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Commissioner Roger Goodell announced the schedule of sites, dates and times for the National Football League Wild Card Playoffs on January 7-8 and Divisional Playoffs on January 14-15. (All times Eastern)


Saturday, January 7
AFC: Oakland at Houston, 4:35 p.m. on ESPN with simulcast on ABC
NFC: Detroit at Seattle, 8:15 p.m. on NBC

Sunday, January 8
AFC: Miami at Pittsburgh, 1:05 p.m. on CBS
NFC: New York Giants at Green Bay, 4:40 on FOX


Saturday, January 14
NFC: Seattle/Green Bay/New York Giants at Atlanta, 4:35 p.m. on FOX
AFC: Houston/Oakland/Miami at New England, 8:15 p.m. on CBS

Sunday, January 15
AFC: Pittsburgh/Houston/Oakland at Kansas City, 1:05 p.m. on NBC
NFC: Green Bay/New York Giants/Detroit at Dallas, 4:40 p.m. on FOX

In the Divisional Playoffs, the division champion with the best record in each conference will host the lowest seeded Wild

Card survivor. Once teams are seeded for the playoffs, positions do not change:

The NFC Championship Game will be on FOX at 3:05 p.m. and the AFC Championship Game will be on CBS at 6:40 p.m. Both games

will be played on Sunday, January 22.

The 2017 Pro Bowl (ESPN, 8:00 PM ET) will be played on Sunday, January 29 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida and

Super Bowl LI will take place on Sunday, February 5 (FOX, 6:30 PM ET), at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.

Final Playoff Seeding
1. New England (14-2, AFC East Champion)
2. Kansas City (12-4, AFC West Champion)
3. Pittsburgh (11-4, AFC North Champion)
4. Houston (9-7, AFC South Champion)
5. Oakland (12-4, 1st Wild Card)
6. Miami (10-6, 2nd Wild Card)

National Football Conference
1. Dallas (13-3, NFC East champion)
2. Atlanta (11-5, NFC South champion)
3. Seattle (10-5-1, NFC West champion)
4. Green Bay (10-6, NFC North champion)
5. New York Giants (11-5, 1st Wild Card)
6. Detroit (9-7, 2nd Wild Card)

Carolina (15-1) at Denver (12-4), 8:30 p.m. on NBC. They meet again. When we last left Carolina and Denver, they were squaring off in Super Bowl 50 (L for those that are lovers of the Roman numbers). For the Panthers, it was not a good day that Sunday afternoon in Santa Clara.

For the Broncos, it was their chance to come back to the top of the NFL mountain.

Cam Newton’s still around. As for Peyton Manning? He’s ridden off into the sunset with the Lombardi Trophy in hand. It’s round 2 and this time, it’s the season opener for both teams.

This time, the hunters become the hunted.

It’s a Super Bowl rematch and this time, there’s NO Peyton involved. Cam’s still around but this time, it’s Trevor Siemian under center.

A new era is taking shape in the Mile High City.

America… are you ready for some football?

The 2016 season begins with the NFL’s annual primetime kickoff game as the opener on NBC will feature the Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos hosting the Carolina Panthers in a rematch of Super Bowl 50. The game marks the first Super Bowl rematch played on Kickoff Weekend since 1970 (Kansas City vs. Minnesota). The Broncos enter the game with a .655 winning percentage (36-19-1) in season-opening games, the second-best record in the NFL (Dallas, .673, 37-18-1). Denver aims for its fifth consecutive victory on Kickoff Weekend, while Carolina looks to extend its season-opening winning streak to three.

Carolina and Newton “pounded” their way to Super Bowl 50 winning the NFC South for 6th time (1996, 2003, 2008, 2013, 2014, 2015) last year. Newton was named NFL MVP in 2015 and became only player ever with 30+ pass TDs (35) & 10+ rush TDs (10) in season and Newton had another weapon in RB Jonathan Stewart, who had 1,088 scrimmage yards in 2015, 3rd career season with 1,000+ scrimmage yards. Panthers TE Greg Olsen led team in catches (77) & rec. yards (1,104) last season and had 7 TDs. Only NFL TE with 5+ rec. TDs in each of past 8 seasons…LB Luke Kuechly led team with 118 tackles in 2015. Since entering NFL in 2012, Kuechly leads league with 591 tackles.

Denver won their 3rd Lombardi last season with Peyton under center. This time? It’s going to be QB Trevor Siemian, who makes 1st career start. The Broncos are 1st defending SB champ to start QB with 0 career pass attempts in season opener RB C.J. Anderson has 5 rush TDs in past 5 at home (including playoffs), while WR DeMaryius Thomas led team in catches (105) & reception yards (1,304) last season. Is only Bronco with 4 consecutive 1,200-yard seasons. Since 2012, Thomas ranks 2nd in NFL with 5,787 receiving yards and is the only NFL player with 5,500+ receiving yards (5,787) & 40+ rec. TDs (41) since 2012. Teammate WR Emmanuel Sanders had 1,135 rec. yards last year, his 2nd consecutive 1,000-yard season… The defending Super Bowl champs led the NFL in total (283.1 yards per game) & pass defense (199.6 yards per game). On the other side of the ball, it was the defense that got Denver through as LB Von Miller won Super Bowl 50 MVP and had 2.5 sacks with 2 FFs. In the past 2 post season games, (AFC Championship
Game and Super Bowl) Miller has 5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles and an interceptions and since 2011, ranks 2nd in NFL with 60 sacks. LB De Marcus Ware is 2nd among active players with 134.5 career sacks. Including the Super Bowl, Ware has 7.5
sacks, 3 FFs & FR in 6 games vs. Carolina Ware’s teams are 6-0 in those meetings. Since 2008, CB Aqib Talib leads NFL with 8 INT-TDs.

