City of Oakland sues the Raiders, team’s 2019 home uncertain

The city of Oakland sued the Raiders and the NFL on Tuesday, in a move that had been expected. Where the club will play its home games in 2019 is now officially in doubt.

Here’s a tweet from Libby Schaaf, Oakland’s mayor, announcing the legal action.

Oakland is suing for lost revenue from the ‘illegal’ move and also seeking reimbursement for taxpayer funds already spent on the Coliseum site, according to ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez. Raiders owner Mark Davis has previously said his team won’t play in Oakland if sued by the city.

But in his most recent interview, he professed his desire to play there one more year before moving to Las Vegas in 2020. The Raiders have not yet agreed to a lease agreement for what was supposed to be their last year in Oakland.

The city isn’t trying to keep the Raiders from moving, and the club may have to do just that a bit earlier than planned. San Diego, Santa Clara even Reno, Nevada are options for the Raiders, per Gutierrez. The team may even move to Las Vegas a year early and play at UNLV’s Sam Boyd Stadium.

Oakland is still an option, however. Davis has obvious ties to the franchises’ original home and still may overlook the unwanted legal action that’s been thrust upon him.

Thursday Night Capsule – Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs

THURSDAY NIGHT PREVIEW:

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

DECEMBER 13, 2018

The race for the AFC West takes center stage in Week 15 on Thursday, December 13 (8:20 PM ET, FOX/NFL Network/Amazon Prime) as the Los Angeles Chargers (10-3) visit Arrowhead Stadium to take on the Kansas City Chiefs (11-2). Thursday marks the 118th meeting between the two teams (including the postseason) with Kansas City leading the all-time series 61-55-1. On Kickoff Weekend, Chiefs wide receiver-punt returner TYREEK HILL had seven catches for 169 yards with two touchdowns and added a 91-yard punt-return touchdown and quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES threw four touchdown passes in the Chiefs’ 38-28 victory at the Chargers.

Last week, Chargers quarterback PHILIP RIVERS threw a touchdown pass, running back AUSTIN EKELER rushed for a score and kicker MICHAEL BADGLEY converted all four of his field-goal attempts in the team’s 26-21 victory over Cincinnati. Rivers ranks second in the AFC with a 114.5 passer rating this season (minimum 300 attempts), trailing only Mahomes (115.2).  Los Angeles rookie safety DERWIN JAMES, who was selected by the Chargers with the 17th overall selection in the 2018 NFL Draft, is the only player with at least 85 tackles (88), three sacks (3.5) and three interceptions (three) this season. 

In Week 14, Mahomes completed 35 of 53 attempts (66.0 percent) for 377 yards with two touchdowns, including a game-tying five-yard pass to running back DAMIEN WILLIAMS with 53 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, and kicker HARRISON BUTKER converted a go-ahead 35-yard field goal in overtime in the Chiefs’ 27-24 victory over Baltimore. Mahomes leads the NFL with 4,300 pass yards and 43 touchdown passes and joined Pro Football Hall of Famers DAN MARINO (1984) and KURT WARNER (1999) as the only first-or-second year quarterbacks with 4,000+ passing yards and 40+ touchdown passes in a single season. Chiefs defensive lineman CHRIS JONES has recorded at least one sack in nine consecutive games, the longest single-season streak since the individual sack became an official statistic in 1982.

Giants, Saquon Barkley set various all-time marks in victory over Redskins

Giants, Saquon Barkley set various all-time marks in victory over Redskins

This guy is an absolute beast.

The New York Giants completely dismantled the Washington Redskins on Sunday afternoon, dropping 40 points in less than three full quarters before scaling it all the way back and walking out with a 40-16 victory.

In a game that featured such a plethora of yards and points, it should come as no surprise that several all-time records and marks were set, both by the Giants as a franchise and some of their players individually.

There was a lot to note, so here’s a look at some of those statistics, numbers and records:

