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    It was supposed to be the second-coming of Showtime. The scoreboard was supposed to spin like rows in a slot machine, while the abaci ran amok, the wooden beads required to register the point totals too numerous to be contained. The 2021-22 Minnesota Timberwolves were supposed to count to 120 in bunches of twos, threes, and complimentary free throws, and they were supposed to do it in ways that left your mouth open.  After all, the Wolves have Anthony Edwards, able to leap tall building-sized people in a single bound — just ask that hapless leviathan from the Toronto Raptors — and treats NBA-certified hoops like those Fisher Price plastic contraptions you abused as a five-year old. For hair-pulling grins and giggles, he’ll toss in an impromptu Euro-step before a slam or the off-handed scoop and help you relive in his description of it after the game.  The Wolves have Karl-Anthony Towns, the most efficient multi-purpose scoring big man in the history of the NBA. Too grandiose? Okay what Basketball God do you want to slay by comparison? Larry Bird? The...
    The Buffalo Bills should be concerned about the state of their rushing attack after a miserably windy game against the Patriots exposed their biggest flaws. On Monday Night Football, the big difference between the Bills and the Patriots came down to fundamentals. One team could run the ball. The other team couldn’t. The ground game was essentially in a game heavily impacted by gusting winds that made every kick a trial and every throw a question mark. It didn’t matter how big of an arm Josh Allen boasts. Without a rushing attack, the Bills were stuck. The Bills’ unreliable run game cost them now and will cost them laterBuffalo ran the ball 25 times and managed 99 yards. Most of those were courtesy of the quarterback, who gained 39 yards on his own. The Bills running backs, Devin Singletary, Zack Moss and Matt Breida, combined for 60 yards on 19 carries. That’s 3.15 yards per carry. It was a poor showing on a night when the run game should have been the thing to lean on. Bill Belichick and the...
    Getty Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes surveys the field on December 5, 2021. Life is good in Chiefs Kingdom as Kansas City just won their fifth straight game — right? From the postgame talking points, you wouldn’t think so. Ryan Clark is up to his old tricks again, calling the Chiefs offense “a shell of itself” — rephrasing his “broken” comments from earlier this season — and many are wondering what’s wrong with Patrick Mahomes and this unit. However, the fact of the matter is that KC is still winning football games so should fans be worried about the offense’s cold streak? Sports show host and NFL commentator Stephen A. Smith had a theory on what the issue is. ALL the latest Chiefs news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Chiefs newsletter here! Join Heavy on Chiefs! Stephen A. Criticizes Supporting Cast Play 'Mahomes can fix this offense!' – Michael Irvin isn't worried about the Chiefs | First Take'Mahomes can fix this offense!' – Michael Irvin isn't worried about the Chiefs | First Take...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Down by one point against the Pittsburgh Steelers with 12 seconds left in Sunday’s game, John Harbaugh went for two instead of kicking the extra point and going to overtime. The play design was great because it left tight end Mark Andrews wide open, but Lamar Jackson couldn’t deliver the throw on target. READ MORE: Maryland's Health Department Compromised After CyberattackThe result? The Ravens (8-4) took a heartbreaking 20-19 loss, which dropped them to third place in the AFC, and kept their divisional rivals’ playoff hopes alive. The big question is why not take your chances overtime with a Steelers’ team that’s been struggling all year on offense? After all, Jackson proved on the final drive that the offense could move the ball effectively on their defense. Sure, analytics might say to be aggressive in that situation, but Justin Tucker is automatic from just about the midfield logo. READ MORE: Siakam Scores 31 To Help Raptors Beat Wizards 102-90Not to mention Jackson’s ability to extend plays. There were plenty of times where he looked like he might run...
    Getty New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson made major strides during the Week 13 loss against the Philadelphia Eagles. The New York Jets were defeated by the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 13 but there were some clear positives to focus on. Namely, rookie quarterback Zach Wilson looked extremely comfortable in Mike LaFleur’s system for the first time since Week 4. You could actually argue that the BYU product was better today, even if there weren’t as many spectacular throws. Wilson showed something else, something fans had not seen since preseason, poise and composure. ALL the latest Jets news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Jets newsletter here! Join Heavy on Jets! Experts Applaud Wilson’s Week 13 Strides Play Robert Saleh Postgame Press Conference (12/5) | New York Jets vs. Philadelphia Eagles | NFLHead coach Robert Saleh speaks with reporters following the Eagles game. #NewYorkJets #Jets #NFL Subscribe to the New York Jets YT Channel: bit.ly/2KRtBJd For more Jets videos: bit.ly/2rkCbal For more Jets action: newyorkjets.com/ Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/jets/ Follow us on Twitter:...
