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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.
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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.
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.
Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones reportedly will not fire coach Jason Garrett before the end of the season. And why would he? As long as Dallas remains alive in the playoff picture, a deep postseason run for a still-talented team remains in play.
But what about after the season, when Garrett's contract with the Cowboys is set to expire?
This is a question Jones will be asked to address often over the next month or so, especially now that the Cowboys have lost three of their last four games in frustrating fashion. On his weekly radio appearance with 105.3 The Fan in Dallas on Tuesday, Jones' answers on the topic fell in line with what he has said in the past. Except for one line.
"In my opinion, Jason Garrett will be coaching in the NFL next year," Jones said.
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This is an interesting "opinion" for Jones to have considering he directly controls Garrett's employment future. Rather than suggesting Garrett could land a job in 2020 with one of the 31 other teams in the league, Jones could have doubled down on what feels like increasingly artificial confidence in Garrett. That was his approach for the rest of the interview.
"First of all, he’s a good coach ... one of the smartest coaches," Jones said, confirming he plans to keep Garrett in pl[......]
NFL American Football
The 2020 XFL season kicks off on Feb. 8, about a week after the Super Bowl.
So if you're craving some extra football after the NFL season, you might want to tune in to the XFL to see what it's all about. But while the XFL is a football league, its rules differ greatly from the NFL. The league announced its rules in early January, and there are several key differences between the two football leagues.
"What we did is listen to fans," XFL commissioner Oliver Luck said in a statement. "And what they told us is that they love this game, but they would like it at a little more of a faster pace and with a little more excitement. They thought there is too much idle time. We tried to listen to what they didn't want, also. They didn't want gimmicks or things that were inauthentic. They also didn't want to be complicit when it comes to player safety. So what we wanted to do is take a great game and make it a little better."
The XFL isn't changing the sport entirely, but there are a few notable rules to point out, which we'll go through below.
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XFL kickoffs and punts are radically different
You can read about all of the specific kickoff rules on the XFL's website, but the important thing to know is that players cannot move until the ball is caught by the returner. Similarly[......]
NFL Buccaneers American Football
The prospect of an elite passing game is so irresistible to NFL teams that the pharmacy store-sized receipt of transgressions wide receiver Antonio Brown has rung up in his career is immaterial to them.
Brown was booted from Pittsburgh, Oakland and New England in a single year as a result of conduct detrimental to his teams and serious off-field allegations. That didn't stop him from being a hot commodity this week in a whirlwind of negotiations that has reportedly culminated in him signing with the Buccaneers.
The Buccaneers convinced him to visit Florida on Friday after the Seahawks showed interest earlier this week. They've now agreed to the framework of a deal that would pair him with Tom Brady.
Brown will be eligible to play after Week 8. He is serving a league suspension for an incident with the driver of a moving truck outside his South Florida home, and he faces separate sexual assault allegations.
Update: Antonio Brown and the Buccaneers have reached agreement on a one-year deal, per sources.
Language still has to be finalized, COVID protocols passed, but Brown is likely to make his Bucs’ debut in Week 9 against the Saints.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 23, 2020
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NFL Titans Texans Texans v Titans American Football
Derrick Henry needed 223 rushing yards in Week 17 to hit the 2,000-yard mark for the season. No problem — the Titans star ran for 250.
That made Henry the eighth running back in NFL history to hit 2,000 yards on the ground in a single season. Henry finished Sunday with 34 carries for 250 yards and two touchdowns. Thanks to Henry's monster day, Tennessee clinched the AFC South title with a 41-38 win over the Colts.
For the second-straight year, Henry claimed the NFL rushing crown, and he's now part of a legendary eight-player list, too.
CROWN THE KING.
Derrick Henry has rushed for 2,000 yards in a season! #Titans
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How many running backs have had 2,000 yards in NFL history?
Henry is the eighth running back in NFL history to run for 2,000 yards in a season. Here's the whole list, sorted by yardage total:
- Eric Dickerson (1984) -[......]
NFL Packers American Football
When the Green Bay Packers make it to the Super Bowl, they normally win it.
The Packers have won four out of five appearances in the Super Bowl, tied for the best winning percentage among franchises with at least three appearances in the big game. Green Bay's history with the Super Bowl dates back, of course, to the first two Super Bowls, both of which were won by the Packers.They weren't even known as the "Super Bowl" at the time, instead called the AFL-NFL World Championship. Retroactively, though, those two Packers wins are recognized as the first two Super Bowl titles.
The current face of the Green Bay franchise, Aaron Rodgers has made it to one Super Bowl. He and the Packers won the 2011 Super Bowl (at the conclusion of the 2010 regular season) with a 31-25 victory over Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Here's more to know about Green Bay's history in the Super Bowl, which in some ways is as deep as any franchise's.
Packers Super Bowl history
When is the last time the Packers went to a Super Bowl?
