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The 14th. It’s college football week.

We’ve never seen two undefeated teams, thousands of kilometers apart, planning a game against each other in a few days. But the next thing happened to number 13 BYU and number 18 BYU. That these two teams are among the favourites for the 2020 season is of course their own story.

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This week’s theme is walking in the streets. There are three candidates – Ohio State, Texas A&M and Florida – for fourth place in this week’s school football play-offs, but only Aggies (in Auburn) is less than favorite for the touchdown.

All day long we have all the highlights, uniforms and analyses of the best matches. So we’re gonna fasten our seat belts and go to the truck. We still have a long way to go and not much time to get there.

Top 25 games

  • 13 BYU (-10) at : 18 Coastal Carolina, 5:30 p.m., request from UNSPSC/NPA.
  • 23 Oregon (-9), California, 7, Annex ESPN/ESPN.
  • Number 3 Clemson (-22) at Virginia Tech, 7, request ABC/ESPN
  • #Number 1 Alabama (-29.5) to LSU, 8, KBS.
  • No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no. 10 Miami (-15) to Duke, 8, ACC/ESPN app
  • 11 Baylor, Oklahoma (-22), 8, Fox.
College football Week 14 scores, Top 25 analysis and must-see moments

Stanford 31, number 22 Washington 26.

They came close, but Husky could not win again in the second half of the return because he lost 31:26 to Stanford. Even in a year with a limited number of matches, the regular Pac-12 parity has resurfaced. The Huskies started the day as the only unbeaten team in the Pac-12 North and are on their way to the Oregon rivalry with a chance to win the division next week. — Kyle Bonagura

College football Week 14 scores, Top 25 analysis and must-see moments

19 Iowa, 35 Illinois, 21.

The Hawkeyes came out of the first hole with two touchdowns and played 35 points in a row, finishing with two touchdowns. After the first quarter Iowa had only 28 yards, but in the last three quarters it dropped to 396 yards. Spencer Petras threw three touchdowns, Tyler Goodson was just 100 yards from the forefront and the defense gave no points in the second half until the reserves came forward and the game was out of reach. — Sam Khan Jr.

College football Week 14 scores, Top 25 analysis and must-see moments

24 Tulsa 19, Marine 6.

A strong defence against the Golden Hurricanes resurfaced, preventing the navy from entering the action zone to win the lowdown. Tulsa’s defense ended with five sacks and a huge amount of 12 grenades to lose. The victory enabled Tulsa to make it to the American Athletic Conference Championship and face Cincinnati on a constant basis. Next week, Tulsa will play his regular season finale against the Bears and see them on day 19 of the season. December in the AAC title set again. — Sam Khan Jr.

College football Week 14 scores, Top 25 analysis and must-see moments

Number 6 Florida 31, Tennessee 19.

After a slow start of the attack, Florida wanted to claim another victory over Tennessee and qualify as champion of the Eastern Division for the SEC championship game. Kyle Trask scored four touchdowns for the seventh time this season and took the lead on all FBS passes. He went over 400 yards and became Florida’s first quarterback with three 400-yard passes in one season. Even more encouraging is the way in which the Alligator defense has stopped the Volos for most of the game and perhaps played the best game on the defensive line. – Andrea Adelson

College football Week 14 scores, Top 25 analysis and must-see moments
College football Week 14 scores, Top 25 analysis and must-see moments

12 Indiana 14, 16 Wisconsin 6.

It was the first week Indiana played without quarterback Michael Penix Jr. and Jack Tuttle did exactly what he needed. Tuttle didn’t turn the ball around and made 13 of 22 passes at 130 yards and two touchdowns. Indiana’s defense has remained strong throughout the season, forcing the country to go twice for defense. Today the Hoosiers defeated three scoring teams for the first time since 1945.

The Badgers had a tough season. They had to cancel three games because of the coronavirus, a 17-7 loss in the northwest and now a small loss in Indiana on Saturday. Hoosier’s defense never let the badgers touch the stream during the attack and forced Wisconsin to make a few coup attempts. Wisconsin was lucky to be late, but in the end Indiana played bigger games. The Badgers are now 2-2 in the season and will end the season in Iowa. — Harry Liles, Jr.

College football Week 14 scores, Top 25 analysis and must-see moments

Iowa, 9, 42 West Virginia, 6.

For the first time in the history of the school, Zyklone will participate in the Big 12 championship competition. That was decided at the start of their game on Saturday as soon as Oklahoma’s defeat was final, but the Cyclones played as if it were a mandatory victory, with West Virginia dominating. Brock Perdy was close to perfection, Brace Hall was his usual productivity, and the defense kept the climbers off the ground. The state of Iowa is almost twice the size of West Virginia. — Sam Khan Jr.

College football Week 14 scores, Top 25 analysis and must-see moments

TSU 29, no. 15 Oklahoma 22.

