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ATLANTA FALCONS

Sept. 6 at Philadelphia Eagles, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Sept. 16 vs. Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Sept. 23 vs. New Orleans Saints, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Sept. 30 vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Oct. 7 at Pittsburgh Steelers, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Oct. 14 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Oct. 22 vs. New York Giants, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)

Oct. 28 -- BYE

Nov. 4 at Washington Redskins, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Nov. 11 at Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Nov. 18 vs. Dallas Cowboys, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Nov. 22 at New Orleans Saints (Thanksgiving), 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Dec. 2 vs. Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Dec. 9 at Green Bay Packers, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Dec. 16 vs. Arizona Cardinals, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Dec. 23 at Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Dec. 30 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m. (FOX)


CAROLINA PANTHERS

Sept. 9 vs. Dallas Cowboys, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)

Sept. 16 at Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Sept. 23 vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Sept. 30 -- BYE

Oct. 7 vs. New York Giants, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Oct. 14 at Washington Redskins, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Oct. 21 at Philadelphia Eagles, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Oct. 28 vs. Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Nov. 4 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Nov. 8 at Pittsburgh Steelers, 8:20 p.m. (FOX/NFLN)

Nov. 18 at Detroit Lions 1 p.m. (FOX)

Nov. 25 vs. Seattle Seahawks 1 p.m. (FOX)

Dec. 2 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Dec. 9 at Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Dec. 17 vs. New Orleans Saints, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)

Dec. 23 vs. Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Dec. 30 at New Orleans Saints, 1 p.m. (FOX)


NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

Sept. 9 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Sept. 18 vs. Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Sept. 23 at Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Sept. 30 at New York Giants, 4:25 P.M. (CBS)

Oct. 8 vs. Washington Redskins, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)

Oct. 14 -- BYE

Oct. 21 at Baltimore Ravens, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)

Oct. 28 at Minnesota Vikings, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Nov. 4 vs. Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)

Nov. 11 at Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Nov. 18 vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Nov. 22 vs. Atlanta Falcons (Thanksgiving), 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Nov. 29 at Dallas Cowboys, 8:20 p.m. (FOX/NFLN)

Dec. 9 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Dec. 17 at Carolina Panthers, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)

Dec. 23 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)

Dec. 30 vs. Carolina Panthers, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)


TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

Sept. 9 at New Orleans Saints, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Sept. 16 vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Sept. 24 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)

Sept. 30 at Chicago Bears, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Oct. 7 -- BYE

Oct. 14 at Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Oct. 21 vs. Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Oct. 28 at Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Nov. 4 at Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Nov. 11 vs. Washington Redskins, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Nov. 18 at New York Giants, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Nov. 25 vs. San Francisco 49ers, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Dec. 2 vs. Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Dec. 9 vs. New Orleans Saints, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Dec. 16 at Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Dec. 23 at Dallas Cowboys, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Dec. 30 vs. Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Sunday night games in Weeks 5-16 subject to change; Week 17 game TBD


Atlanta Falcons News

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Julio Jones in talks for contract extension with Falcons

 

With other star wide receivers getting pay raises elsewhere, Atlanta Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff revealed he wasn't concerned about getting a contract extension done with Julio Jones.

 

Broncos, Falcons to face off in 2019 Hall of Fame Game

 

The NFL announced Tuesday that the Denver Broncos and Atlanta Falcons will face off in the annual Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio to kickoff the 2019 preseason.

 

Dirk Koetter counting on familiarity with QB Matt Ryan

 

The Falcons added Dirk Koetter as offensive coordinator following his departure from the Bucs. Koetter says he's counting on his familiarity with QB Matt Ryan to help turn around the Falcons.

 

Broncos parting ways with LB Brandon Marshall

 

Brandon Marshall's time with Denver appears to be coming to an end. The Broncos have informed the LB they are likely to not exercise his option.

 

Falcons add ex-Chiefs DC Bob Sutton as an assistant

 

The Falcons announced Monday that they hired former Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton as a senior assistant. Sutton was relieved by Kansas City in the wake of its AFC title game loss to the Patriots.

 

Falcons release veteran defensive end Brooks Reed

 

The veteran housecleaning in Atlanta continued on Thursday. Two days after cutting Robert Alford and one sleep after letting Matt Bryant walk, the Falcons released defensive end Brooks Reed.

 

Falcons part ways with veteran kicker Matt Bryant

 

On Wednesday via Twitter, kicker Matt Bryant wrote that he has been released by the Falcons, though the 43-year-old veteran intends to keep on playing.

 

Turk Schonert, former Bengals, Falcons QB, dies at 62

 

Turk Schonert, who came off the bench and quarterbacked the Bengals to an opening victory during their first Super Bowl season, has died suddenly near his home in South Carolina.

