WATCH: Chiefs’ Albert Wilson submits a Catch of the Day nominee

WATCH: Chiefs’ Albert Wilson submits a Catch of the Day nominee

The Kansas City Chiefs‘ offense was in hibernation for weeks until breaking out with 31 points (in a loss to the Jets) last week, powered by Alex Smith and the resurgent downfield passing game. It was Tyreek Hill making the plays down the field a week ago for the most part, but on Sunday against the Raiders, Albert Wilson got in on the action. 

Early in the second quarter and with the Chiefs leading 10-0, Smith dropped back and chucked one up down the sideline for Wilson, who made what is sure to be one of the best catches of the afternoon. Watch the fancy glove-work (and footwork) right here: 

Woooo boy! That is some catch. Check the feet: 

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Wilson missed a few weeks with a hamstring injury and had just three catches for 26 yards and three catches for 27 yards in the two games since his return, but he exceeded that total with this catch alone. That’s a 36-yard grab, and one that set the Chiefs up for another field goal that pushed the lead to 13-0. With the Chiefs fighting for their playoff lives (they’re tied with the Raiders and Chargers with matching 6-6 records), plays like that carry extra significance. 

Source: https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/watch-chiefs-albert-wilson-submits-a-catch-of-the-day-nominee/

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WATCH: Blizzard finally bests Adam Vinatieri, who badly misses 33-yard FG

WATCH: Blizzard finally bests Adam Vinatieri, who badly misses 33-yard FG

You may have heard it was snowing in Buffalo ahead of Sunday’s Colts-Bills get-together. And while snow is a fact of life for upstate New York this time of year, what is unprecedented is watching Adam Vinatieri struggle in the conditions.

After all, his legacy began the moment he striped that 45-yarder in the 2001 AFC Championship Game in snowy conditions that catapulted the Patriots to the Super Bowl. Vinatieri has been with the Colts since 2006 and he remains one of the NFL‘s best kickers. In fact, since 2013, he was 37 for 39 on kicks between 30-39 yards. So when he lined up for a 33-yarder during the first quarter of Sunday’s game, the expectation — blizzard or not — was that he would make it. Because that’s what he does.

Turns out, Mother Nature wasn’t impressed.

That wasn’t even close though, to be fair, only an act of God can stop Vinateiri. Seriously, here’s the view from the press box:

Worth noting: Vinatieri, who very well could be a first-ballot Hall of Famer if he ever retires, has been a pedestrian kicker in Buffalo. After his latest miss, he’s just 11 of 21.

You can follow all the action in the Colts-Bills game with CBSSports.com’s GameTracker.

Source: https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/watch-blizzard-finally-bests-adam-vinatieri-who-badly-misses-33-yard-fg/

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WATCH: Browns’ Josh Gordon scores first TD since 2013 with absurd catch in traffic

WATCH: Browns’ Josh Gordon scores first TD since 2013 with absurd catch in traffic

On Dec. 15, 2013, Josh Gordon caught a 43-yard touchdown pass from then-Browns quarterback Jason Campbell. On Sunday — Dec. 10, 2017 — Gordon finally reached the end zone again.

In his second game back from what ended up being a two-and-a-half season suspension for drug-related reasons, Gordon scored his first touchdown since the 2013 season. Against the Packers, Gordon went over the middle and used his ridiculous catch radius to come down with a touchdown to tie the game at 7-7 in the first quarter. Gordon might’ve missed two-and-a-half seasons, but he’s still the Browns‘ best receiver.

Proof:

Yeah, it’s been a while:

Let’s check in on Gordon, who did his best “sunglasses emoji” impression:

Here’s where it’s necessary to point out that Gordon is still only 26 years old, which gives him plenty of time to accomplish his goal of becoming the greatest receiver of all time. That might seem far fetched, but his skill set remains ridiculous. If the Browns can finally pair him with a quality quarterback — maybe it’s DeShone Kizer, the thrower of that touchdown above — they can actually help him unleash his full potential. Even if they don’t, he’s going to be a menace on the field. Remember: He racked up 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns in 2013 with Campbell, Brandon Weeden, and Brian Hoyer.

