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Buccaneers, Saints face off for first time this season (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 07 Dec 2016 19:26:55 PST)
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints are rare division rivals to have still not played each other this season. As they face off twice in three weeks, there's much on the line, especially for the streaking Buccaneers, who have won four straight to move into playoff contention. "This is a big game for both teams because of the way the scheduling falls, where New Orleans plays us twice and Atlanta once in the last three weeks," Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter said Wednesday.

Falcons travel to LA for critical matchup (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 07 Dec 2016 18:19:21 PST)
The Atlanta Falcons travel to Los Angeles this week to take on the Rams. The game is a critical one for the Falcons (7-5) as they fight not only to win the NFC South, but to hold on to a playoff spot. No team in the NFL can take another team lightly, but the Rams do not seem to have much fight left in them.

LA Rams quarterback Jared Goff misses practice with illness (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 07 Dec 2016 18:02:22 PST)
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) -- Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff missed practice Wednesday with an illness.

Jets sign Robinson, promote Wilds, claim Brown from Jaguars (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:07:25 PST)
The New York Jets signed running back Khiry Robinson, who was waived/injured in September, and promoted running back Brandon Wilds from the practice squad Wednesday. The team also claimed linebacker Arthur Brown on waivers from Jacksonville, waived/injured linebacker Julian Stanford and signed defensive lineman Claude Pelon to the practice squad. Robinson was signed as a free agent in March and continued rehabilitating a broken leg suffered midway through last season while with New Orleans.

Ailing Falcons practice without Jones, 3 other starters (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 07 Dec 2016 14:42:04 PST)
The Atlanta Falcons returned to practice Wednesday tied for the lead in the NFC South and all banged-up for the final month of the regular season. Coming off a disheartening loss to Kansas City, the Falcons (7-5) hit the field without top receiver Julio Jones and two other starters who were injured against the Chiefs. Jones is bothered by turf toe, left tackle Jake Matthews has a knee problem, and receiver Mohamed Sanu is slowed by a sore groin.

Luke Kuechly returns to practice, but should the Panthers shut him down? (Shutdown Corner)
(Wed, 07 Dec 2016 12:09:12 PST)
Concussions can be unpredictable. Some players suffer a concussion and return in a few days. Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly was back at practice on Wednesday after missing two games due to a scary concussion he suffered against the New Orleans Saints, though it was unclear how much contact he had, if any.

Great rivalry game in KC for AFC West lead (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 07 Dec 2016 10:31:30 PST)
Few games get the juices flowing more than a showdown for first place. Throw in one of sports' greatest rivalries, and the blood starts percolating.

Fitzgerald, Marshall among nominees for Walter Payton award (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 07 Dec 2016 09:22:04 PST)
NEW YORK (AP) -- Arizona's Larry Fitzgerald, Miami's Mike Pouncey and the New York Jets' Brandon Marshall are among the 32 players eligible for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award.

Raiders, Chiefs meet in pivotal showdown for AFC West lead (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 07 Dec 2016 09:19:57 PST)
OAKLAND (10-2) at KANSAS CITY (9-3)

Rams' slide threatens to take down Fisher despite extension (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 06 Dec 2016 22:54:04 PST)
Jeff Fisher was freezing on the New England sideline last weekend, so the Rams coach put on a long coat and wind pants. ''It was hilarious,'' Fisher said Tuesday. Fisher has maintained a calm, good-natured demeanor throughout the Rams' homecoming season, but Los Angeles' record (4-8) is no laughing matter.

Dose: Kap Still the Starter (Rotoworld)
(Tue, 06 Dec 2016 21:04:00 PST)
Nick Mensio checks in on Colin Kaepernick, Harrison Smith, Jeremy Maclin, D'Qwell Jackson and others in Wednesday's Dose.

Cardinals sign punter to practice squad, Butler job on line (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 06 Dec 2016 18:50:16 PST)
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- The Arizona Cardinals have signed punter Matt Wile to the practice squad. The move could be a first step in the team replacing Drew Butler.

Thursday's Raiders-Chiefs game means something this time (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 06 Dec 2016 16:46:44 PST)
When the Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs got together for their twice yearly meetings over the last 57 years, there's always been a certain edge to the competition. "Honestly I love the cold," said Oakland quarterback Derek Carr. The battle is for control of the AFC West, where Oakland is the leader and the Chiefs sit a game behind.

FANTASY PLAYS: Waiver priorities - handcuff, bolster benches (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 06 Dec 2016 14:14:37 PST)
Week 14 is typically the first week of the playoffs in many fantasy football leagues, so the free agent push this week is about bolstering benches, picking up key handcuffs and desperation plays for injuries or underperforming studs. Dalton is coming off one of his better games of the season, hanging 332 passing yards and two touchdowns on the Eagles. This week, the Bengals face the lowly Browns, whose defense has allowed the most passing touchdowns (28) and notched the fewest sacks (17) in the NFL this season.

Week 13 NFC Targets/Touches (Rotoworld)
(Tue, 06 Dec 2016 12:55:00 PST)
Justin Bailey reviews the Targets and Touches Report for the NFC in Week 13.

Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce's rising star keeps climbing (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 06 Dec 2016 12:11:32 PST)
By just about any measure, Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce had as good of an offseason as anyone. Kelce had eight catches for a career-best 140 yards in Sunday's win over Atlanta, which allowed Kansas City to remain a game behind Oakland in the AFC West. It was the former third-round pick's third straight 100-yard receiving effort, one shy of the franchise record set by Tony Gonzalez in 2000.

