I've spent the last hour looking for something interesting to say about the Jaguars and finally settled on this: They've got a thing for the No. 31.
Through 14 games, Jacksonville ranks 31st in the NFL in yards gained and 31st in yards allowed. They rank 31st in points scored, 31st in first downs gained and 31 in first downs allowed. They actually rank 29th in points allowed, so I guess that's an improvement, but it all adds up to the Jaguars being the 32nd best team in the league. Otherwise known as the worst.
Not that it would matter, but the Jaguars are probably best off rolling over for the Pats on Sunday. With two games left, they're tied with the Chiefs for the worst record in the NFL at 2-12. They're in a backwards race for the No. 1 pick! But like I said, they can give everything they have and the Pats should still win with ease.
New England's favored by 14.5 on Sunday, which the biggest spread they faced on the road since 2007, when they were favored by 19 points in Baltimore (Week 13), 16 points in Buffalo (Week 11) and 15.5 at Miami (Week 7).
For what it's worth, the Pats went 3-0 in those three and won by an average of 23 points a game. But knowing the Jaguars, Sunday's final spread will probably end up looking more like 31.
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CLEVELAND – Amir Johnson’s right shoulder injury has him still in a state of limbo, which is why the Boston Celtics will start Kelly Olynyk tonight in Game 4 of Boston’s best-of-seven series with Cleveland.
Boston cut Cleveland’s series lead to 2-1 following their 111-108 Game 3 win.
Olynyk appeared in 75 games this season with six starts.
As a starter, he averaged 10.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists.
Olynyk said his focus tonight will be pretty simple.
“Just keep playing every possession like it’s the most important possession of the game,” Olynyk told CSNNE.com.
The Patriots and Rob Gronkowski have restructured the tight end’s contract for the coming season, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The reworked deal can bump Gronkowski’s salary for the 2017 season from $5.25 million to $10.75 million, according to Schefter.
Gronkowski was limited by injury to just eight games last season. He had 25 receptions for 540 yards and three touchdowns, all of which were career lows.
The 28-year-old is entering his eighth NFL season since being selected by the Pats in the second round of the 2010 draft. He has played played in at least 15 regular-season games in four of his first seven season, though he’s twice played fewer than 10.