The last thing he wants to do is talk about scoring.

The Vikings’ offense has cooled off a little in the chill of winter, but as long they protect the ball and finish drives when needed, their defense will allow them to go deep into the playoffs.

The Eagles saw their defense struggle against the Giants. Then it was Nick Foles and the offense struggling against the Raiders. They’re still winning, but it’s suddenly getting too close for comfort.

Wolves head coach Tom Thibodeau attributed Butler’s scoring spike to bringing out the best in his teammates: That was the best way for him to get everyone else comfortable. And he’s asserted himself a lot more in terms of the scoring.

Karl-Anthony Towns agrees. When you got a person like that who’s a walking bucket, he says, it’s obviously very comfortable to have.

The Philadelphia Eagles can jump aboard the Jay Train when they host Atlanta in an NFC divisional playoff Saturday and try to ride Ajayi to the conference title game.

I feel really good, like, I feel really good, said Ajayi, who has been bothered by knee issues. No. 1 seed team with an opportunity to go get a Super Bowl. I’m grateful, I’m blessed, I’m excited for this opportunity because it’s all in front of us and if we really take advantage of what we want to do and execute how we can, we can get it done.

Chargers running back Melvin Gordon left during the fourth quarter of the win over the Jets with an ankle injury and did not return. Gordon eclipsed 1,000 yards on the season for the first time in his three-year career and is expected to play in next week’s regular-season finale against the Raiders.

Cowboys tackle Tyron Smith tried to play against the Seahawks, but his injured knee flared up early and he was forced from the game.

Jaguars receiver Jaelen Strong went down late in the loss to the 49ers with a leg injury and did not return.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees joined Brett Favre and Peyton Manning as the only players in NFL history with at least 70,000 passing yards. Brees finished Sunday’s 23-13 win over the Falcons with 239 yards and a touchdown. Brees also extended his NFL record of seasons with at least 4,000 passing yards to 12.

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