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Matt Hasselbeck, Jameis Winston headline battle for the ages in Indy

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Matt Hasselbeck still plays young. The 40-year-old quarterback has won all three of his starts this season, kept the Colts in contention for a third straight AFC South title, and still enjoys life in the NFL. Jameis Winston looks more polished than a 21-year-old rookie. After a rugged start, Tampa Bay’s new franchise quarterback has rallied to win three of four and gotten the Buccaneers back into playoff contention. No, Sunday’s game might not be the marquee matchup between No.…

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NFL teams can collapse after losing QB; ask 2014 Cardinals

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Peyton Manning is out. So is Andrew Luck. Tony Romo is finally ready to come back, after the Cowboys went 0-7 without him. Losing an elite quarterback can be devastating to a team. No one knows that better than the Arizona Cardinals. They are the poster child for how things can head south in a hurry when the main man goes down. Since the midpoint of the 2013 season, the Cardinals are 20-4 when Carson Palmer starts, 5-6 without him.…

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Saints won’t judge Bucs’ Jameis Winston on rough debut

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After top overall draft choice Jameis Winston flopped in his NFL debut, Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith decided his rookie quarterback could benefit from a history lesson. Some elite NFL quarterbacks of today had rough days of their own early in their careers. Saints all-time leading passer Drew Brees, whom the Bucs will see Sunday in the Superdome, was benched more than once during his first couple seasons in San Diego. Peyton Manning threw 28 interceptions during his rookie…

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Colts out of Luck; Karlos Williams, Percy Harvin lead Bills to big win

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The Buffalo Bills began the Rex Ryan era in impressive fashion on Sunday with a 27-14 victory over the Indianapolis Colts. The Bills, under first-year coach Ryan, were led by quarterback Tyrod Taylor, who completed 14 of 19 passes for 195 yards and one touchdown. Taylor beat out former Florida State Seminole E.J. Manuel for the starting job. Florida State was well represented in the game anyway. In his first NFL start, running back Karlos Williams outshone his Pro Bowl…

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Weekend has something for every sports fan

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Sports fans have plenty to choose from this weekend. Whether attending in person or watching on television, there is something for everyone. A huge baseball series begins on Friday, while NASCAR sets its final seeding for the 10-race championship run on Saturday. Another potentially monster event, Serena Williams going for the tennis Grand Slam, was derailed by her semi-final-round loss to Italy’s Roberta Vinci. Of course, there is plenty of college football and the NFL kicks off its first weekend of play…

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Fantasy football now dominated by quarterbacks

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Millions of football fans anxiously await Thursday night’s kickoff of the National Football League season when the New England Patriots host the Pittsburgh Steelers. The rest of the league begins on Sunday. Another matchup of importance only to this writer and one of Tallahassee’s prominent lobbyists is the Malpractice Squad hosting the Sweaty Gnats. Fantasy football is also back! Many leagues have already conducted their drafts and are ready to go. Others wait until the conclusion of the pre-season to…

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