There are a few things the Eagles can do here.

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The Panthers can see that coming, too, with Newton hitting a half-dozen receivers in the road wins over New England and Detroit, and hitting each of those six guys multiple times against the Lions. Even better, he’s shown a willingness to dump the ball off. His flip to Fozzy Whitaker on a double-screen against New England, with the defense flowing to McCaffrey and vacating the left side of the field, is a great example of it. He threw the ball probably seven yards in the air; it wound up as a 28-yard touchdown.

“I think he’s learned,” Rivera said. “He still throws those deep digs, he still throws those bang 8s, those deeps outs, and he still throws the vertical. But in between, he’s getting the ball into other players’ hands quicker. And he’s limiting the number of hits he has to take.

“That’s the thing he’s learned, that’s the thing I think he appreciates. I mean, he had a huge day [in Detroit], but it wasn’t like he had to sit there and run the ball. It wasn’t like he had to sit there in the pocket and hold, hold, hold. The ball came out.”

The Oakland Raiders hired Jon Gruden and are giving him a monster deal that is reportedly worth $100 million for 10 years. Is Gruden’s star power, sheer excitement about football, and passion for coaching worth $100 millionMaybe. Is his ability to analyze NFL draft picksWell, that’s debatable.

Christian Hackenberg couldn’t even pull the starting gig for the Jets. The fucking Jets.

Jeffrey Lurie, Eagles: “I think it’s great when players get together with owners, whether it’s their own team or a group of owners. The communication’s great, you really learn where everyone is coming from, and you get to understand these are human issues.”

This is all good for now, of course, with the league getting its efforts going on the social causes that are important to players. And with three years and change left on the current collective bargaining agreement, it could be even more meaningful down the line.

DeMarco Murray injury update: Titans RB reportedly has sprained knee ligament

The Titans could be without DeMarco Murray in their last-ditch effort to make the playoffs in Week 17.

The veteran running back left Sunday’s 27-23 loss to the Rams with a knee injury, and ESPN reported initial exams showed a sprained lateral collateral ligament. Murray will have an MRI exam Monday to confirm the extent of the damage.

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Players who show signs of “impact seizure,” as Texans quarterback Tom Savage did after a hit in Week 14, will now be ruled out for the rest of the game. Players who show “gross motor instability or significant loss of balance” must now be evaluated in the locker room rather than on the sideline as long as those reactions don’t appear to be the result of foot or leg issues.

In addition, referees who remove a player from the game due to suspected head trauma must notify team medical officials and any player evaluated for a concussion must be checked again within 24 hours, regardless of whether the team is scheduled to be off that day.

“We are constantly looking at the protocol and how it’s applied and trying to get better,” the NFL’s chief medical officer, Dr. Allen Sills, told ESPN. “The process happens through the season.”

Savage’s injury and the Seahawks’ handling of Russell Wilson’s concussion during Week 10 (which resulted in a $100,000 fine) were among the incidents that prompted the league to move now instead of waiting until next season.packers_157_42c89a3c78e1edb2-180x180

There has been speculation about O’Brien’s future in Houston after the Texans struggled to a 4-12 season.

“I am eternally grateful to the McNair family for their unwavering support during this trying time,” Smith said in a statement Sunday. “This was an extremely difficult decision for me to make as I love this organization and every member of this team both on and off the field. I remain committed to our quest to bring a championship to the city of Houston, yet my family needs me now and they are my priority.”

Although there has been speculation about Bill O’Brien’s future in Houston, league sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that it’s likely he will be back as Texans head coach in 2018.

Meanwhile, speaking after Sunday’s 22-13 season finale loss to the Indianapolis Colts, Bill O’Brien said his future as head coach of the Texans is up to owner Bob McNair.

The Texans went 9-7 in each of the head coach’s first three seasons and won AFC South titles in 2015 and 2016. On Sunday morning, ESPN reported that O’Brien is likely to be back in Houston in 2018.

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The historical ugliness between the two teams has forced the NFL to literally rewrite parts of its rulebook.

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The Steelers and Bengals cannot allow this vicious cycle to continue to the point someone’s career and life are dramatically altered. Shazier’s could be, and what happened to him shouldn’t be immune from having a profound effect on changing things just because it wasn’t related to any of the other heated hits.

If Shazier’s uncertain future isn’t a harsh wakeup call to the teams to put aside revenge and extend full respect, then nothing will be. Smith-Schuster, all of 21 and who wasn’t there for that playoff game, provided a glimmer of hope when he delivered a quick, heartfelt apology toward Burfict after the game.

If the Steelers and Bengals won’t do their part to follow those new rules (or old ones), then the league shouldn’t be afraid to step in (again) and show zero tolerance in response to them taking the rivalry further in the wrong direction.

Mayfield also apologized after grabbing his crotch and cursing at the Kansas sideline on Nov. 18. In turn, coach Lincoln Riley suspended Mayfield from starting the final home game of his career and temporarily stripped him of his captain status. But after he sat out the first series, Mayfield passed for three touchdowns in the victory over West Virginia.

