The AP schedule of season-ending NFL stories:
FBN--PICK 6-BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENTS
Jon Gruden’s return to Oakland was a big headline of the offseason, but the Raiders proved a big dud. The were plenty of other disappointments. Consider running back Leonard Fournette, along with the rest of the Jaguars. And don’t forget Le’Veon Bell, who never set foot on the field for the Steelers. By Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell. SENT Dec. 21: 650 words, photos.
From Cleveland’s Baker Mayfield at the top to Leighton Vander Esch of Dallas roughly in the middle to Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson at the end, plenty of first-round draft picks have had an impact as rookies in the NFL. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. SENT Dec. 25: 800 words, photos. With glance.
Philip Lindsay didn’t receive an invitation to the NFL scouting combine and his name wasn’t called during the draft, but the talented running back heads the list of undrafted rookies who’ve made an impact this season. By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. SENT Dec. 25: 800 words, photos.
For all the excitement over the likes of Patrick Mahomes and Baker Mayfield, two of the baby-faced, new-age quarterbacks bringing their spread DNA from college towns to NFL cities, old standbys had a major say in the playoff pecking order. Such guys as Aaron Donald, J.J. Watt, Khalil Mack, Travis Kelce, Kyle Fuller, and Adam Vinatieri. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. Sent Dec. 26. 800 words, photos.
FBN--ON FOOTBALL-OFFBEAT AWARDS.
A look at some awards for which there are no prime-time TV shows or plaques, from best play to worst, best game to worst. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. For Dec. 28 release: 900 words, photos.
FBN--WHERE’S THE D?
With all the rule changes and dynamic offenses that dominate these days, it’s hard to imagine there can be a defense that leads a team on the Super Bowl run the way the Legion of Boom did in Seattle, or Von Miller and Co. in Denver did just a few years ago. A few teams will try this season, most notably Chicago and perhaps Dallas and Seattle. By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. For Jan. 2 release: 850 words, photos.
After years of declines, most of the NFL’s television packages experienced ratings increases this season due to less scrutiny to off-field events and better prime-time matchups. By Joe Reedy. For Jan. 4 release: 700 words.
FBN--TIM DAHLBERG-NFL OFFICIATING
Tim Dahlberg takes a look at a rough year for NFL officiating, and how it could impact the playoffs and Super Bowl. By Sports Columnist Tim Dahlberg. For Jan. 4 release: 800 words, photos.