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Bironas nails 40-yard FG to lift Titans

Bironas nails 40-yard FG to lift Titans

The Steelers will have to wait for their first road victory of the season. Rob Bironas chipped in a 40-yard field goal as time expired to help Tennessee hold off visiting Pittsburgh 26-23.
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  • Roethlisberger becomes Steelers' passing leader

    Roethlisberger becomes Steelers' passing leader

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Ben Roethlisberger has passed Terry Bradshaw as the Pittsburgh Steelers' career passing leader, and he needed fewer games to reach that mark.
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  • Chicago Bears stand ready to raise funds for the family of murd…

    Chicago Bears stand ready to raise funds for the family of murdered fan

    42-year-old William "Christopher" Pettry was a resident of Lake Villa, Ill., and a longtime Chicago Bears fan. He was in Jacksonville last Sunday to watch his team beat the Jaguars, 41-3. Hours before the game, Pettry went to an Irish restaura…
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  • Mendenhall, Pouncey among injured Steelers

    Mendenhall, Pouncey among injured Steelers

    ESPN.com Oct 11, 2012
    Pittsburgh center Maurkice Pouncey injured his right leg on the Steelers' first offensive play from scrimmage against Tennessee on Thursday night, and will not return.
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  • Calvin Johnson says he played with a concussion; Jim Schwartz v…

    Calvin Johnson says he played with a concussion; Jim Schwartz vehemently disagrees

    yahoo.com deadspin.com Oct 11, 2012
    Ever since the Cleveland Browns either misdiagnosed Colt McCoy's concussion (or didn't diagnose it at all) late last season, the NFL has put forth the appearance that it is far more proactive when it comes to protecting players from returning to games a…
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  • Steelers take lead on Wallace touchdown, but Pouncey goes down

    Steelers take lead on Wallace touchdown, but Pouncey goes down

    profootballtalk.com Oct 11, 2012
    Mike Wallace has shown once again why he may be the best deep threat in the NFL. After the Steelers and Titans traded field goals on Thursday night, it was Wallace who gave the Steelers an early lead by catching a deep ball from Ben Roethlisberger and r…
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  • Of whistleblowers and witnesses

    Of whistleblowers and witnesses

    profootballtalk.com Oct 11, 2012
    When it comes to the Saints’ bounty scandal, the NFL has said that whistleblowers must be protected at all costs.  When it comes to the original whistleblower in the Saints’ bounty scandal, the NFL inexplicably outed former Vikings defensive tackle J
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  • Report: WR Johnson says he played concussed

    Report: WR Johnson says he played concussed

    Calvin Johnson said Thursday he returned to a game against the Minnesota Vikings earlier this season after suffering a concussion. Johnson told the Detroit Free Press he suffered a concussion on a helmet-to-helmet hit from Chad Greenway.
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  • Bills-Cardinals game is a sellout

    Bills-Cardinals game is a sellout

    profootballtalk.com Oct 11, 2012
    The Arizona Cardinals have announced that their home game against the Bills has been sold out, according to the team’s official website. It’s the 69th (yep, Beavis) straight sellout of a Cardinals game at the University of Phoenix Stadium. The fact th
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  • Pats LB Spikes calls 'homophobic' tweet a joke

    Pats LB Spikes calls 'homophobic' tweet a joke

    ESPN.com CNNSI.com Oct 11, 2012
    New England Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes says he was joking when he tweeted that he was "homophobic."
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  • Suh is accused of sideswiping a car, leaving scene of accident

    Suh is accused of sideswiping a car, leaving scene of accident

    On the same day Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was featured on this page in response to allegations that he’s not showing enough fight on the field, he’s showing too much fight off it. Allegedly. According to FOX 2 in Detroit, Steve Vines claims
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  • Will Allen starts for Steelers in place of inactive Polamalu

    Will Allen starts for Steelers in place of inactive Polamalu

    With Steelers safety Troy Polamalu out after re-aggravating his calf injury, Will Allen is in tonight’s starting lineup. The Steelers announced that Allen - and not Ryan Mundy, who started the first three games of the season, first in place of startin
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  • Picking apart the Week Six picks

