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Nine teams have playoff scenarios in Week 15

The NFL playoff race is heating up, and nine teams have playoff berths or seeds to play for in Week 15. Here are the playoff scenarios for this week, as distributed by the NFL: NFC CLINCHED: Los Angeles Rams-NFC West New Orleans Saints-NFC South NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (11-2) (at Carolina (6-7), Monday night, 8:15 PM [more]

If favored teams win, 9 of 12 playoff teams will be set this week

So far we know three of this year’s 12 playoff teams. If everything goes as expected, that number will triple by the end of the week. The Chiefs have already clinched an AFC playoff berth, and the Rams and Saints have already clinched their divisions. If all of the favored teams win in Week 15, [more]

Former Panthers lineman, radio host Frank Garcia arrested on assault charge

Former NFL offensive lineman Frank Garcia was arrested over the weekend for a misdemeanor assault of a female, according to Langston Wertz Jr. of the Charlotte Observer. Garcia, a former fourth round pick of the Carolina Panthers, was arrested on Saturday afternoon in a south Charlotte neighborhood. The 29-year old alleged victim sustained minor injuries [more]

Ron Rivera: We’ll see if our guys thrive with backs against the wall

Panthers head coach Ron Rivera took a walk down memory lane at his Tuesday press conference. The team’s chances of making the playoffs despite losing their last five games was a major topic of conversation and Rivera noted that the team has “been here before” in reference to the 2014 season. Those Panthers went from 3-2 [more]

NFC playoff picture: Seahawks take a commanding wild card lead

The Seahawks are heading to the playoffs. Although Seattle hasn’t actually clinched a playoff berth yet, Monday night’s win over Minnesota just about ensured that the Seahawks will be there in January. They now have a two-game lead in the wild card race with three games to play, and considering that the 49ers and Cardinals [more]

Cam Newton has no easy answers for Panthers struggles

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton said a lot of the same things after his latest loss. But it’s the question he didn’t answer that may speak the loudest. After losing to the Browns to drop to 6-7 — their fifth straight loss — Newton was asked if it would benefit his obviously ailing right shoulder to [more]

NFC playoff picture: The division races are basically done

The Saints, Rams, Bears and Cowboys will win the four NFC divisions. That’s only official in the case of the NFC South and NFC West, where the Saints and Rams have already clinched. But we can pencil in the Bears as champions of the NFC North and the Cowboys as champions of the NFC East. [more]

Browns beat the Panthers 26-20

The Panthers can’t do anything right. And the Browns are beginning to show that they can. The Browns won 26-20, their third win in four games as they show continued signs of progress. The Panthers (6-7) had a chance to score a go-ahead touchdown late, but Cam Newton misfired badly on his fourth-and-goal pass attempt. [more]

Baker Mayfield making plays downfield, Browns and Panthers tied

The Panthers are trying to play deliberately on offense, since their quarterback has a bad shoulder. The Browns have no such qualms. Rookie Baker Mayfield is airing it out impressively, as the Browns and Panthers are tied 17-17 at halftime. Mayfield’s 8-of-10 for 176 yards (17.6 per attempt, duh), and has completions of 66 and [more]

Panthers get a rare turnover, take advantage

The Panthers have created one turnover in their previous four games. It’s probably not a coincidence that they’ve lost all four of those games. But when they got back on the board Sunday, it made an immediate difference against the Browns. After Luke Kuechly forced a Rashard Higgins fumble, Thomas Davis recovered it and the [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. Panthers at Browns Panthers: K Graham Gano, CB Lorenzo Doss, WR Mose Frazier, DE Marquis [more]

Dana White: UFC is building the ESPN card with Greg Hardy, nobody is put off by it

ESPN is perfectly OK with being in the Greg Hardy business. That’s the word from Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White, who says that he is going forward with Hardy making his official UFC debut on the first fight card that will be broadcast by ESPN. “We’ve been building this ESPN card for a while [more]

Week 14 injury report roundup

Week 14 of the 2018 NFL season kicked off on Thursday with a win by the Titans 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 [more]

Myles Garrett sees different Cam Newton than earlier in year

Myles Garrett calls Cam Newton “Super Cam.” But the Browns defensive end hasn’t seen “Super Cam” on film lately. The Panthers quarterback, who is nursing a sore right throwing shoulder, has nine touchdowns and seven interceptions in his past four games. “It just looks like he’s kind of exerting himself more than usual to get [more]

Graham Gano officially out this week

Though signing another kicker earlier today should have been a sign, the Panthers have made it official. Veteran kicker Graham Gano is out for Sunday’s game against the Browns, because of the knee injury that caused them to sign Chandler Catanzaro. Gano has some high-profile misses lately, but has actually been pretty good over the [more]

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