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Jaguars off-key in Music City debacle

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Remember the Titans. Most, if not all, of the Jacksonville Jaguars players and coaches probably saw the movie of that name starring Denzel Washington. Thursday night, the Jags would like to forget their game with the Tennessee Titans, putting on a miserable performance in a 36-22 drubbing in Nashville. The final score in no way reflects the domination Tennessee had over the Jaguars throughout the game. Two weeks ago, there was optimism the Jags were getting things together after winning two…

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Dolphins dominated by Titans, 30-17

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Perhaps the job of turning around the Miami Dolphins is a bit more complicated than first-year coach Adam Gase anticipated. Sunday’s 30-17 home loss to the Tennessee Titans shows there are still plenty of things to fix on both sides of the ball. It was complete domination. The Titans, not to be mistaken for the New England Patriots, limited the struggling Miami offense to 200 yards of total offense and just eight first downs. Tennessee hogged the ball for nearly…

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Panthers seek 2nd 15-0 start in NFL history

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Only one NFL team has gone 15-0 in the regular season, the 2007 Patriots. With a victory at Atlanta on Sunday, the Carolina Panthers can match that feat. What they don’t want to do is completely replicate what New England did that season. Yes, the Panthers want their second trip to the Super Bowl. They simply want a different outcome than what New England met, losing to the Giants in the big game. For now, though, there’s little to know…

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Some well-known NFL players face inevitable decline in 2015

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Whether it’s switching teams, losing teammates, injuries or just getting old, every year some well-known NFL players take a step back. That’s not even counting players who were one-year wonders. It’s tough to follow up record-setting seasons. It’s also difficult to keep performing at a high level year after year. Sometimes it takes a while to adjust to a different offense or a new coaching staff. Whatever the reason, decline is inevitable. Some players whose stats might trend downward in…

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Plenty to prove in 2015 for many of NFL’s key figures

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Nice job, Tom Brady. Peyton Manning, you’re up next. The 39-year-old quarterback is under pressure to prove his decline at the end of last season was because of  a torn thigh and not time catching up to him like a linebacker firing through the line unblocked. His boss, John Elway, is trying to take some load off his shoulders just like the Broncos did during Elway’s own Super Bowl runs in the late 1990s when a good ground game and…

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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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