NFL moves Raiders-Browns, WFT-Eagles, Seahawks-Rams

COVID is wreaking havoc on the NFL, and Friday, the league had to postpone three games.

The Las Vegas Raiders-Cleveland Browns game scheduled for Saturday, December 18, has been moved to Monday, December 20 at 5 p.m. ET on NFL Network.

The Washington Football Team-Philadelphia Eagles game and Seattle Seahawks-Los Angeles Rams game scheduled for Sunday, December 19, have been moved to Tuesday, December 21. Washington-Philadelphia and Seattle-Los Angeles Rams will kick off at 7 p.m. ET on FOX and be available on NFL Sunday Ticket.

According to the league, these schedule changes are based on medical advice and after discussion with the NFLPA as we are seeing a new, highly transmissible form of the virus this week, resulting in a substantial increase in cases across the league.

The updated Week 15 schedule (all times ET):

Saturday, December 18

New England Patriots at Indianapolis Colts                  8:15 PM                 NFLN

Sunday, December 19

Carolina Panthers at Buffalo Bills

1:00 PM

FOX

Arizona Cardinals at Detroit Lions

1:00 PM

FOX

Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars

1:00 PM

CBS

New York Jets at Miami Dolphins

1:00 PM

CBS

Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants

1:00 PM

FOX

Tennessee Titans at Pittsburgh Steelers

1:00 PM

CBS

Cincinnati Bengals at Denver Broncos

4:05 PM

CBS

Atlanta Falcons at San Francisco 49ers

4:05 PM

CBS

Green Bay Packers at Baltimore Ravens

4:25 PM

FOX

New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

8:20 PM

NBC

Monday, December 20

Las Vegas Raiders at Cleveland Browns                       

5:00 PM

           NFLN

Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears

8:15 PM

ESPN

Tuesday, December 21

Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Rams                       7:00 PM                     FOX

Washington Football Team at Philadelphia Eagles      7:00 PM                     FOX

Allen, Garrett, Tucker named AFC players of the week

Quarterback Josh Allen of the Buffalo Bills, defensive end Myles Garrett of the Cleveland Browns and kicker Justin Tucker of the Baltimore Ravens are the AFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played in Week 3 (September 23, 26-27).

OFFENSE: QB JOSH ALLEN, BUFFALO BILLS

  • Allen completed 32 of 43 pass attempts (74.4 percent) for 358 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions for a 129.8 rating and added a rushing touchdown in Buffalo’s 43-21 victory over Washington.

  • This is the seventh-career Offensive Player of the Week award for Allen:

    • 2018: Week 17

    • 2019: Week 11

    • 2020: Weeks 2, 9, 13, 15

    • 2021: Week 3

  • Allen trails only Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Kelly (10-time winner) for the most Offensive Player of the Week awards by a Buffalo quarterback.

  • He joins Patrick Mahomes and Derrick Henry as the only players to win a Player of the Week in each of the past four seasons (2018-21).

DEFENSE: DE MYLES GARRETT, CLEVELAND BROWNS

  • Garrett recorded seven tackles and a franchise-record 4.5 sacks in Cleveland’s 26-6 win over Chicago.

  • This marks the second Defensive Player of the Week award for Garrett (Week 4, 2020).

  • He becomes the first Brown to win multiple Defensive Player of the Week awards since defensive end Courtney Brown (Week 5, 2003 and Week 3, 2000).

SPECIAL TEAMS: K JUSTIN TUCKER, BALTIMORE RAVENS

  • Tucker converted four of five field goals, including an NFL-record 66-yard field goal as time expired to defeat Detroit, 19-17.

  • This is the 12th-career Special Teams Player of the Week award for Tucker:

    • 2013: Week 10, 12, 15

    • 2014: Week 3

    • 2015: Week 4, 8

    • 2016: Week 12

    • 2018: Weeks 3, 17

    • 2019: Weeks 5, 6

    • 2021: Week 3

  • He is now tied with Jason Hanson (12) and Matt Prater (12) for the third-most all-time by a kicker. Only Adam Vinatieri (19) and John Carney (13) have earned the honor more.

Jags’ Schobert: ‘I want to be able to change the culture into a traditional winning culture’

Winning has not always come easy for Jaguars LB Joe Schobert. In his first four seasons in the league, all with the Cleveland Browns, Schobert has not made the playoffs, but he hopes that will all change in Jacksonville.

Back in March, the 26-year-old Schobert signed a five-year, $53.75 million deal with the Jaguars, which included $21 million in guaranteed money. Although he did not win in Cleveland, Schobert aims to be apart of a winning tradition with the Jaguars. 

