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Wolverines’ AD Sounds Off, Maryland-Michigan Game Canceled

Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel strongly rebuked any notion that the Wolverines would try to avoid facing rival Ohio State in the regular-season finale, calling the notion “ridiculous” and infuriating in a scathing statement Wednesday.

NEW ORLEANS, LA – APRIL 09: Athletic director Warde Manuel of the Connecticut Huskies after the championship game of the 2013 NCAA Womens Final Four at New Orleans Arena on April 9, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Benjamin Solomon/Getty Images)

Manuel spoke hours after Michigan’s game against Maryland this weekend was canceled because of an outbreak of COVID-19 in the Wolverines’ program. The outbreak could also threaten Michigan’s annual rivalry game against Ohio State on Dec. 12 — and the Buckeyes’ chances to play for a Big Ten title.

Ohio State had to cancel its game last week at Illinois because of a spike in COVID-19 cases in its program. It was the second game the Buckeyes (4-0) have lost from their regular-season schedule. One more would leave them unable to reach a conference-mandated minimum to be eligible for the Big Ten championship game.

Earlier this week, ESPN analyst and former Buckeyes quarterback Kirk Herbstreit apologized after saying he thought Michigan would wave a “white flag” and potentially avoid facing the Buckeyes, who would be heavily favored in their matchup with the Wolverines.

ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 07: Kirk Herbstreit at ESPN College Game Day during a game between Georgia Bulldogs and LSU Tigers at Mercedes Benz Stadium on December 7, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Steve Limentani/ISI Photos/Getty Images)

In a video released by Michigan, Manuel fired back, although he didn’t mention Herbstreit by name.

“I think it’s ridiculous,” Manuel said. “I have to pause because my words, the anger — I was infuriated by the insinuation that Michigan would do anything other than play a football game. We’ve been playing this game since 1879 — 1879 — and we’re the winningest program for a reason. Because we play whoever’s in front of us. And the only way we want to keep anybody from moving on is to beat them on the fields of play. And to insinuate that, to say something other than that, is a statement by a fool.”

Manuel wasn’t finished.

“I can’t tell you how embarrassed I am for the Big Ten Conference, to have one of their representatives who played this game, to say that about any team in this conference,” Manuel said. “And to say it about college football and the student-athletes around this country who are trying to play games during a pandemic — it is ridiculous and sad.”

EAST LANSING, MI – OCTOBER 29: Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh and Director of Athletics Warde Manuel chat prior to a Big Ten Conference NCAA football game between Michigan State and Michigan on October 29, 2016, at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, MI. Michigan defeated Michigan State 32-23. (Photo by Adam Ruff/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Michigan has paused in-person football activities until at least Monday. Ohio State said the Buckeyes had resumed in-person football activities Tuesday, an encouraging sign that they will be able to play at Michigan State on Saturday.

For Maryland (2-2), it was the third time a game has been canceled this season. Matchups against Ohio State and Michigan State were wiped out last month after the Terrapins had 23 positive tests for COVID-19, including coach Michael Locksley.

Maryland has played only one game since defeating Penn State on Nov. 7, losing last week at Indiana. The Terps are scheduled to wrap up the regular season Dec. 12 at home against Rutgers.

BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – NOVEMBER 28: Taulia Tagovailoa #3 of the Maryland Terrapins is sacked by Jerome Johnson #98 of the Indiana Hoosiers during the game at Memorial Stadium on November 28, 2020 in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Elsewhere, there was uncertainty Wednesday night about whether one of the games of the week would be played. No. 25 Liberty faces No. 14 Coastal Carolina, but a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press that No. 8 BYU officials have spoken with Coastal Carolina officials about coming to Conway, South Carolina, on Saturday if COVID-19 issues keep Liberty from playing.

The person spoke to AP on condition of anonymity because no deal has been made as Liberty is still hoping to be ready to play.

“Our focus and intention remain on preparing and playing Liberty University on Saturday and showcasing our University and campus to the college football world via ESPN College GameDay,” Coastal Carolina said in a statement. “There are no changes or adjustments to that schedule and both schools are still completing weekly COVID-19 testing protocols that would impact any game decision.”

So far, eight games scheduled for this weekend have been postponed or canceled, including Washington State at No. 17 Southern California, which was pushed back from Friday to Sunday.

Kent State at Miami University in the Mid-American Conference and Boise State at UNLV in the Mountain West were also canceled Wednesday.

Mississippi also suspended team activities in football Wednesday, though the Rebels have an open date this weekend. Coach Lane Kiffin said the team could return to the practice field after as little as a one-day hiatus.

“We’d be able to play as of right now, with no more” positive tests, Kiffin said.

The Rebels still have games to make up against Texas A&M and LSU.

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Pistons Reach Deal With LiAngelo Ball

The Detroit Pistons have agreed to a non-guaranteed deal with LiAngelo Ball, according to a person with knowledge of the agreement.

PRIENAI, LITHUANIA – JANUARY 09: LiAngelo Ball of Vytautas Prienai in action during the match between Vytautas Prienai and Zalgiris Kauno on January 9, 2018 in Prienai, Lithuania. (Photo by Alius Koroliovas/Getty Images)

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday night because the deal had not been announced.

Ball is the brother of New Orleans Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball and Charlotte Hornets lottery pick LaMelo Ball. LiAngelo Ball spent some time working out for the G League’s Oklahoma City Blue this year.

The Athletic and Stadium first reported the deal with the Pistons.

PRIENAI, LITHUANIA – JANUARY 09: LiAngelo Ball of Vytautas Prienai in action during the match between Vytautas Prienai and Zalgiris Kauno on January 9, 2018 in Prienai, Lithuania. (Photo by Alius Koroliovas/Getty Images)

LiAngelo Ball started the 2017-18 college season with UCLA, but he was involved in a shoplifting scandal during a team trip to China. UCLA suspended him, and he ended up leaving school. He and LaMelo signed with a Lithuanian club.

 

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Lions Move Trufant, Shelton To Injured Reserve

The Detroit Lions put cornerback Desmond Trufant and defensive tackle Danny Shelton on injured reserve Wednesday.

DETROIT, MICHIGAN – NOVEMBER 26: Keke Coutee #16 of the Houston Texans is unable to catch a pass in front of Desmond Trufant #23 of the Detroit Lions during the first half at Ford Field on November 26, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

The Lions also announced that they have activated tight end, Hunter Bryant, from IR and signed defensive tackle Kevin Strong to the active roster from the practice squad. Detroit signed cornerback Alex Myres to the practice squad.

The Lions said defensive end Julian Okwara and cornerback Darryl Roberts, both on injured reserve, were returning to practice Wednesday.

Detroit Lions cornerback Desmond Trufant (23) walks off the field after an injury during the first half of an NFL football game between the Detroit Lions and the Houston Texans in Detroit, Michigan USA, on Thursday, November 26, 2020. (Photo by Amy Lemus/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Trufant aggravated a hamstring injury last week against Houston.

Detroit plays at Chicago this weekend in its first game since coach Matt Patricia was fired.

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NFL Week 13 NFC North Picks: Vikings ‘Going To Make The Playoffs,’ Says SportsLine’s Kenny White

By Norm Elrod

(CBS Minnesota) — As this most unusual 2020 NFL season enters December, the 8-3 Green Bay Packers control the NFC North. After taking down the Chicago Bears, the next five games lay out nicely for them. The reeling Philadelphia Eagles are next up. And only the Tennessee Titans in Week 16 seem to pose a real challenge.

The Packers still need to keep their foot on the gas, however, with the 5-6 Minnesota Vikings poised to make a playoff run behind Dalvin Cook. Their path will be a little tougher, with a Wild Card spot as a more realistic goal. The Vikings face the Jacksonville Jaguars, one of the NFL’s worst teams, in Week 13. But matchups with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints follow later in the month.

The 5-6 Bears have dropped five straight games, after jumping out to a 5-1 start. Their most recent loss to the Packers wasn’t nearly as competitive as the 41-25 score might indicate. Two of their touchdowns came in the fourth quarter, after Green Bay jumped out to a 31-point lead. They’ll host the 4-7 Detroit Lions, who aren’t in any better shape. After losing two straight, and many more over the last two seasons, the Lions fired head coach Matt Patricia and general manager Bob Quinn.

SportsLine‘s Kenny White, the Wizard of Odds, breaks down NFC North matchups in Week 13.

All times listed are Eastern.

Detroit Lions @ Chicago Bears, Sunday, December 6, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)

Much of the focus of the Bears’ struggles falls on the offensive side of ball. Mitchell Trubisky struggled early in the season, even as the Bears won some games. He was replaced by Nick Foles, who was marginally better, even as the losing started. Now it’s Trubisky’s turn again. Through it all the Bears’ ground game has been abysmal. They currently average a league-low 82.2 yards per game.

But the defense also has issues. “I think most people think it’s the offense, but I’m concerned with the defense now,” says White. “Akiem Hicks, their defensive tackle, one of the best in the league at stopping the run, was out against the Packers. Now when he was out last year, they allowed more than double the amount of points than when he was in the game. He’s such a big part of that defense. He didn’t play, got to make sure he’s in the lineup. So their defense is what I’m concerned about.”

Meanwhile, the Lions will move ahead under interim head coach Darrell Bevell. With Patricia out, the former offensive coordinator takes over. A mid-season coaching change could actually work out in the Lions favor. According to White, “the two coaches that have been fired so far, Atlanta’s coach Quinn, they were 0-5, since then they’re 4-2. And the Texans firing their coach after a bad start, they’re 4-3 now in the seven games without their coach. So it’s made a difference for those two. I think it’ll make a difference for Detroit.”

The Bears are 3-point favorites at home, but momentum may favor the Lions. “I’m going to go with Detroit,” says White. “I’m going to go with the new coaching staff, the team with a little more sense of urgency now. Chicago just going in the wrong direction on a losing streak. And if Akiem Hicks doesn’t play, I think the Lions win this game easily.”

Jacksonville Jaguars @ Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, December 6, 1:00 p.m. (CBS)

The Vikings have found their offense again, and that can be credited to the return of Dalvin Cook. The running back had a bit of a rough outing against the Carolina Panthers, but that followed four strong showings. Cook is second in the NFL in rushing to date with 1,130 yards; he’s averaging 113 yards per game. And he has the team legitimately thinking playoffs.

