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Cam Newton completed 18-of-28 passes for 306 yards and two touchdowns and added 52 rushing yards and two additional touchdowns in Monday night's Week 12, 30-22 win over the Eagles.

All Newton and the Carolina offense needed was the lethargic Philadelphia defense to line up across from them to put up their best offensive performance of the season. The Panthers didn't turn the ball over one time while the defense caused three Eagles' turnovers. Cam's two passing scores couldn't have been any easier, as the Philly defense just left a receiver wide open down the left seam on two separate occasions. What stood out in tonight's contest was that Newton didn't seem unsure of what to do with the ball, and he wasn't running around aimlessly and taking bad sacks. After losing a goal-line carry to Jonathan Stewart last week, Newton handled all goal-line opportunities with his legs tonight. Newton and Carolina head to Kansas City to take on the 1-10 Chiefs in Week 13.
Mon, Nov 26, 2012 11:37:00 PM

Cardinals promoted OLBs coach James Bettcher to defensive coordinator.

This has been the expected move for a couple weeks now following Todd Bowles' departure to become the Jets' coach. Bettcher has only been a coach at the NFL level since 2012 when he entered the league with the Colts. Prior to that, he was the special teams coordinator at New Hampshire. Bruce Arians brought Bettcher to Arizona with him. Bettcher will get plenty of help.
Feb 1 - 12:07 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Seahawks have offered Marshawn Lynch "a huge contract extension that would keep him in a Seahawks uniform for years to come."

It's believed the deal would make Lynch the highest-paid running back in terms of annual average not named Adrian Peterson. It's a big swing of events after it's been rumored for the better part of a calendar year now that 2014 could be Lynch's final season in Seattle due to age, inflated salary, and edginess. Per RapSheet, the new deal would pay Lynch around $10 million next season.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 1 - 9:17 AM

Associated Press named Aaron Rodgers its 2014 NFL Most Valuable Player.

It's the second time in four years Rodgers has won the award. Rodgers posted a 38:5 TD/INT ratio this past season, leading the Packers to a first-round bye and the NFC's No. 2 seed. He received 31 votes, beating out J.J. Watt (13), DeMarco Murray (2), Tony Romo (2), Tom Brady (1), and Seahawks LB Bobby Wagner (1). Despite winning MVP, Rodgers lost to Murray for Offensive Player of the Year. Rodgers remains locked in as the NFL's premier quarterback going into 2015.
Jan 31 - 10:00 PM

Associated Press named Odell Beckham its 2014 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.

After missing the first month of the season to a hamstring injury, Beckham took the league by storm with a 91/1,305/12 line over the final 12 games. His famous one-handed catch was the play of the year, and one of the best catches in NFL history. Beckham had at least 90 receiving yards or a touchdown in all but one game. He finished with 42 first-place votes, beating out Zack Martin (7) and Mike Evans (1). Beckham will return with Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle to form one of the league's better receiver corps in 2015.
Jan 31 - 8:19 PM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians "desperately" wants Larry Fitzgerald to stay in Arizona.

"We definitely, desperately want him to stay," Arians said. "He knows that. It’s really his decision." With a massive $23.6 million cap figure for 2015, Fitzgerald's decision will be whether to take a pay cut to stay in Arizona or force the Cardinals to cut him before his $8 million roster bonus comes due in March. There is some growing optimism the two sides will work out a deal, but it remains a distinct possibility Fitzgerald will not be a Cardinal next season.
Jan 31 - 10:51 AM

ESPN Dallas' Todd Archer believes impending free agent Dez Bryant is "destined" for the franchise tag.

Archer is one of the most plugged-in NFL beat reporters and has been anticipating Dez wearing Dallas' 2015 franchise tag since last summer. The price of the wide receiver tag is expected to be around $13 million. The Cowboys want to eventually lock up Bryant long term, but Archer "highly doubts" the sides will strike a deal before free agency opens on March 10.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Jan 30 - 9:30 PM

Jaguars owner Shad Khan stated Friday at the Super Bowl that he is "very optimistic" about the 2015 return of suspended WR Justin Blackmon.

"Absolutely," Khan stated vehemently. "As a matter of fact, I’m very optimistic. I think he’s paid his dues. I think he’s got his life together. I think he can be a role model for people who have gone through hard times. We’re waiting for him." Blackmon's return would be a huge boost to Jacksonville's wideout corps, which is dealing with Allen Robinson's foot fracture and Cecil Shorts' free agency. 25-year-old Blackmon is a run-after-catch machine with an ability to threaten the intermediate sections. He'd be a big upgrade on Shorts at Z receiver.
Jan 30 - 2:11 PM

Peyton Manning met with new Broncos coach Gary Kubiak on Wednesday and team president Joe Ellis on Friday regarding his future plans.

He'll chat with GM John Elway shortly. Appearing at the Super Bowl, Manning reportedly appeared "relaxed" and "invigorated," and the Denver Post continues to expect him to play football in 2015. "I’d like to make a decision soon," Manning said in Arizona. "At the same time, coach and Joe and John have instructed me to take some time so I’m kind of following their orders."
Source: Denver Post
Jan 30 - 1:48 PM

ESPN Chicago's Michael C. Wright writes that "nobody knows" whether Brandon Marshall will be back with the Bears in 2015.

The Bears signed Marshall to a new four-year, $39 million deal last May, but the regime that handed him that extension is gone. Marshall is still a fine player and worth the money, but there's some question whether he'll be able to coexist with Chicago's new staff. OC Adam Gase was the Broncos' WRs coach when Josh McDaniels banished Marshall from Denver. Marshall also had a 2014 falling out with Jay Cutler. Per the website OverTheCap.com, the Bears could save $3.95 million in cap space by cutting Marshall this offseason.
Jan 30 - 10:13 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter says there's a "real sense" Tampa Bay has its sights set on Oregon QB Marcus Mariota at No. 1 overall.

Schefter concedes that "many NFL executives and scouts believe Florida State's Jameis Winston is the best pro quarterback prospect in this draft." But perhaps the Bucs and new OC Dirk Koetter see things differently, placing more stock in Mariota's mobility and clean off-field resume. More likely, there's just a lot of speculation out there right now with the draft still three months away. We're skeptical the Bucs have come close to making up their mind yet.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 29 - 11:06 AM

Broncos hired Wade Phillips as defensive coordinator.

Everyone except irrational Cowboys fans seems to realize how great a coach and defensive mind Phillips is. This is a fantastic hire for the Broncos, who reunite Gary Kubiak with Phillips after the two teamed to turn the Texans into a legitimate Super Bowl contender in the early 2010s. Phillips runs an aggressive "one-gap" 3-4 defense, which will play to the edge-rushing strengths of Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware. Outgoing DC Jack Del Rio essentially refused to blitz in 2014, and ultimately failed to maximize Denver's otherworldly defensive talent.
Jan 28 - 8:23 PM


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