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DENVER (AP) Quarterback Brock Osweiler takes the blame for Denver’s sputtering offense. Brock Olivo keeps saying the unceasing blunders on special teams are his fault. ”My bad,” Osweiler said after the Broncos stalled three times inside the New England 21 in their 41-16 loss to New England that continued a season-long trend of settling for …

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) Eric Reid and other Christian players who support Colin Kaepernick’s social justice movement want believers on the opposite side of the controversial anthem protest to ask themselves a simple but powerful question: What would Jesus do? Reid joined Kaepernick, his former San Francisco 49ers teammate, in kneeling for the ”The Star-Spangled Banner” last …

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Professional athletes recognize perfection might be a goal, though not a realistic one. Teammates, coaches, owners, even fans can handle losses as long as their teams are diligent and passionate. It’s when the brains stop working that things become hard to handle. So if folks in Cincinnati, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Jacksonville and …

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LANDOVER, Md. (AP) With all of the supposed improvements in how the NFL deals with players’ head injuries – after scrutiny from Congress, then lawsuits – there still are curious cases that pop up, including at least three this week. Example A: During Minnesota’s 38-30 victory at Washington on Sunday, Redskins receiver Ryan Grant, all …

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DENVER (AP) The Denver Broncos weren’t just bad on special teams. They were downright hurtful. To themselves, of course. To an official as well. A mistake-filled night began with a muffed punt , included a 103-yard kickoff return, blocked punt, and getting a too-many-players-on-the-field penalty on fourth down to extend a New England drive. Even …

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DENVER (AP) Denver is no longer Tom Brady’s House of Horrors and the Broncos sure don’t scare anybody anymore. Brady threw three touchdown passes and the New England Patriots matched their own AFC record with their 12th consecutive road victory, pummeling the Broncos 41-16 on Sunday night. Brady’s 86th regular-season road win broke a tie …

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LOS ANGELES (AP) In the NFL’s largest stadium, even a crowd of 60,032 screaming fans can look undersized. But anyone who fixates on the empty seats in the cavernous Coliseum is missing the hometown momentum building around the Los Angeles Rams, according to the players and coaches creating it with an increasingly special season. One …

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) C.J. Beathard has been playing on borrowed time as a starter in San Francisco ever since the 49ers traded for Jimmy Garoppolo almost two weeks ago to be the quarterback of the future. If that time runs out after the upcoming bye, at least Beathard went out on a high note. …

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Jacoby Brissett followed his weekly routine Sunday. The Indianapolis Colts quarterback kept picking himself up off the turf and lining up behind center. Perhaps he should have sat out this one. After being cleared through the NFL’s concussion protocol late in the third quarter of a 20-17 loss to Pittsburgh, Brissett didn’t take …

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ATLANTA (AP) The Falcons weren’t content to savor the long-awaited complete game that was so elusive in the first half of this season. Their emphasis was on making sure this isn’t the only time they show their 2016 Super Bowl season was no fluke. Atlanta proved it could win without Devonta Freeman as it overwhelmed …

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