An argument can be made that Roethlisberger and Bell are more worthy MVP candidates.

Brown obviously wouldn’t be enjoying such prosperity without Roethlisberger delivering him the football. Big Ben has lived up to that nickname in 2017 by ranking second overall in passing yardage (3,744) and fourth in touchdowns (24).

All that said, here’s what’s been rattling around in my head recently: Wiggins’ offensive stats in wins and losses are not very different, which is quite unusual for a high minute player. He scores the same number of points on the same TS percentage in wins and losses. He does rebound and assist at a somewhat higher rate in wins, but the differences are not huge. This is bizarre, and might just be a sample size anomaly. But Zach LaVine had similar splits last season, and it makes me wonder whether the impact of a third option is less than we might expect.

This is the first four seasons of each player’s career, with of course Andrew Wiggins in the midst of his fourth season.

I include this because DeMar DeRozan and Rudy Gay are often cited as comps for Andrew Wiggins. As you can see, it works fairly well. Gay was (and is) bigger, a better defender and rebounder, but perhaps lacks a little of Wiggins’ offensive gifts. DeRozan was quite similar, though an even worse and less frequent three point shooter. He also made an unusual leap in his fifth year in the league.

The Raiders go three-and-out on their first drive and punt. Dallas will take over on its 32.

Turnover, Cowboys. Dallas advances to the Oakland 35 on an 18-yard pass from Dak Prescott to Jason Witten, but three plays later, another Prescott pass intended for Witten is picked off by Oakland cornerback Sean Smith, who returns it to the Raiders’ 30.

He runs the exact same play but from further above the three-point line, taking the same screen, blowing by another two defenders and pulling up for the same mid-range jump shot. Only this time, he pulls up from exactly the foul line, and only this time, it’s nothing but net.

He throws his hands up as if to say, about time.

That’s the type of night it was for Butler, who finished with 30 points on a pedestrian 7-of-17 from the field. When his shot isn’t going down, he finds other ways to make winning plays.

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the Eagles barely survived, were a nightmare on offense and sowed doubt across the league and its followers.

It’s not so much that Nick Foles is going to blow this season and take the No. 1 seed down with him. It’s that he’s failing at being Carson Wentz, which most quarterbacks in the NFL would.

And that the handful of quarterbacks in the NFC who have been on Wentz’s level this season and, more important, previously, are all lying in wait for the Eagles in the playoffs. They have home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs, yet folks are shouting one and done about the Eagles right now more than they do about Kentucky’s basketball recruits.

Not only that, but Georgia will have the advantage of playing this neutral-site game in Atlanta, a city that is one hour from campus and has 90,000 alumni in the metro area. Remember, Saban won his first national championship coaching LSU on a neutral field against Oklahoma in the 2004 Sugar Bowl in New Orleans.

But that’s about where Georgia’s advantages stop. Alabama under Saban has been most vulnerable to dual-threat quarterbacks in an up-tempo spread. Think of Deshaun Watson at Clemson or Johnny Manziel at Texas A&M.

That is not what the Georgia offense is. As good as Bulldogs seniors Nick Chubb and Sony Michel are, does anyone think an offense that ran the ball 69 percent of the time, that is run by a true freshman quarterback (Jake Fromm), can turn back a Saban defense?

On the other hand, Georgia will have a much easier time stopping Alabama, which Clemson held to 261 total yards, than it did stopping Oklahoma, which gained 531 yards Monday in the Rose Bowl. And that’s before factoring in the knowledge that Smart will bring to bear against the Tide.

It will be very weird, Tide defensive back Anthony Averett said. He was my coach my first three years I was here. He’s a great coach. [Georgia defensive coordinator] Coach [Mel] Tucker coached me as well. They know what we’re going to do. We know what they’re going to do, like Clemson. It definitely makes it more fun.

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Panthers playoff seeding scenarios: Carolina can still get No. 2 seed in NFC

This scenario is slightly more likely for Carolina, given Minnesota is such a strong favorite against Chicago. The division-champion Panthers would overtake the losing Rams for the No. 3 seed and bump the Saints down to the No. 5 seed as a wild card.

In this scenario, the Panthers would host either the Seahawks or the Falcons in the wild-card round of the playoffs. Atlanta simply needs to win in order to grab that No. 6 seed. Seattle needs a win and an Atlanta loss in order to take it.

If the Panthers get the No. 4 seed or No. 5 seed for the NFC playoffs, they will play either the Saints or the Rams in the wild-card round. There is no scenario in which Carolina would host Los Angeles, but the Panthers would make the trip to LA if the Saints win and the Rams lose in Week 17. If the Panthers get the No. 4 seed, they’re guaranteed to host the Saints in the wild-card round.

According to SN NFL writer Alex Marvez, assuming it doesn’t get a first-round bye, Carolina should prefer to stay in the No. 5 seed as a wild card and hope for a road game in Los Angeles.

For now, the Dawgs feel only joy and the excitement of unbridled opportunity. But as Kirby Smart knows from Alabama, even the ultimate goal of a national title would bring a new burden of expectations.

After the teams combined for more than 1,000 yards of offense, the Bulldogs won when linebacker Lorenzo Carter blocked a 27-yard field goal to start the second overtime. Georgia tailback Sony Michel ran into the end zone for the winning score two plays later.

Our kids were so resilient, Smart said. They never stopped chopping wood. They kept fighting. They believed.

Georgia’s players and coaches might have been the only ones who thought they had a chance to come back from a 17-point deficit in the second half. The Sooners, with Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield and their high-flying spread offense, dominated the first half. Georgia’s defense didn’t touch Mayfield in the first quarter, and the Sooners piled up 360 yards of offense in the first half, averaging nine yards per play.

Mayfield, who battled flu-like symptoms earlier in the week, was spectacular in the first 30 minutes. He threw for 200 yards with a touchdown and even caught a 2-yard score on a pass from receiver CeeDee Lamb to give OU a 31-14 lead.

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