    Picking apart the Week Six picks

    profootballtalk.com Oct 11, 2012
    Every Thursday morning, we unveil the respective picks from MDS and yours truly.  Every Thursday afternoon, MDS joins PFT Live to discuss the games on which we disagree - and other games that make us nervous. Today, we talked Vikings-Redskins, Broncos-
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  • Exception to “peel back” block rule may apply to Slauson hit

    Exception to “peel back” block rule may apply to Slauson hit

    The NFL has fined Jets guard Matt Slauson for his ACL-tearing blow to Texans linebacker Brian Cushing, reportedly claiming that the hit constitutes an illegal “peel back” block. So what is a “peel back” block?  Here’s the rule, from Rule 12, Se
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  • Brandon Jacobs backtracks from comments about frustration

    Brandon Jacobs backtracks from comments about frustration

    profootballtalk.com Oct 11, 2012
    49ers running back Brandon Jacobs expressed frustration at not playing in a game for the 49ers yet this season because he feels he’s totally recovered from the knee injury he suffered in the preseason. Jacobs said that he was healthy enough to play in e
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  • Everson Griffen leaves team after sudden death of mother

    Everson Griffen leaves team after sudden death of mother

    Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen will be away from the team, after the sudden and unexpected death of his mother on Wednesday. Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said Griffen’s mother was visiting her son in the Twin Cities when she died. The cause is no
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  • Packers still missing three key players

    Packers still missing three key players

    profootballtalk.com Oct 11, 2012
    As the Packers prepare for a must-win game that based on their remaining schedule really isn’t, they’re still missing three of their key players. Actually, four.  But there’s no way one of them - running back Cedric Benson - will be back by Sun
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  • Eagles' QB Vick confirms he is again dog owner

    Eagles' QB Vick confirms he is again dog owner

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, who served 18 months in prison on dogfighting charges, has confirmed that he owns a dog.
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  • Redskins won’t change offense to protect Robert Griffin III

    Redskins won’t change offense to protect Robert Griffin III

    Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III appears set to return to the starting lineup on Sunday, a week after he was knocked out of a game with a concussion. And the Redskins see no need to change their offense to protect Griffin from another concussion.…
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  • Why Is Everyone So Down On The Cleveland Browns?

    Why Is Everyone So Down On The Cleveland Browns?

    deadspin.com Oct 11, 2012
    Not so long ago, Jets linebacker Bart Scott uttered some immortal words: "We take a lot of slack, people gave us no chance... we're a good football team." This is not the rhetoric emerging from Cleveland now, but it should be. Instead, we have…
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  • Dolphins teammates think Brian Hartline is underrated because h…

    Dolphins teammates think Brian Hartline is underrated because he’s white

    Despite catching just four passes for 59 yards in last Sunday's win over the Cincinnati Bengals - nearly 200 fewer yards than he had the week before against the Arizona Cardinals - Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brian Hartline remains the NFL's leader i
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  • NFL refutes claim that pink merchandise profits are not going w…

    NFL refutes claim that pink merchandise profits are not going where they should

    yahoo.com Oct 11, 2012
    It's October, which means that the NFL will have its member clubs wearing all sorts of pink paraphernalia to raise awareness for breast cancer. The NFL's official campaign, entitled "A Crucial Catch," has become a major initiative. The NFL, it…
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  • Reggie Bush back on the Dolphins injury report

    Reggie Bush back on the Dolphins injury report

    profootballtalk.com Oct 11, 2012
    Dolphins running back Reggie Bush wasn’t on the team’s injury report Wednesday, which suggested the knee issue that’s been bothering him for the last few weeks was no longer a concern. That suggestion may have been premature. Bush popped up on the i
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  • Chris Long hits Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network

    Chris Long hits Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network

    profootballtalk.com Oct 11, 2012
    The Rams are 3-2 and playing their best football in some time, so the Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network crew will be chatting with one of the guys responsible for the turnaround. Defensive end Chris Long will speak with Erik Kuselias on Thursday a…
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  • Broncos claim Holiday in hopes of boost to return game

