Bucs’ Williams stabbed; brother suspected

Tampa Bay Buccaneers broad receiver Mike Williams was hospitalized after being stabbed within the thigh Sunday afternoon in his Tampa dwelling, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Cristal Bermudez Nunez mentioned.

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Kim Klement/USA AT THE MOMENT SportsMike Williams was hospitalized after being stabbed in the thigh Sunday afternoon in his Tampa residence, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said.

Williams’ brother is suspected in the stabbing and is being sought by police, Nunez mentioned. The Tampa Bay Times reported Williams was handled for a relatively minor laceration at St. Joseph’s Hospital and released.

In accordance with the Times, the sheriff’s office issued an arrest warrant Sunday night time for 23-year-old Eric Baylor on a charge of aggravated battery/home violence after deputies were known as to Williams’ residence in the Avila neighborhood north of Tampa.

“We’re aware of the state of affairs that occurred at the residence of Mike Williams and are working with him and the authorities to get additional data,” the Bucs mentioned in an announcement released Sunday. “Whereas we’ve limited knowledge presently, our major concern is for the protection and nicely being of all involved. We are going to refrain from additional comment till we can get a greater understanding of the scenario.”

Sunday’s incident is the most recent off-the-discipline subject for Williams, who signed a six-12 months, $forty.25 million cope with Tampa Bay last July. Williams faces misdemeanor fees of legal mischief and trespassing, and has additionally paid greater than $forty three,000 in damages for destructive home parties.

“There is a sample here and it’s disturbing. No one is greater than this football crew,” new Bucs coach Lovie Smith stated in February. “He has to know that.”

Williams, 26, caught 22 passes for 216 yards and two touchdowns in six video games final season, his fourth with the Bucs.

Data from The Related Press was used on this report.

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Sources: If no trade, Bucs likely to cut Revis

In need of a trade in the next two days, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are expected to release cornerback Darrelle Revis by 4 p.m. ET Wednesday, in response to league sources.

The time is vital as a result of Revis has a $1.5 million roster bonus due on Wednesday, and the fourth-round choose the Buccaneers traded to the New York Jets last 12 months would become a third-spherical pick if Revis is on Tampa's roster as of four:01 Wednesday.

Thus, slightly than lose the cash and the additional round, the Bucs will attempt to trade Revis earlier than then and if no deal is worked out, would probably launch him. Both means, the Jets are expected to receive a fourth-round pick from Tampa, not the Buccaneers' third.

Darrelle Revis

If they can't trade him, the Bucs are expected to launch Darrelle Revis by 4 p.m. ET Wednesday, in keeping with league sources.

Although Tampa Bay would get nothing in return for Revis if it winds up releasing him, it would save the cash and the decide, and it immediately would release $16 million in wage cap space – all of which had been slated to go to Revis – to go spend on other gamers or re-signal its own.

At the very least one group around the league said the Buccaneers had been open to dealing Revis since the combine. The Buccaneers have been attempting to trade him however Revis' contract – $16 million per year – has been too prohibitive for other groups to select up.

The 2 sides have discussed a restructured contract however have been unable to come back to an agreement thus far, in line with sources.


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Buccaneers changing logo, helmet after 17 years


The Buccaneers won't be wearing these helmets in 2014. (USATSI)
The Buccaneers will not be sporting these helmets in 2014. (USATSI)


After 17 years, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have decided it is time for a change. Former Bucs defensive lineman and NFL Corridor of Famer Warren Sapp announced on Twitter that he'll be unveiling a brand new Tampa Bay helmet and a emblem this week. The team confirmed that Sapp's not making this up and that the brand new look might be unveiled at eight p.m. ET on Thursday on NFL Community.

It isn't clear what the new helmet will seem like, but Sapp did supply one element.

The helmet and brand change will mark the first time the Buccaneers have modified their look since 1997 when the workforce dropped the Creamsicle helmets below and went to the red, pewter and black helmets pictured above.


The Buccaneers wore these helmets from 1976-1996. (USATSI)
The Buccaneers wore these helmets from 1976-1996. (USATSI)


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NFL’s strength of schedule: Raiders finally No. 1


The Raiders will see both of these quarterbacks in 2014. (USATSI)
The Raiders will see both of these quarterbacks in 2014. (USATSI)

The Oakland Raiders haven't had a successful season since 2002 and if the NFL's 2014 strength of schedule is any indication, that streak is prone to proceed for an additional yr.

Based on 2013 records, the Raiders will play the toughest schedule within the NFL subsequent season. The Raiders will play a total of 9 video games against 2013 playoff groups, plus a game in opposition to the 10-win Arizona Cardinals.

The Raiders schedule is as near a murderer's row as an NFL schedule can produce. Oakland performs all four teams that played in the NFC and AFC Championship games and that includes three games in opposition to the two groups that have been within the Tremendous Bowl.

Oakland might have it powerful, but they don't seem to be the only ones taking part in 9 games against 2013 playoff groups. The Broncos may also play a complete of nine games in 2014 against teams that made the playoffs in 2013.

The eight toughest schedules in the NFL belong to the eight groups in the AFC and NFC West. The two divisions will play one another in 2014. The two divisions mixed to send five of their eight teams to the postseason in 2013.

It pays to be within the AFC South in 2014. The four best power of schedules subsequent season belong to the the 4 groups in that division. Going into 2014, Indianapolis has the best energy of schedule, adopted by Tennessee, Houston and Jacksonville.

The Colts 2014 opponents have a combined 2013 document of 110-146. The Raiders 2014 opponents have a mixed document of 148-108.

In any case of this power of schedule speak, the plain question right here is: Does strength of schedule actually mean something?

Going into the 2013 season, the Carolina Panthers had the hardest power of schedule. After the 2013 season was over although, the Panthers had only played the 17th most tough schedule.

Loads of that had to do with the fact that Carolina performed the Falcons twice. Going into 2013, the Panthers strength of schedule was calculated using the Falcons 2012 record of 13-three. After 2013, it was calculated utilizing the Falcons 2013 report of 4-12.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers ended up playing essentially the most tough schedule in 2013, however before the season, they have been only projected to play the 17th hardest schedule.

Here's the 2014 power of schedule for each NFL crew (Mixed 2013 file of all sixteen opponents, mixed winning share)

1. Oakland Raiders: 148-108,578

2. Denver Broncos: 146-110,570

three. St. Louis Rams: 144-111-1,564

T-4. San Diego Chargers: a hundred and forty four-112,563

T-4. San Francisco 49ers: a hundred and forty four-112,563

6. Seattle Seahawks: 143-112-1,561

7. Kansas City Chiefs: 143-113,559

eight.Arizona Cardinals: a hundred and forty-116,547

9. New York Jets: 132-122-2,520

10. New England Patriots: 131-123-2,516

11. Atlanta Falcons: a hundred thirty-124-2512

12. Miami Dolphins: 129-one hundred twenty five-2,508

thirteen. Green Bay Packers: 128-126-2,504

14. Buffalo Payments: 127-127-2,500

15. Chicago Bears: one hundred twenty five-127-four,496

sixteen. Detroit Lions: 124-128-4,492

17. Washington Redskins: 125-one hundred thirty-1,490

18. Dallas Cowboys: one hundred twenty five-131,488

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 123-131-2,484

20. Philadelphia Eagles: 122-133-1,479

21. Minnesota Vikings: 121-133-2,477

22. Carolina Panthers: a hundred and twenty-134-2,473

T-23. Cincinnati Bengals: a hundred and twenty-136,469

T-23. Pittsburgh Steelers: a hundred and twenty-136,469

T-23. New Orleans Saints: 119-135-2469

T-26. Cleveland Browns: 119-137,465

T-26. New York Giants: 119-137,465

28. Baltimore Ravens: 117-139,461

29. Jacksonville Jaguars: 116-one hundred forty,453

30. Houston Texans: 113-143,441

31. Tennessee Titans: 112-one hundred forty four,438

32. Indianapolis Colts: one hundred ten-146,430

Here is a hyperlink to an inventory of every opponent each group will play in 2014. The time and dates of each game will be launched in the spring.


