Bisciotti attended two practices last week

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O’Brien said the Texans have been able to lean on strong defensive performances that have kept them in games and allowed them to win while relying primarily on field goals. But if that doesn¡¯t change, he said, the results of those games could be different in the future.

“When you get in there, you have to score touchdowns,” O’Brien said. “You can’t kick field goals. Now what’s good about us is our defense is playing at such a high level. But again, at the end of the day, we’ve got to score touchdowns down there.”

Let’s not forget that Harbaugh is still considered a top-10 coach in this league. He has more playoff wins than Mike McCarthy and Pete Carroll. He has a better career winning percentage than Andy Reid and Ron Rivera.

Harbaugh has to take some blame for the Ravens not making the playoffs in back-to-back years for the first time since 2004-05. There were some trying times this month, from Baltimore looking unprepared early at New England to nearly losing to Philadelphia Eagles because of the “all-time worst call ever.”

Bisciotti attended two practices last week, which is something he rarely does during the regular season. If how the Ravens played at Pittsburgh is any indication, he had to be pleased with what he saw. Baltimore showed toughness and fight in nearly upsetting the Steelers on Sunday.
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(According to ESPN Stats & Information data, Prescott was 5-of-6 for 113 yards and three touchdowns against Detroit on passes of at least 15 yards; he’d had three such touchdown passes in his previous seven games combined.)

the Titans actually do an alright job of getting into position to stop it

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In this case, the Titans actually do an alright job of getting into position to stop it, but as Coughlin said above, he’s a tough human being to tackle.

That showed up against the Cowboys as well. Here, Newton drops back as if to pass, but then follows his lead blocker (running back Jonathan Stewart) up the gut, barreling through a tackle attempt for the score.

He’s just so big and strong. You’ve got linebackers going low to tackle him. Don’t see that a lot with quarterbacks.

Sometimes, Fleischer actually helps his clients quite a bit. Fleischer was hired by the Packers in the summer Brett Favre unretired and the team decided to trade its longtime folk hero. He did a pretty good job, as Favre was portrayed as the bad guy in the split.

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Fleischer did not save the BCS, as it was continued to be hated and was eventually replaced by the College Football Playoff. Fleischer worked for Mark McGwire as he tried to re-enter baseball as a hitting coach a decade after his playing days. It kinda worked, as McGwire has been a hitting coach for five years now and we don’t talk about it all the time.

But at the time, McGwire’s hour-long confession-slash-sit-down with Bob Costas was widely panned, with McGwire seeming ill-prepared and contradicting himself.

There are allegations that Panthers players directed homophobic slurs at Beckham, an accusation Panthers head coach Ron Rivera emphatically denied.

Bradley’s overall impact isn’t lost on Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge

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Bradley, who was deemed injury-prone in his early NBA days, is Boston’s only player to start all 28 games this season. Bradley’s scoring average is at a career-best 18 points per game, up nearly three points from last season.

These are the type of ancillary stories that have nearly turned the last couple of seasons sideways for the Cavs: the cryptic tweets, the body language lapses, the tension.

James’ 39.4 minutes per game in December is the most he’s played in this month since he was 22 years old. It’s too much, even if Lue says it’s all part of the plan with James’ trainer Mike Mancias, to play James heavy minutes until January or February and then taper him down for a couple of months to get him primed for the postseason.

Limited Semyon Varlamov Jersey Some would say that’s how it should be because stars drive the league. Others would say that’s what happens when the union leaders are mostly superstars. Paul, James, Anthony and Curry are on the eight-person executive committee.

Anthony again showed that when he¡¯s hot, he remains one of the most dangerous offensive threats in the NBA. He had 26 points in the second half and hit four 3s in a 10-minute span that helped the Knicks turn a 15-point deficit into a nine-point lead. Porzingis knocked down three key 3s of his own in that stretch.

Sproles took a big hit in Week 14 and to no one’s surprise, suffered a concussion in the process

Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons, toe: As disappointed as fantasy owners might be about not having Jones for the playoff run, they have to at least be relieved the Falcons made the call to rule him out in advance of game day. Jones did not practice all week but has been doing some running and side work.

Friday was to be a test to see if he could “explode” off the toe without pain according to Falcons’ head coach Dan Quinn. Apparently, Jones did not pass but that doesn’t mean he isn’t close. At least fantasy owners who make it through to the next round can see the Falcons are being careful with Jones so that when he does return, it is without limitation.

Melvin Gordon, RB, San Diego Chargers, hip: When Gordon’s injury happened it appeared as if it could have been at least season-ending if not career threatening.

