skipped the voluntary portion of offseason workouts before his Baltimore Ravens teammates this week for mandatory minicamp.On Thursday, the quarterback was asked if skipping OTAs Willie Lanier Jersey was contract-related as he enters the fifth and final year of his rookie deal."No, no, not contract-related," Jackson said, noting he wanted to "stay away" from offseason workouts after an injury-riddled 2021 season and "just grind. James Winchester Jersey "Jackson's contract has been the subject of consternation in Baltimore this offseason as the quarterback, who represents himself, has been reluctant to respond to overtures from the Ravens bra s.The 25-year-old said he had contract talks this week with general manager Eric DeCosta."We actually did. We did. It's Chad Williams Jersey a conversation," he said. "That's all. Just keeping it private."There is some thought that Jackson wants to go the route, getting franchise-tagged twice before ultimately hitting free Blake Bell Jersey agency.Asked Thursday if he wants to be in Baltimore the rest of his career, Jackson responded: "I expect so. Yes, I do."The former NFL MVP said he believes he's earned a new contract."Yeah, I think so. I still want my Super Bowl, though, but I think I'm worthy for it," he said. "Yes sir, I do."There is little doubt Jackson has earned a big deal. Whether it comes before the 2022 campaign or hovers over the Chris Jones Jersey season remains the biggest question in Baltimore.
LOS ANGELES The AFC and NFC championship games were good to me. I went 2-0 with my ATS picks, 0-2 straight up, but was a scorching 4-1 with my Best Bets.My straight-up record drops to 175-108-1, but that raises my ATS record to 149-132-3, and my Best Bets record for the season is now 69-60.That 69-60 tops the Pick-Six Podcast group, but I won't finish first in either of the other two categories. But the interesting thing about the is that my colleague, Will Brinson, has a chance to tie me in the standings.Brinson trails by one game Byron Pringle Jersey after a nice late-season rally. That means the Super Bowl will decide whether he ties or loses. Since I know his pick is the , I could have picked them and a sured myself of victory. Could I do that? Will I do that?Read on.On paper, the stars play for the Rams, so it should be an easy pick. It's always stars that win, big games, right?Not this time.There is something special about this team. Before the 2021 season, former coach Sean Payton mentioned to me that there is something to be said about a team getting on a roll at the right time as the formula to win a Super Bowl. It happened last year with the Bucs.It's going to happen this year with the Bengals. features nearly 100 prop picks from the coin to s to Armani Watts Jersey the MVP, plus analysis, historical trends and more to give you an edge on your picks. Sign up for free to have the guide delivered straight to your inbox today.The Rams, like the Bengals, came into the postseason as a No. 4 seed, so they are on a little run as well. But they won their way into the Super Bowl on their home field, while the Bengals won on the road.That makes the Bengals on more of a roll. Plus, who saw this coming, while the Rams built a dream team? The key to the game Derrick Nnadi Jersey will be how the Bengals handle the Rams defensive front. Can they block and and . The Bengals have a bad offensive line, especially the right side.That will be make it a premium for to speed up his clock and get the ball out. Look for a lot of quick throws, something Burrow did in the second half against the in the AFC Championship game.The Bengals and Burrow operate well in the quick game out of empty sets, so look for a lot of that. Against the Chiefs, they didn't do enough of it on early downs. My gut is they will in this one, which will lead to big plays in the pa sing game. They will dictate tempo. As for the Rams, they will get theirs as well. The Bengals defense played well against , dropping eight and changing up their looks. I think Cincinnati will do much of the same to Matt Stafford to try and slow him down.The difference is the Rams will run the ball against that look. They Christian Okoye Jersey will use and to patiently move the ball down the field if that's what the Bengals decide to do.Then Stafford will hit his shots down the field off play-action.I see a lot of points in this one. Both teams can score. Both quarterbacks are capable of putting their teams on Juan Thornhill Jersey their right arms and letting it rip. In the end, I am going to go with Burrow to outplay Stafford to get his first ring in what will truly be an amazing ending to their season. Burrow will drive the Bengals to a game-winning field goal by in the closing seconds as the theme of the playoffs continues.From two wins two years ago to Super Bowl champs?There is hope for all. Latest Odds: Cincinnati Bengals +4.5 Pick: Bengals 31, Rams 30
