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Chicago Bears close out Detroit Lions 28-13

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CHICAGO — The scenario was familiar Sunday at Soldier Field: a 12-point Chicago Bears lead in the fourth quarter against the NFC North-leading Detroit Lions.

Three weeks earlier, in the Nov. 19 game at Ford Field, the Bears let the same lead slip away in a loss.

This time, the Bears finished, pulling off a 28-13 victory for their first two-...Read more

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Grading Panthers vs. Saints: Bryce Young and crew have horrible outing as passing offense

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NEW ORLEANS — The Panthers’ ineptitude reached new heights Sunday at Caesars Superdome, as the New Orleans Saints (6-7) defeated Carolina (1-12) in a listless 28-6 NFC South car wreck of a game.

With interim head coach Chris Tabor overseeing the product for a second consecutive game, the Panthers decided to be aggressive on offense, and ...Read more

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Zach Wilson throws for over 300 yards and two touchdowns in 30-6 rout of Texans

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — After the two teams were scoreless at halftime, the Jets (5-8) scored three touchdowns and defeated the Texans (7-6) 30-6 on a cloudy afternoon full of rain showers.

The victory snapped a five-game losing streak for the Jets.

After being named the starting quarterback once again this week, Zach Wilson had one of the ...Read more

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Baker Mayfield's late TD pass gives Bucs NFC South lead over Falcons

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ATLANTA — Chris Godwin didn’t have a catch in the last game. But Baker Mayfield rediscovered him when it mattered most Sunday.

Trailing by a field goal and facing third and 10 at the Atlanta 47, Mayfield connected with Godwin on a 32-yard pass, then threw an 11-yard touchdown to Cade Otton with 31 seconds remaining in the Bucs’ 29-25 win ...Read more

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Dave Hyde: Tyreek Hill for MVP? He's got his speedy Dolphins predecessor's vote.

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Tyreek Hill?

“He’s a bad man,” Mark Duper says.

Tyreek Hill?

“He’s going to break a lot of NFL records, if he continues what he’s doing,” Duper says.

Tyreek Hill?

“If a receiver can get the MVP …” he says.

The last Miami Dolphins receiver to get open deep as spectacularly as Hill does weekly is a fan now. He’s 64. He ...Read more

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Steelers' season -- and their future -- at a crossroads after brutal stretch

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PITTSBURGH — Mike Tomlin's formula for winning this season always had such little room for error. Winning games while being outgained made for a cute storyline for a while, but Najee Harris spoke the most prophetic words of the season three weeks ago in Cleveland.

"If we keep playing this type of football, how long is that [expletive] going ...Read more

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Vikings offensive coordinator Wes Phillips arrested on suspicion of drunken driving

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MINNEAPOLIS — Vikings offensive coordinator Wes Phillips was arrested Friday night on suspicion of drunken driving.

Phillips, 44, was pulled over for speeding on Interstate 394 in Minneapolis around 9:45 p.m. Friday, according to a statement from State Patrol Lt. Jill Frankfurth. He "showed signs of impairment" and registered a blood alcohol ...Read more

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T.J. Watt and Alex Highsmith have been placed in the NFL concussion protocol after suffering head injuries against the Patriots

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PITTSBURGH — Steelers outside linebackers T.J. Watt and Alex Highsmith are in the NFL concussion protocol following Thursday night's game against the Patriots.

Highsmith left the game in the first quarter and did not return. His injury was first reported as a neck injury.

Watt was injured early in the game and left for a few plays, but he ...Read more

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NFL bans Eagles security chief Dom DiSandro from the sideline on Sunday

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PHILADELPHIA — Dom DiSandro won’t be permitted on the Eagles sideline for Sunday night’s game at the Cowboys.

The Eagles chief of security can travel with the team and perform all of his other game-day duties. But after his altercation with 49ers linebacker Dre Greenlaw last Sunday, the league ruled after a meeting with the Eagles that ...Read more

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NFL DFS Week 14 optimal lineup

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Devising the perfect Daily Fantasy Sports strategy for the NFL can be a challenge, which is why I'm here weekly to assist.