Despite the fact that the cowboys made five moves, including three errors forced by Amen Ogbongbemiga, they scored only six points at the start. Mike Gandhi said the team has cancelled six starts (including Chuba Hubbard) since the start of the season and is playing on the offensive line with three newcomers. In a seven-point defeat, the OSU also missed an extra point and two goals on the field. The cowboys were officially excluded from the Big 12 race, a disappointing turn of events in a promising season that was hampered by injuries. — Dave Wilson

College football Week 14 scores, Top 25 analysis and must-see moments

Four Ohio 52, Michigan 12.

After the cancellation of KOVID, Michigan quickly returned to the field as they played linebacker without the three strikers and the triple Ohio state captain Toof Borland. Justin Fields’ quarterback was brilliant (199-yard pass, 104-yard pickdown, four touchdowns), and Tray Sermon Running Back, an Oklahoma transfer, played his best game as a Buckeye (112 yards, 64-yard touchdown). At half time, the Buckeyes led 28-0 for MSU 270-80 and overcame several bad dreams of Harry Miller’s Center, a converted goalkeeper. The defense, fighting a passing Indiana offense, took a touchdown from lineman Haskell Garrett and put the Spartans offside at 39:30. — Adam Rittenberg

College football Week 14 scores, Top 25 analysis and must-see moments

Number 5 Texas A&M 31, Auburn 20

A week after a depressing and anemic offensive against LSU, Aggiz pushed Auburn, stormed 313 meters and checked the clock at 38:00. Kellen Mouth was effective at 18:23 for 196 yards and two touchdowns and 60 more. He also had breaks when a future interception bounced back into the hands of Jalen Wydermyer for a touchdown, an accidental turnaround in which Aggis stopped a three-game loss against Auburn. In general, it was a solid and physical game for the team that tried to play in the play-offs. — Dave Wilson

College football Week 14 scores, Top 25 analysis and must-see moments

Figure 20, number 21 Marshall 0.

In the past, the Thunderbird looked like a completely different football team with a 7-0 home loss for Rice. Quarterback Grant Welles intercepted five times in the afternoon, something Marshall’s quarterback hasn’t done since 1995 (Chad Pennington). Marshall became the third team with a record 7-0 or more to lose to a team with a record defeat percentage not seen since 1961. It just wasn’t a Marshall Week. — Harry Liles, Jr.

College football Week 14 scores, Top 25 analysis and must-see moments

# 25 Louisiana 24, App-State 21

The Cajun Ragin’ Cajuns probably played the strangest game of the weekend and beat App State for the first time on Friday. All you need to know about this game is that Louisiana’s head coach, Billy Napier, pulled the safety net from his 35-yard line to reduce App State’s deficit to three, because he had three bad dreams about the long snapper. It all ended with the climbers admitting a goal in the last seconds of the race. — Harry Liles, Jr.

College football Week 14 scores, Top 25 analysis and must-see moments

Number eight, Georgia Vanderbilt… …adjourned.

The Bulldogs wanted a game against Vanderbilt on Saturday. He’s winning back to back, and J.T. Daniels has a good quarterback position. It had to be Alumni Day, and Athletic Director Greg McGarity made no secret of his disappointment on Friday when he learned that the game had been postponed due to incidents with KOVID-19, problems tracing contacts, injuries and the cancellation of the Commodore football program. The question is whether it is even possible to play a game on the 19th. When we play on the 19th, it’s great, but I think there are some concerns when it’s played, McGarity said. I know Wendy’s ready to play. I just hope it will be. — Alex Scarborough

Large dimensions

Players warm up in the BYU-Coastal Carolina game.

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Zack Wilson’s pass was intercepted by Derrick Bush, and both banks were cleared in response to Wilson’s outrageous outside shots.

Straight houses

The Oregon duck has finally reached the stadium. (Oregon plays on the street.)

finally watch soccer on autzen pic.twitter.com/980WoqYUcN

– 5. Duck (@TheOregonDuck) 6. December 2020

You hate to see this.

Miles Marshall lightly touched the ball, but he dropped it.

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Miles Marshall of Indiana is wide open for an easy touchdown, but he throws the ball.

He’s intercepted a number of large planes.

Knocked down in the first run? Sure, why not?

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Spencer Sanders took off in the air when he tried to secure the TSU defender and eventually turned around to go first.

Johnson was amputated.

Buckies had no choice but to cheat on Larry Johnson after Buckies defeated the state of Michigan.

Celebrate your first victory as head coach in a college competition.

(via @OhioStateFB) pic.twitter.com/twtQdKvwEU

– 4. Fox Football College (@CFBONFOX) December 2020

And, of course, Lebron had to recall James for victory in Ohio.

What he said! #GoBuckeyes https://t.co/6xKyq6MfmM

– Lebron James (@KingJames) 5. December 2020.

fight for Texas!

If you see anything today, it’s the Longhorns Rally around Derek Kerstetter.

