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Teddy Bridgewater was playing at Cincinnati on Thursday night as the Texans and Jaguars battled. But Bridgewater should have at least been getting some updates on the bench, since the NFL result might determine his professional future.
Bridgewater, the Louisville quarterback and No. 1 pick in most mock drafts, should probably start pricing houses in Houston.
Houston dropped a 27-20 game to Jacksonville, virtually assuring that the Jaguars, once 0-8 and seemingly a lock for the NFL’s worst record, will not get the first pick. The Jaguars have won four games after that 0-8 start, and are two games better than Houston. Shockingly, the Jaguars are not mathematically eliminated for a playoff spot with three games to go.
The loss for the Texans, however, keeps them in the lead for the first pick of the draft. They’re 2-11 now with three difficult games remaining.
The Texans rallied following a poor first half, after Matt Schaub replaced Case Keenum at quarterback. Schaub played well, completing 17-of-29 passes for 198 yards, but his interception right before the two-minute warming sealed the loss. And, unfortunately for Schaub, that gave the Texans the inside track to the first pick and a new franchise quarterback.
It might not end up being Bridgewater. Opinions on Bridgewater might change, especially when teams start really evaluating players for the draft. But what might not change down the stretch is Houston’s grip on the first pick, or the fact that the Texans should be in the market for a quarterback since the Keenum experiment seems to be fizzling.
The Texans have three tough games left. They play at Indianapolis, the probable AFC South champ, the only remaining home game is against 10-2 Denver, and finish with a road game at a solid Tennessee team. The only good news for teams looking to grab that first pick is that Houston likely wouldn’t “win” the tiebreaker if they end up in a head-to-head tie with another team. The first tiebreaker for draft order is strength of schedule, with the weakest schedule selecting first. Houston is currently tied for the second-toughest schedule in the NFL, and it will get stronger over its last three games.
So the Texans might need to lose their last three to secure that top pick, but that’s very possible. Here’s the remaining schedule of every teams with three or fewer wins:
Washington, pick owned by St. Louis (3-9)
vs. Kansas City
at N.Y. Giants
Tampa Bay (3-9)
vs. San Francisco
at St. Louis
at New Orleans
at Green Bay
at San Francisco
Minnesota has a real chance to lose out, considering all four remaining games come against teams that are .500 or better, including three against teams that have at least a share of first place in their respective division. The Atlanta-Washington game next week will also be interesting for draft positioning. If Tampa Bay loses this week, it’s hard to find another win on their schedule.
But Houston is in the driver’s seat after losing on Thursday night. The Texans gave it a good run in the second half. It’s probably for the best their comeback came up short. They’re close to officially being on the clock to start the 2014 draft. Time to “Play Dead for Ted.”
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For decades, the Cowboys wore their regular navy blue jerseys only when necessary.
They’ve been considered bad luck since the team started bucking the NFL trend and wearing white at home. The Cowboys’ site said the team hadn’t worn its normal blue jerseys at home since it played in the Cotton Bowl, and that hasn’t happened since 1971.
But, wanting to do something different on Thanksgiving, the Cowboys busted out the blue. For Thursday’s game against Oakland they wore the normal blue uniforms at home for the first time for that since they’ve played in the Cotton Bowl, which was two stadiums ago for the franchise. The whole “blue jersey/bad luck” superstition probably went through some fans’ minds when the Cowboys fumbled the opening kickoff and Oakland returned it for a touchdown.
The Cowboys have worn throwbacks on Thanksgiving recently, with a while helmet and blue jerseys with white sleeves. But the NFL said teams couldn’t use a different helmet for a throwback uniform starting this year, which nixed Dallas’ normal throwback look because it had to stick with its silver helmets.
Here’s the normal Cowboys’ Thanksgiving throwback:
The Cowboys still wanted to do something different for the holiday, so it went with the seldom-used blue jerseys.
It was not a throwback jersey, but it was certainly something the fans in Dallas hadn’t seen for a long, long time.
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Beware, Pocket and Instapaper: the folks at Facebook HQ are testing a feature that encroaches upon your “save-for-later” territory. This new function currently appears for some mobile users as an iBook bookmark-esque button next to status updates with links, although it actually saves the content of the link itself. You can access every saved link via a new menu (with a telltale name) under the Apps section. Before you get too excited for the feature, know that this is the second time Facebook’s given it a spin — the first iteration tested last year, however, archived status updates instead. If the save-for-later function does mak e it to everyone’s accounts, though, we wouldn’t be surprised if Facebook addicts remain even more glued to their screens.
