The Jets (3-9) at the Buffalo Bills (4-8) at New Era Field in Orchard Park, N.Y., on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 1 p.m. ET.
Well, it’s Buffalo in December, so anything short of a blizzard is a bonus. And good news: There’s no snow in the forecast. Just mostly sunny skies and a temperature topping out around 31 degrees.
WHAT IT MEANS
Revenge! OK, that’s not a lot to get excited about, but it’s got the Jets fired up. They were absolutely humiliated a month ago when the Bills, led by QB Matt Barkley, embarrassed them at the Meadowlands, 41-10. It surely was the final nail in Todd Bowles’ tenure as Jets coach. The Jets are out to prove they’re not as bad as they showed in that game. Other than that, there’s not much meaning here, except that a loss pushes the Jets closer to getting the No. 1 overall pick in the draft.
PLAYER TO WATCH: RB Elijah McGuire
Isaiah Crowell has a toe injury, so it could be time for McGuire, the Jets’ sixth-round pick in last year’s draft, to show what he can do. He is averaging 3.9 yards per carry since he returned from injured reserve, but he hasn’t carried more than seven times in any game and he hasn’t been much of a factor as a receiver out of the backfield. The Jets do seem to think he has promise as a change-of-pace back, though, and he could have a place on the roster next season – perhaps behind Le’Veon Bell. Crowell is still under contract too, and the Jets have also seen flashes out of rookie Trent Cannon, so if McGuire does get his big chance on Sunday, he better do something with it.
The matchup of rookie QBs (Sam Darnold vs. Josh Allen … and yes, whether Todd Bowles says it or not, Darnold is expected to start) would sure be a lot more exciting if either of them were playing well. But they’re really not. Allen at least has been making things happen with his legs, rushing for 234 yards on 22 carries in the last two games. Since he hasn’t proven to be much of a passer yet, that definitely adds an interesting element to the Bills’ offense. Darnold, meanwhile, has missed the last three games and was dreadful the three games before that, and he still doesn’t really have any weapons to work with on offense. None of that bodes well for a Jets team coming off a terrible loss in Tennessee and that looks like the players have just about quit on the season. The Bills are at least still playing hard. After hammering the Jets, they lost by three to Jacksonville and four in Miami. There’s still some fight left in Buffalo. It’s not clear the Jets can say the same about themselves. … Bills 24, Jets 16.
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Intensity with the ball in hand, and in the field, has helped CYMS to a decisive eight-wicket win over Rugby at Victoria Park No 1 Oval on Saturday. They knocked rugby over for just 106, before making short work of the run chase on what was arguably a bowler’s wicket. Skipper Ben Knaggs himself topped the bowling figures with 3/18 from eight overs, but was reluctant to take any credit. “I thought they were coming out quite nicely but I thought we just kept the pressure on in the field,” he said. RSL-WHITNEY CUP CRICKET: Rhys Beauchamp rescues RSL Colts innings against South Dubbo RSL-WHITNEY CUP CRICKET: Newtown Tigers extend Macquarie’s blues “Our team bowled really well and when I came out we happened to be on top and our fielding efforts were quite strong, which made it easy to come in and have a great spell.” He credited Gilbert Chaseling (Aiden Bennewith and Baye Wallace) and Nick Guthrie (Nick Karydis) for taking “some screamers in the field”, with half of Rugby’s wickets falling to catches. “We bowled in partnerships and really got behind our bowlers in the field and took our chances,” Knaggs said. “We’re not letting the foot off the throat, and making it really hard for other teams to score runs.” Also making news: Tim Ryan has propsed a Challenge Cup style mid-season competition in the western region After finishing off Rugby’s tail quickly (4/13), Stuart Naden (25) and Jake Settree (25) got CYMS’ run chase underway, before falling at the hands of Karydis (1/20) and Ross Horrocks (1/25) respectively. Knaggs was disappointed – on their behalf – that his opening duo didn’t finish the day not out, but proud that Tom Coady and Tom Nelson “finished it off”. “With that one bonus point win, it really cements our spot in the top three, and that semi-final berth in the upcoming finals,” the captain said. “But there’s still plenty of work to be done and the boys are up for it.”
