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MMQB: Power Rankings

1. BALTIMORE RAVENS (9-2)
2. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (10-1) -
The 49ers dominated what is supposed to be one of their toughest NFC foes come January, further solidifying this is the team to beat in the NFC (I know, Seahawks fans, but they’re winning your division too). It’s thanks to a defense that would be leading the league most other seasons, and they completely shut down Rodgers while holding the Packers’ 13-ranked offense under 200 total yards.
3. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (10-1)
4. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (9-2) -
The Eagles made it ugly, but the Seattle defense sent Carson Wentz into a tailspin with their demolition of the Philadelphia offensive line. Six sacks, nine QB hits, three fumble recoveries and two picks will do that to a quarterback, and Rashaad Penny broke out for his best outing of 2019 (14 carries, 129 yards, TD) at the perfect time on a rainy, messy afternoon at the Linc.
5. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (7-4)
6. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (9-2) -
Not that it would have mattered much to Drew Brees, but the Saints definitely should have been trailing by three (or four, or five) on what instead became the game-winning drive. But Michael Thomas (10 receptions, 101 yards, TD) saved the day once again, working his way open on a crucial third down and logging his fifth game in a row over 100 receiving yards.
7. MINNESOTA VIKINGS (8-3) - And without having to lift a finger, the Vikings are back in the mix for a first-round bye. They can improve their Plan B path through the playoffs with a win over the wild card-leading Seahawks on Monday night.
8. GREEN BAY PACKERS (8-3) - You’d have to go back to a Week 7 loss to the Broncos in 2015 to find a full-ish Aaron Rodgers outing with fewer passing yards. The 49ers defense had a lot to do with that, but a pitiful offensive effort couple with a lackluster D that had Green Bay in a 23-0 hole by halftime isn’t a comforting sight, especially against a team the Packers will need to beat to get to the Super Bowl.
9. BUFFALO BILLS (8-3)
10. HOUSTON TEXANS (7-4)

12. DALLAS COWBOYS (6-5) - If I was Jason Garrett, I would be very, very nervous about the presser Jerry Jones gave after this one because Jerruh was spot-on; he expected Garrett to get out-coached, and Garrett got soundly outcoached. His team never stood a chance in those conditions, looked horrifically sloppy on special teams (blocked punt, missed FG, multiple kickoff miscues) and Garrett chipped in a bad-coach classic—an overly conservative field goal attempt with losing in the fourth quarter to seal defeat in a game the Cowboys desperately needed.
22. CHICAGO BEARS (5-6) - With the bar as low as possible against a two-win team, Mitchell Trubisky (25-of-41, 278 yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs, 69.0 rating) did enough for an ugly win. Not much else to see here, but Allen Robinson turned in his best game of the season, catching six balls for 131 yards and a TD.
28. DETROIT LIONS (3-7-1) - Remember when this team was “better than their record indicated?” Yeah, sorry about that. No Stafford didn’t help, backup Jeff Driskel threw three picks, the defense went home halfway through the fourth quarter and Matt Patricia’s bunch is officially punched out for 2019.
29. NEW YORK GIANTS (2-9) - Daniel Jones kept it clean but Saquon Barkley couldn’t get going (17 carries, 59 yards) and a 19-0 run from the Bears was too much for this underpowered offense. On the plus side, the Giants are solidly locked into the group of three trailing the Bengals but still slated for a top-five pick.
31. WASHINGTON REDSKINS (2-9) - At this point, the Bengals are too awful to catch, so it was a nice moment for Dwayne Haskins piecing together two back-to-back field goal drives to ****** a 19-16 win off the moribund Lions. He celebrated, of course, by missing the final snap and taking selfies with fans. Joe Thiesmann wasn’t happy, but nobody seemed to care.

 

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7 minutes ago, Leader said:

