RIGHT NOW: Bengals remain undefeated through first four weeks

Week 13: Bengals can’t hold off Panther’s rally

Player Pos 2018 Cap Hit
C. Dunlap LE $10.4M
R. Randolph WR $6.01M
M. Johnson RE $6.00M
B. Boykin WR $5.74M

Signed strong safety T.J. Ward to a 3-year, $16.8M contract

Signed kicker Mason Crosby to a one-year, $3.5M contract.

Drafted free safety Rashaun Cole with first-round (31st) pick.

Team Feed

Offense rules the day; defensive heroics steal the show

CLEVELAND, OH — The Cincinnati Bengals faced the Cleveland Browns in Week 4 and expected the Browns to put up a fight but got into got into a brawl. The two teams put up a combined 64 points and only a late interception by Cincinnati’ second-year corner back Tajh Forrest wound solidify an uncertain outcome as the Bengals won 38-28 to remain undefeated. Forrest’ pick came with the Browns driving, and trailing by three (31-28) late in th fourth.

THREE THINGS:

  1. Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton survived two interceptions that he threw in the fourth quarter.
  2. Browns QB Duncan Sam, last year’s rookie of the year, threw for 293 yds, and a TD, but left the game late with an injury.
  3. Bengals HB Jeremy Hill continued to impress, and broke free for 166 yards rushing and a TD. He has already ammassed 436 yds rushing for the season and is heading towards his 5th straight 1000-yard season.

2018 Season: Q&A with Bengals General Manager

Thoughts on the outcome of last season?

Considering we made it to the Super Bowl to face the Green Bay Packers, I believe it was a huge success. Of course winning the Super Bowl and not losing to Green Bay, would have been the icing on the cake.

Our season looked dim when And Dalton got injured in Week 8. Our backup, A.J. McCarron was pressed into service unexpectedly and did the best he could under pressure, but in the four weeks he filled in, the team went on a three-game losing streak and fell behind Pittsburgh and Baltimore.

After Andy came back, the team got back on track and we ran the table for the rest of the season. We had to wait and see what Pittsburgh and Baltimore would do and fortunately for us, both of them struggled in the late weeks. That gave us an open door to make the playoffs, but we got more than just a postseason berth, we won the division.

But, despite our successes, we saw weakness in stopping the pass. Our pass defense finsihed near the bottom of the league. Thankfully our rush defense was steller! We were ranked number one in stopping the run. That helped balance out our defense and with a great offense, we had what it took to go as far as we did.

What was your number one priority entering the offseason?

Our number one priority in the offseason was to improve our secondary. We decided that the best way was through free agency and we would focus on walking away from the free agency stage with an upgrade at Strong Safety.

What was your biggest move in the offseason?

We inked SS T.J. Ward to a 3-year, $16.8M contract. We think he’s a good fit and can help us to be more effective against the pass.

What were your expectations entering the Draft?

Last season, we gave away a fan favorite (MLB Rey Maualuga) to the Broncos in order to move up in the draft to #2. We were 100% focused on acquiring a top receiver and got that in Javonte Gordon from Oklahoma. This year’s draft, we made some calls but no one wanted to deal. So, we stayed low in draft order and landed free safety Rashaun Cole. Cole is an upgrade and we believe he will develop into a great player.

What will determine the success of the next season?

Staying healthy.

Are there any priorities during the upcoming regular season?

Left end Carlos Dunlap, our highest rated player, is up for a contract extension. We’ll start talks with him and see where they go. We also have the option of using the Franchise Tag for the first time in a while to keep him with the team.

No stopping Hill; Atlanta overwhelmed by duel threat

CINCINNATI, OH — Cincinnati running back Jeremy Hill was a duel threat in the Bengals 30-7 victory over the Atlanta Falcons in the opening weekend of the 2018 NFL season. Hill ran for 104 yards, and also caught 3 passes for 80 yards including one for a TD-reception.

