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Canterbury skipper James Graham has branded criticism of embattled countryman Gareth Widdop as unfair following St George Illawarras tumble down the NRL ladder. Saucony Grid 9000 Premium .Dragons captain Widdop, his teammates, coach Paul McGregor and the clubs administration are all in the firing line in the wake of three straight losses which has seen them slump to 11th.Heavy defeats to Manly and Gold Coast and a meek effort against Wests Tigers on Sunday have raised questions over the quality of the Dragons roster, while their governance is being scrutinised with the club $7 million in debt.Graham defended his English teammates standing as a star player, brushing off suggestions the Dragons would be walkovers when they meet at ANZ Stadium on Friday night.Hes a great player isnt he? At least he is in my opinion, Graham said on Monday.Sometimes when your team isnt at where the expectation of fans and outside pressures are, the star players come in for some criticism and Gaz is a star player.It comes with the territory.McGregor has been forced to defend himself despite last year taking the club to the finals for the first time in four seasons.However the club has been lacklustre over past two months.Since round 12 they have recorded just three wins but they have either been against sides weakened by State of Origin - Melbourne and North Queensland - or last-placed Newcastle.They also have the second-worst for-and-against in the competition, behind only the Knights.When a journalist suggested to Graham that the Dragons were terrible, he said: I dont know about that. I dont think its great to play teams coming off a loss, especially ones that are fighting for finals.Theyre going to be highly motivated arent they. Especially with people like yourself saying things like that, its going to fire them up. So thanks for that mate. Saucony Grid 9000 Premium Sale . Now that hes hitting streaking teammates with pin-point passes for easy layups, Love is asserting himself as one of the true superstars in the league. Saucony Jazz Original Uk . -- Former San Diego Chargers safety Paul Oliver was found dead at his Atlanta-area home Tuesday night, and a medical examiner said Wednesday that the ex-player committed suicide. . -- The St. Johns IceCaps weathered a wild first period with the help of goaltender Jussi Olkinuora, before finding offensive inroads in the second. NEW ORLEANS -- For all of Dan Quinns background as a defensive specialist, the Atlanta Falcons second-year coach is fielding an offense about as good as anyone right now.Matt Ryan has been efficient. Running backs Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman are wearing down defenses while keeping one another fresh. The offensive line is winning praise for its run-blocking and pass-protection. And the Falcons are outscoring even explosive opponents, as they did in a 45-32 triumph over the New Orleans Saints on Monday night.We wanted to stay aggressive and keep attacking, Quinn said. The team did a very nice job of mixing up the run and pass.It was a satisfying triumph for the Falcons (2-1), who came in with just two victories in their 10 previous trips to the Superdome. It also made Atlanta the early front-runner in the NFC South.The winless Saints (0-3), by contrast, are in last place and were less competitive against the Falcons than they were in their first two losses to Oakland and the New York Giants.Saints quarterback Drew Brees is still racking up gaudy numbers. He passed for 376 yards and three TDs against Atlanta. But he never seems to have much margin for error. He threw one interception on a tipped ball and it was returned 90 yards the other way by rookie linebacker Deion Jones, who just happens to be a New Orleans native and LSU alum.Afterward, Brees lamented that Mondays result might have been different if not for a pair of major Saints mistakes -- his interception and a muffed Atlanta punt that the Falcons converted into an 11-yard touchdown drive.Theres no magic formula. Theres no magic offensive play or defensive scheme thats going to win you a game, Brees said. Its about each guy doing what theyve been coached to do, to their best ability. Theres going to be mistakes made at times, but lets not be a team thats going to beat themselves by doing things you know that will get you beat.Some other developments of note coming out of Atlantas win the Big Easy:BACKFIELD BONANZAFreeman and Coleman are taking pressure off Ryan by running well and turning short receptions into considerable gains. Ubiq x Saucony Grid 9000 Dirty Martini. They combined for 296 yards from scrimmage and four TDs in New Orleans. Freeman rushed for 152 yards on just 14 carries, an average of nearly 11 yards per run. He scored his lone TD on a 13-yard pass from Ryan and finished with 55 yards receiving on five catches. Coleman ran for three TDs, once from 6 yards out and twice from 2 yards.BATTERED DEFENSEThe Saints entered the season with little defensive depth and appear to be reeling from injuries. Key players sidelined by injuries against Atlanta included defensive tackles Sheldon Rankins and Tyeler Davison, cornerbacks Delvin Breaux and P.J. Williams, strong safety Kenny Vaccaro and linebacker Dannell Ellerbe.They wound up allowing 442 net yards against Atlanta, but when Saints coach Sean Payton was asked about the toll injuries have taken, he responded, That is not going to be an excuse for not playing smart.RYANS EFFICIENCYThe Falcons star quarterback didnt keep pace with Brees -- and didnt need to. But he did play a relatively clean game. His two TD passes gave him seven TDs against one interception through three games. He is also completing about 71 percent of his passes for 323 yards per game.FLEENERS FORMAfter struggling to get involved in New Orleans passing game, tight end Coby Fleener -- a top acquisition in free agency -- looked in sync with Brees. Fleener caught seven passes for 109 yards and a touchdown, his best performance by far as a Saint.JONES RISEJones has demonstrated a lot of upside in his first three regular season games as a pro. In addition to his pivotal interception for a score in New Orleans, Jones was in on nine tackles and credited with two passes defended. For the young season, Jones is now second on the club with 25 solo or assisted tackles.---AP NFL website: and AP NFL Twitter feed: ;Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '



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