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    Sunday’s loss against the San Francisco 49ers was a disappointing one for the Miami Dolphins, especially since the Kansas City Chiefs also lost, meaning the Dolphins would’ve been up to No. 1 in the AFC had they won. Instead, the 33-17 defeat bumped Miami (8-4) down to second in the division and No. 6 in the AFC playoff picture. The division-rival Buffalo Bills now lead the AFC East and the conference. But everything the Dolphins want to accomplish is still in front of them. And, truthfully, a loss to an NFC opponent isn’t as consequential at the end of the season when it comes to postseason tiebreakers. Regardless, at 8-4, the Dolphins are two games in front of the first teams out of the AFC playoffs, the 6-6 New England Patriots and Los Angeles Chargers, with five games left. As it stands after Sunday, the Dolphins have an 87 percent chance of making the playoffs, according to FiveThirtyEight. Where the real postseason implications come are in the next two weeks. First, against the Chargers, one of those teams hoping to...
    Miami Dolphins quarterbacks Tua Tagovailoa and Teddy Bridgewater cleared the NFL’s concussion protocol on Saturday morning, according to a league source. Tagovailoa, returning from a concussion suffered in the team’s Sept. 29 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, is still being held out of Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings as an extra precaution. Bridgewater, who was never diagnosed with a concussion but still had to go through protocol as if he had one, is available to back up rookie third-string quarterback Skylar Thompson, who will make his first NFL start against the Vikings at Hard Rock Stadium. Tagovailoa is on track to return to action for the Oct. 23 Sunday night home game against the Pittsburgh Steelers and ex-Dolphins coach Brian Flores, who is a senior defensive assistant/linebackers coach with Pittsburgh. Both Tagovailoa and Bridgewater increased their practice participation Friday to “full” on the team’s injury report after being limited previously. Tagovailoa got to the stage of limited participation Wednesday, while Bridgewater, entering protocol more recently, had to be restricted to aerobic work on the side of practice Wednesday before...
    The Jets finally ended their dreadful losing streak against AFC East opponents last Sunday. Now Gang Green will try and put that behind him and navigate a challenging stretch of games. First on the docket is a visit to Lambeau Field to play the Green Bay Packers. Last Sunday in London, the Packers lost to the Giants, 27-22, which snapped their three-game winning streak. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers is still playing well as he has thrown for 1,157 yards, eight touchdowns and three interceptions, but not at the MVP level fans are accustomed to seeing. Green Bay’s offense ranks ninth in the league (362.2). However, their receivers have struggled after Davante Adams departed for the Raiders during the offseason. Defensively, the Packers’ rushing defense has not been great as they are allowed 126.4 yards per game, good for 21st in the NFL. With the way the Jets ran the ball with Breece Hall and Michael Carter during the 40-17 victory over the Dolphins, they certainly could have the same game plan against the Packers. “We know we are going to have...
    Pull up a chair and sit on the edge of it, folks. This one could be worth the wait — and, thanks to everyone from Cam Cameron to Steve Ross, it’s been quite a wait. The Miami Dolphins play the Buffalo Bills on Sunday in either the biggest game of the NFL weekend or the biggest game at Hard Rock Stadium since it was called Dolphin Stadium three name changes ago. Take your pick for how big this game is. And round up the kids while you’re deciding. It’s time this next generation knew. This is what Dolphins weekends once were always about, if you can remember back to yesteryear when Dan Marino was a player and not a consultant or the 1970s was an era and not a sit-com. Big games. Big rivals. Big hoo-hahs. Big consequences, too. The horse is admittedly ahead of the cart of consequence. It’s just Game 3 in, as linebacker Jerome Baker says, “a marathon of a season” — though the marathon is a sprint if you’ve watched the Dolphins run. But there’s been...
    Pull up a chair and sit on the edge of it, folks. This one could be worth the wait — and, thanks to everyone from Cam Cameron to Steve Ross, it’s been quite a wait. The Miami Dolphins play the Buffalo Bills on Sunday in either the biggest game of the NFL weekend or the biggest game at Hard Rock Stadium since it was called Dolphin Stadium three name changes ago. Take your pick for how big this game is. And round up the kids while you’re deciding. It’s time this next generation knew. This is what Dolphins weekend once were always about, if you can remember back to yesteryear when Dan Marino was a player and not a consultant or the 1970s was an era and not a sit-com. Big games. Big rivals. Big hoo-hahs. Big consequences, too. The horse is admittedly ahead of the cart of consequence. It’s just Game 3 in, as linebacker Jerome Baker says, “a marathon of a season” — though the marathon is a sprint if you’ve watched the Dolphins run. But there’s been...
    Telfs-Buchen, Austria (CNN)President Joe Biden and fellow world leaders, huddled in the Bavarian Alps, will hear Monday from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky as they mull the next phase of his country's grinding war with Russia.The conflict has been at the center of the Group of 7 summit being held inside a century-old mountainside castle in Germany's Bavaria region. Leaders have decided on new steps to isolate Russia's economy, including a ban on new imports of Russian gold, and are pledging support for Zelensky as his country suffers setbacks in the east."Here at this meeting of the G7, as well as at NATO, we will continue to do, collectively, everything we can to make sure that the Ukrainians have what they need in their hands to repel the Russian aggression," US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in an exclusive interview with CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday.There are other important topics on the agenda, including a new effort to counter China's infrastructure investments in the developing world that have extended Beijing's influence across the globe. But how much longer...
