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A turnover-fueled second half scoring barrage kept the Cincinnati Bengals from taking a costly blow to their postseason hopes in a 34-13 win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday night. The win temporarily moves the Bengals (8-6) into the final playo…Share Tweet
Marvin McNutt With The Own-Punt Block To End All Others: Eagles-Bengals, In One GIFBengals 34, Eagles 13: Well, that was something. For those that actually watched every second of this abomination of a football game-and from that club I exclude myself-I challenge anyone to explain where the redeeming value was in staging such a contShare TweetIt’s easy to get caught up in Adrian Peterson’s pursuit of Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing record. For starters, Peterson is a great guy. He’s also a rare talent. And he’s coming back from one of the worst injuries a running back caShare TweetDespite missing practice the first two days of this week, Buffalo head coach Chan Gailey expects linebacker Nick Barnett to play when the Bills take the field against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday in Toronto. Barnett has been held out of practice this …Share Tweet
Talking bounty case with Peter KingOne of the best things about working with NBC is that I spend plenty of time hanging out with Peter King from noon until 11:00 p.m. or so on Sundays. We talk a lot of football, and we often disagree. But I always emerge from the discussion feeling a lShare TweetOn Thursday afternoon, Saints interim head coach Joe Vitt said that the leak of former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams’ testimony to the media amounted to a “scud,” presumably launched by the league office. Vitt predicted that anotherShare TweetHeading into Thursday night, Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton had two fumbles this season. In the second quarter on Thursday night, Dalton had two more. Those two fumbles, both in Bengals territory, led to two Eagles field goals, and Philadelphia came ba…Share Tweet
Young Packers fan in Clay Matthews jersey fan tells Bears’ mascot to ‘Deal with it, bro’yahoo.com Dec 13, 2012The rivalry between the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers is fierce. It's the oldest in NFL history. The two teams play on Sunday, and if the Packers win, they clinch the NFC North. The rhetoric between the two teams has already begun. Green Bay's…Share Tweet
Jags-Fins will be televised in MiamiThe Dolphins are in the midst of yet another sluggish season. And with the even-more-sluggish Jags coming to town, it’s hardly a tempting ticket. And yet the game will be televised locally. The Dolphins announced on Thursday that they have “compliedShare TweetDallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant says he will play with a broken finger Sunday against Pittsburgh and there are signs that it might not be wishful thinking.Share TweetEagles quarterback Michael Vick, running LeSean McCoy and tight end Brent Celek are all out against the Cincinnati Bengals as they recover from concussions.Share TweetSeveral hours after an ESPN commentator questioned whether Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is authentically black, ESPN said those comments were out of line. In a statement released by an ESPN spokesman, the network said, “The comments were inapShare TweetThe game of the weekend, assuming the road team shows up (unlike the Texans on Monday night), will be in Foxboro, where the 9-3-1 49ers will face the 10-3 Patriots. Have we mentioned the game is on NBC? San Francisco linebacker Aldon Smith believes that…Share TweetThe Deadspin NFL Coach Challenge Challenge is a tournament pitting the throwing motions of 20 NFL coaches against one another. More »Share TweetMinnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe has made a name for himself as much for his willingness to take outspoken stands on issues that are important to him as he has for pinning opponents inside the 10-yard line.Share TweetSteelers chairman emeritus Dan Rooney is coming home. According to Timothy McNulty of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Rooney is stepping down as the United States’ ambassador to Ireland Friday. Rooney was named ambassador by President Barack Obama, and hasShare TweetWide receiver Dez Bryant has been the injured Cowboy garnering the most attention this week, but he’s not the only one whose presence would significantly boost their chances at winning on Sunday. Linebacker DeMarcus Ware missed a second straight day ofShare TweetIf anyone in Southern California wants to see an underrated matchup between the Panthers and the Chargers on Sunday, which will feature the return of former Chargers defensive coordinator Ron Rivera and the debut of Cam Newton, plenty of good seats rema…Share Tweet
