Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis expected to return Dec. 16.
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Ray Lewis of Baltimore Ravens expected to return Dec. 16, according to team source
Ron Jaworski examines the most important NFL QB traits and outlines the play-callers who best exhibit them.
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NFL – Jaws – What makes a great NFL quarterback?
ENGLEWOOD — It wasn’t Doug Martin, the NFL’s hottest rookie running back, who the Broncos traded to Tampa Bay on draft day.
Broncos pleased by Wolfe’s progression this season
ENGLEWOOD — If the Broncos continue their winning ways, defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio’s name will likely appear on a list of potential candidates for a job or two, both in college and the NFL.
Del Rio concentrating on current position
ATLANTA — The Atlanta Falcons raced to a 17-0 lead and the defense made it stand up, picking off five of Drew Brees’ passes and ending his NFL-record touchdown streak with a 23-13 victory Thursday night.
Falcons pick off Brees, beat Saints
The Atlanta Falcons jumped out to a 17-0 lead in the first half and their defense forced five turnovers in defeating the New Orleans Saints 23-13 on Thursday night. Atlanta used their running game to take an early lead as Michael Turner and Jacquizz Rodgers would combine for five carries for 71 yards on the Falcons’ six-play, 80-yard touchdown drive on the opening possession of the game. The Saints would respond, moving down to the Falcons’ 37-yard line before Drew Brees was intercepted in the end zone by safety Thomas DeCoud. The Falcons would increase their lead early in the second quarter when Matt Ryan hit future Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez for a 17-yard touchdown. For Gonzalez, it was his seventh touchdown of the 2012 season and No. 102 of his 16-year career. Atlanta would add a 45-yard field goal midway through the second quarter after Brees threw a pass slightly behind running back Chris Ivory who knocked the ball into the air and the awaiting arms of linebacker Sean Weatherspoon. New Orleans would respond, driving 80 yards in 11 plays before Mark Ingram would punch the ball into the end zone for one-yard out. The Saints had an opportunity to put even more points on the scoreboard before halftime, but an offensive pass interference penalty on tight end Jimmy Graham negated a seven-yard touchdown pass from Brees to Darren Sproles. Questionable time management in a sequence where Brees dumped a pair of passes off over the middle to Sproles resulted in the final 45 seconds running off the clock without the Saints putting any points on the scoreboard.
Falcons intercept Drew Brees five times in 23-13 win over the Saints (Shutdown Corner)
DENVER (CBS4) – Denver city leaders are confident they can bring the Super Bowl to the Mile High City despite factors that are stacked against Colorado. Although the NFL has an open bidding process that any NFL city can apply to bid to host a Super Bowl, there are certain factors that may prevent Denver from making it into the final running; Sports Authority Field at Mile High is not new, the city is isolated and the weather is unpredictable. Denver Mayor Michael Hancock believes Denver has never been in a better position to host the Super Bowl. “Denver’s proven to be able to host international events on a scale even larger than the Super Bowl,” said Hancock. The City of Denver’s tourism board views the 2008 Democratic National Convention as a turning point for the city’s profile. For Hancock, it was build-up for something he’s dreamed of for Denver, “The Super Bowl is crem-de-la-crem, quite frankly, and we believe we have graduated to a place where the city is global.” Visit Denver also believes the 2008 DNC played a big role in positioning Denver as a premier host city. “We refer to everything as BC and AD, Before the Convention and After the Democrats,” said Visit Denver spokesman Rich Grant. Grant said they compiled a 15-pound book about the city to sell Democrats on Denver as a location for their convention. He said the exposure Denver received should make the Super Bowl a realistic idea. “Denver has evolved. Denver is a different city than it was five years ago. Anyone that lives here sees the changes,” said Grant. According to Patrick Smyth, Executive Director of Media Relations for Denver Broncos Football Club, “We submitted an application with the NFL’s Super Bowl Advisory Committee to bid on the 2018, ’19 and ’20 Super Bowls.” Denver does have some advantages that other host cities may not; 300 days of sunshine and low traffic volume compared to other metropolitan areas. League rules dictate the average temperature of an outdoor Super Bowl must be 50 degrees. During the previous four Super Bowls, the weather in Denver was: Feb. 6, 2011- 33 degrees Feb. 7, 2010- 31 degrees Feb. 1, 2009- 45 degrees Feb. 3, 2008- 49 degrees “Pat Bowlen has always maintained an interest in bringing the Super Bowl to this community and the great football fans of the Rocky Mountain Region. He believes the city of Denver along with the Broncos would be excellent hosts,” said Smyth.
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Denver Could Benefit From Hosting Super Bowl
Don’t expect Houston’s J.J. Watt to receive many votes for this year’s Associated Press (AP) Most Valuable Player award. Von Miller, Charles Tillman? Forget it. History suggests AP voters will not pay much attention unless you play quarterback or running back.
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MVP voting: Time to level the playing field (Pro Football Weekly)
—Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger told reporters Thursday that he’s still hurting from the sprained right shoulder and dislocated ribs that has forced him out of the previous two games.
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NFL roundup: Roethlisberger still ailing, ‘Honey Badger’ declares for draft (The SportsXchange)
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Take less money, gain more weight.
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Vickerson anchoring a solid Denver ‘D’ (The Associated Press)