Clutch: 1st-place Bengals showing new ability for big plays

Football 10/01/18, 20:20

Sitting in the end zone after his game-turning catch, A.J. Green raised the ball in celebration as Bengals teammates streamed toward him. They haven't had many moments like this one — not in recent years, not in their 51-year history.The moment captured the difference between this Bengals team and the ...

Popcorn problems? Steelers’ issues are piling up

Football 10/01/18, 20:20

One of Mike Tomlin's favorite metaphors when things aren't going well for the Pittsburgh Steelers is likening his team's issues to popcorn. Translation: The problems are scattered and unpredictable.And they're spreading.The two-time defending AFC North champions woke up on the first day of October tied with Cleveland for last place ...

Titans building confidence, momentum with 3 straight wins

Football 10/01/18, 20:20

Mike Vrabel has been preaching about playing aggressive from the moment he arrived in Tennessee.A month into the season, the Titans are doing just.At 3-1, the Titans are off to their best start since 2013 under their first-year head coach, having won three straight — each by three points.Now Vrabel ...

Raiders’ Gruden moves on quickly after 1st win in 10 years

Football 10/01/18, 20:19

The good feeling from his first coaching win in nearly 10 years wore off quickly as Jon Gruden went back to work Monday.Gruden knows there's plenty of work needed to get the Oakland Raiders to the level he hopes they can reach as even their first victory of the season ...

Quinn: Falcons have right mindset to recover from 1-3 start

Football 10/01/18, 20:19

The Atlanta Falcons are 1-3 and facing another tough challenge this week.Coach Dan Quinn, in his fourth season, has been in this situation before and still led the Falcons to the playoffs."My guess is in December and January we'll look back on these games much like we do in past ...

Paul Allen says his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma has returned

Football 10/01/18, 20:19

Billionaire Seattle Seahawks owner and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen says cancer he was treated for in 2009 has returned.Allen said on Twitter Monday that he recently learned of the non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and plans to fight it aggressively.FILE--In this Jan. 18, 2015, file photo, Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen holds his ...

Last-place Lions missed an opportunity at Dallas

Football 10/01/18, 20:19

Last year, the Detroit Lions started 3-1 and didn't make the playoffs — so what happens in September doesn't have to define the season.The Lions better hope that's the case, because a loss at Dallas last weekend has them in a hole."There's a lot of work in front of us," ...

Texans win but still have more work to do

Football 10/01/18, 20:19

After finally getting their first win this weekend, the Houston Texans know that they still have plenty of work to do if they hope to get on a roll and turn their season around.The Texans (1-3) squandered an 18-point lead on Sunday before beating the Colts 37-34 in overtime to ...

Pressure needs to be on for Vikings to rebound vs. Eagles

Football 10/01/18, 20:18

With play-action pass after play-action pass, Jared Goff and the Los Angeles Rams just kept picking Minnesota's proud and proven defense apart.Opportunities for the Vikings to disrupt Goff's rhythm with a well-timed sack or a hurried incompletion were scant, as the high-octane Rams never let up in that 38-31 victory ...

Hue kidding? Jackson miffed by calls in OT loss to Raiders

Football 10/01/18, 20:18

Browns coach Hue Jackson knew if he complained about Sunday's officiating he could be fined. The NFL is always watching and listening.He may soon be writing a check to Commissioner Roger Goodell.Still smarting after Cleveland's road losing streak reached 22 consecutive games with an overtime loss at Oakland, Jackson was ...

Despite Arizona’s 0-4 start, rookie QB fuels optimism

Football 10/01/18, 20:18

The Arizona Cardinals are the only team without a victory in the NFL. Their 0-4 start is the Cardinals' worst since 1986, two years before the franchise moved to the desert from St. Louis.There were many bad teams in the intervening years but all managed to win one early.Still, there ...

Prescott’s rookie flashback gives Cowboys building block

Football 10/01/18, 20:17

Dak Prescott looked a lot like the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year from two seasons ago in the Dallas Cowboys' win over the Detroit Lions.The star quarterback had clutch plays, big throws and long completions in a 26-24 win capped by a two-minute drive to the winning field goal ...

Winston in, Fitzpatrick out as Buccaneers starting QB

Football 10/01/18, 20:16

The bye week is coming at a good time for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who not only are trying to get acclimated to having Jameis Winston back in the lineup, but need to find a way to fix a leaky defense.Coach Dirk Koetter made it official Monday, confirming Winston will ...

ICYMI in NFL Week 4: Earl Thomas’ middle finger says plenty

Football 10/01/18, 03:15

Whether or not Earl Thomas should have raised his middle finger in the direction of his team's sideline, this much is clear: His broken leg amid an ongoing flap with the Seattle Seahawks illustrates why the lack of guaranteed contracts is such a problem for NFL players.This is exactly what ...

Rivers wants Chargers to start stringing together wins

Football 10/01/18, 03:11

A 2-2 record after the first quarter of the season is not where Philip Rivers thought the Los Angeles Chargers would be, but it is a vast improvement compared to the past couple seasons.The Chargers got to .500 with a 29-27 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. It ...

Chiefs’ Mahomes juggles on-field success, off-field stardom

Football 10/01/18, 03:11

Patrick Mahomes had just finished with a series of patients in the oncology unit at the University of Kansas Hospital when he stepped on an escalator that would carry him to the exits.Waiting for him at the bottom was a mob of hospital workers.Some wanted a quick picture. Others were ...

Flacco flourishing for resurgent Ravens, downs Steelers

Football 10/01/18, 03:06

Joe Flacco knows it's easy to point to his increasingly gaudy stats or the rainbows he's uncorking with ease as proof that he's truly back.The Baltimore Ravens quarterback doesn't quite see it that way.Sure, he feels great. Yet he believes the credit for his team's hot start should go to ...

Elliott’s workload, key catch help Cowboys top Lions 26-24

Football 10/01/18, 03:06

Ezekiel Elliott limped off the field a couple of times during the game before combining with Dak Prescott on the decisive play for the Dallas Cowboys.The star running back had 25 carries and four catches on his way to a career-high 240 yards from scrimmage in a 26-24 win over ...

Raiders steal game from Browns with 45-42 OT win

Football 10/01/18, 03:05

As much as the Oakland Raiders felt like they might have let a couple of winnable games slip away to start this season, they might have stolen one away from the Cleveland Browns to spoil Baker Mayfield's first career start.Derek Carr led a game-tying drive in the final seconds of ...

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