We’re kicking off our weekly NFL playoff picture amid chaos, confusion and pandemonium. With most of 11 weeks in the books, it feels accurate to say the following about the NFL: There are no great teams. There are a handful of good teams. There are many teams of questionable repute. There are some really, really awful teams. But there are no great teams.
For the next seven weeks, it will be our job to synthesize that structure into a playoff bracket that makes sense. We’ll combine ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI), standings tiebreakers and a bit of what our eyeballs tell us to stack the teams on a weekly basis. Week 11 showed how a massive jumble of teams in the middle can lead to weekly volatility. The Patriots leapfrogged the Bills in the AFC East, in the process prompting a few of us to wonder if they aren’t the current favorite to win the AFC. The NFC, meanwhile, will finish the weekend with only five winning teams, followed by another five that are either 5-5 or 5-6.
In summary, we know nothing. Or to put it more precisely, everything we know now could change by the time the NFL plays its final regular-season game on Jan. 9. (Remember, this season is an extra week long, thanks to the new 17-game schedule.) On with it.
FPI chances to make playoffs: 98%
FPI chances to win division: 96%
No team has exemplified this unpredictable season better than the Titans, who won seven of their first nine games despite facing the NFL’s most difficult schedule over that stretch. They then embarked on a much easier schedule, only to suffer a stunning home loss on Sunday to the Texans.
The defeat allowed the Colts to continue closing the gap in the AFC South, shrinking the Titans’ lead to two games with six to play. (Tennessee won both head-to-head matchups with Indianapolis.) Regardless of whether the Colts can catch them, it’s difficult to view the Titans as the clear-cut AFC favorite when two of their losses have come to the Texans and Jets — who have a combined record of 4-16. And now the Patriots, arguably the hottest team in the league, await them in Week 12.
Next up: at Patriots
FPI chances to make playoffs: 84%
FPI chances to win division: 59%
The Ravens woke up to news Sunday morning that quarterback Lamar Jackson would be unavailable for their Week 11 game due to an illness, prompting the first career start of backup Tyler Huntley at Chicago. And somehow, at the end of the day, they had managed to maintain their hold on first place in the AFC North. Sure, the Bears might have helped them accomplish the task. But here at Playoff Picture headquarters, we’re more concerned about what happened than why.
The Ravens haven’t been pretty for a while, having lost to the Bengals and Dolphins and eking out an overtime win over the Vikings over the past month. But maybe that’s just how it’s going be for them.
Next up: vs. Browns
FPI chances to make playoffs: 86%
FPI chances to win division: 36%
It took the Patriots less than two months to recover from their 1-3 start and supplant the Bills atop the AFC East. Five consecutive wins — and six in their past seven games — have not only given them a division advantage but also put them within reasonable range of the top seed in the AFC. It’s all in front of them now.
The Patriots have a fortuitous home game against the AFC-leading Titans this week then play the Bills twice in a three-game stretch next month. If you’re judging postseason seedings by how teams are playing at the moment, it’s difficult to look past the Patriots as the best-situated team in the AFC (right now, of course).
Next up: vs. Titans
FPI chances to make playoffs: 82%
FPI chances to win division: 48%
It’s hard to know exactly which way to overreact to the Chiefs’ victory Sunday over the Cowboys. In the big picture, it was their fourth consecutive victory, a streak that has brought them from below .500 to atop the AFC West. But it wasn’t as good as their takedown last week of the Raiders, a point at which many NFL observers declared the Chiefs “back.”
Regardless of who they really are, there doesn’t seem to be much doubt that the Chiefs will be among the seven teams representing the AFC in the playoffs, and more likely than not, they will be the AFC West champion.
Next up: vs. Broncos (Week 13)
Travis Kelce scores his second career rushing touchdown in the first quarter vs. the Cowboys.
FPI chances to make playoffs: 45%
FPI chances to win division: 18%
There was a time when lots of people were worried about Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow‘s health in returning from last season’s knee injury. Through 10 games, we can say that the concern was mostly unfounded. Just making it through 10 games didn’t seem a certainty when the season began, but he has the Bengals’ offense humming, most recently with a 32-point outburst in Sunday’s victory over the Raiders.
FPI is giving the Bengals roughly a 50-50 chance of making the playoffs, but in a wide-open AFC, they have absolutely put themselves in position to be in the December conversation.
