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What Mike McCarthy learned about Dak Prescott in Dallas Cowboys' historic comeback

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FRISCO, Texas - As a quarterback guru who has tutored the likes of Joe Montana, Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers during his expansive coaching career, Mike McCarthy has seen his share of quarterback-led miraculous comebacks.

On Sunday, he witnessed the Dak Prescott comeback experience for the first time as coach of the Dallas Cowboys

So what did ...Read more

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Marcus Hayes: How the Eagles will save the season and Doug Pederson's job

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PHILADELPHIA - Doug Pederson cannot survive if the Eagles lose to the visiting Bengals on Sunday, then fall to 0-4 at San Francisco the following Sunday night. General manager Howie Roseman will need to shift blame from his own shortsighted transactions, which is the real issue. Emotional intelligence and a three-year-old Super Bowl win earn a ...Read more

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Justin Rogers: Matt Patricia has no good answers for Lions' consistent inconsistency

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DETROIT - What's Matt Patricia supposed to say at this point? If the Lions coach had the answers to what's ailing his team after dropping 11 consecutive games and squandering four straight double-digit leads, he'd incorporate them into his game plans, not share them via the media.

For the better part of three years, Patricia has preached the ...Read more

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Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes named one of Time's most influential people

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has forever changed Kansas City, the architect of a Super Bowl parade that strolled down Grand Boulevard.

But his reach stretches far beyond Kansas City.

Mahomes has been named one of Time's 100 most influential people in the world in 2020, joining celebrities, activists, political figures ...Read more

Do the Steelers want to be conservative or creative on offense?

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Ben Roethlisberger had many reasons to resume his career at the age of 38 after shredding elbow ligaments in his right arm last season. One of his more popular responses has been to play with this Steelers defense, which he believes is one of the best he's ever seen with the Steelers.

And Roethlisberger has played with many great ones over his ...Read more

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Brad Biggs: Danny Trevathan doesn't have an injury to explain poor showing. Bears have to hope veteran LB can recharge soon.

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CHICAGO - The Chicago Bears gave Danny Trevathan a day of rest Wednesday, three days after his playing time took a significant cut, but they didn't list an injury for the inside linebacker that would explain something hampering his performance the last two weeks.

Trevathan was held out of the full-pads afternoon practice at Halas Hall. He ...Read more

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Injury bug strikes Dallas Cowboys again as cornerbacks Awuzie, Diggs latest victims

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FRISCO, Texas - The Dallas Cowboys continue to be plagued by a rash of injuries with starting cornerbacks Chido Awuzie and Trevon Diggs being the latest.

Awuzie will be out multiple weeks because of a hamstring injury suffered against the Atlanta Falcons, according to coach Mike McCarthy.

And Diggs, the rookie second-round pick, missed ...Read more

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Vahe Gregorian: Gale's Song: Sayers' legacy in race relationships still resonates today

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - If you're of a certain age and time, one sports movie still stands out above all others. "Brian's Song" made its debut on ABC on Nov. 30, 1971, when I was an impressionable fifth grader and among the millions weeping - even as it also offered a profound social statement for its time in the most-watched made-for-TV movie ever ...Read more

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Paul Sullivan: Gale Sayers' Bears legacy is about more than numbers and highlight reels. He taught us how to love one another.

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CHICAGO - The words of Gale Sayers that made every Chicago schoolboy cry were actually delivered by Billy Dee Williams, who played the Bears great in the TV movie "Brian's Song."

"I love Brian Piccolo, and I'd like all you to love him too."

Delivering a speech in New York while accepting the George S. Halas Award for courage, the movie version...Read more

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Sam Farmer's Thursday night NFL pick

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NFL Thursday

MIAMI (0-2) AT JACKSONVILLE (1-1)

TV: NFL Network, 8:20 p.m. EDT

Line: Jaguars by 3.

Over/under: 48.

Sam Farmer's pick: The Jaguars have a bunch of young talent that plays hard for Doug Marrone and believes in accurate quarterback Gardner Minshew. That's enough against the struggling Dolphins. JAGUARS 34, DOLPHINS 28

Visit the...Read more

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It's been a bad 2 weeks for Panthers rookie Derrick Brown. He knows he has to be better.

