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NFL playoff picture: Who
NFL playoff picture: Who's booked a ticket, who's scraping in and match-ups we want to see

The NFL playoff picture is brewing like a cup of steaming hot tea. Not the pond water they serve up over there, a proper mug of builder's, left on the side for four minutes, splash of milk, no sugar. Perfect. Yes we're talking American football, but some things have to be done the British way

Thursday morning one-liners
Thursday morning one-liners

Looking at some potential Bills targets in free agency. Dolphins RB Frank Gore is still motivated. Run defense has been a major issue for the Patriots all season. The Jets and Giants will have neutral end zones this week (they may not recognize them for other reasons). Ravens S Tony Jefferson is close

Holding calls increased for a week, then went back down
Holding calls increased for a week, then went back down

The NFL told its officials to call holding more strictly. For one week, they did. And then they stopped. As former NFL head of officiating Mike Pereira revealed on FOX during a game, the league sent its officials a video before Week 13 showing several plays on which the NFL said the officials missed

Andrew Luck, Deshaun Watson Leading the NFL Comeback Player of the Year Race
Andrew Luck, Deshaun Watson Leading the NFL Comeback Player of the Year Race

Luck didn't play the entire 2017 season with an injured shoulder, and now his Colts are back in the playoff mix. Watson tore an ACL in 2017, and now his Texans are atop the AFC South. Both are prime candidates for the NFL's comeback award.

Week 15 Start
Week 15 Start 'Em or Sit 'Em

Nick Mensio dives into the matchups and advises who to start and sit for Week 15.

Oakland Sues NFL, Claims it Violated Own Rules in Approving Raiders
Oakland Sues NFL, Claims it Violated Own Rules in Approving Raiders' Move to Vegas

The Raiders have been surrounded by a series of unfortunate events this year, and a recent lawsuit by the city of Oakland could hasten the team's exodus as it prepares to move to Las Vegas in 2020.

Pro football fan index: Who
Pro football fan index: Who's the best fantasy player in the league?

SportsPulse: Who won this week's pro football fan index for best fantasy player of 2018. The winner will not shock you but where was drafted in the preseason will.

Incentives Aligning for Haves, Have-Nots in Quest for Eight-Team College Football Playoff
Incentives Aligning for Haves, Have-Nots in Quest for Eight-Team College Football Playoff

Three members of the Power Five and all five leagues in the Group of Five have strong incentives to push for an eight-team playoff.

Ravens stick with Jackson over Flacco against Buccaneers

Joe Flacco is available this week, but rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson will continue to start for the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday when they face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Baltimore. Since the dual-threat Jackson took over for the injured Flacco, the Ravens have gone 3-1 and played their way back into

Sources say Raiders rescind offer to rent Oakland Coliseum for 2019 season
Sources say Raiders rescind offer to rent Oakland Coliseum for 2019 season

It's not impossible, but it appears increasingly unlikely the Raiders will play in Oakland next year.

AP source: Temple hires Miami d-coordinator Diaz as coach
AP source: Temple hires Miami d-coordinator Diaz as coach

Temple has hired Miami defensive coordinator Manny Diaz as its next head coach, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Wednesday night. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the school was planning to make the deal official Thursday, with a news conference

Redskins QB Johnson steps in against Jaguars

New Washington Redskins quarterback Josh Johnson threw his first NFL pass since 2011 last week, and on Sunday against the Jaguars in Jacksonville, he will make his first NFL start also since 2011. The Redskins (6-7) have lost four in a row as injuries have ravaged the team, especially at the quarterback

Seahawks, 49ers meet for the second time this month

Playing twice in a three-week span is unusual, but the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers will go at it again Sunday at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll isn't putting too much stock in what happened in Seattle's 43-16 win in the first meeting

Next Gen Stats: 3 Improbable Catches | Week 14
Next Gen Stats: 3 Improbable Catches | Week 14

Next Gen Stats breaks down the most improbable catches from Week 14, featuring plays from the Kansas City Chiefs, Cleveland Browns and Atlanta Falcons.

Dre
Dre'Mont Jones declares for NFL draft, will play in Rose Bowl

Defensive lineman Dre'Mont Jones will leave Ohio State after the Rose Bowl, forgoing his final year of eligibility and making himself available in the NFL draft. Jones said he never considered skipping the bowl game. "My thing with injuries is that they're a part of the game," Jones said, via Stephen

Texans seek to edge closer to division title vs. Jets

The Houston Texans finally saw their nine-game winning streak come to an end with last weekend's home loss to the Indianapolis Colts. Houston has a chance to wrap up the AFC South title with a win at the New York Jets on Saturday afternoon -- and a little help. It currently holds a two-game lead

Texans seek to edge closer to division title vs. Jets

The Houston Texans finally saw their nine-game winning streak come to an end with last weekend's home loss to the Indianapolis Colts. Houston has a chance to wrap up the AFC South title with a win at the New York Jets on Saturday afternoon -- and a little help. It currently holds a two-game lead

Rams confident O-line can bounce back
Rams confident O-line can bounce back

Arizona Cardinals: After being vague on Monday about defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche's knee injury, coach Steve Wilks confirmed Wednesday that the former first-round pick has a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Surgery is scheduled for Thursday, but Nkemdiche's availability for the start of

The MMQB Staff
The MMQB Staff's Favorite Week 15 Bets Against the Spread

The MMQB staff is back with six of our top bets this week, and all of them are road teams, including three underdogs.

