Jets place left guard James Carpenter on season-ending IR

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The New York Jets have placed left guard James Carpenter on the injured reserve list with a shoulder injury, ending the season for one of the team’s most reliable players.

Carpenter had started in 58 straight games since signing with the Jets as a free agent in 2015 until missing New York’s 27-13 loss to New England last Sunday. Spencer Long moved from center to left guard, and Jonotthan Harrison took over in Long’s spot. It appears that will be the plan moving forward.

The 29-year-old Carpenter was a first-round pick by Seattle out of Alabama in 2011. He played his first four seasons with the Seahawks, including winning a Super Bowl in 2014.

The Jets also announced Wednesday that they have promoted offensive lineman Ben Braden from the practice squad.

Running back Mark Thompson was signed to the practice squad. He was signed by Baltimore as an undrafted free agent in the spring out of Florida.

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NFL roundup: Ravens sink 49ers on last-play FG

NFL roundup: Ravens sink 49ers on last-play FG

Justin Tucker drilled

NFL roundup: Ravens sink 49ers on last-play FG

Justin Tucker drilled a 49-yard field goal on the final play of the game Sunday afternoon, giving the Baltimore Ravens a 20-17 home victory for their eighth straight win.

Tucker’s successful kick was his second of the day and his 38th straight in the fourth quarter of games in his career.

The Ravens (10-2) covered 34 yards in 12 plays to kill the final 6:28 before the winning field goal. Lamar Jackson kept the drive alive with a 3-yard sneak on fourth-and-1 at Baltimore’s 44.

The winning drive began after the 49ers failed on a fourth-and-1 at the Baltimore 35, when Jimmy Garoppolo had a pass deflected at the line of scrimmage. San Francisco (10-2) lost for the second time in its last four games after an 8-0 start.

Chiefs 40, Raiders 9

Quarterback Patrick Mahomes passed for just 175 yards in windy conditions, but host Kansas City relied on a stubborn defense to stomp Oakland.

The victory widened the advantage the Chiefs (8-4) enjoy in the AFC West, as the second-place Raiders fell to 6-6. Quarterback Derek Carr managed just 222 yards passing for the Raiders, who suffered consecutive 30-point losses for the second time in franchise history and the first since 1961. They fell 34-3 last week to the New York Jets.

The sub-200 yard performance was the second straight for Mahomes, who went 15 of 29 with a touchdown. The need for offensive production was minimized by three takeaways generated by Kansas City, including an interception returned for a touchdown by rookie safety Juan Thornhill.

Packers 31, Giants 13

Green Bay rebounded from an awful loss to the San Francisco 49ers and handed New York its eighth consecutive loss in East Rutherford, N.J.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, coming off one of the worst games of his career, threw four touchdown passes. Giants rookie quarterback Daniel Jones, on the other hand, tossed three interceptions.

Jones, the sixth pick of the draft, won his first two starts in place of Eli Manning but has dropped eight straight. After throwing 11 touchdown passes vs. one interception in his last four starts, Jones was back to his error-prone self. While he didn’t add to his league-worst figures of 14 fumbles and 10 lost fumbles, he threw interceptions to cornerback Kevin King, safety Darnell Savage and slot Tramon Williams.

Bengals 22, Jets 6

Cincinnati earned its first win of the season as Andy Dalton returned to the starting lineup and threw for 243 yards and one touchdown in a victory over visiting New York.

The win ended the longest season-opening losing streak in franchise history for the Bengals (1-11) and ensured they would not join the 2008 Detroit Lions and 2017 Cleveland Browns as the only teams to go winless over a 16-game season.

The Jets (4-8) not only had a three-game winning streak snapped but also made the wrong kind of history Sunday, when they became the first NFL team to lose twice to teams that were 0-7 or worse entering the game. The Miami Dolphins were 0-7 before beating New York 26-18 on Nov. 3.

Dolphins 37, Eagles, 31

Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 365 yards and three touchdowns, and Miami scored 23 consecutive points to defeat visiting Philadelphia.

Fitzpatrick completed 27 of 39 passes and rallied the Dolphins (3-9) from a 28-14 deficit. Wide receiver DeVante Parker had seven catches for a career-high 159 yards and two scores.

Philadelphia quarterback Carson Wentz was 28 of 46 for 310 yards and three touchdowns, but the Eagles dropped their third in a row and fell to 5-7.

Steelers 20, Browns 13

After a slow start, quarterback Devlin “Duck” Hodges, and Pittsburgh came on to beat visiting Cleveland.

Hodges, an undrafted third-stringer who was given the start over Mason Rudolph, was 14-of-21 passing for 212 yards, an interception and a touchdown to James Washington (four catches, 111 yards) as Pittsburgh (7-5) erased a 10-0 deficit. Benny Snell added a touchdown run.

Cleveland’s Baker Mayfield passed for 196 yards, with a touchdown to Kareem Hunt and an interception. He was sacked five times.

Titans 31, Colts 17

Tye Smith returned a blocked field goal 63 yards to snap a fourth-quarter tie, and Ryan Tannehill added his second touchdown pass two minutes later, as visiting Tennessee rallied for a win over Indianapolis.

The Titans (7-5) won for the fifth time in six games, avenging a September home loss to the Colts (6-6), and moved within a half-game of Houston for first place in the AFC South. The Texans host New England on Sunday night.

With the game tied at 17, Adam Vinatieri tried a 46-yard field goal to put Indianapolis ahead. But Dane Cruickshank surged through the right side to snuff the kick, and Smith sprinted untouched to the end zone with 5:02 left. It was the second field-goal attempt blocked by Tennessee in the game.

Rams 34, Cardinals 7

Jared Goff threw for 424 yards and connected on his first touchdown pass in over a month, as visiting Los Angeles boosted its shrinking playoff hopes by rolling to a victory over Arizona.

Goff threw two touchdowns on the day, his first scoring strikes since Oct. 27 in a victory over the Cincinnati Bengals in London. Tight end Tyler Higbee and wide receiver Cooper Kupp caught scoring passes as the Rams (7-5) rebounded from a demoralizing 45-6 defeat to the Baltimore Ravens on Monday night.

Cardinals rookie quarterback Kyler Murray was 19 of 34 for 163 yards, was sacked six times and threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown by Rams rookie safety Taylor Rapp. The Cardinals (3-8-1) were held to 63 total yards in the first half and 198 in the game while losing for the fifth consecutive time.

