Richard Sherman: Baker Mayfield “definitely deserves an apology”
The next move in #HandshakeGate has happened. 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman, appearing Wednesday on The Pat McAfee Show, has expressed regret for the erroneous claim that Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield snubbed Sherman prior to the coin toss on Monday night. But the regret comes with a caveat. “It’s definitely my bad,” Sherman told McAfee. “I [more]
Baker Mayfield on Wednesday finally weighed in on the ongoing drama surrounding the Richard Sherman-spawned “Handshake-gate” controversy, and the Cleveland Browns quarterback is taking everything in stride. © Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
There have been a handful of twists and turns since the scandal first broke, to put it mildly. Still, the situation stems from Sherman claiming Mayfield snubbed him and his San Francisco 49ers teammates during the customary pre-game handshakes, either before or after the coin toss, ahead of the “Monday Night Football” showdown, calling Mayfield’s conduct “some college s***.”
NFL adds editor’s note to Baker Mayfield handshake snub story
The NFL has chimed in on #HandshakeGate. The league is involved not because the pregame interactions between 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman and Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield create issues under any specific NFL policy but because the media conglomerate owned and operated by the NFL published the story that falsely accused Mayfield of snubbing Sherman. Specifically, [more]The NFL has chimed in on #HandshakeGate.
Sherman has walked back much of his accusations after footage surfaced showing Mayfield interacting with 49ers players during the ceremonial midfield meeting.
On Wednesday, Mayfield weighed in on the situation, even managing to crack a joke in the process.
“I know what I did,” Mayfield said. “That’s the one time the camera recording me has gone in my favor.”
Mayfield went on to say no disrespect was intended toward Sherman.
“I respect him and who he is as a player,” Mayfield said. “He’s a great player and has been for a while. In no way did I mean it like that.”
New footage shows the Baker Mayfield-Richard Sherman handshake beef is a lie
Richard Sherman was caught lying about the Baker Mayfield handshake snub.According to a report from NFL.com, Mayfield refused to shake the hands of Sherman and DeForest Buckner when the captains from each team met in the center of the field. According to Sherman, Mayfield disrespected the game with his "bush league stuff.
It merits noting that Sherman said during an interview Wednesday that Mayfield “definitely deserves an apology” over the situation, adding he planned to reach out to the Browns quarterback in some manner to do so.
Sherman closed out his comments by saying, “My bad.”
Between Sherman’s mea culpa and Mayfield’s cavalier reaction to the drama, odds are both involved parties would prefer to put the entire situation behind them. However, the case could be made that Mayfield is letting Sherman off easy on this one.
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NY GIANTS (2-3) AT NEW ENGLAND (5-0), THUR., 8:20 ET
TV: NFL NETWORK LINE: New England -16.5What you need to know: The Daniel Jones hype train was derailed in Week 5 against Minnesota. The Vikings harassed Jones, sacking him four times and forcing him into a passer rating of 65.9 (league average is 92.6). The Giants felt Saquon Barkley’s absence, only totaling 64 yards rushing on 20 carries. New York’s defense was suspect as well, as Kirk Cousins threw for 306 yards and Dalvin Cook rushed for 132. New England’s defense was dominant against overmatched Washington in Week 5. The Redskins only crossed midfield twice, and never took a red-zone snap. Bill Belichick’s charges have given up two offensive touchdowns all season. The Pats’ defense has only allowed 20 of the team’s 34 points, and remains on pace to be the stingiest in the history of the 16-game schedule.On the spot: Giants QB Daniel Jones. His task gets even tougher this week; the Giants must let him take shots downfield to have any chance at victory. He has four TDs and three picks in four games.Patriots S Devin McCourty: It's doubtful the Giants will be able to run the ball well, so McCourty (four interceptions) should be busy.The pick: Patriots 34 Giants 6 Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
CAROLINA (3-2) AT TAMPA BAY (2-3), SUNDAY, 9:30 a.m. ET
