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Bryant’s Kick KO’s Saints in OT

Bryant’s Kick KO’s Saints in OT

Leon Halip/Getty Images(ATLANTA) — Matt Bryant’s 52 yard field goal 1:43 into overtime clinched the Atlanta Falcons 37-34 victory over their division rival New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

The Saints had the ball first in overtime, but receiver Marques Colston fumbled the ball, allowing the Falcons the chance to win on a field goal.

Before overtime, it was the Matt Ryan show: the Falcons quarterback threw for a franchise-record 448 yards and three touchdowns in the win.

“He’s played a lot of games, made a lot of plays for us,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said. “But I was really impressed with his ability to extend some plays by moving around in the pocket. And he was very, very accurate. When you have (568 yards) of total offense and 448 through the air, your quarterback is playing well.”

Julio Jones was on the receiving end of many of Ryan’s passes. After missing most of last season with a broken foot, Jones returned to the field catching seven balls for 116 yards.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees completed 29 of 42 passes for 333 yards, one touchdown, and one interception.

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Dolphins Hand Pats First Opening Day Loss Since 2003

Dolphins Hand Pats First Opening Day Loss Since 2003

Comstock/Thinkstock(MIAMI GARDENS, Fla.) — The Miami Dolphins scored 23 unanswered points in the second half to beat the New England Patriots 33-20 Sunday.

It’s the Patriots first opening week loss since 2003.

After the Dolphins scored in the first drive of the game, the Patriots retaliated with 17 straight points, the last of them coming from a six yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady to Rob Gronkowski. The two teams then traded field goals and went into the half with the Pats leading by 10.

The second half was all Dolphins. Miami quickly erased its 10 point deficit by scoring on its first three drives to take a 23-20 lead.

The Patriots had multiple opportunities to retake the lead, but the Miami pass rush made sure Brady couldn’t get into a groove.

The Dolphins clinched the victory with 3:29 left in the game when running back Knowshon Moreno ran for a four yard touchdown.

Moreno, who was playing in his first game as a Dolphin, rushed for 134 yards in the win.

Gronkowski had four catches for 40 yards and a touchdown in his first game back since having surgery on his knee.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 9/7/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/7/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NFL: Miami Dolphins 33 (1-0) – New England Patriots 20 (0-1) 

Carolina Panthers 20 (1-0) – Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14 (0-1) 

Houston Texans 17 (1-0) – Washington Redskins 6 (0-1) 

Tennessee Titans 26 (1-0) – Kansas City Chiefs 10 (0-1) 

Cincinnati Bengals 23 (1-0) – Baltimore Ravens 16 (0-1) 

Buffalo Bills 23 (1-0) – Chicago Bears 20 (0-1) – OT

New York Jets 19 (1-0) – Oakland Raiders 14 (0-1) 

Philadelphia Eagles 34 (1-0) – Jacksonville Jaguars 17 (0-1) 

Minnesota Vikings 34 (1-0) – St. Louis Rams 6 (0-1)

Pittsburgh Steelers 30 (1-0) – Cleveland Browns 27 (0-1) 

Atlanta Falcons 37 (1-0) – New Orleans Saints 34 (0-1) – OT

Denver Broncos 31 (1-0) – Indianapolis Colts 24 (0-1)

MLB: Houston Astros 4 (63-80) – Oakland Athletics 3 (80-62) 

Texas Rangers 1 (54-89) – Seattle Mariners 0 (78-64) 

Colorado Rockies 6 (59-84) – San Diego Padres 0 (66-76) 

Los Angeles Angels 14 (87-55) – Minnesota Twins 4 (61-82) 

Los Angeles Dodgers 7 (81-62) – Arizona Diamondbacks 2 (59-84) 

Pittsburgh Pirates 10 (74-68) – Chicago Cubs 4 (64-79) 

Baltimore Orioles 7 (83-59) – Tampa Bay Rays 5 (69-75) – 11 Innings

St. Louis Cardinals 9 (79-64) – Milwaukee Brewers 1 (74-69) 

