Saquon Barkley injury update: Giants running back (ankle) ruled out of Week 5 vs. Vikings

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    Giants running back Saquon Barkley looked pretty good during limited practice work this week, but the team isn't ready to put him on the field as he's been ruled out of New York's Week 5 game against the Vikings.

    Coach Pat Shurmur told reporters earlier this week that Barkley "felt good" in his recovery from an ankle sprain as he worked with New York's training staff. He held off on ruling him out for Sunday but made the decision Friday.

    The running back reportedly told people he can beat his initial four- to eight-week timetable for recovery, according to NFL Network, which cited unidentified sources. The Giants staff, however, is taking a cautious approach in easing Barkley back into practice.

    Barkley injured his ankle in the second quarter of the Giants' Week 3 win over the Buccaneers and had to be helped to the locker room. He came back to the sideline using crutches and wearing a walking boot.

    Shurmur said last week that the plan for Barkley is to "rehab him and get him ready to go," and he will not be placed on injured reserve. 

    After the injury, Barkley got a second opinion from specialist Dr. Robert Anderson in Green Bay, who reportedly told the running back that he won't need surgery, according to NFL Network. 

    Barkley, selected with the second overall pick in the 2018 draft, had rushed for team-high 227 yards, second in the NFL, and had one rushing touchdown in two games entering Week 3. He had eight carries for 10 yards and four receptions for 27 yards before leaving the game.

    Last season, he led the league with 2,028 yards from scrimmage and scored 15 total touchdowns to earn Offensive Rookie of the Year honors.

    The Giants (2夜网论坛-2) will host the Vikings (2-2) Sunday with kickoff set for 1 p.m. ET.



    Colts vs. Chiefs odds, prediction, betting trends for 'Sunday Night Football'

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    The Chiefs (4-0) are only one of two undefeated AFC teams left, joining the Patriots. The Colts (2-2) have been hard to figure out this season, with losses to the Chargers and Raiders sandwiching wins over the Titans and Falcons.

    Will the Colts go 0-3 against the AFC West to begin the season or get on the board in the division to help their playoff chances in an all-knotted-up AFC South? Patrick Mahomes vs. Andrew Luck was supposed to be the marquee QB matchup, but Mahomes and Jacoby Brissett — the only passer in the NFL with multiple TD passes in every game so far — can be just as compelling.

    Here's everything to know about betting on Colts vs. Chiefs, including updated odds, trends and our prediction for "Sunday Night Football" (8:20 p.m. ET, NBC) in Week 5.

    MORE: Get the latest NFL odds at Sportsbook Review

    Betting odds for ‘Sunday Night Football'

      Spread: Chiefs by 11Point total: 56Moneyline: Colts -107, Chiefs -103

      Since the Chiefs rallied to beat the Lions on the road and the Raiders upset the Colts at home, the line has been at double digits. The Colts come in with a lot of injury concerns and the Chiefs get the extra prime-time home bump.

      Colts vs. Chiefs all-time series

      The Colts lead here 16-10 but the Chiefs have won the last two meetings by scores of 30-14 and 31-13, with the latter coming in last season's divisional playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium. Before then, also with Luck, Indianapolis won three consecutive games, including in the wild-card round after the 2013 season.


      Three trends to know

      — 53 percent of bettors like the Colts to make the game closer than 11 points. 55 percent like the game to go over the high total.

      — The Chiefs covered in their first three games and the total has gone over in three of their four games.

      — The Colts are both 2-2 straight up and 2-2 against the spread this season, splitting both their home and away games.

      Three things to watch

      Mahomes to Kelce

      With the Colts gutted by injuries in the back middle of their defense, Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce is set up for a big night. Linebacker Darius Leonard and starting safeties Malik Hooker and Clayton Geathers all will be not playing. Look for Mahomes to find his favorite intermediate target open often.

      Brissett to Hilton

      Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton (quad-questionable) is expected to return to action from an injury that caused him to miss Week 4 against the Raiders. In the playoffs, Hilton was targeted 11 times against the Chiefs, catching 4 passes for 60 yards and TD. In general, Kansas City has held him in check with Luc[......]


    NFL picks straight up for Week 5: Packers continue to own Cowboys, 49ers take down Browns

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    NFL scores Week 5: Final results, scores, highlights from Sunday's games

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    Redskins confirm Case Keenum will start at QB against Dolphins

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    Bill Callahan has made his first major move as the Redskins' interim head coach.

    Quarterback Case Keenum, apparently sufficiently recovered from a foot injury, will start Sunday against the Dolphins, the Redskins coach confirmed Friday.

