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Acting coach Antonio Pierce infuses the Raiders with a bold and aggressive mindset.

Acting coach Antonio Pierce infuses the Raiders with a bold and aggressive mindset.

Antonio Pierce brings a proactive and daring approach to the Raiders as the interim coach, marking a departure from the conservative style seen under Josh McDaniels. This shift was evident in key plays during the recent victory against the New York Jets, reflecting Pierce’s willingness to take calculated risks.

In a crucial moment during the third quarter, the Raiders’ defensive players urged Pierce to accept a penalty instead of declining it, aiming to maintain pressure on the Jets. This strategic decision changed the field position, showcasing the team’s confidence in their defense. The Raiders subsequently capitalized on the advantageous position, highlighting the impact of Pierce’s bold approach.

Another pivotal play occurred in the fourth quarter when the Raiders, leading 16-12, decided to go for it on fourth-and-1 at their 44-yard line. Pierce’s belief in the team’s momentum and a well-designed play resulted in a successful 15-yard gain. While a subsequent fumble hindered further progress, the decision reflected Pierce’s confidence in the offense’s ability to execute under pressure.

Pierce’s aggressive mindset, rooted in gut feelings and the flow of the game, sets a tone of proactive play rather than playing defensively. These strategic moves demonstrate a departure from a risk-averse mentality, signaling a new era under Pierce’s leadership.

In addition to on-field strategies, the Raiders’ defensive end Maxx Crosby has initiated the Maxx Crosby Foundation, emphasizing charitable causes such as teen substance abuse, youth health, and animal rescue and abuse prevention. This foundation reflects Crosby’s commitment to giving back and leaving a positive legacy, aligning with his belief in the reciprocal nature of contributions to the world.

As the Raiders gear up to face the Miami Dolphins, Pierce’s go-for-it attitude and Crosby’s philanthropic efforts contribute to a dynamic and purpose-driven team culture.



Anticipated Outcomes, Selections, and Betting Odds for the NFL Week 11 Matchup

Anticipated Outcomes, Selections, and Betting Odds for the NFL Week 11 Matchup

The upcoming matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is anticipated to be an exciting clash, according to BetMGM NFL odds. For those looking to place wagers, explore the top mobile sports betting apps that offer enticing NFL betting promos in 2023, including the recently launched ESPN BET app.

Here are the key betting details:

  • Spread: 49ers (-11)
  • Moneyline: 49ers (-600); Buccaneers (+425)
  • Over/under: 41.5

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Here’s a glance at the predictions and picks from experts for NFL Week 11:

Lorenzo Reyes: 49ers 28, Buccaneers 23

The Buccaneers have been inconsistent, but their competitive edge keeps them in the game. The 49ers’ rushing defense might narrow the point gap.

Tyler Dragon: 49ers 28, Buccaneers 16

The 49ers, coming off a significant win, boast a healthy lineup. San Francisco’s defense has the potential to stifle the Buccaneers, replicating their success against the Jaguars.

Safid Deen: 49ers 34, Buccaneers 20

With the 49ers fully healthy again, their impact was evident in the recent win. Facing a Buccaneers team with some issues, San Francisco is poised for success.

Victoria Hernandez: 49ers 30, Buccaneers 23

Both teams secured dominant victories last week, but the return of key players for the 49ers makes a difference. San Francisco’s strong home record adds to their advantage.

Jordan Mendoza: 49ers 28, Buccaneers 17

San Francisco’s win against Jacksonville revitalized their playoff aspirations. While the Buccaneers have a solid defense, they’ve struggled against formidable opponents.

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Originally published on USA TODAY: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at San Francisco 49ers: Predictions, picks, odds



Injuries Impacting TNF Game: Bengals WR Tee Higgins and Ravens LT Ronnie Stanley Ruled Out

Injuries Impacting TNF Game: Bengals WR Tee Higgins and Ravens LT Ronnie Stanley Ruled Out

Thursday’s crucial clash between the Cincinnati Bengals and Baltimore Ravens holds significant implications for the AFC North divisional race. Described as a ‘playoff game in November’ by Bengals offensive coordinator Brian Callahan, the matchup promises high stakes. However, neither team will be operating at full capacity.

Both the Bengals (5-4) and Ravens (7-3) aim to recover from Week 10 losses in this primetime showdown. Nevertheless, they face the challenge of dealing with various injuries. Notably, key players, including one of the Bengals’ top wide receivers, will be absent in the ‘Thursday Night Football’ contest at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.

For more insights on the Bengals at Ravens matchup, including predictions, picks, and odds for NFL Week 11, stay tuned.

Here’s the latest update on key players leading into Thursday’s matchup

Bengals WR Tee Higgins is sidelined: Tee Higgins will be absent for the second consecutive game due to a hamstring injury sustained in practice last week. Missing the Bengals’ recent 30-27 loss to the Houston Texans, Higgins faces a challenging recovery for “Thursday Night Football,” as stated by head coach Zac Taylor. After not participating in any practices throughout the week, Higgins was officially ruled out on Wednesday. This marks the third game Higgins has missed this season, having also sat out in Week 5 due to a rib injury.

Despite his absence, Higgins, known for consecutive 1,000-plus receiving-yard seasons in 2021 and 2022, has accumulated 328 yards and two touchdowns in seven games this season.

Bengals DE Sam Hubbard is unavailable: Sam Hubbard will miss Thursday’s game for the second consecutive time due to an ankle injury, not having participated in practice this week. Recognized for his irreplaceable role in the defensive lineup, Hubbard’s absence has been felt, affecting communication and the team’s edge run defense. Defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo highlighted the challenge of replacing Hubbard and emphasized the need for improvement.

Bengals DE Trey Hendrickson is active: Despite an injury to his knee in the Bengals’ Week 10 loss to the Texans, Trey Hendrickson is expected to play on Thursday. Following a limited practice on Tuesday and a full participation on Wednesday, Hendrickson’s swift recovery allows him to contribute to the game. In nine games this season, Hendrickson has amassed 27 total tackles, 8.5 sacks, and forced 2 fumbles.

