Score, results, highlights from Week 14 game in LA

Jake Elliott kicked a go-ahead field goal with 3:50 to play and the Eagles added a touchdown on the game’s final play to come away with a 43-35 win over the Rams on Sunday night in Los Angeles.

Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz threw for 291 yards and four touchdowns. But he left the game with a knee injury late in the third quarter and did not return. Nick Foles replaced Wentz and finished with 42 passing yards. Tight end Trey Burton also caught two touchdown passes for Philadelphia.

Jared Goff threw for two touchdowns while Todd Gurley rushed for 96 yards and two score for the Rams in the losing effort.

Nick Foles is in at quarterback for the Eagles.

Touchdown Rams. Todd Gurley receives a handoff and takes it into the end zone to give Los Angeles a 35-31 lead. Gurley broke of a 21-yard run earlier in the drive to move the Rams into Philadelphia territory. He’s totaled 100 rushing yards and two touchdowns on just 11 carries so far.

This set up a final sequence that could not have gone worse for those on Oklahoma -3. USC’s Jordan McLaughlin scored five points while the Sooners combined to go 0-for-4 from the free throw line, including a pair of misses by Trae Young with three seconds left. Yes, Oklahoma held on to win by two, but that was not quite enough for some unlucky bettors.

Chris Boswell kicked a 46-yard field goal with 42 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to give the Pittsburgh Steelers a wild, come-from-behind 39-38 victory over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday night in Pittsburgh.

The Ravens led by nine points with just less than seven minutes remaining in regulation, but Ben Roethlisberger led the Steelers on a quick touchdown drive to narrow the gap. After Baltimore went three-and-out, Pittsburgh moved into field goal range on a 34-yard pass from Roethlisberger to Antonio Brown, setting up Boswell’s kick. The Steelers sacked Joe Flacco on the game’s final play to secure the win.
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There were players anonymously ripping McAdoo to ESPN as this season fell apart.

Olympic hockey is on everyone’s mind this week, given the news about the IOC banning Russia from the 2018 Winter Games. The rankings highlight a player from each team whom we truly, deeply lament will not be playing for his country in South Korea.

Emily Kaplan, national NHL reporter: These are bleak times in Ottawa. A team that was among the peskiest in the Eastern Conference last season is floundering; at 9-12-7, the Senators are seventh in the anemic Atlantic Division.

Since then, there were the unchecked antics of Odell Beckham Jr. ranging from childish temper tantrums to a profane end-zone celebration to the mini-vacation with fellow Giants wide receivers that became a major distraction prior to last season’s playoff loss in Green Bay.

There was second-year cornerback Eli Apple talking about how New York needing to fix its “culture” after the 2017 Giants fell to 0-5.

Andrew Whitworth, OT, Los Angeles Rams: The veteran Whitworth appeared to injure himself on a Cooper Kupp touchdown play, as he limped off the field with some help from Rams medical staff. He later retreated to the locker room for further testing on an ankle injury, and the team declared him questionable to return because of the injury. Whitworth made his return to the lineup in the third quarter.

Deon Cain, WR, Clemson — Deon Cain is another in a long line of talented Clemson wide receivers, and he tallied another touchdown Saturday with three catches for 39 yards in the Tigers 38-3 demolishing of Miami. Cain has decent size, good speed and is a good route runner to boot and the junior has every chance to be a productive wide receiver at the next level.
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Chiefs ‘ready to get back on track’ against Bills

“The margin between winning and losing in the NFL is small because of the parity in the league you have to bring your A-game every week and be prepared,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “I have to make sure that we’re doing that. We’re lucky enough where we have another game and that’s what we’re going to focus on and fix the problems.

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“You’ve got to learn from the mistakes as well and we go through the good and the bad together,” first-year Rams coach Sean McVay said Wednesday. “I think what I’ve seen from Jared that’s been so impressive is his ability that no matter what the moment is, no matter how big it is at that point in the game, regardless of what’s occurred prior to that whether he’s had a successful drive or whether we’ve turned the football over — he’s fearless and he’s not afraid to fail.

“He goes out there and he’s got a certain confidence and a belief in his ability to get it done. And a belief in his teammates and I think that rubs off on guys. That even-keeled demeanor and that kind of fearless mindset mentality, especially from the quarterback position is something that you sure feel good about as a coach and I think that’s why he’s going to be a special player for us.”lakers_013

Eagles confirm Carson Wentz has torn ACL, will miss rest of season

Philadelphia Eagles star quarterback Carson Wentz has a torn ACL in his left knee and will miss the rest of the regular season and the postseason, coach Doug Pederson confirmed Monday.

