Cooper, the other Manning brother, shows his comedic side

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There's not a lot of levity coming from quarterbacks Peyton and Eli Manning these days. Not with Peyton sidelined for Denver by foot and rib cage injuries, and Eli's New York Giants holding on to a wafer-thin lead in the muddled NFC East.

So leave it to Cooper Manning to lighten the mood.

Cooper, 41, the eldest of the three Manning brothers, ...Read more

Aging QBs Matt Hasselbeck, Carson Palmer, Philip Rivers turn NFL into a gray area

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Chalk one up for the old guys.

Not only is Matt Hasselbeck the big four-oh -- the NFL's oldest quarterback -- but also he's 4-0 as the replacement starter for the Indianapolis Colts. On Sunday, he led his team to a 25-12 victory over Tampa Bay, whose rookie quarterback, Jameis Winston, was born during Hasselbeck's freshman year in college.

"He...Read more

Seahawks outlast Steelers in back-and-forth game, 39-30

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SEATTLE -- Ben Roethlisberger threw for the third-most yards of his career but it still was not enough as the Seattle Seahawks defeated the Steelers 39-30 in a game that changed leads seven times.

Roethlisberger completed 36 of 55 passes for 456 yards, but he also was intercepted twice and Seattle turned those into touchdowns.

Markus Wheaton ...Read more

Seahawks' Jimmy Graham suffers right knee injury, will miss rest of season

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SEATTLE -- Seattle Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham suffered a right knee injury in Sunday's 39-30 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, and will miss the remainder of the season.

After the game, head coach Pete Carroll said the injury to Graham's patellar tendon will require surgery. Carroll gave no return timetable for the star tight end, whom...Read more

Palmer rushes for game-winning TD as Cardinals top 49ers, 19-13

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The 49ers lost at home to the Arizona Cardinals for the first time since 2008, falling 19-13 Sunday as Carson Palmer scrambled for the go-ahead touchdown with 2:28 remaining.

The 49ers (3-8) were penalized more than in any game this woeful season (13 penalties, 81 yards), and none loomed larger than a roughing-the-passer ...Read more

Car rallies Raiders past Titans, 24-21

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Derek Carr rallied the Raiders in the fourth quarter to atone for a huge mistake and David Amerson played the game of his life as Oakland ended its three-game losing streak with a 24-21 win over the Tennessee Titans.

It wasn't a pretty game by any means and the Raiders nearly gave it away in the fourth quarter, but Nate ...Read more

Bengals rout reeling Rams, 31-7

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CINCINNATI -- It has reached this point for the stumbling Rams. Their fourth loss in a row came 31-7 Sunday to Cincinnati. At no point throughout the proceedings did you get the feeling they would make a legitimate run at the AFC North division leaders.

At 4-7, and with Arizona up next on the schedule, you wonder if the offense will ever score ...Read more

Chiefs fight back from early deficit for 30-22 victory vs. Bills

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The Chiefs' showdown against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday had all the makings of a disappointing home loss -- at least early on.

It was cold and rainy, and the Chiefs appeared to be sleepwalking while the Bills -- led by quarterback Tyrod Taylor, who was making all sorts of gorgeous throws -- jumped to 10-point lead.

Prior to Sunday, that would...Read more

Rivers' 4 TD passes lead Chargers past Jaguars, 31-25

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Philip Rivers had four touchdown passes, including a pair to Antonio Gates, and the San Diego Chargers ended a six-game losing skid with a 31-25 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla.

The Chargers improve to 3-8. They host the Denver Broncos next Sunday.

Jacksonville falls to 4-6.

Rivers' first...Read more

Defense, Peterson lead Vikings to 20-10 win over Falcons

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ATLANTA -- Christmas is still a few weeks away, but the Falcons and their quarterback, Matt Ryan, were already in a giving mood Sunday afternoon, turning the ball over three times and hand-wrapping the first-place Vikings a 20-10 victory at the Georgia Dome.

