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Texans get big win, face test with Patriots up next

Nov. 22, 2019 3:39 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans got back on track with a win over the Colts on Thursday night to take over the AFC South lead. Now they'll have extra time to prepare for their next test with a visit from the Patriots on Dec. 1. Houston improved to 7-4 with the 20-17 victory over...

“Hi, my name is”; Patchwork Steelers’ offense scrambling

Nov. 22, 2019 3:36 PM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Benny Snell Jr., Tevin Jones and Johnny Holton have been on the field in games together before. But that was in August, when their main goal was proving they deserved spots on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 53-man roster. The stakes will be higher on Sunday in Cincinnati, when...

Latest loss forces Colts to play catch-up in AFC South race

Nov. 22, 2019 3:31 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — One month ago, the Indianapolis Colts appeared to be in control of the AFC South. They were 4-2, including 2-0 in the division, after beating Houston at home and were a popular underdog following the retirement of quarterback Andrew Luck. Following three losses in four games, they are...

Browns’ Jarvis Landry: Garrett inquiry by league unfair

Nov. 22, 2019 3:19 PM EST

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry called the NFL for two penalties — false start and illegal procedure in its handling of Myles Garrett’s suspension. “It was not fair to Myles,” Landry said. Garrett was banned indefinitely by the league for striking Steelers...

‘Nobody cares anymore:’ Lions-Redskins could be peak apathy

Nov. 22, 2019 3:13 PM EST

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Tom Brady thought it was ridiculous how many opposing fans there were at the Washington Redskins’ home stadium. Sam Darnold said his road game at Washington almost felt like a home game. The Redskins haven’t had much of a home-field advantage this season, with an infusion...

NFL footballs take detailed journey from factory to field

Nov. 22, 2019 3:12 PM EST

Those shiny “NFL 100” logos on all the footballs being used to commemorate the league’s centennial season are part of a lengthy process that goes into making each handcrafted leather game ball. Wilson has been the official game ball of the NFL since 1941. The size, shape and feel of the...

Zac Brown cooks up new version of ‘Chicken Fried’ for NFL

Nov. 22, 2019 2:58 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The Zac Brown Band is lending its sound to the NFL. The Atlanta-based group will give its 2008 hit “ Chicken Fried ” a holiday twist for the Thanksgiving night matchup between the hometown Falcons and rival New Orleans Saints. Brown’s song will serve as an intro for the...

Falcons’ Austin Hooper, Devonta Freeman ruled out for Bucs

Nov. 22, 2019 2:55 PM EST

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Falcons tight end Austin Hooper and running back Devonta Freeman have been ruled out with injuries for the second straight week. Coach Dan Quinn said the two starters will not be in uniform when Atlanta (3-7) hosts Tampa Bay (3-7) on Sunday. Luke Stocker will start again in place...

AP MVP is not just for QBs and is far from decided

Nov. 22, 2019 2:51 PM EST

During its Monday night telecast from Mexico City, ESPN showed a graphic of contenders for the AP's NFL Most Valuable Player. Oops, folks, there were quite a few players missing from the graphic, which included only quarterbacks. In another ESPN episode, a radio commentator mentioned that Russell Wilson will win...

When NFL needed change, Paul Tagliabue was choice in 1989

Nov. 22, 2019 12:10 PM EST

The NFL needed a change. And team owners knew one thing in 1989 when they sought a successor to Pete Rozelle: They wanted a commissioner who was going to bring the league out of the dark decade of the 1980s, when litigation, labor troubles and stagnant TV ratings dramatically slowed the growth of the league and...