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Brian Hoyer: Our Goal Is to Go 1-0

Brian Hoyer: Our Goal Is to Go 1-0

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- The Cleveland Browns (6-3) will host the Houston Texans (4-5) on Sunday.  

Cleveland continues to impress this year and quarterback Brian Hoyer knows the importance of this game.

"Our main goal this week is to be 1-0," Hoyer said. "We're not going to get a berth into the playoffs based off this game. We realize its one game at a time, so from here on out its seven one game seasons."

Hoyer will be going up against an old teammate -- Ryan Mallett, the starting quarterback this week, who was a backup to Tom Brady in New England.

"I can honestly say it's the strongest arm I've ever seen," Hoyer said of Mallett.  

Hoyer was also in New England when Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien was the defensive coordinator for the Patriots.

"I don't think I'd be the player I am today without Billy," Hoyer said. "My time in New England, I remember him telling me 'I don't really coach Tom Brady, I just kind of guide him in the right direction and game plan', I feel like I got the benefit of his extra coaching.  It really helped me out as far as a quarterback in this league."

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Tom Brady: We Have ‘to Put Up a Lot of Points’ Sunday

Tom Brady: We Have ‘to Put Up a Lot of Points’ Sunday

Jim Rogash/Getty Images(FOXBOROUGH, Mass.) -- The New England Patriots will travel to Indianapolis to take on the Colts Sunday night.

New England quarterback Tom Brady said Wednesday that the key to beating the Colts will be putting up a lot of points.

"When you play another great offense you're going to have to put up a lot of points," Brady said. "My focus is on the other side of the ball, but you also know you're not going to be able to score 13 points and win the game."

Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is on track to break Peyton Manning's single season passing yards record and is the leader of the NFL's highest scoring offense.

"He's a great player," Brady said of Luck.  "He's in his third year and he's had a lot of success.  They're offense is doing a great job this year, they score a lot of points especially at home and he's kind of the ring leader."

With a win on Sunday, the Patriots will remain the top seed in the AFC.

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Seahawks DT Mebane Done for Season

Seahawks DT Mebane Done for Season

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(RENTON, Wash.) -- Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Brandon Mebane will miss the remainder of the season due to a torn hamstring.The 29-year-old was placed on the season-ending injured reserve Tuesday; he suffered the injury during the team's win Sunday over the New York Giants.Mebane has been dominant for a Seahawks team that ranks fourth in rushing yards allowed per game.“There is nobody like Mebane,” Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said. “He’s a unique player. He’s had, I think, the best season he’s had since he’s we’ve been here to this point — most consistent, best factor — so that’s a big hit to take.”Kevin Williams, Tony McDaniel, and Jordan Hill will take Mebane's place on the line.The Seahawks signed tight end RaShaun Allen from the Minnesota Vikings practice squad to take Mebane's roster spot.

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Jaguars Place Rookie WR Allen Robinson on Injured Reserve

Jaguars Place Rookie WR Allen Robinson on Injured Reserve

iStock/Thinkstock(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) -- The Jacksonville Jaguars placed wide receiver Allen Robinson on the injured reserve list Tuesday because of a broken right foot. He suffered the injury during Sunday’s 31-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in London.

The Jaguars selected Robinson out of Penn State in the second round of this year’s NFL draft. In his rookie campaign, he had 48 receptions for 548 yards and two touchdowns. Robinson leads the team in receptions and receiving yards.

With Robinson out, the Jaguars are expected to rely heavily on veterans Cecil Shorts III as well as rookies Allen Hurns and Marquise Lee.

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Sanchez, Sproles Lead Eagles Past Panthers

Sanchez, Sproles Lead Eagles Past Panthers

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- Mark Sanchez made his first start with the Eagles (7-2) and lead his team to a 45-21 victory over the Panthers (3-6-1) on Monday night.

Sanchez threw for 332 yards and two touchdowns, and the Eagles defense did the rest of the work.

Philadelphia sacked Panthers quarterback Cam Newton nine times and forced five turnovers with three picks in the rout.  

Darren Sproles capped off a terrific first quarter with a 65-yard punt return to give the Eagles a 17-7 lead.

"Just an outstanding performance by all three phases," Sanchez said.

Newton and the Panthers have now lost four in a row.

"We've got to do things better," Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. "I have to coach better, coaches have to coach better, we have to practice better and then go out and play better. And we're going to do it together as a team."

