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After Week 2 quarterback crunch, Chargers' Philip Rivers counts blessings, consecutive starts

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COSTA MESA, Calif. -- His dependability is such that, over the last 13-plus seasons, the only thing as guaranteed to start a Chargers game has been the coin toss.

On Sunday, Philip Rivers will make his 211th consecutive regular-season start and 222nd in a row counting the playoffs.

The perspective on those numbers -- topped in NFL history only...Read more

Raiders acquire Trevor Davis from Packers after rash of wide receiver injuries

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ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Trevor Davis is coming back home.

Davis, a wide receiver and return specialist who played in high school at Alhambra High in Martinez and finished his college career at Cal, was acquired by the Raiders from the Green Bay Packers Wednesday for a sixth-round draft pick.

The trade was first reported by the NFL Network and ...Read more

New Detroit Lions running back Paul Perkins wants to be an 'explosive player'

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New Detroit Lions running back Paul Perkins doesn't know much about his new offense. Actually, he knows less than that.

"I know nothing," he said Wednesday. "I just got here yesterday and we just started stuff today."

But Perkins, whom the Lions claimed Tuesday one day after the New York Giants waived him, does know this much about the offense...Read more

Titans the pick in a close one

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TENNESSEE (1-1) AT JACKSONVILLE (0-2)

TV: 8:15 p.m. EDT, NFL Network.

Line: Titans by 2.

Over/under: 39.

Sam Farmer's pick: Tennessee coach Mike Vrabel is a rare Bill Belichick disciple to figure it out. Even though it's a short week, the Titans defense against a rookie quarterback, Gardner Minshew, is good enough to get it done. Titans 21, ...Read more

Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins: Next time 'I'm going to throw it away'

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In a week where the reaction to Kirk Cousins' fourth-quarter interception has been magnified, because of who it was against and what it cost the Vikings, the team has tried to walk the line between putting the pick in context and correcting the tendencies that might have caused it.

Coach Mike Zimmer said Wednesday the Vikings have "the utmost ...Read more

Chiefs' Eric Fisher will have surgery; running back situation could be in flux, too

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- An offense that has topped 26 points in 20 consecutive games is on the verge of a stiffer challenge.

Injuries.

The list is growing.

While the rest of the team prepares for Sunday's home opener against the Baltimore Ravens, Chiefs starting left tackle Eric Fisher is headed to Philadelphia to have core-muscle surgery.

...Read more

Chiefs coach Andy Reid says Ravens have 'opened the gate' for quarterback Lamar Jackson

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Ravens' quarterback Lamar Jackson has shown tremendous improvement as a passer two games into the season, and Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid believes part of that is a result of what the team is asking of him.

"It's wide open," Reid said Wednesday in a conference call with local reporters. "The coordinators and the quarterbacks coach, they'...Read more

Cowboys officially waive disgruntled former No. 1 pick Taco Charlton

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FRISCO, Texas -- Defensive end Taco Charlton's career in Dallas is finally done.

The disgruntled 2017 first-round pick was officially released Wednesday after the Cowboys were unable to find a trade partner.

The Cowboys needed to make a roster move by 3 p.m. to activate defensive end Robert Quinn, who missed the first two games under NFL ...Read more

Cam Newton misses practice again, but Panthers not ready to rule on his Sunday status

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For the second straight day, the Carolina Panthers practice gates closed with Cam Newton noticeably absent.

The Panthers' starting quarterback re-aggravated his left foot sprain in Thursday night's loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, thrusting his status for Sunday's road game against Arizona into doubt. But after teammate Eric Reid said Newton ...Read more

Greg Cote's Thursday night NFL pick

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GREG COTE'S THURSDAY PICK

TITANS (1-1) at JAGUARS (0-2)

Line: TEN by 1 1/2.

Cote's pick: JAC 20-17.

TV: 8:20 p.m. Thursday, NFL.