Ryan threw a pair of interceptions in Vikings territory, including an especially ill-...Read more

Shadowing an elite receiver one of the toughest tasks in football

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Brent Grimes was bored during the Miami Dolphins' special teams portion of Wednesday's practice, so he figured he'd use a couple minutes of his unoccupied time to polish up on his wrestling moves.

Grimes pulled two pop-up blocking dummies onto the field and worked on his flying cross body takedown, diving into the towering foam-filled objects. ...Read more

Chiefs' Colquitt mastered rugby kick to become elite

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When news spread of Dustin Colquitt's latest honor -- he was named AFC special teams player of the week on Wednesday for the first time in his 11-year career -- Chiefs kicker Cairo Santos was among many teammates who were not surprised in the least bit.

"We were talking about it this morning, among the players," Santos said. "I mean, that's ...Read more

Raiders seek answers to struggling defense

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ALAMEDA, Calif. -- The Raiders' latest attempt at injecting energy in a struggling defense is a fifth-round draft pick formerly known as the "diabolical defender."

Ben Heeney was the one constant at Kansas, which changed head coaches three times in his four seasons and went 9-39. Amidst the turmoil, Heeney made so many tackles the school ...Read more

Unheralded front four remains key to Seahawks' relentless defense

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The Legion of Boom grabs the headlines in Seattle. That tends to happen when three of the four players who man the secondary are multi-time All-Pros.

But poll the Steelers, and they'll give you an earful about another position group that annually makes the Seahawks defense among the best in the NFL.

Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas and Kam ...Read more

Steelers QB Roethlisberger looking forward to playing first game in Seattle

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RENTON, Wash. -- Ben Roethlisberger figures he always will like Seattle a lot more than the city likes him.

"I love Seattle," Roethlisberger said. "What a great place."

The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback said he has been to Seattle "two or three times. ... I'm a big outdoorsman, so obviously great fishing up there, and just visiting."

What ...Read more

Washington romps over No. 20 Washington State, 45-10

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SEATTLE -- The Apple Cup is staying in Seattle.

Sidney Jones returned an interception 69 yards for a touchdown and Darren Gardenhire had a 20-yard fumble return for a TD to highlight a shutdown performance for the Washington defense, which took advantage of Washington State backup quarterback Peyton Bender in the Huskies' 45-10 victory over the...Read more

At least one Panthers player says 16-0 a strong possibility

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When he talked with his teammates before the Carolina Panthers' 33-14 victory at Dallas on Thursday, defensive tackle Dwan Edwards had the sense on the sideline the Panthers were going to beat the Cowboys convincingly.

Edwards is getting another strong sense these days -- that the Panthers can join the 2007 New England Patriots as the only ...Read more

Lions in playoffs? Don't laugh it off yet

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It seemed almost unfathomable three weeks ago, when the Detroit Lions had the worst record in the NFL and were in the process of cleaning out their front office.

But after winning their third straight game Thursday, 45-14, over the hapless Philadelphia Eagles, the Lions can suddenly entertain playoff thoughts with a straight face.

At 4-7, the ...Read more

Browns coach Pettine won't deny Manziel lied to him about party video

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BEREA, Ohio -- Browns coach Mike Pettine didn't blatantly throw Johnny Manziel under the bus Friday.

But Pettine also didn't deny he demoted Manziel from starting quarterback to third on the depth chart earlier this week partly because the 22nd overall pick in last year's draft lied to him.

On Thursday, Fox Sports' Jay Glazer reported Manziel ...Read more

Peterson gets praise from Vikings coach Zimmer

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Maybe it was just the post-Thanksgiving glow. But at Vikings practice on Friday, coach Mike Zimmer made a point of going up to Peterson and telling him how much he appreciated the running back's work.

"I told him today how much I appreciated him," Zimmer said. "Just everything he does for us. His leadership, the way he comes out to practice the...Read more