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    A.J. Green carted off field early with hamstring injury

  • Night net null null null null The Ci夜网论坛ncinnati Bengals lost one of their top playmakers on the second play from scrimmage Sunday.Wide receiver A.J. Green was the intended target for Andy Dalton on second-and-15. The pass was a little high and Green was hit by Buffalo Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore. As Green fell to the turf at Paul Brown Stadium, he immediately grabbed the back of his right leg. MORE: Bills-Bengals stats | Night net scoreboard Green was carted off the field, and the Bengals later ruled him out with a hamstring injury.A.J. Green has accounted for 38% of the Bengals' receiving yards this year. 28% of all offensive yards.— ryan van bibber (@justRVB) November 20, 2016Green has a tear in his hamstring, according to Night net.com, and he was expected to get an MRI on Monday.[......]

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    Fantasy Football Injury Updates: DeVante Parker, Stefon Diggs, Michael Thomas, more among Week 8 worries

  • Night net null null null null Usually, running backs are the main source of our injury updates, but in Week 8, wide receivers are the headliners. Thursday's game features key "questionable" players, including DeVante Parker, Jeremy Maclin, Mike Wallace, and Benjamin Watson, and there are worries from the early Sunday game (Stefon Diggs), Sunday afternoon games (Michael Thomas), Sunday night game (Golden Tate, JuJu Smith-Schuster) and Monday night game (Emmanuel Sanders). Yes, the Week 8 fantasy start 'em, sit 'em decisions won't be easy.Find the latest news, and for more updates and fantasy insight, give us a follow on Twitter at @SN_Fantasy. WEEK 8 RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerIs DeVante Parker playing Thursday night?UPDATE: Parker is officially INACTIVE. Parker is still battling through an ankle injury, which has already caused him to miss the past two games. On Tuesday, he was limited in practice and the Dolphins have listed him as "questionable" for Thursday's showdown against the Ravens.He faces a relatively tough matchup at Baltimore with Matt Moore (who is arguably an upgrade over Jay Cutler), making him at least a WR3 if active. His return would also impact the value of Kenny Stills (one of our Week 8 bust picks) who has caught three touchdowns in the two games Parker has missed.Will Stefon Diggs return in Week 8?Diggs (groin) has missed the past two games, but he got in a full practice on Thursday, which is the best sign we've seen so far since he suffered the injury. And even better sign is that Diggs will be traveling with the team to the UK, and head coach Mike Zimmer said that Diggs has a chance to play against the Browns on Sunday.He should be slotted into all your lineups if he's active. Every game in the UK this year has been lopsided, and it looks like the Vikings will be on the good side of a lopsided score. Diggs is a must-start if he plays. One note, the game is set to kickoff at 9:30 a.m. ET, so if you own Diggs, be sure to set your alarm clock and double-check that he will play before starting him in your fantasy lineups.Michael Thomas injury updateUPDATE: Thomas practiced in a limited fashion on Thursday.Thomas was a surprise addition to the Saints injury report, missing practicing on Wednesday due to a knee injury. Coach Sean Payton told reporters it was not a significant or long-term injury .For now, fantasy owners should expect Thomas to play in a favorable home matchup vs. the Bears, but this is a situation to monitor throughout the week. He's a must[......]

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    From tanking to trading to benching, Bills survive themselves, reach playoffs

  • Night net null null null Any breakdown of the Bills’ long-awaited return to the Night net playoffs has to include this: Their rookie head coach benched their starting quarterback in Week 11, saw the move blow up in his face, then saw his team go 4-2 the rest of the way to slip in.Nobody ever said breaking a 17-y夜网论坛ear postseason drought would be easy. If it were easy, it wouldn't have lasted 17 years, 10 coaches, seven general managers, two owners and the half-hour or so between the end of their win in Miami on Sunday and the Ravens’ last-minute loss in Baltimore to the Bengals. The Bills did need help to get in on the last day of the season, and for once, they got it. Their 9-7 finish is only their third winning record, and their sixth non-losing record, since that fateful 1999 season, the year of their wild-card loss to the Titans in the Music City Miracle. They hadn't even been in position to need help on the last day that often, if ever.They had barely earned that chance to hope for help. MORE: Full Night net playoff pictureSean McDermott’s decision to yank Tyrod Taylor after lackluster offensive showings in consecutive losses was hanging over their heads every game down the stretch. Had the Bills been eliminated, McDermott would have had to hear about rookie Nathan Peterman and the five first-half interceptions in the 54-24 loss to the Chargers forever.In his defense, though, the fact the Bills were panicking at 5-4 was a jarring reminder of how far the franchise had come since the offseason, when McDermott, general manager Brandon Beane and owners Terry and Kim Pegula did one of the best tanking impressions the league had seen in a while.Lost in one way or another since last season were, among others, Marcell Dareus, Sammy Watkins, Ronald Darby, Stephon Gilmore and Mike Gillislee. Plus, they spent the whole year sending Taylor the message that they weren't really that committed to him.Also worth mentioning: The job Beane holds opened up the day after the draft ended in May … when the Bills fired his predecessor, Doug Whaley. This is how you run a contender?After the Bills’ win (and the Ravens’ loss) Sunday, McDermott said, "No one gave this team a chance all year long," and for once, that no-respect ploy was genuine. Being judged in November on whether he was throwing away a playoff berth was not what anyone expected to be a topic around the Bills this year.But they wrung everything out of LeSean McCoy, overcame the baffling, counterproductive use of Taylor’s strengths, survived without a healthy, reliable set of receivers and patched together enough of a defense to get by most weeks.Now the Bills can think abou[......]

