Tuesday NFL preview: Why the pressure's on Ryan Fitzpatrick, Seahawks O-line

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NFL Nation reporters look ahead to what Tuesday has in store for each team.


Buffalo Bills: The Bills, who have been hit with the injury bug all season, will hobble into their finale with a depleted roster. Tight end Charles Clay won't play because of a back injury, and coach Rex Ryan said Monday that he was uncertain if running back LeSean McCoy (knee) and cornerback Ronald Darby (groin) would be available. The Bills will also have to dig deeper at wide receiver after Marcus Easley, who was carted off the field in last Sunday's win over Dallas, was diagnosed with a dislocated kneecap and a broken knee. -- Mike Rodak

Miami Dolphins: Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill has a left leg injury that will be watched closely this week. He had a noticeable limp in the locker room after being sacked six times Sunday in a loss to the Colts, and interim coach Dan Campbell said Tannehill is considered day to day. Tannehill has started 63 straight games, but that streak is up in the air this week against the Patriots. -- James Walker

New England Patriots: The Patriots will leave for Sunday's game at Miami on Thursday, two days earlier than the norm. With the NHL's Winter Classic being played Friday at the team's home facility, the decision was made months ago to head early to South Florida, where the team will practice on Friday. -- Mike Reiss

New York Jets: The pressure will be on quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick this week. He returns to Buffalo for the first time since being released by the Bills after the 2012 season, and a playoff berth will be on the line. He played poorly in the Week 10 loss to the Bills, completing less than 50 percent of his passes and throwing two interceptions. By his own admission, he made several bad decisions. -- Rich Cimini


Baltimore Ravens: The Ravens had their first injury-free game of the season. Coach John Harbaugh reported no significant injuries a day after the upset victory over Pittsburgh and indicated no one underwent an MRI for the first time in 15 games this season. Baltimore leads the NFL with 19 players on injured reserve, including eight starters. -- Jamison Hensley

Cincinnati Bengals: Hurt on the final play of Monday night's game, quarterback AJ McCarron said he isn't sure how bad the injury to his left wrist is. He'll learn more after an MRI on Tuesday. If McCarron is well enough to play in Week 17 against the Ravens, he'll have to shake off the disappointment he had after a botched snap on the last play led to Monday night's overtime loss to the Broncos. He still has a chance to lead the Bengals to the AFC's 2-seed with a win (and some help from the Chargers, who play the Broncos next week) over Baltimore. -- Coley Harvey

Cleveland Browns: Mike Pettine said he meets regularly with owner Jimmy Haslam, but the topic of his job security in a 3-12 season has not yet been broached. Pettine said that time and place has not arrived. "As a coach, you have to have very short-term focus, and it's always been on the opponent for that week," he said. "This week, we're full speed ahead on the Steelers." -- Pat McManamon

Pittsburgh Steelers: The Steelers are rooting for the Bills this week, but first they must secure a win in Cleveland, which is hardly a guarantee based on precedent. From 2014-15, the Steelers are an 8-7 road team, including 2-3 in divisional games away from Heinz Field. The last time the Steelers entered FirstEnergy Stadium, they were as frosty as Lake Erie in December. Cleveland pounded Pittsburgh 31-10, easily the Browns' best performance of the last two years. Divisional road games get weird, and that could spell the end for the Steelers or Jets this week. -- Jeremy Fowler


Houston Texans: Texans quarterback Brian Hoyer has missed the team's past two games as he recovers from a concussion. While backup Brandon Weeden played the best game of his career on Sunday, the job remains Hoyer's. Texans coach Bill O'Brien said as soon as Hoyer clears the league's concussion protocol, he will start for the Texans. -- Tania Ganguli

Indianapolis Colts: The door isn't closed on quarterback Andrew Luck playing Sunday against Tennessee, but he has still yet to be medically cleared. Coach Chuck Pagano said he, Luck, owner Jim Irsay and general manager Ryan Grigson will discuss whether Luck (kidney/abdomen) will play if he is cleared in time. Luck has missed the past six games and eight games total this season. -- Mike Wells

Jacksonville Jaguars: Quarterback Blake Bortles already owns the franchise record for touchdown passes in a single season, with 35, but he might not end his record-breaking season there. He needs just 179 passing yards to break Mark Brunell's single-season record of 4,367. -- Mike DiRocco

