Better starts could help Colts lighten workload for Luck

Football 10/10/18, 18:35

Andrew Luck's surgically repaired right shoulder is being tested in ways even he couldn't imagine.The Indianapolis Colts quarterback threw 121 passes during a five-day span last week — easily the highest total he's ever accrued in consecutive games.Dropping back so frequently subjects Luck to more potential hits and more potential ...

White has plenty weighing on him as Bills prepare for Texans

Football 10/10/18, 18:12

Tre'Davious White had personal reasons for not sticking around to address questions from the media on Wednesday. The second-year cornerback, understandably, has plenty weighing on his mind.On Sunday, White faces the challenge of defending DeAndre Hopkins, the NFL's leading receiver, in Buffalo's game at Houston. Last week, he learned the ...

With ‘innate’ accuracy, Cousins delivering for Vikings

Football 10/10/18, 17:56

As Kirk Cousins backpedaled in the pocket with Minnesota on the move late in the first half last week, Adam Thielen broke for the back corner of the end zone.Cousins had to make an off-balance throw to beat a fast-approaching Michael Bennett, and Thielen had little room left in bounds ...

Career in limbo, Steelers LB Shazier helping in other ways

Football 10/10/18, 17:44

At least one portion of Ryan Shazier's daily routine hasn't changed much from the previous time the Pittsburgh Steelers were preparing to face Cincinnati, even if the rest of the injured linebacker's life is hardly the same.Shazier still makes his way to the club's practice facility around 7 a.m. most ...

‘Beast Mode’ highlights Raiders game against Seahawks

Football 10/10/18, 17:44

Oakland may always be home for Marshawn Lynch, but Seattle was the city that truly made him a star.There was the "Beast Quake" run that set the tone for the Pete Carroll era with the Seahawks. The Skittles that rained down on the field after his big runs. The ferocious ...

Browns picking up wins, building belief in turnaround season

Football 10/10/18, 17:14

Bow wow! Rapper Snoop Dogg showed up at Browns practice on Wednesday.The bandwagon is growing in Cleveland, where the NFL's worst team a year ago has suddenly become fashionable — and just maybe a playoff contender.By beating Baltimore in overtime on Sunday, the Browns (2-2-1) doubled their win total over ...

Veteran RB Jamaal Charles hopes to ‘be a spark’ for Jaguars

Football 10/10/18, 17:01

Telvin Smith broke toward the sideline during practice Wednesday and had newly signed running back Jamaal Charles in his sights.For a second anyway.Smith said Charles "hit me with a little step" that got the linebacker's attention and gave everyone else a glimpse of what the four-time Pro Bowl selection still ...

Dolphins’ Tannehill looks for turnaround against Bears

Football 10/10/18, 16:28

The home crowd still loves Ryan Tannehill, even if lately he hasn't given Miami Dolphins fans much to cheer about.Tannehill's wife recently gave birth to the couple's first daughter, Stella. They also have a 2-year-old son, Steel."We're settling in nicely to a family of four," Tannehill said after practice Wednesday. ...

History or horror story? Bengals revisit a one-sided rivalry

Football 10/10/18, 16:07

Six straight losses, starting with a pregame scuffle and an epic playoff meltdown.Blown lead after blown lead.Losing their cool and games, too.There's a common thread to the Bengals' most intense rivalry, one that's been one-sided the past three seasons.No matter what happened, the Steelers always won.The Bengals (4-1) lead the ...

Tough for Ravens’ Flacco to win when pass-count reaches 49

Football 10/10/18, 15:39

In the pass-happy NFL, there seems to be no limit to the amount of throws it takes to pull out a victory.For Joe Flacco, however, the ceiling appears to be 48.Flacco threw 56 passes last Sunday in the Baltimore Ravens' 12-9 overtime loss to Cleveland. Flacco put the ball in ...

Remember when it was NFC Beast? Now, it’s a pussy cat.

Football 10/10/18, 13:41

Remember when it was called the NFC Beast? Now, it's a pussy cat.Washington leads the division at 2-2, followed by Dallas and Philadelphia at 2-3, New York at 1-4. The Giants host the Eagles — the defending Super Bowl champion Eagles, who have looked anything but title worthy so far ...

Eagles struggling post Super Bowl, Giants still losing

Football 10/10/18, 13:36

After turning over half their roster, it's not surprising the New York Giants are losing.The defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles are another story. They were expected to make a run at being the first team to repeat since the New England Patriots won title games after the 2003 and ...

FANTASY PLAYS: Pivoting away from popular daily plays

Football 10/10/18, 11:34

It's getting harder to gain an edge in daily fantasy football with more research tools and advanced statistics.Similar research processes lead many daily players to the same plays each given week.Last week, DailyRoto's Colin Drew won more than $250,000 using a lineup optimizer to identify pivots — key spots to ...

The Trust helping with post-football transition

Football 10/10/18, 02:45

Now that Eric Winston is no longer playing pro football, he's not exactly soaking up the rays in some exotic locale.He's preparing for the rest of his life by attending the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, while also handling a myriad of duties as president of ...

Titans waive WR Williams after big drop against Buffalo

Football 10/09/18, 18:44

The Tennessee Titans have waived wide receiver Nick Williams after he dropped a potential touchdown pass in a 13-12 loss to the Buffalo Bills.The Titans on Tuesday promoted linebacker Robert Spillane from the practice squad to their active roster and had waived both Williams and quarterback Austin Davis. The Titans ...

Chiefs put Duvernay-Tardif, Watts on IR, sign Zombo

Football 10/09/18, 17:44

The Chiefs placed right guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and safety Armani Watts on injured reserve Tuesday and signed outside linebacker Frank Zombo to provide depth at that depleted position.Duvernay-Tardif broke a bone in his left leg with a few minutes left in Sunday's 30-14 victory over Jacksonville. Watts had his promising ...

Minus Jay Ajayi, Eagles turn to banged-up group

Football 10/09/18, 17:32

Losing Jay Ajayi means the Philadelphia Eagles will have to turn to a banged-up committee of running backs.While the front office ponders making a deal to replace Ajayi, the Eagles (2-3) will rely on the group it has Thursday night against the New York Giants (1-4). Only two of the ...

Rams, Chiefs still are 1-2 in latest Pro32 poll

Football 10/09/18, 17:27

Through five weeks, the Los Angeles Rams have handled every challenge thrown their way.Doesn't matter if they've been involved in blowouts, shootouts or close games that come down to the final moments, the results have all been the same: another Rams win.And because of that, they are the unanimous top ...

New York Giants believe breakout is near despite 1-4 record

Football 10/09/18, 16:04

It's hard to say whether the New York Giants are engaging in wishing thinking or there is something to their optimism these days.The reality is the Giants have a 1-4 record heading into Thursday night's game against the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles (2-3) and they are facing long odds ...

Bengals tackle Geno Atkins tied for NFL lead in sacks

Football 10/09/18, 14:43

Ryan Tannehill tried to give his receiver a little more time to get open, but Geno Atkins was having none of it.The Bengals tackle closed quickly and smacked into the Dolphins quarterback as he released an incomplete pass to Kenny Stills.Just the start of a long day for Miami's overmatched ...

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