Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians was noncommittal on Jameis Winston being the team's quarterback after 2019.

Winston's rookie contract expires at the end of the season and the 25-year-old's future in Tampa Bay is up in the air.

In 12 appearances this season, Winston – selected with the number one pick in the 2015 NFL Draft – has tallied 20 interceptions and 22 touchdowns for the Buccaneers (5-7).

Winston's woes were highlighted in a five-interception performance against the Carolina Panthers in Week 6.

Asked if he would throw his support behind Winston if quizzed by Tampa Bay's hierarchy, Arians told reporters on Wednesday: "I'm gonna pass on that one. I'm gonna wait until the end of December."

"There's been really, really, really good and there's been some really, really bad," Arians added. "I'm gonna pass until it's over and then we'll make a decision."

Since being drafted by the Buccaneers four years ago, Winston has amassed 18,287 yards for 110 touchdowns and 78 interceptions.

The Buccaneers will face the Indianapolis Colts (6-6) on Sunday.

Ron Rivera has no plans to give up coaching and is confident he will soon get another opportunity in the NFL.

Rivera was relieved of his duties by the Carolina Panthers on Tuesday after nearly nine seasons at the helm following a run of just one win in six games that dropped their record to 5-7.

A two-time Coach of the Year winner, Rivera led the Panthers to Super Bowl 50 at the end of the 2015 season, in which they went 15-1. Carolina reached the playoffs four times under his stewardship.

The 57-year-old still believes he has more to give and told a farewell media conference on Wednesday: "My intent is to coach again. I love coaching.

"Not just coaching because it's about winning football games, but coaching because you have an opportunity to impact young men and people. And that's what I want to do."

When asked what his pitch would be to prospective new employers, Rivera said: "I've got the right kind of experience.

"Having gone through the things I've gone through, been where we've been, it gives me experience. It doesn't mean I'll be better than anybody else, but it gives me perspective.

"At the end of the day it's production-based and if you don't produce then it's time to move on. I'll be honest, I'm kind of excited. I really am. I'm really looking forward to a lot of opportunities."

Looking back on his tenure with the Panthers, Rivera said: "My biggest regret is not winning the Super Bowl.

"I'm proud I took over a 2-14 team and won back-to-back-to-back NFC South division titles.

"I want to reemphasise: I'm proud I took over a 2-14 team and won back-to-back-to-back. See the emphasis? Won three in a row.

"Whether you define it by wins or losses or you define it by winning the division, to me that's three years in a row. ... I get tired of hearing, 'They couldn't win [two] years in a row.' No, we won three years in a row, so let's get that straight. And we were the first team in the NFC South to do it, so I'm doggone proud of that."

Eli Manning is "very likely" to start at quarterback for the New York Giants against the Philadelphia Eagles due to Daniel Jones' injury, the team have announced.

Two-time Super Bowl champion Manning, 38, began the season under center for the Giants but lost his place after Week 2 to rookie Jones, a surprise sixth overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Jones led New York to back-to-back wins in his first two professional games, but the team have lost eight straight since, falling to 2-10.

The 22-year-old has passed for 18 touchdowns and 11 interceptions this year, along with two rushing scores.

But coach Pat Shurmur revealed on Wednesday, according to the Giants' official website, Jones has a moderate high ankle sprain.

Manning is therefore in line for a return against NFC East rivals the Eagles on Monday, having passed for two touchdowns and two interceptions through two games in 2019.

Jones is in a walking boot and did not practice on Wednesday, having seemingly suffered the injury in an incident involving the Green Bay Packers' Preston Smith early on Sunday.

He finished the 31-13 defeat, completing 20 of 37 passes for a touchdown and three interceptions.

The Carolina Panthers have fired head coach Ron Rivera following a run of one win in six games.

Rivera led the Panthers to Super Bowl 50 in the 2015 campaign, but a team who went 15-1 in the regular season were stymied by the Denver Broncos in a 24-10 defeat.

The Panthers have not won a playoff game since, though there were signs of life this year after they recovered from an 0-2 start to win their next four games despite the absence of injured quarterback Cam Newton, who has not played since the Week 2 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers because of a Lisfranc fracture.

However, since their Week 6 win over the Buccaneers in London, the Panthers have suffered an alarming slump that has dropped them to 5-7 and effectively ended their hopes of reaching the playoffs.

A 29-21 loss to the Washington Redskins last Sunday proved the final straw, with owner David Tepper - who bought the team in May last year - indicating further changes will be coming throughout the organisation.

"I believe this is the best decision for the long-term success of our team," Tepper said. "I have a great deal of respect for Ron and the contributions he has made to this franchise and to this community. I wish him the best. I will immediately begin the search for the next head coach of the Carolina Panthers.