THREE THINGS:

  1. Cincinnati’s focus in the offseason was to revamp their secondary. At least in Week 1, the tweaks worked like a charm — holding the Falcons to under 100 yards passing.
  2. Bengals’ first-round pick, rookie FS Rashaun Cole performed well in his NFL debut: 4 solo-tackles, 2 assisted, 3 deflections.
  3. Bengals’ offseason acquisition, K Mason Crosby was 3 for 3 in field goal attempts (longest from 41 yds).

Green Bay defeats Cincinnati to win Super Bowl 52

MINNESOTA, MN — One play. That’s what it came down to. The Bengals trailed by seven with :17 remaining on the Packers’ one-yard line, and it’s fourth down. Andy Dalton’s moment to shine turned out to be the sound of a huge thud. Dalton dropped back, couldn’t find an open receiver, and was sacked — Packers’ nation celebrated.

THREE THINGS:

  1. The Bengals fumbled on their first possession of the second half, and Green Bay would score to take a 28-21 lead.
  2. Andy Dalton threw for over 280 yards but 2 picks were too detrimental for the team to overcome
  3. Green Bay celebrates its sixth Super Bowl victory in the franchise’s history.

League Updates

Week 14: Rushing Leaders

Running back LeSean McCoy has helped the Buffalo Bills be contenders in 2018. McCoy leads the league in rushing yards with 1,367 and has scored 11 TDs. He and Rams HB Matt Forte, are the only two backs who average over 100+ yards rushing per game.

LeSean McCoy, BUF, 1,367
Shane Vereen, KC, 1,109
Leaven Bell, PIT, 1,108
Jeremy Hill, CIN, 1,088
Matt Forte, STL, 1,051

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Week 14: Passing Leaders

dallas_cowboysDallas Cowboys QB Jared Sam is becoming a bonafide superstar. In only his third season, Sam, from UL Lafayette, leads the NFL in passing yards. He has thrown 23 TDs and 17 INT. Last season, he threw for 2,842 yds, 22 TD, 17 INT.

Jared Sam, DAL, 3,321
Dawson Hatcher, PHI, 3,243
Russell Wilson, SEA, 3,149
Scotty Hunter, NYG, 3,066
Joe Flacco, BAL, 2,907

Week 14: Division Leaders

NFL_logoAs it stands after Week 13 games:

AFC North: PIT (8-4), BAL (8-4)
AFC South: BAL (6-6), HOU (6-6)
AFC East: BUF (10-1), NE (7-5)
AFC West: KC (7-5), DEN (6-5)

NFC North: DET (7-4), MIN (6-6)
AFC South: CAR (8-4), TB (6-6)
AFC East: NYG (8-4), PHI (8-4)
AFC West: STL (10-2), ARZ (6-6)

Seahawks make another long term deal

(Week 5) Seattle locked up another player in their secondary with a long-term contract extension. They re-signed FS Earl Thomas III to a 5-year contract worth $43.8M. This comes after Seattle re-signed teammate SS Richard Sherman to a one-year extension worth over $13M last week. Thomas, an 8-year veteran, has 18 career interceptions, but none so far in 2018.

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2018: Seattle re-signs Sherman

(Week 4) The Seahawks re-signed defensive back Richard Sherman to a one-year deal worth $13.5M. In 2017, Sherman made 4 interceptions. This season, Sherman has 1 INT through the first three games.

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2018: Giants lock up Beckham for 6 years

(Week 4) The NY Giants re-signed WR Odell Beckham, Jr. to a 6-year contract worth $76.9M. The 25-year old Beckham caught 81 passes for 1,121 yards, and 7 TDs in 2017. This season, Beckham has 20 catches for 212 yds, 1 TD in three games. The Giants are currently 2-1 and in first place in the NFC East.

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NFC Championship: Packers prevail over Eagles

Aaron Rodgers wasn’t perfect, but was good enough, as he and the Packers defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 33-24 in the NFC Championship game. Rodgers went 28-for-46 and passed for 232 yards (2 TD, 2 INT). Green Bay, who entered the playoffs as a Wild Card team, knocked off Carolina, Detroit, and Philly, to make it to Super Bowl 52.

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Conference Championships Set

The Bengals are on a hot streak and look to win their sixth straight game.

