Chris Thompson’s season is over.
Washington (4-6) was unable to hold the lead as the Saints (8-2) rallied for an improbable 34-31 victory in overtime.
Train wreck: The Raiders were considered a contender at the start of the season. And after a 2-0 start, that expectation seemed legit. Since then, the Raiders have been held to fewer than 20 points in six games (all losses) and have seen their playoff chances dip to 4.8 percent, according to FPI. Unless they can string together some wins, this season is off the rails.
Toss-up: Another loss and the Cardinals probably can be written off, but they do play four of their next five at home, so there is a chance to pick up some wins. If they can win a few more without Carson Palmer and David Johnson, that’s worth something.
The Patriots have claimed the veteran tight end off waivers a day after he was cut loose by the Packers, New England announced Thursday.
Bennett caught a career-high seven touchdown passes with New England last season before signing a three-year, $21 million contract with Green Bay in March. The Packers waived him Wednesday with a “failure to disclose physical condition” status, hours after coach Mike McCarthy said Bennett wouldn’t play this weekend against the Bears due to a shoulder injury.
While it remains to be seen how that ailment will affect Bennett’s availability going forward, scooping him up now is a classic Patriots move. Due to the way Bennett’s contract is structured, it will cost New England less than $725,000 to have him on the roster the rest of the season.
If and when he gets healthy, the 30-year-old Bennett should be able to step back in as a complement to Rob Gronkowski. The only other Patriots tight end with a reception this season is rookie Jacob Hollister, with three catches.