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NFL News: Player News and Updates for 12/9/13

NFL Updates: Cowboys-Bears, Prater's Record, Week 15 Schedule and More

December 9, 2013

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Week 14 will certainly go down as one of the most important weeks in the 2013 NFL season. We saw all sorts of shifting in the standings yesterday, with more to come when the Cowboys and Bears finish up this evening. While we’re waiting for kickoff on that one, let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy players and situations across the league this morning. Here’s the latest.

What to Watch Tonight: The NFC matchup between the Cowboys and Bears was already a standout game on the Week 14 schedule, and now it’s taken on a new layer of importance. With the Eagles taking care of the Lions in a snowy and crazy game yesterday in Philly, the Cowboys need a victory to retain possession of the NFC East. Equally pressing is the Bears’ situation. They’re now just a half-game behind Detroit for the lead in the North, so a victory would pull them even and give new life to a season that was all but given up a couple of weeks back.
Key for both sides will be the run game. If the Cowboys can get DeMarco Murray going early, they could pile up the yardage on a Bears defense that’s been decimated by opposing RBs this season. Conversely, Chicago needs another good effort from Matt Forte to clear up some space downfield for the one-two WR punch of Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery.
Coverage begins at 8:40 PM ET on ESPN.

NFL News: Player News and Updates for 12/9/13

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Panthers-Saints Notes: After getting wrecked by the Seahawks in Week 13, the Saints pulled off a convincing win here. They stopped the surging Panthers in their tracks, putting up four passing touchdowns in a convincing 31-13 victory.
New Orleans QB Drew Brees played the hero, and he attained a few more feats in his storied career. He’s now the fifth quarterback in NFL history to surpass 50,000 passing yards, joining the likes of Brett Favre, Peyton Manning, Dan Marino and John Elway--pretty good company. Brees also became the first NFL QB to pass for over 4,000 yards in eight consecutive seasons and the first to pass for 30 touchdowns in six straight.
New Orleans has control for now, but the Panthers and Saints will meet again in a couple of weeks, so this story is far from over.

Prater Sets Record: By far the most notable happening in an NFL day filled with craziness yesterday was Matt Prater’s record-breaking 64-yard field goal in Denver. He did it at the end of the first half in the Broncos’ game against the Titans, and thus puts himself alone ahead of the four-way tie for second place (Tom Dempsey, Jason Elam, Sebastian Janikowski and David Akers have all hit from 63 yards).
Making Prater’s record even more impressive was the chilly conditions in which it was set--the on-field temperature was hovering around 14 degrees during the first half of yesterday’s game. Three of the five longest field goals in history have now been kicked in the rarified air of the Mile-High City.

NFL Week 15 Schedule: Week 14 isn’t officially over just yet, but we can’t resist peeking forward to Week 15. There’s sure to be even more can’t-miss action out there on the field as the playoff races really heat up. Here’s a look at the full schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying the games.

Week 15 Byes: None

Thursday, December 12, 2013:

8:25 PM ET:
San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos (NFL Network)

Sunday, December 15, 2013:

1:00 PM ET:
Washington Redskins at Atlanta Falcons (FOX)
San Francisco 49ers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (FOX)
Seattle Seahawks at New York Giants (FOX)
Philadelphia Eagles at Minnesota Vikings (FOX)
New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins (CBS)
Buffalo Bills at Jacksonville Jaguars (CBS)
Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts (CBS)
Chicago Bears at Cleveland Browns (FOX)

4:05 PM ET:
Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders (CBS)
New York Jets at Carolina Panthers (CBS)

4:25 PM ET:
Green Bay Packers at Dallas Cowboys (FOX)
Arizona Cardinals at Tennessee Titans (FOX)
New Orleans Saints at St. Louis Rams (FOX)

8:30 PM ET:
Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers (NBC)

Monday, December 16:

8:40 PM ET:
Baltimore Ravens at Detroit Lions (ESPN)

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