    BOSTON (CBS) — The Celtics dispatched the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night, completing a four-game sweep and leaving Boston basketball fans left to wonder one very straightforward question: What’s next? That’s a question without an answer at the moment, as the Celtics will have to wait for a conclusion in the first-round series taking place between the Milwaukee Bucks and Chicago Bulls. The Bucks own a 3-1 series lead and will be hosting Game 5 on Wednesday night, with a chance to clinch the series and advance to the second round. If the Bucks do end their series on Wednesday, then the Celtics-Bucks series will start on either Saturday or Sunday, according to MassLive’s Brian Robb. If the Bucks need a sixth game on Friday night to win the series, then the Celtics-Bucks series will start on Sunday. And if that series ends up needing seven games to be resolved, the Celtics will host Game 1 of the second-round series on Tuesday, May 3. In the meanwhile, the Celtics will enjoy some well-earned rest as they prepare for their next...
    Kanye 'Ye' West appeared to be the target of boos as he was shown on the jumbotron alongside Antonio Brown at Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California on Sunday. West, 44, and Brown, 33, were seated in a section alongside Kanye's two older children North, eight, and Saint, six, as well as musical artists 2 Chainz, 44, and Tyga, 32. In a clip posted from an attendee on social media, West and Brown were greeted with jeers as they were shown on the jumbotron during the first quarter of the game. They booing @kanyewest at the super bowl LMAOO pic.twitter.com/ExhyXfHQp3— ????????baby girl ???????? (@plvmwine) February 14, 2022 The latyest: Kanye 'Ye' West, 44, appeared to be the target of boos as he was shown on the jumbotron alongside Antonio Brown, 33, at Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California on Sunday  'They booing @kanyewest at the super bowl LMAOO,' one user said, while another said, 'Kanye West just got booed on the big screen here at @SoFiStadium' with three laughing emojis. Other social media users...
    Since World Cup qualifying entered this special winter session, the U.S. has embraced the cold and its accompanying advantage over an opponent from a tropical country. The bring-it-on attitude will be put to a stiff test Wednesday night in Minnesota, where the U.S. will stage a critical match against already-eliminated Honduras. The forecast: a high of 8 degrees (minus-13 Celsius), a kickoff temperature around 5 (minus-15) and a wind chill factor well below zero. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM So players will layer up, turn loose their attack and aim for those precious three points in the standings — even if they have to take a few minutes afterward to thaw out. The game will set a U.S. record for the coldest home start. The U.S. Soccer Federation's cold weather guidelines call for a cancellation or a switch to an indoor venue when the wind chill is below zero, but the team said there are no plans to postpone the match. "I have a pretty big head, so I don’t think it will really affect the way...
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs had to learn to dink and dunk their way through this entire season, contrary to every instinct of go for broke quarterback Patrick Mahomes, as opposing defenses simply refused to let themselves get beaten deep. You can bet they relished the opportunity to open up the offense against Pittsburgh on Sunday night. Mahomes wound up throwing for 404 yards and five touchdowns, most coming in the final three quarters, as the Chiefs turned an early seven-point deficit into a 42-21 rout. It was a vintage performance by the Kansas City offense, a throwback of sorts to the past few years, when Mahomes and his fleet of playmakers made defensive backfields look silly. “In the playoffs, teams get a little more aggressive,” Mahomes explained. “They played a little bit more single-safety-middle, especially toward the end of the second quarter, and we showed that we can always be explosive. That’s who we are. We’re going to make big plays happen if we get the looks, and I think over the season we’ve...
    MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — The Miami Dolphins did something extremely rare this season. It won’t make the franchise’s list of proudest accomplishments. Over the past 25 years, there had been 79 different instances of teams putting together winning streaks of at least seven consecutive games in the same season. And all 79 of those teams, as one might expect, reached the playoffs. READ MORE: Children Are Getting Omicron At A Higher Rate Than Pervious VariantsThat streak is over. Not even a seven-game winning streak — usually good enough to help vault teams toward a top seed, not just a playoff berth — was enough to get these Dolphins into the postseason. It all ended Sunday, realistically when the Dolphins lost 34-3 in Tennessee, officially a few hours later when the Los Angeles Chargers beat the Denver Broncos 34-13. “They’re all disappointed,” Dolphins coach Brian Flores said. “There’s a lot of emotions that come with being eliminated. It’s easy to go and lament all those feelings. The hard thing to do is pick yourself back up and go on to...
    MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — The Miami Dolphins did something extremely rare this season. It won’t make the franchise’s list of proudest accomplishments. Over the past 25 years, there had been 79 different instances of teams putting together winning streaks of at least seven consecutive games in the same season. And all 79 of those teams, as one might expect, reached the playoffs. That streak is over. Not even a seven-game winning streak — usually good enough to help vault teams toward a top seed, not just a playoff berth — was enough to get these Dolphins into the postseason. It all ended Sunday, realistically when the Dolphins lost 34-3 in Tennessee, officially a few hours later when the Los Angeles Chargers beat the Denver Broncos 34-13. “They’re all disappointed,” Dolphins coach Brian Flores said. “There’s a lot of emotions that come with being eliminated. It’s easy to go and lament all those feelings. The hard thing to do is pick yourself back up and go on to the next challenge.” The Dolphins already were the first team in...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Robert Saleh couldn’t be on the sideline or at the stadium because of COVID-19 when his New York Jets took the field Sunday, so he audibled with a fun game plan. The still-quarantining coach would watch his squad play Jacksonville from the hotel room in New Jersey that has been his home for nearly a week. And he’d get a buddy to join him on FaceTime so they could view together. So, Green Bay Packers coach Matt LaFleur — whose Packers beat the Browns on Christmas — spent a few hours keeping Saleh company. But there was one problem. “He was like 5 seconds ahead of me,” Saleh said of LaFleur’s TV feed. “I’m yelling at him to stop telling me what’s happening.” Relatable, coach. When big offensive lineman Conor McDermott stretched out to snare a 1-yard touchdown pass from Zach Wilson, in the fourth quarter, LaFleur let out a loud, “Ohhh!” So Saleh knew something wild was going on. “When he caught it, I was just laughing and like, ‘Oh, my God, I can’t believe...
    The Columbus Blue Jackets’ game at the Buffalo Sabres scheduled for Monday night has been postponed, a person with direct knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the NHL had not yet announced the postponement. A total of 41 NHL games have been postponed this season because of coronavirus-related reasons. The Blue Jackets canceled their morning skate while awaiting COVID-19 test results after calling off practice Sunday. It was not immediately clear if the Blue Jackets’ next game at home against Buffalo later this week would also be postponed or if the team’s activities were paused through the holiday break. Seven other NHL teams have been shut down as positive test results have risen across the league. The Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs were added to that list Sunday, joining the Colorado Avalanche, Florida Panthers, Calgary Flames, Nashville Predators and Boston Bruins. The league and NHL Players’ Association said Sunday the plan was to avoid a full league shutdown, pausing team activities on a case-by-case basis...
    On Sunday, the Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos are all set to face off in what should be a fun matchup.  Whenever the Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos face off, there’s sure to be plenty of fireworks. The big question for Dallas will be surrounding the health of Dak Prescott. He’s got a banged-up calf, which forced him to miss the action in Week 8. Come Sunday, however, Prescott will be ready to rock and put on a show. He’ll do so not having to worry about Von Miller coming after him, as the star pass-rusher was traded to the Los Angeles Rams earlier in the week. Who will end up winning this matchup?Dallas Cowboys vs. Denver Broncos injury report for Week 9All eyes will be on Prescott for this one. He was a full participant for practice on Thursday and all signs are pointing to him being just fine for this Sunday tilt. At the same time, he’s not at 100 percent. We’ll see how much that injured calf impacts his play.Dallas Cowboys vs. Denver Broncos odds and betting...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Cross Island Parkway will be closed near UBS Arena during parts of the day Sunday as crews work on the Long Island Rail Road. The MTA will be securing a new station in Elmont before the first Islanders game at the new arena next month. Eastbound train service from the station starts on Nov. 20 for the team’s first home game. Track work for westbound trains will be completed by the end of next year.
    MeidasTouch, Michael Rapaport Team on Political Satire Film ‘The Supporters’ Bitcoin rises back toward record as first related U.S. ETF begins trading © Provided by NBC Sports Replay Video SETTINGS OFF HD HQ SD LO Skip Ad Sunday’s game between the Lions and Rams is drawing a lot of notice because it is the first chance that Jared Goff and Matthew Stafford have to face their former teams since the offseason trade between the clubs. The two quarterbacks aren’t the only ones who are going to be taking a walk down memory lane this weekend, though. Defensive tackle Michael Brockers spent the first nine years of his career with the Rams before being traded to the Lions for a seventh-round pick this offseason. Brockers told reporters that he won’t get wrapped up in the emotions of facing so many familiar faces. “It’s the next one,” Brockers said, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “I’m very professional about how I go about my business. Yes, I do have a lot of ex-teammates on that team and a lot...
    International songs that have topped Billboard charts Stock futures rise following S&P 500’s best day since March as retail sales report looms © Provided by NBC Sports Replay Video SETTINGS OFF HD HQ SD LO Skip Ad The Buccaneers’ already banged-up secondary suffered another loss when Richard Sherman exited Thursday night’s game with a hamstring injury, but coach Bruce Arians said after the game that he’s confident in the players the Buccaneers have. Asked if the Bucs might look for another cornerback to add to the roster, Arians said he doesn’t see that happening. “We’ll just keep playing with the guys we got, see how long of an injury it is, and next man up,” Arians said. The Bucs have already placed cornerbacks Carlton Davis and Sean Murphy-Bunting on injured reserve, and safety Antoine Winfield missed Thursday night’s game with a concussion, although Arians said Winfield is doing better and probably could have played this week if it had been a Sunday game. Considering how unlucky the Bucs have been with injuries in the secondary, Arians was sounding an...
