#NFL News and Notes - December 14, 2010

New York Giants 21, Minnesota Vikings 3

New York's defense dominated the Favre-less Vikings...Giants running backs Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw trampled the Vikings' run defense, each gaining over 100 yards.

A flat effort officially eliminated the Vikings from post-season contention...Vikings quarterback Brett Favre, whose 297-game consecutive start streak ended, weighed in on his playing future.

Baltimore Ravens 34, Houston Texans 28 (OT)

Cornerback Josh Wilson's pick-six bailed out the Ravens in overtime...The Ravens are good, but they're not a championship-caliber team, writes Mike Preston of The Baltimore Sun.

The Texans' fourth-quarter rally led to one of the most disappointing losses in a frustrating season...Texans head coach Gary Kubiak defended quarterback Matt Schaub after the overtime loss.

NFL News and Notes

New England Patriots first-round cornerback Devin McCourty escaped serious injury, reports Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald.

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Lee Evans may land on injured reserve.

Bad footwork is hindering New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez's performance, head coach Rex Ryan says.

Free agent wide receiver Kevin Curtis will sign with the Miami Dolphins.

San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates hasn't decided if he'll play on Thursday night against San Francisco.

Oakland Raiders head coach Tom Cable laughed off reports of tension between him and offensive coordinator Hue Jackson.

The Denver Broncos will continue to start Kyle Orton at quarterback.

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel is preparing as if he'll start on Sunday against St. Louis, reports Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star.

The Indianapolis Colts hope to get a few injured players back for this week's game against Jacksonville.

Mathematically, the Tennessee Titans are still eligible for the post-season, writes Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean.

On Sunday, the Jacksonville Jaguars can break the Colts' stranglehold on the AFC South.

Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski is confident that Carson Palmer will bounce back from his struggles, reports Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Cleveland Browns head coach Eric Mangini will wait until Wednesday before making a decision at quarterback.

Players on the Pittsburgh Steelers are looking forward to facing former teammate Santonio Holmes on Sunday.

Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy is the next Brian Westbrook, writes Rich Hofmann of the Philadelphia Daily News.

Washington Redskins safety LaRon Landry's breakout season has ended with his placement on injured reserve.

Despite being eliminated from the playoffs, the Dallas Cowboys aren't giving up on the 2010 season, writes Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton is looking forward to this week's test on the road.

More injuries means more roster shuffling for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, writes Rick Stroud of the St. Petersburg Times.

The Atlanta Falcons will be seeking a third straight road win on Sunday in Seattle.

Two starters on the Carolina Panthers defense were lost for the year against the Falcons.

After slaying the divisional demon, the Detroit Lions' next test is to win on the road.

The Chicago Bears could have an opportunity to clinch the NFC North next Monday night.

The Green Bay Packers offensive line is looking to rebound from a poor performance against the Lions.

St. Louis Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo isn't using the "P" word, writes Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Deon Butler had surgery to repair a broken bone is his lower right leg.

By blowing out the Seahawks, the San Francisco 49ers were able to rest some key players for Thursday night's game against San Diego.

Arizona Cardinals fifth-round quarterback John Skelton will make his second NFL start against Carolina on Sunday.

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