Ravens CB Marlon Humphrey Likely Unavailable

Pro Bowl cornerback Marlon Humphrey is facing uncertainty for Thursday’s game, as he was labeled as ‘doubtful’ in Wednesday’s injury report. Humphrey, who did not participate in any practices throughout the week, previously missed the first four games of the season due to a foot injury requiring surgery. Despite playing in six games this season, he has recorded 14 total tackles.

Ravens OT Ronnie Stanley Officially Ruled Out

Ronnie Stanley will be absent from Thursday’s matchup due to a knee injury, as indicated by his absence from practice throughout the week. This marks the fourth game Stanley has missed this season.



A Gradual Beginning Spells Misfortune for Chippewas in Ohio

A Gradual Beginning Spells Misfortune for Chippewas in Ohio

In Wednesday’s Mid-American Conference football clash, Ohio showcased its top-ranked defense within the conference, using it as an offensive asset to secure a 34-20 victory over Central Michigan at Peden Stadium in front of 14,736 spectators.

The Bobcats set the tone by returning an interception for a touchdown in the first quarter, establishing a 17-0 lead. Despite Central Michigan’s efforts, they could not fully recover, resulting in a season record of 5-6, with a conference standing of 3-4. Their last chance to secure bowl eligibility rests on the upcoming game against Toledo at Kelly/Shorts Stadium on Friday, Nov. 24, at noon.

Expressing disappointment, CMU coach Jim McElwain shouldered the responsibility, stating, “Somehow I failed them. We haven’t gotten wins we needed to get. I’m pointing at me. I failed them. I haven’t gotten us to win.”

In the first half, the Chippewas effectively moved the ball, amassing 137 rushing yards against Ohio’s defense, which had been the best in the MAC, allowing an average of 95.3 yards per game on the ground.

However, despite closing the gap to within 10 points twice, at 17-7 late in the second quarter and 24-14 early in the third, the Chippewas couldn’t sustain enough offensive momentum for a comeback.

Quarterback Jase Bauer threw for 157 yards, completing two touchdown passes to Tyson Davis (50 yards) and Chris Parker (62 yards). Marion Lukes contributed 75 rushing yards and a touchdown on 15 attempts.

In the defensive effort, cornerback Da’Raun McKinney led with nine tackles, while Caleb Spann added seven. Linebacker Kyle Moretti returned after missing three games, contributing five tackles and a credited pass breakup.

The Chippewas finished with 162 rushing yards, the second-highest total allowed by the Bobcats this season. However, their ground game was limited in the final two quarters when forced to rely more on passing in their comeback attempt.

Key offensive players included Lukes, who also made three receptions for 13 yards, totaling 88 all-purpose yards. Sam Hicks took over kickoff return duties, impressively gaining 99 yards on five returns.

Myles Bailey had a notable performance with four carries for 54 yards, including a long gain of 48. Bert Emanuel Jr., returning after missing four games with an injury, carried five times for 35 yards.



Melik Brown, Eastside High School's Coach of the Week

Melik Brown, Eastside High School’s Coach of the Week

Melik Brown’s life has come full circle. He attended Eastside High School in Camden, New Jersey, and now he’s the head football coach at the same school. Football has been a constant presence in his life, creating numerous opportunities.

In high school at Woodrow Wilson, Brown played as a defensive back and center, leading the team to its first-ever sectional state championship in 2002. His football journey continued when he joined the University of North Carolina as a four-year starter at outside linebacker and defensive end.

After graduating in 2005, Brown spent nearly a decade in the Canadian Football League and Arena Football League, with a notable stint at the Philadelphia Soul from 2011 to 2013. During his time with the Soul, he started coaching at Eastside and later at Camden High School, where he served as the defensive coordinator. His motivation was to give back to his community.

Between 2012 and 2017, Brown coached three NFL prospects – Sean Chandler (Panthers), Brad Hawkins (Free agent), and Cesar Ruiz (Saints). Eventually, he left Camden High School to establish the Beast Up Academy, focusing on training offensive and defensive linemen, with his first trainee, Jaryd Jones-Smith, now playing for the Washington Commanders.

In 2018, Brown was hired by his brother, Preston, the head coach at Eastside, with a singular goal: winning a championship. They achieved that in 2018 and 2019 before Preston moved on to become the Director of Player Personnel at Temple University.

In 2022, after multiple offers, Melik Brown accepted the head coaching position at his alma mater. He cherished the opportunity to impact young athletes on and off the field, fostering their development and becoming an integral part of their lives.

His Eastside Tigers team had a successful season, finishing 5-3 and advancing to the NJSIAA Tournament, Quarterfinal Round, South Jersey, Group 3, where they will host Highland.

Education is a vital aspect of Brown’s life. Since 2007, he has been involved in education, holding roles such as assistant principal and assistant head of school. Currently, he serves as the Dean of Climate and Culture at Eastside, where he’s passionate about shaping young minds and ensuring they receive a quality education.

From attending an honors college to pursuing a career in education, academics have always been at the forefront for Brown. He emphasizes the importance of academic eligibility for his players and strives to set them up for success, whether in college, the workforce, or on the football field.

Brown’s motto, “No excuses, only results,” resonates with his players and students. He believes in hard work, holding himself and others accountable, and consistently delivering results.

Brown’s leadership as both a coach and educator earned him a nomination for High School Coach of the Decade at the first Coach’s Formal. While he finished as the runner-up, the nomination underlined the significant impact he has had on his players and students.

With a decade of dedication to high school football and education, Melik Brown is recognized as the Eagles Coach of the Week. The school will receive a $2,000 grant, and Brown is now a candidate for the Eagles High School Coach of the Year. – Authored by Owen Boyle



Real Madrid Squad Roster for Showdown with Sevilla

Real Madrid Squad Roster for Showdown with Sevilla

Carlo Ancelotti has named David Alaba in the squad for the Sevilla match at the Sanchez-Pizjuan, signifying his complete recovery. However, Arda Guler, who still needs more time to regain match fitness, and Dani Ceballos, dealing with muscular discomfort, will remain sidelined for another week.

David Alaba is the sole addition to Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid squad for the match against Sevilla at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan. Unfortunately, Arda Guler is still not match-fit, Dani Ceballos is unavailable due to a muscular issue, and Nacho Fernandez is suspended.

