( CBS Los Angeles )- The final weekend of college basketball’s regular season is here, and CBS has a Los Angeles rivalry battle on tap as the USC Trojans visit the UCLA Bruins in the Pac-12 conference regular season finale on Saturday afternoon. The Trojans dominated the Bruins, 66-48, in the first meeting at the Gallen Center and are looking for a season sweep. College Basketball on CBS analyst Gary Parrish points to how the Bruins handle Trojans star Evan Mobley as the key to whether they’ll be able to avoid the season sweep. “UCLA did a pretty decent job, all things considered, on Evan Mobley in that first game. He only had nine points got six field goal attempts,” Parrish said in an interview with CBS Local’s Ryan Mayer. “Obviously that wasn’t a recipe for success, because they still lost the game by 18. But I do think everything starts with keeping him under control when USC’s on offense, and then on defense making sure he’s not too disruptive. You have to be aware of where he is at all times, the reason that defense is so good starts with him.” The Trojans defense ranks among the nation’s elite, checking in at 15 in Ken Pomeroy’s Adjusted Defensive Efficiency ratings. Not only that, they’re in the top 30 in offensive efficiency. So this is a tough matchup for UCLA, especially considering the loss of senior guard Chris Smith in early January to a torn ACL. “Every conversation about UCLA has to start with the fact that they lost their best player after eight games. The fact that Mick has been able to hold this thing together as well as he has all things considered, is pretty impressive. Losing your best player is hard. If you add him back into this roster, everything is different,” Parrish said. But, the Bruins can certainly make Saturday competitive if they’re just able to find their normal shooting stroke against the Trojans. The first time the two met, UCLA shot just 3-19 from three, a 15.8% clip that’s well below their 36.9% mark for the season. If they’re able to get closer to that season-average clip and do the same type of defensive job they did on Mobley in the first outing, they could certainly pull out the win at home. Regardless of what happens tomorrow, both teams appear to be headed for the NCAA Tournament in just a few weeks. For USC, there’s an opportunity to make a real run in the tournament if, as Parrish says, they can just find their form from a few weeks ago. “There was a time not too long ago when I was looking at USC and talking about them as a legitimate Final Four contender. They’re now projected as more of a seven seed. In terms of what you want to see, just get back to playing the way you were when you won seven straight games,” Parrish said. “We know what’s capable from this team, we don’t have to wonder about how good they can be, we’ve seen them be good. They need to spend this weekend and this week getting back to what they were in January, because what they were in January was, I think, one of the best teams in the country.” “They have a coach who has done it before, not at USC but at Florida Gulf Coast, so he knows what it looks like to march through a bracket to make the second weekend. And they have an undeniable future lottery pick in Evan Mobley who has lived up to all expectations, perhaps exceeded them,” Parrish continued. “You’re talking about a 7-footer who is awesome around the rim, and awesome rim protector but can also step away from the basket and knock down perimeter jumpers. He is exactly what you look for when you are looking for a modern-day big in the NBA.” Tune in Saturday, March 6 as USC and UCLA wrap up their Pac-12 regular seasons with a crosstown battle on CBS tip-off set for 4 p.m. ET.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver said fans should think of the upcoming All-Star Weekend in Atlanta as a “television-only event,” and once again discouraged fans from traveling to the game, which is being played without fans because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Matt Martin scored twice and the New York Islanders beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-2 on Thursday night in the opener of a three-game series. Noah Dobson, Anthony Beauvillier and Jordan Eberle also scored for New York, and rookie Ilya Sorokin stopped 16 shots. The Islanders improved to 5-0-1 in their last six overall and 8-0-2 at the Nassau Coliseum to remain the only team without a regulation loss at home. “That’s when we’re at our best, when we have four lines rolling,” Martin said. “We’re a tough team to beat when we’re playing like that. This was a good one. We just got to keep it going.” Taylor Hall and Rasmus Ristolainen scored for Buffalo, which has lost five straight (0-5-1). The Sabres are 2-8-1 since taking a two-week break for a COVID outbreak. Jonas Johansson, making his second start of the season with starter Linus Ullmark injured, finished with a career-high 40 saves. “It was a very bad game,” Ristolainen said. “I feel like every time we were kind of getting back at it, getting the momentum in their zone, and getting some good shifts then we made a mistake. I made unfortunately a lot of mistakes today that cost us the game.” The teams continue the series with afternoon games at the Coliseum on Saturday and Sunday. Sorokin, coming off 20-save shutouts in his previous two games, had six saves in the first period, four in the second and six in the third to improve to 3-2-1. With Buffalo trailing 3-1, Jeff Skinner hit a goal post from the left circle in the opening minute of the third. Eberle then put the Islanders ahead 4-1 as he scored on a rebound of a shot by Anders Lee at 3:14, beating Johansson on the glove side. Ristolainen pulled the Sabres back within two at 7:23, jamming in the rebound of a shot by Jack Eichel for his third. Martin got his second of the night and fourth of the season as he converted the rebound of his own shot from the right doorstep with 5:32 left. It was Martin’s third career two-goal game, and first since March 25, 2014, at Carolina. The Islanders, in the midst of a stretch of 19 games in 33 days, got their seventh straight win against the Sabres, including four this season. “I think it’s important if we’re going to have success, the games where we have everybody contributing, being on the right side,” Islanders coach Barry Trotz said. “We’ve got a very busy stretch here, we’re going to have to manage it.” Hall got the Sabres on the scoreboard at 3:08 of the second. Sorokin made a save on Cody Eakin’s shot from the left side, but Hall put in the rebound from the right side to make it 2-1. Beauvillier restored the Islanders’ two-goal lead on a breakaway with 5:02 left in the middle period. Beauvillier, playing in his 300th career game, got a pass from Brock Nelson, sped ahead of Ristolainen and skated in and beat Johansson for his second. “Nelly put it in the space for me and yeah, it felt pretty good to score a goal,” said the 23-year-old Beauvillier, in his fifth NHL season. “Feels like yesterday I first started playing here. I wouldn’t call myself an older guy. I’m still young at heart, I guess. It’s been a fun ride so far and looking forward to the rest of it.” The Islanders outshot the Sabres 18-6 while scoring twice in a dominant first period. Dobson put the Islanders up 1-0 as he got a pass from Eberle in the middle and fired a shot past Johansson’s blocker for his second with 9:25 left. Martin doubled New York’s lead on a fortuitous deflection as he sent the puck from the left corner beyond the goal line off Johansson’s mask and in with 3:39 left. “Initially I was looking to find (Casey Cizikas) or (Cal Clutterbuck) around the net,” Martin said. “They weren’t really open. Everyone kind of gravitated to them and I took a look at the goalie and saw he was down and just tried to put it there. Luckily I was able to hit my spot and it went in.” Trotz said Martin has been working on that shot in practice and liked that it worked. “Well-placed shot and really timely goal for us,” Trotz said. FINISHING STRONG The Islanders are outscoring opponents 26-13 in the third period this season for a league-best plus-13 margin in the period. New York has a 17-5 margin in the third at home. SCORING DROUGHT Hall’s goal early in the second was only his second of the season and first since Buffalo’s season-opener against Washington on Jan. 14. He got the Sabres’ first goal of the season in his first game with the team after signing a one-year, $8 million deal in the offseason. THREE IN A ROW This is the second time in franchise history the Islanders are facing the same opponent in three straight games. New York previously did it March 4-10, 2012, against New Jersey. The Islanders will do it three more times this season: March 11-14 against New Jersey, March 18-22 against Philadelphia and