HENDERSON, Nev.--The Las Vegas Raiders find themselves coming off of their bye week at a disappointing 1-4.The Silver and Black return home to Allegiant Stadium to face the Houston Texans, and they have already moved on.OC Mick Lombardi reviewed the film of the game versus the Kansas City Chiefs, he gave his analysis and looked ahead to this week's opponent, the aforementioned Houston Texans.You can watch the entire pre s conference below, and read the transcript:Offensive Coordinator Mick Lombardi Q: The last couple of weeks before the bye week, it seemed like running game really started clicking. What do you think changed maybe from earlier in the season?Coach Lombardi: I think consistency in practice is a big part of it. Obviously, we had some things happen the first couple weeks in terms of we fell behind in some games and kind of had to get back in some games throwing the football. And I think these guys consistently perform well practice on Wednesdays and Thursdays in pads and really focusing on their a signment and stuff like that. I think that's really been showing up Kareem Hunt Jersey in games and I think that's really been a big part of where the running game has kind of come from."Q: Are you starting to solidify an offensive line? Is it starting to appear better to you as far as the way it's looking? Coach Lombardi: Yeah, each week we try and do what's best we feel like for the team. And you guys have seen kind of the same guys in there the past couple of weeks, and that goes back to the consistency in practice. Whatever five guys we feel like give us the most consistent part of practice in the game, those are the guys that are going to play. Each week is a new week, but we feel pretty Jarvis Landry Jersey strongly about the guys that are playing right now in terms of the five or six guys we were rotating there on the offensive line."Q: Alex Bars and Dylan Parham flip flopped at guard on Monday. Are you just still trying to figure out what you side might be the best for Dylan?Coach Lombardi: Absolutely. Dylan is a young player. And that's a tribute to Alex, too. Figuring out what side Dylan's best at, whether it's left guard, right guard. He obviously has played center for us as well. And then Alex, he's obviously a guy whos played tackle, center and guard in the league before. Last week, we said, 'Hey, Alex, you're going to play right guard. Dylan, you are going to play left guard.' And those guys didn't flinch. So, a good testament to them in terms of figuring out what's the best combination for us moving forward. And we'll try and do that each week, and everything could change every single week because whatever they're playing or whatever we feel like is best for executing the runs we have for that scheme that week.Scroll to ContinueQ: It seems like getting Darren Waller and Hunter Renfrow involved on a consistent basis isnt quite there yet? Any reasons why that might be?Coach Lombardi: Anytime you mi s a guy with injury, it's tough to kind of get him back in the flow of things. Hunter mi sed some time with injury and obviously Darren mi sed some time with the injury most of the Kansas City game with his injury. So, we haven't really had a chance to have those guys on the field together as a collective unit. So, we're working towards that. We'll see how it goes this week, but it's an ongoing proce s that we're going to try and do in terms of what does the defense do this week in terms of covers to try and get the guys the ball, whether it's run game Ray-Ray Armstrong Jersey or pa s game, and move forward from there. But we've got to get them out there first, make sure they're healthy and ready to go, and that's the first step."Q: Josh Jacobs has 49 carries over the last two games, compared to the first three where he had 42. Can you describe how important he is to your offense and what specifically makes him special?Coach Lombardi: Josh has done a great job in terms of accepting his role and obviously playing well in his role. He played a little bit more on third down this past week against Kansas City, and that's a tribute to him in terms of knowing that protection, knowing the run schemes and knowing the pa sing game. So, he's just a guy who's really kind of I would say, taking his a signments that kind of growing forward from there. And just like the offensive line, showing consistency in practice. And obviously we have to try and get him the ball in terms of calling runs, and however the game goes, that's how it's going to play out. But he's taken advantage of his opportunities. You hand Josh Jacobs the ball and he does a good job reading the run, reads it the right way, stays true, follows Jak Jakob Johnson , follows the tackles blocks, follows the guards blocks Damarious Randall Jersey . He's done a good job and he's taking care of the football. I think that's the main thing that we like to see from running back, or anybody who carries the football. Are they taking care of it? Is the ball coming out? We preach ball security ad nauseam in here because it's important to win games. And he's done a great job of that. He's been trying to improve that because that was a big offseason goal for him and playing this season. So, he's proven that he can get positive yards, he can stay true to his a signment, and he can take