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Seven From Sunday – Week 10

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SEVEN FROM SUNDAYWEEK 10 

A look at seven statistical highlights from games played at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. ET

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SEVEN FROM SUNDAYWEEK 10 

A look at seven statistical highlights from games played at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, November 11, the 10th week of the 2018 season. 
  • Four quarterbacks – Pittsburgh’s BEN ROETHLISBERGER (158.3), Cleveland’s BAKER MAYFIELD (151.2), New Orleans’ DREW BREES (150.4) and Chicago’s MITCHELL TRUBISKY (148.6) – have recorded a passer rating of at least 145 (minimum 20 attempts) through Sunday afternoon.

    The four quarterbacks with a 145+ passer rating (minimum 20 attempts) in Week 10 are the most in a single week in NFL history
    , surpassing the previous high of three which occurred four different times, most recently in Week 3 of the 2017 season.

  • The NEW ORLEANS SAINTS defeated Cincinnati, 51-14, at Paul Brown Stadium, marking the team’s eighth consecutive win. The Saints have scored at least 40 points in five games this season and joined the 2013 Denver Broncos and 2000 St. Louis Rams as the only teams in NFL history to score 40 or more points in five of its first nine games of a season.

    Saints quarterback
    DREW BREES completed 22 of 25 (88 percent) for 265 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 150.4 passer rating and added a rushing touchdown in the win. Brees, who has 509 career touchdown passes, surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer BRETT FAVRE (508) for the second-most passing touchdowns in league annals. Only PEYTON MANNING (539) has more career touchdown passes.

    New Orleans running back
    ALVIN KAMARA had 102 scrimmage yards (56 rushing, 46 receiving) and two rushing touchdowns in the Saints’ win. Kamara, who played in his 25th career game on Sunday, recorded his ninth game with at least two touchdowns since entering the league in 2017. Only Pro Football Hall of Famers CURTIS MARTIN (10) and STEVE VAN BUREN (10) and EDGERRIN JAMES (10) have more multi-touchdown games in their first 25 career games in league history.

    Saints wide receiver
    MICHAEL THOMAS had eight catches for 70 yards and two touchdowns on Sunday. Thomas has 274 catches in 40 career games and surpassed ODELL BECKHAM, JR. (266) for the most receptions by a player in his first 40 career games in NFL history

    Thomas (78) is tied with Minnesota’s
    ADAM THIELEN (78) for the league lead in catches this season. Thomas and Thielen joined JULIO JONES (80 catches in 2015) and Pro Football Hall of Famer MARVIN HARRISON (75 in 2002) as the only players in NFL history with at least 75 catches in their team’s first nine games of a season.

  • Kansas City quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES completed 21 of 28 passes (75 percent) for 249 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 125.4 passer rating in the Chiefs’ 26-14 victory over Arizona.

    Mahomes, who leads the NFL with 31 touchdown passes this season,
    surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer LEN DAWSON (30 touchdown passes in 1964) for the most touchdown passes in a single season in franchise history.
     
  • Indianapolis quarterback ANDREW LUCK completed 21 of 29 passes (72.4 percent) for 285 yards with three touchdowns and one interception for a 123.5 passer rating in the Colts’ 29-26 victory against Jacksonville.

    Luck has thrown at least three touchdown passes in each of his past six games and
    is one of three quarterbacks in NFL history to record at least six consecutive games with three or more touchdown passes in a single season, joining TOM BRADY (10 consecutive games in 2007) and PEYTON MANNING (eight in 2004). Brady and Manning were each named Associated Press Most Valuable Player in those respective seasons.

    Colts tight end
    ERIC EBRON had three catches for 69 yards and two touchdowns and added a rushing touchdown in the victory. Ebron joined New England’s ROB GRONKOWSKI (two receiving, one rushing on December 4, 2011 vs. Indianapolis) as the only tight ends in NFL history to record at least two touchdown catches and one rushing touchdown in a single game.

  • Cleveland rookie quarterback BAKER MAYFIELD threw three touchdown passes and rookie running back NICK CHUBB had 209 scrimmage yards (176 rushing, 33 receiving) with two touchdowns (one rushing, one receiving) in the Browns’ 28-16 win over Atlanta.

    Mayfield completed 17 of 20 passes (85 percent), including his first 13 pass attempts of the game, for 216 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 151.2 passer rating in the win. Mayfield is the
    first rookie quarterback in NFL history to record a passer rating of at least 150 on 20 or more pass attempts in a single game.

    Chubb scored on a 92-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, the
    longest rushing touchdown in franchise history and the second-longest touchdown run by a rookie in NFL history. Only the Steelers’ BOBBY GAGE (97 yards in 1949) has a longer touchdown run as a rookie.
     
  • Buffalo running back LE SEAN MC COY rushed for 113 yards and two touchdowns in the Bills’ 41-10 victory at the New York Jets.

    McCoy has 10 career games with at least 100 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns,
    joining ADRIAN PETERSON (17) as the only active players with at least 10 such games.

    Bills quarterback MATT BARKLEY passed for 232 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 117.4 passer rating in his Buffalo debut.

    Barkley’s 117.4 passer rating is the
    second-highest by a Bills quarterback making his team debut behind only Pro Football Hall of Famer JIM KELLY’s 119.8 rating on September 7, 1986 (minimum 20 attempts).
 
  • Other notable performances from Sunday include:
     
    • Arizona wide receiver LARRY FITZGERALD had six catches for 50 yards in the Cardinals’ Week 10 loss at Kansas City.

      Fitzgerald has 15,952 career receiving yards and
      surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer TERRELL OWENS (15,934) for the second-most receiving yards in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE (22,895) has more career receiving yards.
       
    • New England quarterback TOM BRADY passed for 254 yards in the Patriots’ loss at Tennessee.

      Brady appeared in his 300th career game (including the postseason),
      joining Pro Football Hall of Famer BRETT FAVRE (326) as the only quarterbacks in league annals to appear in 300 career games.
       
    • Los Angeles Rams running back TODD GURLEY had 160 scrimmage yards (120 rushing, 40 receiving) and a rushing touchdown in the Rams’ 36-31 win against Seattle.

      Gurley has scored at least one touchdown in each of the Rams’ first 10 games this season and
      joins Pro Football Hall of Famers O.J. SIMPSON (14 games in 1975), LENNY MOORE (14 in 1964) and ELROY “CRAZY LEGS” HIRSCH (10 in 1951) as the only players in league annals to score a touchdown in each of their team’s first 10 games of a season.
       
    • Atlanta wide receiver JULIO JONES had seven receptions for 107 yards and a touchdown in the Falcons’ loss at Cleveland.

      Jones, who has 10,094 career receiving yards, reached 10,000 receiving yards in his 104th career game,
      surpassing CALVIN JOHNSON (115) for the fewest games in NFL history to reach the milestone.

      Jones has 45 career games with at least 100 receiving yards,
      tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer RANDY MOSS (45) for the most such games by a player in his first eight career seasons.

Courtesy of NFL Communications

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Heisman Trophy Winner Props: Updated through Week 11

Tua Tagovailoa's odds decreased, but he's still the heavy favorite to win the Heisman Trophy

Note: The change column indicates the percentage change in the odds of each player. Positive change labeled in green means the player is getting bet and his odds are lower, while the negative change in red

Tua Tagovailoa’s odds decreased, but he’s still the heavy favorite to win the Heisman Trophy

Note: The change column indicates the percentage change in the odds of each player. Positive change labeled in green means the player is getting bet and his odds are lower, while the negative change in red means the player’s odds have regressed.

Heisman Trophy Winner Props


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Ballin’ on a Budget Week 10 Results

We are officially rolling. It's been more than a month since we've had a losing week and we are now into the 60 percent pick echelon. That's right, we've picked at the same rate as the pros over a 10-week period, no small sample size. Now that we're rolling, we're well into the

We are officially rolling. It’s been more than a month since we’ve had a losing week and we are now into the 60 percent pick echelon. That’s right, we’ve picked at the same rate as the pros over a 10-week period, no small sample size. Now that we’re rolling, we’re well into the black and will be looking to build on that even more in the coming weeks. Let’s recap our super successful Week 10.

LOSS: Panthers +4 at Steelers (-115): Steelers 52, Panthers 21.

This one got away from us in a hurry on Thursday Night Football. Everyone expected this to be a competitive game between two solid teams, but Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers offense really took things to another level, especially in the first half. The under was dead by halftime and it was quickly apparent Pittsburgh wasn’t going to give Carolina even a prayer down the stretch.

It happens sometimes and we can’t really predict an offensive performance like we saw Thursday Night. When something like that does happen, you just have to hope it works in your favor. It didn’t this week, but that’s about all that didn’t in an otherwise successful week of picks. Total win: $0.

WIN: Redskins +135 at Buccaneers: Redskins 16, Buccaneers 3.

This line actually somehow moved all the way up to +150 by kick off, but Washington proved why this was another great road underdog pick. Remember, we are now 3-for-3 in picking road underdogs on the money line over the past two weeks. Frankly, this was a gross game; it was 6-3 at half time.

Things got interesting in the second half and honestly, Tampa outplayed Washington for most of the afternoon. Ryan Fitzpatrick and company had more than 400 yards of total offense, but just three points to show for it, because they turned over the ball at the most critical points in the game. After betting against the Redskins successfully last Sunday, we got help from them in the other direction. Total win: $11.75.

WIN: Cardinals +17 at Chiefs (-110): Chiefs 26, Cardinals 14.

This is the second time this season we were handed a three-score spread and took it. I don’t think it’s a coincidence it’s also the second time we’ve won that bet. No matter how bad one team and how good the other, in the NFL 17 points is too much to ignore and Arizona came through for us on Sunday.

If you made this pick like I did, you had a mini heart attack at the end of the game when the Chiefs came up with an interception and started running it the other way. It came very close to turning into a debilitating pick six to push the deficit to 19, but they were pushed out of bounds a couple dozen yards before reaching pay dirt. We’ll thank our lucky stars for that one and move on to the next one. Total win: $7.60.

WIN: Seahawks +10 at Rams (-110): Rams 36, Seahawks 31.

The only dangerous part about this bet was how much worse Seattle plays on the road as opposed to at home. They already lost to L.A. at home, but they were also the more desperate team. Seattle certainly played like it and it put them in a position to be able to win the game. Ultimately, the comeback attempt from Russell Wilson and Co. came up short, but they did their job and covered for us.

It looked like disaster had struck when the Rams strip sacked Wilson, recovered, and then scored a few players later to go up by 12, but Seattle put together a really nice touchdown drive immediately after. They actually got the ball back with time to score, but weren’t able to convert. If we’ve learned anything this year, it’s bet on the Seahawks’ spread, they’ve been great against it. Total win: $7.60.

WIN: Saints-Bengals OVER 54 (-115): Saints 51, Bengals 14.

It sure helps your cause on an over when one team nearly hits the over by themselves. New Orleans was once again possessed on offense on Sunday, leading to a blowout of Cincinnati. Thankfully, each team continued scoring well into the fourth quarter, because even with the Saints’ onslaught, it seemed like scoring might stall out in the third quarter.

At this point, betting a Saints under seems crazy and we were lucky to get on this train before their over/under numbers soar against opponents with strong offenses. This rounds out a really solid week for us and makes us 1-for-1 on over/under picks this week. Total win: $7.40.

PIGGY BANK: $236.43 (18.2% return on investment)

PICK PERCENTAGE: 61.7% (29-18-3)

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Chiefs-Rams game moved from Mexico City to LA due to field

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The NFL has moved the Los Angeles Rams' Monday night showdown with the Kansas City Chiefs from Mexico City to Los Angeles due to the poor condition of the field at Azteca Stadium.

The league announced the extraordinary decision Tuesday, six days before one of the most-anticipated regular-season games

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The NFL has moved the Los Angeles Rams’ Monday night showdown with the Kansas City Chiefs from Mexico City to Los Angeles due to the poor condition of the field at Azteca Stadium.

The league announced the extraordinary decision Tuesday, six days before one of the most-anticipated regular-season games of the year.

In a news release, the league says it determined that the recently re-sodded field at Mexico City’s historic stadium “does not meet NFL standards for playability and consistency, and will not meet those standards by next Monday.”

Recent rains and several big events at Azteca combined to damage the field.

The Rams (9-1) will host the Chiefs (9-1) at the Coliseum instead.

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Saints on top of Pro32 poll; KC stays 2nd; Rams up to 3rd

NEW YORK (AP) — For the past two months, the rest of the NFL has tried to slow down Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints.

And no one has been able to figure out how.

The Saints (8-1) rolled to their eighth consecutive victory with a 51-14 pummeling of the Cincinnati Bengals

NEW YORK (AP) — For the past two months, the rest of the NFL has tried to slow down Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints.

And no one has been able to figure out how.

The Saints (8-1) rolled to their eighth consecutive victory with a 51-14 pummeling of the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.

The Saints kept the No. 1 spot in the latest AP Pro32 poll . They received 10 of 12 first-place votes and 382 points in balloting Tuesday by media members who regularly cover the NFL.

“Drew Brees has planted himself firmly in the MVP race. With 21 touchdown passes and just one interception — one! — Brees is playing some of the finest football of his awe-inspiring 18-year career,” Newsday’s Bob Glauber said.

The Kansas City Chiefs received the other two first-place votes and remained at No. 2 with 368 points. The Los Angeles Rams were a close third with 366 points.

These two 9-1 teams are scheduled to meet on Monday night in a highly anticipated matchup to close Week 11. The game was originally set to be played in Mexico City, but because of concerns about the playing field at Azteca Stadium after recent rain and several big events, it was moved to the Coliseum in Los Angeles.

The Pittsburgh Steelers, who have won five in a row, climbed three spots to No. 4. The Steelers (6-2-1) have surged to the top of the AFC North despite the absence of two-time All-Pro running back Le’Veon Bell. Bell missed a 4 p.m. deadline on Tuesday to sign his one-year franchise tender and is ineligible to play this season.

The Los Angeles Chargers moved up a spot to No. 5. The Chargers (7-2), who have quietly won six in a row, have not garnered much attention despite having one of the top records in the league. Instead, the dominance of both the AFC West rival Chiefs and their neighbors in LA, the Rams, has received most of the headlines.