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NFC Playoff Teams

NFC-logoNorth: Lions (13-3), South: Panthers (9-7), East: Eagles (10-5-1), West: 49ers (9-7)

Wild Card: Packers (9-7), Redskins (10-6)

Biggest stories: Former Bills quarterback E.J. Manuel leads his new team, Washington to a Wild Card berth. Detroit looking like a true contender.

AFC Playoff Teams

AFC-logoNorth: Bengals (10-6), South: Colts (9-7), East: Bills (14-2), West: Chiefs (10-6)

Wild Card: Dolphins (11-5), Steelers (10-6)

Biggest stories: Bengals won last 5 games to steal the AFC North division title from the Steelers. RGIII leading the Bills into the postseason in his first year at quarterback with the team.

Wild Card weekend ready for kickoff

The Steelers blew a chance to capture the AFC North title by losing their last game of the season. Now their road to the Super Bowl will be a little tougher.

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RG3: A true comeback story

Robert Griffin III signed with the Buffalo Bills in the offseason and completed a spectacular year to carry the Bills to a 14-2 record and a playoff berth. Griffin was honored with the league MVP award. Griffin passed for 3,928 yards, 29 TD, 17 INT and ran for 346 yards and scored 3 rushing TDs.

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Wk 15: Redskins 34, Eagles 24

redskinsIn an NFC East showdown, the Redskins came out on top of the Eagles 34-24. Former Bills quarterback E.J. Manuel threw 2 TDs and HB Matt Watkins scored on the ground to help Washington (9-5) to the win. Leading Rookie of the Year candidate, QB Dawson Hatcher threw for 344 yds, 3 TDs, and 3 INTs in defeat, but Philadelphia (9-4-1) remains atop of the NFC East by 36 percentage points.

Wk 15: Big showdown in the NFC East

eagles logoIn a Week 15 headliner, the Redskins (8-5) face the Eagles (9-3-1). The Eagles can firm up their division lead if they can defeat Washington for the second time this season. In Week 10, Philly won 34-20 as Dawson Hatcher threw for 2 TDs and 264 yds. The Redskins are led by EJ Manuel who has passed for 3,133 yds, 22 TD, 14 INT.

AFC Division Leaders thru Week 14

The Bills are tearing thru the season and have clinched a playoff berth. WR Sammy Watkins has 897 receiving yards and 8 TDs for Buffalo.

North: Steelers (9-4), Ravens (8-5)
South: Titans (6-6-1), Colts (6-7)
East: Bills (12-1), Dolphins (8-5)
West: Chiefs (8-5), Broncos (6-6)

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NFC Division Leaders thru Week 14

Could this be the Lions’ year? They have wrapped up the NFC North title. WR Golden Tate is 3rd in the league in receiving yards (1,063) with 6 TD catches.

North: Lions (11-2), Packers (7-6)
South: Panthers (8-5), Buccs (6-7)
East: Eagles (9-3), Redskins (8-5)
West: 49ers (7-6), Cardinals, Seahawks (6-7)

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BILLS, RGIII IN CONTROL OF AFC EAST

The Bills have always found success, but this year, with RGIII at the helm, and a down-year for the post-Brady Patriots, Buffalo is in control of the AFC East.

Bills, 8-1
Jets, 7-2
Dolphins, 5-4
Patriots, 3-6

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RECEIVING STARS THRU WEEK 9

Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas leads the league in receiving yards (822) and has caught 7 TDs. Cowboys’ Dex Bryant follows with 764 yds, 2 TDs.

Demaryious Thomas, DEN, 822 yds
Dez Bryant, DAL, 764 yds
John Brown, STL, 757 yds
Randall Cobb, GB, 744 yds
Calvin Johnson, DET, 693 yds

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DIVISION LEADERS THROUGH WEEK 9

NFL_logoAFC
North: Bengals, Ravens, Steelers all 5-4
South: Texans, Titans are 5-4
East: Bills (8-1), Jets (7-2)
West: Broncos, Chiefs are 5-4

NFC
North: Lions (8-1), Vikings (5-4)
South: Buccs, Panthers are 5-4
East: Redskins (6-3), Eagles (5-3-1)
West: Cardinals (5-4), Rams (4-4-1)

JEREMY HILL IS RACKING UP THE TOUCHDOWNS

Bengals RB Jeremy Hill has ran for 12 touchdowns through 9 games this season. He is 9th in rushing (737 yds), and there’s talk of Hill being awarded AFC OPOY if he maintains his current pace.