April 22-27 against Washington. This is the only time all the games are in the same arena. The Sabres are playing three straight against the same team in the same season for the first time. (© Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider is so hot these days, even shots that go off his body are finding their way into the net. The only spoiler in his second hat trick in five games was a scary leg injury that led to goaltender Igor Shesterkin being helped off the ice late in the third period. Kreider extended his goal-scoring binge to nine in the last six games and the Rangers beat the slumping New Jersey Devils 6-1 on Thursday night. “The numbers speak for themselves,” said Rangers coach David Quinn, who team has been without top forward Artemi Panarin for five games. “So, you know, he’s is a vocal leader. He’s playing physical. He’s playing hard at both ends and getting rewarded with some timely goals. It could not come at a better time for our team.” Kreider, who scored three in a loss to Philadelphia on Feb. 24, has 13 goals overall. He completed his natural hat trick 23 seconds into the final period after scoring twice in the second. His fourth career hat trick came on five shots. Shesterkin seemed to hurt his right leg with just under six minutes to play when he stretched to stop a 2-on-1 break and shot by Damon Severson. He went down without contact and had to helped off the ice, dragging the leg. Quinn didn’t have an update on the goaltender’s injury after the game, except to say it was lower body. Alexandar Georgiev finished the game. Shesterkin kept the Rangers in the game in the first period by stopping 13 of 14 shots. He finished with 32 saves in helping the Rangers win their second straight and their fifth in seven. Pavel Buchnevich, Brendan Smith and Alexis Lafreniere also scored for New York. Jack Hughes scored early for the Devils, who have lost four straight and seven of eight. It was his third goal against New York in as many games. Mackenzie Blackwood stopped 11 of 15 shots before being lifted. Aaron Dell finished up. Kreider tied the game at 8:58 on a great power-play rush. In quick succession. Adam Fox, Buchnevich and Ryan Strome connected on up-ice passes with Strome finding Kreider alone in front. “Listen, the guy is hot, you get them the puck, and he’s obviously feeling it,” Strome said. “He’s got timely goals, big goals. And, you know, there’s such a short season that these games are so important and moments like that and plays like that from a veteran player lift everyone up. He was great tonight.” Kreider didn’t even get his stick on his next goal. A point shot by Ryan Lindgren bounced off his body into the net. The big winger made it 3-1 with an shot into the top of the net on an odd man rush. Most of his goals lately have been scored from his office in front of the net. “I think that’s something that I was harped on early on in my career,” Kreider said. “A simple, simple job. Not always, not always super easy when you’re battling a front, but relatively simple. It takes a lot of hard work from the guys you’re playing with and a willingness to get pucks there. I’m just trying to stick around the front of the net and it’s working for us right now. ” After playing a great first period, the Devils were not the same team the final 40 minutes. “Right now we just have to find a way to get a win and we have to really bear down, we have to pay a price, we’re not going to get an easy goal or hope for bounces, we can’t hope for a play,” veteran Travis Zajac said. “We just have to go in and really earn it for 60 minutes.” RANGERS REINFORCEMENTS Forward Kaapo Kakko and defenseman Jacob Trouba took part in the morning skate and coach David Quinn said both are close to returning to the lineup. Including Thursday, Kakko has missed the last six games because of the COVID-19 protocol. Trouba has missed seven games with a broken thumb. Forward Artemi Panarin is also closer to returning, Quinn said. The Russian has missed five games while on a leave of absence after a Russian tabloid printed allegations from a former coach that he attacked an 18-year-old woman in Latvia in 2011. NOTES: Vatanen got his first point in nine games with assist on Hughes’ goal. … New Jersey had not given up a power-play goal in its last three games before Kreider connected. Lafreniere has goals in two straight. UP NEXT Rangers: This was the start of a six-game trip, which would be tied for the ninth-longest stretch of consecutive road games in franchise history. Devils: New Jersey is 0-4 on the current five-game homestand. It is 2-8-1 at home. (© Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
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( CBS Baltimore ) — The AFC North remains the most competitive division in football, with three likely playoff contenders and a Cincinnati Bengals team that can beat anyone in a given week. They’ll get their first crack at the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers this Sunday. The Cleveland Browns welcome back running back Nick Chubb, who should be able to do some damage against a Houston Texans defense that can’t stop anyone. The Baltimore Ravens, meanwhile, will look to work through a few issues on offense against the New England Patriots, who have quite a few issues of their own. Rick Ritter, CBS Baltimore anchor and host of the Ravens’ ‘Purple Pregame’ show, breaks down AFC North matchups for Week 10. All times listed are Eastern. Houston Texans @ Cleveland Browns, Sunday, November 15 @ 1:00 p.m. (FOX) The Texans defense is among the worst in the NFL. And against the run, they are the absolute worst, allowing 159.5 yards per game. According to Ritter, “I don’t think anybody in the NFL, jumping over to the defense real quick, is scared of that Texans D. Going into last week’s game against Jacksonville, they were giving up 31 points per game, which is just hard to believe.” An explosive Browns offense should be able to move the ball at will, especially with Nick Chubb returning from injury. “It seems likely they’re going to be getting Nick Chubb back, which is a huge addition to that offense,” says Ritter. “When Chubb is healthy and Kareem Hunt is healthy, it’s hard to argue that there’s a better running game in the entire league. Those two just go together so well.” > > READ: Fantasy Football Start Or Sit Week 10: ‘Jared Goff Has Top Five Potential’ Against Seahawks The Browns passing game might be a story of addition by subtraction. “We talk about Odell Beckham going out for the season with that injury,” says Ritter. “Baker [Mayfield] actually looked better without Beckham. So can he keep that up if he doesn’t have to worry about forcing somebody the ball? Obviously, there was a little drama there this season, with him demanding the ball.” The Browns defense will have their hands full with Deshaun Watson. “That offense is explosive,” says Ritter. “They can score at the drop of a dime. They had two touchdowns last week, a 55-yarder and a 77-yarder. I don’t think there’s a defense in the league that Brandin Cooks and Will Fuller can’t get behind, when they have the opportunity. So they can put up points.” Myles Garrett and company will look to make Watson’s life difficult, while the Browns offense controls the ball and the clock on the ground. “It will be closer than people think,” says Ritter. “But I think the Browns get this win.” Cincinnati Bengals @ Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, November 15 @ 4:25 p.m. (FOX) The Steelers are the NFL’s last remaining undefeated team , and they’ve beaten the Bengals in their last 10 matchups. Some of the Steelers’ wins this season have been close; they only beat the Dallas Cowboys by five points last week. Likewise, some of the Bengals’ losses have been close. Cincinnati also has an extra week of rest, with their bye following a nice win over the Tennessee Titans. Even with all that in mind, “it is hard to bet against the Steelers right now,” says Ritter, “assuming Big Ben and company are fine, with some of them being placed on that COVID list . This is a crazy stat to throw out here. If Ben Roethlisberger keeps up on this pace, he is going to break his single-season touchdown record at 38 years old, which is really just hard to believe. Up there is Pittsburgh, they have three wide receivers out of that organization. JuJu Smith-Schuster seemed to start coming along the last couple of games. He looked great against Dallas. Obviously, Chase Claypool, we know what he can do. And Diontae Johnson. Roethlisberger has a slew of weapons at his disposal.” > > READ: NFL Week 10 NFC North Picks: Dalvin Cook ‘Has Been Tremendous Since His Return,’ Says SportsLine’s Kenny White And the Steelers defense can be dominant, allowing 317.4 yards and 20.1 points per game. They’ve