Lamar Jackson said he is focused on winning the Super Bowl as the Baltimore Ravens quarterback dismissed MVP talk.

Jackson showcased his MVP credentials with five touchdown passes in Baltimore's 45-6 rout of the Los Angeles Rams in the NFL on Monday.

The second-year QB went 15 of 20 for 169 yards and no interceptions, while he also rushed for 95 yards on eight carries as the Ravens (9-2) won their seventh successive game.

Amid the MVP chants and hype, Jackson told reporters: "I'm trying to win a Super Bowl. We're taking it a game at a time.

"I'm not worried about MVP. If it comes, it comes. I'll be satisfied. But I'm trying to win a Super Bowl. It's a team award. That's what I want."

Pressed on the MVP, Jackson added: "It's cool but I'm trying to win the Super Bowl.

"That's the goal. We're chasing that right now. We have the San Francisco 49ers next week and that's what the focus is on."

While Jackson tried to ignore the growing hype, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh heaped praise on the 22-year-old.

"He is a great football player," Harbaugh said. "He makes great plays but the thing I'm so impressed with is his decision making. The way he handles the offense and runs the offense, the choices he makes in critical situations.

"Take the end of the half, the way he worked the clock and worked the ball down field, left no time for the Rams at the end. Scored right at the end with no timeouts. That's operating at the highest level you can as a quarterback. That's the thing I'm probably most amazed at if anything."

Lamar Jackson further showcased his NFL MVP credentials as the in-form Baltimore Ravens crushed the Los Angeles Rams 45-6.

Ravens quarterback Jackson threw five touchdown passes in another stunning display to lead Baltimore to their seventh straight win on Monday.

Jackson finished 15 of 20 for 169 yards and no interceptions as the Ravens improved to 9-2 for the season away to the Rams in Los Angeles.

The Jackson Show rolled into the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for 'Monday Night Football' and the Rams had no answer.

Led by second-year QB Jackson, the Ravens raced to a 28-6 half-time lead against last season's Super Bowl finalists.

A pair of first-quarter touchdown passes to rookie wide receiver Marquise Brown set the tone for Jackson – who also rushed for 95 yards on eight carries – and the streaking Ravens.

The Rams (6-5) managed to get on the board with six points in the second quarter, but that was as good as it got for the Los Angeles franchise.

Jackson found Willie Snead for a touchdown prior to half-time, before teeing up Mark Ingram for another TD in the third quarter as the Ravens ran rampant.

Snead was on the receiving end of another TD pass from Jackson in the opening minute of the final quarter before the latter made way for Robert Griffin III with 12 minutes remaining.

Rams QB Jared Goff finished the contest 26 of 37 for 212 yards, two interceptions and two sacks, while Todd Gurley II only rushed for 22 yards.

Carson Wentz is recovering from a bruised throwing hand but Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson expects his quarterback to be fine for the Miami Dolphins game.

Wentz hurt his right hand as the Eagles were beaten 17-9 by the high-flying Seattle Seahawks in NFL action on Sunday.

The under-fire QB finished 33 of 45 for 256 yards, a touchdown and four turnovers – two interceptions and two lost fumbles – as the Eagles fell to 5-6.

Following further testing on Monday, Pederson told reporters: "He's got a little bruise in his hand, kind of on the middle finger there. Day to day, should be fine for the game."

Asked if Wentz will miss any practice time ahead of Sunday's clash with the Dolphins, Pederson replied: "No".

Meanwhile, the Eagles waived wide receiver Jordan Matthews on Monday.

Matthews re-signed with the Eagles on November 11 and played two games – contributing 33 yards on four receptions.

The 27-year-old was initially drafted by the Eagles in 2014 before stints with the Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots prior to his Philadelphia return in 2018.

Matthews was signed by the San Francisco 49ers in March, but he was released in October, leading to a brief reunion with the Eagles.

The Cincinnati Bengals have reinstated Andy Dalton as their starting quarterback to face the New York Jets on Sunday.

Dalton was benched after the Bengals' 24-10 defeat to the Los Angeles Rams in Week 8, prior to the team's bye.

