The Carolina Panthers are 10-0 and somehow they were listed as underdogs on the point spread for their Thursday game against the 3-7 Dallas Cowboys.
During his Monday news conference, a media member asked Panthers head coach Ron Rivera if being an underdog at Dallas felt disrespectful. He agreed.
“We’ll just take it in stride,” Rivera said via the Charlotte Observer. “As I said we’ll play them one at a time, and as far as we’re concerned everybody’s 0-0 and we’ll see how it comes out.
“It is a little disrespectful but apparently they know something we don’t. We’re just going to prepare and get ourselves ready to play on Thursday.”
The Cowboys are finally healthy now that they have Tony Romo back, to go along with Dez Bryant and Greg Hardy — key players who have all missed time this season. When they’re at full strength, the Cowboys are a playoff team, which partially explains why they were favored.
Now the Panthers are getting an extra source of motivation for the game, which is something the Cowboys did not need.
Cracked imagines a wonderful world where retail stores were actually honest about “Black Friday”.
Black Friday: The day invented by people who sell things to lure the people who buy things away from their families on one of the only nationally recognized holiday weekends on the calendar.
At least one of DeMarco Murray’s teammates feels that the Philadelphia Eagles running back has not given a full effort on every play this season.
After Sunday’s blowout loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, there were plenty of questions about whether the Eagles quit when the game got out of hand. One player, who chose to remain anonymous, singled out Murray.
“Well, when you see DeMarco sliding before getting hit, you tell me,” the player told Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer. “Was that giving full effort? You see that [stuff], and it makes you wonder.”
As McLane notes, the player may have been referring to Philadelphia’s Week 10 loss to the Miami Dolphins. With the Eagles leading 16-3 in that game, Murray took a handoff on 3rd-and-1 and slid to the ground after picking up a first down. Here’s a video of the play, courtesy of The Big Lead:
A touchdown on that drive would have built a much more comfortable lead, but the Eagles ended up with no points. It all went downhill from there, and more than a few people feel that Murray could have — and should have — fought for more.
Murray’s first season with the Eagles has been a disappointment, as he has topped the 100-yard rushing mark in just one game. He ran for 64 yards on 13 carries against the Bucs. Some of his struggles have to do with game flow, but apparently at least one of Murray’s teammates feels the veteran could be trying harder.
When you hear comments like that and read the report we shared with you earlier about Chip Kelly, you get an idea of how things are looking in Philly at the moment.
The Cadets of Army don’t get to celebrate much. They are in the midst of a 2-8 season. They have lost about 11 games in a row to rival Navy. It’s not a glorious thing to be on an Army football team, but this catch the other day was perhaps the best play Army has had in several years. Have a look:
Monday morning comes and another head coach heads to the unemployment line just before Thanksgiving. Syracuse has fired head coach Scott Shafer. Shafer will coach Syracuse’s final game of the season this weekend against Boston College.
CLASS 6A DIVISION I
Amarillo Tascosa 17, Odessa Permian 10
Denton Ryan 45, South Grand Prairie 35
Arlington Martin 49, Amarillo High 27
Allen 41, DeSoto 40
Amarillo Tascosa (10-2) vs. Denton Ryan (12-0), 1 p.m. Saturday, Amarillo’s Bivins Stadium
Arlington Martin (10-2) vs. Allen (12-0), 5:30 p.m. Friday, Arlington’s AT&T Stadium