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BEREA, Ohio — The Cleveland Browns may be winless, but they have not abandoned their coach.

Whether that saves Hue Jackson’s job remains to be seen, but the team’s effort since the bye week shows that the players have not quit, which is one measure of a coach’s — and a coaching staff’s — ability to get through to a team.

“That’s my head coach,” linebacker Chris Kirksey said after Sunday’s loss in Cincinnati. “I wouldn’t want to play for [anybody] else.”

“I think that is what Coach Jackson does best — is keep us motivated,” guard Joel Bitonio said Monday. “A lot of teams could have tapped out, but we are going to fight and we are going to play as hard as we can. I think you can see that, at least in our play.”

Not that this is the sole measure to judge a team. The scrap heap of ex-coaches is filled with guys whose players “gave it their all.” As Bill Parcells so wisely said, a team is its record. But teams are also judged on expectations, and the Browns did not begin this season with anyone predicting a winning record, much less a playoff run. That being said, they also were not expected to go winless. And when loss after loss piles up, it can wear a team down.

Amidst all their issues, one thing that can be said about the Browns is they haven’t given in to the losing. They lack talent in areas, they make mistakes, but they play hard and they compete.

Sunday’s 14-point loss in Cincinnati felt closer. The Browns outgained the Bengals, had two running backs average 5 yards per carry and got DeShone Kizer’s best game of the season.

The inability to get early touchdowns combined with defensive lapses, a dropped touchdown pass (by Corey Coleman) and a key and questionable late penalty call on Jabrill Peppers added up to a loss. But the 11th loss in 11 games hasn’t seemed to diminish any belief in Jackson.

“He’s the coach of the Cleveland Browns and I’ll forever have his back,” Kirksey said. “And that’s what the men in this room do. We have his back.”

Players said similar things last year as well when the Browns’ first win did not come until the 15th game, on Christmas Eve.

If the Browns were going to fade into oblivion, it would and could have happened after the bye, when they were starting the second half 0-8 and Kizer had played a poor second half in London.

But the Browns played hard against the Lions in Detroit. They led in the first and third quarters, and were down by seven until less than five minutes remained. For most teams, that’s not much to be excited about; for the Browns it represents positive steps.

The Browns and Kizer did not have the wherewithal to stay with a very good and physical Jacksonville defense, but still trailed by three deep into the fourth quarter in a game when the Browns were not penalized once.

Cincinnati was similar to Detroit, except the offense was even better.

This week, the team gets Josh Gordon back.

The Browns have started every game aggressively and actively. Their problem is when the offense plays well, the defense gives up points (Detroit and Cincinnati) and when the defense plays well, the offense hasn’t scored (Minnesota).

Jackson has said his team has to be perfect to win, a statement about the overall talent on the roster. Monday, he was asked why he didn’t take a couple of chances in the end zone late in the first half with the Browns down 13. His answer: “We’re not equipped for that.” Call it the corollary to the perfection theory.

A team is its record, so the Browns have earned every bit of 0-11. After Sunday’s game, Kirksey made an impassioned speech to his teammates that was so vocal he could be heard in the media interview room adjacent to the locker room.

“I think he just expressed what everyone on the team is kind of feeling,” Bitonio said. “It has been crappy right now. It sucks, but we are not going to give up. We are not going to stop fighting.”

Players have made speeches and stood up for coaches in the past, but this team went on the road having lost 24-of-25 and put 405 yards of offense on the Bengals.

“I love the spirit of the group, the grit of the group and the resiliency of the group,” Jackson said.

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PHILADELPHIA — Following an 8-yard touchdown reception late in the first half, Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery lined up a good 15 feet from the rest of his offensive brethren, who were bunched together like bowling pins. He sized them up, flicked his wrist, and after a beat, they all fell over. A perfect strike.

