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Sam Farmer's Thursday night NFL pick

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PHILADELPHIA (2-3) AT N.Y. GIANTS (1-4)

TV: 8:15 p.m. EDT, Fox, NFL Network, 8:15 p.m.

Line: Eagles by 3.

Over/under: 44.

Sam Farmer's pick: The Eagles have a solid defense but significant offensive problems that are only amplified with the loss of running back Jay Ajayi. The Giants are backed into a corner and they're at home on a short ...Read more

'I didn't know Chicago was so aggressive': Khalil Mack still getting used to new star status

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CHICAGO -- After a whirlwind month, Khalil Mack needed the chance to exhale.

What a September it had been. Traded to the Bears on the first day of the month, Mack followed by giving his new team and his new city an exhilarating four-week production surge. Five sacks. An interception returned for a touchdown. NFC Defensive Player of the Month ...Read more

Bears QB Trubisky to stick with sleeve

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Before Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky went out and torched the Buccaneers for 354 passing yards and six touchdown passes on Sept. 30, he made a decision to slide a sleeve onto his right forearm. It was the first time in Trubisky's NFL career he had gone with that accessory. And on Wednesday afternoon at Halas Hall, the quarterback finally ...Read more

LeSean McCoy, Bills coach Sean McDermott discuss Eagles trade rumor

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LeSean McCoy on Wednesday told reporters he wanted to "see what happens" after a report that the Eagles had reached out to the Buffalo Bills about a possible trade that would return the Pro Bowl running back to Philadelphia.

"I'm not going to get into that. That's between my agent and the guys upstairs to work that out," McCoy told reporters ...Read more

Greg Cote's Thursday night NFL pick

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EAGLES (2-3) at GIANTS (1-4)

Line: PHI by 3

Cote's pick: NYG 31-28

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TV: 8:20 p.m., Fox/NFL

NFL Week 6 launches with a rivalry from an NFC East that is wide open, by which I mean rotten -- the only division without a winning-record team. Philly is suffering the dreaded Super Bowl Hangover, while drama-filled NYG is 4-17 ...Read more

There is a (good) catch to Chargers' use of running back Melvin Gordon

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LOS ANGELES -- There was little indication when he came out of Wisconsin that Melvin Gordon could be a dual-threat running back in the NFL.

A first-round pick of the Chargers in 2015, Gordon spent the previous three years in the land of smash-mouth football, racking up 4,915 yards and 45 touchdowns in 631 carries and surpassing the 100-yard ...Read more

NFL pass completion percentages soar to historic levels

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From 1945 until 1981, Sammy Baugh was the only NFL quarterback to complete 70 percent of his passes in a season.

In one of the more out-of-place early-NFL seasons, Baugh completed 70.3 percent (128 of 182) in eight games for the Redskins in 1945. The league average that year: 45.6.

Finally, in 1982, four years after sweeping rule changes ...Read more

Fantasy football Week 6: Start, sit, sleepers

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Fantasy football matchups aren't always what they appear to be.

What may seem like a tough opponent statistically could be one that faced weak competition the first few weeks. A defense may rank high against the run, for example, but they may have played against the Buccaneers' or Titans' anemic ground games. In other cases, injuries and game ...Read more

Rams' Defense showing some cracks

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LOS ANGELES--The Los Angeles Rams are undefeated and boast one of the NFL's most productive and dynamic offenses.

But the elation that permeated the locker room after Sunday's narrow victory over the Seattle Seahawks was tempered on the defensive side.

For the second game in a row, the Rams gave up 31 points.

In the final minutes with the ...Read more

Which Eagles RB is replacing Ajayi? For now, it's Clement, Smallwood, and Adams

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Corey Clement, Wendell Smallwood, and Josh Adams worked next to each other at the start of practice on Tuesday, the Eagles' lone session leading up to Thursday's game against the New York Giants. Those are the three healthy running backs on the Eagles, and they'll form a committee to replace Jay Ajayi.

The biggest story for the Eagles this week...Read more

Fantasy football Week 6: Add and drop

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Each week I'll list the best widely available free agents for fantasy football -- I define "widely available" as being owned in around half of all ESPN or Yahoo leagues -- and some guys who are probably better off in the free-agent pool than collecting dust on your roster.

Here are best bets off the waiver wire for Week 6:

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RB Corey ...Read more

Jaguars turn to former Chiefs great Jamaal Charles for running back help

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The most productive running back in Chiefs history is about to become a Jacksonville Jaguar.

Jamaal Charles will sign a one-year deal with the Jaguars on Tuesday. The news was first reported by the NFL Network.

Charles completed a nine-year stint with the Chiefs in 2016 as the franchise's career rushing leader with 7,260 yards. He was a two-...Read more

If you're asking Jerry Jones, Cowboys haven't had a true No. 1 receiver in years

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FRISCO, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys don't have a No. 1 receiver. And they knew that coming into the season.

Still, owner Jerry Jones has made no secret that he covets one because they make difference-making plays in the game like DeAndre Hopkins did for the Houston Texans in last Sunday's 19-16 overtime victory.

And although the Cowboys cut ...Read more

Brad Biggs' Week 6 NFL power rankings

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Last week's rankings in parentheses.

1. Rams 5-0 (1): They handled some adversity, including losing WRs Brandin Cooks and Cooper Kupp to concussions, in an exciting win in Seattle. It's not too early to start thinking about a Week 11 showdown with the Chiefs.

2. Chiefs 5-0 (2): For once the defense was the story of the day as the Chiefs picked...Read more

Chargers owner Alex Spanos dies at 95

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LOS ANGELES -- Longtime Chargers owner Alex Spanos died Tuesday morning, the franchise announced. He was 95.

Spanos, the son of Greek immigrants, made his fortune as a landlord and apartment builder, and purchased the San Diego Chargers in 1984. He ran the club for two decades before passing along the day-to-day responsibilities to his children...Read more

Week 6 fantasy football waiver wire: Keke Coutee, Mohamed Sanu and David Moore stand out

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Sometimes the key to ranking your waiver claim is knowing which fantasy football free agents could be in it for the long haul and which ones are flashes-in-the-pan or, at best, matchup streamers. There's a mix of both on Week 5's waiver wire list.

1. Keke Coutee, WR, Texans

The numbers from the first two games of his career are jaw-dropping: ...Read more

Jon Gruden after Raiders' 4th loss: 'Obviously I'm a little depressed today'

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ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Jon Gruden admitted he was "a little depressed" the day after his team's fourth loss of the season, a 26-10 loss to the Chargers and the first game this season in which the Raiders never had a realistic chance in the second half.

A lengthy flight from Oakland to London awaits the Raiders (1-4) on Thursday night, and Gruden ...Read more

Andy Reid on Chiefs' penalties against Jags: 'You just can't do those things'

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Dee Ford stood over Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles as he lay on the wet, white tarp that covered the Chiefs' sideline Sunday afternoon.

The outside linebacker lingered over Bortles a little too long and said a few too many words, at least in the eyes of the officiating crew at Arrowhead Stadium.

Referee Brad Allen didn't wait long before ...Read more

These guys are not exactly getting a kick out of it

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It was hideous. And glorious.

Rookie Greg Joseph made a 37-yard knuckleball field goal to beat Baltimore, 12-9, in overtime. Not only was it a thrilling moment for the Cleveland Browns, who picked up their first division win since 2015, but it encapsulated what a wild ride kicking has been through the first five weeks of the NFL season.

Joseph...Read more