Did you watch the Saints get crushed last night? I'll be more than mildly surprised if the Seahawks don't win the NFC championship, and I'll be happy to wager on them versus any AFC challenger in the Super Bowl. I felt this way a month ago, though.
On to the news:
- Packers head coach Mike McCarthy pushed his weekly news conference from Monday to Tuesday, adding to the intrigue surrounding QB Aaron Rodgers (broken collarbone). Some reports have suggested that Rodgers will play this week, while others point toward him being shut down for the season. I guess we'll know more this afternoon.
- Bears QB Jay Cutler (ankle) wants to play on Monday, but his status is TBD. The Bears return to practice on Thursday, and we probably won't know any more until then.
- The Cardinals hope to get RB Andre Ellington (knee) back at practice on Thursday or Friday. Sounds like they're being very cautious with him.
- No news yet on Julius Thomas' status for Week 14. Thomas has missed two consecutive games due to a knee injury.
- Redskins TE Jordan Reed apparently suffered a recurrence of his concussion symptoms over the weekend, and was a late scratch against the Giants. Reed will have to go through the NFL's concussion protocol again before being cleared to play.
- Titans TE Delanie Walker suffered a concussion on Sunday, and his Week 14 status is TBD. Ditto for Vikings QB Christian Ponder, Raiders RB Rashad Jennings and every viable quarterback on the Browns. Someone named Alex Tanney might start for the Browns this week, and if you own the Patriots' defense, that should make you happy.
- Patriots WR Kenbrell Thompkins missed much of Sunday's game due to a hip injury. With Aaron Dobson (foot) scratched as well, Julian Edelman (nine receptions, 101 yards) had another big day.
- Sounds like the Saints might be extra-tired against the Panthers due to a short week and their plane breaking down in Seattle this morning.
- Chargers TE Ladarius Green played almost every snap against the Bengals. Green has scored touchdowns in each of his last two games, and can be considered as a fantasy starter this week.
- Looking for a DST to stream? The Raiders are owned in 5.7 percent of FOXSports.com leagues, and get a road date with Geno Smith and the Jets.
- Donald Brown will remain the Colts' starter at running back. No shock there.
- Your Thursday night game is Texans at Jaguars. Try to contain your excitement.
See you back here Friday morning.