“I come from a franchise where I didn’t play in the playoffs,” Schobert said via a conference call on Tuesday. “I was 1-31 my first two seasons; that was my record. I just want to prove that I can be a part of a winning franchise, a winning organization. In 2017, the Jaguars went to the AFC Championship game, but I want to be able to change the culture into a traditional winning culture to be a team that can go to the playoffs year after year and become one of the more successful franchises in the AFC, competing for titles every year.”

With the addition of Schobert, who is expected to be the Jaguars starting middle linebacker in 2020, Myles Jack will move to the outside, which Schobert believes benefits Jack.

“I came in at the same time as Myles Jack, and I remember in college watching UCLA stuff when he was playing running back and linebacker, running all over the field and making plays all the time,’ Schobert said. “I think the 2017 (AFC) championship game against the Patriots if you watched that game, you just see the talent he possesses, how fluid he is as an athlete, and how sudden he can be and explosive.

“My goal for me coming in here is to just take things off of the plate, being able to set the defenses, make the calls, make the checks and their adjustments and let Myles just go be an athlete out there and wreck the game which he has the ability to when he doesn’t have to be caught up in trying to get other people lined up and be responsible for all that communication.”

Jacksonville is hoping to get their defense back to what they were in 2017, which ended with the Jaguars making it to the AFC title game. The Jaguars invested two first-round picks in this year’s draft on defense(CB C.J. Henderson, LB K’Lavon Chaisson), so if Schobert plays well in the middle and Jack gets it done on at the outside linebacker spot, that will go a long way to getting the defense right in 2020.

Jaguars sign TE Seth DeValve

The Jacksonville Jaguars have claimed fourth-year TE Seth DeValve (Cleveland), fourth-year RB Tyler Ervin (Baltimore), rookie LS Matt Orzech (Baltimore) and rookie RB Devine Ozigbo (New Orleans) off waivers.

To make room on the roster, the Jaguars released third-year DT Eli Ankou, fourth-year TE Ben Koyack and eighth-year LS Matt Overton. Additionally, the Jaguars placed RB Alfred Blue on their reserve/injured list. Blue is eligible for reserve/injured – designated for return.

DeValve, 6-3, 245, was selected by Cleveland in the fourth round (138th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft and recorded 48 receptions for 596 yards and four TDs in 41 games (10 starts) from 2016-18 with Cleveland.  

Ervin, 5-10, 182, participated in Baltimore’s training camp in 2019 after spending the second half of the 2018 season on the Ravens’ practice squad. He was originally selected by Houston in the fourth round (119th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft and played in 25 games with the Texans from 2016-18. 

 Orzech, 6-3, 246, spent OTAs and training camp with Baltimore after signing with the Ravens as an undrafted rookie. He appeared in 45 games with eight starts as a tight end and contributed on special teams for Azusa Pacific, where his collegiate career spanned six years.  

Ozigbo, 6-2, 225, signed with New Orleans as an undrafted rookie in 2019 and spent OTAs and training camp with the team. The Sachse, Texas native had 21 rushes for 92 yards in four preseason games for the Saints.

Ex-Brown Kevin Zeitler: ‘It’s definitely an exciting time in Cleveland’

Cleveland is rocking right now. They seem to have their quarterback of the future in Baker Mayfield, and not only does Mayfield have Jarvis Landry to throw to but he also has Odell Beckham Jr., who was acquired in a trade with the New York Giants last week.

There has not been this much excitement in Cleveland since LeBron James won a championship with the Cavaliers in 2016, and If all goes as planned, maybe Cleveland could celebrate another title soon.

One of the players sent to New York in the trade for Odell Beckham, G Kevin Zeitler, believes that fun has just begun in Cleveland.

“You look at what they have done these last couple of weeks; it’s definitely an exciting time in Cleveland,” Zeitler said on a conference call on Monday. “I think the guys there are going to have a very good time this next year. Like I said, there’s nothing I can do about it. They traded, and the Giants wanted me. I’m excited to be here, and we are going to do everything we can to get the same amount of buzz in New York.”

Zeitler, who spent two seasons in Cleveland after signing a five-year, $60 million contract with the Browns in 2017, endured so much losing in Cleveland, including 0-16 in 2017, so you have to feel for Zeitler, but football is a business, and in business, things happen.

 

 

Nick Chubb believes the Browns will make the playoffs in 2019(VIDEO)

There is a lot of excitement in Cleveland when it comes to talking about the Browns. First, the team won 7 games in 2018, which is the most since 2014. Next, they may have found their franchise QB in Baker Mayfield, who threw 27 touchdowns in 2018, which is the most by any rookie QB in NFL history. Furthermore, they have talent on defense with Pro Bowlers Myles Garrett and Denzel Ward. Finally, according to ESPN, the Browns are going to have close to $80 million in cap space in 2019, and a new head coach in Freddie Kitchens, who helped turn Cleveland’s offense around in the second half of the season after the team fired head coach Hue Jackson and OC Todd Haley.

