I have rooting interest in tonight’s 49ers-Giants game because I need Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard to not score points in order to secure a win this week in fantasy football. And I suppose I’ll watch to give myself an idea of what two future Bears opponents bring to the table. But just a little bit because I can only take so much of a matchup between a 1-7 team (Giants) and a 2-7 squad (49ers).
- It doesn’t sound like Le’Veon Bell is coming back to Pittsburgh this year, which ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports could be quite costly for the stud running back. As in Bell could forgo nearly $200,000 if he doesn’t report to the Steelers by Tuesday’s deadline. Bell is taking a calculated risk by sitting out, but I can’t bring myself to tell someone to play for less than what they think they are worth. These contract squabbles are always more complicated than we are led to believe
- The Rams have been the best team in the NFL, but will proceed without wide receiver Cooper Kupp:
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 12, 2018
- Kupp was on pace for an 80-catch, 1,132-yard, 12-touchdown season as a second-year receiver catching passes from Jared Goff in Sean McVay’s Rams offense. Here’s how good Kupp has been: Goff has completed 71.4 percent of his passes and posted a 132.0 rating when targeting Kupp this season. The Rams are talented and well-coached, but there’s no doubt Kupp will be missed.
- I hate when the injury bug is contagious:
Not that there was a question but MRI confirmed that Dez Bryant tore his Achilles, per source. An expected 8-month recovery.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 10, 2018
- Dez Bryant tore his Achilles on the last play of Friday’s practice with the Saints. It’s a bummer for a player who was given a tough draw when he was cut right before the NFL Draft and waited out the season for the right opportunity to arise, only to suffer a season-ending injury. Here’s hoping he bounces back next year because when that guy is rolling, there are few receivers more entertaining to watch.
- The Saints didn’t wait long to find Bryant’s replacement, signing Brandon Marshall to a contract. You would usually be happy if your team signed two ex-Pro Bowl receivers in the span of two weeks, but these aren’t the greatest of circumstances for the Saints, who saw Bryant and Cameron Meredith go down with season-ending injuries in the matter of days.
- Here’s an updated look at Super Bowl LIII odds, which view the Bears in a more favorable light than a few three weeks ago:
Updated odds to win Super Bowl LIII (@betonline_ag):
— OddsShark (@OddsShark) November 12, 2018
- On the opposite end of the competitive spectrum, you’ll find the Oakland Raiders:
One Raiders veteran to another, on his way out of the locker room past three reporters, including myself: “I gotta get the f*** outta here.”
— Matt Schneidman (@mattschneidman) November 12, 2018
- Watch this with the sound ON:
SCREAMING HELPS. pic.twitter.com/hYkcDAcXJ0
— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) November 12, 2018
- I mean … my goodness:
Quenton Nelson just destroyed Barry Church. Goodness. pic.twitter.com/Cm5LoGdxKV
— patrick (@PatDStat) November 11, 2018
- Quenton Nelson is a monster. Like … a literal monster. No wonder he was a top offensive line prospect in the 2018 NFL Draft.
- Shoot your shot, dude:
— Halle Berry (@halleberry) November 11, 2018
It’s my favorite play ever https://t.co/YLWi7c3DNE
— Jared Goff (@JaredGoff16) November 12, 2018
- I can’t wait until next year when Mitch Trubisky is name-dropping Jennifer Love Hewitt, Kristen Bell, Olivia Wilde, and Taylor Swift in audibles. Do it, Mitch. Just do it.
- Remember when we were debating Allen Robinson vs. Jarvis Landry as a potential No. 1 receiver target on the open market this offseason? Well, it doesn’t look like the Browns are making the most of their highest-paid skill player:
Jarvis Landry has 600 yards on 104 targets this season. 5.77 yards per target. That's very, very poor and easily a career low. They really need to figure out how to make better use of their clear No. 1 WR.
— Mike Clay (@MikeClayNFL) November 11, 2018
- Landry is on pace for a 91-catch, 960-yard, 3-touchdown season. Those aren’t awful numbers by any stretch, but they don’t live up to the high expectations that were set when the Browns acquired Landry in an offseason trade with the Dolphins. Landry averaged 105 catches and 1,093 yards over the last three years, so I feel as if not reaching those levels would be a disappointment. And while that might seem unfair, that’s what happens when the bar is raised. For the sake of long-suffering Browns fans, I hope Landry gets it going in the right direction soon.
- Teams appear to be more aggressive with making in-season changes with coaches:
Bengals fired their defensive coordinator, Teryl Austin, nine games into this season. They fired their offensive coordinator, Ken Zampese, two games into last season.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 12, 2018
- If you’ll recall, Teryl Austin (who was the Lions’ DC last year) was on a list of reported potential candidates to replace John Fox back in December 2017 and covered it here. There was a vocal segment of Bears fans who wanted the team to hire Austin, though I never really understood the thought process of it, but to each their own.
- While we’re on the topic, what ever happened to that Matt Nagy fella?
- It sounds like New York Jets Head Coach Todd Bowles is sticking around until the end of the regular season. ESPN’s Rich Cimini reports the Jets’ ownership will make a decision on Bowles’ fture after the season. There were some wild rumors after Sunday’s loss that he was on the hot seat and could be potentially removed as early as today, but that never left the hot rumor phase.
- It looks like I was a week off with my LeSean McCoy breakout prediction:
.@CutonDime25 had his BEST fantasy performance of 2018 on Sunday 💪
— NFL Fantasy Football (@NFLFantasy) November 12, 2018
- Aren’t you getting sick and tired of guys named Aaron making your life as a football fan miserable? I know I am, but it looks like that’s going to continue to happen with That Team in Wisconsin:
The Packers need to depend on Aaron … Jones. https://t.co/UTfKjX6cw0
— FiveThirtyEight (@FiveThirtyEight) November 12, 2018
- I embrace opportunities to learn about the history of football, even when it comes in pieces like the one below. My thoughts and prayers are with Wally Tippett’s family. May he rest in peace:
The running back Wally Triplett, who has died at 92, was the third African-American selected in an N.F.L. draft, but the first to play in a regular-season game. https://t.co/o6rkqBeq6j
— NYT Sports (@NYTSports) November 12, 2018