It was that kind of day for Jeffery against his former team. He outgained the anemic Bears all by himself in the first half and finished with five catches for 52 yards and a score. That TD — his seventh of the season — also happened to trigger a $250,000 bonus in his contract. From a personal standpoint, it doesn’t get much better.

Jeffery has been more focused on team achievement this season, though. He downplayed this week’s matchup against Chicago, where he spent the first five seasons of his career, saying it was just another game on the schedule. On pace to finish with about 60 catches and 900 yards entering Week 12 — a far cry from the 85-catch, near-1,300 yard campaign he had in his best years with the Bears — Jeffery stated that “winning championships” is what matters to him.

The Eagles continue down the track in that pursuit. Their 31-3 win over Chicago moves them to 10-1 on the season. The past two times they started 10-1 (1980 and 2004), they reached the Super Bowl. The odds of postseason success continue to tilt in their favor. Per ESPN Stats & Information, 67 teams have started 9-1 or better in the Super Bowl era before the Eagles. All 67 reached the playoffs, 48 won at least one game, 33 reached the Super Bowl and 17 won it.

They can clinch the NFC East with a Dallas loss or tie against the Washington Redskins on Thursday night. If Dallas wins, The Eagles will clinch by beating the Seattle Seahawks Sunday night.

Quarterback Carson Wentz continues to be the guiding force in the Eagles’ surge towards NFL supremacy. He finished with three touchdowns, upping his league-leading total to 28. He joins Donovan McNabb (2006) and Hall of Famer Sonny Jurgensen (1960-61) as the only Eagles players to throw multiple TD passes in seven consecutive games. He is on pace to throw 41 touchdowns this season. The most touchdown passes by an Eagles quarterback in a single season is 32, established by Jurgensen in 1961.

Wentz seems to have at least one highlight-reel play per game. This week, the most dazzling came on 3rd-and-9 in the second quarter, when he somehow felt defensive back Cre’Von LeBlanc bearing down on his blind side, spun away from contact and scrambled 16 yards to set up his second touchdown throw of the game. He continues to add to his MVP résumé.

His developing chemistry with Jeffery will only help the Eagles down the stretch. Jeffery has 15 catches for 203 yards with four touchdowns over the past three games. Five of his seven TDs have come over his past four outings.

Personally and team-wise, it’s all starting to come together for Jeffery, and just in time for a critical two-game West Coast trip to face Seattle and the L.A. Rams. His old squad, meanwhile, continues to slide in the other direction.

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The Houston Texans have been busy trying to improve their roster in an attempt to make a playoff run.

The Houston Texans have been making a lot of roster moves over the past couple of days.

On Monday, it was reported that the Texans are promoting wide receiver Cobi Hamilton by adding him to their 53-man roster from their practice squad.

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Then on Tuesday is was reported that the Texans put in a claim for defensive tackle Sheldon Day after the Jacksonville Jaguars released him. Unfortunately, he ended up with the San Francisco 49ers, since they’re higher on the waiver wire priority list.  Houston did however sign running back Troymaine Pope to their practice squad.

On top of that the Texans were awarded former Arizona Cardinals running back Andre Ellington off of waivers, after he was recently released.

News has also come out that the Texans have released quarterback Josh Johnson. He’s been serving as their third string quarterback with T.J. Yates and of course Tom Savage ahead of him.

Houston only had two quarterbacks on their roster until rookie Deshaun Watson went down with a torn ACL.  Then they decided to sign two back-ups. Now they’re back down to two quarterbacks on their active roster with Johnson being released.

With Kevin Johnson in the concussion protocol, the Texans worked out free agent defensive backs Chykie Brown and Adairus Barnes on Tuesday.

Brown is 30 years-old and last played with the Cincinnati Bengals last year. He’s also spent time with the Baltimore Ravens and New York Giants. He was a 5th round pick of the Ravens in 2011 out of the University of Texas.

Barnes is 23 years-old and went undrafted in 2016 out of Louisiana Tech. He was then signed by the Detroit Lions and was on their roster until he was waived on September 2nd.