Las Vegas announced as official 2020 NFL Draft location
Las Vegas announced as official 2020 NFL Draft location

The Raiders are headed to Las Vegas, and so is the NFL Draft, the league officially announced on Wednesday afternoon.

Ingram on verge of breaking McAllister
Ingram on verge of breaking McAllister's TD mark

Atlanta Falcons: It was their fifth straight loss, but the Falcons were encouraged while scoring just 20 points and losing by two touchdowns to the Green Bay Packers last Sunday. Atlanta coaches said the team made some positive strides by rushing for 107 yards -- only its third 100-yard outing of the

Ingram on verge of breaking McAllister
Ingram on verge of breaking McAllister's TD mark

Atlanta Falcons: It was their fifth straight loss, but the Falcons were encouraged while scoring just 20 points and losing by two touchdowns to the Green Bay Packers last Sunday. Atlanta coaches said the team made some positive strides by rushing for 107 yards -- only its third 100-yard outing of the

All signs point to Chiefs S Berry playing
All signs point to Chiefs S Berry playing

Denver Broncos: Von Miller was whistled for jumping offside three times last week, and coach Vance Joseph was critical of the outside linebacker on Monday, saying a player of that caliber "doesn't need to cheat the count." But while Miller accepted blame, he doesn't plan to stop anticipating

Bulldogs give back to community during Las Vegas Bowl Week
Bulldogs give back to community during Las Vegas Bowl Week

Las Vegas Bowl Week is more than just the game on Saturday.

NFL viewership up 2 percent in Week 14
NFL viewership up 2 percent in Week 14

The NFL saw a slight increase in television viewership last week. Despite a low-scoring and low-rated Monday Night Football game on ESPN, the rest of the networks that show the NFL had strong ratings in Week 14. On CBS, the Sunday afternoon window was up 20 percent from Week 14 of 2017. On NBC, Rams-Bears

Bills QB Allen continues to receive praise
Bills QB Allen continues to receive praise

Buffalo Bills: Former Notre Dame and NFL quarterback Brady Quinn had lots of praise for rookie quarterback Josh Allen, from one first-round draft pick to another. Quinn, now an analyst for Fox Sports, will work the Buffalo-New York game on Sunday, and he told the Buffalo News: "Right now, Baker

Colts LB Leonard enjoying historic rookie campaign
Colts LB Leonard enjoying historic rookie campaign

Houston Texans: The end of a nine-game winning streak doesn't feel good to the Texans, and outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney wants to make sure one setback doesn't turn into a two-game skid when Houston visits the New York Jets on Saturday. All these games are important, so we have to go up

Cowboys RB Elliott wants rushing title and more
Cowboys RB Elliott wants rushing title and more

Dallas Cowboys: Running back Ezekiel Elliott wants to win his second rushing title in three seasons. Yeah, it would be cool," he told the Dallas Morning News. You've got to let things like that handle themselves and things will work out.'' Elliott is the NFL's rushing leader with

Goodell: NFL won
Goodell: NFL won't pay for video in domestic investigations

Commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday the NFL won't pay for video evidence in cases involving domestic violence, and he defended the league's handling of those investigations. Speaking after owners held their annual winter meeting, Goodell said the NFL's approach to dealing with domestic

Can Los Angeles Chargers be fantasy superheroes? | NFL Fantasy Live
Can Los Angeles Chargers be fantasy superheroes? | NFL Fantasy Live

NFL Network's Adam Rank asks if the Los Angeles Chargers can stop Kansas City Chiefs and quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

Clemson begins preparations to face Notre Dame in playoffs
Clemson begins preparations to face Notre Dame in playoffs

Clemson has begun preparations for its College Football Playoff semifinal against Notre Dame at the Cotton Bowl. The Tigers (13-0, CFP No. 2) had taken a week-and-a-half break - aside from several All-Americans crisscrossing the country for various college football awards - since winning the Atlantic

Fritz Pollard Alliance applauds Rooney Rule changes as a "breakthrough"
Fritz Pollard Alliance applauds Rooney Rule changes as a "breakthrough"

The Raiders made a mockery of the Rooney Rule via the hiring of Jon Gruden, and the NFL has responded (nearly a year later) by beefing up a rule that had been swallowed and digested by its various exceptions. "These Rooney Rule enhancements are a breakthrough," Fritz Pollard Alliance executive

Raiders pull offer to Oakland but "all options are open" for 2019
Raiders pull offer to Oakland but "all options are open" for 2019

The Raiders pulled their $7.5 million offer to the city of Oakland for use of the Oakland Coliseum for next season, team president Marc Badain said Wednesday. But Badain and owner Mark Davis wouldn't rule out Oakland as a possible option. In fact, they didn't rule out any city as reporters threw

Report: Temple to Hire Miami DC Manny Diaz as Head Coach
Report: Temple to Hire Miami DC Manny Diaz as Head Coach

Temple is reportedly hiring Miami (Fla.) defensive coordinator Manny Diaz as its next head coach, according to Yahoo's Pete Thamel.

