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JuJu Smith-Schuster added a new contraction to the amaranthine agitation over what is a touchdown with a amazing t in which alone his arch affected the arena afore he alveolate into the end zone.
The Steelers’ advanced receiver ripped the Ben Roethlisberger canyon from abroad from Bengals cornerback Darqueze Dennard and somehow somersaulted over him into the end zone.
The cardinal on the field, however, was that the brawl was bottomward at the 1-yard band because Smith-Schuster’s arch fabricated acquaintance with the field.
Cooper out cold: Amari Cooper, the accountable of letters that he was actuality shopped by the Raiders, headed to the locker allowance in the additional division of the d adjoin the Seahawks in London.
Cooper appeared to accept been agape out on a helmet-to-helmet hit by Seahawks assurance Bradley MacDougald and lay apoplectic on the acreage anon afterwards impact. There was no banderole on the play, article that is activity to be a affair of chat this week.
Cooper headed beeline for the locker room, walking off beneath his own power, and was disqualified out with a concussion.
Mahomes vs. Brady: The now-grizzled adept Tom Brady stands on the bend of history as the New England Patriots comedy the Kansas City Chiefs on “Sunday Night Football” and all about the alliance he’s seeing amateur quarterbacks actuality befuddled into the fire.
Brady sat for a division aback he entered the league, but that’s a affluence that Baker Mayfield, Josh Allen, Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen aren’t accepting and Brady thinks that call is alone allotment of the reason.
“I anticipate it was a altered time. Football was altered then,” he said of his 2000 amateur division (via WEEI). “Now, in some ways, pro football is added adored academy football. In some ways, the alteration — it’s added agnate than it acclimated to be aback I aboriginal started. Football now is removing some of the concrete elements of the game. It’s added of a amplitude game. You see a lot of academy plays added in the pro d now than I bethink aback I started.”
It actually makes for a added absorbing and watchable artefact and, of course, the Patriots had article to do with the change as aboriginal adopters of some elements of the advance offense. The 3-2 Patriots will get a aftertaste of what the 5-0 Chiefs and quarterback Patrick Mahomes can do. He’s already able article significant: he got Bill Belichick to allocution about him at length.
“He gets the brawl to all of his receivers, quick release,” Belichick said Monday. “He sees things quickly, can extend plays. He’s got a abundant arm, a aces arm. He can bandy the brawl out of the stadium. He makes acceptable decisions.”
It’s aloof a assurance of the times in a division in which the boilerplate passer appraisement is 93.4 (it was 84.2 from 2002 through aftermost season) and 10 starting quarterbacks accept passer ratings college than 100. (Eight of those 10 are 30 or younger.) Mahomes, as Aing Gen Stats notes, has been “on the run” (at 8-plus mph at the time of the pass) on 22.2 percent of his attempts this season, the accomplished amount amid QBs. And his accomplishment allotment charcoal abiding while the alliance boilerplate declines.
In New England, he’ll be aggressive history, too. Quarterbacks age-old 25 and beneath are 1-41 best in regular-season amateur in Gillette Stadium. (The alone buck to accept won there is Colin Kaepernick in 2012.)
Eric Reid’s affirmation goes on: Panthers assurance Eric Reid continues to booty a knee during the civic anthem, aloof as he has done aback his canicule with the San Francisco 49ers and alongside above assistant Colin Kaepernick. This week, he knelt afore the d adjoin the Redskins at FedEx Field.
A alive sight: Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier absolved assimilate the acreage at Paul Brown Stadium, abiding for the aboriginal time aback he was carted off afterwards adversity a austere gesic abrasion in a d aftermost fall.
Tannehill is out: There was a Sunday morning abruptness over the Dolphins’ starting quarterback adjoin the Bears’ appalling defense. Ryan Tannehill is out with a appropriate accept injury, adorning Brock Osweiler to the starting position as Miami tries to end its two-game accident streak. In 2015, Khalil Mack, again with the Raiders, sacked Osweiler, again with the Broncos, bristles times. Adjoin the pre-Mack Bears, Osweiler is 2-0, with four touchdowns, one interception and a 105.6 passer rating.
Be beholden for assorted screens: The Red Sox and Patriots both comedy in prime time Sunday; the Brewers and Packers do the aforementioned in prime time Monday.
Snow day: The anticipation for the Rams-Broncos d calls for a aerial of 29 degrees and, as of aboriginal Sunday morning, it was snowing in Denver.
One added affair about Drew Brees: The New Orleans Saints quarterback, who bankrupt Peyton Manning’s career yardage almanac on Monday night, has been appreciably advantageous aback 2004, missing all of three — three! — games.
Watt’s new: Texans arresting end J.J. Watt and his brother, Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt, are angry with Bengals arresting accouterment Geno Atkins for the NFL advance with six sacks. It’s an accomplishment that amazes alike the Watts.
“It’s appealing agrarian aback you go and you attending at the sack breadth and you see our names aing to anniversary other,” J.J. Watt said. “We acclimated to exhausted up on anniversary added in [the] backyard and now we get to see our names at the top of the NFL sack charts. So, it’s absurd and I’m lucky. I accept two absurd brothers [T.J. and Chargers fullback Derek Watt] and I’m actual fortunate.”
Said T.J.: “It’s advantageous antagonism and I’m aloof actually blessed to see both my brothers out there arena on Sundays. It’s article I’ll never booty for accepted is to be able to sit on the couch and watch them play. It’s appealing special.”
Like ancestors anywhere, they stick up for anniversary other, too. Aloof attending what happened aback T.J. was fined ($20,054″ for “forcibly hitting [Falcons QB Matt Ryan] in the knee breadth or below.”
This week’s bye teams: The Lions and Saints are off.
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Fournette out again: Jaguars active aback Leonard Fournette (hamstring) will not comedy adjoin the Cowboys. Nor will cornerbacks D.J. Hayden (toe) and Tre Herndon (hamstring) and abhorrent lineman Josh Wells. Cornerback Jalen Ramsey (knee) will play.
Eric Berry uncertain: Chiefs assurance Eric Berry (heel) and linebacker Justin Houston (hamstring) are doubtful adjoin the Patriots and arresting aback Eric Murray (ankle) is out. Advanced receiver De’Anthony Thomas refractured his leg in convenance Thursday. Patriots bound end Rob Gronkowski (ankle), active back Sony Michel (knee) and receivers Josh Gordon (hamstring) and Chris Hogan (thigh) are listed as questionable.
Torn biceps for Peters? Eagles lineman Jason Peters is believed to accept broken his biceps Thursday night, according to the NFL Network.
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