Getting Defensive: Week 14 (Rotoworld)
(Tue, 06 Dec 2016 10:07:00 PST)
Jeff Brubach highlights top D/ST kicker options for Week 14 and beyond in the latest installment of Getting Defensive.

Waiver Wire: Malcolm's Rise (Rotoworld)
(Tue, 06 Dec 2016 07:55:00 PST)
Raymond Summerlin discusses Malcolm Mitchell, Charles Sims, and the best waiver adds for Week 14 of the fantasy football season.

Overreaction: Cam Newton will eschew fashion, dress boring (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 06 Dec 2016 04:30:29 PST)
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Cam Newton should start wearing khakis and a navy blue blazer on team flights.

NFL Power Rankings: Can we finally trust the Detroit Lions as contenders? (Shutdown Corner)
(Mon, 05 Dec 2016 22:06:02 PST)
Cleveland won a pro sports championship and the Chicago Cubs broke a 108-year World Series championship drought this year. Weird things are happening. Maybe we shouldn’t dismiss the Detroit Lions just yet.

LA Rams stagger toward finish with 7 losses in 8 games (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 05 Dec 2016 19:40:56 PST)
Jeff Fisher and the Rams are back in a familiar place for the final month of the season, and it isn't Los Angeles. The Rams haven't reached .500 in Fisher's five years in charge, and they finally might have run out of gas in the final weeks of their draining relocation season. ''I fully expect us to finish strong,'' Fisher said Monday night.

Streaking Buccaneers tied for first place in NFC South (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:49:15 PST)
There are no more lingering questions about whether the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are relevant again. The team's four-game winning streak not only has catapulted Jameis Winston and his supporting cast into playoff contention, but the Bucs (7-5) also are tied for first place in the NFC South with the Atlanta Falcons. Winston has cut down on mistakes that hindered the offense earlier in the season, Doug Martin has returned from an injury that sidelined him seven weeks to give the team at least the threat of a productive running attack, and a defense that has been a liability at times has rebounded from a shoddy two-game stretch to do its part in the turnaround.

Saints desperate to address their own volatility (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:25:04 PST)
Saints coach Sean Payton has been known to echo a catch phrase from his mentor, Bill Parcells, who'd mock media coverage of NFL teams by saying it's either a ''crisis or carnival'' from week to week, depending on the most recent result. Perhaps it's because his team's results really have vacillated that wildly over the past two games, from a dominant 49-21 rout of the Los Angeles Rams two games ago to an anemic 28-13 loss at home to Detroit on Sunday. The lack of consistency has left New Orleans (5-7) mired in mediocrity for the third consecutive year.

NFL-National Football League roundup
(Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:03:33 PST)
Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer has returned to his coaching duties after emergency eye surgery and is expected to travel with the team to Jacksonville for Sunday's game against the Jaguars, the team announced Monday. Zimmer missed last Thursday night's home game against the Dallas Cowboys, one day after he had emergency surgery on his right eye to repair a detached retina. According to ESPN, Zimmer had another operation on Friday after a follow-up appointment -- his fourth operation in 32 days, including three in November.

Coach Quinn: Falcons up to task of figuring out shortcomings (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 05 Dec 2016 14:17:46 PST)
Coach Dan Quinn knows the Atlanta Falcons have some significant problems to figure out as they enter the final four weeks of the season. The Falcons have blown a fourth-quarter lead in their last four losses. Quinn will wait until Wednesday, the first day of practice this week, to project the status of All-Pro receiver Julio Jones and two other starters, receiver Mohamed Sanu and left tackle Jake Matthews for Sunday's game at the Rams.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera doesn't play favorites (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 05 Dec 2016 12:42:05 PST)
A lot of NFL head coaches have a different standard for stars, subscribing to the philosophy of treating everyone equitably but not necessarily equally. Ron Rivera is not among those coaches. The flap became an overbearing cloud hanging over Seattle's 40-7 shellacking of the Panthers after Derek Anderson's single snap resulted in an interception.

Chiefs continue to defy odds on way to 9-3 record (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 05 Dec 2016 11:08:15 PST)
The odds have been firmly stacked against the Kansas City Chiefs countless times this season. Start with the season opener against San Diego, when the Chiefs engineered the biggest comeback in the five decade-plus history of the franchise to win in overtime.

Todd Gurley's Struggles (Rotoworld)
(Mon, 05 Dec 2016 09:48:00 PST)
Patrick Daugherty breaks down all of Week 13's biggest storylines, including Todd Gurley's continued slump.

Which four NFL teams would you put in a college-style playoff? (Shutdown Corner)
(Mon, 05 Dec 2016 07:35:03 PST)
College football announced its four playoff teams on Sunday and the field was met with a predictable round of griping over the teams that got snubbed. Over here in NFL fandom, we’re blessed with a playoff system that allows 12 teams into the postseason dance. Not only do we benefit from four great weekends of football (as opposed to only two days of college playoffs), but NFL playoff controversies are normally limited to wondering why a division winner with a lousy record gets to host a wild-card game against a better team.

ICYMI in NFL: At site of cancer treatment, KC's Berry excels (The Associated Press)
(Sun, 04 Dec 2016 23:54:48 PST)
As it is, this was going to be an emotional afternoon for Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry, who grew up in suburban Atlanta and was playing at the Falcons for the first time as a pro - and, more meaningfully, the first time since he was treated for cancer in the city.

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