November 2016


Drew Brees and Matthew Stafford may be separated only by age and career accomplishments, but two of the NFL's best quarterbacks are primed to ignite an impressive fireworks show Sunday when it counts -- in the fourth quarter. Stafford's 7-4 Detroit Lions won five of their past six games to move to the top of the NFC North, and Brees' 5-6 New Orleans Saints, coming off a 49-point, 555-yard shellacking of the Los Angeles Rams last week, need a victory at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome (1 p.m. ET, FOX) to climb back to .500 for the second time this season and into the NFC playoff picture. Despite trailing at some point of the fourth quarter in all 11 games, the Lions came back to win seven times, a tribute to Stafford's gunslinger arm and efficiency under pressure.
There are few teams in the NFL as hot as the New York Giants. The Giants (8-3) are riding a six-game winning streak and go on the road for their Week 13 matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The last loss for the Giants was Oct. 9 in Green Bay.
''I tell him all the time, when he turns 30, when they talk about running backs being done, for the next five years (receiver) is the thing he should do,'' Pittsburgh Steelers teammate Darrius Heyward-Bey said. Nearing the end of his fourth season, the 24-year-old is still finding new ways to expand his game for the Steelers (6-5). If it means standing next to quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and taking out a blitzing linebacker, that's fine too.
The Redskins are in a playoff position with five weeks left, but facing the desperate Arizona Cardinals (4-6-1) on Sunday has them thinking about what it takes to win and get in down the stretch. The Redskins were 3-6 in 2012 before running the table to win the NFC East, and they won four of five last season to capture the division again and render Week 17 meaningless. It might take the same kind of success this time because they're chasing the New York Giants and trying to fend off the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints, Green Bay Packers, Philadelphia Eagles, Cardinals, Carolina Panthers and Los Angeles Rams.
It’s not that unusual to find a video taken on a smartphone of NFL fans brawling in the stands, or outside in the parking lot. The unusual part of a fight from Sunday’s Miami Dolphins game is the fans involved won’t return to the stadium. The Dolphins announced that the fans fighting in the video, who weren’t identified, had their season tickets taken away and are banned from Hard Rock Stadium according to the Associated Press.
Odell Beckham Jr. wants the ball any way he can get it. If that means the big-play wide receiver adds the job of returning punts for the New York Giants, he's up for it. Beckham showed what he could do as a returner in the fourth quarter of the Giants' 27-13 win over Cleveland on Sunday, fielding Britton Colquitt's 54-yard punt, finding an opening in the converging Browns, and then cutting across the field for a 59-yard touchdown return .
The fuel for this dazzling season for the Dallas Cowboys can be found up front, with an offensive line that's helped make this team a handful to try to stop. Just as the front five have made a significant impact on the success of the Cowboys (10-1), the ever-important position has played a major hand in the recent slide by the Vikings (6-5). Nick Easton makes his first NFL start.
Here's a measure of just how good things are going in Big D. One team can clinch a playoff berth this weekend: the Cowboys.

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