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On Thursday afternoon, Saints interim head coach Joe Vitt said that the leak of former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams’ testimony to the media amounted to a “scud,” presumably launched by the league office. Vitt predicted that anotherUpvote Share Tweet
If anyone in Southern California wants to see an underrated matchup between the Panthers and the Chargers on Sunday, which will feature the return of former Chargers defensive coordinator Ron Rivera and the debut of Cam Newton, plenty of good seats rema…Upvote Share TweetOn Wednesday night, ESPN’s Ed Werder reported that Commissioner Roger Goodell said he has been talking to suspended Saints coach Sean Payton about a possible reinstatement before the Super Bowl. The league now says that no such communications have occUpvote Share Tweet
Vitt braces for “scuds,” presumably from Park AvenueSaints interim coach Joe Vitt met with the media on Thursday, facing for the first time publicly the allegation that former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, the architect of the bounty program, wanted to stop using it - but that he didn’tUpvote Share TweetWhen Falcons wide receiver Roddy White missed practice on Wednesday with a knee injury, coach Mike Smith indicated that it was minor and that White was expected back at practice on Thursday and expected to play on Sunday. Thursday’s practice has come anUpvote Share Tweet
NFC South afternoon updateLots of odds and ends have been popping up around the division this afternoon. Let’s take a quick run through them: ATLANTA FALCONS It’s starting to sound as if receiver Roddy White's knee injury might be a little more serious than initially thought.Upvote Share Tweet
Saints face another bumpy offseasonThe bounty scandal may be a thing of the past, but that doesn’t mean the New Orleans Saints are in for a quiet offseason. Coach Sean Payton has to get reinstated from his season-long suspension and presumably signed to a new contract extension. His prevUpvote Share Tweet
Smith, Hargrove accept Tagliabue’s decision, withdraw motion to vacateFor three of the players whose suspension were overturned by former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue, the bounty case is finally over. As to Browns linebacker Scott Fujita, who was fully exonerated by Tagliabue, there’s nothing for Fujita to challenge in couUpvote Share TweetCommissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday that the league would spend the next few months considering playoff expansion. But is the idea even worth exploring? Would further expansion of the playoff field be good for the game or the fans? Our NFL experts…Upvote Share TweetThere’s a lot of talk out there about who should be the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year. Andrew Luck? Robert Griffin III? Russell Wilson? Doug Martin? You could go on for days with that one. But there's another, less-talked-about question out thUpvote Share Tweet
AccuScore: Panthers-ChargersPrim Siripipat goes inside the numbers for the Panthers-Chargers.Upvote Share Tweet
AccuScore: Buccaneers-SaintsPrim Siripipat goes inside the numbers for the Buccaneers-Saints.Upvote Share Tweet
Around the NFC SouthTime for a quick tour of the morning headlines from around the division: ATLANTA FALCONS Running back Michael Turner admitted he’s surprised that his role has been reduced so much. I don’t know that anyone should be all that shocked about Turner’s dUpvote Share TweetPrim Siripipat goes inside the numbers for the Giants-Falcons.Upvote Share Tweet
Bucs’ Michael Bennett hula dances to campaign for Pro Bowl votesAfter sacking Eagles quarterback Nick Foles on Sunday, Buccaneers defensive end Michael Bennett got up and did a hula dance. And in case that was too subtle, Bennett wants to make it perfectly clear: That was his way of hinting that people should vote t…Upvote Share Tweet
Blogger Blitz: Bucs-Saints previewNFC South blogger Pat Yasinskas looks at this week's matchup between two of the league's worst teams at defending the pass.Upvote Share Tweet
NFL Cold Hard FactsDec 13Cold Hard Facts looks at the top games of the week.
Countdown Daily Prediction: Panthers-ChargersDec 13The NFL Live crew makes their picks for Carolina at San Diego
Preview: Carolina Panthers vs. San Diego ChargersDec 13NFL Films previews the Week 15 matchup between the Carolina Panthers and the San Diego Chargers.
Preview: Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans SaintsDec 13NFL Films previews the Week 15 matchup between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New Orleans Saints.
Peter King: NFL Week 15 PicksDec 13Peter King: NFL Week 15 Picks
Biggest NFL games of Week 15 -- John Clayton's First & 10Dec 13Expand the playoffs? It's a question of when, not if, John Clayton writes.