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Arians: Peterson vs. Megatron is best corner covering best rece…

Arians: Peterson vs. Megatron is best corner covering best receiver

profootballtalk.com Updated Sep 11, 2013
Cardinals coach Bruce Arians says the NFL’s two best players at their respective positions will be going head to head on Sunday when the Lions come to town. Arians said today that he considers his own cornerback, Patrick Peterson, to be the best in the …
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  • Time for Banjo to play on defense?

    Time for Banjo to play on defense?

    ESPN.com Sep 11, 2013
    GREEN BAY, Wis. – Don’t be surprised to see Chris Banjo get some playing time on Sunday against the Washington Redskins. The rookie safety is the logical -- and for that matter, only -- choice if the Green Bay Packers feel the need to make a change at s…
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  • Cardinals' Arians, Palmer discuss the Lions

    Cardinals' Arians, Palmer discuss the Lions

    ESPN.com Sep 11, 2013
    ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians and quarterback Carson Palmer spoke with the Detroit media Wednesday ahead of Sunday's visit from the Lions. Here, in friendly bullet points, are the highlights of what they said: BRUCE ARIANS Ar…
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  • WR Jones shows leadership, maturity

    WR Jones shows leadership, maturity

    ESPN.com Sep 11, 2013
    GREEN BAY, Wis. – Earlier in his career, Green Bay Packers receiver James Jones might have complained about what happened in Sunday’s season opener at San Francisco, where he didn’t catch a single pass and was targeted only twice. In fact, two years ago…
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  • Packers trying to gauge RG III’s mobility

    Packers trying to gauge RG III’s mobility

    ESPN.com Sep 11, 2013
    GREEN BAY, Wis. – Among the things the Green Bay Packers will have to figure out during their preparation for Sunday’s home opener against Washington is just how mobile quarterback Robert Griffin III is at this point. A little more than eight months rem…
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  • Lions’ Ndamukong Suh on NFL fine: ‘I don’t change’

    Lions’ Ndamukong Suh on NFL fine: ‘I don’t change’

    Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has 100,000 reasons to change his style of play.None of them are enough motivation to modify what he does on game day.Suh was fined $100,000 by the NFL on Tuesday for an illegal block he delivered to Minnesot…
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  • Tillman the only Bear on injury report

    Tillman the only Bear on injury report

    ESPN.com Sep 11, 2013
    LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman (knee) participated on a limited basis during Wednesday’s practice inside the Walter Payton Center, but isn’t expected to miss time Sunday when the club hosts the Minnesota Vikings. “I do exp…
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  • Bears want better pass rush vs. Vikings

    Bears want better pass rush vs. Vikings

    ESPN.com Sep 11, 2013
    LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears are facing a curious conflict at Halas Hall this week as they intend to improve the pass rush just as the NFL's best running back comes marching into town. There is no doubt the Minnesota Vikings' Adrian Peterson w…
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  • Leshoure staying upbeat despite not playing

    Leshoure staying upbeat despite not playing

    ESPN.com Sep 11, 2013
    ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- When Mikel Leshoure arrived at Ford Field for the season opener Sunday, he had planned on playing. When he walked in the locker room, he found out he would not be playing. As one of the team's inactives, the running back, who was De…
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  • Injury report: Finley plans to play

    Injury report: Finley plans to play

    ESPN.com Sep 11, 2013
    GREEN BAY, Wis. – Jermichael Finley injured his big toe on the third play of Sunday’s game at San Francisco and didn’t miss any plays because of it, so the Green Bay Packers tight end figures he should be fine for this week’s game against Washington. St…
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  • Frazier: Ponder not in trouble of losing job

    Frazier: Ponder not in trouble of losing job

    Coach Leslie Frazier defended Christian Ponder again on Wednesday, saying the quarterback's struggles weren't the only reason the Vikings lost to the Detroit Lions last Sunday and adding he's not thinking about making a change at the position.
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  • Fox, Fairley missed practice

    Fox, Fairley missed practice

    ESPN.com Sep 11, 2013
    ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Jason Fox started the first game of his career Sunday against Minnesota. He didn’t get to finish it. Now, the fourth-year pro out of Miami (Fla.) is back to waiting to when he can return to the field after he injured his groin in th…
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  • Kevin Williams back at practice, on track to play Sunday

    Kevin Williams back at practice, on track to play Sunday

    The Vikings defense didn’t do much to slow down the Lions offense in Week One and one reason why they might have struggled was the absence of defensive tackle Kevin Williams, who missed the game with a knee injury he suffered on a low block by 49ers gua…
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  • Staley to Kaepernick after Matthews hit:  “No one is [expletive…

    Staley to Kaepernick after Matthews hit: “No one is [expletive] hitting you late”

    profootballtalk.com Sep 11, 2013
    On Sunday, a week’s worth of words from Packers linebacker Clay Matthews became action, when Matthews hit 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick well out of bounds after a play. The move drew a flag and launched a fracas, which included 49ers tackle Joe Sta…
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  • Shutdown Corner Playoff Projection – The Ravens will be in, and…

    Shutdown Corner Playoff Projection – The Ravens will be in, and the Packers will be out

    yahoo.com Sep 11, 2013
    It's never too early to project what the playoff bracket will look like in January, even after just one week. Through the season we'll try to guess what the NFL playoff picture will look like when the season ends. To see through which teams are for real…
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  • Seahawks sign Kellen Davis

