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JJ Watt says pump the break when it comes to picking new team
Everyone is sitting on the edges of their seats, waiting for JJ Watt to pick his new team after demanding his release from the Houston Texans. (Funny how that only works for some people.)
It's been over a week, and "reports" have started to arise of which teams are interested, which teams are not interested, which spots he wants to consider/not consider, which spots would be best for a ring -- we've heard about every single scenario by now.
Watt says to chill, and in the words of Cher Horowitz -- "You see how picky I am about my shoes, and they only go on my feet."
Watt clearly wants to play for a contender (who doesn't) and my pick for him is still the Buffalo Bills.
Steelers begin to restructure players' contracts
The Pittsburgh Steelers are beginning to restructure players' contracts to fit under this upcoming season's salary cap, which is expected to be lower than usual. The first one is defensive tackle, Cam Heyward.
The other looming contract that the Steelers absolutely have to restructure in the coming weeks is quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's, which is abnormally large (over $41 million for a large aging man seems like a stretch to me).
lots of cam newton quotes today
A lot of Cam Newton quotes are floating around today. He has talked about his bout with COVID-19, his time with the Carolina Panthers, and the likeliness of him re-signing with the New England Patriots. Rather than regurgitating all of those quotes separately, they all pretty much come from this I AM ATHLETE video.
Mike tomlin tests positive for covid-19
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin tested positive for COVID-19 as of Monday. There were reports last week of the team closing their facilities and sending staffers home due to positive tests. My guess is Tomlin was one of them.
Obviously, I'm wishing the best for my personal top rival team's leader, as well as one of my favorite coaches in the league.
texans re-sign dontrell hilliard
The Houston Texans are actually bringing someone back instead of making them run for the hills. The team is re-signing running back Dontrell Hilliard to a one-year deal.
Hilliard joined the Texans last season after being waived by the Cleveland Browns.
eagles will release alshon jeffrey
The Philadelphia Eagles are clearly working on getting younger at the wide receiver position this offseason. The team will release WR Alshon Jeffrey closer to the new league year. They also cut vet receiver Desean Jackson.
Jeffrey is 31 and should still be able to garner some interest from a team looking for receiver help or depth. Cough cough BALTIMORE. He fits them perfectly -- older guy, cheap. Match made in heaven.
packers restructure david bakhtiari's contract
The Green Bay Packers create more cap space after restructuring a portion of tackle David Bakhtiari's contract. This move saves the team about $8.3 million against the cap, which is a pretty good chunk of change.
We'll likely be seeing more of these types of moves with the expectation that this year's salary cap will be reduced.
For the Packers specifically, get your "JJ Watt to Green Bay" takes ready to fire off.
stefon diggs is riding the 'jj watt to buffalo' train
While I stated yesterday that the spot that fits Watt best was the Buffalo Bills, it seems that wide receiver Stefon Diggs agrees with me.
jalen hurts plans to work with eagles receivers
New (??) Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (I'm talking like Carson Wentz is gonna be up and outta there sometime soon) is getting started on the 2021 season early, by planning to work out with his wide receivers in the coming weeks.
That seems like confirmation enough that Hurts will be Philly's "guy" going forward. Now, we sit and twiddle our thumbs waiting on Wentz' future destination.
the Race for JJ watt is on
After officially becoming a free agent on Friday at 4pm, former (we can now say it) Houston Texans defensive star JJ Watt now has basically his pick of NFL teams. So far, at least twelve teams have reached out to Watt's people, including the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Tennessee Titans, the Buffalo Bills, and the Cleveland Browns.
Pittsburgh is an obvious pick because (if you didn't know) Watt's two brothers, TJ Watt and Derek Watt, both play there. That's probably where the pull ends because the Steelers don't have the cap space (or the need, really) for a player like JJ.
The Browns do have a need and have space. Tennessee tried to make Jadeveon Clowney happen, and it didn't work, plus Watt is familiar with Titans head coach Mike Vrabel from his time in Houston.
The most likely spot (to me, anyway) is the Bills. Watt fills a desperate need that seemed to be lacking when they went up against the Kansas City Chiefs last month. And if Watt is chasing a ring now like I suspect, Buffalo is the perfect spot to do it. They're close.
We'll know more in the coming days where Watt intends to land.
brady is gonna do it again isn't he?
As expected, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady took about two and a half days off after winning the Super Bowl, and now he's back to work prepping for the next one. How annoying.
Brady is expected to have minor surgery on his knee this offseason, but I guess we should expect him back shortly after that, working with teammates and gearing up for his inevitable eighth ring. Ugh.
bills up first, justin tucker misses
No, we're not dreaming, but Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker missed a kick. In the postseason. An easy one, and no, I don't want to talk about it. We are moving on.
