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Archie Manning says Eli could retire after Giants debacle

Could this be Eli Manning’s last season in the NFL?

Manning’s father, Archie Manning, said it’s a tangible possibility.

Archie said “there’s no sense speculating” about Eli’s future, but did offer a new tidbit on how the season could end for his son: He could retire.

Archie described Tom Sr. as a “very nice man, a real gentleman” and said the two have only met once, which makes the message that much more special. Archie also said he heard from Matthew Stafford’s father, John, who has been a longtime friend.

Much of Eli’s decision to stay could revolve around coach Ben McAdoo and his decision to start Geno Smith Sunday. If that decision backfires on McAdoo, there is a chance he will be out of a job by Monday.

“This is not the way it should be, but unfortunately, it’s where we are,” McAdoo said. “Our number one priority every week is to go win a game, but we owe it to the organization to get an evaluation of everybody on the roster, and that includes at the quarterback position. I’ll say it again, I have the utmost respect for Eli and everything he has done for this organization throughout his career. He is the consummate professional. He doesn’t like the position we are in, and neither do any of us. Eli has had to deal with a lot this season. Through it all, he has done everything we have asked of him in getting that unit ready to play. He has been steady, just like he has always been.”

“As crazy as this may sound, I was really, really, really excited with the way we played offense tonight. I really was,” Donovan said. “I thought we generated really good shots tonight. It wasn’t a great shooting night for us, but I think the guys’ intentions of trying to do the things we’ve asked them to do — in terms of ball movement — I thought they really stayed with it for 48 minutes. I was really encouraged by that part of it.”


Flames, Wild aim to continue ascent at other’s expense

Calgary Flames coach Glen Gulutzan has heard the notion that the NHL teams in playoff position on (American) Thanksgiving are generally the ones that make the playoffs five months later.

With two wins in a row under his belt to move his team back into a playoff position, Gulutzan likes the direction the Flames are headed even with more than half of the season to go.

Still, after winning in overtime in Montreal and getting a 4-2 home victory versus the Vancouver Canucks in their last outing, Gulutzan knows there’s little breathing room for the Flames (16-12-2) with the standings changing every day.

Sunday night’s 4-3 victory came after the Wild built a 3-0 lead on San Jose, only to see it slip away before Nino Niederreiter’s overtime winner sealed it. Backup goalie Alex Stalock got the start in the place where his NHL career began, and had 31 saves.

While Minnesota has been running into penalty trouble recently, and it is still without left winger Zach Parise and defenseman Jared Spurgeon due to injury. Top blue-liner Ryan Suter has been picking up extra time on the ice to fill any gaps.

“Thirty minutes, 30 minutes, 30 minutes,” Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said, rattling off Suter’s normal time on ice during each game of the California trip. “Smart playing, even lately he’s been a little but more aggressive offensively and still getting back (on defense).”

Suter was indeed the catalyst on Oct. 18 in Calgary when these teams had their initial meeting of the season. Minnesota notched a 4-2 win with Suter netting a goal and two assists.


Carson Wentz injury update: QB out for season with torn ACL; Eagles turn to Nick Foles

You’re up, Nick Foles.

Mike Tirico, Cris Collinsworth and Heather Cox (field reporter) will call the Cowboys-Redskins game for NBC on Thursday night in Dallas. At 6 p.m. ET on NFL Network, “TNF GameDay” previews the game from outside AT&T Stadium, with host Rich Eisen and analysts Marshall Faulk, Michael Irvin and Steve Smith Sr. At 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC, NFL Network and Amazon Prime Video, “Football Night in Dallas” airs from inside AT&T Stadium with host Liam McHugh and analysts Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison providing the final say leading up to kickoff between Cowboys and Redskins.

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The Eagles cornerback told reporters Thursday he would not raise his fist during the playing of the “Star-Spangled Banner” prior to Sunday’s game against the Seahawks.

A 3-3 and then 10-10 stalemate the majority of the game was broken up late in the fourth on a 14-yard Josh Doctson touchdown reception with just under four minutes remaining. After a four-and-out by the Giants, Washington added another field goal to bring their victory to a 20-10 margin.

Despite the mounting injuries, Washington is entering a friendly stretch in their playoffs after facing six division leaders already this season. Washington faces the slumping Cowboys, Cardinals, Broncos and Giants again. Assuming they fall in a cross-country matchup with the red-hot Chargers, there is a great chance the Redskins are 9-7 at the end of the year and are in firm contention for the final wild-card spot.