    Seahawks sign Kellen Davis

    profootballtalk.com Sep 11, 2013
    On Tuesday, the Seahawks tried out a trio of tight ends, including Kellen Davis. On Wednesday, the Seahawks added Davis to the roster. Davis played five season with the Bears. Cut in the offseason, he signed with the Browns. Who cut him on September 1. …
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  • Allen: Vikings' struggles in Chicago 'embarassing'

    Allen: Vikings' struggles in Chicago 'embarassing'

    ESPN.com Sep 11, 2013
    LAKE FOREST, Ill. – The Vikings’ recent futility in Chicago is not lost on Minnesota Pro Bowl defensive end Jared Allen. To find the Vikings’ last win at Soldier Field you have to go all the way back to October 14, 2007 -- a 34-31 final that featured Ad…
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  • QB Watch: Bears' Jay Cutler

    QB Watch: Bears' Jay Cutler

    ESPN.com Sep 11, 2013
    A weekly analysis of the Bears’ quarterback play. Rewind: Jay Cutler started slowly, throwing for 70 yards on 10-of-19 passing in the first half. In the second half, he threw for 172 yards and a touchdown to bring back the Bears from an 11-point deficit…
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  • QB Watch: Lions' Matthew Stafford

    QB Watch: Lions' Matthew Stafford

    ESPN.com Sep 11, 2013
    A weekly analysis of the Detroit Lions' quarterback play. Rewind: Matthew Stafford was pretty sharp in his team’s opener against Minnesota, especially considering some of the concerns about his accuracy in the preseason. He completed 28 of 43 passes for…
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  • TE Joseph Fauria impresses early in career

    TE Joseph Fauria impresses early in career

    ESPN.com Sep 11, 2013
    ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- He had few chances. Going into his first NFL game, Joseph Fauria had no idea how much he’d be on the field or if he’d even have an opportunity to catch a pass. Let alone a touchdown. When Fauria did, he didn’t really know what to do…
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  • Frazier: Not much to glean from Bears

    Frazier: Not much to glean from Bears

    ESPN.com Sep 11, 2013
    LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier admitted there’s still not much to glean from studying tape of Chicago’s offense during its Week 1 win over the Cincinnati Bengals, or the four games the Bears played in the preseason. Frazier …
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  • Frazier: Webb's transition a smooth one

    Frazier: Webb's transition a smooth one

    ESPN.com Sep 11, 2013
    LAKE FOREST, Ill. – Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier was a good sport on Wednesday when asked if former Chicago Bears offensive tackle J'Marcus Webb is providing the Vikings with inside information about his former team. “We’re not finished, …
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  • Anquan Boldin named NFC offensive player of week

    Anquan Boldin named NFC offensive player of week

    profootballtalk.com Sep 11, 2013
    Anquan Boldin might be old and expensive, and not much of a runner. But the guy knows how to make a first impression. Boldin was named NFC offensive player of the week, after his ridiculous 13-catch, 208-yard performance against the Packers. It was remi…
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  • PFT Live: Lions talk with Dave Birkett, coaching hot seat

    PFT Live: Lions talk with Dave Birkett, coaching hot seat

    profootballtalk.com Sep 11, 2013
    The Lions got a win in their opener against the Vikings, although two of the more discussed things coming out of the game had to do with things that went wrong for the team. One was the latest run-in with the Calvin Johnson rule for the player who gave …
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  • Pereira: Officials wrongly gave Victor Cruz a TD on incomplete …

    Pereira: Officials wrongly gave Victor Cruz a TD on incomplete pass

    profootballtalk.com Sep 11, 2013
    No one knows what constitutes a catch in the NFL anymore. When the “Calvin Johnson rule” reared its ugly head again on Sunday, and the Lions’ star receiver had a touchdown catch overturned by the referee after reviewing the replay, it looked like the NF…
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  • Rex Ryan once pumped up his team by telling them he was going t…

    Rex Ryan once pumped up his team by telling them he was going to punch Bill Belichick in the face

    yahoo.com Sep 11, 2013
    <br /> There's a great story about legendary Bears coach George Halas. Only 10 minutes before a game against the Packers, Halas knocked on the locker room door and asked to see …
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  • Video - Bush: 'Suh is a changed person' 07:09

    Bush: 'Suh is a changed person'

    Sep 11
    Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush talks about the team's improved offense and also explains why teammate Ndamukong Suh is a team leader.
  • Video - Detroit Lions defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh to appeal unprecedented fine 01:16

    Detroit Lions defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh to appeal unprecedented fine

    Sep 11
    Detroit Lions defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh is appealing his $100 thousand fine for his low hit on Minnesota Vikings center John Sullivan. NFL Media reporter Ian Rapoport has the latest update.
  • Video - Sport Science: Jordy Nelson 01:34

    Sport Science: Jordy Nelson

    Sep 11
    Sport Science examines Jordy Nelson's timing and body control, which enabled him to make a great catch inbounds.
  • Video - Is Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh's fine acceptable or excessive? 04:51

    Is Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh's fine acceptable or excessive?

    Sep 11
    Eric Davis gives his take on Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh's fine as he poses the question; does the NFL want this type play out of the league or Suh out of the league?

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