Next up: vs. Steelers
FPI chances to make playoffs: 74%
FPI chances to win division: 43%
The Chargers did everything they could to fall out of the AFC’s top seven on Sunday night, losing a 17-point, fourth-quarter lead to the Steelers at home. But in the biggest sign yet that they are turning a corner under coach Brandon Staley and quarterback Justin Herbert, the Chargers stopped doing Chargers things long enough to retake the lead. Then their defense went out and closed out the game.
There is still a lot to question about the Chargers, most notably their special teams, but in Week 11, they showed they are to be taken seriously in the AFC playoff race.
Next up: at Broncos
FPI chances to make playoffs: 88%
FPI chances to win division: 64%
Among a small group of preseason Super Bowl favorites and winners in five of their first seven games, the Bills have crashed hard at midseason. Their Week 9 defeat at the Jaguars was one of the worst losses for a playoff contender this season and the first significant sign that all was not well with the Bills.
Sunday’s 26-point home loss to the Colts, in which Buffalo allowed five touchdowns to running back Jonathan Taylor, was gutting for a team that has prided itself on playing physical run defense. After allowing an average of 83 rushing yards per game, the Bills gave up 264 to the Colts — the most by an NFL defense this season. FPI still likes the Bills’ chances of making the playoffs, but we all have a right to be a bit shaken by what has happened in the past few weeks.
Next up: at Saints
In the AFC hunt
Pittsburgh Steelers (5-4-1)
The Steelers are winless in their past two games, with a tie against the Lions followed by a loss Sunday night in Los Angeles to the Chargers. The Steelers are now out of the AFC’s top seven and have a 23% chance to make the playoffs (via FPI), and it won’t get any easier in Week 12 when they travel to Cincinnati.
Indianapolis Colts (6-5)
The Colts have won three consecutive games and five of their past six, but prior to Sunday, the quality of the teams they beat wasn’t too impressive. That changed with Sunday’s blowout victory at Buffalo. The Colts are trending in all the right directions and have a 56% chance to make the playoffs, per FPI. The Buccaneers are their next test.
Cleveland Browns (6-5)
It’s incredible that the Browns have won six games given the obvious impact quarterback Baker Mayfield‘s left shoulder injury is having on his performance. Oh, and don’t forget the messy presence and departure of wideout Odell Beckham Jr. If you’re picking one team to fall out of the wild-card race due to exhaustion, it’s the Browns. FPI is giving them a 1-in-3 chance of making the postseason. They have a road trip to Baltimore on deck.
Las Vegas Raiders (5-5)
The Raiders’ slide following the departure of coach Jon Gruden appears to be in full swing. They have lost three in a row and are back to .500 after a 5-2 start, with a quick turnaround to play on the road Thursday against Dallas. FPI indicates Las Vegas has a 9% chance of making the playoffs.
Denver Broncos (5-5)
The Broncos will return from a bye with a .500 record, but consecutive games against the Chargers and Chiefs will likely knock them further from the AFC wild-card race. They already have just a 21% chance of emerging in the AFC playoff hunt, according to FPI projections.
FPI chances to make playoffs: 99%
FPI chances to win division: 91%
Let’s tip our cap to the Cardinals, who have traveled quite a journey since their last-minute loss in Week 8 to the Packers. Playing without quarterback Kyler Murray and wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, they have gone 2-1 with wins at division rivals San Francisco and Seattle. And the Packers’ loss Sunday in Minnesota allowed the Cardinals to ascend atop the NFC.
The Cardinals have become the fourth team in NFL history to start a season 6-0 in road games and will get their MVP-caliber quarterback back sooner than later. FPI is calling them a virtual lock to make the playoffs and giving them a better than 90% chance to win the NFC West.
Next up: at Bears (Week 13)
FPI chances to make playoffs: 99%
FPI chances to win division: 92%
In most scenarios, the Packers with Aaron Rodgers are a legitimate Super Bowl contender. But what should we say about a Packers team that is losing key players to injury on a weekly basis? A unquestionably depleted team lost Sunday in Minnesota, and Rodgers himself is admittedly hobbled by a toe injury he suffered while in isolation following his COVID-19 diagnosis.
The Packers are still in really good shape in the NFC North, leading the Vikings by 2½ games, with a Week 17 matchup against Minnesota at Lambeau Field looming. But at the very least, the Packers’ depth is going to be tested during December football.
