9:15 PM EST, Fri December 19, 2014
Packers Gab 14 mins ago

Packers Buccaners Game Preview

Here is a game that should be over before it’s even started. The Packers should blowout the Buccaners. However, just like last week they are facing a quarterback in McCowan who like Orton seems to have the Packers number. The good news the Buccaners put a number of defensive starters like McCoy on injured reserve. Let’s look at […]
Cat Scratch Reader 15 mins ago

Nine Thoughts About the Carolina Panthers Present and Future

The Panthers will have a busy offseason, but there's still plenty to play for now. 1. The early returns on the 2014 NFL Draft Class have been amazing It's too soon to declare this Panthers' rookie class as the best ever, but it's heading in that direction. Think about it. Kelvin Benjamin is on the cusp of surpassing the four figure mark with two games remaining. Second round pick, Kony Ealy, has been steadily improving all season long in a limited role, which leads me to expect a big jump from the Missouri product in 2015. The development of Trai Turner has been stunted by some injuries,...
Packers Gab 28 mins ago

NFL Picks Weeks 16

Atlanta Falcons (+6) @ New Orleans Saints-SAINTS Kansas City Chiefs (+3)@ Pittsburgh Steelers-CHIEFS Colts (+3) @ Dallas Cowboys-COLTS Tennessee Titans (+3.5) @ Jacksonville Jaguars-JAGUARS San Diego Chargers (+1) @ San Francisco 49ers-CHARGERS Philadelphia Eagles (-7.5) @ Washington Redskins-EAGLES Cleveland Browns (+3.5) @ Carolina Panthers-PANTHERS Detroit Lions (-9) @ Chicago Bears-LIONS Baltimore Ravens (-5.5) @ Houston […]
Bucs Nation 44 mins ago

Reviewing the Buccaneers' offensive coordinator options

DraftPhantom reviews the offensive coordinator candidates for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. A look back at Lovie Smith's Previous Choices Lovie Smith is many things: an All-American linebacker and Safety from tiny Tulsa. A co-creator with Monte Kiffin and Tony Dungy of what would eventually be such a good zone defense that it was renamed "Tampa 2" . A Super Bowl winning defensive coordinator, a Super Bowl-appearing head coach in Chicago, a coach who's won more than 2/3rds of his lifetime challenges, and a stable guy. One thing he's never been accused of is being an offensive mastermind. Make...
David Fucillo / Niners Nation 45 mins ago

Jim Harbaugh one time repeatedly shot 10-year old so he could win in laser tag

This is about as Harbaugh a story as you can imagine. We have dealt with an unending series of rumors about Jim Harbaugh's future, but for a moment, let's enjoy another Jim Harbaugh story that describes his personality to a T. The folks at MLive.com put together an article discussing some Harbaugh-Michigan stuff. The gist of the article is that Jim Harbaugh is insane enough to make the rare move of going from successful NFL coach to college. We've heard plenty of stories about Jim Harbaugh's competitiveness, but this one quickly shoots to quite possibly my favorite. According to the...
Cat Scratch Reader 48 mins ago

CSR Friday Night Open Thread

It's Friday night Panther fans so here is an open thread to talk Panther football, Friday night TV or whatever. This is Now an Open Thread!
Blogging The Boys 1 hour ago

Week 16 Dallas Cowboys & NFC Playoff Clinching Odds

The Cowboys, like the other NFC playoff contenders, have a chance to clinch a playoff spot this weekend. We review what those odds are for the Cowboys and the other contenders this week. Over the past few weeks, we've repeatedly looked at the Cowboys' odds of making the playoffs, and we've looked at a number of different sources in the process, like Football Outsiders, FiveThirtyEight, Sportsclubstats and NFL-Forecast. Today, we're extending our scope and adding another source. Numberfire.com is familiar to those of you who read far enough down our weekly power rankings summary. For...
Acme Packing Company 1 hour ago