 

Falcons hire former Bucs coach Dirk Koetter as new OC

 

Dirk Koetter is staying in the NFC South. The former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach is returning to Atlanta as the Falcons offensive coordinator, replacing Steve Sarkisian.

 

Falcons GM: 'We'll get a deal done' for Julio Jones

 

Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said he's not concerned about the timetable on revising star wide receiver Julio Jones' contract. Jones has two years remaining on his current deal.

 

Falcons' Julio Jones 'game-time decision' vs. Panthers

 

Julio Jones' availability for Sunday is up in the air. Falcons coach Dan Quinn told reporters that the wide receiver will be a game-time decision against the Panthers.

 

Quinn: Devonta Freeman 'won't make it back' in '18

 

Falcons coach Dan Quinn said Wednesday that running back Devonta Freeman is eventually done for the 2018 season after earlier hopes that he would make it back.

 

Strong possibility Falcons could fire both OC and DC

 

After a disappointing season, the Atlanta Falcons have made it clear head coach Dan Quinn will be back, but the offensive and defensive coordinator positions may be open going into the 2019.

 

Julio Jones on Coleman: I'd like to see Tevin back in '19

 

Falcons RB Tevin Coleman dashed for a career-high 145 rushing yards and one touchdown against the Cardinals. Coleman is playing out the final year of his rookie contract. Will he be back in 2019?

 

What we learned from Sunday's Week 14 games

 

The Dolphins pulled off a miracle in Miami and Patrick Mahomes was his usual magical self in the Chiefs' comeback win against the Ravens. Here's what else we learned from Sunday's Week 14 games.

 

Dan Quinn 'concerned' about all the hits Ryan is taking

 

Falcons coach Dan Quinn is concerned about the number of hits that quarterback Matt Ryan has been taking. Ryan has been sacked 12 times in the last three games a lone.

 

Arthur Blank: I haven't lost faith in Quinn, Dimitroff

 

Despite the Atlanta Falcons's 4-8 record through Week 13, team owner Arthur Blank said he "hasn't lost faith" in head coach Dan Quinn and general manager Thomas Dimitroff.

 

Falcons owner: Coach Dan Quinn 'is not the problem'

 

The Atlanta Falcons fell to 4-7 season following Thursday's loss to the New Orleans Saints, but team owner Arthur Blank isn't blaming coach Dan Quinn for the team's woes.

 


Carolina Panthers News

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WVU QB Will Grier meets with Panthers, Redskins

 

West Virginia's Will Grier had two separate dinner meetings with the Carolina Panthers and the Washington Redskins. The Panthers have not drafted a QB since selecting Cam Newton in 2011.

 

Panthers sign DE Bruce Irvin to one-year deal

 

Exit Julius Peppers. Enter Bruce Irvin. The Carolina Panthers have signed the latter defensive end, a source told NFL Network's Tiffany Blackmon on Tuesday.

 

LB Thomas Davis aims to get Chargers 'over the hump'

 

After 14 years with the Panthers, linebacker Thomas Davis believes he can "be an added piece, offer some veteran wisdom" to a Chargers team aiming for a title.

 

Panthers release left tackle Matt Kalil after two years

 

The Panthers announced they have released left tackle Matt Kalil, just two years after signing him to a five-year, $55 million deal. Kalil missed all of 2018 with a knee injury.

 

Panthers re-signing OT Daryl Williams to 1-year deal

 

Daryl Williams will remain with the Panthers for at least one more season. Carolina agreed to re-sign the 2017 All-Pro offensive tackle to a one-year contract after he missed nearly all of 2018 with an injury.

 

Ex-Panthers LB Thomas Davis signing with Chargers

 

Thomas Davis announced Tuesday he is planning to sign with the Chargers. The former All-Pro had been with the Panthers since breaking into the NFL in 2005 and is Carolina's all-time leader in tackles.

 

Panthers release Captain Munnerlyn, Mike Adams

 

The Carolina Panthers are parting ways with veteran cornerback Captain Munnerlyn and safety Mike Adams, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports. Munnerlyn had signed a four-year deal in 2017.

 

Stewart: Barkley, McCaffrey are best RBs in NFL

 

FA running back Jonathan Stewart didn't hesitate to to proclaim Giants rookie standout and Panthers sophomore sensation Christian McCaffrey as the best running backs in the NFL.

 

NFL, Kaepernick, Reid decide to resolve pending grievances

 

The NFL and lawyers for Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid released a joint statement on Friday announcing the resolution of the players' grievances against the league.

 

Ron Rivera: Panthers have 'got to protect' Cam Newton

 

Ron Rivera said the Panthers plan to focus on bolstering the offensive line this offseason to protect Cam Newton, who is coming off shoulder surgery.

 

Panthers create game management position on staff

 

Longtime Panthers DL coach Sam Mills is adding game management to his duties. Ron Rivera said responsibilities include clock management, replay challenges and situational analysis.