    Alex Rodriguez’s future with ESPN and Sunday Night Baseball is up in the air.  Alex Rodriguez’s four-year contract with ESPN is up this season and his presence on Sunday Night Baseball in the future as an analyst is uncertain. Rodriguez spent 22 seasons playing in the MLB for the Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers and the New York Yankees. A-Rod hasn’t exactly been successful as an analyst on game broadcasts, but he may be given the option to return next year. On Tuesday night, Rodriguez was in the booth for the AL Wild Card Game between the Boston Red Sox and the Yankees. He made some questionable takes, saying that New York pitcher Gerrit Cole will be the AL Cy Young winner next year during his “sophomore season” in the Bronx. Except that next year will be Cole’s third with the Yankees.Will ESPN renew Alex’s Rodriguez’s contract?Overall, the consensus seems to be that ESPN is leaning towards renewing A-Rod’s contract. Also, the overall consensus between fans of the game is that maybe ESPN shouldn’t renew Rodriguez’s contract. A-Rod legitimately sounds like...
    SANTA CLARA — Josh Norman’s availability for the 49ers’ next game is in doubt after he spent Sunday night at a hospital because of bruised lungs. Norman also sustained tissue damage that may have resulted in internal bleeding, as first reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Norman was injured in the first half of a 30-28 loss to the Green Bay Packers, prematurely ending his second start at cornerback this season for an injury-ravaged unit. He is “reportedly in good spirits and hopes to play next week,” Rapoport added. The team indeed is hoping Norman might make a quick recovery, as challenging as it might be Sunday when the 49ers (2-1) host the Seattle Seahawks (1-2) and top wideout D.K. Metcalf, who had 107 yards and a touchdown in their loss at Minnesota. #49ers CB Josh Norman, who impressed in his short stint in SF, is dealing with two bruised lungs, along with tissue damage which may have caused some internal bleeding, sources say. Tests ongoing. Doctors will be cautious, but he’s in good spirits and...
    SANTA CLARA — Rookie quarterback Trey Lance chipped a bone in a finger and is out at least the next week, coach Kyle Shanahan announced Monday. Lance’s right, throwing hand struck the helmet of a Raiders’ defender during Sunday’s preseason win over the Raiders. “It’s a microchip of a bone that’s off. It’s a chip fracture, which is worse than a jam and why it won’t heal on its own,” Shanahan said on a media conference call. “He can’t take snaps right now. We’ll rest it for seven days and hopefully he’ll be good next Monday when we get to practice.” Shanahan said the injury won’t impact the 49ers’ preparations for the Sept. 12 regular-season opener at Detroit, preparations that don’t heat up until next Monday. That said, the 49ers will practice this Wednesday and Thursday before they and every NFL team gets a three-day weekend. Lance rotated with incumbent starter Jimmy Garoppolo through the first two series of Sunday’s 34-10 rout of the Raiders. Afterward, Lance downplayed what he initially thought was a jammed finger,...
    SANTA CLARA — Rookie quarterback Trey Lance chipped a bone in a finger and is out at least the next week, coach Kyle Shanahan announced Monday. Lance’s right, throwing hand struck the helmet of a Raiders’ defender during Sunday’s preseason win over the Raiders. “It’s a microchip of a bone that’s off. It’s a chip fracture, which is worse than a jam and why it won’t heal on its own,” Shanahan said on a media conference call. “He can’t take snaps right now. We’ll rest it for seven days and hopefully he’ll be good next Monday when we get to practice.” Shanahan said the injury won’t impact the 49ers’ preparations for the Sept. 12 regular-season opener at Detroit, preparations that don’t heat up until next Monday. That said, the 49ers will practice this Wednesday and Thursday before they and every NFL team gets a three-day weekend. Lance rotated with incumbent starter Jimmy Garoppolo through the first two series of Sunday’s 34-10 rout of the Raiders. Afterward, Lance downplayed what he initially thought was a jammed finger,...
    Getty Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman spoke about whether he will risk Frenkie de Jong and Lionel Messi against Huesca on Monday as both players are a yellow card away from picking up a one-match ban. The Catalan giants are big favorites to win against La Liga’s bottom side at the Camp Nou and will then turn their attentions to Sunday’s clash against a strong Real Sociedad side who are currently fifth in the table. Koeman was asked at a pre-match press conference on Sunday if he was thinking about resting Messi and De Jong for the visit of Huesca but hinted that both players will indeed start the game. “We know they are one card away [from suspension], but this is not a time to think about that,” he said. “Tomorrow’s game doesn’t have to be easier than next Sunday. We have to be focused only on winning. The next game is always the most important.” Barcelona heads into the game with the chance to cut the gap to leaders Atletico Madrid to just four points after Diego...
    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be without star receiver Antonio Brown when they take on the Green Bay Packers in Sunday’s NFC Championship game but, win or lose, Brown hasn’t played his final game for the Bucs.  Brown was ruled out of the title game on Friday and was officially inactive Sunday after sustaining a knee injury in the divisional round matchup against the New Orleans Saints.  HOW TOM BRADY WILL REPORTEDLY PAD HIS POCKET WITH NFC TITLE, SUPER BOWL LV WIN Bruce Arians had hoped that the veteran wide receiver would be healthy in time to travel for the game but he hadn’t progressed enough. "I just talked to him this morning, and to put him on the plane and fly up there and have it swell more doesn't make any sense," Arians told reporters. "He wasn't as close as we'd hoped, so we'll get him ready for the next one." Arians seemed optimistic that Brown would be healthy if the Bucs were to advance to the Super Bowl but even if they don’t, sources told the NFL Network...