Toronto Blue Jays 3 (73-69) – Boston Red Sox 1 (63-80) 

Washington Nationals 3 (80-61) – Philadelphia Phillies 2 (66-76) 

Kansas City Royals 2 (79-62) – New York Yankees 0 (73-68) 

Cleveland Indians 2 (74-67) – Chicago White Sox 0 (63-79)

Miami Marlins 4 (69-72) – Atlanta Braves 0 (74-69) 

New York Mets 4 (68-75) – Cincinnati Reds 3 (67-76) 

Detroit Tigers 6 (78-65) – San Francisco Giants 1 (78-65)

Tennis: (1) Serena Williams defeats (10) Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 6-3 to win the US Open

PGA: Billy Horschel wins the BMW Championship at Cherry Hills

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Yankees Honor Derek Jeter, Fall to Kansas City Royals

Yankees Honor Derek Jeter, Fall to Kansas City Royals

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The Yankees held Derek Jeter Day on Sunday, honoring their retiring shortstop for his contribution to the team’s success over the last 20 years, with star athletes ranging from Michael Jordan to Cal Ripken Jr. in attendance.

Jeter announced before the season that 2014 would be his last year in baseball. On Sunday, the Yankees honored the star with a 45-minute ceremony featuring many of his former teammates, as well as video messages from athletes, celebrities and astronauts.

In a pregame speech, Jeter said that he felt his was, “the greatest job in the world.” He noted that he, “got a chance to be the shortstop of the New York Yankees. And there’s only one of those.”

Basketball star Michael Jordan called Jeter “a complete champion” and an “idol,” in praising the Yankee captain’s career. “He’s a very classy guy, very straightforward, very friendly. I don’t think anyone could say one bad thing about Derek,” Jordan said.

Former Yankee outfielder Dave Winfield said that the team was “blessed” to have drafted Jeter, and that the star was equally blessed to have ended up in New York. “He is going to leave a legacy that every other athlete is going to try to emulate,” Winfield said.

Still, the visiting Kansas City Royals spoiled the fun by defeating the Yankees 2-0. The shortstop went one for three with a walk in the losing effort.

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Nelson Cruz Powers Baltimore Orioles to Extra-Inning Victory

Nelson Cruz Powers Baltimore Orioles to Extra-Inning Victory

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.) — Nelson Cruz continues to prove himself to be one of the best signings of baseball’s last offseason, powering his Baltimore Orioles to a victory almost single-handedly on Sunday.

Cruz drove in seven runs and hit two home runs in the Orioles’ game against the division rival Tampa Bay Rays. His second homer gave the Orioles a 7-5 lead in the 11th inning, a lead they wouldn’t give up.

The Orioles win increased their cushion atop the American League East to 9.5 games with just 20 to play.

Cruz became just the 19th player since 1920 to record seven RBIs and drive in all of his team’s runs in a game. The last to do so was Jason Giambi for the Colorado Rockies in 2011.

Cruz posted four of the Orioles’ 10 hits and also added a walk in one of the best games he’s had all year — a year that’s been full of good games.

For the season, Cruz is hitting .262 with 39 home runs and 101 RBIs.

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Texans’ Jadeveon Clowney May Have Suffered Torn Meniscus

Texans’ Jadeveon Clowney May Have Suffered Torn Meniscus

BananaStock/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) — Houston Texans rookie linebacker Jadeveon Clowney may have suffered a tear of his meniscus during Sunday’s season opener; the injury could cost him multiple weeks.

Clowney, the number one overall pick in this past April’s draft, made one tackle — for a loss of nine yards — before leaving Sunday’s game. He is expected to undergo further testing and could potentially require arthroscopic surgery.

The Texans beat the Washington Redskins 17-6 on Sunday despite Clowney’s early exit.

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Hawks Owner Bruce Levenson Selling Controlling Interest

Hawks Owner Bruce Levenson Selling Controlling Interest

Thomas Northcut/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) — Atlanta Hawks co-owner Bruce Levenson is selling controlling interest of the team, the NBA announced on Sunday.

