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Mike Sielski: The Eagles didn't sign Jalen Hurts to be a bystander. Nick Sirianni and Brian Johnson must get him going.

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PHILADELPHIA — The team that the Eagles have been through two games this season is a team that we have seen here before, and it is not a team that Jeffrey Lurie and Howie Roseman particularly care to see. The victories over the Patriots and Vikings? Sure, Lurie and Roseman will take those. Anyone would. But the Eagles are as mindful of long-...Read more

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Andrew Callahan: The Patriots' game plan for the Jets comes down to 3 words

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — You want a sneak peek of the Patriots’ game plan against the Jets?

Here it is.

Here are all of their chosen schemes, film findings, scribbled Xs and Os condensed into three words that apply to all three phases: play cleaner football.

That’s it.

If the Patriots can wait out them again, they will watch Jets puke on ...Read more

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Ravens wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.'s $20M lawsuit against Nike set for July trial

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BALTIMORE — An Oregon judge set a July 2024 trial date for a civil trial in which Ravens wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is suing Nike on allegations the footwear company he used to endorse breached its contract.

Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Judith H. Matarazzo ordered last week for the 10-day trial to begin July 8, over 1 1/2 years ...Read more

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As House panel backs RFK site redevelopment, DC inches closer to a football future

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WASHINGTON — A House panel on Wednesday advanced legislation that could pave the way for the Washington Commanders’ return to the District and residential and commercial redevelopment at the underused RFK Stadium site.

In a rare show of bipartisanship on a D.C.-centric issue, House Oversight Committee Democrats and Republicans ...Read more

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Dolphins remain one of league's most explosive offenses -- and showing new dimensions

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Through the first two games of the 2023 NFL season, the Dolphins’ offense has showcased the elements that made it one of the league’s most explosive units in 2022: unmatched speed on the outside, a quarterback as pinpoint as any passer in the league and an offensive-minded head coach with the wits to scheme up favorable looks.

Miami leads ...Read more

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Raiders put Chandler Jones on non-football injury list

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LAS VEGAS — Nearly a month after a slew of disparaging posts about the Raiders began showing up on the social media accounts of Chandler Jones, the club placed the veteran defensive end on the non-football injury list Wednesday.

As a result, the roster spot Jones has been occupying for the past three weeks now opens up. Jones has been away ...Read more

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Chris Perkins: This year's Miami Dolphins 2-0 start feels more reliable than last year's 2-0 start

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Miami Dolphins defensive lineman Christian Wilkins didn’t know how to answer the question.

That’s understandable.

He needs to stay focused, level-headed.

I don’t.

So I’ll put it out there — this Dolphins 2-0 start feels different than last year’s 2-0 Dolphins start.

It feels stronger, more assertive.

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Alan Williams resigns as defensive coordinator on a bizarre day at Halas Hall -- even by Bears standards

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CHICAGO — At the end of a truly bizarre day, even by Chicago Bears standards, defensive coordinator Alan Williams submitted his resignation Wednesday, a week after he went on a personal absence.

Coach Matt Eberflus repeatedly declined to offer any updates on Williams during a morning news conference, and a couple of hours later it became ...Read more

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Rams trade running back Cam Akers to the Vikings, swap some draft picks

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LOS ANGELES — Cam Akers' time with the Rams is over.

The Rams on Wednesday traded the running back and a conditional seventh-round draft pick in the 2026 NFL draft to the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for a conditional sixth-round pick in 2026.

Akers, a second-round draft pick in 2020, was inactive for the Rams' 30-23 defeat to the San ...Read more

49ers QB Purdy returns to Thursday Night Football, where he proved himself with broken rib

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Brock Purdy was studying to get the jump on a condensed week of preparation with the New York Giants up next Thursday night when he heard a familiar jingle in the background.