Baltimore had a strong first drive, aside from that miss. The Buffalo Bills were able to get down the field thanks to a roughing the passer call but couldn't pull in a touchdown. Kicker Tyler Bass kicked one in from the 28-yard line, putting the Bills on the board, 3-0.
this is ugly
Normally there would be highlights by now, but there are literally none. It is abysmal. The game is tied 3-3 at halftime and that's all I have to say about that.
We have a touchdown!
Bills receiver Stefon Diggs scored the game's first touchdown -- a three-yard pass from quarterback Josh Allen to give Buffalo a 10-3 lead over the Ravens.
a 101-yard pick-six? sure, why not
Long story short, Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson tried to hit tight end Mark Andrews in the end zone and was promptly picked off. Taron Johnson took it to the house in a 101-yard touchdown run bringing the score to 17-3.
lamar jackson ruled out with concussion
As if things could not get any worse for Baltimore, Jackson was ruled out with a concussion, after banging his head on the turf in the end zone. Backup Tyler Huntley replaced Jackson.
If you couldn't tell from the one worthy highlight, the Bills are moving on to the AFC Championship Game, beating Baltimore 17-2. Neither team played particulary well (or up to their standards), but the Bills seemed to be able to make some halftime adjustments while the Ravens continued to struggle. The Ravens have an interesting offseason on deck, while Buffalo is waiting to see if they will face the Cleveland Browns or the Kansas City Chiefs next week.
indy scored first
We all expected the Buffalo Bills to be the ones to come out swinging first, but the Indianapolis Colts were the first to get on the scoreboard with a field goal.
Josh Allen answers by doing josh allen things
A highlight for the ages: Bills quarterback Josh Allen looked like he was going to take off, then glanced at tight end Dawson Knox all alone in the end zone and tossed the ball in a play that you'll see circulated for a while.
Bills up at the half, thanks to Josh allen
The Colts have been pretty much dominating the game thus far, but Buffalo is the one with the upper hand after the first half. Allen has been marching down the field, and ending a methodical drive with a rushing touchdown to take the lead.
bills win first playoff game since 1995
The first postseason game was a wild one. The Bills sent Indianapolis home with a 27-24 win. Allen had quite a nice day, throwing over 300 yards and leading the team in rushing yards. Colts QB Philip Rivers goes home, perhaps forever?
jared goff in for rams as john wolford hurts neck
Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff is in the game after expecting not to play due to a broken thumb. Starter John Wolford exited the game early after a hard hit. He has since been taken to a nearby hospital for evaluation from a neck injury.
dk metcalf scores 51-yard touchdown
For some reason, the Seattle Seahawks are on the struggle bus, when it really should be the Rams given their situation(s). Wide receiver DK Metcalf came to play, however, scoring a 51-yarder, cutting their lead 13-10.
rams are ahead at halftime
Even with losing their starting quarterback and having to play with an injured Goff, the Rams are up on Seattle at halftime, 20-10. One of the main reasons is rookie running back Cam Akers, who is making plays in his playoff debut.
Akers finished the first half with over 100 yards rushing and a touchdown.
seahawks fumble punt, rams score off it
It hasn't exactly been the Seahawks' best day. Returner DJ Reed fumbled, resulting in Rams' ball. And Los Angeles naturally turned it into a touchdown.
rams beat seahawks, badly
The Rams defense came out swinging on Saturday, even with the loss of star Aaron Donald. Los Angeles completely took Seahawks QB Russell Wilson out of the game, pulling out a 30-20 victory, and an advancement to next week. I'll wait until we see the availability of the players though. It looks... bleak.
bucs get on the board first with a field goal
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers got on the scoreboard first against the Washington Football Team with a field goal on their opening drive. More importantly, Washington's defense was able to knock Bucs QB Tom Brady down more than once.
bucs leading at half after two brady touchdowns
Brady is playing like Brady in the playoffs (and yelling at people too). He's thrown two touchdowns already, one to Chris Godwin and one to Antonio Brown.
allow me to introduce taylor Heinicke
If you laughed at the fact that Washington was starting QB Taylor Heinicke (we all did, don't lie), here is your introduction:
kevin stefanski tests positive for covid-19
The Cleveland Browns have made the playoffs for the first time in almost twenty years annnnnd -fart noise-
The team announced that head coach Kevin Stefanski (and arguably their most significant asset when it comes to their success this season) has tested positive for COVID-19, along with two assistant coaches, a wide receiver, and an offensive lineman. The facility will be closed Tuesday. Not great!
All coaches and players who tested positive today will be absent in Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Special teams coordinator Mike Priefer will serve as "acting head coach." And I'm sure the NFL still plans to play the game as scheduled because... NFL.
