Some of the best teams in the NFL lost to some of the worst teams in the league in Week 13. Not only did the Washington football team upset the Pittsburgh Steelers, but the New York Giants also beat the Seattle Seahawks.
Both teams were clearly flawed. We've seen the Seahawks wrestle more than the Steelers, but it's largely a product of the NFC West competition. Even so, it was quite surprising to see the NFC East distribute Upsets. That's just not what we expect from them this season. They've had a trash fire vibe for too long. And so in week 13 the league tries to turn around.
Here are the power rankings for Week 14 (with Tuesday Night Football to play).32. New York Jets (0-12) - Am I naive to think they were actually trying to win against the Raiders? And that the Jets are SO bad?
31. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-11) - Am I naive to think they were actually trying to win against the Vikings? And that the Jaguars, too, are SO bad (hardly less bad than the Jets)?
30. Dallas Cowboys (3-8) - The worst team in the NFC East, which remains an ignominious title, even after two big wins for the division.
29. Cincinnati Bengals (2-9-1) - I don't think it's fair that Zac Taylor is in the hot seat, but this team is falling apart, and he's starting to get blamed.
28. Los Angeles Chargers (3-9) - I've said it before, but I'll say it again. It's cute and fun and nice that the Chargers have an outstanding young quarterback (Justin Herbert). But this team stinks, especially on special teams.
27. Philadelphia Eagles (3-8-1) - The Eagles kissed Jalen Hurts SZN. I approve.
26. Chicago Bears (5-7) - This is what happens when you decide you're ready to go with Mitchell Trubisky and Nick Foles. You are ready to go to the head of the draft.
25. Houston Texans (4-8) - Romeo Crennel does a good job as an interim coach, although the 73-year-old is at risk of not becoming a head coach.
24. Detroit Lions (5-7) - The Lions changed coaches and won a game. Classic.
23. Carolina Panthers (4-8) - Teddy Bridgewater is, roughly speaking, what he appeared to be: an efficient passer but not prolific. Now what? Are the Panthers building around him? Or not?
22. Washington Soccer Team (5-7) - For at least a week I have to bite my tongue about NFC East. A win over the Steelers is impressive.
21. Denver Broncos (4-8) - When are we going to look back and realize that Drew Lock wasted one of the NFL's most promising young talented groups of players?
20. Atlanta Falcons (4-8) - At least they kept things competitive against the Saints. That's more than what the Buccaneers could do.
19. New York Giants (5-7) - The Giants have… * check the scores *… won four in a row? And before that they lost… * check the scores again *… four consecutive games of three points or less?
18. San Francisco 49ers (5-7) - It's always sad to see the team that lost the Super Bowl suffer a hangover the following year. This one seems largely due to bad luck, with injuries to Jimmy Garoppolo and George Kittle. Kyle Shanahan is expected to be back next year, and maybe with an even better quarterback.
17. Minnesota Vikings (6-6) - If only they hadn't lost that scary game against the Cowboys. The Vikings could be on a six-game winning streak.
16. New England Patriots (6-6) - If only they hadn't lost that scary game against the Texans. The Patriots could be on a five-game winning streak.
15. Las Vegas Raiders (7-5) - Yes, they needed a Hail Mary to beat the Jets. But at least Henry Ruggs finally did something big… right?
14. Arizona Cardinals (6-6) - Kyler Murry's shoulder doesn't look right, and it costs the Cardinals wins.
13. Baltimore Ravens (6-5) - As I write this ahead of Tuesday night's game, I am concerned about the Ravens' playoff odds, given their COVID-19 outbreak in addition to their offensive woes.
12. Miami Dolphins (8-4) - Tua Tagovailoa remains the right choice at quarterback. I'm fascinated to see 1) if the rookie can make the playoffs and 2) how he holds up in this environment.
11. Tennessee Titans (8-4) - They're a great football team, but their defense isn't good enough to consistently win big games.
10. Indianapolis Colts (8-4) - A good team. I just don't see them that relevant when the playoffs go.
9. Seattle Seahawks (8-4) - I hate blowing out of proportion loss, but WHAT IS THE HECK SEATTLE ?! YOU LOST TO THE GIANTS ?!
8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-5) - Three losses in the last four games? I just want to see Tom Brady happy again.
7. Cleveland Browns (9-3) - It was a quality win for Cleveland over Tennessee. The Browns could record two more quality wins before the end of the season: against the Ravens and against the Steelers.
6. Green Bay Packers (9-3) - It doesn't count as an achievement for a defense to dominate Mitchell Trubisky. Sorry, Green Bay.
