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With this current weekend being the last weekend of the NFL main season, in the run up to the playoffs, we thought now would be as good a time as any to have a recap and to take a look at the current standings. We’ll also have a quick breakdown of who are our favourites to go on to win it all! So it’s probably a good idea to take a look at the last gameweek fixtures and the way the tables lie right now before we start right?

AFC (American Football Conference)

AFC East

TeamWLTPctPFPAHomeAwayStreak
Bills1230.8004453496-16-2W5
Dolphins1050.6773782825-35-2W2
Patriots690.4002983394-32-6L3
Jets2130.1332294291-71-6W2

AFC East

TeamWLTPctPFPAHomeAwayStreak
Chiefs1410.9334523246-18-0W10
Raiders780.4674024472-65-2L3
Chargers690.4003464054-42-5W3
Broncos5100.3332924142-53-5L2

AFC East

TeamWLTPctPFPAHomeAwayStreak
Steelers1230.8003942887-15-2W1
Ravens1050.6674303005-35-2W4
Browns1050.6673843975-25-3L1
Bengals4101.3003083863-41-6W2

AFC East

TeamWLTPctPFPAHomeAwayStreak
Titans1050.6674504015-35-2L1
Colts1050.6775233485-25-36L1
Texans4110.2673464232-52-6L4
Jaguars1140.0672924641-70-7L14

NFC (National Football Conference)

NFC East

TeamWLTPctPFPAHomeAwayStreak
Washington690.4003153153-53-4L2
Cowboys690.4003764504-42-5W3
Giants5100.3332573382-53-5L3
Eagles4101.3003203983-31-7L2

NFC West

TeamWLTPctPFPAHomeAwayStreak
Seahawks1140.7334333487-14-3W3
Rams960.6003542895-24-4L2
Cardinals870.5334033494-44-3L1
49ers690.4003533641-65-3W1

NFC North

TeamWLTPctPFPAHomeAwayStreak
Packers1230.8004743537-15-2W5
Bears870.5333563353-45-3W3
Vikings690.4003934403-53-4L3
Lions5100.3333424821-64-4L3

NFC South

TeamWLTPctPFPAHomeAwayStreak
Saints1140.7334493306-25-2W1
Buccaneers1050.6774483284-36-2W3
Panthers5100.3333433692-53-5W1
Falcons4110.2673693702-62-5L4

Fixtures

Team@TeamTime (GMT)
Vikings@Lions6:00PM
Falcons@Buccaneers6:00PM
Cowboys@Giants6:00PM
Jets@Patriots6:00PM
Steelers@Browns6:00PM
Ravens@Bengals6:00PM
Dolphins@Bills6:00PM
Seahawks@49ers9:25PM
Cardinals@Rams9:25PM
Jaguars@Colts9:25PM
Titans@Texans9:25PM
Raiders@Broncos9:25PM
Chargers@Chiefs9:25PM
Packers@Bears9:25PM
Saints@Panthers9:25PM
Football Team (Washington)@Eagles1:20AM

Rundown

As you can see from our table, we’ve got some teams going into this week on poor runs of form, most notably at the top of the NFC East, with the division still in the balance, Washington are currently on a 2 game losing streak after getting beat by the Panthers last weekend, meanwhile their direct competition for the division, the Cowboys, are on a 3 game win streak, most recently running out a comfortable 37-17 victory over the Eagles, it’s going to be interesting to see how things turn out as we head into this last gameweek, we already have a few teams who have clinched their division and/or the conference, so let’s take a quick look at those now. Over in the AFC the Chiefs have already clinched the conference, with the Bills and Steelers taking their respective divisions, in the AFC South as you can see from our table, the Titans and the Colts are both tied at 10-5 so that division is still all to play for, we’ll find out more after this gameweek there! As I mentioned, the NFC East division is wide open with Washington Football Team and the Cowboys both sitting at 6-9, the Seahawks, Packers and Saints have clinched their respective divisions but the conference is still up for grabs. The Buccaneers however have grabbed their place in the wild card games!