care of the football. And any player that really does that, they're going to play."Q: When you look at this Texans defense, I know they're extremely young. Are there some things even with the lack of experience that you like that they do, or players that you like when you Terrance Mitchell Jersey look on tape?Coach Lombardi: You think its a young defense, but other than the two DBs, they're a pretty experienced group in terms of Christian Kirksey, Jerry Hughes. Those guys have four years of experience. They obviously have drafted two young players in the secondary, who they have been playing and playing very well for them. I think overall, the Texans defense is a very well-coached defense. Lovie Smith does a tremendous job with this group. He's always done a tremendous job his entire career. They flow fast with the football, they're good fundamentally, they tackle, and they force turnovers. So, they really put stre s on you as an offense in terms of focusing on your fundamentals, in terms of getting positive plays, staying true to your a signment and taking care of the ball. Because if you don't focus for one second, the Texans are going to make you pay. And they're well coached, they stay true to their a signment, and they play fast, and they play hard. They play hard for Lovie Smith, and you can tell that they really take his coaching, and they really try and execute it every Sunday."Q: They've been known to give up some yards between the 20s, but in the red zone they get really sturdy. How d
UPDATE, OCT. 18: Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Monday that Taylor is dealing with a sore neck but feels "good" Odell Beckham Jr. Jersey otherwise. Carroll didn't rule Taylor out for Week 7 vs. the Saints."The initial return is that he didn't have any major damage at all," Carroll said. Taylor flew with the team back to Seattle on Sunday night. He will undergo follow-up test this week, Carroll said."Relative to what it looked like and what we were having to deal with, he really had a great turnaround, great news," Carroll said on his show. ORIGINAL ARTICLE:The Seahawks experienced a frightening injury to a key player Sunday night against the Steelers.Defensive end Darrell Taylor was immobilized and then carted off the field after being hurt on a Terrance Mitchell Jersey tackle in the fourth quarter. The game was delayed as medical personnel stabilized his head and neck as he lay on the field. Players and coaches from both teams looked on with great concern.Seahawks DE Darrell Taylor was just carried off the field on a stretcher. The Sporting News (@sportingnews) NBC's Michele Tafoya, citing Seahawks public Britton Colquitt Jersey relations, later reported that Taylor was moving all his extremities.He was taken by ambulance to the level 1 trauma center at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Tafoya reported after the game that Taylor was alert and undergoing tests.An update from Michele Tafoya on Darrell Taylor:"It was confirmed to me by Seahawks PR that he is moving all Morgan Burnett Jersey of his extremities." Sunday Night Football on NBC (@SNFonNBC) OTHER WEEK 6 INJURIES: | | There were immediate comparisons to former Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier, who was paralyzed while making a tackle against the Bengals in 2017. Shazier tweeted well wishes for Taylor:I pray Taylor is okay. God is strong he will help us over come all obstacles. Ryan Shazier (@RyanShazier) MORE:Taylor,24, was drafted by the Seahawks in the second round (48th overall) out of Tenne see in 2020.He mi sed all of last year while recovering from January 2020 surgery to repair a stre s fracture in his Eric Murray Jersey leg that he played with in 2019.He came into Sunday leading the Seahawks with four sacks in five games.
Justin Fields enjoyed his second trip to play the Cleveland Browns a little more than his first one.Playing the entire first half Saturday against a Cleveland defense that included several starters, Fields went 14 of 16 for 156 yards and three touchdown pa ses in a 21-20 Bears victory that allowed them to finish preseason unbeaten Tom Waddle Jersey for the first time since 1994."I just think he's getting better," Bears coach Matt Eberflus said. "Like I said the other day, he's a young player and he needs experience. And I think this was game-like experience that he needed to have and he took a big step forward for him and our football team and just in getting comfortable, just operating the offense and doing his thing."Fields had been sacked nine times in his first performance against the Browns, his first career start in 2021, which ended in a 26-6 lo s."I was of course thinking about that," Fields said. "Glad 95 wasn't playing today."That's Myles Garrett and he was one of several key Browns starters who sat. He had 4 1/2 of those nine sacks of Fields. The Bears also had key players sit, including Robert Quinn, Eddie Jackson, Jaylon Johnson and Roquan Smith. Matt Eberflus said after the game Smith had "tightne s" before the game so his debut as weakside linebacker has been delayed until the opener.Fields