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Eric Decker invites feedback from Jets fans — and, go figure, it wasn’t all positive

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 9:55pm

Having been raised in Minnesota and having spent his first four NFL seasons in Denver, Eric Decker may or may not have been prepared for a fan base armed with a potent blend of New York attitude and decades of frustration. Either way, he’s a lot more familiar with it now.

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Where’s ‘Thursday Night Football?’ It’s on NFL Network, not CBS, now

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 7:00pm

It’s moving day for “Thursday Night Football.”

The nationally televised game, which features a Week 9 matchup between the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers, will be shown on the NFL Network and NOT on CBS. In fact, for the next eight weeks, the game will be shown solely on the NFL Network.

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Jay Gruden: ‘There is no reason not to play’ Robert Griffin III on Sunday in Minnesota

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 6:39pm

Washington Redskins Coach Jay Gruden acknowledged Thursday that he has every intention of starting Robert Griffin III at quarterback Sunday at Minnesota now that the team’s doctors and trainers say Griffin is 100 percent healthy.

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Cleveland Browns are using dog collars and bone charms as incentives to get the defense to play harder

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 6:11pm

In Cleveland, dog collars aren’t just for, well, dogs anymore. In the hometown of the Browns they’re also now for “dawgs,” the nickname used by hardcore Browns fans that the team has decided to interpret literally. Per ESPN:

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Redskins Blog: After blitz-heavy outing, Haslett could mix it up against Teddy Bridgewater and Vikings

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 4:30pm

Throughout the offseason and preseason, Redskins defensive players and coordinator Jim Haslett talked about plans to utilize a more aggressive approach this season. “Unleashed” is the adjective they most commonly used to describe the anticipated style.

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Macho Harris and Shawn Lemon find opportunities in the CFL

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 4:18pm

CALGARY — The tunnel of reserve Canadian Football League players had stretched from the end zone to midfield at McMahon Stadium, and the public address announcer first introduced Shawn Lemon to run through it. “Starting for the Calgary Stampeders,” he said, “at defensive end, No. 40…” Lemon charged forward. He is a breakout star this season, leading the CFL in forced fumbles, and each one inched the Waldorf, Md., native closer to both his current dream of winning a championship and the ultimate one of reaching the NFL.

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DC Sports Bog: Russell Athletic celebrates Colt McCoy’s return to stardom

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 3:39pm

Colt McCoy has been a Russell Athletic endorser since the summer of 2010, before his rookie season in Cleveland. Unfortunately, Colt McCoy hasn’t had a ton of moments in the spotlight since 2010.

He started 21 games in his first two seasons, all for the Browns. Then he didn’t start at all in 2012 or 2013, changed teams twice, and entered the 2014 season as a third-stringer in Washington.

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Tom Brady, Peyton Manning provide Patriots, Broncos with priceless asset: QB stability

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 3:00pm

The football-watching world will focus its attention on Peyton Manning vs. Tom Brady yet again Sunday.

They will meet for the 16th time as NFL quarterbacks and, has been the case so many times before, AFC superiority will be at stake. Manning’s Denver Broncos, who have the conference’s best record at 6-1, will visit Brady’s New England Patriots, who are next-best at 6-2.

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Redskins Blog: Gruden: We have ‘every intent’ of starting Griffin Sunday

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 2:53pm

With the team’s doctors, trainers and coaching staff convinced that Robert Griffin III is fully recovered from the dislocated ankle he suffered Sept. 14, Washington is preparing the franchise quarterback to start Sunday at Minnesota, Coach Jay Gruden said after practice Thursday.

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DC Sports Bog: How one loyal Redskins fan saved his fantasy football league from going bankrupt betting on the Cowboys

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 2:15pm

Note: This is a stupid story about fantasy football. If you don’t like stupid stories about fantasy football, don’t read it.

Narrator: This is the story of how one local fantasy football league nearly threw away its entire pot by betting against the Redskins on “Monday Night Football,” until one brave and loyal Redskins fan stepped up to save the day. The story stars 12 guys in their early 30s who all went to Centreville High together, and who have had a fantasy football league together for the past seven years. The story begins with the commissioner, Chris, taking a dangerous trip outside the rules.

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Redskins Blog: Alfred Morris: Change in mind-set led to second-half success

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 1:32pm

After weeks of struggles, and a first half of more of the same, Redskins running back Alfred Morris appeared to recapture his old form in the second half of Washington’s win over Dallas. Morris credited the improvements to mental adjustments, and nothing physical or schematic.

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Boston Mayor Tom Menino led city through Marathon bombings and championships

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 1:03pm

A great deal of the legacy of Tom Menino, the former five-time mayor of Boston who died Thursday, will have roots in sports that are both unintentionally hilarious and determinedly uplifting in the wake of tragedy.

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Cowboys’ Joseph Randle had the greatest time while getting booked for shoplifting

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 12:18pm

Everyone had a chuckle when Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle got pinched for shoplifting some underwear and a tester bottle of cologne at a Texas department store a few weeks ago. I mean, who does that?

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DC Sports Bog: This again? Anonymous sources break RGIII news at Redskins Park

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 11:10am

“To see those anonymous sources and the back-biting and different comments…it was distasteful,” Redskins GM Bruce Allen said last December. “Any coach, any organization knows in pro sports you need to eliminate distractions. Instead we created our own distractions, and it distracted from our play on the field. And we will do our best to alleviate any of those issues in the future.”

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Muscle and Fitness magazine says NFL’s fittest man is … a punter?

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 10:49am

The NFL’s fittest man is not a quarterback, or a wideout, or a cornerback, or a defensive end. The NFL’s fittest man is a punter.

So says Muscle and Fitness magazine, which also describes New York Giants punter Steve Weatherford as “the most ripped man in all of football” in a subhed.

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DC Sports Bog: Sean Hannity defends Redskins name

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 10:20am

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Pump the brakes on Robert Griffin III’s return. Bring him back after the bye week.

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 10:19am

The Washington Redskins wound up in pain the last time Robert Griffin III returned from a major injury. Griffin came back too quickly after reconstructive knee surgery — his unsteadiness ruined the 2013 season — which should have taught the Redskins something. We’re about to find out if it did.

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NFL Week 9 ATS picks: Redskins, Raiders and 49ers among best bets

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 9:51am

Each week, Neil Greenberg makes NFL game predictions based on a multitude of factors that will have an impact on game day. These include efficiency stats such as success rates, yards per play and yards allowed per play, plus points scored based on strength of opponent.  Point spreads are the consensus odds from multiple sports books in Vegas.

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Tony Romo isn’t likely to start for Cowboys against Cardinals, reports say

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 9:25am

The back injury that Tony Romo suffered Monday night means he isn’t likely to start Sunday for the Dallas Cowboys against the Arizona Cardinals, according to reports out of Dallas.

Romo suffered what the team was a back contusion in the Cowboys’ Monday to the Washington Redskins and underwent a further exam Tuesday as the health of the quarterback, who had offseason back surgery, and the team’s handling of his injury suddenly becomes a cause for concern. Owner Jerry Jones, who raced to the locker room and was a highly interested observer as Romo had X-rays and was given a pain-killing shot that enabled him to return to the field, said Romo’s availability would depend on his “pain tolerance.” Romo said it would depend on his ability to function.

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NFL Week 9 picks: Read this before making yours

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 9:09am

NFL Week 9 is upon us. Here’s everything you need to know while you’re making your against-the-spread picks this weekend, whether if you’re in Las Vegas or making friendly, non-monetary-based, totally legal wagers with your co-workers. Point spreads taken from the consensus odds at Vegas Insider. Home teams listed first.

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