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It's never easy for the Browns

It's never easy for the Browns

Even with a new regime, something remains the same for the Cleveland Browns: Nothing comes easy for the franchise. After one report had Cleveland close to a deal with Oregon's Chip Kelly, the presumed top choice for head coach left a seven-hour meeting …
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  • Jets begin GM search | Rex's tattoo creates buzz

    Jets begin GM search | Rex's tattoo creates buzz

    CNNSI.com Jan 4, 2013
    The New York Jets have begun their search for Mike Tannenbaum's replacement.
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  • Reid takes Chiefs' coaching job | History not kind

    Reid takes Chiefs' coaching job | History not kind

    CNNSI.com Jan 4, 2013
    Andy Reid pulled up to Arrowhead Stadium in a black SUV on Friday, stepped out of it wearing a dark suit and red tie, and walked briskly toward the doors of the Kansas City Chiefs' home.
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  • Source: Bills plan to interview Broncos DC McCoy

    Source: Bills plan to interview Broncos DC McCoy

    CNNSI.com Jan 4, 2013
    A person familiar with the Buffalo Bills' coaching search says the team is still scheduled to interview Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy this weekend.
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  • Christian Ponder, Antoine Winfield headline wild-card weekend’s…

    Christian Ponder, Antoine Winfield headline wild-card weekend’s injury reports

    yahoo.com Jan 4, 2013
    The Cincinnati Bengals will likely be without starting strong safety Chris Crocker for Saturday afternoon's Wild Card Playoffs game against the Houston Texans. Crocker did not practice on Thursday or Friday and is listed as "doubtful" on the i…
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  • Will Suggs have 'malice in his heart'?

    Will Suggs have 'malice in his heart'?

    ESPN.com Jan 4, 2013
    Sunday's wild-card game will feature a reunion, and it's not just the Colts coming back to Baltimore. The referee for the game is Mike Carey, who has a history with Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs. Seven years ago, in a game when the Ravens committed a …
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  • Joe Namath’s Wild-Card Picks: Texans, Ravens, Seahawks, Packers…

    Joe Namath’s Wild-Card Picks: Texans, Ravens, Seahawks, Packers advance

    yahoo.com Jan 4, 2013
    As he did last year for the playoffs, NFL Hall of Famer and New York Jets legend Joe Namath will join Yahoo! Sports and the Shutdown Corner Blog during the playoffs to break down the key games, players and moments each weekend. Make sure you like the Of…
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  • Bengals' Crocker unlikely to get redemption

    Bengals' Crocker unlikely to get redemption

    If there is one player on the Cincinnati Bengals who would like a shot at redemption, it would be strong safety Chris Crocker. But that's unlikely to happen. Crocker is listed as doubtful for Saturday's wild-card game after he injured his right quadrice…
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  • Ravens' Lewis to make return against Colts

    Ravens' Lewis to make return against Colts

    Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis will make his return from a torn triceps in Sunday's wild-card game against the Indianapolis Colts, coach John Harbaugh said Friday.
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  • The NFL In Mexico Is The NFL Reduced To Its Essence

    The NFL In Mexico Is The NFL Reduced To Its Essence

    deadspin.com Jan 4, 2013
    MEXICO CITY-Freedom Sports & Fun Bar is located in a neighborhood here called Del Valle, where many of the streets are named after American cities. Boston, Detroit, and Sacramento run east and west just outside the bar. But inside, the only city with an
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  • Wild-card weekend preview: Steady diet of Ray Rice should end C…

    Wild-card weekend preview: Steady diet of Ray Rice should end Colts’ remarkable season

    yahoo.com Jan 4, 2013
    There will be no shortage of intriguing story lines when the Indianapolis Colts visit the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. Following a 2-14 season in 2011, the Colts fired longtime assistant and then-head coach Jim Caldwell, hired Chuck Pagano away from the …
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  • Horton waits to hear from Cardinals, Browns, Bills

