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Redskins at Vikings final score, takeaways: Dwayne Haskins replaces Keenum, Minnesota’s defense takes over

It might finally be time to bet on Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings

It wasn’t pretty. It certainly wasn’t dominant. They settled for far too many field goals when touchdowns would’ve turned a close game into an easy win. But the end result on Thursday night was a Vikings win over a hapless Washington Redskins team that pushed Minnesota’s record to 6-2, extended their unbeaten run to four games, and further diminished the memory of that disastrous loss to the Bears four weeks ago that preceded their winning streak. 

On Thursday night, the Vikings rode Dalvin Cook and Stefon Diggs to a 19-9 win over the Redskins. Cook racked up 171 yards from scrimmage. Diggs caught all seven of his targets for 143 yards. And in a revenge game against the team that for so many years refused to commit to him as their franchise quarterback, Kirk Cousins continued his run with a 23 of 26 for 285 yards and a 112.3 passer rating performance. Even though the Vikings only managed to score 19 points, it’s worth noting they didn’t punt once. They had their issues in the red zone, but they mostly controlled this game against an already bad Redskins team that lost its starting quarterback, Case Keenum, after halftime to a concussion. The Vikings’ defense never really felt threatened by Dwayne Haskins, limiting the Redskins to three points in the second half. 

Dwayne Haskins had a chance to lead the Redskins on an epic comeback upset victory over the Vikings, but he struggled again, and now Washington has an interesting quarterback situation brewing? Ryan Wilson, John Breech and Sean Wagner-McGough joined Will Brinson to break everything down from Thursday Night Football and more. Listen in the player below, and be sure to subscribe here for daily NFL goodness.

Why the Vikings won

Coming into this matchup, all anyone could talk about was the Vikings offense. Cook had a 142-yard, two-touchdown performance last week and Cousins had passed for at least 300 yards and a combined 10 touchdowns over the past three weeks. It was the Vikings defense, however, that came up big on Thursday night. They gave up just 216 yards of total offense and forced two turnovers, but more importantly, they were stifling in the red zone. Both times the Redskins got within 20 yards of the end zone after impressive drives, Minnesota’s defense stood tall, and forced two field goals. If the Redskins were able to score touchdowns on those drives, this game would have been a lot more interesting. 

Why the Redskins lost

On the flip side, the Redskins’ offense was just not good enough. After failing to score a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 7, they failed again on Thursday night. Keenum was able to lead a couple of productive drives, but those series eventually stalled, and Dustin Hopkins was forced to come on to kick field goals. Specifically, Haskins let the offense down in the second half. He completed just 3 of 5 passes for 33 yards and also threw an interception. Rookie wide receiver Terry McLaurin had his way with the Vikings defense in the first half, and recorded four receptions for 39 yards. He failed to make a catch in the final two quarters after the Vikings made halftime adjustments to take him away. Washington’s defense did its best — 19 points were the fewest amount of points Minnesota had scored in the last four weeks — but the offense just couldn’t move the ball and couldn’t stay on the field. 

Turning Point

After Haskins went three and out on his first drive in the second half, he led the Redskins on a six-play, 50-yard drive which ended in a field goal. The Redskins defense then came up big and stopped a Cousins sneak on fourth down on the ensuing drive. Washington finally had some momentum, but it needed its rookie quarterback to come up big. Unfortunately, that did not happen. 


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Vikings Best Redskins in Sloppy Thursday Night Showdown

Vikings Best Redskins in Sloppy Thursday Night Showdown

Vikings Best Redskins in Sloppy Thursday Night Showdown

The Vikings coasted to their fourth straight win as Kirk Cousins turned in a tidy 23-of-26 outing with 285 yards while the Redskins came up empty yet again on offense.

A good football team beat a bad football team on Thursday night in Minnesota.