“Shaking off a 1-2 start, the Chargers have remained firmly in KC’s rear-view mirror with a well-balanced attack and impactful rookie safety Derwin James,” said Ira Kaufman of Fox 13 in Tampa, Florida.

The New England Patriots, who were tied for No. 2 last week, dropped to No. 6 after their 34-10 loss at Tennessee on Sunday. The Titans made a major jump, moving five spots to No. 12.

The Patriots (7-3) have a bye this week before facing the New York Jets on Nov. 25.

The Minnesota Vikings (5-3-1) moved up a spot to No. 7 during their bye week and return to action on Sunday night at NFC North rival Chicago. The Bears (6-3) rounded out the top 10 for the second consecutive week.

The Carolina Panthers (6-3), coming off a 31-point loss to the Steelers, dropped three places to No. 8.

The Houston Texans (6-3), who have won six in a row after a 0-3 start, are back after their bye and remain No. 9. The Texans on Sunday face NFC East-leading Washington, which climbed five spots to No. 11.

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Bills cut receiver Pryor in latest move during bye week

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills have released receiver Terrelle Pryor two weeks after signing the eighth-year player.

The move was announced Tuesday during the Bills' bye week.

Pryor had just two catches on eight targets for 17 yards in two games. He became the odd man out after Robert Foster

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills have released receiver Terrelle Pryor two weeks after signing the eighth-year player.

The move was announced Tuesday during the Bills’ bye week.

Pryor had just two catches on eight targets for 17 yards in two games. He became the odd man out after Robert Foster had 105 yards receiving in a 41-10 win over the New York Jets on Sunday, a day after the rookie was promoted off the practice squad.

It’s the second time Pryor has been cut this season. He had 14 catches for 235 yards and two touchdowns in six games with the Jets before reaching an injury settlement with the team after sustaining a groin injury.

Pryor’s departure leaves Buffalo with two openings on its roster after quarterback Nathan Peterman was cut on Monday. The Bills are 3-7, and off until hosting Jacksonville on Nov. 25.

The Bills also signed cornerback Denzel Rice to their practice squad.

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Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell refuses to sign tag, out for 2018

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Le'Veon Bell won't play in 2018.

The star running back declined to sign his one-year $14.4 million franchise tender with the Pittsburgh Steelers by Tuesday's deadline, making him ineligible to suit up for the AFC North-leading Steelers or anyone else this season.

The unusual decision to sit out won't prevent

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Le’Veon Bell won’t play in 2018.

The star running back declined to sign his one-year $14.4 million franchise tender with the Pittsburgh Steelers by Tuesday’s deadline, making him ineligible to suit up for the AFC North-leading Steelers or anyone else this season.

The unusual decision to sit out won’t prevent Bell from becoming a free agent next spring, when the three-time Pro Bowler hopes to cash in with a contract that would make him the highest-paid back in the NFL.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin seemed resigned to Bell’s decision shortly before the 4 p.m. deadline, saying simply “so be it” when asked about the possibility of Bell never returning to the team that drafted him in the second round of the 2013 draft and helped mold him into one of the league’s top players.

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Report: Bills release WR Pryor

Report: Bills release WR Pryor

The Buffalo

Report: Bills release WR Pryor

The Buffalo Bills have released wide receiver Terrelle Pryor, according to an ESPN report on Tuesday.

Pryor signed with the team on Oct. 30, 10 days after being released by the New York Jets, and made two catches for 17 yards in Week 9. He did not have a catch on three targets in Sunday’s 41-10 rout of the Jets.

Reports following Pryor’s release in New York said the Jets could have interest in bringing him back later this season.

Pryor originally joined the Jets in March on a one-year, $3 million free agent deal. He spent 2017 on a one-year, $8 million deal with the Washington Redskins.

The converted quarterback has a total of 492 receiving yards in 17 games over the last two years since breaking out with a 1,000-yard season for the Cleveland Browns in 2016.

–Field Level Media

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Report: Jets GM Maccagnan’s job is safe

Report: Jets GM Maccagnan's job is safe

Report: Jets GM Maccagnan’s job is safe

While New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles’ job is in danger, general manager Mike Maccagnan’s is not, according to an SNY report.

Per the report, which cites several sources familiar with the Jets’ thinking, Bowles is likely to be fired after the season, but Maccagnan appears to be safe. The team intends to give Maccagnan a chance to compete for a spot in the playoffs in 2019, which has been his stated goal since being hired in 2015.

ESPN reported Monday, a day after Jets were routed 41-10 at home by the Buffalo Bills, that Bowles is unlikely to be fired midseason.

Maccagnan and Bowles both were hired in 2015 and believed to be given four-year contracts. Maccagnan reportedly was given a say in choosing the team’s head coach, but the final decision went to owner Woody Johnson.

Christopher Johnson, the team’s CEO since Woody Johnson was named the U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom, was “thrilled” with Maccagnan’s aggressive trade-up last offseason, per the SNY report, that netted quarterback Sam Darnold with the third overall pick. He intends to give Maccagnan time to see how Darnold pans out.

Darnold missed Sunday’s game after hurting his foot in a four-interception performance in Week 9. He has completed 55 percent of his passes for 1,934 yards, 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in nine starts, with a 3-6 record.

The Jets have gone 23-35 through three-plus seasons under the Bowles-Maccagan duo, including 3-7 this year.

Of Maccagnan’s first three drafts, 10 of the 22 players chosen are no longer on the team’s roster, including second round picks from 2015 (Devin Smith) and 2016 (Christian Hackenberg). Hackenberg has yet to appear in an NFL regular-season game and recently agreed to join the new Alliance of American Football.

–Field Level Media

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Report: Chiefs-Rams game in Mexico City in jeopardy

 

Monday night's marquee matchup between the Los Angeles Rams and Kansas City

 

Monday night’s marquee matchup between the Los Angeles Rams and Kansas City Chiefs reportedly could be relocated from Mexico City to Los Angeles or postponed due to unsafe field conditions.

 

The playing surface at Azteca Stadium is “a mess” and the safety of the players is a significant enough concern that the league is considering a venue change, ESPN reported Tuesday.

 

“We are working closely with the field manager at Azteca Stadium and others to ensure that we have an NFL-quality surface for our game, and we are looking forward to kicking off in Mexico City on Monday night,” said NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy.

 

Two recent events apparently damaged the hybrid playing surface, a combination of grass and synthetic filler. The stadium hosted a large music concert on Nov. 7 and a soccer match on Saturday.

 

 

 

It wasn’t immediately clear when the league would announce a final decision, although ESPN reported that NFL officials are expected to meet at the stadium on Tuesday to review the surface.

 

The Chiefs and Rams share the best record in the NFL at 9-1.

 

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Cowboys’ Jones calls Riley interest ‘speculation’

 

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on Tuesday denied reports that he is interested in Oklahoma Sooners head

 

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on Tuesday denied reports that he is interested in Oklahoma Sooners head coach Lincoln Riley.

 

“That would be total drawing it out of the air,” Jones said during his weekly radio show on 105.3 The Fan. “Totally speculation.”

 

Riley’s name came up Sunday when NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport tweeted that the Cowboys “have an affinity” for Riley “if they move on from Jason Garrett.”

 

On Sunday night, Garrett likely boosted his job security by leading the Cowboys (4-5) to a 27-20 road win against the Philadelphia Eagles.

 

Garrett, 52, has been the head coach in Dallas since midway through the 2010 season, compiling a 71-58 record with two postseason appearances (2014, 2016).

 

Riley’s name pops up frequently in NFL coaching conversations. The 35-year-old Lubbock, Texas, native led the Sooners to a 12-2 record and a Rose Bowl appearance in his first season as head coach in 2017. This season, No. 6 Oklahoma is 9-1 heading into Saturday’s game against Kansas.

 

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NFL Injuries and Sports Betting: Audibles at the Sight of Line Moves

Handicapping football injuries in the NFL, although similar to parsing less abundant injury information in the college game, requires a unique skill set and approach. It’s also an absolute imperative for any serious bettor as NFL lines have become sharper and less elastic in the information age.

Andy Iskoe of the Logical

Handicapping football injuries in the NFL, although similar to parsing less abundant injury information in the college game, requires a unique skill set and approach. It’s also an absolute imperative for any serious bettor as NFL lines have become sharper and less elastic in the information age.

Andy Iskoe of the Logical Approach, a handicapping and sports research service, has analyzed such injury information and contextualized it as long as he’s been in the business. The longtime Las Vegas professional handicapper, podcaster and featured columnist for numerous sports betting publications including Gaming Today, examined this topic for Sports Handle recently.

Iskoe says experienced handicappers and bookmakers sometimes assign a point value to each position if a starter is injured, but that in the pro game, as one would expect, most adjustment in terms of the point spread revolve around the quarterback.

 

Read more NFL Injuries and Sports Betting: Audibles at the Sight of Line Moves on SportsHandle.

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Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell a no-show as deadline approaches

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Le'Veon Bell watch is almost over for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The star running back has until 4 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon to sign his one-year franchise tender and be eligible to play this season. Coach Mike Tomlin says the AFC North-leading Steelers (6-2-1) have not heard from Bell, but added the

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Le’Veon Bell watch is almost over for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The star running back has until 4 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon to sign his one-year franchise tender and be eligible to play this season. Coach Mike Tomlin says the AFC North-leading Steelers (6-2-1) have not heard from Bell, but added the team understands there is a business element to Bell’s decision to stay away from the team.

The 26-year-old and the Steelers have been unable to come to terms on a new long-term contract in each of the past two offseasons. Bell, a two-time All-Pro, was scheduled to make $14.4 million this year under the terms of the franchise tag, but he has already forfeited $8.5 million.

Bell can become a free agent in March.

Pittsburgh is rolling even with Bell out of the lineup. The Steelers have won five straight games heading into a visit to Jacksonville on Sunday.

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Hue Jackson rejoins Bengals

Hue Jackson rejoins Bengals

Former Cleveland Browns head coach Hue

Hue Jackson rejoins Bengals

Former Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson is back with the Cincinnati Bengals.

“I have a great comfort level with Hue and his ability to assist me with the day-to-day responsibilities on defense, including analyzing our opponents and helping me on game days with the players and defensive coaches,” Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said in a statement.

Jackson’s new job title is Special Assistant to the Head Coach.

“I’m pleased to have this opportunity to join the Bengals this season,” Jackson said. “There is a lot of talent on this team, and I look forward to doing my part to help it finish the season strong.”

Jackson has regularly been connected to the Bengals — for whom he coached from 2004 to 2006 and 2012 to 2015 under close friend Marvin Lewis — since he was fired by the Browns on Oct. 29. Jackson was the Bengals’ offensive coordinator from 2014 to 2015 before taking the Browns job.

Lewis was asked Monday if he might add Jackson to his staff to help handle the added workload created by Monday’s firing of defensive coordinator Teryl Austin.

“I’ve got a plan,” Lewis replied with a smile. “Watch and see.”

Austin was fired a day after Cincinnati allowed 51 points to the New Orleans Saints. Jackson’s expertise is on the offensive side of the ball, but his presence could allow Lewis — a defensive coordinator before becoming a head coach — to focus more on the defensive side. Lewis told reporters Monday that he could use some more oversight to make offensive decisions while he’s working with the defense.

“If I have my back turned making corrections, I can’t do that,” Lewis said. “I’m going to try to minimize that as much as possible. But I feel strongly I have to make the correction and coach the defense right now.”

The Bengals have yet to play the Browns this season. They host them in Week 12 before visiting Cleveland in Week 16. Cincinnati also plays each of its other AFC North foes, whom Jackson knows well, once more.

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Best Betting Scenes: In ‘Dirty Work,’ Dr. Farthing Bets Against Rocky

Time for another installment in Sports Handle’s ongoing series on The Best Best Gambling And Sports Betting Scenes. There’s a lot of high-quality movies centered on gambling, including on horse racing and poker ‘Let It Ride’ and ‘Rounders’). All quality gambling scenes, whether strictly sports betting or not, the focus of the film or

Time for another installment in Sports Handle’s ongoing series on The Best Best Gambling And Sports Betting Scenes. There’s a lot of high-quality movies centered on gambling, including on horse racing and poker ‘Let It Ride’ and ‘Rounders’). All quality gambling scenes, whether strictly sports betting or not, the focus of the film or a short aside, will be included/considered.

The very underrated, under-appreciated 1998 comedy “Dirty Work” stars Norm MacDonald (as Mitch) and Artie Lange (Sam) as co-founders of a “Revenge For Hire” business, in order to pay for a heart surgery for Sam’s father, Pops.

Directed by Bob Saget, the movie also has guest appearances by Adam Sandler, Chris Farley, Don Rickles and of course, Chevy Chase, who plays the heart surgeon and gambling addict Dr. Farthing, who will bump up Pop’s place on the heart transplant list in exchange for $50,000 — to pay back his bookie.

Chase delivers his classic deadpan humor in each of his scenes, including in this doctor’s office exchange when Dr. Farthing reveals just how terrible he is at betting sports:

Roy Bets Big On His Seven Iron In ‘Tin Cup’

The Long Con Begins in ‘Diggstown’

 

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Hue Jackson back in Cincinnati, helping to run defense

CINCINNATI (AP) — Hue Jackson has landed back in Cincinnati, where he'll help head coach Marvin Lewis try to resurrect the Bengals' historically bad defense.

The Bengals hired Jackson as a special assistant on Tuesday, a day after Cincinnati fired its defensive coordinator and put Lewis in charge of running the unit. Lewis says Jackson

CINCINNATI (AP) — Hue Jackson has landed back in Cincinnati, where he’ll help head coach Marvin Lewis try to resurrect the Bengals’ historically bad defense.

The Bengals hired Jackson as a special assistant on Tuesday, a day after Cincinnati fired its defensive coordinator and put Lewis in charge of running the unit. Lewis says Jackson will help him prepare the defense each week and he’ll be on the field during games helping him with decisions.

It’s Jackson’s third stint with the Bengals. He was their offensive coordinator before the Browns hired him as head coach after the 2015 season. Jackson was fired last month after winning only three games in Cleveland.

The Bengals (5-4) are on pace to give up the most yards in NFL history.

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NFL players are reprising some old, costly celebrations

NFL players seem to have run out of creative ways to celebrate.

Either that, or they've decided to pay homage to the players they grew up watching, even if it costs them some funds for injecting fun into the game.

Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill was the latest to go old school when he

NFL players seem to have run out of creative ways to celebrate.

