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The Browns’ touchdown drive was set up by corner Jason McCourty who stripped Giants running back Paul Perkins inside New York territory.

The Browns recovered the ball on the Giants’ 25-yard line and were able to punch the ball into the end zone three plays later. A 16-yard Kizer pass to fullback Danny Vitale helped set up the rookie quarterback’s eventual touchdown.

The Chiefs are good enough to win the surprisingly feeble AFC West but simply aren’t good enough to challenge the Patriots or Steelers for AFC supremacy. Their 1-4 downward spiral since the 5-0 start has made that clear. If this continues, would the Chiefs ever consider a late-season switch from Alex Smith — who certainly did not resemble an MVP candidate Sunday — to QB-of-the-future Patrick Mahomes?

The Chargers are approaching respectability, with wins in four of six games since their 0-4 beginning. The Bills’ QB follies certainly helped last weekend. Now comes a Thanksgiving matchup with the extremely vulnerable Cowboys.

Finishing .500 would be nice. But really, it’s all about what happens next with Coach Jay Gruden and QB Kirk Cousins. The Redskins have total control over the decision with Gruden. They can keep him if they want, and they should. Unfortunately for them, their past sets of negotiations with Cousins have put that situation somewhat out of their control, given how costly a third straight franchise tag would be.

Todd Gurley is very unlikely to be the league’s MVP. It’s difficult to imagine the award going to anyone but Tom Brady. But Gurley is having a terrific season and he certainly belongs in the conversation.

QB Dak Prescott hasn’t been very good in the absence of suspended RB Ezekiel Elliott. If Prescott wants to be considered a true franchise QB, he must rise to the occasion at times like this. Yes, the offense is built around Elliott. But Prescott must find a way to make this offense — and this team — his.

Coach Mike McCarthy’s faith in Brett Hundley was rewarded with a much improved performance Sunday night in Pittsburgh by the young QB. Unfortunately for McCarthy and the Packers, it wasn’t rewarded with a win.chargers_079

Offensive Line of the Week: Eagles’ unit paves way for Nick Foles

In today’s fantasy-obsessed football world, it’s easy to overlook the contributions of one position group: offensive line. Well, NFL Network analyst and former Pro Bowl center Shaun O’Hara is here to fix that. Following each batch of games, O’Hara will revisit the O-line performances of all the teams that played and ultimately select that week’s top unit, headlined by a Built Ford Tough Offensive Line of the Week.

Or, General Manager Jerry Reese, Coach Ben McAdoo and offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan could squeeze out another year (or two) from Manning and instead elect to shore up an offensive line that has been below average, per Pro Football Focus. After Sunday’s loss, the Giants rank 22nd for pass-blocking and 23rd for run-blocking, giving them the 10th worst offensive line in football.

Lillard gave Portland a 93-86 advantage with a 3-pointer, but the Nuggets rallied to take a 97-95 lead on Mason Plumlee’s dunk. CJ McCollum made two free throws and Lillard hit a running bank shot to give Portland a 99-97 lead with 41.7 seconds left.

He was fouled on the play but missed the free throw.

“What bothers me the most is I’ve got to make that free throw,” Lillard said. “We were in position to win. Everybody contributed to us being in that position and I’ve got to be able to shut the door on them.”

Murray’s three-point play with 33.6 seconds remaining gave Denver back the lead. The Trail Blazers had two chances to go back in front but couldn’t convert. Barton hit two free throws, and after Nurkic’s dunk, sealed it with two more foul shots with 1.8 seconds left.patriots_030_04217e0d170be805-180x180

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is out with a broken collarbone.

Maybe the NFL hasn’t had your full attention this season. We get it, you’re busy. But now it’s Thanksgiving, and you don’t want to feel left out of the NFL conversation.

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That might have something to do with the fact that Bill Belichick traded Jones away to Arizona even after the linebacker put up a career high 12.5 sacks in 2015, his fourth season in the league. At this point some folks tend to assume that if Belichick trades a guy, something must be wrong with him. But if anything, Jones has only gotten better since he arrived in Arizona.

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The Chargers do not have a good record. They currently sit at 4-6 and are two games behind the 6-4 Chiefs. However, in an odd off-year for both the AFC and the West, in particular, the Chargers are still alive in both the division and the wild card races.

Prescott and the Cowboys’ offense struggled to finish drives with a trip to the end zone last week against the Eagles.

Albeit one who went undrafted and arrives with a bit of baggage.We’ll have to what shakes out this week and next.The adjustment leads to more open perimeter shots and gives players like and Deron a better chance isolation.The go-ahead goal was scored 11 into the third period by Brad Morrison, who put home a rebound off a low shot from Collins.
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Jim Caldwell’s extension with Lions only guaranteed through 2018, report says

Caldwell, 62, has led the Lions to a 6-6 record this season in his fourth year in Detroit. He holds an overall record of 33-27 and has guided the team to the playoffs in two of the past three seasons.