A little simplistic, says you? Too reductionist for 40 minutes of NFL football, perhaps? Well, the Minnesota Vikings beat the Washington Redskins 19–9 in a relatively uneventful Week 8 matchup that went mostly according to script, save for Minnesota’s pedestrian offensive output.

The game had the potential to be something more; a triple-barrel revenge-fest of the highest degree, with Case Keenum returning to the stadium where he delivered playoff magic two seasons ago on the team formerly quarterbacked by the man the Vikings opened the checkbook for in Kirk Cousins. And of course, the ageless Adrian Peterson returned to Minnesota for the second time after a forgetful appearance as a Saint in 2017, looking to bowl over the team with which he spent the first decade of his Hall of Fame career.

But alas, it’s Thursday Night Football, and neither team looked prepared. A choppy affair ensued, one marked by long drives ending in disjointed red zone failure for both teams, chunk plays called back because of penalties and a busy night for both field goal kickers. But in the end, the Vikings coasted to victory because, quite simply, they’re better.

On a night when Peterson moved into sixth place on the all-time rushing yards list, his counterpart Dalvin Cook ran roughshod over the Redskins’ defense, logging 98 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries as well as 73 yards on five receptions, all the while increasing his lead on the rest of the NFL in yards from scrimmage. He did much of his damage thanks to excellent blocking by the Vikings offensive line, with the men in purple mustering a consistent-enough push to keep running lanes open for the speedy, shifty Cook. Those two qualities were on full display when Minnesota dialed up screen plays, with excellent downfield blocking allowing Cook to start dancing and gash the Washington D for chunk plays on multiple occasions.


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TobyMac’s son Truett McKeehan dies: Medics responded to cardiac arrest call at Nashville home

TobyMac's son Truett McKeehan dies: Medics responded to cardiac arrest call at Nashville home
Truett McKeehan is on the far left in this 2015 picture with his siblings and his parents after participating in The Escape Game. From left to right, Truett, his mother, Amanda, his siblings Leo and Judah, his father, Christian rapper TobyMac, and siblings Marlee and Moses. (Photo: Photo: Submitted)

Truett Foster McKeehan was found unresponsive at a home off Nolensville Pike in Nashville. The son of Christian rapper TobyMac was 21 years old. Nashville Tennessean

Christian rapper TobyMac’s oldest child Truett Foster McKeehan died in Nashville this week.

Here’s what we know about his death:

Truett McKeehan died in Nashville 

McKeehan, a 21-year-old aspiring rapper, was found dead late Wednesday morning at a home in the 3000 block of Harlin Drive, according to information Metro Nashville police and the Nashville Fire Department.

The home is located in the city’s Radnor neighborhood about seven miles south of downtown Nashville.

According to the Nashville Emergency Communications Center, the Nashville Fire Department responded to the home at 10:50 a.m. for a report of a person in cardiac arrest.

Nashville Fire Department spokesman confirmed McKeehan was pronounced dead on arrival.

“Truett did pass away at home in the Nashville area sometime Tuesday night or Wednesday morning,”TobyMac’s rep said in a statement issued Thursday morning to USA Today Network — Tennessee.

McKeehan’s cause of death is pending

The Davidson County Medical Examiner’s office confirmed McKeehan died Wednesday. 

Police said McKeehan’s cause and manner of death remain under investigation.

An autopsy will be conducted at the medical examiner’s office in Nashville to determine  the circumstances surrounding his death.

Performed under the names truDog, Truett Foster

McKeehan previously lived with parents and several other siblings in Franklin, Tennessee.

His father collaborated with his oldest child on several tracks for different TobyMac albums.

Under the moniker Truett Foster, he played a show with rapper Nathan Fouts and dark pop singer Talia Stewart earlier this month at the Factory in Franklin. 

He also released music under the names truDog, TRU and Shiloh.

TobyMac tour cancelled

TobyMac has not yet released a statement about his son’s passing.


