One thing that was significant to us is that бн [Elliot’s representatives] offered affidavits and declined to be interviewed by investigators, which raised suspicions, Harvey said. Harvey added that the arguments Elliott’s representatives made seemed to be theoretical and not substantiated by evidence.

Smith-Schuster, a rookie, said he initially didn’t know it was Burfict, who has a well-chronicled history of his own incidents. All I saw was the first Bengal was going to tackle .?.?. and my instinct is I gotta block for my teammate, he said. And me just playing ball, I hit him. After I seen the replay I think I should’ve held back a little bit more from blocking him. Also, I believe that that’s not me. I should’ve never stood over him. I apologize for that and, with that being said, I hope he gets better.

The Tennessee Titans are 8-4 despite a negative point differential, making them much worse than their record reflects. Since 2002, 180 teams have qualified for the postseason, but just 13 have done it with a negative point differential. Of those 13, just one, the 2011 New York Giants, appeared in, and won, a Super Bowl.

It isn’t just their point differential that gives reason to be skeptical of how good the Titans look on paper: advanced metrics such as Football Outsiders’ Defense-adjusted Value Over Average (2oth) and adjusted scoring margin (21st) also give reason to doubt they are as good as their record makes them appear.

Owner Mike Brown could decide that the time has arrived for significant changes.

The Texans have been ravaged by injuries, losing prized rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson and defensive standouts J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus. This is their first nonwinning season under O’Brien after three straight 9-7 campaigns. There probably should be enough goodwill stored up to buy O’Brien at least one more season. But no one should forget that O’Brien looked at Watson and Tom Savage throughout the offseason, training camp and the preseason and decided it would be a good idea to open the regular season with Savage as Houston’s starter.cowboys_009