Game Kids Will Fuller Jersey The Falcons are first in the NFL in scoring but 29th in points allowed. The Chiefs have thrived this season against such opponents. They allowed 45 points in a three-game October stretch against the Raiders, Saints and Colts and simultaneously had three of their highest-scoring games. The Chiefs struggled on offense last week against the Broncos until they really needed the points. But they have enough going for them on offense, defense and special teams that they’ll get the job done.

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The cost would be significant, Pereira acknowledged.

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DeAndre Levy. The linebacker returned to the lineup for the first time since Week 1 on Sunday and played a limited role as he tried to get used to being back on the field again.

When he was in, he was productive, making four tackles in 18 snaps and being around the ball multiple times. After the game, though, he said there were still some “kinks I gotta work out” as he continues to try to make a full return from his knee injury.

If he¡¯s able to get back to form and play 60-70 percent of snaps this week, he’s a difference-maker with strong instincts and a knack for the big play. Levy can help a defense that hasn’t forced many turnovers and sometimes struggles covering the middle of the field.

In the offseason, they would work with the competition committee to write better rules, visit teams during workouts and establish training regimens for their crews.

The cost would be significant, Pereira acknowledged.The cost would be significant, Pereira acknowledged. In order to entice veteran referees to give up their other jobs — Hochuli and Blakeman are attorneys, for example, while Steratore works basketball games and owns a supply company — they would need guaranteed five-year contracts. Salaries would probably need to exceed $400,000 annually; senior NFL referees earn less than half of that, according to Pereira’s book. Any referee who doesn’t want to change could accept a demotion as one of the six part-time officials on each crew.

“Those 17 referees are your best and clearly your most important guys,” Pereira said. “They reflect the confidence or the lack of confidence in any crew, and they should be involved in everything.”

Pereira sees “no benefit” to a recent proposal from NFL executive vice president Troy Vincent to hire 17 new officials full time as middle judges positioned in the defensive backfield.

“How do you think Ed Hochuli will feel when he’s got a rookie telling him what to do because he’s full time?” Pereira said. “I personally think there is only one way to go.”
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Chargers fire offensive coordinator Frank Reich

While Mike McCoy is keeping his job as head coach of the San Diego Chargers, Frank Reich is out as offensive coordinator, according to Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune.

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Have you ever been in a relatonship that you know isnt going anywhere but you two just connect in this weird physical way that you end up doing stuff that atheletically and ergonomicaly, you never even thought was possible? Thats what the Browns could be looking at here.

Sark would be a disaster for any other team but with the Browns and specificaly Manziel, he’ll let his freak flag fly and convince Johnny to try all sorts of under handed back door stuff he never thought he’d ever be into. Johnny, on the other hand will finaly have a coach that forces him to look in the mirror long and hard, even if its through a rolled up 20.

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Speaking of instrument’s a major injury concern at the TE position still lingers for the Redskins: they call him Jordan Reed because he blows and a powerful gust of wind could break him. Once again, after three playoff wins, the Giants and Patriots met up in the Super Bowl, this time in Indianapolis.

Dexter Fowler on new team: Cardinals ‘always in the hunt’

Dexter Fowler got a taste of what it’s like to play baseball in St. Louis during his 36 games as an opposing player at Busch Stadium.

Then in November, he got an unexpected sign of St. Louis fans’ dedication during the Chicago Cubs’ World Series parade, when he says he noticed a surprising amount of Cardinals red on the streets of the Windy City.
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Jahri Evans Limited Jersey And on Thursday, as he flew from his home in Las Vegas to St. Louis to have a physical — the final hurdle before signing a five-year, $82.5 million contract with the Cardinals, which he completed on Friday — he got another reminder of how engaged the team’s supporters are.

While Davie, Florida, police decided not to press charges, MLB planned to investigate. The league and the players’ association had just agreed on a new domestic violence policy. Neither the Reds, nor the Dodgers, nor anyone else knew exactly what punishment Chapman’s actions would warrant, if any.

There was an interesting wrinkle to any possible discipline. If Chapman were suspended 50 games, he would not have had enough service time to qualify for free agency. That would mean an acquiring team could have had the fireballing closer for not only the majority of 2016, but 2017, too.

However, with Chapman’s past troubles, including having his license suspended for speeding, teams were not clamoring for him. The rebuilding Reds, on the other hand, were eager to deal him, with his salary due to jump from $8 million to more than $11 million in arbitration.

