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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.



Bills vs. Buccaneers Week 8 Injury Updates

Bills vs. Buccaneers Week 8 Injury Updates

The Buffalo Bills (4-3) face a crucial injury report with seven players ahead of their Thursday, October 26 matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-3) at 8:15 PM in Highmark Stadium.

Buffalo enters this contest following a 29-25 loss to the New England Patriots in their latest game.

The Buccaneers’ most recent match concluded with a 16-13 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

Buffalo Bills Injury Report Today:

  • Terrel Bernard (LB) – Knee – Full Participation In Practice
  • Baylon Spector (LB) – Hamstring – Out
  • Von Miller (LB) – NIR – Rest – Limited Participation In Practice
  • Dawson Knox (TE) – Wrist – Out
  • Ed Oliver (DT) – Toe – Limited Participation In Practice
  • Jordan Phillips (DT) – Back – Limited Participation In Practice
  • Quintin Morris (TE) – Ankle – Out

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Injury Report Today:

  • Chase Edmonds (RB) – Knee – Full Participation In Practice
  • Baker Mayfield (QB) – Knee – Questionable
  • Chris Godwin (WR) – Neck – Questionable
  • Matt Feiler (OL) – Knee – Out
  • Vita Vea (DL) – Groin – Questionable
  • Kaevon Merriweather (S) – Ankle – Out

Game Info:

  • When: Thursday, October 26, 2023, at 8:15 PM ET
  • Where: Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park, New York
  • TV Info: Amazon Prime Video
  • Live Stream: Watch this game on Fubo
  • Tickets: Buy Tickets for This Game at Ticketmaster!

Bills Season Insights:

  • Total Defense: 14th (329.6 yards allowed per game)
  • Offensive Yards: Fifth-best (369.7 total yards per game)
  • Scoring Offense: Third-best (28.3 points per game)
  • Scoring Defense: Fifth-best (16.9 points allowed per game)
  • Passing Yards (Offense): Sixth in the NFL (256.9 yards per game)
  • Passing Yards (Defense): 10th (201.3 yards allowed per game)
  • Rushing Yards (Offense): 14th (112.9 yards per game)
  • Rushing Yards (Defense): 23rd (128.3 yards allowed per game)
  • Turnover Margin: 10th in the league (+3)

Buccaneers Season Insights:

  • Offensive Yards: 23rd (297.7 total yards per game)
  • Total Yards Allowed: 20th (342.5 total yards per game)
  • Scoring Offense: 26th (17.2 points per game)
  • Scoring Defense: Sixth (17.3 points allowed per game)
  • Passing Yards (Offense): 15th (219.8 yards per game)
  • Passing Yards (Defense): 27th (246.7 yards allowed per game)
  • Rushing Yards (Offense): Fourth-worst (77.8 yards per game)
  • Rushing Yards (Defense): 10th (95.8 yards allowed per game)
  • Turnover Margin: Best in the NFL (+7)

Bills vs. Buccaneers Betting Info:

  • Spread Favorite: Bills (-9)
  • Moneyline: Bills (-450), Buccaneers (+350)
  • Total: 43 points



Minnesota Vikings Beat San Francisco 49ers 22-17 in NFL Week 7 Recap

Minnesota Vikings Beat San Francisco 49ers 22-17 in NFL Week 7 Recap

In a remarkable prime-time showcase, Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins delivered one of his career-best performances. He completed 35 of 45 passes for 378 yards, averaging 8.4 yards per attempt, and threw two touchdowns while enduring one interception.

Cousins managed this feat despite missing some key pass-catching targets during the game. Notably, star wide receiver Justin Jefferson was absent, and rookie wide receiver Jordan Addison and tight end T.J. Hockenson had their share of injuries.

The San Francisco 49ers’ pass rush struggled to make an impact, and their quarterback, Brock Purdy, had a tough night, throwing two costly interceptions late in the game.

