NFL stories for the weekend of Oct. 12-13:
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Defensive coordinator Todd Bowles calls inside linebacker Daryl Washington his team's "Energizer Bunny." Fast and fierce, Washington returned from a four-game suspension and immediately showed why he's considered one of the rising stars in the NFL, if he can stay out of trouble.
By Bob Baum. 800 words. SENT.
GAME OF THE WEEK
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- As usual, Drew Brees is near the top of the NFL quarterback rankings. Tom Brady is far down the list from his customary spot. And the chance that Sunday's meeting between the New Orleans Saints and New England Patriots would give Brady an opportunity to tie Brees' NFL record of 54 straight games with a touchdown pass ended in last Sunday's 13-6 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. It also ruined the possibility of a matchup of unbeaten teams.
By Howard Ulman. 850 words. SENT.
FBN--ON FOOTBALL-COACHING CLINICS
The new guys in town are doing pretty well in Kansas City, Arizona, Cleveland and Chicago, coaching their teams to winning records. Even Chip Kelly in Philadelphia has a first-place team, albeit with a losing record. But change hasn't made a big difference in Buffalo, San Diego or Jacksonville.
By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. 800 words. SENT.
FBN--NFL THIS WEEK
Some have dubbed it the point-spread game, given that Denver is favored by more than four touchdowns against Jacksonville on Sunday. Others are calling it the biggest mismatch in NFL history. Still others expect Peyton Manning to sit out the second half, his requisite four touchdown passes already in the books.
What no one is projecting is the Jaguars' first victory after five lopsided defeats, nor the Broncos' first loss following a record-setting opening five weeks.
By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. 1,600 words. SENT.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Falcons are giving predictably positive quotes about the possibility of Kevin Cone, Drew Davis and Harry Douglas stepping in for Julio Jones at wide receiver. The bottom line came from quarterback Matt Ryan, who said "It's tough to replicate what he can do." It may be even tougher for the 1-4 Falcons to salvage their season.
By Charles Odum. 700 words. SENT.
By Steven Wine. 750 words. SENT.
FBN--NFL NOTES. SENT.
Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press
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