Denver leads the regular season series 3-1 and have outscored the Panthers 100-61. Carolina’s lone win in the series came in the Tar Heel State in 2008 by a 30-10 final, while Denver’s last win in the regular season came in the Mile High City in 2012 by a 36-14 count. It was the meeting in Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara that drew the attention of the nation, with Denver taking a 13-7 lead with them to the locker room at the intermission and shutting down Newton and the Panthers 24-10. Although they outrushed Denver 118-90 and Newton outpassed the Peytonicus 265-141, Newton was sacked six times in the contest and picked off once, while the Panthers fumbled the pigskin three times in Santa Clara.

As far as third down tries? Neither club did anything to write home about, with Carolina going 3 of 15, while Denver was not much better at 1 of 14. Carolina did win the battle of the clock, keeping the ball out of Denver’s hands for 32:47, while Denver kept the pigskin for a mere 27:13.

The oddmakers like Carolina as a 3 point favorite and the over/under in this one is 41 1/2. Both numbers do make sense. Denver was the hunter last year. This year, they’re the hunted but they start the 2016 campaign in good order and win at home and cover the 3.

Weather: Partly sunny with a high of 86 degrees.

REFEREE: Gene Steratore

Injury Report

DOUBTFUL: S Dean Marlowe (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: DT Vernon Butler (Hand), LB Aaron Klein (Back)

OUT: WR Bennie Fowler (Elbow)
QUESTIONABLE: C James Ferentz (Knee), TE Jeff Heuerman (Ankle), T Tyler Sambrailo (Elbow)

BROADCAST: 8:30 p.m. on NBC: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (Field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Kurt Warner, Tony Boselli (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 83 (Carolina), 81 (Denver). XM: 88 (WestWood1), 226 (Carolina), 225 (Denver).

Broadcast, injury report and officials information courtesy the National Football League and NBC, odds courtesy Don Best, weather information courtesy The Weather Channel.

It’s Back to work!

Back to sweating, lifting weights, meetings, running the same play over and over again, sleeping in dorms, fighting those rookies and free agents for jobs.

It’s time to go to camp.

Bring the bug spray and hydrate.

It’s a chance for rookies to shine, for veterans coming off an injury to prove they’ve still got it and for free agents to hook on with a team, even if it’s on the special teams. It’s new coaches and staffs seeing what their teams look like on the field in practice and pre-season games.

It’s also the time of year where tempers will be tested and there will be fights among teammates and players that don’t make the cut will be released with the words “coach wants to see you and bring your playbook.”

NFL clubs will begin their on-field preparations for Kickoff 2016 this week, starting with the New Orleans Saints when their rookies report. The Baltimore Ravens and Detroit Lions rookies will head to camp on Friday and Saturday, July 22-23, respectively.

The Green Bay Packers, who will take on the Indianapolis Colts in the NFL/Hall of Fame Game (Sunday, August 7 at 8 p.m. on ESPN), will be the first team with a full squad in camp when their rookies and veterans report on Monday, July 25. By Saturday, July 30, every NFL team will be in camp.

This year, more than half the league (19 of 32, 59 percent) will be “staying home” for training camp. In 2000, only five of 31 (16 percent) teams stayed close to home.

“It’s a great set-up here at home,” says Eagles first-year head coach Doug Pederson of the team conducting training camp at the NovaCare Complex in Philadelphia. He told the Philadelphia Enquirer, “I like the idea of doing it right here in our backyard where we are comfortable. That part makes it nice. You can come right in off the practice field and your film is ready to go. And the way the setup is here, it’s awesome.”

The numbers may prove home-base popularity is a growing league-wide trend but there are still teams employing the “old-time” philosophy of encamping away.

The Rams are one of the teams that “come together” away from home (University of California – Irvine in Irvine, California), as they return to Los Angeles in 2016 for the first time in two decades.

“We look forward to training at UCI in preparation for the 2016 season,” says Rams head coach JEFF FISHER. “Their facilities are top-notch and we’re excited to welcome our fans to their campus and also to the Coliseum as we gear up for the start of the season,” he told the Los Angeles Times and KTLA-TV.

The NFL training camp longevity king? The Packers, who return for their 59th consecutive summer at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin.