    1. BE COMPETENT ON OFFENSE The Giants’ defense actually should generate a disruptive pass rush against a poor Dolphins offensive line. But the Giants can’t win this game if the offense doesn’t score touchdowns. That will be tough with Mike Glennon facing a blitz-happy Fins D. 2. SCORE ON DEFENSE Tua Tagovailoa’s Dolphins offense has 20 giveaways, tied for fourth-worst in the NFL. The Giants defense’s 19 takeaways are tied for seventh best. Pat Graham’s defense has forced at least one turnover in every game. Maybe Xavier McKinney can get another pick-six. 3. RUN THE BALL Devontae Booker should play more. Saquon Barkley has to play better. Freddie Kitchens needs to call effective runs. It’s the only way to protect the offensive line and the quarterback against a Dolphins team that’s won four straight.
    While the Suns and Warriors have taken the NBA by storm, the Utah Jazz have quietly improved upon last year’s dominant play with the league’s best offense. The Warriors and Suns currently sit at the center of the NBA world’s attention this week, and rightfully so. The two teams have won a combined 36 of their first 42 games — often without encountering much resistance from opponents. Phoenix has rattled off a franchise-record 17 straight victories, including a win over the Warriors on Tuesday, while Golden State owns the league’s best point differential by a significant margin. The two teams will square off again on Friday before a third meeting on Christmas Day. But as Golden State and Phoenix have blitzed the rest of the league, a third Western Conference team has quietly rolled to an impressive start of its own. Another 20-point win on Monday pushed the Utah Jazz to 14-7 on the season, with a slightly better point differential than last season’s league-leading mark. The Utah Jazz have arguably been even better than last seasonWhile Utah remains one...
    THE 10 BEST GAMES TO BET EAGLES at JETS 1 p.m., Eagles by 6 ½, 45 HANK’S HONEYS: Not wild about picking either side here. Jalen Hurts, who played one of the dumbest games ever last week at MetLife (along with coach Nick Sirianni’s play calling), is nursing a sore ankle and may not be his mobile self. The question is how that will affect the Eagles’ top-ranked running game, of which Hurts is a big part. After all, the Jets are ranked fifth-worst against the run. This is also a lot of points for the Eagles to be giving on the road but the Jets, who are trying to beat the Eagles for the first time in their history (0-11) have yet to put two good efforts together. The Eagles defense has held three of its last five opponents under 14 points and certainly has the ability to lock down the Jets’ piddly attack. That makes this a lean southward down the Turnpike. IF I WERE A BETTING MAN: Eagles and the under. GIANTS at DOLPHINS 1 p.m.,...
    Kareem Hunt’s dad was openly ripping the Cleveland Browns offense over on Facebook. The Cleveland Browns offense is so bad right now that Kareem Hunt’s father, Kareem Hunt Sr., is criticizing the team on Facebook. Cleveland dropped to 6-6 on the year after falling to the division rival Baltimore Ravens on Sunday Night Football, 16-10. Though the game might have been played in The Charm City, the Browns defense forced Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson into throwing four interceptions. Again, Cleveland scored a whopping 10 points in a game the Browns had to have in the divisional race. Here is Hunt’s banter about how pedestrian the Browns offense has looked in recent weeks. Can confirm pic.twitter.com/WYvklqU6hb — Austin Inman (@Inman16Austin) November 29, 2021 Kareem Hunt’s father criticizes Cleveland Browns offense over on Facebook While it is abundantly clear that starting quarterback Baker Mayfield is hurt, why is head coach Kevin Stefanski putting him out there? He has a more than capable backup in Case Keenum, a signal-caller who ran this same offense to perfection for the 2017 Minnesota Vikings. All Keenum has...
    After the Golden State Warriors’ first game of the preseason, a 121-107 win against the Portland Trailblazers, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr put the word out there for the rest of the NBA: We back up. “We’re chasing wins this year,” Kerr said before flashing a wry grin. Granted, that declaration in October wasn’t as gangster as Idris Elba’s Stringer Bell’s declaration of his resurgence in HBO’s The Wire. But Kerr’s statement was no less ominous nor less potent. Twenty games into the season, Kerr has kept his word. The Warriors at 18-2 have the best record in the league. They are also second in offense (114.3), and first in defense (99.7). The trajectory and feel of this team are reminiscent of the “Strength In Numbers” days of the dynasty. The Warriors’ success in the first quarter of the season has been a surprising revelation to critics at large. The success has been a surprise to nearly everyone except the team. “It’s amazing,” Andrew Wiggins said last week after the Warriors moved to 16-2 by beating...
