November 2016


Peyton Manning finally found some time in retirement to get together with little brother Eli. Peyton showed up at the Giants' walk-through workout Tuesday and discussed football, sat through part of a quarterbacks' meeting and talked about playing against the Steelers, New York's opponent this weekend in Pittsburgh. Eli Manning was unaware his brother was going to show up at the team's facility, but he noted it was nice to see him.
The learning curve is starting to level off for Javon Hargrave, Artie Burns and Sean Davis. Exactly what the Steelers (6-5) had in mind when they used each of their first three picks in the 2016 draft to give an underperforming unit a needed jolt of youth and talent, even if they didn't anticipate relying on them to become regulars quite so soon. There was Hargrave, a third-rounder from South Carolina State, falling on a fumble in the end zone for a score in the same game.
In theory, 33-year-old actress Kate Mara is one of the most connected NFL women on the planet. One funny one years ago was with a British ex-boyfriend, Mara explained on her appearance on “Conan” on TBS. The boyfriend knew little of the NFL but did — as Brits are wont to do — love soccer.
Jeff Brubach breaks down Week 13 D/ST options and outlines a plan for the fantasy playoffs in the latest edition of Getting Defensive.
Nov 29 (Gracenote) - Standings from the NFL on Monday AMERICAN FOOTBALL CONFERENCEAFC EAST W L T OTL PF PA PCT 1. New England 9 2 0 0 293 197 .818 2. Miami 7 4 0 0 249 240 .636 3. Buffalo 6 5 0 0 281 236 .545 4. NY Jets 3 8 0 0 196 266 .273 AFC NORTH W L T OTL PF PA PCT 1. Baltimore 6 5 0 0 218 201 .545 2. Pittsburgh 6 5 0 0 266 222 .545 3. Cincinnati 3 7 1 0 213 245 .318 4. Cleveland 0 12 0 1 197 352 0 AFC SOUTH W L T OTL PF PA PCT 1. Houston 6 5 0 0 194 236 .545 2. Tennessee 6 6 0 0 308 296 .500 3. Indianapolis 5 6 0 1 270 301 .455 4. Jacksonville 2 9 0 0 214 293 . ...
Amid this season of depression and despair, the Browns haven't lost hope. Sadly, there's still another level of misery for the Browns (0-12), now four losses from joining the 2008 Detroit Lions as the only teams in NFL history to complete a 16-game schedule without a win. This is new territory for Coleman and Cleveland's 17 other rookies, who in addition to adjusting to life as paid professionals, are getting their first real taste of failure as athletes.
Cleveland Browns offensive lineman John Greco has been placed on injured reserve after hurting his right foot in Sunday's loss to New York. Greco started all 12 games for the winless Browns, who have been overrun by injuries all season. Greco did not miss a snap before he was injured in the third quarter of the 27-13 loss to the Giants.
In his rookie season as coach, Ben McAdoo has taken the New York Giants into somewhat neglected territory. The Giants (8-3) are in the playoff hunt for the first time since 2012, a year they faltered down the stretch, winning two of their last five games to finish 9-7. NFC East leader Dallas (10-1), whose only loss is to the Giants, is at MetLife Stadium on Dec. 11, followed by NFC North-leading Detroit (7-4) on the 18th.
When Logan Thomas first made a splash as Virginia Tech’s starting quarterback in 2011, people wondered how high he’d go in the NFL draft. Thomas was 6-6, 250 pounds and had a good arm. Then he stagnated at Virginia Tech.

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