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Drew Brees remains confident in Saints’ direction

A lot of people thought that the Saints would be playing into January, but their season will come to an end before the end of 2014 after losing five of their last seven games to crash out of the playoff picture. The Saints need a win over the Buccaneers to avoid their first 10-loss season…

League fines Lynch $11,050 for unsportsmanlike conduct

Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch won’t be saying “thank you” to the league office this week.  (He may instead be using a different two-word expression that ends in “you.”) Per a league source, Lynch received a fine in the amount of $11,050 for his backward dive while grabbing his crotch into the end zone at…

Geno Smith: I’m part of the problem, I want to be part of the solution

All Geno Smith wants for Christmas is another chance to be the Jets’ starting quarterback. Smith will make his 29th start at quarterback for the Jets over the last two seasons when they close out their 2014 season against the Dolphins on Sunday and spent some time ruminating about the previous 28 on Wednesday. Smith’s belief…

Lions haven’t pulled many big road upsets over the years

With a victory Sunday at Green Bay’s Lambeau Field, the Lions will win the NFC North. They will also have pulled off a major road upset, something they haven’t often done in recent years. Oddsmakers have made the Lions 7.5-point underdogs against the Packers, who have not lost at Lambeau all season. According to the…

Le’Veon Bell: It’s “pick your poison” against Steelers offense

Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell had a good week. He was selected to go to the Pro Bowl and named the MVP of the Steelers by his teammates in recognition of the leap he’s taken in his second season. Bell leads the AFC in rushing and he’s set team records for yards from scrimmage and…

Rams, Seahawks get Christmas off

The calendar says it’s Christmas, but the work week says it’s Thursday.  And 16 NFL games will be played on Sunday. Which makes Thursday an important day of preparation.  Which makes it a little surprising (pleasantly) to see that both the Rams and Seahawks have opted to pull the plug on practice, giving their players…

Richard Sherman thinks Marshawn Lynch is the NFL’s MVP

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson deserves consideration for the league’s MVP award.  Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman would give the honor to another member of the team. “Marshawn Lynch is playing MVP-caliber football,” Sherman said earlier this week, via the team’s official website.  “I remember the last time a running back got it — I think he…

Logan Thomas settles down after shaky start to practice

The Cardinals will give rookie Logan Thomas his first NFL start at quarterback this weekend against the 49ers as they try to close their regular season with a win that could give them the NFC West title and that means he’s getting his first extended time with the first team at practice this week. Things…

A.J. Green’s injured arm “feeling a little better”

A big game from wide receiver A.J. Green would go a long way toward helping the Bengals secure the AFC North title in Sunday night’s game against the Steelers, but the chances of getting that big game have a lot to do with the status of Green’s injured arm. Green bruised his right biceps when…

Ryan Tannehill: I feel I’ve improved across the board

Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill’s third NFL season is coming to a close and he’s got reason to feel good about his performance this season. He’s en route to setting new bests in completion percentage, yards per attempt and just about every other positive metric used to measure the success of a quarterback, which is a pretty…

Merry Christmas to all

Sources close to me tell me it’s Christmas morning.  Hopefully, sources close to you will allow you to have a memorable, safe, and happy day, spending it with family and friends. We’ll be working sporadically or more throughout the day, in large part because it’s not really work.  And because we realize that plenty of…

Panthers coach and family replaced gifts for break-in victims

Panthers defensive line coach Eric Washington did something far more important than design a gameplan for the Falcons this week. He did the work of Santa Claus for a family in need too. According to Rad Berky of WCNC, Washington and his family saw a report about a Charlotte family whose home was broken into. Crystal…

Rex Ryan thinks Aaron Donald can’t hold Sheldon Richardson’s jock

Rex Ryan is going out in a blaze of glory. The soon-to-be-former Jets head coach met with the media on Christmas Eve, one day after the NFL announced the players who qualified for the Pro Bowl.  And Ryan objected to the failure of defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson to make it by questioning the skills of…

Michael Crabtree can’t wait to see what happens this offseason

The 49ers season came apart weeks ago, leaving little for anyone to look forward to other than the end of the season-long Jim Harbaugh saga or their own future if their contract is coming to its conclusion. Wide receiver Michael Crabtree is in the latter group. Crabtree will be a free agent this offseason and…

Odell Beckham picks up $10,000 fine

Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham has notched a lot of firsts during his rookie season, but not all of them are positives. On the other side of the ledger is Beckham’s first fine as an NFL player. Giants players have received word from the league about fines levied for their behavior during a chaotic game with…

Thursday morning one-liners

Bills players are redefining the definition of “home for the holidays.” The numbers show the Dolphins have made great strides on offense. The Patriots practiced in full pads on Christmas Eve. Jets QB Geno Smith wants to be part of the solution. I want the Ravens Christmas Album under the tree. The Bengals are a…

Jim Harbaugh says his future’s no distraction at all

With his own local media, Jim Harbaugh has grown terse, having covered the ground about his future often. But while he didn’t exactly drop any clues in his conference call with Arizona reporters, he at least dropped his guard a bit. When asked the inevitable question about how difficult it was to coach amid the…

Adam Vinatieri’s workouts have evolved, leading to his best year at 41

Adam Vinatieri is doing something almost unheard of not just in football, but in all of professional sports: He’s having the best year of his career while he’s in his 40s. Vinatieri, who will turn 42 on Sunday, is a perfect 28-for-28 on field goals this season. Vinatieri told the New York Times he’s taking…

Peyton Manning fully participates in practice

On the same day Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning said he doesn’t plan to retire after the current season, he was able to fully prepare for his next game. Manning fully participated in practice despite a thigh injury suffered in Week 15. He practiced less than two days after a Monday night game during which he…

Bears re-sign Austen Lane to replace Willie Young

The Chicago Bears have re-signed defensive lane Austen Lane to replace starter Willie Young, who was placed on injured reserve Tuesday with a torn Achilles. Lane spent the preseason with Chicago before being released during cuts. Lane has played in 30 games in his career since being selected in the fifth round of the 2010…

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