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Selena Gomez lets the world in on a rough romance with ‘Lose You to Love Me’

LOS ANGELES — Ever since she released “The Heart Wants What It Wants,” which served as a half-humbled, half-defiant apologia about her relationship with Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez has managed to otherwise successfully avoid the subject, at least in song, of the troubled coupling that fascinated so much of the world. Five years later, she’s returned to the scene of the crime, damaged but deeply hopeful, in “Lose You to Love Me,” a single and video that got a lot of instant love as a midnight release late Tuesday night.

Gomez doesn’t go quite as far as old friend Taylor Swift traditionally has in dropping highly specific details that make it clear to the attentive who and what sparked a song. But one lyric alone establishes a timeline that leaves no doubt that the ballad is a product of some dark days this calendar year. “In two months, you replaced us / Like it was easy / Made me think I deserved it / In the thick of healing,” she sings in the second verse — and few pop fans will have to Google her 2019 to do the math on how long it was from her reported breakup with Bieber before he was seen out and about with his fiance-to-very-shortly-be.

The black-and-white video by director Sophie Muller seems potentially designed to act as a bookend to the similarly monochromatic clip for “The Heart Wants What It Wants,” too. What’s different this time is that Muller has Gomez facing the camera head-on from start to finish in this one, as opposed to the tellingly averted gazes of 2014. Within that limited visual scheme, Gomez gets to do a whole actor’s exercise in shifting moods, appearing alternately heartbroken, distressed, distracted, pissed, prayerful and finally — with the slightest upturn of her mouth serving as the video’s climax — contented.

“This song was inspired by many things that have happened in my life since releasing my last album,” Gomez said in a statement accompanying the clip. “I thought it was important to share the music, as I know mans co-writers Julia Michaels and Justin Tranter; the Swedish producer-writer team of Mattias Larsson and Robin Fredriksson, aka Mattman & Robin; and someone newer to her team, and to the world of pop collabs in general, Finneas, of Billie Eilish fame (who’s credited with additional production).

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The Quiet Strength of Selena Gomez’s ‘Lose You to Love Me

The Quiet Strength of Selena Gomez’s ‘Lose You to Love Me

You want everyone you care about to stick around forever, but the universe has other plans. People have other plans. Unexpected hardships happen, faults and failings we could never plan for. People flip, ghost, and flake. People change, and you can either work through your differences or around them. You either decide that your friend, your loved one, or your significant other is worth the trouble they put you through and fight to keep them in your life, or you fight for yourself, insisting that others treat you the way you deserve to be treated, on penalty of never seeing you again. Selena Gomez’s new single “Lose You to Love Me” is a song about the process of figuring out that it’s time to go, and locating the strength to act on your marching orders. Much will be made of who it’s almost certainly about.

That harsh “In two months, you replaced us / Like it was easy” in verse two points to Justin Bieber, who proposed to his ex Hailey Baldwin three months after breaking off his and Gomez’s on-again, off-again romance last year. That makes the timing of the new single absolutely brutal. Hailey and Bieber haven’t been married a month. All’s fair in love and pop songs though: Bieb dropped Purpose during their last break and wrote Selena’s name in the scribbles in his arty video for “Where Are Ü Now,” a song about lifting someone up and feeling abandoned when they leave.

Getting caught up in the timeline maybe loses sight of her song’s quiet strength. It’s not your typical accusatory breakup song. It’s a rearview assessment of two people drifting apart that assigns blame to both parties: “I saw the signs, and I ignored them.” “Lose You to Love Me” is also a noteworthy change of pace for Gomez’s music. Recent singles like “Wolves” and “Back to You” tried folk-pop on for size, and this year’s killer musica urbana jam “I Can’t Get Enough” paired her with Benny Blanco, Tainy, and J. Balvin. “Lose You to Love Me” is naked honesty, lyrically and musically.

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You can stay at a real Barbie Dreamhouse for $63 per night

You can now stay at a real Barbie Dreamhouse for just $60 per night. Read on to know more details.