On DraftKings, it's important to remember you're playing full-point PPR with bonuses if a player surpasses 300 passing yards, 100 rushing yards or 100 receiving yards.

Here is my optimal lineup for Sunday's $2.75 million ...Read more

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Vahe Gregorian: Why the best version of these Chiefs can still repeat as Super Bowl champs

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Twelve games into the NFL season, the most realistic view of the 2023 Chiefs is that they are one confusing team about which there can be no valid consensus or conclusions made ... or real way to know what’s ahead.

Just when you think you’ve got a bead on them, wham, they twist another way.

At 8-4 with five games to go...Read more

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Chris Perkins: Through custom cleats, Dolphins show what's on their minds and in their hearts

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — It’s not easy for Dolphins quarterback Mike White to go out to eat with his family. His 2-year-old daughter, Millie, has a peanut allergy. Consequently, they must always be aware, they must always be vigilant.

“It changes the way you think about things and, honestly, the way you live,” he said.

White is among ...Read more

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NFL suspends Chiefs receiver Justyn Ross

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The NFL announced Friday that it has suspended Kansas City Chiefs receiver Justyn Ross for six regular-season games for violating the league’s Personal Conduct Policy relating to his involvement in a domestic violence incident from October.

However, because Ross spent the last five weeks on the Commissioner Exempt List, ...Read more

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Bills coach Sean McDermott cited 9/11 hijackers as an example of teamwork. Now he regrets it.

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A day after meeting with his players, Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott told reporters Friday that their "support was clear" after he apologized for referencing the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks during training camp four years ago.

The comments — in which McDermott is said to have used the hijackers as an example of individuals who were ...Read more

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Ron Cook: The Steelers have officially hit rock bottom

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PITTSBURGH — It is one thing to lose a football game.

It is something much worse to be ridiculed on national television.

The Steelers took a well-deserved beating on the Amazon Prime telecast Thursday night on their way to an embarrassing 21-18 home loss to the New England Patriots that left their playoff hopes on life support and turned up ...Read more

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Giants DC Wink Martindale: Things are 'fine' with coach Brian Daboll but 'I can't predict the future'

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NEW YORK — Wink Martindale said his relationship with Brian Daboll is “fine,” but the Giants’ defensive coordinator can’t say what will happen when the season ends.

“As far as where I’m gonna be at, no one knows that,” Martindale said Friday morning. “I say we, [my wife Laura] and myself, worked long enough and hard enough in ...Read more

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Chiefs running back Isiah Pacheco won't play Sunday vs. Bills

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Coming off one of his most productive games of the season, Chiefs running back Isiah Pacheco will miss the next one.

Chiefs coach Andy Reid on Friday ruled out Pacheco from playing in Sunday’s home game against the Buffalo Bills. Pacheco suffered a shoulder injury in last weekend’s loss to the Green Bay Packers, a game ...Read more

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Seahawks WR DK Metcalf 'trying to learn something new' with ASL

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RENTON, Wash. — When Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf began taking American Sign Language lessons earlier this year, his intent was simple — he wanted to learn something new, and find a way to exercise his mind away from the football field.

But lately, Metcalf has started to realized that his ASL exploits have taken on a bigger meaning.

...Read more

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Dylan Hernández: A 'more aware' Sean McVay is helping Rams exceed expectations this season

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LOS ANGELES — Shortly after his midweek news conference, I reminded Sean McVay that the over/under for Rams wins in Las Vegas sportsbooks before the season was just 6 1/2.

I was certain the Rams would fall short of that — way short, actually — and now I'm about to have to buy dinner for Artis Twyman, the team's vice president of ...Read more

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Bailey Zappe leads Patriots to 21-18 win over Steelers with impressive first half

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Quarterback Bailey Zappe had the Patriots looking like a completely different team in the first half of his second start of the season Thursday night in a 21-18 win over the Steelers.

Zappe won’t be losing his grip on the starting job anytime soon after going 14 of 21 for 196 yards with three touchdowns in the first half. Zappe’s ...Read more