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The 10 most important title game players
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:49:11 GMT
Some of these guys are already household names while others could become one by the time the games are over. One thing's for sure: they'll have an impact.
Reuters U.S. Sports Schedule at 2:30 PM ET on Wednesday, Jan. 17
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 19:35:34 GMT
Jan. 17 (Reuters) - Reuters U.S. sports schedule at 2:30 PM ET on Wednesday:
Eagles aim for greater heights in NFC title game vs. Vikings
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 19:35:16 GMT
The top-seeded Eagles are in search of their first trip to the Super Bowl since the 2004 season when they host the second-seeded Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles (14-3) posted a 15-10 win over the Atlanta Falcons in the divisional round
Jaguars bring in left-footed punter for â€śworkoutâ€ť
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 19:31:29 GMT
The Jaguars arenâ€™t looking to make a transaction, and punter Brad Nortman isnâ€™t on the injury report. They worked out a punter Wednesday anyway. Brock Miller thanked the Jaguars for his latest â€śworkout,â€ť as the left-footed punter has made the rounds of Patriots opponents. Thank you @Jaguars for working
Brady named writers'NFL MVP
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 19:19:23 GMT
At 40, Tom Brady, who led the NFL in passing yards this season, becomes the oldest NFL MVP winner in history.
Broncos sign three players to future contracts
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 19:16:16 GMT
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. â€” The Denver Broncos on Wednesday signed free-agent wide receiver Kenny Bell, tackle Andreas Knappe and defensive lineman DeShawn Williams to future contracts. Bell (6-foot-1, 188 pounds) is a third-year player from the University of Nebraska who most recently competed on the practice
Ranking the top 50 potential NFL free agents in 2018
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 19:35:20 GMT
wThe NFL's 2018 offseason could feature the rarest of moments: an upper-level quarterback available on the free-agent market in the prime of his career. That's the expectation for Kirk Cousins, who has spent the past two years playing as the Washington Redskins'franchise player. Anticipation
Jacksonville bakery trolls Ben Roethlisberger with 7 turnovers
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 19:13:18 GMT
Ben Roethlisberger is getting more turnovers as a reminder of how he fell short of yet another Super Bowl appearance. Cinotti's Bakery in Jacksonville is taunting Big Ben after the Steelers'45-42 loss to the Jaguars this past weekend. The bakery sent seven turnovers to the quarterback to represent
From Germany, With Love For The Eagles
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 19:09:00 GMT
Michael Danner picked the right time to take holiday and come to the United States from his home in Munich, Germany. An Eagles fan since he saw a group on Facebook that liked the Eagles and encouraged him to check out the team, Danner is making sure to maximize his E-A-G-L-E-S, EAGLES experience. â€śIt
How will the 'Tom Coughlin effect'impact the Jackonville Jaguars vs. the New England Patriots?
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 19:04:02 GMT
NFL Network's Steve Wyche, Judy Battista, Kimberly Jones and Michael Silver discuss whether Tom Coughlin will impact the AFC Championship Game.
Heyward: 'It doesn't stop here'
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 19:00:00 GMT
It's the harsh reality that comes at the end of every season, a reality that isn't fun and one that nobody likes. Changes will come. New faces will arrive, and familiar faces will be gone. â€śThis team won't be the same next year,â€ť said Cameron Heyward as he stood in his locker on Monday, looking
Vikes'Sendejo on track to play vs Eagles
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:50:32 GMT
Kevin Seifert NFL Nation Close ESPN.com national NFL writer ESPN.com NFC North reporter, 2008-2013 Covered Vikings for Minneapolis Star Tribune, 1999-2008 Follow on Twitter EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings safety Andrew Sendejo was scheduled to participate in a portion of practice Wednesday and
Cam Newton hit shows the NFL is still sending the wrong message on concussions
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:48:00 GMT
The American public realizes the dire circumstances when a player lies motionless after a spear-heading tackle. Brain trauma is the signature sports injury of the 21st century â€“ an issue that resonates among tens of millions of fans and players across the country, from youth football to the NFL and other
NFC championship game: Why Vikings match up so well with Eagles
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:47:03 GMT
The No. 1 seed Eagles (14-3) and No. 2 seed Vikings (14-3) have been working toward theirÂ matchup in Sunday's NFC championship game all season. DespiteÂ the attention they're getting for arriving withÂ Nick Foles and Case Keenum as theirÂ quarterbacks, the teams have won bigÂ because of the basics
AP source: Steelers part ways with Todd Haley
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:45:09 GMT
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A person with direct knowledge of the decision says the Pittsburgh Steelers will not renew offensive coordinator Todd Haley's contract.
