Quick Picks: Is this the week for Kay Adams (12:11 AM)
Yahoo! Sports: With the season coming to an end in a few weeks, the battle in fantasy football between Tom E. Curran and Kay Adams is heating up.
Matchups: Plug In Pitta (12:11 AM)
Yahoo! Sports: Evan Silva recommends Dennis Pitta as a plug-n-play and breaks down every player's Week 15 fantasy football Matchup in every game.
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Fantasy Football Start'em and Sit'em: Playoffs Week 2 (5:31 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: Welcome to another edition of CSNChicago.com's Start'em and Sit'em, where three totally unqualified guys give their take on the best and worst plays in the upcoming fantasy football week. We don't have special powers, but we are pretty obsessed with fantasy sports. And Mark's Week 3 sit of Antonio Brown (who went off for 31 ESPN standard points) should have been bad enough to sink his entire week (as Tony's picks of Cam Newton and DeSean Jackson in Week 6 did), instead of just that one pick. We will add up the ESPN standard fantasy points for all of our "Starts" and subtract the points from all our "Sits" and the difference will be the weekly score.
Jaguars could be without MJD, Shorts against Bills (5:02 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: The Jacksonville Jaguars could be without two of their most productive offensive weapons for Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills. Rushing leader Maurice Jones-Drew has an injured hamstring and receptions leader Cecil Shorts has a hurt groin. Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley says both could practice on Friday but that it could ''go all the way up to game-time with those two guys.'' ''I don't know that I can answer that,'' Bradley replied when asked which of the two offensive threats would be more likely to play on Sunday. We've got our fingers crossed on both of those guys.'' Shorts is 223 yards short of a 1,000-yard season.
Broadcast information: Bills at Jaguars (4:23 PM)
BuffaloBills.Com: Television, radio, and internet broadcast information for the Bills-Jaguars game.
QB decision zero problem for Bears internally (4:00 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: An occasional and major problem when a team has two starter-grade quarterbacks is that locker rooms can divide into camps supporting one or the other, or that the one not starting becomes a fractious malcontent. The San Francisco 49ers went through it with Joe Montana and Steve Young but still won Super Bowls. Buffalo Bills splintered between Doug Flutie and Rob Johnson, reached the 1998-99 Wild Card games, lost both and faded for the following decade. Organizations take their personality from the top and coach Marc Trestman reiterated that the return-to-Cutler decision was made weeks ago, leaving little room for nitpicking at it.
Bills-Jaguars Capsule (3:11 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: BUFFALO (4-9) At JACKSONVILLE (4-9)
49ers-Buccaneers Capsule (2:36 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: SAN FRANCISCO (9-4) at TAMPA BAY (4-9)
Jags missing starters at practice (2:32 PM)
Buffalo Bills Blogs - Chris Brown: Nine starters for the Jaguars did not practice or were limited on Thursday. Knowing Jacksonville hasn’t played a game in a week raises some concerns that they might be without some key pieces Sunday against the Bills. For the second straight day top WR Cecil Shorts did not practice due to a groin injury. RB […]
Bills unhappy facing too many rested opponents (2:27 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- The Bills aren't impressed with the NFL schedule maker, who is being blamed for providing Buffalo's opponents too many extended breaks.
Kiko limited, but expected to play (1:32 PM)
Buffalo Bills Blogs - Chris Brown: Bills MLB Kiko Alonso (knee) was limited in practice for a second straight day, but head coach Doug Marrone is not concerned about having Alonso available for Sunday’s game. “Kiko was limited, but that was more on us, just bringing him along,” said Marrone. “He wanted to do everything, but we held him back. Unless […]
NFL Power Rankings: Where Do the Oakland Raiders Stand Heading Into Week 15? (1:22 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: COMMENTARY | Week 14 was a game the Oakland Raiders would like to forget. They were clobbered by the New York Jets, and only managed to force one Geno Smith turnover. After playing tough, competitive football for most of the season, the Raiders dropped a stinker on Sunday. With three difficult divisional opponents to close out the season, it's hard to imagine Oakland finishing the year with more than five wins.
