Tyrann Mathieu explains why he let up on potential big hit on Deshaun Watson

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    Tyrann Mathieu has seen your criticism, but he doesn't agree.

    The Chiefs safety was criticized by some for not laying into Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson during the team's playoff game Sunday. On the play, Mathieu was coming in hot on a safety blitz and had a clear line to the quarterback. But instead of hitting him, he could clearly be seen letting up.

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    The video doesn't show it, but the context of this play is very important. The score is 51-31 and the ball was snapped just ahead of the two-minute warning (2:02). Houston had no timeouts left. So even if Houston scores on that drive, all Kansas City needed was one more possession to drain the clock. In other words, the game was pretty much over.

    So there wasn't any need for Mathieu to light up Watson in that situation, because it would have been completely unnecessary. And that's essentially what the safety said when he was made aware of the criticism.

    Who plays on 'Sunday Night Football' tonight? Times, TV channels, schedule for NFL Week 9

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    It's a matchup of future Hall of Fame quarterbacks on "Sunday Night Football" in Week 9 when Drew Brees takes on Tom Brady.

    The Saints (5-2) travel to Tampa Bay to take on the Buccaneers (6-2) in a rematch of New Orleans' Week 1 win. Brees and Brady are in the midst of leap-frogging each other on the all-time passing touchdowns list, actually entering the game tied at 560 passing TDs apiece. Whoever wins Sunday's game will lik夜网论坛ely hold that record, at least temporarily. 

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    The biggest factor to determine Sunday's outcome could be Alvin Kamara, who's the most dangerous receiving running back in football. If he has a big game, New Orleans likely will hold the edge, but if Tampa Bay can contain Kamara, it'll allow Brady to come out on top and avenge the loss from Week 1. 

    Below is more about the matchup, plus everything to know about how to watch "Sunday Night Football."

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    Cowboys playoff picture: How Dallas can clinch the NFC East in Week 17

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    The Cowboys (6-9) were looking like they had no chance to win the NFC East in November. But after three consecutive victories to stay alive in December, they are in position steal the division title in January.

    The Cowboys are the second-place team in the division behind Washington (6-9), which holds the head-to-head tiebreaker by virtue of a season series sweep. It's been mostly a rough first season under coach Mike McCarthy, tied to losing quarterback Dak Prescott for the season in Week 5.

    That game was against the Giants in Dallas. Now the Cowboys will play the rematch in New York with a trip to the NFC playoffs potentially on the line. Here's how gets into the tournament toward Super Bowl 55 in Week 17:

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    1. Cowboys beat the Giants; Washington loses or ties against the Eagles

    The Cowboys, in this scenario, would improve to 7-9 while the Giants get eliminated at 5-11. Washington would be either 6-9-1 or 6-10 should it lose Sunday night on the road in Philadelphia.

    Dallas would be NFC East champions by having the outright best record with no tiebreakers involved.

    2. Cowboys tie the Giants; Washington loses to the Eagles

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    Tony Romo predictions: How 'Romostradamus' can see plays before they happen on CBS broadcast

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    Tony Romo can't see the future — it just feels that way sometimes.

    The former Cowboys quarterback and CBS color commentator has quickly become one of the NFL's most popular broadcasters since heading to the booth in 2017. One of his calling cards, along with what seems a genuine enthusiasm and enjoyment of the game, is his play predictions. Occasionally, before the snap, Romo announces what's going to happen next. More often than not, he's right.

    The predictions earned him a nickname very quickly — Romostradamus — and they've been a staple of his broadcasts throughout his time alongside Jim Nantz with CBS. Romo dialed them back a bit in 2020, he admitted recently to The Athletic, but it's not an overly conscious decision for him when to make a call.

    "It’s just a feel," Romo told The Athletic. "It’s just instinctual. You might be right in the sense that I probably have throttled that back a little bit. But there’s always a time I’ll bring it out, especially if it’s a fun time to do it."

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    Did Julio Jones know interview with Shannon Sharpe was live during trade admission?

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    Julio Jones dropped massive news on Monday when he appeared on Fox Sport 1's "Undisputed" and told Shannon Sharpe "I'm out of" Atlanta, confirming months of speculation that he was a potential trade asset for the Falcons.

    But did he know he was being recorded?

    At first glance, it appears as if Sharpe cold-called the 32-year-old Falcons receiver. It's unlikely Jones was watching the show, as Skip Bayless suggested, either: Jones told Sharpe he was going to see his brother at the time he got the call. And Sharpe told Jones they were live only after the latter said he wasn't long for Atlanta.

    Here's the full minute-and-37-second sequence:

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    We don't know whether Sharpe made Jones aware beforehand that he would call him and place him on speakerphone live on national television. If he didn't, then the call — which was taped in California — could be a violation of the state's two-party consent law, specifically penal code 632, which prohibits the amplifying or recording of confidential communication without all parties[......]

