CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Baker Mayfield completed 9 of 15 passes for 89 yards and two touchdowns and the Carolina Panthers defeated the Buffalo Bills 21-0 on Friday night in the preseason finale for both teams.
BUFFALO BILLS (12-7)
New faces: DE Von Miller, QB Case Keenum, DT Jordan Phillips, DT Tim Settle, TE O.J. Howard, WR Jamison Crowder, DE Shaq Lawson, DT DaQuan Jones, RB Duke Johnson, OL Rodger Saffold, OL David Quessenberry, offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey, CB Kaiir Elam, RB James Cook, P Matt Araiza.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Josh Allen needed just six plays to lead the Bills 70 yards for an opening-drive touchdown before taking a seat in his preseason debut, and Buffalo routed the Denver Broncos’ backups 42-15 on Saturday.
BUFFALO BILLS (12-7)
CAMP SITE: Pittsford, New York
LAST YEAR: A mere 13 seconds separated the Bills from reaching the AFC championship game for a second straight year. Instead, Buffalo squandered a three-point lead in a heartbreaking, yet thrilling 42-36 OT loss in being eliminated by Kansas City for a second straight playoff.
44. CLEVELAND BROWNS (8-9)
LAST SEASON: Perhaps the NFL's most disappointing team, the Browns fell way short of expectations after making the playoffs in coach Kevin Stefanski's first season. Quarterback Baker Mayfield suffered a left shoulder injury in Week 2 and never got untracked.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Quarterback Matt Barkley is returning to the Buffalo Bills for a second stint after signing a one-year contract on Monday.
Barkley adds experienced depth behind starter Josh Allen, and after the Bills acquired Case Keenum in a trade with Cleveland over the weekend.
The Browns' quarterback carousel spun again Saturday. Twice.
While Cleveland waits to officially welcome Deshaun Watson, the team agreed to trade backup quarterback Case Keenum to Buffalo and sign free agent QB Jacoby Brissett, a person familiar with the deals told The Associated Press.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Joe Burrow skipped Cincinnati's last trip of the regular season. He and the Bengals have reservations to go somewhere more special — the playoffs.
Case Keenum got his second win while filling in for Baker Mayfield on Sunday as the Cleveland Browns ended their dismal season with a 21-16 win over the Bengals, who left Burrow at home and played their backups ahead of next weekend's wild-card round game against Las Vegas in Cincinnati on Saturday to open the playoffs.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Joe Burrow's sitting out this one to rest for the playoffs. Baker Mayfield's skipping the season finale as well — for a very different reason.
To think what it might have been: Burrow and the brash, baby Bengals vs.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Case Keenum didn't doubt Baker Mayfield's toughness for a single second. He may have underestimated his tenacity.
"There were some weeks just to get him to the field was a small miracle,” said Keenum, Cleveland's backup quarterback who will start for Mayfield in the Browns' season finale on Sunday.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Baker Mayfield ran out of time.
The Browns quarterback didn't test negative for COVID-19 on Monday and will watch Cleveland's game against the Las Vegas Raiders from home as his teammates try to keep their postseason hopes strong.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Case Keenum's expected start for the Browns took an unexpected turn.
Cleveland's veteran backup quarterback tested positive Thursday for COVID-19, possibly leaving the team without its top two quarterbacks for Saturday's game against the Las Vegas Raiders, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — One day off was enough for Baker Mayfield.
The Browns' battered quarterback returned to practice after taking a day to rest an assortment of injuries and appears set to play Sunday against the Detroit Lions.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Banged-up Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield is day to day after bruising his right knee in Sunday's blowout loss at New England — his latest injury.
Mayfield, who has been playing with a damaged left shoulder for several weeks, had to leave in the third quarter after being hit by blitzing Patriots linebacker Matthew Judon.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Baker Mayfield isn't healthy enough to practice, and he may not be much closer to playing either.
