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The Tennessee Titans held a commanding lead in the NFL Playoff race until last week. Now with only three games remaining, their playoff hopes are in serious jeopardy.

Overshadowed by the massive snow-out in Buffalo and the ACL tear of Carson Wentz, NFL Week 14 secretly saw the demise and destruction of some of 2017’s playoff hopefuls.

The Tennessee Titans are among a handful of AFC teams fighting to secure a playoff spot. Yet their hopes are now in serious jeopardy, as the competition continues to gain ground and only three tough games remain.

Two brothers from New York, Dan Salem and Todd Salem, debate the Tennessee Titans in today’s NFL Sports Debate.
Todd Salem:

Baltimore lost a heart-breaker in Week 14 to Pittsburgh (as the Steelers continue to win but not cover like Jimmy the Greek is the assistant VP). With the loss, the Ravens fall out of the current sixth spot in the AFC, and into a 7-6 tie with Buffalo and the Chargers/Chiefs. This was a crushing defeat for Baltimore, who… oh never mind. The Ravens final three games of the season are against Cleveland, Indianapolis, and Cincinnati.

That means the Tennessee Titans are in real trouble. At 8-4, Tennessee fell to Arizona in an ugly game. The Titans are just a game ahead of that sixth-place triumvirate and are in deep trouble. With games remaining against the Rams and Jaguars, Tennessee does not have the feel of a playoff team.

Marcus Mariota has not been good this season and was very bad against the Cardinals. It is hard to understand why. He has weapons around him. There were some positive expectations for this team, especially offensively, entering the year. It has collected wins thanks to a good home record and weak road wins. The pieces are here, but they don’t fit.

Overall, this feels like a different team after Week 3’s victory over Jacksonville. The next week, the Titans got blown out by Deshaun Watson and the Texans. Since then, they are skating by, recipients of one of the easiest schedules imaginable, which is masking the actual production of the franchise.

Beyond Mariota, or maybe because of him, the skill players have not lived up to the hype. DeMarco Murray hasn’t had a good year and has been passed on the depth chart by Derrick Henry. Corey Davis has been injured and then invisible in his rookie year. The rest of the receiver corps has been a disappointment as well. This was supposed to be a breakout group. It instead looks broken.

The Tennessee Titans held a commanding lead in the NFL Playoff race until last week. Now with only three games remaining, their playoff hopes are in serious jeopardy.

Overshadowed by the massive snow-out in Buffalo and the ACL tear of Carson Wentz, NFL Week 14 secretly saw the demise and destruction of some of 2017’s playoff hopefuls.

The Tennessee Titans are among a handful of AFC teams fighting to secure a playoff spot. Yet their hopes are now in serious jeopardy, as the competition continues to gain ground and only three tough games remain.

Two brothers from New York, Dan Salem and Todd Salem, debate the Tennessee Titans in today’s NFL Sports Debate.
Todd Salem:

Baltimore lost a heart-breaker in Week 14 to Pittsburgh (as the Steelers continue to win but not cover like Jimmy the Greek is the assistant VP). With the loss, the Ravens fall out of the current sixth spot in the AFC, and into a 7-6 tie with Buffalo and the Chargers/Chiefs. This was a crushing defeat for Baltimore, who… oh never mind. The Ravens final three games of the season are against Cleveland, Indianapolis, and Cincinnati.

That means the Tennessee Titans are in real trouble. At 8-4, Tennessee fell to Arizona in an ugly game. The Titans are just a game ahead of that sixth-place triumvirate and are in deep trouble. With games remaining against the Rams and Jaguars, Tennessee does not have the feel of a playoff team.

Marcus Mariota has not been good this season and was very bad against the Cardinals. It is hard to understand why. He has weapons around him. There were some positive expectations for this team, especially offensively, entering the year. It has collected wins thanks to a good home record and weak road wins. The pieces are here, but they don’t fit.

Overall, this feels like a different team after Week 3’s victory over Jacksonville. The next week, the Titans got blown out by Deshaun Watson and the Texans. Since then, they are skating by, recipients of one of the easiest schedules imaginable, which is masking the actual production of the franchise.

