Northern Illinois hires former star RB Hammock as coach
DEKALB, Ill. (AP) — Northern Illinois has hired former star running back Thomas Hammock as its head coach.
Hammock is taking over at his alma mater after spending 16 seasons as a college and NFL assistant — the past five as the Baltimore Ravens’ running backs coach. With the hiring ...
BALTIMORE (AP) — It’s been six years since the Ravens hosted a playoff game, so forgive Pro Bowl guard Marshal Yanda for forgetting protocol regarding the distribution of tickets.
“Somebody was asking me if we got tickets during the playoff games, and I couldn’t really remember,” he said ...
COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Chargers don’t need much of a refresher course on their first-round playoff opponent, considering they played them less than two weeks ago.
The Chargers will make the cross-country trek for Sunday’s AFC wild-card round game against Baltimore, which ...
Ravens enter playoffs as 1 of the league’s hottest teams
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — John Harbaugh was still fired up one day after the Baltimore Ravens finally ended a three-year NFL playoff drought.
Over the course of this whirlwind season, Baltimore has gone from a team on the cusp of spiralling downward to one that poses a formidable challenge ...
All the Ravens had to do to make the playoffs was beat the Browns.
It’s not as easy as it used to be.
Baltimore needed a late fourth-down interception to stifle Baker Mayfield’s momentum, secure a 26-24 victory over Cleveland and wrap up the AFC North.
The win ended the season ...
Steelers edge Bengals 16-13 but miss out on playoffs
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The win they needed but at times didn’t act like they particularly wanted finally secured, the Pittsburgh Steelers lingered on the Heinz Field turf after a sluggish 16-13 victory over Cincinnati on Sunday and turned their eyes to the massive videoboard in the south end ...
Ravens win AFC North, Eagles, Colts get wild cards
The playoff chase went down to the final minutes of the season Sunday, when Baltimore squeezed in as AFC North winner, and defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia got some help to secure an NFC wild card.
That left Pittsburgh and Minnesota out.
Kansas City (12-4) grabbed the AFC’s ...
Ravens squeeze past Browns 26-24 to earn AFC North tile
BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens flipped the script and put one heck of an ending on a regular season that featured countless surprises and plot twists.
Getting two rushing touchdowns from rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson and a late defensive stand, Baltimore squeezed past the ...
There are plenty of playoff implications heading into the final day of the NFL’s regular season on Sunday.
Already in the playoffs, the Texans need a win over the Jaguars to clinch the AFC South.
In Kansas City, the Chiefs need a win over Oakland to clinch the AFC West and home-field ...
Steelers hope for a win (and some luck) vs. Bengals
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown is modifying his jersey, using a marker to add an “s” to the end of his last name.
Safety Sean Davis is mulling a present or two to Cleveland quarterback Baker Mayfield, ...
Ravens get what they wanted: Beat Browns to earn playoffs
BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens couldn’t have asked for a better scenario heading into Sunday’s AFC North matchup with the Cleveland Browns.
“At the beginning of the season, if we say we control our destiny going into the last game, we can win the division, we’d have all signed up ...
CLEVELAND (7-7-1) at BALTIMORE (9-6)
Sunday, 4:25 p.m. EST, CBS
OPENING LINE - Ravens by 6
RECORD VS. SPREAD - Cleveland 9-6, Baltimore 8-7
SERIES RECORD - Ravens lead 29-10
LAST MEETING - Browns beat Ravens 12-9, OT, Oct. 7
LAST WEEK - Browns beat Bengals ...
CINCINNATI (6-9) at PITTSBURGH (8-6-1)
Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS
OPENING LINE — Steelers by 14
RECORD VS. SPREAD — Cincinnati 10-5, Pittsburgh 8-6-1
SERIES RECORD — Steelers lead 63-35
LAST MEETING — Steelers beat Bengals 28-21, Oct. 14
LAST WEEK — Bengals ...
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Lamar Jackson has gotten most of the headlines, yet the former Louisville quarterback is merely one of several rookies whose contributions have helped the Baltimore Ravens move within striking distance of the AFC North title.
Jackson, the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner ...
Tomlin trying to keep reeling Steelers focused despite odds
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mike Tomlin isn’t going to complain about the officiating. Or lament the turnovers and missed opportunities over the last month that have the Pittsburgh Steelers on the outside of the playoffs looking in heading into Week 17.
The longtime head coach doesn’t see the point ...
