Coming off a huge road win against Chicago, Detroit is in terrific position to win the NFC North. Five of its final seven games come against teams with a losing record. The biggest game left on the schedule will be in Week 13 against Green Bay and the Lions will play at home and possibly against a Packers team without Aaron Rodgers.
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The offense is the key for the Lions, who have not had a lot of success defensively this season. They rank below Pittsburgh in several defensive categories, but Matthew Stafford and company make up for a lot of the faults. The Lions have scored at least 21 points in eight of their nine games this season. Their 6-3 record hasn’t come easy, but they’ve come out on top in a few close games with a 4-2 record in games decided by one possession.
Although Detroit has allowed the 27th-most passing yards per game, it has fared well against the run and is No. 8 in rushing defense.
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The Cardinals have plenty of questions to answer about their offense after a 7-8-1 slump in 2017. Their plan? More touches for David Johnson, a change in position for Andre Ellington, and maybe even a new quarterback.
Bruce Arians on drafting a QB: “It would be one of the best situations for a young quarterback to walk into… for as long as it takes.”
The NBA playoffs begin on April 15. The standings are beginning to shape up, but there’s still a lot that won’t be determined until every regular season game has concluded. Whether Golden State or San Antonio ends up with the top seed in the Western Conference is one unknown, and making sure Cleveland holds onto the No. 1 spot in the East is also still up in the air.
Right now, this is what we do know about the playoff races. Tiebreakers will factor in for some race at some point, in all likelihood. There will be important games that haven’t been played yet. At this point, what teams have remaining on the schedule matters immensely, since there’s such a small portion of the season left.
Here’s all the information you should know about every team with a chance at making the playoffs — well, you know, at least a realistic one.
Unfortunately, having good reasons to put together a match of such importance generally outweighs a good-sounding matchup, and fans get real tired of title shots being handed out because someone made someone else angry like we often see on RAW. I mean, why on earth are Enzo and Cass in the tag title match at WrestleMania, anyways? It’s not like they’ve done anything actually all that interesting in the last year, much less something actually worthwhile of a title match. And the less said about Bill Goldberg winning the Universal Title, the better.
Colts safety Sergio Brown went viral as he recited Flair’s catchphrase in the Colts’ locker room after a game. Flair has been mentioned in so many songs that you can make a playlist out of them. In fact, Ric Flair himself did just that; he created a playlist and only included songs named Ric Flair to workout to. This is some next-level boasting, unique to professional wrestling. (Also if you haven’t listened to Killer Mike’s “Ric Flair,” you need to remedy that immediately.)
The 2016 national championship is destined to be remembered forever as an all-time classic thanks to its pristine play and sensational finish. History will never look as favorably on its 2017 counterpart. That matters to some people, but none of the parties involved.
As he stood on stage with his players and accepted his third national championship trophy beneath a wave of confetti, Roy Williams spoke his first postgame words.
“Well, neither team played very well.”
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He wasn’t smiling any less than he was in 2005 or 2009 when his team had been sensational in championship victories. He wasn’t disappointed by the effort or by the fact that he hadn’t just coached in a title game classic for the second time in as many years. He was simply telling the truth. A truth that didn’t matter to him, or his team, or his fan base. The only truth that mattered was that No. 6 was coming back home to Chapel Hill.
Who they added in free agency: The Rams managed to snag left tackle Andrew Whitworth away from the Bengals. Whitworth was arguably the best tackle available this year, and Los Angeles locked the veteran up on a three-year deal.
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Whitworth won’t be able to fix line play on his own, so the Rams still have some changes to make. They’re expected to do just that and shift Greg Robinson to right tackle. Rob Havenstein, who played right tackle last season, will move to right guard.
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The Broncos medical staff followed proper procedure, according to reports. Kyle Montgomery of Mile High Report wrote that Welker must now go through NFL protocol before he is cleared to return. His status for Denver’s matchup against the New England Patriots in Week 12 is in question.
Indianapolis Colts linebacker Erik Walden and Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson will both miss Week 12 after the NFL upheld one-game suspensions for both players.
Walden was suspended a game for headbutting TEnnessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker. Walker was not wearing a helmet at the time. Walden will now be forced to sit out Indianapolis’ game against the Arizona Cardinals.
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Goldson was suspended one-game for an illegal hit on Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White. This is the second time Goldson has been suspended this season, but his previous one-game suspension was overturned on appeal. He will miss Tampa Bay’s game at Detroit on Sunday.
The lawsuit alleges that the Baylor coaching staff instituted a “show em a good time” culture in which illegal activities were encouraged and/or ignored in regards to what players did when hosting recruits on their visits.
a. Players arranging for women, alcohol and illegal drugs for parties when recruits were in town;
b. Paying for and escorting underage recruits to bars and strip clubs;
and c. Paying for off-campus football parties (which repeatedly resulted in gang rape of women by the athletes).
Part of the lawsuit centers on the hostess program, referred to as the Baylor Bruins. Many schools use young women to impress and shuttle recruits from place to place on their campus visits. The lawsuit alleges that the Bruins were used to have sex with recruits.
The Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears have returned to the field after a delay of over an hour due to weather.
Fans were asked to leave the stands and take shelter under the Soldier Field concourse as a precaution in the event the stadium was hit with a tornado. The threat of weather-related injury was real, and some fans used alcohol as a coping mechanism — including one man who elected to run onto the vacated field and be tackled by the stadium staff.