On the offensive front, 49ers wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk stepped up in the first half in the absence of Deebo Samuel, securing five receptions for 56 yards, but he was shut out in the second half. Tight end George Kittle contributed with five receptions for 78 yards, but it wasn’t enough. Running back Christian McCaffrey shone by scoring twice, setting a record for consecutive games with an offensive touchdown (16).

Minnesota’s offensive line performed admirably, with no lineman allowing more than two quarterback pressures. Kirk Cousins remained untouched, avoiding any sacks throughout the game. T.J. Hockenson added 11 receptions for 86 yards, keeping Minnesota on track in the second half. Speedster Brandon Powell made several crucial receptions late in the game, finishing with 64 yards on four receptions.

Defensively, the 49ers struggled with a pass rush win rate of just 15.6%, their lowest since 2017. However, their off-ball linebackers made some key plays. The reigning Defensive Player of the Year, edge defender Nick Bosa, had limited success in the pass rush.

On the Vikings’ side, Danielle Hunter, the edge defender, had a remarkable game, registering a 20.7% pass-rush win rate and adding another sack to his league-leading tally of nine for the season. Safety Camryn Bynum sealed the game with two interceptions of Brock Purdy.

In the rookie spotlight, 49ers kicker Jake Moody had a mixed game, missing an early field goal but later redeeming himself with a 55-yard kick. Meanwhile, Vikings’ first-round rookie wide receiver Jordan Addison recovered from an early interception by making seven receptions for 124 yards and two touchdowns, including a contested catch.

Here are the key statistics from the game

Passing: San Francisco 49ers

  • Player: Brock Purdy
  • Fantasy Points: 14.8
  • Comp/Att: 21/30
  • Yds: 272
  • YPA: 9.1
  • TD: 1
  • Int: 2
  • Sacks: 1
  • Rating: 81.5

Minnesota Vikings

  • Player: Kirk Cousins
  • Fantasy Points: 25.0
  • Comp/Att: 35/45
  • Yds: 378
  • YPA: 8.4
  • TD: 2
  • Int: 1
  • Sacks: 0
  • Rating: 107.2

Rushing: San Francisco 49ers

  • Player: Christian McCaffrey
  • Fantasy Points: 23.6
  • Car: 15
  • Yds: 45
  • YPC: 3.0
  • TD: 1
  • Long: 9
  • Fum Lost: 1

Minnesota Vikings

  • Player: Kirk Cousins
  • Fantasy Points: 25.0
  • Car: 2
  • Yds: -1
  • YPC: -0.5
  • TD: 0
  • Long: 0
  • Fum Lost: 0

Receiving: San Francisco 49ers

  • Player: Christian McCaffrey
  • Fantasy Points: 23.6
  • Tgt: 3
  • Rec: 3
  • Yds: 51
  • YPT: 17.0
  • YPR: 17.0
  • TD: 1

Minnesota Vikings

  • Player: Jordan Addison
  • Fantasy Points: 34.3
  • Tgt: 10
  • Rec: 7
  • Yds: 123
  • YPT: 12.3
  • YPR: 17.6
  • TD: 2




Saints WR Chris Olave in Legal Bind: Arrested for Exceeding 35mph Speed Limit

Saints WR Chris Olave in Legal Bind: Arrested for Exceeding 35mph Speed Limit

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Chris Olave finds himself in hot water, as he was arrested and taken into custody for reckless operation of a motor vehicle. This incident, where Olave exceeded the speed limit by a whopping 35 miles per hour, was reported by Saints beat writer Nick Underhill. Thankfully, Olave cooperated with law enforcement during the arrest.

As per Underhill, Olave is currently undergoing processing and is expected to be released shortly from Kenner City Jail.

The news of Chris Olave’s arrest has made headlines across multiple reports, with NewOrleans.Football writer Nick Underhill being the first to break the story on Twitter.

The repercussions of this arrest are yet to be determined. It remains uncertain whether Olave will face fines or even a suspension from the league office. If a suspension were to occur, it could jeopardize Olave’s impressive streak of consecutive games played, which currently stands at seven. This streak was previously interrupted when he missed the Saints’ Week 6 game last season due to concussion protocol and Week 16 against the Cleveland Browns due to a hamstring injury.

