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The snow might be keeping some people from throwing the ball, but Ben Roethlisberger seems right at home.
The Steelers quarterback was 5-of-5 passing in the first quarter for 57 yards, including a touchdown pass to Emmanuel Sanders which has given them a 7-3 lead.
Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill doesn’t look nearly as comfortable, completing just one pass. But a 48-yard scramble did get them into field goal range to close the gap a bit.
The Steelers are better built to play this style, or at least more used to it.
The Raiders started Matt McGloin for the fourth staight week on Sunday, but coach Dennis Allen didn’t give him much time before deciding to make a change.
Pryor entered the game on the Raiders’ third offensive possession. McGloin looked hurt on the field and is standing on the sideline with his helmet on while Pryor leads the offense. There’s no sign of medical personnel examining him either, so it seems that this was simply a coach’s decision by Allen.
McGloin was 3-of-4 for 28 yards on the first two Raiders drives, leading them to a punt and a 52-yard field goal attempt that Sebastian Janikowski left short and right. There wasn’t much to make you stand up and cheer, but memories of the Pryor-led offense don’t do that either.
The Jets lead 10-0 after Geno Smith’s first touchdown pass since October 20 extended a lead they grabbed with a field goal on the opening possession of the game.
With their playoff hopes very much in the balance, the Packers are off to a strong start Sunday at Lambeau Field.
Rookie tailback Eddie Lacy powered into the endzone from one yard out to give the Packers a 7-0 lead over visiting Atlanta at the end of one quarter in Green Bay.
On the drive, Lacy racked up 27 yards on seven carries and caught two passes for 22 yards.
Quarterback Matt Flynn also did his part on the Packers’ first scoring march, completing 5-of-6 passes for 52 yards.
The Packers (5-6-1) are 1.5 games behind the NFC North-leading Lions (7-4).
There is a light dusting of snow on the playing surface at Lambeau Field, but it’s nothing compared to conditions in Baltimore and Philadelphia.
The Chiefs aren’t playing in the most extreme conditions in Washington, but it is snowing enough to make things a mess.
So faced with a fourth down call early, the Chiefs decided to roll the dice, and the gamble worked on a sloppy track.
After a Jamaal Charles conversion, he finished with a 2-yard touchdown run to stake the Chiefs to a 10-0 lead. Alex Smith has hit a few passes, but defense and a 60-yard punt return by Dexter McCluster have done most of the damage.
The Redskins look a bit out of sorts, and with the turmoil they’re dealing with off the field, getting in an early hole, in front of half a stadium of fans, against a better team is about the worst possible start.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick said last week that he thought coaches should be able to challenge any call during games and it didn’t take him long to get more fuel for that fire on Sunday.
On a second down play on the first Browns possession of the game, wide receiver Greg Little caught a Jason Campbell pass and was hit by Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower. The ball came loose and the Patriots recovered, but the referees ruled that his progress was stopped before the ball came loose.
It was a dubious call and Belichick reached into his sock to toss the red challenge flag, but the officials told him that he wasn’t permitted to challenge that ruling. Cameras caught Belichick responding to that information by saying a word that sounds like a duck as he put the flag away.
The Browns went on to kick a field goal and lead 3-0 with a little more than five minutes to play in the first quarter.
As FOX broadcasts a pair of games in the snow, a new technology is being implemented for public consumption.
In both the Lions-Eagles and Vikings-Ravens game, FOX periodically is superimposing the field markings (including the yard numbers) over the snow.
It’s creating the impression that the lines — and the numbers — actually have been scraped of snow.
For both games, the effect is coming and going. We can’t recall ever seeing this for an NFL game; CBS definitely isn’t using it for the two snow games currently being broadcast from Pittsburgh and Washington, where the Chiefs’ status as the road team gives the game the network that purchased the AFC package.
In a matchup of division leaders, the AFC North pace-setters struck first in Cincinnati.
On the play, Jones beat Colts cornerback Vontae Davis, and Dalton lofted an on-target pass into the endzone for the second-year receiver from Cal.
The touchdown capped a drive in which Dalton completed 6-of-7 passes for 81 yards.
While much of America deals with cold and snow, it’s a warm and sunny day in Tampa. And the Buccaneers are enjoying the nice weather.
Tampa Bay running back Bobby Rainey took a handoff on the second play from scrimmage and raced 80 yards to the end zone for a touchdown, giving the Bucs an early 7-0 lead over the Bills.
While players in places like Baltimore, Green Bay and Philadelphia are freezing and dealing with snowy conditions, we may see a high-scoring game in Tampa in perfect weather.
Bucs-Bills is one of the worst games of the day, but at least the fans in attendance can enjoy the weather.
When it comes to former NFL head coaches who have taken a team to a Super Bowl, Lovie Smith isn’t the only potential candidate.
And we don’t mean Jon Gruden. With the Chargers bracing to lose offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt, the Chargers could lose him to Houston.
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Whisenhunt is on the short list to become the next Texans coach. He took the Cardinals to Super Bowl XLIII, and Whisenhunt had a successful run as an assistant in Pittsburgh.
Schefter explains that Whisenhunt has a strong relationship with Texans G.M. Rick Smith, forged when they served together on the Competition Committee for a year.
A strong relationship with Smith helps Whisenhunt tremendously. With Smith signed for the next three year, it’s important for the team to hire a head coach who won’t be looking to replace Smith with his own guy if/when the new head coach has some success. Ideally for Smith, the Texans will hire a coach who already regards Smith as the new coach’s guy.
The first order of business for the new coach and Smith will be to find the right guy at quarterback. In 2011, Whisenhunt sealed his fate in Arizona by picking Kevin Kolb to be the quarterback.
