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Raiders haven't needed much from Janikowski (The Associated Press)
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) -- For years Sebastian Janikowski has been the saving grace whenever the Oakland Raiders' offense stalled. The veteran kicker repeatedly bailed the team out with his powerful leg, setting numerous franchise records along the way.
Bills-Raiders Preview (The Associated Press)
Despite having guaranteed themselves their best finish in 10 years, the Buffalo Bills' hopes of ending the longest active playoff drought in the NFL are slim.
'Hands Up' players to attend Ferguson Christmas party (The Associated Press)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Jared Cook wants to be more than hands up, he wants to be hands on this holiday season.
Raiders defense depleted by injuries (The Associated Press)
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) -- The Oakland Raiders defense was dealt a big blow back in the preseason when middle linebacker and defensive signal caller Nick Roach suffered a season-ending concussion.
'Super Mario' making presence felt in Buffalo (The Associated Press)
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- Jerry Hughes shakes his head in dismay and mutters, ''That's crazy.''
Chiefs' draft picks starting to produce late (The Associated Press)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- John Dorsey likes to say that it takes several years before a verdict can be returned on a draft pick. There is a learning curve for rookies, often a steep one. The pro game is faster, players are stronger and the plays more complex.
Chargers-49ers Preview (The Associated Press)
The San Diego Chargers already face a difficult task in trying to get back into playoff position with just two weeks left. Making it even more challenging is an expanding list of injured players.
Bills-Raiders Capsule (The Associated Press)
BUFFALO (8-6) vs. OAKLAND (2-12)
Chiefs-Steelers Capsule (The Associated Press)
KANSAS CITY (8-6) at PITTSBURGH (9-5)
Carr faces another tough test in rookie season (The Associated Press)
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) -- Derek Carr's rookie season has been like an advanced placement class for quarterbacks.
Win and hope: Bills focus solely on facing Raiders (The Associated Press)
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- Running back Fred Jackson doesn't have the time or patience to figure out the various scenarios that ensure the Buffalo Bills staying alive in the AFC playoff picture for one more week.
Getting Defensive: Week 16 (Rotoworld)
Jeff Ratcliffe breaks down the matchups for all 32 fantasy defenses in action and gives his top kicker plays for Week 16.
Stock Up, Stock Down: Week 15 (Rotoworld)
Raymond Summerlin examines which players saw their fantasy football stock rise and fall in Week 15 of the NFL season.
Chargers will remain in San Diego at least through 2015 (Shutdown Corner)
The San Diego Chargers will stay put. For another season, at least. The franchise could have opted out of its lease at Qualcomm Stadium but has decided to extend the agreement at least through the 2015 NFL season, with the hope of getting a long-term agreement on a new, publicly funded stadium. From the Chargers' website: "On February 1st of every year since 2007, the Chargers have been eligible to terminate the team’s lease for Qualcomm Stadium," said Mark Fabiani, the Chargers' special counsel to team president Dean Spanos, in a prepared statement . "And each year since 2007, the Chargers have announced that the team will not exercise the termination clause and instead continue to work toward a permanent stadium solution in San Diego. "Today, the Chargers are making the same announcement that the team has made each year since 2007: The team will not be exercising the lease termination clause and will keep working to find a publicly acceptable way to build a Super-Bowl quality stadium in San Diego. Calendar year 2015 will constitute the team’s fourteenth year of work on a San Diego stadium solution." [ Join FanDuel.com's $2M Week 16 fantasy league: $25 to enter; top 17,475 teams paid ] Fabiani has been the Chargers' point man on the club's stadium concerns. The club had been in the Super Bowl mix, hosting the big game four times between 1988 and 2003. But Qualcomm has become outdated and has fallen to substandard quality compared to more modern structures and would not be considered for the game without major improvements. More likely is the construction of a new stadium, but that requires taxpayer assistance, which has been a roadblock to this point. The Chargers are one of a handful of NFL teams, along with the Oakland Raiders and St. Louis Rams, who are using the spectre of a franchise landing in Los Angeles as leverage to land a new stadium in their respective city. But short of landing a deal for a new building, any of those clubs — all of which have ties to L.A. — could opt to move. There is a three-month window, between Feb. 1 and May 1, during which the Chargers can opt out of their lease with the city of San Diego. Leaving would require the Chargers to pay the city $17.6 million next year. For now, though, the Chargers are staying. - - - - - - - Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at edholm@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Eric_Edholm
Raiders place LB Sio Moore on IR (The Associated Press)
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) -- The Oakland Raiders have placed linebacker Sio Moore on season-ending injured reserve with a hip injury.