Despite missing two games in the past, Olave has showcased his talent on the field, amassing 72 receptions for 1,042 yards and four touchdowns. These outstanding numbers earned him a spot on the Pro Football Writers Association’s All-Rookie Team last year.

As for his current season, Chris Olave is making a significant impact for the Saints. In a recent Week 7 Thursday Night Football loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, he secured seven catches for 57 yards. So far, this season, the former Ohio State standout has amassed 39 receptions for 471 yards and one touchdown over seven games.

This includes a remarkable 112-yard game during their season opener against the Tennessee Titans and another 104-yard performance against the Green Bay Packers two weeks later. Additionally, he contributed with a six-catch, 86-yard performance in Week 2 against the Carolina Panthers and 96 yards in Week 6 against the Houston Texans.

With his current per-game average of 67.3 yards, Olave is on pace to reach 1,143 receiving yards this season. However, his recent arrest and the potential suspension hanging over him might threaten his chances of reaching the coveted 1,000-yard mark.

One thing is certain, though—Olave remains a vital part of the Saints’ offense, leading all New Orleans wide receivers in receiving yards by a significant margin, with 100 more yards than Michael Thomas.

Moreover, Chris Olave and the Saints are eager to reclaim their winning ways after a challenging start to the season, with a record of 3-4. They’ve faced four losses in their last five games, including two consecutive defeats against Houston and Jacksonville. The Saints will look to turn the tide in Week 8 when they visit the Indianapolis Colts.




2023 NFL Trade Deadline: Key Date, Time, Top Targets, and What to Expect

2023 NFL Trade Deadline: Key Date, Time, Top Targets, and What to Expect

While the NFL trade deadline may not generate the same buzz as its NBA, MLB, or NHL counterparts, recent years have seen a notable uptick in activity. In the previous season, a surprising 11 trades were executed on deadline day, making it one of the liveliest NFL trade deadlines in recent memory.

Several of these deals involved notable players, with the headline trade featuring Roquan Smith and Bradley Chubb. Nonetheless, most transactions involved teams bolstering their roster depth to address weaknesses and prepare for playoff runs.

While trades involving star players are scarce, there’s potential for change as the NFL becomes more trade-friendly. Still, most teams prefer major trades during the offseason when player health is more predictable.

That said, some deals are expected on deadline day and in the weeks leading up to it. Many NFL teams aim to complete their deals before the deadline to ensure they address weaknesses swiftly and prevent potential injuries to the acquired player during negotiations.

As we enter Week 6 of the 2023 NFL season, there have already been five in-season trades, with more expected before the deadline. Players like Saquon Barkley, Kirk Cousins, Jerry Jeudy, Brian Burns, and Hunter Renfrow may be subjects of trade rumors.

Key Details of the 2023 NFL Trade Deadline

  • Date: Tuesday, Oct. 31
  • Time: 4 p.m. ET

All trades must be agreed upon and submitted to the league office before the 4 p.m. ET deadline. The 2022 NFL trade deadline was notably active, with 11 players changing teams.

Once the NFL trade deadline passes, there’s a trade moratorium until the new league year begins on March 13, 2024, at 4 p.m. ET. However, teams can agree to deals in principle during the offseason.

Notable In-Season Trades in 2023

  • Oct. 18: The Jets traded Mecole Hardman and a 2025 seventh-round pick to the Chiefs for a 2025 sixth-round pick.
  • Oct. 10: The Falcons acquired Van Jefferson and a 2025 seventh-round pick from the Rams for a 2025 sixth-round pick.
  • Oct. 6: The 49ers acquired Randy Gregory and a 2024 seventh-round pick from the Broncos for a 2024 sixth-round pick.
  • Oct. 6: The Bears traded Chase Claypool and a 2025 seventh-round pick to the Dolphins for a 2025 sixth-round pick.
  • Oct. 4: The Patriots acquired J.C. Jackson and a 2025 seventh-round pick from the Chargers in exchange for a 2025 sixth-round pick.
  • Sept. 20: The Rams traded Cam Akers and a 2026 seventh-round draft pick to the Vikings for a 2026 sixth-round draft pick.

