The AFC Central has had three teams battle it out for divisional

Coming off a Super Bowl title is nice, but defending it for the Baltimore Ravens may more difficult than usual, given the losses of veterans like Ray Lewis, Ed Reed and San Francisco 49ers Men’s Jersey Anquan Boldin. The fact that the team was able to keep quarterback Joe Flacco, while adding DE Elvis Dumervil from the Denver Broncos via free agency, may go a long way toward blunting those departures.
Sports handicapping experts don’t seem to think it’s enough to withstand a drop in victories, considering the NFL futures betting number for Baltimore is currently listed at just 8.5.
However, the fact that John Harbaugh will still patrol the sidelines should be taken under consideration, since the sixth-year mentor has never won less than nine games in a season and has averaged 11 win per year. Throw in the fact that opposing teams must still do battle at M&T Stadium, where Harbaugh’s http://www.officialnflshopco.com/philadelphia-eagles-c-1_959.html teams have a 35-7 record, and such concerns fade a little more.
The AFC Central has had three teams battle it out for divisional supremacy the past two season, but this year, the Pittsburgh Steelers could slip after also losing integral starters. The Cincinnati Bengals will still be contending regardless, but the team has shown an inability to maintain its level of play for an extended stretch, and also hasn’t won a playoff contest New York Giants Limited Jersey in over two decades.
Last year, Baltimore was roaring toward the playoffs with a 9-2 mark, but nearly lost control of the season with some on-field stumbles and a late-season coaching shakeup. A comfortable three-game lead dropped to just one by the final week of the regular season. The near-panic for Ravens fans subsided after a win over the Giants clinched the division and put Baltimore in position for its dramatic run.
In 2012, the Ravens frustrated football betting aficionados with the team’s inconsistency: covering the first two contests, before dropping five straight, then going 3-0-1 ATS in the next four games. Three ATS losses and a split to finish up the regular season served as a precursor to the magical http://www.officialnflshopco.com/new-orleans-saints-c-1_718.html postseason run. For totals bettors, Baltimore won six of its nine games at home, and also had a Push.
This year, the Ravens begin with a formidable schedule, but are aided by the fact that the majority of its non-divisional foes, such as Houston, Green Bay, Minnesota and New England have to travel to Baltimore. The opener is in Denver, against a Broncos team with revenge on its mind. Ordinarily, the Super Bowl victor gets to open at home, but a scheduling conflict with their baseball brethren Orioles forced the change.


Art Streiber asked him jersey

Right away it was obvious when he Eddie Lacy Womens Jersey saw the photo, he loved it. This one epitomized so much about J.J. Watt.

The Houston Texans’ star pass-rusher was dressed in his uniform with white pants and a blue jersey. Photographer Art Streiber asked him to start facing the back of the room and then slowly turn, holding a lasso in his right hand, wearing a cowboy hat and a big Texas belt buckle with his name on itWhat excited Watt wasn’t the perfectly symmetrical straight-on shot from the same part of the shoot. This one was a little more jaunty. Watt’s body tilted toward the right as if in motion, he was looking down and the cowboy hat covered his eyes.

“Old school,” Watt said, and asked for a copy.
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Watt is a football player with an old-school work ethic, and he’s one who cares about how he presents himself. No, he wasn’t interested in putting on big Texas hair in the form of blonde wigs, or looking like a steer wearing cut-out horns and a nose ring. Watt was interested in the more classic photo options presented to him. At the same time, the tilt was just as representative of Watt, a player who doesn’t fit into the usual molds of what a 3-4 defensive end should be.

