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Rodgers' 158.3 passer rating — the highest mark possible — in the Packers' 42-24 rout of the Oakland Raiders showed that he can still fling the football as well or better than anyone and that he and first-year coach Matt LaFleur might well be forming a harmonious partnership, one that could carry the Packers, now 6-1 on the season, back to the top of the NFL.

Baker Mayfield predicted he would be fined for ripping the officiating Oct. 13 after the Browns fell, 32-28, to the Seattle Seahawks. It turns out the quarterback was correct. The NFL fined him $12,500 for his comments. Mayfield sounded off about the officials calling an illegal blindside block on wide receiver Jarvis Landry in the third quarter. "The refs are never an excuse," Mayfield said ...

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BALTIMORE - The most immediate consequences of maybe the Ravens' most important midseason acquisition in franchise history were evident Friday afternoon, as team members packed their bags for a weekend trip to Seattle, home of the high-flying Seahawks. Cornerback Jimmy Smith had a new locker room neighbor. Cornerback Brandon Carr had a new number. And there was a new, not-quite-yet-finalized ...

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BALTIMORE - Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is an early NFL MVP candidate, leading his team to a 5-1 record with 14 touchdowns and no interceptions. As defenses have blitzed Wilson in an attempt to make him uncomfortable, he's taken advantage of that aggressiveness better than any quarterback in the NFL. According to ESPN, Wilson's passer rating when facing five or more pass ...

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CHICAGO - Mike Ditka, who turns 80 on Friday, has had a remarkable football life. Consensus All-America tight end at Pittsburgh in 1960. Five-time Pro Bowl selection with the Bears. College and Pro Football Hall of Famer. Super Bowl-winning coach with the Bears. Restaurant owner, broadcaster, TV and movie star, author, co-owner of an Arena Football League team. He even has his own line of wine ...

DETROIT - Let's start with a cleansing exercise. To get rid of that emotion. "The Lions got screwed!" "The NFL is against 'em!" That's it. Let it out and give me some vein-popping emotion: "Everybody hates Detroit! It's a conspiracy!" Feel better? I know, probably not. But take a deep breath and face the truth about the Detroit Lions: This team has been nothing but a tease. And it might be ...

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BALTIMORE - Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson was selected as the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week on Thursday, becoming the first player in the NFL award's 17-year history to win both the air and ground weekly honors in the same season. Jackson, who received FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week honors after a historic season-opening performance, set a career high with 152 yards on 19 attempts ...

The Rams couldn't wait to charge out of St. Louis at the first opportunity they had, as owner Stan Kroenke was lured by the riches beckoning in Los Angeles. He whisked the team there four seasons ago and began construction on a stadium, of which the cost reportedly has reached $5 billion, that not only will house the Rams but have the Chargers as a tenant. They were moved out of San Diego by ...

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The Los Angeles Times' NFL writer, Sam Farmer, examines this week's matchups. Lines according to Pregame.com (O/U = over/under). Last week's record 8-6 (.571); season 52-39-1 (.571). Using point spreads with the scores Farmer predicted, the record against the spread last week would have been 5-9 (.357); season 43-48-1 (.473). Carolina, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay have the week off. ...

ALAMEDA, Calif. - Paul Guenther has always been in the corner of Vontaze Burfict, so it wasn't surprising that the Raiders' defensive coordinator took the 12-game suspension of his middle linebacker personally. "I think it was a witch hunt from the beginning, quite honestly," Guenther said Thursday. "Somebody in the league didn't want him playing football, and they got what they wanted." The ...

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Geez. To hear coach Mike Zimmer and his players talk about the Lions, you'd think Detroit was in first place in the NFC North, not last place. Of course, in defense of the Vikings' gushing praise, only the finest of lines separates what could have been a 3-1-1 first-place Lions team and the actual 2-2-1 last-place Lions team the Vikings (4-2) will face at Ford Field on Sunday. Yes, Detroit ...

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Douse me with a bucket o' water. I'm on fire! We're approaching the lofty standard of our record-setting 2018 season against the spread, where the butter meets the bread. Rolled a supreme 11-3 ATS last week to rise to .571 for the year. Bull's-eyed yet another Upset of the Week ("Aawwk!") with 49ers winning at Rams, had a second outright upset with Cardinals over Falcons, and a third (albeit a ...