Beyond Mariota, or maybe because of him, the skill players have not lived up to the hype. DeMarco Murray hasn’t had a good year and has been passed on the depth chart by Derrick Henry. Corey Davis has been injured and then invisible in his rookie year. The rest of the receiver corps has been a disappointment as well. This was supposed to be a breakout group. It instead looks broken.

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CARSON, Calif. — The hits keep coming for Philip Rivers and the Los Angeles Chargers, who made quick work of the Washington Redskins with a convincing 30-13 victory Sunday at the StubHub Center.

Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers led the way with another scintillating performance, completing 18 of 31 passes for 319 yards and two touchdowns. He passed Warren Moon (49,325) in all-time career passing yards and is now ninth in NFL history with 49,444.

Rivers continued his impressive play this season against Washington. During the Chargers’ current four-game win streak, Rivers has completed 69 percent of his passes for 1,348 yards, eight touchdowns and no interceptions.

“You’ve got to be careful not relax,” Rivers said about his impressive stretch of games. “There’s that fine line of, ‘Shoot, it’s going good, you come on in there and I’m letting it rip’ to making sure you don’t cross the line of, ‘OK, I’m getting carried away.’”

Rivers also became the third quarterback in NFL history to pass for over 3,500 passing yards in 10 consecutive seasons. The other two are Peyton Manning and Drew Brees.

For the season, Rivers has 3,601 passing yards for 23 touchdowns and just seven interceptions.

What it means: The fourth straight win for the Chargers pushed them to 7-6 overall and a winning record for the first time this season, setting up an AFC West showdown Saturday with the 7-6 Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium (8:25 p.m. ET, NFL Network).

What I liked: The Chargers got up early and didn’t let off the gas pedal. According to ESPN Stats & Information, it’s the first time the Chargers have scored on their first five drives since Week 15 of 2011 season, against the Baltimore Ravens.

What I didn’t like: Not much to point out here other than Rivers was sacked twice and hit another six times, so the protection could have been a little better. The Chargers also settled for field goals too often in six trips to the red zone.

Fantasy fallout: Keenan Allen surpassed his career highs for receptions and receiving yards in a season. Allen finished with six receptions for 111 yards against Washington. For the season, Allen now has 83 receptions for 1,143 yards and five touchdowns. Allen is the first Charger with 100 receiving yards in four straight games since Wes Chandler in 1982. Hunter Henry also had another big day, finishing with four receptions for 50 yards, including an 8-yard touchdown for a score.

What’s next: The Chargers hit the road to face the Chiefs. The last win for the Chargers in Kansas City was in 2013.

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OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Baltimore Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith, who suffered a season-ending Achilles injury Sunday, has been suspended four games for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Smith, the Ravens’ top cornerback, decided to drop his appeal and begin serving his suspension after tearing his Achilles in Sunday’s 44-20 victory over the Detroit Lions, the source told Schefter.

The Ravens are expected to place Smith on injured reserve this week. This puts a smudge on what had been Smith’s finest season in the NFL. He made three interceptions and led the Ravens with nine passes broken up.

The suspension will cost Smith a total of $182,352. Smith would have lost $2 million if he hadn’t restructured his deal in August.

Smith’s season ended in the second quarter Sunday, when he fell to the ground while trying to cover a deep route. He has been dealing with an Achilles injury for most of the season and rested it by practicing only once or twice a week.

Injuries have consistently hampered Smith’s career. He has only played two full 16-game seasons in seven years. Smith will have missed a total of 17 games over the past four seasons.

Rookie first-round pick Marlon Humphrey will replace Smith in the starting lineup when Baltimore plays at AFC North-leading Pittsburgh this Sunday night.

If Smith didn’t go down with a significant injury, he might have missed the final four regular-season games anyway, depending on the outcome of the appeal. Smith would then have been eligible for the postseason if Baltimore made the playoffs.

The loss of Smith is a big hit to the Ravens (7-5), who control their playoff fate heading into the final four weeks of the regular season. Smith would’ve helped in covering the likes of Antonio Brown, Josh Gordon, T.Y. Hilton and A.J. Green.

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MIAMI GARDENS — The Dolphins had just scored to go up 33-9.

Only 10:21 remained.

And the two head coaches are friends.

So why did the Dolphins attempt an onside kick at that point? One that was successful, after Aterraun Verner collected Cody Parkey’s kick?