Either that, or they’ve decided to pay homage to the players they grew up watching, even if it costs them some funds for injecting fun into the game.

Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill was the latest to go old school when he commemorated his second touchdown in Week 10 by commandeering the CBS camera like Cincinnati’s Chad Ochocinco once did.

“The celebration just came into my head,” said Hill, whose actions netted an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and a coach Andy Reid’s ire.

“That was too much,” Reid said.

The NFL, which has relaxed celebration rules, might agree.

Hill’s stunt came days after Saints receiver Michael Thomas was fined $30,000 for using a phone as a prop, a la Joe Horn, and Titans safety Kevin Byard was dinged $10,026 for celebrating an end zone interception on the Cowboys’ midfield star logo, just like Terrell Owens did in 2000.

Saints tight end Ben Watson added a little twist to his celebration when he stuffed the football under his jersey to signal his wife’s pregnancy just like … Ben Watson did, back in 2009.

When Watson, 37, scored against the Rams last Sunday, he let the world know he and his wife, Kristen, are expecting twins by stuffing the ball under the front of his jersey and holding up five fingers on one hand as he often does to honor his five children.

Then he held up two more fingers on his other hand in honor of the twins on the way.

Nine years ago, Watson similarly stuffed the ball under his jersey after scoring as Kristen was close to full term with their first child, Grace. He was fined shortly thereafter for using the ball as a prop.

“So the cool thing is I will be able to say (to his twins) that, ‘When I did it for Grace, I had to pay. When I did it for you all, the league had changed,'” Watson said. “What a difference nine years make.”

Not for everyone.

Hill was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct in Kansas City for taking over the TV camera, just as Thomas was for pulling a flip phone out from under the goal post padding after his fourth-quarter score against L.A.

“Where did he get a flip phone?” Watson said. “I said (to Thomas), ‘Do you even know who Joe Horn is? You must have been in elementary school back then.’ But that was pretty good. I’ve got to give him props on that one.”

No pun intended, of course.

Byard said Friday his $10,026 fine was worth it because his interception denied the Cowboys a touchdown and sparked a 28-7 run in Tennessee’s 28-14 win in Dallas on Monday night.

Byard said he expected the Cowboys to take offense when he sprinted to the 50-yard line to pose on the star, then began a sort of Irish jig when teammates joined him at midfield.

“I was actually expecting someone to knock my head off,” Byard said. “I was like, if we get enough guys to the 50, we are just going to start dancing on the star.”

Cowboys running back Byron Jones quickly shoved Byard away, playing the part of George Teague, who blasted Owens when he did the same thing while with the 49ers 18 years ago.

“You don’t do that,” Jones said.

Byard met with his coach, Mike Vrabel, who had a big problem with his DB’s actions.

Vrabel said he wants players to celebrate with each other and not stand up an opponent.

“It’s not what we want to do,” Vrabel said.

Byard said his over-the-top celebrations are history.

Other takeaways from Week 10 included a stumbling, bumbling Tom Brady, a shoutout from the Rams to Halle Berry and Sean McVay’s decision to train at altitude in preparation for Monday night’s showdown between the Rams and Chiefs, who are both 9-1.

ALTITUDE ACCLIMATION: Last year, Bill Belichick decided to stay in Colorado after a win at Denver to acclimate to the altitude of Mexico City’s Azteca Stadium (elevation 7,200 feet) by practicing at the Air Force Academy (6,621 feet).

It paid off in a 31-8 drubbing of the Oakland Raiders, who stayed home and prepped at sea level.

McVay said the trade-off is scrubbing the team’s routine, but the wildfires and mass shooting in Thousand Oaks has made training in Southern California anything but normal anyway.

The Rams will train in the Rocky Mountains on Thursday through Saturday before flying to Mexico, and McVay said a second charter with family members will fly out from L.A. to Colorado later in the week.

“I think it really served us well last year when we went to Jacksonville before we played in London,” McVay said. “Staying out there, kind of a way to connect with the team. Getting away a little bit. This instance definitely provides a little bit different approach where your families are so important right now.”

HAIL HALLE : Jarod Goff was glad it was quiet enough for fans to hear his “Halle Berry” play call Sunday. Even the actress heard it, tweeting him for an explanation.

Goff couldn’t reveal secrets of the audible, which resulted in an 8-yard pass to tight end Tyler Higbee.

All he’d tweet back was, “It’s my favorite play ever.”

On Monday, McVay said, “It’s one of my favorite plays, too, Halle.”

BRADY’S BUNGLE : A lot is made of Brady’s arm at age 41 and how he was just 21 of 41 Sunday in a 34-10 loss at Tennessee, where he was held without a TD pass for the second time in three weeks.

But what about his stumble and tumble on a trick play in which he caught the pass only to trip over himself and plop down a yard short of the first-down marker?

Tennessee QB Marcus Mariota later caught a pass on the Titans’ own trick play.

“I wanted to see if ours looked any better than theirs,” deadpanned Vrabel.

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Shepard’s late TD leads Giants over 49ers

Shepard's late TD leads Giants over 49ers

Shepard’s late TD leads Giants over 49ers

Sterling Shepard hauled in a 3-yard touchdown pass from Eli Manning with 53 seconds remaining Monday night, giving the New York Giants a 27-23 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara, Calif.

Manning, who earlier had thrown two TD passes to Odell Beckham Jr., drove the Giants (2-7) 75 yards in nine plays after Robbie Gould’s third field goal of the game, a 30-yarder with 2:46 remaining, had given the 49ers a 23-20 lead.

The 49ers (2-8) were called for defensive holding and pass interference penalties, aiding New York’s winning drive.

Nick Mullens got the 49ers as close as the New York 21-yard line with one second remaining but threw out of the end zone on the game’s final play, assuring the Giants’ victory.

Gould had hit earlier from 53 yards in the first quarter to open the scoring and from 36 yards with two seconds left in the half to send the 49ers into halftime with a 13-10 lead.

Mullens threw 11 yards to running back Matt Breida for a touchdown that increased the San Francisco lead to 20-10 with 8:09 remaining in the third quarter, before the Giants rallied.

Manning’s second touchdown pass to Beckham, a 20-yarder, got the visitors within 20-17 with 6:36 left in the third quarter.

Aldrick Rosas’ second of two field goals, a 31-yarder, produced a 20-all tie with 2:10 left in the third, setting up the tight finish.

Manning finished 19-for-31 with 188 yards and the three scores.

Beckham had four catches for 73 yards and the two TDs.

Rookie standout Saquon Barkley was limited to 67 yards on 20 carries and 33 yards on four receptions.

Mullens, who made his NFL debut in last week’s 34-3 win over the Oakland Raiders, completed 27 of his 39 passes for 250 yards and one touchdown. He was intercepted twice.

Tight end George Kittle was his favorite receiving target, hauling in nine balls for 83 yards.

Breida finished with 101 yards rushing, including a 3-yard TD run in the second quarter, and three catches for 31 yards and his other score.

The 49ers, who beat the Giants 31-21 exactly one year earlier, outgained the visitors 374-277.

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Manning’s late TD pass leads Giants past 49ers 27-23

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Eli Manning threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Sterling Shepard with 53 seconds left and the New York Giants snapped a five-game losing streak by beating the San Francisco 49ers 27-23 on Monday night.

Manning threw two TD passes to Odell Beckham Jr. and then engineered the late

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Eli Manning threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Sterling Shepard with 53 seconds left and the New York Giants snapped a five-game losing streak by beating the San Francisco 49ers 27-23 on Monday night.

Manning threw two TD passes to Odell Beckham Jr. and then engineered the late game-winning drive with help from a pair of third-down penalties against Malcolm Smith and Ahkello Witherspoon.

Saquon Barkley then had a 23-yard catch to get the ball into the red zone and Manning connected with Shepard on third down to give the Giants (2-7) the win.

Matt Breida ran for 101 yards and scored two touchdowns for the 49ers (2-8), who were unable to win consecutive games under third-string quarterback Nick Mullens. Breida’s 23-yard run helped set up a 30-yard field goal by Robbie Gould that gave the Niners a 23-20 lead with 2:46 to play.

But the 49ers allowed the go-ahead score and couldn’t pull it out at the end as Mullens’ pass from the Giants 20 sailed out of the end zone on the final play.

Mullens wasn’t nearly as sharp as he was in his NFL debut against the Raiders on Nov. 1 when he joined Hall of Famers Jim Kelly and Fran Tarkenton as the only players with at least 250 yards passing, three touchdown passes and no interceptions in the first career game.

Mullens threw for 250 yards and had an 11-yard TD pass to Breida that made it 20-10 early in the third quarter. But Mullens also threw two interceptions with the first setting up a 10-yard TD pass from Manning to Beckham .

Those two connected again on a 20-yard score in the third quarter as New York rallied from 10 points down to tie the game in the second half.

HARD HIT

Niners receiver Marquise Goodwin was hit in the helmet by Alec Ogletree on a catch late in the third quarter and briefly left the game. On his first play back in to start the fourth quarter, a pass from Mullens deflected off Goodwin’s hands for the second interception of the game by B.J. Goodson . Goodwin was slow to get up after that play and went back into the medical tent for observation. Goodwin returned to the game later in the fourth quarter.

MISSED OPPORTUNITY

The Giants entered the game converting just 40 percent of their red zone trips into TDs. They missed a golden opportunity for one late in the first half. On a third down from the 3, the 49ers left Beckham unguarded in the slot but Manning stuck with a run play to Barkley that gained only 1 yard. New York settled for a field goal that tied the game at 10.

The Niners then drove down for a late field goal to take the lead at the break as the Giants trailed at the half for the eighth time this season.

PLAYING FOR PARADISE

Niners GM John Lynch welcomed the high school football team from Paradise, a town destroyed by the wildfires in Butte County, about 175 miles north. Players and cheerleaders from the school were on the field for the national anthem. The air quality for the game was at an unhealthy level because of the fires.

The Air Quality Index was at 161 at kickoff, which is in the unhealthy zone, and smoke could be smelled throughout the stadium. The NFL had monitored the situation but the AQI never got near 200, the level where the game would have needed to be moved.

UP NEXT

Giants: Host Tampa Bay on Sunday.

49ers: Visit Tampa Bay on Nov. 25.

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Giants-49ers Stats

New York 7 3 10 7—27
San Francisco 3 10 7 3—23
First Quarter

SF_FG Gould 53, 10:13.

NYG_Beckham 10 pass from Manning (Rosas kick), 2:43.

Second Quarter

SF_Breida 3 run (Gould kick), 13:05.

NYG_FG Rosas 20, 1:50.

SF_FG Gould 36,

New York 7 3 10 7—27
San Francisco 3 10 7 3—23
First Quarter

SF_FG Gould 53, 10:13.

NYG_Beckham 10 pass from Manning (Rosas kick), 2:43.

Second Quarter

SF_Breida 3 run (Gould kick), 13:05.

NYG_FG Rosas 20, 1:50.

SF_FG Gould 36, :02.

Third Quarter

SF_Breida 11 pass from Mullens (Gould kick), 8:09.

NYG_Beckham 20 pass from Manning (Rosas kick), 6:36.

NYG_FG Rosas 31, 2:10.

Fourth Quarter

SF_FG Gould 30, 2:46.

NYG_S.Shepard 3 pass from Manning (Rosas kick), :53.

A_69,409.

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NYG SF
First downs 17 24
Total Net Yards 277 374
Rushes-yards 23-97 29-124
Passing 180 250
Punt Returns 1-7 2-24
Kickoff Returns 4-104 0-0
Interceptions Ret. 2-8 0-0
Comp-Att-Int 19-31-0 27-39-2
Sacked-Yards Lost 1-8 0-0
Punts 5-47.6 3-44.3
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 0-0
Penalties-Yards 8-78 10-97
Time of Possession 25:46 34:14

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INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING_New York, Barkley 20-67, S.Shepard 1-27, Gallman 2-3. San Francisco, Breida 17-101, Morris 9-19, Juszczyk 1-3, Mullens 2-1.

PASSING_New York, Manning 19-31-0-188. San Francisco, Mullens 27-39-2-250.

RECEIVING_New York, Beckham 4-73, Engram 4-46, Barkley 4-33, Penny 2-12, S.Shepard 2-9, C.Coleman 1-11, Ellison 1-6, Pulley 1-(minus 2). San Francisco, Kittle 9-83, Goodwin 4-69, Bourne 4-33, Pettis 4-12, Breida 3-31, Juszczyk 2-10, T.Taylor 1-12.

MISSED FIELD GOALS_None.

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Bengals fire defensive coordinator, Jackson re-joining staff

CINCINNATI (AP) — Marvin Lewis got the Bengals' head coaching job because of his reputation for defensive excellence. He's now in charge of trying to resuscitate a historically bad unit and pulling Cincinnati's season back from the brink.

The Bengals fired defensive coordinator Teryl Austin on Monday, a day after a 51-14 loss

CINCINNATI (AP) — Marvin Lewis got the Bengals’ head coaching job because of his reputation for defensive excellence. He’s now in charge of trying to resuscitate a historically bad unit and pulling Cincinnati’s season back from the brink.

The Bengals fired defensive coordinator Teryl Austin on Monday, a day after a 51-14 loss to the Saints that ranks among the worst in franchise history. New Orleans scored on every possession except the last one — when it took a knee while in field-goal range — during its rout at Paul Brown Stadium.

The fading Bengals (5-4) fired a coordinator in midstream for the second season in a row. And it’s up to Lewis to get hands-on and try to fix the mess while filling two roles at once.

“Teryl worked very hard, but I just felt like we have to rock their world, shake things up,” Lewis said.

The timing was curious. The Bengals were coming off their bye week that would have given them time to adapt to a change at coordinator. Now, they’re changing on the fly while getting ready for a pivotal AFC North game at Baltimore (4-5) on Sunday.

Lewis made another interesting move, re-hiring fired Browns coach Hue Jackson, who served as his offensive coordinator in 2014 and 2015. Jackson, who was dismissed by Cleveland on Oct. 29 after winning just three games in two-plus seasons, will take on an unspecified role within Lewis’ staff, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Monday night.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not announced Jackson’s addition.

The Bengals host the Browns on Nov. 25.

Lewis took the defense aside a few times on Sunday, trying to clear up confusion. While he won’t change the defensive schemes, he’ll try to bring more clarity to players’ responsibilities.

