NFL News: Player News and Updates for 12/28/15
NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Week 17 Schedule and More
December 28, 2015
It’s been a crazy Week 16 in the NFL, and we’ve got one more game to go before we can start looking forward to the final regular-season week of the year. That said, let’s check out some of the notable players and headlines out there.
Giants-Vikings Wrap-Up: Last night’s edition of “Sunday Night Football” didn’t turn out to be much of a game. The Vikings ran all over an uninterested Giants team, taking a 49-17 victory.
Adrian Peterson rushed 22 times for 104 yards and a score; teammate Jerrick McKinnon added seven rushes for 89 yards and two more touchdowns.
This victory assures the Vikings of a playoff slot, and sets up a showdown with the Packers next weekend. The winner will take the NFC North, and the loser will be relegated to the Wild Card.
The NFL has flexed this game into the primetime slot.
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Speaking of the Packers, they were destroyed yesterday by the Cardinals, who took a 38-8 victory in Arizona.
The Cards sacked Aaron Rodgers a whopping eight times and carried back a pair of his fumbles for touchdowns.
That brings Arizona to 12-3 on the year, and they clinch a first-round playoff bye.
Heading into yesterday’s games, the Steelers had control of their own destiny with a Wild Card slot. That changed following a shocking 20-17 loss to the Ravens.
Ryan Mallett tossed for 274 yards (a career-high) to secure the upset. Baltimore sweeps the Steelers in the season series for the first time since 2011.
As for the Steelers, they need a win this week against the Browns--and some help.
The Jets were able to sneak into that playoff slot vacated by the Steelers, thanks to a rousing 26-20 overtime victory over the Patriots.
Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 296 yards and three touchdowns, the last to Eric Decker on a 6-yard hookup to secure the win.
Brandon Marshall caught a pair of touchdowns here, and also became the first player in league history with 100 receptions in six seasons.
A win against the Rex-Ryan-led Bills next week will get the Jets into the playoffs.
NFL Week 17 Schedule: Let’s take a look at the upcoming round of games on the NFL schedule, along with the start times and TV networks you can catch them on.
Bye Week: None
Sunday, January 3, 2015:
1:00 PM ET:
New York Jets at Buffalo Bills (CBS)
New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins (CBS)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers (FOX)
New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons (FOX)
Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals (CBS)
Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns (CBS)
Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans (CBS)
Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts (CBS)
Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs (CBS)
Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys (FOX)
Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants (FOX)
Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears (FOX)
4:25 PM ET:
San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos (CBS)
Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals (FOX)
St. Louis Rams at San Francisco 49ers (FOX)
8:25 PM ET:
Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers (NBC)
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