Bristolmetrics: ESPN Covered A Meaningless Monday Night Football Game More Than The Jovan Belcher Murder-SuicideThis is a regular feature breaking down, minute-by-minute, the content that appears on ESPN's 11 p.m. edition of SportsCenter throughout the week. More »Share TweetOwner Jeffrey Lurie still has to actually drop the axe on the guy who has coached the team since 1999, but it’s been widely believed for some time that the Eagles are going to part ways with Andy Reid after this season. Reid’s name has already come upShare TweetOn Wednesday night, ESPN’s Ed Werder reported that Commissioner Roger Goodell said he has been talking to suspended Saints coach Sean Payton about a possible reinstatement before the Super Bowl. The league now says that no such communications have occShare TweetBears quarterback Jay Cutler was limited in practice today with neck and knee injuries, but the Bears say he’ll be good to go for Sunday’s game against the Packers. The neck injury was suffered on a hard hit Sunday against the Vikings, a hit that knocShare Tweet
Source: Redskins won't tab QB 'til SundayRobert Griffin III's knee is looking better as the quarterback practiced again Thursday but the Washington Redskins do not plan to announce their starting quarterback until Sunday, a team source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.Share TweetThere’s been no shortage of attention paid to Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III’s knee injury this week and we’ll spend a little time during Thursday’s Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network hearing about how Griffin looks from one of his rShare TweetWell, that was quick. The Eagles have decided to not to reduce the salary of defensive tackle Mike Patterson after his placement on the non-football illness list. Patterson, who began the season on the non-football illness list after surgery to repair a…Share Tweet
Vitt braces for “scuds,” presumably from Park AvenueSaints interim coach Joe Vitt met with the media on Thursday, facing for the first time publicly the allegation that former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, the architect of the bounty program, wanted to stop using it - but that he didn’tShare TweetWhen Falcons wide receiver Roddy White missed practice on Wednesday with a knee injury, coach Mike Smith indicated that it was minor and that White was expected back at practice on Thursday and expected to play on Sunday. Thursday’s practice has come anShare TweetThe Dallas Cowboys' Jay Ratliff underwent surgery for a sports hernia on Thursday in Philadelphia, and a team source said the nose tackle "most likely" will be placed on injured reserve.Share TweetDon't expect Jim Caldwell to incorporate the triple-option or a variety of trick plays in his first NFL game as an offensive coordinator.Share Tweet
ESPN commentator on RG3: “He’s kind of black, but he’s not really”Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III recently said in a recent interview that he didn’t want to be defined as an African-American quarterback. One ESPN commentator says that raises questions about Griffin. In fact, ESPN’s Rob Parker said Thursday mShare TweetRedskins coach Mike Shanahan, allowing a little optimism, said quarterback Robert Griffin III did “better” at practice Thursday on his sprained right knee. “You could see he was more comfortable,” Shanahan said, via Stephen Whyno of the WashingtonShare Tweet
Which NFL Pundits Made The Worst Picks In Week 14? Grading ESPN, Yahoo, And CBSRepublished with permission from PunditTracker.com. More »Share TweetFLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Tim Tebow's days of running the New York Jets' wildcat-style offense appear over for now.Share Tweet
Robert Griffin III Will Make You Forget That Dan Snyder Is An Awful PersonDrew Magary's Thursday Afternoon NFL Dick Joke Jamboroo runs every Thursday during the NFL season. More »Share TweetASHBURN, Va. (AP) Robert Griffin III's knee is looking better.Share Tweet
Giants not sure how long Kenny Phillips will be outGiants coach Tom Coughlin had the status of several injured players to update on Thursday and there wasn’t much good news for three of the team’s starters. Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPNNewYork.com reports that Coughlin said safety Kenny Phillips did suffer aShare TweetThe war of words between the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers continued Thursday as Lance Briggs called Jermichael Finley "an idiot" for suggesting the Bears will be better off without Brian Urlacher on Sunday.Share Tweet
