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Rams Surprise Seahawks

Rams Surprise Seahawks

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) -- The St. Louis Rams pulled out all the stops to beat their division rival Seattle Seahawks with crafty special teams play in a 28-26 win on Sunday.

Stedman Bailey fooled everyone on a 90-yard fake punt return and Benny Cunningham's 75-yard kickoff return on a squibbed kick that rolled into the end zone in the second quarter put the Rams up 21-3.

The Rams would not be done though, Cunningham's 18-yard reception from kicker Johnny Hekker late in the fourth quarter extended a drive and a late fumble recovery closed the game out.

"It was great execution by them on a couple different scenarios," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll. "It made a huge difference in this game."

The Seahawks have now lost back-to-back games and sit at 3-3.

"Grateful for the effort, an entire team effort," Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said.  "That's a really good football team and that's an understatement."

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson threw for 313 yards and two touchdowns in the loss.

"We have a team that's full of fighters," Wilson said.  "There's nothing better than having your backs against the wall.  That's where we're at right now.  You just play 1-0 and try and focus on what you can control."

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Murray Breaks Record as Cowboys Beat Giants 31-21

Murray Breaks Record as Cowboys Beat Giants 31-21

NFL via Getty Images(DALLAS) -- DeMarco Murray continues to lead the charge as he rushed for his seventh straight 100-yard game.

In doing so, Murray broke Jim Brown's 56-year-old record of starting a season with six straight 100-yard games.

The Cowboys continue to showcase a balanced offense that they have lacked in recent years.

Tony Romo tossed three touchdowns on 279 yards passing, completing 17 of 23 passes. Second-year tight end Gavin Escobar reeled in two of Romo's touchdown passes. Dez Bryant is still a man on fire as he racked up 151 yards receiving.

After a scare in the second quarter in which Murray appeared to injure his ankle, he finished the day with 128 yards and one touchdown. 

Eli Manning put forth a valiant effort but it would not be enough to outduel Dallas.  Manning threw for 248 yards and three touchdowns. Rookie receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. continues to live up to his first round draft status as he hauled in two of Manning's touchdowns.

The Dallas Cowboys are now at 6-1 and host the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football next week.

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New Orleans Road Woes Continue in Loss to Detroit

New Orleans Road Woes Continue in Loss to Detroit

iStock/Thinkstock(DETROIT) -- The New Orleans Saints road losing streak moves up to seven as they lost to the Detroit Lions 24-23.

The Saints blew a 23-10 fourth quarter lead with less than four minutes remaining that saw Lions quarterback Matt Stafford toss two touchdowns.

Stafford threw a short pass to Golden Tate that saw the receiver break past three defenders. Seventy-three yards later the Lions had cut the Saints lead to 23-17. 

Drew Brees tried to lead a game clinching drive but was intercepted by Lions defensive back Glover Quin who returned the ball to New Orleans 14 yard line with 3:10 remaining.

The Saints defense held after the interception but on a fourth down were called for defensive pass interference. With second life Stafford found receiver Corey Fuller for the go ahead score.

Head Coach Sean Payton was not pleased after the game that saw his team commit 12 penalties.

"I thought the penalties ended up hurting us," New Orleans coach Sean Payton said. "I wasn't happy with how that game was officiated. I'll leave it at that, and yet that wasn't the reason in the end."

The loss leaves New Orleans at 2-4 with a tough matchup next week as they host the Green Bay Packers.

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Giants Victor Cruz Vows to Return better then ever

Giants Victor Cruz Vows to Return better then everNFL via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Despite suffering a a torn patellar tendon in his right knee that ended his season, New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz is confident this is only a setback and that he'll be able to continue his NFL career. Cruz ...

Cardinals Begin Contract Extension Talks with Carson Palmer

Cardinals Begin Contract Extension Talks with Carson Palmer

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(TEMPE, Ariz.) -- Armed with one of the best records in the NFL, the Arizona Cardinals have reportedly begun contract talks with starting quarterback Carson Palmer.

