Patrick Daugherty breaks down all the top plays for the first week of the fantasy playoffs.
As if playing in the Eastern time zone where they've lost 12 straight games isn't bad enough, the Oakland Raiders could be facing snowy conditions for Sunday's game in New York. Rookie quarterback Matt McGloin couldn't be more excited. McGloin, who will be making his fourth consecutive start for the Raiders, grew up in Scranton, Pa., about two hours away from MetLife Stadium and spent four years at Penn State where he was the Nittany Lions' first walk-on to start at quarterback in more than 60 years. That won't be too much of an adjustment for me.'' Getting Oakland's offense back on track after back-to-back losses might be a bit more difficult for the Raiders' undrafted starter.
LaMarr Woodley is ready to get back to work. The Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker will play on Sunday against Miami after missing three weeks with a left calf strain. And Woodley expects to be back in his usual spot on the left side of Pittsburgh's 3-4 defense. Jason Worilds, who played very well on the left side in Woodley's absence, will move back to the right.
Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey has invited members of this weekend's visiting team to be his dinner guests. Pouncey's twin brother, Mike, and the rest of the Miami Dolphins' offensive line will share a meal at Maurkice's home Saturday, the eve of the game between the teams.
Besides firing head coach Gary Kubiak, the Houston Texans made several another move with their coaching staff. Bob Ligashesky was promoted from special teams assistant to special teams coordinator. He relaces Joe Marciano, who was relieved of his duties as special teams coordinator. Ligashesky joined the Texans coaching staff last March.
All of a sudden, the Houston Texans are leading the NFL offseason news cycle -- with three weeks remaining in the regular season. In the midst of an 11-game losing streak that is pushing the Texans toward the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 draft, head coach Gary Kubiak was fired on Friday, with founder, owner and CEO Bob McNair confessing he cleared his breaking point with a second loss to the moribund Jacksonville Jaguars on the league's network Thursday. McNair said Friday in announcing Kubiak's ouster, he prefers a coach with an NFL background. The first candidate is known: Wade Phillips, the interim coach, will get an interview for the head coaching job at the appropriate time, McNair said.
Jason Campbell's headaches are gone, and for the moment, so are Cleveland's pains at quarterback. Campbell, who sat out last week's game with a concussion, has been cleared by an independent neurologist to play and will start on Sunday when the Browns visit New England. His return is a huge relief to the Browns, who are also without part-time starter Brandon Weeden because of a concussion and were facing the prospect of starting either quarterback Caleb Hanie or Alex Tanney - both signed in the past week - against the Patriots and defensive-fixated coach Bill Belichick. Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said he hasn't decided if Campbell's backup will be Hanie or Tanney.
It’s Week 14 in the NFL, and after a quick Thanksgiving break, the Alphabet Preview is back. On that note, I can’t believe that Thanksgiving was only a week ago. And on that note, onto the preview. A1: There are two games that deserve consideration for A1 status this week, but we’re going with Seattle at San Francisco (Sunday, 4 pm). ...
In control of their playoff fate, the Baltimore Ravens are confident heading into a challenging final quarter of the season. Looking for a season-high third straight victory, the Ravens hope to continue their home success Sunday while trying to keep the Minnesota Vikings winless on the road. Sitting two games under .500 and mired in a three-game slide after losing to Cleveland on Nov. 3, Baltimore (6-6) has responded by winning three of four to take ownership of the AFC's final wild-card spot. The Ravens are tied with Miami, but own the tiebreaker based on a 26-23 road win over the Dolphins on Oct. 6.
Browns quarterback coming off concussion
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