Thursday night AFC shakeup?
We didn't see that coming. Sure, the San Diego Chargers have posted some impressive victories this season -- at Kansas City, anyone? -- but their 27-20 win in Denver on Thursday came as a surprise. It also might have shaken up a somewhat clear regular-season picture in the AFC. Suddenly, San Diego is back in decent playoff position. Denver, off an uncharacteristically slow offensive performance, might need a pair of road wins to clinch a division that seemed theirs. How will the last two-plus weeks play out?
The fantasy football playoff semifinals began Thursday in many of ESPN's leagues. Needless to say, the Denver Broncos' offensive prowess has helped numerous teams reach this level. But which Denver players are among the 10 individuals found on the most semifinal-qualifying rosters? Which other players round out the list? See if you can guess -- and remember, this list features the 10 most popular individuals -- no defenses -- on top-four teams.
Josh McCown has been so much better than expected as Jay Cutler's stand-in during Cutler's four-game absence. On the season, McCown has thrown 13 touchdowns and one interception with a Total QBR of 85.7. With Cutler healthy, however, the Bears have decided they're going to go with the big name, announcing that Cutler will start Sunday's game against the Browns. Cutler played reasonably well prior to his injury, although he has thrown seven more interceptions than McCown has in 2013. This isn't exactly a Brady-or-Bledsoe situation -- McCown is a 34-year-old career backup who may have simply hit on a hot streak -- but if the Bears suddenly start losing, coach Marc Trestman will have some uncomfortable questions to answer.
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Rangers draft Russell Wilson
On Thursday, the Texas Rangers selected Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 draft. Wilson is a former second baseman in the Colorado Rockies system, but may be reluctant to pick up a second sport given the level of success he's achieved as an NFL signal-caller. Should Wilson attempt to play baseball?