"I won't get into specific points of the negotiations, but we've had some dialogue with [Palmer's agent] Dave Dunn," Cardinals general manager Steve Keim told the Arizona Republic. "[Palmer] has done a great job for us."

The 34-year-old Palmer is in his second season of a three-year contract with the Cardinals, and 11th NFL season overall. His contract will pay him $9 million this season.

Palmer has played much better since coming over to Arizona after playing for the Oakland Raiders for two seasons. The Cardinals have seen enough from Palmer to determine they want him leading the franchise for the foreseeable future. The team has gone 12-6 with Palmer as the starting quarterback.

In 2013, he threw for a career-high 4,274 yards and became the first player in NFL history to throw for over 4,000 yards in a single season with three different teams.

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Patriots Edge Jets, 27-25 Thanks to Blocked Field Goal

Patriots Edge Jets, 27-25 Thanks to Blocked Field Goal

Jim Rogash/Getty Images(FOXBOROUGH, Mass.) -- In a game that ended closer than some had previously predicted, the New England Patriots look to be back on track after narrowly defeating the New York Jets 27-25 on Thursday Night Football.

With time expiring, Jets kicker Nick Folk lined up for a 58-yard field goal but it was blocked by defensive tackle Chris Jones.

"It's good to feel that ball hitting my hand and it's good to get the win," Jones said. "I just played it legally and did all that I could."

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was solid on Thursday night as he completed 20 of 37 passes for 261 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions.

Running back Shane Vereen was the leading rusher and receiver for the Patriots as he racked up 43 yards one the ground, had 71 receiving yards, and caught two touchdowns.

After a tough start to the season, the Patriots find themselves at 5-2 through seven weeks of the regular season and are in first place in the AFC East.

The Jets meanwhile fell to 1-6 on the season.

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Joe Flacco: Still Have to Put the Work In

Joe Flacco: Still Have to Put the Work In

Rob Carr/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) -- The Baltimore Ravens will have the spotlight to themselves after the Orioles were knocked out of the ALCS by the Royals on Wednesday.

Fresh off throwing five touchdown passes, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is making sure his team does everything they can to prepare the right way after blowing out the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last Sunday.

Flacco said the biggest challenge the team will face after an easy win is "coming in here and reminding yourself and everybody to put the work in. I think that comes naturally for us, it's something we're good at doing, once you get out there on Sunday everything takes care of itself."

Concerning Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, Flacco said: "We were in the same class. As long as you're still talking about us, we're somewhat relevant, so I guess that's a good thing.  It's nice to see that we are still relevant."

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh knows the Falcons will be hungry for a win after losing three in a row.

"Atlanta's good. They're going to be on turf, so they're going to be fast," Harbaugh said. "They've got big, fast receivers. They've got fast running backs, and they got a quarterback that drives the whole thing. That's an explosive football team, and we've got to be ready for them."

The Ravens will host the Atlanta Falcons, who are 0-3 on the road this season.

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ESPN: Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict Fined $25K

ESPN: Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict Fined $25K

David Lee/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict was fined $25,000 for twisting the ankles of Panthers tight end Greg Olsen and quarterback Cam Newton in Sunday's game between the two teams, according to ESPN's Ed Werder.

Werder also reports that Burfict has been told he's considered a repeat offender, and any future incident identical to this will result with a trip to the league office.

"He's got to continue to play within the rules," Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said Wednesday. "And he got called for a penalty last week that was, again, not necessarily a penalty. ...Football's changing, and we're trying to really coach the head out of football. And that's been the mission of the league for the last two or three years, and that continues daily. And we've got to do that, we're teaching young guys new habits...Sometimes when that ball goes in the air it's difficult to do all the time."

The 24-year-old Burfict has played in three games this season recording 18 tackles, two passes defended, and one forced fumble. 

