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    Pregnant Chelsea Houska: ‘Sweatpants Don’t Fit Me’ Anymore The Best and the Worst Time of the Year To Buy a New Car When do the NFL playoffs start in 2021? Date, TV schedule & updated AFC, NFC playoff brackets Even though the NFL's upcoming playoffs take place in 2021, they're the conclusion of the 2020 season, and if we've learned one thing, it's to expect the unexpected. The league could have decisions to make about putting teams into bubbles, expanding the field, altering game times and who knows what else based on COVID-19 as it rises across the country through the holiday season. You can be sure of one thing: The NFL will make sure the Super Bowl gets played. The current plan is for an expanded 14-team field to compete for the chance to hoist the Lombardi Trophy in Tampa on Feb. 7. There's still a lot to...
    Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski. AP Photo/David Richard The Cleveland Browns announced that five players and coaches, including head coach Kyle Stefanski, tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday. Stefanski will be unable to coach the team on Sunday against the Steelers when the Browns will compete in their first playoff game in nearly two decades. While several games earlier in the season were delayed due to COVID-19 outbreaks within a locker room, Sunday's game is unlikely to be moved, barring more positive tests. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Days after winning their way into the postseason for the first time in 18 years, the Cleveland Browns are dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak. On Tuesday, the Browns announced that head coach Kyle Stefanski and two other coaching staff members, and two players, had tested positive for COVID-19. Two days earlier, the Browns had played their regular-season...
    Ohio County Health Dept. Vaccinates Police, Bypassing States COVID Vaccine Plan Early data suggest diverse voting blocs could give Democrats the edge in Georgia runoffs The NFL Must Protect the Cleveland Browns Playoff Game at All Costs The Cleveland Browns are the latest NFL team to face a COVID outbreak. The timing could not be worse for the Browns as they have a playoff game on Sunday night. They will be without their head coach Kevin Stefanski and their All-Pro guard Joel Bitonio. And if they face any further positive test results, they might have to move the game, or even worse - forfeit so that the rest of the playoffs will go on as scheduled. © Provided by The Big Lead A Cleveland Browns fan. | Nic Antaya/Getty Images You would think losing a primetime playoff game on Wild Card weekend would be a doomsday scenario for the...
    Celebs who are expecting babies Massachusetts school halts in-person classes after teens attend NYE party How to watch the NFL Playoffs without cable, NFL Playoff schedule, TV channels, start time The 2020-21 NFL Playoffs are set and we’ll have two fantastic days of football this weekend. If you have recently cut cable and are looking for a way to watch the playoffs, look no further we have you all squared away on how to watch the NFL Playoffs without cable. © Provided by For The Win You won’t want to miss the playoffs, check out all the options to stream the NFL Playoffs online this year! NFL playoff schedule 2021 Wild-card Round, Saturday, Jan. 9 Indianapolis Colts vs. Buffalo Bills, 1:05 p.m. ET  TV Channel: CBS Live Stream: fuboTV, CBS All Access Los Angeles Rams vs. Seattle Seahawks, 4:40 p.m. ET TV Channel: FOX Live Stream: fuboTV Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs....
    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Lindy Ruff is taking on the job of getting the New Jersey Devils back to the playoffs. It’s no small task. The Devils have missed the postseason the past two seasons and seven of the past eight. Making things tougher in this COVID-19 season, they will be playing in a division where six of the eight teams made the expanded postseason. The Devils (28-29-12) just missed that group after a 10-5-2 finish under interim coach Alain Nasreddine. They have some talent with goaltenders Mackenzie Blackwood and Corey Crawford, left wing Kyle Palmieri and young centers Nico Hischier and a bigger Jack Hughes. The defense is the concern. “I want to create hope and the hope is that we have some unknowns, we have some young players that nobody has seen,” said Ruff, who spent the past three seasons as an assistant with the Rangers. “There’s...
    Bachelor Nations Madison Prewett Praises Matt James for Leading the Women in Prayer India Sensex Index Completes Longest Run of Gains Since October Its impossible to not root for the Cleveland Browns in the playoffs This is the online version of our morning newsletter, The Morning Win. Subscribe to get irreverent and incisive sports stories, delivered to your mailbox every morning.  © Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODA Maybe Tennessee’s late rally will kill off some of the hype surrounding the Browns, but please spare me the “This was a statement win for Cleveland” talk. The first-half performance was obviously impressive -- and I’m not going to hold the second half against them because they were just trying to kill the game -- but did the Browns show us anything Sunday that we didn’t already know about them? How did the Browns jump out to the early lead? Well, a Derrick Henry fumble helped. As...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — After setting the Baltimore Ravens’ rookie touchdown record on Sunday, running back J.K. Dobbins could take home another honor for his performance. Dobbins has been nominated for the FedEx Ground Player of the Week award for the final regular-season weekend. During the Ravens’ 38-3 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals, he rushed for 160 yards and two touchdowns. RELATED COVERAGE: Streaking Ravens Look Forward To ‘Next Challenge’ Vs. Titans Ravens Clinch Playoff Spot, Blow Past Bengals With 38-3 Win J.K. Dobbins Sets Ravens Rookie Touchdown Record During Sunday’s Regular-Season Finale Against Bengals The award will be a mini-faceoff between the Ravens and the Tennessee Titans ahead of their wild-card weekend match-up in Nashville on Sunday; Titans running back Derrick Henry has also been nominated, as has Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor. The Ravens take on the Titans at 1:05 p.m. Sunday in Nashville. WJZ will...
    Inflatable Christmas tree costume linked to 44 COVID-19 infections and one death at California hospital After anniversary of Soleimani’s death, U.S.-Iran tensions run high NFL Week 17 winners and losers, plus ranking the six wild-card playoff games, three coaches already fired Happy New Year everyone! © Provided by CBS Sports This is the first newsletter of 2021 and I am celebrating by giving you the longest newsletter in Pick Six history. I didn't do that on purpose, but that's what happens when we get 24 hours of absolute craziness in the NFL.  Here's what has happened since the season ended yesterday:  Three coaches have already been fired Giants fans hate Doug Pederson more than they normally hate Doug Pederson The Browns are in the playoffs for the first time since 2002 We'll be covering all three of those things plus plenty more in today's newsletter, so...
    Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs are in the precipice of being historic this postseason.With Andy Reid‘s Kansas City Chiefs having the No. 1 overall seed in the AFC, they are one win away from achieving something that has only been accomplished once in the NFL Playoffs. Should the Chiefs beat the lowest-seeded AFC Wild Card team to advance to the divisional round, Kansas City will be the first AFC team to host three straight AFC Championship games. The only other time an NFL team has pulled this off was the Philadelphia Eagles from 2002-04. The Eagles’ head coach during that run, none other than Reid himself. What are the odds of that? Crazy NFL fact: If the Kansas City Chiefs win their Divisional game, they will become the first team in history to host three straight AFC Championship Games. The only team to do it in the NFC? The...
    The Whiteboard is The Step Back’s daily basketball newsletter, covering the NBA, WNBA and more. Subscribe here to get it delivered to you via email each morning. I fully recognize that the headline to today’s newsletter is a bit strange to be asking the morning after Stephen Curry scored a career-high 62 points. It was a sparkling performance full of all the usual norm-bending creativity and shot-making that has defined his career. But this 62-point explosion against the Blazers also followed a somewhat difficult to the 2020-21 season. SUBSCRIBE: Get The Whiteboard delivered daily to your email inbox #OtherContentThe idea of weakest links has come to define postseason planning. Teams are scrambling not just for depth and talent but for lineups with no obvious weak points to be exploited in the playoffs. Which types of players become liabilities in the playoffs and how can we build NBA lineups that will...
    Youve got romance: On creating the classical backlot style of Sylvies Love Smart investments to make in 2021 Patrick Mahomes was praised by broadcasters for putting his trash in a garbage can, and fans found the incident hilarious © Getty/Jasen Vinlove Getty/Jasen Vinlove Patrick Mahomes was caught on camera putting some trash in a garbage can prior to the Chiefs' defeat to the Chargers on Sunday. The gesture earned him praise from Fox announcers Kevin Kugler and Brock Huard, who said he "didn't have to do" it. Twitter users found the pair's lauding of Mahomes hilarious, with many mocking the media's seeming deification of the quarterback. Some made jokes referencing the Chiefs' former manager Scott Pioli, who once apparently raged at staff for failing to spot a candy wrapper in a stairwell at Arrowhead Stadium for a whole week. Mahomes missed the Chiefs' final regular season game, which...