Here’s a look at the number of NFL teams that stayed home for training camp since 2000:

2000 – 5 of 31 (16%)
2001 – 5 of 31 (16%)
2002 – 7 of 32 (22%)
2003 – 12 of 32 (38%)
2004 – 12 of 32 (38%)
2005 – 15 of 32 (47%)
2006 – 13 of 32 (41%)
2007 – 17 of 32 (53%)
2008 – 14 of 32 (44%)
2009 – 17 of 32 (53%)
2010 – 17 of 32 (53%)
2011 – 19 of 32 (59%)
2012 – 18 of 32 (56%)
2013 – 19 of 32 (59%)
2014 – 18 of 32 (56%)
2015 – 20 of 32 (62.5%)
2016 – 19 of 32 (59%)

The longest active NFL training camp tenures:
Green Bay Packers – Saint Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin (59)
Minnesota Vikings – Minnesota State, Mankato in Mankato, Minnesota (51)
Pittsburgh Steelers – Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania (51)

Following is the training camp list of sites and rookie and veteran reporting dates:

Baltimore Ravens: Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills, Maryland (Rookies 7/22; Veterans 7/27)
Buffalo Bills: St. John Fisher College in Pittsford, New York (Rookies 7/28; Veterans 7/29)
Cincinnati Bengals: Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio (Rookies 7/26; Veterans 7/28)
Cleveland Browns: Cleveland Browns Training Complex in Berea, Ohio (Rookies 7/25; Veterans 7/28)
Denver Broncos: Paul D. Bowlen Memorial Broncos Centre in Englewood, Colorado (Rookies 7/24; Veterans 7/27)
Houston Texans: Houston Methodist Training Center in Houston, Texas (Rookies 7/25; Veterans 7/25)
Indianapolis Colts: Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana (Rookies and Veterans 7/26)
Jacksonville Jaguars: Practice Fields at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida (Rookies 7/25; Veterans 7/27)
Kansas City Chiefs: Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Missouri (Rookies 7/26; Veterans 7/29)
Miami Dolphins: Baptist Health Training Facility at Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Florida (Rookies and Veterans 7/28)
New England Patriots: Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts (Rookies 7/24; Veterans 7/27)
New York Jets: Atlantic Health Jets Training Center in Florham Park, New Jersey (Rookies and Veterans 7/27)
Oakland Raiders: Napa Valley Training Complex in Napa, California (Rookies 7/24; Veterans 7/28)
Pittsburgh Steelers: Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania (Rookies 7/27; Veterans 7/28)
San Diego Chargers: Chargers Park in San Diego, California (Rookies and Veterans 7/29)
Tennessee Titans: Saint Thomas Sports Park in Nashville, Tennessee (Rookies and Veterans 7/29)

Arizona Cardinals: University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona (Rookies 7/25; Veterans 7/28)
Atlanta Falcons: Atlanta Falcons Training Facility in Flowery Branch, Georgia (Rookies and Veterans 7/27)
Carolina Panthers: Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina (Rookies and Veterans 7/27)
Chicago Bears: Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois (Rookies and Veterans 7/27)
Dallas Cowboys: River Ridge Playing Fields in Oxnard, California (Rookies and Veterans 7/29)
Detroit Lions: Detroit Lions Training Facility in Allen Park, Michigan (Rookies 7/23; Veterans 7/28)
Green Bay Packers: St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin (Rookies and Veterans 7/25)
Los Angeles Rams: University of California at Irvine in Irvine, California (Rookies 7/27; Veterans 7/29)
Minnesota Vikings: Minnesota State University – Mankato in Mankato, Minnesota (Rookies and Veterans 7/28)
New Orleans Saints: The Greenbrier in White Sulpher Springs, West Virginia (Rookies reported 7/20; Veterans 7/27)
New York Giants: Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey (Rookies and Veterans 7/28)
Philadelphia Eagles: NovaCare Training Complex in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Rookies 7/24; Veterans 7/27)
San Francisco 49ers: SAP Performance Facility in Santa Clara, California (Rookies and Veterans 7/30)
Seattle Seahawks: Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton, washington (Rookies and Veterans 7/29)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: One Buccaneer Place in Tampa, Florida (Rookies 7/25; Veterans 7/27)
Washington Redskins: Bon Secours Training Center in Richmond, Virgnia (Rookies and Veterans 7/27)

Note: The first official practice of training camp for each club at the site designated above is generally held the day after the veteran reporting date.


Sunday, August 7
NFL/Hall of Fame Game, Canton, Ohio – Green Bay vs. Indianapolis, 8 p.m. (ESPN)

Preseason Week 1 (August 11-15)

Saturday, August 13
Dallas at Los Angeles, 8 p.m. (ESPN)

Preseason Week 3 (August 25-28)

Thursday, August 25
Atlanta at Miami, 8 p.m. (NBC)

Friday, August 26
Cleveland at Tampa Bay, 8 p.m. (CBS)

Saturday, August 27
Tennessee at Oakland, 8 p.m. (CBS)

Sunday, August 28
San Diego at Minnesota, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Sunday, August 28
Arizona at Houston, 4 p.m. (FOX)
Cincinnati at Jacksonville, 8 p.m. (NBC)