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Dieter Kurtenbach: If you don't take Brock Purdy's MVP candidacy seriously, you don't know football

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It shouldn’t be surprising that 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy is now the betting favorite to win NFL MVP this season.

After all, he played a nearly perfect game and out-dueled the previous betting favorite for the award, Jalen Hurts, in Philadelphia on Sunday.

The truth is that with five weeks to play in the regular season, there is no clear...Read more

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Marcus Hayes: David Carr was almost right about Jalen Hurts: The MVP is at stake Sunday night in Dallas, not Hurts' job

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PHILADELPHIA — David Carr is being a self-promoting and willful idiot, but there is a kernel of truth in his misevaluation of MVP candidate Jalen Hurts.

Carr, who failed as an NFL quarterback for a decade and now opines for the NFL Network, said Tuesday that the Eagles would be wise to immediately bench Hurts in favor of backup Marcus Mariota...Read more

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Chris Perkins: Are the Dolphins, at this point, legitimate Super Bowl contenders?

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — In the past week, Tyreek Hill and Jalen Ramsey have both said this Miami Dolphins team has the potential to be just as good as or better than the Super Bowl champion teams they were on, the 2019 Kansas City Chiefs and 2021 Los Angeles Rams, respectively.

So, it’s worth asking: Can we legitimately use the words “Miami...Read more

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Justin Fields on his future with Bears: 'I'm just focused on what I can control, and the rest is in God's hands'

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CHICAGO — Justin Fields didn’t feel the need to debate whether the speculation about his Chicago Bears future is fair.

He has been around Chicago long enough to know the noise comes with the territory, even as it heads toward a fever pitch this month. With five games to play in the NFL season, the Bears have major decisions ahead, and many ...Read more

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Paul Zeise: National media paints a rosy picture of Mike Tomlin, but it's mostly based on willful ignorance

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PITTSBURGH — We have reached the point of the NFL season when many national media hot-take guys begin to pontificate about just how great Steelers fans have it and how thankful they should be that Mike Tomlin is the coach of their favorite team.

It is almost always done in a condescending tone and almost always framed as "you spoiled, ...Read more

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John Romano: Bucs' Baker Mayfield is one of cheapest QBs around, but that will soon change

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TAMPA, Fla. — The fate of the team is still to be determined. So, too, is the future of the head coach.

The quarterback, on the other hand, may have already cashed in.

We’re 12 games into the Baker Mayfield era in Tampa Bay, and the quarterback’s decision to sign with the Bucs appears to have paid off handsomely. His stock is not nearly ...Read more

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Patriots RB Rhamondre Stevenson may miss rest of season with high ankle sprain

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BOSTON — Patriots running back Rhamondre Stevenson will miss at least a few weeks after suffering a high ankle sprain Sunday versus the Chargers, according to ESPN.

The Pats’ leading rusher twisted his ankle on a first-quarter tackle Sunday that caused him to fumble. After the play, he could not put any weight on his right leg, had to be ...Read more

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Rams cornerback Derion Kendrick has court case paused for judicial diversion

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LOS ANGELES — Rams cornerback Derion Kendrick, facing two misdemeanor gun charges, on Tuesday was granted judicial diversion, the Los Angeles City Attorney's office said.

Kendrick, 23, was arrested in October in Hollywood and charged with carrying a concealed weapon and carrying a loaded firearm.

Kendrick appeared in court Tuesday, and Judge...Read more

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Giants coach Brian Daboll names Tommy DeVito starting QB vs. Packers over Tyrod Taylor

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NEW YORK — Brian Daboll surprisingly named undrafted rookie Tommy DeVito the Giants’ Week 14 starting quarterback even though veteran Tyrod Taylor (ribs) is cleared for contact and practicing.

“I just thought Tommy earned it,” Daboll said.

The head coach said he believes DeVito gives the Giants (4-8) their best chance to win next ...Read more

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NFL power rankings, Week 14

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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 14:

1. San Francisco 49ers (9-3, No. 4 last week)

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

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Ron Cook: Steelers left with giant QB question after another Kenny Pickett injury

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PITTSBURGH — The most troubling part of Kenny Pickett's ankle injury isn't the impact it will have on the Steelers' playoff push. Mitch Trubisky might not be better as his replacement running the offense, but he hardly can be worse. Mason Rudolph might even be better.

