Falcons win 'big boy fight' with big effort from defense

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There was no palatable nervousness among Falcons fans before Younghoe Koo’s field-goal try. That came after Koo’s kick went through the goal posts, like usual, with less than three minutes to play. The cheering was muted at Mercedes-Benz Stadium even though the Falcons led the Browns by three points.

The Falcons had played good defense all ...Read more

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Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs get sweet revenge on Bucs

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TAMPA, Fla. — For more than 19 ½ months, Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs endured the bitter memory of their loss to the Bucs in Super Bowl 55.

When given a chance for some revenge Sunday night, they settled an old score with a mostly lopsided one.

Mahomes outsmarted the Bucs defense in the Chiefs’ 41-31 win over Tampa Bay at Raymond James ...Read more

Bob Wojnowski: In 48-45 loss, Lions' defense flops to new low, with no fix in sight

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DETRIOT — No, you have not seen this before. You might think you have, but you haven’t.

You haven’t seen a Lions defense this bad, this ridiculously disjointed. You’ve never seen the Lions lose like they did to the Seahawks 48-45, as they allowed 555 yards of total offense and didn’t force a single punt. For all we know, Seattle doesn...Read more

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Dan Wiederer: With errors galore in all 3 phases, the Chicago Bears remind us how bumpy the 2022 season promises to be

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — At the end of an ugly performance on a gloomy New Jersey afternoon, the Chicago Bears found themselves pulling together for one last eyes-closed, fingers-crossed, full-prayers miracle.

Only 8 seconds remained Sunday and the Bears were 67 yards from MetLife Stadium’s north end zone, the landmark for a potential last-...Read more

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Karen Guregian: Patriots show tons of guts and resilience in Green Bay

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The Patriots were down to their third-string quarterback. They were down to rookie Bailey Zappe, who took over for injured backup Brian Hoyer in the first quarter.

That alone had disaster written all over it.

Seriously? A rookie having to come on at Lambeau Field and play his first NFL snaps? And duel with Aaron Rodgers no less?

Only, there ...Read more

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Panthers blow early lead in home loss to Cardinals, draw smattering of home-field boos

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Carolina Panthers aren’t just bad this season. They are boring.

What’s going wrong is the reason the stands were only about two-thirds full — at best — at Bank of America Stadium on Sunday in Carolina’s 26-16 loss to Arizona, and will likely be less full one week from now for the next home game.

The Panthers (...Read more

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3 takeaways from Raiders' win over Broncos

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LAS VEGAS — Three takeaways from the Raiders’ 32-23 win over the Broncos on Sunday at Allegiant Stadium:

1. Get the win

The Raiders didn’t care about style points Sunday; they just needed a victory.

They got a little bit of both. All three phases made big plays as part of their first victory this season.

A team that has been unable to ...Read more

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Patriots drop 27-24 overtime heartbreaker at Green Bay

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GREEN BAY, Wis. — As Brian Hoyer walked off the field Sunday, head down and carrying his team’s best hopes of an upset into the locker room, the Patriots turned to a fourth-round rookie.

Bailey Zappe, their last remaining quarterback, had no choice but to replace Hoyer and take the field against Aaron Rodgers in his NFL debut. Waves of ...Read more

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Jim Souhan: Vikings are 3-1, but where's Kevin O'Connell's wizardry?

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There is an old saying in the music business: you spend your whole life preparing to make your first album, and six months preparing to make your second.

Kevin O'Connell spent six months preparing for his first game as an NFL head coach. He spent a handful of days preparing for each of the next three. The results are telling.

His debut was a ...Read more

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How long could Dolphins' Tua Tagovailoa remain out in NFL's concussion protocol?

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Miami Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel repeatedly said there is no timetable for Tua Tagovailoa’s return on Friday after his quarterback suffered a concussion in Thursday night’s loss at the Cincinnati Bengals.

His thoughts are certainly more with Tagovailoa’s personal health than how quickly he can get game ready.

