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#1 by jinshuiqian0713 , Tue Dec 03, 2019 2:22 am

( - The two afterthoughts in the NFC North, Minnesota and Chicago, will finish their seasons in a battle to avoid the cellar of the division. The Vikings can at least hang their hat on the development of rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who has had an impressive 105.7 passer rating over his past four starts. The embattled Jay Cutler, meanwhile, will be back under center for the Bears after a concussion ended Jimmy Clausens one-game tenure at the helm. Cutlers future in Chicago remains murky as does the fates of general manager Phil Emery and head coach Marc Trestman as the Bears missed the postseason for the seventh time in eight years. Jay gives us the best chance this week, Trestman said. Thats why hell be out there. I believe that Jay can work his way out of this. And Ive enjoyed coaching him and working with him. And we had dialogue last week. And we worked together last week. It was a tough week on him. I empathize with him on that. But were moving forward. Both teams are coming off losses in Week 16 with Minnesota inventing a new way to come up empty in South Florida when Terrence Fede blocked Jeff Lockes punt out of the end zone for a safety with 41 seconds left, lifting the Dolphins to a 37-35 win. The blocked punt, a direct result of Vikings long snapper Cullen Loeffler decision to deliver a ground ball back to Locke, came after Damien Williams 3-yard TD catch tied the game for the Dolphins. The fourth quarter featured a combined 41 points between the two non-playoff participants. Bridgewater connected on 19-of-26 passes for 259 yards, two touchdowns and an interception for the Vikings, who have lost two in a row and will finish under .500 in Mike Zimmers first year as the teams head coach. Matt Asiata carried the ball 16 times for 58 yards and two touchdowns. Greg Jennings caught three passes for 56 yards and a score but Minnesotas defense allowed a season-worst 493 yards of total offense. One of the worst defensive performances Ive seen in a long time, said Zimmer. All of the things Ive been trying to preach for 11 months, we didnt do. The Bears, meanwhile, fell to Detroit, 20-14, when Joique Bells touchdown run in the fourth quarter proved to be the difference. Clausen played admirably in the start in favor of the benched Cutler. The former Notre Dame star finished the game 23-for-39 for 181 yards and a pair of touchdown passes along with an interception for the Bears, who have lost their past four games. Matt Forte rushed for 55 yards on 19 carries, and added six catches for 40 yards. I just went out there and competed, thats the biggest thing that I think I did, said Clausen. I showed that I could compete in this league. But its not about me or what I do, its about winning football games and thats what we wanted to do. We just came up a little short. Clausen, however, was diagnosed with a concussion after experiencing delayed symptoms on Sunday night and has been ruled out of the season finale. He suffered the concussion on Chicagos final offensive possession when Lions defensive end Ezekiel Ansah made helmet-to-helmet contact with him as the quarterback slid at the end of a short scramble. The Bears said Clausen didnt exhibit symptoms after the hit or following the game. He contacted trainers after experiencing delayed symptoms later Sunday night and was taken to a hospital, where he was diagnosed with a concussion. The Vikings lead their all-time series with the Bears by a 54-51-2 margin but have dropped two of three, including a 21-13 setback in Chicago on Nov. 16 when Cutler passed for 330 yards and three TDs. The Vikes have won nine of the last 12 played in Minneapolis, however. WHAT TO WATCH FOR Confidence is a funny thing. Despite all his troubles and there have been plenty, Cutler almost always plays well against Minnesota, winning seven of his past eight starts against the Vikings with 20 TD passes in those games. The problem is he cant play the Vikings for all 16 games and Cutler leads the NFL with 18 interceptions and 24 turnovers overall, yet he is owed over $15 million next season after signing a big-money extension in January. That contract and his hiring of Trestman has put Emery in the cross hairs with Black Monday looming. Some think the talented Cutler has been treated unfairly, though, and there is clearly a divide in the locker room, which also could contribute to Trestmans ultimate fate. I feel really bad for Jay, injured kicker Robbie Gould told a Chicago-area radio station this week. When youre having a tough season like this, hes not the guy to be the scapegoat. Theres a lot of guys you can put that blame on. One of those is the offensive-minded Trestman, who is 13-18 as the head coach since replacing Lovie Smith in 2013. Trestman did