Potential Trade Targets

Several players may be available for trade

  • Saquon Barkley, RB, Giants
  • Kirk Cousins, QB, Vikings
  • Brian Burns, EDGE, Panthers
  • Danielle Hunter, EDGE, Vikings
  • Carl Lawson, EDGE, Jets
  • Jerry Jeudy, WR, Broncos
  • Courtland Sutton, WR, Broncos
  • Hunter Renfrow, WR, Raiders
  • Mecole Hardman, WR, Jets
  • Kendrick Bourne, WR, Patriots
  • Darius Slayton, WR, Giants
  • Adoree’ Jackson, CB, Giants
  • Yannick Ngakoue, DE, Bears
  • Zack Moss, RB, Colts
  • James Conner, RB, Cardinals
  • Zach Ertz, TE, Cardinals

Why NFL Trades Are Rare

The NFL trade deadline historically sees less action than other major U.S. sports leagues, partly due to the intricacies of the NFL’s salary cap system. Nevertheless, recent years have seen an increasing willingness among teams to make trades, especially during the offseason when salary cap constraints are less limiting. The 2022 trade deadline, with its higher activity, raises the question of whether this trend will continue.




2023 NFL Trade Deadline: Marquise Brown to Chiefs, Brian Burns to Ravens, and More Proposed Deals

2023 NFL Trade Deadline: Marquise Brown to Chiefs, Brian Burns to Ravens, and More Proposed Deals

As the 2023 NFL season approaches its midway point, so does the trade deadline. Teams have until 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Oct. 31, to strike deals, and with many buyers and sellers in the mix, here are 15 trade proposals to consider:

  1. Buccaneers Acquire RB Derrick Henry
    • Buccaneers get: RB Derrick Henry
    • Titans get: 2024 third-round pick The Buccaneers, while performing well this season, struggle with their rushing game. Henry’s expiring contract and the Titans’ rebuilding plans could lead to a trade.
  2. Chiefs Acquire WR Marquise Brown
    • Chiefs get: WR Marquise Brown
    • Cardinals get: 2024 third-round pick Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs’ offense might benefit from Brown’s deep-threat skills, and the Cardinals may be motivated to sell.
  3. Panthers Acquire WR Jerry Jeudy
    • Panthers get: WR Jerry Jeudy
    • Broncos get: 2024 third-round pick, 2024 fifth-round pick Jeudy, a former first-rounder, could find a new home in Carolina, adding youth and talent to their receiving corps.
  4. Texans Acquire WR Courtland Sutton
    • Texans get: WR Courtland Sutton
    • Broncos get: 2024 third-round pick Sutton’s proven skills could be valuable to the Texans, and the Broncos might consider trading him.
  5. Chargers Acquire WR Darnell Mooney
    • Chargers get: WR Darnell Mooney
    • Bears get: 2024 fourth-round pick Mooney’s skills could provide the Chargers with another deep threat following an injury to Mike Williams.
  6. 49ers Acquire WR Mecole Hardman
    • 49ers get: WR Mecole Hardman
    • Jets get: 2024 seventh-round pick Hardman’s return to the Chiefs seems unlikely, so a move to the 49ers could provide a fresh start.
  7. Packers Acquire TE Zach Ertz
    • Packers get: TE Zach Ertz
    • Cardinals get: 2024 sixth-round pick Ertz could be an experienced target for the Packers’ passing game, and the Cardinals might consider the trade.
  8. Rams Acquire OT Trent Brown
    • Rams get: OT Trent Brown
    • Patriots get: 2024 fifth-round pick The Rams could provide additional protection for Matthew Stafford, and Brown may be available from the Patriots.
  9. Ravens Acquire OLB Brian Burns
    • Ravens get: OLB Brian Burns
    • Panthers get: 2024 first-round pick, 2024 third-round pick The Ravens could bolster their pass rush with Burns, provided they sign him to a new contract.
  10. Jaguars Acquire OLB Danielle Hunter
    • Jaguars get: OLB Danielle Hunter
    • Vikings get: 2025 conditional second/third-round pick Hunter could enhance the Jaguars’ pass-rushing capabilities, and a conditional deal might depend on his re-signing.
  11. Falcons Acquire DE Carl Lawson
    • Falcons get: DE Carl Lawson
    • Jets get: 2024 sixth-round pick Lawson, no longer needed by the Jets, could help the Falcons with their pass rush.
  12. Lions Acquire DL Leonard Williams
    • Lions get: DL Leonard Williams
    • Giants get: 2024 third-round pick Williams could join the Lions, adding depth to their defensive line, while the Giants may benefit from trading an expensive, expiring contract.
  13. Dolphins Acquire LB Josey Jewell
    • Dolphins get: LB Josey Jewell
    • Broncos get: 2024 fifth-round pick Miami could improve its defense with Jewell, who has an expiring contract, and the Broncos may consider resetting their roster.
  14. Bills Acquire CB Jaylon Johnson
    • Bills get: CB Jaylon Johnson
    • Bears get: CB Kaiir Elam, 2024 second-round pick Johnson could provide a boost to the Bills’ secondary during their playoff run, while Elam and a draft pick may entice the Bears.
  15. Eagles Acquire S Justin Simmons
    • Eagles get: S Justin Simmons
    • Broncos get: 2024 second-round pick Simmons could bolster the Eagles’ secondary, though the Broncos might seek a valuable return for the experienced defensive back.