The last time the Packers played in the Super Bowl was February 2011, following the 2010 regular season. They took on the Pittsburgh Steelers and won, 31-25. That's the only time Aaron Rodgers ha[......]
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It'd be harder to find a higher-profile October NFL signing than Le'Veon Bell's addition by the Chiefs in 2020. But sometimes since then, it's hard to find Bell on the field.
Kansas City made the move to pick Bell up after his noisy release from the Jets. It added another weapon for Patrick Mahomes and Andy Reid to work with, especially with running back Damien Williams opted out of the season due to COVID-19 concerns. But Bell didn't become a mighty all-purpose back the way he'd been in his early Steelers days.
In nine regular season games with the Chiefs, Bell carried 63 times for 254 yards and two scores, adding 13 catches for 99 yards. He worked behind Clyde Edwards-Helaire whenever the rookie from LSU has been healthy, and even when Edwards-Helaire missed the Chiefs' divisional round game, Darrel Williams got more backfield work than Bell.
Bell did not play in the Chiefs' AFC championship game against the Bills because of injury. While he's active for Super Bowl 55, it's unlikely you'll see him on the field much.[......]
LOS ANGELES — Scottie Pippen has filed a countersuit against a Southern California man who claims the former Chicago Bulls star assaulted him at a sushi restaurant last year.
The Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/1dzzge5) says the cross-complaint filed this month alleges 49-year-old Camran Shafighi cursed at Pippen using racial slurs, spat on him and his children and threatened to kill him.
Pippen's suit calls for unspecified damages.
Shafighi filed a $4 million lawsuit against Pippen, accusing him of a "brutal and unjustified physical attack" that allegedly occurred outside Malibu's Nobu restaurant after Shafighi had sought a picture with the former NBA All-Star.
An attorney for Shafighi declined Tuesday to comment on the cross-complaint.
Los Angeles County prosecutors said there was insufficient evidence to bring assault charges against the 47-year-old Pippen.
Think the first few days of NBA free agency have been eventful? Wait until LeBron James gets back from vacation.
The King, who hasn't exactly dispelled rumors that he'd consider taking his talents somewhere other than South Beach, has options. Those options became a little clearer Thursday night, after James' agent, Rich Paul, reportedly spoke with the Cavaliers, Mavericks, Rockets and Suns. Paul also is reported to have a meeting with Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak scheduled for Friday.
So Heat president Pat Riley, who reportedly was in Los Angeles on Thursday recruiting Pau Gasol, might be nearing scramble mode as the plans of his best player — the best basketball player in the world — remain unknown.
Not helping Riley's assumed discomfort: The Rockets plan to go after Chris Bosh if they fail to land Carmelo Anthony, according to ESPN.com's Marc Stein.
After Miami lost to San Antonio in the Finals and before the free-agent period began, many believed Riley would be able to convince his Big Three to stay — likely with restructured contracts — as he surrounded them with an improved supporting cast. Then James requested the unexpected but understandable: The league's best player wants to be paid like the league's best player.
James dropped the mic and left for vacation with his family, leaving the NBA community with nothing but questions regarding his intentions. All teams, of course, would love James on their roster.[......]
Four years ago, LeBron James descended upon Miami like a gift from above. This Christmas, that gift returns in a Cavaliers uniform.
As far as former teammate Dwyane Wade is concerned, James deserves a warm welcome from Heat fans when his Cavaliers come to play at American Airlines Arena on Thursday.
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“The man helped take us to places we've only been once before he got here," Wade told ESPN.com. “So I think he should be received very well for that at the start of the game.”
James returned to Cleveland this summer after spending the previous four seasons in Miami and helping the Heat to four NBA Finals appearances and back-to-back NBA titles.
The Heat are currently 13-15, with Wade averaging a team-high 22.8 points per game.
James is averaging 25.2 points and 7.8 assists per game for the Cavaliers, whose record currently stands at 16-10. James has said Wade was one of his biggest supporters when he decided to return to Cleveland.
"Obviously, he wanted me to stay and he was a big reason why I was teetering back and forth, because it's bigger than basketball with me and him,” James said. “It's like a friendship I can't explain. It's like a brother that I never had."
The team plans to show a video compilation of[......]
President Barack Obama is making waves in the sneaker world.
When Obama paid a visit to Nike's headquarters in Beaverton, Ore., last week, he received a pair of exclusive Jordans in a custom presidential box. And they're super fancy.
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The sneakers are none other than the new Air Jordan 11Lab4's, retailing at a hefty price of $250 as of May 1. Because we're talking about Obama, though, the tongues of the shoes have a Presidential seal — not the usual Jumpman logo.
Air Jordan 11Lab4 with special case for Barack Obama pic.twitter.com/EXUki9Crxy
— SneakerFiles.com (@sneakerfiles) May 11, 2015
The thing is, a lot of people aren't so happy with Nike buttering up the President.
