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NFL-National Football League roundup
(Fri, 27 Nov 2015 16:34:44 PST)
Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine deflected questions on Friday but did not deny that quarterback Johnny Manziel was dishonest with him about a partying video. Manziel was demoted to third string on Tuesday after he lied to the Browns about when a video of him partying surfaced, according to multiple reports Thursday. Manziel, who spent three months in a rehab facility he entered voluntarily in January, can be seen drinking champagne and in a general party atmosphere in photos and video published online Monday.

Falcons' Freeman ruled out against Vikings with concussion (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 27 Nov 2015 15:00:15 PST)
Running back Devonta Freeman, recovering from a concussion, will not play Sunday in the Atlanta Falcons' game against the Minnesota Vikings. Rookie Tevin Coleman is expected to start at running back. Coach Dan Quinn said kicker Matt Bryant (right quadriceps injury) and wide receiver Leonard Hankerson (hamstring) also will miss the game.

Vikings-Falcons Preview (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 27 Nov 2015 10:39:12 PST)
The Atlanta Falcons' cozy playoff position vanished almost as quickly as the Minnesota Vikings' chance at a snug spot atop their division. While the short-handed Falcons look to regroup from a trio of losses that have put their playoff chances in jeopardy on Sunday, the visiting Vikings will try to reignite their bid for the NFC North. Minnesota (7-3) grabbed sole possession of first place with five straight wins and three consecutive Green Bay losses.

NFL against the spread picks: Denver Broncos for the upset (Shutdown Corner)
(Fri, 27 Nov 2015 09:14:18 PST)
The Carolina Panthers won on Thursday afternoon. So there will be at least one undefeated team in the NFL after Week 12. I don't believe there will be two. The New England Patriots are in a tough scheduling spot, going on the road to play at the Denver Broncos. Coming off a short week, after taking on even more injuries at wide receiver, the Patriots face the best defense in the NFL. And, as I'll keep repeating, the Broncos were forced to upgrade the offense a couple weeks ago when Peyton Manning got hurt. This game is not "Tom Brady vs. Brock Osweiler," mostly because football is not a one-on-one sport. On the offensive side of the ball, the Broncos showed last week they can be more efficient with Osweiler, who didn't throw an interception against the Chicago Bears (who looked pretty good on Thursday night). Manning had 17 interceptions in nine games. Osweiler won AFC offensive player of the week. He's not a great quarterback, but the Broncos are better off with him. And that defense is elite. If nothing else it's a fascinating challenge for Brady, the clear MVP of the league at the moment . I don't think the Broncos are a better team in the big picture, but they're at home and this is a great spot for them to pull off an upset. It would also make the AFC race a lot more interesting. The Broncos are getting three points as a home underdog in the Yahoo Pro Football Pick'em, and I'm taking that side. PODCAST: Could the Packers miss the playoffs? Grandstanding: A Yahoo Sports podcast Subscribe via iTunes or via RSS feed Let's see the rest of the Week 12 slate: Lions (pick 'em) over Eagles, Cowboys (-1) over Panthers, Bears (+9) over Packers ( picked Thursday ): Decent winning start, though it was clear a minute into the Panthers game that the Cowboys were not the right side there. Vikings (+2.5) over Falcons: Don't think I could stomach picking a healthy Falcons team over a good Vikings team, and it seems Atlanta will be without running back Devonta Freeman. Bengals (-8) over Rams: Well, it's a marquee opponent in a game they shouldn't win, so this is just the type of game the Rams get motivated enough to win. But my rule of thumb is if you lose to the Ravens after Joe Flacco engineers a game-winning drive on a torn ACL, I can't back you the next week. Titans (+1.5) over Raiders: Third time in four weeks the Raiders have to travel at least a couple time zones east. I think that can catch up with a team.

Silva's Week 12 Matchups (Rotoworld)
(Fri, 27 Nov 2015 07:53:00 PST)
Evan Silva dissects the Matchups for every fantasy-relevant player in every Week 12 game.