“They played so well since Dalvin Cook came back from injury,” White points out. “They’ve been one of the top five offensive teams in football over that time, and a top-10 defensive team. There’s not too many teams in the league that can say that. I like the Vikings chances. I think they’re going to make the playoffs.”

The expanded playoff format will certainly help. But the first step is beating the Jaguars. The Vikings are 10-point favorites, and the Jaguars probably don’t want to win anyway. “Jacksonville [is] still tanking for Trevor” says White. Even though they played well last week with Mike Glennon, this team still wants that number-one pick, I think, to get Trevor Lawrence. I’m going with the Vikings to win this one by two touchdowns.”

Philadelphia Eagles @ Green Bay Packers, Sunday, December 6, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)

While the Packers comfortably lead the NFC North, the Eagles have lost three straight to fall to third in the NFC East. They still have plenty of time to regain the division lead, especially in a division where seven wins might be enough to take the title. The real issue is whether or not they’re capable. The Eagles offense managed -4 yards in the first quarter of their recent loss to the Seattle Seahawks, and their first five possessions were three-and-outs.

The Packers, on the other hand, drove for touchdowns on their first three possessions against the Bears and led 41-10 by the start of the fourth quarter. Green Bay is favored by 8.5 points over Philadelphia, and judging by their most recent performances, it’s easy to see why. These teams seem to be headed in opposite directions.

But it may not be that simple. The Packers have been a little inconsistent lately. And as White points out, people, “…remember what they saw last. So they’re going to remember Green Bay and a big win. They may not remember the Eagles coming back and scoring a touchdown late to cover against Seattle. But I do, and I think the Eagles still have life, and I think they’ll still play hard. I think this could be a letdown game by the Packers after beating the Bears. So I’m going to be one that will be taking the points with the Eagles.”

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‘Tennis Is Booming’: USTA’s Leah Friedman On The Rise Of Tennis Racquet Sales During COVID-19

(CBS Local)– Sports around the country and around the world have been impacted by the COVID-19 global pandemic, but one sport that has seen a jolt in popularity this year is tennis. The socially distanced nature of the sport has provided people of all ages with an athletic outlet during this unprecedented year.

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According to the TIA Quarterly USA Wholesale Equipment Census, adult tennis racquet shipments increased over 43% during the third quarter and over 40% for youth tennis racquet shipments. USTA national director Leah Friedman has been giving in-person and virtual lessons since the start of the pandemic and she is very happy to see tennis providing people with joy during such a tough year.

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“Tennis is booming. We’ve seen more tennis players around the country pick up the sport from youth to adult players and families,” said Friedman, in an interview with CBS Local’s DJ Sixsmith. “Tennis is the most socially distanced sport, it’s safe, you’re staying away from your partner and we are happy to see that our players are healthy. We’ve seen racquet sales jump and we love welcoming new players to the game.”

USTA has provided guidelines for people playing tennis inside and outside and also offers a program called Net Generation Live, which provides free online tennis classes for beginner, intermediate and advanced players. The Play Safe tips were developed by the USTA’s Medical Advisory Board and Friedman like so many others has adjusted her business to the current circumstances.

“I like to say no court, no problem. During these last few months, we’ve really adapted the way that we teach tennis and the way that we experience tennis. I’ve given lessons from my driveway and in my living room,” said Friedman. “If you don’t have a racquet, it’s no problem. If you have a racquet, but you don’t have a ball, no problem. I’ve been using frying pans, balloons and anything I can find around my house to show people in their own communities that you can do this.”

Watch all of DJ Sixsmith’s interviews from “The Sit-Down” series here.


No. 8 Michigan State Beats No. 6 Duke 75-69

Rocket Watts scored 20 points and Julius Marble had a career-high 12 to help No. 8 Michigan State beat No. 6 Duke 75-69 on Tuesday night in the Champions Classic.

EAST LANSING, MI – NOVEMBER 28: Michigan State Spartans guard Rocket Watts (2) prepares to play defense during a college basketball game between the Michigan State Spartans and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on November 28, 2020 at the Breslin Student Events Center in East Lansing, MI.(Photo by Adam Ruff/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The Spartans (3-0) closed the first half with a 13-4 surge to take a 37-33 lead at halftime. They maintained control in the second half with a balanced offense to go with their aggressive defense and rebounding.

“They are able to play at a consistently higher level than us due to their depth right now,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said.

The Blue Devils (1-1) led 13-3 before struggling to make shots or get stops. Duke shot just 32% from the field and allowed five Spartans to score in double figures.

DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA – MARCH 07: Head coach Mike Krzyzewski of the Duke Blue Devils reacts during the second half of their game against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Cameron Indoor Stadium on March 07, 2020 in Durham, North Carolina. Duke won 89-76. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

“At the end of the half, I thought we got a little fatigued, I guess tired, and they took that lead,” Krzyzewski said. “Then at the start of the second half, we didn’t meet their level of intensity like we should.”

Aaron Henry had 14 points, five rebounds, five assists, three steals, and three blocks for the Spartans.

“We rode him like a horse,” coach Tom Izzo.

Joey Hauser had 11 points and 10 rebounds, while Malik Hall added 10 points and 10 rebounds for Michigan State.

EAST LANSING, MI – NOVEMBER 25: Joey Hauser #20 of the Michigan State Spartans attempts a three-point shot in the first half against Eastern Michigan Eagles at Breslin Center on November 25, 2020 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)

Matthew Hurt had 21 points and 13 rebounds for Duke, but freshman Jalen Johnson was limited to 11 points on 4-of-11 shooting after scoring 24 in his college debut. Jaemyn Brakefield scored 11 and Jordan Goldwire had 10 points for the Blue Devils.

BIG PICTURE

Michigan State: Izzo improved his coaching record to 3-12 against the Blue Devils.

“I’m going to smile and enjoy it because I haven’t done a very good job against Duke,” Izzo said. “It’s been one-sided, so this is one step in the right direction.”

It was also the Spartans’ first win at Duke, which didn’t have its raucous fans at Cameron Indoor Stadium due to the coronavirus pandemic.

EAST LANSING, MI – NOVEMBER 25: Head coach Tom Izzo of the Michigan State Spartans reacts in the second half of the game against the Eastern Michigan Eagles at Breslin Center on November 25, 2020 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)

“I’m not going to put this as an asterisk,” Izzo said.

Duke: Settling for jump shots proved to be a problem because they simply were not falling all night for the Blue Devils, who missed 14 of their first 15 3-pointers and finished 5 of 25 beyond the arc.

“The thing that we did not do was finish,” Krzyzewski said.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Michigan State should continue to climb in the AP Top 25, while Duke might slip a bit.

UP NEXT

Michigan State hosts Detroit on Friday night.

Duke hosts Bellarmine on Friday night.

 

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NFL QB Quandaries From Coast To Coast

The college quarterbacks class is shaping up nicely, just in time to perhaps rescue some NFL teams from themselves.

CLEMSON, SC – OCTOBER 03: Clemson Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) fakes rolling out with the ball during the game between the Clemson Tigers and the Virginia Cavaliers on October 03, 2020 at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Dannie Walls/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Right at the top are Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence, Ohio State’s Justin Fields, and Florida’s Kyle Trask, depending on who (likely all) become eligible for the 2021 draft. BYU’s Zach Wilson and North Dakota State’s Trey Lance are highly rated, too.

Those guys salivating about such prospects work in the personnel departments of the Jets, Jaguars, and Bears. Maybe also for the Lions, Patriots, Falcons, Saints, and 49ers.

Each of those clubs is in a quarterback quandary, though Atlanta with Matt Ryan need not be in any hurry. Same for the 49ers if Jimmy Garoppolo could stay healthy. And who knows, maybe Taysom Hill has the goods to step in full time when Drew Brees almost certainly heads to the broadcast booth.

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – NOVEMBER 29: Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons signals against the Las Vegas Raiders during their NFL game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on November 29, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

“It is not just whether you need a quarterback,” says Rich Gannon, the 2002 league MVP, current CBS Sports analyst, and one of the best QB talent evaluators around. “Is the quarterback ready? A team may say, ‘We think the kid at Clemson will come in and be our Week 1 starter, we will get him all the reps and get him ready.’ But is the team ready for a kid quarterback? You never really know.”

What we do know, as do Gannon and former NFL signal-caller Jim Miller, now with SiriusXM NFL Radio and Westwood One, is that the quarterback marketplace will be heavily populated with shoppers in the offseason.

NEW YORK JETS

This winless bunch has the biggest dilemma. It selected Sam Darnold third overall in the 2018 draft. When he has been healthy and had some help around him, he has looked decent — though decent is hardly what you want from supposedly the franchise’s future. The Jets really need to see more of Darnold, but they seem to have a better shot at winning a game with current starter Joe Flacco while Darnold heals from a right shoulder issue.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY – NOVEMBER 29: Sam Darnold #14 of the New York Jets looks to pass against the Miami Dolphins during their NFL game at MetLife Stadium on November 29, 2020 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

With coach Adam Gase almost certainly on his way out, he might be better off sticking with the veteran in hopes of avoiding 0-16. Instead, Darnold is expected to be back under center Sunday after recovering from a shoulder injury.

“It is a dilemma,” Miller notes. “I would think they have to go back to Darnold. The offense looks better, but they finally have gotten their weapons back with the wide receivers healthy. So yes, it has looked better with Flacco. I would like to see Sam Darnold on the field with those guys.”

Adds Gannon:

“The thing about Darnold is that he has never played a full season. You have got that to deal with; is he a guy who can make it through an entire season?

“The other part is what kind of a player is he? There has been a coaching change in his career, they have got a situation with an offense that lacks a lot of talent, to be honest. They have one Pro Bowl player, and that’s Frank Gore, a 37-year-old running back.”

Both believe New York will select a quarterback to start its draft and don’t see Darnold being kept as a backup even though in his fourth pro season his salary would be very workable.

“He needs to go somewhere and be trained,” Gannon says. “Unfortunately, you have to go to the back of the line and earn your stripes again. It happened to me. Go where there’s an older guy and be a young quarterback they will try to bring along who has had some issues with inconsistency.”

CHICAGO

Even before Nick Foles replaced Mitchell Trubisky, it was clear the Bears were souring on the second overall pick in the 2017 draft. Trubisky was benched, Foles played OK, then Trubisky got hurt. And last week, so did Foles.

GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN – NOVEMBER 29: Mitchell Trubisky #10 of the Chicago Bears looks to pass during a game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on November 29, 2020 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Bears 45-21. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

“It’s a mess,” Gannon says.