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3-GAME LOSING STREAKS CAN REALLY HURT

nfl-seahawksSeahawks: from 4-2 to 4-5 (Occupy NFC West cellar with 49ers)

Packers: from 4-2 to 4-5 (Have fallen 4 games behind the hot Lions in NFC North)

Ravens: from 5-1 to 5-4 (Once leading division, now in 3-way tie in AFC North)

Beast-mode leads league in rushing

After 8 weeks of football, Seahawks runningback Marshawn Lynch leads the league in rushing. Despite his success, Seattle is only playing at a .500 level (4-4, 3rd place in NFC West)

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Marshawn Lynch, SEA, 736 yds
DeMarco Murray, DAL, 732 yds
Jeremy Hill, CIN, 691 yds
Jamaal Charles, KC, 687 yds
Carlos Hyde, SF, 686 yds

Bears last winless team

bears-helmetThe Chicago Bears fell to 0-7 in Week 7 and had a bye in Week 8. The team hopes the extra week off will help them shake the losing streak in Week 9 against Carolina (4-3) when they battle at Soldier Field this Sunday.

Week 8: Just what the doctor ordered

Washington Redskins 2015 Football HeadshotsThe Redskins and the Bills traded quarterbacks in the offseason. RGIII signed with Buffalo for 4yrs, $3.9M, and EJ Manuel signed with Washington for 4yrs, $5.8M. Each man has found success and have led their teams to 1st place in their respective divisions.

QB Robert Griffin III, Bills
1,727 yds passing, 10 TD, 5 INT, 93.9 RTG

QB EJ Manuel, Redskins
1,563 yds passing, 12 TD, 6 INT, 83.2 RTG

Division Leaders through Week 8

NFL_logoAFC North: Bengals (5-3), Ravens (5-3)
AFC South: Texans (5-2), Titans (5-2)
AFC East: Bills (6-1), Jets (6-1)
AFC West: Chiefs (4-3), Broncos (3-4)

NFC North: Lions (7-1), Vikings (5-2)
NFC South: Panthers (4-3), Buccs (4-4)
NFC East: Redskins (5-2), Eagles (4-2-1)
NFC West: Cardinals (4-4), Rams (3-3-1)

Week 7: Rushing leaders

As the league enters Week 7 games, here are the guys with the most rushing yards through 6 weeks:

1) DeMarco Murray, PHI, 636
2) Carlos Hyde, SF, 566
3) Marshawn Lynch, SEA, 564
4) C.J. Anderson, BAL, 540
5) Jamaal Charles, KC, 539

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Week 7: League passing leaders

Heading into Week 7 games, here are the league’s passing leaders:

1) Aaron Rodgers, GB, 1,999
2) Andy Dalton, CIN, 1,990
3) Joe Flacco, BAL, 1,733
4) Jared Sam, DAL, 1,589
5) Dawson Fletcher (R), PHI, 1,560

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Week 7: Division leaders

NFL_logoHeading into the games of Week 7, here’s a look at what teams are leading their respective divisions:

AFC:
North: Ravens (5-1), Bengals & Steelers (3-3)
South: Texans (4-1), Titans (3-2)
East: Bills & Jets (5-1), Dolphins (4-1)
West: Chiefs (3-2), Chargers (2-3)

NFC:
North: Lions (5-1), Vikings (4-1)
South: Panthers (3-2), Buccs (2-4)
East: Redskins (4-2), Eagles (3-2)
West: Seahawks (4-2), Cards & 49ers (3-3)

Week 2: Patriots still a winning team

The New England Patriots haven’t missed a beat so far in 2017 despite quarterback Tom Brady’s retirement in the offseason.