Porzingis scores 30, Knicks hold off Hawks for 111-107 win

A 6-yard touchdown pass from Keenum to tight end Kyle Rudolph in the fourth quarter lifted the Vikings to a 14-9 win over the Falcons on Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Keenum completed all 13 of his passes in the second half and finished 25 of 30 for 227 yards and two touchdowns as the Vikings (10-2) won their eighth straight game.

The Vikings took one step closer to earning a first-round bye in the NFC playoffs and dealt the Falcons (7-5) a big blow in Atlanta’s quest for a second straight NFC South title.

That’s a fair amount of talent on the market, and almost all of those names would be an upgrade for the Broncos’ and Dolphins’ current lineups. Denver may not have the plug-and-play offense that Peyton Manning piloted to new heights in a similar situation, but an experienced quarterback would be the difference between battling for an AFC West title and slumping to a top-five pick.

Miami can offer warm weather, no income tax, and the opportunity to throw to a receiving corps led by DeVante Parker, Kenny Stills, and, assuming he’s re-signed, Jarvis Landry.

There’s more than one way to win a hockey game, and the Los Angeles Kings keep proving that.

The Blue Jackets have won 10 out of their last 13 as the top line of Anderson, Artemi Panarin and Pierre-Luc Dubois continued to generate much of the offense as other usually reliable players have struggled. Panarin — who had five assists in the 5-3 win at New Jersey on Friday night — and Dubois each earned helpers on Anderson’s goal.

Those latter points could give the Dolphins reason to pause when addressing their quarterback depth chart next spring. mariners_778

For Chargers, winless did not mean hopeless; now they have playoffs in sight

“It wasn’t anything that I particularly saw on the field, I just said, look, that was a quick check,” O’Brien said Monday morning. “It was a three-and-out on that series. Let’s continue to check him to make sure that the player, Tom Savage, is OK. They went, they checked him, they came to me, they were not satisfied with his answers to the questions that they were asking him, and they pulled him from the game.”

“The effort wasn’t there,” Memphis interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. “To a man, the responsibility that we have to our teammates, to the organization, to the fans, we didn’t give the fans what they deserve. We didn’t give the organization what they deserve, and, we didn’t give one another what we deserve.”

Heat: C Hassan Whiteside missed his sixth straight game with a left knee injury. … Miami did not register a second-chance point and grabbed only two offensive rebounds. … Miami’s 56.1 percent shooting for the game was a season high for a Memphis opponent. … Richardson was 3 of 4 from outside the arc.

Troy scored one of the biggest upsets of the season with its 24-21 win over LSU in Baton Rouge, La., on Sept. 30.

Quarterback isn’t the only position with injury woes. Running back D’onta Foreman tore his Achilles, leaving the run game without a change-of-pace back. Will Fuller is still out with a rib injury and DeAndre Hopkins (the reason Savage looked semi-good last week) is questionable with a foot ailment. It’s been that kind of year for the Texans, who were close to building something special before everyone got hurt.

“These nights are really powerful for a team where guys are able to get out there who aren’t usually in the lineup,” coach Steve Kerr said. “Makes them feel good, makes us feel good and just strengthens the lineup.”

Lyles and Harris are two of the most recent well-known Indiana prep stars to make it to the NBA.

“It was a big goal and I felt a lot of emotion there. After a tough start, it’s definitely nice to get one like that,” said Bennett, who has three goals and eight points in his last seven games.

The 21-year-old, who has been playing alongside rookie Mark Jankowski and a combination of Jaromir Jagr and Garnet Hathaway, has been especially hot on home ice with points in each of his last seven home games (four goals, six assists) at the Scotiabank Saddledome. That streak began on Nov. 9 after he failed to pick up a point in the season’s first 15 games.

Lyles (Arsenal Tech High School) and Harris (Hamilton Southeastern High School) made what will be their only trip back to Indianapolis this season. Harris (Michigan State) and Lyles (Kentucky) were highly sought after recruits during their time in high school with Lyles winning a state championship his senior year. On Sunday night the two combined for 46 points.

The Chargers earned the luxury of resting and watching Sunday. That defense, and Rivers’ 434 yards passing — all of which allowed them to mask a nightmare of a day in the kicking game — gave them a nice cushion with their play Thursday.

They know that what they’re attempting is rare, and there’s no chance they don’t know exactly how rare by now. The only team in NFL history to go from an 0-4 start to a playoff berth is … the 1992 San Diego Chargers, of Junior Seau and Stan Humphries and a top-five defense, who caught and passed the Chiefs to win the West.

