Troy Aikman would be interested in a move from the commentary box to an NFL front office position, though he is sceptical such an opportunity will come with the Dallas Cowboys.

Hall of Fame quarterback Aikman won three Super Bowls with the Cowboys and has not been shy about voicing his frustrations about the direction of the team with whom he spent his entire pro career.

Having seen fellow former players John Elway and John Lynch, previously a colleague of Aikman’s at Fox Sports, enjoy success as general managers with the Denver Broncos and San Francisco 49ers respectively, the 53-year-old believes a switch to a similar position could be a viable career move.

"It's something that I guess I've always somewhat entertained," Aikman told 1310 The Ticket. "I've had a chance to talk with John Elway in previous years. I've visited with John Lynch, and the decision that he made to take on that job in San Francisco, and I've said many, many times, I still believe there's another frontier for me - maybe there's not - but I believe that there is, and I think that might very well be it.

"It's something that I think would be very challenging. I'd be giving up a lot to leave the job that I have to take on a role like that. It's an all-consuming job and I certainly recognise that, but I think the challenge would make it worthwhile.

"Now whether or not I'm ever afforded that opportunity, we'll see, but with each year that passes, the likelihood of it happening becomes less and less.

"I understand that more and more teams want to go young and kind of groom somebody that's going to be there for the long haul, but relatively speaking, I've got a lot of great years left and I feel that having been in a championship locker room and knowing what that looks like, what that feels like, and then I guess my job now as a broadcaster, I've been in those organisations."

Aikman, though, does not expect the Cowboys to grant him a chance to prove himself in the front office, due to owner Jerry Jones' desire to remain as the franchise's chief decision-maker. 

"I doubt it. I mean, I think that's a real long shot," Aikman said of his hopes of being employed by Dallas.

"I believe that it's unlikely that Jerry will ever bring somebody in that can help this football team in that regard just because he's been real stubborn and steadfast, in that he's the one in charge. 

"I think in a lot of ways until that changes, this team's going to have some problems. Would he ever ask me to come be a part of it? I think that'd be a real leap of faith. I don't envision that happening, and I don't envision it happening at any point, quite honestly, no matter who's in charge out there."

Lamar Jackson endorsed likely number one overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft Joe Burrow as his selection to win the Heisman Trophy.

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Jackson won the Heisman, awarded to the most outstanding player in college football, during his time at Louisville in 2016.

LSU signal-caller Burrow is the favourite to take home the prize in 2019, having led the Tigers to a 13-0 record and a SEC title.

They enter the College Football Playoff as the number one team in the country, Burrow racking up 4,715 passing yards and 48 touchdowns with just six interceptions in a remarkable year.

The defining moment of Burrow's season so far came when LSU toppled perennial powerhouse Alabama 46-41 last month.

He faces competition from Ohio State pass rusher Chase Young, Oklahoma's Jalen Hurts and Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields but Jackson believes Burrow has separated himself from that group thanks in part to the win over the Crimson Tide.

Asked in a media conference who his Heisman pick is, NFL MVP frontrunner Jackson said: "The guy who's playing lights out right now, the guy who took down Bama, Joe. Joe doing his thing, I can't lie.

"He's doing a tremendous job right now, I feel like they'll win the National Championship."

Lamar Jackson was listed as limited by the Baltimore Ravens in their Tuesday practice report.

The Ravens, in possession of the number one seed in the AFC, face the New York Jets on Thursday as they aim to move to 12-2.

Baltimore did not practice on Tuesday, instead holding a walkthrough as they adapt to the short week.

Jackson was reportedly on the field for that but, with the MVP frontrunner nursing a quad issue, the Ravens estimated he would have been limited had they held a full practice.

His participation against the Jets is not believed to be in doubt, though there is some concern over the status of tight end Mark Andrews, who was also listed as limited due to a knee problem.

The Ravens are a game ahead of the New England Patriots (10-3) in the race for the number one seed. They have already clinched a playoff berth.

