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Jets DC Pettine challenges beleaguered unit Updated Oct 5, 2012
New York Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine issued a challenge Wednesday morning to his unit in the form of a quote.
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  • Brandon Spikes fined 21K for illegal blindside block Oct 5, 2012
    Earlier this week, Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes was asked about his aggressive nature on the field. “Absolutely. A lot of guys, they know the new rules. I don’t think I’ve done anything illegal,” Spikes said, via the Patriots website. “I”
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  • Gronkowski, Hernandez among 12 questionable Patriots

    On Friday morning, we shared a report that Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was a “virtual certainty” to miss Sunday’s game against the Broncos. The Patriots haven’t ruled him out yet, though. Hernandez was back on the practice field Friday and
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  • Bengals muster sellout of Miami game Oct 5, 2012
    When the Dolphins cut Chad Johnson during training camp, Sunday’s visit from Miami to Cincinnati instantly lost a lot of its luster. Still, the Bengals managed to sell out the non-premium tickets, thanks to a 24-hours extension of the deadline for doing
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  • In other fake news, Michael Vick breaks both his legs Oct 5, 2012
    Bad news, Eagles fans: According to a report from Global Associated News, Michael Vick has broken both legs in a Philadelphia car accident! The accident involved Vick and a 76-year-old female driver, and further details will be forthcoming. In an eerie …
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  • Dolphins CB Marshall (back) out vs. Bengals Oct 5, 2012
    Miami Dolphins cornerback Richard Marshall has been ruled out of Sunday's game at Cincinnati with a back injury, putting a further strain on the team's week secondary.
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  • Brian Hartline off to hot start after tumultuous offseason

    Four weeks into the 2012 NFL regular season, an unlikely name appears at the top of the "Receiving Yards" leader board. Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brian Hartline, who had 549 receiving yards as a 16-game starter in 2011, leads the NFL enteri…
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  • Ryan Tannehill pops up on Dolphins injury report Oct 5, 2012
    You always prefer to see a player show up on the injury report early in the week and then progressively get better as the next game approaches. When someone pops up later in the week, it’s troubling because there’s so little time left for the injury t
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  • Jets get physical in practice in hopes of not being run over Oct 5, 2012
    The Jets offense looked like it hadn’t practiced together at all last week, so they decided to go back to training camp mode in practice this week. To bounce back from last week’s embarrassment, coach Rex Ryan asked for suggestions, and offensive line
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  • Final Word: AFC East Oct 5, 2012
    Five nuggets of knowledge about Week 5: Reclaiming Gillette Stadium: Sunday marks the first home game since the New England Patriots were upset at Gillette Stadium in Week 2 by the Arizona Cardinals. The Patriots entered that game 35-1 in their previous…
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  • Clock is ticking on Mark Sanchez Oct 5, 2012
    Earlier this week, I wanted to get a temperature check on New York Jets fans. The team lost in embarrassing fashion at home to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, 34-0, so I went to Twitter and asked a simple question: How much patience do you have left …
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  • Slauson on Tebow: “That option is not an option” Oct 5, 2012
    With all the talk about when/if the Jets will switch from quarterback Mark Sanchez to quarterback Tim Tebow, a fairly important constituency has been overlooked. The other players on the team. One of them, guard Matt Slauson, says that the idea of a cha…
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  • Archie Manning: Peyton, Brady will enjoy rivalry more later Oct 5, 2012
    Peyton Manning and Tom Brady have downplayed the significance of their personal rivalry this week, saying it’s more about the Broncos and the Patriots. But Archie Manning said he wished he’d have been able to have had something similar in his day, and
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  • Friday morning one-liners Oct 5, 2012
    The Bills need more consistency from DT Marcell Dareus. Dolphins coach Joe Philbin is looking forward to getting DT Tony McDaniel back in the lineup. Said Patriots RB Brandon Bolden, “Last week happened, now we’re getting ready for Denver. You know, j
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  • Jets GM: No pressure from above to play Tebow Oct 5, 2012
    Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum described conversations between himself, coach Rex Ryan and owner Woody Johnson as “robust,” but denied that the boss was leaning on them to start Tim Tebow. “There isn’t,” Tannenbaum said, via Conor Orr of t
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  • Week 5 Matchups: Ryan and Griffin Grab Spotlight Oct 5, 2012
    The top games this weekend feature a classic quarterback matchup (Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning) and meeting of top young quarterbacks (Matt Ryan vs. Robert Griffin III).
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  • Video - NFL32OT: From Worst To Best 03:11

    NFL32OT: From Worst To Best

    Oct 5
    Episode 201: Suzy Kolber and Chris Mortensen discuss the success of the NFC West. Damien Woody breaks down facing Peyton Manning. The NFL crew discuss whether the Dolphins can stop A.J. Green.
  • Video - 'Playbook': Houston Texans vs. New York Jets 05:10

    'Playbook': Houston Texans vs. New York Jets

    Oct 5
    How will the Jets move forward after a loss last Sunday? Our analysts discuss the injury to Santonio Holmes and how the Texans' pass rush could cause issues for Mark Sanchez.
  • Video - 'Playbook': Broncos vs. Patriots 04:53

    'Playbook': Broncos vs. Patriots

    Oct 5
    Sterling Sharpe, Brian Baldinger and Donovan McNabb break down the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots' Week 5 matchup, featuring two old rivals in Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.
  • Video - 'Playbook': Buffalo Bills vs. San Francisco 49ers 02:49

    'Playbook': Buffalo Bills vs. San Francisco 49ers

    Oct 5
    The "Playbook" analysts discuss the improvement in the San Francisco 49ers' running game and how the defense plans to get after Buffalo Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.