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This is big for Dallas, too. Philadelphia has the division on lockdown but is behind Minnesota for the top playoff seed. The Eagles need to keep winning and need a little help from Vikings’ opponents so they can be up two games after Week 16, before the rematch with the Cowboys.
The worst thing, however, would be the Rams slumping and falling to 10-6 from their current 9-3, while the Seahawks jump up to take the NFC West with a second win over the Rams. That’s because Los Angeles, like Green Bay and Atlanta, beat Dallas earlier in the season.
Which is harsh to say about Mahomes. But Reid deserves the benefit of the doubt about whether his quarterback is ready to play under playoff-contending conditions — at least more benefit than Buffalo coach Sean McDermott deserved.
Reid needs to fix his offense, that’s for sure. The Chiefs are very lucky the AFC West has played out the way it has — the rotten start by the Chargers, the rotten ongoing stretches by the Raiders and Broncos — or else they wouldn’t still be in control of the division.
Smith is still looking over his shoulder. Reid shouldn’t panic yet, not with five weeks left.
But Reid has had his hand on the trap door before, and he’s not afraid to throw it open.
After re-watching video of the play, the Raiders coach admitted to reporters Monday that Stewart’s hit wasn’t as malicious as he first thought.
“In looking at it, and being honest, I think Amari did duck his head as the guy was approaching,” he said (via the East Bay Times). “That makes it a little harder on the defender and that was probably the one piece that I didn’t have access to prior to that comment.
With the Vikings losing to the Carolina Panthers, oddsmakers were planning to make the Eagles the solo favorites in the NFC. Instead, the Westgate installed Minnesota as the favorite in the NFC at +275. The Eagles are next at 7-2 (+350, followed by the New Orleans Saints at 9-2 (+450), the Rams at 11-2 (+550) and Falcons at 6-1. The Eagles moved down to 12-1 to win the Super Bowl.
The New England Patriots remain the consensus Super Bowl favorites and are 2-1 at the Westgate, followed by the Pittsburgh Steelers at 7-2.
Smith-Schuster came under fire for his brutal hit on Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict in the fourth quarter that was deemed a “dangerous and unsportsmanlike” act followed by an inappropriate celebration. Smith-Schuster wasn’t ejected for the block that sent Burfict off the field on a cart but was penalized for unnecessary roughness and taunting as he stood over the injured Burfict.
Later in the fourth quarter, Iloka seemingly retaliated when he “violently struck a defenseless receiver” and slammed Steelers wideout Antonio Brown with a brutal helmet shot in the end zone.
“We have to be more consistent and make the right plays every time,” Simmons said. “When we make mistakes and do not have guys like Joel and Cov to make up for it, it gets tough. We have to just come together as a team and get through it.”
In a video produced by the Bears, Miller shared his emotional story for the first time about what happened during a play that would ultimately change his career. When the injury initially happened, Miller said he heard his leg “pop,” but he didn’t think it was that bad.
Prior to his decision, as Ohtani moved closer to jumping from the Nippon-Ham Fighters in Japan to an MLB club, Manfred and Dan Halem, the commissioner’s chief legal officer, warned club executives time and again about following the rules in their pursuit of the 23-year-old star.
“I can’t recall a topic more fully communicated with teams than the rules of engagement with Ohtani,” another official told ESPN.
Manfred and Halem have spoken repeatedly at owners meetings about the potential for rule-breaking. At the most recent general manager meetings, last month in Orlando, Florida, Halem reiterated to club officials that any team found guilty of violating the rules would be hit hard.
The Giants on Monday fired their head coach of nearly two years amid a disappointing 2-10 season, NFL Media first reported.
Giants president John Mara confirmed the news during his Monday press conference, adding that general manager Jerry Reese was also relieved of his duties. He insisted that Eli Manning’s benching was not a factor in the decision.
Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo was named interim coach for the remainder of the season and Kevin Abrams will serve as interim general manager.
The Giants seemingly hit rock bottom during Sunday’s loss to the Raiders as Geno Smith started at quarterback in place of veteran Eli Manning, who had been benched last week.
Denzel Valentine, Chicago Bulls (7.1): This combo guard has at least four assists in five of his past seven games and has averaged 2.6 3PG over the past seven appearances. You need to be in an appreciably deep league (think at least 12 teams with deep rosters) to consider Valentine, but he’s unquestionably been more productive of late.
