Sure enough, the Baltimore Ravens' success in the regular season has created an interest in coordinators Greg Roman and Don Martindale as candidates to fill NFL head coaching vacancies. Roman, the architect of Baltimore's record-setting offense, has been contacted by Cleveland. The New York Giants have asked the Ravens permission to interview Martindale, the blitz-happy general of Baltimore's tenacious defense.

With some top teams likely to rest players in preparation for the postseason, it's especially important to target players from teams with something to play for. Some of the options that stand out include a running back playing the best football of his career, a rookie No. receiver for a team looking to clinch a playoff berth and a tight end ready to shine in a bigger role.

The NFL's playoff picture is sharpening quite a bit, even with some drama — such as the thrilling NFC West race — that will not be settled until Week 17. With their 31-15 win over the Cleveland Browns, the Baltimore Ravens earned the top overall playoff seed and a first-round bye for the playoffs.

Twelve Baltimore Ravens, including second-year quarterback Lamar Jackson, and seven New Orleans Saints, highlighted by league-leading receiver Michael Thomas, have made the Pro Bowl. Baltimore tied the record for Pro Bowl players set by Miami in 1973. The NFL released the rosters Tuesday night for the game in Orlando, Florida, on Jan. 26.

Justin Tucker's 49-yard field goal as time expired meant the Baltimore Ravens edged past the San Francisco 49ers to win an eighth straight game. On a quiet day for red-hot Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, Tucker kept his cool and showed why he is considered one of the NFL's best kickers. Baltimore's AFC North rivals the Cincinnati Bengals were also victorious, while the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans claimed key wins to boost their wildcard hopes.

Thanksgiving's a time for us to count our blessings. For some teams, like New England, that could take most of the afternoon. Others, like Washington and Cincinnati, could knock theirs out by the end of this sentence.

Baltimore made cornerback Anthony Averett and linebacker Kenny Young inactive for Sunday's game in Pittsburgh. Both players have struggled in recent weeks. The Steelers will have tight end Vance McDonald back.

Beckham is a marvelous player who is difficult to cover. Yet, he has a history of not taking kindly to handsy corners.

The New England Patriots are massive favorites for the second consecutive Sunday. They clobbered the Miami Dolphins and easily covered an 18.5-point spread in a 43-0 Week 2 win, and they are 22.5-point favorites in Week 3 against the rival New York Jets. The Patriots are 0-4 all-time against the spread when it is 20-plus points.

Receiving - Sammy Watkins, Chiefs, had nine receptions for 198 yards and touchdowns of 68, 49 and 3 yards in Kansas City's 40-26 win over Jacksonville. DeSean Jackson, Eagles, finished with eight catches for 154 yards and two touchdowns in Philadelphia's 32-27 win over Washington. Jackson's touchdowns covered 51 and 53 yards and gave him 31 TDs of at least 50 yards in his career.

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