Broncos 23, Chargers 20

Brandon McManus kicked a game-winning 53-yard field goal as time expired, and rookie quarterback Drew Lock passed for two touchdowns in his NFL debut to lift host Denver to a victory against Los Angeles.

The Broncos (4-8) snapped a two-game losing streak and swept the season series, while the Chargers (4-8) lost their third straight.

McManus’ field goal followed a 37-yard pass interference penalty against the Chargers on a play that began with just nine seconds remaining. It was the third field goal in the game’s final 4:26.

Buccaneers 28, Jaguars 11

Linebacker Devin White intercepted a pass to set up a score and then returned a fumble for a touchdown, as visiting Tampa Bay built a 25-point halftime lead and held off Gardner Minshew-led Jacksonville.

Rookie quarterback Minshew replaced Nick Foles at the start of the second half, with the Jaguars down 25-0. Foles was 7 of 14 for 93 yards with one interception and two lost fumbles, with the three turnovers leading to 22 Buccaneers points.

Jameis Winston was 21 of 33 for 268 yards for the Bucs (5-7). Minshew finished 16 of 27 for 147 yards, one TD and one interception for the Jaguars (4-8), who were penalized 16 times for 125 yards.

Redskins 29, Panthers 21

Derrius Guice rushed for two touchdowns, and Washington came up with a late goal-line stand in a victory against host Carolina in Charlotte, N.C.

The Redskins (3-9) won for the second week in a row, and they didn’t allow a point for a 48-minute stretch until the game’s final two minutes. Guice gained 129 yards on 10 carries. Teammate Adrian Peterson picked up 99 rushing yards on 13 attempts, including a 12-yard touchdown run with 4:26 to play.

Panthers quarterback Kyle Allen scrambled 17 yards for a touchdown with 1:51 remaining on a drive extended because of a fourth-down conversion. Carolina recovered the ensuing onside kick and reached the Washington 1 for a first down before running back Christian McCaffrey lost yards on consecutive plays, followed by an incomplete pass and a sack.

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Colts QB Brissett to play Sunday; WR Hilton out

Colts QB Brissett to play Sunday; WR Hilton out

Jacoby

Colts QB Brissett to play Sunday; WR Hilton out

Jacoby Brissett will be back at quarterback on Sunday for the Indianapolis Colts when they face the Jacksonville Jaguars.

“Jacoby was full go the whole week,” coach Frank Reich told reporters on Friday. “He looked good, so he’ll be our starter.”

Brissett sprained his left knee in the Colts’ 26-24 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Nov. 3. He sat out last Sunday’s game, a four-point loss to the Miami Dolphins.

Reich said he couldn’t estimate how near the quarterback was to 100 percent recovered.

“He’s looked really good. I really don’t want to put a percentage on it. I know he’s good enough to play,” Reich said.

On the season, the 26-year-old Brissett has completed 64.8 percent of his passes for 1,649 yards in eight starts. He’s thrown 14 touchdowns and been intercepted three times.

Reich also announced that No. 1 receiver T.Y. Hilton will miss the game with a calf injury. He last played on Oct. 27 in a win against Denver.

Hilton, a four-time Pro Bowl selection, has 32 receptions for 360 yards and five touchdowns in 2019.

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Lions QB Stafford to miss 5th straight game

Lions QB Stafford to miss 5th straight game

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford will miss his fifth

Lions QB Stafford to miss 5th straight game

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford will miss his fifth straight game this Sunday when Detroit (3-8-1) visits the Minnesota Vikings (8-4).

The 31-year-old Stafford is still recovering from a back injury sustained during the Lions’ Week 9 loss at the Oakland Raiders. However, the Pro Bowler said earlier this week that his back is healing “as it should” and does not foresee any long-term implications from the injury.

“It’s something that was kind of a freak deal that happened and obviously got to take it in stride and listen to the doctors, my body, coaches, everybody, kind of figure out what’s best,” Stafford said Wednesday, according to the Detroit Free Press. “But I was having a lot of fun playing when I was out there, wish I could be out there right now helping us try to win games. It’s just not the case. …

“I want to play for a long time,” added the 11-year veteran, who had made 136 consecutive starts before his injury, a streak that dated to the start of the 2011 season.

Stafford has passed for 2,499 yards with 19 touchdowns and five interceptions this season as the team went 3-4-1 when he was on the field. The former No. 1 overall selection in the 2009 NFL Draft has career totals of 41,025 passing yards over 11 seasons with 256 TDs and 134 interceptions.

Also ruled out for Sunday is defensive end Da’Shawn Hand, marking his 10th missed game. Hand re-aggravated an ankle injury during Wednesday’s practice and did not practice the last two days.

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Redskins turn back Panthers for second straight win

Redskins turn back Panthers for second straight win

Redskins turn back Panthers for second straight win

Derrius Guice rushed for two touchdowns and the Washington Redskins came up with a late goal-line stand in a 29-21 victory against the host Carolina Panthers on Sunday afternoon in Charlotte, N.C.

The Redskins (3-9) won for the second week in a row and they didn’t allow a point for a 48-minute stretch until the game’s final two minutes.

Panthers quarterback Kyle Allen scrambled 17 yards for a touchdown with 1:51 remaining on a drive extended because of a fourth-down conversion. Carolina recovered the ensuing onside kick and reached the Washington 1 for a first down before running back Christian McCaffrey lost yards on consecutive plays, followed by an incomplete pass and a sack.

Guice gained 129 yards on 10 carries. Teammate Adrian Peterson picked up 99 rushing yards on 13 attempts, including a 12-yard touchdown run with 4:26 to play.

Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins was 13-for-25 for 147 yards.

Allen was 27 of 46 for 278 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.

The Panthers (5-7) have a four-game losing streak.

Carolina built a 14-0 lead less than 10 minutes into the game. The Panthers scored on the opening drive, with Allen throwing 4 yards to Curtis Samuel. Allen threw 13 yards to wide-open DJ Moore for another touchdown.

Washington’s Dustin Hopkins kicked first-half field goals from 25 and 42 yards as the Redskins trailed 14-12 at the half. His 36-yarder in the third quarter gave Washington a 15-14 lead.

That was the score in the fourth quarter when the Redskins went 67 yards in seven plays to stretch the lead. Guice ran 37 yards to the 1 before diving in for the score on the next play with 9:09 remaining.

