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Mike daniels dominates in packers' defense-led win over seahawks

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lihongtaolucky el 11-09-2017 a las 03:20:50

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Forget all this talk Torry Holt jersey about Mike Daniels as a budding superstar on the Green Bay Packers' defense. He’s there already. He was even before Sunday’s regular-season opener against the Seattle Seahawks, a game he single-handled turned in the Packers’ favor early in the third quarter. But Sunday’s performance should convince anyone who wasn’t quite sure. In what was a surprisingly impressive showing by the Packers defense -- which last seen was getting run out of the Georgia Dome in the NFC Championship Game -- it was Daniels who dominated in the 17-9 opening-day victory at Lambeau Field. In a span of three plays on the Seahawks' opening drive of the third quarter, Daniels had a shared sack with Nick Perry and then a solo sack and forced fumble on quarterback Russell Wilson that linebacker Kyler Fackrell recovered at Seattle's 6-yard line. To that point, the difference in the game was Mike McCarthy's timeout usage. McCarthy called his last two -- one with 48 seconds left Len Dawson Youth Jersey in the half after a first-down run and another with 43 seconds left after a second-down run -- and then Seattle hit two big plays that led to a last-second field goal for the only points of the first half. What McCarthy should have considered was that without a third timeout (they previously burned one on defense after the first play of the game from scrimmage), he wouldn’t have been able to get the ball back before halftime anyway. But there was Daniels, leading what was a dominant performance by a Packers defense that was easily the biggest question mark on this team after what happened last season. In what should be the start of a strong bid for his first Pro Bowl, Daniels’ stat line was among the best of his career: seven tackles (including five solo stops), 1.5 sacks, four quarterback hits and a tackle for loss on a run play. Daniels cracked the ESPN Top 100 for the first time at No. 98. If he keeps this up, he should make a huge jump in the next ranking. The revamped back end of the Packers’ defense wasn’t overly stressed by Wilson and the Seahawks, but it surely will be next Sunday back in Atlanta. A front seven led by Daniels should make it easier on the secondary. Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Najee Goode recently tested a new helmet in preparation for a preseason game. Walking out to the practice field with coach Doug Pederson, Goode slapped his hands on the sides of the helmet and said, “Got the VICIS! Concussion proof, man! Going to try it out.” Pederson jokingly responded: “Just don’t fall over while you’re wearing it,” suggesting the larger helmet made him look top-heavy. The VICIS helmet, which was rated Authentic Wei-Yin Chen Youth Jersey No. 1 for reducing head impact severity by the NFL and NFL Players Association, includes a shell designed to give way when a player is hit in the head and absorb the impact like a car bumper. “The helmet is crazy because it bends and moves when you get hit and stuff,” Goode said. “So when you’ve got it on it actually feels like you’re not wearing anything. ... It’s definitely like the new wave of technology coming on.” VICIS, a Seattle-based startup, was founded in 2013 by pediatric neurosurgeon Sam Browd, mechanical engineer Per Reinhall and CEO Dave Marver. In March, it gained some momentum when NFL and NFLPA testing ranked VICIS’ Zero1 helmet first in reducing head impact severity. There were 244 diagnosed concussions in the NFL in 2016. For the health of the sport, and those playing it, the league is working to reduce head injuries and brain trauma. “We could see that there was increasing about head health in football and other sports,” Marver said. “And we just weren’t seeing the pace of innovation and equipment that we thought was necessary to address the issue. So we thought we could make a difference.” The close to 250 diagnosed concussions last season is on par with the average over the past five years. In search of answers, the NFL launched a $60 million initiative called the Engineering Roadmap, designed to incentivize the marketplace to advance helmet technology. It includes a series of innovation challenges. VICIS was one of the winners of the GE/NFL Head Health Initiative and was awarded $750,000 in grants to aid in research and development. Dr. Jeff Crandall, chair of the NFL’s head, neck and spine engineering subcommittee, called the VICIS advancements promising.

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