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Vikings PR Sherels downgraded to out vs. Jaguars (The Associated Press)

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 10:20:50 PST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota Vikings punt returner Marcus Sherels has been downgraded to out for the game against Jacksonville on Sunday.

Playoff picture: Texans-Colts rematch is for AFC South lead (The Associated Press)

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 10:02:58 PST

The race for the playoffs remains predictably crowded at the dawn of the fourth quarter of this NFL season, bringing with it a complicated bundle of scenarios for the division crowns and wild-card spots available for the taking.

2 Texas teams on top of their divisions hit the road (The Associated Press)

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 07:13:36 PST

Roaring out of Texas come the Dallas Cowboys , headed to the Big Apple ready to grab a division crown and maybe more. Crawling out of Texas come the Houston Texans , headed to Naptown for a first-place showdown with the Colts after blowing an exclusive AFC South lead. Dallas (11-1) takes on the New York Giants (8-4), the only team to beat it, in prime time.

Rookie Report: Dallas' Elliott, Prescott command headlines (The Associated Press)

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 02:03:06 PST

Hall of Fame general manager Bill Polian says a draft class can't be fully measured until after their fourth season. As this year's rookies prepare to hit the home stretch of their first regular season, one early assessment is crystal clear: Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott have been something special. While Los Angeles' Jared Goff and Philadelphia's Carson Wentz went 1-2 last April and have had their share of struggles as starters, it has been Dallas' dynamic duo that has dominated the headlines.

Redskins look for finishing kick similar to last year (The Associated Press)

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 20:32:21 PST

Kirk Cousins carried the Washington Redskins to the playoffs last season with a magnificent four-game run to conclude the regular season. The Washington quarterback just might need to equal last season's torrid stretch for the Redskins to make another postseason appearance this year. Washington (6-5-1) is on the outside of the playoff picture with four games remaining and aims to record a much-needed victory when it visits the reeling Philadelphia Eagles (5-7) on Sunday (1 p.m. ET, FOX).

Jaguars, Vikings try to end slumps Sunday (The Associated Press)

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 19:28:01 PST

Jacksonville Jaguars coach Gus Bradley wants fans to know that he shares their frustration during a season that has gone from disappointment to disaster. Desperate for a win of their own, the Minnesota Vikings can give Bradley and a home crowd another reason to groan this week. Fresh after not playing in 10 days following a loss on Thursday Night Football, the Vikings can send the Jaguars to their worst losing streak since Bradley's first season with the franchise while keeping the playoffs within view with a victory in a battle of two sputtering offenses Sunday at EverBank Field in Jacksonville.

Snow, cold no problem for Seahawks after playoff experience (The Associated Press)

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 15:38:33 PST

The idea of going to Green Bay in December, with the expected cold temperatures and the likelihood of snow, might have caused issues in the past for the Seattle Seahawks. Not after what the Seahawks experienced last January in Minnesota in the first round of the playoffs. ''You can't get any worse than we had in Minnesota,'' cornerback Richard Sherman said.

Jeff Fisher, Les Snead dismiss rumors of rift inside LA Rams (The Associated Press)

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 14:35:27 PST

Although Jeff Fisher and Les Snead are both disappointed in the Los Angeles Rams' performance during their five-year tenure, the coach and the general manager both insist those feelings aren't personal. Fisher and Snead dismissed widespread speculation about the health of their partnership Friday, saying they work together closely and professionally. ''Honestly, I don't know where this came from,'' Fisher said.

Vikings safety Harrison Smith to miss Jaguars game (The Associated Press)

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:09:11 PST

Standout safety Harrison Smith and starting center Joe Berger will not be on the field with the Minnesota Vikings when they play at Jacksonville on Sunday. It remains to be seen if coach Mike Zimmer will be on the sideline with them or not. Smith was ruled out on Friday with a severely sprained left ankle, while Berger will miss his second straight game with a concussion.

Jaguars WR Hurns, TE Thomas ruled out, won't play vs Vikings (The Associated Press)

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 09:47:23 PST

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- The Jacksonville Jaguars will be without receiver Allen Hurns and tight end Julius Thomas again Sunday against Minnesota.

Siemian has more than 1 way to imitate Peyton (The Associated Press)

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 09:02:55 PST

While these weren't exactly the footsteps of Peyton Manning that Trevor Siemian wanted to follow, the Denver Broncos' QB at least had a little fun over his sprained left foot that sidelined him last week. While rookie Paxton Lynch was running the offense at practice, Siemian recreated Manning's famous photo from a year ago of the injured QB sitting at a hot tub with iPad in hand, one foot soaking and his helmet on so he could listen to the plays being called. While Manning was no Adonis, several followers did note that the five-time MVP looked more chiseled than Siemian.

Silva's Week 14 Matchups (Rotoworld)

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 07:26:00 PST

Evan Silva analyzes the matchups for every fantasy-relevant player in every Week 14 game.

Vikings' Rhodes, Jags' Ramsey among league's best young CBs (The Associated Press)

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 21:25:05 PST

Minnesota's Xavier Rhodes and Jacksonville's Jalen Ramsey were nearly college teammates at Florida State. Rhodes and Ramsey have since emerged as two of the best young cornerbacks in the NFL, lock-down defenders in a league that puts a premium on slowing down high-powered passing games. Rhodes and Ramsey certainly have done their part.