Prior to joining the Lions, Caldwell served as the Colts head coach from 2009 to 2011 and the Ravens offensive coordinator in 2012 and 2013.

The league denied that Jones was told there would be no suspension.

Needless to say, when the six-game suspension for Elliott was handed down in August, Jones was furious. He believes Goodell lied to him, telling him that Elliott would not be suspended. Jones called that an “unforgivable breach of trust.”

Susan Jarosi, an associate professor of women’s and gender studies and art history who played soccer at the University of Virginia, says the new sports facilities were less inspiring than soul-crushing: “It sucks, it just sucks, to come off another year, and you’re walking around, you’re driving around, and there’s this massive construction, summer after summer. It’s like, ‘Where is this money coming from?'”

Josh Gordon’s journey back to the NFL will soon be complete.

The Browns wide receiver is set to make his first start in nearly three years Sunday when the Browns visit the Chargers, coach Hue Jackson announced Thursday.

“Yeah, he’s going to start! I’m surprised you would ask,” Jackson said, via Cleveland.com.

Earlier this week, Jackson hinted that Gordon would make his return in Week 13 and said the Browns have “big plans” in store despite him missing the last two seasons.

“My plans for him? Oh boy, let me tell you,” Jackson said Monday. “I got big plans for him. I plan for him to play and play as much as he can handle.”
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Guys just don’t care anymore

The Texans’ defense keeps showing weaknesses, understandable in most instances, not so much in others (that is, they’re very beaten up but should be better than this).

I texted another Giants player for their thoughts too on what I heard minutes before. Has McAdoo lost the team? A second anonymous Giants player replied, “Yea I think so.” That same player also texted, “Guys are giving up on the season and nothing’s being done. Guys just don’t care anymore.”

During Monday’s “Mike and Mike in the Morning” on ESPN Radio, host Mike Greenberg noted that “quit” is the dirtiest word one can apply to a professional athlete. His partner Mike Golic agreed, then warned that the next Giants coach/GM will review game tape and decide who needs to be shipped out of New York.

ESPN’s Dan Graziano noted that New York general manager Jerry Reese shows no accountability and that the team’s problems go beyond aging quarterback Eli Manning.

The Chiefs’ bye week provides an opportunity to discuss, again, how the last undefeated team doesn’t always make noise in the playoffs. Since starting 5-0, the Chiefs have lost three of four and have fallen behind the Steelers and Patriots in the AFC standings. Remember, the last team to lose last season, the Vikings, started 5-0 and then missed the playoffs.

Meanwhile, a team that started 0-2, the Saints, have won six straight since, are in first place in their division and are in position to follow two recent teams (2015 Seahawks, 2014 Colts) in overcoming those starts to reach the postseason. And the Saints are not on a bye this week — they get a tough road matchup in Buffalo against a Bills team that got a harsh wake-up call from the Jets last Thursday.browns_021

The turnovers led to Stephen Hauschka hitting 35- and 44-yard field goals.

Despite having the Big 12’s top returning rusher, Justin Crawford, West Virginia hasn’t been able to consistently run the football. Eight games into the season, the Mountaineers rank 69th nationally, averaging just 161 yards per game on the ground.

It’s perhaps more surprising that the defense has struggled. West Virginia is allowing more than 460 yards a game, and that’s with the likes of Delaware State, East Carolina and Kansas accounting for three of its five wins. It’s the first time since 2013 that the Mountaineers are allowing more than 425 yards per game.

West Virginia won last year’s meeting in Ames 49-19. Iowa State had 561 yards of total offense, but did not score an offensive TD.

Milano forced Jalen Richard to fumble while returning a punt, with Mike Tolbert recovering it at the Raiders 14.

On Oakland’s next possession, Derek Carr’s pass over the middle was tipped by linebacker Preston Brown, and intercepted by safety Micah Hyde.

Buffalo then took command by going ahead 27-7 on the first play of the fourth quarter, when Taylor capped a 12-play, 80-yard drive by scoring on fourth-and-inches.

Oakland (3-5) lost for the fourth time in five games, and was unable to carry over the momentum following its dramatic 31-30 come-from-behind victory over Kansas City on Oct. 19.

Watson’s four-touchdown performance led the Texans to 38 points, so it’s tough to be too hard on him for three interceptions. But the Seahawks secondary duped him twice into throwing picks, including one early that was returned by Earl Thomas 78 yards for a touchdown.
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Mike Tomlin: Steelers won’t trade Martavis Bryant, despite his beef

Disgruntled wide receiver Martavis Bryant told ESPN’s Josina Anderson that he has “got to move on” at the Oct. 31 trade deadline if the Pittsburgh Steelers don’t want him to contribute to the offense.