also piled up 32 sacks, best in the league. Bengals rookie QB Joe Burrow has endured his fair share of sacks, but it hasn’t seemed to slow him down. “Don’t sleep on this guy,” says Ritter. “He’s a competitor. He knows how to go out and play.” And he has a few weapons around him, with A.J. Green, Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins. “I can’t talk enough about Tee Higgins,” says Ritter, “how special this guy looks already, being so young and what he’s going to be. In a couple years, that guy, maybe even sooner, is going to be a top-five receiver in this league. I don’t expect Joe and them to roll over in any way in this game.” The Steelers are favored by 10 points, though the game could be closer. According to Ritter, “you can’t bet against Pittsburgh right now. I think they win this one.” Baltimore Ravens @ New England Patriots, Sunday, November 15 @ 8:20 p.m. (NBC) The Patriots, with their continuing struggles, almost handed the lowly New York Jets their first win. They’ll need to play a whole lot better to keep pace with the Ravens and improve upon their 3-5 record this week. The Ravens have their own issues , which, given their 6-2 record and personnel, are the kind of issues most teams would be happy to have. Baltimore leads the league in rushing, averaging 170.1 yards per game. Their passing game is only slightly more productive, putting up just 176.9 yards per game, among the NFL’s worst. > > READ: Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 10: Broncos Rookie KJ Hamler Beginning To Emerge The offensive issues were evident against the Indianapolis Colts defense, admittedly one of the league’s best. “That offense did not look good in the first half,” says Ritter. “[In the] second half, we start to see Lamar Jackson the MVP from last season a little bit. Kind of get into his groove, kind of take the game over.” A lot of the focus falls on the wide receivers and allowing them to make plays. According to Ritter, “there’s so much talk about the Ravens wide receivers and them not winning at the line of scrimmage in terms of those one-on-one-matchups. They have to get Marquise ‘Hollywood’ Brown the ball. There has been a lot of talk here in Baltimore and around the country about finding ways to get this guy the opportunities. And that falls on Greg Roman. He’s only had about 50 yards receiving the last two weeks. This is their number-one receiver. He can take the top off of the defense. He can get behind those safeties. In order for this passing game to get to that next level, they have to get ‘Hollywood’ Brown involved.” The offense has become predictable. “Lamar Jackson said today that defenses are calling out their plays on offense,” Ritter relayed. “Obviously, that’s a big concern, and it falls on the offensive coordinator. They have to switch things up, they have to get going.” Dez Bryant, recently activated from the Ravens’ practice squad, could help change that. Though it’s hard to expect too much from a receiver who hasn’t played since 2017. Despite their offensive issues, the Ravens remain a playoff contender, even as they chase the the Steelers. “They’re going to be okay,” says Ritter. “They’re going to make the playoffs. Lamar can take over a game. They have time to fix this stuff in the backend of the season with a favorable schedule. I have the Ravens winning this game on Sunday night football. Stream your local NFL On CBS game live with CBS All Access.
By Matt Citak ( CBS Boston )- Well folks, Week 10 is here, which means we have entered the final month of the fantasy regular season. For most leagues, the fantasy postseason kicks off in Week 14. This means there are only four more weeks to clinch your spot in the playoffs, rise in the standings, or even seal that first-round bye. For the first time in what seems like a while, we survived a weekend of games without any significant injuries to fantasy contributors. Several players suffered concussions, paving the way for short-term relevance for some backups, while other lowly-owned players put up solid performances. While it may not be the biggest week on the waiver wire, there are still some solid pickups available. With that said, here are the top waiver wire adds for Week 10. Quarterback Credit: Norm Hall/Getty Images QB Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins- After a rough first start, Tua rebounded in a big way on Sunday. The fifth overall pick in this year’s draft completed just over 71 percent of his passes against the Arizona Cardinals, finishing with 248 passing yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions, adding seven carries for 35 yards. Over the next three weeks, Tua will face off against the Chargers, Broncos and Jets, all of whom rank in the top 10 in most fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks. The rookie has a fantastic opportunity to string together a few good performances in a row, making him a great streaming option for at least the next three weeks. QB Drew Lock, Denver Broncos- The Broncos offense has been difficult to trust all season, but there is no denying that the unit performs significantly better with Lock under center. In Denver’s disappointing Week 9 loss to the Falcons, Lock completed just 52 percent of his passes. However, he threw for 313 yards and two touchdowns, while picking up 47 yards and an additional touchdown on the ground. This upcoming week, Lock and the Broncos will face off against the Las Vegas Raiders, who just allowed Justin Herbert to throw for 326 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions. Lock is firmly on the streaming radar in Week 10. Running Back RB Duke Johnson, Houston Texans- One of the players to suffer a concussion in Week 9 was Texans running back David Johnson. Following the injury, Duke Johnson stepped into the role of the team’s lead back, and while he wasn’t terribly effective, he did end up having his best game of the season. Johnson finished with a season-high 16 carries, gaining 41 yards and scoring a touchdown, and caught all four of his targets for 32 yards. If David Johnson is unable to suit up this week, Duke Johnson will make a solid fantasy play for a Week 10 matchup against the Cleveland Browns. While we won’t know David Johnson’s game status until late in the week, add Duke Johnson now in case he’s thrust into the lead role again. RB J.D. McKissic, Washington Football Team- Antonio Gibson is clearly the most talented running Credit: Greg Fiume/Getty Images back in Washington’s backfield, but that hasn’t stopped McKissic from getting his fair share of touches. Now with Kyle Allen out indefinitely and Alex Smith under center, McKissic could see his role grow even more. In the Week 9 loss to the Giants, McKissic was targeted a whopping 14 times, turning it into nine receptions for 65 yards. In the two games Smith has filled in for Allen, he has attempted 49 passes with 18 of them going in McKissic’s direction. That is an incredible 36.7 percent target share. While that mark is likely not sustainable, Smith does have a history of targeting his running backs a lot. Allen could be the starting QB for the remainder of the season, which should bode well for McKissic’s fantasy value moving forward. If he’s still available on the wire, grab McKissic and don’t think twice about it. RB Jordan Wilkins, Indianapolis Colts- Following Marlon Mack’s season-ending injury in Week 1, Jonathan Taylor was supposed to take over as the Colts’ bell cow back. But after receiving 26 carries in Week 2, Taylor has topped 13 rush attempts just once over the last six games. Taylor got just six carries in Week 9 after seeing only 11 the week prior. Meanwhile, Wilkins has carried the ball 31 times in the last two weeks combined, gaining 128 yards and a touchdown. It appears as if there has been a changing of the guard in Indy, and while this backfield may be hard to trust moving forward, it looks like Wilkins is now the preferred ball-carrier. Over the next six weeks, the Colts get to face off against the Titans, Packers, Titans again, Texans, Raiders and Texans again. All four of those teams are currently in the top 10 in fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs. If Indy commits to Wilkins as the lead back, he could end up being a league-winner. RB Kallen Ballage, Los Angeles Chargers- The other running back injury to occur in Week 9 was Justin Jackson’s knee injury suffered on the first play of the game. Brutal luck for anyone who had Jackson in their lineup, but it did pave the way for journeyman back Kallen Ballage to see his first significant action as a Charger. Ballage finished with a team-high 15 carries for 69 yards (4.6 yards per carry) and a touchdown while catching two of three targets for 15 yards. Joshua Kelley has been disappointing since Austin