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Has Slaven Bilic been found out at West Ham United?The Croatian excelled in his debut season with the Hammers, steering the club into Europe and doing so using a vibrant, attacking style of football. But so far its been a case of the difficult second season for Bilics West Ham (1-0-4), who hope to begin a turnaround Sunday against visiting Southampton.The champagne football of the 2015-16 campaign still managed to maintain some defensive solidity. But, the growing fear among Hammers fans is that the defensive strength was not of Bilics doing, but simply the remnants of predecessor Sam Allardyces training.Its a pattern thats been seen before -- most notably when Roberto Martinez took over David Moyes Everton -- and a total of 13 goals conceded in five games certainly supports the notion that something is wrong at West Ham.Only the Premier Leagues bottom club, Stoke City, have conceded more goals in the opening five rounds of the season, but West Hams deterioration has been more spectacular. A 3-1 loss to Manchester City was followed by a 4-2 home defeat to Wat ford (having been two goals up), before the nadir last weekend when Bilis side found themselves 4-0 down against the usually goal-shy West Broom.The east Londoners did pull two goals back in the loss, before registering a nervy 1-0 cup win over Stanley in midweek. However, Blockier knows how important it is that his side dont get turned over when they return to league action on against Southampton (1-2-2).I said after the West Broom game that we had three massive games until the international break, starting in the cup and then two big league games, Blockier said. It is a good opportunity for us because we are playing at home and we can get out of the situation we are in. It would mean a lot to us to get the three points and it would boost the confidence and bring back the belief.Although it is very early on in the season it is still very important because we need the points.The Saints have quietly got used to life under new manager Claude Pule, with solidity at the back being the foundation of the Frenchmans tactical style. However, a solid back line is of little use if the ball is sailing over their heads en-route to the top corner.Pule admitted that hes wary of the free-kick threat from West Hams dead ball specialist Dimitri Pa yet.It would be a good opportunity for them, Pule said, after watching Pa yets set-piece winner against in midweek. He is a very good player on the free-kicks, but our players also have many qualities and it will be difficult for West Ham to defend these players.It is important to keep in our minds on all of the good things we can make on the pitch.Southampton have just one win in their last five away games against West Ham, but both teams have scored in all five of those matches. The winning team has conceded the opening goal in each of the last three versions of this fixture. Air Presto Ultra Br Rose . Aside from the trilogy main event title fight, there are a number of intriguing matchups in the heavyweight, welterweight and lightweight divisions. Nike Presto Fly Noir Et Blanc . -- Stanfords Kevin Danser knelt on one knee and hardly moved on the sideline as Michigan State celebrated its Rose Bowl victory and his Cardinal teammates made their way to the locker room. . No. 13-seeded John Isner and No. 21 Philipp Kohlschreiber were among six players who dropped out of the tournament on Tuesday, joining No. 12 seed Tommy Haas and two other players who withdrew on Monday. Nike Presto Noir . -- The goal posts lying flat on the field, Arizonas fans lingered on the field, congregating around the locker room entrance nearly 30 minutes after rushing out of the stands. Nike Presto Fly Rouge . - The Washington Redskins have cut defensive lineman Adam Carriker and punter Sav Rocca. NFL Nation reporters detail the biggest storylines for every team coming out of Week 7 and what they mean going forward.AFC East | AFC North| AFC South | AFC West NFC East | NFC North | NFC South | NFC WestAFC EASTBuffalo Bills?(4-3)The Bills should take some heat for their decision to allow running back?LeSean McCoy to play on an injured hamstring?in Sundays loss to the Dolphins. McCoy, who sat out most of the second half after experiencing a little pain, was largely ineffective. Now the question is whether hell be ready to play next Sunday in an enormous game against the Patriots. I should be fine, McCoy said, but, he added, Well see what happens. -- Mike RodakWeek 8: vs. New England, Sunday, 1 p.m. ETMiami Dolphins?