No, the worst part of Pickett's injury is the uncertainty it creates about ...Read more

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Vahe Gregorian: After watching Chiefs sputter against Packers, who knows who they even are any more?

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Over the last five-plus seasons with the sorcery of Patrick Mahomes, what looked like late-game predicaments often morphed into magic for the Chiefs.

So much so that you could almost expect the preposterous. And even figure they had their opponent right about where they wanted them when they were facing, say, a 27-19 ...Read more

Ex-NFL star T.J. Houshmandzadeh files for restraining order against obsessed fan who took his last name: report

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A woman was allegedly so consumed by her love for ex-NFL star T.J. Houshmandzadeh that she took the former wide receiver’s last name.

Houshmandzadeh, 46, has filed for a restraining order against the woman, TMZ reports.

In documents requesting the order, Houshmandzadeh said a woman named Annette Selkirk legally changed her name to Annette ...Read more

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Fantasy football Week 14: Add and drop

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Each week I'll list the best widely available free agents for fantasy football — I define "widely available" as being owned in around half of all ESPN or Yahoo leagues — and some guys who are probably better off in the free agent pool than collecting dust on your roster.

Follow me on X (formerly known as Twitter) @UTEddieBrown if you have ...Read more

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Robert Saleh refutes reports on Jets QB Zach Wilson's reluctance to start again

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Following Sunday’s 13-8 debacle against the Falcons, Robert Saleh told reporters he needed more time to decide who the Jets starting quarterback will be during this week’s game against the Texans.

After starting Tim Boyle the last two weeks and benching him for Trevor Siemian, who also struggled, they are considering going back to Zach ...Read more

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Brock Purdy is the MVP betting favorite after 49ers rout Eagles

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Move over, Dak Prescott and Jalen Hurts. There’s a new leader in the race for the NFL’s Most Valuable Player award: the increasingly relevant Brock Purdy.

Purdy is now the betting favorite at many gambling sites. Caesars Sportsbook has him leading the field with 3-to-1 odds after the 49ers demolished the Eagles Sunday afternoon in ...Read more

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Steelers QB Kenny Pickett undergoes 'tightrope' surgery on ankle

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Coach Mike Tomlin confirmed Kenny Pickett had a surgical procedure on Monday for a high-ankle sprain designed to accelerate his return, but he did not speculate how soon his second-year quarterback might play again.

Tomlin would not put a timetable on Pickett's return, only to say "rest assured he is out" for Thursday night's home game against ...Read more

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Eagles reach agreement with Shaq Leonard, beating out the Cowboys to filling a need at linebacker

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The Eagles on Monday afternoon agreed to sign former Colts four-time All-Pro linebacker Shaquille Leonard.

Leonard’s decision to reunite with coach Nick Sirianni in Philadelphia comes after he also visited with the Dallas Cowboys last week. Leonard was waived by the Colts on Nov. 21. He has logged 65 tackles, including two tackles for loss, ...Read more

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Start over? Stay the course? Chicago Bears GM Ryan Poles is nearing a series of landmark decisions

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CHICAGO — Certainly Ryan Poles knows the cameras are everywhere, his every move being watched. Analyzed. Interpreted. Debated.

Before Monday’s road matchup against the Minnesota Vikings, Poles was doing his usual pregame speed-walk around the perimeter of the field when he crossed paths with Justin Fields, who was on his way to the locker ...Read more

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Patriots defender opens up about offensive woes, losing streak: 'It's f-ing frustrating'

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FOXBORO, Mass. — After Sunday’s shutout loss to the Chargers, the Patriots became the first NFL team in 85 years to lose three straight games while allowing 10 or fewer points in each outing.

The Pats have reached historic levels of offensive futility, despite a recent change at quarterback. Backup Bailey Zappe went 13-of-25 for 141 yards ...Read more