Ekeler’s injury, but the rookie fourth round pick did end up catching five passes for 31 yards in Week 9. It’s unclear how serious Jackson’s injury is, although the fact that he got hurt so early in the game and did not return is not a good sign. Couple that with Austin Ekeler’s likely return in the near future, and it does not look like Ballage will remain fantasy relevant for too long. However, until Jackson and/or Ekeler are back, Ballage looks like the Chargers’ lead runner, placing him on the fantasy radar. Wide Receiver WR Curtis Samuel, Carolina Panthers- Don’t look now but Samuel has registered a touchdown in three consecutive games. The fourth-year receiver enjoyed the best game of his 2020 campaign against the Chiefs in Week 9, catching a season-high nine passes for 105 yards and a touchdown. Samuel has also earned several rush attempts each game, as he added three carries for 13 yards and recorded a touchdown run in both Weeks 7 and 8. It is clear that the Panthers want to get the ball in Samuel’s hands as much as possible. After being held out of the end zone in the first five weeks of the season, Samuel now has four total touchdowns over the last three games. Samuel should be a priority add for anyone in need of some help at wide receiver. WR K.J. Hamler, Denver Broncos- While the Broncos are certainly disappointed by their Week 9 loss to the Falcons, the team must be encouraged by the performance of some of its young offensive players. We already touched on Drew Lock, while Jerry Jeudy just had the best game of his rookie campaign, and he’s not the only receiver to do so. Hamler was targeted 10 times against Atlanta, catching six of those passes for 75 yards and adding one run for 15 yards. After a hamstring injury sidelined him earlier in the season, Hamler finally appears fully healthy and his production supports this. Hamler also returned one punt and one kickoff return in Week 9, highlighting the fact that the Broncos want the ball in their rookie third round pick’s hands. Hamler could step up as the number two option in the Broncos’ passing game behind Jeudy, a role which should plant him firmly on the fantasy map. WR Danny Amendola, Detroit Lions- Kenny Golladay missed this one due to the hip injury suffered in Week 8, which allowed Amendola to fill in as Matthew Stafford’s favorite target. In the first two weeks of the season with Golladay sidelined, Amendola was targeted seven times each game. In Week 9, Amendola led the Lions with 10 targets while no other receiver had more than five. The slot receiver turned those targets into seven receptions for 77 yards, but was held out of the end zone yet again. Amendola is yet to score this season, but offers a solid floor when Golladay is not on the field. If Golladay is unable to go this week, Amendola should make a solid FLEX play against Washington, who’s strength in the secondary lies on the outside with Kendall Fuller. Tight End TE Austin Hooper, Cleveland Browns- Hooper missed the last two games leading up to Cleveland’s Week 9 bye, which is why he has seemingly fallen off the radar for many fantasy owners. In the three weeks prior to that, Hooper was targeted a total of 23 times, finishing with five receptions for either 50+ yards or finishing with a touchdown in each contest. Hooper has yet to take the field since Odell Beckham’s season-ending injury, which will likely lead to Baker Mayfield leaning on his tight end even more. In Week 10, Hooper and the Browns will welcome the Houston Texans to Cleveland. In one game against the Texans last year, Hooper, then a member of the Falcons, caught six passes for 56 yards. Hooper is a TE1 in this matchup, and could end up being a reliable option at fantasy’s weakest position for the rest of the season depending on the play of Mayfield. With Travis Kelce and Hayden Hurst both on byes, you’d be hard pressed to find a better replacement than Hooper this week.
By Dan Reardon ( CBS Miami /CBS Local) — Augusta National would probably lead the field, if it were possible to survey golfers for the course that tops their ‘bucket list.’ No golf course has been viewed by more people than the home of the Masters, and its forbidden access makes it golf’s Shangri-La. The nearly 100-acre Fruitland property, on which Bobby Jones and Alister MacKenzie collaborated in the early 1930s, incorporates their philosophy of how the game should be played. But its almost mythical status in the minds of golf fans is tied to the video canvases created by CBS’s Hall of Fame TV director Frank Chirkinian over his 40 years of Masters coverage. The beauty of The National, now almost obsessively prepared for the weekend in early April or, in 2020, November, was integral to MacKenzie’s design. “The chief object of every golf course architect or greenskeeper worth his salt is to imitate the beauties of nature so closely as to make his work indistinguishable from Nature herself.” Over the more than 80 years of its existence, the course has evolved, as touch-up artists have been brought in to keep the playing challenge contemporary. In that sense, however, Augusta has evolved as two courses, the one confronting the world’s best players at the Masters and the original design still played by the members. For those whose view of the course is limited to television, the least understood personality of the course is the changes in elevation. From the highest point on the course, the 10th tee, to the lowest, the 11th green, the change in elevation is the same as leaping from a 10-story building. Masters champion Bob Goalby says the course hills begin to take your legs away over 18 holes. For the professionals, length has been pumped into the course in the 23 years since Tiger Woods’ first Masters win, and “Tiger proofing” became a part of golf redesign. But the members still play the course comfortably under 7000 yards and are asked to play the game with the same skill set Jones believed in. Even with the mild rough added over the last decade, Augusta is friendly off the tee, but veterans will tell you that angles into the greens are more important than just hitting fairways. This aligns with Jones’ belief that the game was played from the fairway through the greens. Short irons into the par-4 third and seventh are among the most uncomfortable on the course. Sandwiched between two famous back-nine par-5s at 13 and 15, the approach to the heavily contoured 14th green is equally tense. Great architects speak to a player with their design, and MacKenzie is absolutely chatty through Augusta. Horton Smith won two of the first three Masters, and in 1936 he analyzed the course. “It is one of the few courses that really presents two games on almost every hole; a game to reach the greens and another to figure the ever-challenging contours after reaching the greens.” In previewing a Masters challenge a few years ago, Golf Digest ’s Dave Shedloski and John Huggan anonymously quote a player who adds his endorsement. “One of the best things Augusta does is mess with you. And the way they mess with you is they give you options. Pros don’t like options because then they have to make decisions.” And then there are the greens. Many experts have been brought in to fine-tune the National, but perhaps the greatest impact on the course’s playability came from a former Chairman Hord Hardin. The former USGA president in 1981 made the decision to transition from Bermuda grass to bentgrass to improve the consistency of the greens. The combination of the faster grasses and mowing technology that made any speed attainable, gave the committee unlimited control. So stark was the change that it became nearly impossible to prevent shots from rolling the length of the green and off the putting surface. Slope had to be taken from the back of the ninth and 18th greens. Historically the greens at Oakmont Country Club, site of the 2016 U.S. Open, are considered the fastest surfaces in golf. Following that Open, a 30-year caddie at Oakmont, who also spent a few years at Augusta, drew an interesting contrast. “I think the greens at Oakmont are faster than Augusta, but I think National’s greens are more difficult to play,” Sharkie told me. Oakmont’s poa annua surfaces, while dangerously fast, are absolutely true. At Augusta, the grain of the bent surfaces makes reading the breaks more complicated and local knowledge all the more important. At the outset, Jones and MacKenzie wanted a course that challenged the game’s best players and was still a course for its members. When I first spoke to Chairman Hardin in 1986, he reminded me that his job was not to run the Masters but run a club for its members Watch the Masters live Saturday, November 14, 1:00-5:00 p.m. ET and Sunday, November 15, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. ET on CBS.
