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    Each week of the NFL season, The Baltimore Sun will rank all 32 NFL teams. The rankings will take into account not just weekly performance, injuries and roster depth, but how well each team measures up as Super Bowl contenders. Here are the rankings heading into Week 4: Super Bowl contenders 1. Buffalo Bills (2-1, No. 1 last week) 2. Kansas City Chiefs (2-1, No. 2) 3. Miami Dolphins (3-0, No. ...

      Each week I'll list the best widely available free agents for fantasy football — I define "widely available" as being owned in around half of all ESPN or Yahoo leagues — and some guys who are probably better off in the free agent pool than collecting dust on your roster. Follow me on Twitter @UTEddieBrown if you have questions throughout the week. Here are my best bets off the waiver wire for ...

        LANDOVER, Md. — The play Sunday that told you that the Eagles are an excellent football team, with the potential to be more than excellent, was born of what appeared to be chaos. It was late in the first half, the closing seconds ticking down on the game clock, the Eagles up 17 points on the Washington Commanders, positioned for a finishing blow. Jalen Hurts had tried to carry the ball into ...

          In 2018, during the run-up to Kentucky’s SEC football showdown with No. 14 Mississippi State, two primary storylines dominated the discourse. One was that UK’s history under Mark Stoops had been of struggling against dual-threat quarterbacks such as MSU’s Nick Fitzgerald. The other was that, under Stoops, Kentucky had never won a “draw-a-line-in-the-sand”-type game in Lexington. So after the ...

            RALEIGH, N.C. — If this is a one-year referendum on Kevin Keatts’ future at N.C. State, he doesn’t want to hear it. Same for reflections upon last season’s debacle, which went sideways in the first minute and never really got any better on the way to an 11-21 finish and only four wins in the ACC. Keatts stepped back, analyzed, assessed, drew conclusions — swapped out his entire coaching staff ...

              Less than 24 hours after the Carolina Panthers earned their first victory of the season, coach Matt Rhule had a clear task for the team heading into Week 4. “I think the key is to try to be the same guy every day, so I challenged them today to have the same intensity about improving that they had last week at 0-2,” Rhule said. “That is the key to being great. It’s come in every week, see what ...

              Mac Jones pleaded the fifth. The Patriots quarterback met with the media on a video conference late Monday afternoon and wouldn’t divulge much of anything about the injury he suffered against the Ravens. He was asked numerous questions about the left ankle injury, which tests confirmed was a high ankle sprain, according to a source. An NFL Network report further classified the sprain as being ...

              The NFL is making major changes to the Pro Bowl format, beginning with this season’s event in February in Las Vegas. With more and more of the participants opting for safety over physicality, including last season’s game at Allegiant Stadium that essentially deteriorated into a game of two-hand touch rather than full-on tackling, the league is taking a cue from its players and changing the ...

              The Chargers thought they had it all figured out. They believed they had all the right pieces in all the right places. They had drafted well. They had made all the moves they believed they needed to make, with one blockbuster trade and a string of quality free-agent signings. They were as right as rain, the pundits agreed. They had done well to upgrade their roster during a very active ...

              Cam Heyward has a warning for anyone who is ready to push the panic button after three games. "Point me in the right direction," the Steelers defensive captain said. Heyward has been around long enough to know it's way too early in the season to get overly excited about a victory and too down about a loss. The 1-2 Steelers are a perfect example. There was no reason to get too amped about an ...

              Richard Sherman ain't walking through that door — unless maybe it's to record an episode of his podcast. Nor is Jamal Adams — unless he's on crutches when he does so. Ditto any stalwart Seahawks defender-slash-savior from the past you can think of, from Chancellor to Wagner. Here are two hard and true facts to emerge from the Seahawks' season to date, which are inextricably linked: — Fact No. ...

              With Hurricane Ian on track to target the west-central coast of Florida ahead of the weekend, UCF football coach Gus Malzahn said Monday his team is preparing as usual for Saturday’s home game vs. SMU. “We’re just taking it day by day,” Malzahn told reporters. “We’re going about our business like we’re going to play the game and everything that goes with it. Day by day as we get more updates, ...

              Athletic director Todd Stansbury and football coach Geoff Collins have both been dismissed from their positions at Georgia Tech, effective immediately. “I am grateful to Coach Collins for his hard work and commitment to our student athletes,” Georgia Tech President Ángel Cabrera said in a release. “Unfortunately, the results of our football program have fallen short of what our loyal ...

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              At one point during a recent Kentucky Wildcats football practice, the sight of exiled UK running back Christopher Rodriguez in the huddle with the Cats’ second-string offense moved his teammates to levity. “We joked, ‘We’ve got the best ‘two-huddle’ running back in the country right now,’” Kentucky quarterback Will Levis said. Starting this week, UK figures to be lighter at “two-huddle running ...

              Dave Roberts had enough. "This will be the last I'll talk about this …" he said. And who could blame him, Roberts talking about his October pitching plans sort of like the captain of the Titanic discussing the final stretch of the ocean liner's voyage. The Dodgers won their 106th game Sunday to equal a franchise record and secure home-field advantage through the National League Championship ...

              INDIANAPOLIS — Ten days before this debacle against the previously winless Colts on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium, the Chiefs scavenged out a 27-24 win over the Chargers that came with some contradictory implications. The meaning of that game was in the eye of the beholder, really. In one sense, it was a testament to grit and resourcefully whisking a win out of defeat. In another, it was laden ...

              Khalil Herbert stood at his Soldier Field locker about a half-hour after the Chicago Bears squeaked out a 23-20 win over the Houston Texans and gave a one-word answer for how he felt. “Sore,” he said with a smile. But sore in the best way. The second-year running back rushed for a career-high 157 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries as the Bears piled up 281 yards on the ground. It was their ...

              Is Kentucky overrated? You could make that case. True, Mark Stoops’ Wildcats are a perfect 4-0, but their rise up the national charts is based largely on that Sept. 10 win at Florida. The Gators have struggled since, squeaking out a home win over lowly South Florida before losing to Tennessee on the road. So is Kentucky really a top-10 team? The AP poll says so, but that’s all for show. ...

              MINNEAPOLIS — The Target Field crowd began buzzing in the sixth inning Sunday, then erupted when the Vikings' score was posted on the scoreboard, pockets of fans even starting "Skol" chants. The enthusiasm level for the Twins never reached such a crescendo, and for good reason. "Just here for the free hats" is a weird thing to chant. Unlike the Vikings, the Twins couldn't seem to finish a ...

              CORVALLIS, Ore. — The cry arose from the delighted Oregon State crowd midway through the first half, thousands of orange shirts bursting with swagger at a USC team that was falling flat on its face. "Over-rated … over-rated …" Nope. Not yet, anyway. Not on this night. Not with this coach. Not with this culture. Within two minutes of blowing another monumental game at cursed Reser Stadium on ...

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