Chiefs' AFC West winning streak snapped with 31-30 loss to Raiders

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- One couldn't help but wonder which version of the Chiefs the nation would be treated to Thursday night.

Would they see the high-scoring, fun-to-watch group that overwhelmed their first five opponents on the way to becoming the NFL's sole undefeated team at 5-0? Or would they see the offensively-inept, undisciplined run-...Read more

Raiders win wild game with no time left, defeat Chiefs, 31-30

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Derek Carr is paid like an elite franchise quarterback. He had a chance to finally validate his salary in 2017, if only for one game, with one final drive.

Less than three minutes on the clock, ball on the Raiders' 15-yard line, Carr under center with one timeout, Chiefs up six.

Oh yeah, maybe even Oakland's season on the ...Read more

In 16th season, Panthers' Julius Peppers still producing at a high level

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The sequence was all too familiar. Julius Peppers bursting past a helpless offensive tackle, turning the corner with eye-catching athleticism and barreling down on a quarterback who didn't see him coming. When the hit came, the ball popped free.

Strip-sack. Turnover.

Same old, same old.

This was just last week, during Peppers' most recent ...Read more

Return to form has Gurley's fans excited

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- He is no fan of international NFL games that take him out of his routine, mess with his schedule and keep him on the road for more than a few days.

"Terrible," Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley said Thursday before the Rams departed for London.

But Gurley has a softer spot for the fans who will be in attendance ...Read more

Raiders' Marshawn Lynch ejected for contact with official

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Running back Marshawn Lynch was ejected with 6:12 remaining in the first half Thursday night for contact with an official with the Raiders trailing the Kansas City Chiefs, 17-14.

On third-and-10 from the Chiefs 43-yard line, quarterback Derek Carr took a shotgun snap and looked as if he planned on running up the middle. He ...Read more

Dolphins preparing to play Jets without Mike Pouncey

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DAVIE, Fla. -- The Miami Dolphins don't have any control over whether Mike Pouncey plays in Sunday's game against the New York Jets.

That decision is in the hands of an independent neurologist, who is walking Miami's starting center through the four stages of the NFL's concussion protocol program.

Pouncey did some physical activity before ...Read more

Browns rookie Garrett eager to test himself, his health against Titans' Lewan

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BEREA, Ohio -- Rookie defensive end Myles Garrett aspires to become a perennial Pro Bowl player, so he's looking forward to gauging himself against an opponent of that caliber for the first time in regular-season action.

Garrett will receive the opportunity Sunday when the Browns (0-6) host the Tennessee Titans (3-3) and he lines up across from...Read more

The Steelers aren't the only unpredictable team in the NFL

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No one needed the NFL RedZone channel to stay tuned to what's occurred throughout the NFL over the first six weeks of the season.

All you needed to do was watch the Steelers play.

Their six games that produced a 4-2 record were a microcosm of all that is the NFL in 2017: Unpredictable, unfathomable at times and, as the dust clears, none ...Read more

Elliott's return keeps Cowboys' locker room upbeat for game against 49ers

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FRISCO, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys know star running back Ezekiel Elliott is eligible to play against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. Beyond that is anybody's guess in his ongoing legal fight with the NFL.

But his teammates are happy to see him in the fold for the time being.

"It's great to have him back," quarterback Dak Prescott said. "...Read more

Eddie Brown's fantasy football Week 7 start/sit

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So you lost Aaron Rodgers for the rest of the season? Relax.

(The man himself would advise this.)

I know you're feeling like the fantasy gods have spited you, but relax, because this is the season to stream quarterbacks.

Fantasy owners who drafted Andrew Luck have likely been doing it since Week 1, when they started Alex Smith or ...Read more

Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater: 'I definitely believe I'll play this year'

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From the day he took that ambulance ride out of 9520 Viking Drive to Wednesday's practice, Teddy Bridgewater spent 59 weeks thinking, wondering and working toward this moment.

So it wasn't all about how much he did with the Vikings on his first day back, it was that he did anything.

"Just being able to get back on the football field 1/...Read more

Panthers QB Cam Newton declines to talk to media, could face fine from NFL

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Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton declined to talk to the media Thursday for the second day in a row, leaving the face of the Panthers' franchise subject to a possible fine.

Players who fail to fulfill their media obligations are subject to discipline under the "conduct detrimental to the league" clause. Former Seattle running back ...Read more

Steelers' Mitchell fined more than $48,000 for hit on Chiefs' Smith

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Steelers safety Mike Mitchell was fined $48,620 for his low hit Sunday on Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith. The hit occurred in the fourth quarter of the Steelers' 19-13 victory at Arrowhead Stadium.

Mitchell did not speak with reporters Thursday afternoon, but Ramon Foster, the Steelers' player rep for the NFL players' association, was not ...Read more

Greg Cote's Week 7 NFL picks

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Finally! A positive week. Well, positive on a scale of maybe-this-damned-slump-has-ended-at-last. The 8-6 mark straight-up actually was solid in a brutal week. For example, it would have led the 11-person ESPN Experts Panel, where the records ranged from 7-7 to 4-10. Against the spread we rolled a thumbs-up 7-5-2, with a pair of games off the ...Read more

Rams are reaping returns from receiver Pharoh Cooper on special teams

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Almost every time her son prepares to field a kickoff, when nerves overcome Tanya Cooper and it gets to be too much, she defaults to a tried-and-true game plan.

She turns her head to look away and asks her husband, Glenn -- or anyone else nearby -- an urgent question.

"What did he do? What did he do?"

Last Sunday at ...Read more

NFL diversity report shows small gains for black coaches, GMs

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From the owner's box to the sideline, white men occupy most positions of authority in the National Football League, according to the latest report from The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) at the University of Central Florida. Twenty-six of the league's 32 teams have a white general manager. Twenty-four have a white head coach...Read more

NFL doesn't change policy on national anthem; next draft will be held in Dallas

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NEW YORK -- Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones always has been a maverick.

Jones did deals with Nike and Pepsi when the rest of the NFL went with Reebok and Coke. He wasn't a contrarian but a trendsetter, because where he went the rest of the league would typically follow.

That is not the case with his position on making it mandatory for players...Read more

Sam Farmer's Thursday night NFL pick

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When: 8:15 p.m. EDT, CBS, NFL Network.

Line: Chiefs by 3.

Over/under: 47.

Sam Farmer's pick: Amazing that the Raiders, once a vogue Super Bowl pick, have lost four in a row. But that's not a fluke. Chiefs should bounce back after a sobering loss to Pittsburgh. Still, close. Chiefs 21, Raiders 17

(c)2017 ...Read more

Greg Cote's Thursday night NFL pick

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CHIEFS (5-1) at RAIDERS (2-4)

Line: KC by 3.

Cote's pick: KC 27-17.

TV: 8:25 p.m. EDT, CBS/NFLN.

Kansas City, the NFL's final unbeaten team, fell last week, and have the '72 Dolphins ever celebrated earlier in a season or with less fanfare? Oakland comes in more desperate to this Thursday nighter that kicks off NFL Week 7, but this is a ...Read more

49ers' Eric Reid will kneel, but perhaps not for much longer

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Eric Reid said Wednesday he will continue to kneel during the national anthem but that he was optimistic the NFL soon will provide alternative platforms that will allay his and other players' need to protest.

Reid spoke one day after he and other players met with Commissioner Roger Goodell and a handful of owners, ...Read more