EJ’s take on last week’s game tape (12:53 PM)
Buffalo Bills Blogs - Chris Brown: It was far from his best effort in many ways, but Bills rookie QB EJ Manuel painstakingly went through the loss at Tampa Bay play by play. Here were his assessments of his play. “It was disappointing,” he said. ”I was obviously disappointed after the game, but when I watched it on film, I did some […]
Throwback: Goodwin knew early he’d be a star (11:29 AM)
Buffalo Bills Blogs - buffalobills.com: He’s an Olympic athlete and an NFL wide receiver, and believe it or not, Marquise Goodwin figured he’d reach those athletic heights at a young age. “I’ve always been the speed guy,” Goodwin said. “I knew right away I’d be good when I started. The same summer I started football and track. The first team […]
NFL Power Rankings: Where Do the Green Bay Packers Stand Before Week 15? (10:33 AM)
Yahoo! Sports: COMMENTARY | When you assess where a team stands in the NFL power rankings, you have to take its entire season into account, but also note recent trends, injuries and the direction its season is ultimately heading. That being said, the Green Bay Packers are one of the worst teams in the NFL without Aaron Rodgers. After enduring an entire month without a victory -- and without Rodgers -- the Packers finally found a way to win a football game, narrowly edging out the visiting Atlanta Falcons at Lambeau Field. Incredibly, despite failing to win five straight games, Green Bay is just 1/2 game out of first place in the NFC North.
Bills' Johnson eager to prove critics wrong (10:04 AM)
ESPN.Com - Associated Press: Stevie Johnson isn't ready to relinquish his title as the Buffalo Bills No. 1 receiver.
Thursday morning one-liners (9:19 AM)
Pro Football Talk - Darin Gantt: Bills QB E.J. Manuel knows he needs to get better. Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill has another elite QB in his sights, but he’s never beaten Tom Brady. The Patriots are still scrambling to piece together a defense. Just in time for Festivus: The Jets will still sell you a Darrelle Revis or a Bart Scott…
BDC 12/12: Jackson/Williams at Kissmas Bash (8:49 AM)
Buffalo Bills Blogs - Bills Daily Charge: DAILY REPORT – Bills RB Fred Jackson and DB Aaron Williams will both be appearing at Kiss 98.5’s Kissmas Bash tonight at the First Niagara Center. Tickets for the event can be purchased by clicking here. PHOTO OF THE DAY The Buffalo rushing attack had a big day in the Bills 34-18 win over the Jaguars […]
Kiko poised for future leadership (8:45 AM)
Buffalo Bills Blogs - Chris Brown: The Bills have a handful of promising young players on the roster, that not only offer ability, but more importantly the kind of professional approach to the game that Doug Marrone is looking for in all of his players. That’s why Kiko Alonso is poised to become a defensive leader on this team sooner rather […]
The biggest reason for Kansas City's turnaround (7:00 AM)
Yahoo! Sports: Powerful Poe has become Chiefs’ Ironman.
Week 15 Target Watch: AFC (5:00 AM)
Yahoo! Sports: Chet Gresham looks at the targets and touches for the AFC.
Bills players become 'big brothers' on a night of giving (3:45 AM)
BuffaloBills.Com: At the annual Toyota Rookie Club Holiday Party for children, presents and the Bills presence were gifted on a festive night inside the Jim Kelly Club.
Bills become 'big brothers' on a night of giving (3:45 AM)
BuffaloBills.Com: At the annual Toyota Rookie Club Bills Holiday Party for Children, presents and the Bills presence were both impactful gifts for a number of local children.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Bills WR Johnson determined to prove critics wrong (7:09 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- Stevie Johnson isn't ready to relinquish his title as the Buffalo Bills No. 1 receiver.
Jaguars want to give Jones-Drew another contract (6:46 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: The Jacksonville Jaguars want running back Maurice Jones-Drew back next season. Jones-Drew is doing all he can to make it happen. He's all in, fully committed to what's happening in Jacksonville under coach Gus Bradley, general manager Dave Caldwell and owner Shad Khan. ''I want to be here,'' Jones-Drew said.
More than go’s for Goodwin & Graham (5:37 PM)
Buffalo Bills Blogs - Chris Brown: As head coach Doug Marrone tries to move Buffalo’s offense forward he’s also trying to develop some of his deep passing threats into more than just field stretchers. I think that we have to find ways as an offense where we can get them t just be throwing go routes. When you look at two […]
Getting Defensive: Week 15 (4:51 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: Jeff Ratcliffe breaks down the matchups for all 32 fantasy defenses in action and gives his top kicker plays for Week 15.
EJ Manuel: "I'm still learning" (4:29 PM)
BuffaloBills.Com: The Bills quarterback talks about rebounding after last's week game and facing the Jacksonville Jaguars on the road.
Marrone impatient, wants results (4:17 PM)
Buffalo Bills Blogs - Chris Brown: Doug Marrone has called himself impatient by nature. He wants results sooner rather than later, and with his team no longer in control of any kind of playoff hopes he’s far from pleased. He hasn’t been associated with the Bills through the length of their playoff drought, but he’s already in tune with the fan’s […]
New England Patriots Equipped to Survive Loss of Rob Gronkowski Thanks to Emergence of Shane Vereen (3:40 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: COMMENTARY | The season-ending knee injury to Rob Gronkowski would seem to cripple not only the star tight end this season, but also the New England Patriots' Super Bowl dreams. But Tom Brady's offense is much better equipped for life without Gronk now, thanks to the return and emergence of running back Shane Vereen as one of the NFL's most versatile weapons. no offense will be as good without Gronkowski as it would be with him. He has arguably been the NFL's most consistently dominant red-zone weapon during his young career, and that was no different since his return to the lineup on October 20th against the New York Jets.
Jones-Drew, WR Shorts not practicing (3:27 PM)
Buffalo Bills Blogs - Chris Brown: The Jacksonville Jaguars had a host of starters not practicing on Wednesday. This despite the fact that they’re coming off a Thursday night game the week before. Maurice Jones-Drew is not expected to practice until Friday due to a knee injury, and his backup Jordan Todman was limited. Top wideout Cecil Shorts III was also a […]
Kiko limited, CB Smith injured in practice (3:23 PM)
Buffalo Bills Blogs - Chris Brown: Here’s the Bills injury report, whose headline non-participant was RG Kraig Urbik. He has a foot injury. LB Kiko Alonso was also limited with a knee injury, but expected to be fine. CB Brandon Smith was injured in practice and limited as a result Wednesday. “Basically, we’re just resting him,” said head coach Doug Marrone […]
Mario, Kiko still leading in fan voting (2:43 PM)
Buffalo Bills Blogs - Chris Brown: Bills DE Mario Williams and MLB Kiko Alonso are still tops at their positions in the fan voting for the 2013 NFL Pro Bowl. Here’s a look at their vote counts along with the other top vote getters on the defensive side of the ball. Fans can vote until Dec. 26th by submitting their own […]
Six Bills among Pro Bowl leaders (2:29 PM)
BuffaloBills.Com: With 15 days of fan Pro Bowl voting left, six Bills rank among the top 10 vote-getters.
Bills-Jaguars Preview (2:13 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: The Jacksonville Jaguars remain confident while not getting too caught up in their modest second-half turnaround. They'll try for their first four-game winning streak in six seasons Sunday while looking to hand the reeling Buffalo Bills a fifth consecutive year of double-digit losses. Jacksonville (4-9) has won three straight for the first time since 2010 and four of five after an 0-8 start. Though the Jaguars will attempt to win four in a row for the first time since Sept. 16-Oct. 14, 2007, first-year coach Gus Bradley wants his team to continue its progression while maintaining some perspective amid the franchise's sixth consecutive season without a winning record.
Urbik a likely game time decision (1:23 PM)
Buffalo Bills Blogs - Chris Brown: Bills starting RG Kraig Urbik did not practice Wednesday ad is iffy for Sunday’s game. “Did not participate in practice. I think he’s going to be a game time decision,” said Marrone. “He has a foot injury. It was sore after the game. We thought it would get better, but it didn’t.” Marrone confirmed that […]
Week 15 Las Vegas market report (12:36 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: Will the underdogs rebound after a poor showing in Week 14?
Titans add DE Adewale Ojomo to practice squad (11:14 AM)
Yahoo! Sports: NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Tennessee Titans have filled the spot on their practice squad by signing defensive end Adewale Ojomo.
Chicago Bears: Josh McCown to Draw Interest from Texans, Vikings and Titans (10:34 AM)
Yahoo! Sports: COMMENTARY | Much like the first man bold enough to try pickles with ice cream, NFL teams are always eager to throw together any combination of ingredients they think just might be crazy enough to work. In the final game of the 2011 campaign, the Green Bay Packers' Matt Flynn put up a franchise-record 480 yards passing against the Detroit Lions. Even though he had only made one NFL start, Flynn translated his 60-minutes of success into a three-year, $19 million deal with the Seattle Seahawks. It seems the 2013 season has already found its future Flynn in the person of Chicago Bears' backup QB Josh McCown.