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    SN source: Ravens tight ends coach Greg Roman re-signing with Baltimore

  • Night net null null Baltimore Ravens tight end Coach Greg Roman isn't going anywhere after all.A source tells Sporting News that Roman will be re-signing with the Baltimore Ravens and given an assistant head coach designation. Roman's contract was set to expire with the Ravens and he was prepared to pursue opportunities elsewhere, but with the Ravens showing improvement in their running game over the course of the 2017 s夜网论坛eason, Baltimore stepped up to keep him in the fold. The Ravens finished 11th in the Night net in 2017 with 1,856 rushing yards, dramatically up from their 2016 ranking of 28th with 1,463 rushing yards. The Ravens averaged 116 yards per game in 2017 versus just over 91 in 2016.MORE: Night net wild-card picks Roman previously served as the offense coordinator for San Francisco and Buffalo. Not only did those teams excel in the ground game, Roman also has done a solid job in helping the development of the young quarterbacks he has worked with. Colin Kaepernick (49ers) and Tyrod Taylor (Bills) are two.Roman is expected to continue to work closely with Ravens offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg. This is Roman's second tenure on the Ravens' coaching staff. He previously served as the team's offensive line assistant from 2006-07.[......]

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    Patriots vs. Steelers: Score, results, highlights from Week 15 game in Pittsburgh

  • null null Night net null null Patriots-Steelers stats, box scoreThe Patriots picked off a Ben Roethlisberger pass in the end zone with time winding down to secure a 27-24 win over the Steelers on Sunday.Pittsburgh had appeared to take the lead with 28 seconds to play when Roethlisberger connected with Jesse James for what would have been a 10-yard touchdown. But, following a replay review, the play was ruled an incompletion, setting up the game-sealing interception.  MORE: Watch Night net in U.S. live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day trial)Both teams are now 11-3 with two games remaining in the regular season. Tom Brady threw for 298 yards and a touchdown to lead the Patriots, while Dion Lewis rushed for a score. Rob Gronkowski pulled in nine catches for 168 yards for New England.MARVEZ: Steelers' brain lock makes road to Super Bowl rough Ben Roethlisberger tallied 281 passing yards and two touchdowns for Pittsburgh in the losing effort. Steelers star wide receiver Antonio Brown left the game with a calf injury early in the second quarter and did not return.MORE: Night net explains reversal of James' 'catch'Sporting News provided live updates throughout Sunday’s game. Here’s how New England came away with the road win (all times Eastern) . Patriots vs. Steelers: Score, results, highlightsFinal score: Patriots 27, Steelers 247:18 p.m.: Turnover, Steelers. Roethlisberger’s pass is deflected and picked off by Patriots safety Duron Harmon in the end zone. New England takes a knee and holds on for a 27-24 win.7:14 p.m.: Pittsburgh appears to score on its second play of the drive when Roethlisberger finds Jesse James at the 1 before he dives into the end zone. But after review, James was ruled to have bobbled the ball and the play is ruled an incompletion. The Steelers have it at the 10 with 28 seconds to play, trailing by three.7:12 p.m.: It takes Pittsburgh one play to move into the red zone. Roethlisberger hits JuJu Smith-Schuster on a crossing route. Smith-Schuster breaks free and turns the short pass into a 69-yard gain. Pittsburgh has it at the New England 10.7:09 p.m.: Touchdown, Patriots. New England punches it in on an 8-yard run by Dion Lewis. The Patriots go for two and convert on a pass from Brady to Gronkowski. New England now leads 27-24 with 56 seconds to play.TB12& @DionLewisRB .& @RobGronkowski . @Patriots TD + 2 pt conversion + the LEAD. #NEvsPIT pic.twitter.com/YetInYTCN7— Night net (@Night net) December 18, 20177:07 p.m.: The Patriots have moved all the way to the Steelers' 9 on three straight passes fro[......]

