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Peyton Manning threw his 30th touchdown pass of the season on the game's opening drive and the Denver Broncos rolled to their eighth straight victory, beating the Oakland Raiders 26-13 on Thursday night.Upvote Share Tweet
Broncos, 26, Raiders 13: Raiders fans really do deserve better than this team, and I say that not as someone who lives among many of them but solely as an interested football observer. The Broncos didn't clearly put this game away early on, but whatever…Upvote Share TweetCNNSI.com Dec 6, 2012The Broncos were clicking and that spelled bad news for the Raiders. Peyton Manning completed his 5,000th pass as Denver recorded its eighth straight victory, 26-13 over Oakland.Upvote Share TweetBaltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs had to surrender several firearms stemming from a domestic case involving his girlfriend, Suggs' attorney told the Baltimore Sun on Thursday.Upvote Share TweetPeyton Hillis lashed back at former teammate Joe Thomas on Thursday, comparing the Browns' offensive tackle to a "crazy ex-girlfriend" after he made disparaging comments about the Kansas City Chiefs running back.Upvote Share Tweet
Jeff Fisher is “sure” possible elimination of kickoff will be addressed in FebruaryIn a TIME magazine article released on Thursday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell floated the possibility of eliminating the kickoff and using instead a fourth-and-15-from-the-30 scenario for the team that otherwise would be kicking. And now we start the …Upvote Share TweetCommissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday the NFL's competition committee would consider in the offseason replacing the kickoff. The league previously had moved the kickoff from the 30 to 35-yard line to cut down on violent collisions.Upvote Share Tweet
Legal marijuana use begins in Washington State, but NFL policy still bans itLast month, citizens in Colorado and Washington voted to legalize marijuana for recreational use. Today, the law became effective in Washington. While a potential showdown is looming with the federal government, given that marijuana remains a controlle…Upvote Share TweetNFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday the league is willing to contribute funding to help build a stadium in Oakland to keep the Raiders in town.Upvote Share TweetThe Broncos will have wide receiver Brandon Stokley on Thursday night against the Raiders. But they won’t have guard Chris Kuper. Stokley was listed as questionable with hip and wrist injuries, but after pregame warmups he was declared good to go. KuperUpvote Share Tweet
Report: Issue of control could determine Heckert’s fateWith rumors swirling that new Browns CEO Joe Banner plans to fire G.M. Tom Heckert and replace him with Mike Lombardi, a new report suggests that Heckert’s future hinges on one thing. Control. According to Patrick McManamon of FOXSportsOhio.com, HeckertUpvote Share Tweet
Rex likely will stay, Tannenbaum could be reassignedChanges are likely coming to the Jets if (when) another season ends without a playoff berth. Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News shed some light during Thursday’s PFT Live on what could happen. Mehta firmly believes that coach Rex Ryan will be bacUpvote Share TweetIn response to the report from Kevin Acee of U-T San Diego that Chargers coach Norv Turner and G.M. A.J. Smith will get the boot, the man who would do the booting says the boot has not yet been broken out. The Chargers have issued a statement from owner…Upvote Share TweetThe Denver Broncos will be without their leading tackler on Thursday night as linebacker Wesley Woodyard did not accompany the team on their trip to Bay Area to take on the Oakland Raiders. Thrust into a starting role due to multiple suspensions of D.J.…Upvote Share Tweet
Falcons refuse to play along with goading PantherGive the Falcons credit for perspective, and kindness. A day after Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy said his 3-9 team was better than the 11-1 Falcons, the Falcons reacted the way you’d pat a child on the top of the head when they say something cute. âUpvote Share Tweet
Seven Great Things About Fort Wayne, IndianaWe wrote earlier today about a law-enforcement raid on the Fort Wayne, Ind., homes of former NFL tackle Jason Fabini and his brother Mike. Apparently our sentiments in that article-we indicated there that we had no desire to visit Fort Wayne-offendedUpvote Share Tweet
