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Bears Running Back Matt Forte Unhappy with Contract Negotiations

Gregory Shamus/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Matt Forte is arguably the heart and soul of the Chicago Bears offense, and he wants to be paid like it. Forte's quest for a new contract has been well publicized, as he's in the last year of his rookie contract after being drafted in the second round by the Bears in 2008.

According to Forte, he was told by the Bears front office that the team plans on placing the franchise tag on him after the season as opposed to signing him to a new contract. The franchise tag is a binding, one-year contract for a player who is usually of high importance to a team.  If slapped with a franchise tag, a player would receive no less than the average of the top five salaries of that particular position.

To Forte, it makes no sense to be franchised because the new deal he is hoping to get would pay him about the same figure as the franchise tag would. Also, Bears general manager Jerry Angelo had apparently promised Forte a new contract, calling it the team's highest priority, the player says. Considering this, Forte says he doesn't feel any loyalty from the team. "I know I'm loyal to my teammates and my team are my guys, but it doesn't seem like the organization is to me," Forte said. "But that doesn't keep me from going out on the field and putting my best out there."

It is hard to argue Forte's tremendous value to the Bears. He's currently sixth in the NFL in rushing yards, fifth in rushing yards per game, second among running backs with 38 receptions, and has an impressive 1,091 total yards from scrimmage in just seven games this season.

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Raiders Sign Wide Receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh

George Gojkovich/Getty Images(ALAMEDA, Calif.) -- The Oakland Raiders already acquired one former Cincinnati Bengal in Carson Palmer, so what's one more? The team has announced the signing of wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh to a one-year deal, to help add a veteran presence to a young Raiders receiving core.

Houshmandzadeh will be reunited with former Bengal and newly acquired quarterback Palmer; the two played together in Cincinnati for six seasons. Houshmandzadeh also reunites with head coach Hue Jackson, who was Houshmandzadeh's receivers coach with the Bengals for three seasons.

The 34-year old Houshmandzadeh has been out of the NFL this season, though he played for Baltimore Ravens just last season. It wasn't that long ago when Houshmandzadeh established himself as one of the better possession receivers in the NFL, after posting back-to-back seasons of over 1,000 receiving yards from 2006-2007. Houshmandzadeh left the Bengals as a free agent after the 2008 season and hasn't been the same receiver since. He signed a 5-year contract with the Seattle Seahawks before the 2009 season but lasted just one season. He then signed with the Ravens but after making just 30 catches for 398 yards, the team decided not to bring him back.

Before Palmer was traded to the Raiders, he was working out and staying in shape in Southern California along with Houshmandzadeh, and it was Palmer who had apparently reccomended that the Bengals sign his former teammate.

Palmer's reccomendation is interesting to note, becasue when he was asked not too long ago if the Raiders should sign free agent wide receiver Terrell Owens, he said the team didn't need another wide receiver. Palmer and Owens were teammates in Cincinnati last season.

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Chiefs Edge Chargers 23-20 on 'Monday Night Football'

Peter Aiken/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- Philip Rivers and the rest of the San Diego Chargers know they let one slip away on Halloween night.

In a game that was anything but pretty, the Chargers had come back to tie the game at 20, and were in prime position to put away their AFC West rivals the Kansas City Chiefs in the closing minute of the game. The Chargers had first down at the Chiefs 15 yard line and were poised to run one more play, then kick the game winning field goal.

But the field goal attempt never happened because Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers fumbled the snap and turned the ball over, ruining any chance the Chargers had at putting the game away. The game eventually went into overtime, and Chiefs kicker Ryan Succop nailed a 30-yard field goal to seal the improbable win for Kansas City.

Rivers, who is considered among the elite quarterbacks in the NFL, is having a rough season. After that costly fumble, he now has 14 total giveaways this season -- 11 interceptions, three lost fumbles -- which is the most by any player in the NFL.

"I haven't had one of the those in years," Rivers later said. "It's unfortunate. I dropped it. This one is rough. You blow it on a play that never should have happened."

As bitter as the loss was for the Chargers, it was that much sweeter for the Chiefs. After an 0-3 start to the season, many had written off the Chiefs in the competitive AFC West division. The Chiefs though, turned their season around and have now won four straight games. The Chiefs, Chargers, along with the Oakland Raiders are all 4-3 in the division, leaving the Chiefs technically in first place since they have victories over the Chargers and Raiders.

