NFL News: Player News and Updates for 12/2/13
NFL Updates: Saints-Seahawks, Week 14 Schedule and More
December 2, 2013
With the bulk of the Week 13 NFL games in the books, now’s the time to start looking forward to the upcoming week, which is sure to deliver another round of razor-close endings and stellar on-field play. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the newsmakers around the league this morning and see who’s making headlines today. Here’s the latest.
What to Watch Tonight: One of the marquis matchups to Week 13 will be coming our way this evening on “Monday Night Football.” The New Orleans Saints will take their 9-2 record into Seattle to do battle with the 10-1 Seahawks in what could be a preview of the NFC championship game. The Saints have won two of the last three meetings between these two teams, but the Seahawks have won the most recent--and the most important--with a 41-36 playoff victory in 2011.
The most interesting chess game tonight will take place between Drew Brees’ offense and the Seahawks’ vaunted defense. Seattle is hurting a bit in the secondary, which could provide an opportunity for Brees to expose any weaknesses. The younger Seahawks players will have to step up and prove they’re ready to carry a heavier load.
Coverage begins at 8:40 PM ET on ESPN.
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Giants-Redskins Notes: The big story in this one wasn’t the Giants’ 24-17 win over the Redskins, but the confusing turn of events at the end of the game. After a four-yard gain on second-and-5 during Washington’s final drive, the chain gang on their side of the field mistakenly marked the play as a first down. The Redskins players believed they had converted, and ran their next play (which was an incomplete pass). They were shocked to see the officials signal fourth down and realized they’d effectively wasted a play. Washington was unable to convert (Pierre Garcon fumbled to end the game) and thus dropped to 3-9 on the year.
Meanwhile, the Giants improve to 5-7. They’re not quite out of it yet (and have turned things around after an abysmal start), but will be hard-pressed to catch their division-mates and secure a playoff spot.
Jets QB Woes: We had some QB drama happening in New York this Sunday, when rookie and incumbent starter Geno Smith was yanked at halftime in favor of backup Matt Simms. Smith had started his day out with another awful performance, completing just four of 10 passes for 29 yards and an interception. That said, Simms didn’t fare much better and posted a 9-of-18 line for 79 yards and a pick.
Jets coach Rex Ryan declined to name a starter for the home game against the Raiders in Week 14, but it doesn’t really matter much at this point. After this ugly three-game losing streak, the Jets have pretty much played themselves out of playoff contention.
NFL Week 14 Schedule: Week 13 hasn’t officially been completed just yet, but we can’t resist looking forward to the next round of games. Here’s a look at the complete Week 14 schedule, along with the start times and TV networks you can catch the games on.
Week 14 Byes: None
Thursday, December 5, 2013:
8:25 PM ET:
Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars (NFL Network)
Sunday, December 8, 2013:
1:00 PM ET:
Indianapolis Colts at Cincinnati Bengals (CBS)
Cleveland Browns at New England Patriots (CBS)
Oakland Raiders at New York Jets (CBS)
Kansas City Chiefs at Washington Redskins (CBS)
Minnesota Vikings at Baltimore Ravens (FOX)
Atlanta Falcons at Green Bay Packers (FOX)
Buffalo Bills at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (CBS)
Miami Dolphins at Pittsburgh Steelers (CBS)
Detroit Lions at Philadelphia Eagles (FOX)
4:05 PM ET:
Tennessee Titans at Denver Broncos (CBS)
4:25 PM ET:
St. Louis Rams at Arizona Cardinals (FOX)
Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers (FOX)
New York Giants at San Diego Chargers (FOX)
8:30 PM ET:
Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints (NBC)
Monday, December 9, 2013:
8:40 PM ET:
Dallas Cowboys at Chicago Bears (ESPN)
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