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Pats coaches point to fundamentals after blowout loss

BY DAN BEGNOCHEFollowing Monday night's game, defensive tackle Vince Wilfork summarized the New England Patriots' defensive performance perfectly, saying the Kansas City Chiefs "beat us like we stole something."A day later, Bill Belichick and his crew are getting back to basics, as the team tries to forget the long night in a shortened week and rebound from one...
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Jets sign Terminator John Conner to one-year deal

BY DAN BEGNOCHEHe's back.Two years removed from his hard-hitting days with the team that drafted him, John Conner will once again don a Jets uniform, as the 27-year-old reportedly signed a one-year deal with the team Tuesday.The Terminator, who was brought on following fullback Tommy Bohanon's designation to IR for a broken clavicle, spent the past two seasons with the Bengals...
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Jets add former Bills third-rounder T.J. Graham

BY NICK ST. DENISThe New York Jets announced Monday they have signed former Buffalo Bills receiver T.J. Graham and, in a corresponding move, released fourth-round rookie receiver/punt returner Jalen Saunders.Graham, who stands at 5-11, 188 pounds, tallied 54 career receptions for 683 yards and three touchdowns in two seasons with the Bills--the team that drafted him in the third...
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K.O.'ed: Marrone benches Manuel in favor of Orton

BY DAN BEGNOCHEAfter only 14 career starts and back-to-back losses where he's continued to struggle with his accuracy, Buffalo Bills quarterback E.J. Manuel will officially be riding the pine Sunday in Detroit.The roster move was reportedly made midday Monday, with coach Doug Marrone promoting veteran signal-caller Kyle Orton to the starting role.Marrone was careful not to put...
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Matchup Mashup: Your Patriots-Chiefs primer

BY EDITORWeek 4: New England Patriots (2-1) at Kansas City Chiefs (1-2), 8:30 p.m.Location: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Mo.Weather: Clear skies, low-70s, zero percent chance of rain at kickoff (accuweather)The skinny:After dropping their first game of the season to the Miami Dolphins, the Patriots strung together a pair of wins in beating the Minnesota Vikings and squeaking...
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Dolphins' bounce back a 'step in the right direction'

BY NICK ST. DENISThe Miami Dolphins were flying high after a Week 1 victory over the rival New England Patriots.Two weeks and two losses later, the Dolphins were on a descent--with injuries and supposed in-house turmoil adding insult to injury. However, a trip to London for a game against the lowly Oakland Raiders was just what the doctor ordered.Now, after a 38-14 romping, the Dolphins...
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Rex on Geno: 'I don't believe it rests on one man'

BY NICK ST. DENISThe New York Jets are reeling, coming off their third straight loss at the hands of the Detroit Lions Sunday.Amidst the agony is second-year quarterback Geno Smith, who again failed to rise to the occasion, throwing an interception and losing a fumble on consecutive drives in the fourth quarter during a comeback bid.Smith finished the game connecting on 17 of 33...
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Pass-happy Bills nixed by opportunistic Texans 'D'

BY DAN BEGNOCHEThe Buffalo Bills' offense literally came out throwing against the Houston Texans Sunday. Problem was, Houston was more than ready for it.The Texans' defense, behind an impeccable performance from J.J. Watt, nabbed two crucial interceptions from an unusually pass-happy Bills offense and rebounded from a 10-0 deficit in the first half Sunday on their way to...
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Matchup Mashup: Your Dolphins-Raiders primer

BY EDITORWeek 4: Miami Dolphins (1-2) at Oakland Raiders (0-3), 1 p.m.Location: Wembley Stadium, London, EnglandWeather: Partly sunny, mid-70s at kickoff (accuweather)The skinny: An under-producing offense had quarterback Ryan Tannehill's future as the starter in question this week, and the Dolphins are hoping a trip overseas can be the cure. The unit is currently averaging...
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Matchup Mashup: Your Jets-Lions primer

BY NICK ST. DENISWeek 4: Detroit Lions (2-1) at New York Jets (1-2), 1 p.m.Location: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.Weather: Mostly sunny, low-80s, 0 percent chance of rain (accuweather)The skinny:Coming off of losses to the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers, the Jets continue the tough beginning stretch of their schedule against yet another NFC North opponent, this time...
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Matchup Mashup: Your Bills-Texans primer

BY DAN BEGNOCHEWeek 4: Buffalo Bills (2-1) at Houston Texans (2-1), 1 p.m.Location: NRG Stadium, Houston, TexasWeather: Sunny, high 80s at kickoff (accuweather)The skinny: The Buffalo Bills head into Houston for a reunion with Ryan Fitzpatrick, though they'll be rolling into town with a banged up receiving corps and a DB crew looking to rebound from a rough outing last week...
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Decker says he'll play, Milliner likely a no-go again

BY NICK ST. DENISNew York Jets quarterback Geno Smith should have his No. 1 receiver Sunday, at least to start with.Jets wideout Eric Decker, who left Monday night's game with a hamstring ailment, told reporters Friday that he'll play against the Detroit Lions. Decker practiced Friday for the first time all week.The news surrounding cornerback Dee Milliner, however, isn&...
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Dolphins list 22 injured players for transatlantic trip