After going to the hospital to heal his sprained ankle, Derek Kerstetter, winner of the Texas Award, returned to the dressing room to sing Texas Fight with his teammates by mail to @KVUE pic.twitter.com/nh0K2nquu7.

– Jake Garcia (@Jake_M_Garcia) 5. December 2020.

Where have all his friends gone?

What’s Big Bird doing alone in the bleachers?

This is not Sesame Street https://t.co/brH1JT7He5.

– 4. SportsNation (@SportsNation) December 2020

Nothing happens at the Mizzo Parade..

Missouri beat Arkansas for the fifth consecutive year thanks to the winning goal from Harrison Mevis, and his social team was more than ready to fly those tweets at the end of the game.

️ pic.twitter.com/x7cIpdLx8t

– 4. Mizzou football (@Mizzou football) December 2020.

Let’s have a look at @kickerhmevis6 pic.twitter.com/zsamdLFl6M.

– 4. Mizzou football (@Mizzou football) December 2020.

Teamwins

Cam Taylor-Britt, celebrating Nebraska’s victory over Purdue, will make you smile.

OVERVIEW ✊

a cube: @CamTaylorBritt5 @Wanda1erobinson @MartinezTheQB pic.twitter.com/GVDQCf6n0E

– Nebraska Haskers (@Haskers) 5. December 2020.

The big frog plays

Those moments of TCU hugging helped the team beat the state of Oklahoma. And it’s no better than that 71-meter TD and that one-handed interception, just for stylish glasses.

71 TD yards and 2 conversion points to take the lead pic.twitter.com/aLImPmWUue.

– 4. Football at ESPN College (@ESPNCFB) 5. Soccer. December 2020.

What an interception for UTC to save the defensive position. pic.twitter.com/3Prec0tl0X

– Brian Fischer (@BryanDFischer) 5. December 2020

Are the mules really here?

Chanticleers ensure that the hair trend is back and that the hair flow shines with a creative name for this new game against BYU.

pic.twitter.com/mDdg2UMAgd

– without context University football (@nocontextcfb) 5. December 2020.

I love everything about Caroline Chanticleers. Picture.twitter.com/OhJTOEgxjS

– Meg (@hotmesshusker) 5. December 2020.

T-shirts of defeated Catholics against convicts…. pic.twitter.com/fJbfRiJu3y

– Matt Barry (@MattBarrie) 5. December 2020.

Everything you need.

Because sometimes a park is the only place where you can train.

Stanford football coaches in Bellevue Park in the city.

A loan: @bleyert425 & @ThatGuyAlvinn pic.twitter.com/CwUZ3p1she

– 3. West Coast CFB (@West Coast CFB) December 2020.

Do you lift, brother?

Apparently, Marvin Grant has his representatives.

OH MY @BoilerFootball’s @HardBodyMarv4 added pic.twitter.com/h8U4zJUpPf

– 4. Fox Football College (@CFBONFOX) December 2020

Nix has a few tricks up his sleeve.

The Beau Knicks made an incredible escape to score that touchdown.

What if I told you… Bo Nix scored a touchdown in this game @30for30 https://t.co/Fuzw0Dvj2S pic.twitter.com/nxRmWJJD10D.

– 4. Football at ESPN College (@ESPNCFB) 5. Soccer. December 2020.

Slight additional motivation

Missouri’s Nick Bolton wasn’t too happy with Arkansas claiming to have the worst boys in the field.

Lol @ signature. See you Saturday. https://t.co/hFZcpKhAYO.

– 2. Nick Bolton (@_nickbolton2) 3. Nick Bolton. December 2020.

As strange as.

So the Louisiana app game ended, and yeah, it was weird.

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Louisiana came to a near-catastrophic end after the Appalachian striker Chandler Staton missed a possible draw attempt to score a goal.

Eastern border and below

After BYU and Coastal Carolina agreed on Thursday to play this weekend, the Cougars’ equipment car had to make a quick jump, 2,200 miles from Provo, Utah to Conway, South Carolina. The runners had to leave Wednesday evening when the game was scheduled, so they started with a live twitter trip over rough terrain with a jogging joke to the border.

Just a little message at Taco Bell. Picture.twitter.com/RHKwxkwLvJ

– 2. BYU equipment (@ equipment) 3. December 2020

And the end result:

Welcome to Conway, @byuequipment.

I hope they’re on the right side. Picture.twitter.com/RBxgLfpTfb

– 3. Coastal Carolina Athletics (@GoCCUsports) 4. Coastal Carolina Athletics (@GoCCUsports) December 2020.

What is the annual difference with?

Last year, in one of the biggest seasons in the history of the College of Football, LSU organized a massive celebration after its victory over Alabama in Tuscaloosa. This year the Tigers enter the second half of the tournament with a 3-4 scoring line. Those clips could have been shown at the theatres in Alabama this week.

