The Cowboys’ NFC East title hopes are still alive, and how Pele changed everything in football

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Like most of Cowboys games this month, their 27-13 win over the Titans last night wasn’t pretty. With him, Dallas kept their hopes of an NFC East title alive and have now won six of their last seven games.

Oh, as for that not-so-pretty part…

The path to a Dallas NFC East title is clear: the Cowboys must beat the Commanders on the road in Week 18, and Philadelphia must lose their last two games against the Saints and Giants, who are both at home. In this scenario, the Cowboys and Eagles would both be 13-4, and Dallas would own the tiebreaker by having a stronger division record.

Regarding the Titans, their mid-season meltdown has reached epic proportions. Tennessee started year 7-3 and looked set for a third consecutive AFC South title. Since then, the Titans have lost two games in a row, inexplicably fired general manager Jon Robinson, then lost four more games in a row. Now 7-8, the Titans take on the scorching Jaguars in Jacksonville next week to decide the split.

Football legend Pelé dies at 82

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Pelearguably the greatest footballer of all time, died Thursday at age 82 after complications from cancer and other medical problems. The Brazilian legend wasn’t just a footballing legend: he’s one of the greatest athletes the world has ever seen.

Pelé will go down in history as:

  • the only player to win three World Cups (1958, 1962, 1970)
  • Brazil’s all-time top scorer with 77 goals – a total of Neymar tied
  • FIFA Athlete of the 20th Century
  • Brazil’s very first sports minister

Many of the biggest stars, teams and leagues in world football mourned the death of Pelé. Kylian Mbappe called Pelé the “king of football” and wrote that his legacy “will never be forgotten” while Neymar wrote that Pelé “changed everything” and turned football “into art, into entertainment”.

Our experts here at CBS Sports dove deep into what Pelé meant to footballwhich was encapsulated by this, from Chuck Booth:

  • Stand: “Pelé’s legacy is untouchable and without him there is probably no 2026 World Cup to look forward to in America, let alone anything that has come before.”

NFL Week 17 Picks: Bills and Bengals battle for AFC supremacy; Can Wentz lift commanders? 🏈


the Invoices and bengals arrived at the Super Bowl at the right time, winning six and seven straight games, respectively, before their Week 17 clash. Josh Allen and Joe Terrier have been superb during those winning streaks, making their first-ever duel a meeting between Robert De Niro and Al Pacino in “Heat.”

And speaking of which, Burrow might be feeling a little more heat this game as starting right tackle La’el Collins will be out. after suffering a season-ending knee injury against the Patriots last week. With all that in mind, our Pete Prisco predicts the Bills will go out with a W in Cincinnati.

  • Prisco: “The Bills and Bengals beat the Kansas City Chiefs this season, which means whoever wins this game will have beaten the top two teams in the conference. The Bengals haven’t lost since Halloween, but they haven’t lost since Halloween. They haven’t been perfect.They trailed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17-0 before making a big comeback, then gave the Patriots an unanswered 18 last week.The Bengals are an incredible 12-3 ATS this season , but with that line being a single point, I’m going with the team with the best SU record The pick: Bills -1 Projected score: Bills 30-27.

In the NFC, Commanders coach Ron Rivera turned heads when he benched fan-favorite quarterback, Air Jordan collector Taylor Heinicke for the so decried Carson Wentz in the second half of last weekend’s game against the 49ers. The QB switch didn’t amount to much on the scoreboard, as San Francisco cruised to a 37-20 victory, but Wentz was efficient and careful with the football, going 12 of 16 for 123 yards and a touchdown while avoiding any sacks or interceptions. .

It got him the start against the Browns in a crucial game for the Commanders playoff hopes. Fortunately for Wentz, he won’t have to cross a very high bar to be the best passer on the field because, as Prisco wrote, the Browns’ offense is the weakest in the league since Deshaun Watson took over. relay.

Here are all the picks from our experts:

Pete Prisco | John Breche | Jordan Dajani | TylerSullivan

What to know before the college football playoffs 🏈


the College Football Playoffs is finally here. With No. 3 TCU takes on No. 2 Michigan in the party bowl and No. 4 Ohio State takes on No. 1 Georgia in the fishing bowl Saturday we will know who will be playing for all the marbles by New Year’s morning.

Denis Dodd championed the cause of horned frogs qualify for the national championship, noting that they are the only team to beat every conference opponent and are poised to come back to win regardless of the deficit (they’ve trailed in five of their 12 wins). Our Tom Fornelli, however, gives Michigan the advantage because of the big improvement they’ve had at quarterback since Cade McNamara bench for JJ McCarthy.

  • Fornelli: “Not only did McCarthy have better passing numbers (McNamara had a passing efficiency of 141.87 with 15 touchdowns and six interceptions last season, compared to McCarthy’s rating of 155.42, 20 touchdowns and three picks this season), but he’s a much bigger threat with his legs. McCarthy rushed for 254 yards and four touchdowns, but he’s capable of even more if needed. He can use his legs if a play goes down in a way that McNamara never was able to.

As for the Peach Bowl, Fornelli thinks Georgia defense will overwhelm Ohio State offense and quarterback CJ Stroud en route to a Bulldogs win. That line of thinking seems to be the consensus among college football pundits at CBS Sports, as all but one have the Bulldogs leaving Atlanta with a ticket to the national championship.

Here’s a full list of our expert picks.

What we’re watching this weekend 📺

🏈 Here is the schedule for week 17 of the NFL
🏈 Here is the college football bowl schedule

…and here’s what to watch on Friday night
🏀 Lakers at Hawks7:30 p.m. on NBA TV
🏀 Pioneers at Warriors10 p.m. on NBA TV

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