    Which types of players become liabilities in the playoffs and how can we build NBA lineups that will protect these “weak links” from being exploited? The playoffs are harder than the regular season. The competition is better. There is more time for scouting and game planning. Coaches sniff out their opponents’ weaknesses and players exploit them ruthlessly. In the postseason, stars play more minutes and benches shorten, defenses lock down and the intensity ratchets up — it’s just a whole different animal. If you’re lucky enough to have four plus perimeter defenders, an average rim protector is all you need to produce solid net ratings of +6.2 and +6.0 points per 100 possessions in the regular season and in the playoffs, respectively. However, without an elite rim protector, you sacrifice the luxury of being able to cover up any weak-link perimeter defenders. In the previous chart, there was a trio...
    Jim Donovan had a great call as the Cleveland Browns clinched a playoff spot Sunday. The Browns punched their ticket to the playoffs after beating the Steelers 24-22, and Donovan gave fans a call for the ages. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Cleveland Browns (@clevelandbrowns) As the clock winded down, Donvoan held back his emotions and told the fans, “And the only thing that’s missing is all of you.” You can listen to the awesome broadcast call below. “And the only thing that’s missing is all of you.” ???? The Jim Donovan radio call we’ve all been waiting for. pic.twitter.com/LSTrzvudl6 — Cleveland Browns (@Browns) January 4, 2021 Damn, that one hit right in the heart. That’s the kind of call that will stick with fans for a long time. I’m not...
    New York Giants officially eliminated from the playoffs, clinch 11th pick in 2021 NFL Draft By: Anthony Rivardo January 3, 2021 ShareTweetFlipRedditThe New York Giants have been officially eliminated from the playoffs. After an exciting win over the division-rival Dallas Cowboys today, the Giants had to wait until tonight to see if their season would continue. All the Giants needed was a Philadelphia win over the Washington Football team. Unfortunately, the Giants did not get what they needed out of their rivals, the Philadelphia Eagles. The Washington Football Team beat the Eagles on primetime and won the NFC East for the first time since 2015. The Football Team won by a final score of 20-14. The New York Giants, now eliminated from playoff contention, can focus their attention on the offseason. Had they won, they would have played the Tampa Bay...
    Buccaneers The Tampa Bay Buccaneers set a lot of records this season, but the most important one might have come today when they defeated the Atlanta Falcons 44-27 to secure the no. 5 seed and a potential matchup with either Washington or the Giants (depending on the result of the Washington-Philly game Sunday night, following New York’s victory over the Cowboys this afternoon). Tom Brady—Tampa Bay’s most popular man of 2020—threw four touchdowns, making for a franchise record 40 on the year, TB12’s second-highest total for a season in his historic career (he threw 49 in 2007, the same year the Patriots went undefeated before losing to the Giants in Super Bowl XLII). Bucs wide receiver Chris Godwin racked up his first 100-yard receiving day of the year and hauled in a pair of TDs, while Antonio Brown hauled in the other two along with 127 yards receiving. Tampa Bay...
    The moment doesn’t require a fancy phrase. There are enough of those in Browns folklore that conjure up memories of heartbreak.   Baker Mayfield put the Browns’ playoff fate in his hands, and he made the play. On a third-and-2 with 1:10 remaining in the game, he took a quarterback sweep 3 yards for a first down. The conversion clinched a 24-22 victory over the Steelers and ended Cleveland’s endless 18-year postseason drought. NFL PLAYOFF PICTURE: Updated standings for Week 17 It’s a moment Browns fans won’t forget, but now it’s fair to ask more from Mayfield, the franchise quarterback who ended the Browns’ quarterback carousel — and took the fan base on an emotional roller-coaster ride Sunday. Tension. Relief. Celebration. Reflection. Now add another word: anticipation. If Mayfield plays the way he did in the second half of Week 17, then Cleveland can be a tough out in the AFC playoffs. Mayfield will get a chance to prove it...
    Thanks in part to the NFL’s expanded playoff field, Week 17 featured seven postseason spots yet to be clinched. Talk about high drama — the Browns looking for their first playoff berth since 2002, Mitchell Trubisky trying to extend his Chicago tenure, the NFC’s No. 1 seed and lone bye still up for grabs. Maybe the biggest disappointment of the day was the Dolphins, who just needed a win to secure a playoff berth but instead allowed the Colts to control their own destiny after Miami was blown out by a Bills team without much to play for. In the NFC East, the Giants and Cowboys played a barnburner, and the final standings will come down to Washington’s result against Philadelphia on “Sunday Night Football.” MORE: NFL playoff bracket, explained The Ravens and Browns didn’t squander their chances at the playoffs, though. Needing wins to get in, both cruised to...
    There is no more unifying NFL pastime than hating the Dallas Cowboys in unison. The Cowboys comeback attempt fell short this Sunday in the worst of ways. Andy Dalton threw a crushing interception in the red zone, which was followed shortly by a Wayne Gallman fumble that was somehow, someway, recovered by the Giants for a game-clinching first down. With the Giants win, the Cowboys are eliminating from playoff contention, and the NFC East division will go to either New York or the Washington Football Team. It’s especially humiliating for a roster so talented, even without Dak Prescott at the helm. Not to mention, watching Jason Garrett celebrate on the opposing sideline has to be brutal for Dallas faithful.You hate to see it, unless you’re a fan of one of the other 31 NFL teamsNFL fans rejoiced on Twitter, celebrating a soon-to-be postseason without the Dallas Cowboys. Instead, they’ll...
    The Indianapolis Colts need to win and get some help on Sunday, but they have to be thankful for the Buffalo Bills right now. The Indianapolis Colts need to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars and get some help on Sunday to make the playoffs. Otherwise, they could be 11-5 and miss the playoffs. One of the early window games features the Miami Dolphins and the Buffalo Bills, with the Dolphins needing to win and the Bills set to eventually rest key players. Since there’s no difference between being the No. 2 or No. 3 seed this year, with only one team getting a playoff bye, the Bills hope to emerge from Sunday healthy more than anything. But they scored 21 unanswered points on their way to a 28-6 halftime lead.The Colts are praying the Bills winAlong with winning on Sunday, the Colts need one of the Dolphins, Ravens and Browns to...
    Despite reports that they will be back with the Bears in 2021, Jay Glazer wants to pump the breaks on anything definitive.  To say the Chicago Bears season has been a roller coaster is to truly understate how wild things have been. Mitchell Trubisky has been both benched, lauded as a savior, then chastised as a failure before reportedly being considered for a new contract. The Bears started the season 5-1, lost six-straight games, and then outscored their opponents 110-51 in three games to claw their way back into a playoff race. There was a lot of flash and flair to distract from the fact that Bears fans almost universally want Matt Nagy and Ryan Pace gone so the team can try and get on the right track in 2021. A playoff berth and a winning record seemingly indicates the Bears are on the right track, but it’s a case...
    If the Dallas Cowboys win the NFC East on Sunday, quarterback Andy Dalton is set to collect some extra cash. With a win over the New York Giants on Sunday and a Washington loss to the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday night, the Dallas Cowboys would win the NFC East. If that happens, quarterback Andy Dalton would cash in nicely. Dalton signed a one-year, $3 million deal with the Cowboys to be Dak Prescott’s backup. With Prescott’s season-ending leg injury in Week 5, against the Giants as it were, Dalton became the starter. A concussion and a bought with COVID-19 took him off the field for a few weeks, but with 10 games played and eight starts he has all but locked in the first part of what he needs to do to get $1 million if Dallas makes the playoffs. Entering Sunday’s game, Dalton has played 51 percent of the Cowboys’...
    The NFL expanded its playoff field for the 2020 season, and that just means more teams in the hunt in the season’s final weeks. In the past, 12 teams have advanced to the NFL postseason, but for the first time in 2020, it’ll be 14 teams making the field to contend for the Super Bowl. It’s a move that adds two games to the overall postseason slate, along with two markets that otherwise would’ve had their season ended. In the end, it amounts to more money for the National Football League. An extra playoff spot in each conference presents hope for more fan bases as December carries on. The Patriots still have hope. So too do the Cardinals and 49ers. And it’ll mean one less team feels hard done by missing out in favor of an underwhelming NFC East champion. Here’s what you need to know about the NFL’s...