Carson Wentz believes the Philadelphia Eagles' overtime victory over the New York Giants can prove to be a decisive moment in their season.

Wentz put on a second-half masterclass on Monday as the Eagles overturned a 14-point deficit to win 23-17 and keep their playoff hopes alive.

Zach Ertz was the hero as he caught a two-yard touchdown in OT, snapping a three-game losing streak for the Eagles (6-7).

Doug Pederson's team are now level with the Dallas Cowboys at the top of the NFC East standings, and Wentz is hopeful the Eagles can now kick on as the regular season approaches its conclusion.

"It's huge for us, we realise it was a sloppy game for a while but the way the guys hung tough and stayed together was huge. Guys stepping up and making plays is huge for their confidence and ours as a team," Wentz told a news conference.

"We realised our backs were against the wall. The first half was obviously very ugly, but we stayed together. We said to keep believing, we needed to make a decision which was going to define us. We knew it wasn't the first half.

"That was a rough one and ugly one, but we kept believing. Defence was going to take care of their pace, which they did, and offensively we did enough.

"This is huge for the whole team. To come in after half-time and be where we were, it's a season-on-the-line type thing. I was a little bummed we didn't win it in regulation but to come out in overtime and get the win is huge for me personally and the entire team.

"It's big for me and all these guys. The emotional rollercoaster of the day, realising how poor we were in the first half, it spurred us on in the second and we just kept making plays, I don't think I've had an overtime win, it was a lot of fun."

The Eagles have been rocked by injuries in recent weeks, and fielded makeshift or inexperienced receivers, including Boston Scott, who put in a standout display.

"We've seen what he's done in camp and preseason but his opportunities have been limited throughout the season," Wentz said of Scott.

"To step up the way he did, running between the tackles, outside the tackles, making plays in the screen game and the passing game, he did a great job and he was the little spark plug for us there. 

"I'm going to evaluate every play and there's a lot of things I can be better on as well. I just kept trusting the plays, trusting the guys and tried to play fast. I can't say enough good things about the guys who stepped up for us.

"A lot of guys were in positions that we didn't practice this week but that's how it goes sometimes. Not only making the physical plays but mentally being locked in was huge for us."

The New England Patriots admitted a video crew violated NFL rules, though the Super Bowl champions maintained it was not on purpose.

On Monday, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick strongly denied the team's football operations were involved in alleged filming of the Cincinnati Bengals last week ahead of Sunday's upcoming clash.

It came after Bengals coach Zac Taylor confirmed the NFL is investigating an incident that took place during Cincinnati's 27-19 loss to the Cleveland Browns on December 8.

The Patriots released a statement later Monday, acknowledging the video crew – which included independent contractors – inappropriately filmed the sideline from the press box amid an ongoing behind-the-scenes documentary series.

"For the past year, the New England Patriots content team has produced a series of behind-the scenes features on various departments within the organisation," the statement read.

"The seven previous 'Do Your Job' episodes are archived on patriots.com. On Sunday, December 8, the content team sent a three-person video crew to the Bengals-Browns game at FirstEnergy Stadium in order to capture one part of a longer feature on the Patriots scouting department, in this case a Patriots pro personnel scout while he was working in the press box. 

"While we sought and were granted credentialed access from the Cleveland Browns for the video crew, our failure to inform the Bengals and the League was an unintended oversight. In addition to filming the scout, the production crew – without specific knowledge of League rules – inappropriately filmed the field from the press box. The sole purpose of the filming was to provide an illustration of an advance scout at work on the road. 

"There was no intention of using the footage for any other purpose. We understand and acknowledge that our video crew, which included independent contractors who shot the video, unknowingly violated a league policy by filming the field and sideline from the press box. When questioned, the crew immediately turned over all footage to the league and cooperated fully. 

"The production crew is independent of our football operation. While aware that one of the scouts was being profiled for a 'Do Your Job' episode, our football staff had no other involvement whatsoever in the planning, filming or creative decisions made during the production of these features. We accept full responsibility for the actions of our production crew at the Browns-Bengals game."