    Broncos claim Holiday in hopes of boost to return game

    profootballtalk.com Oct 11, 2012
    Waived yesterday by the Texans, return specialist Trindon Holiday wasn’t out of work long. According to his agent’s Twitter account, Holiday was claimed Thursday by the Denver Broncos. The 5-foot-5 Holiday scored three touchdowns on returns in the pre
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  • Adrian Peterson: Of course I want to run over DeJon Gomes

    Adrian Peterson: Of course I want to run over DeJon Gomes

    profootballtalk.com Oct 11, 2012
    Vikings running back Adrian Peterson returns to FedEx Field this Sunday for the first time since his 2011 season ended with a torn ACL he thinks occurred on a hit by Redskins safety DeJon Gomes. Peterson said Thursday that he felt “99.9 percent” sure
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  • Documentary Promises the Personal Side of L.T.

    Documentary Promises the Personal Side of L.T.

    nytimes.com Oct 11, 2012
    An coming documentary on the life of Lawrence Taylor promises to shed life on the personal life as well as the career of the former Giants star.
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  • Wade Phillips: Slauson’s block on Cushing was unnecessary

    Wade Phillips: Slauson’s block on Cushing was unnecessary

    profootballtalk.com Oct 11, 2012
    The disconnect between the Jets and the Texans over the block that ended Brian Cushing’s season continues, with those in New York saying Matt Slauson did nothing wrong when he hit Cushing in the knee from behind, and those in Houston saying the block wa
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  • Adam Carriker loses bet, dresses up like pro wrestler Goldberg

    Adam Carriker loses bet, dresses up like pro wrestler Goldberg

    yahoo.com Oct 11, 2012
    Redskins defensive end Adam Carriker made a bet with former pro wrestler Bill Goldberg. If the Washington Redskins had beaten the Atlanta Falcons last Sunday, Goldberg, a former Atlanta Falcon, would've had to wear a Washington Redskins jersey. If the F…
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  • A Siena College Baseball Player Is Failing Drawing Class, Accor…

    A Siena College Baseball Player Is Failing Drawing Class, According To An Academic Advisor Who Emailed The Wrong Person

    deadspin.com Oct 11, 2012
    We got the following email from a reader this afternoon: More »
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  • Demaryius Thomas limited with hip injury

    Demaryius Thomas limited with hip injury

    profootballtalk.com Oct 11, 2012
    Demaryius Thomas wants to reduce his fumbles, and the easiest way to do that is to not play. That’s probably not an ideal option. But Thomas has a hip injury.  According to Lindsay Jones of the Denver Post, he was limited in practice on Thursday, the f
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  • Cowboys LB Spencer expects to play Sunday

    Cowboys LB Spencer expects to play Sunday

    ESPN.com Oct 11, 2012
    Dallas Cowboys starting outside linebacker Anthony Spencer said he expects to play in Sunday's game at the Baltimore Ravens. Spencer missed the Week 4 loss to the Chicago Bears with a pectoral muscle injury.
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  • Nicks Still Hopes to Play Against 49ers

    Nicks Still Hopes to Play Against 49ers

    Receiver Hakeem Nicks has not played since the second week of the season, but there remains a possibility that he could be on the field against San Francisco.
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  • Fox Officiating Expert Mike Pereira Once Tried To Get Help From…

    Fox Officiating Expert Mike Pereira Once Tried To Get Help From The Replay Booth

    deadspin.com Oct 11, 2012
    On Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011, the Philadelphia Eagles hosted the Green Bay Packers in an NFC wild card playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field. It was Fox's first postseason broadcast that season, which meant that it was the first opportunity for the network…
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  • Carlos Rogers backs off promise to do Victor Cruz’s salsa dance

    Carlos Rogers backs off promise to do Victor Cruz’s salsa dance

    When the New York Giants lost to the San Francisco 49ers in the regular season last year, 49ers defensive back Carlos Rogers snared a pair of interceptions. He also broke out a mock version of Victor Cruz's salsa dance, which Cruz did not like. A couple…
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  • William Powell waited for the shot he’s getting now

