Ben Roethlisberger said he would love to prove the five interceptions he threw against the Jaguars in a 30-9 loss in Week 5 was a fluke. He gets his chance to show just that Sunday when Pittsburgh takes on Jacksonville in the AFC Divisional Round.
Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward had 12 sacks this season, the most he’s had in a single season in his career. He had 10 sacks in his last two years combined.
An NFL spokesman said of Mayfield’s case that there was no issue that would preclude him from attending, likely because his incident did not involve violence.
Mayfield was arrested Feb. 25 in Arkansas by Fayetteville police for public intoxication and was cited for disorderly conduct, fleeing and resisting arrest. In June, Mayfield reached a plea deal and paid fines for the charges.
According to ESPN, the NFL refuses to invite any player to the combine who had a conviction involving violence, and the league runs background checks on all potential invitees.
Peyton Manning (Retired) / Eli Manning (Giants): Peyton is everybody’s consensus No. 1 choice. All we have heard for years is that he’s a football savant. He’d be great on TV. But Peyton has more money now than he knows what to do with. He’s more interested in team ownership, a la Derek Jeter, than announcing.
After setting an NFL record for completion percentage (72.0) in the regular season, Brees didn’t quite match that kind of accuracy Sunday. He also had the blemish of a late interception that served as a short-arm punt because of his coach’s controversial decision to go for it on fourth-and-2.
But given the Saints’ defense gave up 349 yards passing to Newton and the Saints’ offense managed only 41 yards rushing, his teammates are sure to forgive Brees for not being practically perfect as they survived and advanced. In improving to 7-5 in his 12 career playoff games, Brees has thrown for 26 TDs with only seven INTs, and has put up a 101.6 rating while averaging 327 yards passing per game.
The report stated that Peat would miss the remainder of the game and will have an MRI to determine if he suffered ligament damage.
Senio Kelemete, who started six games this season, replaced Peat in the lineup.
The Saints were already worried about left tackle Terron Armstead’s availability Sunday, but he started and the Saints carried just seven offensive lineman against the Panthers, meaning they have just one sub remaining.