Bills could face backup RB again (10:19 AM)
Buffalo Bills Blogs - Chris Brown: For the second straight week the Bills could be squaring off against a backup running back. Jacksonville Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew is trying to come back from a hamstring injury suffered late in their game last Thursday night, but won’t practice until late in the week. According to multiple reports Jones-Drew will test his ailing […]
BDC 12/11: Bills Activate Rookie S Meeks (10:12 AM)
Buffalo Bills Blogs - Bills Daily Charge: DAILY REPORT – The Buffalo Bills announced yesterday that the team has activated DB Jonathan Meeks from Injured Reserve/Designated for Return to the 53-man roster and released LB Jamaal Westerman. – The Bills also announced that the team has signed WR Brandon Kaufman to the Practice Squad and released WR Tommy Streeter. MEDIA AVAILABILITY Wednesday, […]
Wednesday morning one-liners (9:48 AM)
Pro Football Talk - Michael David Smith: In Buffalo, there are a whole lot of questions facing the Bills. Miami’s Charles Clay recalls the first time he tried to block Patriots DT Vince Wilfork. (It wasn’t pleasant.) It’s been nine years since the Patriots won the Super Bowl, but their run of success since then has still been impressive. The Jets have…
From the booth: Bills at Buccaneers (9:30 AM)
BuffaloBills.Com: Another painful game to review, the Bills 27-6 loss to Tampa Bay. But we’ve got a few leftover notes and observations from the radio broadcast booth:
What to watch for: Bills at Jaguars (9:24 AM)
BuffaloBills.Com: BUFFALO TRAVELS TO JACKSONVILLEThe Buffalo Bills will make their second consecutive road trip to Florida in Week 15 with a 1:00 p.m. match-up at the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. Sunday’s game wi...
Wednesday morning one-liners (8:48 AM)
Yahoo! Sports: In Buffalo, there are a whole lot of questions facing the Bills. Miami’s Charles Clay recalls the first time he tried to block Patriots DT Vince Wilfork. (It wasn’t pleasant.) It’s been nine years since the Patriots won the Super Bowl, but their run of success since then has still been impressive. The Jets have…
Bills seeking total accountability (3:45 AM)
BuffaloBills.Com: Head coach Doug Marrone and staff have renewed their efforts at instilling accountability in the Bills.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
NFL-National Football League roundup (7:38 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: Dec 10 (The Sports Xchange) - Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones gave a vote of confidence to defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin on Tuesday, one day after the Dallas defense was obliterated in a 45-28 loss to the Chicago Bears. Jones said in an interview on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas that he believes in Kiffin, defensive line coach Rod Marinelli and the rest of the Cowboys' defensive staff. "To fix what we're doing, there's nobody I'd rather have than him and Rod Marinelli, and where we are today to get this fixed over the next week, two weeks, three weeks," Jones said. - - - Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will not have surgery on his sprained right foot after an initial round of tests showed no Lisfranc injury.
Bills activate DB Jonathan Meeks (6:03 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: Was on IR-designated to return.
Bills activate Jonathan Meeks from injured reserve (4:45 PM)
Pro Football Talk - Josh Alper: The Bills don’t have much left to play for in 2013, but there’s a chance to evaluate some players for 2014 and they’ll get that chance with rookie safety Jonathan Meeks. The team announced Tuesday that they have activated Meeks, a fifth-round pick out of Clemson in April, from injured reserve/return. It’s the first week…
Wood & WNY hero make special visit (4:02 PM)
Buffalo Bills Blogs - Hannah Buehler: We last saw Bills fan and Western New York hero Darnell Barton November 3 at the Bills v. the Kansas City Chiefs game at Ralph Wilson Stadium, and his giving back to the Western New York Community continues today. Barton is the heroic NFTA Bus Driver who, on October 18 stopped his bus on the […]
Bills activate DB Meeks from IR (4:00 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: The Buffalo Bills activated defensive back Jonathan Meeks from injured reserve/designated for return to the 53-man roster and released linebacker Jamaal Westerman on Tuesday. Meeks was a fifth-round draft selection of Buffalo in the 2013 Draft. The Bills also announced that the team has signed wide receiver Brandon Kaufman to the practice squad and released wide receiver Tommy Streeter. Kaufman joined Buffalo as an undrafted free agent following the 2013 NFL Draft and was released prior to the regular season.
