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Greg Cote's Week 13 NFL picks

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We’d been waiting for a breakout like last week’s, and our season dearly needed it. The 14-2 mark overall was a season-best and to also go 14-2 against the spread was the stuff of dreams. That one week alone lifted us up over the Mendoza line of .600 outright for the season and into the promised land of over .500 vs. the betting line. The ...Read more

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Fantasy football Week 13: Start and sit

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Here’s a look back at Week 12’s action, and fantasy advice for the week ahead:


Packers 29, Lions 22: Jayden Reed has benefited greatly from QB Jordan Love finding his groove recently. The rookie receiver is the overall WR11 in standard formats (WR10 in PPR) since Week 8 with 20 receptions (28 targets) for 266 yards and two ...Read more

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Bills linebacker Von Miller accused of assaulting pregnant woman in Dallas, police say

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DENVER — An arrest warrant has been issued for Buffalo Bills linebacker Von Miller after he allegedly assaulted a pregnant woman Wednesday in Dallas.

Dallas police officers responded to the 3100 block of North Harwood Street in Dallas about 11 a.m. to a “major disturbance call,” where they found the 34-year-old former Denver Bronco ...Read more

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Sam Farmer's Week 13 NFL picks

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The Los Angeles Times' NFL writer, Sam Farmer, examines this week's matchups. Lines according to FanDuel Sportsbook (O/U = over/under). Last week's record 13-3 (.813); season 109-71 (.606). Using point spreads with the scores Farmer predicted, the record against the spread last week would have been 11-4-1 (.733); season 85-92-3 (.480). Off: ...Read more

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'What I do is not who I am': Eagles' Lane Johnson looks to destigmatize mental health topic for HS students

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PHILADELPHIA — For a moment, Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson got to feel like he was in high school all over again, slipping on a black and red Northeast High School football jersey over his head on the auditorium stage to the tune of cheers from the entire student body.

Johnson remembers growing up playing high school football at Groveton ...Read more

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Joe Starkey: James Harrison has a great case for Hall of Fame, but doesn't everybody these days?

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PITTSBURGH — We'll get to Hines Ward in a moment. What a shame that such a legendary player still has not been enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He's now a semifinalist (one of 25) for the eighth time.

Some claim Ward does't have the numbers. I guess that's correct, if you ignore the fact he had 1,000 catches (one of 14 in NFL ...Read more

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At 35, Broncos QB Russell Wilson believes he has more years ahead of him: 'I still got a little speed'

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DENVER — When Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson entered the league in 2012, his goal was to play until his 40s.

Now at 35 and playing some of his best football since his Seattle days, Wilson is confident he can reach that goal through his drive and work ethic.

“I still got a little speed,” Wilson said with a smile. “Every day, I get ...Read more

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Chris Perkins: Jeff Wilson Jr., Emmanuel Ogbah typify the character of 2023 Dolphins

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — It couldn’t have been easy for Miami Dolphins running back Jeff Wilson Jr. to watch fellow running backs Raheem Mostert and De’Von Achane tear off big run after big run earlier this season. Both, to a certain extent, were making Wilson, who was on injured reserve, expendable.

In the same fashion, it was tough for ...Read more

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Jets' Allen Lazard on why he's not surprised with Aaron Rodgers' return: 'His stubbornness just to kind of prove everyone else wrong'

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NEW YORK — After the rest of the team came out on Wednesday, Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers appeared on the practice field for the first time since tearing his Achilles four plays into his debut with the team on Sept. 11.

Many speculated if Rodgers would even return to practice before the end of the season. But his return didn’t seem to ...Read more

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Eagles' James Bradberry takes the high road after 49ers' Deebo Samuel doubles down on calling him 'trash'

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PHILADELPHIA — Eagles cornerback James Bradberry was greeted by nearly two dozen media members Wednesday afternoon when he arrived at his locker at the NovaCare Complex.

Before a single question was asked of the reigning All-Pro, Bradberry mulled, smirked, and said: “I already know what’s coming.”