“Obviously, there’s a lot of talk they should turn back to Trubisky,” Miller adds. “I don’t see how they can; he would be playing for his next contract, but it would be for another team. Once they pulled that plug on Trubisky, I don’t see any way they can turn back.”

But with five wins already, Chicago won’t pick all that early in April.

“I think they need to absolutely address it in the draft, and I see guys in college climbing the ranks,” Miller says. “I think there will be a possibility of getting a guy.”

NEW ENGLAND

No Brett Favre to Aaron Rodgers procession here.

“The impact Tom Brady is having in Tampa has to make you wonder what could have been,” Gannon says. “Look at how quickly they have fallen. They are just not the same team. It’s hard to replace that type of production they got from Brady, the type of person when he was in the building. He made everyone better and more accountable, like when Peyton (Manning) went to Denver.

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS – NOVEMBER 29:Cam Newton #1 of the New England Patriots makes a pass over Jordan Hicks #58 of the Arizona Cardinals at Gillette Stadium on November 29, 2020 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

“You can tell the quarterback (Cam Newton) is out of sorts and they are doing all they can to build a plan around what he is comfortable with. It’s so different from what they have done in the past.”

So is Newton in New England’s future?”

“I think Bill will try to draft and groom,” Miller says of Patriots coach Bill Belichick. “They have Jarrett Stidham, they seem to like him, he was competing for the starting job until the injury in training camp.

“Or could this be a landing spot for one of those veteran quarterbacks who might be moving? I think this would be a one and done with Cam.”

DETROIT

With changes in the Motor City, it’s no long shot that Matthew Stafford could be elsewhere in 2021, with a youngster behind center. The Lions have gone nowhere despite having a solid QB, but the gutsy, oft-injured Stafford will be 33 next season.

DETROIT, MI – SEPTEMBER 13: Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions reacts to a drop pass late in the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bears at Ford Field on September 13, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)

“I think they have to blow it up, go the way of the Dolphins,” Miller explains. “I think Matthew has been a good soldier but not won anything. I think an overhaul blowup is coming and the Patriots could look at Matthew, who is going to have a lot of options.”

JACKSONVILLE

There doesn’t seem to be any question here: The Jaguars have no true incumbent or high draftee they are committed to. They appear headed for the top five, perhaps top-two selection. What else could that be but a QB?

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Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 13: Cam Akers, Trey Burton Top Adds For Final Week Of Fantasy Regular Season

By Matt Citak

(CBS Boston)- Well folks, we have reached the end of the road.

It’s been an interesting season for the NFL, as just like everything else in 2020, COVID has caused the league and its teams to adjust on the fly. However, despite some road bumps along the way, we have arrived at Week 13, meaning we have reached the regular season finale for fantasy football.

If you’re still reading this article, that means you are either in or still fighting for a spot in your league’s postseason. In a year like this one, that itself is an accomplishment. But just making the playoffs isn’t enough- we want to get you to a fantasy championship.

While it isn’t the greatest week on the waiver wire, there are still some players likely available that could provide your team with a big boost, both in Week 13 and the weeks after. For leagues that use the FAAB budget system, feel free to start emptying the bank on free agents, as you only have a few more chances to spend it.

With that said, let’s take a look at the top waiver wire adds for Week 13.

Quarterbacks

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, Miami Dolphins– Fitz Magic is back! At least for the time being. Tua Tagovailoa missed Sunday’s game with a thumb injury and could be facing a multi-week absence. If Tua is unable to go in Week 13, Fitzpatrick will likely be the top streaming option at quarterback. Going up against the Jets this past Sunday, Fitzpatrick completed 24 of 39 passes for 257 yards and two touchdowns, adding 10 rushing yards. The Dolphins get another plus matchup in Week 13 when they welcome the Bengals to Miami. If Fitzpatrick gets the start, he will be firmly in the QB1 conversation.

Indianapolis Colts QB Philip Rivers

Credit: Andy Lyons/Getty Images

QB Philip Rivers, Indianapolis Colts– Rivers has put together a solid stretch of games for the Colts in recent weeks. Over the last three games, the veteran quarterback is averaging 297 passing yards and two touchdowns per game. Rivers is never going to blow up for 30 points at this point in his career, but he has shown more than enough for you to feel confident about him putting up solid numbers each week. Over the next three weeks, Rivers will face the Texans, Raiders, and Texans again. These matchups are far from worrisome, which puts Rivers on the streaming radar for anyone in need of help at quarterback.

Running Backs

RB Devontae Booker, Las Vegas Raiders- This one is all about opportunity. Booker hasn’t done much this season, recording just one game with more than eight rush attempts. In Week 12, he carried the ball just five times for six yards in the Raiders’ blowout loss to the Falcons. But with Josh Jacobs suffering an ankle injury, Booker could be thrust into the starting role. Jon Gruden’s squad has played pretty well this season, making me believe Sunday’s game was more of an outlier rather than the norm for Las Vegas. If Booker is serving as the lead back in the Raiders offense, he is a must add, especially with a Week 13 matchup against the winless Jets. Reports indicate Jacobs suffered an ankle sprain, but that it looked worse than it actually is. Either way, go get Booker in case he’s looking at a huge role this Sunday.

RB Cam Akers, Los Angeles Rams- Akers has slowly been seeing more and more playing time in the Rams backfield as the season has progressed. The rookie running back recorded nine rush attempts in Week 12, marking the third time he’s gotten 9 or more carries in the last four weeks. Against the 49ers on Sunday, Akers took his nine rush attempts for a whopping 84 yards, good for an average of 9.3 yards per carry, and a touchdown. Sean McVay has hinted at a larger role for Akers throughout the season, and we may be finally seeing that happen now. If Akers were to take hold of the reins in the Rams backfield heading into the fantasy postseason, he could end up being a league-winner. It may be tough to trust him in your lineup in Week 13, but if you’ve already sealed your spot in the playoffs, then grab and stash Akers while you still can.

RB Frank Gore, New York Jets- A Jet on the waiver wire list?? I know, I know, but hear me out. In the first game since Lamichal Perine was placed on injured reserve, Gore received 18 rush attempts, his second-highest total of the season. The never-aging back gained 74 yards with those carries (4.1 avg.) and added three receptions for 12 yards. You’re never going to feel great about starting someone on the Jets. However, his upcoming schedule is quite appealing. The Jets face the Raiders and their awful rush defense this Sunday before a Week 14 matchup with Seattle’s struggling run D. Fantasy is all about opportunity, and Gore seems to be looking at a big opportunity for at least the next two games. Gore could have some FLEX appeal over the next two weeks.

Wide Receivers

WR Deebo Samuel, San Francisco 49ers– If he was somehow dropped after getting hurt in the Week 7 win over the Patriots, RUN, don’t walk, to pick up Samuel on the waiver wire. The second-year receiver returned to the lineup for the first time in over a month in Week 12 and picked up right where he left off. Samuel was targeted a team-high 13 times, seven more than any other pass-catcher, and finished with 133 yards. No other receiver finished with more than 34 receiving yards. While he hadn’t played since Week 7, it was the third consecutive game in which he scored double digit fantasy points in PPR leagues. Granted, all of this production came with Brandon Aiyuk sidelined, but still you have to feel good about Samuel following this strong performance. As the 49ers get healthier, a late-season surge is always possible. If that happens, Samuel could be quite the valuable fantasy asset for the playoffs. Go get Samuel if he’s still available.

WR Gabriel Davis, Buffalo Bills- It isn’t the greatest week for wide receivers on the waiver wire, which is why Davis lands here after seeing just four targets in Week 12. However, the rookie wideout was able to turn those four targets into 79 yards and a touchdown. Stefon Diggs is clearly the top dog in the Bills’ passing attack. But with John Brown now on injured reserve, the role of Josh Allen’s second option is up for grabs between Davis and Cole Beasley. Beasley will still get his targets, but Davis seems to be Allen’s preferred deep option among the two. Buffalo gets the 49ers and Steelers over the next two weeks, hardly the easiest opponents, but Allen and Davis could connect on a big play or two to boost the latter’s fantasy day. Davis could be worth an add and stash.

WR Breshad Perriman, New York Jets- I meant it when I said it wasn’t the best week for receivers on the wire. So much so that a second Jet landed on this list… Over the last three weeks, Perriman has put up better than expected numbers. He has been targeted 19 times over that stretch, catching 11 of them for 234 yards and three touchdowns. The eight targets were promising in what was Sam Darnold’s return, and could be a sign for how the target share could be divvied up for the remainder of the season. With upcoming matchups against the Raiders and Seahawks, Perriman might actually be a great bench pickup as his deep ball capabilities make him a solid upside play. Perriman is worth an add if you have a roster spot to spare.

Tight Ends

TE Trey Burton, Indianapolis Colts- Since Week 6, Burton has quietly been one of the league’s more

Indianapolis Colts TE Trey Burton

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productive tight ends. The veteran tight end has scored a touchdown in four of the Colts’ last six games, including scores in each of the last two weeks. This past Sunday in a blowout loss to the Titans, Burton caught three of six targets for 42 yards and a touchdown. Burton now has 22 total targets over the last five games, which makes him a decent fantasy play given the lack of depth at the tight end position this year. Burton gets a great matchup in Week 13 against the Texans, making him a low-end TE1 for the fantasy regular season finale.

TE Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings- With Irv Smith sidelined with various injuries in Week 12, along with Adam Thielen missing the game after being placed on the COVID list, Rudolph received a lot more attention in the Vikings’ passing game. The 10th-year tight end saw eight targets in Sunday’s win over the Panthers, the second-most on the team behind only Justin Jefferson’s 13 targets. Rudolph turned those targets into seven receptions for 68 yards, and could be in for another big game this Sunday. The Vikings will welcome the Jaguars to Minnesota this weekend, and it’s hard to ask for a better matchup than that. If Thielen and/or Smith misses Week 13, Rudolph will be a strong TE play. Keep an eye on the injury report throughout the week, but for those teams in need of a tight end, go snag Rudolph while you can.

Defense/Special Teams

DST Las Vegas Raiders- Let’s make this easy- the Raiders are the lucky team to get the winless Jets in Week 13. Sam Darnold threw for under 200 yards with zero touchdowns and two interceptions against the Dolphins this past Sunday in his return to the field, and does not appear to be much more of a threat to opposing defenses than Joe Flacco. The Jets are the most fantasy-friendly DST team to target, as they have given up the most fantasy points to DSTs on the season. Even after getting blown out by the Falcons, the Raiders’ DST will be a top play this week as the Jets appear to be well on their way to an 0-16 season.