Chris Klieman introduced as Kansas State
Chris Klieman introduced as Kansas State's new coach

Chris Klieman needed no better reminder of the monumental task ahead of him Wednesday than the one sitting in the front row of his introductory news conference at Kansas State: Hall of Fame coach Bill Snyder. Klieman was hired this week to replace what Wildcats athletic director Gene Taylor called &

The NFL draft is heading to Las Vegas for 2020
The NFL draft is heading to Las Vegas for 2020

''We believe the draft will be the kickoff to our inaugural season,'' said Raiders owner Mark Davis, who is moving the team from Oakland. ''Las Vegas is the entertainment capital of the world and will provide a tremendous experience for the NFL and its fans,'' Davis added

In Playoff Expansion Conversation, Recent Snubs Aren
In Playoff Expansion Conversation, Recent Snubs Aren't the Only Thing on the Big Ten's Mind

The Big Ten cares deeply about winning national titles, but it also cares deeply about the Rose Bowl, which puts the conference in a unique spot in playoff expansion talks. Plus, the one bowl game you can't miss for family holiday functions and the rest of this week's #DearAndy mailbag.

FAU running back Devin Singletary says he
FAU running back Devin Singletary says he'll enter NFL draft

Running back Devin Singletary is skipping his final season at Florida Atlantic and entering the NFL draft. Singletary made the announcement Wednesday. No other player at the major college level over that span has rushed for more than 34 touchdowns.

NFL selects host teams for 2019 international games
NFL selects host teams for 2019 international games

The NFL has announced the host teams for its five international games in 2019. The Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Rams, Los Angeles Chargers, Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be home teams, the NFL announced. Four of the games will be in London and the other will be in Mexico City.

NFL vows to continue investigations despite limitations
NFL vows to continue investigations despite limitations

The NFL's chief disciplinary officer acknowledged the league's limitations in investigating off-field incidents, but B. Todd Jones said the "ownership commitment . . . is not going to back off." "We will deal with these situations when they come up, fully aware that they may come

Bowl Season! Reasons to watch all 39 games and who will win
Bowl Season! Reasons to watch all 39 games and who will win

A moment of silence, please, for Wyoming, Southern Miss, Miami (Ohio) and Louisiana-Monroe.

NFL names
NFL names 'home' teams for 2019 international games

The Los Angeles Rams and Chargers, Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers will join the Jacksonville Jaguars as "home" teams in NFL international games in 2019, the league said Wednesday. Dates, times and opposing teams have yet to be named for the four games in London and one game in Mexico

NFL makes changes to Rooney Rule
NFL makes changes to Rooney Rule

The Rooney Rule, which requires NFL teams to interview at least one minority before hiring a new head coach or general manager, has been weakened in recent years by teams following the letter of the rule but ignoring its spirit. Those teams included the Browns in their hiring of G.M. John Dorsey, and

NFL to play five international games next year
NFL to play five international games next year

The NFL had plenty of issues internationally this season, but they're still committed to the project. The league announced it would play five games in international markets this year, one in Mexico City and four more in London. While the schedule hasn't been set yet, the league announced the

Georgia Tech players motivated to give Johnson 1 final win
Georgia Tech players motivated to give Johnson 1 final win

Georgia Tech players say they'll have extra motivation to send coach Paul Johnson out with a win when they play Minnesota in the Quick Lane Bowl. The 61-year-old Johnson announced on Nov. 28 he is stepping down after 11 seasons with the Yellow Jackets. Geoff Collins was hired from Temple as Georgia

Which players have the edge in fantasy in Week 15?
Which players have the edge in fantasy in Week 15?

NFL Network's Kay Adams tries to choose which players have the edge in Week 15 and can help your fantasy teams in crucial playoff matchups.

Ian Rapoport: Oakland Raiders may play their final game in Oakland this season
Ian Rapoport: Oakland Raiders may play their final game in Oakland this season

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport discusses where the Oakland Raiders will play in 2019.

Oakland files lawsuit against the Raiders and the NFL
Oakland files lawsuit against the Raiders and the NFL

Oakland is fighting back. Tuesday the city announced it was suing the Raiders and the NFL to recover damages from the team's move to Las Vegas.

Report: NFL has no immediate plans to alter investigative procedures in wake of Kareem Hunt
Report: NFL has no immediate plans to alter investigative procedures in wake of Kareem Hunt

The NFL's investigative practices have come under a microscope once again after the league was unable to acquire video footage of an apparent assault of a female by former Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt at a Cleveland area hotel. The video was acquired by TMZ and released to the public

Chiefs supplant Rams atop AP Pro32 poll; Saints remain No. 2
Chiefs supplant Rams atop AP Pro32 poll; Saints remain No. 2

NEW YORK (AP) - Kansas City's Patrick Mahomes has had a special season so far.

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