Archive for December, 2008

Pennington winning statistical battle

These two quarterbacks won’t necessarily be compared to one another with their history here with the Jets, but here’s the comparison at halftime. Chad Pennington, the ex-Jet, has completed 13 of 18 passes for 103 yards and a rating of 104.6. Brett Favre, the current Jet, is 9 of 22 for 125 yards and a rating of 37.1.

Dolphins will live and die with ‘Wildcat’

The game that Dolphins players look to as the seminal moment of their season camein Week 3, when they were 0-2 but beat the Patriots 38-13 by running wild with the ‘Wildcat’ formation. Their mindset must be “dance with the one who brung ya” because with 4:30 to play in the first half, the Dolphins already have run six plays out of that formation, with two missed opportunities at big plays. Chad Pennington also just constructed a signature touchdown drive, going 5-of-6 passing for 60 yards, without a run play in the mix.

Tests favorable following Roethlisberger concussion

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger was immobilized and carted off the field late in the second quarter against the Browns after suffering a concussion on Sunday.

Dolphins closing in on turnover record

The Dolphins are going for more than just a playoff spot in this game: They have the chance to break an NFL record for fewest turnovers in a 16-game regular season. (The Chiefs had just 12 turnovers during the nine-game 1982 season.) After Chad Pennington‘s fumble with 11 minutes left in the second quarter against the Jets, the Dolphins have 13 turnovers.

Patriots FB Evans will say it, ‘Let’s Go Jets’

Just before entering the dressing room after his team’s 13-0 victory over the Bills in incredibly windy conditions at Ralph Wilson Stadium, Patriots fullback Heath Evans looked at one of the team’s security guards and said, “Let’s go, Jets, right?”

Marty Schottenheimer firing up Favre

Former NFL head coach Marty Schottenheimer was on the Jets sideline before the game, talking to quarterback Brett Favre, giving him some words of encouragement.

Suddenly, tremendous buzz hits Philly

There is a tremendous buzz a few minutes before kickoff because this game now means everything — especially to the Eagles.

Vikings clinch playoff spot; Bucs, Bears eliminated

In the last several minutes, the playoff picture in the NFC has become more clear. The Vikings are in, while the Bucs and Bears are out.

Bucs’ Williams leaves with left knee injury

An unfortunate injury update out of Tampa, where Bucs RB Cadillac Williams has left the game with what appears to be a serious left knee injury.

Monitoring what is going on elsewhere

In an interesting display, the Eagles are showing the Tampa Bay-Oakland game on the massive end zone monitors at Lincoln Financial Field. If the Buccaneers win — they are leading 24-14 headed into the fourth quarter — Philadelphia’s playoff hopes are over before the game begins.

Injury update: Madison leaves for Giants

Giants CB Sam Madison is among the notable injuries during Week 17’s early games.

Dolphins – Jets inactives

Cornerback Will Allen and linebacker Channing Crowder are ready to go.

Receivers Laveranues Coles and Jerricho Cotchery are active and will start this week after spending time on the Jets’ injury report.

Cowboys – Eagles inactives

Running back Marion Barber is active but could be in a similar situation as last week, where the majority of the carries went to backup Tashard Choice.

Hank Baskett and Kevin Curtis are active after spending the week on the injury report. Tight end Brent Celek should get the start with L.J. Smith missing the game with a shoulder injury.

Seahawks – Cardinals inactives

Anquan Boldin is inactive and will not play, greatly increasing the value of Steve Breaston. Jerheme Urban and Early Doucet also figure to get in the mix.

Quotable NFL GameDay Morning: Stop that revolving door in Detroit

NFL GameDay Morning, the first information-packed show on the air Sunday mornings, checked in at 9 a.m. ET on the only network entirely dedicated to football. Warren Sapp, Marshall Faulk, Adam Schefter, Alex Flanagan and host Spero Dedes bring fans the latest news, injury reports, pregame analysis and game previews on NFL Network. This week features a discussion on the future in Detroit, a conversation with Jared Allen, All-Disaster Team picks and whether there is a “Flutie Curse.”

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