LANDOVER, Md. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Well after completing his longest pass of the season and avoiding the mistakes that have cost the New York Giants games, Daniel Jones faced one final challenge to preserve his first game of 2020 without a turnover. Jones absorbed contact on a blindside sack, held on to the ball, and Logan Ryan intercepted Alex Smith not long after to seal a 23-20 victory against Washington. After coach Joe Judge stressed to his players to “finish” following several blown leads, the Giants finally did so Sunday and pick up their second win, Jones didn’t throw an interception or lose a fumble and the defense forced five turnovers. “That’s been a focus of mine: I obviously know the importance of holding on to the ball,” Jones said. “We were able to protect it today, and that was a big advantage for us.” 8️⃣ 8️⃣8️⃣ 8️⃣ 8️⃣8️⃣ 8️⃣ 8️⃣8️⃣ Watch: https://t.co/cLanMzBpPN pic.twitter.com/XJr0PDuWNx — New York Giants (@Giants) November 8, 2020 Jones was 23 of 34 for 212 yards, including a 50-yard connection with Austin Mack and a touchdown pass to Evan Engram to build a 17-point halftime lead. The Giants (2-7) attempted to run to run things out in the second half and survived a couple of touchdown drives led by Alex Smith, who replaced injured Washington quarterback Kyle Allen. Smith connected with Terry McLaurin on a 68-yard score, his first TD pass in 728 days, to cut New York’s lead to 23-20 in the fourth quarter. But Smith threw two interceptions in the final 2:18 to end the threat for Washington (2-6). Both Giants wins are against Washington. “It just happened that we’ve come ready to play against Washington these four times and been able to get wins,” said Jones, who’s 4-0 against Washington and 1-16 against the rest of the NFL as a starter. “We’ll look to build off it.” Before things got hairy for the Giants, Wayne Gallman rushed for a touchdown, and Graham Gano made three field goals to extend his streak to 18 in a row. Allen injured his left ankle late in the first quarter, forcing Smith into just his second NFL game since gruesomely breaking his right leg in November 2018. Allen’s left leg bent the wrong way on a sack by Jabrill Peppers, who was flagged for unnecessary roughness, and there was an air cast on it as he was carted off. Smith was 24 of 32 for 325 yards, the TD and three interceptions. “We had a chance without those (last) two,” said Smith, whom Rivera named the starter for Washington’s next game with Allen out. “The second one is the one that really hurts. I felt like we were rolling, really had them on the heels.” RYAN’S WEEK Ryan dedicated the game to his wife, Ashley, who went to the emergency room this week in Florida with abdominal pain on the advice of a Giants trainer and had surgery to stop the bleeding caused by an ectopic pregnancy. Ryan wrote her name on his cleats and said Ashley was resting well at home. “That ball is for her,” Ryan said. “She told me to bring one home for her, so I was able to do that.” SLIPPERY START Despite picture-perfect, dry conditions, it looked early on like the ball was covered in grease — or just that this was an NFC East game. Antonio Gibson fumbled after a 20-yard reception on Washington’s first offensive play, and the ball slipped through several players’ fingers before New York recovered 26 yards downfield. Jones’ 50-yard pass to Mack came on the next snap. Washington punt returner Isaiah Wright muffed a catch not long after, setting up Gallman’s 2-yard TD run. WHO NEEDS TATE? Veteran Giants receiver Golden Tate was a healthy scratch and didn’t travel with the team days after shouting into a TV camera during a loss to Tampa Bay, “Throw me the ball!” Jones completed passes to 10 players, including Mack, who wouldn’t be playing if Tate were in uniform. “Austin did a great job stepping up and made a lot of plays for us,” Jones said. “He’s someone you can trust to be in the right spot.” SIMS SHOW The loss was a coming-out party of sorts for Washington receiver Cam Sims. He had three catches for 110 yards Sunday after entering with a total of 88 yards receiving in his first 15 NFL games. FANS AT FEDEX Washington’s first home game with fans this season included some Giants supporters among the 3,000 in attendance. They were sprinkled throughout the lower bowl at FedEx Field with all nonalcoholic concessions at half price. A Bud Light was going for the kind of price that would make people socially distance from the beer: a cool $14. INJURIES New York : The Giants were without running back Devonta Freeman because of an ankle injury. Washington : After Kyle Allen got knocked out of the game, defensive lineman Jonathan Allen left briefly with a knee injury in the third quarter before returning. UP NEXT The Giants host the Philadelphia Eagles in their second-last NFC East game this season, while Washington visits the Detroit Lions. (© Copyright 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)
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( CBS Miami )- This Saturday sees the renewal of the game dubbed “The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party” when #8 Florida meets #5 Georgia at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Florida. As usual, the game is getting the SEC Game of the Week treatment on CBS with Brad Nessler, Gary Danielson and Jamie Erdahl on the call with kickoff set for 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time on CBS. This year’s game, as with the past few years now, is likely to decide the winner of the SEC East division. In each of the last three seasons, it has been Kirby Smart and the Georgia Bulldogs taking the win and the Credit: Marianna Massey/Getty Images division. This time around, Dan Mullen’s crew is hoping to change that. As CBS Sports college football analyst Rick Neuheisel puts it, for Kirby Smart, it’s a matter of maintaining course while Mullen and his staff have to cut down on some of the mistakes that cost them last year. “Whatever Kirby Smart has been doing since taking over at Georgia in this game needs to continue to be what he does because he’s been brilliant. Dan Mullen? Not so much,” said Neuheisel. “And, I go back to a year ago where there was confusion on the sidelines whether it was he and his assistants, who was going into the game, they couldn’t get lined up, having to use timeouts, taking illegal procedure calls. Those things can’t happen in a game of this magnitude. It needs to settle down. It needs to be calm. And, when you start thinking about what’s at stake, sometimes the emotional side of things makes that very difficult to achieve. Calm is the order of the day.” Credit: David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images Calm is one thing that Florida senior quarterback Kyle Trask has seemed to be this season. Through four games, he’s thrown for over 1,300 yards with 18 touchdowns and just two interceptions while completing 68.3 percent of his passes. The Florida passing game has been one of the country’s best this season, ranking seventh in yards per game at 342.8. But, he’s going up against a Bulldogs defense that has been one of the better units against the pass this year, allowing 215 yards or fewer to every opponent except for Alabama. However, there are a couple of key injuries on the back end that has Neuheisel giving the edge to the Florida offense in this matchup. “I’m of the mind that this at least initially was going to favor Georgia. But, my concern now is you’ve got (Richard) LeCounte out. He had that car accident. You’ve got (Louis) Cine out. He was injured earlier. Those guys are going to be missed. And you’ve also seen an explosion of Florida offense with the development of Kyle Trask and what his development level is. Trask is 18 touchdown passes in only four games, those are Joe Burrow numbers,” said Neuheisel. The numbers have been impressive and, if they continue this week, Neuheisel says that the Florida senior will have to be in the Heisman conversation. More From CBS: Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 9: Damien Harris Settling Into Lead Back Role For Patriots Rowdy Gaines: ‘Team USA Swimming Has Been #1 In The World Since 1956, No Other Sport Can Claim That Excellence’ NFL Week 9 NFC North Picks: “I Do Not See This Current Bears Team Going Into Tennessee And Beating Them,” Says CBS Chicago’s Matt Zahn “If he can continue that against this Georgia defense, I think people are going to be talking about Kyle Trask in this Heisman Trophy race as much as they’re talking about Lawrence, Fields and Jones,” said Neuheisel. Trask also benefits from having a likely first round pick in next year’s NFL Draft in tight end Kyle Pitts. The junior has hauled in 22 catches this year for 355 yards and seven touchdowns already. Calling him a “unique” athlete, Neuheisel praises Pitts for his ability to affect the game both blocking and in the passing game. “He can certainly handle his job on the end line as a run