BY DAN BEGNOCHEMost teams would be peeved at a Week 5 bye week. Having to muddle through some long weeks in December are tough when you haven't had a full week's break in more than two months.Considering the current state of the Miami Dolphins' roster, however, the early respite may be coming at the perfect time.The team has an incredible 22 players on its injury report...
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Easley out, Goodwin doubtful for Bills' receiving corps

BY DAN BEGNOCHEA banged up Buffalo Bills receiving corps took a step backward this week, as two bodies turned into four and standout special teamer Marcus Easley will reportedly miss four to six weeks with a knee injury.Easley sprained his MCL during last week's loss to the San Diego Chargers, while fellow wideout Marquise Goodwin underwent league-regulated concussion protocols...
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Marrone: No concerns potentially having only four WRs

BY DAN BEGNOCHEMarquise Goodwin became the second wide receiver added to the Buffalo Bills injury report this week, though the dwindling depth chart doesn't seem to be have coach Doug Marrone all too concerned.Goodwin reportedly sustained a head injury in practice Wednesday, according to Marrone, an injury that's deemed the league's concussion protocol testing to be necessary...
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Belichick sees Davis, Charles two sides of same coin

BY DAN BEGNOCHEJamaal Charles has been the bread and butter of the Kansas City Chiefs offense for some time now.Since being drafted in 2008, Charles has run for more than 1,000 yards in each season in which he's has more than 100 attempts. He tallied nearly 30 touchdowns in his seven years with the team, averaging 5.6 yards per carry in the process.But with the 27-year-old on...
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Bills' Manuel strives for more urgency, awareness

BY NICK ST. DENISAt 2-1 and coming off their first loss of the season, the Buffalo Bills are far from panic mode in the big picture.On the field in crunch time, however Bills quarterback EJ Manuel thinks his team needs to turn up the urgency, particularly late in the game.“Our sense of urgency has to pick up, especially in the whole fourth quarter,” Manuel said Wednesday, via...
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Fitzpatrick eager to face former Bills teammates

BY DAN BEGNOCHERyan Fitzpatrick hasn't taken a snap for the Buffalo Bills since 2012, but he still has plenty of friends on the roster. Friends he can't wait to line up against come Sunday.Two years removed from his release, the 31-year-old signal-caller is now with his fifth team since he was drafted back in 2005, and Sunday marks his first game against the old crew from...
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Calvin says Jets will have to 'pick your poison'

BY NICK ST. DENISCalvin Johnson is arguably the best receiver in the NFL, and he'll be up against one of the more questionable cornerback corps in the league Sunday.That will require the New York Jets to often double-up on the big Detroit Lions wideout.But if that happens... well, Johnson still likes his team's chances.“If they want to do that, then we have a plethora of...
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Philbin: London trip a good gauge of team's maturity

BY DAN BEGNOCHECoach Joe Philbin doesn't expect much to change work-wise this weekend as the team travels across the Atlantic for its Week 4 game in London. In fact, he plans on keeping things exactly the same, including the amount of time the players have to themselves.Sunday's game at Wembley Stadium in England offers plenty of opportunity for distraction. For the young...
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Jets drop Ellis Lankster for second time this month

BY NICK ST. DENISCornerback Ellis Lankster's return to the New York Jets didn't last long, though it may not be the end.The special teams specialist was released Tuesday for the second time this month, as announced by the team.The Jets also announced they signed cornerback Brandon Smith, though they later clarified that the Smith signing was a practice squad move, meaning...
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Chris Ivory in line for bigger share of Jets' carries

BY NICK ST. DENISNew York Jets coach Rex Ryan said Tuesday that "hopefully it's a matter of time" before tailback Chris Johnson gets going.But for now, Ryan already has a running back who is going.The quicker-than-advertised power back Chris Ivory has been an absolute battering ram this season and is clearly the better hand in the Jets' one-two punch. Ivory tallied...
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Gronk will continue to see more and more work

BY EDITORNew England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski saw 42 snaps against the Oakland Raiders, the most so far in this short season.According to Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, there's more where that came from. The team, however, is still being a bit cautious."I think that any time you are talking about a player who is coming off a situation like Gronk...
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Jackson likes Fitzpatrick but wants to 'kick his butt'

BY EDITORFred Jackson spent a handful of years taking handoffs from Ryan Fitzpatrick during the journeyman signal-caller's stint with the Buffalo Bills.Sunday, the closest they'll get to that is a handshake, as Fitzpatrick's Houston Texans are traveling to Western New York to take on the veteran quarterback's former team.Jackson typically roots for Fitz, but he'...
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Dolphins sign reserve Jaguars defensive tackle

BY EDITORThe Miami Dolphins announced Tuesday they have signed defensive tackle Deandre Coleman off the Jacksonville Jaguars' practice squad.In a corresponding move, the team waived safety Brandian Ross.The 6-3, 315-pound Coleman originally signed with the Jaguars as an undrafted free agent in May.A four-year letterman at California, Coleman played in all 49 games in his career...
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