Injuries: Miami’s Ryan Tannehill, who was coming off his best season, went down during training camp when he reinjured the same knee that sidelined him late in the 2016 campaign. Even though the Dolphins (4-5) remain in playoff contention, Jay Cutler simply has not provided the same spark since he was lured out of retirement by coach Adam Gase. Miami fields the NFL’s 31st-ranked offense heading into Sunday’s home game against Tampa Bay.
As long as the Panthers jump out to early leads and take control of games, they are hard to beat. As they’ve gone run-heavy and away from pass-happy based on personnel, it’s now more difficult for them to rally after bad starts. The bye week arrives at an ideal time for Carolina to get healthier at key positions, just in time for a tough stretch run.
Quarterback Brett Hundley totaled 245 passing yards and a rushing score for the Packers (4-4) in the losing effort. Green Bay was outgained 417-311 in the game.
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At 1-9, they’re already out of playoff contention, so there’s really nothing to lose. And the general manager admits it would be “helpful for everybody to see and be able to evaluate” his team’s new franchise quarterback.
The same goes for trying to get Garoppolo up to speed at this point of the season as he absorbs what Lynch described as a “a completely different offense” than the one used in New England.
The 49ers also have limitations on how much Garoppolo can be fast-tracked. There’s only so much practice time, and a novice like Beathard needs all the reps he can get to hold down the fort until Garoppolo is ready to roll.
The Packers have earned the right to a free pass for a while, but somebody needs to be held accountable for their developing into a Rodgers-or-bust team. The fact that Thompson and McCarthy did not pursue another viable veteran alternative, just in case Hundley didn’t work out, looks worst of all now.
When Rodgers was healthy, the Packers could overcome any injury or personnel issue. He made the house look like it was in complete order, even when much of it was not.
“But as he got older, he really started to open up. When I was with him there at the end of our careers in Dallas, he really started to allow himself to trust people and started to turn a corner and become a happy person. Then with his retirement he was making a big impact on the world.
Then it was the stunning trade this past summer to add George, and another to add Carmelo Anthony.
Even with the Big Three look as the showcase, the Thunder’s future is in Westbrook, and they hope, in George as well. The addition of Anthony was a final uppercut swing at a grand slam, and at least enough to cement Westbrook in OKC for the majority of his career.
The Thunder’s front office put a plan in place in July 2016 to answer one simple question: How do they go from the middle back to the upper tier again, without bottoming out? They identified stars to pair with Westbrook, the more available the better, and George was as the top of the list.
New England jumped out to an 18-point halftime lead and never looked back as it cruised to a 41-16 win in Denver. The Patriots tallied 396 yards of total offense and punted just once. New England excelled in the other areas of special teams, returning a kickoff for a touchdown and blocking a Denver punt.
Touchdown, Falcons. Russell Wilson drops back to pass and escapes the collapsing pocket but fumbles the football after being hit. Takkarist McKinley recovers and runs it in for a 10-yard touchdown return as Atlanta’s lead grows to 21-7. Wilson already has two turnovers.
Atlanta picks up one first down but its drive stalls when Justin Hardy fails to secure a pass from Ryan on third down and the Falcons punt for the first time.
Touchdown, Seahawks. Seattle’s drive is extended when Atlanta cornerback C.J. Goodwin is called for tripping on third down. Two plays later, Russell Wilson connects with Jimmy Graham for a 4-yard score. Seattle now trails 14-7.
Three players the Braves signed for $300,000 bonuses were set free because the Braves gave additional money to their agents by signing others to deals with what MLB called “inflated” bonuses: Venezuelan outfielder Antonio Sucre, Dominican outfielder Brandol Mezquita and Dominican shortstop Angel Rojas.
Allen Lazard, WR, Iowa State — Lazard did his part to keep the Cyclones in it against Oklahoma State. The 6-5, 222-pound senior caught nine passes for 126 yards and two scores in the 49-42 loss. It was the third 100-yard game of the season for Lazard.
The New Orleans Saints’ most dramatic victory of the season came at a price.
New Orleans lost defensive end Alex Okafor to a season-ending torn Achilles in Sunday’s 34-31 victory over the Washington Redskins, a source confirmed to ESPN.
The Saints’ next game is a matchup of surprise division leaders on Sunday at the Los Angeles Rams (7-3).
The problem has been ascribed to Andy Dalton more than enough … which would make A.J. McCarron a possible solution, right? Apparently not, since he was a paperwork glitch away from getting traded at last week’s deadline.
Then it came out Sunday morning, via ESPN.com, that McCarron has a pending grievance against the Bengals to become an unrestricted free agent this coming offseason.
