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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Panthers are bringing the heat under first-year coordinator Steve Wilks – and it’s working. Carolina is 5-3 at the midway point of the season, due in large part to its blitzing defense. The Panthers rank No. 2 in the league in overall defense and have held half of the eight opposing …

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METAIRIE, La. (AP) On paper, it looks as if coach Sean Payton has the Saints rolling once again. They’ve won five straight and enter a second straight week atop the NFC South all by themselves. Then there’s the more complicated, nuanced reality of how the past two games have gone. When the Saints won …

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) About the only thing piling up faster than the losses for the winless San Francisco 49ers is the injuries. Coach Kyle Shanahan opened his Monday news conference by updating the health status of nine players. The most notable of those were starting safety Jimmie Ward heading to injured reserve with a …

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RENTON, Wash. (AP) The Seattle Seahawks solidified a big area of concern by reaching agreement to acquire veteran left tackle Duane Brown from the Houston Texans on Monday for cornerback Jeremy Lane and two draft picks. Seattle general manager John Schneider confirmed the sides reached agreement on the deal, but it had not been fully …

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Broncos remain without wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders and the Chiefs are missing offensive guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif for their important AFC West showdown Monday night. Sanders was a longshot to play after hurting his ankle in a loss to the Giants on Oct. 15, while Duvernay-Tardif practiced this week but …

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CLEVELAND (AP) — The Browns came back from London jet lagged, filled with memories but missing a souvenir victory. Still winless — home, away and abroad. One day after a 33-17 loss to the Minnesota Vikings on a rugby pitch in England dropped Cleveland to 0-8, Browns coach Hue Jackson instructed his players to get …

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The defending Super Bowl champion Patriots have lost Tom Brady’s go-to receiver and their defensive leader to season-ending injuries. Yet, as they entered the halfway point of their season following a defense-led 21-13 win over the Chargers on Sunday , they are showing the resolve of a team that’s capable of …

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Colts coach Chuck Pagano says Andrew Luck will miss his third consecutive week of practice with lingering soreness in his right shoulder. Pagano would not confirm Indy’s starting quarterback was getting a second opinion on the surgically repaired shoulder. But he did say the Colts (2-6) would exhaust ”all resources” to assure Luck …

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ASHBURN, Va. (AP) Tight end Jordan Reed and defensive lineman Matt Ioannidis are among the injured Washington Redskins players expected to miss their game at Seattle. Coach Jay Gruden expects Reed’s hamstring and Ioannidis’ broken hand to keep them out Sunday against the Seahawks. Several other players could miss the game, including tight end Niles …

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PITTSBURGH (AP) The offense expected to light up scoreboards is instead grinding it out. The way the Pittsburgh Steelers defense is playing, it hardly matters. The team expected to compete for a Super Bowl berth looks the part at the season’s midway point. The Steelers just aren’t doing it the way most envisioned. Rather …

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