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Dennis Dixon draws RG3 duties in practice for the Ravens

Dennis Dixon draws RG3 duties in practice for the Ravens

profootballtalk.com Updated Dec 7, 2012
As the Ravens prepare for their first dose of RG3, they benefit from several years of chasing around a mobile quarterback like Ben Roethlisberger.  They’ve now turned to a former Steelers quarterback to get ready for the specific offense that the Redsk
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  • Michael Rosenberg: On the verge of history, Calvin Johnson stri…

    Michael Rosenberg: On the verge of history, Calvin Johnson strives to be even better

    CNNSI.com Dec 7, 2012
    Calvin Johnson may not yet belong among the great wide receivers in NFL history. But by creeping up on Jerry Rice's receiving record, Johnson is getting close, writes Michael Rosenberg.
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  • Vick, McCoy both remain out for skidding Eagles

    Vick, McCoy both remain out for skidding Eagles

    Quarterback Michael Vick and running back LeSean McCoy will not play Sunday, when the Philadelphia Eagles meet the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-6).
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  • Trent Williams visits PFT on NBC Sports Network

    Trent Williams visits PFT on NBC Sports Network

    profootballtalk.com Dec 7, 2012
    The Redskins ride a three-game winning streak into Week 14, a run of victories that has them right in the thick of the NFC East race just a few weeks after coach Mike Shanahan said that the team would be switching into evaluation mode. Evaluations have …
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  • FBI could swap headquarters with Redskins if Redskins move back…

    FBI could swap headquarters with Redskins if Redskins move back to Washington, D.C.

    yahoo.com deadspin.com Dec 7, 2012
    As NFL trades go, this might be the best one we've heard since Carroll Rosenbloom traded the Baltimore Colts to Robert Irsay in exchange for the Los Angeles Rams in a tax-free barter back in 1972. According to D.C. Council Finance and Revenue Chairman J…
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  • Montgomery to appeal fine for defending himself

    Montgomery to appeal fine for defending himself

    profootballtalk.com Dec 7, 2012
    Redskins center Will Montgomery was fined $10,000 for kicking Giants defensive tackle Linval Joseph, but he’s appealing on grounds of self defense. Montgomery dove into a pile trying to recover a fumble, and Joseph grabbed him by the leg as if to pull
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  • Quirks of the Game: The Roster Challenge

    Quirks of the Game: The Roster Challenge

    nytimes.com Dec 7, 2012
    When an N.F.L. player is injured, teams looking to fill a roster spot have to look to the practice squad or to someone sitting at home waiting for a call. Are bigger rosters the answer?
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  • Giants' Nicks questionable; Phillips doubtful

    Giants' Nicks questionable; Phillips doubtful

    Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks is questionable for Sunday's game against New Orleans with a sore left knee, while safety Kenny Phillips is doubtful with a knee injury.
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  • Cowboys' Ratliff (groin) out against Bengals

    Cowboys' Ratliff (groin) out against Bengals

    ESPN.com Dec 7, 2012
    Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Jay Ratliff will not play Sunday at Cincinnati, missing his third straight game because of a groin injury.
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  • On this Giants-Sean Payton thing

    On this Giants-Sean Payton thing

    ESPN.com yahoo.com Dec 7, 2012
    A bit of controversy this Friday about a comment by New York Giants punter Steve Weatherford in this New York Times story about the difficulty of trying to ensure that suspended New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton isn't communicating with his team. The…
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  • Peter King: Griffin, 'Skins taking advantage of opponents' aggr…

    Peter King: Griffin, 'Skins taking advantage of opponents' aggressive defense

    CNNSI.com Dec 7, 2012
    The Redskins' option offense is giving opponents fits behind the play-action scheme of RGIII. Now the Ravens will be tasked with stifling Washington's well-oiled attack, says Peter King.
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  • A showdown between the NFL's best teams?

    A showdown between the NFL's best teams?