Roethlisberger will wear special padding to protect ribWhen Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger returns to action on Sunday, nearly a month after injuring his shoulder and suffering a dislocated rib, he’ll be carrying some extra baggage. Per the Associated Press, Roethlisberger will wear a “custom fitUpvote Share TweetThe San Diego Chargers will fire both head coach Norv Turner and general manager A.J. Smith at the end of the 2012 regular season, reports Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune. Smith has been with the club since the 2002 season. During that time, t…Upvote Share TweetThe Giants have been waiting most of the season for wide receiver Hakeem Nicks to get back to full health and resume his role as one of the more productive receivers in the NFL. The wait has been a frustrating one and it might have hit another snag on T…Upvote Share Tweet
Patriots using racquetball paddles to prepare themselves for the J.J. Watt SwatIt's common practice for quarterback coaches to use brooms in practice to simulate defensive pressure for their quarterbacks on non-contact days, but as the New England Patriots prepare for their "Monday Night Football" tussle with the Houston…Upvote Share TweetDuring Sunday's Fox telecast of Mark Sanchez's public flogging, in between the moments when Brian Billick repeated "jump street" and read copy for New Girl, a graphic popped up: Mark Sanchez, it read, had turned the ball over 81 times since hi…Upvote Share TweetThe Cowboys’ offensive line will have a tough task protecting quarterback Tony Romo from Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins on Sunday. And that task will get even tougher if they’re down a starting guard. But with starting guard Nate Livings out ofUpvote Share TweetThe Steelers are getting Ben Roethlisberger back at quarterback on Sunday and we’ve got one of the guys he’ll be throwing to on Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network on Thursday. Erik Kuselias will talk to Sanders about the return of Big Ben to theUpvote Share Tweet
Falcons secondary battling injuries this weekFalcons safety William Moore was the NFC defensive player of the week for the job he did against the Saints in Week 13, but it doesn’t look like he’ll be at full speed if he’s on the field to attempt making it two straight against the Panthers thisUpvote Share TweetPITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will start on Sunday against the San Diego Chargers.Upvote Share TweetVikings cornerback Chris Cook returned to practice Thursday, putting him on track to return for the Vikings Dec. 23 game against the Texans. Cook was placed on IR/designated for return, and today was the first day he was eligible to practice, according …Upvote Share TweetWe're still getting new and revised details about the timeline of events leading up to Jovan Belcher's murder-suicide. Below is everything we know so far, based on a number of media reports, police statements, and other sources. More »Upvote Share TweetIn the wake of the abrupt termination of Eagles defensive line coach Jim Washburn, reports surfaced that Washburn openly disrespected former defensive coordinator Juan Castillo by calling him “Juanita” in front of players. Eagles defensive lineman CulUpvote Share Tweet
Kevin Kolb isn’t completely healedThe Cardinals turned their offense over to John Skelton again this week, leaving Ryan Lindley to hold a clipboard and Kevin Kolb to keep healing from the broken ribs he suffered in Week Six. Kolb’s been practicing in a limited fashion, but he’s stillUpvote Share TweetRavens linebacker Paul Kruger frequently wears his jersey tight and pulled up high, presumably because it makes it harder for opposing offensive linemen to grab it. But now that habit has proved costly for Kruger. The NFL has fined Kruger $5,000 for vio…Upvote Share Tweet
Service held for woman slain by Chiefs LBA relative of the slain girlfriend of Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher says she was a loyal friend who brought joy to others with her smiles and laughter.Upvote Share Tweet
Mike Westhoff, asked to describe the Jets?...Mike Westhoff, asked to describe the Jets? "I don't know. Close the door on your head and tell me how bad it hurts." More »Upvote Share TweetMany people are making fun of the New Orleans NBA team for the notion they’re going to change their nickname from the borrowed-from-Charlotte Hornets moniker to the Pelicans. But at least one of the Saints is smart enough to not make too much fun, givenUpvote Share TweetIf there’s been a story covered more fervently than the Jets’ quarterback conundrum in the last few days, it is the efforts to find a legislative solution in the House and Senate to stop us from going over the “fiscal cliff.” The two stories conveUpvote Share TweetOn Wednesday, the Vikings placed receiver Percy Harvin on injured reserve, due to an ankle injury he suffered last month. On Thursday, Harvin issued a statement regarding the circumstances that ended his fourth year in the NFL. “It certainly is disappoiUpvote Share Tweet
