Welcome to the Tuesday model of the Select Six E-newsletter. 

There’s only one story that points inside the NFL correct now and that’s the properly being of Bills safety Damar Hamlin. 

What occurred to Hamlin on Monday night was difficult to watch and it’s a reminder that NFL players are risking their properly being with every snap of the ball. We have now seen some crucial accidents by the years, nonetheless none of them have been similar to the one suffered by Hamlin, who actually went into cardiac arrest on the sector after taking a shoulder to the chest. It was an emotional state of affairs that wasn’t simple for anyone to watch and it was certainly one of many scariest moments in NFL historic previous. 

We’ll be masking all of the issues we discover out about Hamlin’s state of affairs in within the current day’s publication, and we’ll have one other soccer stuff — nonetheless that doesn’t really matter correct now. 

1. Latest particulars on Damar Hamlin

Ultimate night’s sport gave us certainly one of many scariest moments in NFL historic previous when Damar Hamlin collapsed on the sector after making a take care of on Tee Higgins all through the primary quarter at Paycor Stadium in Cincinnati. 

Here’s a quick timeline and all of the issues we for the time being know regarding the state of affairs: 

  • Hamlin collapses on the sector. The incident occurred after Tee Higgins caught a cross from Joe Burrow. Hamlin went in for the take care of and took a shot to the chest. Hamlin went down whereas making the take care of, nonetheless then immediately shot once more up like all of the issues was large. Nonetheless, just a few seconds later, he collapsed on the sector. 
  • Hamlin taken to hospital. The Funds safety went down at 8:55 p.m. ET and by 9:25 p.m. ET, he was already in an ambulance on the best way through which to the School of Cincinnati medical coronary heart. By the just about half-hour he was on the sector, Hamlin was given quick medical consideration that included CPR. Hamlin’s famliy was on the game they normally rode with him inside the ambulance to the hospital. 
  • NFL postpones sport. Twenty-three minutes after the hurt occurred (9:18 p.m. ET), the NFL launched that the game may be briefly suspended. By 10 p.m. ET, the league decided that the game may be completely postponed. There have been quite a few research that the NFL initially wished the game to proceed after the players received a five-minute warm-up, nonetheless the league has denied this
  • Funds announce that Hamlin went into cardiac arrest. At 1:48 a.m. ET, we obtained our first official exchange about Hamlin. In a tweet, the Funds revealed that he went into cardiac arrest on the sector. “Damar Hamlin suffered a cardiac arrest following a hit in our sport versus the Bengals. His heartbeat was restored on the sector and he was transferred to the UC Medical Coronary heart for added testing and treatment.” He is for the time being in important scenario on the UC Medical coronary heart.
  • Some Funds players preserve in Cincinnati. The Funds’ bus left Paycor Stadium just before 12:30 a.m. ET.  The crew made the selection to fly once more to Buffalo on Monday night, however it moreover allowed players to stay in Cincinnati to be with Hamlin if that’s what they wished to do. One among many players who visited Hamlin first was Funds intensive receiver Stefon Diggs. Bengals coach Zac Taylor was also seen at the hospital on Monday night. 
  • Hamlin’s family in ‘good spirits.’ As of Tuesday morning, the one exchange on Hamlin that has come out received right here from his promoting marketing consultant, Jordon Rooney, who did an interview with “Good Morning America.” Here’s what Rooney wanted to say, “I will say that he’s stopping, he’s a fighter,” he talked about. “In the intervening time, he’s sedated. The family is in good spirits. We’re honestly merely taking it minute by minute, hour by hour.” The family also released a statement merely sooner than noon on Tuesday asking that everyone maintain Hamlin of their prayers. 

With followers watching the state of affairs unfold whereas sitting helplessly at residence, a number of them wished to help, so that’s what they did. 

  • Followers donate nearly $4 million to Hamlin’s charity. The Funds safety started a charity merely sooner than his rookie yr inside the NFL and that charity had a GoFundMe. As of Monday afternoon, the GoFundMe had raised merely $2,900, nonetheless inside the 14 hours after his hurt, that amount jumped to simply about $4 million. It was fantastic to see followers current this kind of assist for Hamlin and you can read more about it here
  • An entire lot of followers current up at hospital. After the game was postponed, an entire bunch of Funds AND Bengals followers made the selection to go to the hospital to hold vigil

Hamlin’s hurt took a crucial emotional toll on all people, significantly his teammates. Sooner than leaving the sector, many Funds players have been in tears, along with quarterback Josh Allen, who got a hug from Joe Burrow. 