Rookie Ryan Finley has played in the last three games, but there has been no upturn in results as Cincinnati - beaten 16-10 by the Pittsburgh Steelers at the weekend – have slipped to 0-11 for the season.

Prior to his demotion, Dalton had started every Bengals game when healthy since the opening week of his rookie season in 2011.

Cincinnati coach Zac Taylor said: "It was not an easy decision [to switch quarterbacks] any time we've had to make it, which has been twice this year.

"But it's in the best interests of the football team to do this and get Andy back out there."

Finley completed 47.1 per cent of 87 pass attempts for 474 yards, with two touchdowns and the same number of interceptions. He failed to amass more than 200 passing yards in any of his appearances, though, and was also sacked 11 times.

Eric Ebron has seen his 2019 season come to an end after he was placed on injured reserve by the Indianapolis Colts.

The Colts (6-5) are still in the NFL playoff hunt but will have to negotiate the last five games of the season without tight end Ebron after confirming the roster move on Monday.

The 26-year-old is poised to undergo surgery on both ankles, having first featured on his side's injury report with the problems around four weeks ago.

He played and tallied four catches for 44 yards in Thursday's 20-17 divisional defeat against the Houston Texans but will play no further part in the campaign.

Ebron has 31 catches for 375 yards and three touchdowns this season, falling short of his 66 catches for 750 yards and 13 touchdowns which saw him make a first career Pro Bowl in 2018.

The Colts, who are just behind Houston (7-4) in the AFC South, have brought back Ross Travis to fill the roster spot vacated by Ebron.

Starter Jack Doyle and Mo Alie-Cox likely in line for additional snaps when the team returns to action at home to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.

Philadelphia Eagles guard Brandon Brooks has revealed that a bout of anxiety prevented him from returning to the field in a defeat against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.

Brooks departed in a 17-9 loss at Lincoln Financial Field and was unable to return.

The Super Bowl champion and two-time Pro Bowler explained his absence on Monday after the Eagles stated that he was unable continue due to "illness".

"I'd like to address what happened yesterday. I woke up and did my typical routine of morning vomiting. It didn't go like it normally does, but I figured it would calm down once I got to the stadium. It did, but I felt exhausted," he tweeted.

"The nausea came back, and I tried to battle through it and went out for the first drive. The nausea and vomiting came back until I left the field and I tried everything I could to get back for my team-mates but just wasn't able to do it.

"Make no mistake, I'm NOT ashamed or embarrassed by this nor what I go through daily. I've had this under control for a couple of years and had a setback yesterday.

"The only thing I'm upset about is that when my team needed me, I wasn't able to be out there with and for them. Lastly, I appreciate the support of my coaches, team-mates and fans. It doesn't go unnoticed."

Head coach Doug Pederson said the Eagles will do all they can to support Brooks.

"I'll just say this, I'm not going to get into a lot of detail with that. Because, listen, this is a real-life issue. This is not a football issue with Brandon," he told SportsRadio WIP.

"This is a real-life issue that he has come out and publicly acknowledged and kind of shared his story a few years back. It's something that he's dealing with each and every day of his life. You never really know what triggers it. 

"We're here to support him, we love him. It is unfortunate that it happened, but it's something that he deals with every single day. We're just going to continue to support him."

Matt LaFleur labelled the Green Bay Packers' display in their 37-8 defeat to the San Francisco 49ers "unacceptable" and "concerning".

Green Bay are now in a tie atop the NFC North with the Minnesota Vikings - both teams owning an 8-3 record - after managing just 198 yards and a one-of-15 third-down conversion rate at Levi's Stadium.

And while clashes with the New York Giants and Washington Redskins should allow the Packers to get back on track in the next couple of weeks, first-year coach LaFleur knows he and his team must improve on their San Francisco display.

He said: "I'm disappointed with myself, how we got outcoached, outplayed.

"Bottom line, it's unacceptable and we've got to look at ourselves and there's a lot to correct if we want to be the team we want to be.

