Pederson works to keep high-flying Eagles grounded

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Doug Pederson sent his players off for a weeklong break on Monday warning them of another tough opponent they'll encounter: success.

The Eagles have rallied around the idea that few believed in them during the first three weeks of the season. Now that they have converted many skeptics after opening the season 3-0 and dominating the Pittsburgh ...Read more

Panthers' first-round pick Vernon Butler to miss several weeks with high ankle sprain

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The Panthers will be without first-round pick Vernon Butler for the next few weeks.

An MRI exam on Butler's right foot Monday confirmed a high-ankle sprain that is expected to sideline the former Louisiana Tech standout for several weeks, according to a league source.

Butler was injured while making a tackle on Vikings running back Jerick ...Read more

Panthers coach Ron Rivera asks NFL for clarity on Kelvin Benjamin penalty against Vikings

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Panthers coach Ron Rivera called the league Monday to get clarity on Kelvin Benjamin's illegal block Sunday against the Vikings, which brought back a touchdown that would have given the Panthers a 15-point, second-quarter lead in their 22-10 loss.

Running back Fozzy Whittaker caught a swing pass from Cam Newton out of the backfield and turned ...Read more

Gase's warning to players: Shape up, or you're the next one I'll bench

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Adam Gase doesn't tweet.

But if he did, Gase would have sent his players this message Monday in all caps with an angry emoji at the end:

If you don't perform, I'll play someone who will.

"I'm over discussing any of this stuff with players," Gase said. "We're either going to start getting the job done, or we're going to make changes."

He ...Read more

Seahawks' Russell Wilson has MCL sprain; Thomas Rawls out longer than expected

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Seahawks coach Pete Carroll confirmed that Russell Wilson has a sprained MCL in his left knee during his regular Monday radio show on ESPN 710 Seattle but indicated it doesn't appear overly serious saying Wilson is moving around and "walking fine" though saying it's still unclear if he will play Sunday against the New York Jets.

"He feels great...Read more

Cowboys dominate winless Bears in 31-17 win

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DALLAS -- Rookies Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott showed that the future might be now for the Dallas Cowboys.

Prescott passed for 248 yards and one touchdown and Elliott ran for 140 yards on 30 carries to lead the Cowboys to a 31-17 victory over the winless Chicago Bears Sunday night at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

Prescott threw his first NFL ...Read more

Rams withstand Buccaneers, lightning delay for 37-32 win

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TAMPA BAY, Fla. -- The Los Angeles Rams traveled across the country in search of their first touchdown.

They wasted no time reaching the end zone, did it four more times and then weathered a threat from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and a late delay because of lightning en route to a 37-32 victory on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium.

Quarterback ...Read more

Everything goes right for Seahawks in win over 49ers … except injury to Russell Wilson

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SEATTLE -- On the kind of fall Seattle day when one really could almost see forever, coach Pete Carroll was glad the Seahawks as he knows them finally came back into view.

"This was a really good day for us," Carroll said after the Seahawks' 37-18 win over the 49ers Sunday at CenturyLink Field keyed by a big-play offense that in the first 11 ...Read more

Chargers come up short vs. Colts in 26-22 loss

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Unable to snatch a winnable game, the Chargers made fewer big plays than the Colts, who dealt San Diego a 26-22 defeat on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium.

The Chargers fell to 1-2 for the third time in four seasons under coach Mike McCoy.

In addition, the Chargers lost linebacker Manti Te'o to an Achilles injury and saw his impressive replacement,...Read more

Wentz, Eagles thump Steelers, 34-3, move to 3-0

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PHILADELPHIA -- If any doubt remained about the start to the Eagles season, it vanished well before the final seconds of the Eagles' 34-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field.

It can no longer be qualified by the opponents the Eagles have played, because the Steelers are considered among the NFL's elite. The...Read more

Raiders defense picks up offense in 17-10 win over Titans

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Raiders flipped roles Sunday just a little bit to score a 17-10 win over the Tennessee Titans.

The defense didn't complete a full turnaround from its struggles of the first two weeks, but played well enough to help Oakland (2-1) win its first two road games for the first time since 2002.

"We can get off their backs now,...Read more

Chiefs force eight turnovers in 24-3 win over careless Jets

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Spencer Ware sprinted to the corner and saw daylight. The running back narrowed his focus, jumped toward the end zone and stretched his arms toward the bright orange pylon.

Touchdown, the official ruled.

And for an instant on Sunday, the New York Jets seemed done. The touchdown, which came midway through the third quarter ...Read more

Lions unable to slow down Rodgers, Packers, 34-27

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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Rumors of Aaron Rodgers' demise have been greatly exaggerated.

Rodgers, under fire for his statistical decline over the last year, threw four touchdown passes in the first half as the Green Bay Packers beat the Detroit Lions in a closer-than-it-appeared game at Lambeau Field, 34-27.

The Packers scored points on six of their ...Read more

Defense, special teams rally Vikings over Panthers, 22-10

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Having lost quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and now down their star running back and starting left tackle for possibly the rest of the season, the short-handed Vikings arrived at Bank of America Stadium on Sunday eager to prove with an upset win over the mighty Carolina Panthers that they still have plenty of talent and fight.

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Tucker's kick gives Ravens 19-17 win over Jaguars

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Asked this week about his team's last-second and officials-aided loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars last season, coach John Harbaugh said it will be the Ravens' job to make sure the game doesn't come down to one play.

The Ravens didn't listen, but they found a way to win anyway. A sloppy, mistake-filled performance had the ...Read more

Dolphins need OT to edge lowly Browns in home opener

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- The previously winless Dolphins won the game they needed to win badly Sunday when they defeated Cleveland, 30-24, in overtime. And just as everything else in this three-games-old season, it wasn't easy.

Running back Jay Ajayi scored on an 11-yard touchdown run to deliver the Dolphins (1-2) their first victory of the ...Read more

Dolphins to observe moment of silence in honor of Fernandez

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The Miami Dolphins will acknowledge the tragic passing of Jose Fernandez with a moment of silence before kickoff of their game against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.

Fernandez, the Marlins ace, was one of three killed in a boating accident at Government Cut in Miami Beach early Sunday morning.

The Marlins canceled their game against the ...Read more

Anticipated matchup between Rams' Goff and Tampa Bay's Winston isn't likely

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LOS ANGELES--It had the makings of a marquee matchup, a potential duel between the top picks in the last two NFL drafts.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston, the No. 1 pick in 2015, going up against Rams quarterback Jared Goff, this year's No. 1 pick.

That was the thought in late April anyway.

Five months later, Winston is ready ...Read more

With echoes of 2011, Seahawks face 49ers Sunday at a crossroads

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SEATTLE -- Turning points are often easiest to decipher in retrospect.

But even at the time, what the Seahawks did against the San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field on Christmas Eve in 2011 stood out.

On that day, against a 49ers team at the time regarded as one of the best in the NFL, the Seahawks became the first team that season to score...Read more

Bears quarterback of future? Don't hold your breath, nary a one in sight

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CHICAGO -- The cinder-block corridor underneath Soldier Field momentarily went quiet at 11:15 p.m. Monday.

It had bustled for 45 minutes with a parade of stadium workers and team officials, media and fans, players and their families. Suddenly, there was emptiness and calm. In the void, the Bears' demoralizing 29-14 loss to the Eagles sunk in.

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