“Just playing 60 minutes,” Dolphins coach Adam Gase said. “We’re not going to slow down. I don’t care what the score is.”

After the Dolphins won 35-9, Broncos coach Vance Joseph — Gase’s defensive coordinator last year — was asked about the play.

“That’s his choice,” Joseph said. “I tried one also.”

But it’s one thing to try one when down 19-9, as Joseph did. It’s another when the score is getting out of hand.

“I was ready to go back out there,” Broncos linebacker Von Miller said. “I’m trying to get a sack, a sack forced fumble. That’s the game. I’m not sitting on the sideline and saying, ‘Man why are you kicked the onside kick, just give us the ball.’ That’s loser football. If they want to kick an onside kick let them do it. We have to cover it. We have to get the ball back and we have to play. It’s the pros. If it was little league, yeah we would be upset but this is the pros.”

Parkey said the call came from the sideline and wasn’t a spur-of-the-moment decision he made.

“They definitely tell me what to do on every kick and I just try to go out and execute it,” Parkey said.

And the reasoning?

“I think we were just trying to win the game, honestly,” Parkey said. “Coach tells me what to do and I go ahead and do it. It’s as simple as that.”

Broncos running back C.J. Anderson was noncommittal.

“That’s Goose,” Anderson said. “I love Goose man. That’s Goose, though.”

Did it bother Anderson, who said Gase sensed “blood in the water”?

“It’s not my place to say,” he said.

Denver sportscaster Troy Renck said Broncos cornerback Chris Harris said there “had to be bad blood,” possibly Gase taking a shot at John Elway, who runs Denver’s football operations.

The play was debated on NBC’s Sunday night pregame show by analysts Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison.

“I don’t think I would do that as a coach,” Dungy said.

Harrison: “It’s the pros. Be ready for anything.”

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton on Sunday shrugged off the impact of a thumb injury on his throwing hand and how it impacted his accuracy in a 35-27 victory over the New York Jets.

But coach Ron Rivera reiterated Monday that the injury that landed Newton on the injury report for two days last week could have been a factor in his quarterback completing a season-low 39.3 percent of his passes.

“That’s possibly why a few of the balls sailed on him,” Rivera said of Newton, who completed 11 of 28 pass attempts for 168 yards.

Rivera said the thumb is getting better, and he didn’t express concern it would be a factor heading into Sunday’s showdown at 8-3 New Orleans for first place in the NFC South.

Offensive coordinator Mike Shula also didn’t express concern, although he admitted early last week “it was a little bit of an adjustment” for Newton throwing with the injury.

Wide receiver Devin Funchess, who caught seven of eight targets for 108 yards, said the “funky weather” could have been a factor in Newton’s struggles.

“The wind was stopping it. It carried some of them,” Funchess said of Newton’s passes. “We all got injuries. You’ve got to play through ‘em. So that’s what he did, as well.

“But the wind was out there carrying the ball, too. You can’t blame it all on his thumb.”

Newton’s previous low completion percentage this season was 53.8 against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Jets game dropped his season average to 60.3, putting him behind his career-best average of 61.7 in 2013.

Newton completed 65.4 percent of his passes in a 34-13 loss to New Orleans in Week 3 but had no touchdown passes and was intercepted three times.

He ran the ball only three times for 16 games against the Saints. It wasn’t until the fourth game at New England that the 2015 NFL MVP was turned loose in the running game. He carried eight times for 44 yards against the Patriots.

He’s averaged 8.6 carries over the last eight games, including nine carries for 28 yards and a touchdown against the Jets.

That, more than the thumb, could be a factor on Sunday.

“Always his threat, I think; teams have to account for that,” Shula said. “We give him a little freedom, and he does a good job with that. He understands that teams have to respect what he can bring to the table running-wise as well.

“As long as he does it with a sound process in mind, that’s going to be helpful.”

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Yet another member of the New York Giants could be on the verge of having his season ended.

Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins, who has played the past two months with a debilitating ankle injury that has limited his ability to cut and change direction, could be shut down to undergo ankle surgery, league sources told ESPN.

The ankle has hindered Jenkins for roughly the past eight weeks, according to sources, and it clearly has impacted his play.

Doctors are scheduled to discuss Jenkins’ future on Monday, but he is expected to undergo ankle surgery at some point this offseason — and his offseason could begin as soon as this week, according to sources.

