Selected W. Visayas students get support for online learning

first_imgWhile EduKonek is a new project, he said that it seeks to support public schools nationwide. They also have to wait for the schedule of the donations for the second batch. Censoro said the school has around 100 learners. The units were assigned to selected learners in Junior High (Grade 7 and Grade 8) because the elementary curriculum will be adopting the modular mode of learning. “As local coordinators, we nominate schools that meet the requirements to include learning continuity plan that includes a strategy requiring mobile technology, identified need for gadgets based on their initial school enrollment data and answers in our school form and internet connectivity and electricity in the area,” he said. Two schools in Western Visayas were chosen as first batch of recipients – the Nueva Valencia National High School in Nueva Valencia, Guimaras and Gama Integrated School in Calinog, Iloilo. Since the load that was provided is not enough, then the school has the option to outsource or look for donations to sustain the needed data for the online learning, Censoro added. The school serves as custodian of these phones. The school principal, meanwhile, has the prerogative to assign them to students in need of the gadget. The donations for the Gama Integrated School were turned over last June 26. The Jose Facultad Memorial National High School in Pototan, Iloilo was picked as one of the five chosen schools for the second batch. ILOILO City – With the Department of Education’s plan to introduce remote learning next school year, a citizen-led initiative has benefited selected students in Western Visayas lacking equipment for online learning amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. For inquiries, the public is encouraged to send email to [email protected] (With a report from PNA/PN) Each recipient school received 10 units of mobile phones, 10 SIM cards and 20 load cards. The initiative dubbed “EduKonek” started the first week of June when an almost P500,000 fund was gathered from donors, said Keith Censoro, local coordinator, in an interview Thursday. E-LEARNING. Junior High School learners of the Gama Integrated School in Calinog, Iloilo with their mobile phones during the turnover ceremony on June 26, 2020. The donation was made possible through EduKonek, a citizen-led initiative in support of the blended and online learning amid the coronavirus disease pandemic. KEITH CENSOROlast_img read more

Ex-UEFA chief Platini arrested in 2022 World Cup probe

first_imgPlatini has made no secret of his support for Qatar but denies he was influenced by Sarkozy, whose advisor for sport, Sophie Dion, was also arrested along with Platini.“It was time to give them the World Cup. I am for that. It’s my conviction,” he said at the time.Claude Gueant, Sarkozy’s erstwhile chief of staff and former interior minister, was also called in for questioning Tuesday by France’s Anti-Corruption Office of the Judicial Police.The decision to award the event to Qatar ultimately led to a wider corruption probe that led to the overthrow of Blatter and Platini and the arrest of senior FIFA figures.Platini, 63, led UEFA until 2015 when he was banned from football for four years for ethics violations including receiving a two-million Swiss francs (1.8 million euros, $2 million) payment from the disgraced former head of FIFA Sepp Blatter.Qatar has been accused of buying votes in its bid to stage the World Cup and a subsequent report by US independent investigator Michael Garcia unearthed an array of suspect financial dealings, many linked to Sandro Rosell, the ex-Barcelona president who served as a consultant for Qatar.Platini, a triple Ballon d’Or winner, was expected to succeed Blatter as FIFA president in 2016 before his fall from grace. He has been battling to clear his name ever since.Share on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: Michel Platini via @AFPParis, France | AFP | The banned ex-UEFA chief Michel Platini was arrested Tuesday in connection with a criminal investigation into the award of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.The French football legend elected to lead European football’s governing body in 2007 was taken into custody by French anti-corruption police investigating the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to the gas-rich Gulf state.Qatar was named to host the World Cup in a decision that triggered controversy over its suitability amid allegations of corruption that ultimately sparked FIFA’s worst ever scandal five years later.France’s Financial Crimes Prosecutors Office (PNF) opened a preliminary investigation in 2016 into allegations of corruption, conspiracy and influence peddling surrounding FIFA’s award of the World Cup to Qatar and also the 2018 tournament to Russia.According to Blatter, Qatar won hosting rights as a result of a deal with the French, derailing FIFA’s own “diplomatic arrangement” whereby hosting rights would go to Russia in 2018 and then to the United States four years later.The French investigation centres on alleged French intervention linked to Platini and former president Nicolas Sarkozy.According to the specialist magazine France Football, a “secret meeting” took place on November 23, 2010 at the Elysee Palace in Paris between Sarkozy, Qatar’s then-Prince (now Emir) Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, and Platini, at that time both UEFA president and vice-president of FIFA.Just over a week later, FIFA awarded Qatar hosting rights for the 2022 tournament.last_img read more