Ravens lineman shaves head to honor PaganoIt’s a testament to Colts coach Chuck Pagano, that not only cheerleaders are willing to shave their heads in a show of support for him, but players on other teams as well. Ravens defensive lineman Arthur Jones has shaved his head and all his facial hairUpvote Share TweetThe surprising Minnesota Vikings are 6-6 right now and still in the hunt for a playoff spot in the NFC. Their make-or-break game is this weekend against the Bears at the MetroDome, and linebacker Chad Greenway wants fans to show their support by getting…Upvote Share TweetWe don't know what goes on in Fort Wayne, Ind. We've never been there and have no desire to visit. But we do know that today, in Fort Wayne, local, state, and federal officials carried out a raid on two homes owned by longtime NFL offensive tackle Jason…Upvote Share Tweet
Still no timetable for Mark Anderson’s returnDefensive end Mario Williams has picked up his game after a disappointing start to the season, but the Bills’ other big free agent signing on the defensive line may not get a chance to make an improvement on his own slow start. Anderson remains out afteUpvote Share Tweet
The NFL Is Still Holding Back Saturday Football Because The NFL Hates YouDrew Magary's Thursday Afternoon NFL Dick Joke Jamboroo runs every Thursday during the NFL season. More »Upvote Share TweetThe Bengals have signed kicker Josh Brown to fill in for the injured Mike Nugent, who hurt his right calf and didn't practice Wednesday.Upvote Share Tweet
Vince Young vows to “fight hard” for another chance in the NFLIt sounds unlikely: A 29-year-old two-time Pro Bowl quarterback is openly begging for another chance in the NFL, and all 32 NFL teams are saying, “No. thanks.” But that’s exactly the situation Vince Young is in right now. Young, who has been a freeUpvote Share Tweet
Man Shoots At Police Because He Was Upset The Giants Lost To The RedskinsWhat could possibly possess a Florida man to beat up his wife, shoot at three deputies trying to arrest him, and hole up in his house for an hours-long standoff? RG3. Also, lots of alcohol and pills. More »Upvote Share TweetOften, when a team that struggles to sell out its home stadium does, it’s because the fans of the visiting team plan to put their butts in the seats. With the Eagles coming to Tampa on Sunday, that’s definitely not the case. Instead, the Bucs have solUpvote Share Tweet
Jaguars offense looks like it will be more shorthanded than usualOne of the funniest things about the Jets pulling Mark Sanchez in the 7-6 victory over the Cardinals last week is that he wasn’t even the worst quarterback on the field. Bad as Sanchez was, Ryan Lindley was worse and wound up playing the entire game. WeUpvote Share TweetThere are many 49ers fans who would love a moment of contact with quarterback Colin Kaepernick. But the one with the deepest, yet most tortured connection is Heidi Russo, his biological mother who gave him up for adoption. When she watches him from the …Upvote Share Tweet
Which NFL Exec Was Screwing Hookers? Let's Hear Your Guesses!Anna Gristina, a New York madam who is currently serving a five-year probation stint after being convicted of promoting prostitution, told the New York Post that she is planning to reveal the names of some of her bigger clients on an episode of Dr. Phil…Upvote Share TweetRams receiver Danny Amendola is limited in practice as he continues to recover from a foot injury suffered on November 18. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Amendola has been doing individual work on the sideline in practice. When healthy, Amendo…Upvote Share Tweet
Roger Goodell Was A Narc In High School, And He's Proud Of ItWhoa hey, loogit who's gracing the cover of this week's Time magazine: your friend and Peter King's, Roger Goodell. Sean Gregory has a lengthy profile of the NFL commissioner in this week's issue, and it contains the usual bits of hagiography (he keeps …Upvote Share Tweet
Peter King: NFL Week 14 PicksCNNSI.com Dec 6, 2012If the Pats get the AFC's No. 2 seed, they'll have earned it, thanks to a brutal two-game stretch that starts now. Can they slow the Texans' playmakers? Peter King picks Week 14.Upvote Share TweetFor years, basketball coaches have prepared their teams for shot-blockers by giving practice players tennis rackets. The Patriots are only facing J.J. Watt and the Texans this week, not Dikembe Mutombo, so they’re using racquetball racquets. “I know cUpvote Share Tweet