"We are going to take a comprehensive and thorough review of our football operation to make sure we are structured for long-term sustained success. Our vision is to find the right mix of old-school discipline and toughness with modern and innovative processes.

"We will consider a wide range of football executives to complement our current football staff. One change that we will implement is hiring an assistant general manager and vice president of football operations.

"We all must recognise that this is the first step in a process, but we are committed to building and maintaining a championship culture for our team and our fans."

Secondary coach Perry Fewell will serve as the interim head coach for the Panthers' final four games of the regular season. Offensive coordinator Norv Turner will switch to become special assistant to the head coach, with quarterbacks coach Scott Turner taking on his father's role.

Rivera ends his Panthers tenure with a 76-63-1 record in the regular season. He went 3-4 in the playoffs.

The Carolina Panthers have fired head coach Ron Rivera following a run of one win in six games.

Jerry Jones believes Jason Garrett will be coaching "in the NFL next year" as speculation over his future with the Dallas Cowboys continues.

Garrett's position has been the subject of increasing scrutiny as the Cowboys have suffered successive defeats to the New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills, dropping them to 6-6, though they still lead the NFC East.

Cowboys owner Jones has insisted Garrett will not be removed from his post this season but, in an interview with sports radio station 105.3 The Fan, stopped short of saying he would be with Dallas in 2020.

"Nobody has the exclusive skills to get the job done so that collectively you can win a Super Bowl. But there are qualified people," Jones said.

"Jason Garrett is one of them. In my opinion, Jason Garrett will be coaching in the NFL next year."

Asked why he is against firing 53-year-old Garrett in season, Jones replied: "First of all, Jason Garrett is a good coach. He's also one of the hardest working coaches. He knows this team better than anybody. ... I'm glad to have him. He is the guy for the job."

Dallas are a game ahead of the Philadelphia Eagles in the race for the NFC East title and, despite recent results, Jones is still confident about the outlook for the Cowboys for the rest of the year.

"If I were leaving training camp today, I'd like to have this run that I’ve got right now, four games to get to the playoffs, as healthy as we are," Jones said.

"Get our act together relative to what we're doing on both sides of the ball and let's go. I feel pretty good about it."

The Cowboys face the Chicago Bears on Thursday before finishing the regular season with games against the Los Angeles Rams, Eagles and Washington Redskins.

Dalvin Cook has allayed injury fears after he left the Minnesota Vikings' 37-30 loss to the Seattle Seahawks with a shoulder problem in the third quarter and did not return.

Vikings running back Cook stayed down after Seattle defensive end Rasheem Green forced him into a second fumble of the game early in the second half at CenturyLink Field on Monday.

The impact tweaked an issue the third-year tailback sustained against the Denver Broncos in Week 11, but he is confident no serious damage has been done.

Cook rushed for 29 yards and one touchdown on nine carries and was happy with the decision to keep him out of the remainder of the match.

"He just hit me right on what I had when we played the Broncos. He hit me right on it when he went to punch for the ball. It was kind of like a different feeling. But he got me in a good spot," said Cook.

"It's a weird injury that I've got. It's kind of like when I land in an awkward spot, it hurts. So I kind of try to land to where it doesn't hurt. So it was awkward the way I was landing. It's a physical sport. At the end of the year, there's some bumps and bruises, but I'll be all right.

"No matter if I get injured or not, I can't turn the ball over. I hold myself 1,000 per cent responsible for not turning the ball over. I pride myself on not turning the ball over. I can't put myself in that situation when I turn the ball over.

"And that's what they pride themselves on. You can't give them gimmes. And I gave them a gimme before the half. I've got to take care of the football and I think we'll be all right.

"We have four crucial games ahead of us. I've got to be ready to go for those games. I was all-in for them holding me out and I'm looking forward to what we've got ahead of us."

The Seahawks improved to 10-2 despite having six players on their final injury report prior to the game listed with illness.

Among them were Tre Flowers, who claimed an interception at the start of the third quarter, and David Moore, who helped send Seattle into the final period with a 10-point lead after a 60-yard touchdown reception.

"I know a lot of teams had this flu thing, and it was legit," said coach Pete Carroll.

"Our guys did it beautifully, because they really managed the attitude part of it and I'm really thrilled about that, because when you're feeling that cruddy and that bad, and you're throwing up and everything else you're doing, it's hard to have a good attitude.

"But these guys found a way and guys contributed to helping them and it was not a factor for us at all. We played right through it."

The Seattle Seahawks moved top of the NFC West after beating the Minnesota Vikings 37-30 to extend their winning streak to five on Monday.

