Washington entered the weekend with a chance to match the Giants' three wins but wound up falling, though somewhat controversially, on Sunday night. [The] future of head coach Mike Shanahan in Washington might be a difficult call for Redskins owner Daniel Snyder after the season. In his first 15 full seasons as a head coach (not counting the '89 campaign, when he was canned by Al Davis of the Raiders after only four games), Shanahan experienced just one year of ten or more losses. But he's facing a third double-digit defeat season in four seasons with the Redskins, and Snyder has never been known as a patient man. ... Then again, it might be equaling galling to know that, if he dismisses Shanahan, he'll still owe him $7 million and will have to pay off a staff, as well, that is believed to be one of the NFL's highest paid. (National Football Post) Comment
Even far away from the glare of Major League Baseball, Daniel Bard isn't getting any better. After three appearances for Criollos de Caguas in the Puerto Rican League, Bard weighed in with a 189.00 ERA. He had allowed eight runs, seven earned, with nine walks, four wild pitches, and no strikeouts in one-third of an inning. Bard, 28, has lost complete control, even after the Cubs acquired him off waivers from the Red Sox in September. Bard was hoping to reestablish himself with a new team, but efforts to straighten him out by first pitching well in Puerto Rico haven't worked out. "He's working at it," said Cubs president Theo Epstein said. "He's not giving up." Bard has not pitched since that one outing and it appears he may be a candidate to be released. (The Boston Globe) Comment
Montreal's Max Pacioretty didn't much endear himself to the rival Maple Leafs over the weekend, beginning with head coach Randy Carlyle. After scoring the fourth Canadiens goal on Saturday, a short-handed softie when the Leafs defence and goalie Jonathan Bernier were too passive, Pacioretty celebrated in front of the Toronto net, dangling his stick like a sword and then sheathing it. Leafs coach Carlyle branded it a "hot-dog" move, but said it was what the struggling Leafs needed as they scored twice in 22 seconds before the middle period ended. "That stirred our emotions," Carlyle said. "From the standpoint of the sashay, the sword and the spin, those kind of things. That's why we finally got involved and emotionally mad. We were better after that, it's what stirred the pot." (Toronto Sun) Comment
Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe can't come down with the ball as Broncos cornerback Kayvon Webster defends during the fourth quarter of Denver's 35-28 win at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City on Sunday. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/MCT via Getty Images)
Pro Football Now co-hosts Maggie Gray and Amani Toomer, and SI's NFL senior writer Don Banks discuss the Monday night match-up between the NFC's two best teams: the Saints and Seahawks.