TV: NFL NETWORK LINE: Carolina -2What you need to know: Christian McCaffrey, who has emerged as an MVP candidate, shredded the Jaguars in Week 5 (237 yards from scrimmage). He is on pace to shatter the season record for yards from scrimmage (2,509, held by Chris Johnson). He is the focal point of everything the Panthers do offensively, and the main reason why Kyle Allen is 3-0 as a starter. The Panthers’ defense, after four good games to start the season, surrendered 507 yards to the Jaguars. Tampa Bay aims to sweep the season series against Carolina after winning on the road in Week 2, 20-14. Jameis Winston played mistake-free football against the Saints, but it wasn’t enough in Week 5, as New Orleans did whatever it wanted offensively. The game represented the first failure of Todd Bowles’ group to stop the run; New Orleans managed 112 yards. Tampa had entered the game first in rushing yards allowed and average yards per carry allowed.On the spot: Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey. He had his only bad game of the season against the Bucs, finishing with 53 yards from scrimmage on 18 touches. The Panthers need him to be great to avoid a costly second loss to Tampa.Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin: He has emerged as Tampa Bay’s most consistent and productive receiver. Godwin has eclipsed 100 yards receiving in three of five games this season, and must continue to produce if teams try to take away Mike Evans.The pick: Buccaneers 24 Panthers 20 Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
SEATTLE (4-1) AT CLEVELAND (2-3), SUNDAY, 1 ET
TV: FOX LINE: Seattle -1.5What you need to know: Russell Wilson might be the NFL’s best quarterback at the moment; his touchdown pass to Tyler Lockett in Week 5 against the Rams may have been the best throw by any quarterback this season. Wilson leads the league in passer rating (126.3, well above the league average of 92.6), and has spread the ball out with aplomb. Chris Carson has had fumbling issues, but when he doesn’t put the ball on the ground, he can be devastating. He was against Los Angeles, churning out 118 yards on 27 carries. The Browns were humiliated by the 49ers. San Francisco’s defensive line harassed Baker Mayfield all night, and the Browns were sloppy, careless, and couldn’t make plays when required. There are no easy answers for Cleveland, as its offensive line is suspect, and the Browns have yet to find a game-to-game play-calling groove on offense.On the spot: Seahawks DT Quinton Jefferson. He has five quarterback hits and 17 hurries on the season, per Pro Football Focus. If he can consistently disrupt Mayfield’s pocket, Seattle should have a good chance at holding Cleveland’s offense in check.Browns G Eric Kush: He is Cleveland’s worst pass-blocking offensive lineman, with a 48.3 Pro Football Focus grade. If he continues to struggle, it will put Mayfield’s health at risk, and stifle Cleveland’s offense.The pick: Browns 28 Seahawks 23 Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
HOUSTON (3-2) AT KANSAS CITY (4-1), SUNDAY, 1 ET
TV: CBS LINE: Kansas City -5What you need to know: The Texans shined in Week 5 against Atlanta, with Deshaun Watson throwing for 426 yards and five touchdowns. He also posted a perfect passer rating (158.3). Houston’s line played well, keeping Watson clean throughout the game and giving him plenty of time to rip off several chunk plays. Will Fuller had a career day, catching 14 passes for 217 yards and three touchdowns. Kansas City escaped Detroit with a Week 4 win, but it couldn't at home against the Colts on Sunday night. Indy turned the Chiefs into a pass-only team. The Chiefs were exceptionally sloppy in defeat, committing 11 penalties for 125 yards. For the first time in Patrick Mahomes’ career, the Chiefs were held below 26 points in a game he started.On the spot: Texans RB Carlos Hyde. Despite Kansas City’s struggles against the Colts, its offense remains among the league's best. Houston’s best defense might be ball control. That means feeding the ball to Hyde, who has posted a workmanlike 310 yards in five games.Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes: At the risk of oversimplifying, everything Kansas City wants to do revolves around the reigning league MVP. Mahomes is gimpy with a sore ankle, and the Chiefs haven’t protected him well.The pick: Chiefs 38 Texans 34 Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
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WASHINGTON (0-5) AT MIAMI (0-4), SUNDAY, 1 ET