Upset! Thursday nights haven't been too kind to us this early season, but we're feeling good about our home-dog pick here. And that's despite Jax being winless and embroiled in the drama of star cornerback Jalen ...Read more

Fantasy football Week 3 lineups: Start, sit and sleepers

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It's the picture of fantasy frustration: You invested early draft picks in your favorite running backs or wide receivers only for them to have slow starts.

Now you're hoping they'll be late bloomers.

Several top-ranked players are prime candidates to break out of their funks. Others face grim circumstances that may not change anytime soon.

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Brandin Cooks goes long way to making Rams receiving corps a spectacular group

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LOS ANGELES -- The first play resulted in a six-yard loss, the second an incomplete pass. Not exactly a fast start for the Los Angeles Rams' offense against the New Orleans Saints.

But before the next play Sunday, quarterback Jared Goff looked to his left and saw receiver Brandin Cooks lined up against cornerback Marshon Lattimore. Goff took ...Read more

At least this time, Mike Groh and the Eagles have a chance to gameplan around the remaining receivers

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The Eagles' offense ought to look better Sunday against Detroit than it looked in the early going in Atlanta, Mike Groh said, even though the team probably will still be missing DeSean Jackson, Alshon Jeffery, and Dallas Goedert.

The biggest difference will be having all week to practice and prepare with the offensive pieces that are left, Groh...Read more

If Cam Newton sits, Panthers are ready to let season ride (or die) with Kyle Allen

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Untested Kyle Allen is the backup plan.

If Cam Newton is sidelined beginning this weekend against Arizona, there's no veteran passer on his way to Charlotte to try and salvage this season; coach Ron Rivera said as much Tuesday. The NFC South is as open as it has been in years -- it's the only NFC division without a 2-0 team, not to mention ...Read more

Get ready for a fresh round of Kirk Cousins vs. Teddy Bridgewater comparisons

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MINNEAPOLIS -- It was a week of attrition among NFL quarterbacks. Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger hurt his elbow and is out for the season. Drew Brees injured his thumb and will miss six weeks for the Saints. Sam Darnold missed Monday night's game with mono, and his backup -- last year's Vikings backup, Trevor Siemian -- hurt his ankle. Eli ...Read more

Detroit Lions keep shuffling backup quarterbacks, adding Jeff Driskel. Here's why.

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DETROIT -- If the first two weeks of the NFL season have taught us anything, it's how risky it is to go in without a reliable backup at quarterback.

The Pittsburgh Steelers saw their season potentially torpedoed last week when Ben Roethlisberger suffered a season-ending elbow injury, and the New Orleans Saints went from Super Bowl contender to ...Read more

Fantasy football Week 3: Add and drop

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Each week I'll list the best widely available free agents for fantasy football -- I define "widely available" as being owned in around half of all ESPN or Yahoo leagues -- and some guys who are probably better off in the free agent pool than collecting dust on your roster.

Follow me on Twitter @UTEddieBrown if you have questions throughout the ...Read more

Michael Vick says Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson's historic start to season is 'no fluke'

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Former NFL quarterback Michael Vick is all-in on Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, telling TMZ Sports that Jackson's fast start to the season is "no fluke."

Jackson has set a number of records in the first two games of the season, leading the Ravens to a 2-0 record and early lead atop the AFC North, albeit against lesser opponents in the Miami ...Read more

Brad Biggs' Week 3 NFL rankings

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Last week's ranking in parentheses.

1. Patriots 2-0 (1)

Antonio Brown made his Patriots debut with a touchdown, but the big story for is a defense that has allowed only three points through two games after shutting out the Dolphins 43-0 on Sunday. The offense remains a juggernaut and early returns are this is one of the best defenses Bill ...Read more

Panthers QB Cam Newton re-aggravates foot injury; team has 'no idea' when he'll return

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Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has re-aggravated his left foot sprain, and the team has "no idea" when he might return to action.

Newton originally sprained his left foot during the team's third preseason game against the New England Patriots. When the injury happened, Newton immediately left the game and did not return. He left ...Read more