What you saw from the Eagles on Sunday was high-level stuff from Pederson, who schemed guys wide open for Foles.

Meanwhile, Teddy Bridgewater, who has been out since suffering a gruesome knee injury in training camp in 2016, may be close to returning, according to Glazer, with a physical scheduled for Monday. In the meantime, Case Keenum is the QB.

The Eagles backup quarterback, who was 2 for 12 on passes over 20 yards in the regular season according to Pro Football Focus, was slinging bombs down the field all game long against one of the best secondaries in football.

Second, the Eagles are loaded with talent. Even after losing those players, Philadelphia has a star wideout in Alshon Jeffery, a star tight end in Zach Ertz, two dangerous downhill runners in LeGarrette Blount and Jay Ajayi, one of the best right tackles in football in Lane Johnson, an excellent center in Jason Kelce and a defensive line that is the best in football, with Fletcher Cox, Timmy Jernigan, Brandon Graham, Vinny Curry, Derek Barnett and Chris Long providing wave after wave of pressure for opposing quarterbacks.

Brown had his work cut out for him against an assailing Georgia pass rush that boasts the long and ferocious duo of Davin Bellamy and Lorenzo Carter. The Oklahoma tackle was his usual self paving lanes for the run game but was shockingly knocked off his block a few times with swipe moves. It wasn’t an abysmal game, as he only moves down one spot.

The Jets are the very best NFL team in all of East Rutherford, N.J. That’s not exactly high praise at the moment. But it’s more than anyone had a right to expect from them this season.

The Cowboys took care of business Thursday night against the Redskins and get to play the Giants this Sunday. They’ve endured four of the six games of RB Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension. But time is running short and they’re simply too far behind some very good teams in the NFC playoff chase.

By the time Aaron Rodgers is ready to play, the Packers probably won’t have realistic playoff hopes. The top-heavy NFC just has too many good teams ahead of them. There might not be any good reason for Rodgers to come back this season.
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Bengals fans donate to Blake Bortles’ charity for beating Steelers

Bills fans flooded the Andy & Jordan Dalton Foundation with donations after Andy Dalton’s last-minute touchdown pass to Tyler Boyd not only secured a Bengals win at Baltimore, but also sent the Bills to the playoffs for the first time since the 1999 season.

Lakers coach Luke Walton saw better results when he removed his starters while trailing by four points early in the third quarter against New York and inserted rookies Alex Caruso and Kyle Kuzma with Corey Brewer, Larry Nance Jr. and Jordan Clarkson. They led the Lakers to their fifth straight home victory.

During our home winning streak, we have been really, really good defensively, Walton told reporters after the game. I was searching out a group that was willing to play that type of defense. … We got a group in there that was committed to that end of the floor, and then we just stuck with them because they were playing hard and playing the right way.

That wasn’t a given for the Bills’ standout center. Leslie Wood was due to deliver around the same time Buffalo was heading to Jacksonville for its Jan. 7 postseason road matchup against the Jaguars. Complicating matters further, Leslie was in Louisville, where the couple lives in the offseason.

Considering his importance to Buffalo’s offense and the fact that this was the first playoff opportunity of his nine-year NFL career, Wood faced a difficult choice for which he was trying to find a solution. Wood said one option was a courtesy extended by Bills owners Terry and Kim Pegula and New Era Cap, which is the title sponsor of the franchise’s home stadium.

It was kind of a crazy time preparing for a game and the birth of my first son coming, Wood said.

As it turned out, Wood had nothing to worry about. Garrett was born last Thursday with his dad in attendance.patriots_173_2b5dcac6ad38ecca-180x180

Ginn gets plenty of yards after the catch, but Brees puts the deep throw right where it needs to be.

After shaking off years of 7-9 jokes with the firing of Jeff Fisher, the Los Angeles Rams have made the postseason with an 11-5 record and will face the Atlanta Falcons at home in the NFC Wild Card Round on Saturday at 8:15 p.m. ET on NBC (live stream).

Despite retaining much of the same talent, the Falcons’ offensive production saw a steep dropoff compared to last season’s Super Bowl run. A big change was losing offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, who became the head coach of the 49ers, with former USC head coach Steve Sarkisian taking over the play calling.

