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Bears force 5 takeaways and Mitch Trubisky throws 3 touchdown passes to Taylor Gabriel in a 31-15 win over the Redskins

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WASHINGTON -- Ha Ha Clinton-Dix signaled it was going to be a good night for the Bears five minutes into Monday night's game against the Redskins at FedEx Field.

The Bears safety snared quarterback Case Keenum's overthrown pass intended for wide receiver Trey Quinn and returned it 37 yards for a touchdown, his first pick-six in a Bears uniform....Read more

Panthers rule QB Cam Newton out for Week 4 at Houston; Kyle Allen to start again

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Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has been ruled out for this Sunday's game against the Houston Texans.

Newton re-injured his left foot in Week 2 against Tampa Bay and did not practice all last week leading up to Sunday's 38-20 win over the Arizona Cardinals. Newton originally sprained his mid-left foot in the third week of the preseason...Read more

Keanu Neal's injury should touch Falcons, fans on multiple levels

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The Falcons will move around the pieces, like every team must in cases like this. Maybe they'll plug in Kemal Ishmael, a hard-nosed fellow, at strong safety to play the run. And maybe turn to Sharrod Neasman when more coverage is required.

And they'll never quite have the same edge that Neal supplied.

While wondering how the latest wounds ...Read more

Was the Panthers' 'ridiculous' 8-sack game vs. Cardinals an anomaly or new standard?

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- So much fuss has been made about this Carolina Panthers defense -- about defensive schematics and alignments, stunts and blitzes, all the nuts and bolts and nitty-gritty of football mechanics.

But one maxim holds absolute:

"(Quarterbacks) can't complete anything," defensive end/outside linebacker Mario Addison said with a ...Read more

Ravens' John Harbaugh claims analytics back up aggressive decisions vs. Chiefs. Here's what the numbers say.

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Ravens coach John Harbaugh rolled the dice in his team's 33-28 loss Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs, opting to go for it on fourth down several times and attempt multiple 2-point conversions.

He had mixed results in the gambles and some of his decisions proved pivotal in an eventual one-possession game.

After the game, Harbaugh said that...Read more

Ranking the Bears' 10 most memorable 'Monday Night Football' appearances

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The future prime-time television institution "Monday Night Football," now marking its 50th season, was only in its third week on ABC when the Bears made their first appearance.

Dick Gordon caught a pair of touchdown passes from Jack Concannon in a 28-14 loss to the Lions at Tiger Stadium.

The Bears' second appearance, a 1971 road loss to the ...Read more

Cowboys' Quinn does not raise a fist; says the player protest movement was worth it

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- There were but three points of suspense for the Cowboys' game on Sunday against the worst team in the NFL:

A.) Would the Cowboys cover the 21.5-point spread against the Miami Dolphins?

B.) Would newly acquired Dolphins defensive end Taco Charlton do a thing against his old team?

C). Would Cowboys defensive end Robert Quinn...Read more

Rams 20, Browns 13: Baker Mayfield's late interception ends bid for upset

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CLEVELAND -- The shorthanded Browns flirted with upsetting the defending NFC champion Los Angeles Rams on "Sunday Night Football," but their weaknesses haunted them in the fourth quarter of a 20-13 loss at FirstEnergy Stadium.

Desperate for a touchdown in crunch time, the Browns went three-and-out during a possession starting at their 10-yard ...Read more

Rams' defense stymies Browns at goal line to preserve victory

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CLEVELAND -- The Los Angeles Rams defense was backed up to their four-yard line, needing four stops to keep the Cleveland Browns from possibly tying the score.

A blitz forced Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield to throw an incomplete pass on first down. Linebacker Samson Ebukam deflected a pass on the next play, and cornerback Nickell Robey-...Read more

Chargers can't hold back Texans' second-half scoring surge in loss

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Coming off a frustrating loss in Detroit, the Chargers found even more frustration at home, losing Sunday to Houston 27-20.

