It's the most wonderful time of the year... where the wonderful act of giving is peformed on Christmas morning to millions of people around the world. Sometimes you get a gift early, and such was the case last night when the New Engand Patriots learned they'll be playing a meaningless game in week 17.
And that's thanks to to the team that hosted (and beat) them last year in the...
Before we get to week 17 in the AFC, the playoff spots are pretty much all set except for the inclusion of one more team.
This weekend's game will determine if either Baltimore Ravens, Houston Texans or Kansas City Chiefs get to January, writes PFT's Mike Wilkening.
Here's how things look as of week 16:
New England Patriots: The AFC East winner has clinched No. 1 seed, a first...
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady probably won't have to worry about Rex Ryan in the division, but he admits no one plays them tougher.
The Patriots won't shed a tear with his exit, and Brady felt his team took Ryan's best shot.
"We made plenty of good (plays) in the fourth quarter to come from behind, so that was great," Brady said, via the Associated Press.
According to DenverBroncos.com, quarterback Peyton Manning is listed as questionable for Monday’s game at Cincinnati.
Manning is working through a thigh injury which caused him to leave Week 15's game against the Chargers for a brief amount of time.
Despite the questionable tag, coach John Fox said that Manning had received a similar amount of reps in Saturday’s practice...
The Pittsburgh Steelers offense led by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and all-purpose running back Le'Veon Bell along with wide receiver Antonio Brown have been the spark the unit has needed all season long, however, only of late has the mentality gone from keeping pace to finishing their opponent.
The Steelers had a 6:14 possession after the Chiefs kicked field goal to make it...
The Oakland Raiders have a modest three game winning streak at home and all three wins are against team that either had playoff hopes or are in the hunt going into the final week of the season.
In comparison, the Minnesota Vikings have six wins against teams under .500, so which team is actually making more progress.
The Raiders have a look that is hard to ignore, a young promising...
The Seattle Seahawks have removed all doubt about who is the best team in the NFC, and with all due respect to Green Bay, they eventually will have to play the No. 1 defense so giving them a few weeks of glory isn't prudent.
Granted the Arizona Cardinals entered the game with Ryan Lindley at quarterback, but the trail of bodies before this game indicated it was going to be one...
Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer can have tolerance and patience with his rookie quarterback and young offense, but when it comes down to his pride and joy defensive unit, Sunday's performance against the Dolphins just won't cut it.
After a news conference where Zimmer blasted his unit while being asked if his tone was as strong to the player as it was to the media:
The Green Bay Packers defense on Sunday unleashed a fearsome pass rush that produced seven sacks in Green Bay's 20-3 win over Tampa Bay.
Heading into the playoffs and Aaron Rodgers looking a little off, the timing of the uprising of the unit was just what the team needed.
"We've got very good guys up front that can get back there and get the job done," defensive tackle Mike...
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OAKLAND, California — One week after shutting down Aaron Rodgers and the ... Bills came up short against rookie Derek Carr and the lowly Oakland Raiders ...
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Teams — even a dreadful...
Dallas Cowboys players, the front office and fans alike are all very excited at what quarterback Tony Romo has accomplished this year, and they believe he is certainly an NFL MVP candidate.
Those calls for him to grab that distinction got louder on Sunday as the Cowboys claimed their first division title since 2009 with the utter thrashing of the Indianapolis Colts.
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Patriots receiver Danny Amendola hasn't seen much action this season, but Sunday against the Jets New England needed him to step up and try and give this ...
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But in his two games with the Patriots this season, New England has won both times -- 27-25 in...
The playoff picture unfolded just a little more on Sunday:
First and foremost, the Pittsburgh Steelers, who defeated the Kansas City Chiefs, return to the playoffs after 2-year absence. The Philadelphia Eagles fell into the trap game against Washington on Thursday and saw their playoff hopes dashed when the Dallas Cowboys crushed the Colts on Sunday - the win also clinched the NFC...
