Golden Globes Awards

An annual review of film diversity, released by the University of Southern California, reported that black filmmakers directed 16 of the year’s top 100 films, nearly a three-fold jump from 2017, when six of the top 100 films had black directors. But of the 112 directors of the 100 top-grossing films, just four were women.

“Inclusion in the Director’s Chair,” an annual study by USC’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, examined 1,200 films from seven of the top distribution companies in the movie industry. The researchers, led by Dr. Stacy Smith, found that while the percentage of black directors has risen since they started the study in 2007, female directors have not seen greater opportunity in that same time period.

In 2018, men outnumbered women in the director’s chair by a ratio of 22 to 1, the study reported.

The “banner year” for black directors, was due “almost solely,” the researchers said, to opportunities afforded to black men and not to their female counterparts.

“Black Panther,” the top-grossing film of 2018, was directed by Ryan Coogler, a black man.

Beyond the director’s chair, the study found that more than 70 percent of producer positions on the top 300 films from the last three years were held by white men.

The full report and takeaways can be found on the USC Annenberg website.

Eagles Football

Eagles Football 2019: Game time, how to watch and stream.The Eagles will try to take a step toward defending their Super Bowl championship this afternoon when they take on the Chicago Bears in today’s NFC Wild Card game. The Eagles are the No. 6 seed, and are once again underdogs heading into Soldier Field, but at least one NBC pundit thinks they have a real chance of repeating last year’s miraculous run.

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So what does Dungy think of the Eagles’ chances this afternoon?

“I think they definitely have the right type of team to go into Chicago and win,” Dungy told the Inquirer and Daily News on Friday while preparing for NBC’s Football Night in America pre-game show. “I think with Nick Foles, it will lead Doug Pederson into calling a more balanced game that will be effective against Chicago … Foles certainly isn’t a negative to me in this game, and may even be a positive right now.”

Dungy said the one thing that makes him nervous about the Eagles this season is the team’s banged-up secondary, which doesn’t have a true playoff-caliber NFL starter outside of Malcolm Jenkins.

“They’ve got all the elements you want in a Super Bowl-caliber team. The only thing that worries me is if they beat Chicago, they’ll have two games against really top offensive firepower in New Orleans and Los Angeles, probably,” Dungy said. “But they’ve already done it once in Los Angeles, so it’s not out of the realm of possibility.”

Here’s everything you need to know to watch today’s game:

Eagles (9-7) at Bears (12-4): NFC Wild Card playoff game

When: Sunday, Jan. 6

Where: Soldier Field, Chicago

Time: 4:40 p.m. kickoff

Referee: Tony Corrente

Media coverage

As with every game, staff writers Zach Berman, Jeff McLane, Les Bowen, and Paul Domowitch will be covering all the action live on Twitter. Our Eagles live blog, moderated by Jonathan Tannenwald, will launch around 4:20 p.m. Notes and observations about the game will be at philly.com/eagles and in our Early Birds newsletter.

On NBC, Mike Tirico and Liam McHugh (straight from announcing Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s new show The Titan Games) will co-host Football Night in America at 4 p.m., which features Dungy, Rodney Harrison, Chris Simms, and NFL insider Mike Florio.

NBC Sports Philadelphia will start the day at 2 p.m. with Philly vs. Chicago, with Michael Barkann, Barrett Brooks, and Marc Farzetta pitted against NBC Sports Chicago’s Laurence Holmes, Luke Stuckmeyer and JJ Stankevitz. Eagles Pregame Live kicks off at 2:30 p.m. with Barkann, Brooks, Seth Joyner, and Ray Didinger. Eagles Postgame Live will air immediately after, followed by End Game with Farzetta, Brooks and Joyner.

NBC10 will air Eagles GamePlan at 1 p.m. with John Clark, Ike Reese, and Mike Quick, followed by Eagles Gameday Kickoff at 1:30 p.m., hosted by Danny Pommells. NBC 10 Sunday Night Special, hosted by Clark and Keith Jones, will air at 2 p.m.

FOX 29 will air Fox 29 Gameday Live at 10 a.m., featuring Bill Anderson, Gary Cobb, Kristen Rodgers, and Howard Eskin.