Jenkins was spotted wearing a walking boot on his left foot Friday, and Giants coach Ben McAdoo admitted he had concerns about his top cornerback’s injury.

Asked whether there were any concern that Jenkins’ injury could be long-term, McAdoo said he is “in some pain right now, so there’s a possibility.” An answer on Jenkins’ status is expected this week.

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Two games deep into the second half of the season, it’s easy to pinpoint why the Cowboys playoff hopes are crumbling.

It has to do with their performance in the second half of games.

Appreciate the symmetry? The Cowboys don’t. The team’s inability to finish this fight, as they like to plaster on T-shirts and workout gear, has put them in a precarious position entering their Thanksgiving Day meeting with the Los Angeles Chargers.

Defense of their NFC East title has essentially been conceded as they lag four games behind Philadelphia with six to play. They are on the outside looking in at the Wild Card race with four conference losses putting them in a bind when it comes to potential tie breakers.

The recent fade mirrors the Cowboys troubles in the second half. Philadelphia delivered the exclamation point with 30 unanswered points Sunday night, leading Eagles running back Jay Ajayi to declare “we kind of had our way with them” and suggest the Cowboys quit.

Two games deep into the second half of the season, it’s easy to pinpoint why the Cowboys playoff hopes are crumbling.

It has to do with their performance in the second half of games.

Appreciate the symmetry? The Cowboys don’t. The team’s inability to finish this fight, as they like to plaster on T-shirts and workout gear, has put them in a precarious position entering their Thanksgiving Day meeting with the Los Angeles Chargers.

Defense of their NFC East title has essentially been conceded as they lag four games behind Philadelphia with six to play. They are on the outside looking in at the Wild Card race with four conference losses putting them in a bind when it comes to potential tie breakers.

The recent fade mirrors the Cowboys troubles in the second half. Philadelphia delivered the exclamation point with 30 unanswered points Sunday night, leading Eagles running back Jay Ajayi to declare “we kind of had our way with them” and suggest the Cowboys quit.

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One 40-point game can do wonders for your scoring average. In one fell swoop Thursday night the Steelers went from 20th in the NFL in scoring up to 13th. It was the long-awaited breakout game for the Steelers, and the players said afterward they hoped it would be the start of a new trend.

But is their 22.7 points-per-game average enough to win a Super Bowl? History suggests it would be difficult, although not impossible, to accomplish. In fact, if the Steelers maintain their current pace (22.7 points per game) and standing in the league (13th) and went on to win the Super Bowl, they would be one of the worst offenses in NFL history to raise the Lombardi trophy.

Coincidentally, the 2008 Steelers are the worst scoring offense to win a Super Bowl. The 2008 Steelers ranked 20th in the NFL in scoring, averaging 21.7 points per game. That Steelers team narrowly beats out the 2015 Denver Broncos, who were 19th in the league in scoring, averaging 22.2 points per game.

Since the 1970 merger, only the 2002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (18th), 1990 N.Y. Giants (15th), 2007 Giants (14th), and 2000 Baltimore Ravens (14th) won the Super Bowl with offenses ranked lower than 13th in the league.

Not so coincidentally, many of those teams are regarded as some of the best defenses of all time, including the 2000 Ravens, the 2008 Steelers and the 2002 Buccaneers. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin was a young assistant on the Buccaneers staff and was the head coach of the Steelers six years later.

It certainly helps matters if you’re powered by the No. 1 defense in the league. That’s what the 2000 Ravens, 2002 Buccaneers, 2008 Steelers and 1990 Giants were.

The 2008 Steelers are an interesting comparison for this Steelers team. They endured similar struggles with their offense. They scored 14 points or fewer six times. There was a 15-6 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, a 21-14 home loss to the Giants and a 31-14 shellacking in Tennessee two weeks before the playoffs began.

They still managed to go 12-4 and earned a first-round playoff bye, mostly because they held nine opponents to 15 points or fewer.

This Steelers team has held eight of the first 10 opponents to 18 points or fewer. Sure, it has endured a 30-9 home loss to Jacksonville and a 23-20 overtime loss in Chicago, plus a couple of uninspiring wins over hapless teams such as the Cleveland Browns and Indianapolis Colts.