HARD TRYING TIME FOR EBBY PREVAILS BY A NECK IN $56,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE AS DESORMEAUX & SHERLOCK TEAM FOR SIX FURLONG TRIUMPH IN 1:10.48

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 26, 2017)–Third while between horses turning for home, gutty Time for Ebby kept to her task and prevailed by a neck under Kent Desormeaux in Thursday’s $56,000 allowance feature at Santa Anita.  Trained by Gary Sherlock, she registered her second consecutive win in combination with Desormeax and got six furlongs over a fast main track in 1:10.48.The 9-5 favorite in a field of seven older fillies and mares bred or sired in California, Time for Ebby paid $5.60, $3.40 and $2.60.  A 4-year-old filly by Time to Get Even out of the Touch Gold mare Ebbets Field, she was bred by Terry Lovingier and is owned by Lovingier, Beckerle and Causky.Time for Ebby now has three wins from eight starts and with the winner’s share of $33,600, she increased her earnings to $81,925.“She ran hard today,” said Desormeaux.  “Gary thought she might be a little short (training-wise), but she just tries so hard.  She wasn’t able to quicken with that other filly (eventual fourth place finisher Ready to Hula Lula) turning for home, but she just kept grinding and that’s what won it.”Ridden by Joe Talamo, Zuzu’s Petals broke a tad slow from post position two, but flew late to be second, finishing a half length in front of Top Notch.  Off at 4-1, “Zuzu” paid $4.80 and $3.40.Top Notch, who was just to the outside of the winner around the far turn and through the lane, proved third best under Stewart Elliott.  Off at 15-1, she finished three quarters of a length in front of a tiring Ready to Hula Lula and paid $4.60 to show.First post time for an eight race card on Friday at Santa Anita is at 1 p.m.  Admission gates open at 11 a.m.last_img read more

Everton star linked with move

first_imgChelsea are set to table a bid for Everton star Jack Rodwell when the transfer window opens next month, according to the Daily Mirror.The promising midfielder is said to be rated at £20m by Everton, who are determined to keep him at Goodison Park.The Mirror also suggest that Chelsea duo Florent Malouda and Salomon Kalou are being offered big-money moves to Russia.Zamora’s future is in doubt.Malouda is said to be wanted by mega-rich club Anzhi Makhachkala while Kalou, whose contract expires at the end of the season, is believed to be a target for both Lokomotiv Moscow and billionaire-backed Anzhi, who would be willing to double his current wages.Metro say Bolton are ready to cash in on England defender Gary Cahill, who has been linked with Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal.And Bobby Zamora’s future at Fulham remains under scrutiny, with the Daily Mail reporting that the striker has been told to train with the reserves.This page is updated throughout the day. Monday’s Paper Talk: Local clubs linked with swoopslast_img read more

The Sunday QPR quiz

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Fuel price: govt considers options

first_img13 June 2008The government is not considering cutting fuel levies, but is instead looking at other proposals to keep escalating fuel prices in check, government spokesperson Themba Maseko says.Briefing the media following a Cabinet meeting in Cape Town on Thursday, Maseko said the Cabinet had discussed the fuel levy proposal and noted that South Africa’s levy was a specific tax which was adjusted once a year and which remained constant irrespective of changes to the fuel prices.He said that this differed from a percentage-based duty that would fluctuate along with the changes in fuel prices.The current levy on diesel is 111 cents and 127 cents on petrol per litre, while the Road Accident Fund Levy is 46.5 cents per litre and the Southern African Customs Union levy is 4 cents per litre.“These levy amounts remain the same for a full year irrespective of changes in the price of fuel,” Maseko said.He said the meeting resolved that the ministers of finance and minerals and energy should consult with a view to identifying the best, most practical ways of mitigating the impact of the rising cost of fuel on food prices and other goods and services.Maseko said that a task team was looking at other ways to make the impact of escalating costs less, particularly on the poor.“We are looking at, for instance, the possibility of exempting certain foodstuffs from Value Added Tax,” he said.The ministers will present a package of proposals to Cabinet in the near future.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Pickwick Place connects community with agriculture

