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Posted on: December 24, 2011 10:33 am
Edited on: December 24, 2011 10:35 am
 

Felix Jones playing time depends on Giants game?

Felix's playing time reportedly hinges on the 1:00 games. (Getty Images)

By Will Brinson


Follow all the Week 16 action live: Inactives | Scoreboard

1 p.m. ET games:
CLE-BAL | DEN-BUF | TB-CAR | ARI-CIN | OAK-KC | MIA-NE | NYG-NYJ | STL-PIT | JAC-TEN | MIN-WAS

4 p.m. ET games:
SD-DET | PHI-DAL | SF-SEA


At 4:15 on Saturday, Dallas and Philadelphia will square off with a lot on the line ... unless the Giants win at 1:00. Then the game won't mean as much, because the Eagles will be eliminated if the G-men topple the Jets. As a result, Cowboys running back Felix Jones will reportedly only play if the Cowboys can clinch the division with a victory.

That's according to Matt Mosley of Fox Sports Southwest, who says Felix will "not play a snap" against the Eagles unless the Cowboys are playing to win the division. Even then, according to Mosley, he's "50-50." (Mosley added that "there is no upside to starting" Felix in fantasy.)

Here's how this whole thing works: if the Eagles beat the Cowboys, the Giants lose to the Jets, and the Giants beat the Cowboys next week, the Eagles will somehow win the division if they also beat the Redskins. There's much reason for hope in Philly right now.

But that whole notion is toppled if the Giants win on Christmas Eve, because the Eagles will be -- literally -- eliminated from playoff contention with a Giants victory. And a Giants win also means the Cowboys can't clinch until Week 17 anyway, when they play the Giants. (Even with a victory, the Cowboys would be 9-6 and the Giants would be 8-7; Week 16 is irrelevant for the NFC East if they both win on Sunday.)

Confused? Excellent. But all you really know, as it relates to the Cowboys game plan, is that Felix Jones won't be playing unless the Cowboys have a chance to lock up the NFC East, and even then he'll probably only play a few snaps.


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Posted on: December 24, 2011 9:56 am
Edited on: December 24, 2011 10:09 am
 

Kubiak sticking with T.J. Yates as Texans starter

Yates will keep on starting for Houston despite his struggles. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson


Follow all the Week 16 action live: Inactives | Scoreboard

1 p.m. ET games:
CLE-BAL | DEN-BUF | TB-CAR | ARI-CIN | OAK-KC | MIA-NE | NYG-NYJ | STL-PIT | JAC-TEN | MIN-WAS

4 p.m. ET games:
SD-DET | PHI-DAL | SF-SEA



T.J. Yates was a heck of a story -- a rookie quarterback, drafted in the fifth round, the only Carolina quarterback to start an NFL game -- for a few weeks when the Texans were winning. Now, after two straight losses to the Panthers and Colts, he's the chief concern for the people of Houston.

But Gary Kubiak is riding out the rookie and said Friday that he's going to continue to start Yates over either Jake Delhomme or Jeff Garcia, both of whom were signed when Matt Schaub and Matt Leinart went down.

"Oh yeah, he’s done a lot of good things," Kubiak said when asked point-blank if Yates was starting. "I think T.J. continues to do some good things. I think he continues to get better, and like I said, for where we're heading here, he needs to continue to get better, and we just got to trust him and move forward."

The issue isn't so much Yates as it is the defense, however. The Texans have scored just 29 points in the last two games, but they've allowed 47 points after a stretch of seven-straight games where they didn't allow a team to score more than 20 points.

It shouldn't be considered a coincidence that this happened right after defensive coordinator Wade Phillips took a leave of absence (hey, maybe we should vote him for MVP!).

Yates' decision making needs to improve -- he fumbled against the Colts -- but it's not like he's making a pile of mistakes. Two interceptions against the Panthers were quite costly, but the Texans were losing and he still completed well over 50 percent of his passes. Against the Colts, Yates was 13 of 16.

The offense is more limited because a rookie quarterback's under center, but that's a pretty basic fact of life when you plug a young guy like Yates in with just a few weeks left in the season. The Texans wouldn't become an aerial assault team just because Delhomme or Garcia started taking snaps.

A simpler solution that would've kept these issues from surfacing? Stopping Dan Orlavsky from driving 78 yards in less than two minutes.

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Posted on: December 18, 2011 10:23 pm
 

Monkey rides dog, sadly no Tebowing involved


A monkey takes the reins during Denver's halftime show, partnering with a dog to treat the fans to some inter-species hijinks.