    Keenum opened the season as the team's starter but was pulled for rookie Dwayne Haskins in Washington's Week 4 loss to the Giants and later replaced by Colt McCoy in a Week 5 loss to the Patriots.

    Callahan also said that first-round pick Dwayne Haskins will be active for the game because he’s the future of the franchise, reported. That likely means McCoy will be inactive for Sunday's game.

    Callahan made it clear earlier this week that Haskins would receive more reps with the first team in practice, though he clarified that Haskins was not a candidate for the starting role at this time — and possibly all of 2019.

    "It might be a little bit of a shift in philosophy as we move forward," Callahan told reporters Tuesday (via the Washington Times).

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    Baker Mayfield injury update: Quarterback says hip is 'tender'

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    The Browns are off to an underwhelming start and the team received a bit of a scare regarding its quarterback on Sunday.

    During the team's 32-28 loss to the Seahawks, quarterback Baker Mayfield injured his hip on a scramble in the first half. A few plays later, he was seen down on one knee in pain. He was evaluated in the locker room between series and remained in the game. 

    After the game, Mayfield said his hip felt "tender," but that it was no excuse for the way he played.

    "It hurts," Mayfield said (via "But it's a physical game of football."

    On Sunday, Mayfield completed 22 of his 37 passes for 249 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. He also rushed four times for 35 yards and one score. 

    The Browns (2-4) head into their bye week before visiting the Patriots (6-0) in Week 8.

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    What channel is Cowboys vs. Jets on today? Schedule, time for Sunday's Week 6 game

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    For the most part, those scanning their TV channels for Cowboys vs. Jets on Sunday will be in luck. The matchup in New York is one of two late Sunday afternoon games on CBS' broadcast schedule with a start time of 4:25 p.m. ET, and the majority of the country will be presented this game.

    The only TV markets that will not find Cowboys vs. Jets on CBS are those around Nashville and a good-sized chunk around Denver. Plus, the Phoenix area will not get a late Sunday afternoon game on CBS due to a blackout.

    Against the spread | Straight-up predictions

    Of course, based on the point spread for Cowboys vs. Jets (via Sportsbook Review), those who tune in Sunday might not get to watch a competetive game. Dallas is entering the game as a seven-point favorite, a line that shrunk from 10 points after it was announced New York quarterback Sam Darnold was cleared to play and would start against the Cowboys.

    Below is all the info you need to watch Cowboys vs. Jets on Sunday, including the TV channels and kickoff time.

    What channel is Cowboys vs. Jets on today?

      TV channel (national): CBSTV channel (Dallas): KTVTTV channel (New York): WCBS

      Cowboys vs. Jets was an easy choice over Titans vs. Broncos as CBS' game of the week. That means viewers will be treated to the network's No. 1 broadcast crew.

      Jim Nantz will call the Cowboys vs. Jets play-by-play action, and Tony Romo will provide analysis. Tracy Wolfson will report from the sidelines.

      For those who can't get to a TV and wish to find Cowboys vs. Jets on the radio, the Dallas call can be heard on Sirius channel 134 and XM channel 385, and the New York call can be heard on Sirius channel 82 and XM channel 227.

      MORE: Watch every NFL game and RedZone on DAZN (Canada only)

      Cowboys vs. Jets: What time is kickoff?

        Date: Sunday, Oct. 13Start time: 4:25 p.m. ET

        The 4:25 p.m. ET start time marks the Cowboys' third kickoff this season in a time slot with which they're familiar. Dallas' schedule features six late Sunday afternoon kickoffs and just four early Sunday afternoon kickoffs.

        The Jets, meanwhile, are playing their one and only late Sunday afternoon game of the season. With the exception of next week's Monday night game against New England and a Week 15 Thursday night game in Baltimore, New York will have early Sunday afternoon kickoffs the rest of the year.

        MORE: NFL Week 6 coverage map

        Cowboys scheduleWeekDateOpponentKickoff timeTVWeek 1Sept. 8vs. Giants (W, 35-17)4:25 p.m. ETFOXWeek 2Sept. 15at Redskins (W, 31-21)1 p.m. ETFOXWeek 3Sept. 22Dolphins (W, 31-6)1 p.m. ETFOXWeek 4Sept. 29at Saints (L, 12-10)8:20 p.m. ETNBCWeek 5Oct. 6vs. Packers (L, 34-24)4:25 p.m.[......]


    Pope Francis accidentally tags Saints in a tweet, Twitter has a field day

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    Pope Francis, a Saints fan?

