Bengals’ Price, Johnson, Mixon hurt

Bengals’ Price, Johnson, Mixon hurt

Bengals rookie center Billy Price (right ankle) and defensive end Michael Johnson (left knee) each left Cincinnati’s Thursday night game against the Baltimore Ravens in the first quarter and were ruled out.

Cincinnati running back Joe Mixon also was hurt, going in and out of the game because of a right knee injury. He left briefly in the first half before returning, then left again in the third quarter and was deemed questionable to return.

Price, the team’s first-round pick out of Ohio State in April, planted awkwardly on his right foot and was initially called questionable to return. He was then seen in the third quarter on the Bengals’ sideline wearing street clothes and a boot on his right foot.

Johnson, a 10th-year veteran who has missed just four career games, left early in the first period and was immediately ruled out, but it was not apparent how he was injured.

Mixon, a 2017 second-round pick, had 51 total yards before leaving Thursday’s game for the second time. He totaled 149 total yards and a touchdown in the season opener last week at Indianapolis.

Price missed much of the Bengals’ offseason program with a torn pectoral muscle sustained at the NFL Scouting Combine, but he was healthy enough to claim a starting job in the preseason.

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Redskins QB McCoy out for season with broken leg

Redskins QB McCoy out for season with broken leg

Redskins QB McCoy out for season with broken leg

Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy fractured his right fibula during Washington’s 28-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday, coach Jay Gruden confirmed postgame.

The injury thrust 32-year-old journeyman Mark Sanchez, who was signed Nov. 19 and last played at the end of 2016, into the lineup. Washington lost starter Alex Smith to a compound fracture in his right leg on Nov. 18 against the Houston Texans.

“This is a tough blow,” Gruden said of McCoy’s injury. “Losing Alex is one thing, a great leader, great quarterback. Put in a lot of time with him. Colt finally gets his golden opportunity and he gets kicked in the leg and breaks it. Heartbroken for both of those guys, really. …

“Those two guys are two tough-minded, tough people. Great competitors. If I had my money down, I’d imagine they’ll both be back somehow, some way.”

McCoy was hurt when his leg collided with Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins while he was sacked to end the first quarter. McCoy finished the drive, throwing two short passes to help Washington to a 44-yard field goal. He then left and was initially ruled questionable to return while going to the locker room for X-rays.

The team officially ruled McCoy out during halftime.

McCoy, 32, completed all four of his passes for 50 yards Monday. In parts of three games this year, he went 34 of 54 for 372 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions.

NFL Network reported two weeks ago that McCoy’s contract included playing-time incentives that could let him hit free agency this offseason, but the injury appears to rule out that possibility.

Sanchez went 13 of 21 for 100 yards with an interception Monday.

“It was a tall task, no doubt,” Sanchez said of taking over just weeks after joining the team. “But there’s no excuses to make. You just do your very best. I’m grateful for the opportunity.

“I was praying for an opportunity and I thank God for an opportunity. You just never want it under these circumstances. So with respect to Alex and Colt, I’ve got to do my very best to play well and help rally this team and figure out a way to win.”

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Inconsistent Titans seek sweep of Jaguars

Inconsistent Titans seek sweep of Jaguars

On a steamy September

Inconsistent Titans seek sweep of Jaguars

On a steamy September day in Jacksonville, the Tennessee Titans scored what at the time was an upset. Beating a team that the previous week had pounded the New England Patriots in a highly ballyhooed rematch of last year’s AFC title game, Tennessee edged the Jacksonville Jaguars 9-6.

It was one of a number of confounding outcomes for the Titans, who own wins over Super Bowl champion Philadelphia and Super Bowl loser New England, but also have mixed in an awful road loss to Buffalo and a no-show 21-0 home defeat to Baltimore in which Tennessee quarterback Marcus Mariota absorbed 11 sacks.

A season of inconsistency has left the Titans (6-6) needing a hot finish and a little help to earn a second consecutive playoff appearance. They need a Thursday night home win against Jacksonville (4-8) to keep their playoff hopes off life support.

Tennessee nearly turned the upcoming game into a battle of irrelevants, but it rallied from a 16-0, second-quarter deficit to edge the New York Jets 26-22 Sunday. Mariota completed the comeback by hitting Corey Davis for an 11-yard touchdown pass with 36 seconds left.

“I’d rather him not have to do it, but if we have to, that has been really fun to watch,” Titans coach Mike Vrabel said of Mariota’s eighth game-winning drive in the past two years. “It is exciting to have him be able to do that.”

Mariota has thrown for nearly 600 yards in the past two games, but the Jaguars’ defense likely will provide a stiffer challenge than the Houston Texans and the Jets did. While Jacksonville had lost seven in a row before Sunday, its defense remains salty.

To wit: a 6-0 shutout Sunday of an Indianapolis Colts team that was making some real playoff noise behind a rejuvenated Andrew Luck, who had thrown at least three TD passes in each of his previous eight games. The Jaguars limited him to 248 yards on 33-of-52 passing, sacking him three times and forcing two turnovers.

“It feels great to get in the win column,” Jacksonville defensive end Calais Campbell said. “It’s been way too long.”

The Jaguars’ offense had little to do with the win, though, managing only 211 total yards and 11 first downs in quarterback Cody Kessler’s first start after replacing the benched Blake Bortles. Jacksonville will need more from Kessler this week, although it will get running back Leonard Fournette back from a one-game suspension.

In Fournette’s absence last week, the Jaguars gained just 79 yards on 27 carries.

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Gruden: Redskins QB McCoy fractures fibula in right leg

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy suffered a fractured fibula in his right leg in the second quarter of Monday night's 28-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, Washington coach Jay Gruden said.

McCoy ran to avoid a sack and tried to slide as the Eagles defense rushed toward him. He planted his

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy suffered a fractured fibula in his right leg in the second quarter of Monday night’s 28-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, Washington coach Jay Gruden said.

McCoy ran to avoid a sack and tried to slide as the Eagles defense rushed toward him. He planted his right leg into the turf and the lower part of the leg and ankle viciously whipped into safety Malcolm Jenkins’ knee.

Gruden said McCoy will miss the rest of the season.

The Washington Redskins (6-6) know a thing or two about serious injuries to quarterbacks — McCoy got his chance because Alex Smith suffered a broken right leg just weeks ago that has threatened his career.

McCoy’s injury occurred on the nasty slide and he was replaced by Mark Sanchez, who was tasked with keeping the Redskins afloat in the NFC playoff picture.

