With 'a million' 1st-rounders, why the 49ers' defense is greatest test for Panthers

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- It isn't Donte Jackson's job to study the San Francisco 49ers defense, but even he can see what's going on in the Bay Area.

"That pass rush is crazy, man. Pass rush is really good," Jackson said Monday. "They get after the quarterback and make life easy for the back end."

Then the light bulb came on, and he added with a fat ...Read more

Ravens' Marcus Peters bringing experience, flexibility and 'picks, picks, picks' to cornerback group

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BALTIMORE -- The Ravens didn't intend to play cornerback Marcus Peters for 65 of the team's 72 defensive snaps in his Ravens debut Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks.

But Peters, playing five days after the Ravens acquired him from the Los Angeles Rams for linebacker Kenny Young and a fifth-round draft pick, rewarded his new team for its trust...Read more

Brad Biggs' Week 8 NFL rankings

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Last week's ranking in parentheses.

1. Patriots 7-0 (1)

The Patriots continued to dominate lowly competition by crushing the Jets, 33-0, on Monday night. The Patriots are rolling, but Bill Belichick always seems intent on adding pieces that can help for the stretch run. And they reportedly shored up their receiving corps Tuesday with a trade ...Read more

Lions trade Quandre Diggs to Seahawks for draft pick

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DETROIT -- The Detroit Lions traded safety Quandre Diggs and a 2021 seventh-round draft pick to the Seattle Seahawks on Tuesday, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

The Lions will receive a fifth-round pick in the 2020 draft in the deal, the NFL Network reported.

Diggs was in his fifth season with the Lions after being ...Read more

Former Raiders great Willie Brown dies

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ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Willie Brown, one of the legendary figures in Raiders history and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, has died, the club announced Tuesday.

The cause of death has not been released. Brown was 78 years old.

The Raiders issued the following statement:

"Willie Brown will forever be cherished as a true Raider. He ...Read more

Reports: 49ers trade for wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Emmanuel Sanders, to the rescue? The 49ers (6-0) obviously don't need a savior but they did need to bolster their wide receiver corps, and they've done so via a Tuesday trade with the Broncos.

It's apparently costing the 49ers plenty of 2020 draft capital -- third- and fourth-round picks -- to obtain the 32-year-old wide ...Read more

Bill Belichick says Myles Garrett 'pretty much impossible to block,' shares other thoughts on Browns

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The defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots are 7-0 and have defeated their opponents by a margin of 175 points this season.

It's the largest point differential through seven games in the NFL since 1920, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Still, the sheer dominance of the Patriots won't stop coach Bill Belichick from praising ...Read more

Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. talks uniform fine, special cleats for Tom Brady and inspiring Canton students

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BROOK PARK, Ohio -- The NFL hit Odell Beckham Jr. in the wallet, and the Browns wide receiver fired back Tuesday, verbally blasting the league over fining him $14,037 for a uniform violation.

The superstar player made the comments after spending part of his day off bowling with 45 students from the Canton City School District at AMF Brookgate ...Read more

Fantasy football Week 8: 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

Eagles need Carson Wentz to be great — now

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- It would be easy to pin Sunday night's ugly 37-10 Eagles loss strictly on Jim Schwartz's inept defense.

After all, the Eagles gave up scores on five of the Cowboys' first six possessions, got run over by Ezekiel Elliott, couldn't cover Amari Cooper, missed a ton of tackles, and failed yet again to muster much of a pass rush ...Read more

Chargers' Forrest Lamp out for the season with broken fibula

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COSTA MESA, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Chargers' patched-up offensive line took another hit when Forrest Lamp was diagnosed with a broken right fibula, ending his season.

He was injured Sunday in the team's 23-20 loss at Tennessee. Lamp was making his second career start, playing left guard after Mike Pouncey was lost for the season because of a...Read more

Bears add defensive line depth in the absence of Akiem Hicks, who's 'very optimistic' he'll return this season

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CHICAGO -- The Bears added defensive line depth Monday when they agreed to terms with veteran Brent Urban, he and his agency tweeted.

Urban, 28, was a 2014 Ravens fourth-round draft pick, and he spent five seasons there, recording 31/2 sacks. He started a career-high 16 games in Baltimore in 2018, with 27 tackles, two for a loss, a quarterback ...Read more

Ravens' Pernell McPhee likely out for season with torn triceps; Harbaugh 'optimistic' about starters returning

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BALTIMORE -- Ravens outside linebacker Pernell McPhee suffered a torn triceps during Sunday's 30-16 win over the Seattle Seahawks and will likely miss the rest of the season, coach John Harbaugh announced Monday.

McPhee suffered the injury in the first half of Sunday's game and didn't return.

The Ravens signed McPhee -- who spent his first ...Read more

Panthers post-bye QB plan? Start Kyle Allen this week, let Cam Newton stick to rehab

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- No sense wasting time.

Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera announced Monday that following the team's bye week, quarterback Kyle Allen will start Sunday against the undefeated San Francisco 49ers. Quarterback Cam Newton, who last took the field in the team's Week 2 loss to Tampa Bay, will continue rehabbing the Lisfranc injury...Read more

Chiefs provide update on quarterback Patrick Mahomes' injury

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Chiefs appear to have dodged a bullet on quarterback Patrick Mahomes' right knee injury, which he suffered in Thursday night's 30-6 win over the Denver Broncos.

Chiefs head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder on Monday provided an update on Mahomes' MRI procedure, which was administered Friday, and sounded ...Read more

Raiders trade CB Conley to Texans in exchange for pick

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The Raiders are trading former first-round pick Gareon Conley to the Texans, a team source confirmed Monday afternoon.

In exchange, Oakland will receive a third-round pick in the 2020 draft, giving them three selections in that round.

Conley has played in all six games this season, including Sunday's loss in Green Bay. He was carted off the ...Read more

Bears coach Matt Nagy on the offense's struggles: 'I know we need to run the ball more. I'm not an idiot.'

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CHICAGO -- Bears coach Matt Nagy met with the media Monday afternoon after reviewing the film of Sunday's 36-25 loss to the Saints.

Here are highlights from that session.

On what he saw from quarterback Mitch Trubisky's performance

The number one thing that I came away with was footwork. I thought footwork was just OK. And then the footwork ...Read more

Flores says Miami disciplining player after allegedly threatening to spit on 13-year-old

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A Buffalo Bills fan has accused Bobby McCain of spitting on him and threatening to spit on a 13-year-old after the Bills' 31-21 win against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. A day later, Brian Flores said the Dolphins are disciplining the safety "internally."

The incident, which The Buffalo News reported Monday, was brought up to Flores at the ...Read more

Jason Garrett outcoaches Eagles' Doug Pederson as Dallas Cowboys take over first place

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The 2019 Mediocre Bowl did not end in a tie, and the Cowboys are back in first place in the NFC East as they enter the bye week.

They are in part because Dougie Dumb Pederson forgot he coaches the Philadelphia Eagles rather than the '90s dynasty Dallas Cowboys.

It was Pederson who was dumb enough to announce on Philadelphia...Read more

Bears offense sputters in a 36-25 loss to the undermanned Saints

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CHICAGO -- Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky returned Sunday at Soldier Field, and so did the booing Bears fans.

After spending their bye week trying to fix the issues that plagued them over their first five games, particularly on offense, the Bears had nothing to show for it in a 36-25 loss to the Saints.

It was the worst loss of the Matt Nagy...Read more