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Cleveland threw the ball only four times in the second half and played softer on defe - elaine95 - 09-12-2019

DENVER (AP) — Earl Thomas didn’t miss a beat after missing the entire offseason. Just have to get the rest of the secondary on the same wavelength.The six-time Pro Bowl safety picked off a pass and collected five tackles Sunday in Seattle’s 27-24 l oss at Denver 72 hours after he reported to the Seahawks with his pay-me-or-trade-me demand having failed on both counts.Still http://www.raidersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-trayvon-mullen-jersey , it wasn’t up to the standards set by the old “Legion of Boom” defense that’s imploded like Seattle’s Kingdome with the offseason departures of Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor.“Just glad to get through the first game and get that out the way,” Thomas said. “That’s it. It felt like we did pretty good up front, but it was just sometimes throughout the game it was small little plays that we should’ve had, we didn’t communicate right and they had big plays.”Coach Pete Carroll managed Thomas’ snaps as he said he would. Thomas had four days of practice after ending his holdout Wednesday.“I think I had about 65 plays,” Thomas said. “I felt good. I felt like my training with my brother and my team back home has been great and has been right on it. The only thing right now is my big toe hurt and my feet hurt, but that’s about it.”Oh, and his feelings.His Instagram post on Wednesday morning announcing his return made it clear Thomas wasn’t happy or satisfied.By reporting last week, Thomas assured he won’t miss out on his roughly $500,000 weekly paychecks. But he wants more than the $8.5 million he’ll make in 2018 in the final year of the four-year, $40 million contract he signed in 2015 after Seattle’s win over Denver in Super Bowl 48.“During the game I’m not thinking about it,” Thomas said. “I’m out here having fun with B-Mac (safety Bradley McDougald) and the guys. So, I’m not thinking about it. When I get asked about it, it definitely runs across my mind.”Other takeaways from Denver’s 18th win in its last 19 home openers:ROOKIE RUSHERSBroncos rookie running backs Royce Freeman Maxx Crosby Jersey , the Pac-12’s all-time rushing touchdown leader at Oregon, and Philip Lindsay took different paths to the NFL. Freeman was a third-round draft choice and Lindsay signed as an undrafted free agent after not even getting an invitation to the combine.Their debuts were identical, however: 15 carries for 71 yards, a 4.7-yard average.While Lindsay added a 29-yard TD catch-and-scamper, Freeman helped salt away the win with several strong runs in the closing minutes, two of which covered 17 and 15 yards just before the 2-minute warning.“I mean, first game you’re going to have a little bit of nerves,” Freeman said, “but they churn more to excitement.”RECEIVER’S REDEMPTIONDemaryius Thomas had an awful start as three passes went off his hands, his holding call negated a 12-yard run and a miscommunication led to an interception in the first half.“It was like my first game again,” Thomas said. “I was so excited to be back on the field. Those first three plays were kind of tough, kind of tough. Couple quick drops.”Quarterback Case Keenum never lost faith in the ninth-year veteran, who bounced back with six catches for 63 yards and scored the winning TD with his tip-toeing 4-yard grab in the fourth quarter.“Demaryius is just like all of us — he’s human Hakeem Butler Jersey ,” Keenum said. “I know he’s going to make the play when he needs to. I have no doubt in him. I’m going to keep slinging him the ball.”DISSLY DEBUTThe book on Seahawks rookie tight end Will Dissly coming out of Washington was that he’s a strong blocker. He proved he’s much more than that Sunday.The fourth-round draft pick twice burst past linebacker Bradley Chubb, the fifth overall pick in the draft, first for a 15-yard TD catch and then for a 66-yard gain that set up a field goal.“It was just a cool opportunity to go out there that first game and do something special,” said Dissly, who caught three passes for 105 yards.“He was on fire,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. “He was like Mike Ditka out there.”DOUBLE TROUBLEShaquill Griffin’s twin brother, rookie linebacker Shaquem Griffin, started the game with K.J. Wright out following minor knee surgery. It’s another chapter in the remarkable story of Griffin, who had his left hand amputated as a child.The Griffins had back-to-back tackles on Seattle’s second defensive series. Shaquill had six tackles and Shaquem two.“There is no better feeling,” Shaquem said of playing in the pros alongside his twin. CINCINNATI (AP) — Andy Dalton is out for the rest of the season with an injured thumb on his passing hand, another significant blow to a Bengals team that has fallen apart in the past month.Dalton reached for a fumbled ball and had someone land on his right hand during a 35-20 rout by the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, Cincinnati’s fifth loss in its past six games.Just like that, a season that started with so much promise has turned into a nosedive .Cincinnati (5-6) is without its quarterback or much hope that things will get much better down the stretch. The Bengals put Dalton on injured reserve after he had more tests and medical opinions Monday about the best way to get the thumb healed.Coach Marvin Lewis said Dalton’s thumb is expected to be healed before the start of offseason workouts.It’s the same thumb that Dalton broke while making a tackle on an interception return against the Steelers in 2015. He missed the last three regular-season games and an 18-16 loss to the Steelers in a first-round playoff game at Paul Brown Stadium.Jeff Driskel will start for the Bengals the rest of the way Chris Lindstrom Jersey , getting his first chance to lead the team in his third NFL season. The Bengals claimed quarterback Tom Savage off waivers from the San Francisco 49ers as a backup on Monday.“The more you get out there and the more you play well, the more confidence you are going to get in yourself and the people around you,” Driskel said Monday.Dalton completed 62 percent of his passes for 2,566 yards with 21 touchdowns, 11 interceptions and a passer rating of 89.6, the third-highest of his eight-year career.Even with Dalton, the Bengals weren’t doing much except losing.After a 4-1 start that boosted them atop the AFC North, the Bengals have lost five of six and fallen to third place. It’s their worst stretch since 2016, when they went 1-5-1 over the middle of the schedule and finished 6-9-1, ending their streak of five straight playoff appearances.After Dalton got hurt on Sunday, Driskel came in and threw his first career touchdown pass and ran for another as the Browns went conservative with a big lead. Cleveland threw the ball only four times in the second half and played softer on defense. Driskel was 17 of 29 for 155 yards.Coordinator Bill Lazor said Monday that Driskel has shown his ability to lead the offense in his limited opportunities.“I think guys see it, and that’s the important part,” Lazor said. “You can’t talk them into feeling good about somebody; they’ve got to earn it. And he’s earned it every day in practice and in the preseason games.”With Driskel running the offense http://www.atlantafalconsteamonline.com/kaleb-mcgary-jersey , the Bengals had five false-start penalties — each by a different player — and one more for an illegal shift in the fourth quarter. Driskel thinks that working with the starting offense in practice this week will fix the problems.“The more time you are able to get in and out of the huddle with those guys, hear the cadence, say the cadence, it’s just beneficial,” he said. “I don’t think it helps coming off the bench.”With five games left and Dalton hurt, the Bengals are facing a big challenge.“They’ve got to do it,” Lewis said. “They’ve got to dig out.”INJURY UPDATECornerback Tony McRae suffered a concussion in the third quarter. The medical staff strapped him to a backboard and wheeled him off the field, concerned he might have a spinal injury. Lewis said Monday that McRae had a concussion but no spinal injury.HUE’S GAME BALLLewis didn’t have anything to say about Browns safety Damarious Randall handing the ball to Hue Jackson after he intercepted one of Dalton’s passes on Sunday.“I don’t want to comment on somebody else’s player,” Lewis said.