That photo in particular didn’t make it into the issue. A similar, but more upright, shot wound up in this photo gallery. On one of the two covers of ESPN The Magazine this week, Watt appears with a toothpick in his teeth that is adorned with a Texas state flag on the end. (Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray is on the other cover). The story by Michael J. Mooney, which accompanies his photo spread, ponders: Can Watt become a Texas legend? The goal of the Ernie Sims Red Jersey photo shoot: an iconic image that answered “yes.”
The day began with a tray full of sandwiches, Watt arrived after a workout, after all. An idea board on the side of a partition created so Watt could change showed photos that resembled images they might try. To the left in the dance hall at the ranch were tables filled with Texas-themed props.

Watt agreed to have the outline of the state of Texas painted onto his left arm to look like a brand seared into his skin. Before the photo that focused on his arm he did a few reps with a couple of adjustable electronic dumbbells (“That’s a Cushing tip,” he said with a sly smile, referring to teammate Brian Cushing) before walking outside for the first set of shots. A small crowd of workers from the ranch had gathered nearby.

A wardrobe change came soon after. Watt tried on a pair of skinny jeans, hopping around in them and asking aloud how women get into them. They settled on a looser pair of jeans, a white T-shirt and a 66-year-old red plaid jacket that belonged to stylist Sherrie Krantz’s grandfather.
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The group moved into a field nearby, one right next to a fenced-off group of cattle, with their ankles taped to avoid fire ants. Two tame longhorns await their photoshoot and begin to moo. One, named Gateway, shares a scene with Watt. He sneezes, and Watt gets startled.

“He’s got allergies, just like us,” Gateway’s handler says.

“We were about to have to go,” Watt says to Gateway, sounding relieved they didn’t have to go.

The longhorn is actually afraid of people. Streiber takes a few stunning shots of Watt with the bull, then he moves over to a wooden fence and leans against it. At first unsure, Watt’s enjoying himself now. He has ideas. He wants to sit on top of the fence but is told he might be too heavy. Indeed, the wood makes a cracking sound under his weight, but sustains itself under his 289 pounds. It’s up there Streiber gets some of this shoot’s grandest photos.
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When it ended Watt drove off for some evening film study.


Watt is a football jersey

Right away it was obvious when Dez Bryant Kids Jersey he saw the photo, he loved it. This one epitomized so much about J.J. Watt.

The Houston Texans’ star pass-rusher was dressed in his uniform with white pants and a blue jersey. Photographer Art Streiber asked him to start facing the back of the room and then slowly turn, holding a lasso in his right hand, wearing a cowboy hat and a big Texas belt buckle with his name on it. What excited Watt wasn’t the perfectly symmetrical straight-on shot from the same part of the shoot. This one was a little more jaunty. Watt’s body tilted toward the right as if in motion, he was looking down and the cowboy hat covered his eyes.

“Old school,” Watt said, and asked for a copy.
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Watt is a football player with an old-school work ethic, and he’s one who cares about how he presents himself. No, he wasn’t interested in putting on big Texas hair in the form of blonde wigs, or looking like a steer wearing cut-out horns and a nose ring. Watt was interested in the more classic photo options presented to him. At the same time, the tilt was just as representative of Watt, a player who doesn’t fit into the usual molds of what a 3-4 defensive end should be. That photo in particular didn’t make it into the issue. A similar, but more upright, shot wound up in this photo gallery. On one of the two covers of ESPN The Magazine this week, Watt appears with a toothpick in his teeth that is adorned with a Texas state flag on the end. (Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray is on the other cover). The story by Michael J. Mooney, which accompanies his photo spread, ponders: Can Watt become a Texas legend? The goal of the photo shoot: an iconic image that answered “yes.”

The day began with a tray full of sandwiches, Watt arrived after a workout, after all. An idea board on the side of a partition created so Watt could change showed photos that resembled images they might try. To the left in the dance hall at the ranch Womens James Jones Jersey were tables filled with Texas-themed props.

Watt agreed to have the outline of the state of Texas painted onto his left arm to look like a brand seared into his skin. Before the photo that focused on his arm he did a few reps with a couple of adjustable electronic dumbbells (“That’s a Cushing tip,” he said with a sly smile, referring to teammate Brian Cushing) before walking outside for the first set of shots. A small crowd of workers from the ranch had gathered nearby.

