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NFL MVP stock watch: Russell Wilson one-ups Lamar Jackson; Deshaun Watson awaits his turn

first_imgThe Ravens quarterback a day prior had completed 15 of 17 pass attempts (88.2 percent) for three touchdowns, no interceptions and a perfect 158.3 rating. He added a career-long 47-yard touchdown run. Jackson, who also had a 158.3 rating in Week 1, became the second quarterback to record a passer rating of 158.3 (minimum 10 attempts) in multiple games within a single season in NFL history, joining Ben Roethlisberger (two games in 2007).NFL STANDINGS:Updated playoff picture in AFC, NFCTexans quarterback Deshaun Watson, whose team had a bye in Week 10, will get a chance to showcase his MVP candidacy next week when Houston travels to Baltimore for a head-to-head showdown with Jackson.Below are the top NFL MVP candidates for 2019 and how they are trending, followed by a complete list of NFL MVP odds.NFL MVP stock watchRussell Wilson: UpIn Week 9, Wilson passed for 378 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions for a 133.7 passer rating in an overtime win against the Bucs. That performance led to his being the clear MVP favorite, but he was pitted against a strong 49ers defense in Week 10. All he did was lead his 32nd career game-winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime, the most in the NFL since he entered the league in 2012.With the win against San Francisco, Wilsom surpassed Roethlisberger (90) for the second-most wins as a starting quarterback over his first eight seasons in the Super Bowl era. Only the Patriots’ Tom Brady (100) had more.Lamar Jackson: UpJackson played out of his mind against the Bengals, who, granted, entered the game with the NFL’s worst rush defense. Yet the Ravens quarterback did much of his damage through the air. Jackson put up a perfect passer rating (158.3) in only three quarters of action (15 of 17, 223 yards, three touchdowns).MVP seasons, though, typically feature their share of memorable highlights, and Jackson submitted his best yet with his ridiculous, 47-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.LAMAR. JACKSON. @Lj_Era8 TO THE HOUSE ‼️‼️😱😱😱😱 pic.twitter.com/DcR8A7S2Vy— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) November 10, 2019WATCH: Jackson’s best plays against BengalsDeshaun Watson: IdleWatson entered the Week 10 bye maintaining career highs in passer rating, (107.1) completion percentage (70.2) and passing yards per game (270.2). He also has five rushing touchdowns, already tied for his career high, just nine games into the season.Watson might need a little help from his Houston teammates; the better the Texans look in the standings, the more likely their most valuable player is to be named the league’s most valuable player. The quarterback certainly is doing his part, and he already has at least one memorable highlight working in his favor.Christian McCaffrey: DownQuarterback bias in MVP voting means McCaffrey basically has to set new NFL all-purpose records to be considered. That, and the Panthers have to be a playoff team, which they currently are not.Still, McCaffrey has been electric this season. Entering Week 10, he led the NFL with 1,244 scrimmage yards through eight games this season and joined Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Brown (1963) as the only players to have at least 150 scrimmage yards and a touchdown in six of their team’s first eight games of a season in NFL history.Aaron Rodgers: UpRodgers’ numbers haven’t been off the charts this season, though his passer rating of 102.7 is the best he’s had in three years. And he’s maintaining a ridiculous touchdown-interception ratio of 17-2. He also already has led two game-winning drives through 10 weeks.The Packers are 8-2 and leading the NFC North as they enter their bye week. If that success continues, Rodgers will at least remain in the MVP conversation.Patrick Mahomes: DownMahomes passed for 446 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions for a 119.2 rating against the Titans in Week 10. Yet the reigning MVP’s stock is down simply because the Chiefs lost and fell to a disappointing 6-4 record, which would put them in the No. 4 seed if the AFC playoffs were to start today. Still, Mahomes has a chance to get back to the top of the MVP list should Kansas City reel off some victories. Even after sitting out a few weeks with a knee injury, Mahomes on Sunday reached 8,007 career passing yards, the most by a quarterback in his first 25 starts in NFL history.​​ With 68 career touchdown passes, he also surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino (65) for the most touchdown passes by a player in his first 25 career starts in NFL history.So, yeah, he’s still in the conversation.MVP honorable mentions:Dak Prescott: The Cowboys’ loss to the Vikings wasn’t his fault. In fact, the quarterback was the only reason Dallas had a chance to beat Minnesota. (Pay that man, Jerry Jones).Dalvin Cook: Speaking of the Vikings’ win over the Cowboys, Dallas couldn’t stop Minnesota’s zone rushing attack, spearheaded by Cook. He is the engine of a strong offense on a playoff team.Minkah Fitzpatrick: The Steelers are 5-4 and still playoff contenders thanks to their defense. The safety is playing out of his mind in Pittsburgh and is justifying the trade that brought him to town.NFL MVP oddsBelow are the latest NFL MVP odds, courtesy of sportsbetting.ag.PlayerOddsRussell Wilson+175Lamar Jackson+250Deshaun Watson+600Aaron Rodgers+900Christian McCaffrey+900Patrick Mahomes+1400Tom Brady+2000Drew Brees+2500Jimmy Garoppolo+2500Dak Prescott+3300Kirk Cousins+3300 Touché, Russell Wilson.The Seahawks quarterback who entered Week 10 leading the NFL in touchdown passes (22) and passer rating (118.2) played in the national spotlight against the 49ers on Monday night, and he needed an epic performance to remain the favorite for NFL MVP considering what Lamar Jackson did against the Bengals on Sunday. Wilson provided just that in Seattle’s 27-24 overtime win.last_img read more