What to know about the Eagles

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson talks with quarterback Nick Foles as players warm up at the start of practice at the NovaCare Complex in South Philadelphia on Friday, Jan. 4, 2018.

• Who is doubting Nick Foles this time around? No one, writes Paul Domowitch.

• If Doug Pederson’s demeanor is any indication, the Eagles are in good shape, writes Mike Sielski.Can the Eagles stop Khalil Mack? Jeff McLane breaks down the film.

What to know about the Bears

 Former Eagles kicker Cody Parkey has missed a lot of field goals this season for the Bears. Marcus Hayes wonders if he’ll be the difference on Sunday. While the Eagles will depend on Darren Sproles, Zach Berman writes that the Bears have their own Sproles-like player in Tarik Cohen.

Bears vs Eagles

Bears vs Eagles odds, pick, how to watch, stream: How will Mitchell Trubisky and Nick Foles perform under pressure?Everything you need to know about the NFC wild card battle.The final game of Wild Card Weekend is a matchup between the defending Super Bowl champions and a team that is looking to emulate them in going from finishing in last place in their division to winning the Super Bowl the following year.

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The Philadelphia Eagles travel to Soldier Field to take on the Chicago Bears on Sunday afternoon, and the Eagles will be looking to recapture their playoff magic while the Bears attempt to begin a similar run of their own.

The Eagles have all the big-game experience in this one, but the matchups do not favor them on either side of the ball. If they’re going to win, it’s going to have to be because Nick Foles recaptures whatever spirit inhabited his body during last year’s miraculous run, and Doug Pederson out-coaches his former colleague Matt Nagy, who would have to struggle against Jim Schwartz’s tough-minded defense.

Whether any or all of that can happen is anybody’s guess. In the meantime, this is what you should be looking out for when the teams actually take the field.

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Eagles defensive schemes vs. Mitchell Trubisky’s decision-making

If the Eagles are going to pull an upset out of their collective hats, it seems like it’s going to have to be the defense that gets it done. Chicago’s defense has held down every opposing offense this year, and it doesn’t seem all that likely the Eagles will be the ones to break that trend. So in order to advance to the next round, Philly is going to have to be just as dominant when Chicago has the ball.

They key here will be rattling Mitchell Trubisky and forcing him to make mistakes. In the games where Chicago’s offense was really humming this season, Trubisky played mistake-free football, continually took the easy throws, and the combination of Matt Nagy’s scheme, the Bears’ strong pass-blocking, and the ability of their playmakers to make hay after the catch carried the team to monster performances. In the games where Chicago struggled, Trubisky forced the issue when he got impatient, trying to fit passes into tight windows or make throws across his body that he was not equipped to make, and he seemingly vomited turnovers. (He ended the year with four multi-interception games. Incredibly, the Bears went 3-1 in those contests. They went 5-1, though, in the six games where Trubisky had a passer rating of 100 or better.)

The best way to rattle Trubisky is to get pressure in his face, and on that front, the Eagles are well-equipped to make things happen. Philadelphia finished only 26th in Adjusted Sack Rate this season, per Football Outsiders, but the Eagles actually excelled at getting hits and hurries. Their pressure rate of 40.1 percent, per Pro Football Focus, was one of the best in the league. Brandon Graham had 70 pressures, second-most among defensive ends. Michael Bennett had 64 pressures, seventh-most among defensive ends.

And Fletcher Cox had a ridiculous 95 pressures, the highest figure among defensive tackles. That trio is among the best group of pass rushers in the league, and they hold the key to getting after Trubisky, who saw his completion percentage, yards per attempt, touchdown rate, and passer rating plummet when under pressure. (His performance did not drop off against the blitz, however, but that’s just fine for the Eagles, who at 17.9 percent had one of the lowest blitz rates in the NFL. That’s a staple of Jim Schwartz’s defenses, as he prefers to pressure with just his front four.)