But it’s quite possible in February fans will look back on the losses to the Jaguars and Bears with an inquisitive: ‘What the heck happened there?’ followed by a dismissive: ‘Who cares? When’s the parade?’

It’s true the NFL has veered more toward offense in recent years with the New England Patriots serving as the poster child. But they’ve never won a Super Bowl with the league’s No. 1 scoring offense. They have won twice with the league’s top scoring defense, including last season.

In the first 51 Super Bowls the league’s top defense was victorious 15 times, or 29.4 percent of the time. A top-five scoring defense won it 31 times, or 60.7 percent of the time.

Contrast that to the number of times the No. 1 scoring offense has won the Super Bowl. That’s happened 10 times, most recently in 2009 when the New Orleans Saints did it.

There certainly have been a few outlier teams over the years that defied the odds. The 2007 Giants are probably the most notable because they are the only team to win a Super Bowl without a top-10 offense or defense. They were 14th in points scored and 17th in points allowed.

But for the most part, NFL history suggests teams better have either a dominant offense or a dominant defense to win championships. And unless more 40-point games are in the Steelers’ future, it’s the defense that will be doing all the heavy lifting.

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GREEN BAY, Wis. — Aaron Jones isn’t lost for the year, but the Green Bay Packers rookie running back could miss a good chunk of the closing stretch because of the knee injury he suffered in Sunday’s win at Chicago.

Jones has an MCL injury and is expected to be out for three to six weeks, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Monday. Jones was hurt on the opening drive against the Bears when his right knee appeared to get caught underneath him as he was tackled by linebacker Sam Acho.

Coach Mike McCarthy confirmed Monday that Jones’ knee is a “multiple-week injury.”

The rookie fifth-round pick is the Packers’ leading rusher on the season with 370 yards on 70 carries (5.3-yard average) and has had two 100-yard games since he was inserted into the lineup in Week 4 after Ty Montgomery suffered broken ribs.

The Packers also could be without Montgomery, who reinjured his ribs on Sunday against the Bears. Montgomery is the team’s second-leading rusher with 273 yards on 71 carries (3.8-yard average). Both Jones and Montgomery have three rushing touchdowns to lead the team.

McCarthy said Monday that Montgomery’s injury was not as serious as Jones’. “I would think he has a chance this week,” McCarthy said.

That leaves two other rookies, Jamaal Williams and Devante Mays, as the only healthy halfbacks on the roster. Williams, a fourth-round pick, finished Sunday’s game after Jones and Montgomery dropped out and rushed for a season-high 67 yards on 20 carries. Mays, a seventh-round pick, was inactive against the Bears and has not had a carry yet this season.

The Packers had a season-high 37 rushing attempts against the Bears in Brett Hundley’s first win since he took over at quarterback for Aaron Rodgers, who broke his right collarbone on Oct. 15. Among the rushes were three Wildcat plays with receiver Randall Cobb taking the direct snap and rushing for minus-1, 6 and 3 yards on those plays.

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One, sure way for the sun to set on Pete Carroll’s shiny disposition?

Ask him how his Seahawks are going to replace Richard Sherman for the rest of this season.

“I don’t know. I don’t even know how to address that right now,” the coach said in the stunned aftermath of Seattle losing its three-time All-Pro cornerback to a torn Achilles tendon during Thursday night’s win at Arizona.

When the Seahawks (6-3) host Atlanta (5-4) next Monday it will be their first game without Sherman since 2010. That was the season before he entered the league as Seattle’s fifth-round draft choice.

The Seahawks have played 105 consecutive regular-season games, 12 more in the playoffs–including two Super Bowls and the franchise’s only NFL title–with Sherman there. He’s started every one of Seattle’s games at left cornerback since Oct. 30, 2011.

Now there’s a gaping void there.

“He’s just been a bastion of consistency, competitiveness and toughness through all of the stuff that we’ve worked through. It’s been awesome,” Carroll said. “It’s been hard. It’s been challenging. And he’s been extraordinary. Almost an iconic player in this league.

“He’s going to have to sit. I’ll try not to go overboard on this, but that’s just the way I feel. We’ll miss the heck out of him. He’ll been with us every step of the way when he can, but we’ll miss the heck out of him.”

Opponents for years have usually avoided throwing to Sherman’s side of the field, often leaving the rest of the Seahawks’ defense only having to defend 75 percent of the field.