Posted by Ryan Wilson

A dog-riding monkey was the halftime entertainment for the Patriots-Broncos game. This is not a euphemism. There really was a monkey riding a dog. The monkey was well-dressed (as monkeys go), the dog was saddled, and it was quite possibly the most bizarre spectacle we've seen since, well, Tebow took over the Broncos starting job from Kyle Orton in October.

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Posted on: December 18, 2011 6:52 pm
 

Video: The NFL Today, Week 15 Postgame Show


James Brown, Dan Marino, Bill Cowher, Shannon Sharpe and Boomer Esiason recap the week 15 games including the Colts win over the Titans and the Chiefs victory over the Packers.

Posted by Ryan Wilson 


Follow all the Week 15 action live: Inactives | Scoreboard

1 p.m. ET games: MIA-BUF | SEA-CHI | CAR-HOU | TEN-IND | GB-KC | NO-MIN | WAS-NYG | CIN-STL
4 p.m. ET games: DET-OAK | CLE-ARI | NE-DEN | NYJ-PHI



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Posted on: December 18, 2011 5:56 pm
Edited on: December 18, 2011 6:00 pm
 

Patriots lead Broncos, 27-16 at the half

Denver started fast against New England before giving up 20 unanswered points in the 2nd quarter. (US PRESSWIRE)


Follow all the Week 15 action live: Inactives | Scoreboard

1 p.m. ET games: MIA-BUF | SEA-CHI | CAR-HOU | TEN-IND | GB-KC | NO-MIN | WAS-NYG | CIN-STL
4 p.m. ET games: DET-OAK | CLE-ARI | NE-DEN | NYJ-PHI



Posted by Ryan Wilson

It's a battle of strengths in Denver: The Broncos' running game vs. the Patriots' passing game and 30 minutes into this week's Game of the Century, the New England Patriots lead 27-16 at the half.

Denver got off to fast start, scoring touchdowns on their first two drives, and converting a field on the third. The Broncos also racked up 175 rushing yards in the first two quarters, averaging a whopping 8.8 yards per carry.

Tim Tebow completed 5 of 8 throws for 68.

Brady, meanwhile, was 12 of 22 for 171 and two touchdown passes, and he rushed for another.

The Broncos' offense looked unstoppable in the first quarter but turnovers by Lance Ball, Tebow and Quan Cosby led to the Patriots scoring 20 unanswered points to take a 27-16 lead at the break. Denver had just seven offensive plays in the second quarter.

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Posted on: December 18, 2011 5:16 pm
 

Video recap: Dolphins 30, Bills 23


Reggie Bush had a career-best 203 yards rushing in a 30-23 win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday that made interim head coach Todd Bowles' debut a success. Kevin Harlan and Solomon Wilcots recap all the action from Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Added bonus: Reggie Bush ran for a 76-yard score late in the fourth quarter to put the Dolphins up 30-13 over the Bills.


Follow all the Week 15 action live: Inactives | Scoreboard

1 p.m. ET games: MIA-BUF | SEA-CHI | CAR-HOU | TEN-IND | GB-KC | NO-MIN | WAS-NYG | CIN-STL
4 p.m. ET games: DET-OAK | CLE-ARI | NE-DEN | NYJ-PHI



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Posted on: December 18, 2011 5:06 pm
Edited on: December 18, 2011 5:06 pm
 

Video recap: Colts 27, Titans 13


Indianapolis Colts' RB, Donald Brown, carried the ball 16 times for 161 yards and a touchdown in a 27-13 victory over the Tennessee Titans. Join CBS Sports' Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts for a recap of Indianapolis' first win of the season.

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Added bonus: Colts running back Donald Brown rips off an 80-yard run to seal the game.


Follow all the Week 15 action live: Inactives | Scoreboard

1 p.m. ET games: MIA-BUF | SEA-CHI | CAR-HOU | TEN-IND | GB-KC | NO-MIN | WAS-NYG | CIN-STL
4 p.m. ET games: DET-OAK | CLE-ARI | NE-DEN | NYJ-PHI



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Posted on: December 18, 2011 5:02 pm
 

Video recap: Bengals 20, Rams 13


A.J. Green had six catches and topped 1,000 yards for the season, and the Bengals held the St. Louis Rams to 2 for 13 on third downs to help keep pace in the AFC playoff race with a 20-13 victory Sunday. Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf recap the action.

Posted by Ryan Wilson
 

Follow all the Week 15 action live: Inactives | Scoreboard

1 p.m. ET games: MIA-BUF | SEA-CHI | CAR-HOU | TEN-IND | GB-KC | NO-MIN | WAS-NYG | CIN-STL
4 p.m. ET games: DET-OAK | CLE-ARI | NE-DEN | NYJ-PHI



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