The Browns' quarterback sat out Monday's workout because of a troubling shoulder injury and there are early signs pointing to Mayfield missing this week's home game against the rival Pittsburgh Steelers.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Baker Mayfield's season is on pause for the moment — and may be for a while. That doesn't mean the Browns have to slow down as well.
Mayfield missed Thursday night's game with a shoulder injury that worsened last week when he fractured a bone during a fall after being tripped by Arizona's J.J.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Baker Mayfield had the best seat in the house to watch the Browns' backups deliver.
Case Keenum stepped in for an injured Mayfield and made the most of his first start in two years, third-string back D'Ernest Johnson rushed for 146 yards and Cleveland overcame a short week and a long list of injuries to beat the Denver Broncos 17-14 on Thursday night.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Von Miller's ankle didn't hurt as much as his pride.
The Broncos' surprising start has become a troubling slide.
Miller, who all but guaranteed a Denver win earlier this week, sprained his ankle in the first half and could only watch in the second as the Broncos lost their fourth straight, 17-14 to the banged-up Cleveland Browns on Thursday night.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. are both active and will play Thursday night despite being slowed by injuries.
Bridgewater was listed as questionable this week with a foot injury sustained last week against Las Vegas when he got stepped on by a teammate.
For those who oppose Thursday night NFL games, be it players, coaches, fans or bettors, this week is a perfect example of why.
It's difficult enough to prepare for a Sunday game when you have key injuries, particularly at quarterback.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has a quadriceps injury in addition to his sore left foot and is questionable for the game at Cleveland on Thursday night.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Baker Mayfield had to surrender to the pain.
Cleveland's starting quarterback, who has played the past four weeks with a torn labrum in his left shoulder, will sit out Thursday's game against the Denver Broncos and backup Case Keenum will start.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — For now, Baker Mayfield's going to play through the pain — and maybe some painful-looking passes.
Cleveland's quarterback has a partially torn labrum in his left, non-throwing shoulder that does not require surgery at this time, a person familiar with the injury told The Associated Press on Thursday.
ATLANTA (AP) — Baker Mayfield finally got a chance to play in the preseason.
It didn't last long, but he sure made the most of it.
Mayfield led a pair of impressive drives in his preseason debut, capping the second with a 22-yard touchdown pass to KhaDarel Hodge that sparked the Cleveland Browns to a 19-10 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday night.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Case Keenum and KhaDarel Hodge spend a lot of time practicing together and have developed chemistry.
They put it to use Sunday.
Keenum showed why Cleveland invested in him to back up Baker Mayfield, throwing a 7-yard touchdown pass to Hodge while leading the Browns to a 17-13 win over the New York Giants in an exhibition game.
Look out, Tom Brady and the rest of the old heads. The young guns are moving in.
Every NFL game in Week 4 featured at least one starting quarterback age 26 or younger. There has already been a total of 52 such games this season, the most through four weeks of a season in league history...
The Washington Redskins' quarterback picture has received some clarity.
Washington agreed to acquire quarterback Case Keenum and a 2020 seventh-round pick from the Denver Broncos for a 2020 sixth-round pick to Denver Broncos, according to multiple reports.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on Wednesday at the NFL scouting combine (all times local):
DENVER (AP) — The Denver Broncos reeled off big run after big run against the soft underbelly of the Kansas City Chiefs defense...
The Latest on the second Sunday of the NFL regular season (all times EDT):
The Detroit Lions and Denver Broncos are trying to stage big second-half rallies...
Asked after the draft for a way-too-early prediction for 2018 NFL Coach of the Year, the educated stab in the dark from here was …
Pat Shurmur, New York Giants.
Perhaps you know him better as the only offensive coordinator Vikings fans didn’t think they were smarter than.
Former Vikings quarterback Case Keenum was introduced by the Broncos on Friday, while former Vikings QB Sam Bradford did an interview with the Cardinals’ website after officially signing his new deal.
Adrian Peterson's short stint in Arizona is over. Jordy Nelson long and productive stay in Green Bay has ended, too...
Former Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins will sign with a new team soon probably for the richest contract in NFL history and a camera crew will film the process, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
INDIANAPOLIS As the Vikings go through the process of determining their next starting quarterback, coach Mike Zimmer wants to make sure their choice doesnt come at the expense of the rest of the team.
Two reports from NFL Media's Ian Rapoport less than 24 hours apart dealt with two different Minnesota Vikings quarterbacks:
The #Vikings are not expected to franchise tag QB Case Keenum and hes slated to hit free agency, per sources with knowledge of the teams thinking.
It's easy to look at the last four franchises standing in the NFL playoffs and see three less-than-premier quarterbacks leading teams that have have been built primarily on defense.
The Minnesota Vikings, for instance, are dominant thanks to a ferocious interior defensive line and a great secondary featuring cornerback Xavier Rhodes and safety Harrison Smith.
What do Blake Bortles, Case Keenum and Nick Foles have in common besides starting on Conference Championship Sunday and having names that don’t rhyme with Dom Spady?
Bortles’ Jaguars, Keenum’s Vikings and Foles’ Eagles have dominant defenses that ranked in the top five in a plethora of regular-season categories, none more important than points allowed.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings, after watching their late-third-quarter 17-point lead vanish at the hands of the indefatigable Drew Brees, went back in front of the New Orleans Saints on a field goal with 1:29 left...
Case Keenum received a text message from Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner this past week. Keenum preferred to keep the details private, but the motivation behind Warner’s message should be fairly obvious.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When Minnesota's offense huddled for the first time that mid-September afternoon in Pittsburgh, Case Keenum's energy and confidence quickly filled the circle...
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Case Keenum stopped one last time before heading up the tunnel at Lambeau Field, clapping his hands above his head while Minnesota Vikings fans chanted "Skol!
Case Keenum took a seat in Sunday’s fourth quarter with another efficient start and his ninth win in hand for the Vikings.
The journeyman quarterback now has his first career division title and, with a 34-7 victory over the Bengals, as many wins in Minnesota as he had in four seasons for the Texans and Rams.
Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater makes long awaited return to the field in blowout over Bengals
Teddy Bridgewater made his return to NFL action on Sunday with the Vikings beating up on the injury-riddled Bengals.
Bridgewater, seeing his first game snaps since the 2016 preseason, entered in the fourth quarter with the Vikings leading 34-0 on the verge of an 11th win and NFC North division title.
ATLANTA Quarterback Case Keenum finished the Vikings 14-9 win against the Falcons with 15 consecutive completions three to convert critical third downs.
Hell also keep his starting job for next week against the Panthers, according to coach Mike Zimmer.
Before he became the NFC offensive player of the month, back when he was a better story than player, many Vikings fans justified their infatuation with Case Keenum by comparing him to Trent Dilfer.
PHERSY: Hey Feldy, can Vikings fans (and the media covering the team) please stop asking coach Mike Zimmer about his quarterback? Case Keenum is the Vikings quarterback, end of story. A case legitimately could be made that Keenum is the NFL's MVP, and yet every week Zimmer is asked "who's starting at quarterback?" Do I think Keenum is the NFL MVP or will win the award?
DETROIT — The Vikings found a way to rid themselves of those pesky Lions, cold turkey.
Stick a fork in Detroit. The NFC North is the Vikings' to lose after their 30-23 closing argument Thursday on the national stage at Ford Field.
Detroit Case Keenum is becoming Gluten-Free Favre: He provides all of the offensive nourishment of the original, with turnovers reduced for your digestive health.
With another tasty-yet-nutritious performance on Thursday, Keenum engineered the Vikings most important divisional victory of the season, a 30-23 decision over the Detroit Lions at Ford Field that turned the two most intriguing questions of the season into afterthoughts.