Panthers stay unbeaten, Bears upset Packers
(Fri, 27 Nov 2015 00:30:30 PST)
Cam Newton ran for a touchdown and Carolina's defence scored two more on interceptions as the Panthers improved to 11-0 with a 33-14 rout of the Dallas Cowboys. Graham Gano kicked four field goals, including one from 50 yards, for Carolina who were playing on the US Thanksgiving holiday for the first time in franchise history. The Detroit Lions hammered the Philadelphia Eagles 45-14 and in the night game the Chicago Bears upset the Green Bay Packers 17-13 in the NFL's oldest rivalry.

Dose: Romo On The Shelf Again (Rotoworld)
(Thu, 26 Nov 2015 23:46:00 PST)
Jeff Brubach recaps Thursday's games and other news from around the NFL in Friday's Daily Dose.

FANTASY PLAYS: It's time to trust the replacement runners (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 26 Nov 2015 23:23:40 PST)
My colleague, Denver-based sports writer Pat Graham, led off Tuesday's edition of ''Fantasy Plays'' with the case of Baltimore rookie runner Javorius ''Buck'' Allen, who is expected to take over with Justin Forsett lost to a broken arm. There's also Seattle rookie Thomas Rawls - who had a win-a-week-by-himself outing in Week 11 - Atlanta's Tevin Coleman and Kansas City's Spencer Ware. Rawls finished with 255 total yards and two touchdowns with Marshawn Lynch out with an abdominal injury that required surgery earlier this week, setting him up to be a legit workhorse for the stretch run.

Patriots-Broncos missing a key cast member: Peyton Manning (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 26 Nov 2015 21:12:13 PST)
Tom Brady versus Brock Osweiler just doesn't have the same Hall of Fame ring to it. Osweiler's first NFL start was a victory at Chicago. While Manning mends from a variety of ailments - he'll probably miss another two weeks - the Broncos (8-2) aren't shying away from the challenge against New England (10-0).

Steelers wideouts face challenge against Legion of Boom (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 26 Nov 2015 12:32:52 PST)
The Pittsburgh Steelers have arguably the best wide receiver tandem in the NFL. Antonio Brown's 79 receptions and 1,141 receiving yards rank second in the league to only the Atlanta Falcons' Julio Jones, who has 89 catches for 1,189 yards. Martavis Bryant is second in the NFL in yards per reception with a 20.0 average, trailing only the San Francisco 49ers' Torrey Smith (21.2).

Rivera sees surging Cowboys facing his unbeaten Panthers (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 26 Nov 2015 11:41:20 PST)
Carolina coach Ron Rivera sees a Dallas team on the verge of a run with Tony Romo back and trying to keep the Cowboys in the playoff picture. Cam Newton's team rallied from 3-8-1 to win four straight and qualify for the postseason. This time, Carolina is 10-0 for the first time in franchise history, making its Thanksgiving debut Thursday against the Cowboys (3-7).

Falcons sign 2nd K Shayne Graham, waive LB Joplo Bartu (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 26 Nov 2015 10:13:18 PST)
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) -- With Matt Bryant slowed by a right quadriceps injury, the Atlanta Falcons have signed kicker Shayne Graham.

Week 12 Start 'Em or Sit 'Em (Rotoworld)
(Thu, 26 Nov 2015 02:58:00 PST)
Nick Mensio dives into the matchups and advises which players to start and sit for Week 12.

Vikings line out to slow pass rush with Falcons up next (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 25 Nov 2015 23:22:44 PST)
After the Minnesota Vikings took six sacks and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was also hit 10 times in last weekend's loss to the Green Bay Packers, the natural inclination would be to look at the team's patchwork offensive line. Minnesota's line without stalwarts John Sullivan and Phil Loadholt is an easy target. ''It wasn't all the offensive line,'' Zimmer said.

Falcons not overly concerned by QB Matt Ryan's recent slump (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 25 Nov 2015 14:35:25 PST)
Matt Ryan has made some plays he'd like to have back. ''I understand and recognize that sometimes it's not what you do, but what you don't do,'' Ryan said Wednesday, looking ahead to a game against the Minnesota Vikings. In many ways, Ryan's numbers are similar to other years, but some high-profile mistakes have turned up the heat - especially with the Falcons losing four of their past five after a 5-0 start.

