NFL News: Player News and Updates for 1/15/14
NFL Updates: Brees, Lions Receivers, Complete Playoffs Schedule and More
January 15, 2014
We’ve officially reached the middle of the week, which means there are only a few more days left to wait before we see who’s going to the Super Bowl this year. In the meantime, there are plenty of storylines to visit with, so let’s take a moment to check in on some of the notable players out there and see who’s making news this morning. Here’s the latest.
Donald Brown, RB, Indianapolis Colts: The Colts have a few decisions to make in the off-season, not the least of which is what to do with Brown. He’s scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent, and his 102 carries for 537 yards and six touchdowns will certainly aid his cause.
Indy is expected to try and retain Brown, but they can’t afford to dump a whole lot of money his way. They’ve got a major investment in underperforming RB Trent Richardson, and will have Vick Ballard back healthy this coming season. Stay tuned.
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Lions WR Corps: From a personnel standpoint, the Lions don’t need to make a whole lot of moves on the offensive side of the ball. One position they’ll likely be addressing, however, is at WR. Sure, Calvin Johnson was his usual beastly self this season, racking up 84 receptions for a whopping 1492 yards and 12 touchdowns, but the rest of the guys at the position didn’t fare so well.
Nate Burleson was expected to be a huge breakout this past season--and he was, for a very shot time, but faded badly down the stretch. He’s due to make $5.5 million in 2014 and will probably be asked to restructure. Expect the Lions to be players at WR in free agency and the draft. The new addition of Jim Caldwell as head coach bodes well for some offensive tweaks.
Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints: Speaking of restructuring, that’s exactly what Brees will likely be doing this off-season. His 2014 cap number is $18.4 million, which is a hefty chunk of change. New Orleans will probably end up tacking some extra years onto his contract to negate the hit and try to bring in some help for him this season.
Brees’ birthday is today (he’s 35), and numbers-wise he’s coming off a pretty good year. That said, over his final seven games (playoffs included), he posted just one passing touchdown five times. Even in the face of stout competition (and less-than-ideal conditions), those are some pretty disturbing numbers for a supposedly high-flying, pass-oriented offense.
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:
Kansas City Chiefs at Indianapolis Colts (NBC)
FINAL SCORE: Colts 45, Chiefs 44
New Orleans Saints at Philadelphia Eagles (NBC)
FINAL SCORE: Saints 26, Eagles 24
Sunday, January 5, 2014:
San Diego Chargers at Cincinnati Bengals (CBS)
FINAL SCORE: Chargers 27, Bengals 10
San Francisco 49ers at Green Bay Packers (FOX)
FINAL SCORE: 49ers 23, Packers 20
Saturday, January 11, 2014:
New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks (FOX)
FINAL SCORE: Seahawks 23, Saints 15
Indianapolis Colts at New England Patriots (CBS)
FINAL SCORE: Patriots 43, Colts 22
Sunday, January 12, 2014:
San Francisco 49ers at Carolina Panthers (FOX)
FINAL SCORE: 49ers 23, Panthers 10
4:40 PM ET:
San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos (CBS)
FINAL SCORE: Broncos 24, Chargers 17
Sunday, January 19, 2014:
AFC Championship 3:00 PM ET (CBS)
New England Patriots at Denver Broncos
NFC Championship 6:30 PM ET (FOX)
San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks
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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