Thankfully, with the conclusion of this game week and the regular season, it doesn’t mean the end for the NFL on our TV’s as the big games in the wild card round will be starting next weekend on Saturday 9th January! If you’re a betting man like me, it’s clear to see that the Chiefs are the favourites to win the upcoming Superbowl, for the 2nd season running might I add, but the Packers are also looking pretty good, they are playing a pretty high scoring, intense game this season, either way, it’s great that places like SBR offer NFL odds on a weekly basis to get you through the playoff games and the big day itself! In a way it’s great that we don’t have that long to wait as this seasons Superbowl is scheduled for Sunday 7th February, unless COVID has something to say about it!

Well, that’ll do it, a quick run down of where things stand and a pretty brief look at what’s to come and while it may not be great that the NFL will soon be drawing to a close, we will be closing out the season with a bang and also will be able to pick up coverage of the NHL starting this month to fill the gap left by Football! So if you’re interested in seeing those reports, let us know! Go Leafs!

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LB Jerome Baker agree to three-year, $39 million contract extension with Miami Dolphins

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The Miami Dolphins have agreed to terms with linebacker Jerome Baker on a three-year contract extension worth $39 million, including $28.4 million guaranteed, his representative, Drew Rosenhaus, revealed to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The Dolphins later reported the extension however didn’t disclose financial terms.

Baker is one of the Dolphins’ defensive leaders and welcomes energy on and off the field. He represents considerable authority in pass coverage, and assisted the Dolphins with developing the most noticeably awful scoring defense (30.9 points per game allowed) in 2019 to the fifth-ranked scoring defense (21.1) in 2020.

A 2018 third-round pick, Baker was moving toward the last year of his rookie deal. He was gotten some information about his pending free agency and where he saw Miami in the image. It was a foretelling of this deal.

“I want to play here for the rest of my career. I love it here. I love the fans. I love the organization. I love everybody here,” Baker said. “Yeah, I definitely see myself playing here for a long time.”

Bread cook, 24, gets his desire, as he’s presently scheduled to remain in Miami for the following four seasons.

Presently eyes go to another of the Dolphins’ 2018 draft picks and 2022 pending free agent tight end Mike Gesicki for an potential extension.

Baker had a career-high seven sacks and seven tackles for loss last season in a new hybrid linebacker role. He also eclipsed 100 tackles (112) for the second consecutive season and still can’t seem to miss a game in his NFL career.

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French Open 2021: Novak Djokovic tops Rafael Nadal to reach final match

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Sprinting, sliding and stretching, anticipating each other’s moves for four sets and over four hours, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal produced a masterpiece in the French Open semifinals.

Djokovic halted Nadal’s offered for a fourteenth French Open title and gave the King of Clay simply his third loss in 108 matches at the tournament by returning to win a thrill ride of an semifinal 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-2 at Roland Garros on Friday night.

In one more display of tremendous tennis between the rivals, the match lasted on for 4 hours, 11 minutes. In the wake of trailing 0-2 in the fourth set, Djokovic rattled off six consecutive games to avenge his loss to Nadal in last year’s final.

“Just one of these nights and matches that you will remember forever,” said the top-cultivated Djokovic, who arrived at his 6th last at the clay-court major tournament to tie Bjorn Borg for No. 2 in the occasion behind Nadal (13).

“Definitely the best match that I was part of ever in Roland Garros, for me, and (one of the) top three matches that I ever played in my entire career — considering quality of tennis, playing my biggest rival on the court where he has had so much success and has been the dominant force in the last 15-plus years. And the atmosphere, which was completely electric.”

The 34-year-old Djokovic will look for his second prize at Roland Garros and a nineteenth significant title generally speaking when he plays in Sunday’s last against fifth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas, who is only 22.

It will be the 29th career Grand Slam last for Djokovic, and the first for Tsitsipas, who beat Alexander Zverev in five sets in an semifinal match prior Friday.

Nadal had won the past four titles in Paris, part of his assortment of 20 Slams, attached with Roger Federer for the most by a man in tennis history.

Nadal, a 14-time winner of the French Open who turned 35 last week, fell to 105-3 in his profession at Roland Garros. His first loss came against Robin Soderling in 2009; the following against Djokovic in 2015.

“Each time you step on the court with him,” Djokovic said, “you know that you have to kind of climb Mount Everest to win against this guy here.”

