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Chiefs 34, Ravens 20: A very fun night for the Super Bowl champions

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We are going to talk about Patrick Mahomes throwing an underhanded touchdown to Anthony Sherman, like the bald and tatted and 242-pound fullback was Mahomes' large child or something.

We will do that soon. Because it was ridiculous. And hilarious. The specific genius and creativity of the Mahomes-Andy Reid brain-meld is the best show in America...Read more

Michigan football lineman Jalen Mayfield cleared to play, says Jim Harbaugh

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Michigan football's star offensive lineman, Jalen Mayfield, recently opted back in to playing this college football season after declaring for the NFL draft.

And it appears any hurdles regarding his eligibility have been cleared.

"He did submit a waiver to be able to come back and play, and that waiver has been granted," Michigan coach Jim ...Read more

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Jeff McLane: Bengals game felt like the beginning of the end for Jason Peters

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It's often never pretty when a former great hangs on past his expiration date. Jason Peters has defied age and the NFL's version of natural selection for so long that it wasn't far-fetched to believe that he would perform adequately in his 38th year.

But the Eagles offensive lineman has never looked as overmatched as he has this season, with ...Read more

Detroit Lions' Matt Patricia refuses to ride the roller coaster of NFL emotions

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Matt Patricia loves roller coasters. But he has a rule aboafut them. He doesn't ride them during the NFL season.

Some fans and media - and even a high-profile Hall-of-Famer like Terry Bradshaw - were calling for the Detroit Lions to fire their head coach after an 0-2 start. But Patricia was too busy getting his team ready to beat the Arizona ...Read more

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Winless Jets making case for Adam Gase to be first NFL coach fired this season

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Two weeks ago, the owner of the New York Jets called coach Adam Gase a "brilliant offensive mind."

The bad news: Evidently, there are 31 more brilliant ones in the NFL.

Yes, the winless Jets are ranked last in total offense, and their only solace is the New York Giants haven't won, either. It's the first time since 1996 that both teams are 0-3...Read more

Steelers eying their best start since 1979 against Titans

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The Steelers were embarking on their fourth Super Bowl title in six years the last time they started a season with four consecutive victories.

Even when they went 15-1 in Ben Roethlisberger's rookie season in 2004, they started 1-1 before reeling off 14 consecutive victories.

But, here they are, one of eight teams with an unbeaten record after...Read more

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Doug Pederson: Should have gone for it instead of punting late in OT, must 'unclutter' Carson Wentz's mind

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Doug Pederson spoke Monday of the need to "unclutter" Carson Wentz's mind, perhaps with tempo and fewer choices, in an attempt to break the funk the Eagles' fifth-year quarterback can't seem to shake.

Pederson also said that ankle injuries to tight end Dallas Goedert and cornerback Avonte Maddox will cause them to miss time, presumably meaning ...Read more

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Chip Scoggins: If assigning blame for Vikings' 0-3 start, there's plenty to go around

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The coach was angry. The quarterback sounded ticked too, and also surprised and/or annoyed by his coach's comment. Their answers appeared to be subtle jabs.

The end of Sunday's 31-30 loss to Tennessee was egregious by any football standard, which led to some interesting reactions from the Vikings afterward in postgame zoom interviews.

Zimmer ...Read more

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Special teams help Bucs win field-position battle

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TAMPA, Fla. - Patrick O'Connor's first-quarter punt block and recovery in the Bucs' 28-10 win over Denver not only earned him the game ball, it set the stage for Tampa Bay's best all-around special-teams performance of the year.

O'Connor, who emerged last season as a key special-teams contributor, set up the Bucs' first touchdown by charging ...Read more

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Nick Foles will be the Chicago Bears starting QB in Week 4 — and beyond

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Nick Foles will be the Chicago Bears starting quarterback in Week 4 and beyond after leading a stunning fourth-quarter comeback for a 30-26 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.