Chances are Kolb, who played for the University of Houston, wouldn’t be Whisehunt’s first choice in Houston. Or his 50th.
Running back Reggie Bush is on the active roster for the Lions on Sunday, but reports out of Philadelphia are casting some doubt on whether he’ll actually be able to play in the game.
Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reported that Bush was not working with the Lions’ starting offense as they did their final warmups for the game against the Eagles. Birkett then passed along word from Tony Ortiz of the Lions Radio Network that Bush slipped on a snowy field and may have aggravated the calf injury that kept him out of practice early this week.
There may not be an update from the team on his condition before the game gets underway, but Bush would have to be considered questionable to play on a day when the elements would have given him a chance to prove that he’s an all-weather back.
From the outside, the Jets have looked like a train wreck at various junctures of the season (including right now).
But Jets owner Woody Johnson said during the team’s pre-game radio show that he’s pleased with the direction of his franchise.
“I’m pretty happy with the way things are going,” Johnson said, via Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.
Johnson wouldn’t offer any specific endorsement of coach Rex Ryan, who is on the verge of missing the postseason for a third straight season. The Jets are 5-7, having lost three straight after alternating wins and losses the first nine weeks.
“We make those decisions after the season,” Johnson said. “It’s really the direction of the team and how the young players are going, . . . It’s a complicated thing. At the end of the day, you want to give players the opportunity to win, which is what I think we’re doing.”
Johnson described the Jets’ defense as “amazing,” and said rookie quarterback Geno Smith was “learning so much.”
“I think you’ll see him get better and better and better,” Johnson said. “I have a lot of confidence in Geno. When he gets better, I think you’ll see others [on the team] get better.”
Perhaps so, but Smith hasn’t thrown a touchdown pass since Oct. 20, and has eight interceptions since then. Sure, he’s a rookie, and isn’t blessed with great weapons with which to work.
But if Johnson truly thinks things are on track, it might indicate the primary problem there.
Every once in a while, we get a snow-filled December NFL game. Today, we’ll get a whole bunch of them.
A loyal reader passed along a link indicating that the current forecast in Philly calls for heavy snow and “freezing fog.”
Yes, freezing fog. Whatever that is.
The forecast calls for three to five inches of snow during the Lions-Eagles game.
In somewhat related news, phone lines that connect to certain types of legal and, in most jurisdictions, illegal professions currently are jammed by folks interested in making a short-term investment on the Eagles minus the points.
That word turned out to be erroneous. Thomas is in the lineup for the Dolphins for Sunday’s game against the Steelers, just a couple of weeks after he suffered the injury.
Lamar Miller had a dreadful game against the Panthers in Week 12, but he rebounded with a steady outing against a good Jets run defense in last week’s victory. There’s no word on how snaps will shake out against Pittsburgh as things have been fluid for the Dolphins on that front this season.
The Steelers also have a couple of players back from injury. Nose tackle Steve McLendon and linebacker LaMarr Woodley will both be in the lineup for the home team. Both players may be on a snap count after being listed as questionable after limited weeks of practice.
As a service to fantasy football players looking for last-minute injury information as they set their lineups before the 1 p.m. kickoffs, here is a rundown of notable skill-position players who are active or inactive for Week 14. Players bolded are key fantasy starters.
Bengals TE Tyler Eifert
Bengals WR A.J. Green
Bengals WR Andrew Hawkins
Bills WR Marquise Goodwin
Browns RB Willis McGahee
Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson
Buccaneers WR Chris Owusu
Chiefs WR Donnie Avery
Chiefs WR Dexter McCluster
Chiefs RB Anthony Sherman
Colts WR T.Y. Hilton
Dolphins TE Michael Egnew
Dolphins RB Lamar Miller
Dolphins RB Daniel Thomas
Eagles TE Zach Ertz
Eagles WR Jeff Maehl
Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez
Jets WR Santonio Holmes
Jets RB Chris Ivory
Jets WR Jeremy Kerley
Jets WR Greg Salas
Jets TE Kellen Winslow
Lions RB Reggie Bush
Lions WR Calvin Johnson
Patriots WR Danny Amendola
Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski
Patriots WR Matt Slater
Patriots RB Shane Vereen
Ravens TE Dennis Pitta
Redskins TE Niles Paul
Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell
Vikings RB Adrian Peterson
Vikings RB Matt Asiata
Bills FB Frank Summers
Bengals RB Rex Burkhead
Bengals WR Dane Sanzenbacher
Bengals TE Orson Charles
Bengals WR Ryan Whalen
Chiefs TE Anthony Fasano
Jets WR Stephen Hill
Lions RB Mikel Leshoure
Packers RB Kahlil Bell
Patriots WR Aaron Dobson
Patriots RB Brandon Bolden
Patriots TE Michael Hoomanawanui
Patriots WR Kenbrell Thompkins
Raiders RB Darren McFadden
Raiders WR Denarius Moore
Raiders RB Jeremy Stewart
Ravens TE Dallas Clark — Dennis Pitta active.
Ravens WR Deonte Thompson
Redskins TE Jordan Reed
Redskins RB Darrel Young
Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph
The Browns were fortunate to get starter quarterback Jason Campbell back after missing time with a concussion.
But for a backup plan, they’re going with a guy who arrived this week.
The Browns deactivated Brandon Weeden (who hasn’t been cleared from his concussion) along with quarterback Alex Tanney for today’s game against the Patriots.
That leaves Caleb Hanie, who signed this week, as the only backup for Campbell.
The way the Browns have cycled through quarterbacks this year, it may be inevitable that Hanie gets in there.