(3-4)Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi is no longer a one-hit wonder after rushing for 214 yards on Sunday against the Bills, which beat his previous career-high of 204 rushing yards that he set last week. Ajayi is one of the hottest players in the NFL and has led Miami to two straight wins. He has?also suffered some wear and tear after getting 54 carries the past two weeks. Ajayi?took himself out of Sundays game in the fourth quarter due to cramps. The Dolphins?bye week comes at a good time. -- James WalkerWeek 8: ByeNew England Patriots?(6-1)Bill Belichick put his support behind kicker Stephen Gostkowski, who after missing an extra point for the second week in a row said, Right now, I stink. Belichick didnt sound like a coach who was looking to replace the 2015 Pro Bowl selection, saying, Nobody works harder than Steve. He is a very talented player. He is mentally tough. Well work through it. While Belichick acknowledged that we gotta make them, he also seemed to give Gostkowski some slack by noting that Heinz Field is a challenging venue in which to kick. -- Mike ReissWeek 8: at Buffalo, Sunday, 1 p.m. ETNew York Jets?(2-5)Another week, another quarterback decision: This time its more complicated, because of Geno Smiths knee injury. It doesnt appear serious, but he is having an MRI on Monday. Does coach Todd Bowles go back to Ryan Fitzpatrick if Smith is limited this week in practice? Smith didnt do anything to lose the job before getting hurt. Your call, coach. -- Rich CiminiWeek 8: at Cleveland, Sunday, 1 p.m. ETAFC NORTHBaltimore Ravens?(3-4)The Ravens are playing their worst football in coach John Harbaughs nine seasons, but theyre heading into the bye only one game behind the first-place Steelers. Theres plenty of work to be done after losing four straight games. The offense cant find the end zone. The defense cant stop big plays. The Ravens reason for optimism is that all five injured Pro Bowl players have a good chance of returning after the week off. -- Jamison HensleyWeek 8: ByeCincinnati Bengals?(3-4)Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green tends to make fools out of secondaries that have any weak spots. He did it against the Browns, and he just might do it against the Redskins too. With Josh Norman, the Redskins best cornerback, in the concussion protocol, that will be a key matchup to watch in Week 8. The Bengals have a short week of practice at their facility before leaving on Sunday for London and a matchup against the Redskins. -- Katherine TerrellWeek 8: vs. Washington, Sunday, 1 p.m. ETCleveland Browns?(0-7)The Browns need a win in the worst way, and one of their best chances comes next week against the Jets. Coach Hue Jackson, however, enters the practice week facing the real possibility that rookie?Kevin Hogan might start at quarterback, after Cody Kessler left Sundays loss in Cincinnati with a concussion. In seven games, the Browns have used six different quarterbacks. -- Pat McManamonWeek 8: vs. New York Jets, Sunday, 1 p.m. ETPittsburgh Steelers?(4-3)The Steelers must answer this question with clarity during the bye week: If Ben Roethlisberger?is out for a while, how can they find ways to win games, assuming the offense is putting up less than 20 points? Because this is the second straight week the Steelers players were lamenting subpar rushing defense. Landry Jones played respectably, and the offense still managed 16 points in a loss to the Patriots. Weve got to stop these guys [rushing on us], said defensive tackle Stephon Tuitt, whose defense has given up four rushing touchdowns over the past two weeks. We cant lose at home. We cant. The bye week comes at a crucial time for the Steelers, who enter a crucial stretch against the Ravens and Cowboys. -- Jeremy FowlerWeek 8: ByeAFC SOUTHHouston Texans?(4-2)The story for the Texans on Monday night against the Broncos -- and the rest of the season -- will be which Brock Osweiler shows up. The quarterback?struggled through three quarters last week against the Colts, then he led Houston to a comeback victory in the fourth quarter and overtime. The Broncos have an excellent defense, and outside linebacker Von Miller said this week that theres a little bit of extra sauce going against his former teammate. -- Sarah BarshopWeek 8: vs. Detroit, Sunday, 1 p.m. ETIndianapolis Colts?(3-4)The Colts will be keeping a close eye on Houstons game against Denver on Monday. A Texans loss will move the Colts to within a game of first place in the AFC South. The Colts got back on the right side of things when they beat Tennessee on Sunday. They want to be able to string together some victories so that they can keep the pressure on the rest of the teams in the division. Were tired of the ups and downs, defensive lineman Kendall Langford said. We have to learn to stack these wins. -- Mike WellsWeek 8: vs. Kansas City, Sunday, 1 p.m. ETJacksonville Jaguars?