All these things are enough for Browns fans to have a lot of optimism in 2019, which is shared by their RB Nick Chubb. The rookie RB, who got the bulk of the carries after the team traded RB Carlos Hyde in October, and ran for close to a 1000 yards and eight rushing touchdowns in 2018, believes the Browns will take that next step and make the playoffs in 2019.

When asked by TMZ Sports if he believes the Browns will make the playoffs next season, Chubb said, “Yea, we will.”

The AFC North will probably be wide open next season. The Steelers have some internal issues going on, the Ravens have a good defense, but they’re questions on the offensive side of the ball, and the Bengals are the Bengals. So, If Mayfield is what he showed in 2018, and management improves the team even more in the offseason, the playoffs are a possibility, but the NFL is a weird league, and sometimes players don’t develop and take that next step, or sometimes injuries derail things, so we’ll have to wait and see.

Video/courtesy: TMZ Sports

 

 

Damien Woody to Baker Mayfield: Why you worried about Hue Jackson?(VIDEO)

Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns got a little revenge on their former head coach Hue Jackson on Sunday as the Browns dominated the Bengals 35-20 in Cincinnati. Mayfield did his part by throwing for 258 yards and four touchdowns.

Jackson joined the Bengals coaching staff as a special assistant after getting fired by Cleveland back in October. Unfortunately for the Bengals, he was not much help against the Browns on Sunday.

After the game, Mayfield barely shook Jackson’s hand and had this to say about his former coach:

Today, former NFL player and ESPN NFL analyst Damien Woody had this to say to Mayfield:

In the end, Jackson has to make a living. The Browns fired him. Therefore, he needed a job, and he found it. You can’t begrudge a man for wanting to make a living for him and his family — something the 23-year-old Mayfield might not know too much about at this stage of his life.

Browns’ Rashard Higgns: ‘Don’t count us out just yet’

The Cleveland Browns have made progress in 2018. After winning a combined one games in the past two seasons, Cleveland has three wins heading into their AFC North showdown with the Bengals, and while Cleveland has improved, their former head coach Hue Jackson was fired after the Browns were beaten by the Steelers in Week 8. Jackson was replaced by defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, and in Week 10 against the Falcons, the Browns played with a lot of energy and were able to beat Atlanta 28-16.

At 3-6-1, the Browns chances of making the playoffs are bleak, but according to wide receiver Rashard Higgins, the Browns can still possibly make some noise in the AFC.

“Don’t count us out this year, man,” Higgins told TMZ Sports. “We still got a few games to go. The way we ended going out on the bye week, we feel great heading into Cincinnati week, so don’t count us out just yet.”

You have to love Higgins’ enthusiasm, and at this point, the Browns are still in striking distance of the final wild-card spot held by the 5-5 Ravens.

Can the Browns make the playoffs? That seems unlikely, but the NFL is a crazy league, so anything is possible. However, don’t expect Cleveland in the playoffs in 2018.

 

NFL announces schedule changes

​The NFL announced today a scheduling change for Week 10, as well as the teams and times for the Saturday games in Weeks 15 and 16.

In Week 10 (November 11), the Miami Dolphins at Green Bay Packers game will move from 1 PM ET on CBS to 4:25 PM ET on CBS. Additionally, the Arizona Cardinals at Kansas City Chiefs game originally scheduled at 1 PM ET on FOX will be cross-flexed to CBS.

In Week 15, the two games played on Saturday, December 15, both televised by NFL Network, will feature the Houston Texans at the New York Jets at 4:30 PM ET followed by the Cleveland Browns at the Denver Broncos at 8:20 PM ET.

In Week 16, the two of four possible matchups on Saturday, December 22 on NFL Network have been determined with the Washington Redskins visiting the Tennessee Titans at 4:30 PM ET followed by the Baltimore Ravens at the Los Angeles Chargers at 8:20 PM ET. The Jacksonville Jaguars at Miami Dolphins and the New York Giants at the Indianapolis Colts games will both be played at 1 PM ET on Sunday, December 23.