Trubisky’s 36 scrambles, alluded to in the chart above, gained 320 yards, one of the best figures for any quarterback in the league this season. But although Trubisky has a reputation for taking off as soon as his first read isn’t there, that’s not actually the case. An average of 5.51 seconds elapsed between the snap and the average Trubisky scramble run, per Pro Football Focus. That was the fourth-longest time among qualified quarterbacks. Trubisky tended to run around behind the line of scrimmage for a while looking for a passing lane, which he did not find as often as he thought he could. The reason it seems like he was always running is because when he did decide to run, he was actually able to escape and gain some yards, which is not as common for other quarterbacks.

That tendency to hold onto the ball, though, often came back to bite Trubisky. On throws where he held the ball for 2.5 seconds or more before release, his passer rating fell off by 24.6 points, the fifth-largest gap among 30 qualified passers. He was also far more likely to be intercepted when holding onto the ball, throwing a pick on 3.8 percent of his passes compared to just 2.2 percent when he got rid of the ball in less than 2.5 seconds.

Those quick-hitter passes are more likely to be the ones where Nagy has schemed Trubisky a large window through which to throw, a tendency which helped Trubisky complete 1.4 percent more of his passes than expected based on the average depth of his tosses, per NFL.com’s NextGen Stats. Trubisky completed 68 of 76 passes thrown behind the line of scrimmage, for example, gaining 292 yards, four touchdowns, and a pick on those plays. Those throws accounted for 17.6 percent of his overall total, which is a high number these days.

But Trubisky wasn’t all about dump-offs. He also attacked the deep part of the field more often than almost any quarterback in the league. He attempted 16.8 percent of his passes at least 20 yards downfield, per PFF, the second-highest rate in football behind only Josh Allen. Trubisky was very hit or miss on those throws, though, tossing eight touchdowns and seven picks and generating an 80.7 passer rating that was far worse than his mark on short and intermediate throws.

And it’s there where he should be able to make the most hay against the Eagles, particularly when targeting Tarik Cohen. Philly ranked 24th in DVOA on passes to opposing running backs, and Cohen is one of the best pass-catching backs in the league. He can operate out of the backfield or when split out wide, and he’s a nice release valve for Trubisky when he gets into trouble. If Cohen has a big game, the Eagles are probably not going to come away with a win.

They’re not quite the Monsters of the Midway, but the Chicago Bears have the NFL’s best defense. Chicago finished the season third in yards allowed, first in points allowed, and first in Football Outsiders’ defensive DVOA. They were the only team in the league to finished inside the top five in DVOA against both the run (second) and the pass (first). Their 4.8 yards allowed per play figure was the best in the NFL; they allowed a score on a lower percentage of their opponents drives’ than any team in the league (28.6 percent) and forced a turnover on a greater percentage of their opponents’ drives (19.5 percent) than any team in the league.

Given the strengths of the Chicago defense and the Eagles’ own struggles throughout the season, it seems incredibly unlikely that Philly will be able to lean on the running game in order to score an upset in Chicago. Instead, the responsibility for directing the team to victory will likely fall on the right shoulder — and injured ribs — of quarterback Nick Foles. Foles, of course, is no stranger to winning as an underdog in the playoffs. He did it three times en route to the Eagles’ Super Bowl victory last season, seemingly looking better with each successive game.

This Bears defense is likely the best unit Foles has faced since he tore up the Vikings in last year’s NFC title game. Foles went 26 of 33 for 352 yards and three touchdowns in that contest, beating the Vikes by attacking their greatest strengths. Against a Minnesota defense that ranked second in DVOA against tight ends, Foles attempted 10 passes to his tight ends, completing nine of them for 105 yards. Against a team that allowed a 75.5 passer rating on deep throws during the regular season, Foles completed four of six deep throws for 172 yards, two scores, and a 149.2 passer rating. Foles will have to pull a similar magic act against another NFC North pass defense that has scant few weaknesses.

The Bears finished the regular season ranked first in DVOA against No. 1 receivers (Alshon Jeffery), fifth against No. 2 receivers (Nelson Agholor), fifth against slot receivers (Golden Tate), third against tight ends (Zach Ertz), and 10th against running backs (Darren Sproles). The Bears ranked first against both short passes and deep passes, fourth on passes to the left side of the field and first on passes to the right. Again: no weaknesses.

