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Brady-Manning: What we'll miss about their classic matchup

Tom Brady and Peyton Manning have played 16 times since 2001. But as Geoffrey Chaucer penned, 'All good things must come to an end.' With Manning out Sunday and his career in doubt because of injuries, here are a few things we'll miss about their matchup.

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Johnny Manziel gave the Browns no choice

The latest in Johnny Manziel's dubious off-field scenes proved too much to tolerate for the Browns, who demoted the QB from starter to the third team.

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Stock up, stock down, according to NFL FPI

A look at the NFL teams that have seen their playoff chances rise and fall the most in recent weeks, according to the Football Power Index.

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Trotter: Free of cancer, Eric Berry finds his form

Eric Berry spent his offseason doing the worst kind of two-a-days, a mix of workouts ... and chemo. Just a year removed from a cancer diagnosis, he's helping the Chiefs chase the playoffs.

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Rankings: Bucs breaking through

An afterthought early in the season, Tampa Bay has emerged as an NFC wild-card contender -- and a top-12 team in our hierarchy. Who else is on the upswing?


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Redskins coach Jay Gruden said of playing in London next year: "it'll be exciting next year but I could care less (now)" because they're focused on the Giants.

Green Bay's three-cheeseheaded monster

Talk about a tradition of stellar quarterbacking. Under the trio of Bart Starr, Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers, the Packers are a whopping 157 games over .500, including playoffs.

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Starr ready for emotional homecoming

The Packers legend survived two strokes, a heart attack and four seizures last year -- and then a life-threatening bronchial infection three months ago -- and is set to attend Thursday's ceremony for Brett Favre. A legend at Lambeau

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Broncos signing Christian Ponder

The QB worked out for the team Wednesday, and Denver is bringing him on as a depth signing, according to ESPN and media reports. Broncos rookie Trevor Siemian is expected to remain the No. 2 QB this week.

Tom Brady is cooling off a bit

Don't look now, but the Patriots quarterback has been good, rather than great, over the past three weeks.

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Tom Brady on Peyton Manning: "There is nobody who has more respect for Peyton than me, outside probably his parents and his brothers. If anybody can appreciate what he has accomplished, it's me. He's just been remarkable in every part of his career. He's been a tremendous player. It's unfortunate; everyone deals with injuries at different times. It just happens to be this week."

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Marvin Lewis, like many, has been impressed with Todd Gurley. "He's a great runner, he's explosive and he can cut." Sees a challenge with him and the speedy Tavon Austin at WR. In stopping Austin on offense and special teams, Lewis says: the "We have to be disciplined."

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Patriots QB Tom Brady on upcoming game on road vs. Denver: "This defense we're playing is the best in the NFL."

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Mike Pettine said the Browns are disappointed but not ready to give up on Johnny Manziel. Asked if this demotion meant the end of Manziel with the Browns, Pettine said: I certainly hope not and added: I told him this isnt a dead end. Its a hurdle.

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Not a whole lot of activity at Wednesday's walkthrough from Tyrod Taylor (shoulder). Watching as EJ Manuel and Josh Johnson throw passes to staffer.

Harbaugh: I never insinuated Rams dirty

Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Jeff Fisher was likely "misinformed" about his comments regarding a scuffle between the teams on a punt return during Sunday's game. Fisher was irked and responded: "[Ravens] need to take a look in the mirror." Story

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Bill Belichicks favorite item on the Thanksgiving menu? Any pie, he said with a smile Wednesday. Anything that doesnt eat me. A league source has indicated that pumpkin pie is atop Belichicks power rankings.

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Mike Pettine on Johnny Manziel: He has shown tremendous improvement, but hes got to make better decisions. Said moving him to third team was absolutely necessary to maximize his chances for future success. Pettine emphasized that the trust the team showed in Manziel was violated.

Primer: DraftKings, FanDuel head to court

A legal battle that will shape the future of the billion-dollar daily fantasy sports industry kicks off Wednesday in New York Supreme Court, where powerhouse game operators DraftKings and FanDuel will try to fight off New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's quest to temporarily shut them down as the case heads to trial. What you need to know

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The Bills have re-signed returner Marcus Thigpen and released returner Denarius Moore. The team also released RB Boom Herron and signed G Ryan Groy.

Skip picks his Cowboys over the Panthers

First Take's Skip Bayless predicts Dallas will win its second straight on Thursday but Stephen A. Smith believes Carolina will remain unbeaten.


Brady-Manning: A few things we'll miss

Tom Brady and Peyton Manning have played 16 times since 2001. With Manning out Sunday and his career in doubt because of injuries, here are a few things we'll miss about their matchup. Who's the better pitchman?


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Rams coach Jeff Fisher to Bengals media: Understands Stedman Bailey is in surgery right now. Says he's no doc and is reading between the lines, but all signs suggest Bailey will "pull through." Sounds like it was a good thing surgery was done today instead of right away Tuesday night. Fisher also was "aware" he was training in Miami.

Eagles stars not performing for Kelly

Louis Riddick says if Chip Kelly is still with the Eagles next season, he needs to reevaluate his entire organization: "Do they look like a team that's really invested?"


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All Lions accounted for during open portion of practice Wednesday. Also spotted -- Troy Aikman.

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Rex Ryan on DE Mario Williams' foot injury: Well see. Hes running around on a scooter right now if that gives you any indication."

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Rex Ryan says Bills were very close to using Richie Incognito on defense Monday night because of defensive line injuries.

You like that? A Kirk Cousins investigation

When the Redskins QB shouted You like that! earlier this season, it prompted ESPN's John Keim to go through all of Cousins' games so far this season and determine if he liked that. Mixed results

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Bengals QB Andy Dalton: "We want to get back to our winning ways ... get things back to where we've been." Also, when asked about playing in London, he says it'll be "cool," but notes he's not thinking about that game because it's so far away.