    Patrick Mahomes could still stand a good chance of playing in next week’s AFC Championship Game even after suffering a head injury in Sunday’s win over the Cleveland Browns, a former NFL team doctor says. Mahomes was left wobbly after the hit, needing help to walk to the sidelines and being ruled out for the remainder of the contest. With the Chiefs winning, they are now headed to the AFC Championship game and will host the Buffalo Bills, but whether Mahomes is able to take the field is still up in the air. David Chao wrote in Outkick that the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback may have avoided the worst after being taken down hard in the third quarter of his team’s divisional round matchup against the Browns. The former team doctor for the San Diego Chargers wrote that a player who suffers a head injury generally will miss the next week’s game, though stressed that this is “not the absolute rule.” Chao added that Mahomes will have a full seven days to clear the league-mandated concussion protocol, but believes he...
    A handful of games were delayed — yet none were canceled — as the NFL navigated through its various COVID-19 issues to arrive on schedule at the first round of the postseason this weekend. The Kansas City Chiefs and the Green Bay Packers earned deserved byes in the expanded playoff format, which will feature seven teams in each conference for the first time. Here are The Post’s final NFL Power Rankings for what has been an eventful 2020 season. 1. Kansas City Chiefs, 14-2 (Last week: 1) The Chiefs will look to defend their Super Bowl title after granting Patrick Mahomes and several other starters a breather in Sunday’s season-ending loss to the Chargers with their first-round AFC bye already sealed. Offensive weapons Travis Kelce (1,416) and Tyreek Hill (1,276) finished second and eighth in the league in receiving yards, respectively. Next: Bye 2. Green Bay Packers, 13-3 (2) Losing left tackle David Bakhtiari to a season-ending knee injury last week could prove to be a tough blow to Green Bay’s title hopes, but 37-year-old Aaron Rodgers should be the...
    Jeff Wilson’s 183 rushing yards last game locked him in as the 49ers’ leading rusher this season. Not a bad way to seek a pay raise, on a team that will be pinching pennies this offseason. Wilson now has 524 yards this season (106 carries) and coach Kyle Shanahan said he’s “excited to see him out there Sunday,” when the 49ers (6-9) host the Seattle Seahawks (11-4) at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. Wilson’s stats assure him of finishing just ahead of Raheem Mostert, who has nearly identical numbers (521 yards, 104 carries) but is on Injured Reserve with an ankle injury. Of all the potential issues swirling around the 49ers’ 2021 plans, they’re set with their top two running backs in Mostert and Wilson. “I’m very excited about those guys. Everyone knows how good they’ve done once healthy,” Shanahan said Friday on a video conference from Glendale, Ariz., where the 49ers relocated a month ago because of Santa Clara County’s COVID-19 restrictions. Wilson is the fourth different rusher to lead the 49ers in...
    Nashville bomb: Anthony Quinn Warner identified as bomber Virginia sheriffs deputy fired following alleged posts threatening Justice Roberts, lawmakers Report: Rams quarterback Jared Goff broke his thumb against Seahawks The Los Angeles Rams may be without quarterback Jared Goff next week with a playoff spot on the line.  Goff broke his thumb during their rough 20-9 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday afternoon, according to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and Michael Silver. His status for their regular season finale against the Arizona Cardinals next week is now up in the air. Jared Goff's right thumb is broken, @RapSheet and I have learned— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) December 28, 2020 Goff smacked his thumb off of Seattle defensive end Benson Mayowa’s helmet in the second half on Sunday at CenturyLink Field, and he was seen later in the game popping it back into place. He finished out the game, and went just 24-of-43 for 234 yards with an interception.  Goff is expected to undergo further testing when the team arrives back in Los Angeles, though the team doesn’t know...
    The Buffalo Bills haven’t been truly hopeful since the 1990s, but behind Josh Allen and a great supporting cast, that’s starting to change. Josh Allen was pissed. “I think he did a great job working on his fundamentals, and he’s just fundamentally a better quarterback,” Racioppi said. “His base is better. He’s more of a balanced rotational passer, whereas in the past he used more momentum to throw, when his balance used to be all over the place you saw some of those wild throws at times. “But, from an arm-strength standpoint, he’s as athletic as it comes for a big dude. There’s no surprise how he’s playing. I just think it’s the fundamentals from the work in an extended offseason, the guys that took advantage of it worked on their game, which they don’t typically do, he got to really focus on himself rather than being in a minicamp and running plays.” While Allen has been critical to the Bills’ success this season, it is fair to wonder what happens to him and this team when Daboll inevitably gets...
