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NFL Week 13: Winners and Losers

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Week 13 saw some interesting results. Here are my winners and losers:

Winners:

  1. New Orleans Saints: Running backs Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram rushed for a combined for three touchdowns. Quarterback Drew Brees threw for 269 yards and a touchdown. The Saints defeated NFC South rival Carolina Panthers 31-21. For now, the Saints have control of the division.
  2. Minnesota Vikings: Quarterback Case Keenum threw for 227 yards and two touchdowns. Defensive stops helped the Vikings hold off the Atlanta Falcons 14-9.
  3. Baltimore Ravens: Quarterback Joe Flacco threw for 269 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Alex Collins rushed for two touchdowns. The defense caught two interceptions as the Ravens dominated the Detroit Lions 44-20. Don’t look now, but the Ravens are a quiet 7-5.
  4. Dallas Cowboys: Quarterback Dak Prescott threw for two touchdowns. Running back Alfred Morris rushed for 127 yards and a touchdown. Wide receiver Ryan Switzer had an 83-yard punt return for a touchdown. The defense caught two interceptions and had four sacks as the Cowboys defeated the Washington Redskins 38-14, keeping their playoff chances alive.
  5. San Francisco 49ers kicker Robbie Gould: He’s as good as Gould, in his first trip back to Chicago, he had five field goals including the game-winner with five seconds left as he single handily defeated the Chicago Bears 15-14.
  6. Seattle Seahawks: Quarterback Russell Wilson threw for 227 yards and three touchdowns. The defense also led the way as the Seahawks defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 24-10.

Losers:

  1. Kansas City Chiefs: Despite quarterback Alex Smith throwing for 366 yards and four touchdowns, ill-timed penalties and losing their cool, were the Chiefs’ undoing in their loss to the New York Jets 38-31.
  2. Atlanta Falcons: They were only 1 for 10 on third downs in their loss to Minnesota.
  3. Carolina Panthers: The Panthers weren’t able to overcome from drops and giving up too many big plays in their loss to New Orleans.
  4. Detroit Lions: Not able to put together enough scoring drives and losing quarterback Matt Stafford to a hand injury cost the Lions in their loss to Baltimore.
  5. Washington Redskins: Turnovers stalled drives in their loss to Dallas.
  6. Philadelphia Eagles: Though they had the edge in first downs, time of possession, and total yards, they didn’t turn them into points in their loss to Seattle.

Storylines Going Into Week 14:

Atlanta hosts New Orleans. Oakland battles Kansas City. Minnesota travels to Carolina. Washington meets the Los Angeles Chargers. Philadelphia plays the Los Angeles Rams.

An intriguing intra-conference matchup, Seattle goes cross-country to play Jacksonville. In the AFC North, Baltimore battles Pittsburgh.

 

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Patriots Addresses Filming, Say Video Crew Filmed Sideline During Browns-Bengals Game

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Bill Belichick

The New England Patriots are explaining themselves after a story hit the news wire, sparking a league investigation, saying that the team had filmed that their production crew inappropriately filmed the field and sideline during Sunday’s game between the Cleveland Browns and the Cincinnati Bengals.

According to ESPN, the Patriots’ crew was credentialed by the Browns to shoot video for a Patriots web series called “Do Your Job,” but the Patriots did not inform the Bengals or the NFL, which they called “an unintended oversight”, and led to the controversy that has dominated NFL headlines on Monday.

“The sole purpose of the filming was to provide an illustration of an advance scout at work on the road,” the Patriots said in an official statement. “There was no intention of using footage for any other purpose.”

The Patriots went on to say that the production crew, which included independent contractors who shot the video, is not part of the team’s football operation.

The NFL is currently investigating the incident and has a copy of the video, although they have not commented on the incident as of yet.

“They 100% know. All of our scouts, all of our video people and everything, they know what that is,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick told WEEI on Monday (h/t ESPN). “Again, I have nothing to do with the TV production shows and stuff like that. I have no idea what they do. Or what their projects are and everything else.

“As I understand it, they were videotaping him, trying to show kind of what an advance scout does, or something Iike that, I don’t know. You’ll have to wait to see the show I guess and see how it’s presented.”

The Patriots and videotaping isn’t something new, as they were punished by the NFL for videotaping the New York Jets’ defensive playcalls on the sideline during a 2007 game at Giants Stadium, a game in which they won, and an incident dubbed “Spygate”. The 2007 fiasco ended up costing the Patriots a 1st round draft pick in 2008, a $500,000 fine for Belichick and the team was orderd to pay $250,000 for the incident.

The Bengals, who flagged media relations and Bengals security staff after observing a videographer shooting the sidelines, play the Patriots this Sunday.

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Browns’ Baker Mayfield Rips Training Staff Over OBJ Injury

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Baker Mayfield, Freddie Kitchens

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield is spouting off at the mouth again, and is taking aim at his own organization, specifically for the way that the training staff handled the injury of Browns’ superstar wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr..

“I’d say that it wasn’t handled right,” Mayfield said, according to ESPN’s Jake Trotter. “He’s not able to run as well as he … should be able to, as well as he knows. And that’s frustrating for him. You can sense some of his frustration, where that comes from. It wasn’t handled the right way, in our training room. It is what it is. His not 100% is still good enough for us.”

Beckham reportedly has a sports hernia injury and is weighing offseason surgery to correct the issue that has been hampering him since training camp.

“I don’t really know,” Beckham said. “You have to ask the doctors if you have a chance to interview them. I really don’t know what to tell you.”

“I think it could’ve been addressed earlier on,” Mayfield said. “Looking back on it, obviously, hindsight is 20/20, he probably would’ve missed the first two [games]. One or two. Just based on the fact that it was during training camp. It is what it is. We’re here right now. It’s too late to do that. He’s fighting through pain; he’s playing through pain. That shows you the type of guy he is.”

Mayfield took to Twitter to issue an apology for his comments.

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Eagles’ Doug Pederson Upset After Loss to Dolphins

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Doug Pederson

The Philadelphia Eagles are reeling after another loss, this time to the “tanking” Miami Dolphins, and yet another blow to their playoff hopes and chances to take the division crown.

The Eagles entered halftime with a comfortable lead only to see it evaporate in the second half with the Dolphins passing game and trick plays propelling them to an improbable 37-31 victory in Miami on Sunday.

Eagles’ head coach Doug Pederson wasn’t too thrilled with how things played out, especially after their strong start, saying he was “disgusted” and “angry”, mostly at himself, for the game.

During a radio interview with 94WIP in Philadelphia on Monday, Pederson said the Eagles “self-destructed” adding that they were now a “long shot” to make the playoffs after falling to 5-7 on the season.

“I’m disgusted, I’m mad, I’m angry and I’m probably more so mad at myself,” Pederson said (h/t ESPN). “Our discipline, our consistency, the lack of that that showed up in this football game, that’s on me. That’s on me. And that’s why I’m disappointed. I felt like and I think most people felt like we were the better football team.”

Pederson believes that the struggling Dolphins played harder than his team did on Sunday.

“That’s why I’m disappointed in that. They wanted this a little more than we did and they made the plays and we didn’t,” he said, also crediting the Miami staff for how well coached the Dolphins were.

Pederson was also miffed about the 10 penalties that the team drew.

“Having watched [the tape] again this morning, it’s not who we are, it’s not who I am as a coach, it’s not how we teach things,” Pederson said. “It starts with me and I have to fix things this week heading into the Giants game.”

The Eagles will now look to snap a three-game losing stream next Monday night when they play host to the New York Giants.

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