NFL Playoff Picture: What Chiefs’ Win Over Chargers Means For AFC Race

Here’s an updated look at the NFL playoff picture entering Week 12:

AFC
1. New England Patriots (9-1; AFC East leader)
2. Baltimore Ravens (8-2; AFC North leader)
3. Kansas City Chiefs (7-4; AFC West leader)
4. Indianapolis Colts (6-4; AFC South leader)
5. Buffalo Bills (7-3; first wild card)
6. Houston Texans (6-4; second wild card)
In the hunt: Oakland Raiders (6-4), Pittsburgh Steelers (5-5), Tennessee Titans (5-5), Cleveland Browns (4-6)
Long shots: Jacksonville Jaguars (4-6), Los Angeles Chargers (4-7), Denver Broncos (3-7), New York Jets (3-7), Miami Dolphins (2-8), Cincinnati Bengals (0-10)
NFC
1. San Francisco 49ers (9-1; NFC West leader)
2. Green Bay Packers (8-2; NFC North leader)
3. New Orleans Saints (8-2; NFC South leader)
4. Dallas Cowboys (6-4; NFC East leader)
5. Seattle Seahawks (8-2; first wild card)
6. Minnesota Vikings (8-3; second wild card)
In the hunt: Los Angeles Rams (6-4), Philadelphia Eagles (5-5), Carolina Panthers (5-5)
Long shots: Chicago Bears (4-6), Detroit Lions (3-6-1), Arizona Cardinals (3-7-1), Atlanta Falcons (3-7), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-7), New York Giants (2-8), Washington Redskins (1-9)
— Before the Patriots maintained their narrow edge over the Ravens with a hard-fought 17-10 win in Philadelphia, they saw Baltimore dump-truck the Texans 41-7 in what was expected to be a tight contest between two of the NFL’s most exciting young quarterbacks. Lamar Jackson and Co. have looked like a juggernaut of late, outscoring their last four opponents by an average of 25.3 points per game.
— Philip Rivers’ late interception Monday night allowed the Chiefs to leave Mexico City with a 24-17 victory. A loss would have dropped them out of the playoff picture in the AFC. Instead, they actually moved up a spot, vaulting into third place behind the Patriots and Ravens. The upstart Raiders are hot on their heels, though. Jon Gruden’s club trails KC by just a half-game in the AFC West after beating the winless Bengals on Sunday.
— Big AFC South matchup this Thursday night: Colts at Texans. Indy got Jacoby Brissett back from injury this past weekend and blew past the Jags 33-13 to take over first place in that division. The idle Titans, who will play the Colts once and the Texans twice over the final six weeks, are squarely in the mix there, too.
— The NFC playoff scene remained unchanged with the 49ers, Saints, Cowboys and Vikings all winning and the Packers and Seahawks on their byes.
— The Cowboys’ six wins have come against teams with a combined record of 11-38-1. They’re 0-3 against teams currently in playoff position (Packers, Saints, Vikings) and barely held off Jeff Driskel and the Lions on Sunday, winning 35-27 in Detroit. Next up: a trip to Gillette Stadium this Sunday to play the Patriots, who haven’t lost at home since Week 4 of the 2017 season.
— The Bills, who’ve reached the postseason just once since 1999, are in a similar boat. They’ve played just one game against a current playoff team, losing at home to the Patriots in Week 4. Their remaining schedule: vs. Denver, at Dallas, vs. Baltimore, at Pittsburgh, at New England, vs. Jets.
— It’s almost certainly too little, too late, but the Falcons have looked like a different team since their bye. They’ve steamrolled the Saints and Panthers in the last two weeks, winning by a combined score of 55-12. Atlanta won’t make the playoffs, but if this trend continues, Dan Quinn could keep his job.
— The Browns theoretically kept their playoff hopes alive with a signature win in Pittsburgh last Thursday, but it’s hard to imagine them winning much of anything with star pass rusher Myles Garrett suspended for the rest of the season.