Comment below and give us your thoughts on the the moves the Texans have made.

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Ryan Fitzpatrick wants no part of a quarterback controversy, and one surely doesn’t exist in Tampa Bay.

At least, not yet.

Fitzpatrick threw for 275 yards and two touchdowns in leading the Buccaneers past the Miami Dolphins 30-20 on Sunday.

Fitzpatrick now has as many wins as the Bucs’ starter this season — two, in two tries — as Tampa Bay got in Jameis Winston’s starts over the season’s first eight outings.

“I like being the Grandpa,” said Fitzpatrick, who turns 35 this week.

Grandpa can still play.

“Real confident, very smart, processes things well and can make plays outside the pocket,” Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans said. “He’s similar to Jameis. We have two really good quarterbacks.”

Winston has been dealing with an injury to his throwing shoulder, and it’s unclear how long he’ll be sidelined. He’s got some off-the-field issues dogging him again as well, after it was learned last week that the NFL is investigating an allegation that he groped a female Uber driver in 2016 — a claim that Winston has denied.

None of that mattered on the field Sunday, anyway, with Fitzpatrick completing 22 of 37 passes and leading what essentially was the winning drive in the final 3 minutes after Miami tied the game.

Fitzpatrick got the Bucs into range for an easy field goal by Patrick Murray, and Tampa Bay got a touchdown as time expired when the Dolphins fumbled away a last-ditch, lateral-filled kickoff return.

“I thought we really stepped up at the end there,” Fitzpatrick said. “It was tough getting things going in the second half. We had a couple of possessions where I think we had seven plays in the third quarter. Games are going to have those ebbs and flows.”

Bucs coach Dirk Koetter couldn’t heap enough praise onto Fitzpatrick after the win.

“Heck, he’s 2-0 as a starter … a calm, professional leader,” Koetter said. “When you go get a veteran backup like that, that’s what you’re looking for.”

The Buccaneers (4-6) still have playoff hopes — slim, but existent — because of their backup.

The Dolphins (4-6) may have to ask their backup to find a way to keep them hanging on as well.

Matt Moore took over at halftime when Jay Cutler was diagnosed with a concussion, and completed 17 of 28 passes for 282 yards and a touchdown that tied the game at 20-20 — after Miami trailed 20-7 when he took the field for the first time.

“I understand my role,” Moore said. “My role is the backup quarterback on this team and when it’s time to play it’s time to play. Whatever happens, when you get the call to go, there’s obviously excitement, you’re fired up, you’re ready to go. I’ve done this for a long time.”

He might have to do it again next week against the king of the NFL mountain: Miami goes to New England next Sunday.

Here’s some of what to know after the Bucs’ win over the Dolphins:
IT GETS NO EASIER

The Dolphins are in huge trouble. They play New England twice in the next three weeks. They’re looking at probable cold-weather games at Buffalo and Kansas City on Dec. 17 and Dec. 24. And they have only one game left against a team currently below the .500 mark — that would be Denver at home on Dec. 3. Add in the injuries, roster shake-ups and now Cutler’s status, and things look bleak at best.
NEEDED ROAD WIN

Put simply, this was a road win that the Buccaneers needed to have after six consecutive losses away from Raymond James Stadium. They’re on the road each of the next two weeks as well, first at Atlanta and then at Green Bay. It will be far from an easy finish, but at least this win may give the Bucs some hope.
THREEPEAT

Fitzpatrick has now won on the Dolphins’ home field as a starter for three different teams. He beat the Dolphins in 2010 while with the Buffalo Bills, in 2015 while with the New York Jets, and now with the Bucs. In 11 appearances against Miami, he’s 6-5.
STILLS’ BIG DAY

Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills caught seven passes for a career-best 180 yards — matching the seventh-most by a receiver in Miami history.

