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Griffin is surely done in D.C.

Griffin is surely done in D.C.

profootballtalk.com Updated 3 hours ago
Well, that escalated quickly. Only nine days ago, quarterback Robert Griffin III remained entrenched as the starter in D.C. After nearly beating the Vikings in his return from a dislocated ankle, Griffin had two weeks to get ready for a gimme putt again…
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  • Falcons OC Dirk Koetter on third-down call: 'Sure, we'd change …

    Falcons OC Dirk Koetter on third-down call: 'Sure, we'd change it'

    ESPN.com 9 hours ago
    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter followed head coach Mike Smith's lead in second-guessing a critical decision in Sunday's 26-24 loss to the Cleveland Browns. On third-and-2 from the Browns' 35-yard line with 55 s…
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  • Matt Ryan on Mike Smith: We’ve got to make him right

    Matt Ryan on Mike Smith: We’ve got to make him right

    Falcons coach Mike Smith said Monday that he felt he didn’t give his team the best chance to win based on the way he handled the clock during the team’s final offensive drive in a 26-24 loss to the Browns, echoing criticism from many corners that didn’t…
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  • Dolphins bring back cornerback R.J. Stanford

    Dolphins bring back cornerback R.J. Stanford

    profootballtalk.com 11 hours ago
    The Dolphins are short-handed in the secondary at the moment, so they brought back a familiar face. According to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, the Dolphins have signed cornerback R.J. Stanford. He was with the Dolphins in 2012 and 2013, and has …
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  • Buccaneers add two tight ends

    Buccaneers add two tight ends

    The Buccaneers are heading toward Week 13 with injury concerns about three of their tight ends, so they decided to add some insurance in the event any or all of them are unable to play against the Bengals. Tampa announced that they have signed D.J. Will…
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  • Great take on Saints' woes from ESPN analysts Steve Young, Tren…

    Great take on Saints' woes from ESPN analysts Steve Young, Trent Dilfer

    ESPN.com 13 hours ago
    METAIRIE, La. -- ESPN analysts Steve Young, Trent Dilfer and Ray Lewis absolutely nailed the current state of the New Orleans Saints in their postgame breakdown after Monday night's 34-27 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Naturally, the ex-QBs Young and Dil…
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  • Polamalu, Taylor likely to play against Saints

    Polamalu, Taylor likely to play against Saints

    ESPN.com 13 hours ago
    Steelers coach Mike Tomlin confirmed that strong safety Troy Polamalu and cornerback Ike Taylor are expected to play Sunday against the Saints.
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  • Doug Martin says he's still the same player

    Doug Martin says he's still the same player

    ESPN.com 13 hours ago
    TAMPA, Fla. -- Doug Martin knows the critics are out there. They say he has lost it and he's not the same running back who rushed for more than 1,400 yards as a rookie in 2012. So what does the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' running back say about all that? &quo…
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  • Report: Titans to release Shaun Phillips

    Report: Titans to release Shaun Phillips

    profootballtalk.com 14 hours ago
    Over in the NFC South, the Buccaneers aren’t ready to start taking a look at young players currently holding down reserve roles because they still have a chance to win the division. Even though they have the same 2-9 record as the Bucs, there’s no such …
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  • What are chances of 6-10 team winning NFC South? Question no lo…

    What are chances of 6-10 team winning NFC South? Question no longer implausible

    Our simulation is still confident that the Saints will win the NFC South. Quarterback Drew Brees might say it's "annoyingly optimistic."
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  • Ryan: 4-7 Falcons remain in 'driver's seat'

    Ryan: 4-7 Falcons remain in 'driver's seat'

    ESPN.com 14 hours ago
    Matt Ryan says the Atlanta Falcons are "still in the driver's seat" despite a 4-7 record in the dreadful NFC South.
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  • QB snapshot: Cam Newton

    QB snapshot: Cam Newton

    ESPN.com 15 hours ago
    A quick observation of quarterback Cam Newton and how he must improve in the Carolina Panthers' game at Minnesota on Sunday: A defense ranked seventh against the pass and 12th overall, one that held Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers to 209 yards passing Sunday,…
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  • QB snapshot: Drew Brees

    QB snapshot: Drew Brees

    ESPN.com 15 hours ago
    A quick observation of quarterback Drew Brees and how he played in the New Orleans Saints' 34-27 loss in Week 12: Believe it or not, Brees is actually on pace to throw for 5,078 yards with 32 touchdowns and a league-best 70.3 completion percentage. But …
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  • QB snapshot: Josh McCown