Here are the inactives for Sunday's Packers at Buccaneer matchup:
CB Davon House
QB Scott Tolzien
LB Carl Bradford
C Garth Gerhart
TE Justin Perillo
WR Jeff Janis
DT Bruce Gaston
WR Robert Herron
WR Solomon Patton
RB Mike James
CB Isaiah Frey
T Anthony Collins
DL Lawrence Sidbury
TE/FB Evan Rodriguez
Here are the inactives for Sunday's Chiefs-Steelers matchup:
C Eric Kush
QB Aaron Murray
WR Donnie Avery
CB Marcus Cooper
RB Charcandrick West
OL Laurent Duvernay-Tardif
DL Nick Williams
S Troy Polamalu
CB Ike Taylor
TE Matt Spaeth
WR Justin Brown
DE Clifton Geathers
OL Chris Hubbard
QB Landry Jones
In the offseason, the Philadelphia Eagles had high hopes for second year tight player Zach Ertz to develop into an impact 'move' tight end; however, it took some time.
After having a few solid games, Ertz showed Saturday against the Redskins that his potential is starting to come to fruition as he finished with a career-high 115 yards..
"I would take one catch - zero catches...
According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, Browns rookie quarterback struggles start with his poor performance during the week in practice.
'Money' Manziel admitted he was overwhelmed by the speed of NFL defenses, however, what has he been doing since training camp besides rubbing his fingers together?
The pressure is on Manziel after the team benched veteran Brian Hoyer...
Pittsburgh Steelers veteran cornerback William Gay has been a staple at the position and in 2014, he's not only playing big, he's making huge plays that are making a difference.
The eight year veteran has been intercepting opponent’s passes at an alarming rate and taking them back for touchdowns.
“Three picks for three touchdowns, man, that’s crazy,” linebacker Sean...
Oakland Raiders coach Tony Sparano is auditioning for the right to remove the 'interim' label and that starts by showing management he can keep the team heading in the right direction after upsets of Kansas City and San Francisco.
"We certainly aren't interested in letting anybody have the kind of success they might want to have on our watch,'' Sparano said, via the Bay Area...
According to Seahawks.com, the Seahawks announced several roster moves on Saturday.
The team waived tight end RaShaun Allen and signed offensive lineman Keavon Milton from the practice squad to the 53-man active roster.
Milton, a second-year player from Louisiana-Monroe, played in eight games for the Cleveland Browns last season. He was waived after training...
According to Brandon Wise of CBS Sports, running back Matt Asiata will get the majority of snaps as the team continues their evaluation of the position.
Asiata has seven rushing touchdowns in 2014 and is a powerful north-south rusher.
Backups Joe Banyard and Ben Tate will take up the slack when Asiata isn't in the game.
"Well, Matt I think showed, I think he's shown throughout...
Green Bay Packers safety Morgan Burnett had been on the team's radar as an up and coming player and in 2014 he's shown that assumption was correct.
Burnett has started in 62 games over his five seasons in the NFL and having that type of playing experience makes him one of the guys in the locker room teammates look to for leadership on the field.
Cornerback Casey Hayward said...
According to Jeff Legwold of ESPN, wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders is suffering from “flu-like symptoms" and his availabilty for Monday's matchup against the Bengals is uncertain.
'Sanders did not participate in the team’s practice and was officially listed as questionable for Monday night’s game against the Bengals. However, Fox said Sanders will make...
The New England Patriots have already clinched the AFC East and a playoff berth, however, there still is the little task of securing home field advantage.
According to Josh Alper of Profootballtalk.com, In the march towards that goal, the Patriots will have to do it without wide receiver Julian Edelman, running back LeGarette Blount, and cornerback Kyle Arrington.
ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that current San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh, pretty much out the door there when the season ends, is "torn" about his next move.
Continue coaching in the NFL (presumably for the Oakland Raiders) or bold the pros for the Michigan Wolverines, who have reportedly offered him a big deal in the form of a six-year $48 million deal?