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Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy (25) celebrates as he enters the end zone for a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tim Sharp)

LeSean McCoy, Eagles crush Cowboys to take over first place

- Associated Press

The Eagles (9-3) opened with quick drives of 80 and 88 yards for touchdowns. They took sole possession of the division lead with four games remaining, including a rematch in less than three weeks.

Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) is tackled by Chicago Bears inside linebacker Christian Jones (59) after his 9-yard reception during the first half of an NFL football game in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. With this catch, Johnson set a new NFL record for fewest games (115) to reach 10,000 career receiving yards. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

Calvin Johnson leads Lions to rout of Bears

- Associated Press

Johnson caught 11 passes for 146 yards with a pair of first-half touchdowns, and the Lions boosted their postseason hopes with a 34-17 victory over the Chicago Bears on Thursday.

Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) sits on the bench after throwing his fourth interception as the Washington Redskins play the New York Giants in NFL football at FedExField, Landover, Md., Thursday, September 25, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Still No. 3, Kirk Cousins says he has not lost confidence

- The Washington Times

Overshadowed in the decision to bench Robert Griffin III and start Colt McCoy was Cousins, who is still the third quarterback and now also faces an uncertain future. “I have to continue to believe in myself,” he said. “And I do.”

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, left, greets Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III after an NFL preseason football game Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, in Landover, Md. The Redskins won 30-17. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Andrew Luck, Colts thrive on stability Redskins lack

- The Washington Times

Luck should be thankful he has avoided the mess that has consumed Robert Griffin III and the Redskins during his three seasons — but then again, if Luck was playing in Washington, none of it likely would have happened, anyway.

Washington Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy (16) joins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) on the practice field during an OTA at Redskins park in Ashburn, Va., Wednesday, June 4, 20124. (Photo Rod Lamkey Jr.)

LOVERRO: RG3, Colt McCoy represent two sides of ‘unforgiving’ league

- The Washington Times

After two of the worst performances we’ve seen by any quarterback wearing a burgundy and gold jersey, Griffin has been benched for the Colts game Sunday in favor of a guy who said he didn’t even know if he would make the roster. If that doesn’t teach Griffin a lesson in humility, I don’t know what will.

Washington Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy (16) stands with quarterback Robert Griffin III, center, and head coach Jay Gruden during a break in the action in the second half of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

For Colt McCoy, a starting chance no one saw coming

- The Washington Times

As the Washington Redskins prepared for their second preseason game, there were never questions about whether McCoy would eventually supplant Robert Griffin III — or Kirk Cousins. At that point, the only question surrounding McCoy was whether he’d survive cut-down day.

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) heads back into the tunnel after warm ups before the Washington Redskins take on the Carolina Panthers at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, November 4, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

RG3 era in D.C. winding to unexpected end

- The Washington Times

Griffin, the people’s quarterback, could do no wrong upon arrival in Washington. But as he soon learned, it doesn’t take much for the capital region to turn on its chosen leaders.

Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden, left, watches as players warm up next to former quarterback Joe Theismann before an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

SNYDER: All should be thankful for Gruden benching RG3

- The Washington Times

Gruden’s decision will spare RG3 and viewers a lot of pain. The quarterback won’t suffer more cartoonish violence behind a leaky offensive line; fans won’t endure more cringe-worthy plays when positive yardage was there for the taking.

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LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings (10) celebrates after throwing a touchdown pass during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against Texas A&M Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Fournette leads LSU over Texas A&M, 23-17

- Associated Press

When Leonard Fournette barreled over a Texas A&M defender and scored in the second quarter, the Aggies had to know it was going to be a long night.

Clowney could miss another game for Texans

- Associated Press

No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney had a setback with his surgically repaired right knee and said Thursday that his chances of playing for Houston at Tennessee on Sunday are slim.

Foot Brawl: SC-Clemson brawl 10 years later

- Associated Press

Clemson's Dabo Swinney can't ever forget his final few, horrified on-field moments with South Carolina coach Lou Holtz at Death Valley 10 years ago.

Former Bills star Talley suffers from depression

Associated Press

Former Buffalo Bills star linebacker Darryl Talley told The Buffalo News that he is suffering from depression and has contemplated suicide in what he considers side-effects from his hard-hitting playing days.