The Titans have a 20 percent shot at winning the AFC South

The Titans have a 20 percent shot at winning the AFC South, but they’ll need to win this game or convince the NFL to have a special playoff berth for the league’s most exotic team if they want to make the postseason. If they win this game, they’ll have a shot: Tennessee’s division odds would rise to 33 percent without considering any of its other games, and if the Titans can beat the Jaguars in Jacksonville in Week 16, their playoffs odds would be right under 50 percent.

There’s also a reasonable chance that the Raiders will have locked up the top seed in the AFC and have the ability to rest their players in Week 17 against a Broncos team playing for its playoff spot, which would be an interesting philosophical discussion: Would the Raiders play their starters and use their whole playbook, or leave Derek Carr on the bench and save their scouting for a possible playoff matchup? The Bengals faced this decision against the Jets in 2009 and sleepwalked through the first half of a must-win game for Rex Ryan’s team in New York before taking out their starters; they promptly lost to the Jets in the wild-card game in Cincinnati the following week.
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Authentic Youth Tomas Hertl Jersey The Giants and Washington are still the favorites to finish as the fifth and sixth seeds in the East, but a lot can go wrong on the way to the ball. The 5-7 Eagles could still make a run into the postseason, to start. (If that seems improbable, you’ll only have to go back to 2015 to remember that this same Washington team was 5-7 before reeling off four straight wins to win the NFC East, or that the 2013 Chargers won their final four games after starting 5-7 to claim a wild-card berth.)

After losing to Arizona last week, Washington is looking over its shoulder at teams from other divisions. Tampa Bay, Green Bay and Minnesota are its biggest rivals for a wild-card berth. The good news for Washington fans — especially compared to the Giants — is that they’re likely to be favored in each of their final four contests. They’re currently 1-point favorites at Philadelphia, host the scuffling Panthers, and travel to face the injury-riddled Bears before finishing up at home against the Giants.

Packers vs. Cardinals 2016: Time, TV schedule and team news for NFL playoffs

When the Green Bay Packers face the Arizona Cardinals in the Divisional round of the playoffs, they’ll hope it goes better than the first time the two teams met. The Packers were embarrassed, 38-8, in the Week 16 loss. But they get a shot at redemption Saturday night on NBC.
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Three weeks ago, it wasn’t pretty for the Packers’ offense. They were missing starting left tackle David Bakhtiari, and starting right tackle Bryan Bulaga went down with an injury during the game. The Cardinals sacked Aaron Rodgers a staggering eight times. Green Bay turned the ball over four times, and two of Rodgers’ three fumbles were recovered by the Cardinals and returned for touchdowns.

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Osborne said he was surprised by Wednesday’s news.

All of his correspondence with me in spite of circumstances have been fairly upbeat … didn’t see that coming. He was very loyal to his friends and yet he had some anger issues and couldn’t overcome the demons in his life. Things weren’t going in a good direction for him. All I can say is I feel very bad … I guess we feel like we did what we could for him.
Phillips wrote to coaches and discussed the issues and experiences he had behind bars.

Phillips left college early for the NFL Draft, where he was drafted No. 6 overall in 1996 by the St. Louis Rams. However, he spent time in jail and was released before going to the Miami Dolphins. While with the Dolphins, he pleaded no contest to hitting a woman at a nightclub and was released.

He then moved on to NFL Europe, eventually coming back to the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers, who eventually released him for “conduct detrimental to the team.” He played in the CFL and AFL but never returned to the NFL.

Tim Kurkjian breaks down how MLB players and owners were able to reach agreement on a five-year labor contract

The owners and players have a tentative five-year labor deal that will go through the 2021 season, and Cubs starter Jon Lester is happy with the agreement even if his primary request wasn’t granted:

While my efforts to eliminate pitchers from having to throw to 1B didnt pass, I’m proud of the PA & Owners for coming together on a new CBA!

Old rule: A team giving a qualifying offer to one of its free agents would receive a pick between the first and second rounds if it lost that free agent to another team. (The top 10 first-round picks were protected.)

Now … let the other debates begin! (Dear voters: Go look up Edgar Martinez while you have a few seconds …)

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This is one of those times when they’ll have to overpay, like they did when they inked shortstop Jhonny Peralta a few years back. With veteran outfielder Matt Holliday off the books, they can reallocate those dollars to Fowler.
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The Orioles gave him a qualifying offer, but because a signing team could lose a first-round pick, the interest in Trumbo won’t be what it otherwise would be in a completely open market. This helps players like him while also potentially bringing more teams into the bidding for free agents.