Levenson reported to the NBA in July that he wrote an email in August 2012 that he called “inappropriate and offensive.” The league commenced an independent investigation into the comments.

“Over the past several years, I’ve spent a lot of time grappling with low attendance at our games and the need for the Hawks to attract more season ticket holders and corporate sponsors,” Levenson said in a statement. “Over that time, I’ve talked with team executives about the need for the Hawks to build a more diverse fan base that includes more suburban whites, and I shared my thoughts on why our efforts to bridge Atlanta’s racial sports divide seemed to be failing.”

“In trying to address those issues, I wrote an e-mail two years ago that was inappropriate and offensive,” he said. “I trivialized our fans by making clichéd assumptions about their interests (i.e. hip hop vs. country, white vs. black cheerleaders, etc.) and by stereotyping their perceptions of one another (i.e. that white fans might be afraid of our black fans). By focusing on race, I also sent the unintentional and hurtful message that our white fans are more valuable than our black fans.”

“If you’re angry about what I wrote, you should be. I’m angry at myself, too. It was inflammatory nonsense,” Levenson wrote. “We all may have subtle biases and preconceptions when it comes to race, but my role as a leader is to challenge them, not to validate or accommodate those who might hold them.”

Levenson notified NBA Commissioner Adam Silver Saturday night of his decision to sell controlling interest of the team.

“I’m truly embarrassed by my words in that e-mail, and I apologize to the members of the Hawks family and all of our fans,” Levenson said.

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(3) Oregon Defeats (7) Michigan St.,46-27

(3) Oregon Defeats (7) Michigan St.,46-27

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(EUGENE, Ore.) — (3) Oregon (2-0) scored four unanswered touchdowns in the second half to beat (7) Michigan State (1-1) on Saturday night, 46-27.

Down 27-18 with 4:33 remaining in the third quarter, Ducks junior quarterback Marcus Mariota found freshman wide receiver Devon Allen for a 24-yard touchdown. Oregon took the lead 2:59 later when Mariota connected with senior wide receiver Keanon Lowe on a 37-yard touchdown strike.

Mariota finished the game 17 of 28 for 318 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for 42 yards on nine carries.

The loss snaps an 11-game winning streak for the Spartans.

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Blue Jays Lose Cabrera for Rest of Season

Blue Jays Lose Cabrera for Rest of Season

Major League Baseball(BOSTON) — Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera will miss the remainder of the season due to a broken right pinkie finger.

Cabrera suffered the injury when diving back to first base during a pick-off attempt in the third inning of the Blue Jays 9-8 loss to Boston Friday. Cabrera remained in the game until the sixth inning before having to leave the field in the middle of his at-bat.

“I thought it might be broke, but I wanted to stay in the game,” Cabrera said. “When I took a swing the next at-bat, the pain was too much and I had to come out.”

The 30-year-old Cabrera was hitting .301, with 16 home runs, 81 runs scored, 73 RBIs, six stolen bases and a .351 on-base percentage.

“That’s one of our top dogs,” Blue Jays skipper John Gibbons said. “He’s one of those guys that’s really tough to replace. He had a tremendous year for us. That’s tough.”

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Scoreboard Roundup – 9/6/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/6/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Top 25 College Football: (1) Florida State 37 (2-0) – Citadel 12 (0-2)

(2) Alabama 41 (2-0) – Florida Atlantic 0 (0-2)

(3) Oregon 46 (2-0) – (7) Michigan State 27 (1-1)

(4) Oklahoma 52 (2-0) – Tulsa 7 (1-1)

(5) Auburn 59 (2-0) – San Jose State 12 (1-1)

Virginia Tech 35 (2-0) – (8) Ohio State 21 (1-1)

(9) Texas A&M 73 (2-0) – Lamar 3 (1-1)

(10) Baylor 70 (2-0) – Northwestern State 6 (0-2)

(11) UCLA 42 (2-0) – Memphis 35 (1-1)

(12) LSU 56 (2-0) – Sam Houston State 0 (1-2)

(14) USC 13 (2-0) – (13) Stanford 10 (1-1)