Guice’s 1-yard TD run in the second quarter was set up by cornerback Fabian Moreau’s interception and 10-yard return to the Carolina 1-yard line to make it 14-12. The Redskins tried to tie the game, but an apparent completed two-point conversion pass was overturned on video review.

Panthers tight end Greg Olsen was helped off the field after a vicious hit to the head by Washington linebacker Ryan Anderson with 4:25 remaining in the third quarter. Olsen was placed in concussion protocol, while Anderson was disqualified from the remainder of the game for the helmet-to-helmet contact.

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Panthers TE Olsen exits with concussion

Panthers TE Olsen exits with concussion

Carolina Panthers

Panthers TE Olsen exits with concussion

Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen was helped off the field after a vicious hit to the head by Washington Redskins linebacker Ryan Anderson with 4:25 remaining in the third quarter of Sunday afternoon’s game at Charlotte, N.C.

A short time later, the Panthers said Olsen was in concussion protocol and would miss the rest of the game.

Anderson was disqualified from the remainder of the game for the helmet-to-helmet contact. Olsen fumbled the ball on the reception, but the ensuing 15-yard penalty gave the Panthers a first down.

Olsen had two receptions for 14 yards before exiting.

The Redskins led 15-14 entering the fourth quarter.

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Bucs rout Jaguars, as Foles benched for Minshew

Bucs rout Jaguars, as Foles benched for Minshew

Bucs rout Jaguars, as Foles benched for Minshew

Linebacker Devin White intercepted a pass to set up a score and then returned a fumble for a touchdown, as the visiting Tampa Bay Buccaneers built a 25-point halftime lead and held off the Gardner Minshew-led Jacksonville Jaguars 28-11 on Sunday.

Rookie quarterback Minshew replaced Nick Foles at the start of the second half, with Jacksonville down 25-0. Foles was 7 of 14 for 93 yards with one interception and two lost fumbles, with the three turnovers leading to 22 Buccaneers points.

Minshew directed a drive that led to Josh Lambo’s 53-yard field goal at 5:46 of the third quarter, and then threw touchdown and two-point conversion passes to Dede Westbrook to make the score 25-11 at 13:37 of the fourth quarter.

The Minshew Magic seemed to be in full force with his fourth-and-5 completion to Keelan Cole that moved the ball to the Tampa Bay 8 midway through the fourth quarter. But on third-and-goal from the 2, Minshew’s pass was deflected and then intercepted by rookie cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting with just more than six minutes left.

Jacksonville held Tampa Bay to a three-and-out, but Bradley Pinion’s 63-yard punt, combined with an illegal block penalty, put Jacksonville on its own 30-yard line. The Jags failed to get a first down, giving the ball to Tampa Bay with little more than three minutes remaining.

Jameis Winston was 21 of 33 for 268 yards for the Buccaneers (5-7).

Minshew finished 16 of 27 for 147 yards, one TD and one INT for the Jaguars (4-8), who were penalized 16 times for 125 yards.

The Bucs held a 25-0 halftime lead after Jacksonville’s first three possessions ended with turnovers — an interception and two fumbles by Foles — that led to Tampa Bay points.

Peyton Barber ran 15 yards off the right side for a score to give the Bucs a 7-0 lead with 2:49 left in the first quarter. It capped an eight-play, 69-yard drive that began after White intercepted a Foles pass.

Two plays later, White returned a fumble 12 yards for a TD after Shaquil Barrett strip-sacked Foles on second-and-7. Barber then ran for the two-point conversion to make the score 15-0 at 2:39 of the first.

Tampa Bay went ahead 22-0 after Barber ran 1 yard for his second TD. That seven-play, 83-yard scoring drive started after Foles fumbled while being sacked by Carl Nassib. Ndamukong Suh recovered the ball at the Bucs’ 17-yard line.

Matt Gay’s 25-yard field goal boosted the lead to 25-0 57 seconds before halftime. He also had a 37-yarder at 2:19 of the fourth quarter.

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Tucker’s game-winning FG gives Ravens 20-17 victory over 49ers

Tucker’s game-winning FG gives Ravens 20-17 victory over 49ers

Tucker’s game-winning FG gives Ravens 20-17 victory over 49ers

Justin Tucker drilled a 49-yard field goal on the final play of the game Sunday afternoon, giving the Baltimore Ravens a 20-17 home victory over the San Francisco 49ers in a late-season battle of NFL titans.

The win was the eighth in a row for the Ravens (10-2), leaders of the AFC North.

San Francisco (10-2) lost for the second time in its last four games after an 8-0 start.

Tucker’s successful kick was his second of the day and his 38th straight in the fourth quarter of games in his career.

The Ravens’ final drive covered 34 yards in 12 plays, killing the final 6:28, and began after the 49ers failed on a fourth-and-1 at the Baltimore 35 when Jimmy Garoppolo had a pass deflected at the line of scrimmage.

Lamar Jackson kept the winning drive alive with a 3-yard sneak on fourth-and-1 at Baltimore’s 44.

Jackson finished with a team-high 101 yards on 16 carries, his fourth 100-yard game of the season. No previous NFL quarterback had ever rushed for 100 yards in more than three games in a single season.

In a steady rain, the second half turned into a defensive struggle after the Ravens had taken a 17-14 lead in an offensive-minded first half.

Before the game-winning field goal, the only scoring in the second half had been a 32-yard field goal by the 49ers’ Robbie Gould that tied the game at 17-all with 3:37 remaining in the third period.

Jackson had one rushing and one passing touchdown in the first half, during which the Ravens took the lead on a Tucker 30-yard field goal late in the second quarter. Jackson’s TD pass covered 20 yards to Mark Andrews after the 49ers had opened the scoring on a 33-yard Garoppolo-to-Deebo Samuels connection.

Jackson put Baltimore up 14-7 early in the second quarter with a 1-yard TD run, but this time it was San Francisco that countered, drawing even on a 40-yard scamper by Raheem Mostert.

The first half featured just one turnover, but it was a costly one for the 49ers. Garoppolo was stripped of the football on a sack by Chuck Clark, with Brandon Williams recovering at the San Francisco 23 midway through the first quarter.

Andrews’ TD catch came two plays later.

Jackson threw for just 105 yards on 14-for-23 passing with the one TD. Andrews was his top receiver with three catches for 50 yards and the one score.

Garoppolo went 15-for-21 for 165 yards and his one TD pass.

There were no interceptions in the game.