Chicago’s main coverage players were all fantastic throughout the entire season. Left corner Kyle Fuller allowed a passer rating of just 64.5 on throws in his direction, per Pro Football Focus. Right corner Prince Amukamara allowed a 77.6 rating. Safeties Eddie Jackson (52.8) and Adrian Amos (76.5) were terrific as well. That quarter combined to yield 12 touchdowns while picking off 18 passes. Slot corner Bryce Callahan was terrific throughout the season as well, but he went on Injured Reserve after breaking his foot in Week 16 and has been replaced by Sherrick McManis. McManis has been largely untested throughout the season, but even he allowed a hilariously low 67.6 passer rating when targeted in coverage.

McManis is likely the player Foles will want to target, simply because he’s the most untested and least reliably elite. Testing McManis in the slot, though, likely means funneling targets to Golden Tate, and Tate has not exactly lit the world on fire since landing in Philadelphia. The Eagles can flex Ertz into the slot and hope the Bears cover him with McManis, or better yet, linebacker Danny Trevathan, who was the Bears’ one true weak cover guy, allowing 553 yards, five touchdowns, and a 115.9 passer rating on throws in his direction.

Looking at Foles’ pass distribution since taking over as the starter in Week 15, though, it seems unlikely that the slot matchup will be his favorite. He has primarily preferred to get the ball to Ertz, Jeffery, or one of his running backs.

Making things even more difficult is Chicago’s pass rush. The Bears ranked 13th in Adjusted Sack Rate on the season, but they have two elite pressure guys in Khalil Mack (69 pressures, per PFF) and Akiem Hicks (51), as well as Leonard Floyd, Aaron Lynch, and Eddie Goldman chipping in. Chicago generated pressure on 36.9 percent of opponent drop backs when rushing four, an above-average rate. Foles, like most quarterbacks, performs better when throwing from a clean pocket than when he’s under pressure, so being able to push defenders in his face will be key.

The one thing the Bears shouldn’t do, though, is resort to blitzing Foles. Not that they blitz often anyway. The Bears sent an additional rusher on just 21 percent of opponent passing plays, well below the league average of 27.7 percent. Foles didn’t see very many blitzes this season, but the ones he did see, he absolutely destroyed. His passer rating was 42.2 points better against the blitz than it was when defenses defended him straight up.

Forcing Foles to sit in the pocket, navigate the rush, and pick apart one of the league’s best coverage units is the correct play here. That’s how the Bears generally play things anyway, and they shouldn’t necessarily junk their typical game plan because Foles happened to have an incredible run last year.

Eagles vs Bears

Eagles vs Bears odds, line: 2019 NFL wild-card picks, best playoff predictions from red-hot model on 16-6 run.SportsLine’s advanced computer model simulated Sunday’s Bears vs. Eagles game 10,000 times.

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The Chicago Bears are fresh off their first NFC North championship since 2010 and they’ve been one of the NFL’s best down the stretch, winning nine of their last 10 to finish at 12-4. Their reward: an NFC Wild Card game against the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles. The Bears chose to play their starters the duration of Week 17 to knock out the Vikings and help the Eagles get in. Now, they’ll have to prove that was a wise decision. Chicago is a 6.5-point favorite in the latest Eagles vs. Bears odds, with the total at 41.5. Can Khalil Mack and the Bears’ defense stop an Eagles offense with plenty of playoff experience under backup quarterback Nick Foles? Before making any Eagles vs. Bears picks for the final game of the NFL Wild Card Weekend schedule, check out what SportsLine’s Projection Model just locked in.

The advanced computer model simulates every NFL game 10,000 times, and those who have followed it have seen massive returns. SportsLine’s proprietary computer model went 176-80 last season and beat over 95 percent of CBS Office Pool players in 2016 and ’17. It also performed better than 98 percent of experts tracked by NFLPickWatch.com during that span. Additionally, it went 48-34 on A-rated picks against the spread last season, and $100 bettors who followed it the past two seasons are up nearly $4,000.

The model has continued to nail its top-rated picks in 2018, entering the wild-card round on a blistering 16-6 run. For the season, it is now 30-15 on all top-rated picks, extending its two-year run to a strong 78-49. Anyone who has followed it is way up.

