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This undated photo provided by the Minnesota Vikings shows George Paton. John Elway's replacement as Broncos general manager will be Vikings executive George Paton. Elway announced the hiring Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. Paton spent the last 14 seasons with Minnesota, including the last six as vice president of player personnel and assistant general manager. He's been one of the hottest names on the GM circuit in recent years. (Minnesota Vikings via AP)

Broncos hire ex-Vikings exec Paton as Elway's GM successor

Jan. 13, 2021 5:28 PM EST

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — John Elway’s hand-picked successor as Broncos general manager is Vikings executive George Paton. Elway announced the hiring Wednesday, a day after Paton visited the team’s state-of-the-art headquarters where the Super Bowl 50 trophy looks like a tribute to a bygone era...

Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb (24) runs through a hole during the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

The Latest: Browns open 28-0 lead over Steelers

Jan. 10, 2021 9:15 PM EST

The Latest on wild-card Sunday in the NFL playoffs (all times EST): ___ 9 p.m. The Cleveland Browns are off to a record-setting start in Pittsburgh. The Browns have raced to a 28-0 lead over the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Browns’ 28 points are the most by any team in the first quarter of a playoff game since...

FILE - In this Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017 file photo, Denver Broncos general manager John Elway, left, stands with Broncos President and CEO Joe Ellis, right, before an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders in Denver. The Denver Broncos' new general manager will join an organization embroiled in a family ownership feud and will work in the shadow of John Elway, whom team president Joe Ellis described as

Broncos focus on 5 candidates for John Elway's GM successor

Jan. 10, 2021 2:16 PM EST

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Broncos are focusing on five candidates to replace John Elway as general manager, including three with Denver roots and two who are Black: Terry Fontenot of the Saints and Champ Kelly of the Bears. Team president and CEO Joe Ellis said last week it was “very...

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield looks to throw during the first half of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)

Browns don't practice again as COVID-19 wreaks havoc on team

Jan. 7, 2021 6:25 PM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — Baker Mayfield hasn't thrown a football in four days. The Browns haven't practiced this week. Cleveland's return to the NFL playoffs feels cursed. For the second straight day, the team's headquarters and training facility stayed closed due to a COVID-19 flare-up that has knocked coach...

FILE - A few fans watch in Lambeau Field during the first half of an NFL football game between the Green Bay Packers and the Tennessee Titans in Green Bay, Wis., in this Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020, file photo. The eight teams hosting NFL playoff games this month are more than happy to be staying home with all of comfort it brings, but the actual advantage of playing there all but disappeared during this pandemic season of mostly empty stadiums. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer, File)

No place like home? Host advantage vanished in year of virus

Jan. 5, 2021 7:35 PM EST

For the eight NFL teams guaranteed to host at least one game in the playoffs this month, the comfort of familiar surroundings sure can't hurt their quest to reach the Super Bowl. Staying in the same time zone and avoiding airplanes and hotels ought to help players stay fresh. For the far-north teams, namely...

FILE - Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer looks on before the start of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons in Minneapolis, in this Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, file photo. As coach Zimmer prepares for his eighth season with the Vikings, he might need to hire yet another offensive coordinator with Gary Kubiak uncertain to return. (AP Photo/David Berding, File)

Zimmer, Vikes seek stability in brace for Kubiak retirement

Jan. 5, 2021 1:26 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Much like in Mike Zimmer's first year, the Minnesota Vikings have found themselves with a major improvement project on defense. Zimmer might have to start his eighth season by hiring yet another offensive coordinator, too, because Gary Kubiak is strongly considering retirement. “I...

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins throws during the first half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)

Vikings enter offseason with deteriorated defense to repair

Jan. 4, 2021 6:30 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings missed the playoffs by one game in a season with two losses by one point and two other one-score defeats. This finish, though, was hardly a close call. The prevailing feeling from the Vikings in bidding a not-so-fond farewell to 2020 was a full realization they...

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) and teammates react after Cousins' touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

Cousins throws 3 TDs, Vikings end with 37-35 win over Lions

Jan. 3, 2021 6:39 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Kirk Cousins danced in the end zone after running for a go-ahead touchdown early in the fourth quarter and the Minnesota Vikings went on to celebrate the end of a disappointing season with a 37-35 win over the lowly Detroit Lions on Sunday. “We were really close to being in the...

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) throws as Tampa Bay Buccaneers inside linebacker Devin White (45) rushes during the first half of an NFL football game, Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Lon Horwedel)

Matthew Stafford questionable for Lions against Minnesota

Jan. 1, 2021 5:54 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Matthew Stafford is questionable for Detroit's season finale against Minnesota on Sunday. Stafford has been dealing with ankle, thumb and rib injuries and didn't play much in last weekend's loss to Tampa Bay. Interim coach Darrell Bevell said backup quarterback Chase Daniel would start if...

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) throws as Tampa Bay Buccaneers inside linebacker Devin White (45) rushes during the first half of an NFL football game, Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Lon Horwedel)

Lions, Vikings both stumbling to the finish

Dec. 31, 2020 5:19 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — This season will end like so many others for Matthew Stafford: His Detroit Lions have a losing record and won't be in the postseason. What's different now is that there are real questions about Stafford's future with the Lions. “I’m not thinking about it," Stafford said earlier...