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What We Learned From Week 18 in the N.F.L.

What We Learned From Week 18 in the N.F.L.

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Wentz has mainly been a caretaker this season, working off play-action and hitting the occasional deep throw. But Sunday, with the Jaguars holding Taylor to 77 yards on 15 carries, Wentz needed to be a playmaker. He took six sacks, lost a fumble and threw a pick against a Jacksonville defense that ranks as the second-worst unit in the N.F.L.His worst mistake was a third-quarter fumble when, trailing 13-3, the Colts had an opportunity to restore some order to a chaotic game. On first-and-10 from the Indianapolis 38-yard line, the blitzing linebacker Damien Wilson dinged Wentz for a loss of 9 yards, and Wentz couldn’t turtle atop the ball on his way down. He fumbled, Jacksonville tackle DaVon Hamilton recovered and, four plays later, the Jaguars extended their lead to 16-3 on Matthew Wright’...
The Jets Have Something to Build On. The Giants Do Not.

The Jets Have Something to Build On. The Giants Do Not.

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Our N.F.L. playoffs calculator has an up-to-date look at the latest playoff picture.We’ve enlisted experts to answer an essential question as a weekly service to readers: Are the Jets and Giants good yet?This week, Diante Lee, an N.F.L. analyst at Pro Football Focus, offered his observations.GiantsThe Philadelphia Eagles (8-7) beat the Giants, 34-10, on Sunday in Philadelphia. The Eagles continued their playoff push, while the Giants (4-11) struggled to replace their injured quarterback, Daniel Jones.I spent the morning wrestling the remote away from my son so we could watch the N.F.L. instead of Disney’s “Encanto.” In hindsight, my son was only trying to protect me. From what I overheard of the movie on his iPad, a family is saved after an embrace — and I’m sure my son feels he’s owed a h...

What We Learned From Week 6 in the N.F.L.

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One month ago, the Baltimore Ravens were in a state of Code Red.The team ended a September practice after two players — the No. 1 running back, Gus Edwards, and the No. 1 cornerback Marcus Peters — tore anterior cruciate ligaments on back-to-back plays. They had already lost running backs J.K. Dobbins (torn A.C.L.) and Justice Hill (torn Achilles tendon) for the year, and with an entire position group devastated, many pundits justifiably expected 2021 would be a lost season.Yet, here they are. The Ravens are 5-1, atop the A.F.C. North, and Sunday’s 34-6 termination of the Los Angeles Chargers (4-2) sent a clear message to the entire league:Go ahead and try them.The Baltimore Ravens can win any type of game.After going full M.V.P. mode last week in a thrilling comeback win over the Indianap...
N.F.L. Rookie Quarterbacks Have Been Bad. Can That Change?

N.F.L. Rookie Quarterbacks Have Been Bad. Can That Change?

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Rookie quarterbacks are typically mediocre to dreadful. Fans tend to remember exceptional cases, like Justin Herbert’s offensive-rookie-of-the-year-winning performance in 2020, while the struggles of top prospects like Dwayne Haskins, Josh Rosen, Josh Allen, Jared Goff and many others are either forgotten or politely retconned when they later achieve success.It is rare, however, for so many rookies to be so punishingly awful in so many early appearances. Sam Darnold had a tragicomic rookie season for the 2018 Jets (a bout of mononucleosis, “seeing ghosts” against the Patriots’ defense), but he threw two touchdowns and led the Jets to victory in his very first start. Joe Burrow, Carson Wentz, Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota and many others also enjoyed early success before tailing off or get...
NFL Week 1 Picks Against the Spread and Predictions

NFL Week 1 Picks Against the Spread and Predictions

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Seattle Seahawks at Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m., FoxLine: Seahawks -2.5| Total: 49.5The Colts hoped new scenery would resurrect the 2017 version of Carson Wentz, who helped lead the Eagles in the regular season on a run to a title, but a foot injury and a stint on the Covid list robbed him of valuable training camp reps with his new teammates. He’ll face a Seahawks defense that surrendered the second-most passing yards in the league to opposing teams last season but that hopes linebacker Bobby Wagner and safety Jamal Adams can turn the unit into a more consistent threat. (Adams’s 9.5 sacks last season were the most ever by a defensive back.)Seattle will lure opponents into trying to keep up with the scoring pace of Russell Wilson, D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett, as it did last year. Wentz w...
The 2021 NFL Draft First Round is Over. Here’s What We Learned.