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The Panthers drafted Derrick Brown to be an immediate starter on the defensive line.

The seventh overall pick is the start of a defensive rebuild, a step toward replacing the linemen who left in free agency - Gerald McCoy, Dontari Poe, Bruce Irvin, Mario Addison.

General manager Marty Hurney said during the draft that he believes a team starts...Read more

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NFL conducting additional test of MetLife Stadium turf prior to Giants-Niners game

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The NFL and NFL Players' Association were conducting an additional test of MetLife Stadium's FieldTurf surface on Wednesday ahead of Sunday's Giants-49ers game, sources confirmed.

Every NFL field is tested within 72 hours of each game played on it by an independent field inspector, so the turf will be examined again later this week per standard...Read more

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Cousins: 'The urgency's there' to solve Vikings' offensive problems

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Though Kirk Cousins demurred on a number of questions after the Vikings' 28-11 loss to the Colts on Sunday, saying he needed to analyze the film of the game to have a better idea of what happened, he knew a detailed re-watching could only lend so much nuance to what ranked as the worst game of his NFL career by many metrics.

Cousins posted a 15...Read more

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Eagles WR Jalen Reagor expected to go on IR with torn ligament in thumb

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PHILADELPHIA - Eagles first-round pick Jalen Reagor is expected to miss several weeks with a torn UCL ligament in his thumb.

The team announced that Reagor's injury, which is similar to New Orleans Saints' quarterback Drew Brees' injury from last year, happened during last Sunday's 37-19 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

For reference, Brees ...Read more

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Bruce Arians on Rob Gronkowski: 'I don't see him running 40 yards past people anymore'

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TAMPA, Fla. - When Tom Brady helped talk Rob Gronkowski out of retirement and convinced the Bucs to trade for his rights from the Patriots, they probably expected more from the 31-year-old tight end.

But in two games, Gronkowski has run 33 pass routes and been targeted only four times, catching two passes for 11 yards in the season opener at ...Read more

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Jaguars' explosive offense eyes opportunity against Dolphins

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In a shortened week of preparations, the Jaguars appear to have the ideal opponent for Gardner Minshew and the offense to continue rolling in Thursday night's primetime affair in Jacksonville.

The Miami Dolphins' defense has been unable to provide much resistance to keep teams from piling up yards and points. Miami was carved up for the second ...Read more

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Chargers doctor accidentally punctured Tyrod Taylor's lung with injection

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LOS ANGELES - Tyrod Taylor was knocked out of the Chargers' game Sunday against Kansas City because of a mishap that involved his lung being punctured by a team doctor, a league source confirmed.

Taylor received an injection before the game to help him manage pain from a rib injury. During the procedure, his lung was accidentally punctured, ...Read more

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Mike Preston: Ravens need to show poise more than anything else against Chiefs

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BALTIMORE - The Ravens' home game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday night will provide new insights on the development of this team.

In two previous regular-season meetings with the Chiefs, both on the road, and in playoff matchups against the Los Angeles Chargers and Tennessee Titans, the Ravens lost the game and their identity. They ...Read more

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Omar Kelly: Dolphins need offense to get into a rhythm to find team's identity

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There is a certain rhythm that goes with an effective and efficient offense in football.

It is like a sophisticated Bachata, were a couple's hips are aligned to the beat of Latin music, or a popular line dance where everyone knows the predetermined moves and does them in unison to Country music.

Right now, heading into the third game of the ...Read more

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Jerry Jones counts Dallas Cowboys' comeback win vs. Falcons among his greatest thrills

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FRISCO, Texas - Jerry Jones has won three Super Bowls as owner of the Dallas Cowboys.

He watched three of his drafted players and Super Bowl building blocks - quarterback Troy Aikman, receiver Michael Irvin and running back Emmitt Smith - inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

He witnessed Smith surpass Walter Payton as the NFL's all-...Read more