Chiefs lose 36-21 to Bengals, fall to 1-3

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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

Saints clip Cowboys in overtime

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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

NFL kickers are gaining attention, mostly for the wrong reasons

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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

Packers cruise past 49ers, 17-3

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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

Vikings edged by Broncos, 23-20

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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

Eagles fall to Redskins, fall to 1-3

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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

Eagles' Murray sounds off: He wants the ball more

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LANDOVER, Md. -- DeMarco Murray carried the ball only eight times on Sunday, and that's not enough for the NFL's defending rushing champion.

"No, I'm not. I don't think I am," Murray said when asked if he's getting enough touches. "But it's how the plays are being called. I love this offense. I love playing with these guys. It's how it is."

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Rams defense keys 24-22 win at Arizona

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Rams knocked the Arizona Cardinals from the ranks of the undefeated Sunday, turning in a stellar defensive effort in a 24-22 victory at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.

The Rams are 2-2; the NFC West-leading Cardinals fell to 3-1.

Rookie Todd Gurley, the 10th overall pick in last spring's draft, ran ...Read more

Josh Lambo's game-winning field goal with no time left hands Browns crushing defeat

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SAN DIEGO -- The Browns suffered a heartbreaking, 30-27 loss to the San Diego Chargers in a dramatic, back-and-forth showdown Sunday at Qualcomm Stadium.

After the Browns tied the score with 2:09 remaining, the Chargers marched in crunch time to set up rookie kicker Josh Lambo's game-winning, 34-yard field goal. Lambo made the kick with no time...Read more

Bears defeat Raiders with late Robbie Gould field goal, 22-20

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CHICAGO -- A supposedly hobbled quarterback wasn't enough of an advantage for the Raiders.

Jay Cutler played through a hamstring injury that sidelined him a week ago and he was healthy enough to guide the Chicago Bears to a 22-20 win over the Raiders on Sunday at Soldier Field.

Robbie Gould booted a 49-yard field goal on the next to last play ...Read more

Seahawks rule out Marshawn Lynch, Brandon Mebane against Detroit

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The Seattle Seahawks have officially ruled out running back Marshawn Lynch and defensive tackle Brandon Mebane for Monday night's game against the Detroit Lions at CenturyLink Field.

The Seahawks made the news official Sunday afternoon following the team's walk-through.

The Seahawks also added linebacker Bruce Irvin to the injury list, ...Read more

Chiefs lose 36-21 to Bengals, fall to 1-3

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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.

However, Smith certainly improved in the latter category against the Cincinnati Bengals on ...Read more

Panthers defeat Buccaneers, 37-23, move to 4-0

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TAMPA, Fla. -- When you create five turnovers and your opponent wastes good drives with missed field goals, you don't need much offense.

The Carolina Panthers waxed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 37-23 Sunday with only 124 passing yards from quarterback Cam Newton as the defense intercepted rookie quarterback Jameis Winston four times on the day in ...Read more

Freeman stars again for Falcons in 48-21 win over Texans

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ATLANTA -- Falcons running back Devonta Freeman insisted that his breakout performance in his first career start wouldn't change his attitude for his second start.

"I'm the same," Freeman said before the Falcons defeated the Texans, 48-21, on Sunday. "I approach it the same. Nothing different. Same preparation. I'm excited to get back out there...Read more

Joe Philbin says postgame conversation with Dolphins owner Steve Ross 'went well'

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LONDON -- Dolphins coach Joe Philbin said he talked to team owner Steve Ross after Sunday's 27-14 loss to the New York Jets at Wembley Stadium and said their conversation "went well."

Philbin said he's not worried about his job security despite the team's disappointing 1-3 start.

"No, not at all," he said. "I'm worried about getting this team ...Read more

Iowa capitalizes on Wisconsin turnovers en route to 10-6 victory

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MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin will have to battle from behind for the second consecutive season to win the Big Ten Conference West Division title.

The Badgers wasted a huge effort by senior linebacker Joe Schobert because of inept offensive execution and suffered a 10-6 loss to Iowa in front of a crowd of 80,933 Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium.

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A plague of penalty flags is raining down

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LOS ANGELES--Bad weather has yet to hit NFL games this season, but yellow flags have been raining from the start.

There were 884 penalties called in the first three weeks of games, an NFL record. Oakland and Tampa Bay are tied with the most flags, 33, and Arizona has had the fewest, 17. The most common offense so far? Offensive holding, which ...Read more

Levy doubtful for Lions vs. Seahawks

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DeAndre Levy almost certainly will have to wait another week to make his season debut, but the Detroit Lions linebacker said he took "a big step" in his return from a strained hip muscle this week just by getting on the practice field.

"This week, it was big progress," Levy said after practice today "But it's kind of just a test, test, test and...Read more

Steelers sign kicker Boswell, release Scobee

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The Steelers have signed free agent place kicker Chris Boswell and released Josh Scobee.

The news comes two days after Scobee missed two field goals in the 23-20 overtime loss to the Ravens Thursday night, including a 41-yard attempt with 1:05 remaining in the regulation.

The Steelers traded away a sixth-round draft choice for Scobee before ...Read more

Janikowski closing in on Raiders' record for games played

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ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Move over, Tim Brown, you've got company.

As unlikely as it would have seemed 15 years ago, place kicker Sebastian Janikowski is on the verge making Raiders history. When the Raiders visit the Chicago Bears on Sunday, it will be Janikowski's 240th game, tying Brown for the most games played.

The following week against Denver...Read more