News 6 // 21 Dec 2018, 05:11 IST SHARE The New England Patriots were dealt a blow.A MLB World Series champion got stronger.A former NFL Super Bowl contender got weaker.That is all happening this week in U.S. Sports.1. Patriots lose an important receiverThe Patriots are not closing out the season like they would want. New England lost to the Miami Dolphins two weeks ago in dramatic fashion before falling to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday and now they have lost the wide receiver who was supposed to change the team's fortunes.On Thursday, Josh Gordon announced he was leaving the Patriots to focus on his mental health. A few hours later the NFL announced the wide receiver had been suspended indefinitely for violating the league's policy and program for substances of abuse.New England acquired Gordon after he was placed on waivers by the Cleveland Browns earlier in the year and caught 40 passes for 720 yards and three touchdowns with the Patriots. Now … [Read more...] about This Week in U.S. Sports: Patriots lose a wideout while Panthers lose a QB
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Welcome back to the NFL Fun Power Rankings, where we rate teams based on how fun they are to watch instead of whether they're actually good at winning football games. This list is all about working out which NFL teams are worthy of your busy eyes, and which deserve to be rolled up in a carpet, set on fire, loaded into a big rocket and blasted off into the sun. The fat lady is warming up her vocal chords to call time on the 2018 regular season, leaving just a couple of weeks for teams to scrape their way into the postseason and, more importantly, claw their way up this list. We had a couple of big movers in week 15 - the Rams have dropped out of the top three for the first time in weeks, and a brand new team have taken their place in second. Are the Chargers now the best team in the AFC? Could the Colts upset a big dog in the AFC playoff race? Is Nick Foles going to lead the Eagles to the promised land again? There are plenty of big questions that still need answering... Here … [Read more...] about NFL Fun Power Rankings, week 15: Rams on the slide after struggling again but Chargers and Bears make Super Bowl cases
ANDRE JOHNSON REMEMBERS the moment he realized DeAndre Hopkins was different. It was two months before Odell Beckham Jr . made a catch -- the catch -- that would vault him from top draft pick to household name in 2014. That September, Hopkins, then in his second year in the NFL, also made a one-handed grab. Like Beckham, he was chasing an overthrown deep pass (from Ryan Fitzpatrick ), spun around to track the ball, then caught it as he fell backward, plucking it out of the air with his left hand as nonchalantly as a child might reach for a dangling peach. It was a gasp-inducing show of strength and coordination, but unlike Beckham's catch, Hopkins' was largely forgotten because it didn't count thanks to an illegal formation penalty. And also because, well, he played for a Texans team that had just gone 2-14. Johnson shakes his head. "I thinkthatcatch was better than the Odell catch." It's the Sunday after Thanksgiving, and the retired wide receiver is sitting on a cart in the … [Read more...] about DeAndre Hopkins is finally out of the QB wilderness. Now what?
Blake Bortles is headed to the bench by John Breech @johnbreech 30s ago • 2 min read The Jaguars decision to fire their offensive coordinator wasn't the only big move they made on Monday. The team has also decided to bench Blake Bortles. Jags coach Doug Marrone announced that Cody Kessler will be the team's starter when Jacksonville hosts the Colts this week (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS, stream on CBS All Access or stream on fuboTV, try for free). It will be Kessler's first start since 2016 when he started eight games for the Browns and went 0-8. "I had a chance to talk to both Blake and Cody and I told both those guys the same thing, 'I'm making this change to give us an opportunity to win a football game,'" Marrone said, via the team's official Twitter account. "Cody knows the offense. I talked to him and told him what's expected of him." One thing that Marrone wasn't clear about was whether or not this move would be long term. … [Read more...] about Blake Bortles benched in Jacksonville as Jaguars hand starting QB job to Cody Kessler
Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) remains on the field after being injured on a play during the first half of an NFL game against the Baltimore Ravens in Baltimore, Md., Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018. Heidi Fang Las Vegas Review-Journal @HeidiFangOakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) is sacked by Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Matt Judon (99) as Oakland Raiders offensive guard Kelechi Osemele (70) and offensive tackle Brandon Parker (75), and outside linebacker Za'Darius Smith (90) look on during the second half of an NFL game in Baltimore, Md., Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018. Heidi Fang Las Vegas Review-Journal @HeidiFangOakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) grabs his leg on the field after being sacked by Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Matt Judon (99), not pictured, during the second half of an NFL game in Baltimore,Md., Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018. Heidi Fang Las Vegas Review-Journal @HeidiFangOakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) comes off the field with trainers during … [Read more...] about Raiders QB Derek Carr ‘all right’ after ankle scare