DST Seattle Seahawks- The Seahawks haven’t been the greatest fantasy defense this season, but taking an early look at their Week 13 matchup, Seattle could easily be a top 3 play this week. Pete Carroll’s squad will welcome the New York Giants out west this Sunday. More importantly, the Giants could be traveling to the other side of the country without starting quarterback Daniel Jones. Jones tweaked his hamstring in Sunday’s win over the Bengals, and the Giants could decide to err on the side of caution with their second-year quarterback this week. If he is unable to go, Colt McCoy will start just his fourth game since the start of the 2015 season. The veteran went six of 10 for 31 yards after stepping in for the injured Jones in the second half of the Week 12 win. The Seahawks also get the Jets in Week 14 and Washington in Week 15, making them a valuable fantasy add for the next three weeks.


Bevell Takes Over

Darrell Bevell is pumped about the opportunity to coach the Detroit Lions, and quarterback Matthew Stafford sounds relaxed and ready for these last few games of the season — no matter what the future holds after that.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – NOVEMBER 10: Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell of the Detroit Lions stands on the sidelines during the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on November 10, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images)

The Lions finally cleaned house, firing their coach and general manager, and now the rest of the franchise can begin moving on.

“I hate the circumstances with which it happened, but it’s an opportunity,” said Bevell, who is now Detroit’s interim coach. “You’ve got to take full advantage of opportunities that you’re given, however they come your way. Like I told the players, I’m jacked, I’m excited. I get a five-game audition.”

Bevell has over a decade of experience as an offensive coordinator, including with the Lions. He was promoted to interim coach when Detroit fired coach Matt Patricia and GM Bob Quinn over the weekend. Ownership now has a lot of decisions to make about the team’s long-term future, and it’s not clear what the next few months could hold for the remaining coaching staff and many of the players.

ALLEN PARK, MI – JULY 28: Detroit Lions Offensive Coordinator Darrell Bevell watches the action during the Detroit Lions Training Camp on July 28, 2019 in Allen Park, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Yet the decision to fire Patricia and Quinn may also bring about a sense of relief — at least there’s no more uncertainty and speculation about that. Bevell clearly wants his team to have fun during these last few weeks of the regular season, and Stafford is focused on the short term as well.

“Obviously, winning is a lot of fun. Losing makes it less fun, that’s for sure,” Stafford said. “Do everything we can to win. I think Bev’s probably speaking more to his personality and how he wants things to go. This is an opportunity for him, to put his stamp on it.”

Detroit is 4-7 this season and went 13-29-1 during Patricia’s tenure. The last game for the old regime was a 41-25 loss to Houston on Thanksgiving.

Houston Texans linebacker Tyrell Adams (50) and Houston Texans free safety Eric Murray (23) tackle Detroit Lions tight end Jesse James (83) during the second half of an NFL football game between the Houston Texans and the Detroit Lions in Detroit, Michigan USA, on Thursday, November 26, 2020. (Photo by Amy Lemus/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Any analysis of the Lions at this point should have less to do with the next game and more to do with what the next few years could look like.

WHAT’S WORKING

There aren’t a lot of bright spots when a team plays poorly enough for multiple firings in the middle of the season. Still, when healthy, the Lions have the makings of a solid passing game. Receiver Kenny Golladay has been out lately with a hip injury, but he put up back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons before 2020. Tight end T.J. Hockenson leads the team in receptions in his second season.

DETROIT, MI – NOVEMBER 26: Detroit Lions tight end T.J. Hockenson (88) runs for a long gain during the Detroit Lions versus Houston Texans game on Thursday November 26, 2020 at Ford Field in Detroit, MI. (Photo by Steven King/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The problem is that Stafford is now in his 12th season, and Detroit will need to decide whether to keep trying to build around him — or really start over with someone younger.

“As far as my future goes past this season, I’ll figure that out and talk about that later on,” Stafford said. “To me, I’ve got a lot of work to be done, as a team and as a leader. There’s a lot to be done here for the rest of the season.”

WHAT NEEDS WORK

The defense was particularly disappointing under Patricia since he was a defensive coordinator for the Patriots before coming to Detroit. Last week was the third time this season the Lions allowed 40 points in a game.

STOCK UP

Defensive end Romeo Okwara has six sacks this season and is closing in on his career-high of 7 1/2, set two seasons ago.

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) is sacked by Detroit Lions defensive end Romeo Okwara (95) during the second half of an NFL football game between the Houston Texans and the Detroit Lions in Detroit, Michigan USA, on Thursday, November 26, 2020. (Photo by Amy Lemus/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

STOCK DOWN

Detroit’s draft results under Quinn have been underwhelming, and his final first-round selection — defensive back Jeff Okudah — has not had a great rookie season.

INJURED

In addition to Golladay, the Lions were also missing Okudah (shoulder) and running back D’Andre Swift (concussion) in last week’s game. Defensive back Desmond Trufant aggravated a hamstring injury against the Texans.

JACKSONVILLE, FL – OCTOBER 18: Detroit Lions Running Back D’Andre Swift (32) reacts after a touchdown during the game between the Detroit Lions and the Jacksonville Jaguars on October 18, 2020 at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Fl. (Photo by David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

KEY NUMBER

11 — That’s the number of coaches, including Bevell, the Lions have had since they last won a playoff game during the 1991 season.

UP NEXT

The Lions play at Chicago this coming Sunday. The teams met in the season opener, with the Bears rallying to win 27-23.

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Detroit Lions Fire Coach Matt Patricia And GM Bob Quinn

Matt Patricia opened his final postgame news conference with the Detroit Lions by thanking his wife and children for their support.

Patricia probably knew what was coming.

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – NOVEMBER 22: Head coach Matt Patricia of the Detroit Lions reacts after their 20-0 loss to the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on November 22, 2020 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

His boss, general manager Bob Quinn, might not have expected the same fate.

The Lions fired Patricia and Quinn, who hired the coach to replace Jim Caldwell, and effectively ended the franchise’s attempt to replicate the success the men helped Bill Belichick achieve in New England.

The moves were made Saturday, surprising no one.

“It clearly wasn’t working,” Lions owner Sheila Ford Hamp said on a Zoom call with reporters.

DETROIT, MI – DECEMBER 29: Detroit Lions Vice Chair Sheila Ford Hamp watches the pregame warms ups prior to the start of the game against the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field on December 29, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

The duo joins a long list of general managers and coaches that failed to help the franchise win over the last several decades.

Since Detroit won the 1957 NFL title, it has won only one playoff game — and that was way back on Jan. 5, 1992.

“We can’t hide our past, that’s for sure,” said Hamp, who succeeded her mother in June to lead the franchise her late father bought in 1963. “But I’m very dedicated to turning this ship around and really making a difference.”

Darrell Bevell, who has 14 seasons of experience as an offensive coordinator, will be the team’s interim coach for the final five games. The general manager’s duties will be handled on an interim basis by Kyle O’Brien, Lance Newmark, Rob Lohman, and Mike Disner, all of whom worked for Quinn in the team’s front office.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – NOVEMBER 10: Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell of the Detroit Lions stands on the sidelines during the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on November 10, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images)

This season, the Lions (4-7) lost consecutive games for the third time and it cost Quinn and Patricia their jobs. Detroit collapsed in a 41-25 loss to Houston at home on Thursday after getting shut out for the first time in 11 years in the previous game at Carolina.

“I’m just really appreciative of my family, my wife, my kids,” Patricia said Thursday before taking questions from reporters on a Zoom call. “My wife does a lot behind the scenes and from that standpoint, I appreciate her a lot.”

The setbacks dropped Patricia to 13-29-1 in two-plus seasons and Quinn’s mark fell 12 games under .500 over five seasons. The most recent losses led to the end of their careers with the Lions.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – FEBRUARY 25: General manager Bob Quinn of the Detroit Lions speaks to the media at the Indiana Convention Center on February 25, 2020 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) *** Local Capture *** Bob Quinn

“Ten days ago, we looked like we had a good chance to be playoff-bound and both of those games were extremely disappointing,” Hamp said. “Yes, we thought it was a good time to make a change.”

Quinn, who was part of the Patriots’ personnel department for 16 years, was given his first shot to run an NFL front office in January 2016. He retained Caldwell and Detroit reached the playoffs but then fired him the next season after another 9-7 record wasn’t enough to earn a spot in the postseason.

When Quinn let Caldwell go with a 36-28 record over four seasons and an 0-2 mark in the playoffs, he said the move was made to find a coach to take the team to the next level.

DETROIT, MI – SEPTEMBER 13: Head coach Matt Patricia of the Detroit Lions walks off the field during the game against the Chicago Bears at Ford Field on September 13, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images)

Patricia did that, but it wasn’t the level he or Quinn needed to stay employed in the Motor City.

Detroit was 6-10 under Patricia in 2018, won just three games last season, and was barely better this year.

Patricia was on Belichick’s staff for 14 seasons, including six years as defensive coordinator, before Quinn gave him his first shot to be a head coach at any level. Patricia was incessantly peppered with questions about his job being in jeopardy, dating to the 2019 season, and refused to engage in the conversation with reporters.

Hamp said nearly a year ago that Quinn and Patricia were retained with an expectation that the team contend for the playoffs in 2020.

“I meant what I said last December and I still mean it,” Hamp said. “Things were not going well.”

 

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Fantasy Football Start Or Sit Week 12: Tom Brady ‘Bounces Back With A Big Performance’

(CBS Local) — Fantasy football owners are running out of time to make the playoffs. Every win counts, and who you start or sit in this week’s matchup could make all the difference. The Fantasy Football Today crew from CBS Sports may just have the answers you need. They’re here once again to examine the matchups and dole out advice to give you the best shot at the postseason.

Tom Brady has been a little hit-or-miss of late, and may have actually cost the Buccaneers a win against the Rams in Week 11. That’s rarely been the case over his storybook career. But he should get a chance to redeem himself this week.

“I love the setup for Tom Brady this week,” says Jamey Eisenberg. “Should be a shootout between him and Patrick Mahomes in Tampa Bay. I think Brady bounces back with a big performance. Don’t worry about what he did against the Rams. Brady will be better this week.”