With the victory, the Giants improved to 100-68-4 against the Redskins all-time, becoming the first franchise in NFL history to record 100 or more wins over another franchise. The 34-0 lead at halftime was the third-largest regular season halftime lead in Giants history. With 197 yards passing, Eli Manning increased his career total to 55,142, becoming only the seventh quarterback in NFL history to eclipse the 55,000-yard mark. Rookie quarterback Kyle Lauletta made his NFL debut when he entered the game in the fourth quarter. Saquon Barkley’s 170 rushing yards was the second-highest total for a rookie in Giants history. Barkley increased his own franchise rookie record for rushing yards (1,124). By going over 1,000 yards on the season, Barkley becomes the Giants’ first 1,000-yard rusher since Ahmad Bradshaw in 2012. Barkley’s 78-yard touchdown run was the second-longest by a rookie in Giants history. It was also the fifth-longest touchdown run in Giants history. With his touchdown, Barkley now has 13 total on the season, which sets the Giants’ all-time rookie record. Barkley’s nine touchdown runs are second-most by a rookie in franchise history (Bill Paschal, 10). Barkley’s five touchdowns of 50 yards or more are an all-time franchise record for rookies. Additionally, he also has four touchdowns runs of 50 yards or more, which is more than the team has had total in the last 10 seasons. With his four receptions, Barkley increased his season total to 78, which second-most for a rookie in franchise history. Curtis Riley’s pick-6 was the first touchdown of his career. He dedicated the score to the Father of Giants superfan, License Plate Guy, who unfortunately passed away last week.

Could a Surprise Team Work Its Way into the NFL Playoffs?

A few weeks ago, we spent some time tinkering with various playoff simulators to craft three different postseason realities based on what might happen over the remaining weeks of the NFL season. Looking back on that now, some of the strange turns have unfolded: The Steelers lost in Oakland Sunday while Miami stayed alive with a last-second lateral victory over the Patriots at home.

But there wasn’t a seismic shift to the landscape. Right now, the fields (sans seeding, in no particular order) look like this:

AFC: Kansas City, New England, Houston, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles (Chargers), Baltimore
NFC: New Orleans, Los Angeles (Rams), Chicago, Dallas, Seattle, Minnesota

Over at FiveThirtyEight, there are nine teams who have either made the playoffs or have a 90% chance or better of making the playoffs. The fun part starts with Minnesota in the NFC, and slides down the remainder of the AFC for that elusive final wildcard spot. To illustrate how interesting this thing can still be, here’s a few notes to consider:

• It won’t take much for three teams (Titans, Colts, Dolphins) to upend Baltimore for the sixth spot. Here’s the remaining schedule of all four teams:

Tennessee: @Giants, Redskins, Colts
Baltimore: Buccaneers, @Chargers, Browns
Indianapolis: Cowboys, Giants, @Titans
Miami: @Vikings, Jaguars, @Bills

All of these schedules are riddled with pitfalls (Giants on the road, Buccaneers, Bills on the road at the end of the season).

• The Chiefs, who looked wounded against Baltimore on Sunday, and take on the Chargers in Week 15 in a game that could dictate a roadmap for L.A. to host a home playoff game at their notoriously ill-attended microstadium. After Kansas City, the Chargers have Denver and Baltimore to close the season out.

• The Steelers lost to the Raiders on Sunday and despite enjoying the status that comes with a division lead, they are 7-5-1 heading into a game against the Patriots at home. After that? The Saints on the road, possibly with some high-level NFC seeding to be determined. Pittsburgh could be 7-7-1 heading into their finale against Cincinnati.

That brings us back to Baltimore, who, may not even need the sixth seed at all if this Steelers free fall continues.

While the early-season offensive explosion gave us a few obvious contenders for the Super Bowl, there are still a handful of good coaches, quarterbacks and defensive talent left fighting in the trenches. Could the surprise team of 2018 work their way into the mix?

WITH ONE WEEK REMAINING, NEW ORLEANS QB DREW BREES CONTINUES TO LEAD PRO BOWL VOTING BY FANS

WITH ONE WEEK REMAINING, NEW ORLEANS QB DREW BREES CONTINUES TO LEAD PRO BOWL VOTING BY FANS

– Rosters to be announced Live on NFL Network’s 

Pro Bowl Special on Tuesday, December 18 at 8:00 PM ET –  

As fan voting enters its final week, New Orleans Saints quarterback DREW BREES, with 950,818 votes, leads all players in balloting for the 2019 Pro Bowl presented by Verizon. 

Kansas City quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES (884,888 votes) ranks second overall, while Los Angeles Rams running back TODD GURLEY (747,516 votes), New York Giants rookie running back SAQUON BARKLEY(718,108 votes) and Pittsburgh running back JAMES CONNER (664,897 votes) round out the top five. 

Six of the top 10 vote getters – Mahomes, Conner, Barkley, Los Angeles Rams quarterback JARED GOFF, New Orleans Saints running back ALVIN KAMARA and Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver TYREEK HILL – are currently in their first, second or third NFL season. Additionally, nine first-or-second year players currently lead their conference in votes received at their respective positions. 

Fan voting for the 2019 Pro Bowl presented by Verizon will continue online and on web-enabled mobile phones at NFL.com/ProBowlVote until Thursday, December 13.

