The Redskins and Detroit Lions are close behind but figure to be on the outside looking in once the regular season ends.

In the second coaching stint of its venerable head coach, Cal Lee, with its quarterback coach, Vinny Passas, Saint Louis just won another state championship, and wound up No. 5 in the MaxPreps.com national rankings. People know about it now, even if in Polynesian culture, as Sapolu said and Tanuvasa echoed, Humility’s a big thing, and Tagovailoa’s post-game humility coaxed just as much pleasure as his exploits.

I don’t know how Coach [Nick] Saban found me all the way in Hawaii from Alabama, Tagovailoa said.

Well, it’s 2018, a year of instant video transmission, the year of the Hawaiian quarterback. So, as a flawless garnish to that year, a radio caller on Thursday to ESPN 900 Maui’s midday show, Let’s Talk Sports With Kanoa Leahey, epitomized the eccentricity of the sports fanatic.

Eli Rogers saw that the play was not dead and ran a quick slant to the end zone. Roethlisberger tried to force the throw in. It was tipped and intercepted by Duron Harmon. The game was over, the Steelers standing in disbelief, the crowd silenced.

Man, it would have been fun for it to have turned out a different way, Roethlisberger said.

The pessimism for Washington starts with its next two opponents: the Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints. The Vikings rank fifth in points allowed per drive (1.48) with the ninth-lowest passer rating allowed (81.2) and the Saints prevent first downs at an above-average rate (69 percent of the time, sixth-best in 2017) with the league’s seventh-lowest passer rating against (79.3).

Detroit’s remaining schedule ranks as the seventh-toughest against the run, per Sharp Football Stats, with games against the Browns (2.9 yards allowed per carry, No. 1 in the NFL this season), Vikings (3.5, third-best) and Bengals (3.8, 11th best) still on the docket.

An orthopedic surgeon I spoke with said the timetable for return varies greatly depending on the severity but thought a four-week return was at least possible. If serious damage was done, Peterson could be lost for the year.
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