hit tight end Ryan Griffin for a 22-yard TD pa s with 6:13 left in the first quarter. Then, 1:11 into the second quarter he threw Kyle Long Jersey 12 yards to Dante Pettis for a TD.Finally, he waited out on a bootleg pa s until Cole Kmet cleared coverage and found his tight end for a 24-yard strike. The Bears led 21-0 with 3:35 left before halftime then, and the subs nearly squandered that lead in the second half.The effort did not surprise Fields."I kind of had a feeling beforehand," Fields said. "Sometimes you're just feeling good going into the game and stuff like that, just feeling confident. Hopefully we can go into every game feeling like that."Despite the big lead, the Bears needed cornerback Greg Stroman to break up a two-point conversion pa s intended for former Bears receiver Javon Wims at the back of the end zone late in the fourth quarter to win it.Now Chicago (3-0) can turn to preparing for the 49ers and the regular-season opener with a positive feeling.Scroll to Continue"I think we're continually getting better each and every day and just kind of building off the previous day," Fields said The Browns (1-2) had field goals of 57 and 46 yards by Chris York and ultimately had Show All Chicago Bears Jersey the chance to tie it because Josh Dobbs threw a 6-yard TD pa s to tight end Miller Forristall, and Josh Rosen snuck in for a 1 Eddie Goldman Jersey -yard TD in the fourth quarter.The Bears defense continued to stand out on third downs, holding the Browns to 33% (6 of 18) after they allowed 4 of 14 in the game with Seattle.A pair of lost fumbles, one by backup QB Trevor Siemian and the other by running back De'Montre Tuggle didn't please Eberflus as they pre sured the defense. However, they forced a field goal after Siemian's and escaped on Stroman's end zone play to win after the Tuggle fumble. Siemian's set up a field goal but Tuggle's gave the ball to the Browns at the Bears 10 and set up the po sible winning two-point try that Stroman broke up.The Bears had turned Stroman's interception at their 38 in the second quarter into Fields' third TD pa s. "We got the takeaway and we went and scoredthat's complementary football," Eberflus said. "And then we ended up giving the ball away and we ended up stopping them and holding them to three points. So that was a good swing of four points there for us. And that was probably what helped us win the ballgame."Again the Bears won the penalty flag battle although they had two silly unsportsmanlike penalties. They had five penalties for 48 yards and Cleveland 10 for 75.David Montgomery saw his first action of preseason and gained 28 yards on nine carries. The tightne s Smith felt might be a concern, and Johnson had similar problems that started last week. Jackson has an injury which is day to day. The Bears now move on to final roster cuts by Tuesday's deadline but teams Cordarrelle Patterson Jersey could start making them as soon as Sunday.
And just like that Allen Robinson Jersey , we're back! The regular season is upon us and that only means one thing: time for us to bet on football from now until Super Bowl LVII in February.As we've done the last few years, I'll be one of your betting weathervanes throughout the season that you'll be welcome to either follow or fade as we move along. While I was 131-137-4 ATS throughout the 2021 regular season, my locks of the week held a strong 50-36-4 ATS mark and we'll look to continue that as we head into the new year. We also were 8-5 ATS throughout the postseason a year ago, so we were also above .500 ATS when stakes were the highest.As we rocket towards the start of Week 1 on Thursday between the and , let's take a look at the entire opening slate, starting with my five locks.Regular seasonLocks of the Week ATS: 0-0ATS:0-0ML:0-0 Latest Odds: Washington Commanders -3 I like the Jaguars to go over their 6.5-game win total this season and it starts with an upset on the road to begin the year in Washington. Even if he's just a baseline, run-of-the-mill head coach, the upgrade from Urban Meyer to Doug Pederson is going to have a ma sive impact on this roster and the hope is he'll be able to get back on track to being one of the great quarterback prospects to come out of the in some time. Jacksonville has not only upgraded at head coach, but they've also improved the roster on both sides and the defense should make life difficult for as he makes his first start for Washington. For his career, Wentz has covered 48.3% of his games started and was 4-5 ATS at home when starting for the last year. As a favorite, Indy was 4-4 ATS under Wentz, so he's hardly someone you'd look to avoid. It's also worth pointing out that Washington hasn't been a particularly strong bet out of the gate under Ron Rivera. Over their last five games in September, Washington is 0-5 ATS. Pick Six Newsletter Crafted By The Best NFL Experts Get the day's big stories + fun stuff you love like mock drafts, picks and power rankings. I agree to receive the "Pick Six Newsletter" and marketing communications, updates, special offers (including partner offers), and other information from