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Cook cannot play against Rams after testing positive for COVID

With the NFL easing testing requirements for vaccinated players, the Vikings - a locker room that started the season with one of the lowest vaccination rates in the league - will be without another key player on Sunday due to COVID-19. Dalvin Cook won't play the Rams after being put on the reserve / COVID-19 list before Thursday, according to coordinator Klint Kubiak. (Author: Gardener)

RamsDalvin Cook wore a mask on the sidelines prior to the Vikings v Broncos match earlier this season. With the NFL easing testing requirements for vaccinated players, the Vikings - a locker room that started the season with one of the lowest vaccination rates in the league - will be without another key player on Sunday due to COVID-19. Running back Dalvin Cook won't play the Rams after being put on the reserve / COVID-19 list ahead of Thursday's practice, according to coordinator Klint Kubiak. Recipient Justin Jefferson said he spoke to Cook Thursday morning and that his mood was "good" after testing positive. Cook had been following the protocols for unvaccinated players this season, and the Vikings banning him three days before kick-off suggest he will remain unvaccinated - a status that still requires daily testing under new league protocols. If not vaccinated, Cook is automatically out on Sundays and for at least 10 days. Vaccinated players who test positive can return within 48 hours if they present two negative tests. Running back Alexander Mattison will begin his fourth game of the season against Los Angeles with rookie Kene Nwangwu behind him. "It's a big challenge not to have Dalvin," said Kubiak. Alex has strengthened, Kene is feeling more comfortable. ”A 10-day isolation means that Cook has to be away from the team at least until January 1st - the day before the Vikings game on January 2nd at Lambeau Field. "It's COVID. You really can't do too much, ”Jefferson said. The NFL recently updated the COVID logs and rolled back the frequency of testing for vaccinated players. This creates further incentives for vaccinations for competitive advantage as fewer tests could lead to less positive cases and absences. The Vikings' unvaccinated players this season included Cook, quarterback Kirk Cousins, receiver Adam Thielen and Safety Harrison Smith. If they are still unvaccinated, they will be tested daily. Thielen and Smith previously tested positive. You never know what will happen tomorrow so we just have to make sure we are prepared with the guys who are here, ”said cornerback Patrick Peterson. Cook and Practice Squad cornerback Tye Smith, also on the COVID list, as of today, the 17th and 18th players in the Vikings have been in isolation since November 4th. Cook is the fifth starter to miss a game this season due to a positive COVID test; at least two, Center Garrett Bradbury and Peterson, were vaccinated. "You're conditioned to handle those cornering balls at this point in the season," said Kubiak. Games are being played. The Vikings signed running back A. J. Rose, an undrafted rookie, back to the practice team. Recipient Dan Chisena returned to training on Thursday after being quarantined for 11 days. Training team security guard Kyle Hinton was also released to return. Cook's absence is a blow to a Viking offensive trying to get back on track. They come out with a season low of 193 yards against the Bears and have to crank the offense without Cook, whose 1,288 yards after scrimmage are fifth among the NFL running backs. Mattison was cleared for return this week from a 10-day quarantine and positive COVID test. He has already started three games for Cook, who struggled with ankle and shoulder injuries and ran at least 90 yards in each. Receiver Adam Thielen is hoping to give them a boost, but whether he'll return three weeks after a high ankle sprain remains to be seen. The Vikings may also have to forego attacking lineman Mason Cole, who is out with an elbow injury, which means Oli Udoh could return to his seat on the right against the Rams. J. Ham was held off training Thursday due to a hamstring injury. "The other backs we have are going to do a great job of replacing [Cook]," said Jefferson. "As recipients, we only know that we have to move up a bit. We have to make these moves, these one-on-one balls."

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Detroit Pistons vs Miami Heat Preview, Prediction and Tips

In the mismatch of the Eastern Conference on Thursday evening, the Detroit Pistons (5-25) play against the Miami Heat (19-13) in the FTX Arena. (Author: Gardener)

Detroit PistonsIn the mismatch of the Eastern Conference on Thursday evening, the Detroit Pistons (5-25) play against the Miami Heat (19-13) in the FTX Arena. Will Saddiq Bey and the unpredictable Pistons disrupt the inconsistent heat? Register an account with BetOnline and claim a free bet worth up to $ 1,000. Before the rematch of the Eastern Conference on Wednesday evening, the Pistons are 14-16 against the spread in the regular NBA 2021/22 season, while the Heat are 19-13 against the spread. The game can be watched live via Bally Sports Detroit, Bally Sports Indiana, Bally Sports Sun, and the NBA League Pass. According to the Land of Basketball database, these two competing teams have played against each other a total of 119 times during the regular season. In addition, the Heat were 2-1 against them in the last three games. However, Detroit defeated Miami on December 19 at Little Caesars Arena with 100-90. When changing gears, the Pistons lost 105-91 to the Knicks on Tuesday evening. In other words, there is a good chance at least one Pistons player will be added to the COVID-19 log list after game time. Check for updates to injury reports before posting a tip. Piston: C Kelly Olynyk (from six to eight weeks) | PF Jerami Grant (out indefinitely) | PG Killian Hayes (likely) | PG Frank Jackson (questionable) | PG Cade Cunningham (out) J. Tucker (out) | PF Markieff Morris (out indefinitely) | SF Jimmy Butler (out) | SG Victor Oladipo (out indefinitely) | C Bam Adebayo (from four to six weeks) | SF Caleb Martin (out) heat injury report for Thursday vs. Pistons is released, with the following all listed as down: Caleb Martin (logs) Additionally, on Tuesday, in Pistons 105-91 road loss against the Knicks, Saben Lee led his team at Scoring and contributed 16 points in 25 minutes played. Cory Joseph and Saddiq Bey also scored 15 points each. The Knicks kept the Pistons below 20 points in the first quarter. Aside from rebounds and points scored on the free throw lane, Detroit failed to create an offense during the course of that game. Covering the spread has been the history of the Pistons this season, but the team often falls short. Now Detroit is 2-13 away, 3-12 at home and 7-8 ATS away. Needless to say, the team ranks last in the Eastern Conference. According to ESPN's Basketball Power Index, the Heat have an 86.3% chance of winning. Meanwhile, Tyler Herro and Duncan Robinson scored 26 points each in the Heat's 125-96 home win over the Pacers on Tuesday. Forward Max Strus also collected 18 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists in 36 minutes. In the first half, Miami scored a total of 68 points against Indiana. In addition to heat-out rebounding the Pacers 53 to 42, they collected 46 points in the key. They shot 47-for-95 (49.5%) from the ground and 22-for-49 (44.9%) from three-point range. Miami is 9-4 at home, 10-9 away and 9-4 ATS at home this season. The team occupies fourth place in the east and is three games behind the best-seeded nets. In addition, the total for the intra-conference second leg on Thursday evening is set at 202.5. In terms of spread consensus, 71% of bettors trust the heat to cover the spread in the FTX Arena. So far this season Detroit are 1-1 favorites, 4:24 underdogs and 7-8 ATS away, while Miami is 10-10 favorites, 9-3 underdogs and 9-4 ATS. For useful betting trends, the Pistons are 2-4 ATS in their last six performances. In the last 16 games they are also 1-15 in a row. Next up is Detroit 0-8 SU in the team's final eight road competitions this season. And the Pistons are 4-1 ATS in their last five games against Southeast Division opponents. After all, the total has been exceeded in four of Detroit's last five games against Miami at the FTX Arena. The Heat, on the other hand, are 5-2 ATS in their last seven appearances. In addition, the total has been exceeded in 12 of the last 18 competitions against the Pistons. To add to these betting stats, Miami ranks 5-2 SU over the team's last seven games in December. And the total was exceeded in seven of the previous 10 heat contests held on a Thursday. Ultimately, choose the heat to win and cover the spread. Select the heat to win, they cover the spread and the grand total will exceed 202.5. Miami is a 10-point favorite at home at BetOnline. All betting lines were retrieved from BetOnline. Click below to claim a free bet if you are a new customer.

