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