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Eagles Make a Statement in 34-7 Win over the Cowboys

Drew Hallowell/Philadelphia Eagles/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- The Dallas Cowboys had a chance to bury the Eagles in the NFC East standings, but they failed miserably in their attempt.

From the beginning, the Eagles looked more and more like the "Dream Team" and not a team that started out 1-4. Philadelphia jumped out to an early 14-0 lead in the first quarter and before Dallas could react, they were down 24-0 after the first half. Heading into the game, the Cowboys had the best run defense in the NFL and hadn't allowed a 100 yard rusher all year. That streak ended spectacularly, however, as the Eagles had over 100 yards rushing in the first quarter alone.

Eagles quarterback Michael Vick picked apart the Dallas defense, throwing for 279 yards with two touchdowns and finished the game with a 129.9 quarterback rating. Even though Vick played very well, running back LeSean McCoy was the best offensive player for the Eagles as he ran for a career high 185 yards on a career high 30 carries; he also scored two touchdowns.

"I feel like every game is a chance for me to prove myself," McCoy said. "At any given time, any one of our guys could go off."

As impressive as the Eagles offense was, their defense was just as outstanding. Dallas had a season-low 267 yards on offense. The Eagles' much-maligned run defense allowed the Cowboys to rush for just 85 yards, and held the rest of the offense in check as quarterback Tony Romo threw for just 203 yards; throwing a touchdown as well as an interception.

With the win, the Eagles improved to 3-4 while the Cowboys are now tied with the Eagles at 3-4 as well. Eagles Head Coach Andy Reid is now 13-0 all-time, coming off the team's bye week.

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Rams Stun Saints for First Win of the Season

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) -- Last week, the New Orleans Saints dominated the winless Indianapolis Colts 62-7 to improve to 5-2 on the season. So with their next game being against the winless St. Louis Rams, it should have been an easy win, right? Wrong.

With the World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals in attendance, the Rams came out firing and jumped out to a 17-0 lead a halftime -- the first time the Saints had been held scoreless at halftime since 2007.

Even though the Saints made a run, the Rams went on to upset the Saints 31-21 to earn their first victory of the season. Heading into the game, the Rams had one of the worst offenses in the NFL and a defense that wasn't anything to brag about. Meanwhile, the Saints had one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL, but they couldn't get much going against the Rams.

This all happened without Rams starting quarterback Sam Bradford on the field because of an ankle injury. Backup quarterback A.J. Feely filled in nicely for Bradford for the second straight week, throwing for 175 yards and a touchdown. What is even more notable is that Feely won a start for the first time since he was with the Miami Dolphins -- back in 2004.

Rams running back Steven Jackson, who ran for 159 and two touchdowns, attributed part of the team's success on Sunday to the Cardinals who were in attendance watching the game.

"I think the Cardinals being here was great for the city," Jackson said. "Whoever showed up today, regardless if the place was empty, today was fun. We came out with a mindset we were going to fight."

After his big day, Jackson is now third all-time in Rams franchise history for yards from scrimmage, and fourth all-time in touchdowns with 59.

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Lions' Suh Will Discuss Rules with NFL

NFL via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Usually when a player meets with NFL officials and Commissioner Roger Goodell, he did something he likely wasn't supposed to -- almost like getting sent to the principal's office. However, Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh himself has requested a sit-down with Goodell and other NFL officials on Tuesday.

Suh apparently requested the meeting because he wants a better understanding on the NFL's rules on the defensive side of the ball. Suh has come under fire since during his young career for being a overly physical player -- has been labeled as dirty by some around the NFL, and has been fined multiple times for his ferocious playing style and sometimes brutal hits. He hopes to alleviate any concerns during the meeting.

"To me," Suh said, "It's just an opportunity to go out there and have good diolague and see what I can take from that meeting. If it's nothing, then it's nothing. If it's something good, it's something good."

Suh is the defensive anchor for the 6-2 Lions and one of the faces of the franchise. This season, the 24-year-old Suh has 24 tackles and three sacks.

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ABC's Scoreboard

ABC Sports Radio(NEW YORK) -- It was a historic comeback for the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.  They came back from 21 points down to beat the Arizona Cardinals, 30-27.  This marked the biggest comeback victory in the team's franchise history.

Also around the NFL. 