Of course, Bradberry was reminded in ...Read more

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Bucs' Barrett raising water safety awareness after daughter's drowning

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TAMPA, Fla. — Shaquil Barrett is trying to prevent families from suffering a tragic drowning like the one that took the life of his 2-year-old daughter, Arrayah, in April.

The Bucs linebacker announced on Wednesday that he will be supporting the Arrayah Hope Foundation and Fifty50 Foundation Sunday as part of the NFL’s My Cause My Cleats ...Read more

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Marcus Hayes: The retiring DeSean Jackson, the most exciting Eagles star ever, made big plays -- and big mistakes

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PHILADELPHIA — The career of DeSean Jackson, the most dynamic player in Eagles history, officially ended Wednesday. For a franchise that featured Randall Cunningham, Michael Vick and Reggie White, that’s saying something.

In an era of mega-receivers, Jackson’s big-play ability transcended his position. There have been better Birds, but ...Read more

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Ray Fittipaldo: Steelers WR Diontae Johnson apologized, but is he wearing out his welcome with Steelers?

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PITTSBURGH — Steelers receiver Diontae Johnson apologized to his teammates Wednesday morning for failing to play to the whistle after teammate Jaylen Warren fumbled. Johnson owned up to his mistake, but 15 months after the Steelers signed him to a two-year, $36 million deal, the front office might be contemplating Johnson's long-term future on...Read more

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Bailey Zappe leads QBs, Mac Jones sits out at start of Patriots practice Wednesday

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FOXBORO, Mass. — Patriots backup quarterback Bailey Zappe took the majority of reps in an initial passing drill during the media-access portion of practice Wednesday.

Undrafted rookie receiver/quarterback Malik Cunningham also threw during the drill that involved wide receivers and tight ends. Mac Jones did not take a single rep, and instead ...Read more

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NFL power rankings, Week 13

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Each week of the NFL season, The Baltimore Sun will rank all 32 NFL teams. The rankings will take into account not just weekly performance, injuries and roster depth, but how well each team measures up as Super Bowl contenders.

Here are the rankings heading into Week 13:

1. Philadelphia Eagles (10-1, No. 1 last week)

Last week: Win vs. Bills,...Read more

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Jets are opening QB Aaron Rodgers' 21-day practice window

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NEW YORK — After months of speculation, Aaron Rodgers will finally return to practice.

On Wednesday, Jets coach Robert Saleh told reporters that Rodgers was cleared to return and the team will open his 21-day practice window. This is the first time Rodgers has returned to the field since tearing his Achilles four plays into the season opener ...Read more

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Greg Cote's Thursday night NFL pick

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SEAHAWKS (6-5) at COWBOYS (8-3)

Line: DAL by 9.

Cote’s pick: DAL, 34-13.

TV: 8:15 p.m. Thursday, Prime Video.

We went a season-best 14-2 last week — and a rather incredible 14-2 against the spread as well. Clean slate now for Week 13, but need to keep the hand hot! No NFL team does home-...Read more

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DeSean Jackson to officially retire as an Eagle

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PHILADELPHIA — DeSean Jackson will officially retire as a member of the Eagles later this week.

The former Eagles wide receiver and 15-year veteran will be an honorary captain for the team’s game against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field and will hold a press conference on Friday to announce the news himself.

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John Romano: A Bucs decline was inevitable, but someone will still have to pay

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TAMPA, Fla. — Hey, remember when the Bucs traded for Rob Gronkowski a month after signing Tom Brady for $25 million a year? Wild, wild times.

And remember when they signed Leonard Fournette in September 2020 because Brady needed a more versatile running back? And remember when they signed Antonio Brown in October of that year even while he ...Read more

Pete Carroll vague on status of Seahawks RB Kenneth Walker III: 'There will be some questions'

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RENTON, Wash. — The Seahawks playing again on Thursday meant the team does not have to release a game status report until Wednesday.

So, when coach Pete Carroll met the media Tuesday for the last time before Thursday’s kickoff at Dallas, he pretty much evaded specifics.

But when it came to running back Kenneth Walker III, who didn’t ...Read more