January 2016 Archives
VFLs In NFL Playoffs
Thirteen VFLs are on teams still alive in the NFL playoffs. Below is this week's schedule for the Divisional Round:
Saturday, Jan. 16
Kansas City Chiefs at New England Patriots, 4:35 p.m. ET on CBS
Green Bay Packers at Arizona Cardinals, 8:15 p.m. ET on NBC
Sunday, Jan. 17
Seattle Seahawks at Carolina Panthers, 1:05 p.m. ET on FOX
Pittsburgh Steelers at Denver Broncos, 4:40 p.m. ET on CBS
Berry's Playoff Pick
VFL Eric Berry intercepted a pass from Houston's Brian Hoyer in the first quarter and tallied three tackles to help the Kansas City Chiefs shut out the Texans, 30-0, in their Wildcard Weekend matchup at NRG Stadium.
It was Berry's first postseason pick. Berry, who was named to the All-Pro team by the Associated Press last week, is in the NFL playoffs for the third time in his career. Saturday's win marked the first time Berry has advanced past the wild card round.
Manning Will Start For Broncos
During their first-round bye, Denver named VFL Peyton Manning as its starting quarterback for the Broncos' Divisional Round game against Pittsburgh on Jan. 17.
Manning started the Denver Broncos' first nine games of the season, leading the team to a 7-2 mark.
After suffering a plantar fascia tear, he sat out the next six games while recovering from the injury before returning in Denver's regular-season finale against San Diego on Jan. 3. Manning entered the game with the Broncos down 13-7 in the third quarter and directed the team on four scoring drives en route to a 27-20 win that gave Denver the No. 1 AFC seed and home-field advantage in the playoffs.
Manning is in the NFL playoffs for the 15th time in his storied career. He ranks second all-time in career postseason passing yards (6,800) and fourth in postseason touchdowns (38).
Mayo Makes Postseason Return
VFL Jerod Mayo makes his postseason return after he was sidelined due to injury during the New England Patriots' Super Bowl run last year.
Mayo has played in seven postseason games with 58 career tackles (29 solo) and one forced fumble.
Mayo is a veteran leader on the Patriots' defense and played in all 16 regular-season games. He missed most of the 2014 season with a torn patella tendon, but battled back in the offseason to be healthy for the start of 2015. Mayo and the New England defense held opponents to under 20 points seven times this year and he finished the regular season strong with 21 tackles over the final four games.
|Player||Pos.||Team||Last Week||Result||Wild Card Weekend|
|Eric Berry||DB||Kansas City||at Houston||W, 30-0||3 tackles, 1 INT, 1 pass def|
|Tyler Bray||QB||Kansas City||at Houston||W, 30-0||Non-Football Injury List|
|Justin Coleman||DB||New England||Bye|
|Dustin Colquitt||P||Kansas City||at Houston||W, 30-0||4 punts, 45.3 avg, 3 in 20|
|Arian Foster||RB||Houston||vs. Kansas City||L, 30-0||Injured Reserve|
|Ramon Foster||G||Pittsburgh||at Cincinnati||W, 18-16||Started at LG|
|Zach Fulton||G||Kansas City||at Houston||W, 30-0||Started at C|
|Jerod Mayo||LB||New England||Bye|
|Daniel McCullers||DT||Pittsburgh||at Cincinnati||W, 18-16||---|
|Rajion Neal||RB||Pittsburgh||at Cincinnati||W, 18-16||Practice Squad|
|Cordarrelle Patterson||WR||Minnesota||vs. Seattle||L, 10-9||3 KR, 21.0 avg.|
|-- = played, no stats|
Berry Named To 4th Pro Bowl
VFL Eric Berry has earned a trip to the Pro Bowl for the fourth time in his career (2010, 2012, 2013, 2015). Berry has 61 tackles, two interceptions and 10 passes deflected this year. His return this season from Hodgkin lymphoma has been inspirational and he is considered a top candidate for NFL Comeback Player of the Year.
The Kansas City Chiefs are 10-5 with a playoff spot clinched entering Week 17. Berry, who ranks third on the team in tackles, played a major role in the Chiefs' turnaround after starting the year 1-5.
Ayers On Fire
VFL Robert Ayers is enjoying the best year of his seven-year NFL career. In just 11 games played, he had posted a career-high 8.5 sacks. He also set a new personal best with for passes deflected and is just five tackles away (34) of matching his career high of 39 (2011 and 2010 with Denver).