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— Shelby King (@shelby_king) May 8, 2015
The motivation behind Obama's visit was to discuss his proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would likely lead to more jobs opening up overseas. For the likes of New Balance, which is based almost entirely in the States, that's a worrying deal.
"I think it’s great that the President is getting out and talking about his agenda,” said New Balance vice president Matt LeBretton to Politico. "(But) it would be great to have him come to a footwear company that actually still makes shoes in the United States and be talking about this agreement. We’d[......]
As the postseason rolls on, even playoff teams have begun to move forward after being eliminated. SN’s Sean Deveney has been looking at the state of those teams and how their offseasons will shape up.
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The Bucks didn’t come into the year expecting to finish .500, and they certainly didn’t expect that kind of finish with the knowledge that rookie forward Jabari Parker, the No. 2 pick in last year’s draft, would play only 25 games because of a torn knee ligament. Or that their starting center, Larry Sanders, would beg out of basketball altogether and accept a buyout. Or that they’d trade their best player, Brandon Knight, at the trade deadline. But the fact that they still finished break-even is an indication of the quality of young talent the Bucks have collected, and the outstanding coaching job Jason Kidd did in reaching those young players.
As for the roster layout, it’s very favorable to the Bucks. They have four veterans lined up for next year, all with one year left on their contracts: O.J. Mayo ($8 million), Ersan Ilyasova ($7.9 million), Zaza Pachulia ($5.2 million) and Jerryd Bayless ($3 million). It’s also likely that Jared Dudley, who has a player option worth $4.2 million, will return. Should the Bucks look to make a deal, Ilyasova will draw the most interest, as he snapped out of a year-and-a-half long fun[......]
Forget the Monstars. Here come the Swag Stars.
That's how the sequel to "Space Jam" would play out if Nick Young wrote the screenplay. The man known as "Swaggy P" would get in touch with his evil side to play the villain.
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"I think I should be one of the enemies," Young told TMZ. "Instead of Monstars, be like Swag Stars and we taking over... I want to be the enemy. I'm like the Joker."
If Young is the bad guy, who plays Michael Jordan's role? Young suggests the obvious choice in LeBron James, who was rumored to be starring in "Space Jam 2" before the possibility of the project was quickly shut down.
Blake Griffin would be an option considering he has done a table read of the original movie. When the Clippers All-Star forward was brought up, Young felt Griffin's skin tone wouldn't allow him to be the lead actor.
"I give it to Blake, he can act. But he's too beige (to play Michael Jordan)," Young said. "He got to play like a Charles Barkley role."
Don't limit rim-rattling power forwards to one part, Swaggy! Players should be judged on their ability to stretch their arms insane distances for game-winning dunks, not the color of their skin.
A "Space Jam" sequel is unlikely to ever get made, but it's fun to imagine anyway.
You can watch the full TMZ video with Young below.
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Australia coach Andrej Lemanis hinted at a possible last-minute call-up for Patty Mills after Dante Exum's knee injury.
The national team staff previously had balked at the idea of including Mills in the fold for Olympic qualification, with shoulder rehabilitation preventing the Spurs guard from joining the team's European training camp.
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The sudden nature of Exum's knee injury — occurring on a non-contact play during the team's final warm-up game in Slovenia — and the complications associated with travel, however, have left the coaching staff with scarce options on the replacement front.
Lemanis would not entirely rule out the prospect of carrying the current crop of 11 players in the FIBA Oceania Championship opener against New Zealand on August 15.
"We just need to work through exactly what that looks like and [again] the caveat always is, 'What’s in the best interest of the team?' This group has certainly — as we’ve all alluded to — spent ti[......]
According to J.R. Smith, don't believe everything you read.
The Cavaliers guard has been accused of choking a 19-year-old high school student in New York City, something his attorney said is "completely false."
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"We don't believe he's going to be charged," Attorney Alex Spiro told ESPN.com.
The Cavs said they were aware of the situation, but haven't taken any action against Smith.
"We are aware of the story and have spoken to J.R. about it," Cavs general manager David Griffin said. "J.R.'s attorney has issued a statement on the matter and there will be no further comment from the team on this at this point."
According to the alleged victim, Justin Brown, Smith pushed Brown against the exterior of a building in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City and choked him after Brown heckled Smith for being traded from the Knicks.
A police report was not filed until three days after the alleged confrontation between Smith and Brown, even though officers were present.
Harrison Barnes needs to address an issue he has with Warriors fans.
They always come up to him and talk about how Barnes is their favorite player and what not, when everyone knows Stephen Curry is really number one in their hearts. So Barnes made a video about it.
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Story of my life.
Warriors fans better quit playing and go cop a Barnes jersey if they're going to come up to him with that nonsense.