    The Green Bay Packers have clinched their second straight NFC North title and put themselves in position to earn the conference’s top playoff seed because of a championship-caliber offense. Their chances of reaching the Super Bowl for the first time in a decade could rest on whether they improve in the other two phases of the game. Green Bay (10-3) controls its chances in the race for the NFC’s No. 1 seed after winning 31-24 at Detroit on Sunday while the New Orleans Saints (10-3) lost 24-21 at Philadelphia. Although the Packers and Saints own the same record, Green Bay has the tiebreaker after winning 37-27 at New Orleans on Sept. 27. Under the new 14-team playoff system, only one team in each conference earns a first-round playoff bye. “I think it’s extremely critical,” Packers coach Matt LaFleur said Monday. “Once you get in the playoffs and you accomplish your first goal, it’s on to the next goal. We know that, again, we’re not going to change our approach. We’re going to take it one game at a time.”...
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jalen Hurts earned another start. The rookie quarterback will be behind center when the Philadelphia Eagles (4-8-1) visit the Arizona Cardinals (6-6) on Sunday. Hurts led the Eagles to a 24-21 upset over the New Orleans Saints (10-3) in his first career start after replacing Carson Wentz. “Jalen played well. He was a big part of the success we had on offense and obviously helping us win that football game,” Eagles coach Doug Pederson said Monday. Hurts ran for 106 yards and threw for 167 and one touchdown as Philadelphia snapped New Orleans’ nine-game winning streak and ended its own four-game slide. The Eagles racked up 413 total yards against the league’s top-ranked defense. Miles Sanders had 115 yards rushing, including 82 on a TD run. The Saints hadn’t allowed a 100-yard rusher in the previous 55 games before Hurts and Sanders each reached that mark. Hurts wasn’t sacked, the first time Philadelphia’s depleted offensive line didn’t allow one this season. Wentz has been sacked 50 times. “One of the things that Jalen did well when...
    By ROB MAADDI, AP Pro Football Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jalen Hurts will start at quarterback again for the Philadelphia Eagles when they play at Arizona next Sunday. Eagles coach Doug Pederson said Monday that Hurts, who replaced Carson Wentz and led Philadelphia (4-8-1) to an upset over New Orleans the previous day, will go against the Cardinals. "Yeah, after going through the film and really looking back even into last week and the preparation and everything, I’m going to continue with Jalen this week as the starter, Pederson said. The rookie ran for 106 yards and threw for 167 and one touchdown as Philadelphia defeated the Saints 24-21, snapping New Orleans’ nine-game winning streak and ending Philly's four-game slide. “I was thinking of a lot of things, quite honestly,” Pederson said of his decision to stick with Hurts. “I was thinking about Carson, but I was thinking about the rest of the team and how the rest of the team played in the game. Jalen did, after looking at the film again today, Jalen played well. He was a...
    Not even a crazy last-second loss by the league’s only winless team, nor a shocking defeat by the league’s lone unbeaten squad could drastically alter The Post’s weekly NFL Power Rankings this time around. However, impressive road wins by the Giants and the Washington Football Team — at Seattle and Pittsburgh, respectively — did move the NFC East co-leaders into the Top 20 for the first time this season. The Steelers maintained their No. 2 ranking as one of two single-loss teams in the league 1. Kansas City Chiefs, 11-1 (Last week: 1) Patrick Mahomes and the defending Super Bowl champions clinched a playoff berth despite scoring only one touchdown — not counting the would-be score Tyreek Hill didn’t realize he’d caught — Sunday night against Denver. Travis Kelce is the first tight end in NFL history with five straight 1,000-yard seasons. Next: Sunday at Miami 2. Pittsburgh Steelers, 11-1 (2) Mike Tomlin has warned all season that his team wasn’t perfect, and he was proven prophetic in Monday’s 23-17 home loss to Alex Smith and Washington. The 1972 Dolphins...
    Jamal Adams bullied his way into the backfield, ripped the ball out of the hands of the Giants quarterback and raced in the other direction for a game-changing touchdown. That was last season, when the Giants were more hapless than Adams’ Jets. Thirteen months later, everything is different. Adams is likely headed to the playoffs, but that path got a little rockier Sunday when the Giants won their fourth straight to remain in first place in the NFC East, at the expense of Adams’ Seahawks. From across the line of scrimmage, it’s obvious why the Giants are not the same team now as they were then — even with stars Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley sidelined. “Mentality and confidence,” Adams said after the Giants’ 17-12 victory. Adams had a game-high 11 tackles and is now the NFL’s leader among defensive backs with 7.5 sacks in eight starts. He was all over the field — playing just as well as he did in the New York rivalry game last season — and yet the result was different because the Giants ran...
    An eventful Week 12 on and off the field featured one continuous COVID-19 postponement — and three new first-place teams — to cause a few notable alterations to The Post’s weekly NFL Power Rankings. The Giants have advanced to just outside the Top 20 with three straight wins, their highest position of the season, while Tom Brady and the skidding Tampa Bay Buccaneers have fallen out of the coveted first 10 slots. 1. Kansas City Chiefs, 10-1 (Last week: 1) Sunday’s explosive showing for Patrick Mahomes and Tyreek Hill might not be the Chiefs’ lone appearance in Tampa this season if they keep rolling and make it back to the Super Bowl LV. Next: Sunday night vs. Denver 2. Pittsburgh Steelers, 10-0 (2) The Steelers are hoping to finally put their perfect record on the line in a rare Wednesday game after their AFC North showdown with Baltimore was postponed a third time since Thanksgiving due to the Ravens’ COVID-19 outbreak. Next: Wednesday vs. Baltimore 3. New Orleans Saints, 9-2 (3) Taysom Hill threw for only 78 yards Sunday, but...
