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Archie joins Peyton in peddling pizza

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Archie joins Peyton in peddling pizza

DENVER (AP) Peyton Manning figured one good Papa deserved another.

Manning's father, Archie, is joining his son as a Papa John's pitchman, spearheading the pizza chain's coin-flip promotion at the Super Bowl in the family's hometown of New Orleans.

While he was sitting out last season with his neck injury, Peyton Manning starred in a Papa John's Super Bowl commercial with Jerome Bettis. Manning was dressed up as a referee. ``Hey, a man's gotta work, OK'' he told Bettis.

After signing with the Broncos, Peyton Manning invested in 21 of the company's pizza stores in the Denver area. More recently, Papa John's approached Archie about being a spokesman for the Super Bowl promotion. Starting Sunday, fans can go online and choose heads or tails for the opening coin toss. The winners will get free pizza.

``Only thing that would be better is if the Broncos were playing in the game,'' Archie Manning said. ``Or the Giants. Or both. But it's going to be good stuff.''

Before last season, when Eli Manning's Giants lost the coin toss, the NFC had won 14 straight flips. The odds of that happening are around 16,000-1.

On Sunday before the AFC title game, Peyton Manning will star in a commercial with Super Bowl play-by-play man Jim Nantz. Archie Manning will do the on-the-ground and internet promotions.

Archie has starred in commercials with his sons before - most famously an ESPN spot in which Peyton and Eli clown around during a tour of the grounds while Archie looks on disapprovingly.

``Before we went into that one, Eli said, `Know your lines,''' Archie Manning said. ``Anytime you do a commercial with Peyton, you should know your lines. He thinks an eight-hour commercial shoot should take three hours. He's a perfectionist. The idea always is, `Don't bust a play.'''

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Online:http://pro32.ap.org/poll andhttp://twitter.com/AP-NFL and www.papajohns.com

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Lamar Jackson embarrasses yet another NFL defender with an incredible juke

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Lamar Jackson is better at football than most people are at anything.

He proved it once more early in the first quarter against the Bills, breaking two more ankles en route to gaining a first down on the ground.

Bills linebacker Matt Milano, who, it needs to be mentioned, is paid a lot of money to tackle people, completely whiffs on Jackson here. He tackles the air while falling to the ground, and will forever have to watch his attempted tackle on highlight reels.

Lamar Jackson can't stop putting NFL defenders to shame, and we can't stop laughing watching them.

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Backstrom's back: Caps will get their top center back for Monday's game

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Backstrom's back: Caps will get their top center back for Monday's game

ARLINGTON, Va -- The Capitals are riding a six-game win streak and already have the most points in the NHL and now they will be adding one of their best players back into the lineup. Nicklas Backstrom said Sunday after practice that he is "ready to go" for Monday's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. It will be his first game since Nov. 18.

An upper-body injury forced Backstrom out of the lineup for the last eight games. Despite returning to practice during the team's road trip through California, he did not get into a game as the team preached caution with its star center. As the team returned home, Backstrom took line rushes on Sunday and both he and head coach Todd Reirden confirmed he would be back in for Monday's game.

"It was good to see him out there in full practice," Reirden said. "Did some drills specifically to help prepare him for tomorrow. He's good to go for tomorrow."

Backstrom said he knew when he woke up on Sunday that he was ready.

"As of today I'm good to go," he said. "I woke up and felt good. It's like that guy in 'Mighty Ducks,' I woke up, no pain."

It does not appear as if Backstrom will be eased back into the lineup as he skated on the top line in practice alongside Alex Ovechkin and Tom Wilson. Evgeny Kuznetsov had been playing in that spot, but the top line had grown stagnant. Ovechkin, Wilson and Kuznetsov combined for only one even-strength point in the past three games.

Barring something unexpected, the return of Backstrom should give the Caps their full lineup for the first time all season. Considering what the team has been able to accomplish thus far while having to shuffle the lineup because of injuries and suspensions, this has been an impressive start.

"I think that shows the depth that we have all the way through our lineup: forward, defenseman and our goaltending has been strong," Reirden said. "I think it's a clear understanding that it's a competitive situation that we've had since training camp that players are ready to take advantage of their opportunities that they get and they know that they need to otherwise there's a chance they could find themselves on the outside. The inner-competition we've had has probably helped push that a little bit. That's been a good problem to have, and it's allowed us to see some other players get opportunities and showcase some of the abilities they have."

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