November 2021 - Football Wiretap

Cowboys-Raiders Draws NFL's Biggest Regular Season Audience Since 1990

Nov 26, 2021 2:59 PM

Thursday's game between the Dallas Cowboys and Las Vegas Raiders was the "most-watched NFL regular season game on any network since 1990."

CBS had an estimated average viewership of 38.531 million.

The game was up 26 percent from last year's comparable game window.

The Raiders defeated the Cowboys 36-33 in overtime.

The 1990 game in question featured the San Francisco 49ers and New York Giants on Monday Night Football on December 3rd, 1990 with 41.474 million people watching. 

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Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Las Vegas Raiders

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George McCaskey Tells Bears No Firing Of Matt Nagy Imminent

Nov 25, 2021 8:17 AM

George McCaskey addressed the Chicago Bears' players on Wednesday and told them coach Matt Nagy would not be fired after Thursday's game in Detroit.

McCaskey's message to the team capped a tumultuous week when Nagy's job status came under extreme scrutiny after a report Tuesday on Patch.com that claimed the Bears had already informed Nagy that Thanksgiving's game vs. the Lions would be his last, regardless of the outcome.

Losers of five straight, the Bears enter the Lions game at 3-7 and outside of the NFC playoff picture.

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Tags: Chicago Bears, Misc Rumor

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Aaron Rodgers Clarifies Toe Fractured To Clear Up 'COVID Toe' Story

Nov 25, 2021 8:15 AM

Aaron Rodgers clarified that he has a fractured pinkie toe and not "COVID toe."

Rodgers revealed Wednesday that he has a fractured toe, one he suffered during workouts at home while preparing to return to the Packers for their Nov. 14 game against the Seattle Seahawks.

Rodgers joked about "COVID toe" during a podcast appearance this week, which the Wall Street Journal took as fact.

"I'm glad you asked just so I could show you the lesions of my foot here, so if I have enough room on this camera, let me see if I can," Rodgers said as he lifted his left foot in front of the camera during his Zoom news conference. "Oh, oh there's no lesions whatsoever. Oh, what a surprise. No, that's actually called disinformation when you perpetuate false information about an individual. I have a fractured toe."

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Tags: Green Bay Packers, Injury

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Jimmy Garoppolo Has Chance Of Remaining With 49ers In 2022

Nov 25, 2021 8:03 AM

The San Francisco 49ers are open to keeping Jimmy Garoppolo in 2022 despite the presence of Trey Lance. 

Garoppolo is under contract for 2022 at $27 million but his salary is not guaranteed. 

“There’s a chance for anything, but I think we’ve made it pretty clear that Trey is our guy of the future, whenever that will happen,” Kyle Shanahan said. “But it’s also nothing against Jimmy that we took him, but we do think Trey is our guy of the future. Like I’ve said, I think it’ll be really hard, if Jimmy is on it, for him to beat him out right away. So it’s kind of going like that right now, and we’re not thinking much past that.”

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Tags: San Francisco 49ers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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NFL, Rams Settle Lawsuit With St. Louis For $790M

Nov 24, 2021 4:08 PM

The NFL and Stan Kroenke will pay $790 million to settle a lawsuit followed by St. Louis interests over the relocation of the Los Angeles Rams.

It wasn't immediately clear how much would be paid by Kroenke and how much would be covered by owners of the league's 31 other teams.

"This historic agreement closes a long chapter for our region, securing hundreds of millions of dollars for our communities while avoiding the uncertainty of the trial and appellate process,'' read a statement from St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones and St. Louis County Executive Sam Page.

The case had been scheduled to go to trial Jan. 10. The lawsuit sought more than $1 billion. 

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Tags: Los Angeles Rams

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Freddie Kitchens Will Call Plays For Giants

Nov 24, 2021 7:29 AM

In the wake of Jason Garrett's firing as offensive coordinator, Freddie Kitchens will call plays for the New York Giants.

Kitchens joined Joe Judge's staff as tight ends coach in 2020. He was moved into a senior offensive assistant role this season.

