NFC South News and Rumors
Wide receiver Josh Gordon got thrown back into the fire in his first game back from a 10-game suspension on Sunday afternoon and there were ups and downs for him and quarterback Brian Hoyer on the way to a 26-24 victory over the Falcons. On the down sid…Upvote Share Tweet
Sean Payton's message to Saints: Season starts nowMETAIRIE, La. -- A new six-game season kicks off tonight for the New Orleans Saints. That's the message coach Sean Payton sent his team heading into tonight's home date with the Baltimore Ravens (6-4). Payton showed players a chart at the beginning of t…Upvote Share Tweet
Buccaneers need to focus on futureCHICAGO – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost a game Sunday, 21-13 to the Bears. But the amazing thing is they didn’t lose any ground in the NFC South standings. They’re 2-9 and, believe it or not, they remain in playoff contention. That’s what happens when y…Upvote Share Tweet
Despite inconsistency, Panthers need to keep feeding Kelvin Benjamin the ballCHARLOTTE, N.C. -- There are times when Carolina Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin makes a catch that makes you say "wow," like the juggling 22-yarder falling backwards in the end zone during the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 19-17 loss to A…Upvote Share TweetThe Pro Football Hall of Fame has embarked on an ambitious plan to construct a Hall of Fame Village. Saints owner Tom Benson has given the project an enormous chunk of seed money. As reported last night by Peter King of TheMMQB.com on NBC’s Football Nig…Upvote Share TweetIt looked like the Falcons had done just enough to win Sunday’s game against the Browns. As it turned out, they left Cleveland just enough time to turn that victory into a defeat. On second and nine from the Cleveland 42 with 1:03 to play, the Falcons g…Upvote Share Tweet
Desmond Trufant competes with Josh Gordon, but defense doesn't finishESPN.com 13 hours agoATLANTA -- The passion was evident in Desmond Trufant's tone as his lip quivered with every response. One could tell how much the Atlanta Falcons cornerback wanted this one; how badly he wanted to make a difference on defense. Trufant had the undesirabl…Upvote Share Tweet
Josh McCown has rough outing in homecomingESPN.com 14 hours agoCHICAGO – This time, there were no tears. But there certainly could have been. Buccaneers quarterback Josh McCown’s play in Sunday’s 21-13 loss to the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field was nothing to smile about. He threw two interceptions and lost a fumbl…Upvote Share Tweet
Falcons foiled as offense falters late in fourth quarterESPN.com 15 hours agoATLANTA -- Roddy White thought victory was in hand. He truly did. With 4 minutes, 59 seconds left in regulation on Sunday and his Atlanta Falcons trailing the Cleveland Browns 23-21, White figured the momentum had just turned in the Falcons' favor. He w…Upvote Share Tweet
Buccaneers collapse in epic fashionESPN.com 16 hours agoCHICAGO -- A few weeks ago, Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith playfully said that his team would make an "epic climb" at some point. You want epic? The Bucs delivered an epic collapse Sunday. For a team that has lost in just about every w…Upvote Share TweetLed a playmaking defense, the Bears rallied for a 21-13 victory over the visiting Buccaneers and former Chicago head coach Lovie Smith on Sunday afternoon at Soldier Field. In securing their second straight win, the Bears (5-6) forced four turnovers, in…Upvote Share Tweetnytimes.com 17 hours agoAfter being suspended for Cleveland's first 10 games, Josh Gordon had no trouble remembering how to play the game.Upvote Share TweetESPN.com 17 hours agoBrian Hoyer shook off three interceptions, leading the Cleveland Browns down the field in the final minute to set up Billy Cundiff's 37-yard field goal as time expired for a 26-24 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.Upvote Share Tweet
Jorvorskie Lane's injury 'serious'ESPN.com 18 hours agoCHICAGO -- Observed and heard in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' locker room after their 21-13 loss to the Bears. The injury news wasn't good for the Bucs. Fullback Jorvorskie Lane suffered what coach Lovie Smith called a "serious leg injury." It so…Upvote Share Tweet