Next up: vs. Rams
Aaron Rodgers tries to call a timeout but doesn’t get it, he then takes the snap and throws a touchdown pass to Davante Adams.
FPI chances to make playoffs: 97%
FPI chances to win division: 90%
The Cowboys have lost two of their past three games after a 6-1 start, including a 14-point home loss to the Broncos and a 10-point road loss to the Chiefs. To be honest, those defeats are about the least harmful to the Cowboys’ playoff hopes as two losses could be. They won’t affect any of the most oft-used tiebreakers in NFC playoff seeding, including records in the division and the conference.
And thanks to the annually weak NFC East, there really isn’t a challenger surging in their direction quite yet. As a result, FPI is still giving them a 90% chance to win the division.
Next up: vs. Raiders
FPI chances to make playoffs: 97%
FPI chances to win division: 89%
The Super Bowl champions are hoping to break a mildly alarming two-game losing streak on Monday night. They’re fortunate enough to be hosting a Giants team that ranks No. 23 in the NFL with an average of 18.9 offensive points per game. But win or lose, the Buccaneers won’t move out of the No. 4 spot in the NFC standings.
Next up: vs. Giants (Monday night)
FPI chances to make playoffs: 93%
FPI chances to win division: 8%
It has been a quick tumble for the “all-in” Rams, who have fallen from the top spot in the NFC to the wild-card picture with two consecutive losses. Regardless, the Rams’ Week 11 bye came at a good time. They have two weeks to get newcomers Von Miller and Odell Beckham Jr. more acclimated to their program, in addition to figuring out why quarterback Matthew Stafford has thrown four interceptions during the two-game skid.
They better hope they get it figured out, because their upcoming schedule includes not only the Packers but the Cardinals, Vikings, Ravens and 49ers. That will be a tough run.
Next up: at Packers
FPI chances to make playoffs: 57%
FPI chances to win division: 8%
When you seem to play close games every week, the math says you should at least win some of them. The Vikings chose an important matchup to come out on the positive side; their victory over the Packers boosted their division and conference records. Both are key categories for tiebreakers, and their 4-2 NFC record is the reason they are ahead of the Saints and 49ers (whom they play next week) in the NFC playoff standings.
Overall, the Vikings have played in seven consecutive games that have been decided by seven or fewer points, a stretch that either has hardened them for a playoff run or will ultimately cost them entrance into the postseason altogether.
Next up: at 49ers
FPI chances to make playoffs: 43%
FPI chances to win division: 9%
At the moment, at least, the Saints sure don’t look like a playoff team. They’ve lost three consecutive games following quarterback Jameis Winston‘s season-ending knee injury, and Sunday’s 40-29 loss to the Eagles was the worst yet.
There is some hope for stabilization, if tailback Alvin Kamara (knee) can get back on the field soon. He has missed two of these three most recent losses. But the Saints are holding on by a thread in the middle-heavy NFC. Their advantage over the 5-5 49ers is strength of victory. For better or worse, the Saints will be right back on the field Thursday.
Next up: vs. Bills
In the NFC hunt
San Francisco 49ers (5-5)
The 49ers have won three of their past four, prompting FPI to actually like their chances of overtaking the Saints for a better spot in the wild-card race. At the moment, it is giving the 49ers a 52% chance to advance to the postseason, better than the Saints, Eagles or Panthers. Minnesota is on deck for San Francisco.
Philadelphia Eagles (5-6)
The Eagles also have won three of their past four, all of which by more than 10 points. FPI is only giving them a 39% chance to make the playoffs, but when you see two games apiece against Washington and the Giants remaining, as well as a matchup against the Jets, you see a pretty favorable schedule for staying in the wild-card race. Philly has a road game against the Giants next week.
Carolina Panthers (5-6)
Can the Panthers really be a playoff contender with a quarterback they signed out of free agency and inserted into the starting lineup within two weeks? Cam Newton might be Superman, but he isn’t a magician. Carolina has an 8% chance of making the playoffs, per FPI, and it will travel to play the Dolphins next.
NFL playoff picture 2021 – Standings, bracket, scenarios after Cowboys-Saints, plus Week 13 outlook
The Cowboys are almost certainly going to win the NFC East, whether you think they are good or bad, in disarray or coming together, balanced or with glaring holes. They took care of business Thursday night against a depleted Saints team, winning 27-10 and snapping a two-game losing streak.
