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NFL Week 11 schedule: Derrick Gunn's 5 games to watch

NFL Week 11 schedule: Derrick Gunn's 5 games to watch

Here are Derrick Gunn's five matchups to watch for Week 11 of the NFL season.

Cowboys at Lions (Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX)

Dallas got knocked off its high horse Sunday night by Minnesota. Now the 'Boys try to get back on the winning saddle at Detroit. Dallas has been its own worst enemy at times and has allowed the opposition to capitalize.

Meanwhile, the Lions are at the bottom of the NFC North and riding a two-game losing streak. QB Matthew Stafford is dealing with back and hip issues and may miss a second straight game. His backup Jeff Driskel is OK but if Stafford can't go, the Lions are in even bigger trouble. Dallas will take down Detroit.

Saints at Buccaneers (Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX)

Every dog has its day, and the Falcons chomped down hard on the Saints this past Sunday. New Orleans could do nothing right and Drew Brees was sacked six times.

Tampa Bay has been hard to figure out — one moment looking like a contender but more times than not diminishing itself to the role of pretender. Jameis Winston, when he’s on, can light it up but somehow ends up finding a way of costing his team a chance to win. The last thing the Bucs need right now is to face a ticked-off Sean Payton squad. Saints will make it a season sweep.

Texans at Ravens (Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS)

They are young, athletic and dynamic. Houston QB Deshaun Watson has completed 70 percent of his passes, while the Ravens' Lamar Jackson has completed almost 66 percent of his tosses — and has been talked about as a legitimate MVP candidate. The Texans are well-rested coming off a bye. The Ravens are rolling with a league-best five-game winning streak.

Houston claimed former Tampa Bay CB Vernon Hargreaves off waivers to help with its secondary woes. After watching its run game plow through the Patriots' defense, Baltimore feels it can beat anybody. Houston will be the Ravens' sixth consecutive victim.

Bears at Rams (Sunday, 8:20 p.m., NBC)

To think just a season ago the Bears won the NFC North and the Rams were playing in Super Bowl 53. Now they are both in third place in their divisions and in serious jeopardy of not making the postseason. 

The Rams have injuries all over the place and it's affecting their overall continuity. The Bears' offense finally came out of hibernation Sunday. Both teams are in desperation mode. Because the Rams are at home for this one, I’ll give them the hometown edge.

Chiefs at Chargers (Monday, 8:15 p.m., ESPN)

K.C. is struggling and its defense is a big part of the problem, especially the run D that’s allowing 148.1 yards per game. The Chiefs have lost two of their last three and four of their last six. Not even Patrick Mahomes, who returned after missing two games because of a dislocated knee cap, could turn around their fortunes this past Sunday.

As for the Chargers, who had put together impressive back-to-back wins over the Bears and Packers, they flopped against the Raiders. Mahomes and Philip Rivers on the same field means the passes will be flying. The Chargers, currently two games behind the Chiefs in the AFC West, will slide one game further in the standings.

(Bye: Packers, Titans, Giants, Seahawks)

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5-year-old Eagles impersonator gets Boston Scott's stamp of approval

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5-year-old Eagles impersonator gets Boston Scott's stamp of approval

With professional sports on pause around the world, fans are looking for anything - video games, simulations, classic games - to satisfy that live sports itch.

We may have found the ultimate placeholder: a five-year-old imitating Boston Scott's infamous spin-o-rama.

On Saturday afternoon, Twitter user Robin Stanley tagged Scott in a quick video of his son, Beckett, pretending to be the Eagles running back:

I mean, c'mon: the likeness to Scott's spin move against the Giants is kind of uncanny.

In case you need to jog your memory, here is Scott's spin:

Scott, of course, made fun of himself for the move at the time, admitting that when he saw the clip after the game, it "looked pretty silly".

I'd say Beckett's spin had a little more swag.

Stanley's dad, a Philly native, told NBC Sports Philadelphia his son was expecting to play his first season of flag football this spring down in Nashville, but the league was postponed because of social distancing mandates, so he's making do.

On Saturday, Scott saw Stanley's video and gave the little man a nod of approval:

That's just good, clean fun. Thank you, Beckett, for the sports-related smile.

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Rodney McLeod explains biggest lessons learned from Malcolm Jenkins

Rodney McLeod explains biggest lessons learned from Malcolm Jenkins

Four years ago, when Rodney McLeod became a free agent for the first time in his NFL career, one of the reasons he wanted to join the Eagles was for the chance to play next to Malcolm Jenkins. 

And for the last four years, he did. The two formed a safety tandem that played 49 regular season games and four playoff games, including Super Bowl LII, together. 

But now Jenkins is back in New Orleans with the Saints and the Eagles are preparing to play without him for the first time since 2013. Meanwhile, McLeod signed a two-year deal to return to Philly. 

On a conference call with reporters on Thursday, McLeod said he learned a lot from Jenkins over the past four seasons. 

What were some of those lessons? 

Just as a competitor,” McLeod said. “And then the ability to get the most out of guys, whether it’s on the defensive side or from an entire team standpoint. I think as a leader, that’s your kind of job. How can you get guys to play at the highest level and get the most out of your players. I think he was one of the best at doing that and understanding everyone … I learned a lot from him. 

“Not just on the field but off the field, the way he handled himself and what he did in the community for the city. I’ll always admire him. It’s hard to match. But like I said, his legacy will live on. The Saints are getting a good guy. Now, us as Eagles, playing with a new group of guys and we’re ready to move forward.

There’s no question that the Eagles are going to miss Jenkins’ contributions on the field. They will use some combination of Jalen Mills and Will Parks to replace him at that position and that won’t be easy. 

But the Eagles will also miss the leadership Jenkins brought to the locker room. He wasn’t just the leader of the secondary or even just the defense; Jenkins was oftentimes the key leader for the entire team. That’s hard to replace too. 

It’s not that McLeod, 29, hasn’t been a leader during his first four years in Philly. But now that role might need to expand and will become more important with the absence of Jenkins. 

“I think it’s important for me to be myself and be who I’ve always been,” McLeod said. “And that’s a guy that leads by his actions and leads by example. I think if you ask a lot of guys on the team, that’s what they’ll tell you most. Actions sometimes speak louder than words. I think there will be times for me to speak up when needed. When my teammates need me most, I’ll be ready to do that.”

For the most part, McLeod has been the quieter of the two safeties and Jim Schwartz has previously called him the calming presence in the defensive backfield.

But McLeod can speak up too. 

It’s really just about finding a balance between his two sides and putting the lessons from Jenkins into practice in 2020. 

“Myself, being a leader on this team for some time, will of course be asked to step up as well as other guys from a defensive standpoint and on the team,” McLeod said. “I think we’re prepared for that. And guys will be willing to step up to the plate and accept the challenge. Myself first and foremost.”

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