Tennessee Titans: The Titans had Marcus Mariota take some dropbacks at less than full speed on Monday and will evaluate him from there. Mariota missed the Houston game with a sprained right knee, and it seems unlikely that he'll resurface for the finale, considering interim coach Mike Mularkey said with "any bit of doubt, he will not play." -- Paul Kuharsky


Denver Broncos:The Broncos still have a chance to earn the AFC's No. 2 seed and the playoff bye that comes with it if they beat the Chargers in Week 17, but they have some starters who will need to recover quickly in a short week. Linebacker Brandon Marshall has an ankle injury, quarterback Brock Osweiler will be treated for left elbow and left shoulder injuries, running back C.J. Anderson briefly left Monday's game with a back injury -- an injury he was already getting treatment for last week -- and wide receiver Demaryius Thomas has a hamstring injury. -- Jeff Legwold

Kansas City Chiefs: The Chiefs haven't had a 200-yard passer, a 100-yard rusher, or a 100-yard receiver in their last four games. The last team to win four straight games like that was the Dolphins in 2000. The Chiefs won two of the games because they scored a defensive touchdown and the other two only with a late defensive stand. -- Adam Teicher

Oakland Raiders: Oakland quarterback Derek Carr has put himself in very nice company when it comes to throwing touchdown passes. With one game remaining in his second NFL season, Carr has 52 career TD passes, tying him with Peyton Manning and Russell Wilson for the second-most in a quarterback's first two seasons. Carr is in position to move into second place behind Dan Marino, who threw 68 touchdown passes in his first two NFL seasons. -- Bill Williamson

San Diego Chargers: One of the few bright spots for the Chargers this season has been the emergence of inside linebackers Manti Te'o and Denzel Perryman and outside linebackers Jeremiah Attaochu and Melvin Ingram as a solid foundation for the team's defense in 2016 and beyond. "Those four guys and the way they've played at the linebacker position, I'm very pleased with what they've done," Chargers coach Mike McCoy said. "They've improved from week to week, which is outstanding. Some of the plays that Denzel's made, you love it. That's the way the game's supposed to be played." -- Eric D. Williams


Dallas Cowboys: The Cowboys declared which position they believe rookie Byron Jones is best suited to play in the future, starting him at free safety Sunday against the Bills and giving Deji Olatoye the start at cornerback. The Cowboys love Jones' versatility to play both spots, but he can make more of an impact at free safety with his ability to play center field. He has also been a more than willing tackler. Jones can still play the nickel role if necessary. -- Todd Archer

New York Giants: Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.'s one-game suspension was officially lifted Monday. To make room for Beckham on the roster, the Giants placed linebacker Devon Kennard on season-ending injured reserve with a foot injury. Kennard has played very well for the Giants since they got him in the fifth round of the 2014 draft, but his injury issues raise questions about his ability to stay productive at a position where the Giants need a lot of help. Kennard will have missed a total of 11 games because of injuries in his first two seasons in the NFL. -- Dan Graziano

Philadelphia Eagles: Coach Chip Kelly won't use the final game of the season to evaluate young players or get them experience. If they haven't earned playing time with their performance, Kelly reasons, then why reward them? He did mention linebacker Najee Goode as one non-starter who could see some action against the Giants. -- Phil Sheridan

Washington Redskins: The Redskins have done a better job getting bigger plays in the passing game of late. A lot of that stems from wide receiver DeSean Jackson's return and weekly improvement. But a lot has to do with the development of quarterback Kirk Cousins and protection provided by the offensive line. In the last four games, the Redskins have averaged 12.56 yards per completion compared with 10.02 in the first 11 games. -- John Keim


Chicago Bears: The Bears reported to work in a better frame of mind after Sunday's win at Tampa halted a three-game losing streak. "It was huge, a big confidence boost for us as a team, big confidence boost for us as a line, because that wasn't an easy defensive front," Bears guard Matt Slauson said. "We need to carry that over into this week and hopefully get a win so that springs us into the spring feeling good and feeling like we have something really solid to build on." Coach John Fox said he plans to update injuries on Wednesday, but rookie Eddie Goldman is questionable at best to play in the regular-season finale because of an ankle injury. -- Jeff Dickerson