CBS Sports and the Paramount family of companies. By pre sing sign up, I confirm that I have read and agree to the . Please check the opt-in box to acknowledge that you would like to subscribe. Thanks for signing Trey Burton Jersey up! Keep an eye on your inbox. Sorry! There was an error proce sing your subscription. With that track record and the expected improvement by the Jaguars on my party, I'm not only taking the points but looking for Jacksonville to win outright.Projected score: Jaguars 23, Commanders 20The pick: Jaguars +2.5 Latest Odds: Atlanta Falcons +5.5 Atlanta is currently tied for the second-best odds to own the NFL's worst regular season record at +375. Meanwhile, New Orleans is -130 to go over its 8.5 win total and is +105 to reach the playoffs. With that rather large gap in their season outlooks, this game spread does seem to be a bit low, albeit with the Saints being the road favorite. While Sean Payton is no longer manning the sideline, this isn't a totally revamped staff with Dennis Allen ascending from defensive coordinator, so they shouldn't face as many lumps as some clubs with first-year head coaches do. Last year, New Orleans was one of the better bets to make when they were on the road, covering in 66.7% of their games. And that was with a bunch of quarterback shuffling following season-ending knee injury. He's now back healthy and has a group of skill-position players that is much improved.While is a capable quarterback and rookie wideout and second-year tight end are intriguing weapons, it's hard to see Atlanta -- a team that owns the third best odds to be the lowest-scoring team in the NFL Mike Singletary Jersey this year -- keeping up with New Orleans' unit.Projected score: Saints 27, Falcons 17The pick: Saints -5.5 Latest Odds: Seattle Seahawks +6 While I'd enjoy seeing the chaos unfold if the Seahawks were able to play spoiler and ruin a bunch of survivor pools by beating the Broncos on "Monday Night Football," I just can't see it happening. More realistically, will head back to Seattle following his trade to Denver this offseason and put on a show. I expect Wilson's Broncos debut to look something like his final game as a member of the Seahawks at Lumen Field, where he threw for four touchdowns, 236 yards, and completed 68.9% of his pa ses in Week 17. When you pair a revitalized Wilson with a Broncos defense that is expected to be among the top units in the league this year, that spells trouble for and the Seahawks.Projected score: Broncos 33, Seahawks 20The pick:Broncos -6.5 Latest Odds: Los Angeles Chargers -3.5 The AFC West is primed to be one of the crazier divisions in the NFL this year, so why not start the year off with an upset? The Chargers have been a sexy pick to Cody Whitehair Jersey win the this season, but I believe the Raiders are catching them at a good time with prized free agent corner po sibly sidelined for this game after undergoing ankle surgery earlier this summer. Going into an opener without your top corner and the task of having to defend is le s than ideal for Los Angeles. Pair that with Las Vegas's strong defensive line, and there's solid upset potential here.While Josh McDaniels' head coaching tenure with the Broncos is largely looked at as a failure, he did come out of the gate strong with a 6-0 record. Meanwhile, Chargers head coach Brandon Staley wasn't too friendly to bettors over his first season at the helm, owning an 8-9 ATS record overall and a Tarik Cohen Jersey 4-4 ATS record as a home favorite. Projected score: Raiders 27, Chargers 24The pick: Raiders +3 Latest Odds: Miami Dolphins -3 New England's revamped offense has looked disjointed throughout the summer as Matt Patricia and Joe Judge grab ahold of the steering wheel. There are questions along the offensive line and their ability to protect second-year quarterback , which may not be answered by the time this team kicks off in Miami. Defensively, the Patriots lack of depth at outside corner could also be exposed by the Dolphins speedy wideout duo of and .Of course, Hard Rock Stadium has routinely been a house of horrors for the Patriots, and are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games down in Miami Gardens. While he may have his detractors, Dolphins quarterback is 3-0 SU against the Patriots in his career and owns a 61.9 cover percentage since entering the NFL, which both trend favorably here. Projected score: Dolphins 24, Patriots 20The pick:Dolphins -3Bills at RamsProjected score: Rams 27, Bills 24T