Bills activate rookie DB Meeks off short-term IR (3:37 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- The Buffalo Bills have activated rookie defensive back Jonathan Meeks off the injured reserve/designated for return list.
2014 NFL mock draft: Version 2.0 (3:34 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: A defensive line of J.J. Watt and Clowney could be one of the greatest tandems the NFL has ever seen. St. Louis has two first-round picks, this being the final year of reaping rewards from trading away the pick that ended up being RGIII.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Lavonte David Deserves to Win NFL Defensive Player of the Year (3:10 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: COMMENTARY | Reggie White, Cortez Kennedy, Lawrence Taylor, Michael Strahan, Jason Taylor -- since the NFL began handing out a defensive player of the year award in 1971, five players have won while playing for a losing team. Lavonte David deserves to be the sixth. The second-year player out of Nebraska is excelling on the field, and is one of the few highlights for a Tampa Bay team that sits with a 4-9 record -- though winners of four of their last five. After finishing ninth in the NFL in tackles as a rookie, David is putting on an encore performance sure to capture the attention of the league.
Bills shuffle roster, activate S Johnathan Meeks (3:09 PM)
BuffaloBills.Com: The Bills activated rookie DB Johnathan Meeks and shuffled receivers on the Practice Squad on Tuesday.
Bills shuffle roster, activate S Jonathan Meeks (3:09 PM)
BuffaloBills.Com: The Bills activated rookie DB Jonathan Meeks and shuffled receivers on the Practice Squad on Tuesday.
Dolphins CB Patterson placed on IR (2:10 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: The Miami Dolphins placed starting cornerback Dimitri Patterson on season-ending injured reserve Tuesday.
Hughes in top 10 territory (1:10 PM)
Buffalo Bills Blogs - Chris Brown: It’s been a productive season for Jerry Hughes in his first year with the Bills, and ProFootballFocus is taking notice. The stat crunchers and film reviewers of every play of every game, have Hughes ranked in their top 10 at the 3-4 OLB position. Hughes is rated tied for seventh overall among 3-4 OLBs this […]
Dolphins IR Patterson, Stanford, sign Rogers, Thomas (12:51 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: Roster moves executed
NFP power rankings (11:30 AM)
Yahoo! Sports: Despite a dramatic come-from-behind win, New England falls after losing tight end Rob Gronkowski for the season.
Gilmore’s play at Tampa recognized (11:23 AM)
Buffalo Bills Blogs - Chris Brown: It’s been a long road back for Stephon Gilmore from wrist surgery, but his performance in Sunday’s loss might be his best game of the season. ProFootballFocus thought so as they graded him out as a +4 in the game, often drawing Vincent Jackson as a coverage assignment. Here’s what they wrote about Gilmore’s performance. Gilmore’s […]
BDC 12/10: Bills to Host Holiday Party for Children (10:19 AM)
Buffalo Bills Blogs - Bills Daily Charge: DAILY REPORT – Buffalo Bills Toyota Rookie Club members will host a holiday party for children today in the Jim Kelly Club at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Children from 10 local agencies submitted a holiday wish list and Bills players will help ring in the holidays by distributing gifts to guests. Also included in the evening […]
Tuesday morning one-liners (9:28 AM)
Pro Football Talk - Josh Alper: Bills veterans want to end the year on a winning note. There was some praying on the Dolphins sideline as the Steelers almost pulled off a wild game-winning play. Patriots RB Stevan Ridley was able to avoid fumbling in Week 14. DE Quinton Coples is starting to fulfill his potential with the Jets. Where’s the…
Why Marrone believes EJ can succeed (9:07 AM)
Buffalo Bills Blogs - Chris Brown: A lot of criticism has been hurled at rookie QB EJ Manuel after a disappointing performance at Tampa Bay this past Sunday. Head coach Doug Marrone did not dispute that Manuel struggled against the Buccaneers, but believes in time his starting quarterback won’t be a guy who can be relied upon week in and week […]
Bills coach Marrone maintains faith in QB Manuel (4:03 AM)
Yahoo! Sports: Bills coach Doug Marrone is maintaining his faith and patience in EJ Manuel despite the rookie quarterback's latest dud. ''He has the ability to do it,'' Marrone said Monday. ''There's no doubt in my mind.'' That doesn't mean Marrone is anywhere close to being satisfied with Manuel's development, and the lack of consistency the first-round pick out of Florida State has shown in failing to string together one good outing after another. And you have to just put your head down and just keep working.'' Manuel's performance is under the microscope a day after a 27-6 loss at Tampa Bay that pushed the Bills (4-9) to the brink of extending the NFL's longest active playoff drought to 14 consecutive seasons.
