Matt Eberflus: Justin Fields getting better, couldn’t protect himself today

NFL: NOV 27 Bears at Jets
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Bears quarterback Justin Fields did not play in Sunday’s 31-10 loss to the Jets because of a left shoulder injury, but the Bears aren’t ready to make any determination about his availability against the Packers in Week 13.

After the loss, Bears head coach Matt Eberflus said that the call will come down to “his strength” because Fields was not strong enough to do what was necessary to play this week.

“We think that he’s getting better every single day,” Eberflus said, via Alex Shapiro of NBCSportsChicago.com. “He felt better every single day. At gametime today he wasn’t ready to perform and protect himself. I suspect we’ll see where it goes.”

Trevor Siemian got the start in place of Fields on Sunday despite suffering an oblique injury in pregame warmups.

Bryce Perkins throws first TD pass, Rams trail Chiefs 20-10

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The Rams have made things a little interesting at the start of the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game against the Chiefs.

Quarterback Bryce Perkins has throw his first pro touchdown, cutting Kansas City’s lead to 20-10.

On fourth-and-2 from the Kansas City 7, Perkins found receiver Van Jefferson in the end zone for a big score, keeping Los Angeles in it.

For Jefferson, it was just his second touchdown of the year.

It was also Los Angeles’ best drive of the game, as the club went 75 yards in 14 plays.

The injury-plagued Rams still have plenty of work to do to try and win on Sunday, starting with getting a defensive stop.

Lamar Jackson responds to social-media critic with vulgar tweet

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Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson has an active presence on social media. And he’s not afraid to mix it up, when he believes he needs to.

Still, at times, discretion and restraint should be exercised.

Jackson responded with a vulgar tweet to a fan who argued that Sunday’s loss to the Jaguars shouldn’t have come down to a 67-yard field goal attempt by Justin Tucker, and that the Ravens should “let Lamar walk and spend that money on a well rounded team.”

We won’t quote Lamar’s response. It can be seen here, in a tweet that has (as of this posting) not yet been deleted. (If it is deleted, it can be seen here.)

It probably should be deleted. Obviously, he’s upset about the criticism. The challenge for public figures when dealing with social media is to have thicker skin — or to just stay off of it.

James Conner has the Cardinals ahead of the Chargers 24-17

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James Conner had not rushed for more than 69 yards in a game this season, and he had not scored a receiving touchdown all year. Check and check.

The Cardinals running back already has his first 100-yard rushing game since 2020, and his 6-yard reception from Kyler Murray has given Arizona a 24-17 lead in the fourth quarter.

Conner has 21 carries for 111 yards and two receptions for 11 yards.

He last rushed for 100 yards on Oct. 19, 2020, when playing for the Steelers against the Browns. Conner ran for 101 in that game. His career high is 146.

Conner’s touchdown with 13:31 left completed an 11-play, 75-yard drive.

Murray is 16-of-23 for 178 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. He has rushed for 56 yards and a touchdown on seven carries.

Isiah Pacheco touchdown gives Chiefs 20-3 lead

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It’s midway through the third quarter, but it feels like the Chiefs have already done enough to defeat the injury-plagued Rams.

Rookie running back Isiah Pacheco scored a 3-yard touchdown on Kansas City’s first possession of the third quarter to give the club a 20-3 lead.

Pacheco’s score capped a 12-play, 71-yard drive that took 6:52 off the clock.

The Chiefs faced only one third down on the possession and converted it with Patrick Mahomes’ short pass to Jerrick McKinnon. Mahomes scrambled to the 3-yard line on second-and-7, extending the ball over the first down marker to set up Pacheco’s touchdown.

Mahomes is now 21-of-32 for 257 yards with a TD. Pacheco has 10 carries for 44 yards with his touchdown.

Though Chiefs defensive back L’Jarius Sneed was examined for a concussion, he apparently cleared the check as he’s been on the field in the second half.

Elijah Mitchell leaves with knee injury, 49ers up 13-0

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49ers running back Elijah Mitchell has suffered another knee injury.

Mitchell went on injured reserve after hurting his knee in Week One this season and he returned to action in Week 10. He’s on the bench for the 49ers on Sunday, however, and the team says he is questionable to return after further knee trouble.

Mitchell has seven carries for 35 yards and two catches for eight yards.

The 49ers were able to extend their lead after Mitchell left the game. A Jimmy Garoppolo interception was overturned by an illegal contact penalty on cornerback Chris Harris and defensive tackle Malcolm Roach roughed Garoppolo to hand the Niners 15 more yards before the drive ran out of steam.

Robbie Gould‘s 46-yard field goal made it 13-0 with over 10 minutes to play in the third quarter.

UPDATE 6:40 p.m. ET: Mitchell has now been ruled out.