Last year in Tuscaloos they behaved like idiots lmao pic.twitter.com/dOLipuGvq3.

– 3. Beer Bryant 616 (@DontrellChillis) 4. Beer Bryant 616 (@DontrellChillis) December 2020

Health insurance certificates issued by the issuers

In the social media war, the 12 A Man from Texas A&M saw a man flying over the canyon to shoot an eagle for the big game Aggies vs. This has been the theme of the College Station graphics team throughout the season.

Don’t think you’re so special, Auburn. We’re gonna make a game poster for everyone. Picture.twitter.com/p5lmtLoFh5

– Robert Behrens (@rcb05) 4. December 2020

Back on the couch for Bob

Former Oklahoma coach Bob Stupps returned to the training field this week due to a shortage of coaches for the COVID-19 tests, but he will return on Saturday if there are enough coaches for the speed.

Due to the presence of some coaches of the Oklahoma soccer team, Bob Stupps will not be the coach for Saturday’s game against Baylor.

Read more https://t.co/JHcDElubwj➡ pic.twitter.com/43g7ebZDli

– Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) 4. December 2020.

Write to

Notre Dame has one of the best seasons under Brian Kelly. This impulse has apparently penetrated as far as Leprechaun.

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Notre Dame Elf caught the ball with his foot and pushed it through the poles.

Making Daddy Proud

Mac Brown’s daughter, Katherine, went to Jeopardy! and like her father’s trip to California in 2006, she deserved the crown.

I am so proud of her! https://t.co/QAn6DYxEZe

– 4. Mac Brown (@CoachMackBrown) December 2020.

Sport, but do it fashionably.

Rutgers wears a Black Knight uniform with chrome carbon fibre in the bedrooms.

Back to black pic.twitter.com/sCRwiw0qKv

– Rutgers. 2. Football (@RFootball) 3. Soccer. December 2020.

Illinois wears a Grey Ghost to celebrate the era of the Red Ghost.

– 4. Football in Illinois (@Illini Football) December 2020.

Meanwhile Clemson arrived in his Virginia Tech playing style.

Cold weather adapts >>> pic.twitter.com/rpciQIb4dU

– 4. Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) December 2020.

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NFL Mock Draft 2022: Packers, Buccaneers, Dolphins go WR late; Titans surprise with QB

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NFL Mock Draft 2022: Packers, Buccaneers, Dolphins go WR late; Titans surprise with QB

The divisional round of the 2022 NFL playoffs is complete, meaning four more teams are locked into their first-round positions in the 2022 NFL Draft. The Titans, Packers and Buccaneers are all picking a little earlier than expected after losing as favorites over the weekend. The Bills joined them on schedule as the only road team to lose.

The draft order now being set through No. 28 changes what teams will consider what prospects at what spots. Knowing that, here are the latest early projections for what will happen on the night of April 28:

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NFL Mock Draft 2022

1. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-14)

  • Aidan Hutchinson, EDGE, Michigan (6-6, 265 pounds)

The Jaguars should think about offensive line, especially if left tackle Cam Robinson leaves as a free agent, but with wholesale changes looming, it’s hard to pass on a cornerstone defensive disruptor. Hutchinson plays with great energy and power and is still developing his already-strong pass-rush moves. He’s ideal for a 4-3 end, so his availability might push Jacksonville toward that kind of scheme with a new coach.

2. Detroit Lions (3-13-1)

  • Kayvon Thibodeaux, EDGE, Oregon (6-5, 258 pounds)

The Lions might be tempted should Hutchinson be available, given the local angle, but they should also be thrilled to get Thibodeaux at No, 2. On top of the being the more athletic and disruptive pass rusher, Thibodeaux is more versatile. He could thrive in Aaron Glenn’s front seven.

3. Houston Texans (4-13)

  • Evan Neal, OT, Alabama (6-7, 350 pounds)

The Texans should be thinking about Davis Mills as a potential franchise QB to replace Deshaun Watson after he showed steady development down the stretch with his strong arm and accuracy. Mills’ improvement should prompt Houston to try to move a fading and now-injured left tackle Laremy Tunsil to create major salary cap space for their rebuild. Neal would be a young upgrade who could dominate as a pass protector and run blocker for a decade.

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4. New York Jets (4-13)

  • Derek Stingley Jr., CB, LSU (6-1, 195 pounds)

The Jets got good cornerback play in the first year of Robert Saleh’s defense, but in a zone scheme that connects to Seattle’s “Legion of Boom,” they need more effective playmaking. Stingley is a do-everything impact defensive back who can cover a lot of ground and different types of receivers. 

5. New York Giants (4-13)

  • Tyler Linderbaum, C, Iowa (6-3, 290 pounds)

The Giants would be smart to target the offensive line in the first round, perhaps multiple times, to help out Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley. Linderbaum, an intelligent rock of an interior blocker and a perfect long-term line leader, would be a great fit as a major upgrade from Billy Price.