Auburn Made: NFL Week 6 Recap

Auburn Made: NFL Week 6 Recap

In the first six weeks of the NFL season, two players lead with three fumble recoveries – T.J. Watt and former Auburn defensive lineman Angelo Blackson. Blackson secured his third recovery in the Jaguars’ recent win against the Colts. Explore this week’s Auburn Made NFL recap:

Top Performers of Week 6

Angelo Blackson, DL, Jacksonville Jaguars: Angelo Blackson has a knack for finding loose footballs. He recovered a fumble for the third time this season during the Jaguars’ victory over the Indianapolis Colts. Teammate Josh Allen’s sack on Gardner Minshew forced the fumble, and Blackson was quick to pounce on it. This feat places him alongside T.J. Watt as the only two NFL players with three fumble recoveries this season.

Daniel Carlson, K, Las Vegas Raiders: Daniel Carlson played a pivotal role in the Raiders’ 21-17 triumph over the Patriots by contributing 13 of their 21 points. He successfully converted all four of his field goal attempts, including a crucial fourth-quarter kick that secured a two-possession lead. Carlson maintains a perfect extra point record this season, going 9-9 and accumulating a total of 36 points.

Jamel Dean, CB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: After recovering from an injury that sidelined him last week, Jamel Dean returned to the starting lineup against the Detroit Lions. He delivered a standout performance, earning the second-highest PFF grade (75.2) among Bucs’ defenders. Dean made six tackles, including a crucial third-down stop early in the second quarter that forced the Lions to punt.

Darius Slayton, WR, New York Giants: Darius Slayton was a shining star for the New York Giants’ offense, leading the team with 69 receiving yards on four receptions against the Buffalo Bills. He achieved a season-high in receiving yards, with two of his catches coming on third down, aiding the Giants in moving the chains. Slayton received a PFF grade of 65.8, ranking fifth-highest on the offensive squad.

Other Auburn Tigers in the NFL: A list of Auburn alumni in the NFL includes various players across different teams. Some are contributing on the field, while others are recovering from injuries or on practice squads.

DNP (Reserve/Injured):

  • Anthony Schwartz, WR, Cleveland Browns
  • Kilian Zierer, OT, Houston Texans (IR)

Practice Squad:

  • Marlon Davidson, DL, San Francisco 49ers
  • Shedrick Jackson, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
  • Eku Leota, LB, Carolina Panthers
  • John Samuel Shenker, TE, Las Vegas Raiders
  • Seth Williams, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars

Explore the complete list of Auburn alumni making their mark in the NFL.