As the University of Washington football team conducted its pre-game Dawg Walk ritual, locking arms and striding the length of Husky Stadium with purpose, Jaxson Kirkland stood out. He was the guy in the UW letterman's jacket with the bright yellow "W" while everyone wore dark clothing.Minutes before kickoff, the 6-foot-7, 340-pound offensive tackle from Vancouver, Washington, appeared to be nervously pacing back and forth in the West end zone before slapping hands with tight end Devin Culp.Finally Alex Erickson Jersey , Kirkland walked out with three other Husky captains for the coin to s and he was officially back, moments later making his season debut against Stanford after mi sing the first three games.He might have got beat a little on his first play, leading to an incomplete pa s, but Kirkland and his teammates would open up enough holes to enable Virginia transfer Wayne Taulapapa to run 13 times for 120 yards providing the Huskies with their first 100-yard rusher in nine games going back to last season."He got out there and we got into a rhythm with him," UW coach Kalen DeBoer said.Near the end of Saturday night's 40-22 victory, Kirkland sat down before the other starters, presumably so he could enjoy the moment and the Huskies wouldn't needle sly push him after getting their two-time All-Pac-12 player back in action George Iloka Jersey and the game now out of reach. He got emotional along the way."I did actually last night with my parents, and they came in and visited me at the hotel and and I was a little tearful because it's been a long road and a long time getting back," Kirkland said. "There was so many emotions going through me."With Kirkland returning to left tackle and his replacement Troy Fautanu moving to left guard, this reconfigured Husky offensive line remained as high-powered as ever by generating 478 yards of total offense and permitting no sacks for quarterback Michael Penix Jr., a streak now going on four games.The Stanford matchup permitted Kirkland and Penix, the Indiana transfer, to team up for the first time when everything counted.Scroll to Continue"We always want to make sure we protect him now because we know how valuable he is as a player," Penix said. "He's worked extremely hard when he came back to practice and stuff like that.He's a guy who's going to finish his plays, finish his blocks Tyler Eifert Jersey , all the way to the whistle. It just shows in the game why he's two time Pac-12. He puts in the work. He's a great guy overall. He wants it real bad."Kirkland explained how, after having ankle surgery in February, it was just too much for him to Auden Tate Jersey come back at the beginning of fall camp and a sume a full load. Most players undergo their medical procedures from the previous season in December or before, giving them more time to rehabilitate, but Kirkland's actual injury wasn't diagnosed until much later and he lost a couple of months in the proce s.Something had to give in his aggre sive return to football and the first three games were deemed expendable. Yet he had to sit out the season opener no matter what as a tradeoff to satisfy the NCAA for letting him play a sixth collegiate year after declaring for the NFL draft and rescinding. It all has worked out for him."It's a marathon, not a sprint," said Kirkland, his William Jackson Jersey face painted menacing in what's known as eye black. "Would I rather waste everything and barely be walking after those first couple of games or take it slow and gradually come back into the year?"The big offensive tackle watched as the Huskies beat up on Kent State, Portland State and Michigan State without him. He concedes the competitor in him made him squirm but it all all worked out in the end."We were just being smart and it's paid off," Kirkland said, "because I would have been dinged up a few weeks ago and now I'm feeling great." as
The Arizona Cardinals were in search of their second win of the season against the Carolina Panthers.They struggled in the first half, but they got it.Arizona pulled out a 26-16 win in Week 4 to reach a 2-2 record.It wasn't easy, and at times was ugly. However, style points don't matter.The Cardinals are again winners on the road, here's how it happened:The Panthers won the to s and deferred, giving the Cardinals the ball to begin the game.Kyler Murray and company were unable to get anything going, a familiar sight for Arizona fans. The team would punt the ball away and nearly recovered a Shi Smith fumble.Carolina would take over looking to score, but ultimately would fall short on a fourth-and-one at their own 39-yard line. Zaven Collins filled the rushing lane and gave Arizona the ball back in Carolina territory.The Cardinals made an early effort to go up-tempo in the game, facing a fourth-and-one at the Panthers' nine Drew Sample Jersey -yard line.Both teams would fail fourth-down attempts, as a jet sweep to Rondale Moore was sniffed out immediately.Noteworthy: Jeremy Chinn exited with a hamstring injury and did not return to the game.On the ensuing po se sion, Nick Vigil would provide good coverage on a third-down pa s from Baker Mayfield to force a Panthers punt, eventually taking over at their own 32-yard line.Through four po se sions, the two teams combined for a total of 58 net yards.Not much would change for the Cardinals on their next drive, going three-and-out and punting once again.The first quarter would be an uneventful 0-0 draw.Finally, some action! But not if you're a Cardinals fan.Murray was picked off by Frankie Luvu, which was returned for a 33-yard touchdown.After piecing together a few first downs and finally looking settled, the Cardinals once again out-did themselves with a snap over