In addition to Brady, Eisenberg suggests Derek Carr and Taysom Hill. Carr is coming off a strong showing against the same Chiefs defense that Brady will face. Hill, filling in for Drew Brees, gets a favorable matchup against the Broncos.

If you’re thinking about playing the matchup and starting the Giants’ Daniel Jones against the two-win Bengals, maybe think again. “Eight touchdowns in 10 games,” notes Heath Cummings. “He’s hit over 250 passing yards twice all season long. And the Bengals are starting who at quarterback? I don’t know that the Giants have to throw that much in this game.”

>>READ: Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 12: Derek Carr Looking Sharp For Raiders

For the rest of the position group start and sits for the week, check out the video and tune in to the Fantasy Football Today podcast.

Start

QB:

Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Kansas City Chiefs, Projected Points: 22.0

Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders @ Atlanta Falcons, Projected Points: 24.0

Taysom Hill, New Orleans Saints @ Denver Broncos, Projected Points: 23.5

RB:

Jonathan Taylor, Indianapolis Colts vs. Tennessee Titans, Projected Points: 11.8

Damien Harris, New England Patriots vs. Arizona Cardinals, Projected Points: 9.4

Kenyan Drake, Arizona Cardinals @ New England Patriots, Projected Points: 10.2

WR:

Justin Jefferson, Minnesota Vikings vs. Carolina Panthers, Projected Points: 15.0

DJ Moore, Carolina Panthers @ Minnesota Vikings, Projected Points: 14.8

Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Kansas City Chiefs, Projected Points: 14.1

TE:

Hayden Hurst, Atlanta Falcons vs. Las Vegas Raiders, Projected Points: 12.2

Noah Fant, Denver Broncos vs. New Orleans Saints, Projected Points: 8.8

Rob Gronkowski, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Kansas City Chiefs, Projected Points: 8.7

>>READ: Texans-Lions Preview: Deshaun Watson ‘Playing As Well As He’s Played Over The Course Of His Career,’ Says NFL On CBS’s Evan Washburn

Sit

QB:

Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles vs. Seattle Seahawks, Projected Points: 19.7

Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings vs. Carolina Panthers, Projected Points: 20.8

Daniel Jones, New York Giants @ Cincinnati Bengals, Projected Points: 22.1

RB:

Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals vs. New York Giants, Projected Points: 13.5

Melvin Gordon, Denver Broncos vs. New Orleans Saints, Projected Points: 9.8

Damien Harris, New England Patriots vs. Arizona Cardinals, Projected Points: 9.4

WR:

Tee Higgins, Cincinnati Bengals vs. New York Giants, Projected Points: 12.9

Jerry Jeudy, Denver Broncos vs. New Orleans Saints, Projected Points: 11.7

Sterling Shepard, New York Giants @ Cincinnati Bengals, Projected Points: 13.8

TE:

Noah Fant, Denver Broncos vs. New Orleans Saints, Projected Points: 8.8

Jared Cook, New Orleans Saints @ Denver Broncos, Projected Points: 7.6

Jimmy Graham, Chicago Bears @ Green Bay Packers, Projected Points: 8.5


Texans-Lions Preview: Deshaun Watson ‘Playing As Well As He’s Played Over The Course Of His Career,’ Says NFL On CBS’s Evan Washburn

(CBS Detroit) — The Houston Texans and Detroit Lions had both hoped for better results coming into the season. The 3-7 Texans opened things up against the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs, followed by then AFC favorite Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers, who still remain undefeated. Starting off strong would’ve been a tall order for any team, but the Texans never really fell into a groove after that. They didn’t find the win column until Week 5 against the woeful Jacksonville Jaguars. And to date, two of their three wins have come against the Jags.

While the Texans probably aren’t catching the Indianapolis Colts or Tennessee Titans in the AFC South, the Lions, now 4-6, still have a shot in the NFC North. It will be an uphill battle, however. They’ve lost each of their three division games so far, along with challenging matchups against the Colts and New Orleans Saints. But the Lions have looked good at times, too, like when they took down the Arizona Cardinals in Week 3.

Last Sunday’s shutout loss to the Carolina Panthers wasn’t one of those times. And those types of performances, against teams starting their backup quarterback, won’t pull them back into the division race. The Lions will look for a better showing when they host the Texans on Thanksgiving.

>>READ: Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 12: Derek Carr Looking Sharp For Raiders

The Texans are coming off a 27-20 win over the sputtering New England Patriots. Deshaun Watson was his usual versatile self, going 28-37 for 344 yards and two touchdowns, spreading the ball around to nine different receivers. It was his fifth 300-plus-yard passing outing in his last seven games and his seventh multi-touchdown game of the season. Will Fuller and Brandin Cooks each have 47 catches on the season, though neither has been quite able to fill the big void left by DeAndre Hopkins, who already has 72 catches for the Arizona Cardinals.

“They’ve captured a semblance of momentum at least, positive energy around what they’re doing,” according to NFL On CBS reporter Evan Washburn. “There’s been so much volatility with that organization this year that you can tell there was a sigh of relief. They just had that big win at home against the Patriots. Deshaun Watson statistically, and when you watch the tapes, is playing as well as he’s played over the course of his career. It’s a testament to the fact that this is the ultimate team game. He needs everyone around him to be better so that this team, including the staff, can win as many games as Deshaun is probably worthy of.”

Clearly the 10-7 loss to the Cleveland Browns a couple weeks ago was an aberration, at least as far as Watson and the passing game is concerned. Houston’s passing game remains among the NFL’s best, averaging 274.3 yards per game. But its running game is among the league’s worst, averaging 84.6 yards per outing. The Texans have yet to have a 100-yard rusher this season. Many weeks they fail to crack 100 yards as a team, even with a mobile quarterback.

>>READ: Lions Reach New Low Heading Into Thanksgiving Game

Part of the reason the Texans’ offense tilts toward the pass may be that their defense can’t stop anyone, leaving Watson and company to play catchup. The Houston defense allows an eye-popping 411.7 yards per game, second worst in the league. They aren’t much better in points allowed, giving up 30-plus points in six games so far. Can they slow a Lions offense that relies almost as much on Matthew Stafford as their own does on Watson?

Stafford didn’t look like himself in last Sunday’s 20-0 loss to the Panthers. He claims the torn ligament in the thumb on his throwing hand wasn’t an issue. Maybe the problem was all the missing offensive weapons; D’Andre Swift, Kenny Golladay and Danny Amendola were all out with injuries. Either way, the middle-of-the-pack Lions offense looked bottom-of-the-barrel against Carolina. Stafford managed a paltry 178 yards through the air. The Lions, as a team, picked up just 40 yards on the ground.

“I think Detroit is in a tough spot right now,” says Washburn. “Matthew Stafford, obviously dealing with injury, isn’t himself. He’s really tough, so you have to imagine he’ll find a way, as he did last week, to play. But they just don’t seem to have enough offensively to be able to be competitive in some of these games.”

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Despite their first shutout in over a decade, their Lions’ stats on the season are better, though not by enough to make them truly competitive. They average 247.5 yards passing and just 95.4 yards rushing, both low to mid-tier as their NFL counterparts go. The 22.7 points they put up is the same as the Texans. With so many injuries — seven offensive players are already listed as out or questionable for Thursday, now including wide receiver Marvin Hall and tight end T.J.Hockenson — those numbers are unlikely to improve.

It will be up to a Lions defense that has also had its fair share of struggles and its own injury issues. They’re middle of the pack against the pass, allowing 247.5 yards per game. Kyler Murray threw for 270 yards and two touchdowns in Week 3, but the Lions also picked him off three times. A similar level of success against Watson would give Detroit a chance. But their secondary is a little thin, with Mike Ford, Jeff Okudah and Will Harris all nursing injuries.

The Texans are three-point favorites going into Thanksgiving against a Lions team that plays on the holiday every year. And it almost doesn’t matter that the Lions are having a difficult season. As Washburn sees it, “there’s something about, whether Detroit is winless, not playing well, playing really well, to have them on a Thursday, wearing some version of a throwback. Who knows what uniform, there at Ford Field? It’s cool for us at CBS to have that classic team, in this case a matchup with Houston. There’s identifiable things to Thanksgiving, no matter how you celebrate it. And the Lions, good or bad, are always there for you.”

The Texans play the Lions Thursday, November 26 @ 12:30 ET on CBS.


Lions Reach New Low Heading Into Thanksgiving Game

As poorly as the Detroit Lions have played this season, this might have been a new low.

That meant some predictable questions for coach Matt Patricia.

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – NOVEMBER 22: Head coach Matt Patricia of the Detroit Lions looks on during the first half against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on November 22, 2020 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

The Lions were shut out 20-0 Sunday by a Carolina team that was missing its quarterback and star running back. It was the first time Detroit went scoreless since 2009. The Lions managed only 10 first downs and 185 total yards, utterly failing to take advantage of a weakened opponent.

On Monday, Patricia was asked what he’s been told about his job security.

“Our focus right now is on Houston,” Patricia said, referring to Detroit’s Thanksgiving opponent later this week. “Any conversations that I’ve had with ownership, I always keep those private.”

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – NOVEMBER 22: Head coach Matt Patricia of the Detroit Lions reacts after their 20-0 loss to the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on November 22, 2020 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Patricia is in his third season with the Lions, and they’ve gone 13-28-1 since he took over. That includes a 4-6 mark this season so far.

The Panthers were without quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and running back Christian McCaffrey on Sunday. Detroit’s offense was a bit depleted as well, with running back D’Andre Swift (concussion) and wide receivers Kenny Golladay (hip) and Danny Amendola (hip) all out.

But that doesn’t explain how Detroit allowed P.J. Walker to throw for 258 yards and a touchdown in his first NFL start.

Detroit’s annual Thanksgiving game had already lost some of its luster because of the coronavirus, and now Patricia’s future — and that of general manager Bob Quinn — are looming over the team. Players have still been publicly supportive of Patricia.

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – NOVEMBER 22: Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions warms up prior to facing the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on November 22, 2020 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

“I love Matt as a head coach,” said safety Duron Harmon, who played for New England when Patricia was a defensive coordinator there. “Whatever he asks of me to do, his approach as a coach, I’m going to follow him. I’m going to ride with him until the wheels fall off.”

Patricia was asked what a fair time frame is to evaluate a coach.