Mostert was the game’s leading rusher with 146 yards and one TD on 19 carries.

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Chiefs RB Damien Williams (ribs) ruled out vs. Patriots

Chiefs RB Damien Williams (ribs) ruled out vs. Patriots

Kansas

Chiefs RB Damien Williams (ribs) ruled out vs. Patriots

Kansas City Chiefs running back Damien Williams has been ruled out for this weekend’s road game against the New England Patriots.

LeSean McCoy, rookie Darwin Thompson and the returning Spencer Ware are expected to handle the backfield responsibilities for the Chiefs (8-4) on Sunday (4:25 p.m. ET) against the Patriots (10-2).

Williams injured his ribs in Kansas City’s 24-17 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers in Mexico City on Nov. 18 and has not played since. The 27-year-old has 309 yards rushing and three touchdowns this season to go along with 23 receptions for 156 yards and a score.

McCoy, 31, leads the Chiefs with 410 yards on the ground and four rushing touchdowns. He also has 27 receptions for 177 yards and a score.

Thompson, 23, has just eight carries for 52 yards and a touchdown in limited action since being selected in the sixth round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

Ware was signed this week by the Chiefs after the team placed fellow running back Darrel Williams on injured reserve.

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Bengals CB Kirkpatrick (knee) out for season

Bengals CB Kirkpatrick (knee) out for season

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Bengals CB Kirkpatrick (knee) out for season

The Cincinnati Bengals placed cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick on injured reserve on Friday due to the knee injury he suffered in Week 6.

The club had held out hope Kirkpatrick could return this season but the move ends the 30-year-old’s season.

“It’s been hard to predict when he doesn’t feel ready to come back in these next couple of weeks,” Bengals coach Zac Taylor told reporters after Friday’s practice. “So I felt it was in everybody’s best interest to give him time to heal. It’s tough when you’ve got guys that you’re not quite sure what the long-term diagnosis is going to be and they keep taking a spot. We just felt like it was the best decision and it gives him a chance to get healthy.”

Kirkpatrick hyperextended his left knee against the Baltimore Ravens in the Week 6 contest.

Kirkpatrick had 33 tackles in six games. He has spent all eight of his NFL seasons with Cincinnati and has 10 career interceptions with 306 tackles.

Cincinnati also activated receiver Damion Willis and linebacker Hardy Nickerson off the practice squad.

Willis had nine catches for 82 yards in seven games (two starts) for the Bengals earlier this season. Nickerson made 71 tackles in 30 games (nine starts) with the club over the previous two seasons and was waived at the end of the preseason and re-signed to the practice squad on Sept. 3.

Cincinnati had an open roster spot after releasing linebacker Preston Brown earlier this week.

Also, the Bengals declared receiver A.J. Green (ankle), guard Alex Redmond (knee/ankle) and tight end Drew Sample (ankle) as out for Sunday’s road game against the Oakland Raiders. Green, a seven-time Pro Bowl selection, has yet to play this season.

Defensive tackle Geno Atkins (ankle) and offensive tackle Bobby Hart (shoulder) are questionable.

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49ers DE Ford set to play Sunday at New Orleans

49ers DE Ford set to play Sunday at New Orleans

San Francisco defensive end

49ers DE Ford set to play Sunday at New Orleans

San Francisco defensive end Dee Ford will be back in the lineup this Sunday vs. the New Orleans Saints, head coach Kyle Shanahan said on Friday.

Ford has missed the last two games with a hamstring injury and was a limited participant in practice this week, but Shanahan said the six-year veteran was on pace to play this weekend in New Orleans.

“We were tempted to put him in last week just because he was close,” Shanahan said in a radio interview Friday morning. “But any time you’ve got a hamstring (injury), it’s way too risky. It was hard to keep him out last week, but he’s looked good in practice this week.

“We still have one more (practice) today, so hopefully, he’ll go out there today and continue that. If he does, he looks on track to play, and I’m expecting him to have a big game.”

A 2018 Pro Bowl selection with Kansas City, Ford has recorded 14 tackles, 6.5 sacks, six tackles for loss and two forced fumbles in 10 games in his first season with the 49ers. He played his first five seasons in the league with the Chiefs, who traded Ford to the 49ers last March.

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Bucs rout Jaguars as Foles benched for Minshew

Bucs rout Jaguars as Foles benched for Minshew

Bucs rout Jaguars as Foles benched for Minshew

Linebacker Devin White intercepted a pass to set up a score and then returned a fumble for a touchdown, as the visiting Tampa Bay Buccaneers built a 25-point halftime lead and held off the Gardner Minshew-led Jacksonville Jaguars 28-11 on Sunday.

Rookie quarterback Minshew replaced Nick Foles at the start of the second half, with Jacksonville down 25-0. Foles was 7 of 14 for 93 yards with one interception and two lost fumbles, with the three turnovers leading to 22 Buccaneers points.

Minshew directed a drive that led to Josh Lambo’s 53-yard field goal at 5:46 of the third quarter, and then threw touchdown and two-point conversion passes to Dede Westbrook to make the score 25-11 at 13:37 of the fourth quarter.

The Minshew Magic seemed to be in full force with his fourth-and-5 completion to Keelan Cole that moved the ball to the Tampa Bay 8 midway through the fourth quarter. But on third-and-goal from the 2, Minshew’s pass was deflected and then intercepted by rookie cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting with just more than six minutes left.

Jacksonville held Tampa Bay to a three-and-out, but Bradley Pinion’s 63-yard punt, combined with an illegal block penalty, put Jacksonville on its own 30-yard line. The Jags failed to get a first down, giving the ball to Tampa Bay with little more than three minutes remaining.

Jameis Winston was 21 of 33 for 268 yards for the Buccaneers (5-7).

Minshew finished 16 of 27 for 147 yards, one TD and one interception for the Jaguars (4-8), who were penalized 16 times for 125 yards.

The Bucs held a 25-0 halftime lead after Jacksonville’s first three possessions ended with turnovers — an interception and two fumbles by Foles — that led to Tampa Bay points.

Peyton Barber ran 15 yards off the right side for a score to give the Bucs a 7-0 lead with 2:49 left in the first quarter. It capped an eight-play, 69-yard drive that began after White intercepted a Foles pass.

Two plays later, White returned a fumble 14 yards for a TD after Shaquil Barrett strip-sacked Foles on second-and-7. Barber then ran for the two-point conversion to make the score 15-0 at 2:39 of the first.

