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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…

It's Now or Never for Jim Harbaugh to Coach Michigan

Michigan fans are giddy with anticipation that Jim Harbaugh will soon be their next head coach. While national sentiment held that Harbaugh would never leave the NFL the buzz in Ann Arbor has been consistent; the combination of a lucrative...Show More Summary

Browns vs. Ravens preview

When: 1 p.m. ET Sunday Where: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore TV: CBS There are different motivations and injury concerns in Sunday's season regular-season finale between the Baltimore Ravens (9-6) and Cleveland Browns (7-8). The BrownsShow More Summary

NFL Draft 2015: Prospects with Most to Gain During Bowl Season

There are a lot of things that go into evaluating a draft pick, but it certainly helps to shine on a big stage. Not only do bowl games give players a chance to show what they can do on national television, but they are also an opportunity for players to prove themselves against quality competition. Show More Summary

Jaguars vs. Texans preview

We come to the end of a tumultuous season for the Houston Texans and one that, remarkably, has a chance to continue past Week 17. If the Texans win, the Kansas City Chiefs beat the San Diego Chargers and the Cleveland Browns beat the Baltimore Ravens, Houston gets a playoff berth. Show More Summary

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…

Richard Sherman: Marshawn Lynch playing 'MVP-caliber' football

Lynch is having a terrific season, but it would be tough to argue he's even been the league's best running back, let alone most valuable player.

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…

Bowl Game Schedule 2014-15: Odds and TV Listings for All Remaining Games

Bowl season has begun with a punch—quite literally, in one instance—as many of the early postseason games have exceeded the hype, and the slate is only heating up with more enticing battles. There's been an overtime classic ending in a brawl with BYU and Memphis in the Miami Beach Bowl. Show More Summary

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…

Week 17 NFL Picks: Vegas Odds, Spread Advice and Predictions

When examining Week 17 spreads, it's most important to figure out the mindset of each team heading into Sunday. Are coaches going to rest players before the start of the playoffs? Has a veteran squad given up on the year? Do playersShow More Summary

Fantasy Football Week 17: Best FanDuel, DraftKings Lineups and Advice

By this point in the NFL season, I imagine you've hit a rhythm in your one-week league of choice. You have your strategy that works (or have discarded a slew of strategies that didn't), you have a great idea of which players you can trust and which hunches you should follow and you're ready to end the season on a bang. You've done your homework. Show More Summary

Ryan Tannehill: 'I feel like I'm better all-around'

The Dolphins QB had the best season of his career under new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor.

Tony Sparano: Derek Carr has brought intangibles to Raiders

When the Oakland Raiders drafted Derek Carr with the fourth pick of the second round of the NFL draft, they thought they were taking an interesting player for the future. They had no clue that Carr would win the job over Matt Schaub, who the Raiders acquired from Houston to be the starter and play every game. Show More Summary

Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington Redskins: Breaking Down Washington's Game Plan

If it only means finishing 5-11, is doing the double over your hated enemy in the same season really something to be proud of? Washington Redskins fans likely won't care if beating the Dallas Cowboys again is part of the bargain. Back in Week 8, the Redskins stunned the turnaround team of this NFL season. Show More Summary

Giants' Victor Cruz on Odell Beckham, touchdown celebrations in general

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Victor Cruz knows a little something about post-touchdown celebrations in the end zone. His salsa dance is among the most renowned and recognizable in the NFL. So it is with some keen interest that the injured Cruz has watched from the sidelines as New York Giants teammate Odell Beckham Jr. Show More Summary

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