“We certainly are critiqued and judged every day by the job that we’re doing,” he said. “We try to improve every day from that standpoint and try to do it better and always try to be the best that we can be.”

WHAT’S WORKING

Not much. The Lions do have the NFL’s leading punter in Jack Fox. He had six opportunities Sunday, averaged 42.2 yards, and put four inside the 20.

Detroit Lions punter Jack Fox (3) kicks to the Colts during the first half of an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts in Detroit, Michigan USA, on Sunday, November 1, 2020. (Photo by Amy Lemus/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

WHAT NEEDS WORK

Detroit’s offense was not at full strength in this game, but this was still an inept performance against a Carolina defense that had allowed 79 points in its previous two games. Matthew Stafford — who was questionable in the days leading up to the game — did play but only threw for 178 yards. The Lions allowed five sacks.

“One thing that Carolina did, that we knew they did a bit of, as they would play some odd defenses, and there’d be kind of some wonky looks,” offensive lineman Taylor Decker said. “We had to try to get them out of that and we never really did. Things were identified well, I thought, from an offensive line standpoint, but not necessarily always executed properly.”

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – NOVEMBER 22: Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions calls out to his offense during the first half against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on November 22, 2020 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

STOCK UP

It’s hard to think of anyone who played for the Lions who came out of this game looking particularly good. Former coach Jim Caldwell — who had three winning seasons in four years with Detroit before being replaced by Patricia — probably looks a little better as the Lions continue to flounder.

STOCK DOWN

With Swift out, it was left to Adrian Peterson and Kerryon Johnson to handle most of the running duties, and neither had any real success. They combined for 35 yards on 13 carries.

INJURED

Cornerback Phil Ford left in the third quarter with a concussion. The Lions did not practice Monday but released participation designations based on estimations — Swift and Amendola were listed as not practicing, and so were Ford, rookie cornerback Jeff Okudah (shoulder), and defensive lineman Da’Shawn Hand (groin).

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – NOVEMBER 22: Mike Ford #38 of the Detroit Lions reacts after an injury during the second half against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on November 22, 2020 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Golladay was listed as limited in practice.

KEY NUMBER

2 — The number of punts Carolina forced in its previous four games before forcing six against the Lions.

UP NEXT

The Lions have almost reached the end of an easier stretch in their schedule, but they face Houston (3-7) on Thursday first.

Five of Detroit’s past six opponents currently have losing records. The Lions went 3-3 in those games.

 

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Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 12: Derek Carr Looking Sharp For Raiders

By Matt Citak

(CBS) — The fantasy regular season has two just weeks remaining.

At this point of the year, your playoff scenarios should be quite clear. You are either battling for a first-round bye, working on improving your playoff seeding, fighting to clinch your spot in the postseason or already eliminated from playoff contention. Chances are, if you fall into that final category, you aren’t still looking for recommendations on the waiver wire.

For those of you still in the playoff hunt, only two opportunities remain to improve your situation before the start of the postseason. Now you don’t typically find great fantasy contributors on the waiver wire this late into the season. However, just like everything else we’ve seen this year, 2020 is full of crazy surprises, and some interesting names top this week’s waiver wire list.

With that said, here are the top waiver wire adds heading into Week 12.

Quarterbacks

QB Taysom Hill, New Orleans Saints- After most people spent last week hyping up Jameis Winston’s opportunity in New Orleans (myself included), it was Hill that got the start and excelled for the Saints. The fourth-year quarterback completed over 78 percent of his passes for 233 yards, adding a season-high 10 rush attempts for 51 yards and two rushing touchdowns. With Drew Brees out for at least the next two games, Hill should continue to thrive under center for New Orleans, with road matchups against the Broncos and the Falcons up next. Hill should continue to produce QB1 numbers for as long as he remains the starter.

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QB Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders- Despite the loss to Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs, Carr looked great for the Raiders on Sunday night. The veteran quarterback completed 23 of 31 passes (74.2 percent) for 275 yards, three touchdowns and one interception against Kansas City’s tough pass defense. Things are about to get a whole lot easier for Carr in the coming weeks. The Raiders will be on the road for the next two weeks, but get tasty matchups against the Falcons and the Jets before facing a stingy Colts defense in Week 14. For those teams still fighting for a playoff spot and in need of a QB stream for the next two weeks, look no further than Carr, who should be able to get the job done.

Running Backs

RB James White, New England Patriots- While it took a devastating knee injury to Rex Burkhead for it to happen, James White has officially returned to fantasy relevance. White had fallen off the fantasy radar over the previous four games, totaling no more than 35 yards in any game during that stretch. But after the injury to Burkhead, White stepped up as the Patriots’ clearcut pass-catching back, a role in which he has dominated in the past. In Sunday’s loss to the Texans, White finished the game with six receptions for 64 yards on nine targets while also contributing five rushes for 19 yards. The Patriots have a tough slate of opponents coming up, with a home game against the Cardinals before hitting Los Angeles for matchups with the Chargers and Rams in Weeks 13 and 14. As long as the Patriots can stay in the playoff hunt, White should continue to put up solid fantasy numbers. The veteran needs to be added.

Frank Gore #21 of the New York Jets is tackled by Rayshawn Jenkins #23 of the Los Angeles Chargers during the second half at SoFi Stadium on November 22, 2020 in Inglewood, California.

Frank Gore (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

RB Frank Gore, New York Jets- You’re never going to feel good about starting a member of the New York Jets. However, an injury to Lamical Perine could open the door for Gore to put up some decent fantasy numbers. As dismal as the Jets offense is, as we have learned over the years, fantasy football is all about volume. If Perine is forced to miss time, Gore is likely to receive most, if not all, of the backfield touches. In Week 11, the never-aging running back carried the ball 15 times, his highest number of attempts since getting 15 carries in Week 3, for 61 yards and a score, adding two receptions for 10 yards. The Jets take on the Dolphins and Raiders at home before hitting the road to face the Seahawks in Week 14. Again, you aren’t going to feel confident trotting out Gore in your lineup. But if Perine misses time with his ankle injury, Gore could find himself in FLEX territory.

>>READ: Cam Newton Not Throwing In Towel On Patriots Making Playoffs: ‘Win One Week At A Time’

RB Wayne Gallman, New York Giants- This is one from before their Week 11 bye, but if he is still out there, rush to snag Gallman off the waiver wire. The last time we saw the Giants on the field, Gallman took 18 carries for 53 yards but was able to score two touchdowns. It was the fourth consecutive game in which Gallman was able to find the end zone, totaling five scores during that span. The former Clemson running back has seen double digit rush attempts in every game since Devonta Freeman’s Week 7 injury, and that is unlikely to change in the Giants’ Week 12 matchup. Big Blue matches up against the Joe Burrow-less Bengals this week, in a game that the Giants opened as 5-point road favorites. Clearly, Las Vegas believes the Giants are the favorite in this contest, meaning Gallman should see plenty of opportunity. Gallman will be a solid RB2 for this Week 12 battle.

Wide Receivers

WR Michael Pittman, Indianapolis Colts- Since returning from injured reserve, Pittman has solidified himself as the number-one receiver in the Colts’ passing attack. Going up against a tough Packers secondary, the rookie receiver caught all three passes thrown his way, finishing with 66 yards and a touchdown. Over the last three weeks, Pittman has totaled 14 receptions for 223 yards and the score, clearly operating as Philip Rivers’ favorite target. The Colts get three consecutive appealing matchups now as they face off against the Titans at home before going on the road to play the Texans and Raiders. Pittman is the top wide receiver add this week.

WR Jalen Reagor, Philadelphia Eagles- I have been beating the Reagor drum ever since he returned from injured reserve, and all he has done in the three games since is continue to produce. The rookie first-round pick out of TCU caught four of five targets on Sunday for 52 yards. While the targets finished second among Philly’s wide receivers, trailing Travis Fulgham’s seven targets, Fulgham was only able to reel in one of those passes for eight yards. The rookie receiver has also seen his playing time increase each week he is further removed from the injury, as he played a season-high 93 percent of the Eagles’ offensive snaps against the Browns in Week 11. Philadelphia will try to keep up with Seattle’s potent offense in Week 12, meaning Carson Wentz is likely going to have to air it out early and often. With the Eagles likely playing from behind in more games than not, Reagor should be added by any team in need of a wide receiver.

Russell Gage #83 of the Atlanta Falcons makes the catch as P.J. Williams #26 of the New Orleans Saints defends in the second quarter at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 22, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana

Russell Gage (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

WR Russell Gage, Atlanta Falcons- Unfortunately for many fantasy owners, Julio Jones seemed to have reaggravated his hamstring injury during Atlanta’s Week 11 loss to the Saints. While it remains unclear just how severe this latest injury is, fantasy owners should make contingency plans just in case. The easiest route to go is adding fellow Falcons receiver Russell Gage. Gage was fantasy relevant towards the start of the year, while both Jones and Calvin Ridley dealt with respective injuries. The slot receiver has been mostly quiet since those first few weeks, but jumped back on the map this past Sunday once Jones got hurt. Gage wound up being targeted a whopping 12 times against the Saints, turning that into seven receptions for 58 yards. If Jones is forced to miss any time, Gage will once again be a decent FLEX play, especially in a Week 12 game against the Raiders.

Tight Ends

TE Jordan Akins, Houston Texans- Akins was playing his way into TE1 territory at the start of the season before an ankle injury and a concussion forced him to miss some time. The Texans have been slowly working Akins back in the lineup over the last few weeks, with the 51 percent of offensive snaps he played in Week 11 being his highest since Week 3. The third-year tight end caught five of six targets against the Patriots on Sunday, finishing with 83 yards. His return to full health, combined with the seemingly serious toe injury suffered by Randall Cobb, should make Akins a potentially start-able tight end for the next few weeks (or as long as Cobb is sidelined). The tight end will likely serve as Deshaun Watson’s security blanket over the middle of the field.

>>READ: Dolphins’ Tagovailoa Will Try To Bounce Back From Benching

TE Dalton Schultz, Dallas Cowboys- Schultz has not been lighting the fantasy world on fire by any stretch of the imagination, but he has been putting up decent numbers in recent weeks. Schultz caught just four passes for 25 yards against the Vikings in Week 11, but was able to find the end zone for his first touchdown since Week 4. In the previous two outings, the tight end totaled 10 receptions for 101 yards. While these are far from jaw-dropping numbers, they make Schultz a borderline TE1 given the lack of depth at the tight end position this season. His next three matchups are not the greatest (vs. Washington, at Baltimore and at Cincinnati), but if the Cowboys can remain in the NFC East race, Schultz should continue to put up decent-to-solid numbers.

