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Dak Prescott will start, but Mark Sanchez expected to get most reps in Cowboys vs. Eagles

It’s that time of year where we question whether certain teams should or should not be resting their starters, and the Dallas Cowboys have been at the center of that discussion.

On Thursday, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said that Mark Sanchez would be active on Sunday against the Eagles, and receive the majority of playing time at quarterback. Rapoport also indicated that Ezekiel Elliott might be having a light workload with Darren McFadden also getting the majority of reps. McFadden came in for Elliott this past Monday night against the Lions in the second half.

A week after two starting quarterbacks — Derek Carr and Marcus Mariota — broke their legs, the decision to ease up on starters in the final week shouldn’t be too surprising. Besides, the Cowboys don’t even benefit from a win since they’re already the NFC’s top seed. As Rapoport mentioned, left tackle Tyron Smith will be out this week, as well, adding to the inclination to lighten the workload for his starters.

If the Bengals lose out it would drop the team to 10-6 and open the door for the Pittsburgh Steelers to swoop in for the AFC North title. Cincinnati owns the tiebreaker over Pittsburgh even after a Week 14 loss, so the Steelers would need to win out to take the division. The Bengals also own the tiebreakers over the New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs, the two wild card teams that could keep them out. So the scenario that keeps the Bengals out of the playoffs looks like this:

It’s not as easy for the Broncos, who don’t have a tiebreaker over the Chiefs, Jets or Steelers. It’s possible that even an 11-5 record could keep Denver out, but the most realistic scenario that leaves the Broncos on the outside looking in is three straight losses. If that happens, this is the what the scenario looks like to keep them out.

Allison had never played more than 19 snaps in an NFL game

¡°It¡¯s just been a lot of different things,¡± Ingram said. ¡°My role, you know I wasn¡¯t always a featured guy when I first got here. A couple of times, missing a couple games throughout a season. Health, and just opportunities man. …

“And there hasn¡¯t been a 1,000-yard rusher in New Orleans since ’06. So the way we run our offense, the way we spread the ball around hasn¡¯t allowed a lot of backs to run for 1,000.¡±

Ingram has 4,135 career rushing yards since being drafted in the first round out of Alabama in 2011. He is 30 yards away from moving past Dalton Hilliard into third place on the Saints¡¯ career rushing yardage lost ¨C and 133 yards away from moving past George Rogers into second place.
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Ingram will need another two years, at least, to pass Deuce McAllister, who ranks No. 1 with 6,096.

Before Saturday, Allison had never played more than 19 snaps in an NFL game, and that came way back on Oct. 30 against the Atlanta Falcons in his pro debut after he was promoted from the practice squad.

¡°We try to preach to our young kids right off the bat that if you¡¯re not playing right away, don¡¯t get frustrated,¡± Nelson said. ¡°As a guy that came off the practice squad, continued to develop, he¡¯s getting a lot of practice reps and he¡¯s able to make some plays for us. And it¡¯s big.

Jack Tatum Limited Jersey ¡°Every year, there¡¯s young guys that come down the stretch that make big plays for us. You look two years ago, it was Davante in the playoffs. Randall was that way when he was a rookie. It¡¯s one of those things that you¡¯ve got to just grind it out and it¡¯s fun to watch those guys make those plays because they put in a lot of work.¡±

Much like against the Falcons, when Allison caught a 4-yard touchdown on his first career NFL reception, Aaron Rodgers got him involved early against the Vikings. Rodgers hit Allison for a 15-yarder on the second series and then found him wide open for a 32-yard completion late in the final minute of the second quarter to set up another touchdown.

The lights went out at Chip Kelly’s press conference and his reaction says it all

Chip Kelly can read the writing on the wall. The Eagles’ coach was holding his post-game press conference after Philadelphia lost 38-24 to Washington when the lights went out ¡ª literally. Enveloped in darkness he could manage a single phase “There’s an omen.”
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The Eagles will miss the playoffs after a disappointing 6-9 record through this point in the year. Kelly made numerous changes that were criticized in the offseason, now the lights don’t even like him. Not like this Chip … not like this. Let’s remember happier times.

