December 2017


For just the second time in NFL history, a team has gone 0-16. The winless Cleveland Browns – 1-31 the past two seasons – have “earned” the opportunity to pick first overall in the NFL draft (April 26-28 in Arlington, Texas) for the second consecutive season. The Browns are also the last team to have done so, when they picked back-to-back in 1999 and 2000.

In this final weekend of the 2017 regular season for the National Football League, we should remember those words as we head into the post-season. For no matter how the hoopla of the playoffs and the Super Bowl may disguise it, the league is in trouble, based on its track record of negativity for the season.

There was a sense of uncertainty as two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning jogged off the field at MetLife Stadium, clinching a game ball in his left hand and waving to fans and friends in the stands with his right. Was Sunday's 18-10 win over the Washington Redskins his last game as a Giant after 14 seasons? ''It's probably been my toughest year of football I would say with the losses, the injuries, the benching and coming back and everything going on, the losses more than anything,'' said Manning, who threw a touchdown pass on a day the Giants rode a season-high 260-yard game from their running attack.

Dec 31 (Gracenote) - Results from the NFL games on Sunday (home team in CAPS) PITTSBURGH 28 Cleveland 24 DETROIT 35 Green Bay 11 INDIANAPOLIS 22 Houston 13 MINNESOTA 23 Chicago 10 NEW ENGLAND 26 NY Jets 6 NY

Pittsburgh Steelers rookie JuJu Smith-Schuster is filling in nicely for Antonio Brown. Smith-Schuster caught a 20-yard touchdown pass from Landry Jones in the first quarter and returned a kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown as the Steelers took a 28-21 lead over the winless Browns. The kickoff return for a score was the first by a Steeler since Brown did it against Tennessee in 2010.

Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz is expected to interview with the New York Giants in the next week and reportedly has emerged as a favorite for the team's head-coaching opening. The 51-year-old Schwartz could interview next week

Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz is expected to be a favorite -- if not the favorite -- for the New York Giants' head-coaching job, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter. The Giants, who are 2-13 and vying for the No. 2 pick in the NFL draft entering Sunday's season finale against the? Washington Redskins, fired coach Ben McAdoo after Week 13.

On Saturday, Gettleman and the Giants announced they were parting ways with vice president of player evaluation Marc Ross after 11 seasons with the franchise. Ross, who joined the Giants in 2007, was in charge of the college scouting department and the team's drafts before being elevated to VP status five years ago. - - - The Green Bay Packers signed center Corey Linsley to a contract extension, the team announced.

Fears of Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz departing for a head-coaching job this offseason are on the rise, as rumblings increasingly tie the assistant to the New York Giants' vacancy. Adding to the intrigue, Florio filed a separate report stating the Giants are interested in candidates with previous head-coaching experience. Schwartz previously coached the Lions for five seasons.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- The New York Giants have fired Marc Ross, the team's vice president of player evaluation for the last five seasons. New general manager Dave Gettleman on Saturday announced the move, his first since rejoining the franchise

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