    An eventful Week 12 on and off the field featured one continuous COVID-19 postponement — and three new first-place teams — to cause a few notable alterations to The Post’s weekly NFL Power Rankings. The Giants have advanced to just outside the Top 20 with three straight wins, their highest position of the season, while Tom Brady and the skidding Tampa Bay Buccaneers have fallen out of the coveted first 10 slots. 1. Kansas City Chiefs, 10-1 (Last week: 1) Sunday’s explosive showing for Patrick Mahomes and Tyreek Hill might not be the Chiefs’ lone appearance in Tampa this season if they keep rolling and make it back to the Super Bowl LV. Next: Sunday night vs. Denver 2. Pittsburgh Steelers, 10-0 (2) The Steelers are hoping to finally put their perfect record on the line in a rare Wednesday game after their AFC North showdown with Baltimore was postponed a third time since Thanksgiving due to the Ravens’ COVID-19 outbreak. Next: Wednesday vs. Baltimore 3. New Orleans Saints, 9-2 (3) Taysom Hill threw for only 78 yards Sunday, but...
    A shot. A wait. Another shot: Two-dose coronavirus vaccine regimens will make it harder to inoculate America 10 Things on Amazon That Are Cheaper Than Ever Before Thanks to Black Friday COVID-19 outbreak pushes Steelers-Ravens to next Tuesday NEW YORK (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens' bout with a COVID-19 outbreak has forced the NFL to postpone the team's trip to Pittsburgh for a second time. © Provided by Associated Press Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson throws a pass against the Tennessee Titans during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) The league announced Friday the Ravens (6-4) against the unbeaten Steelers (10-0) will now take place on Tuesday night. The game was originally scheduled for Thanksgiving, then moved to Sunday afternoon after an initial wave of players on the Ravens tested positive for the novel coronavirus. © Provided by Associated Press Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) runs with the ball while Tennessee Titans inside linebacker Jayon Brown tries to stop him during the first half of an NFL...
    Alexandria turns controversy into opportunity by teaching the history of Confederate namesakes Young voters in the US turned out in record numbers in 2020, powering Bidens presidential victory See ya next year: Burrow injury derails Bengals season LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Joe Burrow couldn't put any weight on his left leg as he was helped onto a cart. Cincinnati Bengals teammates and Washington opponents flooded over to show support before he was driven off. © Provided by Associated Press Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) is helped getting off the field during the second half of an NFL football game against the Washington Football Team, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, in Landover. Bengals rookie suffered a left knee injury during this play and was carted off the field. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) © Provided by Associated Press Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) his help off the field during the second half of an NFL football game between against the Washington Football Team, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, in Landover. Burrow was carted off the field with a left knee injury. (AP...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Sam Darnold might be back leading the New York Jets’ huddle as soon as next week. The quarterback will be sidelined for the second straight game with a shoulder injury, but coach Adam Gase was optimistic Friday that Darnold could return for next Sunday’s home game against Miami. “He’s doing good and he’s feeling better,” Gase said. “I think we’ve got a good shot for the next game. I mean, he’s progressing in the right direction. We’ll just kind of see how this weekend goes and how he feels Monday and Tuesday, and we’ll be able to know on Wednesday.” That’s a bit of a surprisingly positive development because Darnold was considered out indefinitely and there was some speculation he wouldn’t be back any time soon. The 23-year-old quarterback said earlier this week that it was the right decision for him to not play Sunday against the Chargers in Los Angeles and wanted to be sure he’s totally healthy before he takes the field again. Darnold began an interval throwing program this week and his right...
    The 49ers’ season has been trending this way for a while. And while the truth might be so obvious as to make a declaration unnecessary, as San Francisco heads into their bye week after another lifeless performance — this time in a 27-13 loss to the Saints — I’m going to do it anyway: The Niners’ 2020 season is over. You can pretend to be outraged. You can claim this is bulletin-board material. You can tweet, email, call, and heckle me all you want. But, deep down, you know it’s the case. And the Niners know it too. Whatever chance this team had of salvaging a playoff berth from this cursed campaign was squandered in New Orleans behind shambolic special teams, a running game that couldn’t run the ball, two quarterbacks who couldn’t complete basic passes, and a defense that tried — oh they tried — but were ultimately overwhelmed by a 43-year-old quarterback and the man who replaced him, a guy who threw 30 interceptions last season. The 49ers had opportunity after opportunity...