Brazil Vs. South Korea Live Stream: Watch International Soccer Game Online

Can South Korea pull off an upset 20 years in the making?
South Korea will face Brazil on Tuesday at Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E., in an international exhibition soccer team. The Asian and South American powers haven’t met since 2013, and South Korea is hoping to down Brazil for the first time since March 1999.

Brazil will be without superstar forward Neymar and midfield lynchpin Fernandinho. Nevertheless, the five-time world champion will be expected to dispatch the Koreans without much fuss.
Here’s how to watch Brazil-South Korea:
When: Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 8:30 a.m. ET
TV: beIN SPORTS; beIN SPORTS en Espanol
Live Stream: FuboTV — free trial

Celtics Notes: Here’s An Update On Marcus Smart’s Right Ankle Injury

The Celtics returned to their winning ways Monday nightwith a monster 99-85 victory over the Suns in Phoenix.
But the win was bittersweet, as the injury bug bit Boston once again.

Marcus Smart limped off the court early in the fourth quarter after appearing to roll his ankle while attempting to guard Suns guard Devin Booker at the rim. He was quickly ruled out with a right ankle sprain.

#NEBHInjuryReport Marcus Smart (right ankle sprain) will not return to tonight’s game.
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) November 19, 2019

Luckily for Boston, head coach Brad Stevens doesn’t think the injury is all that serious.
“Not swollen, not swollen badly,” Stevens said, as seen on NBC Sports Boston’s postgame coverage. “They’re going to check it in the morning and determine if he’s available, if he looks like he’ll be available on Wednesday. Doesn’t sound too bad.”

Brad Stevens gives update on severity of Marcus Smart ankle injury pic.twitter.com/NS7veVrZBv
— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) November 19, 2019

Smart seemed optimistic, as well. In fact, he believes he’d be good to play Tuesday if that’s when the Celtics played next.
“(My) ankle’s okay,” Smart said. “It wasn’t a lot of swelling, it was minimal swelling for it. I’m able to walk, I’m able to still shift and plant and move side to side, so that’s good. Just re-irritated the exact same ankle that I was coming back from in the exact same spot. But everything’s okay. I should be fine to play the rest of this road trip.
“… If there was a game tomorrow, I definitely would have played for sure. But we’d rather be safe than sorry and because it’s so early in the season, we don’t want to risk anything. We’ve got a day off, use it get the treatment I need and be ready for the next game.”

Marcus Smart says his ankle is okay (presented by https://t.co/Av8GdCAzPA) pic.twitter.com/KJIPFh3h0w
— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) November 19, 2019

The Celtics could really use a healthy Smart come Wednesday when they take on the Clippers in Los Angeles. And at this point, it sounds like they may luck out.
Here are some more notes from Monday’s Celtics-Suns game:
— Jayson Tatum was on fire Monday night.
The 21-year-old earned his second double-double of the season with 26 points and 11 rebounds against the Suns. Those 26 points account for his highest scoring output during a double-double effort in his NBA career, according to Celtics Stats.

26 points also represents Tatum's highest scoring output in a double-double effort in his NBA career https://t.co/5vV13hm0zf
— Celtics Stats (@celtics_stats) November 19, 2019

— Brad Wanamaker also had one heck of a night.
The 30-year-old scored 10 points for the 13th time this season, matching his total through 36 games during his rookie season in 2018-19, according to Celtics Stats.

Brad Wanamaker has secured his third 10-point game in 13 contests this season
That matches his total in 36 games played as a rookie in 2018-19
— Celtics Stats (@celtics_stats) November 19, 2019

— He didn’t score a single point, but Daniel Theis still played a key role in the Celtics’ victory.
Theis notched an impressive 11 rebounds in 27 minutes against the Suns. He’s earned 10-plus boards in his last two games, a career high.

Daniel Theis 10-rebound games in 2019-20:
First nine contests played: 0Last two contests played: 2
*His two straight games of 10+ boards matches his career high
— Celtics Stats (@celtics_stats) November 19, 2019

— Once again, the Celtics defense paid off once again.
Boston held Phoenix to just 85 points, allowing the Suns to score no more than 23 in a quarter. That’s the least amount of points scored by any opponent against the Celtics this season.