The Saints missed a major opportunity to get back into the playoff picture and now face steep odds of returning to the postseason.
This weekend’s games won’t really change the current trajectory of either team. When Week 13 is completed, the Cowboys will still be in a commanding spot in their division, and the Saints will be looking up at too many teams in the NFC wild-card race. What follows is a look at where the NFL stands with six weeks remaining until the playoffs begin. As always, we lay out the possibilities and likelihoods. Our next update will post after Sunday night’s game between the Broncos and Chiefs, and then again after an important Patriots-Bills game on Monday night.
The quarterback of the AFC’s top seed threw four interceptions Sunday night — and his team still won. You can view that as a sign of strength for Lamar Jackson‘s Ravens. Their presence at the top of the rankings reflects a conference that is truly up for grabs among a half-dozen teams. Can the Ravens truly hold off the Patriots, Titans, Chiefs and Bills? We don’t often say this, given the competitiveness of the rivalry, but the Ravens have a strong chance of advancing their quest when they play the reeling Steelers on Sunday.
Next up: at Steelers
The Patriots keep giving us reasons to think they’re one of the best teams in the NFL. They’ve won six in a row and by at least 18 points in five of those. And overall, they lead the NFL with a point differential of plus-144. It’s additionally wild that this has all come with rookie quarterback Mac Jones, who is playing well but isn’t among the league’s top 10 in Total QBR. Amazingly, at least to some, the Patriots can begin the process of locking down the AFC East in Week 13 when they travel to Buffalo. FPI doesn’t like their chances of winning the division, much less earning home-field advantage, but they’re all legitimate possibilities for the Patriots.
Next up: at Bills
The good news for the Titans is that a two-game losing streak hasn’t really damaged their standing in the AFC South, where they have a two-game lead with five games left to play. They’ll have a bye in Week 13 and then return to play the Jaguars and Steelers, two teams who are going in the wrong direction. The question with the Titans is not whether they’ll make the playoffs, but rather — given their health and the results of their past two games — whether they can be considered likely to make a deep run. At the moment, the answer is very much in doubt.
Next up: vs. Jaguars (Week 14)
The Chiefs will return from their bye week with their playoff positioning unchanged. But they now have a full game lead in the AFC West, where the other three teams are all 6-5. With that said, the division remains very much in play. Four of the Chiefs’ final six games will be against AFC West foes, including two against the Broncos and one each against the Raiders and Chargers.
Next up: vs. Broncos
The Bengals look like a different team than the one that lost consecutive games heading into its Week 10 bye. Since then, they’ve defeated the Raiders and Steelers by a combined 57 points. They’ve gotten themselves to the point where FPI likes their chances of at least making the playoffs, and they have a roughly one-in-four chance of winning the AFC North.
Next up: vs. Chargers
The Bills better hope they’ve figured things out, because they’re about to head into a brutal stretch of their schedule. They will play the red-hot Patriots twice in four weeks, with a game at the Buccaneers mixed in there, as well.
Next up: vs. Patriots
Dianna Russini and Bart Scott preview the AFC East showdown between the Patriots and Bills on Monday Night Football.
The Week 12 loss to the Broncos was the Chargers’ fourth defeat in their past six games. They’ve clearly turned in the wrong direction after a 4-1 start, but for now, they’re still among the AFC’s top seven thanks to their head-to-head victory over the Raiders in Week 4. As to whether they can stay here is another story. All told, the Chargers haven’t been playing consistent playoff-level football since mid-October. They’re teetering on the edge.
Next up: at Bengals
In the AFC hunt
Las Vegas Raiders (6-5)
We can do nothing but tip our cap to the Raiders, whose post-Jon Gruden slide seemed well underway during a three-game losing streak entering Thanksgiving’s game at the Cowboys. But they went into AT&T Stadium and won a war of attrition and now have a winnable home game against Washington.
Denver Broncos (6-5)
The Broncos came out of their bye with a dominant performance against the Chargers, their third win in their past four games. It drew them even with the rest of AFC West and set them up to at least have a chance down the stretch. Four of the Broncos’ remaining six games are against divisional rivals, starting Sunday at the Chiefs.