    The Raiders will finish the regular season Sunday along with 31 other NFL teams. Going into the final game in Denver needing a win to finish 8-8 is not what anyone had in mind, but there’s at least some minor consolation in finishing a season that appeared in jeopardy due to the COVID-19 pandemic. When teams reported to a training camp in late July, they were greeted by daily testing, strict and evolving protocols and the dilemma of trying to avoid a contagious and potentially deadly virus transferred through the air in a sport in which the whole concept of social distancing is foreign. “At the beginning, it looked like there was no chance we’d even play football this year,” Raiders quarterback Derek Carr said. “The fact that we got to play, I’m super thankful we got to this point. Hopefully we can finish with a win...
    CINCINNATI (AP) — Five weeks ago, the Baltimore Ravens figured they’d have to win out and get some help to reach the playoffs. After tending to their own part of the equation with four straight victories and receiving the necessary assistance last weekend in the form of losses by Cleveland and Indianapolis, all that remains for the Ravens (10-5) is one more item of business: defeat Cincinnati in the regular-season finale this Sunday. Getting into the postseason for the third year in a row is what’s important. Who they play if they get there is irrelevant. “All we can focus on is the next game. Not focus on the playoffs,” Ravens tight end Mark Andrews said. “We’re just trying to get better and win this game, and the cards will fall how they fall.” Baltimore was 5-1 before a skid that coincided with an outbreak of COVID-19 at its training...
    There is nothing more intense for a fan than a good old sports debate, especially when it comes down to vouching for their favorite player or team. One that ruffles a few feathers among the NBA fanatics is the Michael Jordan vs LeBron James ‘GOAT’ Debate. There is nobody in television history that breathes life into this debate better than Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe. The Undisputed pair was at it yet again on the occasion of King James’ 36th birthday. Dec 22, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) poses with 2020 NBA Champion ring before a game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports Shannon, a certified LeBron worshipper, defended his Bron’s Finals record by taking shots at MJ. Pointing out that MJ’s early career 1st round exits masks his flawless 6-0 record in the NBA...
    ^ Keep Westword Free Support Us I Support Local Community Journalism Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free. Support Us Early on, the COVID-19 pandemic seemed likely to result in the shortest sports season in Colorado history — under three months, from January 1, 2020, to the stretch in March when one event after another was canceled. In the end, though, plenty of athletic contests eventually happened, albeit in fits and starts, and always under a viral cloud, and sports created big news in other ways, too. Here are the ten biggest sports stories in Colorado in 2020: Related Stories The Ten Biggest Colorado Political Stories of 2020 The Ten Biggest Marijuana Stories of 2020 The Ten Biggest Restaurant and Food Stories of 2020 Denver Nuggets Reach the NBA Western Conference FinalsThe March 11 game between the...
    NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The Prosper HS Eagles know their next playoff opponent all too well. Prosper faces Denton’s Guyer High School in the region finals of Class 6A on Saturday. Prosper and Denton Guyer are rivals in District 5-6A. The Eagles are looking to avenge their 24-23 loss to Guyer from earlier in the season. Guyer won that showdown on the final play of the game. But, the loss did not shake the confidence of Prosper. If fact, the Eagles have used that game as fuel for their playoff success. Quarterback Jackson Berry described the loss, saying, “We learned who we could be, that we are a great team, and we can play with the best of the best.” Linebacker Aidan Siano agrees. “We learned that no matter who is on the other side of the ball, that we can play with anybody in the state of Texas,” he...
    As the regular 2020 season winds down, the fate of a lot of the divisions have been sealed. With teams scampering to get a better playoff seed, the race is as tight as ever. However, the NFC East remains vacant, but weirdly almost none have looked remotely interested in winning it either. Christened by many as the worst division in the league’s history, 3 teams remain in contention for the top spot and ticket to the Playoffs. The Washington Football Team (6-9), Dallas Cowboys (6-9), and the New York Giants (5-10). NFC East going right down to the wire All 3 teams have a losing record, and regardless of the outcome in Week 17, they will end the season with a losing record. The Washington Football Team are the current favorites to clinch the division. They have been so for a couple of weeks now. But the Washington-based outfit just...
    Gemma Arterton says she still gets criticism for playing a Bond girl in Quantam of Solace Market Rallies During the Holiday Week The Buffalo Bills are going to be a problem. A very big problem. This is the online version of our morning newsletter, The Morning Win. Subscribe to get irreverent and incisive sports stories, delivered to your mailbox every morning.  © Provided by For The Win The Buffalo Bills clinched their first AFC title since 1995 last week with a road win in Denver. Last night, they took care of some more business, business that may have been more personal than anything else, as they swept the hapless New England Patriots for the first time since 1999, before Bill Belichick built his dynasty. With the win the Bills remained ahead of the Steelers for the second spot in the AFC playoffs thanks to their victory over Pittsburgh a few weeks ago...
    It’s been a while. The New England Patriots have been one of the NFL’s model franchises in the 21st century, at least as far as winning is concerned. For basically two decades, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady laid waste to the AFC East, the AFC in general and normally to whoever they met in the Super Bowl. That duo claimed six Super Bowl rings together, but they aren’t together anymore in 2020. New England already was eliminated from the playoffs in Week 15, and a loss on Monday night in Week 16 would guarantee a losing season for the Pats, too. Here’s a quick look back at the last time both of those things happened. MORE: Patriots’ AFC East future looks bleak compared to Bills, Dolphins (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/60/83/matt-cassel-042617-getty-ftr_1iwm96jxbrhd11r2ia61as2jzy.jpg?t=-1431738317&w=500&quality=80 Last time Patriots missed the playoffs New England made the playoffs following every season from 2009-2019, a streak of 11...
    New York Giants could make the playoffs or pick as high as third overall in 2021 NFL Draft By: Anthony Rivardo December 28, 2020 ShareTweetFlipRedditDespite losing to the Baltimore Ravens yesterday, the New York Giants are still very much alive in the playoff hunt. The lowly NFC East has kept the Giants in the playoff hunt despite their 5-10 record. But the Giants do not have complete control over their playoff destiny heading into Week 17. They will need some help to make the playoffs for the first time since 2016. Inversely, the Giants have the unique opportunity to be awarded a top-three draft pick in 2021 if they miss the playoffs by only one game. How the Giants could make the playoffs The Giants will need some help to get into the playoffs next week. First and foremost, the Giants...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The 2020 regular NFL season is nearing its end, and the Baltimore Ravens have yet to secure a spot in the playoffs. As the final weekend approaches, the Ravens control their own destiny when it comes to clinching a wildcard spot in the playoffs in Week 17. The Ravens took down the New York Giants 27-13 on Sunday in their fourth consecutive win. It’s been an up-and-down season for the Ravens, who started strong before battling a COVID-19 outbreak that left star players on the sidelines and led the NFL to fine the team $250,000. RELATED COVERAGE: Ravens Win 27-13 Against The Giants, Can Clinch Wildcard Playoff Spot With A Win Next Week Ravens Fined $250K For COVID-19 Violations, Report Says There are still multiple ways Lamar Jackson and crew can return to the playoffs this year, and it all hinges on next weekend when...
    MIAMI (AP) — With one more win by the Miami Dolphins, Ryan Fitzpatrick will be playoff-bound for the first time in his 16-year career. He might not play, though. After pulling off a FitzMagic trick Saturday night to beat the Las Vegas Raiders, Fitzpatrick returns to standby mode this week. Tua Tagovailoa remains Miami’s starting quarterback heading into Sunday’s high-stakes regular-season finale at Buffalo. By beating the Bills, the Dolphins (10-5) would clinch only their third playoff berth since 2001, and Fitzpatrick is trying to end a personal postseason drought. He has thrown 5,054 passes for eight teams, all in the regular season. “I am well aware that I’ve never been to the playoffs, I promise you,” the 38-year-old Fitzpatrick said. “And we would love nothing more than to get there.” More from CBSMiami.com You May Need A COVID Vaccine Passport To Travel In 2021 Miami Heat...
