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The Titans have the third-easiest remaining strength of schedule.

Of their remaining 10 games, only two are against teams that currently own a winning record: Week 11 at the Steelers and Week 16 against the Rams. The winless Browns are up next.

I don’t think the Packers can stay in contention without Rodgers because of their defensive weak spots and injury woes. I now have Minnesota as the favorite to win the NFC North, with Detroit taking the second wild card. By my metrics, the Lions have the league’s easiest remaining schedule, which separates them from likes of the the Rams, Falcons, Redskins and Cowboys.

Foxworth: Rams and Falcons. It feels like the NFC is as wide-open as it has ever been. Which is another way of saying that I don’t have much faith in any of the teams. But I think the Falcons and Rams are among the most talented teams in the conference and are well-coached, yet they won’t win their respective divisions. Wild card is the way in for them.

Four straight losses and the Raiders are now at the bottom of the AFC West. They’ll try to stop the bleeding against the Chiefs on Thursday night, but quarterback Derek Carr has lost five straight starts to Kansas City. After that, the Raiders tour the East Coast with trips to Buffalo and Miami.

Kimes: Jordan Howard, RB, Bears. The team probably will continue to lean hard on Howard while easing rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky into the offense, but I don’t expect him to produce like he did on Sunday. The Panthers’ defense is allowing the fifth-lowest average number of fantasy points to opposing running backs, as well as the fifth-lowest rushing yards per game.

Sando: Derek Carr, QB, Raiders. Carr has averaged 10.2 fantasy Bing Cheap Jerseys
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Do these visuals prove Jon Gruden’s finally interested in the Tennessee job?

Last Sunday, former Tennessee and Buccaneers running back Travis Stephens Instagrammed a video with former Bucs coach Jon Gruden. That’s fun, because Gruden’s been a reported Tennessee coaching target for years and years.

The Bears win! It was a field goal or something, I was putting some frozen chicken nuggets into the oven. There are two kind of frozen nuggs: pre-cooked, which take about 15 minutes to bake, and uncooked, which take 25-30 minutes. The uncooked ones (which is what we’re making today) ultimately taste better, but 25-30 minutes is a LONG time for kids. You really need to be ahead of the hunger curve to make these.

Then, with the Falcons in range of a game-tying field goal, Reshad Jones picks off Matt Ryan. The throw hit Austin Hooper in the hands, but his bobble provided Jones with all the opportunity he needed to end the game.

Wow. The Falcons were 11.5-point favorites at home, and they lost to Jay Cutler. Gonna have to fumigate the whole stadium after that one.

We can tell my daughter has woken up from her nap when we hear a full-voiced Happy birthday to youuuuu coming from her room.

The Ravens trail 24-13 at home, and they’re kicking a 50-yard field goal with three minutes left. What a limp way to run up the white flag.

A few minutes later, RedZone cuts back to the Ravens, who have gotten a spectacular punt return for a touchdown!

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Colin Kaepernick files grievance against owners for collusion

Colin Kaepernick has filed a collusion grievance against the NFL under the collective bargaining agreement. The news was first reported by Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman, and has since been corroborated by several other reports.

The Chiefs’ offense, humbled by the Pittsburgh defense most of the day, pieces together a drive by throwing to Kareem Hunt. But on fourth-and-two inside the Steelers’ five-yard line, Andy Reid, trailing 12-3, chooses to go for it instead of kicking the field goal. The pass is nearly picked off, and the Steelers get the ball.

Peterson will have more opportunities to impress than he would have in New Orleans, but for a worse team and a cheesecloth offensive line. His playoff hopes theoretically important from a player who has never appeared in a Super Bowl have gone from meager to bare bones. While he wasn’t helping his legacy with the Saints, he may actively hurt it in Arizona.

The NFL gave us a fair share of fun moments on Sunday, but most of it was overshadowed by what turned out to be a huge bummer of a day. The worst part? All those injuries. Two of the game’s biggest stars J.J. Watt and Odell Beckham Jr. were both lost for the season within hours of each other. And, to be perfectly blunt, that stinks like a big ol’ unflushed turd.

For Watt especially, it raises concerns about his playing future. This is the second straight season his season has ended early. Last year, it was a back injury. This year, it’s a tibial plateau fracture, or a broken shin bone to those who don’t speak Dr. James Andrews.

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Players, owners encouraged by protest talks

When owners talk directly with players, it often has to do with contracts.

