NFL: A league of hope

Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid directs his

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Unpredictability is one of the hallmarks of the NFL, and 2013 is living up to that reputation. Halfway through the season, all but one division has at least one team that's either in first place or tied for first that didn't win the division in 2012. The only exception, of course, is the AFC East, a division that is owned by the Patriots.

Three of the teams at the top of their respective divisions...

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NFL passers en fuego

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) passes the

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The NFL has become a passing league like never before, and two key stats reflect the trend:

Games are averaging 485.1 passing yards, which is on pace to break the record of 462.6, set last year. And the combined league-wide passer rating for quarterbacks is currently at 86.5, which is ahead of last year's record mark of 85.6.

One other stat to note: The average number of touchdown passes...

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Packers go ground and pound

Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy rushes

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The Packers will be without All Pro quarterback Aaron Rodgers for at least the next month as he recovers from a broken collarbone he suffered against the Bears last week. That means there's plenty of pressure on backup quarterback Seneca Wallace, but perhaps even more on rookie running back Eddie Lacy. After all, the Packers figure to put much more of an emphasis on the running game.

ut Lacy...

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Grudge match for Rob Ryan?

New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan walks

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When Rob Ryan was fired by the Cowboys after last season, he famously boasted, "I'll be out of work for like five minutes."

Well, it took him a bit longer than that to land another job, but the wait has been worth it - for both Ryan and the Saints.

Ryan has turned around one of the NFL's worst-ever defenses, with the Saints ranking ninth in the league after finishing dead last...

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Jason Pierre-Paul: I'm ready to break out

Jason Pierre-Paul (90) celebrates a sack during the

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Jason Pierre-Paul doesn't expect fans to sympathize with the physical challenges he has faced since returning from off-season back surgery. As long as he's in the lineup, the Giants' fourth-year defensive end knows they expect him to be at full strength -- even though he still isn't as the Giants play their ninth game this season.

"They don't understand. It is what it is," Pierre-Paul...

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Wade Phillips officially named interim coach

Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips protests a call

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After Texans head coach Gary Kubiak collapsed on the field at halftime of Sunday night's game against Indianapolis, defensive coordinator Wade Phillips took over the coaching duties for the second half. Phillips will now be the team's interim head coach until Kubiak, who suffered what has been described as a "mini-stroke," returns to the sidelines. 

The move makes complete sense....

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Let's hope we've seen the last of Richie Incognito in an NFL locker room

Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito is seen on

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When reports first surfaced over the weekend that Dolphins tackle Jonathan Martin left the team because of persistent bullying from guard Richie Incognito, an incensed Incognito vehemently denied any involvement and addressed several media outlets on his Twitter account, writing “I want my name CLEARED.”

But after the transcript became public of a voicemail that Incognito reportedly left for...

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Gary Kubiak remains hospitalized

Texans head coach Gary Kubiak remains in a Houston hospital after becoming dizzy and light-headed on the sidelines near halftime of Sunday night's game against the Colts at Reliant Stadium. 

Kubiak has undergone tests and will continue to be evaluated, according to a statement released by the team. He is expected to spend at least the next 24 hours in the hospital. 

"Our...

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Report: charges of racist remarks part of Incognito-Martin investigation

Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito walks across the

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In the wake of the Dolphins’ late-night suspension of guard Richie Incognito for his alleged role in bullying teammate Jonathan Martin, a report has surfaced that Incognito sent Martin text messages and voice mails that are considered threatening and racially charged. The texts and voice mails have been turned over to the NFL as part of its investigation.

Mike Garafolo of Foxsports.com reports...

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Del Rio steps in for Broncos

Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio smiles

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The Broncos return today from their bye week with a new head coach. Defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio, the former Jaguars head coach, will step in as Denver’s interim head coach until John Fox has recovered from a heart procedure.

Fox had initially planned to undergo surgery in the off-season to replace a heart valve, but after feeling light-headed while playing golf on Saturday, doctors...

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