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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

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Patriots' White posts to Instagram, first statement since father's death

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There weren't many words, but they said a lot.

In his first public statement since his father's death in a car crash that left his mother in critical condition, Patriots running back James White posted to Instagram on Tuesday.

White's post was celebrating his youngest son's birthday.

"Happy 1st birthday Xzavier! I hope I can be as good of a ...Read more

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Nick Folk's kicking struggles proving costly

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If you asked someone back in 1996 which was more likely to occur: the New England Patriots won't have kicking issues again until 2020 or bankrupt-then-not casino/hotel owner Donald Trump would be running for a second term as president, the choice would seem pretty obvious.

The Patriots? No kicking issues for 24 years? People would have turned ...Read more

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Giants expected to sign Devonta Freeman to help replace Saquon Barkley

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NEW YORK - Devonta Freeman is expected to sign with the Giants, and the veteran running back could practice with the team as early as Wednesday, according to sources.

Saquon Barkley's season-ending torn right ACL prompted the Giants to bring in the free agent Freeman, 28, for a visit and workout on Tuesday.

The expectation following that ...Read more

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No fans at Super Bowl 55? Anything is possible

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TAMPA, Fla. - The Tampa Bay Bucs have started this season with no fans in the stands at Raymond James Stadium. Is it possible Super Bowl 55, slated for Feb. 7, will be fan-less as well, or at least not played before a full-capacity crowd?

The NFL certainly is looking at contingency plans if the current coronavirus pandemic hasn't subsided by ...Read more

NFL hits Raiders, Gruden with big fines over Monday Night Football mask violations

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The Raiders and New Orleans Saints, as well as coaches Jon Gruden and Sean Payton, will pay for not wearing masks Monday night in violation of NFL coronavirus mandates.

The Raiders and Saints will receive $250,000 fines, according to a league source. Gruden and Payton, who were caught on camera not wearing masks for much of the night, were each...Read more

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Brad Biggs' Week 3 NFL rankings

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Brad Biggs' NFL power rankings for Week 3 of the 2020 season. Last week's ranking in parentheses.

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1. Chiefs 2-0 (1)

Special teams coordinator Dave Toub proclaimed Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker has a stronger leg this season, and Butker proved it when he drilled a 58-yard field goal to topple the Chargers in overtime.

2. Ravens 2-0 (2)

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Fantasy football Week 3: 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 Twitter @UTEddieBrown if you have questions throughout the ...Read more

Mark Bradley: The Falcons banked on continuity. Well, they're still bad.

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Here's where the flip side of continuity shows itself. Here's where the again-chastened players gaze across the locker room at their accentuate-the-positive coach and wonder, "If he's the guy to lead us upward and onward, why is the whole world laughing at us again?" Here's where the coach gazes back and says, "What part of 'FALL ON THE BALL!' ...Read more

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Marcus Hayes: With Jalen Hurts lurking, Eagles' Carson Wentz shows he's no Jared Goff, or even Dak Prescott

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Jared Goff was excellent Sunday afternoon, and he won. Dak Prescott threw for 450 yards, accounted for four touchdowns, and completed his ninth fourth-quarter comeback.

Meanwhile, Carson Wentz lost his second game in a row, largely because Carson Wentz stunk for the second game in a row.

Only this time, the Carson Wentz insurance policy was ...Read more

Larry Stone: Without 12s at CenturyLink, the Seahawks created their own hostile environment — and rode it to a 2-0 record

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As he explained just what went wrong on the fateful final play Sunday - "I was trying to be patient and thinking too much" - Cam Newton had a surprising assessment of a mostly empty CenturyLink Field.

"I would say it was a hostile environment," said the Patriots quarterback, who has ample experience in the Clink's unfriendly confines. "I would ...Read more

Raiders roar back to beat Saints in Las Vegas debut

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The Raiders went to Vegas Monday night and won big.

Spotting the New Orleans Saints an early 10-point lead, the Raiders played keepaway on offense and made enough key plays on defense for a 34-24 win in the first game in the history of Allegiant Stadium.

Quarterback Derek Carr completed 28 of 38 passes for 282 yards and touchdowns of 3 yards ...Read more

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Altered offseason training amid pandemic could be factor behind NFL injuries

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NFL games weren't chess matches Sunday. They were more like dominoes.

Player after player had to be helped off fields - some by teammates, others by carts - leading to teams losing some of their most prominent talents, a few for the entire season.

Even in a game filled with violent collisions, this rash of injuries was unusual in that it ...Read more

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Jaguars show resiliency in defeat

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Late in the third quarter Sunday, the Jaguars appeared to be on the verge of suffering yet another blowout loss in the Music City.

Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill was dicing up the Jaguars in a virtually clean pocket that led to a quick 14-0 lead in the first quarter.

With time to spot receivers, Tannehill completed his fourth touchdown pass...Read more

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Chip Scoggins: Mike Zimmer on Vikings offense, 'Right now we're not very good at anything'

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INDIANAPOLIS – At one point in the second half Sunday, Kirk Cousins' report card stood at 1.8, which would be bad if he were a student and that was his grade-point average, but as an NFL quarterback, a rating that low would make Spergon Wynn wince.

Remarkably, it got worse.

Yep, Cousins accomplished a nearly impossible feat. He pulled a ...Read more

Edelman a key in Patriots' comeback attempt

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Julian Edelman didn't look particularly enthused talking about what a great game he had on Sunday night.

Maybe it was the fact that, per usual, he wasn't feeling physically great after the beating he took out on the field. Maybe it was because it ended in a 35-30 New England loss to Seattle. Maybe it was the fact that it's really, really ...Read more