    William Powell waited for the shot he’s getting now

    profootballtalk.com Oct 11, 2012
    When Ryan Williams was injured, the Cardinals were willing to go with the running backs they have on hand because they trusted them. Even though one of them was working in a Best Buy warehouse a year ago. William Powell could actually be the main ball-c…
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  • Rams-Dolphins game will be televised in Miami

    Rams-Dolphins game will be televised in Miami

    profootballtalk.com Oct 11, 2012
    It’s not known how many tickets were sold to Sunday’s game between the Rams and Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium.  It is known, however, that the Dolphins have complied with the NFL requirements for games to be broadcast locally. It’s known because the
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  • Colts sacks leader Mathis out 2-3 weeks

    Colts sacks leader Mathis out 2-3 weeks

    ESPN.com Oct 11, 2012
    Indianapolis Colts outside linebacker Robert Mathis is out two to three weeks with a sprained left knee, defensive coordinator Greg Manusky confirmed Thursday.
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  • Bears' Urlacher: I'll be impact player again

    Bears' Urlacher: I'll be impact player again

    ESPN.com Oct 11, 2012
    Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher admitted Thursday that he's been somewhat of a spectator during his team's strong start, but he maintained he could return to an All Pro level despite a knee injury that he said will never
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  • Dennis Dillon: Chiefs' Charles right back at it as NFL's best b…

    Dennis Dillon: Chiefs' Charles right back at it as NFL's best big-play back

    CNNSI.com Oct 11, 2012
    Torn ACL recovery is usually a process, but nothing about Jamaal Charles is slow. Gone last year, Charles is quickly picking back up as the NFL's best big-play back, Dennis Dillon writes.
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  • Ten things you can expect to see in Week 6

    Ten things you can expect to see in Week 6

    CNNSI.com Oct 11, 2012
    Last week: 4-6 (.400); Season record: 17-33 (.340)
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  • Jahvid Best hopes to be cleared for return Friday

    Jahvid Best hopes to be cleared for return Friday

    profootballtalk.com Oct 11, 2012
    Lions running back Jahvid Best has missed a full year after suffering two concussions early in the 2011 season, but he hopes he is less than 24 hours away from being cleared to return. Best said on Thursday that he has gone through a battery of tests an…
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  • Rex hasn’t lost confidence in Shonn Greene

    Rex hasn’t lost confidence in Shonn Greene

    profootballtalk.com Oct 11, 2012
    With all the problems in New York, one of the most glaring hasn’t gotten nearly enough attention. Shonn Greene, the supposed centerpiece of the ground-and-pound offense, has been doing more grounding than pounding. But coach Rex Ryan, who may or may not
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  • Brandon Weeden: I have to get rid of the ego

    Brandon Weeden: I have to get rid of the ego

    profootballtalk.com Oct 11, 2012
    Heading into the draft there were questions about Brandon Weeden’s age leaving teams to make different decisions than they might when considering a typical rookie quarterback. Through five games, Weeden has shown one clear similarity with many of the mo
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  • Tim Tebow Is Destroying The Jets Before He Even Has A Chance To…

    Tim Tebow Is Destroying The Jets Before He Even Has A Chance To Destroy Them As A Starter

    deadspin.com Oct 11, 2012
    Drew Magary's Thursday Afternoon NFL Dick Joke Jamboroo runs every Thursday during the NFL season. More »
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  • Lawrence Vickers not scared of big names on Ravens D

    Lawrence Vickers not scared of big names on Ravens D

    profootballtalk.com Oct 11, 2012
    Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis sent a message to the Cowboys running game. And Cowboys fullback Lawrence Vickers said he’s not backing down. During a conference call with Dallas media, Lewis said the Ravens had other plans if the Cowboys wanted to try to f
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  • Tony Romo might have to hold this weekend