blocker and he can handle protections. They use him in such a Credit: Ed Zurga/Getty Images way not only to get a run game going but also as a decoy when there’s so much coverage associated with him so they can go elsewhere with the ball. But, this guy’s ability to get open whether it be a safety, corner or linebacker is uncanny,” said Neuheisel. “Kyle Trask has the luxury of not worrying about the coverage, he can throw Pitts open. He can just throw it to a big body that has the athletic ability to contort and make plays whether it be back shoulder, in front of him, or over his head. We’ve seen him do all of that in just four games. The sample size is enough to know that this will be a Top 10 draft choice when the NFL reconvenes to do that portion of its schedule in April.” On the other side of the ball, the Georgia offense has been pounding opponents with its running game as usual. The Bulldogs average 42 rushing attempts per game and 175 yards on those attempts (4.2 YPC). But, their passing game has been spotty the last two weeks under quarterback Stetson Bennett IV. A former walk-on, Neuheisel says he’s a fan of Bennett because he knows how hard it can be for a walk-on to become a starter. But, if the recent inconsistent play and turnovers aren’t cleaned up, he sees the advantage in Florida’s favor. “This is the side of the ball, this matchup is going to determine the game,” said Neuheisel. “In the last six quarters, the second half against Alabama and then Kentucky, they have scored a grand total of 14 points. And they’ve had five turnovers. This has to change or it’s going to be a tough day at the office for Georgia.” Credit: Andy Lyons/Getty Images With a lean towards advantages for Florida on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball, it would seem Neuheisel is leaning towards the Gators ending the Bulldogs losing streak. He says that it is, but there’s a key point to consider. “My lean is that way but I say it with very much trepidation and here’s why. Because Georgia knows how to beat Florida. This group of Florida players does not know how to beat Georgia. Kyle Trask, given all that we said about him, is still a relatively young starter at quarterback,” said Neuheisel. “And, he is going to have to play a monster game in this spot and be above the ebbs and flows of momentum. He’s going to have to just put this team on his shoulder and say ‘Follow me, I’ll get you to a win.’ If he does so, we’re going to be talking about Kyle Trask in a much different light than we are right now.” The Bulldogs are 3.5 point favorites entering the day . Kick off is set for 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time on CBS.
( CBS Chicago ) — The NFC North is looking a little messy going into Week 9. The Green Bay Packers still hold the division lead, but they’re coming off a loss to the last-place Minnesota Vikings. The Chicago Bears dropped their second in a row, this time to the New Orleans Saints on an overtime field goal. And the Detroit Lions were overwhelmed by the Indianapolis Colts. The Packers could extend their division lead moving into a relatively easy second half of the season. That is, assuming they play, given all the COVID issues surrounding the team and their opponent. Things could get still messier, with the Bears lurking and an intra-division matchup for third place. CBS Chicago sports anchor Steve Zahn gives his picks for Week 9 in the NFC North. All times listed are Eastern. Green Bay Packers @ San Francisco 49ers, Thursday, November 5 @ 8:20 (FOX) The Packers have a few issues heading into this week’s matchup with the 49ers. For starters, the game is scheduled for Thursday night, which gives both teams a short week. Also, multiple players will miss the game for reasons related to COVID, including running backs Jamaal Williams and A.J. Dillon. Starter Aaron Jones is already nursing a calf injury that has him questionable should the game be played on Thursday. The injury-riddled 49ers have COVID issues of their own. The team had to shut down its practice facility Wednesday after a positive test. It has since learned that offensive tackle Trent Williams and wide receivers Brandon Aiyuk and Kendrick Bourne have all tested positive and will miss the game. San Francisco will also be without starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and tight end George Kittle. Stream your local NFL On CBS game live with CBS All Access. The 49ers will probably look to focus on the run, despite their limited success last week. The Packers didn’t have an answer for Dalvin Cook in Week 8. The Vikings running back picked up 226 yards from scrimmage and found the end zone four times. Maybe they’ll have better luck against a 49ers run game that’s struggled at times this season. On the other side of the ball, the Packers will likely rely on Aaron Rodgers to carry them, as they have so many times before. The future Hall of Famer already has 20 TD passes on the season and is averaging close to 280 yards passing per game. The game may depend on how he performs against a 49ers pass defense that’s been a little hit-or-miss of late. Chicago Bears @ Tennessee Titans, Sunday, November 8 @ 1:00 (FOX) The Bears have injuries and COVID issues of their own, with offensive lineman Germain Ifedi and Jason Spriggs on the COVID-19 list. Bobby Massie is already out until Week 13 and Cody Whitehair has also been sidelined. That doesn’t leave much in the way of an offensive line, especially with reserves also affected. “If we’re going to talk about this game, the big question we have to start with is who’s going to be on the offensive line for the Chicago Bears,” wonders Zahn. “Obviously they’re dealing with injuries, they’re dealing with COVID issues. So it could be a big problem, especially with Nick Foles back there, who’s not exactly the most mobile quarterback in the world. This is going to be a big challenge for the Bears.” > > MORE: Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 9: Damien Harris Settling Into Lead Back Role For Patriots Teams with offensive line issues tend to focus on the run. But the Bears have been among the NFL’s worst rushing teams this season, averaging only 85.6 yards per game. “They haven’t been able to run the ball, even when their O-line is healthy,” Zahn notes. “Their offense hasn’t been very good, even when their O-line is healthy. The Titans don’t have a great defense themselves. But, for the Bears, I think this is going to be a challenging week for them to get anything done offensively. It’s going to be on the Bears defense to try to do something.” Unfortunately for the Bears, their middling run defense will be facing the NFL’s rushing leader. Derrick Henry, who fuels the Titans ground game, is averaging 110.7 yards per game and 4.8 yards per carry. Both the Bears and the Titans have lost their last two games. According to Zahn, “the way their offensive line is shaping up right now, I do not see this current Bears team going into Tennessee and beating them.” Detroit Lions @ Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, November 8 @ 1:00 (CBS) This is yet another game affected by COVID. Lions QB Matthew Stafford went on the team’s reserve/COVID-19 list on Wednesday, putting his status for Sunday’s game in question. He could become available on Sunday, but he would still miss the week of practice and preparation. That ultimately may not matter for the experienced veteran. But his absence would surely have implications for the game. “This is an interesting one as well, because we just had news that Matthew Stafford is on the reserve COVID-19 list,” says Zahn. “Of course, he could still play in the game. Assuming Matthew Stafford does play for the Lions, I actually kind of like the Lions in this matchup. The Vikings obviously coming off that huge win over the Green Bay Packers, where Dalvin Cook ran wild. But the Lions are sort of a sneaky team. They have talent. They’ve been in the lead in some of those games. I think that they’re actually a little bit better than their record is.” > > READ: Rowdy Gaines: ‘Team USA Swimming Has Been #1 In The World Since 1956, No Other Sport Can Claim That Excellence’ Dalvin Cook has been tearing it up for much of the season. The Vikings running back, and the NFL’s second-leading rusher, picked up 163 of his 226 total yards on 30 carries. It was his third 100-yard game of the season, and he has since been named NFC Offensive Player of the Week . The Lions defense hasn’t had that much success against the run on the season, allowing 130 yards per game. But they’ve been decent the last few weeks. The Vikings, of course, don’t have much else going for them besides Cook. And their defense, especially given their thin secondary , will likely struggle to slow down Stafford, should he play. “These are two pretty equal teams,” says Zahn. “I’m going to say the Lions actually go in and get this win over the Vikings, coming off their big surprising win over the Packers.”