UPDATE: Three-time Pro Bowler and longest-tenured Browns player left guard Joel Bitonio, and wide receiver KhaDarel Hodge are the two players who have tested positive.
stefon diggs dealing with oblique injury
Something Buffalo Bills fans DO NOT WANT: wide receiver Stefon Diggs (and Josh Allen's literal life-line) is dealing with an oblique injury and was limited in Tuesday's practice. The good news is, it's only Tuesday. The bad news is, WR Cole Beasley is still out of practice after injuring his knee in Week 16. Beasley also missed last week's game and is considered "week-to-week." Pls, cross your fingers.
2021 Hall of fame finalists announced
The NFL announced 15 finalists for this year's 2021 Hall of Fame class. The headliners include Peyton Manning (no-brainer), Charles Woodson, Calvin Johnson, John Lynch, Reggie Wayne, and Jared Allen. The full list is below:
texans hire nick caserio for gm position
The first of many general manager positions has been filled. The Houston Texans have hired Nick Caserio to be their new GM.
Caserio has spent the past 13 seasons with the New England Patriots as their director of player personnel.
First order of business: Get Deshaun Watson some fucking help. Please. Love, all of us.
the Browns are going through it
The Cleveland Browns did not practice on Thursday due to positive COVID-19 tests, one of which was cornerback Denzel Ward. Ward will not be able to go on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers and could miss the Browns' wild card game the following week, should they make it.
There is some good news -- The NFL gave the Browns the OK to practice on Friday, after no new positive tests. The situation is still one to monitor, as we all saw the Baltimore Ravens' and Tennessee Titans' situations earlier this season.
bills activate john brown
The rich get richer -- the Buffalo Bills activated wide receiver John Brown off the COVID-19 reserve list. Buffalo added Brown to the 53-man roster after being named a close contact of TJ Yeldon. Brown missed Monday night's game due to being on the reserve list and four other games due to an ankle injury. They will need him, as WR Cole Beasley has been ruled out for Sunday's game.
giants offensive line coach tests positive for covid
A new year and all the top NFL stories today are COVID related. Shocking. New York Giants offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo tested positive and will not coach in Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys.
cowboys have a player test positive
Speaking of the Giants' opponent... the Cowboys are also working remotely on Friday due to a player testing positive. The plan for the team (if there are no other positives) is to return to practice on Saturday before traveling to New Jersey.
alvin kamara will miss sunday, maybe postseason with positive test
Another one. New Orleans Saints star running back Alvin Kamara will miss Sunday's game due to a positive COVID-19 test. He may miss the first postseason game as well, which will certainly put a damper on the Saints' chances of winning.
And yes, most of the top stories today are COVID-19 related. We're a week out from Christmas, and it'll only get worse based on what I saw on Instagram stories last night.
the bills started things off with a perfect first drive
Buffalo Bills quarterback and MVP candidate Josh Allen did what Josh Allen does in marching his team down the field to open up the night against the Denver Broncos. Allen completed seven out of ten passes in this drive, finishing it off with a touchdown to tight end Dawson Knox.
Buffalo made the broncos call them daddy the entire first half (until the end)
Denver scored at the very end, but the Bills mostly controlled the first half. Allen had two touchdown passes and this methodical touchdown run.
And it wasn't just Josh allen piling on, either
Bills linebacker Jerry Hughes took a turn at making a mockery of Denver. Hughes grabbed a fumble from Lock, and it resulted in a 21-yard touchdown run.
Bills beat broncos, grab AFC East title
If you couldn't tell already by the highlights, the Bills wiped the floor with Denver, 48-19. They also clinched the AFC East division title for the first time since 1995. I was wearing my Dorothy ruby slippers to bed every night and playing with Barbies. Allen had himself a game, and inserted himself into the MVP conversation. Buffalo has a lot to celebrate -- and can do it at their first home playoff game in over twenty years.
Packers start off with a quick seven
Shockingly, Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers are making it look easy, once again. The MVP-candidate quarterback marched his team down the field and hit tight end Robert Tonyan for an early touchdown on their first drive, giving Green Bay a 7-0 lead.
green bay continued to dominate at halftime
It wasn't perfect for the Packers on Saturday night, but it sure seemed like it at half-time. The Panthers struggled to contain Green Bay's offense as they headed into the second half, down 21-3. We even got the belt celebration back.
Carolina tried to come back in the second half
The Panthers went into the second half down 21-3, but showed some semblance of life in the second half. QB Teddy Bridgewater ran the ball in for a touchdown in the third quarter, while kicker Joey Slye hit a field goal in the fourth, bringing Carolina's score up to 21-13.
green bay got the w
It seemed like it would be a blowout in the first half, but the Panthers rallied, and kind of (maybe?) tried to come back in the second. It didn't work, though, and Rodgers and company showed that they mean business and are a clear Super Bowl contender with a 24-16 win. Green Bay moves to 11-3 so far this season, with two to go.