The Patriots, who top the AFC with a 10-3 record, travel to Cincinnati face the lowly Bengals (1-12) on Sunday.

The Philadelphia Eagles rallied to beat the New York Giants 23-17 in overtime and keep their postseason hopes alive.

In a gritty performance in Philadelphia on Monday, Zach Ertz caught a two-yard touchdown in OT to secure victory as the Eagles overcame a 17-3 deficit.

The victory snapped a three-game losing streak and saw the Eagles (6-7) move level with rivals the Dallas Cowboys (6-7) for the NFC East lead.

In a crucial game for the Eagles, it was Eli Manning and the Giants who made a strong start at Lincoln Financial Field.

Making his first start since Week 2, Giants quarterback and two-time Super Bowl MVP Manning threw two touchdowns to Darius Slayton.

After a scoreless first quarter, Manning – who finished 15 of 30 for 203 yards and two TDs – threw a 35-yard pass to Slayton before connecting with the rookie again as half-time approached.

Fans booed the Eagles as they headed into the locker room at half-time, with Philadelphia's only score a Jake Elliott field goal.

The Eagles dug deep in the second half – quarterback Carson Wentz leading the rally as the hosts reduced the Giants' lead to 17-10 entering the final quarter.

Wentz helped level the contest at 17-17 when he found Ertz on a two-yard pass with less than two minutes remaining in regulation, before the pair combined again in additional time.

Wentz ended the game 33-of-50 for 325 yards and two touchdowns, while he also had five carries.

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick strongly denied the team's football operations were involved in alleged filming of the Cincinnati Bengals.

Bengals coach Zac Taylor confirmed on Monday that the NFL is investigating an incident that took place during Cincinnati's 27-19 loss to the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.

A Patriots employee was reportedly caught recording the Bengals' sideline signals during last week's game in Cleveland.

Belichick – whose Patriots face the Bengals on Sunday – addressed the accusations of illegal videotaping amid New England's ongoing behind-the-scenes documentary series.

"I have absolutely nothing to do – we have absolutely nothing to do with anything they produce, direct, or shoot, or anything," Belichick told WEEI.

"I've never seen their tapes, or anything else. This is something that we 100 per cent have zero involvement with.

"This is something you have to talk with the production people about and what they were doing, and whatever it was.

"We've never seen anything they've shot, other than what's been on TV."

Earlier in the day, Cincinnati's Taylor told reporters: "I'm aware that there was an incident. But I know the league is investigating it, so I’ve got no comment."

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes does not have a broken hand and should be available to face the Denver Broncos, according to head coach Andy Reid.

Mahomes hurt his throwing hand in Sunday's 23-16 win over defending NFL Super Bowl champions the New England Patriots.

Chiefs star Mahomes landed awkwardly but played the entire game, with X-rays clearing the reigning MVP of any major damage.

"Patrick's hand is OK," Reid told reporters on Monday. "It's bruised up pretty good. But there's no break in it."

Mahomes was 26 of 40 for 283 yards and a touchdown as the Chiefs clinched the AFC West title against Tom Brady's Patriots.

Ahead of Sunday's clash with the Broncos, Reid added: "He [Mahomes] was having a little tougher time gripping the ball, so we went with a little bit more of a shallow cross game [and] shorter throws. We ran the ball a little more, probably."

The Chiefs (9-4) are still second behind the Patriots (10-3), one game adrift in the race for the AFC's top seed, as they prepare to welcome Denver to Arrowhead Stadium.

Linebacker Roquan Smith's season is over due to a pectoral injury suffered in the first quarter of the Chicago Bears' win over the Dallas Cowboys.

The Bears feared the worst in the aftermath of Thursday's clash and on Monday coach Matt Nagy confirmed Smith's campaign had come to a premature halt.

Smith, who is set to undergo surgery, has been placed on injured reserve and will miss the Bears' final three games.

Nagy's team have won three in a row to remain in the hunt for a playoff spot in the NFC, but the coach conceded after the win over the Cowboys that losing Smith would constitute a "big loss".