Texans punter says “I’m not an actual ‘football’ player”Texans punter Donnie Jones injured his leg trying to tackle Pats receiver Wes Welker on Monday night. Jones has a fairly simple explanation for it, which he has provided to teammates inclined to give him grief. “I told those guys, I said, ‘Look, youShare TweetAsk Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch about this weekend’s Buffalo reunion, and you’re not going to get much. “I’m good, boss,” Lynch replied to questions about his time with the Bills, via Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune. Others areShare TweetIrving police arrested Cowboys DT Josh Brent for "intoxication manslaughter," so we knew that he was under the influence when he flipped his car in the crash that ultimately led to Jerry Brown's death. Now, the Dallas Morning News reports that…Share TweetAmid reports that Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski may try to practice this week, nearly a month after suffering a broken forearm, he has not practiced yet. Then again, the week still isn’t over. According to Michael Whitmer of the Boston Globe, GronkoShare TweetA week after calling the people who run the Jets “idiots,” Braylon Edwards was claimed by the Jets when the Seahawks waived him. You might think calling your future bosses idiots isn’t the way to get yourself a new job, but Jets coach Rex Ryan saysShare Tweet
Smith, Hargrove accept Tagliabue’s decision, withdraw motion to vacateFor three of the players whose suspension were overturned by former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue, the bounty case is finally over. As to Browns linebacker Scott Fujita, who was fully exonerated by Tagliabue, there’s nothing for Fujita to challenge in couShare Tweet
Happy Birthday, Ryan Boys! Looking Back At 100 Combined Years Of Rex and RobRex and Rob Ryan turn 50 today. That's 100 years of Oklahoma-born, Ontario-raised, Illinois-and-Oklahoma-schooled, good-ole-boy-defensive-mastermindedness. We take this moment to look back fondly on all the joy the two-seen here in their college days-Share Tweet
Week 15 Picks: Will RGIII play? And if so, will he be the guy we…Will RGIII play? And if so, will he be the guy we've known? That could make all the difference for a Redskins team that needs wins to stay in the hunt. Peter King picks Week 15.Share Tweet
Recent knee surgery comebacks could help Marcus Lattimore’s draft stockyahoo.com Dec 13, 2012When South Carolina's back Marcus Lattimore dislocated his left kneecap and suffered several torn knee ligaments against Tennessee on October 27, it was the worst knee injury many had seen a star college running back prospect have since Miami's Willis …Share TweetSteelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger took a playful shot at Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo in talking to reporters on Wednesday, and in the process made a statement that he thinks the Steelers have the top fan base in the NFL. “He plays for ‘AmericaShare TweetThursdays on PFT Live are about making picks for the coming week, but we’ve got a little football talk for you before Mike Florio and Michael David Smith discuss who they like in Week 15. Shaun King of NBC Sports Network will join Florio to talk about tShare TweetCommissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday at the NFL's owners meetings that the league would spend the next few months exploring playoff expansion.Share TweetChad Henne was supposed to be quarterbacking in Miami this weekend, but it was supposed to be as the Dolphins starter, not the Jaguars relief pitcher. And he admitted that’s going to make it an special trip. “There’s definitely going to be emotions,Share TweetThere have been a couple of reports out of Chicago this week that Bears coach Lovie Smith is on the hot seat because the team has lost four of their last five games. Smith isn’t sweating anything, though. He said Wednesday that he thinks the team is inShare TweetWith the arrival of Nike as the official apparel provider for the NFL, the Seahawks were the first team to get an extreme makeover. Through 14 weeks, however, the Seahawks have been holding in their back pockets an alternative ensemble. Dubbed “Wolf GShare TweetAt various points this season, there’s been speculation about whether or not Jason Garrett would return as Cowboys coach in 2013. Those questions won’t go away completely until we’re actually into the offseason without a change coming to Dallas, butShare Tweet
How Maurice Clarett Lost His Way, Bombed Out Of The NFL, Planned A Murder, Missed An Exit, And Found Himself (And Warren BuffettIn 2009, Joe Moglia, then the CEO of TD Ameritrade, quit his job to coach football. He wanted to coach a college team. But no athletic director wanted him. So he took a job as head coach of the UFL's Omaha Nighthawks, a team that included former Buckeye…Share Tweet
Talented but troubled receiver Da’Rick Rogers enters NFL draftDa’Rick Rogers, a talented wide receiver who had a 1,000-yard season at Tennessee as a sophomore but was kicked off the team for positive drug tests, is entering the 2013 NFL draft. Rogers finished his college career at Tennessee Tech after Tennessee boShare Tweet