None of this paints a pretty picture of the Bengals’ future. It doesn’t say much for their present, either. They might be the bleakest 3-5 team in the NFL, capable of stunning ineptitude at any time, and with a player of Green’s caliber and value at the ends of his patience.
After finishing 2016 with a career-high 20 interceptions, Philip Rivers has done a better job of taking care of the football this season with seven interceptions through 10 games. However, the Chargers have lacked consistency and rhythm on offense, finishing in the bottom third of points scored and third-down efficiency through the meat of the season. But Rivers could turn things around by playing more consistent football in the last six games of the year. — Eric D. Williams
Ben Roethlisberger is taking notice of critics who think he doesn’t care anymore in light of his flirtation with retirement in the offseason.
Roethlisberger said his teammates, coaches and those in his inner circle know how he deals with the game day-to-day. After a slow start to the season, Roethlisberger’s passer rating has climbed to 87.8 after he threw for 1,076 yards, nine touchdowns and two interceptions over his past four games.
Said Roethlisberger, who is in his 14th season, “I’ve done this long enough, too, that I can let [criticism] roll off my back.”
Rather than just hand out turkeys or give the children a Thanksgiving meal, Allen gave the children $70 apiece and a Thanksgiving grocery list so he could teach them about shopping on a budget.
Allen stopped by the Jackson Heights neighborhood of Queens, New York, on Monday to work with 25 middle schoolers from Elmcor Youth and Adult Activities Inc., according to Nets Daily. The kids were thrilled to meet Allen, so he got to know some of them and gave out Nets hats to his young fans before they hit the aisles.
One might think that offering an awesome budgeting activity to children would come from someone well versed in managing expenses over many years. Allen is just 19 years old. Even that fact came as a shock to the kids.
The Rockies have a real shot at building on last season’s improvement with the right additions this winter. There are a lot of spots GM Jeff Bridich might target, though. There is a clear need to build the bullpen back up with Greg Holland, Jake McGee and Pat Neshek on the free-agent market. But the Rockies also need to address the catcher position and make a key determination on whether they can hold steady on the outfield corners by going young with David Dahl and Raimel Tapia.
49ers coach Kyle Shanahan on getting his first victory as a head coach: “I’ve gotten that monkey off my back now. Now I have to get a second one, and that will be another monkey.”
“When you’re in this situation… things are going to get written that way. That’s wholly untrue,” Brown said in a press conference Monday. “I think we were all in there together — Hue, myself and a couple of other staff members that work on these things at the time we were trying to get the trade done — so I’m not worried about that internally.
Anton Khudobin made 40 saves as Boston improved to 9-7-4 with its third straight win-all with Khudobin in goal.
Jake DeBrusk and Patrice Bergeron scored first period goals for the Bruins.
Jesper Bratt and Brian Gibbons scored for the Devils, and Cory Schneider made 27 saves.
The shootout opened with Hall and David Pastrnak trading goals. And it stayed that way until McAvoy’s game-winner
Prior to the extra period, the first of three regular season meetings between the longtime Eastern Conference rivals was essentially a special teams affair.
A few folks nabbed Marcus Mariota as a dark-horse MVP candidate coming into his third NFL season, but he’s been nothing close to that. An early-season hamstring injury and inconsistent accuracy — most notably in his four-interception performance at Pittsburgh on Thursday — have been big reasons why Mariota has not progressed or performed in the way many expected. Mariota, who has 12 total touchdowns to 10 interceptions, led the Titans to three comebacks in the fourth quarter or overtime this season, and his dual-threat capabilities continue to make him one of the more difficult QBs to devise a game plan for, but he hasn’t played like the Titans expected so far this season. — Cameron Wolfe
The injury situation in the Seattle Seahawks’ secondary went from bad to worse at the start of Monday night’s 34-31 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.
Starting cornerback Shaquill Griffin left after two plays with what coach Pete Carroll said afterward was a concussion. He didn’t return, pressing Byron Maxwell into action on the right side less than a week after the Seahawks brought him back to reinforce their cornerback depth with Richard Sherman out for the remainder of the season with an Achilles injury.
Carroll called the injury a strain. Davis, who was claimed by Seattle in the offseason after being waived by the San Francisco 49ers, vowed to do everything he can to play against his former team next Sunday.
“I’ll be rehabbing like crazy to get back,” he said.
Aboushi left in the fourth quarter and didn’t return. Carroll said he “banged his shoulder pretty good,” but didn’t know the extent of the injury. Mark Glowinski replaced Aboushi at right guard.
The ankle injury kept Fournette out of Jacksonville’s Oct. 22 game at the Colts. At home last week against the Chargers, he limped to a season-low 33 yards on 17 carries and didn’t play for much of the fourth quarter.
