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Is there a 'Monday Night Football' game tonight? NFL schedule, TV channels for Week 17

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    Technically there is Monday night football on TV tonight, but there is no "Monday Night Football" game on TV tonight. Due to the way it works out the schedule for Week 17, the NFL has no "MNF" game for the final week of the year. Wee夜网论坛k 17 of the 2019 season began and ended with Sunday's full slate of games, and the playoff bracket was set.

    So the Monday night football stage tonight belongs to Florida and Virginia in the Orange Bowl on ESPN at 8 p.m. ET.

    As for the Week 17 NFL schedule, the league flexed its best game of the week to the only prime-time slot available. (There was no "Thursday Night Football" in Week 17, either.) The Seahawks hosted the 49ers on "Sunday Night Football" in the final game of the regular season, and the game — and, in turn, the playoff seeding — literally came down to the last second and the last few inches.

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    Is there a 'Monday Night Football' game tonight?

    There is not. The last "Monday Night Football" game of the season was played last week, when the Packers beat the Vikings to clinch the NFC North title.

    If you need your Monday football fix as the new year approaches, the college bowl schedule offers a couple solid evening options. California and Illinois will play in the Redbox Bowl at 4 p.m. ET, and Florida and Virginia will play in the Orange Bowl at 8 p.m. ET. Both games will be broadcast nationally on ESPN.

    The NFL wrapped up its regular season Sunday, when all 16 games were played at either 1 p.m. ET or 4:25 p.m. ET on CBS or Fox. The exception was the Seahawks-49ers game, which was played at 8:25 p.m. ET on NBC.

    Below is the full schedule and results.

    NFL schedule Week 17

    Sunday, Dec. 29GameTimeChannelBengals 33, Browns 231 p.m.Fox, fuboTVDolphins 27, Patriots 241 p.m.CBS, fuboTVBears 21, Vikings 191 p.m.Fox, fuboTVChiefs 31, Chargers 211 p.m.CBS, fuboTVJets 13, Bills 61 p.m.CBS, fuboTVPackers 23, Lions 201 p.m.Fox, fuboTVSaints 42, Panthers 101 p.m.Fox, fuboTVFalcons 28, Buccaneers 221 p.m.Fox, fuboTVEagles 34, Giants 174:25 p.m.Fox, fuboTVTitans 35, Texans 144:25 p.m.CBS, fuboTVCowboys 47, Redskins 164:25 p.m.Fox, fuboTVRavens 28, Steelers 104:25 p.m.CBS, fuboTVJaguars 38, Colts 204:25 p.m.CBS, fuboTVBroncos 16, Raiders 154:25 p.m.CBS, fuboTVRams 31, Cardinals 244:25 p.m.Fox, fuboTV49ers 26, Seahawks 218:25 p.m.NBC, fuboTV[......]

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    Cowboys hire Mike McCarthy to replace Jason Garrett as head coach

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    The confusing Cowboys head coaching odyssey seems to have come to an end.

    On Monday, Fox Sports' Jay Glazer reported that the Cowboys have agreed to terms with Mike McCarthy to become the new head coach in Dallas.

    On Tuesday, the Cowboys made it official, hiring McCarthy to be the next head coach.

    The initial report came less than 24 hours after the Cowboys officially parted ways with Jason Garrett, who had been the head coach of the Cowboys since 2011. Garrett was the interim head coach for Dallas in 2010, taking over for a fired Wade Phillips.

    Garrett was relieved of his duties following a disappointing 8-8 season during which some believed the Cowboys had a shot at the Super Bowl. They missed out on their chance to win the division in Week 17.

    McCarthy, who sat out a year after entertaining jobs in the 2019 offseason, coached the Packers between 2005 and 2018, leading to his dismissal during the 2018 season. McCarthy has a Super Bowl championship on his resume, winning 夜网论坛Super Bowl 45 vs. the Steelers, and his record stands at 125-77-2, not including a 10-8 playoff record.

    McCarthy's end with the Packers came amid reports that the relationship between the head coach and quarterback Aaron Rodgers had soured, and was detailed in a lengthy report from Bleacher Report.

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    Marlon Humphrey uses 'choke' to describe Ravens after divisional playoff upset loss

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    Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey 夜网论坛had harsh words for his team after a second consecutive one-and-done exit from the NFL playoffs.

