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NFL News: Player News and Updates for 12/15/14

NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Week 16 Schedule and More

December 15, 2014

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We had quite a day of action in the NFL yesterday, and we’ll be finishing things up tonight. This week is a little different than usual, as we’ll be getting Saturday games in addition to the normal Thursday-Sunday-Monday slate. That said, let’s check out some of the hot topics of the day.

SNF Wrap-Up: Dallas took control of the NFC East--and avenged an ugly Thanksgiving loss in the process--with a solid victory over the Eagles last night on “Sunday Night Football.”
Tony Romo and Dez Bryant led the way during the 38-27 win; Romo had 265 yards and three scores, all to Bryant, who finished with 114 yards receiving.
This victory puts Dallas in the driver’s seat of the NFC East, and incidentally makes Arizona’s postseason ticket official. Since the game didn’t end in a tie, the Cards have clinched a playoff spot.

NFL News: Player News and Updates for 12/15/14

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With Cam Newton down due to a back injury, there was some question as to what the Panthers’ passing game would look like. With Derek Anderson under center, it really didn’t suffer all that much. He finished with 277 yards on 25-of-40 attempts and one touchdown (and more importantly, zero interceptions) in a close win over the Buccaneers yesterday.
Anderson’s main beneficiaries were Greg Olsen (10 grabs; 110 yards) and Kelvin Benjamin (eight grabs; 104 yards). Whether or not this trend continues will depend on if Newton can get back on the field next week. The Panthers are fighting for their playoff lives right now; even though they’re just 5-8-1, they’ve still got a shot at taking over sole possession of the division lead with a Saints loss tonight.

If you caught the debut of Johnny Football against the Bengals yesterday, you missed one of the worst first performances by a QB this season. The Browns’ playoff hopes were shattered after getting beat down by Cincinnati 30-0, with Manziel completing just 10 passes for 80 yards.
The Cleveland offense posted just five first downs in this one, and the final two games of the season have now been relegated to an audition for Manziel. If he keeps flailing like this, he may not be the QB of the future in Cleveland. He’ll see Carolina this week.

Week 16 NFL Schedule: It’s time to start looking forward to Week 16 in the NFL. Here’s a look at the complete schedule, along with the start times and TV networks you can catch the games on.

Bye Week: None

Thursday, December 18, 2014:

8:25 PM ET:
Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars (NFL Network)

Saturday, December 20, 2014:

4:30 PM ET:
Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins (NFL Network)

8:25 PM ET:
San Diego Chargers at San Francisco 49ers (CBS)

Sunday, December 21, 2014:

1:00 PM ET
Minnesota Vikings at Miami Dolphins (FOX)
Baltimore Ravens at Houston Texans (CBS)
Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears (FOX)
Cleveland Browns at Carolina Panthers (CBS)
Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints (FOX)
Green Bay Packers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (FOX)
Kansas City Chiefs at Pittsburgh Steelers (CBS)
New England Patriots at New York Jets (CBS)

4:05 PM ET:
New York Giants at St. Louis Rams (FOX)

4:25 PM ET
Buffalo Bills at Oakland Raiders (CBS)
Indianapolis Colts at Dallas Cowboys (CBS)

8:30 PM ET
Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals (NBC)

Monday, December 22, 2014:

8:30 PM ET
Denver Broncos at Cincinnati Bengals (ESPN)

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