Alaba’s return to the squad follows his successful recovery during the international break from a muscle tear in the distal third of the right biceps femoris that he suffered in late September. This comeback helps address Ancelotti’s defensive challenges, with the absence of Eder Militao for the long term and the suspension of Nacho.

Nacho will sit out the game against Sevilla, which marks the last match he’ll miss after a reduction in his suspension from three games to two, a consequence of the red card he received in the Girona match.

Unfortunately, Dani Ceballos sustained a minor muscle issue during a Real Madrid training session on Thursday, preventing his participation in the last two group sessions and ruling him out of the squad. Ancelotti also decided that Arda Guler is not yet ready for his Real Madrid debut, setting a ten-day deadline for the player to reach match fitness.




NFL Week 7: Buffalo vs. New England Expert Picks, Predictions, Odds, and Lines

NFL Week 7: Buffalo vs. New England Expert Picks, Predictions, Odds, and Lines

In Week 7 of the NFL, experts weigh in on the matchup between the Buffalo Bills and the New England Patriots.

Game Info

  • Date: Sunday, 1:00 PM, CBS
  • Line: Buffalo -8.5, Over/Under: 40.5
  • (*An asterisk next to a pick indicates that the team will win but not cover the spread.)

Expert Picks and Predictions

  1. Big Game Ben, CFN: SU 46-32, ATS 43-34-1 – Buffalo
  2. Big Red Max, All Huskers: SU 43-35, ATS 40-37-1 – Buffalo
  3. Jackson Caudell, All Yellow Jackets: SU 49-29, ATS 39-38-1 – Buffalo
  4. E, CFN: SU 45-33, ATS 35-42-1 – Buffalo
  5. Pete Fiutak, CFN: SU 52-26, ATS 41-36-1 – Buffalo*
  6. Jeremy Mauss, MWwire.com: SU 43-21, ATS 38-45-1 – Buffalo
  7. Mike McAllister, All Syracuse: SU 45-32, ATS 41-35-1 – Buffalo
  8. Snoopdug, CFN: SU 48-30, ATS 46-31-1 – Buffalo
  9. Andy Mitts, Blue Wings Rising: SU 46-31, ATS 41-35-1 – Buffalo*
  10. Southpaw CFN: SU 42-35, ATS 39-38-1 – Buffalo
  11. Scott Steehn, WinnersandWhiners.com: SU 42-36, ATS 37-40-1 – Buffalo
  12. Keith Stewart, WinnersandWhiners.com: SU 51-27, ATS 46-31-1 – Buffalo
  13. DMac, CFN: SU 0-0, ATS 0-0 – Buffalo*
  14. ChipB, CFN: SU 0-0, ATS 0-0 – Buffalo*
  15. Clucko the Chicken (a coin flip): SU 30-47, ATS 37-40-1 – Buffalo

Consensus Pick: SU 50-28, ATS 41-36-1 – Buffalo

Stay tuned for more expert picks in NFL Week 7, including matchups like Jax at New Orleans, Vegas at Chicago, Cleveland at Indy, and many more.




It's Time for Fans of Struggling NFL Teams to Dream About Caleb Williams' Rescue

It’s Time for Fans of Struggling NFL Teams to Dream About Caleb Williams’ Rescue

DENVER (AP) — As the NFL season unfolds, some teams find themselves in the depths of despair. The Patriots, Panthers, Bears, and Broncos are struggling, and the Cardinals, Giants, Titans, Vikings, Packers, and Chargers are off to slow starts. While they face adversity, there’s hope on the horizon with the potential arrival of Caleb Williams.

Despite Xavier Watts’ exceptional performance against the defending Heisman Trophy winner during Notre Dame’s victory over USC, we now have enough data to identify the teams most likely to vie for the opportunity to draft Caleb Williams.

Heading into Week 7, there is one winless team (Carolina, which has already traded its 2024 first-round pick to Chicago), five teams with only one win (including the aforementioned Bears), and four teams with two wins. Other teams might want to enter the Williams sweepstakes, but they must surpass several struggling teams to secure a position to draft the highly-touted Southern California quarterback and reigning Heisman Trophy winner. Williams is regarded as a can’t-miss prospect, akin to Andrew Luck in 2012 when the Colts transitioned from an injured Peyton Manning.

Some scouts compare Williams to Patrick Mahomes, known for his incredible throws and fleet-footed escapes. Williams, who began his college career at Oklahoma and then joined Lincoln Riley at USC, boasts impressive statistics: 86 touchdown passes with just 13 interceptions, including three in USC’s first loss of the season against Notre Dame. He has also rushed for 22 touchdowns in just 32 games.

The team that secures him in the 2024 NFL draft could see a swift turnaround in their fortunes, elevating them to respectability and allowing them to pursue championship aspirations with a potential “generational player” in their ranks.



2023 NFL 'Monday Night Football' schedule, results: Cowboys-Chargers, Eagles-Chiefs headline rest of slate

2023 NFL ‘MNF’ Schedule: Cowboys vs. Chargers, Eagles vs. Chiefs in Exciting Lineup

In Week 1, the Jets, despite losing Aaron Rodgers to a season-ending injury, managed to shock the Bills in overtime with a walk-off punt return touchdown.

Week 2 featured impressive defensive performances from the Saints and Steelers, resulting in division wins against the Panthers and Browns.

Week 3 witnessed the Eagles sprint past the Buccaneers, while the Bengals clinched their first win with a gritty display against the Rams.

In Week 4, the Seahawks tied a franchise record with 11 sacks, completely overpowering the Giants.

Week 5 saw the Raiders stifling Jordan Love and the Packers.

Beyond Week 6’s Cowboys-Chargers, Week 11’s Eagles-Chiefs, and Week 16’s Ravens-49ers, the remaining Monday night games may not appear as enticing. However, flex scheduling has been introduced to “Monday Night Football” this year, promising a more exciting lineup down the stretch. This flexibility allows the NFL to move Sunday games to Monday night and vice versa, provided the league makes these changes at least 12 days in advance.