 

Cam Newton details shoulder injury: 'I felt so scared'

 

Cam Newton unveiled Thursday a behind-the-scenes YouTube docuseries, during which he admits how his shoulder injury affected his play as the Panthers nosedived to the finish after a 6-2 start.

 

Panthers DE Julius Peppers retiring after 17 seasons

 

Julius Peppers is calling it a career. The Carolina Panthers defensive end is retiring after 17 seasons in the NFL. Peppers ranks fourth in NFL history with 159.5 sacks.

 

Roundup: Colts sign Mark Glowinski to $18M deal

 

Indianapolis signed guard Mark Glowinski to a three-year extension, avoiding free agency, and therefore bringing back all five starters for the Colts' offensive line.

 


New Orleans Saints News

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Saints expected to sign ex-Raiders TE Jared Cook

 

The New Orleans Saints are expected to sign tight end Jared Cook, NFL Netowork's Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero report. Cook was ranked No. 21 on Around The NFL's top 101 free agents.

 

Saints sign Nick Easton to replace Max Unger

 

After the abrupt retirement of Max Unger, the New Orleans Saints signed Nick Easton to fill the role of starting center. The 26-year-old signed a four-year deal after missing the entire 2018 season due to injury.

 

Saints restructure Brees' contract to open cap space

 

The New Orleans Saints have cleared up cap space for the 2019 season after restructuring the contract of QB Drew Brees, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.

 

Teddy Bridgewater visits Dolphins as Saints wait

 

The Miami Dolphins hosted quarterback Teddy Bridgewater on a free-agent visit Wednesday night, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported.

 

Saints agree to five-year deal with kicker Wil Lutz

 

Wil Lutz had a career year, and the Saints are rewarding that with a long-term contract. New Orleans and Lutz have agreed to a five-year contract, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports.

 

Saints sign RB Latavius Murray, lose Mark Ingram

 

The Saints sign former Vikings running back Latavius Murray, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported, per a source. Mark Ingram is expected to play elsewhere in 2019.

 

Teddy Bridgewater expected to re-sign with Saints

 

Teddy Bridgewater is expected to re-sign with the New Orleans Saints despite a bigger deal on the table from the Miami Dolphins, NFL Network's Jane Slater reported.

 

Sean Payton likens Trace McSorley to Julian Edelman

 

How versatile is quarterback prospect Trace McSorley? New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton thinks he could be a Julian Edelman-type of player, according to Peter King.

 

Sean Payton: Competition committee talks were great

 

Saints coach Sean Payton was encouraged by the competition committee discussions before formal discussions on proposals at the annual league meeting in late March.

 

Saints' Alex Okafor to enter FA after hitting sack mark

 

Another veteran pass rusher appears on track to enter unrestricted free agency when the league's new calendar year begins on March 13: Saints defensive end Alex Okafor.

 

Saints DE Marcus Davenport 'played through' pain

 

New Orleans Saints defensive end Marcus Davenport revealed on social media that he never got back to full strength after suffering a toe injury. The 2018 first-round pick suffered the injury in Week 8.

 

Saints re-signing defensive coordinator Dennis Allen

 

Dennis Allen is staying in New Orleans. The Saints defensive coordinator is expected to receive a new deal with the organization, sources told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.

 

Sean Payton binged Netflix, ice cream after loss

 

Losses are tough to accept. Sean Payton drowned his latest defeat in ice cream and three days of Netflix, saying "I sat and probably didn't come out of my room" after the Saints fell to the Rams in the NFC title game.

 

Saints' Drew Brees: 'I refuse to let this hold us down'

 

Saints quarterback Drew Brees, in an Instagram post Monday morning, told "Who Dat Nation" took keeps its collective head high and that they would persevere following NFC Championship Game loss.

 

Saints owner Benson calls for 'changes in NFL policies'

 

Anger over the non-call that impeded the Saints' path to the Super Bowl on Sunday has been felt and exhibited by Saints fans and players alike. Now the owner is joining the city-wide chorus of boos and calls for change.

 

Saints' Drew Brees aiming to make 'another run at it'

 

Following a heartbreaking defeat in the NFC Championship Game, Saints quarterback Drew Brees said he'll talk with coaches and teammates, but a return in 2019 is in the cards.

 

Rams' 57-yard FG in OT seals Super Bowl LIII berth

 

Greg Zuerlein's 57-yard field goal in overtime lifted the Rams to a 26-23 victory against the Saints and a berth in Super Bowl LIII. Here's what we learned from Sunday's NFC Championship Game.

 

Saints' Klein on Rams: 'We knew we'd see them again'

 

Two months ago, the Saints knocked off the then-unbeaten Rams. Several New Orleans players came out of the game believing they'd probably meet again in the postseason. And they were right.

