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February 6, 2010 | By Sam Farmer
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Friday that the league is working hard to reach a new labor agreement, and called "absolutely false" the suggestion by the players' union that team owners stand to benefit from a work stoppage. "You don't make money by shutting down your business," Goodell said at his annual state-of-the-league news conference. "It's a bad scenario for everybody. I can assure you the ownership and I believe the players -- in talking to individual players -- want to get an agreement and want to work to do that.
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November 26, 2009 | By Steve Harvey
After his team's 38-37 loss to Detroit, Cleveland Coach Eric Mangini accused the Lions of faking injuries to slow down the Browns' no-huddle offense. "Perhaps Eric Mangini is faking being a head coach," a reader wrote to the (Cleveland) Plain Dealer. You'd think the reader wasn't proud that the Browns were No. 1 in the Bottom Ten. As for Mangini's charges, an analysis of the game film found that Lions defensive players were granted injury timeouts six times -- and each time the injured player later returned to the game.
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December 18, 2009 | Sam Farmer
Ben Roethlisberger's numbers are up across the board, and he's completing a career-best 68.3% of his passes . . . but the Pittsburgh Steelers have lost five in a row and essentially have bumbled their way out of playoff contention. Tom Brady directs the AFC's top-ranked offense, and he ranks near the top in most positive statistical categories . . . but the New England Patriots have lost three of their last five games. Eli Manning is on pace for his first 4,000-yard passing season, and is coming off a career-best 391-yard game . . . but the New York Giants have lost six of eight and no longer control their postseason destiny.
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January 21, 2010 | Sam Farmer
Defensive end Jared Allen, the most menacing (and irreverent) member of Minnesota's defense, will do a little extra film study this week. Mapping a path to the quarterback? Breaking down the tendencies of an offensive tackle? Sure, he'll do some of that. But this is a different kind of film study. "I'm going to watch 'Road House,' " Allen said, referring to the 1989 action flick starring Patrick Swayze as a bouncer hired to tame an unruly bar. "He just goes in there and kicks the crap out of everybody.
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November 25, 2009 | Sam Farmer
The New England Patriots don't have the perfect defense, but in Week 12 they'll be defending perfect. They play at New Orleans on Monday, and the Saints are a club-record 10-0. New England is the only team to finish the regular season 16-0, so the Patriots have a chance to guarantee New Orleans won't threaten that record. ( Tom Brady & Co. tried and failed to dent Indianapolis' pristine record two games ago.) But it isn't about preserving history for the Patriots. They're singularly focused on the here and now, and that means tightening their grip on the AFC East.
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December 30, 2009 | By Sam Farmer, On The NFL
The New York Jets might have some thank-you notes to write -- especially if Cincinnati lies down Sunday the way Indianapolis did -- but don't expect their players to apologize if qualifying for the NFL postseason required only that they beat two squads of second-stringers. "I ain't apologizing for jack," Jets linebacker Bart Scott said. "I didn't apologize for losing three last-second games this year. I didn't make excuses for losing some of the tough games that we lost." Down deep, the Jets have to be surprised their playoff hopes still have a pulse.
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December 7, 2009 | By Kevin Baxter
Peyton Manning can't remember the last time he won 21 consecutive times at anything. "Usually you don't play that many games in a row in youth basketball or whatnot," he said. "So that's a lot of wins." It's also the number of consecutive regular-season games Manning's Indianapolis Colts have won after equaling the NFL record Sunday with a 27-17 victory over the Tennessee Titans. Indianapolis (12-0), whose last regular-season loss came in October 2008 at Tennessee, can break the record by beating the Denver Broncos next weekend at home.
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January 4, 2010
at Buffalo 30 , Indianapolis 7: "Hey, Dad, let's save up our money and go to the season finale! I've always wanted to see Peyton Manning play!" at Carolina 23, New Orleans 10: Saints have all the forward momentum of a guy on a Segway going uphill in a windstorm. at Cleveland 23, Jacksonville 17: Does winning your last four in a row really make a 5-11 finish palatable to Browns fans? Chicago 37, at Detroit 23: Lions are 2-30 over last two seasons, just two more wins than they'd have had if they fielded a team of 8-year-olds.
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February 8, 2010
PASSING LEADERS Saints Brees...7-7, 48 yards, TD Colts Manning...14-21, 171 yards RECEIVING LEADERS Saints D. Thomas...1, 9 yards Colts Garcon...3, 44 yards RUSHING LEADERS Saints Bush...1, 12 yards Colts Addai...3, -2 yards Momentum: The Colts kept their first drive alive with a fourth-and-two conversion, but it all went downhill once Matt Stover missed the ensuing 51-yard field-goal try. The Saints followed with a 58-yard TD drive and two-point conversion.
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