Intensity with the ball in hand, and in the field, has helped CYMS to a decisive eight-wicket win over Rugby at Victoria Park No 1 Oval on Saturday.
They knocked rugby over for just 106, before making short work of the run chase on what was arguably a bowler’s wicket.
Skipper Ben Knaggs himself topped the bowling figures with 3/18 from eight overs, but was reluctant to take any credit.
“I thought they were coming out quite nicely but I thought we just kept the pressure on in the field,” he said.
“Our team bowled really well and when I came out we happened to be on top and our fielding efforts were quite strong, which made it easy to come in and have a great spell.”
He credited Gilbert Chaseling (Aiden Bennewith and Baye Wallace) and Nick Guthrie (Nick Karydis) for taking “some screamers in the field”, with half of Rugby’s wickets falling to catches.
“We bowled in partnerships and really got behind our bowlers in the field and took our chances,” Knaggs said.
“We’re not letting the foot off the throat, and making it really hard for other teams to score runs.”
After finishing off Rugby’s tail quickly (4/13), Stuart Naden (25) and Jake Settree (25) got CYMS’ run chase underway, before falling at the hands of Karydis (1/20) and Ross Horrocks (1/25) respectively.
Knaggs was disappointed – on their behalf – that his opening duo didn’t finish the day not out, but proud that Tom Coady and Tom Nelson “finished it off”.
“With that one bonus point win, it really cements our spot in the top three, and that semi-final berth in the upcoming finals,” the captain said.
“But there’s still plenty of work to be done and the boys are up for it.”
Miami pulled off a miracle against the Patriots. Kansas City needed overtime to take down the Ravens. And bad losses for the Panthers and Redskins have both teams nearly out of the playoff picture.
All that and more in Week 14’s biggest takeaways from NFL Nation.
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The Saints (10-2) appear to have gotten their mojo back with a 25-0 run over the final 20 minutes at Tampa Bay on Sunday. The offense completely flopped for six-plus quarters — in Tampa and in Week 13 at Dallas — before a late explosion on Sunday. Combined with how well the Saints’ defense has been playing over the past month, New Orleans is still in contention for the NFC’s No. 1 seed as the Saints head toward another date with a division rival next Monday night at Carolina. — Mike Triplett
The Bucs (5-8) couldn’t have put together a better game plan to stop Drew Brees and the Saints, and it was working, holding New Orleans to just 3 points in the first half. But the Bucs’ offensive line let them down with destructive penalties and protection issues. Jameis Winston struggled to connect with receivers. Cairo Santos missed two field goals. A blocked punt by Taysom Hill in the third quarter is when things really unraveled — the Saints scored 25 unanswered from there. “I think that overall, the blocked punt switched that momentum,” wide receiver Adam Humphries said. “We didn’t respond well to that adversity.” — Jenna Laine
The Chiefs (11-2) can win with grit rather than flash. That should serve them well in a difficult two-game stretch that begins with Thursday night’s home game against the Chargers. The Chiefs might not be able to overwhelm the Chargers and Seahawks, their Week 16 opponents, with offensive might. But they have the will to overcome what’s put in front of them, as they showed in Sunday’s win against the Ravens. — Adam Teicher
The Kansas City Chiefs rally to beat the Baltimore Ravens 27-24 in overtime as Patrick Mahomes throws for 377 yards and two touchdowns on the day.
