Bruce Arians reverses course, says he’s not to blame for loss

One day after Cardinals coach Bruce Arians shouldered the blame for a busted fourth-and-1 call that contributed to the Cardinals’ 31-21 loss to the Houston Texans, he reversed course.

That being said, baseball officials would prefer to successfully negotiate the terms of change with the players this winter. This way, both sides will be committed moving forward.

One way or another, sources expect the 20-second pitch clock to become part of a sport that has long been celebrated for its timelessness. But with the average time of game now lagging to over three hours, commissioner Rob Manfred has been devoted to the mission of speeding up the action as part of an effort to appeal to the newest generations of fans.

The Cowboys will be without running back Ezekiel Elliott after Elliott on Wednesday dropped his appeal of a six-game suspension. That will add intrigue to their Sunday prime-time NFC East matchup vs. the Eagles in Arlington.

In the other prime-time games this week, the Titans will take on the Steelers at Heinz Field on “Thursday Night Football,” and the Falcons will meet the Seahawks in Seattle on “Monday Night Football.”

Russell Wilson continues to thrive despite constant pressure — Wilson has been a lightning rod all season, escaping pressure to execute magical throws down field. He was up to his usual antics again this week, extending plays to help keep the Seahawks offense on the field. nike_patriots_562

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