6. Carolina Panthers

  • Malik Willis, QB, Liberty (6-1, 215 pounds)

The Panthers once made Cam Newton, a former Auburn star under offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn, their franchise QB. Willis, who started his career at Auburn under Malzahn before transferring, has a cannon for an arm and great speed. He has the potential to make scouting jaws drop in the predraft process and make teams less concerned about his small-school status given his career-ending awesome play.

7. New York Giants (from Chicago Bears)

  • Ikem Ekwonu, T/G, N.C. State (6-4, 320 pounds)

The Giants get another strong O-lineman with their second top-10 pick. Ekwonu is a powerful run blocker with the type of nasty streak that’s needed to dominate. He can play inside or outside in the NFL, but with Linderbaum bolstering the middle, it would be nice to have Ekwonu flank left tackle Andrew Thomas on the right side.

8. Atlanta Falcons (7-10)

  • Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame (6-4, 220 pounds)

When he was the Titans’ offensive coordinator, Arthur Smith got to see Kevin Byard make a big-time impact as a playmaking safety. Smith needs that kind of player in Atlanta to support top-flight young corner A.J. Terrell. The Falcons had some of the worst play at the position in the league in 2021.

9. Denver Broncos (7-10)

  • Matt Corral, QB, Ole Miss (6-0, 200 pounds)

The Broncos have a quarterback decision to make, and they can’t afford to ignore the position in the first round. Remember former coach Vic Fangio’s final lamentation about not having a reliable passer. Denver’s shrewd GM, George Paton, must target a franchise QB to clean up the Teddy Bridgewater-Drew Lock mess. Corral is a dynamic athlete and confident runner who also shows aggressiveness with a big arm. He quickly refined his raw skills under Lane Kiffin.

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10. New York Jets (from Seattle Seahawks)

  • George Karlaftis, EDGE, Purdue (6-4, 275 pounds)

The Jets shouldn’t mind loading up on pass defense for Saleh after getting Stingley to upgrade the back end in a big way. They need to target an ideal 4-3 end who can remind Saleh a little of Nick Bosa (6-4, 266 pounds). Karlaftis possesses elite athleticism for his size and is still tapping into his immense pass-rush potential.

11. Washington Football Team (7-10)

  • Kenny Pickett, QB, Pittsburgh (6-3, 220 pounds)

Washington saw some flashes from Taylor Heinicke in place of Ryan Fitzpatrick, whose bridge season was a total injury washout, but it cannot expect to tap fully into the promise of its passing game without having a confident franchise QB who’s made for a big market. Pickett has surged into first-round consideration while other big-name QBs have faded, thanks to outstanding play that helped to make the Panthers ACC champions. He has natural deep-ball accuracy and football intelligence. He also has that underrated Joe Burrow-like swagger.

12. Minnesota Vikings (8-9)

  • Devin Lloyd, LB, Utah (6-3, 235 pounds)

The Vikings will need to address the second level with aging, oft-injured, Anthony Barr heading into free agency along with Nick Vigil. Lloyd is a strong, rangy athlete who stands out making plays. He has the smarts and instincts for their zone scheme.

13. Cleveland Browns (8-9)

  • Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State (6-1, 189 pounds)

The Browns need to upgrade their receiving corps big time with a true go-to outside threat. Luckily for Cleveland, there’s a good answer in Columbus. Olave has great speed, quickness and burst. He can emerge as their new No. 1 for Baker Mayfield or whoever’s the quarterback in 2022.

14. Baltimore Ravens (8-9)

  • Kaiir Elam, CB, Florida (6-2, 196 pounds)

The Ravens ended the season with an injury-riddled mess at cornerback. They need to rejuvenate their coverage to boost their blitzing scheme. Elam’s strength and length stand out. He is very efficient in coverage because of his athleticism.

15. Philadelphia Eagles (from Miami Dolphins)

  • DeMarvin Leal, DT, Texas A&M (6-4, 290 pounds)

Leal is a versatile disruptor who can thrive inside or outside in Jonathan Gannon’s four-man front. Tackle Fletcher Cox is fading with age and end Derek Barnett will be a free agent. Leal has shown his interior pass-rushing skills with 8.5 sacks, but he also is a stout run stopper. He will need to answer questions about his recent arrest on marijuana possession charges, but in the end, it shouldn’t affect his stock that much given that weed doesn’t carry the same stigma it once did for a prospect.

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16. Philadelphia Eagles (from Indianapolis Colts)

  • David Ojabo, EDGE, Michigan (6-5, 250 pounds)

The Eagles, beyond Barnett’s pending free agency, also know Josh Sweat was so-so filling in for Brandon Graham, who is entering his Age 34 season and coming off a ruptured Achilles tendon. They need reinforcements for the tone-setting strength of their defense. Ojabo would give them a flashy, freakish edge player who can contribute initially in a situational role. His speed, explosiveness and energy fueled a big rise behind end-mate Hutchinson.