You can now stay at a real Barbie Dreamhouse for just $60 per night. Read on to know more details.

f you are a Barbie girl who always wanted to live in Barbie world, there’s good news! Don’t keep calm, because Airbnb has just thrown open a real-life Barbie Malibu Dreamhouse for rent, where you can head with your girl gang for the weekend.

Barbie is celebrating its 60th anniversary this week, and for that purpose, it has opened the Malibu Dreamhouse for a maximum of four guests, from October 27 to 29. If this is not enough, the cherry on the cake is that you can stay here for USD 60 per night

This ‘Barbie dream’ will kickstart right when you arrive at the airport, where the car service will escort you to this life-sized doll’s house at Malibu, California. This two-bedroom, two-bathroom property is spread over three floors. The uber luxurious house features a sports court, an infinity pool, a meditation space, a personal theatre, a hobby studio, a fully-equipped and fully-stocked kitchen that overlooks the ocean.

The interiors of the house are just what comes to mind when you hear ‘Barbie’, in shades of pink and white. Take a look:

“For the first time ever, my Barbie Malibu Dreamhouse is on Airbnb! Available for a one-time, two-night stay, but I promise the memories will last a lifetime. Booking opens at 11:00am PDT on October 23, so set your alarm to book your stay from October 27 – October 29. Remember, this is a once in a lifetime chance, which means the Dreamhouse will only be booked once. My Dreamhouse is the perfect place to be inspired and learn new things. I hope it will feel like your Dreamhouse, too,” reads the description on the Airbnb page.

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Google says quantum computer completed 10,000-year task in 3 minutes, 20 seconds

Google says quantum computer completed 10,000-year task in 3 minutes, 20 seconds

Google says quantum computer completed 10,000-year task in 3 minutes, 20 seconds

Google said it has achieved a breakthrough in quantum computing research, saying an experimental quantum processor has completed a calculation in just a few minutes that would take a traditional supercomputer thousands of years. 

The findings, published Wednesday in the scientific journal Nature, show that “quantum speedup is achievable in a real-world system and is not precluded by any hidden physical laws,” the researchers wrote.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai said in a tweet he is “excited about what quantum computing means for the future – it gives us another way to speak the language of the universe and better understand the world, not just in 1s and 0s but in all of its states: beautiful, complex, and with limitless possibility.”

Quantum computing is a nascent and somewhat bewildering technology for vastly sped-up information processing. Quantum computers are still a long way from having a practical application but might one day revolutionize tasks that would take existing computers years, including the hunt for new drugs. CNET reportedthey could also create solar panels, help develop artificial intelligence and self-driving cars, and even manage investment portfolios.

The technique relies on quantum bits, or qubits, which can register data values of zero and one – the language of modern computing – simultaneously. Big tech companies including Google, Microsoft, IBM and Intel are avidly pursuing the technology.

“Quantum things can be in multiple places at the same time,” said Chris Monroe, a University of Maryland physicist who is also the founder of quantum startup IonQ. “The rules are very simple, they’re just confounding.”

President Donald Trump last year signed into law a congressional proposal to spend $1.2 billion over five years for quantum research across the federal government. Google’s research was centered at a University of California, Santa Barbara laboratory but relied in part on a Department of Energy supercomputer and experts at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to verify the work.

Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter and adviser, on Wednesday called Google’s breakthrough a “remarkable scientific achievement” that will help usher in future U.S. industries. “We’re proud to have contributed to this major milestone,” she tweeted.


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GOP Rep Yells At CNN Reporter When Asked About Bill Taylor’s Testimony

Mo Brooks • CNN • Republican Party • Impeachment • Manu Raju • Alabama • William B. Taylor, Jr.

Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) erupted on Wednesday morning when CNN reporter Manu Raju tried to talk to him about acting U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor’s bombshell testimony in the House impeachment investigation.

Raju told CNN anchor Kate Balduan about his encounter with Brooks after the GOP congressman and dozens of other House conservatives had barged into a House Foreign Intelligence Committee hearing in a dramatic stunt to disrupt a testimony from Laura Cooper, a top Pentagon official.