FINAL: Boston 99, Phoenix 85
85 points allowed represents the lowest scoring output by any Celtics' opponent this season (87, 11/7 at CHA) pic.twitter.com/Mb2m520HU7
— Celtics Stats (@celtics_stats) November 19, 2019

Check Out Some Of David Ortiz’s Best Red Sox Moments On 44th Birthday

David Ortiz has plenty of memories during his time with the Boston Red Sox, to say the least.

From his famous 2013 “this is our (expletive) city” speech after the Boston Marathon bombings, to his grand slam in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series in the same year against the Detroit Tigers, to hitting his 500th career home run … there’s just too many to name.
Monday marked Ortiz’s 44th birthday. He received a heartwarming message from his son on Instagram, Major League Baseball’s official Twitter account got in on the celebrating by posting “Big Papi’s greatest hits.”
Check it out:

Big Papi’s greatest hits. pic.twitter.com/7y146wDoY0
— MLB (@MLB) November 18, 2019

So, what was your favorite moment?

Patriots Don’t Have Single Player On ESPN’s Top Players Under Age 25

The New England Patriots have a pretty impressive roster, especially with players aged 25 or younger.

Sony Michel, Jake Bailey, N’Keal Harry, Jakobi Meyers, Gunner Olszewski, Chase Winovich and J.C. Jackson, to name a few, have yet to reach that age, and all have played a role in helping New England to a 9-1 record through its first 10 games.
But when ESPN released its “Top 25 Players Under The Age Of 25,” not one Patriot was on the list.
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson came it at No.’s 1 and 2, respectively, to the surprise of no one. But to not have someone like Jackson (two interceptions, nine tackles), Winovich (eight tackles, 4.5 sacks), or Bailey, who’s made some masterful punts lately, seems a bit … odd.
The NFL has a plethora of young talent, there’s no doubt about that. And some of that young talent will try to help the Patriots improve to 10-1 on Sunday when they host the Dallas Cowboys at Gillette Stadium.
Click here to see ESPN’s entire list >>>

Celtics Wrap: Boston Returns To Winning Ways With 99-85 Win Vs. Suns

The Boston Celtics’ losing streak ended just as fast as it began.

A 99-85 victory Monday over the Phoenix Suns gave Boston it’s 11th win of the season after dropping just its second game of the year Sunday night. It also marks the team’s sixth win on the road.
Jayson Tatum lead all scorers with 26 points, while earning his second double-double of the 2019-20 season. Kemba Walker (19), Marcus Smart (17) Jaylen Brown (14) and Brad Wanamaker (10) also scored in double figures.
Suns point guard Ricky Rubio did not play due to back spasms. Aron Baynes, meanwhile, notched nine points and six rebounds against his former squad.
The C’s improved to 11-2 with the win while the Suns fell to 7-5.
Here’s how it all went down:
STARTING FIVE
PG: Kemba Walker
SG: Marcus Smart
SF: Jaylen Brown
PF: Jayson Tatum
C: Daniel Theis
A SLOW START
It took a while for things to get going Monday night. The Celtics and Suns notched just 10 points between them in the first four minutes.
Baynes’ first points of the evening, surprisingly enough, came from beyond the arc.

sooo about that 3-point contest…. pic.twitter.com/dK2bi8r4Fb
— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) November 19, 2019

Boston found itself in an early seven-point hole, but clawed its way back late in the first with a little help from the starting five.

To: JaylenFrom: Marcus pic.twitter.com/oNMO62tV3d
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) November 19, 2019

Boston earned its first lead of the game on a Tatum steal-and-slam with 1:09 left in the quarter.

Steals it Slams it #SunLifeDunk4Diabetes pic.twitter.com/YuJOsuyTyH
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) November 19, 2019

The C’s led by four after 12 minutes. Smart led all scorers with eight points.
BOSTON TAKES CONTROL
Unlike the first, both squads started the second off hot.
The Suns kept pace with the Celtics, scoring seven points to Boston’s eight in the first three minutes of the quarter. Phoenix managed to regain control of the game, erasing Boston’s lead midway through the second.
But the Celtics battled back, retaking the lead a short time later on a clutch trey from Walker. The 29-year-old put up 13 points and going 6-for-11 (54.5 percent) from the field in the first half. 

