Former Bills, Falcons safety Keion Carpenter dies at age 39

Former Buffalo Bills and Atlanta Falcons defensive back Keion Carpenter slipped and hit his head during a family vacation, and died Thursday morning at age 39, his family announced.

Carpenter played six seasons in the NFL, first making his way into the league as an undrafted free agent in 1999 with the Bills. He started 22 games for Buffalo and joined the Falcons in 2002, starting 39 games in three seasons in Atlanta.

In 2003, he fractured two vertebrae during a game and required spinal fusion surgery. He missed the entire 2004 season, but returned to start 15 games in 2005.

Family members say his death was a “freak accident” and Carpenter was in good health, but got hurt while playing with his son.

“They were running to the car when (Carpenter) slipped, fell, hit his head and slipped into a coma. It was just a freak accident,” Carpenter’s cousin Jamila Smith told the Baltimore Sun. “He was always healthy; he went to the doctor, ate well and worked out.”

In his five seasons in the NFL, Dalton’s been an underrated ironman, starting all 81 games he’s appeared in as a pro. In fact, he’s never missed more than a half due to injury in his 77 regular season starts or four playoff games. Per ESPN Stats and Info, including trick plays with throws by receivers and running backs, Cincinnati has only witnessed 58 pass attempts by a player other than Andy Dalton since the start of 2011 season.

I don’t have a ton of analysis on this other than “he might be looking for a new job soon,” but Jaguars kicker Jason Myers has now missed seven extra point attempts this season. The NFL’s new extra point rules are making things more interesting for sure, but I doubt that will buy Myers too much leeway at this point.

The good news for Jacksonville is 1) that they completely blew the Colts out, ending Indianapolis’ reign of terror in the AFC South dating back to 2012 (16 straight division wins), and 2) that they just might be seeing the beginning of a great career for Blake Bortles.

Dak Prescott is Cowboys’ most valuable weapon in playoffs

If the Dallas Cowboys were prosecuting a case for their Super Bowl worthiness, they made some persuasive arguments under the Monday night lights. They gave you Dez Bryant catching and throwing touchdown passes, Ezekiel Elliott making like Ezekiel Elliott behind that freak offensive line and even their punter, Chris Jones, blasting a return man into next week.

The Cowboys showed off their diversity and efficiency on offense, picking apart the Lions with another impressive performance.

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O’Brien pointed out that the Texans have had success in the red zone in the past, but “you’re only as good as your last journey into the red zone, and it hasn’t been very good.”
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“We have to figure out how to stop committing penalties, how to stop getting tackles for loss in the running game,” O’Brien said. “We got to design maybe some better plays. We like the plays that we have down there but maybe give them a little bit different picture and things like that. But we have to do a better job down there.”

In 15 games this season, the Texans have committed an offensive penalty on more than 8 percent of their plays in the red zone (seventh-highest in the NFL), and have gained negative yardage on more than 12 percent of their red-zone plays (seventh-highest in the NFL), according to ESPN Stats & Info.

Offensively, the Seahawks have only five players who were a part of that game. Defensively, though, there are 10.

“It’s where you put it, and how you deal with it and how it manifests,” Carroll said. “In [Sherman], it came blasting back up. For the most part, for those of us that felt that really deeply — and some did, some didn’t, most everybody felt it to some extent — it’s not going away. If you really care, it’s not going away. There isn’t anything wrong with that. It’s how you deal with it, how you move forward with that and how you let it affect you.”
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The Seahawks’ defense has allowed 16.79 points per game this season, second in the NFL. If Seattle is able to overtake the Patriots (16.64), it would be the fifth straight season Carroll’s squad wins the points title.

Two additional charges, one for BAC of .15 or more and one for BAC of .20 or more, were added, giving him a total of six charges. All charges are Class 1 misdemeanors, which allow him to leave the state without restriction.

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If Floyd is convicted for a first offense of operating a motor vehicle with a BAC over .20, he faces a jail sentence of at least 45 days, will have to use an ignition interlock system, pay a $500 fine and contribute $1,000 to a prison construction fund and $1,000 to a public safety equipment fund. Penalties for a second offense within 84 months of a first conviction are even more harsh.

The prosecutor told ESPN that a conviction on the pending charges in Arizona mandates jail time, but the amount of time is flexible. He could theoretically serve a portion of his sentence in jail and then the remainder under home detention with home alcohol monitoring.

Aaron Rodgers’ heave, heavy dose of Ty Montgomery save Packers from collapse

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It¡¯s a good thing they had both on Sunday against the Chicago Bears or they would be answering for one of the biggest collapses of the season.
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Incidentally, Clay’s score represented the seventh time in 14 games this season that the opposing Cleveland Browns had afforded a double-digit fantasy point total to a tight end, so keep that in mind, Antonio Gates/Hunter Henry (the Browns’ Week 16 opponent) and Ladarius Green (Week 17) owners.

Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago Bears: In his first game back since serving his four-game suspension for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs, Jeffery scored 14 fantasy points on Sunday, second most among wide receivers during the 1 p.m. ET block. He was owned in 81.2 percent but started in only 37.2 percent of ESPN leagues, which represented 17.2 and 51.0 percent drop-offs from his last game appearance in Week 10 (98.3 percent owned, 88.2 percent started).

Most encouraging was that Jeffery’s nine targets matched his third-highest single-game total of 2016, trailing only his 13 in Week 6 and 10 in Week 7. Expect both his owned and start percentages to rise again in Week 16.

The Browns came to Buffalo as healthy as they’ve been all season with their starting quarterback, Robert Griffin III, in the lineup. They were facing a Bills team in turmoil, as coach Rex Ryan already seems to have lost his job.

That’s how a name like Jim Harbaugh gets floated as a matter of measured logical speculation

Nobody doubts Kroenke wants to make a splash hire. That’s how a name like Jim Harbaugh gets floated as a matter of measured logical speculation. In turn, he already has shot down the notion he would leave his alma mater, Michigan, after just two years of coaching the Wolverines. That type of college coach would not cost a franchise future draft picks, but the search can have its perils.

“With the college head coaches, you have to be very careful because of the negative impact it can have on recruiting and with boosters,” Accorsi said. “With NFL head coaches, you can’t tamper and you are obligated and wise to observe the Rooney Rule [for interviewing minority candidates]. Otherwise, you’re cheating yourself.”

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There is a lot more of the dynamic and electric rookie to see.

Former Giants head coach Jim Fassel believes his son, John, will make things enjoyable for the Rams during his interim gig as the team’s head coach.

“He’ll work like crazy, but he’ll make it fun,” the elder Fassel said. “I remember getting permission [from Fisher] to sit in on one of John’s special-teams meetings the night before a game. John finished his review with about 15 minutes to spare. Then I watched him divide the room to play a quick game of Jeopardy before he finished with a magic trick. Next thing I knew, him and Tavon Austin were rolling around the floor in a [playful] wrestling match. The whole room busted up.”

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The Jazz have crossed the line from curious to frustrated in imagining what their injury-riddled team might do if it could finally get healthy. They are sick of hearing how they are on the Authentic Billy Smith Jersey precipice — how they are one of just four teams that rank in the top 10 in both points scored and allowed per possession, how all the numbers underlying their ho-hum record hint at the great team lurking beneath.

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The coaches obsess with the next game, but even they can’t help wondering. “It’s all ‘when’ and ‘if’ right now,” Quin Snyder, the team’s head coach, told ESPN.com. “‘When’ this, and ‘if’ that.”

The all-22 tells how. The Ravens look like they’re in a Cover-4 or Cover-2 combo type of scheme here with two high safeties and cornerbacks on the outside dropping down the sideline. Sanu (who starts in the slot left, just above Eifert) has the key route here. Sanu occupies the deep safety on Eifert’s side. On the outside, the receiver route up the sideline occupies the corner. That allows Eifert to sneak in between.

The big story for the Steelers-Bengals game this weekend is that Andy Dalton will not play. The irony, of course, is that while many have said over the years that the Bengals can’t win a playoff game with Dalton at quarterback, those same people may now be saying they can’t win one without him. Whether any of that’s true, we don’t know, but we’ll find out soon if Cincy can end their postseason drought with a backup quarterback at the helm.

Tyler Eifert is going to be an absolutely key and crucial target for McCarron on Saturday. With Pittsburgh keying in on A.J. Green on the outside plus trying to stop the Bengals’ run game, the opportunities are going to be there for Eifert to step up create some big plays. If McCarron can deliver him the football using some of the concepts outlined above, the Steelers could be in trouble.

Time for Orioles to trade baseball’s best closer

Back in October, the Baltimore Orioles made headlines for not using baseball¡¯s best closer in a do-or-die situation that begged for him to be used. A couple of months later, it could be happening again.

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In fact, his 6.2 WAR last season ranked 10th in the American League and was higher than that of Corey Seager, Anthony Rizzo or Carlos Correa. It was also higher — by a good bit — than the WAR compiled by Daniel Murphy, who tallied a 4.6 on his way to finishing second in the National League MVP race. I know what you¡¯re thinking: WAR is a flawed metric, and you can¡¯t hang your hat on it any more than you can hang your hat on a window.