A Message From Mike Vrabel's Stitched-Up Forehead: Always Wear A Helmet When Head-Butting People Wearing HelmetsMike Vrabel has been a retired football player for a little more than a year now. After 14 NFL seasons, he couldn't really stay away, transitioning immediately into a role as the linebackers coach at Ohio State, his alma mater, before staying on with Ur…Upvote Share TweetBuffalo Bills offensive lineman Chris Hairston has been placed on injured reserve and will miss the rest of the season with a bone injury in his right ankle.Upvote Share TweetNew York Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow returns to his hometown this weekend to face the Jacksonville Jaguars, but he's likely to be a spectator.Upvote Share TweetChicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher was fined $21,000 for his second horse-collar tackle in as many weeks, a source familiar with the situation confirmed.Upvote Share Tweet
Which NFL Pundits Made The Least Terrible Predictions In Week 13? Grading ESPN, Yahoo, And CBSRepublished with permission from PunditTracker.com. More »Upvote Share Tweet
PFT Live: Jets talk with Manish Mehta, Week 14 picksThe Jets have decided to turn back to Mark Sanchez at quarterback, a decision that will be a big part of the discussion on Thursday’s edition of PFT Live. Mike Florio will talk to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News about the Jets’ choice, which cUpvote Share TweetThe Bengals took a look at three kickers Thursday while Mike Nugent recovers from a calf injury and they chose one of them to serve as a replacement until Nugent is ready to get back to work. The team announced that Josh Brown beat out Billy Cundiff and…Upvote Share Tweet
Falcons and Texans still fighting for respect around the NFL, but key December matchups will give each team a chance to prove eanydailynews.com Dec 6, 2012There are two 11-1 teams with a month left in the NFL season and most years, the talk would be whether anyone can beat them (see last year's Packers). Not so with the Falcons or the Texans who don't have many people outside Atlanta or Houston believing …Upvote Share Tweet
PFT’s Week 14 picksWith four weeks to go, the lead is back to three. And we disagree on three games. In other words, MDS a/k/a the master of Raiders exacta, could catch me by 4:30 p.m. ET on Sunday. Last week, I went 11-5. MDS was 10-6. For the season, I’m now at 123-Upvote Share TweetSteelers coach Mike Tomlin challenged Ben Roethlisberger to prove his sprained right shoulder is ready to go before handing the keys to the offense back to his franchise quarterback.Upvote Share Tweet
The Redskins Were So Excited That Donald Trump Praised RGIII That They Slapped It On Their Facebook PageSo, everything about this is just powerfully loathsome: Trump's face, the fact that the Redskins are so historically starved for praise that they consider an endorsement from a vitamin-selling pyramid-schemer an important plug, and, oh, right, "You…Upvote Share TweetWhen the Falcons finished off their dramatic comeback 30-28 win over the Panthers in Week Four, quarterback Matt Ryan was caught by television cameras sending a message to the visitors from Carolina. “Get the (expletive) off our field!” Ryan said. TheUpvote Share TweetThe Chargers used the new injured reserve/designated for return list for wide receiver Vincent Brown, but it doesn’t appear he’s going to. Brown told Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego the chances of him returning from his broken ankle in the next fourUpvote Share Tweet
Darnell Dockett Apologizes For Fighting Teammate Over "Let Them Score" Strategy, Still Clearly Doesn't Understand Why He Was WroOn Sunday, the Jets had the ball deep in Arizona territory and a one-point lead. The directive came in from the Cardinals' sideline: Let them score a touchdown, so Arizona could get the ball back down eight with more than a minute remaining. Sound advic…Upvote Share Tweet
Mike Zimmer: Dez Bryant reminds me of Michael IrvinCowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant has been on quite a roll lately. He has 29 catches for 475 yards and six touchdowns in his last four games, three of which have been Cowboys wins that have kept them in striking distance of the Giants in the NFC East. It…Upvote Share Tweet
Nate Burleson hopes time on IR matures Titus YoungWhile Lions coach Jim Schwartz took a shot at Titus Young yesterday, saying the young wide receiver would have knee surgery “unless he doesn’t show up for it,” others are taking a more therapeutic approach. Veteran wide receiver Nate Burleson in parUpvote Share Tweet