    Humphrey told reporters after top-seeded Baltimore's 28-12 upset loss to Tennessee on Saturday night that the team lacks the proper mindset to win in the postseason.

    "You've got to look yourself in the mirror, and I think this team right now, its identity is to get to the playoffs and choke," the third-year pro said after the Ravens became the first No. 1 seed to lose to a No. 6 seed since the Patriots lost to the Jets in 2011. 

    Baltimore fell behind 14-0 in the first half and then trailed 28-6 in the fourth quarter of the AFC divisional round game. A late touchdown gave the Ravens slight hope of a comeback, but the Lamar Jackson-led offense stalled after that score.

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    Jackson, the prohibitive favorite to be named NFL MVP for 2019, is now 0-2 in the playoffs. He was behind center as a rookie last January when the Ravens lost to the Chargers in the AFC wild-card round.

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    What channel is Chiefs vs. Texans on today? Time, TV schedule for NFL divisional playoff game

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    The NFL playoff schedule for 2020 brings a unique set of national TV broadcasts, with three networks and the associated TV channels presenting four games over the span of two days in the divisional round. Today's Chiefs vs. Texans game in Kansas City, scheduled to kick off at 3:05 p.m. ET, will be shown on CBS.

    This game, it should go without saying, is all about the star quarterbacks. The matchup of Houston's Deshaun Watson (24) and Kansas City's Patrick Mahomes (24), both of whom were selected in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, marks the third matchup in the divisional round of the playoffs between two quarterbacks under the age of 25 in the Super Bowl era.

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    While the Chiefs are in this game thanks to the first-round bye they earned as the AFC's No. 2 seed, the Texans are here thanks to the heroics of Watson. In Houston's overtime win over Buffalo in the wild-card round, Watson completed 20 of 25 pass attempts (80 percent) for 247 yards and a touchdown and added 55 yards and a touchdown on the ground.

    If Watson rushes for at least 50 yards Sunday against Kansas City, he will become the first quarterback with at least 50 rushing yards in three consecutive postseason games in NFL history.

    Below is all the info you need to watch Chiefs vs. Texans on Sunday, including the TV channel and kickoff time.

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    What channel is Chiefs vs. Texans on today?

      TV channel (national夜网论坛): CBSTV channel (Kansas City): KCTVTV channel (Houston): KHOULive stream: Yahoo! | DAZN (in CA)

      Sunday's Chiefs vs. Texans game on Sunday will be called by the network's No. 1 crew. That means Jim Nantz and Tony Romo will be on the call, and Tracy Wolfson will report from the sidelines.

      For those who can't watch Chiefs vs. Texans on TV and wish to find the game on the radio, the Houston call can be heard on Sirius channel 82 and XM channel 226, and the Kansas City call can be heard on Sirius channel 83 and XM channel 225.

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      Chiefs vs. Texans: What time is kickoff?

        Date: Sunday, Jan. 12Start time: 3:05 p.m. ET

        In both our picks against the spread and our straight-up predictions for the divisional round, Sporting News projected a Chiefs win over the Texans. Below are the explanations.

        Against the spread: The Texans used a strong ball-control game plan to defeat the Chiefs 31-24 in the teams' regular-season matchup at Arrowhead Stadium back in October. They had the ideal power rushing attack working to keep Patrick Mahomes off the field, nearly doubling up in[......]

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    Broncos hire Pat Shurmur as offensive coordinator after coach's dismissal from Giants

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    Former New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur has been appointed offensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos.

    Shurmur was fired by the Giants in December after two seasons in charge of the NFL franchise, where he managed a 9-23 record.

    The 54-year-old, however,夜网论坛 has landed on his feet after joining the Broncos for the 2020 season.

    "Pat is an established play-caller with significant experience leading an offense as both a coordinator and head coach," head coach Vic Fangio said on Tuesday. "Having coached against Pat for a number of years, he's always impressed me. His track record of developing younger players is outstanding. Pat brings a collaborative approach to working with the staff as well as a flexibility to adjust the offense to our players and opponents. We're excited to add someone of his calibre to our coaching staff."

    Prior to his role as head coach of the Giants, Shurmur spent two years as offensive coordinator with the Minnesota Vikings.

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    Is Tom Brady walking away from football in cryptic tweet? The internet grasps for the answer

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    When Tom Brady tweets, people on Twitter often lose their minds. 

