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Dolphins, Giants still thinking playoffs as they prepare to compete

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Both teams have a losing record. Both teams have horrible defenses. But this is the NFL, where a team is still in the race halfway through December. And so we gather on a Monday night to watch the Miami Dolphins play against the New York Giants in a game where either quarterback might have a big night. Take Eli Manning of the Giants, for instance. He could go off on the Dolphins’ 28th-ranked defense. Or take Ryan Tannehill, who could…

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Browns play Ravens in one of worst Monday Night matchups

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This is Monday Night Football? Really? A 2-8 Cleveland team against a 3-7 Baltimore team? What? Is there going to be a lot of talk about the upcoming NFL draft? No, this won’t be one for the Greatest Hits albums, will it? Cleveland, which just promoted, and then demoted, quarterback Johnny Manziel, against Baltimore, which has lost quarterback Joe Flacco to injury. That leaves Jon Gruden and company to talk about Josh McCown vs. Matt Schaub. It’s the third-worst Monday…

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Buffalo’s Rex Ryan gets another shot at Pats on Monday night

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Rex Ryan says he isn’t obsessed with the New England Patriots. Not a bit. But Ryan, coach of the Buffalo Bills, constantly talks about the Patriots, about Bill Belichick, about Tom Brady, about his failures concerning the Patriots. But as he goes into a Monday night game, Ryan isn’t obsessed. He says. “I know all you guys say that I’m obsessed with them and all that,” Ryan said. “You guys are obsessed with them, not me. I want to beat…

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Cincinnati hoping for playoff success after unbeaten start

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The Cincinnati Bengals are dreaming large. They are 8-0 and fairly unchallenged, and they certainly don’t expect a lot of resistance in tonight’s Monday night football game against the 3-5 Houston Texans. Quarterback Andy Dalton has never been better, and the Bengals have scored at least 24 points in seven of eight games. Houston, on the other hand, has had a terrible running game in its five losses. However, despite their record, the Texans are only one game down in…

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Monday night football reunites Phillip Rivers-Jay Cutler Rivalry

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An old rivalry rekindles itself on Monday night football when Philip Rivers of the San Diego Chargers goes against the Bears’ Jay Cutler. The two, who went at it frequently when Cutler was with the Broncos, meet in an effort by each to offset a slow start by their teams. The Chargers are 2-6 and the Bears are 2-5. Cutler and Rivers are both accomplished quarterbacks, though neither seems to be held in particularly high regard by their fans. The…

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Is Indy’s Andrew Luck healthy enough to give Carolina its first loss?

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The pressure is mounting on the head coach. People are speculating as to how badly the quarterback is hurt. There is no running game. And the Indianapolis Colts are one of the biggest disappointments in the NFL. Also, they’re in first place. How does this happen? The Colts, as mediocre as they have been in the NFL’s first half of the season, lead the weak AFC South despite their 3-4 record. That’s what happens when a team has to compete…

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Ravens hope to finally get started against Cardinals

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Can the Baltimore Ravens find themselves in the desert? The Ravens, consistently one of the NFL’s playoff teams, have limped to a 1-5 start this season, with every loss coming by six points or less. It has led to a frustrating start for Joe Flacco and company, something they will try to address in Monday night’s football game. Baltimore doesn’t have a consistent outside threat except for aging Steve Smith, so points could be hard to come by. For the…

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