“They want help: ‘Give me something,'” Lewis said.

The Bengals have given up at least 500 yards in three straight games — a first in the Super Bowl era — and are on pace to give up an NFL record for yards in a season . In the past four games, Cincinnati has allowed 481, 551, 576 and 509 yards.

Lewis has one thing in his favor: The schedule is far more favorable the rest of the way.

Cincinnati has faced six offenses currently ranked in the league’s Top 10 — Tampa Bay (No. 1), Kansas City (3), Pittsburgh (4), New Orleans (5), Atlanta (6) and Indianapolis (9). Only two are left on the schedule: the Chargers (8) and the Steelers again.

With three losses in the past four games, Cincinnati has fallen from first place to trailing Pittsburgh (6-2-1) by two games in the loss column. They can’t afford to fall any further behind, which was a factor in the firing.

“They’re trying to get things fixed now,” defensive end Carlos Dunlap said. “If you weren’t paying attention, you’re paying attention now.”

It’s the second time during his 16-season tenure in Cincinnati that Lewis has gotten directly involved in the defense.

The Bengals hired him in 2003 in large part because of his reputation for defensive coaching — he coordinated the Ravens’ Super Bowl-championship defense in the 2000 season. Defense has been a regular challenge during his tenure.

Lewis became so frustrated with the defense in 2004 that he took over play-calling from coordinator Leslie Frazier during a game against Cleveland. The Bengals lost 34-17 and Lewis left the defense in Frazier’s hands the rest of the way, and then fired him after the season.

Now, he’s back in charge.

“We’re not playing well, so something had to change,” safety Jessie Bates said.

Lewis hired Austin from Detroit after defensive coordinator Paul Guenther left to join Jon Gruden with the Raiders. The Bengals gave up a lot of yards while opening the season 4-1, with the defense scoring four touchdowns off fumble and interception returns to overcome the poor showings overall.

With injuries sapping the defense during a stretch of games against the NFL’s top offenses, the unit imploded. The Saints scored touchdowns on all five first-half possessions Sunday, and moved the ball easily even when they were running out the clock in the fourth quarter.

The Bengals matched the club record by giving up 28 points in the second quarter. The 51 points allowed were one shy of the club record.

Austin is the fourth coordinator fired in the NFL this season. Tampa Bay fired defensive coordinator Mike Smith, Arizona fired offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, and the Browns fired head coach Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley.

Jackson has a close relationship with Lewis, who has declined to discuss whether he’d bring him back to Cincinnati. Jackson coached on both offense and defense in Cincinnati.

Last year, the Bengals fired offensive coordinator Ken Zampese after an 0-2 start, but the Bengals missed out on the playoffs for the second year in a row. Lewis got a two-year contract extension after the season even though he’s 0-7 in the playoffs — an NFL record for futility.

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AP Source: Former Browns coach Jackson returning to Bengals

CLEVELAND (AP) — A person familiar with the hiring says fired Browns coach Hue Jackson will rejoin Marvin Lewis' staff in Cincinnati.

Jackson, who was dismissed by Cleveland on Oct. 29 after going 3-36-1 in two-plus seasons, will take an unspecified position with the Bengals, said the person who spoke to The Associated

CLEVELAND (AP) — A person familiar with the hiring says fired Browns coach Hue Jackson will rejoin Marvin Lewis’ staff in Cincinnati.

Jackson, who was dismissed by Cleveland on Oct. 29 after going 3-36-1 in two-plus seasons, will take an unspecified position with the Bengals, said the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday night because the team has not announced the move.

Jackson was Lewis’ offensive coordinator in 2014 and 2015 before he was hired by Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam. Jackson also worked in Cincinnati as a defensive assistant and wide receivers coach.

Lewis fired defensive coordinator Teryl Austin on Monday, a day after a 51-14 loss to the New Orleans Saints.

Jackson was brought back for a third season in Cleveland despite going 1-31 in his first two. However, the team continued to struggle and Jackson had issues with offensive coordinator Todd Haley, who was also let go.

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Report: Hue Jackson rejoining Bengals’ staff

Report: Hue Jackson rejoining Bengals' staff

Former Cleveland Browns head

Report: Hue Jackson rejoining Bengals’ staff

Former Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson will rejoin the Cincinnati Bengals’ coaching staff starting Tuesday, according to an NFL Network report Monday evening.

The report adds it’s still unclear what Jackson’s title will be.

Jackson has regularly been connected to the Bengals — for whom he coached from 2004 to 2006 and 2012 to 2015 under close friend Marvin Lewis — since he was fired by the Browns on Oct. 29. Jackson was the Bengals’ offensive coordinator from 2014 to 2015 before taking the Browns job.

Lewis was asked Monday if he might add Jackson to his staff to help handle the added workload created by Monday’s firing of defensive coordinator Teryl Austin.

“I’ve got a plan,” Lewis replied with a smile. “Watch and see.”

Austin was fired a day after Cincinnati allowed 51 points to the New Orleans Saints. Jackson’s expertise is on the offensive side of the ball, but his presence could allow Lewis — a defensive coordinator before becoming a head coach — to focus more on the defensive side. Lewis told reporters Monday that he could use some more oversight to make offensive decisions while he’s working with the defense.

“If I have my back turned making corrections, I can’t do that,” Lewis said. “I’m going to try to minimize that as much as possible. But I feel strongly I have to make the correction and coach the defense right now.”

The Bengals have yet to play the Browns this season. They host them in Week 12 before visiting Cleveland in Week 16. Cincinnati also plays each of its other AFC North foes, whom Jackson knows well, once more.

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Bills release QB Peterman

Bills release QB Peterman

The Buffalo Bills

Bills release QB Peterman

The Buffalo Bills have released quarterback Nathan Peterman, less than three months after he won the starting job coming out of the preseason.

The move likely means rookie Josh Allen (elbow) and/or veteran backup Derek Anderson (concussion) will be ready to return from injury when Buffalo gets back from its bye in Week 12.

Peterman started in Week 1 but was pulled for Allen at halftime after throwing two interceptions and just five completions on 18 attempts. He threw two more picks, including the game-losing pick-six, in relief of Allen in Week 6.

That led head coach Sean McDermott to start Anderson in Week 7, 12 days after he joined the team. After Anderson was concussed in Week 8, the Bills signed Matt Barkley.

With Barkley as his backup, Peterman threw three interceptions in his Week 9 start, prompting Barkley’s promotion to start on Sunday, 12 days after he was signed. Barkley impressed, leading the Bills to a 41-10 win over the New York Jets and throwing for 232 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.

A fifth-round pick in 2017, Peterman finishes his Buffalo tenure 68-of-130 passing for 548 yards (4.2 yards per attempt), three touchdowns and 12 interceptions in eight games (four starts).

Allen, who is dealing with a sprained UCL in his right (throwing) elbow, returned to practice last week for the first time since being hurt in Week 6. He appears on track to return to the starting lineup in Week 12 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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NFL notebook: Owner calls Raiders’ 1-8 start ‘my fault’

NFL notebook: Owner calls Raiders' 1-8 start 'my fault'

Owner

NFL notebook: Owner calls Raiders’ 1-8 start ‘my fault’

Owner Mark Davis took responsibility for the Oakland Raiders hitting eight losses with seven games to play in 2018.

“Where this team is right now is my fault. We haven’t been able to build a 22-man roster,” Davis said in an interview with ESPN, referring to the starting lineups on offense and defense. “We haven’t been able to give this team a chance to win because the reconstruction failed. We failed from 2014 on to have a roster right now.”

Embattled coach Jon Gruden has taken heat for the Raiders winning only one game this season, his first in a 10-year, $100 million contract that lured him back to the Raiders’ sideline from the broadcast booth.

Davis defended the decision to deal linebacker Khalil Mack to the Chicago Bears. He said the Raiders presented Mack and agent Joel Segal with a contract offer in June 2017 that would have made him the NFL’s highest-paid defensive player. When Mack turned it down, the Raiders felt a long-term deal was not within their reach.

–Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh was tight-lipped on the status of quarterback Joe Flacco, amid reports that the signal-caller could miss Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Harbaugh acknowledged Flacco injured his hip early in Week 9’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, saying Flacco “landed awkwardly on his knee,” but declined to say if the QB will be ready for this weekend after having a bye week to recover.

–Ryan Fitzpatrick will remain the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ starting quarterback for Week 11 against the New York Giants, head coach Dirk Koetter announced.

“I just think he still gives us the best opportunity right now,” Koetter said of Fitzpatrick, who threw two interceptions and lost a fumble against Washington on Sunday.

–Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp tore a ligament in his left knee and will miss the remainder of the 2018 season, coach Sean McVay confirmed.

In the fourth quarter of the Rams’ 36-31 victory over the Seattle Seahawks, Kupp made a cut on his left leg and fell to the ground, holding his knee. He finishes his second NFL season with 40 catches for 566 yards and six touchdowns.

–After 13 seasons with six NFL teams, nearly 1,000 receptions and zero playoff appearances, veteran wide receiver Brandon Marshall could end his postseason drought after reportedly signing a one-year deal with the New Orleans Saints.

New Orleans (8-1) signed the 34-year-old free agent after losing the newly signed Dez Bryant last week to a torn Achilles tendon.

–New England Patriots wideout Julian Edelman is not expected to miss much, if any, time due to a minor ankle injury, ESPN reported.

Edelman played 54 snaps (82 percent) in Sunday’s loss to the Tennessee Titans and was limping slightly on his left leg after a pass to him on fourth-and-6 early in the fourth quarter was knocked away.

–The Carolina Panthers waived running back C.J. Anderson, giving the veteran the opportunity to latch on with a new team ahead of Week 11.

Signed to a one-year deal in the offseason after five seasons with the Denver Broncos, Anderson rushed 24 times for 104 yards in nine games this season.

–New York Jets ownership is unlikely to fire head coach Todd Bowles before season’s end, according to multiple reports.

The focus on Bowles’ future increased Sunday after the Jets (3-7) lost to the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium, 41-10. It was the fourth straight loss for the Jets, who have a bye this weekend.

–Cincinnati fired defensive coordinator Teryl Austin one day after the Bengals allowed 51 points and 509 yards in a lopsided loss to the Saints.

The Bengals (5-4) have lost three of their last four while allowing a league-high 454.6 yards per game, including 500-plus in three straight games. Only the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (32.3) are giving up more points per game than Cincinnati (32.0).

–The Bills have released quarterback Nathan Peterman, less than three months after he won the starting job coming out of the preseason.

The move likely means rookie Josh Allen (elbow) and/or veteran backup Derek Anderson (concussion) will be ready to return from injury when Buffalo gets back from its bye in Week 12.

–Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby will miss the rest of the season after tearing the ACL in his right knee.

–Jacksonville Jaguars center Brandon Linder needs surgery on his knee and will miss the rest of the season.

–The Atlanta Falcons activated linebacker Deion Jones from injured reserve.

–Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Denzel Perryman will miss the rest of the season with a left knee injury that will require surgery.

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Rams relying on Woods, Reynolds with Kupp out

Rams relying on Woods, Reynolds with Kupp out

Rams relying on Woods, Reynolds with Kupp out

Arizona Cardinals: Rookie quarterback Josh Rosen was swarmed for five sacks and 13 QB hits on Sunday, as the Cardinals’ offensive line remained leaky amid several injuries. Left guard Mike Iupati (back) sat out, while right guard Justin Pugh returned from a hand injury only to hurt his left knee. Head coach Steve Wilks said the team can do more with its designs to keep the QB safe moving forward. “We have to do a better job leaving guys in with six- and seven-man protections to help Josh,” Wilks said. “…The personnel is not going to change, so we have to find ways within the system and the scheme to help him out.”

Los Angeles Rams: With Cooper Kupp lost for the season, head coach Sean McVay said the team will turn back to Josh Reynolds as the third receiver. Reynolds has seven grabs for 98 scores this season, having made two starts for Kupp a few weeks ago. “Josh Reynolds has played a lot of good, quality football for us,” McVay said. “He’ll step into a larger role, and then other guys will be asked to step up.” Meanwhile, Robert Woods will likely spend more time in the slot and fill some of Kupp’s responsibilities. “Robert will take over some of those different things that typically you see Cooper doing, but that’s kind of what Robert’s done all year,” McVay said. “He’s demonstrated that he can really do everything.”

Seattle Seahawks: Seattle was missing a few key players in Sunday’s loss to the Rams, but running back Chris Carson (hip) and right guard D.J. Fluker (calf) are expected to be ready for Thursday night’s game against the Green Bay Packers. Head coach Pete Carroll indicated the team kept the short week in mind when holding those players out Sunday. “We didn’t know if [Fluker] would be able to get through that last game, with the hopes of making a full showing this week,” Carroll said. “So we’re counting on him, he should be out there on the field working with us today.” In Carson’s absence, rookie first-rounder Rashaad Penny had the best game of his young career, with 108 yards and a score in 12 carries.

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Reid: Chiefs’ protection woes a learning opportunity

Reid: Chiefs' protection woes a learning opportunity

Reid: Chiefs’ protection woes a learning opportunity

Denver Broncos: Fresh off the bye week, head coach Vance Joseph expects several players to return from injury this Sunday against the Chargers, including rookie running back Royce Freeman. The third-rounder hasn’t played since sustaining a high-ankle sprain in Week 7, but he had formed an effective one-two punch with undrafted rookie Phillip Lindsay before the injury, averaging 4.4 yards per carry with four touchdowns. Also expected to return are safety Darian Stewart (neck), cornerback Bradley Roby (ankle) and rookie wideout DaeSean Hamilton (knee), who is expected to have a larger role following the trade of Demaryius Thomas.

Kansas City Chiefs: Injuries up front finally appeared to take their toll on Sunday, as the Chiefs allowed a season-high five sacks and 10 QB hits of Patrick Mahomes against the Cardinals. But head coach Andy Reid was not discouraged, referring to it as a learning experience and noting the protection improved with a few second-half adjustments. “It can be a positive for us,” Reid said. “That group hasn’t played a bunch together. They did a couple things in there that’ll help us down the road here and we can learn from. It wasn’t just a physical thing — in a couple cases it was — but it wasn’t just a physical thing.” It’s unclear when center Mitch Morse (concussion) will return to the lineup, but guards Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and Jordan Devey are both on injured reserve.