Stills’ previous career best was 162 yards at Pittsburgh on Nov. 30, 2014, and he hauled in the 61-yard touchdown pass from Moore late in the fourth quarter to get the Dolphins even.
NO RUN

Take away Damien Williams’ 69-yard run on the second Miami snap from scrimmage, and neither team got a ground game going. Tampa Bay ran the ball 24 times for 53 yards; the Dolphins, without that big Williams run, had 14 yards on 18 carries. Williams’ nine other carries went for a total of 9 yards.

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The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed rookie long snapper Colin Holba to the team’s active roster

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed rookie long snapper Colin Holba to the team’s active roster, the club announced today. To make room on the roster, the Jaguars placed Matt Overton on the team’s reserve/injured list.

Holba, 6-4, 248, was originally selected in the sixth round (213th overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Holba attended the University of Louisville where he served two seasons (2015-16) as the team’s primary long snapper. A native of Louisville, Holba played two years of football and three years of baseball at Eastern (Ky.) High School and served as the long snapper during his sophomore and junior seasons. Holba was released by the Steelers on Sept. 2 during roster reductions. Holba is pronounced, “HOLE-buh.”

Overton, a sixth-year veteran who was signed on Aug. 3, sustained a shoulder injury in the Jaguars’ Week 10 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers.

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Washington kicker Nick Rose made a 56-yard field goal with a little over a minute left to play to cut the Vikings’ lead to 38-30. But Rose’s onsides kick didn’t travel the required 10 yards, giving the ball to Minnesota and allowing the Vikings to kneel to run out the clock and win the game. The Redskins drop to 4-5.

Vikings kick a field goal, extend lead to 38-27

In three-plus seasons as a member of the Redskins, Vikings kicker Kai Forbath’s longest field goal was 50 yards. Now a member of the Vikings and returning to FedEx Field, Forbath drilled a 53-yarder midway through the fourth quarter that could prove to be crucial. The kick gave the Vikings a 38-27, making this a two-possession game. Kirk Cousins and Co. will have to score twice in the next seven and a half minutes to challenge Minnesota.

D.J. Swearinger’s second interception leads to Redskins touchdown as Vikings’ lead is cut to 35-27

He calls himself two spoons. Well, D.J. Swearinger now has two interceptions after snagging another pass from Case Keenum. Although he fumbled out of bounds on the return, it gave Washington’s offense the ball at the 2-yard line. Kirk Cousins scored his second rushing touchdown two plays later on a read-option play to make it a one-score game, 35-27, with 14:47 left in the fourth quarter.

And finally a mistake from Case Keenum. Now the Redskins will have to show whether they can capitalize. Keenum was enjoying a near-flawless game with a lot of good pass protection. The Redskins have zero sacks and just two quarterback hits. But then Keenum floated a pass that was destined for Redskins’ hands, and sure enough. D.J. Swearinger came down with it, his first pick since joining Washington as a free agent this offseason. Washington’s offense took the field with a bit of momentum and in need of a score to make the final quarter here competitive.

Redskins cut Vikings’ lead to 35-20

Washington kicker Nick Rose made a 21-yard field goal with 8:28 left in the third quarter after the Redskins’ drive stalled at the Vikings’ 3-yard line, bringing the score to 35-20 in favor of Minnesota.

Minnesota extends lead to 35-17 as Case Keenum throws his fourth touchdown pass

This game flipped quickly, and just two and a half minutes into the second half, the Vikings suddenly raced out to a 35-17 lead and the Redskins were left searching for answers, especially on the defensive end. The Washington defense has allowed a touchdown on five of the Vikings’ first six drives this afternoon. The latest was a 72-yard drive on just six plays to open the third quarter, capped by Case Keenum’s 7-yard touchdown pass to Jarius Wright.

Keenum is having quite the afternoon. He’s 14-of-18 passing for 250 yards and four touchdowns. His 158.3 passer rating is perfect.

