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Winners and losers from NFL Saturday in Week 15

Now that college football is into bowl season, the NFL is taking over on Saturdays. There were two games on the slate Saturday in Week 15 with playoff implications. First the Detroit Lions hosted the Chicago Bears, followed by an AFC West showdown between th
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Winners and losers from NFL Saturday in Week 15

Now that college football is into bowl season, the NFL is taking over on Saturdays. There were two games on the slate Saturday in Week 15 with playoff implications. First the Detroit Lions hosted the Chicago Bears, followed by an AFC West showdown between the two teams atop the division, the Los Angeles Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs.Detroit had little trouble dispatching the Bears, winning 20-10. The Lions got star performances from players on both sides of the ball, improving to 8-6 on the season, well within striking distance for the NFC Playoff chase.The Chiefs and Chargers were neck and neck for much of the game, but ultimately the Chiefs pulled ahead at home and prevailed. They won by the score of 30-13, claiming the top spot in the AFC West by one game over the Chargers with two games left to play.These are the biggest winners and losers from both Saturday games in Week 15.Winner: Golden Tate and Marvin Jones both pulled off highlight-reel playsMatthew Stafford had a very nice game, but we’ll highligh

Lions break out Rockettes celebration after touchdown

The Detroit Lions had an appropriately holiday-themed celebration after scoring a touchdown Saturday against the Chicago Bears.After T.J. Jones’s touchdown reception gave the Lions a 13-0 lead over the Chicago Bears, several players joined together in a Roc
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Lions break out Rockettes celebration after touchdown

The Detroit Lions had an appropriately holiday-themed celebration after scoring a touchdown Saturday against the Chicago Bears.After T.J. Jones’s touchdown reception gave the Lions a 13-0 lead over the Chicago Bears, several players joined together in a Rockettes-style chorus line. We wonder if they planned this. There did seem to be some spontaneity involved, so credit to whoever came up with the idea, even if the professionals would probably have a thing or two to say about the execution.It’s not the first time Ford Field has played host to a holiday-themed touchdown celebration this year, though they’re probably happier to see the home team doing it this time.

Steve Kerr: Draymond Green shoulder issues ‘a little bit concerning’

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green is still not ready to play as he nurses a shoulder injury, and there is some growing concern in the team about his recovery.Coach Steve Kerr admitted that, while the Warriors still feel Green’s injury isn’t ser
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Steve Kerr: Draymond Green shoulder issues ‘a little bit concerning’

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green is still not ready to play as he nurses a shoulder injury, and there is some growing concern in the team about his recovery.Coach Steve Kerr admitted that, while the Warriors still feel Green’s injury isn’t serious, there is a bit of growing concern as it does not respond as expected. Green has been banged up a few times this season, but this is the most significant so far. He hasn’t played since Dec. 8, and it’s not clear when he will return.

Packers players don Christmas suits on team plane

The Green Bay Packers are feeling the Christmas spirit.A number of Packers players dressed in Christmas-themed suits on the team plane ahead of Sunday’s game against the Panthers, and they did a pretty awesome job picking out their Xmas gear.Check out the c
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Packers players don Christmas suits on team plane

The Green Bay Packers are feeling the Christmas spirit.A number of Packers players dressed in Christmas-themed suits on the team plane ahead of Sunday’s game against the Panthers, and they did a pretty awesome job picking out their Xmas gear.Check out the colors and attention to detail on these outfits. As you can see, quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers and Brett Hundley, as well as coaches Alex Van Pelt and David Raih, dressed in customized track suits in Packers colors, which weren’t Xmas-themed, but were sleek nonetheless.