Los Angeles Chargers: Head coach Anthony Lynn remains unwilling to speculate about when defensive end Joey Bosa will return, but the third-year pro appears closer to practicing. “We’ll see,” Lynn said about Bosa returning to practice. “I’m really pleased with the progress that he made last week as far as moving towards getting back on the field, but we’ll see when he’s ready.” Lynn did confirm that linebacker Denzel Perryman will miss the rest of the season with an LCL injury. With Perryman out, Lynn added that second-round rookie Uchenna Nwosu will continue to play defensive end for now, but could see snaps at linebacker again at some point.

Oakland Raiders: Well out of playoff contention, the Raiders made another move on Monday with eyes on the future rather than the present, putting second-year defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes on reserve/PUP and ending his season. Vanderdoes started 13 games as a rookie but tore his ACL in the 2017 season finale. He began the year on PUP before returning to practice a few weeks ago, pointing toward a likely return to game action. Instead, he won’t play at all this year. “We want to make sure that we give him the proper time to get ready,” head coach Jon Gruden said. “We are going to be very precautionary with him. I believe his season will end unfortunately, but it’s the right thing to do for him and his future.”

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3-game winning streak helping Indianapolis build momentum

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Colts' season looked lost in early October.

At 1-5, they were better positioned for the draft than the playoffs. A defense that showed so much promise in the first three weeks gave up 37 or more points over the next three. Andrew Luck's short, quick throws created debate

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Colts’ season looked lost in early October.

At 1-5, they were better positioned for the draft than the playoffs. A defense that showed so much promise in the first three weeks gave up 37 or more points over the next three. Andrew Luck’s short, quick throws created debate over whether his surgically repaired right shoulder was — or ever would be — back to full strength.

Three straight wins have changed a lot.

Suddenly, the Colts trail division leader Houston by just two games, have slowly moved back into the wild-card chase, face only one more team with more than five wins at home against Houston (6-3) on Dec. 9. With momentum and hope restored in Indy, there’s no telling how this might end.

“That’s not a good question to ask a perfectionist,” coach Frank Reich said Monday when asked if the offense could play more efficiently.

“It’s never good enough. But it’s been pretty good. It’s funny how we’re wired in this business. This business can humble you in a second and the moment we think we can throw it out there and score 30 points in a minute is the time we get embarrassed.”

Reich’s comments explain why he refused to panic when many things — including his decision to go for the win in an overtime loss to Houston — seemed to backfire.

It’s also the reason he views Sunday’s 29-26 victory over Jacksonville with mixed feelings.

He was thrilled to see Luck finding open receivers throughout the first half as Indy scored on four its first six possessions and excited to look at a stat sheet that showed the Colts’ defense limited the Jaguars’ usually strong ground game to just 91 yards and 2.7 yards per carry.

Still, he understands Indy (4-5) must continue improving to continue winning.

The offense only produced two first downs in the second half, preventing the Colts from sealing the victory until finally forcing a fumble after Jacksonville had moved into position for a potentially tying field goal with 90 seconds left in the game. They only got the ball back after a booth review barely beat Jacksonville’s next snap and the replay review overturned the call on the field.

“It’s sort of like a mixed bag of emotions,” Luck said after joining Tom Brady and Peyton Manning as the only players with six consecutive games of three or more touchdowns in one season. “A win, excited, but also a little bit angry on the mistakes I know that I felt like I made and that our offense made.”

There are plenty of encouraging signs.

Luck has thrown 21 touchdowns and six interceptions in the past six games with a reduced workload on his shoulder. He’s increasingly exploited the mismatches between Indy’s versatile tight ends, hooking up with them on five TD passes over the past two weeks.

Perhaps most important: Indy’s rebuilt offensive line has kept Luck upright. He’s been sacked 10 times in nine starts after going down 156 times in his first 70 games, and Luck’s streak of four straight games and 184 consecutive sacks are the longest of his pro career.

They’ve played well enough that Reich is expanding the play calls.

“It gives us a lot of confidence to call anything we want, to call stuff down the field,” he said. “There’s not a play that gets called that we don’t think protection first.”

Defensively, things look better, too.

The Colts generally have created a pass rush though they failed to even hit Blake Bortles on his 38 attempts Sunday, and they’ve proved stouter against the run than in previous seasons.

If they keep it up, Reich knows anything is possible. Another home win next Sunday against Tennessee would give the Colts a four-game winning streak, a share of second place in the AFC South and perhaps even better odds in the playoff race.

“It’s not easy, obviously, to win three in a row, especially coming off of a bye,” Reich said. “But we really want to make a statement in these games we have at home. We want to get the excitement back in the building.”

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Bills release turnover-prone quarterback Nathan Peterman

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills have released turnover-prone quarterback Nathan Peterman.

The move was announced by the team Monday and made as the Bills enter their bye week. Earlier in the day, coach Sean McDermott backed Peterman by saying he maintained his confidence in the second-year player.

Peterman became the

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills have released turnover-prone quarterback Nathan Peterman.

The move was announced by the team Monday and made as the Bills enter their bye week. Earlier in the day, coach Sean McDermott backed Peterman by saying he maintained his confidence in the second-year player.

Peterman became the odd man out with Buffalo carrying four quarterbacks, and with rookie Josh Allen set to reclaim his starting job after missing four games with a sprained right throwing elbow.

Peterman was also passed on the depth chart by newly signed Matt Barkley, who took over the starting job in a 41-10 win over the New York Jets on Sunday. Derek Anderson is the third quarterback on Buffalo’s roster, and has missed two games because of a concussion.

Peterman could never escape his reputation for committing turnovers since the Bills selected him in the fifth round of the 2017 draft out of Pittsburgh.

Overall, he threw 13 interceptions in nine career appearances, including playoffs, and four starts. Peterman began this year as the starter, before losing the job early in the third quarter of a 47-3 season-opening loss at Baltimore.

He’s best remembered for throwing five interceptions in the first half of his first career start in a 54-24 loss at the Los Angeles Chargers a little under a year ago.

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No time for Seahawks to recover from being overrun by Rams

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The idea the Seattle Seahawks would score 31 points and lose used to be unfathomable with Pete Carroll in charge.

It's happened now twice this season, both times to the division-leading Los Angeles Rams. And by the end of the season those two games of being unable to slow

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The idea the Seattle Seahawks would score 31 points and lose used to be unfathomable with Pete Carroll in charge.

It’s happened now twice this season, both times to the division-leading Los Angeles Rams. And by the end of the season those two games of being unable to slow down the Rams could end up being the difference between Seattle finding its way into the playoffs and being left home for the second straight year.

“I’m not a moral victories guy. A loss is a loss,” Seattle linebacker Bobby Wagner said. “We need to grow from it. It’s only good if we learn something from it and do better. We’ve got to do that. We have to apply that to the rest of the season.”

Seattle has little time to make corrections with Green Bay visiting on Thursday night in a matchup with major wild-card implications in the NFC. Seattle has dropped two straight, falling to 4-5 and can’t afford a third straight loss if it wants to remain in the playoff race.

Carroll believes there is still time for Seattle to make a playoff run. But its defense must improve starting this week.

“We’ve got to go. We’ve got to take these one week at a time and start piling up some wins. I like our style and I like our style in playoff mode. I’d like that opportunity,” Carroll said on Monday.

“We’ve got a lot of ball to play, there are a lot of games coming at us, lot of opportunities at home and we should have nothing but the thoughts that we should build on where we are right now and have a chance to get going and get better. Hopefully we can stay healthy and give us a chance to play with the same guys.”

For the second straight week, Seattle was terrible at stopping the run, especially in the first half. A week earlier against the Chargers, it was Melvin Gordon running wild as that Los Angeles franchise rolled up 160 yards rushing and averaged more than 7 yards per carry.

It didn’t get better against Todd Gurley and the Rams. Gurley rushed for 120 yards on just 16 carries and the Rams averaged 6.5 yards per carry. It was the third time this season Seattle has allowed its opponent to average more than 6 yards per rush — it happened just seven times in the previous eight seasons.

“We’ve just got to play better and not allow the big plays to happen,” Carroll said. “It’s just consistency. That’s the common denominator, the consistency at the line of scrimmage.”

The Rams are the only team this season to score 30 or more points against the Seahawks, but what was a rarity under Carroll’s regime has become more of an issue in the past two years.

From the middle of the 2011 season through the end of the 2016 season, the Seahawks allowed 30 or more points eight times, including none in the 2012 season — a span of 89 games.

In the past two seasons, including Sunday’s 36-31 loss to the Rams, the Seahawks have given up 30 or more points seven times in a span of 25 games.

Injuries can be blamed for some of the problems, but clearly the Seahawks defense is far more vulnerable than they’ve been in the past.

“We gave up too many plays, particularly early. It took us a while to zero in on what we needed to do to stop the running game. I really thought that was the key,” Carroll said. “They did a nice job again. They continue to just keep rolling on offense and we weren’t able to slow them down enough.”

NOTES: Center Justin Britt declined to comment about a postgame confrontation with Rams’ DT Aaron Donald. Donald rushed Britt near midfield at the end of the game and the players had to be separated. … Carroll was unsure the status of LB K.J. Wright who left Sunday’s game with a knee injury. Wright had knee surgery in August that caused him to miss the first six games. … Carroll said he expects RB Chris Carson and G D.J. Fluker to be able to play against the Packers. Both players sat out Sunday’s game in the hope of being able to play against Green Bay.

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Falcons miss opportunity to stay close in NFC wild-card hunt

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons picked a bad time to play their second-worst game of the year.

Losing by two touchdowns at Cleveland cost the Falcons (4-5) a chance to move one-half game back in the NFC wild-card race. They enter this week's home game against Dallas (4-5) two games

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons picked a bad time to play their second-worst game of the year.

Losing by two touchdowns at Cleveland cost the Falcons (4-5) a chance to move one-half game back in the NFC wild-card race. They enter this week’s home game against Dallas (4-5) two games behind Carolina for the final playoff spot.

Atlanta looked out of sync most of the day. Only in Week 5 in a blowout loss at Pittsburgh did the Falcons play worse, but quarterback Matt Ryan isn’t terribly concerned.

“There are seven games to go, and we are right in the mix,” Ryan said. “Probably the most important part of being a professional is being able to move on. That includes being able to move on from both positive experiences and negative experiences. We can’t begin to start feeling sorry for ourselves or anything like that.”

Coach Dan Quinn told his team Monday that he was satisfied with its effort against the Browns but not much else. There was a palpable lack of speed as the Falcons fell short of reaching “another spot that you go to, to play really exemplarily ball.”

Trailing 14-10 and getting the ball to begin the third quarter, Atlanta’s next four possessions ended with a fumble, two punts and a failure to score from the 1-yard line early in the fourth when Tevin Coleman was stopped for no gain and Ryan threw an incompletion.

In between, the Browns scored two touchdowns with Nick Chubb’s 92-yard run, the longest in Cleveland history, one of the most embarrassing plays of the season.

Linebacker Duke Riley froze and got blocked by center JC Tretter while right guard Kevin Zeitler pinned Derrick Shelby back at the line of scrimmage. Chubb dashed through the hole and was too fast to catch after free safety Damontae Kazee dove at his feet and whiffed near the Cleveland 22.

The Browns’ 211 yards rushing were the most Atlanta has allowed since Sept. 28, 2014, at Minnesota.

“It wasn’t the outcome we wanted and worked for but we can’t dwell on it,” Riley said. “We have to move forward like we did with the first couple of losses.”

The offense suffered a letdown when center Alex Mack sent a shotgun snap over Ryan’s head in the second quarter, causing the Falcons to settle for a field goal. Mohamed Sanu’s lost fumble to begin the third was even worse because he held the ball out to get an extra yard and was still 14 yards shy of the first-down marker.

Six plays later, the Browns were dancing in the end zone.

“We didn’t do our jobs the way we were supposed to,” Sanu said, “and you saw exactly what happened.”

Quinn will challenge his players to create more energy in practice this week.

“I thought over the last couple weeks defensively we knew we had faced some good runners with the Giants and certainly at Washington, and it was going to take that second and third guy jumping over the pile to get there,” he said. “I thought offensively we’ve been hitting it on that stride for a few weeks now.

“So for us not to find that speed, to create some of the explosive plays and same thing on the defensive side, not to create some of the speeds that create negative plays, those are things that I didn’t think was up to our standard.”

Notes: Quinn said MLB Deion Jones will practice for the second straight week in hopes that he can play against the Cowboys. Jones has been out since breaking his foot in the season-opening loss at Philadelphia. … It will likely be Thursday before Quinn knows if kicker Matt Bryant will be ready to return from a hamstring injury. Giorgio Tavecchio is 5 for 5 on field goals and has hit all eight of his extra-point tries in playing the past three games in Bryant’s spot.

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Houston RB Foreman could return to practice soon

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston Texans running back D'Onta Foreman has recovered from a ruptured Achilles tendon he suffered almost a year ago and could return to practice soon.

When Foreman returns to practice the team will have 21 days to take him off the physically unable to perform list and add him to

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston Texans running back D’Onta Foreman has recovered from a ruptured Achilles tendon he suffered almost a year ago and could return to practice soon.

When Foreman returns to practice the team will have 21 days to take him off the physically unable to perform list and add him to the active roster.

He believes he could return to practice as early as this week.

“I’m just waiting for them to let me know, but I think it will be this week,” he said. “I definitely think it will be this week. But … I’m just ready to go out there. Whenever they put my helmet in my locker and tell me: ‘Let’s go.'”

Foreman, a third-round pick in 2017 from Texas, ran for 327 yards with two touchdowns and had 83 yards receiving before his injury on Nov. 19.

Coach Bill O’Brien didn’t give an exact date for when he expects him to begin practicing, but said Monday that it would be “pretty soon.” After that they’ll evaluate him to see if he’s in good enough shape to return to the active roster.

“I think that there’s a lot of thought that goes into that for the player and for the team,” O’Brien said.

“He has not played football in a long time. He’s a very young player. He’s got a lot of talent, everybody saw that last year, but let’s see where he’s at. Let’s see where he’s at before we start handing him the ball in big games.”

Foreman, who won the Doak Walker Award as the nation’s top collegiate running back in 2016, said he’s feeling great now, but that his rehabilitation process was trying.

“At first it was difficult,” he said. “I just had a lot of up and down days not knowing if I would feel the same or how would I feel coming off of it. But … I’ve been rehabbing for a long time (and) I’m just looking forward to getting back out there.”