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Jets Hope to Snap Losing Streak in New England

Jets Hope to Snap Losing Streak in New England

Nick Lahem/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The New York Jets are hoping to avoid a sixth consecutive loss on Thursday night when they take on the New England Patriots.

The Patriots are looking for their sixth consecutive regular season home victory over the Jets.

There has been much criticism over head coach Rex Ryan going with second year starter Geno Smith instead of veteran Michael Vick, but Ryan has faith he'll turn it around.

"I think Geno is the best way to go right now," Ryan said. "That's why I'm comfortable saying he will be our starter."

Ryan said this week that the team doesn't need any extra motivation and believes in his team.

"It's going to be there. Both teams don't like each other," Ryan said.  "There's respect for each other, but I don't think you really like each other. We know we have to be at our very best."

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Panthers Greg Olsen Wants Bengals’ Vontaze Burfict Suspended

Panthers Greg Olsen Wants Bengals’ Vontaze Burfict Suspended

David Lee/Thinkstock(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen has had enough of Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vantaze Burfict's antics on the field and would like to see him suspended.

Olsen feels Burfict should be subject to punishment for trying to intentionally injure him as well as other members of the Panthers.

There are videos out there that have shown Burfict twisting and "cranking" the ankles of Olsen and quarterback Cam Newton after each player scored a touchdown.

"Punishment needs to go beyond a fine," Olsen said on Monday. "Guys like that don't learn from that stuff. He's been fined a 100 times for head-hunting, and he did it to Kelvin [Benjamin] again. You watch the film; that's just what he is."

"At some point, if the NFL wants to really say they care about guys' safety, they've got to start putting guys out for weeks. Me and Cam are lucky we aren't out for weeks, or Kelvin isn't out for weeks. If you're going to start putting guys on other teams out, then the ramifications need to equal that," he continued.

Burfict has been fined multiple times during his career for hits on defenseless players.

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Dolphins Running Back Knowshon Moreno Out for Season

Dolphins Running Back Knowshon Moreno Out for Season

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After just three games in his first season in Miami, Dolphins running back Knowshon Moreno will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL.

Moreno returned to the Dolphins lineup Week 6 after missing the previous two games with an elbow injury. He carried the ball six times last Sunday for just ten yards before suffering the injury.

The 27-year-old Moreno will finish this season with 148 rushing yards on 31 attempts and just one touchdown.

After a career-year last season with the Denver Broncos, Moreno signed a one-year deal with the Dolphins during the offseason and was counted on to be their feature back.

Taking over for Moreno will be third-year running back Lamar Miller. Fortunately for the Dolphins, Miller has been very effective in relief of Moreno. In five games this season, Moreno has 330 rushing yards on 63 carries while scoring 3 touchdowns. He also has 15 catches this season.

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Geno Smith Blames Media for Poor Play

Geno Smith Blames Media for Poor Play

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  Expectations have not been met this far for the New York Jets and their fans. After a surprising 8-8 season in 2013, hopes were high entering 2014.

This season the team is 1-5, currently on a five game losing streak. As the team prepares to face their division rival New England Patriots, Geno Smith spoke with the New England media via conference call. 

When asked about his roller coaster play, Smith did not shoulder all of the blame but pointed the finger at the media.

"For me, it hasn’t been," Smith said, according to a transcript of the call. "I think, obviously, with everything that goes on with the media, a lot of things are, I would say, miscommunicated, and then it just gets misprinted and then misunderstood.

"I don’t have any quarrels with anything. The main thing is that we just have to find a way to get a win. The hardest part about it all is losing. With the effort, the time that we put in, the preparation that we put in throughout the week, coming up with game plans -- we always have a really good game plan going in -- and then obviously we haven’t executed as well as we’d like. Those things are tougher than I guess what can be said and what is portrayed out there in the media." 

Smith can point fingers, but the stats do not lie: In six games this season, Smith has six touchdowns, seven interceptions and completed 57% of his passes.

