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Somebody some day might write a Folk song about all this, along the lines of, “I don’t know why she swallowed a fly …”
New England was widely expected this weekend to re-sign placekicker Nick Folk, not even 10 days after he underwent an emergency appendectomy.
Folk reportedly worked out for the Pats on Friday.
The 35-year-old veteran of 12 NFL seasons and four teams replaces Kai Forbath, whom the team scrambled to sign late last week for New England’s Sunday game a Houston, after cutting the hospitalized Folk.
Folk in Week 9 had replaced the 37-year-old Mike Nugent, who in Week 5 had replaced long-time Pats kicker Stephen Gostkowski after the latter went on injured reserve.
Folk is expected to kick Sunday afternoon against the visiting Kansas City Chiefs.
Gostkowski in 2005 replaced Adam Vinatieri, who ever since has kicked for the Indianapolis Colts.
But Vinatieri on Sunday will miss his first game since 2009 with a knee injury. Rookie Chase McLaughlin, whom the Colts claimed this week off waivers, will fill in for Vinatieri against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
IT’S OFFICIAL: ELI TO START
The New York Giants made it official on Saturday, listing rookie quarterback Daniel Jones out for Monday night’s road game against Philadelphia.
That means 16th-year veteran Eli Manning will indeed start against the Eagles — after 11 weeks on the bench. Jones has a high ankle sprain.
Green Bay’s starting right guard Billy Turner is now questionable against Washington, with an illness … Cleveland activated TE David Njoku from IR. CB Robert Jackson (ankle) went on IR. Njoku suffered a wrist injury in Week 2 … Cincinnati signed safety Trayvon Henderson off its practice squad, and placed rookie TE Drew Sample on injured reserve … Atlanta signed veteran Ryan Allen, after placing punter Matt Bosher on IR with a groin injury. The Falcons also activated rookie guard Chris Lindstrom off IR … Miami said three players would not travel with the team to New York to play the Jets on Sunday: backup WR Trevor Davis, backup DE Zach Sieler and newly promoted backup cornerback Linden Stephens.
FIVE BIG QUESTIONS
- Can ‘Mahomes vs. Brady III’ be as good? If you recall, before their epic AFC championship-game duel they also blew us away in a regular-season tilt. Both QBs, statistically, are off this year.
- Will the Niners knock off the Saints? If not, San Francisco will have lost three of its last six games, with two nail-biting wins over the three-win Cardinals mixed in.
- Can the Bills upset the Ravens? Sure they can. But it’d be tough. Josh Allen is playing the best ball of his two-year career. And Buffalo’s defence was stout against the Cowboys’ run. Tame weather is forecast.
- Will the Seahawks effectively eliminate the Rams? Dropping to 7-6 would all but doom L.A. in the strong NFC, unless the Vikings unravel. A loss for sure would eliminate the Rams from an NFC West three-peat.
- Can Gase save face against Miami? If Adam Gase, the Jets head coach, gets swept by his former, lowly team — the Dolphins — he might not end the year with his job.
THE BIG NUMBER
Number of combined rushing yards by Baltimore’s Lamar-the-star Jackson and Buffalo’s Josh Allen — the most for any facing starting quarterbacks in NFL history.
The Buffalo Bills could become the first AFC team this year to clinch a playoff berth. Well, along with the Kansas City Chiefs. Here’s how. The Bills need to knock off the Ravens, then hope New England loses to K.C., Oakland loses to Tennessee, Houston loses to Denver and Indianapolis loses or ties at Tampa Bay. In that scenario the Bills would secure at least a wild-card berth, while the Chiefs would clinch the AFC West title.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“Me not being an idiot.”
— Sean McVay, Rams head coach, when asked why Todd Gurley has been featured more lately in the Los Angeles attack.
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