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Colin Kaepernick.
Colin Kaepernick.

Brand new week, gang.

MGM Has 49ers As 4-To-1 Super Bowl Favorites - Niners Nation
We look at updated odds for the 49ers and the rest of the NFL in 2012.

College Football Rewind: Notre Dame-Michigan & USC-Stanford - Turf Show Times
Previewing the late games on ESPNU as they count down their top 10 games of the 2011 college football season.

College Football Rewind: Stanford-Oklahoma St. & USC-Oregon - Turf Show Times
Looking at some of the offerings on ESPNU as they continue their top 10 games of the 2011 season. - Clay aims to stick with Steelers
Two days before Christmas, with veteran Mewelde Moore ailing, Steelers rookie RB John Clay was promoted from the practice squad to the active roster. The next day, the Steelers hosted the Rams at Heinz Field, and about midway through the second quarter, with Pittsburgh on the St. Louis 10-yard-line, Clay was sent into the game. The play call was a run, and Clay knew the urgency of the moment. He was about to get his first NFL carry.

Three Years of Pass Blocking Efficiency: Tight Ends |
Earlier today we looked at how running backs have performed in pass blocking over the past three years, and now we’re on to the tight ends. The final piece in our series examining our Pass Blocking Efficiency stat since 2009. Over the previous three days we’ve looked at each of the offensive line positions, starting with tackles, moving inside to guards and then centers.

With franchise tag deadline looming, still a lot in the air | Audibles
The deadline for NFL teams to sign franchise-tagged players to contract extensions rolls in at 4 p.m. ET on Monday. As of Thursday morning, 14 of the 21 players who were originally given the franchise tag this offseason still do not have those long-term deals in place.

Mettenberger ready for challenge, pressure of being LSU quarterback - NCAA Football -
Zach Mettenberger has never started an FBS game. He's thrown 11 passes in his LSU career -- and now he's the Tigers' starting QB. The pressure is obvious, but Larry Holder says the 6-foot-5 junior is relishing his shot.

2013 NFL Draft: Texas Tech Preview - CBSSports
Under former head coach Mike Leach, Texas Tech developed into a consistent threat in the Big 12 if an inconsistent producer of NFL talent. There wasn't a single Red Raider drafted this past season but Tommy Tuberville may have the coaching staff and talent to change that in 2013.

Manning role reversal: As questions dog Peyton, Eli has all the answers - NFL -
Peyton Manning? Always the older brother -- a four-time MVP and Super Bowl champion, running the Colts like a well-oiled machine -- while Eli played little brother. Larry Holder says their scripts flip this season.

Terrell Thomas confident in comeback, says 'I'm the starter' | National Football Post
Giants CB has been medically cleared after torn ACL

Larry Fitzgerald: Cardinals' window for success short -
Larry Fitzgerald still plays at a high level, but he recently admitted he's on the backside of his career with the Cardinals. Does his new mindset come with a win-now mentality in the desert?

2012 NFL Preview: Arizona Cardinals - 12th Man Rising - A Seattle Seahawks Fan Site -
Our preview of the NFL has finally reached the NFC West, and I’ve decided to start with the Arizona Cardinals. Last season, the Cardinals looked like they might have a shot at one of the draft’s top QBs when they started 1-6, but then they hot really hot and finished the year at 8-8.

Johnathan Joseph: Texans are a first-class franchise -
"Numerous things that go on such as the way Houston interacts with my family; we're treated in a first-class way," Joseph said. "They helped us when my wife lost our baby daughter in a miscarriage. But they help with anything you ask of them because they are a very caring organization with positive attitudes about its players. In Cincy, we're told how much Gatorade we could take home. In Houston, we get what we request. You get soap and deodorant at your request. You don't have a roommate on road trips."