Packers Injury Report, Week 16: Bulaga questionable, Tretter's progress

Packers head coach Mike McCarthy spoke Friday afternoon about his team's improvement at safety, and right tackle Bryan Bulaga's status for Sunday's game. As the Green Bay Packers get set to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this Sunday, head coach Mike McCarthy spoke with the media per usual on Friday while also providing an injury report for the game. Right tackle Bryan Bulaga (concussion) is questionable, as former starting center JC Tretter is in line to start his first game on the right side. Cornerback Davon House has been ruled out for the second straight week after injuring his...
Turf Show Times 1 hour ago

Post-Practice w/ Jeff Fisher, Gregg Williams: Rams Not ‘Down’ On Lamarcus Joyner

St. Louis Rams’ head coach Jeff Fisher and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams fielded questions after Friday’s practice. Here’s what they had to say on their Week 16 matchup vs. the Giants... Jeff Fisher – Post-Practice – December 19, 2014 (On what a physical secondary does for pass defense)"What it does is it affects run after catch. That’s what teams untimely are trying to do is get the ball in timing situations where receivers can run. When you can close so fast, even if the balls caught and not dislodged, at least we’re minimizing the run after catch." (On S...
David Fucillo / Niners Nation 2 hours ago

Eric Reid fined for sideline hit, Nick Moody not fined for roughing

The NFL sent out fine notices for Week 15, and Eric Reid will face a fine for one of his two hits. The end of the week brings news on fines for NFL players. As expected, Nick Moody will not face a fine for his legal hit on quarterback Russell Wilson. This is not a surprising development given that the NFL's VP of Officiating, Dean Blandino, acknowledged the day after that a flag should not have been thrown. I sure am glad the 49ers will get a do-over on that play! In related news, Eric Reid was fined $10,000 for his hit on Doug Baldwin as the Seahawks wide receiver went out of bounds....
Bleeding Green Nation 2 hours ago

Eagles-Redskins Odds: Can the Birds keep their season alive?

Breaking down this week's betting lines. My picks record to date: Line: 6 - 8 O/U: 8 - 6 Reader record: Line: 7 - 7 O/U: 11 - 3 This week's lines: Eagles -8 (-110) Washington +8 (-110) Over 50.5 (-110) Under 50.5 (-110) Reviewing last week: Uggh.  If we go back to the first matchup, the only worry was Dez Bryant.  He's an elite receiver, and clearly a terrible matchup for any of the CBs.  However, in that matchup Bryant was well-contained.  This past week...not so much.  That, combined with one of the flukiest plays I've ever seen (the opening kickoff...
Field Gulls 2 hours ago

Seahawks vs. Cardinals: Gametime, TV schedule, radio info, injury reports, and more

Planning on watching the Seahawks play the Cardinals on Sunday Night Football? Here's what you need to know. Who: Seahawks (10-4) vs. Cardinals (11-3) Game time: Sunday Night FootballDecember 21st5:30 pm PT Location: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale AZ TV channel: NBCAl Michaels (play by play)Cris CollinsworthMichelle Tafoya (sidelines) Radio 710 ESPN Seattle & KIRO Radio 97.3 FMSteve Raible (play-by-play)Warren Moon (commentary)Jen Mueller (sidelines) Twitter @FieldGulls Facebook Facebook.com/fieldgulls Odds: Powered by Oddshark Enemy blog Revenge of the Birds Seahawks Injury...
Cat Scratch Reader 3 hours ago

Browns at Panthers: Offensive Preview

So can we all agree this offense is indeed better off with Cam Newton under center? Don't get me wrong, I love Derek Anderson. Probably couldn't ask for a better back up in the NFL. Came into the last week's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and did just enough for the Panthers to be able to stay ahead and, more importantly, stay in the NFC South divisional race. So, while he is a great back up, the fringe lunatics of the Panthers fanbase who insist Anderson should be the full time starter really need to now crawl back under the rock they came from. Newton is the present and future of...
Bolts From The Blue 3 hours ago

How to watch San Diego Chargers vs San Francisco 49ers 2014 online, TV Schedule, and more