The Ravens (7-6) are now tied for the AFC’s No. 6 seed, but they feel they made a statement in taking the Chiefs to overtime. Lamar Jackson threw multiple touchdown passes for the first time in his career, and the NFL’s No. 1 defense held Kansas City to a season low in points. Baltimore has to have the mentality that it needs to win out in order to end a three-year playoff drought, starting with Sunday’s home game against the Bucs. — Jamison Hensley
Indianapolis’ victory to end Houston’s nine-game winning streak coupled with Baltimore’s overtime loss to Kansas City has the Colts (7-6) in a four-way tie for the final playoff spot with three games to go. “Right now, what we’re focused on is next week [against Dallas],” Colts coach Frank Reich said. “That’s all that matters. We talked about it before this last game; we do have a goal of going 4-0 in the fourth quarter [of the season].” — Mike Wells
The Texans (9-4) missed an opportunity to gain ground in the AFC playoff race. Deshaun Watson and the Texans’ offense were not consistent, playing “terrible” on first down, according to coach Bill O’Brien, and going 5-of-13 on third down. Houston snapped its nine-game winning streak, but has the chance to clinch the AFC South next week with a victory on Saturday against the Jets and losses by the Colts and Titans. — Sarah Barshop
The Falcons simply aren’t getting the message from their coach after dropping their fifth straight game and falling to 4-9 on the season. Dan Quinn preached winning the turnover margin, executing better on offense and playing disciplined football after last week’s loss to the Ravens. Well, Matt Ryan had a pick-six, there was a botched snap fumbled over to the Packers, and the Falcons had 13 penalties for 101 yards. Now they can’t even finish .500. — Vaughn McClure
The Dolphins are making a playoff push, and they keep finding a way to win despite mounting injuries. “There’s no quit in me and there’s no quit in this team,” quarterback Ryan Tannehill said. Miami is 7-6 and tied for the 6-seed in the AFC, and despite a difficult road game at Minnesota upcoming, the Dolphins have proved they shouldn’t be counted out to make the playoffs. — Cameron Wolfe
Bill Belichick admits that even though the game came down to one play, the Patriots made multiple mistakes throughout.
A questionable coaching decision of putting the Hail Mary unit on the field for a final 69-yard Dolphins scoring play contributed to a shocking loss, which had players saying in the locker room that the team’s character would be tested heading into next Sunday’s game at Pittsburgh. Could a crushing loss like this sink the team? “I certainly don’t believe so,” captain Matthew Slater said. — Mike Reiss
Football is starting to be fun again in Cleveland. Baker Mayfield has thrown for more than 500 yards and two touchdowns in his past six quarters, and the Browns’ win over Carolina gives them three wins in four games. At 5-7-1, do the Browns dare think playoffs? “Always thinking playoffs, man,” cornerback T.J. Carrie said. “That’s why you play the game.” — Pat McManamon
The Panthers (6-7) have three games remaining, but it’s time to start looking ahead to next season after Sunday’s loss to Cleveland. While they’re still mathematically alive for a wild-card spot, a five-game losing streak with New Orleans up next and twice in the last three weeks makes any hope seem slim to none. This simply is not a sound team fundamentally. Losses to lower-echelon teams such as the Browns, Lions and Buccaneers during this skid reinforce that. While coach Ron Rivera doesn’t appear in imminent danger of being replaced, it doesn’t bode well that the defense continued to make the same mistakes with him calling the plays. — David Newton
Saquon Barkley proved Sunday that the Giants’ offense should revolve around him. They scored 40 points without Odell Beckham Jr. in the lineup during a demolition of the Redskins. It was in large part because of Barkley, who had 170 rushing yards, including a 78-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. That opened up the passing game and allowed the Giants (5-8) to reach 40 points for the first time since 2015. “We have to keep doing that,” wide receiver Sterling Shepard said. It also made it clear that the Giants’ offense operates best around Barkley. — Jordan Raanan
The Redskins (6-7) have lost four consecutive games and are in playoff contention on paper only. They will be starting their fourth quarterback this season in Week 15 at Jacksonville. Their defense has shown no sign of turning its bad play around and looks nothing like the unit that started strongly. The Redskins have hit free-fall mode, and if they don’t turn it around, no one in the organization — from president on down — should be spared speculation about their future. — John Keim
Rookie quarterback Sam Darnold provided a glimmer of hope amid the Jets’ miserable 4-9 season, delivering the first fourth-quarter comeback win of his career. He made plays with his arm and legs, leading two long touchdown drives to snap a six-game losing streak. This was his signature win. — Rich Cimini
Sam Darnold leads a fourth-quarter comeback and Josh Allen is picked off twice as the Jets beat the Bills 27-23.
