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Robert Griffin III has shown ‘franchise-level talent’ and could start in 2017, says Joe Thomas

Robert Griffin III has started just four games with the Cleveland Browns and his availability for the season finale isn’t yet known, but some Browns players have seen enough to feel comfortable with Griffin starting for the team again in 2017.

The Browns are in line for the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NFL draft and possibly another top-10 pick by way of the Philadelphia Eagles. But longtime Cleveland offensive tackle Joe Thomas said Griffin has shown enough for the Browns to not jump at the chance to start a rookie next season.

“I think you’ve seen franchise-level talent for sure and I wouldn’t write him off by any stretch of the imagination,” Thomas said of Griffin, via the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. “I wouldn’t be shocked at all if he was our guy at the beginning of next season because I think he’s shown enough that if they do decide to make Robert the guy, I think he can definitely be the guy and I think he’d have the support of the locker room.”

It was Griffin at quarterback for the team’s 20-17 win over the San Diego Chargers in Week 16, snapping a 17-game losing streak and narrowly avoiding an 0-16 season for the Browns. He suffered a concussion near the end of the game — which he has since been cleared to return from — and was replaced by Cody Kessler.

But in four starts, Griffin’s flashes of ability haven’t led to many points. He has two rushing touchdowns, but hasn’t yet thrown a touchdown pass and has two interceptions. His 64.9 passer rating is last on the team and well behind Kessler’s 92.3 rating.

Questions have been raised as to whether or not Peterson has played his last game for the Vikings. He’s going to be 32 next year, and his cap hit is $18 million, making him the highest-paid running back in the league.

The Vikings could cut him with no impact on their cap, which is another contributing factor into raising the question in regards to his future.

Prescott has 23 touchdown passes to only four interceptions, and he has rushed for six scores

Brady completed 63.9 percent of his passes for 2,843 yards and 18 touchdowns; Prescott has completed 68.1 percent of his passes for 3,630 yards and 23 touchdowns. Brady was intercepted 12 times and sacked 41 times; Prescott has been intercepted four times and sacked 25 times. Brady had an 11-3 record (his first appearance came in late relief of Bledsoe) and an 86.5 quarterback rating; Prescott has a 13-2 record and a 105.6 rating. Brady averaged 6.9 yards per pass attempt; Prescott has averaged 8.0 yards. Brady rushed for 43 yards and no touchdowns; Prescott has rushed for 273 yards and six touchdowns.

And still there were times this season when Jones sounded as eager to get Romo healthy and back under center as he once was to draft Johnny Manziel. Prescott ignored the noise from his owner and silenced those who agreed with Jones by never flinching.
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“Geronimo has done a really good job,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. “Going back to Atlanta, when he gets an opportunity he gets in there and makes plays. I can’t really say enough about him, really what your young players need to do.”

The Packers gambled by holding out Cobb against the Vikings, hoping his ankle injury would benefit from a game off, and there was no drop-off in their offense, in part, because of Allison.

“I don’t think he could’ve had a better game,” Cobb said. “He was where he needed to be, when he was supposed to be there. He made plays and he did a great job.”

Chargers vs. Raiders 2015 final score: Oakland holds on for 23-20 overtime win

Both the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders are out of playoff contention, but the AFC West rivals fought hard under the bright lights of Thursday Night Football. It took a massively mistake-filled drive in overtime, but the Raiders came out on top, 23-20, and improved to 7-8 on the season.

The first drive of overtime was a roller coaster for both the Raiders and the Chargers. The Raiders converted a third down on a pass that needed to be reviewed and then were called on a pair of holding penalties and a false start. Facing a second-and-29, the Raiders were bailed out by an unnecessary roughness penalty on the Chargers, and the Raiders were called for another false start before they finally made it into San Diego territory.

And although an overtime victory over a division rival on Christmas eve was important, the spotlight after securing the win on defense went to Woodson, as players and media surrounded the cornerback hoping to get a few words during his last game at the Coliseum.

Woodson mentioned his family and his career for a brief moment, but focused much of his attention to the fans, reassuring the fans in Oakland that they are in great leadership and that they team will be great sooner rather than later.

And as he bid farewell to the fans in Oakland, he corralled them one last time for a chant, “Raaaaaideerrrrs!” Canton will be calling you soon, Charles Woodson.
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Limited Womens Radim Vrbata Jersey The Raiders were able to come back and find the end zone themselves, going 77 yards in nine plays when running back Latavius Murray took a 22-yard rush in for a touchdown. Murray’s rush put him over 1,000 yards on the season.

Johnson said his only regret was “not winning the Super Bowl

Johnson said his initial plan was to start school this fall, but the opportunity to go on “Dancing with the Stars” came up. He realized it might be an opportunity he wouldn’t have again, so he chose to do that.

Womens Connor Barth Jersey He’s also kept up with football, although his stint on television kept him from watching many Lions games until the past few weeks. But watching football again on Sundays as a spectator is something he thought about since he entered the league as the No. 2 overall pick in the 2007 NFL draft.