“We have to get a plan ready for mark moving forward,” Gruden said. “We’ve got to play great football around him which we didn’t do tonight.”

McCoy stayed in the game and completed two short passes before limping off with the Redskins trailing 7-3 to the Super Bowl champion Eagles (6-6). The Redskins said that McCoy would not return, but didn’t immediately provide details about the injury.

McCoy took over and made his second straight start since Smith was knocked out with gruesome season-ending leg injury last month against Houston. McCoy helped Washington score a pair of TDs, including on his 9-yard touchdown on the backup QB’s first pass in a regular-season game since 2015.

His start in the Thanksgiving game against Dallas was his first since 2015. McCoy, who started for Cleveland and San Francisco earlier in his career, had appeared in nine games over the last three-plus seasons with Washington, until Smith was injured.

Sanchez was the lone QB left on Washington’s roster. He threw an interception in the fourth quarter with the Redskins trailing 22-13 that snuffed a rally.

Sanchez, signed two weeks ago, played for the first time since Jan. 1, 2017, when he was with Dallas. Sanchez, a former Eagle, was eased into the lineup.

On his first snap, he handed the ball to Adrian Peterson, who raced 90 yards for a touchdown. The 33-year-old Peterson had the longest rushing TD of his career, the longest rushing score in Redskins’ history and he became the oldest player in NFL history with a 90-yard rushing touchdown.

Sanchez was once the franchise quarterback for the New York Jets and led them to the AFC championship game his first two seasons in the NFL. Sanchez was the fifth overall pick in the 2009 draft and drew comparisons to Joe Namath in New York. He was 4-2 in the postseason and helped the Jets beat Peyton Manning and Tom Brady in consecutive road playoff games in January 2011. But Sanchez had an NFL-leading 52 turnovers in 2012-13 and lost his starting job to Geno Smith. He spent two seasons with the Eagles and one with the Cowboys.

His lasting image of his time with the Jets came in 2012, when he fumbled after running into the backside of guard Brandon Moore. It was returned for a touchdown by New England’s Steve Gregory in front of a national television audience on Thanksgiving night and was infamously labeled “The Butt Fumble.”

Sanchez lost a fumble against the Eagles and actually saved the ball by pressing it against his rear end.

There’s no guarantee Sanchez will remain the starter. The Redskins worked out E.J. Manuel, T.J. Yates, Kellen Clemens and Josh Johnson after Smith was injured and quality veteran QBs are in low supply.

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Wentz tosses for 2 TDs, leads Eagles over Redskins 28-13

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Carson Wentz ran around and extended plays the way he did before his knee injury.

Wentz tossed two touchdown passes, Darren Sproles ran for a score and the Philadelphia Eagles stayed in the hunt for the NFC East title with a 28-13 victory over the depleted Washington Redskins on Monday

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Carson Wentz ran around and extended plays the way he did before his knee injury.

Wentz tossed two touchdown passes, Darren Sproles ran for a score and the Philadelphia Eagles stayed in the hunt for the NFC East title with a 28-13 victory over the depleted Washington Redskins on Monday night.

The Eagles (6-6) won consecutive games for the first time since Nick Foles led them to a Super Bowl victory over the Patriots.

The Redskins (6-6) lost backup quarterback Colt McCoy to a leg injury in his second game replacing Alex Smith, who broke his right tibia and fibula on Nov. 18. Mark Sanchez took his place.

Adrian Peterson ran 90 yards for a touchdown on Sanchez’s first play under center, giving the Redskins a 10-7 lead. It was the longest run Philadelphia has allowed in franchise history but Washington’s lead didn’t last long.

Wentz, who hasn’t scrambled much since returning in Week 3 from surgery to repair two knee ligaments, didn’t run for any yards. But he was on the move quite a bit on designed rollouts and plays in which he improvised and completed passes.

Sproles put Philadelphia up 14-10 on a 14-yard TD run in the second quarter. Wentz tossed a 4-yard TD pass to Jordan Matthews and connected with Golden Tate on a 2-point conversion to extend the lead to 22-13 early in the fourth quarter.

The Eagles twice failed to score inside the red zone and still managed their second-highest point total this season.

They had a first down at the Redskins 2 in the second quarter, but Josh Adams was stopped for a loss on fourth down from the 1.

They had a first down at the Redskins 5 in the third quarter, but Wentz threw an interception right to Josh Norman.

Wentz finished 27 of 39 for 306 yards. He came out firing and led the Eagles to a score on their opening drive for only the third time season.

First, he scrambled out of the pocket, motioned Tate to go deep and lofted a 19-yard pass down the left sideline on a first-and-15. Wentz finished the drive by firing a 6-yard TD pass on the run to Tate.

Dustin Hopkins kicked field goals of 47 and 44 yards for Washington.

WELCOME BACK

Sproles scored his first TD since Dec. 22, 2016. Sproles only played three games last season before he tore a knee ligament and broke his forearm on the same play. He was sidelined since Week 1 this year because of a hamstring injury.

RECORD SETTER

Zach Ertz broke Brian Westbrook’s franchise record for receptions in a season. Ertz has 93 catches and is closing in on Jason Witten’s single-season record (110) for tight ends. Westbrook had 90 catches in 2007.

INJURIES

Redskins: LG Jonathan Cooper (arm), RB Tony Bergstrom (ankle), CB Fabian Moreau (knee) and LB Ryan Anderson (hamstring) left the game.

Eagles: DT Tim Jernigan (back spasms) left in the first quarter and LT Jason Peters came out on the final series with an undisclosed injury.

UP NEXT

Redskins: Host the New York Giants (4-8) on Sunday.

Eagles: Visit the Dallas Cowboys (7-5) on Sunday.

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Redskins-Eagles Stats

Washington 0 13 0 0—13
Philadelphia 7 7 0 14—28
First Quarter

Phi_Tate 6 pass from Wentz (Elliott kick), 7:31.

Second Quarter

Was_FG Hopkins 44, 13:46.

Was_Peterson 90 run (Hopkins kick), 9:23.

Phi_Sproles 14 run (Elliott kick), 1:46.

Was_FG Hopkins 47,

Washington 0 13 0 0—13
Philadelphia 7 7 0 14—28
First Quarter

Phi_Tate 6 pass from Wentz (Elliott kick), 7:31.

Second Quarter

Was_FG Hopkins 44, 13:46.