Tampa Bay went ahead 22-0 after Barber ran 1 yard for his second TD. That seven-play, 83-yard scoring drive started after Foles fumbled while being sacked by Carl Nassib. Ndamukong Suh recovered the ball at the Bucs’ 17-yard line.

Matt Gay’s 25-yard field goal boosted the lead to 25-0 57 seconds before halftime. He also had a 37-yarder at 2:19 of the fourth quarter.

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Panthers TE Olsen (concussion) ruled out vs. Falcons

Panthers TE Olsen (concussion) ruled out vs. Falcons

Carolina Panthers tight end

Panthers TE Olsen (concussion) ruled out vs. Falcons

Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen has been ruled out for this weekend’s road game against the Atlanta Falcons.

Olsen sustained a concussion on a helmet-to-helmet hit by Washington Redskins defensive end Ryan Anderson in the third quarter of the Panthers’ 29-21 setback this past Sunday.

A three-time Pro Bowl selection, Olsen did not practice all week as Carolina (5-7) prepares to face NFC South rival Atlanta (3-9) on Sunday (1 p.m. ET).

Fellow tight end Ian Thomas is expected to receive a boost in playing time in place of the 34-year-old Olsen, who has recorded 48 receptions for 552 yards and two touchdowns this season.

Thomas, 23, has five catches for 28 yards this season.

Also on Friday, the Panthers announced that offensive tackle Greg Little will miss his second consecutive game with an ankle injury.

Defensive end Mario Addison (groin) and offensive tackle Garrett McGhin (ankle) were listed as questionable after being limited participants in Friday’s practice.

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Browns’ Garrett suspended indefinitely, two others disciplined

Browns' Garrett suspended indefinitely, two others disciplined

Browns’ Garrett suspended indefinitely, two others disciplined

Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett was suspended indefinitely without pay for his role in a melee in Thursday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, as the NFL reacted with swift and harsh penalties one day after the ugly incident.

The minimum six-game suspension for Garrett, which would extend to the playoffs if the Browns advance, is the largest ever handed out by the NFL for a single-game incident.

Also suspended for their role in the fracas, notable for Garrett swinging a helmet at Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph, was Browns defensive lineman Larry Ogunjobi (one game and a fine) and Steelers offensive lineman Maurkice Pouncey (three games and a fine.)

The Browns and Steelers organizations also were fined $250,000 each.

Browns owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam issued a statement shortly after the NFL handed down the discipline.

“We are extremely disappointed in what transpired last evening at the end of our game,” the statement said. “There is no place for that in football and that is not reflective of the core values we strive for as an organization. We sincerely apologize to Mason Rudolph and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Myles Garrett has been a good teammate and member of our organization and community for the last three years but his actions last night were completely unacceptable. We understand the consequences from the league for his actions.”

The incident started after Rudolph dumped off a short pass. After getting knocked down, Rudolph appeared to grab at Garrett’s helmet before Garrett ripped off Rudolph’s helmet and, with Steelers’ offensive linemen attempting to intervene, hit the quarterback in the head with it.

“It was bush league,” Rudolph, who was uninjured, told reporters afterward. “Total coward move on his part. I get it. I mean it’s OK, though. I’ll take it. I’m not going to back down from any bully out there.”

Rudolph did not initially fall from the hit by the helmet, as he turned to officials with his hands raised, but Ogunjobi charged at him from behind and shoved him to the ground.

Meanwhile, Steelers offensive lineman David DeCastro tackled Garrett, and Pouncey jumped on the pile, throwing several punches at Garrett before kicking at him once and throwing more punches.

After conferring with replay officials in New York, referee Clete Blakeman ejected Garrett, Ogunjobi and Pouncey. That made four ejections in the game, after Browns safety Damarious Randall was disqualified following a helmet-to-helmet hit that concussed Steelers wideout Diontae Johnson in the third quarter.

Before Garrett can be reinstated, he has to first meet with the commissioner’s office in New York. In addition to not being paid for the games he will miss, he was also fined an undisclosed amount.

In a statement, the NFL said that further discipline to players “will be forthcoming through the standard accountability process, including those players that left the bench to enter the fight area.”

The suspensions can be appealed within three business days.

The previous record suspension was five games in 2006 for the Tennessee Titans’ Albert Haynesworth after he stomped on the head of the Dallas Cowboys’ Andre Gurode and caused lacerations that required 30 stitches.

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Patriots giving K Folk a chance to show he’s healthy

Patriots giving K Folk a chance to show he's healthy

Patriots giving K Folk a chance to show he’s healthy

Without a kicker, the New England Patriots are ready to welcome back Nick Folk if he can show he is recovered from an emergency appendectomy last week, according to an NFL Network report.

Folk was reportedly back at practice with the Patriots on Friday trying to show he is healthy enough to deliver in Sunday’s key game against the Kansas City Chiefs. But he remained a free agent at the start of the day.

After three games as the Patriots’ kicker, Folk was cut last week after his appendix procedure, with speculation that he would return when healthy. New England brought in Kai Forbath to kick against the Houston Texans on Sunday, but he was cut after going 1 of 1 on field goals and 1 of 2 on extra points in a 28-22 defeat.

The Patriots’ kicking situation has been a revolving door ever since Stephen Gostkowski went on season-ending injured reserve with a hip injury.

Mike Nugent first received a chance after Gostkowski, but he was cut before Folk was signed.

Folk, 35, has made 80.3 percent of his field goals over a 12-year career that has included stops with the Dallas Cowboys, New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Patriots. He has also converted 345 of his 349 extra points (98.9 percent).

–Field Level Media

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Steelers rally to beat Browns in clean rematch

Steelers rally to beat Browns in clean rematch

Steelers rally to beat Browns in clean rematch

After a slow start Sunday, quarterback Devlin “Duck” Hodges and the Pittsburgh Steelers came on to beat the visiting Cleveland Browns 20-13.

Hodges, an undrafted third-stringer who was given the start over Mason Rudolph, was 14-of-21 passing for 212 yards, an interception and a touchdown to James Washington (four catches, 111 yards) as Pittsburgh (7-5) erased a 10-0 deficit. Benny Snell added a touchdown run.

The Steelers played without top receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and No. 1 running back James Conner, both out with injuries.

Cleveland’s Baker Mayfield passed for 196 yards, with a touchdown to Kareem Hunt and an interception. He was sacked five times.

