Jameis Winston’s performance offers glimmer of hope

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are one of the most disappointing teams in the NFL this season. A team that was the darling of the summer, thanks to their appearance on HBO’s Hard Knocks and a bevy of young talent, fell to 4-10 after losing 24-21 to the division-rival Atlanta Falcons on Monday night. As the Falcons head toward a potential playoff berth, the Buccaneers gaze into the mirror with introspection, waiting for the merciful conclusion of a letdown season.

That being said, even if Belichick had known he was getting the fourth overall pick, there’s a good chance that he wouldn’t have traded with the Browns anyway. If you believe the version of events in ESPN.com’s story from Friday, once Belichick was forced to trade Garoppolo, he basically viewed Kyle Shanahan and the 49ers as the only option.

Echoed second-year guard Jaylen Brown: “It’s hard to pinpoint a common thread [in the losses]. We just have to play better. We haven’t been playing to our level.”

Joel Embiid had 29 points and nine rebounds and the 76ers pulled away from the undermanned Milwaukee Bucks 116-94 on Saturday night for their seventh win in eight games.

Simmons added 16 points and nine assists, and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot scored 16 points in a rare start as the Sixers (22-20) moved past Milwaukee (23-22).

For a franchise that had won 75 games the previous four seasons combined, Philadelphia is eagerly eyeing its first postseason berth since 2012.

“We’ve been able to find our identity,” Embiid said.

The rankings that you see below reflect O’Hara’s pecking order for Championship Sunday and Championship Sunday alone. This is NOT a running O-line Power Rankings for the season. This is NOT a projection into the future. The goal of this weekly column is to answer one simple question: Which five offensive lines stood out above the rest in last week’s action?

The championship games have been settled and the Super Bowl matchup has been set, which can mean only one thing: The Philadelphia Eagles are underdogs again!patriots_009_aaab70a52054958a-180x180

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