August 2012


Aug 31 (Reuters) - Key dates for the upcoming 2012 NationalFootball League (NFL) season. Sept. 5 - Regular season opens with the Super Bowl championNew York Giants hosting the Dallas Cowboys. Sept. 9-10 - Remaining 30 teams start their regular seasonas part of the NFL's Kickoff Weekend. Oct. 16 - New Orleans Saints assistant coach Joe Vitt canreturn to the team after serving a six-game suspension for hisrole in the team's bounty scandal. Oct. 28 - London's Wembley Stadium will host its sixth NFLregular season game when the St. ...
Aug 31 (Reuters) - Five players to watch out for during theNational Football League's (NFL) 2012 season, which starts onWednesday. - - AARON RODGERS, GREEN BAY PACKERS Once again, the Green Bay Packers are widely seen asfavourites to reach the Super Bowl from the National FootballConference (NFC) but, to do that, they must regain theirchampion swagger and 28-year-old quarterback Aaron Rodgers willhave to bury memories of his playoff lapse last season. ...
Aug 31 (Reuters) - Five teams to watch out for during theNational Football League's (NFL) 2012 season, which starts onWednesday: - - NEW ORLEANS SAINTS The head coach is suspended for the season, the interimcoach must sit out six games, even the general manager is on theouts for eight games, yet the scandal-plagued Saints may be oneof the NFL's best teams for 2012. Talent still abounds in New Orleans despite the NFL comingdown hard on the Saints' pay-for-pain bounty scandal that alsoresulted in four players from the team's 2011 roster drawingsuspensions. ...
Aug 31 (Reuters) - Following are brief profiles of the 16teams in the National Football Conference (NFC) ahead of the2012 National Football League (NFL) season: ATLANTA FALCONS Head coach: Mike Smith 2011 record: 10-6 (Crushed 24-2 by the eventual Super Bowlchampion New York Giants in NFC wild card game) On track for 10-win season with a more sophisticated passinggame that caters to quarterback Matt Ryan and receiving corpsbut defense needs to step up for Falcons to halt playoff skid. ...
Aug 31 (Reuters) - Following are brief profiles of the 16teams in the American Football Conference (AFC) ahead of the2012 National Football League (NFL) season. - - BALTIMORE RAVENS Head coach: John Harbaugh 2011 record: 12-4 (Missed field goal in final seconds of AFCChampionship game cost team shot at Super Bowl berth) Team faces a tougher schedule than division rival PittsburghSteelers but a solid defense combined with game-changing runningback Ray Rice give the Ravens a good chance at defending theirAFC North division. ...
Aug 31 (Reuters) - Peyton Manning returns to work next weeklooking to reassert his credentials as the gold medal standardfor National Football League (NFL) quarterbacks after pacing thesidelines last season recovering from a fourth neck surgery. But the NFL landscape can change quickly and Manning may noteven be the best quarterback in his family anymore with youngerbrother Eli making a case for that status after leading the NewYork Giants to a second Super Bowl title in four years. ...
The New York Jets are expected to release 17 players on Friday afternoon, including 2010 fifth-round pick Ricky Sapp and quarterback Matt Simms.
Because I don't have the time or resources to poll all of our readers on their 2012 NFL leanings, I'm taking a logical shortcut: I examined the over/under win totals for each team, trying to figure out what clubs might be sleepers and what clubs might be asleep. Today we'll look at five teams poised to surprise you, and Saturday we'll hit on the other side, five disappointments waiting to happen. (Note: The O/U totals are discussed for entertainment only. Please don't risk anything — money, trading stamps, jelly beans, Methuselah rookie cards — on these things.) The NFL has long been a reshuffle league, especially in the salary cap/free-agency era. It's easy to laugh at most of the teams I'm listing here — only one of them had a winning record in 2011 — but it's important to have a short memory when forecasting this game. We're only a month away from the "This Is the Craziest Season Ever!" Mad Lib the mainstream media keeps throwing at us. Pillow and pajama time. Let's uncover some sleepers. -- Seattle Seahawks (over/under 7.5): There's been a lot of summer buzz about Russell Wilson , and if I'm not driving the bandwagon (my colleague Doug Farrar was very early to the Wilson story, up close and personal), I'm at least sitting in a good seat. But even if Wilson doesn't justify the love, this offense should be just fine in the hands of Matt Flynn . And the Seahawks surely grab your attention with their defense (the secondary might be the NFL's best), their significant home-field advantage and a manageable schedule .
Sometimes you put a foot down wrong and don't find out for a week or two that you actually dislocated a hip. That's how it's going to be if the NFL sticks with its plan to start the regular season with replacement referees - from mild annoyance to major pain to humongous regret. And all because the people in charge are too used to getting their way.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- It took the New England Patriots just 10 days to lose three exhibition games. Now coach Bill Belichick is pondering who played well enough to make the team.

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