Kemba gets two as he falls to the ground pic.twitter.com/fPRGUJZwuN
— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) November 19, 2019

Smart gave the team a much-needed boost with 14 first-half points, the most of any player through the first 24 minutes.

Marcus Smart for 3 pic.twitter.com/f7eL4ihR7y
— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) November 19, 2019

The C’s lead continued to grow, ballooning to 13 with 52.4 seconds left in the half. The Celtics entered halftime on an impressive 23-6 run, capped by a Walker buzzer-beater to put Boston up 15.

KEMBA pic.twitter.com/oGxqozwnKX
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) November 19, 2019

MORE BOSTON MAGIC
Boston’s dominance continued in the third.
The Celtics maintained their double-figure lead throughout the quarter. The Suns got no closer than 10 points away from the lead as Boston found its rhythm.
Tatum continued to shoot the ball well for his team, earning his second double-double of the season midway through the quarter while shooting 50 percent from the field. The 21-year-old scored 14 points in the third alone.

26pts for Tatum at the end of three pic.twitter.com/SdSqu50YBB
— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) November 19, 2019

JT’s cookin’ #SunLifeDunk4Diabetes pic.twitter.com/f8b72wOkx7
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) November 19, 2019

The Celtics ended the quarter with yet another 15-point lead, bolstered by Tatum’s monster third-quarter performance.
BITTERSWEET FINISH
The Celtics sealed the deal in the fourth, but not without a bit of a setback. It wasn’t points that were the problem, however.
Smart limped off the court with 9:12 left to play after twisting his ankle while attempting to guard Devin Booker at the rim. He quickly was ruled out for the rest of the game with a right ankle sprain.

Marcus Smart just limped off the court after this play pic.twitter.com/1o65jV0Ol4
— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) November 19, 2019

Despite this, the Celtics’ success continued in the fourth. Boston maintained its momentum through the final moments of the game, holding a double-figure lead throughout.
The Suns couldn’t find much daylight, ending the day shooting 40.2 percent from the field while missing 72.2 percent of their 3-point shots. (But hey, at least Baynes scored one, right? He went 1-for-5 from downtown Monday night.)
And that’s all Boston needed to wrap up the win.
PLAY OF THE GAME
Kemba being Kemba.

.@KembaWalker buckets pic.twitter.com/Fo6XqLeWAo
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) November 19, 2019

UP NEXT
The Celtics are off to sunny California where they’ll battle the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night. Tip-off from Staples Center is slated for 10 p.m. ET.

Derek Jeter, Josh Beckett On Hall Of Fame Ballot For First Time This Year

The candidates have been named for the 2019 National Baseball Hall of Fame induction.
Former New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter and former Boston Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett are among the first-timers on the list, along with some other notable names.
The results will be revealed Jan. 21, 2020.
To see the list of all first-time candidates, check out the “NESN Sports Today” video above, presented by People’s United Bank.

Red Sox’s Jackie Bradley Jr. Earns MLB Network’s ‘Play Of The Year’

Jackie Bradley Jr. has been known to make some ridiculous highlight-reel catches throughout the course of his career.

And now he’s being recognized for one effort in particular early in the 2019 season.
The Red Sox center fielder saved the game for Boston on May 8 with a spectacular catch to rob Baltimore Orioles’ Trey Mancini of what would have been the walk-off home run in the bottom of the 11th inning. But Bradley showcased his athleticism, got above the wall and reeled the ball back in.
The play earned him MLB Network’s “Play of the Year.”
Re-live it below:

And the #1 play of 2019 goes to… @JackieBradleyJr!@RedSox l #PlaysoftheYear pic.twitter.com/cFMcjM9CNQ
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) November 18, 2019

Boston would go on to win 2-1 in 12 innings.