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AJ Griffin leads the resurgence of Duke men's basketball in the second half in beating Virginia Tech

After every Duke men's basketball game this season, check out the player of the game and more here. Today the Blue Zone crashes AJ Griffin's clutch performance in the first conference game and win of the Blue Devils season. (Author: Gardener)

AJ GriffinAnd one thing: AJ Griffin leads Duke men's basketball resurgence in the second half in beating Virginia Tech Freshman striker AJ Griffin scored 13 points off the bench for the Blue Devils against Virginia Tech. After every Duke men's basketball game this season, check out the player of the game and more here. Today the Blue Zone breaks AJ Griffin's clutch performance in the first conference game and win of the Blue Devils season: AJ Griffin got off the bench and hit the hammer against Virginia Tech in a few pivotal moments on Wednesday night. He beat four of the five Duke starters by four rebounds, despite having at least 10 minutes less playing time than those four starters. Griffin led all the bench players in the game with 13 points and a fantastic 71.4% shot rate. This A + shooting and defensive ingenuity gave him the top plus minus of all players in the game with +17 and brought his shooting rate to a whopping 65.4% in the last four games. After falling behind in half, @DukeMBB prevailed in the final twenty minutes to win Virginia Tech in its ACC opener. Cast your vote for the Blue Zone player of the game here before 10am: - Duke Basketball (@dukebasketball) December 23, 2021 His difference was most noticeable when he dunked a pass from Wendell Moore in the second half Jr, a strong finish after an 11-0 run for Duke after which the lead never fell below two points. Griffin's 10 total points in the back half of the game were crucial to turning the tide for Duke after the lifeless first 20 minutes. Griffin wasn't the only contributor in the second half of the game. The Blue Devils played with renewed focus and energy in the second half after going back into halftime for the first time this season. Her defensive play was aggressive from the start, disrupting the pass paths between the hokies and forcing them well beyond the arch to keep the ball moving. This created mounting problems for Virginia Tech with goals in and out of suit in the second half. Her top scorer, star striker Keve Aluma, had his highest goal of the season with 25 points, mostly from just under the edge, but only eight of those points came in the second half. This consistent defensive play allowed Duke's offense to recover and shine. Banchero's contributions earned the Blue Devils, along with Griffin, Moore and Trevor Keels in second place, 15 points more than their opponents and secured the victory. The Duke Defense forced the Hokies to take low quality and few shots out of three, an unusual scenario for Virginia Tech. That was the worst game so far this season in terms of 3 point shot percentage at 26.3% as well as the total of threes which was five in that game. Virginia Tech security guard Hunter Cattoor went from four tries to just two against Duke after a game against St. Bonaventure in which he alone put in five threes. In addition, the Hokies only made a three in nine attempts throughout the second half. Defense was a group effort for the Blue Devils throughout the game, with five players picking up a block and six with a steal. So far, Duke shined when they can maintain a consistent defense and this game was no different. Five things for the ACC opener of Duke Men's Basketball vs. Duke Men's Basketball passes Elon in its final game without a conference. ChronSports' Top 10 of 2021 - # 10: Duke Men's Football is putting together a stellar turnaround season

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Boston has beaten Milwaukee twice so far this season (Author: Gardener)

BostonTwo Eastern Conference opponents will compete when the Milwaukee Bucks host the Boston Celtics on Saturday, NBA Christmas Day. The Bucks may be the defending champions, but the Celtics have made the most of them so far this season. The Christmas Matinee is already the third meeting of the two teams this season, the Celtics won the two previous encounters. This matchup is especially fascinating as it could easily serve as a playoff preview given the possibility that these two teams could face each other on the road. However, there is still a lot of basketball to play before it is time to start thinking about playoff matches. In the meantime, here's everything you need to know about the Boston v Milwaukee matinee match. Celtics: With a new head coach and a revamped squad, the season so far has only been about developing an identity for Boston. All-star strikers Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown have both had solid seasons, but the job for the Boston front office remains the same: building a championship-level team around this duo. Bucks: The Bucks win their first title in 50 years and although they struggled with injury issues earlier this season (which team doesn't?), They are still arguably the best team in the conference - or the whole league - at full strength. That is certainly not the case ahead of the Christmas Day showdown, as Giannis Antetokounmpo is one of four bucks that are on logs and there is no telling if any will be available on Saturday. The main goal of the Bucks is to get and stay healthy in time for the post-season game so that they are in the best possible position to defend their title. The Celtics have had the Bucks number so far this season, but that will change on Christmas Day. The Celtics are only 7-10 this season, and the Bucks (11-5 at home) have played better basketball in the past few weeks - they have played 6-4 in the last 10 games compared to the Celtics who ranked 4th -6 have gone. It will clearly help if Milwaukee was available in full strength and with its superstar on Saturday.

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Steelers piss off Chiefs in a one-point thriller, Bills take revenge on Patriots

Pete Prisco reveals his week 16 picks, including the stunning Vikings L.A. and the Cardinals rebounds (Author: Gardener)

ChiefsDespite the COVID madness forcing games to be postponed, it's been a good week for my NFL picks. I got 11-5 ATS in my expert tips, 12-4 straight away, and 3-3 with my best bets on the Pick Six podcast. That brings my season records to 117-104-3 ATS, 137-86-1 straight and 49-45 with my best bets. I'm still waiting for another triple crown which would mean winning records for all three. The 49ers have turned their season around and look like a playoff team. But this is a tough road trip for the 49ers in a short week against a Tennessee team in desperate need of a win. I think the Titans will do enough on offense to pull this off as their defenses will limit San Francisco. Visit SportsLine now to see which teams are winning and covering the spread, all from a proven computer model to a 133-96 reel at NFL picks. The Browns are set to cross a number of guys off the COVID list this week, but now they're facing a brutal street game against the Packers. Green Bay held out against the Ravens last week. Look for Green Bay to roll against a Cleveland defense that may do without Myles Garrett. The Cardinals are trying to regroup after an embarrassing loss to the Lions who outperformed them in all areas. The Colts beat the Patriots last week with their running game that sparked the win. I think Arizona will recover and play well here as they put the game on Carson Wentz. In this scenario, Arizona gets the best of it. The Eagles beat up an understaffed Washington team thanks to a domineering, blustery performance that has become their calling card. The Giants looked bad at home against the Cowboys last week. The Giants defeated the Eagles three weeks ago. This is a bigger game for the Vikings if they want a chance at becoming a playoff team. The Rams had a nice win over Seattle in which the defense played well. But Minnesota will also play well on the offensive. Look for many spots when the Vikings have a homecoming. If the bills win, they have two more winnable games. If the Patriots win, they pretty much lock the division up. This favors the better passing game, namely the bills. I think they are taking revenge on the Greyhound and leaving Josh Allen a good day. The Bucs go nuts when they take a shutout loss at home to the Saints. The Carolina defense will be another tough challenge for Tom Brady, especially against his two top receivers. The Bucs will win, but close. This is the dog game of the week, with two teams looking to the next year. The Jaguars have not recovered from Urban Meyer’s layoff last week and must now head out to a street game in the cold. The Jets have been showing some fights lately which is being fought here. The Jaguars aren't doing enough on the offensive. The Lions made a big impression last week when they defeated the Cardinals. Neither of these teams reached the playoffs. Both are still fighting for first graders and I think the Falcons at home will play better in the red this week. The hawks win. The Chargers suffered a heavy home defeat to the Chiefs, but they played well in that game. The Texans beat the Jaguars last week, but that's a big step up. The Bengals dominated the win against the Ravens in Baltimore earlier this year, with Joe Burrow having a big day. Since the Ravens are a secondary issue, I think he has another big day ahead of him here. Lamar Jackson should be back for the Ravens, but the offense has been struggling since mid-October. The Bengals are the better team and they will show it. These two are set for next year, which means this could be one of Russell Wilson's last home games. Wilson didn't play well in the Rams loss last week. But I think when he gets home he will relax and play well. Justin Fields will have a hard time in this environment. The Steelers are pretty much playing for their playoff lives, which won't be easy against the best team in the AFC. The Chiefs have played great defense in the last five games which will make it a challenge for Ben Roethlisberger. The Chiefs' offensive has shown signs of being brought to life lately, but they could do without Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce. The Steelers will hang around here, but the Chiefs will win. The Raiders won a tough street game with a game plan against the Browns, but now they have to play in a short week. The Raiders have a chance to become a playoff team and I think that's how they will play here. But this is a tough street game in a short week. The Cowboys haven't played well on offense lately, but that will change in this case. Washington is treated on a grand scale by the cowboys when Dak Prescott gets back on track. The Dolphins have won six straight to enter the playoff chase, but the Saints have seen an impressive shutout from Tom Brady and the Bucs. Watch out for the Saints Pass rush to dominate this game. The Saints will do enough on the offensive to pull this one out.

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Nets expecting Kyrie Irving to be vaccinated at some point?