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Stamkos misses practice, but no setback in return

Stamkos has 14 goals, 9 assists in 17 games this season. (Getty Images)
Stamkos has 14 objectives, 9 assists in 17 games this season. (Getty Pictures)

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In his ongoing try to come back back from a broken leg previous to the Olympics, Steven Stamkos had to abort his observe plans on Monday when his leg didn’t really feel right.

But don’t name it a setback. Or no less than Stamkos isn’t going to name it a setback, chalking it as much as merely a foul day and he determined to err on the facet of caution, as he put it, by leaving the ice earlier than anticipated.

From Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Instances.

“Whenver it does not feel good, it’s a little bit frustrating,” Stamkos said. “However I’ve not gone via one thing like this bfore, so when issues dont’ really feel nicely, you want solutions instantly, and you wish to know the way to fix it. Nevertheless it’s not necessarily that straightforward. It has been robust, the times it would not feel good, particularly after the strides that I’ve taken and how good I felt on the ice the other day. However you need to be good with this. I thought right this moment was a smart move and we’ll see how it feels tomorrow.”

Enjoying a sport earlier than the Olympic break remains a target for Stamkos, who is just not solely attempting to return to action for the Tampa Bay Lightning in their pursuit of the Atlantic Division title but be able to represent Canada at the Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Coach Jon Cooper mentioned Monday’s early departure does not alter the plans to have Stamkos journey with the workforce on the upcoming street trip, nothing deviating much from the plan.

The Lightning have six games between now and the Olympic break taking effect on Feb. eight, so that’s the sort of timeframe that Stamkos is hoping to return to the lineup. If he’s not able to make that return and have his status in question for Team Canada, he’ll have that dialog with Team Canada – presumably his Lightning GM Steve Yzerman – if he should head to Sochi as a part of the staff.

Stamkos remains properly forward of the projected timetable for a return from the broken leg he suffered on Nov. 11 in Boston. Initially it was feared he may very well be out for the complete season but the Olympics turned the purpose, or extra particularly simply before the Olympics so he may present he’s ready to play. He has been coming alongside nicely in his recovery, taking the ice a number of occasions with his teammates and getting more and more more involved.

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Strahan, Brooks, Bettis among 2014 Hall finalists

The 15 finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s 2014 class have been named.

(USATSI)The 15 finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's 2014 class have been named. (USATSI)
A list that started with over 100 candidates is now down to the final 15.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced on Thursday the 15 finalists for its 2014 class. The process of naming the finalists began in September with a list of 126 potential inductees. That number was trimmed down to 25 semi-finalists in November and now it’s down to 15.

Here’s a list of the 15 finalists, including a look at the five we feel have the best chance of getting in, followed by the remaining 10. The list includes four people eligible for the first time in Derrick Brooks, Marvin Harrison, Walter Jones and Tony Dungy.

Pro Football Hall of Fame Finalists

Michael Strahan, DE – 1993-2007 New York Giants:

Strahan probably felt pretty snubbed when his name wasn’t announced last February for the 2013 class, but he most likely won’t be feeling that again in 2014. In 15 seasons with the Giants, Strahan tallied 141. 5 career sacks, a number that ranks fifth all-time. Strahan also holds the single-season sack record (22. 5), a record that’s mostly remembered for the phantom sack Strahan got on Brett Favre to set the record. That aside, the seven-time Pro Bowler and four-time first-team All-Pro seems like a lock for 2014.

Derrick Brooks, LB – 1995-2008 Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

If Brooks doesn’t make it into the Hall of Fame, then they should stop having a Hall of Fame. The underrated Brooks is one of the best outside linebackers of all-time and was a big part why Tony Dungy’s Tampa-2 defense was successful. In pass coverage, Brooks had the ability to cover large parts of the field, which in turn made things easier for teammates like John Lynch. Brooks finished his 14-year career with 11 Pro Bowl appearances, one Defensive Player of the Year award (2002) and one Super Bowl title.
Tim Brown, WR/KR – 1988-2003 Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders, 2004 Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

If Brown’s going to get in the Hall of Fame, 2014 seems like a good year to do it. Brown, Andre Reed and Marvin Harrison will create a logjam at receiver that could lead to some long arguments when the selection committee gets together. It’s hard to argue with what Brown did in his career, he has the fifth most receptions (1, 094) in NFL history, the fifth most receiving yards (14, 934) and is tied with Hall of Famer Steve Largent for the seventh most touchdown catches (100). Brown accomplished all of this despite tearing the MCL and PCL in his left knee in Week 1 of 1989, only his second year in the league.

Walter Jones, T – 1997-2008 Seattle Seahawks:The selection committee has been on an offensive linemen kick for the past the few years. With the exception of 2011, at least one offensive linemen has been selected for the Hall in every year since 2006, including two linemen – Larry Allen and Jonathan Ogden – in the class of 2013. The 2014 class can make a strong case for two linemen – Jones and Kansas City Chiefs guard Will Shields – but we’re going to go with Jones. Over 12 seasons, Jones played in 180 games and started every single one of those. The Seahawks left tackle was a nine-time Pro Bowler and made first-team All-Pro four times. Jones wasn’t suppose to eligible for the Hall of Fame until 2015, but the Hall recently ruled that because Jones spent his final season in 2009 on injured reserve, he would be eligible a year earlier in 2014.

Jerome Bettis, RB – 1993-95 Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, 1996-2005 Pittsburgh Steelers:Bettis didn’t just drive the bus in Pittsburgh, he also drove it with the Rams for three seasons in Los Angeles and St. Louis. After the Rams made Bettis the 10th overall pick in the 1993 NFL Draft, Bettis went out and won the Offensive Rookie of the Year award thanks to 1, 429 rushing yards, the second highest total of any back in the league. Bettis ranked third in NFL history with eight 1, 000-yard seasons and fifth in career rushing yards with 13, 662 when he retired after the Steelers won Super Bowl XL.

Morten Andersen, K -

1982-1994 New Orleans Saints, 1995-2000, 2006-07 Atlanta Falcons, 2001 New York Giants, 2002-03 Kansas City Chiefs, 2004 Minnesota Vikings
Kevin Greene, LB/DE -

1985-1992 Los Angeles Rams, 1993-95 Pittsburgh Steelers, 1996, 1998-99 Carolina Panthers, 1997 San Francisco 49ers

Charles Haley, DE/LB -1986-1991, 1999 San Francisco 49ers, 1992-96 Dallas Cowboys

Marvin Harrison, WR -1996-2008 Indianapolis Colts

Aeneas Williams, CB/S -

1991-2000 Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals, 2001-04 St. Louis Rams
John Lynch, FS -

1993-2003 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2004-07 Denver Broncos

Andre Reed, WR -1985-1999 Buffalo Bills, 2000 Washington Redskins

Will Shields, G -1993-2006 Kansas City Chiefs

Tony Dungy, Coach -

1996-2001 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2002-08 Indianapolis ColtsEdward DeBartolo, Jr., Owner -

1977-2000 San Francisco 49ers

A group of 46 sports writers have the final say on who eventually gets inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The writers will meet on Feb. 1 in New York and consider the candidacy of each finalist, plus two senior nominees in Ray Guy and Claude Humphrey.

The Hall of Fame selection process stipulates that the number of modern-day inductees is capped at five. This means a maximum of seven players can be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The number usually falls between four and seven.

The 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame class will be announced in a television special that’s set to air on Feb. 1 at 8 p. m. ET on Fox.