 

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49ers Defeat Rams 31-17

49ers Defeat Rams 31-17

NFL via Getty Images(ST. LOUIS, MO) -- The Rams came out fast taking a a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, but the 49ers dominated the other three quarters to win 31-17.

Colin Kaepernick took San Francisco on his shoulders and threw three touchdowns to push the 49ers record to 4-2.  Midway through the second quarter, Brandon Lloyd burned Janoris Jenkins in man coverage and Kaepernick threw it to him in stride. Lloyd outran Jenkins for an 80-yard touchdown that narrowed St. Louis's lead to 14-10. 

"We had Brandon Lloyd on a double move," Kaepernick said. "We liked the matchup. He did an amazing job."

Kaepernick and the 49ers came out in the second half on a mission.  The 49ers marched 80 yards down the field on a twelve-play drive that was capped off by an 11-yard touchdown grab by Anquan Boldin from Kaepernick. 

"Our receivers did a great job today," Kaepernick said. "Our offensive line did a great job, protecting us and giving us time."

The Rams were again held without a sack.  What was hyped in the offseason as one of the best four-man defensive fronts in the NFL has continued to struggle to generate a pass rush. 

The 49ers will now travel to Denver to face the Broncos on Sunday night.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 10/13/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/13/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: ALCS: Kansas City Royals - Baltimore Orioles (Royals lead series, 2-0) Postponed

NFL: San Francisco 49ers 31 (4-2) - St. Louis Rams 17 (1-4)

NHL: Anaheim Ducks 5 (2-1-0, 4 points) - Buffalo Sabres 1 (0-3-0, 0 points)

Colorado Avalanche 2 (1-2-0, 2 points) - Boston Bruins 1 (1-3-0, 2 points)

Ottawa Senators 1 (2-1-0, 4 points) - Florida Panthers 0 (0-2-1, 0 points)

Tampa Bay Lightning 7 (2-0-1, 5 points) - Montreal Canadiens 1 (3-1-0, 6 points)

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NFL Teams Suffer Big Injuries in Week 6

NFL Teams Suffer Big Injuries in Week 6

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL teams suffered several notable injuries in Week Six to key members of their team that will likely affect their seasons going forward.

The New England Patriots defeated the Buffalo Bills 37-22 but the victory came at a price.  After the game it was believed that running back Stevan Ridley suffered a torn ACL. In addition NFL Insider Ian Rappaport reports that linebacker Jerod Mayo has a "significant" knee injury. Furthermore, CSN New England's Tom Curran reports that quarterback Tom Brady suffered a "significant" ankle injury before the game against the Bills, but played through it.

The New York Jets lost to the Broncos but also lost starting cornerback Dee Milliner in what initial reports are claiming is a torn Achilles. Additionally, it is believed that starting guard Brian Winters tore an ACL. In the same game, Denver linebacker Danny Trevathan was helped off the field after suffering a knee injury. 

The Cleveland Browns have lost starting center Alex Mack to a broken leg. 

The New York Giants star wide receiver Victor Cruz tore the patellar tendon in his right knee. 

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Giants Suffer Big Blow in Loss to Eagles

Giants Suffer Big Blow in Loss to Eagles

NFL via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The New York Giants were shut out by the Philadelphia Eagles 27-0 during Sunday night's football game.

That wasn't the worst news as wide receiver Victor Cruz suffered a knee injury on a non-contact play in the third quarter. Cruz immediately grabbed his knee and could be seen fighting off tears.

It is believed that Cruz tore the patellar tendon in his right knee. 

Quarterback Eli Manning was harrassed all night by the Eagles defense, and was sacked six times.  The Giants could not find a rhythm all night as they could only muster 253 yards of total offense.

The Eagles soared as Nick Foles completed two touchdown passes, both to his tight ends; James Casey and Zach Ertz.  Philadelphia also ran over the Giants as LeSean McCoy rushed for 149 yards on 22 carries.