A wardrobe change came soon after. Watt tried on a pair of skinny jeans, hopping around in them and asking aloud how women get into them. They settled on a looser pair of jeans, a white T-shirt and a 66-year-old red plaid jacket that belonged to stylist Sherrie Krantz’s grandfather. The group moved into a field nearby, one right next to a fenced-off group of cattle, with their ankles taped to avoid fire ants. Two tame longhorns await their photoshoot and begin to moo. One, named Gateway, shares a scene with Watt. He sneezes, and Watt gets startled.
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Streiber takes a few stunning shots of Watt with the bull, then he moves over to a wooden fence and leans against it. At first unsure, Watt’s enjoying himself now.


It’s better when it takes a village for victorious Broncos

In a week that opened with John Elway Luke Kuechly Authentic Jersey speaking in a team meeting and ended with the Denver Broncos thumping the Oakland Raiders 41-17 at O.co Coliseum with a five-touchdown day from quarterback Peyton Manning, Elway’s hope to have a team that doesn’t need Manning “to feel like he has to do everything” was on display.
“I think it’s one of those things when John Elway talks to us, we know he speaks from experience,” said cornerback Chris Harris Jr. “I think he just let us know where things stand. It was good and bad, not just bad, but we got routed in New England and we shouldn’t get routed by anybody. [Sunday] we just wanted to get it all back together.”
The Broncos defense held the Raiders to 192 yards, with 97 of those yards coming on the Raiders’ final possession of the game. The Raiders’ three longest plays of the game came on that drive, and until that possession, the Broncos http://www.nhlshoponline.us.com/nhl-jerseys/tampa-bay-lightning_c-1726.html had allowed just one play for double-digit yardage – a 10-yard Derek Carr pass to James Jones in the first quarter.
Rookie cornerback Bradley Roby made his second interception of the year and T.J. Ward had an interception. The Broncos’ No. 1 run defense feasted on the Raiders’ struggling offense, especially after the Broncos took a 20-10 lead just before halftime.
The Raiders finished with 30 rushing yards on 15 carries. And with safety Quinton Carter ’s return, the Broncos were able to use a dime package (six defensive backs) on long-yardage situations that could muscle up when the Raiders tried to run the ball against it.
Ward moved down to play what was essentially a weakside linebacker spot, next to Brandon Marshall, and Carter played at safety deep. Roby played outside and Harris moved into the slot.
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“We had everybody step up,” Miller said. “We didn’t play the way we wanted, the way we know we can last week. We wanted to get it going again; we want to play with no drop-off and that takes all the guys — offense, defense and special teams.”
On offense it was running back C.J. Anderson, who has been the No. 3 back at times this season. With Montee Ball still out and Ronnie Hillman having struggled a bit and looking a bit dinged early – he was jogging for the Broncos trainers behind the bench in the first half – Anderson seized opportunity with 163 total yards.
Will Montgomery started his first game at center for the Broncos and Emmanuel Sanders and Julius Thomas finished with two touchdowns each in the it’s-always-somebody’s-turn passing attack. Sanders did not have a touchdown catch in the Broncos’ first five games; he now has had six in the last four games.
Julius Thomas now has as many http://www.nhlshoponline.us.com/nhl-jerseys/toronto-maple-leafs_c-1705.html touchdown catches (12) as he did all of last season and Demaryius Thomas had his sixth consecutive 100-yard receiving game.
“It takes everybody,” Demaryius Thomas said. “We didn’t win last week because we didn’t get enough from everybody; we didn’t do enough to win that game. That’s what we know. We need everybody all the time; it could be anybody’s day.”


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People who look younger than 18 will also be asked for ID just to see tobacco products in future.

Jersey airport has created an area dedicated to tobacco products, only available to over 18s.Head of health improvement, Martin Knight, said the aim of the legislation was to reduce smoking among young people.

