Even though the Edmonton Oilers entered Tuesday’s game in a tie for first place in the Pacific Division there are plenty of reasons to be concerned about what they are actually capable of this season. They are still the most top-heavy team in the league, relying almost entirely on one line for offense. They have also been playing below .500 hockey for the better part of the past two months, and after Tuesday’s 6-3 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes have won just 11 of their past 25 games. Not great! This most recent loss also included a rather embarrassing play as goalie Mikko Koskinen was faked out by Hurricanes defenseman Dougie Hamilton and allowed a goal from the center red line. As Hamilton controlled the puck at the red line off of a face-off win, he made it look like he was going to simply dump the puck into the corner. That resulted in Koskinen starting to leave the net so he could cut off the dump-in and hopefully make a play to gain possession for his team. The … [Read more...] about Dougie Hamilton tricks Koskinen, scores from center red line (Video)
Out of the top 60 forwards based on total projected fantasy points between now and 12/22, 13 have a projected rank that is substantially worse than their actual fantasy rank. A couple forwards who are projected to come up below their actual fantasy rank in the short term are Andrew Wiggins (#28) and Wendell Carter Jr. (#38). But of all the forwards with a lower short term ranking, Bojan Bogdanovic is the lowest ranking one at #50, down from #18 (actual rank). There are 13 forwards whose projected rank over the next 10 days is much better than their season-to-date rank. At #5, Paul George is the highest ranking must start. There are a number of forwards projected to be major short term fantasy contributors who are widely available on waiver wires. Dillon Brooks, at #42, is the highest ranking forward of this waiver wire group. Visit Sportsline to get the latest lines, updated projections, best values, and picks from some of the top Vegas handicappers. We also have the best … [Read more...] about The Short Term Outlook is Not Great for Bojan Bogdanovic, Andrew Wiggins and Wendell Carter Jr.
CBS NFL writer Jordan Dajani gives his picks for Week 15 of the 2019 NFL season by Jordan Dajani @JordanDajani Dec 12, 2019 at 8:34 am ET • 6 min read After going a perfect 10-0 over the last two weeks, we came back to earth a little bit. We went 2-3, as the Cowboys proved they are even worse than we thought, the Rams blew out the Seahawks and the Eagles did not cover against the Giants. The NFC East is an absolute disaster, but one team has to win the division. The Eagles get a potential layup in the Redskins this week, but the Cowboys get the defending NFC Champions. We could be in for more a much more interesting race than people expect. The Bengals face off against the Patriots in the "Spygate 2" matchup, Drew Lock has a chance to take down Patrick Mahomes and we could see Eli Manning make the last home start of his career. It should be another interesting week in the NFL, so let's go ahead and jump on in to my Week 15 … [Read more...] about NFL Week 15 odds, picks, how to watch: Raiders win last game in Oakland, Rams beat Cowboys in Dallas
Here are this year's playoff runner-ups that have the best chance of making it to next year's Super Bowl by Sean Wagner-McGough @seanjwagner Jan 25, 2018 at 6:00 am ET • 11 min read Over the past two-and-half weeks, the NFL playoff field has been trimmed from 12 teams to two. Only the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles remain. The two teams will meet in Super Bowl LII in a week-and-a-half to wrap up what's been another thrilling season. But just because the season hasn't ended yet doesn't mean we can't already look ahead to the 2018 season.Ten playoff teams have seen their seasons end in heartbreak. The Chiefs blew an 18-point lead to the Titans at home. The Bills couldn't score a touchdown against the Jaguars. The Panthers watched Devin Funchess misplay a potential game-winning touchdown. The Rams went one-and-done after a dominant regular season. The Falcons drew up the worst fourth-down play-call at the 2-yard line when a … [Read more...] about Ranking the 10 playoff losers’ chances of journeying to Super Bowl LIII in 2019
Examining the Lions' desire to run it often and if they have the personnel to thrive on the ground by Chris Trapasso @ChrisTrapasso Jun 13, 2019 at 9:29 am ET • 7 min read Can building an NFL offense around the run game -- and staying dedicated to it -- work well against smaller defensive fronts recently constructed to defend the pass? The Detroit Lions want to find out. Detroit has made its offensive priority abundantly clear this offseason, and they hired long-time Vikings and Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell to steer the run-oriented ship in 2019. Let's examine whether or not this counter idea could actually be successful in Detroit this season. Lions head coach Matt Patricia spent nearly two decades watching Tom Brady dice secondaries through the air, but even the casual football fan knows how rare Brady is as a quarterback. Can't bank on Brady-type production in the passing game without Brady. Patricia … [Read more...] about NFL 2019: Can Lions’ run-oriented offense be successful enough to save Matt Patricia’s job?