Bold Week 16 fantasy football predictions: Will the reigning MVP finally return to form?
The reigning MVP finally gives us the performance we've been waiting forAaron Rodgers has won the last two MVP awards but hasn't finished inside the top-10 fantasy QBs in any week this season. But that changes with a top-five finish this week against a pass-funnel Dolphins defense allowing the second-most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season. The Chiefs defense, conveniently, has allowed the most passing scores in the league (30) and the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing QBs. Smith has every chance to deliver a top-three positional finish against a defense that's embarrassed itself in recent games. The Tampa Bay/Arizona game is also free of weather concerns, which is most welcome on this blustery Week 16 slate.wftv.com
Fantasy Football Fact or Fluke: Who could be an unlikely playoff hero?
It begs the question as we head toward Week 16 though, who should you trust? Isiah Pacheco got more carries than McKinnon in Week 15, and they were equal with one carry apiece in the red zone. Despite the Vikings solidifying their pseudo-dominance with this dramatic victory, Osborn is not a player I'm trusting my fantasy season to. Jefferson, Cousins and Dalvin Cook are the only Minnesota guys I truly trust in my Week 16 roster. With a tough tilt against division rival Philadelphia on tap for Week 16, Brown is someone I'd rather not have to start.wftv.com
Broncos beat Jaguars 21-17 in London to snap losing streak
LONDON — (AP) — Latavius Murray scored on a 2-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter to help the Denver Broncos snap a four-game losing streak by beating the Jacksonville Jaguars 21-17 on Sunday at Wembley Stadium. Russell Wilson led two go-ahead scoring drives in the second half on his return from a hamstring injury. The embattled quarterback looked rusty early, but connected on a 47-yard completion to KJ Hamler after the Broncos fell behind 17-14 on Travis Etienne's 1-yard touchdown run with 3:54 to play. FLAG FOOTBALLThe Broncos amassed 10 penalties for 71 yards in the first half, handing the Jags extra opportunities on offense. INJURIESJaguars return specialist Jamal Agnew was inactive for a second week in a row because of a knee injury.wftv.com
Vikings hang on for 28-25 win over Saints in London
Greg Joseph kicked a 47-yard field goal with 24 seconds left and the Minnesota Vikings hung on for a 28-25 win over New Orleans at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium when the Saints’ Wil Lutz’s 61-yard tying attempt hit the left upright and then the crossbar as time expired.
Brees, Saints pull away late for 21-9 playoff win over Bears
Brees completed 28 of 39 passes for 265 yards, connecting with Michael Thomas and Latavius Murray for touchdowns, and the New Orleans Saints defeated the Chicago Bears 21-9 in an NFC wild-card game Sunday. Brees' first touchdown pass in the opening quarter was 11-yards over the middle to Thomas, back from a three-game absence to help heal a nagging ankle injury. The 2019 Offensive Player of the Year missed nine games this season and had not caught a touchdown pass since December 2019. That marked the second time this season a Bears player was thrown out for action taken against Gardner-Johnson after the whistle. The Bears have reached the playoffs twice since Pace took over in 2015, both times under Nagy, who was hired in 2018.
Saints rout Panthers 33-7 to earn No. 2 seed in NFC playoffs
The Saints (12-4) will host the seventh-seeded Chicago Bears in the wild-card round next Sunday at 4:40 p.m. EST. He also ran for five TDs, but the Panthers struggled to make winning plays late in games all season with Bridgewater at the helm. That leaves questions about his future as the Panthers starting QB, especially with the team having a top 10 draft pick in 2021. UP NEXTSaints: The four-time defending NFC South champions host the Bears next Sunday in the playoffs. Panthers: After failing to make the playoffs for the third straight season, Carolina will look to the NFL draft to upgrade a number of pressing needs.
Kamara on COVID-19 list, could miss Saints' playoff opener
(AP Photo/Butch Dill)NEW ORLEANS – The New Orleans Saints have placed running back Alvin Kamara, who leads the club in both yards rushing and receiving, on their COVID-19 reserve list. The move means Kamara is unavailable for Sunday's regular-season finale at Carolina and also could miss the Saints' first playoff game if New Orleans is unable to move up to the NFC's top seed. Kamara has 932 yards and 16 TDs rushing to go with 756 yards and five TDs receiving this season. His touchdowns rushing and 21 total touchdowns from scrimmage are Saints single-season records. Murray has 656 yards and four TDs rushing this season and in 2019 had 100-yard rushing performances in both games Kamara missed with leg injuries.
Mahomes' theatrics highlight Chiefs' 32-29 win over Saints
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) passes in the first half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020. The victory kept the defending Super Bowl champion Chiefs (13-1) in pole position to capture the AFC's lone playoff bye as a No. Mahomes' second TD toss looked more like a basketball assist, a chest-pass to tight end Travis Kelce cutting behind blockers for a 1-yard score. With two timeouts remaining, the Saints kicked deep, but could not prevent Mahomes and Co. from running out the clock. Saints: Receiver Tre'Quan Smith and safety Marcus Williams each left with ankle injuries in the second half.