(15) Mississippi 41 (2-0) – Vanderbilt 3 (0-2)

(16) Notre Dame 31 (2-0) – Michigan 0 (1-1)

(17) Arizona State 58 (2-0) – New Mexico 23 (0-2)

(18) Wisconsin 37 (1-1) – Western Illinois 3 (1-1)

(19) Nebraska 31 (2-0) – McNeese State 24 (0-1)

(20) Kansas State 32 (2-0) – Iowa State 28 (0-2)

(21) South Carolina 33 (1-1) – East Carolina 23 (1-1)

(21) North Carolina 31 (2-0) – San Diego State 27 (1-1)

(23) Clemson 73 (1-1) – South Carolina State 7 (1-1)

(24) Missouri 49 (2-0) – Toledo 24 (1-1)

(25) Louisville 66 (2-0) – Murray State 21 (1-1)

MLB: Cincinnati Reds 2 (67-75) – New York Mets 1 (67-75)

Philadelphia Phillies 3 (66-75) – Washington Nationals 1 (79-61)

Oakaland Athletics 4 (80-61) – Houston Astros 3 (62-80)

New York Yankees 6 (73-67) – Kansas City Royals 2 (78-62)

San Francisco Giants 5 (78-64) – Detroit Tigers 4 (77-65)

Tampa Bay Rays 3 (69-74) – Baltimore Orioles 2 (82-59)

Pittsburgh Pirates 5 (72-68) – Chicago Cubs 3 (64-77) -11 Innings (Resumption of Friday night’s game)

Pittsburgh Pirates 5 (73-68) – Chicago Cubs 0 (64-78)

Cleveland Indians 3 (73-67) – Chicago White Sox 1 (63-78)

Atlanta Braves 4 (74-68) – Miami Marlins 3 (68-72) – 10 Innings

Los Angeles Angels 8 (86-55) – Minnesota Twins 5 (61-81)

St. Louis Cardinals 5 (78-64) – Milwaukee Brewers 3 (74-68)

Los Angeles Dodgers 5 (80-62) – Arizona Diamondbacks 2 (59-83)

Boston Red Sox 4 (63-79) – Toronto Blue Jays 3 (72-69)

Colorado Rockies 7 (58-84) – San Diego Padres 6 (66-75) – 12 Innings

Seattle Mariners 4 (78-63) – Texas Rangers 2 (53-89)

 

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Serena Dominates, Advances to 8th US Open Final

Serena Dominates, Advances to 8th US Open Final

Mike Stobe/Getty Images for the USTA(NEW YORK) — Top-seeded Serena Williams defeated 17th-seeded Ekaterina Makarova in straight-sets 6-1, 6-3 Friday to advance to her 8th US Open Final Friday.

Williams has yet to drop a set this tournament and has now won 20 straight matches at the US Open.

The 32-year-old Williams will now look to win her third-straight US Open, something no women has done since Chris Evert did it in the 1970s, when she takes on Caroline Wozniacki Sunday.

Williams is trying to win her sixth US Open championship and 18th grand slam title, which would tie Williams with Evert and Martina Navratilova for fourth most all-time.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 9/5/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/5/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Kansas City Royals 1 (78-61) – New York Yankees 0 (72-67)

Miami Marlins 11 (68-71) – Atlanta Braves 3 (73-68)

Cleveland Indians 2 (72-67) – Chicago White Sox 1 (63-77) – 10 Innings

Tampa Bay Rays 3 (68-74) – Baltimore Orioles 0 (82-58)

New York Mets 14 (67-74 ) – Cincinnati Reds 5 (66-75)

Boston Red Sox 9 (62-79) – Toronto Blue Jays 8 (72-68) – 10 Innings

Colorado Rockies 3 (57-84) – San Diego Padres 0 (66-74)

Milwaukee Brewers 6 (74-67) – Cardinals 2 (77-64) 

Seattle Mariners 7 (77-63) – Texas Rangers 5 (53-88)

Philadelphia Phillies 9 (65-75) – Washington Nationals 8 (79-60) – 11 Innings

San Francisco Giants 8 (77-64) – Detroit Tigers 2 (77-64)

