Manish Mehta: Who won the Jets-Colts trade for Sam Darnold?
NEW YORK — Six weeks before the 2018 NFL draft, there was a sense of urgency on 1 Jets Drive. The Bills were lurking.Kirk Cousins had just spurned Gang Green’s push in free agency, leaving this star-crossed franchise with two choices: A) Sit around and stew or B) make a bold, fast decision that could provide prosperity for the next decade.The Jets might have still been seething over losing the Cousins Sweepstakes, but swift, deliberate action was required now. So, they pulled the trigger on what they hoped would be the most monumental deal in franchise history.Hindsight hasn’t provided complet...
New York Daily News
No Miami students. No FSU coach. Few fans. But plenty of electricity in dramatic rivalry
MIAMI — It’s among college football’s fiercest rivalries, and despite this strange, unpredictable year, it will continue for its 65th installment in prime time on national television.The No. 12 Miami Hurricanes (2-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) face the unranked Florida State Seminoles (0-1, 0-1) at 7:30 p.m. Saturday (ABC) at Hard Rock Stadium. And no matter how different it seems because of the COVID-19 pandemic — a 13,000 attendance limit, no FSU head coach (more on that later), no UM students, no marching bands, and no alcohol at an event which usually spurs its share of inebriated, sup...
Ryan Fitzpatrick accounts for three touchdowns, leads Dolphins to first win of the season
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Maybe, it was all the pregame chatter centered around rookie Tua Tagovailoa.Maybe, Ryan Fitzpatrick realized it could have been the final prime-time game of his career.But as Fitzpatrick showed on Thursday night in Jacksonville, he’s still got a lot of FitzMagic left in him. And the Dolphins could use every bit of it as the Tagovailoa marinates on the sidelines.Fitzpatrick threw a career-high 12 straight completions to start the game and accounted for three touchdowns as the Dolphins (1-2) won their first game of the season 31-13 over the Jaguars in front of 16,563 fans al...
Cordarrelle Patterson, Bears express fear as they continue to reckon with the Breonna Taylor ruling: 'It was heartbreaking'
CHICAGO — Cordarrelle Patterson saw the Breonna Taylor ruling through the eyes of his 8-year-old son.“My girlfriend, she’s white. So my kids are mixed,” the Chicago Bears running back and return specialist said via Zoom Thursday. “But I’m fully Black so my kids think they’re fully Black, so they don’t see color.“… So, when my kid comes to me asking like, why is this going on? First thing he said was like, ‘I thought Dr. Martin Luther King fixed all this?’“I was like, ‘How do you even know stuff like this, dude?’ ”More than six months after Taylor, an emergency medical worker, was shot to death...
Fantasy football Week 3: Start and sit
The injury bug struck the NFL hard in Week 2. Here’s a recap of last week’s games, followed by Week 3’s best bets:———WEEK 2 RECAPBrowns 35, Bengals 30: Both Baker Mayfield and rookie Joe Burrow will be solid streaming candidates in most fantasy formats going forward.49ers 31, Jets 13: Here’s hoping Raheem Mostert doesn’t miss too much time, because he was looking like a peak Chris Johnson before he suffered a MCL sprain.Bears 17, Giants 13: High volume (almost 17 touches per game) will help David Montgomery maintain his RB2 status.Cowboys 40, Falcons 39: Never has a player been vultured like E...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
For all of Patrick Mahomes' elite traits, here's one more: His voice. Let us explain.
Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes underthrew his receiver, Mecole Hardman, by about three yards on a deep route Sunday, and so Chargers cornerback Desmond King reached up and plucked the ball out of the sky.As the Chargers sideline celebrated a game-changing, fourth-quarter turnover, Mahomes remained near the line of scrimmage, tapping his hips over and over again, mimicking a referee’s signal.Offsides.The flag already rested on the field. Mahomes knew it before he threw the pass. And the interception, which would have been the first September pick of his career, never happened. All because o...
The Kansas City Star
Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott calls decision in Breonna Taylor case 'disgusting'
FRISCO, Texas — Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott didn’t hold back when asked for his reaction to the news that police officers in Louisville, Kentucky, were not charged in the death of Breonna Taylor.On Wednesday, the Jefferson County grand jury chose only to indict one officer for “wanton endangerment” for blindly shooting 10 rounds from outside Taylor’s apartment. Two other officers on the scene were not charged.“That is disgusting,” Prescott said. “I don’t understand that one at all. There are a lot of things in this country I don’t understand that we are looking at right now. That i...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Michael Rand: Would a lopsided loss Sunday mean Vikings' worst three-game start ever?
This is the 60th season of Vikings football, a winding historical path of extraordinary highs and unbelievable lows.But even if this franchise has taught us to expect the unexpected — and despite my skepticism about their prospects for this year before any games had been played — I did not imagine that two games in I would be writing a headline comparing this year to some of the darkest in Vikings history.But here we are. After losses to the Packers and Colts — neither of them particularly competitive, even if the score against Green Bay (43-34) was more flattering than the on-field product — ...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
George Kittle just might return from knee injury vs. Giants despite MetLife field concerns
Tight end George Kittle’s injured knee is feeling better every day, “so that’s awesome,” he said after a second straight day of 49ers practice.That does not mean he is a lock to return from a one-game absence and play in Sunday’s game against the New York Giants, nor does it sound like the MetLife Stadium turf will scare him if it’s his call to play or not.“It’s a turf field. It is what is. I’ve got to go play football,” Kittle said Thursday in a video call from the 49ers’ practice grounds in West Virginia. “I’m not concerned because I haven’t played on it yet, so we’ll see what happens.”What ...
The Mercury News
Dallas Cowboys' banged up defense looks to slow hot Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson
FRISCO, Texas — As good as the Dallas Cowboys feel about themselves following last Sunday’s epic 40-39 comeback victory against the Atlanta Falcons, they are not in denial about their shortcomings, especially on defense.The Cowboys (1-1) have offered little resistance in their first two games. They rank 24th in the NFL in yards allowed, have recorded just one turnover and only two sacks and opposing offenses have converted half of their third-down chances.Owner Jerry Jones readily admits “we got some serious work to do” on defense.What he didn’t say is that they have little time to do it with ...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram