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Brad Biggs: 4 ideas for the Bears to consider while trying to jump-start Justin Fields and a feeble offense

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CHICAGO — At 0-2, the Chicago Bears are scraping for answers.

The Bears made big headlines with the resignation of defensive coordinator Alan Williams on Wednesday and double media sessions with quarterback Justin Fields, who suggested coaching had, at least in part, led him to “robotic” play.

Well before coordinator Luke Getsy spoke ...Read more

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Jaylen Waddle ruled out for Broncos game; Dolphins elevate Robbie Chosen

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MIAMI — The Dolphins on Saturday ruled out wide receiver Jaylen Waddle for Sunday’s home opener against the Denver Broncos. Miami also elevated wide receiver Robbie Chosen and linebacker Cameron Goode from the practice squad for the Week 3 matchup.

Waddle was originally listed as questionable because of a concussion. He returned to practice...Read more

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News Analysis: Who failed, the Rams or Cam Akers? Someone definitely deserves blame.

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LOS ANGELES — Since 2017, when the Rams made him the youngest coach in modern NFL history, Sean McVay has built a well-earned reputation for being a players' coach.

For longtime McVay observers, his ability to connect and to manage nearly every personality ranked among his strong suits.

Did trading running back Cam Akers dent that reputation...Read more

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Gerry Dulac: 'Sunday Night Football' analyst Jason Garrett sees Steelers offense in identity crisis

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PITTSBURGH — As a former NFL quarterback who has been an offensive coordinator and head coach in the league, Jason Garrett can dissect an offense the way a mechanic can take apart a six-cylinder engine.

He knows offensive concepts, how they are to be executed by the quarterback and how it is necessary to strive for balance, not just in the ...Read more

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Ravens wide receiver Nelson Agholor finds satisfaction after 8 years of NFL journeying

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BALTIMORE — He has been a first-round draft pick and a disappointment, a Super Bowl champion and a journeyman.

Nelson Agholor crammed several careers worth of experience into his first eight NFL seasons. Could he find satisfaction in a ninth?

Jump to Cincinnati last Sunday afternoon, a divisional dogfight between the Ravens and the defending...Read more

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Dieter Kurtenbach: The 49ers lead the NFL in dudes. That makes them the team to beat.

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. — In football, there is no higher compliment than “dude.”

On the field, a dude combines skill and physicality, toughness and speed.

They’re not just big. That’d be a hoss. They’re not just athletes, either.

No, these guys are the whole package. I’m talking about the kind that will run right through an ...Read more

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Paul Sullivan: Crisis-management season arrives earlier than usual for the woeful Bears

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CHICAGO — Nothing darkens the mood of Chicagoans more than a bad Bears team with an ineffective quarterback.

And only two games into the 2023 season, both quandaries threaten to ruin our fall.

Justin Fields, the latest and most likable quarterback the organization has thrown at us in several decades, has failed to show signs of progress at ...Read more

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NFL DFS Week 3 optimal lineup

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Devising the perfect Daily Fantasy Sports strategy for the NFL can be a challenge, which is why I'm here weekly to assist.

On DraftKings, it's important to remember you're playing full-point PPR with bonuses if a player surpasses 300 passing yards, 100 rushing yards or 100 receiving yards.

Here is my optimal lineup for Sunday's $3.5 million ...Read more

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49ers reward Kyle Shanahan, John Lynch with contract extensions

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Off to a 3-0 start in their seventh season together, coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch are also the proud owners of contract extensions.

The 49ers announced Friday they’ve extended the pair once again. Shanahan and Lynch are currently working under contracts they got in the summer of 2020 after ...Read more

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Chargers will be without Austin Ekeler, Eric Kendricks again Sunday at Minnesota

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LOS ANGELES — The Chargers will be without running back Austin Ekeler on Sunday when they play at Minnesota because of an ankle injury.

Ekeler was hurt in a season-opening loss to Miami and missed the Chargers' Week 2 defeat at Tennessee.