He said: “There is good evidence that gantry displays in shops, with their strong branding, can trigger purchases by adults trying to stop smoking.

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The States of Jersey environmental health team has been working with retailers over the past 18 months to help them prepare for the change.

James Filleul, spokesman for the Channel Islands Tobacco Retailers Association said: “While we don’t agree with the principle of the ban, we have worked with the health authorities to make the ban as practical as possible to implement.”A study commissioned by Transport and Technical Services and the Environment Department found more work was needed to understand what was causing so much sea lettuce at the bay.

Transport Minister Deputy Kevin Robert Quinn black Jersey Lewis said: “They have it in the UK, in France and in the United States of America.

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Constable Crowcroft, who is responsible for the island’s capital and most populous parish, said part of the solution would involve tackling polluters putting nitrates into the water.

He said: “The more worrying problem is that a lot of the nutrients are coming into the bay from the sea.”The new charities law was introduced in July after a vote by politicians.

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Jets fly toy chopper with ‘Go Jets’ banner

Another day, another flyover Zac Stacy Navy Blue Jersey at New York Jets practice.
This time, though, it was the team piloting an aircraft with a message.

A day after an unidentified ”frustrated fan” hired a plane with a ”FIRE JOHN IDZIK” banner trailing behind to circle the team’s practice facility for 20 minutes, Jets coach Rex Ryan sent up a toy helicopter at the beginning of practice Thursday with a small banner that read: ”Go Jets.”

”I don’t know where it came from,” a grinning Ryan said. ”See if you guys buy that one. I know you won’t. OK, I admit it. It came from me.”

The team was practicing indoors because of rain, and Ryan joked that there wouldn’t be any plane-drawn banners hovering over the field.

”I was like, ‘Maybe there’s a way we can have something inside,”’ Ryan said. ”I asked around and somebody had one of those little helicopter things.”
So, Ryan had a Jets video staffer fly the foot-long helicopter by radio control for a few minutes – in front of media and smiling players – before the staffer William Hayes Nike Jerseys landed it and carried it off the field.

”I’ll admit, it never worked exactly the way I was hoping it would because we were going to buzz the tower a little bit,” said a smiling Ryan, referring to the second-floor ledge in the indoor facility where the media watches practice. ”I don’t know where it’s going to land and all that, and I’m like, ‘Please, there’s some candidates there.’

”I just thought it would be a good little thing.”

Fed up with the team’s 1-8 start, a female fan spent under $1,000 to have the plane tote the banner Wednesday to urge the Jets to fire their general manager – in full view of the media with Idzik, Ryan and owner Woody Johnson all watching practice.

It was just the latest highly publicized measure disgruntled fans have taken. They have flooded sports talk shows and message boards, and even created a website that raised more than $10,000 last week to buy billboard space to further its cause to have the GM fired.

”Obviously, I wanted to make light of it,” Ryan said of using the toy chopper. ”But at the same time, the message, I put ‘Go Jets’ on it. The message is that we’re in this together and we recognize, hey, we’re 1-8 but we’re in it together at 1-8, and that’s the way it is.”

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”What do you think I think?” he told the newspaper, clearly irked. He then added, ”We’ll get it straight,” referring to the team’s struggles.


Miller knows just what Smith is going through

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith has another game left on his nine-game http://www.officialjaguarsnflstore.com/Ziggy_Hood_Jersey suspension for violations of the NFL’s substance abuse and personal conduct policies, and Von Miller can’t wait to see his buddy back on the football field.
Miller knows exactly what Smith is going through.

Denver’s pass-rushing linebacker missed the first six games last year while serving a drug suspension and then collected just five sacks in nine games before blowing out his right knee last December and missing the Super Bowl.

Miller is back this year and hit the halfway point with nine sacks, on pace to challenge his club record of 18 1-2 he set in 2012. He was named the AFC’s Defensive Player of the Month in October.