MMQB: Power Rankings

1. BALTIMORE RAVENS (9-2)
2. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (10-1) -
The 49ers dominated what is supposed to be one of their toughest NFC foes come January, further solidifying this is the team to beat in the NFC (I know, Seahawks fans, but they’re winning your division too). It’s thanks to a defense that would be leading the league most other seasons, and they completely shut down Rodgers while holding the Packers’ 13-ranked offense under 200 total yards.
3. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (10-1)
4. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (9-2) -
The Eagles made it ugly, but the Seattle defense sent Carson Wentz into a tailspin with their demolition of the Philadelphia offensive line. Six sacks, nine QB hits, three fumble recoveries and two picks will do that to a quarterback, and Rashaad Penny broke out for his best outing of 2019 (14 carries, 129 yards, TD) at the perfect time on a rainy, messy afternoon at the Linc.
5. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (7-4)
6. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (9-2) -
Not that it would have mattered much to Drew Brees, but the Saints definitely should have been trailing by three (or four, or five) on what instead became the game-winning drive. But Michael Thomas (10 receptions, 101 yards, TD) saved the day once again, working his way open on a crucial third down and logging his fifth game in a row over 100 receiving yards.
7. MINNESOTA VIKINGS (8-3) - And without having to lift a finger, the Vikings are back in the mix for a first-round bye. They can improve their Plan B path through the playoffs with a win over the wild card-leading Seahawks on Monday night.
8. GREEN BAY PACKERS (8-3) - You’d have to go back to a Week 7 loss to the Broncos in 2015 to find a full-ish Aaron Rodgers outing with fewer passing yards. The 49ers defense had a lot to do with that, but a pitiful offensive effort couple with a lackluster D that had Green Bay in a 23-0 hole by halftime isn’t a comforting sight, especially against a team the Packers will need to beat to get to the Super Bowl.
9. BUFFALO BILLS (8-3)
10. HOUSTON TEXANS (7-4)

12. DALLAS COWBOYS (6-5) - If I was Jason Garrett, I would be very, very nervous about the presser Jerry Jones gave after this one because Jerruh was spot-on; he expected Garrett to get out-coached, and Garrett got soundly outcoached. His team never stood a chance in those conditions, looked horrifically sloppy on special teams (blocked punt, missed FG, multiple kickoff miscues) and Garrett chipped in a bad-coach classic—an overly conservative field goal attempt with losing in the fourth quarter to seal defeat in a game the Cowboys desperately needed.
22. CHICAGO BEARS (5-6) - With the bar as low as possible against a two-win team, Mitchell Trubisky (25-of-41, 278 yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs, 69.0 rating) did enough for an ugly win. Not much else to see here, but Allen Robinson turned in his best game of the season, catching six balls for 131 yards and a TD.
28. DETROIT LIONS (3-7-1) - Remember when this team was “better than their record indicated?” Yeah, sorry about that. No Stafford didn’t help, backup Jeff Driskel threw three picks, the defense went home halfway through the fourth quarter and Matt Patricia’s bunch is officially punched out for 2019.
29. NEW YORK GIANTS (2-9) - Daniel Jones kept it clean but Saquon Barkley couldn’t get going (17 carries, 59 yards) and a 19-0 run from the Bears was too much for this underpowered offense. On the plus side, the Giants are solidly locked into the group of three trailing the Bengals but still slated for a top-five pick.
31. WASHINGTON REDSKINS (2-9) - At this point, the Bengals are too awful to catch, so it was a nice moment for Dwayne Haskins piecing together two back-to-back field goal drives to ****** a 19-16 win off the moribund Lions. He celebrated, of course, by missing the final snap and taking selfies with fans. Joe Thiesmann wasn’t happy, but nobody seemed to care.

 

Still not buying into the Viking train … next game on the road will be telling.  They win that one and it may be true unless we can beat them at their house.  I have my doubts they can do it but ………. 

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35 minutes ago, coachbuns said:

Still not buying into the Viking train … next game on the road will be telling.  They win that one and it may be true unless we can beat them at their house.  I have my doubts they can do it but ………. 

Just checked the SEA weather.
Sunday would be nice: cold and rainy. Perfect to beat the fireside boys.
Unfortunately, this game will be played in cool and clear.

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Football Perspective - 

The Cowboys have scored more points than Seattle.
The Cowboys have allowed fewer points than Seattle.
The Cowboys have gained more yards than Seattle.
The Cowboys have allowed fewer yards than Seattle.

Seattle has a much better record than the Cowboys.

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Interesting.....
He was placed on IR 8/25/19. Wonder when he was putting the bets down?

Adam Schefter -  Cardinals’ DB Josh Shaw suspended through the 2020 season for....betting on NFL games.

  • Tom Pelissero - Important: The NFL says its “investigation uncovered no evidence indicating any inside information was used or that any game was compromised in any way. Nor was there evidence suggesting any awareness by teammates, coaches or other players of his betting activity.”

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The league didnt waste any time getting this out: "no evidence indicating any inside information was used or that any game was compromised in any way."

The NFL has seriously cozied up to the betting industries (read: they're taking a profit now). This is a bad look. 

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PFF: The league did not say when Shaw bet on games and whether he bet on games involving his own team, whether he was placing his bets legally or illegally, or how the league learned of his involvement in gambling. Shaw may petition for reinstatement on or after February 15, 2021. Realistically, it’s unlikely he’ll ever play in the NFL again.

The suspension isn’t particularly meaningful on the field. Shaw was a fourth-round pick of the Bengals in 2015 who has also played for the Chiefs and Buccaneers and has never been a great player. Shaw is actually best known for an incident during his time at USC, when he was hailed as a hero when he said he injured his ankles jumping into a pool to save his nephew, only for his story to fall apart when it was actually revealed he jumped out of a window to evade police.

