The Seattle Seahawks were without two of their top three running backs for Sunday's NFC West Division matchup against San Francisco, with both Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise on the inactive list.
Roman Harper's recent experience tells him it would be short-sighted for the Saints to succumb to pessimism this early in the season. New Orleans went 7-9 and missed the playoffs each time. The Panthers won their final four regular season games of 2014 to win the NFC South, then opened last season
There were some worries over how Kelvin Benjamin's return would affect the Carolina Panthers' chemistry on offense. Make no doubt it, the Panthers wide-shouldered, long-legged 6-foot-5, 245-pound wide receiver is back - and the defending NFC champion Panthers are better for it. Concerns over
Winning the division is always important in Green Bay. All the better for coach Mike McCarthy if his team reclaims the NFC North along the way. Because we have a bigger goal,'' McCarthy said on Thursday.
The Dallas Cowboys find themselves in an unfortunately familiar position heading into their Week 1 NFC East divisional matchup with the New York Giants ; without Tony Romo...
With his career winding down, Carson Palmer said it didn't take him long to put losing the NFC title game out of his mind and start focusing on 2016.
For those of us of a certain age, the memories of the NFC East being the bruising, standard-bearing division in the NFL are still pretty fresh. From 1980 through the 1995 season, the last year of the Dallas Cowboys' Triplets dynasty, the NFC East had at least one team in the conference championship game
The lore of the Minnesota Vikings, with four losses in four Super Bowl appearances and five NFC championship game defeats since then, is marked by a long list of major letdowns. The latest jarring blow came just before the beginning of this long-anticipated regular season, when quarterback Teddy Bridgewater
The longest regular-season win streak in the NFL these days belongs not to the Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos, the NFC champion Carolina Panthers or the perennially contending New England Patriots. It belongs to the Kansas City Chiefs. The team of Alex Smith, Jamaal Charles and Co. that lost to
Sometime before the Washington Redskins open the season, coach Jay Gruden may pull out the tape of a first-round playoff loss to the Green Bay Packers to remind players new and old of what went wrong. The Redskins don't forget the end, and skeptics remember that the team went winless against winning
The first four weeks should give the Atlanta Falcons a good read on their hopes for a winning season. Three of Atlanta's first four games are against NFC South opponents. The Falcons should have ample motivation for an early schedule that includes a home opener against Tampa Bay, a game at the
Somewhere between the disappointment of losing in Carolina and the start of training camp, the Seattle Seahawks rediscovered themselves and what they hope will become their place back atop the NFC. This wasn't based around team building exercises or group gatherings as in the past. Starting individually
The NFC champion Panthers kept only three of their five draft picks this year, waiving cornerback Zack Sanchez and tight end Beau Sandland to trim their roster to 53 players on Saturday. Backup guard Chris Scott was placed on the reserve/suspended list after being suspended by the NFL for four games
If there's one thing we know about the NFL , it's that we know nothing about the NFL. Every year teams we expect to contend for playoff spots fall flat, while others come from nowhere to earn a spot in the postseason tournament...
Tony Romo is hurt again, the defending champs get no respect and the rookie quarterback who wasn't drafted No. 2 overall got a starting job first. No division is more up for grabs than the NFC East. The Dallas Cowboys are Dak Prescott's team while Romo is out with a back injury.
For the first time since the NFL created its current divisional structure in 2002, there is talk of a potential dynasty in the NFC South. None of the division's four teams managed even two straight first-place finishes until the Carolina Panthers did it in 2013 and 2014. Last season, the Panthers
The kind of parity the NFL wants has been on display in the NFC West over the past half-decade. San Francisco won two straight division titles in 2011-12, following by Seattle winning the division in 2013 and 2014. It seems inevitable that either Arizona or Seattle will find itself back on top of the
Minnesota has a gleaming new stadium. The Vikings are division champions for the first time in six years. The headlines have a purple shade, as a 15th season together since the league's most recent realignment dawns in the NFC North.
Veteran Cullen Jenkins is making his third stop in the NFC East. The former Packers, Giants and Eagles defensive tackle has signed a one-year deal with the Washington Redskins.
Cullen Jenkins is headed to his third NFC East franchise. The veteran defensive lineman agreed to a one-year deal with Washington on Monday, where he'll attempt to bring run-stopping depth to its front seven...
The last four teams to play for the NFC championship have the same goal: Super Bowl or bust. It's a smart bet one of the four teams will be in Houston playing for the Vince Lombardi Trophy in February. Reigning NFL MVP Cam Newton led the Panthers to a 17-1 record before Von Miller and the Broncos
The New York Giants and New York Jets clashed in the battle of MetLife Stadium on Saturday night, and the NFC squad got the best of its AFC counterpart, 21-20, in the preseason dress rehearsal...
