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John Romano: Bucs can take early control of woeful NFC South with a win Sunday

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TAMPA, Fla. — Their first training camp practice was July 26. The first regular-season game was Sept. 10.

But, come on, we all know the 2023 season begins this Sunday for the Bucs and their fans.

When you play in the NFL’s remedial division there is no other way to look at it. Of course, every game on the schedule matters but outlasting ...Read more

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Mike Bianchi: Hey, Jacksonville, save yourself a lot of time and trouble and build Jaguars a new stadium

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Wouldn’t it be much easier and cheaper if the politicians in Jacksonville just gave the NFL’s Jaguars what they want now instead of going through the ceremonial and useless dog and pony show that will inevitably end up with them getting exactly what they wanted in the first place?

The longer Jacksonville waits to commit at least half of the...Read more

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Chris Perkins: It's Dolphins vs. Bills ... the NFL Game of the Week (and so much more)

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Jerome Baker had no idea the Miami Dolphins were playing the Buffalo Bills this Sunday. Honestly.

I discovered this in the Dolphins’ postgame locker room not long after their amazing 70-20 victory over the Denver Broncos.

I was chatting with Baker, the Dolphins’ seventh-year linebacker, and I told him that the 50-...Read more


Dieter Kurtenbach: The 49ers' new-look defense was already impressive. It's about to get even better.

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Nick Bosa’s preseason-long holdout ended on a Wednesday. The following Sunday, he played more than half of the Niners’ defensive snaps against the Steelers.

One Sunday later, he played 79 percent of the Niners’ snaps. Four days after that, another 78 percent.

That’s a lot of snaps to play after coming in cold.

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Bears QB Justin Fields brief with answers at news conference as the offense searches for solutions in Week 4

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CHICAGO — Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields didn’t stir up any drama this time at his weekly news conference Wednesday at Halas Hall.

A week after his comments to reporters became social media and talk show fodder, Fields was guarded — and at times short — with his explanations about his mindset and where the Bears offense goes ...Read more

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Mac Jones feels Patriots' passing attack can still improve in two key facets

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — It’s fair for the Patriots to blame their dearth of play-action passes and surplus of deep shots on the situations they’ve found themselves in through three games, but game script doesn’t tell the whole story of why the team has shied away from a potential strength and leaned into a weakness early in the 2023 season. ...Read more

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Rams say they don't know when star receiver Cooper Kupp will return

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LOS ANGELES — A game against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday is the last one that Rams star receiver Cooper Kupp is mandated to sit out because he is on injured reserve.

But there is no guarantee that Kupp will return from his hamstring injury for the Oct. 8 game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Coach Sean McVay said Wednesday it is "the ...Read more

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QB Bryce Young returns to practice for Panthers, on track to start Sunday vs. Vikings

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Carolina rookie quarterback Bryce Young returned to practice Wednesday after having to sit out all last week due to an ankle injury.

Barring a setback, Young — who missed the Panthers’ previous game against Seattle — is expected to start Carolina’s 1 p.m. home game Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings.

Young was listed as a full ...Read more

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Is SoFi Stadium dangerous for fans? A study indicates many other NFL venues are worse.

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LOS ANGELES — SoFi Stadium is one of the safer NFL venues both inside and in the surrounding neighborhoods, a conclusion drawn from a study of crime statistics and a poll of more than 3,000 fans by Sportsbook Review.

Crimes in and around stadiums occur all too often, however. In the study, 39.2% of respondents reported having witnessed or ...Read more

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How will Dallas Cowboys, Jerry Jones honor Ezekiel Elliott? Do they miss him in red zone?

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FRISCO, Texas — The Dallas Cowboys are cooking up something to honor Ezekiel Elliott when he returns to AT&T Stadium Sunday with the New England Patriots.

Owner Jerry Jones declined to say what the Cowboys were going to do for the two-time NFL rushing champion who the team released in March for salary cap reasons and the running back’s ...Read more

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Patriots QB Mac Jones wants to move on from Jets cornerback Sauce Gardner's low hit claim

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NEW YORK — Patriots quarterback Mac Jones is tired of addressing his alleged hit between the legs of Jets cornerback Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner.

