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Bill Belichick shoots down questions about his coaching legacy

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If the Patriots win their next two games, coach Bill Belichick will tie the all-time NFL records for postseason victories and Super Bowl titles by a head coach. But Belichick doesn’t want to talk about that — or any other aspect of his coaching career — right now.

Asked at his press conference today about his status as the active coach who has lasted the longest with his current team, Belichick brushed it off as irrelevant.

“I’m just trying to think about the Ravens,” Belichick said. “We’re trying to get ready to win the AFC Championship Game. I’m not really too concerned about how long anybody has or has been with any other team, or how long I’ve been here, or anything else. I don’t really care about any of that, with all due respect.”

Asked a follow-up question about his coaching legacy, Belichick reiterated that he doesn’t want to think about such questions right now.

“Right now I’m trying to beat the Ravens,” Belichick said. “That’s where our football team’s challenge is. That’s what we’re focused on. The rest of it is for another time and another place.”

Belichick was clearly not in the mood to talk about history. When another reporter asked him what Tom Brady does better now than he did in the Patriots’ first Super Bowl run after the 2001 season, Belichick muttered, “I’d say pretty much everything,” and moved on to the next question.

When asked questions about the upcoming game against the Ravens, Belichick was effusive in his praise. And he made clear that the Ravens are all he’s thinking about.

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Jets offense ends long touchdown drought with long pass

GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 17:  Quarterback Geno Smith #7 of the New York Jets prepares to snap the football during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 17, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Jets 28-3.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Getty Images

Geno Smith has thrown his first touchdown pass since returning to the starting job and the Jets have scored their first offensive touchdown since the second quarter of their Week Five loss to the Steelers.

Smith hit Quincy Enunwa over the middle and Enunwa ran away from the Ravens defense for a 69-yard touchdown that ended a long spell without a touchdown for the Jets offense. The score cut the Ravens’ lead to 10-7 after the first 15 minutes at the Meadowlands.

Smith ended his first quarter back in the starting job 3-of-7 for 88 yards, so the big play was an outlier after two ineffectual drives to open the game. The Jets also saw center Nick Mangold leave with an ankle injury. His return is called questionable.

The first of those drives was followed by punter Lachlan Edwards letting a snap go through his hands for a Ravens touchdown and the second saw the Jets defense give up a 53-yard pass to Mike Wallace before settling down to force a Justin Tucker field goal.

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Eagles cornerback Ron Brooks carted off

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 11: Ron Brooks #33 of the Philadelphia Eagles plays against the Cleveland Browns at Lincoln Financial Field on September 11, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defeated the Browns 29-10. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) Getty Images

Turnovers and injuries have been the story of the day so far in Philly.

Eagles cornerback Ron Brooks has been carted off with a leg injury. He seemed to injure his right knee without contact while trying to make a tackle.

With Brooks out, safety Malcolm Jenkins is expected to fill Brooks’ slot role.

The game between the Vikings and Eagles remains scoreless through one quarter.

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Chiefs strike quickly, on both sides of the ball

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) looks for a receiver during the first half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) AP

The good news is the Saints can score in a hurry. The bad news is they can give points up just as quickly.

They have multiple problems at the moment, beginning with the way the Chiefs came back to take a 14-7 lead.

Spencer Ware took a screen pass 46 yards for the touchdown, blowing his way through a number of bad tackles and bad angles against the league’s worst defense, in terms of points allowed.

And then things got tougher for their offense, as left tackle Terron Armstead was just helped off the field by athletic trainers. He had just some back from a knee injury, and backup Andrus Peat is out with a groin injury. That left journeyman Tony Hills at left tackle.

The Chiefs then pounced, with a tipped pass falling into the hands of safety Daniel Sorensen, who returned it 48 yards for a touchdown and a quick 14-point turnaround.

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Bills, Dolphins trade field goals in first quarter

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - OCTOBER 23:  Ryan Tannehill #17 of the Miami Dolphins warms up during a game against the Buffalo Bills on October 23, 2016 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Bills scored touchdowns in the first quarter of all four games in their current winning streak, but they couldn’t get the ball in the end zone over the first 15 minutes in Miami.

Their only points of the quarter came on a Dan Carpenter field goal in the final minute. The score was set up by a 30-yard Brandon Tate punt return that gave the Bills the ball on Miami’s 30-yard-line.

