Bears GM Poles expects Fields to be starting QB next season
LAKE FOREST, Ill. — (AP) — Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Poles said he expects Justin Fields to be the team's starting quarterback next season and just about slammed the door on drafting one with the No. 1 overall pick. 11 overall pick in 2021, emerged as one of the NFL's most exciting players in his second season. They set a franchise record for losses in a season and extended one by dropping their 10th game in a row. 1 overall pick for the first time since 1947.wftv.com
Fantasy Football: Every NFL team's passing-game situation heading into Week 10
At least the passing game is offering three playable pass catchers in DeAndre Hopkins (a monster ADP win), Zach Ertz and Rondale Moore. Buffalo BillsFor all the sunshine thrown at these guys, the passing game has only given us two reliable options — Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs. Dalton Schultz looks a little sharper with every passing week; I'm eager to see what he can do after the Week 9 bye. Until we see a show-me game, everyone in this passing game belongs on a fantasy bench, if not the waiver wire. Jacksonville JaguarsTrevor Lawrence showed some positive signs last week (he's also avoided sacks all year), and Christian Kirk will always be the first read.wftv.com
Fantasy Football Booms and Busts: Justin Fields gives Chicago hope in Week 10
Miami escaped with a 35-32 victory at Chicago on Sunday, but Justin Fields was the star of the day. Fields ran for 178 yards — a new regular-season record for a quarterback — and accounted for four total touchdowns, putting Chicago's offense on his back. Tight end Cole Kmet secured two short touchdowns — he's back in fantasy play after a shaky start to the year. But fantasy is a game about numbers, and Fields rang them up like a pinball machine. Kaepernick ran for 181 yards and threw for 263 more — with four total touchdowns — as the 49ers knocked out the Packers in the 2012 playoffs.wftv.com
NFL trade deadline recap: Vikings, Bills & Dolphins go all-in, Bears get Justin Fields a weapon, Broncos & Colts waive the white flag
A number of high-impact players changed teams this week as squads like the Minnesota Vikings, Buffalo Bills & Miami Dolphins prepare for playoff runs, and teams like the Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts...well, don't. With Charles Robinson on the IR, Charles McDonald and Jori Epstein host today's podcast episode where they run through all of the major transactions from Tuesday's trade deadline...and a few that didn't. All profits directly fund the Terez A. Paylor scholarship at Howard University. Under "Tribute," please note that your gift is made in memory of Terez A. Paylor. Under "Designation," click on "Other" and write in "Terez A. Paylor Scholarship."wftv.com
Record-setting 12 players dealt on NFL trade deadline day
The NFL trade deadline turned into a frenzy with 15 teams making 10 deals involving 12 players and several draft picks on Tuesday. LIONS-VIKINGS: The Vikings sent a 2023 second-round pick and a 2024 third-round pick to the Lions for Hockenson, a fourth-round pick in the 2023 NFL Draft and a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2024. COLTS-BILLS: The Colts acquired running back Zack Moss and a conditional sixth-round selection in 2023 for Hines. FALCONS-CHIEFS: The Falcons acquired cornerback Rashad Fenton from Kansas City for a 2023 conditional seventh-round pick. BRONCOS-JETS: The Broncos got defensive end Jacob Martin and a fifth-round selection in 2024 for a 2024 fourth-round pick.wftv.com
NFL trade deadline 2022 winners and losers: Bears finally appear ready to build around Justin Fields
The best way to break down something like the 2022 NFL trade deadline is immediately after the trades happen. It's best to have strong, infallible takes in the moment, so let's go over some surefire winners and losers from the NFL trade deadline now that all of the trades have been finalized. This move signals that reinforcements are coming for Fields, he just needs to make it to the end of the season. Sending him to the Jaguars, with a boatload of stipulations on future picks, is ultimately a good move for this team. Smith will get a contract extension barring something unforeseen happening and projects nicely into what the Ravens like to do on defense.wftv.com
NFL trade deadline: Kareem Hunt, Brandin Cooks and the other biggest names who didn't get dealt