Shutdown Corner NFL Power Rankings: How much does losing Rob Gronkowski affect New England? (12:44 AM)
Yahoo! Sports: The New England Patriots were, mostly, an elite team with a healthy Rob Gronkowski. The offense was tremendous. The Patriots looked as good as they have the past few years. A collision with the Denver Broncos in the AFC playoffs seemed inevitable. Now what?
Monday, December 09, 2013
Buccaneers LB Lavonte David emerging as leader (7:21 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: TAMPA, Fla. -- Buccaneers linebacker Lavonte David shrugs his shoulders and smiles at the suggestion that he's a rising star deserving of more recognition. Still, no one on Tampa Bay's defense has performed as consistently as David, who leads the team in tackles and is the only player in the NFL with six-plus sacks, along with five or more interceptions. On Sunday, the 23-year-old became the first Bucs linebacker to have an interception in three consecutive games since Derrick Brooks in 2002, finishing with two picks, a sack and nine tackles during a 27-6 rout of the Buffalo Bills. It was Tampa Bay fourth win in five games following an 0-8 start.
NFL-National Football League roundup (7:11 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: Dec 9 (The Sports Xchange) - Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan again refused to name his starting quarterback for Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons, hinting on Monday that Robert Griffin III might be benched for the rest of the season for the quarterback's own protection. During his Monday press conference, Shanahan said he is interested in protecting the franchise's investment in Griffin, who has been sacked 24 times in the past five games, including six times on Sunday. - - New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is out for the season with torn ligaments in his right knee. - - The Green Bay Packers hope to get quarterback Aaron Rodgers back for their next game as they try to keep their playoff hopes alive, but Packers coach Mike McCarthy said that Rodgers has not yet been medically cleared to play.
NFL roundup: Shanahan considers benching Griffin (7:10 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan again refused to name his starting quarterback for Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons, hinting on Monday that Robert Griffin III might be benched for the rest of the season for the quarterback's own protection. During his Monday press conference, Shanahan said he is interested in protecting the franchise's investment in Griffin, who has been sacked 24 times in the past five games, including six times on Sunday. "I want to make sure he's healthy going into the off season," Shanahan said. Benching Griffin would give Kevin Cousins an opportunity to prove he can be a starting NFL quarterback.
Bucs LB Lavonte David quietly emerging as leader (6:57 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: Buccaneers linebacker Lavonte David shrugs his shoulders and smiles at the suggestion that he's a rising star deserving of more recognition. Higher-profile teammates Darrelle Revis and Gerald McCoy garner more attention than the soft-spoken second-year pro. Still, no one on Tampa Bay's defense has performed as consistently as David, who leads the team in tackles and is the only player in the NFL with six-plus sacks, along with five or more interceptions. On Sunday, the 23-year-old became the first Bucs linebacker to have an interception in three consecutive games since Derrick Brooks in 2002, finishing with two picks, a sack and nine tackles during a 27-6 rout of the Buffalo Bills.
AFC South winners seeking momentum for playoffs (6:49 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: Coach Chuck Pagano won't give anybody a break over the next three weeks. With his offense still struggling to get out of its early-game funk, a defense yielding far too many points and coverage units that have been anything but special, the Colts know there's too much to fix to take a break. Indy (8-5), a 42-28 loser at Cincinnati, has the luxury of resting players after Tennessee's loss at Denver handed the Colts the AFC South title. Barring a dramatic change, the Colts will be the No. 4 seed behind AFC West leader Denver (11-2), East leader New England (10-3) and the North-leading Bengals (9-4), who now hold the head-to-head tiebreaker.