    Tony Romo might have to hold this weekend

    Should you mention the idea of Tony Romo holding for a kick, you can be pretty sure what the response will be. Are you crazy? Don’t you remember what happened in Seattle during the playoffs? That’s not really the end of Romo’s holding story, though.
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  • Brees says bounty penalties based on 'rhetoric'

    Brees says bounty penalties based on 'rhetoric'

    ESPN.com Oct 11, 2012
    Drew Brees said Thursday that commissioner Roger Goodell seems to have changed his reasoning for punishing Jonathan Vilma and Scott Fujita based on the letters the commissioner sent to both players in re-issuing their suspensions.
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  • Bucs are blacked out again

    Bucs are blacked out again

    profootballtalk.com Oct 11, 2012
    To no surprise, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ home game against the Chiefs will be blacked out. The team has announced the fact that the game won’t be televised in the Tampa area, according to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. Even with the Bucs taking
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  • Jets lose Ellis 4 to 6 weeks to sprained left knee

    Jets lose Ellis 4 to 6 weeks to sprained left knee

    CNNSI.com Oct 11, 2012
    The New York Jets will be without defensive end Kenrick Ellis for 4-6 weeks with what coach Rex Ryan labeled a "significant" knee injury.
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  • Falcons’ bandwagon is growing

    Falcons’ bandwagon is growing

    profootballtalk.com Oct 11, 2012
    Being undefeated has its benefits.  Apart from receiving extra praise and/or pastries from family, friends, and fans, more people want to watch the games. In Atlanta, they are. According to Tim Tucker of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Falcons hav…
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  • Pete Carroll: Matt Flynn is ready, but Russell Wilson is our gu…

    Pete Carroll: Matt Flynn is ready, but Russell Wilson is our guy

    profootballtalk.com Oct 11, 2012
    Early this month, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll was saying that any questions about benching Russell Wilson for Matt Flynn were moot because Flynn wasn’t ready to play because of a sore elbow. Now Carroll says Flynn is ready. But he’s sticking with Wils
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  • Chiefs' Cassel officially ruled out vs. Buccaneers

    Chiefs' Cassel officially ruled out vs. Buccaneers

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel has been ruled out for Sunday's game at Tampa Bay with a concussion, and Brady Quinn will start an NFL game for the first time since the 2009 season.
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  • Raiders want to run the football more

    Raiders want to run the football more

    profootballtalk.com Oct 11, 2012
    Running back Darren McFadden has been healthy through the first four games of the Raiders season, but their rushing attack has not been as robust as hoped. The team is dead last in the NFL with 60.8 rushing yards per game and getting better was a point …
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  • Troy Aikman Calls Dallas Fans A Bunch Of Bandwagoners

    Troy Aikman Calls Dallas Fans A Bunch Of Bandwagoners

    deadspin.com Oct 11, 2012
    When Brandon Marshall called Chicago's win over the Cowboys two weeks ago-at Cowboys Stadium-a "home game", he wasn't kidding. The Bears jumped out to an early lead, never looked back, and received an increasing percentage of the cheers as the game we
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  • Move over, Packers and Lions, Leslie Frazier has Minnesota Viki…

    Move over, Packers and Lions, Leslie Frazier has Minnesota Vikings playing like NFC North contenders 

    nydailynews.com Oct 11, 2012
    It's bottoms up in the NFC North where the Packers and Lions were expected to fight things out for the division. But in perhaps the biggest of surprises of the NFL season, the Vikings have stormed out to a 4-1 record matched by the Bears.
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  • Week 6 picks: The Pats' offense is a juggernaut, but unstoppabl…

    Week 6 picks: The Pats' offense is a juggernaut, but unstoppabl…

    CNNSI.com Oct 11, 2012
    The Pats' offense is a juggernaut, but unstoppable? The Seattle crowd, and a crazed pass rush, will have something to say about that, Peter King writes as he picks Week 6's games.
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  • Bears rookies get sticker shock from phony restaurant tab