Detroit Lions: Things will become really interesting after Sunday's season finale at Chicago, because there are a ton of unanswered questions. What will the Lions do with their general manager position? Will coach Jim Caldwell be retained? What happens with key players such as wide receiver Calvin Johnson, linebacker Stephen Tulloch and defensive tackle Haloti Ngata? Some will be answered sooner than others, probably starting with the GM appointment, but it should be the beginning of a very interesting January for Detroit. Team president Rod Wood declined to comment on all issues this past Sunday, but said again that the new GM will decide Caldwell's future. -- Michael Rothstein

Green Bay Packers: The Packers will almost certainly finish the season with their lowest-ranked offense since at least 1992. With only Sunday's game against the Vikings remaining, the Packers stand 24th in total yards per game. They have finished outside the top 10 only once in coach Mike McCarthy's tenure, in 2012, when they were 13th. The lowest they've finished in the last 23 years was 19th in 1993 and 18th in 2005. -- Rob Demovsky

Minnesota Vikings: Coach Mike Zimmer often says his defense is one in which sacks will be spread around, and the Vikings' defensive line is certainly proof of that. While Everson Griffen leads the team with a modest 8½ sacks, four Vikings linemen have at least five: Griffen, rookie Danielle Hunter, tackle Tom Johnson and veteran Brian Robison. Add in a linebacker crew that has combined for nine, and the Vikings could make life difficult for a battered Packers offensive line on Sunday night. -- Ben Goessling


Atlanta Falcons: Falcons coach Dan Quinn said quarterback Matt Ryan didn't receive any added medical attention Monday after getting banged up in Sunday's upset of Carolina. Meanwhile, Quinn said he was optimistic about wide receiver Eric Weems and running back Tevin Coleman returning from concussions, whereas the outlook for nose tackle Paul Soliai coming off a calf strain is bleak heading into the regular-season finale against the rival Saints. -- Vaughn McClure

Carolina Panthers: Carolina defensive coordinator Sean McDermott will begin looking at all options on Tuesday to get more of a pass rush out of his defensive ends. Starters Jared Allen and Charles Johnson have no sacks over the last four games. Kony Ealy, who was the starter before Johnson returned, has none in that stretch. Mario Addison, the team's best pass-rush specialist, has half a sack in that span. McDermott's defense is predicated on pressuring the quarterback. He wants to find a solution before the playoffs. -- David Newton

New Orleans Saints: Coach Sean Payton and quarterback Drew Brees are getting the most attention, but the four other players remaining from New Orleans' 2009 Super Bowl championship team could also face uncertain futures after this week with salary-cup cuts needed this offseason: wide receiver Marques Colston, offensive guard Jahri Evans, offensive tackle Zach Strief and punter Thomas Morstead. Of that group, Colston and Strief would seem to be in the most jeopardy because they could both be playing backup roles next season. However, both guys are respected leaders and teammates who could stick around as backups at a discounted rate. -- Mike Triplett

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The Bucs have lost three straight games because, they believe, they have not created turnovers. Through 12 games, Tampa Bay had forced 20 turnovers, which was tied for fourth in the NFL. The Buccaneers have caused just one turnover in the last five games. -- Rick Brown


Arizona Cardinals: Coach Bruce Arians made it official Monday that he will not rest any of his starters Sunday afternoon against Seattle. He has said over the last couple of weeks that if he were to rest starters, only three or four would sit out. "We're playing so well right now," he said. "I don't want to change any way that we prepare." -- Josh Weinfuss

St. Louis Rams: The Rams have many questions to answer this offseason, none bigger than what they'll do at quarterback and offensive coordinator. Case Keenum and Rob Boras are 3-0 when working together, but it's hard to give them too much of the credit for the Rams' recent run of wins. Still, Keenum and Boras are making the case to have a shot at retaining their jobs in 2016, especially if the Rams can't find better options on the open market. -- Nick Wagoner

San Francisco 49ers: At 4-11 with a home finale against the Rams remaining, restless fans are, of course, wondering about the job security of first-year coach Jim Tomsula, even if he's putting on a brave public face. "I'm going to coach until somebody tells me I'm not," Tomsula said Monday. -- Paul Gutierrez

Seattle Seahawks: The blitz got to quarterback Russell Wilson on Sunday against the Rams. He went 6-of-14 for 71 yards against five or more rushers. During the Seahawks' five-game winning streak, Wilson completed 72.1 percent of his passes and averaged 12.26 yards per attempt vs. the blitz. With the playoffs approaching, Seattle needs to figure out what went wrong when St. Louis sent pressure and get it corrected. -- Sheil Kapadia