Los Angeles Angels 7 (85-55) – Minnesota Twins 6 (61-80) – 10 Innings

Los Angeles Dodgers 2 (79-62) – Arizona Diamondbacks 1 (59-82)

Houston Astros 4 (62-79) – Oakland Athletics 3 (79-61)

Pittsburgh Pirates – Chicago Cubs – Suspended (Rain)

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Warriors Reward GM Bob Myers with 3-Year Extension

Warriors Reward GM Bob Myers with 3-Year Extension

Christopher Trotman/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) — As the Golden State Warriors continue to ascend as one of the elite teams in the Western Conference, the team has rewarded general manager Bob Myers with a three-year extension.

His deal was set to expire at the end of next season, but now Myers will be under contract with the organization through the 2017-2018 season.

Myers joined the Warriors organization back in 2011 as an assistant GM, he was then promoted to general manager in 2012.

Since taking over the team, Myers has built one of the most entertaining teams in the NBA. They won 47 games his first season as the general manager, and then won 51 games this past season.

Since joining the Warriors, Myers has brought in players like Andre Iguodala, Andrew Bogut, Harrison Barnes, Klay Thompson, and Shaun Livingston. All of those players are seen as core players for the franchise.

Myers also oversaw the firing of head coach Mark Jackson and the hiring of Steve Kerr to replace him.

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ESPN: Diamondbacks Fire General Manager Kevin Towers

ESPN: Diamondbacks Fire General Manager Kevin Towers

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — After about four years on the job, ESPN reports that the Arizona Diamondbacks have fired general manager Kevin Towers.

Entering Friday, the Diamondbacks sit at 59-81 and 19 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West.

Towers first season with the team was a success as they won the NL West after going 94-68, but that was as good as it got for Towers in Arizona. The team went 81-81 the next two seasons, and this year they have a last-place squad.

Towers traded away players like Justin Upton, Adam Eaton, Gerardo Parra, Ian Kennedy, Trevor Bauer, and Martin Prado. Yet the team has seen very little return from trading away these players. As a result, the club’s performance on the field has suffered.

What is even more alarming is that many of those players have found success since being traded away that they never had while playing for the club.

It is unknown if manager Kirk Gibson will be brought back or not.

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Suspended Browns’ Receiver Josh Gordon to Sell Cars During the Season

Suspended Browns’ Receiver Josh Gordon to Sell Cars During the Season

Matt Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Now that he’s suspended for the entire 2014 season, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has found a new job…selling cars.

Gordon will serve as the goodwill ambassador for the Sarchione Auto Group in Ohio, according to ESPN. He will work a 40-hour week in all aspects of the Randolph, Ohio-based dealer group’s car business.

The 23-year-old Gordon is one of the most talented players in the NFL, and even led the league in receiving last season despite playing just 14 games.

“He’s going to put his time in,” Jeff Sarchione, who co-owns a dealership in Randolph, told cleveland.com. “He’ll be everything from a salesman to attaching himself at the hip with my brother and I just learning the automotive business from top to bottom.”

Gordon was suspended the entire season for once again violating the league’s drug policy.

“We’re just finding that out as well,” Browns head coach Mike Pettine said. “That’s something I don’t really want to get into because I want to discuss the guys that are here … Internally we want what’s best for him. We just hope for that to occur.”

Last season, Gordon caught 87 passes for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns.

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Jim Kelly is Cancer Free

Jim Kelly is Cancer Free

Rick Stewart/Getty Images(ORCHARD PARK, N.Y.) — Hall-of-Fame quarterback Jim Kelly is cancer free.
Kelly learned the news Thursday after follow-up biopsies came back negative.
“This is some of the greatest news I’ve ever gotten,” Kelly said in a stat…

Seahawks Start Title Defense by Blowing Out Packers

Seahawks Start Title Defense by Blowing Out Packers

Kevin Casey/Getty Images(SEATTLE) — The Seattle Seahawks are not having a Super Bowl hangover. 
Marshawn Lynch rushed for 110 yards and two touchdowns and Russell Wilson threw for two scores, as the Seahawks started off their title defense by blo…

