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Rams put end to Cards' unbeaten start

Rams put end to Cards' unbeaten start

CNNSI.com profootballtalk.com Updated Oct 4, 2012
The Cardinals were undefeated ... until they played the Rams. Sam Bradford threw two scoring passes and the St. Louis defense recorded nine sacks in a 17-3 win over Arizona.
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  • Amendola has broken collarbone

    Amendola has broken collarbone

    The contract year of Rams receiver Danny Amendola has been abruptly interrupted by an injury that will knock him out of action for several weeks. Per a team source, Amendola has a broken collarbone. The injury came in the first half of Thursday night’s
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  • Ponder’s sore knee is improving

    Ponder’s sore knee is improving

    profootballtalk.com Oct 4, 2012
    Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder developed a knee problem this week.  As the team prepares to attempt to stretch its record to 4-1 against the Titans, Ponder’s knee is improving. “It didn’t bother him very much on Monday, but it was really sore
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  • Rams' Jackson could opt out of deal after 2012

    Rams' Jackson could opt out of deal after 2012

    St. Louis Rams veteran running back Steven Jackson has negotiated an out to his contract following the 2012 season, in lieu of an extension, both his agent and the team confirmed to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Thursday.
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  • NY Giants would be wrong to take Trent Richardson and Cleveland…

    NY Giants would be wrong to take Trent Richardson and Cleveland Browns lightly

    There are no such things as breathers in the NFL, particularly if you’re the defending Super Bowl champions like the Giants.But the natural inclination would be to look at a young team like the Browns and think that way.
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  • Larry Fitzgerald pays tribute to his mother

    Larry Fitzgerald pays tribute to his mother

    profootballtalk.com Oct 4, 2012
    Every October, the NFL promotes breast cancer awareness by allowing the otherwise sacrosanct NFL uniform to be invaded by copious amounts of pink. Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who lost his mother to the disease in 2003, has taken the tribute a s…
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  • Tebow continues to tiptoe around tough topics

    Tebow continues to tiptoe around tough topics

    With increasing speculation that the Jets should remove the funk hovering over the franchise by benching quarterback Mark Sanchez and going with Tim Tebow, the New York media tried their damnedest on Thursday to get Tebow to give them a sound bite sugge…
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  • Ben Tate’s status is undecided for Monday night

    Ben Tate’s status is undecided for Monday night

    profootballtalk.com Oct 4, 2012
    As the Texans prepare to become the second straight opponent to apply the “ground and pound” to the Jets on their own turf, running back Ben Tate may not be available for grounding and/or pounding. Tate missed practice on Thursday with a toe injury. 
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  • Picking apart the Week Five picks

    Picking apart the Week Five picks

    profootballtalk.com Oct 4, 2012
    Every Thursday, MDS joins PFT Live to discuss our game picks for the coming week. This week, we disagree on two games - Cardinals at Rams (which is going on right now) and Falcons at Redskins. We also each have one game that makes us nervous.  For MDS,
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  • Jason Pierre-Paul isn’t having fun

    Jason Pierre-Paul isn’t having fun

    profootballtalk.com Oct 4, 2012
    Earlier this week, Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis said during an appearance on Pro Football Talk that Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul is the one young defender who makes Lewis say, “Wow!” For Pierre-Paul, nothing about football is making him say â
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  • Chargers' Pagano speaks about brother's illness

    Chargers' Pagano speaks about brother's illness

    CNNSI.com yahoo.com Oct 4, 2012
    SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Chargers defensive coordinator John Pagano spoke publicly for the first time Thursday about his brother Chuck, the Indianapolis Colts' head coach who was diagnosed with a treatable form of Leukemia last week.
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  • Jason Peters thinks he can play this season

    Jason Peters thinks he can play this season

    profootballtalk.com Oct 4, 2012
    Eagles left tackle Jason Peters ruptured his Achilles tendon in March, had it surgically repaired, and then ruptured it again in May. Describing his offseason like that, you might think that it goes without saying that Peters won’t play until the 2013 s
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  • Rams' Jackson, Cards' Dockett get starting nods