Smith had arguably the best game of his career in Week 13, having contributed 16 tackles and two sacks in the Thanksgiving win over the Detroit Lions.

Tom Brady said New England Patriots fans have the right to boo the reigning Super Bowl champions during a tough stretch.

The Patriots were jeered by their own supporters at half-time of Sunday's loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, as they trailed 20-7 after two quarters at Gillette Stadium.

New England dropped to 10-3 after a second straight defeat and third in five games.

Brady, who went 19-of-36 passing for 169 yards, a touchdown and an interception, is determined to handle the slump "gracefully", though, while accepting some fans would not be happy.

"We've had millions of people show up for our winning celebrations, our rallies after we've won Super Bowls," he told The Greg Hill Show on WEEI.

"I think when you play sports, nothing's guaranteed. You have wins, you have losses, you have highs, you have lows. You have great wins and very tough losses. How you handle those things gracefully is what's most important to me.

"Everyone has the right to do what they want to do, to feel how they want to feel.

"We as a team obviously feel very disappointed when we lose games, so you just take it for what it is and try to move forward and do the best you can do. That's what we're trying to do out there."

A key issue for the Patriots last week was the identity of their kicker, which remained uncertain heading into the weekend.

Nick Folk ultimately played just 10 days after having appendicitis, but Brady was not looking to make excuses, insisting similar challenges arrive in every season.

"I think you look at those as opportunities as an offense," he said. "We had chances there to make some plays and we just didn't.

"If our number's called, we've got to go out and execute. If special teams are called on, they've got to go and execute. And when the defense is called, they have been executing - those guys have been playing great all season and they gave us every chance yesterday.

"We've just got to keep fighting and keep battling. It hasn't been an easy season - that's fine, it's like every other year. Every season has its own unique challenges.

"We face them, we have to learn from them, and our whole season is ahead of us. We've got to rally together, trust each other, and go lay it on the line like we have been doing every week.

"This is about a one-week season for us and trying to go to Cincinnati and win on the road."

Brady was positive on an elbow injury post-game, and he added: "It's alright. I just took the helmet right on the inside of it.

"It's just a typical football game, nothing I haven't dealt with before. I'm just going to try to get some extra treatment and hopefully be 100 per cent for next week."

The Kansas City Chiefs clinched another division title by overcoming the New England Patriots, while the Seattle Seahawks' winning streak was ended.

The Chiefs handed the Patriots a second straight loss and secured the AFC West crown for the fourth consecutive NFL season.

Seattle's winning streak came to an end at five after losing to NFC West rivals the Los Angeles Rams.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Chargers and Tennessee Titans posted big wins and the Pittsburgh Steelers edged the Arizona Cardinals.

 

CHIEFS CLINCH

Patrick Mahomes helped the Chiefs past the Patriots 23-16 at Gillette Stadium.

Mahomes was 26 of 40 for 283 yards, a touchdown and an interception as the Chiefs improved to 9-4.

The Patriots dropped to 10-3 and had two TDs taken away by controversial officiating calls.

Tom Brady's right elbow was heavily wrapped after the loss, the quarterback finishing 19 of 36 for 169 yards, a TD and an interception.

 

SEAHAWKS' RUN SNAPPED BY RAMS

The Rams stopped the Seahawks' run with a 28-12 victory.

Jared Goff went 22 of 31 for 293 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions, while Seahawks QB Russell Wilson (22 of 36 for 245 yards and an interception) struggled.

The Seahawks are now 10-3 and second in the NFC West, while the Rams (8-5) are chasing a wildcard.

 

CHARGERS, TITANS CRUISE

The Chargers ended a three-game losing run by thrashing the Jacksonville Jaguars 45-10.

Philip Rivers led the Chargers, completing 16 of 22 passes for 314 yards and three touchdowns.

However, the Chargers were eliminated from playoff contention.

The Titans extended their winning streak to four by crushing the Oakland Raiders 42-21.