    MIAMI (AP) — With one more win by the Miami Dolphins, Ryan Fitzpatrick will be playoff-bound for the first time in his 16-year career. He might not play, though. After pulling off a FitzMagic trick Saturday night to beat the Las Vegas Raiders, Fitzpatrick returns to standby mode this week. Tua Tagovailoa remains Miami’s starting quarterback heading into Sunday’s high-stakes regular-season finale at Buffalo. By beating the Bills, the Dolphins (10-5) would clinch only their third playoff berth since 2001, and Fitzpatrick is trying to end a personal postseason drought. He has thrown 5,054 passes for eight teams, all in the regular season. “I am well aware that I’ve never been to the playoffs, I promise you,” the 38-year-old Fitzpatrick said. “And we would love nothing more than to get there.” WHAT’S WORKING Coach Brian Flores’ two-quarterback system is working, even if he recoils from that label....
    There can be only one team on the outside looking in. These two teams make a pretty good case.  Eight teams will fight for six spots come Week 17 in both conferences. And no, every team in the NFC East should be rooting to lose for the sheer fact of having a higher draft pick. I hated everything that happened to the @Browns before this game was played ???????????????????? — Marcus Spears (@mspears96) December 27, 2020 The Browns finally are good at football. They can sustain it for awhile even without a playoff appearance. However, for the sake of the drought, they have to win for their fans. Dear Browns, please don’t Browns. Next: No, Mitchell Trubisky shouldnt be the Bears long-term starter
    The Chicago Bears have two simple paths to clinch a spot in the NFC playoffs in Week 17. No one thought the Chicago Bears would even be in the playoff conversation in Week 17, but here we are. A 5-1 start to the NFL season turned into a slump that forced many to hand head coach Matt Nagy his walking papers. But then, they caught on with a two-game winning streak entering this weekend, and kept their once slim-playoff chances into clearer view. After the Arizona Cardinals lost to the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday, the Chicago Bears entered Sunday with their playoff fates in their own hands. Then, the Bears defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars in a 41-17 blowout. With this win, the Bears can clinch a playoff spot in Week 17 with a win or a Cardinals loss. NFC wildcard: –> TB is IN –> Rams in with win...
    The AFC playoff picture remains fluid as we enter Week 17. The postseason picture in the AFC has gotten a tiny bit clearer this afternoon. Pittsburgh rallied from a 24-7 deficit to stun the Indianapolis Colts, clinching the AFC North, while the Browns suffered a devastating loss on the road to the Jets. 7. Cleveland Browns (10-5)Week 16 was devastating for the Browns, who lost to the Jets and need to beat the Steelers next Sunday to get into the playoffs. A loss there would mean the Browns need help from either one Colts loss or two Titans losses to back in as a wild card.8. Indianapolis Colts (10-5)The Colts are on the outside looking in after their collapse in Pittsburgh but can still get in the playoffs with a home win over Jacksonville and some help. Indianapolis needs to get a loss from either Cleveland, Miami or Baltimore to...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Baltimore Ravens won against the New York Giants Sunday, 27-13. It’s the team’s fourth straight win. They now have a chance to get into the playoffs as a wildcard team if the Cleveland Browns lose. FOUR-STRAIGHT WINS. ???? WERE 10-5‼️ pic.twitter.com/wAQ1Vs3Z0M — Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) December 27, 2020  
    After a dominating win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, what’s the highest seed the Bears can get in the playoffs?  What an incredibly up-and-down year 2020 has been for the Chicago Bears. After starting off the season 5-1 somehow, Chicago sputtered, with its quarterback play continuing to keep head coach Matt Nagy up at night. However, the team has caught fire late in the season and just steamrolled the Jaguars in Week 16 in a huge 41-17 victory. Now, Chicago is ready to shut up all of its haters and potentially go on a deep postseason run, which would of course stun plenty of folks out there. So, what’s the best seed they can get?The Chicago Bears will look to stun countless folks out there should they go on a deep postseason runFollowing the Week 16 win, the best seed Chicago can bring home is the No. 7 spot....
    Anthony Quinn Warner, person of interest in Nashville bombing, was longtime resident with electronics expertise Live politics updates: GOP Sen. Toomey warns Trump legacy will be chaos and misery if he doesnt sign COVID relief Anatomy of a Stunner: Ryan Fitzpatrick throws the Raiders out of the playoffs Saturday night Jon Gruden decided to work the clock, take the field goal and as he put it, place the Dolphins “up against the wall.” © Provided by Touchdown Wire Veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was happy to fight back. In absolute stunning fashion the Dolphins were able to drive into field goal range in the closing seconds thanks to a tremendous read and throw from Fitzpatrick, and a bit of a coverage breakdown from the Las Vegas Raiders. On the play in question, a huge connection between Fitzpatrick and Mack Hollins, the Raiders run a prevent version of Cover 2. So...
    Anthony Q. Warner is being investigated in connection with Nashville Christmas blast, authorities say 2 House newcomers decline to say if theyll back Pelosi for speaker Jon Gruden played for a field goal instead of a touchdown at the wrong time and it cost the Raiders a shot at the playoffs © Provided by INSIDER Jon Gruden. AP Photo/Steve Marcus The Las Vegas Raiders blew a late lead in disastrous fashion to the Miami Dolphins on Saturday night. In the final minutes, Jon Gruden had to decide between a touchdown or draining the clock before a go-ahead field goal attempt. Gruden opted for the field goal, taking a 25-23 lead with 19 seconds remaining. A calamity of errors on the next play led to the Dolphins' game-winning field goal. Gruden said he had no regrets about his decision to play for the field goal. Visit Insider's homepage for...
    By The Associated Press The Latest on Week 16 in the NFL (all times EST): ___ 12:45 p.m. There are 11 NFL games on Sunday’s slate, the third of four consecutive days of action in Week 16. The Saints, Buccaneers, 49ers and Dolphins have already won this weekend with Tampa Bay securing a playoff berth with a 47-7 whipping of the Detroit Lions on Saturday. The last time the Buccaneers made the playoffs was in 2007. The playoff picture could come into greater focus Sunday with several teams trying to punch their ticket to the postseason, including the Cleveland Browns, who haven’t reached the playoffs since 2002. Playoff berths are also on the line for the Colts and Titans in the AFC and the Cardinals, Rams, Seahawks and Washington in the NFC. Washington's last trip to the playoffs came in 2015. ___ More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL Copyright 2020...
    Wrestler and actor Jon Huber dies at 41 If I Could Do It All Again: Retirees Investing Advice for Their Younger Selves The Latest: Playoff picture could come into focus Sunday The Latest on Week 16 in the NFL (all times EST): © Provided by Associated Press Tom Brady, quarterback de los Buccaneers de Tampa Bay, lanza un pase en el partido ante los Lions de Detroit, el sábado 26 de diciembre de 2020 (AP Foto/Lon Horwedel) ___ 12:45 p.m. There are 11 NFL games on Sunday’s slate, the third of four consecutive days of action in Week 16. The Saints, Buccaneers, 49ers and Dolphins have already won this weekend with Tampa Bay securing a playoff berth with a 47-7 whipping of the Detroit Lions on Saturday. The last time the Buccaneers made the playoffs was in 2007. The playoff picture could come into greater focus Sunday...
    With the Arizona Cardinals’ loss to the San Francisco 49ers, the Chicago Bears now have a much clearer path to the playoffs. A playoff spot was in and out of reach for the Chicago Bears this season. They started off the 2020 campaign with a 5-1 record, before hitting a six-game skid, before going on a two-game winning streak after defeating the Houston Texans and Minnesota Vikings. At 7-7, the Bears had slim chances of making the playoffs, but they got some help from an NFC West squad. On Saturday, the San Francisco 49ers scored the upset 20-12 win over the Arizona Cardinals, forcing the latter team to drop to 8-7 on the season. Now, Chicago’s playoff destiny rests in their hands.How the Bears can clinch a playoff spotIt’s a rather simple playoff path for the Bears. All they have to do is win their final two games of the...