Game Mens Wayne Simmonds Jersey It’s unclear what the delay will mean for Sunday’s game. Prior to the evacuation both teams leaned on their ground game, choosing to avoid testing the wind with their quarterbacks. Ray Rice was having success against the Bears defense, while Matt Forte averaged 9.0 yards per carry on two attempts.
Staying focused is often the biggest challenge for players following and long delay and it will be interesting to see if the game gets sloppy moving forward.
[E]very time you’d see an interview with him after his career, he sounded like he couldn’t be more comfortable. Imagine being so confident in yourself, as a man, that you could have so much ripped from you in a single moment, yet grow and become someone who seems just as happy without it.
That is the list of things he did that you and I cannot do, and we can add “got the hell over it” to that list, even though he was the one who stood to lose so much. He seems, from my removed perspective, to be genuinely happy. He seems to have won in the only respect that truly matters.
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For a while it appeared the Colts would be the next team to fall for a trap game against a divisional opponent they should easily beat, but Andrew Luck once again lead Indianapolis back, winning 30-27 Thursday night in Nashville.
The night went from bad to worse as emotions overflowed. It looked like Indianapolis would be unable to get back on track after a series in which linebacker Erik Walden headbutted an offensive player and the team surrendered back-to-back penalties that gave up 27 yards. The Titans held a commanding lead 17-6 at halftime, and it looked impossible for the Colts to overcome their emotions, let alone the deficit.
There’s a lesson in all this, though. Never count out Andrew Luck. His statistics might not always be eye-popping, but there are few quarterbacks in the league more capable of putting a team on his shoulders when everything else is failing. The Colts didn’t just need their quarterback to lead the team back, they needed a steadying force. The second-year Luck was able to offer precisely that.
A grinding drive resulted in Donald Brown’s rushing touchdown and suddenly the team showed signs of life. The Titans fumbled the ensuing kickoff and the ball was back in Luck’s hands. It wasn’t a matter of being given and inch an taking a mile, rather the Colts quarterback asserted his will and improvised his way to the team’s third touchdown of the night on a play fake that left the Titans defense confused before he easily ran it in for the lead.
Indianapolis held on and was able to leave with another victory that could have easily gone the other way. The win almost certainly seals an AFC South championship for the Colts, now leading by three games with six to play. The Titans will need look to reload in 2017 and decide if they can move forward with Jake Locker at quarterback.
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Michael Floyd suffered a right shoulder injury late in the first quarter of Sunday’s game between the Arizona Cardinals and the Houston Texans. The wideout is questionable to return, according to Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic. Floyd led the Cardinals with two receptions for 31 yards before leaving.
The Cardinals’ passing attack is having tremendous success against the Texans’ secondary early in Sunday’s game. Carson Palmer is 7-for-10 passing for 92 yards and a touchdown with 10 minutes left in the second quarter. Floyd was clearly a big part of that success, so his absence would be a big blow if he is ultimately ruled out for the game.
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That said, the Cardinals aren’t in desperate need for targets with Larry Fitzgerald and Andre Roberts plenty of capable of making big plays. The Cardinals also have some depth at tight end with Jake Ballard joining the team this week. Ballard and fellow tight end Rob Housler have a reception each, Ballard for 15 yards and Housler for 12 yards and a touchdown.
The New York Islanders will have to continue their push for a playoff berth without winger Ryan Strome, who is out indefinitely with a broken wrist.
Interim coach Doug Weight said Thursday that Strome, 23, could miss between two and 16 weeks with the injury.
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The fifth overall pick in the 2011 NHL draft, Strome is sixth on the Islanders in scoring with 30 points. Strome has 13 goals including two game-winners.
The Islanders began play on Thursday two points out of the final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference with 10 games remaining in their regular season.
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Team USA celebrated its World Baseball Classic win over Puerto Rico in the most America way possible. Phillies pitcher Pat Neshek ran from the dugout while players were celebrating on the field, and in his arms was pure patriotism distilled into one beautiful statue:
A prized piece of porcelain perfection, this resplendent eagle is so majestic that you might do a double take and think it was real. As soon as Neshek put it on the ground, the team huddled around it and made it a part of the celebration.
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Both teams are blazing the nets from deep during their respective runs. Michigan is shooting around 48 percent (22-of-46) from deep so far this tournament, including going 16-of-29 from distance against Oklahoma State. The Ducks are shooting 41 percent from beyond the arc, having gone 16-of-39 in their first two games.
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The Michigan Wolverines are going to the Sweet 16. The No. 7 seed in the NCAA tournament’s Midwest region beat the No. 2 Louisville Cardinals in the round of 32 on Sunday, 73-69, in Indianapolis. The Wolverines will play Oregon or Rhode Island next weekend in Kansas City. A live, updating tournament bracket is right here.
Michigan entered as the tournament’s hottest team. The Wolverines won six in a row, including a four-game jaunt through the Big Ten tournament and a first-round win against Oklahoma State. Louisville had just beaten No. 15 Jacksonville State, and the Cardinals posed the biggest threat yet to Michigan’s run.
“I think that’s a core responsibility of the team and I think it’s a very slippery slope for the league office to start getting in the business of telling a coach or team what minutes a player should play.”
The reality is that only a few teams in the league can afford to rest their best players and not worry about how a loss could affect their playoff chances. But those teams are the best in the league, and the ones that spend the most time on national television, which makes it a more visible issue.
Given that every team has millions of dollars invested in their stars, of course they’re going to prioritize their well-being over the fan experience for a single night. One study provided to ESPN showed that injuries were 3.5 times more likely on the second night of a back-to-back played on the road.
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