That’s when Brian Cashman went to owner Hal Steinbrenner to discuss the possibility of adding Chapman, both on a baseball and public relations level. Cashman knew the Reds were desperate and had placed Chapman in the discount bin, though Reds president Walt Jocketty declined this characterization. The Yankees, in rebuilding mode as well, needed assets. Cashman liked the idea of teaming Chapman with Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances, but the Yankees GM also knew that, come July, he might be able to cash in on Chapman’s improved trade value.

QB Trevor Siemian is on track to play Sunday in Tennessee after taking part in the walk-through on Wednesday

QB Trevor Siemian is on track to play Sunday in Tennessee after taking part in the walk-through on Wednesday and is scheduled to practice on Thursday, but LB Brandon Marshall’s status is still in question after he injured his left hamstring in the 20-10 win over the Jaguars.
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WR Marquess Wilson suffered a groin injury in last week’s 26-6 victory over San Francisco. Wilson is not a household name, but he’s now one of Chicago’s top receivers with Alshon Jeffery suspended and Eddie Royal (toe) ailing. Wilson, who did not catch a ball against the 49ers, led the club with eight receptions for 125 yards and one touchdown in Week 12.

The wait continues for the Lions with linebacker DeAndre Levy. He has practiced for three weeks and is entering his fourth week of practice coming off his knee injury. Is this the week he plays? And does his fellow linebacker, Tahir Whitehead, also come back after a one-week absence because of a knee injury? Both players have practiced on a limited basis.

The Packers could have a significant shortage of linebackers. They’ll be without Nick Perry, who underwent hand surgery this week. Clay Matthews’ left shoulder is still ailing, and he was largely ineffective because of it last week. Jake Ryan’s ankle remains problematic, and Blake Martinez hasn’t played in two weeks. It’s not an ideal situation with the Seahawks coming to town Sunday.

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Only three teams allow more receptions to opposing running backs than the Baltimore Ravens, and with Tom Brady running out of pass-catchers, I could see Dion Lewis having success on Monday night. … After playing just 12 fewer snaps than Jeremy Hill the past two weeks, Rex Burkhead is kind of a thing, y’all.

Gurley has been held below 100 yards from scrimmage in every single game except one this season and he has just one TD in his past seven games. Let’s face it, if you’re in the playoffs, it’s in spite of Gurley, not because of him. If you start Gurley, it’s because you think he gets into the end zone, which, against Atlanta, could certainly happen. How lucky do you feel?

The Raiders have allowed a league-high 12 rushing touchdowns from inside the 5-yard line and you’ll never guess the only running back on the Chiefs with a carry inside the 5 in their past five games. During the past four weeks, no team — and that includes the 49ers — has given up more rushing yards than the Raiders.

Only the Saints have a decent running game and even they are below league average in rushing attempts per game. The Lions have still allowed at least 16 fantasy points to opposing RBs in four of the past six weeks, and with 53 touches in his past two weeks, Howard’s guaranteed volume keeps him a RB1 for me this week.
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The things Thomas has seen in 10 seasons would make your chinstrap curl: Johnny Manziel’s off-the-wagon spiral, the Rob Chudzinski experiment (all 12 months of it), the winter wearing-of-the-paper-bags ritual. Through it all, the one true thing that has endured is Thomas, whose streak (now at 9,684) has survived six head coaches and 18 starting quarterbacks.

the Raiders weren’t particularly thrilled with the outcome of the resolution reached on Tuesday

According to Daniel Kaplan of the Sports Business Journal, USC is OK with the idea of two teams sharing the LA Coliseum. But Exposition Park, the 160-acre site that houses the LA Coliseum, LA Memorial Sports Arena, California Science Center and other facilities, has more tenants than just USC and filling every Sunday with major events could raise objections from other tenants, according to the LA Times.

The LA Times says other options if the LA Coliseum turns out to be a bust for the Chargers are the Rose Bowl, Dodger Stadium, Angel Stadium and the StubHub Center, although some of those alternatives aren’t very realistic.

Stay in San Diego in 2016, move to LA in 2017

“We are pleased to have additional time to work with the Raiders and the NFL to build a new home for the team in Oakland,” Schaaf said in a statement on Tuesday. “We recognize the Raiders have been understandably frustrated over the years so we’re excited to have this chance to rededicate ourselves to getting a deal done that works for the team/NFL/our fans/our taxpayers.
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Even San Diego could be a possibility for the Raiders. In November, the San Diego Union-Tribune said “Davis has made it known San Diego is an option” and, while he has shot down the possibility of St. Louis, he wouldn’t comment on San Diego on Tuesday.

But he doesn’t have much time to make that a reality and conventional wisdom tells us that the Raiders will be forced to stay in Oakland and spend another year trying to make nice. If a solution isn’t met, then the Raiders could pursue relocation again in 2017.