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Payton upset with officiating — and he has a point

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Which WR is most deserving of a bust in the Class of 2018?

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Most worthy OL for the HOF Class of 2018? It’s Jacoby

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The Giants brought Super Bowl aspirations into the fall but five weeks into the season they have already vanished. New York is already 0-5, having lost to Dallas, Detroit, Philadelphia, Tampa Bay and the Los Angeles Chargers.

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Only two NFL teams are 3-0 on the road this season, the Panthers and the Kansas City Chiefs. Carolina won only two games on the road all of last season.

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The Kansas City Chiefs are 4-0 for a very good reason – they don’t beat themselves. They have committed an AFC-low one turnover. That came on KCs first snap of the season – a fumble by rookie Kareem Hunt. That was 238 plays and 42 offensive possessions ago.

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The New York Giants are one of only four teams still winless after four games – and the other three either have new head coaches, new quarterbacks or both.

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The 1987 NFL strike gave players a chance to resurrect professional careers when the team owners opted to continue playing the schedule with replacements. Some went on to enjoy careers that gave them Pro Bowl appearances and Super Bowl rings. That was the subject of our weekly Talk of Fame Network poll last week – …

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The Broncos are 3-1 because they’ve been able to take care of business at home. Denver is one of only two NFL teams 3-0 at home along with Green Bay.

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The Atlanta Falcons drafted Fralic with the second overall pick of the 1985 NFL draft. Only one offensive tackle in the history of the draft had gone higher – Hall of Famer Ron Yary, who went first overall to the Minnesota Vikings in 1968.

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Tom Brady has thrown 110 passes without an interception this season. He was the only quarterback to pass for 1,000 yards through the first three weeks (1,092) and also led the NFL with his 8 TD passes.

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Erik Kramer started one game for the Falcons in the strike season, then sat out three seasons before the Detroit Lions called in 1991. He quarterbacked them to the NFC title game that season.

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This is the youngest the NFL has ever been. Those experienced players who don’t make mistakes have been disappearing, replaced on rosters by the salary cap-friendly younger players who do make the mistakes that can cost a team games.

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Lionel Vital was the NFL’s best running back during the brief replacement era, rushing for 82 yards in the first game against the St. Louis Cardinals, 128 in the second game against the Giants and 136 on a Monday night against the Cowboys in his NFL career finale.

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Matt Prater has converted 12 consecutive field goal tries of 50 yards or more for the Lions, including kicks of 55, 56, 57 and 58 yards this season.

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Few coaches in NFL history have played the hand they’ve been dealt as masterfully as Marty Schottenheimer. He coached for 21 seasons and won 200 games. He suffered only two losing seasons in his career, taking 13 teams to the playoffs and winning division championships with eight of them.

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Lionel Vital led all strike rushers with 346 yards on 80 carries for the 3-0 Redskins – three victories that helped propel Washington to its second championship season under Joe Gibbs.

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Adam Vinatieri owns four Super Bowl rings (three from the Patriots, one from the Colts) and set an NFL record by converting 44 consecutive field goals. He was voted to the 2000 NFL all-decade team.

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