How Titans'playoff run is limiting their ability to interview candidates for head coach
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:40:37 GMT
The Titans'playoff run is limitingÂ their ability to interview several top candidates, including Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, for the team's vacant head coaching position because of a widely misunderstood timing mechanism, The Tennessean has confirmed with both the Titans and
Eagles missing linebacker as NFC Championship Game prep begins
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:28:22 GMT
Veteran linebacker Dannell Ellerbe was not practicing as the Eagles began preparations for the NFC Championship Game. By Dave ZangaroÂ
Saints legend Willie Roaf to be inducted into East-West Shrine Game Hall of Fame
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:27:44 GMT
Willie Roaf, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Saints Ring of Honor, Saints Hall of Fame and Saints all-50th team, is adding to his list of accolades. The former New Orleans Saints offensive lineman will be one of three legends inducted into the East-West Shrine Game Hall of Fame this year.
Morstead makes tough tackle against Vikings
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:22:33 GMT
Morstead goes all out to take down Sherels on punt return in divisional playoffs.
Mitchell not seen at Patriots practice, looking unlikely he'll be activated
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:21:03 GMT
The Patriots begin practice without Malcolm Mitchell on Wednesday, indicating he won't be activated prior to the 4 p.m. deadline to play this season.
Worst to first? A look at the climb ahead for Bears
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:05:00 GMT
The NFL champions the idea of parity more than any other major sports league. The Jaguars and Eagles, two of the four teams in Sunday's conference championship games, stand as the latest examples as they went from last place to first place in their respective divisions and arrived here, a victory
Jake McQuaide named NFC long snapper for Pro Bowl
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:02:44 GMT
Kicker Greg Zuerlein will not play in the Pro Bowl because of an injury, but the Rams special teams will still be well represented in Orlando. The Rams announced on Wednesday that long snapper Jake McQuaide has been added to the team by Saints coach Sean Payton and his staff. Heâ€™ll join punter Johnny
Finishing strong meant a lot to Lucas Patrick
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:00:00 GMT
GREEN BAY â€“ The regular-season finale against the Lions wasn't technically the first start of guard Lucas Patrick 's pro career. But in some ways, it was. Patrick's only prior start came on a Thursday night back in Week 4, when the short time frame for preparation reduced on-field reps and
Patriots on losing coordinators: â€śThe culture is builtâ€ť
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:53:07 GMT
The Patriots are going to have to make some big changes, soon. But theyâ€™re hoping that enough will stay the same to allow them to sustain success. Via Phil Perry of NBC Sports Boston, Patriots players are hopeful that the eventual loss of coordinatorsÂ Matt Patricia and Josh McDaniels to head coaching
Vikings fans flood Saints punter's foundation with donations
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:36:54 GMT
Vikings fans honor Saints punter Thomas Morstead's toughness with donations to his foundation.