Now the model has dialed in on Eagles vs. Bears (stream live on fuboTV). We can tell you it’s leaning over, but it has also generated a strong point-spread pick that’s hitting 60 percent of the time. You can only see that over at SportsLine.

The model knows that since being embarrassed against the Saints in a 48-7 loss in Week 11, the Eagles have won five of six and found their way since Foles took over for an injured Carson Wentz (back). Philadelphia has averaged nearly 29 points per game since Foles took the reins and the Eagles’ defense has to be feeling extremely confident after shutting out the Redskins and holding their division rivals to just 89 yards of total offense. Remember, the Eagles were once practicing without their top five cornerbacks.

Now, Philadelphia faces a Bears offense that has talent, but has been largely inconsistent. In their last five wins, the Eagles have given up an average of 17.6 points. They’ve gone 3-1-1 against the spread in their last five games overall, including winning outright as nearly two-touchdown underdogs against the Rams. And the Eagles have absolutely owned the Bears recently, winning their last three meetings by a combined score of 114-28.

But just because Philly has shined the past month doesn’t mean it’ll stay within the Bears vs. Eagles spread Sunday.

The model also knows Chicago’s defense has been among the top defensive units in the NFL all season long. In fact, the Bears allowed the fewest points per game (17.7) during the regular season and were a serious problem for opposing offenses, ranking first in interceptions (27) and third in sacks (50). Chicago’s defense is led by linebacker Khalil Mack, who finished the regular season with 12.5 sacks after being brought over via trade from Jon Gruden’s Raiders.

On offense, quarterback Mitchell Trubisky made significant improvements in his first season under head coach Matt Nagy. The second year quarterback completed 66.6 percent of his passes for 3,223 yards and 24 touchdowns this season. And running back Jordan Howard has seen a resurgence over the past month, rushing for 323 yards and four touchdowns in his last four games.

The Bears have made a habit of exceeding oddsmakers’ expectations this season, going 12-4 against the spread and covering three straight headed into Sunday. They’re a blistering 7-1 against the spread at home and 9-3 ATS as favorites. This is the fourth-biggest spread Chicago has been asked to cover this season, with the Bears covering as 10-point and seven-point favorites already.

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Philadelphia Eagles vs Chicago Bears

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Nick Foles and the Eagles offense goes up against a tenacious Chicago Bears defense Sunday at Soldier Field to close out the slate of wild-card contests.

Sunday’s meeting between the Eagles and Bears is the only matchup of Wild Card Weekend that isn’t a rematch from the regular season.

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Although the Eagles didn’t play the Bears in the regular season, they’re more than familiar with Chicago, as Matt Nagy’s side helped them into the playoffs by beating Minnesota in Week 17.

The old adage that says defense wins championships rings true Sunday.

Chicago had the best defense in the NFL during the regular season, and it also forced the most turnovers with 36.

The Bears enforce their presence in the first quarter by silencing the Eagles’ rushing attack, which has been anchored by a few different running backs throughout the season.

Chicago boasts the top rushing defense that concedes 80 yards per game and has only let in five touchdowns.

By making the Eagles one dimensional on offense right away, the Bears have a chance to put more pressure on Foles.

The performances Foles put together at the end of the last two seasons are nothing short of remarkable, but he hasn’t been perfect through the air.

Foles was intercepted in four of his five regular-season starts in 2018, with the only clean passing game coming in Week 2 against Tampa Bay.

In addition to turning the ball over, Foles was sacked at least twice in three of those starts, which makes him susceptible to a hit that causes a fumble.

By creating a turnover in the first half, the Bears open the door for the Mitch Trubisky-led offense to score on a short field and snatch all the momentum.

Trubisky’s ability to spread the ball around through the air plus the effectiveness of running back Tarik Cohen in the passing game will hurt the Eagles right away.

Los Angeles Chargers vs Baltimore Ravens

Los Angeles Chargers vs Baltimore Ravens: Watch NFL Playoffs Online, Live Stream, TV Channel, Start Time.The NFL Playoffs continue Sunday with two massive matchups in the Wildcard Round, and the early games features an intriguing AFC game between the Los Angeles Chargers and the Baltimore Ravens at the M&T Bank Stadium.