Miller and Smith became friends in 2011 as part of the draft class that came into the league as the NFL and players were hashing out a new labor deal. He said Smith helped him through his suspension last year, so he’s returned the favor, texting, calling and encouraging his friend over the last two months.

”Yeah, he helped me through mine. And we were going through stuff at the same time, too. So, we were talking together about what I was going through, what he was going through: ‘We’re going to get through this.’ We were there for each other,” Miller said. ”It was like I know how it is when you get suspended, it just feels like nobody (has your back). So, I just wanted to be the guy that would just keep reaching http://www.buccaneersshop.us.com/Tim_Wright_Jersey out to him, like, ‘I haven’t forgotten about you. And I’m not even on your team.’

”It’s bigger than that. He’s my friend. I care about him. I’m happy that he’s doing a whole lot better,” Miller added. ”I’m excited for him to come back and have all that stuff out the way. It’s a different feeling when you have all that stuff out the way and can just focus on football.”

Miller said he’s tried to tell Smith about what to expect in returning to action at midseason.

”It’s like the start of the season, everything’s new, everything’s fresh. So, like coming back is easy, really. And like you get sore. I had that first Wednesday practice in pads and I was sore,” Miller said.

The danger, Miller said, is that you want to make up for all the games you missed.

”You want to come back and you want to have four sacks in the first game, another four sacks in the next game and catch up to everybody,” Miller said. ”Like when I came back and I got my first sack, it was like, ‘OK I’ve got one. So, I’ve got 10 games left. If I can get three sacks this game, four sacks this game, I can catch up to everybody.’

”But that’s not my game. I just like to go out there and just play. But I feel like Aldon can come back and get 10-plus sacks, 12 sacks. Especially with the type of schedule they got and they’ll get Patrick Willis back. They’ll get Navarro Bowman back later in the year. They’ll be ready to roll.”

Miller said he had a clear conscience after serving his suspension and never even considers the possibility that if he slips up again he could face a year’s suspension.

”That’s part of maturity. You don’t even worry about getting in trouble any more,” Miller said.

He said he suspects Smith’s play will reflect the load that’s been taken off his shoulders, too.

”It’s a huge burden lifted. Just to be back on the field with the guys is the biggest part. Being back on the field is huge. It’s great. Just lifting weights and watching film and going home. You’re back with the guys,” Miller said. ”So, I know how he feels. I know he’s working hard. I know he’s training, conditioning and all that. I wanted to change my body. I know he wanted to stay exactly where he is.”

Miller bulked up by 25 pounds heading http://www.ramsshop.us.com/Alec_Ogletree_Jersey into last season. The extra weight made him top heavy and might even have contributed to his torn right ACL in December. He’s back down to 245 and said in retrospect he wouldn’t have packed on the pounds during his banishment.

”I probably would have lost a little weight,” Miller said.


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Welterweights Sadam Ali and Luis Jeremy Hill Autentic Jersey Carlos Abregu are winding down their training camps as they finish preparations for their pivotal showdown on Nov. 8 (HBO) on the Bernard Hopkins-Sergey Kovalev undercard at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

A victory will put the winner into the mix for a big-time fight in boxing’s deepest weight class. It’s also a chance for Ali (20-0, 12), a 2008 U.S. Olympian, to notch his most significant victory, and for Abregu (36-1, 29 KOs) to score yet another strong victory after already having beaten Thomas Dulorme and Antonin Decarie in the past two years.

Ali, 26, of Brooklyn, New York, and Abregu, 30, of Argentina, are both highly motivated but for different reasons.
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Ali said his motivation is being on HBO for the first time.

“I’ve been growing up watching HBO and watching the most famous guys shine and I’ve always envisioned myself in that position,” Ali said. “I want to be in everybody’s eyes and I want to be known as something special. That’s very important to me.”