Jaguars' Bortles, Robinson trying to 'get on same page' (The Associated Press)

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 13:37:08 PST

It was a clear reaction to Robinson's increased aggravation, Bortles' continued inaccuracy and a seven-game losing streak that mostly can be blamed on the team's offensive failures. ''I think both of them are frustrated, obviously, because they're not getting the numbers that they had last year and obviously the wins aren't coming, so I think they feel that they both can help this team so much, but they have to get on the same page,'' offensive coordinator Nate Hackett said Thursday.

Vikings trying to survive a season full of trials (The Associated Press)

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 12:43:30 PST

The Minnesota Vikings' season began with an ambulance rushing to team headquarters to save the leg of their starting quarterback. A blockbuster trade followed to get another quarterback in town just ahead of the season opener in hopes of keeping a championship window open only to have the offensive line decimated by injuries, their star running back go down with a knee injury and their offensive coordinator to walk away midseason with the offense struggling to get going. Few teams have faced more adversity this season than the Vikings (6-6), and their play on the field has reflected the chaos.

NFL MVP, ROY and awards rankings: Is Eric Berry a defensive player of the year candidate? (Shutdown Corner)

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 11:38:17 PST

If the Kansas City Chiefs end up doing some special things this season, they can point back to safety Eric Berry’s big day at the Atlanta Falcons as a big factor. Berry had a pick-six and also an interception on a two-point conversion that he returned for two points for his own team in a 29-28 win. No player has ever won a football game by himself, not even the quarterbacks who get credited for “wins,” but Berry gets about as much credit as one player could for what he did at Atlanta.

Woeful offenses collide as Vikings, Jaguars try to end skids (The Associated Press)

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 09:25:53 PST


Breeze�s Week 14 IDP Breakdown (Rotoworld)

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 01:56:00 PST

Eric Breeze breaks down the latest IDP news, notes and injuries to help with your lineup decisions.

Week 14 Start 'Em or Sit 'Em (Rotoworld)

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 01:12:00 PST

Nick Mensio dives into the matchups and advises which players to start and sit for Week 14.

Peterson says he sees comeback, but not for non-contender (The Associated Press)

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:09:32 PST

Neither the Minnesota Vikings nor Adrian Peterson have been willing publicly to put a timetable on his potential return to the field nearly three months after he tore the meniscus in his right knee. ''For obvious reasons,'' Peterson said Wednesday. Without the four-time All-Pro running back, the Vikings are last in the NFL in rushing with 72.4 yards per game and 3.0 yards per attempt.

NFL-National Football League roundup (Reuters)

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:08:44 PST

New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul underwent hernia surgery Wednesday morning and is out for the rest of the regular season. If the Giants reach the playoffs, it is possible Pierre-Paul could return. The typical recovery time from hernia surgery is five or six weeks.

Zimmer says his eye is 'good to go' after latest follow-up (The Associated Press)

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 15:05:17 PST

Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer has received further clearance to travel with the team this weekend, following surgery to repair a detached retina. Zimmer was forced to stay home and rest last week while the Vikings played Dallas. At his first news conference in eight days, Zimmer dismissed most of the questions about his condition and tried to limit his remarks to the upcoming game.

Vikings Adrian Peterson says return linked to playoffs (AFP)

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 14:25:05 PST

Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson says he doesn't plan on playing anymore this season unless the Vikings can turn their season around. Peterson's comments differ from head coach Mike Zimmer who has said the running back's health would be the determining factor in whether he returns this season. The Vikings have lost six of their last seven games after winning their first five games of the season.

Great rivalry game in KC for AFC West lead (The Associated Press)

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 10:31:30 PST

Few games get the juices flowing more than a showdown for first place. Throw in one of sports' greatest rivalries, and the blood starts percolating.

Fitzgerald, Marshall among nominees for Walter Payton award (The Associated Press)

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 09:22:04 PST

NEW YORK (AP) -- Arizona's Larry Fitzgerald, Miami's Mike Pouncey and the New York Jets' Brandon Marshall are among the 32 players eligible for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award.

The NFL Week 14 Worksheet (Rotoworld)

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 08:01:00 PST

Rich Hribar provides a statistical snapshot of every Week 14 NFL game.

Tuesday's Sports in Brief (The Associated Press)

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 02:33:42 PST

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) -- The reloading Boston Red Sox pulled off the biggest deal yet at the winter meetings, acquiring ace pitcher Chris Sale from the Chicago White Sox for a package of four prospects.

Vikings welcome Zimmer back to practice after eye surgery (The Associated Press)

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 15:38:55 PST

Mike Zimmer was back at practice with the Minnesota Vikings on Tuesday, not quite a week after surgery to repair a detached retina. Zimmer roamed the indoor field and instructed players as usual during the portion of the workout that was open to the media, eager to resume his responsibilities in an attempt to help steer the Vikings (6-6) back on a track for the playoffs following six losses in their past seven games. The 60-year-old Zimmer had to stay home from the game against Dallas last Thursday because of the emergency operation the night before, one of multiple procedures he's had over the past six weeks.

FANTASY PLAYS: Waiver priorities - handcuff, bolster benches (The Associated Press)

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 14:14:37 PST

Week 14 is typically the first week of the playoffs in many fantasy football leagues, so the free agent push this week is about bolstering benches, picking up key handcuffs and desperation plays for injuries or underperforming studs. Dalton is coming off one of his better games of the season, hanging 332 passing yards and two touchdowns on the Eagles. This week, the Bengals face the lowly Browns, whose defense has allowed the most passing touchdowns (28) and notched the fewest sacks (17) in the NFL this season.

Week 13 NFC Targets/Touches (Rotoworld)

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 12:55:00 PST

Justin Bailey reviews the Targets and Touches Report for the NFC in Week 13.