Week 1: vs Broncos, won 42-14
Week 2: @ Carolina, won 22-13

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Week 2: Broncos sign Von Miller to enormous deal

Denver Broncos announced that they have re-signed outside linebacker Von Miller to a 6-year contract extension worth over $78.6M. Set for life? Last season, Miller finished with 47 solo-tackles, 8 sacks, and a pick.

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Eight teams remain winless after Week 2

2000px-Cleveland_Browns_logo.svgA familiar name remains part of a group of 8 teams who have yet to win their first game of 2017. Speaking of the Browns, they have actually not won in 18 consecutive weeks after a winless 0-16 2016 season.

Cleveland, 0-2
Tampa Bay, 0-2
Chicago, 0-2
Arizona, 0-2
New Orleans, 0-2
Oakland, 0-2
Denver, 0-2
Jacksonville, 0-2

Several coaches set to make their head coaching debut

NFL_logoOAK – Carlos Calhoun (LV 2)
CHI – Bryan Gurley (LV 1)
ATL – Curtis Calhoun (LV 6)
JAX – Dan Kluger (LV 14)
WAS – Roy Henkel (LV 4)

2017 Season: Trouble brewing already?

NFL_logoWith preseason completed, a few teams found it difficult to come by a single victory. Will it be a pre-curser to their regular season efforts?

Cleveland 0-4
Oakland 0-3-1
Seattle 0-4

And the first selection in the 2017 draft is…

1. CLE: WR Salim Brandon, USC (76)

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2. CIN: WR Javonte Gordon, Oklahoma (79)
3. SF: FS DeSean Bell, Oklahoma (80)
4. ATL: DT Russell Blake, Nebraska (77)
6. CHI: LOLB, Aaron Barker, Georgia (72)
7. MIA: DT Darrion Graves, Nebraska (74)
8. SF: QB Scotty Hunter, Mich. St. (78)
9. DET: QB Brandon James, Pittsburgh (76)
10. NYJ: LOLB Derek Gresham, Florida St. (73)

QBs most in need of an improved offensive line in 2017

Returning quarterbacks, team, sacks in 2016:

Zach Mettenberger, Giants, 70*
Marcus Mariota, Titans, 66
Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins, 55
Cam Newton, Panthers, 50
Jameis Winston, Buccaneers, 48

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* 3rd most all-time in single season

2016 rushing leaders who are returning in 2017

Here’s a look at the halfbacks who led in rushing yards in 2016, and who are returning for the 2017 season:

Jamaal Charles, Chiefs, 1,638
Le’Veon Bell, Steelers, 1,305
Carlos Hyde, 49ers, 1,282
Shane Vereen, Giants, 1,266
Jeremy Hill, Bengals, 1,230

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Most rushing touchdowns in 2016 of active players: Andre Ellington (CLE) 14, Christian Micheal (OAK) 13, Ryan Matthews (PHI) 12, Knile Davis (TEX) 12.

Cowboys’ improbable journey to the Super Bowl

To just make it to the big game, Dallas had to:

1. Win three straight road games.
2. Defeat 3 teams with a combined record of 34-14.
3. Beat the Eagles who they had lost to twice in regular season.

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Breaking news: Brady calls it quits

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady announced his retirement from the NFL. The 2016 season was a disappointment for him after missing the playoffs with an injury. Brady leaves with 4 Super Bowl rings. Here’s a list of all the retirements after the 2016 season.

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Top 5 Passing Offenses in 2016

dallas cowboys helmetDallas led the league in passing yards, but with QB Tony Romo’s retirement after the Cowboys won the Super Bowl, the Top 5 may look a lot different at the end of the 2017 season.

1. Dallas, 4,689 yds
2. Green Bay, 4,601 yds
3. Chicago, 4,284 yds *
4. Cincinnati, 4,142 yds
5. Baltimore, 4,106 yds

* Bears allowed most yds on defense, over 4,600.

Coaching Carousel Begins

NFL_logoBill O’Brien coached the Cleveland Browns to a winless season (0-16) and shouldn’t be surprised at his firing. John Harbaugh’s release is a surprise, but maybe the Ravens’ front office is tired of coming up short. John Fox, O’Brien, and Mike Tomlin lasted only one season with their new teams.