The Pittsburgh Steelers popped Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, 25-17.  The Buffalo Bills shut out the Washington Redskins in Toronto, 23-0.  The Cincinnati Bengals pounded the Seattle Seahawks, 34-12.  The Detroit Lions crushed the Denver Broncos, 45-10.  So much for quarterback Tim Tebow, huh?  The San Francisco 49ers doubled up the Cleveland Browns, 20-10.  The Minnesota Vikings slipped by the Carolina Panthers, 24-21.  The New York Giants came back on the Miami Dolphins, 20-17.  Miami now sits at (0-7).  The Tennessee Titans pounded the Indianapolis Colts, 27-10.  Indianapolis is now (0-8).  The Houston Texans dodged the Jacksonville Jaguars, 24-14.  The St. Louis Rams shocked the New Orleans Saints, 31-21.  And the Philadelphia Eagles dunked the Dallas Cowboys, 34-7.

Over on the NHL side of the scoreboard.

The Columbus Blue Jackets topped the Anaheim Ducks, 3-1.  The Ottawa Senators edged the Toronto Maple Leafs, 3-2.  The Colorado Avalanche downed the Los Angeles Kings, 3-2.  And the Edmonton Oilers doubled up the St. Louis Blues, 4-2.

At Martinsville Speedway on Sunday.

Tony Stewart got by Jimmie Johnson on the last restart to claim the checkered flag with three races remaining in the chase for the Sprint Cup.

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NFL Week 8 Preview: San Diego (4-2) @ Kansas City (3-3) 

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- The Kansas City Chiefs (3-3) play host to the San Diego Chargers (4-2) Monday night in week eight of NFL action.

The Chargers offense comes into the contest ranked eighth overall in the league, despite the subpar play of three-time Pro Bowl quarterback Philip Rivers.

"They do a very good job of running the football. I don't think that there is a big, big difference between the two teams," Chiefs head coach Todd Haley said. "What Philip does is he utilizes backs very well and the passing game which I think really essentially becomes another run play."

The last time these two AFC West division rivals met was back in Week 3, a 20-17 victory by San Diego.

"We got what they want. That's first place in the division, right now. So it's a great week to be a Charger," San Diego linebacker Takeo Spikes said.

The Chiefs are looking to win four straight games--a first since 2004.

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Ryan Fitzpatrick Agrees To Contract Extension With Bills

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Ryan Fitzpatrick has gone from journeyman to a franchise quarterback. The former 2005 7th round draft pick from Harvard has agreed to a six-year, $59 million extension with $24 million guaranteed according to ESPN. This is quite the raise for Fitzpatrick, as he is in the last year of a 3-year $7.405 million contract he signed with Buffalo back in 2009.

Even though Fitzpatrick is just 13-15 with the Bills as the starting quarterback, he is the face of a revitalized Buffalo franchise that is in the thick of the AFC playoff hunt. Fitzpatrick is a big reason for the team's surprising success this year; he's currently fifth in the NFL in touchdown passes, fourth in completion percentage, and eighth in quarterback rating.

"It's been a long road. There's been a lot of hurdles on obstacles that I've had to overcome," Fitzpatrick said. "I think we've got this thing headed in the right direction. So to be a part of that, and to be able to continue to be part of that for years to come, I'm really excited about it."

Fitzpatrick's road to stardom was certainly the path less taken. Taken 250th overall, Fitzpatrick originally played for the Rams for two seasons but barely played. He then signed with the Cincinnati where he sparingly played for two seasons before signing with Buffalo. Fitzpatrick took over the team in week 6 of last season, replacing Trent Edwards and has held the starting job ever since.

Fitzpatrick is the first Bills starting quarterback to sign a contract extension with the team since Doug Flutie back in 1999.

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Asante Samuel Criticizes Eagles Front Office

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- During the NFL's trade deadline, the Philadelphia Eagles tried to see what they could get in a trade for Pro Bowl cornerback Asante Samuel. Apparently, that didn't sit too well with Samuel.

"Couple people upstairs might not want me, but who cares. They've probably never played football," Samuel said on Wednesday. "It's a business and they run it like a business and they're going to do what they need to do. They're playing with a lot of money, playing fantasy football, doing their thing."

Samuel was referring to the free agent splurge the team made over the off-season in which they acquired numerous players, including the singing of free agent cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha and trading for fellow cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie from the Arizona Cardinals. Samuel's name has been the subject of trade rumors even since the Eagles acquired the two other cornerbacks.

Despite his criticism, Samuel later backed off of his comments and claims there is no longer any problem between he and the Eagles' front office.

Since 2006, Samuel's 37 interceptions lead the NFL. He is in the fourth year of a six-year, $57 million contract he signed with Philadelphia in 2008.

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