    Horton waits to hear from Cardinals, Browns, Bills

    With one of seven head-coaching vacancies filled, it’s unclear when the next seat will be occupied. A candidate for three of the open jobs has put the hay in the barn, and he’s applying patience as the teams gather information on other candidates. Per
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  • Friday Forecast: wild-card predictions

    Friday Forecast: wild-card predictions

    ESPN.com Jan 4, 2013
    I picked both games correctly last Sunday for my first perfect week since Week 11. Way to end the regular season strong. But it's a new season with the playoffs (although these games will still count in my season record): Bengals 20, Texans 13: The Beng…
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  • Jaws' final QB rankings: Flacco moves up

    Jaws' final QB rankings: Flacco moves up

    ESPN.com Jan 4, 2013
    ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski posted his final quarterback rankings for the 2012 season. It's an Insider post, but I can tell you that three AFC North quarterbacks moved up in his rankings: BEN ROETHLISBERGER, STEELERS Current ranking: No. 6 Previous rankin…
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  • Middle Men: Despite an influx of playoff rookies at quarterba……

    Middle Men: Despite an influx of playoff rookies at quarterba…

    CNNSI.com Jan 4, 2013
    Despite an influx of playoff rookies at quarterback, the story of Wild Card Weekend will be told by the men under center and those assigned to stop them, writes Peter King.
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  • Favorable history for AFC sixth seed

    Favorable history for AFC sixth seed

    ESPN.com Jan 4, 2013
    If the Bengals beat the Texans on Saturday, would it really be considered an upset? Not based on the recent history of the sixth seed in the AFC. For the past four seasons, the sixth seed in the AFC has won three times in the wild-card round. In the 200…
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  • Ravens need Rice to break playoff slump

    Ravens need Rice to break playoff slump

    ESPN.com Jan 4, 2013
    Everyone remembers Ray Rice's first carry as a starting running back in the postseason. Three years ago in New England, he broke an 83-yard run for a touchdown, the second-longest run in NFL playoff history. What you may not know is how Rice has failed …
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  • Video - NFL Kickoff OT: Wild Card Weekend 04:55

    NFL Kickoff OT: Wild Card Weekend

    Jan 4
    NFL Live OT previews this weekends' NFL playoff games.
  • Video - 'Playbook': Can the Texans catch fire? 03:32

    'Playbook': Can the Texans catch fire?

    Jan 4
    Can the Houston Texans overcome their recent struggles and gain momentum when they take on the Cincinnati Bengals? The "NFL Playbook" crew gives their answers.
  • Video - 'Playbook': Bengals vs. Texans preview 05:03

    'Playbook': Bengals vs. Texans preview

    Jan 4
    Will J.J. Watt's MVP-like presence be enough to help lead the Houston Texans to a wild-card victory over the high-powered Cincinnati Bengals offense? The "NFL Playbook" crew breaks down the matchup.
  • Video - Ray Lewis Probable Vs Colts 00:38

    Ray Lewis Probable Vs Colts

    Jan 4
    John Clayton with the latest on Ray Lewis' playing status for the Ravens' playoff matchup against the Colts.

Sports Columnists

  • Georgia Bulldogs' Jarvis Jones declares for NFL draft

    Jan 4
    All-American linebacker Jarvis Jones of Georgia will enter the NFL draft.
  • Don Banks: Kansas City gets its man, but history says Reid may not win big

    Jan 4
    The Kansas City Chiefs on Friday completed their whirlwind pursuit of Andy Reid and hired him as their next head coach, making the big, bold headline move in large part because they were drawn by his long NFL track record and history of winning in Phila…
  • LSU Tigers' All-American Eric Reid also bolting for NFL draft

    Jan 4
    LSU All-American safety Eric Reid has decided to enter the NFL draft and forgo his senior season, he announced Friday through a school news release.
  • Peter King: Quarterback play crucial in uncertain Wild Card round

    Jan 4
    Minnesota cornerback Antoine Winfield and Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco are two of the major difference-makers on Wild Card weekend in this 93rd NFL season, if you accept these premises: