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Tag:Week 17 NFL Pulse
Posted on: January 1, 2012 4:11 pm
 

Colts wrap up the No. 1 pick in the 2012 draft

D. Orlovsky and P. Manning (US Presswire).

By Josh Katzowitz

Congratulations to the Colts for sewing up the No. 1 draft pick. Now, they might have quite a conundrum on their hands.

With their 19-13 loss to the Jaguars today, Indianapolis overcomes a strong rally by the Rams in order to keep the No. 1 selection for next year’s draft.

That means either the Colts likely will select Andrew Luck with the top pick and put him behind Peyton Manning, assuming Manning is healthy, on the depth chart. Or the Colts could trade the No. 1 pick for what should be a slew of draft picks. Or they could simply move on from Manning and trade him away.

While there are plenty of other issues for the Colts to resolve -- including finding some semblance of a running game (56 yards on the day) -- Indianapolis also has to found a quarterback of the future.

We’ve seen this year just how important that position is to the Colts, and if Manning can continue his career, you have to wonder how many years he has left. If it’s three or less, it makes sense to grab Luck.

Asked after the game about Luck, Manning said (via the Indy Star), "That's something I haven't thought a whole lot about."

Either way, the next four months in Indianapolis’ front office should be rather interesting.


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TB-ATL | BAL-CIN | PIT-CLE | SEA-ARI | KC-DEN | SD-OAK




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Posted on: January 1, 2012 2:59 pm
Edited on: January 1, 2012 3:08 pm
 

Allen breaks team sack record, eyes NFL mark

Allen is one of the few bright spots in Minnesota this time of year. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

As a team, the Vikings might not have much to play for in the regular-season finale, but there are still individual honors to be attained. Defensive end Jared Allen entered the Week 17 matchup against the Bears needing four sacks to break Michael Strahan's single-season record of 22.5, and 2.5 to tie Minnesota's team record of 21 held by Chris Doleman.

By the third quarter, Allen had taken down Bears quarterback Josh McCown … 3.5 times, which means he broke the team record and is just a half-sack away from tying Strahan's mark set in January 2002.

Sadly, there are no Brett Favre's on the field to facilitate things for Allen Sunday.

Not that it matters, but the Bears lead the Vikings, 14-13 in the third quarter.


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1 p.m. ET games:
DET-GB | TEN-HOU | IND-JAC | NYJ-MIA | CHI-MIN | BUF-NE | CAR-NO | WAS-PHI | SF-STL

4 p.m. ET games:
TB-ATL | BAL-CIN | PIT-CLE | SEA-ARI | KC-DEN | SD-OAK



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Posted on: January 1, 2012 2:37 pm
Edited on: January 1, 2012 2:41 pm
 

Panthers, Saints shatter records in shootout

Brees just keeps on breaking records Sunday. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

New Orleans is up 24-17 on Carolina at halftime of a game that's largely meaningless -- a victory by the 49ers means the Saints are the No. 3 seed regardless of what they do.

But that doesn't mean these two division rivals can't have a little fun shattering some NFL records.

For the Saints, they broke the St. Louis Rams "Greatest Show on Turf" record for most yards in a single season. The Rams record of 7,075, which they set in 2000, should be distanced pretty handily by the end of the game. (The Saints had 7,081 before a 42-yard touchdown bomb to Marques Colston at the end of the first half.)

The Saints now have more than 300 points scored in a season at home, which surpasses the 2000 Rams record of 292.

Drew Brees also set another record, as he surpassed Peyton Manning's record of 450 completions in a single season. Again, Brees is cruising past it. (And don't forget, he's actually breaking his own record with each passing yard he accumulates.)

And Marques Colston, an unrestricted free agent in the offseason, is closing in on Joe Horn's Saints record of 50 career touchdowns, as his last-second catch gave him 48 in a New Orleans uniform.

He's not the only wideout setting marks: Steve Smith broke Mushin Muhammad's record for catches by a Panthers wide receiver; he tied Moose's record of 696 early in the first quarter and now has four catches for 63 yards and a touchdown.