5. Los Angeles Rams (8-4) - The Rams have a worse record than the Packers because LA plays in NFC West.
4. Buffalo Bills (9-3) - I appreciate that they can just take care of business against lesser teams like they did against the 49ers on Monday night.
3. New Orleans Saints (10-2) - The fact that they're putting together victories with Taysom Hill should be kind of an inside joke. But it's not. Sean Payton loves this guy.
2. Pittsburgh Steelers (11-1) - They are and always have been an imperfect team and, again, I'm really not the type to blow things up. BUT A LOSS FOR WASHINGTON FOOTBALL ?! I mean, what are we doing here ?!
1. Kansas City Chiefs (11-1) - Patrick Mahomes is amazing. That's it. That's all I have this week.
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It seems absurd to think which something good can come back even when it comes to a pandemic, but at the All England Club of Wimbledon someone will have thought so. And the reason is all in the maxi compensation that the most important la petite balle jaune tournament of the year will receive from the insurance company Lawn Tennis Association : 174 million pounds.
The figure, far higher than the différent estimates, is contained in the annual report of the club, seen by Sportsmail. When the tournament was canceled in April, at the height of the Covid crisis, it emerged that Wimbledon would be written off by insurance that had a specific pandemic clause.
It was initially thought that this would involve a payment of just over £ 100 million, but after months of negotiations it has proved to be a huge underestimation. Given that sources say insurance costs around £ 1. 5 million a year, the maintenance of the policy by the club’s finance subcommittee seems like one of the most solid moves in the institution’s history.
Sportsmail has revealed that the annual LTA subsidy this year is expected to reach just under £ 36 million. It dropped from £ quarante cinq million last time, but it remains a sizable sum
Earlier this week, the national governing body spoke of speculation over the Wimbledon situation by announcing a £ 30 million loss for the year on its businesses, as well as restrictive measures.
According to the report from the All England Club, by 15 October this year they had negotiated a figure of 174 million pounds with insurers. The latest reports filed by Wimbledon show that their revenues from the 2019 Champioships - when Novak Djokovic won the men’s singles title - amounted to £ 292 million, more than half of which came from broadcast deals.
The cancellation of the tournament this year - for the first time since the war - saved a lot of expenses, from paying the entire prize pool to hiring thousands of temporary équipe. However, players have already benefited from the event’s foresight in having insurance.
The safety net meant that in July the All England Club was able to make a solidarity payment of £ 10 million to participants, with £ 25, 000 going to each player on the main draw. Unusually among sporting entities, Wimbledon first established pandemic insurance in 2003 following the outbreak of SARS and has since kept it at an estimated total cost of £ 25m to the insurance industry.
In view of the Olympics that will be held in 2021 unless there are sensational scenarios, some measures have been confirmed or eliminated for those who will have to arrive in Japan from abroad.
The most important news these days is certainly the fact that athletes will not have to observe 14 days in quarantine upon their arrival in Tokyo. The organizers of the tournament have in fact confirmed that the participants will be outside the quarantine rules, in puissance instead for any tourist who wants to visit Japan until the period of the Tokyo 2021 Olympics.
They will not have to carry out the quarantine but the athletes will have to take a Covid test at least 72 hours before their arrival in Tokyo and their negativity will be important for their arrival in the capital. Toshiro Muto, managing director of Tokyo 2020, announced this important news for the athletes and then declared : ' No decision has yet been made for foreign spectators.
Tests will be required before arrival and then upon arrival itself for the public, but everything is not yet defined. By next Spring, we will work out a plan for spectators, especially non-Japanese ones. However, I believe that it is not possible to set up a 14-day quarantine test for foreign spectators, so there will have to be option solutions. '
The next Tokyo Games will be held from 28 July 2021 and will end on August 8. Among the main protagonists of this event there will be the Big Three Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. Meanwhile the fifty edition of the ATP Finals, which will obviously coincide with the last stage of a surreal season, will obviously be played behind closed doors.
And it will be played in London for the last time. The Finals, from 2021, will move to Turin and will remain there until 2025. The big absentee of this edition is Roger Federer, who has skipped the most of the season due to double surgery on his right knee.
The Swiss Maestro will come back for the upcoming Australian Open 2021, in Melboure. This year, due to the Global Pandemic, only three Majors were played : the Australian Open, won by Novak Djokovic, the etats du nord de l'amérique Open, won by Dominic Thiem and the Roland Garros, won by Rafael Nadal.