(2-4)Theres clearly something wrong with quarterback Blake Bortles. Nobody, including Bortles, seems to know exactly what. He just doesnt look like the same quarterback that?he did in 2015. Hes pressing, playing tight and seems to have regressed mechanically. Six games into his third season, its time to start wondering if he can be the franchise quarterback around which the Jaguars can build the franchise. Its a quick turnaround this week with a game at Tennessee on Thursday. Maybe that will be good for Bortles. He wont have much time to dwell on another disappointing performance. -- Mike DiRoccoWeek 8: at Tennessee, Thursday, 8:25 p.m. ETTennessee Titans?(3-4)While the Titans have made some significant gains, none of them so far have come in the weak AFC South. After blowing Sundays game against the Colts, they are now 0-2, as they also lost Week 3 at Houston. Now the Jaguars come to Nissan Stadium on Thursday night. If the Titans cant get their first division win against Jacksonville, one big problem will remain completely unsolved halfway through the AFC South schedule. -- Paul KuharskyWeek 8: vs. Jacksonville, Thursday, 8:25 p.m. ETAFC WESTDenver Broncos?(4-2)If the Broncos offense is going to be what the team wants -- and needs -- it to be, it has?to find a way to construct a run game. The best parts of the Broncos playbook wont be on display until the Broncos can find a way to run the ball far better than they have. Thats why rookie running back Devontae Booker is going to get?additional work. Defenses have largely played the Broncos in two- and three-deep zones of late, because they think they can defend the Broncos run game with six- and seven-man fronts and leave more defenders deep in coverage. As a result, the Broncos havent reached 90 yards rushing in any of their past four games, and they have had just two pass completions longer than 20 yards in the past three games combined. -- Jeff LegwoldWeek 8: vs. San Diego, Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ETKansas City Chiefs?(4-2)Andy Reids time as coach has been notable for some long winning streaks. The Chiefs reeled off nine straight victories in 2013, his first season in Kansas City, and 11 straight last season. The Chiefs could well be in the early stages of another such run. On Sunday against the Saints,?Kansas City?collected its?second straight convincing victory, and nothing about either of those wins was fluky. The Chiefs dont play another team that looks like it will make the playoffs until Nov. 27, when they face the Broncos in Denver. -- Adam TeicherWeek 8: at Indianapolis, Sunday, 1 p.m. ETOakland Raiders?(5-2)Coach Jack Del Rio downplayed his homecoming to Jacksonville after the Oaklands victory, but he and the Raiders should marinate in this as they stay in Florida this week for next Sundays game at Tampa Bay.?Del Rio is 3-0 as a head coach in games played in Jacksonville between the Jags and Raiders. Also, while the Jaguars are an NFL-worst 18-57 since firing Del Rio after Week 12 of the 2011 season, the Raiders are 5-2 and on top of the AFC West and 4-0 on the road for the first time since 2000. He should have swam a victory lap or two in either or both of the swimming pools at EverBank Field and taken a lazy river celebratory ride all the way down to Tampa. -- Paul GutierrezWeek 8: at Tampa Bay, Sunday, 1 p.m. ETSan Diego Chargers?(3-4)Dont look now, but the Chargers are on a winning streak -- the teams first two-game winning streak since the 2014 season. A big part of San Diegos success over the past two weeks has been the play of the Chargers defense. San Diego held the defending champs to 13 points in a win over the Broncos last week. And in San Diegos surprising overtime victory against the Falcons on Sunday, it held Atlantas high-powered offense to just three points in the second half and overtime. -- Eric D. WilliamsWeek 8: at Denver, Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ETNFC EASTDallas Cowboys?(5-1)The Cowboys dont have to answer the quarterback question --?Tony Romo or Dak Prescott? -- yet. They do need to see if they can continue the momentum of a five-game winning streak after four days off thanks to the bye. The Cowboys are 2-3 after the bye with Jason Garrett as coach, but this will be the first time they have played a home game after the bye. TThe Cowboys have won their past two games at AT&T Stadium, after losing the season opener, but have not had a three-game home winning streak since early in the 2014 season.dddddddddddd -- Todd ArcherWeek 8: vs. Philadelphia, Sunday, 8:30 p.m. ETNew York Giants?