    Multiple statement wins on Sunday shook up much of the Top 10 in The Post’s weekly NFL Power Rankings. Rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and the rising Miami Dolphins move into that lofty company for the first time this season, while the Tennessee Titans also jump back into the high-end mix by ending their two-game losing streak against Chicago. The New Orleans Saints also are now the top-ranked team in the NFC, by virtue of their blowout win Sunday night over Tampa Bay. 1. Kansas City Chiefs, 8-1 (Last week: 1) While a couple of early front-runners for league MVP have slipped in recent weeks, 2018 winner Patrick Mahomes continues to dominate alongside weapons Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce and rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire. Ho hum, Mahomes now has 25 touchdown passes and one interception through nine games. Next: Bye 2. Pittsburgh Steelers, 8-0 (2) Mike Tomlin’s team had far more trouble with Dallas than expected, needing a late Big Ben Roethlisberger TD hookup with Eric Ebron — and Minkah Fitzpatrick’s end-zone breakup on the final play — to down a...
    Multiple statement wins on Sunday shook up much of the Top 10 in The Post’s weekly NFL Power Rankings. Rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and the rising Miami Dolphins move into that lofty company for the first time this season, while the Tennessee Titans also jump back into the high-end mix by ending their two-game losing streak against Chicago. The New Orleans Saints also are now the top-ranked team in the NFC, by virtue of their blowout win Sunday night over Tampa Bay. 1. Kansas City Chiefs, 8-1 (Last week: 1) While a couple of early front-runners for league MVP have slipped in recent weeks, 2018 winner Patrick Mahomes continues to dominate alongside weapons Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce and rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire. Ho hum, Mahomes now has 25 touchdown passes and one interception through nine games. Next: Bye 2. Pittsburgh Steelers, 8-0 (2) Mike Tomlin’s team had far more trouble with Dallas than expected, needing a late Big Ben Roethlisberger TD hookup with Eric Ebron — and Minkah Fitzpatrick’s end-zone breakup on the final play — to down a...
    The top two teams in the AFC have begun to separate themselves from the pack in The Post’s weekly NFL rankings. The Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers both have opened multiple-game leads in their respective divisions, one with an expected blowout against the worst team in the league and the other with an impressive win Sunday against their top divisional rival. The NFC remains more wide open as we hit the Week 9 midway turn, with seven teams posting either five or six wins already, led by Seattle at 6-1. 1. Kansas City Chiefs, 7-1 (Last week: 1) The top-ranked Chiefs essentially earned a victory on a bye week against the Jets, with Patrick Mahomes racking up a season-best 416 yards, five TD passes and a piggyback ride back to the sidelines following one of two scoring throws to Tyreek Hill. Only three of KC’s remaining opponents (Las Vegas, Tampa Bay and New Orleans) currently have winning records. Next: Sunday vs. Carolina 2. Pittsburgh Steelers, 7-0 (2) Mike Tomlin wasn’t happy with the Steelers’ second-ranked run defense coughing up...
    Two more previously unbeaten teams fell in Week 7, but the lone perfect squad is still one rung from the top spot in The Post’s weekly NFL Power Rankings. The Kansas City Chiefs moved back into the No. 1 position despite their Week 5 loss to Las Vegas, with the 6-0 Pittsburgh Steelers knocking on the door with their highest ranking of the season after holding on for a nail-biter victory Sunday over Tennessee. The Arizona Cardinals also moved back into the Top 10 with an OT thriller Sunday night over last week’s top-ranked squad, the Seattle Seahawks. 1.Kansas City Chiefs, 6-1 (Last week: 2) Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs are the most complete team in the league, rolling to a snowy blowout win in Denver via touchdowns on the ground, through the air, on a pick-six and on a kickoff return. They even got Le’Veon Bell six touches (39 yards) in his team debut ahead of this week’s game as prohibitive favorites against a certain winless team that released him two weeks ago. Next: Sunday vs. Jets 2. Pittsburgh...
    SANTA CLARA — Offensive catalyst Deebo Samuel won’t be available for the 49ers’ game Sunday at Seattle, and his hamstring injury likely will keep him out of next week’s NFC Championship Game rematch with Green Bay. Coach Kyle Shanahan announced that Monday, and he did not down play Samuel’s impact, which has sparked their two-game win streak. “Deebo is a huge part of our offense, a huge part of our team,” Shanahan said. “When you have a threat of someone who can hurt you blocking, catching or running, that is always an issue for a defense.” Samuel got hurt late in Sunday’s 33-6 rout at New England, the 49ers’ second straight win after a two-game losing streak. “We’ll miss him when he’s out, that’s for sure,” Shanahan said of Samuel, who tallied 11 catches for 131 yards and a touchdown on short passes the past two wins over the Los Angeles Rams and Patriots. Wide receiver Richie James also might be out because of an ankle injury, but he will be evaluated Wednesday and is...
    BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens will have a crowd of around 5,000 fans at their next home game on Nov. 1 against Pittsburgh. This will be the first time that ticket holders will be allowed in the stadium this season. Because of the pandemic, the Ravens had no fans at their home opener and were permitted only 250 immediate family members of players, coaches and front-office personnel at the next two home games. The increase in fans comes after the team received approval from Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young to fill M&T Bank Stadium up to 10% capacity, according to a news release Friday. The plan calls to limit the number of fans in the lower bowl to 3,000, to 800 in the club level and to about 500 in suites. The upper bowl won’t be open for the game. Baltimore has a bye this weekend. The Pittsburgh game was originally scheduled for this Sunday, but was moved back after the Steelers and Titans moved their Oct. 4 game to Sunday. Copyright © 2020...
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