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Jacoby Brissett throws a pick in end zone. Hey! What are the 49ers and Colts still doing here? This is late-game territory, busters. I may have to start organizing this column under different headings. Let’s wrap this one up: The 49ers will do nothing with the ball, punt, and lose on an Adam Vinatieri 51-yarder.

My daughter wants me to summon pictures of Rapunzel from Tangled on my computer screen. She has never seen the movie or even read the kids’ mini-book. her only familiarity with the story is the generic fairy tale. But she has an electronic reader with a picture of the Mouse’s Rapunzel, and that is enough to stoke the flames of curiosity. (shaking fist) DISNEEEEYYYYY!!!

Kelce took an ugly helmet-to-helmet hit after hauling in a 26-yard catch from Alex Smith in the second quarter.
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Even though he’s out of the game, Kelce is still Kansas City’s leading receiver tonight as the fourth quarter gets underway. Kelce had eight catches on 11 targets for 98 yards.

It’s been an ugly night for injuries. Texans defensive end J.J. Watt will miss the rest of the season with a fractured tibial plateau, and outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus was ruled out for the rest of the game with a chest injury.

The Chiefs lead the Texans 23-13.

On the next play, Manning is strip-sacked. The Chargers recover and take the lead on a touchdown pass to Melvin Gordon, his second score of the day. The Giants have no response. They deserve to have the dignity of running up a white flag and packing it up for the day; instead, Eli Manning throws an interception on fourth-and-10. Even for a team that entered the game winless, the final four minutes of this game were especially gutting for the Giants.

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We’re approaching consensus on the Panthers to beat the Bears, but I’m not so sure.

As we said last week, everyone who is part of our NFL community has a tremendous respect for our country, our flag, our anthem and our military. In the best American tradition, we are coming together to find common ground and commit to the hard work required for positive change.

On hand at the meeting were Goodell, 10 team owners and a number of NFL players including Eric Reid of the San Francisco 49ers and Malcolm Jenkins and Chris Long of the Philadelphia Eagles, all of whom have been vocal on matters of social justice.

Enough about Week 6. Let’s talk about Week 7.

And, yeah, it’s not any easier this week.

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Dallas looks like a lock to beat the 49ers. Buuuuuuuuut, the winless 49ers have only lost one game by more than three points. Their expected win total, according to Football Outsiders, is an astounding 1.4 wins! That’s almost two more wins than they have now. At some point, they’re going to win one of those close games. Nobody here seems to think that will happen this week. That seems like misplaced confidence in the Cowboys coming out of their bye.

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He was the only member of the team who was jeered.

Masahiro Tanaka’s seven-inning gem was saved when Aaron Judge prevented a home run in right field, and Greg Bird homered to give the New York Yankees a 1-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians in Game 3 on Sunday night, extending their AL Division Series.

Girardi said Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman apologized to him for accidentally liking” a user’s comment on Instagram calling the New York manager an imbecile.” Girardi said Sunday that he believes it was an accident. He said Chapman was concerned about the gaffe late Friday night, and they talked about it the next day.

The team’s fans were clearly unhappy with Girardi both on social media on Friday and in person on Sunday. When the Yankees were introduced prior to Game 3 of the ALDS in the Bronx, the manager was roundly booed.

When you have somebody like Kluber in your rotation, everybody else gets overshadowed a little bit, said Indians general manager Mike Chernoff.
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He suffered a broken right pinkie finger on an Ian Kinsler comebacker during the 2016 stretch run and spent October walking around in a splint as the Indians rode Kluber, Andrew Miller and Cody Allen to the seventh game of the World Series.

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Carrasco’s relatively limited exposure to Yankee Stadium suggests he’ll be in his comfort zone in Game 3. In four career starts in the Bronx, he’s 3-1 with a 1.40 ERA, 0.90 WHIP and 31 strikeouts in 25 ? innings. He has also performed better on the road (11-2, 2.65 ERA) than at home (7-4, 3.99) this year.

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Harden and Gordon are a tad shrimpy.

At least the sieve in the Rockets’ super-small, anti-Golden State units is their best offensive player — James Harden. Houston has a deep, versatile roster that can shape-shift depending on the opponent. When the Warriors engage Death Lineup mode, Houston can slot two of P.J. Tucker, Luc Mbah a Moute, Eric Gordon and Troy Williams around the Chris Paul/Harden/Trevor Ariza trio in ultra-small groups.