Bears coach Matt Nagy made the announcement Monday afternoon, three weeks and one day after he named Mitch Trubisky the starter for the season opener against the ...Read more

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Dolphins gain confidence following first win and are on the chase for more with Seahawks coming to town

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It took eight games and nine weeks for the Miami Dolphins to win their first contest in Brian Flores' first season as coach last year.

This season, they secured their first victory in three weeks.

And the Dolphins believe - although they will face a potential Super Bowl contender this week - that already having one victory under their belt can...Read more

The Seahawks are fuming over the 'dirty, dumb, malicious' play that injured Chris Carson

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While the Seahawks got good news Monday concerning running back Chris Carson - his injury is not serious and he could return as soon as this week against Miami - they were left fuming at the way Carson was injured.

Carson was hurt on a play that snapped with 3:14 left, when he was tackled by Dallas' Trysten Hill, who then continued to hang onto...Read more

Mark Bradley: Someone stop Dan Quinn before he coaches again

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ATLANTA - I'm sorry, but this can't go on. It should have happened last year, but a benevolent owner got fooled by a late surge. He granted his coach a last chance. This is what his coach has done with it:

Lost the opener at home by 13 points. Blown a 20-point lead on the road. And now, blown a 16-point lead at home.

A week after the Cowboys ...Read more

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Chip Scoggins: Victory in their grasp, the Vikings throw it away

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They got a career day from their star running back. The prized rookie receiver provided a breakout performance that conjured comparisons to Randy Moss. And the opponent seemed hellbent on giving the game away.

The Vikings still lost.

On second thought, maybe they should Tank for Trevor at this point, if this is how it's going to go.

If they ...Read more

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Les Bowen: Eagles play for a tie with winless Bengals; is this as low as they can go?

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The most pathetic game ending of the Doug Pederson era was announced emphatically by referee Adrian Hill. "THIS is the end of the game."

Hill sounded incredulous, but then again, he had just seen the Eagles punt the ball to the Cincinnati Bengals with 19 seconds remaining in overtime, in order to preserve a 23-23 tie.

So the Eagles are 0-2-1, ...Read more

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Seahawks hang on to beat Cowboys after yet another frantic finish

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SEATTLE - Another five Russell Wilson touchdown passes? Check.

Another last-second defensive stand in the north end zone? Check.

One of the strangest games in recent Seahawks history ultimately ended in now-familiar fashion, with Seattle holding on to a 38-31 win over Dallas at CenturyLink Field.

This one, though, ended with the relatively ...Read more

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Sam Darnold stinks it up in Indy as Jets get crushed by Colts 36-7

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Another Sunday, another sloppy loss for the Jets. The Jets were absolutely bludgeoned in a 36-7 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

Sam Darnold easily deserves most of the blame for this loss. Darnold threw a pick-six on the Jets' first drive of the game, threw another interception in the end zone before halftime and closed out his hat trick with a...Read more

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Tom Brady throws three touchdowns as Bucs beat Broncos 28-10

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DENVER - There's always a discussion about the elevation and oxygen levels whenever a team visits Mile High to play the Broncos.

But in a place where Tom Brady has struggled, the Bucs proved they have enough weapons to beat most teams even when they don't take your breath away.

Brady passed for 297 yards and threw three touchdowns in the first...Read more

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Panthers snap 10-game losing streak by relying on young defense at Chargers

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INGLEWOOD, Calif. - It wasn't perfect. Missed tackles remain an issue and the Panthers' offense needs to find a way to improve in the red zone.

But Sunday, at the brand new SoFi Stadium, it was enough. The defense had its best performance of the season and kicker Joey Slye made all five of his field-goal attempts to lead the Panthers to Matt ...Read more

Defense, Matt Prater's last-second kick deliver Lions first victory of season

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GLENDALE, Ariz. - For the past week, the Detroit Lions had the world shoveling dirt on their grave. It turns out they were declared dead prematurely. Rediscovering their pulse, and the ability to play defense, the Lions secured a 26-23 win over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

The Lions intercepted three passes in the victory - the first time ...Read more