The move to the Los Angeles Rams has not been easy for receiver Sammy Watkins. Watkins has sputtered through the last two games, catching only one pass for 17 yards since his breakout game in Week 3. Set aside his 106 yard Week 3 performance against the San Francisco 49ers, and Watkins has eight catches for 105 yards total and no touchdowns in four games. He scored both of his touchdowns this season in Week 3. Sunday, Watkins will face the ferocious Jacksonville Jaguars corners. The Jaguars secondary has given up just one touchdown to an opposing wide receiver this season. Jacksonville’s defense has allowed only three receiving touchdowns all season. Fantasy impact: Watkins is kind of a fantasy
The prime topic of conversation around fantasy football this week is clear: How does the broken collarbone injury for Aaron Rodgers affect the Packers and fantasy football for the rest of this season? Rodgers' injury not only affects those who have him on their fantasy team, but also those who have Jordy Nelson, Davante Adams, Randall Cobb, and Ty Montgomery on their rosters. The Packers have one of the best offenses in football but will now be relegated to hoping that a little-known backup, Brett Hundley, can hold down the fort. That seems unlikely. Here are some possible replacement quarterbacks and other players that may be available in your league and are realistic targets: JOSH MCCOWN, QB,
When the Los Angeles Lakers took Lonzo Ball with the second overall pick in this year's NBA draft they didn't just get a skilled player they believe will take them to the playoffs but a brand who will put the spotlight back on a fading franchise. The newest face of the famed Lakers, Ball comes hyped, packaged and market ready for Hollywood, the Big Baller Brand selling seats and sneakers even before he has played a regular season game. The 6-foot, 6-inch (1.98 metres) point guard, entrepreneur and aspiring rapper is not only preparing to take on the NBA's best but Nike, Adidas and Under Armour as well with his own Baller Brand apparel and shoe that comes with a Hall of Famer worthy $495 price tag.
After three of their four wins came on the road last season, the Los Angeles Rams have picked up right where they left off when it comes to playing away from home. Los Angeles is currently 3-0 on the road after beating the Jaguars on Sunday, improving its overall record to 4-2 on the season. They’ve beaten the 49ers, Cowboys and now the Jaguars away from home, proving to be a solid football team when not playing in front of the Rams faithful. It’s the first time since 2001 that they’ve started the year 3-0 on the road, though that doesn’t mean the Rams will make it to the Super Bowl the way they did that season. However, road wins are a key indicator of a team’s overall success, and Todd Gurley
1. With no good options remaining, is it time for Elliott, Cowboys to accept his suspension? Ezekiel Elliott was always going to serve a six-game suspension. The refusal of Cowboys fans to face that reality didn't make it any less true. The running back's fate was determined when arbiter Harold Henderson upheld the commissioner's ruling. The only question was whether Elliott's legal team and the Players Association would be able to push the suspension into next season. 2. What caused Jim Nantz to tell Tony Romo 'don't you dare start that' Tony Romo returns to D-FW TV sets on Sunday when he works the Pittsburgh Steelers-Kansas City Chiefs alongside Jim Nantz in CBS' national 3:25 p.m. window.
Mike Wells ESPN Staff Writer Close Previously worked at Indianapolis Star, covering the Indiana Pacers for nine seasons Also covered Vikings for St. Paul Pioneer Press Follow on Twitter Herm Edwards says the Titans can slow the Colts' offense by running the ball to keep T.Y. Hilton off the field. INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis Colts called it a move based on the long-term future of their backup quarterback position. But the reality is the trade to acquire Jacoby Brissett from the New England Patriots on Sept. 2 was out of necessity. The Colts spent the offseason hoping that Scott Tolzien would show signs of being able to run the first-team offense in Andrew Luck's absence. But the hope waned
Quarterback Jacoby Brissett (2014-15), Indianapolis Colts: The Colts play at the Tennessee Titans at 8:30 p.m. on Monday Night Football. He has connected on 77 of 127 throws for 997 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions, and has rushed 22 times for 83 yards and three scores for the 2-3 Colts. Cornerback Juston Burris (2012-15), New York Jets: Came off the bench in his return from injury, but didn’t record any statistics in a 24-17 home loss to the New England Patriots. He has eight tackles, an interception and one pass defended for the 3-3 Jets. Running back Matthew Dayes (2013-16), Cleveland Browns: The rookie seventh-rounder played in the Browns’ 33-17 road loss at the Houston Texans,
Former 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman might not leave the Bay Area for his next job. There’s strong mutual interest between Bowman and the Raiders, NFL Network reported Sunday. Bowman is expected to visit the team’s Alameda headquarters in “the coming days,” according to the report. Asked about the possibility of Bowman visiting Monday, head coach Jack Del Rio said after Sunday’s 17-16 loss to the Chargers, “I’m fresh off this game. (general manager) Reggie (McKenzie) is in charge of that part. We’ll talk about it.” The Raiders were not especially strong at linebacker to start the season, and now they’re dealing with injuries. Rookie Marquel Lee missed Sunday’s game because of an ankle injury,