The Seahawks held off the Vikings at CenturyLink Field, where 24 unanswered points to begin the second half proved crucial for Seattle.

Russell Wilson (21 of 31 completed passes for 240 yards, two touchdowns and an interception) helped the Seahawks improve to 10-2 and move above the San Francisco 49ers (10-2) in the NFC West.

Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins completed 22 of his 38 passes, also finishing with two TDs and an interception, along with 276 yards.

But the loss dropped Minnesota – who had star running back Dalvin Cook suffer a shoulder injury – to 8-4, leaving them second to the Green Bay Packers (9-3) in the NFC North.

The Vikings and Seahawks traded touchdowns in the first quarter as Cook and Chris Carson rushed over for their respective teams.

Minnesota scored again with a wild TD in the second quarter, Wilson's pass blocked before the ball bounced around in the air and Anthony Harris scored.

Field goals from Jason Myers and Dan Bailey meant the Vikings took a 17-10 lead into half-time.

But Seattle dominated the third quarter, with Rashaad Penny rushing over to complete a nine-play, 71-yard drive.

Myers' 29-yard field goal put the Seahawks ahead before Wilson delivered a 60-yard TD pass to David Moore to make it 27-17.

Penny scored again to begin the fourth quarter, only for Cousins' 58-yard pass to find a wide open Laquon Treadwell for a TD that gave the Vikings a chance.

A brilliant fake punt by Seattle which gained 29 yards looked set to halt Minnesota's momentum, but the Vikings responded.

An eight-play, 72-yard drive ended with Cousins finding Kyle Rudolph in the end zone, but Bailey missed the extra-point attempt and Myers sealed the Seahawks' win in the final minute.

The Detroit Lions will be without rookie tight end T.J. Hockenson over the final four weeks after he was placed on injured reserve, but quarterback Matthew Stafford's prospects of playing again this season remain uncertain.

Hockenson, the eighth overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, suffered an ankle injury in the 24-20 loss to the Chicago Bears on Thanksgiving.

The 22-year-old had six catches for 131 yards and a touchdown in his NFL debut in Week 1, but he failed to accumulate more than 56 yards in a game thereafter and he will finish his rookie season with 32 receptions for 367 yards and two touchdowns.

Detroit are 3-8-1 and have lost five in a row having been without starting quarterback Stafford for the past four weeks due to a back injury.

The Lions face the Minnesota Vikings in Week 14 and may have David Blough at quarterback again if Stafford is ruled out once more.

"Still kind of working in a week-by-week manner with him from that standpoint in conjunction with our medical staff to monitor that situation," Lions head coach Matt Patricia said in quotes published on the team's website.

"Out of respect for Matthew and his competitiveness and what he means to this team and what he brings every single week, we're just going to kind of take it week-by-week and see what happens from that standpoint."

The Jacksonville Jaguars have confirmed rookie Gardner Minshew will replace Nick Foles as their starting quarterback for their Week 14 game against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Foles was pulled for Minshew at half-time of the Jags' 28-11 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday having committed three first-half turnovers.

Minshew provided a spark - as he did during eight starts earlier in the year after Foles injured his clavicle, the Jaguars going 4-4 in that time.

Now at 4-8 on the season, the Jaguars have elected to turn back to Minshew, who was a sixth-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft and has already developed a cult-hero status with a 14-5 touchdown-to-interception ratio.

Foles, a former Super Bowl MVP with the Philadelphia Eagles, signed a four-year deal with Jacksonville this offseason but the Jaguars have not won a game he has started in 2019.

Tom Brady admitted the New England Patriots offense is "learning as we go" after the reigning Super Bowl champions fell to a 28-22 loss to the Houston Texans on Sunday.

New England lost just their second game this season, but there are wider concerns over their misfiring offense, which is ranked 14th in yards gained - their lowest ranking since the 2003 season.

Having lost tight end Rob Gronkowski to retirement after their Super Bowl LIII win in February, Brady has struggled to find a consistent receiver outside of Julian Edelman, with Antonio Brown released after just 11 days, Josh Gordon jettisoned in October and Mohamed Sanu battling injuries since he was acquired.

The Pats' rushing attack - ranked 21st in the NFL - has also struggled behind a less-than-stellar offensive line and three-time MVP Brady suggested there are several factors behind their offensive struggles.

"We're learning as we go. By no means, we're not 2-10. We're 10-2," he said in an interview with WEEI.

"I know there are very high expectations, as there are for us. I think the expectations for our team are often at a very, very, very high level. I understand that.

"But at the same time, I think there are realistic expectations with our circumstances and incorporating different elements and players and injuries."