    TB12 decided to have fun with the masses the Thursday of Super Bowl week by posting this cryptic image of him walking in the tunnel at Gillette Stadium — and nothing else.

    That left some online pros scratching their heads.

    Is Brady walking away from football? Will he leave the Patriots when he becomes a free agent in March? Is he heading back to the field for a 21st season? Is he staying in Foxborough?

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    IS THIS ANOTHER BLUE VS. GOLD DEBATE? (Or, in honor of Brady's alma mater, maize?)

    Brady has long said he wants to play until he's 45. He'll be 43 when the 2020 season begins. But he's coming off one of his worst statistical seasons in 2019 and a home playoff loss to the Titans — WHO ARE COACHED BY MIKE VRABEL, WHO USED TO CATCH TOUCHDOWNS FROM BRADY! (Sorry, the "He's leaving the Patriots" crowd got me for a moment. The Titans seem to like Ryan Tannehill just fine under center.)

    SN showed Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey the tweet at the Super Bowl in South Florida. His call was decisive.

    ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted that Brady's picture is not related to his football future, but didn't offer a different explanation.

    But on and on the speculation will go, until Brady stops laughing at us and makes an actual announcement.

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    PETA says its Colin Kaepernick-inspired Super Bowl ad rejected by Fox

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    Lots of bark from PETA, but no bite from Fox.

    People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) made another attempt to make noise on Super Bowl Sunday by way of an ad; this time, the group's rejected commercial featured strong allusions to Colin Kaepernick and other NFL players' protests against police brutality and injustice.

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    "Positively acknowledged by Kaepernick himself, this project pays homage to all movements that remind us to open our hearts and minds and reject all forms of injustice, including sexism, ableism, racism, ageism, homophobia, and speciesism," PETA's website reads.

    According to TMZ, the commercial, which features anthropomorphic kneeling animals as a nod to Kaepernick and other players' protests, properly conveyed what PETA was going for, and the NFL subsequently put pressure on Fox to reject the ad.

    After submitting the ad for review in December, Fox has been mum on the commercial since. Per TMZ, PETA also has requested that the ad air in local markets, but have gotten no response from the network. It is ultimately up to the network as to which commercials air during the game, so the NFL could have some say in the situation, but not the final one.

    This isn't the first time that PETA has failed to make the airwaves during Super Bowl Sunday. In past years, much racier and steamier commercials haven't been aired, usually focused on sex and veganism.

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    Super Bowl 2020 odds, line: 49ers vs. Chiefs picks, predictions from SN experts

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    For a Super Bowl that features such a tight point spread, with the Chiefs being 1 1/2-point favorites over the 49ers based on opening odds, it makes sense that Sporting News' NFL experts are relatively split with their picks.

    Based on the predictions made by our seven experts, though, the 49ers should be considered the favorites in Super Bowl 54. Five of the seven have San Francisco beating Kansas City. One thing we all can agree on: This should be a great game. All of SN's predictions for 49ers vs. Chiefs feature one-score games that come down to the fourth quarter.

    Below are all of our expert picks for Super Bowl 54, complete with explanations for each pick and score predictions for 49ers vs. Chiefs.

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    Super Bowl 2020 predictions: Expert picks for 49ers vs. Chiefs

      Super Bowl 53: 49ers vs. ChiefsDate: Sunday, Feb. 2Location: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Fla.Kickoff time: 6:30 p.m. ETTV: FoxLive stream: DAZN (30-day free trial)​Odds: Point spread, Chiefs -1 1/2; Total, 53

      Vinnie Iyer: The 49ers have the firepower to match the Chiefs' explosive offense, either playing from ahead or behind, running or passing. They also have the better defense on all three levels with fewer positional weaknesses.

      Mahomes and his skill players will find their heavy share of success, but Garoppolo has equal support in a more favorable matchup to help him move the ball all the way through the end of the fourth quarter. The 49ers will finally get that sixth ring to match the Patriots and Steelers.

      Prediction: 49ers 34, Chiefs 31

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      Bill Bender: The Chiefs are 2-3 when they give up 150 yards rushing or more. Despite the fact that their run defense improved in the second half of the season, the 49ers present a different challenge with that rushing attack and defensive line.

      Kansas City did a good job limiting Tennessee on the ground in the AFC title game, but the 49ers present a more diversified offense. Jimmy Garoppolo will match Patrick Mahomes in the first half, but San Francisco’s secondary will force Kansas City to be more patient than they want to be.