Can Dak Prescott keep the ship afloat with Tony Romo sidelined until midseason. Chris Wesseling explains why the Cowboys should remain competitive in the NFC East this time around.
NFL MVP Cam Newton will see his most extensive playing time of the preseason against the Patriots, while Tom Brady may have to take a back seat to Jimmy Garoppolo. Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Newton and the rest of the starters from last year's NFC championship team will play into the third quarter
The 2015 season was not kind to the San Francisco 49ers . The team won just five games, went just 1-5 in the NFC West and benched would-be franchise quarterback Colin Kaepernick before season's end...
When talk turns to the New York Giants , the conversation usually centers on quarterback Eli Manning and wide receiver Odell Beckham...
Carolina rookie cornerbacks James Bradberry and Daryl Worley will get another meaningful audition at Tennessee. The defending NFC champion Panthers have a pair of vacancies, after All-Pro Josh Norman left and Charles Tillman retired. Bene Benwikere, the nickel back last year, is still in the mix, but
The New England Patriots and Chicago Bears clashed at Gillette Stadium in preseason action Thursday night, and the AFC title hopefuls bested the NFC North up-and-comers, 23-22, ...
After appearing in his first career Super Bowl with the Panthers last season, Cortland Finnegan has decided to join forces with an NFC South rival for the upcoming campaign by signing with the Saints.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer returns to Cincinnati, where he made his reputation as a defensive coordinator before being hired in Minnesota in 2014. Last season, Zimmer led the Vikings to the NFC North title. ''It brings back a lot of good memories,'' Zimmer says.
Ron Rivera can't imagine the Carolina Panthers without fullback like Mike Tolbert on the roster. The 5-foot-9, 250-pound Tolbert does a little of everything for the NFC champions - blocks, catches passes, carries the ball and even contributes on special teams. ''I couldn't tell you
It took only one free agent visit to NFC south rival Tampa Bay to convince defensive end Charles Johnson of what he'd known all along - he only wanted to play for the Carolina Panthers. ''All I know is Carolina. All I have wanted to know is Carolina,'' said Johnson, who was selected
Could we see Carson Palmer and Cam Newton meet in the NFC championship game again this season? One of these teams will be, at best, the fourth-best team in the NFC: Carolina Panthers, Arizona Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay Packers. In other words, the NFC playoffs are going to be a lot of fun
Brandon Bostick tried to not let the death threats bother him. The tight end was public enemy No. 1 in Green Bay during the winter of 2015 after he misplayed an onside kick in the NFC championship game that turned the game around and helped send Seattle to the Super Bowl. Frustrated fans blamed Bostick
Ron Rivera stressed a few years ago that he wanted the Carolina Panthers to become ''relevant'' in the NFL. Behind NFL MVP Cam Newton, the Panthers have become a hot ticket in the Carolinas and neighboring states - more so than ever. Following a third straight NFC South championship
Lance Moore has landed back in the NFC South. After a two-year stint in the Rust Belt, can the 10-year veteran win a spot behind Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu in Atlanta?
There is no love lost between the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings, and their NFC North rivalry plays out twice a season, every season.
The way general manager John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll have structured the Seattle Seahawks roster and how salaries are spread around created one position group in particular that stands as the biggest question surrounding one of the favorites in the NFC. Seattle's offensive line is the biggest
STATELINE, Nev. — Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer is coming off an ugly performance in the NFC Championship Game in January. It was a rough end to what had been the best season of the 36-year-old Palmer's career...
Michael Bennett jogged out from the locker room, the last healthy Seattle Seahawks player to emerge from the team's practice facility, answering the one lingering question as one of the NFC favorites opened training camp on Saturday. ''I just want to show up and be a great teammate,'
After facing bigger receivers often in the NFC South, Josh Norman is eager learn against smaller receivers such as new teammate DeSean Jackson.
Carson Palmer will turn 37 before the coming football season is over and he sure doesn't look or act like someone closing in on the end of his career. It helps that he's surrounded by talent on a team he believes should be better than the one that went 13-3, won the NFC West and made it to the
Think this division is all about the Cowboys and Redskins? The Giants have a lot of positives in their schedule while the Eagles got the short end of the stick.
Kelvin Benjamin made an impressive return to the football field Thursday night as the defending NFC champion Carolina Panthers opened training camp. In his first practice since tearing the ACL in his left knee last August, Benjamin made four tough catches, reminding the more than 22,445 fans at Gibbs
The Minnesota Vikings rewarded head coach Mike Zimmer with a new contract Thursday, after he led the franchise to its first NFC North title since 2009 last season...
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