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Gene Collier: Is there an exit on the Steelers' road to 7-10?

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PITTSBURGH — Fans of the macabre are no doubt disappointed there are no opponents on the Steelers' remaining schedule that can deliver a result as ghastly as that to which they're suddenly accustomed.

Unless the NFL schedule can be instantly rejiggered to include the Steelers against one-win Carolina, which has the worst record in the league,...Read more

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Mac Engel: They did it! By thumping the Eagles the Dallas Cowboys achieve this 'historical' mark

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ARLINGTON, Texas — The Dallas Cowboys’ march to a third-consecutive 10-win season has been the equivalent of driving across Interstate 30 at rush hour in quarantine-level traffic.

For a third consecutive season the Cowboys have reached double digit wins, only this season most of their obstacles have been as tall as the yellow line on a ...Read more

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John Romano: After a week of uncomfortable conversations, Chris Godwin rescues Bucs

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ATLANTA — This was not his day. Not his week, not his season.

By the final minutes of Sunday’s game against the Falcons, the ball had been thrown his way 10 times and Chris Godwin had 23 yards to show for it.

The Super Bowl ring, the Pro Bowl appearance, the hefty salary? They were starting to seem like teases of the glory that had once ...Read more

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Through a week full of adversity, Zach Wilson delivers finest performance of career in win vs. Texans

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Adversity can be one of life’s greatest teachers.

The last two weeks have been challenging for Jets quarterback Zach Wilson. He was benched and demoted to emergency quarterback and many didn’t expect the 24-year-old to start — or even play in — another game for the Jets.

But when his number was called during Sunday’s 30-6 victory ...Read more

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Mike Preston: Befuddling Ravens find another way to win -- and that's scary for rest of NFL

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The Ravens are befuddling but scary, which is why they are one of the favorites heading toward the postseason.

They might not be the best team in the NFL, but they are one of the most balanced, right up there with the San Francisco 49ers. On Sunday, the Ravens beat the Los Angeles Rams, 37-31, as reserve receiver Tylan Wallace returned a punt ...Read more

Instant analysis of 49ers' 28-16 win over Seahawks

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Just under three minutes remained in the 49ers’ 28-16 victory Sunday when a melee broke out, befitting of their rivalry with the frustrated and overwhelmed Seattle Seahawks.

Linebacker Fred Warner had made an acrobatic interception, Seahawks receiver D.K. Metcalf repeatedly grabbed Warner’s facemask in response, and ...Read more

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Broncos' Russell Wilson sticks fork in Brandon Staley, Chargers

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INGLEWOOD, Calif. — Initial thoughts from Broncos’ 24-7 win over the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 14 at SoFi Stadium:

1. Broncos steal Staley’s birthday cake: Happy Birthday, Brandon Staley! The Broncos (7-6) and Sean Payton might have just sealed your pink slip. Although you did this one to yourself, champ, as Los Angeles whiffed on ...Read more

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Vikings beat Raiders 3-0 as Jefferson hurt, Dobbs benched

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LAS VEGAS — The Vikings ended their two-game losing streak, with a 3-0 victory over the Raiders. But they'll go home with a long list of concerns.

The game was the first to end with a 3-0 score since Nov. 26, 2007, when the Steelers beat the Dolphins, and the Vikings scored the only points of the day on their second drive with Nick Mullens ...Read more

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Sam McDowell: Five things that stood out about the Chiefs' deflating loss to the Bills

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The No. 1 seed is further out of view.

And the Chiefs are starting to become within the Broncos’ view.

The Chiefs fell 20-17 to the Bills on Sunday, doomed once more by the absence of a fourth-quarter comeback. This one came with some argument. We’ll get to that.

The Chiefs now stand two games shy of the Ravens for ...Read more

Chargers lose Justin Herbert to injury, game to Broncos that ends playoff thoughts

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LOS ANGELES — A largely uninspired Sunday afternoon for the Chargers turned even more so when they lost Justin Herbert in the second quarter to a fractured right index finger.

Herbert left the game late in the second quarter and did not return as Easton Stick finished out a 24-7 loss to Denver at SoFi Stadium.

Herbert suffered the injury to ...Read more

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Ravens stun Rams, 37-31, on Tylan Wallace's walk-off punt return TD in overtime

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BALTIMORE — Tylan Wallace made perhaps the game’s biggest mistake. He didn’t miss his chance at redemption.

