NFL News: Player News and Updates for 12/8/13
NFL Updates: Panthers-Saints, Cowboys-Bears Injuries, Week 14 Schedule and More
December 8, 2013
Today’s the day. The NFL will be kicking back into gear in the coming hours with a full set of critical Week 14 games. Before we get settled and take in all the action, let’s take a look at some of the current storylines and key players out there who will have a big impact on today’s matchups. Here’s the latest.
What to Watch Tonight: NBC has another good one coming our way this evening on “Sunday Night Football.” The red-hot Panthers will put their winning streak on the line against their divisional rival Saints in New Orleans. Drew Brees and company are looking to prove themselves after a limp showing in Seattle last week. The Panthers, meanwhile, are cooking after winning their eighth game in a row in Week 13.
The Saints are just about unbeatable at home, and they’ve proven that this year, going 6-0 in New Orleans. That said, the last road team to beat them was the Panthers, who took both games these teams played against each other last year.
Even though the Saints held Marshawn Lynch in check last week, Carolina has no less than four players (DeAngelo Williams, Mike Tolbert, Jonathan Stewart and Cam Newton) who can run the ball and eat up clock. The New Orleans front will need to be on point to stop the rushing attack and get Brees back on the field.
Regardless of the outcome, it should be a great game. Coverage begins at 8:30 PM ET on NBC.
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Cowboys-Bears Injuries: Tomorrow’s Cowboys-Bears game should be a good one, and it’ll have plenty of playoff implications mixed in. Let’s take a look at the injury issues on both sides so we can get an idea of what to expect from the ailing players.
We’ll start with the Cowboys. They’ve got some issues here and there, but on the whole are reasonably healthy. Morris Clayborne will be out, and Dwayne Harris is questionable. Those listed as probable are Dez Bryant, Justin Durant, Gavin Escobar, Jason Hatcher, DeVonte Holloman and Sean Lee.
As for the Bears, their list is shorter but contains more big names. Probable for Chicago are Brandon Marshall and Major Wright. Anthony Walters is questionable, while Jay Cutler and Lance Briggs been ruled out.
Heath Miller, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers: If the current trends hold true, Miller could have a big game against the Dolphins today. Miami has struggled against tight ends this season, allowing eight touchdowns to the position. Two of the last three teams they’ve faced have had TEs find the end zone.
Working against Miller is the fact that he hasn’t been able to score since Week 7 (his only TD this year). He has a good chance at getting another one, but first he’ll have to divert Ben Roethlisberger’s attention away from Antonio Brown, Emmanuel Sanders, Le’Veon Bell and Jerricho Cotchery in the red zone.
NFL Week 14 Schedule: Let’s take one last look at the upcoming schedule before we bid Week 14 a fond farewell. Here’s a look at the remaining games, along with the start times and TV networks you can catch the matchups on.
Week 14 Byes: None
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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