“We’ve had subsequent two-year deals that didn’t work out all that well. In fact, we have about one a year. That’s why I think we’ll be a little bit cautious, especially with that midrange.”

Clarkson has also primarily come off the bench

Jordan Clarkson, PG/SG 2015-16 Player Rater: 4.36 (led Lakers) 2016-17 Player Rater: 5.77

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Despite the minutes drop, Clarkson’s volume stats by and large compare with his solid 2015-16 numbers. But the secret sauce in his improvement comes from the steals department. Clarkson currently averages 1.8 thefts per tilt, a huge leap over last season’s 1.1 steals. He’s already posted multiple five-steal games, including last Friday’s monster 20-point, 4-3-pointer and 5-steal line versus the Warriors.

Julius Randle, PF 2015-16 Player Rater: 2.65 2016-17 Player Rater: 4.70

Cause one: his field goal percentage bump. His .538 percentage marks a quantum leap versus last season’s .429. Randle’s shooting has improved despite the average distance of his shot moving out from 6.7 to 7.9 feet. Even more incongruously, his biggest jump is in deep 2-pointers (from .254 to .556).

Womens Dennis Rodman Jersey The area where Randle’s doing something special for his position? Assists. Randle’s court vision has opened up to the tune of 3.8 assists per game. That’s one of the best big-men per game averages in the entire league.

Randle still isn’t adding much in the defense categories (0.7 steals, 0.6 blocks), but his dimes have the potential to make Randle a unique fantasy asset.

Nick Young, SG/SF 2015-16 Player Rater: -3.43 (depressed due to injury and a social media mishap) 2016-17 Player Rater: 4.45

Young’s heartwarming comeback campaign suffered a bit of a scare last night via an Achilles strain. It’s hard to believe, but the preternaturally sophomoric Young has transformed into something of a 31-year-old grizzled veteran.

Like every other Laker on this list, Young’s transformation arrives via efficiency. Young’s improvement is concentrated in one specific area: 3-point production. As of last night’s game, Young was averaging a career-high 2.6 3-pointers per game. That high average is accompanied by a career-high .418 3-point percentage.

(I mean come on. Nick Young’s eFG% is 59 percent! Walton should get Coach of the Year based on that alone.)

Minnesota also has plenty of reasons to want to move on from Peterson and the ongoing circus

Publicly, the Vikings have been supportive of Peterson. Owner Mark Wilf, general manager Rick Spielman and Warren have all stated in the past month that they would welcome Peterson back.

Peterson spoke last week Aaron Donald Youth Jersey about a potential return to Minnesota and talked about his love for the fans and teammates, per Ben Goessling of ESPN. Yet, Peterson also stated he is uneasy about going back because of certain rifts between he and the organization.

“Adrian was referring (in the ESPN.com article) to people that were kicking him when he was down,” Nelson Peterson said to the Pioneer Press. “It’s not the fans of Minnesota; it was people like Kevin Warren and those type of people, the Cris Carter-type of person, those type of people that he felt could have came to him (and) helped him.”

As for the Rams and Bradford, they could be headed for a breakup, if not this year, then for 2016, when the team can let Bradford walk and will have hopefully rebuilt a woeful offensive line and an iffy cast of skill players for whoever Fisher deems to be his next Kerry Collins salvage project.

The Rams aren’t likely to fetch much in return for Bradford. A few have suggested a second-round pick at best, a conditional one at that. That leaves the Rams betting on Bradford’s health too, even by getting rid of him.

It’s impossible to say where the Bills/Bradford trade rumor came from. Talking up Alec Ogletree Youth Jersey potentially interested teams could benefit Bradford’s agent by helping drive up the asking price in contract renegotiation talks with the Rams.

For now, Fox said he’s still trying to talk with Cutler and establish a relationship with the quarterback. “I’m getting to know the guy. This is a relationship business.”

Vontaze Burfict, Doug Baldwin fined for raising middle fingers

Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict and Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin were each fined $12,154 for unsportsmanlike conduct after the players raised middle fingers in separate games Sunday, sources told ESPN.

Burfict stuck both of his middle Malcolm Johnson Womens Jersey fingers up toward the stands late in the fourth quarter of the Bengals’ 16-12 home loss to the Bills.

The fine is Burfict’s second of the season. He was fined $75,000 for allegedly stomping on the leg of Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount.

That one person is Matthew Stafford. But it could be so many players on the Lions roster these days. How they’ve managed to do this is tough to explain, and the Lions aren’t trying to find a reason anymore. They’ve accepted that this is the way they are.

