CHICAGO -- He has been around so long, it's easy to forget how long Matthew Stafford has been around. But then he plays for the Lions, and in a franchise beset by misery, it's hard to forget the guy who makes sure you lose a little less.
This organization lost 16 games the year before Stafford arrived. And when he couldn't play Sunday against ...Read more
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Colts needed 10 yards. The Dolphins only gave them eight.
And as a result, the Miami Dolphins officially have a winning streak.
The Dolphins tackled Eric Ebron two yards short of the sticks on fourth down, getting off the field one last time and preserving a 16-12 victory over the Colts.
Good news, right?
Not if your goal...Read more
PHILADELPHIA -- Two weeks ago, Zach Ertz allowed himself to dream of a world with DeSean Jackson rejoining the Eagles' huddle.
The Eagles tight end has spent the majority of the season dealing with defensive coordinators keying on him, making it harder for Ertz to impact games the way he did last year.
On Oct. 30, with Jackson returning to ...Read more
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The unbeaten 49ers are expecting a trio of offensive starters back from injury for Monday's game against the Seattle Seahawks.
However, San Francisco could be without three other key players, creating a new set of challenges as the team looks to extend its record to 9-0.
The returning players include two of their best ...Read more
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Of all the ways to blow a game, this one is pretty absurd.
The Chiefs wasted a spectacular performance by Patrick Mahomes in his return from a dislocated kneecap with a wicked combination of mistakes and failures.
They could not stop the run (again) and missed too many tackles (again) and screwed up a field goal snap (that ...Read more
NEW ORLEANS -- Finally, the Falcons put together four quarters of quality football this season.
Quarterback Matt Ryan, in his first game back from an ankle sprain, directed the Falcons to a 26-9 victory Sunday to silence the normally boisterous crowd at the Superdome.
Ryan cobbled together four scoring drives of 10 plays or more, including a ...Read more
CHICAGO -- The Bears and quarterback Mitch Trubisky saved the sanity of Chicago on Sunday at Soldier Field.
After the offense got off to another slow start against the Lions, Trubisky led three straight touchdown drives at the end of the second quarter and beginning of the third on the way to a 20-13 victory.
He finished with 173 passing yards...Read more
CINCINNATI -- Lamar Jackson became just the second quarterback in NFL history to post two perfect passer ratings in a single season and added an electrifying 47-yard touchdown run to lead the Ravens to a 49-13 win Sunday over the host Cincinnati Bengals.
In three quarters, Jackson finished 15-for-17 for 223 yards, three touchdowns and a 158.3 ...Read more
PITTSBURGH -- As a rookie in 2015, Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley made his NFL debut against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
It was the third game of the season, and Gurley -- the 10th pick in the draft -- was in the final stage of working his way back from 2014 knee surgery.
Gurley rushed for nine yards in six carries and caught a pass ...Read more
RENTON, Wash. -- That only one team put in a waiver claim for Josh Gordon was viewed by many around the league as illustrating the skepticism that exists that the oft-troubled receiver will ever play again like the All-Pro he was in 2013 -- or be worth the trouble it might take to get anywhere close to that point.
But to Gordon, all that ...Read more
CHICAGO -- The Bears' $3 million plan to utilize Mike Davis never came to fruition, and now the running back gets to take the money and find an opportunity elsewhere while the team looks set to end a decade-long drought of not having a compensatory draft pick.
The Bears cut Davis, 26, Saturday morning.
In doing so, they could wind up netting a...Read more
RENTON, Wash. -- Russell Wilson liked that his rookie wide receiver would get up 5:20 a.m. to join him for their first throwing sessions together this summer in Los Angeles.
Wilson likes that the rookie continues to sit in the front row during team meetings, taking studious notes, eager to learn.
And, certainly, Wilson likes what DK Metcalf ...Read more
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- If the Miami Dolphins take advantage, their next victory could come a lot sooner than many anticipated.
Still, the Dolphins will be up for a stiff challenge when they face an Indianapolis Colts team Sunday that will be without starting quarterback Jacoby Brissett, who was ruled out Saturday to rest a knee injury he ...Read more
RENTON, Wash. -- NFL coaches and players talk about consistency being a benchmark of success.
Well, having passed the halfway point of the season, the Seahawks' defense has the consistency part down.
After the first week of the NFL season the Seahawks ranked 23rd in the NFL in total defense.
Nine weeks later, after a little bit of variance ...Read more
BALTIMORE -- Hayden Hurst awoke in a hospital bed, confused, covered in blood and alone.
To the outside world, he was a South Carolina football player with a flowing mane of red hair and a frame rippling with newly sculpted muscle, an athlete rising from the ashes of a failed professional baseball career.
But inside that room, Hurst was a sick...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- During the Los Angeles Rams' week off, cornerback Jalen Ramsey perused the Southern California housing market but did not find anything that met his needs.
"Not yet anyway," Ramsey, acquired in a trade last month, said Friday. "I'm still going through the process right now. Still going through the process of getting in my routine...Read more
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Big-name quarterbacks often face big-time scrutiny. It doesn't always stem from what happens during games.
Jimmy Garoppolo learned that again recently when his postgame interview with Erin Andrews went viral after the 49ers quarterback told the Fox sideline reporter, "It feels good, baby," regarding the victory that ...Read more
BALTIMORE -- Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (illness) is questionable for Sunday's road matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals.
One day after missing practice with an illness, Jackson returned to practice Friday and was a full participant. Jackson's absence was his first of the season, but coach John Harbaugh said Jackson is feeling better.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- He's back.
Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes will return from his knee injury Sunday, when the Chiefs visit the Tennessee Titans, coach Andy Reid announced Friday after the team's final practice of the week.
"I knew I had a chance (to play this week) once I talked to the doctors, and they said that as long as I was ...Read more
CHICAGO -- Mitch Trubisky still has his job as Bears starting quarterback, and with that power, he has a request for those working around the freshly remodeled Halas Hall.
Could they please turn off all the flat screens airing nonstop analysis of why the 2019 Bears have utterly failed to meet expectations?
The statement, given at Trubisky's ...Read more
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