NFC South still not very good, plus legal issues for commanders

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THE CAROLINA PANTHERS

It would be easy for the Carolina Panthers to post it. Little week. Terrible weather. Sheet 2-7. Coming out of a dazzling defeat. Interim Head Coach. Big changes coming soon.

Instead, they delivered one of their best performances of the yearbeating the Falcons, 25-15, to somehow stay in the NFC South race.

  • Onta Foreman continued his solid game with 31 carries for 130 yards and a touchdown. It’s his third game with 100+ rushing yards in the past four weeks.
  • Laviska Shenault ran in for a 41-yard touchdown on a back throw from PJ Walkerwho behaved just fine four days after being benched at halftime.
  • Marquis Haynes had two sacks late in the fourth quarter to thwart any potential comebacks to Atlanta. Prior to those games, he had had no sacks all season.

Now at 3-7, the Panthers are just one game away in the win column of the Buccaneers, which leads the sad NFC South to 4-5. Of course, Carolina is still unlikely to make the playoffs, but Steve Wilk did a terrific job keeping the team engaged, especially on a short week after a tough loss. You saw it in how hard Foreman ran and how violently the pass rush was pursued Marcus Mariotadismissing him five times.

Sometimes in an otherwise turbulent season, going out and playing hard and competent is a win in itself. In fact, winning the game is a testimonial for coaches and players. The Panthers have done just that and can head to their mini-bye with their heads held high.

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And not such a good morning for…

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DAN SNYDER AND THE WASHINGTON COMMANDERS

On Thursday, DC Attorney General Karl Racine announced that his office was take legal action for consumer protection against the Commandersteam owner Dan Snyderthe NFL and league commissioner Roger Goodel.

  • The lawsuit accuses these parties of collusion to deceive and mislead customers about the investigation of the team’s misconduct at work in order to avoid losing revenue from the fan base.
  • This stems from the NFL not making Beth Wilkinson’s report public. This lawsuit does not necessarily mean that these conclusions will become public.writes NFL insider Jonathan Jones.
  • The lawsuit alleges that commanders and the NFL violated the District of Columbia Consumer Protection Procedures Act with “public misrepresentations, omissions and ambiguities of material facts”.

Team attorneys and NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy published statements regarding this latest trial. This comes about a week after Snyder hired Bank of America to “potential transactions” regarding the team.

The list of problems for Snyder and the commanders – from sexual harassment to job misconduct to financial impropriety – is long and extensive, and the team is currently under investigation by Mary Jo White. Recently, Foals owner Jim Irsay said ‘there is merit’ in removing Snyder as ownerand Thursday, even the commanders cornerback Benjamin Saint Just said there has been a “dark cloud” over the franchise.

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NFL Pick of the Week 10: What’s Happening in Munich? Will be Invoices bounce? 🏈

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For the first time ever, the NFL is heading to Germany, with the sea ​​hawks and Buccaneers fight in Munich. So far this season, all international matches have given us close competitions.

Will this trend continue this weekend? Here’s what senior NFL writer Pete Prisco says:

  • Price: “It’s a brutal trip for the Seahawks. It’s tough for Tampa Bay, but Seattle really gets the tree. The Bucs showed something by coming back to beat the Rams last Sunday. Look for Tom Brady to keep it going. The Bucs win it. Pick: Bucs 28, Seahawks 23

Shortly after this one ends, we get an absolute treat between two of the NFL’s best: The 7-1 vikings travel to Buffalo to face 6-2 Invoices in a game that features the No. 3 and No. 4 teams in Pete’s Latest Power Rankings. Whereas Josh Allenthe status of stay in the air, it’s a huge reporting opportunity for both of them. The Vikings can add their most impressive win of the year by far to an already strong resume, and the Bills are hoping to show off last week’s loss to the Jets was nothing more than a speed bump.

Meet an NFL expert Will Brinson’s Choice:

  • Brisson: Josh AllenThe status of is obviously essential here. I’m of the opinion that he’s not playing in that game, based on the flow and timeline of information coming out of Buffalo on the situation. The line has moved quite dramatically — from -6 bills to -3.5 bills — but that probably doesn’t fully reflect what the gap would be if Allen were out. He is so important. The pick: Vikings 21, Bills 17

Here are all the picks from our experts:

Pete Prisco | Does Brinson | John Breche | TylerSullivan

MLB offseason updates: Clayton Kershaw returns to Dodgers, qualifying offers come out ⚾

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It was a busy Thursday around MLB, with the biggest headline being Clayton Kershaw back to the Dodgers on a one-year contract. The future Hall of Famer, 34, went 12-3 with a 2.28 ERA last year and spent his entire 15-year MLB career in Dodger blue.

As for the other big names, qualification offers have been sent to 14 playersincluding Aaron Judge, Jacob de Grom and Trea Turner. Here’s how it works, as our MLB expert Matt Snyder explains.

  • Snyder: “It’s a One-year, $19.65 million contract for the 2023 season stay in place. Players are free to accept the offer and stay with the team for at least a year or decline the offer and hit free agency. … Players… have until November 20 accept or decline the offer. »

If a player rejects the offer and signs elsewhere, the team losing the player is compensated with a draft pick, and the team signing the player loses the picks and/or international bonus money. The exact details are here.

Of course, there was plenty of other news.

Ranking of the new NBA City Edition jerseys 🏀

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As I have already written, I love alternate jerseys. They’re not always perfect – in fact, they’re not even always good – but I love the idea of ​​spicing things up, and the NBA has done that once again with the City Edition jerseys. We have 29 new ones (the Jazz not count because of their new shirts unveiled this summer), and naturally, you have to classify them all.

At the top of NBA expert Jasmyn Wimbish’s list is…

  • Wimbish: “The Grizzlies celebrate the city’s connection to hip-hop and rap culture with their City Edition jerseys. … There is no team in the league as connected to its city as the Grizzlies are to Memphis. … Plus, the Grizzlies grill just above the jersey tag needs to be on merchandise going forward, because it’s so authentically Memphis.

Also coming near the top of the list are the Wizards, whose cherry blossom-inspired uniforms will soon find a place in my closet. Here are the top five:

  • 1. Grizzlies
  • 2. Suns
  • 3. Wizards
  • 4. Hawks
  • 5. Trailblazers

As for the teams not doing so well, I totally agree with Jasmyn’s last place jersey, which you can see, along with the rest of the jerseys, here.

What we’re watching this weekend 📺

⚽ We watch Serie A all weekend on Paramount+.

Friday

🏀 Michigan State at No. 2 Gonzaga6:30 p.m. on ESPN
🏀 Nuggets at the Celtics7 p.m. on NBA TV
🏀 Timberwolves at Grizzlies9:30 p.m. on ESPN
🏈 Colorado at No. 8 USC9:30 p.m. on FS1

Saturday

🏈 No. 7 LSU at ArkansasNoon on ESPN
🏈 No. 9 Alabama at No. 11 Ole Miss3:30 p.m. on CBS
🏈 Georgia No. 1 in Mississippi State7 p.m. on ESPN
🏈 TCU No. 4 at Texas No. 187:30 p.m. on ABC
🏀 Rockets at Pelicans8:30 p.m. on NBA TV

Sunday

🏈 Here’s the NFL Week 10 schedule.
🏀 Colorado at No. 11 Tennessee2 p.m. on ESPN
🏈 Lightning Capitals7 p.m. on ESPN
🏀 Nets at the Lakers9:30 p.m. on NBA TV

Neal T. Doss