Ayers has recorded a sack in each of the New York Giants' last four games. He had 18 tackles and 6.5 sacks in the month of December.
|Player||Pos.||Team||Last Week||Result||Week 16 Stats||Week 17 Opponent|
|Robert Ayers||DE||NY Giants||at Minnesota||L, 49-17||6 tackles, 1.5 sacks||vs. PHI, 1 pm ET, FOX|
|Eric Berry||DB||Kansas City||vs. Cleveland||W, 17-13||3 tackles, 2 pass def||vs. OAK, 4:25 pm ET, FOX|
|Tyler Bray||QB||Kansas City||vs. Cleveland||W, 17-13||Non-Football Injury List||vs. OAK, 4:25 pm ET, FOX|
|Justin Coleman||DB||New England||at NY Jets||L, 26-20||1 tackle||at MIA, 1 pm ET, CBS|
|Britton Colquitt||P||Denver||vs. Cincinnati||W, 20-17||5 punts, 41.8 avg, 3 in 20||vs. SD, 4:25 pm ET, CBS|
|Dustin Colquitt||P||Kansas City||vs. Cleveland||W, 17-13||5 punts, 36.8 avg, 1 in 20||vs. OAK, 4:25 pm ET, FOX|
|Morgan Cox||LS||Baltimore||vs. Pittsburgh||W, 20-17||---||at CIN, 1 pm ET, FOX|
|Matt Darr||P||Miami||vs. Indianapolis||L, 18-12||3 punts, 52.3 avg, 1 in 20||vs. NE, 1 pm ET, CBS|
|Arian Foster||RB||Houston||at Tennessee||W, 34-6||Injured Reserve||vs. JAC, 1 pm ET, CBS|
|Ramon Foster||G||Pittsburgh||at Baltimore||L, 20-17||Started at LG||at CLE, 1 pm ET, CBS|
|Zach Fulton||G||Kansas City||vs. Cleveland||W, 17-13||Started at C||vs. OAK, 4:25 pm ET, FOX|
|Justin Hunter||WR||Tennessee||vs. Houston||L, 34-6||Injured Reserve||at IND, 1 pm ET, CBS|
|Malik Jackson||DE||Denver||vs. Cincinnati||W, 20-17||3 tackles||vs. SD, 4:25 pm ET, CBS|
|Ja'Wuan James||T||Miami||vs. Indianapolis||L, 18-12||DNP||vs. NE, 1 pm ET, CBS|
|Austin Johnson||FB||New Orleans||vs. Jacksonville||W, 38-27||2 rec, 19 yards||at ATL, 1 pm ET, FOX|
|Peyton Manning||QB||Denver||vs. Cincinnati||W, 20-17||DNP||vs. SD, 4:25 pm ET, CBS|
|Jerod Mayo||LB||New England||at NY Jets||L, 26-20||1 tackle||at MIA, 1 pm ET, CBS|
|Jacques McClendon||C/G||Miami||vs. Indianapolis||L, 18-12||---||vs. NE, 1 pm ET, CBS|
|Daniel McCullers||DT||Pittsburgh||at Baltimore||L, 20-17||---||at CLE, 1 pm ET, CBS|
|Tony McDaniel||DE||Tampa Bay||vs. Chicago||L, 26-21||4 tackles||at CAR, 4:35 pm ET, FOX|
|Cordarrelle Patterson||WR||Minnesota||vs. NY Giants||W, 49-17||1 KR, 16 yards||at GB, 8:30 pm ET, NBC|
|Mychal Rivera||TE||Oakland||vs. San Diego||W, 23-20||DNP||at KC, 4:25 pm ET, FOX|
|Chris Scott||G||Carolina||at Atlanta||L, 20-17||---||vs. TB, 4:25 pm ET, FOX|
|Matt Simms||QB||Atlanta||vs. Carolina||W, 20-13||Practice Squad||vs. NO, 1 pm ET, FOX|
|James Stone||C/G||Atlanta||vs. Carolina||W, 20-13||DNP||vs. NO, 1 pm ET, FOX|
|Luke Stocker||TE||Tampa Bay||vs. Chicago||L, 26-21||1 rec, 7 yards||at CAR, 4:35 pm ET, FOX|
|Dallas Thomas||G||Miami||vs. Indianapolis||L, 18-12||Started at LG||vs. NE, 1 pm ET, CBS|
|Dan Williams||DT||Oakland||vs. San Diego||W, 23-20||3 tackles||at KC, 4:25 pm ET, FOX|
|Jordan Williams||DL||Miami||vs. Indianapolis||L, 18-12||Practice Squad||vs. NE, 1 pm ET, CBS|
|Jason Witten||TE||Dallas||at Buffalo||L, 16-6||1 rec, 12 yards||vs. WAS 1 pm ET, FOX|
|Justin Worley||QB||Chicago||at Tampa Bay||W, 26-21||Practice Squad||vs. DET, 1 pm ET, FOX|
|-- = played, no stats|
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