John Fox, Bears (5-10-1)
Bill O’Brien, Browns (0-16)
Gus Bradley, Jaguars (9-7)
Jack Del Rio, Raiders (5-11)
John Harbaugh, Ravens (10-6, playoffs)
Jay Gruden, Redskins (7-8-1)
Mike Tomlin, Texans (7-9)

Dallas Cowboys win Super Bowl 51

The Dallas Cowboys won Super Bowl 51 by defeating the Tennessee Titans 34-28. Dallas WR Dez Bryant pulled down 2 of the 3 touchdown passes by Tony Romo who threw for over 291 yards. The Cowboys had to overcome a 21-10 halftime deficit. In the second half, Dallas outscored the Titans 24-7 to complete their rally.

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All hats off to 2nd-year QB Marcus Mariota who led the Titans to the Super Bowl. Mariota passed for 210 yards, 1 TD, and 2 INTs. The last Super Bowl win for the Cowboys was in 1995.

Seattle’s Pete Carroll announces retirement

(2016) Pete Carroll surprised everyone with the announcement of his retirment. Under Carrol, the Seahawks rallied to win the NFC West with a 12-4 finish, but the team was a postseason dissappointment after losing to the Buccaneers in the 2016 divisional round.

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Superbowl 51 to feature Mariota vs Romo

The Dallas Cowboys will meet the Tennessee Titans in Superbowl 51. Titans QB Marcus Mariota led his team past the Chargers 26-9 in the AFC title game. The Cowboys overcame Tony Romo’s 3 picks to edge the Buccaneers 28-27 in the NFC title game.

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2016 Postseason – Division round results

Quarterback Marcus Mariota is making a splash in only his second year in the NFL. Mariota led the Titans past the Bengals 30-23 for a chance to play in the AFC championship versus San Diego. Not to be outdone, Buccs’ James Winston, also in his second season, will be playing in the NFC Championship against the Cowboys.

Titans 30, Bengals 23
Cowboys 23, Eagles 21
Chargers 35, Patriots 34
Buccaneers 26, Seahawks 21

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Divisional Round will be missing Tom Brady

Patriots QB Tom Brady will miss his team’s division playoff battle against San Diego. Brady is about a week away from healing from a shoulder tear suffered a few weeks ago.

Tennessee @ Cincinnati
Dallas @ Philadelphia
San Diego @ New England
Tampa Bay @ Seattle

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Cam’s run ends, can’t overcome Cowboys

Tony Romo was the better quarterback in Dallas’ battle with Carolina. Romo tossed 2 TDs, while Cam went without a scoring pass but did throw a pick. Romo connected with WR Dez Bryant for 10 completions, 172 yds, and a TD.

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Mariota leads Titans past Ravens

titans-helmetNot bad for his first playoff game. Marcus Mariota threw for 2 TDs, 160 yds to lead the Titans past the Ravens 34-6. Titans dominated time of possesion: 39:13 vs 20:27. Flacco finished with just 80 yds passing.

Winston wins first playoff game

The Buccs scored 21 second quarter points for a 21-10 halftime lead and went on to defeat the Packers 38-21. Jameis Winston threw for 2 TDs, and 196 yds. The Packers were without Aaron Rodgers (season ending injury weeks ago).

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Wild Card Weekend ready to go!

Marcus Mariota will play in his first postseason game after the Titans claimed the AFC South despite losing 27-20 to the Colts in the final regular season weekend. The Jaguars also lost which gave the division title to Tennessee. Wild Card games:

Buffalo @ San Diego
Dallas @ Carolina
Baltimore @ Tennessee
Tampa Bay @ Green Bay

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Week 17 – The AFC South is up for grabs

The Titans (9-6) and Jaguars (9-6) are tied and Tennessee would win in a tiebreaker, so the Jags must beat the Chargers, and Titans must lose to the Colts for Jacksonville to win the division. Will it be Blake Bortles or Marcus Mariota making the playoffs for the first time?

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