God, The NFC South Is So Awfuldeadspin.com 18 hours agoMike Smith and the Falcons used poor clock management and sheer willpower to lose on a last-second field goal to the Browns today. (Congrats, Browns!) Atlanta is now 4-7, and still has a chance at first place in the NFC South after the week's over, beca…Upvote Share Tweetprofootballtalk.com 19 hours agoThe Browns are clinging to a lead in the fourth quarter against the Falcons and they’ll need to protect it for the final 9:31 without safety Tashaun Gipson. Gipson and cornerback Joe Haden collided with each other while trying to make a play on a pass t…Upvote Share TweetCHICAGO -- Some quick thoughts on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 21-13 loss to the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on Sunday: What it means: The Bucs had a chance to put together back-to-back wins for the first time this season. They failed. Despite jumping o…Upvote Share Tweet
Bears lose Briggs, Fuller to injury vs. BucsESPN.com 19 hours agoChicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs left Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after suffering a groin injury in the second quarter, and rookie cornerback Kyle Fuller suffered a knee injury that will keep him out for the second half.Upvote Share Tweet
Mike Evans does it againprofootballtalk.com 20 hours agoRemember when it took time for first-round receivers to hit their stride? In May, the Buccaneers took wideout Mike Evans No. 7 overall. And on Sunday in Chicago, Evans hauled in his eighth TD of the season to give Tampa Bay a 7-0 second-quarter lead. Ev…Upvote Share Tweetprofootballtalk.com 23 hours agoEvery 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. Browns at Falcons Browns: TE Jordan Cameron, WR Marlon Moore…Upvote Share TweetThe Buccaneers will not have the NFL’s co-leader in tackles in the lineup at Chicago. Weak-side linebacker Lavonte David won’t play in Sunday’s game vs. the Bears at Soldier Field, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reported this morning. David sat out …Upvote Share TweetESPN.com Nov 23 (yesterday)METAIRIE, La. -- Say this for New Orleans Saints cornerback Patrick Robinson: He’s resilient. The former first-round draft pick’s entire career has been a non-stop roller-coaster ride because of his highs and lows on the field and injury issues off the …Upvote Share Tweet
NFL Weather Watch — Week 12profootballtalk.com Nov 23 (yesterday)The weather forecasts suggest snow is unlikely to be seen in any of the outdoor NFL games on Sunday. However, fans of a certain age might have occasion to hum a few bars of “November Rain.” Precipitation is possible for Buccaneers-Bears in Chicago and P…Upvote Share Tweet
Brees Ready For Monday NightNov 23Mike Tirico speaks to QB Drew Brees and previews the "Monday Night Football" matchup between the Saints and the Ravens.
Game Balls: Tampa Bay at ChicagoNov 23Bears reporter Michael Wright's game ball goes to David Bass, who was waived on Oct. 7, and brought back to the active roster on Nov. 11. Bucs receiver Mike Evans gets the game ball from Patrick Yasinskas after three catches for 47 yards.
Sunday Blitz: Buccaneers-Bears RecapNov 23Jim Basquil and Ron Jaworski break down the Bears' 21-13 win over the Buccaneers.
Sunday Blitz: Browns-Falcons RecapNov 23Jim Basquil and Ron Jaworski break down the Browns' 26-24 win over the Falcons.
Odell of a CatchNov 24LSU football coach Les Miles was in his office Sunday night in Baton Rouge, watching video, preparing for a Thursday night game against Texas A&M, when he was told there was something he had to see. It was video of one of his former players/acrobats…
Clayton's Last Call: Sorting out AFC raceNov 21The AFC playoff race continues to gain clarity, John Clayton writes. Plus, Seattle's D, Denver's simpler approach and more.
‘The Opportunity To Do Something Special’Nov 21Follow The MMQB on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The MMQB Newsletter Enter your email below to receive the best of The MMQB in your inbox each weekday
Planes, Bills and SnowmobilesNov 21I have covered the NFL for 30 years, and I must say I have never heard an NFL executive say he hoped a snowmobile would come up big for his team in advance of a game with big playoff implications. That happened Thursday night. The Buffalo Bills quite po…