EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Tom Brady has felt uncomfortable against the New York Giants before. Most notably in a couple of Super Bowl losses.
He recognized Monday night’s 25-23 victory by his Tampa Bay Buccaneers wasn’t very artistic. At least, for the star quarterback, it had a better ending.
“We obviously didn’t play the way we’re capable of, but it was good to get a win,” Brady said.
Lacklustre for much of the game, Brady did what he does best in the second half. He threw touchdowns passes to Rob Gronkowski and Mike Evans, giving him the career lead in TD throws once more.
The Saints’ Drew Brees had passed Brady on Sunday, but now the six-time Super Bowl champ is back on top with 561. Evans’ diving 8-yard catch provided the go-ahead points.
But Tampa Bay (6-2) had to sweat it out. Daniel Jones drove New York (1-7) 70 yards in 13 plays and connected with Golden Tate for a 19-yard touchdown with 28 seconds remaining. The 2-point conversion failed as the officials picked up a flag presumably for defensive pass interference.
“You never apologize for winning,” Bucs coach Bruce Arians said. “We made the plays that counted.”
Brady and Gronkowski earlier combined for a 3-yard scoring pass on which Gronk barely held onto the ball long enough. That made the old New England combination second in TDs for a duo with 93, 21 behind Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison of the Colts.
Unable to connect with Evans on a 2-point conversion, Brady still had the Bucs on top 15-14.
After New York went back ahead on Graham Gano‘s 33-yard field goal, Daniel Jones was pressured into an unwise throw to Tate that Sean Murphy-Bunting picked off at the Tampa 33. That set the stage for the 66-yard drive to the touchdown by Evans.
Jones had two costly picks, helping negate a strong effort by New York’s defence.
“The interceptions were huge for us,” Brady said.
“The young quarterback, he’s still trying to do too much,” Arians added.
First-year Giants coach Joe Judge, who won three Super Bowls in New England with Brady, is not discouraged by the team’s record halfway through its schedule.
“I see a lot of improvement, our guys improving day by day,” first-year coach Joe Judge said. “We have a good foundation. I see the core of a team that is developing.”
New York got an early break — and soon after a touchdown — when Brady’s pass was tipped by Dalvin Tomlinson and caught by Bucs running back Ronald Jones. But he fumbled when hit by Blake Martinez and rookie Darnay Holmes recovered at the Tampa Bay 12.
Dion Lewis’ made a sliding catch in the corner of the end zone on third down for a 7-3 lead.
Ronald Jones was a nonfactor the rest of the half as Leonard Fournette got most of the action.
The Giants’ next scoring drive was a model of efficiency, featuring two gains of 11 yards, a 12-yarder, a 14-yarder and a 17-yard run by Wayne Gallman. He scored from the 2 to finish the 10-play series that covered 77 yards for a 14-3 lead.
Brady, as has been his custom for two decades, then guided his team to a score, but it was merely Ryan Succop‘s second of four field goals, a 40-yarder with 7 seconds left in the half. Succop also had a 37-yard field goal on the game’s opening drive, a 43-yarder set up by Carlton Davis’ interception in early in the third quarter, and a 38-yarder with 3:41 to go for what turned out to be the decisive points.
Soon after Succop had made it 14-9, Gronkowski was in the end zone — only to see Daniel Jones connect with his tight end, Evan Engram, for a 30-yard play. That set up Gano’s 33-yard kick and the 17-15 New York lead heading into the fourth period.
But that’s usually Brady time.
Brady finished 28 for 40 for 279 yards, while Jones was 25 for 41 for 256 yards. … Evans led Tampa Bay with five catches for 55 yards, and Gronkowski wound up with four receptions for 41 yards. … Former Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul had one sack among his five tackles … Giants WR Sterling Shepard had eight receptions for 74 yards.
The Giants donned uniforms similar to what the 1990 Super Bowl title team wore, white jerseys, and pants with blue and red stripes, a GIANTS helmet decal instead of the familiar “ny,” and white facemasks replacing the customary gray.
