Jon Gruden dials it up, but Raiders can't answer vs. Denver

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There was your official re-introduction to Raiders football under Jon Gruden.

Like it or not.

An excruciating 20-19 road loss to the Denver Broncos on Sunday contained many of the elements of a Gruden-coached team, and probably more than a few fans had memories of his four-year run from 1998 to 2001.

Again, like it or not.

Determined to keep...Read more

Rams outplay Cardinals in 34-0 shutout win

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LOS ANGELES -- For a guy who led the NFL in touchdowns in 2017, Todd Gurley got off to a slow start last week by scoring only once in the Los Angeles Rams' season-opening victory over the Oakland Raiders.

Gurley, the reigning offensive player of the year, picked up the pace Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.

Gurley rushed for three ...Read more

49ers barely outlast Lions to win home opener 30-27

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Well, the 49ers won't have to wait until Week 10 to notch their first win this season. After starting 0-9 last season and losing their opener a week ago, the 49ers escaped Sunday's home debut with a 30-27 win over the Detroit Lions.

A defensive holding penalty against the Lions saved the 49ers and Jimmy Garoppolo from a ...Read more

No break in expectation game for Bears defense and Mitch Trubisky

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In a whirlwind offseason in which the Bears never stopped working from the start of coaching changes Jan. 1 to the blockbuster trade for Khalil Mack a week before kickoff weekend, it was defensive coordinator Vic Fangio who provided the sound bite that bridged one forgettable season and what the franchise hopes is the start of a bright new era. ...Read more

Lions' LeGarrette Blount shoves 49er from sideline, ejected

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Detroit Lions running back LeGarrette Blount drew a senseless personal foul penalty, coming off the sideline to push a San Francisco 49ers defender, and was ejected from the game Sunday.

Blount came to the defense of quarterback Matthew Stafford, who was a ball carrier along the sideline in the fourth quarter in Santa Clara, Calif.

49ers ...Read more

Browns players shocked by Josh Gordon's time in Cleveland coming to end

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NEW ORLEANS -- On the eve of the Browns' heartbreaking, 21-18 loss to the New Orleans Saints, coach Hue Jackson told his players during a meeting at the team hotel the organization decided it would part ways with former All-Pro wide receiver Josh Gordon.

General manager John Dorsey announced Saturday night in a prepared statement the Browns ...Read more

Matt Ryan's runs power Falcons over Panthers, 31-24

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ATLANTA -- Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones doesn't want to see Matt Ryan flying through the air trying to cross the goal line any time soon.

"He needs to be careful," Jones said after the Falcons 31-24 victory over the Panthers on Sunday. "He can get hurt out there and we are going to fight."

But Ryan's 8-yard touchdown run helped to power ...Read more

Patrick Mahomes lights up Steelers with 6 touchdowns in Chiefs' 42-37 win

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PITTSBURGH -- The boos tumbled from the mouths of nearly 64,000 black-and-gold clad fans sweating in the hot September sun at Heinz Field.

After watching their team claw back from a 21-0 first-quarter deficit, the Steelers fans watched in agony as the Chiefs' boy wonder quarterback showed off his arsenal of offensive weapons in the fourth ...Read more

Chargers get first win, beating Bills 31-20

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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- A week after never leading, the Los Angeles Chargers never trailed, scoring four first-half touchdowns Sunday in beating the Buffalo Bills 31-20.

Philip Rivers, who didn't throw his first incompletion until midway through the second quarter, finished with 256 passing yards on 23 of 27 attempts and a 143.2 rating.

After ...Read more

Dolphins jump out to 20-0 lead, hold off Jets to improve to 2-0

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Rookie quarterbacks have the benefit of mystery to accompany their intrigue.

Most defenses don't know how to play them early in their careers because there isn't a big enough sample size of film that shows their strengths, tendencies, favorite plays and exposes weaknesses.

