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Kevin Kolb isn’t completely healed
The Cardinals turned their offense over to John Skelton again this week, leaving Ryan Lindley to hold a clipboard and Kevin Kolb to keep healing from the broken ribs he suffered in Week Six. Kolb’s been practicing in a limited fashion, but he’s stillUpvote Share Tweet
49ers-Seahawks could have flex appealWeek 16 Schedule (Sunday only) The Week 16 game between San Francisco and Seattle looks like a good candidate for flexing into prime time on NBC. The league and networks haven't made an announcement yet, but the currently scheduled Sunday nighter betwee…Upvote Share Tweet
Closer look at evolving Seahawks tactic2012 Seahawks Option Rushing The Seattle Seahawks unleashed nine read-option plays for quarterback Russell Wilson against the Chicago Bears during the fourth quarter and overtime Sunday. They then faked such a play to set up the winning touchdown pass t…Upvote Share TweetJohn from Tampa asked during the recent NFC West chat whether issues in Seattle and Minnesota could help the St. Louis Rams make a surprise run toward a wild-card playoff berth. The Rams have improved to 5-6-1 following victories over Arizona and San Fr…Upvote Share Tweet
Jaguars offense looks like it will be more shorthanded than usualOne of the funniest things about the Jets pulling Mark Sanchez in the 7-6 victory over the Cardinals last week is that he wasn’t even the worst quarterback on the field. Bad as Sanchez was, Ryan Lindley was worse and wound up playing the entire game. WeUpvote Share TweetThere are many 49ers fans who would love a moment of contact with quarterback Colin Kaepernick. But the one with the deepest, yet most tortured connection is Heidi Russo, his biological mother who gave him up for adoption. When she watches him from the …Upvote Share TweetRams receiver Danny Amendola is limited in practice as he continues to recover from a foot injury suffered on November 18. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Amendola has been doing individual work on the sideline in practice. When healthy, Amendo…Upvote Share Tweet
Peter King: NFL Week 14 PicksCNNSI.com Updated Dec 6, 2012If the Pats get the AFC's No. 2 seed, they'll have earned it, thanks to a brutal two-game stretch that starts now. Can they slow the Texans' playmakers? Peter King picks Week 14.Upvote Share Tweet
49ers' playoff-clinching odds in Week 1449ers Clinch in Week 14, Plan 1 49ers Clinch in Week 14, Plan 2 Informed sports fans must arm themselves with the proper rooting strategies. That is especially true late in the season, when outcomes for seemingly obscure games can affect the playoff pic…Upvote Share Tweet
Sando chat scheduled for 1 p.m. ETThe NFC West conversation will shift from Twitter, Facebook and the comments sections of various blog entries into the room ESPN has set aside for us each Thursday at 1 p.m. ET. See you there.Upvote Share Tweet
Cards down, but Horton's defense shinesThe Arizona Cardinals' ongoing offensive decline comes as the team's defense continues to rise under second-year coordinator Ray Horton. Cardinals Defensive Rankings Since 2007 The defensive improvements date to a 19-13 victory over St. Louis in Week 9 …Upvote Share TweetFor the second week in a row, Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher has been fined for a horse-collar tackle. And it’s starting to add up. According to Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times, Urlacher will be fined $31,500 for last week’s tackle of SeaUpvote Share Tweet
Enhancing Warner's Hall case the hard wayWhen Kurt Warner retired following the 2009 NFL season, the Arizona Cardinals released a 20-page PDF file celebrating the quarterback's career. Arizona Cardinals Offensive Rankings The file included a section outlining "Kurt's Canton Credentials&qu…Upvote Share Tweet
Darnell Dockett Apologizes For Fighting Teammate Over "Let Them Score" Strategy, Still Clearly Doesn't Understand Why He Was Wrodeadspin.com Updated Dec 6, 2012On Sunday, the Jets had the ball deep in Arizona territory and a one-point lead. The directive came in from the Cardinals' sideline: Let them score a touchdown, so Arizona could get the ball back down eight with more than a minute remaining. Sound advic…Upvote Share Tweet
Buffalo resident ensures local broadcast of Bills gameWith more than 10,000 unsold non-premium tickets available as of last week for Sunday’s game between the Rams and the Bills, Buffalo was destined to have a second straight local blackout. Thanks to Russell J. Salvatore, that won’t happen. According toUpvote Share Tweet
Around the NFC West: Chasing the 49ersAround the NFC West: Dec. 6, 2012 The Seattle Seahawks and St. Louis Rams have gained ground on their NFC West rivals since this point last season. Seattle, at 7-5, is two games better than it stood entering Week 14 last season. St. Louis has improved f…Upvote Share TweetTexans defensive end J.J. Watt’s attempt to catch 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith for the NFL sack lead was bolstered when the league’s official statisticians reviewed the tape from Sunday’s win over the Titans and gave Watt another sack. The officialUpvote Share Tweet
Jim Harbaugh hearing it from 49ers over “Saved by the Bell” cameoIn 1996, Jim Harbaugh, then the quarterback of the Colts, made a guest appearance on Saved by the Bell: The New Class. That episode was posted to YouTube and became a viral video recently, and Harbaugh hasn’t heard the end of it. The first question at HUpvote Share Tweet
Countdown Daily Prediction: Cardinals-SeahawksDec 6The NFL Live crew makes their picks for Arizona at Seattle
Countdown Daily Prediction: Dolphins-49ersDec 6The NFL Live crew makes their picks for Miami at San Francisco
NFL Live OT: Most Impressive Rookie QBDec 6Tedy Bruschi and Herm Edwards discuss which rookie quarterback is having the most impressive season.
Preview: Arizona Cardinals vs. Seattle SeahawksDec 6NFL Films previews the Week 14 matchup between the Arizona Cardinals and the Seattle Seahawks.
Biggest NFL games of Week 14 -- John Clayton's First & 10Dec 6No. 1 seeds are on the line this weekend, but that distinction isn't as valuable as it once was, John Clayton writes.