Buccaneers: host Saints in battle for top spot in the NFC South. New Orleans beat Tampa Bay in the season opener 34-23.
Giants: at Washington next Sunday.
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Kentucky vs Richmond College Basketball Picks, Odds, Predictions 11/29/20 – Sports Chat Place
Richmond Spiders (1-0) at Kentucky Wildcats (1-0)
College Basketball: Sunday, November 29, 2020 at 1:00 pm (Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center)
The Line: Kentucky Wildcats -7 — Over/Under: 145
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The Richmond Spiders and Kentucky Wildcats meet Sunday in college basketball action at the Rupp Arena.
The Richmond Spiders look for another win after beating Morehead State in their season opener. The Louisville Cardinals are averaging 82 points on 55.6 percent shooting and allowing 64 points on 43.1 percent shooting. Nathan Cayo is averaging 23 points and one rebound while Grant Golden is averaging 16 points and four rebounds. Blake Francis is the third double-digit scorer and Jacob Gilyard is grabbing five rebounds. The Louisville Cardinals are shooting 29.2 percent from beyond the arc and 41.7 percent from the free throw line. The Louisville Cardinals are allowing 26.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33 rebounds per game.
The Kentucky Wildcats look for another win after beating Morehead State in their season opener. The Kentucky Wildcats are averaging 81 points on 55.9 percent shooting and allowing 45 points on 34 percent shooting. Brandon Boston Jr. is averaging 15 points and seven rebounds while Devin Askew is averaging 12 points and three rebounds. Terrance Clark is the third double-digit scorer and Davion Mintz is dishing three assists. The Kentucky Wildcats are shooting 37.5 percent from beyond the arc and 64.3 percent from the free throw line. The Kentucky Wildcats are allowing 14.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35 rebounds per game.
The Spiders are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Wildcats are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The over is 5-1 in Spiders last 6 overall. The under is 4-1 in Wildcats last 5 home games.
Both of these teams had their way with Morehead State in their openers, but it was Kentucky that had more success on the defensive side and allowed nothing from beyond the arc. Richmond is not a pushover, but I question the depth to be able to hang with this Kentucky team for 40 minutes. The Kentucky Wildcats will have a run in the second half to pull away in this contest. I’ll lay the reasonable chalk with Kentucky.
Kentucky Wildcats -7
Argentine prosecutors investigate death of soccer star Maradona – DAWN.com
Argentine justice officials are investigating the death of soccer star Diego Maradona and ordered the search of properties of his personal doctor on Sunday, a local prosecutor’s office said.
Maradona died at age 60 of a heart attack on Wednesday. The search order was requested by prosecutors in the affluent Buenos Aires suburb San Isidro and signed by a local judge, according to a statement issued by the prosecutor’s office.
“Yesterday [Saturday] the investigation and substantiation of evidence continued with the taking of statements from people including direct relatives of the deceased,” it said.
“By virtue of the evidence that was collected, it was considered necessary to request searches at the home and office of doctor Leopoldo Luque,” the prosecutor’s office said in the statement.
The prosecutor’s office provided no information on what prompted the investigation.
Maradona’s lawyer, Matias Moria, on Thursday said he would ask for a full investigation of the circumstances of the soccer legend’s death, criticising what he said was a slow response by emergency service.
“The ambulance took more than half an hour to arrive, which was a criminal idiocy,” Matias said on Thursday in a Twitter post.
NFL Week 12 Takeaways: Mahomes, Hill outclass Brady and his Buccaneers – Sportsnet.ca
At one point in the game, Hill and Mahomes had connected on seven receptions for 203 yards and two touchdowns — all in the first quarter. That’s only happened three times in the last 30 seasons.
It’s safe to say Hill has cemented his reputation as one of the fastest wideouts in the NFL with 14 touchdowns of 50-plus yards since he entered the league in 2016 — the most by any receiver in that time.
— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) November 29, 2020
Unfortunately for Tom Brady, this is the second time he’s watched Mahomes air out a 75-yard touchdown on the sidelines. Brady himself had two interceptions, increasing his total to 11 on the season to match his total from 2018.