Further evaluation coming for Terron Armstead’s pectoral injury

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Dolphins left tackle Terron Armstead left Sunday’s win over the Texans with a pectoral injury and there was no immediate word about the severity of the injury after the game.

Head coach Mike McDaniel said at his press conference that Armstead needs to have the injury evaluated further by doctors on Monday before the team will have an idea about what it will mean for his availability moving forward. The injury happened in the first half and the Dolphins went up 30-0 before the break, but McDaniel said the injury was serious enough that Armstead would not have stayed in a closer game.

“That was an injury regardless of the score that was going to keep him out of the game,” McDaniel said, via Safid Deen of USA Today.

Right tackle Austin Jackson also suffered an ankle injury during the game, so the Dolphins will have plenty to monitor on the injury front heading into Week 13.

Chiefs lead Rams 13-3 at halftime

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The Rams have held the Chiefs to one touchdown and a pair of field goals. But it’s still going to be an uphill battle for the defending Super Bowl champions, as Kansas City leads Los Angeles 13-3 at halftime.

The Chiefs opened the scoring midway through the first quarter, when quarterback Patrick Mahomes hit tight end Travis Kelce for a 39-yard touchdown. Kelce caught the ball in the middle of the field and rumbled his way for 20 yards after the catch for the score. It was his 12th receiving TD of the year.

Harrison Butker has since hit a pair of field goals, one from 27-yards out and another from 32. The Chiefs also had a touchdown called back due to an ineligible receiver downfield penalty.

Mahomes is 16-of-27 passing for 210 yards and has also rushed for 29 yards. Running back Isaiah Pacheco has six carries for 35 yards.

While the Chiefs have 16 first downs and are averaging 7.5 yards per play, the club is just 2-of-5 on third down.

Given that Los Angeles is playing third-string quarterback Bryce Perkins and top two receivers Cooper Kupp and Allen Robinson are out due to injury, points are going to be hard to come by. Matt Gay hit a 47-yard field goal to start the second quarter.

But Perkins is just 2-of-5 passing for 16 yards, as the Rams had just five first downs in the half. Perkins has 38 yards on seven carries. Cam Akers has 32 yards on six carries.

One of Los Angeles’ first downs came from a fake punt, as Riley Dixon completed a pass to Jacob Harris for six yards and a first down. But Los Angeles had to take a timeout before the next play. And then Bryce Perkins was sacked for a 9-yard loss on first down. A few plays later, the Rams punted.

Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones recorded his 10th sack of the season in the first half. Per Tom Pelissero of NFL Media, that was an important play, as it means Jones hit his $1.25 million incentive for the season.

Chiefs defensive back L’Jarius Sneed has been taken off the field to be evaluated for a concussion.

49ers lead Saints 10-0 at halftime after late Jimmy Garoppolo touchdown pass

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Anyone expecting offensive fireworks between the Saints and 49ers was feeling disappointed by most of the action in the first half, but the 49ers were able to finally find the end zone just before the end of the second quarter.

One play after hooking up with wide receiver Jauan Jennings for an 18-yard gain on third down, 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo found Jennings in the back of the end zone for a five-yard score with 13 seconds left to play. The touchdown pushed their lead to 10-0 and it remained that way through the end of the half.

Jennings has five catches for 43 yards overall and Brandon Aiyuk had two catches for 47 yards on an earlier drive that took the 49ers inside the Saints’ five-yard-line. They went for it on a fourth down, but Garoppolo was stopped short on a scramble.

The Saints offense crossed midfield twice in the first half, but they wound up punting on both of those possessions. They also saw running back Alvin Kamara lose a fumble on their opening possession of the day, so there’s a lot for them to do better offensively after the break.

Justin Tucker: It’s heartbreaking to miss a 67-yard field goal because I know I can make that

NFL: NOV 27 Ravens at Jaguars
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The Ravens’ loss in Jacksonville today ended with Justin Tucker missing a 67-yard field goal, and Tucker said afterward that he was disappointed in himself.

Tucker, who set an NFL record with a 66-yard game-winning field goal in Detroit last year, said the offense did its job by getting the ball across the 50-yard line, and he thought he could make it from 67.

“The fact that we got there in the first place, with the completion to Josh [Oliver] on the sideline, the fact that we had a chance and I just didn’t deliver, it’s heartbreaking to me. It’s disappointing, especially when it’s a kick that I know I have the ability to make,” Tucker said.

Tucker is the best kicker in NFL history, and if there’s anyone who can make a 67-yard field goal, it’s him. But he came up just a few yards short, and the Ravens lost a game they thought they could win.

Kyler Murray’s touchdown run before halftime gives Cardinals 17-14 lead

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The Cardinals scored on three of five first half possessions. They turned it over on the other two drives.