But that didn't stop the Miami Dolphins from ...Read more

Vikings' comeback against Packers in overtime blunted by missed field goal in 29-29 finish

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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- They'll talk about the 116th matchup between the Vikings and Packers for years. It's just anybody's guess as to what they'll say.

Will it be Kirk Cousins' heroics to pull the Vikings' back from an eight-point deficit with just over a minute left? Will it be Aaron Rodgers' resourceful performance on a sprained left knee? Or ...Read more

Browns' Zane Gonzalez misses four kicks in heartbreaking loss to Saints, 21-18

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NEW ORLEANS -- The Browns flirted with ending their winless streak but lost 21-18 in heartbreaking fashion to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday at the Superdome.

The Browns ended their losing streak by tying the Pittsburgh Steelers 21-21 in last week's season opener, but they still haven't won since Dec. 24, 2016.

The Saints went ahead by three...Read more

Dolphins players continue kneeling during anthem to create awareness for social justice issues

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Three Miami Dolphins players knelt or raised their fist during the playing of the national anthem before Sunday's road game against the New York Jets. The Dolphins are the only NFL team continuing the protest former quarterback Colin Kaepernick started for a third consecutive season.

Receivers Kenny Stills and Albert ...Read more

Eagles expect Carson Wentz to be cleared this week, play vs. Colts, sources say

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Two sources close to the situation confirmed that the Eagles expect Carson Wentz to get final medical clearance this week, which should mean he starts next Sunday at home against the Indianapolis Colts. Wentz apparently will be examined Monday.

ESPN's Adam Schefter was the first to report Sunday that Wentz is on target to start against the ...Read more

Thankfully, Tony Dungy's world as a black QB differs dramatically from Patrick Mahomes'

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Patrick Mahomes' debut as Alex Smith's successor in Kansas City couldn't have gone much better last Sunday. He threw four touchdown passes, didn't turn the ball over, posted a 127.5 passer rating, outplayed Philip Rivers, beat the AFC West-rival Chargers on the road and ...

Was fortunate, as a black quarterback, to be born in ...Read more

Browns say they will release wide receiver Josh Gordon

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NEW ORLEANS -- Josh Gordon received countless chances the past six years from five Browns regimes until the franchise finally reached the point where it felt it had done all it could do to help the ultra-talented, troubled wide receiver but would no longer be able to stick with him.

The Browns will release Gordon on Monday, general manager John...Read more

Pete Carroll says new Seahawks linebacker Mychal Kendricks 'deserves a second chance'

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SEATTLE -- Mychal Kendricks is a Seahawk.

Let that fact sink in.

It's improbable, of course, because the 5-foot-11, 240-pound linebacker pleaded guilty last month to a felony insider-trading charge, admitting he made $1.2 million in four illegal deals in 2014 and 2015 while he was a member of the Philadelphia Eagles. He was subsequently ...Read more

Cowboys VP Stephen Jones explains his slight directed at Troy Aikman

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FRISCO, Texas -- Cowboys Vice President Stephen Jones walked back his comments on Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman Friday afternoon.

Jones, who used the term "armchair quarterback" earlier this week on KRLD/105.3 The Fan when asked about comments made by the Fox commentator and former Cowboys star during the Week 1 loss at Carolina.

"No ...Read more

Bears linebacker Leonard Floyd doing his best to make impact while playing with broken hand

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CHICAGO -- Vic Fangio likened Leonard Floyd playing with a club cast on his right hand to a journalist typing with one hand.

So yes, the Bears defensive coordinator thinks his outside linebacker is limited while recovering from his fractured hand.

"I mean, there's no way around it," Fangio said. "You've got your head in the sand if you don't ...Read more

Nick Foles' daughter helped bring him back to Philadelphia in 2017

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Nick Foles will start for the Eagles at quarterback Sunday with a Super Bowl MVP trophy back home, but he could have been wearing a Buccaneers jersey playing against the Eagles this weekend. Before signing with the Eagles in March 2017, Foles narrowed his options to Philadelphia and Tampa Bay. His decision was not easy.

"It was close," Foles ...Read more

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