Here’s an overview of every “Monday Night Football” game this season, including completed results and the schedule for the remaining prime-time matchups:

‘Monday Night Football’ Results

Week 1: Jets 22, Bills 16 (OT) Week 2: Saints 20, Panthers 17 Week 2: Steelers 26, Browns 22 Week 3: Eagles 25, Buccaneers 11 Week 3: Bengals 19, Rams 16 Week 4: Seahawks 24, Giants 3 Week 5: Raiders 17, Packers 13

‘Monday Night Football’ Schedule

Week 6: Cowboys at Chargers on 10/16 at 8:15 p.m. (ESPN, fuboTV) Week 7: 49ers at Vikings on 10/23 at 8:15 p.m. (ESPN, fuboTV) Week 8: Raiders at Lions on 10/30 at 8:15 p.m. (ESPN, fuboTV) Week 9: Chargers at Jets on 11/6 at 8:15 p.m. (ESPN, fuboTV) Week 10: Broncos at Bills on 11/13 at 8:15 p.m. (ESPN, fuboTV) Week 11: Eagles at Chiefs on 11/20 at 8:15 p.m. (ABC, ESPN, fuboTV) Week 12: Bears at Vikings on 11/27 at 8:15 p.m. (ESPN, fuboTV) Week 13: Bengals at Jaguars* on 12/4 at 8:15 p.m. (ESPN, fuboTV) Week 14: Packers at Giants* on 12/11 at 8:15 p.m. (ESPN, fuboTV) Week 15: Chiefs at Patriots* on 12/18 at 8:15 p.m. (ESPN, fuboTV) Week 16: Ravens at 49ers* on 12/25 at 8:15 p.m. (ABC, fuboTV)

The 2023 “Monday Night Football” season is brimming with excitement, offering a mix of memorable moments and future matchups to look forward to.




Expert MNF Lineup Tips: Cowboys vs. Chargers NFL DFS Picks for DraftKings & FanDuel

Expert MNF Lineup Tips: Cowboys vs. Chargers NFL DFS Picks for DraftKings & FanDuel

The final game of NFL Week 6 features a thrilling Monday Night Football clash between the Los Angeles Chargers and the Dallas Cowboys at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, with an 8:15 p.m. ET kickoff. This electrifying matchup stars quarterbacks Dak Prescott and Justin Herbert, accompanied by Pro Bowl wide receivers Keenan Allen and CeeDee Lamb. Deciding which duo to pair in your NFL DFS stacks on platforms like DraftKings and FanDuel is a pivotal choice. To navigate your choices for NFL DFS picks and lineups in Chargers vs. Cowboys, consider the advice, strategy, and player stacks shared by SportsLine’s NFL daily Fantasy expert, Jimmie Kaylor.

Jimmie Kaylor is a seasoned NFL and DFS expert, notably winning DraftKings’ NFL Showdown Thursday Kickoff Millionaire contest at the start of the 2022 NFL season. With multiple five-figure tournament wins on his DFS record, Kaylor’s expertise spans over a decade of covering the NFL and college football as a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. His background as a former college and NFL player lends a unique perspective to his fantasy lineups and betting selections.

Throughout the 2022 season, Kaylor made notable calls, such as Travis Kelce’s four-touchdown spectacle on Monday Night Football, Kirk Cousins’ impressive 460-yard, four-TD performance on Thanksgiving Day, and T.J. Hockenson’s standout 13-catch, 109-yard, two-touchdown game in Week 15. In the Week 2 Eagles vs. Vikings Thursday Night Football showdown, he accurately predicted strong performances from Justin Jefferson, D’Andre Swift, DeVonta Smith, and T.J. Hockenson.

Currently, Kaylor shifts his focus to the Week 6 Chargers vs. Cowboys MNF matchup, sharing his top daily Fantasy football picks exclusively on SportsLine.

Key NFL DFS Picks for Chargers vs. Cowboys on MNF One of Kaylor’s favored NFL DFS picks for Monday Night Football is Los Angeles running back Austin Ekeler. The 28-year-old back, sidelined since Week 1, is now fully healthy and boasts versatility as one of the NFL’s premier all-purpose backs. He also serves as a reliable target for quarterback Justin Herbert, and Kaylor foresees Ekeler playing a significant role in what could become a high-scoring affair.

According to Kaylor, “The Chargers’ offense is completely different when Austin Ekeler is healthy. The former Division-II All-American is perhaps the best pass-catching running back in the NFL and serves as a security blanket of sorts for quarterback Justin Herbert. With the Cowboys’ elite pass rush coming to town on Monday night, I expect Ekeler to be targeted frequently out of the backfield on underneath routes and screen passes. When you factor in all of his expected impact, I am projecting 20+ touches for Ekeler on MNF.”

In Kaylor’s MNF DFS strategy, Dallas wide receiver CeeDee Lamb also plays a pivotal role. The former first-round pick out of Oklahoma is known for his explosiveness, and he’s set to face a Chargers’ secondary that has had its share of struggles in 2023. The Chargers rank last in the NFL in passing defense, yielding 299.8 yards per game, making Lamb a prime candidate for success on Monday Night Football.

Kaylor states, “The Chargers’ secondary has been susceptible and struggled against high-powered passing attacks all season. After last week’s dud of a performance, I expect the Cowboys to come out firing and target CeeDee Lamb early and often. Lamb is a threat to score every time he touches the ball, and I’d be shocked if the Cowboys don’t make a noticeable effort to increase his touches against the Chargers on Monday night.”

Building NFL DFS Lineups for Cowboys vs. Chargers on MNF Kaylor is also eyeing an undervalued player poised to deliver a standout performance on Monday Night Football. This pick could make the difference between winning your tournaments and cash games or going home empty-handed. Find out this player’s identity, along with the rest of Kaylor’s MNF DFS selections, exclusively on SportsLine.




Algeria Offers Hosting for Palestinian Football During Gaza Conflict

Algeria Offers Hosting for Palestinian Football During Gaza Conflict

Algeria Steps in to Host Palestinian Football Matches Amid Gaza Conflict

Amid the ongoing conflict in Gaza, the Algerian football federation has extended a generous offer to host all international matches involving the Palestinian national football team. They have pledged to cover all associated costs related to these matches.