Abregu, whose only loss was by decision to Timothy Bradley Jr. in 2010, is motivated strictly because he wants to fight for a world title and a Kareem Martin Kids Jersey win would move him closer to that goal.

“My motivation is to get this win, so that I will have a chance to fight for a world title,” he said. “This dream was put on hold after I hurt my hand in my fight with Tim Bradley, but I’m ready to go now.”

Neither man said he feels pressure by fighting in the co-feature of one of the year’s most significant fights.

“I’m used to the pressure because I’ve always seen myself in this position so it’s not really anything to get me nervous,” Ali said. “I’m definitely ready and excited. To be on the Hopkins card is exciting. He’s such a great speaker and he says things that just inspire you.”
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Said Abregu, “I feel no pressure at all. I have been the main event in many important boxing shows. To the contrary, I love to be part of important cards that people want to see.”It’s a big deal. Everyone is always supporting me, and I’m sure they are pretty proud of me,” he said. “They want me to go represent the school!”

Tuttle committed Sept. 26 to Tennessee over North Carolina State and North Carolina in front of a packed gymnasium.
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“It was probably the craziest and most fun day of my life,” Tuttle said. “It was just pretty cool to know everything that you worked for, everything that happened in life, all of the recruiting and stuff was coming to an end. It was actually a really cool feeling,”


Brady and Pats are No. 1 in AP Pro32 rankings

Tom Brady and the New England Tim Wright Womens Jersey Patriots are back where they have been for so much of the Bill Belichick era.
On top of the NFL.

The Patriots dominated Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos 43-21 on Sunday in the much-anticipated matchup between two of the top quarterbacks in the league.

”Tom Brady and Peyton Manning have played a regular season’s worth of games against one another, and Brady owns the rivalry,” Newsday’s Bob Glauber said.

”He’s now 11-5 all-time against Manning, putting on yet another transcendent performance. Since that Week 4 blowout loss in Kansas City, Brady now has 18 touchdowns and just one interception, and Pats have won five straight.”

The Patriots (7-2) received eight of 12 first-place votes Tuesday for the AP Pro32 power rankings, which are decided by a media panel that regularly covers the league.
”The Patriots quieted a lot of doubters with that performance over Denver,” ESPN’s Herm Edwards said.

The Arizona Cardinals (7-1), tied with the Patriots for the most wins in the league, received the other four first-place votes, but stayed at No. 2 in the poll.

”You can’t run on them, and you can’t hide from the coaching http://www.officialjaguarsnflstore.com/Red_Bryant_Jersey acumen of (Arizona’s) Bruce Arians,” Ira Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune said.

The Broncos (6-2) fell from No. 1 to 3 followed by the Philadelphia Eagles and the Detroit Lions.

The Eagles (6-2) will have to get by without Nick Foles, who is out because of broken clavicle. Former Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez will make his first start in 23 months under the prime-time lights next Monday night against the Carolina Panthers.
”(Coach) Chip (Kelly) won’t panic with injury to Foles,” NBC Sports’ Tony Dungy said.

The Patriots’ dominating win gives them home-field advantage should they face the Broncos in the playoffs.

”Going to New England in January not good for Broncos,” Fox Sports’ John Czarnecki said.

The Indianapolis Colts, Pittsburgh Steelers, Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks and Dallas Cowboys round out the top 10.

Coming off a dominating win over the New York Giants on Monday night, Andrew Luck has the Colts (5-3) in control in the AFC South.
”Andrew Luck is now squarely in the NFL’s Most Valuable Player conversation,” Foxsports.com’s Alex Marvez said.

The Steelers (5-3), who have won three in a row, moved up from No. 13 to 7. Ben Roethlisberger, who has thrown six touchdown passes in each of the past two games, has been a big reason behind the Steelers’ surge.

The Cowboys (6-3) have lost two in a row and have dropped from No. 4 to 10 going into Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in London.