The list above was trimmed down from 25 semifinalists, here’s the 10 that didn’t make the cut this year:

Steve Atwater, S -1989-1998 Denver Broncos, 1999 New York Jets

Roger Craig, RB -1983-1990 San Francisco 49ers, 1991 Los Angeles Raiders, 1992-93 Minnesota Vikings

Terrell Davis, RB -

1995-2001 Denver Broncos
Joe Jacoby, T -

1981-1993 Washington Redskins

Karl Mecklenburg, LB -1983-1994 Denver Broncos

Steve Wisniewski, G -

- 1989-2001 Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders

Jimmy Johnson, Coach -

1989-1993 Dallas Cowboys, 1996-99 Miami Dolphins

Don Coryell, Coach -

1973-77 St. Louis Cardinals, 1978-1986 San Diego Chargers

  • Paul Tagliabue, Commissioner -1989-2006 National Football League
  • George Young, Contributor -

  • 1968-1974 Baltimore Colts, 1975-78 Miami Dolphins, 1979-1997 New York Giants, 1998-2001 National Football League

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Selanne to play on sixth Finland Olympics team

From left, Mikko Koivu and Teemu Selanne will represent Finland in Sochi. (USATSI)
From left, Mikko Koivu and Teemu Selanne will signify Finland in Sochi. (USATSI)

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Finland’s Olympic roster is a good mixture of old and new, with a number of players getting back from the workforce that received the bronze medal on the 2010 Olympic Winter Video games in Vancouver. Among these headed to Sochi is Teemu Selanne, who will make his sixth journey to the Olympics for Finland. In line with the IIHF, he will become simply the second individual to ever try this in ice hockey.

Selanne has performed in every Olympics since NHL gamers had been allowed to compete in the video games in 1998 and even was part of the 1992 Olympic squad, where he had seven objectives and 4 assists in eight video games as an newbie.

Conversely, Finland’s roster additionally consists of Florida Panthers rookie Aleksander Barkov, who was not even born when Selanne made his first Olympics and is 25 years the Finnish legend’s junior. Identical for defenseman Olli Maatta, who’s 24 years youthful than Selanne.

Sixteen total NHLers made the roster, with players from Finland’s SMliiga and the KHL filling out the other spots (by way of IIHF):

Kari Lehtonen, Dallas Stars (NHL)
Antti Niemi, San Jose Sharks (NHL)
Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins (NHL)

Lasse Kukkonen, Kärpät Oulu (FIN)
Juuso Hietanen, Torpedo Nizhni Novgorod (RUS)
Sami Lepisto, Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg (RUS)
Olli Maatta, Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL)
Sami Salo, Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL)
Kimmo Timonen, Philadelphia Flyers (NHL)
Ossi Vaananen, Jokerit Helsinki (FIN)
Sami Vatanen, Anaheim Geese (NHL)

Juhamatti Aaltonen, Kärpät Oulu (FIN)
Aleksander Barkov, Florida Panthers (NHL)
Valtteri Filppula, Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL)
Mikael Granlund, Minnesota Wild (NHL)
Jussi Jokinen, Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL)
Olli Jokinen, Winnipeg Jets (NHL)
Mikko Koivu, Minnesota Wild (NHL)
Leo Komarov, Dynamo Moscow (RUS)
Petri Kontiola, Traktor Chelyabinsk (RUS)
Lauri Korpikoski, Phoenix Coyotes (NHL)
Jori Lehtera, Sibir Novosibirsk (RUS)
Antti Pihlstrom, Salavat Yulayev Ufa (RUS)
Tuomo Ruutu, Carolina Hurricanes (NHL)
Teemu Selanne, Anaheim Ducks (NHL)

Goaltending must be an enormous energy for this team as they have three proven netminders in Tuukka Rask, who is likely the favourite to begin, Vezina finalist Antti Niemi and the vastly underappreciated Kari Lehtonen. The notable omission is Pekka Rinne, who remains to be recovering from an infection.

Finland’s defense might be led by Kimmo Timonen, a seasoned veteran who ought to have the ability to hold issues calm back there and let guys like Maatta and Sami Vatanen an opportunity to play into bigger roles on the group as youthful gamers.

Up entrance, Finland has an fascinating mix. Mikko Koivu was named to the staff even supposing he’s recovering from a damaged ankle. If he would not recuperate in time, the Finns ahead depth takes successful. Younger players like Barkov and Mikael Granlund, who was the hero in Finland’s 2011 World Championship gold-medal recreation, ought to play outstanding offensive roles for this club.

Finland goes to be an interesting team to look at in Sochi. They may not have the depth they did once they took the bronze in Vancouver, but the confidence gained in 2011 with that world championship and the combination of experience they’ve on this workforce may make them a little more dangerous than they look on paper.

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Bucs hire Frazier


Leslie Frazier has a new job in Tampa Bay. (USATSI)
Leslie Frazier has a brand new job in Tampa Bay. (USATSI)


Former Vikings coach Leslie Frazier, fired solely a week in the past, formally has a new job. The Buccaneers on Monday night introduced new coach Lovie Smith had hired Frazier as his defensive coordinator.

“I've an amazing quantity of respect for Leslie Frazier and I take into account myself very fortunate to have him on my employees,” Smith mentioned in a press release. “Leslie is without doubt one of the greatest defensive coaches within the NFL and he has an extended observe report of helping players reach their full potential. He transformed Minnesota's protection into one of many league's elite units during his time there and I stay up for working with him to do the identical right here in Tampa Bay.”

Frazier was fired from Minnesota after going 21-32-1 in his four seasons there, although he led the Vikings to the playoffs last season. Before that, he coordinated defenses for the Bengals and Vikings earlier than replacing Brad Childress as the pinnacle coach in Minnesota.

"Leslie Frazier, only a great chief," Smith said throughout his introductory press convention. "It was a no brainer really to get him, for us to merge together. We always wished to work collectively."


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Is Lovie up next in Tampa?


Lovie Smith could be looking at a return to Tampa Bay, this time as head coach. (USATSI)
Lovie Smith might be taking a look at a return to Tampa Bay, this time as head coach. (USATSI)


Quite a few Bucs and league sources have pointed to former Bears head coach Lovie Smith, a onetime Tampa Bay assistant, as a frontrunner to land the Buccaneers head teaching job, with former Bucs exec Rich McKay returning to the team as a group president.

After helping the Falcons secure a new stadium in Atlanta, sources say McKay might get out of his deal with out major problems.

McKay doesn't have a job in football operations with the Falcons however may have a role in reshaping it in Tampa, with Smith, as Bucs GM Mark Dominik additionally was additionally let go Monday.

Several league sources famous the very strong relationship Smith had with personnel director Chris Ballard when each have been in Chicago, and Ballard is considered by many as an emerging younger govt. Ballard is presently the director of participant personnel in Kansas Metropolis, and if the Smith-McKay pairing occurs in Tampa, as expected, he too might be a part of that group.

Ballard is in his first season with the Chiefs, going there as part of the Andy Reid/John Dorsey administration workforce that took over the franchise in 2013.

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Bucs’ Goldson fined $60K for hit on Rams’ Bailey


This hit price Dashon Goldson $60,000. (USATSI)

Buccaneers security Dashon Goldson has been fined $60,000 by the NFL for his fourth-quarter helmet-to-helmet hit Sunday on Rams extensive receiver Stedman Bailey.


Goldson, who signed with Tampa Bay within the offseason, has now been fined a whopping $a hundred ninety,000 this season ($100,000 of which got here after a Week 2 suspension for a helmet-to-helmet hit to Saints operating back Darren Sproles was reduced), not to mention the $264,705 in lost wages as a result of his one-recreation suspension back in November for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Falcons' broad receiver Roddy White.

Bucs coach Greg Schiano defended Goldson following Sunday's sport.

"That is bang-bang," the coach said, via the Tampa Bay Tribune. "He had no approach of avoiding that, aside from settling down on the guy and probably missing him or hurting himself. It is unfortunate that it occurred. The way in which it is being referred to as, that's going to be called one hundred out of 100 instances. I hope that it's only a penalty."

And Goldson added: "The brand new football is discouraging. It's hard. It is really laborious. It is deeper than I believed it was."

It's also absurdly costly.

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49ers avoid trap and cruise again

San FranAl Messerschmidt/Getty PhotographsKendall Hunter and the 49ers cleared the hurdle posed by Tampa Bay to win their fourth in a row.