This move was announced following a request made by Jibril Rajoub, the head of the Palestinian football federation, to the Algerian authorities. Pending approval from the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), this gesture of solidarity could significantly benefit the Palestinian football team in their preparations for the 2026 World Cup and the 2027 Asian Cup.

The first game to be hosted under this arrangement is scheduled for next month when Palestine is set to “host” Australia in Algeria on November 21 as part of a 2026 World Cup qualifier. Palestine is competing in the World Cup Asian preliminary qualifying Group I, alongside Australia and Lebanon.

Furthermore, the 2023 Asian Cup is slated to commence in January, with Palestine expected to face the UAE, Iran, and Hong Kong in Qatar.

Algeria’s historical affinity with Palestine is well-documented, with Algerian footballers and fans consistently expressing their solidarity with the Palestinian cause. During the current conflict, several Algerian footballers, including star player Riyad Mahrez, have shown their support by displaying the Palestinian flag.

As the conflict in Gaza continues, it’s essential to remember that the situation remains dire, with casualties on both sides and growing humanitarian concerns. The international community closely watches these developments, hoping for a peaceful resolution to the conflict.




Top fantasy football waiver wire pickups for NFL Week 7

Top fantasy football waiver wire pickups for NFL Week 7

  • Chuba Hubbard: Hubbard’s standout performance has solidified his role as the Carolina Panthers’ primary running back this season.
  • Emerging Rookie Receivers: Josh Downs, Michael Wilson, and Rashee Rice showcased their potential in Week 6, hinting at future big games.
  • Keep an Eye on Drops: Players like Daniel Jones and Dalton Kincaid, dropped due to slow starts and injuries, still offer long-term value.

Week 6 of the 2023 NFL season has nearly concluded, and it’s time to scout for potential fantasy football assets. We’ll explore targets for various league sizes and provide some insight into players to avoid.


Sam Howell had a modest 23 pass attempts in Week 6 but made them count, completing 14 passes for 151 yards and three touchdowns.

In the last two games, Howell has thrown more touchdowns than in his first four combined. Despite his low pass attempts, he leads the league in dropbacks (265) and has 1,500 passing yards this season with nine passing touchdowns, ranking him in the top 10. He’s consistently been a top-14 quarterback all season. There’s a possibility that his passing volume remains low, but he could develop as a passer with just seven career NFL starts, potentially becoming a top-10 fantasy quarterback.


Daniel Jones missed a game due to a neck injury, causing some fantasy managers to drop him. So far this season, he’s been disappointing with only 12.2 PPR points per game, ranking 22nd in fantasy points in the first five weeks.

However, Jones had a dominant Week 2 performance with the most fantasy points for any quarterback that week. He showcased his rushing ability with 197 yards over the first five weeks, ranking him third among quarterbacks. Despite needing improvement in accuracy, Jones could still be a potential fantasy starter, especially with a favorable matchup against the Washington Commanders if he returns this week.


Desmond Ridder had a breakthrough in Week 6, throwing for over 300 yards and multiple touchdowns for the first time in his career. He completed 28 of 47 passes for 307 yards and two touchdowns, benefiting key targets like Drake London, Kyle Pitts, and Jonnu Smith. Ridder ranks in the top 12 in passing yards this season (1,380) but has only thrown six touchdowns.

He’s also among the top 12 quarterbacks in rushing attempts, boasting multiple rushing touchdowns. Recent roster changes, like the trade of Van Jefferson and Cordarrelle Patterson’s increased involvement, provide Ridder with more offensive weapons. As he continues to improve, Ridder could become a valuable fantasy starter or potentially cede his position to Taylor Heinicke if he falters.




2024 NFL Mock Draft Ex-GM aligns Cowboys, Steelers with top WRs in 'First Pick' collab.

2024 NFL Mock Draft: Ex-GM aligns Cowboys, Steelers with top WRs in ‘First Pick’ collab.

Two CBS Sports draft experts joined a former NFL GM to go through every first-round pick

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CBS Sports NFL Draft analysts Ryan Wilson and Josh Edwards have been crafting mock drafts throughout the regular season. Rick Spielman, with over three decades of NFL scouting experience, including 10 years as the Minnesota Vikings general manager, joins them for the inaugural 2024 NFL mock draft on the “With the First Pick” podcast.

For those not acquainted, “With the First Pick” is a year-round NFL Draft podcast. Hosted by Wilson and Spielman, it offers in-depth discussions on top prospects, team needs, and all things leading up to the April draft. You can access “With the First Pick” on various platforms like Apple Podcasts, Spotify, YouTube, and more. Check out the latest episode below!

This joint mock draft saw Wilson, Spielman, and Edwards take turns making first-round selections without any trades. The draft order was established using Tankathon, considering team records and strength of schedule as tiebreakers. (Note: The draft order was determined before the Week 5 “Monday Night Football” game between the Packers and Raiders for recording purposes.)




NFL Week 6 Recap: Bills Outlast Giants 14-9 in Thrilling Matchup

NFL Week 6 Recap: Bills Outlast Giants 14-9 in Thrilling Matchup

In a surprising turn of events on Sunday night, the New York Giants came remarkably close to securing a last-second victory.

Under the guidance of Wink Martindale’s defense, the Buffalo Bills’ offense struggled during the initial three quarters, registering a mere -0.168 expected points added (EPA) per play. The Giants’ defense displayed exceptional hustle, intercepting Josh Allen and forcing a critical fumble from wide receiver Gabe Davis, providing their offense with a genuine chance.

Regrettably, Tyrod Taylor and the Giants’ offense couldn’t capitalize on these opportunities, settling for just three field goals and missing a key scoring opportunity at the goal line before halftime. It was evident that this wouldn’t be enough against the dynamic duo of Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs, despite the outstanding defensive performance.

Josh Allen’s performance in the fourth quarter was nothing short of clinical, completing 7 of 8 passes for 49 yards, including the two crucial touchdowns that sealed the game’s fate. The only incomplete pass in this sequence occurred on third down with just 1:36 remaining, when Allen narrowly missed connecting with tight end Dawson Knox. Instead, the ball slipped through Knox’s hands, setting up a 53-yard field goal attempt by Tyler Bass that sailed wide, giving the Giants one last opportunity for a surprise victory.