This issue was even more pronounced on vertical passes (aerials thrown 11 or more yards downfield), as New England had a 52.9 percent PPR on those attempts.
What makes this matter even more concerning is the Patriots got pressure on 33.3 percent of dropbacks where they didn’t send a blitzer, so this was a matter of New England’s defense getting a pass rush with its defensive linemen.
Rams quarterback Jared Goff and Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, the top two picks in the 2016 NFL Draft, each threw four touchdown passes Sunday. It was the first time in NFL history two quarterbacks selected 1-2 in the same draft tossed four touchdown passes in a game on the same day.
Titans safety Kevin Byard had two interceptions in the Titans’ 23-20 win over Baltimore. Byard had three picks in Tennessee’s last game, a 12-9 win over the Browns on Oct. 22, and joined Hall of Famer Mike Haynes (1976), Willie Buchanon (1978), Albert Lewis (1985) and DeAngelo Hall (2010) as the only players with five interceptions over two games.
Following Monday’s dominant win, Newton said he wanted to “tone it down” in the locker room by playing “Irreplaceable” by Beyonce and “Someone Like You” by Adele as his the team celebrated.
The Packers overall, though, were even less prepared to survive without their star quarterback.
Glenn, a former star at Ohio State who lived in the Dallas area, was driving when the vehicle left the highway, struck a concrete barrier and rolled, authorities said. Glenn was ejected. Jones said Glenn’s fiancée was taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Her name and further details weren’t released. Jones had no immediate information on whether the couple wore seat belts.
The first team in NFL history to win eight straight after an 0-2 start, the Saints will try to extend that record Sunday against the Rams.
The Steelers’ fourth-ranked defense has to be licking its chops after watching the Packers’ inept offense Sunday against the Ravens.
A win Thursday in Detroit not only would avenge an earlier loss to the Lions but also all but wrap up a division title for the Vikings. However, a loss would give the Lions a season sweep and open the door for Detroit.
But before locking themselves in financially to the massive contract Garoppolo will command, San Francisco should want a first-hand look to determine whether it’s prudent to spend that type of cash on a passer with two career starts and 94 career pass attempts while stuck behind Brady.
Linebacker Rey Maualuga was incredulous at learning how many yards his team gave up. Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was “disappointed” in how the Dolphins couldn’t get off the field against Newton. Defensive end Cameron Wake was among those who didn’t want to talk about the ugly performance at all. It’s hard and puzzling to accept how things got so out of hand.
Per Bovada, the Steelers opened as 7-point favorites over the Titans, and that spread remained intact as of Thursday morning. The over/under points total was set at 44 1/2.
Getting caught up in the numbers with Big Ben has been a bad way to measure him over the years, yet it took some gaudy stats to remind us all of the big impact he’s still capable of having. Go figure.
On the first play of the fourth quarter, Middle Tennessee’s Brent Stockstill hooked up with Patrick Smith for a 21-yard touchdown to tie the game at 10. That started a scoring frenzy which saw both teams combine for 35 points in the final quarter. Much to the chagrin of those on the under, the game went to overtime, level at 24.
As much as it would be fun to have a de facto championship game to decide the division in Week 17, Jacksonville’s overall play and schedule edge is bound to develop a good cushion before then. Luckily for Tennessee, as bad as Buffalo and the rest of the wild-card hopefuls are now, even a 3-4 slump will look good enough to stay in the AFC playoff picture.
Still, it’s important for the 49ers to play Garoppolo before the 2017 campaign ends. Doing so gives him a head start on the 2018 season, when San Francisco should be fielding a more talented roster from having high draft picks and ample cash to spend in free agency.
Garoppolo’s performance also could determine just how much of a financial commitment the 49ers are willing to make toward keeping him.
Forget what happened in Week 2. Jacksonville’s current profile looks the part of a surefire playoff team, and a dangerous one at that. The Jaguars’ whipping of the Steelers in Pittsburgh is a reminder they’re somebodies that nobody, including Pittsburgh, New England and Kansas City, wants to face in January.
Although Garoppolo’s contract expires at the end of this season, he’s a lock to get slapped with the franchise tag if a contract extension isn’t in the offing. The 49ers didn’t trade what will assuredly be a high 2018 second-round draft pick to New England for a half-season marriage.
SN’s Vinnie Iyer in his Week 11 NFL picks against the spread picked the Steelers to beat the Titans and cover that 7-point line, 27-17.