The Texans, who are coming off their bye, visit Washington on Sunday before hosting the Titans on Nov. 26.

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Patricia’s Lions reeling after 3rd straight loss

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Matt Patricia wants the Detroit Lions to stay the course.

The Lions have lost three games in a row — all by double digits — and are mired in last place. Their most recent defeat was an ugly one. Detroit fell behind 26-0 in the second quarter and

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Matt Patricia wants the Detroit Lions to stay the course.

The Lions have lost three games in a row — all by double digits — and are mired in last place. Their most recent defeat was an ugly one. Detroit fell behind 26-0 in the second quarter and eventually lost 34-22 at Chicago on Sunday.

Patricia’s first season as coach has been a disappointment so far, and if he has any easy, quick fixes at his disposal, he wasn’t sharing them in his Monday news conference.

“No time to feel sorry for ourselves,” Patricia said. “We have to just keep working and getting better.”

Offensive lineman Taylor Decker sounded a similar refrain.

“You’ve just got to play better,” Decker said. “At the end of the day, you’ve just got to perform better. I know that sounds cliche. It’s a simple answer, but it’s not easy to do.”

The Lions (3-6) lost their first two games of the season, then fought back to a 3-3 mark before this current losing skid. They traded receiver Golden Tate before going on the road to face Minnesota and Chicago, and Detroit never led in either of those games.

The past two games have been particularly rough from a pass protection standpoint. Detroit allowed 10 sacks against the Vikings and six against the Bears.

“Whatever the situation is, whatever the score is, we have to play better as an offensive line. We have to protect the quarterback,” Decker said. “Six sacks isn’t something that’s going to be acceptable, and we know that.”

So now the Lions are back where they were after those first two losses — playing catch-up. Only now, they don’t have a long season still in front of them. Detroit’s next three games are at home, but all are against teams with winning records in Carolina, Chicago and the Los Angeles Rams.

The Lions fired special teams coordinator Joe Marciano last week, but Patricia indicated no more staff changes are imminent. He said communication between him and the players is good.

“I think we understand (that) we’re working hard to try to get everything the right way. There’s not a big discussion about it, there’s not a big confrontation or anything like that. I don’t know where any of that really comes from outside the building,” Patricia said.

“Inside the building, we’re just trying to get better. We really are just working really hard to make sure we’re doing the right things and trying to find different ways, if we have to, to get those things done.”

Detroit went 9-7 last season and then fired coach Jim Caldwell, so that makes the decline in 2018 even more alarming. Quarterback Matthew Stafford turned 30 earlier this year, and although the Lions traded Tate — a potential free agent at season’s end — for a draft pick, this franchise doesn’t seem as if it’s in a rebuilding mode.

That means the rest of this season is significant. Whether they make the playoffs or not, the Lions need to show some progress — some reason for fans to trust that this roster and this coach are better than what the team has shown so far.

“I believe in this team and we’re going to work real hard every single day,” Patricia said. “I think the guys in that room, I have a great understanding of what they are and what we’re going to do as a team. We’re not hitting the panic button or anything like that right now. We’re just trying to get better.”

NOTES: P Sam Martin didn’t go into much detail about the medical issue that sent him to the hospital, other than to say he’s fine and will play this coming weekend. He said he got blocked during a return Sunday. … The Lions waived CB Lenzy Pipkins.

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Colts G Nelson making case as NFL’s top rookie

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Colts G Nelson making case as NFL’s top rookie

Houston Texans: Running back D’Onta Foreman (Achilles) has been sidelined 12 months but sees himself returning to the field prior to the end of this season. “I’ve made a lot of progress since I started my rehab process,” Foreman told reporters. “I feel really good and I’m looking forward to getting back out there.” Foreman is currently on the Physically Unable to Perform list and whenever the Texans remove him from that list, the team would have 21 days to decide whether to activate him or place him on injured reserve. “He’s got a lot of talent,” Houston coach Bill O’Brien told reporters. “Everybody saw that last year. But let’s see where he’s at, before we start handing him the ball in big games. Let’s make sure we’re all on the same page with where he’s at.”

Indianapolis Colts: There could be a day where five NFL teams are criticized for bypassing guard Quenton Nelson in the 2018 NFL Draft. Offensive linemen don’t score touchdowns or land national commercials but Nelson is receiving a lot of mention as the league’s top rookie — regardless of position. Nelson also appears to be getting stronger as opposed to being a player who might hit the proverbial “rookie wall.” “I haven’t seen him slow down at all,” offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni told reporters. “That’s one of the great things about Quenton is that he’s consistent and he’s the same guy every day. That’s something we look for in our players. We don’t want the guys that are up and then down and then up and then down, and Q gives us that steadiness.”

Jacksonville Jaguars: The club is sliding in the wrong direction with five consecutive setbacks and apparently some feelings were hurt when the NFL moved Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers from a nationally televised night game to the afternoon. “We all complained last week about getting flexed out of Sunday that a lot of guys are looking forward to,” safety Tashaun Gipson told reporters. “But who would want to watch the Jaguars play football the way we’re playing right now? That’s tough, because I’ve been on terrible teams. I’ve been on teams that when you’re 3-6 you’re like, ‘That’s a lot better than I thought we would be nine games in.’ The feeling right now is tough on a lot of guys because this is not a 3-6 team. We’re much better than 3-6, but we’re playing like 3-6 and our record says 3-6 and we are 3-6.”

Tennessee Titans: Cornerback Malcolm Butler has largely been a disappointment in his first season with the Titans but he perked up when he lined up against his former club, the New England Patriots, on Sunday. Tennessee coach Mike Vrabel said Butler “had a much better day” and he was glad to see the improvement. “He took care of his techniques, took care of his assignments,” Vrabel said of Butler. “He understood the defense and how he fit in it. It wasn’t perfect, but it was a good step for him and our defense on Sunday.” The Titans are encouraged by the progress being shown by offensive tackle Jack Conklin (concussion), who has missed the New England game. Vrabel said Conklin remains in the protocol but “is feeling better.”

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Panthers waive veteran RB Anderson, sign Cadet

Panthers waive veteran RB Anderson, sign Cadet

The Carolina Panthers waived running back

Panthers waive veteran RB Anderson, sign Cadet

The Carolina Panthers waived running back C.J. Anderson on Monday, giving the veteran the opportunity to latch on with a new team ahead of Week 11.

Signed to a one-year deal in the offseason after five seasons with the Denver Broncos, Anderson rushed 24 times for 104 yards in nine games this season. He also caught one pass, a 24-yard touchdown in a Week 3 win against the Cincinnati Bengals.

“When we signed C.J. in the spring he saw a bigger role than he has had, and honestly, at the time so did we,” general manager Marty Hurney said. “But Christian McCaffrey has taken so much of the offense and so much of the plays, we just made the decision that this was the best thing for all parties involved.”

McCaffrey, a second-year star, has rushed for 579 yards and four touchdowns and caught 54 passes for 439 yards and four scores.

Anderson, 27, was coming off his first 1,000-yard season last year with the Broncos. In 67 career games, he has rushed for 3,155 yards and 20 TDs.

Anderson thanked the Panthers on Twitter, writing, “No love lost. Thank you Carolina. Grind time.”

The Panthers signed running back Travaris Cadet for depth.

The 29-year-old has yet to play in a game this season after being released by the Buffalo Bills during final cuts. He has primarily been a receiving back, totaling 959 yards and seven touchdowns on 118 catches, compared to just 49 carries for 180 yards, in 72 career games (three starts).

Also on the roster is Cameron Artis-Payne, who has only been active in two games this season and has yet to touch the ball. A fifth-round pick in 2015, he has 99 career carries for 422 yards and four touchdowns.

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Falcons activate LB Jones from IR

Falcons activate LB Jones from IR

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Falcons activate LB Jones from IR

The Atlanta Falcons activated linebacker Deion Jones from injured reserve on Monday, clearing the way for him to play as soon as Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys.

Jones has not played since injuring his foot in Week 1 against the Philadelphia Eagles. He became eligible to be recalled from injured reserve this week, but head coach Dan Quinn cautioned earlier on Monday — before Jones was activated — that the team would work him back in slowly.

“As we go through the week, we’ll take it step by step and see where he’s at,” Quinn said. “Too early to make a prediction of where he could be. I know he’s eligible to be back this week, that doesn’t mean he’s ready to. We’re going to put him out there when he’s 100 percent ready.”

The 2017 Pro Bowler had nine tackles, an interception and two passes defensed in 69 snaps while fighting through the injury in the season opener. He posted 138 tackles, three interceptions and 10 passes defensed last season.

He is one of three Falcons defensive starters to hit injured reserve this season, along with safeties Keanu Neal (torn ACL) and Ricardo Allen (torn Achilles). Neither Neal nor Allen will return this year.

Atlanta can recall one more player from IR this season. Running back Devonta Freeman is considered a possible candidate once he is eligible in Week 16.

To make room for Jones on the roster, the Falcons waived offensive lineman Rees Odhiambo, who was signed for depth in late October but has not appeared in a game for Atlanta.

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Bucs to start Fitzpatrick again in Week 11

Bucs to start Fitzpatrick again in Week 11

Bucs to start Fitzpatrick again in Week 11

Ryan Fitzpatrick will remain the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ starting quarterback for Week 11 against the New York Giants, head coach Dirk Koetter announced Monday.

“I just think he still gives us the best opportunity right now,” Koetter said of Fitzpatrick, who topped 400 yards for the fourth time in six starts on Sunday against the Washington Redskins but also threw two interceptions and lost a fumble.

When asked how long Fitzpatrick will remain the starter, Koetter replied, “Until we change… I don’t know. A guy could get hurt at any time.”

Asked about the importance of evaluating previous starter Jameis Winston as he approaches his fifth-year option in 2019, Koetter indicated the team is still focused on winning and competing this season.

“I understand that, but we’re right in there,” Koetter said. “It’s just barely past the halfway point in the season and there’s a lot of football to be played. I don’t think it’s out of the realm of possibility that we can turn this thing and get on a little bit of a win streak.”

He also lamented turnovers, which have been an issue with both Fitzpatrick (10) and Winston (11), leaving Tampa Bay with a turnover ratio of minus-19, worst in the NFL by six.

Fitzpatrick, who turns 36 on Nov. 24, finished Sunday 29 of 41 for 406 yards, plus the three turnovers.

The Bucs became the first team since at least 1940 to gain more than 500 total yards (they had 501) and score fewer than six points. They lost 16-3 to Washington while committing four turnovers, all inside the opponent’s 30-yard line.

It was Koetter’s first game calling plays since early in the season, as offensive coordinator Todd Monken had been handling the job. Koetter said he hasn’t made a decision who will call plays against the Giants.

Meanwhile, kicker Chandler Catanzaro was released on Monday after missing wide right from 30 yards and 48 yards against Washington.

Catanzaro, 27, made 11 of 15 on field-goal attempts in nine games and also missed four extra-point attempts (23 of 27) after joining Tampa Bay on a three-year, $9.75 million deal in the spring.

The team has yet to sign a replacement kicker.

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Panthers RB McCaffrey’s rise led to Anderson’s demise

Panthers RB McCaffrey's rise led to Anderson's demise

Atlanta

Panthers RB McCaffrey’s rise led to Anderson’s demise

Atlanta Falcons: Linebacker Deion Jones is eligible to be activated off injured reserve but there isn’t yet an indication that the Pro Bowler will be in uniform this Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys. Jones suffered a foot injury in the Week 1 game against the Philadelphia Eagles and coach Dan Quinn said the team plans to be cautious about the 24-year-old’s possible return. “We’ll be staying with the same format that we had last week,” Quinn said during a press conference. “As we go through the week, we’ll take it step by step and see where he’s at. Too early to make a prediction of where he could be. I know he’s eligible to be back this week, that doesn’t mean he’s ready to. We’re going to put him out there when he’s 100-percent ready.”

Carolina Panthers: Christian McCaffrey’s rise as a complete back led to the release of running back C.J. Anderson on Monday. McCaffrey has 177 offensive touches (123 rushes, 54 receptions) through nine games and that left little action for Anderson. The free-agent signee had just 24 carries with the Panthers. “When we signed C.J. in the spring he saw a bigger role than he has had, and honestly, at the time so did we,” general manager Marty Hurney said in a statement. “But Christian McCaffrey has taken so much of the offense and so much of the plays, we just made the decision that this was the best thing for all parties involved.”

New Orleans Saints: Brandon Marshall finished second during workouts last week when New Orleans signed receiver Dez Bryant. But the Achillies injury Bryant suffered in his second practice opened the door and Marshall is now a member of the Saints. Coach Sean Payton told reporters on Monday that he liked Marshall’s team workout. “He moved around well. Smart, he is experienced,” Payton said. “He is someone, again, that has been in a number of systems and overall had a good workout. He has good length and size. He’s another big target. We’ll see how it goes here this week and what our plans are.” The 34-year-old Marshall has 970 career receptions but only 29 have come over the past two seasons. He had 11 catches in seven games for the Seattle Seahawks earlier this season before being released.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: As the team’s playoff aspirations continue to dwindle, coach Dirk Koetter said Ryan Fitzpatrick will again be the starting quarterback when the team faces the New York Giants on Sunday. Koetter appears to want to stick with Fitzpatrick over Jameis Winston as long as there is a chance of going on a run. “I don’t think it’s out of the realm of possibility that we can turn this thing and get on a little bit of a win streak,” Koetter told reporters. Fitzpatrick passed for 406 yards in last Sunday’s 16-3 loss to the Washington Redskins but the team was unable to find the end zone. Kicker Chandler Catanzaro missed field goals of 30 and 48 yards and the team released him on Monday.

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Report: Patriots WR Edelman avoids serious injury

Report: Patriots WR Edelman avoids serious injury

Report: Patriots WR Edelman avoids serious injury

New England Patriots wideout Julian Edelman is not expected to miss much, if any, time due to a minor ankle injury, ESPN reported Monday.

Edelman played 54 snaps (82 percent) in Sunday’s loss to the Tennessee Titans and was limping slightly on his left leg after a pass to him on fourth-and-6 early in the fourth quarter was knocked away.

He did not play another snap, but he wasn’t the only Patriots veteran to sit, as Tom Brady was replaced by Brian Hoyer for the final two possessions with the Patriots down by 24 and just seven minutes remaining.

