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Bradshaw also scored the go-ahead touchdown in last year’s victory over Navy.

The Eagles appear to kick a go-ahead field goal from 54-yards away. But the Rams are called for a leverage penalty, giving Philadelphia an automatic first down to extend its drive. The Eagles trail 35-34 with the ball on the Rams 21 and 5:54 to play.

Turnover Rams. Chris Long comes around the corner and knocks the ball away from Goff. Eagles safety Rodney McLeod recovers it and they’ll start their drive at the Rams 25.

Goff throws an incomplete pass on third down but the Eagles are called for defensive pass interference to keep the Rams drive alive.

Field goal Eagles. The Eagles drive stalls when Foles’ pass to Jay Ajayi comes up short of the first down marker. Jake Elliott enters and kicks a 41-yard field goal as Philadelphia cuts its deficit to 35-34 with 9:54 to play.

The Eagles move near midfield on a 10-yard pass from Foles to Alshon Jeffery.

Jaguars cornerback A.J. Bouye took exception to how Seattle’s defensive players handled themselves.

Army cut its deficit in the series to 60-51-7 in a matchup of bowl-bound teams. The Black Knights claimed the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy thanks to an earlier victory over Air Force.

“That trophy hadn’t been in our possession for 21 years,” said Monken, in his fourth season. “To be able to accomplish that with this team is a great source of pride.”

In a game that included only three passes — Army completed its lone toss — the Black Knights produced a 13-play, 65-yard drive to take a late lead. John Trainor tiptoed the sideline for 8 yards one play before Bradshaw’s 12th touchdown of the season.chargers_074-180x180

The Raiders have regressed to the mean, but they just proved there’s some nastiness left in the tank.

If you’re reading this column still, you’re inching closer to the championship. Whether you won the first round of your playoffs in Week 14, are in the second week of a two-week semifinal or if you earned a first round bye, you’ve made it this far and deserve praise for as much. The reality for most people that have made it this far is that you’re not going to rock the boat with your lineup all that much — trust your studs, play them each week.

Week 14 brought the all-too-uncommon reality of football in the form of a season-ending injury to MVP-frontrunner Carson Wentz, who suffered the left knee injury in a thrilling win over the Los Angeles Rams. Philadelphia’s quarterback may have been the primary reason your squad has made it this far — he’s been just that good.

They’ll need all of it the rest of the way to save an empty season, but between Del Rio, Carr, Lynch and Mack, they have the leaders to get it done.

The Colts can’t stop the run. The Bills can’t stop the run. One team has LeSean McCoy, and the other has venerable Frank Gore. Should Tyrod Taylor miss the game for Buffalo, it won’t be easy with Nathan Peterman. But expect the hosts to keep it simple and feed McCoy often to keep their front from being exposed by Gore, Marlon Mack and some Jacoby Brissett. A lot of running, a lot of field goals, a little Bills victory.

The Raiders’ offense now has Marshawn Lynch going, and they should get back both Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper, who burned the Chiefs in the first meeting. But the Chiefs, despite their loss at the Jets, also revived their passing game with Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill.

Even amid a season in which the Giants have fallen from presumed Super Bowl contenders to challengers for the first pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, McAdoo was blasted, here and elsewhere, for his handling of Manning. (And no, Giants co-owner John Mara doesn’t get a pass from SN.)
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“This is what I’ve always wanted. This is what I’ve dreamed of,” he said.

Judge and Stanton will become just the second pair of teammates to have each hit 50 homers in the previous season. The only other teammates to do so were Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle of the 1962 Yankees.

Which picks in the previous two years should have been made differently so that the Browns, for example, would have beaten the Packers? Or the other four teams that won by exactly three points? Wentz or Watson, it seems obvious. But realistically, that might make Jackson (and Brown) maybe 5-24, or 6-23.

They were high-risk, high-reward deals, for a boatload of picks. If the picks pan out under Dorsey … well, good for him, and good choice of jobs.