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Every small town has its landmarks, whether it’s the historic buildings in the town square, a unique house, or the rundown barn on the side of the road. They stand the test of time and become part of the landscape, providing roots for the community through decades of progress.The long brick barns of Pickwick Farms have become a landmark in the Bucyrus community. The history runs deep with beginnings in dairy cattle and a claim to fame as the Standardbred horse farm where artificial insemination gained significant momentum. But the horses left in the 70s and the barns recently hit a tipping point — they either needed rejuvenated, or they needed to go.Fortunately, local 16-year-old, Ethan Stuckey had a vision and his parents, Kent and Laura Stuckey, had the faith that they could make it happen. Now, after building on Ethan’s vision, the Stuckeys are working alongside two other local families — Greg and Rose Hartschuch, and Chris and Andrea Schimpf — to reclaim the barns and put The Pickwick Place back on the map as a farm market, event center, and a destination to connect with agriculture. Working as a team — or being part of the “farm-ily” as they like to say — combines the talents of each individual to make the venture more successful as a whole.“Ethan wanted to raise produce and we were looking for a spot to set it up, so we purchased this and decided to renovate it,” Kent said. “I grew up in the produce business; in Indiana my dad had about 5,000 apple trees and 30 acres of u-pick strawberries at one point. Ethan really encouraged me to purchase this property and go ahead with it.”While this year’s produce including bell peppers, broccoli, butternut squash, cabbage, cantaloupe, cucumbers, green beans, onions, potatoes, sweet corn, tomatoes, watermelon, and zucchini is being sold at the roadside stand, the south barn is being renovated to house the full farm market where they hope to include more local products.“What we want to do is showcase local people. Right now we have local maple syrup and honey. We want to have high quality, reasonably priced, local products. We want to showcase the community and make it a showplace for the community,” Kent said. “It’s also about transparency and knowing where your food comes from. That’s a theme Rose has built Acres of Adventure around — educating the public about what happens on the farm and why it happens. We want to carry that through on the retail side.”Acres of Adventure will find its home in the north barn with games and activities to educate students and the public about farming. Featuring a petting zoo and corn maze, this portion of Pickwick is an expansion of what the Hartschuhs were already doing on their own farm. Moving to Pickwick offers new opportunity and a location that is easier to find.“When I stopped teaching agriculture I knew I still wanted to be involved in education somehow, so we started a fall field trip program. It has really taken off over the last few years and we look forward to growing that here,” Rose said. “Any time that people can get out and see and touch and feel — really feel connected to farming — they’ll leave with a much better impression.”The building will provide a space for the hands-on learning activities as well as a new classroom space to better facilitate field trips and groups. Rose is also doing much of the marketing and outreach for the new venture and has been pleasantly surprised by the interest in the event space which will be housed in the center barn. The space is slated to open for use on June 1, 2016, and many dates have already been booked for next year with some interest for dates in 2017.The Loft at Pickwick Place features a rustic reception hall on the second floor of the barn that can seat up to 240 people. Renovations in this building will include dressing rooms for bridal parties and a 30-foot addition on one end for bathrooms, a prep kitchen, elevator and second stairway — one of the many things needed to bring the buildings into compliance.“We are in city limits here, so codes and ordinances dictate a lot of what we do. There are some hurdles we’re working around — a lot of inspections and permits — but we have some great people guiding us through the process. We have contractors from here in Bucyrus working with us, we’ve had engineers evaluate the buildings and we’re working with an architect to design the improvements,” Rose said.The interest in the event space is encouraging, but what might mean a little more to the crew is the general outpouring of support from their community. Within a week from creating a page for The Pickwick Place on Facebook, they received more than 1,000 likes and that continues to grow.“If the barns were going to be saved, something needed to be done. And the community has just jumped on board with that. They are excited to see something happening here,” Rose said. “With the local food movement picking up, people really have a new found interest in knowing where their food comes from. This is a way that we can take what we’re doing already on our farms to the next level and connect with the consumers more directly. They might not drive out to the farm and stop in, but they will stop here and start a conversation.”And when people are stopping in, it’s Chris Schimpf who may be the most excited. Chris and Andrea Schimpf bring customer relations expertise and farm market experience to the table, having spent 12 years growing and selling fresh cut flowers at Columbus markets. While the business was a success, they gave it up a few years ago as they simply didn’t have the time. The venture at Pickwick is much closer and gives them the opportunity to be involved locally.“We did about two or three acres of cut flowers working in the Columbus markets. It was oriental lilies, gladiolas, sunflowers, azaleas and some others,” said Chris Schimpf. “I learned a lot about customer service at the farm markets. This is a little different than Columbus, but you still have the basics. I enjoy interacting with all the customers. To me, that’s the exciting part. I think one unique thing about Pickwick is that, especially in Bucyrus, a lot of landmarks are coming down. We’re preserving this one in a very productive fashion. It’s not just something they’re going to see and take a picture of; they’ll be able to experience it.”The farm market it also providing an experience for Ethan Stuckey  — a supervised agricultural experience (SAE), to be exact. Ethan has taken on the role of managing the produce at Pickwick as part of his SAE project in the FFA program at Wynford High School, where he also serves as chapter president.“I grew up on a dairy farm so I’ve always worked. I sort of got involved in sports, but felt more productive on the farm,” Ethan said. “At times, the dairy can be frustrating for me, but working with crops really appealed to me. I always enjoyed going to my grandparents’ farm in Indiana, then one of my brothers threw out the idea of planting an orchard and it stuck with me.”Ethan has jumped right in to the produce industry. After attending a few conferences in Ohio and Michigan this year and gleaning knowledge from his grandfather, Ethan knows what practices he wants to use.“My biggest goal is to use integrated pest management and focus on reduced risk pesticides. Next year, I’ll transition into some no-till,” Ethan said. “The hardest part has been learning which weeds are which so I can properly spray for them and trying to stay ahead of diseases. It’s easier to control diseases through prevention.”The farm market barn is the longest building at Pickwick, nearing 200 feet in length. All three of the steel framed, brick barns are receiving a facelift with new windows, roofs and floors.In addition, many berries have been planted for u-pick patches next year. Ethan has two acres of trees ordered to plant in upcoming years and with the Stuckeys and Hartschuhs operating dairy farms, ice cream has been mentioned.With optimism from the Pickwick “farm-ily” and the feedback from the community it seems evident that this is only the beginning. Wherever the adventure leads, customers and fans can follow along with The Pickwick Place on Facebook or learn more about the families and the business at www.thepickwickplace.com.last_img read more