”The Cardinals stacked the box to stop DeMarco Murray, and Brandon Weeden couldn’t take advantage,” Jenny Vrentas of The Monday Morning Quarterback said.

”The offense hangs in the balance until Tony Romo returns.”

Coming off a bye, the Packers (5-3) trail the Lions by a game in the NFC James Laurinaitis Nike Jerseys North and host the rival Bears on Sunday night.

”The Packers need to make up ground on the Lions and will have the chance to do it with four of their next five at home,” Rick Gosselin of The Dallas Morning News said.


Philbin has Dolphins headed in right direction

Here’s a list of Miami Dolphins coaches http://www.buccaneersshop.us.com/Tim_Wright_Jersey who never won a game by 37 points or more:
Jimmy Johnson. Nick Saban. Tony Sparano. Dave Wannstedt. Cam Cameron. Todd Bowles. Jim Bates. George Wilson.

Now Joe Philbin has done it. One day after a stunning 37-0 victory over San Diego, Philbin offered this message: Don’t get used to it.

”We can’t anticipate we’re going to shut out our next eight opponents,” Philbin said Monday. ”That’s not real life in the National Football League. And it’s hard to average 37 points a game in the NFL over an eight-game stretch. We’re going to have to find new ways to win, and just keep improving.”

The Dolphins improved to 5-3 with their most lopsided victory since 1995, when Don Shula was still in charge. That was eight coaches ago.

After 2 1/2 years in Miami, Philbin is at .500 (20-20), his job future beyond this season still uncertain. But with three consecutive victories, Philbin is on the verge of a breakthrough, because he has never had a team win four in a row.

A lack of sustained success is one reason Miami hasn’t been to the playoffs since 2008.
The Dolphins won three in a row in 2012, Philbin’s first season, then lost three in a row. They enjoyed a 3-0 start in 2013, then lost the next four. They won three in a row last December, then endured a late-season meltdown and lost their final two games.

How will this team handle success?

”It’s a good question,” Philbin said. ”It’s one we’ve got to answer.”

The win over San Diego was an emotional one, with Philbin receiving a game ball from owner http://www.officialjaguarsnflstore.com/Ziggy_Hood_Jersey Stephen Ross. The coach missed two days of practice last week to be with his father, who died Friday, and Philbin will be absent again Tuesday and Wednesday to attend the funeral.

When it comes to the more mundane matter of wins and losses, Philbin appears to have things headed in the right direction.

”We’re a better team today than we were Oct. 1, or than we were in September,” Philbin said. ”The challenge every week is to find ways to improve.”
Miami is an underdog Sunday at NFC North leader Detroit (6-2), and still off the radar with many playoff prognosticators. Receiver Mike Wallace said he’d prefer the rest of the league not take note of the latest win.

”Hopefully not, so we can do the same thing next week,” Wallace said. ”Hopefully, nobody ever catches on. Hopefully, people just keep taking us easy, so we come away with wins like this.”

The Dolphins look like more than one-game wonders. For the first time since 1997, they’ve scored at least 24 points in five consecutive games, according to STATS. They’ve outscored opponents during that span 153-68. The lone loss during that stretch came in the final seconds against Green Bay, leaving them one play from a five-game winning streak.

Midway through his third season, Ryan Tannehill is blossoming at quarterback. He ranks only 28th in the league in yards per attempt, but over past five games he has completed 68 percent of his attempts while averaging 8.2 yards per pass, with a rating of 104.1.

Meanwhile, the defense leads NFL in yards allowed per play, yards allowed per pass and first downs. Miami ranks second in pass defense, third in total defense and fourth in rushing.

Now’s not the time to savor statistics, defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle said.

”We’re only halfway through,” he said. ”You look down the road, we’ve got a few dicey http://www.ramsshop.us.com/Joe_Namath_Jersey ones on the horizon.”

The next three games are against teams who are a combined 17-7. The Dolphins might just be built for the challenge.