Sport NFL playoff picture after Week 13: Seahawks move to No. 2 seed in NFC, bump 49ers to wild card
'Real chance' Tyreek Hill (hamstring) doesn't miss any time
After suffering a hamstring injury on Monday Night Football that kept him out for the rest of the game, Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill is reportedly not expected to miss any time. © Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, tests determined that Hill’s hamstring injury is minor and the team evaluated it as a day-to-day injury. #Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill’s hamstring injury was deemed minor, source said. More like one a player would have in training camp and be cautious with. He’s considered day-to-day and with the bye, there is a real chance he doesn’t miss any time.
Here's how the NFL playoff picture looks with Week 13's action complete:
y-1. New Orleans Saints (10-2): NFC South champions. They move into pole position for home-field advantageNew Orleans' Week 3 win at Seattle projects as a key tiebreaker.
2. Seattle Seahawks (10-2): NFC West leader. Seized control of the division with their win over the Vikings, but the schedule won't provide much room to breathe. The Seahawks will have to fend off the Rams in prime time Sunday, and the season finale at home against the 49ers looms large.
How 17-game NFL season could benefit players, owners
If the players receive enough in return, a 17-game regular season can be a game-changer for the NFL long term and widen the popularity gap between it and the other major American sports leagues, Yardbarker's Sam Robinson writes.With owners looking increasingly committed to convincing the NFL Players Association to accept a proposal for a 17-game season, the union has a bargaining chip it did not possess during the 2011 labor talks. Asked to agree to the first NFL schedule increase since 1978, the NFLPA can put key issues on the table when collective bargaining agreement discussions resume.
3. Green Bay Packers (9-3): NFC North leader. Aaron Rodgers' big day keeps them viable for bye, especially with a manageable December slate.
4. Dallas Cowboys (6-6): NFC East leader. As bad as they've looked recently, 'Boys continue to be buoyed by imploding Eagles, whose loss at Miami entrenches Dallas in first place at least into Week 15.
5. San Francisco (10-2): Wild card No. 1. After 8-0 start, Niners now in jeopardy of having to spend January on the road. Sunday's showdown at New Orleans has massive ramifications for entire conference.
6. Minnesota Vikings (8-4): Wild card No. 2. Catching Packers for the NFC North crown will be quite difficult after Vikes stumbled Monday. Perhaps more importantly, Minnesota's lead over the Rams for the final wild-card spot is down to one game.
Five NFL players who have played their way into the franchise tag
The 2019 NFL regular season is now one month away from its conclusion, which means free agency and all that comes with it is not too far away. It also means teams have to begin to determine who will get their franchise designation should they be inclined to hand out the tag. © Kim Klement-USA TODAY SportsMost NFL players are not fans of the franchise tag, and they could make an effort to get rid of it, but at least in 2020, it will remain. Accordingly, some potentially hot free agent targets will get tagged by a team in an effort to keep them in the building.Here’s a look at five players who could receive franchise tags.5.
1. Baltimore Ravens (10-2): AFC North leader.. They in what might prove a Super Bowl LIV preview, QB Lamar Jackson continuing to rewrite record book in the process. Then they watched New England lose, springboarding Baltimore into the catbird seat for home-field advantage.
2. New England Patriots (10-2): AFC East leader. The concern is officially real. Getting manhandled by Houston not only costs them No. 1 seed, it also means they suddenly have to worry about fending off the closing Bills if they're to win division for 11th consecutive year.
3. Houston Texans (8-4): AFC South leader. Second-ever win against Patriots might legitimize them as bona fide playoff threat. But division hardly a guarantee yet with both matchups against Titans (7-5) still down the road.
4. Kansas City Chiefs (8-4): AFC West leader. They effectively locked up division by completing sweep of Raiders. But a victory at New England next Sunday could rekindle hopes of a playoff bye.
10 NFL stars who have disappeared in 2019
From a high-priced free-agent signing in New Jersey to one of the greatest players in the history of the NFL, here’s a look at 10 stars around the league who have largely disappeared this season. © Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY SportsLe’Veon Bell, running back, New York JetsThe last time Le’Veon Bell had a run gaining 20 yards or more was in the #Steelers playoff loss to the #Jaguars on January 14, 2018.— Evan Silva (@evansilva) December 2, 2019It turns out that sitting for an entire season while being a running back in the prime of your career was not the best career decision. Months after signing a four-year, $52.
5. Buffalo Bills (9-3): Wild card No. 1.allows them to continue padding wild-card lead ahead of Week 14 date with Ravens ... and maybe begin entertaining visions of an AFC East crown.
6. Pittsburgh Steelers (7-5): Wild card No. 2. They(5-7) on a day when Indianapolis and Oakland both fell to .500. But the surging Titans have reached 7-5 themselves and are just waiting for the Steelers to step on a banana peel.
x — clinched berth
y — clinched division
z — clinched first-round bye
zz — clinched home-field advantage
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