Falcons-Saints Capsule (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:55:44 PST)
ATLANTA (5-9) at NEW ORLEANS (6-8)
Brees pleased by diversity of Saints' attack (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:58:18 PST)
METAIRIE, La. (AP) -- As Drew Brees examined the box score from New Orleans' latest victory, he was struck by how equitably the Saints distributed the ball among players at various skill positions.
Falcons QB: Showdown with Saints just another game (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:25:32 PST)
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) -- Quarterback Matt Ryan says he and the Atlanta Falcons face no added pressure with everything on the line this week.
Pump fake still an old standby tool in QB's belt (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:01:20 PST)
Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers had first-and-goal at Carolina, poised to break open that September game in the third quarter.
Falcons-Saints Preview (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:01:04 PST)
Although their records may be lousy, the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons control their playoff destinies.
Michael Vick has nearly paid off his $18 million debt (Shutdown Corner)
(Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:53:40 PST)
Cam Newton a surprise performer in Panthers practice (Shutdown Corner)
(Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:11:37 PST)
Well, well, look who made an appearance at football practice on Wednesday. A mere eight days after he was in a frightening car accident, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton participated in practice in advance of Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns, according to Black and Blue Review's Bill Voth . [ Join FanDuel.com's $2M Week 16 fantasy league: $25 to enter; top 17,475 teams paid ] Is it possible that Newton could play Sunday against the Cleveland Browns? Pump the breaks there — part of this is the Panthers seeing where Newton is with his transverse process injury he suffered in the crash. But it has to be tremendously encouraging that Newton is even in a place where he can go through basic practice movements, which would give the Panthers a lift as they remain in the thick of the NFC South race . Derek Anderson is 2-0 in his two replacements starts for Newton, although we feel compelled to add a tony asterisk to his mark considering both games were against the lowly Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Still, Anderson has completed an impressive 65 of 97 passes this season for 701 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions. The Panthers play the Atlanta Falcons in Week 17, a game that could decide the South division. Atlanta, by the way, is Newton's hometown, so it will be fascinating to see if he can return for that game if he doesn't play this weekend against the Browns. - - - - - - - Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Eric_Edholm
Role players keying Steelers' playoff push (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 16 Dec 2014 13:13:12 PST)
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The numbers have become so sublimely routine, Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is getting tired of talking about them.
Dose: Saints Stomp Bears (Rotoworld)
(Mon, 15 Dec 2014 22:31:00 PST)
Nick Mensio wraps up the MNF game and checks in on DeMarco Murray, T.Y. Hilton, C.J. Spiller, plus others in Tuesday's Dose.
Saints beat Bears 31-15, grab South lead (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 15 Dec 2014 22:10:28 PST)
CHICAGO (AP) -- Turns out all Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints needed to solve their problems was to show up in Chicago.
Shutdown Corner NFL Power Rankings: Which 11-5 team will get left out? (Shutdown Corner)
(Mon, 15 Dec 2014 21:01:07 PST)
Philadelphia Eagles fans, who know plenty about hardship, should start bracing themselves now. The Eagles are probably going 11-5, and they're probably staying at home for the postseason despite that record. The 1985 Denver Broncos and 2008 New England Patriots are the only teams that have missed the playoffs with 11 wins since the NFL went to the 16-game schedule in 1978. But Sunday's loss to the Dallas Cowboys puts the Eagles in a bad place. The Eagles' 5-5 conference record is a problem when it comes to tiebreakers. And the Packers and Lions are each favored to get their 11th win this weekend. The Cardinals already have 11. The Seahawks need to win just one of their last two to get to 11 wins, and they'll be heavily favored in both remaining games. The Eagles might need the Cowboys to drop one of their last two games to get into the playoffs. And then we can probably just make this same sad tale about whichever 11-win NFC team gets left home because it seems like a good bet that it'll happen to someone.
Falcons coach Smith facing an uncertain future (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 15 Dec 2014 16:17:10 PST)
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) -- Coach Mike Smith keeps searching for ways to fix the Atlanta Falcons, and nothing seems to work.
Alford goes on IR; Julio Jones' status uncertain (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 15 Dec 2014 15:48:18 PST)
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) -- The Atlanta Falcons have placed starting cornerback Robert Alford on season-ending injured reserve with a broken wrist.
Steelers surging into home stretch of season (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 15 Dec 2014 12:01:23 PST)
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Ben Roethlisberger wasn't making a prediction, exactly. Yet the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback knows what the energy in a locker room feels like when things start to come together.
Patriots, Broncos, Colts, Cardinals in playoffs (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 15 Dec 2014 00:40:35 PST)
Here is the NFL's playoff checklist:
Roethlisberger helps Steelers beat Falcons 27-20 (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 15 Dec 2014 00:33:02 PST)
ATLANTA (AP) -- Playing in the NFL's only division with no losing records, the Pittsburgh Steelers added another win to their resume.
