Monday, February 19, 2018
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Cardinals quell rally by Ravens

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Chris Johnson rushed for 122 yards, 62 on a play where he rolled over the belly of a big defender and kept on running, and the Cardinals barely held off a late rally to beat the Ravens 26-18 on Monday night.

Baltimore drove to the 4 in the final seconds before safety Tony Jefferson's interception deep in the end zone clinched the victory for NFC West-leading Arizona.

Arizona led 26-10 before Asa Jackson blocked a punt to set up Joe Flacco's 1-yard touchdown pass to fullback Kyle Juszczyk. The 2-point conversion pass to tight end Nick Boyle made it an eight-point game with 4:26 to play. Baltimore got the ball back and Flacco quickly moved the team downfield before the final ill-fated throw.

Panthers focused: The team is 6-0 for the first time, but you wouldn't know it by walking through the locker room. Carolina's players are playing it cool following their fast start — and their 27-16 win over the Eagles on Sunday night. "We've been doing a pretty good job of maintaining our focus and understanding what we've accomplished so far," quarterback Cam Newton said. "We're not satisfied with what we've done."

Lions ax assistants: Before their longest road trip of the season, the Lions shook up their offensive staff. Detroit fired offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi and line coaches Jeremiah Washburn and Terry Heffernan a day after a defeat against Minnesota. The Lions play Sunday against the Chiefs in London. "It's not a good day. It's a tough day," coach Jim Caldwell said. "I've been in this position myself three times, and it's happened to me, and it's certainly not fun." Caldwell said the staff changes were his decision, and he hadn't spoken with ownership.

Big Ben back: All signs point to Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's return for Sunday's home game against unbeaten Cincinnati. Nothing was official, but coach Mike Tomlin said the two-time Super Bowl winner, who missed four games with a sprained knee and bruised leg, was close to starting the team's 23-13 loss at Kansas City. "In the end, we decided to go with the guys that had the practice reps," Tomlin said.

Video hit: The league said more than 460 million total minutes of video were consumed for Sunday's Bills-Jaguars game in London. The league experimented with distributing coverage primarily through streaming for the first time through a partnership with Yahoo. More than 15.2 million unique viewers watched for any length of time, the NFL said Monday. About a third of the audience was international.

Pagano in trouble? ESPN reported that the Colts have had "organizational discussions" about the future of coach Chuck Pagano in light of a 3-4 start. Pagano's contract expires at the end of this season.

Foster out for season: As initially reported Sunday, Texans running back Arian Foster is out for the season with an Achilles tendon injury.

Jets: Multiple tests — an X-ray, a CT scan and an MRI exam — on center Nick Mangold came back negative, and coach Todd Bowles described the veteran's injury simply as a "sore neck." Mangold left Sunday's loss at New England late in the fourth quarter when he took a blow from Patriots linebacker Jamie Collins on a play.

Vikings: Center John Sullivan had a second back surgery, putting his return this season in doubt. Coach Mike Zimmer said Sullivan aggravated his injury this month while weightlifting.

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