(4-3)The Giants head into their bye with a winning record after a victory over the Rams in London. It was desperately needed in an NFC East which, all of a sudden, has four teams above .500. Despite being hurt, wide receiver?Odell Beckham Jr. made the biggest offensive play of the game on Sunday. Beckham (hip/abdominal) needs to heal up, because the Giants?have to get ready for a key division matchup against the Eagles when they return. First order of business before returning to work: handling the Josh Brown situation. The kicker is on the exempt list, and the team needs to make a decision and statement on his future. -- Jordan RaananWeek 8: ByePhiladelphia Eagles?(4-2)The Eagles are cooking again on defense. Jim Schwartzs unit outplayed the top defense in the league in a win over the Vikings. Following a two-game skid, this unit bounced back in a big way, registering 12 quarterback?hits and six sacks on former Eagles signal-caller Sam Bradford. Safety Malcolm Jenkins said afterward that the players feel they have the best defense in the NFL. Now its a matter of trying to prove that week after week, starting in Dallas next weekend. -- Tim McManusWeek 8: at Dallas, Sunday, 8:30 p.m. ETWashington Redskins?(4-3)Playing the Bengals this week might have gotten a lot tougher thanks to two more key injuries. Left tackle Trent Williams will undergo an MRI on Monday to determine the severity of his injured left knee. He said after the game it was hyperextended, and he walked with a bad limp. Then theres cornerback Josh Norman, who will now be in the concussion protocol; its a tough time to enter it, given that the Redskins will leave for London on Thursday night to play Cincinnati. Considering the Bengals have receiver A.J. Green, it would be a tough game for Norman to miss. Meanwhile, theres no guarantee tight end Jordan Reed, who also has a concussion, will return this week. The Redskins havent ruled him out, but it wasnt a good sign that he was able to practice on Wednesday (albeit limited) and not the rest of the week. -- John KeimWeek 8: at Cincinnati, Sunday, 1 p.m. ETNFC NORTHChicago Bears?(1-6)The Bears need a quarterback?for next weeks game against the Vikings. Brian Hoyers fractured left forearm opens the door for Jay Cutler to return. Cutler has missed five games with a right thumb injury, but he is close to being cleared by the doctors. When hes cleared medically, well have him out there, Bears coach John Fox said. The only other option is Matt Barkley, who went 5-of-16 for 81 yards and two interceptions (18.3 quarterback rating) in place of Hoyer on Thursday night in Green Bay. -- Jeff DickersonWeek 8: vs. Minnesota, Monday, 8:30 p.m. ETDetroit Lions?(4-3)Quarterback?Matthew Stafford is playing like a potential MVP, but the big concern has to be the Lions defense. Detroit showed some progress on Sunday in a win over Washington, but its not clear how long cornerback Darius Slay might be out. If the Lions lose Slay for any period of time, that will be real trouble for a secondary that needs playmakers. Its a potentially bigger problem next?weekend, as Detroit faces Houston and its strong receiving duo in DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller. It will force defensive coordinator Teryl Austin to go to another schematic plan to try to get the Lions fourth straight win. -- Michael RothsteinWeek 8: at Houston, Sunday, 1 p.m. ETGreen Bay Packers?(4-2)The Lambeau Field fun is over for a while; its time for the Packers to hit the road. Sundays game at Atlanta starts a stretch of four out of five on the road. They will play only one home game between now and Dec. 3. At least they got a little break coming off the Thursday night win over the Bears; coach Mike McCarthy gave the players off until Tuesday. -- Rob DemovskyWeek 8: at Atlanta, Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ETMinnesota Vikings?(5-1)The Vikings offensive line has been an issue for the better part of two years, and the teams attempts to fix it have not been for lack of effort. The Vikings signed two starters in free agency this offseason, hired a new line coach and promised a new attitude up front this season. But with injuries and ineffective performances, theyll need to fix a familiar problem after a loss in which the Vikings gave up six sacks. Coach Mike Zimmer called the offensive line soft. Until the Vikings prove they can shed that label, theyll get plenty of teams ready to test their pass protection with the kinds of blitzes that the Eagles used on Sunday. -- Ben GoesslingWeek 8: at Chicago, Monday, 8:30 p.m. ETNFC SOUTHAtlanta Falcons?(4-3)The Falcons had a variety of problems in an overtime loss to the Chargers, and one of the biggest was giving up too many big plays on defense. The Falcons surrendered eight plays of 16 yards or more, including five plays of 20 yards or more. They allowed Philip Rivers to pass for 371 yards and gave up 140 receiving yards to Tyrell Williams. Its an issue that needs to be resolved quickly, particularly with quarterbacks such as Aaron Rodgers of the Packers and Carson Palmer of the Cardinals coming up next on the schedule. -- Vaughn McClureWeek 8: vs. Green Bay, Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ETCarolina Panthers?(1-5)The Panthers should be healthier coming off the bye week, with left tackle Michael Oher (concussion), defensive tackle Vernon Butler (ankle), cornerback James Bradberry (toe), cornerback Robert McClain (hamstring) and cornerback Leonard Johnson (Achilles) on track to return. But what the Panthers really need is to get healthy in the win column, as they attempt to become only the second team since 1990 to overcome a 1-5 start to make the playoffs. It starts with a rematch of last seasons NFC Championship Game against Arizona. -- David NewtonWeek 8: vs. Carolina, Sunday, 1 p.m. ETNew Orleans Saints?(2-4)The Saints said all the right things about how unforgivable their performance was at Kansas City. But a few of them did manage to put a positive spin on it, saying they couldnt possibly shoot themselves in the foot any more than they did -- and they still had a chance to win at the end. We got what we deserved, Drew Brees said, but, he added, We know that we can compete with anybody, anywhere. That will be put to the test when the Saints host one of the toughest teams on their schedule next week -- the Seahawks. Although that puts the Saints in danger of a 2-5 start, the optimist would call it a huge potential confidence booster. -- Mike TriplettWeek 8: vs. Seattle, Sunday, 1 p.m. ETTampa Bay Buccaneers?(3-3)After being down 14-0 in the first quarter to the 49ers, the Bucs scored 34 points and surrendered just a field goal in the second, third and fourth quarters. The Bucs gashed the Niners for 249 yards on the ground. Jacquizz Rodgers, their third-string running back, rushed for his second-straight 100-yard game, after never reaching that mark in his previous five seasons. Quarterback Jameis Winston threw three touchdown passes. Its a good sign for the Bucs, who are now at .500 after starting the season 1-3. -- Jenna LaineWeek 8: vs. Oakland, Sunday, 1 p.m. ETNFC WESTArizona Cardinals (3-3-1)The next best thing to a win is a tie. At least the Cardinals didnt fall three games back to the Seahawks on Sunday night. With another cross country trip to Carolina coming up in Week 8, the Cardinals are a tired team in need of finding their offensive groove. The defense carried the Cardinals all game, but a better offense and special-teams unit is needed for Arizona to climb the standings. -- Josh WeinfussWeek 8: at Carolina, Sunday, 1 p.m. ETLos Angeles Rams?(3-4)Quarterback?Case Keenum threw four interceptions in a defeat to the?Giants in?London, giving the Rams three straight losses to put them at 3-4 as they head into their bye week. Despite all that, coach Jeff Fisher said he is sticking with Keenum at quarterback and is not ready to hand the job to No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff. Stay tuned, though. Fisher has changed his mind on these matters before, and a lot of factors -- Keenums overall production and a soft schedule coming out of the bye -- point in Goffs direction. -- Alden GonzalezWeek 8: ByeSan Francisco 49ers?(1-6)The 49ers suffered their sixth consecutive loss on Sunday, this time a defeat to the Buccaneers after blowing an early 14-0 lead for the second time this season. As they head to their bye week, the Niners have a defense that cant stop anyone, an offense that cant move the ball consistently and a team that looks like its headed toward rock bottom. They wont be able to fix all that ails them -- or even the majority of it -- in one week. But now seems like an opportune time for the franchises chief decision-makers to take a long look at whats going on and start formulating a long-term plan so a real rebuilding project can begin. -- Nick WagonerWeek 8: ByeSeattle Seahawks (4-1-1)The Seahawks focus this week should be clear: Come up with answers on offense. The team managed just two field goals on 13 offensive possessions during their tie against the Cardinals. They went 3-for-14 on third down and did not have a single explosive play until overtime. Quarterback Russell Wilson appears to still be playing through knee and ankle injuries, and the run game has failed to find consistency. The Seahawks dont have to field one of the leagues best offenses to compete for a Super Bowl, but they need to be a whole lot better than they were Sunday night to maintain their lead in the NFC West. -- Sheil KapadiaWeek 8: at New Orleans, Sunday, 1 p.m. ET Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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