2. Breech’s Week 18 picks


After seeing what occurred to Damar Hamlin, all of the issues else seems so trivial correct now. We’ll switch on with the publication, nonetheless our concepts are with the Funds safety. 

Anyway, listed below are three of my picks for Week 18:   

  • Titans (+7) at Jaguars (8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN/ABC): I don’t have to determine the Titans, nonetheless there’s no crew inside the NFL that’s larger than the Titans at profitable video video games they are not presupposed to win. Of their earlier 15 video video games as an underdog of 5 components or further, the Titans are 11-4 in opposition to the unfold and 8-7 straight up. This seems like a sport the place the Titans may be giving the ball to Derrick Henry 50 events after which crossing their fingers and hoping that he can carry them to win. PICK: Titans 20-17 over Jaguars. 
  • Texans at Colts (-2.5) (1 p.m. ET, CBS): No crew has been larger at shedding this yr than the Texans they normally have every motive to wish to lose this sport since a loss will clinch the No. 1 normal determine inside the 2023 NFL Draft. That being talked about, in all probability essentially the most Texans issue ever may be for them to win a sport they need to lose. For as quickly as, I really feel the Texans will end up doing what’s most interesting for the group, which is shedding this sport. PICK: Colts 23-16 over Texans
  • Lions at Packers (-4.5) (8:20 p.m. ET, NBC): If there’s one time it is best to not at all determine in opposition to Aaron Rodgers, it’s when he’s having fun with a regular-season residence sport in December or January. Over the course of his occupation, Rodgers is 28-4 in that state of affairs and with a playoff berth on the highway, there isn’t any technique I’m deciding on in opposition to him. PICK: Packers 27-24 over Lions

For the rest of my Week 18 picks, click here.

3. Score Sean Payton landing spots

The earlier Saints coach has made it clear that he need to return to the sideline in 2023 so we decided to rank among the finest landing spots for him. Once more in December, it was reported that Payton wanted to coach the Rams, Chargers or Saints, nonetheless these jobs could not come open, so that they didn’t make the scale back proper right here. 

With that in ideas, listed below are the top-five jobs for Payton, in response to Cody Benjamin:   

  • 1. Cardinals. “No crew is further ripe for a whole organizational reset. GM Steve Keim is on indefinite depart, and coach Kliff Kingsbury, though signed for years to return again, has now accomplished 4 straight seasons in a droop.”
  • 2. Cowboys. “Mike McCarthy might sound protected for now, logging on the very least 12 wins in his last two seasons working America’s Group, nonetheless proprietor Jerry Jones has admittedly had wandering eyes all through his tenure, saying sooner than this season Dallas have to be “viable in the playoffs” to win his perception. If the Cowboys happen to go one-and-done inside the postseason for a second straight yr, failing to log their first playoff win since 2018, why wouldn’t Jones rethink a blockbuster pursuit of his earlier pal?”
  • 3. Buccaneers. “This state of affairs depends just about absolutely on Tom Brady re-signing with Tampa Bay all through or ahead of free firm. TB12 feels way more vulnerable to retire or swimsuit up elsewhere, however when the plodding, predictable course of Todd Bowles and Byron Leftwich is discarded, and Brady has the chance to crew up with Payton, as the two reportedly conspired to do early inside the 2022 offseason, then Bucs possession would completely do all of the issues attainable to seal the deal.”
  • 4. Colts. “If anyone’s sure to go the unorthodox route and ship a premium determine for a splashy lease, it’s proprietor Jim Irsay, correct? It helps that Indianapolis is badly in need of a long-term reset beneath coronary heart, giving Payton the potential power to handpick his private signal-caller, and/or seize true personnel administration from holdover frequent supervisor Chris Ballard.”
  • 5. BroncosRussell Wilson might be going tied to Denver for on the very least one different season, which works every for and in opposition to a potential Payton pursuit: on one hand, there could also be no completely different candidate larger licensed to rejuvenate the earlier Seahawks star; on the alternative, Payton may be uninspired by the considered fixing Wilson at this stage inside the QB’s occupation.”