ESPN analyst Mack Brown rips Oregon for handling of Royce Freeman

ESPN’s college football analysts — most notably Mack Brown — ripped into Oregon for the way they handled Royce Freeman, who decided not to play in the Ducks’ bowl game on Saturday.Oregon said days before the bowl game that Freeman, who is a top NFL ru
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ESPN analyst Mack Brown rips Oregon for handling of Royce Freeman

ESPN’s college football analysts — most notably Mack Brown — ripped into Oregon for the way they handled Royce Freeman, who decided not to play in the Ducks’ bowl game on Saturday.Oregon said days before the bowl game that Freeman, who is a top NFL running back prospect, would not be playing in the Las Vegas Bowl against Boise State, likely to avoid injury risk with his pro future on the line. He’s not the first player to do this, as both Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffrey did so recently to mixed criticism.But what really struck Brown and studio analyst Booger McFarland as wrong was Oregon allowing Freeman to be on the sidelines and speak to the team pregame with the Ducks huddled up around him.“Well, he’s not part of our team anymore. He decided not to play in the game; I don’t bring him,” Brown said at halftime. “I don’t bring him to the site. I don’t let him be around the bowl. I don’t have him speaking to our team for sure. If he’s on our football team, he’s at home, he’s watching. Because he made

WATCH: Marvin Jones makes unbelievable catch, Lions do Rockettes celebration

Midway through the second quarter Saturday as the Detroit Lions hosted the Chicago Bears, Matthew Stafford and Marvin Jones made sweet music together.Rolling to his right being chased by multiple Bears defenders, Stafford launched what appeared to be a desper
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WATCH: Marvin Jones makes unbelievable catch, Lions do Rockettes celebration

Midway through the second quarter Saturday as the Detroit Lions hosted the Chicago Bears, Matthew Stafford and Marvin Jones made sweet music together.Rolling to his right being chased by multiple Bears defenders, Stafford launched what appeared to be a desperation pass deep down the right sideline. Jones was there, but so was a Bears defensive back. If not for a spectacular nab by the receiver, this miraculous catch could have easily been an interception. A few plays later, Stafford threw his first touchdown of the game to TJ Jones, making it a 13-0 game in favor of the home team. And of course, they busted out an amazing celebration, with a nod toward the Rockettes. The @Lions have been practicing. : #CHIvsDET | NFL Network pic.twitter.com/tgUoKwp1Sr— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) December 16, 2017

WATCH: Tyree Robinson makes 100-yard pick-six in Las Vegas Bowl

My how the tables have turned. Boise State was en route to taking a 31-0 lead in the second half when a failed Statue of Liberty play turned into six points for Oregon. Shortly afterward, on Boise State’s next drive, Brett Rypien threw his second intercepti
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WATCH: Tyree Robinson makes 100-yard pick-six in Las Vegas Bowl

My how the tables have turned. Boise State was en route to taking a 31-0 lead in the second half when a failed Statue of Liberty play turned into six points for Oregon. Shortly afterward, on Boise State’s next drive, Brett Rypien threw his second interception of the day to Tyree Robinson, who took it 100 yards to the house. @oregonfootball DB Tyree Robinson with a pick-six from one endzone the other pic.twitter.com/VzqFLaoBJQ— NBC Sports Northwest (@NBCSNorthwest) December 16, 2017 Just. Like. That.Suddenly, a seemingly one-sided blowout was a competitive game heading into halftime. This score gave Oregon even more life, down by the score of 24-14 heading into the third quarter.

Lakers’ Caldwell-Pope to miss games due to legal agreement

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will miss multiple games over the next few weeks due to a legal matter.The fifth-year guard said on Saturday via ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk that he will not be allowed to leave the state of California for the nex
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Lakers’ Caldwell-Pope to miss games due to legal agreement

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will miss multiple games over the next few weeks due to a legal matter.The fifth-year guard said on Saturday via ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk that he will not be allowed to leave the state of California for the next 25 days due to a plea agreement he reached in May. That means he will be unable to travel with the team for away games against the Houston Rockets on Dec. 20 and again on Dec. 31 as well as against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Jan. 1.Caldwell-Pope is averaging 14.2 points and 4.9 rebounds per game in his first season with the Lakers and also serves as the team’s top perimeter defender. He was arrested on a misdemeanor DUI charge back in March when he was still a member of the Detroit Pistons (full details here).The 24-year-old also missed Thursday’s away loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers and was replaced in the starting lineup by rookie guard Josh Hart. For what it’s worth though, Caldwell-Pope is fortunate that 10 of the Lakers’ next 14 games are at home.