Carpenter’s kick tied the score at 3 and the score remained tied through the remaining seconds of the opening quarter. The Dolphins got their points at the end of a 15-play, 64-yard drive that opened the game. Jay Ajayi ran well and Ryan Tannehill threw for three first downs, but things petered out after a holding penalty on center Mike Pouncey.

Bills running back LeSean McCoy came into the game with a hamstring injury, but has run the ball three times and been on the field for a few other plays early in the game. The Bills have only run nine overall, so that’s helped keep the workload down even if the Bills haven’t shown signs of limiting McCoy.

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Andrew Sendejo carted off for Vikings

SEATTLE, WA - AUGUST 18:  Safety Andrew Sendejo #34 of the Minnesota Vikings warms up prior to the game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on August 18, 2016 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) Getty Images

The injury bug primarily has hit the Vikings on the offensive side of the ball this year. It’s now possibly striking on defense.

Safety Andrew Sendejo has been carted off after suffering a lower leg injury. Officially listed as questionable, he suffered the injury after making a first quarter interception of Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz.

The game has featured five turnovers in the first quarter, with three from Wentz and two from Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford.

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Bradford throws first pick of the year

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 23:  Shaun Hill #13 and Sam Bradford #8 of the Minnesota Vikings look onto the filed from the tunnel before warming up against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on October 23, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) Getty Images

Sam Bradford’s head apparently has been Photoshopped onto Ryan Fitzpatrick’s body.

With the Vikings on the door step of the end zone following a Carson Wentz interception, the Vikings starter threw an ugly interception in the end zone, picked off by Eagles safety Rodney McLeod.

The Vikings got the ball back after a Wentz fumble, and then Bradford promptly fumbled.

The Bradford fumble apparently was returned for a touchdown by Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins, but replay review showed that Jenkins was down by contact after recovering the ball.

Either way, Bradford already is having his roughest day as a Viking. Especially since on the team’s first drive of the game he underthrew receiver Charles Johnson for what would have been an easy touchdown.

If Bradford doesn’t settle down quickly, it’s going to be a long day for the Vikings.

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Saints get out to another quick start, up early on Chiefs

NEW ORLEANS, LA - AUGUST 26: Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints sits on the bench during the second half of a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on August 26, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Steelers won 27-14. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Saints have a horrible defense, for sure.

But they at least don’t have to worry about being in deep holes early.

Drew Brees just hit Brandin Cooks for a touchdown pass, giving the Saints a 7-0 lead over the Chiefs.

It’s the fourth straight game in which the Saints have scored a touchdown on their opening drive, a franchise record.

They need that kind of performance, as they’re last in the league in scoring defense, giving up 33.6 points per game.

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Jets botch punt snap, Ravens lead 7-0

LANDOVER, MD - AUGUST 19:  Punter Lac Edwards #4 of the New York Jets punts against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on August 19, 2016 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Jets are losing, which is familiar enough this season, but the way they went down 7-0 shows a little creativity.

A snap from long snapper Tanner Purdum to punter Lachlan Edwards flew through Edwards’ hands and into the end zone where it was recovered by Ravens wide receiver Chris Moore for a touchdown. It’s windy at the Meadowlands, but the snap didn’t appear to be affected by it enough that Edwards should have missed the ball completely.

The punt came at the end of Geno Smith’s first drive in his return to the starting job. He was 1-of-3 for eight yards, although a third down pass to Charone Peake should have been caught for a first down that would have kept the drive alive.

It didn’t, however, and the Jets were trailing just a few moments later.

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Taylor Lewan scored a touchdown. By design

NASHVILLE, TN - AUGUST 09:  Taylor Lewan #77 of the Tennessee Titans blocks against of the Green Bay Packers at LP Field on August 9, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images) Getty Images

There’s nothing like an old-fashioned offensive tackle touchdown.

The Titans went up 6-0 on the Colts after a 10-yard touchdown pass from Marcus Mariota to Taylor Lewan on a designed throwback screen to the tackle.

The Titans drove 78 yards in 10 plays. A dropped snap on the PAT kick never gave it a chance.

The Colts came right back with an impressive drive of their own and took the lead after Andrew Luck threw a touchdown pass to Frank Gore. The Colts drove 72 yards in 10 plays.

Mariota was 5-of-5 for 47 yards on the opening drive. Luck was 4-of-6 for 52 yards.

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Bengals march for quick touchdown

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The Bengals got the ball first Sunday. The Browns provided little opposition on the first drive.