    QB snapshot: Josh McCown

    ESPN.com 15 hours ago
    A quick observation of quarterback Josh McCown and how he played in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 21-13 loss to Chicago in Week 12: McCown had what probably was his worst outing of the season. He looked off all day, completing just 25 of 48 passes for 341 y…
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  • The Bucs Found A Really Impressive Way To Blow The Game This We…

    The Bucs Found A Really Impressive Way To Blow The Game This Week

    deadspin.com 15 hours ago
    We normally go over the most highly leveraged plays, or some collection of them, when we round up Brian Burke's WPA from Advanced Football Analytics every week. The list is almost always bottom-heavy, comprising plays that just happened to occur in the …
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  • AFC North sets new mark with all teams three games over .500

    AFC North sets new mark with all teams three games over .500

    profootballtalk.com 16 hours ago
    The NFL has one of the least accomplished divisions in history this year in the NFC South, where even the 2-9 Buccaneers harbor hopes of winning a division title. A big reason for the division’s futility has been their general inability to win games aga…
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  • Lovie Smith won’t look at younger players because “we’re right …

    Lovie Smith won’t look at younger players because “we’re right in the mix”

    profootballtalk.com 16 hours ago
    There’s been plenty of discussion about the dire state of affairs in the NFC South this season, but Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith may have offered the best way to illustrate just how bad the four teams in that division have been this year. Smith met the …
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  • Saints fear Brodrick Bunkley lost for the season

    Saints fear Brodrick Bunkley lost for the season

    The Saints are already bad at playing defense, and things just keep getting worse. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Saints believe nose tackle Brodrick Bunkley suffered a season-ending quad injury last night. He’ll have an MRI today, bu…
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  • Steelers defense getting healthier

    Steelers defense getting healthier

    profootballtalk.com 18 hours ago
    The Steelers bye week appears to have come at the right time for their defense. Several key players have missed time with injuries this season, but the team expects to have most of them back on the field for this weekend’s matchup with the Saints. Safet…
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  • Saints' loss keeps Bucs in NFC South hunt

    Saints' loss keeps Bucs in NFC South hunt

    ESPN.com 20 hours ago
    TAMPA, Fla. -- His team is 2-9, but Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith continues to point to the NFC South standings. He did it again Monday and he can do it again today. With New Orleans losing to Baltimore on Monday night, the Saints and Atlanta a…
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  • Saints' attacking approach the only positive in loss to Ravens

    Saints' attacking approach the only positive in loss to Ravens

    NEW ORLEANS -- The New Orleans Saints got one thing right in Monday night's 34-27 loss to the Baltimore Ravens -- the offensive aggressiveness and sense of urgency that was so blatantly lacking a week earlier. The Saints' first play of the game was an e…
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  • Mike Smith: I didn’t put us in best position to win game

    Mike Smith: I didn’t put us in best position to win game

    profootballtalk.com 20 hours ago
    Upon further review, Falcons coach Mike Smith would have done things differently against the Browns on Sunday. Smith came under fire for his clock management decisions late in the 26-24 loss to Cleveland, which saw Smith call a late timeout and deep pas…
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  • Forsett Dominant as Ravens Beat Saints 34-27

    Forsett Dominant as Ravens Beat Saints 34-27

    nytimes.com 22 hours ago
    After each of his two touchdowns, Justin Forsett kneeled in the end zone, spread his arms wide and tilted his head back as if gazing toward the heavens beyond the Superdome roof. As he did so, the Ravens running back couldn't help but think of how much …
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  • Video - Inside The Huddle: Rookie Receivers 00:37

    Inside The Huddle: Rookie Receivers

    Nov 25
    The 2014 rookie receiver class might be the best ever; 23 pass-catchers could have 1,000-yard seasons.
  • Video - Inside The Huddle: Rookie Offensive Linemen 00:57

    Inside The Huddle: Rookie Offensive Linemen

    Nov 25
    The 2014 offensive linemen draft class is solid, with 19 drafted offensive linemen starting for their teams.
  • Video - Week 12: New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees highlights 01:33

    Week 12: New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees highlights

    Nov 24
    New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees threw 2 touchdowns and a season-high 420 yards in his team's 34-27 Week 12 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
  • Video - Ravens Take Lead On Pick-six 00:35

    Ravens Take Lead On Pick-six

    Nov 24
    Will Hill picked off Drew Brees and took it to the house to put the Ravens up 24-17 over the Saints.

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