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Roger Goodell Addresses the Media

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — For the first time since the release of the second Ray Rice video, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell addressed the media regarding the recent controversy’s swirling around the league.

Goodell shouldered most of the blame for how the NFL handled the Ray Rice suspension as well as the cases of Adrian Peterson, Greg Hardy, and others.

The Commissioner has received a heap of criticism from fans, media, and players. Some have called for him to even resign from his position.

“I have not,” Goodell responded when asked if he had considered resigning. “I am focused on doing my job. I understand when people are critical of my performance, but we have work to do. I am proud of the opportunity we have to make a difference and do the right thing. We’ve acknowledged that we need to make changes and now we have to get those changes going.”

Goodell did reveal that there could be changes coming to his role and how these types of situations will get handled in the future.

“Everything is on the table. We’re going to make sure that we look at every aspect of how we gather information to make a decision, how make that decision, and then the appeals process. And all of that is on the table, and all of that is important information that we want outside experts to give us perspective on, and see if there’s a better way to do it. We believe there is and we believe we need it. We can’t continue to operate like this.”

Goodell has been the commissioner since 2006.

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Andy Dalton, Bengals Look to Start 3-0

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(CINCINNATI) — The Cincinnati Bengals are looking to go 3-0 for the first time since 2006 when they host the Tennessee Titans (1-1) on Sunday.

Cincinnati has a ten-game win streak at home headed into Sunday.

Quarterback Andy Dalton is well aware of the Titans defense. “They do a good job with different looks,” Dalton said of the Titans defense. “We have to be sharp mentally to handle what they’re going to throw at us.”

Dalton hasn’t thrown an interception or been sacked yet this year and credited the hard work of his offensive line.

“It’s been a thing that we’ve really prided ourselves on,” Dalton said. “It’s one of our top goals, win the game, then no turnovers and then no sacks. We’ve done a good job of that obviously, so we’ve got to keep that going.”

The Bengals will have a bye following their game against Tennessee on Sunday and will play the Patriots in week 5.

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Giants Hope to Avoid 0-3 Start

Elsa/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The New York Giants (0-2) hope to turn around a tough start to the season on Sunday against the Houston Texans (2-0).

“You treat every game as a must-win,” Giants quarterback Eli Manning said. “You don’t want to put any extra pressure on guys, but we know we’ve got to get things going. We have to start playing better football.”

Giants head coach Tom Coughlin is well aware of Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, who also scored his first career touchdown in their win last week against the Raiders.

“He’s a very good football player,” Coughlin said of Watt. “Very energetic, they move him around, they play him in different spots, comes off the ball very well. There’s no doubt people have to be aware of where he is.”

New York opened last season with a 0-6 start.

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Andy Dalton, Bengals Look to Start 3-0

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(CINCINNATI) — The Cincinnati Bengals are looking to go 3-0 for the first time since 2006 when they host the Tennessee Titans (1-1) on Sunday.

Cincinnati has a ten-game win streak at home headed into Sunday.

Quarterback Andy Dalton is well aware of the Titans defense. “They do a good job with different looks,” Dalton said of the Titans defense. “We have to be sharp mentally to handle what they’re going to throw at us.”

Dalton hasn’t thrown an interception or been sacked yet this year and credited the hard work of his offensive line.

“It’s been a thing that we’ve really prided ourselves on,” Dalton said. “It’s one of our top goals, win the game, then no turnovers and then no sacks. We’ve done a good job of that obviously, so we’ve got to keep that going.”

The Bengals will have a bye following their game against Tennessee on Sunday and will play the Patriots in week 5.

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Andy Dalton, Bengals Look to Start 3-0

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(CINCINNATI) — The Cincinnati Bengals are looking to go 3-0 for the first time since 2006 when they host the Tennessee Titans (1-1) on Sunday.

Cincinnati has a ten-game win streak at home headed into Sunday.

Quarterback Andy Dalton is well aware of the Titans defense. “They do a good job with different looks,” Dalton said of the Titans defense. “We have to be sharp mentally to handle what they’re going to throw at us.”

