PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers have chosen outdoors linebacker T.J. Watt because the workforce’s Most Invaluable Participant for a second straight 12 months. Watt is the primary participant to win the award in consecutive seasons since outdoors linebacker James Harrison in 2007 and 2008. Watt’s 15 sacks lead the NFL and are one in need of the franchise document set by Harrison. Watt’s play has additionally thrust him into the NFL Defensive Participant of the Yr dialog. Watt says he’s extra happy with being the workforce MVP as a result of it’s voted on by individuals who see him go to work on daily basis.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Joel Embiid had 21 factors and 9 rebounds in three quarters and the Philadelphia 76ers handed the Orlando Magic their first loss with a 116-92 victory. Off to a 4-Zero begin for the primary time in franchise historical past, the Magic by no means had a lot of a shot at a fifth win due to the stunning outdoors capturing of the 76ers, who even received a 3-pointer from Ben Simmons. Philadelphia, which entered the sport 27th within the NBA in 3-point accuracy, made eight of its first 12 makes an attempt from past the arc and constructed a first-half lead as massive as 37 factors.
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Browns are attempting to shake free from COVID-19 to face the Steelers. It hasn’t been straightforward. Cleveland’s points with the virus intensified as high cornerback Denzel Ward and linebacker Malcolm Smith had been positioned on the COVID-19 reserve listing and the workforce was pressured to shut its facility earlier than canceling apply with the most important recreation in a long time coming quick. Ward must sit out Sunday’s recreation and he may miss a playoff recreation if the Browns make it. In the event that they win Sunday the Browns will make the playoffs for the primary time since 2002 and finish the NFL’s longest present playoff drought.
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Browns can cap their turnaround season with a win over the Steelers. That’s by no means been a given. Cleveland will clinch its first playoff berth since 2002 and finish the NFL’s longest present postseason drought with a win over its dreaded rival on Sunday. The Steelers will sit quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and a number of other different distinguished starters to relaxation up for his or her first playoff recreation. Roethlisberger has owned Cleveland all through his profession however his absence received’t curb his teammates’ motivation to maintain the Browns out of the playoffs. The Browns have spent a lot of the week main as much as the matchup coping with COVID-19 points. They’ll be with out a minimum of 4 regulars.
UNDATED (AP) — Nearly all the things has modified since Washington confronted the Eagles within the season opener. Philadelphia had playoff expectations with Carson Wentz at quarterback and is now eradicated and has rookie Jalen Hurts beginning. Washington had Dwayne Haskins at QB and was taking part in its first recreation underneath coach Ron Rivera, who has since undergone a full therapy for pores and skin most cancers. Haskins is gone, both Alex Smith or Taylor Heinicke will get the nod and Washington can clinch the NFC East by beating the Eagles on Sunday night time. It will be the group’s first playoff berth in 5 years.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers large receiver Chase Claypool says he’s prepared for the playoffs. Claypool’s rookie season started with a torrid begin. He scored 10 touchdowns in Pittsburgh’s first 10 video games, however hasn’t reached the tip zone for 5 straight weeks. Claypool says his dip in manufacturing is an indication of respect as a result of defenses are taking part in him in a different way than they had been earlier within the season. Claypool and the remainder of the AFC North champions end up the common season towards rival Cleveland.