Shutdown Corner Playoff Projection: Can Buccaneers find way to sneak in? (Shutdown Corner)
(Wed, 25 Nov 2015 13:08:52 PST)

Woodson, Rivers, Megatron among sportsmanship award nominees (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 25 Nov 2015 11:56:45 PST)
NEW YORK (AP) -- Veterans Charles Woodson, Philip Rivers and Calvin Johnson are among 32 players nominated for the Art Rooney Award that honors sportsmanship in the NFL.

Week 12 NFC Targets/Touches (Rotoworld)
(Wed, 25 Nov 2015 10:15:00 PST)
Graham Barfield overviews the NFC Targets and Touches Report for Week 12.

Vikings-Falcons Capsule (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 25 Nov 2015 08:43:20 PST)
MINNESOTA (7-3) at ATLANTA (6-4)

The Worksheet: Week 12 (Rotoworld)
(Wed, 25 Nov 2015 07:27:00 PST)
Rich Hribar breaks down every game in the NFL to help owners prepare for their Week 12 fantasy football matchups.

Does Marshawn Lynch's sports hernia surgery end Seahawks' playoff hopes? (Shutdown Corner)
(Wed, 25 Nov 2015 05:02:42 PST)
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is expected to undergo surgery on a sports hernia Wednesday morning, according to the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, leaving Seattle's playoff hopes in serious peril. #Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch is set to have surgery on his sports hernia tomorrow morning, source said. Expected to be out about a month. Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 25, 2015 Lynch is expected to miss home games against the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns sandwiched around road contests against the Minnesota Vikings and Baltimore Ravens. The hope is he returns for NFC West battles against the St. Louis Rams and Arizona Cardinals to finish the regular season. [ Yahoo Daily Fantasy: $10 could win you $50K in our $350K contest for Week 12 ] The two-time defending NFC champions trail the Cardinals by three games in the division and currently sit on the outside looking into the conference's playoff picture. While Thomas Rawls performed exceedingly well in Lynch's absence this past Sunday, rushing for 209 yards in Seattle's 29-13 victory against the San Francisco 49ers, Lynch has been the bell-cow for a Super Bowl contender since arriving in 2010. Given that the Atlanta Falcons currently hold the second wild-card spot with a 6-4 record, the Seahawks are far from eliminated, but the next two weeks could determine their future. A win against either the Steelers or Vikings sans Lynch would leave them at 6-6 heading into a two-game stretch against the Ravens and Browns before needing a win over either the Rams or Cardinals to make the playoffs at 9-7. That's right: A 9-7 team could make the playoffs as a wild-card in the same year a sub-.500 team could emerge as a division winner in the NFC East. (And, yes, even the Dallas Cowboys still have a chance.) Should Rawls emerge as a viable option in full-time duty, Lynch's future in Seattle becomes cloudy, since he turns 30 in April and is due $16 million over the next two seasons. Lynch has dealt with back problems throughout his Seahawks tenure, but missed just one game in four previous seasons. He's already missed three this year, and Rawls has rushed for 426 yards and two touchdowns on 70 carries in those contests, leading Seattle to a 2-1 record. Granted, those wins came against the 49ers and Detroit Lions. Listen to Yahoo Sports' Grandstanding podcast for more: Grandstanding: A Yahoo Sports podcast Subscribe via iTunes or via RSS feed - - - - - - - Ben Rohrbach is a contributor for Ball Don't Lie and Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @brohrbach

Waiver Wired: Week 12 (Rotoworld)
(Tue, 24 Nov 2015 07:58:00 PST)
Raymond Summerlin discusses Thomas Rawls, Buck Allen and the other top waiver adds for Week 12.

Getting Defensive: Week 12 (Rotoworld)
(Tue, 24 Nov 2015 05:53:00 PST)
Jeff Brubach looks at the Week 12 NFL slate to find the best fantasy kicker and D/ST options.

Winston doing things Brady needed years to accomplish (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 24 Nov 2015 03:03:27 PST)
Jameis Winston is the next Tom Brady.

FANTASY PLAYS: Javorius Allen may help owners down stretch (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 24 Nov 2015 02:57:10 PST)
Meet Baltimore rookie tailback Javorius Allen, a fourth-round draft pick out of Southern California who just might become a vital addition to that playoff push for fantasy owners everywhere.

