Not that Bears enthusiasts essential any a lot more salt in their wounds, but it is truly worth noting that nine yrs ago they drafted Boise Condition exterior linebacker Shea McClellin 19th overall alternatively of Jones, who went two picks later to the New England Patriots. McClellin’s N.F.L. vocation ended in 2016.
The Cardinals’ management of their roster, in particular in contrast with the Bears, has Arizona in the driver’s seat heading into the final leg of the normal season.
The Steelers aren’t lifeless nevertheless.
Props to Mentor John Harbaugh for giving his Baltimore Ravens (8-4) a prospect to win on the closing perform of Sunday’s match by going for a 2-level conversion. Down, 20-19, at the end of a pulsating affair, the enjoy phone was great, but Lamar Jackson just missed restricted stop Mark Andrews on an out route, and the Pittsburgh Steelers obtained an emotional gain.
Surprise, surprise — the Steelers are nevertheless in the playoff hunt, with the gain placing them in combating situation for a wild-card spot. Possibly no group in the N.F.L. has epitomized just how wacky this period has been really like Pittsburgh. Its flatline times have been negative sufficient — that overtime tie with the Detroit Lions in November, for just one an embarrassing 41-10 reduction to the Bengals a week ago — that the Ben Roethlisberger period appeared to be nearing an stop: Now 39, he reportedly explained to former teammates final 7 days that this will be his last year.
The Steelers entered Sunday on a two-video game shedding streak and with their hobbled quarterback hunting his age. Two of the team’s previous players, Ryan Clark and Ryan Shazier, experienced publicly ripped the present crew and, oddly adequate, Mentor Mike Tomlin seemed to concur with their assessments.
None of that mattered versus Baltimore. With a furious 17-point fourth quarter, Pittsburgh upset the A.F.C. North-top Ravens. And at 6-5-1, the Steelers are nipping at the Denver Broncos’ heels for that closing playoff location.
Steelers receiver Diontae Johnson performed, bouncing back again from a dropped landing previously in the activity to finish with eight catches for 105 yards and two touchdowns. His next rating, a 5-lawn capture on 3rd-and-goal with 1:48 to go, proved to be the game-winner.