17. Los Angeles Chargers (9-8)

  • Jordan Davis, DT, Georgia (6-6, 340 pounds)

The Chargers need to upgrade their run defense big time. Their entire front three struggled in that capacity. Coach Brandon Staley was used to having Aaron Donald as his 3-4 linchpin with the other Los Angeles team. Davis is a massive player who disrupts plays with great quickness for his size.

18. New Orleans Saints (9-8)

  • Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama (6-2, 189 pounds)

The Saints need to address wideout with Michael Thomas’ future clouded by injury and discontent. Williams profiles like many of the recent top Crimson Tide picks at the position, and he rose fast up boards after getting more showcase opportunities with John Metchie III on the shelf. Williams proved while playing with Heisman-winning QB Bryce Young that he can be a lot more than a route-running technician; he can flat-out make big plays. The big question now is: How will he recover from the ACL tear he suffered in the College Football Playoff title game in early January?

19. Philadelphia Eagles (9-8)

  •  Andrew Booth Jr., CB, Clemson (6-0, 200 pounds)

The Eagles are getting nice late-career play from Darius “Big Play” Slay and Avonte Maddox has been good, too, but they could use a further boost in the secondary from Booth. He is a strong, active corner who has the speed and ball skills to become a worthy successor to Slay as their top cover man.

20. Pittsburgh Steelers (9-7-1)

  • Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State (6-5, 310 pounds)

The Steelers should think about how best to address quarterback with Ben Roethlisberger set to retire; picking one here, trading up to land Pickett or swinging a blockbuster deal (Russell Wilson? Aaron Rodgers?). Whoever the QB is, they need to upgrade the pass protection for him, given the poor tackle play this past season. Cross is a strong, powerful edge blocker who can develop the footwork to handle the left side for the long term.

21. New England Patriots (10-7)

  • Nakobe Dean, ILB, Georgia (6-0, 225 pounds)

The Patriots need to replace middle man Dont’a Hightower, who will become a free agent ahead of his Age 32 season. Bill Belichick should love a player who can play anywhere and do anything on the second level and quickly emerge as a leader, which is what he was for a dominant Bulldogs defense. Dean can flat-out fly and can make plays from sideline to sideline wherever he’s lined up.

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22. Las Vegas Raiders (10-7)

  • Garrett Wilson, WR, Ohio State (6-0, 188 pounds)

The Raiders need a reliable all-around receiver for Derek Carr instead of additional limited deep threats. Wilson is a natural technician with his smarts, quickness, route-running and hands. He also is dangerous in making big plays after the catch.

23. Arizona Cardinals (11-6)

  • Ahmad Gardner, CB, Cincinnati (6-3, 200 pounds)

The Cardinals have gotten flashes at corner with Byron Murphy making plays on the ball and veteran Robert Alford overachieving, but they need more a reliable player. Gardner has great agility with his length and can move around to handle vertical or horizontal coverage.

24. Dallas Cowboys (12-5)

  • Travon Walker, DE/DT, Georgia (6-5, 275 pounds)

The Cowboys had issues at defensive tackle this season and starter Carlos Watkins is a pending free agent. End Randy Gregory also is unsigned for 2022. Walker joins Davis and Dean in having momentum from the Dawgs’ defense-dominated CFP championship run. He is an explosive, versatile playmaker who can line up at multiple spots up front and can win with athleticism and power.

25. Buffalo Bills (11-6)

  • Trent McDuffie, CB, Washington (5-11, 195 pounds)

The Bills have a good No. 2 corner to Tre’Davious White in Levi Wallace, but Wallace will be a free agent and White will be coming off a torn ACL for his Age 27 season. With limited weaknesses as Super Bowl contenders, they should look for a direct replacement for Wallace outside. McDuffie can offer great explosiveness and quickness for Sean McDermott and Leslie Frazier.

26. Tennessee Titans (12-5)

  • Desmond Ridder, QB, Cincinnati (6-4, 215 pounds)

The Titans need to push for a higher ceiling at QB beyond Ryan Tannehill, who’s 33 and has only one “locked-in” year left on his contract. This may be surprise some, but this concept will gain steam should an option this appealing be available. Ridder was a great leader for the Bearcats, and he showed that he’s natural dual-threat NFL prospect with his strong arm and running skills.

27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (13-4)

Antonio Brown quit and Chris Godwin is a pending free agent. Although the Bucs have young depth at receiver, if they’re taking one more shot at a Super Bowl with Tom Brady, they need to upgrade their downfield element to play off Mike Evans outside. Dotson is a speedy vertical threat with the quickness to make big plays after making strong catches in the open field.

28. Green Bay Packers (13-4)

  • Treylon Burks, WR, Arkansas (6-3, 225 pounds)

The Packers should use this pick to upgrade their wide receiver corps, either to better complement Davante Adams outside and please Aaron Rodgers or to protect themselves in case they can’t re-sign Adams, a pending free agent, to a long-term deal after franchise-tagging him. Burks is a huge target with big hands to match. He can dominate smaller, less physical corners and has deceptive speed.

