Flavor of the Week: The best calls from a crazy season

After using Miley Cyrus to put a pop-culture spin on my bad fantasy football calls from the season, I tried to find another reference from my childhood for this week’s column — my good takes. But I couldn’t find any. It’s probably better that way. Less humiliation on my part. Was it necessary to reveal […]

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Eagles had right formula for success vs Falcons last season

PHILADELPHIA — Atlanta’s high-flying offense had its way with every defense it faced in 2016 on the way to the Super Bowl except Jim Schwartz’s unit. The Philadelphia Eagles shut down the Falcons in a 24-15 victory in Week 10 last season, holding them to a season low in points, first downs (11) and yards […]

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Inside the spectacle of Jon Gruden’s first day back with the Raiders

ALAMEDA, Calif. — For almost an hour straight before Jon Gruden arrived, the weight room at Raiders headquarters buzzed with former players, current high-ranking staffers, media and anyone and everyone wanting a glimpse at Gruden’s official return to coaching. Hundreds of people filled the room, transformed from a full workout facility to a press conference […]

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Raiders make it official: Gruden returns as head coach

ALAMEDA, Calif. — The Oakland Raiders have officially hired Jon Gruden as their coach. The team announced the move Saturday as soon as Gruden finished his final broadcast as an announcer for ESPN. Gruden will be formally introduced at a news conference Tuesday. Gruden is returning for a second stint as coach of the Raiders […]

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Mariota leads Titans to second-half rally, shocks Chiefs in Arrowhead

AP Sports Writer Eds: APNewsNow. Titans 22, Chiefs 21. With AP Photos. KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Marcus Mariota led Tennessee to three second-half touchdowns, incredibly throwing one of his TD passes to himself , and the Titans rallied from a 21-3 deficit to beat the Kansas City Chiefs 22-21 on Saturday for their first […]

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Flavor of the Week: It’s time to own up

Just follow me down this path for one second. Prior to Sunday’s game in Jacksonville, the last time the Buffalo Bills had made the playoffs was in 1999. I was seven. You know who wasn’t famous the last time the Buffalo Bills made the playoffs? Miley Cyrus. In March 2006, Cyrus got her own TV […]

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Patriots insist there’s no Kraft, Belichick, Brady rift

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — On the field, the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots are right where they want to be heading into the postseason. As the AFC’s top seed and the owners of a first-round bye, the 13-3 Patriots will get to rest up during the opening weekend of the playoffs. But as they […]

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Scranton’s Munchak leads Steelers line, eyes Arizona job

PITTSBURGH — Mike Munchak doesn’t live in a bubble. If anything, he makes it a point to avoid it. So do the players he mentors as the offensive line coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers. So when the Hall of Famer’s name popped up as a candidate for the open head coaching job in Arizona this […]

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GAR grad Shakir Soto signs reserve-future deal with Oakland Raiders

Shakir Soto better get used to the Bay Area. The GAR grad was one of nine players to a sign reserve-future contract with the Oakland Raiders on Tuesday, securing his future with the AFC West team as he heads into his first full offseason as a pro. Soto was signed to the Raiders practice squad […]

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Jon Gruden on Raiders job: ‘I think I am being considered, yes’

ALAMEDA, Calif. — Jon Gruden acknowledged his candidacy for the Raiders head coaching job Tuesday in a phone interview with the Bay Area News Group. “My understanding is they’re interviewing candidates this week and they’re going to let everybody know sometime early next week or whenever they make their decision,” Gruden said. Asked specifically if […]

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