    Rams' Jackson, Cards' Dockett get starting nods

    ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Arizona defensive tackle Darnell Dockett is starting for the Cardinals against the St. Louis Rams after sitting out last week because of a hamstring injury.
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  • Second NFLPA Collegiate Bowl set for Jan. 19

    Second NFLPA Collegiate Bowl set for Jan. 19

    ESPN.com Oct 4, 2012
    The NFL Players Association said Thursday that the second NFLPA Collegiate Bowl will be played Jan. 19 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.
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  • Payton to attend Chargers-Saints, sources say

    Payton to attend Chargers-Saints, sources say

    Suspended New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton will be in attendance at the Louisiana Superdome for Sunday night's game against the San Diego Chargers, league sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
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  • Mark Sanchez unthreatened by prospect of losing his job

    Mark Sanchez unthreatened by prospect of losing his job

    profootballtalk.com Oct 4, 2012
    One of the first things Jets coach Rex Ryan did in the wake of Sunday’s 34-0 pounding at the hands of the 49ers was to reaffirm his commitment to Mark Sanchez as the team’s starting quarterback. Ryan’s unwavering support of his quarterback after a 1
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  • David DeCastro feeling no pain in his knee

    David DeCastro feeling no pain in his knee

    The Steelers lost guard David DeCastro for at least the first eight weeks of the season when they put him on the injured reserve/recall list after he injured his knee in the preseason. DeCastro can start practicing after six weeks, the exact date is Oct…
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  • Peyton says it’s his wife who’s trying to buy a piece of the Gr…

    Peyton says it’s his wife who’s trying to buy a piece of the Grizzlies

    Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning says the report that he’s trying to buy a piece of the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies isn’t quite right: According to Manning, it’s his wife, Ashley, who is the investor in the group trying to buy the Grizzlies. In stat
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  • Hernandez (ankle) returns to Pats practice field

    Hernandez (ankle) returns to Pats practice field

    New England Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez (ankle) back at practice.
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  • Gregg Williams will attend Rams-Cardinals game

    Gregg Williams will attend Rams-Cardinals game

    profootballtalk.com Oct 4, 2012
    Sean Payton, Mickey Loomis and Joe Vitt aren’t going to be the only notable names in attendance at an NFL game this week. Gregg Williams is going to be in attendance at another Rams game on Thursday night. The NFL confirmed to PFT that Williams will be
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  • Tom Brady Called The Head Of JP Morgan To Cheer Him Up After He…

    Tom Brady Called The Head Of JP Morgan To Cheer Him Up After He Lost $6 Billion

    deadspin.com Oct 4, 2012
    Tom Brady's had losses in his day. Big ones. Like Super Bowl XLII. And Super Bowl XLVI. He never lost $6 billion, but he never had $6 billion to lose. Brady feels for losers. So when someone loses, and Tom Brady can help, he gets on the horn. Here's Van…
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  • NFLPA: Adviser program doesn't net income

    NFLPA: Adviser program doesn't net income

    ESPN.com Oct 4, 2012
    The NFL Players Association said that its program to register financial advisers does not create revenue for the organization, and that fees it charges for the program have increased because of background checks rather than as a way to make money.
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  • Browns S Ward practices despite broken thumb

    Browns S Ward practices despite broken thumb

    ESPN.com Oct 4, 2012
    Browns starting safety T.J. Ward is practicing with a broken right thumb and could play this Sunday against the New York Giants.
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  • Kolb starts Thursday, but Skelton is close to being ready

    Kolb starts Thursday, but Skelton is close to being ready

    profootballtalk.com Oct 4, 2012
    It wasn’t much of a choice for the Cardinals to tab Kevin Kolb as their starting quarterback for the fourth straight game on Thursday night against the Rams. Mike Florio reports that John Skelton’s sprained ankle has not healed enough for him to get b
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  • A.J. Green stops by Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network

    A.J. Green stops by Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network

    profootballtalk.com Oct 4, 2012
    Week Five kicks off on Thursday night with the Rams and Cardinals and Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network will get you all the news you need to know about the game well ahead of kickoff. Amani Toomer and Pete Najarian will break down the game in one…
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  • Pierre Garçon says he won’t be 100 percent for a while