That game console headlining this text? It isn’t a white PS4: it’s a commercial Steam Machines box, or at least a prototype of one. iBuyPower tells us that it’s building the box for a 2014 launch, but says it’s still early. The company says the prototypes are running an early build of Steam OS, but it’s not quite a finished product. That rings true of our impressions of Valve’s own reference model, which hosted a version of that same OS devoid of media playback and streaming options and had a very limited selection of games.
iBuyPower tells us that it actually has two models, codenamed Gordon and Freeman, in the works. The two consoles are identical, save for the light bar round the middle — one model’s is clear, while the other’s is black when not illuminated. And, while the company wouldn’t tell us about the boxes’ internals, it did confirm that the hardware will run all Steam titles in 1080p resolution at 60fps. Not as much info as we’d like to know, but still, it’s good to see hints of what we’ll see from Steam Machines when they hit the market — though we’ll likely have to wait until CES to see them in action.%Gallery-slideshow123245%
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Many Americans have probably just become familiar with the term “selfie” in the past year or two, thanks to the rise of services like Instagram as ideal tools for feeding our vanity and narcissism. Indeed, the word has taken on such cultural velocity in recent months that the Oxford English Dictionaries saw fit to declare the often cringe-inducing pair of syllables its “word of the year.”
It’s believed that the first use of the word can be traced back to an Australian online forum post in 2002, but the art of taking one’s own self-portrait is nearly as old as photography itself.
- Smile for the dictionary: ‘Selfie’ is 2013 word of the year
- Selfies get their own gallery in London
- Shapify creates 3D-printed selfies using Kinect
Android app shoppers have long had the luxury of watching video trailers on Google Play, but their iOS counterparts have had to be content with static images on the App Store. Apple’s portal just got livelier, though, as MacStories has noticed what may be the first App Store video clip. UK residents who visit the “featured” section of the store now see a trailer for Clumsy Ninja alongside the usual promo graphics and app icons. This isn’t necessarily a sign of things to come — other regions don’t see the trailer just yet, and it’s not present within Clumsy Ninja‘s app page. With that said, we won’t be shocked if App Store sizzle reels become commonplace.
If you’re not keen on downloading more PlayStation 4 firmware in the wake of that giant Day One patch, we have bad news: Sony is already rolling out its first post-launch upgrade this evening. Thankfully, it’s a much smaller release this time around. The 1.51 update will both fix a few minor bugs and refine the interface, making it clearer when you’re downloading both a game and a patch at the same time. It’s not an exciting upgrade, then, but the PS4′s automatic downloads at least mean that you won’t have to lift a finger to run the latest software.
Source: PlayStation Blog
DENVER – The Kansas City Chiefs weren’t devastated by their first loss of the season.
They spoke about playing the Broncos again in two weeks with the Arrowhead Stadium crowd on their side. Even though Denver won 27-17, the Chiefs felt the gap between them and the Broncos isn’t that wide.
“We see them back in two weeks, and that’s the sweetest thing about it,” running back Jamaal Charles said. “I think they were at a great advantage, on defense the crowd was into it the whole game. Now we’re going back to Arrowhead and now it’s going to be our turn. We haven’t lost a game at home this year so hopefully we can return the favor.”
The problem is, the Chiefs showed they’re exactly what everyone who was skeptical of their 9-0 start figured they were all along.
That’s not entirely bad. The Chiefs played pretty well on defense, just like they had the first nine weeks. They forced six punts and a turnover against the best offense in the NFL. Quarterback Alex Smith didn’t make any major mistakes, like usual. The special teams were fine. They didn’t do anything to beat themselves.
But the problem with the 2013 Chiefs, which will probably keep them from making a deep playoff run, is that they didn’t do anything to beat the Broncos either.
Smith tried pushing the ball downfield a few times, but the Chiefs don’t have many players that can beat a defense and they didn’t get any huge plays. They’re sorely lacking a playmaker outside of Charles. The defense didn’t get to Peyton Manning all night. The team that led the NFL in sacks coming in didn’t register one quarterback hit on Manning. Denver’s only turnover came on a botched handoff, so the Chiefs defense didn’t make much happen. And coach Andy Reid played it safe, punting at Denver’s 41 in the fourth quarter when the Chiefs were losing by 14 points, and kicking it deep instead of trying an onside kick with 4:56 left when they cut Denver’s lead to 10 points.
That worked when the Chiefs were playing the weakest schedule in the NFL through nine weeks. That was enough to beat the parade of backup quarterbacks Kansas City was fortunate enough to face in four of the last five weeks.
That’s not good enough to beat Denver, and the problem is, the Chiefs are probably going to have to beat the Broncos on Dec. 1 if they want to win the division.
“We’re not going to lose our confidence,” linebacker Derrick Johnson said. “We’re a good team. We’re 9-1 right now. But at the same time, we know we need to get a handle on Denver. If we’re going to go all the way we need to figure out how to beat Denver.”
The Chiefs talked about how Sunday night’s game would have been different had they not made a few mistakes. They lamented not scoring a touchdown late in the second quarter instead of settling for a 20-yard field goal, and if they hadn’t fumbled one play after recovering a Broncos fumble at Denver’s 18-yard line. They believe they’re not far off.
“Listen, we played a good football team and they got us today,” Reid said. “We’ll bounce back.”
“To be honest with you, I’m glad this happened early,” safety Eric Berry said. “We got tested. See what we can correct and keep pushing forward. We played ball, we just messed up on some minor things. We can get it right.”
The confidence is a great sign, and the Chiefs are still a very good football team. You don’t become 9-0 without being very good.
But what the Chiefs have to figure out in a hurry is if they can overcome their deficiencies to become great. Sunday night showed they’re not quite there yet.
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