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Ravens have been here before: Win, and they’re in playoffs
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — After missing the postseason for three straight years, the Baltimore Ravens probably wouldn’t complain at all about squeezing into this year’s playoffs as a wild card.
Entering as AFC North champions is so much better — a scenario that stands as a distinct ...
Bengals clinch last place, adding intrigue to Lewis’ fate
CINCINNATI (AP) — A lackluster showing in Cleveland consigned the Bengals to last place for only the second time in coach Marvin Lewis’ 16 seasons and added another twist to Cincinnati’s futile and fan-alienating season.
A 26-18 ...
NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL has moved next week’s Titans-Colts game into prime time on NBC.
Both AFC South teams are 9-6 and the winner of the regular-season finale will reach the playoffs.
The Colts won the first meeting 38-10 in Week 11 in Indianapolis.
Bengals clinch last-place finish with 26-18 loss to Browns
CLEVELAND (AP) — Marvin Lewis spent about 60 seconds summing up his team’s latest loss. Hue Jackson was nowhere to be found.
At this point, there’s not much left to say — the Cincinnati Bengals are a mess.
A last-place mess.
By losing for the sixth time in seven games, the ...
Jackson leads surging Ravens to 22-10 victory over Chargers
CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Just like that, the Baltimore Ravens have gone from a midseason swoon to the brink of their first playoff trip in four years.
The resurgent Ravens continued their late push with a 22-10 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers on Saturday behind Lamar Jackson’s first ...
CARSON, Calif. (AP) — The quarterback matchup for Saturday’s pivotal game between the Baltimore Ravens and Los Angeles Chargers might offer the biggest contrasts this season.
The Chargers, who have clinched their first postseason berth since 2013, feature cagy veteran Philip Rivers, who is ...
PITTSBURGH (8-5-1) at NEW ORLEANS (12-2)
Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS
OPENING LINE — Saints by 7
RECORD VS. SPREAD — Pittsburgh 7-6-1, New Orleans 10-4
SERIES RECORD — Saints lead 8-7
LAST MEETING — Saints beat Steelers 35-32, Nov. 30, 2014
LAST WEEK — Steelers ...
Ravens and Chargers both chasers as they meet Saturday
When they meet Saturday night in one of several intriguing games in the penultimate week of the NFL season, the Ravens and Chargers will be chasers. By Sunday night, they could be leaders.
Baltimore (8-6) trails Pittsburgh (8-5-1) by a half-game in the AFC North. The Chargers (11-3) are ...
Eliminated Bengals have 2 games before coaching decision
CINCINNATI (AP) — A win over equally downtrodden Oakland ended the Bengals’ five-game losing streak, but it couldn’t prevent them from being eliminated from the postseason for a third straight year.
Their final two weeks will amount to playing it out before addressing the franchise’s ...
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Looks like Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner’s balky left ankle won’t be ready to go against the Patriots.
The AFC North leaders downgraded Conner from questionable to doubtful for Sunday’s game against New England. Conner, who is sixth in the NFL with 909 ...
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers are hoping running back James Conner’s sprained left ankle will be ready in time to play on Sunday against New England.
The AFC North leaders listed Conner as questionable to face the Patriots in a pivotal game for the Steelers (7-5-1). They’ve ...
CINCINNATI (AP) — Joe Mixon had one of the best games of his career in yet another Bengals loss — making it seven of their past eight, and counting. He sees no reason to slow down even as another season slips away in Cincinnati.
“Right now, we are down but we ain’t out, so that’s how I’m ...
Bengals’ hopeful season has crashed into last place
CINCINNATI (AP) — Jeff Driskel was better in his second NFL start. Joe Mixon ran for more than 100 yards. A historically bad defense held its own after a rough start.
With all that, the Bengals still couldn’t get the one thing they really need.
“Need a win, and everything’s better,” ...
Steelers’ playoff hopes iffy after pratfall in Oakland
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin acknowledged his team’s spotty track record in Oakland before the AFC North leaders headed west last week but added “it’s not a major component of logistical preparation.”
Maybe, but history ended up repeating itself anyway in a
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers will head to Oakland without running back James Conner.
Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that Conner is dealing with a sprained left ankle and will not play when the AFC North leaders take on the last-place Raiders.
Conner, who is second in the ...
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The excuses aren’t hard to find if the Pittsburgh Steelers were in the mood to look for them.
The false start that wasn’t called on a play that ended with a Los Angeles Chargers touchdown . The apparent ...
Ravens in driver’s seat to end 3-year playoff drought
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens are still fighting to end a three-year playoff drought even though they are riding their longest winning streak of the season.