At this point, it’s clear the biggest challenge Gordon faces is finding a way to stay on the field. If he can do that, he might just become one of the game’s best wideouts.

Source: https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/watch-browns-josh-gordon-scores-first-td-since-2013-with-absurd-catch-in-traffic/

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LOOK: Optimistic Browns fan asks bold question with creative customized jersey

LOOK: Optimistic Browns fan asks bold question with creative customized jersey

For a second straight season, the Cleveland Browns entered Week 14 without a win. A year ago, the Browns eventually ended their winless season with a Week 16 win over the Chargers, in an actual Christmas Eve miracle. On Sunday, the Browns will have a fighting chance to win their first game of the season against an Aaron Rodgers-less Packers team.

That’s the idea one Browns fan in attendance had. At the Packers-Browns game, one Browns fan got super creative with a No. 10 Browns jersey, customizing it so that he could ask a bold question: Is today the day the Browns win a game?

Check out his jersey, which reads: “December 10, 1st win?”

If the Browns do manage to win their first game, it’ll be Hue Jackson’s first win with the Browns on a Sunday, which is crazy considering his primary job is to win football games, which are almost always played on Sundays. They’re not off to a good start. To begin the game, the Browns gave up a fake punt for a first down, another fourth-down conversion, and then a 30-yard touchdown pass. 

To follow along as the Browns go for their first win, check out our GameTracker here.

Source: https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/look-optimistic-browns-fan-asks-bold-question-with-creative-customized-jersey/

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LOOK: Titans’ Delanie Walker has special offer for bullying victim who went viral

LOOK: Titans’ Delanie Walker has special offer for bullying victim who went viral

After watching a young boy get emotional about bullying in a video that went viral over the weekend, Delanie Walker has decided he wants to help. 

The Titans tight end was one of the millions of people who saw the emotional video that a woman named Kimberly Jones posted to Facebook on Friday. In the video, Jones’ son, Keaton, tears up as he talks about what bullies have been doing to him at his school, which is located just outside of Knoxville, Tennessee

“They made fun of my nose. They called me ugly. They say I have no friends,” Keaton says as he fights back tears in the video. 

For the record, Keaton asked to do this AFTER he had he me pick him up AGAIN because he was afraid to go to lunch. My kids are by no stretch perfect, & at home, he’s as all boy as they come, but by all accounts he’s good at school. Talk to your kids. I’ve even had friends of mine tell me they’re kids were only nice to him to get him to mess with people. We all know how it feels to want to belong, but only a select few know how it really feels not to belong anywhere.

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After Walker saw Keaton’s video, he decided to make a video of his own, which he posted to Twitter on Saturday. 

In the video, the Titans tight end reads a poem for Keaton, and then makes an offer to the young boy. 

“Our life is shaped by our mind. We become what we think. Joy follows a pure thought like a shadow that never leaves,” Walker said. “Always remember that you can be whoever you want to be. Sorry that bullying has been taking place at your school. Hopefully, this video and all the tweets that are being put out there make awareness to stop bullying.”

Walker than added that he would like Keaton and his family to attend the Titans’ final regular season game of the year as his personal guests. 

“Myself and the Tennessee Titans would love to have you if you can come to a game,” Walker said. 

The Titans’ star offered Keaton’s family four tickets for the team’s Week 17 game against the Jaguars. Titans offensive lineman Taylor Lewan also tweeted that he wanted to see Keaton “real soon.” 

As of Sunday at 1 p.m. ET, Keaton’s Facebook video had more than 250,000 likes and had been viewed more than 15 million times. 

Source: https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/look-titans-delanie-walker-has-special-offer-for-bullying-victim-who-went-viral/

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Dean Blandino responds to Sean Payton calling out officials after TNF loss (VIDEO)

Dean Blandino responds to Sean Payton calling out officials after TNF loss (VIDEO)

Source: https://www.foxsports.com/nfl/video/1113459779657

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The Latest: Houston QB Savage goes to locker room after hit

The Latest: Houston QB Savage goes to locker room after hit

The Latest on Week 14 of the NFL season: (all times local):

2:40 p.m.

