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NFL Week 7 Preview: Super Bowl rematch doesn’t have a real super look

The rematch of the Super Bowl with a historic finish doesn’t have much of a super look right now. The Patriots are 4-2 and have not cruised in any game, mainly because of a leaky defense. The Falcons are 3-2 and easily could have one win. Still, NBC must be salivating to have Tom Brady […]

Comments - 7:10 am

Flavor of the Week: Solving the Ezekiel Elliott dilemma… Well, trying to

One would have thought that seven weeks into the NFL season, Ezekiel Elliott and his six-game suspension over domestic violence allegations would have had some clarity by now. Either he’d be serving the last game of his suspension this weekend or he would have had his fight to play pushed back into the offseason altogether. […]

Comments - 9:47 pm

Steelers’ Williams fitting right

PITTSBURGH — The coaches at Florida State didn’t ask Vince Williams to get after the quarterback during his career with Seminoles, so he didn’t. That doesn’t mean the Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker didn’t want to. It just wasn’t part of the job. It is now. Then again, Williams figures it kind of comes with the […]

Comments - 9:33 am

Roger Goodell: NFL not changing its national anthem policy

NEW YORK — In the face of fan unrest and accusations from the president about the league being unpatriotic, the NFL is not changing its national anthem policy to require players to stand. Commissioner Roger Goodell and several owners said Wednesday at the league’s fall meetings that altering the policy language from “should stand” to […]

Comments - 4:21 pm

NFL players, owners hold ‘constructive’ talks on issues

NEW YORK — NFL players and owners held an unusual meeting Tuesday to discuss social issues, a session both sides termed positive and productive. What was not discussed at any length was the divisive topic of the national anthem that has caught the attention of President Donald Trump. “We spent today talking about issues that […]

Comments - 6:47 pm

Top spot in AFC East on line with Patriots vs., uh, Jets?

Raise your hand if you thought the Patriots and Jets would be playing for first place in the AFC East in Week 6. Anyone? Didn’t think so. It’s difficult to decipher which is more unexpected: New England losing twice at home in the first month of the schedule, or the Jets being 3-2, same as […]

Comments - 9:20 am

Flavor of the Week: Have a case of the injury bug?

I was going to write about how I was so, so wrong about Ben Roethlisberger this season, but then Odell Beckham Jr., Brandon Marshall and Charles Clay all got hurt. This is on top of David Johnson getting hurt in the season opener, too. This feels like — and for as long as I can […]

Comments - 4:12 pm

We know drama? Steelers try to focus on Chiefs, not ‘noise’

PITTSBURGH — Cam Heyward walked into the Pittsburgh Steelers locker room earlier this week less than 24 hours removed from a humbling home loss to Jacksonville , his portable speaker blasting a playlist that served as a not so subliminal message for a team in search of good vibes. Al Green was up first, singing […]

Comments - 1:34 pm

Cam Newton’s accuracy improving as Panthers prepare for Eagles

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Cam Newton is locked in and on target. Carolina’s quarterback is on a mini-tear entering a Thursday night showdown against the Eagles, completing 77.4 percent of his passes over the last two games for 671 yards with six touchdowns. That’s well above Newton’s career completion percentage of 58.9 percent and last season’s […]

Comments - 10:54 am

Legal experts split on if NFL can punish for anthem protests

WASHINGTON — Jerry Jones may want to bench Dallas Cowboy players who don’t stand for the national anthem, but NFL owners could find themselves facing a First Amendment lawsuit if they punish football players or coaches for their protests after taking government money into the private business of professional football. The NFL is a private […]

Comments - 5:43 pm

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