The Browns (5-7), who had won three straight, got a scare with seven seconds left in the second quarter when Mayfield left after getting his right hand tangled in the facemask of Steelers linebacker Bud Dupree on a follow-through, but he was able to return.

This was a rematch 17 days after the rivals engaged in a last-minute melee that included Cleveland’s Myles Garrett drawing an indefinite suspension for hitting Pittsburgh’s Mason Rudolph in the head with a helmet, but there was no apparent carryover.

On the opening drive, Cleveland took a 3-0 lead on Austin Seibert’s 31-yard field goal.

The Browns increased that to 10-0 as Mayfield went 4 for 4 on a 70-yard drive that ended with Hunt coming out of the backfield for a 15-yard touchdown, his first of the year after an earlier suspension. He caught the ball around the 13 and broke two tackles.

At that point, Cleveland had outgained Pittsburgh 147 yards to 9 yards.

Hodges and the Steelers offense seemed to gain confidence, beginning with a 10-play, 62-yard push to set up Chris Boswell’s 39-yard field goal to make it 10-3.

Pittsburgh tied it with one minute before halftime, driving 69 yards on five plays, with Hodges hitting Washington for a 30-yard touchdown.

Snell powered in from 1 yard on the opening possession of the second half for his first career touchdown and a 17-10 Pittsburgh lead.

Mayfield’s fumble helped set up Boswell’s 29-yarder to make it 20-10 early in the fourth quarter.

Seibert’s 34-yard field goal cut it to 20-13 with 7:30 left.

Joe Haden’s interception of Mayfield with 1:06 left sealed it.

–Field Level Media

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Take 5: Mahomes vs. Belichick, Part III highlights Week 14

Take 5: Mahomes vs. Belichick, Part III highlights Week 14

Take 5: Mahomes vs. Belichick, Part III highlights Week 14

Among a handful of juicy Week 14 matchups, the Kansas City Chiefs’ trip to face the New England Patriots grabs the spotlight because of the Patrick Mahomes vs. Bill Belichick clash.

The Chiefs’ offense vs. Patriots’ defense produced two of last season’s best tactical battles, and Round 3 should not disappoint.

1. Reid, Mahomes should know what to expect

No matter Belichick’s plan, the Chiefs will see heavy doses of man coverage. Not only is that the Patriots’ defensive identity, but it has given Kansas City trouble this season, and it worked well in last year’s AFC Championship Game.

Belichick’s plan in January was very defined. He fully dedicated one cornerback (usually Jonathan Jones) and safety Devin McCourty to Tyreek Hill on almost every snap, leaving all others in man coverage with no help. He put cornerback J.C. Jackson on tight end Travis Kelce and Stephon Gilmore on Sammy Watkins before flipping those assignments late. Up front, he rushed four or five (occasionally six) defenders with a litany of stunts and twists.

The Patriots won’t roll out an identical plan, but the approach toward Hill worked (just one catch for 42 yards) and should continue. Given Watkins’ quiet season, Gilmore might take Kelce all game, or at least on red-zone and third-down snaps as he did recently against Zach Ertz. Belichick could put Jackson on Watkins, or on Mecole Hardman, after the cornerback matched similarly speedy Will Fuller often last week.

Belichick’s array of stunts and twists could be even more effective than last year, as the Chiefs’ O-line has been banged-up and spotty. Likewise, Mahomes has played somewhat looser and more recklessly of late, getting away with several near-interceptions. The Patriots’ approach — which included variations of Cover-0 blitzes in both meetings last year — could be to encourage Mahomes’ impatience.

Andy Reid’s priority should be to get Mahomes playing on-schedule early with quickly defined concepts to attack man coverage. The Chiefs caught fire late in the January game with pick plays and screens, many featuring running back Damien Williams. They shouldn’t wait to unveil those this time.

Kansas City also featured running backs on vertical routes in both meetings last year, including three to Williams in the championship game that failed for various reasons — pressure, an overthrow by Mahomes and an unexpected Cover-2 call. The Chiefs will surely try again Sunday, whether it’s with Williams (battling injury) or newly re-signed Spencer Ware.

2. Why Spagnuolo should keep it simple

Meanwhile, the Patriots’ offense continues to struggle, hindered by a weak O-line and a lack of weapons. The latter is a growing issue, as more teams have zeroed in on two key players: Julian Edelman and James White.

On Sunday, Texans D-coordinator Romeo Crennel often put two defenders on Edelman and a cornerback on White, who is essentially a receiver. The Patriots added two touchdowns once Crennel went to soft zones late, but they otherwise produced little.

Chiefs D-coordinator Steve Spagnuolo has the personnel to do the same. He could use safety Tyrann Mathieu to double-team Edelman alongside a cornerback, or simply dedicate Mathieu to White and put two others on Edelman.

Spagnuolo’s plans, though, typically involve more complexity. He employs a variety of man and zone looks with coverage rotations, and he’s incorporated more blitzes involving off-ball linebackers and slot cornerbacks this season.

It might be best to set those tactics aside against Tom Brady. Rather than giving the QB an opportunity to identify ploys and exploit their weaknesses, Spagnuolo should simply load up against Brady’s favorite targets and dare him to beat the Chiefs elsewhere.

3. Shanahan’s sights trained on Saints’ LBs

The New Orleans Saints’ defense matches up fine against the San Francisco 49ers’ run game.

The Saints’ D has slipped since last year (4.1 yards per carry compared to 3.6), but still ranks third in total rushing yards allowed. Defensive tackles Sheldon Rankins and David Onyemata are rugged, Cameron Jordan is downright dominant, and the Saints mix up fronts and use stunts very well.

But New Orleans enters with a glaring weakness that the 49ers are perfectly suited to exploit: a thin linebacker group. The wildly underrated Demario Davis is healthy, but Kiko Alonso and A.J. Klein are both hurt, prompting the Saints to bring back Manti Te’o.

San Francisco head coach Kyle Shanahan is a master at embarrassing linebackers, giving them false keys in the run game and off play-action. The latter could be especially effective Sunday with the Saints down one or two starters. Shanahan will look to isolate Te’o (or Stephone Anthony or Craig Robertson if they play) on George Kittle at times, but that’s not all.

He’ll also employ designs with Kyle Juszczyk or tight end Ross Dwelley showing lead-blocking action from the backfield, only to release on a route — often a wheel/rail route down the sideline. That sort of play-action is extremely hard to defend, even for top linebackers.