Nadal and Djokovic truly riled up the group at Court Philippe Chatrier.

Halfway through the third set, Djokovic won a 23-stroke point with a forehand winner and windmilled his arms about half-dozen times, earning a standing ovation and chants of “No-vak! No-vak!” On the following point, Nadal produced a forehand winner and screamed, prompting chants of “Ra-fa! Ra-fa!” and a wave in the stands.

Nadal said the defining moment came when Djokovic saved a set point while down 6-5 in the third.

“Anything could happen in that moment,” Nadal said. “I make a double fault and then [miss on] an easy volley in the tiebreak. … These kinds of mistakes can happen. But if you want to win, you can’t make those mistakes. That is it. Well done for him. A good fight out there. I tried my best and today was not my day.”

The third set alone endured 60 minutes, 33 minutes, and a 11 p.m. nationwide curfew in time set up due to COVID-19 was drawing closer. Djokovic’s past match had been deferred over 20 minutes while the audience – limited to 5,000 individuals under Covid limitations – was gotten out of the arena, yet a declaration was made Friday to tell everybody the public authority consented to allow them to remain until the finish of the match.

Prior drones in French of “We won’t leave! We won’t leave!” were replaced by choruses of the national anthem and cheers of thanks for President Emmanuel Macron.

Nadal recovered from the dropped third-set tiebreaker to steal a break at the start of the fourth.

Neither would surrender or yield, yet Djokovic crushed spirit to 2-all and was on his way.

“Something clicked,” Djokovic said.

Nadal noted thereafter that playing in the cooler night air implied balls bounced lower, lessening the impact of his lefty forehand’s heavy topspin.

“That’s more favorable for him, the conditions,” Nadal said. “By the way, doesn’t matter. That’s tennis. The player who gets used to the conditions better is the player who deserves to win. So no doubt, he deserved to win.”

The intensity was palpable from the beginning of the evening, and Nadal zoomed to a 5-0 lead on the way to winning the main set. It was reminiscent of last year’s final, which he won 6-0, 6-2, 7-5. That was just the fourth shutout set lost by Djokovic in 341 vocation Grand Slam matches up to that point – and the first in a major final.

Nadal tumbled to 259-7 in majors in the wake of winning the first set; as per ESPN Stats and Information research. Two of those seven misfortunes presently have been to Djokovic.

There wouldn’t be another Friday, on the grounds that Djokovic made two key tactical adjustments – moving a lot further back than expected to return serve and choosing to zero in on serving toward Nadal’s strike – and quickly made clear this would be an exemplary between two of the best ever at what they do.

They defended in ways rarely seen. Tracked down the right blend of force and contact. Conjured up impossible-at-first-glance winners that nobody else would attempt, not to mention effectively utilize. Returned just as anybody, combining to generate 38 break points.

It was the 58th matchup between the opponents, more than some other two men in the game’s proficient time. Djokovic currently drives 30-28, however he trails 10-7 in Slam meetings and 7-2 at the French Open.

Djokovic won the French Open in 2016 and could join Rod Laver and Roy Emerson as the lone men to win every one of the four Grand Slam tournaments twice.

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QB Sam Noyer heads to Oregon State for final season

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Previous Colorado quarterback Sam Noyer will utilize his last year of qualification at Oregon State.

Noyer, who is from Beaverton, Oregon, declared his proceed onward Twitter on Friday.

Noyer tossed for 1,101 yards and six touchdowns in six beginnings last year for Colorado, which went 4-2 in the abbreviated Pac-12 season. He likewise scrambled for 208 yards and five TDs.

With the Beavers, Noyer is expected to compete with redshirt junior Tristan Gebbia and sophomore Chance Nolan.

The 6-foot-4, 220-pound QB additionally expressed gratitude toward the Buffaloes.

“From an 18-year-old kid to a 23-year-old adult, I have learned so much from this city, this institution and most importantly, this football program. I have met lifelong friends and made memories that I will cherish forever,” he wrote. “It was truly an honor to wear ‘Colorado’ across my chest.”

Noyer played at safety for the Buffaloes in 2019 preceding returning to quarterback last season.

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