En route to the defeat, they blew a 10-point halftime lead, lost a touchdown on a penalty call and had an interception wiped out by offsetting penalties.

They also failed repeatedly to stop the Texans on third down (...Read more

49ers 24, Steelers 20: Studs and duds from fourth-quarter comeback

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Four turnovers on their first five series was a horrendous way for the 49ers to launch their home opener Sunday.

Surrendering a fourth-quarter lead and then committing a fifth turnover had the 49ers all set to blow their undefeated start to the season.

Then came a 5-yard touchdown pass from Jimmy Garoppolo to Dante ...Read more

Mistakes plague Seahawks in Week 3 loss at home to New Orleans Saints

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SEATTLE -- After having dipped their toes in the fire a few times but emerging unscathed the first two games of the season, the Seahawks apparently decided to up the difficulty ratio in Week 3 against the Saints and see what would happen if they just fully immolated themselves.

The result?

One of the more embarrassing home losses in recent ...Read more

Kyle Allen's breakout game against Cardinals saves Panthers' slow-starting season

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Sitting on the bench at State Farm Stadium, having just tossed his second touchdown of the first half, Kyle Allen put into words exactly what everyone watching him was thinking:

"That was (expletive) beautiful."

Allen was referring to his 52-yard strike to D.J. Moore, who took a deep crossing route about 35 yards after the ...Read more

Dolphins receiver Allen Hurns hospitalized after suffering concussion on collision with Cowboys safety

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Miami Dolphins receiver Allen Hurns left Sunday's 31-6 loss to Dallas Cowboys after suffering a concussion during a violent collision during the first quarter.

Hurns, who collided with Cowboys safety Jeff Heath when both tried to catch a pass over the deep middle thrown by Dolphins quarterback Josh Rosen, was taken to a ...Read more

Dallas Cowboys blow out the tanking Miami Dolphins

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys are still undefeated, moving to 3-0 on the season for 16th time in team history and the first time since 2008.

But they may not be feeling as good about themselves after Sunday's 31-6 victory against hapless and tanking Miami Dolphins that can only be described as lethargic, listless and underwhelming.

A ...Read more

Patrick Mahomes stars again as Chiefs beat the Ravens in long-awaited home opener

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Chiefs had a possession early in the third quarter when Patrick Mahomes didn't attempt a pass. The Chiefs didn't score.

The heck with that.

Next time, they came out slinging. The end result was another Mahomes touchdown pass and the Chiefs were on their way to a 33-28 victory over the Baltimore Ravens.

The Mahomes ...Read more

Penalties costly as Falcons can't rally in 27-24 loss to Colts

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INDIANAPOLIS -- The Falcons talk about taking a "business trip" when they play on the road.

But it's clear, that for at least a half, they go on vacation. No real business has been conducted in the first half of their road games in 2019.

The Falcons fell behind by 17 points to the Colts on Sunday. A frantic rally came up short in a 27-24 loss ...Read more

Dalvin Cook, Alexander Mattison lead the way as Vikings run over Raiders 34-14

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Vikings lapped the Raiders at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday by adhering to a formula from which, in all likelihood, they'd prefer not to deviate.

They ran for 211 yards against a hapless Oakland defense, cruising to a three-touchdown lead for the second straight home game and again effectively relegating Kirk Cousins to a ...Read more

Rams will have to keep close watch on Beckham

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CLEVELAND -- The matchups were memorable, not for their seriousness but for the fun.

After the 2014 and 2016 seasons, cornerback Aqib Talib played against star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. in the Pro Bowl, the NFL's annual exhibition that is heavy on camaraderie and light on real competition.

"That's playing around," Talib said last week. "...Read more

Trying to bring Cleveland back to relevance is perfect job for Kitchens

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CLEVELAND -- It didn't last long, but the year before he got back into football, Cleveland Browns coach Freddie Kitchens was a used-car salesman.

Such an odd fit for the plain-speaking Kitchens, a former Alabama quarterback who has always been a people person but can't get out of the way of his own candor.

"I like being straight up and honest ...Read more