TAMPA, Fla. – If they didn’t already have enough warning signs, the

San Francisco 49ers

had another reason to be leery the night before they boarded their cross-country journey when the

Denver Broncos

, arguably the most effective team in soccer, stumbled at residence to the lesser

San Diego Chargers


“Completely,” 49ers left deal with Joe Staley. “It’s the NFL. Anybody can lose.”

But what has been taking place when the 49ers play a group with a less-than-stellar file? They dominate. It occurred again Sunday because the 49ers dispatched the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 33-14. San Francisco is now 7-0 against groups with a dropping report. None of the games has been close.

Jim Harbaugh’s team does not fall for traps.

“We don’t let down,” San Francisco fullback Bruce Miller stated flatly after the sport.

And there was no larger likelihood of a letdown for the 49ers than Sunday in Tampa Bay. This had all of the appearances of a stumble sport.

They have been coming off their greatest victory of the season, a last-second house win over heated rival Seattle. They had to make a 5-plus-hour flight from California to Florida to play a workforce with a dropping report. It was their first true early game the season. (San Francisco played Jacksonville in London in Week 8, but the 49ers were in England all week, so their physique clocks had adjusted to the time change.)

Throw in the fact that Harbaugh’s name was connected to the job opening at College of Texas, and there were sufficient distractions to make this recreation significantly scary for San Francisco. However the 49ers saved on cruising.

“We knew if we laid an egg immediately,” middle Jonathan Goodwin said, “the Seattle recreation wouldn’t have meant something.”

The 49ers are now 10-four. They have won four video games in a row, a formidable response to a two-recreation November skid by which they lost to Carolina and New Orleans by a complete of four points. That stumble had ended a 5-sport win streak.

Now, the 49ers are hot once once more and can clinch a playoff bid subsequent week.

The 49ers are in place to make the playoffs as a result of they do what good groups are speculated to do – they beat up on unhealthy groups. It’s been a theme all season. Harbaugh and his employees do a masterful job of retaining the players focused. They had the 49ers considering the Jaguars were 7-zero as a substitute of zero-7 when the groups met in London. This week, the mind sport was an easy sell. The Buccaneers got here into the sport enjoying well, having won four of their previous five games after beginning the season 0-8.

Nevertheless, the end end result was the identical. The 49ers averted what could have been an inexcusable loss by merely being better than their opponent. They are now 9-1 in video games that begin at 10 a.m. PT below Harbaugh. They are, by far, the best West Coast staff in the NFL when it comes to playing throughout the nation.

It’s the mindset that Harbaugh brings. He doesn’t let his guys slip mentally. There was no chance he was going to permit the Texas discuss to have an effect on his team. It wasn’t talked about, and don’t expect it to be. Harbaugh has no intention of leaving. All expectations level to him and the group agreeing on a contract extension (his current deal ends after the 2015 season) to make him one of the richest coaches within the NFL.

Sunday was one other reminder why he’s definitely worth the cash.

The 49ers got here out prepared for enterprise. They introduced their presence early, leaping to a 7-zero lead and forcing two three-and-outs on protection.

“That was essential,” said San Francisco cross-rusher Aldon Smith, who had two sacks.”It set the tone for the remainder of the day.”

The game did get shut for a bit when the Buccaneers scored a touchdown to make it 20-14 with 14:fifty four to go. But the 49ers, once once more, enforced their will. They launched into a 17-play drive, culminating in a discipline aim, that lopped greater than 10 minutes off the clock. They then added extra 10 more factors in the next two minutes to take any intrigue out of it.

“It’s an indication of a disciplined staff,” Staley mentioned. “We buckled down when we needed to.”

The 49ers dominated on either side of the ball. Offensively, as common, San Francisco was not excellent. It had to settle for four discipline targets for the second straight sport, and one of many crew’s three touchdowns came on a particular teams. The 49ers should discover a way to end more drives within the crimson zone.

However, they moved the ball effectively and continued to reap the benefits of receiver Michael Crabtree being on the sphere. His presence continues to help quarterback Colin Kaepernick, receiver Anquan Boldin and tight end Vernon Davis. Together with Crabtree, all of them had strong video games.

Kaepernick used his mobility and had huge success outdoors the pocket. Harbaugh mentioned his quarterback “had a monster sport.” In line with ESPN Stats & Info, Kaepernick had maybe his best game of the season when facing an ordinary four-man rush. His season completion proportion coming into the game against that alignment was 58.7. Sunday, it was seventy one.4.

The 49ers dominated on the ground as standard, gaining 187 yards on 40 carries.

And it was merely one other good defensive effort. The Buccaneers were averaging less than a yard per play for many of the first half. The 49ers’ protection allowed the Buccaneers to transform on third down once in 10 tries.

The 49ers now flip their attention to what will likely be an emotional Week 16. They host Atlanta subsequent Monday night time within the final game at Candlestick Park. Will probably be a storyline all week, culminating in lots of tributes.

But when we know anything about Harbaugh’s group, they won’t affected by the scene.


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Saints at Falcons: odds, prediction and preview

Nov 17, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) celebrates New Orleans Saints fullback Jed Collins (45) landing against the San Francisco 49ers in the course of the second quarter on the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Obligatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA AT THIS TIME Sports activities

Thursday evening, the 8-2, and rolling, New Orleans Saints will hit the road to take on the mightily struggling 2-eight Atlanta Falcons in an NFL South match up.

It’s attention-grabbing how the tables have turned for each of these teams in a yr’s time.

Last season, the Falcons had been those that have been vying for a prime seeding within the NFC, while the Saints have been simply attempting to survive a miserable marketing campaign as they handled not having their head coach, stemming from the infamous bounty scandal.

The Saints are available in to this one winners of their final two following the upset to the Jets a couple of weeks in the past. They obliterated the Dallas Cowboys two Sunday nights in the past and squeaked out a 3-point victory towards the 49ers last week, albeit in controversial style because of the roughing name on the hit from Ahmad Brooks to Drew Brees.

After a victory over the Buccaneers on Oct. 20, the Falcons have misplaced 4 straight and are simply trying to get out of this year in a single piece at this point. None of those last four losses have even been shut, together with Tampa Bay avenging that October loss last week, 41-28. In attempting to make up for the losses on offense, QB Matt Ryan has not been environment friendly in any respect, tossing 12 interceptions to his 18 touchdown passes.

Date: Nov. 21

Begin Time: 8:25pm ET

Location: Atlanta, GA

Stadium: Georgia Dome


Odds: Saints -10

Prediction: As a lot focus has been put on the Falcons’ offensive struggles, the protection isn’t precisely doing their part neither. forty one points to that Tampa Bay group is about as inexcusable as you can get. This venture in opposition to their division rival on national television may harm lots worse.

Saints 48, Falcons 17

Who do you assume comes away from this NFC South sport with the win? Can the Falcons put something together or will the Saints continue on their quest to greatest the Seahawks for the title of finest crew within the NFC?

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Strahan, Dungy, Bettis among HOF semifinalists


The 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame class will be announced Feb. 1. (USATSI) The 2014 Professional Football Corridor of Fame class will be announced Feb. 1. (USATSI)


In September, 126 modern-era football players made the preliminary list for the category of 2014 Pro Football Corridor of Fame. On Wednesday, it was whittled all the way down to a semifinal list of 25.

Listed here are the 25 that survived the lower, by way of the HOF.