    CNNSI.com Dec 7, 2012
    Houston Texans (11-1) at New England Patriots (9-3)
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  • Mike Patterson in hospital with viral pneumonia

    Mike Patterson in hospital with viral pneumonia

    profootballtalk.com Dec 7, 2012
    Eagles defensive tackle Mike Patterson has experienced another health scare. Patterson is currently in the hospital with viral pneumonia, Eagles head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder told reporters today. The pneumonia is not related to Patterson’s cere
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  • Steelers, Broncos, Giants and Jets: Answers to Readers' Questio…

    Steelers, Broncos, Giants and Jets: Answers to Readers' Questions

    nytimes.com Dec 7, 2012
    Judy Battista, the N.F.L. reporter for The Times, answers questions from readers.
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  • Stephen Jones: Ownership never wavered on Romo

    Stephen Jones: Ownership never wavered on Romo

    profootballtalk.com Dec 7, 2012
    During the team’s 3-4 start, when Tony Romo was on the wrong side of the touchdown-interception ratio (9-13), many people doubted the Cowboys quarterback. Now that things have turned around (10 touchdowns and two picks in the last five games), more peop
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  • Final Word: NFC East

    Final Word: NFC East

    ESPN.com Dec 7, 2012
    Five nuggets of knowledge about Week 14: Rookies making history. The Washington Redskins are the first team in NFL history to feature both a 2,000-yard rookie passer (Robert Griffin III) and a 1,000-yard rookie rusher (Alfred Morris). Griffin is poised …
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  • Osi Umenyiora has no problem praising opponents

    Osi Umenyiora has no problem praising opponents

    profootballtalk.com Dec 7, 2012
    Earlier this week, Giants safety Antrel Rolle said that his teammates on the Giants defense should stop saying positive things about opponents before games because it gets in the way of developing the “nasty attitude” Rolle believes is necessary for a
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  • Polamalu says he could have handled calf injury better

    Polamalu says he could have handled calf injury better

    profootballtalk.com Dec 7, 2012
    Troy Polamalu sounds contemplative about his future, but he sounds certain he could have missed less time if he and the Steelers had handled his calf injury differently. After injuring his calf in the opener, he came back prior to the Oct. 7 game agains…
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  • Memories of Saints beatings haven’t faded for Giants

    Memories of Saints beatings haven’t faded for Giants

    profootballtalk.com Dec 7, 2012
    Last year’s loss to the Saints wasn’t the last one before they went on their Super Bowl run. It was just the worst. Giants players winced this week recalling last year’s 49-24 thrashing at the hands of the Saints. “It was definitely embarrassing,â
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  • Friday Morning Report: Fork in the Road Time for Jints

    Friday Morning Report: Fork in the Road Time for Jints

    This season can turn out one of three ways right now: the Giants can win the majority or all of their remaining games, win the NFC East and proceed to the NFC playoffs. They can wallow, split their games, and fight for a playoff spot. Or they can just f…
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  • Week 14 Matchups: A Redskins Rock Star

    Week 14 Matchups: A Redskins Rock Star

    nytimes.com Dec 7, 2012
    The presence of Robert Griffin III has generated plenty of excitement around the Washington Redskins.
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  • Video - NFL32OT: Wilson Makes His Case For Rookie Of The Year 02:47

    NFL32OT: Wilson Makes His Case For Rookie Of The Year

    Dec 7
    Episode 233: Suzy Kolber and Damien Woody discuss Russell Wilson's impressive season. Steve Young breaks down the matchup between RGIII and Ed Reed. The NFL32 crew discuss the quarterback matchup between the Saints and the Giants.
  • Video - NFL Kickoff OT: Week 14 Predictions 06:32

    NFL Kickoff OT: Week 14 Predictions

    Dec 7
    NFL Live makes their predictions for Week 14's key matchups.
  • Video - 'Playbook': Dallas Cowboys vs. Cincinnati Bengals 04:31

    'Playbook': Dallas Cowboys vs. Cincinnati Bengals

    Dec 7
    Can the Dallas Cowboys get a solid pass rush against the Cincinnati Bengals? The "Playbook" group talks about how the Cowboys' defense can stop Jermaine Gresham and the Bengals' offense.
  • Video - Week 13: Pepsi MAX Rookie of the Week winner 00:31

    Week 13: Pepsi MAX Rookie of the Week winner

    Dec 7
    Robert Griffin III threw for over 160 yards and a touchdown while running for over 70 yards to help the Washington Redskins knock off the New York Giants.

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  • Peter King: Griffin, 'Skins taking advantage of opponents' aggressive defe…

    Dec 7
    So I am fairly smitten with this option offense Washington is running, called by offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and executed with precocious zeal by 22-year-old franchise quarterback Robert Griffin III. A big test comes Sunday at home against Balti…
  • The Sports Guy talks NBA leadership with Bill Russell, plus Week 14 picks

    Dec 7
    Thoughts on Bill Russell, Kobe Bryant, and the different paths to immortality.