With a full season of learning how to utilize the bevy of offensive talent that the team boasts, Sarkisian should find more success next season, but a big statement in the playoffs would do much to quell the offseason chatter about the safety of his role on the coaching staff.

But as a rule, day in and day out, they are a part of the club, they’re a key asset, and the more you can communicate, the better. … I have a good relationship with the Jaguars players. I normally wouldn’t have a relationship with players on other teams. The big difference now, whatever the head count was at the meeting, that many more players, I now know their viewpoint, and they know us. And that’s good. I think our focus has to be on the players.”

Not only is his arm strength still there, his accuracy is, too.

Pitch Jake Arrieta on staying in the division and on the benefits of all-you-can-eat bratwursts. Try to get a better second baseman than Eric Sogard. See if Jonathan Lucroy is interested in coming back to catch. Learn from the Pirates, who let their window close with nothing but three wild-card games and a Division Series appearance to show for it. Act now, knowing that the future is still bright.?

Gabriel Baumgaertner: The Giants look like they’re trying to remedy the problems that sunk them in 2017, but they shouldn’t be investing their future in Giancarlo Stanton. Instead, they should try and figure out third base by engaging Tampa Bay for Evan Longoria, see what the Reds want for Billy Hamilton and what Toronto would need for Kevin Pillar. wings_1024

Texans promote David Quessenberry first time since cancer diagnosis

The Texans may have a lost season but they’ll receive an emotional boost Monday with David Quessenberry on the sideline for his first regular season game in three years following a battle with non-Hodgkin T-lymphoblastic lymphoma.

If the former first-round pick remains Philadelphia and the Eagles bring another receiver, he”ll be ready to show up to work and give it his all for playing time.And buoyed by strong pitching, the retooled group created big expectations when it started 23 for first place the division.If there are any positives to this newfound injury concern for the 22-year-old, it’s that the team doesn’t deem the injury serious, and Bodner mentions that this may be a condition Embiid has dealt with prior to his scary fall against the Trail Blazers.They’re obviously very talented, but the Red Sox were very talented, and the Blue Jays are very talented, too.7, missing 30 over that stretch.

Riddick, 48, also played in the NFL after being selected by the 49ers in the ninth round of the 1991 NFL Draft. He didn’t play for San Francisco, but ended up appearing in all 16 games for the Falcons the following year and played in the NFL through the 1998 season with later stops in Cleveland and Oakland. He also played in the short-lived XFL.

Riddick is among those vying to replace longtime Giants GM Jerry Reese, who was fired Dec. 4 along with coach Ben McAdoo.

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The 63-year-old has been working at a much lower level recently, spending 2015-16 as a high school coach in his native Massachusetts before resigning in the spring.

He most recently worked in the NFL as offensive coordinator for the Dolphins in 2012-13 on the heels of a mediocre four-year stint as head coach at Texas A&M, where he compiled a 25-25 record.

Scully’s call: a year that has been improbable, the impossible has happened.Aon offered plaintiff a severance package totaling $105 if he signed agreement not to sue, but he did not accept the package.But during the telecast, analyst Sean was experiencing technical difficulties with his microphone.Bosher is steady but punted only 44 times this and only five times two playoff , which says a ton about the offense., I’m unsure if is really an RFA, as he is supposed to be with the team for three years.

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Smith-Schuster and Iloka were suspended one game each. The Steelers won 23-20.

“I believe it’s even better,” Trammell said. “For my peers to recognize [my career], that’s very much appreciated.” Trammell hit .285 and collected 2,365 hits during his 20-year career, and won four Gold Gloves at shortstop, all with the Tigers. He teamed with second baseman Lou Whitaker for nearly all of those years, making the duo the longest-running double-play combo in baseball history. Trammell hopes that Whitaker will someday join him in Cooperstown.

Boone does not have a definitive plan yet, but he foresees Stanton DHing, playing right and possibly playing in left field at times. The same goes for Judge.

“Today is a celebration for the New York Yankees, for our fan base, and a celebration of one of the great players in our sport: Giancarlo Stanton,” Boone said.

Stanton, who was joined by Boone, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and managing partner Hal Steinbrenner, said he’s not worried about the pressure of playing in the Big Apple.

The Giants reverted to something different, unfamiliar and unwelcome this time. That throws everything about their replacement plan up in the air.

