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When Raiders running back Darren McFadden suffered a sprained ankle on November 4 against the Buccaneers, the Raiders were tight lipped regarding the anticipated duration of his absence. Jay Glazer of FOX reports that the Raiders expected McFadden to m…Upvote Share Tweet
Darren Sproles is back at practice and close to rejoining a New Orleans running game that hardly resembles the anemic one he was part of before he went out with a broken left hand.Upvote Share Tweetnytimes.com Nov 14, 2012Against the Panthers, the Broncos' Von Miller turned in one of the most dominant defensive performances of the season.Upvote Share TweetOn Monday night, the Atlanta Falcons abruptly cut defensive end Ray Edwards. Per a league source, Edwards has now cleared waivers. The window closed at 4:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, with no teams making a claim for the man who spent five years with the Vi…Upvote Share TweetThe Falcons are coming off a loss for the first time this season and they started their practice week without a couple of key players on the field. Wide receiver Julio Jones and linebacker Sean Weatherspoon both skipped practice on Wednesday while recov…Upvote Share TweetFor those who like to say the NFC South doesn’t get enough “respect’’ -- and there seems to be a lot of that from Atlanta fans this season -- here’s your chance to do something about it. The NFL released its first early results on Pro Bowl balloUpvote Share TweetCNNSI.com Nov 14, 2012PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Steelers will be playing for first place in the AFC North without quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.Upvote Share TweetThe Raiders brought in some veteran linebacker depth, signing Omar Gaither Wednesday. Gaither has 40 career starts, between stints with the Eagles and Panthers. He was in camp with the Texans this summer. He replaced Travis Goethel, who was placed on on…Upvote Share TweetThe Saints’ attempt to dig out from under their 0-4 start to return to the playoff picture got a huge boost from Sunday’s 31-27 win over the Falcons. Tight end Jimmy Graham played a big role in that winning effort. He caught seven passes for a career-Upvote Share Tweet
Doug Martin brings plenty of YACOne of the main reasons Tampa Bay running back Doug Martin is having such a strong rookie year is that he rarely goes down the first time he’s touched. According to ESPN Stats & Information, Martin ranks third in the NFL with 376 yards coming after firsUpvote Share TweetSaints linebacker Jonathan Vilma is not fond of the Falcons. Vilma, who along with teammate Scott Shanle thought that the Falcons were “classless” in the way they acted before Sunday’s Saints-Falcons game, has added that he doesn’t feel the need tUpvote Share TweetThe Panthers announced they've signed free agent guard Jeremy Bridges to serve as a stop-gap for their struggling offensive line.Upvote Share Tweet
Fixes for Falcons in short yardage?The big topic in Atlanta this week is the Falcons’ short-yardage running game. It should be because the Falcons are a yard away from being 9-0. They had three plays at the New Orleans 1-yard line late in Sunday’s game, but couldn’t score. Two Matt RUpvote Share Tweet
Accorsi will have huge impact on future of Panthers, NewtonAs Gantt pointed out several days ago, the Panthers have hired former Giants G.M. Ernie Accorsi to help find the franchise’s next General Manager. The decision that Accorsi makes will resonate through the organization, both now and in the future. Some tUpvote Share Tweet
Around the NFC SouthTime for a Wednesday morning run through the headlines from around the division: ATLANTA FALCONS Mark Bradley makes a good historical point after the Falcons released defensive end Ray Edwards following their first loss of the season. Bradley reminds us…Upvote Share Tweetgrantland.com Nov 14, 2012For the Saints and their fans, a season that seemed dead on arrival after an 0-4 start has sprung back to life. New Orleans has gone on a 4-1 run sinc...Upvote Share Tweet
Countdown Daily Prediction: Buccaneers-PanthersNov 14The NFL Live crew makes their picks for Tampa Bay at Carolina
Countdown Daily Prediction: Cardinals-FalconsNov 14The NFL Live crew makes their picks for Arizona at Atlanta
Inside the Huddle: QBs, LBs and PuntersNov 14John Clayton analyzes some fascinating statistics regarding high-flying QB passing records, a linebacker named Von Miller, Flacco's road record, and two punters who are booming the ball deep.
Blogger Blitz: Everyone Must ProduceNov 14NFC South blogger Pat Yasinskas looks at how Falcon's coach Mike Smith sent a strong message to his team that everyone must give maximum effort
Clayton mailbag: Backup QBs under microscopeNov 14With four starters being injured in Week 10, the state of the NFL's backup quarterback situation is about to come into focus, writes John Clayton.