New England are now the second seed in the AFC behind the Baltimore Ravens and a loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday would also harm their hopes of securing a first-round bye in the playoffs.

"It's not like we haven't dealt with losses before," Brady added.

"I think a lot of it is about mental toughness and realising that when you don't play well, you're not supposed to win.

"You're not supposed to win when you put less than your best out there. Sometimes you get away with it. Most of the time you don't.

"I don't think anyone is feeling sorry for us. We're not feeling sorry for us. We're going to try to have a great week of preparation and see if we can get back to winning."

Deshaun Watson labelled Tom Brady the greatest of all time and explained he had achieved a career goal after inspiring the Houston Texans to victory over the New England Patriots.

Houston (8-4) earned a famous 28-22 win against the Patriots (10-2) on Sunday and the teams may end up doing battle once more in the playoffs.

Watson, 24, had lost his first two meetings with fellow quarterback Brady, 42, but completed 18 of 25 passes for 234 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions to triumph this time around. 

It was a memorable night for Watson as he also caught a TD pass himself from wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, with the Texans making it back-to-back wins.

Prior to the contest, the Pats' dominant defense had only allowed four passing TDs in 11 games and collected 15 interceptions, but Watson's display confounded those statistics.

"That's the GOAT," Watson said of Brady in an interview with NBC. "It's special for me - before he hangs it up I had to at least get one [win]. 

"The first two, I was 0-2, he got me, and I had to get this one. So it was great."

Watson also discussed beating Brady at his post-match media conference, with the Texans on a roll ahead of next week's home game against the Denver Broncos.

"As far as big wins, honestly, it's pretty big," he said. 

"Really just because it's Brady. I was 0-2 against Brady and who knows when he's going to hang it up. 

"That's my role model, a guy that's been doing it forever, over 20 years. I'm only alive for 20 years. It's pretty awesome to finally get one."

Brady and Watson talked on the field after the game and the Texans QB added: "He just congratulated me, said keep going, stay healthy. 

"We'll be in touch. We're going to talk this offseason. Definitely a resource that he's going to give an opportunity to check in and learn from him. I'm definitely going to take it.

"Just to see the love and respect we have for each other. It was big. It was awesome.

"The win builds our confidence, it builds the momentum for us to continue to try to push on. It shows us and shows the world that we can play with anyone on any given day if we come out and play."

Tom Brady conceded the New England Patriots are still "battling" to find their best form after going down to a 28-22 defeat against the Houston Texans.

Tom Brady conceded the New England Patriots are still "battling" to find their best form after going down to a 28-22 defeat against the Houston Texans.

Sunday's road loss dropped the Patriots to 10-2, just one game clear of the 9-3 Buffalo Bills in the AFC East and giving them the same record as the Baltimore Ravens in the race to be number one seed.

The offense was again a concern for New England, with Brady completing just 24 of his 47 passes, though he did finish with three touchdowns and one interception.

Having trailed 21-3 and 28-9 before the Pats made it closer in the latter stages against Houston (8-4), Brady acknowledged the team had to get better before a huge Week 14 home game against Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs (8-4).

"Just execution, [we've] got to do a better job," Brady said of the loss.  

"Tough to get behind and come back. We just put ourselves in a pretty deep hole and you can't do that on the road. We didn't get the job done.

"We're all trying to do a good job out there, and give them [Houston] credit, they played well.

"We didn't make enough plays and it just wasn't a great game. We're battling. We're trying as hard as we can. Hopefully we can make enough plays and be the best we can be.  

"So, you can make a bunch of predictions and so forth, but that's not what it's about. It's about going out there and doing it.

"All remains to be seen. We'll see if we can build on it and do better next week.

"Let's see if we can get to a good place and put ourselves in a good position. We've got a tough one this week. It's a long flight home. We'll try to get ready and get back at it."

Coach Bill Belichick was similarly unsatisfied by the Patriots' performance, saying: "It just wasn't good enough in any area and they were the better team. Pretty much sums it up.

"We [have] all got to do a better job. We gave up 28 points. We've got to perform better. Got to coach better, got to play better. In the first half, it just wasn't good enough in any phase of the game.

"They [Houston] did a good job executing. Made quite a few plays on second down, scored in the red area. We couldn't stop them in the red area. That would have helped us a lot, but we couldn't do it."

Deshaun Watson produced a stunning display to help the Houston Texans upstage the New England Patriots, while the Los Angeles Chargers succumbed to a last-gasp field goal.

Watson finished with four touchdowns as the Texans trumped the Patriots 28-22 in NFL action on Sunday.