We don’t normally touch on Defense/Special Teams units in these recommendation articles. But since we have reached the end of the fantasy regular season, I will be adding a few of the top streaming DSTs at the end of the waiver wire piece each week moving forward.

Defense/Special Teams

Bonus: DST New York Giants– This one is easy. With Joe Burrow suffering a season-ending knee injury, Ryan Finley will now take over as the Bengals’ starting quarterback. Coming on in relief of Burrow against Washington, Finley completed just three of 10 passes for 30 yards and an interception this past Sunday. The Giants are fresh off their bye and should be relatively healthy as they enter the final stretch of the season firmly in the hunt for the NFC East crown. The Giants’ defense has looked solid for most of the season, and with the extra week of preparation, the Giants are the top streaming DST in Week 12.

Bonus: DST Green Bay Packers- The Packers take on the Bears in Week 12, who are also coming off their bye week. However, unlike the Giants, the Bears are facing a ton of questions, none more important than who will be under center for Chicago this Sunday. Nick Foles was banged up the last time we saw the Bears out on the field, while Mitchell Trubisky has been sidelined with a shoulder injury since Week 8. Regardless of who gets the start, the Packers, at home, will be one of the top streaming DST options this week, as both quarterbacks have struggled this season. If you want to look a bit ahead as well, the Packers take on the Eagles at Lambeau Field in Week 13 as well, meaning picking them up now could solve your DST concerns for the final two weeks of the fantasy regular season.


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Kelly Stafford, Wife of Lion’s QB, Matthew Stafford, Says ‘Living in Dictatorship That We Call Michigan’

(CBS Detroit) – The wife of Detroit Lions quarterback, Matthew Stafford is receiving backlash over her social media comments.

Kelly Stafford said she’s quote, “Over living in a dictatorship that we call Michigan,” in a series of videos.

Stafford then apologized for her criticism of Governor Whitmer’s pandemic order.

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Titans-Ravens Preview: Look For ‘Battle Of Wills’ In The Run Game, Says Rich Gannon

(CBS Baltimore) — Both the Baltimore Ravens and Tennessee Titans are coming off of disappointing losses at key junctures in the season. The Ravens slipped to 6-3 on a rainy night in Foxborough, against a New England Patriots team that’s seemed out of sorts for weeks. The loss, their second in three games, puts them even further behind the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC North. The Titans, now 6-3, let a winnable game against the Indianapolis Colts get away from them in the second half, yielding the division lead in the AFC South. It was their third loss in four games.

The Ravens and Titans will both look to get on track Sunday in a rematch of last season’s playoff upset. Baltimore came into that game riding a 12-game winning streak and an MVP-caliber season from quarterback Lamar Jackson. They seemed headed for the AFC title game and possible Super Bowl glory until Tennessee running back Derrick Henry bulldozed them for almost 200 yards.

>>READ: NFL Week 11 AFC West Picks: ‘No Chance That The Jets Get A Win Against The Chargers,’ Says CBS LA’s Jaime Maggio

The circumstances have changed this season, with both teams struggling a little to find their way (and fans not allowed to attend due to COVID-19). But the cast of characters is still largely the same. On the Ravens side, Jackson remains dynamic out of the backfield. He leads a rushing attack that averages 164 yards per game, second best in the NFL. Though the Patriots were able to limit him, as well as Gus Edwards, under sloppy conditions that generally favor a strong ground game.

The Ravens passing game has lacked the big-play ability that made them so exciting last season. They’ve managed just 23 pass plays of at least 20 yards and one of at least 40 yards so far this season. Their passing attack averages a mere 184.1 yards per game, which is second worst in the league. Oddly enough, they were better against the Patriots, with Jackson going 24-34 for 249 yards and two touchdowns. Though mishandled snaps set them back on multiple occasions.

“Their passing game is at its best when they’re running the ball and have a lead and they can throw it when they want to throw it and they don’t have to throw it,” according to  NFL On CBS analyst Rich Gannon. “You look at some of these games where they have had to come from behind, that’s not Lamar Jackson’s strength. He’s still developing as a pocket passer. The key versus the Ravens is to keep him in the pocket and force him to function as a pocket passer on third down and down in the red zone. When they’re able to run the ball, spread you out, then they can call the shot plays and gadget plays and get him out on the edge, give him a two-way go.”

>>READ: Fantasy Football Start Or Sit Week 11: Mike Davis Has A “Dream” Matchup Against Lions Defense

“They’re really at their best when they’re dictating,” Gannon continues. “When they’re dictating the pace and flow of games with their ability to run and play great defense and create some short fields, negative plays on defense to give the offense some extra opportunities.”

The Ravens didn’t control the game against the Patriots. Their usually solid run defense didn’t have an answer for Damien Harris, who put up a career-high 121 yards on the ground. And their usually fierce pass rush only sacked Cam Newton once, even as they limited him to just 13-17 for 118 yards passing. The passing game obviously wasn’t the Patriots’ focus, nor will it be this week for the Titans.

The Titans offense runs behind Henry, who’s one of only two running backs in the NFL averaging over 100 yards per game this season. Some of the league’s better run defenses have been able to slow him down; the Steelers held him to 75 yards and under four yards per carry. But Henry will generally get his yards, like he did against against the Colts last week, picking up 103 yard on 19 carries. And sometimes he’ll explode for an absurd stat-line, like when he lit up the Houston Texans for 212 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries back in October.

>>READ: NFL Week 11 AFC North Picks: Are The Steelers Looking Past The Jaguars?

“You look at the Tennessee Titans and Arthur Smith does a great job as a play caller there,” says Gannon. “They have an unusual back, that’s how I describe Derrick Henry. There’s not many backs in our game that are 6’3″ 255 pounds and can run like he does. That’s a huge weapon for them. You get him in space, he can knock people backwards. He’s got terrific straight-line speed.”

Ryan Tannehill is having another consistent season, with a quarterback rating of 106.9. Part of the reason is that he just doesn’t make that many mistakes. So far he’s tossed just three interceptions to go along with his 20 touchdowns. However, the Colts were able to shut him down for the most part, with Tannehill going just 15-27 for 147 yards.

“Ryan Tannehill has been just a different player since coming over from Miami,” according to Gannon. “He sees the field well, he’s got good anticipation, he’s tough. He is the perfect quarterback for what they do offensively. And they have some players in A.J. Brown and Corey Davis, Jonnu Smith.”

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The Titans defense won’t scare anybody, giving up close to 400 yards per game. They’ve allowed opposing offenses to score at least 30 points on five different occasions this season. They’ll need to contain Jackson and Edwards this week, force Jackson to win the game with his arm from the pocket.

“It’s going to be a battle of wills,” says Gannon. “Who can run the ball better, who can run the ball more consistently? Turnovers are certainly going to be a story in this game. But, to me, you look at rushing differential this week. If Derrick Henry has a big day rushing, or if the Ravens do, the rushing differential in this one may tell the story on Sunday.”

The Titans play the Ravens Sunday, November 22 @ 1:00 ET on CBS.


Pistons Aggressive In Draft

If there were any doubt that new general manager Troy Weaver would be willing to shake up the Detroit Pistons, it’s obvious now.

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO – DECEMBER 12: Luke Kennard #5 of the Detroit Pistons handles the ball against Dwight Powell #7 of the Dallas Mavericks during a game between Dallas Mavericks and Detroit Pistons at Arena Ciudad de Mexico on December 12, 2019 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images)

Detroit agreed to trade guard Luke Kennard to the Los Angeles Clippers in a deal that brought the No. 19 pick in Wednesday night’s NBA draft to the Pistons, according to a person with knowledge of the trade who spoke on condition of anonymity because it had not been announced.

The trade gave Detroit a third first-round pick. The Pistons took point guard Killian Hayes at No. 7 and ended up with Isaiah Stewart from Washington at No. 16 after agreeing to a trade for that pick. Saddiq Bey from Villanova was the selection at No. 19.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 11: Isaiah Stewart #33 of the Washington Huskies reacts after scoring against the Arizona Wildcats during the first round of the Pac-12 Conference basketball tournament at T-Mobile Arena on March 11, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

“We just wanted to be aggressive and attack the draft,” said Weaver, who could discuss Hayes but couldn’t talk much about trades that weren’t official yet. “That’s always going to be our way of doing business when it comes to the draft. Gives us a chance to continue to build on the foundation and improve the culture.”

This is Detroit’s first offseason under Weaver, who was hired this year. The Pistons still have Blake Griffin, but they traded big man Andre Drummond last season and bought out point guard Reggie Jackson. Detroit has not won a playoff game since 2008 and went 20-46 last season.

Now Kennard — who averaged 15.8 points a game last season — is on the way out, and the Pistons have a trio of first-round picks who might help them in their rebuild.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLORIDA – AUGUST 08: Mason Plumlee #7 of the Denver Nuggets drives the ball as Tony Bradley #13 of the Utah Jazz defends during the second quarter at The Arena at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 08, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

In addition to the trade with the Clippers, Detroit also agreed to deals with Houston and Utah, according to the person who spoke with AP. The Pistons received the 16th pick and Trevor Ariza and sent a protected future first-round selection to the Rockets. Detroit also agreed to a deal bringing Tony Bradley and the 38th pick from Utah for cash and future considerations. That second-round pick was used on Vanderbilt guard Saben Lee.

The 6-foot-5 Hayes was one of the draft’s top international prospects. He was born in Florida but grew up in western France. The Pistons went the international route in the first round last year as well when they took Sekou Doumbouya, a Guinea native who moved to France when he was young.

ULM, GERMANY – MARCH 08: (BILD ZEITUNG OUT) Killian Hayes of Ratiopharm Ulm controls the Ball during the EasyCredit Basketball Bundesliga (BBL) match between Ratiopharm Ulm and MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg at ratiopharm Arena on March 8, 2020 in Ulm, Germany. (Photo by Harry Langer/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

Hayes, a 19-year-old lefty who has played in France and Germany, has good size for his position. He averaged 11.6 points and 5.3 assists per game in 2019-20 in Germany’s top league. His father, DeRon, played at Penn State and went on to a lengthy pro career in Europe.

“He’s got great size,” Weaver said. “He’s physical at the point of attack on offense and defense.”