Johnson said he’s enjoyed watching his former quarterback, Matthew Stafford, “playing his butt off” and he likes seeing Stafford reach the level he’s playing at now, both statistically and in his command of the offense.

Drew Brees leads the NFL in passing yards and touchdowns, yet he did not make the Pro Bowl roster. Here are the other players who got snubbed.

Rookie Michael Thomas takes a stand for the Saints’ wide receivers as the best trio in the NFL — yes, even better than the Giants’ crew.
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The quarterbacks who were named to the Pro Bowl for the NFC were Matt Ryan, Aaron Rodgers and rookie Dak Prescott. Tom Brady, Derek Carr and Ben Roethlisberger will represent the AFC.

“You look at that and it’s just like, ‘OK, this is ridiculous,'” Cooks said. “The guy is great. And he definitely deserves to be in there. And for him not to be — the league, whoever just messed up because that just added fuel to his fire that he already had.”

California native Matt Barkley stays warm in Chicago with wetsuit

How does a California kid play football in freezing Midwestern conditions?

By wearing a wetsuit, of course.
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Matt Barkley wore a wetsuit under his football uniform to stay warm Sunday at Soldier Field.

On Montgomery¡¯s long run, he gained all 61 of those rushing yards after initial contact. The Packers haven’t gained that many rushing yards after contact in a single game since Week 7, when they gained 67 against the Bears, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Montgomery¡¯s 123 yards rushing was the most before halftime for a Packers running back since Ahman Green had 133 in Week 1 of 2001 against Detroit. It was the most in any half since Green had 166 in the second half against Denver in Week 17 of 2003.
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The Packers needed every bit of what Montgomery gave them on the ground to help offset a tough day by Davante Adams, who cost the Packers eight points with a pair of dropped passes on drives that ended with field goals, and because of Rodgers¡¯ limited mobility and a defensive meltdown that almost cost them.

“Every win you get, confidence grows,” Nelson said. “But I don¡¯t think it ever wavered in our losing streak. We just needed to win and play better football. Obviously, we have some areas that we can improve, and that¡¯s where I think we can become a good team to a great team, is you still have to improve and get better off of wins. You can¡¯t settle just because you won. You¡¯ve got to be able to really critique yourself just like you do in a loss, and pick it apart and fine-tune some things and be able to move forward.”

Why this family from Mexico might be the Browns’ most dedicated fans

At first, Jesus Serrano gave his wife a hip fake worthy of Leroy Kelly or Greg Pruitt.

“When we were sweethearts, I asked him, ‘Are you into any sports?'” Edna Serrano recalled. “And he was like, ‘No, not really.'”

It wasn’t until they were married that Edna discovered her husband’s idea of heaven was a weekend in Cleveland. He’s a Browns fan to the core, a connoisseur of Bernie Kosar, Ozzie Newsome, Frank Minnifield and Hanford Dixon. He still feels the pain of Brian Sipe’s playoff interception and Earnest Byner’s fumble in the 660s and Art Modell’s treachery in the ’90s.
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If you’re searching around in flex territory, Mike Gillislee is averaging 6.2 yards per carry and is the Bills’ red zone back. The Browns have given up more than 20 running back points in eight games this season, second most in the NFL. … Speaking of that game, I kind of like Isaiah Crowell, off a 118-total-yard game, as Buffalo has struggled against the run recently (as anyone who faced Le’Veon Bell last week is well aware) and they may not have DT Kyle Williams for a second straight game.

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But in the meantime, I am not excited about his prospects facing a Seattle team that has allowed just three running back rushing touchdowns at home this season. Gurley had 51 toothless rushing yards when these teams met in Week 2 and I don’t expect much more here. The Seahawks allow the third-fewest yards per carry after first contact, while the Rams average the third-fewest yards BEFORE first contact. Bleah. Gurley is simply a hope-for-a-score RB 3 in Week 15.

Rex Ryan could be fired if Bills don’t make playoffs next season

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Just one year after being hired by the Buffalo Bills, Rex Ryan is already on the hot seat. According to the Buffalo News, Bills owner Terry Pegula met with Ryan and general manager Doug Whaley last week and informed them that they’d both be fired if the team didn’t make the playoffs next season.

The Bills finished 8-8 this season, a one-game drop-off from their 2014 campaign. More problematic, though, was how the defense performed under Ryan, despite that being his specialty. The Bills dropped to No. 15 in points allowed and No. 19 in yards allowed this season after finishing in No. 4 in both categories last year. Ryan has also had problems working with his star-studded defensive line, specifically Mario Williams, who recorded just five sacks this season.

“Our expectations were not met,” Pegula said last week in a statement, via the Buffalo News. “I look forward to working and collaborating with Doug Whaley and Rex Ryan in forming a winning future for the organization. Our management team and coaching staff are very capable and work well together. This stable foundation is necessary to achieve long-term success in the NFL.”

By successfully converting 267 of 276 of his kicks, Aguayo’s 96.73 percent narrowly edged the previous record of 96.67 set by Nebraska’s Alex Henery five years earlier.

