The Cowboys’ Kryptonite

Fun Fact of the Day:  Yesterday, Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell had a monster game. He alone accounted for 298 yards (236 yards rushing, and 62 receiving), while the entire Buffalo Bills team had only 275 yards. He is the first player this season to single-handedly outgain an opponent.


Today’s Rundown

NFL 

Week 14 highlights. This week’s games ended in feuds and injuries. Here’s what you missed:

 

Deflategate, the sequel?  Last week, the N.Y. Giants discovered that the Pittsburgh Steelers used 2 footballs that were underweight according to league guidelines. Dun dun DUNNNN!! Everyone on Twitter panicked that this would kick off another year-long cheating investigation, but the NFL nipped those fears in the bud. They announced that the Giants never filed a formal complaint about the balls and that the Steelers did not violate any procedures. Cue New England Patriots fans calling out NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for being a massive hypocrite.

 

MLB

In the Cards.  After playing with the Chicago Cubs for the past 2 seasons, free-agent CF Dexter Fowler signed a 5-year $82.5M contract with the St. Louis Cardinals. Normally, Cubs fans would be furious that he joined the Cards—their hated division rivals. But they’ll probably forgive Fowler, because he was such a huge part of the Cubs’ World Series win, including hitting a critical home run in Game 7. Throughout the season, Fowler was known for getting on base right away and setting the tone for the rest of the game; his 1st inning on-base percentage was an outrageous .479.

 

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

You and what Army?  This weekend, Army finally snapped its 14-year losing streak and defeated its archrival Navy 21-17. But Navy can take comfort in the fact that they fought bravely, despite missing their starting QB Will Worth. Worth got a foot injury last week, so Navy was forced to start backup QB Zach Abey. Abbey passed for only 89 yards and threw 2 interceptions during the game.

Heisman hangout. Louisville’s 19-year-old QB Lamar Jackson became the youngest player to win the Heisman Trophy (for best college football player). Even though he ended the season with 2 sloppy losses, he locked up the Heisman vote long ago with his blazing hot start to the season. In total, he finished the year with 51 touchdowns, 3,390 passing yards, and 1,538 rushing yards. After the award ceremony, Jackson was spotted hanging out with another former Heisman winner: Johnny Manziel. Ruh roh. Hopefully, Johnny’s partying lifestyle didn’t rub off on him. 


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NFL 

Baltimore Ravens (7-5) @ New England Patriots (10-2).  Sure, the Patriots are one of the most intimidating teams in the NFL, but the Ravens and their QB Joe Flacco ain’t scared. According to the stats, Flacco has actually performed better than Pats QB Tom Brady in head-to-head matchups.  8:30pm ET on ESPN