    That's what it seemed when he used #Saints Sunday morning. With the hashtag, New Orleans' fleur de lis symbol popped up, alerting Saints and NFL fans.

    On Sunday, Pope Francis canonized British Catholic luminary John Henry Newman and four women, all of whom likely were the saints he was referring to. However, Twitter couldn't help but have fun at the Pope's unintentional support of the NFL Saints.

    Who knows, maybe all the football talk infiltrating the Pope's responses will make him a Saints fan at the end of the day.



    Jets fine Kelechi Osemele for not practicing through torn labrum, report says

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    The Jets want offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele to play Monday versus the Patriots.

    However, he believes he isn't healthy enough to do so and he didn't practice Saturday because of it.

    New York has now fined him for not practicing with what his agent said was a torn labrum, according to SNY.

    According to a report from the New York Daily News, Osemele has been told by doctors he needs shoulder surgery. He has also been told he has the ability to play, it's just a matter of if he can tolerate the pain that comes with it.

    His 夜网论坛agent, Andrew Kessler, told The Athletic that Osemele is dealing with a torn labrum and there is no debate surrounding the injury. He also said the Jets gave him Toradol — a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug — to numb the pain so he could play in games earlier this season.

    The offensive lineman though indicated to Kessler the narcotics were not sufficient enough to reduce the pain to a level he could play with.

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    Bears' Matt Nagy on team's need to establish run game: 'I'm not an idiot'

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    The Bears have continued to struggle running the ball and hit rock bottom Sunday.

    Chicago rushed only five times in its 36-25 loss to the Saints and totaled 17 yards on the ground while Mitchell Trubisky threw 54 times for 251 yards and two scores. Coach Matt Nagy knows the team should have more balance.

    "I know we need to run the ball more. I'm not an idiot," Nagy told reporters at a Monday press conference. "I never go into a game saying, 'I want to throw the ball 54 times.' I'd love to go into a game saying, 'I'd like to run the ball 54 times,' but that hasn't happened."

    The Bears ranked 11th in rushing yards (1,938) last season but haven't been the same in 2019. Second-year quarterback Trubisky thinks the Bears need to find themselves.

    “We have no identity,” Trubisky said Sunday, via the Chicago Tribune. “We’re just searching. We don’t have any rhythm. We’re not the offense we were last year.”

    Last year's team featured the NFL's ninth-best scoring offense, putting up 26.3 points per game. But the Bears are 29th in points per game through six contests this year.

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    Drew Brees injury update: Saints QB (thumb) aims to return in Week 8 vs. Cardinals

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    There is a light at the end of the tunnel for Drew Brees.

    The Saints quarterback and coach Sean Payton told Fox broadcasters Sunday that the "goal" and "plan" is to have Brees suited up and ready to go for Week 8's game against the Cardinals.

    "Sean Payton saying before the game the goal to get (Brees) back is against Arizona next week," sideline reporter Erin Andrews said during the first half of the Saints' game against the Bears, via The Times-Picayune. "He said if he's healthy you play him. And I said, 'So when does he start practicing?' He said he'll practice ... next week ... and we'll make the decision Wednesday or Thursday.

    "I went up to Drew Brees, and I said, 'So this is what your coach said, what do you say?' And Brees said, 'Well, I already made my decision. I know when I want to come back.'"

    Brees' return will mark seven weeks since he's taken the field ever since he injured his thumb against the Rams. Since then, Teddy Bridgewater has taken over under center, where he has reminded the NFL he is a top-notch quarterback.

    Since Bridgewater has taken over, the Saints have gone on a five-game win streak.

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    Patriots signing kicker Nick Folk, report says

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    The Patriots are bringing a new kicker on board ahead of Week 9.

    New England released Mike Nugent on Tuesday — after he went 2 of 4 on field goals in Sunday's 27-13 victory over the Browns — in order to sign Nick Folk, according to NFL Network.

    Folk, 34, hasn't played in the NFL since he spent four games with the Buccaneers in 2017. The 11-year NFL veteran though did set the AAF record for the longest field goal in league history earlier in 2019 before i夜网论坛t was disbanded in April.

    The Patriots placed longtime kicker Stephen Gostkowski on the IR in early October after he suffered a season-ending injury, which required surgery.

    Folk's experience could lend a helping hand to a New England team that has been dominant on both offense and defense this year.

    The Patriots (8-0) will look to continue their unbeaten streak against the Ravens (5-2) Sunday at 8:20 p.m. ET.



    Jaguars choose to start Nick Foles, end Gardner Minshew Mania after bye week

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    We thought we laid out a compelling case for the Jaguars to ride the wave that was Gardner Minshew starting at quarterback and making Jacksonville fun to watch. So much for that.