    Pierre Garçon says he won’t be 100 percent for a while

    profootballtalk.com Oct 4, 2012
    The Redskins got wide receiver Pierre Garçon back for Sunday’s win over the Buccaneers, although it was clear he wasn’t 100 percent recovered from his foot injury during the game. Garçon’s biggest play came when he fell on a Robert Griffin III fum
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  • Jets' Ryan doesn't sense frustration from Tebow

    Jets' Ryan doesn't sense frustration from Tebow

    CNNSI.com Oct 4, 2012
    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) If Tim Tebow is frustrated with his limited role in the New York Jets' struggling offense, Rex Ryan doesn't sense it.
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  • Not playing Sun.: Giants' Nicks

    Not playing Sun.: Giants' Nicks

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks won't play in Sunday's game against Cleveland because of recurring left foot and knee problems.
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  • MJD doesn’t intend to hold out again, but no promises

    MJD doesn’t intend to hold out again, but no promises

    profootballtalk.com Oct 4, 2012
    After a summer spent away from the Jaguars, running back Maurice Jones-Drew said he didn’t want another. “I’m not gonna hold out again,” he told Albert Breer of the NFL Network, before stepping back from that particular ledge. “I don’t think s
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  • Packers WR Jennings (groin) out against Colts

    Packers WR Jennings (groin) out against Colts

    Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings will miss Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts due to a groin injury.
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  • Patrick Willis has a special understanding of what it takes to …

    Patrick Willis has a special understanding of what it takes to succeed

    yahoo.com Oct 4, 2012
    It's hard to become one of the best players in the NFL at any position, and much tougher to do it over an entire career. But if you ask San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis about toughness, and what can really be hard in life, he can tell you a…
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  • Aldrick Robinson recovers from pregame collision

    Aldrick Robinson recovers from pregame collision

    profootballtalk.com Oct 4, 2012
    Before Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers, Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather ran into receiver Aldrick Robinson, who was walking with his head down. Robinson was knocked unconscious. Amazingly, Robinson has been cleared to play. Even more amazingly,
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  • "Team Obama Loses Early Wicket": The Romney-Obama Deb…

    "Team Obama Loses Early Wicket": The Romney-Obama Debate Was Like Every Sport Conceivable, According To Internet

    deadspin.com Oct 4, 2012
    The debate Wednesday could be compared to many things-a slow dance in which the partners are holding potato peelers to each other's throats, perhaps, or a restaurant in which you, the diner, get to watch a prep cook slow-spit on your burger before it's
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  • Lance Moore could miss Sunday night with hamstring injury

    Lance Moore could miss Sunday night with hamstring injury

    profootballtalk.com Oct 4, 2012
    Well, now we know why the Saints looked at a quintet of free-agent receivers on Tuesday. Lance Moore, who is tied with Marques Colston with 19 receptions for the most among wide receivers, hasn’t practiced this week due to a hamstring injury, according
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  • Replacement refs say they were told to let pass interference pe…

    Replacement refs say they were told to let pass interference penalties go on Hail Mary plays

    yahoo.com Oct 4, 2012
    Thankfully, the Replacement Official Era of the NFL is over, but the officiating issue is not completely off our radar screen. Ed Hochuli graces the cover of this week's Sports Illustrated, Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy demonstrated his class la…
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  • Panthers going in short-handed against Seahawks

    Panthers going in short-handed against Seahawks

    profootballtalk.com Oct 4, 2012
    The Panthers have enough issues on defense, but now they appear to be going in short-handed. Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Thursday (via Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer) that cornerback Chris Gamble wasn’t expected to play this week because of a s
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  • Andrew Hawkins leads the list of the NFL’s biggest surprises so…

    Andrew Hawkins leads the list of the NFL’s biggest surprises so far

    yahoo.com Oct 4, 2012
    The Arizona Cardinals and St. Louis Rams kick off Week 5 of the 2012 NFL regular season on Thursday night in St. Louis. Before they do, though, here's a look at a few under-the-radar performances from the first four weeks of the season. Over 1,600 playe…
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  • Donte Whitner suggests players aren’t the problem with Bills

