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December 24, 2013

NFL Boilers: Orton may start; Week 16 notes







Kyle Orton might get his first start in two seasons Sunday.

With Tony Romo likely out the season, according to various media reports Tuesday morning, Orton could get the call for Dallas' home clash with Philadelphia. The winner is NFC East champs and gets a ticket to the playoffs.

"He played the quarterback position the way it's supposed to be played," Dallas coach Jason Garrett told ESPN.com. "He's very prepared. He's an experienced guy. He throws the football very well. He's smart, he's tough, he's accurate. He understands what you're trying to do on offense. He understands defenses. He knows where the ball needs to go. He has a poise and a calmness and a composure about him of a veteran player."

Orton has won 35 of his 69 career starts, after Chicago made him a fourth-round pick in 2005. But it's been since the end of the 2011 season, with Kansas City, that he has started a game.

Following that 7-3 win over Denver, he signed a free agent contract with the Cowboys, of three years, $10.5-million. It made him one of the best backups in the league.

Now, Dallas will have to cash in on its insurance policy.

Shaun Phillips signed for only $1-million in the offseason, but already he's nearly doubled that salary in Denver.

The following is a look at the NFL Boilers, their roles and their Week 16 statistics.

Tennessee Titans (6-9, 20-16 win at Jacksonville; host Houston at 1 p.m. Sunday)



No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#66RTMike OttoReserveTitans gained 182 yards rushing; line allowed three sacks
#31SSBernard PollardStarterFive tackles, 1 pass defensed, 1 special teams block


Carolina Panthers (11-4, 17-13 win over New Orleans; play at Atlanta at 1 p.m. Sunday)



No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#99DTKawann ShortReserveFour tackles


Dallas Cowboys (8-7, 24-23 win at Washington; host Philadelphia at 8:30 p.m. Sunday)



No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#8QBKyle OrtonDid not playn/a


Denver Broncos (12-3, 37-13 win at Houston; play at Oakland at 4:25 p.m. Sunday)



No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#90LB/DEShaun PhillipsStarterTwo tackles


Green Bay Packers (7-7-1, 38-31 loss to Pittsburgh; play at Chicago at 4:25 p.m. Sunday)



No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#96DE/LBMike NealReserveFive tackles, 1 TFL


Jacksonville Jaguars (4-11, 20-16 loss to Tennessee; play at Indianapolis at 1 p.m. Sunday)



No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#77RGUche NwaneriStarterJaguars gained 63 yards rushing; line allowed two sacks


New England Patriots (11-4, 41-7 win at Baltimore; host Buffalo at 4:25 p.m. Sunday)



No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#50LB/DERob NinkovichStarterSix tackles, 1 sack, 1 TFL, 1 QH


New Orleans Saints (10-5, 17-13 loss at Carolina; host Tampa Bay at 4:25 p.m. Sunday)



No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#9QBDrew BreesStarter30-of-44 passing for 281 yards, 1 TDs / 2 int., for a 74.1 QB rating


New York Giants (6-9, 23-20 OT win at Detroit; host Washington at 1 p.m. Sunday)



No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#17QBCurtis PainterDid not playn/a


Philadelphia Eagles (9-6, 54-11 win over Chicago; play at Dallas at 8:30 p.m. Sunday)



No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#67RTDennis KellyNot activen/a


San Diego Chargers (8-7, 26-13 win over Oakland; host Kansas City at 4:25 p.m. Sunday)



No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#61CNick HardwickStarterChargers gained 148 yards rushing; line allowed one sack


Seattle Seahawks (12-3, 17-10 loss to Arizona; host St. Louis at 4:25 p.m. Sunday)



No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#56DECliff AvrilReserveOne tackle, 1 QH


Tampa Bay (4-11, 23-13 loss at St. Louis; play at New Orleans at 4:25 p.m. Sunday)



No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#86TEKyle AdamsReserveNone


Washington Redskins (3-12, 24-23 loss to Dallas; play at New York Giants at 1 p.m. Sunday)



No.Pos.PlayerRoleGame Statistics
#91LBRyan KerriganStarterFive tackles, 1 sack, 1 TFL, 1 QH





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