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NFL could set record for most worst-to-first teams

The Eagles are in. Will the Panthers, Jaguars and/or Chargers join them? All four of those teams finished in last place in 2016. If all four win their divisions this season, it would set a record for the most worst-to-first teams in NFL history. In both 2005 and 2006, three teams went from worst-to-first. The [more]

Panthers anticipating seeing Aaron Rodgers this week

The Packers have the vaguest of playoff chances, and a pretty good quarterback who is eligible to play this week. So Panthers coach Ron Rivera isn’t going to wait on the Packers to start prevaricating and playing mind games. Via Richard Walker of the Gaston Gazette, Rivera told reporters that he’s working with the assumption [more]

Cam Newton making plays with legs sparks Panthers offense

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton threw for just 137 yards, which is the kind of number that gets you beat against a good team like the Vikings. But he’s still Cam Newton, which means that’s only half his arsenal. The Panthers quarterback popped a 62-yard run late in the game, which allowed them to finish off [more]

NFC playoff picture: Eagles take the top spot

The Eagles’ win over the Rams on Sunday — along with the Vikings’ loss to the Panthers — earned Philadelphia the top spot in the NFC playoff race. But while Philadelphia has the NFC East locked up, much of the rest of the playoff race is far from over. Here’s how it looks, with three [more]

Panthers hang on for wild win over Vikings

The Vikings hadn’t made mistakes like this in months. The Vikings hadn’t let people touch Case Keenum in months. The Vikings hadn’t let teams run on them in months. The Panthers were able to make them pay when all those things went away, along with their eight-game win streak. The Panthers took a 31-24 win [more]

Panthers hang onto halftime lead, as Vikings TD overturned

The Vikings had their chances, but couldn’t come down with a catch when they needed it. The Panthers are hanging onto a 14-13 halftime lead, but it has taken some uncharacteristic mistakes by the Vikings to allow it. Adam Thielen appeared to have caught a go-ahead touchdown just before the half, but lost control as [more]

Panthers take advantage of Vikings mistake for early lead

The Vikings don’t give up big plays on defense. And they don’t make many mistakes on offense. But when both of those reversed Sunday, the Panthers took an early 7-0 lead. Jonathan Stewart just popped a 60-yard touchdown run, getting through the Vikings defensive line untouched and running away. It was a dramatic run for [more]

Week 14 early inactives

Every week we bring you all the inactives from the early games in one post, constantly updated with the latest information. Check back to see the full list as it becomes available 90 minutes ahead of the 1 p.m. ET kickoffs. Colts at Bills Colts: C Ryan Kelly, TE Darrell Daniels, CB Rashaan Melvin, WR Donte [more]

Week 14 injury report roundup

Week 14 kicked off on Thursday with a win by the Falcons and it continues with 14 more games on Sunday, which means that the 28 teams in those games submitted their final injury reports of the week on Friday. Questionable players are uncertain to play, doubtful players are unlikely to play and out should [more]

Eight teams that missed playoffs in 2016 currently in playoff position

Since the 12-team playoff format was introduced to the NFL in 1990, every year has seen at least four teams advance to the postseason after failing to make it the previous year. We’re on track to see that number double. As of today, eight of the 12 playoff spots in the league are taken up [more]

Vikings right tackle Mike Remmers to miss fifth straight game

The Vikings will be without right tackle Mike Remmers for the fifth straight week. Via Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Remmers was ruled out because of the lower back injury which kept him off the practice field all week, keeping him out of the game against his old team. He missed last week’s [more]

Panthers getting Ryan Kalil and Greg Olsen back

The Panthers are getting a pair of offensive captains back in the lineup this week, but are losing a starter on offense. The team announced that linebacker Shaq Thompson was out this week with a foot injury. The former first-round pick (though that modifier applies to all their starting linebackers) being out limits some of [more]

Matt Kalil: I’m a “different guy” than Vikings are used to seeing

The Vikings have a stated goal for Sunday, to get their hands on Panthers quarterback Cam Newton as often as possible. Standing in their way will be a guy they know well, even if he says he’s a different player. Panthers left tackle Matt Kalil has had an up-and-down first season with the Panthers, after [more]

Aaron Rodgers takes another step, practicing in pads

The Packers appear only a victory over winless Cleveland from an Aaron Rodgers return. The two-time NFL MVP took another step in his comeback, donning the pads for Thursday’s practice. Rodgers returned to practice Saturday, and he took scout-team reps Wednesday. “Nothing surprises me with Aaron,” coach Mike McCarthy said, via Ryan Wood for the [more]

Ryan Kalil says he’s playing this week

The Panthers have not had center Ryan Kalil in the lineup since Week Seven and he’s only played in two games all year, but he’s confident that will change this week. Kalil, who has been dealing a neck injury, was listed as a limited participant for the second straight day on Thursday and coach Ron [more]

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