Kirk Herbstreit’s Thoughts On The AP Preseason Top 25

first_imgKirk Herbstreit talking on ESPN.ESPN’s top college football analyst has shared his thoughts on the AP preseason top 25.Kirk Herbstreit appeared on ESPN’s SportsCenter this morning to discuss the release of the AP preseason top 25 poll, which you can see here.Here are Herbstreit’s thoughts on the poll:He’s not really surprised with the top five.“I think the one thing that stands out right away is that of the four teams that made the playoff, three are right back up there in the Top 3. I think it tells you a lot of times you’re voting by what happened last season and you’re trying to guess. Keep in mind we haven’t seen any of these teams yet and we’re speculating.”Ohio State at No. 6 might “raise some eyebrows.”“You’re trying to put together a team that can be competitive without knowing anything really. There’s nothing really shocking to me with the Top 5, but Ohio State up at 6 might raise so eyebrows for a lot people because of the losses.”There is parity.“This will be one of those years where there’s a lot of parity and it’ll come down to who’s healthy and who makes the most of their personnel. I don’t think the committee has it in them after 15 weeks of football to vote two teams from one conference. Even if they think they’re in the top four, I don’t see them ever doing that. They’ll be worried about feedback. This might be a year that it might be a valid point, but I don’t think he committee will ever put two teams from one conference in.”A College Football Playoff crasher? Houston. Or Boise State“Houston’s a pick that everybody seems to want to talk about because of last year and I understand that.Greg Ward and that offense is going to score. But if I’m looking at all these teams in (the Group of 5), I’d go with Boise State. They’ll be favored in most of their games after Washington State. Boise State can potentially ruffle some feathers if they beat the Cougs in Week 2.”Who are you picking to win it all this year?last_img read more