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Tom Savage has left Houston’s game against the San Francisco 49ers after taking a hard hit.

Savage was injured when he was driven to the ground on a hit by Elvis Dumervil with about nine minutes left in the second quarter. Replays showed Savage looking dazed after his head hit the ground with both of his arms lifted upward shaking.

He was taken to the medical tent where he stayed for less than three minutes before returning to the bench and going back in for the next series. He threw two incompletions on that drive, and Houston’s team doctor approached him after he returned to the sideline after that possession.

Savage tried repeatedly to enter the game on the next series. But a team official kept grabbing Savage’s jersey and finally his arm and pulled him away from the field. He then could be seen arguing with that person and the team’s trainer before being escorted to the locker room.

He was replaced by T.J. Yates.

– AP Sports Writer Kristie Rieken reporting from Houston.

2:31 p.m.

Oakland quarterback Derek Carr is having a much different game in the Raiders’ rematch with Kansas City.

Carr had 417 yards and three touchdown passes when the teams met in October. In the first half of their rematch, Carr is 5 for 12 for 31 yards with an interception as the Raiders trail 16-0 at halftime.

The Raiders quarterback has only been sacked once, but he’s been under constant duress. His interception came when he was hit by the Chiefs’ Chris Jones, sending the ball into the air for Terrance Mitchell to catch.

Harrison Butker has three field goals for Kansas City, including a 53-yarder.

– AP Sports Writer Dave Skretta reporting from Kansas City, Missouri.

2:06 p.m.

Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper has left their game against Kansas City after getting his right leg rolled under while blocking downfield late in the second quarter.

Cooper had missed the past couple games with a concussion, but he cleared the NFL’s protocol earlier this week. He was still questionable with a left ankle sprain, and it was the opposite leg that got caught under a defender as Cooper blocked downfield on DeAndre Washington’s run.

Cooper dominated the Chiefs in their meeting earlier this season, catching 11 passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns.

– AP Sports Writer Dave Skretta reporting from Kansas City, Missouri.

2 p.m.

The officials needed more than a minute at the Detroit-Tampa Bay game.

The game was delayed for several minutes late in the first quarter while officials sorted through a play initially ruled an incomplete pass and 15-yard penalty against the Lions for a hit on a defenseless receiver.

Officials reviewed Jameis Winston’s completion to O.J. Howard, who fumbled after being hit in the shoulder by safety Quandre Diggs at Detroit’s 18-yard line. The Bucs retained possession when the play was ruled an incompletion and that a 15-yard penalty should be assessed from the spot of the previous play.

The Lions then successfully challenged the ruling of an incomplete pass. Following another review, referee Ed Hochuli announced Howard indeed caught the ball and took four steps before being hit, and the Lions were awarded the ball on the fumble recovery.

There was no foul for the hit, which was legal.

– AP Sports Writer Fred Goodall reporting from Tampa Bay.

1:50 p.m.

The Associated Press counted five NFL players protesting during the national anthem of the league’s early games Sunday.

Oakland running back Marshawn Lynch sat as usual in Kansas City.

In Houston, San Francisco’s Eli Harold, Eric Reid and Marquise Goodwin all kneeled during the anthem. In New York, Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon kneeled before playing the Cowboys.

Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters usually stays off the field during the anthem, but he is suspended for Kansas City’s game with Oakland.

In Cincinnati, a majority of the Bears and Bengals linked arms on either sideline.

If anyone protested during the Colts-Bills, near white-out conditions from snow made it nearly impossible to see.

The Chiefs snapped an eight-game streak without a touchdown on the ground when rookie Kareem Hunt plowed in from a yard out on the first play of the second quarter against Oakland.

Kansas City thought it had scored when Travis Kelce took a nifty screen pass to the goal line, but the call of a touchdown was overturned after a video review.

It was the first touchdown rushing for Kansas City since Week 3 against the Chargers, when Hunt scored on a long run late in the game.

– AP Sports Writer Dave Skretta reporting from Kansas City, Missouri.

1:40 p.m.

The Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants are taking their time whenever they have the ball.

Each team has a possession apiece in a 3-3 game. The Cowboys had the ball for 16 plays, 73 yards and 7 minutes, 46 seconds. The Giants followed with 17 plays, 62 yards and 9:24.

The best thing for TV viewers? Long commercial breaks.

1:28 p.m.

Josh Gordon has his first touchdown in nearly four years.

Cleveland’s troubled wide receiver, who recently returned after being suspended for two seasons, caught an 18-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter against Green Bay. It was Gordon’s first TD since December 2013. The 26-year-old played his first game since 2014 last week.

The winless Browns are hoping Gordon can stay sober and resurrect his Pro Bowl career. He caught a 38-yard pass on Cleveland’s first play from scrimmage .

– AP Sports Writer Tom Withers reporting from Cleveland.

As many as five playoff berths can be locked up Sunday, and New England can clinch before taking the field Monday night.

A Buffalo loss or tie against the Colts on Sunday clinches the AFC East for the Patriots, while New England can clinch Monday night by beating Miami if the Bills win.

Pittsburgh clinches a berth with a Buffalo loss or tie, though the Steelers need to tie or beat Baltimore to win the AFC North.

Philadelphia could clinch the NFC East if Dallas ties or loses to the Giants before the Eagles take the field in Los Angeles.

Minnesota can win the NFC North by beating Carolina or if Detroit and Green Bay both tie.

Even the Jaguars could clinch a berth with a win and other help.

For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP-NFL .

Source: https://www.foxsports.com/nfl/story/the-latest-houston-qb-savage-goes-to-locker-room-after-hit-121017

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WATCH: Snow is dumping so hard on the Colts-Bills game you can’t even see the field

WATCH: Snow is dumping so hard on the Colts-Bills game you can’t even see the field

Points were going to be at a premium in a Colts-Bills game to begin with, but with the weather getting wild, this game might ultimately make the snow-filled Army-Navy game on Saturday look like a trip to a tropical island. That’s because it is snowing HARD in Buffalo. 

So much so that the field is barely visible, courtesy of a snow band storming out of Lake Erie. The result is an amount of snow pouring down on the field that is making it almost impossible to actually see the field. 

IT LOOKS VERY COLD THERE.

Game time!!!

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Everything has evaporated.

One Bills reporter called the weather “the worst” he has ever seen in Buffalo and another beat writer called it “insane.” Think about THAT for a second.

The teams are pretty excited about the situation.

And it doesn’t look like the snow is going to let up any time soon.

The over/under for this game started around 40 — that’s just a Colts plus Bills thing — but plummeted as the snow started storming into the stadium. As of 12:55 p.m. ET, it had fallen to around 36.5, which is the number of carries you should expect for LeSean McCoy (who has had good games in the snow, for whatever that’s worth).

The game should make for compelling television, though, as the Bills are wearing all red color rush uniforms in the snow. The Colts will be hiding like giant snowflakes.

For what it’s worth, the team wearing white — Army — prevailed in the Saturday snow game. So the Colts have that going for them. And Nathan Peterman starting for the Bills. Could be worse.

Source: https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/watch-snow-is-dumping-so-hard-on-the-colts-bills-game-you-cant-even-see-the-field/

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John Fox has reportedly ‘accepted his fate,’ basically telling people he’ll be fired

John Fox has reportedly ‘accepted his fate,’ basically telling people he’ll be fired

The Chicago Bears are not having a good season in 2017, struggling on both sides of the ball. They’ve had at least one pretty surprising upset, beating Carolina at home, and kept it close against the Steelers and Falcons. But they’re just undermanned, particularly on offense. It would not be surprising to see John Fox fired.

So unsurprising, in fact, that even John Fox apparently knows he is probably being fired. 

According to a report from Mike Garafolo of NFL Media, Fox has “accepted his fate” — the “tone and what he’s been saying” to various people essentially serves as an admission that he believes he is likely to be fired after the 2017 concludes. 