Morten Andersen, Ok – 1982-1994 New Orleans Saints, 1995-2000, 2006-07 Atlanta Falcons, 2001 New York Giants, 2002-03 Kansas City Chiefs, 2004 Minnesota Vikings

Steve Atwater, S – 1989-1998 Denver Broncos, 1999 New York Jets

Jerome Bettis, RB – 1993-ninety five Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, 1996-2005 Pittsburgh Steelers

Derrick Brooks, LB – 1995-2008 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tim Brown, WR/KR – 1988-2003 Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders, 2004 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Don Coryell, Coach – 1973-77 St. Louis Cardinals, 1978-1986 San Diego Chargers

Roger Craig, RB – 1983-1990 San Francisco 49ers, 1991 Los Angeles Raiders, 1992-ninety three Minnesota Vikings

Terrell Davis, RB – 1995-2001 Denver Broncos

Edward DeBartolo, Jr., Proprietor – 1977-2000 San Francisco 49ers

Tony Dungy, Coach – 1996-2001 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2002-08 Indianapolis Colts

Kevin Greene, LB/DE – 1985-1992 Los Angeles Rams, 1993-ninety five Pittsburgh Steelers, 1996, 1998-99 Carolina Panthers, 1997 San Francisco 49ers

Charles Haley, DE/LB – 1986-1991, 1999 San Francisco 49ers, 1992-ninety six Dallas Cowboys

Marvin Harrison, WR – 1996-2008 Indianapolis Colts

Joe Jacoby, T – 1981-1993 Washington Redskins

Jimmy Johnson, Coach – 1989-1993 Dallas Cowboys, 1996-99 Miami Dolphins

Walter Jones, T – 1997-2008 Seattle Seahawks

John Lynch, FS – 1993-2003 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2004-07 Denver Broncos

Karl Mecklenburg, LB – 1983-1994 Denver Broncos

Andre Reed, WR – 1985-1999 Buffalo Payments, 2000 Washington Redskins

Will Shields, G – 1993-2006 Kansas Metropolis Chiefs

Michael Strahan, DE – 1993-2007 New York Giants

Paul Tagliabue, Commissioner – 1989-2006 National Soccer League

Aeneas Williams, CB/S – 1991-2000 Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals, 2001-04 St. Louis Rams

Steve Wisniewski, G – 1989-2001 Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders

George Young, Contributor – 1968-1974 Baltimore Colts, 1975-seventy eight Miami Dolphins, 1979-1997 New York Giants, 1998-2001 Nationwide Soccer League

Eventually, this list will get knocked down to fifteen finalists (plus two senior nominees in Ray Guy and Claude Humphrey), and the HOF voters will talk about and determine in New York City on Feb 1. The election results will likely be introduced that night.

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DNA analysis matches Winston with accuser

DNA Report Connects Winston To Accuser


TALLAHASSEE – A DNA analysis accomplished by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement on Tuesday confirmed that DNA provided by Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston matched the pattern taken from the underwear of a woman who has accused him of sexual battery.

Based on the DNA analysis report, a duplicate of which was seen by ESPN.com on Wednesday, the Florida state crime lab determined that the possibilities of the DNA within the woman’s underwear are a match for somebody apart from Winston was one in 2.2 trillion.

Police obtained a sexual assault package on Dec. 7, 2012, when the accuser reported the alleged incident had occurred at an off-campus condominium. Winston’s DNA was just lately obtained by means of a buccal swab he offered to authorities investigating the case.

The DNA match alone does not prove that Winston, a leading Heisman Trophy candidate, sexually assaulted the girl, as the accuser’s family claimed in an announcement launched by a Tampa-primarily based attorney on Wednesday. But it does point out that Winston, who has yet to talk to Tallahassee police or the state legal professional investigating the case, had his DNA related to the accuser on Dec. 7, 2012, when the accuser claimed she was sexually assaulted.

William Meggs, the state attorney for the 2nd Judicial Circuit, mentioned his office continues to be investigating the case, which was solely referred to his office by Tallahassee police last week.

“Everyone wants to know what’s going on,” Meggs stated earlier Wednesday. “So can we. We’re within the means of attempting to figure out what is going on on. We’ve not decided how it’s going to end up.”

Meggs couldn’t instantly be reached for comment on the DNA report Wednesday night. Tim Jansen, Winston’s attorney, didn’t immediately respond to a text message from an ESPN reporter.

When Meggs was asked Wednesday whether or not he believed his office could adequately examine the case greater than eleven months after the crime allegedly occurred, he stated: “I am pretty confident, as a lot as anybody might be. There are two sorts of proof: testimonial and bodily. We’ll have what we’ve on the finish of the day after which we’ll evaluate what we’ve got.”

On Wednesday evening, Tallahassee interim police chief Tom Coe said the accuser stopped cooperating with police in February. A statement launched earlier Wednesday by the accuser’s family by means of her legal professional, Patricia Carroll of Tampa, mentioned Tallahassee police warned the accuser to not pursue the case, saying Det. Scott Angulo told Carroll, “Tallahassee was an enormous football city and the sufferer needs to assume long and onerous earlier than proceeding against him because she might be raked over the coals and her life shall be made depressing.”

Coe contends Tallahassee police made the case inactive only after the accuser stopped communicating with them. Coe advised the Tallahassee Democrat on Tuesday that the police division reviewed the case after media shops filed open data requests for the case file. Coe mentioned the open information requests alone could not change a case from open-inactive to open-lively, however that new proof or leads must be discovered to vary the investigation’s standing.

“In February 2013, the case was categorised as open, however inactive, when the sufferer in the case broke off contact with TPD, and her lawyer indicated she did not want to move forward at that time,” Coe mentioned.

In a press release released to the Tampa Bay Instances on Wednesday, the accuser’s legal professional mentioned, “It was never the intent of the sufferer or the household for this to change into public,” but went on to provide a scathing review of the police’s handling of the case.

The woman accusing Winston initially reported the incident Dec. 7, 2012. Coe stated police investigated the incident, taking witness testimony and gathering evidence.

According to Jansen, who has been representing Winston, police approached him concerning the case in February however quickly after assured him the case was now not being investigated. Jansen stated he reported that to each Winston and Florida State.

When information requests from multiple media retailers had been made to Tallahassee police final week, investigators re-examined the case and forwarded it to the state legal professional’s workplace. Meggs is currently reviewing the case and will determine whether or not expenses will likely be introduced in opposition to a possible suspect.

Meggs instructed ESPN.com on Wednesday that he probably is not going to take the case earlier than a grand jury, saying his office would in the end decide whether it believes it has adequate evidence to charge Winston with a criminal offense.

“I’m not silly,” Meggs stated. “It is a younger man whose life is in a fish bowl proper now. I think about that. There’s additionally a younger woman whose life has been turned upside down and her life will never be the identical, either. We take a look at it and say, ‘Which one of those is most vital?’ Both. It is a search for the reality and the reality is sort of elusive sometimes.”

Carroll’s statement also said police failed to do a proper investigation, did not accumulate blood work or DNA samples from Winston and refused to interview Winston’s roommate, who the accuser says witnessed the assault. The assertion also criticized police for approaching Winston’s legal professional in February with details of the case.

Coe did not specifically contradict any of the claims made in the accuser’s assertion but mentioned, “There are a lot of statements being made each day, some of that are factual, some aren’t factual. We won’t go into element on that tonight, but there will likely be a point in time once we can comment on those points.”

Winston met with media Wednesday, but Florida State athletic division staff wouldn’t enable him to reply any questions regarding the investigation. His standing with the crew has not changed, according to FSU, and he’s anticipated to begin Saturday’s game in opposition to Idaho. Meggs said his workplace has interviewed several witnesses however the timetable for a choice on whether charges will likely be filed stays vague.

“After we can say more about this case, we certainly will,” Coe mentioned Wednesday. “And we sit up for that day. We hope to move it forward as shortly as we can in coordination with the state legal professional and convey closure to it.”


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Scrivens wins again as Kings rout Lightning

Kings Win Fourth Straight


L. A. – Ben Scrivens performed in eight video games for the Los Angeles Kings this season and have become an unlikely NHL sensation over the past week – all with out ever stepping onto the Staples Middle ice.

When the goalie lastly bought an opportunity to win one for the home followers, he obtained loads of assist from his surging teammates.

Anze Kopitar and Matt Frattin each had a purpose and an assist, and Scrivens made 19 saves in the Kings’ 5-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night.

