>The most noteworthy development in Week 13 of the NFL
season is not happening at a game with much significance in the standings: When
the New York Giants face the Oakland Raiders Oliver
, Eli Manning’s starting streak with end.The
two-time Super Bowl MVP has been benched by the Giants. He had started 210
consecutive games, a run that began all the way back in 2004.Instead Darren
, the last-place Giants announced they will start New
York Jets castoff Geno Smith at Oakland.The biggest games Sunday involve NFC
South teams, especially when the New Orleans Saints host the Carolina Panthers.
Both enter the day atop the division with 8-3 records.The third-place
, the reigning conference champion Atlanta Falcons,
are 7-4 going into their game against NFC North leader Minnesota. The San Jose
Sharks have declined to issue a qualifying offer to defenseman Dylan
, making him an unrestricted free agent.
The Sharks announced Monday that the team gave qualifying offers to forwards
Tomas Hertl and Chris Tierney. Those two will become restricted free agents in
July, giving San Jose the option to match any offer from another team or get
draft pick compensation.
The 25-year-old DeMelo played 63 games last season on San Jose’s third
defensive pairing. He had no goals and 20 assists.
Hertl was one of San Jose’s top forwards last year with 22 goals and 24
assists. He added six goals and three assists in 10 playoff games and is in line
for a long-term deal.
Tierney had career highs with 17 goals and 23 assists last season.
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