NFL Today, Week 15 (The Associated Press)
(Sun, 14 Dec 2014 21:33:22 PST)
Monday, Dec. 15
Big Ben leads Steelers to 27-20 win over Falcons (The Associated Press)
(Sun, 14 Dec 2014 14:20:55 PST)
ATLANTA (AP) -- The Pittsburgh Steelers are no longer stuck on eight wins.
Falcons Suffer 27-20 Defeat Against Steelers (Automated Insights)
(Sun, 14 Dec 2014 13:55:26 PST)
Matt Ryan had a big day passing, but it wasn't enough to avoid a loss for the Falcons against the Steelers, 27-20, at home.
Steelers Defeat Falcons, 27-20 (Automated Insights)
(Sun, 14 Dec 2014 13:55:26 PST)
Antonio Brown had a big day, paving the way to a victory for the Steelers against the Falcons, 27-20, in Atlanta.
Steelers hit Matt Ryan with textbook sack, draw controversial flag (Shutdown Corner)
(Sun, 14 Dec 2014 12:20:41 PST)
It's fashionable in these days of a concussion-conscious NFL to decry the heavy bias toward offense, to gripe that flag-happy refs are ruining the game, that back in the old days you could rip a guy's arm off and beat him with it and there weren't no penalty flags 'cause that was just GOOD HARD FOOTBALL, DADGUM IT. You can safely ignore about 95 percent of these kinds of complaints, primarily because we're living in an era where a quarterback can break out for 50 fantasy points, which makes at least one person in every league happy. However, every so often we see a play that makes everyone rethink the direction in which the NFL is headed. Midway through the second quarter, the Atlanta Falcons were driving on the Pittsburgh Steelers. Matt Ryan dropped back, looked for an open man, and ... BOOM. That looked like a classic QB sack, the kind of play you don't often see in the NFL because it's such a total breakdown in protec - wait, what? A flag? Yes indeed. Refs threw the flag on Pittsburgh linebacker Jason Worilds, dinging him for roughing the passer and giving Atlanta 15 yards and a fresh set of downs. Atlanta picked up a touchdown soon afterward. A highly unscientific poll on Twitter found fans against the penalty by a rough margin of 100-to-zero. Even typically pro-ref Fox Sports commentator Mike Pereira didn't care for this one: It was close - but not a penalty in ATL. not a crown of the helmet hit — Mike Pereira (@MikePereira) December 14, 2014 Generally, people who gripe about the good ol' days are the kind of people with whom you should avoid eye contact while backing away slowly, but in this case, those folks might just be correct. ____ Jay Busbee is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Contact him at email@example.com or find him on Twitter. Follow @jaybusbee And keep up with Jay over on Facebook , too.
Falcons hold out WR Julio Jones with hip injury (The Associated Press)
(Sun, 14 Dec 2014 08:56:54 PST)
ATLANTA (AP) -- A hip injury is forcing NFL leading receiver Julio Jones to miss the Falcons' game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Silva's Week 15 Matchups (Rotoworld)
(Sat, 13 Dec 2014 21:02:00 PST)
Evan Silva breaks down every fantasy football option's Matchup in every Week 15 game.
FanDuel 2 Million Tournament (Rotoworld)
(Sat, 13 Dec 2014 11:35:00 PST)
Chet Gresham gives you his Week 15 FanDuel Tournament Lineup.
Steady Timmons leading Pittsburgh defense (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 12 Dec 2014 12:46:32 PST)
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Lawrence Timmons is in the midst of another Lawrence Timmons season. Steady. Occasionally spectacular. Largely unnoticed.
Steelers-Falcons Preview (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 12 Dec 2014 12:05:54 PST)
It's hard to imagine where the Pittsburgh Steelers would be without Le'Veon Bell, who continues to carry the load with the postseason approaching.
Julio Jones misses another practice with hip injury (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 12 Dec 2014 12:02:18 PST)
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) -- Another Falcons practice without Julio Jones was followed by another vote of confidence from coach Mike Smith that the star wide receiver will make it back from his hip injury this week.
Bad December record no barrier to Super Bowl title (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 12 Dec 2014 00:25:25 PST)
Discussing his Green Bay Packers' victory over the Atlanta Falcons on a snowy night at Lambeau Field this week, coach Mike McCarthy uttered the sort of platitude that certainly sounds true.
Packers LB shuffle leaves less snaps for Hawk (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 11 Dec 2014 16:23:44 PST)
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- A.J. Hawk doesn't want the attention.
Falcons still control their fate in 'crazy' NFC South (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 11 Dec 2014 13:06:47 PST)
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) -- It's possible 5-8 never looked so good.