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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Steelers' Miller is NFL's top red-zone target

    Steelers' Miller is NFL's top red-zone target

    ESPN.com Oct 4, 2012
    In his first three games last season, Steelers tight end Heath Miller had nine catches and no touchdowns. In the first three games of 2012, Miller is tied for the league lead with eight red-zone targets and four touchdowns, according to ESPN Stats &…
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  • Giants' Nicks to Miss Third Consecutive Game

    Giants' Nicks to Miss Third Consecutive Game

    Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, who has been battling knee and ankle injuries, won't return by Sunday to play the Cleveland Browns.
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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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  • Joe Flacco getting some MVP buzz

    Joe Flacco getting some MVP buzz

    ESPN.com Oct 4, 2012
    For Joe Flacco, he's no longer being criticized for being an overrated game manager who wins on the strength of his defense. He's now getting an early push for being a Most Valuable Player candidate. That's what happens when you are the quarterback of t…
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  • A.J. Green named AFC player of the month

    A.J. Green named AFC player of the month

    Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green was named AFC Offensive Player of the Month, becoming the first Cincinnati player to win this award in seven seasons. He led the AFC in receptions (27), was second in receiving yards (428) and tied for most touchdowns (t…
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  • Double Coverage: Eagles-Steelers

    Double Coverage: Eagles-Steelers

    ESPN.com Oct 4, 2012
    AFC North blogger Jamison Hensley and NFC East blogger Dan Graziano discuss the issues surrounding Sunday's game between the Philadelphia Eagles (3-1) and the Pittsburgh Steelers (1-2): Jamison Hensley: While there will be plenty of talk this week about…
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  • Ravens' decision at kicker looking good

    Ravens' decision at kicker looking good

    ESPN.com Oct 4, 2012
    It's only one-quarter of the way through the season, but the Ravens look like they made the right decision at kicker. At the end of the preseason, Baltimore chose Justin Tucker over Billy Cundiff, a 2010 Pro Bowl kicker who missed the game-tying field g…
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  • Bengals need BenJarvus Green-Ellis to stop fumbling

    Bengals need BenJarvus Green-Ellis to stop fumbling

    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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  • Video - Preview: Baltimore Ravens vs. Kansas City Chiefs 02:10

    Preview: Baltimore Ravens vs. Kansas City Chiefs

    Oct 4
    NFL Films previews the Week 5 matchup between the Baltimore Ravens and the Kansas City Chiefs.
  • Video - Preview: Miami Dolphins vs. Cincinnati Bengals 02:29

    Preview: Miami Dolphins vs. Cincinnati Bengals

    Oct 4
    NFL Films previews the Week 5 matchup between the Miami Dolphins and the Cincinnati Bengals.
  • Video - Weather update: Dolphins  @ Bengals 01:00

    Weather update: Dolphins @ Bengals

    Oct 4
    AccuWeather.com updates climate conditions for the Dolphins @ Bengals.
  • Video - Weather update: Eagles  @ Steelers 01:00

    Weather update: Eagles @ Steelers

    Oct 4
    AccuWeather.com updates climate conditions for the Eagles @ Steelers.

Sports Columnists

  • 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.
  • Biggest NFL games of Week 5 -- John Clayton's First & 10

    Oct 4
    The NFC is the superior conference by far in 2012. That actually keeps more AFC teams in the playoff race, writes John Clayton.
  • The Sports Guy's Thursday NFL Pick

    Oct 4
    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...