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AFC East News and Rumors
Rex likely will stay, Tannenbaum could be reassigned
Changes 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 Tweet
AccuScore: Dolphins lose againThe Miami Dolphins are slumping and have lost four of their last five games. According to AccuScore, that slump will continue. AccuScore projects the 49ers (8-3-1) will win comfortably at home against Miami. This is a very long road trip for the Dolphin…Upvote Share Tweet
Patriots using racquetball paddles to prepare themselves for the J.J. Watt Swatyahoo.com Updated Dec 6, 2012It'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 Tweet
Key matchup: Aqib Talib vs. Andre JohnsonThere are plenty of great matchups to watch when the Houston Texans (11-1) travel to play the New England Patriots (9-3) on "Monday Night Football." But one to really keep an eye on will be the battle between newly acquired Patriots cornerback…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 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 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
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 TweetRemember when there was intense debate in the AFC East blog about which quarterback was better: Chad Henne or Mark Sanchez? Miami Dolphins and New York Jets fans couldn't get enough of these young gunslingers. They were expected to develop and eventuall…Upvote 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 Tweet
AccuScore: Jags beat JetsThe New York Jets made their quarterback decision and went back to Mark Sanchez. But according to AccuScore, it doesn't really matter who is under center this week for New York. AcccuScore predicts the hosting Jacksonville Jaguars (2-10) will beat the J…Upvote Share Tweet
Peter King: NFL Week 14 PicksCNNSI.com Updated 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 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 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 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
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 Tweet
Can Williams set personal sack record?Considering the slow start, it’s hard to fathom that Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams has a chance to set a new career best in sacks this season. Williams, who has 9.5 sacks, is just five shy of eclipsing his personal record of 14 sacks in 200Upvote 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 Updated Dec 6, 2012The Jets' Mark Sanchez deserved to be benched after his second interception in the opening quarter against Arizona.Upvote Share TweetThe Houston Texans (11-1) and New England Patriots (9-3) will have a huge matchup with playoff implication on "Monday Night Football." So who will win this big game? According to AccuScore, New England will leave Gillette Stadium with the vict…Upvote Share Tweet
NY Giants are the anti-NY Jets, a picture of stability at quarterback, despite another up-and-down regular seasonnydailynews.com Updated 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 Tweet
Weighing the Gravity of the So-Called Playoff Previewgrantland.com Updated 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
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.
Countdown Daily Prediction: Texans-PatriotsDec 6The NFL Live crew makes their picks for Houston at New England
Countdown Daily Prediction: Dolphins-49ersDec 6The NFL Live crew makes their picks for Miami at San Francisco
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.