None of this should be a huge surprise. Fox came into the season on the hot seat and was pretty hamstrung by his general manager, Ryan Pace, who used the No. 2 pick on North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky after the Bears traded up one spot in the draft. That’s not to say Trubisky isn’t good — he’s shown clear flashes of being a franchise quarterback — but using a high pick on a guy who was expected to sit for the season doesn’t help a coach on a short leash, especially when they already signed Mike Glennon to a big contract in free agency.

And there was the matter of Pace reportedly not even telling Fox that he was going to take the rookie quarterback.

The writing was on the wall before the season started when it came to Fox, with big injuries to important players (Cameron Meredith, the team’s top wideout, tore his ACL before the year began) and questionable game management (Fox challenged a play against the Packers that actually gave Green Bay the ball). 

Chicago hasn’t been a real contender in the NFC North this year and Fox has not been an inspiring figure as the coach. He knows he’s going to get canned once the season ends and he’s basically telling people as much. 

The Bears are going to be one of many teams in a potentially crowded market for head coaches and Fox is going to be at an interesting crossroads in the career of a guy who has been the head coach of three different NFL teams

Source: https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/john-fox-has-reportedly-accepted-his-fate-basically-telling-people-hell-be-fired/

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The Latest: AP counts 5 NFL players protesting during anthem

The Latest: AP counts 5 NFL players protesting during anthem

The Latest on Week 14 of the NFL season: (all times local):

1:50 p.m.

Article continues below …

The Associated Press counted five NFL players protesting during the national anthem of the league’s early games Sunday.

Oakland running back Marshawn Lynch sat as usual in Kansas City.

In Houston, San Francisco’s Eli Harold, Eric Reid and Marquise Goodwin all kneeled during the anthem. In New York, Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon kneeled before playing the Cowboys.

Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters usually stays off the field during the anthem, but he is suspended for Kansas City’s game with Oakland.

In Cincinnati, a majority of the Bears and Bengals linked arms on either sideline.

If anyone protested during the Colts-Bills, near white-out conditions from snow made it nearly impossible to see.

The Chiefs snapped an eight-game streak without a touchdown on the ground when rookie Kareem Hunt plowed in from a yard out on the first play of the second quarter against Oakland.

Kansas City thought it had scored when Travis Kelce took a nifty screen pass to the goal line, but the call of a touchdown was overturned after a video review.

It was the first touchdown rushing for Kansas City since Week 3 against the Chargers, when Hunt scored on a long run late in the game.

– AP Sports Writer Dave Skretta reporting from Kansas City, Missouri.

1:40 p.m.

The Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants are taking their time whenever they have the ball.

Each team has a possession apiece in a 3-3 game. The Cowboys had the ball for 16 plays, 73 yards and 7 minutes, 46 seconds. The Giants followed with 17 plays, 62 yards and 9:24.

The best thing for TV viewers? Long commercial breaks.

1:28 p.m.

Josh Gordon has his first touchdown in nearly four years.

Cleveland’s troubled wide receiver, who recently returned after being suspended for two seasons, caught an 18-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter against Green Bay. It was Gordon’s first TD since December 2013. The 26-year-old played his first game since 2014 last week.

The winless Browns are hoping Gordon can stay sober and resurrect his Pro Bowl career. He caught a 38-yard pass on Cleveland’s first play from scrimmage .

– AP Sports Writer Tom Withers reporting from Cleveland.

As many as five playoff berths can be locked up Sunday, and New England can clinch before taking the field Monday night.

A Buffalo loss or tie against the Colts on Sunday clinches the AFC East for the Patriots, while New England can clinch Monday night by beating Miami if the Bills win.

Pittsburgh clinches a berth with a Buffalo loss or tie, though the Steelers need to tie or beat Baltimore to win the AFC North.

Philadelphia could clinch the NFC East if Dallas ties or loses to the Giants before the Eagles take the field in Los Angeles.

Minnesota can win the NFC North by beating Carolina or if Detroit and Green Bay both tie.

Even the Jaguars could clinch a berth with a win and other help.

For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP-NFL .

Source: https://www.foxsports.com/nfl/story/the-latest-ap-counts-5-nfl-players-protesting-during-anthem-121017

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