NFL News and Notes – Thursday November 29th 2018

November 29, 2018 by Ryan Knuppel

National Football LeagueThe countdown to the playoffs has begun with just 5 weeks left in the regular season to make or break some teams postseason hopes.

ith that said, there are some intriguing matchups this weekend, and we’re here to give you a look at the playoff picture in each conference, an updated injury report, and a few intriguing storylines heading into week 13.

Former Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster has been in the news quite a bit since his entrance into the NFL. He was kicked out of the NFL Scouting Combine and made headlines earlier this year for reportedly abusing his girlfriend, who later recanted her accusation in front of a judge.

This past week, Foster was involved in another alleged domestic violence incident involving the same girlfriend. The 49ers subsequently cut Foster who was placed on waivers. The Redskins then claimed Foster, who was signed to the roster earlier this week.

The Redskins organization has defended the decision, stating that they are not guaranteeing Foster’s place on the roster and that they will let the legal formalities play out without interference. They also stated they spoke with former teammates of Foster, who reportedly supported him and the decision to bring him aboard, but those players later refuted this report.

Big Ben Criticizes Teammates

Shocker right? Ben Roethlisberger has never been one to hold back his feelings regarding his team, his coaches, or his own individual play. Ben was apparently very frustrated with a few fellow Steelers following their 24-17 loss to the Broncos.

He called out Antonio Brown’s effort during his routes late in the game, as well as rookie receiver James Washington for dropping a pass. He also took issue with Maurkice Pouncey’s blocking on the final play, saying Pouncey blocked Broncos DT Shelby Harris too far back which created the game ending interception.

Playoff Picture

NFC

  1. New Orleans Saints (10-1) (@DAL, @TB, @CAR)
  2. Los Angeles Rams (10-1) (@DET, @CHI, PHI)
  3. Chicago Bears (8-3) (@NYG, LAR, GB)
  4. Dallas Cowboys (6-5) (NO, PHI, @IND
  5. Minnesota Vikings (6-4-1) (@NE, @SEA, MIA)
  6. Washington Redskins (6-5) (@PHI, NYG, @JAX)

In The Hunt: SEA (6-5), CAR (6-5), PHI (5-6), GB (4-6-1), ATL (4-7)

Projected Matchups

Wild Card

#6 Redskins @ #3 Bears
#5 Vikings @ #4 Cowboys

Divisional

Highest remaining seed @ #1 Saints
Lowest remaining seed @ #2 Rams

AFC

  1. Kansas City Chiefs (9-2) (@OAK, BAL, LAC)
  2. New England Patriots (8-3) (MIN, @MIA, @PIT)
  3. Houston Texans (8-3) (CLE, IND, @NYJ)
  4. Pittsburgh Steelers (7-3-1) (LAC, @OAK, NE)
  5. Los Angeles Chargers (8-3) (@PIT, CIN, @KC)
  6. Baltimore Ravens (6-5) (@ATL, @KC, TB)

In The Hunt: IND (6-5), MIA (5-6), CIN (5-6), DEN (5-6), TEN (5-6)

Projected Matchups

Wild Card

#6 Ravens @ #3 Texans
#5 Chargers @ #4 Steelers

Divisional

Highest remaining seed @ #1 Chiefs
Lowest remaining seed @ #2 Patriots

Injury Report

ATL LB Deion Jones (foot) – questionable
ATL WR Calvin Ridley (ankle) – questionable
CAR CB Donte Jackson (quad) – questionable
CAR WR Devin Funchess (back) – questionable
CHI QB Mitchell Trubisky (shoulder) – questionable
CIN WR A.J. Green (toe) – questionable
DAL LB Sean Lee (hamstring) – questionable
DAL T Tyron Smith (neck) – questionable
DEN EDGE Shaq Barrett (hip) – out
DET RB Kerryon Johnson (knee) – questionable
GB TE Jimmy Graham (knee) – questionable
GB T Davifd Bakhtiari (knee) – questionable
IND RB Marlon Mack (concussion) – questionable
JAX CB Jalen Ramsey (knee) – doubtful
KC S Eric Berry (heel) – questionable
LAR CB Aqib Talib (ankle) – questionable
LAC RB Melvin Gordon (knee) – out
NO T Terron Armstead (shoulder) – out
NYJ QB Sam Darnold (foot) – questionable
PHI LB Jordan Hicks (calf) – out
PIT T Marcus Gilbert (knee) – questionable
SF CB Jimmie Ward (forearm) – placed on IR

There’s a lot of opportunities for movement in the coming weeks for playoff teams and teams on the bubble. These next few weeks are going to involve a lot of meaningful football games for a lot of the league, and entertainment value will be at an all time high. Some games to watch for this weekend are [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], and [email protected]

Enjoy the contests and as always good luck on any action you may have on the games. Cheers!