The following week, he passed for another four scores to propel the Sooners past TCU in the Big 12 championship game, which effectively punched Oklahoma’s ticket to the playoff — and clinched the Heisman for Mayfield.eagles_035_be44ad623b1f93a9-180x180

Jets TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins loses another TD on official review

The Jets lost to the Panthers, 35-27, and Seferian-Jenkins’ misfortunes made the difference; he also dropped an almost certain touchdown pass earlier in the game.

“It’s very frustrating. I let my team down,” Seferian-Jenkins said after the game (via SNY).

Give Seferian-Jenkins credit for maintaining his cool about the issue. When asked if he thought he’d scored a touchdown Sunday, instead of blasting the official review, he said, “I dropped it, by what the refs said.”

An Adidas spokeswoman said the company is conducting an investigation of its college basketball programs, and due to the FBI investigation, “we cannot provide more details.”

Robby Anderson, New York Jets, hamstring, 4:05 p.m.: Anderson knows how to scare fantasy players: Show up on the midweek injury report with a hamstring injury. Many might not have noticed the listing, given that Anderson was a full participant in Wednesday’s practice. Thursday was when the panic set in, though, as Anderson was scaled back to limited work after reportedly tweaking the hamstring. Not to worry.

Rookie Mitchell Trubisky threw for a touchdown and ran for another in his best showing yet, and the Chicago Bears ended a five-game losing streak by routing the lackluster Cincinnati Bengals 33-7 on Sunday, their most lopsided victory in five years.

Jordan Howard ran for 147 yards and a pair of touchdowns as the Bears (4-9) dominated a matchup of the NFL’s worst offenses. Their rookie quarterback took full advantage of an injury-depleted defense, completing a career-high 25 passes out of 32 attempts for 271 yards. He also ran 4 yards for a score.

The Bengals (5-8) were coming off a 23-20 loss to the Steelers on Monday night that crushed their playoff hopes and gutted their defense.

The Bears piled up a season-high 482 yards against a unit missing starting cornerbacks Adam “Pacman” Jones and Dre Kirkpatrick as well as linebackers Vontaze Burfict and Nick Vigil.orioles_053

Falcons running back Devonta Freeman left Sunday’s game against the Cowboys in the first quarter with a concussion.

This seems like a great time to pick the 49ers to win a game. But the Giants’ offense is playing better than you think despite the defensive debacle. Orleans Darkwa will have plenty of running room, and Eli Manning will see his receivers get open, especially with no Jacquiski Tartt to slow Evan Engram. On the other side, C.J. Beathard is still C.J. Beathard.

It’s impossible to ask Hundley to scan the field the way Rodgers does when the Packers spread the field. Rodgers makes third and fourth wide receivers and second and third tight ends better than they really are by consistently finding them in matchups he likes. The process of Hundley going through his progressions will be slower, just like it is for any QB who isn’t Rodgers.

Luckily, the Packers have one of the best starting 1-2 punches with wideouts Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams. Randall Cobb is also there in the slot, but he has lost his effectiveness as a No. 3. Nelson and Adams have enough route-running and lineup versatility to be moved around where one consistently is in a better position to produce.

We’re underway in Seattle. The Seahawks win the toss and defer. Atlanta will start the game’s opening drive near midfield following a 51-yard kickoff return by Andre Roberts.

Touchdown, Falcons. Ryan fakes a handoff, rolls to his right and throws across his body to a wide-open Levine Toilolo for a 25-yard touchdown. The Falcons now lead 31-20 with 7:24 to play in the third quarter.

Ryan can’t find anyone open, avoids the rush and scrambles for 14 yards on third down near midfield to keep Atlanta’s drive alive.

Seattle advances inside the Atlanta 25 but its drive stalls on a third-down pass that comes up well short of the marker. Blair Walsh enters and kicks a 37-yard field goal to make the score 24-20. 24

Did Cowboys quit against Eagles? ‘Definitely,’ Jay Ajayi says

Jay Ajayi thinks the Cowboys did more than slump in Week 11.

In fact, the Eagles running back believes the Cowboys flat out quit sometime in the third quarter of Sunday’s 37-9 loss at AT&T Stadium.

“We wanted to come out here and get the Cowboys because it’s always fun beating America’s Team at their place.”

The soaring Eagles (9-1) are set to host the Bears (3-7) in Week 12, while the Cowboys (5-5) will look to snap their two-game skid as they prepare for another home game against the Chargers (4-6) on Thanksgiving Day.

Smith-Schuster, 20, shared a video of himself on Snapchat last month after his bicycle was taken from his apartment, though it was returned the next day. He had been dependent on his bike for transportation but will now be able to drive on four wheels once he gets himself car. Given his breakout this season amid Martavis Bryant’s quarrel with the team, Smith-Schuster should be able to save up the money in no time.

Smith-Schuster, who turns 21 this month, has 24 catches for 424 yards and four touchdowns through the first eight games this season.