2015 has been the year of the backup QB and there is no more backup QB match-up than Zach Mettenberger and Brandon Weeden. Tennessee’s playing for draft position and the Texans are playing for a playoff spot, so I feel quite comfortable taking Houston in this one. But I’m a Big Moron so I changed my pick at the last second to Titans +4.

Oakland has been outscored 94-54 in its last three home losses, mostly recently in Week 15 when the Raiders welcomed the Green Bay Packers. The loss officially dashed the Raiders’ playoff hopes for the 13th consecutive season. Derek Carr threw two early interceptions, but the Raiders only trailed 14-13 at the half. Oakland took the lead in the third quarter, but Green Bay bounced back for the 30-20 win.

The Week 16 matchup could be the Raiders’ last home game in Oakland. Like the Chargers’ ownership, the Raiders would like to relocate to L.A. These teams have even combined their efforts, working together to come up with a proposal for a shared stadium in Carson, a suburb of L.A.
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This will be the last home game for Raiders safety Charles Woodson, who announced this week that he will retire after the 2015 season. Woodson said he timed the announcement so fans would know that Thursday night will be the last time he’ll take the field in front of a home crowd in Oakland.

Sherman said he might react similarly if the same situation were to play out in the future

Sherman was asked how he’d react to an offensive player going after defensive coordinator Kris Richard on the sideline

Richard Sherman alluded to the Seahawks’ Super Bowl XLIX loss in criticizing the team’s decision to throw on first-and-goal from the 1 in the third quarter Thursday night.

Sherman said he might react similarly if the same situation were to play out in the future.

“I don’t know. I’d have to see it,” Sherman said. “If I did, I’m not one to hold [back].”

During the news conference, Sherman was asked how he’d react to an offensive player going after defensive coordinator Kris Richard on the sideline.

“He’s a young man who has been solid for us ever since he’s been here,” Rivera said. “He’s a tremendous young man and I tell you, of all the things he’s up for this year, the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award is looming very big for him.”

The Panthers nominated Olsen for the award that outside linebacker Thomas Davis won in 2014 because of Olsen’s work through his foundation on breast cancer research and his “Heartest Yard Fund” that helps families with children born with congenital heart defects.

Olsen and his wife Kara found out a few months into her pregnancy with twins in 2012 that T.J. would be born with half a heart, requiring multiple surgeries.
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Limited Barry Sanders Jersey “It talks very big for who he is as a young man, but it also talks to what he does in our community and what’s he’s inspired by his son,” Rivera said of Olsen and the award.

And three straight 1,000-yard receiving seasons will speak to what Olsen has meant on the field.

Just don’t mention how close he is to the record.

Raiders, Derek Carr beat Chargers, clinch first playoff berth since 2002

Qualcomm Stadium, clothed in so much silver and black from marauding Oakland Raiders fans who took over the place on Sunday, played host to another kind of coronation.

With the 19-16 survival — yes, that¡¯s what it was — of the San Diego Chargers in front of a sold-out crowd, the Raiders clinched their first playoff berth since the 2002 season.

Yes, in the same building in which they played their last postseason game: Super Bowl XXXVII.

“Mac had the one-on-one,” Smith said. ¡°Just throwing it late, forcing it, trying to push it in the end zone. Looking back at it on the sideline, (Travis) Kelce did a great job of winning underneath. There might have been a chance he catches it and runs it in.”

Smith, though, didn’t agree the Chiefs got conservative in the second half, even though they failed to score offensively for the third straight game.

“It¡¯s easy to say when things don¡¯t go well,” Smith said. “Certainly we weren¡¯t in a rhythm. We didn¡¯t get anything going. We got pretty stagnant in the second half.
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“These are all huge games. The littlest things make big differences.”

The Chiefs also failed to score on two Spencer Ware runs from the 1-yard line in the second quarter.

Limited Mens Tyler Ervin Jersey The Chiefs then lost the game on Ryan Succop’s 53-yard field goal as time expired. Succop, a former Chiefs kicker, failed on his first try, the one that didn’t count because the Chiefs called a timeout in an effort to ice him.
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Plus, the Raiders, who improved to 11-3, also wrested back control of the AFC West and a potential first-round bye with the win and the Kansas City Chiefs¡¯ loss earlier in the day at home to the Tennessee Titans.