CM holds roadshow in North West Delhi for Gugan Singh

first_imgNEW DELHI: Chief Minister and AAP national convenor Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday held roadshow at the North West Delhi constituency for party candidate Gugan Singh, and the party also released Manifesto for West Delhi, North East and New Delhi. This was the last roadshow by the AAP chief in Delhi for this Lok Sabha election. The road gained support at every point with hundreds of people standing at the road greeting the Chief Minister with garlands and flowers. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesThe voice everywhere throughout the roadshow was for the full-statehood and the works for the Delhi government. The leaders stood in a Gipsy and the volunteers walked the street. After this roadshow, opposition leaders like Mamata Banerjee might join the campaign in support of the AAP. In the roadshow at some points, the Chief Minister addressed the people. “Do not let your vote to get divided therefore do not vote for the Congress party,” said the CM. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarMeanwhile, AAP released its Manifesto for West-Delhi parliamentary constituency. “Manifesto for West-Delhi is compiled after discussion with people of Urban and Rural population, youngsters, women, environment lovers, people from Delhi-Dehaat and taking inputs from voters of unauthorized colonies, though we have common manifesto, Aam Aadmi Party is committed to working for local people, so our candidates are going to people with a vision for them,” said AAP’s chief spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj. Balbir Singh Jakhar, Party Candidate from West Delhi, said that we have set an area specific program for working on issues which are vital for West Delhi raised by people during election campaign which include, “setting up of New Institutions to ease admission for school pass-outs students, development of skill Centers to impart job oriented training to youngsters, development of multi-level parking lots to decongest west-Delhi roads, Elevated Road on Najafgarh Drain from Kakrola up to Meera Bagh to reduce traffic.”last_img read more