Dez Bryant was targeted 14 times Sunday night, which continues a bizarre trend in which he has reached double-digit targets every other game tracing back to Week 1. Bryant is averaging 9.8 targets overall and has handled a career-high 31 percent of Dallas’ targets.
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Chirping the hottest team in hockey? Should they be genuflecting at this point?

James Neal’s phone has been blowing up after every Golden Knights game, filled with messages from former teammates who are following Vegas’ unprecedented success.

“Oh, I hear it,” he said. “I definitely hear it. Guys are chirping a little bit. But it’s all good.”

“That’s right,” said Neal, with a laugh.

After three straight losses, the sky is figuratively falling in Gainesville. Jim McElwain is out, and the fun of a coaching search in the social media age — Steve Spurrier was spotted tubing down the Ichetucknee River with Bob Stoops and Chip Kelly, talking about the Florida job — begins.

The Falcons’ offense is officially in disarray. They don’t know when to pass or run, or whom should do the pass-catching or running. Steve Sarkisian’s play-calling has caused Matt Ryan to regress. It’s good that Dan Quinn’s young, fast defense keeps playing better. They’ll find a way to score enough to squeak by the low-flying Jets.

Both you and Giannis always make it clear that there are other players on the team. How is he received by his teammates?

Most of the guys who have been here the longest with him have seen him grow and seen him work. I think it makes it easy for them to be around him because of that. I think they also understand how talented he is and what he does to help the game become easy for them. He causes a lot of problems [for other teams], he gets a lot of attention, and it’s just a matter of if you can catch and shoot and make an open shot, you’re going to benefit from that. I think we have some guys who can do that.ducks-099

Arizona is another place where Cousins could be set up to thrive.

The Sixers, who beat the Houston Rockets 115-107 on the road Monday to improve to 3-4, also held on for a 112-110 victory in Dallas on Saturday night, the first time they have won in those two cities in the same season since 2000-01.

They also ended an eight-game slide in Houston, and won back-to-back games for the first time since March 17 and 19, when they beat Dallas and Boston.

Marchand came out of the box and tied the game 40 seconds later, scoring the Bruins’ second power-play goal of the night with assists by Bergeron and Pastrnak. It was Marchand’s eighth goal of the season and the 200th of his career.

“We put ourselves in a bad spot and we fought our way out of it, so that’s the positive,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. “I don’t like to see us start like that. I take a lot of pride in being ready to go. I thought we weren’t as a group. We corrected it and gave ourselves a chance to get two points. It just didn’t work out in the shootout.”

That’d leave a lot of money to work with and a big hole at quarterback to fill. While the Cardinals’ roster has taken a step backward recently, it still has stars on defense like Chandler Jones, Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu. The team also has one of the best offensive talents in the NFL in running back David Johnson.

For a team that everyone thought was well on its way toward tanking for a quarterback in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Jets have done surprisingly well so far in 2017 with long-in-the-tooth Josh McCown under center. Their 3-5 record has even come with close losses to the Patriots and Falcons.

Perhaps now he can fulfill the original expectations and at least act as a RB1. Ajayi enters Week 9 tied for 30th among running backs in PPR scoring after being selected as the No. 8 running back and 16th overall in ESPN average live drafts.raiders_076-223x223

The Jaguars and Bears are trying to win without their quarterbacks. Can it be done?

Quarterback is unquestionably the most important position in football, but at least two teams in the NFL are trying to win without one. Sure, there’s someone under center for the Chicago Bears and Jacksonville Jaguars, and yes, they occasionally throw passes, but both teams are aiming to throw as infrequently as possible.

It was exactly what the Cowboys failed to do in their 42-17 loss to the Broncos. Denver’s game plan was to force Dak Prescott to pass, and the Broncos were able to lock in on that because they completely shut Elliott down. It’s much more difficult for defenses to contain this balanced Dallas offense.

Elliott’s 219 combined yards — 147 rushing, 72 receiving — and three touchdowns were the most he’d had in a single game as a pro. His stat sheet doesn’t tell the whole story, though:

All four of Jacksonville’s wins have been by at least 20 points. To put that in perspective, the team had three such wins over the previous seven seasons.

And the Jaguars feel like they should be 5-1. They gave up 17 points on three special teams blunders in a 27-17 home loss to the Los Angeles Rams in Week 6. Two weeks before that, they gave up 17 points on three running plays totaling 177 yards in a 23-20 overtime loss at the New York Jets. Those included a 75-yard TD run in which defenders failed to touch Bilal Powell when he fell to the turf.

84.0 percent. The AFC East might look closer than ever in the standings, but FPI still indicates the Patriots are the clear favorites to win the division. It’ll take some big efforts from the Bills, Dolphins or Jets to top the team that has won 14 of the past 16 division titles.

86.4 percent. Carson Wentz leads the NFL in passing touchdowns (17) and already has surpassed his TD total from last season (16). He also has led the Eagles to their best start since 2004 and has given them the best chance of winning the NFC East.nike_49ers_2377_7df40b40c162f099-150x150