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Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Cowboys K Dan Bailey out for game vs. 49ers, S Jeff Heath kicking off in his place

Heath isn’t a complete stranger to kicking and handled the duties for his high school in Michigan.

The most flagrant dirty hit of Week 6, though, was Mitchell taking an unnecessary shot at the knees of Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith. Mitchell was just fined $9,115 for that one.

Mitchell insists he’s not a dirty player, according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.

“But if you saw the play, you know there was no intent or egregiousness there on his part,” Tomlin said, via Joe Rutter of the Tribune-Review. “He got tripped, but Alex doesn’t have eyes in the back of his head and, in-game, he doesn’t know that, so it’s reasonable to have the response that he had.”

It seems like the league doesn’t care about excuses. That’s a hefty fine for Mitchell. With a hit that egregious and his history, he’s lucky he wasn’t suspended.

The Falcons’ offense ranked first in points per game (33.8) and second in yards per game (415.8) last season. Those respective rankings this year are 12th (24.2) and fifth (378.4) going into Week 7. They had only 11 giveaways in 2016 and are already up to seven in ’17.

Matt Ryan, the reigning NFL MVP, has thrown as many TDs as INTs (six) and seen his passer rating plummet from an interstellar 117.1 to an average 87.3. Go-to wide receiver Julio Jones has only one 100-yard game and zero touchdowns, with only one red zone target. The Falcons, with their strong run-blocking line and explosive backs, Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman, also have gone from No. 5 in rushing yards per game to No. 16.

The Patriots’ defense allowed the fewest points per game (15.6) and were eighth in average yardage allowed (326.4) last season. Now they are 30th in scoring defense (26.5) and last in total defense (440.7 yards per game). They are No. 32 against the pass and No. 20 against the run.49ers_217_ff569ddcf9cf30b8-150x150

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Saints coach Sean Payton promised pedicures for win vs. Packers

Sean Payton will host a special boys day out with his players this week.
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Even though quarterback Drew Brees was unaware of the deal, he said he couldn’t pass up the offer.

You gotta take care of your feet, Brees said.

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The Saints return to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome to host the Bears at 1 p.m. ET Sunday. He would be tested, sometimes plagued, by doubt, but his faith would eventually reward him. I see it as the compass that points north, Cousins says. We all have a lot of storms in our life, and without the compass it can be pretty easily swayed to the right or left.

Doug Baldwin exploded for nine receptions, 92 yards and one touchdown on 12 targets against the Giants in Week 7. It was Baldwin’s second strong fantasy outing of the year and a step in the right direction considering that he’s failed to eclipse 63 receiving yards or score a touchdown during his other four games.
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Despite his boom/bust production, Baldwin sits 16th among wide receivers in fantasy points (and that’s with Seattle having already had its bye). Baldwin hasn’t been on the field as often this season (78 percent of pass plays compared to at least 87 percent each of the past three years), but his target share (24 percent) is actually up from 23 percent last season. He remains a fringe WR1.

Limited Youth Mike Pennel Jersey A piece of the Texans’ offense is back. IN SOME RESPECTS, it’s improbable Cousins’ athletic career happened at all. He refers to it as a miracle, and with good reason. When he was 19 months old, Cousins was playing in the kitchen when he pulled a pot of boiling spaghetti off the stove.

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We wouldn’t be against seeing at least one game like this every week.

What’s the toughest game to pick this week? According to our panel, it’s the Detroit Lions making the trip to New Orleans to take on the Saints. Both teams are hard to get a good read on right now.
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The Saints’ most reliable weakness, their defense, has found improvement this season, from the bottom of the pack to the middle of the road. Opponents average just 19.5 points per game against the Saints this season, compared to 28.4 last year and more than 29 points per game the year before that.
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The Chiefs’ average of more than 30 points per game and only one turnover are the biggest reasons for their 4-0 start. But the Kansas City defense deserves a lot of the credit too, even if it’s No. 26 in yards allowed.

As one of the more unlucky and losing teams in NFL history, the Lions’ hot streak was snapped after Stafford threw an interception to Cameron Jordan that went for a touchdown to make it 52-38, after an Agnew muffed punt that was recovered at the 1-yard line.