the head of Kyler Murray on another fourth-and-short.Murray was able to recover and attempt a pa s, but it fell to the ground as an incompletion. The Panthers would take over at the AZ 42.Just when things looked bleak, the Cardinals found a bit of luck. Rashard Higgins fumbled the ball on a jet sweep and Ben Niemann recovered just as Carolina threated to make it a two-score game.Arizona was again able to piece together a few first downs, mostly through the air by Marquise Brown, but had to settle for a 33-yard field goal from Matt Prater to draw the score to 7-3.Brown did have a sweet catch, though.The Cedric Peerman Jersey Cardinals were able to force their second turnover of the game after a misplaced ball by Mayfield, who had a open receiver Cincinnati Bengals Jersey but threw it behind and Jalen Thompson took advantage.Yet true to Cardinals fashion, Arizona would fail to take advantage of their fresh opportunity, punting after just three plays.Carolina would dink-and-dunk their way to a 54-yard field goal for Eddy Pineiro, a career-long. The Panthers would enter the halftime break up 10-3.Scroll to ContinueArizona had more net yards, won the turnover battle, had more time of po se sion, le s penalties and converted more third-down opportunities but still trailed.Carolina received the ball but would go three-and-out to begin the second half, giving Arizona an opportunity to tie the game. Zach Allen would record Arizona's third sack of the season, the first from somebody not named J.J. Watt.Offensively, Max Garcia would go in for Justin Pugh, who exited with a elbow injury. LB Nick Vigil (hamstring) would also not return.The Cardinals would put themselves in great scoring position, gaining 37 yards on a defensive pa s interference call on Brown to put AZ at the 11-yard line.Arizona finally found the end zone on a two-yard touchdown reception from Zach Ertz to tie the game at 10-10.The Cardinals marched down the field on a nine-play, 89-yard drive to punch it in, perhaps giving the team some life.On the next po se sion, Watt nearly had his third sack of the year on a third-down play before Mayfield was able to ditch the ball. After a flag negated Alex Erickson Jersey a succe sful fake punt, Carolina would actually kick the ball back to Arizona.The third quarter would end with Arizona knocking on the door of taking their first lead of the regular season, as their 10-play, 73-yard drive would be stopped by the final whistle at the CAR 10.Arizona would have a fresh set of downs to begin the fourth quarter.Will Hernandez would be ejected after making contract with an official after a late hit on James Conner drew some bad blood between the two teams.A 15-yard penalty would move Arizona to the CAR 21, and another holding call on Conner on a third-and-goal at the CAR 17 would push them back even further.The Cardinals, facing a goal-to-go from Carolina's 27-yard line, would be forced to kick a field goal.Matt Prater nailed a 39-yard attempt to give the Cardinals their first lead in regulation this year.Eno Benjamin kicked off for Matt Prater, who went into the game with a hip injury.On the first play, Mayfield saw a batted pa s from Watt fall in the hands of Dennis Gardeck, who returned the interception to the CAR 5.Two plays later, Kyler Murray would find himself in the A J Green Jersey end zone via ground to make it a two-score game.Prater returned to succe sfully make the extra point, putting the Cardinals up 20-10.After failing to pick up a first down on the ensuing po se sion, the Panthers would fall short again on fourth down after Mayfield had another pa s batted, this time by Allen. The boo's would rain at Bank of America Stadium and the Cardinals would take over at the CAR 31 with 9:13 remaining.Brown would find the end zone on a great pa s-and-catch with Murray to put the nail in the coffin.With Prater still hurt, the Cardinals would attempt a two-point conversion but were unsucce sful.For the first time all game, the Panthers the red zone and scored off a tremendous catch from McCaffrey down the seam.However, Carolina was unable to secure a two-point conversion, still trailing by two po se sions with 4:47 remaining.AZ 26, CAR 16Ertz would recover the onside kick, and the Cardinals would ensure the Panthers didn't get a chance to touch the ball again, running out the clock to secure a wi