SN’s David Steele in his Week 11 NFL picks straight up went the other way and predicted a Titans upset of the Steelers in a close game, 23-21.
None of that works, however, unless Roethlisberger is decisive and in a groove about knowing when to go deep and when to take the short to intermediate stuff when it’s open. After a few red-zone snags early against Tennessee, Roethlisberger regained command there, too.
Roethlisberger has been in the results business since he made his first start for the Steelers. Going for substance over style points has made him unique among his contemporaries, a throwing throwback.
Brady, already the winningest quarterback in NFL history, broke a tie with Brett Favre and Peyton Manning last month to earn the most regular-season victories (189). His extensive list of records and accomplishments while with the Patriots also includes most division titles (14), Super Bowl wins (5) and Super Bowl MVPs (4).
The Patriots (6-2) are scheduled to visit the reeling Broncos (3-5) at 8:30 p.m. ET Sunday.
Whether it took Fiala a month to find that form, or that the addition of Turris brought out his best play, there’s no question an explosive offense has gotten even deeper.
“We are changing our mindset and playing more offense,” Fiala said. “We are attacking the game and that’s what we’re doing now to find success.”
The Predators (12-6-2) figure to find more success in this one. Montreal (8-12-2) has struggled in every facet of the game in coach Claude Julien’s first full season, and key injuries haven’t helped a thin roster.
Trailing by four with just over seven minutes to play, a stop from the Dolphins defense would have given Culter and Co. a shot at the win. Instead, the Raiders drove 87 yards in six plays, aided by back-to-back penalties on the Dolphins, setting up a Lynch 3-yard TD run to make it 27-16.
As the Pirates weigh decisions on whether and when to move Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole, both of whom are part of this projection, it’s worth considering how Pittsburgh plans to escape the middle by spending up to its budget just to retain its core. If those two stay, and there are arguments either way, then the Pirates would still have to do some uncharacteristic spending to move the needle for next season.
Papa John’s, which came under fire for blaming the NFL’s handling of player protests for declining pizza sales, used Twitter Tuesday to apologize for the potential divisiveness of its stance.
The statements made on our earnings call were describing the factors that impact our business and we sincerely apologize to anyone that thought they were divisive. That definitely was not our intention. (1/3)
The Giants are attempting to turn around a losing season as they sit at 2-8, but the good news is the team won on Sunday against the Chiefs after losing three straight games.
While coach Ben McAdoo called a brutally honest film meeting last week to point out the lack of effort from his team in their loss against the 49ers, the players are crediting Eli Manning’s pregame speech as the fire to spark the Giants and give them a win in Week 11.
“In pregame he gave a fiery speech that got everybody riled up,” running back Orleans Darkwa said, via Newsday. “To have a guy like that who has been through so much, who has those two Super Bowlrings, we follow his footsteps in everything.”
The Bengals came into the season with two new weapons for Andy Dalton in John Ross and Joe Mixon, sparking hopes that the offense could be turned around from a poor 2016. But the offense has regressed. It hasn’t been all Dalton’s fault due to bad offensive line play, but he certainly takes his share of the blame, and has missed on a number of throws he should’ve made. — Katherine Terrell
More interesting matchups are set for Week 11 of the NFL season, including Tom Brady and the Patriots taking on the Raiders in Mexico City. In a key NFC encounter, the Rams will face the Vikings in Minneapolis.
Wilson, who threw for 238 yards and two touchdowns Thursday, was still sacked five times behind his struggling offense line, which also lost recently-acquired Duane Brown to a first-half ankle injury. Wilson’s mobility may be on display all season long, but he has proven up for the task.
Seahawks committing way too many penalties — The Seahawks committed 12 penalties for 108 yards Thursday, while helping the Cardinals convert six first downs via penalties through two-plus quarters of play. Seattle now has 94 penalties this season after 16 last week.
“I take all that s— back I said yesterday,” Arians said during his Monday afternoon news conference. “That was a damn good call, and we busted an assignment at the point of attack. That was an easy pickup.”
“We’ll stick with Blaine and watch Drew get healthy and then make a decision as we go forward, but we’ll stick with the way it is right now,” he said.
These Celtics, Stevens pleaded, were not sitting around talking about their accomplishments. Inside the Celtics locker room, that sentiment was relayed to third-year guard Terry Rozier, who pondered it for a moment.
MLB, however, wants the 20-second pitch clock. And whether the union agrees or not, MLB has the power to implement this and other rules for the 2018 season.