Indianapolis Colts (6-6)
The Colts’ three-game winning streak ended with an odd home loss that featured 27 consecutive pass plays from their offense, presumably in part to beat a Buccaneers defense that was geared to stop tailback Jonathan Taylor. We found out, to no surprise, that quarterback Carson Wentz can’t carry this team. They’ll have a chance to get back on track, however, against the Texans.
Pittsburgh Steelers (5-5-1)
Yeesh. The Steelers don’t look like anything close to a playoff team. The path won’t get any easier Sunday against the Ravens.
Cleveland Browns (6-6)
The Browns head into their bye with losses in two of their past three games, and they will face the Ravens when they return in Week 14.
The Cardinals presumably return quarterback Kyler Murray and receiver DeAndre Hopkins back in the lineup. They’ll need to be at full strength. Their strength of their remaining schedule ranks No. 18 in the NFL, based on FPI, but the eyeball test suggests it’s more difficult than that. Three of the five games are on the road, and two are against teams that currently have winning records (Rams and Cowboys). Plus, their Week 16 opponent (Colts) will be a tough out, as well. Fortunately for the Cardinals, they have the league’s best record on the road (6-0) through Week 12.
Next up: at Bears
The Packers are right on the heels of the Cardinals, with whom they own the head-to-head tiebreaker. And of their five remaining games, three will be at Lambeau Field, where the Packers are 5-0 this season. One of the two road games will be at Ford Field, where they’ll play the winless Lions. The Packers are very much in the running to be the NFC’s top team, both on the field and in the playoff standings.
Next up: vs. Bears (Week 14)
Domonique Foxworth and Tim Hasselbeck argue that they trust Aaron Rodgers to lead the Packers to the Super Bowl more than Tom Brady with the Buccaneers.
The Buccaneers have now won consecutive games, scoring 68 points in the process, since a two-game losing streak had everyone around the NFL panicking. It’s hard to argue that the Buccaneers aren’t back on track. Their remaining strength of schedule ranks No. 22, and at the moment, it includes only one opponent with a winning record (Bills, Week 14).
Next up: at Falcons
It wasn’t pretty, but the Cowboys snapped a two-game losing streak on Thursday night in New Orleans and took another step toward locking down the NFC East title. Even if the Eagles, the Giants and Washington all win this weekend, FPI would still put the Cowboys’ chances to win the division at 92.4%. There will be a lot of takes about the way the Cowboys played, including a botched two-minute drill at the end of the first half to a failure to close the game out when taking over possession midway through the fourth quarter. But we should probably refrain from judging anything but the final result, given the absence of five coaches — including head coach Mike McCarthy — and two players because of COVID-19 protocols.
Next up: at Washington
At this point, it’s fair to ask if the Rams are going to make the playoffs at all. They have now lost three games in a row, with quarterback Matthew Stafford throwing a pick-six in each of them, and appear in significant disarray. The Rams will get the best chance they could to regroup on Sunday, with a home game against Jacksonville, but overall, their remaining schedule is the fourth-most difficult in the league.
Next up: vs. Jaguars
The 49ers are figuring things out at just the right time. They have won three consecutive games and four of their past five, and Week 12’s victory over the Vikings will supply them with an important head-to-head tiebreaker should it be needed at the end of the regular season. The strength of their remaining schedule ranks No. 24, and an argument could be made that they’re playing better right now than all but one of their final six opponents (Bengals in Week 14). At this rate, they’ll overtake the Rams in the NFC West and the playoff standings in a matter of weeks.
Next up: at Seahawks
Yep, you read that correctly. Washington’s victory Monday night over the Seahawks allowed it to supplant the Vikings for the final wild-card spot, thanks to the best conference record (5-2) of the NFC’s three 5-6 teams. The win was Washington’s third in a row, and its remaining schedule is pretty interesting. After playing the Raiders on Sunday, it will finish the season on a five-game run against NFC East opponents: two games against the Cowboys, two versus the Eagles and one with the Giants.
Next up: at Raiders
In the NFC hunt
Minnesota Vikings (5-6)
The Vikings are fortunate to be facing the Lions on Sunday, a game they’re playing without tailback Dalvin Cook.
