Will there be a Lifetime Original movie about the Washington Redskins drama?
It's unclear if Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan is trying to get fired, really trying to get fired or really, really trying to get fired. Based on his words from this week, take the latter. Shanahan has benched quarterback Robert Griffin III despite him being healthy. At 3-10, the season is over for the Redskins, as is any chance for them to hold respect from other places in the league. What a mess.
Adrian Peterson: Man or machine?
Peterson may play this weekend despite a foot injury in last week's loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Head coach Leslie Frazier has a lot to consider when assessing Peterson, namely the chances of retaining his job and how to handle last year's MVP. Peterson said late this week he plans on being ready to go. "He's Superman," running back Toby Gerhart told ESPN.com. "As long as there isn't any Kryptonite around, I think he'll be alright."
The Saints continue to track the Seahawks
Seattle is still in prime position to take homefield advantage in the NFC. Yet, the New Orleans Saints haven't slipped away after being blown out in Seattle. New Orleans is 10-3 and goes to St. Louis, a place that gave the Seahawks fits, this Sunday. It also has to go to Carolina next week before closing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
If fans can make it through Sunday without injuring each other
After Denver's loss Thursday night, four people were stabbed during a fight in the parking lot. A man died and three people were taken into custody outside Arrowhead Stadium on Dec. 1. NFL games have reached a point of unruliness (and cost) that locals I talk to often choose to stay at home or go to a local bar and watch. Unfortunately, there's not enough security in the world to stop intoxicated fools, which this league has proven for decades.
Time to start scouting Seahawks playoff opponents
The Seahawks are in. If the playoffs started today, the Seahawks would be the No. 1 seed awaiting the lowest seeded winner from the wild card round. As things stand, that could well be the San Francisco 49ers, who would be the six seed and a wild card. There's a good chance the wild card teams, likely Carolina and San Francisco, will be better than the division winners in the NFC North and East. Detroit (7-6) leads the North and Philadelphia (8-5) leads the East.
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