Waiver Wire: Week 16 (Rotoworld)
Adam Levitan has notes on potential plug-n-plays for Super Bowl week. Joseph Randle tops the list if DeMarco Murray sits.
Jon Gruden agrees to contract extension with ESPN (The Associated Press)
CHICAGO (AP) -- - Jon Gruden has agreed to a contract extension with ESPN through the 2021 NFL season.
Shutdown Corner NFL Power Rankings: Which 11-5 team will get left out? (Shutdown Corner)
Philadelphia Eagles fans, who know plenty about hardship, should start bracing themselves now. The Eagles are probably going 11-5, and they're probably staying at home for the postseason despite that record. The 1985 Denver Broncos and 2008 New England Patriots are the only teams that have missed the playoffs with 11 wins since the NFL went to the 16-game schedule in 1978. But Sunday's loss to the Dallas Cowboys puts the Eagles in a bad place. The Eagles' 5-5 conference record is a problem when it comes to tiebreakers. And the Packers and Lions are each favored to get their 11th win this weekend. The Cardinals already have 11. The Seahawks need to win just one of their last two to get to 11 wins, and they'll be heavily favored in both remaining games. The Eagles might need the Cowboys to drop one of their last two games to get into the playoffs. And then we can probably just make this same sad tale about whichever 11-win NFC team gets left home because it seems like a good bet that it'll happen to someone.
Some Raiders players want Sparano in 2015 (The Associated Press)
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) -- There have been several high-profile names talked about as potential candidates for the Oakland Raiders head coaching job in 2015. Running back Latavius Murray has his own: current interim coach Tony Sparano.
With Chiefs' Charles banged up, Davis steps up (The Associated Press)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Jamaal Charles sprained his ankle against Denver. He had it twisted at a gruesome angle against Arizona. His knee has repeatedly swollen up after games. He took such a blow Sunday against Oakland that he was administered a concussion test on the sideline.
Chiefs pull away to beat Raiders, 31-13 (The Associated Press)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Kansas City Chiefs were clinging to the lead early in the second half against Oakland on Sunday when Travis Kelce was stripped of the ball deep in their own territory.
Patriots, Broncos, Colts, Cardinals in playoffs (The Associated Press)
Here is the NFL's playoff checklist:
NFL Today, Week 15 (The Associated Press)
Monday, Dec. 15
Another year, another division title for Pats and Colts (NFL in 90) (Shutdown Corner)
If it's December, the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts must be clinching another division title. Indeed, no two teams have dominated their competition quite like the Pats and Colts since the NFL moved to eight four-team divisions in 2002. The Patriots clinched their sixth straight AFC East title on Sunday with a 41-13 romp over the Miami Dolphins. New England has won 11 of the 13 AFC East titles since 2002. Only the Jets in 2002 and the Dolphins in 2008 were able to disrupt the reign of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. The Colts, meanwhile, have won nine of the 13 AFC South titles after Sunday's 17-10 over the Houston Texans. They're just ahead of a group that are still in contention for their own division titles in 2014: the Green Bay Packers (7), the Seattle Seahawks (6) and the Philadelphia Eagles (6). (The Eagles' chances for winning the NFC East, however, took a big hit with their loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night.) Check out our updated NFL playoff picture page .  A few other division title-related facts: • The Denver Broncos won their fifth AFC West title since 2002 by beating the San Diego Chargers, who also have five division titles to their name.  • Four teams have never won a division title under the current format: the Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions and Jacksonville Jaguars.  • Five teams have won one division title since 2002: Dolphins, Jets, Washington Redskins, St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders • All four teams in the NFC South have won three division titles apiece. Whoever "wins" the division this year will take the lead over the other three teams. Carolina currently holds the lead with a 5-8-1 record.  - - - - - - - Kevin Kaduk is a writer for Yahoo Sports .. Have a tip? Email him at kevinkaduk@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @KevinKaduk
Jets win! Jets win! ... and also lose 2015 draft positioning (Shutdown Corner)