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Players Mentioned:

  • Tank Bigsby, RB
  • Anders Carlson, K
  • Owen Pappoe, LB
  • John Samuel Shenker, TE
  • Colby Wooden, DE
  • Kilian Zierer, OL
  • Derick Hall, Edge
  • Shedrick Jackson, WR
  • Eku Leota, Edge


2023 NFL MVP Race: Will Christian McCaffrey's Injury Pave the Way for Tua Tagovailoa in Week 6?

2023 NFL MVP Race: Will Christian McCaffrey’s Injury Pave the Way for Tua Tagovailoa in Week 6?

The 2023 NFL season reached a pivotal moment as Week 6 concluded, with notable developments in the MVP race. While the MVP award traditionally gravitates towards quarterbacks, this year’s race remains intriguing.

Quarterbacks continue to dominate the conversation, with Patrick Mahomes and Tua Tagovailoa leading the pack. However, some unexpected shifts have seen Brock Purdy and Jalen Hurts gaining and losing ground.

Among the top NFL contenders post-Week 6 are the Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills, Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers, and Detroit Lions. Remarkably, all but one of these teams boasts an MVP candidate.

Here are the top 5 NFL MVP candidates from the first six weeks of the season:

Brock Purdy Brock Purdy, despite a setback against the Cleveland Browns, remains a strong contender. His 5-1 record, 67.5% completion rate, 1,396 passing yards, 10 touchdowns, and two rushing touchdowns make him a formidable candidate, with current MVP odds at +1000.

Jalen Hurts Jalen Hurts faced challenges with three interceptions in a loss to the New York Jets. Nevertheless, his impressive start with the Eagles, boasting 5-1, 1,542 passing yards, 253 rushing yards, and five touchdowns, keeps him in MVP contention.

Josh Allen Josh Allen, the Bills’ quarterback, maintains his MVP candidacy with a 71.7% completion rate, 4-2 record, 1,576 passing yards, and 16 total touchdowns. He consistently guides the Bills toward playoff contention.

Patrick Mahomes Patrick Mahomes, the Chiefs’ quarterback, shares the highest odds for the league MVP (+350). His 5-1 record, 1,593 passing yards, 11 touchdowns, and 68.9% completion rate highlight his prowess, as he aims for a third MVP and Super Bowl victory.

Tua Tagovailoa Tua Tagovailoa, like Mahomes, is a frontrunner with +350 odds. Leading the league in passing yards (1,876) and sharing the most touchdown passes (14), Tagovailoa showcases his potential. The 5-1 Miami Dolphins hold the AFC’s best record, making him a strong MVP prospect.

Additionally, three under-the-radar MVP contenders could shake up the race:

Lamar Jackson With a 4-2 record, 1,253 passing yards, five touchdowns, and 327 rushing yards, Lamar Jackson could secure a second MVP if he sustains his performance and guides the Ravens to the playoffs.

Christian McCaffrey Christian McCaffrey, a running back, offers hope for breaking a 10-year MVP drought. Scoring consistently, he’s rushed for 510 yards, with seven rushing touchdowns, and contributed in the receiving game. Despite a recent injury, his MVP chances remain alive.

Tyreek Hill Tyreek Hill, a dynamic receiver, set his sights on 2,000 receiving yards and boasts 814 yards and six touchdowns in six games. His electrifying style makes him a dark horse in the MVP race.

As the 2023 NFL season unfolds, the MVP race promises excitement, with both established and emerging contenders vying for the coveted title.”



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.




DAZN Aiming for Prime Video Premier League Rights

DAZN Aiming for Prime Video Premier League Rights

DAZN is reportedly eyeing Prime Video’s current Premier League broadcast rights package, deeming it more accessible than those held by Sky Sports and TNT Sports, as reported by The Daily Mail. Prime Video had previously paid approximately £90 million for 60 live matches in the last cycle, rolled over due to the pandemic.

