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#NFL News and Notes - August 20, 2010

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#NFL News and Notes - August 20, 2010

Buffalo Bills 34, Indianapolis Colts 21

Bills first-round running back C.J. Spiller showed off his considerable talent...The Bills offensive line played well on Thursday night...Bills linebacker Paul Posluszny was not happy with his debut.

The Colts first-team defense had a shaky performance last night...Colts safety Bob Sanders shook off some rust, registering a pair of tackles in about 16 snaps...The Colts were burned by some big plays.

New England Patriots 28, Atlanta Falcons 10

Patriots running backs Fred Taylor and Sammy Morris combined for 17 carries, 104 yards, and a pair of touchdowns...Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker was back in the slot, less than 7 months after ACL surgery...Mike Rodak of breaks down how the Patriots used fourth-round tight end Aaron Hernandez.

Atlanta's offense struggled to find the end zone...Falcons defensive end Kroy Biermann is pushing for a starting job...The Falcons' defense was picked apart by the short passing game.

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Dallas Cowboys first-round wide receiver Dez Bryant is worth the wait, writes Randy Galloway of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

New York Giants safety Kenny Phillips and linebacker Keith Bulluck will play in Saturday's pre-season game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Philadelphia Eagles appear to have a younger, tougher, and more aggressive defense, writes Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News.

Running back Larry Johnson feels at home with the Washington Redskins.

Carolina Panthers sixth-round quarterback Tony Pike isn't letting limited reps temper his optimism, writes Darin Gantt of the Charlotte Observer.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers second-round defensive tackle Brian Price will make his pre-season debut on Saturday night.

Mike Triplett of The Times Picayune looks at the New Orleans Saints right defensive end position.

Chicago Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher is the heart-and-soul of the defense, his teammates say.

Detroit Lions defensive end Lawrence Jackson is confident he'll thrive in the team's defense.

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin's teammates got a firsthand look at what his migraines.

Several Green Bay Packers pass-catchers will rotate out of the slot position, writes Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Deon Butler will have an opportunity to make plays in Jeremy Bates' offense.

While Eric Heitmann recovers from a broken fibula, he San Francisco 49ers starting center job is David Baas' to lose, writes Phil Barber of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat.

Arizona Cardinals guards Deuce Lutui and Herman Johnson are battling weight issues.

St. Louis Rams first-round quarterback Sam Bradford is under pressure to perform early.

Kansas City Chiefs third-round tight end Tony Moeaki will make his pre-season debut after missing the opener with an injury.

Denver Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton signed a one-year contract extension on Thursday.

Oakland Raiders quarterback Charlie Frye was placed on injured reserve after undergoing wrist surgery on Wednesday.

The San Diego Chargers secondary is a more harmonious place after the off-season trade of Antonio Cromartie.

Houston Texans fourth-round linebacker Darryl Sharpton is making a case to replace Brian Cushing during his four-game suspension.

Jacksonville Jaguars first-round defensive tackle Tyson Alualu returned to practice on Thursday.

Tennessee Titans quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains has earned his players' respect, writes Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean.

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Terrell Owens penned an open letter to Bengals fans.

Cleveland Browns cornerback Eric Wright is fine with competing against first-round pick Joe Haden for a starting job.

Pittsburgh Steelers second-round linebacker Jason Worilds will make his pre-season debut on Saturday night.

The Baltimore Ravens passing game is poised to take a big step forward in 2010.

New York Jets rookie cornerback Brian Jackson got to be an individual on Thursday.

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tyler Thigpen is learning to stay in the pocket, writes Mike Berardino of the Sun-Sentinel.

Today's NFL birthdays: Cardinals safety Hamza Abdullah (27), linebackers Monty Beisel (32) and Daryl Washington (25) and wide receiver Steve Breaston (27), Panthers linebacker Garry Williams (24), Bears fifth-round cornerback Joshua Moore (22), Browns defensive end Brian Schaefering (27), Jets center Robert Turner (26), 49ers cornerback Tramaine Brock (22) and linebacker Travis LaBoy (29), free agent running back Andre Hall (28) and wide receiver James Swinton (24).

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