“After giving this decision careful thought and meeting with my family and Coach Fisher, I have decided to enter the NFL Draft,” Aguayo said in a statement. “These last four years have been nothing short of incredible on and off the field. I have made memories that I will always treasure. One goal when I got here was to graduate, and I’m thankful I was able to earn my degree in Criminology this fall.

“Ever since I was a kid, I have bled Garnet and Gold. When I received a scholarship to play football at FSU from Coach Fisher it was a dream come true and a blessing.”

Authentic Mens Cincinnati Reds Jersey Florida State has a healthy history of successful kickers in the NFL with Janikowski finishing his 16th season with the Oakland Raiders, and Dustin Hopkins and Graham Gano both starting for playoff teams.

Robert Alford signs four-year extension with Falcons

The Atlanta Falcons signed Robert Alford to a four-year contract extension, keeping one of their starting cornerbacks from hitting the open market after the season.

The Falcons announced the signing Thursday. The deal is worth $38 million and includes $21 million guaranteed, league sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
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Elite Womens Luke Joeckel Jersey “It feels good,” Alford said of the extension. “It feels good to be in the same place. I love it here. I love the coaching staff. I love Coach (Dan) Quinn. Just for them to give me the extension, I’m very blessed. That’s all I can say.”

Thomas tries to put a good spin on the situation. He says the season hasn’t been dull.

“One of the positives of having a young team is they don’t get discouraged like veterans do,” Thomas says. “Rookies, they don’t know what they don’t know. For instance, in years past, when we’ve had more veteran teams, if we started 0-8 or something like that, there [would have been] a mutiny. But these guys are still in summer camp. They come in with energy. They’re happy and eager to learn every single day.

“That kind of gives you new life and new energy. You see the young guys walking in here with a skip in their step and you’re thinking, ‘Why can’t I do the same thing?'”

“I’m a Clevelander,” Thomas says. “I’ve spent the majority of my adult life here. Every day when I come to work, it’s ‘Let’s turn this team into a consistent winner.’ Because it would be such a special story.”

ONE OF THE first times they talked this past winter, Coach Jackson promised Thomas that he’d turn the team into a winner. Thomas has heard this from every new coach, but this time was different. Thomas believes him.

NFL playoffs 2016 live stream: How to watch Chiefs vs. Texans online

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The Houston Texans managed to take the AFC South, which means they get to host a playoff game despite having a worse record than both wild card teams in the conference. They are well back of the top two seeds though, and will host the fifth-seeded Kansas City Chiefs in the opening round of the playoffs.

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First of all, I like the quick bounce by Michael here. There’s nothing doing in the middle of the field, so he gets outside quickly. When defensive back Justin Bethel looks to fill and be the force player on the outside, he gets a taste of what Seattle’s run game wants to be all about. After dispatching Bethel, Michael picks up 12 yards.

A little later in the game, Seattle goes back to the super-wide-splits formation and in this case, the Cardinals play it well. At first.

Again, defensive end Kareem Martin crashes off the end with no regard for a Russell Wilson keeper. Since the Seahawks simply have a run play called here, it looks like it should be dead-to-rights. That’s when C-Mike administers another deadly stiff arm and eludes the tackle, bouncing it back outside into what would’ve been Wilson’s “keeper” lane, and he picks up a big first down.

It’s still a small sample size with C-Mike, but it’s encouraging nonetheless. Seattle’s offense doesn’t have to abandon the running game just because Lynch is out against the Vikings on Sunday. If C-Mike continues playing like he played against Arizona, the Seahawks may ask him to shoulder a pretty heavy load, even when Lynch does return. It’s going to be interesting.

Chandler Jones just needed help, but self-preservation taught him to surrender

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Eddie Lacy had one of his best runs of the season on the Packers’ next drive, rumbling for 61 yards down to the 8-yard line.
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Green Bay finally cashed in on a red zone opportunity, with Rodgers hitting Jeff Janis for an 8-yard touchdown to put the Packers ahead, 13-7.

Palmer drove the Cardinals back inside the red zone, thanks in part to a beautiful 32-yard catch-and-run by Larry Fitzgerald, but they ended up kicking a field goal, cutting the deficit to three points.

After the Packers punted the ball away, Arizona struck back with a 22-yard pass to Fitzgerald, putting the ball past midfield. Palmer had a chance to take the lead back, but he threw his second interception of the night on an ill-advised pass to the end zone that was picked off by Damarious Randall. The Packers couldn’t take advantage of the turnover and punted once again.

The Cardinals started at their own 20-yard line and got down past midfield thanks to a high-effort play by Fitzgerald, who caught a hitch pass and wiggled past a defender, stretching the ball past the first-down marker. Later, Floyd was left wide open on a drag route and picked up an easy first down, which was followed by a strong Johnson run to set up the Cardinals in field goal range. On third-and-4, Palmer hit John Brown on a bullet pass inside the red zone to keep the drive alive.