For most of the season, New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley looked like an easy pick for offensive rookie of the year. The second overall pick of the NFL draft might get edged out by the first pick again, as Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield could pass Barkley. The 2018 NFL draft looks like a really good one, and the players at the top have lived up to expectation.

Eli Manning says he has not thought about the prospect that he could play his final game for the New York Giants on Sunday. Manning turns 38 next week, an age when most quarterbacks not named Tom Brady have already retired. There has been talk the Giants might bring the veteran back for one more year, but it remains to be seen whether he will return.

For the second straight year, two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning is heading into an offseason with an uncertain future as New York Giants quarterback. The Giants (5-10) are going to miss the playoffs for the sixth time in seven years. Many are wondering whether general manager Dave Gettleman and coach Dave Shurmur will be looking for a more mobile quarterback to replace the soon-to-be 38-year-old Manning.

The Houston Texans are the sixth team since 1980 and the first in 20 years to make the postseason after a 0-3 start. The Texans (10-5) opened with losses to New England, Tennessee and the New York Giants that left them 0-3 and were all close games decided by a total of 15 points. Houston's rebound began with consecutive three-point wins in overtime against Indianapolis and Dallas before seven-point victories over Buffalo and Jacksonville.

The 49ers enter the final weekend of the regular season still in contention ... for the No. 1 overall draft pick position and, presumably, their top-rated edge rusher. The Arizona Cardinals, owners of the NFL's worst record at 3-12, are the prohibitive favorites for the top overall draft slot. The Cardinals can wrap that up with a loss Sunday at the Seattle Seahawks.

While the win total has increased slightly after a fiasco of a 2017 season, Pat Shurmur sees good things on the horizon for the New York Giants. It was the third time this season Shurmur has seen the Giants lose a road game when the opposition scored the deciding points in the final minute. ''We've won some games, but we haven't won enough, and so that's the growth that has to take place, and for those of us that aren't very patient, it's a painful process until we get to that point where we're winning all of these games at the end - not just a few of them, but all of them,'' Shurmur said Monday, a day after the Giants squandered an early 14-0 lead.

Initial reports were encouraging after Cowboys defensive lineman Tyrone Crawford suffered a scary injury in Dallas' NFC East-clinching 27-20 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. Crawford injured his neck on the second play of the game. New England wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson left with a knee injury in the third quarter of the Patriots' AFC East-clinching victory over the Buffalo Bills.

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Cleveland Browns Baker Mayfield finished with 284 yards and three touchdowns (which could’ve been more had Cleveland not knelt inside the three-yard line late after a big pass play). He now sports an 8.5 YPA mark with 16 scores over seven games since Hue Jackson was fired. Mayfield has seven TD passes over the last eight quarters versus the Bengals (while in full revenge mode) and has thrived under first-time play caller Freddie Kitchens.

New York Giants coach Pat Shurmur watched his team go toe to toe with a playoff contender Sunday. The defense drew two penalties, helping the Indianapolis Colts continue to march downfield. ''You win or you lose and we didn't win,'' coach Pat Shurmur said.

Steelers vs. Saints live stream: Watch NFL Week 16 game online originally appeared on nbcsportsboston.com The Pittsburgh Steelers beat the New England Patriots last week at Heinz Field, and it's very possible they will determine who the Pats play in the Wild Card round of the AFC playoffs. The Steelers entered Week 16 atop the AFC North at 8-5-1, but after the Baltimore Ravens beat the Los Angeles Chargers on Saturday night, Pittsburgh needs to beat the New Orleans Saints on the road Sunday to remain in first place in their division. A Steelers win over the Saints would keep the Ravens in the No.

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