    Tampa Bay Buccaneers For a little glimpse into how Saturday afternoon’s game went, Tampa Bay’s backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert played the entire second half, throwing a TD pass to Gronk 10 seconds into the third quarter to start his performance. You want to know who started the half with the ball? Yeah, the Lions. Detroit fumbled the ball on its first play of the drive, and Gabbert took it and immediately turned it into six points. That was after the Bucs had taken a 34-0 lead—in the first half. That tally was a franchise record for the most points scored in a half.  Yeah. Remember that awful performance the Bucs turned in against Saints at Raymond James eons ago? The Bucs seem to have finally started to figure some stuff out in their 47-7 walloping of the Lions today. Tampa Bay ended up gaining 588 yards of offense, breaking the...
    The Buccaneers embarrassed the Lions to end a 13-year playoff drought. So how far can the team go in the postseason? The Tampa Bay Buccaneers decided to make a bold move this past offseason. The team moved on from Jameis Winston and decided to roll with a 43-year-old Tom Brady. That decision is the best thing the franchise has done since winning the Super Bowl in 2002. One theme in all the losses this season is interceptions. Brady has 11 total on the year in 15 games. Nine of those have come in the five losses and he has double-digit picks in four of those games. What happens in the running game may not be as vital to success if Brady avoids takeaways. Of course, the defense has to show up as well. The only real disaster games for that unit have come against the Saints, so once again that...
    Tom Brady is picking apart the Lions defense Saturday afternoon as he sits on the brink of history. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers can clinch a playoff berth with a win over the Detroit Lions on Saturday. Through one half the game is a snoozer thanks to the dominance of Tom Brady. He threw four first-half touchdowns and with Matt Stafford out it seems impossible the Lions are capable of coming back from a 34-0 deficit. Barring the collapse of the year, the Bucs are in and Brady can make history next week. Four TD passes for @TomBrady in the first half! #GoBucs ????: #TBvsDET on @NFLNetwork????: NFL app // Yahoo Sports app: https://t.co/gD1d3IPg1x pic.twitter.com/uzYej6vEAu — NFL (@NFL) December 26, 2020 Brady about to set a new recordThe legendary quarterback made his 298th career start Saturday, tying him with Brett Favre for the most in NFL history at any position. Taking...
    In what can only be cited as a Christmas miracle, the Dallas Cowboys are still in the hunt for a playoff spot. With a 5-9 record and still somehow second in the NFC East, the Cowboys are in it by the virtue of mathematics. But if recent form is anything to go by, beating last season’s Super Bowl finalists is a pretty big deal.  The Cowboys, in a must-win game, pulled off a 41-33 win over the San Francisco 49ers. The win was their second on the trot. But in the past two games, Dallas seems to have found the spark needed to win football games. But is it too little, too late?  Dallas Cowboys ride on against all odds For the Cowboys, the game against the 49ers was a must-win. But they also needed Washington to lose against the Seattle Seahawks to stay alive in the playoff race. ...
    Tom Selleck Leaves $2,020 Tip on $200 Bill at New York City Restaurant Bygone catalogs that once defined shopping An early look at the most likely wild-card matchups in the NFL playoffs The NFL postseason — which for the first time ever will contain 14 teams — gets underway in just over two weeks. What might the six wild-card matchups look like? Here’s a preview of the matchups based on every favorite winning in Weeks 16 and 17. © Provided by The Comeback AFC (7) Baltimore Ravens at (2) Buffalo Bills: Baltimore is rolling now and should crush the New York Giants and Cincinnati Bengals to wrap up a playoff spot, but that still might not be enough to avoid a matchup with the equally hot Bills. Buffalo will be hosting its first playoff game of the 21st century, but Bills Stadium will be far from full for a...
    Back in the early 90s, the Orlando Magic had established themselves in the league, quickly making quite a name for themselves. It was at a time when Shaquille O’Neal had entered the franchise and brought immense fame to it. However, the team still lacked a skilled ball handler and shooter. Then entered Anfernee Penny Hardaway, who had everything Orlando needed along with his grace and style. Despite many achievements in his career, he still considers the biggest one to beat Michael Jordan and his Chicago Bulls. The 1995 NBA playoffs Before winning three consecutive NBA titles between 1996-98, the Bulls had in the Eastern Conference semifinals to Orlando Magic. This was the last team to have beaten Jordan in the playoffs before he retired in 1998. With a trio like Shaq, Horace Grant, and Hardaway, Orlando managed to finish the series of in six games. In that season, they advanced...
    The exact origin of the quote remains in doubt, and even Vince Lombardi claimed he never said “Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.” The man whose name adorns the Super Bowl trophy later told author James Michener what he really said was “Winning isn’t everything. The will to win is the only thing,” although as the original quote gained steam, Lombardi was fine with the condensed version and even repeated it on occasion. Which brings us to the Raiders, another late-season fade, and being on the outside looking in at the playoffs as they’ve done for every year except one since 2002. The Raiders were 6-3, fell to 7-7 and need a prayer that won’t be answered to sneak in to a wild card playoff spot that wasn’t available a year ago. It’s another in a long line of failures and a letdown to the fan...
    Imagine waking up Christmas morning to the surprise of a big box under the tree, getting all excited about the gift you really wanted but felt foolish asking for — and then seeing someone else’s name on the tag. That’s the Giants and the playoff race. So, can you really feel crushed that such a short-lived dream is slipping away? “I don’t think our progress as a team is going to be measured necessarily on making the playoffs,” coach Joe Judge said Monday, six days before facing the Baltimore Ravens. “One thing I’m very interested in as a coach is seeing how our team responds to challenges.” The Giants opened the season with a first-time head coach, an undermanned roster and a daunting schedule. Expectations called for a fourth straight season around the five-win mark, leaving success to be determined by the development of young players. A 1-7 start didn’t...
    I’m a betting man and my favorite form of betting is a future play. Yes, winning a Sunday parlay or a big Thursday night bet is a great feeling, but future tickets give you something to root for every night for months, even if you’re just throwing $10 to the local bookie. Before each season, I spend a lot of time (but not too much time) thinking about and analyzing the numbers around these bets. And I plan to spend even more time — an entire season — gloating about them when they hit: Bucks +230 to win the Eastern Conference » I’m high on the Sixers and Celtics in the Eastern Conference this year, but the Bucks brought in a clear No. 2 for Giannis in Jrue Holiday, who also allows Khris Middleton to take on his perfect role — that of being the third option....
    The Seattle Seahawks’ bus ride back was certainly better thanks to the Jets.  It’s customary when someone helps out another, a token of gratitude is returned. What gift should the Seattle Seahawks send the New York Jets for Sunday’s unexpected win? Seattle’s offense will need to play better down the stretch if they hope to be taken seriously in the playoffs. It starts Sunday against the Rams, who are holding on in the NFC West title race by a thread. In Carroll’s 11 seasons with the franchise, Seattle’s made the playoffs nine times. If they win the division Sunday, at least send gang green a fruit basket as a thank you gift. Next: No, the Rams are not a playoff contender
    (WJZ)- The Ravens’ three-game winning streak and blowout win over the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday has fans feeling pretty good about the team’s recent performance. But, with two games remaining, even if the team wins out, they need some help in order to make the postseason — a fact that head coach John Harbaugh acknowledged in his Monday afternoon press conference. The unfortunate part for Ravens fans? That help has to come from a hated division rival. Harbaugh on being a Steelers fan for the next couple of weeks: "Of course. We want to get in the playoffs. We know we need some help. But the focus for us is taking care of our job." — Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiec) December 21, 2020 The Steelers face both the Indianapolis Colts and Cleveland Browns in the next two weeks. Coincidentally, the Ravens need one of those teams to lose to move up in...
    Covid-19 vaccine is a source of hope for health care workers. But it comes too late for hundreds of them Amazon closes NJ warehouse days before Christmas after rise in asymptomatic coronavirus cases How did Tom Brady react to the Patriots missing the playoffs for the first time in 12 years? It doesn’t matter that Tom Brady is the quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers now. He will always be connected to the New England Patriots. Everyone will always want to know what he thinks about how the Patriots are doing without him. Right now, the Pats aren’t doing so hot. They lost to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, which officially eliminated them from playoff contention and ended their 11-year playoff streak, which was the longest in NFL history. The Bucs, on the other hand, are having a great season with Brady under center. They’re 9-5 after completing...