    Donte Whitner suggests players aren’t the problem with Bills

    profootballtalk.com Oct 4, 2012
    49ers safety Donte Whitner will face off against his former team this weekend when the Bills head to San Francisco for a Saturday afternoon matchup. Whitner doesn’t have the fondest memories of his time in Buffalo. During the playoffs last season, Whitn
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  • No One Gives A Shit What The Coach Told You At Halftime, Michel…

    No One Gives A Shit What The Coach Told You At Halftime, Michele Tafoya

    deadspin.com Oct 4, 2012
    Drew Magary's Thursday Afternoon NFL Dick Joke Jamboroo runs every Thursday during the NFL season. More »
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  • Some players think Nike uniforms make them look fat

    Some players think Nike uniforms make them look fat

    profootballtalk.com Oct 4, 2012
    Every husband inevitably gets the question from his wife.  In some cases, the question is asked routinely.  Possibly daily. But now the tables have been turned, at least among some NFL players.  In major cities throughout America, large men are modelin
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  • Brandon Boykin not sure what “candy bar” meant, doesn’t care

    Brandon Boykin not sure what “candy bar” meant, doesn’t care

    Eagles cornerback Brandon Boykin didn’t really know what Steelers receiver Antonio Brown meant when he called him a “candy bar,” though he surmised it was not a compliment. “It’s up to me to do what I got to do to make sure they don’t treat me
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  • Julio Jones says his hand wasn’t reason for quiet Week Four

    Julio Jones says his hand wasn’t reason for quiet Week Four

    profootballtalk.com Oct 4, 2012
    Earlier this week, Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter said that wide receiver Julio Jones‘ lacerated hand contributed to the fact that he finished last Sunday’s victory over the Panthers with just one catch. It doesn’t seem that he cleared t
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  • Peter King: Week 5 picks

    Peter King: Week 5 picks

    CNNSI.com Oct 4, 2012
    The Cards are a shocking 4-0, but midnight could be near for Cinderella. There's one fatal flaw in the desert, and it could cost them against the Rams. Peter King picks Week 5's games.
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  • "Are We Live? Oh Shit." Liam Neeson Appears On Sports…

    "Are We Live? Oh Shit." Liam Neeson Appears On SportsCenter And Has Absolutely No Idea What He's Being Asked

    deadspin.com Oct 4, 2012
    Liam Neeson dragged himself onto SportsCenter yesterday to pimp Taken 2 and wow. Has there ever been a guest on SportsCenter who was so unprepared to be a guest on SportsCenter? Neeson didn't like where it was headed from the get-go-he was being asked a
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  • LeSean McCoy has taunted tacklers with his own name

    LeSean McCoy has taunted tacklers with his own name

    yahoo.com Oct 4, 2012
    All right, this is fairly awesome: over the weekend, word began spreading that Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy has used a clever catchphrase as he's juked would-be tacklers: his own last name. Andrew Taglianetti, a senior at Pittsburgh and…
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  • Falcons could become next team to use PSLs

    Falcons could become next team to use PSLs

    profootballtalk.com Oct 4, 2012
    The Falcons are hoping to get a new stadium to replace the Georgia Dome.  If they do, fans could end up having to pay for the ability to sit in the seats to which they buy tickets. According to 11Alive News in Atlanta, an NBC affiliate, the latest term …
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  • Colts extend sellout streak to 82

    Colts extend sellout streak to 82

    profootballtalk.com Oct 4, 2012
    During the offseason, with season-ticket holders opting to take a break and the waiting list fully exhausted, there were concerns that the Colts wouldn’t be able to sell out their home stadium on a consistent basis. So far, the post-Peyton Colts have so
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  • Jags remove some tarps for Sunday