The suspension is very meaningful, however, because professional sports leagues have long considered gambling to be the most unforgivable sin a player can commit. The NFL is showing with this suspension that players caught betting on games will be dealt with severely.

 

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Mike Garafolo -  The Eagles have agreed to a four-year, $72 million extension with right tackle Lane Johnson that includes $54.595 guaranteed. It is the largest contract for an NFL offensive lineman in history on a per-year and guarantee basis.

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Lane Johnson - 29y/o - 6 years experience.
Brian Bulaga - 30y/o - 9 years experience.

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2 hours ago, Kepler said:

Wow. Thanks philly...........

Let Bulaga test the market and then decide what to do.  There is a solid case each way when it comes to keeping him or letting him go.  You'd love to see him stay, but given his injury history the price has to be right.  4 year - 72 million would not qualify as the price being right, although I doubt he gets anywhere close to that on the open market.

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3 hours ago, Leader said:

Interesting.....
He was placed on IR 8/25/19. Wonder when he was putting the bets down?

Adam Schefter -  Cardinals’ DB Josh Shaw suspended through the 2020 season for....betting on NFL games.

  • Tom Pelissero - Important: The NFL says its “investigation uncovered no evidence indicating any inside information was used or that any game was compromised in any way. Nor was there evidence suggesting any awareness by teammates, coaches or other players of his betting activity.”

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The league didnt waste any time getting this out: "no evidence indicating any inside information was used or that any game was compromised in any way."

The NFL has seriously cozied up to the betting industries (read: they're taking a profit now). This is a bad look. 

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PFF: The league did not say when Shaw bet on games and whether he bet on games involving his own team, whether he was placing his bets legally or illegally, or how the league learned of his involvement in gambling. Shaw may petition for reinstatement on or after February 15, 2021. Realistically, it’s unlikely he’ll ever play in the NFL again.

The suspension isn’t particularly meaningful on the field. Shaw was a fourth-round pick of the Bengals in 2015 who has also played for the Chiefs and Buccaneers and has never been a great player. Shaw is actually best known for an incident during his time at USC, when he was hailed as a hero when he said he injured his ankles jumping into a pool to save his nephew, only for his story to fall apart when it was actually revealed he jumped out of a window to evade police.

The suspension is very meaningful, however, because professional sports leagues have long considered gambling to be the most unforgivable sin a player can commit. The NFL is showing with this suspension that players caught betting on games will be dealt with severely.

 

He was betting on games with his 'players card', so yes, He bet on games. He's been on IR all year so it was not a game he was involved in. 

Here is another article on NFL.com

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000001081850/article/cardinals-cb-josh-shaw-suspended-indefinitely-for-betting 

"The continued success of the NFL depends directly on each of us doing everything necessary to safeguard the integrity of the game and the reputations of all who participate in the league. At the core of this responsibility is the longstanding principle that betting on NFL games, or on any element of a game, puts at risk the integrity of the game, damages public confidence in the NFL, and is forbidden under all circumstances," Goodell said. "If you work in the NFL in any capacity, you may not bet on NFL football."

So in conclusion:

1. Go ahead and beat the hell out of your girlfriend or wife and we'll suspend you for a few games.

2. Go ahead and rip another players helmet off and beat him over the head with it and we'll give you a few games off.

3. Go ahead and have a game stolen from you by a completely bogus call and oh well, stuff happens. 

4. Go ahead and cheat (NE Patriots) film secretly film other teams, deflate footballs, countless other flagrant violations of the rules and we'll take a draft pick or two and give your QB a few games off. 

 

Bet on a few games you are not involved in while on injured reserve, away from your team, and you are out of here for a year and a half! 

The NFL using the word integrity is a joke in and of itself! 

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Football Perspective -  The NFC East is currently 9-24 in non-division games, which is not only the worst mark in the league... it's the worst winning percentage by a division ever.

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We may have to tone down our AFCLeast comments......

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ESPN:  Free-agent receiver Terrelle Pryor is in critical condition following surgery after he was stabbed Friday night at his apartment, a source tells ESPN's Adam Schefter. Pryor was stabbed in the chest and shoulder, according to the source. The incident took place at the Heinz Lofts apartment complex in Pittsburgh, according to WTAE-TV. A unidentified woman is in police custody, according to the station.

 

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#Browns Browns safety Damarious Randall ruled out for #steelers game because of a coaching decision
11:23 AM · Nov 30, 2019·Twitter 

I seem to remember some claiming Damarious was not really a head case and thus that the Pack did not have any reason to get rid of him.

Looks like DR has burned his bridge in Cleveland now as well and is as good as gone in the offseason.

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