The Ravens hold a one-game lead for the sixth and final postseason spot in the AFC. Baltimore (7-5) also is within a ...
Rivers and Roethlisberger on a roll as they renew rivalry
COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — The Chargers’ Philip Rivers and Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger are playing some of the best football of their 15-year careers.
On Sunday, the two meet at Heinz Field in a prime-time game that could serve as a playoff preview.
If the postseason began this ...
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Philip Rivers didn’t exactly spend a lot of time poring over the most accurate performance by a quarterback in NFL history.
The longtime Chargers quarterback understands there’s no time.
Not with the Chargers (8-3) scrambling to stay ahead in the middle of a tight ...
Steelers look to clean up mistakes after sloppy loss
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger called the interception that ended Pittsburgh’s six-game winning streak fluky.
On the surface, the Steelers quarterback is right.
The only reason Denver defensive lineman Shelby Harris found himself in position to make a leaping grab of ...
Bengals drubbed by Browns 35-20 as free fall continues
CINCINNATI (AP) — Bengals coach Marvin Lewis exuded confidence when he fired his defensive coordinator and assumed leadership of the NFL’s worst defense. All he’s gotten is two more losses that have essentially scuttled Cincinnati’s fading hopes.
The Bengals are free falling, with no sign ...
CINCINNATI (AP) — Head coach Marvin Lewis fired the defensive coordinator and installed himself in a dual role. Bengals players talked about their trip to Baltimore as a pivotal moment in the season, almost a last-stand opportunity. They wound up getting run over.
Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell refuses to sign tag, out for 2018
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Le’Veon Bell’s patience on the football field sets him apart.
In a game built on chaos, the star running back rarely hurries or makes hasty decisions.
His ability to put his hand on the back of an offensive lineman while waiting for the hole to open — much like a ...
Ravens QB Flacco status for Sunday’s game ‘up in the air’
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Carrying a three-game losing streak and a losing record, the Baltimore Ravens now face the burden of uncertainty at the quarterback position.
Joe Flacco is nursing a hip injury that could keep him out of Sunday’s game against Cincinnati, an AFC North matchup that ...
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger sat out practice on Tuesday to give his broken left index finger a rest but he is expected to play on Thursday night when Carolina visits Heinz Field.
Roethlisberger said the finger was “fine” after he threw the ball 47 ...
The surging Pittsburgh Steelers and the slumping Baltimore Ravens are among the NFL teams kicking off Week 9.
The AFC North-leading Steelers (4-2-1) are aiming for their fourth straight win on the road against the division rival Ravens (4-4), who have lost three of four.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers have an opportunity to create some mid-season separation in the AFC North.
To do that, they will have to beat the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore on Sunday, a venue where the Steelers have found it difficult to win and ...
BALTIMORE (AP) — In each of the last two years, the Baltimore Ravens have been eliminated from playoff contention with late-season losses to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
For the first time since 2014, these AFC North rivals will wrap up the season series before December. That doesn’t mean ...
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Joe Haden knows about losing to the Baltimore Ravens.
The Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback has been on the losing end of 11 of his 14 games against Baltimore. Ten of those 11 came when he was with the Cleveland Browns. He’s only lost to the Ravens once with the Steelers, ...
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers were bullied the last time they faced the Baltimore Ravens. In a rivalry mostly defined by physicality, that might be the worst that could be said about either side following a game.
When the Steelers travel to Baltimore for their second matchup on ...
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is dealing with a broken index finger on his left hand.
Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that Roethlisberger sustained the injury on his non-throwing hand at some point in Pittsburgh’s 33-18 victory over Cleveland on ...
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Bud Dupree spent a rare fall weekend off watching the rest of the AFC North falter, one by one. First, the Browns lost in overtime in Tampa. Then Baltimore fell at home to New Orleans when Justin Tucker missed the first extra point of his ...
Bengals’ challenge: Get over yet another prime-time meltdown
CINCINNATI (AP) — Marvin Lewis went to sit in his chair and realized someone had lowered it. The chair didn’t cooperate as he struggled to get it to a comfortable level.
“I guess that’s what happens when you get beat up,” the Bengals coach joked.
Beat up, and then some.
Steady Steelers back in AFC North mix after bumpy start
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Joe Haden knows from distractions and disappointment. Call it the byproduct of spending the first seven seasons of your career in Cleveland.
So the Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback always kind of wondered about the level of concern and borderline panic — outside the locker ...