Through the end of the voting period on December 13, fans will also be able to vote directly on Twitter. To cast such a vote, fans should tweet the first and last name of the player, the player’s official Twitter handle, or a hashtag including the player’s first and last name. All three of these methods must include the hashtag: #ProBowlVote. Voting via Twitter is in addition to the online ballot at NFL.com/ProBowlVote, which will be available throughout the entire voting period. 

Fans are able to vote as many times as they like through both NFL.com/ProBowlVote or directly on twitter. 

The 2019 Pro Bowl presented by Verizon, which kicks off at 3:00 PM ET, will be televised live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes, Disney XD and simulcast on ABC – the second time the game will be available on both broadcast and cable networks, and the first time that the game is being televised on Disney XD. 

Tickets to the game are on sale at NFL.com/ProBowlOnSale. New this year, tickets will also grant fans special benefits on gameday, including AFC & NFC seating sections, player red carpet viewing, special kid zone activities and postgame fireworks.

Players for the game are determined by the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. Each group’s vote counts one-third toward determining the 88 All-Star players who will be selected to the Pro Bowl. NFL players and coaches will cast their votes on Friday, December 14. 

Pro Bowl rosters will be announced on Tuesday, December 18 live on NFL Network’s Pro Bowl special “NFL Total Access: Pro Bowl Players Revealed” at 8:00 PM ET. The NFL is the only sports league that combines voting by fans, coaches and players to determine its All-Star teams. It was also the first professional sports league to offer online all-star voting in 1995.  


NFL PRO BOWL TOP-10 VOTE-GETTERS

POS.

NAME

TEAM

VOTES

QB

Drew Brees

New Orleans

950,818

QB

Patrick Mahomes

Kansas City

884,888

RB

Todd Gurley

Los Angeles Rams

747,516

RB

Saquon Barkley

New York Giants

718,108

RB

James Conner

Pittsburgh 

664,897

QB

Jared Goff

Los Angeles Rams

658,150

WR

Antonio Brown

Pittsburgh 

630,392

RB

Alvin Kamara

New Orleans 

582,550

WR

Tyreek Hill

Kansas City

560,994

TE

Travis Kelce

Kansas City

551,249


AFC & NFC LEADING VOTE-GETTERS BY POSITION
 

POS.

CONF.

NAME, TEAM

VOTES

CONF.

NAME, TEAM

VOTES

QB

AFC

Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City

884,888

AFC

J.J. Watt, Houston

405,878

QB

NFC

Drew Brees, New Orleans

950,818

NFC

Danielle Hunter, Minnesota

278,267

RB

AFC

James Conner, Pittsburgh

664,897

AFC

Geno Atkins, Cincinnati

242,851

RB

NFC

Todd Gurley, LA Rams

747,516

NFC

Aaron Donald, LA Rams

385,591

FB

AFC

Anthony Sherman, Kansas City

170,608

AFC

T.J. Watt, Pittsburgh

314,173

FB

NFC

Kyle Juszczyk, San Francisco

423,176

NFC

Khalil Mack, Chicago

378,895

WR

AFC

Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh

630,392

AFC

Jon Bostic, Pittsburgh

102,101

WR

NFC

Odell Beckham, Jr., NY Giants

527,768

NFC

Luke Kuechly, Carolina

261,715

TE

AFC

Travis Kelce, Kansas City

551,249

AFC

Denzel Ward, Cleveland

268,092

TE

NFC

Zach Ertz, Philadelphia

495,442

NFC

Kyle Fuller, Chicago

281,555

T

AFC

Alejandro Villanueva, Pittsburgh

223,489

AFC

Jamal Adams, NY Jets

178,371

T

NFC

Terron Armstead, New Orleans

246,931

NFC

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Washington

135,256

G

AFC

David DeCastro, Pittsburgh

273,059

AFC

Derwin James, LA Chargers

110,193

G

NFC

Zack Martin, Dallas

221,790

NFC

Eddie Jackson, Chicago

150,525

C

AFC

Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh

253,587

AFC

Britton Colquitt, Cleveland

127,866

C

NFC

Max Unger, New Orleans

243,549

NFC

Michael Dickson, Seattle

95,266

K

AFC

Justin Tucker, Baltimore

87,423

AFC

Roosevelt Nix, Pittsburgh

108,445

K

NFC

Wil Lutz, New Orleans

124,151

NFC

Mark Nzeocha, San Francisco

129,446

RS

AFC

Tyreek Hill, Kansas City

178,901

 

 

 

RS

NFC

Tarik Cohen, Chicago

146,204

 

 

 

*Totals reflect players currently on active rosters through Tuesday, December 4 at 3:00 PM ET

 

For the third consecutive year, Pro Bowl Week festivities will take place at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort and across the Orlando area, bringing free experiences and activities to fans as well as an extraordinary number of events focused on commemorating all levels of football – from youth to high school to the NFL’s best. Some of the Pro Bowl Week events include: Pro Bowl Practices, Pro Bowl Skills Showdown, NFL FLAG Championships Powered By USA Football and Play Football Celebrity Flag Game. 