The Browns have players, and they have a few chances to win. They’ll get more. Dorsey’s time to show how good he is at getting more is coming fast.

But considering he’s taking over a winless team, he still has a decent head start.

Unless the Saints finish 1-2 to drop to 10-6, they won’t need to sweat out whether they will need to fall back on a wild-card berth. That’s because it’s impossible for the Panthers to finish 12-4 and the Falcons to end up 11-5 because they play each other in Week 17. The Saints’ worst nightmare is losing again to the Falcons, the Panthers fading hard to 9-7 or worse and the Seahawks surging to the NFC West title ahead of the Rams. In that case, should the Saints, Falcons and Rams all go 11-5, the Saints would lose the head-to-head tiebreakers and be the odd team out.

The Falcons’ win was a bad development for the Panthers (8-4), despite the fact the result allows them to move back into a virtual tie for first place with the Saints with a home win over the Vikings on Sunday. Having already lost twice to the Saints, the Panthers need to finish a full game ahead to win the South, and that likely means 12-4, and that means winning out. lakers_017

Harden cooks Vonleh for easy layupJames Harden puts the moves on Noah Vonleh and sinks an uncontested layup in the fourth quarter.

Paul drove for a layup the next possession, blowing by Portland point guard Damian Lillard, who had a spectacular offensive performance (35 points and nine made 3-pointers, which tied a franchise record) but got picked on repeatedly on the other end of the floor. Paul dished out dimes the next three trips: a feed to P.J. Tucker for a fast-break layup off a steal, a bullet to Trevor Ariza for a transition 3 that gave the Rockets the lead for good and a drop-off to Tucker for a layup after driving past Lillard.

The Blazers, eager not to finish a home stand 0-4, were aggressive early, as Lillard hit two 3-pointers but also drew two fouls during the first 3 minutes. Midway through the first quarter, Lillard stepped in front of Paul and earned a charging foul, touching off a battle of words that resulted in technicals to Portland’s Meyers Leonard and Paul.

Lillard’s 3-pointer gave Portland its largest lead of the first half at 57-46, but Houston outscored the Blazers 16-5 during the final 5:37 to pull even at 62 at halftime.

Shazier was moving his arms and hands, but there was concern because of minimal movement in his legs.

The Bengals had the ball for the first time when Shazier was injured and capitalized on a Ben Roethlisberger interception with a 35-yard Randy Bullock field goal with 10:48 remaining in the first quarter.

The Steelers did not immediately provide a status for Shazier, but did confirm a back injury. After a brief evaluation in the locker room, Shazier was transported to a nearby hospital. He was ruled out for the remainder of the game and the Steelers said there would be no further updates until after the game.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said following Pittsburgh’s 23-20 comeback win he did not have an update on Shazier. He did say the 25-year-old linebacker was “receiving the necessary medical attention.”
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NFL players break away from coalition founded by Malcolm Jenkins, Anquan Boldin

The NFL is no closer to agreeing with players about a universally accepted pre-game national anthem protocol than it was when the controversy initially began in 2016.

The organizers did plenty to conceal the operation. Money to the pools, all in cash, was asked to be addressed to Green River in Plainview, New York. A mortgage brokerage called Green River Capital is in Plainview, but neither man works there. The mailing address provided corresponds to a box inside a UPS store.

The Chiefs are in trouble — Once thought to be a lock for the playoffs, the Chiefs (6-5) are now in danger of losing their grip on the AFC West. The last NFL team to lose after starting 5-0 have now lost five of its last six games.

Philadelphia center Joel Embiid has missed three of the team’s six games in December. The 76ers (13-13) are 1-5 this month, and they have lost four straight after a 131-124 defeat at New Orleans on Sunday.

“We have to be more consistent and make the right plays every time,” 76ers rookie Ben Simmons said. “When we make mistakes and do not have guys like Joel and (Robert Covington) to make up for it, it gets tough. We have to just come together as a team and get through it.”