In an indication of how valuable he's been to Cam Newton in 2011, Jonathan Stewart also set a Panthers single-season record for catches by a running back, with 46.

It's a shootout in the Bayou and it doesn't look like it's not going to slow down in the second half.

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1 p.m. ET games:
DET-GB | TEN-HOU | IND-JAC | NYJ-MIA | CHI-MIN | BUF-NE | CAR-NO | WAS-PHI | SF-STL

4 p.m. ET games:
TB-ATL | BAL-CIN | PIT-CLE | SEA-ARI | KC-DEN | SD-OAK


Posted on: January 1, 2012 2:34 pm
 

Colts well on their way to No. 1 draft pick

Indianapolis is struggling with Jacksonville (US Presswire).

By Josh Katzowitz

Despite their two-game winning streak, a stretch that likely saved coach Jim Caldwell’s job, the Colts today look like their well on their way to the No. 1 pick in the 2012 NFL draft. All they need to do is lose to the Jaguars, and so far, Indianapolis is doing exactly that, falling behind 10-3 to Jacksonville at halftime. 

Colts quarterback Dan Orlovsky, who has looked decent enough in the past two games, is 9 of 16 for 75 yards and an interception, and the running game has gained a paltry 19 yards.

Blaine Gabbert has been oddly effective, completing 8 of 11 passes for 64 yards and a touchdown, but your future NFL rushing leader Maurice Jones-Drew has had a wonderful day, gaining 84 yards on 16 carries.

On the first possession of the game, the Colts made a nice goal-line stand, including a stuff of Jones-Drew on fourth and goal from the 1, and it looked like Indianapolis was primed to get itself out of the No. 1 spot for Andrew Luck.

It looks like the opposite of that at this point.


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DET-GB | TEN-HOU | IND-JAC | NYJ-MIA | CHI-MIN | BUF-NE | CAR-NO | WAS-PHI | SF-STL

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TB-ATL | BAL-CIN | PIT-CLE | SEA-ARI | KC-DEN | SD-OAK




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Posted on: January 1, 2012 2:22 pm
 

At the half: Yates out, Titans lead Texans, 13-10

Tennessee needs a lot of things to fall into place to earn the No. 6 seed in the AFC. (US PRESSWIRE)

By Ryan Wilson

The Texans headed into Week 17 with the No. 3 seed in the AFC and no matter what happens elsewhere around the league, come Monday morning … they'll still be the No. 3 seed. Which means that next weekend they'll face the Bengals, Titans or Jets. So it only made since that they'd treat Sunday's matchup against Tennessee like a bye week. Houston declared Arian Foster, Owen Daniels, and Johnathan Joseph inactive even though all were healthy.

At the half, Tennessee leads Houston 13-10. More pressing news: Texans third-string quarterback, rookie T.J. Yates, left the game with what looked like a head injury. Yates is done for the day and replaced by ageless wonder, Jake Delhomme.  That works fine for an afternoon in a meaningless get-together, but creates all sorts of issues going forward.

In theory, the Texans' decision to sit their best players is bad news for the Jets who need Cincy and Tennessee to lose in order to have a chance at the No. 6 seed. The Titans, meanwhile, need to beat Houston and then hope for one of the following:

1) TEN win + CIN loss + NYJ win + OAK loss or tie
2) TEN win + CIN loss + NYJ win + DEN loss or tie
3) TEN win + CIN loss + NYJ loss or tie + OAK win + DEN win

The Bengals, Raiders and Broncos all have 4pm starts.


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DET-GB | TEN-HOU | IND-JAC | NYJ-MIA | CHI-MIN | BUF-NE | CAR-NO | WAS-PHI | SF-STL

4 p.m. ET games:
TB-ATL | BAL-CIN | PIT-CLE | SEA-ARI | KC-DEN | SD-OAK



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Posted on: January 1, 2012 2:11 pm
 

Ponder out with injury; Joe Webb takes over

Webb

By Josh Katzowitz

Joe Webb has yet another chance to impress everybody in the Vikings organization. That’s because Christian Ponder is out of the game with an injury to what appears to be his right hip.