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Date: Sunday, Jan. 6th

Time: 1:05 PM ET

Venue: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

TV Channel: CBS

Streaming: fuboTV (watch for free)

The Chargers are the favorites coming into this one, despite having to play on the road. Behind a phenomenal, MVP-worthy season from quarterback Philip Rivers, Los Angeles outperformed pre-season expectations and went toe-to-toe with their division rivals, the Kansas City Chiefs. Both teams finished with the same record, but the Chargers missed out on the AFC West title on tiebreakers and not only have to play in the Wildcard Round, but also travel. They won seven of their eight road games this season, however, so Rivers and Co. are more than comfortable in hostile environments.

A hostile environment is exactly what the Ravens need, and their home field advantage has always been a big boost for the team. The season started poorly and there were no playoff hopes early on, but a key decision from head coach John Harbaugh changed everything: Joe Flacco lost his long-time role as starting quarterback, with rookie Lamar Jackson taking his place. Jackson went 6-1 as a starter, and his ability to run with the football is a big reason why Baltimore is in the playoffs.

This might be the best game in this Wildcard Round, and the Chargers’ modern offense going up against the Ravens’ old-school approach should give us a fascinating 60 minutes of football.

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Ravens vs Chargers

Ravens vs Chargers live stream: Watch NFL Wild Card playoff game online.The New England Patriots will keep a close eye on Sunday’s AFC wild card game between the Baltimore Ravens and Los Angeles Chargers because the winner of this matchup plays the Pats at Gillette Stadium in the Divisional Round next Sunday.

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These teams met in Los Angeles in Week 16 when the Ravens beat the Chargers 22-10 en route to an AFC North title. Sunday’s playoff game is in Baltimore, and it’ll be the first career playoff start for Ravens rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson.

When: Sunday, Jan. 6 at 1:05 p.m. ET
TV Channel: CBS
Live Stream: CBS All-Access

The No. 6 seed Indianapolis Colts upset the No. 3 seed Houston Texans on Saturday, which means Indy will travel to Kansas City to play the No. 1 seed Chiefs in the Divisional Round.

The Patriots have a long playoff history with the Ravens. They have met four times in the Tom Brady/Bill Belichick era and each team has two wins, including a victory apiece in AFC Championship Game matchups. New England has played Los Angeles in the postseason twice since 2000 — 2006 Divisional Round and 2007 AFC title game — and won both times.

The Patriots didn’t play the Chargers or the Ravens during the regular season.

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Chargers Football

Chargers Football safety Derwin James named the Pro Football Focus Defensive Rookie of the Year.Los Angeles Chargers safety Derwin James has earned Defensive Rookie of the Year honors from Pro Football Focus after an impressive first season in the NFL.

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The Chargers compiled one of the league’s best records this season in finishing 12-4 overall, but unfortunately, they still have to hit the road this weekend to take on the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium.

And while Philip Rivers and company were hard to handle on offense, the Chargers’ defense stepped in numerous key situations to lead the team to victory.

James was undoubtedly a key factor in their success on the defensive side of the ball, and that helped him pick up Pro Football Focus’ award for the best defensive rookie in the league this season.

James with 105 combined tackles and three interceptions, with the former Florida State star showcasing his potential by making a ton of big plays.

The Chargers will need him to continue to deliver when they face the Ravens on Sunday, as Lamar Jackson will present some challenges for the Los Angeles defense due to his ability to make plays in both the passing and rushing attack.

Of course, it was Baltimore that won the previous meeting between the two teams this season, which took place just a few weeks ago in Los Angeles.

Anthony Lynn will hope to see his team gain its revenge this time around, with the stakes certainly a lot higher.

And if James and the rest of the Chargers’ defense can keep Jackson in check, it will go a long way towards securing a win.

Ravens Football

Ravens Football 2019 about John Harbaugh?The question in the title of this item presumes that the call from the Dolphins to the Ravens hasn’t already been made. There’s a good chance it has, through back channels and intermediaries.

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And the question that would be posed to the Ravens is a simple one: What will it take to get John Harbaugh a year before he can walk away without any compensation?

Per a league source, it’s believed that the Dolphins will formally make the call to the Ravens regarding that question, if the Dolphins know in advance that the Ravens won’t ask for too much.