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Toronto Maple Leafs have one of the fastest teams in hockey. The Los Angeles Kings do not. And when the Leafs hit the Staples Center ice in full flight, the Kings were caught a bit flat-footed. Nazem Kadri scored two power-play goals and John Tavares had a goal and two assists in the Maple Leafs’ 5-1 victory Tuesday night. Morgan Rielly and Andreas Johnsson also scored in the Leafs’ fourth win in five games overall and their seventh win in eight road games this season. Frederik Andersen made 22 saves as Toronto’s burgeoning powerhouse swept its two-game season series with NHL-worst Los Angeles by a combined 9-2. “We were moving our feet from the start,” said Toronto’s Mitch Marner, who had two assists despite needing a few stitches after Alex Iafallo’s stick hit him in the mouth in the second period. “We drew penalties with our speed. That’s something we haven’t done (much) this year. Our whole team came out ready to play, and we made it hard on their (defense).” Toronto opened a three-game California road swing with another dominant performance, leading 2-0 just 6:12 in and getting 11 shots on net before Los Angeles got its first. The Maple Leafs scored three power-play goals and continued their impressive start to the season despite the continued absence of holdout William Nylander and star Auston Matthews, who missed his seventh straight game with a shoulder injury. Kadri said the Leafs dominated “by being fast. I think that’s the identity of our team, and we wanted to use it to our advantage.” Tavares scored a goal in his third consecutive game, connecting on the power play in the first period for his 11th goal of the season. The star forward already has 22 points in 18 games during his debut season with his hometown team. “(Tavares) has been great,” said Rielly, who leads all NHL defensemen with 23 points after getting a goal and an assist. “We’re 18 games in, and he’s been outstanding. He’s been a leader. He’s been a 200-foot player. He’s been putting the puck in the net.” Adrian Kempe scored for the Kings, who have lost three straight while scoring just two combined goals since winning their debut under interim coach Willie Desjardins last week. The NHL’s lowest-scoring team went 3-4-0 on a seven-game homestand. “We’ve got to pull our stuff together here quickly and win some games,” Los Angeles captain Anze Kopitar said. “We’ve been talking for a while now. If we don’t get our minds to it and actually get it done on the ice, it doesn’t mean anything.” Johnsson’s goal early in the second period put Toronto up 4-1 and chased Peter Budaj, who stopped 15 shots. He was replaced by Cal Petersen, who stopped 15 shots in his NHL debut. The Kings are down to their top two AHL goalies after Jack Campbell joined Jonathan Quick on injured reserve this week with torn meniscuses in their knees. “I was a little surprised” to get put in the game, Petersen said. “I didn’t hear the coach right away. It was an exciting moment, and I got to face a shot right away, which helped. I was just trying not to make it bigger than it is.” But even LA’s normally sturdy penalty-killing units struggled against Toronto, giving up multiple power-play goals for only the second time this season. Kempe ended his 12-game goalless streak with a first-period deflection, but Rielly put Toronto up 3-1 early in the second after two Leafs converged on Kings defenseman Drew Doughty and forced a turnover. Johnsson then scored after four Kings stood and watched while Travis Dermott skated the puck from the point to the net for a pass. Kadri connected again late in the second period for his fourth goal in four games and his seventh in nine games. NOTES: Dermott scored his first point since Toronto’s season opener. … Kings D Dion Phaneuf took the shot that Kempe deflected for a goal, allowing the former Toronto defenseman to score his first point in 17 games this season. … Kempe scored just his second goal in his last 50 games. … The 24-year-old Petersen, who once started 90 consecutive games for Notre Dame, is the 71st goalie in Kings franchise history and the 13th to make his first appearance for the club in relief. UP NEXT Maple Leafs: At San Jose on Thursday. Kings: At Chicago on Friday. (© Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
Kansas City, MO (CBS Local)- The Kansas City Chiefs beat the Arizona Cardinals 26-14 on Sunday with quarterback Patrick Mahomes setting a new franchise record for most touchdown passes thrown in a single season. However, after the game, Mahomes was unavailable to answer questions about the new mark because of a family emergency. The nature of that emergency was revealed a short time later on Instagram. Mahomes’ girlfriend, Brittany Matthews, revealed in an emotional post that her stepfather collapsed while waiting to get into the stadium and later passed away at the hospital. It is unclear whether Mahomes was informed of the incident prior to the game.
By Steve Silverman The Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints continue to win and pick up the bona fides that could turn either one of those teams into the NFC Super Bowl representative. The AFC appears to be much more wide open, and while the Kansas City Chiefs continue to roll, their questionable defense could lead to heartbreak in the postseason. Meanwhile, the Chargers and Steelers continue to stack wins, and both appear to be getting better as the season reaches a critical stage. Steelers 52, Panthers 21 Pittsburgh Steelers: A-. Remember when the Steelers stumbled in the first month of the season. That’s a distant memory, because Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown are on a major roll. The Steelers laid 52 points on a very good Carolina team, and they have overcome the disappointment of not having Le’Veon Bell. Carolina Panther: D-. The Panthers were rolling as they went to Pittsburgh Thursday night, and they got off to a good start by scoring the first touchdown of the night. However, the story went sour right after that, and the Panthers defense was eviscerated. Head coach Ron Rivera must figure this out quickly. Bears 34, Lions 22 Chicago Bears: A-. It’s one thing to beat the Jets and Bills in back-to-back weeks, it’s quite another to take apart a division rival. Matt Nagy’s team continues to get better every week. The first-place Bears may not get a lot of recognition, but they are a very solid team. Detroit Lions: D. The Lions have been unable to right themselves this season. They have dropped three games in a row, and while they appeared to have the talent to challenge for the division title, they now appear to be a last-place team. Rookie head coach Matt Patricia’s forte may be defense, but the Lions are brutal in that area, as they gave up four first-half touchdowns to the Bears. Drew Brees (Photo Credit: Joe Robbins/Getty Images) Saints 51, Bengals 14 New Orleans Saints: A. We rarely give out the best grade, but the Saints have moved to the top of the NFL class, and there may not be any slowing them down. This was a game that had letdown written all over it, but the Saints showed off their skill, toughness and desire to punish an opponent. Cincinnati Bengals: C-. The Bengals made noises at the start of the year that this would not be the same old kitty cats. They have forgotten those early-season performances, as they were run over by the Saints. As usual, there is no leadership on this team from the coaching staff or the team’s best players. Browns 28, Falcons 16 Cleveland Browns: B+. The Browns have had a lot of close calls that have ended up in disappointing fashion this season, and that’s one of the reasons they fired head coach Hue Jackson. Gregg Williams inspired his team to deliver a physical whipping to a more talented team, and Baker Mayfield is proving to be a competitive leader. Atlanta Falcons: C-. The Falcons appeared to be in good shape in this game, as they took a three-game winning streak to Cleveland. Instead, the Browns took it to the