In their final drive, the Giants demonstrated determination, driving down to the 1-yard line. However, the final pass attempt slipped through Darren Waller’s hands and out of the end zone, sealing the Bills’ 14-9 victory. With this loss, the heartbroken Giants fell to 1-4, having gone over 205 minutes without an offensive touchdown.

Turning to the offensive spotlight, Tyrod Taylor, though not flawless, displayed resilience. Despite a critical fumble at the goal line and time management issues in the game’s closing moments, Taylor finished with 24 completions on 36 attempts for 200 yards, adding 23 yards on the ground.

Taylor also delivered three significant throws, accumulating 58 yards on passes thrown 20 or more yards downfield. In contrast, Giants’ starter Daniel Jones has managed just 89 yards on such passes throughout the entire season, despite having more dropbacks.

In a noteworthy development, veteran offensive lineman Justin Pugh, who initially started at left guard, shifted to left tackle due to an injury to Joshua Ezeudu. Pugh’s performance was a marked improvement, allowing only two sacks and one hurry across 40 pass-blocking snaps, addressing a critical area of concern for the Giants.

Shifting the focus to the defensive side, linebacker Bobby Okereke had a standout performance, amassing 12 total tackles, three defensive stops, two pass breakups in coverage, and a forced fumble early in the game.

Among the rookies, Bills linebacker Dorian Williams had an impressive outing with six solo tackles and four defensive stops, excelling as both a run defender and pass rusher.

Here are the key statistics from the game.


New York Giants

  • Tyrod Taylor: 24/36, 200 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT, 3 Sacks, 80.8 Rating

Buffalo Bills

  • Josh Allen: 19/30, 169 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT, 0 Sacks, 86.7 Rating


New York Giants

  • Saquon Barkley: 24 carries, 93 yards, 0 TD
  • Tyrod Taylor: 5 carries, 23 yards, 0 TD

Buffalo Bills

  • Josh Allen: 2 carries, 11 yards, 0 TD


New York Giants

  • Wan’Dale Robinson: 8 receptions, 62 yards
  • Saquon Barkley: 4 receptions, 6 yards
  • Darius Slayton: 4 receptions, 69 yards
  • Darren Waller: 5 receptions, 42 yards

Buffalo Bills

  • Stefon Diggs: 10 receptions, 100 yards
  • Quintin Morris: 1 reception, 15 yards, 1 TD
  • Deonte Harty: 1 reception, 3 yards, 1 TD

These statistics provide a comprehensive overview of the game’s key performances and outcomes.




Josh Downs' Game Plan for His Inaugural NFL Touchdown Football

Josh Downs’ Game Plan for His Inaugural NFL Touchdown Football

In Jacksonville, Florida, on a memorable Sunday afternoon, Josh Downs, the Indianapolis Colts’ wide receiver, made a significant mark in his NFL career. It was the moment he had been waiting for, and it came in the form of his first NFL touchdown reception. After securing a two-yard reception in the fourth quarter during the Colts’ match against the Jaguars, Downs reflected on the significance of this achievement.

“Kind of a sigh of relief, just getting that first one (touchdown) out of the way,” Downs shared. “It’s time to play the rest of the year, try to get many more.”

Colts head coach Shane Steichen applauded Downs for his performance, highlighting the hard work put into perfecting his route in practice and executing it flawlessly during the game. Downs’ touchdown, which occurred with just over 14 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, reduced the Jaguars’ lead to 31-13.

Despite the exhilaration of the touchdown, Colts quarterback Gardner Minshew acknowledged the bittersweet feeling of simultaneously being down three scores.

As the game concluded, News 8 Sports reporter Andrew Chernoff asked Downs about his plans for the football he caught for his first touchdown. Downs shared his intentions, saying, “Keep it at my house, probably frame it, or give it to my parents and let them take it home.”

Downs’ overall performance for the game included five receptions for 21 yards, with a total of eight targets. So far this season, he has accumulated 28 receptions for 276 yards and one touchdown.

Looking ahead, the Colts, with a current record of 3-3, are gearing up to face the Cleveland Browns (3-2) next Sunday at 1 p.m. within the confines of Lucas Oil Stadium.




NFL mulls Delaying in-person head Coach interviews until post-Divisional Round.

NFL mulls Delaying in-person head Coach interviews until post-Divisional Round.

The NFL currently allows in-person interviews after wild card weekend

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The NFL is considering further delaying in-person interviews for head coaching candidates, with owners set to vote on the proposal next week in New York. If passed, teams would be prohibited from in-person interviews with coaches from other clubs until after the divisional round of the playoffs. Virtual interviews with candidates under contract, in-person interviews with those not employed by other teams, and interviews with in-house candidates would still be allowed. The move aims to address concerns about the postseason interview process affecting ongoing team commitments and leading to rushed decisions. While the outcome is uncertain, there is historical support for such delays to enhance the hiring process. Last year, the league disclosed that teams collectively spent $800 million over five years on fired coaches and executives. Five teams hired new head coaches in the previous offseason, with the Carolina Panthers being the first to make a hire 18 days after the regular season’s conclusion.



NFL Week 6: Live Fantasy Football Rankings, Injury Updates, and Sit-Start Decisions for Today

NFL Week 6: Live Fantasy Football Rankings, Injury Updates, and Sit-Start Decisions for Today

In Thursday’s action, we witnessed a relatively uneventful evening, excluding Harrison Butker’s standout performance. The absence of massive deficits to recover from eases the Week 6 start ’em, sit ’em decisions. However, bye weeks, injuries, and adverse weather conditions present challenges.

The day begins with the Tennessee vs. Baltimore game in London at 9:30 a.m. ET. Fortunately, neither team faces critical “questionable” players. However, the same cannot be said for the afternoon and prime-time matchups. Key players like Tee Higgins, Saquon Barkley, Darren Waller, Hollywood Brown, Tank Dell, and Sam LaPorta face game-time decisions. This adds to the absence of Deshaun Watson, Miles Sanders, Roschon Johnson, and Daniel Jones.

We’ll be here all morning to provide updates on injuries, monitor active/inactive lists, track the weather, and offer start ’em, sit ’em advice based on the latest developments.