Elsewhere, the Chargers succumbed to the Denver Broncos and the Kansas City Chiefs humbled the Oakland Raiders.

 

PATRIOTS KNOCKED FROM AFC SEED BY WATSON'S TEXANS

Reigning Super Bowl champions the Patriots lost top spot in the AFC after Watson dazzled in Houston, and the Baltimore Ravens prevailed against the San Francisco 49ers in a blockbuster earlier in the day.

Watson threw three touchdown passes and had the first TD reception of his career as Patriots dropped to 10-2 for the season.

Houston's Watson had 234 yards passing to help the Texans (8-4) take a 21-3 lead against the Patriots, while he also caught a touchdown from receiver DeAndre Hopkins.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady managed two of his three touchdown passes in the final four minutes – the veteran finishing 24 of 47 for 326 yards and an interception.

 

CHARGERS FALL TO LATE DEFEAT

It was a heartbreaking outing for the Chargers, who went down 23-20 to the Broncos as time expired in Denver.

Brandon McManus' 53-yard field goal saw the Broncos (4-8) past the luckless Chargers (4-8), who had levelled the clash via Michael Badgley's 46-yard attempt with 14 seconds remaining.

McManus converted after a 38-yard pass interference call on Charges cornerback Casey Hayward Jr.

"I thought it was OPI [offensive pass interference]," Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn said post-game.

Denver's rookie quarterback Drew Lock was 18 of 28 for 134 yards, two touchdowns and an interception on debut.

While one Los Angeles team were left frustrated, another celebrated a comprehensive victory.

Jared Goff threw for 424 yards and two touchdowns as the Rams defeated the Arizona Cardinals 34-7.

 

CHIEFS SEIZE CONTROL OF AFC WEST

Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs were too good for AFC West rivals the Raiders, triumphing 40-9.

The Chiefs raced out to a 31-0 lead before the Raiders managed to get on the scoreboard in Kansas City.

Chiefs quarterback Mahomes was 15-of-29 for 175 yards and a touchdown, while the reigning MVP also rushed for a TD.

Juan Thornhill's pick-six also inspired the Chiefs (8-4), who opened a two-game lead over the Raiders in the race for the division.

The Raiders (6-6) struggled as QB Derek Carr finished with 222 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions.

 

EAGLES 'SELF-DESTRUCTED'

It was a forgettable outing for the Philadelphia Eagles as head coach Doug Pederson reflected on the team's 37-31 loss to the lowly Dolphins.

The Eagles led 28-14 in the third quarter before being outscored 23-3 for the remainder of the game in Miami.

"We self-destructed in a couple of areas today, and it just hurt us," said Pederson, whose team have lost three in a row. "And we didn't make enough plays; they made 'em, we didn't. So those are the things that I talk about when I talk about being a disciplined team."

 

WEEK 13 SCORES:

Tennessee Titans 31-17 Indianapolis Colts
Cincinnati Bengals 22-6 New York Jets
Washington Redskins 29-21 Carolina Panthers
Baltimore Ravens 20-17 San Francisco 49ers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 28-11 Jacksonville Jaguars
Pittsburgh Steelers 20-13 Cleveland Browns
Green Bay Packers 31-13 New York Giants
Miami Dolphins 37-31 Philadelphia Eagles
Los Angeles Rams 34-7 Arizona Cardinals
Denver Broncos 23-20 Los Angeles Chargers
Kansas City Chiefs 40-9 Oakland Raiders
Houston Texans 28-22 New England Patriots

Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins said "we didn't f****** play well" as he provided an honest assessment of Sunday's defeat.

The slumping Eagles and their NFL playoff hopes were dealt a major blow after going down 37-31 to the lowly Miami Dolphins.

Philadelphia led 28-14 in the third quarter but were outscored 23-3 for the remainder of the game in Miami, where the Eagles fell to a third consecutive loss.

"You don't want to be Captain Obvious. We didn't f****** play well," said Jenkins.

"You know that. There is no need to beat a dead horse. Figure out what it is, watch the tape like you would any other day, go back to work."

The Eagles dropped to 5-7 in their pursuit of the NFC East-leading Dallas Cowboys.

Philadelphia have four games remaining, all against division rivals – the New York Giants (December 9), Washington Redskins (December 15), Cowboys (December 22) and Giants (December 29).

"I mean, that's the thing, as crazy as this is, I would say it's a long shot, but we're not out of it," Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said. "We do have four of our division opponents coming up.

"The guys have got to understand that, and it's my job to make sure they do understand that – that we're still fighting and coming to work this week and ready to go and try to figure this thing out.

"But I've got to show them exactly where we are and what we need to do with these next four games."

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