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    Night net scores: Results, highlights, injuries from Week 6 games

  • Night net null Week 6 in the Night net provides a number of important matchups around the league. Alex Smith and the Kansas City Chiefs are the last undefeated team夜网论坛 left, and they face the struggling Pittsburgh Steelers this Sunday.The Jacksonville Jaguars have been one of the league's biggest surprise, and the Jags' league-leading defense takes on the talented offense of the Rams. The search for the first win of the season for the Giants is no easier this week, as the Giants face the Broncos in primetime Sunday night. Sunday afternoon also brings two important divisional matchups. The Packers can build on early dominance in the NFC North if they beat the Vikings in Minneapolis. Tom Brady and the Patriots take on the Jets in the AFC East. The 3-2 Jets are enjoying a good start to the season, but they are without star running back Bilal Powell on Sunday.Sporting News provided live updates for all 14 games Sunday. Night net SCORES: Week 6 scoreboard, statsNight net scores: Week 6 results, highlightsNew York Giants 23, Denver Broncos 10 MORE: Results, stats11:36 p.m.: Final score: New York 23, Denver 1011:23 p.m.: Denver finds its way into the end zone thanks to a 13-yard pass from Trevor Siemian to Jeff Heuerman. The Broncos trail 20-10 with 4:07 to play. Siemian's TD pass makes it a two-possession game!#NYGvsDEN pic.twitter.com/C20uhQc1WL— Night net (@Night net) October 16, 201711:19 p.m.: Jason Pierre-Paul has three sacks for the Giants tonight: WATCH: SACKED BY JPP!!! That's a Hat Trick for @UDWJPP!!! pic.twitter.com/zY7aaOxbSU— New York Giants (@Giants) October 16, 201711:09 p.m.: The Giants keep Denver out of the end zone on fourth-and-goal. After a Bennie Fowler catch brought the Broncos to within inches of the goal line, C.J. Anderson took a fourth-down handoff and was met by a group of Giants defenders. He was brought down inches shy of the end zone and Denver turned it over on downs. 11 p.m.: Broncos receiver Isaiah McKenzie also just left the game with an apparent leg injury.Another receiver down for the #Broncos. Isaiah McKenzie being carted off the field after an apparent leg injury.— Aric DiLalla (@AricDiLalla) October 16, 201710:51 p.m.: Another turnover for Denver. Demaryius Thomas catches a pass, but the ball comes loose and the Giants recover. New York leads 20-3 with 12:50 to play. FUMBLEEEEE!@Giants come up with the big turnover. #NYGvsDEN #GiantsPride pic.twitter.com/aQdJAAtBhY— Night net (@Night net) October 16, 201710:45 p.m.: Emmanuel Sanders has left the game with an apparent leg injury. 10:36 p.m.: Brandon McManus’ kick is blocked on a 51-yard field goal attempt. Denver continues to trail 20-3. 10:26 p.m.: New York adds another field goal, this one from 51 yards away, and it now leads 20-3 with 8:08 remaining in the third quarter. 10:16 p.m.: Siemian has returned to the[......]

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    Derek Carr, Raiders find beastly offense again — with much less of Marshawn Lynch