The quarterback declined to re-engage Wednesday about Gardner’s claim that Jones struck him in the “private parts” during the Patriots’ win Sunday, which Jones has denied doing.

“Just ...Read more

Greg Cote's Thursday night NFL pick

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LIONS (2-1) at PACKERS (2-1)

Line: DET by 1.

Cote’s pick: GB, 24-20. Upset!

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

This 188th all-time meeting of a storied rivalry is for the NFC North lead and finds Green Bay 28-4 against Detroit in the Lions’ past 32 trips to Lambeau Field. Motown is better than it has ...Read more

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Colin Kaepernick wrote letter to Jets for practice squad job. They passed over exiled QB.

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LOS ANGELES — Colin Kaepernick has been passed over yet again.

Rapper J. Cole posted on Instagram to share a letter he said Kaepernick sent to New York Jets general manager Joe Douglas. In the letter, dated Sept. 21, Kaepernick asks for the opportunity to join the team's practice squad as a "risk-free contingency plan" behind starting ...Read more

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Travis Kelce says seeing Taylor Swift with his mom at Chiefs game was 'absolutely hysterical'

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Travis Kelce finally broke his silence about connecting with Taylor Swift, days after the "Cruel Summer" singer was seen cheering for the Kansas City Chiefs star and his team from a luxury box at Arrowhead Stadium over the weekend.

In the latest episode of the "New Heights" podcast, Travis and brother Jason Kelce addressed the unexpected ...Read more

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Jerry McDonald: Who can hang with the 49ers in the NFC? It's Philly and the pretenders.

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Maybe I’m not buying the whole 17-0 regular season thing, but it’s pretty clear through three weeks the 49ers are the class of the NFC and at worst co-favorites to play in Super Bowl LVIII on Feb. 11 in Las Vegas.

They’ve scored 30 points in three consecutive games and are a little miffed it hasn’t been more. Their stars, of which there...Read more

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Vahe Gregorian: Measured Chiefs coach Andy Reid takes calculated risk on NFL officiating of Jawaan Taylor

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A few years back, I spent some time with Andy Reid reflecting on his fleeting aspirations to a sportswriting career when he was a senior football player at Brigham Young and writing a weekly column for the Provo Daily Herald. Somehow we got talking about how he would have covered these Chiefs teams.

“They’d be fun ...Read more

Matt Calkins: Russell Wilson's time with Broncos has gone from bad to worse

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I know, I know — he doesn't play here anymore and hasn't since 2021.

And yeah, the Mariners' collapse (or perhaps pending surge?) is on the minds of the most ardent Seattle sports fans now.

But it's hard to look at that score — 70-20 — and not think that Russell Wilson is the sports epitome of "be careful what you wish for."

The first ...Read more

Move over, mojo: Steelers coach Mike Tomlin only interested in tangible success

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Whether it was getting their mojo back or better preparation or more opportunities to get into the playbook, Mike Tomlin said the Steelers are an improving football team.

He meant that, unlike what he said at his weekly press conference a week ago.

There is evidence of measured amounts of improvement everywhere after their 23-18 victory in Las...Read more

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Aaron Rodgers says Jets need to 'grow up,' not point fingers after sideline outbursts

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NEW YORK — Aaron Rodgers believes the Jets have some growing up to do.

The injured quarterback was critical of teammates having “heated conversations” on the sideline, saying Tuesday on “The Pat McAfee Show” that the Jets need to stick together through adversity.

“There’s been too many little side conversations, and we just need ...Read more

Broadway Joe says he's 'seen enough' of Jets' Zach Wilson: 'Send him to Kansas City'

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Joe Namath has never felt lower as a New York Jets fan.

The Hall of Fame quarterback who led the Jets to victory in Super Bowl III acknowledged in a radio interview Monday that there's plenty of blame to go around for the team's lackluster performance during its 1-2 start to the season.

But like a lot of Jets fans, much of his frustration is ...Read more