Webb has been like a quarterback savior this season, because every time he comes in to replace Ponder, the Vikings, for whatever reason, seem to catch a spark. He’s in the game now after Ponder took a bad hit from Chicago’s Israel Idonije. Ponder had to limp off the field, and trainers immediately began examining him.

You saw Webb’s impact last week when Ponder had to leave with a concussion and Webb came in to beat the Redskins. Earlier this month, Webb replaced Ponder and nearly erased a 17-point deficit and to almost beat the Lions.

Ultimately, Minnesota fell short, but Webb’s two-touchdown performance last week led coach Leslie Frazier to say, “Some of the things he does, man, and what it does to the rest of our team -- you can't ignore it. It's something we're going to take a real hard look at as we go forward. He definitely lifts our team.”

Ponder, despite taking a 10-point lead vs. the Bears, threw a pick-6 to Charles Tillman to give the Bears a 14-10 advantage.


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DET-GB | TEN-HOU | IND-JAC | NYJ-MIA | CHI-MIN | BUF-NE | CAR-NO | WAS-PHI | SF-STL

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TB-ATL | BAL-CIN | PIT-CLE | SEA-ARI | KC-DEN | SD-OAK




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Posted on: January 1, 2012 1:52 pm
Edited on: January 1, 2012 1:58 pm
 

Jake Delhomme in for Texans, Yates done for day

It's Delhomme time in Houston. (US Presswire)
By Will Brinson

With the Texans locked into the No. 3 seed in the AFC and Jeff Garcia inactive, we were all but guaranteed to see some Jake Delhomme action for Houston in Week 17's matchup against Tennessee. But there's no way Gary Kubiak wanted Delhomme to come in because of a T.J. Yates injury, which is what happened against the Titans.

Though the team hasn't officially announced what the injury is, it's believed that Yates took a blow to the head and may have suffered a concussion.

Yates is currently walking on the Texans sideline without his helmet and Delhomme's under center. (Delhomme went 2/4 for a whopping six yards on his first two series in for Houston.)

Oddly enough, the Texans tweeted that Yates "is back on the sideline and is fine, but QB Jake Delhomme is still playing in the game." In other words, it sounds like Yates injury has been diagnosed but they're just not releasing it yet.

Yates is on the sideline with a baseball cap and this game doesn't matter at all for Houston, so putting him back in would seem to be slightly, ahem, aggressive on the Texans part.

Per CBS Sports Charley Casserly, the Texans are saying that it's a "coach's decision" to keep Delhomme in the game and that it's not an injury sidelining Yates.

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Posted on: January 1, 2012 1:39 pm
Edited on: January 1, 2012 1:54 pm
 

Stevie Johnson scores TD, gets penalty...again

Jeebus. Johnson was penalized for wishing others well. (AP)

By Ryan Wilson

Stop us if you've heard this before: Stevie Johnson, the Bills' explosive wide receiver and one of the best young players in the AFC, struggles to avoid silly penalties at critical points in important games. Earlier this season, he did the "Plaxico" touchdown dance against the Jets, which involved going to the ground after pretending to shoot himself in the leg. And he was promptly flagged for excessive celebration.

Against the Patriots Sunday, Johnson caught a first-quarter touchdown pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick to give the Bills a 14-0 lead (Buffalo has scored again, and now lead 21-0 late in the first quarter). But that wasn't enough. Johnson pulled up his jersey to reveal a "Happy New Year!!!!" message on his shirt. Somehow, that's an unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty. 

Look, we get that commissioner Roger Goodell and the folks at league HQ want a sterile, staid NFL. But isn't this a tad much? (That's rhetorical. Of course it is.)

Anyway, it's not the first time Johnson has written personal messages on undershirts. He had a note for the Bengals and the self-proclaimed Dynamic Duo a year ago.)

Silver lining: if this whole NFL thing doesn't work out, Johnson has a future wearing sandwich boards.


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4 p.m. ET games:
TB-ATL | BAL-CIN | PIT-CLE | SEA-ARI | KC-DEN | SD-OAK



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