The Lions, down a touchdown, had five minutes to tie the game, but the pick-six essentially sealed it for the Saints.

Offense is good, no matter how much your Old Football Fan family member claims to like a Joe Haden Youth jersey defensive struggle and 13-7 game. But we also got unusual scoring multiple times. Anybody can enjoy that.

Last year, he received good run blocking on only 31.9 percent of his carries, a mark that ranked 33rd out of 42 qualifying running backs. That number has jumped to 43.9 percent this season, which looks to be a maintainable pace given that the Vikings have posted a 40.9 percent GBR this season.

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The Chiefs are no fluke

After their 29-20 win over Washington on Monday night, the Kansas City Chiefs are the last unbeaten team left in the NFL. That’s an impressive feat, and it’s probably not something many people predicted would happen before the season began. With smart coaching, a handful of superstars, and a little bit of luck, the Chiefs look like a real contender.

Youth DeMarcus Ware Jersey The Browns took Garrett with the No. 1-overall pick in the NFL Draft this past April, widely assumed to be the safest pick in quite some time. He missed the Browns’ first four games because of a high-ankle sprain, but Browns defensive coordinator Gregg Williams said Friday Garrett had a good week, and a really good look in his eye.

Sunday, Garrett had eyes for Josh McCown, who he sacked twice. The first one came on his very first snap as a pro.

It was just a great call by Gregg (Williams) sending me inside, Garrett said via He jumps at me and I was just able to put a move on and make the play. His second sack came just after the two-minute warning.

The sacks are great, but Browns fans have to love how Garrett has clearly embraced Cleveland and some of its other favorite athletes, like J.R. Smith.

Mens Red Auerbach Jersey Football’s a cruel game. Watt had offseason back surgery before 2016, and he’d re-injure his back by the end of September. He played in three games. This year, he appeared in five. He’ll have been active for exactly 25 percent of these two regular seasons. He missed a decent little playoff run last year and will miss another this year, assuming Deshaun Watson and a still-solid defense can get Houston there.

Watt’s last play of the 2017 season looked like a freak thing. He engaged with Kansas City offensive lineman Mitchell Schwartz and crumbled as he tried to round the edge, with no contact to his lower body. Watt was still hunting for his first sack of the year when he went to the ground, and it turns out he’s never going to get it.

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NFLPA will ask court for rehearing on Ezekiel Elliott suspension case

On Thursday, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the NFL in a case that reinstated Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game suspension. As expected, the NFL Players Association and Elliott’s representative are striking back. The NFLPA will file motion for an en banc hearing with the 5th Circuit, according to Daniel Wallach.

What this means for Pittsburgh: The Steelers are losing to an inconsistent Jaguars team, but Shazier’s smart play turned a potential seven- or 10-point deficit into a single point at the break. A slow start from Le’Veon Bell has helped keep the home team out of the end zone early in Pittsburgh,

What this means for Ryan Shazier: The interception was the sixth of Shazier’s career and second in two games, even if it looked more like a fumble than a pick. The former first-round draft pick has grown into a leadership role on the Steelers’ defense, and plays like Sunday’s prove how valuable he is to Pittsburgh’s still-improving front seven.

The bill, according to Iowa senator Chuck Grassley’s website, is aimed to “recalibrate prison sentences for nonviolent drug offenders, target violent and career criminals, and save taxpayer dollars.”

“I think Marty is a great coach. There’s no question in mind about it,” Harbaugh said. “I’ve seen him over the years, I know what he can do. I know what he’s trying to do. You do everything you can to put your guys in position to make plays and you’re in it together.”

The Ravens will visit the Minnesota Vikings (4-2) on Sunday.

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Steve Smith thinks the best receiver on ‘Thursday Night Football’ is Steve Smith

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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.

Mens Andrew Ference Jersey That’s the logical pick. They’re a better team, and that defense should stifle rookie QB Mitch Trubisky. But we all thought the Ravens would beat the Bears last week, too, and how’d that turn out?

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.


Seattle Seahawks

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.