More information about these and all of the events taking place during Pro Bowl Week is available at ProBowl.com.

 

NFL Announces 32 Nominees for Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award Presented by Nationwide

12/6/18

NFL ANNOUNCES 32 NOMINEES FOR WALTER PAYTON NFL 

MAN OF THE YEAR AWARD PRESENTED BY NATIONWIDE

Winner to be Announced at NFL Honors the Night Before Super Bowl LIII 

The NFL announced today the 32 nominees for the WALTER PAYTON NFL MAN OF THE YEAR AWARD PRESENTED BY NATIONWIDE. Representing the best of the NFL’s commitment to philanthropy and community impact, each of these players was selected as his team’s Man of the Year and is now eligible to win the national award. Considered one of the league’s most prestigious honors, the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award presented by Nationwide recognizes an NFL player for outstanding community service activities off the field, as well as excellence on the field. First established in 1970, the national award was renamed in 1999 after the late Hall of Fame Chicago Bears running back WALTER PAYTON.

“The Man of the Year Award gives us the opportunity to acknowledge 32 exemplary players whose commitment to excellence extends on and off the field,” said NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL. “This year’s nominees have used their platforms to transform communities across the country. We are proud of their work and celebrate their dedication and impact through this award.”

New this year, all 32 team winners will be highlighted as finalists and recognized for their important work during the weekend leading up to Super Bowl LIII. The 2018 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year will be announced during NFL Honors, a two-hour primetime awards special to air nationally on February 2, the eve of Super Bowl LIII, on CBS. NFL Honors will be at Fox Theatre in Atlanta.

Five hundred thousand dollars will be donated in the name of the 2018 winner. $250,000 will be donated in his name to expand Character Playbook, the NFL and United Way’s digital character education program. An additional donation of $250,000 will be donated to the charity of his choice. All other 31 nominees will receive a donation of $50,000 in their name to expand Character Playbook, and an additional donation of up to $50,000 to their charity of choice. All donations are courtesy of the NFL Foundation, Nationwide and United Way Worldwide.

“Nationwide is honored to help highlight and support the incredible efforts of this year’s team nominees,” said Nationwide’s Chief Marketing Officer TERRANCE WILLIAMS. “We hope others are inspired by these 32 men to make positive differences—big and small—in their own communities. Congratulations and thank you to each of the nominees for their leadership both on and off the field.”

Fans are encouraged to participate in Nationwide’s 4th annual Charity Challenge, a social media campaign designed to support and promote team nominees. Fans can vote by using #WPMOYChallenge on Twitter with their favorite nominee’s last name somewhere in the post between December 6 and January 13. The player whose unique hashtag is used the most will receive a $25,000 contribution to their charity of choice, courtesy of Nationwide. Hashtag information and official rules can be found at nfl.com/manoftheyear.

Beginning in 2017, the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year trophy silhouette came to life in uniform elements to further recognize past award winners and current nominees. The five current players who have won the award—DREW BREES, THOMAS DAVIS, LARRY FITZGERALD, ELI MANNING and J.J. WATT—continue to wear a Man of the Year patch on their jerseys to recognize their outstanding contributions to the game and to their communities. All 2018 nominees will wear a Man of the Year helmet decal beginning Week 14 and continuing through the end of the season in recognition of their accomplishments on and off the field. 

The NFL will also continue to surprise fans across the country with invitations to attend Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta. A total of 500 free tickets will be distributed as a way to give back to dedicated NFL fans and provide them with a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Each Man of the Year nominee will receive two Super Bowl LIII tickets to give away to community recipients of their choice.

For more information on the nominees and the award, visit NFL.com/manoftheyear. 