How much is too much? Some think the Ravens would want two first-round picks. Others think the Ravens would be more reasonable than that.

The changes to the Miami front office, with V.P. of football operations Mike Tannenbaum reassigned and Chris Grier made the G.M. and given the keys to the football operation, are being interpreted by some as a move aimed at creating a structure that will attract Harbaugh. Yes, giving him full control over the team would have been even more attractive, but he’s never had that in Baltimore and isn’t going to get it. But Grier has a team-first, no-ego approach that could make him a good partner for a guy like Harbaugh.

So it ultimately comes down to how much the Ravens will offer Harbaugh, how much the Dolphins would offer Harbaugh, and how much the Ravens would want for a guy who can coach out his contract and go anywhere he wants after one more season.

One very real factor in all of this becomes whether and to what extent the Ravens survive and advance in the postseason. With each passing week, it will become harder for the Ravens to let Harbaugh leave, and harder for the Dolphins to keep waiting.

For now, though, it’s a very real possibility.

Chargers vs Ravens

Chargers vs Ravens live stream, live score updates, NFL playoffs 2019.The Baltimore Ravens host the Los Angeles Chargers in an AFC wild-card NFL playoffs 2019 game on Sunday.

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Kickoff is set for 12:05 p.m. Central, 1:05 p.m., with the game to be broadcast live via CBS. The Ravens are a 2.5-point favorite, according to Vegas Insider.

Baltimore went 10-6 this season, winning the AFC North. Los Angeles went 12-4, finishing tied for first in the AFC West.

Preview

Most rookies hit the figurative wall late in the season as the rigors of a full first year in the NFL catch up quickly. Derwin James, though, still feels like he did at midseason.

James will need to be at his best as the Los Angeles Chargers meet the Baltimore Ravens in an AFC wild-card playoff game. Sunday’s matchup comes two weeks after the Ravens posted a 22-10 victory.

“I don’t feel like it affects me because in high school and college I was active the whole year doing different sports, so I feel like my body is acclimated to it,” James said. “There have been some games where I have felt sore, but off the field I got the right treatment.”

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James, who was the 17th overall pick in last April’s NFL draft, has made an immediate impact across the league. He led the team in tackles (105), becoming the first rookie in franchise history to have 100 or more stops. He also joined the Rams’ Corey Littleton as the only players in the league with 100-plus tackles, three or more sacks (3.5) and three or more interceptions.

According to Pro Football Focus, James graded out as the fifth-best safety during the regular season, including second in pass coverage. What James has done to date has even surprised defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, who had his share of talented young defensive backs when he was at Seattle.

“What he’s brought to the table for us just as a skillset and the flexibility it offers us, I mean, I can’t say enough about it,” Bradley said. “People talked about his energy, his fear and his love for the game, but I’d be lying if I said I thought it was to this level.”

Bradley has deployed James in a variety of roles depending on the opponent. There have been some weeks where he has played mostly in the box to support the run defense and others where his coverage skills have been used to play the middle third of the field. One consistent thing week in and week out has been James being used as an extra pass rusher.

“I knew what type of player I was. I knew what I wanted to do when I came here,” James said. “I feel like I’ve done those things here.”

James’ run-stopping and pass-rushing skills will be needed against the Ravens, who come into the game ranked second in the league in rushing. Since Lamar Jackson became the starting quarterback, Baltimore is averaging 229.6 yards on the ground over the final seven games.

James is the 13th-best safety against the run, according to Pro Football Focus, and eighth in pass rushing.

“When he blitzes, he gets to the quarterback,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “He also can disrupt the run game. He’s a dominant player.”

With both teams likely not changing their strategy from two weeks ago, James likes the fact the Ravens are focused on the run.

“That should put a chip on your shoulder there alone,” he said. “They’re going to run it right at us. We know that. We gotta stop ’em.”

This will be the fourth time that James has faced Jackson. The first two times were in college when James was at Florida State and Jackson was at Louisville. James said the biggest difference now is the players around Jackson.

“I feel like he has better blockers around him, which allows him to be more patient in the pocket and find receivers. He’s doing good,” James said. “This is Round Two, though, this year. This is the one the really counts.”