The Latest from the NFL: League pleased with streaming

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By The Associated Press

The latest from NFL games around the league on the seventh Sunday of the season (all times EDT):

10:45 p.m.

NFL senior vice president Hans Schroeder says the league’s experiment with Yahoo proved that streaming could be used as the main distribution method for more games and for higher-profile time slots.

The NFL tried distributing coverage primarily through streaming for the first time for Sunday’s matchup between the Bills and Jaguars from London, which started at 9:30 a.m. EDT.

Schroeder, who oversees media strategy, business development and sales, watched the game in a conference room at league headquarters where more than 20 different devices were set up to test the feed on a variety of gadgets and through different websites and apps. He says NFL officials were very pleased with the quality of the stream and “any glitches were around the edges.” Many users reported intermittent choppiness in their feeds, though that can be caused by Internet connections.

The NFL is on a one-year contract with CBS for “Thursday Night Football,” and Schroeder says the league will need to consider in the coming months whether a streaming option could be used for at least part of that package. Of course, the possibility of digital companies such as Yahoo bidding for the rights alongside television networks could help to drive up the cost of the next Thursday prime-time contract.

Jacksonville’s wild 34-31 win over Buffalo on Sunday was available only through Yahoo worldwide everywhere other than the two home markets, where it was televised on CBS.

— Rachel Cohen reporting from New York

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10:19 p.m.

Cam Newton keeps climbing the career list for most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback.

The Carolina Panthers star scored from 2 yards out with 3:33 left in the second quarter of Sunday night’s game against Philadelphia. That gave him 37 rushing touchdowns in his career, tying him with the late Steve McNair for third all-time.

Only Steve Young (43) and Kordell Stewart (38) have more.

Entering Week 7, running backs Marshawn Lynch and Adrian Peterson were the only players in the league to have run for more scores since Newton’s arrival in 2011.

— Aaron Beard reporting from Charlotte, North Carolina

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8:31 p.m.

The Carolina Panthers enter Sunday night’s game against Philadelphia playing for a franchise record.

A win against the Eagles would be their first 6-0 start and would mark their 10th straight regular-season victory.

The Panthers are 5-0 for the second time in their 21-season history, the other time coming in 2003 — the year they pushed all the way to their only Super Bowl appearance.

— Aaron Beard reporting from Charlotte, North Carolina

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5:25 p.m.

San Diego Chargers rookie running back Melvin Gordon continues to pay for his two fumbles last week in loss at Green Bay.

Gordon didn’t play the first half against the Raiders, who had a 30-6 lead in the third quarter.

Gordon fumbled twice at Green Bay, losing one, and was benched for the second half. He’s lost three of his four fumbles this year.

Gordon said during the week that he looked forward to getting back into action.

But on Sunday, his powder blue throwback jersey didn’t have a hint of a grass on it.

— Bernie Wilson reporting from San Diego

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4:40 p.m.

Unbeaten New England didn’t have to worry about a final attempt at a rally by the New York Jets.

The Washington Redskins took advantage of their last chance to finish off the biggest comeback in franchise history.

Tom Brady threw for 355 yards and two fourth-quarter touchdowns, and the Patriots took a two-game lead in the AFC East with a 30-23 win over the Jets.

New York was down 10 in the fourth quarter but recovered an onside kick after a field goal in the final seconds. A false start penalty when Ryan Fitzpatrick was trying to spike the ball after a completion ended the game with 1 second remaining, preventing a final play 37 yards from the end zone.

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