The Dolphins wore their 1972 uniforms, and for the first time in four prime-time appearances this season, they rose to the occasion. Miami tried to turn the game into a laugher in the third quarter when Landry caught a touchdown pass and then set the ball down in the end zone and pumped it repeatedly — a reference to the Patriots’ Deflategate scandal.

Taylor completed 19 of 29 passes for 183 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions.

The NFL’s 2017 Thanksgiving slate ended with a real turkey, a poorly played game that saw Washington beat the New York Giants, 20-10. Washington improved to 5-6, and the Giants fell to 2-9, further continuing their lost season under head coach Ben McAdoo. Kirk Cousins made the difference with 242 yards and two touchdowns on 19-of-31 passing.

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The win was mostly thanks to a suffocating performance by the Buffalo defense that held Kareem Hunt to just 17 rushing yards on 11 attempts and iced the game with an interception on Alex Smith in the final minutes. But it was helped by the return of Tyrod Taylor to the lineup after the veteran was benched in Week 11.

In his return as a starter, He also added 27 rushing yards. It wasn’t a huge day statistically, but it was efficient and mistake-free, which was exactly what the Bills needed to get a much-needed win.

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Maualuga had 23 tackles for the Dolphins this season in six games, four of them being starts.

Mike Davis, RB, Seattle Seahawks: Davis had some big moments during Monday night’s contest against Atlanta, but exited during the Seahawks’ opening drive of the second half. After Davis was examined on the sideline, the team declared him out for the duration of the game due to a groin injury.

More important to Roseman is that his Eagles can virtually clinch the NFC East after just 10 games with a win Sunday night at Dallas, which would put them four games ahead of the Cowboys with six to play.

The Eagles will catch the Cowboys in a vulnerable position this week due to the absence of Ezekiel Elliott. Even if All-Pro left tackle Tyron Smith returns from his groin injury, he may be limited. After Smith’s replacements gave up six sacks to the Falcons’ Adrian Clayborn alone last week, the Cowboys better hope Smith returns against a solid Eagles defensive line.

But, in a twist of fate, it was Ball’s decision to eschew traditional sneaker deals and go the Big Baller Brand route that made Fox the top target for sneaker companies among the 2017 draft class.

The Dolphins (4-5) likely will turn to either Mike Hull or Chase Allen at middle linebacker for Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Washington Redskins have reached the point where they probably cannot afford to lose any more players. They definitely cannot afford to lose another game.

After watching a stirring win dissolve into a crushing overtime defeat Sunday at New Orleans, the Redskins had to forget it fast as they prepare to host their first-ever Thanksgiving Day game, a division contest Thursday night against the New York Giants.steelers_037

Seahawks running back Mike Davis has been ruled out with a groin injury.

The Jets, apparently, didn’t have enough Ryan Fitzpatrick in their lives, because here he comes again, with the potential to screw up their season again. Fitzpatrick replaces Jameis Winston this week, and he won’t have the suspended Mike Evans to help. It’s a chance to get the rest of the Bucs weapons to step up … but also a chance for the Jets defense to tee off on him. The Jets getting to .500 with six weeks left is even more of a boost to Todd Bowles’ coach of the year candidacy, not to mention his case for a new contract.

Atlanta picks up three first downs but is stopped at the Seattle 46 when Taylor Gabriel is brought down well short of the marker on a screen pass. Atlanta punts and Seattle will start its drive on its 10.

Field goal, Seattle. Wilson runs for 13 yards on third down to move the chains and Seattle advances all the way to the Atlanta 16 two plays later. The Seahawks are then called for a holding penalty and their drive stalls. Blair Walsh kicks another field goal to cut Seattle’s deficit to 31-23.

JaMychal Green, Memphis Grizzlies (7.1): Green isn’t yet seeing heavy minutes for Memphis as he reintegrates after a lingering injury, but he should soon be a fixture of the rotation atop a thin depth chart at power forward for the Grizzlies. As evidence he can provide fantasy-relevant production when called on, Green delivered more than 11 points and more than nine boards per 36 minutes last season.

This week’s fantasy blocking breakdown reviews why Oakland’s passing game could get a boost in the near future, how the Saints’ rush defense can turn any opponent’s running backs into starting caliber fantasy prospects and whether fantasy managers will be able to trust Arizona’s veteran running back down the stretch.steelers_007