Goodwin play time to increase (5:06 PM)
Buffalo Bills Blogs - Chris Brown: It’s been talked about, but now it sounds like it will in fact come to fruition. Marquise Goodwin, who has delivered some of the team’s bigger pass plays of the season, will be seeing more playing time. That according to head coach Doug Marrone, who admits the deep threat has to see more time on […]
Bills Holiday Party for Children tomorrow (4:57 PM)
Buffalo Bills Blogs - Hannah Buehler: The Bills Holiday Party for Children is almost here, and the Bills are once again doing great things for Western New York children in need. Today, volunteers from the Buffalo Bills organization and the Buffalo Bills women’s association emptied rolls of wrapping paper as they carefully wrapped all gifts for the holiday party tomorrow night. […]
Guard 'Unga to see more playing time (4:19 PM)
BuffaloBills.Com: With three games to play and some recent turnover on the back half of the roster, Doug Marrone and his coaching staff are still trying to find out just what they have in some of their recent signees.
Regressing Bills take rout in Tampa to heart (3:50 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: TAMPA, Fla. -- Hard-boiled Buffalo Bills fans who had endured 13 consecutive non-playoff seasons entering 2013 could have predicted this was going to happen, and now it has. "I'm sure they're upset, but so are we," running back Fred Jackson said of the fans after Sunday's 27-6 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a team that started the season 0-8 and was playing in front of about 30,000 seats at Raymond James Stadium that were either empty or occupied by vacationing or transplanted Bills fans. "There's a lot of little things that really need to be fixed on and off the field with this team," said safety Aaron Williams. Coach Doug Marrone turned the locker room over to the players, and captains Fred Jackson, Eric Wood and Kyle Williams conducted the post-mortem following the game as the media sat outside a good 25 minutes waiting to enter.
Kiss 98.5 annual Toy Drive tomorrow (2:54 PM)
Buffalo Bills Blogs - Hannah Buehler: Help Janet, Nick and the Kiss 98.5 crew tomorrow as they host their annual Toy Drive for Kids! Stop by tomorrow (Tuesday, December 10) from 6AM-6PM in front of the Eastern Hills Mall to donate a toy to a child in need this Christmas! Join Bills DB Stephon Gilmore, WR T.J. Graham, Billy Buffalo and […]
Hamstring puts Jones-Drew's status in doubt (2:20 PM)
ESPN.Com - Michael DiRocco: Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew will not practice until Friday at the earliest and his status for Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills is in doubt because of a hamstring strain.
TE Scott Chandler: by the numbers (1:42 PM)
BuffaloBills.Com: With a pair of catches for 24 yards on Sunday in Tampa, Scott Chandler accomplished two feats never before reached by a Bills TE.
NFL 2013: After Further Thought (1:39 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: All puns aside, Cleveland Browns wideout Josh Gordon has been nothing but sensational in 2013, totaling 71 receptions for 1,400 yards and eight scores in only 11 games. --Thanks to their 34-28 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Miami Dolphins have won seven games for the fourth time in five seasons. Now let's see if Joe Philbin's club can up that victory total and lead the 'Fins to their first winning campaign since finishing 11-5 in 2008. In both 2009 and 2010, the Dolphins owned a 7-6 record with three games to play and promptly lost the rest of the way.
Jackson: Fans sick of turnaround talk (1:28 PM)
Buffalo Bills Blogs - Chris Brown: As soon as he said it in the locker room Monday morning he knew how it would play with Bills fans. After uttering the sentence, ‘We’ll get this thing turned around,’ Jackson immediately explained that he and a lot of other players who have been on the roster a while know fans are tired of […]
Rewind: 49ers win statement game against rival Seahawks (1:02 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: Programming note: Watch Monday’s 49ers press conference with head coach Jim Harbaugh live on CSN Bay Area and streaming live online right here at 12pm And rivalry is the correct word because both teams, the 49ers and Seattle Seahawks, have experienced successes and disappointments against each other. The 49ers, throttled in their two most-recent head-to-head meetings in Seattle, took care of business on Sunday against the NFC West-leading Seahawks with a grind-it-out 19-17 victory in front of the penultimate Candlestick Park crowd of 69,732. Running back Frank Gore had a 51-yard run on a play offensive coordinator Greg Roman was holding for a special occasion.
Colts sign RB Choice (11:11 AM)
Yahoo! Sports: The Indianapolis Colts announced Monday that they signed running back Tashard Choice, who was waived by the Buffalo Bills last week. Choice had 126 yards on 35 rushes this year for Buffalo. Choice was a fourth-round draft pick of the Dallas Cowboys in 2008. For his career, Choice has 261 carries for 1,535 yards (4.3 yards per carry) with 10 touchdowns and 80 catches for 569 yards.