Vikings lead 28-17 at halftime after Cousins interception

Kirk Cousins was intercepted by Vikings defensive back Mackensie Alexander with 1:38 left in the first half, leading to another touchdown by Minnesota and a 28-17 lead heading into halftime.

Just when it appeared the Redskins had a chance to take the lead before halftime, they now trail by two scores. Cousins threw a costly interception, a pass intended for Jamison Crowder that sailed over his hands, and Minnesota was able to double-dip with two touchdowns in the final two minutes of the first half to take a 28-17 lead.

The Vikings have had the ball for just over 11 minutes, yet they’ve gained 247 total yards. Washington’s secondary has struggled defending Minnesota wide receivers Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen, who have 10 combined catches for 162 yards and two touchdowns.

Adam Thielen touchdown catch gives Vikings a 21-17 advantage

Minnesota engineered a six-play, 71-yard touchdown drive that took fewer than three minutes off the clock, scoring on Case Keenum’s 7-yard TD pass to Adam Thielen.

One week after turning in one of their best defensive performances of the season, this one has been pretty uneven for the Redskins. Keenum has faced little pressure, and the Washington secondary has given up some big plays. DeAngelo Hall, Josh Norman and Bashaud Breeland have all been beat soundly in coverage at some point in the opening half of play.

On this Vikings’ scoring drive, receiver Thielen beat Breeland for a 38-yard gain that put the Vikings in the red zone. Thielen hauled in a 17-yard catch on the next snap and then two plays later caught a 7-yard touchdown pass to give Minnesota a 21-17 lead.

Redskins take a 17-14 lead on Kirk Cousins’ QB sneak

Washington finished off a 13-play, 60-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run by Kirk Cousins on a quarterback sneak. The biggest play on a drive was a 32-yard catch and run by Jamison Crowder.

Washington’s offensive line is healthy, and it has made a significant difference on the run game, as seen on this drive. The unit was able to get some great push in the running game against a talented Vikings defensive line, which is playing without Everson Griffen, guiding Washington’s offense down the field on a 13-play drive that lasted over seven minutes.

Vikings take a 14-10 lead with Diggs touchdown

Minnesota quarterback Case Keenum connected with wide receiver Stefon Diggs for a 3-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter, giving the Vikings a 14-10 advantage.

Kirk Cousins has an impressive first quarter

The Redskins carried a 10-7 lead into the second quarter, and Kirk Cousins seems to be benefiting from the healthy offensive line in front of him. He’s making the most of his time in the pocket and is spreading the ball around effectively. Five different Washington players registered at least one catch in the opening quarter — and not a single one of them was a tight end.

Cousins’ first quarter numbers: 10-of-12 passing for 110 yards and a touchdown and a passer rating of 132.6. Cousins often finds himself looking first at his tight ends or running backs in short-yardage situations, but in the first quarter he targeted his wide receivers six times, which resulted in six receptions.

Redskins take a 10-7 lead

Washington got a field goal out of a 10-play, 52-yard drive at the end of the first quarter. The Redskins converted a fourth down play with a pass from Kirk Cousins to running back Chris Thompson. Running back Rob Kelley appeared to injure his knee on one play.

Vikings tie game at 7-7

Minnesota answered the Redskins’ scoring drive with one of its own. Latavius Murray scored on a one-yard run two plays after Case Keenum connected with Stefon Diggs for a long completion.

We haven’t seen Josh Norman get beat deep much, if at all, this season. But he got caught cheating during the first defensive possession. Diggs got about two steps on Norman during his 51-yard reception on the third play of the drive. Diggs, a Maryland product, got Minnesota down to the 2-yard line, and Murray scored two plays later. It was an uncharacteristic play for Norman, who has been the shutdown corner Washington had hoped he would be when he signed in 2016, leading to a quick response by Minnesota.