The NFL's sixth weekend will attract bets from average Joes to professional bettors. The Kansas City Chiefs are 3.5-point favorites over the Pittsburgh Steelers , the rested New Orleans Saints are favored by four against the Detroit Lions , and the Jacksonville Jaguars are 2.5-point favorites over the Los Angeles Rams in a game that opened as a pick'em. With so many eye-popping games and so many NFL odds on the move, you'll want to know to what SportsLine's advanced computer model is picking. SportsLine's Projection Model went an amazing 174-80-2 on straight-up NFL picks last season -- better than all 98 experts tracked by NFLPickWatch. Every single one. SportsLine computer picks also would have
Let’s enjoy another NFL Sunday, shall we? Unfortunately, a major injury dominated the news again. Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone and could be out the rest of the season. Where do the Packers go from here? The Falcons blew a 17-point lead at home and lost to the Dolphins. Deshaun Watson led the Texans to another big offensive performance against the Browns, who fell to 0-6. Another rookie quarterback, Mitchell Trubisky, got his first win for the Bears — and might have helped saved John Fox’s job. In the afternoon, the NFL’s last remaining unbeaten team finally lost. The Steelers beat the Chiefs, in part because they finally let Le'Veon Bell run wild. Adrian Peterson made his debut for the
Ben Fawkes ESPN Staff Writer Close Runs day-to-day editorial operations at Chalk, ESPN.com's gambling section Joined ESPN in 2010 Follow on Twitter Here are the lines for Week 7 of the NFL season from the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. Lines updated as of Sunday evening. Thursday, Oct. 19 Kansas City Chiefs (-3) at Oakland Raiders Sunday, Oct. 22 1 p.m. ET Tennessee Titans (-6.5) at Cleveland Browns Jacksonville Jaguars (-3) at Indianapolis Colts Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers (-6) Baltimore Ravens at Minnesota Vikings (-4.5) New York Jets at Miami Dolphins (-3.5) Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Buffalo Bills (no line) Carolina Panthers (-3.5) at Chicago Bears New Orleans Saints (-4) at Green
Top story lines | Protest news | Injury news Fantasy football | ATS betting tips/Picks [Looking for Redskins coverage? Click here.] Top story lines It has come to this. One of the most highly anticipated matchups of Week 6 will take place in MetLife Stadium on Sunday and it involves the tenants not named the New York Giants. There’s a ton on the line for the New York Jets — yes, those New York Jets — as they play the New England Patriots in a big AFC East battle. The division wasn’t supposed to look like this, but the Patriots have been hobbled by injury, leaving room for the Jets and the Buffalo Bills, who have a bye this week, to fight it out in a division that usually belongs to the Pats.
The Dallas Cowboys are 2-3 at the bye week and the defense has its fair share of struggles. Dallas is 20th in the league in total defense and allow the fourth most points per game. Special teams, meanwhile, has been fine behind the ever-reliable Dan Bailey and punter Chris Jones. What grade would give the defensive players and special teams? Now is your chance to let us know. Defense Linebacker Sean Lee The injury bug got to Lee again. The leader of the Cowboys' defense missed Dallas' last two games with a hamstring injury. He has 25 tackles through three games. How would you grade Lee? Linebacker Jaylon Smith The Cowboys' 2016 second round pick from 2016 has finally returned to the field
The Indianapolis Colts are 11-0 straight up and 10-1 against the spread in their last 11 games against the Tennessee Titans. In a battle between two injury-riddled teams this Monday night, the Colts will try to extend that winning streak on the road against the Titans. Indianapolis is an 7.5-point road underdog in Nashville at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The Colts have lost six of their last seven games played at night. Indianapolis Colts With their superstar quarterback Andrew Luck sidelined indefinitely with an injury and a 46-9 loss to the Los Angeles Rams in their season opener, the Colts appeared to be in for a long season. There still isn’t much hope for a playoff push this
• Richard Ash (Played at U-M from 2010-13), DT, Dallas Cowboys: On the 2-3 Cowboys’ practice squad after getting cut before week one. • Ben Braden (2013-16), OG, New York Jets: Made New York’s practice squad as an undrafted free agent. • Tom Brady (1996-99), QB, New England Patriots: Completed 20 of 38 passes for 257 yards with two touchdowns and an interception … Has connected on 153 of 233 attempts fro 1,959 yards with 13 touchdowns and two picks for the 4-2 Patriots … Leads the NFL in passing yardage, is tied for second in touchdowns and ranks second in passer rating (106.9). • Alan Branch (2004-06), DT, New England Patriots: Notched one tackle in a 24-17 win over the New York Jets … Has played