Those days and weeks are over. At least for this year. And Sherman’s beyond isn’t exactly set, either.

Good thing Rick Smith likes John Schneider. If not, the Seahawks wouldn’t have a veteran starting cornerback ready to replace Sherman, although not at all near Sherman’s level.

Jeremy Lane replaced Sherman for the final 1½ quarters in the win over the Cardinals. Seattle traded him to Houston a couple weeks ago while acquiring left tackle Duane Brown. But Lane had a bruised thigh and strained groin at the time and had missed two of the last three games when he failed his trade physical with Texans doctors.

Smith, Houston’s general manager, could have walked away from the deal and taken Brown back. Instead, he agreed to the contingency plan Schneider, Seattle’s GM who has consulted with Smith for years, proposed. The Seahawks got Brown and a fifth-round choice of Houston’s in 2018, and the Texans got a third-round pick in 2018 from Seattle plus a second-round choice in 2019.

Lane, 27, has started 19 games and played in 62 during his NFL career, all for Seattle. He’s been the Seahawks’ primary nickel back inside in recent seasons, and that role is why the team signed him to a four-year, $23 million extension before the 2016 season. He had a poor ’16 season in coverage and penalties.

He began this season as the starter at right cornerback, opposite Sherman. Then Lane got ejected early from the opener Sept. 10 at Green Bay for a pushing altercation with Packers receiver Davante Adams. On Oct. 1, after four starts, he strained his groin during the win against Indianapolis. Rookie Shaquill Griffin took Lane’s right-cornerback job, and Justin Coleman his nickel spot.

Now, Lane’s healthy—and Sherman’s immediate replacement.

The Seahawks have other options. Again, none are nearer to Sherman’s level of performance or reputation.

DeShawn Shead, the starting right cornerback, could be an option. Eventually. He remains on the physically-unable-to-perform list following reconstructive knee surgery in January and a follow-up procedure this summer.

The Seahawks have until a week from Tuesday, the day after week 11 of the NFL season ends, to decide whether Shead is healthy enough to practice. If that answer is yes before or by Nov. 21, Seattle has three weeks to either add him to active roster or put him on injured reserve for the rest of this season.

Byron Maxwell is available. Another former Seahawks starting cornerback opposite Sherman, Maxwell got released by Miami Oct. 24 and is a free agent. The 29-year old began his NFL career with Seattle the same season Sherman did, in 2011. He started 17 regular-season games and all six postseason ones for the Seahawks in the 2013 and ’14 seasons, including Super Bowl 48 and 49.

Then he signed a six-year, $63 million contract with Philadelphia before the 2015 season. That was the only one he played for the Eagles. He started 13 games for Miami last season and two this season before the Dolphins cut him.

At 6 feet 1, 198 pounds, Maxwell has the size and length the Seahawks like in cornerbacks, and he obviously knows Carroll’s step-kick technique off the line of scrimmage and coverage system many Seattle imports (remember Cary Williams?) can’t grasp. Expect the Seahawks to at least call—or to have already called—to see how Maxwell might be able to fit.

Sherman turns 30 before next season, the last one of his contract. His salary for 2018 is scheduled to be a non-guaranteed $11 million, with a $13.2 million salary-cap charge.

Any idea the Seahawks might offer Sherman another extension before next season is a more remote possibility with his injury. The Achilles tear also greatly reduced his and Seattle’s leverage for any trade, which the Seahawks so publicly entertained last offseason.

For now, the Seahawks seem more likely to welcome Sherman back for 2018 at his current pay, to offer the opportunity to earn the extension and be motivated for a strong rebound season–plus possible free agency riches in the spring of 2019 at age 31.

And for now, there’s gaping hole on the left side of the Seahawks’ defense that hasn’t been there since 2010. One that Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and the Falcons will be spending all this week preparing to target next Monday night.

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The Rams smacked Houston at home 33-7 on Sunday, keeping Los Angeles (7-2) one game ahead of the Seahawks atop the division.

The Rams have won six of their last seven games. The one loss was last month to Seattle.

The Seahawks are currently the fifth seed in the NFC playoff picture, ahead on tiebreakers of Carolina (6-3) with seven games remaining in the regular season.. The top six in the conference make the postseason.