Redskins take early 7-0 lead

Maurice Harris made a spectacular one-handed diving catch for a touchdown to give Washington an early 7-0 lead. The catch capped off a seven-play, 75-yard drive that took just over four minutes.

Minnesota cornerback Trae Waynes is going to watch film of Harris’s 36-yard reception and shake his head. There’s not much he could’ve done to prevent that one. Harris came up with a highlight-reel, diving one-handed grab as he tumbled inside the pylon for the Redskins’ first score of the game. The catch was initially ruled incomplete, but after a review, it was clear that Harris successfully made the grab inbounds. Harris was promoted to the active roster just one day earlier, and has given the Washington offense plenty of momentum out of the gate.

Reunited and it feels so good

Actually, given the injuries they’ll play through, it probably is going to hurt a bit for the Washington Redskins’ offensive line. The toughness of that unit will be on full display Sunday as the entire starting unit will suit up for the first time since Washington’s Week 7 game against Philadelphia. Since that game every member of the starting unit has missed some amount of game time, whether it was just a few plays, in the case of right tackle Morgan Moses, or several games, as is the case for Trent Williams.

Despite a right-knee injury that will require surgery to correct, Williams is suiting up and will play Sunday vs. the Vikings, joining Shawn Lauvao (who missed time with a stinger), Brandon Scherff (knee) and Moses (ankles) in the trenches. Chase Roullier is starting at center for the injured Spencer Long (knee), who is active.

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Back from the bye, the Los Angeles Chargers announced a flurry of transactions on Tuesday as they gear up for the second half of the season.

The Bolts signed tight end Jeff Cumberland, activated linebacker Denzel Perryman from Reserve/Injured-Designated for Return and waived linebacker Josh Keyes and tackle Tyler Marz.  In addition, the team signed center-guard Cole Toner to the practice squad.

Cumberland is a 6-4, 260-pound tight end who is on his third stint with the Chargers.  However, this marks the eight-year veteran’s first stint on the 53-man roster. Cumberland first signed with the team in 2016, but spent the entire campaign on IR after suffering an Achilles injury in the preseason.  He rejoined the team this past offseason, but missed most of training camp with a minor injury.  Cumberland did appear in two preseason games before being released during final roster reductions.  The former Jet caught 86 passes for 1,119 yards and 10 touchdowns over 65 career games in New York, many of which came with Head Coach Anthony Lynn on the team’s staff.

Meanwhile, Perryman returns to the active roster after an ankle injury cost him the first half of 2017.  The third-year linebacker suffered the injury in the first preseason game, and was subsequently placed on IR a week before the season opener.  Perryman was designated for return in mid-October, and returned to practice before the Week 7 match against the Denver Broncos.  Per NFL rules, while those designated to return can practice after six weeks, they must miss at least eight games before being back on the active roster.  The 5-11, 240-pound Perryman has totaled 126 tackles, nine tackles for loss and four sacks over 26 career games.

In order to make room for Cumberland and Perryman, the Chargers waived Marz and Keyes.  Marz was signed off the Tennessee Titans’ practice squad in late September, but was inactive all six games he was on the active roster.  Keyes was signed in mid-October, appearing in two games on special teams.

Finally, the team signed former Arizona Cardinals draft pick Toner to the practice squad.   A 6-5, 300-pound product out of Harvard, he was selected in the fifth-round (170th overall) in the 2016 NFL Draft.  He appeared in two games last year for Arizona.  Toner most recently spent time on the New England Patriots practice squad. He takes the vacant spot created when the Cardinals signed Max Tuerk to the active roster.

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CHARLOTTE — When All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones dropped a wide-open 39-yard touchdown pass with just under nine minutes left in regulation Sunday, you knew what kind of day it had been for the Atlanta Falcons.

Jones’ bobble magnified another implosion for the Falcons in a 20-17 loss to the Carolina Panthers. The Falcons actually looked poised to silence the crowd at Bank of America Stadium after jumping out to a 10-0 lead after one quarter, building steam off two forced fumbles by strong safety Keanu Neal. But they’ve developed a reputation for blowing such leads.