BDC 12/9: Bills Defeated by Buccaneers 27-6 (11:00 AM)
Buffalo Bills Blogs - Bills Daily Charge: DAILY REPORT – The Buffalo Bills were defeated by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27-6 on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium. The Bills are now 4-9 on the season. On the offensive side of the ball, two Bills reached milestones on the day. With his five catches for 67 yards, WR Stevie Johnson now has 3,828 […]
Colts sign Tashard Choice (10:56 AM)
Pro Football Talk - Josh Alper: Running back Tashard Choice got pink slipped in Buffalo last week, but he wasn’t out of work long. The Colts announced Monday morning that they have signed Choice while placing Chris Rainey on injured reserve. Rainey joins Ahmad Bradshaw, Vick Ballard and Daniel Herron as Colts running backs to see their seasons come to a…
Monday morning one-liners (9:38 AM)
Pro Football Talk - Josh Alper: S Jairus Byrd moved into 10th place in Bills history with his 22nd career interception. Dolphins RB Daniel Thomas had 105 rushing yards two weeks after his season was thought to be over because of an ankle injury. CB Kyle Arrington worried that the ball had not gone 10 yards before he recovered the onside…
Colts sign Tashard Choice, IR Chris Rainey (9:07 AM)
Yahoo! Sports: Running back signed
Bills likely scaling things back for E.J. Manuel (8:13 AM)
Pro Football Talk - Josh Alper: When a youngster is learning to swim, there comes a point when they have to jump into the deep end to figure out if they can handle themselves in the water. The kids that float are fine. The ones that don’t have to be taken back for some more lessons before giving it another shot.…
Bad weather brings good vibes for some (3:48 AM)
Yahoo! Sports: Brutally bad weather or bitter cold meant good vibes for lots of NFL players.
Byrd climbs interception chart (3:45 AM)
BuffaloBills.Com: When he caught his fourth interception of the season Sunday, Jairus Byrd also seized the title of most interceptions as a safety since 2009. Taken from rookie quarterback Mike Glennon early in the...
5 things to know after Bucs beat Bills 27-6 (3:32 AM)
Yahoo! Sports: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Buffalo Bills spent much of the afternoon showing why they're likely to miss the playoffs again. The Bucs (4-9) continued a strong second-half turnaround by beating the Bills 27-6 Sunday, however it hardly was the crisp all-around performance you'd expect from a team that won by three touchdowns. While the defense forced five turnovers and sacked EJ Manuel seven times, Tampa Bay's offense sputtered after taking an early lead on Bobby Rainey's 80-yard touchdown run on the second play of the game. The Bucs gained 169 yards in the opening quarter, then were limited to 77 the rest of the way.
Bad weather brings good vibes for some (3:25 AM)
Yahoo! Sports: Brutally bad weather or bitter cold meant good vibes for lots of NFL players.
Saints-Panthers: What we learned (1:50 AM)
Yahoo! Sports: NEW ORLEANS -- Quarterback Drew Brees is such an inexorable offensive force on the football field that sometimes his gaudiest personal benchmarks seem to whiz by without much notice. While directing the New Orleans Saints to a 31-13 rout of the Carolina Panthers on Sunday night at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Brees put up another trademark performance, torching the NFL's top scoring defense with four touchdown passes -- two each to wide receiver Marques Colston and tight end Jimmy Graham. Brees became the first NFL quarterback in history to record six consecutive seasons of at least 30 touchdown passes. On a night when he completed 30 of 42 passes for 313 yards, Brees also reached 50,000 career passing yards faster than any quarterback in NFL history.
Brees, Saints pound Panthers in South showdown (1:00 AM)
Yahoo! Sports: NEW ORLEANS -- Quarterback Drew Brees is such an inexorable offensive force on the football field that sometimes his gaudiest personal benchmarks seem to whiz by without much notice. While directing the New Orleans Saints to a 31-13 rout of the Carolina Panthers on Sunday night at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Brees put up another trademark performance, torching the NFL's top scoring defense with four touchdown passes -- two each to wide receiver Marques Colston and tight end Jimmy Graham. Brees became the first NFL quarterback in history to record six consecutive seasons of at least 30 touchdown passes.