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Some Dolphins are playing for their jobs on Thursday

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This week’s Thursday Night Football Game in Cincinnati features two teams with 1-2 records. Few are surprised the Miami Dolphins carry that record, but the Cincinnati Bengals have deeply disappointed their fans by losing their last two games. The Dolphins are extremely fortunate to have their one win. All the Cleveland Browns had to do last Sunday was kick a makeable field goal at the end of the game and Miami would be 0-3. Cincinnati split their first two games…

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Can Bucs’ Jameis Winston outplay Rams’ Todd Gurley?

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The all-red uniforms of the Tampa Bay Bucs. The all-yellow uniforms of the St. Louis Rams. The all-green turf of the Edward Jones Dome. For goodness sakes, this isn’t a football game. It’s a traffic light. Evidently, the NFL believed that bright colors would distract fans from disappointing football. The Bucs are 6-7 on the season and the Rams are 5-8. And instead of representing excellence as they once did — the Rams on offense, the Bucs on defense —…

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Chicago’s Jay Cutler has had a hard time of it in Green Bay

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No one is quite sure where the legend of Jay Cutler, bad Bears’ quarterback, began. Probably, it was in Green Bay. Cutler’s nightmares must feature Green Bay. Cutler is 1-13 against the Packers over his career, and he’s 0-4 in Lambeau Field with three touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Now, on Thursday Night Football, Cutler will try it again. On the other hand, the Packers’ Aaron Rogers is 13-3 against the Bears and completed 74 percent of his passes in the last…

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Johnny Manziel leads Browns’ upset hopes against Cincinnati

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Johnny Manziel, trying to give the Cleveland Browns some reason to hope, has his opportunity Thursday night. Manziel and the Cleveland Browns play against the Cincinnati Bengals in the Battle of Ohio on “Thursday Night Football.” Manziel, the former Heisman Trophy winner whose pro career has been defined by controversy, starts for the injured Josh McCown. Unfortunately for Manziel, the last time he played against the Bengals, he lost 30-0. His job will be a difficult one this time, too,…

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Dolphins hope rejuvenated season can get them past New England

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Can anyone beat the New England Patriots? And if so, can anyone be a team that started as one of the biggest disappointments of the NFL? The Miami Dolphins, left for dead under Joe Philbin, have now won two straight games under interim coach Dan Campbell and have a shot at saving their season. The Dolphins have had easier challenges than the undefeated Patriots of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. New England has lost only once in its last 22…

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Falcons and Saints going different direction as they play each other

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The Atlanta Falcons have found direction under a new coach. The New Orleans Saints seem to have lost their way under an old one. The two franchises, apparently heading in different directions, play tonight in New Orleans on Thursday night football at 8:25 p.m. The Falcons are 5-0 under new coach Dan Quinn, and except for the tender hamstring of receiver Julio Jones, they appear to be in fine shape. Quarterback Matt Ryan is as dangerous as ever. Young Devonta…

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