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Ideal Dwayne Haskins landing spot, NFL playoff projections and Week 17 picks, plus 9 sleeper coach candidates


#This is a huge week for #John #Breech. #Andy #Dalton, his beloved red-headed hero, has a shot at returning to the playoffs and logging that elusive first postseason victory. #You’ll have to excuse #John, then, for taking some extra time off this morning to prepare his nerves for #Sunday’s action. #Don’t worry, though. #In the hands of #Wednesday fill-in #Cody #Benjamin, you’ll still get all the NFL news you need.

#This is the #Pick #Six #Newsletter. #And I am your guide. #Now let’s get to it. (#And please, do yourself a favor and make sure you’re signed up to receive this newsletter every day! #You don’t want to miss our daily offerings of everything you need to know around the NFL.)

#We’ve got #Week 17 picks, playoff projections, head coaching buzz and a whole lot more:

  1. #Today’s show: #Saints, #Seahawks could be ideal spots for #Dwayne #Haskins

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#One year after #Washington drafted him 15th overall, #Dwayne #Haskins is on the street. #Not a single team attempted to claim the quarterback on waivers this week, so it’s anyone’s guess as to what the future holds for the ex-Ohio #State standout. #On #Wednesday’s #Pick #Six NFL #Podcast (listen and subscribe right here!), #Brady #Quinn and #Will #Brinson projected the best landing spots for the QB.

“#He would be great in that (#Saints) system with #Sean #Payton,” #Quinn said, so long as #Jameis #Winston doesn’t remain the #No. 2. #Another established home that could make sense: The #Seattle #Seahawks. #Quinn believes #Haskins and current #Seattle backup #Geno #Smith are physically comparable, while the former would offer a cheaper developmental option. “#It’d be interesting to see how he’d compete or work within that system for #Brian #Schottenheimer,” he said.

#Quinn also sees the #New #England #Patriots as a potential suitor, especially considering the likelihood they’ll move on from #Cam #Newton. “#Anywhere there’s an established starter” could be in play, he explained. The guys also discussed the #Dolphins’ QB dilemma and the real MVP.

2. #Prisco’s #Picks: #Packers eliminate #Bears, #Cowboys win the NFC #East

#It’s #Week 17, which means there’s only one more regular-season round of #Pete #Prisco’s game-day predictions. #How sad, not only for #Pete, who’s still trying to amend a midseason slump, but for all of us, who relish in his boldest proclamations. #At least he’s got some extra spicy picks for this week’s action, including #Green #Bay eliminating #Chicago and the #Cowboys somehow winning the NFC #East:

#Packers (-5.5) at #Bears

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The #Bears might need this to get into the playoffs (they can still get in if the #Cardinals lose), while the #Packers need it to lock up the top seed. #Green #Bay is rolling right now, which will make it a major challenge for the #Bears defense. #Aaron #Rodgers will lock up the MVP with a big-time performance in this one.

#Pick: #Packers 30, #Bears 21

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#Cowboys (-3) at #Giants

The winner of this game will need #Washington to lose later in the day to win the NFC #East. The #Giants have been struggling in a big way the past few weeks, while #Dallas has come alive on offense with #Andy #Dalton. I think it stays that way as #Dalton and the #Cowboys win it.

#Pick: #Cowboys 30, #Giants 20

3. #Insider notes: CFL coach among nine dark-horse candidates for NFL jobs

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#Anyone can identify the hottest offensive coordinators or defensive geniuses as likely head coaching candidates. #But CBS #Sports NFL insider #Jason #La #Canfora has done some deeper digging to list some of the more anonymous possible hires ahead of 2021’s coaching-change season. The top candidate on his roundup: #Orlondo #Steinauer, a “mastermind” who’s made his mark in #Canada.

#Some I know very well with deep CFL ties, whose acumen I trust beyond reproach, tell me this is an impact NFL coach in the making. #Steinauer, 47, is a master tactician as a defensive coordinator who has a unique ability to bond and connect with players. #Has been coaching in CFL since 2010, became a head coach in 2019 and recently signed a contract extension … but NFL teams should investigate. “#Everyone who has ever worked with him absolutely raves about him,” said one longtime CFL exec. “#He should be in the NFL already.”

4. QB #Power #Rankings: #Rodgers overtakes #Mahomes as #No. 1

The wait is over. #Our final edition of regular-season QB #Power #Rankings is here. #And what better way to close the year than with a last-minute change atop the entire leaderboard? #That’s right, folks. #Aaron #Rodgers isn’t just the presumptive 2020 MVP; he’s also the QB we’d take over literally any other right now, including the reigning MVP himself. #Here’s a look at the latest top 10:

  1. #Aaron #Rodgers (+1)
  2. #Patrick #Mahomes (-1)
  3. #Josh #Allen
  4. #Russell #Wilson
  5. #Deshaun #Watson
  6. #Lamar #Jackson (+3)
  7. #Kyler #Murray (+1)
  8. #Ryan #Tannehill (-1)
  9. #Tom #Brady (+1)
  10. #Justin #Herbert (+1)

5. #Playoff projections: #Dolphins stay home, #Rams make it over #Cardinals

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#Do you hear that? #It’s the sound of the NFL playoffs. I think I can smell them, too. They’re so darn close. #But we’ve still got several spots up for grabs ahead of #Week 17, which is why our trusty #John #Breech collected all the latest projections from #Stephen #Oh and the number-crunching #SportsLine team. #Who’s in? #Who’s out? #Here’s a look at the entire projected playoff field, taking into account #Week 17 simulations from #Oh’s super-computers. #Notable notes: The #Dolphins are on the outside looking in, and the #Bears are set up for an improbable entry thanks to a projected #Cardinals loss to the #Rams.

AFC:

  1. #Chiefs
  2. #Bills
  3. #Steelers
  4. #Titans
  5. #Ravens
  6. #Browns
  7. #Colts

NFC:

  1. #Packers
  2. #Saints
  3. #Seahawks
  4. #Washington
  5. #Buccaneers
  6. #Rams
  7. #Bears

6. #Teaser pick rankings: #Trust #Chiefs backups to take care of business

#Feeling good heading into the new year? Then feel free to try out your luck with some teaser bets in #Week 17. #Betting expert R.J. #White has dropped his latest teaser pick rankings, and he’s all over the AFC-leading #Chiefs this week:

#Chiefs (+9.5) at #Chargers

#Yes, I’m aware that #Patrick #Mahomes and several other key players are going to rest with #Kansas #City having nothing to play for. #But to that I say, so what? #This is still a coaching matchup of #Andy #Reid vs. #Anthony #Lynn, and if the #Chargers haven’t managed a double-digit win against anyone other than the #Jaguars this year, what makes you think they’ll get it done against #Chiefs backups?





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