Jeff McLane: Why can't fourth-quarter Carson Wentz play that way for an entire Eagles game?
PHILADELPHIA — Carson Wentz likes to play with his red hair seemingly on fire.He likes scrambling, making off-balance throws, taking hits, and — over the last dozen games or so, dating back to last season — doing so from behind.This season, the Eagles quarterback has performed better in the fourth quarter than in the first three quarters. Any viewer can discern the difference. But the numbers back it up, as well.In seven games, Wentz has an 85.3 passer rating in the final stanza — plus one overtime — and a 67.8 rating in quarters 1-3. In the last two games alone the dichotomy was even greater:...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Mark Craig: Vikings primed to join crowded race for No. 1 pick
MINNEAPOLIS — There have been 18 NFL drafts since the Texans joined the league and picked first in 2002. In those 18 years, teams picking first averaged 1.7 wins the year before.What that means is the Vikings, sitting on one win, probably need at least a franchise-record 14 losses to have any shot at wresting slam-dunk No. 1 pick Trevor Lawrence away from 12 peers that currently have fewer than three victories.Suddenly, the Vikings seem more than OK with belly-flopping down that slippery slope. Fifteen bye weeks after the Love Boat scandal rocked the Vikings off the field, general manager Rick...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
49ers and Patriots: Coaches share mutual respect and a history with Jimmy Garoppolo
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The 49ers and Patriots don’t have a whole lot in common when it comes to the way the two football teams operate, their fan bases or even their climates.“We’d be here for a while if I told you all the differences,” 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo said this week.Garoppolo, of course, is a protagonist in New England’s longstanding melodrama, even while he plays his home games more than 3,000 miles away. The prodigal son once destined to replace Tom Brady is now with San Francisco, and Sunday is heading back to play against the team that drafted him — that might secretly wi...
The Sacramento Bee
Larry Stone: We're about to find out just how good the Seahawks are
SEATTLE — The Seahawks’ record is impeccable — but that hasn’t stopped people from pecking away at it.You know the rap. They’ve been playing weak foes. Their porous defense will eventually be exposed. They’ve gotten lucky in several games.There’s truth to all that, of course. The cumulative record of the five teams beaten by Seattle is 9-20. The Seahawks’ defense ranks last in the NFL in yards allowed per game (471.2) and is on pace to set a record in that category for the regular season. And can they realistically expect to keep pulling off miraculous defensive stops like the ones that stymie...
The Seattle Times
DK Metcalf has improved 'dramastically' in his second year with Seahawks
RENTON, Wash. — Entering his second NFL season, DK Metcalf not only wanted to keep making spectacular plays, but also make the spectacular seem routine.Metcalf wants to avoid the kind of lapses that happened occasionally in his rookie year, like in the second-to-last regular season game of 2019, when the Arizona Cardinals held him without a catch for the only time in his short pro career.As Metcalf prepares for redemption against the Cardinals and perennial standout cornerback Patrick Peterson — who shadowed him in the Seahawks’ dreary loss last December — he is well on his way to giving the m...
The Seattle Times
Bears will take earlier flight to L.A. for game against Rams, bracing for time change and increased COVID-19 obstacles
CHICAGO — The Chicago Bears are headed back on the road for the fourth time this season, destined for California this weekend and readying for Monday night’s clash against the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium.But in contrast to the team’s “leave as late as possible” approach to previous trips to Detroit, Atlanta and Charlotte, N.C., the Bears will fly to Los Angeles on Saturday night and spend two nights in a hotel before the game.Coach Matt Nagy explained Friday afternoon that the goal in leaving earlier is to get players adjusted to the time difference — an understandable objective. Still, i...
Raiders-Buccaneers game still a go for Sunday, Jon Gruden says
As far as he knows, Raiders coach Jon Gruden said Friday his team’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will still be played Sunday at 1 p.m. PTD.“We’re gonna play Sunday at 1 o’clock, they tell me, and we’ll be ready to go,” Gruden said.There had been concern that multiple Raiders players had been exposed to the coronavirus after right tackle Trent Brown tested positive for the disease. However, the Associated Press and other outlets reported Friday that the Raiders’ most recent tests for COVID-19 had all come back negative.Testing will continue over the next two days, including Sunday morn...
The Mercury News
Seahawks safety Jamal Adams will miss his third game in a row with a groin injury
RENTON, Wash. — Seahawks safety Jamal Adams will not play Sunday at Arizona, the third game Adams has missed since injuring his groin in the fourth quarter against Dallas on Sept. 27.But Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said following Friday’s practice that Adams was “really close” to being able to play before the team decided to officially declare him as out, and that he anticipates Adams will practice next week with the hope of returning on Nov. 1 against San Francisco. Adams will not make the trip to Arizona to continue rehabbing, Carroll said.“We want to make sure and get it right,” Carroll sai...
The Seattle Times
Dave Birkett: Lions running back rotation is here to stay: Sorry, fantasy football GMs
DETROIT — One week it’s Adrian Peterson. The next it’s D’Andre Swfit. Eventually, it might even be Kerryon Johnson again.And while the Detroit Lions continue to rotate running backs to the detriment of your fantasy team, running backs coach Kyle Caskey said the timeshare is here to stay because it’s working for them.“I know this is going to kill fantasy folks out there, but our reality team here, as long as we’re rushing for 180 yards and scoring three touchdowns with our group every game, I don’t think anybody in our room’s caring who’s getting it,” Caskey said Friday. “So they all have the r...
Detroit Free Press
Jim Souhan: Vikings in rebuild mode? Maybe. Are Spielman, Zimmer the right leaders for that? Maybe not.
MINNEAPOLIS — The question facing the Minnesota Vikings is not so much whether they botched their latest series of trades, but whether the general manager who made them is the right general manager to operate in their wake.Rick Spielman traded Stefon Diggs because he thought he had no choice, and wound up with a slew of draft choices and an outstanding rookie replacement in Justin Jefferson. That was astute.Spielman traded a second-round pick and a fifth-rounder to Jacksonville for defensive end Yannick Ngakoue in August, and Ngakoue provided underwhelming results as the team started 1-5. He m...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)