The player ratings for the video game “Madden NFL 20” were released on Monday, and let’s just say several athletes were not pleased with their markings.
Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen was among those protesting his rating. Take a look at this video where he cites everything wrong with the numbers he received:
All that is leading Allen to boycott the video game.
Allen has put up two pretty excellent seasons for the Chargers in a row. He had 97 catches for 1,196 yards and six touchdowns last season. The year before he had 102 catches for 1,393 yards and six touchdowns. Maybe he’s not getting the Madden respect he feels he deserves, but fans know how good he is.
The Los Angeles Chargers fell into an early 7-0 hole against the New England Patriots on Sunday, but Philip Rivers and Keenan Allen quickly got them out of it.
After the Patriots chewed up half of the first quarter with a methodical touchdown drive, the Chargers responded with a 43-yard touchdown from Rivers to Allen. The score was made possible with a fantastic double-move from Allen, who completely fooled Patriots All-Pro cornerback Stephon Gilmore.
It’s possible Gilmore was supposed to cover the inside move and safety Devin McCourty should have helped over the top, but either way Bill Belichick won’t be pleased with the result. Here’s another look that shows how hard Gilmore bit on the fake:
The Patriots can’t allow many more of those.
The Los Angeles Chargers overcame some key injuries to win their biggest game of the season last week, and it sounds like there is a good chance they will have all hands on deck for another important matchup in Week 16.
Wide receiver Keenan Allen suffered a hip pointer in the Chargers’ comeback win over the Kansas City Chiefs, and he is considered week-to-week. Melvin Gordon has missed the past three games with a sprained MCL. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, both players should be able to suit up against the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday night.
The Chiefs and Chargers are both 11-3 after Thursday’s game, but Kansas City holds the tie-breaker with a better division record. The final two weeks of the season will determine who ends up with the No. 1 seed in the AFC and home field advantage throughout the playoffs, so the Chargers could really use both Gordon and Allen against the stingy Ravens defense.
Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen may miss some time with a hip injury, but it reportedly won’t be much.
Allen left Thursday night’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs with what has been diagnosed as a hip pointer, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com. The injury is not considered serious and any absence should be brief.
Allen is the Chargers’ leading receiver, having already surpassed 1,000 yards on the year. He has a long week to recover before the matchup with the Baltimore Ravens, where the Chargers would really be able to use him. Even if he’s not healthy then, it sounds like he’s expected to be ready for the playoffs.
Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen was not giving the Denver Broncos any respect despite losing to them on Sunday.
Allen said his Chargers “dominated the game” and said they gave away the game to the Broncos with turnovers. He capped it off by saying the Broncos “suck,” according to ESPN reporter Eric Williams.
The Chargers were leading 19-7 in the third quarter and driving. Philip Rivers was intercepted by Von Miller, who returned the pass 42 yards to put Denver in the red zone. That play completely changed the game and swung things toward the Broncos, who pulled out a 23-22 win.
Allen had 9 catches for 89 yards and a touchdown in the game and had every right to be upset over the outcome, which made the Chargers 7-3.
Every NFL team has that one offensive player who makes his team go. It can often be the quarterback, but some offenses are built around a talented running back or a dominant No. 1 receiver.
Which offensive player is most vital to each team’s success? Which player does everyone look to to get it done when it’s most needed? Here’s a look.
Arizona Cardinals — David Johnson, RB
It’s not really a coincidence that the Cardinals struggled so much last season after Johnson suffered a season-ending wrist injury after just 11 carries in the season opener. The 26-year-old scored 20 touchdowns the year before, so losing him meant the absence of their biggest playmaker. He should be ready to go this season, and Arizona will be desperate for him to return to the form that saw him lead the NFL with 2,118 yards from scrimmage in 2016.
Atlanta Falcons — Julio Jones, WR
The Falcons will want to get Jones’s contract situation squared away as quickly as possible, because Matt Ryan needs him. His yardage numbers are incredible, and he’s collected at least 1,400 yards receiving in every season since 2014, even in spite of the occasional health issue. 1,500 yards is well within reach for Jones if he is healthy in 2018.