Even the simple task of replacing Jerry Reese as general manager is not as simple as it sounds. The Giants have never fired a GM in midseason … in fact, they had never technically fired a GM ever. They’ve only had three since 1979: George Young for 19 years, Ernie Accorsi (who Mara said will consult on this hiring) for nine, then Reese for nearly 11.

I’m not going to let somebody disrespect me and throw a beer on me. Just because I’m playing football, I’m still a human being.” Jefferson is understandably aggrieved, but that situation would not have come to pass had Seattle not started scuffling with Jags players during kneeldowns. We’re a long way into the Pete Carroll era in Seattle, but it seems like the Seahawks still don’t know how to lose.eagles_083_2f6783d2790ec35e-180x180

Devin Hester announces retirement: ‘You can put the kickoff back at the 30’

Hester holds 10 records in the NFL, including most punt return touchdowns (14), most punt return touchdowns in a season (4) and most non-offensive touchdowns (6, 2006, 2007).

“This is not the time for the League to undertake massive contractual obligations which are inconsistent with the League’s performance,” he said in the letter.

His request was denied, and owners will use their regularly scheduled Dec. 13 meeting to discuss the issue.

If he can successfully get a delay on finalizing Goodell’s contract, it gives him more time to push his case before the commissioner’s current deal expires in March 2019.

In the most aggressive response yet from the NFL’s compensation committee, Jones got a cease and desist letter on Monday, Nov. 13, threatening him with punishment if he doesn’t drop his effort to block Goodell’s contract extension. Possible punishments include fines, loss of draft picks and a suspension for Jones.

The NFL could punish Jones on the basis that his conduct is detrimental to the league. And, yes, that’s fitting given that personal conduct fueled this fracas in the first place.

The Saints lost star rookie running back Alvin Kamara on their first drive of Thursday night’s clash against the Falcons with a concussion.

Kamara took a vicious helmet-to-helmet hit in the red zone after accumulating 27 yards on four touches to start the game. Kamara entered the game as a Rookie of the Year candidate with over 600 yards rushing and receiving.

Mark Ingram, who was questionable with a toe injury, handled the Saints’ backfield by himself after Kamara’s departure. The hit on Kamara did not receive a penalty.

The Saints also watched guard Senio Kelemete, rookie defensive end Trey Hendrickson, linebacker A.J. Klein and safety Kenny Vaccaro leave with injuries.

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Jerry Jones has found out the hard way — power doesn’t equal success in professional sports.

The Rams are undefeated on the road thanks to Sean McVay. But Jared Goff hasn’t been the same against tougher defenses, and the Vikings are his trickiest challenge since the home loss to the Seahawks. Meanwhile, former Rams QB Case Keenum will remain in his comfort zone in Minnesota to make sure his current team scores enough points to win.

Dallas’ drive stalls near midfield when Philadelphia brings down Rod Smith well short of the marker on a third-and-2 run. The Cowboys punt again and the Eagles are set to take over with 2:50 to play in the quarter.

Touchdown, Eagles. Wentz finds Torrey Smith for an 11-yard TD three plays after Ajayi’s run. Philadelphia goes for two and again converts to take a 23-9 lead.

Jerry Jones has found out the hard way — power doesn’t equal success in professional sports.

I still believe there’s a chance that he could contribute to a playoff roster this season.

Predictably, these teams have not been very good. Just six of the 41 have gone .500 or better; nearly half (18) won fewer than 30 percent of their games, and they averaged a .337 winning percentage — equivalent to 28 wins over a full season. Specifically, they’ve been dreadful offensively, averaging 3.3 points per 100 possessions worse than league average. But there have been a few exceptions. Larry Bird turned the Boston Celtics into immediate contenders with a quality offense in 1979-80, and Tim Duncan led a deep San Antonio Spurs team as the No. 1 pick in 1997-98.

Check out captain Alex Pietrangelo. Looking for a team with more than one scoring threat? Brayden Schenn and Jaden Schwartz are top-five goal scorers — in the entire league. Need a feel-good story? That’s Schwartz, a breakout star who is honoring his late sister, Mandi, a fellow hockey player who died in 2011 after a battle with leukemia.
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Colin Kaepernick invited to personal meeting with Roger Goodell, report says

It appears the NFL is working to repair its relationship with quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Many believe Kaepernick was blackballed after the backlash in and around the league that he caused by kneeling during the national anthem last season.