Baker Mayfield has high praise for Georgia defense

Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield knows exactly what he’s up against in the College Football Playoff semifinal.The Heisman Trophy winner is expecting a very tough test from the Georgia Bulldog defense, one of the best units in the game. Mayfield was quic
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Baker Mayfield has high praise for Georgia defense

Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield knows exactly what he’s up against in the College Football Playoff semifinal.The Heisman Trophy winner is expecting a very tough test from the Georgia Bulldog defense, one of the best units in the game. Mayfield was quick to praise them on Monday, and it’s safe to say he’s expecting his most difficult outing of the season.“You can’t compare them to anybody,” Mayfield said, via Kipp Adams of 247 Sports. “They’re in a league of their own. There’s a reason they’re in the playoffs. There’s a reason they follow behind that defense. You can’t compare them to people because they’re so talented and they play so well together. To say they’re like anybody else would be downplaying how good they are.”Mayfield will be up to the challenge. He even has some added motivation thanks to some Georgia fans who talked trash.

WATCH: Boise State gets too cute on Statue of Liberty play, Oregon scores on fumble

Boise State was comfortably ahead of Oregon, up 24-0 late in the second quarter during the Las Vegas Bowl. Then the Broncos got too cute.Attempting to pile on with a Statue of Liberty play to go up 31-0, they ended up fumbling the ball. Oregon, which hadn’
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WATCH: Boise State gets too cute on Statue of Liberty play, Oregon scores on fumble

Boise State was comfortably ahead of Oregon, up 24-0 late in the second quarter during the Las Vegas Bowl. Then the Broncos got too cute.Attempting to pile on with a Statue of Liberty play to go up 31-0, they ended up fumbling the ball. Oregon, which hadn’t had anything go its way to this point in the game, finally capitalized on an opportunity. After Brett Rypien fumbled, Troy Dye went to the house, 86 yards for a touchdown. This will be a play to look back at later if Oregon comes back and makes it a contest in the second half. That potential 14-point swing is a big deal. The Broncos had all the momentum, and in the blink of an eye the Ducks had their first sign of life, down 24-7.

Lions’ Darius Slay, Bears’ Chris Prosinski evaluated for concussion

The first quarter of Saturday’s Detroit Lions-Chicago Bears game saw two defensive backs get checked for concussions.Detroit Lions playmaking cornerback Darius Slay went into the medical tent after a hit to his head on a tackle. He was eventually taken int
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Lions’ Darius Slay, Bears’ Chris Prosinski evaluated for concussion

The first quarter of Saturday’s Detroit Lions-Chicago Bears game saw two defensive backs get checked for concussions.Detroit Lions playmaking cornerback Darius Slay went into the medical tent after a hit to his head on a tackle. He was eventually taken into the locker room to be checked for a concussion.Additionally, Bears safety Chris Prosinski was placed in concussion protocol after a hit to his head while tackling Eric Ebron.Prosinski was credited with two tackles in the game before departing, while Slay was credited with one.

Twitter extremely conflicted about Lions Color Rush uniform

There are two kinds of people in the world this Saturday as the Detroit Lions host the Chicago Bears — those who love the Lions’ Color Rush jerseys and those who hate them.Featuring a very (in this scribe’s estimation) drab gray with blue highlights out
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Twitter extremely conflicted about Lions Color Rush uniform

There are two kinds of people in the world this Saturday as the Detroit Lions host the Chicago Bears — those who love the Lions’ Color Rush jerseys and those who hate them.Featuring a very (in this scribe’s estimation) drab gray with blue highlights outfit, they’re something alright. pic.twitter.com/jKiXje473D— Detroit Lions (@Lions) December 16, 2017 People watching from home had many mixed reactions. These are some of our favorites. (@dnauss13) December 16, 2017 — Lil Uzo Vert (@sterlinguzo) December 16, 2017 — Nick Norman (@NickNorman) December 16, 2017

WATCH: Boise State WRs do synchronized spin before touchdown pass

During Saturday’s Las Vegas Bowl between Oregon and Boise State, the Broncos featured a very interesting pre-snap routine ahead of an eventual touchdown.Lining up with four men on the right side of the line, Brett Rypien got the ball to running back Ryan Wo
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WATCH: Boise State WRs do synchronized spin before touchdown pass

During Saturday’s Las Vegas Bowl between Oregon and Boise State, the Broncos featured a very interesting pre-snap routine ahead of an eventual touchdown.Lining up with four men on the right side of the line, Brett Rypien got the ball to running back Ryan Wolpin…after all four players did a synchronized spin move. No doubt, Oregon’s defenders were confused by the pre-snap movement. And Wolpin had little trouble getting across the line of scrimmage on the screen, which was counted as a run since Rypien’s pass was actually a lateral.Not long afterward, Boise State scored a second touchdown to go up 14-0 early on the Ducks.