    More On: tom brady Bucs coach’s ironic defense of Tom Brady Fantasy football mailbag: Jalen Hurts creates quarterback dilemmas Tom Brady’s golf plans were shut down by the NFL This explains why Tom Brady is moving to ‘billionaire’s bunker’ As Tom Brady was engineering an impressive Buccaneers comeback victory, his former team saw their postseason hopes end. The Patriots’ 22-12 loss to the Dolphins, in which Cam Newton completed 17-of-27 passes for 207 yards, ended their postseason hopes for the first time since 2008. Brady, whose Tampa Bay squad is 9-5, was asked about his reaction to the news. “As far as the Patriots, they have their own thing going,” Brady said after the Buccaneers’ 33-27 win. “I’ve really been focused on how my play needs to be at quarterback, the execution I need, and they’re not really an opponent of mine. “Obviously I have a lot of...
    2020 appears to be a good year for counterterrorism I figured Id give it a year: Arthur Sulzberger Jr on how the New York Times turned around 5 winners and 4 losers from Week 15 in the NFL For the better part of two decades we’ve waited for the guard to change in the AFC East. On Sunday it happened. Within hours the Buffalo Bills won their first division title since 1995, and the Patriots were officially eliminated from playoff contention. © Photo by Dustin Bradford/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images There have been fleeting moments in the past where it looked like the impenetrable Pats dynasty was crumbling, but this really feels like the moment that everything will shift. Up to this point there was this sense of fate that no matter what happened, somehow New England would pull it all together. When Tom Brady was jettisoned prior...
    The Detroit Lions are officially out of the playoff race. After an embarrassing 46-25 Sunday loss to the Titans, the Lions are now officially out of the playoff race. It’s a different year, but it’s still the same story! (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) The Lions will miss out on the playoffs this season. pic.twitter.com/XrGBHERfZz — NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) December 20, 2020 We all knew this was coming. It’s just now official. The 2020 season has been horrible, and now we know for sure we’re not going to the playoffs. To be fair, I don’t think anyone thought we were going to the playoffs, but anyone delusional enough to think that can now rest easy. The Lions will be watching from our couches just like any other random person in the country.   View this post on Instagram   A post...
    Getty Tom Brady took on the high road on the Patriots missing the playoffs. If anyone expects Tom Brady to troll the New England Patriots, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback did not give in after his old team officially was eliminated from playoff contention. After the Buccaneers’ comeback win over the Falcons, Brady was asked about the Patriots breaking their postseason streak under Bill Belichick. Brady noted that the Patriots “have their own thing going” and added that he was focused on improving his play with the Bucs. “As far as the Patriots go, they have their own thing going and I’ve really been focused on how my play needs to be at quarterback, the execution I need,” Brady noted. “They’re not really an opponent of mine. Obviously, I have a lot of friends there, a lot of great relationships, but they’ve been focused on what they...
    Tom Brady comments on the Patriots being eliminated from the playoffs.  All eyes and ears are transfixed on former New England Patriot’s quarterback, Tom Brady, now that his former team has been eliminated from the playoffs. Everyone who has a pulse wants to know what Brady thinks about his old team absolutely tanking for the first season since he’s been gone. So when he was approached on Sunday he took the gentlemanly response and didn’t say anything negative about his old team and redirected the answer back to his team saying, he’s “been focusing on his own team and improving his own play.” Brady asked about Patriots not making the playoffs, says hes been focusing on his own team and improving his own play. Takes the high road. — Greg Auman (@gregauman) December 20, 2020 The Patriots have not missed a playoff appearance since 2008.Tom Brady hopes to take...
    The Miami Dolphins have another impressive win under their belt, and here’s how they make the playoffs in 2020. Sometimes the best wins aren’t the prettiest. The Miami Dolphins will take note of that entering Week 16. Then again, nine wins for a rebuilding squad will easily still be considered a winning season.
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    After a long run of making the postseason, the New England Patriots are now guaranteed to miss the playoffs for the first time since 2008.  For years now, New England Patriots fans have grown used to seeing their team absolutely dominate the AFC East and cruise their way to some impressive postseason runs. However, with Tom Brady now in Tampa Bay, life has been different. With Cam Newton running the show, there was hope the veteran quarterback could bring some excitement to the offense and help them get back to the playoffs in 2020. That won’t be the case, as New England has officially been eliminated from postseason contention with Sunday’s loss to the Dolphins. New England has been eliminated from playoff contentionIndeed, the last time the Patriots didn’t make the postseason was all the way back in 2008. That was the season where Brady went down with his torn ACL....
    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger says all the hand-wringers just need to calm down. The Pittsburgh Steelers are going to be fine. After two straight losses for the Steelers (11-2), some pundits and pessimistic fans already are predicting playoff doom. Roethlisberger is trying to be the voice of reason. “This team is special. The season is not over,” he said. “I want everyone out there to just take a deep breath. I know it’s kind of crazy right now. I just want everyone to take a deep breath. We’ve got time. That’s my mindset, too. Take a deep breath, let’s get ready to go this week.” The losses to Washington and Buffalo came after the Steelers reeled off 11 straight wins to start the season with Roethlisberger looking like an MVP candidate. They’ve already secured a spot in the playoffs, so now it’s a matter of clinching the division and...
    Duchess of Cornwall pens Christmas message to help tackle loneliness Dubai Mall Operator Expects Vaccine Rollout to Boost Economy Opinion: Lamar Jackson is exactly why nobody wants to plays the Ravens in the AFC playoffs A quick rundown on items of interest as Week 15 rolls on in the NFL: Lorenzos Locks: The 3 best bets you should consider for NFL Week 15 USA TODAY SPORTS See more videos SHARE SHARE TWEET SHARE EMAIL What to watch next Bills fans waiting to greet their AFC East Champions home WGRZ-TV Buffalo Bengals vs. Steelers preview Cincinnati Enquirer MVP! MVP! Teammates crash Josh Allens postgame interview NFL McDermott says Marv Levy emailed him after Bills clinched AFC East for first time since 95 NFL Every catch by D.J. Moore from 131-yard game Week 15 NFL Aaron Jones best plays...
    Yes, the Denver Broncos are still in the playoff hunt.  Believe it or not, the Denver Broncos‘ season is far from over. While the team has seen their up and down moments all year, Drew Lock‘s 280-yard, four-touchdown performance against the Carolina Panthers helped the team pick up and 32-27 victory. Drew Lock throws a DART to KJ Hamler ???? His 4th TD pass of the day (via @NFL)pic.twitter.com/D4WrfK50ax — Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) December 13, 2020 In a world where fans hope for immediate results, the pressure is on Lock to close out the year strong. Instead, one look at the team Denver plays Saturday could be proof Lock deserves a little more time. Josh Allen struggled to prove he was the franchise guy for the Bills despite leading the team to the postseason in 2019. At 10-3, Buffalo is certain they have found their franchise quarterback of...
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said he would be “in favor” of the Buffalo Bills having fans in the stadium during playoffs on a few stipulations. Cuomo said if the Bills make the playoffs he would consider fans in the stadium, but only if the infection rate and hospital capacity rate were under control during a press conference Friday, according to the New York Post. .@NYGovCuomo “I would love nothing more on a personal level than to see Buffalonians enjoy this moment.” Cuomo says if the infection rate is under control &the state could come up with a plan, he wants to find a way to allow fans into Bills Stadium if the team makes the playoffs. — Marlee Tuskes (@MarleeTuskesTV) December 18, 2020 “If we’re in the playoffs, if the infection rate is under control and the capacity rate is under control and we come up with a...
    Shocking Band Exits Through the Years 36 Million Americans to Work From Home by 2025 – Invest in These 7 Stocks Now Opinion: Toughest test for teams in push for NFL playoffs, Super Bowl could come off the field As the NFL enters Week 15, many teams are making their final pushes for divisional titles and postseason berths, this weekend and the two beyond. Lorenzos Locks: The 3 best bets you should consider for NFL Week 15 USA TODAY SPORTS See more videos SHARE SHARE TWEET SHARE EMAIL What to watch next NFL Week 15 locks: Will the Saints upset the Chiefs? For The Win AM Weather Update With Anne Elise Parks CBS Dallas Marcus Mariota shares reaction to first game action with Raiders NFL Gruden on Mariotas performance, OT loss to Bolts on TNF NFL Marcus Mariotas best...
