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Atlanta likes to run — which the Giants defend well — and doesn¡¯t have a tight end who can give them fits deep down the middle of the field. The Falcons also have a sub-par defense that allows yards (364.4) and points (24.9 ppg), which would give the Giants a chance to avoid that full quarter of three-and-outs that seems inevitable in every game against a quality defense.

Green Bay Packers: The Packers have Aaron Rodgers. He¡¯s scary. He¡¯s the only quarterback in NFL history whom people have talked about being on the decline with a better than 5:1 touchdown-to-interception ratio.

Rodgers has thrown 36 touchdown passes and 7 interceptions with one game remaining in the regular season. He has 14 touchdowns and no interceptions in his last six games. That¡¯s downright petrifying.

Oh no. Oh no, no, no. Derek Carr’s broken fibula comes in his 12th win of the season. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, no quarterback who won 12 games failed to start a playoff game that season. It will be on Matt McGloin to clinch a first-round bye in Week 17 against the Broncos.

The Patriots are rolling and are FPI favorites to win the Super Bowl, but it’s important for New England to clinch the top seed.

Following devastating injuries to their QBs, the Tennessee Titans and Oakland Raiders dropped in the NFL Vegas power rankings. Our handicappers give ratings for all 32 teams.
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Among Week 16’s lessons: Don’t overlook the significance of Cleveland’s first — and potentially only — win of the season; and there’s no foolproof way to protect a quarterback from injury.

J.J. Watt visits a kid in a hospital who surprises him by wearing J.J. Watt socks

Never thought I’d see my face on a pair of socks. Walked in and Junior said “look what’s been keeping my feet warm while I’ve been in here.” What a crazy life. Kids are awesome. Junior is a champ.
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While you’re at home with family, Houston Texans’ J.J. Watt is visiting kids in hospitals. He did this on Christmas Eve and he’s doing it on Christmas Day, as well (and he did this while wearing the same outfit on both days, but don’t knock him for that).
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One visit in particular warmed up the Texans defensive end’s heart just a little more than the rest. During his visit, a J.J. Watt fan surprised him by wearing socks with his face on it. Here’s what Watt had to say in his Instagram post:

While the blame has to spread among the team’s three units, their late-game defensive issues are particularly glaring. In the fourth quarter when the score is within eight points, the Giants have given up the most touchdowns and the second-most first downs in the league, and rank 29th in yards per play allowed.

After Rashad Jennings’ best performance of the season last week, it appears that the Giants have ditched their ineffective running back by committee approach. He rushed for 107 yards on 16 carries, and became the first Giant to eclipse the century mark on the ground this season. Odell Beckham Jr.’s suspension leaves the Giants’ passing attack short-handed, making it more likely that they’ll lean heavily on Jennings to move the ball.

For Minnesota, the emergence of rookie Stefon Diggs has been crucial to the success of the Vikings passing game. Even though he’s missed three games, Diggs leads the team in targets and receiving yards. He’s also averaging a whopping 14.7 yards per reception and good things happen when he reaches the end zone: the Vikings are 3-0 in games when Diggs scores a touchdown.

The defensive dip might simply be a byproduct of Bradley’s trying to impact the game in other ways this season

Make no mistake, Bradley must find a way to better display consistent defensive impact throughout games. A season ago, he limited opponents to 41.6 percent shooting overall (or 2.3 percent lower than those players’ season average). With Al Horford now patrolling the back line, the expectation would be that Bradley would have even more freedom to be aggressive on the perimeter.
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The defensive dip might simply be a byproduct of Bradley’s trying to impact the game in other ways this season, most notably on the glass. The 6-foot-2 Bradley improbably leads Boston at 7.4 rebounds per game (Horford is closest at 6.8). What’s more, Bradley’s defensive rebound percentage of 19.3 is far and away the best among Celtics regulars, with Horford second at 17.9 percent.

“We have three capable centers in Jo and Kyle [O’Quinn] and Willy [Hernangomez], [who] played really well in Denver,” Hornacek said. “Play KP more at the 5, it kind of takes away those minutes for those guys. They’re kind of splitting those minutes anyway. Again, that’s an option that we’ve gone to a couple of times.

Jason Jones Game Jersey Also, Porzingis offered an interesting perspective on the Knicks’ offense and how much room they have to improve on that end of the floor.

