Ron Cook: Steelers receivers are too much for opponents to handle

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PITTSBURGH — Boomer Esiason was a really good NFL quarterback and is an even better NFL analyst. But even the best make mistakes from time to time. Did you hear Esiason, on the CBS halftime show Sunday, refer to the terrific, juggling catch on the sideline by the Steelers' "Diontae Washington?"

I laughed but then caught myself.

The Steelers ...Read more

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Mike Sielski: The reason for Carson Wentz's regression might be the obvious one, and it spells trouble for the Eagles

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PHILADELPHIA — On Dec. 10, 2017, Carson Wentz tore the anterior cruciate and lateral collateral ligaments in his left knee in a game against the Los Angeles Rams. He missed the rest of the Eagles' season. On Dec. 11, 2018, tests revealed that Wentz had a fractured vertebra. He missed the rest of the Eagles' season. On Jan. 5, 2020, Wentz ...Read more

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Everything you need to know about the Cowboys and Thanksgiving Day

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The Dallas Cowboys are synonymous with Thanksgiving Day football. It's one of the great traditions in sport and has been since 1966, when the Cowboys beat the Cleveland Browns, 26-14, on a 71-degree day at the Cotton Bowl.

The classic doesn't get much more classic than when the NFC East rival Washington Football Team is the opponent. The game ...Read more

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Rams' high-flying passing game fueling midseason resurgence

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LOS ANGELES — For several weeks the timing seemed off. The hallmarks of a Los Angeles Rams passing offense that relied on the catch-and-run skills of receivers Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp were curiously absent.

That no longer appears to be a problem.

The Rams will go into Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers at SoFi Stadium with ...Read more

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Mike Preston: Ravens continue to drop the ball in decades-long search for star receiver

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The Ravens have been in Baltimore for 25 years and still haven't drafted a No. 1 wide receiver.

It's been the Achilles' heel of the team's college scouting department, evidenced by first-round failures such as Travis Taylor, Mark Clayton and Breshad Perriman. Next up could be Marquise Brown, the 25th player chosen in the 2019 draft.

It's way ...Read more

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Is Tom Brady the Sorest Loser Of All Time?

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Tom Brady is considered by many to be the Greatest Of All Time.

But is the GOAT also the SLOAT (Sorest Loser Of All Time)?

It certainly seems that way following his latest apparent snub of an opposing quarterback following a loss.

After the Rams' 27-24 win over the Bucs on "Monday Night Football," the ESPN cameras showed Los Angeles ...Read more

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Brad Biggs' Week 12 NFL rankings

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Losing Drew Brees didn't keep the New Orleans Saints from moving up another spot to No. 3 in Brad Biggs' NFL power rankings for Week 12 of the 2020 season. The Los Angeles Rams, meanwhile, have climbed into the top four.

Last week's ranking in parentheses.


1. Chiefs 9-1 (1)

The Chiefs didn't play very well on defense Sunday night in Las ...Read more

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Fantasy football Week 12: 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 ...Read more

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Ben Roethlisberger putting Steelers offense on his back — and his elbow

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Ben Roethlisberger was on a carefully monitored pitch count in training camp, making sure he didn't overwork his throwing arm after coming off major elbow surgery at age 38.

But, with the regular season heading to the top of the stretch and the Steelers planning on playing into the postseason, maybe it's time to put him back on a pitch count.

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Since joining the Seahawks, Carlos Dunlap is collecting sacks and helping teammates get theirs

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The 3.5 sacks Carlos Dunlap has in the three games he's played for Seattle are impressive enough.

Those sacks, which put Dunlap second among all Seahawks after 10 games, are a big reason they have been on something of a sacking spree, with 16 in the past four weeks and suddenly up to 25 for the season.

That's tied for 11th in the NFL and only ...Read more

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Omar Kelly: Are the Dolphins pretenders, or playoff contenders?

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Pretender or contender?

That's usually the two categories NFL teams find themselves in during November games.

Some teams get hot, find a groove and win five straight games like the Miami Dolphins recently did. And others wilt away, going through the motions until the season's over like the New York Jets, this Sunday's opponent.

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Tom Brady is to blame for many of the Bucs' woes, coach Bruce Arians says

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TAMPA, Fla. — Quarterback Tom Brady was an easy target in the pocket Monday night, and he also took some hits from his head coach following the Bucs' 27-24 loss to the Rams.

Brady threw a pair interceptions, including one that sealed the game with 1:49 remaining.

On Tuesday, coach Bruce Arians put a lot of the Bucs' offensive struggles at ...Read more

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Cowboys cancel practice over medical emergency with strength coach Markus Paul

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FRISCO, Texas — The Dallas Cowboys canceled practice Tuesday due to a medical emergency involving head strength and conditioning coach Markus Paul, who collapsed in his office at The Star in Frisco and was rushed to the hospital, according to sources.

His status is unknown at this time, but it was an emotional scene for the entire ...Read more

Paul Zeise: Regardless of who suits up, Ravens will be Steelers' toughest test left

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The Steelers may or may not play the Ravens on Thursday night. As of now, the game is still on and by all accounts it seems like it will be played. But with news out of Baltimore that as many as 10 Ravens players/staff/coaches have tested positive for the COVID-19, the status of the game is — as we in 2020 have learned — certainly not ...Read more

Ex-Lions WR Calvin Johnson a semifinalist for Pro Football Hall of Fame

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DETROIT — Former Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson is one of four first-year eligible players who are semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2021.

Johnson joins cornerback Charles Woodson, quarterback Peyton Manning and defensive end Jarred Allen in a 25-man group that will be whittled to 15 finalists before being...Read more

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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