"There was a lot of stuff today that was concerning, quite frankly. We've got to man up, look at stuff critically and we've got to be honest with ourselves.

"It was bad ball."

It's the second defeat inside a month in California for the Packers, who were beaten 26-11 by the Los Angeles Chargers on November 3 but star quarterback Aaron Rodgers is confident they will turn it around.

He said: "Just a couple bad performances.

"I think both games we were bad on third down and tonight we were terrible on third down. We didn't do a good job establishing the run in both games.

"[But] I feel good about our culture. I feel good about the locker room. I feel good about the leadership.

"We didn't play very physical tonight. We obviously didn't execute. But I felt good about the energy pre-game and the approach. We had a good week of practice which is why it's so surprising, the performance.

"I still like our chances.

"We have the make-up to bounce back from these kinds of things and put ourselves in a position to potentially come back here and play again."

Mason Rudolph said he "couldn't believe" Myles Garrett accused him of making a racial slur prior to the brawl between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns.

The NFL suspended Browns defensive end Garrett for at least the rest of the season after he hit Rudolph over the head with the Steelers quarterback's helmet in the closing seconds of the Week 11 encounter between the teams.

Garrett reportedly claimed in a disciplinary hearing that Rudolph made a racial slur against him in the build-up to their altercation.

An NFL investigation found no evidence to support the allegation but Garrett stood by his assertion in a social media statement, writing: "I know what I heard".

Rudolph addressed reporters after Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals and insisted the allegation was unfounded.

"It's totally untrue," the 24-year-old said.

"I couldn't believe it and I couldn't believe that he would go that route after the fact. It is what it is. I think I've moved on."

Asked if he had said anything that Garrett could have interpreted as a racial slur, Rudolph responded: "Absolutely not. There was nothing. Not even close."

Rudolph was benched after throwing eight of 16 for 85 yards and one interception during the Steelers' 16-10 win over the Bengals.

Pittsburgh's next game is against the Browns at Heinz Field.

The San Francisco 49ers continued to impress in the NFL on Sunday, while the New England Patriots scraped past the Dallas Cowboys.

The 49ers improved to 10-1 by comfortably beating Aaron Rodgers' Green Bay Packers at Levi's Stadium.

Also 10-1 are the Patriots, who edged the Cowboys in rainy conditions at Gillette Stadium.

There was also a big win for the Tennessee Titans over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

 

49ERS BRUSH PAST PACKERS

The 49ers were far too good for the Packers in a 37-8 victory.

San Francisco contained Rodgers, who was sacked five times and had just 104 passing yards and a TD on 20 of 33 completed passes.

49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was far better, throwing two touchdown passes and for 253 yards after completing 14 of 20, while George Kittle had 129 receiving yards and a TD.

Green Bay (8-3) managed just 198 total yards to San Francisco's 339, leaving them no match for the high-flying 49ers.

PATRIOTS EDGE COWBOYS

Tom Brady went 17 of 37 for 190 yards and the game's only touchdown in the Patriots' 13-9 victory over the Cowboys.

The quarterback's 10-yard pass to N'Keal Harry in the first quarter gave the Patriots a lead their defense were able to protect.

New England's defense is comfortably the best in the NFL so far this season, conceding just 117 points in 11 games. The 49ers (163 in 11) are the second best.

Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott went 19 of 33 for 212 yards and an interception, while Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 86 yards on 21 carries.

TANNEHILL, TITANS PILE IT ON

The Titans scored 28 points in the third quarter of a 42-20 victory over the Jaguars.

A second straight win helped the Titans improve to 6-5, the same record as the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC South, which is led by the Houston Texans (7-4).

Titans QB Ryan Tannehill threw two TD passes on the back of 14 of 18 completed passes for 259 yards, while he also rushed for two scores.

A.J. Brown scored a TD and had 135 receiving yards, while Derrick Henry rushed for 159 – and two TDs – on 19 carries.

LUTZ SINKS PANTHERS AS GORE RUSHES INTO THIRD

Wil Lutz's 33-yard field goal saw the New Orleans Saints (9-2) get past the 5-6 Carolina Panthers 34-31.