TV: FOX LINE: Washington -3.5What you need to know: If it were possible to flex schedule a game off television entirely, and only give paying customers the “privilege” of watching, Fox probably would have done so. Unfortunately, the show must go on. In Week 5, Washington was dismantled by New England, Colt McCoy could do very little, and Jay Gruden was fired. The Redskins are terrible on both sides of the ball, but they are still better than Miami. Terry McLaurin looks like he’s going to be a big threat at wide receiver. The Dolphins average less than seven points per game and allow more than 40 a contest. They have not lost a game by less than 20 points and haven't produced 300 yards offense in a game.On the spot: Redskins RB Adrian Peterson. Interim head coach Bill Callahan wants to run the ball more, but if Peterson (108 yards on 40 carries this season) can’t produce against Miami, it might be worth asking whether he has anything left in the tank.Dolphins QB Josh Rosen: He has been heavily pressured (over 40 percent of dropbacks) and victimized by drops (9.3% of targets), so perhaps some help from his teammates could convince general manager Chris Grier that his quarterback of the future is already on the roster.The pick: Redskins 17 Dolphins 16 Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
PHILADELPHIA (3-2) AT MINNESOTA (3-2), SUNDAY, 1 ET
TV: FOX LINE: Minnesota -3What you need to know: Philadelphia tortured Luke Falk in Week 5, sacking him nine times and limiting the Jets to 128 yards. Philly’s offense was surprisingly quiet, only putting up 265 yards; 14 of the team’s 31 points were from the defense. After a week filled with internal sniping and trade request rumors, the Vikings’ offense put it all together and dominated the Giants en route to an impressive 28-10 victory in Week 5. Most encouraging was Kirk Cousins’ play, as he picked apart New York for 306 yards and two touchdowns in his best performance of the season. On the spot: Eagles RB Jordan Howard. Minnesota’s defense is one of the league’s best against the run, giving up only 3.7 yards per rush. Howard (4.7 a rush) must keep them honest.Vikings WR Stefon Diggs: All it took was a big win for him to express a desire to stay in Minnesota. Now he must produce -- he only has 13 catches for 209 yards and one touchdown.The pick: Vikings 27 Eagles 21 Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
NEW ORLEANS (4-1) AT JACKSONVILLE (2-3), SUNDAY, 1 ET
TV: CBS LINE: Jacksonville -1.5What you need to know: Teddy Bridgewater’s decision to spurn the Dolphins in the off-season continues to look better for him and the Saints. In Week 5, Bridgewater threw four touchdown passes to lead New Orleans past the Buccaneers; the Saints have ripped off three wins in a row since Drew Brees’ injury. Bridgewater was aided by a defense that held Dallas and Tampa Bay under 260 total yards in consecutive weeks. In Week 5, the Jaguars got torched by Christian McCaffrey (237 scrimmage yards). Despite another strong game from Gardner Minshew, Jacksonville fell short. The Jaguars’ normally staunch run defense has given up over 100 yards on the ground in three out of five games, including 285 to the Panthers.On the spot: Saints RB Alvin Kamara. He isn’t having the kind of season McCaffrey is —no one is doing that — but he’s a similarly talented back. He could excel against a Jacksonville linebacking corps that had no luck whatsoever against McCaffrey.Jaguars WR D.J. Chark: Gardner Minshew’s work in relief of Nick Foles is one of the league’s most surprising stories; Chark’s emergence as a go-to wide receiver is a major contributing factor. He leads Jacksonville in receptions (27), yards (485), yards per reception (18) and touchdowns (5).The pick: Jaguars 23 Saints 20 Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
CINCINNATI (0-5) AT BALTIMORE (3-2), SUNDAY, 1 ET
TV: CBS LINE: Baltimore -11.5What you need to know: Zac Taylor’s first-year nightmare continues. The Bengals’ furious rally against a winless Cardinals in Week 5 team fell short; coupled with Denver’s win, that left Cincinnati at 0-5 and alongside the Jets and Dolphins in the AFC cellar. On the plus side, Cincy finally topped 100 yards rushing. On the downside, it gave up over 250 yards on the ground for the second time this season. In Week 5 against the Steelers, Baltimore’s offense had its worst game of the season, failing to reach 300 yards and turning the ball over three times. Lamar Jackson struggled to make things happen through the air, and the Ravens were unable to sustain offensive momentum after their first three drives produced 17 points. John Harbaugh’s team would likely have lost were it not for Marlon Humphrey’s overtime heroics; his forced fumble set the stage for Justin Tucker’s winning FG. A win and a Browns loss to Seattle would give Baltimore a two-game division lead.On the spot: Bengals QB Andy Dalton. He has struggled most of the season, particularly after a promising start against the Seahawks. But he has a chance to get right against a Ravens defense that still has not established itself as a force, particularly against the pass.Ravens QB Lamar Jackson: Many wonder whether his red-hot start was because of the Ravens’ weak opponents than anything else. Jackson has five interceptions in his past two games, and must be more accurate as a passer if the Ravens are going to win a weak AFC North.The pick: Ravens 41 Bengals 21 Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