The New York Jets beat the Tennessee Titans. Rex Ryan is not dead yet, although his team almost found a way to blow the game at the end with an aborted Music City Miracle, Part 2. Reason to rejoice? Uhh, not if you're wanting the Jets to land Marcus Mariota . The Jets' 16-11 victory (and yes, it was ugly as that score looks on your screen) was the team's third victory of the season, and it moved them behind the glut of four two-win teams that includes the Titans in the race for the first overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft. Yes, the Jets' win Sunday was really a loss. As things stand, the top of the draft looks like this: 1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2. Tennessee Titans 3. Jacksonville Jaguars 4. Oakland Raiders 5. Washington Redskins 6. New York Jets The Jets and Redskins each have three wins, but the Redskins would pick ahead of them because the winning percentage of their opponents is far lower. Can the Jets move up for a quarterback? We shall see — plenty of time to debate that one. Maybe Ryan was trying to sabotage the Jets' chances of getting Mariota by trying to win this game, realizing that it wasn't likely to save his job status. More interesting to the top of the draft is the fact that the Titans and Jaguars play on Thursday to kick off Week 16. And that is the only interesting thing about that game. - - - - - - - Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at edholm@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Eric_Edholm
Alex Smith helps Chiefs rout Raiders 31-13 (The Associated Press)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Andy Reid preached all week for the Kansas City Chiefs to rediscover their identity. Find the swagger that had gone missing during a three-game losing streak that put their playoff hopes in peril.
Raiders Pounded by Chiefs, 31-13 (Automated Insights)
The Raiders allowed scoring plays of 70 yards and 76 yards and were held in check by the Chiefs, 31-13, at Arrowhead Stadium.
Packers Suffer 21-13 Defeat Against Bills (Automated Insights)
Eddie Lacy had a big day for the offense, but it was not enough to avoid a loss for the Packers against the Bills, 21-13, in Orchard Park.
Bills Take Down Packers, 21-13 (Automated Insights)
The Bills outscored the Packers, 21-13, at home.
Report: Raiders could clean house, including GM Reggie McKenzie (Shutdown Corner)
If you're an Oakland Raiders fan, you might want to peruse both our Hot Seat Ratings for coaches and potential candidates who could replace any fired coaches. Why? It appears the Raiders — no big surprise — could be ready to make a splash. And it might not only involve their coaching staff, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.  Oakland preparing for sweeping changes that involve its GM Reggie McKenzie, according to league sources. Mark Davis getting ready to spend. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 14, 2014 [ Join FanDuel.com's $2M Week 15 fantasy league: $25 to enter; top 17,475 teams paid ] This report, while not shocking, does open the possibility for a head-coaching candidate who demands a strong measure of say over personnel matters. Can you say Jim Harbaugh or Jon Gruden?  (Sorry, Tony Sparano ... but you'll always have your Gatorade bath to fall back on.) Those names might top Raiders fans' Christmas lists, but it's no guarantee that either, even if Mark Davis unloads a vat of cash at their feet, would take the job. After all, the Raiders have been a wasteland of football non-excellence. Since 2003, they have not finished above .500 and have a combined 10 victories the past three seasons through Week 14 of this year. But, if you're of the Bill Parcellsian midset, sometimes taking over those reclamation projects makes the most sense. A rock star such as Harbaugh and Gruden can waltz in, demand instant credibility, run the roster through a blender, make critical calls on key free agents and draft picks and have almost nowhere to go but up. Beyond that, the Raiders have what few bottom-dwellers seldom do: a quarterback, in Derek Carr, who appears to be very promising. Carr, Khalil Mack and the rest of a promising rookie draft class should make whomever takes the job quite happy the next several seasons as a built-in foundation to build off of. Who will be the next general manager and head coach? We don't know. But we do think Davis is ready to swing for the fences. The Raiders should be among the more fascinating teams to track this offseason. - - - - - - - Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at edholm@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Eric_Edholm