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Eye-popping stats that show how much better Dolphins perform when Fitzpatrick plays

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The Miami Dolphins, through 10 games, are a better offense with Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback than Tua Tagovailoa.

This is not an opinion.

It's a statement of fact based on all the statistical evidence available.

The Dolphins went 3-3 in their first six games, in large part, because of Fitzpatrick.

They have gone 3-1 in their last four ...Read more

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Tom Brady throws two interceptions in 27-24 loss to Rams

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TAMPA, Fla. — Show us what you got, Tom Brady.

This was the chance to show the Bucs why they went out and signed the greatest quarterback of all time. This was the Bucs trailing the Rams by a field goal with 2:32 remaining and one timeout.

Show the Bucs how you engineered one of those 38 career fourth-quarter comebacks. Another of those 47 ...Read more

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Rams' secondary shines as Jared Goff outduels Tom Brady in win over Bucs

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He takes pains to say that he does not play against Tom Brady: His battle is against the opposing team's defense.

But Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff achieved a milestone of sorts on Monday night.

For the first time in three tries, Goff outdueled Brady, the future Hall of Fame quarterback, in the Rams' 27-24 victory over the Tampa Bay ...Read more

Shoring up run defense will be paramount for Steelers in Ravens rematch

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After beating the Ravens in Baltimore in the first meeting and building a four-game lead on the defending AFC North champion, the Steelers don't want to change much of anything that has fueled their 10-0 start.

But one thing will have to change before Thursday night's return match with the Ravens at Heinz Field: The Steelers need to come up ...Read more

Browns coach defends Baker Mayfield's errant passes

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Browns coach Kevin Stefanski defended quarterback Baker Mayfield's inability to hit open receivers in the end zone on passes early in their game against the Philadelphia Eagles that would have given the team an early lead on Sunday.

Much has been made of running back Kareem Hunt coming up short on a fourth-and-1 with 1:09 left in the first ...Read more

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Panthers were right to be cautious with Bridgewater, who is set to return vs. Vikings

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Teddy Bridgewater walked onto the field at Bank of America Stadium twice to warm up prior to the Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions.

The first time was with a trainer, testing his knee and getting himself set to go. The second was with all of the decision-makers watching. Offensive coordinator Joe Brady and quarterback coach Jake Peetz ...Read more

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Miami Dolphins focused on finding solutions, not quarterback chatter

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Brian Flores silenced talk that the Miami Dolphins could have a brewing quarterback controversy by reiterating that the team's investment in rookie Tua Tagovailoa will continue.

Even though Flores made the decision to replace Tagovailoa with quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick in the closing minutes of Sunday's 20-13 loss to the Denver Broncos (4-6), ...Read more

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Doug Pederson says Jason Peters remains the Eagles' starting left tackle; on blame, there's 'plenty to go around'

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Eagles coach Doug Pederson, asked about Jason Peters' struggles after an apparent early-game leg injury in Sunday's loss at Cleveland, said: "Yeah, He's our left tackle moving forward. There were several things that stood out after watching the film, from a number of positions, not just one spot or aspect of the game, offensively. ... There's ...Read more

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Jim Souhan: Vikings can hang loss on Chris Jones' non-attempt at tackle on Dallas touchdown run

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If the Vikings miss the playoffs by one game, the enduring image from their 2020 season will not be Dalvin Cook speeding past tacklers, Adam Thielen one-handing touchdowns or Justin Jefferson dancing in the end zone.

The defining moment for this team will be a reserve defensive back playing matador on a long touchdown run in a game the Vikings ...Read more

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PJ Walker's first start for Panthers was a dream come true. Literally — ask his mom

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — About two years ago, P.J. Walker's mother, Tamicha Drake, called him.

She had a dream about him. At the time, Walker was a backup quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts and hadn't played in an NFL regular-season game before. He was still waiting on his opportunity.