    Jags remove some tarps for Sunday

    profootballtalk.com Oct 4, 2012
    Jags owner Shahid Khan eventually wants to remove all tarps from EverBank Field.  He’ll start by removing some. Specifically, the tarps will be lifted from Section 403 for Sunday’s game against the Bears. “We’re pleased with demand for tickets fo
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  • Matt Ryan wins NFC offensive player of the month

    Matt Ryan wins NFC offensive player of the month

    profootballtalk.com Oct 4, 2012
    For many people, nothing Matt Ryan does in September will ever matter. But it was still a really good September. The Falcons quarterback was named NFC offensive player of the month for September, for leading his team to a 4-0 record. Ryan was fairly phe…
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  • J.J. Watt wins AFC defensive player of month

    J.J. Watt wins AFC defensive player of month

    profootballtalk.com Oct 4, 2012
    Texans defensive end J.J. Watt may not be headed to Canton just yet, but he has been recognized for an incredible month. Watt was named AFC defensive player of the month for September, for his work leading the Texans to a 4-0 record. Watt had 20 tackles…
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  • With help from Lions, Reynaud and Harvin win Player of the Mont…

    With help from Lions, Reynaud and Harvin win Player of the Month

    profootballtalk.com Oct 4, 2012
    The AFC and NFC special teams players of the month for September have something in common: They’re return men who played against the Lions. Detroit’s dreadful kick coverage units gave up four return touchdowns in September, and two of the return men w
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  • Chandler Jones wins NFL defensive rookie of the month

    Chandler Jones wins NFL defensive rookie of the month

    profootballtalk.com Oct 4, 2012
    Chandler Jones has made an immediate impact on the Patriots defense, and how he has some hardware to prove it. Jones was named NFL defensive rookie of the month for September. Jones has 17 tackles, three sacks and two forced fumbles in four games for th…
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  • PFT Live: Jets talk with Manish Mehta and Week Five picks

    PFT Live: Jets talk with Manish Mehta and Week Five picks

    profootballtalk.com Oct 4, 2012
    There are rarely dull moments around the Jets and this week has proven to be no exception. They got crushed by the 49ers, lost Santonio Holmes for the season and signed cornerback Aaron Berry coming off of a suspension for incidents that helped pave his…
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  • Robert Griffin III is the NFL offensive rookie of the month

    Robert Griffin III is the NFL offensive rookie of the month

    profootballtalk.com Oct 4, 2012
    Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is the is the recipient of the NFL’s September Rookie of the Month Award. That’s no surprise after Griffin completed a month in which he went 86-for-124 passing, with 1,070 yards, four touchdowns and a passer ra
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  • Packers coach reaches out to controversial ref

    Packers coach reaches out to controversial ref

    ESPN.com Oct 4, 2012
    One of the NFL replacement officials at the heart of the most controversial moment of the lockout said that Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy has reached out to him.
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  • Seahawks-Packers ref now admits call was “probably” wrong

    Seahawks-Packers ref now admits call was “probably” wrong

    profootballtalk.com Oct 4, 2012
    A cottage industry emerged last week among a small handful of contrarians who pandered to Seahawks fans by suggesting that the events that concluded the Monday night game between Green Bay and Seattle were handled correctly. That industry can now offici…
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  • Jason Hill surprised New York remembers him calling Jets “overh…

    Jason Hill surprised New York remembers him calling Jets “overhyped”

    profootballtalk.com Oct 4, 2012
    Maybe new Jets wide receiver Jason Hill is just better suited to smaller markets. The same guy who called the Jets “overhyped” and cornerback Darrelle Revis a “good player” when he was with the Jaguars is now astonished anyone in New York remember
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  • Pasadena residents: We don’t want the NFL in the Rose Bowl

    Pasadena residents: We don’t want the NFL in the Rose Bowl

    profootballtalk.com Oct 4, 2012
    The people trying to bring the NFL back to Los Angeles say they’re ready to do it next season, putting an NFL team in a Southern California stadium in 2013 and then moving the team to the downtown Farmers Field when it’s ready to open in a few years.
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  • Adjusted cap shows $32.5 million spread between Jags and Redski…