Super Bowl veteran Greg Jennings: Patriots dynasty sets bar for all other teams
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:49:01 GMT
The Patriots have established a dynasty under head coach Bill Belichick, and former NFL receiver Greg Jennings says New England's dominance is good for the NFL. "It's great for sports,"Â Jennings told Omnisport. "Parity is great, but having a team that is dominant is great for sports
Steelers will not re-sign OC Todd Haley, report says
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:47:00 GMT
Todd Haley is out in Pittsburgh. The SteelersÂ offensive coordinatorÂ will not return to the team for the 2018 season,Â NFL InsiderÂ Ian RapoportÂ reported. According to the report, theÂ SteelersÂ are allowing Haley to leave now that his contract has expired. Rapoport noted that while quarterbackÂ Ben Roethlisberger
Jaguars experience spike in season-ticket deposits
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:46:06 GMT
Nothing sells tickets like a winning team. In Jacksonville, where the Jaguars have won more games in 2017 (including playoffs) than they did in the three prior seasons combined, excitement is building â€” and fans are plunking down cash. Via Drew Dixon of the Florida Times-Union, the placement of deposits
Eagles not distracted by legendary trophy
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:40:23 GMT
With the legendary Halas Trophy at the NovaCare Complex, Doug Pederson is acting like it's just another week for the Eagles. By Reuben Frank
Case Keenum reflects on facing Nick Foles in the NFC Championship
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:38:22 GMT
In 2015, the Rams went 7-9 with Nick Foles starting 11 games at quarterback and Case Keenum starting the other five. The experts explained that thatâ€™s what happens when you have two bad quarterbacks. Except something funny happened last weekend: Foles and Keenum started playoff games, and both won, and
What 'Minnesota Miracle'means for Vikings, NFL playoff history
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 19:12:50 GMT
As I watched StefonÂ Diggs cross the goal line with his walk-off touchdown to complete the "Minnesota Miracle,"I first said, "unbelievable,"Â and then, "This play will rank as one of the all-time classic playoff finishes."After the play, I quickly flashed back to another
New Vikings video of the Minneapolis Miracle will give you goosebumps all over again
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:30:19 GMT
Admit it: You can't get enough of Stefon Diggs'Minneapolis Miracle catch, even days after it happened. So here's one more look at it from the Vikes, combined with some of the amazing fan reaction â€” which includes Michael Strahan and some other NFL broadcasters going nuts â€” and slow motion
Jacksonville bakery deliciously trolls Ben Roethlisberger
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:23:38 GMT
Jaguars fans are still savoring their team's divisional-round win over Pittsburgh.
NFL mock draft: Alabama's Levi Wallace goes from walk-on to second round NFL draft pick?
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:20:07 GMT
College football coaches didn't pay much attention to Tucson High product Levi Wallace in high school. Now, he could be an early NFL draft pick. Wallace, who walked on at Alabama in 2014, is projected to go in the second round in some recent NFL mock drafts. Not bad for a player who didn't touch
NFL asks reporters to specify their race for Super Bowl press passes
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:17:00 GMT
The NFL is requiring journalists covering Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis to provide racial identification when requesting credentials to be admitted to the Feb. 4 game. Journalists for years have been asked to provide either a Social Security number or passport number and a photo for security checks for
Mike Garafolo: Arizona Cardinals 'not panicking'about coaching search
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:20:03 GMT
NFL Network's Mike Garafolo discusses why the Arizona Cardinals are 'not panicking'about their head coaching search, but rather deliberately taking their time to find the right candidate.
How Doug Pederson compares to other 2016 head coach hires
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:13:40 GMT
Doug Pederson didn't seem like the Eagles'first choice when they hired him, but man, did they luck out. By Dave Zangaro
2017 Redskins Season In Review: Tight Ends
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:58:44 GMT
While Jordan Reed struggled through an injury-filled year, 33-year-old Vernon Davis recorded nearly 700 receiving yards with Niles Paul once again being a jack of all trades. As the Redskins head into the offseason looking to get back to their winning ways, Redskins.com will provide position-by-position
LOOK: Falcons players congratulate LB Deion Jones on first Pro Bowl selection
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:58:00 GMT
Falcons linebacker Deion Jones was named to the NFC's 2018 Pro Bowl roster on Tuesday afternoon as a replacement for Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly, who will miss the all-star game due to injury. This is Jones'first Pro Bowl selection; the second-year defender will join Falcons center Alex
Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone draws from Winston Churchill to explain how certain players have stepped up this season
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:02:02 GMT
Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone talks about how certain players have stepped up for his team this season who aren't normally in the limelight.