    With Nic夜网论坛k Foles set to return from the shoulder injury that kept him sidelined for seven weeks, the Jaguars are going back to their $88 million man.

    Coach Doug Marrone announced Tuesday that Foles will start over Minshew when the Jaguars play the Colts in Week 11. Jacksonville is on a bye in Week 10.

    MORE: Why Jags should have stuck with Minshew

    Even though Minshew had his worst game yet in Sunday's loss to the Texans, SN's Vinnie Iyer provided four reasons why the Jaguars should have stuck with the rookie sixth-rounder from Washington State. Minshew makes the Jaguars relevant when he is the starter. He also makes game planning against the Jags tougher, has good chemistry with his receivers and and has franchise potential.

    "He's done a great job," Marrone said of Minshew on Tuesday. "I feel a whole lot different about him now than I did prior to him playing, in a positive way."

    Alas, money talks in the NFL. Jacksonville signed Foles to a four-year, $88 million contract with $45.125 million fully guaranteed at signing in free agency. In contrast, Minshew's rookie contract is scheduled to pay him $2,711,616 over four seasons.

    In his eight starts for the Jaguars this season, Minshew went 188-of-307 passing for 2,285 yards, 13 touchdowns and 4 interceptions for a passer rating of 92.8. Jacksonville went 4-4 in those games.

    The Jaguars at 4-5 are just a couple games behind the Texans in the AFC South, and they are still in the mix for a wild card. They evidently believe Foles will give them a better chance to chase those goals in the second half of the 2019 season.



    Fantasy Football Show Podcast Week 11: Waiver pickups, sleepers, start 'em/sit 'em advice

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    Who would've thought that in Week 11 we'd spend so much time talking about Jeff Driskel, Ross Dwelley, and Kalen Ballage? Sure, Brian Hill was always going to a hot late-season name -- we all knew that -- but Smelly Dwelley (likely his nickname in grade school)? That's a real shocker. Yet, those players are all featured prominently on the Week 11 Fantasy Football Show (podcast available on iTunes, SoundCloud, and YouTube) -- and all for good reason.

    We talk about a few other players, such as Carson Wentz, Jared Goff, David Johnson, Ronald Jones, Kareem Hunt,Tyler Lockett, Terry McLaurin, Christian Kirk, Zach Ertz, T.J. Hockenson and more snoozers like that, but our hearts are really with dudes like Dwelley, Ballage, Hill, Tre'Quan Smith, Auden Tate, and Luke Stocker (all mentioned).

    Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end 夜网论坛| D/ST | Kicker

    Still not enough for you? Well, at the very end of the show, we express our shock that more people aren't picking up a certain player. Click below to find out who we're talking about! (Now that's a pro tease, huh?)

    WEEK 11 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end

    Week 11 Fantasy Football Podcast


    WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO SAY FOR YOURSELF? Things we were wrong about last week: (1:07)

    Trusting Brian Hoyer too much
    Not doubting Jeff Driskel enough

    TORCH 'EM: Most searched players of the week (4:09)

    Devonta Freeman/Brian Hill
    Austin Hooper
    Tyler Lockett/Josh Gordon
    George Kittle/Emmanuel Sanders/Deebo Samuel
    David Johnson/Kenyan Drake

    SLEEPERS & RISKY PLAYS (BUT ACTUALLY START 'EM/SIT 'EM): Players we're excited/worried about for Week 11 (16:18)

    QBs: Ryan Finley, Kyle Allen, Jimmy Garoppolo, Josh Allen, Derek Carr, Carson Wentz, Kyler Murray, Kirk Cousins, Jared Goff (17:24)

    RBs: Brian Hill, Frank Gore/Devin Singletary, Damien Williams, Kalen Ballage, Jordan Howard/Miles Sanders, Ronald Jones, Royce Freeman/Phillip Lindsay, Kareem Hunt, Sony Michel (23:40)

    WRs: Ted Ginn/Tre'Quan Smith, Terry McLaurin, Auden Tate, Mohamed Sanu/Phillip Dorsett, Alshon Jeffery, Kenny Golladay, Robert Woods, DeVante Parker, Larry Fitzgerald/Christian Kirk, Steelers WRs (30:57)

    TEs: Ross Dwelley, Tyler Eifert, T.J. Hockenson, Jason Witten, Zach Ertz, Kyle Rudolph, Darren Fells (42:16)

    D/STs: Jets, Redskins, Raiders, Eagles, Panthers, Bears (47:29)

    RANDOM $#!& (51:17)

    Upcoming returns for potentially fantasy-relevant players



    Patriots vs. Eagles odds, prediction, betting trends for Week 11 matchup

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    The Patriots (8-1) will travel to play the Eagles (5-4) for the first time since Super Bowl 52 in Sunday's marquee Week 11 NFL matchup (4:25 p.m. ET, CBS).

