Found December 20, 2012 on
Midwest Sports Fans:
Some of us sit here waiting for week 16 of the NFL season to get underway with little to no excitement. Many of our favorite teams are not in playoff contention, and most of our fantasy football squads have by now been knocked out as well.
If one of those statements, or God forbid both of those statements, ring true for you, I’m here to point out why you should still be tuning into the NFL’s upcoming slate of action just as religiously as you have every week before.
Simply put: there are some historic records in real jeopardy of being broken by a handful of the most exciting players in the league.
But first, in terms of watchability, it’s important to mention that the playoff races are very tight, so there are a ton of important games throughout the regular season’s final two weeks in that regard. Most interestingly, there is a 3-way tie atop the NFC East between the 8-6 Redskins, Cowboys, and the defending Super Bowl Champion Giants.
The AFC North is also tight, as the Ravens sit ...
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Nearing the NFL's single-season rushing record, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is everywhere these days, from magazines, newspapers, radio and TV talk shows and highlight shows.
Tonight he takes on a sitcom nearly as flawlessly as he does NFL defenses.
Peterson is set to appear on tonight's episode of "The League" on FX, starring...
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. As he nears the NFL's single-season rushing record, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is everywhere these days, from magazines, newspapers and radio to TV talk shows and highlight shows.
On Thursday night, he takes on a sitcom nearly as flawlessly as he does NFL defenses.
Peterson is set to appear on Thursday's episode of "The League...
As the Texans seal up the AFC South, both J.J. Watt and Aldon Smith are in position to dethrone Strahan. But Watt's game is on a way higher level.
J.J. Watt, Texans 2012 Team MVP
The Houston Texans have voted for their end of the season awards. All awards are voted on by the players…..
Texans 2012 award winners. DE Watt is team MVP. QB Schaub wins Ed Block Courage Award. RG Jones is Rookie of Yr. C Myers gets Bruener Award.
— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) December 21, 2012
Explanation of Ed Block and Mark Bruener...
Linebacker Aldon Smith loves playing in prime time. It takes him back to how he spent so many Friday nights in high school under the lights.
San Francisco teammate Anthony Dixon and others become similarly nostalgic when they take the field these days with the football spotlight on them.
And the 49ers (10-3-1) sure seem to thrive on the NFL's big stage, going 5-0 this season...
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Reggie White altered the future of NFL free agency when he signed with the Green Bay Packers in 1993, leaving the Philadelphia Eagles in the middle of one of the most dominant careers of any defensive player in NFL history.
He continued amassing sacks he currently stands second to Bruce Smith in league history with 198 -- while with Green Bay and became perhaps...
The 49ers are preparing for Sunday's game against Seattle with the assumption that defensive end Justin Smith won't be available. Smith left last week's 41-34 victory over New England in the third quarter because of an undisclosed elbow injury and did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday. Smith's departure from the game nearly coincided exactly with New England...
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. How uptight are the Minnesota Vikings with the playoffs on the line over the season's final two weeks?
So uptight that they staged a dance-off between defensive linemen Fred Evans and Everson Griffen recently. Minnesota is focused on trying to win its third road game of the season Sunday when it travels to 12-2 Houston before the season finale at home against...
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. In the NFL, some milestones and records mean more than others.
Whether it's Tom Brady's 50 passing touchdowns in 2007 or Brett Favre's 297 consecutive starts, a few numbers simply captivate football fans.
Last year, 5,000 passing yards was the milestone of the moment, but three players getting there in the same season knocked off the shine. One hundred...
Adrian Peterson is in the middle of a historic season. His pursuit of the NFL’s single-season rushing record has been so captivating, in fact, that even some of his fiercest rivals are rooting for him.
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings, during an appearance on The Dan Patrick Show on Tuesday, talked a little bit about Peterson’s quest to break Eric Dickerson‘s 28...
The San Francisco 49ers have several
key players listed as questionable as they prepare for this weekend’s matchup
against the Seattle Seahawks, including defensive end Justin Smith and wide
receiver Mario Manningham, while linebacker Aldon Smith is probable to suit up,
reports Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee.
Make of this what you will: Jim Harbaugh today said that
Former Vikings QB Fran Tarkenton passed his way to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, so he knows a thing or two about how an offense should be ran, and what a passing game should consist of.
With his old team struggling in the era of pass-happy teams, he is embarrassed by the product the Vikings are putting on the field for the fans.
Former Vikings QB Frank Tarkenton is none too happy...
(Eds: Updates. With AP Photos.) By JON KRAWCZYNSKI AP Sports Writer Adrian Peterson has been a threat to score from anywhere on the field this season, the kind of performance that makes a fan hold his breath every time he touches the ball.
Blair Walsh hasn't been quite that dynamic. But as soon as the Minnesota Vikings cross midfield, they know they're in his range. And...
The Texans increased their franchise record win total to 12 with their 29-17 win Sunday over division rival Indianapolis Colts. The Texans clinched the AFC South with this win and they are now one win away from clinching the number one seed in the AFC and home field advantage throughout the playoffs.
Arian Foster followed up two of his worst games of the season with...