Weather Updates for NFL Week 6

This weekend features some of the windiest and rainiest conditions of the season, with no single game standing out as exceptionally harsh. The most challenging weather might be in Cleveland for the 49ers-Browns game (15-30 mph wind, lingering rain), while the Vikings-Bears contest in Chicago predicts similar weather with a slightly lower chance of rain. Other games like Seahawks-Bengals, Panthers-Dolphins, Colts-Jaguars, Lions-Buccaneers, and Giants-Bills may be affected by stray showers and wind, but conditions shouldn’t warrant benching key players.

Fantasy Start ‘Em Recommendations (12-team, half-point PPR)


  • QB: Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen, Tua Tagovailoa, Jalen Hurts, Justin Fields, Kirk Cousins, Trevor Lawrence, Joe Burrow, Justin Herbert
  • RB: Christian McCaffrey, Raheem Mostert, Tony Pollard, Alvin Kamara, Travis Etienne, Bijan Robinson, Austin Ekeler, D’Andre Swift, Isiah Pacheco, David Montgomery, Kenneth Walker, Josh Jacobs, Joe Mixon, Saquon Barkley, Kyren Williams, Alexander Mattison
  • WR: Tyreek Hill, Ja’Marr Chase, Stefon Diggs, Cooper Kupp, Calvin Ridley, Puka Nacua, Keenan Allen, Amon-Ra St. Brown, Davante Adams, CeeDee Lamb, A.J. Brown, DeVonta Smith, DJ Moore, Brandon Aiyuk, Gabe Davis, Jaylen Waddle, DK Metcalf, Chris Olave, Deebo Samuel, Christian Kirk, Mike Evans, Adam Thielen, Jakobi Meyers, DeAndre Hopkins
  • TE: Travis Kelce, T.J. Hockenson, Mark Andrews, Sam LaPorta, Dallas Goedert, George Kittle, Evan Engram


  • Eagles, Bills, 49ers, Chiefs, Ravens, Saints, Dolphins

Smart Sits

  • QB: C.J. Stroud, Dak Prescott, Josh Dobbs
  • RB: Zack Moss, Jerome Ford, Rachaad White, Jonathan Taylor, Gus Edwards
  • WR: Terry McLaurin, Nico Collins, Michael Thomas, Curtis Samuel
  • TE: Darren Waller, Jonnu Smith, Hunter Henry, Jake Ferguson
  • D/ST: Cowboys, Patriots, Jets, Browns

For more fantasy football insights and Week 6 rankings, including PPR and standard formats, sleepers, busts, DFS picks, and projections, check out the full coverage from Sporting News’ team of fantasy football experts.

Week 6 Fantasy Rankings:


  1. Josh Allen, Bills
  2. Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs
  3. Jalen Hurts, Eagles
  4. Lamar Jackson, Ravens
  5. Tua Tagovailoa, Dolphins
  6. Justin Fields, Bears
  7. Kirk Cousins, Vikings
  8. Justin Herbert, Chargers
  9. Trevor Lawrence, Jaguars
  10. Matthew Stafford, Rams

Running back

  1. Christian McCaffrey, 49ers
  2. Tony Pollard, Cowboys
  3. Raheem Mostert, Dolphins
  4. Joe Mixon, Bengals
  5. Bijan Robinson, Falcons
  6. Travis Etienne, Jaguars
  7. David Montgomery, Lions
  8. Alvin Kamara, Saints
  9. Isiah Pacheco, Chiefs
  10. Austin Ekeler, Chargers
  11. Kyren Williams, Rams
  12. D’Andre Swift, Eagles
  13. Josh Jacobs, Raiders
  14. James Cook, Bills
  15. Kenneth Walker III, Seahawks
  16. Derrick Henry, Titans
  17. Breece Hall, Jets
  18. Alexander Mattison, Vikings
  19. Brian Robinson Jr., Commanders
  20. Saquon Barkley, Giants

Wide receiver

  1. Stefon Diggs, Bills
  2. Tyreek Hill, Dolphins
  3. Ja’Marr Chase, Bengals
  4. Cooper Kupp, Rams
  5. Davante Adams, Raiders
  6. Keenan Allen, Chargers
  7. A.J. Brown, Eagles
  8. CeeDee Lamb, Cowboys
  9. Puka Nacua, Rams
  10. Jaylen Waddle, Dolphins
  11. DJ Moore, Bears
  12. Amon-Ra St. Brown, Lions
  13. Brandon Aiyuk, 49ers
  14. Calvin Ridley, Jaguars
  15. Chris Olave, Saints
  16. Adam Thielen, Panthers
  17. Mike Evans, Buccaneers
  18. DK Metcalf, Seahawks
  19. Michael Pittman Jr., Colts
  20. Jordan Addison, Vikings

Tight end

  1. Travis Kelce, Chiefs
  2. T.J. Hockenson, Vikings
  3. Mark Andrews, Ravens
  4. Sam LaPorta, Lions
  5. Evan Engram, Jaguars
  6. Dallas Goedert, Eagles
  7. Logan Thomas, Commanders
  8. Darren Waller, Giants
  9. George Kittle, 49ers
  10. Hunter Henry, Patriots

Defense/Special teams

  1. San Francisco 49ers
  2. Buffalo Bills
  3. Philadelphia Eagles
  4. Detroit Lions
  5. Dallas Cowboys
  6. Baltimore Ravens
  7. New Orleans Saints
  8. Miami Dolphins
  9. Seattle Seahawks
  10. Houston Texans

For more detailed rankings and additional insights, visit Sporting News’ Week 6 fantasy football coverage, including PPR and standard formats, sleepers, busts, DFS picks, and other projections.




Travis Kelce's Surprise 'SNL' Cameo in Taylor Swift Sketch

Travis Kelce’s Surprise ‘SNL’ Cameo in Taylor Swift Sketch

NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” returned after a five-month hiatus due to the Writers Guild of America strike, and it didn’t waste any time diving into pop culture. The main topic? Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce’s rumored connection, particularly their appearances at Kansas City Chiefs games.