Bill Belichick Tells Patriots They Have Day Off, Locker Room Goes Nuts

It wasn’t pretty, but the Patriots moved to 9-1 on the season after a 17-10 win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday afternoon.

New England scored just one touchdown in the win, thrown by Julian Edelman — not Tom Brady — to Phillip Dorsett in the third quarter. And while the offense looked just OK, something Brady seemed visibly frustrated over, the “Boogeymen” defense continued to showcase why they’re the best in the NFL.
The win, however, had head coach Bill Belichick in quite the cheery mood, possibly trolling Lane Johnson, saying his team “had fun out there” at Lincoln Financial Field. But before that, he had a nice surprise for his players as they entered the locker room after the W.
“You know what I think we’re ready for?,” he said with a smile, per the team. “I think we’re ready for Victory Monday.”
That was followed by loud cheers.
Victory Monday gives each player the day off, meaning they won’t get back to work until Wednesday.
You can check out the entire video below by clicking the link in the tweet.

"You know what I think we're ready for?"
Celebrating 9-1 and Victory Monday inside the locker room: https://t.co/bqL6WH2ouo
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) November 18, 2019

Not all Mondays are bad.

Can Patriots Win Super Bowl With This Offense? Tom Brady Gives His Take

The 2019 New England Patriots have a Super Bowl-caliber defense but an offense that remains uncharacteristically disjointed as December approaches.
During an appearance on Westwood One Radio’s “Monday Night Football” pregame show, quarterback Tom Brady, who’s openly expressed his frustration with New England’s offense on several occasions this season, was asked point-blank whether his unit is talented enough to win a Super Bowl.

“That’s the question that probably everyone wants to know and tries to predict,” Brady told host Jim Gray one day after the Patriots defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 17-10 to improve to 9-1 on the season. “But nobody knows at this point which team — there’s only one team that’s going to be able to reach the ultimate goal. Our team’s in a decent position, (but) we’re not going to know until we’re in that position.
“We’re 9-1. We’ve got to play great complementary football. There’s certainly things that we need to do better offensively. Again, it’s not what I think or what I predict or what somebody on TV can predict or what they think or what your parents say or what your kids say. It’s really about the mental toughness of our team to show up and try to improve — get to work, try to evaluate every game in a very fair way and have enough mental toughness to go out there and try to reach a higher level. That’s what we’re going to try to do offensively.”
Asked about New England’s perceived lack of weapons and O-line issues, Brady said the offense as a whole has yet to reach its full potential. The Patriots third in the NFL in scoring (28.7 points per game) but have managed just three touchdowns over their last two games and have struggled on third down (17th in the league) and in the red zone (25th) for much of the season.
Brady said he was frustrated by the team’s several missed opportunities during Sunday’s win over the Eagles.
“Look, everyone thinks they analyze every game and they know everything that’s going on,” Brady said. “We talk about ignoring the noise. There’s a lot of noise. When you play great, you’re the best team in the world. When you play bad, you’re the worst team in the world, you can’t beat anyone. And that’s just riding the roller coaster of emotions.
“We have a lot of good players on our team, and we’re trying to excel. We’re trying to play at a very high level. I don’t think we’ve reached our potential yet, and I’ll be excited when we do.”
Gray followed up by asking Brady, who ranks 25th in the NFL in yards per attempt, 21st in passer rating and tied for 16th in touchdown passes this season, if he’d be comfortable serving as a game manager while the Patriots lean on their elite defense and strong special teams.
“I’d like to see us reach our potential as an offense, and like I said, I don’t think we’ve got there yet,” Brady replied. “And we’re only 10 games into the year. We’ve got a lot of football to play, and that’s what we’re working towards. I don’t think any team is really a finished product. As critical as we can be of our team at times, we’re still in a good position.
“We’re 9-1, and that’s a good place to be this time of year. It’s not perfect. It’s not as bad as the worst teams in the league. But we’ve got an opportunity ahead of us that we’re going to try to take advantage of. I’m going to try to play the best I possibly can. I’m going to try to motivate my teammates as best as I possibly can, and we’re going to try to go out there and put our best performance on the field Sunday against Dallas.”