The 2021 NFL Draft First Round is Over. Here’s What We Learned.

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The first round of the 2021 N.F.L. draft proceeded on Thursday night according to the league’s strict hierarchy: quarterbacks came first, followed by those who catch passes from them and protect them, with the defenders tasked with stopping them bringing up the rear.And just to add some extra drama to the proceedings, a member of the league’s quarterback aristocracy did his best to upstage the newcomers.Quarterbacks went 1-2-3.For the first time since 1999, quarterbacks were selected with the top three picks: Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence by the Jacksonville Jaguars at No. 1, Brigham Young’s Zach Wilson by the Jets at No. 2, and North Dakota State’s Trey Lance by the San Francisco 49ers at No. 3.The Lawrence and Wilson selections were forgone conclusions weeks ago. San Francisco’s choice of La...
Experts’ NFL Mock Draft Picks: Insights and Predictions

Experts’ NFL Mock Draft Picks: Insights and Predictions

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Soon it will all be over — the guesses, the hunches, the smoke screens, the informed speculation, the uninformed speculation and, especially, the billions of mock drafts, which have elicited untold page views and paroxysms of internet rage but that as of around 8:15 p.m. Eastern time Thursday will be as relevant as the mock drafts released Friday for 2022.Projecting how the first round of the N.F.L. draft will unfold is a futile exercise every year, especially this one, after the pandemic battered the 2020 college football season. More than 100 Division I players opted not to play; the traditional scouting combine was canceled; and teams’ efforts to assemble comprehensive profiles on prospects, with limited game film and access to medical information, were compromised.That absence of infor...
The NFL Draft is Here. Here Are Some Expert Picks and Predictions

The NFL Draft is Here. Here Are Some Expert Picks and Predictions

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Soon it will all be over — the guesses, the hunches, the smoke screens, the informed speculation, the uninformed speculation and, especially, the billions of mock drafts, which have elicited untold page views and paroxysms of internet rage but that as of around 8:15 p.m. Eastern time Thursday will be as relevant as the mock drafts released Friday for 2022.Projecting how the first round of the N.F.L. draft will unfold is a futile exercise every year, especially this one, after the pandemic battered the 2020 college football season. More than 100 Division I players opted not to play; the traditional scouting combine was canceled; and teams’ efforts to assemble comprehensive profiles on prospects, with limited game film and access to medical information, were compromised.That absence of infor...
Here Are The Needs for the Biggest Movers in the NFL Draft

Here Are The Needs for the Biggest Movers in the NFL Draft

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The top of the N.F.L. draft quaked late last month when the Miami Dolphins, the San Francisco 49ers and the Philadelphia Eagles swung what amounted to a three-team trade. The bottom of it shuddered on Friday when the Baltimore Ravens acquired another first-round pick.In March, the Dolphins sent the No. 3 pick in the draft to San Francisco for the No. 12 pick this year, first- and third-round picks in 2022 and a first-round pick in 2023. Then they shipped the No. 12 pick and a fourth-rounder this year and a first-rounder in 2022 to the Eagles, who gave Miami the No. 6 pick and a fifth-round selection.Those teams have not tipped off their draft targets — though 49ers Coach Kyle Shanahan faces questions nearly every day about his team’s quarterback position — but here are their needs ahead of...
After Trevor Lawrence, Pick Another Quarterback

After Trevor Lawrence, Pick Another Quarterback

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There is no drama as to who will be the No. 1 pick in this year’s N.F.L. draft. The only question had been which team would get the chance to draft Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence. The Jacksonville Jaguars secured that honor by way of the Jets’ seemingly not understanding that they were supposed to keep losing.So with the knowledge that Lawrence, a Peyton Manning-like sure thing of a quarterback prospect, is going to Jacksonville to be paired with Coach Urban Meyer in a college-meets-pros marriage, here is a look at the other four quarterbacks likely to go in the top 10 of this year’s draft, which will begin on Thursday with the first round held in Cleveland.Zach Wilson: The GunslingerCollege: Brigham Young (two-plus seasons as a starter)Size: 6 feet 2 inches, 214 pounds2020 Passing: 3...