    Vaccine hoaxes are rampant on social media. Here’s how to spot them. Rubio’s middle road on Trump’s election claims could draw a GOP primary challenge Jon Gruden is the reason why the Raiders arent going to the playoffs This is the online version of our morning newsletter, The Morning Win. Subscribe to get irreverent and incisive sports stories, delivered to your mailbox every morning.  © Provided by For The Win The Los Angeles Chargers, as they have been known to do for pretty much their entire existence, did everything in their power to give the Las Vegas Raiders a win last night but Jon Gruden just wouldn’t let it happen. And now the Raiders’ playoff hopes are all but over after their 30-27 overtime loss to Justin Herbert and Co. The man to blame for this is Gruden and Gruden only. Not only did he wear the very wrong Raiders hat to...
    With the 2020 NFL regular season drawing to an end, multiple playoff spots are still up for grabs. While some have clinched their spot in the playoffs, many others are still vying for a spot to extend their ambitions of getting their hands on the coveted Lombardi trophy.  Among some of the teams that are still in the hunt, are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Buffalo Bills, and the Indianapolis Colts. And these 3 according to six-time Pro Bowler Brandon Marshall are the ‘scariest’ ones to look out for.  Bucs’ balanced offense is a threat Marshall during a segment of Fox Sports’ First Things First, stated that the Buccaneers, Bills, and Colts would be the scariest matchups for any team in the league.  “There’s three teams that we should be looking at as the scariest teams that can enter in the playoffs. Number one, you got the Tampa Bay Buccaneers…...
    Style Invitational Week 1415: The Year in Redo, Part 1 After years of devastating home elevator accidents, first safety recall announced NFL teams peaking and fading as the playoffs loom “They’re peaking at the right time” may be a cliché, but it often plays out. The Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs, for instance, outscored their opponents by 91 points last December. When the New England Patriots won the Super Bowl in 2016, they won their last five games by a combined 95 points, and the Super Bowl-bound Atlanta Falcons posted a point differential of plus-79 in the final four weeks of that campaign. © Provided by The Comeback With three weeks remaining in the 2020 regular season, here’s a look at which teams are trending up and which are fading away. Peaking: Buffalo Bills Buffalo started strong, hit some speedbumps related to COVID-19 postponements in October, and then...
    If the Raiders want to end their first season in Las Vegas with a playoff berth, they should know their work is cut out for them. At 7-6 going into Week 15’s home game vs the Chargers, the Raiders are in the current No. 9 position in the AFC, a game behind the No. 7 Dolphins (8-5) and No. 8 Ravens (8-5). Last season, the Raiders were still alive in the AFC wild-card race until Week 17, but their 7-9 final record wasn’t good enough to get the second wild card. Now that the NFL has expanded to a seventh team in each conference, they have extra life. With only three games left, here’s a look at the Raiders’ three different, narrow paths to the playoffs behind the AFC West champion Chiefs: MORE: NFL’s expanded playoffs, explained Raiders go 3-0 to finish 10-6 Jon Gruden’s team needs to do this...
    On Sunday night, the Pittsburgh Steelers went up against the Buffalo Bills. In the first 2 quarters of the game, it seemed like they had a slight upper hand because they scored 3 points in the first half. However, the game changed entirely after the first half. Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger blames no one but himself; much more so because this marked their second consecutive loss after an otherwise spectacular season. “If I don’t play good enough football, then I need to hang it up. I still feel like I can do enough things to help this team win football games, and I’ll do everything I can to get us back on track,” said Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. This was their second consecutive defeat. The Steelers knew how tough it would be for them to get into the Playoffs. There weren’t many signs that are in favor of them going...
    If Aaron Rodgers speaks this into existence, the Green Bay Packers are going to ruin a playoff picture for someone.  Just how talented are the Green Bay Packers? Well, if they close out the season undefeated, they’ll post the same 13-3 record that they did last season as the NFC’s No. 2 seed. For now, Green Bay’s offense under Rodgers’ direction has been the constant of 2020. So yes, Packers fans, your season has only just begun. Next: Can Aaron Rodgers catch Patrick Mahomes for MVP?
    The Steelers and Bills are playing each other in a big Week 14 game on Sunday night. In reality, at the end of the 2020 NFL season on the road to Super Bowl 55, the only thing that matters is what either can do against the Chiefs. Pittsburgh (11-1) would be the No. 1 seed if the AFC playoffs started now. Buffalo (9-3) is trying to rise from the No. 3 seed. But in between at the No .2, reigning Super Bowl champion Kansas City (12-1) is the team still looming large as a strong favorite to repeat as conference champions. The Chiefs, early in the season, took care of the Texans, Ravens and Patriots — the three teams that used to be their toughest competition. At the same time, the Chiefs have seen a new wave of challengers pop up, led by the Steelers, whom they don’t play...
    The Miami Dolphins might have lost Sunday, but their path to the postseason is still wide open entering Week 15.  The scoreboard read 33-27 when the clock struck zero in Hard Rock Stadium, but few would view Sunday as a total a loss. The Miami Dolphins traded blows with the defending Super Bowl Champions Kansas City Chiefs, showing that defense can help a team win championships. Next: Nothing can save Matt Nagy and Mitchell Trubisky
    Believe it or not, the Minnesota Vikings are not out of the playoff hunt yet.  The Minnesota Vikings had a chance to set their mark as a team on the rise in the NFC. They missed it against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a 26-14 defeat. Arizona will have to lose all three while the Vikings will have to win a pair. More than anything, Mike Zimmer’s staff must win next Sunday at home against their NFC North rival to remain alive. All this could be done on Sunday or it could be just the beginning of a wild and crazy finish in the NFC postseason. Next: Vikings fans are furious at Dan Bailey
    The NFL expanded its playoff field for the 2020 season, and that just means more teams in the hunt in the season’s final weeks. In the past, 12 teams have advanced to the NFL postseason, but for the first time in 2020, it’ll be 14 teams making the field to contend for the Super Bowl. It’s a move that adds two games to the overall postseason slate, along with two markets that otherwise would’ve had their season ended. In the end, it amounts to more money for the National Football League. An extra playoff spot in each conference presents hope for more fan bases as December carries on. The Patriots still have hope. So too do the Cardinals and 49ers. And it’ll mean one less team feels hard done by missing out in favor of an underwhelming NFC East champion. Here’s what you need to know about the NFL’s...
    It’s time for the Raiders to identify themselves as a contender or resign themselves to another late-season fade sure to infuriate a loyal but skeptical fan base. The Indianapolis Colts (8-4) are a game head of the Raiders (7-5) in the race for one of three AFC wild card berths going in to Sunday’s game at Allegiant Stadium. They provide a barometer of whether the Raiders playoff aspirations are legitimate. Beat the Colts and the playoffs seem real, with the likelihood of 10 wins necessary to qualify. A loss wouldn’t take the Raiders out of contention, but they’d probably have to win their last three to get in. Based on the way they’ve played of late, that’s a tough sell. The last time the Raiders went to the playoffs in 2016, quarterback Derek Carr was out with a broken right fibula. “It’s been a long wait...
    Off-seasons come and go, but the New York Knicks stay the same. While they have done nothing to improve the team despite having the cap space to do so, it could possibly be a ploy to tank, maybe one last time. The 2019-20 season wasn’t the best for the Knicks. They missed out on the playoffs once again and ended the season as the eighth seed. Currently, their roster isn’t good to improve from that performance, and so, they are likely to miss the playoffs. New York Knicks: Confirmed incoming players The Knicks started their off-season by signing a solid player in Alec Burks. He averaged 15 points last season, which is his career-best. During his time at both Warriors and 76ers, he showed that he is a reliable outside shooter, and can provide a spark off the bench. But Burks will probably start for the Knicks. The Knicks then...
    With a 6-6 record going into Week 14’s Thursday night game against the Rams in Los Angeles, the Patriots are alive in the NFL playoff picture. New England, however, still has the odds stacked against it to make the NFL playoffs for an 18th consecutive season. The Patriots currently are No. 10 in the conference with their .500 record. Before thinking about catching either the No. 6 Dolphins (8-4) or No. 7 Colts (8-4) for one of the final two AFC wild-card spots, they also need to jump both the No. 8 Raiders (7-5) and No. 9 Ravens (7-5). The bad news is two games are a lot of ground to make up in only four weeks. The good news is the Patriots already have the right kind of wins that can help them extend their postseason streak with Bill Belichick and without Tom Brady. Here’s a look at New England’s...