Was_Peterson 90 run (Hopkins kick), 9:23.

Phi_Sproles 14 run (Elliott kick), 1:46.

Was_FG Hopkins 47, :15.

Fourth Quarter

Phi_Matthews 4 pass from Wentz (Tate pass from Wentz), 14:10.

Phi_FG Elliott 46, 11:41.

Phi_FG Elliott 44, 4:48.

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Was Phi
First downs 10 28
Total Net Yards 235 436
Rushes-yards 14-104 33-130
Passing 131 306
Punt Returns 1-1 3-19
Kickoff Returns 0-0 1-22
Interceptions Ret. 1-40 1-8
Comp-Att-Int 17-25-1 27-39-1
Sacked-Yards Lost 3-19 0-0
Punts 6-48.3 2-46.5
Fumbles-Lost 2-0 3-0
Penalties-Yards 10-69 5-38
Time of Possession 20:41 39:19

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INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING_Washington, Peterson 9-98, Sanchez 1-8, Thompson 3-3, Crowder 1-(minus 5). Philadelphia, Adams 20-85, Clement 5-27, Sproles 4-22, Wentz 4-(minus 4).

PASSING_Washington, McCoy 4-4-0-50, Sanchez 13-21-1-100. Philadelphia, Wentz 27-39-1-306.

RECEIVING_Washington, Crowder 4-36, Reed 4-21, Doctson 3-51, Thompson 3-18, Davis 2-15, Floyd 1-9. Philadelphia, Ertz 9-83, Tate 7-85, Agholor 4-56, Clement 3-47, Jeffery 3-31, Matthews 1-4.

MISSED FIELD GOALS_None.

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Eagles KO McCoy, Redskins

Eagles KO McCoy, Redskins

Carson Wentz threw for two

Eagles KO McCoy, Redskins

Carson Wentz threw for two touchdowns, Darren Sproles rushed for another and the host Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Washington Redskins 28-13 on Monday night.

Wentz was 27 of 39 for 306 yards with one interception as the Eagles (6-6) won their second in a row. Philadelphia climbed into a second-place tie with the Redskins (6-6), one game behind the Dallas Cowboys (7-5) in the NFC East.

Tight end Zach Ertz became the Eagles’ all-time leader for receptions in a season. Ertz picked up his 91st late in the third quarter to pass the previous mark held by Brian Westbrook. Ertz had nine catches for 83 yards on the night.

Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy left in the second quarter with a leg injury, and ESPN later reported that he sustained a season-ending, fractured right fibula. McCoy was replaced by former Eagles backup Mark Sanchez, who finished 13 of 21 for 100 yards and one interception in his first NFL action since 2016.

McCoy was starting in place of Alex Smith, who already was lost for the season with a broken right leg.

Adrian Peterson rushed for a 90-yard touchdown for the Redskins, who dropped their third straight. Peterson gained just 8 yards total on his other eight carries.

The Eagles led 14-13 after a wild first half.

After Philadelphia jumped ahead 7-3 on a Wentz-to-Golden Tate 6-yard touchdown pass, the Redskins responded on Peterson’s 90-yard scamper for a 10-7 advantage. It was the longest run of Peterson’s career and marked the first time in league history that a 33-year-old player rushed for a touchdown that long.

Just before halftime, the Eagles went back ahead 14-10 on a 14-yard touchdown run by Sproles, who returned after missing 10 games with a hamstring injury.

The Eagles extended their lead to 22-13 just 50 seconds into the fourth quarter when Wentz tossed a 4-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Matthews. Wentz then converted the two-point conversion with a pass to Tate for the nine-point lead.

Jake Elliott later booted a 46-yard field goal to capitalize on the first career interception by Nathan Gerry, giving Philadelphia a 25-13 advantage.

Elliott kicked another field goal with 4:48 left for a 28-13 lead. Elliott has made eight consecutive field goal attempts.

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Redskins QB McCoy fractures fibula

Redskins QB McCoy fractures fibula

Redskins QB McCoy fractures fibula

Washington Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy fractured his right fibula during the Monday night game against the Philadelphia Eagles, ESPN reported during the broadcast.

The injury thrust 32-year-old journeyman Mark Sanchez, who was signed Nov. 19 and last played at the end of 2016, into the lineup. Washington lost starter Alex Smith to a compound fracture in his right leg on Nov. 18 against the Houston Texans.

McCoy was hurt when his leg collided with Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins while he was sacked to end the first quarter. McCoy finished the drive, throwing two short passes to help Washington to a 44-yard field goal. He then left and was initially ruled questionable to return while going to the locker room for X-rays.

The team officially ruled McCoy out during halftime.

McCoy, 32, went 34 for 54 for 372 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions in parts of three games this year.

NFL Network reported two weeks ago that McCoy’s contract included playing-time incentives that could let him hit free agency this offseason, but the injury appears to rule out that possibility.

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NFL notebook: Packers address coaching search

NFL notebook: Packers address coaching search

Team president Mark Murphy and general manager Brian Gutekunst addressed the

NFL notebook: Packers address coaching search

Team president Mark Murphy and general manager Brian Gutekunst addressed the firing of Mike McCarthy on Monday, saying the move was made to get a head start on the coaching search.

“Knowing we were going to make the change, it was better to do it now rather than make it in the offseason,” Murphy said.

While Murphy will run the coaching search, he said Gutekunst will be “actively involved” and he will not hire “a coach Brian’s not comfortable with.”

Murphy said Aaron Rodgers will be “free to add input,” but Murphy and Gutekunst both emphasized the quarterback will not be involved in the process of hiring the next head coach.

–After sitting out three games with a strained foot, Jets rookie quarterback Sam Darnold could start Sunday at the Buffalo Bills.

Head coach Todd Bowles said Darnold’s return “remains to be seen,” adding, “I expect him to be out there. We’ll evaluate him as he goes out there.”

According to Bowles, Darnold was healthy enough to play against Tennessee on Sunday, but he started Josh McCown because of concern the rookie would have “rust” issues after a four-week layoff.

–Kareem Hunt went unclaimed on waivers and is officially a free agent.

Hunt, released by the Kansas City Chiefs on Friday, was placed on the commissioner’s exempt list and would not have been eligible to play if claimed before the 4 p.m. ET deadline Monday.

Not long before time ran out on waiver wire claims, a new report surfaced alleging Hunt and others — including then-Chiefs running back George Atkinson — beat a man to the point of unconsciousness at a nightclub in Kansas City on Jan. 11.