  • Night net null null null null Marshawn Lynch coming out of retirement and returning to play running back in his hometown of Oakland hasn't had a good beginning or middle. But it can still have a happy ending if the Raiders use him right going forward  — by using him as little as possible.Before Lynch was ejected for making contact with an official in the first half — well before quarterback Derek Carr led the Raiders to Thursday's thrilling 31-30 home victory over the AFC West-leading Chiefs — "Beast Mode" had produced only 266 rushing yards and two touchdowns over six-plus games. Lynch's 3.7 yards per carry indicated that at 31, he had slowed down even more from the last time he played, with the Seahawks in 2015. The Raiders' power rushing attack featuring Lynch simply was neither effective nor efficient going into the game. Wide receiver Amari Cooper, who scored in Week 1, had all but disappeared in the passing game. Carr had struggled right before suffering his back injury and right after returning from it, and the team really missed him during its listless loss to the Ravens in between.GAME CENTER: Complete Chiefs-Raiders stats But Carr (29-of-52 passing, 417 yards, three TDs) and Cooper (11 catches, 210 yards, two TDs) wasted no time breaking out of their slumps Thursday. The Raiders took full advantage of the many weaknesses beyond Marcus Peters in the Chiefs' secondary to get the two going like the electric "AC/DC" combination they were supposed to be all season.Carr had the Raiders stepping on the gas all the way through to their last-gasp game-winning drive, capped by Michael Crabtree's untimed TD reception. Carr returned to being the fiery passer who's in total rhythm, consistently firing downfield knowing his team needed every bit of his right arm to outduel Alex Smith.Meanwhile, Lynch saw only a handful of snaps early, with his two rushes going for 9 yards before he hastened his departure from the game. The rushing attack was plenty effective without him s second-year speedsters Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington combined for 18 carries and 64 yards and a score. Richard continued to be a factor as Oakland's best backfield receiver.There was a lot more flow and versatility to the offense without Lynch. Carr, not hampered by the Raiders being desperate to establish Lynch, spread the ball around well. They found more ways to get Cooper open in favorable matchups, and that, in turn, opened up more things up for tight end Jared Cook (six catches, 107 yards), who fulfilled his promise to be a solid third target behind[......]

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    Week 10 Night net picks straight up: Patriots shut out Broncos; 49ers, Browns stay winless

  • Night net null The Chiefs’ bye week provides an opportunity to discuss, again, how the last undefeated team doesn't always make noise in the playoffs. Since starting 5-0, the Chiefs have lost three of four and have fallen behind the Steelers and Patriots in the AFC standings. Remember, the last team to lose last season, the Vikings, started 5-0 and then missed the playoffs.Meanwhile, a team that started 0-2, the Saints, have won six straight since, are in first place in their division and are in position to follow two recent teams (2015 Seahawks, 2014 Colts) in overcoming those starts to reach the postseason夜网论坛. And the Saints are not on a bye this week — they get a tough road matchup in Buffalo against a Bills team that got a harsh wake-up call from the Jets last Thursday. The moral of these stories: Goodness, it’s a long season, and this one makes even less sense than Night net seasons usually do. MORE: Week 10 picks against the spreadWeek 10 Night net picks, predictions(All times ET) Related News Week 10 Night net picks against the spread New Orleans Saints (6-2) at Buffalo Bills (5-3)Sunday, 1 p.m., FoxAgainst the Jets, the Bills suddenly forgot how to protect Tyrod Taylor, and that weakness exposed all the other weaknesses in this offense. They should get Kelvin Benjamin this week following the too-short turnaround after his trade. They at least should be more of a challenge to a Saints defense that has performed well against some … questionable opposition the last three weeks (Brett Hundley, Mitchell Trubisky, an injured Jameis Winston/Ryan Fitzpatrick).Prediction: Saints, 26-23Minnesota Vikings (6-2) at Washington Redskins (4-4)Sunday, 1 p.m., FoxThe week began with the possibility of Teddy Bridgewater being active for the first time since the end of the 2015 season, as Case Keenum’s backup. On the other side, Washington hopes to get as many as four offensive starters back from injury (three on the line, plus tight end Jordan Reed). They got away with it (barely) in Seattle; they somehow have to mimic that against another elite defense and ferocious front line. Kirk Cousins should keep his head on a swivel.Prediction: Vikings, 31-21Green Bay Packers (4-4) at Chicago Bears (3-5)Sunday, 1 p.m., FoxThis is the Bears’ window to escape the NFC North cellar. Aaron Rodgers, who wrecked them on a Thursday night earlier this season, isn't playing this week. Neither is Mike Glennon, who also wrecked the Bears that night before he was benched the next week. Two defensive touchdowns per week isn't a sound strategy, but defense plus cutting down turnovers has worked for Chicago lately.Prediction: Bears, 16-10Los Angeles Chargers (3-5) at Jacksonville Jaguars (5-3)Sunday, 1 p.m.,[......]

