NFL News: Player News and Updates for 12/10/13
NFL Updates: Bears-Cowboys, Playoff Standings, Week 15 Schedule and More
December 10, 2013
Now that Week 14 has officially finished up in the NFL, it’s full speed ahead to Week 15. We’ve got the usual two-day layoff before the games begin, so while we’re waiting, let’s take a look at some of the noteworthy players and storylines happening around the league and see what everyone’s up to. Here’s the latest.
Cowboys-Bears Notes: Last night was a good one for Bears fans. The legendary Mike Ditka got his number retired, and Chicago registered a dominant victory over Dallas. Josh McCown was stellar, posting 348 passing yards, four pass TDs and a rush TD. His two main WRs got in on the action in a big way: Brandon Marshall had 100 yards, and the surging Alshon Jeffery had 84. The Cowboys didn’t stand much of a chance in the 45-28 rout.
The outcome of this game makes the NFC playoff race that much more interesting. The Bears move into a first-place tie in the North (with Detroit getting the tiebreaker), and the Cowboys fall victim to a worst-to-first run by Nick Foles and the Eagles in the East.
We’ll also see plenty of McCown-Cutler comparisons this week--not to mention a handful of teams holding out hope that he’ll leave Chicago when he becomes a free agent in the off-season--but for now, when Cutler gets healthy, he’ll be the starter.
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NFL Playoff Picture: Now that the games for this week have all been played, it’s a good time to take a look at the playoff situations in both conferences. We’ve got some tight divisional races happening right now, and we’re sure to see plenty of change-ups in the weeks ahead.
1. Seattle Seahawks 11-2 (Lead West; Clinched Playoff Berth)
2. New Orleans Saints 10-3 (Lead South)
3. Philadelphia Eagles 8-5 (Lead East)
4. Detroit Lions 7-6 (Lead North; Own Tiebreaker Over Bears)
5. Carolina Panthers 9-4 (Wild Card 1)
6. San Francisco 49ers (Wild Card 2)
In the Hunt: Cardinals (8-5), Cowboys (7-6), Bears (7-6), Packers (6-6-1)
1. Denver Broncos 11-2 (Lead West; Clinched Playoff Berth)
2. New England Patriots 10-3 (Lead East)
3. Cincinnati Bengals 9-4 (Lead North)
4. Indianapolis Colts 8-5 (Lead South; Clinched Division)
5. Kansas City Chiefs 10-3 (Wild Card 1)
6. Baltimore Ravens 7-6 (Wild Card 2)
In the Hunt: Dolphins (7-6), Chargers (6-7), Jets (6-7), Titans (5-8), Steelers (5-8)
NFL Week 15 Schedule: Week 15 will be upon us in just a couple of days. 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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