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NFL notebook: Raiders fire GM McKenzie

Reggie McKenzie is done as Raiders general manager, reportedly eschewing the opportunity to maintain his role through the end of the regular season in Oakland. Nov 18, 2018; Glendale, AZ, USA; Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie looks on prior to a game against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports The team said in a statement: “We are grateful for everything Reggie has done for this organization as a player, executive and member of the Raider family. … The Raiders will immediately begin a search…

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NFL roundup: Bears beat Rams, shake up playoff picture

In a marquee matchup of flashy offense against tough defense, it was all defense. Dec 9, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson (12) is tackled just short of the goal line by by Los Angeles Rams cornerback Aqib Talib (21) at Soldier Field. Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports The Chicago Bears held the Los Angeles Rams to 214 total yards and kept them out of the end zone Sunday night, logging a 15-6 win at Soldier Field that might play a major role in shaping the NFC…

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Tom Brady breaks Peyton Manning record for NFL touchdown passes

Tom Brady has won five Super Bowl titles with the Patriots New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has broken the record for the most touchdown passes in NFL history. The 41-year-old eclipsed Peyton Manning’s mark of 579, moving to 582 with three touchdown passes during a 34-33 defeat by the Miami Dolphins. Brady, a five-time Super Bowl winner, broke the record with a two-yard pass to wide receiver Julian Edelman in the first quarter. The record includes touchdowns thrown in the regular season and post-season. Manning remains the NFL’s regular-season…

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NFL notebook: McCarthy addressed Packers players

Mike McCarthy was back in front of the Green Bay Packers’ players on Wednesday. Three days after being fired, he was given the opportunity to address his now former players after making a request to do so. Dec 2, 2018; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy walks off the field after the Packers lost to the Arizona Cardinals at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports “He wanted an opportunity to speak with the team. I was 100 percent, fully supportive … and he…

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NFL notebook: Bears’ Trubisky near 100 percent

Rest has restored Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, who said Wednesday he is “really close” to 100 percent. Nov 18, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky (10) leaves the field after the Bears defeated the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports Trubisky is expected to return to the lineup Sunday for the Bears’ NFC showdown at Soldier Field against the Los Angeles Rams. He missed the past two games with a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder. “Arm feels really good.…

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NFL notebook: Packers address coaching search

Team president Mark Murphy and general manager Brian Gutekunst addressed the firing of Mike McCarthy on Monday, saying the move was made to get a head start on the coaching search. FILE PHOTO: Dec 2, 2018; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy walks off the field after the Packers lost to the Arizona Cardinals at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports “Knowing we were going to make the change, it was better to do it now rather than make it in the offseason,”…

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NFL roundup: Chargers overtake Steelers

Rookie Michael Badgley kicked a 29-yard field goal with no time left Sunday night to give the visiting Los Angeles Chargers a 33-30 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Dec 2, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; San Diego Chargers kicker Michael Badgley (4) is congratulated after kicking the game-winning field goal to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 33-30 at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports At the game’s end, Badgley missed a 39-yard attempt and had a 34-yard try blocked, both with no time left, but the Steelers were offside…

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NFL: Packers end era of playing it safe with McCarthy firing

(Reuters) – When the Green Bay Packers fired head coach Mike McCarthyon Sunday they ended an era that many believed kept them stuck in an outdated brand of football. Dec 2, 2018; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy walks off the field after the Packers lost to the Arizona Cardinals at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports While the likes of the Los Angeles Rams and Kansas City Chiefs represent the future of the National Football League, with their young gunslinger quarterbacks and…

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NFL: Packers fire head coach McCarthy after 13 seasons

(Reuters) – The Green Bay Packers fired head coach Mike McCarthy on Sunday, ending his 13-season tenure in charge of the storied National Football League (NFL) team. Dec 2, 2018; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy walks off the field after the Packers lost to the Arizona Cardinals at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports McCarthy guided the Packers to a fourth Super Bowl triumph in the 2010 season and the franchise won their division six times and made the playoffs nine times…

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NFL injury notebook: Panthers’ Olsen ruptures plantar fascia

Carolina tight end Greg Olsen ruptured the plantar fascia in his right foot on Sunday, he told reporters following the Panthers’ 24-17 road loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He is expected to miss the remainder of the season, per multiple reports. Dec 2, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen (88) warms up prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports It is a different injury on the same foot that cost Olsen nine games…

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