29. Cincinnati Bengals (10-7)

  • Nicholas Petit-Frere, OT, Ohio State (6-5, 315 pounds)

The Bengals’ pass protection in front of Joe Burrow may keep them from reaching the Super Bowl. They need to upgrade the right side opposite left tackle Jonah Williams. They can find a good answer in-state. Petit-Frere is a well-rounded blocker with a nice blend of strength, agility and footwork, He stood out while playing both sides.

30. Miami Dolphins (from San Francisco 49ers)

  • Drake London, WR, USC (6-5, 210 pounds)

The Dolphins should be pleased with first-rounder Jaylen Waddle as a potential next Tyreek Hill with his speed and quickness, but they could use an upgrade over DeVante Parker, who has durability issues going into his Age 29 season. London matches a nice catch radius with great hands and quickness, which makes him a big-play and red-zone threat in the Mike Evans mold.

31. Detroit Lions (from Los Angeles Rams)

  •  Sam Howell, QB, North Carolina (6-1, 220 pounds)

After getting Thibodeaux as the cornerstone for their defense early in the first round, it’s time for the Lions to address franchise QB. They can wait and still get a potential long-term starter here. Howell is a smart, seasoned and accurate pocket passer. Looking for Howell or Ridder late would be a much smarter play than passing on Thibodeaux for Corral, Willis or Pickett.

32. Kansas City Chiefs (12-5)

  •  Roger McCreary, CB, Auburn (6-0, 190 pounds)

With Charvarius Ward and Mike Hughes heading into free agency, the Chiefs should think about corner should there be a worthy talent available. If McCreary slips, he would be a no-brainer. He has the size, physicality, fluidity and ability to play well in any downfield coverage scheme.



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What’s next for Tom Brady, Buccaneers? Playoff loss to Rams may not signal end to Super run, retirement

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Did Tom Brady Play His Last Game With The Buccaneers? With retirement rumors swirling around the 44-year-old quarterback ahead of the NFC 30-27 divisional playoff loss to Los Angeles, that’s one of many big questions to answer in 2022 in Tampa.

The runner-up and host Bucs came up short in a Brady-led epic comeback attempt, which also meant they were two wins short of repeating as Super Bowl champions. That pushes the Bucs early into a tricky outdoor season with a wide range of results. They can either remain elite champion candidates or, at worst, fall into rebuilding mode.

First, Brady must decide if he wants to return to his second team before age 45. He is under contract for $25.4 million through 2022. The Bucs still have plenty of promising pieces, offensively and defensively, that might lead him to believe he can get another run on an eighth ring. On the other hand, he could be content to win a ring away from the Patriots and Bill Belichick to stamp his career as the undisputed GOAT QB.

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Brady was still playing at a high level, but it will take a year to stay in shape and keep fighting Father Time. He could go either way by wanting a lot more of the grind in pursuit of a little more glory. What Brady decides will affect his favorite tight end, Rob Gronkowski. Gronkowski is out of a contract at the start of his 33-year season and, just like after winning Super Bowl 53 vs. the Rams, choose to retire, this time for real. Without Brady, the Bucs would suddenly have to find a QB fix, probably another experienced bridge as they still pick late in the first round of the draft.

Should Brady return, there are also concerns. Below is the list of the main pending unlimited free agents, along with Gronkowski, some of whom have also been around over the years:

  • RB Leonard Fournette
  • RB Ronald Jones
  • RB Giovani Bernard
  • WR Chris Godwin
  • TE OJ Howard
  • C Ryan Jensen
  • DT Ndamukong Suho
  • DE William Gholston
  • OLB Jason Pierre-Paul
  • CB Carlton Davis
  • S Jordan Whitehead

According to The Buccaneers AboutTheCap.com, looking at less than $20 million in salary cap room. Even with some creative contract work, they won’t be able to keep their startup workforce intact. Brady has to weigh it up to play on a lesser team that is aging in some areas than being further rejuvenated by playing with right tackle Tristan Wirfs, nose tackle Vita Vea, inside linebacker Devin White, safety Antoine Winfield Jr. and other core youth.

MORE: What Went Wrong for Bucs vs. Rams?

Another key pro for Brady’s stay is the fact that the Panthers and Falcons remain weak in NFC South and the post-Drew Brees Saints may face a QB and/or coaching transition. With him, the Bucs will be in a good position to take big wins as a division powerhouse, even with a few player losses.

Looking at the bigger picture in the NFC, it’s not certain that Aaron Rodgers will return to the Packers and the Rams are an “all-in” playoff team with an impending blur. The 49ers are on the cusp of bringing in another QB, the Cardinals have their fair share of free-agent and age issues. The Cowboys, well, the Cowboys. The Bucs with Brady would have shot as fair as any of those teams to get to the Super Bowl next year.