    New England will try to avenge a 41-33 loss in that final game following the 2017 season, but more important, it needs a win to better position itself for another AFC championship run in '19. Philadelphia, also coming off a bye, also could use a victory as it chases an NFC playoff berth.

    The Patriots suffered their first loss of the season against the Ravens in Week 9, while the Eagles beat the Bears to get back above. 500.

    Here's everything to know about betting on Patriots vs. Eagles, including updated odds, trends and our expert's prediction for the Week 11 matchup.

    MORE: Get the latest NFL odds at Sportsbook Review

    Betting odds for Patriots vs. Eagles

      Spread: Patriots by 4.5Point total: 45Odds: Patriots -101, Eagles -109

      The Patriots and Eagles are both pretty healthy going in so the line has stayed rather steady, with some sportsbooks having this as Philadelphia +4.

      Patriots vs. Eagles all-time series

      The Eagles lead the series 8-6, including Super Bowl 52. The Eagles have a two-game winning streak in the rare rivalry. Before that, the Patriots had won four straight. 

      Three trends to know

      — 65 percent of spread bettors are with the Patriots to take care of their small number. But 53 percent of moneyline bettors are with the Eagles straight up.

      — 61 percent of bettors like the game to go over the point total with quarterbacks as good as Tom Brady and Carson Wentz on the field.

      — The Patriots had won and covered in four consecutive games while doing neither against the Ravens. The Eagles have failed to cover in all four of their losses.

      Three things to watch

      Wentz without his wideouts

      DeSean Jackson is out for the season and Alshon Jeffery will be missing this game. That means you can expect the Eagles to try to help Wentz with frequent two-tight end sets featuring Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert. Ertz will probably draw the Patriots' primary coverage attention now, but the presence of Goedert can make it tricky as he's also athletic enough to create mismatches. This development also should prompt the Eagles to be dedicated more to the running game, which has 夜网论坛had good success of late, but with more Miles Sanders and no Jordan Howard.

      Brady without a running game

      The Eagles have played light-out run defense at home this season and they are No. 4 overall in that category. They have been vulnerable at cornerback, but they are now back healthy there. The key for Brady[......]


    Did the Eagles' Nelson Agholor get caught on Twitter using a burner account?

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    Eagles fans have been overly critical of Nelson Agholor this season, and it may have led to the receiver using a burner account on Twitter to defend his name.

    If you aren't aware, a burner account is when a public figure (like an athlete) will create a separate, anonymous social media account that seemingly has no connection to them, and is often used to respond to others. Since responding publicly would usually result in more public shaming, some like to respond anonymously through burners.

    But, as we've seen with Kevin Durant and former 76ers GM Bryan Colangelo, sometimes you get caught. And that may be the case with Agholor.

    Speculation about Agholor's potential burner, @efam33, began early Thursday after Eagles fans noticed it was oddly supporting the receiver. Upon further investigation, every tweet from the account had language supporting Agholor.

    MORE: Tua drops out of first round in 2020 NFL Mock Draft

    The responses from the account ranged from criticizing Carson Wentz, supporting former Eagles quarterback Nick Foles, and criticizing Eagles fans themselves.

    "Maybe it's because Wentz doesn't throw a better ball than Foles, making it harder for us to catch," one tweet said. "Foles threw a better ball," another tweet read.

    Another tweet speculated the receiver no longer wanted to play in Philadelphia.

    (Twitter) There's also the name of the account, "efam33." While seemingly random on initial inspection, Agholor's middle name is Efamehule, so the "efam" part of the Twitter handle would make sense.

    Adding to the drama of the account, after people started speculating it was Agholor, tweets started to disappear. Eventually, every tweet from the account had disappeared, a夜网论坛s well as the likes (the likes were also supportive of Agholor, based on screenshots from Twitter). The liked tweets from the account were critical of GM Howie Roseman and offensive coordinator Mike Groh.

    Is @efam33 really Nelson Agholor?

    It's impossible to know for sure unless Agholor admits to it. But as others have pointed out, it almost seems too obvious that it's him. 

    You'd think if Agholor were to create a burner account, he'd make sure it had no ties to his name, so using "efam" doesn't seem like a smart move. There were also a few tweets where the account used words like "us" which seems like[......]