4. Brutal matchup for Bills

The Buffalo Bills’ defense is terrific, and it would earn more recognition if the Patriots’ and 49ers’ units hadn’t been so dominant. But the Bills don’t match up especially well against Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens.

Buffalo’s run defense (4.5 yards per carry, ranked 21st) has been shaky, with midseason issues costing first-round defensive tackle Ed Oliver a starting spot. It has improved some with Oliver playing fewer snaps, but nose tackle Star Lotulelei remains a weak spot, despite his $10 million annual salary.

The Bills’ best run defenders are ends Jerry Hughes and Trent Murphy, but the Ravens could simply leave them (especially Murphy) unblocked and let Jackson read them on option plays. Likewise, linebacker Tremaine Edmunds has sharpened his instincts and discipline in Year 2, but he’s still susceptible to misdirection, the core of the Ravens’ offense.

Linebacker Matt Milano is sharp and reliable, and interchangeable safeties Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer can cover in man or zone anywhere on the field. But none of the three has a frame (all 6 feet even) to handle 6-5 tight end Mark Andrews. That job could fall to a cornerback, perhaps even top corner Tre’Davious White.

Buffalo head coach Sean McDermott is an excellent game-planner, so these issues aren’t insurmountable, but the task is tall. His best approach might be to force Jackson to hand off on option runs and hope the Bills’ interior can stop Mark Ingram.

5. Encore from Russell Wilson?

The Seattle Seahawks’ first meeting with the Los Angeles Rams — way back in Week 5 — was Russell Wilson’s best game of the season, and perhaps in multiple seasons.

Wilson created several unbelievable — even by his standards — off-schedule plays, including a poster-worthy, back-pylon prayer to Tyler Lockett, a handful of Houdini escapes and a few laser-accurate jump throws while getting clobbered.

The Rams’ defense has improved since, with Jalen Ramsey giving coordinator Wade Phillips more flexibility and Aaron Donald — who hit Wilson just once in Week 5 — heating up.

Wilson hasn’t been quite as sharp the past few weeks, and the late-in-the-down playmaking has waned. That’s OK if Seattle’s run game keeps humming, but odds are Wilson’s magic will be needed at some point Sunday night.

–David DeChant (@DavidDeChant), Field Level Media

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Reports: Ex-Browns WR Callaway loses appeal of 10-game ban

Reports: Ex-Browns WR Callaway loses appeal of 10-game ban

Reports: Ex-Browns WR Callaway loses appeal of 10-game ban

Former Cleveland Browns wide receiver Antonio Callaway must serve a 10-game suspension after losing his appeal, according to multiple reports published on Friday.

Callaway’s suspension was for his second violation of the league’s substance-abuse policy, which he and his agent attributed to a tainted CBD product.

The Browns waived Callaway on Thursday, four days after he was benched, and shortly before NFL Network reported his suspension.

Callaway was a late scratch for the Browns’ 19-16 home victory over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday for what multiple outlets reported was a late arrival to the game.

Callaway, 22, was a fourth-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, after the Browns traded up to get him. Most considered him a first-round talent, but legal issues and his dismissal from the team at Florida damaged his draft status.

In August 2018, four months after he was drafted, Callaway was cited for marijuana possession and driving with a suspended license, charges that were dropped in February.

Callaway played in all 16 games as a rookie and totaled 43 catches for 586 yards and five touchdowns in 16 games (11 starts as a rookie). But he was suspended four games under the substance-abuse policy — stemming from the 2018 citation — to start this season.

In four games (two starts) since the suspension, he had only eight catches for 89 yards.

–Field Level Media

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Manning likely to lead Giants vs. desperate Eagles

Manning likely to lead Giants vs. desperate Eagles

Manning likely to lead Giants vs. desperate Eagles

The plan was for Eli Manning to continue observing from the sideline throughout the end of the season.

Instead, all indications point to Manning drawing the start on Monday night when the New York Giants visit the Philadelphia Eagles.

Rookie Daniel Jones supplanted Manning as the starter in September, but he is unlikely to play after suffering a high ankle sprain during last Sunday’s 31-13 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

That probably puts Manning back on the field with the Giants (2-10) trying to halt an eight-game losing streak as well as trying to hand Philadelphia (5-7) a damaging setback.

“Eli has played a lot of years at a very high level,” New York coach Pat Shurmur told reporters. “We’re super fortunate that he was able to help Daniel in the time that he played this year. Eli will be ready to go.”

Manning, a two-time Super Bowl winner, is in his 16th season with the Giants, and it is expected to be his last. The 38-year-old has thrown for 56,537 yards, 362 touchdowns and 241 interceptions during his tenure.

This season, he passed for 556 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions before being replaced by Jones after Week 2.

Now back in the forefront, Manning tried to sideswipe away questions that centered on if getting to play again will affect his future.

“Just take it one game at a time,” Manning said. “You never want to try to make decisions about your future while you’re still living in the present and don’t know the circumstances of what could happen.

“Just have to go out there and try to get a win for the Giants if I’m asked to do that. I’ll analyze everything else after the season.”

The Eagles, of course, have seen a lot of Manning over the years.

But defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz didn’t sound so eager to view him on Monday.

“Jones had been holding the ball a little bit in the pocket,” Schwartz told reporters. “We know Eli’s not going to hold it. The ball’s going to come out quick. …

“It’s going to be important to cover quick and to get to the quarterback quick and knock the timing off of their passing game when Eli’s back there, because he’s such a timing quarterback.”

Philadelphia has defeated the Giants five straight times and nine of 10, and it badly needs to continue its series mastery.

The Eagles have dropped three consecutive games — including a 37-31 loss to the Miami Dolphins last week — but are just a half-game out of first place in the NFC East due to the Dallas Cowboys (6-7) also losing three in a row. Dallas lost 31-24 to the Chicago Bears on Thursday night.

Philadelphia coach Doug Pederson was irate over the loss to Miami but pointed the finger at himself.

“I’m disgusted, I’m mad, I’m angry, and I’m probably more so mad at myself,” Pederson told 94WIP in Philadelphia. “… Our discipline, our consistency, the lack of that that showed up in this football game, that’s on me. That’s on me.

“And that’s why I’m disappointed. I felt like — and I think most people felt like — we were the better football team.”

Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz matched his season best of three touchdown passes and passed for 310 yards, the latter 3 yards shy of a season high.