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/4/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/4/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NFL: Seattle Seahawks 36 (1-0) – Green Bay Packers 16 (0-1)

MLB: Toronto Blue Jays 1 (72-67) – Tampa Bay Rays 0 (67-74) – 10 Innings

New York Yankees 5 (72-66) – Boston Red Sox 4 (61-79) 

Baltimore Orioles 9 (82-57) – Cincinnati Reds 7 (66-74) 

Seattle Mariners 10 (76-63) – Texas Rangers 2 (53-87)

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 5 (84-55) – Minnesota Twins 4 (61-79)

Detroit Tigers 11 (77-63) – Cleveland Indians 4 (71-67) – 11 Innings

St. Louis Cardinals 3 (77-63) – Milwaukee Brewers 2 (73-67)

Arizona Diamondbacks 5 (59-81) – San Diego Padres 1 (66-73)

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Jadeveon Clowney Prepares for Robert Griffin III

Jadeveon Clowney Prepares for Robert Griffin III

Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images(HOUSTON) — Texans rookie linebacker Jadeveon Clowney is good to go on Sunday and is looking forward to playing in his first NFL regular season game against the Washington Redskins.

Clowney will have a tough task at hand in running down quarterback Robert Griffin III.

“One of the best running quarterbacks in the league I think,” Clowney said of RG3. “You gotta be ready to contain him in the pocket because he can get out there and cause havoc, he can run pretty fast.”

“I’m just treating it like another game,” the first-overall pick said Thursday. “Just go out there and take one play at a time and just do my assignment.”

Clowney said his entire family will be in attendance, but he isn’t worried about any added pressure during his regular season debut.

“I’m not really nervous, I’m just ready to get to it,” Clowney said.  “Something I’ve been waiting for my whole life.”

Clowney missed the final two preseason games, but had three tackles for a loss, a sack and a quarterback hit in the first two games against the Cardinals and Falcons.

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Derek Carr, Raiders, Ready for Jets on Sunday

Derek Carr, Raiders, Ready for Jets on Sunday

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) — Oakland Raiders rookie quarterback Derek Carr will get his first start on Sunday against the Jets on the road.

Carr was named the starter earlier this week over veteran quarterback Matt Schaub and is ready for everything that Jets head coach Rex Ryan has to throw at him.

“He’s got a great blitz package. He’s got, obviously, a lot of different looks that he’ll show. Me being a rookie, he’s probably going to want to show them all. I go in and expect, as much as I can, I expect everything. Then if something doesn’t happen, then I’ll be surprised,” Carr said Tuesday.

“That’s how I have to prepare. I have to prepare for everything, even maybe for something he hasn’t shown but could show,” he continued. “Obviously I reach out to anybody who can help me. I called my brother because he’s played them seven times. I called him and said, ‘Hey, let’s talk Jets. You were there, you’ve seen them.’ So we talked. I picked his brain, took notes and that was it. Now I went about my business for the rest of the week, picked [Matt] Schaub’s brain, picked the coaches’ brain, so I expect a lot.”

The Raiders have a brand new roster full of veterans to go along with Carr. Still, Ryan isn’t concerned about it.

“We’re just going to show up and do what we do. Again, we played the Raiders last year, we’ve seen their tape, they’ve seen us and everything else. That part of it is, it’s not like, oh, all of a sudden you’re going to run the wishbone, which by the way, we’re going to run this game. That part of it, ‘oh, we’re holding them back,’ I don’t believe that, everybody, you just play, and that’s really what you do,” Ryan said on Wednesday.

The Raiders have lost 12 straight games on the East coast, but Ryan doesn’t think geographic location has anything to do with it.

“I think at one point it’s overblown, because I think when you look at last year the teams that had the most success were west coast teams coming to the east coast. Now, obviously with the Raiders having bad numbers, they haven’t had the success of it, but I think it’s football is football, regardless of where you play it,” Ryan said of their poor record.

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