    More On: fantasy football Fantasy Football Week 14 Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em: Myles Gaskin, Miles Sanders Fantasy football Week 14 waiver wire pickups: Ty Johnson, Keke Coutee Revenge games make these QBs prime fantasy football options Rams star showing signs of Derrick Henry-like fantasy football payoff The Post is fielding fantasy football questions from readers heading into the playoffs to address your lineup dilemmas and more. Who are your top playoff defenses? I’ve been riding Miami but need a spot start Week 14. — @Big_Plush Among defenses that are widely available (over 50 percent in Yahoo), I like the Panthers (10 percent rostered) as a streaming option for Week 14 against the Broncos. After that, I would target the Browns (39 percent rostered) for Weeks 15 and 16 against the Giants and Jets, respectively. Do you trust Christian McCaffrey this week or will they take it easy...
    Getty Cam Newton The New England Patriots‘ playoff hopes are still alive. After winning four of their last five games, including a 45-0 rout of the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, the Patriots are 6-6. With just four weeks remaining and sitting two full games out of the last AFC playoff spot, there is work to be done for the Patriots, and they will also need some help from other teams. Here are the three biggest occurrences the Patriots need to make the postseason. Follow the Heavy on Patriots Facebook page for the latest breaking news, rumors, and content!Simply Win OutIf the Patriots win the rest of their games, they will finish the season at 10-6, which is usually good enough to secure a playoff spot. You’d have to think that in a year that has seen the NFL add a seventh playoff position, that record would be...
    The 49ers will likely live out their December days in Arizona – aside from a quick detour to Dallas for a Dec. 20 game – and then retreat into their greatest roster shakeup since 2017. Coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch, who rebuilt the 49ers into a Super Bowl runner-up, are running out of time, and players, and games to save this injury-ravaged, stadium-hopping season. No doubt, the 49ers failed to look or play Monday night like a team capable of winning out in a last-gasp shot at defending its NFC crown. Surviving without Jimmy Garoppolo and George Kittle proved possible for a game or two, but not this much. Overachieving on defense without Nick Bosa, Dee Ford and any semblance of last year’s pass rush proved admirable this season, until Josh Allen scorched the Niners with 375 yards and four touchdowns. The...
    Even at 7-5, the Las Vegas Raiders might be the one team that can slay the Kansas City Chiefs in the playoffs.  Travis Kelce made history Sunday night against he Denver Broncos. After recording eight catches foe 136 yards, the 31-year-old became the first tight end to tally five 1,000-yard seasons. Mahomes has been near flawless this season passing. In games against opponents other than the Raiders, he’s thrown for 3,127 yards, 27 touchdowns and has yet to commit a turnover. Against Las Vegas, he’s thrown for 688, four scores but also threw his two lone interceptions on the season. Meanwhile, the Raiders pass rush has forced five sacks in both appearances, the most by a club this year. Of the five interceptions from Derek Carr, two have come against the Chiefs’ secondary. One was with 19 seconds left after Mahomes’ late-window touchdown. Outside of that, both outings have been his...
    Baker Mayfield. AP Photo/Wade Payne The Browns had a dominant performance against the Titans on Sunday, jumping out to a 38-7 halftime lead to put the game away before it really began. Quarterback Baker Mayfield threw four touchdowns in the first half, and celebrated his big game by quoting Dwight Schrute of "The Office." "Whenever I'm about to do something, I think, 'Would an idiot do that?'" Mayfield said after the game. "And if they would, then I don't do that." While the quote is a joke, for the Browns, it's sound advice. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The Cleveland Browns silenced any doubters they had on Sunday with a 41-35 thumping of the Tennessee Titans that was not nearly as close as the score indicated. Quarterback Baker Mayfield led the way with the best game of his NFL career, throwing four touchdown passes in the...
    At 9-3, the Cleveland Browns control their own destiny deep into the playoffs for 2020.  When talking about playoffs and the Cleveland Browns, usually someone mentions the last time they went. Next: Baker Mayfields wife takes shot at Stephen A. Smith
    The confidence for the New York Giants has to be through the roof right now after they stunned the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.  Where in the world did the New York Giants come from? In Week 13, the Giants stunned the NFL world as a whole, taking down the Seattle Seahawks for a massive road victory. Keep in mind, Daniel Jones was out due to injury, so this was a New York team led by Colt McCoy. Still, the defense looked sensational and made Russell Wilson look like an average signal-caller. The Giants sent a clear message with their win, and it’s that they will be ready to surprise even more teams in the postseason if they end up winning the NFC East.No team will want to play the New York Giants in the playoffs next monthWhat makes this New York team so dangerous right now has to be its...
    Steve Kornacki. NBC NBC political correspondent Steve Kornacki joined "Sunday Night Football" to break down the NFL playoff picture. Kornacki's performance earned rave reviews from fans online. The khakis are back. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. NBC political correspondent Steve Kornacki was one of the network's stars of the presidential election in November, takings viewers through vote counts with the help of his interactive map. As election night slowly morphed into election week, the nation fell deeper and deeper in love with Kornacki, his khakis, and his updates on incoming vote counts from Maricopa County. Kornacki was such a star that NBC decided to get more use out of his talents at the big board by adding him to their broadcast of "Sunday Night Football." Ahead of the game, Kornacki updated viewers on the NFL playoff picture after the day of games. The tone and cadence...
    The 49ers’ hopes of playing beyond Week 17 have improved. The San Francisco 49ers were interested and likely very happy spectators during Week 13’s wild Sunday slate. Should the 49ers prevail against Buffalo and knock off both their remaining NFC East opponents, they will be in an excellent position to secure playoff football at 8-6 heading into division meetings with the Cardinals and the Seahawks to round off the season. Next: This Rams team stat under Sean McVay will blow your mind The Niners have had everything thrown at them this season and are somehow still in the hunt. And that could remain the case for some time.
    Even though the NFL’s upcoming playoffs take place in 2021, they’re the conclusion of the 2020 season, and if we’ve learned one thing, it’s to expect the unexpected. The league could have decisions to make about putting teams into bubbles, expanding the field, altering game times and who knows what else based on COVID-19 as it rises across the country through the holiday season. You can be sure of one thing: The NFL will make sure the Super Bowl gets played. The current plan is for an expanded 14-team field to compete for the chance to hoist the Lombardi Trophy in Tampa on Feb. 7. There’s still a lot to be determined down the stretch of the season. The Steelers and Chiefs are fighting for the AFC’s lone playoff bye, while the NFC will almost certainly have a sub-.500 division champion in the NFC East messing up what otherwise...
    Small plane crash lands onto Minnesota highway Thumbs up - Croatian woman beats Covid-19 aged 99 The Ravens might miss the playoffs because of their ‘Covid game’ loss Injuries are part of the NFL, but nothing compares to what happened to the Ravens in the past week. A Covid-ravaged roster caused Baltimore to limp into their game against the Steelers, and lose in surprisingly close fashion. There are questions whether this game should have happened at all. The NFL showed a greater desire to keep its schedule intact than allowing the Ravens time to get healthy — and that could have major ramifications for the team’s playoff chances. © Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images The NFL’s desire to keep to its schedule forced the Ravens to play, despite having 21 players on the Covid-reserve list, including 12 starters and key rotational players. The decision ensured we wouldn’t get a...
    By Norm Elrod (CBS Minnesota) — As this most unusual 2020 NFL season enters December, the 8-3 Green Bay Packers control the NFC North. After taking down the Chicago Bears, the next five games lay out nicely for them. The reeling Philadelphia Eagles are next up. And only the Tennessee Titans in Week 16 seem to pose a real challenge. The Packers still need to keep their foot on the gas, however, with the 5-6 Minnesota Vikings poised to make a playoff run behind Dalvin Cook. Their path will be a little tougher, with a Wild Card spot as a more realistic goal. The Vikings face the Jacksonville Jaguars, one of the NFL’s worst teams, in Week 13. But matchups with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints follow later in the month. The 5-6 Bears have dropped five straight games, after jumping out to a 5-1 start. Their...