Lions free agency preview: Alex Anzalone’s career year creates intrigue at linebacker
This is the final part of our series previewing the Detroit Lions’ positional needs heading into free agency. Enter your email here:Breakdown: Alex Anzalone has put the Detroit Lions in an interesting situation. And Anzalone could have an actual market for his services after posting 125 tackles, including seven for loss, 1.5 tackles for loss and one interception. And for those who read the free agency preview for defensive linemen or listened to a recent Dungeon of Doom podcast episode. Kaden Elliss, the son of former Lions standout defensive lineman Luther Elliss, will hit the market after four years in New Orleans.mlive.com
Weary Rams hit NFL low with 11th loss by defending champion
In their first game after the end of a highly eventful calendar year, the Los Angeles Rams made the bad kind of NFL history Sunday. With their 31-10 loss to the Chargers in the first Los Angeles derby at SoFi Stadium on New Year's Day, the Rams became the first defending Super Bowl champions in NFL history to lose 11 games. “The margin for error was really small,” Rams coach Sean McVay said.news.yahoo.com
Frustration spills over for Broncos in humbling loss to Rams
Russell Wilson, ever the optimist, couldn’t find a way to rationalize the Denver Broncos’ dire 51-14 loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday. Wilson threw interceptions on the Broncos’ first two possessions, allowing the Rams to build a 17-0 lead before the visitors had even gained a first down in a performance that looked to be Denver's rock bottom in a season will be remembered for all the wrong reasons.news.yahoo.com
Mayfield, Akers lead Rams' 51-14 blowout of Wilson's Broncos
Bobby Wagner and Russell Wilson got back together Sunday, near the end of their first season apart following a decade together. Wagner and his Los Angeles Rams were the only ones who enjoyed the holiday reunion. Wagner first intercepted a pass by his longtime Seahawks teammate, setting up the Rams' second touchdown drive in their 31-point first half.news.yahoo.com
Boy tackled by security after running on field at Bucs game
A police officer later told the AP the boy is older than 10, but he couldn't release his information because he's a juvenile. Tampa Police Department spokesman Lt. Abe Carmack said there was “an incident involving a juvenile” at Raymond James Stadium during the game but no charges will be filed and no arrest was made. The incident occurred while the Buccaneers were lining up for an extra point after Leonard Fournette's 1-yard touchdown run gave them a 6-0 lead.news.yahoo.com
Rams LB Bobby Wagner flattens protestor who gets on field
Bobby Wagner delivered one of the biggest hits on a person who got onto the field. The Rams linebacker flattened the protestor who ran on the field with a device emitting pink smoke late in the second quarter of Los Angeles' game against the San Francisco 49ers on Monday night. With less than a minute left in the first half, the person got onto the field and ran across while being chased by security as the pink smoke filled the field.news.yahoo.com
Detroit Lions free agency preview: Could ex-Seahawks LB Bobby Wagner be a fit?
This is the fifth of a seven-part series previewing the Detroit Lions’ positional needs heading into free agency. The Lions haven’t had a real playmaker at the second level since, what, DeAndre Levy right? And no one has come within 19 tackles or 18 solo tackles of the 151/117 line that Levy put up in his standout 2014 season. Because even as he nears his 32nd birthday, Wagner is a fit for just about anyone. He also picked off three passes, one of which clinched a win against Detroit in Week 16, and sacked two quarterbacks.mlive.com
Looking ahead: Detroit Lions draw free-falling, still dangerous Seattle Seahawks in Week 17
ALLEN PARK -- The Detroit Lions (2-12-1) are heading west for the new year, drawing the Seattle Seahawks (5-10) in Week 17 action. It’s the first time during coach Pete Carroll’s tenure in Seattle that the Seahawks have lost double-digit games in a season. This post will run through team stats, looking at the series history, betting lines and spotlight players for the Seahawks:2021 Team stats:DVOA offensive ranking: Lions 29th | Seahawks 11thDVOA defensive ranking: Lions 29th | Seahawks 25thNet yards gained per passing attempt: Lions 5.4 (29th) | Seahawks 6.1 (17th)Rushing yards per attempt: Lions 4.5 (10th) | Seahawks 4.7 (5th)Points per game: Lions 17.3 (29th) | Seahawks 20.4 (20th)Points allowed per game: Lions 25.7 (25th) | Seahawks 20.5 (8th)Net yards allowed per passing attempt: Lions 7.3 (31st) | Seahawks 6.7 (25th)Rushing yards allowed per attempt: Lions 4.2 (16th) | Seahawks 3.7 (2nd)Takeaways: Lions 16 | Seahawks 14Spotlight players for Seattle: It all starts with Russell Wilson. “And, he’s smart, he’s durable, he’s reliable, he’s aware, he’s instinctive, and he’s been in that system a long time. See below for the previous five meetings:2018 -- Seahawks 28, Lions 142017 (wildcard) -- Seahawks 26, Lions 62015 -- Seahawks 13, Lions 102012 -- Lions 28, Seahawks 242009 -- Seahawks 32, Lions 20mlive.com
Wagner wants to keep playing, but future in Seattle unclear
As the beginning of his 10th season neared, Bobby Wagner decided he was going to take a stand. If he was going to be mandated to speak weekly about the state of the Seattle Seahawks, he was going to use some of that time to focus on things he cares about.news.yahoo.com
Frustration builds for Seahawks after consecutive losses
Pete Carroll came away from team meetings this week feeling confident the severity of the situation facing the Seattle Seahawks is clear. The Seahawks' performances over the past two weeks have left players frustrated and they know two upcoming games against division foes within days of each other won't leave much time for finding answers. “I think, coming out of the meetings on Monday, showing the film, showing where the concerns were, the plays we could have made, and the decisions we could have made, everybody is tuned in,” Carroll said.news.yahoo.com
Aaron Donald, Travis Kelce unanimous AP All-Pro Team choices
Donald was selected Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, to The Associated Press All-Pro Team. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear, File)Dynamic defensive star Aaron Donald and unstoppable tight end Travis Kelce are unanimous choices Friday for The Associated Press NFL All-Pro Team. It is the sixth All-Pro selection for Donald, who has helped the Los Angeles Rams to the top-ranked defense in the NFL, and the third for Kansas City's record-setting Kelce. Rounding out the offense are Cleveland right tackle Jack Conklin (second selection), and Washington right guard Brandon Scherff (first). The long snapper position is new to the All-Pro Team in 2020, and Baltimore's Morgan Cox is the choice.