"We continue to find a way to win when we are not really playing our best. It is a big team win and now we are off to a short week in Atlanta," Lutz said.

"I actually didn't hit the ball too well. My heart kind of sank a little bit to be honest. At the end of the day it was good [win] and a nice win."

Frank Gore moved into third for all-time rushing yards in the NFL during the Buffalo Bills' 20-3 win over the Denver Broncos.

"I'm blessed, I'm happy," Gore said after the Bills improved to 8-3.

"For me it was tough to get to the NFL. I've been doubted my whole career. I tore my two ACLs and a lot of people said you will be here only two or three years and now in my year 15 I'm still having fun and still making plays, still helping a team win games."

The New England Patriots broke the NFL record for most consecutive 10-win seasons on Sunday.

Reigning Super Bowl champions the Patriots topped the Dallas Cowboys 13-9 in Week 12.

It was New England's 17th successive season with 10 or more wins after improving to 10-1, eclipsing the San Francisco 49ers' record of 16 between 1983-1998.

Tom Brady and his team-mates also tied a franchise record with victory against the Cowboys at Gillette Stadium.

The Patriots recorded their 21st straight home win – including the postseason – to match the mark set between 2002 and 2005.

Valentine Holmes said he has no regrets over his failed NFL dream after returning to the NRL via the North Queensland Cowboys.

Holmes moved to the Cowboys on a six-year deal following his release from the New York Jets' practice squad on Friday.

Like Jarryd Hayne before him, Holmes left rugby league to pursue a career in American football, but he failed to make the Jets' 53-man playing roster after joining the International Player Pathway Program.

Fronting the media on Monday, Holmes said: "It was a quite difficult decision [to leave the New York Jets]. I made big sacrifices on the decision going over.

"I don't have any regrets on the decision going over. I learned a lot as a person and as an athlete … I was more so just out there to explore things."

The 24-year-old added: "I feel a bit stronger, bit faster, bit better agility-wise but my stamina is something I will have to focus on and my ball skills. I haven't played footy in a while but I am sure I will get it back."

Holmes scored 22 tries in 26 games for Cronulla Sharks in 2018 before packing his bags and heading to USA.

"To show that faith in me is awesome and I will try to show it back when I play – I am here to win, that is what my mindset is going to be," Townsville-born Holmes said.

"It was a kind of an easy decision [signing with Cowboys]. I have family here, have friends here from school and I have always loved the Cowboys since I was growing up. It's good to be back home."

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans tied an NFL record on Sunday.

Evans officially reached 1,000 yards in Tampa Bay's 35-22 win over the Atlanta Falcons.

The two-time Pro Bowler joined Randy Moss as the only receivers in NFL history to post 1,000 yards in each of their first six seasons.

Evans reached the milestone when he connected with Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston on a 17-yard grab in the second quarter.

The 26-year-old Evans was selected with pick seven by the Buccaneers in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz said he is not worried about the hand issue sustained in a loss against the Seattle Seahawks.

Wentz hurt his right hand as the Eagles were beaten 17-9 by the high-flying Seahawks in NFL action on Sunday.

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson revealed Wentz's X-rays came back negative post-game.

While Wentz is set for further tests, the under-fire Eagles QB is not worried.

"I don't think so," Wentz replied when asked if there was anything to be concerned about. "But obviously we'll wait and see."

It was another rough outing for Wentz as the Eagles fell to 5-6 – losing further ground to the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC East.

Wentz finished 33 of 45 for 256 yards, a touchdown and four turnovers – two interceptions and two lost fumbles.

"I have to be better. I have to lead this football team better. I have to protect the football better. I can't put it on the ground the way we did," Wentz said.

"It starts with me. It starts with me and I'm frustrated. I know everyone's frustrated with this loss offensively."

Carson Wentz had a Sunday to forget as the Philadelphia Eagles were beaten 17-9 in an NFC battle with the Seattle Seahawks, while Frank Gore moved third on the all-time NFL rushing list.