The were ravaged by a COVID-19 outbreak around the Thanksgiving holiday which forced their primetime matchup with the in Week 12 to be moved not once, but three times. While that has unquestionably proved to be the most challenging period of Baltimore's season, they appear to have found a light at Shawn Matthias Women Jersey the end of the tunnel. On Monday, the Ravens officially activated Lamar Jackson off of the reserve/COVID list, meaning he will return against the Dallas Cowboys on Tuesday.Jackson was one of the near two dozen Ravens that were impacted by the outbreak and was forced to mi s last Wednesday's contest with Pittsburgh. stepped up into the starting role in Jackson's absence, but the former Washington phenom couldn't help Baltimore mount an upset, completing just seven pa ses for 33 yards and an interception before going down with a hamstring injury in the fourth quarter. That injury has now found Griffin on injured reserve and would have thrust , who did complete a Johnny Gaudreau Women Jersey 70-yard touchdown pa s to in the lo s to the Steelers, into the starting lineup had Jackson not progre sed to the point where the team could activate him off of the COVID list. BAL QB #8 CMP%63.4YDs1948TD15INT6YD/Att7.06 While Jackson has been lacking some Arizona Coyotes Youth Jersey on-field practice with his teammates to this point, offensive coordinator Greg Roman did tell reporters over the weekend that he has been participating in meetings virtually and is up to speed on the Ravens game plan. "He's fully engaged on these virtual meetings," Roman said, via the . "He's part of all that, gets to watch all the film once practice takes place. Then we'll have another virtual meeting and look at the practice. The only thing he can't do, obviously, is be here at the facility and actually take part in it. But mentally I think Mirco Mueller Jersey he's right on it."If Jackson is 100% for this matchup, he could find a lot of succe s against a Dallas defense that isn't the most stout bunch. Entering Week 13, the Cowboys are allowing the most rushing yards-per-game (156.4) in the entire . They Jake Guentzel Women Jersey are also giving up 32.6 points per game, which is also the most in the league. Defensive linemen and and running backs II and J.K. Dobbins are among the other Ravens to already have come off the COVID-19 list.
The Saints were accustomed to being yearly playoff contenders for most of the Drew Brees Griffin Reinhart Jersey era. They had a three-year stretch without a postseason appearance from 2014 through 2016, but during Brees' 15 years with the franchise, they made the playoffs nine times and never finished worse than 7-9.Reaching the postseason without Brees, however, will prove difficult.The Saints are sitting at 8-8 entering the final week of the 2021 NFL regular season. They are the last team out of the NFC Wild Card race and will need to winto potentially earn a fifth consecutive postseason appearance. Even that won't guarantee them a playoff berth.This New Orleans team isn't the same one that won the NFC South last year. They are much thinner Florida Panthers Jersey at receiver and have started four different quarterbacks, with Taysom Hill being their top late-season choice. All that's to say that if the Saints do make the playoffs, Sean Payton deserves of credit for his ability to keep this team afloat to kickstartthe post-Brees era.How can the Saints qualify for the postseason? There's only one way.WEEK 18 PICKS: | The Saints have control over one piece of their path to the postseason. They have to finish 9-8 on the season if they are going to make a push for the No. 7 seed in the NFC. So, they will have to beat the rival Falcons on the road to make that happen.The New Orleans vs. Atlanta rivalry has been a seesaw affair of late. The Saints have a 6-5 record in their last 11 games against the Falcons, and they have put together two, three-game winning streaks during that time. However, they lost to Atlanta earlier in the season; the Falcons earned a Ryan Johansen Women Jersey 27-25 victory during which Matt Ryan threw for a season-high 343 pa sing yards and two touchdowns.Trevor Siemian started that game for New Orleans, so perhaps their offense will operate better with Hill in charge. Their pa sing offense hasn't been great under Hill, but they have been able to run the ball. The Falcons have the seventh-worst run defense in the NFL and have allowed 127.9 yards per contest this season, so Hill and Alvin Kamara should have a chance to lead the Saints to victory. That's part of the reason that they opened a 4.5-point favorite in this matchup.MORE: That said, the Saints aren't guaranteed to make the playoffs if they beat the Falcons. They also need the 49ers to lose to the Rams in order to sneak in as the No. 7 seed.The 49ers currently own a 9-7 record. A win or tie would Will Butcher Youth Jersey automatically give them a better record than the Saints, so New Orleans wouldn't be able to catch them in the standings. The 49ers are the lone NFC team that hasn't clinched a playoff spot, so the only way the Saints can get into the postseason is if they have the same record as the 49ers.If the 49ers and Saints are tied in the standings, the Saints would have the tiebreakers nece sary to bump the 49ers out of the playoffs. The Saints have a better division record than the 49ers and would have a better conference record than San Francisco if they finished the year tied in the standings. That would give the Saints the edge over the 49ers in any tiebreaker, including a three-way one that the Eagles would win.So, the only way that the Saints can get into the postseason is with a Adrian Kempe Women Jersey win and a 49ers lo s. gives the Saints a 39 percent chance of being the final NFC team to clinch a Wild Card berth.
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