If Tucker and Mbah a Moute hit enough corner 3-pointers — they shot 40 percent combined last season — those lineups approach anti-Warriors optimization. But Golden State will still slough away from them to clog the lane, and recover in a flash to contest shots; Golden State holding opponents to 32.4 percent from deep, lowest in the league, wasn’t complete luck. The Warriors are long, and they are ferocious, and they do not make mistakes.

Insert Ryan Anderson to juice Houston’s shooting, and the Warriors will eat him alive on the other end. Three-guard setups with Paul, Harden and Gordon are a tad shrimpy.

The Celtics decided to call Bradley first thing the next morning, and the Pistons were going to do the same with Morris. But Bradley didn’t pick up his phone and when the team finally tracked down his wife, Ashley, the Celtics found out Bradley had caught an early flight from Austin, Texas, to Seattle to attend a wedding. It would be impossible to alert Bradley before news of the deal leaked, as Detroit had already successfully informed Morris.

Bradley told Bleacher Report over the summer that he turned on his phone late in his flight and, connecting to the on-board Wi-Fi, was so inundated with messages that he knew immediately he had been dealt. Instead of even scrolling through his messages, he opened a browser window and Googled his name. The first result told Bradley he was headed to Detroit.
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Suns’ TJ Warren gets 5 stitches on head; listed day-to-day

Phoenix Suns forward TJ Warren will not be placed into concussion protocol after being re-examined by the team physican.

Warren suffered a head injury in the first half of Friday’s preseason game against the Utah Jazz.

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The injury occurred when Warren was closing out on defense and collided with a 3-point shooter in the corner. Warren fell and hit his head on a cemented area away from the court. He was taken to the locker room and was ruled out for the rest of the game.

Warren recently signed a four-year, $50 million contract extension with the Suns.

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The Jazz won Friday’s home game 112-101.

While the Celtics had landed maybe the top available free agent of the offseason — at least among those players who weren’t slam dunks to return to their teams — they did not immediately have the cap space necessary to sign Hayward to his four-year, $128 million max contract. The league’s other 29 teams started phoning Zarren looking to see if they could fetch themselves a consolation prize, knowing Boston had to make a tough decision.

Teams phoned inquiring about Bradley, Jae Crowder, Smart, and many of Boston’s younger talent. The Celtics didn’t want to rush into a decision and tried to hear out all proposals. The calls were relentless.

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That would give the Cyclones one stab at the end zone with Lazard before they’d have to settle for a field goal.

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Damien Harris ran for 124 yards and a touchdown, and Jalen Hurts had a touchdown pass and ran for another score to help Alabama remain undefeated .

The Aggies (4-2, 2-1 Southeastern Conference), who entered the game as 26 1/2 point underdogs, made the game interesting, but in the end freshman quarterback Kellen Mond was simply too inexperienced to help them topple a team as talented as Alabama.

Alabama (6-0, 3-0) had rolled past Vanderbilt and Mississippi by a combined score of 125-3 over the last two weeks, but got much more of a test from the young Aggies.

We definitely needed a reality check, senior linebacker Rashaan Evans said.

Four years ago, Lazard had been a landmark recruiting victory for the Cyclones. They were able to hold off Notre Dame for the in-state blue-chipper, whose father had played for Iowa State in the early 1990s. Lazard instantly became a starter, and soon after, the Cyclones’ best player. This year, he was a preseason All-Big 12 selection. But with only 24 receptions coming into the weekend, his senior year had been underwhelming. With the quarterback uncertainty, Campbell pulled Lazard aside earlier in the week and told him he needed to step up and finally play like he was capable.

When Allen is playing his best, Campbell said, he’s got a chance to be one of the best in the country.

This was a prime opportunity for Lazard to show he was among the best. And Campbell trusted that Kempt, who had already thrown two touchdown passes, would be able to place the ball in position for Lazard to do just that.

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Marquise Goodwin had five catches for 116 yards.

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49ers: Cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon (concussion) left in the first half and cornerback Asa Jackson (hamstring) left early in the third quarter. Neither returned.

Colts: Receiver Krishnan Hogan needed help to get off the field after appearing to hurt his lower left leg on a kickoff return midway through the third quarter. He did not return. Linebacker Anthony Walker left in the second half with a hamstring injury and also did not return.

I have to think the Hall of Fame question about Eli is whether he will be in on the first ballot. It’s a conversation that will spark discussion and debate that will be really fascinating. What I love about being a voter is how you start going around the room probing opinions and you sometimes go into areas that you weren’t anticipating.

I have to hear from coaches not just who worked with him but have gone against him. Usually, I’ll put more stock in the opposing coaches because those are the ones without an agenda. I want to hear something I don’t know yet about facing Eli the player.

