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Seahawks defense feasts on Giants in dominant win on Monday Night Football

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — They finished the game without Jamal Adams and without a single member of their usual starting offensive line playing at his regular spot.

And they played it with their starting quarterback hobbling through a knee injury that briefly forced him out in the first half.

But what the Seahawks had Monday night was a ...Read more

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Sam McDowell: Five things that stood out about the Kansas City Chiefs' narrow win against the Jets

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — We might not have watched the quarterback matchup that turned the Chiefs-Jets into a prime-time feature, but we still saw some pretty good quarterback play.

From the other guy.


Zach Wilson had his best stretch as an NFL quarterback, and Patrick Mahomes overlapped it with one of his worst.

That’s not a ...Read more

Sources: Kenny Pickett 'will be fine' and could return for Steelers in Week 5

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Pickett had an MRI when the team returned from Houston and the injury is not serious. Team sources said he "will be fine," but it is not clear how much time, if any, he will miss.

Pickett injured his left knee in the third quarter when he was sacked on a 4th-and-1 play by defensive end Jonathan Greenard and twisted his knee.

He had to be ...Read more

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Chase Claypool won't be with the Chicago Bears in Week 5, coach Matt Eberflus says. And perhaps beyond.

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Chase Claypool’s days with the Chicago Bears appear to be numbered.

During a news conference Monday at Halas Hall that was at times tense and awkward, coach Matt Eberflus said Claypool has been asked to stay away from the team this week — and perhaps permanently — as the Bears face a short turnaround before Thursday’s game against the ...Read more

Gerry Dulac: Mitch Trubisky gets to show why he was re-signed

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HOUSTON — The Steelers gave quarterback Mitch Trubisky a new three-year contract during the offseason for one simple reason: They wanted to make sure they had a dependable security blanket behind Kenny Pickett.

Part of that decision was based on what they saw last season, when Trubisky had to either come off the bench or start a game when ...Read more

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Andrew Callahan: Why should you believe in the Patriots anymore?

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ARLINGTON, Texas — The jury has returned.

The verdict is in.

The Patriots are guilty.

Of roster-building arrogance. Of quarterback malpractice. Of deluding a fanbase and themselves they were capable of launching a playoff campaign against the NFL’s hardest schedule.

Their sentencing came down Sunday with a calamitous 38-3 loss at Dallas,...Read more

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Patriots great Russ Francis dies in plane crash

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Former Patriots tight end Russ Francis died in a plane crash Sunday in Lake Placid, N.Y., the team announced Monday.

Francis, 70, played 13 NFL seasons, including two stints in New England from 1975-80 and 1987-88. Francis made two All-Pro teams and three Pro Bowls during his career. The Patriots drafted him in the first round of the 1975 NFL ...Read more

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Dylan Hernández: Chargers' record improves, but not Brandon Staley's decisions or team's look

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Brandon Staley beamed at the lectern.

The embattled Chargers coach raved about the resolve of Justin Herbert, who sealed a 24-17 victory over the visiting Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday by completing a 51-yard pass. He applauded the tenacity of Khalil Mack, who registered a team-record six sacks. He praised the collective effort of his defense, ...Read more

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Greg Cote: Miami Dolphins' 48-20 loss in Buffalo and defensive nightmare a reality check in AFC East

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If this was indeed one of those so-called statement games (and it was), the statements on either side were succinct.

“Our time,” declared the Miami Dolphins, hopefully.

“Not yet,” countered the Buffalo Bills, with a big brother’s smirk.

The football map has not changed.

The AFC East still goes through Buffalo.

There was doubt ...Read more

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Five things that stood out about the Kansas City Chiefs' narrow win against the Jets

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- We might not have watched the quarterback matchup that turned the Chiefs-Jets into a primetime feature, but we still saw some pretty good quarterback play.

From the other guy.


Zach Wilson had his best stretch as an NFL quarterback, and Patrick Mahomes overlapped it with one of his worst.

That’s not a ...Read more

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Dan Wiederer: On a career day for QB Justin Fields, the Chicago Bears seemed to be on the verge of an important breakthrough. Until they weren't.