While there is some truth to that, especially when you¡¯re comparing players whose WARs aren¡¯t separated by a whole lot, 6.2 is a pretty large number. In fact, if you look at the 2016 WAR leaders, you¡¯ll find that pretty much everyone inside the top 30 — a group that ends with Justin Turner (27), Starling Marte (28), Miguel Cabrera (29) and Paul Goldschmidt (30) — falls under the category of ¡°Really Good Baseball Player.¡± And that includes Eaton.

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Eric Berry is getting plenty of attention for his play on the field in recent weeks. The Kansas City Chiefs safety was named AFC defensive player of the week for the second time in the past month, this time for his two timely interceptions and scoring returns that lifted the Chiefs over the Atlanta Falcons.

Berry has had everyone¡¯s attention in the Chiefs’ locker room for some time now. The combination of the two has Berry emerging as a strong candidate to be the most valuable player on one of the NFL¡¯s best teams.

Berry ignited a Chiefs comeback on Nov. 13 against the Carolina Panthers with a fourth-quarter interception and spectacular return for a touchdown. For that he won his first player of the week award. He won again this week for his pick-six and pick-two against Atlanta.

He¡¯ll continue to come to Chargers Park early and stay late with the hopes that the team can figure things out, starting on Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.

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Here¡¯s a closer look at the snap counts for the Chargers in their 28-21 loss to Tampa Bay in Week 13:

Analysis — Rivers passed for 225 yards against Tampa Bay, raising his career total to 44,800 and moving past Drew Bledsoe (44,611) into 12th place all time in the NFL. … Slauson hit a milestone against the Bucs, playing in his 100th career game. … Eleven of the San Diego¡¯s 12 games this season have been decided by eight points or less, tied with Detroit for most in the NFL.

Chiefs vs. Texans 2016 live stream: Time, TV schedule and how to watch NFL playoffs online

The first game of the Wild Card round features two teams that many expected to miss the playoffs just a couple months ago. The Houston Texans host the Kansas City Chiefs in a game that promises some hard-hitting defense on both sides.

How did the Chiefs have such a dramatic turnaround? It’s not a complex question ¡ª they simply stuck to the basics, which is playing tough defense and having Alex Smith guide the offense to manageable leads. Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware performed reasonably well in place of Charles, while Jeremy Maclin quickly formed a strong connection with Smith in his first season with the Chiefs.
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The Texans have another injury that’s far more concerning. Stud left tackle Duane Brown tore his quad in Week 17, ending his season. That leaves a big hole on Brian Hoyer’s blind side, and with Houston set to return for Kansas City, head coach Bill O’Brien will have his hands full finding a solution to keep Hoyer upright.

The Chiefs are trying to get a historical monkey off their back on Saturday. They haven’t won a playoff game since the 1993 season, getting seven appearances during that span. Their last playoff loss was particularly painful, blowing a 38-10 third quarter lead to the Indianapolis Colts in the 2013 Wild Card round. Reid, Smith and company will surely try to atone for that meltdown this weekend.

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But on that same drive, Smith found rookie Chris Conley for a 9-yard touchdown to give the Chiefs a bigger lead.

Titans hire Mike Mularkey as head coach

The next head coach of the Tennessee Titans will be Mike Mularkey, who will have interim dropped from his job title, the team announced Saturday. Mularkey interviewed for the vacancy after serving as the team’s interim head coach following the dismissal of Ken Whisenhunt in early November. He led the Titans to a 2-7 record as interim head coach and will be joined in 2016 by new general manager, Jon Robinson, after the Titans opted to part ways with Ruston Webster, who was hired by the team in 2012.
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The Cardinals had the ball to start overtime and Carson Palmer hooked up with Fitzgerald for a brilliant 75-yard catch-and-run, showing off his Hall of Fame credentials and setting up his team at the 5-yard line. Fitzgerald finished the job two plays later, taking a delayed pitch into the end zone to seal the win.

But just because it took a missed 27-yard field goal for the Seahawks to advance to the Divisional round, it doesn’t mean they can’t knock off 15-1 Panthers this weekend. Throughout the second half of the year, they may have been the hottest team in football — including Carolina.

Over their final seven games of the regular-season, the Seahawks scored more than 30 points on five occasions and allowed fewer than 20 six times. Russell Wilson played arguably the best football of his career during that stretch, throwing 1,906 yards, 24 touchdowns and posting a 132.8 passer rating.

Perhaps the biggest reason for Wilson’s success is Doug Baldwin, who’s caught 13 touchdown passes over the last seven games, including Sunday’s win against Minnesota. Wilson owns an 80 percent completion rate when he throws in Baldwin’s direction this season.

But Baldwin will face perhaps his biggest challenge of the year when he lines up against star Panthers cornerback Josh Norman. Norman, the 2012 fifth-round pick who played his college ball at Coastal Carolina, has developed into arguably the best corner in football.