Teams were busy during the NFL trade deadline Tuesday with some major names on the move. Here are some of the biggest names who weren't traded before Tuesday's deadline. At 3-5, Cleveland is still within striking distance of the AFC North as the team heads into their Week 9 bye. Houston Texans WR Brandin CooksThere were apparently "talks" for Cooks before the deadline but nothing materialized. Denver Broncos WR Jerry JeudyOK, so I guess the Broncos aren't in full-on sell mode just yet.wftv.com
NFL trade deadline: Bears reportedly acquire WR Chase Claypool from Steelers
The Chicago Bears are trading for Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Chase Claypool, according to Field Yates of ESPN. BREAKING: The Bears are trading for Steelers WR Chase Claypool, per source. — Field Yates (@FieldYates) November 1, 2022ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the Bears sent a second-round pick to the Steelers in exchange for Claypool. This story will be updated.wftv.com
WR Chase Claypool thinks lack of aggression is root of Steelers problems: 'We need more go balls'
I'm not saying that's on the playcalling, I'm just saying we need to try to find a way to scheme it up." A long drive with tons of plays gives the defense more chances to take advantage of mistakes, so the Steelers have to be perfect. — Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) October 24, 2022The offense was definitely an issue on Sunday night. Pickett completed 32 of 44 passes for 257 yards, but his yards per attempt was just 5.84. @937theFan — Josh Rowntree (@JRown32) October 24, 2022The offense wasn't the only problem.wftv.com
Fantasy Football Sleepers: Week 7 overlooked options worth getting in lineups
Four of our five fantasy sleeper recommendations last week met or exceeded their projections, and the one who missed (Joshua Kelley) was due to injury. Perhaps you’ll add a player to your fantasy bench as depth, but won't deploy him this week. TE Greg Dulcich vs. [Play in Yahoo's Week 7 $250K Sunday Baller DFS contest]RB Jamaal Williams at CowboysObviously Williams isn’t someone you can go out and add this week — he’s rostered in 84 percent of Yahoo leagues. RB Brian Robinson Jr. vs PackersRobinson is another loosely-fitting sleeper pick this week; in many leagues, he’s well-respected and well-utilized.wftv.com
Steelers rookie QB Kenny Pickett takes over for ineffective Mitchell Trubisky, throws interception on first drive
After a six-point first half produced four punts, a turnover and two field goals against the New York Jets, the Pittsburgh Steelers benched Mitchell Trubisky in favor of their rookie quarterback. Facing first-and-10 near midfield, Pickett looked deep downfield to Chase Claypool on a play-action pass. Head coach Mike Tomlin named Trubisky the team's starter after a preseason battle at quarterback, but Pittsburgh's offense was stagnant in a 1-2 start. The Steelers averaged 18 points in their first three games as Trubisky totaled two touchdowns and an interception while averaging 189.7 passing yards per game. He completed 7 of 13 passes for 84 yards with an interception on Sunday before Tomlin made the switch to Pickett.wftv.com
Fantasy Football Week 3: Steelers vs. Browns sit/start tips for Thursday night football
[Watch Thursday Night Football on Prime Video: Sign up for a 30-day free trial]The league decided to help us with that. I was certain Cincinnati would cruise by Pittsburgh, but the Steelers offense still has some firepower. But we need targets *and* yards. The Steelers still have a pass-friendly offense, and Trubisky is top 12 in air yards per attempt (8.0). We need targets.wftv.com
Fantasy Football Week 2 Six-Pack: James Robinson was the steal of your draft
If you're still trying to make sense of the NFL's opening week, we have a six-pack of stats that will hopefully help fantasy managers out there. Let's begin by acknowledging an astonishing comeback...260: That's how many days passed from the moment James Robinson tore his Achilles last season to when he returned to action in opening week against Washington. 123:Saquon Barkley rushed for 123 yards after first contact on his 18 carries against the Titans, the highest opening week total for any back in the league. Jarvis Landry in his New Orleans Saints debut:7 REC114 YDS1 HUGE catch on our final drive#Saints | @God_Son80 pic.twitter.com/719ZJAyhLZ — New Orleans Saints (@Saints) September 13, 2022We can start him with confidence in any sort of PPR format. [Week 2 Fantasy Rankings: QBs | RBs | WRs | TEs | FLEX | DST | Kickers]5.1:Jalen Hurts finished with an average depth of target of just 5.1 in Sunday's win, among the lowest in the league in opening week.wftv.com