Unbeaten Steelers maintain top spot in AP Pro32 poll
(AP Photo/Gail Burton)NEW YORK – All the votes are in. And the Pittsburgh Steelers kept the top spot in the latest AP Pro32 poll. The Steelers received 10 of the 12 first-place votes for 382 points in balloting Tuesday by media members who regularly cover the NFL. The Steelers improved to 7-0 for the second time in franchise history after holding off the Baltimore Ravens 28-24 on Sunday. And the Arizona Cardinals, who are coming off a bye, moved up one spot to round out the top 10.
AP source: Garoppolo, Kittle out indefinitely for 49ers
(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)SANTA CLARA, Calif. – The San Francisco 49ers will be without quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and All-Pro tight end George Kittle for an extended period of time after they got hurt against Seattle. A person familiar with the injuries said Monday on condition of anonymity that Garoppolo’s ankle injury and Kittle’s foot injury will sideline them indefinitely. San Francisco already has been forced to play without defensive ends Nick Bosa, Dee Ford and Solomon Thomas; top cornerback Richard Sherman, No. He hurt his shoulder in New England in 2016 and had a season-ending injury for San Francisco in 2018. San Francisco also traded linebacker Kwon Alexander to New Orleans on Monday in exchange for linebacker Kiko Alonso and a conditional fifth-round draft choice.
Big days from Wilson, Metcalf lead Seahawks past 49ers 37-27
Wilson and Metcalf tormented San Francisco and its banged up secondary as the top-scoring offense in the league continued to pile up points. Wilson found rookie DeeJay Dallas on a 2-yard TD pass after San Francisco went three-and-out to open the second half for a 20-7 lead. The momentum from two straight wins for San Francisco (4-4) evaporated in a hurry as more injuries continued to pile up. On Metcalf’s second TD, Moseley was flagged for interference but couldn’t keep Metcalf’s size and strength from still making the catch. San Francisco played without starters Deebo Samuel, Jeff Wilson Jr., Kwon Alexander and safety Jaquiski Tartt.
NFL players both eager & anxious to return during pandemic
By and large, however, those same players say they trust the protocols the NFL will have in place by the time practices resume and games return. Safeguards are expected to include daily temperature checks and frequent virus tests, with sick players quarantined for two weeks. We dont know how interesting.The pandemic hit home for a lot of players in April when Super Bowl 50 MVP Von Miller announced he had contracted COVID-19. And so, boy, I dont know. I dont know.
Star Seahawks linebacker rejects NFL collective bargaining agreement: 'You have guys suffering from 16 games, and you're going to add more games?'
Add Seattle Seahawks star linebacker Bobby Wagner to the list of players who reject the proposed collective bargaining agreement (CBA) from the National Football League. "I voted no," Wagner said, echoing his teammate, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who indicated the deal is being rushed through for final approval. "You have guys suffering from 16 games, and you're going to add more games? "If you're at a job and you're not maxing out your employee match on your 401K, you're leaving equity on the table. Wagner famously negotiated his contract extension, a three-year, $54 million deal, with the Seahawks in 2019.cnbc.com
Wilson throws 5 TDs, Seahawks outlast Bucs 40-34 in OT
It was his third career game with five TD passes and capped Seattle's wild second half after trailing 21-7 midway through the second quarter. And he was great in the fourth quarter and overtime against Tampa Bay as the Bucs and Seahawks trading scoring drives back and forth. Wilson was 11 of 20 for 177 yards in the fourth quarter and overtime combined. Outside linebacker Carl Nassib was lost early in the second quarter because of a groin injury and Nassib's backup, Anthony Nelson, injured his hamstring in the second quarter and was immediately ruled out. UP NEXTBuccaneers: Tampa Bay returns home to host Arizona next Sunday.
How Michael Jordan's advice helped NFL star Bobby Wagner negotiate his $54 million contract himself
Most professional athletes enter contract negotiations with an agent by their side, but NFL linebacker Bobby Wagner decided to take a different approach as he enters his eighth season with the league. "I asked him how he would feel if one of the players came and tried to negotiate a deal. Last year, Wagner's former teammate Richard Sherman revealed that he also opted to negotiate his three-year, $39.15 million deal with the San Francisco 49ers. Like Sherman, Wagner says he's proud of the deal he negotiated. Don't miss: How NFL star Richard Sherman negotiated his $39 million contract without an agentcnbc.com