Four takeaways: Urban may be gone, but team still going nowhere fast
The Jaguars began the post-Urban Meyer era with a 30-16 loss to the Houston Texans. It’s the second time this year the Jaguars have lost to Houston and the eighth straight loss in the series. The Jaguars are now 2-12 on the season with three games remaining.
Remember these names? They’re heading to the Super Bowl in Tampa Bay
While they’re no longer playing football in Jacksonville, six players with area ties are headed to the Super Bowl on Feb. 7 in Tampa Bay. A look at those players on the rosters of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs who have ties to the area. Position, PlayerRB Leonard FournetteTeam: Tampa BayAge: 26Years in league: FourArea tie: Former Jaguars playerStats this season: Had 97 carries, 367 yards, 6 TDs in regular season; 48 carries, 211 yards, 2 TDs in playoffs. WR Jaydon MickensTeam: Tampa BayAge: 26Years in league: ThreeArea tie: Former Jaguars playerStats this season: Has seven catches for 58 yards. AdOT Josh WellsTeam: Tampa BayAge: 29Years in league: SevenArea tie: Former Jaguars playerStats this season: Played in 15 games with one start.
Brady, talented Buccaneers playmakers developing chemistry
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13) celebrates his touchdown against the New Orleans Saints during the first half of an NFL divisional round playoff football game, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, in New Orleans. Don't forget Antonio Brown, who joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at midseason and has contributed to the team’s run to Sunday’s NFC championship game at Green Bay. Then there’s Scotty Miller and Tyler Johnson, a couple of late-round draft picks roughly half the age of the 43-year-old quarterback. The more that I’ve been around Mike, Chris, Antonio, Scooter (Miller), Tyler, Mick (Jaydon Mickens) — the better it gets,” Brady said. Tyler makes a great catch,” Arians added.
Steelers' Roethlisberger active after virus-related absence
The unbeaten Pittsburgh Steelers wound up relatively healthy for their game against the AFC North rival Cincinnati Bengals following a brush with the novel coronavirus. Defensive tackle Tyson Alualu is also back after missing a game with a knee injury. Cincinnati is without running back Joe Mixon, whose lingering foot injury is forcing him to miss a third game in a row. Receiver Cooper Kupp, left tackle Andrew Whitworth and running back Darrell Henderson all were active after missing practices with injuries. Raiders: T Kolton Miller (ankle), DT Maurice Hurst (ankle), QB Marcus Mariota, RB Theo Riddick, G John Simpson, DT Daniel Ross.