–The Chiefs re-signed former running back Charcandrick West.

The team chose West — who played for K.C. from 2014 until his release in August — over C.J. Anderson due to his familiarity with the playbook and experience on special teams.

–Cincinnati Bengals wideout A.J. Green has torn ligaments in his right big toe and will have season-ending surgery, ESPN reported.

Per the report, Green’s recovery will take three to four months, but he should recover fully and be ready for organized team activities in May. Green was seen in a walking boot on Monday at the Bengals’ facility, but head coach Marvin Lewis declined to update his status.

–Following their fourth consecutive loss, the Carolina Panthers fired defensive line coach Brady Hoke and assistant secondary/cornerbacks coach Jeff Imamura.

The Panthers also announced that head coach Ron Rivera will handle defensive play-calling duties. Eric Washington will oversee the defensive front seven, Sam Mills III will lead the defensive line and Rivera will work with Richard Rodgers in the secondary.

–The New York Giants will start quarterback Eli Manning again in Week 14 against the Washington Redskins, head coach Pat Shurmur said.

Shurmur added there’s a “good chance” that rookie fourth-rounder Kyle Lauletta remains the backup on Sunday, a week after he dressed ahead of Alex Tanney for the first time this season.

–The Denver Broncos won’t put cornerback Chris Harris Jr. on injured reserve after he suffered a small break in his right leg Sunday.

Harris told reporters he’s targeting the Week 17 game against the Los Angeles Chargers on Dec. 30 for a return, though he said trainers have told him that might be one week too early.

–After missing two games with a stinger, Dallas Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith said he expects to play Sunday against the visiting Philadelphia Eagles.

Meanwhile, executive vice president Stephen Jones said on 105.3 The Fan that center Travis Frederick is doubtful to play again this year, though Frederick expects to make a full recovery from Guillain-Barre syndrome.

–Seattle Seahawks linebacker Mychal Kendricks is “ready to go” this week after the NFL reinstated him from an eight-week suspension.

The 28-year-old Kendricks drew the lengthy suspension after he pleaded guilty to insider-trading charges.

–San Francisco running back Matt Breida will sit out the 49ers’ home game this week against the Broncos.

Niners coach Kyle Shanahan said it will be the first time Breida, who aggravated the ankle in pregame warmups on Sunday, misses a game since he was a freshman in high school.

–The Arizona Cardinals placed rookie receiver Christian Kirk and offensive lineman Mike Iupati on injured reserve.

Both were injured Sunday against the Green Bay Packers. Kirk suffered a broken foot, and Iupati has an MCL injury.

–The Los Angeles Chargers released right tackle Joe Barksdale, after he missed Sunday’s win over the Pittsburgh Steelers due to personal reasons.

Barksdale started 42 games for the Chargers from 2015-17, but he hurt his knee in Week 1 and lost the starting job to Sam Tevi.

–Buffalo Bills center Russell Bodine had surgery to repair a broken left fibula and is done for the season.

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Seahawks undrafted rookie DT Ford turns heads

Seahawks undrafted rookie DT Ford turns heads

Arizona Cardinals: Steve Wilks'

Seahawks undrafted rookie DT Ford turns heads

Arizona Cardinals: Steve Wilks’ team got a rare chance to celebrate on Sunday, topping the Green Bay Packers in the snow at Lambeau Field, but they lost two more starters to injury, guard Mike Iupati (knee) and wide receiver Christian Kirk. However, Kirk’s season-ending broken foot shouldn’t put a damper on his rookie season, which he capped with 54 yards on three catches and a 23-yard rush on Sunday. “His playmaking ability, I thought we saw that throughout the year, whether it was vertical down the field, on the perimeter, the screen game, the reverse,” Wilks said Monday. “And the things you don’t see, like his preparation. This guy is a pro’s pro. The future is very bright with him.” The second-round pick saved 60 of his total yards for what proved to be the Cardinals’ game-winning drive in Green Bay.

Los Angeles Rams: Forget back-to-back Defensive Player of the Year awards — Aaron Donald’s latest gem of a game against the Detroit Lions has many suggesting he should be considered in the NFL MVP race. Donald notched multiple sacks for the fifth time in his past six games and now leads the NFL in sacks (16.5) by four and QB hits (32) by seven. His second takedown of Matthew Stafford came after Donald beat a double team, and he jarred the ball free to set up a critical touchdown for a 10-point lead. The last defensive player to get serious consideration for MVP was J.J. Watt, who finished second, 13 votes behind Aaron Rodgers (31), after totaling 20.5 sacks in 2015. Alan Page (1971) and Lawrence Taylor (1986) are the only defensive players ever to win the award.

San Francisco 49ers: The 49ers fell to 2-10 and were officially eliminated from the playoffs with a loss to the Seahawks, but Kyle Shanahan was impressed by running back Jeff Wilson Jr., an undrafted rookie from North Texas who had 15 carries for 61 yards and eight catches for 73 yards in his second NFL game. “Jeff played very well,” Shanahan said. “He earned that last week, how he played, but it got stronger, especially having (starter Matt) Breida (hurt) in pregame warmups. We were going to give Jeff a lot anyways.” Wilson performed despite battling through a foot injury on Sunday and could get another big opportunity this week with Breida (ankle) already ruled out against the Denver Broncos.

Seattle Seahawks: There were several standout performances for the Seahawks on Sunday, but one came from a particularly unheralded player: undrafted rookie nose tackle Poona Ford. “Poona did a really good job, he played really, really well,” coach Pete Carroll said Monday, adding the team credited Ford with six tackles compared to the four in the official box score. “That’s a lot of production for the nose tackle, but it was because he was running and chasing the football so well. And he’s a really instinctive football player. … We’re really encouraged about that. Love to see that he has that much mobility and can go sideline to sideline.”

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Veterans praise Mayfield’s magnetic leadership

Veterans praise Mayfield's magnetic leadership

Baltimore Ravens:

Veterans praise Mayfield’s magnetic leadership

Baltimore Ravens: Quarterback Lamar Jackson is growing with each situation, which coach John Harbaugh pointed to as a benefit to having the rookie on the field. “He’s getting better. Football is like that. Especially at that position. There’s a lot of things that can happen in football, crazy scenarios, impossible to predict. You learn by experiencing them. … These are things he continues to experience and learn from.”