Wallace, a Ravens’ backup wide receiver and special team player, committed an inexplicable offsides penalty in the first half that spurred a Los Angeles Rams scoring drive. More than two hours later, as the cloudy sky at M&T Bank ...Read more

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Chicago Bears close out Detroit Lions 28-13

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CHICAGO — The scenario was familiar Sunday at Soldier Field: a 12-point Chicago Bears lead in the fourth quarter against the NFC North-leading Detroit Lions.

Three weeks earlier, in the Nov. 19 game at Ford Field, the Bears let the same lead slip away in a loss.

This time, the Bears finished, pulling off a 28-13 victory for their first two-...Read more

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Grading Panthers vs. Saints: Bryce Young and crew have horrible outing as passing offense

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NEW ORLEANS — The Panthers’ ineptitude reached new heights Sunday at Caesars Superdome, as the New Orleans Saints (6-7) defeated Carolina (1-12) in a listless 28-6 NFC South car wreck of a game.

With interim head coach Chris Tabor overseeing the product for a second consecutive game, the Panthers decided to be aggressive on offense, and ...Read more

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Zach Wilson throws for over 300 yards and two touchdowns in 30-6 rout of Texans

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — After the two teams were scoreless at halftime, the Jets (5-8) scored three touchdowns and defeated the Texans (7-6) 30-6 on a cloudy afternoon full of rain showers.

The victory snapped a five-game losing streak for the Jets.

After being named the starting quarterback once again this week, Zach Wilson had one of the ...Read more

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Baker Mayfield's late TD pass gives Bucs NFC South lead over Falcons

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ATLANTA — Chris Godwin didn’t have a catch in the last game. But Baker Mayfield rediscovered him when it mattered most Sunday.

Trailing by a field goal and facing third and 10 at the Atlanta 47, Mayfield connected with Godwin on a 32-yard pass, then threw an 11-yard touchdown to Cade Otton with 31 seconds remaining in the Bucs’ 29-25 win ...Read more

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Dave Hyde: Tyreek Hill for MVP? He's got his speedy Dolphins predecessor's vote.

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Tyreek Hill?

“He’s a bad man,” Mark Duper says.

Tyreek Hill?

“He’s going to break a lot of NFL records, if he continues what he’s doing,” Duper says.

Tyreek Hill?

“If a receiver can get the MVP …” he says.

The last Miami Dolphins receiver to get open deep as spectacularly as Hill does weekly is a fan now. He’s 64. He ...Read more

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Steelers' season -- and their future -- at a crossroads after brutal stretch

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PITTSBURGH — Mike Tomlin's formula for winning this season always had such little room for error. Winning games while being outgained made for a cute storyline for a while, but Najee Harris spoke the most prophetic words of the season three weeks ago in Cleveland.

"If we keep playing this type of football, how long is that [expletive] going ...Read more

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Vikings offensive coordinator Wes Phillips arrested on suspicion of drunken driving

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MINNEAPOLIS — Vikings offensive coordinator Wes Phillips was arrested Friday night on suspicion of drunken driving.

Phillips, 44, was pulled over for speeding on Interstate 394 in Minneapolis around 9:45 p.m. Friday, according to a statement from State Patrol Lt. Jill Frankfurth. He "showed signs of impairment" and registered a blood alcohol ...Read more

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T.J. Watt and Alex Highsmith have been placed in the NFL concussion protocol after suffering head injuries against the Patriots

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PITTSBURGH — Steelers outside linebackers T.J. Watt and Alex Highsmith are in the NFL concussion protocol following Thursday night's game against the Patriots.

Highsmith left the game in the first quarter and did not return. His injury was first reported as a neck injury.

Watt was injured early in the game and left for a few plays, but he ...Read more

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NFL bans Eagles security chief Dom DiSandro from the sideline on Sunday

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PHILADELPHIA — Dom DiSandro won’t be permitted on the Eagles sideline for Sunday night’s game at the Cowboys.

The Eagles chief of security can travel with the team and perform all of his other game-day duties. But after his altercation with 49ers linebacker Dre Greenlaw last Sunday, the league ruled after a meeting with the Eagles that ...Read more