As the number of available games for domestic broadcasters is set to increase by about 60, there are expectations of expanding the package to include Sunday games from Europa League teams and additional midweek gameweeks. This potential expansion could lead to a price hike, with The Daily Mail speculating it could reach £300 million per year, a figure Prime Video might be hesitant to pay.

DAZN’s CFO, Darren Waterman, discussed the UK strategy, expressing the belief that they can enter any market and build the DAZN business. While the UK is crucial, it is not existential for them, but they aim to find a good way to sustain growth.

Regarding significant rights like the Premier League, he emphasized, “You need these big rights to initiate momentum and attract customers. It’s our investment to expand the customer base and establish the brand. Marquee domestic sports, those that resonate with most people, are crucial. Once secured, opportunities arise to diversify and include more sports with growth potential and audience appeal.”

Furthermore, earlier this year, DAZN CEO Shay Segev told The Times, “Football is evidently massive in the UK, and the EPL is an option on our menu. If the question is whether we have ambition to enter this market, the answer is undoubtedly yes. It’s not just ambition; it’s a high priority on my list.




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.




NFL Week 6 Recap: Dallas Cowboys 20, Los Angeles Chargers 17

NFL Week 6 Recap: Dallas Cowboys 20, Los Angeles Chargers 17

The Dallas Cowboys’ Week 6 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers might not have been the most thrilling offensive showdown, but it was enough to secure a 20-17 win.

This win brought the Cowboys to a 4-2 record, while the Chargers dropped to 2-3.

Offensively, Dak Prescott shone as the standout quarterback on the field. He completed 21 of 30 passes for 272 yards, with one touchdown and zero interceptions. Three of his incompletions were due to dropped passes by his receivers. Prescott had three significant throws and no turnover-worthy plays. He accumulated 114 passing yards on throws of 10 or more yards downfield, earning an overall grade of 85.0+ on initial review.

On the defensive side, Cowboys linebacker Markquese Bell made a substantial impact with seven total tackles and five defensive stops. He was targeted five times in coverage, allowing four catches for 36 yards, but only one of those receptions resulted in a first down.

Among the rookies, Chargers edge rusher Tuli Tuipulotu had a solid performance, contributing two tackles, one defensive stop, and three QB pressures in the game.

Box Score


Dallas Cowboys

  • Dak Prescott: 21/30, 272 Yds, 1 TD, 0 INT, 109.3 Rating

Los Angeles Chargers

  • Justin Herbert: 22/37, 227 Yds, 2 TD, 1 INT, 84.0 Rating


Dallas Cowboys

  • Dak Prescott: 7 Car, 40 Yds, 1 TD
  • Tony Pollard: 15 Car, 30 Yds
  • Brandin Cooks: 1 Car, 14 Yds
  • Rico Dowdle: 3 Car, 12 Yds

Los Angeles Chargers

  • Justin Herbert: 6 Car, 20 Yds
  • Gerald Everett: 1 Car, 2 Yds
  • Austin Ekeler: 14 Car, 27 Yds
  • Joshua Kelley: 1 Car, 2 Yds
  • Isaiah Spiller: 1 Car, 2 Yds


Dallas Cowboys

  • CeeDee Lamb: 7 Rec, 117 Yds
  • Tony Pollard: 6 Rec, 80 Yds
  • Brandin Cooks: 4 Rec, 36 Yds, 1 TD
  • Michael Gallup: 3 Rec, 24 Yds
  • Jake Ferguson: 1 Rec, 15 Yds
  • Sean McKeon: 0 Rec

Los Angeles Chargers

  • Keenan Allen: 7 Rec, 85 Yds, 1 TD
  • Justin Herbert: 1 Rec, 10 Yds
  • Gerald Everett: 3 Rec, 16 Yds, 1 TD
  • Austin Ekeler: 4 Rec, 35 Yds
  • Joshua Palmer: 4 Rec, 60 Yds
  • Donald Parham Jr.: 2 Rec, 19 Yds
  • Joshua Kelley: 1 Rec, 2 Yds
  • Quentin Johnston: 0 Rec




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.