In his absence, Joshua Kelley will take over the No. 1 running back spot with Elijah Dotson and Isaiah ...Read more

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Chargers-Vikings prediction: Passing game a big worry for L.A.'s vulnerable defense

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LOS ANGELES — Breaking down how the Chargers (0-2) and the Minnesota Vikings (0-2) match up heading into their game at 10 a.m. PDT on Sunday at Minneapolis. The game will be shown on Fox and streamed on NFL+ .

When Chargers have the ball

Only five teams entered Week 3 with more points scored than the Chargers. Yet, the final-series ...Read more

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Cowboys RB Tony Pollard: Busier than ever on the field and also off of it

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As the Dallas Cowboys’ top running back this season, Tony Pollard says the only real change is an increased focus on maintaining his body.

“I’m just taking a little more care of my body, doing a little more rehab, doing a little more treatment, ice tubs, things like that, getting massages,” he said. “So just, you know, just trying to ...Read more

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Dolphins' Jaylen Waddle still in concussion protocol, questionable vs. Broncos; McDaniel optimistic about Armstead, Phillips

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jaylen Waddle remained in concussion protocol Friday but has not been ruled out by coach Mike McDaniel ahead of Sunday’s home opener against the Denver Broncos.

Waddle will officially be listed as questionable on the team’s injury report. He has advanced to the point of limited practice ...Read more

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Ravens rule out 7 players Sunday, including Odell Beckham Jr., Justice Hill; Colts QB Anthony Richardson sidelined

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BALTIMORE — Through the first two games of the season, no NFL team has lost more players to injury than the Ravens. That trend will continue this week.

Baltimore will be without seven players for its Week 3 game Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts at M&T Bank Stadium. Most notable among them are wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., running back...Read more

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Jets QB Aaron Rodgers not putting timetable on return to field

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NEW YORK — Aaron Rodgers said last week “anything is possible” when he was asked about returning to play this season in his first public comments since tearing his Achilles against the Buffalo Bills in Week 1.

During his latest appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show,” the soon-to-be 40-year-old Jets quarterback said Friday he wasn’t ...Read more

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Micah Parsons blasts ESPN analyst Bart Scott for making light of Trevon Diggs' injury

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Bart Scott has been heavily criticized on social media for his comments when discussing Trevon Diggs' injury on ESPN's “First Take.”

On Thursday it was announced that Diggs tore his ACL in practice and would miss the remainder of the season.

When speaking about Diggs’ injury, Scott had this to say about the Dallas Cowboys cornerback:

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Panthers QB Bryce Young officially ruled out vs. Seahawks

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Carolina Panthers (0-2) officially ruled out rookie quarterback Bryce Young (ankle) Friday for Sunday’s Week 3 matchup against the Seattle Seahawks (1-1).

Veteran backup Andy Dalton will start in Young’s place. Dalton has started 162 games during his 13-year career, including 14 games last season. Dalton has thrown ...Read more

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Joe Starkey: Nobody is expecting '40-point games' from Steelers, but offense better bust out now

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That would be my advice to the Steelers offense, and it's not an unreasonable ask. It's not a demand to recreate that perfect preseason. This is a football town; people know preseason football can be deceiving. It's not even a demand for scoring explosions every week.

It's just a rational, history-based request for a ...Read more

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49ers climb to 3-0 with home-opening rout of Giants

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Scoring 30 points and winning before a stadium packed with 49ers fans is the NFL’s most impressive early-season trend.

Thursday night’s extra element: this 30-12 victory over the New York Giants came in the 49ers’ home opener, following expected road wins over the Pittsburgh Steelers (30-7) and the Los Angeles Rams...Read more

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Raiders WR Davante Adams calls out teammates: 'You need everybody in football'

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LAS VEGAS — The game film indicated there were big plays for the taking in the Raiders’ lopsided loss Sunday at Buffalo.

To some, that creates optimism that better days are ahead. The theory is that the problem isn’t talent but execution.

To which star wide receiver Davante Adams rolls his eyes.

“I mean, it’s not a relief, honestly,...Read more