“Kid played great,” Self said. “I mean he got 26 points on nine shots. That’s very impressive for a guard, and he was very under control and seemed to make the vast majority of the right plays for his team.”
Christian James scored 15 points and Brady Manek added 14 for the Sooners (15-4, 5-3 Big 12), who won their 13th straight at home.
Svi Mykhailiuk scored 24 points and Malik Newman added 20 for Kansas (16-4, 6-2), which had won five straight.
Philip Rivers, QB, Chargers: The good news for owners of any Charger is that Rivers appears to be on his way to playing in Week 11 after suffering a concussion in Week 10. He had a full practice Thursday and all signs point to him being cleared. That’s especially important for Keenan Allen (see below), a player that would have suffered in Rivers’s absence.
Keenan Allen, WR, Chargers: Allen is a player who typically wouldn’t warrant a spot in this “fringe” area, and truth is, most owners probably can’t afford to bench a player of his caliber. While he only has one game with more than five receptions, and only one touchdown, he’s still receiving a high volume of targets. The X-Factor this weekend is whether Rivers (see above) can play after suffering a concussion. The Chargers are at home vs. the Buffalo Bills, who come in ranked 21st in passing defense. As for Allen, owners should probably have him in the lineup. If Rivers can’t go, certainly expectations should be tempered.
More than half of Americans — 52 percent — disapprove of NFL players taking a knee during the anthem, according to a recent Quinnipiac poll. The disapproval is even higher among white Americans and Republicans — groups that are overwhelmingly pro-Trump and overlap considerably since 8 in 10 Republicans are white.
Carr: Although we’d run simple schemes, Coughlin was great at adding subtle differences in the alignment of a defensive end, or playing outside leverage instead of inside leverage. Coughlin came into our quarterbacks room during the first week of prep leading up to Super Bowl XLVI and said, “We’ve run that in-route so much off play-action that I think we should return the receiver back to the sideline.” Sure enough, on a crucial drive in that game, Manning play-action faked and New England’s cornerback had run the in-route before our receiver, Hakeem Nicks, did. Then, Nicks stopped and came back toward the sideline to make a huge play. It’s the small things that give Coughlin an edge.
A roller-coaster season in Cleveland is on a steady, accelerating descent. The Cavaliers have lost 10 of 14, and in the past 12 days, the three-time defending Eastern Conference champions have been blown out by 28, 34 and 24 points.