In some ways, it goes back to when the schedule first came out. Safety Glover Quin said some of the players looked at the schedule when it was released, saw few national television opportunities and simply said, “good.”

They liked the idea of playing at 1 p.m. on Sundays, being Nate Orchard Womens Jersey underneath the national consciousness, taking it week to week and just seeing what happens. What happened is the Lions became a compelling story, an interesting team winning in the most surprising ways.

Detroit has won six of its past seven games and leads the NFC North. Chaos does not bother this team — not at all.

“It hasn’t been pretty,” Quin said. “But we go out at 1 o’clock, play good football and find a way to get a win.

“And [on Thursday], the whole world got to see what you guys been seeing every week. Let’s go out, play football. It’s a close game, and we find a way to win.”

The Carolina Panthers had a scoreless 20-play drive against the Kansas City Chiefs on Nov. 13

How many points did they get out of that drive?

None. Nada. Zilch. Receiver Phillip Dorsett dropped a fourth-down pass in the end zone.

“Fourth-and-1, it speaks for itself,” Hilton said. “You have to get that. One yard, if you can’t [get] that then you don’t need to be in the National Football League.”

That’s the second time this season a team Clive Walford Authentic Jersey had a drive of 19 plays or longer that didn’t result in any points, according to research by ESPN Stats & Information. The Carolina Panthers had a scoreless 20-play drive against the Kansas City Chiefs on Nov. 13.

Tolzien had enough pressure on him starting his Connor Cook Authentic Jersey first game in exactly three years. His top three receivers didn’t do him any favors by dropping passes. Donte Moncrief joined Dorsett and Hilton in dropping passes that would have been a touchdown or put the Colts in position to score.

“It’s my fault,” Hilton said. “I started it with the drop. Shouldn’t have happened, should have caught it. Changed the game. That was on me. … We put too many balls on the ground. We take pride in not dropping the ball.”

“Well, like any young football players, they are going to get better the more reps that they get and they have proven that,” Washington coach Jay Gruden said. “Dak and Zeke, they’ve done a great job. You know, Zeke is a powerful runner. He’s been bottled up from time to time in first quarter, but as the game goes on, that offensive line can wear you down and he gets chunks of yardage.

But as the current NFL rooks will find out, it doesn’t compare to being home.

ESPN.com NFL analyst Matt Bowen played seven seasons as a defensive back in the NFL.

Our five-person NFL Insiders panel debates how Matthew Stafford stacks up against the top-tier QBs. Plus: Which team playing on Thanksgiving is best set up for the future? And who’s tougher for defenses to handle: Le’Veon Bell or Antonio Brown?

The Vikings have found their No. 1 receiver in Stefon Diggs

Adam Thielen, WR, Minnesota Vikings (4.6 percent). The Vikings have found their No. 1 receiver in Stefon Diggs, but Thielen has been in the mix over the past six games, logging three touchdowns and a 127-yard effort during that stretch. In a deeper PPR league, he can be used as a flex option.

Vance McDonald, TE, San Francisco 49ers (1.7 percent). If you are Adrian Clayborn Womens Jersey a Zach Miller owner (or a Gronk owner, should he miss Week 12), McDonald is on the tight end radar. He has at least 50 receiving yards or a touchdown in three straight games, and Kaepernick has kept up his fantasy-steady quarterback play of late.

Brandon LaFell, WR, Cincinnati Bengals (11.0 percent). It’s a close call between Boyd and LaFell for the Bengals pass-catcher I’d be most interested in adding. While LaFell isn’t an overwhelming talent, he’s bound to see steady work going forward. He has averaged 5.5 targets per game this season, but it would not be a surprise to see him average eight per game for the rest of the season. He too can be added in 12-team-or-larger leagues.

Dion Lewis, RB, New England Patriots (45.1 percent). It came in a relatively small dose (22 snaps), but Lewis showed flashes of why he was one of the unique running backs in football before his season-ending injury in 2015. Lewis had five rushes for 23 yards and three catches for 26 yards, playing two fewer snaps than fellow backfield mate James White. Lewis is the Patriots’ best combo back in terms of rushing and receiving and should be added in all leagues.

Mike Gillislee, RB, Buffalo Bills (26.3 percent). The Bills announced on Sunday that LeSean McCoy is set to undergo a procedure on his thumb but could play in Week 12. That’s good news, but Gillislee is a must-add for any McCoy owners as an insurance policy. He’s also a smart add for anyone whose running back depth is in need of work, as he’d be a usable piece in Week 12 if McCoy is unable to play.

DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins (47.9 percent). The Dolphins are surging, and Parker was a key part of their 2-0 swing through California in Weeks 10 and 11. He has 13 catches on 18 targets over the past two weeks, including a touchdown and a 103-yard effort. A Alex Mack Womens Jersey first-round pick in 2015, Parker has excellent size and a promising ceiling. He should be added in any-size leagues but isn’t yet a sure-fire starter in 10-team leagues. But on ability alone he’s worth the speculative add and can be started in deeper leagues.

Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles, left this past Sunday’s game with injuries

Even as he’s owned in 43 percent of ESPN leagues, Asiata’s lowly start rate of 12 percent last week suggests he qualifies as a streaming commodity to consider for Week 12. Jerick McKinnon Denard Robinson Authentic Jersey continues to play more snaps and handle more touches than Asiata in most outings, but a valuable blend of receiving and goal-line work supports a steady fantasy pattern for the bruising change-of-pace back.

Asiata doesn’t claim a high ceiling, but we have found a reasonably high floor at this eroding fantasy position, as he is one of just 11 tailbacks to produce at least seven fantasy points six times since the start of Week 4 (after Adrian Peterson was sidelined). The Lions have yielded the 11th-most rushing yards and the 10th-most receiving yards per game to backs, evidence Asiata can grind out another flex-worthy outing and even RB2 production at this depleted position.

Both lead backs for the Eagles, Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles, left this past Sunday’s game with injuries. For Mathews, an MCL sprain points to him likely missing Monday night’s game against the Green Bay Packers.

Sproles’ status is still up in the air, but a fractured rib all but ensures that even if he plays, Smallwood will see significant snaps. The Packers’ defense is nothing short of injury-ravaged, which was manifest when Robert Kelley ran for 81 of his 137 rushing yards in the fourth quarter of Sunday night’s game. Look for the Eagles’ backs to find similar success Monday night.

The Bucs are already dealing with some injuries at cornerback. Four-time Pro Bowler Brent Grimes Dwayne Gratz Authentic Jersey suffered a thigh bruise against the Chiefs after just a few snaps and did not return.

The Bucs face one of the league’s stop slot receivers this week in the Seahawks’ Doug Baldwin, who has 54 catches for 733 receiving yards this year, with 483 of them coming from the slot, fifth-most in the NFL. His four receiving touchdowns from the slot are tied for fourth in the league.

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DraftKings CEO Jason Robins says added fees for players are not in the cards

Al Zeidenfeld, a high-level daily fantasy player and contributor to ESPN, says he understands the sites’ need to raise revenue, but wants to see the commission fees structured differently.

Shortly after the shop opened, Kerber met up with a 31-year-old local artist named Nicholas Avery, who got into customized footwear by painting his own sneakers for fun. “A couple of designs that I’d done were displayed at a different shop in Buffalo,” he said. “I wasn’t really affiliated with them, but they just thought it would be cool to showcase those designs. Then, I started getting requests, and I ran into the guys at Fabes Sole High and we talked about working together.”

Things started slowly. The first Ken Daneyko Authentic Jersey athlete to request customized cleats from them was a college player — Mississippi quarterback Chad Kelly, who’s from Buffalo and requested a custom pair last year. But their big break came when Bills running back LeSean McCoy asked for a pair. “Then, other Bills players saw what he was wearing and wanted their own pairs, and then they’d tell their friends on other teams, guys they went to college with, and it kind of took off from there,” Kerber said.

It’s possible and perhaps Kyle Palmieri Authentic Jersey even likely that Griffin will return to practice in a limited capacity. He is returning from a broken coracoid bone and has not played since the season opener.

Jackson gave that tidbit of information while answering a question from “junior reporter” Jaden Berk, 14, from Warren, Ohio. Two years ago, Berk made a guest appearance on ESPN’s SportsNation.

That much talent got them 11 playoff appearances and 10 seasons with at least 10 victories. They also lost their first game of the playoffs seven times and won only one Super Bowl. The talent level on the Colts’ current roster resembles nothing close to those teams.

“You can make an argument on paper, which is never the case because what you do on paper doesn’t matter, but we were among one of the best teams in the league for five years,” former Colts general manager Bill Polian said. “We just couldn’t get over the hump. You look at them today, it’s critical to have a quarterback that in many ways can cover up a lot of the deficiencies if he’s special, which Andrew is. But if you’re going to go all the way, you have to have close to a complete team.”