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Did this Aaron Rodgers tweet get Packers assistant coach fired?

Did this Aaron Rodgers tweet get Packers assistant coach fired?

There's an old saying on Twitter: When in doubt, don't tweet.

Winston Moss didn't heed those words, and it may have cost him his job.

Green Bay Packers interim coach Joe Philbin announced Tuesday night the team had fired Moss, the team's associate head coach/linebackers coach.

Perhaps not coincidentally, Moss posted a tweet earlier Tuesday that appeared to reference quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the recent firing of head coach Mike McCarthy.

Moss' tweet isn't too incriminating on its face, but it could suggest a few things: that Rodgers needs to be held to a championship standard -- which perhaps isn't easy to do? -- and that Moss may not have agreed with Green Bay's firing of McCarthy.

That's just speculation, but the latter theory would make sense: McCarthy hired Moss in 2006 after coming to the Packers and quickly promoted him to assistant head coach as his "right hand man."

And while Philbin didn't give a reason for Moss' firing Tuesday, Moss certainly felt his tweet played a role in his ouster.

Of course, Moss could have been let go eventually as Green Bay cleans house after McCarthy.

In fact, a recent report suggested several assistant coaches have expressed interest in joining New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels -- who's the current favorite to become the Packers' next head coach -- on his staff if he goes to Green Bay.

But if McDaniels does join the Packers next season and those assistants follow, they might want to watch what they tweet about Rodgers.

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Can Browns pull off playoff miracle? If so, they'd join 1978 Patriots

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Can Browns pull off playoff miracle? If so, they'd join 1978 Patriots

It's December 15, and the Cleveland Browns somehow still are in playoff contention.

The Browns hung on for a wild, 17-16 victory over the Denver Broncos on Saturday night to improve to 6-7-1 with two games remaining.

The win means Cleveland actually has a chance to make the playoffs. It's a very small chance, but if the Browns win out and get a lot of help -- starting with a Pittsburgh Steelers loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday -- they could sneak into the final AFC Wild Card spot or even win the AFC North.

Cleveland in the playoffs would be improbable on several levels -- they started the season 2-6-1, haven't reached the postseason since 2002 and went 0-16 last season -- but here's one more note that Patriots fans may find interesting.

The Browns fired head coach Hue Jackson after their Week 8 loss to the Steelers, and interim coach Gregg Williams has gone 4-2 since then.

If Williams keeps winning, he can join the likes of Hank Bollough, who took over as the Patriots' co-interim head coach when Chuck Fairbanks was suspended in Week 16 of the 1978 season for negotiating a head coach position with the University of Colorado during the season.

Bollough's stint was brief, as Fairbanks was reinstated for New England's AFC Divisional Round matchup with the Houston Oilers, which it lost 31-14.

Williams' feat would be much more impressive, as he's put a moribund franchise with a rookie quarterback in at least an outside position to reach the postseason.

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NFL Odds: Chiefs' loss lifts Patriots in Super Bowl betting lines

NFL Odds: Chiefs' loss lifts Patriots in Super Bowl betting lines

Bill Belichick undoubtedly is focused on Sunday's showdown with the Pittsburgh Steelers. But New England Patriots fans might be looking ahead a bit after Thursday night.

The Kansas City Chiefs' loss to the Los Angeles Chargers kept the Patriots' hopes of earning the AFC's No. 1 seed alive. As such, it also improved New England's odds at the sportsbooks of winning Super Bowl LIII.

It's not much of a jump: The Patriots were fourth in Super Bowl LIII betting lines at +700 earlier in the week and now are tied for third with the Chiefs at +650 behind the New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Rams. But it's notable that sportsbooks now view New England and Kansas City as equal favorites to come out of the AFC.

The Chargers, meanwhile, shot up from +1000 earlier in the week to +750 after Thursday's upset win moved them to 11-3.

The 9-4 Patriots will need to win out and get help from Los Angeles and the Chiefs to secure the AFC's No. 1 seed. But even if they land the No. 2 seed, a few scenarios could present a favorable path to Atlanta.

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