Glauber's NFL Hot Reads

Newsday's Bob Glauber goes the extra yard for the inside scoop on the NFL.

Hillis remembers Belcher

Peyton Hillis runs the ball in the second

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Though the Chiefs will not publicly acknowledge the anniversary of the Jovan Belcher tragedy during Sunday's game against the Broncos at Arrowhead Stadium, Peyton Hillis and anyone associated with the team can never forget that awful day last Dec. 1, when the former West Babylon High School star fatally shot his girlfriend and then himself.

"I had a locker right beside [Belcher], so yeah,...

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NFL quick hits

Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis stretches his

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- With all the focus on Robert Griffin III in Washington, it’s the defense that’s just as culpable for the team’s 3-8 record. Washington is 28th in yards allowed (382.1) and 31st in points allowed (338) ...

- Bucs cornerback Darrelle Revis (groin) is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Panthers. If Revis can go, he’ll match up against Carolina’s Steve Smith ...

- Steelers head...

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Monday night domination

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is the

The 9-2 Saints play the 10-1 Seahawks in a massively important Monday night game in Seattle. And while it may not decide the divisional title for either team, it could decide who ends up with homefield advantage in the NFC playoffs.

The Saints are a game ahead of the surging Panthers in the NFC South, while the Seahawks have a three-game lead over San Francisco and Arizona in the NFC West....

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Intriguing matchup

Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians is seen

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First-year head coaches Bruce Arians of the Cardinals and Chip Kelly of the Eagles have their teams headed in the right direction, and their matchup Sunday in Philadelphia has major ramifications for both playoff hopefuls.

There's even a little smack talk sprinkled in.

Arians chided Kelly's read-option offense Wednesday, suggesting that it's a "great college offense" that doesn't...

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December domination

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady walks off

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December has arrived, and that can only mean one thing: It's Patriots time. The Pats are an amazing 45-6 since 2001 in the month of December, by far the best record of any team over the period. Next best is Philadelphia at 36-16. What gives, Tom Brady? "Coach [Bill] Belichick talks about September and October being about improvement," the Patriots' quarterback said. "I think that's...

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Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning a must-see matchup

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady yells as

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The Tom Brady-Peyton Manning matchup, one of the great quarterback rivalries in NFL history, is renewed on Sunday when the Brady’s Patriots host Manning’s Colts on Sunday. But neither quarterback is taking much time to behold the magnificence of their matchup.

It’s the 14th head-to-head meeting between the two (including playoffs), with Brady holding a 9-4 edge so far. But most of the games...

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Wade Phillips takes high road with Ed Reed

Houston Texans interim head coach Wade Phillips, who

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Recently signed Jets safety Ed Reed couldn’t leave well enough alone and took a few pointed shots at Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips the other day. Reed, the former Ravens’ safety who got a whopping $5 million in guaranteed salary from the Texans before being released, said Phillips was the reason he was chased out of Houston.

Forget the fact that Reed wasn’t the same player at...

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Quick hits: Steelers, Chiefs, Raiders, Browns

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger warms up before

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Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who faces Cleveland on Sunday, is 15-1 lifetime against the Browns, and has 24 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Roethlisberger, who has 208 career touchdown passes, needs five to surpass Terry Bradshaw for most in Steelers’ history...

Bucs rookie quarterback Mike Glennon has eight touchdowns and one interception in his last five starts. The man he replaced,...

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Jay Cutler's future in Chicago murky

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler drops back to

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When he’s healthy and on his game, there are few quarterbacks better than Jay Cutler of the Bears. Problem is, Cutler hasn’t been healthy through much of his career in Chicago, and injuries might be a determining factor in whether the Bears re-up with the quarterback in the off-season.

Cutler, whose five-year, $49.8 deal expires after this season, is out with an ankle injury after missing...

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John Abraham's new lease on life

Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson is tackled

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Former Falcons and Jets defensive end John Abraham was hoping for a big payday on the free agent market, but the 35-year-old pass rusher didn’t find a suitor until just before the start of training camp. He agreed to a two-year, $4.6 million deal that paid him $2.1 million this season – a relative pittance one of the NFL’s most productive players over the last decade.

But Abraham has turned...

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