Titans QB Ryan Tannehill threw three touchdown passes, completing 21 of 27 for 391 yards for Tennessee (8-5), who are in the wildcard chase.

GAROPPOLO EARNS PRAISE, RAVENS ROLL ON

Jimmy Garoppolo threw four TDs in the San Francisco 49ers' thrilling 48-46 win over the New Orleans Saints, earning praise from head coach Kyle Shanahan.

"He's unbelievable. No matter what happens," Shanahan said. "He's had a lot of good games this year.

"He has had some times where he's made some mistakes. But he's the same guy every day. Just to be able to deal with that crowd noise and to deal with adversity that went in and out throughout the game, to be able to deal with me, he's the same and a lot of fun to coach."

The Baltimore Ravens booked their spot in the playoffs thanks to a 24-17 win over the Buffalo Bills.

However, tight end Mark Andrews (knee), linebacker Chris Board (concussion) and safety Anthony Levine Sr. (ankle) suffered injuries.

"Mark is not serious, maybe a thigh bruise type of thing," Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said.

"Anthony is not serious, ankle. Both those guys told me they'd be back Thursday. We'll see how that goes as the week goes on."

 

WEEK 14 SCORES:

Atlanta Falcons 40-20 Carolina Panthers
Baltimore Ravens 24-17 Buffalo Bills
Cleveland Browns 27-19 Cincinnati Bengals
Green Bay Packers 20-15 Washington Redskins
Denver Broncos 38-24 Houston Texans
Minnesota Vikings 20-7 Detroit Lions
San Francisco 49ers 48-46 New Orleans Saints
New York Jets 22-21 Miami Dolphins
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 38-35 Indianapolis Colts
Los Angeles Chargers 45-10 Jacksonville Jaguars
Pittsburgh Steelers 23-17 Arizona Cardinals
Kansas City Chiefs 23-16 New England Patriots
Tennessee Titans 42-21 Oakland Raiders
Los Angeles Rams 28-12 Seattle Seahawks

Tom Brady downplayed his elbow injury after the New England Patriots' loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in the NFL on Sunday.

The Patriots slipped to a second straight defeat, edged 23-16 by the Chiefs at Gillette Stadium to fall to 10-3 this season.

Brady's right elbow was heavily wrapped as he arrived to face the media, but the quarterback insisted he was OK.

"I just got hit right on my elbow, it's fine," the 42-year-old told reporters.

"Probably be on the injury report, but I'll be there next Sunday [against the Cincinnati Bengals]."

Brady went 19 of 36 for 169 yards, a touchdown and an interception in the loss to the Chiefs.

The six-time Super Bowl champion, who was unwilling to criticise officials despite some controversy, said the Patriots' offense was simply unable to deliver at key times.

"We got the ball, we moved it, we had some plays there where we could've scored and just couldn't quite," Brady said.

"We had a fourth down, we had some other ones in a red area, couple of fourth downs, just didn't make the plays when we needed to make 'em."

He added: "We've just got to go out and try to play better and try to win next week's game so, disappointing but not going to feel sorry for ourselves, try to go back to work and do a better job."

Baltimore Ravens star Lamar Jackson said it was "pretty cool" to clinch an NFL playoff berth, but the quarterback is already looking ahead.

The Ravens claimed a 24-17 win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday to improve to 11-2 and secure their place in the playoffs.

But Jackson wants more from the Ravens, who are among the favourites to win the Super Bowl.

"It's pretty cool, but we're trying to finish out," he said.

"We've got the [New York] Jets on Thursday, quick turnaround, we've got to focus on them now."

Jackson went 16 of 25 for 145 yards, three touchdowns and an interception against the Bills, while also rushing for 40 yards.

The 22-year-old said the clash against the Bills (9-4) at New Era Field felt like a playoff game.

"Very tough. We came into New Era Field, great environment, the Bills fans came, they were basically on the field, it was so loud here, defense came out to play," Jackson said.

"It was just a playoff game."

The Baltimore Ravens became the first AFC team to qualify for the playoffs after beating the Buffalo Bills to earn a franchise-record ninth win in a row.

