No need to wait for Super Bowl 52.
The NFL’s biggest showdown of the 2017 season already has kicked off. Jerry Jones vs. Roger Goodell.
Even before Thursday, there was a lot of pressure on Wilson to come through in high-scoring affairs. Take him outdueling Deshaun Watson in Week 8, for example. Although he didn’t have his best stuff in Week 9 in the loss to Washington, Wilson made the big plays at the end that the defense couldn’t.
Now without Sherman, Wilson needs to be even more of a wizard every week. There is more of a burden on him to keep things together as an on-field leader.
The final few rounds of a draft are often used for speculation on sleepers, so it can help to consider those end-of-bench players as in direct competition with the talent floating in free agency.
In this weekly series, we identify players available in more than 40 percent of ESPN leagues at each position. Some nominations are purely specialists capable of helping in one or two categories, while others deliver more diverse and important statistical offerings. Either way, I believe the players below can contribute positively to fantasy rosters.
The problem for fantasy managers is Peterson has posted fewer than five points in each of the other three contests. What are the odds that he turns this situation around and becomes a more consistent point producer?
To figure this out, let’s step back and get an idea of exactly the type of impact Peterson had on the Arizona rushing attack.
The Patriots technically were the away team for Sunday’s Week 11 game against the Raiders in Mexico City, and it felt that way for New England in front of 77,000 fans at Azteca Stadium … until the Patriots (8-2) stormed out to an early lead on their way to a 33-8 blowout of the Raiders (4-6).
One safety, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, remains solid, but their better, more-venerable safety, Morgan Burnett, can’t shake the injury bug. Meanwhile, Casey Heyward has been an elite corner for the Chargers since signing there last year. Micah Hyde was an offseason steal at safety for the Bills.
The Packers have had some bright spots in the front-seven with with Daniels and Clark anchoring for their young inside linebackers. It has transformed the run defense from terrible to good in two years, but at the same time, the pass rush has gone tumbling down.
Overall, the combined record of 2017 AFC teams is 68-78 compared to 78-68 in the NFC. The NFC fields the team with the league’s best record — Philadelphia (8-1) — and four seven-win clubs in New Orleans, Carolina, Minnesota and the Los Angeles Rams. New England (7-2) and Pittsburgh (7-2) are the AFC’s lone seven-win teams. All four AFC divisions have a negative point differential. The opposite is true in the NFC.
“The division is tough this year. Everyone’s playing well,” Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly told Sporting News after Carolina’s 45-21 beatdown of Miami on Monday night. “When the teams are winning, you try to keep pace. They’re trying to do the same things we are.”
All three teams are similar in their game plans. The Saints, Panthers and Falcons all boast MVP-caliber quarterbacks, but the defenses and the running games are the real keys to success.
Jerry Jones has proved you can be one of the most powerful men in American sports and a bad franchise owner at the same time. Someone should actually award him a trophy for pulling that off.
Touchdown, Steelers. Ben Roethlisberger uses a hard count and draws a Titans defender offside. On the free play, he follows with a 41-yard pass to Antonio Brown down the left sideline to put Pittsburgh ahead 7-0. Roethlisberger threw for 71 yards during the drive.
Outside of Wilson, no Seahawk is more indispensable than Sherman. It’s not just how he covers and tackles. It’s also how he leads his team and intimidates opponents. His presence alone draws fear and demands respect.
Carolina had a 10-point lead at halftime and then scored touchdowns on all three of its drives in the third quarter to pull away. The Panthers moved to 7-3 on the year with the victory and have now won three straight, while Miami dropped to 4-5.
Newton compiled 254 passing yards and another 95 on the ground to go along with his four scores. Jonathan Stewart tallied 110 rushing yards on 17 carries for the Panthers, while Christian McCaffrey registered two total touchdowns.
Turnover, Miami. Cutler underthrows a pass on the first play of the drive and Luke Kuechly picks it off. Carolina has the ball on the Dolphins’ 20 with 41 seconds remaining in the second quarter.
Backup Reto Berra stopped 40 shots and six of nine shootout tries to get a 3-2 win versus the Sharks. Anaheim netminders have faced forty or more shots in five of the team’s last seven games.
On Saturday afternoon, UCLA will be on the national stage in one of the most-watched games of the season at No. 12 Washington (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC). While the Huskies are coming out of a bye week looking to bounce back from the Arizona State loss and keep its College Football Playoff hopes alive, the UCLA storyline that will dominate the conversation around the game is going to be Josh Rosen.
“He’s an elite thrower,” Washington coach Chris Petersen told reporters this week. “He is accurate, he throws with anticipation, he’s excellent in the pocket. He’s all the things. You guys always ask me what are the things — he’s got ’em. He’s accurate, he throws with anticipation, he’s great in the pocket.”
Given the Los Angeles connection, Pac-12 ties and similar NFL Draft hype, let’s dive deeper into the similarities and differences between Jared Goff Jersey and Josh Rosen.
Critics of the NFL protests have said they are disrespectful of the flag, and 49 percent of respondents agree with that argument. However, 46 percent said the protests illustrate the very freedoms the flag symbolizes.
That symbolic weight is at the heart of the protest debate. What exactly do the flag and the anthem symbolize? More than half of the poll respondents, 57 percent, said the anthem represents America’s rights and freedoms, while 34 percent said the anthem represents the sacrifices of the military.
The Lions are coming off a bye against a Steelers team that has turned things around the past two weeks. The Steelers defense has taken a big step forward the past two games, and I think that continues. The Steelers win a tough road game.
These two have each lost two consecutive games, which is concerning. The Chiefs have defensive issues, while the Broncos have offensive issues. Something has to give here. I think the Chiefs defense gets the best of it. Kansas City takes it.