It won't help the Carolina Panthers' NFC title defense either. Panthers quarterback and reigning NFL MVP Cam Newton has been ruled out for Monday night's game on ESPN against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the team announced. The Panthers will start veteran Derek Anderson in his place.
If the cornerstone of a great rivalry is proximity between the teams, the Washington Redskins and Baltimore Ravens would be nasty adversaries. The same applies to the Redskins, who no doubt would derive far more pleasure from defeating Dallas or the Giants. Because Washington is in the NFC East and
Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles can happily say "cheerio" to London following a 30-27 win over the Indianapolis Colts...
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
The Minnesota Vikings will be looking to halt a three-game straight-up home losing streak against the Green Bay Packers when they host their NFC North rivals in a Week 2 matchup marking the first-ever NFL contest at US Bank Stadium...
Jimmy Garoppolo filled in for Tom Brady quite nicely. Garoppolo was so good in New England's season-opening win at Arizona that the Patriots moved into the top spot in the AP Pro32 poll on Tuesday. The Cardinals made it to the NFC championship game last season, but Garoppolo threw for 264 yards
Carlos Hyde outran the more heralded Todd Gurley, San Francisco's defensive front proved more fearsome than Los Angeles' line and the resumption of the all-California NFC West rivalry after a more than 21-year wait proved to be decidedly one-sided. Hyde ran for 88 yards and two scores and the
The Chicago Bears came into the season with a different look and started it on that same old losing note. A 23-14 season-opening loss at Houston on Sunday showed they still have plenty of work to do if they're going to improve on a last-place finish in the NFC North. Quarterback Jay Cutler took
The Arizona Cardinals, one of the favorites in the NFC this year, opened their season at home and in prime time on Sunday night. General manager Steve Keim is not happy. "Throughout the week, the plan that was in place, we felt pretty strongly what they were going to do strictly offensively and we
The NFC East clash between the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants ended in wild fashion, giving the Giants their first victory in Dallas since 2012.
Hobbled by an ankle injury, Russell Wilson pulled off another fourth-quarter comeback, throwing a 2-yard touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin with 31 seconds left, giving the Seattle Seahawks a 12-10 win over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. The expected contenders in the NFC looked flawed offensively and buckled
Jameis Winston and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers showed they can be a team on the rise in the NFC South. Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons were stuck with another poor start in the division. The Buccaneers, who improved from two to six wins last season, opened their season with a crucial road win in the
Odell Beckham Jr. (left) greets Dez Bryant during pregame warmups. Prior to Sunday's NFC East rivalry game, the New York Giants wide receiver took a handoff from his counterpart on the Dallas Cowboys, and then tossed a TD pass that won't count on the scoreboard. Perhaps we shouldn't have been surprised
Every team enters the NFL season with outsize expectations, whether it's a Super Bowl championship or a single-digit total of player arrests. Only one team will win the Super Bowl, and chances are it won't be yours. Best Case: Tony Romo solidifies his place as one of history's finest quarterbacks and
The New England Patriots and Arizona Cardinals came within one win of the Super Bowl last season. New England lost at Denver in the Patriots' sixth straight AFC championship game, Arizona was blown out at Carolina in the Cardinals' second appearance ever in the NFC title contest. The Patriots
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.
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