“We’re not there yet; we play off of our talent a lot,” Porzingis said. “We just need to lock in a little more offensively, when we’re running the plays and executing. We can do a better job on that. Obviously we have a lot of times where Melo saves us, he hits a big shot, or D-Rose saves us. We can still grow so much as a team…

We don’t want to lose sight just because we’re winning. We’ve got to see the big picture and keep growing.” … Lastly, it doesn’t seem as if the Knicks have any plans to sign Westchester guard Chasson Randle at this point.

With Green out yet another week due to his hamstring injury, LaFell’s role remains elevated

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Stefon Diggs, Minnesota Vikings, knee: Diggs has been back in action since Week 13 after missing one week with a knee injury. He had been the target leader although he was matched in last week’s game by teammate Adam Thielen (who ultimately had more fantasy points).
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As far as the injury goes, there were no reported setbacks and Diggs followed a practice pattern similar to last week. His removal from the injury report gives further confidence that he is expected to play as usual on Sunday.

Ronnie Hillman might get some third-down and red zone work. But Williams described Farrow as a “bruising, in-between-the-tackles runner” at 5-foot-9, 219 pounds, who should be used on early downs and near the goal line. Farrow had 16 carries for 55 yards last week after Gordon got hurt, and Chargers coach Mike McCoy said a full week of practice reps should help him play even faster this week.

“It was definitely good to get into a rhythm a little bit,” Farrow said. “And just being in there that much for the first time and being able to go back and watch the details on film and seeing what I can correct, that would be the biggest thing.”

Bilal Powell, New York Jets. Powell would be an even better option than Farrow if Jets starter Matt Forte was ruled out with a knee injury. But ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini estimated there is a 50-75 percent chance that Forte will play. Either way, Cimini wrote that Powell will likely get most of the work.

Powell ran for 145 yards and two touchdowns last week after Forte was injured. And Cimini wrote a detailed piece this week about how the Jets have misused their running backs this season by not using Powell more — especially as the 31-year-old Forte started to wear down.

Cimini wrote that Powell should have been used in more of a 50-50 split all year instead of just a pass-catching third-down role. Perhaps the Jets will agree after what Powell did last week.

Linebacker Arthur Moats later said that more players showed up early to meetings after Dallas

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“It felt like the movies,” Vinatieri says, “when you see a pitcher on the mound, and everything calms down and gets quiet.”

That’s why Steelers right tackle Marcus Gilbert calls that game a “reality check” for Pittsburgh, for what it represented (a four-game losing streak), and the hope it provided (a four-game winning streak).

“Everybody took ownership after that,” Gilbert said heading into Sunday’s matchup at Cincinnati. “We came out like a team on a mission.”

Steelers players haven’t clearly defined what was off about the team at the season’s midseason point. But quarterback Ben Roethlisberger publicly calling for “accountability” and “discipline” after the Dallas game said everything.

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Linebacker Arthur Moats later said that more players showed up early to meetings after Dallas, a good sign.

The loss to the Cowboys dropped the Steelers to 4-5, and players were engaged, eager to shed the “miserable” feeling of a crushing loss, guard David DeCastro said.

The Steelers could be without DeAngelo Williams this week

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After a disastrous 5-11 campaign, it’s obvious 49ers owner Jed York should’ve found a way to make it work between Jim Harbaugh and general manager Trent Baalke last year. But alas, Harbaugh is now at Michigan, and the 49ers are looking for their second head coach in as many years.

We’ll see how aggressive the Steelers are with their pass rush, but this concept is really great for 1) mitigating a strong pass rush and counter-attacking a blitz, and 2) it’s a relatively easy pass for McCarron and could help to get him into rhythm and pick up chunks of yardage. Keep an eye out for it on Saturday.

Andy Dalton broke his thumb in the Week 14 rematch and AJ McCarron was thrown into the fire as the Steelers cruised to a 33-20 win. McCarron has since gone 2-1 as the starter, guiding the Bengals to the AFC North title. The Steelers could be without DeAngelo Williams this week, but the Ben Roethlisberger/Antonio Brown connection could simply be too much to overcome. Our panel is split evenly, 4-4, on this game.
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If McCarron can continue to be a game manager and facilitate the Bengals offense without creating turnovers, it gives them a good chance to win. If he can make a throw or two downfield up the seam and get the Bengals touchdowns like those outlined above, they’ll be in great shape.

Is there a chance these deals make sense?

Cordero had only one truly elite season with the Reds: 2009, when he had a 195 ERA+ and was selected to his third All-Star team. Still, he was among the more reliable relievers in the major leagues over the life of his contract, ranking 12th in ERA+ (141) among relievers to pitch at least 250 innings in that span.