McAdoo said he’s been on an NFL sideline before when there were communication problems

The New York Giants said they are cooperating with the NFL’s investigation into whether they illegally used walkie-talkies in Sunday’s 10-7 victory over the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium.

The league is looking into coach Ben McAdoo’s use of the two-way radio in the fourth quarter when the Giants’ coach-to-quarterback headset communication system wasn’t working properly. Coaches are not allowed to hold any two-way radios during a game. A backup quarterback is allowed to hold one during games, but Giants second-stringer Ryan Nassib told ESPN on Friday he does not.

McAdoo was seen on the sideline holding the walkie-talkie when it was apparent they were having trouble getting the plays into quarterback Eli Manning.

McAdoo said he’s been on an NFL sideline before when there were communication problems, but that was before the new system for communications was put into place this season.
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“Start off by talking about the walkie-talkie incident in the game,” McAdoo said during his Friday press conference. “We’ve touched base with the league, we’re working through it right now. I don’t have anything to add, but we are working with the league on the incident.”

Ladarius Green Kids Jersey Bishop Samuel Blakes spoke last.

He said that he knew Joe was in heaven, trading the potholes of New Orleans for streets paved with gold, leaving this land of the dying for a land of eternal life.

“Death is coming back and, next time it won’t be for Joe,” he said, shouting at first and then lowering his voice, looking out at the faces. “It may be for …,” and he paused, and nobody said a word.

The big church went quiet.

He waited a few more seconds before practically whispering, “… you.”

McAdoo refused to provide any more details on the situation.

“That’s a great question, but I’m not talking about it,” he said when asked when the league began looking into the situation.

McAdoo later added: “Listen, we’re working through the league, doing the best we can right now to help the investigation and we’ll move on when we can move on.”

The Giants host the Detroit Lions on Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

Donald Trump, who once ruined an entire football league, thinks he could have helped the Jets

Woody Johnson, owner of the NYJets, is @JebBush¡¯s finance chairman. If Woody would¡¯ve been w/me, he would¡¯ve been in the playoffs, at least!

Donald Trump never passes up an opportunity to take a swing at Jeb Bush. The latest attempt was a degree-of-separation thing involving Jets’ owner Woody Johnson.

Johnson is serving as finance chairman for Jeb Bush, whose campaign is going less-than-well. Solid swing by Trump. It’s the second part where things get a little iffy. You see, it’s Trump’s assertion that the Jets would have been in the playoffs “at least,” if Johnson was Trump’s finance chairman. It makes no sense logically, but let’s suspend that for a second.

Brass tacks: Let’s check out Trump’s football resume.

The applications will be reviewed this week by league staff and three league committees that will meet in New York on Wednesday and Thursday — the Los Angeles Opportunities, Stadium, and Finance committees. The applications will be presented for consideration at next week’s league meeting in Houston on Tuesday and Wednesday.
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“Paul has invaluable experience in management and leadership with a number of highly successful sports teams,” said Brown said in the team statement. “His ability to create better processes and systems throughout organizations, his use of data as a tool to produce better outcomes, and his relentless focus on looking for innovative ways to create more success will be a strong asset as we look to be as comprehensive as possible in our decision making.”

According to ESPN Cleveland’s Tony Grossi, last year Haslam tried to hire former Indians general manager Mark Shapiro.

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Jackson later talked to Thomas, who shrugs off the notion that the comments were controversial.

“I think [the media] made a big deal out of it because they could,” Thomas says, “not because it actually was a big deal. If you say in life that you have consequences for your actions, that’s the most no-duh statement of all time.”

The Browns’ new style of management is deeply rooted in the Moneyball strategy, but Jackson and Sashi Brown, the team’s executive VP of football operations, know how important it is to have Thomas.

Thomas’ dreams involve good health, a happy family and winning in the place he loves.