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first_imgBlatter faces judgement by FIFA ethics court ZURICH (AP): In the waning days of his presidency, Sepp Blatter attempted to save his job yesterday at the FIFA ethics committee that he helped create and whose authority he does not recognise in his case. The suspended FIFA president had been expected to tell four judges that he is innocent of wrongdoing during the hearing at the headquarters of soccer’s governing body, the first time Blatter has entered the building since he was banned for 90 days in October. “Blatter looks forward to a decision in his favour because the evidence requires it,” Blatter’s lawyer, Richard Cullen, said in a statement after the hearing. “The evidence demonstrates that president Blatter behaved properly and certainly did not violate FIFA’s Code of Ethics. This investigation should be closed and the suspension lifted.” With a large bandage on his face, Blatter arrived at FIFA headquarters shortly after 8 a.m. local time in a chauffeur-driven car for a hearing that was scheduled to start at 9 a.m. A spokesman for Blatter, Thomas Renggli, said the Swiss official has had a minor procedure to treat a skin problem on his right cheek. At 5 p.m., Blatter and lead lawyer Lorenz Erni drove away from the building without making any comment. Suarez hat-trick sends Barcelona into final YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP): Luis Suarez made up for the absence of a sick Lionel Messi and injured Neymar, scoring a hat-trick on Thursday as Barcelona beat Guangzhou Evergrande 3-0 to advance to the final of the Club World Cup. Suarez put Barcelona ahead just before half-time, hammering in a rebound off Ivan Rakitic’s long-range effort that was parried by Guangzhou goalkeeper Li Shuai. The striker made it 2-0 five minutes after the break when he controlled a pass from Andres Iniesta off his chest and beat Li with a right-footed volley. He put the result beyond doubt with a penalty kick after Huang Bowen took down Munir El Haddadi in the area. Barcelona will face South American champions River Plate in the final on Sunday. Ukrainian club Dnipro faces European ban NYON, Switzerland (AP): UEFA says Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, last season’s Europa League runner-up, faces being banned from playing in Europe unless $1.9 million in overdue payments are settled by next month. The Ukrainian club owes $910,000 to other clubs and $980,000 to staff. Dnipro have until January 31 to make the payments or UEFA will ban the club from the next European competition that they qualify for in the next three seasons. The club has been affected by the political and economic turbulence that has rocked Ukraine.last_img read more

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TNT sends listless import Mike Glover packing

first_imgGov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal LATEST STORIES “He was playing below expectations, you guys saw what happened. He’s an import and he was a minus 26 and he’s been with the team for two weeks,” said Villavicencio in Filipino after their 92-90 win over Meralco on Sunday.“What he did was below our expectations.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Glover had 11 points, on 4-of-12 shooting, and 15 rebounds against the Road Warriors who played with an injured Oluseyi Ashaolu who, for his part, had a monster of a game with 33 points and 23 boards.TNT had no choice but to play with an all-Filipino lineup against the Bolts. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Villavicencio added that the KaTropa already has a shortlist comprised of three prospects with the deal for the new import to be finalized on late Monday morning.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO—It’s only been one game but TNT is ready to move on from beleaguered import Mike Glover.TNT team manager Virgil Villavicencio said the team decided to send Glover back home after their 103-90 opening day loss to NLEX on Friday at Ynares Center here.ADVERTISEMENT Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Shorthanded NorthPort loses more players to injuries ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced View comments Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’last_img read more

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