Wentz had thrown just one touchdown pass in five straight games prior to the Miami game.

Tight end Zach Ertz has caught 70 passes, the fifth consecutive season he has reached the mark.

Defensively, end Brandon Graham has a team-high 7.5 sacks for a unit that will be looking to corral Manning.

Meanwhile, Giants running back Saquon Barkley says he is starting to feel healthy after rushing for 83 yards on 19 carries against the Packers.

Barkley dealt with ankle and shoulder injuries earlier in the season and also had a couple of clunkers mixed in — 13 carries for 1 yard versus the New York Jets on Nov. 10 and eight carries for 10 yards against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sept. 22, when he hurt his ankle.

Barkley, who has 544 rushing yards, is pleased to see Manning lining up in the backfield with him again.

“I’m not here to compare and contrast Eli versus D.J. — they’re two different style quarterbacks, one has been doing it for a very long time, one is in his first year,” Barkley told reporters. “But Eli, he’s seen every defense, so it’s like secondhand to him. He’s going to be able to help put us in positions to succeed, and I think D.J. has been doing a great job of that, too. I’m just happy for Eli to get an opportunity.”

–Field Level Media

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Flu bug forces 8 Patriots (5 starters) to miss practice

Flu bug forces 8 Patriots (5 starters) to miss practice

Flu bug forces 8 Patriots (5 starters) to miss practice

If anyone can beat the New England Patriots down the regular-season stretch, maybe it’s the flu bug.

Eight players missed practice due to illness on Wednesday, including five starters — All-Pro cornerback Stephon Gilmore, safety Patrick Chung, linebackers Jamie Collins Sr. and Dont’a Hightower, and left tackle Isaiah Wynn (left tackle).

Also missing practice because they were ill were cornerback Joejuan Williams, tight end Ryan Izzo and offensive lineman Jermaine Eluemunor.

The outbreak reportedly is the worst case of the flu during Bill Belichick’s coaching tenure.

“This is probably, for me, in my 10 years here, the most guys I’ve seen just be gone from being sick,” Patriots safety Devin McCourty said after practice, the first in preparation for a game at the Houston Texans on Sunday. “No injuries or anything, we just had guys come in and you look in their eyes and you could just tell they were just out of it. Hopefully, a day at home and meds and rest can help guys out.”

Starting offensive tackle Marcus Cannon, who was also ill on the Friday before last Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys, was limited in practice Wednesday.

“We’re all working together on this — the player, the medical staff and the coaching staff,” Belichick said about the decision to let Cannon play. “Unless the player is cleared medically, there’s no conversation to be had. If the player is cleared medically, then it enters into some element of a coaching, player conversation. As I said, each one is different, and we just try to do the best we can.”

After improving to 10-1 with a hard-fought 13-9 victory over the visiting Cowboys in the wind and the rain, the Patriots were encouraged by Belichick to do anything they can to get healthy for this week’s game against the Houston Texans.

“As coach would say, we have to stay germ free,” captain and veteran wide receiver Matthew Slater said. “It is the season.”

Another team captain, linebacker Elandon Roberts, said: “And if you do feel a certain way, say something so you don’t try to hold it in, try to fight through it, and get everyone else sick around you.”

It wasn’t all bad news for the Patriots at practice, though. Receiver Phillip Dorsett II, who missed Sunday’s game, reported that he is out of the concussion protocol, saying “I’m just happy to be back.”

–Field Level Media

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Jets look for 4th straight win at Cincinnati

Jets look for 4th straight win at Cincinnati

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Jets look for 4th straight win at Cincinnati

Nobody in the NFL can really understand what it’s like to be the Cincinnati Bengals right now.

But the New York Jets have a pretty good idea what it’s like to be in such a desperate position — and know they don’t want to return there anytime soon, especially Sunday, when New York looks to extend its winning streak to four games with a visit to the winless Bengals.

The Jets continued surging with a stunning 34-3 upset of the visiting Oakland Raiders last Sunday. The host Bengals remained the lone NFL team without a win by falling at home to the Pittsburgh Steelers 16-10.

The win was the third in a row for the Jets (4-7), who have used a dominant defense and an opportunistic offense to salvage something from a once-disastrous season.

The Jets have scored 34 points in each of the last three games, a span in which they’ve scored two defensive touchdowns while forcing five turnovers and collecting 13 sacks. Second-year quarterback Sam Darnold, fully recovered from his September bout with mononucleosis, has thrown for seven touchdowns and just one interception over the three games while posting a passer rating of 117.2.

The surge has generated some quiet playoff chatter about the Jets, who are two games out of a wild-card spot in a conference that could yield a 9-7 playoff team. Of course, just three weeks ago, New York was 1-7 and fresh off a loss to the then-winless Miami Dolphins, so head coach Adam Gase isn’t worried about his team overlooking Cincinnati.

“We’re 4-7, we were 1-7 not long ago,” Gase said Wednesday afternoon. “We’re going on the road in the NFL. Those games are never easy games to be part of. Weather’s probably not going to be great. We’ve got to be wired in, we’ve got to make sure that we bring our ‘A’ game.”

An ‘A’ game has been elusive for the Bengals, who broke the franchise record for most consecutive losses to open a season last week. The Jets’ recent surge provides some inspiration to Cincinnati, which has held a lead in eight games and has either led or tied a game in the fourth quarter five times.

“It just takes that first win,” first-year Bengals head coach Zac Taylor said Wednesday. “You get that win, you get your mojo back a little bit and get going. And now they’re on a roll, three-game winning streak. And nobody would have said that three weeks ago, probably.”

The Bengals will look to a familiar face to help them get over the hump. Ninth-year quarterback Andy Dalton, whose tenure with the team seemed to end when he was benched for rookie Ryan Finley following Week 8, was re-named the starter this week after the Finley-directed offense scored just 33 points in three games.

“I have no idea what’s going to happen moving forward,” Dalton said. “I’m just worried about these next five (games).”

Darnold was a notable addition to the Jets’ injury report Wednesday with knee and left thumb issues, though he was a full participant in practice and is on pace to play Sunday. Cornerback Darryl Roberts, who has missed the last two games, was a limited participant Wednesday and is expected to return Sunday.

For the Bengals, Dalton’s longtime top target, wide receiver A.J. Green, has been out all season with an ankle injury and sat out practice once again Wednesday.

–Field Level Media

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