The 6-foot-9 Stewart averaged 17 points last season as a freshman at Washington. He had 14 double-doubles, tied for the most in the Pac-12.

PHILADELPHIA, PA – FEBRUARY 29: Saddiq Bey #41 of the Villanova Wildcats controls the ball against David Duke #3 of the Providence Friars at the Wells Fargo Center on February 29, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Providence Friars defeated the Villanova Wildcats 58-54. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

The 6-foot-8 Bey averaged 16.1 points as a sophomore at Villanova. He shot 45% from 3-point range.

 

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Fantasy Football Start Or Sit Week 11: Mike Davis Has A “Dream” Matchup Against Lions Defense

(CBS Local)- Not to alarm you fantasy owners out there but it’s now crunch time of the 2020 season. Time is running out to lock down your spot in the playoffs. But, don’t fret, as always the Fantasy Football Today crew from CBS Sports is here to break down the matchups and give you advice on who to start and sit this week to best optimize your lineup and get the win you need.

The start of the week this week is Carolina Panthers running back Mike Davis. Though he hasn’t done much is recent weeks, he has a favorable matchup on hand this weekend against a porous Detroit Lions defense.

“We are very excited about Mike Davis for the first time in awhile. He hasn’t been great replacing Christian McCaffrey in of late but no McCaffrey this week against the Lions and boy, what a dream matchup it is,” said Jamey Eisenberg. “The Lions allow the most fantasy points to opposing running backs. They allow the most touchdowns to opposing running backs, 18 on the season, Mike Davis should dominate in this week’s matchup.”

Along with Davis, Eisenberg also suggests that Washington back J.D. McKissic and Cincinnati’s Giovani Bernard are in line to have strong outings this week making them viable options for your starting lineup.

But, if you have Broncos running back Melvin Gordon on your fantasy roster, you may want to consider a different option.

“The split between he and Phillip Lindsay and the fact that the Broncos seemingly fall down by three scores every game and then just throw the ball on every possession,” said Heath Cummings. “Then, you look at a difficult matchup against the Miami Dolphins, you can’t trust any Broncos running backs.”

For the rest of the position group start and sits for the week, check out the video and tune in to the Fantasy Football Today podcast.

Start

QB:

Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers @ Jacksonville Jaguars, Projected Points: 26.1

Cam Newton, New England Patriots @ Houston Texans, Projected Points: 22.3

Jameis Winston, New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons, Projected Points: 20.2

RB:

Mike Davis, Carolina Panthers vs. Detroit Lions, Projected Points: 14.2

J.D. McKissic, Washington Football Team vs. Cincinnati Bengals, Projected Points: 11.7

Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals @ Washington Football Team, Projected Points: 13.4

WR:

Jakobi Meyers, New England Patriots @ Houston Texans, Projected Points: 12.4

Chase Claypool, Pittsburgh Steelers @ Jacksonville Jaguars, Projected Points: 15.2

Mike Williams, Los Angeles Chargers vs. New York Jets, Projected Points: 12.6

TE:

Hayden Hurst, Atlanta Falcons @ New Orleans Saints, Projected Points: 12.0

Hunter Henry, Los Angeles Chargers vs. New York Jets, Projected Points: 11.3

Mark Andrews, Baltimore Ravens vs. Tennessee Titans, Projected Points: 10.9

Sit

QB:

Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Los Angeles Rams, Projected Points: 21.3

Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles @ Cleveland Browns, Projected Points: 18.9

Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans @ Baltimore Ravens, Projected Points: 17.6

RB:

Melvin Gordon, Denver Broncos vs. Miami Dolphins, Projected Points: 11.2

Jonathan Taylor, Indianapolis Colts vs. Green Bay Packers, Projected Points: 11.4

Darrell Henderson, Los Angeles Rams @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Projected Points: 6.8

WR:

Jerry Jeudy, Denver Broncos vs. Miami Dolphins, Projected Points: 12.4

Marquise Brown, Baltimore Ravens vs. Tennessee Titans, Projected Points: 11.2

Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Green Bay Packers @ Indianapolis Colts, Projected Points: 9.2

TE:

Noah Fant, Denver Broncos vs. Miami Dolphins, Projected Points: 9.3

Mike Gesicki, Miami Dolphins @ Denver Broncos, Projected Points: 9.7

Robert Tonyan, Green Bay Packers @ Indianapolis Colts, Projected Points: 7.4


NFL Week 11 AFC West Picks: ‘No Chance That The Jets Get A Win Against The Chargers,’ Says CBS LA’s Jaime Maggio

(CBS Los Angeles) — The Kansas City Chiefs still have the inside track on the AFC West title. But there could very well be some bumps in the road. Their remaining schedule features a few tough matchups, not to mention rematches with each of their three division rivals. That starts this Sunday with the Las Vegas Raiders, the only team to beat them so far. The Raiders, at 6-3, are coming off a thrashing of the Denver Broncos, and will be looking to stay in the mix of what’s become a very competitive AFC playoff race. Six teams hold a 6-3 record in the AFC, but only one of them leads their division.

The Broncos host the resurgent Dolphins, one of those 6-3 playoff contenders behind rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. Miami is riding a five-game winning streak, the Broncos have lost two straight. Their last win came against the Los Angeles Chargers on a last-second touchdown catch. That was the first of three straight Chargers losses. But they draw a favorable matchup in Week 11, with the winless New York Jets flying in.

CBS Los Angeles sports anchor Jaime Maggio looks at this week’s matchups in the AFC West.

All times listed are Eastern.

New York Jets @ Los Angeles Chargers, Sunday, November 22, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)

The Chargers probably aren’t as bad as their 2-7 record suggests. They’ve lost some close games to some good teams. The Chiefs and the New Orleans Saints both needed overtime to get past the Chargers. “Of those seven losses, six have been by seven points or fewer,” as Maggio points out. “And actually the greatest margin was last week, which was eight points, and that was against the Miami Dolphins.”

Rookie quarterback Justin Herbert is putting up Rookie of the Year-type numbers so far, with 19 TD passes against just six interceptions. He’s averaging 291.6 yards per game, with rating of 102.8. “I think that they have a very talented quarterback in Justin Herbert, having a heck of a rookie campaign,” says Maggio. “They’ve seen a lot of positive stuff from him.”

>>READ: Fantasy Football Start Or Sit Week 11: Mike Davis Has A “Dream” Matchup Against Lions Defense

The Jets, on the other hand, haven’t seen much of anything positive from anyone. Their defense ranks near the bottom in yards and points allowed per game. Their offense ranks dead last in yards and points per game. On the offensive side, maybe some of that can be blamed on Sam Darnold’s lingering shoulder injury. And, indeed, backup quarterback Joe Flacco did almost lead the Jets to their first win of the season against the New England Patriots a couple weeks back.

Coming off the bye, Flacco will start again against the Chargers. The Jets also have some motivation to not go winless for an entire season, with this being their best chance at a victory. Maggio doesn’t think it will happen, however. “There is no chance that the Jets get a win against the Chargers this week,” she says. “This is an opportunity, I think, for the Chargers to go out there and have kind of a bully performance and get back on track. They are the fourth-ranked offense in the NFL. Justin Herbert, like I said, one heck of a rookie year. He has six consecutive games with multiple touchdown passes. I think that will continue.”

Miami Dolphins @ Denver Broncos, Sunday, November 22, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)

The Dolphins opened their season losing three of their first four games. They’ve since won five straight, three of them under the leadership of Tagovailoa. In those games, he’s thrown five touchdown passes, but only topped 200 yards passing once. The Dolphins may also lean on undrafted free agent running back Salvon Ahmed with lingering injuries hindering their backfield.

But it’s the Dolphins defense that could pose some problems for the Broncos. “They boast a defense that can really do damage to teams,” says Maggio. “And that’s a perfect matchup for their defense against this Broncos offense, which leads the league in picks and giveaways. And I’ll tell you why that’s important, because last year, they were one of the best teams at protecting the ball. They’ve actually regressed. This year they are one of the worst teams at protecting the ball. And I think you can attribute that directly to the fact that they have used three different quarterbacks in the last nine games.”

>>READ: NFL Week 11 AFC North Picks: Are The Steelers Looking Past The Jaguars?

Those three quarterbacks — Drew Lock, Jeff Driskel and Brett Rypien —  have tossed a league-high 16 interceptions. The Broncos offense, unsurprisingly, has sputtered for much of the season, both in terms of yards and points. They rank near the bottom of the league in both categories. The defense isn’t all that much better.

Broncos starting quarterback Drew Lock is questionable this week with a rib injury, but it might no ultimately matter. The Dolphins are rolling. “This is going to be a feast for the Dolphins defense ahead of Thanksgiving,” says Maggio. “So I’m going to go with the Dolphins in this one.”

Kansas City Chiefs @ Las Vegas Raiders, Sunday, November 22, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

The Chiefs come into this game as 6.5-point favorites over the Raiders, the only team to beat them this season. That first matchup, “…was like a coming-out party for the Las Vegas Raiders,” as Maggio puts it. “That was pretty something else. Derek Carr has an unbelievable outing in that Week 5 matchup… 347 yards, three touchdowns for him in that game.”

Another key component in that win was the running game. Josh Jacobs and Devontae Booker combined for 139 yards on the ground. “One of the weaknesses for the Chiefs is protecting against the run,” says Maggio. “And you’ve got Josh Jacobs and Devontae Booker, the two running backs for the Raiders, who are coming off big performances last week.”

The pair combined for almost 200 yards and four touchdowns, each averaging over five yards per carry in their runaway win over the Broncos.

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The Chiefs offense remains among the best in the NFL. They average a league-leading 294.7 passing yards per game and also put up 31.8 points per game. And they’ll be well-rested and well-prepared from a bye week.

For all the firepower that will be on display, this game could come down to defense. “What makes this matchup even more intriguing though is that practically the entire Raiders starting defense right now is on the COVID-19 list,” says Maggio. “They are on the list because of a high-risk exposure. If they continue to test negative throughout the week, then they’ll be eligible to play on Sunday. And this is a big Sunday-night matchup, so you know those guys are going to want to play.”

Clearly a severely short-handed Raiders defense would change the complexion of the game. As Maggio sees it, “if the defense is intact, we’re going to see a really close game. If not, I would have to go easily to the Chiefs. If everyone’s playing, if everyone’s at full strength, I’m going to say it’s close, and I say I give it to the Chiefs.”


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