Edelman was one of the few bright spots for New England in its most lopsided defeat since 2014, catching nine passes for 104 yards. The 32-year-old has 40 grabs for 426 yards and two touchdowns in six games this season after missing the first four due to a PED suspension.

The Patriots have been without tight end Rob Gronkowski (back, ankle) in three of the last four games, but the offense hadn’t struggled significantly until Sunday’s setback, when it was held to just 284 yards and 10 points.

New England is entering its bye week and doesn’t play again until Nov. 25 at the New York Jets.

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Panthers waive veteran RB Anderson

Panthers waive veteran RB Anderson

The Carolina Panthers waived running back C.J. Anderson

Panthers waive veteran RB Anderson

The Carolina Panthers waived running back C.J. Anderson on Monday, giving the veteran the opportunity to latch on with a new team ahead of Week 11.

Signed to a one-year deal in the offseason after five seasons with the Denver Broncos, Anderson rushed 24 times for 104 yards in nine games this season. He also caught one pass, a 24-yard touchdown in a Week 3 win against the Cincinnati Bengals.

“When we signed C.J. in the spring he saw a bigger role than he has had, and honestly, at the time so did we,” general manager Marty Hurney said. “But Christian McCaffrey has taken so much of the offense and so much of the plays, we just made the decision that this was the best thing for all parties involved.”

McCaffrey, a second-year star, has rushed for 579 yards and four touchdowns and caught 54 passes for 439 yards and four scores.

Anderson, 27, was coming off his first 1,000-yard season last year with the Broncos. In 67 career games, he has rushed for 3,155 yards and 20 TDs.

Anderson thanked the Panthers on Twitter, writing, “No love lost. Thank you Carolina. Grind time.”

The primary backup to McCaffrey is now Cameron Artis-Payne, who has only been active in two games this season and has yet to touch the ball. A fifth-round pick in 2015, he has 99 career carries for 422 yards and four touchdowns.

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Lions looking at no-name WR corps without Jones

Lions looking at no-name WR corps without Jones

Chicago Bears:

Lions looking at no-name WR corps without Jones

Chicago Bears: Wide receiver Allen Robinson thrived against the Lions’ man-based defensive scheme and gave a preview of what he could become when healthy. “That’s what I’ve always been able to bring to the table, being able to set people up and just go out there and win those one-on-one matchups,” Robinson said. “We knew we were going to have a lot of one-on-ones because this was a man-based defense.” Head coach Matt Nagy said Robinson’s importance to quarterback Mitchell Trubisky cannot be overstated. Because of his size and reach, the Bears view Robinson as a security blanket and much more. “He is just so hard to cover one-on-one,” Trubisky said. “He just knows how to use his body and run great routes that create separation. And when the ball’s in the air, it’s 12’s ball.”cd

Detroit Lions: Wide receiver Marvin Jones avoided a major injury, the Detroit News reported Monday night, but could miss time with a bone bruise in his knee. While not the worst possible news, it’s a tough blow for the Lions on the heels of trading Golden Tate to the Philadelphia Eagles. Jones feared he might have suffered a ligament tear, but ESPN reported the ACL, MCL and all tendons were intact. Jones has 35 receptions for 508 yards and a team-leading five touchdowns. Without Jones, the Lions could be looking at Bruce Ellington — signed as a street free agent after the Tate trade — or rookie Brandon Powell as the No. 3 receiver against the Carolina Panthers. Running back Theo Riddick has spent time at slot receiver the last two weeks.

Green Bay Packers: There was little time to celebrate Sunday night after beating the Miami Dolphins as the Packers get ready to hit the road for a Thursday night date with the Seattle Seahawks. Defensive coordinator Mike Pettine has mixed blitz packages and coverage to improve the pass rush, and head coach Mike McCarthy said the Packers will need every creative morsel Pettine can dig up to slow Russell Wilson. Green Bay has 15 players with at least half a sack and is tied for the NFL lead with 31 sacks. “We’ve just been hungry and trying to fight for opportunities to get after the passer,” Packers defensive tackle Kenny Clark said. “I’m not surprised by it, though, honestly. It’s not like a big shock to me because I feel like we’ve got good players and I feel like we’ve got some guys that are hungry for opportunities that are trying to make plays.”

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Jaguars C Linder (knee) out for season

Jaguars C Linder (knee) out for season

Jaguars C Linder (knee) out for season

Jacksonville Jaguars center Brandon Linder needs surgery on his knee and will miss the rest of the season, head coach Doug Marrone announced Monday.

Linder went down in the third quarter against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. He walked off the field but was carted to the locker room and did not return.

The 26-year-old is the NFL’s second- highest-paid center at $10.3 million annually. A third-round pick in 2014, he missed 19 games due to injury over his first four seasons but started every game in which he was healthy.

Tyler Shatley, a reserve who made four starts in each of the last two seasons, replaced Linder on Sunday and will start moving forward.

“That’s why he’s on the team,” Marrone said of Shatley. “We have him on the team to be the backup center. We feel we can win with him as a backup center. We expect him to go out there and play winning football for us.”

Chris Reed, a third-year undrafted free agent, is now the backup center.

The Jaguars’ line was already without left tackle Cam Robinson (torn ACL) and swing tackle Josh Wells (groin, IR). Ereck Flowers, who was signed midseason and rotated with Josh Walker at left tackle in his Jaguars debut Sunday, left the game with knee tendinitis but is not expected to miss significant time.

“There were a couple of things I really liked,” Marrone said of Flowers, a former first-round pick of the Giants. “I thought in the run game he did some good things. Pass rush-wise, once I found out the knee was bothering him it’s tough to evaluate. We were happy to get him in there.”

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Ravens’ Harbaugh calls job drama ‘BS’

Ravens' Harbaugh calls job drama 'BS'

Baltimore Ravens: It was an unusual

Ravens’ Harbaugh calls job drama ‘BS’

Baltimore Ravens: It was an unusual week at the team’s Owings Mills headquarters, and the abnormalities went way beyond the Ravens being on a bye week. Reports circulated in a span of 72 hours that coach John Harbaugh was ready to bow out of Baltimore in a mutual split with the team, and that quarterback Joe Flacco might not play this week because of a hip injury. Harbaugh spent more time than he cared to talking about his status, summing up his feelings by saying, “It’s all BS. Let’s play the game. We have a game Sunday. We have to go win it.” Harbaugh wouldn’t say whether Flacco was good to go against the Cincinnati Bengals. As the needle skipped back to his standing with the Ravens, Harbaugh cut it off. “That stuff doesn’t matter,” he said. “It’s just noise; it doesn’t matter. It’s not something I’m going to think about or concern myself with.”

Cincinnati Bengals: Players were raging Sunday night after a loss Preston Brown called “embarrassing” and defensive end Michael Johnson said was a “look in the mirror loss” to the Saints, who scored touchdowns on their first five possessions and hung 52 on Cincinnati. The result was dismissing defensive coordinator Teryl Austin on Monday, as the Bengals attempt to regroup on the fly and avoid giving up 500-plus yards for an NFL-record fourth game in a row. “I will be coordinating the defense from here on out and I am excited to do that. This football team has a real chance to get back to playing winning football so we can compete for the playoffs, and that is our sole focus,” head coach Marvin Lewis said.

Cleveland Browns: With four overtime games in the first 10 weeks, the Browns are thrilled to get a break with the upcoming bye. Interim head coach said a rest period this late in the season is not common, but nonetheless welcomed in Cleveland. Williams told players to get away without losing focus. “Getting healthier, getting the body to feel better and stronger and getting the mind cleared up a little bit because we all need a little break away from some things,” Williams said. “It is a good time for this to happen right now. We have to make sure that it is right when we get back and not take any steps back.”

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Cowboys’ Jones ‘didn’t dream we’d be in this spot’

Cowboys' Jones 'didn’t dream we’d be in this spot'

Dallas Cowboys: Throughout the week, there was gloom and doom about

Cowboys’ Jones ‘didn’t dream we’d be in this spot’

Dallas Cowboys: Throughout the week, there was gloom and doom about the Cowboys, questions about the futures of both head coach Jason Garrett and quarterback Dak Prescott. After a hard-fought win Sunday night over the Philadelphia Eagles, owner/general manager Jerry Jones said the win was a big one, but much work remains to right the ship of the 4-5 Cowboys. “To get it done was particularly rewarding,” Jones said after the 27-20 win, per the team website. “I emphasize the respect I have for the (Eagles) team, the coach and organization. As rewarding as this is, we’ve still got a lot of accountability to do here. I didn’t dream we’d be in this spot when we started this season. I had this thing set up differently in my mind. But as everything, you’ve got to realize it never comes the way you’ve got it in your mind.”

New York Giants: General manager Dave Gettleman appears to be planning for the end of the Eli Manning era. Gettleman and assistant Kevin Abrams were in Salt Lake City on Saturday to watch Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert against Utah. Herbert, a junior, likely would be one of the first players chosen in April’s NFL draft, should he enter. Representatives of the Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills, Dallas Cowboys, Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay Packers and Arizona Cardinals also were on hand, and the Denver Broncos have been seen scouting Herbert previously. Herbert has not announced his intentions. Oregon fell to Utah, but the NFL brass got a good look at the 6-foot-6 Herbert, who completed 20 of 33 passes for 288 yards and three touchdowns.

Philadelphia Eagles: Head coach Doug Pederson said he knew going into Sunday night’s game at Dallas that the defense would be tested, especially by running back Ezekiel Elliott. “One of the things I think we knew coming into this game was that we were going to get a steady diet of the run game. Zeke is a big back. He’s a powerful back,” he said, according to the team website. “I thought overall we didn’t tackle great. That’s one of the areas that we’ve got to get better at is tackling. Tackling in space, tackling in the box, and making sure we get the guys on the ground. There were too many yards after contact and things like that, and those are areas that we have to concentrate on.” It won’t get any easier next week, when the Eagles travel to New Orleans to meet Drew Brees and the 8-1 Saints.

Washington Redskins: Quarterback Alex Smith had to introduce himself to his offensive line this week. After all, the team signed three offensive linemen to bolster the injury-depleted front. Head coach Jay Gruden was impressed by their performance in a 16-3 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. “They held up pretty good,” Gruden said, according to the Washington Times. “It has a little bit of an effect when you’re putting the game plan together, you think you’ll be fine, but on game day when you look at [defensive tackle Gerald] McCoy and look at some of the pass rushers that they have, it has a little bit of an effect on making sure Alex is protected, so we were probably a little conservative early.” Behind the revamped offensive line, the Redskins averaged 4.6 yards per rush. Smith was sacked three times.

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Chargers LB Perryman out for season

Chargers LB Perryman out for season

Chargers LB Perryman out for season

Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Denzel Perryman will miss the rest of the season with a left knee injury that will require surgery, head coach Anthony Lynn confirmed Monday.

Perryman injured his lateral collateral ligament on the second play from scrimmage Sunday against the Oakland Raiders. NFL Network reports he likely needs hamstring surgery, and his recovery is expected to take three to four months, meaning he should be ready for offseason workouts.

“That was definitely a blow to our defense,” Lynn said. “(Denzel is) very frustrated right now. All he can do now is get healthy, have a good attitude, go to rehab every day and help his teammates the best he can.”

Perryman, who turns 26 in December, is set to hit free agency in March. He has battled injury issues throughout his career, missing 15 games through his first three seasons after the Chargers took him in the second round of the 2015 draft.

When on the field, Perryman has been productive, totaling 233 tackles, four sacks, two interceptions and four passes defensed in 42 games (35 starts). He is tied for second on the team with 51 tackles this season while playing 64.7 percent of the defensive snaps, most of any linebacker on the team.

“Denzel is a starter for a reason,” Lynn said. “Our rush defense is a lot better with Denzel in there. We’re going to have to pick it up collectively as a group now.”

Jatavis Brown (48.2 percent) has been the next-most used linebacker, as the Chargers have favored dime packages featuring three safeties in Derwin James, Jahleel Addae and Adrian Phillips. No other Chargers linebacker has played more than 25 percent of the snaps, and recently re-signed Hayes Pullard is listed as the backup middle linebacker.

“He did a heck of a job stepping up last year and playing the Mike position when Denzel was out,” Lynn said of Pullard. “He’ll get another opportunity.”

Rookie Kyzir White (142 snaps in just three games) is already on injured reserve after having knee surgery.

The Chargers also have been without standout defensive end Joey Bosa (foot) all season.

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Report: Chargers LB Perryman out for season

Report: Chargers LB Perryman out for season

Report: Chargers LB Perryman out for season

Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Denzel Perryman will miss the rest of the season after injuring his left leg on Sunday, according to an NFL Network report Monday.

Per the report, Perryman has a damaged lateral collateral ligament in his knee and likely needs hamstring surgery as well. His recovery is expected to take three to four months, meaning he should be ready for offseason workouts.

Perryman, who turns 26 in December, is set to hit free agency in March. He has battled injury issues throughout his career, missing 15 games through his first three seasons after the Chargers took him in the second round of the 2015 draft.

When on the field, Perryman has been productive, totaling 233 tackles, four sacks, two interceptions and four passes defensed in 42 games (35 starts). He is tied for second on the team with 51 tackles this season while playing 64.7 percent of the defensive snaps, most of any linebacker on the team.

Jatavis Brown (48.2 percent) has been the next-most used linebacker, as the Chargers have favored dime packages featuring three safeties in Derwin James, Jahleel Addae and Adrian Phillips. No other Chargers linebacker has played more than 25 percent of the snaps, and Hayes Pullard (16 snaps all season) is listed as the backup middle linebacker.

Rookie Kyzir White (142 snaps in just three games) is already on injured reserve after having knee surgery.

The Chargers also have been without standout defensive end Joey Bosa (foot) all season.

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Edelman says Patriots ‘better learn’ from loss

Edelman says Patriots 'better learn' from loss

Buffalo Bills: Recently signed

Edelman says Patriots ‘better learn’ from loss

Buffalo Bills: Recently signed quarterback Matt Barkley turned in a strong performance Sunday during a 41-10 win over the Jets, completing 15 of 25 passes for 232 yards and two touchdowns in his first game action in nearly two years. Head coach Sean McDermott said there’s no quarterback controversy, though. As soon as rookie first-round draft pick Josh Allen is ready to go, he’s back in the starting spot in preparation for 2019, if nothing else. “Josh is our starter when healthy and his development, for him and us, getting experience. … It’s important that he gets as many reps as he can get in live-game action,” McDermott told reporters Monday. “Matt, in a separate issue, I thought he performed extremely well, there’s certainly some plays he’d like back, but to come in and play the way he did on a short run, it was really impressive.” Buffalo has a bye this week and will host Jacksonville in Week 12.