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    Deshaun Watson trade rumors: Dolphins reemerge as front-runners to land Houston QB, per report

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    Deshaun Watson trade drama has come back with a vengeance just two weeks before the start of the 2021 NFL regular season.

    According to a report from ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio — citing team executives not directly involved in trade talks — two teams have distanced themselves in the Watson sweepstakes: The Panthers and Dolphins. He also reported there's "mounting chatter Watson will be traded in the coming days."

    Florio reported that the Broncos and Eagles were also involved in trade talks with the Texans, matching reports from late July. That said, the Broncos reportedly have no interest, and the Eagles also seem set with their current quarterback room of Jalen Hurts, Joe Flacco and Gardner Minshew.

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    Joe Person of The Athletic and Jonathan Jones of CBS Sports also claimed there was no interest on the part of Carolina, which is reportedly backing Sam Darnold, for whom they traded in the offseason. That leaves the Dolphins as the likeliest remaining trade target, according to reported discussions among NFL executives.

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    Ravens RB depth chart: Le'Veon Bell, Latavius Murray highlight new additions to Baltimore roster

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    Running backs are one of the positions that is easier for NFL teams to replace. That said, the Ravens have dealt with an abnormal amount of injuries to the position and have had to completely restock their depth chart as a result.

    Baltimore had five running backs on its depth chart during the 2021 NFL preseason. Only one remains. JK Dobbins (knee), Gus Edwards (knee) and Justice Hill (Achilles) all suffered season-ending injuries in the two weeks ahead of the season. They were expected to be the Ravens' top-three running backs.

    Meanwhile, Nate McCrary, the team's fifth running back, was among the team's final cuts but enjoyed a strong preseason. The Broncos claimed the undrafted rookie off waivers, so the Ravens were unable to bring him back as a backup.

    As a result, the Ravens are left with only Ty'Son Williams from their offseason 90-man roster. They have fortified their depth by signing a bunch of familiar names in Le'Veon Bell, Latavius Murray and Devonta Freeman.

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    Pelicans' Anthony Davis won't need surgery on hand injury

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    NEW ORLEA夜网论坛NS — Anthony Davis says he won't need surgery on his broken left hand and expects to remain as involved as possible with team activities while he heals.

    Davis says he expects to travel with the club and be on the bench for games, supporting teammates and offering his observations.

    The second-year big man, who's averaged 18.8 points, 10.2 rebounds and 3.6 blocks, says it's frustrating being sidelined, but that he's confident in coach Monty Williams' system and his teammates' ability to "still pull out wins, no matter who's on the floor."

    Davis says he'll work closely with trainers on staying in shape during what is expected to be a four- to six-week absence, spanning as many as 20 games.

    Davis is missing his second full game Wednesday night against Dallas.

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    Jimmer Fredette excited to join Chicago Bulls

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    CHICAGO — Jimmer Fredette wanted to start over. The Chicago Bulls wanted to improve their outside shooting.

    Each side is hoping for a perfect match.

    Fredette joined the surging Bulls on Sunday after the team announced it had signed the sharp-shooting guard for the rest of the season. The 6-foot-2 Fredette was in uniform for Chicago's game against the New York Knicks.

    "I see how this team plays and they play hard every single night and they play for each other," he said. "They play the right way. That's something I was looking for, to come into a team I could fit in and play the way I wanted to and play hard every single night and be part of a team. I'm excited to be here. I can't wait to start and get out there and play and see how things go."

    Fredette, the 10th overall pick in the 2011 draft, was bought out by the Sacramento Kings on Thursday and cleared waivers on Saturday. He is averaging just 5.9 points and 11.3 minutes in his third season, but is shooting 49 percent from 3-point range.

    The Bulls, who had won eight of nine coming into the day, had been looking for more outside shooting since they lost Marco Belinelli in free agency last offseason, and then traded Luol Deng to Cleveland in January.

    "I hope I can space out the floor for these guys and help create open shots for my teammates and also create open shots for me," Fredette said. "I think it fits well. Hopefully I'll be able to come in and do what I[......]

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    Wizards' Nene back at practice after 6 weeks away

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    WASHINGTON — Washington Wizards forward Nene has returned to practice after being sidelined six weeks with a sprained knee.

    Nene practiced Monday for the first time since he was injured Feb. 23 in a win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

    Coach Randy Wittman said Nene did "almost" everything the Brazilian would do in a regular practice.

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    The coach said he would wait to see how things go on Tuesday before deciding whether Nene plays Wednesday against the Charlotte Bobcats, a pivotal game for playoff seeding in the Eastern Conference.

    The Wizards have typically struggled in the past when Nene has been hurt, but they ma夜网论坛naged to go 12-9 without him and clinch the team's first playoff berth since 2008.

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