A quick preview of Saturday's NFL regular season game between the San Diego Chargers and San Francisco 49ers, along with information about how you can catch the game on your computer, TV, or in your car. The 49ers and Chargers seemingly couldn't be in more different situations right now. The Chargers are on the cusp of making the playoffs and in the final push to make it in. The 49ers were eliminated from playoff contention just last week. Jim Harbaugh seems to have one foot out the door, running to catch a flight to Michigan. But that doesn't mean this game will be a cakewalk for the...
Blogging The Boys 3 hours ago

Fun With Numbers: Cowboys Quarterback Tony Romo

A look at Tony Romo's season using advanced stats. Last week I looked at our wide receiver corps using some of the advanced stats as tracked by Football Outsiders and Pro Football Focus. This week I want to look at the season Tony Romo is having. Please remember this is mostly for fun; small sample sizes and my choice in music as I write this (Dr. Horrible's Sing A-Long Blog Soundtrack) means we'll probably see some numbers that don't really mean anything but are fun to talk about. One last bookkeeping item; we're only using numbers from QBs that have taken at least 50% of their team's...
David Fucillo / Niners Nation 3 hours ago

Adam Schefter with a dump of Jim Harbaugh, Michigan rumors

Friday afternoon has brought one more dump of Jim Harbaugh rumors, this time from ESPN's Adam Schefter. With only a week and a half left until the end of the NFL season, actual news will start happening after that. The rumor mill is only going to heat up in the meantime as people want to get their rumors out there before rumors no longer matter. Good times! Here are some of the notable points in Schefter's report based on the ever elusive "sources": Jim Harbaugh's family/friends are encouraging him to take the Michigan job He is torn because he wants to remain in the NFL, but there is...
Canal Street Chronicles 4 hours ago

Black on Black For Saints/Falcons Showdown

Yep that's right folks. we're wearing Black Jerseys and Black Pants Sunday! State your opinion in the poll. Love it, Hate it. I love the Black on Black combo and I realize it has it's detractors, but they haven't been particularly lucky or unlucky this season. We've won in them and lost in them, so let the debate begin. Weigh in Saints fans. I'm putting a poll in so vote your preference below. The #Saints will wear black jerseys and black pants on Sunday #ATLvsNO pic.twitter.com/Ey6SPriZme— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) December 19, 2014 Poll Black On Black? ...
Field Gulls 4 hours ago

Ryan Lindley and the worst ever game by a QB

For Lindley to have the least productive game by a quarterback in history, he's got some steep competition. Last season, when the Seattle Seahawks were easily recognized as the best defense in the NFL and the Jacksonville Jaguars were seen as the worst offense/team, I wrote about Seattle's record for futility (-7 yards in one game) and how they could possibly deliver a worse blow to the Jags that week. Unsurprisingly, I caught a little bit of flack for even talking about it, but guess what: A) I wasn't predicting the unpredictable, I was using an opportunity to talk about history in an...
Windy City Gridiron 4 hours ago

Chicago Bears Injury Report: Chris Conte and Robbie Gould are out

The Detroit Lions will travel to Soldier Field to take on the Chicago Bears in a game with playoff implications. If Detroit wins they will guarantee a postseason appearance. Here's the full injury report for both teams. Two Chicago Bears have already been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions. Safety Chris Conte (back) and kicker Robbie Gould (quad) will both sit out again. This means more playing time for Brock Vereen at safety and more kicking work for Jay Feely. The Bears list 4 players as questionable, meaning there is a 50% chance they play, Corner Tim Jennings (ankle),...
The Falcoholic 4 hours ago

Falcons Fantasy Options Vs. Saints: Gotta Start 'Em All

The Falcons' offense is worth starting this week against the New Orleans Saints. For fantasy purposes, this is not a great defense and the Falcons-Saints games tend to devolve into gobs of yardage and bushels of scoring opportunities, so you need to get Falcons on the field if your championship game is this weekend. Here's our guide to who you should play and sit. Start QB Matt Ryan: He's had one ugly pick in the last three games, but eight touchdowns, over 1,000 yards and 54 yards on the ground over that span. For fantasy purposes, he's a no-brainer QB1 against the Saints defense,...

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