Why is Lewis sticking around? The Bengals value continuity above all else.

All of this is to say that the man who will replace Aaron Rodgers, out indefinitely with a broken right collarbone, does have some potential. Beyond that, we just don’t have a ton of answers yet on where he is as a player after spending two-plus seasons developing behind Rodgers and under Mike McCarthy and Co. What we do know is that Hundley seized the No. 2 job last year, and was good enough this year to where the Packers felt comfortable going into the year with just two quarterbacks on the active roster.

Lewis has been a stabilizing presence since being hired in 2003, giving the organization some much-needed respect and dignity after an embarrassing run of ineptitude in the 90s. While he’s most known for never winning a playoff game, Lewis owns a 125-112-3 record in Cincy, reaching the postseason seven times with four division titles.

Since signing with the Bengals, Lewis has worked with a number of assistants and coordinators in Cincinnati who have gone on to have success elsewhere. There are a number of former Lewis proteges who are current NFL head coaches, including Mike Zimmer, Hue Jackson, Jay Gruden, and Vance Joseph.

Last season, the Bengals finished 6-9-1 and missed the postseason. The Bengals opted to not extend Lewis’ contract after his first sub-.500 season since 2010, so it was set to expire after the 2017 season. This became a prove-it year. The Bengals finished 7-9 — their second straight losing year. Despite the Bengals underachieving again, they’ll be giving Lewis another shot to turn things around and get back in playoff contention.

It wasn’t as valuable as the experience that Schweitzer’s draft classmates Keanu Neal, Deion Jones, De’Vondre Cambell and Austin Hooper were getting. But it was the next best thing. Most importantly, because he committed to it, it worked.

Andy Reid was asked after Ware’s injury if it made it more likely that Spiller would lock up a roster spot. “Right now, yeah, I would tell you today,” he said, via Joel Thorman of Arrowhead Pride.

He had been released hours before the Patriots’ game, and according to Arrowhead Pride, he was in the locker room after the game. So he and everyone else involved knew that it wasn’t anything long-term.

Since Wentz went to injured reserve, Foles has taken over as quarterback for the Eagles.

The NFL Divisional Round starts with a Saturday afternoon tilt in Philadelphia between the team with the best record in the NFC, the Philadelphia Eagles, and reigning NFC champions the Atlanta Falcons. It’s the first time in NFL history that a No. 1 seed is a home underdog in the Divisional Round.

In his first start against the Giants, Foles and the Eagles offense started slow, but he finished with four touchdowns and a victory. The following week at home on Christmas night against the Raiders, Foles didn’t look so good. He was 19-of-38 passing with one touchdown and one interception. He didn’t look comfortable. He couldn’t find a rhythm and his receivers and his timing were slower than they should be.

The Eagles had their first-round bye secured entering Week 17 at home against the Cowboys, but smartly decided to play Foles for a bit. They needed to get him into some kind of positive offensive flow. It didn’t work. Foles was 4-of-11 passing with an interception. Not good.

It was windy at Lincoln Financial Field, and the Falcons were stuck trying to move the ball against the wind in the second half. The Eagles’ defense keyed in on the run, just like they did all year to finish No. 1 in the league, and pretty much shut Atlanta down for most of the second half.

The Eagles settled for a field goal after a 14-play, 83-yard drive that took almost eight minutes off the clock in the fourth quarter. Atlanta made some big-time plays on the next possession, but a crucial stop from the Eagles on fourth-and-goal saved the day.

This one had some very strange plays that shaped the outcome, and things ended up bouncing the Eagles’ way just enough to get the win.

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“It’s nothing new to us,” Bills wide receiver Zay Jones told NewYorkUpstate.com. “We know where we stand. We know where people pick us. We believe we write our own destiny with how we come to practice each and every day, with how we approach meetings and how we approach ultimately game day and just one day at a time. People are going to pick who they want to pick. That’s what fans and analysts and the media does. Our concern is the guys in the locker room and really just focusing in. Because this is really a huge game for us.”

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“When we flew home, I looked out the window of the plane and couldn’t believe it,” Altuve says. “The city was destroyed.”

Depending on how his contract is structured, and if things don’t work out, the Raiders could be stuck paying Gruden a boatload of money and also paying a new head coach to right the ship.

If that happens, the Raiders may very well have to shell out a record-setting amount for that new coach, too, in part thanks to this Gruden deal.

On the flip side, there were moments where hesitancy cropped up in how he aimed the ball too much, most notably on a second-quarter overthrow to Ed Dickson in the end zone. But given the fact that Newton only threw two passes in the preseason, this was a pretty good start. “Overall,” said one team staffer, “it was very solid.”

The Ravens would end up losing their next game, and finished the season losing three of their last four games to finish 8-8.

Andy Dalton’s fourth down heroics did it in 2017
The Ravens probably thought things couldn’t have gotten worse than they did last year, but they did. Coming into Sunday’s game, the Ravens controlled their own playoff destiny, needing a single win to get in.

The Bills, on the other hand, needed to win, and the Ravens to lose. The Ravens had a seemingly easy task on their hand with the Bengals, but it was far from that.

But it hardly ends there, for any of them. It’s also in growing the players as people and into leaders, which means even those who quickly get into the lineup remain immersed in developing with their peers.