Chris Mannix: The conversations I've had with people in Brooklyn ... what they're hoping is Kyrie is back, he's at the facility, he's near Durant, he's near Harden, he is close to his teammates and he's coming to get over around the next month ... (Author: Gardener)

Kyrie IrvingChris Mannix: The conversations I've had with people in Brooklyn ... what they're hoping is Kyrie is back, he's at the facility, he's near Durant, he's near Harden, he is near his teammates and he'll be around next month to get vaccinated. Source: Spotify The podcast is on, folks. This week's guest, the incomparable @MokeHamilton We discuss: * The joys and challenges of being a father * Julius Randle's defensive lack of defense * The Kyrie-Irving saga in Brooklyn tommybeer.substack.com/p/guest-for-de… - 11:00 am AM Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina The latest edition of this week's NBA mailbag: Why the NBA has no plans to pause the season despite rising COVID-19 cases and my disappointment that the Nets have re-admitted Kyrie Irving as a part-time player. nba.com/33DG0xC - 10:47 am Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix NEW @TheCrossover Pod w / @ Howard Beck: The NBA's growing COVID concern, the Nets revolve around Kyrie, Cleveland's surprising rise, Boston's commitment to its two young stars , more. Left: bit.ly/2w1G5e2 - 10:15 am Kyrie Irving's planned return to the #Nets is complicated with Kyrie Irving as part-time player Rest of the season nba.nbcsports.com/2021/12/20/net ... - 2:16 pm Tommy Beer @TommyBeer Tommy Beer @TommyBeer Today's newsletter is live! * The hypocrisy of Nets Sean Marks & Joe Tsai statements on Friday compared to their feelings upon first announcing that Irving would not be welcome in Brooklyn * The state of Covid around the world and its impact on the game we love tommybeer. substack.com/p/ omicrons-imp… - 12:42 PM Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA Listen to tonight's episode of The Starting Lineup with @Frank Isola & @Brian Scalabrine on Pandora! 🏀 Networks Bring Back Kyrie Irving 🎙️ Battle of the Broadcasters! 🏀 Weekend recap 🔊 siriusxm-nba-radio.simplecast.com/episodes/tsl-1… - 11:43 AM I joined @NBATV to discuss when Kyrie Irving might be back, what his influence for Kevin Durant and James Harden could mean and more with host @JaredSGreenberg. youtube.com/watch?v=Dr2gD4… - 11:18 PM Effects of COVID on Sports This Week: 🤯 ~ Postponed Games, Kyrie's Return and Straight into the Logs, etc. @ RayLucas06 joins us @ fox5ny #SportsXtra to discuss, share details about the @NFLAlumni #vaccination event and his own family's initial reluctance. YES we're talking about Wilson & #Jets too pic.twitter.com/ZoFYf0xj9i - 9:43 pm I'll be on @NBATV to discuss the expected return of Kyrie Irving as well as Kevin Durant, James Harden and more to the Brooklyn Nets at 7:10 p.m. ET. pic.twitter.com/ukjtbF0Ykt - 7:00 p.m. Basketball Pod Ep 47 is live 📢 This week we're talking about the great @NBA covid implosion, Kyrie was greeted with wins, joins the @NBL and the defeat of Sydney and excludes with the usual fact or fake news. New EP Link 👉 https://t.co/u0OwdyEs2S #LetsGetRogue #RogueBogues pic.twitter.com/pZ8OG27W5X - 5:55 p.m. COLUMN: The nets put Kyrie Irving at risk, but by ruling out COVID-19 have vaccine, Irving has taken that risk. For @NYDNSports nydailynews.com/sports/basketb… - 3:19 p.m. From last night's game, Steve Nash and Sean Marks announced the decision to bring Kyrie Irving back as COVID continues to ravage the Nets' list. theathletic.com/3024888/2021/1… - 9:18 AM When KD and Kyrie join 8 nets in protocols, Sean Marks explains why Kyrie is back: “The environment has changed. COVID has done quite a bit for the team and society in general. ”Marks says he has not yet spoken to Kyrie about getting vaccinated. "It's going to be great. It feels like we're falling like flies right now, so any help we can get." #Nets Patty Mills on Kyrie Irving returning to the team: "Right now it feels like Like we're falling like flies. Any help we can get. "- 10:04 pm And having family conversations ..." Sean Marks on Kyrie Irving's return pic.twitter.com/SPuaBLt41m - 7:53 pm Brian Mahoney @briancmahoney With 10 nets in health and safety logs and Kevin Durant's heavy workload, Sean Marks acknowledges the obvious: The circumstances when they made the decision to keep Kyrie Irving out are no longer the circumstances. (From @AP) apnews.com/ article / f19f8b… - 7:15 pm Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis Nic Claxton falls out with a sore wrist. #magic #nba - 7:13 pm "I didn't talk to Kyrie about the vaccination status." I have Kyrie didn't talk about vaccination status e I am not appropriate now. I don't think that's appropriate now. I mean, when I've visited it is all about bond and friendship. "I mean, when I've visited, it's about bond and friendship." - # Nets GM Sean Marks - 6:36 pm Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps The Nets now have 10 players on log including Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving. The Nets now have 10 players on log including Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving. Nic Claxton is also outside tonight with a wrist pain. That's 11 players who won't be available against Orlando tonight. “I think the likelihood of something difficult or catastrophic happening to him is slim, but yes, this virus has affected me in every corner and in all aspects of his short life so far, which is worrying, but it is also a problem for those who are vaccinated ... “- #Nets Steve Nash about Kyrie Irving returns pic.twitter.com/bok4sKLXg5 - 6:06 pm Life so far, that's a concern, but it is also a concern for the vaccinated ...“ - Steve Nash about Kyrie Irving - 6:04 p.m. Michael Scotto @MikeAScotto Steve Nash on Kyrie Irving's return: “I'm happy to have Kyrie back. He's an incredible player no matter what the capacity. We'll involve him. That's positive for our group. ”Pic.twitter.com/TwCauiSl6s - 6:02 pm Sean Marks wouldn't answer whether Kyrie will be a part-time player after others return from the logs because he said it was“ hypothetical ” . - 5:58 pm Steve Nash says the Nets' initial decision on Kyrie Irving was due to the continuity impact Irving's different home / street status would have had on the team. "The continuity is now out of the window," said Nash before the game, citing the team's brutal series of injuries. “The environment has changed. That has certainly changed, the management of our overall player load, we have to be aware of that ... ”- Nets Sean Marks replies what has now changed with regard to Kyrie Irving pic.twitter.com/ADCHolgzig - 5:54 pm Sean Marks and Steve Nash say the same thing: Nets chose not to include Kyrie Irving at the beginning of the season for "continuity" reasons, but both say "continuity has been thrown out the window". - 5:51 pm Steve Nash: "Excited to have Kyrie back ... to be honest, the continuity with COVID, injuries ... was thrown out the window ... we are adding to the burden on a lot of people. Steve Nash says he's obviously excited to have Kyrie Irving back. Adds that the Nets decided not to let him play with continuity at first, but that idea of ​​continuity was thrown out the window. Nash repeats Sean Marks who says "continuity is out of the window" which has changed with Kyrie Irving's status. Sean Marks added that he believes Kyrie Irving is in good shape but that there will be a spike if he's allowed to get back on the ground. Sean Marks says the Nets haven't seen Kyrie Irving on the pitch and they don't know what shape he is in because he hasn't been on the ground with the team. Sean Marks on Kyrie Irving: "Of course there will be a ramp-up." - 5:40 pm Sean Marks said he has not yet seen Kyrie Irving practice. Sean Marks said he isn't worried about the what-ifs of Irving's return to the team, including the negatives. He said it was the best decision the team can make right now. “I think our goal here is to win. At the end of the day we are sitting here in front of a decimated cadre…. It's the best decision right now for what we're up against. ”Sean Marks on Kyrie Irving - 5:39 PM Sean Marks says the Nets are not concerned about the potential negative impact Kyrie Irving may have on the Nets . The Nets have number 1 in the east and a top defense, but Marks says Kyrie's return can only benefit the basketball team. Sean Marks says he has not yet spoken to Kyrie Irving about whether he is ready to be vaccinated. He says discussions with Irving about this could take place later, when he's in the group. Sean Marks says "we all" understand the impact if Kyrie Irving is not vaccinated and returns to the team amid a spike in COVID-19 cases. I have to assume that "we all" include Kyrie herself. Sean Marks says he didn't speak to Irving about his vaccination status. Expect to have this back to hand with Irving in the future. Sean Marks said he hadn't spoken to Kyrie Irving about his vaccination status. So i am confused. Marks says the fact that COVID has worsened has something to do with their bringing back an unvaccinated Kyrie. pic.twitter.com/pzRMNm8NVz - 5:34 pm Marks said the tests for returning players will vary depending on the situation. He declines to elaborate on what it would be like for Irving to return - 5:33 pm Sean Marks says load management played a role in the decision to allow Kyrie Irving to work part-time: "The general environment has changed Changed over time. ”ve known all drastically. … Managing our overall player load, that's something we need to be aware of. ”- 5:32 pm Sean Marks says the changing environment has influenced her decision to join Kyrie Irving. At one point they valued continuity, but now that idea may have gotten out of the window. When he brings Kyrie back, Sean Marks says, “The environment has changed. COVID has a number of effects on the team and society in general. "- 5:31 pm COVID has a number of effects on the team and society in general." - 5:31 pm I checked with the league and Kyrie Irving does not need consecutive negative COVID tests for 5 consecutive days. He only needs negative tests 2 days in a row to join the nets as a part-time player, even if he is unvaccinated. Everything explained for @NYDNSports: nydailynews.com/sports/basketb… - 3:25 p.m. Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant enter Covid logs as Brooklyn Nets now have 9 players on logs via @forbes forbes.com/sites/adamzago … - 1:49 PM recap from Kyrie trying to get back to the Nets pic.twitter.com/HuBawD059R - 13:27 PM I have some clarity from the Nets: Kyrie Irving would not have entered the health and safety logs if he had would have just tested to return to the team. He returned a positive or inconclusive test that requires 5 days of consecutive negative tests for unvaccinated players. Unvaccinated players are required to enter logs when they are in close contact. Doesn't necessarily mean Kyrie has COVID. Maybe a teammate. Maybe someone else who looked at protocols today. Kyrie Irving is eligible to resume basketball activities on December 23 if he posts five consecutive negative COVID-19 tests. Kyrie Irving has entered health and safety logs, according to Nets. ESPN said it would take Irving five consecutive days of negative tests to return to team exercises. The Nets say Kyrie Irving signed himself on to the league's health and safety protocols. Kyrie Irving is also included in the Health and Safety Logs. He couldn't have played tonight anyway. Had to return for five consecutive years according to the league's health and safety guidelines before rejoining the team. pic.twitter.com/N8QQo9joVF - 12:50 p.m. Kyrie Irving has entered the NBA health and safety logs, say the Nets - 12:50 p.m. Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds The Nets announce that Kyrie Irving is on the logs. The Brooklyn Nets Say Kyrie Irving entered health and safety logs - 12:49 p.m. Chris Haynes @ChrisBHaynes Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving entered health and safety logs, the team says. Kyrie Irving is now on health and safety logs, according to Nets. Kyrie Irving is now on health and safety logs, according to Nets. Kyrie Irving has signed up on the league's Covid logs, the team says. Kyrie Irving is now listed as out of action based on health and safety protocols. The Nets say Kyrie Irving is out in COVID logs. Salman Ali: The entire Rockets list got their booster recordings, confirms Stephen Silas. -via Twitter @SalmanAliNBA / December 18, 2021 Kyrie Irving's return to the court - unvaccinated and part-time - is as seismic as it is controversial. The networks are not naive about this. But Nets owner Joe Tsai told the Post that they are not trying to stand up for any cause. You are trying to become a master. And letting Irving play - even if it's just on the street - brings them closer. “We try to be practical. And I've always said that I don't want to make this a political issue, ”Tsai told the Post on Friday night by phone. “My only religion is to win games and win the championship. Here we are. ”- via New York Post / December 18, 2021 But after Tsai and Marks brought him back now, having seen the roster decimated and Irving expressing a desire to return - with Durant and Harden on board. “I think a lot of people who are either pro-vax or anti-vax get mad at me for taking one stance or another. But I said from the start that I wasn't taking this as a political issue, ”Tsai told the Post. “I'm doing this to help the Brooklyn Nets win a championship. That's the mindset. ”- via New York Post / December 18, 2021