“I hate the cold period,” Fournette said, per Jacksonville.com. “I sleep in the heat. That’s just how I grew up. Mentally, I’m just trying to get my mind ready — that’s all.”
Fournette said he’s played in only one cold-weather game in his life – LSU at Arkansas in 2014, when he was a freshman for the Tigers. He rushed for 9 yards on five carries as LSU was shut out, 17-0.
So, the ankle, the weather — anything else Fournette’s fantasy owners should be concerned about?
Two minutes and 31 seconds in—goal. Tomas Nosek, who’d played only 17 career NHL games before becoming a Golden Knight.
The craziness will end if Verlander can vanquish the Dodgers in Game 6, or things will reach a boiling point if Los Angeles wins to set up a Yu Darvish-Lance McCullers Jr. matchup in Game 7 on Wednesday.
Players on both sides can feel free to collapse once it’s over. Fans who’ve had the privilege of watching this classic World Series on TV or in person probably wish it could go on forever.
“Nothing I say now can turn back the clock, but it’s a life lesson, and hope no kids out there who aspire to race thinks that’s the way you should do it,” he added. “It’s becoming normal in our sport now, and I hate that I’m now in the discussion as a guilty party, but I’ll move on and hope Chase, his team and fans accept my apology.”
“There is, and was, something that is an issue,” said a league source who was not on the conference call and didn’t learn about it until Saturday night. “I’d be very surprised about wanting to change Roger. I’d be shocked about that.”
Yet for all the prominent people who do support Goodell, a contract that was expected to be completed in September has not been finalized as November approaches.
“Maybe Arthur [Blank, the head of the compensation committee] and that committee think they’re on track,” an owner said about Goodell’s extension talks. “But they have a lot more resistance than they counted on — and maybe they don’t know how the resistance is growing as we speak.”
The Seahawks have acquired Pro Bowl left tackle Duane Brown in a trade with the Texans, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Seattle is sending cornerback Jeremy Lane to Houston along with a 2018 fifth-round pick and a 2019 second-round pick, sources told Schefter.
Alfred Morris, RB, Dallas Cowboys (30.0 percent): Over the next six weeks, the Cowboys are almost assuredly going to be without Ezekiel Elliott, opening the door to someone stepping in to fill his prominent role. Choosing between Morris and Darren McFadden is a projection: It’s perhaps most likely that they split this job. But I’ll give the slimmest of edges to Morris, who has served as Elliott’s backup so far this season.
Bregman paused, with a smile creeping across his face. Sure, the Astros overcame 4-0, 7-4 and 8-7 deficits in an unforgettable 13-12 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 5 of the World Series. Yes, they are one win away from clinching the first world championship in the history of a franchise that was born in 1962 as the Houston Colt .45s.
Nearly nine months after his surgery, the Colts finally began the process of working Luck back into the swing of practice.
“We’ll slowly start working him back into practice this week,” Ballard said on a radio show Oct. 2, via ESPN. “We’ll see how much he gets. But we’ve got a plan in place to where we want him to start getting him reps, and then in time, as we can get him incorporated back into team work and all that, we’ll get him back on the field.”
Cichy told me Saturday that his rehab is coming along very well and he expects to begin running again very soon. He says he hasn’t made a decision yet on whether he will apply for a sixth season of eligibility.
Stephen Curry believes the Warriors are close to being their old, dominant selves again, even if so much seems to be going wrong so far.
One night, it’s offensive rebounds surrendered. Another, it’s turnovers. Or, an all-out foul fest.
The defending champions are showing some serious flaws — and coach Steve Kerr is calling out his team to be far more composed.
“My service is to all of those student-athletes who compete at whatever school they’re at,” Smith said. “I’m blessed to have benefited from the sport personally and professionally. It gave me my career path. I never would have gotten out of Cleveland had it not been for football. That personal connection to it makes me want to do my best for the kids.”
Warriors coach Steve Kerr didn’t agree with the penalties, either.
“I don’t know how you get fined $25,000 for being attacked,” he said. “So, I don’t know. It seemed like maybe there’s some prior reputation to it.
“There’s some curious stuff in there. It looked to me like Oubre came out there and went into the crowd and caused a lot more. Draymond, he was the one who was attacked in the first place. It seemed like those fines could have been reversed.”
Should a similar situation occur and Green find himself wrapped up by another player in the future, how might he handle it?
“I would say defend myself, but I really didn’t defend myself. So, I would say I probably can’t protect myself,” he said.
The Swedish-born Dansk was a second-round pick (31st overall) of the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2012. After not being tendered a qualifying offer by Columbus last summer, he signed a one-year contract with Vegas on July 3.