But Dolphins fans — and ...Read more

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Marcus Hayes: Miles Sanders says 'I don't think anybody can beat us right now' after 134-yard, 2 TD game for the 4-0 Eagles

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Who could have predicted the first week of October would have brought these things to pass?

The Miami Dolphins are forcing the NFL to rewrite its concussion rules. Good ol’ boys are stuffing fish with leaden balls to cheat at fishing tournaments. Antonio Brown was shown flashing his backside and his frontside at a woman in a pool in Dubai.

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Arizona Cardinals' JJ Watt tweets that he's playing 4 days after atrial fibrillation

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NFL star J.J. Watt said he’ll play Sunday, just two days after having his heart “shocked” back into sync.

“I went into A-Fib on Wednesday, had my heart shocked back into rhythm on Thursday and I’m playing today,” the Arizona Cardinals pass rusher tweeted Sunday afternoon, hours before his team was slated to take the field against ...Read more

Seahawks outlast Lions, hold off comeback in wild 48-45 win

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DETROIT — The last time the Seahawks played in Detroit in 2018, Russell Wilson turned in the only perfect passer rating of his career in leading Seattle to a comfortable win.

Sunday, in another Seattle win over the Lions in Detroit, this time by the astonishing score of 48-45, Geno Smith might have been even better — even if his rating of ...Read more

Defense steps up as Falcons pull out victory over Browns

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ATLANTA — For the second week in a row, the Falcons’ defense came up with a clutch stop to help secure a victory.

Defensive tackle Grady Jarrett got a sack and rookie cornerback Dee Alford had an interception to help secure a 23-20 win over the Browns on Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The key plays came as the Browns were attempting a ...Read more

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Austin Ekeler, Justin Herbert lead Chargers past Texans

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HOUSTON — Austin Ekeler ran for two first-half touchdowns, the Chargers’ first rushing scores of the season, and Justin Herbert threw for two TDs as the Chargers ended a two-game losing streak with a 34-24 victory over the Houston Texans on Sunday at NRG Stadium.

Nasir Adderley’s interception and 30-yard return on the Texans’ first ...Read more

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Eagles stay undefeated as Jalen Hurts and the defense bested Trevor Lawrence

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PHILADELPHIA — Even on a wet, blustery day, the Eagles found a way to stay hot.

The team overcame a sluggish start to maintain its undefeated record, beating the Jacksonville Jaguars, 29-21, on a rain-soaked Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field.

The Eagles (4-0) preserved their status as the lone undefeated team in the NFL against a Jaguars ...Read more

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Giants defeat Bears 20-12, improve to 3-1 despite slew of injuries to key players

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Daniel Jones did it all until he couldn’t. Tyrod Taylor and Saquon Barkley played some quarterback. The defense handled Justin Fields.

And the Giants are 3-1 heading to London next week.

Sunday’s 20-12 win over the Chicago Bears saw Jones hurt his left ankle, Taylor leave for a concussion check and Barkley play ...Read more

Jets defeat Steelers, 24-20, after last-minute touchdown plunge

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PITTSBURGH — After a dreadful showing offensively against the Bengals last week, the Jets were hoping the return of their starting quarterback would ignite a spark.

It wasn’t pretty, but the Jets found a way to come away with their second road victory of the season.

The Jets (2-2) defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers (1-3) 24-20 on a cloudy, ...Read more

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Ravens collapse in second half again, fall to Bills, 23-20, for 5th straight home loss

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BALTIMORE — In a matchup of star quarterbacks, Josh Allen led the Buffalo Bills to a come-from-behind 23-20 win with a decisive final drive, handing the Ravens another loss after a second straight second-half collapse in Baltimore.

Kicker Tyler Bass’ 21-yard field goal as time expired, the last action of a 12-play, 77-yard drive that ended ...Read more

Vikings survive frantic finish, defeat Saints on Joseph's fifth field goal

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LONDON — On Friday, as he recalled his last trip to the United Kingdom for a NFL game, Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks offered this assessment of the crowd at a London game.

"From my last experience, it's just a bunch of NFL fans from across the UK, which is really cool," he said. "There's a ton of jerseys, whether it's of the teams that ...Read more