indeed improve Chicagos offense last season when Chicago averaged 27.8 points per game, second in the NFL, but that has dipped to 20.7 points this time around. The defense, meanwhile, has been a disaster in both seasons under Trestman and defensive coordinator Mel Tucker is all but out the door. The Bears have been outscored by almost two touchdowns (13.0 ppg) during their current four-game losing streak, the franchises longest since a five-game hiccup in 2011. Zimmers first season in Minnesota has been hampered by injuries and off- the-field issues with what turned out to be an almost year-long suspension to star running back Adrian Peterson for child abuse, a development that essentially doomed the campaign. Bridgewater, the 32nd overall pick in the 2014 draft, has been a bright spot, really amping up his game over the past month or so. The University of Louisville product has found the end zone at least twice in four of his last five games and the Vikings offense has averaged over 26 points a game over that stretch. Its pretty incredible to me what hes done, Minnesota offensive coordinator Norv Turner said. How he has handled (the adversity), the things hes gotten done and what hes really done is made everyone around him better and thats a quality that youre looking for (in a quarterback). Hes very calm all the time, Zimmer added. Hes very even-tempered. Im trying to think if Ive ever seen him upset that you can visually see, and I have not seen it. The Vikings defense has a very difficult time handling the flats in general without standout rookie linebacker Anthony Barr, who is done of the season with a knee injury. The group then imploded against Miami last weekend when veteran linebacker Chad Greenway went down with a knee injury. Greenway hasnt been able to practice this week so keep an eye on Forte, who is fourth in the NFL with 118.1 yards from scrimmage per game. The game also marks the return of veteran defensive end Jared Allen to Minnesota, where he spent the previous six years before signing with Chicago as a free agent. OVERALL ANALYSIS Expect the Vikings to close out the first of their two years at TCF Bank Stadium with a field-goal win in what could be the swan song for the trio of Emery, Trestman and Cutler in Chicago. Its important for this football team that we go out and we play good, we play smart, we win because I appreciate all of the effort and focus and everything that this team has done since Ive walked in here, Zimmer said. Its good. To me, its more about reaping the benefits of the things that weve tried to do throughout the course of the year. Sports Network predicted outcome: Vikings 20, Bears 17 Wholesale Yeezy .The other side of the Bruins special teams unit delivered in the end.Gregory Campbell netted the game-winner with less than 10 minutes remaining and the Bruins fended off a late four-minute San Jose power play to earn a wild 5-3 win over the Sharks. Yeezy 700 Outlet . "Win basketball games," Collins said. He will get at least a few more chances. Collins played the final minutes of a winning home debut with the Brooklyn Nets, who cooled off the Chicago Bulls with a 96-80 victory Monday night. -- Canadas Justin Shin shot an 8-under 64 on Thursday on PGA Wests Nicklaus Tournament Course to take the first-round lead in the Web. Fake Yeezy .James scored 29 points, including 16 in the first quarter, and the Cleveland Cavaliers broke a four-game losing streak with a 106-74 win over the Orlando Magic on Monday night. Yeezy Shoes . - Roger Federer squandered a big lead and lost to No.Atlanta, GA ( - Two national powers collide in the 47th annual Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl at the Georgia Dome, as the ninth-ranked Ole Miss Rebels butt heads with the sixth-ranked TCU Horned Frogs on Wednesday, Dec. 31. Ole Miss reach as high as No. 3 in the nation during the regular season, but crucial back-to-back losses against LSU and Auburn set the team back. The Rebels are making their 36th bowl game appearance (23-12 all-time record), and their third in three seasons under head coach Hugh Freeze. TCU had some qualms about the way things ended up in the first-ever College Football Playoff rankings, as the Horned Frogs finished on the outside looking in with an 11-1 record and one loss to Baylor on their resume. This is the first time TCU will play in the Peach Bowl, though the program is making its 30th bowl game appearance overall (13-15-1 all-time bowl record). Ole Miss and TCU have met on the football field just six times in their program histories, with this matchup slated to be the seventh. The Rebels own a 5-1 all-time lead over the Horned Frogs. Its the first time since the 1983 season the two sides will collide. Ole Miss was a well-oiled machine this season, especially on the offensive side of the ball. The Rebels averaged 30.4 ppg under the