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Rams cover against Vikings, Bucs-Panthers goes down

Looking for the best betting value for week 16 of the NFL season? This Christmas weekend we have a game for every game. (Author: Gardener)

RamsWith five games individually isolated on television, the Christmas weekend offers NFL odds makers the chance to generate strong bets. However, as with most 2021 storylines, COVID-19 plays an important role. You just pay attention to sharp play and when you want to move the line or not. "We had a couple of games last week that I had never seen so much movement this time of the year." Some sports bets require a game to be played on the scheduled day or all bets are refundable. Other small print allows the game to be played within a week, as long as the venue remains unchanged. Every Friday during the season betting analysts Doug Kezirian (16-25-2, 0-2 last week), Tyler Fulghum (25-27, 2-3), Joe Fortenbaugh (43-40-1, 3-4), Anita Marks (260-218, 33-19) and Erin Dolan (2-2, 2-2 last week), fantasy and sports betting analyst Eric Moody (118-117, 6-12), Seth Walder of ESPN Stats & Information (59-50, 2-3) and Mackenzie Kraemer (7-14, 1-0), Vice Sports Betting Editor David Bearman (28-26-1, 1-2) and Aaron Schatz from Football Outsiders (50-40, 3.). -3) will host their top games across the NFL landscape. Here are their best bets for Sunday's week 16 games. Bearman: Last week's one-point win wasn't as close as it seemed as the Packers were leading at 14 with less than five minutes to go. Up until this point, Green Bay had dominated the distance and time of possession and was still roughly the same in both. Tyler Huntley did his thing too late when the Packers sat back on defense and let it go, almost resulting in a loss. It was still only their third ATS loss in 14 games that season, and it should have been a cover-up. After the NFC North completes, Green Bay has its sights set on first place and round one, with the NFC playoffs going through Lambeau where the Packers are a perfect 6-0 ATS and SU this season. As for the Browns, they are sure to get their COVID players back this week, but they also have a short break after playing on Monday night. The offense averaged 13.6 PPG over the past six weeks, just ahead of the Giants and Jags at the bottom of the league. Not the recipe for keeping up with MVP favorite Aaron Rodgers and the Packers' offensive. I'll keep rolling on the Packers like I've been doing all season. Fortenbaugh: This is a brutal place for a Browns squad to play a street game on Saturday at Lambeau Field five days after losing a home game to the Raiders on Monday. Green Bay is a perfect 6-0 this season both directly and against the home spread, winning these competitions averaging 13.6 points per game. Also, I think the Packers will be on high alert on Saturday as they took a 31:17 lead in the fourth point conversion in Baltimore last Sunday. Schatz: The Browns are sixth in the offensive DVOA in the first quarter of the games, before falling back to 15th later on. They do a good job on the scripted games that start the game and should take Baker Mayfield off the COVID list again to start this on Saturday. In the offensive DVOA, the Packers only occupy 19th place in the first quarter, before becoming the best offensive in the league from the second quarter onwards. I'll take a shot here in the first quarter and take the Browns to stay early before the Packers move away. Myles Garrett has a groin injury and has a 50 percent chance of playing at Lambeau on Saturday. The Packers are arguably the best team in the NFL, especially at home where they are 6-0 ATS while 70% of their offensive snaps have led, topping the league at the time of possession per drive (over 3 minutes) and the lowest Turnover rate. Aaron Jones is struggling with a knee injury so I expect AJ Dilllon to get more carries, especially if the Packers are playing with a lead. Pick: Packers -1 in the 6-point teaser with Colts +7, Dilllon over 46.5 rushing yards (-110) Moody: Aaron Rodgers averaged 325.2 passing yards per game in the last four Packers contests. In addition to the many years of experience of the experienced quarterback, he has Adams as his top target, who is one of the best wide receivers in the league and averages 96 yards per game. Injuries and COVID-19 issues are plaguing Browns secondary school right now, and the Packers will benefit from it. For the first time since returning from his knee injury, Aaron Jones played a large number of snaps for the Packers last week. Josh Jacobs, Devonta Freeman (played Cleveland twice), D'Andre Swift and Rhamondre Stevenson averaged 81 yards per game against the Browns in their last five games. Schatz: This is about drawing more up-to-date games over the results of the entire season. We do that with our weighted DVOA ratings, which so far still count every game of the season, but have given the games in the last few months more weight. On those ratings, Indianapolis ranks sixth in the league while the Cardinals are ranked 11th - and would still be ranked 11th even if we removed the three games with Colt McCoy as quarterback from their offensive rating. The Cardinals offensive definitely has problems with no DeAndre Hopkins to rely on. You can no longer depend on broken plays on "running around Kyler and then tossing it to Hopkins to win one-on-one." But on defense, the cardinals have really fallen in the last few weeks. You were second in defensive DVOA in weeks 1-9, but you are 15th in weeks 10-15. And the Cardinals have a top 10 run defense from DVOA but ranked 26th in adjusted line yards against Runs in the middle. If Craig Reynolds sliced ​​and diced them last week, what will Jonathan Taylor do? Kezirian: I think there was too much reaction to last week's games. There's no excuse Arizona losing to Detroit, but games like that happen over the course of a long season. I actually think it's going to be a tough effort for the next game. Dolan: The lookahead line for that December 17th game was Arizona -3.5. That line was set at Arizona -1 on Sunday night after the Cardinals were upset by the Lions at 30:12. Both teams are 9-5 ATS this season, but I prefer to bet on the money line when the spread line is that short. I'm betting on the Cardinals money line (-118). The Cardinals have lost two games in a row with Kyler Murray not looking 100%. Why should I choose the Cardinals over a Colts team that have won five of their last six games? Everyone is talking about the Cardinals folding just like last season, but I'm not going to count them yet. Arizona can't play any worse than it did when they lost to the Lions. The Cardinals' schedule calls for closing down Taylor, who leads the league by 1,518 yards. Indy is 8-0 when Taylor rushes for more than 100 yards. This is not an easy task as the Cardinals are defensively in 17th place against the onslaught (112.8 YPG). The Cardinals defense will literally have to do everything in their power to stop him. Arizona's defense ranks third in terms of efficiency (66.01) and fifth in terms of points allowed per game (20.29). Carson Wentz, also known as the Game Manager, will be capped and allowed 210 yards per game in my opinion against an Arizona defense who ranks fifth against the pass. I believe this is going to be a close game and ultimately an impact game for Arizona against a Colts defense ranked 12th (54.03), 15th (234.1) and 14th in the Rush in terms of efficiency (109,6) lies. I'll stick with my guns here and go to the Cardinals money line. Marks: The Colts scored 90 points more than their opponents in the first half of this season. The Cardinals have completed 85% of their offensive snaps in the last two games, and Kyler Murray finished his match with the Lions last week with a completion rate of less than 60%. The Colts defense is better than the Lions and has the second lowest scoring rate against opposing backfields. Taylor was set to continue his touchdown streak of 11 straight games against an Arizona team that allowed 4.5 yards per carry to the running backs. Hopkins is on the shelf and Rondale Moore struggles with an ankle injury. So expect a surge in goals for both Zach Ertz and Antoine Wesley. The weakest part of the Colts' defense is in the air and will be the only way we can keep up to date, like Murray and his crew. Y. Hilton did not get more than 30 yards in five straight starts. But Indianapolis may need to throw more into a matchup with an Arizona Offensive, which averages the eighth most yards (376.4) and points per game (27). Carson Wentz was gruesome against the Patriots, going 4-of-12 for 57 yards. In order for the Colts to stay competitive with the Cardinals, he has to play much better. In the last five games against Arizona, Amon-Ra St. Brown, Cooper Kupp, Jakeem Grant, Tyler Lockett and Robby Anderson have averaged 85.4 yards per game. J. Green should see an increase in goals for the Cardinals. Last week against the Lions, they combined 20 targets and 158 yards. Ertz will also succeed against a Colts defense that allows for the third highest percentage of goals in the league with tight ends. Kirk, Green and Ertz should achieve all of the goals they can manage, as Moore is a game-time decision. Picks: Hilton over 22.5 yards (+100), Wentz over 209.5 yards (-115), Taylor over 14.5 yards (-115), Pittman over 59.5 yards (-115), Kirk over 58, 5 yards (-115.)). Achievement as a simple win-loss record. Because they had such big losses against good opponents, the Falcons are in last place in the DVOA despite 6-8. This seems like one of those bad opponents who keep beating the Hawks on tight wins. But the Lions have their own pattern of close games and are 9-5 against the spreads this season. When you have two equally bad teams, take the one that gets the points. And these teams are not even bad from DVOA, with the Lions in 29th place, three places ahead of Atlanta. Dolan: As I write this analysis, Baltimore is slowly starting to face COVID issues so keep that in mind. The Ravens are 4-0 ATS as underdogs this season. Division games are competitive, especially when it comes to 1st place in the AFC North. Side note: I remember the Bengals getting rid of the Ravens 41-17 on October 24th, but the stakes are very different for this game. This is a must for the Ravens if they want to make it through the postseason as the AFC has .500 or better with 13 teams three weeks to go. The Ravens also lost the conference record tiebreaker to all 8-6 ​​teams and the joint record tiebreaker to the Bills. The Ravens' ball possession time and opponent's ball possession time are number 1 in the league, so they will try to take control for most