Below is a list of the 2018 nominees:

TEAM NOMINEE
Arizona Cardinals Antoine Bethea
Atlanta Falcons Grady Jarrett
Baltimore Ravens Brandon Carr
Buffalo Bills Lorenzo Alexander
Carolina Panthers Julius Peppers
Chicago Bears Trey Burton
Cincinnati Bengals Carlos Dunlap
Cleveland Browns Christian Kirksey
Dallas Cowboys Dak Prescott
Denver Broncos Von Miller
Detroit Lions Matthew Stafford
Green Bay Packers Kenny Clark
Houston Texans Whitney Mercilus
Indianapolis Colts Jabaal Sheard
Jacksonville Jaguars Blake Bortles
Kansas City Chiefs Dustin Colquitt
Los Angeles Chargers Corey Liuget
Los Angeles Rams Andrew Whitworth
Miami Dolphins Kenny Stills
Minnesota Vikings Kyle Rudolph
New England Patriots Devin McCourty
New Orleans Saints Mark Ingram
New York Giants Michael Thomas
New York Jets Kelvin Beachum
Oakland Raiders Marshawn Lynch
Philadelphia Eagles Chris Long
Pittsburgh Steelers Cameron Heyward
San Francisco 49ers Robbie Gould
Seattle Seahawks K.J. Wright
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Gerald McCoy
Tennessee Titans Jurrell Casey
Washington Redskins Vernon Davis

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NFL Playoff Projections: Here’s how Chiefs, Patriots, Chargers, Texans and Saints can clinch in Week 14

The 2018 NFL season has hurtled right along, with professional football getting quite the rejuvenation with high quality on-field play and tons of storylines. We’re getting near the end! The fantasy playoffs are here and it’s almost time for the real playoffs to start.

In fact, with just four regular season weeks remaining, there are a large number of clinching scenarios available for various NFL teams. Let’s run through them all.

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Los Angeles Rams

What: First-round bye

How: The Rams already clinched a playoff berth, winning the NFC West with their win over the Lions last week. Next up is securing a first-round bye and then hoping they can get homefield advantage (win out and its theirs). To clinch a first-round bye, the Rams simply need to win in Chicago on Sunday night. Beat the Bears on Sunday Night Football and the Rams won’t have to worry about being involved in Wild-Card Weekend.

New Orleans Saints

What: NFC South AND/OR playoff berth

How: The Saints have the opportunity to secure a playoff berth through two different scenarios. They could clinch the NFC South OR they could clinch a straight-up playoff berth. They could actually do both (although each one would, obviously, be a playoff spot).

To clinch the NFC South, the Saints need one of two things to happen: win/tie at Tampa Bay OR have the Panthers lose/tie when they play in Cleveland. The Saints are eight-point road favorites while the Panthers are one-point road favorites.

To clinch a “regular” playoff berth, the Saints would need: a Vikings loss AND an Eagles loss or tie AND a Redskins loss or tie. Minnesota plays the Seahawks in Seattle on Monday, the Eagles play the Cowboys in Dallas on Sunday and the Redskins play the Giants in Washington on Sunday. All three are underdogs.

Kansas City Chiefs

What: Playoff berth

How: The Chiefs can’t win the AFC West … yet. That will likely be on the table next Thursday against the Chargers, although the race could actually come all the way down to the end of the season thanks to Los Angeles playing well. Instead the Chiefs will look to just lock up a standard playoff spot. They can do that with a win/tie OR a Dolphins loss/tie AND Coltsloss/tie AND Titans loss/tie.

Beat the Ravens and the Chiefs are in the playoffs or lose and hope you hit a three-game parlay.

New England Patriots

What: AFC East title

How: Easy answer here — the Patriots need to win or tie against the Dolphins in Miami and they clinch the AFC East.

Houston Texans

What: AFC South title

How: The Texans need a little bit of help to clinch the division title. They need to win Sunday against the Colts AND have the Titans lose or tie against the Jaguars on Thursday OR if the Texans manage to tie against the Colts (it came close last time!), they could clinch if the Titans lose on Thursday.

A Titans win on Thursday would obviously prevent the Texans from clinching this week.

Los Angeles Chargers

What: Playoff berth

How: This one is pretty complex so we’re going bullet points for it. The Chargers obviously can’t clinch the division so they’d be locking up a standard playoff/wild-card spot. And they need one of two complex situations to happen.

  • 1)    Chargers win + Dolphins loss or tie + Broncos loss or tie + Colts loss or tie + Titans loss or tie

OR

  • 2)    Chargers tie + Dolphins loss + Broncos loss + Colts loss or tie + Titans loss or tie as long as both IND and TEN both don’t tie

SO, if the Titans win on Thursday, the Chargers are also prevented from clinching. But they basically need a five-game parlay to hit in order to clinch a playoff spot. They’re probably more concerned about trying to chase down the Chiefs, but certainly L.A. wouldn’t mind guaranteeing a postseason spot as early as possible