Buffalo resident ensures local broadcast of Bills gameWith more than 10,000 unsold non-premium tickets available as of last week for Sunday’s game between the Rams and the Bills, Buffalo was destined to have a second straight local blackout. Thanks to Russell J. Salvatore, that won’t happen. According toUpvote Share TweetNdamukong Suh on Wednesday responded to accusations he celebrated an Indianapolis Colts player's concussion, saying he would never revel in another player's injury.Upvote Share Tweet
Madam to name high-level NFL client on Dr. PhilSomeone at the league office is going to be getting coal in his stocking for Christmas. A woman who has admitted to running a Manhattan prostitution ring says she plans to disclose next week on Dr. Phil’s show the names of big-name clients. The first,Upvote Share TweetIn their last two games against the Giants, which came in 2009 and 2011, the Saints have put up 97 points on their way to two blowout victories. Despite that, defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul thinks this week’s date with New Orleans will go better than MUpvote Share TweetIn this internet era, where everybody lives on blog time, we do have to pause to understand the concept of lead time. When you're creating tangible things one can hold in one's hands, it takes a bit longer to set things up. However, the company put in c…Upvote Share TweetThe Bills will be plugging in two first-time starters on the offensive line this week. Dolphins rookie Jonthan Martin is excited about switching from RT to LT after the injury to Jake Long. Jets backup QB Tim Tebow reached out to a teen who was injured …Upvote Share Tweet
Week 13 Film Review, Horror Editionnytimes.com Dec 6, 2012The Jets' Mark Sanchez deserved to be benched after his second interception in the opening quarter against Arizona.Upvote Share Tweet
Jim Harbaugh hearing it from 49ers over “Saved by the Bell” cameoIn 1996, Jim Harbaugh, then the quarterback of the Colts, made a guest appearance on Saved by the Bell: The New Class. That episode was posted to YouTube and became a viral video recently, and Harbaugh hasn’t heard the end of it. The first question at HUpvote Share Tweet
Usama Young back at practice for BrownsCleveland Browns safety Usama Young was back at practice Wednesday after missing last Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders with a concussion. Young suffered the concussion two weeks ago against the Pittsburgh Steelers and wasn’t cleared in time tUpvote Share TweetThe Cincinnati Bengals play host to the Dallas Cowboys this weekend in a match up that could determine the playoff fate for both teams. But to Bengals cornerback Adam Jones, there’s even a little bit more on the line as well. Jones gets to play againstUpvote Share Tweet
NY Giants are the anti-NY Jets, a picture of stability at quarterback, despite another up-and-down regular seasonnydailynews.com Dec 6, 2012Nobody troubled Tom Coughlin on Wednesday about whether Eli Manning or David Carr will be starting at quarterback against the New Orleans Saints. Taken out of context, it might be a reasonable question. After all, Manning ranks only 16th in the NFL quar…Upvote Share TweetWith wide receiver Earl Bennett possibly out for the Chicago Bears match up with the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, the return of Alshon Jeffery and Devin Hester to practice on Wednesday was a tremendous positive for the battered Bears. Jeffery has missed…Upvote Share Tweet
Weighing the Gravity of the So-Called Playoff Previewgrantland.com Dec 6, 2012Monday night's Patriots-Texans game is exciting for a number of reasons. You can spin it as a possible matchup between the league's best offense and i...Upvote Share Tweet
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning 1-on-1Dec 6After the 26-13 victory over the Oakland Raiders, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning talks to Alex Flanagan after the game about connecting offensively, the AFC West rivalry, and his running back Knowshon Moreno.
NFL32OT: Cowboys Keeping Playoff Hopes AliveDec 6Episode 232: Suzy Kolber and Chris Mortensen discuss the Cowboys chances to make the playoffs. John Clayton breaks down the impact of Brian Urlacher's injury on the Bears defense. The NFL32 discuss the return of Ben Roethlisberger.
NFL32OT Monday Night Football PreviewDec 6The NFL32 crew discuss the Monday Night matchup between the Texans and the Patriots.
How Are The Patriots Preparing For The Texans?Dec 6NFL Live looks at the Patriots are preparing for the Texans.
Biggest NFL games of Week 14 -- John Clayton's First & 10Dec 6No. 1 seeds are on the line this weekend, but that distinction isn't as valuable as it once was, John Clayton writes.