Falcons, and Atlanta had little fight against Cleveland. That’s a sad statement. Colts 29, Jaguars 26 Indianapolis Colts: B+. It is clear the Colts are a much more talented team than they were last year, because Andrew Luck has returned to the lineup. But there’s another aspect to this team that has allowed them to approach the .500 mark at 4-5. They have shown toughness and competitiveness that the team never displayed in 2017. Jacksonville Jaguars: C-. Last year’s memory of getting to the AFC Championship Game is becoming more distant every week. Their once-powerful defense is unable to hold its ground, and Blake Bortles is not the kind of quarterback who can win when things don’t go well from the beginning of the game. Head coach Doug Marrone has no answers. Tyreek Hill (Photo Credit: Jamie Squire/Getty Images) Chiefs 26, Cardinals 14 Kansas City Chiefs: B. The Chiefs are an offensive juggernaut, but they were held in check throughout much of the game by the struggling visitors. Head coach Andy Reid knows his team can’t dominate every week, but he hopes the team can turn it on next week against the high-powered Rams. Arizona Cardinals: B-. The Cardinals lost another game, but they went into Arrowhead and refused to roll over for the Chiefs. Arizona was quite competitive and limited Kansas City star quarterback Patrick Mahomes to 249 yards. That’s an achievement for a team that has not done many things right this season. Bills 41, Jets 10 Buffalo Bills: B+. This has been a brutal season for the Bills, but they have played respectable defense throughout. The Bills got a wonderful effort from quarterback Matt Barkley (232 yards, two TD passes), and that was more than enough to propel them to victory over the Jets. New York Jets: D-. The Jets should have been able to compete against another troubled AFC East team, but they were unprepared. Head coach Todd Bowles has a boatload of injuries to contend with, but that’s not supposed to be an excuse in the NFL. Stream your local games LIVE on CBS All Access across devices. Start your free trial now! Redskins 16, Buccaneers 3 Washington Redskins: B. The Redskins may not be a fancy team, but they have a two-game lead in the NFC East and they play a physical and hard-hitting style. That was more than good enough for them to shut down the Bucs. But head coach Jay Gruden knows the team may have issues against faster and more athletic teams down the stretch. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: C-. The Bucs have been a high-scoring team throughout much of the season, but they are struggling at this point. It seems that both Ryan Fitzpatrick and Jameis Winston have lost their effectiveness, and head coach Dirk Koetter may not be stalking the sidelines for much longer. Marcus Mariota (Photo Credit: Frederick Breedon/Getty Images) Titans 34, Patriots 10 Tennessee Titans: A-. Something very powerful is going on with the Titans, who beat the Dallas Cowboys on the road last Monday night and built off that performance against the Patriots. Quarterback Marcus Mariota threw for 228 yards, with two touchdowns and no interceptions, and his teammates were much quicker and more aggressive than the Pats. New England Patriots: C-. The Patriots regularly look ordinary or below average when they lose, and that was the case against the Titans. They were not as athletic, quick or as driven as their hosts, and they were not in this game after the second quarter. Chargers 20, Raiders 6 Los Angeles Chargers: B. The Chargers appear to be growing into a mature team. They figured out a way to win fairly easily, even though they did not play an impressive game against a substandard opponent. Instead of blowing away the Raiders with big plays, the Chargers got the job done with defense, preventing the Raiders from finding the end zone. Oakland Raiders: C-. The Raiders pulled out a fake punt on their first possession, and that helped them put an early three points on the board. Give Jon Gruden credit for taking advantage of the Chargers’ below-average special teams. Unfortunately, they had little else to offer and were beaten by two touchdowns. Packers 31, Dolphins 12 Green Bay Packers: B. The Packers are usually dependent on quarterback Aaron Rodgers to win. That was not the case this week, as the defense and running game keyed the victory. Aaron Jones had 145 rushing yards and two touchdowns, and the Packers took the heat off of their longtime signal caller. Miami Dolphins: C. The Dolphins deserve credit for how hard they played against a desperate opponent; there was no backing down. However, the skill level is limited, and the Dolphins just can’t make enough plays to beat a good opponent on the road. This is an ordinary team, destined to finish at .500. Tyler Higbee (Photo Credit: John McCoy/Getty Images) Rams 36, Seahawks 31 Los Angeles Rams: B. The wildfires in their home area certainly created a distraction for the team, but they found a way to win the game. Still, opponents have solved the Los Angeles defense two weeks in a row, and this appears to be a big issue for head coach Sean McVay. Seattle Seahawks: B+. The Seahawks didn’t win, but they exchanged power punches with the explosive Rams on their home turf, and that was impressive. Russell Wilson had the ball in his hands as the game ended, and the Seahawks had a chance to win the game. While the Seahawks fell short, this team has far more fight than most anticipated at the start of the season. Cowboys 27, Eagles 20 Dallas Cowboys: A-. The Cowboys bounced back from their sleepwalking Monday night appearance against the Titans and won on the road against their hated rival. The Cowboys were led by running back Ezekiel Elliott, who rushed for 151 yards, and a defense that prevented the Eagles from scoring the tying touchdown on their final possession. Philadelphia Eagles: B-. The Eagles responded to every Cowboys thrust, but they could not find a way to win at home. That’s not how to get back to the playoffs, and this could end up as a very disappointing post-Super Bowl season. Giants, 49ers Monday night. Bye week: Broncos, Ravens, Texans, Vikings
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Ryan Mayer The sound crews working NFL games have brought us plenty of joy over the years by capturing some of the words that quarterbacks use to change plays at the line of scrimmage. From Peyton Manning’s “Omaha” to Aaron Rodgers using “New York Bozo”, audible calls have been getting picked up on for years around the league. After Sunday, Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff is the talk of the Internet for one of the calls he made in the team’s game against the Seattle Seahawks. On the Rams first drive of the game, Goff shouted out “Halle Berry” at the line of scrimmage on a 1st & 10 from their own 34. The call was picked up loud and clear on the field microphones. Goff using @halleberry as an audible in the #Seahawks #Rams game is incredible (SOUND ON) pic.twitter.com/IPo5I7Qf65 — The Rush (@therushyahoo) November 11, 2018 Now, the call itself would have amused NFL Twitter enough, but the actress added more fun when she quote tweeted the above video asking the QB what the call was about. Hold up. @JaredGoff16 @RamsNFL – What is a “Halle Berry”?? https://t.co/nQyaWHQRrn — Halle Berry (@halleberry) November 11, 2018 After the Rams topped the Seahawks 36-31, Goff decided to make sure that the actress knew where the play call stands in his heart. It’s my favorite play ever https://t.co/YLWi7c3DNE — Jared Goff (@JaredGoff16) November 12, 2018 Goff’s response then got plenty of reaction from the rest of the Twitter universe. — Andrew Whitworth (@awhitworth77) November 12, 2018 Shooters shoot lol pic.twitter.com/QMgCNYhn2Y — Damien Woody (@damienwoody) November 12, 2018 That's my QB pic.twitter.com/K55eFQce54 — Lakisha Jackson (@LakishaJackson) November 12, 2018 Goff and the Rams have a history of fun audible calls , but this one clearly got the most reaction. The bottom line? Jared Goff won the Internet on Sunday.