As far as honeymoons, Jeter’s in South Florida has been nothing like his 1996 beginning in the Bronx, when he won a World Series and the Rookie of the Year award. But by dealing Stanton, the reigning NL MVP and home run king — to, of all teams, the Yankees — Jeter is again the center of the baseball world as the winter meetings begin in earnest. Just not in a way he’s used to.
The Saints’ first win (of eight straight, before last week’s loss to the Rams) was against the Panthers in Week 3. That was also the first loss for the Panthers. It took the Panthers longer than it should have to shake the Jets last week, and they had real problems stopping Robby Anderson. That would seem to be a problem against the Saints, but maybe not these Saints, because their offense now keys off Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara. That offense against the Panthers defense will be a show in itself … and that makes none other than Cam Newton the X-factor.
The team that coasted 68 yards in a little over three minutes after the Ravens took their 38-29 fourth-quarter lead, featuring back-to-back connections to Brown for 22 and 11 yards and capped by a classic Bell bounce-outside touchdown run.
And the team that got the ball back and set up the game-winning field goal punctuated by Brown somehow drawing single coverage, Roethlisberger wasting no time, and the two connecting for 34 yards, to put them instantly in range with 62 seconds to go.
It was Roethlisberger’s 44th and last completion (he finished with 66 attempts), and the last of his 506 yards.