other well known businesses.

Immediately after extra than two a long time without having an in-individual event, for the time in ALGS historical past, the top teams from just about every of the Pro Leagues will contend for a world winner crown. The Playoffs get started with a team phase on Friday, April 29th, wherever groups will be split into 4 groups of ten teams. Each group will perform a 6-match series towards every other group in the team stage and on Saturday, April 30th, every workforce will be assigned a beginning placement in the double-elimination bracket phase, centered on their team stage effectiveness. Just after actively playing by the double-elimination bracket, the prime 20 teams will advance to the finals.

The finals will get location on Sunday, May perhaps 1st, and consist of a one Match Level collection to determine the

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NFL Power Rankings: Broncos, Ravens, Chargers among big risers post-draft, Rams stay No. 1, new team in cellar

Aside from a few veteran moves here and there, most NFL teams have a good idea of who they will be bringing to training camp. That means with free agency and the 2022 NFL Draft behind us, it’s time for another batch of my Power Rankings.

I bet you can’t wait.

I always keep the defending Super Bowl champions in the top spot until the regular season kicks off, so the Los Angeles Rams stay there. There is no reason to believe they can’t be in the mix to win it all again. 

They will once again be a talented team loaded with stars, but general manager Les Snead also knows how to supplement his roster with young players who can contribute. That won’t change, which is why the Rams remain in the top spot.

Some teams have moved up in these Power Rankings after impressive offseasons, while others have fallen off because they haven’t kept up. The NFL formula seems to be about going for it now, which is the formula the Rams used to win a Super Bowl last year.

In a league of copycats, that seems to be catching on. That’s why the offseason has been wild with a ton of big-name trades that have kept the interest at an all-time high.

The top team from the AFC in these rankings is the Buffalo Bills. I think they were the best team at the end of last season and would have won it all, were it not for those horribly-played 13 seconds at the end of the playoff loss to the Chiefs.

The Bills have done a nice job of filling in some key spots this offseason, but made a big splash adding pass rusher Von Miller. Sacking the quarterback late in games won’t be an issue

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Esports team doctor: Games are on video, but injuries all too real

The COVID-19 pandemic has driven individuals indoors, leading to an explosive interest in movie online games. Youngsters and young people use gaming to hook up with their mates, and much more older people are pursuing professions in esports.

Nithin V. Natwa, MD, normally sees “gamer’s thumb” or other overuse injuries—ones that typically acquire many years to develop—in sufferers participating in video clip video games. Esports have led to much more injuries in the common populace, in accordance to Dr. Natwa, a sporting activities and loved ones physician at Henry Ford Health and fitness Program and group doctor for the esports team of Oakland University.

It is crucial to diagnose these injuries right away, “because by the time the signs or symptoms current, there is already been some degree of hurt,” urged Dr. Natwa. This isn’t like a broken arm or leg, where the difficulty is instant and obvious. Gaming injuries establish about time, he noted.

Henry Ford is a member of the AMA Well being Method Method, an initiative that developments leadership and presents organization remedies to generate the long term of drugs.

Gaming is not just a teenage pastime—it’s also taken off among the older people 40 to 60 years aged, and skillfully, as a lot more gaming leagues are established. The emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic only partly explains the rise in gaming and gaming-relevant accidents.

“The inhabitants as a full is gearing more towards electronic worlds, with Xbox Live, PlayStation Dwell and the metaverse,” said Dr. Natwa. It’s a diverse environment than his individual childhood. “When I was increasing up, we went to people’s houses to pay a visit to with close friends or enjoy online video game titles. Now, it’s a lot a lot easier to indicator on

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Ukrainian esports team Na’Vi says it is ‘not going to leave the country’

Ukrainian esports group Natus Vincere (aka Na’Vi) has issued a assertion about the foreseeable future of the organization amidst the ongoing Russian invasion, saying that the huge vast majority of its workers stay in Ukraine and are not heading to depart.

“The war proceeds,” the workforce wrote. “Now every single resident of Ukraine, including the Na’Vi employees, is carrying out anything probable. They defend the towns as portion of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and territorial defense, offer aid in Ukraine as volunteers, or just just take treatment of loved types.

“A lot more than 90% of our personnel are now in Ukraine and are not going to leave the place. We take individuals out of the most dangerous regions and assist them obtain housing. On our cars and trucks, volunteers day-to-day deliver humanitarian help all-around Kyiv and the region, and all Na’Vi outfits are dispersed to folks who devote the next 7 days in cold bomb shelters, to small children in hospitals and orphanages.”

Na’Vi said that it will resume “masking matches, submitting films and communicating on social media” shortly, but extra that it will also carry on to speak out about the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and also programs to start numerous courses aimed at supporting the Ukrainian men and women. It expressed gratitude to supporters, which includes ESL, Blast, and European and American esports groups, but famous that it has broken off relations with Tinkoff Financial institution, a Russian professional bank with ties to ESForce, the mum or dad company of Russian esports group Virtus.pro: “We are not able to work with manufacturers that are oriented at the market of the aggressor region.”

On March 1, Na’Vi declared a official split with ESForce and its relevant organizations, which includes Virtus.professional, a Russian esports group that was recently

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