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Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick laughs with coaches as he comes off the field after defeating the Jacksonville Jaguars in an NFL football game, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Fitzpatrick handles Jaguars again, this time with Dolphins

Sep. 25, 2020 2:48 AM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Ryan Fitzpatrick handles the Jacksonville Jaguars as well as anyone in the NFL. It doesn’t matter which uniform the journeyman quarterback is wearing, either. Fitzpatrick accounted for three touchdowns and led Miami to a 31-13 victory Thursday night, becoming the first NFL...

Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy watches play against the Atlanta Falcons in the first half of an NFL football game in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

Gambler? McCarthy sees 'aggressive' 1st impression in Dallas

Sep. 25, 2020 2:22 AM EDT

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Mike McCarthy watched as a kid when the customers in the bar his dad owned would lose money on the two poker machines. So ask him to characterize the fake punts and risky fourth-down try in his first two games as coach of the Dallas Cowboys, and there's one word McCarthy won't use....

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Preston Williams, left, catches a pass in the end zone for a touchdown as Jacksonville Jaguars strong safety Josh Jones (29) tries to defend during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Jaguars stumble out of gate again, lose 31-13 to Dolphins

Sep. 25, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville coach Doug Marrone might be done deferring. The Jaguars allowed a touchdown on the game’s opening drive for the third straight week, leaving them in another hole before quarterback Gardner Minshew even stepped on the field. This one set the tone for a 31-13...

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) congratulates wide receiver John Brown (15) after Brown scored a touchdown, during the second half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Bills defeated the Dolphins 31-28. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Matchup of unbeatens in Buffalo, of all places

Sep. 24, 2020 11:36 PM EDT

Not since the days of Bruce Smith, Thurman Thomas, Jim Kelly and Marv Levy has there been this much optimism about football in Western New York. Can't blame the folks in Buffalo, either. Through two weeks, the Bills have been dynamic on offense and defense. “It’s super early,” says receiver...

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) throws a pass against the Las Vegas Raiders during the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

Saints need better Brees vs. Rodgers, potent Packers

Sep. 24, 2020 9:43 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Unless Drew Brees musters his first vintage performance of 2020, the Saints could struggle to keep up with Aaron Rodgers and the recently potent Packers. The first two weeks of this season have seen two of the finest quarterbacks in NFL history on divergent paths. The Packers (2-0) are...

New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton (1) reacts on the sideline during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Seattle. The Seahawks won 35-30. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)

Improvement, not praise on Newton's mind with Raiders next

Sep. 24, 2020 9:15 PM EDT

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The past few days have gone exactly as Cam Newton expected them to inside the Patriots' team facility after his first loss as New England's starting quarterback. “It wasn’t a lot of smiling going on. Still not a lot of smiling going on,” Newton said Thursday. ...

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18)  runs a route against Indianapolis Colts safety Khari Willis (37) during an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Indianapolis. Vikings rookie Justin Jefferson isn't used to losing, coming from LSU, but the first two games of his NFL career have been decisive defeats. The struggling Vikings need their first-round draft pick wide receiver to develop quickly in a season that's already on the brink. (AP Photo/Zach Bolinger)

Struggling Vikings need rookie WR Jefferson to develop fast

Sep. 24, 2020 9:02 PM EDT

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Justin Jefferson is not used to losing, coming from college powerhouse LSU. His first two professional games with the Minnesota Vikings have been about as defeating as a player could experience in the sport. After going 34-7 in three years with the Tigers, who won the national...

Defensive end Aaron Donald (99) high fives teammate offensive guard Austin Blythe (66) of the Los Angeles Rams after defeating the Dallas Cowboys 20-17 during a NFL football game on opening night at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood on Sunday, September 13, 2020. (Keith Birmingham/The Orange County Register via AP)

Donald says Bills don't need double teams: "I'm just a guy"

Sep. 24, 2020 8:54 PM EDT

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Aaron Donald chuckled when he was told Buffalo offensive coordinator Brian Daboll jokingly suggested that the Bills' best chance against the Los Angeles Rams' dominant defensive tackle was if he missed the bus to their game Sunday. Among his many other sterling qualities,...

Green Bay Packers' Rashan Gary sacks Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

Packers' defense seeking to avoid 'roller coaster moments'

Sep. 24, 2020 7:51 PM EDT

As long as the Green Bay Packers keep scoring 40-plus points every game, their defense can afford the occasional lapses that have marked their first two performances. But the reality of the situation is that Green Bay’s defense must improve because its offense can’t maintain this electrifying pace...

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Keelan Cole (84) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans in the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

Jaguars WR Cole starts in place of Chark against Dolphins

Sep. 24, 2020 7:06 PM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Keelan Cole will make his second start since 2018, filling in for injured star DJ Chark against the Miami Dolphins. Fellow receiver Dede Westbrook also is active for the first time in three games. Chark (chest/back) was ruled out about six hours...