Atlanta Falcons (5-6)
The Falcons started 1-3 and then went on another 1-3 bender before holding on for a seven-point victory in Week 12 over the Jaguars. As improbable as it might seem, the Falcons are barely out of the sloppy NFC wild-card situation, thanks to a head-to-head tiebreaker with the Saints. Stranger things have happened, but they have a pretty significant obstacle on Sunday when they host the Buccaneers.
Philadelphia Eagles (5-7)
There’s no way to sugarcoat it. The Eagles flunked a pretty basic test of playoff worthiness in Week 12, scoring just seven points in a loss to the equally anemic Giants. It’s fair to ask if they’ll squander one of the NFL’s easiest remaining schedules, which continues on Sunday at the Jets.
Carolina Panthers (5-7)
The Panthers have now lost seven of nine games since a 3-0 start. Their fade from the playoff picture is nearly complete, but they’ll have a bye week followed by a winnable game in Week 14 against the Falcons to delay the inevitable for a little longer.
New Orleans Saints (5-7)
Thursday night was a high-leverage game for the Saints, who would have moved into the No. 7 spot and raised their chances for a playoff spot to 54.2%, according to FPI. Instead, they lost a winnable game, and FPI now puts their playoff chances at 20% heading into a Week 14 game at the Jets.
Now with the Seattle Seahawks, running back Adrian Peterson still playing for ‘love of the game’
RENTON, Wash. — Four days after he was waived by the Tennessee Titans last week, Adrian Peterson went to see his alma mater, Oklahoma, play rival Oklahoma State in Stillwater. He was getting out of his car to begin tailgating when his agent called to tell him the Seattle Seahawks were interested in signing him.
Peterson’s response: “I’ll be good to go. Obviously, I still want to play.”
On Thursday, a day after joining Seattle’s practice squad, the veteran running back was asked why he still wants to play at 36 years old and more than 14 seasons into a Hall of Fame career.
“Just the love for the game,” he said. “I love the game. I feel like I can still compete at a high level. Just having the opportunity to help teams, to inspire guys. That’s one of the most rewarding things. When I see guys, and they say to me, ‘Man, just keep doing what you’re doing,’ it’s so inspiring.”
When asked what he still wants to accomplish, Peterson said “winning a championship.” He’s not going to get that opportunity with the Seahawks (3-8) now that their chances of making the playoffs are down to 1%, according to ESPN’s Football Power Index.
But he might get to contribute in a banged-up backfield that’s dealing with injuries to Rashaad Penny and Travis Homer. They’ve been backing up Alex Collins, who has been the starter since Chris Carson went down with a season-ending neck injury.
Peterson, who signed with the Titans after they lost star Derrick Henry to a foot injury, carried 27 times for 82 yards and a touchdown in three games before he was waived.
“I don’t really feel like I showed too much in Tennessee,” he said. “But before I got released, I was feeling my legs were back under me. I felt like going into the Patriots [game last week], that was the week I was going to be able to blossom and unfortunately I got released.”
With Penny and Homer out Monday night, Collins and DeeJay Dallas combined for only 18 yards on 10 carries in the Seahawks’ loss to Washington. Seattle ranks 25th in rushing this season and has scored only 26 points on offense during its three-game losing streak.
“This style offense and how their run game is, it kind of fits my style a little more than I would say Tennessee,” Peterson said. “So I think it’ll be an easy adjustment for me.”
Behind Collins, Penny, Dallas and Homer on their active roster, the Seahawks have rookie Josh Johnson and now Peterson on their practice squad.
“I felt like it’s a lot that I can add to the run game and inspire these young guys as well, make those guys work harder,” Peterson said. “When they see me out there pretty much going full speed during the walk-through 14 years in, that makes them kind of pick up their tempo a little more as well. I feel like I’ll be able to add to the running back room and help get this running game going.”
As for when that might happen, Peterson wants to play Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers, though it’s not clear if he’ll be ready in time on a short week, or if the Seahawks will need him right away as Penny and Homer were both listed as full participants on Thursday.
“It’s a goal for me,” Peterson said of playing Sunday, “but that’s up to the coaches and staff to see how I finish off this week and then they’ll make a decision based off that.”
Peterson ranks fifth in NFL history with 14,902 career rushing yards. According to Spotrac.com, he has made over $103 million in on-field earnings over his 14-plus seasons. However, an attorney for Peterson said in 2019 that the running back was in debt after “trusting the wrong people and being taken advantage of by those he trusted.”
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