"I had a dream you were playing for the Panthers," she told...Read more

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Rams coach Sean McVay has come long way from lone season in Tampa

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TAMPA, Fla. — He might still look boyish, with his spiked hair and apple-cheeked smile. But Sean McVay has done a grown man's job for four seasons as coach of the Los Angeles Rams.

As you might recall, before McVay directed Hollywood's team, he was a 22-year-old assistant receivers coach with the Bucs. You would think the guy with a memory as...Read more

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Ravens' Mark Ingram, J.K. Dobbins test positive for COVID-19, briefly closing team facility

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Ravens running backs Mark Ingram II and J.K. Dobbins have tested positive for COVID-19, coach John Harbaugh announced Monday, and the team's facility was briefly closed days before a Thanksgiving Day game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Defensive tackle Brandon Williams will also go on the reserve/COVID-19 list after being considered a "high-...Read more

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Chiefs' win in Las Vegas against the rival Raiders

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Forget any potential victory bus ride around Allegiant Stadium.

The Chiefs earned a well-deserved rest on the plane ride home.

The Chiefs and Raiders traded punches Sunday night while seeking the knockout blow in an AFC West heavyweight fight.

In the end, it was the Chiefs who survived with a thrilling 35-31 win in one of the more ...Read more

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Bob Wojnowski: Enough already, it's time to fire Lions' Patricia and Quinn

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — This was everything wrong about the Lions, every reason this regime must be fired, all stuffed in one tidy package. No energy, no depth, no coaching creativity, no offensive line, no defensive line, no secondary. Did I miss anything? No shot.

Dispirited, disorganized, disgusting. And also, done.

Matt Patricia and GM Bob ...Read more

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Gene Frenette: For Jaguars' sake, NFL draft and free agency can't arrive fast enough

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Nobody disputes the Jaguars are battling with every ounce of energy they have to give on the field. This isn't about lack of effort, resilience or competing on every play.

But 10 games into what is trending toward possibly the worst season in franchise history, the Jaguars are now too banged up and outmanned to expect a return on their ...Read more

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Jeff McLane: Doug Pederson repeats mistakes in Eagles' loss to the Browns

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CLEVELAND — The Eagles are broken and Doug Pederson can't seem to figure out how to fix them.

Last week, he agreed that maybe some tinkering on offense was in order. He said that he could roll quarterback Carson Wentz outside the pocket more. He said that he could take Wentz off the field when Jalen Hurts was under center, perhaps ...Read more

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Mike Preston: The Ravens' loss to the Titans damaged more than just their playoff hopes

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A lot of teams don't recover from the type of loss the Ravens suffered against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.

There were playoff implications because there were six teams in the AFC with 6-3 records entering the game, including Baltimore and Tennessee.

But this wasn't just about the odds. It's also about the mental fatigue and emotional ...Read more

Mark Bradley: Reality check: The Falcons still aren't very good

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The Morris magic — if beating three so-so teams over four games qualifies — went missing Sunday. The Falcons, the only team in the Superdome with a healthy No. 1 quarterback, performed as if their mission was to render Matt Ryan unhealthy. A game that saw the visitors leading at the first half's two-minute warning turned into, more than a ...Read more

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Tua Tagovailoa benched, Ryan Fitzpatrick's comeback falls short as Dolphins' win streak ends in Denver

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DENVER — Don't crown Tua Tagovailoa and the Miami Dolphins just yet.

Just as the Dolphins started rolling under coach Brian Flores, when the defense appeared fearsome and their rookie quarterback appeared to be getting more comfortable, all of those positive trends came to a crashing halt on Sunday.

Tagovailoa was benched for veteran Ryan ...Read more

Ron Cook: Steelers defense vs. rookies QBs just isn't a fair fight

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It goes back to Bill Cowher and Dick LeBeau, one of the great defensive coordinators in NFL history. It has continued with Mike Tomlin and Keith Butler. The Steelers routinely torment rookie quarterbacks. Last week, it was Cincinnati's Joe Burrow, a Heisman Trophy winner and No. 1 overall pick. Sunday, it was Jacksonville's Jake Luton, a little-...Read more