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Saints, 49ers clash with top NFC seeding in the balance

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Drew Brees and the Saints are ready to up the ante. A third-straight NFC South title has been wrapped up. Next on the list is a second straight No. 1 overall playoff seed in the NFC, a goal New Orleans (10-2) can get closer to accomplishing on Sunday when the San Francisco 49ers (10-2) visit the ...

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Teo returns to Saints defense for high-stakes tilt vs 49ers

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Manti Teo has a new perspective on life and football. The New Orleans Saints could find out Sunday how Teo’s outlook affects his performance in a high-stakes clash with San Francisco that will decide who has the inside track to the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs. With fellow linebackers Kiko Alonso (thigh) and A.J. ...

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Struggling Vikings CB Rhodes sorry for sideline helmet slam

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — In the snapshot of how and when the Minnesota Vikings let their critical game at Seattle slip away, Xavier Rhodes was squarely in the frame. The struggling seventh-year cornerback said Wednesday he’s sorry about the way he handled the attention. Late in the third quarter, with the Seahawks leading 20-17, Rhodes was positioned across from wide receiver ...

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Six rookie QBs have already earned wins this season

While Tom Brady and Drew Brees pursue Peyton Manning, Devlin Hodges is chasing Ed Rubbert. Say what? Manning’s record of 539 touchdown passes could be broken by both Brady and Brees during the final month of the regular season. Brady has thrown 535 TD passes and Brees has 532. As for Hodges, he only has three TD passes in two ...

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Showdown of NFL’s next generation of QBs: Jackson Vs Allen

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — It’s easy to forgive Ravens coach John Harbaugh for forgetting this weekend’s showdown of two of the AFC’s more dynamic quarterbacks won’t be the first meeting between Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson and the Buffalo Bills‘ Josh Allen. The score was so lopsided and the 15 months which have passed feel more like a decade for Harbaugh ...

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Raiders offense looks to get out of recent rut

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — If the Oakland Raiders can’t get their offense out of a recent rut, their playoff chances will end even before they play their final scheduled game at the Coliseum. What was one of the NFL’s most efficient offenses over a long stretch that moved the Raiders into contention in the AFC West has struggled to get ...

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Rams’ McVay: Gurley’s workload is “me not being an idiot”

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Todd Gurley’s light workload was the most baffling aspect of the first half of the Los Angeles Rams‘ season. Now that the star running back’s activity is picking up while the Rams (7-5) desperately chase a playoff spot, coach Sean McVay has identified the prime factor behind Gurley’s rebound. “Me not being an idiot,” McVay ...

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Titans claim CB Brock off waivers from Cardinals

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have claimed cornerback Tramaine Brock off waivers from the Arizona Cardinals and have waived center Hroniss Grasu. Adding Brock should boost the depth of a Titans secondary that has been hit hard by injuries. Cornerback Adoree Jackson hurt his leg in a 31-17 victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. Cornerback LeShaun Sims ...

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Dolphins running back Ballage placed on injured reserve

MIAMI (AP) — Running back Kalen Ballage’s historically unproductive season ended Tuesday when he was placed on injured reserve by the Miami Dolphins. Ballage hurt his left leg in Sunday’s victory over Philadelphia. The second-year pro finishes the season with 135 yards in 74 carries. His 1.8-yard average is the worst by a running back with at least 70 carries ...

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