SAN FRANCISCO (4-0) AT LA RAMS (3-2), SUNDAY, 4:05 ET
TV: FOX LINE: Los Angeles -3.5What you need to know: In Week 5, the 49ers answered critics by shredding the Browns, 31-3. Nick Bosa terrorized Baker Mayfield, and Matt Breida set the tone with a touchdown on San Francisco’s first play from scrimmage. The Niners were more physical than Cleveland, and sacked Mayfield four times. Bosa became the only Niners player in the past 25 years with at least two sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in the same game. The Rams are searching for balance. Jared Goff has had to air it out the past two weeks, and Los Angeles has lost both games. Sean McVay must find a way to jump-start a running attack that ranks 22nd in the league and hasn’t topped 100 yards in a game since Week 2.On the spot: 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo. He didn’t have to do much against the Browns, but he was efficient and played mistake-free football. On the road against a talented opponent, he’ll likely have to do more for San Francisco to stay unbeaten.Rams RB Todd Gurley: He has touched the ball an average of 15 times per game, not enough. The Rams must get him involved early and often. If San Francisco makes Los Angeles a pass-only team, the Rams will be in big trouble.The pick: Rams 27 49ers 24 Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
ATLANTA (1-4) AT ARIZONA (1-3-1), SUNDAY, 4:05 ET
TV: FOX LINE: Atlanta -2.5What you need to know: Dan Quinn is going to keep play-calling duties for Atlanta’s beleaguered defense, but if things get any worse on that side of the ball, he might find himself out of a job. The Falcons are the second-worst scoring defense in the league, and aren’t much better — 23rd — in yards allowed. In Week 5, they were gouged by the Texans, and are deficient against the run and the pass. Matt Ryan hasn’t been good enough to overcome the defense’s issues, and some of his interceptions have in fact helped to exacerbate them. In Week 5, Arizona got the first win of the Kliff Kingsbury era, with Kyler Murray making plays with his arms and legs late to fuel the Cardinals’ winning drive. Murray is still finding his way as a passer, but his running (93 yards against Bengals) certainly has helped.On the spot: Falcons LB Deion Jones. The task of spying on Murray will likely fall to Jones, Atlanta’s most talented defender. How he handles that challenge will go a long way toward determining the outcome.Cardinals RB David Johnson: Johnson had a good game against Cincinnati, and while Atlanta’s rush defense is better than Cincy’s, it is still a mediocre outfit. A big day on the ground for Johnson could mean a modest winning streak for the Cards.The pick: Falcons 35 Cardinals 27 Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
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TENNESSEE (2-3) AT DENVER (1-4), SUNDAY, 4:25 ET
TV: CBS LINE: Denver -2.5What you need to know: The Titans booted away a chance to beat Buffalo in Week 5 when Cairo Santos missed all four of his field goal chances. Tennessee cut him and signed Cody Parkey, formerly of the Bears. Field goals wouldn’t be such a troublesome issue if Marcus Mariota and the offense could get their act together and sustain more touchdown drives, but so far consistency has eluded them. In Week 5, Denver finally won for Vic Fangio, largely on the strength of Phillip Lindsay’s monster game on the ground. Denver must run the ball effectively against Tennessee, whose defense is 14th against the run.On the spot: Titans K Cody Parkey. Tennessee's offense will likely stall out multiple times, which means Parkey must deliver. No pressure, Cody.Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay: He was the driving offensive force behind Denver’s win over the Chargers (14 carries, 114 yards). Denver can’t do much through the air, but a big play or two on the ground might be enough to topple a Jekyll and Hyde Titans team.The pick: Titans 17 Broncos 10 Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