leadership of quarterback Bo Wallace, who had his name mentioned with the Heisman hopefuls for the better part of the year. Wallace threw for 3,085 yards and 22 touchdowns against 11 interceptions, passing for 257.1 ypg. He also carried the ball into the end zone five times. Wallace was a clear proponent of spreading the wealth through the air. The quarterback found three different receivers for at least five touchdown receptions, connecting with Laquon Treadwell 48 times for 632 yards and five scores. Treadwell missed the teams last three games with a leg injury, and wont play in the Peach Bowl. Vince Sanders and Cody Core each hauled in a team-best six touchdown receptions during the regular season. Like Wallace through the air, Ole Miss running game was also about utilizing multiple options. Jaylen Walton led the team with 583 rushing yards and five touchdowns on 98 carries (Wallace was the only player with more totes, rushing 107 times), while Jordan Wilkins added 358 yards on the ground. The Rebels rushed for an average of 167.7 ypg. While Ole Miss employed a strong offense led by Wallace, the team utilized a stifling defense that allowed just 13.8 ppg to opponents, headed by Mike Hilton and Tony Conner. The Rebels were able to limit the opposition to a mere 321.2 offensive ypg, and made sure strong challengers like Alabama (17 [points) and Mississippi State (17 points) were kept out of the end zone. Hilton led the team with 66 tackles on the season, while Conner was just behind at 64 stops on the year. Conner tallied a team-best nine tackles for loss, while Marquis Haynes wasnt far off the pace with 8.5 tackles for loss and a team-best 7.5 sacks. Ole Miss registered 90 tackles for loss and 25 sacks on the season as a unit, whichh will come in handy when trying to defend speedy TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin and a high-octane Horned Frogs offense.dddddddddddd Its an exciting time in college athletics, and we are thrilled to be one of the teams selected in the first New Years Six bowls, Freeze said. We are honored to accept this great invitation and take on an outstanding TCU team. Atlanta is a place that is very dear to our program, and its important to us that we represent our great university. And what a season it was for Boykin and TCU offensively. The quarterback, who also had his named mentioned among Heisman hopefuls earlier in the year, led his Horned Frogs to a dominant 46.8 ppg, which included 332.8 passing ypg with 33 touchdowns through the air. Boykin accounted for 30 of those passing scores, tossing 3,714 yards on a 60.5 completion percentage, and he only threw seven interceptions all season long. Boykin averaged 309.5 passing ypg in 12 contests played. He got it done in the run game too, gaining 642 yards with eight scores on the ground. But he wasnt the teams leading rusher - it was Aaron Green who topped the Horned Frogs at 854 yards and eight touchdowns on 111 carries. B.J. Catalon, who played in just eight games this season, led the Horned Frogs with 10 touchdowns on the ground. Catalon is questionable to play in the Peach Bowl with an ailing shoulder injury. The Frogs still averaged 209.3 rushing ypg this season. Josh Doctson and Deante Gray were Boykins favorite targets. Doctson topped the team with 59 receptions, and came up just short of 1,000 yards at 959, and also hauled in nine receiving scores. Gray chipped in with eight touchdown catches in 34 receptions. One of Boykins top targets (Kolby Listenbee) is questionable to play in the game with a concussion. TCUs defense played a strong 2014 campaign, and was especially solid down the home stretch in the regular season against Big 12 Conference competition. The Horned Frogs enter this game allowing just 20.3 ppg to opponents, which was boosted by limiting teams like Iowa State (three points), Texas (10 points) and Kansas State (20 points) to minimal scoring late in the year. Linebacker Paul Dawson had an absolutely dominant season for TCU, as he enters the Peach Bowl leading the team in tackles (128) and tackles for loss (18.5), adding in five sacks, four interceptions and three fumble recoveries. Between Dawson, Marcus Mallet (10.5 tackles for loss) and James McFarland (20 tackles for loss, six sacks), the Ole Miss run game should be well accounted for. Chris Hackett (six interceptions) and Sam Carter (four interceptions) will be spying Wallace to make sure the Ole Miss passing game goes nowhere. We feel like this is a playoff game, TCU coach Gary Patterson said. Ole Miss is a team that was as high as third in the nation, that played at a very high level, that could have been in the playoffs, lost a couple heartbreakers -- exactly what I would want as a coach. The kids are going to practice hard because they know the competition level. ' ' '

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