How many teams that didn’t make the playoffs last season, but are in position now, will be there in April? The Lightning, Kings and Jets are locks. The Devils have doubters and not everyone is sold on the Stars or the Islanders, but Vegas’ odds look good.
There will be plenty of fines and possible suspensions from Monday’s game While Shazier was injured on a hit he delivered with his head lowered, Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict was carted off after he was hit with a devastating crackback hit from Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster. The rookie was flagged for the illegal hit and for taunting Burfict, who has a reputation as a dirty player. Smith-Schuster is facing a fine and possible suspension.
Even as wacky and unpredictable as the NFL has been at times throughout the 2017 season, few expected the Dolphins, entering Monday night’s game as 11 1/2-point underdogs, to delay what feels like an inevitable Patriots division championship for the ninth consecutive season.
The Patriots before Monday’s loss had won eight consecutive games and had a chance to clinch the AFC East with a victory. The Dolphins, who held the Patriots to 0 for 11 on third downs, had other ideas. It was the first time New England had been held without a third-down conversion since 1991.
In his 45 regular season appearances, he appeared on back-to-back days just seven times. Still, the stuff and results from 2017 were off the charts.