Cincinnati Bengals: Wide receiver A.J. Green will have season-ending surgery to repair torn ligaments in his right big toe, ESPN reported Monday. Green was in the locker room Monday wearing a walking boot, a day after he was in tears in the tunnel following a cart ride from the field. Green was returning Sunday after missing three games. He has 46 catches for 694 yards and six touchdowns in nine games this year, with all but the touchdown total marking career lows. Cincinnati has four games left in the regular season (Chargers, Raiders, Brown, Steelers).

Cleveland Browns: Center J.C. Tretter said it is beyond evident rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield has earned the respect of the locker room and the title of team leader. “His leadership — especially as a rookie coming in — it’s so genuine,” Tretter said. “People want to be around him; people gravitate toward him. And that’s big because you gotta take a big step being a rookie in the locker room as well as leading older, veteran players. It’s one of those things if you push too hard, if you are deemed fake, then people are gonna push back on you. But Baker’s such a natural leader, such a genuine good person, it’s made it easy to have older guys kinda gravitate toward him, work with and be excited to play with him.”

Pittsburgh Steelers: When running back James Conner was helped off the field and had his left ankle examined, his season seemed to be in peril on Sunday night. However, coach Mike Tomlin said the second-year back has a leg contusion, and NFL Network reported the team was treating Conner’s injury as a bruise. Swelling could dictate the plan for Conner the rest of the week. Jaylen Samuels replaced Conner on Sunday night and would be in line for a bigger workload if Conner is held out for the Week 14 game at Oakland.

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Seahawks 3-game streak is fueling a push to playoff berth

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — After four straight weeks of playing tight, one-score games decided in the fourth quarter, Pete Carroll enjoyed spending a Monday reviewing a rare comfortable victory.

"It was a little different than the games we've been playing in," Carroll said. "It was nice to see us get out ahead and

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — After four straight weeks of playing tight, one-score games decided in the fourth quarter, Pete Carroll enjoyed spending a Monday reviewing a rare comfortable victory.

“It was a little different than the games we’ve been playing in,” Carroll said. “It was nice to see us get out ahead and hang onto it and work with the lead and play in that fashion.”

Seattle’s blowout win over San Francisco on Sunday only strengthened what is becoming another late playoff push by the Seahawks, and after a day in which they got results that helped in trying to get back to the playoffs after missing last season. Seattle is currently in command of one of the wild-card spots in the NFC and its hopes were strengthened by Carolina and Minnesota suffering losses. Seattle holds the tiebreaker over Carolina and can have that in place over Minnesota with a win at home next Monday night against the Vikings.

The only teams Seattle (7-5) could end up in wild-card contention with that it won’t face head-to-head are Washington and Philadelphia. But if the Seahawks continue winning, it won’t matter. They’ll be in the postseason.

“These are must-win games for us. Every week, we approach it like that,” Seattle left tackle Duane Brown said after the win. “We approach every week like a playoff game and that’s the kind of intensity guys came out with from kickoff on.”

Seattle’s current roll is reviving memories of 2015, when it was 4-5 after nine games. But this time, success is coming a different way. That season, the Seahawks leaned on the passing arm of quarterback Russell Wilson as he threw for 24 touchdowns and just one interception over the final seven games as Seattle went 6-1 down the stretch and made the postseason. Wilson averaged 272 yards passing and 31 pass attempts per game during that stretch.

So far, it’s been balance and efficiency that’s defined Seattle’s offensive performance during its current three-game win streak, although his overall numbers aren’t that dissimilar. Wilson has eight touchdown passes and no interceptions during the stretch, averaging about 250 yards passing. But there’s been no fall-off with Seattle’s run game of late, meaning Wilson isn’t being forced to carry the offense.

In Sunday’s 43-16 win over San Francisco, Wilson attempted just six passes in the first half. He threw for touchdowns on three of them. Seattle will take that kind of efficiency — even with reduced numbers — all the time.

“I think that the development of the pass protection has been really obvious and Russ has taken advantage of that,” Carroll said, noting Wilson’s movement on a 52-yard TD pass to Tyler Lockett on Sunday. “That’s why he’s been able to be more effective getting the second looks and sliding up in the pocket and hitting Tyler on the big play was a perfect example of that. Really good protection, he gets to move to give one more beat to get Tyler a chance to get behind him and deliver the throw. I just think it’s connected with what’s going on up front, but his overall command of what we’re trying to get done communication-wise has really helped the other guys play well.”

Seattle did come out of the win over the 49ers with one major injury concern after guard D.J. Fluker suffered a hamstring strain. Carroll said Fluker had a “grade 1” strain and would likely miss a couple of weeks. When Fluker was unable play last month against the Rams, it was Jordan Simmons who stepped in to start.

“He seems to be moving in the right direction to be a really, really viable option for us,” Carroll said of Simmons. “He doesn’t get that much practice time, so when he does get the practice time like he did in the Rams week, he did a very good job with it. So, we’re going to count on him playing and see how that goes.”

NOTES: Seattle waived LB Emmanuel Ellerbee on Monday, clearing a roster spot for LB Mychal Kendricks after his suspension was lifted. Kendricks has been practicing with the Seahawks for the past two weeks, but next Monday against Minnesota will be the first time he’s eligible to play. He could end up moving into a prominent role with K.J. Wright still out due to knee troubles, although Austin Calitro has played well. Carroll said he believes Kendricks could play a significant amount of snaps, if needed. … Carroll expects RB Chris Carson (finger), FB Tre Madden (chest) and DT Shamar Stephen (foot) to be able to play next Monday. Carson suffered a dislocated finger in the win over San Francisco, while Madden and Stephen were both inactive.

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Redskins QB McCoy injured; Sanchez in against Eagles

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Washington Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy suffered an injury to his right leg and was replaced by Mark Sanchez in the second quarter of Monday night's game against Philadelphia.

McCoy's return was questionable. He limped off the field after completing all four passes for 50 yards and the Redskins trailing 7-3.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Washington Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy suffered an injury to his right leg and was replaced by Mark Sanchez in the second quarter of Monday night’s game against Philadelphia.

McCoy’s return was questionable. He limped off the field after completing all four passes for 50 yards and the Redskins trailing 7-3. McCoy took over and made his second straight start after the gruesome season-ending leg injury to Alex Smith. McCoy’s start in the Thanksgiving game against Dallas was his first since 2015.

Sanchez, signed two weeks ago, played for the first time since Jan. 1, 2017, when he was with Dallas.