Purdy and 49ers teammate Nick Zakelj had the Monday Night Football game between Carolina and New Orleans on the TV. It was mostly background noise ...Read more

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Bears QB Justin Fields makes a bold vow to say 'F it' and play free because 'that's when I play my best'

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CHICAGO — If you were looking for a case-in-point moment to demonstrate why Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields has seemed to be playing, in his own words, “robotic” to begin his third NFL season, it came late in the first half Sunday in Tampa, Fla.

The Bears faced third-and-13 from the Buccaneers 27 — in part because of a sack ...Read more

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Alan Williams resigns as Bears defensive coordinator after missing Week 2 game

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CHICAGO — Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Alan Williams resigned Wednesday.

Earlier in the day, coach Matt Eberflus declined to shed any light on the status Williams, who has been away from the team for a week.

“I do not have an update on Alan Williams right now,” Eberflus said Wednesday morning when he met with reporters.

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Autopsy shows no traumatic injury to Patriots fan who died after fight at game

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An autopsy on New England Patriots fan Dale Mooney, who died at a Sunday night game at Gillette Stadium, didn’t indicate a traumatic injury was to blame, though a “medical issue” was identified in his death.

“Our investigation has included numerous law enforcement interviews and the examination of multiple angles of video capturing the ...Read more

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Greg Cote's Thursday night NFL pick

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GIANTS (1-1) at 49ERS (2-0)

Line: SF by 10.

Cote’s pick: SF, 27-13.

TV: 8:15 p.m., Prime Video.

We went 11-5 straight up and 10-5-1 against the spread in Week 2 so we need to keep the heater going! San Fran, legit Super Bowl hopeful, will be pumped for its home opener; Niners are on an eight-game ...Read more

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Will defensive coordinator Alan Williams return to Bears? Coach Matt Eberflus won't say.

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CHICAGO — Chicago Bears coach Matt Eberflus declined to shed any light on the status of defensive coordinator Alan Williams, who has been away from the team for a week.

“I do not have an update on Alan Williams right now,” Eberflus said Wednesday morning when he met with reporters.

Williams was at Halas Hall on Sept. 13 but wasn’t ...Read more

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Giants RB Saquon Barkley ruled out for Thursday game vs. 49ers due to sprained ankle

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PHOENIX — New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley is out for Thursday night’s game at San Francisco due to a sprained right ankle. So is left tackle Andrew Thomas, who will miss a second straight game with a hamstring injury.

So Daniel Jones will be without two of his most important offensive teammates against one of the NFL’s best ...Read more

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Mark Kiszla: Broncos' best hope is to tank for the privilege of drafting USC quarterback Caleb Williams

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DENVER — Let us pray that the next truly good news for the Broncos will begin with these words: With the first pick in the 2024 NFL draft …

Let the Caleb Williams watch begin.

You got a better idea? Broncos coach Sean Payton obviously does not.

After blowing an 18-point lead and losing to Washington 35-33 on Sunday, the Broncos’ next ...Read more

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How Patriots OC Bill O'Brien assessed the offense after 2 weeks

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Through two weeks, the Patriots’ passing game under Bill O’Brien is undoubtedly better than it was during last season’s disaster. It passes the eye test, and there have been positive early returns.

Mac Jones is among the league leaders in several passing categories, though that’s been a byproduct of playing from behind. But the ...Read more

49ers' Nick Bosa sees path to 'a good day' against Giants in home opener

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Nick Bosa is sincerely excited to see the 49ers’ fans in Thursday’s home opener. With no sacks through two games, he sounds even more pumped to see New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones in attendance, particularly if he’s holding the ball in the pocket.

“It’s going to be pretty much the opposite of what we ...Read more

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NFL power rankings, Week 3

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Each week of the NFL season, The Baltimore Sun will rank all 32 NFL teams. The rankings will take into account not just weekly performance, injuries and roster depth, but how well each team measures up as Super Bowl contenders.

Here are the rankings heading into Week 3:

1. San Francisco 49ers (2-0, No. 1 last week)

— Week 2: Win vs. Rams, ...Read more