“An emerging leadership plan is something we focused on for sure with players like that,” Dimitroff continued. “We’ve had players who continue to rise to the occasion, like (Deion Jones) and like Grady Jarrett, younger guys who continue to show their ability on the field, and in how they lead the team. That’s another element of Plan D that’s important to us, to continue to determine who those guys are going to be, the next wave of leaders on this football team.”

Jonathan Stewart is 5’10 and 240 pounds. His build is vaguely reminiscent of a bowling ball with legs. He’s about the last guy you’d expect to see jumping straight over a defender. But he did.

The Dolphins’ Cordrea Tankersley is crouching over a little, but he’s mostly upright. And Stewart hurdles him so casually, like this is something he does every day.

Maybe we shouldn’t have been so surprised, because this wasn’t Stewart’s first hurdle. But it doesn’t make it any less impressive to see him flying over a guy who’s three inches taller than Stewart.

Speaking of butts, 2017 was the Year of the Butt in the NFL. Panthers wide receiver Damiere Byrd contributed to that with this touchdown against the Green Bay Packers in Week 15.

I watch the 49ers only when they play a nationally televised game. Even though Garoppolo is 4-0 as a 49er, I haven’t changed my NFL viewing habits because the Niners still haven’t been on national TV, so I haven’t been able to watch them. I really want there to be an a la carte system for cable and if they really had that, I would go back to purchasing cable so I could pick what channels I actually wanted. Until then, I would rather put that money towards something else that we really like to do. My wife and I like to travel, so we put money aside to travel, we paid off her student loans this year, and we made renovations to our condo.

Vance Joesph’s first season as the Denver Broncos’ head coach got off to an impressive start.

The rookie head coach was 3-1 after the first month of the season, a run that included a 42-17 win over the Dallas Cowboys in Week 2.

But the Broncos’ fast start came to a screeching halt when they lost eight games in a row. This unexpected meltdown was enough to put Joseph on the hot seat just one year into his head coaching tenure. It seemed as though he’d join the list of coaches relieved of their duties on Black Monday when Broncos general manager John Elway opted to skip the Rose Bowl and stay in Denver to meet with Joseph, per Mike Klis of 9News.

Instead, Elway decided to give his struggling coach one more shot to turn the Broncos around.

“It was a punishment in college,” 31-year-old defensive Calais Campbell said with a laugh over the phone Wednesday night. “In high school, we did them to get in shape and stuff, so I guess it was high school the last time it was a workout. Yeah, the first time the up-downs came about here, I was shocked. It was definitely a surprise, I thought they were joking.

How crazy was it getting everyone back? Well, All-Pro defensive tackle Gerald McCoy spent so much time in line at a gas station driving back from Atlanta that he got worried he’d run out, and called GM Jason Licht—about an hour behind McCoy on the way back—to see if Licht could help him with a contingency. Licht then went looking for a hose so he could siphon gas from his car to McCoy’s. McCoy did wind up making it to the pump OK, but what would normally be a 7-hour drive took about 13 hours. So even though Irma didn’t hit Tampa as hard as many had predicted it would, it did make it a monumental challenge for the Bucs to return to the area.

This Jaguars squad is young, fierce, and ready to make an impact. The problem, as it’s been most of the year, is Bortles. He had another poor performance in the Wild Card game, eventually finishing with more rushing yards than passing. Leonard Fournette really slowed down after a hot start to his rookie year, and the wide receiver corps remains banged up.

New Orleans newspaper declares the Saints the new owner of the Panthers after Wild Card win

The New Orleans Saints knocked off the Carolina Panthers on Sunday to advance to the NFC’s Divisional Round. It was the third time in as many attempts this season the Saints got the best of the Panthers.

With that third victory this season came a brutal own by the Times-Picayune for Monday morning’s front page edition:

A racial slur directed at a former team scout is also mentioned:

Perceptions of casual racism hardened recently when, multiple sources told SI, Richardson directed a racial slur at an African-American scout for the Panthers. The scout left the team this year—but not, according to sources, before he sought the counsel of a Charlotte attorney who negotiated a confidential settlement on his behalf. Contacted by SI and asked if he wished to comment, the scout responded, “I’m not in a position to talk.”

In Richardson’s letter announcing the same of the team, he mentioned it wouldn’t be until after the completion of the season that the sale would occur.

The Times-Picayune saw this as an opportunity to take one last parting shot at the Panthers.

The Jaguars did it with a surprising offensive explosion against the Steelers. The 45-42 win was fueled by three rushing touchdowns for Leonard Fournette and an efficient, turnover-free day for Blake Bortles. Pittsburgh never led.

The Saints came close to trailing all of Sunday too with Minnesota’s tough defense keeping them off the board until late in the third quarter. But the Saints scored three touchdowns in the last 17 minutes of the game to take a 21-20 lead with about three minutes left in the game.

After the teams traded field goals, the Vikings won with a miraculous final touchdown pass from Case Keenum to Stefon Diggs.

Another point of agreement: Because they had found a defensive anchor in Shazier (and more balance overall), they were better positioned to topple the Patriots in the AFC and add a seventh Lombardi Trophy to their already crowded case. In each of the past three seasons they had advanced one round deeper into the playoffs, losing to New England 36–17 last January in the conference championship game. And in each of the past four offseasons they reinforced their defense, drafting seven starters in the first three rounds.