Scrivens’ shutout streak ended at 191 minutes, 19 seconds, on Valtteri Filppula’s energy-play objective late in the second interval, but injured Jonathan Quick’s new backup cruised to his fourth consecutive victory in his residence debut.

“It was nice to play in entrance of our hometown followers,” Scrivens said. “However I will play every game they tell me to play.”

The undrafted Cornell product should play an important deal over the next few weeks, however the Kings are growing extra confident in him with every win.

Justin Williams also had a goal and an assist for the Kings, who have earned some extent in seven consecutive video games. Dustin Brown and Dwight King additionally scored in Los Angeles’ impressive return from a four-sport road journey.

“I had a extremely good feeling about tonight,” Williams stated. “Guys were jumping. Guys had been excited to play at residence once more. That cliche [about] the primary one at house after a protracted road journey [being tough] looks as if a variety of hogwash to me.”

Drew Doughty had two assists for the Kings, who are attempting to maintain tempo within the tough Pacific Division while Fast and top purpose-scorer Jeff Carter are out with accidents.

So far, it’s working: The Kings have not lost in regulation since Nov. 2, and so they scored five goals in a 23-minute stretch spanning the first two periods towards the Lightning, avenging a 5-1 loss in Tampa Bay last month.

Ben Bishop stopped 26 pictures in his first lack of November, and Victor Hedman had a goal and an help as the Lightning fell out of first place within the Eastern Conference with their second straight loss.

“This hasn’t happened in again-to-back video games for us this yr,” Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper stated. “This was the primary time we have been on the incorrect finish of the score twice in a row. Coming out west is a tricky journey. There are some good teams out right here, and I am certain L.A. was licking their chops slightly bit after what occurred to them in Tampa.”

With 31 factors, Los Angeles moved one point behind Chicago and Anaheim for the general NHL lead and into a 3rd-place tie with the Blues, San Jose and Phoenix.

After becoming a member of the Kings from Toronto during the summer time, Scrivens barely performed behind Fast in the first 18 video games.

However the Kings’ 2012 Conn Smythe Trophy winner strained his groin late in an additional time loss at Buffalo on Nov. 12, and Scrivens has been outstanding since, allowing two targets in a street win over the New York Islanders earlier than ending the journey with back-to-again shutouts.

Scrivens fell simply wanting Quick’s franchise-file shutout streak of 202 minutes, eleven seconds, however coach Darryl Sutter gave extra credit to his skaters than his goalie for the Kings’ recent defensive prowess.

“[Scrivens] did not have much work tonight,” Sutter said. “He made a big save in the third period. Our workforce, we don’t hand over so much.”

Boston handed Tampa Bay atop the Atlantic Division standings with a win over the Rangers earlier in the night.

Tampa Bay captain Martin St. Louis had an help in his 1,000th NHL recreation, but the Lightning are winless midway by means of their four-recreation West Coast journey, with Bishop struggling in each Phoenix and Los Angeles.

“It’s not a panic time,” St. Louis stated. “It’s nearly addressing the mistakes and correcting them. We have got to stop this. We do not need to turn a two-gamer right into a 4- or five-gamer. At the end of the day, we all must do extra. Generally onerous work is ignored over execution, but execution is just as necessary as working laborious.”

Kopitar has 16 factors in 14 games after a slow begin to the season, whereas Frattin scored simply his second aim in 21 games. Frattin arrived final summer along with Scrivens within the trade sending Jonathan Bernier to the Maple Leafs.

King put Los Angeles up 4-0 with a short-handed aim late within the second period, forcing a turnover and deflecting Linden Vey’s shot for his career-best seventh goal.

Filppula scored his crew-leading ninth purpose throughout the identical 4-minute power play. Moments later, Brown broke in alone for his second aim in 18 games after a steal by Frattin.

Sport notes

Los Angeles hasn’t allowed greater than two goals in seven straight video games… The Lightning made their first visit to Staples Center since Nov. four, 2010… Tampa Bay scratched F B.J. Crombeen for the third time this season. D Andrej Sustr additionally sat out for the sixth time in 21 video games.

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NFL Prediciton Week 12 Thursday Night Game Preview & Pick


Free pick and prediction week 12 Thursday nights game


New Orleans Saints (8-2) @ Atlanta Falcons (2-8) 11/21- 8:25PM EST


Line: NO -9.5

Over/Under: 53.0

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Thursday night’s NFL match-up will feature two football teams going in opposite directions… and last year the roles were reversed as the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons will battle in the NFC South as the Saints will try to sweep the season series and extend the Falcons’ losing streak to five games… their longest in five years.


New Orleans (8-2) will be vying for their third straight victory and keep pace with the Seattle Seahawks who are 1½ games ahead of them in the NFC for best record.


These are the (games) that just sharpen you, build confidence moving forward,” quarterback Drew Brees said.


Atlanta (2-8) tied for worst record in the conference and one year-removed from an NFC-best 13-3 record has problems everywhere… injuries, poor running game and a struggling defense has caused what many feel around the league to have quit on each other as they have dropped four straight.


Cleary, we’re 10 games into this thing and certainly far, far away from where we want to be,” quarterback Matt Ryan said. “We’ve got six games to go. It’s about going out there and taking pride in what you do.”


These two teams were expected to compete with one another for the South Division title, instead it’s the Carolina Panthers who are challenging the Saints.


Drew Brees has led an offense that ranks second in the NFL with 419.1 yards and 28.8 points per game. Brees is completing 68.2 percent of his passes and is second to Peyton Manning with 3,369 yards passing and 26 touchdowns.


Defensively, the Saints are getting it done as well ranking fourth in the league with 305.4 yards and fifth with 18.3 points this season.


New Orleans enters Thursday’s contest having won 12 of 15 over the Falcons and this season with Atlanta having a down year, the oddsmakers have favored the Saints (minus) -9.5 on the road which may change as the game approaches, so check the latest odds here at Wonder Punter up until game time.


This is a test we’re going to have to try and overcome,” defensive Cameron Jordan said. “Honestly, why not have it? It’s a division opponent, it’s our rival. It’s going to talk a lot about the fortitude and what we have on this team.”


Atlanta is allowing 29.2 points per game—29th in the league and may have hit rock bottom last Sunday in their loss to the one-win Tampa Bay Buccaneers.


Despite the backward season the Falcons are suffering through this year.. Atlanta owner Arthur Blank remains confident in Smith and general manager Thomas Dimitroff.


I absolutely do. And, they’ve earned it over the past five years,” Blank said. “It’s a tough business. We’ve had a lot if injuries, and issues on top of the injuries. These guys are proven leaders and proven by success. … They’ll do the work that has been done with my full support.”


With a season virtually lost, can the Falcons finish the season strong and with pride?


PICK: New Orleans

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NFL Week 12 Power Rankings Wonder Punter


Power Rankings NFL week 12


Last night’s Monday night game brought to an end of another exciting week in football in which some teams improved their Power Rankings and others continued to fall as quarterback injuries have taken their toll. Week 11 also brought the end of the NFL’s only unbeaten team when Kansas City fell to the Broncos.

Here is this week’s Week 12 Power Rankings for teams 1-32 with records and last week’s ranking.

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1 Denver Broncos (9-1 LW: 2)- Round 1 goes to the Broncos… rematch with KC in two weeks.


2 Seattle Seahawks (10-1 LW: 3) Other then a home game against the Saints, they should be able to run the table the rest of the way.


3 New Orleans Saints (8-2 LW: 4)- Undefeated at home so far… but the playoffs may mean winning on the road.


4 Carolina Panthers (7-3 LW: 6)- Beating quality teams now and only getting better.


5 Kansas City Chiefs (9-1 LW: 1)- Still a solid team on defense… but the offense will need to get better if they expect to make some noise in the playoffs.


