| Dec 14, 2014
| 5:54 PM
By Bucky Dent, The Sports Xchange
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Fans of the New York Jets might have been rooting for a loss Sunday to improve their team's chances of claiming the top overall pick in April's NFL Draft.
Coach Rex Ryan could not have cared...
| Dec 15, 2014
| 10:00 AM
Welcome to the Monday Ravens 10-Pack, where reporter Jon Meoli hits on 10 stats, notes, and thoughts following a painful 20-12 win over the 2-12 Jacksonville Jaguars. Read ahead for notes on an efficient Joe Flacco, the defensive line stepping up in...
| Dec 21, 2014
| 7:30 PM
The fix is in — and it's working.
Five seasons ago, confronted with the problem of playoff-bound teams resting starters and coasting into the postseason, the NFL began scheduling only division games for the final week of the season. The theory...
| Dec 25, 2014
| 8:15 PM
Last week: 8-8 (8-8 against the spread).
Season: 153-86-1 (128-111-1 against the spread).
Browns (7-8) at Ravens (9-6)
Ravens by 9 (O/U 41.5)
The Ravens still have a postseason pulse, and that should be sufficient incentive. Stage...
| Dec 22, 2014
| 5:15 AM
Ten thoughts after the Chicago Bears fell 20-14 to the Detroit Lions on Sunday for their fourth consecutive loss. 1. In case of emergency, break glass. If you need a fire extinguisher, you can only hope it works after you break the glass. When you smash...
| Dec 14, 2014
| 4:59 PM
The Bears actually will play a football game Monday night. The NFL doesn't cancel them for broken teams, and in this case, that's probably a good thing. Hosting the Saints should be a welcome diversion for a team that spent the last week inflicting its...
| Dec 24, 2014
| 6:14 AM
Welcome back to “The Blitz Package,” your weekly destination for notable news, nuggets and intriguing Chicago Bears storylines. This week’s topic: The end.
The Bears will play their 2014 season finale Sunday afternoon against the...
| Dec 19, 2014
| 5:25 PM
America finally gets a reprieve this week after being force-fed three straight nationally-televised Bears games. The compounded effect of those three losses resulted in coach Marc Trestman benching quarterback Jay Cutler for Sunday's game against the...
| Dec 14, 2014
| 8:28 PM
The quarterbacks went down, and they went down hard.
Houston, Washington and Tennessee lost their quarterbacks Sunday. Even Denver had to do without Peyton Manning for a bit, with the Broncos star uncharacteristically missing a few snaps in San Diego...
| Dec 29, 2014
| 2:47 PM
Some say nice guys finish last.
In the case of former Bears coach Marc Trestman, it seems true when you consider the NFC North standings.
At 5-11, the Bears were a far cry from relevancy. But Trestman, by all accounts, maintained a genial...
| Dec 28, 2014
| 1:05 PM
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Chicago Bears finished last in the NFC North with their 13-9 loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. Their first last-place finish since 2007 means their opponents for 2015 are set. HOME: Packers, Lions, Vikings, Cardinals, 49ers,...