Pittsburgh looks to recapture 'The Steeler Way' during slide
“You want to hear what he has to say, whether it was about Steelers, about life, just about whatever. “You just wanted to listen to him because he was so soft-spoken, but he was so wise," the longtime quarterback said. Roethlisberger is one of just five Steelers who were on the roster in 2016, Rooney's final season with the team. That’s not the way that we used to do it,’" he said. “That’s just the way things go, and I’m sure the (19)70s team probably looked at us even 10, 20 years ago (and thought that) ...wftv.com
Steelers use strong 2nd half to beat Cowboys 16-3
Hall of Fame Game Cowboys Steelers Football Dallas Cowboys running back Rico Dowdle (34) tries to escape the grasp of Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ulysees Gilbert III during the first half of the Pro Football Hall of Fame NFL preseason game Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021, in Canton, Ohio. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane) (Ron Schwane)CANTON, Ohio — (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers followed a stumbling first half with a strong final 30 minutes to beat the Dallas Cowboys 16-3 on Thursday night in the first NFL preseason game in two years. Matthew Sexton's 36-yard punt return early in the third quarter jump-started the Steelers, and the Cowboys never challenged after it. STEELERS NATIONThe Cowboys might be the self-proclaimed America's Team, but not when they invade Northeast Ohio. Dallas tackle Isaac Alarcon was helped off the field in the third period.wftv.com
Column: Smith-Schuster fires up foes through jigs and digs
(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)Say this about Ju-Ju Smith-Schuster: he sure knows how to fire up foes through jigs and digs alike. He said he thought “they’re still the same Browns teams I play every year” and while they had talent, “the Browns is the Browns." The Browns snapped their 17-game losing streak at Heinz Field with their first road playoff win since 1969. “That turns you up a little bit,” Buffalo safety Jordan Power said after the Bills’ 26-15 win over Pittsburgh in Week 14. “For the betterment of myself and my teammates, I’m going to stop dancing on the logos,” Smith-Schuster declared after that loss to Cincinnati.
Mahomes leads champion Chiefs to 14-2 mark in stacked AFC
While the Chiefs get another week’s rest, the six other AFC playoff teams get going this weekend. For just the second time since the 1970 league merger, every team in the AFC playoffs has at least 11 wins. Last Lombardi: Super Bowl 54, 31-20 over the San Francisco 49ers on Feb. 2, 2020, at Miami. Last Lombardi: Super Bowl 43, 27-23 win over the Arizona Cardinals on Feb. 1, 2009, at Tampa, Florida. Their pass rush is nearly nonexistent with 19 sacks, the fewest by a playoff team since Denver had 19 in 1979.
The Latest: Rutgers women's basketball at Ohio State shelved
(AP Photo/Justin Berl, File)The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The women’s Big Ten basketball game on Sunday between Rutgers and Ohio State in Columbus has been postponed due to an increase in positive COVID-19 tests within the Rutgers program. The Creighton women have paused team activities and postponed three games because of a recent positive COVID-19 test result. ___The Tulsa-Central Florida men’s basketball game scheduled for Saturday at Tulsa has been postponed because of positive COVID-19 tests and subsequent contact tracing among UCF athletes. ___The Georgia State women’s basketball team has postposed two more Sun Belt Conference games after additional positive tests for COVID-19. 5 South Carolina has paused team activities and postponed its women’s basketball game with Georgia on Thursday night.
Browns end long playoff drought, survive late Steelers rally
Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield celebrates after the Browns defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in an NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Cleveland. The Browns, winless just three seasons ago and so bad for so long, are in the playoffs. The Browns and their passionate fan base endured 197 losses, 14 double-digit-loss seasons and seven coaches since the last playoff appearance. For the moment he got to Cleveland in 2018, Landry's goal was to get the Browns back to the postseason. Steelers: Will be back at full strength for their first playoff appearance since the 2017 season.
