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

NFL Updates: Chargers-Broncos, Playoff Picture, Week 15 Schedule and More

December 12, 2013

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Tonight, we’ll be kicking off Week 15 in the NFL with a pretty good-looking matchup between the Chargers and the Broncos. While we’re waiting on game-time, let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy happenings out there and see who’s making headlines. Here’s the latest.

What to Watch Tonight: Tonight’s Chargers-Broncos matchup in Denver should be pretty good. The Broncos (11-2) have clinched a playoff berth, but are still fighting off the Chiefs for the division title. They’re coming off another impressive offensive showing against the Titans, during which they put up 551 yards (a season-high).
That means the Chargers (6-7) will have their work cut out for them. They looked pretty good against the Giants last week, but will have to win out and get some help from the Ravens and Dolphins in order to secure the final Wild Card spot and eek into the postseason.
In these teams’ last meeting, the Broncos emerged victorious 28-20, but were held to 397 yards of offense, which is the lowest output for Denver this season. The Broncos have dominated this matchup in recent years, winning the last four games against the Chargers.
Coverage begins at 8:25 PM ET on NFL Network.

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

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Griffin Benched in DC: This move wasn’t completely unexpected, but it’s still something of a surprise nonetheless. News broke yesterday that Redskins backup QB Kirk Cousins would be taking the snaps in Washington’s game against the Falcons this weekend, bringing an end to speculation that they’d be benching franchise quarterback Robert Griffin III--and he’ll reportedly be inactive for the game, with Rex Grossman serving as Cousins’ backup.
The move supposedly stems from a desire to keep Griffin healthy for the off-season. The Redskins have been out of contention for a while, and there’s no real reason to keep their starting QB active. Griffin has been sacked 24 times in the last five games, and memories of his knee injury in the playoffs last year are still fresh in the minds of DC fans.

NFL Playoff Picture: Before we jump into this week’s NFL action, let’s pause and 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.

NFC Standings:
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)

AFC Standings:
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 this evening. 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

Tonight:

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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