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Manning Tosses Five TDs, Broncos Stomp Raiders

Manning Tosses Five TDs, Broncos Stomp Raiders

Justin Edmonds/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- After a disappointing loss to New England last week, the Denver Broncos righted the ship with a 41-17 trouncing over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. Peyton Manning tossed five touchdowns for the Broncos (7-2) while the defense held Oakland (0-9) to less than 250 total yards of offense.

The game did not start off that well for Manning and the Broncos. A pair of early interceptions saw Denver trailing 10-6 with 11 minutes to play in the second quarter. That all changed when C.J. Anderson caught a screen pass and scampered 51 yards for a touchdown, giving Denver a 13-10 advantage.

That scoring play started a string of five touchdown passes on five possessions for Manning, turning a brief upset scare into another rout. The Raiders were held scoreless for almost the entire second half, scoring a garbage touchdown with less than a minute remaining in regulation.

It was the ninth time in Manning's career that he threw for at least five touchdowns, breaking a tie with Drew Brees for the most in NFL history. The 38-year-old also extended his own league mark of most consecutive games with at least two touchdown passes to 15 games. Both Julius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders each caught a pair of touchdowns in the win.

Derek Carr threw two touchdowns in the loss, but also threw a pair of interceptions.

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Carson Palmer Exits Cardinals Win with Injury

Carson Palmer Exits Cardinals Win with Injury

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(GLENDALE, Ariz.) -- The Arizona Cardinals improved to an NFL-best 8-1 on the season with a 31-14 win over St. Louis on Sunday. However, team officials are fearful that quarterback Carson Palmer suffered a torn ACL in the fourth quarter and could be out for the rest of the year.

Arizona was trailing the 3 and 6 Rams 14-10 entering the fourth quarter, but were driving when Palmer went down. The 34-year-old was carted off the field after clutching the same left knee that was surgically repaired in 2006 after tearing his ACL and MCL in a playoff game against Pittsburgh.

"We don't know anything about Carson's injury or the length, whatever it is yet," coach Bruce Arians said. "He will be evaluated and get an MRI and everything and we will know something by tomorrow and hopefully by Tuesday."

With their leader sidelined, and the scoreboard not in their favor, the Cardinals turned to Drew Stanton and immediately took control. Stanton found Josh Brown on a 48-yard touchdown pass to take a 17-10 lead before the defense sealed the deal. Patrick Peterson picked off an Austin Davis pass and ran it back 30 yards before Antonio Cromartie recovered a fumble and scored, putting the game out of reach for St. Louis.

Davis threw two interceptions for the Rams, who were held to 244 total yards of offense. Prior to the injury, Palmer was 25-for-36 for 241 yards and an interception. 

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Rodgers Ties NFL Record in Packers Rout

Rodgers Ties NFL Record in Packers Rout

Tom Lynn /Getty Images(GREEN BAY Wisc.) -- Aaron Rodgers tied an NFL record by throwing six touchdowns in the first half as Green Bay walloped the Chicago Bears 55-14 on Sunday night at Lambeau Field. The Packers (6-3) jumped out to a 45-0 lead before Chicago (3-6) finally got on the board in the third quarter.

"We just kind of got things going our way," Rodgers said. "The line did a good job of giving me time to extend plays. If you extend plays, you look down the field and there's Jordy Nelson. He made some nice catches."

Nelson had six catches for 152 yards and two touchdowns in the win. Rodgers' six touchdown passes tied the Green Bay record for most scoring tosses in a game, while also tying Daryle Lamonica's NFL record for most touchdown passes in a half, which he set in 1969 while playing for Oakland.

All six of the Packers' scores in the first half came from a Rodgers pass. It began with a 1-yard strike to Brandon Bostick in the first and included scoring plays of 73, 56, and 40-yards. Chicago finally found the end zone when Jay Cutler hit Brandon Marshall for a 45-yard touchdown in the first half. 

Rodgers finished the day with 325 passing yards in the win while Cutler tossed one touchdown for 272 yards to go along with two interceptions. Cutler's second interception was returned 82 yards by Casey Hayward for a touchdown.

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Lions Rally to Defeat Dolphins 20-16

Lions Rally to Defeat Dolphins 20-16

Leon Halip/Getty Images(DETROIT, Mi) -- As the clock ticked under 30 seconds Lions quarterback Matt Stafford scanned the field and found running back Theo Riddick in the end zone for a go-ahead touchdown.

The Lions would defeat the Miami Dolphins 20-16 Sunday and push their winning streak to four games and their overall record to 7-2. The Lions have won their last three games by a combined six points.