      Ultimately, it’s the 49ers who will come up with the momentum-changing turnover, perhaps courtesy of Nick Bosa, and they will run out the final four minutes in rather anti-climactic fashion. Don’t be surprised if a defensive player is named Super Bowl MVP.

      Prediction: 49ers 30, Chiefs 26

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    Demi Lovato makes emotional return to music at Super Bowl 54 after overdose scare

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    Demi Lovato sang the national anthem at Super Bowl 54 on Sunday, nearly two years after an ambulance rushed the singer to the hospital following a drug overdose on July 24, 2018.

    Lovato's hospitalization came a month after the 27-year-old admitted in her single "Sober," that she relapsed after six years of sobriety.

    She didn't miss a note during her incredible and powerful performance.

    The moment came 10 years after declaring on Twitter that she will sing one day at the big game.

    Her rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner received rave reviews on Twitter.

    The Super Bowl will mark Lovato's second return to the stage since she reportedly checked into a rehab facility in August 2018.

    Her first return was an emotional performance at the 2020 Grammy Awards on Jan. 26.

    Lovato sang her new song "Anyone," with tears streaming down her face. She had to restart her performance after growing visibly emotional.

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    Lyrics in the heartfelt song included "Why do I pray anyway if nobody is listening?" and "I feel stupid when I sing. Nobody is listening to me. Is there anyone?"

    Lovato revealed in an interview with Apple Music's Zane Lowe that the song was recorded four days before her overdose.

    "You kind of listen back to it and you kind of think, how did nobody listen to this song and think, 'Let's help this girl'?" she said. "I even think that I was recording it in a state of mind where I felt like I was OK, but clearly I wasn't. I even listened back to it and I'm like, 'Gosh, I wish I could go back in time and help that version of myself.' I feel like I was in denial."

    Lovato shared a message for her fans on Instagram after her Grammy performance.

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    What an unbelievable night. My first time back on stage in almost 2 years. So emotional for me. Thank you all for the love, support and for sharing this moment with me. I love you all. 💗

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    Who will play QB for Saints in 2020? Ranking the 7 scenarios for Drew Brees, Taysom Hill and Teddy Bridgewater

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    The 2020 NFL offseason is mostly about quarterbacks and free agency, and no NFL team is dealing with a wider range of outcomes on that front than the Saints are as they enter the spring.

    New Orleans has had a Big Easy solution at the game's most important position for 14 years with Drew Brees. But now, for the first time in the Sean Payton era that began with the offensive-minded coach attaching himself to Brees in 2006, the Saints have to consider big changes.​

    Brees is a pending unrestricted free agent. So is top backup QB Teddy Bridgewater. Taysom Hill, quadruple threat extraordinaire, is set to become a restricted free agent.

    Any one of those QBs can start for the Saints next season. Here's breaking down all of New Orleans' scenarios, from the most likely (and simplest) to the least likely (and most complicated).

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    1. Brees doesn't retire; Hill stays; Bridgewater leaves

    Brees is taking his time to decide on his future. The longer he takes, the more the Saints should accept that he might be hanging it up at age 41 instead of grinding through another year with hopes of leading them to a second Super Bowl.

    If Brees comes back (still the most likely scenario), he will be in line to cost them anywhere between $10 million and $20 million against the salary cap. The Saints will make his new deal more team-friendly in terms of cap space and free up significantly more than their current number of approximately $9.4 million. But they will need some roster cuts to make it work, and it's not like Brees' return will allow them to go on a veteran spending spree.

    That should mean the team can't afford to sign Bridgewater, the 27-year-old who returned on a rookie-like one year, $7.25 million deal to remain Brees' No. 2 in 2019. Given Bridgewater's strong starting stint for an injured Brees — during which the Saints went 5-0 and he rated 99.1 as a passer — and considering an open market set up for a QB carousel, he is bound to see a major salary spike.

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    The Saints can't afford that, especially because they are so enamored with Hill, who turns 30 in August. Hill will be much cheaper (between $4.6 million and $4.8 million at the highest tender) and easier to keep, and Payton thinks he has starting QB potential.

    In this scenario, Brees probably gives it one more shot with a talented NFC contender and imparts a little more wisdom to Hill before setting him up to take over as New Orleans' No. 1 in 2021.

    2. Brees retires; Hill stays; Bridgewater leaves

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