Middle men: Browns hoping erratic kickers straighten out
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns coach Freddie Kitchens isn't quite ready to give his kickers the boot.
Despite erratic performances — wide right, wide left, short, off the uprights — in training...
Ravens looking to avoid mistakes that led to playoff drought
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Baltimore safety Eric Weddle proudly proclaimed this wasn't the same Ravens team following a spirited victory over the Broncos in Week 3.
He might have spoken too soon.
The Ravens (3-2) have dropped out of first place in the AFC North following their 12-9 overtime loss to the revamped Cleveland Browns on Sunday. The performance was reminiscent of Baltimore's struggles in 2017 when it failed to make the postseason for the third consecutive year.
Heroes and villains among NFL placekickers in Week 5
NEW YORK (AP) — Some teams can't kick about their kickers. Others might want to kick them off the roster after this weekend.
With the rare exceptions of Indianapolis' Adam Vinatieri and Baltimore's Justin Tucker, there aren't any placekickers whose place in Canton, Ohio, is a topic of discussion. Even Vinatieri and Tucker missed kicks in Week 5.
Mayfield, Browns look legit in thrilling OT win over Ravens
CLEVELAND (AP) — With their latest edge-of-your-seat thriller, the Cleveland Browns' days as a laughingstock appear over.
They look legit.
And with a rookie star leading them, one of the NFL's best feel-good stories this season.
3′s a charm: Browns edge Ravens 12-9 in overtime on late FG
CLEVELAND (AP) — Once Baker Mayfield summoned the courage, the rookie quarterback looked in time to see Greg Joseph's low, line-drive kick somehow go through the uprights.
Mayfield's mouth opened in disbelief.
The Browns won again.
And in this unpredictable NFL season, Cleveland's rapid rise may be the strangest twist of them all.
Kicked off: Browns release K Zane Gonzalez, sign Greg Joseph
CLEVELAND (AP) — Zane Gonzalez got kicked straight to the curb.
The Browns released the wayward kicker on Monday after his four misses on Sunday in New Orleans cost Cleveland a possible first win since 2016 with a 21-18 loss to the Saints.
Former starting CB Tony Lippett waived by Dolphins
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Former starting cornerback Tony Lippett has been waived by the Miami Dolphins after missing all of last season with a torn Achilles tendon.
Lippett started 13 games in 2016 but struggled returning from his injury in training camp this year.
Also cut Saturday was receiver Leonte Carroo, a third-round pick in 2016 who has only 10 receptions in two seasons.
FAU wraps up unbeaten C-USA season
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Jason Driskel completed 18 of 22 passes for 245 yards and two touchdowns and Devin Singletary ran for 108 yards and two scores as Florida Atlantic wrapped up an unbeaten Conference USA season with a 31-12 victory over Charlotte on Saturday.
The Owls (9-3, 8-0 C-USA) had already clinched the East Division and the right to host North Texas for the conference championship on Dec. 2.
McGough rallies FIU to 33-31 win over FAU
MIAMI (AP) — Alex McGough ran for two touchdowns and passed for another, Austin Taylor kicked the go-ahead field goal and Florida International beat Florida Atlantic 33-31 on Saturday in a game that featured five lead changes.
FAU (1-4, 0-1 Conference USA) led 24-14 after Azeez Al-Shaair intercepted McGough's pass on the first play of the second half and returned it 30 yards for a score.
Florida Atlantic lost to Miami for the third time in four years, this time by a 38-10 score. Here are three takeaways from Saturday’s game: - The Owls squandered too many chances: FAU was in Miami territory five times in the first half but came away with just three points on a 38-yard Greg Joseph field goal. The Owls defense did its part, pressuring Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya into two interceptions, but their inability to run...
Florida Atlantic outlasts Southern Illinois 38-30
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — Jason Driskel passed for two touchdowns and rushed for another, and Florida Atlantic scored 17 consecutive points in the second half to beat Southern Illinois 38-30 in the season opener for both teams on Saturday.