Dalton hasn’t thrown an interception or been sacked yet this year and credited the hard work of his offensive line.

“It’s been a thing that we’ve really prided ourselves on,” Dalton said. “It’s one of our top goals, win the game, then no turnovers and then no sacks. We’ve done a good job of that obviously, so we’ve got to keep that going.”

The Bengals will have a bye following their game against Tennessee on Sunday and will play the Patriots in week 5.

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Giants Hope to Avoid 0-3 Start

Elsa/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The New York Giants (0-2) hope to turn around a tough start to the season on Sunday against the Houston Texans (2-0).

“You treat every game as a must-win,” Giants quarterback Eli Manning said. “You don’t want to put any extra pressure on guys, but we know we’ve got to get things going. We have to start playing better football.”

Giants head coach Tom Coughlin is well aware of Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, who also scored his first career touchdown in their win last week against the Raiders.

“He’s a very good football player,” Coughlin said of Watt. “Very energetic, they move him around, they play him in different spots, comes off the ball very well. There’s no doubt people have to be aware of where he is.”

New York opened last season with a 0-6 start.

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Chargers Prepare for Tough Road Game in Buffalo

Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images(SAN DIEGO) — The San Diego Chargers (1-1) have a tough task at hand on Sunday when they travel to Buffalo to take on the Bills (2-0).

San Diego is coming off a big win against the Seattle Seahawks in week 2 and quarterback Philip Rivers understands this will be another challenge in a long season.

“It’s going to be tough,” Rivers said. “[They're] not a team we’re overly familiar with and they’ve won two in a row. We got to go play good.”

Chargers head coach Mike McCoy is doing everything he can to prepare his defense for stand-out rookie wide receiver Sammy Watkins.

“He’s on his first go-around with each defensive back,” McCoy said of the rookie. “He plays it for a little bit and as the game goes on he learns a few more things about the technique that guys trying to play. He’s got so much to learn, but he’s done a nice job the first couple weeks of the season, very explosive player.”

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WR Simpson Cut by Vikings

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.) — The Minnesota Vikings finally had enough with receiver Jerome Simpson.

Simpson was cut by the team Thursday, hours after ESPN reported the 28-year-old was cited on July 7 for misdemeanor charges of marijuana possession, driving on a limited license and having an open bottle in a motor vehicle.

While Simpson wasn’t arrested, it is just the latest incident in which the receiver has been in trouble with the law.

Simpson pled guilty to a felony drug charge in March 2012 that resulted in a 15-day prison stint and three years of probation. He also was arrested for drunken driving last November, resulting in a three-game suspension to start this season.

Simpson played in 16 games last season for the Vikings, catching 48 balls for 726 yards and a touchdown.

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Charles Limited Participant in Practice

Jason O. Wastson/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) — Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles was a limited participant in practice Thursday.

Charles suffered a high ankle sprain in the Chiefs’ loss to the Broncos Sunday.

Charles participated in warm-ups and running back drills.

There has been no update on Charles’ status for Sunday’s game versus the Dolphins, but practicing is a good sign.

The 27-year-old Charles rushed for 1,287 yards, caught 70 balls and accounted for 19 touchdowns last season for the Chiefs.

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Vick Supports Goodell

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(FLORHAM PARK, N.J.) — Many people are questioning whether NFL commissioner Roger Goodell should keep his job after the way he’s handled the array of recent domestic violence charges against NFL players, but New York Jets quarterback Michael Vick isn’t one of them.

“You have to give the man a chance,” Vick said of Goodell. “You have to give him a chance, you have to give everybody a chance to get it right.”

Vick went on to say that Goodell is doing a great job and that progress is being made.

“You see the other teams that are dealing with it now are making the right decisions, based on what has happened in weeks prior,” he said. “You have to give people a chance. You have to give people a chance, man. You’re not always going to get it right the first time.”

In 2007, Goodell suspended Vick indefinitely after the quarterback pleaded guilty to federal dogfighting charges.

Vick was eventually reinstated by Goodell after missing two seasons.

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