DALLAS (3-2) AT NY JETS (0-4), SUNDAY, 4:25 ET
TV: CBS LINE: Dallas -7What you need to know: Dallas hammered the Giants, Redskins and Dolphins (combined record 2-12) in the season’s first three weeks. When it played good competition (Saints and Packers), the Cowboys buckled. Dallas put up 563 yards on the Packers, but three turnovers, all of them Dak Prescott interceptions, stifled multiple promising drives. Ezekiel Elliott was mostly held in check by Green Bay’s defense. Sam Darnold has been cleared to play, which suddenly makes this game considerably more interesting. Darnold will doubtless be rusty, but even in that state, he gives the Jets a chance. New York’s offense failed to produce even 150 yards in either game started by Luke Falk. It was mediocre in Darnold’s one start, but that was against a good Buffalo defense in Week 1. The gap in talent between Falk and Darnold is enough to make this a dangerous game for Dallas.On the spot: Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott. The Green Bay game was proof that Elliott is still the straw that stirs the drink for the Cowboys. What they want to do offensively must run through him, because Prescott has shown that he can’t win a game himself in the absence of a running attack.Jets RB Le’Veon Bell: With Darnold back in the fold, Bell should find that the field opens up for him. Adam Gase will likely lean on his star running back to ease Darnold back into game action. Bell (2.9 yards per carry) must have his best game of the season for New York to have a chance.The pick: Jets 24 Cowboys 19 Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
PITTSBURGH (1-4) AT LA CHARGERS (2-3), SUNDAY, 8:20 ET
TV: NBC LINE: Los Angeles -7What you need to know: A questionable roughing-the-passer penalty turned what looked like a crucial home win into an eventual loss for the Steelers in Week 5. That Mike Tomlin’s team was even in position to win the game is testament to quarterback Devlin Hodges, who relieved a concussed Mason Rudolph late in the third quarter against Baltimore. Hodges looked comfortable in his first NFL action, and likely would have led a winning drive had JuJu Smith-Schuster not fumbled. In Week 5 against Denver, the Chargers suffered a loss that followed an all-too-familiar script: come out flat and sloppy at home against an inferior opponent, and watch as a seemingly certain win becomes a loss. Philip Rivers’ two interceptions were bad; the second one turned what looked like a certain touchdown into a damaging turnover. On the spot: Steelers QB Devlin Hodges. Pittsburgh’s offense looked solid with Hodges at the helm. The moment didn’t seem too big for him, and his passes were decisive and on target. Can he do anything close to that when a defense has had a week to prepare for him?Chargers QB Philip Rivers: He must be better. Two of Los Angeles’ three losses have come when Rivers posts a passer rating under 100 (92.6 is the league average). When he’s on, the Chargers are tough to beat. The pick: Steelers 23 Chargers 20 Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
DETROIT (2-1-1) AT GREEN BAY (4-1), MONDAY, 8:15 ET
TV: ESPN LINE: Green Bay -4What you need to know: Detroit has a chance to take over first in the NFC North. Although it has not been overwhelming statistically, particularly on defense, it has gut-check wins over the Chargers and Eagles. Remember: The Lions should have put Kansas City away in Week 4. Matthew Stafford (nine touchdowns, two interceptions) has quietly put together a solid season. In Week 5, Green Bay delivered a command performance against the Cowboys, jumping to a 31-3 lead and then cruising to victory, despite a few cosmetic touchdowns from Dallas. Aaron Jones had a career game, with four rushing touchdowns and 182 yards from scrimmage. Aaron Rodgers didn’t throw a touchdown, but he was efficient and didn’t give the Cowboys any easy points off turnovers.On the spot: Lions QB Matthew Stafford. He is 3-5 at Lambeau Field. If the Lions want to make a significant statement that the NFC North is at least a three-team race, he must outduel Rodgers. He faces a Green Bay defense that ranks eighth in the league in points allowed.Packers RB Aaron Jones: The Packers thrived without Davante Adams against Dallas, largely on the strength of Jones’ effort. If Jones takes advantage of a weak Detroit run defense, regardless of whether Adams plays, the Packers will almost certainly find themselves at 5-1.The pick: Packers 28 Lions 13 Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
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