The injury-hit Eagles really needed a win to put pressure on NFC East leaders the Dallas Cowboys, but fell to 5-6 after quarterback Wentz and the Philadelphia offense failed to fire in Week 12.

Second-placed Seattle are 9-2 in the NFC West after improving their perfect record on the road to 6-0, Rashaad Penny playing a huge part in their fourth consecutive win.

Gore moved past Barry Sanders on the list of the leading rushers in a 20-3 victory for the Buffalo Bills over the Denver Broncos. 

Wil Lutz's last-gasp field goal snatched a 34-31 win for the New Orleans Saints over the Carolina Panthers, while Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph was benched in a 16-10 success against the Cincinnati Bengals.

There were also victories for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Chicago Bears, New York Jets, Cleveland Browns and Washington Redskins. 

 

WENTZ UNABLE TO GET EAGLES SOARING

Eagles signal caller Wentz's critics were out in force again after he was 33 of 45 for 256 yards, with one touchdown.

There were also two interceptions and a couple of lost fumbles for the 26-year-old, who was also reportedly checked out for a hand injury.

Wentz threw a TD pass to Zach Ertz in the final minute, but the damage had already been done.

Seattle running back Rashaad Penny ran for a career-best 129 yards, including a 58-yard touchdown, while MVP contender Russell Wilson was sacked six times but was 13 of 25 for 200 yards, with one TD and one pick.

 

GORE THE MERRIER

Star running back Gore moved beyond Hall of Famer Sanders' tally of 15,269 yards with a seven-yard dart in the fourth quarter of a victory for the Bills.

Gore made 65 yards in 15 carries and took his career total to an astonishing 15,289 yards.

Buffalo are 8-3 in the AFC East behind the New England Patriots, while the struggling Broncos are 3-8 at the foot of the AFC West.

 

LUTZ SEALS DRAMATIC SAINTS WIN

Lutz stepped up as time expired to give the Saints a four-game lead over the Panthers at the top of the NFC South

Joey Slye missed a field goal at the other end from 28 yards out with two minutes to play, but Lutz held his nerve with a 33-yard kick.

Two attempts from Christian McCaffrey were in vain as Drew Brees completed 30 of 39 passes for 311 yards and three touchdowns in a captivating contest.

 

MORE PAIN FOR RUDOLPH

Rudolph was fined $50,000 for his part in an ugly brawl late in a defeat to the Browns last week.

Browns defensive end Myles Garrett ripped off Rudolph's helmet and hit him on the head with it as things got out of hand in Week 11.

Steelers quarterback Rudolph escaped a ban, but he was sidelined during the clash with the sorry Bengals when Devlin Hodges replaced him during the third quarter.

Hodges wasted no time in making an impact, picking out James Washington for a 79-yard catch-and-run touchdown as the Bengals suffered yet another loss to go 0-11.

North Queensland Cowboys director of rugby Peter Parr believes the 2015 NRL champions have pulled off a major coup by signing Valentine Holmes on a six-year deal.

Former Cronulla Sharks star Holmes was released from the New York Jets' practice squad on Friday, seven months after arriving in the United States to pursue his dream of playing in the NFL.

Holmes failed to make the Jets' 53-man playing roster after joining the International Player Pathway Program.

The Jets stated that the 24-year-old was eyeing a return to Australia and North Queensland on Sunday announced Townsville is his destination.

Parr expects Holmes, who played full-back for much of his time with the Sharks and scored 22 tries in 26 games in 2018, to carry on where he left on off in his rugby league career.

"This is a wonderful signing for our club," Cowboys director of football Parr said.

"It wasn't long ago that Valentine was one of the best players in the competition before his courageous decision to go to the NFL. His form in 2018 was as good as any player in the NRL, particularly in the second half of that season.

"He's a proven big-game player, he's won a Grand Final and he's played some terrific football for both Queensland and Australia.

"Valentine has been a top-class performer at wing and full-back and we've made no secret we had a desire to strengthen our outside back stocks.

"Val's record speaks for itself and we couldn't be more excited about securing him at the Cowboys for the next six seasons."

Holmes has scored 13 tries in 17 Tests for Australia.

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