He has taken over play-calling duties during the season before. Kitchens went from running backs coach to offensive coordinator with the Cleveland Browns after Hue Jackson was fired as head coach during the 2018 season.

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Tags: New York Giants, Misc Rumor

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Ezekiel Elliott: Cowboys Will Get Ground Game Going Thursday

Nov 24, 2021 7:24 AM

Ezekiel Elliott is expecting the Dallas Cowboys to run the ball well against the Las Vegas Raiders on Thanksgiving.

The Cowboys will be without Amari Cooper (COVID) and could also see CeeDee Lamb (concussion) sidelined.

"I think running the football has to be important to us," Elliott said. "I think it helps this offense. We're a better football team when we can run it well. I think it will be point for us Thursday to get that run game going."

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Misc Rumor

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Zach Wilson Returning As Starter For Jets

Nov 24, 2021 7:20 AM

Zach Wilson is returning as the starting quarterback for the New York Jets.

The No. 2 overall pick has been sidelined the past four games with a sprained knee.

The Jets will face the Houston Texans on Sunday.

Meanwhile, it's been reported that Mike White has tested positive for COVID-19 and that Joe Flacco was deemed a close contact. Both were put on the COVID list.

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Tags: New York Jets, Misc Rumor

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Lions' Jared Goff Trending Toward Thanksgiving Return

Nov 24, 2021 7:16 AM

Jared Goff is "leaning" toward a return to the Detroit Lions for Thursday's game against the Chicago Bears, according to Dan Campbell.

Goff missed Sunday's 13-10 loss to the Cleveland Browns with an oblique injury.

"I would say there's a 60% chance of it being 50-50," Campbell said jokingly.

Tim Boyle started in Goff's place against the Browns. In his first NFL start, Boyle had 77 passing yards with two interceptions, completing 15 of 23 passes for a 34.1 passer rating.

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Tags: Detroit Lions, Injury

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NFL Makes Schedule Changes In Weeks 13, 15

Nov 24, 2021 7:11 AM

The NFL has made some scheduling changes to its December scheduling.

The previously scheduled Week 15 Saturday doubleheader has been filled by Las Vegas Raiders-Cleveland Browns and New England Patriots-Indianapolis Colts.

Las Vegas will be at Cleveland at 4:30 p.m. ET on Dec. 18, followed by New England at Indianapolis at 8:20 p.m.

The league also made a change to Week 13, flexing the San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks game out of the Sunday night slot in favor of the Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs matchup.

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Tags: Indianapolis Colts, Misc Rumor

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Titans Waive Adrian Peterson

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Matt Nagy Not Focused On His Job Status

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Giants Fire OC Jason Garrett

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Andy Dalton Expected To Start For Bears On Thursday

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Julian Edelman: Tom Brady Tried To Bring Me To Tampa Bay

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Saints TE Adam Trautman To Miss 4-6 Weeks

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Joe Judge Says Coaches To Blame For Giants' Struggles

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Taysom Hill, Saints Agree To Extension

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Jaguars At Odds Over Trevor Lawrence's Development

Jason La Canfora/CBS Sports

Teammates: Jonathan Taylor Should Be In MVP Conversation

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Initial Tests Show Justin Fields' Ribs Not Broken

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Pete Carroll Leaves Press Conference, Later Returns

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NFL Execs Expect At Least Three QBs Selected In First Round In 2022

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Aaron Rodgers Likely To Play Remainder Of Season With Turf Toe

Tom Pelissero, Ian Rapoport/NFL Media

Amari Cooper Placed On COVID List, Will Miss Next Two Games

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Chiefs Thinking About 'What's Next' On Stadium

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Khalil Mack To Undergo Season-Ending Surgery On Foot

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Eagles, Dallas Goedert Agree On Four-Year, $59M Extension

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Mac Jones: Patriots Can Be Better On Offense

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DK Metcalf On Outbursts: 'I've Got To Grow Up'

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