NFL News: Player News and Updates for 12/29/13
NFL Updates: Gordon, the Dolphins, Week 17 Schedule and More
December 29, 2013
The 2013 NFL regular season will be coming to a close today, which brings football fans a touch of sadness at another year gone by. That said, we’re in for a handful of crucial matchups today as teams get their final chance to jostle for playoff position, so it’s not all bad. Let’s take a look at a few storylines and noteworthy players before we get settled in for today’s games.
Charles Clay, TE, Miami Dolphins: The Dolphins need a win and some help today if they’re going to squeak into the playoffs. Standing in their way is their longtime divisional rival Jets, who aren’t going to go quietly into the night. Miami is coming off an abysmal offensive showing against the Bills, who dropped them 19-0 in Buffalo during Week 16. They’ve got to show at least a little life on the scoreboard if they want to earn a win here.
Clay will more than likely be an integral figure in the Dolphins’ passing game this afternoon. During these teams’ last meeting, he posted seven catches for 80 yards, which was the first installment of a two-week span where he amassed 177 yards and two touchdowns. The Jets are middle-of-the-road against opposing tight ends this year, so there should definitely be some opportunities for Clay in the mid-range passing game. Look for him to get involved early.
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Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers: The Packers are going into today’s winner-take-all NFC North matchup today with guns blazing. After getting both Aaron Rodgers and Eddie Lacy confirmed as probable for today’s game, they were able to add another potent offensive name to the mix yesterday when they activated Cobb from the injured reserve list.
Thanks to a broken leg, Cobb has been limited to just five games this year. In that short span, he was able to amass 29 receptions for 378 yards and a pair of touchdowns, with four rushes for 78 more. Even if he’s not 100 percent, his presence adds yet another offensive wrinkle in Green Bay’s plans. This one is shaping up to be a very intriguing matchup and another exciting chapter in the Bears and Packers’ intense rivalry.
Josh Gordon, WR, Cleveland Browns: Even though the Browns have little to play for this afternoon besides pride and the fact that they can squash their divisional rival Steelers’ dim playoff hopes, they’ll still be a fun team to watch thanks to Gordon. The Pro Bowl WR has had a spectacular season, racking up 80 receptions for 1564 yards and nine touchdowns. If he’s able to get to the 1,600 yard/10 touchdown mark, it’ll be just the 10th time that’s happened in the history of the NFL.
Gordon also comes into the game rocking a stellar 120.3 yard average per game. That ranks fifth all-time, and he’s got a good chance at improving it today--last time these teams met, he posted a whopping 237 yards.
What’s perhaps most impressive about all this is the fact that Gordon has put up these numbers in just 13 games--remember, he was suspended for the first two weeks of the season.
NFL Week 17 Schedule: Before we bid Week 17 (and the regular season) a fond farewell, let’s take one last look at the slate for today. Here’s the complete schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying the games.
Sunday, December 29, 2013:
1:00 PM ET:
Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons (FOX)
Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears (FOX)
Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans (CBS)
Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers (CBS)
Washington Redskins at New York Giants (FOX)
Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals (CBS)
Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys (FOX)
Jacksonville Jaguars at Indianapolis Colts (CBS)
New York Jets at Miami Dolphins (CBS)
Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings (FOX)
Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots (CBS)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints (FOX)
4:25 PM ET:
Denver Broncos At Oakland Raiders (CBS)
San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals (FOX)
Kansas City Chiefs at San Diego Chargers (CBS)
St. Louis Rams at Seattle Seahawks (FOX)
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