The following is the final Week 10 NFL schedule (all times ET):

Thursday, November 8

Carolina at Pittsburgh 8:20 PM FOX/NFLN/Amazon

​Sunday, November 11

Detroit at Chicago 1:00 PM FOX
New Orleans at Cincinnati 1:00 PM FOX
Atlanta at Cleveland 1:00 PM FOX
Jacksonville at Indianapolis 1:00 PM CBS
Arizona at Kansas City 1:00 PM CBS
Buffalo at New York Jets 1:00 PM CBS
Washington at Tampa Bay 1:00 PM FOX
New England at Tennessee 1:00 PM CBS
Los Angeles Chargers at Oakland 4:05 PM FOX
Miami at Green Bay 4:25 PM CBS
Seattle at Los Angeles Rams 4:25 PM CBS
Dallas at Philadelphia 8:20 PM NBC
 

Monday, November 12

New York Giants at San Francisco 8:15 PM ESPN

The following is the Week 15 NFL schedule (all times ET):

Thursday, December 13
Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City 8:20 PM FOX/NFLN/Amazon  
Saturday, December 15
Houston at New York Jets 4:30 PM NFLN  
Cleveland at Denver 8:20 PM NFLN  
Sunday, December 16
Arizona at Atlanta 1:00 PM FOX  
Tampa Bay at Baltimore 1:00 PM FOX  
Detroit at Buffalo 1:00 PM FOX  
Green Bay at Chicago 1:00 PM FOX  
Oakland at Cincinnati 1:00 PM CBS  
Dallas at Indianapolis 1:00 PM FOX  
Washington at Jacksonville 1:00 PM FOX  
Miami at Minnesota 1:00 PM CBS  
Tennessee at New York Giants 1:00 PM CBS  
Seattle at San Francisco 4:05 PM FOX  
New England at Pittsburgh 4:25 PM CBS  
Philadelphia at Los Angeles Rams* 8:20 PM NBC  
Monday, December 17
New Orleans at Carolina 8:15 PM ESPN  

The following is the Week 16 NFL schedule (all times ET):

Saturday, December 22
Washington at Tennessee 4:30 PM NFLN  
Baltimore at Los Angeles Chargers 8:20 PM NFLN  
Sunday, December 23
Atlanta at Carolina 1:00 PM FOX  
Cincinnati at Cleveland 1:00 PM CBS  
Tampa Bay at Dallas 1:00 PM FOX  
Minnesota at Detroit 1:00 PM FOX  
New York Giants at Indianapolis 1:00 PM CBS or FOX  
Jacksonville at Miami 1:00 PM CBS  
Buffalo at New England 1:00 PM CBS  
Green Bay at New York Jets 1:00 PM CBS or FOX  
Houston at Philadelphia 1:00 PM CBS  
Los Angeles Rams at Arizona 4:05 PM FOX  
Chicago at San Francisco 4:05 PM FOX  
Pittsburgh at New Orleans 4:25 PM CBS  
Kansas City at Seattle* 8:20 PM NBC  
Monday, December 24
Denver at Oakland 8:15 PM ESPN  

 * – Sunday night games in Weeks 5-16 subject to change

Jets-Browns: Highest rated Thursday night game on NFL Network since 2015

NFL Network’s telecast of Thursday Night Football between the New York Jets and Cleveland Browns, which featured the professional debut of number one pick Baker Mayfield against number three pick Sam Darnold, averaged a 5.2 US HH rating and over 8.6 million overall P2+ viewers ranking as the network’s highest rated and most-watched exclusive Thursday night game since December of 2015 (MIN@ARI, 12/10/15; 5.47 US HH rating / 8.74M P2+ viewers).

Overall, the game was up +17% in US HH rating and up +16% in overall P2+ viewership compared to NFL Network’s Week 3 Thursday Night Football game from 2017 (LAR@SF: 4.4 US HH rating / 7.5M P2+ viewers).

With Cleveland down 14-0, Mayfield entered the game at the end of the first half and ultimately led the Browns to a 21-17 victory. The game peaked at 10.3M viewers during the game’s final six minutes (11:30p-11:36p).

Compared to NFL Network’s seven exclusive Thursday Night Football games in 2017, the Jets-Browns was up +43% in US HH rating and up +41% in overall P2+ viewership (3.6 US HH rating / 6.1M P2+ viewers).

The Jets-Browns game outperformed last week’s Thursday Night Football game by +24% in US HH rating and +22% overall P2+ viewership (BAL@CIN; 4.2 US HH rating / 7.1M P2+ viewers).

The 2018 Thursday Night Football Presented by Bud Light season continues Thursday, September 27 when the Minnesota Vikings visit the Los Angeles Rams. The game will be broadcast on FOX, simulcast on NFL Network, distributed in Spanish on FOX Deportes, and distributed digitally to a global audience on Amazon Prime Video, Twitch, NFL digital properties, FOX Sports digital properties, and Yahoo Sports on mobile devices. Coverage from Los Angeles begins at 6:00 PM ET on NFL Network with NFL GameDay Kickoff.