It's not just the Vikings … overreactions run rampant in the NFL

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Perception kissed the Vikings gently on the forehead and awakened them Sunday morning as NFC favorites, NFL darlings and a warm-n-fuzzy Super Bowl feel-good story in the making. Then, after a 3-hour, 9-minute Philadelphia flogging, perception kicked the Vikings out the back door as a 5-1 fraud, an exposed pretender and a 5-11 flop in the making....Read more

This week could be a good bye for Rams' Goff

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LOS ANGELES--It's only a midweek, bye-week practice for a team that has lost three games in a row and slipped below .500.

The coach has made it clear that there will be no change at the sport's most important position.

Yet all eyes -- and no doubt a phalanx of cameras -- will be on rookie quarterback Jared Goff on Wednesday when the Rams ...Read more

Browns safety Jordan Poyer vows to resume career despite lacerated kidney

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Browns starting free safety Jordan Poyer absorbed a brutal hit he compares to a car accident, then grabbed his cellphone moments before an ambulance took him to St. Thomas Midtown Hospital in Nashville, Tenn.

"I called my mom, called my girlfriend, called me dad, just let them know I was all right, that I was breathing and I wasn't dead yet," ...Read more

Bears QB Cutler on having coach Fox's support: 'He doesn't have a choice'

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Jay Cutler slung footballs to receivers at Halas Hall on Tuesday morning, whether he returned to that position as the beneficiary of circumstance or just fortuitous timing mattered less than the simple fact he was back on the practice field, recovered from the sprained right thumb that sidelined him for five weeks.

In the big picture, though, ...Read more

After Rivers sliced them, Falcons brace for Rodgers

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The Chargers spread the Falcons out Sunday, and quarterback Philip Rivers surgically sliced them with short passes. The Packers essentially did the same thing to the Bears last week -- and they have an even better quarterback than Rivers and a deeper group of pass targets than San Diego's.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, a two-time league ...Read more

Brad Biggs' Week 8 NFL power rankings

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Last week's ranking in parentheses.

1. Patriots 6-1 (1). LeGarrette Blount carrying a considerably larger workload than he has before and delivering with 566 yards and career-high eight touchdowns.

2. Seahawks 4-1-1 (3). Pete Carroll doesn't want to rely on hurdling the long snapper on field-goal attempts to hang tight in any more games.

3. ...Read more

Could Arian Foster's retirement slow growth of Dolphins young running backs?

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Running back Arian Foster, who announced his retirement from the NFL on Monday night, isn't responsible for Jay Ajayi's back-to-back 200-yard games. But you wonder whether Foster's veteran presence among the Miami Dolphins' young running backs will be missed.

It seems unlikely until you consider Foster did establish a presence on the team ...Read more

Terrell Suggs eager to play after Ravens return from bye

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Terrell Suggs announced his return to Ravens practice on Tuesday before even taking the field.

The colorful outside linebacker broke into song as he emerged from the team's training facility before driving a golf cart to join his defensive teammates on the field. It was the first sign that the franchise's longest-tenured player was not going to...Read more

Jaromir Jagr receives honor in return to Pittsburgh

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PITTSBURGH -- Every time Florida Panthers top-line forward Jaromir Jagr returns to Pittsburgh he faces a huge media throng, including many who covered him the first 11 seasons of his certain Hall of Fame career.

"Don't forget it's a long time ago," said Jagr, 44, who scored 439 of his 750 goals with Pittsburgh, where he also won his only two ...Read more

Lions trade Kyle Van Noy to Patriots

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The Detroit Lions are running out of patience with former general manager Martin Mayhew's underperforming draft picks.

A week after the Lions benched 2015 first-round pick Laken Tomlinson, the Lions Tuesday traded 2014 second-rounder Kyle Van Noy to the New England Patriots, along with an exchange of draft picks.

The Lions also gave up their ...Read more

Lions QB Matthew Stafford an MVP candidate? He just might be

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It has been almost 20 years since Barry Sanders was named NFL MVP, and the Detroit Lions haven't had a legitimate candidate for the award since.

But given how quarterback Matthew Stafford has played seven weeks into the season -- and given the lack of runaway candidates across the league -- it's not unreasonable to think he could factor into ...Read more

Packers place wide receiver Jared Abbrederis on injured reserve

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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Wide receiver Jared Abbrederis missed Thursday's game against the Chicago Bears due to injury, and four days later the Green Bay Packers placed him on injured reserve with a thigh contusion, according to a league source. The move likely will end his season.

To fill Abbrederis' roster spot, the Packers promoted wide receiver ...Read more

Gase won't ask Landry to change the way he plays after dangerous high hit

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A spark can light up a home.

But it can burn it down, too.

And that's the Dolphins' Catch-22 with Jarvis Landry, their most fiery, emotional player.

"Jarvis is a guy who plays right up to the edge," said special teams coordinator Darren Rizzi. "He plays right up to the line."

The same edge-pushing attitude that can ignite a rally can also ...Read more

Chargers lose DL Caraun Reid, down TE Hunter Henry to injuries

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The Chargers escaped Atlanta with an overtime win Sunday.

They couldn't escape a season-long injury rash.

Defensive end Caraun Reid tore his left anterior cruciate ligament in the first quarter, becoming the fifth Chargers player to tear his ACL in the season's seven games. Tight end Hunter Henry reported symptoms to the team following the 33-...Read more

Dolphins' Arian Foster announces retirement: 'I'm walking away with peace'

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Arian Foster ended his football career ended Monday night the way he wanted:

On his own terms.

Foster announced Monday that he is walking away from the game midway through his eighth season, writing on Uninterrupted that his body can no longer withstand the demands of what he described as a "gladiator" game. The Miami Herald has independently ...Read more

Falcons' Coleman questionable with hamstring strain

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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Falcons will find out within the next couple of days how much time running back Tevin Coleman may have to miss because of a hamstring injury. The injury forced Coleman to the sidelines during the second half of Sunday's game against the Chargers.

"He strained his hamstring so for him, how long, I think I will have a ...Read more

Panthers coach Ron Rivera optimistic after staycation, self-scouting during bye

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Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera cut out of the Carrie Underwood concert early Sunday night so he could catch the end of the second half of the Seahawks-Cardinals.

"It was good," Rivera said of the concert. "It was loud, though. I'm a little bit of a fuddy duddy."

While Rivera opted for a staycation during the bye week, many of his players ...Read more

Chiefs coach Andy Reid says Justin Houston 'probably' won't play Sunday

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Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston's rehab from a torn anterior cruciate ligament continues to go well, it appears.

"We'll just keep practicing him -- we'll see how he does," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said of Houston, who returned to practice last week after spending the first six weeks of the season on the physically-unable-to-perform list....Read more

Eagles say familiarity with Vikings' QB Bradford a factor in ugly loss

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In the days leading to Sam Bradford's return to Philadelphia, the city of brotherly boos, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said that the quarterback's understanding of the Eagles offense was "overrated" by the media when it comes to gleaning something useful they could use against the Eagles.

The Eagles, on the other hand, believed their knowledge of ...Read more

Browns coach Hue Jackson: 'We are not going to trade Joe Thomas'

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Coach Hue Jackson insisted Monday the Browns will not trade nine-time Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Thomas.

"We are not going to trade Joe Thomas," Jackson said. "Joe Thomas has a lot to do with what we're trying to accomplish here and our future."

The NFL's trade deadline is 4 p.m. Nov. 1, and's Mike Florio reported Sunday on ...Read more