Joe Mixon out for second week in a row with concussion

The Cincinnati Bengals will play in Week 15 without star rookie running back Joe Mixon, who’ll miss his second game in a row with a concussion. Mixon was knocked unconscious in the Monday night game between the Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers. The same gam
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Joe Mixon out for second week in a row with concussion

The Cincinnati Bengals will play in Week 15 without star rookie running back Joe Mixon, who’ll miss his second game in a row with a concussion. Mixon was knocked unconscious in the Monday night game between the Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers. The same game that saw Ryan Shazier suffer a season-ending back injury that required surgery. And the same one in which JuJu Smith-Schuster knocked Vontaze Burfict out of the game on a dirty blindside block that got him suspended one game.Since then, Steelers linebacker Vince Williams has seen fit to troll Mixon about the hit that has now cost him two games with a scary concussion. Yeah, it hasn’t been pretty.In 12 games this season, the rookie out of Oklahoma has rushed for 518 yards and four touchdowns, adding 266 yards on 27 catches as well.

Joe Mixon out for second week in a row with concussion

The Cincinnati Bengals will play in Week 15 without star rookie running back Joe Mixon, who’ll miss his second game in a row with a concussion. Mixon was knocked unconscious in the Monday night game between the Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers. The same gam
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Joe Mixon out for second week in a row with concussion

The Cincinnati Bengals will play in Week 15 without star rookie running back Joe Mixon, who’ll miss his second game in a row with a concussion. Mixon was knocked unconscious in the Monday night game between the Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers. The same game that saw Ryan Shazier suffer a season-ending back injury that required surgery. And the same one in which JuJu Smith-Schuster knocked Vontaze Burfict out of the game on a dirty blindside block that got him suspended one game.Since then, Steelers linebacker Vince Williams has seen fit to troll Mixon about the hit that has now cost him two games with a scary concussion. Yeah, it hasn’t been pretty.In 12 games this season, the rookie out of Oklahoma has rushed for 518 yards and four touchdowns, adding 266 yards on 27 catches as well.

Six teams on upset alert in NFL Week 15

There are just three more games on the schedule for each team heading into NFL Week 15, and there is a heck of a lot yet to be decided. Six teams have playoff-clinching scenarios that could play out, but much of the rest of the league is still wide open.We’
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Six teams on upset alert in NFL Week 15

There are just three more games on the schedule for each team heading into NFL Week 15, and there is a heck of a lot yet to be decided. Six teams have playoff-clinching scenarios that could play out, but much of the rest of the league is still wide open.We’ve seen upsets every single week leading up to these pivotal late-season contests. That’s not about to change now that pressure is being ratcheted up even higher. So which teams are we putting on upset alert this week?Note: Odds courtesy of BovadaGreen Bay Packers vs. Carolina Panthers (-3)Aaron Rodgers is back, baby, and the Packers are still very much alive for a Wild Card spot in the NFC. If that’s not enough to get your juices flowing for some late-season football, then nothing will. The Carolina Panthers have been playing some outstanding defense of late, but they did just give up 24 points to Case Keenum and the Minnesota Vikings last weekend.We don’t expect the home team to run rampant like it did last weekend, either, as star offensive guard Trai Tu

Reggie Bush admits his NFL career is likely over

Reggie Bush sees the writing on the wall.The veteran running back admitted that his NFL career will be over provided no one picks him up in 2017, a scenario which looks increasingly likely.“I’m done,” Bush told NFL Network, via Michael David Smith of Pr
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Reggie Bush admits his NFL career is likely over

