Last week's rankings in parentheses.
1. Patriots 3-0 (1): The next week off for the Patriots will come during wild-card weekend.
2. Packers 4-0 (2): On a roll after beginning 1-2 the previous three seasons.
3. Broncos 4-0 (3): Defense leads the NFL with 18 sacks, putting them on pace for 72, which would tie the record the Bears set in 1984.
Falcons wide receiver Roddy White wanted to make one thing clear.
"I'm here for one thing and that's to win," said White in a phone interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Tuesday.
He was upset with a report on ESPN.com that painted him as being disgruntled with his low production this season in the new offensive scheme.
"This is ...Read more
Coach Dan Quinn would tell anyone who'd ask him that he didn't envision his new job as a "rebuilding" situation.
Quinn, without much fanfare, would say, "this is about right now."
The first-year coach has the Falcons out of the gate clean with a 4-0 record and after two losing seasons. Folks are starting to take notice after this surprising ...Read more
The NFL's annual games in London have been good for growing the sport, bad for the livelihood of its head coaches.
Miami fired Joe Philbin on Monday, a day after the Dolphins' lackluster loss to the New York Jets at Wembley Stadium and a little more than a year after Oakland canned coach Dennis Allen after a loss to Miami in London.
Such is ...Read more
SEATTLE -- Kam Chancellor saved the Seahawks half of a yard from their own end zone.
The controversial safety, who watched from home during his holdout as Seattle opened the season 0-2, punched the ball out of Detroit receiver Calvin Johnson's hands inches from the goal line with barely a minute remaining to preserve a 13-10 Seattle victory in ...Read more
The Dolphins had earned the reputation as a physically and mentally soft team under Joe Philbin, and the franchise's decision makers felt the only way to save the 2015 season was to put it in the hands of a former NFL player who categorized himself as "a grunt."
That term -- used to describe an overachiever, a player who hustles and scavenges ...Read more
IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys miss Tony Romo. They miss Dez Bryant. They miss Randy Gregory. They missed Sean Lee. They will miss Lance Dunbar.
"Next man up" has become a broken record at Valley Ranch.
The Cowboys lost their second consecutive game since losing Romo to a fractured left collarbone, dropping a 26-20 overtime game to the ...Read more
Just in time for the biggest game of the early season, the Carolina Panthers could have linebacker Luke Kuechly back on the field.
Kuechly, who's missed the past three and a half games with a concussion, is set to meet with an independent neurologist this week and could be cleared and out of the concussion protocol.
Carolina has a bye this ...Read more
The Knights of Juzhani: The Emerald of the Black CaveBrandon Young
Jimmy is an ordinary kid who is a senior in high school. Except for being a black belt, he is an average kid in every respect, with the same hopes and angst. Little does he know that his life is about to change, starting with his discovery of a strange emerald during his class’s field trip ...
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Terrelle Pryor, who once played quarterback for the Raiders but who recently converted to wide receiver, is working out for the 49ers on Monday. A league source said the workout will be conducted with Pryor playing wide receiver. The NFL Network first reported the visit.
The 49ers have just one injury at receiver -- ...Read more
Chip Kelly watched the same four games Eagles fans watched -- he has viewed them all several times, actually -- and his perspective of the team's 1-3 start to the season would make him an outlier on talk radio one day after the Eagles' 23-20 loss to Washington.
Kelly sees a team that could be in first place if only for a few more plays. He sees...Read more
Joe Philbin apparently lost control of his football team before Sunday's 27-14 loss to the New York Jets.
During Saturday's walk-through practice in London the Miami Dolphins defense took offense to derogatory comments quarterback Ryan Tannehill made to the scout team defenders and eventually stopped practicing during the dry run for Sunday's ...Read more
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco said Monday morning that he and the offense are in for an adjustment with the short-term loss of wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. and the season-ending injury to wide receiver Michael Campanaro.
Both suffered back injuries in Thursday's 23-20 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field.
"Obviously, you guys can ...Read more
Mike Vick did not throw deep often in his first start with the Steelers, but that could change with Martavis Bryant back with the team.
Bryant, who averaged 21.1 yards per catch as a rookie last season, practiced Monday with the Steelers after serving a four-game suspension for reportedly failing multiple tests for marijuana use. He is expected...Read more
The Miami Dolphins fired head coach Joe Philbin on Monday and named tight ends coach Dan Campbell as interim coach.
Entering this season, optimism was the highest in four years under Philbin after the team acquired star defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, but the Dolphins got off to a disastrous 1-3 start. Philbin was 24-28 in his three-plus ...Read more
CINCINNATI -- Quarterback Alex Smith took a beating in the Chiefs' loss to Green Bay six days ago, both literally and figuratively.
He was sacked seven times and criticized by many for his inability (or unwillingness) to deliver the football downfield.
Smith improved in the latter category against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, completing ...Read more
NEW ORLEANS -- Drew Brees threw an 80-yard touchdown pass to C.J. Spiller on the second play of overtime as the New Orleans Saints upended the Dallas Cowboys 26-20 in overtime Sunday night at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Dallas falls to 2-2. The Cowboys, who had their 10-game road winning streak broken, host New England next Sunday.
New ...Read more
It's a problem that's happening left and right.
NFL kickers are missing left and right.
Some thrive in the spotlight. Others are caught in the headlights.
A microcosm of that league-wide trend was on display in Jacksonville's game at Indianapolis on Sunday. Jaguars rookie Jason Myers was way wide right on a 53-yarder that would have won the ...Read more
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Mired in an offensive slump, the 49ers lost their third consecutive game Sunday, 17-3 against the undefeated Green Bay Packers at Levi's Stadium.
The 49ers (1-3) rarely threatened offensively behind embattled quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who got sacked a season-high six times and had to scramble far too often because of ...Read more
DENVER -- If this was an early test of their newfound identity after back-to-back wins, the Vikings made things interesting but ultimately failed with black and blue colors.
Despite tying the game 20-20 with 10 fourth-quarter points, the Vikings defense couldn't stop Peyton Manning and the Broncos offense from driving 55 yards in nine plays for...Read more
LANDOVER, Md. -- The Eagles' preseason glow has all but vanished, with quarterback Sam Bradford declaring those summer expectations "gone" after Sunday's 23-20 loss to the Washington Redskins.
Nowhere in Chip Kelly's offseason overhaul was this part of the plan. The organizational aspiration of going from "good to great" did not include a 1-3 ...Read more
- Seahawks survive Monday night nailbiter, edging Lions at home
- Falcons starting to get attention with 4-0 start
- 'Next man up' has become familiar refrain for hobbled Cowboys
- Quarterback Ryan Tannehill had feud with Dolphins defense
- Dolphins fire coach Joe Philbin; tight end coach to take over as interim