NFL

Comfortable Cowboys? NFC East leaders say they can’t be

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Dallas safety Jeff Heath figures there’s a world outside his locker room where people seek comfort in their jobs. The Cowboys are about to get a test of the notion that they’re never supposed to get comfortable in their line of work. “I think the coaches do a good job kind of keeping us sharp, keeping ...

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Henry runs into NFL record book as Titans rout Jaguars 30-9

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Derrick Henry sped and stiff-armed his way to a record-tying 99-yard touchdown run and the Tennessee Titans routed the Jacksonville Jaguars 30-9 on Thursday night to stay in the playoff chase. And that was just part of an amazing night for Henry. Henry tied Tony Dorsett’s 99-yarder on Jan. 3, 1983, for Dallas against Minnesota for ...

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Saints left tackle Armstead back at practice

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — The New Orleans Saints are closer to getting back their second-highest-paid offensive player as they try to rebound from a first loss in more than two months — and lock down a playoff berth. Starting left tackle Terron Armstead returned to practice Wednesday, marking his first time in pads since his pectoral injury at Cincinnati in ...

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Patriots defense again making strides at the right time

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — For each of the past two seasons, the identity of the Patriots defense didn’t become clear until late in the year. Both times the group had stumbles early, followed by steady improvement. Those leaps were aided at least in part by the increased contributions of newcomers or role players that previously had much smaller roles. That ...

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Chargers DT Mebane having trying season off the field

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Brandon Mebane is one of the most respected voices in the Los Angeles Chargers locker room, but the defensive tackle has been going through one of the most trying seasons of his 12-year career. Mebane returned to the team on Wednesday after missing the past two games while his third child receives medical assistance. Makenna ...

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Kyle Shanahan off to rough start as 49ers coach

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Kyle Shanahan’s coaching tenure hasn’t quite gotten off to the greatest start in San Francisco. He lost his first nine games with the 49ers last year before the arrival of Jimmy Garoppolo provided a late-season spark with five straight wins to close a 6-10 campaign. With Garoppolo sidelined by a season-ending knee injury in Week ...

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Reich crunches the numbers, trusts his gut now and then — and Colts trust him

INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis Colts coach Frank Reich leaves nothing to chance. He and his staff spend hours meticulously poring through game tapes, crunching numbers and plotting strategy each week. There’s a meeting every Friday with the team’s two analytics experts in which everything from over-under projections to weather conditions come into play. Together, they try to plot out every conceivable game ...

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Lawrence measures up for Cowboys even with sacks total down

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — DeMarcus Lawrence may not reach his career high in sacks during the encore to the Dallas defensive end’s breakthrough season in the NFL. By any measure from his coaches and teammates, Lawrence’s follow-up to 14 1/2 sacks has been a success . A big one. “With the things that we’ve changed in the defense, he has ...

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