    Adjusted cap shows $32.5 million spread between Jags and Redskins

    profootballtalk.com Oct 4, 2012
    The per-team unadjusted salary cap this year is $120.6 million. But no team has an actual salary cap of $120.6 million. Via various accounting devices (including the ability to carry over unused cap space from 2011 and the penalties imposed on the Cowbo…
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  • After latest gaffe, John Fox should retire his trick plays

    After latest gaffe, John Fox should retire his trick plays

    profootballtalk.com Oct 4, 2012
    It was easy to laugh about Broncos kicker Matt Prater’s pass attempt gone wrong because they won 37-6, but it also shined the light on one of coach John Fox’s career frustrations. The notoriously conservative coach has never gotten the hang of trick p
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  • DeAngelo Hall and Mike Smith make up

    DeAngelo Hall and Mike Smith make up

    profootballtalk.com Oct 4, 2012
    DeAngelo Hall never played for Mike Smith, and they never had the warmest relationship. But they apparently patched things up over mai tais (or something) in Hawaii. Hall was one of the first players shipped out when Smith and general manager Thomas Dim…
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  • Payton, Vitt and Loomis will be on hand to watch Drew Brees bre…

    Payton, Vitt and Loomis will be on hand to watch Drew Brees break Johnny Unitas’ record

    yahoo.com Oct 4, 2012
    At one time, we thought that the most amazing and unprecedented aspect of New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees breaking Johnny Unitas' record of 47 straight regular-season games with at least one touchdown pass would be the fact that anybody broke …
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  • Plaxico says he’s back to being the player he knows he can be

    Plaxico says he’s back to being the player he knows he can be

    profootballtalk.com Oct 4, 2012
    The Jets have a real need at receiver.  But they really don’t want Plaxico Burress. No one wants Plaxico Burress.  And it makes no sense. Last year, fresh from an extended stay at the Motel 6-to-10, Burress had multiple suitors.  The Jets wanted him.
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  • Daily Screencap Classic: J-E-S-T JEST JEST JEST

    Daily Screencap Classic: J-E-S-T JEST JEST JEST

    deadspin.com Oct 4, 2012
    The 2-2 Jets, mired in a trench of poor quarterback play and idiots screaming for Tebow, added to that the reeling feeling of learning Santonio Holmes would be missing the rest of the season. More »
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  • Cowboys lacking home-field advantage

    Cowboys lacking home-field advantage

    profootballtalk.com Oct 4, 2012
    The Cowboys have a showplace of a stadium. They just don’t have a home-field advantage. The Cowboys are a meager 14-12 in Cowboys Stadium since it opened in 2009, and the Bears felt particularly at home Monday. “Big ups to all the Chicago fans in Dall
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  • Bengals need BenJarvus Green-Ellis to stop fumbling

    Bengals need BenJarvus Green-Ellis to stop fumbling

    profootballtalk.com Oct 4, 2012
    When the Bengals signed running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis as a free agent this offseason, his ball security was often noted as one of his great strengths. Green-Ellis didn’t fumble at all in his 545 touches as a member of the Patriots and he didn’t f
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  • Thursday morning one-liners

    Thursday morning one-liners

    profootballtalk.com Oct 4, 2012
    After searching all last year, the Bills are still looking for any degree of consistency on offense. Dolphins CB Sean Smith is living up to expectations after the Vontae Davis trade. Patriots RT Sebastian Vollmer is playing better after a slow start. Je…
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  • Ankle still an issue for Kenny Britt

    Ankle still an issue for Kenny Britt

    profootballtalk.com Oct 4, 2012
    No matter what point you’ve checked in with Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt this year, there’s been some issue getting in the way of his ability to just get on the field and play. This is nothing new. Britt has missed 19 of 52 games since joining the
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  • Reggie Bush says knee pain slowed him down on Sunday

    Reggie Bush says knee pain slowed him down on Sunday

    profootballtalk.com Oct 4, 2012
    Reggie Bush suffered a knee injury in Week Three and then played anyway in Week Four. But he wasn’t playing at full speed. Bush averaged 3.9 yards a carry Sunday against the Dolphins, his worst average in a game since November of last year, and he told
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  • Week 5 Probabilities, and Jets'  Sanchez Folly