Watson has been incredible this season, and deserves the heaps of praise he has received. But if there is one reason to be skeptical of the Texans quarterback, it’s this: 24.7 percent of his passes have been off target. The only other qualified quarterback with a higher percentage of his passes off target is Cleveland’s DeShone Kizer, and he is not exactly someone any quarterback wants to keep company with right now.

Combined with their 10-sack showing in Week 1 against Houston, Jacksonville is the first team in NFL history to log double-digit sacks twice in the first seven games of the season. The Jaguars have 33 sacks overall, putting the unit on track to break the league’s single-season mark of 72 set by the 1984 Bears.

At the moment Prescott has a 78.1 Total QBR — exactly the same number he had through six games last season. The only difference: There has been a 30-play increase in the number of action plays for the Cowboys quarterback. Currently, Prescott trails only Watson in Total QBR. Despite being 3-3, the Cowboys ought to reach the postseason if Prescott can keep up this level of play.

Watson has been incredible this season, and deserves the heaps of praise he has received. But if there is one reason to be skeptical of the Texans quarterback, it’s this: 24.7 percent of his passes have been off target. The only other qualified quarterback with a higher percentage of his passes off target is Cleveland’s DeShone Kizer, and he is not exactly someone any quarterback wants to keep company with right now.
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He Said What?! The best NFL quotes from Week 4

From postgame press conferences to next-day media availabilities, NFL players and coaches can’t escape the microphone.

Marcus Mariota was doing his best to keep Tennessee in the Houston game before he got hamstrung. But it’s clear the Titans’ defense is having familiar issues against good passing teams.

On one hand, their defense is Sacksonville, wreaking havoc against the pass on all levels. On the other, they’re getting gashed by simple runs for monster gains. They can’t let that happen because it disrupts the complementary plan that includes a lot of Leonard Fournette.

The Giants are the best winless team in the NFL, but that doesn’t mean much in relation to their expectations. Odell Beckham Jr. is a convenient target for criticism, but he isn’t the right one — that would be the defense.

Their status as NFL nomads has led to zero wins no matter what they’ve done on both sides of the ball in mostly close games. Don’t be surprised if everything suddenly comes together for the Chargers with road warrior Philip Rivers.

Will there be a change from Brian Hoyer soon? That’s the decision facing Kyle Shanahan if they keep losing close games and sliding into a free-fall.

DeShone Kizer is getting overwhelmed because he’s getting very little help. The defense, meanwhile, will get Myles Garrett back to give it a lot more help.nike_jaguars_1585

Jared Goff, former No. 1 overall pick, won his first NFL game by beating the Colts

Through one full season of his professional career, Jared Goff had more head coaches than wins as a starting quarterback. After trouncing the Colts with a final score of 46-9 on Sunday, he’s finally got one in the win column.

Los Angeles toppled the Colts in Week 1, delivering a much-needed win for Goff and a team that finished last season 4-12.

Beckham was among the Giants’ inactives for the contest after testing out his injured ankle in warmups. He was listed as questionable for the contest.

Beckham injured his left ankle Aug. 21 in a preseason game against the Cleveland Browns and has not practiced since. He did some work on the side with a trainer Wednesday and Thursday but was seen doing only straight-line running.

He was officially listed as did not practice for the team’s practices on Wednesday and Thursday. The team also said he wouldn’t have participated if they practiced Friday.

Giants coach Ben McAdoo emphatically said earlier this week that Beckham will play against the Cowboys only if he is cleared by the medical staff and that the decision will not be left up to the player or the coach.

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Lucky Whitehead out indefinitely with broken foot as unlucky summer continues

Lucky Whitehead hasn’t been so lucky lately, and his summer took a turn for the worst this week.

The Jets receiver sustained a broken foot and is out indefinitely, the team announced Tuesday.

Newton threw to receivers during Tuesday’s workout at camp in Spartanburg, S.C., for the first time since being pulled halfway through a July 30 practice because of what the team described as fatigue and soreness in his right shoulder.

The Panthers have been cautious with Newton since he underwent surgery on his right shoulder in March to repair a partially torn rotator cuff. They still don’t have a definitive timeline for his full return.

Newton didn’t play in Carolina’s preseason opener against the Texans on Wednesday, but he is reportedly expected to get in on the action “at some point” in the preseason ahead of the team’s regular-season opener Sept. 10 at San Francisco.

Kundla was born in Star Junction, Penn., but grew up in Minneapolis. Prior to coaching the Lakers, he spent one season leading the basketball program for the College of St. Thomas in St. Paul.

Instead of moving with the Lakers to Los Angeles, Kundla stayed in the Twin Cities and took over the University of Minnesota basketball program in 1959. Kundla was a standout basketball player for the Gophers and coached his alma mater for nine seasons, but had just three winning seasons and failed to make the NCAA Tournament.

Remembered as a humble coach with an attention to detail, Kundla was praised for his ability to adjust to the ebb and flow of a game. He coached through the widening of the court and the implementation of the shot clock.
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