of this game. I expect Jackson to be under the center helping a Ravens offensive that ranks third on rushing yards per game (144.6). Both defenses are good against the run, but mediocre against the pass. Baltimore's defense is # 1 at opposing rushing yards per game (86.2), while Cincinnati's defense ranks fourth against the rush (95.9). Baltimore will be able to slow the Bengals down and take control of the game. I'm not saying they win straight away, but I'm in favor of snapping the Ravens with +3 as long as COVID isn't running through their team. Moody: Tee Higgins and Ja'Marr Chase are in a great position to stand up against the Ravens defenses. In their last five games against Baltimore, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Jarvis Landry (played twice against the Ravens), Diontae Johnson and Darnell Mooney averaged 95 yards per game. On the street against Baltimore in week 7, Joe Burrow threw for 416 yards. He's meeting the Ravens at home this week. Walder: Back to my favorite bet of the season: Ja'Marr Chase Unders. Chase exceeded his target chance earlier this year to the point that those lines were seriously inflated. It's just a little high compared to his expected yards per game of 49.8. But there's enough difference between his per-game yard expectation and this line to give it a try. Marks: Jackson hasn't trained since his ankle injury in Week 14 so I don't expect him to play the Bengals this week. The Ravens defense struggled, allowing an NFL high of 16 touchdowns from outside the red zone, and the Bengals lead the NFL with 18 touchdowns from outside the red zone. The Ravens' lightning rate is one of the highest in the NFL, and Burrow thrives against lightning. I expect Burrow and the Bengals offensive to have great success with their airstrike this week. Walder: Since 2018, running backs have received cover-1s in only 9% of dropbacks, which is the lowest of all coverages carried out by defenses in the league in at least 5% of cases. The Patriots have played Cover-1 42% of the time this season, the second highest of any team. They also run Cover-2 - the biggest coverage most likely to result in running back reception - at the fourth lowest rate in the league. As a result, I fade Devin Singletary in the passing game. He's working his way back from injury, but if he plays he won't be competing with Cole Beasley for goals with Beasley on the COVID-19 list. And Sanders' expected receiving yards per game this season - based on air yards, expected completion probability, and expected YAC from NFL Next Gen Stats - is 46.4, well above that line. Marks: The Bills and Patriots have two of the best defenses this season, both ranking in the top two yards allowed per passing game. Both Josh Allen and Mac Jones will have a tough time on Sunday as the Patriots held Josh Allen 56% down to 56% in their first game a few weeks ago. Jones will face a Bills defense that is second best in terms of pressure rate. Singletary earned the lead-back role for the Bills, and they should rely on him to help set the course for a more balanced offensive attack. Bearman: I made it clear in this column last week that Tom Brady would continue to fight him. Something about that Saints defense got him all four times in the regular season. Carolina won both games last year, completing 68.9% of his passes for 558 yards, four TDs, and one interception. We all saw in the second half of Sunday night that Brady had nothing to do and was excluded for the first time in 15 years. As for the Panthers, they've been just awful since Cam Newton took over the QB, 0-4 (Straight Up and ATS), 16.5 points per game, averaging 276 yards per game, 29th in the league at that time . The combination of no guns for Brady, two good defenses (Carolina is second, the Bucs are 12th in total yards) and Carolina, who has zero offense with Cam, makes the Under a safer game than with the injured Buccaneers 11 to lay on the street. In addition, the Under 14-2 in Tom Brady starts as a double-digit street favorite since returning from injury in 2009, according to our statistics and intelligence team. Fortenbaugh: The Panthers are an absolute mess right now, they have lost nine of their last eleven games and only scored 18.3 points per game. For the season, Carolina ranks 25th in scoring, 27th in third-down conversions, and 31st in yards per game. Look for the Buccaneers to lean on a defensive position, who thanks to the injuries sustained on wide receiver (Chris Godwin, ACL) and running back (Leonard Fournette, Achilles tendon) ranked fifth in the league in opposing yards per game. In addition, wide receiver Mike Evans is struggling with a hamstring injury and will be less than 100 percent if he can play on Sunday. Fortenbaugh: Houston Games averaged just 41.3 points per competition this season, largely thanks to an anemic offense the 31. On the flip side, the Chargers averaged a respectable 22.8 points per game on the road this season, but could be caught downplaying their competition here. After all, LA has just lost a brutal overtime match against league rivals Kansas City and will end the regular season with consecutive division showdowns against Denver (home) and Las Vegas (street). Dolan: It's a short week for both teams. The Rams defeated the Seahawks on Tuesday while the Vikings defeated the Bears in Monday Night Football. Vikings star running back Dalvin Cook has been banned from this game due to COVID health and safety protocols which immediately makes me want to endorse the Rams before that line takes off. The Browns in week 15 are evidence of this as the Rams game was postponed to Tuesday due to their own COVID outbreak last week. With respect to Rams -3, the trends are indicative of the Vikings cover. Minnesota is 9-4 ATS as the home underdog under Mike Zimmer, while Los Angeles 1-5 ATS are favorites in their last six games with Matthew Stafford 2-4 ATS as street favorites this season. The Rams occupy third place in offensive efficiency and seventh in defensive efficiency. In addition, Stafford and his company occupy fourth place in the passing yards per game (282) and face a Vikings Pass Defense, which is in 29th place and allows 252 passing yards per game. Walder: No matter who quarterback with the Giants, FPI thinks these are just too many points for the Eagles - a downright mediocre team with a +0.2 rating suggesting they are almost literally average - um to lay. Bearman: Despite all the equality in the NFL, there are still a number of bad football teams around, including these two. And when two bad teams, especially two bad offenses, come together, I like to play the unders. In the eight weeks since their return from London, the Jags have averaged 10 points per game, by far the worst in football. They've crossed the end zone line a whopping eight times in eight games and not received a TD on their only win, a bewildering 9-6 win over the Bills. For the season they averaged 14 PPG and took over the basement Texans kept year round. Now with an NFL worst 2-12 record, all signs point back to the top picks in next year's draft. The Jets have a slightly better offensive than the Jags, but come in 27th place in the league with an average of 17.9 points per game. Related or not, we saw the Browns and Saints struggle to score without their head coach. In their last six games, the Jets have scored 20 points twice, once vs. If neither team exceeds 20 points, you won't get 42. Three Jags games played out throughout the season, and two of them were against the Texans. Marks: Seattle comes after a postponed game on Tuesday evening and has to play again in a short work week after a loss to a division opponent. Russell Wilson and the Seahawks Offensive struggled (55% completion rate in Week 15) where Justin Fields has been playing better lately. David Montgomery should get a lot of work on Sunday, especially in the passing game, in which Seattle fights against goals. Tip: Bears +12.5 in the 6-point teaser with Bills pats under 49.5 Moody: Chiefs games have exceeded 45 points in 58% of the cases this season. The combined points per game for the Chiefs and Steelers is 48.3, which is higher than the Over / Under. Sweetheart: The Broncos have some very strange divisions in the Football Outsiders' DVOA ratings. How can a team that ranks second in the NFL in terms of points allowed per game also rank 21 in the defensive DVOA? A big part of this is that the Broncos slow down games and play fewer drives. Their defense is the last in the league and has only seen 136 drives so far this year, and the offensive is also close to the bottom of the league with 140 drives. So a good attack and a bad defense look more like a bad attack and a good defense when we look at the points scored and allowed instead of the efficiency per game. Nonetheless, even with Lock under the middle, I'll take over the game in this game. My position that the Denver defense has been overrated may be controversial, but the position that the Raiders are better on offense (18th in DVOA) than they are on defense (26th) certainly isn't. This is a really low over / under, especially considering the first game between these teams in October totaled 58 points. Walder: Courtland Sutton's production has suffered a massive slump since Jerry Jeudy returned to the field, but the drop in that line is a bit extreme. It's probably a fair number if we assumed Sutton's production had been going on at the same pace since week 8 when Jeudy returned. But three factors call for a positive regression for me: Sutton has still played over 80% of the Snaps in all but one of those games since week 8, he's a good receiver, and Lock starts this week for an injured Bridgewater. All of this together makes me believe that the median result for Sutton is stronger than this line suggests. Moody: Sutton led the Broncos by seven against the Bengals last week. It has been put on hold since Jeudy returned in week 8. In his last seven games, Sutton has accumulated 12 receptions and 131 yards. Sutton's reunion with Lock this week against a weak Raiders defense could be a hidden blessing. Since week 9, Josh Jacobs had an average of 18 chances (rush attempts plus goals). Jacobs had only averaged 2.6 goals per game between 2019 and 2020, so his 5.6 goals per game is even more impressive. The Raiders' offensive line, which ranks 30th in the run block win rate, is level with the Broncos defensive line, which ranks 29th in the run stop win rate. Tips: Sutton over 26.5 yards (-130), Jacobs over 54.5 yards (-120), Jacobs over 23.5 yards (-115) Moody: Dallas and Washington averaged 48.8 points per game. Cowboys games have topped that over 43% of the time this season.