Miami Dolphins: Quarterback Ryan Tannehill threw the ball on Sunday and has been put on a throwing schedule in hopes of him playing against Indianapolis after their bye this week, head coach Adam Gase told reporters Monday. Tannehill has missed the last five games since suffering a shoulder capsule injury on Oct. 7 against Cincinnati. “That was the start of their throwing progression after so many off,” Gase said of Tannehill’s work with the training staff. “It seemed like it went well. It’s not [as if] he’s out there throwing 60-yard throws. They have a progression of how they want to do it. They said it was a good first step and he felt good. So that’s a positive.” Brock Osweiler has started the last five games in Tannehill’s place, going 2-3.

New England Patriots: Wide receiver Julian Edelman wasn’t shy about sharing his thoughts about the Patriots’ 34-10 loss to Tennessee on Sunday night. “You better learn from a game like this, because the weeks get harder and harder,” Edelman told reporters after the game Sunday. “That’s a good football team. They’re well coached and have good players. You tip your hat to them, but we got to go out and we’ve got to watch this film and we’ve got to fix it because this is when you start separating or you start falling behind.” The Patriots have a bye this week, then meet the Jets on Nov. 25. “Well, I mean, we got a bye week, so you’re going to go into that bye week with a dirty taste in your mouth,” Edelman said, adding: “So, we go out and take advantage of it this week, and I’m sure our coaches are going to have us ready. Guys going to be out there fiery and it’s up to us.”

New York Jets: Former Jets coach Rex Ryan has strong feelings about his former team and wasn’t shy about sharing them on Monday. Speaking on ESPN, Ryan was highly critical of his successor, Todd Bowles, and general manager Mike Maccagnan. Now an analyst for the network, Ryan called the Jets’ 41-10 loss to the Bills on Sunday “one of the most humiliating defeats in Jet history.” He said he is confident the team will start over with new leaders on the field and in the front office for 2019. “They’re going to blow it up — and I hope they get it right,” Ryan said about the Jets. “Bring somebody in who understands the community, gets that kind of passion, can relate to the fanbase and all that. And never, ever have a performance like this again.” Media reports Monday said the Jets would not fire Bowles before the end of the season, if they do, but that might not be fast enough for Ryan. “They always say, ‘Well, Todd Bowles is going to get fired.’ You’re damn right he’s going to get fired. So is everybody else.”

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49ers promote RB Matthew Dayes from practice squad

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers have promoted running Matthew Dayes to the active roster from the practice squad and waived defensive back Tyvis Powell.

Dayes was active for Monday night's game against the New York Giants in place of the injured Raheem Mostert.

The inactive players for the 49ers

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers have promoted running Matthew Dayes to the active roster from the practice squad and waived defensive back Tyvis Powell.

Dayes was active for Monday night’s game against the New York Giants in place of the injured Raheem Mostert.

The inactive players for the 49ers are receiver Pierre Garcon (knee), linebacker Reuben Foster (hamstring), safety Jaquiski Tartt (shoulder), quarterback Tom Savage, offensive lineman Erik Magnuson, defensive tackle Jullian Taylor and tackle Shon Coleman.

The inactive players for the Giants are quarterback Kyle Lauletta, receiver Jawill Davis, offensive lineman Evan Brown, defensive lineman RJ McIntosh, defensive lineman John Jenkins, cornerback Tony Lippett and safety Kamrin Moore.

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Gruden takes blame for Raiders’ 4th down throwaway

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Oakland coach Jon Gruden said he should take the blame for Derek Carr's bewildering fourth-down throwaway that ended any slim chance of a Raiders comeback.

Carr's decision to throw the ball at the feet of running back Jalen Richard when no one was open on a fourth-and-5 play in

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Oakland coach Jon Gruden said he should take the blame for Derek Carr’s bewildering fourth-down throwaway that ended any slim chance of a Raiders comeback.

Carr’s decision to throw the ball at the feet of running back Jalen Richard when no one was open on a fourth-and-5 play in the fourth quarter of a 20-6 loss Sunday to the Los Angeles Chargers summed up Oakland’s fifth straight loss.

Carr rolled right on the play looking for Richard in the flat. But with Melvin Ingram chasing him, Carr just threw the ball away rather than give any of his receivers even a chance at making a play.

“It was a terrible call by me,” Gruden said Monday. “It was a design for Jalen Richard against man-to-man coverage. There wasn’t a lot (Carr) could have done. He could have been Fran Tarkenton and done a 360 and reversed the field a few times. There wasn’t much there. You got to credit the play caller with that outcome.”

The Raiders (1-8) were probably hurt more by another fourth-down call on the opening drive. Gruden decided to go for it from the 1 and used a play other teams had success running on the Chargers in the past.

Receiver Dwayne Harris came across the formation to take a shovel pass from Carr, but was unable to get to the edge because of missed blocking assignments. Harris was stopped for no gain and the Raiders didn’t get into the end zone.

“Once again, it was not a very good play call because it didn’t work,” Gruden said. “A lot of people are running that play, as you know, in the tight red zone for obvious reasons. My first time using it wasn’t a great experience.”

Very little has been great for the Raiders this season as they are off to the third-worst start in franchise history, trailing only the 0-10 mark in Carr’s rookie season of 2014 and an 0-13 mark in 1962 — one year before Al Davis joined the franchise as coach and then owner.

The stretch the Raiders are currently on is as bad as any they’ve had in 59 seasons as a professional team. They have lost five straight by at least 14 points for the first time ever and are one 14-point loss shy of tying the single-season record for the most by any team since the merger.

Oakland has been outscored 75-9 in the past nine quarters and was held without a TD in consecutive games for the first time since 2012.

“I know it’s dark right now,” Gruden said. “It’s tough. It’s tough on our fans. I thank our fans for showing up and being with us. We’re going to bring this thing back. I’ve been a part of it before and we’ve got some great people to build around. We’ve got some resources to keep building. I’ll leave it at that.”

The Raiders will go ahead with some key injuries at receiver with Martavis Bryant out with an injured PCL in his knee. Jordy Nelson also hurt his knee and his status for this week remains unknown. Oakland already traded away No. 1 receiver Amari Cooper, leaving Brandon LaFell and Seth Roberts as the team’s top two options.

Those injuries could lead to an opportunity for rookie Marcell Ateman, who was promoted from the practice squad last month but hasn’t had a chance to play yet. Gruden also said he might bring in some receivers this week to try out.

The Raiders won’t be getting a boost from defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes, who was placed on season-ending injured reserve Monday when he was unable to come back from knee surgery. Vanderdoes tore his ACL in the final game of the 2017 season and began this year on the physically unable to perform list after a setback in training camp.

He spent the past three weeks practicing but the team determined it was best to let him rest up for next year.

“We expected him to be ready in camp,” Gruden said. “I think right now it’s not 100 percent. He hadn’t had enough padded practices and been in the trenches enough to activate him, perhaps reinjuring that. I think it’s the wise thing to do. We will try to move forward without him and get him healthy for next year.”

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Johnson, pass rush positive signs from Arizona’s loss at KC

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Although the Arizona Cardinals went down to their seventh defeat of the season, there were positive aspects to their 26-14 loss at Kansas City.

David Johnson broke loose for his best game of the year and the Cardinals defense harassed Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes better than anyone has all

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Although the Arizona Cardinals went down to their seventh defeat of the season, there were positive aspects to their 26-14 loss at Kansas City.

David Johnson broke loose for his best game of the year and the Cardinals defense harassed Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes better than anyone has all season.

Johnson, who had been bottled up through the first half of the season as part of the worst-ranked offense in the NFL, accumulated 183 yards from scrimmage — 98 yards rushing (in 21 carries) and 85 yards receiving (on seven catches).

Johnson scored both of Arizona’s touchdowns, on a nine-yard pass from Josh Rosen and a one-yard run.

“It felt good,” Johnson said after the game. “Like I was saying, it made me feel like it was back to … the 2016 offense. We got some momentum going as an offense running the ball. We got some good confidence going as well.”

It was the second game for Arizona with Byron Leftwich as offensive coordinator.

“I thought it was a great game plan by the offensive coaches,” coach Steve Wilks said in his weekly Monday news conference. “I thought Byron did a tremendous job calling the game and getting into the flow and rhythm of the game. As we all have seen — and you guys have been here before myself — what David is capable of doing. We saw that with some hard runs inside the tackles and did some good things getting outside as well as in the pass game. I thought Byron did a tremendous job in just really trying to get him the ball.”

Johnson has topped 100 yards from scrimmage in each of the past two games after failing to do so in the first seven of the season.

“It means that we are moving in the right direction,” Wilks said. “It means that we’re evolving on the offensive side of the ball. We came into this game talking about trying to steal some possessions and trying to keep those guys off the field. We did that by sustaining drives — a 14-play drive and starting the third quarter with a 13-play drive, and they both ending in touchdowns. Where we came up short was the consistency after that, not being able to get back into the end zone.”

Arizona used up 6:01 in its first touchdown drive and 7:12 in the second.

The Cardinals had the ball down 26-20 and Rosen’s 23-yard pass to Johnson put the ball on the Arizona 40 early in the fourth quarter. But Rosen’s screen pass, intended for Johnson, was intercepted by Justin Houston at the Cardinals 35. That led to a Kansas City touchdown. After that, Rosen was battered behind some shaky pass protection as Arizona was forced to mainly abandon the run.

On defense, poor play in the Arizona secondary led to a quick Kansas City touchdown on the game’s first possession. But the Cardinals were tough after that, sacking Mahomes five times — two by Chandler Jones. Mahomes had never been sacked more than twice in a game before Sunday.

“I thought the D-line did a tremendous job of staying in their rush lanes,” Wilks said. “Coverage-wise, I thought those guys at times when we were able to get to him, he was holding the ball. So, we did a good job complementing one another. Then there were times we just pressured him. It was great to be able to get to him five times. I just wish we could have come up with some takeaways.”

The 26 points were a season low for Kansas City.

It might have been about as good as the Cardinals could have expected on the road against the Chiefs, who improved to 9-1.

“There are no moral victories in this game,” Wilks said. “We went to Kansas City to win a football game, and we came up short. Now, there are a lot of things we can build off to get better. It was very encouraging, some of the things you saw on both sides of the ball, as well as in special teams, and that’s what we are going to continue to try to do.”

The Cardinals will find themselves in the unusual position of being favored on Sunday when they host the Oakland Raiders.

Notes: Wilks said he hadn’t received the results of an MRI on right guard Justin Pugh’s injured knee.

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Cowboys look for win streak after saving season in Philly

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott played off each other in a season-saving win over Philadelphia much the same way they did during their remarkable rookie year together in 2016.

Now the star quarterback and running back of the Dallas Cowboys need a winning streak, although it won't have to

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott played off each other in a season-saving win over Philadelphia much the same way they did during their remarkable rookie year together in 2016.

Now the star quarterback and running back of the Dallas Cowboys need a winning streak, although it won’t have to be as long as the franchise-record run two years ago, the last time they made the playoffs.

“I don’t go back and look and try to compare now to then,” Prescott said after throwing for a touchdown and running for one in a 27-20 win . “This is the team we have and this is when everything is clicking and we’re playing the way we need to be playing. This is what we’re capable of.”

The Cowboys (4-5) were in a desperate spot visiting the defending champion Eagles because of an up-and-down season notable for its struggles on offense. Now that they have their first road win, they have to do it again Sunday at Atlanta (4-5).

Dallas and Philadelphia trail NFC East-leading Washington by two games with seven remaining. The Cowboys have one more game against each rival, having lost to the Redskins on the road.

“We needed this just as bad as we need every win going forward,” defensive tackle Tyrone Crawford said. “I call it a movement because that’s the only thing we can do now is get ‘dubs.’ We can’t take no ‘L’s.”

Against Philadelphia, coach Jason Garrett dumped a conservative approach that was costly in a couple of losses by planning to go for it on fourth down in Dallas territory on the first play of the second quarter before a false start aborted that bold move.

The Cowboys faked a punt later in the quarter, which led to Elliott almost cleanly hurdling Tre Sullivan before a stumble on a clear path to the end zone forced Dallas to settle for a field goal. At the time, it sort of symbolized the season for an inconsistent offense.

Still, Elliott had 151 yards rushing and a touchdown, with another 36 yards receiving and a score. Prescott’s line looked similar to 2016 as well: 270 yards passing, no turnovers and a 100-plus rating.

The 2016 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year led two 75-yard drives to touchdowns in the fourth quarter, both of them answers to tying TDs from the Eagles. Elliott finished off each of them after big plays to several receivers along the way.

“It just showed the attitude of this team going into this game,” said Elliott, who surged two spots to second in the NFL in rushing behind MVP contender Todd Gurley of the Rams. “We knew we had to win. I’m proud of these guys.”

The Cowboys ran off 11 straight wins when Prescott and Elliott were rookies on the way to an NFC-best 13 wins. Dallas slipped to 9-7 and out of the playoffs last season with a deteriorating performance from the offense.

The receivers have struggled without Dez Bryant, released in the offseason, but appear to be benefiting from the trade for Amari Cooper, acquired from Oakland for a first-round pick.

Injuries and mistakes in an offensive line that has been one of the NFL’s best in recent years have at times made things difficult for Elliott and contributed to Prescott already matching last year’s career high of 32 sacks barely more than halfway through the season. But that line stood out against the Eagles.

“This is a winning team and it’s great when you go on the road and win,” Prescott said. “It’s important to us just to feel that energy in the locker room and to make sure we don’t forget that. That’s what we’re trying to do every time that we go on the road, or every game.”

NOTES: Garrett said he received a “favorable report” on RG Zack Martin, who missed part of the Philadelphia game when he aggravated the left knee injury he’s been battling since hyperextending the knee in the preseason. … LG Xavier Su’a-Filo had a solid game filling in for injured rookie Connor Williams, who had arthroscopic knee surgery last week. Garrett said the team hasn’t made any determinations on who would start when Williams is ready to return.

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