6 New England Patriots (7-3 LW: 5)- Patriots are still looking for the flag… they got earlier in the year against the Saints. So…


7 Indianapolis Colts (7-3 LW: 7)- Good comeback win at Tennessee, but I still think Rams game.


8 San Francisco 49ers (6-4 LW: 8)- They were so close to being 8-2…. Two tough games in a row.


9 Cincinnati Bengals (7-4 LW: 10)- Their win on Sunday should put them in position for the AFC North crown and a first-round bye.


10 Detroit Lions (6-4 LW 9)- Can we do the fake field goal play over again?


11 Chicago Bears (6-4 LW: 12)- Big home win over the Ravens.. which Rams team will they face on Sunday?


12 Philadelphia Eagles (6-4 LW: 13)- Finally a team in the NFC East is playing like they want to win it.. Nick Foles getting it done.


13 New York Jets (5-5 LW: 13)- Jekyll and Hyde if you ask me… we just don’t know what team will show up on Sundays.


14 Arizona Cardinals (6-4 LW: 16)- Winning games despite no running game and a QB who’s thrown more INTs then TDs.


15 Miami Dolphins (5-5 LW: 21)- Gritty performance and win against San Diego with all the distractions staring at them.


16 San Diego Chargers (4-6 LW: 17)- If they could just finish games… but now they still have three games left against the Chiefs and Broncos.


17 Dallas Cowboys (5-5 LW: 15)- Big game against the resurgent Giants Sunday on the road.


18 Green Bay Packers (5-5 LW: 14)- No Aaron Rodgers…. No hope!


19 Pittsburgh Steelers (4-6 LW: 25)- Is this the same Steelers team who we all left for dead earlier? Held the Lions scoreless in the second half.


20 Cleveland Browns (4-6 LW: 18)- Big home game on Sunday against the Steelers. If they win… maybe still a chance?


21 Buffalo Bills (4-7 LW: 27)- Winnable games coming up against the Bucs, Falcons, Jags and Dolphins… Wildcard? hmmm maybe.


22 Baltimore Ravens (4-6 LW: 19)- Failing to score on first-and-goal at the Chicago 5-yard line. Story of the year for the offense.


23 St Louis Rams (4-6 LW 20)- In a division with Seattle and San Francisco… it’s tough.


24 New York Giants (4-6 LW: 26)- Four wins in a row now with Dallas coming up.


25 Oakland Raiders (4-6 LW: 24)- Is Matt McGloin the answer at quarterback?


26 Tennessee Titans (4-6 LW: 22)- How big do the losses to the Jags and Colts look now in an AFC race that’s up for grabs.


27 Washington Redskins (3-7 LW: 23)- So much for running the tables like last year.


28 Houston Texans (2-8 LW: 28)- Still playing hard… that’s all you could ask for at this point.


29 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-8 LW: 31) Two in a row… and they had some winnable games throughout the season.


30. Atlanta Falcons (2-8 LW: 29)- Unlike the Texans, this is a football that has quit on everybody. Embarrassing!


31 Minnesota Vikings (2-8 LW: 30)- Playing for a quarterback in next year’s draft.


32 Jacksonville Jaguars (1-9 LW 32)- It was fun while it lasted.


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NFL Week 11 Recap and Scores


Scores for Week 11 NFL Games


With Week 11 of the NFL season almost in the books with the conclusion of Monday night’s game… we were entertained with some good ballgames between the 49ers/Saints, (Thursday’s) Colts/Titans, Ravens/Bears and Sunday night’s marquee match-up that saw the undefeated Chiefs lose their first game of the season to the Denver Broncos.

Here is a quick recap of each game through Sunday night and how they faired against the spread.


Thursday 11/14


Indianapolis Colts (7-3)- 30

Tennessee Titans (4-6)- 27


Line: IND -3.0

Over/Under: 42.5


Colts rally from 14 points back to beat Titans.



Sunday Games: 11/16


Oakland Raiders (4-6)- 28

Houston Texans (2-8)- 23


Line: HOU -10.5

Over/Under: 40.5


Oakland backup quarterback rookie Matt McGloin leads Raiders over Texans.


Arizona Cardinals (6-4)- 27

Jacksonville Jaguars (1-9)- 14


Line: ARI -9.0

Over/Under- 40.5


Carson Palmer throws for 419 yards and 2 TDs to lead Arizona to third straight win.


Atlanta Falcons (2-8)- 28

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-8)- 41


Line: TB -2.0

Over/Under: 43.5


Buccaneers running back Bobby Rainey rushes for 163 yards and three touchdowns to lead Tampa Bay to their second straight win.


Detroit Lions (6-4)- 27

Pittsburgh Steelers (4-6)- 37


Line: DET -3.0

Over/Under: 45.0


Surging Steelers rally late with two touchdowns to beat Lions.


Washington Redskins (3-7)- 16

Philadelphia Eagles (6-5)- 24


Eagles claim sole possession of first place in NFC East.


Cleveland Browns (4-6)- 20

Cincinnati Bengals (7-4)- 41


Line: CIN -4.5

Over/Under: 40.0


Bengals score 31 points in the second quarterback to snap two game losing streak with win.


Baltimore Ravens (4-6)- 20

Chicago Bears (6-4)- 23



Over/Under: 40.5


Bears kick 38-yard field goal in OT to hand Ravens fourth loss in last five games.


New York Jets (5-5)- 14

Buffalo Bills (4-7)- 37


Line: NYJ -1.5

Over/Under: 39.0


Bills force four turnovers and shutdown Geno Smith


San Diego Chargers (4-6)- 16

Miami Dolphins (5-5)- 20


Line: SD -2.5

Over/Under: 44.5


Dolphins win for only the second time in the last seven games.


Minnesota Vikings (2-8)- 20

Seattle Seahawks (10-1)- 41


Line: SEA -13.0

Over/under: 45.0


Seahawks record 13th home win in a row as Percy Harvin makes season debut.


Green Bay Packers (5-5)- 13

New York Giants (4-6)- 27


Line: NYG -3.0

Over/Under: 41.0


Giants win their fourth straight game to stay in contention in the NFC East.


San Francisco 49ers (6-4)- 20

New Orleans Saints (8-2)- 23


Line: NO -3.5

Over/Under: 50.0


Saints use three 4th quarter field goals to remain perfect (6-0) at home.


Kansas City Chiefs (9-1)- 17

Denver Broncos (9-1)- 27


Line: DEN -7.0

Over/Under: 49.0


The Broncos take the first of two meetings as they move into first place by virtual of the tie-breaker.


Monday 11/18


New England Patriots (7-2) @ Carolina Panthers (6-3) 11/18- 8:30 PM EST


Line: CAR -3.0

Over/Under: 46.5


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NFL Predictions Week 11 Preview and Picks


Free NFL Picks and predictions for Week 11


NFL Week 11 is going to be another great week of NFL games with the four big ones in my opinion being Cleveland @ Cincinnati, San Francisco @ New Orleans, Kansas City @ Denver (Sunday night) and New England @ Carolina (Monday night). Here is my quick preview for each game along with the spread and my pick/prediction for each match-up. Remember, you can check the latest lines and place your favorite bet(s) right here through Wonder Punter. Good Luck!


New York Jets (5-4) @ Buffalo Bills (3-7) 11/17- 1:00PM EST


Line: Even

Over/Under: 40.5


With the Jets coming off their bye week, I have to think they will play the better game and expected a little from the Bills to this point. If Geno Smith is on…




Baltimore Ravens (4-5) @ Chicago Bears (5-4) 11/17- 1:00PM EST


Line: CHI -3.0

Over/Under: 45.0


The Ravens are coming off a big home win last Sunday against a Cincinnati team without much offensive production. The Bears will be without Jay Cutler. Still like the Bears in this one being at home.


PICK: Chicago


Cleveland Browns (4-5) @ Cincinnati Bengals (6-4) 11/17- 1:00PM EST


Line: CIN -6.0

Over/Under: 42.0


The Bengals have lost back-to-back games in overtime and lost the last meeting with Cleveland but will go with Cincy in this one to get it done.