No preseason, no problem: NFL rookies shine in strange year
Young and Jefferson made the Pro Bowl, and surely more rookies would have joined them as alternates at the league’s now-canceled all-star game. “It’s crazy unusual for a rookie, I think, to have the type of leadership that Chase has, genuine leadership,” Washington quarterback Alex Smith said. “I think a lot of young guys, especially high picks, I think you feel pressure to do it some way or somehow. “Talk about a rookie coming in, starting every game and just being focused,” Browns Pro Bowl guard Joel Bitonio said of Wills. “We’re growing and we’re starting to get a hang of the game,” said Dolphins right tackle Robert Hunt, a second-round pick and one of six Miami rookies starting on offense.
Steelers stay unbeaten with 28-24 comeback win over Ravens
Baltimore Ravens defensive end Yannick Ngakoue (91) applies pressure on Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)BALTIMORE – The Pittsburgh Steelers rallied behind Ben Roethlisberger to remain the lone unbeaten team in the NFL, beating error-prone Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens 28-24 Sunday in a duel for first place in the AFC North. The Steelers led 28-24 when the Ravens (5-2) faced a fourth-and-3 at the Pittsburgh 8 with 2 minutes left. After Pittsburgh went up 7-0 on Spillane's 33-yard touchdown, the Ravens pulled even on a 6-yard touchdown catch by Miles Boykin. That left Pittsburgh thin up front after DE Chris Wormley went on IR Saturday.
The Latest: Saints get OT win; Broncos top LA on last play
Dalvin Cook scored four times for the Minnesota Vikings, who held on for a 28-22 victory over the Green Bay Packers. Cook has scored six touchdowns in two games against Green Bay this season. Green Bay now has made it seven in a row. The Vikings and Green Bay Packers are tied 7-all in the final minute of the first quarter. This is shaping up to be a windy day in Green Bay.
Steelers stay perfect, blow out Mayfield, Browns 38-7
Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) pulls off his helmet on the sideline after being sacked by the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, in Pittsburgh. The passing game came next, quickly followed by the optimism that somehow things would be different for the Cleveland Browns. The result when the Steelers host the Browns does not. James Conner ran for 101 yards and a touchdown, Ben Roethlisberger passed for 169 yards and a score and Pittsburgh's defense chased aching Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield in the third quarter. Pittsburgh sacked Mayfield four times and picked him off twice — including Minkah Fitzpatrick's 33-yard sprint to the end zone on Cleveland's first possession.
The Latest: Cowboys edge Giants with field goal on last play
Prescott was playing the Giants in the first visit of his former coach, Jason Garrett, now New York’s offensive coordinator. A week after giving up a franchise-record 307 yards rushing, the Cowboys allowed Devonta Freeman 20 yards on three carries. The Giants extended the lead to 14-3 when Kyler Fackrell returned an interception by Dak Prescott 46 yards for a touchdown. Atlanta cornerback Kendall Sheffield suffered a right ankle injury in the second quarter and was listed as questionable to return. Smith is one injury to Allen away from completing his remarkable comeback to play in an NFL game again.
Steelers knock out Lock, hold off Driskel, Broncos 26-21
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Chase Claypool (11) crosses the goal line for a touchdown on an 84-yard play during the first half of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
Steelers knock out Lock, hold off Driskel, Broncos 26-21
(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)PITTSBURGH – A game seemingly in hand suddenly on the cusp of slipping away, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin didn't overthink things. Needing a stop to turn back the surprisingly resilient Denver Broncos, the Steelers dialed up one final blitz in an afternoon filled with them. So the Broncos (0-2) hung around despite losing starting quarterback Drew Lock (right shoulder) in the first quarter. The Steelers recovered and went downfield for a touchdown while Lock was in the blue medical tent getting evaluated. Still, he wasn't exactly thrilled on a day the Steelers never trailed but struggled to put the Broncos away.
Elbow room: Roethlisberger confident in return from surgery
PITTSBURGH Ben Roethlisberger is pretty sure there isn't a technical term for what doctors did to his shredded right elbow last fall. The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback is pretty sure about one thing though: no one who has ever played his position has ever recovered from it well enough to continue throwing a football for a living. Roethlisberger admitted he'd been dealing what he described as minor elbow discomfort for a while heading into Week 2 against Seattle. The two-time Super Bowl winner underwent surgery shortly thereafter that anchored the torn tendons to his elbow. I still want to win Lombardys," Roethlisberger said, referencing the trophy that goes to the Super Bowl champions.