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49ers RB Matt Breida out this week with ankle injury

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers will be without another key offensive piece with leading rusher Matt Breida sidelined at least a week with an injured ankle.

Breida hurt himself in warmups before Sunday's 43-16 loss at Seattle that officially eliminated the 49ers from playoff contention. Breida tried to play

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers will be without another key offensive piece with leading rusher Matt Breida sidelined at least a week with an injured ankle.

Breida hurt himself in warmups before Sunday’s 43-16 loss at Seattle that officially eliminated the 49ers from playoff contention. Breida tried to play through the injury but eventually couldn’t and left the game.

He finished the game with five carries for six yards and three catches for 51 yards.

Rookie Jeff Wilson fared well in just his second career game, carrying 15 times for 61 yards and adding eight catches for 73 yards. He also lost a disputed fumble near the goal line that coach Kyle Shanahan felt should have been ruled down by contact.

“He hits the hole and he runs hard,” Shanahan said. “He’s a very good zone runner. He doesn’t mess around. He sets his track. When he sees an open gap, he puts his foot down and goes for it.”

Breida has been one of the few bright spots on offense this season for the 49ers, rushing for 744 yards and ranking third in the league with an average of 5.64 yards per carry.

He got his chance because projected starter Jerick McKinnon went down with a season-ending knee injury a week before the opener. San Francisco also lost starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to a season-ending knee injury in Week 3 and has struggled for any consistency on offense.

The Niners will get a bit of a boost this week with the expected return of speedy receiver Marquise Goodwin to the lineup. Goodwin has missed the past two games while dealing with a serious family matter but was at the facility Monday and expected to be back at practice on Wednesday.

Shanahan had challenged the Niners before their bye to come back focused for the stretch run of what has been a mostly lost season. Instead, San Francisco returned from the bye and lost 27-9 at Tampa Bay and then was hammered by the Seahawks.

The 49ers will try to avoid tying a franchise worst with a third straight loss by at least 17 points at home on Sunday against Denver. The Niners had three-game skids of losses of at least 17 points in 1963, 1999, 2005 and 2016.

“We didn’t play very well,” Shanahan said. “That doesn’t go into they didn’t respond to my challenge. You have to play very good football to win games and we haven’t done that enough consistently in all three phases throughout the year. Magic words don’t make people different. I want people to focus and worry about what they can control. We have four games left. We know we’re eliminated from the playoffs. So is this year over? This year has everything to do, for me, about next year.”

Shanahan also explained why he got so incensed at the officials after an offside call in the third quarter against Elijah Lee, who was trying to run on the field to replace Fred Warner while the Seahawks were in hurry-up mode.

Shanahan said Warner’s shoe fell off on the previous play and Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson threw it out of the way, forcing Warner to run and pick it up behind the line of scrimmage and Lee to try to rush on to take his place.

“I’m not saying he did that maliciously or anything. Who knows?” Shanahan said. “But it was an unusual situation and it was my tipping point.”

NOTES: Edge rusher Dekoda Watson will be placed on IR with a torn calf muscle. … S Jaquiski Tartt will miss this week’s game with a stinger.

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Colts look to rebound from dismal offensive performance

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Andrew Luck accepted the blame for Sunday's shutout.

By Monday, he and the Indianapolis Colts were already talking about Houston.

It's the same routine coach Frank Reich follows each week — make quick corrections, carefully game plan for the next opponent and don't overthink what went wrong.

Naturally, one subpar

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Andrew Luck accepted the blame for Sunday’s shutout.

By Monday, he and the Indianapolis Colts were already talking about Houston.

It’s the same routine coach Frank Reich follows each week — make quick corrections, carefully game plan for the next opponent and don’t overthink what went wrong.

Naturally, one subpar game won’t get Reich to change his strategy even with playoff aspirations at stake.

“Offensively, we just didn’t execute at the level and that ultimately falls on me,” Reich said during his weekly conference call. “It’s my job to put the players in the best position and we didn’t get that done yesterday. It hurts but hey we are shifting, we are moving gears to Houston.”

There were plenty of mistakes to correct Monday.

After throwing at least three touchdown passes in eight straight games, Luck couldn’t get the Colts (6-6) into the end zone even once at Jacksonville. His timing and improved accuracy were off, leading to the first shutout of Luck’s pro career.

Indy’s ground game wasn’t effective either and what had been an effective offensive line during the previous six games allowed three sacks and many more pressures Sunday without its starting center. Ryan Kelly missed his second straight game with an injured left knee.

Reich did some self-critiquing, too.

Three times with Indy in position to kick field goals, he went for it on fourth down. All three plays came up short.

“They outcoached me on that. They played a coverage they had not played in that situation. It was the answer in case they did that and we were just a little off in our execution,” Reich said, referring to the play on fourth-and-goal.

“The second (fourth-down) call, the reverse to (Eric) Ebron, it was a high risk-reward. I had envisioned that play into breaking out — not just a first down but possibly a 20 or 30-yard gain. We had a half yard to go. That would be the one that I would question myself the most on. Just run it up the middle. We had half a yard, run a quarterback sneak or just run a dive play up the middle and get the half yard. I took the risk for the big play and I was wrong.”

Those failures were compounded by a lack of potent plays, something that became a staple during the Colts’ five-game winning streak.

But for everyone inside the locker room, it was a stark reminder of just how quickly results change in the NFL.

Over those previous five games, which included two against top-six scoring defenses, Indy averaged 34.6 points. Luck played at a high level and running back Marlon Mack’s return from a hamstring injury helped keep the offense balanced.

That wasn’t the case Sunday.

“I didn’t hold up my end of the bargain,” Luck said following the loss. “(We’ve) got to improve. It’s disappointing. I am disappointed at myself, but we’ll get back to it and we’ll improve.”

Defensively, the Colts pressured quarterbacks, slowed down runners and held fast — as they also did against the Jags (4-8).

This week, they face a similar scenario against the league’s hottest team. The Texans have won nine straight since starting 0-3.

Houston’s defense is every bit as stingy and resourceful as what the Colts dealt with in Jacksonville. And yet Indy needs Luck & Co. to trade punches against a more proficient offense by fixing its flaws.

But Reich refuses to let his team make the mistake of spending too much time breaking down Sunday’s miscues at the expense of trying to rebound this week and reassert themselves in the AFC’s tight chase for the sixth and final playoff berth.