Wide receiver Calvin Johnson returned to the field after missing three straight games with an ankle injury.  He looked back to form as he racked up 113 yards on seven catches, including a 49-yard touchdown reception when he beat Dolphins corner Brent Grimes in single coverage.

The Lions had established an early 10-0 lead but the Dolphins dug in for a fight and flipped the scoreboard after blocking a Detroit field goal attempt in the third quarter. Dion Jordan returned the blocked kick to Detroit's three-yard line. Ryan Tannehill would find Mike Wallace for a three-yard touchdown on the next play.  Miami would take a 13-10 lead.

The teams would trade field goals until Stafford mounted an 11-play, 74-yard drive that would give Detroit the leading score.

"I just love that feeling. It's a good feeling for a quarterback to have the ball in his hands at the end of the game," Stafford said. "By no means are we playing perfect, but we're finding ways to win games."

 

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Jets Stun Steelers with 20-13 Victory

Jets Stun Steelers with 20-13 Victory

Nick Lahem/Getty Images(EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ) -- With fans flying protest signs over the team practice facility early in the week and a white-hot Pittsburgh Steelers team coming into the Meadowlands, no one expected much from the Jets Sunday.

Gang Green surprised everyone when they defeated Pittsburgh 20-13 and took the ball away from the Steelers four times. The Jets had had only three takeaways prior to that on the season.

Michael Vick was efficient, completing 10 of 18 passes for 132 yards and two touchdown passes.  Most noteworthy was that Vick became the first quarterback in NFL history to rush for 6,000 yards in his career.

The Jets defense befuddled Ben Roethlisberger for almost the entire game.  Roethlisberger entered the game having thrown for six touchdowns in two consecutive games. He didn't find the end zone until there was 1:16 left in the fourth quarter, when he escaped pressure, extended the play and connected with Martavis Bryant for an 80-yard touchdown.

The big star of the game was Jets safety Jaiquawn Jarrett, who intercepted Roethlisberger twice, recovered a fumble and recorded a sack of Big Ben.

With the win the Jets break an eight-game losing streak and avoid setting a franchise record for most consecutive losses.

 

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Arizona Cardinals Give Three Year Extension to Palmer

Arizona Cardinals Give Three Year Extension to Palmer

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(PHOENIX) -- The Arizona Cardinals have signed starting quarterback Carson Palmer to a three-year extension worth $50 million.

Palmer was set to become a free agent after this season and has won all five games he's played this year, after missing three games with a shoulder injury.

"Carson has played at an incredibly high level and has been a huge part of the team's success," general manager Steve Keim said. "When you combine his on-field performance with the leadership, stability and professionalism he brings to our team, there was no question that we wanted to extend the relationship and we are excited he felt the same way."

The Cardinals acquired Palmer from the Raiders in 2013 in a deal in which Arizona swapped its 2013 sixth round pick for Oakland's seventh rounder in the same draft. The Cardinals also surrendered a seventh rounder in the 2014 draft after Palmer started at least 13 games for the Cardinals in 2013.

Palmer has won 15 of his 21 starts for Arizona.

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Browns Win the Battle of Ohio

Browns Win the Battle of Ohio

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(CINCINNATI) -- Three Cleveland Browns running backs scored touchdowns to lead the team past the Cincinnati Bengals 24-3 on Thursday night.

The win snaps the Browns 17-game road losing streak within their division and ends the Bengals' streak of 14 consecutive regular season home games without a loss.

"A huge boost for our guys," Browns head coach Mike Pettine said. "Just look at the streaks we ended. Not many people gave us a chance."

The Browns (6-3) are now tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers for first place in the AFC North.

Linebacker Craig Robertson intercepted Andy Dalton's pass on the Bengal's first drive of the game, giving Cleveland the ball on Cincinnati's 18 yard line. It took the Browns only 5 plays to score from there -- the final being a Ben Tate four-yard rush up the middle for a touchdown.The Bengals would add a field goal, but the Browns would answer, scoring early in the second quarter, this time on an Isaiah Crowell two-yard touchdown run.Terrance West's one-yard touchdown scamper in the third quarter gave the Brown's a 24-3 lead, putting the game out of reach for the Bengals.

Andy Dalton had a horrible game for Cincinnati completing 10-of-33 passes for 86 yards and three interceptions.