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How Giants could swap Daniel Jones even if Russell Wilson or Aaron Rodgers weren't involved in the deal

Time to hop on the quarterback carousel. But even if the Green Bay Packers stuck to three-time NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers and the Seattle Seahawks stuck to seven-time Pro Bowl pick Russell Wilson, the New York Giants could do with Daniel Jones, the No. 6 pick in the NFL draft 2019 who is ... (Author: Gardener)

Daniel JonesNew York Giants head coach Joe Judge in the fourth quarter when his team lost 21-6 to the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, December 19, 2021. New York Giants quarterback Mike Glennon (2) against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, December 19, 2021 at MetLife Stadium. The 2022 off-season could see unprecedented moves in some of the NFL's top QBs. New York Giants tight end Evan Engram (88) grimaces after taking a catch in the fourth quarter against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, December 19, 2021 at MetLife Stadium. But even if the Green Bay Packers stuck to three-time NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers and the Seattle Seahawks stuck to seven-time Pro Bowl pick Russell Wilson, the New York Giants could do with Daniel Jones, the No. 6 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft who is underchallenged in his three professional seasons. Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) throws a pass against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, December 19, 2021. As expected, many Dallas Cowboys fans were present at the game between the New York Giants and the Cowboys on Sunday, December 19, 2021, at MetLife Stadium. The Panthers swap their picks for the second and fourth rounds of 2023 to the Packers for Jordan Love. New York Giants head coach Joe Judge yells, "Let's go" as his team takes on the Dallas Cowboys against the Dallas Cowboys for a fourth and five at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, December 19, 2021. The Giants failed to convert in that game and the Cowboys won 21-6. The Falcons swap Matt Ryan for the Broncos for a first-round pick in 2023 (after June 1). New York Giants quarterback Mike Glennon, 2, is knocked down after throwing a pass that was intercepted by the Dallas Cowboys defense at MetLife Stadium in the first quarter on Sunday, December 19, 2021. Washington swaps with the Jaguars for number 1 in the overall standings. New York Giants head coach Joe Judge returns to the sidelines as medical staff comes to aid wide receiver Sterling Shepard (3) after Shepard beating the Dallas Cowboys late in the fourth quarter on Sunday, December 19, 2021 MetLife Stadium suffered an injury. New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) reaches for wide receiver Sterling Shepard (3) as Shepard is helped on the cart after suffering an injury against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, December 19, 2021 at MetLife late in the fourth quarter had stadium. Jones has struggled with injuries throughout his brief NFL career, including the 2021 campaign, which was crowned by a neck injury at the end of the season. New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (3) reacts as he is helped on the car after suffering an injury at MetLife Stadium late in the fourth quarter against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, December 19, 2021. New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (3) reacts as he is helped on the car after suffering an injury at MetLife Stadium late in the fourth quarter against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, December 19, 2021. Sure, the Giants could use either of their two top 10 picks in the 2022 NFL draft to restart at QB. That could result in Jones packing his bags and driving Garoppolo east. New York Giants outside linebacker Lorenzo Carter (59) with the strip bag from Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) during the fourth quarter on Sunday, December 19, 2021 at MetLife Stadium. The Giants won the loose ball back, but the Cowboys won the game 21-6. You could try trading one of these picks for a 2023 first-rounder, but there's no guarantee you'll be able to land two top 10 picks again. A logical fallback plan could be Garoppolo, who began his New England career in the same building as Giants trainer Joe Judge. ... The 49ers can't expect Garoppolo to get a prime pick, but a flight over Jones gives the team a skilled addition to push Trey Lance into the starting job. Jones might not turn out to be a premium starter, but his athleticism should make him a high-end backup. Garoppolo would be the short-term starter for the Giants, who could get a quarterback in 2023 if he doesn't convince. The Dallas Cowboys celebrate an interception in the first quarter against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, December 19, 2021. UPDATED NFL Playoff Scenes Week 16 After The Titans Beat The 49ers: Cowboys Take Post-Season Berth; 5 division titles to win Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) stops to sign an autograph for the fans after his team beat the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, December 19, 2021. Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, 21, stops to sign an autograph for fans after his team beat the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, December 19, 2021. New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) extends his head after fumbling the ball to the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium in the second quarter on Sunday, December 19, 2021. NFL analysts all-in for Jalen Hurts of the Eagles after dominating the performance against Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) tosses fans in a towel as he leaves the field after joining his team on Sunday Victory against the New York Giants. December 19, 2021 at MetLife Stadium. New York Giants wide receiver Collin Johnson, 15, lost the ball after making a catch against the Dallas Cowboys in MetLife Stadium in the second quarter on Sunday, December 19, 2021. He was disfellowshipped after the video review and the Giants retained possession of the ball. New York Giants quarterback Mike Glennon (2) reacts after being asked to delay the game for a fourth outage in the fourth quarter against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, December 19, 2021 at MetLife Stadium. The Cowboys won 21-6. The Cowboys won 21-6. The Cowboys won 21-6. The Cowboys won 21-6. The defensive end of the Dallas Cowboys Tarell Basham (93) high fives fans at MetLife Stadium after the Cowboys beat the New York Giants 21-6 on Sunday, December 19, 2021.