    Here’s what the Baltimore Sun sports staff had to say immediately after the Ravens’ 16-10 win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday night at M&T Bank Stadium: Jonas Shaffer, reporter: As long as the Ravens (8-3) have a defense as good as Sunday’s iteration and a kicker as unassailable as Justin Tucker, they can hang with anybody. Lamar Jackson’s four interceptions can’t be glossed over, especially given the offense’s recent rough patch, but ultimately, the Ravens just keep doing enough. Division games are always knock-out, drag-’em-down affairs. The Ravens were just the tougher team Sunday. To hold off the Bengals (7-4) in the AFC North, they’ll need more of that. Childs Walker, reporter: The Ravens did not look like the best team in the AFC, even if that’s what their record says they are for the moment. They made everything look difficult on offense, and that started with a dreadful passing performance by their franchise player, Lamar Jackson. They have scored a combined 42 points over their last three games. Right now, they are neither a grind-it-out running...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Ravens held off the Cleveland Browns and remained the number one seed in the AFC on Sunday night. They also have the best record in their division at 8-3. With a 16-10 win over the Browns, the Ravens improve to 8-3 and sit atop the AFC. What a season. — Ryan Mink (@ryanmink) November 29, 2021 Lamar Jackson and the offense played sloppy football, but the defense kept them in the game by limiting Cleveland’s offense. This defense held a Cleveland offense that was averaging 156.8 yards per game to just 40 yards tonight. They look to keep winning as they take on a struggling Pittsburgh Steelers team next week. Ravens defense has taken a lot of criticism, but they were difference tonight. Browns came in with the top-rushing attack in football. They were averaging 156.8 rushing yards per game. Without Calais Campbell, Ravens held them to 40 rushing yards. Chubb had 8 carries for 16 yds — Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiec) November 29, 2021
    HOUSTON — It was the definition of a team win for Gang Green. The offense was balanced, and the defense played lights out and the end result was a 21-14 win over the Houston Texans. Zach Wilson had a pedestrian day in his return to action as he went 14-for-24 for 145 yards with a rushing touchdown and an interception. But the run game was dominant and put up 157 yards of offense. The Jets averaged 4.6 yards per carry, led by Tevin Coleman who ran for 67 yards. Austin Walter scored a touchdown. The defense held the Texans to 202 yards and 14 points. Bryce Hall sealed the victory with a pass breakup on 4th-and-2 with two minutes remaining. A total difference compared to what the defense showed in the previous five games. It was needed as the rookie quarterback shook off the rust from missing four games with a sprained knee. And out the gate, Wilson struggled. He looked jittery in the pocket, was inaccurate on a few of his throws that resulted in...
    In 2019, when the Ravens won 12 straight games and entered the playoffs as Super Bowl favorites, they led the NFL in point differential. In 2020, when the Ravens rattled off five straight wins to clinch an 11-win season and postseason berth, they led the NFL in point differential. This year has been a little different. Entering Week 12, the 7-3 Ravens trail only the 8-3 Tennessee Titans in the AFC, but their point differential is just plus-17, tied for seventh best in the conference. Their 16-13 win Sunday over the Chicago Bears was their fifth fourth-quarter comeback this season. “To see the effort and the sacrifices that this team has made over the last 10 weeks, it’s just been inspiring,” defensive end Calais Campbell said. “It’s something that we can definitely use as momentum going forward.” They’ll take whatever they can get at this point. Starting Sunday night against the Cleveland Browns, the Ravens will end the regular season with seven games against teams that currently have winning records. Here’s how those games stack...
    Daniel Jones clearly wasn’t ready to say goodbye to Jason Garrett. “I’ll miss him,” Jones said Wednesday of Garrett’s firing the day before. The third-year quarterback got uncharacteristically emotional describing Tuesday’s farewell conversation with Garrett after Jones had learned the news from head coach Joe Judge in person at the facility. “It was obviously a tough conversation and um,” a slightly choked-up Jones said, scratching the back of his head with his left hand. “I think just him being the guy he is, wishing the best for us, wishing the best for me. And I think that was most of that.” Garrett, 55, rarely left Jones’ side while he was here. He took the quarterback’s personal and professional development seriously. It was his primary job after all: to help the Giants’ franchise QB grow and succeed. Garrett and Jones, 24, had a catch after every practice or competed in light-hearted throwing competitions, like who could hit the crossbar of the goalposts from 40 yards out first. Jones said he feels like he let Garrett...
    In 2019, when the Ravens won 12 straight games and entered the playoffs as Super Bowl favorites, they led the NFL in point differential. In 2020, when the Ravens rattled off five straight wins to clinch an 11-win season and postseason berth, they led the NFL in point differential. This year has been a little different. Entering Week 12, the 7-3 Ravens trail only the 8-3 Tennessee Titans in the AFC, but their point differential is just plus-17, tied for seventh best in the conference. Their 16-13 win Sunday over the Chicago Bears was their fifth fourth-quarter comeback this season. “To see the effort and the sacrifices that this team has made over the last 10 weeks, it’s just been inspiring,” defensive end Calais Campbell said. “It’s something that we can definitely use as momentum going forward.” They’ll take whatever they can get at this point. Starting Sunday night against the Cleveland Browns, the Ravens will end the regular season with seven games against teams that currently have winning records. Here’s how those games stack...
    10 thoughts after the Chicago Bears found a new way to give another game away in the final minute — this time to a former undrafted quarterback making his first NFL start. Tyler Huntley was able to leave Soldier Field as the hero after the Baltimore Ravens claimed a 16-13 victory Sunday afternoon. 1. Flash back to the middle of October 2019: The Bears were in a rut and had just lost at home to the New Orleans Saints. The final score was 36-25, but the game wasn’t nearly that close as the offense scored two touchdowns in garbage time to turn a rout-in-the-making into an 11-point loss. Mitch Trubisky was forced to attempt 54 passes that afternoon, and when all was said and done, Matt Nagy was forced to answer for why the team handed the ball off only five times and the offense had a total of seven rushing attempts when adding in quarterback runs. The seven attempts set a franchise record for fewest carries in a game. I reference this head-scratcher because this was...
    EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The lack of involvement for Justin Jefferson was so glaring in Minnesota’s two recent losses that coach Mike Zimmer made a point to pull him aside last week and assure him the ball was coming his way. Zimmer rather paternalistically asked Jefferson to promise to practice and study hard, as if there were any question about the effort and precision the Vikings would get from their star receiver. READ MORE: Vikings Get Harrison Smith, Patrick Peterson Back Ahead Of Packers GameThe result of this renewed commitment was predictably positive, at a time when the Vikings needed it most. Kirk Cousins threw 11 passes to Jefferson in the 27-20 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers, with nine completions for 143 yards. Seven of them went for first downs. One third down attempt drew a pass interference penalty. Jefferson’s nickname is “Jet.” Just 25 games into his NFL career, it’s clear nobody can rev up the Vikings offense quite like him. In four games the Vikings have won this season, Jefferson has averaged 11 targets and 116 yards....
    If you are sensible enough to keep the Minnesota Timberwolves at arm’s length — perhaps to the extent of taking out a restraining order limiting your exposure to the box scores and video highlights — then you are likely to assume that the opening month of the 2021-22 season has been the franchise’s annual revival of the stumblebum follies. After winning three of their first four contests, the Wolves have dropped eight of their past nine games and are now nestled in the familiar nether region of the Western Conference standings.  But this edition of the Wolves have tweaked their template for losing basketball games thus far this season, and you don’t have to get your humor from the gallows (although a mordant gloss is always good insurance) to find it oddly compelling.  Coming into this season, the Wolves were deemed to be a latent powerhouse on offense, sporting a “Big 3” designed to get buckets in bunches. Karl-Anthony Towns had established himself as the most versatile sharpshooting big man in the game today (and maybe ever), a scoring threat...
    The Chicago Bears are coming out of their bye week on a four-game losing streak with a 3-6 record. But plenty of football is still to be played with eight games remaining this season. Our team of Bears writers weighs in on four timely topics heading into the Week 11 game Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens at Soldier Field. 1. The most impressive part of Justin Fields’ development to date has been _______________. Brad Biggs: His ability to protect the football. Yes, he has eight interceptions and has lost two fumbles in nine games (seven starts). But not all of the interceptions have been his fault, and with the exception of the five-turnover meltdown last month at Tampa Bay, he has been excellent in this regard. This is one of the first steps for a young quarterback, and Fields is without question ahead of the curve. You knew he would emerge as a dual threat at the position, and he has showcased the ability to escape the pocket to extend plays and attack defenses with his running...
    The Chicago Bears are back from their bye week, and so is Brad Biggs’ weekly Bears mailbag. Despite a four-game losing streak, an encouraging performance the last time out in Pittsburgh has some readers wondering if Justin Fields and the offense are hitting their stride. If Teven Jenkins returns to the active roster in the coming weeks, what will the offensive line look like? Does someone slide inside? — @twtamtrakandrew That was the No. 1 question in the mailbag this week by a landslide. I don’t think there is a clear answer right now, and I also don’t believe the Bears need to pick a spot for him immediately. This process could take several weeks to play out. Jenkins practiced Monday for the first time since the spring. He has yet to practice in full pads, and an important element people should keep in mind is that the collective bargaining agreement prevents teams from conducting more than one practice in full pads each week. So Jenkins will get one practice in full pads (with very limited contact) this...
    A day after appearing in court to face contempt charges, Steve Bannon returned to hosting his podcast on Tuesday morning, launching an angry attack on the Biden administration for weaponizing the law and warning that 'MAGA punches back.' Bannon, 67, is the first person to face criminal charges in the congressional probe into the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol as Trump supporters sought to overturn election results. He handed himself in the FBI on Monday and appeared in court later in the day.   But on Tuesday morning he was broadcasting to supporters from a room at the Willard Hotel - reportedly the location of a January 'command center' where Trump allies gathered to discuss plans to subvert the 2020 election results.        'They don't know how to handle when MAGA punches back and MAGA is punching back,' he told listeners to his War Room podcast. 'Okay, we're not going to just sit here and take it any more ... the months and months and months and months and months of just the rhetoric and trying to weaponize the law...
    Steve Bannon briefly spoke to reporters after leaving the courthouse on Monday over his indictment for defying the January 6 select committee. The Trump White House chief strategist was indicted for contempt of Congress because he refused to comply with the subpoena issued by the committee investigating the Capitol riots. He told reporters Monday, “This is going to be the misdemeanor from hell for Merrick Garland, Nancy Pelosi, and Joe Biden.” He accused the president of ordering the attorney general to prosecute him. “We’re going to go on the offense on this, and stand by,” Bannon added. His lawyer David Schoen (who you may remember from the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump) insisted, “There is nothing criminal about any conduct that occurred in this case.” Minutes later Bannon pushed the idea that this case is about “freedom of speech and liberty.” “I’m never going to back down. They took on the wrong guy this time, okay?” Minutes later, he added, “If the administrative state wants to bring me on, bring it. Because we’re here to fight this,...