When Raju tried to discuss Taylor’s opening statement with Brooks in the hall, the agitated Alabama lawmaker insisted that the statement “doesn’t make any difference.”

The CNN reporter responded, “Let me finish what I’m saying, let me finish my question–”

“You should not be relying on it!” Brooks yelled, going off about the processes in “the court of law.”

“I’m asking about the substance of what he said. He said–” Raju said before Brooks cut him off again.

“That doesn’t make any difference!” the Republican shouted. “We don’t know whether what he said is true or not because of the sham process that’s being used.”

The footage of the turbulent exchange was bookended with a long side-eye from Raju.

“…So it went on like that for some time,” he finally said.

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Firmware Is Bricking Google Home and Home Mini Smart Speakers

Firmware Is Bricking Google Home and Home Mini Smart Speakers

Firmware Is Bricking Google Home and Home Mini Smart Speakers

Google is bricking its own devices through a firmware update, but has yet to figure out why.

devices are being bricked and Google seems to be the one to blame.

As Android Police reports, both Google’s support forums and Reddit discussions are appearing for Google Home£89.00 at Currys PC Worlddevices that simply stop working. In many cases all the LED lights on these devices remain lit and not even turning them off and on again solves the problem, meaning they are bricked. A factory reset may work instead, but it’s no guarantee.

The reason for the failures has been traced to firmware updates, which are regularly transmitted to Google’s Home devices. For some reason, a recent update is rendering some Home smart speakers unusable. This isn’t a new problem, either, with Google acknowledging the problem back on Sept. 28. At the time a Google community specialist said, “the team is working on this issue and checking the root cause since not all Google Home devices are affected.”

Since then, another Google employee named Rachel Chambers has explainedhow complex of a task this has been, saying, “It has been very difficult for our team to diagnose this issue and we understand why many of you have been frustrated with this ongoing process. Our support team will be reaching out to customers on this thread via private messaging to further address this issue and come to a resolution. “

Clearly, work is still underway as the problem hasn’t been resolved. Worse though, is the fact Google apparently isn’t replacing any bricked Home device that’s outside of its warranty. Seeing as Google caused these devices to stop working, that seems a little unfair.

For now, anyone affected by the problem just needs to remain patient, post on the Google Support Forums, and wait for a private message. Google will be eager to solve the problem and hopefully figure out how to un-brick these devices. If that’s not possible, then a little good will and a lot of Home device replacements need to be shipped out as soon as possible.

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Manchester United F.C. Ole Gunnar Solskjær Chelsea F.C. AFC Ajax


In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, Ajax defender Daley Blind likes what he sees at Chelsea but not his former club Manchester United, Marcos Alonso make an impressive move up Sky Sports’ player power ranking and Charlton manager Lee Bowyer  downplays the likelihood of Conor Gallagher leaving the club in January.

These stories are samples pulled from external media sources. They do not represent the views or position of Chelsea Football Club.

Blind impressed by Blues

The Daily Mail reports Ajax defender Daley Blind is frustrated to see his former club Manchester United struggling in comparison to Chelsea in the Premier League.

Speaking at a press conference ahead of today’s Champions League clash in Amsterdam between Ajax and Chelsea, Blind drew a comparison between the Blues and his former team, who are currently 14th in the Premier League and only two points clear of the  relegation zone.

Of course I’m not happy to see Man Utd and how they’re performing at the moment. I’m still a fan of United and it’s not nice to see,’ said the 29-year-old, who spent four seasons at Old Trafford before returning to Ajax in the summer of 2018.

‘Regarding Chelsea, they are doing well, they have a good philosophy under a manager who wants to play out from the back.

‘They play different attacking football with a lot of youngsters and that’s nice to see.

‘From that perspective, it’s good. But if you’re talking about United then I’m not happy about that, of course.’


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