Arizona took a 17-14 lead into the locker room on Kyler Murray‘s 5-yard touchdown run with 12 seconds remaining in the half. The Cardinals had no timeouts left on Murray’s third touchdown run of the season, but the Chargers didn’t come close to tackling the quarterback before he reached the end zone.

Murray returned to the lineup after missing two games with a hamstring injury. He has six carries for 38 yards and has completed 11 of 17 passes for 116 yards with a touchdown and an interception. James Conner lost a fumble for the Cardinals’ other giveaway of the half.

DeAndre Hopkins caught a 33-yard touchdown pass from Murray and has two receptions for 54 yards.

The Cardinals outgained the Chargers 226 to 156 in the first half.

Justin Herbert began the day 2-of-6 for 19 yards but now is 14-of-19 for 144 yards and two touchdowns. DeAndre Carter and Keenan Allen scored on passes from Herbert.

The Chargers have only 23 rushing yards with Austin Ekeler getting two carries for 5 yards. Herbert is their leading rusher with three carries for 15 yards.

Report: X-rays negative for Tristan Wirfs

NFL: NOV 27 Buccaneers at Browns
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Sunday’s loss to the Browns was a painful one for the Buccaneers and one of their top offensive linemen is feeling some pain of his own on Sunday.

The Buccaneers saw right tackle Tristan Wirfs leave Sunday’s game on a cart after he injured his left leg in overtime, but the initial reports about his condition are not as negative as one might fear given that turn of events.

Reporters in the Bucs locker room saw Wirfs walking around with a boot on his left foot after showering and changing out of his uniform without any assistance. Head coach Todd Bowles said that he had no word on the severity of the injury, but Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that X-rays were negative.

There will be more tests to come for Wirfs, so it’s unclear when the Bucs might have a chance to plug him back into the lineup.

Chargers take 14-10 lead on DeAndre Carter’s touchdown catch

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The Chargers trailed the Cardinals 10-0. They lead 14-10 now.

Los Angeles came to life in the second quarter, with Justin Herbert throwing a 2-yard touchdown pass to Keenan Allen with 8:51 remaining until halftime and a 33-yarder to DeAndre Carter with 4:28 on the clock. The Chargers are playing without receiver Mike Williams today.

Herbert began the day 2-of-6 for 19 yards but has gone 12-of-13 for 125 yards and two touchdowns since.

Carter has two receptions for 39 yards to lead the team.

The Chargers had to go only 56 yards on their go-ahead touchdown drive as the Cardinals went for it on fourth-and-1 at their own 34. Kyler Murray‘s pass was intercepted by Derwin James at the Los Angeles 44, with James apparently not realizing how much yardage he cost his team by not batting down the ball.

It ended up not mattering as the Chargers scored five plays later anyway.

The Chargers have taken a hit on the offensive line, though, as right tackle Trey Pipkins aggravated his knee injury on Carter’s touchdown. He is questionable to return. Center Corey Linsley is in the training room being evaluated for a concussion.

Jacoby Brissett: I’m grateful for this opportunity

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Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson‘s 11-game suspension comes to an end on Monday and that meant Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers was the last one that Jacoby Brissett is sure to start this season.

Brissett went out with a bang. He hit wide receiver Amari Cooper for a 45-yard gain that set up running back Nick Chubb‘s game-winning touchdown run in overtime.

After the game, Brissett said that he was “grateful for this opportunity” to be the starting quarterback and that he’ll continue to come to work with the same attitude he brought to the starting job.

“I still have a job to do. I’m still on the team. I’ve still got to be the same person everyday, no matter what. I’m excited for him to come back and looking forward to next week,” Brissett said, via 92.3 The Fan.

The Browns went 4-7 with Brissett as their starter and the quarterback was 234-of-368 for 2,608 yards, 12 touchdowns, and six interceptions in those outings.

Mike Purcell, Russell Wilson downplay exchange, saying Purcell was trying to provide “spark”

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Broncos teammates Russell Wilson and Mike Purcell said after Sunday’s loss to the Panthers that their is no dissension between them.

Running off the field in the fourth quarter, Purcell was caught making a beeline to Wilson and yelling at the quarterback. It did not appear friendly.

Wilson, though, said the defensive lineman simply told him, “Let’s f—ing go.”

“Mike and I are on the same page,” Wilson said, via Parker Gabriel of The Denver Post. “He came off after we kicked the field goal, and he was pissed off. He said we’ve got to f—ing go. I agreed. . . . There’s no animosity. We’ve got to win.”

Purcell said he was trying to provide a “spark” when he approached Wilson.

“We are in this together. Period,” Purcell said, via Nick Kosmider of TheAthletic.com.

Entering this week, the Broncos had allowed the third-fewest points per game in the NFL this season but had scored the fewest. They lost to the Panthers 23-10.