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Inside a downcast home locker room at Soldier Field, Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields lay down inside his stall, full uniform still on and the wheels in his brain spinning in all directions. Fields couldn’t really comprehend how such a fun and positive afternoon had turned so dreadful, how his most productive outing as an NFL ...Read more

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Jim Souhan: Harrison Smith leads the way to victory for Vikings

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The microphones had scattered. Harrison Smith, after one of the best games of what might prove to be a Hall of Fame career, was still standing next to a large hamper, in the strange way that sport so often juxtaposes the regal and the mundane.

Smith had just won an NFL game with a handful of pivotal plays. His reward: shower...Read more

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Undefeated 49ers top Cardinals behind McCaffrey, Purdy

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Three touchdowns by Christian McCaffrey put the undefeated 49ers’ fourth win in motion Sunday.

But 35 minutes remained. Things stalled. The Arizona Cardinals rallied. The 49ers needed more.

Sure enough, McCaffrey delivered with his fourth touchdown, and that fourth-quarter score vaulted the 49ers toward an eventual 35...Read more

Gerry Dulac: Steelers lose game, quarterback and more in abysmal showing against Texans

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HOUSTON — Make no mistake, it doesn’t rank up there with the Steelers’ most embarrassing loss ever to the Houston Texans.

But it might not be too far behind.

While nothing will surpass the time they lost at home to the expansion Texans in 2002, the Steelers did their best to replicate that dreadful performance with a 30-6 stinker on ...Read more

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Mark Kiszla: Broncos didn't win game for Sean Payton, they averted another crisis of grumpy coach's making.

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CHICAGO — When the Broncos had every right to quit on Sean Payton, proud NFL veterans Russell Wilson and Kareem Jackson stepped up to save this irascible, unlovable Denver coach from another crisis of his own making.

After the Broncos came back from a 21-point deficit Sunday to beat the bad news Chicago Bears, 31-28, franchise owner Greg ...Read more

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Mike Sielski: Yes, the Eagles are 4-0, but they can be better. And they'll have to be.

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The press box at Lincoln Financial Field early Sunday evening, quiet save for the tiny tapping on laptop keyboards and low whispers between colleagues. Not quite two hours since Jake Elliott’s 54-yard field goal cut through the uprights, since the Eagles survived the Commanders and themselves, 34-31 in overtime. A Washington-area writer had ...Read more

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Mike Preston: With Ravens in first place, rest of AFC North is quickly heading south

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CLEVELAND — A month into the season, the AFC North isn’t looking so tough anymore.

On Sept. 9, a genius sports columnist from The Baltimore Sun wrote that it was the toughest division in the NFL. He apologizes. OK, it was me. At this point of the season, I stand corrected.

If the season continues to unfold the way it has during the first ...Read more

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Dave Hyde: Gut-check time for Dolphins' defense as Bills remain class of AFC East (for now)

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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — OK, no one needed this. Let’s address that lunacy right away. No one in Sunday’s losing locker room needed to get hung with humility because they were too giddy about last week’s 50-point margin of victory against the Denver Broncos.

Sure, the Miami Dolphins got the reality check that was bound to come sooner or ...Read more

Asante Samuel Jr.'s clutch pick and Khalil Mack's six sacks save Chargers in win

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LOS ANGELES — Las Vegas started the game without its quarterback, and the Chargers briefly saw theirs disappear into the medical tent.

Along the way, the Chargers built an early 17-point lead, eventually gave much of it back, survived another late fourth-down failure and held on for a 24-17 victory at SoFi Stadium.

Justin Herbert suffered an...Read more

Matthew Stafford leads heroic OT drive after Rams blow 23-point lead to Colts

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INDIANAPOLIS — Matthew Stafford placed his right foot gingerly on a step up to the podium and winced through a smile. He did the same on the way down.

A few minutes earlier, the Rams' veteran quarterback had completed the latest chapter in his streak of dramatic victories at Lucas Oil Stadium.

And it was all the more impressive because he ...Read more