    Dabo Swinney leaves the door open to possibly benching D.J. Uiagalelei once again. Though the Clemson football team got an easy home victory over lowly UConn, head coach Dabo Swinney did not remove all doubt about his starting quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei. While Uiagalelei got the bulk of the snaps running the Clemson offense, he is not exactly running away with the starting quarterback job. His backup Taisun Phommachanh is pushing for playing time. Had he been healthy, Phommachanh might have played more snaps in this blowout game. With two tough games left vs. Wake Forest and South Carolina, Swinney could make a change. Phommachanh completed one pass for 33 yards in limited action vs. UConn on Saturday. Asked if Clemson woulda rolled with Taisun Phommachanh for the rest of the first half had he been healthy, Swinney said he doesnt know and that Phommachanh would have had to have played well. But he at least would have had more opportunity. — Grace Raynor (@gmraynor) November 13, 2021 Clemson football: Could Dabo Swinney bench D.J. Uiagalelei once again? Given that Clemson is not...
    Getty Robert Woods is chased from behind by Kevin Byard of the Titans during the Rams' 28-16 loss on Sunday, November 7. Unfortunately, it became the reverse of lose one, gain one for the Los Angeles Rams following their Friday, November 12 practice. Just one day after the Rams signed prized free agent Odell Beckham Jr., veteran wide receiver Robert Woods was seen limping off after practice. Turns out, “Bobby Trees” will likely miss the rest of the year. Woods Suffers Season-Ending Tear First reported by ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter and Dianna Russini on Saturday, November 13, Woods went down after practice but then spoke with reporters afterwards, giving off the notion nothing was wrong with him. On the same day that the team signed WR Odell Beckham Jr., Rams’ WR Robert Woods tore his ACL at practice Friday, sources tell @diannaESPN and me. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 13, 2021 Robert Woods hurt his knee at practice Friday. He went down, got up, finished practice, conducted interviews with the media after, nobody thought anything wrong…and then...
    Making college football expert picks against the spread for Week 11 as we tackle the betting odds, lines and more for every Top 25 game. Back for another week of college football expert picks and we have an awesome Week 11 slate ahead of us. For starters, we’re looking at four matchups between top 20 teams. Beyond that, we also have Georgia-Tennessee, Michigan-Penn State and a lot more on the docket. And it’s time to build upon a solid start to November with our picks for Top 25 games. It was an overall good week last Saturday, even if we failed to make up ground against the spread with an 11-12 week there. That’s because we continued to crush totals with a 15-8 showing in that department. For the season now, we are 84-103-1 against the spread and 105-79-4 against totals, putting the overall record at 189-182-5 for the year. We started off November strong, now it’s time to finish the month that way with our Week 11 college football expert picks against the spread. Note: All odds are via WynnBET....
    Getty Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods and Darrell Henderson could now be in the same formations with new Ram Odell Beckham Jr. The Los Angeles Rams are known for running 11 personnel (one tight end, one running back) or operating out of empty sets with no backs in the backfield in the effort to score at will on defenses. So where does the newest Ram wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. fit in with the offense? Will it mean some swift changes to the scheme as they integrate OBJ into the system? Peter Schrager of the NFL Network revealed what the idea for OBJ is on the Friday edition of Good Morning Football. The plan now that Schrager learned: The Rams will go from 11 to 10 personnel with the three-time Pro Bowl wideout Beckham. As it is, Schrager — who co-hosts the “Flying Coach” podcast with Rams head coach Sean McVay during the offseason — stated that McVay has long had an affinity for coaching OBJ. “I knew McVay has always lusted after Odell Beckham. This goes back to...
    Taylor Swift rocks white and gold and her signature red lip, more celeb photos from Nov. 8-13 Black Friday preview: The biggest deals we’re anticipating this year With the rise in popularity of football betting contests, the Yahoo Sportsbook staff is offering its top football picks for this weekend’s slate. And much like those contests, these lines locked as of Thursday night, so they won’t reflect subsequent movement. All lines from BetMGM. Nick Bromberg  Season record: 29-16 Air Force at Colorado State (Under 45.5) CSU averages 23 points per game and Air Force doesn’t allow that many. Couple a triple-option offense with a low-scoring opponent and it feels like a recipe for an under. Miami at Florida State (Under 60.5) I’ve seen little from the Florida State offense to make me believe that it’s capable of putting up a bunch of points. If the Seminoles win it’s going to be a low-scoring game. Michigan at Penn State (Under 48.5) I’ll be stunned if this game is a shootout. It feels like the first team to 20 wins. TCU at...
    MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) —  If Jackson and the rest of Baltimore’s offense don’t figure out how to beat cover zero defensive schemes, the Ravens won’t have to wait until the playoffs to flop. Jackson had no room to run and little time to throw against Miami. The Dolphins entered with the NFL’s third-worst defense but shut down Jackson and Baltimore’s high-powered offense in a 22-10 win Thursday night. READ MORE: An Unhappy Homecoming This Time For Ravens QB Lamar JacksonIn a copycat league, the Ravens can expect to see more teams use Miami’s aggressive approach. The Dolphins brought heavy blitz packages, leaving no defenders deep. Jackson couldn’t take advantage. He finished 26 of 43 for 238 yards with one touchdown and one interception. His 73.6 passer rating was his lowest since he posted a 61.5 rating in a playoff loss to Buffalo last January. “We’ve seen it before,” Jackson said about facing a cover zero defense. “We were practicing it the whole week. We have to do a better job handling it. We have to do our thing. There were plays we left...
    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. Tom Thibodeau is fed up. Trailing by 16 points against the Milwaukee Bucks Wednesday night, he benched his starters for the entire fourth quarter. After the game, he was incredibly blunt in clarifying his thinking: “Yeah, just they didn’t play well. That’s it. We’ve gotta figure it out. And right now we’re playing well on the road and we’re not playing well at home, which is unusual. So we’ve gotta get that straightened out.” As ESPN’s Tim Bontemps pointed out, the Knicks starting lineup has been a disaster all season long: “What is indisputable is that New York’s starting lineup is, to this point, not working. The lineup — Kemba Walker, Evan Fournier, RJ Barrett, Julius Randle and Mitchell Robinson — has played more minutes than any other five-man unit in the NBA this season. But it has been outscored by 14.4 points per 100 possessions so far this season and has a defensive rating of 119.3 — more than seven...
    Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has added a new trick to his bag this season, and the Hawks’ offense has struggled to get off the ground. Much of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s career has unfolded in relative obscurity, but the absence of a spotlight has done nothing to stall his growth as a player. The 23-year-old made steady, substantive improvement in each of his first three NBA seasons — including a quiet leap into fringe All-NBA territory last year — and put himself in the company of some of the NBA’s best guards. Gilgeous-Alexander’s usage rate climbed by more than seven points in 2020-21, his assist rate doubled and his true shooting percentage eclipsed that of Devin Booker, Donovan Mitchell, and Bradley Beal. His most noticeable progress came from behind the 3-point line, where Gilgeous-Alexander dialed up his volume and accuracy on a far more difficult shot diet. Refining a right-to-left stepback helped him shoot a sparkling 41 percent on nearly four pull-up 3s per game, and his ability to fire off the dribble became a needed counter to defenders playing off him or ducking...
    Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip Secrets: Who Caused the Most Drama? Goldman Sachs is building on the disruptive investing theme with a trio of new ETFs Nobody expected Russell Wilson back this soon. The Seattle Seahawks are happy he's a quick healer.  Wilson injured his finger against the Los Angeles Rams on Oct. 7 and had surgery the next day on a ruptured tendon. He was expected to miss at least six weeks. He'll has been cleared to play return Sunday, a little more than five weeks after surgery.  Nobody who watched Geno Smith would say that's a bad thing. But as the Seahawks go into play the Green Bay Packers as 3.5-point underdogs at BetMGM, there are reasons to wonder if the Seahawks will be great right away.  The first part of that is they weren't great when Wilson was healthy. Seattle was 2-3 when Wilson hurt his finger. The defense wasn't great, though it has gotten better in the past three games. Wilson was his normal great self but the Seahawks offense was good and not great....
    Getty Cooper Kupp tries to break away from Elijah Molden of the Titans during the Sunday, November 7 Sunday Night Football contest. Cooper Kupp crossed 1,000 yards and joined Jerry Rice as the fastest wide receiver to do so in nine games, plus went on to produce his second game of catching double digit passes for the Los Angeles Rams. But there was no gloating or a pat on the back moment from him when addressing the L.A. media on Monday, November 8…not after being stunned against the Tennessee Titans 28-16 in front of the “Rams House” at SoFi Stadium on Sunday Night Football. Kupp, who hauled in a season-high 11 catches for 95 yards in the loss, became the fastest receiver to hit the four-digit mark in 2021. Cooper Kupp is the 1st WR to reach 1,000 yards this season ???? pic.twitter.com/l6fxAuX7Np — PFF (@PFF) November 8, 2021 But again, there was no basking in the individual moment. Instead, the 28-year-old spent time pinpointing where the Rams can get better at — from executing...
    The arrival of Odell Backham Jr. in Cleveland ushered in an era of optimism. How did it all fall apart so quickly? When the Cleveland Browns traded for Odell Beckham Jr. in March 2019, it felt like the team was entering into a new era. Baker Mayfield had just won Rookie of the Year, the team had gone 7-8-1 one year removed from an 0-16 campaign, and had just acquired a legitimate star for the first time in years. That feeling turned out to be half-right. During Beckham’s time in Cleveland, the team did enter that new era. They made the playoffs for the first time since 2002 and won their first postseason game since 1994. In the course of a few years, the Browns went from a laughing stock to a well-run organization that appears sure to be one of the best teams in the AFC for years to come. However, this all happened with Beckham, the incoming superstar who seemed bound to form such a lethal pairing with Mayfield, playing a lesser role than anyone would have imagined....
