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

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More NFL coaches going for it on 4th-down situations (The Associated Press)
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Fourth-and-no is becoming fourth-and-go in the NFL. Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden made perhaps the boldest call when Washington faced fourth-and-inches from its 41-yard line with a 29-24 lead and 6:12 remaining against the Green Packers on Nov. 20. It defied conventional coaching logic, but Gruden kept his offense on the field, quarterback Kirk Cousins […]

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Eagles having issues on defense after strong first half (The Associated Press)
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No pass rush, poor coverage and sloppy penalties have turned a strong defense into one of the NFL’s worst in a short span. The Philadelphia Eagles (5-7) have lost three straight games by an average margin of 14.3 points per game. It’s the same group that was ranked sixth in the NFL after nine games.

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Odell Beckham fined for inappropriate comments to officials in Sunday's game (Shutdown Corner)
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New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham practically begged the NFL to fine him for his behavior and words toward the officials in last Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The NFL handed down a $12,154 fine to Beckham for verbal abuse/excessive profanity towards a game official, according to USA Today’s Tom Pelissero. Beckham was upset […]

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Wilkerson: Tighter coverage could lead to more sacks
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The Jets (3-9) will be lucky to get out of this season without any permanent scars. Muhammad Wilkerson was asked about the team’s lack of sacks and shoveled the blame to the secondary.

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Watch Chiefs' Travis Kelce mock Raiders' flamboyant punter, Marquette King (Video) (Shutdown Corner)
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Who says the Kansas City Chiefs aren’t fun? Long disdained and written off as a boring team — the Alex Smith Factor, perhaps — the Chiefs actually have some characters! Chief among them: Travis Kelce. Watch as he clown Oakland Raiders punter Marquette King after Chiefs punt returner Tyreek Hill housed one for 78 yards off one […]

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Chiefs earn huge win over Raiders, despite Alex Smith's second-half meltdown (Shutdown Corner)
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Smith had led — by his standards, even by Derek Carr standards — an aerial assault by throwing for 202 yards and dicing up the secondary of the first-place Oakland Raiders, with the Chiefs leading 21-10. Alex Smith followed a very good first half with a terrible second half. In the first half, Smith was […]

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NFL-Chiefs KO Raiders, seize control of AFC West (Reuters)
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The Kansas City Chiefs took control of the AFC West with a 21-13 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Thursday in chilly weather conditions, The result left the teams with identical 10-3 records, however, Kansas City has the tiebreak edge with two victories over Oakland this season. The Chiefs suffered a big loss when inside […]

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Jaguars WR Hurns, TE Thomas ruled out, won't play vs Vikings (The Associated Press)
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars will be without receiver Allen Hurns and tight end Julius Thomas again Sunday against Minnesota.

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

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NFL against the spread picks: If the Steelers are for real, now is the time to show it (Shutdown Corner)
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When you talk about this peculiar NFL season – pick any so-called Super Bowl contender and you’ll find a few major flaws without even digging too hard – the one team that keeps coming up is the Pittsburgh Steelers. Everyone thinks the Steelers can be very dangerous in January, and there are good reasons to […]

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Dolphins try for 1st win over Cardinals since 1999 (The Associated Press)
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ARIZONA (5-6-1) at MIAMI (7-5)

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