To try the rest of Cody’s rankings, be sure to click here.

4. NFL Week 17 overreactions and actuality checks


Everyone on the net likes to overreact to points, and that’s very true after we’re talking regarding the NFL. With that in ideas, Jeff Kerr decided to strive quite a few points that occurred throughout the NFL in Week 17 to resolve if we’re all overreacting. 

Assertion: The Eagles are going to blow their chance on the No. 1 normal seed inside the NFC. 
Overreaction or actuality: Overreaction. “This crew merely is just not the an identical with out Jalen Hurts, who’s anticipated once more for the must-win sport this week in opposition to the New York Giants. The Eagles will clinch home-field profit inside the NFC playoffs with a win and and the Giants may be resting their starters. Anticipate Hurts and the Eagles to get once more on monitor.”

Assertion: The Dolphins will make the playoffs. 
Overreaction or actuality: Actuality. “How can a crew that’s misplaced 5 in a row nonetheless have a shot on the playoffs? Of all the wild card contenders left inside the AFC, the Dolphins have in all probability essentially the most plausible state of affairs for getting in: They merely must beat the Jets (who’ve moreover misplaced 5 in a row) and have the Patriots lose to the Funds.”

Assertion: Patrick Mahomes has locked up the MVP award. 
Overreaction or actuality:
 Actuality. “Mahomes has had a historic season. The Chiefs QB joined Tom Brady and Drew Brees because the one quarterbacks with quite a few 5,000-plus passing yard seasons in NFL historic previous and have turn out to be the seventh quarterback in NFL historic previous with quite a few seasons of 40-plus passing touchdowns

There are lots further overreactions from Week 17, and if you want to check those out, be sure to click here.  

5. Speedy-fire roundup: Lions-Packers tabbed for Sunday night finale

It has been a busy 24 hours inside the NFL, and since it is nearly unattainable to keep up monitor of all of the issues that occurred, I went ahead and put collectively a roundup for you. 

  • NFL reveals full Week 18 schedule. As points stand correct now, the final word sport of the 2022 season goes to be Lions vs. Packers on Sunday night. In spite of everything, that will change, counting on whether or not or not the NFL decides to reschedule any video video games because of Damar Hamlin state of affairs. As for the rest of the Week 18 schedule, you can check it out here.  
  • Titans determine a QB for Week 18. The Titans have decided that Josh Dobbs goes to be their starting QB for his or her Week 18 showdown in opposition to the Jaguars. With the AFC South title on the highway, the Titans could have turned to Malik Willis, nonetheless they felt further cosy going with a QB who could have been on the roster for decrease than three weeks when this sport kicks off on Saturday.
  • Lamar Jackson might miss one different week. The Ravens QB hasn’t carried out since Dec. 4 and there’s no guarantee he’ll be once more for Baltimore’s regular-season finale in opposition to the Bengals. Ravens coach John Harbaugh said on Monday that he’s not sure if Jackson (knee) will even be succesful to watch this week. 
  • Bryce Youthful declares for 2023 NFL Draft. In data that won’t come as a shock to anyone, the Alabama QB has declared for the 2023 NFL Draft alongside collectively along with his teammate Will Anderson. Every players are expected to be top-five picks with Youthful potential going to Houston if the Texans clinch the No. 1 normal determine. 
  • Jim Harbaugh will make leap to NFL if he’ll get a suggestion. We talked about yesterday that the Broncos have reached out to Jim Harbaugh, which is now way more notable, because of Harbaugh is is seemingly planning to make the leap to the NFL this yr if he’ll get a coaching provide. In accordance to the Athletic, Harbaugh is ready to make the switch once more to the NFL after eight seasons at Michigan. The Broncos, Panthers and Colts jobs are all for the time being open and all of those would potential be on the very least significantly intriguing to Harbaugh (He carried out for the Colts and Panthers all through his occupation, so he’s acquainted with these organizations, and he’d potential view the Broncos job as a risk to revive Russell Wilson’s occupation).  

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