His jersey too. His face and #Shalieve stitched on specially-designed cleats. His familiar No. 50 printed in white in the middle of a gold circle on T-shirts worn by teammates searching for a way to let Shazier know he is never far from their mind as he recovers from a spinal injury that put the linebacker’s blossoming career in jeopardy.
What? Taking a barely favored 5-7 team over a 3-9 team on the road in one cold guarantee? Yes. The Jets, unlike the Broncos, are playing inspired and exciting offense. They are giving up big plays defensively but don’t need to worry much about that with the anemia on the other side. The Jets will fly to a Mile High with Josh McCown, who is much better than anything the hosts can trot out at quarterback.
It’s a welcome change for some teams, like the Buccaneers and 49ers, but it’s a head-scratcher for the Giants. New York coach Ben McAdoo may say he’s at peace with his decision to start Geno Smith over Eli Manning, but he’s just about the only one.
The Buccaneers will have starting quarterback Jameis Winston back when they travel to Green Bay to face the Packers, but he might be under heavy pressure. Tampa Bay will be without two of their starters up front and the Packers are expected to have linebacker Clay Matthews back after he missed last week’s game against the Steelers with a groin injury.
Following a quick start, Monday’s game between the Texans and Ravens turned into the defensive struggle most expected.
The Ravens pulled out a 23-16 victory at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore and have now won 10 straight primetime games, the longest active streak in the NFL.