Month: December 2017

The best the Coltsdo at this point is play spoilers in the AFC South.

This is another game tainted by missing vital players — for both teams, in this case. No Devonta Freeman for the Falcons, no Richard Sherman and (possibly) Earl Thomas for the Seahawks.

That makes up for the letdowns in all the primetime games this weekend. No Aaron Rodgers on Sunday night, no Deshaun Watson on Monday night … and that Thanksgiving night matchup is strictly for those without good streaming service or recent DVDs. Even bootlegs (especially bootlegs) are acceptable.

But before looking ahead to the feast of week 12 games, let’s recap the NFL Africa performances in week 11, which was littered with close finishes and quite a few injuries.

Coming off a tough loss to the Detroit Lions, the Bears will play the NFC East leading Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. The Eagles will have receivers Alshon Jeffery, Torrey Smith, and Nelson Agholor on the field and Amukamara will be called upon to disrupt their timing and, along with his teammates in the secondary, help bring about coverage sacks on Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz.

When will Adam Gase realize Matt Moore is a better option than Jay Cutler at quarterback?

With at least 16 points in seven consecutive games and a sizable surge in offensive responsibility of late, Hood is one of these 27 players, as he’s averaging 20 points and a gaudy 3.2 3PG over this recent stretch of success. I’ve been banging this drum all season, and it appears the market is finally ready to appreciate Hood’s game.nike_steelers_2201

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I just wanted to score for him and I didn’t do it

If the Eagles needed any motivation for the second half of the season, they got it by watching the Saints, Rams and Vikings win Sunday.

With their seventh straight, the Saints have matched the Eagles for the NFL’s longest active win streak by spanking the Bills. They seek an eighth straight Sunday against Washington.

Browns (0-9), Colts (3-7), Broncos (3-6), Chargers (3-6), Bengals (3-6), Texans (3-6)..You knew about Cleveland and Indianapolis already, but Houston and Denver have bad QB and defensive situations, while Cincinnati and Los Angeles just can’t finish to win close games.

The text was from DeShaun Lawrence, a friend Newton said has always told him he didn’t “have it in his repertoire” to score a rushing touchdown of at least 50 yards. So when Newton was caught from behind by Dolphins cornerback Cordrea Tankersley on a 69-yard run, Newton thought of his friend.

“He has been jinxing me for years,” Newton said. “All I kept thinking when I was running; I was hoping the Dolphins DB who tackled me would slip up, trip, something.

Paired with early Norris favorite Alex Pietrangelo at even strength, Edmundson has six goals and two assists to date. That’s impressive for a defenseman more revered for bringing an imposing and physical presence to the ice than his ability to score, so consider such production an added bonus from the player ranked third in the NHL in blocked shots with 58 (2.76 per game) if your fantasy league includes that category. Additionally, the pending return of veteran blueliner Jay Bouwmeester isn’t expected to impact Edmundson’s role.

Westbrook and George come from similar backgrounds: Both are from Southern California, were under-recruited underdogs and NBA lottery picks who drew skepticism, and are very connected with their families. Their personalities contrast but fit, with Westbrook loud, explosive and stubborn, and George reserved, smooth and cool.nike_steelers_2106

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Make that four field goals for New England kicker Stephen Gostkowski.

For both the Titans and Jaguars, 2017 has been a special, long-awaited season. With identical 6-3 records entering Week 11, both look good enough to end two of the AFC’s longest playoff droughts.

Tennessee’s last postseason trip was in 2008; Jacksonville last qualified in ’07. At this point, however, settling for a wild card isn’t an acceptable goal for either team. Both want to win the AFC South and be guaranteed a home game in January, which in turn would provide a greater chance of also winning a playoff game.

Neither has to worry about Houston or Indianapolis, the two teams that split the last eight division titles. The Titans have held the division lead because of their 37-16 beatdown of the Jaguars in Jacksonville in Week. 2. The teams will play each other again, in Nashville, in Week 17.

Make that four field goals for New England kicker Stephen Gostkowski. His 29-yarder was the shortest of the game. 33-8 Patriots

It obviously was too little, too late, but Oakland finally found the end zone with about 12 minutes to play when Derek Carr hit Amari Cooper for a 9-yard touchdown pass. The Raiders then converted a two-point conversion when Carr connected with Michael Crabtree in the end zone. Some garbage time fantasy points, anybody? 30-8, Patriots

Stephen Gostkowski’s third field goal of the game, a 40-yarder, was just as easy as his previous two. 30-0, Patriots

New England was ready for Oakland’s rush attempt on 4th-and-1, and fullback Jamize Olawale was stuffed for no gain. Patrick Chung was credited for the tackle, but a host of Patriots combined to stop the Raiders for the turnover.nike_steelers_719

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Demarcus Robinson looks like a real sleeper, while Albert Wilson has stepped up in the wake of Chris Conley’s ruptured Achilles.

This isn’t even that surprising, because this is the 49ers we’re talking about. This is the franchise that ran Jim Harbaugh out of town, hired Jim Tomsula to replace him, fired Chip Kelly after making him coach a team that had no chance of winning, and is now 0-7 under new coach Kyle Shanahan. They’ve had some trouble filling their new stadium, which has a heat problem. And so, it’s not like the winless 49ers can at least offer their fans an incredible game-day experience. They can only offer their fans an hourlong drive (at the very minimum) from San Francisco to watch their winless team play football in a overheated setting. For all the crap we like to give the Browns for their issues, the 49ers aren’t that far behind them.
But I do have some good news for the 49ers fans willing to make the trek to Levi’s Stadium:

Beyond Hill and Kelce, Demarcus Robinson Jersey looks like a real sleeper, while Albert Wilson has stepped up in the wake of Chris Conley’s ruptured Achilles. Kansas City boasts the NFL’s third-best offense and fifth-best passing attack, with Alex Smith’s otherworldly performance (15:0 TD-to-INT ratio, 120.5 passer rating) underscoring the value of a strong pass-catching corps.

This is another long trip for a 49ers team that has been brutalized by the schedule maker. They didn’t play well at all last week against the Cowboys, and the Eagles are the best team in the NFC right now. This could get ugly. Eagles big.

This is almost a survival game for these two. Neither team is playing well, but I think the Carolina offensive line is the reason they are struggling. That shows up here. Carolina is playing consecutive road games and Tampa Bay is home for the first time in three weeks. Tampa Bay takes it.
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