“What matters tomorrow is get better tomorrow,” Reich said. “Get better every day and then get ready to play the Houston Texans on Sunday.”

Notes: Reich only noted two injuries from the game — safety Mike Mitchell (calf) and center Evan Boehm (neck). Boehm returned from his injury and Reich expects him to be available against the Texans. He did not give a prognosis on Mitchell.

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Kendricks ‘ready to go’ for Seahawks, Carroll says

Kendricks 'ready to go' for Seahawks, Carroll says

Seattle Seahawks linebacker Mychal Kendricks is "ready to

Kendricks ‘ready to go’ for Seahawks, Carroll says

Seattle Seahawks linebacker Mychal Kendricks is “ready to go” this week after the NFL reinstated him Monday from an eight-week suspension, head coach Pete Carroll told reporters.

The 28-year-old Kendricks drew the lengthy suspension after he pleaded guilty to insider-trading charges. The Cleveland Browns released him in August after his indictment, and the Seahawks signed him shortly before his guilty plea.

Kendricks faces up to 25 years in prison at his sentencing, which is scheduled for January. He allegedly made almost $1.2 million by giving money and Philadelphia Eagles tickets to a banker friend in exchange for confidential information.

Carroll said Kendricks has done everything possible to prepare for his return, as the Seahawks remain without linebacker K.J. Wright (knee). Kendricks had two sacks and 15 tackles in three games before his suspension.

“We’re anxious to get him back out there,” Carroll said. “He’s really hungry to get out and do something to help us.”

The Seahawks will be without offensive lineman D.J. Fluker, who could miss “a couple of weeks” because of a hamstring strain, Carroll said. Jordan Simmons will start in Fluker’s place, as he did in Week 10.

Running back Chris Carson should be able to play after dislocating his finger Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers, Carroll said. Fellow running back C.J. Prosise is on injured reserve because of pending surgery on his abdomen.

At 7-5, the Seahawks are in the thick of the NFC wild-card race despite the Los Angeles Rams having locked up the NFC West. Their final four games of the regular season will be at home next Monday night against the Minnesota Vikings, at the San Francisco 49ers and back at home for a pair of games against the Kansas City Chiefs and Arizona Cardinals.

“We’re in a very upbeat mode about going after this end of the season,” Carroll said. “The fourth quarter is starting, so it’s time to try and finish this thing. … We know that we can win every game and we’re going out to get that done.”

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Report: Bengals’ Green to have surgery, season over

Report: Bengals' Green to have surgery, season over

Report: Bengals’ Green to have surgery, season over

Cincinnati Bengals wideout A.J. Green has torn ligaments in his right big toe and will have season-ending surgery, ESPN reported Monday.

Per the report, Green’s recovery will take three to four months, but he should recover fully and be ready for organized team activities in May.

Green was seen in a walking boot on Monday at the Bengals’ facility, but head coach Marvin Lewis declined to update his status.

The 30-year-old went down on a non-contact play in the second quarter on Sunday against the Denver Broncos, his first game back from a three-game absence due to a right big toe injury. The team quickly ruled him out Sunday with what it called a foot injury, but Green was grabbing at the toe and in apparent pain as he was carted to the locker room.

Green finishes the year with 46 catches for 694 yards and six touchdowns in nine games, with all but the touchdown total marking career lows. It is the second time in the last three seasons his campaign has been cut short by injury, after Green missed the final six games of the 2016 season with a torn hamstring.

Taken fourth overall by Cincinnati in 2011, Green could miss out on being named to the Pro Bowl for the first time in his eight-year career. Before this season, he had failed to collect 1,000 yards in a season just once, when he topped out at 964 in 10 games in 2016.

Green will be entering the final year of his contract in 2019, when he is due just under $12 million.

The Bengals, who are on a four-game losing streak, were already without quarterback Andy Dalton (thumb) for the season. This week’s game at the Los Angeles Chargers will be the Bengals’ first without Dalton or Green since Green was drafted.

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49ers’ Breida (ankle) will miss Denver game

49ers' Breida (ankle) will miss Denver game

San Francisco running back Matt

49ers’ Breida (ankle) will miss Denver game

San Francisco running back Matt Breida, who was limited Sunday due to a sprained left ankle, will sit out the 49ers’ home game this week against the Denver Broncos.

Niners coach Kyle Shanahan said Monday it will be the first time Breida misses a game since he was a freshman in high school.

In San Francisco’s 43-16 road loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, Breida gained just six yards on 5 carries. He added 51 yards on three receptions. Breida was nursing an ankle ailment that first occurred Oct. 7, and he re-injured the ankle Sunday, per Shanahan.

Jeff Wilson became the primary ball-carrier, gaining 61 yards on 15 attempts despite briefly exiting the game with a left foot injury. He also had eight catches for 73 yards.

Breida ranks 13th in the NFL in rushing yards at 744 (on 132 carries). His average of 5.6 yards per attempt ranks third in the league.

Shanahan added Monday that safety Jaquiski Tartt will not play Sunday against Denver. Tartt, who missed two games in September and two in November, has a shoulder injury. He was in action against the Seahawks, notching five tackles.

The 49ers are placing defensive end/outside linebacker Dekoda Watson on injured reserve due to a torn calf, Shanahan said. Watson sat out the first half of the season due to a hamstring injury, then returned to get two sacks and a forced fumble in four games before getting hurt again Sunday.

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Broncos’ Miller, Chubb drawing everyone’s attention

Broncos' Miller, Chubb drawing everyone's attention

Broncos’ Miller, Chubb drawing everyone’s attention

Denver Broncos: With Von Miller (12.5, second in NFL) and Bradley Chubb (10, tied for ninth) racking up the sacks this season, the Broncos have seen more and more teams commit to extra protection to slow the edge rush. Head coach Vance Joseph doesn’t necessarily see that as a bad thing. “I’ve seen Bradley and Von get double chipped — which is rare — but we kind of like that, especially when we’re rushing four and playing zone coverage because now we’ve got six guys over three receivers. That’s always a good deal when they’re double chipping those guys. … It works both ways for us.” Even with the extra attention, Chubb is 4.5 sacks shy of Jevon Kearse’s rookie sack record with four games to play, and Miller is six shy of his career high.