Is there a chance these deals make sense?

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And how that drama is resolved, eventually, may be the first real evidence we get about whether the new CBA will have a significant effect on how much teams are willing to commit to any one player — even a generational talent in his prime like Harper.

Bringing Aroldis Chapman back to the Bronx might have some short-term benefits for the Yankees, but it’s something they’ll likely regret down the road.
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“Finally, my family, this team and Major League Baseball take the issue of domestic violence very seriously and support efforts to reduce domestic violence through education, awareness and intervention.”

the Red Sox pulled off a major deal and acquired ace Chris Sale from the White Sox for several big-name prospects

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What is a surprise is how the odds moved for the other three playoff teams. Clemson, the second team into the playoff field, remained consistent at 6-1, the third-favorite.

On Tuesday, the Red Sox pulled off a major deal and acquired ace Chris Sale from the White Sox for several big-name prospects.

Boston had already established itself as one of the main contenders, as even before that trade the Red Sox were co-favorites with the Astros in the American League at 9-2. And at 10-1, they were tied for the second-favorites to win the 2017 World Series.

Now, the Red Sox jumped from 10-1 to 5-1, putting them firmly as the second-favorites, still trailing the 3-1 Cubs.

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The Raiders have allowed a league-high 12 rushing touchdowns from inside the 5-yard line

They’ve allowed at least 260 passing yards in eight straight games and in 11 of 12 this season, and Cousins has just 10 fewer points than Brady since Week 5, when Brady made his season debut. And while Tom doesn’t have Gronk, I expect Kirk to get Jordan Reed back. Since coming out of Washington’s Week 9 bye, only Aaron Rodgers has more fantasy points than Cousins, so I’m firing him up confidently against the 29th-ranked pass defense the past month.
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Kids Nate Palmer Jersey And I actually like this matchup. The Texans are 20th against the pass the past four weeks, and rank just 26th in QB pressures. And my favorite stat? They have intercepted just six passes all season. In the four games in which Luck didn’t throw an interception, he has 1,228 yards and 13 touchdown passes. Locked in as an upper-tier QB1 this week, he’s my No. 2 QB and worth the price in daily.

NOW. This is the fantasy playoffs, so hey, buyer beware here, as there’s not a lot to go on, but 12 touches last week and Cleveland on the docket makes him usable in a 12-team PPR flex sort of way. …

Tate leads the Lions in targets (almost 20 more than No. 2, Marvin Jones) and since Week 6 he’s 15th in the NFL in targets, meaning Tate will get a Lion’s share — ha! See what I did there? Whatever, that’s gold, Jerry. Gold, I tell you — of the work against a team that (not including last week) is allowing more than 200 yards a game to wideouts in its previous seven.

The Titans are a top-10 run defense the past four weeks and just once in the past eight games have they allowed both 50 RB rushing yards (that’s not that much) and a rushing touchdown. So Booker’s odds of a big game aren’t that great.

The Packers are coming into this game looking to not only keep their Super Bowl hopes alive

Overall, though, the Cardinals’ offense has been excellent throughout the season. They’re ranked second in the league in scoring with 30.6 points per game. The passing offense, thanks in part to the chemistry between Palmer and wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, is ranked second in the league with 288.5 yards per game.

Palmer said this week that the Green Bay pass rush stands out on film, calling it “a very, very solid group with no weaknesses,” via ESPN. The Cardinals offensive line has only allowed 27 sacks this season. Coincidentally, that’s the same number of sacks Washington allowed during the regular season. This Packers’ pass rush was able to get to Kirk Cousins six times in their Wild Card win.

The Cardinals, of course, will try to get to Rodgers and disrupt him the way they did the last time these teams met. The Packers have allowed 47 sacks this season, and 27 of those came in the team’s six losses. Green Bay’s pass protection was better against Washington, and the Packers will need to protect Rodgers adequately to have a chance.

This easily was Manning’s best Colts team, dominant on offense and defense. They started 13-0 and blew out the Steelers 28-10 late in the season. The playoff loss does need some context — in late December, the teenage son of Colts coach Tony Dungy killed himself and the game against the Steelers was the first meaningful game the Colts played since it happened.

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Wilson has four options — Tyler Lockett on the outside, Luke Willson, who releases from the right side of the formation after faking a run block, Jermaine Kearse, who runs a little flat route from the left side, and finally, Doug Baldwin, who runs over the formation in a “swap route.” This is a tough one to defend. Look for Seattle to run this concept a time or two.