MVP contender Lamar Jackson threw three touchdown passes and closed in on Michael Vick's single-season rushing record for a quarterback.

Boasting an 11-2 record, the Ravens will prove a threat to any challengers in the postseason.

Elsewhere, the San Francisco 49ers and the New Orleans Saints produced a 94-point thriller and Drew Lock starred for the Denver Broncos against the Houston Texans.

RAVENS STAR JACKSON IN A RUSH TO CATCH VICK

Jackson showed his class once again in a stellar display as he became only the second QB in NFL history to go past 1,000 rushing yards.

He is now just 23 shy of Vick's record, having managed 40 on Sunday, though his collection of touchdown throws proved more valuable. 

The Bills squandered the opportunity to tie the game with their final play as Josh Allen's pass into the end zone was incomplete.

WORTH HIS WEIGHT IN GOULD

Robbie Gould held his nerve to kick the 49ers to glory, providing the perfect tonic to their rare loss against the Ravens last time out.

In a match between two playoff hopefuls, it was the Niners who got the job done in a thrilling 48-46 triumph sealed by Gould's 30-yard field goal.

The result ended a five-year winless streak for the Niners in New Orleans, giving them their highest tally of victories in a season since 2013.

LOCK HAS THE KEY

Quarterback Lock entered the history books as he became the first rookie in the Super Bowl era to total at least 300 passing yards and three touchdown passes in his first start on the road.

That telling contribution from the 2019 second-round pick laid the foundations for the Broncos' 38-24 victory over the Houston Texans, improving the visitors to 5-8.

It was also a result that eased the frustration of a long-running theme for Denver, who had scored 24 points or fewer in 21 consecutive games prior to Sunday's clash.

BROWNS, JETS AND VIKINGS PREVAIL

Elsewhere in the early games on Sunday, the Cincinnati Bengals were brought back down to earth with a 27-19 loss against the Cleveland Browns.

The Bengals had won for the first time in Week 13, beating the New York Jets, who themselves bounced back to secure a last-gasp 22-21 victory over the Miami Dolphins.

And the Minnesota Vikings tamed the Detroit Lions in a 20-7 success, making it five wins on the bounce against the same opponents.

 

Week 14 scores:

Carolina Panthers 20-40 Atlanta Falcons

Indianapolis Colts 35-38 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Miami Dolphins 21-22 New York Jets

San Francisco 49ers 48-46 New Orleans Saints

Detroit Lions 7-20 Minnesota Vikings

Denver Broncos 38-24 Houston Texans

Baltimore Ravens 24-17 Buffalo Bills

Cincinnati Bengals 19-27 Cleveland Browns

Washington Redskins 15-20 Green Bay Packers

Shaq Thompson has signed a four-year contract extension with the Carolina Panthers to keep him with the franchise through 2023.

Agent Doug Hendrickson told ESPN it is a $54.2million pact with a maximum value of $57m, with $28m guaranteed and containing a signing bonus of $16m.

Thompson, 25, was due to become a free agent at the end of the season as he was playing under the fifth-year option.

He was drafted with the 25th overall pick in 2015 and has started every game for the 5-7 Panthers so far this season, making a career-high 93 tackles along with having three sacks and the same number of passes defended.

"Shaq is our type of person and our type of player," general manager Marty Hurney said as the team announced the extension on Saturday. 

"He's proven that he can play linebacker at a very high level, and he's got all the traits you want. 

"He's smart, he's physical, he can run and he's very versatile. He fits the blueprint for what we want at the position."

Thompson said of his new deal: "It means everything. What this organisation has done for me and my family, it's just tremendous.

"It feels good. It shows they have trust in me and faith in me to go on with the future of this young team that we have. 

"They see that I can help and I can be a part of the leadership of this group. That's really big for me. 

"They showed loyalty and love towards me and my family. I was able to show them that I have potential. This is my first year being a starter and I've been able to show what I can do.

"I want them to know I'm going to give it my all. This is just the beginning for me."

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