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NFL Updates: McCoy, Murray, Week 17 Schedule and More
December 26, 2013
We’re one day closer to the final week of the regular season: Things will pick back up again on Sunday. That gives us a few more days to look forward to the matchups and playoff scenarios out there, and there are plenty of interesting situations that have yet to play out. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy happenings out there and see what everyone’s up to.
LeSean McCoy, RB, Philadelphia Eagles: One of the most intriguing matchups on the Week 17 schedule is the winner-take-all battle between the Eagles and the Cowboys. Key to Philly’s success will be star RB LeSean McCoy, who has been an integral part of their offensive attack this season.
In the last game between these two teams, McCoy posted a pretty ugly performance by his standards. He managed only 55 yards on 18 carries with six receptions for 26 more. Dallas’ defense held strong and limited the Eagles to just a field goal in a 3-17 loss.
Things are different now, though. The Cowboys’ defense has become a porous sieve that has opposing offenses licking their chops. McCoy was flat-out unstoppable against the comically bad Bears rush defense last week (18 carries; 133 yards; two TD) and you can expect another heavy dose of the run this week.
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DeMarco Murray, RB, Dallas Cowboys: On the other side of the Eagles-Cowboys matchup we have Murray, who has been the brightest star on the Dallas offense. He’ll be a key cog in the machine this week as well, especially since starting QB Tony Romo has succumbed to an injury.
Murray was hurt during the first game against Philly, so we don’t have a point of reference to judge his potential stat-line. That said, he’s been on a roll since coming back from his injury, with seven total TDs in six games and at least 86 rush yards in five of those appearances. We expect at least 25 total touches for Murray in what should be a time-of-possession battle waged by the two opposing running backs.
Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings: We’ll have to watch Peterson over the next couple of days in practice to see what his status might be like for the Vikings’ season finale. They’ll play the floundering Lions Sunday in what will be the team’s final game at the Metrodome.
Peterson has said that he wants to play, but he’s dealing with a sprained foot and may end up sitting out. We’ll keep you posted.
NFL Week 17 Schedule: The Week 17 action will be coming fast and furious this Sunday, so if your team’s not bound for the playoffs, you’ll need to bid them farewell over the next few days. 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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