    Bears rookies get sticker shock from phony restaurant tab

    profootballtalk.com Oct 11, 2012
    It was the kind of thing that could have easily landed Bears rookie defensive end Shea McClellin on the sequel to Broke. Instead, after a brief scare, he realized it was all just a joke. After taking the defensive line and a few linebackers out for a Ro…
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  • Jake Delhomme understands the pressure on Cam Newton

    Jake Delhomme understands the pressure on Cam Newton

    profootballtalk.com Oct 11, 2012
    There are no real one-to-one correlations to Cam Newton’s place in Charlotte right now. Prior to the Panthers drafting him first overall last year, the city’s biggest sports personality was a basketball player with a national shoe deal which required
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  • Norv Turner: Jared Gaither should have taken himself out on Sun…

    Norv Turner: Jared Gaither should have taken himself out on Sunday

    profootballtalk.com Oct 11, 2012
    Chargers left tackle Jared Gaither gave up the game-sealing sack at the end of Sunday night’s loss to the Saints, and Chargers coach Norv Turner says Gaither shouldn’t have been on the field. Turner said on Wednesday that Gaither strained his groin a
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  • Watt loses a sack, Ben picks up a score

    Watt loses a sack, Ben picks up a score

    profootballtalk.com Oct 11, 2012
    When it comes to football, the only thing final about a game is the final score.  The stats can and do change, and a pair of them did this week. According to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, the Elias Sports Bureau has stripped a sack from Texans …
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  • Jaguars set to host 49ers in 2013 London contest

    Jaguars set to host 49ers in 2013 London contest

    LONDON (AP) The San Francisco 49ers will return to Wembley Stadium to play an NFL regular-season game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2013.
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  • Kyle Williams trying to make amends for last year’s mistakes

    Kyle Williams trying to make amends for last year’s mistakes

    profootballtalk.com Oct 11, 2012
    No 49ers player has more to make amends for this weekend than Kyle Williams. Which is why he didn’t bother trying to make Sunday’s NFC Championship Game rematch with the Giants just another game. “After what happened last year, I definitely want to
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  • 49ers QB Smith says sprained finger 'fine'

    49ers QB Smith says sprained finger 'fine'

    ESPN.com Oct 11, 2012
    Alex Smith's sprained middle finger shouldn't be a problem when the San Francisco 49ers host the New York Giants on Sunday in the anticipated rematch of last season's NFC Championship Game.
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  • Seahawks say they’re ready for the furious challenge of New Eng…

    Seahawks say they’re ready for the furious challenge of New England’s offense

    yahoo.com Oct 11, 2012
    SEATTLE -- The New England Patriots are expected to field a typically explosive offense when they travel across the country to meet up with the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. But there is a new kind of contender that awaits Bill Belichick's team…
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  • Caliendo joins ESPN: If ESPN didn’t plan it this way, it should…

    Caliendo joins ESPN: If ESPN didn’t plan it this way, it should have…

    profootballtalk.com Oct 11, 2012
    If ESPN didn’t plan it this way, it should have. After ESPN boosted Rob Riggle’s sports cred by having him host the ESPYs, FOX hired Riggle to supplant Frank Caliendo as the host of the comic-relief-and-picks segment on the FOX pregame show.  But Rig
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  • Thursday morning one-liners

    Thursday morning one-liners

    profootballtalk.com Oct 11, 2012
    A reeling Bills defense is hoping a reeling Cardinals offense is what they need to get on track. This will be popular in South Florida: A rational defense of Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland. Patriots rookie CB Alfonzo Dennard is earning more reps (with others …
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  • N.F.L. Week 6 Game Probabilities: Penalizing Pittsburgh

    N.F.L. Week 6 Game Probabilities: Penalizing Pittsburgh

    nytimes.com Oct 11, 2012
    What has been holding the Steelers back is their penalty rate. They have a league-worst rate of 0.7 penalty yards per play; the league average is 0.4 yards per play.
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  • Brees agrees with Fujita about Goodell, calls bounty case a “sh…

    Brees agrees with Fujita about Goodell, calls bounty case a “sham”

    profootballtalk.com Oct 11, 2012
    Scott Fujita lashed out at NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Wednesday, saying that Goodell’s actions in the Saints bounty case have been detrimental to the league. Now Saints quarterback Drew Brees has weighed in, saying he feels the same way. “I agr
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  • Terrell Owens: Desperate Jets need me