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How the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will attempt to make up for the losses suffered by Chris Godwin, Mike Evans and Leonard Fournette

The Bucs lost nearly 60% of their offensive production to injuries against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. (Author: Gardener)

the Tampa Bay BuccaneersLouis Riddick explains why the Buccaneers' injury frequency made Antonio Brown the most important offensive player. Louis Riddick explains why the Buccaneers' injury frequency made Antonio Brown the most important offensive player. Reigning Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers suffered a heartbreaking defeat against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday that had less to do with the bottom line and disqualification by a division opponent and more to do with the one missing at the end of the game. On a night expected to claim the NFC South title, the Bucs lost nearly 60% of their offensive production, which could severely thwart their quest to repeat themselves as champions with the playoffs only weeks away . Wide receiver Chris Godwin sustained a ruptured cruciate ligament and is ready for the season without the opportunity to return for the postseason. Then both wide receiver Mike Evans and running back Leonard Fournette left the game with Achilles tendon injuries. Fournette left the stadium on crutches but there is optimism that both can return for the playoffs. Together, these three players had formed 3,299 of the Bucs' 5,634 yards from Scrimmage that season and 27 of their 50 touchdowns. Looking ahead, there are currently six teams in the league that have fewer than 27 touchdowns. “It was difficult last week. Every time I was on the headset, they told me someone was down, ”said offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich. While the Bucs (10-4) only need one more win to secure NFC South, their last three games - at the Carolina Panthers, at the New York Jets and at home against Carolina - will be against two teams with one combined record of 13-29, the losses in these games cannot be overstated and the Bucs' path to the playoffs could be significantly changed. No question about it, Antonio Brown put his team in a bad spot with a forged vaccination card, resulting in a three-game ban. But strictly on the field, his return comes at the right time. The ankle injury is no longer a problem after five missed games, and neither is conditioning, so he shouldn't have to rely on reps. He looked like he did before his injury, ”said coach Bruce Arians on Wednesday. “We're going to play this by ear during the game. Let him tap out anytime he has to. ”Brown has a different role from Godwin - whose 802 offensive snaps are more than any other Bucs skill player - and tends to stand out compared to Godwin's slot role on the whole Field, but it can take some attention away from sophomore wide receiver Tyler Johnson, who will take on a large portion of Godwin's workload. "He's a central part of our work," said Arians of Godwin. Like Godwin, Johnson has his fair share of snaps in the slot: 113 of 459 offensive snaps. He shares a few traits similar to Godwin's in that both of them possess high levels of focus to make competitive catches (like the 18-yard catch Johnson made in the fourth quarter against CJ Gardner-Johnson against the Saints) and theirs Speed ​​and size can be a little deceiving. But few receivers will have Godwin's 5.8 receptions above expectations - among the best in the league this year. Few can handle the high number of targets Godwin gets and still hit a 77.2 catch percentage on 98 targets with just two drops, and they're also not as physical as Godwin, whose blocking abilities Arians use compared to those of a tight end. He also had a drop in the fourth quarter on an out route while lining up in the slot but managed to catch four passes on seven discs for 41 yards. Scotty Miller stepped into the role of Evans on Sunday, and he too struggled when pressed against the Saints, ending up with two catches on eight targets, with one of his targets being picked up by Gardner-Johnson who gave him up on one crossing route followed before crashing in. Miller demonstrated his clutch play last season with a 48-yard touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings and a 39-yard buzzer beater in the NFC championship. He hasn't gotten many reps this season due to an injury only (he was put on hold due to a heavy toe) and only saw four goals for the whole season before Sunday. What they'll really miss without Evans is his enormous capture radius (he's 6-foot-5 and 225 pounds), especially in the red zone. Evans' 96 end zone goals are the most in the NFL since 2016. Miller weighs just 5 feet 9 and 174 pounds. He may not win many jump ball battles, but this is where tight ends Rob Gronkowski, O. J. Howard and Cameron Brate really have to step up and help him. He was put on the Reserve / COVID-19 list last Friday, less than a week after the 58-yard touchdown against the Buffalo Bills, playing over Miller, who was over the Hawks in week 13 of the Bucs. He has a solid mix of speed and physicality and can get out of a traffic jam consistently. "He's very close to what I'm hearing," said Arians of his return. Ronald Jones II will continue to be first and second defenders, but Bell influences the passing game. Second year running back Ke’Shawn Vaughn struggled against the Saints, dropped a second and eight pass in the plane and slipped on a short pass over the middle. Jones isn't a natural pass catcher or pass blocker giving up sacks against the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots this season, but Vaughn doesn't have the experience. Bell has an impressive 87.6% win rate for career pass blocks. In addition, he has only given up five sacks in 98 career games. Bell also has 10,315 scrimmage yards, the most running backs in the league since 2013. "[It] depends on how fast he can catch up," Arians said of Bell. “He's been a good receiver in the past and played in that offense in Pittsburgh for a while. However, running backs coach Todd McNair said Thursday that he has been impressed with Bell so far. "He has a good understanding of what we do," said McNair. ... He had a good day today when he learned the offensive and was able to understand all of what we were doing. He had no mental flaw. This isn't the bell of 2016 or 2017. He had the worst 2.7 yards per carry this season with the Baltimore Ravens that season. He couldn't find his way onto the field with the Kansas City Chiefs last season, even when Clyde Edwards-Helaire went down with an injury. He was a healthy scratch in the AFC championship and didn't play a punch of signature patience over him in the Super Bowl - the way he goes football, "said McNair. He may not have the juice he did in his third or fourth year but you can still see those traits. "The Bucs still have a three-game lead at NFC South in Week 16, and on Thursday they had the weakest remaining schedule in the NFL, according to the FPI. The Packers ended the season against the Cleveland Browns, Vikings and Detroit Lions, with two of those games being played at Lambeau Field. The Bucs were also overtaken by the Dallas Cowboys (10-4), despite their direct record with the Arizona Cardinals now 10-4 and straight tiebreakers tossed out the window when there are three or more teams involved, and the Los Angeles Rams who beat the Bucs in Week 3 are also 10-4.