While the Bengals' fans didn't have much to cheer for when it came to their team, they had a lot to be happy for after the first quarter: The Bengals held a ceremony honoring four-year-old Leah Still, who is battling Stage 4 pediatric cancer and is the daughter of Cincinnati defensive tackle Devon Still.

Leah was on the field as the Bengals announced a $1.3 million donation to Cincinnati's Children's Hospital and Medical Center in Leah's name.

It was also the first time Leah was able to watch her father play since 2012.

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Ravens Cornerback Jimmy Smith Out for the Rest of the Season

Ravens Cornerback Jimmy Smith Out for the Rest of the Season

Scott Boehem/Getty Images(OWNINGS MILLS, Md.) -- The Baltimore Ravens were hoping to eventually get cornerback Jimmy Smith back onto the field this season, but that won't happen after he underwent foot surgery on Thursday.

Smith sprained his left foot back on Oct. 26 in the opening drive of the team's game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

"The plan for Jimmy was to do more testing once the swelling subsided in his foot and that was done this morning," Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said in a statement. "With this exam this morning, the doctors decided that he needed surgery and repaired the injury. That means Jimmy is finished for the season but will recover for our offseason program."

This is a tough blow for a Ravens defense that was already struggling to stop the pass this season. Smith is considered the team's best defensive back. The team is now down to just three healthy cornerbacks.

The 26-year-old Smith was the 27th overall pick by the Ravens back in 2011.

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Brian Hoyer: ‘We Know What’s at Stake’ Against Bengals

Brian Hoyer: ‘We Know What’s at Stake’ Against Bengals

David Dermer/Diamond Images/Getty Images(BEREA, Ohio) -- The Browns are preparing for a big divisional road game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday night.

Cleveland is 1-2 on the road this season and quarterback Brian Hoyer knows the importance of this game.

"Playing a division opponent you never have to say anything more than that," Hoyer said.  "We know what's at stake and we know what's going on.  We're not taking this lightly at all."

First place in the AFC North will be on the line and the Browns are looking forward to showcasing their team in primetime.

"It's a difficult team to have a short week on because of what they do schismatically," Hoyer said.  "You watch their film and they mix things up a bit.  It'll definitely be a challenge."

The Bengals are 2-0 in their division games this year.

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Bengals’ Still Will Have Daughter In Attendance for First Time

Bengals’ Still Will Have Daughter In Attendance for First Time

Tom Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images(CINCINNATTI, OH) -- Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman Devon Still has had to deal with more adversity than most NFL players will ever experience.

This Thursday, he will likely experience an unrivaled type of joy, as his daughter will be able to attend her first NFL game to see her father play.

In June, Leah Sari Still was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma cancer. In late August, Devon was cut from the team.  The Bengals re-signed him to their practice squad the next day to help him pay for the medical costs.

On September 10, the Bengals signed Devon to their active roster.

This week Leah Sari has recovered enough from her surgery that she will be able to travel to Cincinnati to see her father and the Bengals challenge the Browns on Thursday Night Football.

"This is the first time she has been able to travel," Devon said. "I know she is excited to come to Cincinnati and see what Cincinnati has to offer her."

Life on the road and being on an active roster has been tough for Devon, as he has been away from his daughter.

"I know it will be different for me because I'll be able to see my daughter, I'll be able to touch her, I'll be able to hug her, which is totally different than being able to FaceTime her,"  Devon said.  I can't wait until she shows up here Wednesday and is able to go to her first game this year."

Devon has greatly appreciated the support fans and other teams have shown this season.  A couple of weeks ago, when the Bengals traveled to New England, the Patriots cheerleaders wore Still's jersey in support.  Patriots owner Robert Kraft also donated $25,000 to the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in Leah's name.

This week, Devon thinks the crowd reaction will be special.

"I think the crowd will go crazy," Devon said. "They've been supporting her the whole time with her being all the way in Philadelphia. I know her being here in Cincinnati and them having the chance to see her, it's going to get the crowd kind of hyped." 

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Giants’ Cornerback Prince Amukamara Likely to Miss the Rest of the Season

Giants’ Cornerback Prince Amukamara Likely to Miss the Rest of the Season

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.) -- The New York Giants defense has taken another hit as cornerback Prince Amukamara could miss the rest of the season after suffering a biceps injury.

Amukamara had to leave the game in the second quarter of the team's loss against the Indianapolis Colts on Monday night.

"Normally that's surgery," Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said.

"There is a lot of concern," Coughlin continued. "We've lost a player or two in each game, it seems like. That's not a good one. Prince was playing well. He did a very nice job tonight, and that was a blow to lose him."

