NFL News: Player News and Updates for 12/15/13
NFL Updates: Steelers-Bengals, Week 15 Schedule and More
December 15, 2013
Week 15 will resume in the NFL today, and we’re poised for plenty of action out there on the field. While we’re waiting on kickoff, let’s take a look at some of the noteworthy players and storylines from around the league and try to get a feel for what we should be expecting during this round of games.
What to Watch Tonight: The Week 15 edition of “Sunday Night Football” should be a pretty good one. We’ve got the Cincinnati Bengals (9-4) heading over to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers (5-8). Here’s how things break down.
The teams split last years meetings, with Pittsburgh taking the first installment, and Cincinnati taking the December 23rd game. Neither game was decided by more than a touchdown, so things should be pretty close here. The Bengals won the most recent matchup on September 16 by a score of 20-10.
The key for Pittsburgh will be getting their rush game going. They rank second-to-last in the league with just 1006 yards on the ground, which is less than half of Philly’s league-leading 2061 yards. The problem with that is the fact that they’re going up against a very stout run defense in Cincinnati; they’ve allowed just 1276 rush yards to opposing offenses.
Regardless, these teams always seem to play each other tough, so it should be a pretty entertaining game. The action starts at 8:30 ET on NBC.
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Panthers Looking to Bounce Back: Carolina will be out for blood this afternoon as they welcome the hot-and-cold Jets in for a late afternoon game. New York will face a difficult matchup on the ground, as Carolina boasts one of the league’s most dynamic rush offenses.
The Panthers can look to several different names for offensive production, from QB Cam Newton to their trio of running backs (though Jonathan Stewart is dealing with an injury this week). They’ll face a tough test against New York, who ranks second in the league with 1074 rush yards allowed. That’s not necessarily an advantage for the Jets, however, as Carolina’s defense ranks first with 1032. Added to that, New York is trending downward, allowing over 100 yards on the ground in consecutive weeks. They’ll need to buckle down and get back to their stingy ways if they want to stand a chance today.
NFL Week 15 Schedule: Before we bid Week 15 a fond farewell, let’s go over the schedule for today and tomorrow. Here’s a look at the remaining games, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each matchup.
Week 15 Byes: None
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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