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One More Game Before Jets' Misery Ends

One More Game Before Jets' Misery Ends

nytimes.com ESPN.com Updated Dec 23, 2012
There may not be anything left to say in the days leading to the season finale in Buffalo. The Jets will finish with a losing record for the first time under Rex Ryan.
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  • Weeden, Richardson injured in Browns' loss

    Weeden, Richardson injured in Browns' loss

    ESPN.com Dec 23, 2012
    The already injury-ravaged Cleveland Browns lost their two best playmakers in quarterback Brandon Weeden and running back Trent Richardson to injuries in their 34-12 loss to the Denver Broncos on Sunday.
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  • Don Banks: Critical win proves Vikes are more than a one-man sh…

    Don Banks: Critical win proves Vikes are more than a one-man show; more Snaps

    CNNSI.com Dec 23, 2012
    PITTSBURGH -- Musings, observations and the occasional insight from a Week 16 that saw the NFL's playoff field taking shape in almost-finalized fashion...
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  • Oakland’s Tommy Kelly: We went after Cam Newton after Carson Pa…

    Oakland’s Tommy Kelly: We went after Cam Newton after Carson Palmer was hurt

    There wasn't much to the Carolina Panthers' 17-6 win over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday from a competitive perspective -- the Panthers were eliminated as a serious postseason concern a while back, and the Raiders may already be eliminated from next seas…
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  • Peyton guides Broncos to 10th straight victory

    Peyton guides Broncos to 10th straight victory

    Denver won its 10th straight game Sunday as Peyton Manning threw three touchdown passes for the 72nd time of his career in a 34-12 victory over the Cleveland Browns.
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  • Ravens take AFC North with convincing win over Giants

    Ravens take AFC North with convincing win over Giants

    profootballtalk.com Dec 23, 2012
    Both the Giants and Ravens came into Sunday’s game hoping to wash the bad taste from Week 15 out of their mouths. The Ravens were the only one that succeeded. Joe Flacco played as well as he has all season one week after a poor performance against the B
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  • Mariucci has interest in the Chargers

    Mariucci has interest in the Chargers

    profootballtalk.com Dec 23, 2012
    With San Diego moving closer to what G.M. A.J. Smith called in October a “new era of Chargers football,” a guy who was part of the old era of 49ers and Lions football is interested. Peter King of Sports Illustrated reported during Football Night in Am
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  • "Hallelujah, Holy Shit! Where's The Tylenol?": Your S…

    "Hallelujah, Holy Shit! Where's The Tylenol?": Your Sunday NFL GIF Roundup

    deadspin.com Dec 23, 2012
    We'll be putting all our GIFs for the day here, from London Fletcher losing his lunch to sad Tom Brady. We'll update the post as the later games conclude, so stay tuned. More »
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  • Wrap-up: Colts 20, Chiefs 13

    Wrap-up: Colts 20, Chiefs 13

    ESPN.com Dec 23, 2012
    A look at the final home game in Kansas City this season: What it means: The Chiefs were game but they fell to the Colts, who clinched a playoff berth. Kansas City is now 2-13. The Chiefs will get the No. 1 pick in the draft with a loss at Denver next w…
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  • Broncos up early on Browns

    Broncos up early on Browns

    The Broncos still have an outside shot at home field advantage through the AFC playoffs (with Houston’s surprising collapse). And they’re playing like a team no one wants to go see. The Broncos are up 14-3 on the Browns, with Peyton Manning throwing a
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  • Colts clinch playoff berth as Luck sets record

    Colts clinch playoff berth as Luck sets record

    ESPN.com CNNSI.com Dec 23, 2012
    Andrew Luck threw for 205 yards to break the single-season rookie record, and his touchdown pass to Reggie Wayne late in the fourth quarter Sunday gave the Indianapolis Colts a 20-13 win over the Kansas City Chiefs and a berth in the playoffs.
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  • Wrap-up: Panthers 17, Raiders 6

    Wrap-up: Panthers 17, Raiders 6

    A look another lackluster Oakland showing: What it means: It’s another loss in a lost season. The Raiders, who ended a six-game losing streak last week with a 15-0 shutout win over the Chiefs, are now 4-11. They are on pace for the No. 3 pick in the dra
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  • Greg McElroy buried under 11 sacks in his starting debut