    Astroworld Festival victims remembered in somber vigil, as officials press for answers Trump: 2024 announcement probably coming after midterms The Pittsburgh Steelers know how they need to win this season. We saw it last week.  It's not with Ben Roethlisberger peppering his receivers with targets and throwing for 5,000 yards anymore. Roethlisberger is on the back nine of his career, maybe even on the 18th hole, and the Steelers don't have the offensive line to protect a 39-year-old quarterback anyway. The Steelers had a grind-it-out 15-10 win at the Cleveland Browns last week. That works.  Between the Steelers offense and the Bears offense, we're in for what should be a rough Monday night game. The Bears are 7-point underdogs at BetMGM. The over/under is a very low 39.  The Bears (31st in points, 32nd in yards) don't really know how to generate an offense with rookie quarterback Justin Fields. Fields ran it more last week and had 100 yards rushing, and he'll get better as his confidence grows. But it's not like he'll light up a good Steelers defense....
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The stout defense of the Tennesee Titans stifled the explosive offensive of the Los Angeles Rams, forcing Matt Stafford to throw two picks one of which returned for a score on the way to 28-16 victory.  The Rams failed to score a single touchdown until the final 30 seconds of the game as Stafford completed a three-yard touchdown pass to Sony Michel. Stafford finished the game with 294 yards and recorded a season-high of completions (31) and attempts (48). The Titans sacked the veteran quarterback five times for 41 yards.  READ MORE: Friends Of Heidi Planck Hold Vigil For The Missing MotherStafford continued to connect with Cooper Kupp for 11 receptions and 95 yards. Robert Woods led the Rams in receiving raking in seven catches for 98 yards while also rushing for six. Darrell Henderson Jr. received most of the carries, rushing the ball for 55 yards on 11 tries. Michel, who scored the only touchdown of the night for the Rams, rushed for 20 yards on seven attempts and caught two passes for six yards....
    Paul Mescal and Phoebe Bridgers Seemingly Confirm Relationship on 2021 LACMA Gala Red Carpet Elon Musk faces a $15 billion tax bill, which is likely the real reason hes selling stock © Provided by NBC Sports Replay Video SETTINGS OFF HD HQ SD LO Skip Ad The Raiders offense was in need of a deep threat in Sunday’s loss to the Giants and it looks like DeSean Jackson is going to fill that role. Jackson told Josina Anderson that he is joining the Raiders. The Rams released Jackson after failing to find a trading partner before Tuesday’s trade deadline. The Raiders lost 23-16 in their first game since cutting wide receiver Henry Ruggs, who was arrested for felony DUI after a car crash in Las Vegas that killed a woman in the other car early on Tuesday morning. That led to speculation that they would pursue Jackson or Odell Beckham to bolster their offense and it appears those thoughts were on the mark. Jackson had eight catches for 221 yards and a touchdown for the Rams. DeSean Jackson says...
    The odds on favorite to win the AFC championship, the Buffalo Bills are struggling right now The Buffalo Bills overtook the Kansas City Chiefs as the odds favorite to win the AFC Championship two weeks ago. Now, they will likely see the defending AFC champions catching up. In Week 9, the Buffalo Bills lost to the 1-6 Jacksonville Jaguars 9-6. The Bills offense, considered one of the best in the league, was dominated by the 25th defense in the league. Josh Allen was sacked four times and threw up two interceptions. Meanwhile, the Bills defense, considered the best defense in the league this season, allowed a Jacksonville Jaguars offense that lost Trevor Lawrence early in the game to score enough points to win. This embarrassing loss comes just a week after the Bills played a close game against a bad Miami Dolphins team. The Bills looked indestructible through six weeks but now look to falling apart.The Buffalo Bills have a tough stretch ahead of themThe Bills have already had their bye week, so there is no slowing down the rest...
    Getty Bradley Beal guarding his friend, Jayson Tatum In recent months, Bradley Beal’s name has been on the lips of Celtics fans, as they dream of the team adding a third star alongside Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. We’ve been here before, though, adding an offensive-minded third star, and things didn’t work out, so why would it be different this time around? Is it because Beal is Tatum’s best friend? Or maybe because the Celtics have a new head coach in Ime Udoka? Or perhaps it’s due to the team’s young core having matured since their last venture into a big-three era ended when Kyrie Irving and Kemba Walker made their short trips to New York. Beal is one of the best scorers in the NBA; there’s no doubt about it. Despite his early struggles this season, Tatum is ascending to superstar status, and Brown continues to defy expectations as he marches up the league-wide player rankings. On paper, the trio of Beal, Brown, and Tatum would be a ferocious prospect, capable of rivaling the offensive powerhouse in...
