NFL News: Player News and Updates for 1/10/14
NFL Updates: Welker, Rice, Complete Playoffs Schedule and More
January 10, 2014
Just one more day to wait until the NFL playoffs resume with the Divisional Rounds in each conference. In the meantime, there are plenty of happenings around the league--not just with postseason teams, but with those organizations whose seasons ended prematurely as well. With that in mind, let’s take a look at a few of the noteworthy happenings out there right now.
Wes Welker, WR, Denver Broncos: It’s no surprise that Welker was missed when he was out for the final three games of the season. What is surprising, however, is how badly the team needed him. While he was out, the Broncos were just 18-of-48 on third-down attempts, which is pretty alarming considering they were the best team in the league at converting third downs.
Welker hasn’t been on the field in over a month--December 8 against Tennessee was his last game. He probably won’t see a full snap-count this weekend against the Chargers, but you can bet he’ll be out there in crucial third-down situations.
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Trent Richardson, RB, Indianapolis Colts: Let’s move on to the other AFC matchup this weekend and check out Richardson. The embattled running back received a vote of confidence from Indianapolis OC Pep Hamilton yesterday, saying that the team wouldn’t hesitate to utilize Richardson during their matchup with the Patriots on Saturday.
Richardson certainly needs some kind words from his coaching staff after his performance in the Colts’ shocking win over the Chiefs this past weekend: He fumbled away his only carry, and didn’t touch the ball the rest of the way. For what it’s worth, Hamilton indicated that was more of a game-plan decision given the scoreboard circumstances.
Still, we’ll believe it when we see Richardson with the ball tomorrow.
Ray Rice, RB, Baltimore Ravens: Speaking of embattled running backs, Rice sure had himself a dud of a season. He was able to collect just 660 yards and four touchdowns on 214 carries, by far the worst performance since he was named the workhorse back in 2009.
Speculation dictates that some of his troubles were due not only to injury (he had issues to both his hip and quad), but to the fact that he was heavier than normal during the year. He seemed to have lost that explosive burst and lateral movement that had made him so elusive in years past.
Rice is planning on coming into 2014 at a lighter weight, and will be working hard this off-season in order to regain form. We’d predict a bounce-back for him in the coming year, but it won’t be too difficult for him to surpass 2013’s lousy numbers.
NFL Playoffs Schedule: It’s playoff time, and the anticipation is running high as we cruise through each week. Here’s a look at the scores and complete schedule of games for each round of the playoffs, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each matchup.
WILD CARD ROUND:
Saturday, January 4, 2014:
4:35 PM ET:
Kansas City Chiefs at Indianapolis Colts (NBC)
FINAL SCORE: Colts 45, Chiefs 44
8:10 PM ET:
New Orleans Saints at Philadelphia Eagles (NBC)
FINAL SCORE: Saints 26, Eagles 24
Sunday, January 5, 2014:
1:05 PM ET:
San Diego Chargers at Cincinnati Bengals (CBS)
FINAL SCORE: Chargers 27, Bengals 10
4:40 PM ET:
San Francisco 49ers at Green Bay Packers (FOX)
FINAL SCORE: 49ers 23, Packers 20
Saturday, January 11, 2014:
4:35 PM ET:
New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks (FOX)
8:15 PM ET:
Indianapolis Colts at New England Patriots (CBS)
Sunday, January 12, 2014:
1:05 PM ET:
San Francisco 49ers at Carolina Panthers (FOX)
4:40 PM ET:
San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos (CBS)
January 19, 2014:
AFC Championship (Teams TBA): 3:00 PM ET (CBS)
NFC Championship(Teams TBA): 6:30 PM ET (FOX)
Sunday, January 26, 2014:
Pro Bowl: 7:30 PM ET (NBC)
February 2, 2014:
Super Bowl XLVIII (Teams TBA): 6:30 PM ET (FOX)
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