Each founding member of the LOB has brought something different to the team beyond his physical talent. Sherman thrives off confrontation, bringing an edge to the defense. Chancellor is the unquestioned team leader and tone-setting enforcer whose levelheadedness helps keep the more emotional Thomas on task. Thomas is widely regarded as the most intense player on the team, to the point that Sherman once joked in the spirit of those most-interesting-man commercials that “Practices watch Earl Thomas” rather than the other way around.

Thomas is the most athletically gifted of the three, as reflected by his status as the 14th player chosen in the 2010 draft. But as with Chancellor (2010 fifth-rounder) and Sherman (2011 fifth-rounder), he is known as much for his mindset as for his talent.

“I do. From what I know, I do (expect him to play again this season),” Koetter said, via tampabay.com. “But again, it was rest him for two weeks, see where he’s at. We talked to multiple doctors. That’s what the plan is. There’s really nothing to add to that right now.

“I know Jameis is planning on playing again and there’s been no discussion between (GM) Jason (Licht), myself of him not playing again. That would all be something that would have to come up in the future.”

Winston left a 30-10 loss to the Saints early two weeks ago, and he hasn’t played since. He was completing 61.4 percent of his passes for 1,920 yards, 10 touchdowns and six interceptions before suffering the injury.
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Stricklin was Mississippi State’s athletics director from 2010 to ’16 before leaving for Florida.

The Dolphins were struggling on offense last year until Adam Gase made the call to abandon his running back rotation and hand the job over to Jay Ajayi. After a loss to the Titans, Ajayi ran for 204 yards in a win over the Steelers, and the offense was significantly better the rest of the way. Even during his breakout season, though, Ajayi was a big-play back who wasn’t inclined to keep the offense on schedule.

Competitiveness and quality of play have been an issue since the NFL began staging regular-season games in London in 2007. During that period, the average margin of victory has been 15.9 points. (That includes a 27-27 tie between the Washington Redskins and Cincinnati Bengals in 2016.) Eight of the 21 games have been decided by 20 or more points.

“When Florida has been really good, from a distance it has looked really fun,” Stricklin said. “I want it to be really fun.”

The previous connection between McCarron and Browns head coach Hue Jackson also should have helped get a deal done if there was one to be made. Jackson probably knows McCarron gives him a better shot to win than Cody Kessler, Kevin Hogan or DeShone Kizer, all of whom have failed miserably this season.

I would venture to guess Cincinnati wanted the Browns’ first round pick but MAYBE a second-round pick and/or a third-round pick to give up McCarron. Remember this Tweet from back in April…

He’s the more proficient pass-catcher as compared to Morris, but it’s no certainty that McFadden will step into a lead-back role. There is no perfect answer as to which running back one should roster, but McFadden should certainly be added in all leagues, as should Morris.
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Leach was unequivocal when asked Tuesday whether Falk would start on Saturday.

Jameer Nelson contributed 18 points with four 3-pointers with Davis sidelined with a left knee injury sustained at Portland on Tuesday. The Pelicans were down 70-56 at halftime with Cousins largely a one-man show already with 20 points, nine rebounds and five assists.

Rookie De’Aaron Fox scored 14 points off the bench to lead seven Kings in double figures.

“Very talented dude,” Kings coach Dave Joerger said. (As a bonus, the two teams also showed the world that standing up for their identity and humanity did not “distract” them from performing their main task. The Texans and Seahawks put on a show the league hasn’t seen this season and would have to go a long way to match.)

Now that the owners’ mask has been pulled off for good by ESPN.com’s revelations of the thoughts of McNair and his colleagues, the playing field for this fight has changed. It won’t go back. And it’s unlikely this is the end of the Texans players’ moves.

“I thought we played really hard, but I thought we played really dumb,” Washington State coach Mike Leach said. “We just played outright dumb.”

Leach liked the way Hilinski pushed the ball downfield, but said he was bit “reckless.”

“Falk tries to way overanalyze everything to the point where that can be counterproductive,” Leach said of his decision to bench him, “so if I could slice the two of them in half and mold them into one guy, we probably would have been in a pretty good situation.”

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