Now in his fourth NFL season, Amukamara was playing some of the best football of his career this season prior to the injury. In eight games this season, Amukamara has 45 tackles and three interceptions.

With the Giants defense already among the NFL's worst, this is a big loss for the team. The Giants are tied for 20th in the NFL in total defense, while ranking 28th in the league in pass defense.

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49ers Reward Running Back Kendall Hunter with One-Year Extension

49ers Reward Running Back Kendall Hunter with One-Year Extension

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Even though he won't see the field for a single snap this season, the San Francisco 49ers have agreed on a one-year extension with running back Kendall Hunter.

Hunter is in his fourth NFL season, all with the 49ers, and his new deal will keep him with the team through the 2015 season.

Back in July, Hunter suffered a torn ACL, ending his season before it ever began. He is expected to recover by the summer when camp opens up.

Hunter was drafted by the team in fourth round back in 2011 and has proven to be a dependable player in limited snaps. Overall he has 1,202 rushing yards on 262 carries, good for a 4.6 average to go along with seven touchdowns.

With age a growing concern as well as impending free agency with starting running back Frank Gore and the possible retirement of Marcus Lattimore, Hunter's role with the team could expand if given the right opportunity.

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Colts Trample Giants Behind Luck’s Four Touchdowns

Colts Trample Giants Behind Luck’s Four Touchdowns

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.) -- Andrew Luck threw four touchdown passes to go along with 354 passing yards as the Indianapolis Colts rolled over the New York Giants, 40-24, on Monday night. It was the seventh straight game that Luck tossed for more than 300 yards, a franchise record.

The scoring started off slow for Luck and the Colts (6-3), settling for a solitary Adam Vinatieri field goal in the first quarter. Indy's offense got going in the second when Luck found Coby Fleener for a 32-yard touchdown pass to make it a 10-0 game.

Three of Luck's scoring throws went for more than 30 yards, with all four going to a different receiver.

While the offense was firing on all cylinders, the Colts' defense kept New York (3-5) off-balance all night, sending them to their third straight loss. The Giants struggled to find a rhythm, scoring only a field goal in the first half. They were able to cut the lead to 23-10 on an Andre Williams 1-yard touchdown run, but the Colts responded with 17 straight points to put the game out of reach.

Manning finished the day with 359 passing yards and two touchdowns, although both scoring throws came late in the fourth quarter. Luck used nine different receivers during the game, with Fleener catching four passes for a team-high 77 yards.

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Mike McCarthy & Green Bay Packers Agree to Contract Extension

Mike McCarthy & Green Bay Packers Agree to Contract Extension

iStock/Thinkstock(GREEN BAY, Wis.) -- The Green Bay Packers and head coach Mike McCarthy have agreed to a contract extension, the team announced on Monday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

In nine seasons at the helm of the Packers, McCarthy has compiled an overall record of 93-53, winning four division titles, an NFC championship and a Super Bowl title in the 2010 season.

His 93 wins rank third in franchise history behind Curly Lambeau, with 212, and Vince Lombardi, with 98.

“We are very happy to extend our relationship with Mike,” Packers general manager Ted Thompson said in a statement. “Over the past nine years, he’s provided great stability and consistency to the Packers organization and our community as an excellent coach and leader. He’s a good man and we look forward to the future with Mike as our head coach.”

Before joining the Packers in 2006, McCarthy served as an offensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints (2000-04) and San Francisco 49ers (2005).

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ESPN: Eagles Quarterback Nick Foles Has Broken Collarbone

ESPN: Eagles Quarterback Nick Foles Has Broken Collarbone

Rich Shultz/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- If the Philadelphia Eagles hope to win their second-consecutive NFC East crown, it'll have to be on the shoulders of backup quarterback Mark Sanchez. ESPN reports quarterback Nick Foles has suffered a broken collarbone and is out indefinitely.

Foles suffered the injury on Sunday during the team's win over the Houston Texans when he was taken down by linebacker Whitney Mercilus.

Last season, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers suffered the same injury and missed seven games.

Replacing Foles as the starting quarterback is former New York Jet Mark Sanchez, who in relief of Foles completed 15 of 22 passes for 202 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

"Since Day 1 here, you know what type of professional [Sanchez] is. ...We were fortunate when Nick did go down, we were able to bring Mark in," Eagles head coach Chip Kelly said. "I don't think we missed a beat."

Fortunately for the Eagles, they are 6-2 and are in first place in the NFC East.

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