Kansas City Chiefs: Three days after the sudden release of running back Kareem Hunt, the Chiefs have quickly moved on, bringing back former back Charcandrick West, who was with Kansas City from 2014 until getting cut during training camp in August. Some of West’s contribution will come on special teams, but he’ll also have a chance to boost a running game that quietly struggled on Sunday. While the Chiefs totaled 174 yards on 30 carries against the Raiders, 89 of those yards came from quarterback Patrick Mahomes and wideout Tyreek Hill. Starting running back Spencer Ware averaged just 3.4 yards per carry on 14 touches, though Damien Williams was more effective (five carries, 38 yards).

Los Angeles Chargers: The most telling statistic to head coach Anthony Lynn from Sunday night’s comeback victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers was the Chargers’ success on third down after halftime, as L.A. went 4 for 4 while holding Pittsburgh to 0 for 4. “Converting the ball on third downs helped our running game get in a rhythm a bit,” Lynn said. “And when our running game can get in rhythm with the passing game, we can move the ball on anybody.” He added that the offense’s conversions gave the defense critical rest. The Chargers’ 39.2 percent third-down success rate ranks 16th this season, but they’ve gone 18 of 31 (58.1 percent) over the last three games (excluding a cameo by Geno Smith in Week 12).

Oakland Raiders: Despite a late rally, the Raiders lost again on Sunday to fall to 2-10 and officially be eliminated from the playoffs, but there have been a few positives in recent weeks. One is 2016 first-round safety Karl Joseph, who has started the last four games after getting just 14 defensive snaps through the season’s first seven weeks. “He’s been a really good open-field tackler,” Gruden said of Joseph. “I think he’s showing really good range. He’s recognizing plays and he’s making plays. That’s exciting. He’s getting better and better in this defense.” Meanwhile, seventh-round rookie wideout Marcell Ateman caught his first NFL touchdown in his third game. “It’s kind of neat seeing these young guys gaining confidence,” Gruden said.

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Winston becomes Bucs’ leader in career TD passes

Winston becomes Bucs' leader in career TD passes

Winston becomes Bucs’ leader in career TD passes

Atlanta Falcons: The season has bottomed out badly with four consecutive setbacks, leading to owner Arthur Blank receiving questions about the job performance of coach Dan Quinn. Turns out Blank is disappointed by the season, but Quinn has nothing to worry about when it comes to his status. “This is a difficult period for the coach,” Blank told reporters about the team’s fourth-year coach. “I think back on the years that we’ve had together and the incredible job he’s done.” Quinn, who needs a 4-0 finish to avoid his first losing season, appreciates the words from Blank. “During this time of year, especially, there’s 32 teams and 32 buildings and I’m aware that not everyone has that type of support,” Quinn said. “So I appreciate having a boss like that. I know what he stands for, and I love having that connection. It’s very important to me.”

Carolina Panthers: Four consecutive losses have hurt Carolina’s playoff chances but coach Ron Rivera made big changes on the defensive side of the ball on Monday by firing defensive line coach Brady Hoke and assistant secondary/cornerbacks coach Jeff Imamura. Rivera kept first-year defensive coordinator Eric Washington but said he will handle the defensive playcalling the rest of the season after also handling them in Sunday’s loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. “I have a bit of experience at playcalling and putting defenses together,” Rivera told reporters. “It’s an opportunity for me to work even closer with him to help him out as we go forward. Y’all got to remember your first time doing something. You weren’t perfect and somebody had to help you. That’s really what I’m here for.” There are rumblings Rivera’s job is on the line under new owner David Tepper and he bristled at questions pertaining to his future. “I am not going to address that question,” Rivera said. “Do not ask that question again, please.”

New Orleans Saints: The defense has allowed an average of 12.8 points over the last four games with the high allowed being 17. That rates as quite an improvement from earlier in the season when New Orleans allowed 35 or more three times, including 48 against Tampa Bay. The Saints play the Buccaneers again this Sunday and the unit feels like it is vastly different from when it lost to Tampa Bay in Week 1. “I feel like we’re getting to that level where we have to be recognized as one of those top defenses, but we got to keep pushing,” cornerback Marshon Lattimore told reporters. “We got to earn that. We can’t just have it come to us, so we got to earn it and keep going out there balling.” The Saints rank 12th in scoring defense at 22.4 points per game.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Quarterback Jameis Winston has thrown two touchdown passes in three straight games while enjoying his best stretch of the season. He also tossed his 81st career touchdown pass in last Sunday’s win over the Panthers to become the franchise’s all-time leader in that category, surpassing Josh Freeman (2009-13). More impressive to coach Dirk Koetter is Winston avoiding interceptions in 68 pass attempts over the past two games. “Jameis’ production when we don’t turn the ball over — when he doesn’t turn the ball over — is always going to be there,” Koetter told reporters. “Jameis is a fantastic player, and sometimes that gets negated by turnovers. You could see the last two weeks when we don’t turn the ball over, we’re a lot harder to beat.” Winston has 12 touchdowns against 11 interceptions this season.

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Jets QB Darnold could start Sunday vs. Bills

Jets QB Darnold could start Sunday vs. Bills

After sitting out three

Jets QB Darnold could start Sunday vs. Bills

After sitting out three games with a strained foot, Jets rookie quarterback Sam Darnold could be back in the lineup Sunday when New York visits the Buffalo Bills.

Head coach Todd Bowles said in a press conference Monday that Darnold’s return “remains to be seen,” adding, “I expect him to be out there. We’ll evaluate him as he goes out there.”

According to Bowles, Darnold was healthy enough to play against Tennessee on Sunday, but he chose to start Josh McCown because of concern the rookie would have “rust” issues after a four-week layoff, counting the bye week.

“You need some time to get your timing back and everything else,” Bowles said. “So, we’ll continue to give him reps and when I think he’s ready, he’ll play.”

Darnold will be monitored in practice this week, with the first test coming Wednesday when the Jets return to work.

The Jets are 0-3 with the 39-year-old McCown as the starter. In three games he’s thrown just one touchdown pass and four interceptions — including one that clinched the Jets’ 26-22 loss to the Titans.

“I’ll just see where he is from an accuracy standpoint, a timing standpoint, (and) a rust standpoint,” Bowles said of Darnold. “He’s got to see plays and I had him only throwing three (days) last week. He did get better and everything was fine, but he’ll get better even this week and then we’ll make that determination on Sunday.”

Darnold, the No. 3 overall pick from Southern California, has completed just 55 percent of his passes and leads the league with 14 interceptions. He has thrown for 1,934 yards and 11 touchdowns.

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