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    Jay Ajayi can turn 'bad' season into great one with Eagles

  • Night net null null null The 7-1 Eagles, the best team in the Night net at the 2017 midseason, boasted the Night net's No. 4 rushing offense before they acquired running back Jay Ajayi from the Dolphins ahead of Tuesday's Night net trade deadline. Philadelphia had to part with only a fourth-round pick.On the surface, the draft pick would seem to match Ajayi's current value He has rushed for only 465 yards in seven games this season with an average of 3.4 yards per attempt. But in reality, Ajayi was the victim of a few things — consistently poor offensive line play and an inconsistent passing game unable to stretch the field — that allowed Miami's opponents to squeeze up front and stop him, often not even needing a ninth defender in the box.MORE: Midseason grades for Eagles, others Much of the power and elusiveness Ajayi showed during his big breakout 2016 season is still there. There simply hasn't been much room for him to get past the line of scrimmage, and he has had to break tough would-be tackles just to get something past initial contact. He also mysteriously has not been used much in the red zone, and the Dolphins are the only team in the Night net without a rushing touchdown this season.Ajayi also has been banged up all season, managing practice reps with a hurt knee. But make no mistake: The Eagles aren't getting damage goods. They're just the team in best position to flip Ajayi's production into what it was last season.Philadelphia has found success with coach Doug Pederson's random rotation of backs without true third-down options Darren Sproles and Donnell Pumphrey. LeGarrette Blount, a key free-agent addition, has been the leader, but second-year man Wendell Smallwood and undrafted Corey Clement both have flashed.As much as Pederson ha夜网论坛s been happy with the situational "hot hand" approach — especially with quarterback Carson Wentz padding the rushing stats with his smart scrambles — you can bet the coach wanted one workhorse to trust more with regular snaps.For the Eagles, even without injured left tackle Jason Peters, run-blocking remains a strength as long as their other premier tackle, Lane Johnson, is healthy as one edge anchor. They also have had no issues delivering big pass plays, with Wentz finding Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agoholor streaking downfield. With tight end Zach Ertz producing each week to occupy linebackers and safeties, Philadelphia opponents can't afford to committ an extra defender to run support.MORE: Night net playoff picture at midseasonAjayi is built better than Blount, long mislabled as a true power back, to be a between-the-tackles pounder. Just like Blount, when Ajayi gets t[......]

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    Week 17 Night net picks straight up: Seahawks, Chargers get help they need, make playoffs

  • Night net null Before we get back to figuring out all the Week 17 scenarios that affect the upcoming playoffs, let’s pause to say farewell to the seven teams — so far — that will not return to the postseason after making it last year. There will be an eighth; which it will be will not be decided until Sunday. Eight out of 12. That, apparently, is parity, or competitive balance, or something.So best wishes for a peaceful offseason to the Raiders, Texans and Dolphins in the AFC, and to the Cowboys, Packers, Lions and Giants in the NFC. That's two division champs that not only did not repeat, but didn't even make the final cut. That’s also two entire 2016 wild-card matchups wiped out: the Texans’ win over the Raiders, and the Packers’ elimination of the Giants … as well as one unforgettable divisional round game, the last-second Packers takedown of the top-seeded Cowboys. Meanwhile, either the Seahawks or the defending NFC champion Falcons will miss out. If it’s the Falcons, that would mean the NFC title game opponents from last year, Green Bay and Atlanta, will watch the playoffs from home.Water under the bridge, though. On to the final Sunday. MORE: Week 17 Night net picks against the spreadWeek 17 Night net picks, predictions(All times Eastern)MORE: Watch Night net in U.S. live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day trial)New York Jets (5-10) at New England Patriots (12-3)Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS | fuboTVIf the Patriots win, they will clinch home-field advantage in the AFC for the second straight year, the third time in four years and the seventh time in the Bill Belichick-Tom Brady era. If another Jets touchdown is overturned on replay for questionable reasons, the Patriots will get the job done for sure. Somehow, nine of their last 11 meetings have been decided by seven points or less … but the Patriots have won seven of them.Prediction: Patriots, 31-25Chicago Bears (5-10) at Minnesota Vikings (12-3)Sunday, 1 p.m., Fox | fuboTVA Vikings win or tie gives them the other NFC bye with the Eagles. Their previous meeting was Mitchell Trubisky’s first start, a 20-17 Bears win; his play has gotten measurably better, while his team’s record (4-7) really has not. On Saturday night against the Packers, Case Keenum threw for a season-low 139 yards … and it didn’t matter, because the defense threw a shutout.Prediction: Vikings, 27-14Cleveland Browns (0-15) at Pittsburgh Steelers (12-3)Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS | fuboTVThe Steelers will lay it all out in hopes that they can pass the Patriots for the No. 1 seed in the AFC, as the schedule-flexing kept that race in the early-afternoon window. It won’t be much on their minds to avoid being the team that keeps the Browns from the second 0-16 team in Night net history; it’s not as if it will taint the franchise’s rep, especially if they end up winning the Super Bowl. Beating t[......]

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