Patriots'Flowers expresses bitterness toward Bengals over trade
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:49:37 GMT
Cincinnati Bengals history of trades with the New England Patriots under Marvin Lewis. It's tough when a guy your team essentially gave up on goes to the New England Patriots and shines for the perennial NFL powerhouse. It's worse - unless you don't let it bother you - when the player calls
Chargers position outlook 2018: Will Antonio Gates be back?
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:45:55 GMT
Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer Close Covered Seahawks for Tacoma News Tribune for six seasons. Played college football at University of Puget Sound Follow on Twitter COSTA MESA, Calif. -- Veteran tight end Antonio Gates indicated he'd like to play for another year at the end of the 2017 campaign
The up-and-down seasons of Carolina's second-year corners
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:44:44 GMT
Moments after the Panthers'playoff loss in New Orleans, the preseason's popular breakout candidate at cornerback stood alone in a corner of the visitors'locker room quietly packing his travel bag. The final image of his up-and-down season â€“ an unsuccessful attempt to knock the ball away
Detroit Lions DL coach Kris Kocurek leaving for Miami Dolphins
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:39:06 GMT
The Detroit Lions have lost another assistant coach, this time their longest-tenured assistant on the defensive side of the ball. Defensive line coach Kris Kocurek has agreed to become defensive line coach of the Miami Dolphins, his wife Amy confirmed late Tuesday on Facebook. Kocurek joined the Lions
Monstrous PFT PM has Jon Gruden, Jeff Fisher
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:31:17 GMT
If you havenâ€™t subscribed to the PFT PM podcast, right now would be a great time to do it. Coming later today will be the 70th episode of the most-weekdays, afternoon-drive program, and it will include conversations with Raiders coach Jon Gruden and former Titans and Rams coach Jeff Fisher. Gruden joins
As Tony Romo, CBS get ready for AFC title game, a Super Bowl beckons
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:30:47 GMT
This Sunday, Tony Romo, Jim Nantz and Tracy Wolfson will face their biggest test as a trio when they call the AFC Championship Game between Tom Brady'sÂ Patriots and Blake Bortles'Â Jaguars from Gillette Stadium (CBS 3:05 p.m.Â ET). And a year from now, if everything stays on course, Romo will finally
WR Brandin Cooks part of the Patriots''90 percent club'
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:30:47 GMT
Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer Close Covered Patriots since 1997 Joined ESPN in 2009 Follow on Twitter FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick was asked about wide receiver Brandin Cooks last week, and one of the first things that came to mind was his availability. "I don'
Every Touchdown Of The 2017 Raiders Season
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:30:00 GMT
Every Touchdown Of The 2017 Raiders Season A look back at every touchdown from the Raiders'2017 season.
Darrell Bevell linked to Bears opening
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:23:23 GMT
As new Bears coach Matt Nagy continues to build his staff, another veteran assistant has emerged as a possibility. According to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, fired Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell could be in the mix for one of the few open jobs on the Bears offensive staff. He hasn
An intriguing dynamic of Garoppolo's contract negotiations
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:02:08 GMT
There is a lot to consider for both sides as they look to enter into a long-term deal. "And then there's the other dynamic,Â which I would not undersell..."
Who will cover Gronk?
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:00:54 GMT
One of the biggest mysteries regarding the AFC title game relates to Jacksonvilleâ€™s plan for covering Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. Arguably the best tight end in NFL history, heâ€™s a matchup nightmare for most teams, primarily since most teams donâ€™t have the firepower to handle him with one player