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NFL Updates: Packers Backfield, Complete Playoffs Schedule and More
January 2, 2014
We’re one day closer to the start of the NFL playoffs, which will kick off on Saturday with the Wild Card round. While we’re waiting, let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy happenings around the league and see what everyone’s up to out there. Here’s the latest.
Mark Sanchez, QB, New York Jets: As the Jets’ off-season begins early for the third year in a row, the team is once again left with question marks at the quarterback position. They’ll have a big decision to make regarding former starter Mark Sanchez, who injured his shoulder in an ultimately meaningless preseason game and sat out the entirety of the year.
Sanchez is due a $2 million roster bonus in March, and the general consensus seems to be that the team will waive him before that money must be paid. The Jets have said they’ll be looking at options to all positions this off-season--including quarterback--so we wouldn’t rule out a draft pick or a veteran signing. (Matt Schaub will be available, or a trade for the Redskins’ Kirk Cousins isn’t out of the question, either.)
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James Starks, RB, Green Bay Packers: In the Packers’ Week 17 NFC-North-clinching win over the Bears, Starks proved himself a viable complementary back. He posted 88 rush yards on 11 attempts and served as a nice 1-2 punch along with fellow RB Eddie Lacy. With Lacy fighting a bum ankle, you can expect to see more of the same from the Packers backfield this weekend: a balanced attack featuring both backs near equally.
They’ll definitely have their work cut out for them against San Francisco on Sunday, however: Most teams have difficulty getting anything going against such a tough defense.
Roddy White, WR, Atlanta Falcons: White is entering the final year of his contract in this upcoming season, but the feeling around the team is that he’ll be getting an extension soon. The veteran WR has said that he wants to play another three or four years, so we’d imagine the Falcons will shoot for something in that length. He just turned 32 in November.
White had a rough, injury-plagued season in 2013, but showed some major signs of life in December. In his last five games, he managed to catch 43 passes for 502 yards and a pair of scores. Unfortunately, Atlanta was firmly out of the playoff picture by that time.
NFL Playoffs Schedule: It’s almost playoff time, and the anticipation is running high. Here’s a look at the complete schedule of games for each round of the playoffs, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each matchup.
Saturday, January 4, 2014:
4:35 PM ET:
Kansas City Chiefs at Indianapolis Colts (NBC)
8:10 PM ET:
New Orleans Saints at Philadelphia Eagles (NBC)
Sunday, January 5, 2014:
1:05 PM ET:
San Diego Chargers at Cincinnati Bengals (CBS)
4:40 PM ET:
San Francisco 49ers at Green Bay Packers (FOX)
Saturday, January 11, 2014:
4:35 PM ET:
Lowest NFC Seed at Seattle Seahawks (FOX)
8:15 PM ET:
Highest AFC Seed at New England Patriots (CBS)
Sunday, January 12, 2014:
1:05 PM ET:
Higest NFC Seed at Carolina Panthers (FOX)
4:40 PM ET:
Lowest AFC Seed at Denver Broncos (CBS)
Other Notable Dates:
AFC Championship: January 19, 2014 (CBS)
NFC Championship: January 19, 2014 (FOX)
Super Bowl XLVIII: February 2, 2014 (FOX)
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