The dialogue Tuesday was of a much different nature, and from the way NFL team owners, Commissioner Roger Goodell and a bunch of players reacted, the discussions were informative, enlightening and potentially impactful.

Monday night’s come-from-ahead 36-22 loss at Tennessee highlighted the reason Indianapolis is 2-4 and in last place in the AFC South — its inability to maintain a lead once they build one.

The Colts also coughed up second-half leads in losses to Arizona and Seattle, and blew a 14-point fourth-quarter advantage two weeks ago before an Adam Vinatieri field goal beat San Francisco in overtime. They also barely held off Cleveland in Week 3 after establishing a 31-14 fourth-quarter margin, escaping with a 31-28 verdict.

So when Indianapolis hosts South co-leader Jacksonville on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium, it knows what must be done. But can it accomplish the task?

We’ve got to play 60 minutes, Colts coach Chuck Pagano said. It’s a recurring thing, I know that. We’ve got to figure out, obviously, a way to finish games. Our margin for error is minute and we just continue to kill ourselves.

You do the best you can, Del Rio said. There are two ways to look at. It’s a short week, that’s the negative part of it. The positive part is you get a nice long weekend, kind of a mini-bye prior to your next ballgame.

The Eagles offense is going up against a well-oiled machine of the Panthers defense. Their defensive line is deep and talented, led by Kawaan Short and Julius Peppers, who looks more like 27 than 37. He’s averaging a quarterback pressure on 16 percent of his snaps (and he doesn’t even start), which is 5 percent more than Von Miller or Khalil Mack. Peppers can still stop the run too.

Overall, the Panthers rank sixth against the run.

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Odell Beckham Jr.’s ankle injury clouds his future with the Giants

Odell Beckham Jr. has a broken ankle that will require surgery this week to repair. The New York Giants placed him on injured reserve, and the injury will end his 2017 season.

For the 0-5 Giants, that doesn’t bode well for the remainder of the season, not for an offense that was already struggling even when it had its most dynamic weapon. But the question now is how the injury will affect Beckham’s future in the NFL and his future with the team that drafted him in the first round in 2014.

In the offseason, the Giants picked up the fifth-year option for Beckham keeping him under contract for the 2018 season. But he’s scheduled to become a free agent in 2019. It was already a difficult contract to get a handle on, and now it’s even more complicated by the injury suffered Sunday.

He’s fast, he runs clean routes, and he makes ridiculous catches on a weekly basis.

Beckham is one of the NFL’s best wide receivers and deserves to be paid like one. Currently, the highest paid receivers are Antonio Brown of the Pittsburgh Steelers, who received a five-year, $72.71 million deal in February, and DeAndre Hopkins of the Houston Texans. who signed a six-year, $88.9 million contract before the season.

Bennett began sitting for the anthem at the start of the preseason and did so through Seattle’s first two regular-season games. The Seahawks and Tennessee Titans remained in the locker room during the anthem before their game in Week 3, which came two days after President Donald Trump made critical comments about NFL players who protest during the national anthem.

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Kaepernick fires back at Roger Goodell without opening his mouth

Colin Kaepernick hasn’t said much publicly since he stopped being employed as an NFL quarterback.

The last tweet he wrote was on Oct. 10, and it was a shout-out to Eminem for name-dropping him in a long freestyle rap that was extremely critical of President Trump. He has remained active on Twitter though, specifically by re-tweeting several posts per day.

Welcome back to the Disrespectful Blocks of the Week video for Week 4 of the NFL season. I had too many clips this week it was a fabulous week of knockdowns and pancakes. And thank you to everyone who continues to support this project and sends me clips to review for the reel.

Zimmer said all along that Bradford will play when he’s ready, and now, he’s ready.

Keenum turned in one of the best games of his career in a win over the Buccaneers but then being held to just seven points against the Lions a week later. Minnesota went 1-2 during Bradford’s absence.

What does this mean for the Vikings and Bradford?

The Vikings’ playoffs chances increase with Bradford back under center. Keenum vacillated between poor and great while filling in over the past three games, but he’s realistically the team’s third choice behind Bradford and another injured starter, Teddy Bridgewater.

Smart, responsible moves that paid off. At 1-5, this Giants season isn’t salvageable, but McAdoo will rightly be judged on how he navigates it now that it’s lost. The final score Sunday night indicates he’s on the right track.

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