The Buccaneers did make it interesting as they eventually got to within three points of the Chiefs, but it was Mahomes who came out victorious with 462 passing yards — the second-most of his career.
Broncos have forgettable week
No team in the NFL has felt the impact of COVID-19 like the Denver Broncos did on Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.
Without a starting quarterback, the Broncos had to turn to practice roster receiver Kendall Hinton, who hasn’t played the position since 2018. Unfortunately for Hinton, he only completed one pass for 13 yards and had two interceptions.
Denver went the entire first half without completing a pass, something the team has saw once before when Tim Tebow did the same back in 2011. Fortunately for the Broncos, they did manage to score three points, which was the same total Brady and the Bucs had back in Week 9.
The Broncos also became the first team since the 1998 San Diego Chargers to complete just one pass for 15 or fewer yards. Back in Week 3 of the ’98 season, quarterback Ryan Leaf went 1-of-15 for four yards and two interceptions against the Chiefs.
King Henry runs wild on Colts
Going up against one of the top run defences in the NFL, Derrick Henry showed the Indianapolis Colts why he is their kryptonite.
The Colts have only allowed a player to rush for 100 or more yards twice this season — it was Henry both times. This time around, he finished the game with 27 carries for 178 yards and three touchdowns
Henry now sits ahead of Dalvin Cook as the NFL’s rushing leader, and has been instrumental in the Titans’ success as of late. It shouldn’t be surprising that teammate A.J. Brown called for Henry to be put in the MVP conversation.
Henry has 100 or more rushing yards in eight straight road games, tying Chris Johnson for the second-longest stretch since the 1970 merger, trailing Barry Sanders’s record of 10 straight games.
Chinn has memorable performance
While the Carolina Panthers lost in heartbreaking fashion to the Minnesota Vikings, Jeremy Chinn had a day to remember.
The rookie safety had a career-high 13 tackles and two fumble recoveries for touchdowns on consecutive plays. It was a first in the Super Bowl era, and he was the fastest player to do so as the plays came within 10 seconds of game time.
For the Vikings, the victory almost got away from them when Chad Beebe muffed a punt at the Minnesota 14-yard line. Fortunately for Beebe, his defence bailed him out as they held Carolina to a field goal, and the Vikings marched down the field to score with the receiver hauling in a 10-yard touchdown.
Playoff picture getting interesting
There was a lot of movement in the NFL standings in Week 12, highlighted by the Titans regaining the AFC South and the New York Giants moving into top spot in the NFC East.
With the NFL extending the playoff format, more teams have a chance to earn a post-season berth, which means the next few weeks will be crucial for any team on the bubble.
The Baltimore Ravens’ game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Tuesday is a crucial one considering the Ravens (6-4) sit on the outside looking in as the eighth seed in the AFC. The Colts’ loss to the Titans opens up a chance for the Ravens (6-4) to jump back into the playoff picture as they have the tiebreaker.
Sitting behind them are the Las Vegas Raiders (6-5) who suffered a tough loss to the Atlanta Falcons while the New England Patriots (5-6) kept themselves in the conversation with a win over the Arizona Cardinals.
In the NFC, there will likely be some movement depending on what happens on Monday night between the Philadelphia Eagles and Seattle Seahawks.
The Eagles can reclaim the lead in the division with a win. With Daniel Jones expected to miss time with a hamstring injury, Philadelphia could be in a race with just the Washington Football Team from now until the end of the season, which is what we all expected ahead of the campaign.
The Chicago Bears missed a big opportunity to move past the Cardinals with their loss to the Green Bay Packers but still have a chance to get back into a playoff spot. Chicago owns the tiebreaker over Arizona as they have one more conference win but need to beat the Detroit Lions in Week 13 and for the Cardinals to lose against the Los Angeles Rams to move into the seventh seed in the NFC.
Both the Vikings and San Francisco 49ers earned big wins to stay in the playoff hunt, but face a tough road if they expect to leapfrog the Bears and Cardinals.
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