OTL: NFL concussion program effort variesThree years after Congress pressured the NFL to overhaul its concussion program, the league effort remains marked by inconsistencies in how it tracks, treats and even describes serious head injuries.Share Tweet
League deftly changes the subject with talk of playoff expansionWith former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue issuing a stunning rebuke to his successor on Tuesday via the scuttling of the bounty suspensions (along with a subtle, passive-aggressive scolding on how Commissioners should handle cultural changes) and with Com…Share TweetIt appears, as one PFT reader pointed out on Twitter, that December 12 is the official date for Festivus, since the NFLPA picked that day for the airing of grievances. But the grievance aired on Wednesday is an important one, regarding the efforts of te…Share TweetWhile many people are flipping out about about his celebration, Giants rookie running back David Wilson just wants everyone to “relax.” Wilson’s post-touchdown backflip drew some cross looks from the normally buttoned-down Giants. “I told him seveShare TweetEven before his suspension for not showing up for last week’s game, Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall knew he was playing out the string in Pittsburgh. After he lost his starting job, was a healthy scratch against the Ravens, his decision to bailShare TweetBills DT Marcell Dareus keeps overcoming personal tragedies, which left him scared to leave the house. Dolphins S Reshad Jones used his day off this week to meet a 101-year-old fan. Patriots QB Tom Brady has become adept at selling play-action fakes. Fo…Share Tweet
Bucs’ Michael Bennett hula dances to campaign for Pro Bowl votesAfter sacking Eagles quarterback Nick Foles on Sunday, Buccaneers defensive end Michael Bennett got up and did a hula dance. And in case that was too subtle, Bennett wants to make it perfectly clear: That was his way of hinting that people should vote t…Share Tweet
Week 15 N.F.L. Game Probabilities: Patriots Are True Outliersnytimes.com Dec 13, 2012The Patriots' passing offense is so effective that it forces opponents to take big risks to keep pace, and this results in interceptions.Share TweetAlthough Lions-Cardinals is nowhere near the NFL’s best game on Sunday, that game will feature one of the NFL’s best individual matchups when Lions receiver Calvin Johnson is covered by Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson. In fact, to hear PetersonShare Tweet
Week 14 N.F.L. Film Reviewnytimes.com Dec 13, 2012Among the impressive players in Week 14 were Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie and resurgent Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers.Share TweetThe Green Bay Packers will have to do without Charles Woodson for another week. Head coach Mike McCarthy said Wednesday that team physician Patrick McKenzie didn’t feel it was in Woodson’s best interests to return to the field this week for the PackerShare Tweet
Chargers place Vaughn Martin, Darrell Stuckey on IRThe San Diego Chargers lost two more players for the rest of the season on Wednesday as defensive end Vaughn Martin and safety Darrell Stuckey were placed on injured reserve. The Chargers now have 11 players on injured reserve. Vaughn suffered a groin i…Share TweetAs winners of seven of their last eight games, the Green Bay Packers are among the hottest teams in the NFL. They aren’t to blame, however, for setting their historic stadium on fire. According to WLUK-TV in Green Bay, Lambeau Field suffered $5,000 in dShare TweetAfter getting just seven carries in the Buffalo Bills 15-12 loss to the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, running back C.J. Spiller admitted to having some frustration in his lack of touches. Spiller tried to say the right things but the displeasure still came …Share Tweet
Checking In on the NFL Numbers Gamegrantland.com Dec 13, 2012It's good to check in with the league's most relevant team statistics about once every four weeks. Four weeks isn't enough to dramatically shift thing...Share Tweet
NFL32OT: Who's The Comeback Player?Dec 13Episode 237: Suzy Kolber and Chris Mortensen discuss who should be the comeback player of the year. Jason Taylor breaks down what the Bears need to do in order be in the postseason. The NFL32 crew discuss the possibility of expanding the playoffs.
What's Wrong With the Bears Offense?Dec 13Lomas Brown and Cassidy Hubbarth discuss the problems with the Bears offense heading into this weekend's matchup with the Packers.
Should Jason Garrett return for next season?Dec 13Lomas Brown and Cassidy Hubbarth discuss whether Jason Garrett should return as Cowboys head coach next season.
NFL Cold Hard FactsDec 13Cold Hard Facts looks at the top games of the week.