Had the Buccaneers seen their deficit turn into a total loss of the Rams in the second half of 27-3, there would have been much less confidence that the team had another Super Bowl run. But in the end, despite significant injuries led by Wirfs and Godwin, the Bucs held out against a fraught Rams team with a worthy QB counterpart to Brady in Matthew Stafford.

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It’s hard to keep a championship team together in the modern NFL unless a team does it with a first-class QB on its rookie contract. Parity and roster turnover are part of the territory. Brady, along with defying his age, was at the center of countering that trend, first with great help from Belichick in New England and second by hand-picking the ideal complementary team in Tampa.

There’s no question Brady has at least one more great season in him and the Bucs’ championship window isn’t suddenly slammed shut as they’ve risen from NFC wildcard risers to mighty No. 2 seed. But it’s mostly up to him if it’s kept wide open.



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The championship round of the AFC and NFC playoffs looks a little different this year.

For the first time since 2010, both No. 1 seeds were eliminated, with the Titans losing to the Bengals and the Packers to the 49ers on Saturday, both on walk-off field goals. The next day, the No. 2 Buccaneers out on a field goal by the Rams, despite making an unlikely comeback from a 27-3 deficit to tie the game. The only game of the weekend not to end in a field goal was the overtime thriller between the Chiefs and Bills with 25 combined points in the final two minutes of regulation. It ended when the Chiefs scored a touchdown on OT’s opening drive.

Cincinnati now heads to Kansas City to decide the AFC’s representative in Super Bowl 56, as it will be an in-state battle that pits San Francisco against Los Angeles in the NFC title matchup.

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Here’s everything you need to know about the AFC and NFC championship games.

NFL Playoff Round 2022

The complete NFL playoff bracket for 2022:

AFC

2. Kansas City Chiefs vs. 4. Cincinnati Bengals

1. Tennessee Titans vs. 4. Cincinnati Bengals

2. Kansas City Chiefs vs. 3. Buffalo Bills

1. Tennessee Titans (Goodbye)

2. Kansas City Chiefs vs. 7. Pittsburgh Steelers

3. Buffalo Bills vs. 6. New England Patriots

4. Cincinnati Bengals vs. 5. Las Vegas Raiders

NFC

4. Los Angeles Rams vs. 6. San Francisco 49ers

1. Green Bay Packers vs. 6. San Francisco 49ers

2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. 4. Los Angeles Rams

1. Green Bay Packers (Goodbye)

2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. 7. Philadelphia Eagles

3. Dallas Cowboys vs. 6. San Francisco 49ers

4. Los Angeles Rams vs. 5. Arizona Cardinals

NFL Playoff Schedule

Championship round

sunday January 30

matchup Start time TV channel live stream
Bengal at Chiefs 15:05 ET CBS Paramount+, fuboTV
49ers at Rams 6:40 PM ET Fox Fox Sports app, fuboTV

Matching AFC, NFC Championships

AFC

  • no. 2 chiefs vs. no. 4 Bengals

Patrick Mahomes outlasted Josh Allen and the Bills in the division round. Now he’s up against Joe Burrow and the Bengals to get to the Super Bowl for the third year in a row.

These teams met on January 2 in Cincinnati, with the Bengals beating the Chiefs 17-3 in the second half to win 34-31 to take the AFC North title. Mahomes threw for 259 yards and two touchdowns while Burrow passed for 446 yards and four touchdowns. Rookie wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase had a record afternoon with 11 catches for 266 yards and three touchdowns.

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It’s no surprise that these regular-season offenses were among the best in passing in the NFL. The Chiefs finished the 2021 season in fourth with 4,791 passing yards, while the Bengals were seventh with 4,403. Neither team was particularly good at defending the pass, however; the Chiefs allowed the sixth most passing yards (4,273) and Cincinnati allowed the seventh most (4,222). This has the potential to become a back-and-forth offensive showdown.

NFC

  • No. 4 Rams vs. No. 6 49ers

The NFC West sent three of its four teams to the playoffs in the 2021 season, so it seems appropriate that the conference be represented by one of them in the Super Bowl.

The 49ers won their NFC Championship ticket — their second trip in three years — by beating the Packers 13-10 at a snowy Lambeau Field on Saturday. The Rams will play in their second conference title game in four years after avoiding a complete collapse against the Buccaneers on Sunday in a 30-27 win. San Francisco has owned Los Angeles for the past several years, winning every one of the past six match-ups, including the final week of the 2021 campaign to knock its ticket to the playoffs.

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While Matthew Stafford and the Rams finished the season in eighth overall (6,325) and tied for seventh most points (460), they will face a red-hot defense that has choked the Cowboys and Packers in the first two. rounds of the playoffs. San Francisco finished the season with the third fewest total yards (5,270) and tied for ninth fewest points allowed (365).



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