Wentz suffered the injury in Sunday’s victory over the Los Angeles Rams and underwent an MRI on Monday morning.

The NFL Network reported that Winston and Koetter’s relationship was “not in a great place” and that Winston did not feel that Koetter gave him the proper support while he attempted to play through a sprained AC joint in his throwing shoulder earlier this season. The report also stated that Winston was growing increasingly frustrated with the predictability of Koetter’s offense.

They should be happy Gronkowski’s suspension is for exactly one game. It ensures he will be fully healthy for the tougher test against the Steelers, and he won’t need to recover on a short week.

This year, it got worse. Armed with multiple first-rounders from the Wentz deal, the Browns traded out of the No. 12 overall pick that became Deshaun Watson to the Texans.

DeShone Kizer still could end up being a viable starter in the NFL, but Prescott’s rookie run in Dallas, Wentz’s big second season in Philadelphia and Watson’s immediate splash in Houston all made Brown’s QB moves in Cleveland look terrible in relation.

Jackson ran for 156 yards in the win for his eighth straight 100-yard rushing game. The only player in NCAA history with at least 3,000 passing yards and 1,000 receiving yards in consecutive seasons has 1,443 rushing yards this season.panthers_093

Crawford leads Blackhawks to 3-1 win over Coyotes

Blackhawks forward Ryan Hartman was a healthy scratch for the second straight game. Hartman was whistled for three penalties in a 6-2 loss at Washington last Wednesday, including a double minor for high-sticking in the second period. … Arizona scratched C Nick Cousins, D Kyle Capobianco and G Michael Leighton.

Hornets: Walker and Howard were both assessed technical fouls. … Howard has 14 double-doubles this season. … Johnny O’Bryant had 11 points and seven rebounds.

The Hornets played without three key reserves out due to injuries — Cody Zeller (meniscus tear in knee), Frank Kaminsky (sprained ankle) and Jeremy Lamb (bruised shin) — one night after four of their five starters played more than 40 minutes in an overtime loss to Chicago.

NFL Chief Operating Officer Tod Leiweke disputes that account of how the program will be funded. In a memo sent Friday to club ownership, community relations directors and player engagement directors, Leiweke wrote, “This new program will supplement, and not replace, our other key social responsibility efforts, including Salute to Service, cancer awareness, domestic violence/sexual assault and youth programs.”

Early in the third quarter, fans were even treated to a rare metrological event of “thunder snow,” as lightning flashed over the stadium. The game was not stopped.

So much snow accumulated on the roof of the first-level suites that fans began building snowmen.

Colts receiver Chester Rogers disappeared into a snowbank in the end zone after being unable to stop on a deep pass from Jacoby Brissett. Rogers made the catch, but couldn’t keep both feet inbounds.royals_013

It’s official: Eli Manning back as Giants’ starter

Eli Manning has reclaimed the starting quarterback job with the Giants and will be under center when the New York offense takes the field against the Cowboys Sunday, interim coach Steve Spagnuolo announced Wednesday.

The move was expected. During Monday’s press conference announcing the firings of coach Ben McAdoo and GM Jerry Reese, Giants co-owner John Mara said his understanding was Manning would start against Dallas.

While Las Vegas sports books Sunday opened the Giants as 6-point home underdogs vs. the Cowboys, the point spread adjusted down to +4 as it became clear Manning, not Smith, would start.

But despite the outcry over Manning’s benching, he has not been playing like the Hall of Famer some claim him to be. Yes, the Giants’ problems go deeper than Eli, but he’s thrown for just 2,411 yards this season (21st in the NFL) and 14 TDs (tied for 20th), while also tossing seven interceptions.

While Philadelphia’s loss of injured quarterback Carson Wentz hurts its chance at a Super Bowl run, the Eagles at least can clinch a first-round bye this week with a win and some help from teams in other games. Philly also has a chance to clinch homefield advantage throughout the NFC playoffs.

Yes, a Steelers win over the Patriots in Week 15 would all but lock Pittsburgh into the No. 1 seed for the AFC playoffs, but Jacksonville is not yet out of the race for the top seed and homefield advantage in the conference.

Philadelphia guard Markelle Fultz might have left the University of Washington for the NBA after just one year, but Sixers coach Brett Brown says the No. 1 overall pick’s classroom education is continuing while he is sidelined with a shoulder injury.
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Jerry Jones vs. Roger Goodell: Direction of NFL at stake in epic power struggle

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.nike_steelers_1608

the combined record of 2017 AFC teams is 68-78 compared to 78-68 in the NFC.

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.
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Jerry Jones’ power doesn’t equal 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.nike_steelers_716

let’s dive deeper into the similarities and differences between Jared Goff and Josh Rosen.

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.
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