The Browns sent Duke Johnson to chip on Ngakoue’s outside shoulder this time to help Drango, but even though Ngakoue obviously saw Johnson coming, he continued on the same track. Just as it appeared they were going to hit each other, Ngakoue stopped abruptly and looped inside.royals_016

DeAndre Jordan had 14 points and 17 rebounds for the Clippers.

This has been brewing over the past few years, as it seems Manning has made the conscious decision to avoid getting hit at all costs. Maybe it was a general business decision, sage advice passed down from Big Bro Peyton as a way for an immobile man to extend a career. Or maybe Eli just lost faith in his physical ability to avoid pressure or hang in the pocket and absorb a blow. Either way, the result has been multiple instances per game in which he hurls the ball into the ground, or curls up into the fetal position as pass rushers approach.

DeAndre Jordan had 14 points and 17 rebounds for the Clippers. Their backups outscored Toronto’s reserves 50-17, led by Harrell and Lou Williams, who also had 17 points.

“Our second group tries to bring a lot of energy and play as hard as we can,” Harrell said. “We know we’re going to make some mistakes, we know we have some younger guys who aren’t accustomed to playing this amount of minutes. Everyone has that next man up mentality.”

Buffalo had a good game plan in place and the team’s only touchdown of the game was a result of rolling Taylor to his left before hitting rookie receiver Zay Jones in the end zone.

“No, there isn’t anything I would do differently,” Jeter said after the trade became official on Monday.

During a half-hour conference call, Jeter tried to explain his thinking for trading Stanton, who controlled the process because he is owed $295 million over the next 10 years and could veto any trade. Jeter said Stanton made it clear that he did not want to be part of rebuild, so it was best for the organization to move on.panthers_030

The Saints are the big surprise in the lead entering Week 11.

The run defense numbers still look bad, but that’s because of major damage done earlier in the season, mostly from the games against the Titans, Jets and Rams. Things have dramatically changed with the simple acquisition of tackle Marcell Dareus in a trade with Buffalo. Jacksonville gave up 139 yards per game rushing on average before he arrived for Week 9. Since then, it’s been 116 total allowed in two games.

Dareus provided a big boost and more refreshment to the interior rotation to play better off ends Calais Campbell and Yannick Ngakoue. The depth is improved, providing more help for the second level to clean up. Going position-by-position, it’s now hard to find a real hole in Jacksonvile’s defense.

Even now, he says his longtime preference for Nike on the court also went into his decision to pick Kentucky over rival Louisville. Fox signed with Nike this spring, becoming the first rookie to finalize a traditional deal. According to industry sources, Fox’s deal is for five years, worth roughly $2 million per year.

They’re the hottest team in the league but are up only a half-game on the Panthers thanks to their win in Carolina in Week 3. The Falcons, still far from hungover as the reigning NFC champions, are only two games behind.

The three South rivals all enjoyed blowout wins against other playoff contenders in Week 10, with an average margin of victory of 27 points. That sets up for an epic finish to the division race, even with New Orleans sitting pretty. Neither Carolina nor Atlanta, the previous two division champs who went all the way to the Super Bowl, can be ruled out.

However, despite the previous bluster between the two players — or more accurately between Fox and Ball’s father — Fox has chosen to downplay any comparisons between his traditional role at Nike and Ball’s unique route, signing with a family brand where his 16-year-old brother already has a signature shoe.nike_steelers_2237

This season he primarily has worn a combination of the two most recent Kobe AD models

The 13 players keep their bonuses from the Braves, must obtain new representatives and will be free to negotiate as free agents with other teams from Dec. 5 through Jan. 15.

Derrius Guice, RB, LSU — Guice ran for 147 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries as LSU rolled to a 33-10 win over Arkansas. The 5-11, 212-pound junior is on the cusp of eclipsing 1,000 yards for the second straight year and will likely follow former LSU running back Leonard Fournette to the NFL next spring.

Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa — Jackson might be the top cornerback in the draft and is the front-runner for the Jim Thorpe Award. The 6-1, 192-pound junior was the only reason the Hawkeyes scored in the blowout loss in Madison. Jackson had a pair of pick-sixes to account for both of Iowa’s touchdowns and added a forced fumble. He now has a nation-leading seven interceptions, five of which have come in the last two weeks.

It’s a stark difference from this point of the season two years ago, when the NFC fielded only five clubs above .500 while the AFC had six. Add the total of seven winning AFC teams through Week 10 last year, and the conference overall is experiencing its worst three-year stretch since the NFL adopted an eight-division format in 2002.

Now in Sacramento — one of four NBA teams with purple in their color palette — Fox plans to wear several models of Bryant’s signature Nike line, which frequently were made available in the Lakers’ particular shade of purple. This season he primarily has worn a combination of the two most recent Kobe AD models, but his brother is already hunting down rare older Kobe colorways in Kings hues, as Fox is looking to once again turn heads with his footwear.nike_steelers_2107

The weather conditions, specifically heavy winds

The Lions are probably looking at a 9-7 season, but that might not be enough to get them into the postseason. Detroit lost to playoff contenders Atlanta, Carolina and New Orleans and won’t play another NFC contender outside of the division again this season. The Lions would still have to overtake the Falcons (4-4), Redskins (4-4), Cardinals (4-4), Seahawks (5-3) and Cowboys (5-3) just to get the sixth seed.

So while Florida State cruised to a 77-6 win, the game was determined as a “no contest” in the betting world since games aren’t official until 55 minutes are played. It wasn’t a loss for those who laid the 52 points, but it wasn’t a win either. Now at 0-9-1 ATS this season, the Seminoles are in danger of becoming just the second FBS team in 25 seasons to go winless against the number.

But if the Titans really want to vie for the division, they’ll need Marcus Mariota to take over more games. The QB has a good Pro Football Focus grade despite not putting up big numbers, ranking No. 8 at the position to match his jersey number. With rookie first-rounder Corey Davis back at wideout, Mariota is up to a full complement of receivers. Coach Mike Mularkey also has been committed to letting Mariota take off and run more often to spark the offense.

The weather conditions, specifically heavy winds, contributed to this game’s low over/under of 42. It certainly looked like those bettors on the over were going to breeze to a win as LSU led 30-10 late in the third quarter. Needing just three more points to be scored, Tennessee reached the LSU 7-yard line before eventually turning it over on downs.nike_steelers_720

Jared Goff was a four-star prospect coming out of high school

Jared Goff was a four-star prospect coming out of high school, ranked No. 218 in the 247Sports Composite. Sonny Dykes saw a strong-armed player perfectly suited for his “Bear Raid” passing attack, naming Goff the first true freshman to start a season opener in school history. Goff set handfuls of school records (that he went on to break later in his career), but a 1-11 record made that first year a struggle.

Rosen, on the other hand, was as blue-chip as they come, a five-star prospect ranked as the No. 1 pro-style quarterback and No. 12 overall coming out of St. John Bosco in Bellflower, California. Like Goff, he enrolled early and was named the starter for the season opener as a freshman.

“Is that a good thing?” he asked.

“He’s a real football guy, like Tom [Brady], like Peyton [Manning], guys like that. They’re deep, deep into it.”

At this point in the fall, most NFL evaluators have finished scouting their primary schools and are now cross-checking certain positions around the country or checking out pop-up players (scouting slang for late-bloomer prospects that emerge during the fall).

With that in mind, I reached out to five executives and asked them this question: Who is the most underrated QB in college football? Here are their answers.

“I’d say Justin Herbert at Oregon. Dude can sling it and the Ducks really fell off after he went down (with an injury).”

“Rosier has stepped in for (Brad) Kaaya and the team hasn’t missed a beat. In fact, his mobility has probably improved them at the position. He shows the arm talent to develop into a next-level prospect with another year under (coach Mark) Richt.”
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