The NFL has no shortage of quality wide receivers. Whether they use their size and strength to get the job done or their speed and agility — or both — you can turn on virtually any game on Sunday and see great talent at the wide receiver position.
But who are the best? Here are ten players who should be considered the top receivers in the National Football League.
10) Davante Adams, Packers
Aaron Rodgers’ return should do wonders for Adams, who was very successful even without him last season. Despite missing two games and his starting quarterback, Adams caught 10 touchdowns and came close to his first 1,000-yard season. If he and Rodgers both stay healthy, the duo should be in store for a huge season, especially now that Jordy Nelson has departed Green Bay.
The Los Angeles Chargers’ offseason is perplexing even their star players.
Chargers wideout Keenan Allen took to Instagram on Sunday to question the team’s decision to rescind defensive end Chris McCain’s RFA tender, making him an unrestricted free agent. Allen posted an image of the McCain news and wrote, “I just don’t understand sometimes! But we sign people like….nvm.”
It may be worth noting that the Chargers just signed former New York Jets and Giants quarterback Geno Smith to a one-year deal earlier this month.
As for Allen himself, he just came off a career year in 2017, catching 102 passes for 1,393 yards and six touchdowns. This wouldn’t be the first time though that he stirred up controversy with some remarks on social media.
The 2017-2018 NFL season is nearing its end with only the Super Bowl left to play. Accordingly, the stamp has been put on the performances for most players and now the debate is on: who was the best, who was the worst, who was over-looked, and who ended up being a letdown?
Here’s a look at 15 of the NFL’s most underrated players in 2017:
15. Michael Thomas, WR, New Orleans Saints
It’s hard to believe Michael Thomas, who has more receptions in his first two seasons than any wide receiver in history, could be considered underrated or overlooked, but it’s become apparent that he is. Thomas finished third among receivers in receptions (104), sixth in yards (1,245), third in first downs (70) and second in PFF grades (93.0), but failed to earn an All-Pro nod and was left off the PFWA All-NFL Team. He was voted into his first Pro Bowl, but he deserves much more recognition.
14. Jack Doyle, TE, Indianapolis Colts
Jack Doyle made his presence known in 2016, but he still wasn’t really on anyone’s radar outside of Indianapolis entering this season. Despite the lack of attention, Doyle continued a steady progression, finishing second among tight ends in receptions (80), sixth in receiving yards (690), seventh in first downs (34) and 10th in Pro Football Focus grade (77.5). Even with the impressive credentials, Doyle remains underrated and overlooked, failing to earn a Pro Bowl nod, a spot on the AP All-Pro Team or any honors courtesy of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA).
13. Blake Martinez, LB, Green Bay Packers
Week 10 saw one of the NFL’s two remaining winless teams get a much-needed victory, plus a myriad of upsets or near-upsets, and some top performances. We also saw stars and teams struggle in unexpected fashion as the playoff race really begins to heat up.
Here are the 15 biggest disappointments from NFL Week 10.
Buffalo Bills’ defense
A once-promising Bills season is headed in the completely wrong direction. Buffalo has now lost two in a row following a 5-2 start, with Sunday’s home 47-10 loss to New Orleans being a particular embarrassment. The defense was simply not up to par against the revitalized New Orleans Saints, who ran all over Buffalo’s hapless defense. New Orleans put up 482 total yards, with 298 of those yards on the ground — a remarkable total for the Saints. They also rushed for six scores. Buffalo never had a chance with the way things went for the defense.
Broncos’ special teams
The Broncos have seen their offense struggle lately and, particularly last week against Philadelphia, their defense as well. Why not add the special teams to the equation? In the first half against New England alone on Sunday night, Isaiah McKenzie muffed a punt, which led to six points. They then allowed a 103-yard kick return for a touchdown. As if that weren’t enough, a blocked punt in the second quarter set up New England for another touchdown. Denver’s special teams hasn’t been good this year, but they were more or less directly responsible for New England’s first half performance. Stopping Tom Brady is already hard enough. Beating the Patriots after making so many special teams errors is nearly impossible.