Reggie Bush sees the writing on the wall.The veteran running back admitted that his NFL career will be over provided no one picks him up in 2017, a scenario which looks increasingly likely.“I’m done,” Bush told NFL Network, via Michael David Smith of ProFootballTalk. “I’m done. I said it. It’s not breaking news. I’ve been saying it. I said it all season, I said, ‘Listen, if I don’t play this year, I’m going to retire.’ Because I’m not going to spend a whole year off, come back, 33 years old, trying to get back in the league. Listen, once you get to a certain age as a running back, they just start to slowly weed you out.”Bush added that he has every intention of retiring as a member of the New Orleans Saints, the team that drafted him — and where he found the majority of his success.“The Saints know I’m coming home at some point,” Bush said. “I’m going to come home to retire as a Saint. But yeah, man, I’m done. For sure. I’m done.”Bush had planned to play in 2017, but the interest simply hasn’t materialized. T

Doug Pederson: Jay Ajayi will continue to see more touches

Philadelphia Eagles running back Jay Ajayi is seeing his role continue to increase, and it doesn’t sound like that will be stopping.Eagles coach Doug Pederson is pleased with Ajayi’s contributions so far — and seemed to indicate that his role would onl
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Doug Pederson: Jay Ajayi will continue to see more touches

Philadelphia Eagles running back Jay Ajayi is seeing his role continue to increase, and it doesn’t sound like that will be stopping.Eagles coach Doug Pederson is pleased with Ajayi’s contributions so far — and seemed to indicate that his role would only keep growing as long as he kept performing.“His production and his touches are going up each week,” Eagles coach Doug Pederson said of Ajayi on Wednesday, via Jeff McLane of Philly.com. “He’s really fit in well. Still learning the protection aspect of it and some of the routes that we do with the backs, but [I] really feel like he’s come a long way in understanding our offense.”Dolphins players were not happy to see Ajayi go when he was traded at the deadline, and it’s easy to see why. He’s averaging seven yards per carry since moving to Philadelphia, and his 15 carries in Week 14 were his best tally since the trade.

Doug Pederson: Jay Ajayi will continue to see more touches

Philadelphia Eagles running back Jay Ajayi is seeing his role continue to increase, and it doesn’t sound like that will be stopping.Eagles coach Doug Pederson is pleased with Ajayi’s contributions so far — and seemed to indicate that his role would onl
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Doug Pederson: Jay Ajayi will continue to see more touches

Philadelphia Eagles running back Jay Ajayi is seeing his role continue to increase, and it doesn’t sound like that will be stopping.Eagles coach Doug Pederson is pleased with Ajayi’s contributions so far — and seemed to indicate that his role would only keep growing as long as he kept performing.“His production and his touches are going up each week,” Eagles coach Doug Pederson said of Ajayi on Wednesday, via Jeff McLane of Philly.com. “He’s really fit in well. Still learning the protection aspect of it and some of the routes that we do with the backs, but [I] really feel like he’s come a long way in understanding our offense.”Dolphins players were not happy to see Ajayi go when he was traded at the deadline, and it’s easy to see why. He’s averaging seven yards per carry since moving to Philadelphia, and his 15 carries in Week 14 were his best tally since the trade.

Steelers, Patriots dominate AFC Pro Bowl vote

There’s a good chance that either the Pittsburgh Steelers or New England Patriots will be playing in the Super Bowl this upcoming February. If that were to come to fruition, players on said team wouldn’t participate in the annual Pro Bowl.But based on ho
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Steelers, Patriots dominate AFC Pro Bowl vote

There’s a good chance that either the Pittsburgh Steelers or New England Patriots will be playing in the Super Bowl this upcoming February. If that were to come to fruition, players on said team wouldn’t participate in the annual Pro Bowl.But based on how fans around the NFL have voted, the two top AFC teams are absolutely dominating in popularity.The fan vote for this season’s Pro Bowl was just released, and all but one member of the starting AFC offense play for the Steelers and Patriots. This is definitely not the way it’s ultimately going to play out. There’s other factors that go into deciding who starts and participates in the exhibition game. Even then, it tells us a story of two teams that fans recognize to be the best in the AFC.Three Steelers offensive linemen are among those vote in. Meanwhile, the remaining starters include: Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown. Those four would definitely be hard to argue with.Coincidentally enough, Pittsburgh and New England take on one anot

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