A 5-yard touchdown run by Giovani Bernard opened the scoring. The Bengals went 75 yards in seven plays.

Jeremy Hill had a 40-yard run on the drive. A.J. Green caught two passes for 18 yards, and given the state of the Browns’ secondary, Green might go on to have a really big day.

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C.J. Anderson says he’s feeling no pressure

SAN DIEGO, CA - OCTOBER 13:  C.J. Anderson #22 of the Denver Broncos carries the ball as he is followed by  Caraun Reid #91 of the San Diego Chargers during the fourth quarter of a 21-13 Charger win at Qualcomm Stadium on October 13, 2016 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Broncos’ running game is struggling, but the guy at the top of the tailback depth chart isn’t feeling the heat.

I’ve got nothing to lose,” Anderson recently said, via Cameron Wolfe of the Denver Post. “I wasn’t supposed to be here. I wasn’t supposed to be in this position or this spot.”

Undrafted in 2013, Anderson got some sage advice from former Broncos safety Mike Adams.

“[H]e told me, my rookie year, you can go out there and make 10 great plays and one bad play and that’s why you were undrafted,” Anderson said. “Other guys, they can go out there and make 10 bad plays and one amazing play and that’s why they were drafted.”

Anderson, who signed a four-year, $16 million contract in March, has a career-low average of 3.5 yards per carry. With fourth-round rookie Devontae Booker likely to get more reps, that means Anderson could be getting fewer.

“There’s nothing wrong in the National Football League when two running backs can make plays,” Anderson said. “I’m actually happy that he’s coming along, I’ve been helping him through the whole way. I’m just glad he’s here.”

Still, Anderson had hoped that a workhorse performance in the Super Bowl would lead to a bell cow role in 2016. If looks like the Broncos are moving toward a two-man committee approach, fueled in part by Anderson not generating the kind of yardage he has in the past.

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Giants come back to beat Rams in London

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23:  Odell Beckham Jr of the New York Giants hands off Troy Hill of the Los Angels Rams during the NFL International Series match between New York Giants and Los Angeles Rams at Twickenham Stadium on October 23, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Giants got off to an ugly start this morning in London, but a big game from safety Landon Collins earned them a hard-fought 17-10 comeback win over the Rams.

Collins had two interceptions in the game, one a spectacular pick-six that gave the Giants their first touchdown, and one that set up their second touchdown. When he wasn’t intercepting Case Keenum, Collins was making tackles and was generally all over the field. He played an outstanding game.

The Giants’ offense did not play much of a game. Eli Manning struggled to make big plays, and running backs Paul Perkins and Rashad Jennings couldn’t find many holes against a good Rams front seven. But the Giants’ offense didn’t need to do much more than protect the football, and after a Larry Donnell fumble on the first drive, the Giants did just that.

The Rams did not do that. Keenum threw four interceptions and the Rams also fumbled three times, although they recovered all three of them. The Rams’ offense isn’t making many big plays, Todd Gurley is struggling to find room to run, and L.A. isn’t putting many points on the board. The Rams’ last offensive play was a bizarre interception on which Keenum threw into the end zone and Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was the only player in the vicinity.

The fans in London haven’t been treated to a lot of good football games. This one was far from a thriller, although it remained close until the end, and it saw two teams with legitimate playoff hopes. For the Giants, who improve to 4-3, those playoff hopes were bolstered today. The Rams, in falling to 3-4, looked like a team that needs to make another plan on offense.

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Giants take fourth-quarter lead

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23:  Eli Manning of the New York Giants in action during the NFL International Series match between New York Giants and Los Angeles Rams at Twickenham Stadium on October 23, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Giants have their first lead of the day in London.

After falling behind 10-0 early, battling back to a 10-10 tie in the second quarter and then fighting to a stalemate for most of the second half, the Giants now lead 17-10.

The lead came thanks to a Rashad Jennings touchdown run set up by a Landon Collins interception, his second of the day. Collins returned the first interception for a touchdown and has been easily the best player on the field in this game.

Now the Rams have nine minutes to try to come back. They’d be wise not to throw in Collins’ direction.

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Joe Flacco active, Muhammad Wilkerson inactive

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 13: Defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson #96 of the New York Jets celebrates after sacking quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fourth quarter during a game at MetLife Stadium on October 13, 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Steelers defeated the Jets 19-6. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images) Getty Images

The Ravens are down a pair of starting offensive linemen for Sunday’s road game against the Jets, but their replacements won’t have to tangle with one of the Jets’ top defensive linemen.

Defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson is inactive for the game due to an ankle injury that kept him from practicing a couple of days this week. Wilkerson, who spent most of the offseason rehabbing the leg he broke in the final game of the 2015 season, said that the ankle has been an issue for a few weeks but this is the first game he’ll be missing this season.

Ravens left tackle Ronnie Stanley will miss his fourth straight game with a foot injury despite some hope that he’d return after getting listed as questionable on Friday. Right guard Marshal Yanda will miss his second straight game. The remaining linemen will be tasked with protecting quarterback Joe Flacco, who is active as expected despite dealing with right shoulder soreness during the week.

Linebackers Terrell Suggs, Elvis Dumervil and C.J. Mosley are also out for the Ravens. Wide receiver Steve Smith and cornerback Shareece Wright rounding out the list of banged-up players who will be inactive.

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Week Seven early inactives

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Every week we bring you all the inactives from the early games in one post, constantly updated with the latest information.

This week got off to an earlier start than usual with the Giants and Rams in London, but eight other games kick off in the traditional early afternoon slot. Check back often to see the full list as it becomes available.

Ravens at Jets

Ravens: LB Elvis Dumervil, LB C.J. Mosley, CB Shareece Wright, LB Terrell Suggs, G Marshal Yanda, T Ronnie Stanley, WR Steve Smith

Jets: LB Darron Lee, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, OL Brent Qvale, DL Muhammad Wilkerson, QB Bryce Petty, QB Christian Hackenberg, WR Jeremy Butler

Browns at Bengals

Browns: WR Corey Coleman, TE Seth DeValve, CB Marcus Burley, QB Josh McCown, CB Joe Haden, FB Dan Vitale, LB Corey Lemonier

Bengals: QB Jeff Driskel, WR Cody Core, CB KeiVarae Russell, CB Chykie Brown, CB Chris Lewis-Harris, G Christian Westerman, DT DeShawn Williams

Redskins at Lions

Redskins: TE Jordan Reed, QB Nate Sudfeld, OL Vinston Painter, WR Rashard Ross, CB Dashaun Phillips, DE Anthony Lanier, S Josh Evans

Lions: TE Eric Ebron, LB DeAndre Levy, DT Haloti Ngata, RB Theo Riddick, T Corey Robinson, RB Dwayne Washington, CB Adarius Barnes

Raiders at Jaguars

Raiders: QB Connor Cook, RB Taiwan Jones, CB Dexter McDonald, S Brynden Trawick, T Menelik Watson, OL Vadal Alexander, TE Ryan O’Malley

Jaguars: QB Brandon Allen, CB Josh Johnson, RB Corey Grant, TE Neal Sterling, WR Bryan Walters, DE Chris Smith, OL Bryce Harris

Saints at Chiefs

Saints: LB Stephone Anthony, CB Delvin Breaux, RB Daniel Lasco, CB Sterling Moore, OL Andrus Peat, LB Dannell Ellerbe, RB Marcus Murphy

Chiefs: QB Tyler Bray, CB Phillip Gaines, CB Terrance Mitchell, LB Sio Moore, OL Jordan Devey, OL Bryan Witzmann, TE Ross Travis

Bills at Dolphins

Bills: T Seantrel Henderson, WR Robert Woods, DT Marcell Dareus, RB Jonathan Williams, T Michael Ola, C Patrick Lewis, QB Cardale Jones

Dolphins: TE Jordan Cameron, TE Dion Sims, CB Xavien Howard, CB Bene Benwikere, DT Terrance Fede, DL Nick Williams, DL Julian Warmsley

Vikings at Eagles

Vikings: DT Sharrif Floyd, TE MyCole Pruitt, WR Jarius Wright, WR Laquon Treadwell, LB Kentrell Brothers, C Nick Easton, OL Willie Beavers

Eagles: DT Bennie Logan, WR Bryce Treggs, S Terrence Brooks, CB C.J. Smith, OL Josh Andrews, OL Dillon Gordon, OL Isaac Seumalo

Colts at Titans

Colts: TE Dwayne Allen, DT Henry Anderson, WR Phillip Dorsett, DT Zach Kerr, WR Donte Moncrief, G Jack Mewhort, LB Curt Maggitt

Titans: TE Jace Amaro, LB Aaron Wallace, CB Cody Riggs, DB Curtis Riley, G Sebastian Tretola, WR Harry Douglas, DL Austin Johnson

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