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Broncos roll past Raiders for 8th straight win

Broncos roll past Raiders for 8th straight win

ESPN.com profootballtalk.com CNNSI.com Updated Dec 6, 2012
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.
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  • Broncos claim 8th straight

    Broncos claim 8th straight

    CNNSI.com Dec 6, 2012
    The 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.
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  • Patriots using racquetball paddles to prepare themselves for th…

    Patriots using racquetball paddles to prepare themselves for the J.J. Watt Swat

    yahoo.com Dec 6, 2012
    It'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…
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  • Chris Cook back to practice, on track to return for Vikings

    Chris Cook back to practice, on track to return for Vikings

    profootballtalk.com Dec 6, 2012
    Vikings 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 …
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  • Jon Gruden assesses Texans-Patriots

    Jon Gruden assesses Texans-Patriots

    ESPN.com Dec 6, 2012
    ESPN NFL analyst Jon Gruden previews this week's big "Monday Night Football" matchup as Matt Schaub and the Houston Texans (11-1) face three-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady and the New England Patriots (9-3) at Gillette Stadium in Foxboroug…
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  • Key Texans to be game-time decisions

    Key Texans to be game-time decisions

    ESPN.com Dec 6, 2012
    The Texans got semi-good injury news on Thursday, the first day of their practice week as they prepare for Monday night against the Patriots at New England. Outside linebacker Brooks Reed (groin) remains out as expected and cornerback Alan Ball (foot) a…
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  • Baby steps forward for Titans defense

    Baby steps forward for Titans defense

    ESPN.com Dec 6, 2012
    One of the things head coach Mike Munchak is going to have to sell Titans owner Bud Adams on once the season is over is that Tennessee is improving. The team has given up fewer points in the past three games -- 3, 24 and 24 -- after yielding 34 points a…
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  • Ravens lineman shaves head to honor Pagano

    Ravens lineman shaves head to honor Pagano

    profootballtalk.com Dec 6, 2012
    It’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 hair
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  • Jaguars offense looks like it will be more shorthanded than usu…

    Jaguars offense looks like it will be more shorthanded than usual

    profootballtalk.com Dec 6, 2012
    One 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. We
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  • Peter King: NFL Week 14 Picks

    Peter King: NFL Week 14 Picks

    CNNSI.com Dec 6, 2012
    If 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.
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  • Patriots breaking out the sporting goods to prepare for Watt

    Patriots breaking out the sporting goods to prepare for Watt

    For 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 c
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  • Tebow not quite ready to return to Jets' lineup

    Tebow not quite ready to return to Jets' lineup

    ESPN.com Dec 6, 2012
    New 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.
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  • Falcons and Texans still fighting for respect around the NFL, b…

    Falcons and Texans still fighting for respect around the NFL, but key December matchups will give each team a chance to prove ea

    nydailynews.com Dec 6, 2012
    There 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 …
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  • On Chad Henne against Jets' blitzes

    On Chad Henne against Jets' blitzes

    ESPN.com Dec 6, 2012
    The Jaguars seem to be talking as if the Jets are the most blitz-happy, complicated front in the football world. Running backs coach Sylvester Croom, who talks the team through third-down blitz packages each week, took some extra time with his presentat…
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  • Set an alarm: We chat in one hour

    Set an alarm: We chat in one hour

    ESPN.com Dec 6, 2012
    Boy, Thursday has arrived quickly. Frankly, I could use a second Wednesday. Anyone know someone I can talk to about that? I don't imagine it will happen in time to forestall our chat, which will be held Thursday at our usual hour -- noon ET, 11 a.m. CT.…
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  • Suh 'would never celebrate' a player injury

    Suh 'would never celebrate' a player injury

    ESPN.com Dec 6, 2012
    Ndamukong Suh on Wednesday responded to accusations he celebrated an Indianapolis Colts player's concussion, saying he would never revel in another player's injury.
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  • Chad Henne: Jets were eager to sign me as Sanchez’s backup

    Chad Henne: Jets were eager to sign me as Sanchez’s backup

    profootballtalk.com Dec 6, 2012
    As Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne prepares to play against the Jets on Sunday, he’s thinking about how close he came to becoming a member of the Jets in March. Henne confirmed that Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano, who coached him in Miami, was e
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  • Jim Harbaugh hearing it from 49ers over “Saved by the Bell” ca…

    Jim Harbaugh hearing it from 49ers over “Saved by the Bell” cameo

    profootballtalk.com Dec 6, 2012
    In 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 H
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  • Weighing the Gravity of the So-Called Playoff Preview

    Weighing the Gravity of the So-Called Playoff Preview

    grantland.com Dec 6, 2012
    Monday 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...
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  • Video - NFL32OT Monday Night Football Preview 03:08

    NFL32OT Monday Night Football Preview

    Dec 6
    The NFL32 crew discuss the Monday Night matchup between the Texans and the Patriots.
  • Video - How Are The Patriots Preparing For The Texans? 02:00

    How Are The Patriots Preparing For The Texans?

    Dec 6
    NFL Live looks at the Patriots are preparing for the Texans.
  • Video - Andrew Luck is the comeback kid 01:47

    Andrew Luck is the comeback kid

    Dec 6
    There have been many late game heroics this season in the NFL, but Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has shined the brightest when the pressure is on.
  • Video - Countdown Daily Prediction: Texans-Patriots 01:20

    Countdown Daily Prediction: Texans-Patriots

    Dec 6
    The NFL Live crew makes their picks for Houston at New England

Sports Columnists

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    Dec 6
    No. 1 seeds are on the line this weekend, but that distinction isn't as valuable as it once was, John Clayton writes.