What's trending in the NFL: Broncos defender has strong words about Patriots

Broncos DE labels Tom Brady a crybaby (2:00)

ESPN NFL analyst Jeff Saturday explains why quarterbacks like Tom Brady benefit from complaining to referees and the thought process behind Broncos defensive end Antonio Smith drawing attention to Brady's tendencies leading up to the AFC title game. (2:00)

Here are the top stories from Saturday:

Broncos defensive tackle Derek Wolfe on Patriots: 'I hate everything about them' (by ESPN.com news services)

From Mike Reiss' story on 10 things to know about the Patriots' game against the Broncos: "With a victory, the Patriots would advance to play in their ninth Super Bowl, which would set an NFL record. The Patriots are tied with the Cowboys and Steelers, who each went to eight Super Bowls. Furthermore, quarterback Tom Brady would advance to play in his seventh Super Bowl, which also would be a record. He currently is tied with Mike Lodish for the most Super Bowl games played, with six."

From Josh Weinfuss' story on the Cardinals' answer to quarterback Cam Newton and tight end Greg Olsen: "The Arizona Cardinals' answer to stopping the Carolina Panthers' 6-foot-5 quarterback and tight end -- yes, they're the same size -- stands 6-foot-1 and weighs 211 pounds. On paper, it doesn't add up. On the field, however, linebacker Deone Bucannon has proved he's the Cardinals' best line of defense."

Could Jets pursue tight end Jimmy Graham if he shakes free in Seattle? (by Rich Cimini)

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo will have CT scan on collarbone next week (Todd Archer)

Betting action in Las Vegas is piling up on the New England Patriots (by David Purdum)

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From ESPN Stats & Information research: The Panthers have rushed for at least 100 yards in 30 straight games (including postseason), a run that began in Week 6 of 2014. That's the third-longest streak of its kind since the merger, behind the Bills (38 from 1973-76) and Steelers (37 from 1974-76).

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