Julio Jones Is the Best

T.Y. HiltonIND2525623844167.8 Doug BaldwinSEA487321627167.4 Weighted overall rank comparison of wide receivers, 2014-16 Allen RobinsonJAC242083684165.1 RECEIVERTEAMTARGET FREQ.AVG. DEPTHCATCH RATERUN BLOCKAFTER CATCHWEIGHTED SUM Antonio BrownPIT457151944105.2 Emmanuel SandersDEN1423413175130.1 Odell BeckhamNYG751371517115.5 Steve SmithBAL1064345333166.3 Julio JonesATL240302728103.0 Rishard MatthewsTEN2936332056143.5 Larry FitzgeraldARI208214164142.9 DeAndre HopkinsHOU122769390139.1 Demaryius ThomasDEN35949432123.9 RANK Jordy NelsonGB1942292241128.5 Jarvis LandryMIA896111612135.6 Eric DeckerNYJ224645583149.0 Brandon MarshallNYJ183572980161.7 Mike EvansTB6681796126.0 Rankings are out of the 98 wide receivers with a minimum of 500 receiving yards in 2016 or 900 yards from 2014 to 2016.Sources: ESPN Stats & Information Group, ProFootballFocus.com Willie SneadNO398018225164.5 Let’s get this out of the way at the top: Julio Jones was the best receiver in football this season. Just about any way you slice it, whether using traditional stats,1Yards per game, for instance. advanced metrics2Like FootballOutsiders.com’s defense-adjusted yards above replacement. or even play-by-play grades,3Such as the ones compiled by ProFootballFocus.com. Jones was the receiver who kept defensive coordinators up at night worrying about all the havoc he could wreak. His explosiveness and diversity of skills enabled offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan to build the one of the best offenses in NFL history.But what makes Jones so good?At the most basic level, Jones dominates because of an unmatched combination of size and speed. Posting a 4.34-second 40-yard-dash before he was drafted, Jones ran the ninth-fastest combine time of any wideout who had at least 400 receiving yards in the 2016 season.4One limitation to this approach is that combine data is a snapshot of speed at age 21 or so. Needless to say, that number is probably a tad outdated for an NFL veteran like, say, 37-year-old Steve Smith Sr. Still, for most players, combine times give a decent approximation of their pure speed. All of the faster receivers are also smaller — nearly 5 inches shorter than the 6-foot-3 Jones, on average. While Jones was one of the fastest at the position regardless of height, most NFL wide receivers as tall as Jones ran the 40 slower than the overall position average of 4.47 seconds. A.J. GreenCIN531312961109.4 Wideouts that big and that fast are very difficult to cover. Think of Randy Moss (who, at 6-foot-4, ran an “unofficial” 4.25 second 40 in 1998) or, more recently, the two unrelated Johnsons, Andre (6-foot-2, 4.40) and Calvin (6-foot-5, 4.35), who used that formula to dominate the league’s receiving leaderboard in recent years. Moss in particular showed that a receiver who can stretch the field in all directions with speed, and then pluck balls from over defenders’ heads, can make an offense run far more efficiently than its individual components suggest it should.But Jones’s dominance is more than just a product of “big guy runs fast.” Since he returned from a foot fracture that cost him most of the 2013 season, no receiver has put those gifts to better on-field use than Jones — across every aspect of the position, from the flashy to the technical.We can measure how good Jones has been by breaking down what makes a great all-around receiver:The guy has to get open, so we’ll look at how often the ball comes his way (targets) as a percentage of his routes run.Ideally, receivers can go deep, so we’ll look at how far the ball travels before it gets to him (air yards per target).Then he still has to catch the darn ball, so we’ll look at his catch rate. (Air yards and catch rate are usually at odds with each other,5In my sample of top receivers from 2014 to 2016, the correlation between those two metrics was -0.7. since it’s harder to catch deep throws than short ones.)Once he’s open, has run a long ways and has caught the pass, it’d be nice if he could keep running without being tackled. So let’s also look at yards after the catch per reception.Oh, and one more thing — being a receiver isn’t all about receiving, so let’s look at blocking ability by using ProFootballFocus.com’s run-blocking grades.If we rank every active receiver6With a minimum of either 500 receiving yards in 2016 or 900 total yards from 2014 to 2016. in those categories over the past three seasons and add up the ranks (with some weighting based on the relative importance of each category7Specifically, the ranks for air yards per target and catch rate were assigned no special weight; targets per route was given 50 percent extra weight; yards after the catch was given 75 percent less weight; and run blocking was given 15 percent less weight. These weights were determined by regressing the first four categories against adjusted catch yards per route, an overall measure of receiving effectiveness, and running a separate regression against PFF’s “overall” grade to determine the relative value of blocking.), Jones rates as the most complete wide receiver in the NFL. Among the 98 receivers in our sample, he ranks 40th or better in every area of the game — the only receiver in the league who can make that claim.8Green Bay’s Jordy Nelson ranks in the top 42 in each category. Alshon JefferyCHI173268942143.7 Jones’s impressive combination of size and speed shows up most notably in his ability to get free of defenders — Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan targeted Jones on 30 percent of the routes he ran, the second most of any receiver (behind Kansas City’s Tyreek Hill at 31.5 percent) — as well as in his rare talent for keeping his catch rate up even as he goes deep. Based on the length of Jones’s average target — 11.9 yards beyond the line of scrimmage — we’d expect him to have caught only about 60 percent of the balls thrown in his direction; instead, he caught nearly 66 percent, a difference that amounts to 26 extra catches, many of the big-play variety. (Jones has 20 total receiving touchdowns over the past three seasons.) In other words, Jones mixes the reliability of a possession receiver with the big-play potential of a deep threat.And once he catches the ball, he’s frequently off to the races:So what hope do the New England Patriots — specifically, their defensive coordinator, Matt Patricia — have of containing Jones on Super Sunday?For their part, the Patriots had the NFL’s 10th-worst pass defense during the regular season and the 13th-worst D against No. 1 receivers like Jones. But they also boast two of the 12 highest-rated cover cornerbacks in football (according to PFF) in Malcolm Butler and Logan Ryan, plus Devin McCourty, PFF’s top-rated coverage safety. And in the playoffs, they’ve also held both Antonio Brown (No. 2 in our receiver rankings above) and DeAndre Hopkins (No. 10) to relatively tame performances.In Jones and Atlanta’s high-powered offensive “buzzsaw,” however, the Pats face their toughest challenge yet. The Falcons have had a startling offensive breakout this season: They easily led the league in expected points added (EPA) through the air — and offensive EPA in general — during the regular season, QB Matt Ryan enjoyed one of the most efficient passing seasons in league history, and the offense has only improved in the playoffs.9During the regular season, Atlanta averaged 11.5 more offensive EPA per game than an average team, 9.0 of which came in the passing game. After adjusting for the defenses they faced, the Falcons are averaging 21.5 offensive EPA above average in the playoffs, 20.9 of which have come via the pass.At the center of that offense is Jones. “Nobody can stop us but us,” Jones told reporters after the NFC title game. Whether that’s true or not will largely depend on whether New England can slow down the game’s most uncoverable receiver. Based on Jones’s performance these past few seasons, that’s a pretty tall (and fast) order. read more