In a hilarious parody of “Fox NFL Sunday,” the cast portrayed football commentators like Terry Bradshaw (played by Molly Kearney), Michael Strahan (Devon Walker), and Howie Long (Mikey Day), who all happen to be ardent Swift fans. They passionately debated whether Swift and Chiefs player Kelce were dating or just friends.

“She’s in the luxury box with Mama Kelce, sipping cocktails with Deadpool? It’s official,” exclaimed Kearney’s Bradshaw. “This is a way bigger deal than the Super Bowl! It’s very ‘Delicate,'” added Walker’s Strahan.

Host Pete Davidson made an appearance as a sideline reporter at a Jets/Eagles game, donning a pink Swift cowboy hat and expressing disappointment that the pop superstar didn’t attend the game.

When Kenan Thompson’s character, host Curt Menefee, attempted to steer the conversation back to football, the camera cut to Kelce, who had previously hosted “SNL” in February after winning his second Super Bowl. Did Kelce address the rumors about him and Swift? Nope, he simply appeared in the “SNL” studio and enthusiastically agreed to talk about football.

But why were “SNL” actors working amid the SAG-AFTRA strike that had affected Hollywood actors for months? The answer lies in the intricate details of the contracts between the studios and the union. “SNL” operates under a separate agreement, making it exempt from the union’s strike order. Most of the regular cast members had contractual obligations to the show prior to the strike and were bound to return once the producers exercised their option, which they did.

Negotiations between SAG-AFTRA and major studios had reached an impasse, leaving the strike with no clear resolution in sight.




Fantasy Football Week 6: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for NFL

Fantasy Football Week 6: Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em for NFL

Determining your fantasy football lineup can be straightforward when following PFF rankings. However, this column takes a deeper dive into player analysis, explaining why some obvious choices might underperform and why overlooked players could be your key to success. Let’s explore some standout recommendations for Week 6.

Sit Jared Goff

In Week 6, it’s advisable to sit Jared Goff, despite his potential MVP candidacy. He faces a challenging passing game matchup, which might limit his opportunities. However, keep an eye on the Lions’ running backs, as they are poised for a strong showing.

Start James Cook

James Cook, the Buffalo Bills’ running back, had a tough week with -4 rushing yards, but don’t let that discourage you. He’s primed for success against the New York Giants’ defense, and you can confidently start him.

Sit Drake London

Drake London may have a favorable matchup against the Washington Commanders, a team that has allowed significant receiving yards to wide receivers. However, be cautious, as a promising matchup doesn’t always translate to production.

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Player Analysis

Trevor Lawrence, Jacksonville Jaguars

Trevor Lawrence has had a remarkable season, ranking as a top-five quarterback with a PFF passing grade of 84.5. With 224 dropbacks (fourth-most among quarterbacks), he’s proven to be a consistent fantasy starter. Despite facing the third-highest drop rate among quarterbacks, this trend is likely to improve. Lawrence’s low touchdown rate is expected to regress positively for his fantasy production. The Jaguars have an enticing matchup against the Indianapolis Colts, making Lawrence a strong fantasy starter.

Matthew Stafford, Los Angeles Rams

Matthew Stafford, currently sixth in PFF passing grade, has faced challenges, particularly with a low touchdown rate. However, the return of Cooper Kupp to a full-time role enhances his prospects. The Rams are set to play the Arizona Cardinals, who have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points per game to quarterbacks this season. Stafford is primed for a successful game, given Arizona’s struggles, making him a recommended fantasy starter.

This “Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em” column provides valuable insights for Week 6 of fantasy football, helping you make informed decisions for your lineup.




Green Bay Packers' Most Valuable Player: Clear Standout Through 5 Games of the Season

Green Bay Packers’ Most Valuable Player: Clear Standout Through 5 Games of the Season

In the early moments of the 2023 NFL season, the Green Bay Packers displayed a level of promise that fans had hoped for. Their impressive Week One victory over the Chicago Bears saw the team scoring 38 points, with Jordan Love throwing three touchdowns and achieving a stellar passer rating of 123.2. David Bakhtiari showcased his vintage form, while Aaron Jones contributed over 120 yards from scrimmage, including two touchdowns.

Unfortunately, the momentum quickly turned sour. Jones suffered a hamstring injury in the fourth quarter of the Bears’ game and missed three of the following four games. In the one game he did participate in, his utilization was minimal, with just six touches for 14 yards.

Adding to the Packers’ woes, Bakhtiari’s season was abruptly cut short due to a knee injury. In his absence, Rasheed Walker stepped in and performed admirably in pass protection with a 76.5 PFF grade, but his run blocking struggled significantly, earning him a 43.8 PFF grade, the lowest on the team.

At the outset of the season, Jones and Bakhtiari stood out as the team’s veteran leaders on the offensive front. Their absence has undeniably presented challenges that the Packers are finding difficult to surmount. Nevertheless, it is crystal clear who holds the key to Green Bay’s prospects for success this season.

Aaron Jones Is the Linchpin for the Green Bay Packers

In Week One, the Packers’ offense accumulated a total of 329 yards. A substantial 38% of that production, or 127 yards, can be attributed to Jones. As we’ve seen, such a level of production is not easily replaced.

Last season, the Packers held a 4-1 record when Jones received at least 15 carries in a game. Running the ball, especially with Jones as the lead back, has proven to be a recipe for success.

The Week One triumph over the Bears exemplifies this formula. On their opening drive, Jones carried the ball five times for 25 yards, which culminated in a touchdown pass from Love to Romeo Doubs. However, after this initial drive, the offense struggled, and Jones didn’t see a single carry or reception until after halftime.

In the opening drive of the third quarter, Jones rushed the ball four times for 17 yards and had one reception for seven yards, leading to a one-yard touchdown run by Jones. On the following drive, Jones scored again on a 35-yard touchdown pass, marking the play where he sustained his hamstring injury.

From that point onward, Green Bay’s offense faced inconsistency and struggled to move the ball. Unfortunately, this struggle persisted through the subsequent four games.

While it’s not practical for Jones to touch the ball four to five times on every drive, it’s evident that good things happen when he does. As seen last year, the key lies in Matt LaFleur’s play-calling involving Jones, making it clear that five touches in one half of a game is a critical factor for success.