    Week 5 Probabilities, and Jets' Sanchez Folly

    nytimes.com Oct 4, 2012
    No matter how you slice it statistically, the Jets are paying Mark Sanchez too much money for mediocre production.
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  • Witten: Our record doesn’t show it, but Garrett is a great coac…

    Witten: Our record doesn’t show it, but Garrett is a great coach

    profootballtalk.com Oct 4, 2012
    The Cowboys were a .500 team last year in Jason Garrett’s first season as head coach, and they’re 2-2 this year. That isn’t the record of a great coach. But Cowboys tight end Jason Witten says Garrett is better than his record suggests. “Jason’s
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  • Critics Have It Wrong About Romo

    Critics Have It Wrong About Romo

    nytimes.com Oct 4, 2012
    It's amazing how many sports media members have unknowingly embarrassed themselves this week by criticizing the Dallas quarterback.
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  • Warren Moon’s mentorship helps Russell Wilson move past calls f…

    Warren Moon’s mentorship helps Russell Wilson move past calls for his job

    yahoo.com Oct 4, 2012
    SEATTLE -- As the 2012 season began for the Seattle Seahawks, all the talk was about a third-round rookie from Wisconsin named Russell Wilson. The 5-foot-10 5/8 Wilson had deflected all talk about his size and took the starting job away from Matt Flynn,…
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  • The Saints' Woes Go Beyond Payton's Absence

    The Saints' Woes Go Beyond Payton's Absence

    grantland.com Oct 4, 2012
    What's happened to the New Orleans Saints? Unquestionably the most disappointing team in football through four games, last year's 13-3 NFC South champ...
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  • The Trenchie Awards: The Pats' O-Line, Cameron Wake, and the Be…

    The Trenchie Awards: The Pats' O-Line, Cameron Wake, and the Best Line Play From Week 4

    grantland.com Oct 4, 2012
    In celebration of the NFL's release of the all-22 and end-zone film for the 2012 season, each week we'll be bringing you the best in offensive- and de...
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  • The Sports Guy's Thursday NFL Pick

    The Sports Guy's Thursday NFL Pick

    grantland.com Oct 4, 2012
    A reader named Mike in St. Louis sent me the following e-mail this week: "Simmons, football fans in St. Louis have suffered enough, compiling the wor...
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  • Schrodinger's Refs: A Halfhearted Audit of the 2011 NFL Officia…

    Schrodinger's Refs: A Halfhearted Audit of the 2011 NFL Officials

    grantland.com Oct 4, 2012
    The Titans are trailing by 25 points, deep in the third quarter, when they score a touchdown. The extra point is converted, the onside kick is well-ex...
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  • Video - NFL32OT: Is Russell Wilson's Job in Jeopardy? 02:22

    NFL32OT: Is Russell Wilson's Job in Jeopardy?

    Oct 4
    Episode 200: Suzy Kolber and Chris Mortensen discuss whether Russell Wilson should remain the starter in Seattle. Steve Young breaks down the Chiefs staying with Matt Cassel. The NFL32 crew discuss how Andrew Luck will fare against the Packers defens
  • Video - NFL Live OT: Monday Night Football Preview 01:52

    NFL Live OT: Monday Night Football Preview

    Oct 4
    NFL Live OT looks ahead to Texans vs. Jets.
  • Video - Round 13: Manning vs. Brady 05:35

    Round 13: Manning vs. Brady

    Oct 4
    Will Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning outduel New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in their Week 5 matchup? The "Thursday Night Kickoff" crew debate.
  • Video - Fitzgerald family fights on 03:09

    Fitzgerald family fights on

    Oct 4
    Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald lost his mother in college to a fight with breast cancer. Now, he is doing whatever he can to help others avoid going through the same pain his mother and his family went through.

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  • After winning their first four games, the Arizona Cardinals' first loss ex…

    Oct 4
    After winning their first four games, the Arizona Cardinals' flaws, specifically on offense, were exposed.
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