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5 things to look out for when the Chicago Bears battle the Seattle Seahawks, including Robert Quinn's franchise record hunt - and our predictions for week 16

The Chicago Bears are eliminated from the playoffs, and the Seattle Seahawks are also nearing that fate. For the bears, this includes chasing milestones, gaining experience, and maintaining pride. Chicago Bears ... (Author: Gardener)

the Seattle SeahawksBears quarterback Justin Fields is looking for an open receiver in the first quarter against the Packers at Soldier Field on October 17, 2021. The Chicago Bears are eliminated from the playoffs, and the Seattle Seahawks are also nearing that fate. So when the teams meet at Lumen Field on Sunday afternoon, the players will have to find other sources of motivation. Bears quarterback Justin Fields leaves the field after the Bears lost to the Packers 24-14 at Soldier Field on October 17, 2021. January 2021. Bears Outside linebacker Robert Quinn is 1½ sacks away from breaking Richard Dent's single-season record of 17½ in 1984. Quinn, 31, has posted 10½ sacks in the last six games, making it the second highest total of his career after the 19 he had in 2013. When Quinn was asked to approach the mark after a two-sack performance Monday night against the Minnesota Vikings, he called it a "decent single season" and said Dent was "good company. “But he also regretted having come up with such numbers during a losing season. "Just hard to party when you're not really well," said Quinn. Bears quarterback Justin Fields throws in the 4th quarter against the Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on October 24, 2021. Quinn was similarly reluctant when asked if he was called to the NFC's Pro Bowl team on Monday, saying he responded to the message from Bears coach Matt Nagy by saying, "OK cool, see you at the game." With the offensive secured to its own 1-yard line, Bears quarterback Justin Fields throws an interception to Pierre Tesir of the Buccaneers on October 24, 2021 at Raymond James Stadium in the 2nd half, and Quinn sees his at that point Driving career. "He takes great pride in the way he plays and the product he brings to the field," said Desai. He values ​​every moment he gets, whether it's a practice rep or a game rep. Bears quarterback Justin Fields flees from defensive end of the 49ers, Samson Ebukam, in the second quarter on October 31, 2021 at Soldier Field. Quinn has a good chance of expanding its production on Sunday. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has been sacked 29 times in 11 games. Bears quarterback Justin Fields throws Khalil Herbert back in the first quarter against the 49ers on October 31, 2021 at Soldier Field. Can the Bears use their rush-up offensive more easily? In the week 15 loss to the Minnesota Vikings, the most impressive drive of the offensive came in the fourth quarter as the Bears stepped up the pace and Justin Fields got to work. He hit five consecutive passes for 63 yards in a span of 1 minute and 46 seconds, giving the offense much-needed life. Bears quarterback Justin Fields crawls the ball against the 49ers and scores in the fourth quarter game at Soldier Field on October 31, 2021. Unfortunately, this drive ended with no points when Fields left the Vikings 9-yard line with three consecutive incompleteness . But after the game, the rookie quarterback expressed a wish that the offense operate more often with a faster attack without a huddle. "Our offensive is very efficient," said Fields. “Just because we know these pieces. We stand up and perform the pieces. And I know where all the answers are to the coverage they give us in these rush-up insults (situations). I think that gets our offensive in rhythm. ”Bears quarterback Justin Fields runs a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the 49ers at Soldier Field on October 31, 2021. “When you complete one pass and it flows into another and you know you’re playing fast (kind of setting) in those two minutes, you’ll definitely get more comfortable and get into a rhythm. Bears quarterback Justin Fields scores in the fourth quarter against the 49ers at Soldier Field on October 31, 2021. This is neither a new nor a novel suggestion from Bears offensive players. But can coach Matt Nagy and offensive coordinator Bill Lazor be persuaded to use this attack more often against a Seahawks defense, which comes last in the allowed pass heights? Bears quarterback Justin Fields signs autographs for fans before he takes on the Steelers at Heinz Field on November 8, 2021. Asked about Fields' rush-up requests, Nagy held the door open. "That's good stuff," said Nagy. And that's stuff Justin obviously did in college. With the bears banned from the playoff competition and their depth table still in flux due to injuries and COVID-19 issues, a window has opened for young players to show what they have got. But the Bears must also keep an eye on offensive rookie tackles Larry Borom and Teven Jenkins to get the maximum growth out of these last three games. On the defensive, cornerback Thomas Graham Jr. made his NFL debut against the Vikings by breaking three passes and helping the Bears limit Kirk Cousins ​​to 87 yards. Graham was selected in the sixth round in April, was fired at the end of training camp and retired to the training squad, a setback that he admitted damaged his confidence. "We all go through our own battles every day," said Graham. It just starts with a reality check. I just thought, 'Why am I not in the field and what am I not doing to put myself in a position to move up?' "Graham consulted with General Manager Ryan Pace for constructive criticism and devoted himself to improvement through practice. His first chance came last week when COVID-19 turned off all bears starting secondary. Bears quarterback Justin Fields and running back David Montgomery (32) will face the Steelers at Heinz Field on November 8, 2021. "The only thing about this league is you only have one chance," he said. But he did enough on Monday to join the 53-man roster and feel an encouraging resurgence in confidence. "I've done all of this work since I was 6 years old," he said. It just felt good to say that I put myself in the position of having the chance many people dream of. ”Bears quarterback Justin Fields made the final drive of the game in the fourth quarter against the Steelers at Heinz Field completed during the game in Week 9 on November 8, 2021. Desai called it a "travesty" that linebacker Roquan Smith wasn't called up to the Pro Bowl this week, despite 140 tackles (fourth in the NFL) and 81 solo tackles (fifth) along with nine tackles for a loss to three sacks , three defended passes and one pick-six were recorded. Bears quarterback Justin Fields and wide receiver Darnell Mooney celebrate after scoring a touchdown pass and catch in the fourth quarter against the Steelers at Heinz Field during the week 9 game on November 8, 2021, and his game and relentless manner and its speed on the tape shows every week, ”said Desai. "I know he doesn't deal with these things, and I usually don't, but I'll take the load on him and make sure the people in the league know he's one of the best linebackers in the league." Smith has not yet been called up to the Pro Bowl in his four seasons and could argue that he was snubbed in 2020 when he had 139 tackles, including 98 solo and 18 for loss, and seven passes defended. “When you look at the production on the tape and see the speed and instinct this guy plays with and how he gets people around him better,” Desai said, “he's the only constant for us this year, so to speak that is played in every single game and every single game, week after week, has been so productive. His ability to get out of the blocks, his ability to determine and diagnose plays and get to the ball carrier consistently is unique and I think that's what needs to be emphasized recovering from an ankle injury sustained during Monday's game. Nagy said Wednesday he expected Fields to play, but the rookie's status will be worth monitoring after missing the work day. Bears quarterback Justin Fields runs with the ball in the first half of the Week 11 game against the Ravens at Soldier Field on November 21, 2021. Quarterback Andy Dalton returned to practice Thursday after being on the Reserve / COVID-19 list stood recovering from a hand injury. Bears quarterback Justin Fields walks into the locker room after suffering a third quarter injury against the Ravens at Soldier Field on November 21, 2021. Bears quarterback Justin Fields is attacked by Ravens outside linebacker Tyus Bowser in the third quarter at Soldier Field on Nov. 21, 2021. Fields left the game after possession with an injury. Dalton and defensive lineman Mario Edwards Jr. off were struck off the Reserve / COVID-19 list on Thursday, but defensive lineman Akiem Hicks was added. Bear quarterbacks Andy Dalton and Justin Fields warm up before the week 12 game against the Lions at Ford Field on November 25, 2021. That leaves 10 players on the list - Hicks, wide receiver Allen Robinson and Isaiah Coulter, security Tashuan Gipson, cornerback Jaylon Johnson, defensive lineman Bilal Nichols, tight ends Jesse James and Jesper Horsted, inside linebacker Joel Iyiegbuniwe and running back Ryan Nall. The Seahawks will have their first losing season since 2011. Russell Wilson missed three games with a finger injury on his right (throwing) hand that required surgery. The Seahawks have no elite passing frenzy and have cornerback issues, but they managed to play relatively well on defense. They haven't allowed more than 23 points and kept five opponents at 17 or less in the last nine games, meaning the offensively challenged Bears have their hands full. Bears quarterback Justin Fields signs items for fans on the field during the pre-week 12 game pre-Lions game against the Lions at Ford Field on November 25, 2021. Fields (ribs) didn't play. Fields (ribs) did not play. This is a win game for the Bears against a mediocre Seahawks team. The Seahawks give up a ton of yards on defense, but also defend in the red zone, an area where the bears struggled on offense. The bears' COVID-19 situation complicated matters late in the week, with defensive lineman Akiem Hicks being the latest player to be put on the reserve / COVID-19 list. With this uncertainty and Justin Fields recovering from an ankle injury, I'll give the Seahawks the edge at home. The NFL's least productive pass offensive faces the league's most vulnerable pass defense. Perhaps this is an opportunity for Fields to put together an entire game. The Seahawks, like the Bears, struggled to protect the quarterback. For Robert Quinn and Co. there should be plenty of opportunities to harass Wilson on Sunday. I am convinced that the bears will have at least one more winning achievement in them. Bears quarterback Justin Fields will be on the sidelines for the fourth quarter of the game against the Cardinals on December 5, 2021.

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