They did it again Sunday.

“We’ve been under the same roof, the 2017 team, for eight games,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said. “We’re going to continue to address the areas that we need to improve on.”

A game that could have served as a statement to the rest of the NFC South turned out to be the same old story. It marked the third time this season that the 4-4 Falcons blew a lead to lose a game. They led 10-7 at home against Buffalo at halftime only to lose 23-17. They jumped out to a 17-0 lead at home against Miami only to lose 20-17.

And then came Sunday.

The Falcons dropped their division opener to the Panthers after supposedly having built momentum with last week’s close road win over the New York Jets. Now it’s fair to wonder if Quinn’s team can recapture any of the swagger from last year’s Super Bowl run in time to make a playoff run — or make the playoffs, period. Upcoming games at home against the Dallas Cowboys and on the road against the Seattle Seahawks will test the Falcons’ ability to “reset” and get back on track. Regrouping really hasn’t worked too well thus far.

The Falcons’ latest failure can be traced back to a second-quarter sequence that could have given them possibly a stranglehold on an important road win. They faced second-and-2 from Carolina’s 36-yard line with 5 minutes, 54 seconds left before halftime. What followed were three consecutive running plays for 1 yard, including a failed fourth-and-1 by Devonta Freeman. It was a series of plays that had critics calling for offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian’s head again, although the execution wasn’t there, either.

“We have to execute as players better than we did,” Ryan said. “We’ve got to be able to move the chains with three opportunities from 2 yards or less, regardless of what we’re calling — run or pass.”

Rather than driving for possibly a 17-0 lead right then, the Falcons put the Panthers in position for their first touchdown with penalties on Austin Hooper (illegal crackback) and Brian Poole (unnecessary roughness). Then, two plays after Christian McCaffrey’s 4-yard touchdown run, Ryan threw his seventh interception of the season, this one to Mike Adams on a pass he was trying to get to Hooper down the middle of the field.

“We’re going to stay aggressive, for sure,” Ryan said of the interceptions. “Felt like we have an opportunity with Hoop in front of the safety. They made a good play. That’s one of those situations, disappointing. We’ll look at the film and see how we need to be better moving forward, but we’re going stay aggressive.”

The Panthers turned the turnover into Cam Newton’s 9-yard touchdown run, and turned the tide of the game.

Some of the same issues continued to haunt the Falcons. They went 4-for-12 on third down, not to mention 0-for-3 on fourth down. They had eight penalties for 70 yards, some of them foolish defensive flags. And they couldn’t pick up a single yard when they needed it most and finished with just 53 rushing yards on 18 carries.

Although the Falcons weren’t out of it until the very end, thanks to a late Tevin Coleman 19-yard touchdown reception, they still have to learn how to finish.

“We just lost,” Freeman said. “I guess we didn’t click. We will go back to the drawing board, figure out what we need to do to win, and win.”

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A pack of Miami Dolphins notes as the team begins preparations for Sunday night’s game against the Oakland Raiders:

With Pro Bowl running back Jay Ajayi being introduced in Philadelphia today following his trade Tuesday, the Dolphins are moving on toward finding his successor.

And that successor’s name is Damien Kenyan Senorise Williams Drake Perry.

Coach Adam Gase on Wednesday declined to say the new starting running back will be — perhaps because it might not matter immediately until Kenyan Drake or Damien Williams or Senorise Perry separate from one another and fall into more defined roles.

“We’ll see how it works out,” Gase said. “We’re going to go through practice this week and see what fits. I like the three guys we got, their skills sets. We’ll be able to maximize what they do well.”

So what do these guys do well?

Gase said he was told when he arrived that “when the lights come on on Sunday, [Williams] is one of the guys you want with you.”

The coach added, “he’s done nothing but make plays.”

