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In battle of MVP candidates, Ravens extend winning streak to six with 41-7 rout of Texans

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BALTIMORE -- In a battle of division leaders and Most Valuable Player candidates, quarterback Lamar Jackson passed for four touchdowns and the Ravens defense contained Deshaun Watson and an explosive Houston Texans offense, extending control of the AFC North with a comprehensive 41-7 win Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium.

In three-plus quarters, ...Read more

Vikings rally from 20-point deficit to beat Broncos 27-23

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MINNEAPOLIS -- There's little doubt it was a "trap game," and the Vikings fell right into it.

And then they dug themselves out.

Coming off an emotional prime time victory in Dallas, and heading into a bye week, the Vikings were a big favorite to dispatch the struggling Denver Broncos on Sunday before a record crowd of 66,883 at U.S. Bank ...Read more

'New season' Falcons thrash Panthers in grand style

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- So, maybe it is a new season.

For the second game in a row, the Falcons looked like a top-notch football operation after going 1-7 over the first half of the season.

While shaking off the rust on their turnover chain, the Falcons used four interceptions, a fierce pass rush and a dazzling punt return for a touchdown to defeat...Read more

Appeals stemming from Browns-Steelers fight expected to be ruled on by Wednesday; about 10 players to be fined, report says

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Browns defensive linemen Myles Garrett and Larry Ogunjobi and Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey should know the results of their appeals by Wednesday.

Garrett, Ogunjobi and Pouncey were suspended by the NFL for fighting late in the Browns' 21-7 win over the Steelers on "Thursday Night Football."

ESPN reported Sunday former NFL ...Read more

Dolphins go back to old ways in noncompetitive loss to Bills

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MIAMI -- It was back to the beginning for the Miami Dolphins on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills.

After reeling off two straight wins and playing well for more than a month straight, the Dolphins reverted back to early-season form against a division rival in Miami Gardens. Their offense was mostly nonexistent. Their defense was almost entirely ...Read more

Detroit Lions' Matthew Stafford dealing with 6-week injury

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Matthew Stafford's back injury is worse than the Detroit Lions have let on.

While Lions coach Matt Patricia called Stafford "day to day" and "week to week" with an injury that will keep him out for the second straight game Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys, ESPN reported that doctors have told Stafford he's dealing with "a six-week injury."

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Despite recent domination, Chiefs remain cautious of dangerous Rivers-led Chargers

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The Chiefs sit atop the AFC West heading into Week 11's matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City.

On paper, the Chiefs (6-4) appear to be in good shape for this Monday Night Football showdown. They've dominated their divisional rival in the past 10 games, going 9-1 over that span, and hold a 61-56-1 edge over ...Read more

Colin Kaepernick shifts Atlanta-area workout at last minute

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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Just 20 minutes before the Colin Kaepernick workout was to start, it was moved from the Falcons' facilities in Flowery Branch to Charles Drew High School in Riverdale by player's representatives.

Kaepernick's representatives had issues with the NFL-arranged workout, the media availability and the conditional insurance ...Read more

Bears put Trey Burton on injured reserve, likely ending the tight end's season

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CHICAGO -- Trey Burton's disappointing 2019 season probably ended Saturday when the Bears put the veteran tight end on injured reserve.

Burton has been limited by a groin problem all season, and he suffered a calf injury Sunday against the Lions. He has only 84 receiving yards and no touchdowns, which has amounted to a huge void in the NFL's ...Read more

Analysis: Answering the most pressing questions about Jeff Bezos' reported interest in the Seahawk

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SEATTLE -- The headline was undeniably eye-catching -- "Bezos interested in Seahawks? Maybe. NFL interested in Bezos? Definitely."

That the story saying that Amazon owner Jeff Bezos "has expressed an interest in buying the Seahawks" was published in a newspaper he owns -- The Washington Post -- seemed to give it just that much more validity, as...Read more

Is this truly a changed Dolphins team? Here's the best way they can prove they are.

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MIAMI -- Are the Dolphins better now than they were a month ago?

There's no question.

But how much better? That is open to debate. Their wins have come against a horrendous Jets team and a Colts squad on its third-string quarterback.

So the truth could come out with Sunday's rematch against the Bills, who are having a bit of an identity ...Read more

How the NFL ensured this Chiefs-Chargers trip to Mexico City would actually happen

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Some 52 weeks ago, NFL personnel stood inside Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, studying the aftermath and playing-surface wreckage from a pop star's concert. The damage was unsalvageable, the field unsuitable for football, and they determined they'd need to move the game back to Los Angeles. Too much work. Too much destruction. And too little time...Read more

Rams vs. Bears: The biggest stars in the game … might get crushed by these guys

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LOS ANGELES -- They were selected eight picks apart in the 2014 NFL draft, last year signed record-setting extensions within 24 hours of each other and combined to win the last three defensive player of the year awards.

On Sunday, Los Angeles Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald and Chicago Bears linebacker Khalil Mack are expected to enjoy ...Read more

For Myles Garrett and Mason Rudolph, where does football end and the law begin?

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LOS ANGELES -- If Myles Garrett had walked down the street, grabbed a five-pound brick -- about the same weight as an NFL helmet -- and bashed someone over the head, the police would have arrested him.

But the laws that apply to normal life don't always translate to sports.

It remains unclear if the Cleveland Browns defensive end will be ...Read more

Could Myles Garrett face criminal charges?

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There have been a lot of what some fans might consider downright criminal things on the field at FirstEnergy Stadium in recent years.

Take the perfectly awful 0-16 season, for example.

But the melee that ensued Thursday night between Browns defender Myles Garrett and Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph that ended with fists and a helmet flying ...Read more

Antonio Brown meets with NFL, not expected to play again this season

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It looks like Antonio Brown will get every opportunity to finish his semester at Central Michigan University.

After a reported eight-hour meeting Thursday with NFL officials, Brown is not expected to play again this year, according to ESPN. He reportedly denied allegations of sexual assault and misconduct levied earlier this year against him.

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Eagles sign Jay Ajayi as Jordan Howard is questionable for Sunday with shoulder injury

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PHILADELPHIA -- The Eagles signed Jay Ajayi to a contract on Friday, adding depth to a running-back room suddenly in flux.

The team's leading running back, Jordan Howard, is questionable for Sunday's game against the Patriots with a shoulder injury. Coach Doug Pederson announced that news Friday, moments after the team released a statement that...Read more

The secret to Eric Reid's breakout season with the Panthers? High risk, high reward.

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Footballs can't fly, but this one did.

Or at least, it floated. Levitated. Hung suspended in midair at NRG Stadium in Houston, slowly arching up to the open roof of the dome before plummeting back to Earth. It was the final play of the Panthers' 16-10 victory over the Texans in Week 4, and quarterback Deshaun Watson sailed a Hail Mary as far as...Read more

Chiefs' Fisher puts in full practice for second straight day, but Schwartz is limited

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Kansas City Chiefs left tackle Eric Fisher continues to move closer to a return.

Fisher, who hasn't played since undergoing surgery for a sports hernia in mid-September, practiced fully Friday, marking a second straight day he participated in team-related drills.

The Chiefs have been without Fisher in the lineup for eight consecutive games, ...Read more

Dolphins' Flores preaches about poise after Myles Garrett-Mason Rudolph fight — a week before Browns game

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DAVIE, Fla. -- Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores said the helmet-swinging altercation between Cleveland Browns defender Myles Garrett and Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph on Thursday night was unfortunate and hopes his players can learn from the incident.

Flores said players from both sides must remain poised in the heat of battle ...Read more