    Greg McElroy buried under 11 sacks in his starting debut

    profootballtalk.com Dec 23, 2012
    The argument that Mark Sanchez was the only problem with the Jets was put to rest at the Meadowlands on Sunday. Greg McElroy was sacked 11 times, turned the ball over twice and the Jets defense got beaten for a couple of Philip Rivers touchdown passes e…
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  • Jamaal Charles breaks an 86-yard touchdown; continues to be Chi…

    Jamaal Charles breaks an 86-yard touchdown; continues to be Chiefs’ bright spot

    yahoo.com Dec 23, 2012
    It's too bad Jamaal Charles is playing on the Kansas City Chiefs. One of the most electric players in the NFL is playing in obscurity. Charles officially became the NFL's all-time leader in rushing average on Sunday by getting the two carries he needed …
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  • Chris Kuper, Justin Tuck headline late game NFL inactive lists

    Chris Kuper, Justin Tuck headline late game NFL inactive lists

    yahoo.com Dec 23, 2012
    Denver Broncos right guard Chris Kuper will miss a second consecutive game due to injuries to his ankle and head. Manny Ramirez will get the start for Kuper, who had been listed as "doubtful" on the Broncos' injury report. In positive news for…
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  • Palmer injures back, won't return vs. Panthers

    Palmer injures back, won't return vs. Panthers

    ESPN.com CNNSI.com Dec 23, 2012
    Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer has left Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers with a back injury and will not return, the team announced.
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  • The Raiders Cost Oakland 200 Police Officers In A Startlingly D…

    The Raiders Cost Oakland 200 Police Officers In A Startlingly Direct Way

    deadspin.com Dec 23, 2012
    We looked at the steady increase in taxpayer-funded stadium construction recently, and Sports on Earth wrote about what they term "sports welfare"-this week, Bloomberg explained a combination of those phenomena, and a notably clear example of the way sp
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  • Eli should take Peyton’s advice, do the opposite

    Eli should take Peyton’s advice, do the opposite

    profootballtalk.com Dec 23, 2012
    For the fourth time this year, Eli Manning’s Giants will be facing a team that his brother’s Broncos previously played.  For the fourth time this year, Eli has gotten some information from Peyton regarding the defense Eli will be facing, after Peyton
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  • Week 16 early inactives

    Week 16 early inactives

    profootballtalk.com Dec 23, 2012
    Every week we’ll bring you all the inactives from the early games in one post, constantly updated with the latest information. So check back often to see the full list as it becomes available. Raiders at Panthers Raiders: DT Richard Seymour Panthers: Q
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  • Raiders LB Rolando McClain out again

    Raiders LB Rolando McClain out again

    ESPN.com Dec 23, 2012
    Oakland Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain is inactive for the second straight game since his two-game team suspension concluded. Barring a major change of heart from the organization, expect the No. 8 pick in the 2010 draft to be inactive next week at …
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  • Mark Davis says Immaculate Reception is still a “dagger”

    Mark Davis says Immaculate Reception is still a “dagger”

    profootballtalk.com Dec 23, 2012
    The late Al Davis hated the play that allowed the Pittsburgh Steelers to swipe a playoff win from the Raiders 40 years ago today via a deflected pass that Franco Harris plucked out of the sky on the fly and ran into the end zone. Current Raiders owner M…
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  • Video - Broncos Win 10th Straight 00:31

    Broncos Win 10th Straight

    Dec 23
    Peyton Manning threw for 339 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Broncos past the Browns 34-12.
  • Video - Sunday Blitz: Bears-Broncos Recap 03:15

    Sunday Blitz: Bears-Broncos Recap

    Dec 23
    Jim Basquil and Eric Allen break down the Broncos' 34-12 win over the Bears.
  • Video - Cleveland Browns vs. Denver Broncos highlights 01:18

    Cleveland Browns vs. Denver Broncos highlights

    Dec 23
    Catch the highlights from Denver as Peyton Manning lead the Broncos to a dominating win over the Cleveland Browns.
  • Video - Broncos postgame press conference 02:45

    Broncos postgame press conference

    Dec 23
    Broncos react following game with Browns

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    Dec 23
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  • Don Banks: Critical win proves Vikes are more than a one-man show; more Sn…

    Dec 23
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    Dec 23
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    Dec 23
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