    Terrell Owens: Desperate Jets need me

    profootballtalk.com Oct 11, 2012
    Terrell Owens wrote on Twitter during the Jets’ loss on Monday night that he’s available if the Jets want him. But the Jets don’t want him. So now Owens is turning up the heat on the Jets. In an interview on TSN, Owens said the fact that the Jets ar
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  • Remembering Alex Karras as a Football Player

    Remembering Alex Karras as a Football Player

    nytimes.com Oct 11, 2012
    The movie and television actor should also be remembered as one of the N.F.L.'s defensive stars of the 1960s.
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  • NY Giants' Justin Tuck held without a quarterback sack so far, …

    NY Giants' Justin Tuck held without a quarterback sack so far, and that needs to change for Big Blue

    nydailynews.com Oct 11, 2012
    As the NFL heads into the sixth weekend of the 2012 season, there have been 201 players who have registered sacks, starting with Houston’s J.J. Watt, who leads with 8.5, all the way down to the 22 players who barely make the list with a half-sack apiece
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  • Woody Johnson’s Tim Tebow sideshow a tired act in NY Jets ongoi…

    Woody Johnson’s Tim Tebow sideshow a tired act in NY Jets ongoing carnival

    nydailynews.com Oct 11, 2012
    There is no cover, no escape from the relentless pounding that Rex Ryan and Mark Sanchez continue to take over the Tim Tebow question.
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  • The Trenchie Awards: Houston's Zone Blocking, the Rams' Rushers…

    The Trenchie Awards: Houston's Zone Blocking, the Rams' Rushers, and the Best Line Play From Week 5

    grantland.com Oct 11, 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 11, 2012
    The Tennessee Titans have been outscored 88-181 through five weeks, which means they're giving up an astonishing 36.2 points per game. They're on pace...
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  • The Hidden Factors for Winning in the NFL

    The Hidden Factors for Winning in the NFL

    grantland.com Oct 11, 2012
    With 20 quarters in the books for 26 of the league's 32 teams, now seems like a good time to take a quick look back at the first five weeks of the yea...
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  • Video - Brian Urlacher Still Battling PCL 03:10

    Brian Urlacher Still Battling PCL

    Oct 11
    Brian Urlacher vows return to elite level of play despite knee injury.
  • Video - Hot Button: 2012 or 2006? 01:21

    Hot Button: 2012 or 2006?

    Oct 11
    ESPN's Michele Steele and Lomas Brown on if the 2012 Bears defense is better than the 2006 squad.
  • Video - An Early Evaluation of the Bears 03:22

    An Early Evaluation of the Bears

    Oct 11
    ESPN's Michele Steele and Lomas Brown breakdown the Chicago Bears through the first five games.
  • Video - Big Ben all about winning 02:56

    Big Ben all about winning

    Oct 11
    Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger may not put up flashy statistics, but he does have a proven track record of winning. Kurt Warner digs deeper into the two-time Super Bowl champion's will to win.

Sports Columnists

  • John Clayton's Last Call

    Oct 11
    Upsets. Crazy plays. Debatable play calls. Incredible kicks. Week 6 had it all, writes John Clayton.
  • Peter King: Week 6 Picks

    Oct 11
    Last week: 12-2, .857. Year to date: 43-34, .558 Pittsburgh 27, Tennessee 14. The talk in Pittsburgh will be about Ben Roethlisberger?s shot at breaking Terry Bradshaw?s record for career passing yards?he needs a 300-yard game in Nashville to do it?but …
  • Biggest NFL games of Week 6 -- John Clayton's First & 10

    Oct 11
    It's a crucial weekend for three slumping NFC teams, writes John Clayton.
  • The Sports Guy's Thursday NFL Pick

    Oct 11
    The Tennessee Titans have been outscored 88-181 through five weeks, which means they're giving up an astonishing 36.2 points per game. They're on pace...