In 11 games this season, Clowney has three sacks and 34 tackles. He has been playing all over the field this season, moving from primarily outside linebacker to defensive end. With OLB John Simon dealing with a chest injury, Clowney played more there in the Texans’ Week 11 and Week 12 games than he had earlier in the season.
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The former No. 1 overall pick has dealt with injuries in his first two NFL seasons. In 2014, he significantly injured his knee, needing two surgeries to repair the lateral meniscus tear.
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Last season, he missed time with an injured back and a Lisfranc sprain in his right foot. Before Sunday, Clowney had not missed a game this season despite dealing with elbow and wrist injuries.

The Texans, Colts and Tennessee Titans are tied atop the AFC South with 6-6 records.

Clowney has been the Texans’ best defensive player this season, stepping up after defensive end J.J. Watt was put on injured reserve following back surgery in late September.

Packers vs. Washington 2016 live stream: Game time, TV schedule and how to watch NFL playoffs online

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Many predicted Washington to be one of the worst teams in the league — Bovada gave them the third-lowest odds to win the Super Bowl at the start of September — and a mediocre 2-4 start did little to change those preseason expectations. But Jay Gruden’s team. flipped the script, suddenly caught fire behind a surprisingly productive offense, and captured the NFC East crown with four straight wins down the stretch.

The four-game win streak is their longest since the last time they made the playoffs, when they won seven in a row in 2012. It’s been a decade, though, since Washington tasted victory in the postseason, when the 2005 club won in Tampa Bay in the Wild Card round. You have to go back even further to find the last time that Washington won a home playoff game — Jan. 8, 2000 against the Lions.

Despite their questions at quarterback, this remains a very talented Bengals team. Their defense allowed the second-fewest points in the league this season, which means the high-powered Pittsburgh Steelers offense will likely not be able to score at will. That puts the pressure on a mediocre Steelers defense, which allowed the 12th-most yards in the NFL this season.

The Steelers’ secondary may have holes, but questions remain whether the Bengals can take advantage of them. Though he’s consistently been one of the best receivers in football over the last several years, A.J. Green hasn’t caught a touchdown pass in three career playoff contests.

The same doubts don’t carry over to the Steelers’ offense, which is engineered by the battle-tested Ben Roethlisberger. The 12-year veteran has won two Super Bowl rings and is 10-5 in the postseason.

we’ll switch over to the NFC

How did he get there? I’m glad you asked. Poe was head up on center Ben Jones and executed what we like to call a “jab ole.” That is when an interior pass rusher steps in one direction first with the foot closest to that direction before the other foot slides over too to get the blocker to step in the same direction with him. The defender quickly steps back in the opposite direction and executes an arm over to beat the blocker before he can react and change directions, too.

With Poe crushing fools on the regular with his bull rush, it’s easy to forget how quickly he can move laterally. Jones had to be bracing for Poe’s power. By the time he tried to react to the jab ole, it was like his feet were stuck in cement. Jones wasn’t able to match Poe’s quickness and that left him in the dust as Poe continued to the quarterback.

Pick: Chiefs – The line was up to five at one point, but late money has closed the gap modestly. The Chiefs have won 11 straight, and covered the spread their last five road games. The Patriots will likely welcome back Julian Edelman, but Rob Gronkowski is banged up. The Chiefs should be able to hang close enough to cover, but I think they come up just short of the outright win.

Authentic Kids J.J. Watt Jersey Pick: Packers – Arizona pounded Green Bay in Week 16, so recency bias might have people picking Arizona. I think the Cardinals probably win this, but much like Seahawks-Vikings last weekend, look for this to be closer than the first matchup between the two. Green Bay’s offense found new life against Washington, and I suspect Aaron Rodgers keeps this thing rolling in the Divisional round. The Cardinals are a much better team than Washington, but this will be a good one, and potentially the highest scoring game of the weekend.
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Below, this is just a classic two tight end single-back set for Arizona, and it’s really a simple concept. The crossing route by the tight end, originating on the left side of the formation, is meant to occupy the safety to targeted receiver’s side. In this case, that tight end actually occupies both deep safeties. That means that, whoops, Brown sneaks past them both.