 


Tampa Bay Buccaneers News

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DeSean Jackson says goodbye to Bucs in IG post

 

Reports out of Tampa Bay hint that DeSean Jackson could be on the move soon via trade, and the same rumor point to the deep threat going back to the team that originally drafted him.

 

Jameis Winston wants DeSean Jackson back in Tampa

 

Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston said Friday on NFL Total Access that he hopes receiver DeSean Jackson will be back with Tampa Bay.

 

Buccaneers pick up 2019 option on RT Demar Dotson

 

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced they have picked up the 2019 contract option on right tackle Demar Dotson. He is due $4.725 million in 2019.

 

Bruce Arians to add full-time coaching job for women

 

Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians says he is planning to create a full-time coaching position for women. Arians hired Jen Welter to serve as an assistant coach in 2015, while with the Cardinals.

 

Bucs, Donovan Smith agree to three-year, $41.5M deal

 

The Buccaneers and left tackle Donovan Smith have agreed to a three-year contract. NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports the contract is worth $41.5M.

 

Roundup: Buccaneers release DE Vinny Curry

 

With a new coaching staff incoming and a defensive scheme changing, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have cut DE Vinny Curry, the team announced Tuesday.

 

Arians: Much of Jameis Winston's struggles mechanical

 

Upon taking the Buccaneers' head coaching job, Bruce Arians praised the talents of Jameis Winston. Now that he's broke down his film, he's begun working to correct the young QB's issues.

 

Mike Evans 'excited' to work with Bucs' Bruce Arians

 

Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans is coming off one of his best seasons. But with new coach Bruce Arians in place, and Arians' commitment to Jameis Winston, Evans is expecting an even brighter future.

 

DeSean Jackson unlikely to remain with Buccaneers

 

Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians has already stated that Jameis Winston is in his vision of Tampa Bay's future, but what about the rest of the offense, namely DeSean Jackson?

 

Winston: 'Have to get back to playing Jameis' football

 

Jameis Winston is coming off a season of highs and lows. But the arrival of new coach Bruce Arians offers a fresh start for the Buccaneers QB, who first met Arians about a decade ago.

 

Bruce Arians wants DeSean Jackson back in Tampa

 

New Tampa Bay coach Bruce Arians plans to reach out to DeSean Jackson in hopes that receiver will return to Buccaneers, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports.

 

Todd Bowles joins Buccaneers coaching staff as DC

 

Former Jets coach Todd Bowles will join the Buccaneers as defensive coordinator, per NFL Network's Mike Garafolo. Bowles and Bruce Arians have a long-standing relationship.

 

Bruce Arians on QB Jameis Winston: 'He can win it all'

 

New Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians praised Jameis Winston in a recent interview on "The Rich Eisen Show." Arians said "the whole thing will be built around" the QB.

 

Bucs GM enlists Cubs' Maddon to recruit Bruce Arians

 

The Buccaneers apparently had some help in wooing Bruce Arians out of "retirement" as GM Jason Licht enlisted Cubs' manager Joe Maddon to help sell him on Tampa Bay.

 

Buccaneers hire Bruce Arians as next head coach

 

Bruce Arians' retirement didn't last long. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have hired the former Arizona Cardinals coach to be their next head coach, the team announced on Tuesday.

 

Mutual interest between Bruce Arians, Buccaneers

 

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, per a source, said Saturday that former Cardinals coach Bruce Arians and the Tampa Bay franchise have a shared interest in Arians becoming the next head coach.

 

Fitzpatrick: Todd Monken has head coach 'It Factor'

 

Buccaneers QB Ryan Fitzpatrick said Tampa Bay OC Todd Monken has the "It Factor" to be a head coach in the NFL. Monken has received interest from the Jets for their coaching vacancy.

 

Buccaneers: Jameis Winston will be QB next season

 

The Buccanneers changed their head coach. They won't be changing their starting quarterback. GM Jason Licht confirmed Monday that Jameis Winston will return to Tampa Bay in 2019.

 

Bruce Arians 'would listen' if Buccaneers called him

 

Bruce Arians previously said he'd come out of retirement only if the Browns wanted to hire him. Now he's saying he's open to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers given his relationship with GM Jason Licht.

 

Dirk Koetter: I'll be a Bucs fan 'whether I'm here or not'

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter, speaking on his weekly radio show for the final time this season, told listeners to "hope for the best for the Bucs" in the future "whether I'm here or not."

 

Dirk Koetter might return to coach Buccaneers in 2019

 

With the Buccaneers once again relegated to the sidelines of the NFC playoff chase, it appears Dirk Koetter's tenure in Tampa is in serious jeopardy this offseason. That's not necessarily the case.