Williams has rushed 12 times for 32 yards (2.7 yards per carry) without a touchdown this season.

On Drake, Gase said assuming he’ll be the starter is “speculation,” but added, “We feel he fits the mold we’re looking for in that backfield.”

Drake has 10 rushes for 25 yards this season (2.5 YPC average).

And Perry, according to Gase, “has knowledge of this offense. He’s been with me enough to where when you know what a guy can do, there’s a comfort level there.”

So it’s going to be a group situation for now.

“I like the fact they’re able to catch the ball, they’re able to run good routes, they’re able to run the ball inside and outside. They’re physical. It’s something we like their skill sets,” Gase said.

So what’s Gase’s explanation for trading Ajayi?

“I think it was just time for us to move on,” the coach said. “We’ve had conversations about what we’re going to do down the road. We felt this was a good opportunity. We kind of put some feelers out to see where other teams were at. We got some younger players there we felt we’re going to move forward with and that was the decision we came to.”

So are the Dolphins better today than before they traded Ajayi?

“I like where we’re at right now,” Gase said before adding, “We didn’t inquire about anyone else. We’ll see how it goes from here on out but as for right now, I like the group I got.”

Gase’s explanation for ultimately moving on from Ajayi hinted at what I reported the Dolphins felt as reasons for dumping Ajayi but didn’t come out and actually say it.

“We’ve had ups and downs but that’s with a lot of players,” Gase said of Ajayi. “It’s a lot of players and getting on the same page and sharing the philosophy of how we want to do things. He tried to do what we were asking him to do a majority of the time … It was just time for us to go separate ways.”

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The Dolphins are 4-3 and coming off a debacle on prime time last Thursday. So changes are afoot in how the team approaches preparations.

“We’re not going to stay the same,” Gase said. “We’re not going to keep doing the same thing and bang our head against the wall. We made some changes with how we’re meeting, how we’re going to walk thru, how we’re going to schedule things, how we’re going to practice. We’re going to make changes.

“I’m not talking about personnel, I talking about the way we’re going about things. The way we’re teaching. They way we game plan. That’s what we should be doing. If we sit here and do the same thing over and over again … we’re really kidding ourselves. We have to find the right way to teach, the right way to learn and find what allows us to execute on Sunday.”

I like this. There’s something to be said for having a conviction about how one approaches work. But when that approach shows itself to be less than perfect, changes and adjustments are in order. So, good.

“When things start to go off track, it’s you job to go find solutions,” Gase said.

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Quarterback Jay Cutler is practicing on Wednesday and is scheduled to start against the Raiders. But Gase seemed to draw back from the idea Cutler is definitely going to be the starter.

“We’ll see how he feels in practice, after practice,” Gase said. “Matt took a lot of shots last week and he’s trying to recover from that as well. He’s still a little sore. He took too many shots. We’ll see how this week goes and Matt’s always ready to go and we’ll see how Jay feels.”

Gase said there is no significant chance Cutler can cause further damage to his two cracked ribs if he takes another hit in the area.

“It sounds like we’re going to be ok in that area. I’m sure it’s not going to feel good … We need to do a good job to make sure he’s protected. Hopefully we have a good sense of urgency.”

Jarvis Landry was not traded. And Gase repeated the team’s leading receiver, unsigned and scheduled for free agency in 2018, remains very much in the team’s plan.

Sort of …

“We told him a long time ago he wasn’t going anywhere,” Gase said. “We have a vision for what we want that wide receiver room to look like and we expect him to be a huge part of that. However that works out down the road, that’s hard for me to say because I don’t negotiate the contracts.

“I’ll blame Mike [Tannenbaum] on that one.”

Yes, there’s uncertainty there. But

“I like that group. I like that group a lot. We have a lot of guys that are trying to do it right and will fight the entire game. I think that’s why we see some moments where things look really good. We just have to find ways to improve. We just got to keep being on the details and accountable to each other.”

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