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Is It Over for Brady, Pats' Dynasty?

Frank Schwab, Shutdown Corner

Harbaugh: Griping 'Bunch of Crap'

Tim Kawakami, San Jose Mercury News

Ryan's Job Rests on Geno-or-Vick Call

Steve Serby, New York Post

It's still early, but a trio of teams are coming off brutal Sunday losses. Is it time to panic in New Orleans, Carolina and Pittsburgh? Let's take a look....(full article)

The Raiders have fired coach Dennis Allen after an 0-4 start to the 2014 NFL season, Fox Sports' Jay Glazer reported late Monday night. The Raiders announced the move shortly...(full article)

The game situation was totally different for Jimmy Garoppolo, of course, but it was impossible not to notice what happened at the end of Monday night's game. Garoppolo, th...(full article)

Jim Harbaugh answered the questions for as long as his patience allowed, which was more than I expected, actually. He fired back at Deion Sanders and Trent Dilfer -- two for...(full article)

There is now a clock ticking inside the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center that both Rex Ryan and Geno Smith should not have any trouble hearing: Vick tock … Vick tock &...(full article)

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