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UNDATED (AP) – The NFC East is no longer the mock division in the NFL. After winning just two of their first 21 games outside of the division this season, the NFC East teams have beaten some powerhouses in recent weeks. Philadelphia defeated NFC leaders New Orleans last week. That came a week after Washington gave Pittsburgh its first loss of the season and the New York Giants upset Seattle on the streets. NFC East teams have set an 8-5 record for playing games outside of the division in the past four weeks. This is the most victories of any division in this period.

PITTSBURGH (AP) – The Pittsburgh Steelers gave their battered offensive line a boost by signing Danny Isidora of the Kansas City training team. Isidora has made six starts in his NFL career while spending time with Minnesota, Miami, and the Chiefs. Pittsburgh’s offensive line hurts. The Steelers recently rescheduled left guard Matt Feiler with a chest injury. Kevin Dotson and Chukwuma Okorafor are also struggling with injuries. Pittsburgh have lost two times in a row after starting 11-0. The Steelers can secure the AFC North title with a win against Cincinnati next week.

PITTSBURGH (AP) – The Pittsburgh Pirates hope to have a familiar face in the starting rotation again in 2021. Jameson Taillon has missed most of the last two seasons with surgery on his right elbow. Manager Derek Shelton says Taillon’s rehab is almost complete. Shelton added that Taillon sends him videos every few days to mark his progress. Shelton is hoping for a more normal year in 2021 after spending his first season as a manager tackling the COVID-19 pandemic.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Doc Rivers, coach of the Philadelphia 76ers, is starting his first season with the team trying to unlock the potential of all-stars Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid. The Sixers didn’t win enough last season in what was considered the NBA finals or bankruptcy. Simmons missed the postseason with a knee injury when the Boston Sixers were swept up. Embiid anchored the Sixers with his defense, but also fought injuries and conditioning issues. Embiid says he wants to play 20 seasons in Philadelphia and has improved his fitness over the off-season.

ROSEMONT, IL (AP) – Ohio state quarterback Justin Fields is the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year. The conference coach and media vote for Fields was no surprise given how dominant he and Ohio State were. The junior leads the nation in percentage of completion and the Big Ten in yards per game at 392.2. He has 1,407 yards with 15 touchdowns and three interceptions in five games. The Buckeyes are 5-0 and play Northwestern in the Big Ten championship game in Indianapolis on Saturday.

NEW YORK (AP) – The Kansas City Chiefs are still at the top in the latest AP Pro32 poll. The Green Bay Packers and Buffalo Bills moved up two places to place 2 and 3 respectively. And the New Orleans Saints and the Pittsburgh Steelers slipped two places 4 and 5 after losing on Sunday. The saints receive the chiefs on this Sunday.

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