NFL Power Rankings: The Kansas City Chiefs have good shot at history (Shutdown Corner)
(Mon, 23 Nov 2015 22:42:52 PST)
If you thought the Kansas City Chiefs' season was over at 1-5, history was on your side. Since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970, the only 1-5 team to make the playoffs was the 1970 Cincinnati Bengals. They were actually 1-6, in a 14-game season, and won out to make the playoffs. That's amazing (also, as a side note, that was the team for which Bill Walsh is credited for devising what would eventually become the "West Coast Offense" ). What the Chiefs are doing is remarkable, as well. Kansas City has won four in a row and is in a four-way tie for the last wild-card spot in the AFC. And they have to be considered a favorite to get a wild-card spot based on this remaining schedule: Week 12: vs. Buffalo Week 13: at Oakland Week 14: vs. San Diego Week 15: at Baltimore Week 16: vs. Cleveland Week 17: vs. Oakland Wow. Not one winning team among the six remaining opponents. Three of the worst teams in the NFL (San Diego, Baltimore and Cleveland) remain. The only .500 team, Buffalo, comes into Kansas City next week off a short week, and quarterback Tyrod Taylor hurt his shoulder on Monday night. Oakland should provide a couple tough games, but you have to figure the Chiefs get at least a split there. A 4-2 finish, given that schedule, is the minimum it seems. A 5-1 mark seems about right and 6-0 might happen. Could we see a team start 1-5 and finish 11-5? Take a look at that schedule again, and you tell me. Grandstanding: A Yahoo Sports podcast Subscribe via iTunes or via RSS feed The Chiefs have saved their season with a formula that has worked through the Andy Reid era: a good running game (even without Jamaal Charles), a safe passing game and a really good defense. Even though that brand of football isn't exciting, the possibility in front of them is. If they win the games down the stretch that they'll be big favorites to win, they're going to become the first team in 35 years to start 1-5 and make the playoffs. And if they do that, who is going to want to play them in January? Here are Shutdown Corner's power rankings after Week 11: 32. San Francisco 49ers (3-7, Last week: 32) The final score didn't reflect it, but for a while in the second half the 49ers were in that game against the Seahawks, after falling behind early. Give them credit for continuing to play hard. 31. Cleveland Browns (2-8, LW: 31) Cornerback Justin Gilbert, a 2014 first-round pick who went ahead of Odell Beckham, among others, has played 32 snaps all season for a bad team. And 23 of those came in one game. Because of the team's other first-round pick last year, Gilbert doesn't get a ton of attention. But he's going down as an all-time bad pick. 30. Baltimore Ravens (3-7, LW: 28)

Dolphins should press to make Sean Payton their top head-coaching candidate (Yahoo Sports)
(Mon, 23 Nov 2015 18:17:51 PST)
There may be other openings with younger QBs or better salary cap situations, but none have the potential of Miami. None as ready to win in '16, with the right tweaking.

Falcons' promising season in freefall after 3rd loss in row (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 23 Nov 2015 14:53:12 PST)
A team that wins its first five games almost always makes the NFL playoffs. The Atlanta Falcons are in danger of bucking that trend. Now, rookie coach Dan Quinn has to make sure a season that began with such promise doesn't spiral totally out of control.

3 teams send reminders they should not be dismissed (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 23 Nov 2015 12:32:45 PST)
Like Dikembe Mutombo waving his finger at anyone so unwise to challenge him in the paint, several NFL teams sent reminders Sunday that they're still viable in the playoff race. Green Bay, Seattle and Indianapolis delivered the messages loud and clear. The most emphatic statement was made by the Packers, on the road against a quality opponent and archrival that had overtaken the Pack in the NFC North.

Gruden: Panthers QB Newton deserves MVP consideration (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:26:21 PST)
Cam Newton only seems to be getting better - and more confident - as the Carolina Panthers' perfect season progresses. Newton threw for five touchdowns and the Panthers beat the Washington Redskins 44-16 on Sunday to improve to 10-0 on the season and take a four-game lead in the NFC South over the Atlanta Falcons. Newton has thrown for 20 touchdowns and run for six more this season.

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