PICK: Cincinnati


Washington Redskins (3-6) @ Philadelphia Eagles (5-5) 11/17- 1:00PM EST


Line: PHI -4.5

Over/Under: 53.0


Too much at stake for the Eagles with a chance to get into sole possession of first place with a win and Nick Foles has been great the last two weeks.


PICK: Philadelphia


Detroit Lions (6-3) @ Pittsburgh Steelers (3-6) 11/17- 1:00PM EST


Line: DET -2.5

Over/Under: 47.0


The Steelers have been playing better ball since their ‘rock bottom’ game a few weeks backs, but with a healthy Lions duo of Stafford/Johnson… I like the Lions on the road.


PICK: Detroit
Atlanta Falcons (2-7) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-8) 11/17- 1:00PM EST


Line: EVEN

Over/Under: 43.0


The ‘experts’ have it even.. I kind of agree. With a very disappointing Falcons team this year, can the Bucs win two in a row?


PICK: Atlanta


Arizona Cardinals (5-4) @ Jacksonville Jaguars (1-8) 11/17- 1:00PM EST


Line: ARI -8.5

Over/Under: 41.0


As long as the Cardinals don’t have a ‘let-down’ game, they should win easily.


PICK: Arizona


Oakland Raiders (3-6) @ Houston Texans (2-7) 11/17- 1:00PM EST


Line: HOU -7.0

Over/Under: 41.5


Texans head coach Gary Kubiak is back, Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor is questionable…. seems like a Texans win to me.


PICK: Houston


San Diego Chargers (4-5) @ Miami Dolphins (4-5) 11/17- 4:05PM EST


Line: SD -1.0

Over/Under: 45.5


Always tough for a West Coast team to travel East and play but with the Dolphins in the midst of controversy… can they stay focused?


PICK: San Diego


San Francisco 49ers (6-3) @ New Orleans Saints (7-2) 11/17- 4:25PM EST


Line: NO -3.0

Over/Under: 47.5


I expect a better performance this week from the 49ers, but New Orleans is just a very good team in the Dome. Should be a good. Too much Saints.


PICK: New Orleans


Minnesota Vikings (2-7) @ Seattle Seahawks (9-1) 11/17- 4:25PM EST


Line: SEA -12.0

Over/Under: 45.5


After last week’s solid road performance, I think the Seahawks have shaken off their two-week funk with those close victories.


PICK: Seattle


Kansas City Chiefs (9-0) @ Denver Broncos (8-1) 11/17- 8:30PM EST


Line: DEN -7.5

Over/Under: 49.0


The first of two anticipated meetings is soon upon us.. can the much ‘talked-about’ Kansas City defense do enough to slow down the Broncos?


PICK: Denver


New England Patriots (7-2) @ Carolina Panthers (6-3) 11/18- 8:30PM EST


Line: CAR -2.5

Over/Under: 46.5


Monday night showdown. Tough one for me… Pats 2-2 on the road thus far but are still the Patriots and the Panthers have won five straight. If Carolina has another defensive performance like last week, I like their chances.


PICK: Carolina


There are my predictions and Good luck with your teams and picks!


By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter



Francona, Hurdle honored as top managers

Francona Named AL Supervisor Of The Year


BIG APPLE – Two championships and eight successful seasons in Boston introduced Terry Francona precisely zero first-place votes in Supervisor of the Year balloting.

It took him one yr with the stunning Cleveland Indians to bag the prize.

Francona and Clint Hurdle of the Pittsburgh Pirates received the Manager of the Yr awards Tuesday after guiding their small-finances groups to charming turnarounds.

In a detailed vote by the Baseball Writers’ Affiliation of America panel, Francona edged old friend John Farrell of the World Sequence champion Red Sox 112 factors to ninety six for the American League honor.

“I have a feeling he would not commerce what they did for this any day of the week,” Francona mentioned on a convention call from Tucson, Ariz.

Hurdle was a runaway winner in the NL, selected first on 25 of 30 ballots after taking the Pirates to the playoffs of their first successful season since 1992.

“It’s so rewarding for me to see what’s happened, the synergy in the metropolis,” Hurdle mentioned in Pittsburgh. “To be a small a part of a group that’s able to carry joy at so many different levels – that’s what’s rewarding to me in life.”

It was the first Manager of the Year honor for Francona, regardless that – in an fascinating twist – he steered the Red Sox to World Sequence titles in 2004 and 2007. Throughout his initial season with the Indians, he directed them to a 24-win enchancment and their first playoff berth in six years.

They lost the AL wild-card game to Tampa Bay, but voting is performed earlier than the postseason.

Francona said he called Farrell, a longtime colleague and once his pitching coach in Boston, on Tuesday morning as a result of he thought it was funny they were up against each other as finalists for the award.

Clint Hurdle

Clint Hurdle ended 20 years of futility in Pittsburgh and was rewarded Tuesday with the NL’s Manager of the 12 months award.

If they heard such information years in the past, Francona stated, “both of us would have laughed each other out of the room.”

Hurdle also was quick with a self-deprecating joke after he gained.

“There’s guys laughing all over,” he mentioned in an interview on MLB Community. “The players know so many times this season we might have a giant collection, getting together just attempting to break the ice I’d tell them, ‘Hey, look guys, you’ve got to step it up, play huge this week as a result of I’ll get outmanaged. I can tell you one thing that’s going to occur: I will get outmanaged. So really step it up.’ And so they did. They believed me each series.”

Similar to Francona, the fifty six-year-old Hurdle received Supervisor of the 12 months for the first time. His highest finish had been third in 2007, when he led Colorado to the World Sequence.

Don Mattingly of the NL West champion Los Angeles Dodgers came in second and Fredi Gonzalez of the NL East champion Atlanta Braves was third.

The only different Pittsburgh supervisor to win was Jim Leyland in 1990 and 1992, the bookends to three consecutive division titles for the Pirates.

After that, they endured a document 20 straight shedding seasons – the longest drought in any of the 4 main skilled sports activities – before going ninety four-sixty eight this year to capture an NL wild card.

Using a wave of excitement from a rejuvenated fan base in a metropolis lastly enthralled by baseball once more, Pittsburgh beat Cincinnati in the wild-card game earlier than shedding to league champion St. Louis in a division sequence that went the complete 5 games.

“I’m a realist, but I’m an optimist,” stated Hurdle, who has managed the Pirates for 3 seasons. “Everyone played a component.”

Hurdle was chosen second on the opposite 5 ballots and was the only NL supervisor picked on each one. He had a hundred and forty factors in the 5-3-1 scoring system to 68 for Mattingly, who acquired two first-place votes. Gonzalez bought three first-place votes and had forty three points.

Mike Matheny of the Cardinals was the only different skipper to appear on a ballot . He was tabbed second by 4 voters and third by seven.

Cy Younger Award winners shall be announced Wednesday evening, and MVPs on Thursday.

Francona garnered 16 first-place votes to 12 for Farrell, who lifted the Red Sox from last place to first within the AL East in his debut season as their supervisor. Boston won 97 games, tied for most in the majors, one yr after going sixty nine-93 under Bobby Valentine.

Bob Melvin, final year’s winner, received the other two first-place votes and came in third after his low-payroll Oakland Athletics gained their second consecutive AL West crown.

Francona never received a primary-place vote during eight seasons as manager of the Red Sox. He had by no means completed higher than fourth for this award in 12 years as a giant league skipper, together with his stint with Philadelphia.

After a messy cut up from the Red Sox following their 2011 collapse, Francona spent a 12 months in broadcasting that he stated helped him become more affected person and fewer stubborn.

This season with the Indians was one in every of his most enjoyable in baseball, he mentioned, and he loves the individuals he works for because when challenges come up “we sort out them collectively.”

“Boston is, you’re probably not purported to ever lose a sport, and that’s tough to do,” Francona said, including the job there may be “to handle all of the noise that’s across the workforce so the guys can play.”

“You possibly can’t have all that keenness and not have some of the headaches that come with it,” he defined. “It is a bit of different in Cleveland as a result of it is extra just baseball, which I enjoy.”

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