    James Harden hasn’t been himself to start the new season, but how concerned should the Nets be about their star’s struggles? When the Nets acquired James Harden last season, they hit the ground running. Integrating the ball-dominant Harden into an offense that already featured Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving required virtually no time at all (though it would take a while before the three actually shared the floor); Harden’s pick-and-roll playmaking mixed brilliantly with Irving’s on-ball artistry and Durant’s, well, everything, and the Nets steamrolled the rest of the NBA whenever two of those three shared the floor. That dominance hasn’t yet carried into the new season. The 5-3 Nets rank just 13th in offensive efficiency through eight games — a far cry from the historic rate at which they scored last year. Durant looks every bit the superstar he was a year ago, but new role players have struggled to get acclimated, Irving chose to step away from the team and, crucially, Harden hasn’t been the same offensive force. The three-time scoring champion is averaging under 20 points per...
    Beal talks about dip in offense around the league originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington   At the outset of Wednesday’s game against the Raptors, everyone knew the conclusion. They just couldn’t figure out the reasoning. Scoring is down in the NBA this season, as is Offensive Rating, 3-point shooting, turnover rate, and, most notably, free throw attempts. After the Wizards’ 109-100 loss to the Raptors at Capital One Arena, Bradley Beal offered up a few potential reasons as to why. “I haven’t talked to many other guys but I definitely see,” Beal said. “Gives me a little peace that I ain’t the only one out here struggling. The whole league is struggling. It’s an adjustment. I think I’ve seen somebody blame the ball the other day…So it’s a lot of adjustments across the league for everybody. There’s really not one thing you could pinpoint, honestly. It could just be the way the chips are falling this year. I don’t know.” Beal, who scored 31.3 points and averaged 7.7 free throw attempts per game last year, has come out...
    David Plouffe, a former Obama-Biden campaign manager, advised Democrats up for election in 2022 to "go on the offense" on critical race theory (CRT) in light of the Virginia gubernatorial election.  On Tuesday, Plouffe appeared on "MSNBC Live" to comment on the Virginia governor race between former Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin. Youngkin managed to declare victory later that night following a campaign that was focused on parents’ growing concerns for their children’s education regarding school shutdowns, CRT and other progressive agendas. LINCOLN PROJECT ROASTED FOLLOWING YOUNGKIN’S TRIUMPH IN VIRGINIA: ‘YOU SHOULD HAVE BROUGHT MORE TIKI TORCHES’  FILE PHOTO: FILE PHOTO: Angry parents and community members protest after a Loudoun County School Board meeting was halted by the school board because the crowd refused to quiet down, in Ashburn, Virginia, June 22, 2021. Loudoun has been roiled for months by accusations that it has embraced critical race theory, a school of thought that maintains that racism is ingrained in U.S. law and institutions and that legacies of slavery and segregation have created an uneven playing...
    The Washington Football Team are 2-6 on the season. Should head coach Ron Rivera be on the hot seat? The Washington Football Team clinched  the NFC East title with a 7-9 record last year and put up a fight against the eventual Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Wild Card Round. Following free agency and the NFL Draft, things were looking as though the Football Team would be able to defend their division crown. Fans were excited about the potential of Washington entering this season. Instead, Washington is now 2-6 on the season after losing 17-10 to the Denver Broncos on Sunday. With such lofty expectations heading into the 2021 season, should head coach Ron Rivera be on the hot seat?Should Ron Rivera be on the hot seat?While things have gone terribly wrong for the Football Team, it is too early for the organization to part ways with Rivera. He is only in his second year with the team! If there is one issue that has plagued Washington this year, it is the play of the quarterback. The...
    FDA delays decision on Moderna vaccine for kids 12 and up: Live COVID updates Explosion in Mexico destroys at least 30 buildings, leaves 1 dead, 15 injured Let's face it, no one saw this coming from the Knicks right? Even when they surprised everyone and made the postseason a year ago. Even when they locked in homecourt advantage in the first round of the playoffs. They've exceeded all expectations, and they're doing it again to start the 2021-22 NBA season. Powered by a stingy defense – with a defensive rating of 107.8, good for fourth-best in the league last season – the Knicks scrapped their way to victories, taking on an old school mindset to hold opponents under 100 points 24 times. They became accustomed to winning rock fight-type games but often struggled whenever they found themselves in a high-scoring affair. In the 24 games they held opponents under 100 points, New York owned a record of 20-4. In 21 games where it allowed 110 points or more, its record fell off drastically, going 7-14. Randle's breakout season propelled their offense through...
    The shutout streak for Florida football could be in jeopardy vs. Georgia. One of the nation’s longest and most impressive streaks in college football is in jeopardy. Florida football has scored in a record 417 straight games but has yet to score vs. Georgia in their annual rivalry game.Florida football has scored in 417 straight games dating back to 1988.The Gators have been one of the most explosive offenses since the late 80s but exploded in the 1990s under head coach Steve Spurrier and his Fun-n-Gun offense that produced Heisman winner Danny Wuerffel. Florida has scored in every game dating back to 1988. Even when Spurrier left for the NFL, the Gators’ offense continued to put up big numbers, albeit not quite to the same heights under the Head Ball Coach. It peaked again under Urban Meyer who saw Chris Leak and Tim Tebow light up scoreboards under his watch. Even under Jim McElwain and Will Muschamp, the Gators were able to keep the streak alive. However, the stout Georgia defense could be the team that snaps the streak and...