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Cowboys Quiet 12th Man, Beat Seahawks, 30-23

Cowboys Quiet 12th Man, Beat Seahawks, 30-23

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(SEATTLE) -- The Dallas Cowboys (5-1) knocked off the defending champion Seattle Seahawks (3-2) in front of the 12th man in Seattle on Sunday.

Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray's 15-yard rushing touchdown with 3:16 left in the fourth quarter gave his team a 26-23 lead and Dan Bailey's field goal late pushed the lead to seven, which set the stage for Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.

Wilson's last throw intended for Luke Wilson was picked off by Rolando McClain to put the Cowboys' win in the books.

Tony Romo passed for 250 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions and Murray rushed for 115 yards and a touchdown in the victory.

The Cowboys defense held Wilson and the Seahawks offense to 80 rushing yards, 126 passing yards, and a Wilson rushing touchdown.

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Colts Hold Off Texans, Win 4th Straight

Colts Hold Off Texans, Win 4th Straight Joe Robbins/Getty Images(HOUSTON) -- Andrew Luck threw for three touchdowns to lead the Indianapolis Colts to a 33-28 win over the Houston Texans Thursday night.                                                                                                      

The Colts (4-2) offense was on fire from the get-go, scoring on its first four offensive drives.

"We realized with the recent history of Thursday night games, teams who are going on the road are struggling, and we didn't want to do that," Luck said. "We were lucky enough to get off on that fast start. It takes focus, and you almost have to trick yourself into it."

Luck finishes the game completing 25 of 44 passes for 370 yards, three touchdowns, one interception and a fumble.T.Y. Hilton caught nine balls for a career-high 223 yards and a touchdown in the win.The Texans (3-3) attempted to make a late comeback. Defensive end J.J. Watt recovered a Luck fumble and ran it 45 yards for a touchdown to cut the Colts lead to five with 10:46 remaining in the game. With the score the same and two minutes to play Houston had the ball on its own 21 yard line, but quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was stripped by Bjoern Werner and D'Qwell Jackson recovered the ball to seal the game for the Colts.

Arian Foster ran for 109 yards and two touchdowns in the loss, as Indianapolis takes over sole possession of first place in the AFC South.

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Drives New Social Responsibilities

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Drives New Social Responsibilities

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell addressed the media Wednesday to promote the new efforts the league is taking to promote social responsibility and curb domestic violence.

In recent months, the NFL has suffered a few bumps and bruises as well as a couple black eyes as prominent players such as Greg Hardy, Adrian Peterson and Ray Rice have had run-ins with the law.

Goodell stated that he had spoken with all 32 team owners as well as prominent executives across the league to outline what changes and policies the league plans to implement. Among them, providing aid to the victims of abuse.

"There was a great deal of focus too, on what support services we can provide to the family," Goodell stated. "Particularly in the cases, obviously, of domestic violence."

The Commissioner wants to provide clear and concise guidelines so that any member of the NFL knows what the repercussions will be if they step afoul of the law.

"We are obviously trying to focus on our policies, our education, what we can do to prevent it from happening and when it happens, deal with it, so it's clear the consequences," Goodell said.

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A.J. Green Carted Off Practice Field

A.J. Green Carted Off Practice Field

National Football League(CINCINNATI) -- Cincinnati Bengals receiver A.J. Green aggravated a previous injury to his big right toe during practice Wednesday, causing the three-time Pro Bowler to be carted off the field.Green first injured the toe in the team's season opener versus the Baltimore Ravens.As for Green's status for Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers, Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson isn't convinced the wideout won't take the field."In my mind, he is going to be able to play until somebody tells me he's not," Jackson said. "I don't look at it like that until I have to. So I'm not worried about that right now. The guys that are out there, we have a game plan that we're installing and putting in for a team that we're playing and we'll get everybody ready to play."In four games this season, Green has 17 catches for 314 yards and two touchdowns.

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