The Titans found a way to get production from Derrick Henry as he rushed for a career-high 238 yards, including a 99-yard TD run. Running the football effectively in addition to playing suffocating defense is the formula for winning games in December. Being able to do both is a good sign for the Titans, who have to win next week on the road against the Giants to stay on pace for a wild-card spot. — Turron Davenport
The Jaguars have lost four in a row and six of the past seven to the Titans, and they can’t compete physically with Tennessee. How else to explain Henry’s 238 yards and four rushing touchdowns, and the fact that the Jaguars managed just 60 rushing yards and gave up four sacks? The Jaguars’ offensive and defensive lines were dominated, and that has been the case the past four times they’ve played. — Mike DiRocco
Court Report: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic look ahead to 2019
As the stars of the ATP tour and WTA are in the midst of their off-seasons, and with the busy holiday season already upon us, it’s easy to forget that the new tennis season is just a few weeks away—the first tournaments of the 2019 season actually begin in the last few days of 2018.
So where are all the biggest names in the game kicking off their 2019 campaigns?
The ATP tour has three tournaments scheduled in the first week of the new season, and they’re all 250-level tournaments: the Brisbane International (held in Brisbane, Australia), the Qatar ExxonMobil Open (held in Doha, Qatar) and the Tata Open Maharashtra (held in Pune, India).
The world No. 1, Novak Djokovic, is scheduled to play in Doha, a tournament he’s done very well at in the past—he’s won it the last two times he’s played it in 2016 and 2017. The Serb will be joined in the field by another Top 10 player, No. 8 Dominic Thiem, as well as one of the hottest players on the tour in the second half of 2018, Rolex Paris Masters champion and world No. 11 Karen Khachanov.
Rafael Nadal, the world No. 2, is scheduled to play in Brisbane—which would be his first tournament since retiring in the US Open semifinals with a knee injury (and subsequently missing the entire fall season due to knee and abdominal injuries). The Spaniard won’t be the only Top 10 player in the field—No. 9 Kei Nishikori is also entered—as well as a former No. 1 on the comeback trail, Andy Murray.
Another pair of Top 10 players—Kevin Anderson and Marin Cilic—will be headed to Pune, India. Cilic is a two-time champion at the event, winning it when it was held in Chennai in 2009 and 2010.
The top women’s players in the world will also be out in full force in the first week of the new season, with three WTA events scheduled: the Brisbane International (a joint ATP-WTA event in Brisbane, Australia), the ASB Classic (in Auckland, New Zealand) and Shenzhen Open (in Shenzhen, China).
Seven Top 10 women will be in Brisbane: No. 4 Elina Svitolina, No. 5 Naomi Osaka, No. 6 Sloane Stephens, No. 7 Petra Kvitova, No. 8 Karolina Pliskova, No. 9 Kiki Bertens and No. 10 Daria Kasatkina.
Another Top 10 player, No. 3 Caroline Wozniacki, will be in Auckland, where she’ll be joined in the field by former No. 1s and multiple Grand Slam champions Venus Williams and Victoria Azarenka.
And a slew of Top 20 players—including Aryna Sabalenka, Caroline Garcia and Wang Qiang—will be joined by Grand Slam champions Maria Sharapova and Jelena Ostapenko at the Shenzhen Open.
If your favorite player isn’t playing an ATP or WTA event in Week 1, don’t worry—some of the biggest names in the sport are taking the exhibition court at Hopman Cup in Perth, Australia. Roger Federer, Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas are among the big men’s names competing, and Serena Williams, Angelique Kerber, Garbine Muguruza and Ashleigh Barty are among the women there.
Needless to say, there will be no shortage of star power when the new season begins in a few weeks!
Soldier Field will play host to a clash of division leaders Sunday night.
The NFC West-champion Los Angeles Rams will travel to Chicago to take on the NFC-North leading Bears. While the Rams already have clinched the West, the Bears need a few more favorable results before securing the division over the Minnesota Vikings.
Regardless of the result, Sunday will be a big test for the Bears in seeing how they match up against the league’s best as we get closer to the postseason.
Here’s how and when to watch Rams vs. Bears:
Start Time: Sunday, Dec. 9, at 8:20 p.m. ET TV Channel: NBC Live Stream: FuboTV | Yahoo! | NBC
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