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Browns fans exit early during blowout loss to Bengals

Published: Sunday, October 01, 2017 @ 3:34 PM

Cleveland Browns quarterback DeShone Kizer, top, loses control of the ball under pressure from Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap (96) in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)
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Cleveland Browns quarterback DeShone Kizer, top, loses control of the ball under pressure from Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap (96) in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)(David Richard/AP)

Browns fans aren’t pleased.

With their team staring 0-4 in the face, fans were leaving the stadium before the conclusion of Cleveland’s loss to Cincinnati on Sunday.

The Browns were trailing 31-0 in the fourth quarter and went on to lose 31-7.






Paul Finebaum: Dan Mullen would be good candidate for Tennessee

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 4:18 PM

Can you picture Dan Mullen at Tennessee? Apparently, Paul Finebaum can.

On Monday, the noted SEC Network analyst dropped an interesting quote about the Mississippi State coach when discussing Tennessee’s situation. Of course, Butch Jones is facing massive heat as the Volunteers’ coach. If Tennessee were to move on from Jones, Finebaum likes Mullen as a possible candidate.

Certainly, all this is dependent on Tennessee moving past Jones soon. But Mullen’s name has been floated for jobs before. At this point, wouldn’t it be a surprise if he actually left Starkville?

No doubt, Mullen has been good for Mississippi State. He’s 66-44 as the Bulldogs’ coach, and he has been praised for his ability to mold quarterbacks. He has guided Mississippi State to a 5-2 record this season with a big test against Texas A&M coming Saturday.

We’ll see what happens at Tennessee, but it seems unlikely that Mullen would leave Starkville for Knoxville.

The Virginia Tech-Duke matchup has become a closely contested football rivalry

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 4:14 PM

Longtime ACC football fans cherish conference rivalry games like Miami vs. Florida State because they attract national attention for the entire week leading up to the kickoff, but those same individuals better not sleep on the Virginia Tech-Duke matchup. The last four games in the series have been decided by three points or less, with the road team winning each encounter.

“It’s going to be a tough, hard-fought football game and we’ll need to have a great week of practice to prepare,” Fuente said to Roanoke Times reporter Andy Bitter.

Fuente was on the brink of losing his first meeting against the Blue Devils as VT coach last season, but his special teams came through with a go-ahead 75-yard touchdown score after a blocked field goal attempt that gave the Hokies a tightly-contested 24-21 road win. More importantly, the victory gave Virginia Tech a firm hold of the ACC Coastal Division.

This year, Duke has been woefully inconsistent offensively, as the lack of a consistent passing game has largely contributed to the team’s current four game conference losing streak. The Blue Devils defense is an active unit that creates chaos in the opponent’s backfield. They’re fourth in the ACC (334.4 yards) in total yards given up by a defense, and lead the conference in tackles (66) for loss this season. Fuente understands the challenge ahead for his offense this weekend.

“They’ve continued to improve athletically through recruiting,” Fuente said of Duke’s defense, “They do some great things schematically. They’re able to play some man coverage and get down and play tight coverage and competitive coverage. I think they’ve gradually improved in terms of athleticism. I’m not exactly positive how they’ve evolved schematically, but they’re a fine unit.”

Duke (4-4, 1-4 in the ACC)  travels to Virginia Tech (6-1, 2-1 in the ACC)  on October 28, with kickoff scheduled for 7:20 p.m. ET.

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Report: Bengals Burfict won’t be suspended for kick

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 3:50 PM

CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 6: Vontaze Burfict #55 of the Cincinnati Bengals reacts to a second quarter defensive stop while playing the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on December 6, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 6: Vontaze Burfict #55 of the Cincinnati Bengals reacts to a second quarter defensive stop while playing the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on December 6, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)(Staff Writer)

Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict caught no shortage of negative attention for his kick at Steelers fullback Roosevelt Nix. But it won’t get him suspended.

Burfict’s kick will be reviewed for a potential fine, but it won’t cost him any games.


The Bengals will be relieved to hear that - the team doesn’t need any additional obstacles. The Steelers will likely have their own reaction the next time the team’s meet on Monday Night Football Dec. 4.

Matt Dickerson to have surgery on collarbone but could return this season

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 4:09 PM

UCLA defensive lineman Matt Dickerson will undergo surgery Tuesday on his collarbone, which he injured during Saturday’s win over Oregon.

But the senior still has a chance to return this season, coach Jim Mora said Monday during his weekly press conference.

Mora said Dickerson will have “a plate put in there” and will be “out for quite a while.”

Asked to clarify if his college career had come to a close, Mora divulged more information.

“There is a chance [he returns this season],” Mora said. “I don’t want to say it’s 50 percent or 60 or 75. But yes, there is a chance.”

Mora added that all other injured Bruins — including linebacker Josh Woods — have a chance to return this season.

Dickerson, a 6-foot-4 senior, has played in all seven of UCLA’s games so far this year, recording 21 tackles — good enough to rank No. 9 on the team.