Philip is in a similar category in terms of talent. He has Hall of Fame credentials and I think absolutely warrants being in the room for first-ballot talk. But he’s going to need some strong advocacy. There must be some real explanation as to how and why it has gone south for him in the late stages of his career. Did he just get old and sort of lose it or is there more to it than that?

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it could be too late for him to save them in the rough-and-tumble AFC West.

Do this list four days ago, and the Raiders are top 10, maybe even top five. But Derek Carr, who broke his ankle just before the end of the 2016 season, is out with a back injury, and the whole Raider thing gets called into question once again. EJ Manuel steps into the breach, and he’s probably two interceptions away from igniting a firestorm of Colin Kaepernick speculation. The Raiders’ confidence in their quarterback situation is directly tied to Carr’s health, and right now Carr is not healthy. If he’s back in two weeks, they shoot back up the list. If he takes five or six, it could be too late for him to save them in the rough-and-tumble AFC West.

The neophyte duo has been impressive early in the season, but a slew of rough defenses awaits, starting with Seattle, which has allowed the fifth-lowest raw QBR to opposing quarterbacks this season.

Goff has been able to hold on to the ball longer than most this season, averaging 2.71 seconds before his pass attempts, fifth best in the league. While that might make him susceptible to problems against some defenses, so far the Seahawks are only pressuring the quarterback on 21.9 percent of plays (fourth worst in the NFL) and allowing opposing QBs 2.58 seconds before passing (eighth longest in the NFL).

In fact, if there’s a line of scrimmage mismatch in this game, it’s the Rams’ defense against Seattle’s offense. Los Angeles is generating pressure on 33.3 percent of opponents’ dropbacks, second best in the league, while Seattle has allowed pressure on 31.5 percent of its dropbacks, fourth most in the league. Russell Wilson might want to start scrambling now.
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Everybody has the physical abilities to do what we need to do on the field.

The Bears didn’t suffer many new injuries in Week 4’s loss at Green Bay, but a key player to watch is Nick Kwiatkoski. The second-year linebacker has missed two straight games because of a pectoral injury, but unlike linebacker Jerrell Freeman, the Bears kept Kwiatkoski on the active roster. The Bears could use Kwiatkoski on Monday night when linebacker Danny Trevathan serves his one-game suspension for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Packers receiver Davante Adams. Chicago didn’t practice Wednesday but returns to the field Thursday when the team will issue its first injury report of the week. — Jeff Dickerson

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When we’re blind, adds Thomson, the books are blind, too. As much as it’s tough for us, it also creates some opportunities.

Big opportunities, too, says Sigsbee. Things can really get out of whack.

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That play might have been a fluke, but the Jaguars were just as bad later in the game when running back Elijah McGuire ran for a 69-yard touchdown. McGuire made one cut on a run to the left and ran right by Jaguars safety Barry Church.

That’s discipline, Jaguars linebacker Paul Posluszny said. Everybody has the physical abilities to do what we need to do on the field. We have to be disciplined to the point where we’re not trying to do too much. We just need to focus on our responsibilities and make sure we handle it.

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The Bengals were the lone NFL team to get shut out in Week 1.

Even the Colts — who were quarterbacked by Scott Tolzien and Jacoby Brissett — managed to get in the end zone at least once. Andy Dalton finished the game with 170 yards and four interceptions. It was just ugly.

The Texans have a good defense, and based on previous performances, this could also be a rough game for Dalton. But he may have a new weapon to use in Ross, which could help open things up for A.J. Green.

Defensively, the Bengals could benefit from playing against a rookie quarterback in Watson. It’s his first start, he’s inexperienced, and the Bengals have talent on that side of the ball. They can hope to take these bright spots and take advantage of them. Because it can’t get worse than last week… right?

Of nine regular season meetings between these teams, five have been one-score games. That doesn’t necessarily mean they’ve been great, but it’s more interesting than a 46-9 blowout.

NFL Sunday’s Week 2 gave us plenty of things to enjoy, while giving us better football than we saw in Week 1.

The Broncos surprised everybody by stepping all over the Cowboys in a 42-17 win in Denver. Jacoby Brissett nearly got a win for the Colts, but the game went to overtime, and the Cardinals avoided an 0-2 start. Marshawn Lynch made his Oakland debut with the Raiders, and the Chiefs still looked mighty impressive.
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Whether it was a good celebration, spectacular play, a good coaching move or quote, Sunday was filled with great moments. These are the best for Week 2.

After the NFL loosened its celebration rules during the offseason, there was an unfortunate shortage of group celebrations in Week 1.

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